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Volume XIII, Issue #3,109
Monday, January 12th, 2015
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In the News:

1) SpaceX cargo capsule reaches International Space Station; booster landing attempt fails
2) “We are Charlie”: Across France, nearly four million march to honor victims of terrorist attacks
3) Croatia: Conservative wins presidential vote by slight margin
4) Senate still four votes short of veto-proof Keystone pro-land theft/corporate welfare bill
5) North Korea says it will stop nuclear tests if South Korea and US halt military drills
6) Haiti: Martelly seeks last-minute deal with opposition
7) Donetsk People’s Republic: Shelling of substation leaves hundreds of miners trapped
8) Mali names cabinet after prime minister’s ouster
9) Venezuela, Saudi leaders meet and talk oil prices in Riyadh
10) SCOTUS to weigh new religious rights case
11) NM: Albuquerque cop kills narc during bungled $60 meth bust
12) ND: County feels Bakken boom ebb as oil falls
13) PA: Novel law prompts towns to rescind gun measures
14) China: Church-state showdown of biblical proportions
15) AZ: Lovas withdraws daylight savings time bill

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) The problem with the police
17) When guns are outlawed, Cambodia will be tits-deep in guns
18) Silk Road “mastermind” railroaded by the feds
19) March of the hypocrites
20) Push through the pain for liberty
21) Police unions don’t serve the people
22) Obama’s raisin robbery
23) Bad Quaker Podcast, 01/11/15
24) Major central banks set to go their own way
25) The new music marketplace
26) Some more thoughts on “free” community college
27) Obama’s free community college plan could hurt more than help
28) Education and the “progressive” corporate state
29) Additional conservative hypocrisy on the Cuban embargo
30) Charlie Hebdo TV pundits
31) Christie/Jones bromance: Violation of ethics laws?
32) Islam and Europe’s false debate: Denial vs. xenophobia
33) Identity politics as an individualist project
34) Why economists get it wrong
35) Dear Boston: Say hell no to the Olympic Games
36) Subsidy for everybody!
37) Heartland Daily Podcast, 01/09/15
38) The unmentioned
39) Dark side of jobs report: Shrinking workforce, stagnant wages
40) Thoughts on the latest Rams press conference
41) Don’t starve Palestinian Authority, replace it with a real state
42) Free speech and, not free speech but
43) So how does this work then?
44) When seconds count …
45) What if Charlie Hebdo had been published in Britain?
46) The importance of free speech to human progress
47) Internet access is a service, not a human right
48) Uber and basic economics
49) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 01/09/15
50) On revolutionary consciousness
51) A friend says: “I am not Charlie Hebdo,” part 1
52) In memory of the Charlie Hebdo victims
53) Obama to promote little schools that can’t?
54) Consumers deserve protection against the scourge of DRM — will the UN help?
55) Islamic terrorism, Ron Paul, and the problem with non-interventionists
56) These crimes “will never be purged away, but with blood”
57) In solidarity with a free press: Some more blasphemous cartoons
58) Charlie Hebdo: On “hate crimes” and blaming the victim
59) If Paris killers had western media on their side
60) Book review: Understanding James Madison’s Notes on Nullification

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

1) SpaceX cargo capsule reaches International Space Station; booster landing attempt fails
Source: Reuters

“A SpaceX Dragon capsule wrapped up a two-day journey to the International Space Station on Monday, the first U.S. cargo run to the orbital outpost in four months, a NASA TV broadcast showed. … The booster successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday. After sending the Dragon cargo ship on its way to orbit, the discarded rocket turned around and attempted to land itself on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean located northeast of the launch site. The 14-story tall rocket ran out of hydraulic fluid to maneuver its steering fins and crashed, but managed to hit the 300-by-100 foot (91-by-30 meter) platform, bolstering confidence in the company’s long-term goal to land and reuse its rockets.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/la5s33x

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2) “We are Charlie”: Across France, nearly four million march to honor victims of terrorist attacks
Source: Fox News

“At least 3.7 million people including more than 40 world leaders are marching throughout France on Sunday in a rally of national unity to honor the 17 victims of a three-day terror spree that took place around the French capital. The French Interior Ministry said the rally for unity against terrorism is the largest demonstration in France’s history, more than the numbers who took to Paris streets when the Allies liberated the city from the Nazis in World War II. The ministry said between 1.2 million and 1.6 million marched the Paris streets. But it said a precise account is impossible given the enormity of the turnout in the capital.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pwkybyc

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3) Croatia: Conservative wins presidential vote by slight margin
Source: Altoona Mirror

“A conservative populist become Croatia’s first female president Sunday after beating the center-left incumbent in a runoff election amid deep discontent over economic woes in the European Union’s newest member. The state electoral commission said that after about 97 percent of the vote counted, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic won 50.54 of the vote Sunday, while President Ivo Josipovic had 49.46 percent.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mke4cs2

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4) Senate still four votes short of veto-proof Keystone pro-land theft/corporate welfare bill
Source: Fox News

“The Senate still needs four votes to pass veto-proof legislation to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Sen. John Hoeven, who sponsored the legislation, said Sunday. Hoeven [R-ND] told Fox News Sunday the GOP-controlled Senate remains shy of the 67 votes needed to override a presidential veto. All of the chamber’s 54 Republicans and nine Democrats are expected to support the legislation, which needs a two-thirds majority to override a veto. ‘But we’re going to the floor with an open amendment process, trying to foster more bipartisanship,’ Hoeven said. He also suggested Senate Republicans might attach the bill to other legislation that would get 67 votes.” [editor’s note: Wheels within wheels, none spinning for very good reasons (Q: A bill in veto-override must be the one vetoed, so at least they can’t load it up at that point?) – SAT] (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m5t8hlx

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5) North Korea says it will stop nuclear tests if South Korea and US halt military drills
Source: San Jose Sun

“North Korea has said it will suspend its nuclear tests if the United States cancels its annual military drills with South Korea, but the offer was quickly rejected. Through its official KCNA news agency, North Korea called on Washington to ‘contribute to easing tension on the Korean peninsula’ by temporarily halting the military exercises in South Korea ‘and its vicinity’.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oqystqw

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6) Haiti: Martelly seeks last-minute deal with opposition
Source: ABC

“Haiti’s leader and opposition lawmakers are locked in negotiations, trying to forge a last-minute deal to resolve a standoff stalling elections in the troubled country. President Michel Martelly and opposition officials have been embroiled in a showdown over legislative elections due in 2011. On Sunday, they again met behind closed doors at a Port-au-Prince hotel trying to end the impasse a day before Parliament is dissolved.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kwsznzr

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7) Donetsk People’s Republic: Shelling of substation leaves hundreds of miners trapped
Source: Tuscaloosa Times

“Nearly 400 … miners were trapped in a coal pit that lost power when shell hit a regional electric substation on Sunday according to [Donetsk People’s Republic] reports. A news site affiliated with the [Donetsk People’s Republic] said the accident occurred in Donetsk city’s vast Zasyadko coal mine, which has been left crippled by the loss of power.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q4lcmc5

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8) Mali names cabinet after prime minister’s ouster
Source: Idaho Press-Tribune

“Mali has named a new government three days after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita replaced his prime minister for a second time. Modibo Keita, one of the country’s top negotiators who is of no relation to the president, was appointed prime minister on Thursday, replacing Moussa Mara. The new 29-member government announced late Saturday features eight new ministers, including a member of the Tuareg ethnic group as environment minister and a new finance minister.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mgm73p7

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9) Venezuela, Saudi leaders meet and talk oil prices in Riyadh
Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

“Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro met Sunday with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman, a day after talks with Iran’s supreme leader focused on the slump in global oil prices. The official Saudi Press Agency reported that the leaders discussed areas of cooperation between the two OPEC-member countries and ways to promote bilateral ties.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m2nluqa

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10) SCOTUS to weigh new religious rights case
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will take up a new religious rights case when it considers whether a town in Arizona discriminated against a local church by forcing it to remove signs notifying the public of its worship services. The nine justices are set to hear a one-hour argument in an appeal filed by the Good News Community Church, which objected to its treatment by town officials in Gilbert, Arizona. The church says its free speech rights, protected by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, were violated.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ov8b3eb

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11) NM: Albuquerque cop kills narc during bungled $60 meth bust
Source: Raw Story

“An undercover narcotics officer nearly died on Friday after he was shot by an Albuquerque police officer during a drug bust over $60 of methamphetamine. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Police Chief Gorden Eden announced on Saturday that the undercover officer was in critical condition. However, Eden did not name any of the officers who were involved in the shooting. A criminal complaint identified detectives Holly Garcia and Jacob Grant as two undercover officers who were assigned to the case. The complaint said that Garcia had attempted to buy $60 worth of meth ‘shards’ from Damien Bailey. Garcia reportedly drove with two suspects to an Econo Lodge, where she purchased the meth.” [editor’s note: Sixty bucks in “meth shards;” shoot first & question later; drug-war chickens roosting – SAT] (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mvbzoee

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12) ND: County feels Bakken boom ebb as oil falls
Source: Reuters

“Just over a decade ago, this sleepy farming community on the fringe of North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation hosted the state’s first horizontal oil well to be hydraulically fractured, or fracked, helping set in motion an economic revolution that shook the world. Today, Divide County may be another vanguard for the state, this time ominous, as the first to feel the full effect of a collapse in prices that has lopped more than 50 percent off the price of oil since the summer.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qcwvk2b

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13) PA: Novel law prompts towns to rescind gun measures
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Barely a week after taking effect, a novel state law that makes it easier for gun-rights groups to challenge local firearms measures in court is already sparking change: Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania municipalities have agreed to get rid of their potentially problematic ordinances rather than face litigation. Joshua Prince, an attorney for four pro-gun groups and several residents, cited the new law in putting nearly 100 Pennsylvania municipalities on notice that they would face legal action unless they rescinded their firearms laws. At least 22 of those municipalities have already repealed them, or indicated they planned to do so, according to Prince, who specializes in firearms law and is based in southeastern Pennsylvania.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pphefw6

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14) China: Church-state showdown of biblical proportions
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“There’s nothing secret about Chongyi Church, one of the largest in China. Its lighted steeple and giant cross penetrate the night sky of Hangzhou, the capital of coastal Zhejiang Province. Nearly everything at the church is conspicuously open: the front gate, the front door, the sanctuary, the people, the clergy. Chinese or not, you are welcome seven days a week. No layers of security guards or police exist. Walk right in. Join up. People are nice; they give you water, chat. Do you have spiritual needs? Visit their offices, 9 to 5.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pbuju5e

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15) AZ: Lovas withdraws daylight savings time bill
Source: USA Today

“An Arizona lawmaker has withdrawn a bill that would have put the state on daylight saving time. Rep. Phil Lovas, a Republican from Peoria, said that he decided not to move forward on House Bill 2014 after receiving feedback from the community, according to a statement released Sunday.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m3bvsbs

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

16) The problem with the police
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“When I was a young reserve officer in the wild and wooly early 1970s, more cops were injured or killed in California alone than in the entire nation now. That fact sparked many changes in policy, including choice of weapons, from revolver to semiautomatic, the design of holsters, and the angle at which the car should be parked during a routine traffic stop. All that was in the 60s, and, for a while, the police did acquire a more human face. But then, something went wrong. Several things went really wrong, and it left us stuck in the mess we’re in today.” (01/11/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle804-20150111-02.html

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17) When guns are outlawed, Cambodia will be tits-deep in guns
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Four hundred homemade guns, 24 crossbows, and 360 ‘electro-fishing’ kits were put to the torch on Tuesday by police in Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province, reports The Phnom Penh Post. The weapons were mostly voluntarily turned over for destruction as part of ‘efforts to reduce crimes such as robbery, illegal hunting and illegal fishing,’ according to the local top cop. That’s pretty interesting, considering that civilian ownership of firearms has been illegal in Cambodia since 1999. Apparently, the memo is taking a while to make the rounds. Then again, maybe the memo did make the rounds, and is being used as wadding in hand-loaded shotgun shells.” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/md6byyg

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18) Silk Road “mastermind” railroaded by the feds
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“As of today, according to the Ross Ulbricht Legal Defense Fund, the perpetually delayed and rescheduled trial of Ross Ulbricht, former academic honors student at the Nanotech Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas will begin Tuesday, January 13 in New York City. … Activists at the Jury Rights Project see this trial as a perfect opportunity to both support Ulbricht and to educate the public about jury nullification. They’ve installed at least six Jury Nullification posters on phone kiosks ringing the courthouse in Manhattan where the trial is taking place and plan to distribute jury rights pamphlets throughout the month of January.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mtsxoal

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19) March of the hypocrites
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The Islamic State has been trying to provoke a major military response from the Western powers for months now, executing American journalists and aid workers and posting videos of the executions on the Internet, but so far the US has reacted with caution. So they resorted to attacking the West on its own soil, and now the chorus of voices calling for an all-out invasion of Syria will become deafening, drowning out all reason.” (01/12/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/01/11/march-of-the-hypocrites/

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20) Push through the pain for liberty
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“There is a balance to life. I love when my son comes to visit, even though it means I’ll feel sadness when he has to head home again. The joy of his presence is worth the pain of his departure. All of life is a trade-off like this. Don’t allow your desire to avoid pain or sadness rob you of opportunities for joy. A free society would also bring some pain, but just like a short visit from a loved one, the pain would be worth the gains.” (01/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mxml3v3

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21) Police unions don’t serve the people
Source: The Nation
by Michelle Chen

“Gotham’s thin blue wall is fracturing from all sides. In recent months, New York City has been rocked first by protests over police brutality, then by harsh tensions in the wake of two police slayings, and now an apparent unofficial ‘job action’ by the police. Despite denial from union brass, there has been a steep drop in police activity, summonses down roughly 90 percent and more serious arrests declining by over 50 percent, compared to the previous year. If this is indeed a coordinated rulebook labor action, it may prove oddly popular with the public: as long as their everyday lives aren’t too disrupted, some people may feel relieved by fewer encounters with law enforcement and ‘quality of life’ penalties.” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/jwblzu3

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22) Obama’s raisin robbery
Source: Washington Times
by James Bovard

“The Obama administration is once again championing Uncle Sam’s sacred right to seize farmers’ harvests. After being trounced on procedural grounds at the Supreme Court in 2013, the Justice Department wants the Supremes to uphold a recent appeals court decision that raisin confiscations are no violation of property rights. However, the Obama administration is misleading the court on whether raisin producers still support the oppressive regime.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m28s2qe

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23) Bad Quaker Podcast, 01/11/15
Source: Bad Quaker Dot Com

“Ben Stone talks with George Donnelly and Jim Babb about jury nullification and activism.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/11/15)

http://www.badquaker.com/archives/3258

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24) Major central banks set to go their own way
Source: Reuters
by Jonathan Spicer

“The world’s major central banks have long followed the same general flight path, guided by the economic winds of growth, inflation and financial markets. It has worked pretty well for policymakers in the United States, Europe, Japan, and the United Kingdom: moving together to tighten or loosen monetary policy makes things more predictable for citizens, businesses and investors. It also serves as buffer to any volatile currency movements, at least among developed economies. But six years after the worst recession in decades, this could be the year central bankers split off and, with some risk, go their own way.” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/km2t8ba

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25) The new music marketplace
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Benjamin M Wiegold

“In the end, the listeners are in control, so rather than view these innovations as detrimental to the state of music, it should be recognized that this is what people want, after all, as evidenced by their purchasing and streaming trends. People don’t want to waste their time scouring through music trying to find artists they enjoy; they want their favorite music brought straight to them, which is exactly what is being done.” (01/09/15)

http://mises.org/library/new-music-marketplace

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26) Some more thoughts on “free” community college
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“[W]hen you look at state/taxpayer subsidies to education, it may actually be cheaper to tell a student ‘if you go to community college and maintain a 2.5 GPA, you don’t have to pay anything’ than to tell a student ‘come to this public university and shell out big bucks — but not nearly big enough bucks to even come close to covering what we’re spending.’ Then again, it may be a wash.” (01/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nf3hrls

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27) Obama’s free community college plan could hurt more than help
Source: Fox News Forum
by Judah Bellin

“President Obama’s plan, announced Friday, to make community college free for promising students, will be seen by some as a game-changer. As the president noted in his speech, his proposal — ‘America’s College Promise’ — is based on Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program, which offers free tuition to students attending two years of community or technical college. While the president’s plan will certainly make community college accessible to many more students, it is also far from clear that such students will benefit. … A better idea: rather than force schools to follow top-down commands, reward successful schools instead by making eligibility for federal funding contingent on satisfactory completion and employment outcomes.” [editor’s note: As with ACA, govt program … ignore real problem … subsidize “outliers” – SAT] (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lrqhnh3

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28) Education and the “progressive” corporate state
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Speaking in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 9 US president Barack Obama unveiled an initiative to provide two years of community college tuition-free, nationwide, to anyone meeting attendance and grade requirements. The idea, inspired by a similar program in Tennessee, aims to make two years of college as universal as high school is now. Obama’s proposal is in keeping, in more ways than one, with traditions going back to the origins of the American corporate state 150 years ago. Since the mid-19th century, a few hundred large industrial corporations and banks have dominated the American economy. And the American state, functionally, has been closely intertwined with the interests of those corporations.” (01/10/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/34917

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29) Additional conservative hypocrisy on the Cuban embargo
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“[G]iven that conservatives ostensibly oppose the communist system in Cuba, I’m going to just assume that they also oppose the surveillance schemes that are inherent to communist regimes. Yet, here we have the spectacle of conservatives (presumably) condemning governmental surveillance of people in Cuba (and North Korea, Vietnam, China, and other communist regimes) while effusively praising and glorifying it as part of America’s national-security state way of life. When I visited Cuba several years ago, Cubans I spoke with pointed out to me that each block has a designated watch person, whose job is to report suspicious activity to the authorities. Doesn’t that remind you of the U.S. government’s exhortations to the American people to keep a watchful eye out for suspicious behavior and to immediately report it to the authorities?” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pbl6pqk

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30) Charlie Hebdo TV pundits
Source: The Cagle Post
by Daryl Cagle

Cartoon. (01/09/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-tv-pundits-2/

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31) Christie/Jones bromance: Violation of ethics laws?
Source: In These Times
by David Sirota

“Gov. Chris Christie’s appearances at professional football games to cheer on his beloved Dallas Cowboys have led to questions about why his favorite team isn’t a New Jersey local like the Jets, Giants or Eagles. But Christie’s bromance with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones raises an even thornier question: When Christie received free owners’ box seats for recent Cowboys games, was he complying with New Jersey’s tough ethics rules banning gifts and favors to public officials? New Jersey’s executive branch ethics rules warn state officials that there’s ‘a zero tolerance policy for acceptance of gifts offered to you … that are related in any way to your official duties.'”

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17510/chris_christie_jerry_jones

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32) Islam and Europe’s false debate: Denial vs. xenophobia
Source: The Skeptical Libertarian
by Daniel Bier

“Other than buying into the concept of ‘liberal Islamophobia,’ and seemingly sweeping all of Islam’s illiberal problems into the same pile as terrorism, I think Mounk is basically on target here. There really is a serious incompatibility between liberal Enlightenment values and traditional Islamic doctrines, which the left seems a priori committed to denying, while at the same time, the fascist right in Europe has seized on such concerns to advance xenophobic and isolationist agendas. Islam, like Christianity before it, must find someway of squaring its religious dogmas with the rules of liberal society.” (01/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odq23r7

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33) Identity politics as an individualist project
Source: Students For Liberty
by Wade Craig

“In my opinion, it is wrong of libertarians to reject identity politics. The most common reasons libertarians give for doing so boil down to two claims: it is a statist project, and/or it is a collectivist project. Neither is the case, and both are, in fact, the opposite of the truth. To be a true individualist with a robust dedication to fighting the use of individuals against their will, one must be a libertarian and one must engage in identity politics.” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ovyeg79

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34) Why economists get it wrong
Source: The Canal
by Adrian Ravier

“The media, and public debate, are currently home to many complaints that economists are failing to make accurate macroeconomic predictions. The critique goes beyond doubts about the art of prediction, often also attacking the scientific character of economics. For economics is a science, and perhaps one of the most complex there is.” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oajqzx5

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35) Dear Boston: Say hell no to the Olympic Games
Source: The Nation
by Dave Zirin

“Good people of Boston: We’ve had our issues in the past, mainly over the way Larry Bird repeatedly ripped out my heart as a small child. But there are bigger issues at stake that will determine the future of who gets to live in your city and who gets further pushed to the margins. Many are saying ‘Congratulations’ to you right now over being chosen as the US Olympic Committee’s city of choice to land the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Don’t be grateful. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Then take that fear and channel it into raising hell. Hosting the Olympics is a bit like getting hit by a car. The question is not whether the experience was positive or negative. It is only about assessing the scale of the damage.” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/moo5o4v

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36) Subsidy for everybody!
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“According to Vice President Joe Biden, the debate is over. Health care, by which he means medical assistance, is a basic right — to be obtained through government, and made effective by the Affordable Care Act — not a ‘privilege.’ By ‘right’ he means ‘something others are forced to provide,’ in this case by taxes, regulations, and the full panoply of U.S. law. Today’s ‘liberals’ like to use the word ‘privilege’ to mean anything obtained without direct government assistance. And therein lies a huge problem.” (01/09/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/09/subsidy/

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37) Heartland Daily Podcast, 01/09/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“Paul Molloy of Freedom Works — The Paul Molloy Show on Tantalk1340 in Florida — interviewed School Reform News Managing Editor Heather Kays. Molloy and Kays discuss possible presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s defense of Common Core and the many problems related to the Common Core standards. Kays addresses criticism against politicians who have changed their minds regarding the standards.” [Flash video] (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kkzpzcl

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38) The unmentioned
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“Watching as much of the news and reading as many of the commentaries as I can manage, one thing stands out as a question not being asked, a topic not being mentioned almost anywhere. The people targeted by the terrorists were not armed … none of them. They had zero effective ways to participate in their own defense. They were sitting ducks, conditioned to believe that the police would or could protect them and that they would be wrong to even wish for other options. The question of the motives of the attackers, their religion or any of the rest of it seems distinctly secondary to this vital issue.” (01/09/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6682

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39) Dark side of jobs report: Shrinking workforce, stagnant wages
Source: Our Future
by Dean Baker

“The unemployment rate edged down to 5.6 percent in December from 5.7 percent in November (revised from an earlier reported 5.8 percent), the Labor Department reported today. However, the main reason was that 273,000 workers reportedly left the labor force. The employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) was unchanged at 59.2 percent, roughly 4.0 percentage points below the pre-recession level. The establishment survey showed the economy adding 252,000 jobs in December. With upward revisions to the prior two months’ data, this brings the three-month average to 289,000.” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kwntwjb

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40) Thoughts on the latest Rams press conference
Source: Show-Me Daily
by Michael Rathbone

“After listening to the press conference and going over some of the points raised here, I have my misgivings about this project. First, I would like to know specifically where the money is coming from to pay for this new stadium. During the press conference, Peacock said that the sources of public financing would not be ascertained until there was a commitment from the NFL and from the Rams on moving forward with this project. Second, the $860-$985 million price tag would only be for the new stadium. Additional money (it wasn’t said how much) would be needed to upgrade the current Dome so it will be a full-time convention center. How are we going to pay for that as well? My biggest misgiving is the fact that we will be publicly subsidizing this thing at all. Kroenke’s proposal in Los Angeles would be completely privately financed. Why should the public put up money when Kroenke can afford to pay for the costs himself?” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mlzf9c5

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41) Don’t starve Palestinian Authority, replace it with a real state
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“The quick storyline is this: The president of Israel has just bashed the prime minister of Israel, which should create a dilemma in Washington — but only if someone is paying attention. President Reuven Rivlin was speaking this week at a briefing for several dozen Israeli ambassadors to European countries (the kind of officially closed session from which leaks are certain, with important comments intended for the media). Three days before, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had retaliated for the Palestinian decision to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) by freezing the monthly transfer of taxes that Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Rivlin said this wasn’t smart, and wasn’t good for Israel.” [editor’s note: Classic “progressive” nostrum, with no clue about the possibility of anything but more statism & tyranny – SAT] (01/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mas5ef8

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42) Free speech and, not free speech but
Source: Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau

“Prior to yesterday I knew nothing about Charlie Hebdo. If, two days ago, somebody had said that the publication’s cartoons are dumb, ill-considered, insensitive, etc., I would have either c0nsidered the criticism on its merits or (depending on what was said) dismissed it as pandering to the hypersensitive (because I’m not one to give much weight to the most fragile feelings in the room). Today, if you feel that the most important point to discuss at this moment is how dumb/ill-considered/insensitive/etc. the publication is, I’m going to critique your critique and say that you are missing the goddamn boat right now. Yes, you have the absolute right to focus your criticism on the publication, you have the right to say that they should not have offended people, but I have the right to say that you’re being dumb.” (01/08/15)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2015/01/08/18318

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43) So how does this work then?
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“It doesn’t get any less confusing on consideration, does it? The retail price of milk is lower, given the supermarket subsidy to it, leading to higher consumption, while the producer price is ‘guaranteed’ to be above production costs. And this is going to devastate the industry? We don’t think it is us getting confused here. Of course, the real background to this is that, as has been happening for the past couple of centuries as farming techniques improve, milk has been getting cheaper and cheaper to produce. And as has been happening over that time the higher cost producers have been pushed out of the market by the lower cost ones. This is, after all, the universe’s way of telling you to go do something else, when the price of what you produce is lower than the cost of producing it.” (01/11/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/economics/so-how-does-this-work-then/

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44) When seconds count …
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley

“The Police are just minutes away, just minutes away. How long have we been told by people control via gun control politicians and advocates that firearms owned by private citizen/subjects make U.S. ‘less civilized’ less ‘safe’ as a country? It seems to me that such statements usually come from people with a plethora of body guards. Either paid for with our tax dollars or their own fine salaries often earned by the movies they make. Paid for by us, the great unwashed masses.” (01/11/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=577

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45) What if Charlie Hebdo had been published in Britain?
Source: spiked
by unattributed

“It would have been crushed. Here’s how.” (01/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l6jtxyq

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46) The importance of free speech to human progress
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Iain Murray

“The massacre of 12 cartoonists and journalists at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris this week should remind us to ask: Why is free speech so important? It is more than an inalienable individual right; it is fundamental to human progress. That is why it is one of the most important institutions of liberty.” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kfdxh7u

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47) Internet access is a service, not a human right
Source: ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

“The Net Neutrality scam has reared its ugly head once again, as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler moves to reclassify the Internet as a public utility. The move has the backing of President Obama, and Congress appears set to put forth their own proposals. Surprisingly enough, you sometimes hear libertarians supporting the move, even though it will raise taxes, and hand greater control of the Internet over to the Federal Government.” (01/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ozs3vux

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48) Uber and basic economics
Source: Mises Canada
by James E Miller

“Last year, the car-sharing service Uber had the privilege of being a prime target of the capitalist-loathing left. Not only did the company challenge traditional barriers to entry established by government-friendly cartels, but it earned the distrust of the mainstream press. Much of this antagonism was driven by an off-the-cuff, undignified remark made by senior executive Emil Michael at a dinner in which he suggested the company dig up unseemly personal details about reporters. Michael later apologized for the remarks, and admitted he didn’t know the conversation would be on the record. The comments, scandalous and improper as they are, were not without sympathy. The press shamelessly made sure that Uber had a rough 2014.” (01/08/15)

http://mises.ca/posts/blog/uber-and-basic-economics/

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49) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 01/09/15
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: AMA answers (bicycle safety equipment and congressional leadership prerogatives); Charlie Hebdo, free speech, etc.; “free” community college; lunch with Eric Dondero.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nghnpak

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50) On revolutionary consciousness
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Keith Preston

“Revolutionary consciousness is not about individual self-gratification. Rather, it is about the contribution of the individual to the wider struggle. That’s not to say that there cannot be individual motivations for participating in revolutionary struggle. Some people join revolutionary efforts in order to purse achievements as a writer, intellectual, orator, leader, organizer, guerrilla fighter, historical figure, etc. But such individual achievements are not the purpose of revolutionary struggle. They are only its by-product.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7ru5gn

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51) A friend says: “I am not Charlie Hebdo,” part 1
Source: Living Freedom
by anonymous

“The killing was carefully planned, methodical and precise. The killers knew the habits and schedule of their victims. Their choice of weapons, uniforms, and their cold-blooded efficiency strongly suggested military action. The victims were guilty of offensive speech. … Unwilling or unable to debate, to respond to free speech with more speech, the decision was made to murder those who had given offense. … The executions proceeded as planned. The offending speaker was silenced, along with an editor and others. The executions did not take place on a battlefield. The victims had no chance to defend themselves, no real warning that today was the day they would die. No court of law sanctioned the killings; the executioners acted on their own, flagrantly flaunting both law and civil society. On September 30, 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen by birth, was murdered for his fiery sermons. Another American citizen, Samir Khan, a magazine editor, died with him. … It hasn’t been two weeks since the French murders, so we don’t know yet if any of the children of the slain will also be killed. Two weeks after al-Awlaki’s death, the U.S. killed his 16-year old son with a missile as he sat in an open air cafe.” (01/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/me5qsrc

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52) In memory of the Charlie Hebdo victims
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

“Words can hardly convey the grief and disgust felt at Wednesday’s executions of the editor, cartoonists, and others — 10 people in all — at France’s satirical weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo. Two policemen also were killed, and 11 other people were wounded by the three fanatics who reportedly declared they were avenging the prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam. Nothing can justify attacks on people whose only offense lay in their use of words and drawings to mock religion and politics” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nbjub35

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53) Obama to promote little schools that can’t?
Source: Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey

“Today, depending on when this is posted, President Obama either will have delivered a speech, or is about to, extolling the virtues of community colleges. The talk is expected to be a preview of the upcoming State of the Union address, in which Obama has promoted community colleges — the little schools that can — before. Or are they really the little schools that can’t? All signs, alas, point to the latter. By a lot.” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfhbq62

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54) Consumers deserve protection against the scourge of DRM — will the UN help?
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm

“Normally when you buy a product that has a hidden defect, consumer protection law in your state or country comes to the rescue. For example, if you purchase a product — say, a book — it comes with an implicit promise that it will be fit for the ordinary purposes that books are used for, such as allowing you to read it, quote from it, lend it to others, summarize it on your blog, and donate or recycle it when you’re done. If the book can’t be used in these common-sense ways, and you weren’t warned about that before handing over your money, consumer protection laws will generally give you the right to a remedy such as a refund of what you paid. There is no reason why digital products such as e-books should be treated any differently than physical products such as paper books in this regard. Yet in practice, they too often are, and the blame falls on DRM.” (0/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mkxy8xj

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55) Islamic terrorism, Ron Paul, and the problem with non-interventionists
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Austin Petersen

“Yesterday, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity posted a story where Paul attempted to paint the murders of French cartoonists as a form of blowback for French interventionism. As a friend of mine said, If Dr. Paul thinks that French foreign policy is too aggressive, then it’s clear that no level of passivity would meet his standards.” (01/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8uflzh

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56) These crimes “will never be purged away, but with blood”
Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

“I claim no special connection to the mind of God, to speak in the mob’s terms. But I know this: it is obscene that the Hebdo murders should be singled out for an orgy of spluttering condemnation and outrage when the West, led by the monstrous U.S. Government with able support from most European nations, routinely murders more innocents in a single day (and, often, in less than a single day) than were murdered in Paris. The United States commits its murders across the globe — from Afghanistan, to Iraq, to Syria, to Libya, on through other countries in Africa, and Asia, and in every corner of the world. England and, yes, France, and other countries provide significant aid in this unending campaign of terror.” (01/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mue3qgn

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57) In solidarity with a free press: Some more blasphemous cartoons
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“One defends the right to express repellent ideas while being able to condemn the idea itself. There is no remote contradiction in that: the ACLU vigorously defends the right of neo-Nazis to march through a community filled with Holocaust survivors in Skokie, Illinois, but does not join the march; they instead vocally condemn the targeted ideas as grotesque while defending the right to express them. But this week’s defense of free speech rights was so spirited that it gave rise to a brand new principle: to defend free speech, one not only defends the right to disseminate the speech, but embraces the content of the speech itself. Numerous writers thus demanded: to show ‘solidarity’ with the murdered cartoonists, one should not merely condemn the attacks and defend the right of the cartoonists to publish, but should publish and even celebrate those cartoons.” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l3qsdml

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58) Charlie Hebdo: On “hate crimes” and blaming the victim
Source: The Libertarian Standard
by Brian Martinez

“This is one of America’s most prolific writers and a recipient of numerous literary awards, someone who has not shied away from controversial subjects herself, and she believes it’s possible that writing or pictures could be considered a ‘hate crime.’ [Joyce Carol] Oates is not alone in this sentiment; one-third of Americans, and over half who identify as Democrats, favor hate crime legislation, including some forms of speech. Let’s back up for a minute and consider the concept of a ‘hate crime.’ This is a product of a politically-correct social climate which seeks to expunge unpopular thought by attributing to it the magical power of violating other people’s rights, which, for the purposes of so-called hate speech, must include the right not to be offended.” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pzjcd69

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59) If Paris killers had western media on their side
Source: CounterPunch
by David Swanson

“Some killings are reported on in a slightly different manner from how the Charlie Hebdo killings have been. Rewriting a drone killing as a gun killing (changing just a few words) would produce something like this: Freedom Fighters Gun Strike in Europe Is Said to Have Killed 12 Militants.” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qda9yud

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60) Book review: Understanding James Madison’s Notes on Nullification
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“When opponents of nullification fail to associate it with slavery and segregation, they turn to taking quotes of its proponents out of context, such as claiming Madison later opposed it in his famous Notes on Nullification. They’re wrong. Far from being an opponent of nullification, James Madison only opposed a specific proposal for nullification. And even while denouncing that proposal, he continued to advocate nullification as a right that no one would disagree with, when used in response to ‘insupportable oppression.’ Michael Maharrey, communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center, clears up the ambiguity in his short handbook Smashing Myths: Understanding Madison’s Notes on Nullification.EO” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o8lm74g

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