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Weekend Special Edition, November 10th, 2018
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In the News:

0) Weekend Special Edition: The beatings will continue until morale improves!
1) PA: AG tries to intimidate new hosting provider into dropping Gab
2) FDA gang announces latest step in campaign to push teens back toward tobacco
3) Afghanistan peace conference kicks off in Moscow
4) Federal judge blocks construction of Keystone XL corporate welfare boondoggle
5) Philippines: Imelda Marcos convicted of graft, ordered arrested

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) Beyond government: Embracing self-governance and rejecting mainstream erotica
7) Does living constitutionalism lead to “dying constitutionalism?”
8) Against veneration
9) Libertarian candidates move Republicans and Democrats in a Libertarian direction
10) The great cultural divide

The Sound and the Fury:

11) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 20
12) Free Talk Live, 11/08/18
13) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1280
14) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 11/08/18
15) Danny Sjursen on The Scott Horton Show

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0) Weekend Special Edition: The beatings will continue until morale improves!

Hey, everyone …

I’ve put together a short weekend special edition of Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily — five news stories, five commentaries, five audio/video links — for both of the usual reasons.

Reason one (let’s call it “the ulterior motive”) is that content has been thick on the ground lately and getting a little out over the weekend saves me from a bloated Monday edition.

Reason two is that our year-end fundraiser is still going and I want that extra opportunity to run my mouth about it to those of you who enjoy the freedom movement’s daily newspaper but haven’t ever gotten around to financially supporting it.

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1) PA: AG tries to intimidate new hosting provider into dropping Gab
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The Internet server company that hosts the controversial social media network Gab has been subpoenaed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the office confirmed. Gab is a social media site that has been criticized for providing a platform for white nationalism and anti-Semitism. The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings last month was a Gab user. In the days after the shooting, several companies, including cloud host Joyent, domain registrar GoDaddy, and digital payment companies Stripe and Paypal, cut ties and suspended Gab’s accounts. This forced the site to shut down for more than a week. The company that got Gab got back online is called Epik, which is the Internet server that is now hosting Gab. Epik’s move triggered the investigation by the Pennsylvania attorney general.” (11/09/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/08/665648215/gab-server-subpoenaed-by-pennsylvania-attorney-general

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2) FDA gang announces latest step in campaign to push teens back toward tobacco
Source: Engadget

“You might have a hard time finding flavored e-cigs outside of vape shops in the future. According to The Washington Post, the Food and Drug Administration plans to announce a ban on the sales of most pod-based flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations across the country. … The restriction will only cover pod-based products and not open-tank systems sold in vape shops. Further, it will not apply to menthol-flavored pods, because menthol is permitted in regular cigarettes. The FDA [claims it] doesn’t want to give real cigarettes an edge over their battery-powered alternatives, since that could push adult smokers to go back to real ones[, even though that’s exactly what it’s doing].” (11/09/18)

https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/09/fda-flavored-e-cigarette-restrictions/

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3) Afghanistan peace conference kicks off in Moscow
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Russia is hosting peace talks in Moscow to end the war in Afghanistan, drawing delegates from the West-backed Kabul government and a group representing the Taliban, as well as representatives from a dozen nations, including the United States. … The conference marks Moscow’s attempt to get the Afghan authorities and the Taliban together at a table. The US Embassy in Moscow has sent a diplomat to observe the discussions. Russia’s first attempt to hold the conference in September fell through after the Afghan authorities refused to attend.” (11/09/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/afghanistan-peace-conference-kicks-moscow-181109083021481.html

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4) Federal judge blocks construction of Keystone XL corporate welfare boondoggle
Source: The Verge

“A federal judge from Montana has blocked construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. US District Judge Brian Morris said that the Trump administration’s 2017 decision to move forward with the project disregarded ‘inconvenient factual determinations’ about the 1,184-mile-long pipeline’s impact on the climate made under Obama. Construction of the $8 billion project, which was due to begin as early as next year, is now halted until the State Department completes a supplemental environmental review.” [editor’s note: The thing should have been over as soon as the developers presented their plan — “first we’re going to have the state governments steal a bunch of land for us …” – TLK] (11/09/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/9/18078490/keystone-xl-judge-blocks-construction-2018-montana-judge

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5) Philippines: Imelda Marcos convicted of graft, ordered arrested
Source: CBS News

“A Philippine court found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and ordered her arrest Friday in a rare conviction among many corruption cases that she’s likely to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress. The special anti-graft Sandiganbayan court sentenced Marcos, 89, to serve 6 to 11 years in prison for each of the seven counts of violating an anti-corruption law when she illegally funneled about $200 million to Swiss foundations in the 1970s as Metropolitan Manila governor.” (11/09/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/imelda-marcos-convicted-of-graft-in-philippines-ordered-arrested-today-2018-11-9/

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6) Beyond government: Embracing self-governance and rejecting mainstream erotica
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Sterlin Lujan

“There are many new entrants in the crypto ecosystem yearning for regulations and praising government. More folks with these notions emerge regularly. They believe regulatory oversight is necessary to provide crypto with a sense of ‘respectability.’ For these individuals, political involvement in crypto is a foregone conclusion. However, they forget that regulation is a threat of harm concealed by fancy rhetoric. Regulation stifles innovation and chokes the entrepreneurial spirit. It is antithetical to the technological imagination and it is wholly uncivilized. The crypto industry must ultimately reject regulations and work toward embracing self-governance models. They must begin paving the path toward freedom.” (11/09/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/beyond-government-embracing-self-governance-and-rejecting-mainstream-erotica/

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7) Does living constitutionalism lead to “dying constitutionalism?”
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“Living constitutionalists argue that their methodology allows us to improve constitutional law over time. But what if it actually makes it worse?” (11/08/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/11/08/does-living-constitutionalism-lead-to-dy

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8) Against veneration
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“I choose the word with care. ‘Venerates X’ means far more than ‘Admires X’s intellectual achievements.’ It means, rather, than you (a) ascribe superlative and wide-ranging intellectual insight to X, and (b) energetically lobby to get X ample credit for their supposedly remarkable intellectual contributions. Thus, people who venerate Hayek don’t merely say, ‘Hayek made several fruitful points.’ People who venerate Hayek maintain that Hayek’s work is packed with wisdom — and persistently advertise Hayek’s genius to the world. This veneration of the Great Names mystifies me on two levels. First, the standard idols just seem overrated. … Second, lobbying on the idols’ behalf seems overrated as well.” (11/08/18)

https://www.econlib.org/against-veneration/

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9) Libertarian candidates move Republicans and Democrats in a Libertarian direction
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“Opposition in an election affects far more than just vote totals. Candidates react to each other and their messaging changes to capture voter interest. Over and over, electoral races that include a strong Libertarian campaign have proven to move the rhetoric of both Democratic and Republican candidates in a more Libertarian direction. As Republicans worry that a Libertarian candidate will siphon away fiscally responsible votes, Democrats also worry that a Libertarian candidate will attract socially tolerant and accepting votes. Both sides tend to claim that Libertarians are ‘spoilers,’ especially when their vote total exceeds the margin of difference between the others. ‘Do I intend to spoil the election for them?’ asked Lucy Brenton, the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Indiana. ‘Absolutely, and here’s why: something doesn’t spoil unless it’s rotten.’” (11/08/18)

https://www.lp.org/libertarian-candidates-move-republicans-and-democrats-in-a-libertarian-direction/

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10) The great cultural divide
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“While covering the late returns of the U.S. midterm elections, one commentator noted that the Republicans and the Democrats each have a different mountain to climb. The Republicans have found a niche that appeals to a majority of voters right now, but their base of support is dwindling so they have to find a way to shore up their support and build on it. The Democrats are currently out of favour and are having their problem reaching today’s voter, but their base is growing. Their problem is how to meet the needs of the current electorate. In a way, it is the struggle between populism and the modern world.” (11/08/18)

https://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-great-cultural-divide.html

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11) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 20
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Libertarian columnist, philosopher, and law student, Joshua D. Glawson joins Johnny and Raylene for a spirited conversation about libertarianism and our future.” [various formats] (11/09/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-20-philosophize-this-w-joshua-d-glawson/

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12) Free Talk Live, 11/08/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Acting AG says ‘No collusion with Russia’ :: Democrats and UBI :: Marijuana legalization and criminal justice :: Louisiana votes to repeal non-unanimous juries :: Florida votes to restore felon voting rights :: Movie review by Gene the Christian Anarchist :: Equal rights :: Drug dogs :: Trump to make it harder for asylum-seekers to enter the US :: Motel 6 settles lawsuit over funneling info to ICE :: Immigration and the American Dream :: HOSTS — Darryl, Chris R, Jackie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/08/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-11-08

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13) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1280
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Were the midterm elections of repudiation of Trump, a mixed bag, or even an endorsement of Trump? What can we expect over the next two years, and what are the Democrats likely to do in 2020? Dan McCarthy, editor-at-large of The American Conservative and current editor of Modern Age, helps answer these questions.” [various formats] (11/08/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1280-trump-the-democrats-the-midterms-and-the-future/

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14) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 11/08/18
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Paul Rosenberg (Freeman’s Perspective) on the re-naming of his subscriber-based newsletter to Parallel Society, providing a more outward focus and his hope for the future — Richard Grove (Tragedy and Hope) on the passing of John Taylor Gatto …” [MP3] (11/08/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/250863-2018-11-08-11-08-18-paul-rosenberg-richard-grove-mp3s-videos-loaded.htm

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15) Danny Sjursen on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Major Danny Sjursen comes back on the show to talk about the many errors of the various American wars in Iraq.” [various formats] (11/08/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/11-5-18-danny-sjursen-on-a-new-iraq-war-report/

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Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
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R. Lee Wrights
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