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Volume XVI, Issue #4,090
Weekend Special Edition, October 27th, 2018
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In the News:

0) Weekend Special Edition and Fundraiser Update …
1) US stocks end sharply lower in another volatile session
2) Feds charge Florida man with mailing improvised bombs to Trump political critics
3) Report: Tesla faces “deepening criminal investigation” into Model 3 production
4) FDA recognizes psilocybin as “breakthrough therapy” for depression
5) US regime indicts man from another country for doing business with a third country

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) This isn’t the most important election of your lifetime. Not even close
7) Andrea Millen Rich
8) Is voting immoral?
9) For better or worse, early voting is changing American elections
10) Trump’s brilliant use of the coin of the realm

The Sound and the Fury:

11) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 18
12) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/26/18
13) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 263
14) Free Talk Live, 10/25/18
15) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1269

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0) Weekend Special Edition and Fundraiser Update …

Dear readers,

Yes, I decided a weekend special was in order. Not just because it gives me another opportunity to flog the fundraiser — although it does 🙂 — but because it seems like we’re just drowning in good material lately. So — five news stories, five commentaries, five audio/video links for your weekend reading pleasure, and we’ll be back Monday with the regular full editions.

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1) US stocks end sharply lower in another volatile session
Source: MarketWatch

“Stocks ended sharply lower but off session lows Friday after disappointing earnings, ending a brutal and volatile week that saw the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average turn lower for 2018. The S&P 500 dropped 1.7% to close near 2,569, while the Dow suffered a decline of around 296 points, or 1.2%, to finish near 24,688, according to preliminary figures. That left the S&P 500 down 3.9% for the week and the Dow off 3%.” (10/26/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stocks-end-sharply-lower-in-another-volatile-session-after-earnings-disappointment-2018-10-26

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2) Feds charge Florida man with mailing improvised bombs to Trump political critics
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The Justice Department charged a Florida man on Friday in connection with a wave of improvised explosive devices sent to political critics of President Trump. Cesar Altieri Sayoc, 56, is facing five federal charges after he was arrested in Plantation, Fla., following a national investigation. He faces a potential total of 48 years in prison. (Earlier Friday, a Justice Department spokesperson had erroneously said Sayoc could face up to 58 years in prison.) The homemade bombs intercepted or discovered this week ‘are not hoax devices,’ said FBI Director Christopher Wray during a press conference with law enforcement officials Friday. They contained ‘energetic materials’ packed into PVC pipes and could have been dangerous, he said, although none of them exploded and no one was hurt. Asked at the same press conference why it appeared that Sayoc only allegedly targeted liberal political figures, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said ‘he may have been a partisan … appears to be partisan, but that will be determined as the case goes forward.’” (10/26/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/26/660823141/authorities-search-miami-postal-sorting-facility-in-suspicious-packages-investig

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3) Report: Tesla faces “deepening criminal investigation” into Model 3 production
Source: Ars Technica

“Tesla is reportedly undergoing a ‘deepening criminal investigation’ by the FBI into whether the company misled investors with respect to production of Model 3 vehicles, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper cited “people familiar with the matter,” who said that federal prosecutors based in San Francisco have ‘intensified’ their work in recent weeks. Neither the FBI nor the United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco immediately responded to Ars’ request for comment. Kamran Mumtaz, a Tesla spokesman, sent Ars a statement, saying that earlier this year the company received a voluntary request for documents, which it complied with.” (10/26/18)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/report-tesla-faces-deepening-criminal-investigation-into-model-3-production/

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4) FDA recognizes psilocybin as “breakthrough therapy” for depression
Source: Reason

“The only reference to psilocybin on the Food and Drug Administration’s website appears in the agency’s Bad Bug Book: Handbook of Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins, where the psychedelic compound is described as a ‘neurotoxin’ found in mushrooms. But according to the FDA, psilocybin is also a ‘breakthrough therapy’ for major depression. That designation, which the company seeking approval of psilocybin as a medicine announced this week, means ‘preliminary clinical evidence indicates that the drug may demonstrate substantial improvement over existing therapies.’ Based on that evidence, the FDA agrees to ‘expedite the development and review of such drug.’” (10/25/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/25/fda-recognizes-psilocybin-as-breakthroug

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5) US regime indicts man from another country for doing business with a third country
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“A Singapore businessman once lauded as a leading young entrepreneur has illegally laundered millions of dollars in funds for North Korea, US prosecutors said in charges unveiled on Thursday. A grand jury indictment charged Tan Wee Beng, 41, for working with several other unnamed actors to move money through the international banking system for North Korean banks between 2011 and 2018, violating international sanctions on North Korea. … Separately, the US Treasury slapped sanctions on Tan and two companies he ran — Wee Tiong (S) Pte and WT Marine Pte, both of which did business with North Korea.” [editor’s note: In other news, the Peoria Police Department has announced will begin issuing speeding tickets to Kenyans caught driving more than 35mph on the streets of Beijing – TLK] (10/26/18)

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2170263/fbi-indicts-singapores-tan-wee-beng-ferrari-loving

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6) This isn’t the most important election of your lifetime. Not even close
Source: Reason
by David Harsanyi

“In 1856, Stephen Douglas said it was the most important election since 1800. And maybe he was right. But this midterm is certainly not the most important election in history — or your lifetime. Unless, that is, you’re younger than 2.” (10/26/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/10/26/this-isnt-the-most-important-election-of

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7) Andrea Millen Rich
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“It has been hard to find the words to express my sense of loss upon the passing of Andrea Millen Rich, one of the sweetest, most glamorous, and toughest champions of liberty I have ever had the privilege to know. … I will certainly never forget Andrea’s help when I faced prison for refusing to register for the draft, in my early twenties. She was there in my corner — bringing me to New York to speak. During my lifetime, I have been lucky to know many inspiring people fighting for our freedom. Andrea Millen Rich will long inspire.” (10/26/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/26/andrea-millen-rich/

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8) Is voting immoral?
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“One of the nice things about being an anarchist is the lack of rules. Vote, Boycott the Ballot — it’s a strategic debate and a personal preference. Neither choice is immoral or moral. I was a non-voter for decades and vote now so I can argue both sides effectively.” (10/25/18)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2018/10/is-voting-immoral/

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9) For better or worse, early voting is changing American elections
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“When I was younger, you either got in line — sometimes for hours — on Election Day, or certified in writing (under penalty of perjury) that you planned to be out of the county on Election Day as a condition of casting an absentee ballot. On Election Day itself, the party organizations busted out phone banks to call voters they perceived as part of their ‘bases.’ Have you voted yet? Why haven’t you voted yet? Do you need a ride to the polling place? Go vote! These days, such efforts can be spread over weeks rather than hours, reducing the number of volunteers needed. Voters can cast their ballots when they find it convenient instead of wasting their lunch hours standing in line on one, and only one, day. Early voting magnifies the incidence and effect of the ‘base’ vote by getting the ‘decided, but kinda lazy’ in on the action. The ‘undecideds’ aren’t the ones casting their votes early. They’re undecided, remember?” (10/26/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14030

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10) Trump’s brilliant use of the coin of the realm
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In every welfare-warfare state, the people in charge are committed to maintaining their power and control over the lives, income, assets, and liberties of the citizenry. Yet, those in power know that it is not in the interests of people to have a large portion of their income and assets seized by the government. They also know that generally people would rather be free than unfree. Under dictatorial regimes, that doesn’t present a big problem. Those in power simply seize whatever they want. If anyone objects, they jail, torture, or execute him. The U.S. government’s close allies Saudi Arabia and Egypt are a good examples of this phenomenon. So are Cuba and North Korea. Under democratic welfare-warfare states, the challenge is a bit dicier.” (10/26/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/26/trumps-brilliant-use-of-the-coin-of-the-realm/

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11) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 18
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Sheldon Richman is as engaging, entertaining, and educational as the publication he helmed. In this interview with the former editor for The Freeman, Johnny and Raylene put the Blast Off! Rocket on cruise control and let Richman take the wheel, as the conversation explores a variety of topics relating to Austrian Economics and its rich history.” [various formats] (10/26/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-18-the-freeman-w-sheldon-richman/

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12) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/26/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Nuclear nonproliferation has long been viewed as an admirable goal. Is there a security benefit to casting aside agreements that limited the U.S. nuclear arsenal? Caroline Dorminey and Eric Gomez discuss the likely end of some longstanding limits on nuclear weapons.” [various formats] (10/26/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/us-plans-abandon-nuclear-treaties

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13) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 263
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #263, I discuss the nuclear arms relationship between the US and Russia. NSA John Bolton appears determined to pull the US out of the INF Treaty. Bolton played a role in the withdraw from a nuclear treaty with Russia as a member of the Bush Administration. Vice President Mike Pence added to the nuclear buildup hype by refusing to rule out putting nuclear weapons in space.” [various formats] (10/26/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-263-nukes

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14) Free Talk Live, 10/25/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“The ‘Right to Repair’ :: Library of Congress proposes rules to ease DRM rules :: Voter ignorance and Get-Out-The-Vote campaigns :: Drunk driving in New Mexico :: Michigan’s unlicensed cops :: Trump’s lawyers file suit to overturn Yelp defamation case :: Democratic candidate for NY State Senate accused of domestic violence :: Differences between iPhone & Android users :: HOSTS — Darryl, Chris R, Michael.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/25/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-25

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15) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1269
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Ten years after the financial crisis, the standard story still dominates: ‘deregulation’ caused it. This is not even slightly true. It’s urgent that we get this right, and not let the Fed’s apologists (and the simply lazy) get away with this comic-book answer that encourages all the wrong kinds of policy responses.” [various formats] (10/25/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1269-ten-years-later-people-still-blame-deregulation/

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Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
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