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In the News:

1) FBI goes back to pretending Clinton isn’t a crook
2) South Korea: Former Park aides arrested as corruption scandal widens
3) OK: 5.0 earthquake damages oil town, felt states away
4) NJ: Bridgegate defendants convicted on all counts
5) Montenegro: Regime claims Russians behind coup attempt, plot to kill PM
6) Somalia: Al-Shabab claims car bomb attack near parliament
7) Nicaragua: Ortega appears headed for re-election — again
8) Iraq: Suicide bombers in ambulances kill 25
9) UK: Dozens arrested in Million Mask March
10) Hong Kong: Thousands protest Beijing intervention
11) Someone is using Mirai botnet to shut down Internet for an entire country
12) Report: Mexico now smuggling weed from California
13) UK: Prime Minister backs judges’ independence after Brexit ruling
14) Mali: UN trooper, two civilians killed
15) Obama likely to defy media pleas for Chelsea Manning pardon
16) Undecided voters could spring a surprise this election
17) NYU professor on leave for blasting PC culture fires back
18) Libya: Two Italians, one Canadian freed after weeks of captivity
19) Wi-Fi can be turned into IMSI catcher to track cell phone users everywhere
20) US regime sources claim massive hack of Russian networks

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Truth and consequences
22) Political and governmental corruption is a feature, not a bug
23) Dealing with your alien
24) A different look at the wasted vote theory
25) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 103
26) Why Hillary Clinton is a Sith Lord (to Republicans)
27) Still time to stop the injustice at Standing Rock
28) The spiked podcast, 11/04/16
29) Did US politicians choose the more evil side in World War 1?
30) The House won’t go blue anytime soon
31) The divisiveness of cohesion
32) The LAVA Spurt, episode 20
33) The secrets of the US election: Julian Assange talks to John Pilger
34) Enormous, humongous $36.4 billion September trade deficit helps Trump
35) (Not) keeping up with the Cardassians: The regime’s failed show trial in Portland
36) Back to square one?
37) The evolution of sovereignty in American political thought, part 2
38) Airbnb belongs in Phoenix
39) Alt-right nativists launch witch hunt against Chobani Yogurt founder for helping refugees
40) Gary Johnson sounds like a pot-smoking Republican
41) The legitimacy of the mob
42) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 106
43) Left under no obligation to support Hillary Clinton
44) The case for None of the Above
45) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 81
46) “How can you be so certain you are right?”
47) The expropriation of time
48) Time for political disruption
49) Darcy Richardson on This Week in America
50) Concession is non-negotiable: Voting is moral vandalism
51) Free Talk Live, 11/05/16
52) Baker’s Dozen x4: Reasons to NOT vote for …
53) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/04/16
54) The Tom Woods Show, episode 775
55) Not guilty: The power of nullification to counteract government tyranny

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

1) FBI goes back to pretending Clinton isn’t a crook
Source: Duluth News Tribune

“The FBI said on Sunday it stood by its earlier recommendation that no criminal charges were warranted against Democrat Hillary Clinton for using a private email server for government work, lifting a cloud over her presidential campaign two days before the U.S. election. FBI Director James Comey made the announcement in a letter to Congress, saying the agency had worked ‘around the clock’ to complete its review of newly discovered emails and found no reason to change its July finding [that Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be prosecuted because she’s Hillary Clinton].” (11/06/16)

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/politics/4153491-fbi-clears-clinton-latest-email-review-two-days-election

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2) South Korea: Former Park aides arrested as corruption scandal widens
Source: Fox News

“South Korean prosecutors on Sunday formally arrested two former presidential aides as they bring their investigation over a bizarre political scandal that has engulfed the nation a step closer to President Park Geun-hye. Park has issued consecutive apologies following suspicion that she allowed her longtime friend and daughter of a late cult leader to manipulate power from the shadows. But the apologies did little to assuage simmering public anger, which culminated in the largest anti-government rally in the capital in nearly a year on Saturday when tens of thousands of people demanded that Park step down.” (11/06/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11/06/south-korean-presidents-ex-aides-arrested-as-corruption-scandal-widens.html

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3) OK: 5.0 earthquake damages oil town, felt states away
Source: USA Today

“A 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook central Oklahoma on Sunday night, its effects felt as far away as Dallas, Kansas City and Little Rock. … Several buildings were damaged in Cushing, the fire department reported, but police said there were no reports of injuries. … The increase of high-magnitude earthquakes in the region has been tied to the surge in oil and gas operators’ use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in which water, sand and chemicals are injected at high pressures into the earth to release oil and gas trapped inside the rock.” (11/07/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/11/06/50-quake-rocks-oklahoma-felt-states-away/93408996/

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4) NJ: Bridgegate defendants convicted on all counts
Source: CNN

“Two former officials linked to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office were found guilty on all charges Friday in connection with the closure of lanes in 2013 on the George Washington Bridge in an apparent act of political retribution, the fallout for which has come to be known as Bridgegate. Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff to Christie, and Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, both faced seven counts of various charges including conspiracy, fraud, and civil rights deprivation.” (11/04/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/04/politics/bridgegate-case-verdict-reached/index.html

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5) Montenegro: Regime claims Russians behind coup attempt, plot to kill PM
Source: Danville Register & Bee

“Russian nationalists were behind an alleged coup attempt in Montenegro that included plans to assassinate the pro-Western prime minister because of his government’s bid to join NATO, the Balkan country’s chief special prosecutor said Sunday. Milivoje Katnic said the investigation leads to the conclusion that ‘nationalists from Russia’ organized a criminal group that planned to break into the Montenegro Parliament on election day, kill Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and bring a pro-Russian coalition to power.” (11/06/16)

http://www.godanriver.com/news/world/wire/montenegro-russians-behind-coup-attempt-plot-to-kill-pm/article_24d5d295-6eec-54ef-97a4-c69e5574d72b.html

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6) Somalia: Al-Shabab claims car bomb attack near parliament
Source: Reuters

“Two Somali soldiers died and five others were injured when a car bomb claimed by Islamist group al Shabaab exploded on Saturday near the parliament in the capital Mogadishu, police said. Al Shabaab has stepped up its campaign of bombings and gun assaults in Mogadishu in recent months ahead of parliamentary elections which are expected to take place within weeks. Col. Abdiqadir Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters the explosion had occurred near the parliament building, while another police officer, Major Hussein Nur, said the car bomb hit a military vehicle at a junction checkpoint.” (11/06/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-somalia-war-idUSKBN1300MO

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7) Nicaragua: Ortega appears headed for re-election — again
Source: Beaumont Enterprise

“Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega appeared to have a clear path to a third consecutive term — this time accompanied by his wife as vice president — in Sunday’s presidential vote. Polls showed the former guerrilla fighter was likely to receive more than 50 percent of the vote and avoid a runoff in a field that includes five other lesser-known candidates. He was running with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as his vice presidential candidate.” (11/06/16)

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/world/article/Nicaragua-s-Ortega-appears-headed-for-re-election-10596412.php

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8) Iraq: Suicide bombers in ambulances kill 25
Source: The Daily Star [Lebanon]

“Suicide bombers driving ambulances packed with explosives detonated their vehicles at a checkpoint and a car park for Shiite pilgrims in two Iraqi cities Sunday, killing at least 25 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The twin attacks took place in Tikrit and Samarra, as Iraqi troops and security forces battled to retake the northern city of Mosul from Daesh (ISIS) militants who have controlled it for more than two years. They appeared to be part of a series of diversionary attacks by the extremists, who have struck the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, the capital Baghdad and a western desert town during the three-week Mosul campaign.” (11/06/16)

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Nov-07/379975-suicide-bombers-in-ambulances-kill-25-people-in-iraq.ashx

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9) UK: Dozens arrested in Million Mask March
Source: Time

“The annual Million Mask March in London ended in the arrest of 47 people, mostly for drug offenses and obstruction of officers. Thousands of supporters of the hacker group Anonymous wore Guy Fawkes masks and gathered in Trafalgar Square to protest capitalism and promote civil liberties.” (11/06/16)

http://time.com/4560010/million-mask-march-london-arrest/

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10) Hong Kong: Thousands protest Beijing intervention
Source: Washington Post

“Thousands of people protested in Hong Kong on Sunday, demanding that China’s central government stay out of a political dispute in the southern Chinese city after Beijing indicated that it would intervene to deter pro-independence advocates. Police used pepper spray and batons to contain some of the demonstrators, arresting two. The dispute centers on a provocative display of anti-China sentiment by two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers at their swearing-in last month. China’s top legislative panel said Beijing must intervene to deter advocates of independence for Hong Kong, calling their actions a threat to national security.” (11/06/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/thousands-in-hong-kong-protest-beijing-intervention/2016/11/06/7c554166-a46d-11e6-8fc0-7be8f848c492_story.html

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11) Someone is using Mirai botnet to shut down Internet for an entire country
Source: The Hacker News

“Someone is trying to take down the whole Internet of a country, and partially succeeded, by launching massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks using a botnet of insecure IoT devices infected by the Mirai malware. It all started early October when a cyber criminal publicly released the source code of Mirai – a piece of nasty IoT malware designed to scan for insecure IoT devices and enslaves them into a botnet network, which is then used to launch DDoS attacks.” (11/03/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/ddos-attack-mirai-botnet.html

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12) Report: Mexico now smuggling weed from California
Source: Smell the Truth

“As the flow of cartel brick weed into the U.S. dwindles to due further legalization measures, the phenomenon of smuggling California pot southbound to Mexico has arisen. The abundance of high-quality legal marijuana in California has created a demand in Mexico that local cartels can’t supply with their own homegrown product, reports KQED. ‘If you’re in Mexico, and you want the best marijuana out there, there’s only one place to get it,’ said Matthew Shapiro, a San Diego-based attorney specializing in marijuana, to KQED. ‘There’s no such thing as high-quality Mexican weed.’ Although smuggling drugs from either side of the border is both illegal and risky, southbound smuggling into Mexico is much easier, as drivers can sometimes cross the Tijuana border without ever stopping for Mexican officials.” (11/06/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/11/04/mexico-now-smuggling-weed-from-california

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13) UK: Prime Minister backs judges’ independence after Brexit ruling
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Theresa May has defended judges’ ‘independence’ after the High Court was attacked for its ruling on Brexit. The court decided last week that Parliament should get a vote on when the process of leaving the EU starts. The Daily Mail branded the judges ‘enemies of the people,’ while UKIP’s Nigel Farage warned of street protests if the referendum result was ignored. The government is appealing against the ruling and the PM said it would be setting out ‘strong legal arguments.’ Judges ruled on Thursday Parliament should vote on when the government can trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, starting two years of formal negotiations with the EU.” (11/06/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37889197

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14) Mali: UN trooper, two civilians killed
Source: ABC News

“Authorities say Islamic militants have launched attacks on both a U.N. peacekeeping convoy and a Malian military camp in the country’s north, killing at least three people. Radhia Achouri with the U.N. peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA, said a Togolese peacekeeper was killed Sunday morning along with two civilians when the convoy was attacked in Gourma. Seven other peacekeepers were wounded, three of them seriously, Achouri said.” (11/06/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/peacekeeper-killed-wounded-north-mali-convoy-attack-43345343

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15) Obama likely to defy media pleas for Chelsea Manning pardon
Source: Raw Story

“After a suicide attempt in July, Chelsea Manning, a 25-year-old transgender Army private responsible for the largest data leak in U.S. military history, tweeted from her cell at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas to let the world know that she was happy to be alive. By mid-October, around the start of her fourth year in a 35-year sentence without parole for providing WikiLeaks with government documents, Manning tweeted that she had been moved to solitary confinement as punishment for the suicide attempt. As the Nov. 8 election and Jan. 20 inauguration approaches, Manning’s window for a potential early release is closing. While former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who faces accusations of espionage for leaking secret documents, receives much of the media spotlight, writers at the Guardian, the Intercept, the New Yorker and the New Republic have called for president Barack Obama to pardon her on his way out of office.” (11/06/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/obama-likely-to-defy-media-pleas-for-chelsea-manning-pardon

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16) Undecided voters could spring a surprise this election
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“A shadow of a doubt hangs over both the Clinton and Trump campaigns during the final days of this wild 2016 election season. It’s a ‘known unknown,’ to quote ex-Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld: a bounded variable; a dark star whose edges are visible but whose impact is not. It’s the relatively high percentage of voters who haven’t lined up behind either major party presidential candidate. Normally, such undecideds sort themselves toward one side or another as November approaches. The fact that many haven’t suggests they’re still struggling with a choice they see as unpalatable. This unusual United States indecision is one reason pollsters are finding it difficult to fine-tune their predictions for next Tuesday. It’s possible this vote could split, per usual. Or it could swing one way or another. Or it might not show up.” [editor’s note: Gee, ya think? How about everyone under 40 who has neither a landline phone nor a longtime voting record? – SAT] (11/04/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/Decoder/2016/1104/How-undecided-voters-could-spring-a-surprise-this-election

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17) NYU professor on leave for blasting PC culture fires back
Source: Fox News

“New York University liberal studies professor Michael Rectenwald, the man behind the @DeplorableNYUProf Twitter account, has gone public about being placed on paid leave by the University after publicly criticizing its campus culture of political correctness and ‘safe spaces.’ But NYU has since claimed that the leave was voluntary and has nothing to do with Professor Rectenwald’s Tweets. And a recent article in New York magazine titled ‘A Communist NYU Professor Says He Was Ousted for Mocking Political Correctness. Was He?’ by the liberal writer Jesse Singal questions Rectenwald’s arguments, portraying him as an embellishing attention-seeker who is only trying to impress Breitbart commentators.” [editor’s note: Fascinating how even “progressives” eat their own when faced with common sense – SAT] (11/06/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/11/06/nyu-professor-on-leave-after-blasting-pc-culture-fires-back.html

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18) Libya: Two Italians, one Canadian freed after weeks of captivity
Source: Akron Beacon Journal

“Two Italians and a Canadian citizen kidnapped in southern Libya in September were freed unharmed and brought to Italy early Saturday, authorities said. Italian authorities said the intelligence services of Libya, Italy and Canada cooperated in securing the release of the three men after nearly seven weeks of captivity.” (11/06/16)

http://www.ohio.com/news/world/two-italians-one-canadian-freed-after-weeks-of-captivity-in-libya-1.725119

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19) Wi-Fi can be turned into IMSI catcher to track cell phone users everywhere
Source: The Hacker News

“Here’s a new danger to your smartphone security: Your mobile device can be hijacked and tracked without your knowledge. Remember Stingrays? The controversial cell phone spying tool, also known as ‘IMSI catchers,’ has long been used by law enforcement to track and monitor mobile users by mimicking a cellphone tower and tricking their devices to connect to them. Sometimes it even intercepts calls and Internet traffic, sends fake texts, and installs spyware on a victim’s phone. Setting up such Stingrays-type surveillance devices, of course, is expensive and needs a lot of efforts, but researchers have now found a new, cheapest way to do the same thing with a simple Wi-Fi hotspot.” (11/03/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/imsi-track-cellphone.html

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20) US regime sources claim massive hack of Russian networks
Source: The Free Thought Project

“Russia is demanding answers after a report from an unnamed senior U.S. intelligence official claimed the United States military has successfully hacked into ‘Russia’s electric grid, telecommunications networks and the Kremlin’s command systems, making them vulnerable to attack by secret American cyber weapons should the U.S. deem it necessary,’ according to NBC News. Speaking to the anonymous intelligence official and after a review of putative top-secret documents, NBC reported it can confirm long-swirling rumors the U.S. has penetrated critical Russian systems and left behind malware operable from afar and on command.” (11/05/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/us-military-hacked-russia-cyber/

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

21) Truth and consequences
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Thirteen years ago, in 2003. I presented a speech to the Libertarian Party of New Mexico, in which I talked about the uncountable thousands of life-destroying, history-distorting lies told by government employees every day …. I proposed that any government employee who lies to any member of the public, for any reason, be subject to execution, and that keeping any government secret, of any kind, be considered the same as telling a lie. The reaction to this proposal was educational, to say the least. Individuals who considered themselves to be libertarians were outraged that I would take such a position. In their view – the same as that of conservative Republicans and Democratic war-hawks — the government’s ability to lie to us and keep secrets from us was essential to maintaining civilization, whereas transparency in government was a mortal threat. In a democracy, I pointed out, it is people like you and me who establish government policies; how can we do that without complete access to the facts?” (11/06/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle897-20161106-02.html

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22) Political and governmental corruption is a feature, not a bug
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“People do not oppose corruption in politics and government. They oppose only the corruption that does not steer loot and social domination to them. After all, the entire process of so-called democratic government is nothing but corruption writ large and backed by the threat of violent force.” (11/04/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/11/04/political-and-governmental-corruption-is-a-feature-not-a-bug/

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23) Dealing with your alien
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“In political discourse — especially in this year’s presidential election — people have said the most awful things not only about the presidential candidates but about their supporters. I, myself, have done this — gleefully. But I’m also confident that while no doubt there are people who would drive by a motorist stranded with their children without stopping because of a bumper sticker for the opposing candidate, there are also people who would ignore the bumper sticker, pull over, and do whatever was needed to render assistance and make them as comfortable as possible.” (11/06/16)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2016/11/dealing-with-your-alien/

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24) A different look at the wasted vote theory
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Every couple of years supporters of candidates who are not from the ruling duopoly are inundated with claims that their vote is ‘wasted.’ The vast majority of people who perpetuate the so-called ‘wasted vote theory’ believe that a vote for someone who finishes second in the race was not wasted, but a vote for any candidate outside of the top two is somehow a wasted vote. I’m a big advocate of voting for the candidate with whom you most agree, and not allowing yourself to be caught up in the urge to vote for the lesser evil out of a fear of ‘wasting your vote.’ However, let’s take another look at the facts and figure out if your vote actually matters.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (11/06/16)

http://fpp.cc/a-different-look-at-the-wasted-vote-theory/

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25) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 103
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Ideal presidential nominees, Garrison naming trivia, Cookie Monster shout out, Election Day plans, peckerwoodstuff, I far … er, I voted); My presidential election predictions.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/06/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-103-this.html

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26) Why Hillary Clinton is a Sith Lord (to Republicans)
Source: Cracked
by Robert Evans

“Unless you’ve been living under an extraordinarily well-soundproofed rock this year (like, maybe on the actual Moon), you’re probably aware that a lot of people really, really do not like Hillary Clinton. There are a bunch of reasons for this, from legitimate political disagreement to issues with the way she reacted to her husband’s sex scandal and probable bucket o’ sexual assaults, but none of that explains the complicated web of conspiracies her most dedicated haters have imagined around her. … Hating the Clintons isn’t just about politics. It’s a literal industry. People make fortunes writing books with titles like Hillary’s Scheme, Hillary The Other Woman, Clinton Cash, and just so damn many others. … But this isn’t (totally) a cynical cash grab. There’s a perfectly logical reason so many Republicans view Bill and Hillary as the living incarnations of human evil. And since we’re on the internet, I will explain why via a Star Wars analogy.” (11/06/16)

http://www.cracked.com/blog/a-handy-guide-to-why-republicans-hate-hillary-clinton

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27) Still time to stop the injustice at Standing Rock
Source: In These Times
by Bill McKibben

“On Thursday morning, in south-central North Dakota, I climbed the edge of a small hill to get a better view of the action down below, where several hundred clergy from around the country had joined a hardy group of Native Americans to oppose the Dakota Access pipeline. They were praying together at one end of a bridge over the Cannonball River; at the other end was an array of militarized police. Set against the prairie hills with the wide Missouri River in the edge of the frame, it was an iconic American scene–or, rather, a mash-up of them. Looking down at the highway bridge on Route 1806, all I could think of was Emerson’s ‘rude bridge that arched the flood’ at Concord — where, a few hours after the spirited loss at Lexington, Americans won arguably the first battle against imperialism in modern history, presaging the victorious and somewhat glorious revolution that would follow.” (11/06/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138455/still-time-stop-injustice-standing-rock

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28) The spiked podcast, 11/04/16
Source: spiked

“In this spiked podcast special, we talk Trump, with the help of three of America’s leading commentators: Damon Linker discusses the smearing of Trump supporters; Joel Kotkin lifts the lid on the anti-Trump oligarchs of Silicon Valley; and Daniel McCarthy explains why he’s an ‘intellectual for Trump.'” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/04/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-rise-of-trump-a-us-election-special-podcast/

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29) Did US politicians choose the more evil side in World War 1?
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis

“Let’s be clear: There were no good guys in WW1. Both sides were wrong. But a comparison of the pros and cons doesn’t favor the side U.S. politicians chose. Great Britain was the largest empire in the world. Russia was second. France was third. By comparison, Germany and Austria-Hungary had small empires, and meager prospects for expanding them even if they won the war. … Both sides were militarist. All the monarchs involved pranced around in silly uniforms (though the Kaiser did have an extra-aggressive looking spiked helmet). There was little difference between the combatants except for one crucial thing … The countries we sided with had already subjugated the greater part of the globe!” (11/04/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/did-us-politicians-choose-the-more-evil-side-in-word-war-1

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30) The House won’t go blue anytime soon
Source: USA Today
by Linda Killian

“The moment when Democrat Hillary Clinton could expect a landslide victory seems to have passed. But even a huge margin would not improve the odds of her party taking control of the House. That’s because the self-dealing system used by most states, in which politicians draw their own gerrymandered districts to achieve maximum political and personal advantage, really is ‘rigged’ and violates the principle of democratic representation. Out of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, only about 10%, or fewer than 50, are truly competitive. The other districts heavily favor one party over the other, meaning that party almost always wins the general election and voters have no real choice. In 2014, 30 members of Congress ran unopposed and 95% of all incumbents won reelection.” [editor’s note: No, nor will much else change on Capitol Hill, until we enact term-limits on these folks, and make “career politician” the epithet it should be – SAT] (11/06/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/06/house-redistricting-gerrymandering-polarization-paralysis-column/93258916

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31) The divisiveness of cohesion
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Suppose you live in a deeply divided society: 60% of people strongly identify with Group A, and the other 40% strongly identify with Group B. While you plainly belong to Group A, you’re convinced this division is bad: It would be much better if everyone felt like they belonged to Group AB. You seek a cohesive society, where everyone feels like they’re on the same team. What’s the best way to bring this cohesion about? Your all-too-human impulse is to loudly preach the value of cohesion. But on reflection, this is probably counter-productive.” (11/04/16)

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

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32) The LAVA Spurt, episode 20
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“What was actually in the WikiLeaks email dump about Hillary Clinton and why should we care? Thank you for joining me on the twentieth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Most Damaging Wikileaks Edition.” [various formats] (11/03/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/damaging-wikileaks-edition/

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33) The secrets of the US election: Julian Assange talks to John Pilger
Source: CounterPunch
by John Pilger

John Pilger interviews Julian Assange. Assange: “If you look at the history of the FBI, it has become effectively America’s political police. The FBI demonstrated this by taking down the former head of the CIA [General David Petraeus] over classified information given to his mistress. Almost no-one is untouchable. The FBI is always trying to demonstrate that no-one can resist us. But Hillary Clinton very conspicuously resisted the FBI’s investigation, so there’s anger within the FBI because it made the FBI look weak.” (11/04/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/04/the-secrets-of-the-us-election-julian-assange-talks-to-john-pilger/

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34) Enormous, humongous $36.4 billion September trade deficit helps Trump
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“The U.S. Census Bureau reported Friday that the September trade deficit fell to an enormous, humgonous $36.4 billion, down $4.0 billion from and even more enormous and humongous $40.5 billion in August. This does not represent a boom in job (and wealth)-creating exports. Exports were up only 0.6 percent because a ‘strong dollar’ means less worldwide demand for US exports. Imports were down 13 percent, and the big drop in imports likely represents a slowdown in US consumer spending. In normal times a trade deficit of $36.4 billion in a single month would be met with outrage, headlines, speeches, torches and pitchforks. It represents a transfer of fulfillment of our economy’s ‘demand’ out of the country at a time when we need jobs here.” [editor’s note: The whole idea of “trade deficits” is economic nonsense. Johnson’s employer almost runs a “trade deficit” with him — that is, they pay him more for stuff than he pays them for stuff. Is he worried about it? – TLK] (11/04/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161104/enormous-humongous-36-4-september-trade-deficit-helps-trump

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35) (Not) keeping up with the Cardassians: The regime’s failed show trial in Portland
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Cardassia is a fictional planet in the Star Trek universe ruled by a totalitarian state with a court system quite similar to our own. Trials on Cardassia do not to examine the charges against the accused, since a guilty verdict is foreordained. The defendant is assigned an attorney called a ‘public conservator’ whose role is not to represent the interests of his client, but rather to assure ‘the productive functioning of our courts.’ … The federal conspiracy trial of Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five of their associates was supposed to follow the Cardassian script – but the prosecutors lost the plot when they encountered defendants they couldn’t bluff or bully, defense attorneys who conscientiously represented their clients, and a jury that demanded actual proof of the charges being considered.” (11/05/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/11/not-keeping-up-with-cardassians-regimes.html

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36) Back to square one?
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“[T]his was the year to draw the line in a way that no one could miss. You might think — and some libertarians do think — that on foreign policy the Republican has blurred the line, but let’s be serious. This, then, potentially had the makings of a historic — even unique, once-in-a-lifetime — campaign. Alas it didn’t work out that way. Why not? Only part of the problem was Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. They miscalculated that they could make history by telling people they were nicer and more moderate than the two extremists in the major parties. Maybe a clearer libertarian message would not have resonated — but this was the year to give it a try. They did not do it. But as I say, it was not their fault alone.” (11/04/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/11/tgif-back-to-square-one.html

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37) The evolution of sovereignty in American political thought, part 2
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“In the years leading up to the Revolutionary War, and continuing through the post-war era, Americans conceived and developed a revolutionary political idea. They came to reject the British conception of sovereignty in government, and recognized the people hold the ultimate power and authority within a political society. This new conception of political power served as the foundation for the constitutional system the United States would eventually adopt. But a question still remains. In the American system, how do the people exercise their sovereign power?” (11/05/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/11/05/the-evolution-of-sovereignty-in-american-political-thought-part-2/

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38) Airbnb belongs in Phoenix
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“‘If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it,’ is how late humorist Art Buchwald described the establishment’s cruelest form of payback. In that spirit, I watch Airbnb, the $25.5 billion company that was born to disrupt staid financial institutions, slowly become part of the usually taxpaying power elite. If they were thinking strategically, then Airbnb’s founders probably wouldn’t have started their home-rental platform in San Francisco, a city where residents could do anything in their bedroom except rent it to Danish tourists. It probably felt right at the time.” (11/06/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/11/06/airbnb-belongs-in-phoenix-n2241741

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39) Alt-right nativists launch witch hunt against Chobani Yogurt founder for helping refugees
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“[A] cottage industry of Muslim baiters has sprouted in this country that has turned demonizing Muslims from a hobby to a livelihood. Led by Pamela Geller of the Draw-the-Mohammad-Cartoon fame and gutter sites such as World Net Daily and Breitbart, they make their living off of depicting every Muslim community in America as a precursor to a caliphate in the United States. And now they’ve all turned their collective sights on Chobani’s [Hamdi] Ulukaya. Ulukaya, a Muslim, is the kind of immigrant success story that has Made America Great — Again and Again and Again. He came as a student in the 1990s to New York from a Turkish town near Syria. But within a few years, he started selling feta cheese and kosher yogurt made from his family recipe to a Long Island grocery store. His products were so popular that by 2005 he had purchased a defunct Kraft factory with an $800,000 loan and within 10 years turned it into a $1.5 billion yogurt empire employing 2,000 people with plants in New York and Twin Falls, Idaho.” (11/05/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/11/05/alt-right-nativists-launch-witch-hunt-ag

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40) Gary Johnson sounds like a pot-smoking Republican
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Being for the legalization of marijuana is not the same thing as being against the drug war. Ron Paul was against the drug war. He stood on a Republican stage and advocated the legalization of heroin in New Hampshire, and he explained that we don’t need the government telling us not to do drugs. This is not in any sense what Gary is doing, or what Gary intends to do. Gary wants to legalize marijuana, not end the drug war. And this is why people accuse us of being pro-gay, pot-smoking Republicans. It’s what Gary Johnson sounds like.” (11/05/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/11/05/gary-johnson-sounds-like-a-pot-smoking-republican/

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41) The legitimacy of the mob
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Kym Robinson

“Those that rule and seek to rule, whether the faceless public servants who are entrenched inside the safety of public life absent of any vote or process. To those who more publicly rule with a politician’s charm and strength all seek legitimacy from the process and the belief in this process, whether it is rigged, biased or on the level. The authority somehow comes from it and all of us give them the sanctioning to do as they wish, through whatever majesty of rule and law. Occasionally some are overthrown to be replaced by less terrible rulers, the internal apparatus objects to the instability and unpopular nature of the figure heads so a coup, whether legal or not occurs. But the process and the institution remains very much the same.” (11/06/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/the-legitimacy-of-the-mob/

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42) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 106
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“What is the economic way of thinking? Economics and markets are the back-bone to normative libertarian ideas and thoughts. This week we are proud to have Professor Anthony Carilli, to talk about the basics of Austrian economics. Anthony Carilli hilariously explains the fundamental principles of economic thought and really breaks it down, with examples, and practical application. This is a perfect introduction to listeners who are relatively new to economics, and a great refresher for the more advanced.” [various formats] (11/05/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-106-anthony-carilli/

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43) Left under no obligation to support Hillary Clinton
Source: In These Times
by 75 Members of Democratic Socialists of America

“For decades, the dominant approach to electoral politics on the left has followed a now-familiar formula. The formula goes something like this: the Democratic Party and its presidential candidate leave much to be desired. They fall far short of our aspirations for a free and just society. Despite these shortcomings, however, the Republican Party and its candidate are far worse and will inflict much harm on the institutions and constituencies we care about. We have no illusions about the Democrats, but leftists and progressives should vote for them because the political terrain will be much more favorable to us with them in office. Once the threat from the right is defeated at the polls, we will mobilize to hold the Democrats accountable whenever they move to implement neoliberal and militaristic policies.” (11/04/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/dsa_clinton_left_support.html

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44) The case for None of the Above
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Andrew Ferguson

“[I]f you care in any way about freedom or a little-l libertarian society, you will not cast a vote for president. Spend your November 8 working, or mowing the lawn, or reading poems, or just lazing about generally. If you are one of those with the pathological need to waste half of an otherwise enjoyable and productive day on a fool’s errand, then educate yourself on your state and local elections and vote in them, as your conscience leads. But when it comes to the top slot, you should vote None of the Above, or write in the fictional character of your choice.” (11/05/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1622

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45) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 81
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we were joined again by Paul Gordon, of the Disassociation Nation. Herein we discussed the new Anarchy Action Meeting, gangverment, taking down the State via non-compliance, creating opportunities for greater cooperation, dog training with the NAP, BipCoin, the anti-Federalists vs the Federalists, fear of the fire marshal, self-regulating flea markets, granny’s museum room, and more!” [various formats] (11/05/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-81-make-government-the-blockbuster-of-tomorrow/

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46) “How can you be so certain you are right?”
Source: La Bocca della Verita
by Gene Callahan

“Many, many people are political liberals who are not what I would call ‘metaphysical liberals’: these political liberals’ own metaphysical beliefs may be traditionally Christian or Jewish or Muslim, for instance, but they believe that the best form of state is neutral between such commitments, and is broadly liberal in character. While they might strongly believe that, for instance, pre-marital sex is wrong (and not just ‘wrong for me’), they don’t feel it is the place of the state to correct such misbehavior. The metaphysical liberal is different. For him, liberalism is not merely a practical guideline for how to create a polity in which we can all manage to get along, somehow. Instead, it is the central truth of human life itself …” (11/06/16)

http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2016/11/how-can-you-be-so-certain-you-are-right.html

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47) The expropriation of time
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Milica Pandzic

“[F]or Katherine Verdery, a political anthropologist who specializes in Eastern Europe and socialist and post-socialist transformations, time is not only a social or cultural construct, but a political construct that is forged through conflicts that involve, on one hand, social actors who seek to create and impose new temporal disciplines, and, on the other, the persons subjected to this transformative project. The author argues that, since in any given amount of time we can do X number of things, we must constantly face the decision of how to manage time. Thus, time is a means of activity manifested through what we decide to do with our bodies. Yet we are often prevented from making that decision.” (11/05/16)

https://fee.org/articles/the-expropriation-of-time/

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48) Time for political disruption
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Andrew Cohen

“[W]e live in the age of disruption. Uber has disrupted taxi services and, to a lesser extent, public transportation and even car sales. Warby-Parker has disrupted the eyeglass industry. And the list goes on. Perhaps its [sci] time for a political disruption. Perhaps its [sic] time to put the duopoly parties out to pasture. Or perhaps they can survive the disruption in some modified form. In any case, I think we now have an opportunity for a major disruption of American politics — for the better.” (11/04/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/11/time-for-political-disruption/

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49) Darcy Richardson on This Week in America
Source: This Week in America
Darcy Richardson joins host Rick Bratton to discuss third party presidential candidacies. [MP3] (11/05/16)

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50) Concession is non-negotiable: Voting is moral vandalism
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Voting is a primary tool for tyrants, they need the blame shifted from themselves to the willing accomplices in the population for the crimes they’ve committed and those uncommitted up to the time they resume their nefarious tasks of threatening, fining, kidnapping, maiming and killing selected Helots who happen to slide into the sight the government machine has focused on its latest rapine project. I’ve explained in essays before the nuts and bolts of why voting is a declaration of war on your neighbors, friends and family.” (11/05/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4907

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51) Free Talk Live, 11/05/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Million Mask March Draws Thousands to London Streets :: Anarchists :: Violence in Streets :: Forced Mask Removal :: Government Lack of Response :: Voting is Poor Communication :: Benefits of Protesting :: Libertarian Candidates Under Attack By Status Quo in NH :: Secession Utopian? :: Politicians the Same :: Follow the Laws :: Immigration Border Control.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/05/16)

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52) Baker’s Dozen x4: Reasons to NOT vote for …
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“[C]learly, there is NO reason to vote for any of them — or you are limited to voting for the least of four evils. And there is another point to consider: NONE of them are capable of changing anything in the FedGov or the Fifty States which will prevent (or even significantly slow down) the continued decay, corruption, and evil that is pushing the FedGov and most of the Fifty States into Final Collapse.” (11/05/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9987

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53) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/04/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“AMA Friday, where you get to ask me all the questions that never get answered. Today we’re going to be talking about the Dakota pipeline, constitutional amendments, and my awkward conversation at the Bill Weld event last night. Fridays are always one of our most popular episodes. Don’t miss this one.” [various formats] (11/04/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/its-ask-me-anything-friday/

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54) The Tom Woods Show, episode 775
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Joshua Fields Millburn, half of the duo known as The Minimalists and himself a libertarian, discusses how the pursuit of consumption may add to rather than fill a spiritual void, and how withdrawing from the consumption frenzy can be liberating.” [various formats] (11/04/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-775-minimalism-liberate-yourself-and-live-a-more-meaningful-life-with-less-stuff/

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55) Not guilty: The power of nullification to counteract government tyranny
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“How do you balance the scales of justice at a time when Americans are being tasered, tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, hit with batons, shot with rubber bullets and real bullets, blasted with sound cannons, detained in cages and kennels, sicced by police dogs, arrested and jailed for challenging the government’s excesses, abuses and power-grabs? Politics won’t fix a system that is broken beyond repair. No matter who sits in the White House, the shadow government will continue to call the shots behind the scenes.” (11/04/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/not-guilty-power-nullification-counteract-government-tyranny/

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