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In the News:

1) Catalonia: Strike severs road links; Spanish court claims to have “annulled” declaration of independence
2) IRS’s Koskinen to enforce ObamaCare’s employer mandate during final days
3) Russia: Regime threatens to ban Facebook unless it stores user data in-country
4) Judge says First Amendment is repealed for Manafort case
5) Report: “Mantle plume” hot as Yellowstone volcano is what’s melting Antarctic ice sheet
6) CA: San Francisco supervisors offer more changes to recreational cannabis legislation
7) Black US Air Force cadet was actual writer of “race slurs” on dorm doors
8) “Gross embarrassment and a lie”: ACLU blasts New Orleans DA over “fake subpoenas”
9) Lone House Dem’s new demand: Impeach Trump by Christmas
10) Ryan opens door to delayed corporate tax cut
11) NC: Charges dropped against three protesters, nine others still waiting
12) Quiet, rural Maine could be Obamacare’s next fierce battlefield
13) UK: Patel resigns from cabinet over unofficial meetings with Israelis
14) Russia: Police arrest Libertarians during Adam Smith Forum
15) NY: Voters shoot down constitutional convention proposal
16) NY: Jury backs graffiti artists who sued over destroyed work
17) AT&T CEO: “No intention” of selling CNN for DoJ approval of $85.4 billion Time Warner bid
18) South China Sea: Duterte backs down after Beijing protest
19) India: Delhi inches toward “public health emergency” as toxic haze leads to near zero visibility
20) Saudia Arabia: Fresh arrests in purge to consolidate crown prince’s power
21) Secret Service agent who stole Silk Road Bitcoins sentenced to two more years for stealing stolen Bitcoin
22) Ethereum user accidentally exploits major vulnerability, locks wallets
23) Twitter doubles tweet limit to 280 characters for (nearly) everyone
24) VA: First openly transgender state lawmaker in US elected
25) Feds drop “you laughed at one of the important people” charges against woman

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) A man is dead. Are the witch-hunters happy now?
27) Remember “innocent until proven guilty”
28) More iron fists to save democracy?
29) The Mideast war risk Trump can’t ignore
30) Leave it to the generals: A non-strategy for Afghanistan
31) When is a menu not a menu? Only the FDA knows for sure
32) Untold story: How immigrants turned the Wobblies into a global force
33) Blame Woodrow Wilson for radical Islam too
34) Why the left has been so wrong about the Trump boom
35) Can President Trump revive coal?
36) SESTA approved by approved by Senate Commerce Committee — still an awful bill
37) Did education save the Democrats’ bacon in the Virginia Governor’s race?
38) On justice
39) Dear “common sense gun safety” advocate
40) Simpler tax simplification
41) How big is my tribe? The crisis in Catalonia
42) More “fake news,” alas, from the New York Times
43) The proselytizers and the “privatizers”
44) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac still endanger US economy
45) Why both sides of debate say Devin Kelley should not have owned a gun
46) Quantum Vibe, 11/08/17
47) What Hayek tells us about the link between ultra-loose monetary policy and political instability
48) The right to keep and bear arms is not about hunting
49) Military-worship is bad for the military
50) More-equal-ness
51) Just think how wondrously we could regulate all markets
52) To beat the opioid crisis, Virginia’s Ralph Northam should think like Portugal
53) Will free speech prevail on campus?
54) South Korea should “Brexit” the United States
55) Why a small state is more “voluntary” than a big one

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 665
57) Essential Libertarianism, episode 12
58) Electric Libertyland, episode 45
59) Intercepted Podcast, 11/08/17
60) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/08/17
61) Free Talk Live, 11/07/17
62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 115

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1) Catalonia: Strike severs road links; Spanish court claims to have “annulled” declaration of independence
Source: Reuters

“A general strike called by pro-independence campaigners in Catalonia closed shops and severed transport links on Wednesday, as the region’s deposed leader lost political momentum after failing to seal an electoral pact with another party. … Reuters saw hundreds of strikers gathered in Barcelona’s main Sant Jaume square to protest the imprisonment of politicians, chanting the name of ex [sic]-leader Carles Puigdemont and referring to him as ‘our president.’ But he faces an uphill task to maintain influence after he missed a deadline of midnight on Tuesday to agree a pro-secessionist pact for a regional election with his former [sic] vice president Oriol Junqueras. The central government in Madrid called the election for Dec. 21 after last month assuming control of Catalonia following its parliament’s unilateral independence declaration. Spain’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday officially [claimed to have] annulled the declaration, which it had [claimed to have] suspended, a widely expected ruling.” (11/08/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalonia/catalan-strike-severs-road-links-as-secessionist-leader-regroups-idUSKBN1D81HS

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2) IRS’s Koskinen to enforce ObamaCare’s employer mandate during final days
Source: Fox News

“IRS commissioner John Koskinen’s last day on the job is Thursday, but he appears to have decided to bestow one final gift on the business community on his way out. This year, the IRS will strictly enforce the ObamaCare employer mandate for the first time since its inception, the agency confirmed to The Wall Street Journal Opens a New Window. on Tuesday, suddenly handing out penalties to companies with 50 employees or more that fail to provide affordable insurance to full-time employees and dependents. The letters also date back to 2015, which mean companies could be on the hook for years’ worth of financial consequences. The IRS was supposed to begin enforcing the mandate in 2014, but instead issued the guidance last week. The move comes months after Republicans failed to pass multiple bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and the highly unpopular employer requirement. The IRS did not immediately return FOX Business’ request for comment.” [editor’s notes: I wonder how many have been just ignoring this – SAT] (11/08/17)

http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2017/11/08/irss-koskinen-to-enforce-obamacares-employer-mandate-during-final-days.html

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3) Russia: Regime threatens to ban Facebook unless it stores user data in-country
Source: Newsweek

“Russia is checking whether Facebook is in compliance with its law requiring websites to store citizens’ data on servers within the country — otherwise, it will ban the social network. Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications regulator, announced the checkup plans on Wednesday, following up its September announcement that it would block Facebook starting next year if it fails to abide by the Russian law. … Russian officials have said that the law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in 2014, is designed to protect the personal information of its citizens. But critics call it an attack on social media and the latest move by the country to censor and control Internet usage.” (11/08/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-checking-facebook-stores-data-countrys-servers-banning-social-network-705709

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4) Judge says First Amendment is repealed for Manafort case
Source: Reuters

“The judge presiding over the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager issued a gag order on Wednesday barring anyone involved in the case from making public statements that might taint it. Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were arraigned in federal court in Washington last week on a 12-count indictment that accused them of conspiring to launder money, failing to disclose foreign bank accounts and failing to register as foreign agents of Ukraine’s former pro-Russian government. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in her written order she wanted to make sure the trial was fair and that potential jurors were not influenced by pre-trial publicity. She directed the defendants, all lawyers and any potential witnesses to ‘refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice’ to the case.” (11/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-russia-manafort/u-s-judge-issues-gag-order-in-manafort-case-idUSKBN1D82YC

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5) Report: “Mantle plume” hot as Yellowstone volcano is what’s melting Antarctic ice sheet
Source: USA Today

“Antarctica is getting a little hot under the collar. Just under the frozen wasteland of the world’s coldest continent are some seriously hot rocks, which are helping to melt its ice sheet and create lakes and rivers, a study found. How hot? Try 1,800 degrees. The heat produced by the scorching hot rocks (officially known as a mantle plume) was measured at 150 milliwatts per square meter. That’s not far from the heat produced under Yellowstone National Park, which is measured at about 200 milliwatts per square meter. The study is among the first to say that a mantle plume exists under Marie Byrd Land, a portion of West Antarctica.” [editor’s note: Yet another “climate change” horror debunked? – SAT] (11/08/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2017/11/08/hot-stuff-coldest-place-earth-mantle-plume-almost-hot-yellowstone-supervolcano-thats-melting-antarct/844748001

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6) CA: San Francisco supervisors offer more changes to recreational cannabis legislation
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors inched closer to creating a legal framework for the sale of recreational cannabis on Tuesday. At a special meeting of the board’s Rules Committee, a quartet of supervisors approved a handful of amendments to the legislation that will govern how recreational pot will be sold in San Francisco once it becomes legal in California on Jan. 1. Supervisor Ahsha Safaí introduced an amendment that would allow permitted cannabis business operators who have to move locations to keep their permits for up to 18 months as they look for a new storefront.” (11/08/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-supervisors-offer-more-changes-to-recreational-12339735.php

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7) Black US Air Force cadet was actual writer of “race slurs” on dorm doors
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The US Air Force Academy has said racial slurs scrawled on dormitory doors of five black cadets were by one of the supposedly targeted students. An inquiry into the September incident found that one of the cadets admitted to writing ‘go home’ with an epithet on dorm doors, the school told US media. The vandalism shook the campus and drew a stern rebuke from commanders. The head of the academy drew national attention in a speech condemning the culprit’s ‘horrible language.’ Video of Lt Gen Jay Silveria scolding 1,500 students and staff was posted online after the incident and quickly went viral, drawing praise from former Vice-President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain. ‘If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect,’ Silveria said at the time, ‘then get out.’ … On Tuesday, the Colorado school made the shocking announcement that the individual responsible for the messages was one of the students claiming to be victimised by them.” (11/08/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/41909791

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8) “Gross embarrassment and a lie”: ACLU blasts New Orleans DA over “fake subpoenas”
Source: Raw Story

“Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office argued in court Tuesday that the department will not release ‘fake subpoenas’ despite a July order to turn over the public records. ‘Orleans DA won’t release “fake subpoena” info because he doesn’t want to, ACLU lawyer says,’ was the NOLA headline on the DA’s widely panned legal defense. ACLU attorney Vincent Booth explained that the so-called DA notices or DA subpoenas practice, ‘is a gross embarrassment … and it’s a lie.’ In July, the New Orleans Civil District Court ordered DA Cannizzaro to turn over 5 years of public records identifying which prosecutors issued the fake subpoenas.” (11/08/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/gross-embarrassment-and-a-lie-aclu-blasts-new-orleans-da-over-fake-subpoenas

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9) Lone House Dem’s new demand: Impeach Trump by Christmas
Source: Fox News

“Texas Democrat Al Green said Wednesday he’s giving his colleagues in the House a Christmas deadline to vote on impeaching President Trump. ‘I now announce that before Christmas, there will be a vote on the chief inciter of racism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, sexism and ethnocentrism,’ he said on the House floor, adding that he prayed the United States will ‘continue to reject what the inciter in chief, Donald J. Trump has been causing this country to have to endure.’ This is hardly the first time Green has called for impeaching the president, though he hasn’t put a timeframe on it until now. Last month, Green unveiled formal articles of impeachment, though it never made it to the House floor for a vote. At the time, Green said he wanted to give lawmakers extra time to read through the proposal. Green’s resolution covered four articles of impeachment.” (11/08/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/08/house-dems-new-demand-impeach-trump-by-christmas.html

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10) Ryan opens door to delayed corporate tax cut
Source: Reuters

“U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday left the door open to a possible delay in implementing a huge corporate tax cut, following a media report that his fellow Republicans in the Senate are exploring the option. Republicans in Congress are working on separate plans to give the U.S. tax code its biggest overhaul since the 1980s. President Donald Trump and his House allies have proposed slashing the rate companies pay to 20 percent from 35 percent. But the Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the Senate could include a one-year delay in its version of the bill to make it easier to comply with the chamber’s rules that aim to limit any legislation’s impact on the U.S. deficit.” (11/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax/speaker-ryan-opens-door-to-delayed-corporate-tax-cut-idUSKBN1D82QL

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11) NC: Charges dropped against three protesters, nine others still waiting
Source: Raw Story

“The charges against three of the 12 protesters arrested for vandalizing Durham, North Carolina’s Confederate statue have been dropped. As local newspaper The Independent Weekly reports, charges against Alexander Caldwell, Taylor Cook, and Myles Spigner were dropped. Nevertheless, the nine other defendants charged by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office (including three who were charged for another protest later in the week) are still waiting for their charges to be dropped. Scott Holmes, the attorney for the charged, told the Indy that this move is ‘not surprising’ because ‘there was no evidence these people committed any act of vandalism. It demonstrates what we have said previously, that the sheriff was overzealous in the way he took out felony charges.'” (11/08/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/charges-dropped-against-3-protesters-who-tore-down-durhams-confederate-statue-but-9-others-are-still-waiting

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12) Quiet, rural Maine could be Obamacare’s next fierce battlefield
Source: USA Today

“Maine could become Obamacare’s next fierce battlefield after Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday rejected the will of state voters and slammed the brakes on a plan to expand Medicaid. LePage, hours after voters overwhelmingly approved broadening the key component of Obamacare, said he won’t go forward until lawmakers fully fund the expansion. The impact of LePage’s position was not immediately clear, but a court fight could loom. Maine would become the 32nd state along with Washington, D.C., to expand the program and the first to do so through a referendum.” (11/08/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/11/08/maine-votes-expand-obamacare-governor-says-no/843904001

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13) UK: Patel resigns from cabinet over unofficial meetings with Israelis
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Theresa May’s government was rocked on Wednesday by a second cabinet resignation in a week after Priti Patel was forced to step down as international development secretary. The minister quit after being summoned back from a trip to Uganda and Ethiopia by Downing Street after it emerged she failed to be candid with May about 14 unofficial meetings with Israeli ministers, businesspeople and a senior lobbyist. The prime minister will now need to carry out another reshuffle that will create disruption and add to the sense of instability across Whitehall and Westminster as her minority government battles to retain control of the political agenda.” (11/08/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/08/priti-patel-forced-to-resign-over-unofficial-meetings-with-israelis

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14) Russia: Police arrest Libertarians during Adam Smith Forum
Source: Freedom Today Network

“Last weekend, the Libertarian Party of Russia was co-organising the Adam Smith Forum, an annual conference on classical liberalism, in Moscow. The topics discussed included railway nationalisation, universal basic income, smart contracts and many more — by no means anyone called for an armed anti-government riot. However, when a group of guests and speakers were going on a lunch break they were brutally searched, arrested and taken to the police station. Once again: in 2017, in the centre of Moscow, police arrest the participants of an academic conference! Some of the detainees were not released until late at night, others are still kept under arrest; some were accused of participating in an unauthorised rally and are now serving 15 days in jail.” [hat tip — Independent Political Report] (11/07/17)

https://ftn.media/russian-police-arrests-libertarians-during-adam-smith-forum

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15) NY: Voters shoot down constitutional convention proposal
Source: New York Post

“New York State voters were soundly rejecting a ballot proposal Tuesday night to hold a constitutional convention following a multi-million dollar campaign by public employee unions against it. The question is asked of voters every 20 years to determine whether to convene delegates to amend the state constitution and take up issues that have been rejected by the state Legislature — such as term limits and stricter ethics laws that could bar lawmakers from earning outside income. But Big Labor claimed that the convention, which would be run by delegates elected across the state, could jeopardize pension protections enshrined in the state Constitution.” (11/07/17)

http://nypost.com/2017/11/07/ny-voters-shoot-down-constitutional-convention-proposal/

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16) NY: Jury backs graffiti artists who sued over destroyed work
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A federal jury has sided with a group of New York graffiti artists who sued over the destruction of their work. A judge will now decide whether the artists must be compensated for the loss of their whitewashed murals. The jury’s advisory ruling came Tuesday in the lawsuit over a site in Queens known as 5Pointz. Owner Jerry Wolkoff allowed the spray-paint artists to use his buildings for decades but said they always knew the buildings would be torn down someday.” [editor’s note: Sounds a bit like if Karl Hess had tried to sue to keep the Anacostia community alive, when the owners of the property gentrified it! Of course as a good libertarian and anarchist he knew better – SAT] (11/08/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Jury-backs-graffiti-artists-who-sued-over-12341941.php

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17) AT&T CEO: “No intention” of selling CNN for DoJ approval of $85.4 billion Time Warner bid
Source: USA Today

“AT&T’s $85.4 billion bid to acquire Time Warner may need a Christmas miracle to close by 2018. Approval of the deal by the Justice Department now may require the sale of some assets such as the divestiture of cable news network CNN or satellite TV service DirecTV, according to media reports Wednesday. The sale of CNN is a non-starter for AT&T CEO and chairman Randall Stephenson. ‘Until now, we’ve never commented on our discussions with the DOJ,’ he said in a statement to USA TODAY. ‘But given DOJ’s statement this afternoon, it’s important to set the record straight. Throughout this process, I have never offered to sell CNN and have no intention of doing so.'” (11/08/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/11/08/t-time-warner-merger-faces-uncertain-timing-deal-done-exec-say/844328001

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18) South China Sea: Duterte backs down after Beijing protest
Source: Philippine Star [Philippines]

“President Rodrigo Duterte stopped construction work on a newly formed sandbar in the disputed South China Sea after China protested, the defense chief said Wednesday, disclosing details of the territorial spat for the first time. The dispute over a string of sandbars called Sandy Cay emerged in August and prompted China and the Philippines to consider negotiating some sort of arrangement to prevent such incidents from spiraling out of control, [Philippines defense seceretary Delfin] Lorenzana said. The rift over the tiny sandbar, where Filipinos planned to erect fishermen’s shelters, in the group near Philippine-occupied Thitu island in the Spratlys archipelago remains unresolved but both sides pledged not to occupy any new territory, he said.” (11/08/17)

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/11/08/1757015/philippines-backs-down-south-china-sea-after-beijing-protest

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19) India: Delhi inches toward “public health emergency” as toxic haze leads to near zero visibility
Source: Firstpost [India]

“The toxic haze hanging over Delhi on Wednesday thickened, leading to near zero visibility at many places, even as air quality slid further and touched calamitous levels. The air quality index of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had a score of 487 on a scale of 500, indicating ‘severe’ levels of pollution, which can affect even healthy people and ‘seriously impact’ those with existing diseases. If the score touches 500 and persists there for at least 48 hours, measures like odd-even and a ban on construction and demolition activities will come into force across the Delhi-NCR under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). … the Delhi government announced that all schools in the national capital will remain closed till Sunday in view of the ‘unbearable’ air pollution.” (11/08/17)

http://www.firstpost.com/india/delhi-inches-towards-public-health-emergency-as-toxic-haze-leads-to-near-zero-visibility-4199975.html

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20) Saudia Arabia: Fresh arrests in purge to consolidate crown prince’s power
Source: Reuters

“Saudi Arabian authorities have made further arrests and frozen more bank accounts in an expanding anti-corruption [sic] crackdown on the kingdom’s political and business elite, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Dozens of royal family members, officials and business executives have already been held in the purge announced on Saturday. They face allegations of money laundering, bribery, extortion and exploiting public office for personal gain. But the sources, speaking on Wednesday, said a number of other individuals suspected of wrongdoing were detained in an expansion of the crackdown, widely seen as an initiative of the powerful heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.” [editor’s note: Of course there’s corruption, and maybe the crown prince is wanting to clean it up, but let’s not kid ourselves — this is mainly about crippling his actual or likely political opponents – TLK] (11/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-arrests-detentions/saudi-arabia-makes-fresh-arrests-in-anti-graft-crackdown-sources-idUSKBN1D81ET

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21) Secret Service agent who stole Silk Road Bitcoins sentenced to two more years for stealing stolen Bitcoin
Source: Ars Technica

“Former United States Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges was sentenced to an additional two years of prison on Tuesday. US District Judge Richard Seeborg said that Bridges’ totality of crimes and continued dishonesty to the government was a ‘betrayal of trust’ and was ‘among the worst of crimes.’ In August 2017, Bridges pleaded guilty to new counts of money laundering and related forfeiture. In May 2015, Bridges was separately sentenced to 71 months in prison after he stole money from online dealers while investigating Silk Road, a now-defunct Tor-hidden underground website. … Over a year ago, federal authorities strongly suggested in court filings that, in 2015, after Bridges had left the Secret Service and after he had already signed his first guilty plea, he had illegally transferred to himself over 1,600 bitcoins. Those bitcoins had previously been seized by federal authorities from Bitstamp, a European Bitcoin exchange, which later challenged the seizure.” [editor’s note: The feds stole the Bitcoin from Bitstamp, but it’s “among the worst of crimes” to re-steal it from the feds. Reminds me of the plaque Ron Paul used to keep on his desk – TLK] (11/07/17)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/ex-agent-corrupted-by-silk-road-sentenced-to-2-additional-years/

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22) Ethereum user accidentally exploits major vulnerability, locks wallets
Source: ZDNet

“An Ethereum user has unwittingly exploited a major wall in Parity wallets which has locked users out of their accounts, potentially freezing millions of dollars’ worth of the cryptocurrency. In a security advisory last night, Parity — the makers of wallet software used to store and trade Ethereum — said the ‘critical’ issue impacts multi-sig wallets. Multi-sig wallets have been frozen which are estimated to hold roughly $150 million in Ethereum. The company said the vulnerability exists in the Parity wallet library contract of the standard multi-sig contract and was ‘found’ by a user.” (11/08/17)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/ethereum-user-accidentally-exploits-major-vulnerability-locks-wallets/

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23) Twitter doubles tweet limit to 280 characters for (nearly) everyone
Source: Gadgets 360 [India]

“Twitter announced Tuesday it has doubled the limit for tweets to 280 characters, a bid to draw in more users and boost engagement at the social network. Giving users twice the space to voice their thoughts ushers in a new era for the online platform, whose hallmark 140-character cap had encouraged users to craft succinct missives. … The changes will be rolling out in all languages except Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, in which space limitations have not been an issue, Twitter said.” (11/08/17)

https://gadgets.ndtv.com/social-networking/news/twitter-280-character-limit-rollout-1772583

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24) VA: First openly transgender state lawmaker in US elected
Source: CNN

“Virginia voters elected the state’s first openly transgender candidate to the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday. Danica Roem unseated incumbent delegate Bob Marshall, who had been elected thirteen times over 26 years, according to Marshall’s website. When Roem takes office, she will be the first openly transgender candidate to be elected and serve in a state legislative body. As of 9:07 p.m. ET, Democratic candidate Roem had 54.59% of the votes to Marshall’s 45.36%, with 19 of 20 precincts reporting, according to the Virginia Department of Elections. … Roem is the first openly transgender person elected to a state legislature in the US, according to Monica Roberts of the TransGriot blog, which covers issues in the transgender community. Althea Garrison, elected in Massachusetts, was the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature, but did not campaign as an openly transgender person during her race in 1992.” (11/08/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/07/politics/danica-roem-virginia-transgender/index.html

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25) Feds drop “you laughed at one of the important people” charges against woman
Source: NBC News

“All charges have been dropped against an activist who audibly scoffed during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate confirmation hearing in January. On Monday afternoon, District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu filed a notice of nolle prosequi — a formal notice of abandonment by a prosecutor or plaintiff — in the case against Code Pink activist Desiree Fairooz. In a statement, Code Pink said it ‘celebrates’ the Justice Department’s decision to drop the case against Fairooz. … Fairooz was arrested in January during the hearing’s opening statements and faced misdemeanor charges, including disrupting Congress and parading/demonstrating.” (11/07/17)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/charges-dropped-against-woman-who-laughed-during-jeff-sessions-hearing-n818436

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

26) A man is dead. Are the witch-hunters happy now?
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“We still do not know for certain why Carl Sargeant, the Welsh Labour politician, took his life this week. Suicide is a deeply complex affair, and often springs from a deep-seated, hard-to-understand turmoil. But we do know this: Sargeant had been plunged into despair by accusations made against him as part of the increasingly febrile, nasty ‘Pestminster’ witch-hunt. … To read about the treatment of Sargeant is to get a glimpse into how unhinged and even Stalinist the sex-pest panic has become. Most strikingly, Sargeant was kept in the dark about the accusations made against him and about the identity of his accusers. He was not afforded the most basic information about why he was under investigation and as a consequence had to lose, temporarily at least, his entire purpose in political life: his job as Welsh government minister and his membership of the Labour Party. This echoes the showtrials of earlier, darker eras, when ‘political deviants’ were likewise kept in the dark about the reasons for their public destruction.” (11/08/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/a-man-is-dead.-are-the-witch-hunters-happy-now-carl-sargeant/

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27) Remember “innocent until proven guilty”
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“The witch hunt swirling around accusations of sexual misconduct and rape in the entertainment industry exposes the worst in people. Both those who may have done wrong, and those excited to join the dog pile to tear the accused to shreds. I understand that few people want bad guys to get away with their crimes. Neither do I, although I probably have a different idea of what ‘justice’ means. I probably also have a different idea of what constitutes a crime. Those calling for the figurative heads of the various accused on a platter seem hysterical in their vindictiveness and in their certainty that all accusations are true. As for the less vindictive people out there, I see some of them saying everyone is innocent until proved guilty. This is also a mistake.” (11/08/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/11/08/voices/remember-innocent-until-proven-guilty/154796.html

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28) More iron fists to save democracy?
Source: JamesBovard.com
by Jim Bovard

“Responding to the anniversary of Donald Trump’s election, The Washington Post Magazine presented ’38 ideas for repairing our badly broken civic life.’ Post Magazine editor Richard Just explained that ‘all of us … should be able to agree that some future-pondering about the state of our democracy is in order.’ Many — if not most — of the Post’s recommendations from experts, artists, and writers are insipid or authoritarian. But they provide an excellent snapshot of progressive thinking after nearly one year of Trump era tumult.” (11/08/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/11/08/usa-today-more-iron-fists-to-save-democracy/

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29) The Mideast war risk Trump can’t ignore
Source: Reuters
by Josh Cohen

“Middle East tensions are flaring again, as Lebanon becomes the new front in the regional rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran. But while the focus of the news has shifted from the battering of Islamic State to the repercussions of the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, there’s been a remarkable silence about one of the Middle East’s most important players: Israel. In an ironic twist for the Jewish state, the IS losses have consolidated Iran’s strength in the region, allowing Tehran to establish a Shi’ite ‘land bridge’ extending through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to Israel’s northern border. That raises the risk of a military clash between Israel and Iran right at a time when American engagement in the Middle East may start to wane. This threat is not something the Trump administration can afford to ignore.” [editor’s note: OR, we could let Israel deal with this as they are perfectly capable of doing – SAT] (11/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cohen-afterislamicstate-commentary/commentary-the-mideast-war-risk-trump-cant-ignore-idUSKBN1D82IC

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30) Leave it to the generals: A non-strategy for Afghanistan
Source: The New Republic
by Andrew J Bacevich

“‘There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am,’ Trump told Fox News in 2015. Senior military officers, with all their medals and campaign ribbons, left him singularly unimpressed. ‘I know more about offense and defense than they will ever understand, believe me.’ … Since becoming president, Trump has largely ceded the decision-making of America’s wars to the generals he derided while running for office. How much of this even Trump himself believed is difficult to say. We do know this, however: Since becoming president, he has largely ceded decision-making on the conduct of America’s wars to the very generals he derided while running for office. Trump has not entirely vacated the office of commander-in-chief. Yet, as with so many other aspects of the job, he occupies it on only an occasional basis and rarely with the requisite skill.” (11/08/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145418/leave-generals-nonstrategy-afghanistan

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31) When is a menu not a menu? Only the FDA knows for sure
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Few people following ObamaCare paid any attention to section 4205 of the law, which requires chain restaurants and vending machines to post calorie labels. But this little-noticed provision is a testament to the folly of central planning. This Tuesday, the FDA released a ‘guidance document’ on its calorie count regulations that is meant to help restaurants, delis, pizza joints, buffets and the like figure out how to comply with this ObamaCare mandate. All it did was show how ridiculous the whole effort is. Democrats added the calorie mandate to ObamaCare on the assumption that forcing restaurant chains to put calorie counts on their menus would help tackle the nation’s obesity problem. Sounds simple enough to enact. But life is always far more complicated that Washington bureaucrats think.” (11/08/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obamacare-calorie-count-rule-compliance

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32) Untold story: How immigrants turned the Wobblies into a global force
Source: In These Times
by Shaun Richman

“Declaring, ‘an injury to one is an injury to all,’ the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) upended and forever changed the labor movement a little over a century ago. The Wobblies’ commitment to organizing workers on an industry-wide basis, their cynicism about legislative action and electoral politics, their aversion to signed contracts and their preference for sudden strikes remain fascinating subjects for labor studies. Their multiculturalism, anti-racism and pioneering bohemian approach to God, country and sex remain a rich vein to be mined for cultural studies. Although there is no shortage of books about the history of the IWW, they mostly tell the story of a North American union and revolutionary movement. But naming themselves the Industrial Workers of the World was no mere rhetorical flourish. The globalism implied in their name is fleshed out in a new book, Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW, edited by In These Times contributor Peter Cole, along with David Struthers and Kenyon Zimmer.” (11/08/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20679/international-workers-of-the-world-wobblies-transnational-multiracial

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33) Blame Woodrow Wilson for radical Islam too
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis

“WW1 began in August 1914. By 1915, the British were negotiating with various Arab leaders for an alliance against the Ottoman Turks. The Arabs wanted a British commitment to a pan-Arab state. It would run from … the 37th parallel in the North (near the southern border of Turkey) … to Iran and the Persian Gulf in the East … the Mediterranean in the West… the Arabian Sea in the South … Barring such a commitment the Arabs would side with their Islamic Turkish brethren against Britain, France, and Russia. The British accepted the Arabic proposal …. Having made one agreement with the Arabs on October 24, 1915, the British then made a contrary agreement with the French on May 16, 1916. … The Sykes-Picot Treaty was negotiated in secret, and for a good reason. It violated every commitment the British had made to the Arabs.” (11/08/17)

https://downsizedc.org/blame-woodrow-wilson-for-radical-islam-too-3/

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34) Why the left has been so wrong about the Trump boom
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“Time magazine’s cover story for the week of Nov. 6 is a classic. It blares: “The Wrecking Crew: How Trump’s Cabinet Is Dismantling Government As We Know It.” The New York Times ran a lead editorial complaining that team Trump is shrinking the regulatory state at an ‘unprecedented’ pace. Meanwhile, last week the stock market raced to new all-time highs; we had another blockbuster jobs report with another fall in the unemployment rate; and housing sales soared to their highest level in a decade. Are the editors at Time and the Times so ideologically blinded that they are incapable of connecting the dots? The U.S. economic revival of 3 percent growth has already defied the predictions of almost every Donald Trump critic. I vividly remember debating Hillary Clinton’s economic gurus during the campaign: They accused Trump and advisers such as myself of ‘lying’ when we said that pro-growth policies would speed up economic growth to 3 to 4 percent.” (11/07/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2017/11/07/why-the-left-has-been-so-wrong-about-the-trump-boom-n2405709

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35) Can President Trump revive coal?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Daniel Sutter

“EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt recently announced a withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan regulations intended to reduce electric utilities’ greenhouse gas emissions. Critics accused the Obama Administration of waging a ‘War on Coal,’ while President Trump seeks to revive the industry. Mr. Trump faces a challenge due to the complicated impact of government policy on business investment and economic growth. America’s coal industry has suffered a remarkable and rapid collapse from record profits and stock prices in 2011. Three of the four largest coal companies were bankrupt by the end of 2015, wiping out $30 billion in stock value and 60,000 jobs. Although Kentucky and West Virginia have suffered the most, Alabama has 37 coal mines and ranks 15th in production.” (11/08/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/11/can-president-trump-revive-coal/

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36) SESTA approved by approved by Senate Commerce Committee — still an awful bill
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Elliot Harmon

“The Senate Commerce Committee just approved a slightly modified version of SESTA, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (S. 1693). SESTA was and continues to be a deeply flawed bill. It would weaken 47 U.S.C. § 230, (commonly known as ‘CDA 230’ or simply ‘Section 230’), one of the most important laws protecting free expression online. Section 230 says that for purposes of enforcing certain laws affecting speech online, an intermediary cannot be held legally responsible for any content created by others. SESTA would create an exception to Section 230 for laws related to sex trafficking, thus exposing online platforms to an immense risk of civil and criminal litigation. What that really means is that online platforms would be forced to take drastic measures to censor their users.” (11/08/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/11/sesta-approved-senate-commerce-committee-still-awful-bill

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37) Did education save the Democrats’ bacon in the Virginia Governor’s race?
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Ralph Northam’s big win for the Democratic party in the Virginia governor’s election is being hailed as a ‘rebuke of President Trump.’ But it’s also a rebuke of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The race, which was called a ‘bellwether’ and a ‘must win’ for Democrats, is a teachable moment for Democratic party operatives heading into 2018. But the race appeared to stay close the whole time, with RealClear Politics rating it a ‘toss up’ less than a week away from the vote. So what helped Northam pull it out? Most analysts in the media have focused on the campaign tactics employed in the race, especially when the campaign for Ed Gillespie, the Republican, took a Trumpist turn and decided to demonize immigrants, defend Confederate monuments, and portray Northam as soft on crime. But the Virginia race suggests candidates running in swing states will have to get the issues right rather than the rhetoric.” (11/08/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171108/did-education-save-the-democrats-bacon-in-the-virginia-governors-race

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38) On justice
Source: Mises UK
by Neil Lock

“The question ‘what is justice?’ sounds simple. Yet an attempt to apply to it that bluntest of philosophical instruments, the dictionary, rapidly ends up going in circles. Justice, we find, is just conduct or fairness. Fairness is being fair, or otherwise said, just or equitable. Equitable means — yes, you’ve guessed it, fair or just. Perhaps one useful thing we can learn from this exercise is the etymology of the word justice. It comes from the Latin ius, normally translated as ‘law’ or ‘right.’ But it’s important to note that ius is law in the sense of agreements and commitments between people; as opposed to lex, which is law in the sense of legislation imposed from above.” (11/08/17)

https://misesuk.org/2017/11/08/on-justice/

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39) Dear “common sense gun safety” advocate
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“You say you want ‘common sense gun safety’ laws. Fine. Propose them. Specifically. Specifically. Don’t issue vague wishes about ‘mental health,’ and ‘safety.’ Don’t use the term ‘assault weapon’ unless you live in a state that has defined that term in law. Know the differences between ‘assault weapon’ (where such exists), ‘assault rifle,’ and ‘machine gun;’ and do not use the wrong term in discussion; it makes you look ignorant at best. Do tell us exactly what you intend; preferably by providing the text of law you propose. Be prepared to address the following points …” (11/08/17)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4569

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40) Simpler tax simplification
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“As you read this, President Trump’s tax plan is being debated. Congress will change it. Where this ends, no one knows. I want two things: 1. Simplification. 2. More money in private hands. Trump offers some of both. His cuts would leave more money in private hands, where it will be used more efficiently. Politicians’ spending decisions already put us $20 trillion in debt; they shouldn’t be trusted with more money. Cutting the corporate tax rate isn’t popular (rich people!), but a cut is needed. Economic growth is really important. It’s stifled when America’s taxes are higher than other nations’. Trump also offers some simplification. Good. The more complex the rules, the more time we waste hiring accountants and the more time lawyers spend fighting over who qualifies for what. Trump would double the personal exemption (fewer people will itemize) and kill the ‘death tax,’ deductions for local taxes and the alternative minimum tax. It’s a start. But that’s not nearly good enough. Heck, the ‘simplification’ bill itself is 400 pages long.” (11/08/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2017/11/08/simpler-tax-simplification-n2406138

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41) How big is my tribe? The crisis in Catalonia
Source: CounterPunch
by John K White

“What makes a border today: the natural divide of a river, mountain, or sea, a ruled mark on a dusty map such as in the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement that carved up the Ottoman Empire, or the common history, language, or race of a group, not at all mutually exclusive or easily defined? Of course, one should expect trouble when a straight-edge ruler marks the difference between you and me, but the bigger question now is how atomized must we become before we stop drawing lines between us? Simply put, how big is my tribe?” (11/08/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/08/how-big-is-my-tribe-the-crisis-in-catalonia/

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42) More “fake news,” alas, from the New York Times
Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew J Bacevich

“Disregarding President Trump’s insistent claim that the establishment press propagates ‘fake news’ requires a constant effort — especially when a prestigious outlet like the New York Times allows itself to be used for blatantly fraudulent purposes. I cherish the First Amendment. Mark me down as favoring journalism that is loud, lively, and confrontational. When members of the media snooze — falling for fictitious claims about Saddam’s WMD program or Gaddafi’s genocidal intentions, for example — we all lose. So the recent decision by Times editors to publish an op-ed regarding Paul Manafort’s involvement in Ukraine is disturbing. That the Times is keen to bring down Donald Trump is no doubt the case. Yet if efforts to do so entail grotesque distortions of U.S. policy before Trump, then we are courting real trouble. Put simply, ousting Trump should not come at the cost of whitewashing the follies that contributed to Trump’s rise in the first place.” (11/08/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/more-fake-news-alas-from-the-new-york-times/

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43) The proselytizers and the “privatizers”
Source: The American Prospect
by Katherine Stewart

“To be clear, the charter movement in the United States is large, fragmented, and complex, and includes many individuals and groups that sincerely wish to promote and improve public education. Many charter advocates respect the separation of church and school. But a wing of the charter movement that is ideologically or religiously opposed to ‘government schools’ was present at the charter movement’s creation, and has grown to comprise a sizable segment of the charter universe. With the election of Donald Trump and the appointment of Betsy DeVos as education secretary, it is presently empowered as never before.” [editor’s note: If she can put “government schools” in quotes, I’ll do the same to the headline – SAT] (11/08/17)

http://prospect.org/article/proselytizers-and-privatizers

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44) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac still endanger US economy
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau

“Nearly a decade since the housing bust of 2008 sent the U.S. economy into a tailspin, much legislation has been enacted and regulation promulgated in the name of ‘financial reform’ — to little effect. Many of the problems that precipitated the financial crisis continue to threaten the American financial system. Chief among these is the continued — and increased — dominance of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the nation’s residential mortgage market.” (11/08/17)

https://cei.org/content/fannie-mae-freddie-mac-still-endanger-economy

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45) Why both sides of debate say Devin Kelley should not have owned a gun
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Patrik Jonsson & Henry Gass

“Just down the street from the First Baptist Church, where a gunman killed 26 parishioners on Sunday, convenience store clerk Chris Speer is still trying to sort through his feelings about how a man who the federal government and state of Texas said could not legally own a gun, could walk into a store and buy a Ruger assault-style rifle. Devin Kelley was court-martialed and spent time in a military brig for assaulting his baby stepson and once smuggled weapons onto an Air Force Base in New Mexico after making death threats against commanders. His last rank in the Air Force was ‘prisoner.’ He also escaped from a mental health facility. ‘My honest opinion is you can regulate guns all you want, but if you’re not going to red flag somebody who did something like that then that’s just stupid. It’s just completely dumb,’ says Mr. Speer, who was on a break. He is not interested in expanding gun control, pointing out that a neighbor with a rifle shot the gunman and, in his view, saved lives.” (11/08/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2017/1108/Why-both-sides-of-debate-say-Devin-Kelley-should-not-have-owned-a-gun

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46) Quantum Vibe, 11/08/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (11/08/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1725

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47) What Hayek tells us about the link between ultra-loose monetary policy and political instability
Source: Cobden Centre
by Professor Gunther Schnabl

“The European Central Bank will increase the overall volume of its bond purchase program to 2.550.000.000.000 euros by September 2018. The main refinancing rate will remain at zero. Mario Draghi has stressed that this policy shall continue until inflation picks up sustainably (which is unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future). The works of Friedrich August von Hayek (1931, 1944, 1976) help to explain why the tremendous monetary expansion is increasingly causing growing economic and political instability in Europe.” (11/08/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/11/what-hayek-tells-us-about-the-link-between-ultra-loose-monetary-policy-and-political-instability/

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48) The right to keep and bear arms is not about hunting
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas have reignited the gun control debate, with some gun control proponents once again calling for a federal ‘assault weapon’ ban. Supporters of such a law often argue the founders never imagined powerful weapons available today in the hands of the people. But this argument completely misses the primary reason the Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights in the first place.” (11/07/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/11/07/the-right-to-keep-and-bear-arms-is-not-about-hunting/

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49) Military-worship is bad for the military
Source: National Review
by David French

“I’m a former major in the Army, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and I believe the decision to serve my country in uniform is among the best one’s of my life. But I’ve got a confession to make: I’m getting very worried about our nation’s military-worship. As I’ve told anyone who asks, the men I served with in Iraq are extraordinary people. Their courage would take your breath away. Our military is full of such heroes, and they’re worth every bit of honor and respect our nation can provide. But not everyone in the military is a hero. The mere act of donning a uniform does not make you any better than any other American. Though I’ve seen heroism in the military, I’ve also seen craven corruption, cynical exploitation of the public, and grotesque incompetence.” (11/07/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453494/military-worship-hurts-military

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50) More-equal-ness
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘All animals are equal,’ wrote George Orwell, ‘but some animals are more equal than others.’ That was the regime’s final slogan in Orwell’s allegorical novella, Animal Farm … and it currently serves as the operating principle for local government. Well, at least in Washington, D.C., our country’s pig trough.” (11/08/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/11/08/more-equal-ness/

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51) Just think how wondrously we could regulate all markets
Source: Adam Smith
by Tim Worstall

“That California is moving toward legal recreational pot is excellent news, it’s an advance in human freedom and a reduction in the absurdities of the war on drugs. Yet there’s still something about the process which is turning brains to mush. For they’ve managed to organise matters so that the legal market is going to be more expensive — as much as 50% more perhaps — than the illegal one they hope to replace. That’s not quite how markets do work, greater expense leading to the replacement of lower cost suppliers. No, really, that’s not the human experience.” (11/08/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/just-think-how-wondrously-we-could-regulate-all-markets

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52) To beat the opioid crisis, Virginia’s Ralph Northam should think like Portugal
Source: Reason
by A Barton Hinkle

“President Trump has declared the opioid scourge a national emergency, but his solution is tissue-thin: a few minor tweaks to federal policy, such as relaxing Medicaid rules regarding treatment facilities, and a promise of ‘really great advertising’ …. Any questions?’ Which will accomplish nothing. … Republican Ed Gillespie, who lost last night to Democrat Ralph Northam, produced a substantive and thoughtful — albeit insufficient — plan to address the drug crisis. It began with the recognition that addiction ‘is a disease — not a moral failing’ and that ‘We cannot arrest our way out of the current epidemic of addiction.’ … The war on illegal drugs can’t cure addiction any more than Prohibition cured alcoholism. And this gives Virginia’s next governor an opportunity to break with the useless past. He should declare Virginia’s part of the war on drugs over, and announce a different policy to replace it: Virginia is the new Portugal.” (11/08/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/11/08/to-beat-the-opioid-crisis-virginias-next

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53) Will free speech prevail on campus?
Source: Independent Institute
by Donald A Downs

“Alarm over the state of free speech and academic freedom on American campuses is nothing new under the collegiate sun. But it has reached fever pitch in the past few years. The unease is justified, given the notorious disruptions and dis-invitations of legitimate and worthy speakers; the censorious echo chambers of academic disciplines intolerant of dissent; and the often-unprincipled use of speech-smothering policies such as trigger warnings, safe-spaces, bias-reporting, and mandatory sensitivity training. More and more faculty members across the political spectrum who had remained quiet for years now feel compelled to speak out because they believe things have spun out of control.” (11/07/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9196

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54) South Korea should “Brexit” the United States
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“With President Trump being accompanied by three U.S. carrier groups during his trip to Korea, South Koreans should pull a ‘Brexit’ on the United States. As I counseled last April and August in two separate articles, South Korea should dissolve their alliance with the United States and kick all U.S. troops out of the country. … The time to do so is now, before it is too late.” (11/08/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/11/08/south-korea-brexit-united-states/

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55) Why a small state is more “voluntary” than a big one
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Because of their physical size, large states are able to exercise more state-like power than geographically smaller states –rom higher barriers to emigration than smaller states, thus allowing them to avoid one of the most significant barriers to expanding state power: the ability of residents to move away. Moreover, by virtue of the fact that the land area of the earth is more or less fixed, a small number of large states prevents the formation of a large number of small states.” (11/07/17)

https://mises.org/wire/why-small-state-more-voluntary-big-one

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56) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 665
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“You likely know him as Johnny Rocket from The Johnny Rocket Launchpad. I know him as my friend Johnny Adams, and I wanted to have him on the show to talk about a new passion project he’s been working on. It’s called Liberty Force, and it’s a comic book that teaches some ideas about liberty to anyone willing to give it a read.” [various formats] (11/08/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/665-johnny-adams-talks-to-jason-about-his-new-liberty-force-comic/

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57) Essential Libertarianism, episode 12
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

Two Kinds of Protection, by Robert LeFevre. [various formats] (11/08/17)

http://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2017/11/08/two-kinds-of-protection-el012/

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58) Electric Libertyland, episode 45
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian welcomes in comedian Ryan Stout once again to look at what’s going down in the world today. The pair start off discussing the tragic shooting in Texas by former U.S. Air Force member Devin Patrick Kelley, which killed 26 people. Ryan and Brian then get into Rand Paul’s assault by a neighbor, then move to discuss National Day for the Victims of Communism and the state of education and public sentiment regarding communism, socialism and fascism, which is becoming more popular with Millenials. They then round out the episode by discussing PC culture’s impact on communication, outrage over a Larry David SNL monologue, and Ryan’s experiences on his latest comedy tour promoting his new comedy album ‘How to Be an Audience.'” [various formats] (11/08/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/11/08/electric-libertyland-ep-45-tx-shooting-millenials-love-communism-w-comedian-ryan-stout/

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59) Intercepted Podcast, 11/08/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Trump doubles down on his support for the ruling faction in the House of Saud as its genocidal war in Yemen rages on and its public listing of oil company Saudi Aramco could be worth $2 trillion. Rep. Ro Khanna tells us that he is now calling for a complete end to all U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia. He also discusses the horrendous catastrophe in Yemen, charges of Russian interference in the U.S. election, and the state of the Democratic Party. The former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay prison blasts Trump over his repeated interference in the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the recent terror attack in New York.” [various formats] (11/08/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/11/08/intercepted-podcast-say-hello-to-my-little-hands/

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60) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/08/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Dianna Keiler and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about the perils of smoking, getting too old to get too drunk, the weather and season’s impact on your mood, vaping, Star Wars geekin’, cowshares, and why they can’t quit eating meat.” [various formats] (11/08/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15257

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61) Free Talk Live, 11/07/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“People Eating Pets in Venezuela :: Waiting By Dumpsters :: Scott the Bigot :: NJ Weedman Trial Closes :: High School Installs Bathroom Cams :: Expensive Dumbphones :: Sarah’s Surveillance State :: Communism :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/07/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-11-07

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62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 115
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Will Porter returns to FPF for ep. 115. Will discuss the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Will starts with the origins and founders of the group that would one day declare a caliphate. Will analyzes the US role in Iraq, Libya, and Syria led to the rise of IS. Will then explains the narrative of IS as it reaches its peak and anti-ISIS coalitions start to build. This is part one of a two-part series of the rise and fall of ISIS.” [various formats] (11/08/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-115-the-rise-and-fall-of-isis-with-will-porter

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