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Volume XIV, Issue #3,356
Friday, January 1st, 2016
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In the News:

1) Venezuela opposition: Court blocking of four lawmakers a “coup”
2) Bahrain: Man sentenced to death for bomb attack
3) Microsoft pledges to inform users of state surveillance, account hacking
4) Security theater: Authorities heighten New Year’s presence to keep Americans scared
5) China: Regime says it is building second aircraft carrier

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) No, ISIS isn’t worth sacrificing the First Amendment over
7) Virus and host
8) Supreme demolition for the raisin racket
9) Minimum wages, income distribution, and value judgments
10) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 12/31/15
11) Ancient Greece’s legacy for liberty: Euripides on the woes of woman
12) Who is in charge at Obama’s Justice Department?
13) Entrepreneur, economy, and state
14) Thirst
15) Nine ways the disastrous war on drugs has eroded this year
16) The split between the states over guns
17) An open letter to young Muslims everywhere: The seed of triumph in every adversity
18) Shoot first: The Han Solo principle
19) Republican and Democrat agree on this election issue? And how!
20) A 10-step program for constitutional recovery
21) Office pool 2016
22) 2015: The year in fear
23) A new world, struggling to be born
24) Malicious “compliance”
25) Why the US spies on Netanyahu

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1) Venezuela opposition: Court blocking of four lawmakers a “coup”
Source: Washington Post

“Venezuela’s opposition is calling a Supreme Court decision that bars four recently-elected lawmakers from taking their seats in the National Assembly a ‘judicial coup’ … Without explaining why, the high court released a decision late Wednesday suspending the inauguration of four of the lawmakers declared winners after the opposition swept Dec. 6 legislative elections. … Opposition leaders are pledging that the barred lawmakers will attend the first session of the new congress on Jan. 5.” (12/31/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/venezuela-top-court-bars-4-lawmakers-from-taking-office/2015/12/30/cd86894e-af5b-11e5-b281-43c0b56f61fa_story.html

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2) Bahrain: Man sentenced to death for bomb attack
Source: Reuters

“A Bahraini man was sentenced to death on Thursday for a bomb attack last year that killed a policemen and a civilian in Dimistan village west of the capital Manama, the public prosecution, quoted by state news agency BNA, said. The prosecutor’s office said the High Criminal Court jailed 22 other suspects in the same case for life, according to a statement posted on BNA. None of those sentenced were named.” (12/31/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bahrain-security-court-idUSKBN0UE0W820151231

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3) Microsoft pledges to inform users of state surveillance, account hacking
Source: ZDNet

“Microsoft has pledged to inform users if their online communications are being targeted and monitored by government entities and state actors. Following the trail blazed by Facebook, Twitter and Google, the Redmond giant says the firm will notify users if any part of their Microsoft account — including Outlook.com email and OneDrive [–] has been ‘targeted or compromised by an individual or group working on behalf of a nation state.'” [editor’s note: Every time I see these claims, I wonder if the warnings will include US state actors, especially “National Security Letter, we will hurt you if you tell” tactics – TLK] (12/31/15)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-pledges-to-inform-users-of-state-surveillance-account-hacking/

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4) Security theater: Authorities heighten New Year’s presence to keep Americans scared
Source: Los Angeles Daily News

“Southern California law enforcement agencies are aware of an uncorroborated, non-specific terrorism threat against Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., but it won’t affect already beefed-up New Year’s Eve patrols, officials said Wednesday. President Barack Obama has been briefed about the uncorroborated threat, which came from a single source overseas and warned of possible attacks between the Christmas and New Year holidays, according to CNN.” (12/31/15)

http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20151230/authorities-heighten-new-years-security-awareness-due-to-non-specific-terrorism-threat

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5) China: Regime says it is building second aircraft carrier
Source: USA Today

“China on Thursday confirmed that it is building its second aircraft carrier. Col. Yang Yujun, a spokesman from the Ministry of Defense, told reporters that the 50,000 ton China-designed vessel is being constructed in the northern port of Dalian with domestic technology.” (12/31/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/12/31/china-aircraft-carrier/78120964/

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

6) No, ISIS isn’t worth sacrificing the First Amendment over
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“It’s completely absurd that this needs saying, but clearly it does: restricting freedom of speech — even if it were possible — is a terrible idea. Yes, ISIS is frightening. They kill, enslave, rape, and invade. It’s okay to be frightened of them even from the relative safety of the United States. But fear is one thing, and happily handing over rights is another.” (12/31/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2015/12/30/no-isis-isnt-worth-sacrificing-the-first-amendment-over/

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7) Virus and host
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Presidential candidate John McAfee is an adventurer. Best known for founding the first successful anti-computer virus company, he has also been shot at in tropical jungles, by men trained by U. S. forces, with American-bought guns. This range of experience makes him the most interesting presidential hopeful, bar none.” (12/31/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/12/31/virus-and-host

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8) Supreme demolition for the raisin racket
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“The December 2013 Future of Freedom contained my article ‘A Supreme Rebuff for USDA’s Ruinous Raisin Regime.’ The legal case surrounding that controversy kept percolating in the courts for another 18 months. The Obama administration won a big victory in federal appeals court last year before getting squashed by the Supreme Court this past June. The Supremes put an end to federal raisin racketeering, but private-property rights remain in political crosshairs across the nation.” (12/31/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/supreme-demolition-for-the-raisin-racket/

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9) Minimum wages, income distribution, and value judgments
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“While some academics who argue for the minimum wage concede that minimum wages constrict the employment options available to low-skilled workers, the vast majority of the public pleas for the minimum wage either implicitly assume, or explicitly proclaim, that raising the minimum wage causes no job losses. Therefore, it is this assertion — the assertion that none of the ostensible intended beneficiaries of minimum-wage legislation will suffer any ill consequences as a result of such legislation — that good economists address.” (12/31/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/12/minimum-wages-income-distribution-and-value-judgments.html

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10) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 12/31/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Jackie Rae. Herein we discuss how she became a Voluntaryist, silence in the face of injustice, Stefan Molyneux influence, losing Facebook friends, permissive parenting, trust is more important than anything you teach your children, understanding natural consequences to actions, growing up with guns, her unschooling philosophy …” [MP3] (12/31/15)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/jackie-rae-voluntaryist-anarchist-peaceful-parent-and-unschooler-of-three-children/

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11) Ancient Greece’s legacy for liberty: Euripides on the woes of woman
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Roderick T Long

“As we saw last time, Euripides devoted a series of Trojan plays — Hecuba, Andromache, Trojan Women, and Helen — to the evils of war generally and to its malign effect on women specifically. To these we might add his Iphigeneia in Aulis, which harshly depicts Agamemnon’s decision to sacrifice his daughter to the gods in order to secure a favorable wind for the Greek expedition to Troy. Euripides'[s] sympathy with the position of women in Greek society surfaces in other plays as well.” (12/31/15)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/ancient-greeces-legacy-liberty-euripides-woes-woman

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12) Who is in charge at Obama’s Justice Department?
Source: Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff

“In the first two parts of our series on criminal justice reform, we wrote about the efforts of U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson, a former career federal prosecutor who has been on a crusade against the systemic abuse of power by federal prosecutors. We’ve found that Obama and Holder failed to take Gleeson’s recommendations seriously, or take the steps necessary to reform the abusive charging policies he repeatedly criticized.” (12/31/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/who-charge-obamas-justice-department

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13) Entrepreneur, economy, and state
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by staff

Interview with Greg Morin. Morin: “Ultimately it is the market that decides if we know what we are doing or not. I guess to sum it all up, Austrian insights distill the complexity of what we business owners do down to a very simple mantra: satisfy the desires of others. That’s it, that’s all any of us are trying to do. As an aside I’d say unexpectedly it’s given me better insights into how an employee relates to an employer. An employee is like any other vendor. They are a business unto themselves. If they wish to ‘win’ in the employment market they must do what any vendor would, offer a product so good your customers wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else.” (12/31/15)

https://mises.org/library/entrepreneur-economy-and-state

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14) Thirst
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Denton Loving

Poem. (12/31/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/thirst/

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15) Nine ways the disastrous war on drugs has eroded this year
Source: Salon
by Phillip Smith

“The global anti-drug regime has been in place for more than a half-century now, but the prohibitionist consensus has been crumbling for at least 20 years, and the decomposition continued apace this year. The international treaties that make up the legal backbone of international drug prohibition still stand, but they are under increasing attack at the United Nations, which will take them up again next year. They are increasingly being breached (especially by marijuana legalization at the national and sub-national level) and nibbled away at around the edges by moves like drug decriminalization and some harm-reduction measures such as supervised injection facilities.” (12/30/15)

http://www.salon.com/2015/12/30/war_on_drugs_2_partner/

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16) The split between the states over guns
Source: The Atlantic
by Russell Berman

“Will restrictions on guns expand or contract in 2016? It depends entirely on which state you’re in. Guns are about to become a lot more visible in the nation’s second most populous state. With a law that takes effect in the new year, Texans licensed to carry firearms won’t have to conceal them anymore — they can wear them out in the open, so long as they are in a belt or shoulder holster. Later in 2016, Texans will be allowed to take guns into campus dorms and classrooms, although those will have to remain hidden from view. Gun laws are also set to change this week in California, but the country’s biggest state is going in the opposite direction.” (12/31/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/12/the-growing-gap-in-state-gun-laws/422265/

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17) An open letter to young Muslims everywhere: The seed of triumph in every adversity
Source: CounterPunch
by Ramzy Baroud

“When I was a little boy, I used to dream of being reborn outside the hardship of the Refugee Camp in Gaza, in some other time and place where there were no soldiers, no military occupation, no concentration camps and no daily grind — where my father fought for our very survival, and my mother toiled to balance out the humiliation of life with her enduring love. When I grew older, and revisited my childhood fantasies, I came to quite a different conclusion: if I had to, I would do it all over again, I would not alter my past, however trying, in any way. I would embrace every moment, relive every tear, every loss, and cherish every triumph, however small.” (12/31/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/31/an-open-letter-to-young-muslims-everywhere-the-seed-of-triumph-in-every-adversity/

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18) Shoot first: The Han Solo principle
Source: Freedom Gulch
by Remso W Martinez

“Libertarians — better yet, society as a whole — deserves [sic] more than the Non Aggression Principle (NAP), and it’s [sic] inability to not only define aggression and coercion properly, but how to properly counteract and defend other acts of unjustified force. Sometimes, to initiate force and aggression is the only way to prevent further force and destruction if it means the saving of lives and property. Sometimes good men have to do harsh things, sometimes men have to think … What would Han Solo do?” [editor’s note: Yes, I know that the first sentence indicates, in addition to poor writing skills, a complete absence of understanding of the Non-Aggression Principle. And it gets worse – TLK] (12/31/15)

http://www.freedomgulch.com/shoot-first-the-han-solo-principle/

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19) Republican and Democrat agree on this election issue? And how!
Source: OpEdNews
by Joan Brunwasser

Interview with Virginia Martin, Democratic election commissioner of Columbia County, New York. Martin: “[I]n Columbia County, my Republican counterpart, Jason Nastke, and I have a standing agreement that, going into every election, and for every contested race, we will hand count 100% of the votes cast on our voting machines. New York State Election Law only requires each county to count all the votes on 3% of the voting machines that were deployed, but we don’t feel that that’s an adequate audit, and so we do more.” (12/30/15)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Republican-and-Democrat-Ag-by-Joan-Brunwasser-Ballot-Chain-Of-Custody_Columbia_Election-Integrity_Election-Protection-151230-673.html

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20) A 10-step program for constitutional recovery
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“By now, you’ve likely read plenty about how the Constitution has been twisted to give the federal government power far beyond anything the Founders ever planned. You already know the dangers of an unchecked President, of a Congress that passes bills without reading them, of agencies that do what they want, and judges who believe in precedent over original meaning. So I won’t waste your time sharing more of the same. Is the situation hopeless? Absolutely not. But in order to actually turn things around, a few sacred cows need to be dealt with. Here are TEN STEPS you should take right now to set the stage for a dramatic Constitutional recovery.” (12/31/15)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/12/31/a-10-step-program-for-constitutional-recovery/

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21) Office pool 2016
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“1) The Republican nominee for president in 2016 will be a. Donald Trump by unanimous acclamation of the Republican National Convention. b. Ted Cruz by unanimous acclamation of the convention. c. Mitt Romney after a contested, bitter, brokered convention. d. none of the above.” (12/31/15)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/12/andrew-p-napolitano/dare-bet-judge/

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22) 2015: The year in fear
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“We live an age of unprecedented danger. The country is being battered by a nationwide crime wave. Subversives are waging a guerrilla war on cops. ISIS threatens the very existence of the United States, and its agents are infiltrating the homeland through our porous southern border. Even when the outsiders and the outlaws aren’t menacing you, you aren’t secure: That boy next door who looks just like your kid might be the next madman to join the epidemic of mass shooters. Or at least that’s the impression you may have gotten this year. The truth is a bit less scary.” (12/31/15)

https://reason.com/blog/2015/12/31/2015-the-year-in-fear

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23) A new world, struggling to be born
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“So if networked communication and cybernetic technologies are so potentially liberating, why are they so authoritarian in the forms they currently take? The Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci, who died in Mussolini’s prisons in the 1930s, once wrote that ‘the old world is dying, and the new one struggles to be born; now is the time of monsters.’ In the case of the new world offered by liberatory technologies, most of the birth struggle results from the principalities and powers of the old world fighting to imprison the forces of the new world in their old institutional framework.” (12/31/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/42594

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24) Malicious “compliance”
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“While the Obamas remain on their tax-funded ‘free’ tropical vacation, Internet chatter drones on over what form his reported gun control by imperial diktat will take. Based on unsourced leaks, the most likely initial act will be to redefine those in the business of selling firearms to include darned near everyone. I myself have suggested that — as the FAA did with toy drones, and the EPA did with CO2 — he might even redefine some firearms to include them as NFA items. After all, the ATF once did that very thing with a shoelace. Possibly the best way to deal with such efforts to render more honest people helpless is simple noncompliance: No. Your move. And there is malicious compliance. These are just some idle thoughts of my own on the best way to ensure you’ve complied with all the possible rules; certainly not official TZP policy (it isn’t as if I’m an officer of the company).” (12/30/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2686

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25) Why the US spies on Netanyahu
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“Obama was not eavesdropping on American legislators — he was working against a foreign country that was actively spying against the United States and using the information it obtained to interfere with U.S. policy formulation. That was more than sufficient reason to try to find out what Netanyahu was up to. The fact that he was talking to congressmen in an attempt to line them up against the White House is deplorable, but if the congressmen did not exchange classified information with the Israelis then their consciences should be more or less clear, if not completely untroubled.” (12/31/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-the-u-s-spies-on-netanyahu/

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