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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
The Freedom Movement’s Daily Newspaper

Volume XIII, Issue #3,105
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Libya: Regime warplane bombs Greek-operated oil tanker at port, two dead
2) Abbas plans to resubmit Palestine statehood bid to UNSC
3) Russia: Kremlin foe Navalny says he will not observe house arrest
4) US charges two Americans with role in Gambia coup plot
5) France says ready to strike extremists on Libya border
6) Colombia: President signals flexibility in peace talks
7) India, Pakistan trade accusations over cross-border violence
8) CT: Teen with cancer forced by state to undergo chemo treatments
9) NY: Judge to weigh releasing grand jury record in NYC chokehold death
10) CA: Death penalty case could test new state Supreme Court
11) NYC: Two NYPD members shot in the Bronx
12) Car sales jump; not just about falling gas prices
13) TN: Bill would put wine in grocery stores this summer
14) Lebanon imposes new limits on Syrians fleeing civil war
15) Bitstamp claims its bitcoins are secure after attack forces exchange shutdown
16) US to resume beef imports from Ireland
17) Musk’s SpaceX to test reusable rocket with Mars mission in sight
18) MA: Boston bombing trial lawyers fail to reach plea deal
19) FL: Marriage apartheid ends in Miami-Dade before the rest of the state
20) MO: Ferguson grand juror sues over gag order

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) RINO?
22) Mike Huckabee’s long battle against libertarianism
23) Fighting Leviathan for fun and freedom
24) Has the US Constitution been lost to military rule?
25) “Not fair …”
26) Survey says: Personality over intelligence at school
27) The oil price is just plain wrong
28) Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Congress
29) GOP priority: Dance with the ones that brung ‘em
30) Torn between two presidents
31) Worse than Keystone
32) Humpty GOP
33) Is crowdsourcing bad for workers?
34) Currency wars
35) Endless fog of endless war
36) Book review: Neil Lock’s “Honest Common Sense”
37) The next step in school choice
38) Conspiracy theory: The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind
39) Where should one go to glory in the wonders of the world?
40) Libertarian theory for the real world
41) What true health care reform would look like
42) Philadelphia Inquirer pimps for Philly cop chief
43) Or maybe the only employers with monopsony power are those who employ the lowest-skilled workers
44) Who got served?
45) The NYPD’s revolt is a direct threat to democracy
46) “Justice for Leelah”: Behold the new PC intolerance
47) An exceptional economist
48) The true relationship between crime and law enforcement
49) The Libertarian Angle, 01/05/15
50) Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/05/14

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***** In the News *****

1) Libya: Regime warplane bombs Greek-operated oil tanker at port, two dead
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“A Libyan warplane from forces loyal to the internationally recognised government bombed a Greek-operated oil tanker anchored off the coast, killing two crewmen in an escalation of hostilities between factions vying to rule the country. Military officials said the vessel had been warned not to enter port and said it had been transporting Islamist militants to Derna, the eastern port city where the ship was at anchor when it was hit on Sunday. State oil firm NOC said it had leased the ship to carry fuel for power generation to Derna from Brega, an oil port to the west.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mqsn86l

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2) Abbas plans to resubmit Palestine statehood bid to UNSC
Source: Voice of America [US state media]

“Palestinian [Authority] President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he was discussing with Jordan plans to resubmit to the United Nations Security Council a resolution calling for the establishment of a[n Arab] Palestinian state that failed to win enough votes last week. Jordan remains a member of the Security Council while several other countries with revolving membership were replaced over the New Year. The [Arab] Palestinians hope these states will be more sympathetic to their resolution demanding an Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories and independence by 2017, although the veto-wielding United States would be all but certain to vote ‘No’ again, as it did on December 30.” (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o3po3ym

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3) Russia: Kremlin foe Navalny says he will not observe house arrest
Source: Big News Network [UAE/Australia]

“Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny says he will no longer observe the terms of his house arrest and has cut off the ankle bracelet used by the authorities to monitor his movements. In a post on his website on January 5, Navalny called his confinement to house arrest illegal, saying Russian law states that the restriction can only be ordered for suspects or defendants who have not yet been convicted. … Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was convicted of large-scale theft on December 30 after a politically charged trial and handed a suspended 3 1/2-year sentence. ‘I am the only person in the history of Russian courts to be under house arrest after being sentenced,’ Navalny wrote.” (01/05/14)

http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/229104521

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4) US charges two Americans with role in Gambia coup plot
Source: Indianapolis Post

“Two U.S. citizens with ties to Gambia were Monday charged for conspiring to help overthrow the government in the West African nation last week. US-Gambian dual national Papa Faal and US resident Cherno Njie were arrested in the United States after they returned from Gambia, where they had travelled to help launch a December 30 failed coup attempt against President Yahya Jammeh’s government, according to the US Justice Department.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/knlvo5a

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5) France says ready to strike extremists on Libya border
Source: Winona Daily News

“France said Monday its troops south of Libya are ready to strike extremists crossing the border, but the speaker of Libya’s internationally recognized parliament rejected any Western military intervention in his country. International concern has been mounting over Libya, which is mired in its worst fighting since Western and Gulf-backed rebels overthrew dictator Moammar Gadhafi and killed him in 2011.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lwqzn77

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6) Colombia: President signals flexibility in peace talks
Source: ABC News

“President Juan Manuel Santos has signaled that he could ease his longstanding opposition to a ceasefire in Colombia’s armed conflict because recent progress in peace talks with leftist rebels has caused the government to rethink its negotiating strategy. Santos said on Monday that he’s heartened by recent actions by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, including their declaration of a unilateral ceasefire, which he said the group is honoring.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n2lahaj

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7) India, Pakistan trade accusations over cross-border violence
Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Pakistani troops fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed an Indian soldier in northern Kashmir on Monday after a lull in the countries’ cross-border firing, an Indian paramilitary official said. Pakistan blamed India for the violence and said two civilians were killed by Indian shelling. The countries often trade accusations about who is to blame for firing and shelling in the disputed region, and tensions have heightened in recent days.” (01/05//15)

http://tinyurl.com/kca6oka

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8) CT: Teen with cancer forced by state to undergo chemo treatments
Source: Fox News

“A 17-year-old cancer patient and her mother are locked in an unprecedented legal battle with the Connecticut state government over the teen’s right to refuse chemotherapy treatment, Fox CT reported. The girl, identified only as ‘Cassandra C.’ in court documents, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September. At the time, doctors at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) recommended she receive chemotherapy. After she refused treatment (with her mother’s support) Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) stepped in.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kr2rgph

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9) NY: Judge to weigh releasing grand jury record in NYC chokehold death
Source: Reuters

“A New York judge will hear arguments later this month whether to publicly release the records of a grand jury hearing in the case of an unarmed black man killed after a policeman put him in a chokehold while arresting him for peddling loose cigarettes. After an unusually lengthy session lasting nine weeks, the grand jury voted in December not to indict the police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, for his role in the asphyxiation death of Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk last summer.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ktk6w6l

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10) CA: Death penalty case could test new state Supreme Court
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The state Supreme Court upheld a Shasta County man’s death sentence Monday for the murder of a 98-year-old woman in a ruling so closely divided it could be a candidate for reconsideration after the court’s two new justices review it in the next few weeks. The victim, Betty Bone, was strangled and stabbed to death by burglars who barged into her home in 1995 and stole two guns, costume jewelry and a truck parked outside. According to prosecution witnesses, the killer was 20-year-old John Morris, who committed suicide in jail the day after his arrest. Gary Grimes, 33, accused by prosecutors of ordering the killing, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kzafvcs

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11) NYC: Two NYPD members shot in the Bronx
Source: United Press International

“Two police officers were shot Monday night in the Bronx while attempting to stop a robbery, the New York City Police Department has confirmed. One officer was shot in the back while the other was shot in the arm. Both were transported to St. Barnabas Hospital, where they are expected to make full recoveries.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p7bqngq

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12) Car sales jump; not just about falling gas prices
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Automakers finished out a banner year in December, with sales gains that symbolize not just an industry’s strength but also a revival for the US consumer. American households finally were ready to make upgrades of the four-wheeled variety in volumes not seen since before the deep recession that began in 2007. Car purchases revved up as 2014 went on — starting at a pace barely above 15 million units (annualized) and ending the year not far from 17 million.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/krhl8x9

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13) TN: Bill would put wine in grocery stores this summer
Source: WKRN-TV News [Nashville, TN]

“A new bill sponsored by state Rep. Bo Mitchell would allow grocery stores to sell wine in July of this year instead of waiting until 2016 as originally scheduled. ‘I think now that the voters have spoken overwhelmingly that they want this convenience for the consumer. I think it’s time for the General Assembly to act,’ Mitchell told News 2. By definition, the bill ‘shortens the time frame by one year for the implementation of certain provisions governing the sale of wine in retail food stores.'” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mlgewq3

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14) Lebanon imposes new limits on Syrians fleeing civil war
Source: Beloit Daily News

“Lebanon turned back Syrians trying to cross the border Monday under strict new visa regulations, saying it simply cannot handle any more people displaced by the ongoing civil war. The policy, requiring Syrians to obtain visas that sharply limit the time they can stay in Lebanon, effectively narrows one of the few escape routes left from a conflict that has displaced a third of Syria’s pre-war population and shows no sign of ending.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5dtaab

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15) Bitstamp claims its bitcoins are secure after attack forces exchange shutdown
Source: Network World

“Bitstamp reassured customers that their bitcoins are safe after a weekend hack forced the exchange to shut down on Monday. ‘As a security precaution against compromises Bitstamp only maintains a small fraction of customer bitcoins in online systems. Bitstamp maintains more than enough offline reserves to cover the compromised bitcoins,’ the exchange said in a statement on its website. The hack, which took place Sunday, targeted one of Bitstamp’s operational or hot wallets, the statement said. Hot wallets are connected to the Internet and used to immediately exchange the virtual currency. Bitstamp hasn’t revealed details of the attack nor whether bitcoins were stolen.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ojv2xyp

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16) US to resume beef imports from Ireland
Source: Lincoln Journal Star

“The United States will permit imports of beef from Ireland, the first European Union country allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago, officials said Monday. American authorities inspected Ireland’s beef production systems last year. Authorities estimate annual exports could be worth at least $30 million. The U.S. lifted its ban on beef from the EU in March 2014, but inspections were necessary before exports were allowed to resume.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/khdwwg4

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17) Musk’s SpaceX to test reusable rocket with Mars mission in sight
Source: Bloomberg

“Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is developing rockets that could be reused, rather than burning up on re-entry to earth’s atmosphere, in the belief they’ll help drastically reduce the cost of trips to Mars. … Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will try to land a Falcon 9 rocket atop an unanchored ocean platform bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean after the missile propels a cargo capsule towards a rendezvous with the International Space Station.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nsdjcmh

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18) MA: Boston bombing trial lawyers fail to reach plea deal
Source: CNN

“As accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev goes on trial Monday few doubt the outcome of the first phase of the two-phase trial. It’s the second, the sentencing phase, including a possible death sentence, that has been the subject of behind the scenes discussions. Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys for Tsarnaev have held talks on a possible plea agreement but failed to reach one, U.S. officials familiar with the talks say.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kma6hgb

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19) FL: Marriage apartheid ends in Miami-Dade before the rest of the state
Source: Miami Herald

“Miami-Dade County became the first place in Florida to allow same-sex couples to marry on Monday, half a day before a gay-marriage ban that has been ruled unconstitutional is lifted in the rest of the state. In an 11 a.m. hearing, Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted the legal stay she had placed on her sweeping July decision declaring the ban discriminatory. ‘In the big picture, does it really matter whether or not I lift the stay or leave it until tomorrow?’ she said from the bench. ‘I’m lifting the stay.’ The elected clerk of courts, Harvey Ruvin, at first said same-sex marriages would begin at 2 p.m. But once his office received a signed copy of Zabel’s two-page order at noon, he said couples could apply for marriage licenses immediately.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mfc6e5s

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20) MO: Ferguson grand juror sues over gag order
Source: ABC News

“A member of the grand jury that declined to indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown asked a federal court Monday to remove a lifetime gag order preventing jurors from discussing the case. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of an unnamed juror who wants to speak about the investigation but would be in violation of Missouri law by doing so. The lawsuit also questions St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s characterization that ‘all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges.'” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvxed9c

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

21) RINO?
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Thomas L Knapp

“There is no way to ‘restore’ the GOP to its imaginary stature as a libertarian political party. It’s never been one, and every attempt to make it into one has failed miserably. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are the beating heart and black soul of the Republican Party. They are what it has always been, they are what it is now, and they are what it always will be.” (01/04/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle803-20150104-01.html#letter01

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22) Mike Huckabee’s long battle against libertarianism
Source: Reason
by Matt Welch

“Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee announced this weekend that he’s quitting his Fox News show while he thinks about whether to run for president again. If recent history is any guide, there will be space in the GOP primaries for a Huck-style populist social conservative; Rick Santorum filled it in 2012, Huckabee himself in 2008, Alan Keyes in 2000. Another throughline knits together these disparate pols: hostility to libertarians.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfv6rcz

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23) Fighting Leviathan for fun and freedom
Source: JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard

“My own jaundiced view of government grew out of early experiences and the muckraking I’ve done in recent decades. I was raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in an area knee deep with fascinating history — and also some of the worst abuses — almost all forgotten — of property rights.” (speech given 10/25/14; published 01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/neus4dm

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24) Has the US Constitution been lost to military rule?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Todd E Pierce

“On October 23, 2001, the Office of Legal Counsel issued a legal opinion that would shock most Americans if they realized its full implications. By all appearances, it is still in effect, judging by military surveillance operations taking place in the U.S. by the Department of Defense and the military command within it, the National Security Agency (NSA). The opinion was entitled: Authority for Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activities Within the United States (emphasis in original). … in writing an opinion authorizing martial law, Delahunty/Yoo asserted that the Fourth Amendment’s protections do not apply to domestic military operations in the United States, regardless of citizenship. They wrote that Federal Armed Forces must be free to use force when they deemed it necessary without being constrained by the Fourth Amendment, ‘even though force would be intentionally directed against persons known to be citizens.'” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/or6mogf

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25) “Not fair …”
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“After a few years of being around other kids, I notice my daughter has developed a fascination with ‘fair.’ Usually, as in ‘that’s not fair.’ This amuses me a little bit, but each time she says that I remind her that ‘fair’ isn’t a real thing. Life happens as it will, ‘fair’ doesn’t figure into it at all. That doesn’t mean I don’t try to be ‘fair’ when dealing with her.” (01/05/15)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2015/01/not-fair.html

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26) Survey says: Personality over intelligence at school
Source: The New Republic
by Melissa Dahl

“According to a new review of the link between personality and academic achievement, personality is a better way to predict success at school than intelligence as it’s usually measured, by traditional standardized tests. Arthur Poropat, of Griffith University in Australia, compared measurements of what psychologists call the ‘big five’ personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism) to academic scores, and found that the students who were rated higher in openness and conscientiousness tended to receive better grades.” (01/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kaehzov

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27) The oil price is just plain wrong
Source: Reuters
by Edward Hadas

“The oil price is still too high, often too low and much too volatile. In other words, this is a market that doesn’t work well for anyone. The excessive volatility is glaringly obvious. The 50 percent price fall since June is extreme, but the market is only occasionally calm. Since 2000 the daily price has been on average 18 percent higher or lower than six months earlier. Such variation is uncalled for, especially given the fairly modest shifts in demand. … Only modest adjustments in inventory and production rates are required to keep the price stable, as the market showed from mid-2011 to mid-2014.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kzetrqx

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28) Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Congress
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Congress should take the first, and most important, step toward ending our hyper-interventionist foreign policy by bringing our troops home and closing all overseas military facilities. The American people can no longer afford to bear the cost of empire.” (01/05/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ten-new-years-resolutions-congress

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29) GOP priority: Dance with the ones that brung ‘em
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Republicans have announced that their first order of business in the new Congress will be to try to force the Keystone XL Pipeline through. This prioritizing shows that they understand who paid their way to the dance. In ‘Republicans Say They’ll Act Fast to Push Agenda,’ the New York Times reports, ‘The House is set to pass legislation this week expediting the Keystone XL pipeline; the Senate is making it the first order of business as well.’ This would bypass the normal procedure of government whereby the State Department reviews the proposal. President Obama has said he would veto the bill for this reason.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/jwuyzyy

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30) Torn between two presidents
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“On the most superficial level, Clinton’s presidency looks more successful than Obama’s. He oversaw an economic boom that created 22 million jobs during his time in the White House, turned budget deficits into surpluses, and left office with approval ratings in the 60s, around 20 points higher than Obama’s are now. But nearly a decade and a half after it ended, how much of a success should liberals consider the Clinton presidency? There’s no perfect answer … [b]ut for all the time liberals have spent criticizing Obama for compromises and missed opportunities, a fair accounting seems to put Clinton far behind Obama when it comes to accomplishing liberal goals.” (01/05/15)

http://prospect.org/article/torn-between-two-presidents

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31) Worse than Keystone
Source: In These Times
by Winona LaDuke

“While the national press has focused on the controversy over TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, the Canadian energy giant Enbridge is planning something even bigger. If the corporation gets its way, it could soon be transporting nearly 4 million barrels of oil every day — more than four times the amount piped by the proposed Keystone XL — across the ecologically sensitive Minnesota Northwoods. ‘Northern Minnesota is becoming the superhighway for oil,’ says Paul Blackburn, an attorney for Minnesota’s branch of the national climate justice group 350.org.” (01/05/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17444/worse_than_keystone

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32) Humpty GOP
Source: The Cagle Post
by John Cole

Cartoon. (01/04/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/humpty-gop/

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33) Is crowdsourcing bad for workers?
Source: The Nation Blog
by Michelle Chen

“The federal minimum wage has effectively been stagnating since the 1960s, and even the recent spate of state minimum wage hikes have lagged far behind the rising cost of living. But if workplace regulations seem to evolve at a glacial pace, there’s a quickly rising threat of exploitation from the digital economy’s cutting edge: in the rapidly evolving digital workforce, labor standards are stuck in a primitive state, with no minimum wage and virtually no standards.” (01/05/15)

http://www.thenation.com/blog/194041/crowdsourcing-bad-workers

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34) Currency wars
Source: Mises Canada
by Frank Hollenbeck

“It is simply irresponsible to look only at the direct and not indirect effects of economic policies. The US quantitative easing over the last six years has forced emerging market countries to impose capital controls and other currency restrictions, and ramp up their own printing presses. Current Japanese monetary policy, which is driving down the yen, is causing serious consternation to its Chinese and Korean neighbors. We are in a currency war, and have been since 2008.” (01/05/15)

http://mises.ca/posts/articles/currency-wars-2/

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35) Endless fog of endless war
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Our decade-plus in Iraq and Afghanistan has cost us greatly and accomplished little good, if any. Even a century of Americans fighting and occupying and pacifying these countries will not succeed. The cost, not just in billions of tax dollars, but also in thousands of our countrymen dead and maimed, is unacceptable. It’s time to really end the ‘endless’ wars.” (01/05/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/05/endless-fog-of-endless-war/

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36) Book review: Neil Lock’s “Honest Common Sense”
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Mustela nivalis

“Neil Lock (an occasional contributor to this site) has a background in mathematics and software development. It is therefore no surprise that Neil is an early adopter of the current wave of libertarianism. The philosophy of freedom is a logical system that does not tolerate contradictions. True to form, Neil’s book ‘Honest Common Sense’ contains a rigorously methodical and systematic exposition of this philosophy. Lock has built his book on the four humanities metaphysics, epistemology, politics/ethics and economics.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgw29e3

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37) The next step in school choice
Source: Cato Institute
by Jason Bedrick and Lindsey Burke

“Education savings accounts operate like the ‘partial voucher’ that Friedman envisioned more than a decade ago, allowing families to seek out the best educational opportunities for their students — whether those be in a private or parochial school or a mix of non-traditional education options. Two states have already adopted ESAs, and numerous other state legislatures have considered them. ESAs constitute a critical refinement of Friedman’s voucher idea, moving from school choice to educational choice. The challenge for state policymakers is to overcome implementation issues, avoid constitutional roadblocks, and resist harmful regulations masquerading as ‘accountability.'” (01/05/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/next-step-school-choice

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38) Conspiracy theory: The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Jason Weedon and Robert Kurzban’s new The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind: How Self-Interest Shapes Our Opinions and Why We Won’t Admit It (Princeton University Press, 2014) frontally attack the academic consensus against political self-interest. Since they charmingly paint me as a leading voice in this consensus, it is in my self-interest for their book to be widely-read. Unfortunately, Weedon and Kurzban are basically high-brow conspiracy theorists. They trumpet a strong, incredible thesis, then ‘interpret’ virtually every fact to fit it.” (01/05/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/01/conspiracy_theo.html

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39) Where should one go to glory in the wonders of the world?
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“We were rather taken aback by one of those listicles telling us all about which roads we should drive along as part of that bucket list of experiences before we die. Here is it, you know the sort of thing. Pacific Highway in California, Skyline Drive, yadda yadda. And it’s fair enough, they are trying to give a list of scenic routes.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olxej9f

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40) Libertarian theory for the real world
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Matt Zwolinski

“Like most proponents of radical political ideologies, libertarians are exceedingly good at describing their vision of an ideally just society. Unfortunately, libertarians also have in common with other radical visionaries a tendency to be a little fuzzy on the details about how we get from here to there. I’m not talking about strategy. Libertarians like to talk about strategy — about whether it’s better to work within the system or outside it, to build alliances with the left or the right, whether to look for agreement with people on single issues or try to sell them on the fundamental moral and economic principles, and so on. No, what I had in mind is a different sort of question.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nefg86k

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41) What true health care reform would look like
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matt Battaglioli

“With the relatively recent passing of America’s new healthcare law; the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the topics of healthcare, health insurance, prices and reform have been particularly hot lately. This of course does not mean that the controversies surrounding the American healthcare system are anything new. Healthcare prices are getting higher with many hospital visits for certain conditions totaling bills of millions of dollars. Also, the laws regulating the industry are getting heavier by the day. People have known for a while that a solid reform of the system has been in order, though it is unfortunate that most of these people calling for reform have a tendency to find their influence for such reform across the ocean.” (01/05/15)

http://mises.org/library/what-true-health-care-reform-would-look

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42) Philadelphia Inquirer pimps for Philly cop chief
Source: CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff

“When I was starting out as a reporter back in 1972, working for a little family-owned daily, the Middletown Press in central Connecticut, I had editors and a publisher who demanded the best from us. If I was covering a story — whether it was a police blotter report, a town meeting, or a controversial decision by a local zoning board — and I failed to ask an important question, I inevitably got a call from the editor telling me to get it answered and inserted into my article. These days, leaving important questions unasked is not just commonplace, it has become the norm. This is particularly true when it comes to not questioning the assertions of government authorities.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o9wqw65

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43) Or maybe the only employers with monopsony power are those who employ the lowest-skilled workers
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Madrick has no difficulty seeing that if college graduates were unable to offer to work for lower wages that the unemployment rate of such workers would rise. But he, like so many other ‘Progressives,’ ridicules as ideologically driven and oh-so-unscientific the argument that the inability of the lowest-skilled workers to offer to work for wages lower than the state-stipulated minimum causes the unemployment rate of such workers to rise.” (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lwd4sr9

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44) Who got served?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L Knapp

“[T]hink of the ‘servers’ at your favorite restaurant. They serve at least two masters: The restaurant’s owners on one hand, you on the other. The market justification for this is that by serving the customers well (satisfying their desire for food served quickly, efficiently and courteously), the servers also serve the ownership well (satisfying their desire for maximum profits). And there’s no question that service is what they’re engaged in. They really are servants, not masters, at the beck and call of (and subject to pleasure or displeasure of) customer and restaurateur alike. Military ‘service’ is different. The soldier, sailor, airman or Marine certainly serves the military force. Likewise, that military force certainly serves the state which created and operates it. But those are both instances of service to ownership. There are no ‘customers’ in any real sense. The alleged ‘customers’ — the tax-paying citizens of the state in question — are themselves servants rather than served.” (01/04/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/34702

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45) The NYPD’s revolt is a direct threat to democracy
Source: Heartland Institute
by Benjamin Domenech

“Since the moment when police officers turned their backs in protest on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, we’ve seen the type of escalating activity in the city which would be more recognizable as the preview to a messy Latin American coup d’etat. The latest is a form of purposeful sabotage on the part of the NYPD, which is now actively shirking its duty to enforce the law.” (01/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pdffjc3

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46) “Justice for Leelah”: Behold the new PC intolerance
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“If you thought those nuts at the Westboro Baptist Church were the only people to view harassment of the bereaved as a legitimate form of politics, you must have had a rude awakening in the first five days of 2015. For over the past week, misnamed liberal campaigners for ‘Justice for Leelah Alcorn’ have put the Westboro weirdos to shame with their grief-invading antics. They’ve gone much further than Fred Phelps and his family of fag-hating funeral-protesters ever dared to go — since Alcorn killed himself on 28 December, they’ve harangued his parents relentlessly, both online and off, forcing them to postpone their son’s funeral.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvgb28b

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47) An exceptional economist
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Mark Skousen

“When I first saw the list of ‘Seven Bad Ideas’ by Jeff Madrick, I thought of the biblical refrain, ‘Woe unto them who call evil good and good evil’ (Isaiah 5:20). How can he consider the Invisible Hand, Say’s law, limited government, low inflation, efficient markets, free trade, and economics as an objective science to be ‘bad ideas?’ Then I read the book, and came to the conclusion that Jeff Madrick is an exceptional economist. By that I mean that Madrick considers all the above ideas to be good except when they are misused by economists and government officials who engage in ‘dirty economics.'” (01/04/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1353

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48) The true relationship between crime and law enforcement
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Douglas Valentine

“In a speech titled ‘The Tramp’ he gave in 1902, Jack London described the police as ‘the right arm of the corporate power of our great cities …’ Their job, he asserted, was to keep despised minorities, including the homeless and jobless, out of sight and out of the way. That’s still the case today, just as it was in 1968 when I was 18 years old and working for a tree company in my suburban hometown outside New York City.” (01/05/15)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/01/no_author/crime-and-cops/

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49) The Libertarian Angle, 01/05/15
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger and FFF vice president Sheldon Richman discuss the hot topics of the day. This week: the continuing saga that is Afhanistan.” [Flash video] (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmc3zh5

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50) Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/05/14
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Timothy Sandefur joins us for a discussion on economic liberty. Is there a right to earn a living? How is this right being violated today?” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/05/14)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/right-earn-living

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