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In the News:

1) WikiLeaks: Brazile leaked question to Clinton before CNN debate
2) AL: Largest US fuel pipeline shuts after work crew triggers blast
3) Turkey: Regime detains opposition newspaper editor, columnists
4) Weld: Comey, FBI “off the reservation,” don’t they know Hillary Clinton is above the law?
5) Hackers say they’re revealing more from trove of NSA data
6) Report: “Bionic” plants can detect explosives
7) Airbnb, New York in talks to resolve rental law lawsuit
8) Teenage hacker arrested for disrupting 911 service with DDoS attack
9) CA: $350 million social experiment over lawns
10) Brazil: Worker’s Party takes a plunge in second-round municipal elections
11) UK: Government rules out Orgreave inquiry
12) Establishment pols rush to condemn Comey for forgetting that Clinton is above the law
13) Enabling a choice of monies aligns with the “Northern Powerhouse” deal
14) Moldova: Runoff pending as pro-Russian candidate leads presidential race
15) Lebanon: Aoun wins presidency, ending 2-1/2-year vacuum
16) France: Police move in on bulging Paris migrant camp
17) FL: Some idiots plan to arm themselves for trick-or-treating because CLOWNS
18) South Korea: Park dismisses aides in bid to stem scandal
19) Netherlands: Wilders boycotts start of “hate speech” trial
20) NC: Pizza Hut employee shoots, kills attempted robber

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) In defense of political apathy
22) Selling out to Trump: Easier and more lucrative, but still not right
23) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 102
24) On-demand cell phone searches hurt teenagers on parole
25) A ghost story
26) Hillary has nobody to blame but herself
27) The problem with Ruth Marcus
28) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/31/16
29) If you thought Washington was gridlocked before Comey’s letter, just wait
30) Turning independent contractors into employees would kill the gig economy
31) Why ballparks can’t save cities
32) A president Clinton would be out of control
33) When will robots take all the jobs?
34) How not to regulate the Internet
35) Will Democrats nuke the filibuster?
36) What we know today about marijuana proves prohibition is wrong
37) Blame government, not markets for monopoly
38) Infrastructure: Can we finally think big?
39) Welcome to the latest culture wars
40) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 105
41) Tax fairness group petition: Curb extreme family wealth
42) Comey’s disclosures set stage for a public interest exception to secrecy
43) Cuban cigars and other no-longer-forbidden fruit
44) Peaceful transitions?
45) Clintonism, unplugged
46) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/31/16
47) Blockchain could have prevented last week’s DDoS attack
48) How intellectual property rules help the rich and hurt the poor
49) The US government’s power to assassinate
50) It’s not in your self-interest to “vote yourself a raise”

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

1) WikiLeaks: Brazile leaked question to Clinton before CNN debate
Source: USA Today

“Donna Brazile warned Hillary Clinton’s campaign that she would be asked about lead poisoning in Flint, Mich., ahead of a primary debate, according to an email released by WikiLeaks Monday. The group has been posting hacked emails from Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. The email, originally sent March 5, 2016, warned that ‘One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash. Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint,’ Brazile wrote. During the March 6 debate, Lee-Anne Walters, who said her family was poisoned by lead, asked Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders if they would ‘make a personal promise to me right now.'” (10/31/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/10/31/donna-brazile-clinton-cnn-debate-wikileaks/93058560

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2) AL: Largest US fuel pipeline shuts after work crew triggers blast
Source: Bloomberg

“The biggest fuel pipeline in the U.S. shut its mainlines Monday after an explosion and fire in Alabama that killed at least one person. Gasoline futures surged and U.S. refiner stocks gained. Colonial Pipeline Co., which carries refined products to New York Harbor from Houston, shut the lines for the second time in two months. A contract crew working miles from the site of a Sept. 9 spill ran into the pipeline with a trackhoe, igniting gasoline and causing a fire, Colonial said in a statement. One person died at the scene and five others were transported to Birmingham-area hospitals for treatment. The spill in September shut the line for 12 days, cutting supplies to 50 million Americans in the Southeast.” (10/31/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-31/largest-u-s-gasoline-pipeline-shuts-after-alabama-explosion

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3) Turkey: Regime detains opposition newspaper editor, columnists
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Turkish police detained the chief editor and at least 11 senior staff of Turkey’s opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper on Monday, a move that signals a widening crackdown on dissenting voices. Editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, cartoonist Musa Kart, the newspaper’s lawyer and several columnists were detained, some following raids at their homes, Cumhuriyet reported on its website. Police had warrants for the detentions of 16 staff members, according to the left-learning and pro-secular paper.” (10/31/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/turkey-detains-opposition-newspaper-editor-columnists/article_bba0b9a1-d3a4-5c9a-854e-e367a692d282.html

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4) Weld: Comey, FBI “off the reservation,” don’t they know Hillary Clinton is above the law?
Source: CNN

“Libertarian [Party] vice presidential nominee William Weld lit into James Comey, saying Monday that his decision to announce a review of new emails was ‘disgraceful’ … ‘They’re totally off the reservation,’ Weld told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota Monday on ‘New Day,’ adding that the US Attorney General may need to get involved to rein in Comey. Weld was the head of the Justice Department’s criminal justice division during the final years of Ronald Reagan’s tenure and said throughout the interview that his criticism of Comey’s conduct was a professional critique, not political.” [editor’s note: Unmentioned is that Weld, possibly the Libertarian Party’s biggest mistake of all time, got promoted to DoJ criminal justice head as a reward for stonewalling the Senate’s investigation of the Iran-Contra ring when he was a US attorney; covering criminal politicians’ asses seems to be his avocation – TLK] (10/31/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/31/politics/bill-weld-comey-reservation-clinton/

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5) Hackers say they’re revealing more from trove of NSA data
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“A group calling itself ‘Shadow Brokers’ says it’s releasing another tranche of information from its trove of top secret hacking data stolen from the U.S.’s National Security Agency. Shadow Brokers has been closely followed by intelligence watchers and cybersecurity specialists since the group released a set of NSA hacking tools into the wild in August, purportedly the opening act in an implausible money-raising stunt.” (10/31/16)

http://kdhnews.com/business/technology/hackers-say-they-re-revealing-more-from-trove-of-nsa/article_8e2784bd-ade8-5d74-bf79-137f97f3cc6f.html

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6) Report: “Bionic” plants can detect explosives
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Scientists have transformed the humble spinach plant into a bomb detector. By embedding tiny tubes in the plants’ leaves, they can be made to pick up chemicals called nitro-aromatics, which are found in landmines and buried munitions. Real-time information can then be wirelessly relayed to a handheld device. The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) work is published in the journal Nature Materials. The scientists implanted nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes (tiny cylinders of carbon) into the leaves of the spinach plant. It takes about 10 minutes for the spinach to take up the water into the leaves.” (10/31/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37823909

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7) Airbnb, New York in talks to resolve rental law lawsuit
Source: Reuters

“Airbnb Inc and New York state are in talks to resolve a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it says could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday. The potential accord was revealed after U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan canceled a hearing that had been set for Monday. The person said the hearing was adjourned so both sides could ‘work out a consensual resolution.’ Without referencing the potential resolution, Forrest, in a one-page order, directed the parties to provide her with a status update by the end of the week. The company filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on Oct. 21 after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation that imposed fines of up to $7,500 on hosts who advertise illegal short-term rentals on platforms like Airbnb.” (10/31/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-airbnb-new-york-idUSKBN12V24J

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8) Teenage hacker arrested for disrupting 911 service with DDoS attack
Source: The Hacker News

“Just last month, researchers explained how an attacker can knock the 911 service offline in an entire state by launching automated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks using a botnet of just 6000 smartphones. But, doing so, in reality, could not only land public in danger but the attacker as well. The same happened to an 18-year-old teen from Arizona, who was arrested this week following a severe disruption of 911 emergency systems caused due to one of his iOS exploits.” (10/29/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/hacking-911-service.html

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9) CA: $350 million social experiment over lawns
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“California water agencies that spent more than $350 million in the last two years of drought to pay property owners to rip out water-slurping lawns are now trying to answer whether the nation’s biggest lawn removal experiment was all worth the cost. Around the state, water experts and water-district employees are employing satellite images, infrared aerial photos, neighborhood drive-bys and complex algorithms to gauge just how much grassy turf was removed. They also want to know whether the fortune in rebates helped turn California tastes lastingly away from emerald-green turf.” (10/31/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/In-California-a-350-million-social-experiment-10424104.php

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10) Brazil: Worker’s Party takes a plunge in second-round municipal elections
Source: PanAm Post

“Leftist groups suffered a hard defeat during the second round of municipal elections in Brazil last week. Brazilians demonstrated a clear preference for the right, leaving the Worker’s Party and other left-leaning parties such as the Party for Socialism and Liberty (PSOL) with little support at the polls. The Worker’s Party lost in the seven municipalities they were competing in.” (10/31/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/10/31/workers-party-takes-a-plunge-in-brazils-second-round-municipal-elections/

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11) UK: Government rules out Orgreave inquiry
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has rejected the possibility of an inquiry into the ‘Battle of Orgreave,’ the brutal clashes between police and miners during the 1984 miners’ strike. The long-awaited decision will be regarded as a bitter blow to former miners and campaigners who hoped an inquiry would establish clear links between the misconduct by the South Yorkshire police during the Hillsborough disaster and their behaviour five years earlier at Orgreave. … The brutal clashes on 18 June 1984 between 6,000 police officers from forces across the country and thousands of striking miners during a mass picket at coking works in South Yorkshire was a key moment in the miners’ strike. … 95 miners were prosecuted for riot and unlawful assembly, offences which carry a potential life sentence. But their trial collapsed and all were acquitted amid allegations that officers colluded to write court statements.” (10/31/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/oct/31/government-rules-out-orgreave-inquiry

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12) Establishment pols rush to condemn Comey for forgetting that Clinton is above the law
Source: CNN

“Republican former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday slammed the FBI director’s recent actions in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server. He called Comey’s actions an ‘error in judgment’ and said he is ‘somewhat perplexed about what the director was trying to accomplish here.’ … Former Attorney General Eric Holder also criticized Comey’s decision Monday. Writing in The Washington Post on Monday, Holder called Comey’s decision ‘incorrect.'” [editor’s note: John Dean, the architect of Clinton role model Richard Nixon’s coverup, weighed in along similar lines; but of course he is not a former AG the Clinton News Network would want to call attention to – TLK] (10/31/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/31/politics/eric-holder-op-ed-rips-comey-letter/

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13) Enabling a choice of monies aligns with the “Northern Powerhouse” deal
Source: The Cobden Centre

“The ‘Northern Powerhouse’ is one of the prominent (albeit perceived to be failing) public policy strategies that have not been discontinued by Theresa May’s government after the Brexit referendum. Indeed, it has good intentions but it has still not done enough to address the problematic North-South divide. Enabling a genuine choice of monies amongst agents (including individuals, businesses, financial institutions, etc. in terms of allowing entities to pay taxes in, be paid in and to trade in multiple monies) would actually complement and help fulfill this important, well-intentioned objective.” (10/31/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/10/enabling-a-choice-of-monies-aligns-with-the-northern-powerhouse-ideal/

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14) Moldova: Runoff pending as pro-Russian candidate leads presidential race
Source: United Press International

“Moldova’s first presidential election in 20 years will go to a second round after no candidate achieved a majority in weekend voting. Socialist Party leader Igor Dodon fell just short of the required majority, with 48.6 percent of ballots cast Sunday. Dodon is regarded as a pro-Russia candidate, and his near-victory is seen as a blow to attempts to bring former Soviet republics out from Russia’s influence, the New York Times said Monday. Maia Sandu, a former World Bank official and leader of the Party of Action and Solidarity, received 38 percent of the vote. Six other candidates also ran for the office, a ceremonial position which is expected to be more influential after the country’s constitution is changed.” (10/31/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/10/31/Pro-Russia-candidate-leading-in-Moldova-presidential-race/1081477923134/

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15) Lebanon: Aoun wins presidency, ending 2-1/2-year vacuum
Source: The Daily Star [Lebanon]

“Michel Aoun has been sworn in as Lebanon’s 13th president after gaining a simple majority in the second round of voting in Monday’s highly-anticipated presidential election in Parliament, putting an end to the country’s 2-1/2-year vacuum. … Aoun was widely expected to be elected president after having secured the backing of Lebanon’s main factions, especially after Hariri announced his support for Aoun earlier this month. He was also backed by Hezbollah and the Lebanese Forces. Parliament had been unable to reach a quorum in the past because the Change and Reform bloc, along with Hezbollah and other March 8 parties, boycotted the session pending agreement on Aoun’s election as president.” (10/31/16)

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2016/Oct-31/378932-lawmakers-arrive-to-lebanese-president-election-session.ashx

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16) France: Police move in on bulging Paris migrant camp
Source: France 24 [France]

“French police have begun a vast operation to check the ‘administrative status’ of hundreds of migrants amassed in a makeshift camp in northeastern Paris, days after thousands of people were moved from a larger camp in Calais. Officers backed by riot police converged Monday morning on the streets around Stalingrad subway station, where an estimated 2,000 people are gathered on the pavements. Police were seen carrying out checks on the migrants, possibly in preparation for a future evacuation of the site.” (10/31/16)

http://www.france24.com/en/20161031-police-paris-migrant-camp-refugees-france-stalingrad

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17) FL: Some idiots plan to arm themselves for trick-or-treating because CLOWNS
Source: Fox News

“Some Florida residents plan to take some extra precautions when they trick-or-treat with their children on Monday amid reports of creepy clowns scaring communities. Kimberly Kersey told Florida Today that she plans to carry a gun while taking her sons around her Palm Bay neighborhood after two men were arrested last week for allegedly threatening people while dressed as clowns. … Pam Metz, of Titusville, said she plans to carry around a baseball bat on Halloween because she doesn’t have a gun.” [editor’s note: On the one hand, it’s a good idea to go armed in general, assuming you are sane and competent. On the other hand, if you have fallen for the clown panic, you are not sane and competent, you should probably not be going out at all armed or not, and you should probably be in diapers and on thorazine – TLK] (10/31/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/10/31/some-florida-parents-plan-to-arm-themselves-while-going-trick-or-treating-over-clown-concerns.html

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18) South Korea: Park dismisses aides in bid to stem scandal
Source: Columbus Dispatch

“The shadowy woman at the center of President Park Geun-hye’s worst political scandal apologized for her ‘wrongdoings’ on Sunday. Hours later, Park fired her chief of staff and seven other presidential aides in an effort to regain public trust, a day after thousands of South Koreans took to the streets to call for her removal from office. … Park has been accused of letting Choi [Soon-sil], a private citizen with no security clearance or background in policymaking, advise on crucial state affairs. Choi, 60, has also been accused of using her influence with Park to plant her associates in the government, including the presidential office, and to coerce big businesses to donate millions of dollars each to the two foundations she controls.” (10/31/16)

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2016/10/31/park-dismisses-aides-in-bid-to-stem-scandal.html#

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19) Netherlands: Wilders boycotts start of “hate speech” trial
Source: Washington Post

“The politically charged hate-speech trial of Dutch firebrand anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders got underway Monday with Wilders boycotting the opening. Instead, his lawyer, Geert-Jan Knoops, read out a statement that the lawmaker published last Friday in which he called his case a ‘political trial’ targeting freedom of speech. … The trial, which is scheduled to last more than three weeks, centers on comments Wilders made before and after Dutch municipal elections in 2014. At one meeting in a Hague cafe he asked supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, sparking a chant of ‘Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!’ ‘We’ll take care of it,’ he replied, in a video recording played in court.” (10/31/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/geert-wilders-hate-speech-trial-set-to-begin/2016/10/31/f0180446-9f3e-11e6-8864-6f892cad0865_story.html

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20) NC: Pizza Hut employee shoots, kills attempted robber
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

“A west Charlotte Pizza Hut employee is on leave after shooting and killing a man police said was trying to rob the restaurant early Sunday morning. Police identified the would-be thief as 28-year-old Michael Grace. Investigators said that just before 1:40 a.m. three people tried to break into the Pizza Hut on Freedom Drive. Officers said that the employee fired his personal handgun at Grace, who died at the scene. Police found the gun they said Grace was carrying when he was shot at the scene. The two other intruders ran away and have not yet been found.” (10/31/16)

http://www.ajc.com/news/national/update-pizza-hut-employee-shoots-kills-attempted-robber-cmpd-says/rhcHjMFRf50C3SZHCLqCkP/

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

21) In defense of political apathy
Source: Students For Liberty
by Stephen Boucher

“The two frontrunners are perhaps the least desirable in electoral history, however, there is a case to be made for exercising one’s democratic right, if only for the sake of exercising it. Gary Johnson is in the running, after all, and is a strong third party candidate for libertarians and disillusioned voters alike. The political process isn’t entirely useless, as Johnson and Ron Paul have demonstrated by using their platform to bring libertarian ideas to a larger audience. That said, there’s an equally important right to abstain from voting, and whether one abstains as an objection to an understandably disappointing political system or simply because they have something better to do, it’s absolutely beautiful.” (10/31/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/10/31/defense-political-apathy/

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22) Selling out to Trump: Easier and more lucrative, but still not right
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Josh Guckert

“In the last few months, libertarians have had to face some harsh realities, not the least of which being that some adorning our label are anything but. Somehow, ‘libertarians for Trump’ has become an actual phenomenon, with some very prominent voices in the movement either explicitly or tacitly supporting one of the most authoritarian candidates in American history.” (10/30/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/trump-easier-lucrative-right/

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23) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 102
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Buchanan v. Trump; Johnson/Weld 5%?); Me vs. Jason Stapleton on government funding for Libertarian presidential candidates; Hey, one of my Garrison columns made USA Today!” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/31/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-102-but.htm

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24) On-demand cell phone searches hurt teenagers on parole
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Rebecca Jeschke

“Should law enforcement get an all access, long-term pass to a teenager’s cell phone, just because he or she had a run in with police? That question is in front of California’s highest court, and in an amicus brief filed earlier this month, EFF and the three California offices of the ACLU warned that it was a highly invasive and unconstitutional condition of juvenile parole. In this case, a teenager known in court documents as Ricardo P. admitted to two cases of burglary. One condition of his parole was that he submit his phone to search at any time, whether by his probation officers or any peace officer, even though his phone use had nothing to do with the commission of the crimes. But the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that you cannot treat personal electronic devices so cavalierly.” (10/31/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/10/demand-cell-phone-searches-hurt-teenagers-parol

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25) A ghost story
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“In the summer of 1982, I rented a very strange old house with a long history. In a town with very little rental property available, it was both cheap and ready for me to move in … which should have told me something. But I was desperate, and making only ‘minimum wage’ at the time while I was in college for my degree. So I just counted my blessings. The ghost showed up before I could even finish moving in, but I didn’t give it a lot of thought until later, when evidence began to pile up to a level that could no longer be ignored.” (10/31/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9949

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26) Hillary has nobody to blame but herself
Source: Town Hall
by Katie Pavlich

“It’s been three days since FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress saying he was reopening the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private, unsecured email arrangement. Comey made the announcement after new information relevant to the case, reportedly thousands of emails, were found on a computer belonging to former Congressman Anthony Weiner and his ex-wife Huma Abedin, who serves as a top aide for Clinton. In pure Clintonian fashion, Clinton herself wasted no time going after Comey by accusing him of purposely trying to influence an election. In an effort to paint Comey’s move as purely political, she lied about the letter he sent by saying it was only sent to Republicans.” [editor’s note: Actually, John Podesta offered a convincing explanation of that as a mistake — the campaign did not initially receive the distribution list of the letter, on the front page it was addressed solely to the Republican committee chair, and Clinton retracted the claim as soon as she learned it was in error – TLK] (10/31/16)

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2016/10/31/you-did-this-to-yourself-hillary-n2239680

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27) The problem with Ruth Marcus
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Channeling The Sound of Music’s Mother Superior, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus asks, ‘How do you solve a problem like Bill Clinton?’ Marcus means Bill’s problematic possible return to the White House, the scene of his crimes, as First Dude in a new Clinton Administration — specifically his difficulties with ‘the twin minefields of sex and money.'” (10/31/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/10/31/the-problem-with-ruth-marcus/

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28) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/31/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“That’s right folks. Just when you thought you’d had all the Weiner you can take, he shows up to offer you one last round of excitement. Apparently, during the investigation into Anthony Weiner’s sexting of a 15-year-old girl, the FBI found more than 650,000 emails related to Hillary Clinton and their previously closed investigation into her use of a private email server. Some of the emails must have been serious because James Comey has now notified Congress that he is again investigating Hillary for possible mishandling of classified information. I’ve got a lot of thoughts on this, and I’ve been forced to hold my tongue the entire weekend. NO MORE! Today I speak. Enjoy,” [various formats] (10/31/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/the-weiner-strikes-again/

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29) If you thought Washington was gridlocked before Comey’s letter, just wait
Source: Reuters
by Bill Schneider

“News of another FBI review of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails may not change the outcome of the election. But it could poison a Clinton presidency. At this stage of the campaign, most voters have made up their minds. More than 12 million early and absentee votes had already been cast when the new investigation was revealed. Last-minute revelations do not typically have much impact because they are seen as political. That appears to have been the case in 2000, when the story broke a few days before the election that Republican nominee George W. Bush had once been arrested for drunk driving in Maine. At the end of a campaign, when passions are running high, everything is seen as political.” [editort’s note: I knew there was an upside to this mess – SAT] (10/31/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-election-clinton-comey-commentary-idUSKBN12V1U3

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30) Turning independent contractors into employees would kill the gig economy
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Timothy Doescher

“Gig workers are self-employed ‘independent contractors.’ Legally, they work for themselves. This status is beneficial to workers because it allows them to have flexible hours and to be their own boss. They have the ability to find work using multiple mobile applications, or apps; a driver can switch between using Uber and Lyft depending on which offers the better fare. The arrangement also benefits the gig companies such as Uber and Lyft because they can focus on producing good software without managing an enormous workforce. Drivers find clients through their apps, but pick where and when to drive. Special interest groups and lawmakers now want to reclassify these independent contractors as employees.” (10/31/16)

https://fee.org/articles/turning-independent-contractors-into-employees-would-kill-the-gig-economy/

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31) Why ballparks can’t save cities
Source: The American Conservative
by Matthew Robare

“Baseball stadiums are expensive to build and urban property prices have always been high, especially considering the amount of parking needed to accommodate 40,000 people. As a result, teams want public financing, tax abatements, and all the other ills that crony capitalism promotes. Paid for with higher taxes, increased public indebtedness, and highway improvements, the retro ballparks were sold to city, county, and state governments as a form of economic development and urban regeneration. None of that has happened.” (10/31/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/urbs/why-ballparks-cant-save-cities/

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32) A president Clinton would be out of control
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“‘Someone somewhere should have told her no.’ Those are the words of a Clinton ally quoted in a roundup of Democratic reactions to Hillary Clinton’s FBI news by congressional newspaper The Hill. And, despite the fact that they come from a Clinton supporter, albeit an angry and disappointed one, they may illustrate the best reason for choosing Donald Trump instead of Clinton. … Someone, somewhere, should have told her no. Well, yes. But who? That was the problem with Secretary of State Clinton, and it will be a bigger problem with a President Clinton. Because, by all appearances, nobody tells Clinton no, and Clinton has no compunction about breaking the rules when it suits her purposes.” (1030/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/30/hillary-clinton-email-investigation-trump-president-glenn-reynolds/93006320

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33) When will robots take all the jobs?
Source: The Atlantic
by Derek Thompson

“There is a contradiction in economic forecasting today that I’ve come to think of as the ‘robot paradox.’ Some people seem confident that automation will take many workers’ jobs, yet they cannot point to evidence that technology has done anything in the last few years to replace work or add to productivity. Indeed, economic growth has been lackluster for the last few years, productivity growth is mysteriously moribund, and the last two years have been perhaps the best time this century for wage growth. This is not what the end of work looks like.” (10/31/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/10/the-robot-paradox/505973/

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34) How not to regulate the Internet
Source: Bloomberg
by Editorial Board

“On the internet, ads giveth and ads taketh away. They’re the reason you can enjoy so many services for free, and also why everything you do is so relentlessly tracked. It’s an awkward duality. But for consumers, it more or less works. Last week the Federal Communications Commission tinkered with this delicate equation. It approved new privacy rules that will require broadband providers to get permission from their subscribers before they can collect certain personal data. That sounds great. Unfortunately, it’s likely to do more harm than good.” (10/31/16)

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-10-31/internet-ads-are-awful-but-regulation-won-t-help

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35) Will Democrats nuke the filibuster?
Source: The New Republic
by David Sarasohn

“The real nuclear issue in the 2016 campaign isn’t, as Senator Ted Cruz warned in February, the danger of waking up one morning to find that a President Donald Trump had nuked Denmark. It’s much closer than Copenhagen. In November 2013, a pile of judicial nominations filibustered by Republicans were clogging up the Senate, creating emergency shortages in federal courts across the country. So Democratic senators exercised their majority power and pushed the button on the ‘nuclear option,’ enabling a simple majority to bring presidential nominations up for a confirmation vote—except for the Supreme Court. If banning the filibuster on federal district and appeals courts was the nuclear option, banning it on Supreme Court nominations would be the hydrogen bomb.” (10/31/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138245/will-democrats-nuke-filibuster

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36) What we know today about marijuana proves prohibition is wrong
Source: Cato Institute
by Jeffrey A Singer

“Prohibition turns otherwise law-abiding people into criminals, undermining respect for the law and our institutions. It turns thuggish black-market profiteers into billionaires who prey on our young and settle intramural disputes through violence. We saw this in spades when the United States enacted alcohol prohibition in 1920. It led to the rise of organized crime, mob violence and an epidemic of underground alcohol use. Realizing the error of its ways, our nation repealed alcohol prohibition in 1933. Nearly 80 years and hundreds of billions of dollars in law enforcement expenditures after Congress replaced alcohol prohibition with marijuana prohibition, nearly half of Americans say they have used marijuana.” (10/30/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/what-we-know-today-about-marijuana-proves-prohibition-wrong

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37) Blame government, not markets for monopoly
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Monopolies and cartels are creations of government, not markets. For example, the reason the media is dominated by a few large companies is that no one can operate a television or radio station unless they obtain federal approval and pay federal licensing fees. Similarly, anyone wishing to operate a cable company must not only comply with federal regulations, they must sign a ‘franchise’ agreement with their local government. Fortunately, the Internet has given Americans greater access to news and ideas shut out by the government-licensed lapdogs of the “mainstream” media. This may be why so many politicians are anxious to regulate the web.” (10/31/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/blame-government-not-markets-monopoly

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38) Infrastructure: Can we finally think big?
Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“The Great Depression stimulated America’s first major investments in modern infrastructure. Undertakings like the Hoover Dam, LaGuardia Airport, the Lincoln Tunnel, the Golden Gate Bridge, and thousands of lesser-known road, rail, sewer, waterway, levee, and energy projects put millions of people back to work and transformed the American landscape. These marvels of American 20th-century infrastructure have long since ceded pride of place to European and Asian 21st-century state-of-the-art projects. Today, New Deal–era and even older assets barely keep the United States moving; many, if not most of them, have long since passed their useful lifespans. The Great Recession brought the country to another crossroads on infrastructure. But where the New Deal went full throttle on innovation, President Barack Obama’s Rooseveltian instincts were curbed by 21st-century economic realities, obsession with deficits, and Republican intransigence.” (10/31/16)

http://prospect.org/article/infrastructure-can-we-finally-think-big

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39) Welcome to the latest culture wars
Source: CounterPunch
by Julian Vigo

“[W]e are living through a moment when the liberal sector of society is, instead of image constabulary, undertaking some rather Draconian forms of language policing. Composed of a university student and twenty-something population, this movement harbours a profoundly conserve narrative, albeit couched as ‘progressive,’ whereby the names we call ourselves are imposed upon others. The major battleground for this debate is at the University of Toronto where psychology professor, Jordan Peterson, has come under fire for critiquing Federal Bill C-16. Under this bill is the proposal to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code whereby added to the list of prosecutable offences could include the ‘misuse’ of pronouns.” (10/31/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/31/welcome-to-the-latest-culture-wars/

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40) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 105
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week we rock out with the libertarian rapper, and activist Eric July! Eric July is the lead singer in the hip hop/metal band BackWordz, and is a contributor to Liberty Hangout, Being Libertarian and The Libertarian Republic. In this episode, we talk about the best way of spreading the libertarian message and how the music industry seems to hold the key. Eric July also talks about how ‘Black Lives Matter’ is NOT a friend of Liberty, and why we (libertarians) should be skeptical of this growing movement.” [various formats] (10/29/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-105-eric-july/

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41) Tax fairness group petition: Curb extreme family wealth
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“You and I pay income tax on our income. But what if you get a huge chunk of income by inheriting vast wealth? Think Paris Hilton, the Waltons, the Trumps and the Koch brothers, for example. Our country was established by people escaping from places where a few people owned and controlled everything, and the rest of the people served their interests. We established a country where it is supposed to be a self-evident truth that all men people are created equal. ‘We the People’ established a country ‘of the people, by the people and for the people.’ How do we keep it that way as inequality rises to the levels we were supposed to be escaping? The Walton family, for example, has more wealth (and resulting influence on government) than a third of all of us put together.” [editor’s note: Where such wealth was gained by gaming the system and buying politicians, it would be hard to argue this; however, having wealth is not in itself a crime – SAT] (10/31/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161031/tax-fairness-group-petition-curb-extreme-family-wealth

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42) Comey’s disclosures set stage for a public interest exception to secrecy
Source: The Intercept
by Alex Emmons

“Among the people criticizing Comey for his latest foray into radical transparency were former attorney generals Alberto Gonzales and Eric Holder, who both pointed out that it is against Justice Department policy to comment on ongoing investigations, and certainly not within 60 days of an election. Comey’s actions have raised lasting questions about when the public interest outweighs the current policy, and whether there should be a public-interest exception to the Justice Department’s secrecy rules. In his July announcement, Comey said that ‘given the importance of the matter, I think unusual transparency is in order.’ Part of his goal was clearly to reassert the FBI’s independence from political pressure.” (10/31/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/10/31/comeys-disclosures-set-stage-for-a-public-interest-exception-to-fbi-secrecy/

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43) Cuban cigars and other no-longer-forbidden fruit
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“I have good news for the winners and the losers of the election, whoever they may be. The winners may enjoy the pleasure of celebrating victory with genuine Cuban cigars. The losers can drown their sorrows in Cuban rum straight from the island. That’s because President Barack Obama has made such indulgences easier. Until recently, any American traveler could bring back no more than $100 worth of these items. Under the new policy, you’re free to bring as much as you can carry. True, you may bring supplies only for your personal use; selling them is forbidden. Ha.” (10/31/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/10/31/cuban-cigars-and-other-no-longer-forbidd

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44) Peaceful transitions?
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Reichard White

“Conveniently forgetting about hanging chads — and Al Gore’s mistake (conceding the 2000 election despite winning the popular vote) — the Main Stream (Clinton) Media declared that by reserving judgement until the results were in, Trump threatened ‘the peaceful transfer of power,’ the lack of which is often associated with Banana Republics. While Trump indeed puts his foot in his mouth often enough for his dentist to salivate over extra Christmas income, learning from AlGore’s mistake wasn’t one of those times. Most voters agree with him.” (10/30/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle896-20161030-03.html

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45) Clintonism, unplugged
Source: Strike The Root
by Kevin M Patten

“For many (yes, the following can already be seen on the Interwebz), the slogan ‘I’m Ready for Hillary’ has always sounded like bracing for a prostate exam. The average American progressive has overwhelmingly favored Bernie Sanders, and everyone from that pool who now adopts the mantra is currently bending over, gritting their teeth and grinding their toes into the floor. … Libertarian eyes and ears should alert to the reality that these people don’t merely violate every last consideration of the Non-Aggression Principle — they’ve also successfully convinced our entire body-politic into thinking that it hardly matters at all.” (10/30/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/clintonism-unplugged

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46) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/31/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Jeremy HizenSquitten and Michael W. Dean discuss the Conspiracy Theory That Alex Jones Is Actually Legendary, Long-Dead Texas Comedian Bill Hicks and also the Conspiracy Theory That J. Neil Schulman Is Actually Legendary, Long-Dead Comedian Andy Kaufman. Also, discussions of kratom farts, punk rock, Fang, and Tom Flynn.” [various formats] (10/31/16)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=12957

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47) Blockchain could have prevented last week’s DDoS attack
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“On October 21 the Internet suffered a severe Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. In fact, reports say nearly half the Internet was incapacitated with sites like Twitter, Reddit, Netflix and more temporarily shut down. Although the state of the web looks grim, the rise of blockchain technology may be able to deter DDoS assaults significantly.: (10/31/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/blockchain-prevented-ddos-attack/

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48) How intellectual property rules help the rich and hurt the poor
Source: OpEdNews
by Dean Baker

“There is a recurring concern in discussions about the economy that technology threatens the livelihood of large segments of the workforce. The exact mechanism varies. In one version, the robots will take all the jobs, leading to a massive surge in unemployment. A somewhat different version has the development of technology benefiting people with college and advanced degrees to the detriment of those with less education. In this story, the highly educated do well, while the less educated see stagnant or declining wages. While the future may actually be one of continually rising inequality, it is important to realize that technology is not the culprit. It is not the technology that determines who gets the benefits of major innovations; it is laws that govern technology, which in turn are made by politicians.” (10/31/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/How-Intellectual-Property-by-Dean-Baker-Inequality_Intellectual-Property_Politicians_Property-Rights-161030-827.html

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49) The US government’s power to assassinate
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Throughout the presidential campaign, including the presidential debates, among the issues that have not been raised or discussed is the federal government’s power to assassinate. The power to assassinate is now consider an accepted power of the federal government. In fact, most people, especially mainstream reporters and pundits, treat federal assassinations with blase and nonchalance.” (10/31/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/31/the-power-to-assassinate/

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50) It’s not in your self-interest to “vote yourself a raise”
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary M Galles

“It is worth noting that in a world without free lunches, the supposedly beneficial Democratic policies cited are all stolen lunches. And once people have had time to respond, market capitalization will turn many of those stolen lunches into ones ‘beneficiaries’ must pay for, whether they are worth the price or not. (For example, mandated benefits which will ultimately come out of worker compensation packages.) Furthermore, many of those redistributionist policies benefit some at the expense of others from within same groups, rather than offering an unmitigated gain to all.” [editor’s note: On the one hand, I understand that not every political piece needs to attack Democrats and Republicans equally. On the other hand, this piece would have been improved by at least one sentence noting that Republican proposals are “stolen lunches” as well – TLK] (10/31/16)

https://mises.org/blog/its-not-your-self-interest-vote-yourself-raise

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