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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
The Freedom Movement’s Daily Newspaper

Volume XIII, Issue #3,118
Friday, January 23rd, 2015
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In the News:

1) US political prisoner Barrett Brown sentenced to five years
2) Yemen: President, cabinet resign
3) Experimental Ebola vaccine shipped to Liberia
4) Thailand: Former PM impeached, faces indictment over rice subsidy program
5) Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah dies at 90
6) DOJ fake Facebook page costs them [sic] $134,000
7) Republicans drop abortion vote after revolt by female House members
8) Report: Warren to file bill targeting top drug companies
9) US Senate sets final vote on Keystone land theft / corporate welfare boondoggle for next week
10) Venezuela’s Maduro to citizens: “God will provide”
11) Report: US airlines expect big fuel savings, but steady fares
12) Scientists warn: World moving closer to “doomsday”
13) Japan faces deadline to free Islamic State hostages
14) Kim Dotcom’s Mega launches Skype competitor MegaChat
15) WA: Idiot pol proposes increasing smoking age to 21
16) Donetsk People’s Republic: Ukrainian invaders retreat from airport; shelling kills 13
17) Somalia: Three killed in large suicide blast at Mogadishu hotel
18) MA: Difficulty of jury tampering delays opening statements in Tsarnaev show trial
19) CO: Baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake
20) NY: Assembly speaker Silver arrested on public corruption charges

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The Great Iran Debate
22) America’s growth industry: Probation and parole
23) Visions of progress: Henry George vs. Jane Jacobs
24) The troops are destroying our country
25) You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
26) No body counts? Don’t believe US military
27) Two-thirds to raise taxes
28) Level the playing field for Uber and taxi companies through deregulation
29) When liberals were organized
30) Ron Paul’s State of Liberty 2015
31) Environmental groups denounce fast track trade process
32) Obama croons, “I did it my way”
33) Fox vs. facts
34) The urgent necessity of a Syriza victory in Greece
35) Necks and nostrils: The murderous folly of the new Cold War
36) Fight for the right to die
37) Republicans still as extreme on abortion as ever
38) A university built by the invisible hand
39) EFF statement on Barrett Brown sentencing
40) Obama’s class warfare
41) The modality of monogamy
42) No US weapons for countries with child soldiers (oh, you have a waiver?)
43) Freedom of speech? Boston mayor bans bad mouthing of Olympics, as Facebook will filter out “fake news”
44) NCPA fact checks Obama’s health policy address during SOTU
45) In the era of high-tech law enforcement, who will keep our privacy safe?
46) Yes, worker pay does reflect worker productivity
47) Gareth Porter on The Scott Horton Show
48) Waiting for Chilcot
49) Heartland Daily Podcast, 01/19/15
50) Brilliant and troubling
51) The dire state of our nation (what you won’t hear from the politicians)
52) The state of THE STATE
53) Dirty Harry goes to Iraq
54) Two kinds of income inequality
55) West Virginia bill would block unconstitutional National Guard deployments

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

1) US political prisoner Barrett Brown sentenced to five years
Source: Time

“An American journalist loosely affiliated with the Anonymous hacking collective was sentenced to 63 months in jail by a Dallas federal judge on Thursday for linking to hacked data from private global intelligence firm Stratfor in 2011. Barrett Brown, 33, initially faced a sentence of over 100 years until he pled guilty last year to three reduced charges of obstructing a police search, issuing online threats and involving himself in the sharing of Stratfor data, reports the BBC.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mrdcoy3

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2) Yemen: President, cabinet resign
Source: CNN

“Yemen’s President resigned Thursday night shortly after his Prime Minister and the Cabinet stepped down — seismic changes in the country’s political scene that come just one day after the government and Houthi rebels struck a tentative peace deal meant to end days of turmoil. The resignations of Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and other officials are the latest fallout from the Houthis’ move in recent days to gain power in the capital, which included kidnapping Hadi’s chief of staff on Saturday and taking over the presidential palace on Tuesday.” (01/22/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/22/world/yemen-violence/

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3) Experimental Ebola vaccine shipped to Liberia
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The first batch of an experimental vaccine against Ebola is on its way to Liberia. The shipment will be the first potentially preventative medicine to reach one of the hardest hit countries. But experts say that, with Ebola cases falling, it may be difficult to establish whether the jab offers any protection against the virus.” (01/23/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-30943377

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4) Thailand: Former PM impeached, faces indictment over rice subsidy program
Source: Fox News

“Thailand’s military-appointed legislature on Friday voted to impeach former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her role in overseeing a government rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars, a move that could further polarize a divided nation plagued by political turmoil and coups for a decade. The vote, which means Yingluck will be banned from politics for five years, came just after the attorney general’s office announced separate plans to indict her on criminal charges for negligence related to losses and alleged corruption in the rice program. No date has been set for the formal indictment, but if convicted, Yingluck could face 10 years in jail.” (01/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p98sewz

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5) Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah dies at 90
Source: ABC News

“Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington’s fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom with incremental but significant reforms, including nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died, according to Saudi state TV. He was 90. More than his guarded and hidebound predecessors, Abdullah assertively threw his oil-rich nation’s weight behind trying to shape the Middle East. His priority was to counter the influence of rival, mainly Shiite Iran wherever it tried to make advances. He and fellow Sunni Arab monarchs also staunchly opposed the Middle East’s wave of pro-democracy uprisings, seeing them as a threat to stability and their own rule.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k9n6x2a

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6) DOJ fake Facebook page costs them [sic] $134,000
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The US Justice Department is to pay a woman $134,000 after making a fake Facebook page that contained a photograph of her half-clothed. Sondra Arquiett had sued the government after it had suggested she had ‘implicitly consented’ to the creation of a page using her identity since she had previously granted officers access to her mobile phone The DoJ has now settled the dispute, but has not admitted wrongdoing. The case had raised privacy concerns. Although the US government has not ruled out using similar tactics in the future, it has acknowledged the criticism it faced.” (01/21/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30921804

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7) Republicans drop abortion vote after revolt by female House members
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Faced with a party-wide ‘meltdown’ over young female voters just as they are taking control of Congress, Republicans saw their first major assault on abortion access collapse after a late-night, last-minute meeting on Wednesday. … House members were due to vote on Thursday for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have instituted a national ban on abortions in the 20th week of pregnancy and later. The legislation was expected to pass easily, as a similar ban did in 2013. But dissent from some of the party’s women drove the bill off the docket.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qhednlk

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8) Report: Warren to file bill targeting top drug companies
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is shifting her focus from Wall Street to the nation’s top pharmaceutical companies. The Massachusetts Democrat plans to file a bill next week that she said would help fund basic medical research by targeting pharmaceutical companies accused of breaking the law. Warren’s bill would require that whenever drug companies enter into a settlement with the government over alleged wrongdoing, they must pay a portion of their annual profits over five years to support research at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/km8cvbu

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9) US Senate sets final vote on Keystone land theft / corporate welfare boondoggle for next week
Source: The Hill

“The Senate worked through the night on Thursday to get through amendments on legislation to approve the Keystone XL, which is headed for final passage next week. Following through on a threat many had remained skeptical of, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) kept the Senate in until midnight on Thursday. After voting on fifteen amendments –10 of which were offered by Democrats and five from Republicans — McConnell filed for cloture on the underlying bill, setting up a final vote on Keystone next week.” (01/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pm8uct8

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10) Venezuela’s Maduro to citizens: “God will provide”
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“At a pharmacy in Caracas Thursday morning, hundreds of people stood in line hoping to get their hands on diapers and other essentials inside. Queuing up has become routine for many here, as Venezuela has struggled to pay for the import of most of its goods. But the morning after a much-anticipated speech by Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, which had citizens hoping to hear concrete plans for a way out of the nation’s economic tailspin, many fear tougher times are on the horizon.” [editor’s note: So is Ed Asner now planning to portray him in the future biopic? – SAT] (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p3zypzc

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11) Report: US airlines expect big fuel savings, but steady fares
Source: Reuters

“U.S. airlines on Thursday forecast enormous fuel savings in 2015 but hinted that ample consumer demand would allow them to avoid fare discounts and pass savings on to shareholders. Share prices rose across the industry after four airlines said they will save hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel costs starting this year, with global oil prices down more than 57 percent since June. Fuel is the biggest variable cost for airlines, often representing a third or more of total operating expenses.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nyjoukh

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12) Scientists warn: World moving closer to “doomsday”
Source: Raw Story

“Climate change and the danger of nuclear war pose an ever-growing threat to civilization and are bringing the world closer to doomsday, a group of prominent scientists and Nobel laureates said Thursday. ‘It is now three minutes to midnight,’ said Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, as the group moved its symbolic ‘Doomsday Clock’ two minutes forward. The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947. It has changed 18 times since then, ranging from two minutes to midnight in 1953 to 17 minutes before midnight in 1991.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pjbntj8

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13) Japan faces deadline to free Islamic State hostages
Source: Omaha World

“The deadline for paying ransom for two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State group was fast approaching early Friday with no signs of a breakthrough. With time running short, the mother of one of the hostages, journalist Kenji Goto, appealed for an end to hatred and destruction.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ownutza

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14) Kim Dotcom’s Mega launches Skype competitor MegaChat
Source: CNet News

“The controversial Mega, a storage locker for online content, on Thursday launched MegaChat, a communication platform designed to compete with the likes of Skype. According to Mega founder Kim Dotcom, the new platform allows users to engage in end-to-end encrypted video and audio communication. … Given the existing controversy surrounding Kim Dotcom, it may not be long before MegaChat faces the onslaught of governments fearing that criminals will turn to the company’s new platform to communicate privately. For his part, Dotcom didn’t shy away from that potential onslaught, as he thanked his development team in a tweet Thursday ‘for conspiring to provide secure and private file storage and communications solutions to the world.'” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfooy94

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15) WA: Idiot pol proposes increasing smoking age to 21
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Washington state would become the first in the country to ban tobacco for everyone under age 21 under a plan announced Wednesday by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Ferguson and lawmakers from the state House and Senate said bills to raise the state’s smoking age from 18 to match the legal ages for consuming alcohol and marijuana were inspired by the effectiveness of smoking bans in several cities nationwide.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/onnqnno

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16) Donetsk People’s Republic: Ukrainian invaders retreat from airport; shelling kills 13
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from Donetsk airport’s main terminal, scene of bitter fighting in recent weeks. The [Ukrainian] government said the military still retained control of parts of the airport, but six soldiers had died and 16 had been wounded. In the centre of the … city, shelling hit a bus, killing 13 people. [DPR troops] paraded captured Ukrainian soldiers at the scene, as onlookers shouted abuse and beat or pelted them with debris from the blast site. The [DPR and Ukrainian regimes] traded blame for the attack, which comes nine days after a shell also killed 13 people on a bus in the village of Buhas outside Volnovakha, 35km (22 miles) south-west of Donetsk.” (01/22/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30929344

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17) Somalia: Three killed in large suicide blast at Mogadishu hotel
Source: Washington Post

“A suicide car bomber blew himself up at the gate of a hotel which was being used by a delegation of Turkish officials Thursday in Somalia’s capital, killing three Somalis and shattering windows. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking in Davos, Switzerland, said three Somalis were killed in the attack. The blast came one day before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Mogadishu.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/om69u74

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18) MA: Difficulty of jury tampering delays opening statements in Tsarnaev show trial
Source: Reuters

“Opening statements in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been postponed as jury selection has taken longer than expected, meaning lawyers will not begin presenting cases Monday as planned, the court said on Thursday. The delay comes as Tsarnaev’s attorneys launched a fresh effort to move the trial outside of Boston, arguing that it will be impossible to find an unbiased panel of jurors in the city where the attack took place.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m3uqmeh

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19) CO: Baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake
Source: US News and World Report

“Marjorie Silva, owner of Denver’s Azucar Bakery, is facing a complaint from a customer alleging she discriminated against his religious beliefs. According to Silva, the man who visited last year wanted a Bible-shaped cake, which she agreed to make. Just as they were getting ready to complete the order, Silva said the man showed her a piece of paper with hateful words about gays that he wanted written on the cake. He also wanted the cake to have two men holding hands and an X on top of them, Silva said. … KUSA-TV reported the complainant is Bill Jack of Castle Rock, a bedroom community south of Denver. In a statement to the television station, Jack said he believes he ‘was discriminated against by the bakery based on my creed.'” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m5b9jaq

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20) NY: Assembly speaker Silver arrested on public corruption charges
Source: KMPH 26 News

“New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges and accused of using his position as one of the most powerful men in Albany to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income. The 70-year-old Silver was taken into custody around 8 a.m. at the FBI’s New York City office, FBI spokesman Peter Donald confirmed. Silver faces five counts, including conspiracy and bribery charges.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lyskokk

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

21) The Great Iran Debate
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“[N]ot since the war of 1812, when the New England Federalists sided with Great Britain against their own government, has a fifth column wielded such power in this country. As President Obama seeks to avoid war with Iran — what would amount to World War III in terms of its military and economic consequences — the fifth columnists in our midst, ensconced in some of the highest councils of government, are actively undermining his efforts to avoid catastrophe. Unlike subversives of the past, however, who hid their treason in pumpkin patches and took cover in the darkest corners of the State, these proclaim their allegiance to a foreign government quite openly.” (01/23/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/01/22/the-great-iran-debate/

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22) America’s growth industry: Probation and parole
Source: The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy

“The true and staggering rate of incarceration in America is masked by the unconventional cages that are rarely factored into the head count. Many people are caged in an unconventional manner for trivial and nonviolent offenses such as driving without a license or for shoplifting inexpensive items like food. Their number is swelling for one basic reason: They increase revenue. Increasingly, the revenue does not come from tax dollars but from the offenders themselves who are forced to pay for the privilege of being caged.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kqsbecn

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23) Visions of progress: Henry George vs. Jane Jacobs
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Sandy Ikeda

“For those who might not know, Henry George is the late-19th-century American intellectual best known for his proposal of a ‘single tax’ from which he believed the government could finance all its projects. He advocated eliminating all taxes except that on the rent of the unimproved portion of land. He viewed that rent as unjust and solely the result of general economic progress unrelated to the actions of landowners. Jane Jacobs, writing about one hundred years later, is an American intellectual best known for her harsh and incisive criticism of the heavy-handed urban planning of her day.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l2q95v8

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24) The troops are destroying our country
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The mindset that is common to U.S. troops serving overseas is that they are all doing it for America, for us, for our rights and freedoms, for our safety and security. They’ll all tell you that they are doing it because they love their country. There’s one big problem with that mindset, however. The truth is that the troops, through what they’re doing over there, are indirectly destroying our country, our rights and freedoms, our safety and security, and our economic well-being.” (01/22/15)

http://fff.org/2015/01/22/troops-destroying-country/

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25) You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“‘Cowardice’ is not a term which describes the good or evil of a particular action. It is a term which describes the absence of physical or moral courage.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhwfmqv

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26) No body counts? Don’t believe US military
Source: Reuters
by David Axe

“Earlier this month, a reporter asked the question that usually comes up when the United States gets involved in a sustained military campaign. Just how many enemy troops (in this case, Islamic State foot soldiers) have U.S. forces killed in more than five months of aerial attacks? The military’s answer was basically the same given to all similar questions going back more than a decade. … Since the Vietnam War, with its gruesome and inflated U.S. tallies of enemy dead, the Pentagon has denied keeping body counts. But, in fact, the military does add up the number of enemy fighters it believes it has killed — and proudly boasts of the totals in official documents that it never intends for public circulation.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/luxmhrh

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27) Two-thirds to raise taxes
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Three times voters have passed initiatives promoted by Mr. Eyman mandating a 2/3 legislative vote or a vote of the people before taxes can rise — in 2007, 2010 and again in 2012, the last two times by a whopping 64 percent vote. But in 2013, the state supreme court ruled voters could not so limit their state legislature, short of a constitutional amendment. And — you guessed it — the Evergreen State lacks a statewide initiative process for voters to amend the constitution … without the permission of their legislators. Eyman was blocked; the voters thwarted. Legislators could go back to raising taxes as usual. Not so fast!” (01/22/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/22/two-thirds-to-raise-taxes/

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28) Level the playing field for Uber and taxi companies through deregulation
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Joseph Miller

“Adopting a ‘trust but verify’ system toward ridesharing companies is a step forward for Kansas City, but that spirit should also include traditional taxis. When Kansas City allowed UberX, a direct competitor to taxi service, to offer services under ‘livery vehicle’ regulations (designed for limousines and premium sedans), it essentially created a two-tiered market: the highly regulated traditional taxis vs. the less regulated Uber. That puts cabs at a distinct disadvantage and may mean they are driven out of the market. Putting cabs out of business through overregulation is not progress, any more than regulating ridesharing out of Kansas City would be.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lcoa9ag

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29) When liberals were organized
Source: The American Prospect
by Julian E. Zelizer

“When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 1994 for the first time in 40 years, one of Speaker Newt Gingrich’s earliest moves was to end the public funding for the Democratic Study Group (DSG), a caucus of liberal Democrats that had been created in 1959. It was one of Gingrich’s shrewdest maneuvers. As Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, a staunch conservative then and now, wrote in an internal memo, ‘The demise of the DSG severely damages the power structure of the House Democrats.’ Roberts was right. The DSG is almost forgotten today, but its history suggests lessons for the current generation of Democrats.” (01/22/15)

http://prospect.org/article/when-liberals-were-organized

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30) Ron Paul’s State of Liberty 2015
Source: Campaign For Liberty

“C4L Chairman Ron Paul recorded his own State of the Union response to President Obama’s speech last night.” [Flash video] (01/21/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-pauls-state-liberty-2015

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31) Environmental groups denounce fast track trade process
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“The Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the League of Conservation Voters and 41 other environmental groups sent a letter to Congress this week, asking them to oppose ‘fast track’ trade promotion authority for upcoming trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). They asked Congress to instead set up an open, transparent trade negotiating system that gives stakeholders, other than just corporate representatives, input in the process.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/khcxuqt

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32) Obama croons, “I did it my way”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

“As President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, I saw all of 2015 flash before my eyes. It was a smart speech that wisely stuck to ‘middle-class’ values and was shrewdly short on details. I saw another year of the president not compromising. For Republicans, it was Ground Hog Day — an endless loop of the president talking up bipartisanship without practicing it. ‘A Bold Call to Action, Even if No Action is Likely,’ read one headline. And below it: ‘Obama Speaks as Though His Party Won the Midterms.’ Both headlines hail, not from a conservative rag, but from the New York Times.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kcov9gm

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33) Fox vs. facts
Source: The Cagle Post
by Steve Sack

Cartoon. (01/21/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/fox-vs-facts/

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34) The urgent necessity of a Syriza victory in Greece
Source: In These Times
by Slavoj Zizek

“Critics of our institutional democracy often complain that, as a rule, elections do not offer a true choice. What we mostly get is the choice between a center-Right and a center-Left party whose program is almost indistinguishable. Next Sunday, January 25, this will not be the case—as on June 17, 2012, the Greek voters are facing a real choice: the establishment on the one side; Syriza, the radical leftist coalition, on the other. And, as is mostly the case, such moments of real choice throw the establishment into panic. They paint the image of social chaos, poverty and violence if the wrong choice wins.” (01/22/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17561/zizek_greece_syriza

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35) Necks and nostrils: The murderous folly of the new Cold War
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“Once again, we see tragic confirmation of the true aims of American foreign policy. Those aims are not and have never been the welfare, freedom and prosperity of the the people it purports to ‘help’ by its interventions and machinations. Washington does not care — in the slightest, for even a second — what actually happens to the actual human beings living in Ukraine (or Russia or Iraq or Syria or Libya or Egypt or Yemen — or even in America, whose citizens have been bankrupted, repressed and made targets for blowback from their leaders’ reckless violence and destabilization overseas.) All that matters is that the interests of the dominating elite are advanced.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l57ecxb

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36) Fight for the right to die
Source: Students For Liberty
by unidentified guest author

“With the Supreme Court of Canada preparing a landmark ruling on euthanasia and assisted-suicide in regards to the Carter v. Canada case, the question on whether or not an individual has the right-to-die is reemerging in Canada. Countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, and Colombia have all successfully implemented right-to-die legislation, but currently the Criminal Code of Canada constitutes euthanasia and assisted-suicide (similarities and differences are noted here) as ‘murder’ liable to 14 years of imprisonment. Throughout the decades, there has been a lot of opposition to this classification as illiberal and unethical. While their advocacy was ignored for many years, the tide seems to be turning in favor of right-to-die legislation. ” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nz9emlr

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37) Republicans still as extreme on abortion as ever
Source: The Nation Blog
by Zoe Carpenter

“A group of Republican men took to the House floor on Wednesday evening and delivered emotional speeches about the need to restrict women’s right to abortion. … Their speeches anticipated a vote on the so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban most abortions after twenty weeks of pregnancy. Originally scheduled for Thursday, the vote has now been indefinitely ‘delayed’ because the bill, it turns out, was too extreme even for some members of the GOP.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kc9y2m4

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38) A university built by the invisible hand
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Roderick Long

“The history of the University of Bologna offers an example of how the spontaneous-order mechanisms underlying market anarchism — mechanisms like mutual-aid surety associations and competing legal jurisdictions — can operate in a university setting.”” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/luhas5n

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39) EFF statement on Barrett Brown sentencing
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Hanni Fakhoury and Nadia Kayyali

“U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay sentenced Barrett Brown this morning to 63 months in federal prison, minus the 31 months he has already served to date. He was also ordered to pay $890,000 in restitution. EFF is disappointed to see that Brown wasn’t released today, after having spent nearly three years in prison on charges stemming from his work as an independent journalist.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kjvw8g8

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40) Obama’s class warfare
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“The American economy is finally coming back, after one of the slowest post-recession recoveries in recent history. So naturally President Obama has decided that what we really need now is a return to the era of tax and spend. Oh, and of course, a healthy batch of class warfare too.” (01/22/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamas-class-warfare

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41) The modality of monogamy
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Notice: The most common number of lifetime partners for both genders is 1! This is not an artifact of the binning, because the ‘1 partner’ response is in its own bin. Of course, people could be lying. But in what direction would they lie? Conventional wisdom says that men overstate and women understate. For men, then, the modal monogamy result is probably even stronger than it looks. Furthermore, to overturn the modal monogamy result for women, we would have to imagine that women have markedly more partners than men claim to have. Possible, but definitely weird if true.” (01/22/15)

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

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42) No US weapons for countries with child soldiers (oh, you have a waiver?)
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

“So did the U.S. government fulfill its supposed goal of snuffing out child soldiering by withholding aid? Not by a long shot. Just five months after his 2010 pledge, Obama granted several waivers to the Child Soldier Prevention Act, allowing funding to continue to four countries known to use child soldiers. Chad, Congo, Sudan, and Yemen each received a reprieve for a variety of reasons including their assistance in fighting terrorism. Congo was exempted because of American programs in the country aimed at training the military to ‘be more professional.’ During the Obama administration, Congo, Yemen and Chad would each receive millions in weapons despite their humanitarian records and the known use of child soldiers.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n85pozv

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43) Freedom of speech? Boston mayor bans bad mouthing of Olympics, as Facebook will filter out “fake news”
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“So supporting the Olympics is now a matter of national security. How cute. Unfortunately, this is only one example of local authoritarians acting to curtail the free speech of the plebs.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kwc73yr

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44) NCPA fact checks Obama’s health policy address during SOTU
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon Herrick

“The president emphasized the plight of the 43 million American workers who do not have paid sick leave. Many of them feel they cannot afford to take a sick day to convalesce after an illness or to care for a sick child. He proposes to mandate that employers provide seven days of paid sick leave to workers each year. The president didn’t mention that an estimated 100 million workers who have paid sick leave likely don’t get seven days annually. He also didn’t mention that his own advisor Jonathan Gruber has research showing workers themselves wind up paying the cost of mandatory benefits through lower wages.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ldzqhsb

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45) In the era of high-tech law enforcement, who will keep our privacy safe?
Source: Reason
by Andrew Napolitano

“If you peered into your neighbor’s bedroom with a high-tech device, you’d be prosecuted or sued. Yet when the government does this, most folks are supine enough to be grateful for the safety it produces. That’s what Big Brother wants you to believe. What safety? Who will keep us safe from the government? Who will keep our personal liberties safe? What representative government splits hairs in order to defy the Constitution, rather than complying with its oath to protect it?” (01/22/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/01/22/who-will-keep-our-freedoms-safe

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46) Yes, worker pay does reflect worker productivity
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“[M]any non-economists say that they believe that most, or at least very many, low-skilled workers are consistently paid less than the market values that they produce for their employers. Yet not only is this stated belief difficult to square with high rates of bankruptcy of restaurants and other small businesses that employ lots of low-skilled workers, it is also difficult to square with the overwhelming inaction of the people who profess this belief to enter the market to take advantage of this allegedly large pool of consistently underpaid workers.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qcscebv

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47) Gareth Porter on The Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

“Gareth Porter, an award-winning investigative journalist and historian, discusses the suspicious death of an Argentinian prosecutor who claimed Iran was involved in the 1994 Jewish community center bombing in Buenos Aires; and what the trial of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling has revealed about Operation Merlin and the CIA’s assessment of Iran’s nuclear program.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/21/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/01/21/12115-gareth-porter/

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48) Waiting for Chilcot
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“So, six years after Sir John Chilcot and his team began an independent inquiry into ‘the run-up to the Iraq War and its aftermath’ — ‘to establish, as accurately as possible, what happened and to identify the lessons that can be learned’ — the publication of their report is to be delayed. Again It could be the play for our politically clueless times: ‘Waiting for Chilcot.’ Nothing happens, no report arrives, no report goes, it’s awful. And yet, our political and media classes continue to wait. And wait they do in ever-increasing desperation and hope that perhaps, just perhaps, Chilcot and his report turns up — to provide meaning, to provide a reason for all of, well, this, for everything.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/naxsagf

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49) Heartland Daily Podcast, 01/19/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“Jon Haubert from the group Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) discusses the role that CRED plays in helping the general public understand the process of hydraulic fracturing in a balanced manner that weighs the costs of developing oil and natural gas against the benefits derived from them.” [Flash video] (01/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/obrdp7r

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50) Brilliant and troubling
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“Kyle is portrayed as a red-white-and-blue patriot who fights, as he often says, to protect Americans. But the film is far from jingoistic. It presents a balanced picture of the aftermath of war — honorable soldiers with doubts about America’s mission, other soldiers mangled and maimed from injuries, still others suffering from PTSD; children growing up without their fathers, and wives suffering from loneliness, fear, and anxiety. It even presents the fearful experience of the enemy, with scenes of Americans bursting into homes while screaming vulgarities and waving rifles in the faces of terrified women and children — hardly an image of patriotism or moral rectitude in the free world.” (01/22/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1363

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51) The dire state of our nation (what you won’t hear from the politicians)
Source: LewRockwell.com
by John W Whitehead

“No matter what the politicians say about how great America is and how we, as a people, will always triumph, the fact is that the nation seems to be imploding. Despite the dire state of our nation, however, you can rest assured that none of the problems that continue to plague our lives and undermine our freedoms will be addressed by our so-called elected representatives in any credible, helpful way, and certainly not during a State of the Union address.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k3ktw5p

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52) The state of THE STATE
Source: Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

“I am grateful to those with the intestinal fortitude to sit through the propaganda fest performance by the liar in chief. I get as much as I can stand by reading and viewing the responses. The primary lesson one should take away from this show is what the rulers have in mind to do to us in the near future. Thus the main value is to plan for whatever favorite usurpations the ruling parties propose.” (01/21/15)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2015/01/21/the-state-of-the-state/

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53) Dirty Harry goes to Iraq
Source: CounterPunch
by John Grant

“Back in 1979, reviewers liked to point out that Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now was so plagued with difficulty and confusion (the star suffered a heart attack during shooting and a devastating typhoon destroyed all the sets) that the making of the film paralleled the reality of the Vietnam War itself. A similar observation might be made of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper about Iraq. Like the Iraq War itself, Eastwood’s movie begins by exploiting a historically inaccurate delusion and, then, sustains itself for two hours on the mission to protect US soldiers against the insurgency that arose in opposition to the US invasion and occupation based on the initial delusion.” (01/22/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/22/dirty-harry-goes-to-iraq/

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54) Two kinds of income inequality
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

“Income inequality is back in the news, propelled by an Oxfam International report and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. The question is whether government needs to do something about this — or whether government needs to undo many things. Measuring income inequality is no simple thing, which is one source of disagreement between those who think inequality is a problem and those who think it isn’t. But it is possible to cut through the underbrush and make some points clear.” (01/22/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/two-kinds-income-inequality/

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55) West Virginia bill would block unconstitutional National Guard deployments
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“A bill introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates this week would block unconstitutional foreign deployments of the state’s national guard troops, effectively restoring the Founders’ framework for state-federal balance on the Guard. House Bill 2168 (HB2168), the Defend the Guard Act, was introduced by Del. Pat McGeehan (R-Hancock, 1), a former Air Force intelligence officer who did tours in Afghanistan and the Middle East, and cosponsored by ten other delegates. If passed, the bill would block the federal government from deploying West Virginia Guard troops overseas unless there is a declaration of war from Congress, as required by the Constitution.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oe4mck6

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