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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
The Freedom Movement’s Daily Newspaper

Volume XIII, Issue #3,107
Thursday, January 8th, 2015
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In the News:

1) France: Policewoman killed in shoot-out, hunt deepens for Charlie Hebdo murderers
2) McConnell blasts Obama for threatening to veto giant big-government corporate
3) US asks Poland to extradite Roman Polanski
4) Iran: Regime court orders three communication apps blocked
5) Fossils on Mars? Geologist unearths intriguing hypothesis.
6) Cuba: Dissident says he believes two on US list are freed
7) Sri Lanka: President faces fierce battle in election
8) North Korean army defector kills four after crossing into China
9) Antibiotics: US discovery labelled “game-changer” for medicine
10) Israeli study: Suicide attacks nearly doubled worldwide in 2014
11) MO: Ferguson protesters stall opening of Senate session
12) No White House pressure to expand crude exports
13) “Bitcoin Jesus” renounced his American citizenship — so now the US isn’t letting him in
14) PA: State representative wants fellow pols drug tested
15) Elizabeth Warren rips both GOP & Dems for courting the rich
16) CA: Federal judge blocks state’s foie gras ban
17) NASA okays SpaceX plan to send astronauts to space station
18) NH: House votes to allow concealed weapons in chamber
19) NYC to lift ban on student cellphones in schools
20) CO: FBI investigating explosion outside NAACP office

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Je suis Charlie
22) Gun control and the police state
23) Copyright and the Great Library at Alexandria
24) Welcome back, big spenders
25) Why not vote?
26) Edward Brooke & the Republican Party that might have been
27) Let us die in peace
28) Interview: Libertarian Ed Kless on the Soul of Enterprise
29) The ominous Republican hold on Congress
30) Virginia tramples property rights
31) From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson: Through an eye socket darkly
32) Ford tries to shut down independent repair tool with copyright
33) Voluntary exchanges vs. government mandates
34) Who has the backs of NYPD officers?
35) A winter wonderland of fear — cities across the US move to ban unregulated sledding
36) Enforcing Macks Creek Law: Progress in Saint Louis County
37) Meet austerity’s kissing cousin: A terrible trade deal
38) Philadelphia freedom?
39) We stand with Charlie Hebdo
40) Vladimir Putin’s economic plan: Bread & vodka
41) The Rare Report, 01/07/15
42) David Cay Johnston’s confusion
43) Republicans govern
44) Time to get real on jobs, wages & growth
45) The Grubers in the audience
46) Medicaid expansion: Texas should chart its own course
47) The problem with Mahmoud Abbas and his Authority
48) Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show
49) The Freedom Report Podcast, 01/07/15
50) Moral Panic 2.0: The era of progressive censorship
51) ObamaCare’s effect on uninsured is trivial
52) How is libertarian feminism different from other feminisms?
53) Bad Quaker Podcast, 01/06/15
54) Putin, businessmen, and economic crimes
55) Europe’s monetary madhouse

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

1) France: Policewoman killed in shoot-out, hunt deepens for Charlie Hebdo murderers
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“A policewoman was killed in a shootout in southern Paris on Thursday, triggering searches in the area as the manhunt widened for two brothers suspected of killing 12 people at a satirical magazine in an apparent Islamist militant strike. Police sources could not immediately confirm a link with the killings at Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper which marked the worst attack on French soil for decades and which national leaders and allied states described as an assault on democracy.” (01/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q677t5m

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2) McConnell blasts Obama for threatening to veto giant big-government corporate welfare land theft project
Source: WHAS 11 News

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is obstructing the change American voters want by threatening to veto the first bill introduced in the new, Republican-controlled Senate. Despite that disagreement over approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, McConnell held out hope Wednesday that Republicans could work with Obama on issues such as trade agreements, infrastructure improvements and rewriting tax laws.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qy26vhj

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3) US asks Poland to extradite Roman Polanski
Source: Omaha World

“Poland has been asked to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States, where he is wanted on 1977 charges of sex with a minor, an official said Wednesday. Spokesman for the prosecutor general, Mateusz Martyniuk, told The Associated Press that the request from Los Angles prosecutors was being forwarded to Krakow, where Polanski’s case is handled.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/msncxpo

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4) Iran: Regime court orders three communication apps blocked
Source: Charlotte Observer

“Iran’s official IRNA news agency says the judiciary has ordered three personal communication apps blocked, a decision President Hassan Rouhani’s administration has long opposed. The Wednesday report says the judiciary has ordered that LINE, WhatsApp and Tango, three popular apps providing free phone and messaging services, be shut down. Rouhani and fellow moderates are opposed to blocking websites or social networking applications, saying authorities should only target illegal content.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/okrrxoc

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5) Fossils on Mars? Geologist unearths intriguing hypothesis.
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Evidence of water on Mars: Check. Organic chemistry in rock formations: Check. Methane in the atmosphere: Check. And now, fossils? Too soon to tell. The journal Astrobiology recently published a paper that examines Martian rock structures photographed by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity that look strikingly like structures on Earth that are known to have been created by microbes. The paper’s author, Old Dominion University geomicrobiologist Nora Noffke, has studied microbially induced sedimentary structures, or MISS, on Earth for 20 years, even finding evidence of 3.48 billion year old MISS in the Western Australia’s Dresser Formation. The outcrop on Mars is about 3.7 billion years old.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/numsq8t

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6) Cuba: Dissident says he believes two on US list are freed
Source: Billings Gazette

“The head of Cuba’s Human Rights and Reconciliation Commission says two political prisoners have been suddenly freed and he believes their liberation is part of a U.S.-Cuban deal to release 53 dissidents. Elizardo Sanchez tells The Associated Press that Diango Vargas Martin and Bianco Vargas Martin were released Wednesday without any of the judicial procedures that normally precede the liberation of those held in Cuba on politically related cases.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o47ft3k

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7) Sri Lanka: President faces fierce battle in election
Source: ABC News

“Voting started early Thursday in Sri Lanka’s presidential election, where Mahinda Rajapaksa faces a fierce political battle after a onetime ally suddenly defected from the ruling party to run against him. The November defection by former Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena turned the race, which Rajapaksa had been widely expected to easily win, into a referendum on the president and the enormous power he wields over the island nation.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzox5s4

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8) North Korean army defector kills four after crossing into China
Source: Hawaii Telegraph

“A fuming China has lodged a complaint with its ally North Korea after an alleged army defector of the secretive communist nation crossed over and killed four Chinese people in a border town, officials said. The incident on December 27 also sparked off angry Chinese media reactions that began discussing ties between Pyongyang and Beijing two closest allies in the region.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oo9hy9z

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9) Antibiotics: US discovery labelled “game-changer” for medicine
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The decades-long drought in antibiotic discovery could be over after a breakthrough by US scientists. Their novel method for growing bacteria has yielded 25 new antibiotics, with one deemed ‘very promising.’ The last new class of antibiotics to make it to clinic was discovered nearly three decades ago. The study, in the journal Nature, has been described as a ‘game-changer’ and experts believe the antibiotic haul is just the ‘tip of the iceberg.'” [editor’s note: Oh good, something else Big Pharma can oversell and doctors overprescribe … until it too becomes useless – SAT] (01/07/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-30657486

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10) Israeli study: Suicide attacks nearly doubled worldwide in 2014
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“The worldwide incidence of suicide bombings nearly doubled last year, driven largely by worsening conflict in Iraq, according to a new Israeli study. Most were carried out by Sunni Muslim militants in the Middle East, but researchers also found a significant uptick in other parts of the Muslim world, including Nigeria. The rise in attacks was driven chiefly by non-state organizations, particularly the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, amid a backdrop of weakening government and increasingly religious overtones in both fresh and ongoing conflicts. There were a total of 592 attacks last year, a 94 percent increase over 2013, according to Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/omk5tzg

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11) MO: Ferguson protesters stall opening of Senate session
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The start of Missouri’s legislative session was interrupted Wednesday by demonstrators who chanted and unfurled banners in the Senate while protesting the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who was presiding over the chamber, said demonstrators were violating Senate rules of decorum and ordered proceedings suspended while police cleared people from the visitors’ galleries. The Senate resumed after about 30 minutes, but no one was allowed to return to the visitors’ section. Protest leaders and a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Public Safety said no one was arrested.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n6cydlq

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12) No White House pressure to expand crude exports
Source: Reuters

“The White House does not feel pressure to loosen restrictions on U.S. oil exports further and views debate over the issue as resolved for now, John Podesta, a top aide to President Barack Obama, told Reuters in an interview. The drop in oil prices and the Commerce Department’s move to allow companies to ship as much as a million barrels per day of ultra-light U.S. crude to the rest of the world has taken pressure off the administration to do more.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/os4ajpo

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13) “Bitcoin Jesus” renounced his American citizenship — so now the US isn’t letting him in
Source: Business Insider

“Roger Ver, a high-profile member of the Bitcoin community who is commonly known as ‘Bitcoin Jesus,’ has been denied a US visa — despite having been born in the country. … Ver was born in the US, making him a citizen there, but he renounced his citizenship in March …. The official reasoning behind Ver’s rejection is that he doesn’t have sufficient ‘ties’ to his country of residency in the Caribbean and has not demonstrated he has ‘the ties that will compel [him] to return to your home country after your travel to the United States,’ according to a picture he tweeted of a letter that appears to be from the embassy.” [hat tip — Angela Keaton] (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ncywd6f

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14) PA: State representative wants fellow pols drug tested
Source: Fox News

“Pennsylvania lawmakers took their oath of office Tuesday, solemnly promising to uphold the U.S. and Pennsylvania constitutions. But it shouldn’t stop there, State Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester says. They should swear to something else, too: that their pee is clean. Lawrence said candidates for state-level elected office should be subject to a drug test, and is floating legislation that would require it. ‘I think that voters would be very interested in knowing,’ Lawrence said.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kog86m6

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15) Elizabeth Warren rips both GOP & Dems for courting the rich
Source: Raw Story

“Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren criticized a US economy that she says favors the wealthy, just as President Obama sets off for Michigan as part of a US tour promoting his administration’s central, and continued, role in the economic recovery. Warren on Wednesday spoke at the the National Summit on Raising Wages conference hosted by the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the US. Early on in her speech, Warren touted the work of the Obama administration in guiding the broad economic recovery, but said it is not being felt by the middle class.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l7khf8e

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16) CA: Federal judge blocks state’s foie gras ban
Source: ABC News

“Foie gras lovers in California can rejoice after a federal judge on Wednesday blocked the state’s ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson permanently blocked the state attorney general from enforcing the law that took effect two years ago, finding that the federal government’s authority to regulate foie gras and other poultry products supersedes the state’s. California barred farmers from force-feeding birds with a tube, which is how foie gras is produced. The state also banned sales of the delicacy.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/knmp7do

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17) NASA okays SpaceX plan to send astronauts to space station
Source: NBC News

“SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is one step closer to flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX has passed NASA’s ‘certification baseline review,’ which required the California-based company to outline exactly how it plans to ferry crews to and from the orbiting lab using the Dragon spacecraft and its Falcon 9 rocket under SpaceX’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with the space agency.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kcup672

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18) NH: House votes to allow concealed weapons in chamber
Source: Houston Chronicle

“State representatives may now carry concealed weapons on the floor of the House. The New Hampshire House voted 228 to 149 on Wednesday to allow the carrying of concealed guns in the House chamber. This is a return to the policy of the last Republican-led House from 2011 to 2012. Democrats repealed the policy in 2013.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mdqhalp

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19) NYC to lift ban on student cellphones in schools
Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

“Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to lift a longtime ban that prevented children from having cellphones in New York City public schools. De Blasio is set to announce the policy change Wednesday afternoon in a news conference at a Brooklyn’s High School of Telecommunications Arts and Technology. The existing rule requires cellphones and electronic devices like iPads to be left at home.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l2smdlr

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20) CO: FBI investigating explosion outside NAACP office
Source: CNN

“The FBI is investigating an explosion outside a local NAACP chapter in Colorado. The makeshift bomb, or improvised explosive device, detonated late Tuesday morning but failed to ignite a gasoline can placed alongside it. No one was injured but the incident left some in Colorado Springs shaken. … The Denver office of the FBI said it’s looking for a balding man, about 40 years old, who was seen leaving the scene in a white pickup truck with a missing or covered license plate.” (01/07/15)

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/07/us/naacp-office-explosion/

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

21) Je suis Charlie
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolf

“All the years since 9-11, I’ve scrupulously avoided and condemned the jingoistic notion that all Muslims are fanatics and terrorists. There’s a billion of them and most are pretty much like you and me. But. The strain of barbarism poisoning the Arab/Muslim world is growing more putrid by the moment. Since the slaughter at the World Trade Center, I’ve been waiting and wondering when the peaceable moderates of Islam would rise up, condemn, shun, defund, and de-legitimize the monsters among them. Well, those moderate voices have been way, way too moderate — when they’ve spoken at all. And they’ve been 100% ineffective. The savages are triumphant.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ko9wtqq

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22) Gun control and the police state
Source: Students For Liberty
by Nathan Goodman

“Gun control will not solve the problems of the racist police state and prison state. Rather, gun control laws have been one source of fuel for the fire of state violence. Expanding gun control means expanding the power of police to harass, coerce, and cage.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k3fhwjs

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23) Copyright and the Great Library at Alexandria
Source: Anarchy != Chaos
by Curt

“When considering the government granted monopoly that is Copyright, it is important to keep in mind that the original reasoning and justification used for legislating Copyright in these United States, was to create a modern Library of Alexandria. Every ship that sailed into the port city of Alexandria, Egypt, was required to give up any books, maps, and the like, that were on board to the Library in order that they be copied (if the library didn’t already have one). The books would be returned once copied, although it would be fun to know how many ships had the copies given to them instead. That was why the Library was so extensive and important. The absurdities of Copyright as it is enforced now violate every reason for having it at all.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nbcf45x

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24) Welcome back, big spenders
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“The new Republican-led Congress has barely been sworn in, yet there are already troubling signs that Republicans are slipping back into their big-spending ways.” (01/07/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/welcome-back-big-spenders

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25) Why not vote?
Source: Daily Anarchist
by Davi Barker

“The parties, even the minor parties, are playing a game, and they aren’t playing fair. None of them are interested in an authentic democratic process, and none of them take seriously the desperate need for radical change. The result is a presidential race in which the parties put forward candidates who already agree upon the the status quo on the most critical issues before the general public is even aware of the opportunity for a choice. The candidates really only differ on mostly superficial issues, so that the illusion of choice remains.” (01/06/15)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2015/01/06/why-not-vote/

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26) Edward Brooke & the Republican Party that might have been
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“The passing of former Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke III, at age 95, gave obituary writers and political commentators a rare opportunity (perhaps one of the last) to put together the words ‘liberal Republican.’ Brooke, who served as attorney general of Massachusetts before becoming the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate by a popular vote, was an epic figure in the politics of the 1960s and 1970s. With his ardent support for civil rights, faith in the ability of an active and engaged government to address economic and social challenges, and deep skepticism about the Vietnam War, he took the lead in a liberal Republican vanguard.” [editor’s note: He was the only D or R who got my vote my first time in the booth (as Hospers/Nathan got my write-in), and then again in ’78 – SAT] (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nxyku4o

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27) Let us die in peace
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Can we speak honestly about end-of-life care in America? Apparently not. In 2014, the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine hired a 21-member panel of big shots and wrote a 507-page report called ‘Dying in America,’ to state the incredibly obvious point that end-of-life care in America is completely broken. You know this already if you have had a parent or grandparent enter the system and stay there until death. You also already know the scam. It’s all about extracting the last dime first from private wealth and then from the taxpayer through government programs, until all excuses run out and the patient is finally and mercifully allowed to die.” (01/07/15)

http://fee.org/blog/detail/let-us-die-in-peace

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28) Interview: Libertarian Ed Kless on the Soul of Enterprise
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

Kless: “Our show [The Soul of Enterprise] is dedicated to the possibility that business, specifically, entrepreneurial businesses continue the work of creation and they, in a sense have a soul. This soul is often times lost as businesses lose their focus on creating value for their customers and instead focus on soul-less management techniques and processes rather than on the humans that make up both the businesses and are customers of the businesses. For example, efficiency gurus, bean counters, tend to look exclusively at the numbers and forget about the people, the souls if you will, of the business. Management practices like timesheets and annual performance reviews rob both managers and their teams of their humanity. We fight to restore this.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ld4278f

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29) The ominous Republican hold on Congress
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

“As we face the new year, the biggest concern for peace lovers is Republican control of the U.S. Senate. While Republican votes don’t reach the key number 60, members of the GOP will still be in a strong position to push their belligerent global agenda. I don’t mean to overstate the danger. After all, the Democrats were hardly better. But those who abhor war will awaken each day knowing that hawkish Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, and their ilk are in control.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p9m3olu

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30) Virginia tramples property rights
Source: Reason
by A. Barton Hinkle

“Thought experiment: What are the odds of the Virginia General Assembly passing a law that allowed private individuals to enter the headquarters of Dominion Resources over the company’s objections — so long as the individuals had a good reason to, and gave the company advance notice? The question answers itself. Yet 11 years ago, the state passed a law allowing natural-gas companies to trespass on private property ‘to make examinations, tests, land auger borings, appraisals and surveys without the written consent of the owner.’ Dominion is now using that law against scores of landowners in Nelson and Augusta counties who have rejected the company’s request for access to their property because they object to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline the company plans to build.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ljdqy9d

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31) From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson: Through an eye socket darkly
Source: In These Times
by Shannon Speed & Rosalva Aída Hernández

“In early December, forensic experts conclusively identified one of the 43 missing students in Mexico through his eye socket. This charred bone fragment belonged to 19-year old Alejandro Mora, one of the students who disappeared after being detained by local police in Guerrero, Mexico, in September. As anthropologists, we study violence in Mexico, and we learned this while gathered for our professional association meetings in Washington, D.C. The news was devastating … the story told by the members of the Mexican criminal organization Guerreros Unidos was possibly true: that police turned the students over to them, and that they tortured the students, killed them and burned the remains.” (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nx8tchd

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32) Ford tries to shut down independent repair tool with copyright
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Kit Walsh

“At EFF, we think people ought to be able to understand how their devices work and repair them without asking permission of the manufacturer. We also think independent repair companies should to be able to compete with manufacturers in the aftermarket. Simply put, you should be able to fix your stuff or choose someone you trust to do it for you. The Ford Motor Company, however, takes a different view. It recently sued Autel, a manufacturer of third-party diagnostics for automobiles, for creating a diagnostic tool that includes a list of Ford car parts and their specifications. Ford claims that it owns a copyright on this list of parts, the ‘FFData file,’ and thus can keep competitors from including it in their diagnostic tools.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/op6ssnw

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33) Voluntary exchanges vs. government mandates
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Patrick Barron

“The basic unit of all economic activity is the uncoerced, free exchange of one economic good for another. Moreover, the decision to engage in exchange is based upon the ordinally ranked subjective preferences of each party to the exchange. To achieve maximum satisfaction from the exchange, each party must have full ownership and control of the good that he wishes to exchange and may dispose of his property without interference from a third party, such as government.” (01/07/15)

http://mises.org/library/voluntary-exchange-vs-government-mandates

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34) Who has the backs of NYPD officers?
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

“There’s an ugly side among the angriest of New York’s finest. An apparent work slowdown threatens to endanger public safety. After the December shooting, police union chief Patrick Lynch declared there was ‘blood on’ the mayor’s hands. But the mayor didn’t fire the gun that killed Ramos and Liu — it was in the hands of a madman who later committed suicide. Here’s where de Blasio went wrong. Ditto the New York Times. Protesters frequently blocked traffic and transit and thus impeded the rights of New Yorkers to go to work. (Remember Rosa Parks, when the ability to go to work freely was a civil right?) Outside New York, activists torched Ferguson, Mo., and trashed businesses in ‘mostly peaceful protests.’ The ‘nonviolent’ protesters also served as enablers for the inevitable street thugs.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kp4bccz

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35) A winter wonderland of fear — cities across the US move to ban unregulated sledding
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“It’s winter in the northern hemisphere, which means that countless hordes of children and their parents are excited to engage in that timeless pursuit of youthful seasonal pleasure: sledding. Many of us who grew up in colder climates have gone sledding at least once or twice. Yes it can be dangerous at times, but so are many of the other activities young rambunctious kids partake in. That’s part of being a child. Indeed, it’s part of life in general unless you want to stay cooped up in your cubicle or home 24/7. As crazy as it may sound, many cities across the U.S. are actually moving to ban sledding within their municipalities.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ojlo8eo

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36) Enforcing Macks Creek Law: Progress in Saint Louis County
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Joseph Miller

“Last month, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued 13 cities in Saint Louis County for violating Macks Creek Law, which caps the portion of a city’s general revenue that can be derived from traffic fines to 30 percent. This action, along with a separate state audit of the municipal courts in Bella Villa, Saint Ann, Pine Lawn, and Ferguson, is a positive step toward more active enforcement of state law in Missouri.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nys9hea

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37) Meet austerity’s kissing cousin: A terrible trade deal
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“Europe is right on the edge of another downward lurch into prolonged deflation. GDP growth is hovering right around zero. Germany, as an export powerhouse, continues to thrive, but at the expense of the rest of the continent—victims of German-imposed budget austerity demands. The euro, which keeps sinking against the U.S. dollar, is now trading at just $1.20, its lowest level in four and a half years. Unemployment outside prosperous Germany remains stuck at over 12 percent. All of this weakens the political center that supports the E.U., and increases the appeal of far-right parties. ” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lj9uyd9

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38) Philadelphia freedom?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“It’s fun to watch intrusive, abusive, and exclusive government operations fail. It’s instructive to see how they react. Years ago, internationally renowned artist James Dupree purchased a large building in Philadelphia’s depressed Mantua neighborhood to renovate it not only into his studio, but into a place other artists could practice their crafts. Sadly, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) thought it should be taken from him and then transferred to a supermarket.” (01/07/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/07/philadelphia/

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39) We stand with Charlie Hebdo
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by John Kersey

“No religion should be held to be immune from critical comment or satire. Free speech is for everyone, whatever they believe. We will not be silenced.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m5vk4d7

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40) Vladimir Putin’s economic plan: Bread & vodka
Source: Reuters
by William E. Pomeranz

“President Vladimir Putin needs two years to fix Russia’s current economic mess. At least that is what he gave himself at his December end-of-year news conference. To date, Putin’s actions have concentrated on shoring up the financial sector, with bank bailouts and sporadic, largely ineffective currency interventions. Putin has offered relatively little, however, for Russia’s Main Street — just tired old proposals that he hopes will buy time until the Russian people adapt, in Putin’s words, to their new ‘fact(s) of life.’ Indeed, Putin’s economic plan can be reduced to two historical essentials — bread and vodka.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/osgn335

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41) The Rare Report, 01/07/15
Source: The Rare Report

“In this episode of The Rare Report … Tensions remain high — how should people behave toward police officers? Viva la Cuba or sanctions forever — what will the GOP congress actually do? Republicans take control of Congress does it matter?” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/or53lca

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42) David Cay Johnston’s confusion
Source: EconLog
by David Henderson

“[W]hat Johnston shows, at most, is that poverty and low income damage marriage. Even there, I’m skeptical because two people with low income who got married would, if they were both earning income, automatically create a higher-income family than either of them had. In other words, marriage is, and has been, a way to get out of poverty. But my more important point, given how common the confusion is, is that it’s important not to confuse poverty and income inequality.” (01/07/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/01/david_cay_johns_1.html

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43) Republicans govern
Source: The Cagle Post
by Steve Sack

Cartoon. (01/06/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/republicans-govern/

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44) Time to get real on jobs, wages & growth
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“There’s been a lot of economic recovery talk lately, but most people will probably tell you that things still aren’t that great. Most Americans (99 percent or so) are still struggling. Economic inequality is soaring, social mobility is declining, earnings at most income levels are stagnant or falling, and the percentage of working-age Americans who are actually working is at a record low. And yet, as Republicans take control of the Senate and consolidate their lock on the House, they’re preparing to double down on the same policies that created this mess in the first place: austerity, taxation and deregulation.” [editor’s note: And one more “progressive” tries to claim that “job growth” is about government legislation – SAT] (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohzvd5q

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45) The Grubers in the audience
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Wayland Hunter

“For a long time I’ve been thinking about Stephen Cox’s account (Liberty, November 22) of Jonathan Gruber’s now-famous remarks about how easy and necessary it is to fool the American people. Did you notice: Cox analyzed Gruber, but failed to analyze the audience that not only acquiesced in Gruber’s disgraceful performance but also, in some of the recordings, laughed along with him. Cox isn’t the only one who failed to explore the subject. No one seems willing to do it, despite the fact that you can tell a lot about a culture by the willingness of an audience to tolerate what somebody says to it.” (01/06/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1354

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46) Medicaid expansion: Texas should chart its own course
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon M Herrick

“The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) required each state to expand Medicaid eligibility to individuals and families with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level or risk losing federal funding for its entire Medicaid program. However, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that provision of Obamacare unconstitutional. As a result, Texas and other states that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility have more options to tailor the program to better meet their unique needs.” (01/07/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st363

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47) The problem with Mahmoud Abbas and his Authority
Source: CounterPunch
by Ramzy Baroud

“Certainly Abbas had numerous chances to admonish Israel in the past, cement unity among his people, use his leverage with Egypt to at least ease the siege on Gaza, devise a strategy that is centered around national liberation (not state-building of a state that doesn’t exist), end the ongoing theft of Palestinian resources by the PA itself, establish a system of accountability, and so on. Instead, he kept his faith in Washington, playing the wait-and-see game of Secretary of State John Kerry centered on a single premise: pleading with Netanyahu to change his ways and freeze settlement construction, which never happened.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kt699sy

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48) Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

“Jason Ditz, news editor for Antiwar.com, discusses the latest on the hack of Sony Pictures — which increasingly looks like an inside job, not the work of North Korean boogeymen; and why the US and Israeli governments are distressed about the Palestinian Authority’s request to join the International Criminal Court.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/05/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/01/05/10515-jason-ditz/

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49) The Freedom Report Podcast, 01/07/15
Source: The Libertarian Republic

“Today’s podcast takes a look at just why so many Republicans would prefer Clinton over a Paul or Cruz. We dissect the thinking behind big government GOPers, and analyze what it would take for the true limited government movement to gain ground, avoiding an internal civil war, as we fight the larger battle with the establishment.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/phvzufu

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50) Moral Panic 2.0: The era of progressive censorship
Source: spiked
by Jacob Mchangama

“Moral panics used to afflict those of a conservative disposition. They would typically protest displays of modern art, music and literature deemed offensive to religious feelings and traditional moral values. … But over the past couple of decades, the nature of moral panics has changed. We are now in the era of Moral Panic 2.0. It’s no longer concerned social conservatives doing the moral panicking — it’s progressive liberals.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nc6crz4

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51) ObamaCare’s effect on uninsured is trivial
Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

“The drop in uninsured is only impressive when compared to 2011, when the uninsured rate was higher than it has been since Medicare and Medicaid were launched. Although Obamacare, which was signed in 2010, did not have much of an impact in 2011, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the so-called ‘stimulus’) increased government dependency by adding over one hundred billion dollars to Medicaid spending and other subsidies to laid-off workers to pay health insurance premiums under COBRA. As with other parts of the stimulus, this failed to stimulate the economy, resulting in a dragged out recovery from the Great Recession. Look, on the other hand, at what happened in the early 1960s: A dramatic increase in coverage — to 80 percent of the population — before the institution of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.” (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k3lkjd6

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52) How is libertarian feminism different from other feminisms?
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Sharon Presley

“Some libertarians are not aware of the differences between libertarian feminism and other kinds of feminism. They even criticize libertarian feminists just for being feminist without any knowledge of what libertarian feminism or even feminism itself stands for. This essay is an attempt to clarify that confusion.” (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/obmfc6c

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53) Bad Quaker Podcast, 01/06/15
Source: Bad Quaker Dot Com

“Ben and Ki talk about everything from copypasta to slave hair to selling cigarettes.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/06/15)

http://www.badquaker.com/archives/3254

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54) Putin, businessmen, and economic crimes
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Russian businessman Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg are learning a lesson about economic crimes that American businessmen learned a long time ago. When Alexei decided to take on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the political arena, he and his brother soon became the target of a federal criminal prosecution relating to economic and financial crimes. Two weeks ago, the Navalny brothers were convicted, with Alexei receiving a suspended sentence and Oleg receiving a two-year jail sentence. They’re not the only ones. Every time a wealthy Russian businessman has risen up in opposition to Putin, he has immediately been met with a criminal prosecution for some type of economic or financial crime. American businessmen could have told their counterparts in Russia to expect this sort of thing.” (01/07/15)

http://fff.org/2015/01/07/putin-businessmen-economic-crimes/

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55) Europe’s monetary madhouse
Source: LewRockwell.com
by David Stockman

“If you want to know where the global experiment in massive money printing is heading — just take a look at the monetary madhouse in Europe. And that particular phrase has full resonance once again as it becomes more apparent by the hour that Europe and the Euro were not fixed at all. Indeed, beneath the surface of Draghi’s ‘whatever it takes’ time out, the crisis has been metastasizing into ever more virulent deformations. The coming European monetary crack-up is rooted in the fact that the ECB’s financial repression and ZIRP policies have — like everywhere else — destroyed honest price discovery in Europe’s massive sovereign debt market.” (01/07/15)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/01/david-stockman/monetary-madhouse/

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Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Mary Lou Seymour
Steve Trinward
Brad Spangler
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