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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,104
Monday, January 5th, 2015
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In the News:

1) NY: Jury rights activists rally around Silk Road trial
2) Oil hits five and a half year lows on supply glut
3) Iraq: Scores of forces killed and wounded in showdown with Islamic State
4) Afghanistan: Suicide blast hits EU vehicle in Kabul
5) Somalia: Suicide bomber kills four
6) Bahrain: Lawyer says Shiite leader formally charged
7) France seeks end to Russia sanctions over Ukraine
8) Whiny NYPD gangsters continue public tantrum
9) OH: Off-duty police officer negligently shoots himself
10) Jewish Palestinian politicians to Arab Palestinian politicians: Rule of law? Never!
11) Keystone: Congress’s first new business, Obama’s first veto?
12) Facebook’s Zuckerberg starts reading program
13) Report: Most cancer cases just “bad luck”
14) MA: Judge accepts man’s offer of new Nikes as bail
15) UK: New policy forces day care staff to report toddler terrorists
16) FCC gang’s shot-callers to vote on Internet power grab in February
17) Nigeria: Boko Haram seizes army base
18) Pakistan: US drone strike kills six
19) Edward William Brooke III, 1919-2015
20) Yoho, Gohmert challenge Boehner for US House speakership

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Take back the word “liberal”
22) The worst government crimes
23) Jim Webb — the alternative?
24) North Korea/Sony story shows how eagerly US media still regurgitate government claims
25) Total national security spending is much greater than the Pentagon’s base budget
26) Sheriff Mirkarimi: “The system worked”
27) Europe returns to Franco-German axis of neurosis
28) Affordable Health Care Act: Not affordable — epilogue
29) Bernie Sanders’ petition to stop TPP
30) The Testament of James and an interview with author Vin Suprynowicz, part 1
31) Marijuana victory in DC is the result of state resistance and nullification
32) Slacking workers of the world unite
33) Can a global revolution be non-violent?
34) All magic comes at a price
35) The year you made us more free
36) Mario Cuomo’s patchwork quilt
37) Tech needs a John Galt
38) Medicine’s false paradigm
39) Why do black lives matter?
40) The broken and the unbroken
41) How much does the US government spend on defense?
42) Why most Americans oppose more gun control
43) Without “qualified immunity,” would cops be so quick to kill?
44) Bad Quaker Podcast, 01/01/15
45) Paul “Orwell” Krugman touts job growth in the Obama recovery
46) Private enterprise is revitalizing out dreams of space exploration
47) Gunsmoke gets in your eyes
48) Dead cops mean less oppression
49) Invest in the future! Invest in … government debt?
50) Uber and the flimsy case for regulation
51) The Great Enrichment, network theory, and the economic liberation of women
52) I don’t believe you (you’re a liar)
53) Rules of civility for the coming endarkenment
54) Constitutional federalism beats feds’ bribery of the states
55) “We need our police to be better than this”
56) The economic pros and cons of a dead cop
57) “Business” has spoken — not
58) Everything Voluntary Podcast, 12/30/14
59) Voluntary vs. mandatory charity
60) Heartland Daily Podcast, 12/30/14

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1) NY: Jury rights activists rally around Silk Road trial
Source: Libertarian News Examiner

“he trial of Ross Ulbricht, accused by the federal government of running the Silk Road ‘dark web’ site on the Internet, kicks off on Monday, January 5, in New York City. Libertarians see the trial as yet another unjust victimless crime prosecution. Jury rights activist James Babb issued a press release Friday announcing a month-long jury nullification campaign in the area around the US courthouse in Manhattan to coincide with the Ulbricht trial. The protest will feature large phone kiosk advertising posters in the area while an army of activists distribute nullification pamphlets in an effort to educate people about their rights and responsibilities as jurors.” (01/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m3ylz8t

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2) Oil hits five and a half year lows on supply glut
Source: Reuters

“Oil prices dropped to fresh 5-1/2-year lows on Monday as worries about a surplus of global supplies and lackluster demand dragged on oil markets. … oil producer group OPEC has decided not to cut output, opting to let the market find its own level. The two crude oil benchmarks — Brent and U.S. light crude, also known as West Texas Intermediate — have now lost more than half of their value since mid-2014.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ksdn3fx

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3) Iraq: Scores of forces killed and wounded in showdown with Islamic State
Source: San Jose Sun

“At least Iraqi 11 soldiers and pro-governmental volunteer militia members died Sunday in a military operation launched against the radical Islamic State (IS), which lost 24 of its fighters in an air strike in Iraq. An official with the Iraqi police told Efe that Iraqi forces supported by Shi’ite militia launched an attack to the north and northwest of the town of Al Duyail, 70 km north of Baghdad, a military move in which 11 soldiers and dozens of IS fighters died.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfns5gl

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4) Afghanistan: Suicide blast hits EU vehicle in Kabul
Source: Straits Times [Singapore]

“A Taliban suicide bomb hit a European Union police vehicle in Kabul on Monday, killing at least one passer-by but not injuring any passengers, officials said, days after the Nato combat mission ended in Afghanistan. The blast, which was heard across the city, was the first major attack since the New Year when US-led Nato forces downgraded from a combat mission to support and training duties helping the Afghan army and police.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nafjc9e

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5) Somalia: Suicide bomber kills four
Source: Statesville Record & Landmark

“A suicide car bomber blew himself up near a moving convoy of Somalia’s U.S.-trained elite forces in Mogadishu, killing at least four people, a Somali police officer said Sunday. Somali militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group’s Radio Andulus. The attack on the airport road in the capital killed mostly pedestrians walking along the road, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein.” (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7q3hxn

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6) Bahrain: Lawyer says Shiite leader formally charged
Source: ABC

“The defense lawyer of one of Bahrain’s most prominent Shiite opposition leaders says prosecutors formally have charged Sheikh Ali Salman with four charges that carry sentences ranging from three years to life in prison. Abdulla al-Shamlawi told The Associated Press that Salman was charged late Sunday by the Bahrain’s Public Prosecution with inciting a change of government by force, inciting hatred of a segment of society, inciting others to break the law and insulting the Interior Ministry.” (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nw8r5cr

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7) France seeks end to Russia sanctions over Ukraine
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“French President Francois Hollande says he wants Western sanctions on Russia to be lifted if progress is made in talks on the Ukraine conflict this month. He did not specify which sanctions — imposed by the EU, US and Canada – could be lifted. The sanctions began after Russia annexed Crimea in March.” (01/05/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30679176

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8) Whiny NYPD gangsters continue public tantrum
Source: Kansas City Star

“Thousands of police turned their backs Sunday as Mayor Bill de Blasio eulogized an officer shot dead with his partner, repeating a stinging display of scorn for the mayor despite entreaties to put anger aside. … After hundreds of officers turned their backs to a screen where de Blasio’s remarks played during Ramos’ funeral last week, Police Commissioner William Bratton sent a memo urging respect, declaring ‘a hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance.’ But some officers and police retirees said they still felt compelled to spurn the mayor.” (01/04/15)

http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article5401521.html

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9) OH: Off-duty police officer negligently shoots himself
Source: USA Today

“An off-duty police officer accidentally [sic] shot himself Saturday on his way back from dinner with his wife in Cincinnati. Cincinnati police said in a news release that Officer Darryl Jouett of the Erlanger (Ky.) Police Department was in an elevator when he tried to adjust the weapon in his holster and shot himself in the stomach. … Jouett was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.” [editor’s note: There are two kinds of firearms discharges — intentional and negligent. “It was an accident” is a bullshit claim, at least with respect to adults – TLK] (01/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lnrqktk

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10) Jewish Palestinian politicians to Arab Palestinian politicians: Rule of law? Never!
Source: CBS News

“Israeli leaders on Sunday threatened to take tougher action against the Palestinians over their decision to join the International Criminal Court, a day after freezing the transfer of more than $100 million in tax funds. Last week’s Palestinian decision to seek membership in the international court has infuriated Israel. The Palestinians have said they intend on using their new membership in the Hague-based tribunal to press war crimes cases against Israel.” (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oldrav8

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11) Keystone: Congress’s first new business, Obama’s first veto?
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“When the new Congress convenes next week, an old issue will be at the top of the agenda: the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans, who will now control both the House and Senate for the first time in eight years, are planning early action on the Affordable Care Act, jobs, and President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. With public disapproval of Washington in general running at an all-time high, according to Gallup, the party also will be working to prove it can govern effectively.” (01/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nt3t4c2

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12) Facebook’s Zuckerberg starts reading program
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Mark Zuckerberg wants to add a little more ‘book’ to Facebook. The Facebook founder and CEO announced on his page recently that he has vowed to read a book every other week in 2015, with an emphasis on learning about different beliefs, cultures and technologies. Zuckerberg created a page called ‘A Year of Books’ and urged his friends to join him in the project. As of late Sunday afternoon, it had more than 100,000 likes.” (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qjsuxcj

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13) Report: Most cancer cases just “bad luck”
Source: Reuters

“Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer incidence of various types can be blamed on random mutations and not heredity or risky habits like smoking. The researchers said on Thursday random DNA mutations accumulating in various parts of the body during ordinary cell division are the prime culprits behind many cancer types. They looked at 31 cancer types and found that 22 of them, including leukemia and pancreatic, bone, testicular, ovarian and brain cancer, could be explained largely by these random mutations — essentially biological bad luck.” (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pe2kxzn

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14) MA: Judge accepts man’s offer of new Nikes as bail
Source: Fox News

“A Massachusetts man convinced a judge he wouldn’t be a flight risk by offering to post his new Nike sneakers as bail. ‘OK, we’ll take them,’ Framingham District Court judge Douglas Stoddard said in response to the offer by 39-year-old Jason Duval, who was facing jail time on an outstanding warrant, MyFoxBoston reported. MetroWest Daily News reported that Duval was charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance and driving to endanger in 2012. He agreed to pay $450 in court costs to have the charges dismissed. The warrant was issued when he failed to pay any money and he was picked up on New Year’s Day.” (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgpbbb2

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15) UK: New policy forces day care staff to report toddler terrorists
Source: Raw Story

“A new policy being considered by the British government’s Home Office would require that nursery staff report any children who might be at risk of sympathizing with terrorists. ‘Senior management and governors are expected to assess the risk of pupils being drawn into terrorism, including support for the extremist ideas that are part of terrorist ideology,’ says the Prevent Strategy consultation document, which accompanies a Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill that is currently before Parliament. The document goes on to say that child care staff would be ordered to ‘identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism,’ according to the Independent.” (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/py2wtkp

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16) FCC gang’s shot-callers to vote on Internet power grab in February
Source: MarketWatch

“The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote in February on controversial new rules regulating how broadband providers treat traffic on their networks, agency officials said Friday. The final rules are still taking shape, and the agency has been considering which section of telecommunications law to use for regulating broadband Internet since a federal appeals court in January last year threw out the commission’s last effort.” (01/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4q4lxn

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17) Nigeria: Boko Haram seizes army base
Source: Times of India [India]

“Suspected Boko Haram militants have seized a military base outside the Nigerian town of Baga near Lake Chad after engaging troops in a fierce battle that lasted several hours, witnesses said on Sunday. ‘They (the militants) overwhelmed the troops and forced them to abandon the base which the gunmen took over,’ local resident Usman Danssubdu told AFP after fleeing to neighbouring Chad following Saturday’s raids.” (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nue39f8

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18) Pakistan: US drone strike kills six
Source: Reuters

“A U.S. drone strike killed at least six suspected militants in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, four intelligence officials said, as Pakistani officials debated plans to strengthen a crack down on the Taliban insurgency. The strike hit two compounds in Lawara Mandi, North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan, the officials said. They said between six and nine suspected militants had been killed.” (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lh4q2dj

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19) Edward William Brooke III, 1919-2015
Source: United Press International

“The first black American to be popularly elected to the United States Senate, Edward Brooke, has died at the age of 95. He was not only the first senator, but he was the first black American to become attorney general in any state, in his state of Massachusetts. There were two black American senators before Brooke, but they were both picked by state legislatures — not elected.” (01/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ov3bpnh

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20) Yoho, Gohmert challenge Boehner for US House speakership
Source: KSPR News

“At least two conservative [sic] hard-liners are now offering themselves up as candidates to unseat House Speaker John Boehner. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, said this weekend that he won’t support Boehner as speaker when lawmakers vote Tuesday, and offered himself up as an alternative. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, did the same thing on Fox News’ ‘Fox and Friends Sunday.'” [editor’s note: So far, Yoho’s major contribution to the GOP line is his support for Afghanistan’s Taliban and opposition to obtaining the release of American POWs (e.g. Bowe Bergdahl). Both challengers represent the “we come from districts that would vote for the corpse of Jeffrey Dahmer if it ran on the GOP line, so we can get away with saying any stupid things that come into our pea brains” wing of the party – TLK] (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7vw2eo

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

21) Take back the word “liberal”
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“For 2015, I would like to pick up an old campaign to take back the word ‘liberal’ for the cause of human liberty. Or perhaps that’s too ambitious. Perhaps it is enough for each of us to do our part not to keep conceding the use of this glorious word to the enemies of liberty. It does not belong to them. It belongs to us.” (01/02/15)

http://fee.org/blog/detail/take-back-the-word-liberal

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22) The worst government crimes
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Anthony Gregory

“We can locate the deadliest place and time in world history, certainly for the modern West, in the stretch of land between Berlin and Moscow in the 1930s and 1940s. That setting hosted an unimaginable bloodbath thanks to the worst killers ever to plague Europe — Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. The region was home to the two dictators’ military conflict, the Eastern Front of World War II, the most lethal theater of war humanity ever saw. But even putting the combat aside, those two rulers implemented policies of deliberate mass murder of unarmed civilians and POWs that took more lives in a narrower span of time and space than we can attribute to virtually any other human cause.” (01/02/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/worst-government-crimes/

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23) Jim Webb — the alternative?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Yes, I know we’re all supposed to believe Hillary Clinton has the Democratic nomination locked up. Yet we were told that in 2008, too, until an obscure Senator named Barack Obama shot that Washington-generated bit of political wisdom down in flames. How did he do it? I would argue that, contrary to those DC know-it-alls who claim voters don’t care about foreign policy, it was her refusal to recant her support for the Iraq war that did her in — and there’s a good chance that scenario may be repeated in 2016. The reason is because Jim Webb, a former US Senator and Defense Department official (during the Reagan administration), has been an acerbic and well-informed critic of the War Party for quite some time, and he shows every sign of throwing his hat in the ring.” (01/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kkk3kkv

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24) North Korea/Sony story shows how eagerly US media still regurgitate government claims
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“The identity of the Sony hackers is still unknown. President Obama, in a December 19 press conference, announced: ‘We can confirm that North Korea engaged in this attack.’ He then vowed: ‘We will respond. … We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States.’ The U.S. Government’s campaign to blame North Korea actually began two days earlier, when The New York Times — as usual –corruptly granted anonymity to ‘senior administration officials’ to disseminate their inflammatory claims with no accountability.” (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n3weyhc

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25) Total national security spending is much greater than the Pentagon’s base budget
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“ome analysts have argued against the inclusion of an amount for the current financing cost of past debt-financed national security spending, but such arguments do not hold water. If you borrow to buy a house, the annual interest expense on your mortgage loan is certainly part, usually the lion’s share, of the total costs of your occupancy of that house throughout any subsequent year and of your having acquired it in the first place. Likewise, if the government borrows to finance national security outlays, the subsequent interest costs associated with that debt certainly ought to be included in the total expense of the nation’s national security programs in any given year.” (01/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owjekj6

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26) Sheriff Mirkarimi: “The system worked”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

“For my Sunday column, I interviewed San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, actress Eliana Lopez, three years to the day after he bruised her arm during an argument on New Year’s Eve. Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a charge of forced imprisonment, but fought Mayor Ed Lee’s attempt to fire him. After everything, the sheriff said, ‘I think the system worked, as it’s supposed to work. The system did not help us come back together. We did that ourselves.’ Lopez said as much, too.” (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odd6ypk

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27) Europe returns to Franco-German axis of neurosis
Source: Reuters
by Pierre Briancon

“Europe’s economic stagnation has a lot to do with its political paralysis. In 2014, the emphasis was on what governments should have done (and could still do) to boost the continent’s potential after two years of EU economic contraction. In 2015, the crisis at the heart of Europe’s malaise, the breakdown of the French-German partnership, will take center stage. … The EU has always been first and foremost a political project, kept in check by economic and financial market realities. If its two main architects lose interest, or are too focused on their own problems to work on their relationship, the undertaking can fast turn sour.” (01/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m9dmlwf

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28) Affordable Health Care Act: Not affordable — epilogue
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“ObamaCare is a giant socialist wealth distribution program designed to force affluent and healthy individuals to subsidize healthcare for the less healthy and affluent individuals in America. It’s like forcing the rich to pay grocery bills for the poor, (which we already do now anyway) except in this instance it happens to be healthcare.” (01/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nenc9xl

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29) Bernie Sanders’ petition to stop TPP
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world. The TPP is a treaty that has been written behind closed doors by the corporate world. Incredibly, while Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry and major media companies have full knowledge as to what is in this treaty, the American people and members of Congress do not. They have been locked out of the process.” (12/30/14)

http://ourfuture.org/20141230/bernie-sanders-petition-to-stop-tpp

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30) The Testament of James and an interview with author Vin Suprynowicz, part 1
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“The Testament of James begins, as good mysteries often do, with a death. Actually, TToJ begins with an imposing figure in a black cape sweeping in through the door of a rare book dealer, which may be even better. The death? Well, that may have been from natural causes, though in unnatural circumstances. The caped, cultured Mediterranean man enters the scene to inquire about a book. A book that may have had something to do with the death. A book that may or may not even exist.” (01/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzjmouu

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31) Marijuana victory in DC is the result of state resistance and nullification
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Shane Trejo

“While Pres. Obama’s signature on the massive spending bill passed by Congress last month resulted in another huge expansion of federal power in many areas, the bill also shows how the states actually won a long-standing battle against federal power. A measure in the controversial Omnibus spending bill will stop Department of Justice (DOJ) sanctioned raids of medical marijuana operations legal under state law. While it remains to be seen if the DOJ will abide by this new provision, it does signify yet another federal capitulation as the failed war on drugs works its way to a close.” (01/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ljtkm8f

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32) Slacking workers of the world unite
Source: In These Times
by Lindsay Beyerstein

“Seventy percent of porn viewing and 60 percent of online shopping take place during business hours. Studies indicate that worldwide, the average employee spends about 1 to 3 hours a day goofing off at work. In Empty Labor: Idleness and Workplace Resistance, Roland Paulsen, a scholar of business administration at Lund University in Sweden, sets out to understand what he calls empty labor, which includes anything a worker does on the clock that isn’t work — be it surfing the web, sleeping, organizing the office football pool, or writing a doctoral dissertation on the sly.” (01/01/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17448/slacking_workers_of_the_world

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33) Can a global revolution be non-violent?
Source: Counterpunch
by Gilbert Mercier

“September 17, 2012 was the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement, and sadly enough it was a sentimental fare illustrating not only the good intentions but also the enormous limitations of the movement. In New York, Occupiers got pushed around by the NYPD without much resistance; 200 of them got handcuffed in plastic ties and briefly arrested applying, above all, their golden rule of peaceful non-violent protest. While the strategy of ‘turning and giving the other cheek’ is a cornerstone of the Christian faith, it is not exactly a very useful tool for a revolution in progress.” (01/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5an36v

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34) All magic comes at a price
Source: Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau

“People want magical solutions to hard problems, but they are confused about what magic really is. Magic is not about waving a wand and making things happen cheaply and with minimal effort. That isn’t magic — that’s just plain fantasy! Nor is magic about reciting just the right elaborate string of words and performing all the right gestures and getting the intended results reliably and reproducibly. The reproducibility should tell you that it’s actually science, not magic. And science can only do things that are possible within the bounds of science, bounds that no human can set or change. No, magic is about the things that you can do but can’t explain, the things that cannot be distilled or controlled by others.” (01/02/14)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2015/01/02/18315

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35) The year you made us more free
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“More important than which party controls the U.S. Senate, or which nine people don Supreme Court robes, or even who will be elected president of these United States come 2016, is something much more within our individual and collective control: what you and I do to protect and advance liberty. From this date — Jan.1, 2015 — forward, let us never wait for a political savior to ride in on a white horse. We cannot wait. And we don’t have to.” (01/01/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/01/newyear/

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36) Mario Cuomo’s patchwork quilt
Source: The Nation
by Eric Alterman

“When the Democratic convention was held in San Francisco (a city hit particularly hard by AIDS) in July of 1984, all of the different currents of liberal protest came together well aware that the party had little chance of regaining power against a popular president buoyed by a booming economy. Many had expected that Ted Kennedy would provide the keynote speech, but Walter Mondale, perhaps nursing grudges from 1980, insisted upon a lesser-known if no less compelling political figure: Mario Cuomo.” (01/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lhu37g8

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37) Tech needs a John Galt
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

“No, not Galt the inventor, nor Galt who led his tribe out on strike. I have in mind Rand’s compelling description of Galt’s appearance: ‘a face without pain or fear or guilt.'” (01/03/15)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.6255

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38) Medicine’s false paradigm
Source: The Daily Bell
by Nelson Hultberg

“Pernicious drugs dominate our lives today like restrictive manacles control a southern chain gang. We are prisoners. And it’s not evils like cocaine and heroin that are the real enslavers; they control but a pittance of people. The real chains around us are fashioned by the thousands of pharmaceutical drugs that spew forth from Big Pharma’s loathsome peddlers, pushing insidious addiction into the veins of our citizens via a naive medical profession’s complicity and paradigmatic falsity.” (01/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olmato4

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39) Why do black lives matter?
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Anthony B Bradley

“‘Black lives matter.’ ‘All lives matter.’ These slogans may forever summarize the deep tensions in American life in 2014. Catalyzed by the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and two New York Police officers who were murdered while sitting in a police car, Americans are in the midst of a crisis of human dignity. Are we still able to articulate why anyone’s life matters? We can loudly protest that ‘Black lives matter’ but it will mean nothing in the long run if we cannot explain why black lives matter.” (12/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/naj2934

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40) The broken and the unbroken
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“The unlikely hero of our story is Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a socially inept, possibly autistic mathematical genius who can break traditional codes in a matter of minutes but can’t interpret ordinary social codes created through facial gestures and tone of voice. ‘People never say what they really mean,’ Turing complains quizzically, ‘and you’re just supposed to know.’ For example, at one point another decoder says, ‘We’re getting lunch,’ and Turing doesn’t respond. What the decoder meant, of course, was ‘Do you want to come with us?’ But Turing can’t crack this simple code on his own.” (12/29/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1351

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41) How much does the US government spend on defense?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“The official defense budget is 503.8 billion, but that is not the total the US Government spends on defense. Hidden thought out the federal budget are other items that should be classified as defense spending. … When all these categories of funding are included, the more comprehensive defense funding figure comes out to $861 billion. It’s important to note that this amount does not include the associated interest costs on the debt, which would add to the total amount.” (01/02/14)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/much-us-government-spend-defense

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42) Why most Americans oppose more gun control
Source: Fox News Forum
by Dr. John R. Lott Jr.

“A new Pew Research Center survey finds that, for the first time in their surveys, the majority of Americans oppose more gun control. Gallup and CNN polls tell a similar story. Opposition to gun control has been increasing over at least the last couple of decades. Gun control groups have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to try to convince Americans that gun control is the answer. In 2013, gun owners’ groups (including the NRA) spent less than one seventh as much on television advertisements. This year looks to be even more lopsided, thanks to the unrelenting efforts of individuals such as Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and Gabriel Giffords.” (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lo86shu

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43) Without “qualified immunity,” would cops be so quick to kill?
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Owing to the fact that police are employed by the class that preys on property, they have no obligation to protect it against crime. Those who want that service have to pay for it out of their own resources, in addition to surrendering the taxes that are used to pay the police. There are at least three times as many private security and investigative specialists than government law enforcement agents in this country. Nearly all of them — apart from moonlighting police officers — confront genuine risks on behalf of their customers, and do so without the benefit of ‘qualified immunity.’ This means that when they screw up, private peace officers, unlike government-employed police, can be held accountable.” (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mar2d4o

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44) Bad Quaker Podcast, 01/01/15
Source: Bad Quaker Dot Com

“Today Ben Stone talks to Professor CJ from the Dangerous History Podcast.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/01/15)

http://www.badquaker.com/archives/3251

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45) Paul “Orwell” Krugman touts job growth in the Obama recovery
Source: Mises Canada
by Robert P Murphy

“For years, Paul Krugman has been warning that the inadequate fiscal stimulus package of early 2009, coupled with the disastrous spending cuts of the ‘sequester’ package, were leading to a ‘postmodern recovery’ and ‘jobless trap’ for the millions of Americans locked out of employment due to coldhearted Republicans. Even though GDP growth had officially returned by the summer of 2009, Krugman told us, we could expect a terrible plight for America’s workers, all because the people in charge were more concerned with fiscal prudence than American families. Well, now that we’ve had a few quarters of decent GDP growth and private sector job creation — at least according to the official statistics — Krugman has had to alter his narrative. Now, you see, Obama’s recovery has actually been impressive — much better than the recovery under George W. Bush from the dot-com recession.” (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lrb7wv5

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46) Private enterprise is revitalizing out dreams of space exploration
Source: Students For Liberty
by Chance ME Davies

“With the immense variety of aerospace technology coming into the market from the likes of Musk, Branson, and others, there has been a great deal of optimism for the industry and opportunities are everywhere. American space entrepreneur, Dennis Tito, believes a manned missions to the reaches of Mars is a possibility in the coming decade. With that said, even Tito’s dreams are exceeded by the Dutch entrepreneur, Bas Lansdorp, who believes that colonization of Mars is possible come 2023 with the use of SpaceX’s rockets! Across the globe, there are determined and visionary people from a multitude of fields preparing for the next space race, but NASA may not be leading it.” (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nqb5joq

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47) Gunsmoke gets in your eyes
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“Last time I wrote about shooting I covered a few things about ear protection. Earlier, I covered lead exposure. The same care should be taken to protect our eyes when we shoot, but I wonder how many people even give it much thought.” (01/01/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6577

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48) Dead cops mean less oppression
Source: ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

“You always hear people say this in sympathy for the police. They are human beings. #PoliceLivesMatter. That sort of thing. Well, I’m going to take this from a different perspective. Police are just like everyone else, if they fear for their safety when engaging in a particular behavior, they will be less inclined to engage in it.” (12/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ozvwfwe

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49) Invest in the future! Invest in … government debt?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“Yep, the Obama administration has created a new investment fund that allows private citizens to create Roth IRAs that only invest in Treasury bonds. … Investors in the fund don’t have to pay fees and can contribute as much or as little to the fund as they want. Those of you with investment experience may wonder how Comerica, the firm hired to run this program, can profit under these conditions. The answer is (I hope you’re sitting down) … they are receiving taxpayer subsidies.” (12/30/14)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/invest-future-invest-government-debt

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50) Uber and the flimsy case for regulation
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“The ride-sharing companies are creating a new market, which inevitably brings mistakes and failures on the way. But the only reason for their existence is the welfare of their customers. If they damage that, they endanger their own survival. From the news coverage of customers allegedly attacked by Uber drivers, you might forget that rapists are also found driving taxis. In October, a Chicago cabby got a 35-year sentence for sexually assaulting two passengers. Getting into a vehicle with a stranger can always lead to a bad outcome. But there are no compelling reasons to believe that ride-sharing is any riskier than taking a cab — and some grounds to think it’s safer.” (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pd4wb5c

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51) The Great Enrichment, network theory, and the economic liberation of women
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Mikayla Novak

“The voluminous literature on the causes of the Industrial Revolution has been greatly enriched by the insights of economic historian Deirdre McCloskey. But there is an interesting angle from a libertarian feminist perspective, concerning the processes underpinning the economic emergence of women, waiting to be told.” (12/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/neeefmx

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52) I don’t believe you (you’re a liar)
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“It seems like people often hold contradictory economic ideas in their brains at the same time. Perhaps in their reptilian brains people are crude Keynesians or crude Austrians. At cocktail parties the crude Keynesians will claim that monetary stimulus will no impact at the zero bound. The crude Austrians will complain that QE will lead to hyperinflation. But when they go down to Wall Street, they put aside their reptilian brains and start buying and selling stocks, T-bonds, and TIPS as if QE has some impact, but will not lead to hyperinflation.” (12/30/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/12/nobody_is_going.html

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53) Rules of civility for the coming endarkenment
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“I hold George Washington in rather low esteem for being one of the most over-rated ‘Great Captains of History’ and a revered father of the maximum state with his championing of the poisonous Constitution. He was a military amateur at best and a horrific despot who held the first political office under the aegis of that fetid documents [sic] and proudly led an army against tax evaders a mere three years after being in office. By age sixteen, Washington had copied out by hand, 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” (01/03/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=3757

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54) Constitutional federalism beats feds’ bribery of the states
Source: Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

“Almost five years ago the final Common Core national standards were published. These national standards epitomize government that has grown beyond all constitutional bounds. As elected officials learned more about the ‘voluntary’ standards, the less they liked, and efforts to reverse course are underway in the states as well as Congress.” (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p3plnfm

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55) “We need our police to be better than this”
Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“It’s precisely the highly emotional and unrestrained responses by police in tough situations (Ferguson, Eric Garner, etc.) that make people worry that cops are governed not by rationality and training but aggression and impulse. The stunts the NYPD is pulling underscore those fears, as do wild claims by spokesmen that Bill de Blasio has ‘blood on his hands’ for the killing of Officers Ramos and Liu at the hands of a nutcase. Until police learn to accept that criticism of specific policies and actions doesn’t constitute a mortal insult, they will continue to have problems maintaining public support.” (12/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/plr6j3y

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56) The economic pros and cons of a dead cop
Source: Liberty Chat
by Steven B

“Libertarians have been celebrating the news that citations for minor offenses are down since the deaths of two police officers in New York City. Put aside for a second your personal feelings towards such a celebration, and lets look at the overall economics behind the death of a cop.” (12/31/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/12/economic-pros-cons-dead-cop/

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57) “Business” has spoken — not
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Labor Department official David Weil justifies his support for raising the minimum wage in part by recounting that ‘the vast majority of retailers’ who he met at a National Retail Federation conference pleaded with him to raise the minimum wage (‘Wage-Law Enforcer Favors Proactive Approach,’ Dec. 30). Such pleading by some retailers for a higher minimum wage is not as clear a sign as Mr. Weil would have us believe of the wisdom of raising that wage.” (12/30/14)

http://cafehayek.com/2014/12/business-has-spoken-not.html

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58) Everything Voluntary Podcast, 12/30/14
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 046 takes a look back at 2014 for Skyler and Phil, and how their lives have changed since beginning the podcast just over a year ago. They also make a couple of predictions for 2015.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nba6xc8

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59) Voluntary vs. mandatory charity
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“As everyone knows, one of the major differences between statists and libertarians is over the issue of charity. Libertarians believe that charity should be voluntary. Statists believe it should be mandatory. In analyzing this fundamental difference in perspective, there is one indisputable fact: The more wealth there is in a society, the greater the amount of charity that can be provided to others.” (01/02/15)

http://fff.org/2015/01/02/voluntary-vs-mandatory-charity/

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60) Heartland Daily Podcast, 12/30/14
Source: Heartland Institute

“Managing Editor of Health Care News, Sean Parnell, talks with a Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, John Graham, in today’s Heartland Daily Podcast. In this episode, Parnell and Graham discuss a few health care related issues that have been in the news recently.” [Flash video] (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/modrmo2

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