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In the News:

1) Syria: Rebels reject Russian demand to withdraw from Aleppo
2) New emails suggest coordination between State Department and Clinton camp
3) More casualties reported after Indian and Pakistani forces exchange fire
4) NJ: Bridgegate jury ends third day of deliberations without verdict
5) Russia: Amnesty International’s Moscow office “sealed by authorities”
6) Ambush-style killings of police up 300% in first half of year
7) Obama says Army Corps examining Dakota oil pipeline route
8) NY: Regime, UPS spar over $872 million extortion racket demand
9) MS: “Vote Trump” painted on burned black church
10) Residents of Bosnian town protest allegedly rigged election
11) Prosecutor says Bill Cosby’s lawyers are trying to intimidate 13 women who want to testify against him
12) Canada: Federal government failing its own test
13) October gun sales see massive spike, set yet another record
14) West Virginia AG urges Justice Department to reject settlement with Mylan
15) Microsoft: Russian hackers using unpatched Windows bug disclosed by Google
16) Apple boots crime reporting app from App Store
17) WA: Children sick with mysterious polio-like illness
18) Khamenei: Presidential candidates “annihilating US reputation”
19) South Africa: Court orders release of corruption report amid anti-Zuma protests
20) Philippines: Duterte lashes out at the US for halting gun sale

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The Democracy now
22) How Hillary Clinton poisoned American politics
23) Don’t trust Clinton to avoid stupid wars
24) Must you live off the grid to enjoy Fourth Amendment protections?
25) Zoning laws are erasing the American dream
26) The return of protectionism
27) A pro-life libertarian case for abortion rights
28) The Supreme Court, federalism, and limited government
29) A quick note on monopsony power and wage stickiness
30) Don’t be so sure Russia hacked the Clinton emails
31) Are Keynesians trying to bring back the Real Bills Doctrine?
32) Obama’s slow, painful unraveling continues
33) Barrel bomb: The cataclysmic close of Campaign 2016
34) Why Emailgate matters
35) Bernie Sanders is being a good Democrat (for now)
36) Worse than Watergate? Revisiting the Clinton email fiasco
37) I can’t vote. If you can, you must
38) Dyn’s fire
39) “Libertarians”
40) The Tom Woods Show, episode 772
41) Lone Star uprising: Texas is turning blue
42) DiCaprio climate catastrophe film boosts Clinton campaign
43) America is not one nation; it never was
44) Dependence on state an addiction
45) Obama’s electric car money grab
46) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/02/16
47) Compulsory nation
48) Rethinking school discipline
49) A libertarian primer on the issues
50) The Dark Web isn’t all dark
51) If the Crown controls prosecution …
52) Introducing purchasing yield power
53) Five tricks gun control advocates play
54) Five things you believe about voting that are statistically BS
55) Clinton lies about lying about her lies
56) How to vote no to nuclear weapons
57) The Libertarian Angle, 11/02/16
58) Free Talk Live, 11/01/16
59) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/02/16
60) A quickie divorce, step two: Trade in goods

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

1) Syria: Rebels reject Russian demand to withdraw from Aleppo
Source: Reuters

“Syrian rebels on Wednesday rejected Russian demands that they withdraw from Aleppo by Friday evening, an official in one insurgent faction said. ‘This is completely out of the question. We will not give up the city of Aleppo to the Russians and we won’t surrender,’ Zakaria Malahifji of the Fastaqim rebel group told Reuters. Russia’s defense ministry said rebels and civilians would be allowed to leave the eastern opposition-held part of Aleppo and signaled it would extend a moratorium on air strikes inside the city. However, Malahifji said there were no safe exit corridors, as Russia had stated.” (11/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-aleppo-idUSKBN12X1ZI

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2) New emails suggest coordination between State Department and Clinton camp
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“New revelations from the emails of Hillary Clinton campaign head John Podesta on Wednesday appeared to show coordination between the State Department and the Democrat’s campaign. The stolen emails released by Wikileaks suggested that a government official may have tipped Clinton off that news was about to break about the private email server she used as Secretary of State. The message, dated March 1, 2015, came from Department of State press aid Lauren Hickey. In it, she describes having ‘just cleared’ a reply to a New York Times reporter about to publish the story. The mail also seemed to imply that the reply to the newspaper had been altered at the Clinton camp’s behest …” (11/02/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/new-emails-suggest-coordination-between-state-department-and-clinton-camp/a-36240962

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3) More casualties reported after Indian and Pakistani forces exchange fire
Source: Las Vegas Herald

“The intensifying military operations and attacks at the borders of long time rivals, India and Pakistan has threatened to snap the already delicate ties between both the nations. In fresh gun battle between forces from both the countries, 24 deaths were reported, with eight civilians losing their lives. Nine others were reportedly injured in the firing.” (11/03/16)

http://www.lasvegasherald.com/index.php/sid/249068075

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4) NJ: Bridgegate jury ends third day of deliberations without verdict
Source: Bloomberg

“The jury weighing whether two allies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie intentionally created traffic havoc near the George Washington Bridge ended a third day of deliberations without a verdict after defense lawyers and prosecutors held a series of closed-door meetings with the judge. Jurors put in a short day Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Newark, leaving about 2 p.m., apparently without sending any questions to U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton. The panel is weighing whether Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni closed access lanes near the bridge in September 2013 to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for refusing to endorse Christie’s re-election.” (11/02/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-02/bridge-jury-ends-third-day-of-deliberations-without-verdict

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5) Russia: Amnesty International’s Moscow office “sealed by authorities”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Amnesty International’s office in Moscow has been sealed off by the city authorities, say members of staff. Arriving for work on Wednesday, they found official seals placed across the office entrances, the locks had been changed and the power was cut off. Amnesty, which has been strongly critical of the human rights situation in Russia, said it hoped there was ‘a simple administrative explanation.’ Moscow’s city authority said later that Amnesty’s lease had expired. The office was no longer subject to ‘contractual relations’ and had ignored a debt notice, the council told independent TV internet channel Dozhd. It added that ‘the presence of third persons in it was illegal.’ Amnesty has in the past complained of harassment by the authorities in Russia.” (11/02/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37845347

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6) Ambush-style killings of police up 300% in first half of year
Source: USA Today

“There has been a massive increase in the number of police officers killed in the United States as a result of ambush-style attacks — a jump of more than 300% in the first half of 2016, according to a report published by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The report found that from January to July 20 this year, 14 police officers were shot and killed in ambushes, seven while stopping a suspicious person and five were killed while ‘executing a tactical arrest or high-risk warrants.’ The report, which was published at the end of July and covers only the first half of 2016, does not include the two officers who were shot and killed in an apparent ambush in Iowa on Wednesday.” (11/02/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/11/02/ambush-style-killings-police-up-300/93155124/

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7) Obama says Army Corps examining Dakota oil pipeline route
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Barack Obama has called for ‘peace’ and ‘restraint’ on the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is examining whether the four-state project can be rerouted in southern North Dakota to alleviate the concerns of American Indians. Obama told the online news outlet NowThis that his administration is monitoring the situation closely but will ‘let it play out for several more weeks. As a general rule, my view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans, and I think that right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline,’ Obama said an interview Tuesday. Corps spokeswoman Eileen Williamson said Wednesday the agency had no immediate comment on the president’s remarks. She said a statement by the agency was expected later in the day.” [editor’s note: Enforce the gorram treaty; problem solved – SAT] (11/02/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Obama-says-Army-Corps-examining-Dakota-oil-10464061.php

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8) NY: Regime, UPS spar over $872 million extortion racket demand
Source: Reuters

“New York state and city authorities sparred with United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) on Wednesday during closing arguments in a trial over whether the world’s largest package delivery company should be fined for allegedly delivering untaxed cigarettes from smoke shops on Native-American reservations. … John Oleske, a lawyer for New York state, urged U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan to impose an $872 million fine. He said such a steep penalty was justified because the company acted with an ‘entitled sense of disregard’ in failing to vet shipments from entities with a history of dealing in contraband. Attorneys for UPS countered that no penalty was appropriate because the company had abided by a prior agreement with the state on compliance.” [editor’s note: Forrest is the monster who sentenced Ross Ulbricht to life for running a web site. Don’t expect justice here, UPS! – TLK] (11/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-united-parcel-lawsuit-idUSKBN12X266

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9) MS: “Vote Trump” painted on burned black church
Source: USA Today

“A historically black church in Mississippi was burned Tuesday night and what remained was ‘Vote Trump’ spray painted on the side. The FBI was notified of the burning of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. ‘The FBI Jackson Division is aware of the situation in Greenville, and we are working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to determine if any civil rights crimes were committed,’ said spokesman Brett Carr. A news conference is slated for Wednesday morning at the headquarters of the Greenville Fire Department.” (11/02/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/11/02/vote-trump-mississippi-black-church/93164506

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10) Residents of Bosnian town protest allegedly rigged election
Source: Billings Gazette

“Hundreds of Bosnians protested Wednesday in Sarajevo, demanding a rerun of the municipal election in the southern town of Stolac that was halted by claims of irregularities and violent disruptions. Members within Bosnia’s Central Elections Commission disagree over whether to sanction those who allegedly manipulated the voting process on Oct. 2 or those who tried to prevent them. But the commission says sanctions must come before a repeat election.” (11/02/16)

http://billingsgazette.com/news/world/residents-of-bosnian-town-protest-allegedly-rigged-election/article_27cabd22-0676-50e8-9590-877da6a9a93e.html

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11) Prosecutor says Bill Cosby’s lawyers are trying to intimidate 13 women who want to testify against him
Source: Los Angeles Times

“From the moment sexual assault charges were filed against Bill Cosby in December, the case became a touchstone for the dozens of other instances in which women say they were attacked by the entertainer. On Wednesday, with Cosby present, the issue of how to view those alleged victims exploded in court, as prosecutors and defense attorneys argued about how, when and whether many of those women should testify. ‘This is another attempt to intimidate’ victims, said the prosecutor, Montgomery County Dist. Atty. Kevin Steele. He was referring to the defense’s decision to identify 13 purported Cosby victims whom Steele hopes to call as witnesses in the case involving the comedian and former Temple University employee Andrea Constand — and suggested the defense aimed to demonize the women or even scare them into not testifying.” (11/02/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-bill-cosby-trial-20161102-story.html

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12) Canada: Federal government failing its own test
Source: Fraser Institute

“[W]hen Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered his government’s first budget back in March, he boldly stated, ‘What the Canadian middle class needs most is strong economic growth… [this budget] is an essential step in a sustained, strategic effort to restore prosperity.’ He then doubled down in yesterday’s Fall Economic Statement, mentioning economic growth 27 times and noting ‘We will usher in a more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable economic future for all Canadians.’ Good rhetoric to be sure, but the government’s own forecasts show its policies aren’t having the desired result.” (11/01/16)

https://www.fraserinstitute.org/blogs/canada-s-federal-government-failing-its-own-test

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13) October gun sales see massive spike, set yet another record
Source: Fox News

“The FBI’s background check system for gun sales processed more than 2.3 million checks in October, setting an all-time record for the month. There were 2,333,539 gun-related checks processed through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, known as NICS, last month, according to FBI documents posted on Monday. That represents an increase of more than 350,000 checks over the previous October, itself a record. It’s also the 18th month in a row to set a record. With two months to go, 2016 has already seen 22,206,233 NICS checks, making it the second highest year for checks in the history of NICS with only 2015 seeing more. NICS checks are considered to be one of the most accurate indicators for gun sales because nearly all sales made through federally licensed firearm dealers require a check by law.” (11/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/02/october-gun-sales-see-massive-spike-set-yet-another-record.html

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14) West Virginia AG urges Justice Department to reject settlement with Mylan
Source: Raw Story

“West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Wednesday blasted a pending $465 million settlement between Mylan NV and the U.S. Justice Department over the misclassification of the EpiPen, saying it was ‘woefully deficient.’ In a Nov. 2 letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Morrisey said the amount likely fell short of how much the company owed Medicaid, and that Mylan should ‘not be allowed to receive a windfall after flagrantly defrauding the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program.’ Spokeswomen for the U.S. Justice Department and Mylan did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Morrisey’s letter came just a few weeks after Mylan announced a $465 million settlement with the Justice Department over charges it had underpaid U.S. government healthcare programs by misclassifying the EpiPen. But the Justice Department has not acknowledged such a settlement, and department spokeswoman Nicole Navas declined earlier Wednesday to comment on any pending settlement.” (11/02/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/west-virginia-urges-justice-department-to-reject-settlement-with-mylan

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15) Microsoft: Russian hackers using unpatched Windows bug disclosed by Google
Source: The Hacker News

“Google’s Threat Analysis Group publically disclosed on Monday a critical zero-day vulnerability in most versions of Windows just 10 days after privately disclosed both zero days to Microsoft and Adobe. While Adobe rushed an emergency patch for its Flash Player software on October 26, Microsoft had yet to release a fix. Microsoft criticized Google’s move, saying that the public disclosure of the vulnerability — which is being exploited in the wild — before the company had time to prepare a fix, puts Windows users at ‘potential risk.'” (11/01/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/windows-zeroday-exploit.html

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16) Apple boots crime reporting app from App Store
Source: Apple Insider

“Less than a week after its launch, Apple has banned a crime-reporting app called Vigilante from the App Store, which may have raised concerns over potential risks and abuses. The app, developed by Sp0n, was initially released for New York City residents, and is meant to notify them about crimes reported via 911, The Guardian said. Users near an incident are alerted, and can even record live video. Sp0n explained the ban only by saying that Apple was concerned about content.” (11/02/16)

http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/11/02/apple-boots-crime-recording-app-vigilante-from-app-store

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17) WA: Children sick with mysterious polio-like illness
Source: CBS News

“A cluster of polio-like illness in children is under investigation in Washington state. So far, two of nine suspected cases have been confirmed as a rare condition known as AFM. One child has died. While it’s not contagious, the CDC says it’s a serious illness with no known cause or cure.” (11/02/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/children-in-washington-sick-with-mysterious-polio-like-illness/

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18) Khamenei: Presidential candidates “annihilating US reputation”
Source: Independent [Ireland]

“Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had harsh words for both Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump in a speech marking the 1979 takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran. Khamenei said Mrs Clinton and Mr Trump’s comments in the presidential debates ‘are sufficient for the annihilation of the reputation of the United States,’ though he did not directly name either candidate.” (11/02/16)

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/presidential-candidates-annihilating-us-reputation-iranian-supreme-leader-35182624.html

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19) South Africa: Court orders release of corruption report amid anti-Zuma protests
Source: CNN

“A watchdog’s report into corruption allegations against South African President Jacob Zuma must be published on Wednesday, a court in Pretoria ruled, as demonstrators calling for Zuma to quit gathered in the streets of the capital. Police used water cannons and stun grenades as they tried to disperse crowds of protesters amid increasingly chaotic scenes. The demonstrations have blocked off many downtown streets and a CNN team also witnessed looting. The judge at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled that the Public Protector must release the so-called Gupta report by 5 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) Wednesday. The judge’s ruling came shortly after Zuma’s lawyer announced the president was dropping his bid to block the release of the report, which could potentially show corruption at the highest levels of his government.” (11/02/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/02/africa/south-africa-pretoria-zuma-protests/

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20) Philippines: Duterte lashes out at the US for halting gun sale
Source: Business Insider

“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chided the United States on Wednesday for halting the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to his country, calling those behind the decision ‘fools’ and ‘monkeys’ and indicating he might turn to Russia and China instead. … The U.S. State Department halted the sale of the assault rifles to the Philippine police after U.S. Senator Ben Cardin said he would oppose it, Senate aides told Reuters on Monday. Aides said Cardin, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was reluctant for the United States to provide the weapons given concern about human rights violations in the Philippines during Duterte’s bloody, four-month-old war on drugs.” (11/02/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-philippines-duterte-rails-at-us-monkeys-for-halting-gun-sale-2016-11

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

21) The Democracy now
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Once upon a time, the Democratic Party was fondly referred to as ‘The Democracy.’ But that was a long time before the Clintons took control of the party’s heart and soul. It’s certainly been an insider’s game since. Case in point? The deliberate scuttling of the Bernie Sanders campaign. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz lost her chairperson-ship of the Democratic National Committee because of her (WikiLeaked email) collaboration with the Clintons over the dirty tricks that made sure Bernie got nowhere near the top levers of power. And now we have Donna Brazile, covertly doing all she can to ensure the election to the Presidency of arguably the most corrupt politician of our time.” (11/02/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/11/02/the-democracy-now/

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22) How Hillary Clinton poisoned American politics
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“FBI Director James Comey’s decision to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information has the Clintonites falling back on their tried-and-true response to all the revelations coming from WikiLeaks and other sources — it’s all a Russian plot. Except, this time, the hysteria has reached such a fever pitch, and the conspiracy theories are so unhinged, that the political discourse in this country will be poisoned for years to come.” (11/02/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/11/01/hillary-clinton-poisoned-american-politics/

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23) Don’t trust Clinton to avoid stupid wars
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Goldwater, we were supposed to think, was a crazy guy who’d get us into a stupid war. Except it turned out that LBJ, crazy or not, was the one who got us into a stupid war, escalating to the point where, at its peak, we had 538,000 soldiers in Vietnam. That led to a famous political joke: ‘They told me if I voted for Goldwater, we’d have half a million soldiers in Vietnam. And sure enough, I voted for Goldwater — and we’ve got half a million soldiers in Vietnam.’ By the time the war was over, more than 58,000 Americans were dead. Now it’s Hillary Clinton who’s sounding LBJ’s theme. Trump, she says, is crazy and will get us into a stupid war. And she’s enlisted the Daisy ad girl, now all grown up, to make her point.” (11/02/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/02/trump-clinton-daisy-ad-nuclear-stupid-wars-glenn-reynolds/93119692

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24) Must you live off the grid to enjoy Fourth Amendment protections?
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“As a reminder, the ‘modern’ Fourth Amendment standard asked if a citizen had a ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’ that was being violated by state action. This standard was established in 1968. But with each new technology that ‘expectation of privacy’ got smaller and smaller until Fourth Amendment protections almost disappeared.” (11/02/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/must-you-live-off-the-grid-to-enjoy-fourth-amendment-protections

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25) Zoning laws are erasing the American dream
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jack Salmon

“House prices continue to rise dramatically across the US, particularly in urban areas. The ever escalating prices make the ‘American Dream’ of owning a home far less likely for an increasing number of millennials. With around one third of American households now renting homes and apartments, we have to ask ourselves — why is the American Dream dying? Data from the Census Bureau report last week revealed that the US homeownership rate stands at a mere 63.5%. Whilst this is up slightly from a record low of 62.9 percent in the previous three months, it is still down year-on-year from Q3 2015.” (11/02/16)

https://fee.org/articles/zoning-laws-are-erasing-the-american-dream/

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26) The return of protectionism
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“There are different ways to gauge the rise of protectionism. An obvious one is to count, as Global Trade Alert does, the number of measures adopted by various countries affecting competition from outside. Some 4,000 new barriers to trade have been adopted worldwide since 2008. Another way is to look at the trend in political discourse in developed countries — and the response of the electorate.” (11/01/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/11/01/the-return-of-protectionism/

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27) A pro-life libertarian case for abortion rights
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Lauren Hall

“At some point, no matter how you work it, fetuses become humans and we’re stuck with a conflict between fundamental individual rights. Walter Block famously tried to thread this needle with his theory of evictionism, which is a decent starting point except that most infants do not have great outcomes at the point of viability (around 24 weeks), so you’re not just evicting someone but substantially reducing their potential and quality of life moving forward. But at least his approach tries to wrestle with the conflicting rights of both mother and child. Ultimately though, what interests me is not the morality of abortion, which I think libertarians can have widely different legitimate opinions on. What’s more troubling for libertarians is the practical issue of where they should stand on governmental interference in private medical decisions.” [editor’s note: Rights don’t inhere in “humans,” they inhere in “persons.” There may be a difference – TLK] (11/02/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/11/pro-life-libertarian-case-abortion-rights/

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28) The Supreme Court, federalism, and limited government
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The Constitution nowhere authorizes the federal government to have anything to do with education or even mentions education. … That means that on the federal level, there should be no Elementary and Secondary Education Act, no Title IX, no Higher Education Act, no Common Core, no Pell Grants, no student loans, no teacher-certification standards, no school accreditation, no No Child Left Behind Act, no school breakfast or lunch programs, no Head Start funding, no bilingual-education mandates, no teacher-education requirements, no vouchers, no busing mandates, no Education for All Handicapped Children Act, no standardized-testing requirements, no special-education mandates, no math and science initiatives, no diversity mandates, no Race to the Top funds, no research grants, no regulations, and no funding. And of course, there should be no Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education because there should be no Department of Education in the first place.” (11/02/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/supreme-court-federalism-limited-government/

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29) A quick note on monopsony power and wage stickiness
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“One version of the theory of monopsony power over labor is based on low-skilled workers’ desperation not to lose their current incomes. If workers are so poor — if workers are literally living paycheck-to-paycheck, with no other resources to fall back upon in order to save them and their families from being made homeless and going hungry — they are unwilling to quit their current jobs in order search for new and (hopefully) better jobs. This worker desperation (the tale continues) gives employers monopsony power over these desperately poor workers.” (11/01/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/11/a-quick-note-about-monopsony-power-and-wage-stickiness.html

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30) Don’t be so sure Russia hacked the Clinton emails
Source: Reuters
by James Bamford

“Last summer, cyber investigators plowing through the thousands of leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee uncovered a clue. A user named ‘Феликс Эдмундович’ modified one of the documents using settings in the Russian language. Translated, his name was Felix Edmundovich, a pseudonym referring to Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky, the chief of the Soviet Union’s first secret-police organization, the Cheka. It was one more link in the chain of evidence pointing to Russian President Vladimir Putin as the man ultimately behind the operation. During the Cold War, when Soviet intelligence was headquartered in Dzerzhinsky Square in Moscow, Putin was a KGB officer assigned to the First Chief Directorate. Its responsibilities included ‘active measures,’ a form of political warfare that included media manipulation, propaganda and disinformation. Soviet active measures, retired KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin told Army historian Thomas Boghart, aimed to discredit the United States and ‘conquer world public opinion.'” (11/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-cyberwar-commentary-idUSKBN12X075

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31) Are Keynesians trying to bring back the Real Bills Doctrine?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“The idea to fund productive investments with new money is called the ‘Real Bills Doctrine.’ This was a popular idea in the early part of the Fed’s existence, and may have contributed to the Great Depression. The basic problem with the Real Bills Doctrine is that it leads to procyclical monetary policy. If monetary policy becomes more expansionary when investment is increasing, then it will tend to be more expansionary in booms than in depressions. In fact, monetary policy should be countercyclical — trying to smooth out the path of NGDP over time.” (11/02/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/11/are_keynesians.html

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32) Obama’s slow, painful unraveling continues
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“Yesterday marked the first day of the Affordable Care Act’s latest open-enrollment period. Millions of Americans now once again have the opportunity to wade through the usual assortment of computer glitches and choose from an increasingly limited number of overpriced insurance plans. Unsurprisingly, it looks like a great many of them will simply choose not to do so. Even the Department of Health and Human Services, which is trying to put the best spin on the situation, estimates that barely 11.4 million people will be enrolled in exchange-based plans in the average month next year — fewer than half of the 24 million people that the Congressional Budget Office projected as recently as March.” (11/02/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamacares-slow-painful-unravelling-continues

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33) Barrel bomb: The cataclysmic close of Campaign 2016
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“This is a system that has delegitimized itself, a system that has undermined its own institutions. Through its own actions, it has rotted out the foundations of trust and reason which once upheld it. Some might say, ‘Oh, but there’s been a decades-long, concentrated effort by right-wing billionaires and corporate forces to foment ideological and religious extremism to undermine the legitimacy of secular government, which might restrict their profiteering or let more people have a share in power.’ And that’s true. But it’s been accompanied at every step by the collusion and cowardice of the putative opposition.” (11/02/16)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/barrel-bomb-the-cataclysmic-close-of-campaign-2016-02112016.html

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34) Why Emailgate matters
Source: spiked
by Sean Collins

“Polls show that over 60 per cent of US citizens find Clinton untrustworthy and dishonest. This isn’t simply due to Republican propaganda — there is an underlying problem with Clinton, and her emails are part of that problem. Of course, Republicans have, and will, undertake partisan attacks on Clinton, including pressing the email issue for political advantage. But it is notable that they haven’t been able to pursue scandals with Obama, which they surely would if they could. Clinton gives them lots of material to work with, while Obama doesn’t. In public, Clinton’s campaign staff play down Clinton’s email issue. But, as recent Wikileaks revelations show, in private they recognise the seriousness of the situation.” (11/02/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-emailgate-matters-Hillary-Clinton-US-election-president/

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35) Bernie Sanders is being a good Democrat (for now)
Source: The New Republic
by Graham Vyse

“Four months after losing a bitter Democratic primary, and with less than a week before the presidential election, Bernie Sanders is doing much more than simply endorsing Hillary Clinton and serving as her surrogate. He’s crisscrossing the country, sometimes giving multiple speeches a day, whipping up crowds for his former rival and down-ballot Democrats alike. On Wednesday, demonstrating his willingness to make the case anywhere, his tour takes him to a city whose name is cultural shorthand for far-flung locales: Kalamazoo, Michigan. … It’s somewhat remarkable for the iconoclastic Vermont senator. Despite retaining his socialist ideals and opting again to return to Congress as a political independent, he is, at least for now, a partisan warrior.” (11/02/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138296/bernie-sanders-good-democrat-for-now

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36) Worse than Watergate? Revisiting the Clinton email fiasco
Source: CounterPunch
by Anthony DiMaggio

“The reemergence of the email fiasco speaks to old questions about whether Clinton violated federal law, and a new question — is the comparison to Watergate appropriate? John W. Dean, a former counsel to Richard Nixon and co-conspirator in the Watergate scandal weighed in on this in a recent New York Times op-ed arguing that the comparison is ‘nonsense.’ More specifically, Dean argues about Clinton: ‘She was unaware that a few classified items — some of which were classified after the fact — were in her private email system. Unlike Nixon, she has apologized. The F.B.I. record also shows that — again, unlike Nixon — she had no criminal intent in any of her actions.’ Dean’s words are unlikely to convince political opponents and critics of Clinton, but the question still stands: did Clinton violate federal law by disseminating classified materials?” (11/02/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/02/worse-than-watergate-revisiting-the-clinton-email-fiasco/

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37) I can’t vote. If you can, you must
Source: OpEdNews
by Chelsea Manning

“In an era of increasing dissatisfaction with and disengagement from governments, political parties, and much of the rest of the democratic establishment, it’s more important than ever that you show up and vote. Suffrage is not a right afforded to everyone. Rather, voting is a privilege in the United States — and a hard-earned privilege at that.” (11/02/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/I-can-t-vote-If-you-can–by-Chelsea-Manning-2016-Presidential-Election_Elections_Candidates_Voter-Participation-161102-102.html

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38) Dyn’s fire
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“‘Equation Group’ is the name that Kaspersky Labs has for a hacker/malware group whose sophistication is so advanced that they are wholly unlike any other threat generator in the world. Most people agree that the Equation Group is, in fact, the NSA. It is either the NSA or an equivalent Israeli agency, but given that their actions largely take place within the United States, it is most likely that it is the NSA, and their level of sophistication is terrifying. For example, they have intercepted hardware shipments in the United States and rewritten firmware that contains malware that is both invisible and practically impossible to remove.” (11/02/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/11/02/dyns-fire/

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39) “Libertarians”
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Libertarians seized control of a municipal government and taxes went up. If these Libertarians didn’t exist I’d have to make them up to illustrate my point about political action being an ineffective strategy for libertarianism. One is probably wondering why a ‘libertarian’ city council would raise taxes and water and sewer fees. After all, that seems like a pretty anti-libertarian decision. It’s for muh roads and the children, of course …” (11/02/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/11/02/libertarians/

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40) The Tom Woods Show, episode 772
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Brandon Navom, creator of Software Engineers for Liberty and a Ron Paul delegate in 2012, tells the truth about the NSA’s surveillance activities.” [various formats] (11/01/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-772-nsa-surveillance-founder-of-software-engineers-for-liberty-speaks-out/

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41) Lone Star uprising: Texas is turning blue
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“Nearly three years ago, the demographer Steve Murdock delivered a bombshell about Texas that was hidden in a dense book with dozens of charts. Changing Texas: Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge showed that the state would soon be a Democratic-leaning swing state, thanks to the rapid rise of the Hispanic population. But the bombshell wasn’t that the state would go blue. The bombshell was that those demographic changes would transform the state’s economy, creating serious challenges to its economic prowess. Donald Trump’s presidential bid seems to have triggered the shift to swing-state status that Murdock’s book anticipated. The website Real Clear Politics declared Texas a toss-up this month before moving it to the ‘leans Trump’ category.” (11/02/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19582/lone-star-uprising-texas-is-turning-blue

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42) DiCaprio climate catastrophe film boosts Clinton campaign
Source: Heartland Institute
by Tom Harris

“In an apparent attempt to bolster support for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio is releasing a new climate change movie just days before the election. To be broadcast in 45 languages in 171 countries, Before the Flood will debut at 9 pm EDT this Sunday on the National Geographic Channel. It will also be available for free on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, and Hulu. Judging from the trailers and other pre-release promotions, the public needs to brace itself for an avalanche of global warming propaganda.” (11/02/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/11/dicaprio-climate-catastrophe-film-boosts-clinton-campaign/

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43) America is not one nation; it never was
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Michael Maharrey

“The founding generation never conceived the United States as a ‘nation.’ A nation implies a single, unified political society. When they declared independence, the colonies became 13 sovereign nations in their own right. They did quickly band together in a confederation, but this is not the same thing as a ‘nation.’ Under the Articles of Confederation, the Continental Congress had virtually no authority over the states. In fact, the loose nature of the confederation eventually led to the Constitution delegating more authority to the general government. But even under the Constitution, the United States are not ‘one nation.’ It’s not the United State.” (11/02/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/america-is-not-one-nation-it-never-was/

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44) Dependence on state an addiction
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Being dependent is the opposite of being mature; of being responsible for yourself and accountable for your behavior. Dependence on government, or its laws, is similar to drug addiction. The long-term solution is the same, as well.” (11/01/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/11/01/mcmanigal-dependence-on-state-an-addiction/

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45) Obama’s electric car money grab
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by William Yeatman

“A federal judge last week approved a $14.7 billion settlement to partially resolve the legal fallout over Volkswagen’s installation of ‘defeat devices’ designed to cheat air quality rules in more than 500,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. The complicated settlement resolves a number of legitimate claims, providing relief for car owners, the state of California and the Federal Trade Commission. But it also includes a dubious provision that Volkswagen invest $1.2 billion in a plan to be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to promote ‘zero-emissions vehicle technology,’ a euphemism for electric vehicle charging stations. This is an affront to both common sense and the Constitution.” (11/01/16)

https://cei.org/content/obama%E2%80%99s-electric-car-money-grab

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46) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/02/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Today I’ve got an incredible interview. I found out about Jeff through our private FB group. He’d been working on the development of a new community in North Carolina, and he shared some of his struggles with the local government.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/02/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/libertarian-developer-jeff-carroll-talks-about-taking-on-the-state/

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47) Compulsory nation
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“The United States Constitution begins with a short preamble setting forth the legitimate purposes for our new government, to wit: ‘… establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.’ Government is necessary therefore only to preserve and protect the rights of the people — not to compel the people to act against their rights. Sadly, however, over the last 240 years, our government has slowly become less inclined to preserve and protect our rights and more inclined to compel us to act against them. The United States of America has become a compulsory nation.” (11/02/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/11/compulsory-nation.html

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48) Rethinking school discipline
Source: The American Prospect
by Rachel Cohen

“On a Friday morning in early September, all the middle school students at Hampstead Hill Academy, a pre-K–8 school in Baltimore, filed into the gym. The Ravens were playing on Sunday, which meant that students could take a day off from wearing their navy-blue collared uniforms if they wanted to dress in purple in support of the city’s football team. The roughly 240 students sat on the gym floor, forming a big circle. Each week, all sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders come together for this half-hour event — to formally recognize the good deeds of their peers and teachers, to offer apologies to those they had wronged, and to share upcoming personal announcements. Matthew Cobb, an eighth-grade science teacher, helped facilitate the morning’s community circle. Encouraging students to make eye contact with one another and to project their voices, it was an exercise in public speaking as much as it was in relationship-building.” (11/02/16)

http://prospect.org/article/rethinking-school-discipline

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49) A libertarian primer on the issues
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“Although the Libertarian Party has a decent platform this election year, its presidential candidates — Gary Johnson and William Weld — are the most non-libertarian Libertarian Party candidates in history. The libertarianism they present to the American public — when they actually present something that can be considered libertarianism — is watered down, weak, and confusing. Don’t look to them to present a principled and effective case for libertarianism. So, since I am a traditional libertarian, just in time for the election, I present a libertarian primer on the issues, most of which no candidate from any party is talking about — including the Libertarian Party. To keep this primer brief, I am deliberately limiting it to fifty issues, although there are certainly much more that I could mention.” (11/02/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/11/laurence-m-vance/no-matter-whos-prez/

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50) The Dark Web isn’t all dark
Source: The Atlantic
by Kaveh Waddell

“Most of the coverage about the dark web — including some of mine — focuses on the strange and unusual: marketplaces for stolen Netflix credentials, personal data, and even paywalled academic research. But the dark web and Tor, the privacy-preserving browser that’s used to access hidden sites — called onions — have myriad legitimate uses, too. New research from Terbium Labs, a company that analyzes the dark web, took a small snapshot of onion sites — a random collection of 400 sites its web-crawling robots had found in the course of one day in August — and divided up the sites based on their purpose and content. The results suggest that less than half of what goes on beyond the reach of search engines and traditional browsers is illegal.” (11/02/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/11/the-dark-web-isnt-all-dark/506261/

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51) If the Crown controls prosecution …
Source: Ideas
by David Friedman

“Quite a long time ago, I published an article on the legal system of 18th century England. On paper, it was our legal system — indeed, where our system came from. But there were no police, no public prosecutors, and criminal prosecution was almost entirely entirely private, usually by the victim or someone acting for him. The system raised a lot of questions, many of which are discussed in the relevant chapter of the book I am now writing, a draft of which is webbed for comments. One of them is why the English did not have the standard modern system, where catching and convicting criminals is the job of the state. They knew about it. France had such a system, and arguments for it were made in England. One explanation I have sometimes offered is that, after the chaos of the 17th century — two civil wars, a military dictatorship, and two coups — it occurred to people that if the Crown controlled prosecution, the King’s friends could get away with murder.” (11/01/16)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2016/11/if-kings-friends-can-get-away-with.html

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52) Introducing purchasing yield power
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Keith Weiner

“The monetary debate seems artificially limited. On one side is Federal Reserve policy based on discretion. On the other is policy based on rules. It’s Keynes vs. Friedman. It’s central planning of our economy based on the reactive whims of wise monetary planners vs. central planning of our economy based on the proactive rules written by … wise monetary planners. On the rules side, there is a sub-debate. Should we have central planning based on unemployment and the Consumer Price Index (as now) or switch to central planning based on another metric such as GDP?” (11/02/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/11/introducing-yield-purchasing-power/

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53) Five tricks gun control advocates play
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“To keep pressing the issue of gun control, it is necessary for advocates to push a narrative in which crime is especially bad, and in which the United States is somehow unique in the world in terms of crime. The actual historical data often contradicts their claims, however, so in order to push their narrative with greater gusto, advocates for gun control employ several different sleight-of-hand rhetorical tricks.” (11/02/16)

https://mises.org/blog/5-tricks-gun-control-advocates-play

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54) Five things you believe about voting that are statistically BS
Source: Cracked
by JF Sargent

[Flash video] (11/02/16)

http://www.cracked.com/video_20251_5-things-you-believe-about-voting-that-are-statistically-bs.html

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55) Clinton lies about lying about her lies
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“According to a Fox News poll conducted last week, 67 percent of likely voters do not think Hillary Clinton is ‘honest and trustworthy.’ That is five percentage points more than said the same thing about Donald Trump — an amazing accomplishment, since the blowhard billionaire can barely open his mouth without lying. Clinton’s credibility with voters may be even weaker than that poll suggests, since it was completed before FBI Director James Comey disclosed that agents had stumbled across another trove of emails that crossed the unsecured private server she improperly used as secretary of state. Whether or not the FBI finds any previously unidentified messages containing classified material, the discovery reminded everyone of Clinton’s tendency to pile lie upon lie instead of coming clean about her mistakes.” (11/02/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/02/clinton-lies-about-lying-about-her-lies

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56) How to vote no to nuclear weapons
Source: Voltaire Network
by Manlio Dinucci

“The US has just discarded a proposal by its allies in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly seeking the total elimination of nuclear weapons. However States illegally harbouring US nuclear bombs may request their removal from their territory by virtue of art 2 of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.” (11/02/16)

http://www.voltairenet.org/article193944.html

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57) The Libertarian Angle, 11/02/16
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss the moral and practical failings of socialism.” [various formats] (11/02/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-principles-socialism/

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58) Free Talk Live, 11/01/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Pumpkin Spice Latte White Privilege? :: Collectivism :: What is privilege? :: FTL Digest Only Feed :: Being Blind and Privilege :: Alaska Opening Legal Cannabis Shops :: Sarah and Hispanics :: Black in Chicago :: Cannabis Quality and Legalization :: Cannabis Patch :: Difficulty of Cannabis Industry Banking :: Pregnant Lady vs Grandma.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/01/16)

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59) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/02/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Jim Jesus, Michael W. Dean and Jeremy HizenSquitten talk about how c*nts like Adam Kokesh (with his emotional use & abuse of those around him) and Gary North (with his psycho religion) are just wrong about everything. Also, Cash Newmann visits Michael again.” [various formats] (11/02/16

http://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=12999

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60) A quickie divorce, step two: Trade in goods
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Miles Saltiel

“In the last blog I argued that HMG first needs to flush out the attitude of the EU before committing time and political capital to negotiations. I suggested the EU’s sponsorship of the UK’s independent representation at the TiSA talks in Geneva as a touchstone of the EU’s intentions. If negotiations do take place, the UK’s position on services should be the status quo ante, governed by binding arbitration, failing which reciprocity.” (11/02/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/a-quickie-divorce-step-two-trade-in-goods

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