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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,120
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Wikileaks accuses Google of silently handing over emails to US regime
2) Whistleblower convicted of telling reporter how dumb CIA is
3) Syria: Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle
4) FBI says Russian spy ring sought NYSE, sanctions secrets
5) Saudi Arabia: First beheading under new king stirs attention
6) Greece: Tsipras sworn in as prime minister
7) UK: Poisoned spy inquiry set to open
8) Argentina: Fernandez proposes rehaul of intelligence services
9) IN: Free press not good enough; Pence launches state media outlet
10) CO: GOPer opposes anti-poverty birth control program
11) Complaints challenge orders limiting female guards at Gitmo
12) Cut off from Wi-Fi, Cuban youngsters build secret computer network
13) NYC, Boston ban road travel as huge storm hits
14) BP calls witnesses, fighting for lesser spill penalty
15) China and Kenya at odds over suspected Chinese cyber criminals
16) Project Blue Book: US Air Force UFO documents revealed
17) Snowden disclosure: Secret “BADASS” intelligence program spied on smart phones
18) Spain: Greek fighter plane crashes, killing ten
19) Security theater: Two-foot drone found on White House grounds
20) Egypt: Mubarak’s sons released from prison

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Toxic waste and inequality are good for you
22) Silly argument #587,808,539,165
23) The national security establishment vs. defense
24) Cops are still robbers
25) What electronic open-air drug market has to do with bringing down dictators? Everything!
26) Libertarian Alliance Question Time, 01/26/15
27) Progressive wedge issues for cities and states
28) How bureaucracy and big government ruined American health care
29) Can Republicans create credible economic populism in time for 2016?
30) Fluoride freedom advocates fight Dallas city hall
31) My path-breaking work at the Harvard Business School
32) Education is too important not to leave to the marketplace
33) Schooling an industrial proletariat
34) The Nisman case: A nation holds its breath
35) EFF’s game plan for ending global mass surveillance
36) Thanks, Tom Hanks, but here’s the real price of “free” community college
37) Sometimes you just need to talk to a cop
38) Kansas City embraces baristanomics
39) Oil still slides, OPEC talks “floor”
40) The pros and cons of homeschooling
41) The Freedom Report Podcast, 01/26/15
42) Experience denied
43) If Sanders runs, “I will not be a spoiler”
44) Lessons learned from the Barrett Brown case
45) Rand Paul’s big foreign policy test: Can he beat back the Iran hawks?
46) What is an “excise?”
47) Why private sector services seem to be more expensive
48) These mental health patients neglected on epidemic scale
49) Obamized again!
50) A new idea for tax fairness online
51) GOP deflate gate
52) National School Choice Week starts today!
53) Note to GOP: Talking about raising taxes is a bad idea
54) Disappointment
55) Stop ObamaCare in Ohio!
56) The Libertarian Angle, 01/26/15
57) Pro-choice AND pro-free speech: Say no to buffer zones
58) The age of redefinition
59) The Secret Life of Hillary Clinton
60) Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/26/15

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

1) Wikileaks accuses Google of silently handing over emails to US regime
Source: NDTV [India]

“Whistleblowing site WikiLeaks on Monday accused Google of handing over the emails and electronic data of its senior staff to the US authorities without providing notification until almost three years later. Google was apparently acting in response to warrants issued by the US Department of Justice, which is investigating WikiLeaks for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic files. WikiLeaks said the allegations against it point to a far broader investigation into its activities than the US authorities have previously indicated.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/phkye2n

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2) Whistleblower convicted of telling reporter how dumb CIA is
Source: ABC News

“A former CIA officer [Jeffrey Sterling] was convicted Monday of leaking details of a covert mission to derail Iran’s nuclear program in a case that, until the eve of the trial, was as much about the journalist who published the leaks as it was the accused leaker. The government gave up on its effort to force New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his sources — and ultimately didn’t need him to win a conviction. … The classified operation at the heart of the trial involved using a CIA asset nicknamed Merlin, who had been a Russian nuclear engineer, to foist deliberately flawed nuclear-weapons blueprints on the Iranians, hoping they would spend years trying to develop parts that had no hope of ever working. Risen’s 2006 book, ‘State of War,’ describes the mission as hopelessly botched, and possibly backfiring by giving the Iranians blueprints that could be useful to them if they sorted out the good information from the errors. Throughout the trial, numerous CIA officers testified that they had deemed the program a success, even though the Iranians never followed up with Merlin to get additional blueprints he had offered to them as part of the ruse.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k4rr3d8

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3) Syria: Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle
Source: Reuters

“Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over. Some Islamic State supporters took to Twitter to say the fight for Kobani, a focal point of the international struggle against the ultra-hardline Islamist group, was still raging. Islamist militants launched an assault on the predominantly Kurdish town last year, using heavy weapons seized in Iraq and forcing tens of thousands of locals into exile.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qj99kpq

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4) FBI says Russian spy ring sought NYSE, sanctions secrets
Source: Bloomberg

“Three Russians charged by the U.S. with espionage allegedly sought secrets tied to the New York Stock Exchange and U.S. economic sanctions on Russia, even while one bemoaned his tedious job’s lack of a James Bond flair. … One of the three named in charges made public Monday, Evgeny Buryakov, 39, was arrested in the New York borough of the Bronx. He appeared before a Manhattan federal judge who said he was a flight risk and ordered him held without bail. … Buryakov, along with Igor Sporyshev, 40, and Victor Podobnyy, 27, worked for the Russian Federation’s Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oh4hdqy

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5) Saudi Arabia: First beheading under new king stirs attention
Source: ABC News

“Saudi Arabia on Monday executed a man convicted of raping several girls in a case that has captured the kingdom’s attention and marks the first beheading carried out under the newly enthroned King Salman. … Al-Zahrani’s relatives appeared on Saudi talk shows, saying the case was riddled with inconsistencies and that the judiciary did not weigh all the evidence. They claimed a medical report found the investigator’s 10 year-old daughter had not been assaulted and that several cases of assault against young girls took place in Jiddah while al-Zahrani was already jailed.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o93nzaf

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6) Greece: Tsipras sworn in as prime minister
Source: Iron Mountin Daily News

“Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece’s new prime minister. Hours earlier, the 40-year-old’s Syriza party trounced the outgoing, conservative government in Sunday’s national elections, on a platform of easing social pain and securing massive debt forgiveness.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mlggd59

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7) UK: Poisoned spy inquiry set to open
Source: Basingstoke Gazette [UK]

“A long-awaited public inquiry into the death of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko is finally set to open today, more than eight years after his death. Inquiry chairman Sir Robert Owen will open the proceedings at the Royal Courts of Justice following years of conspiracy theories, allegations of state murder and legal wrangling. Mr Litvinenko died in November 2006 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 while meeting two Russian men — one a former KGB officer — at the Millennium Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square. His family believes he was working for MI6 at the time and was killed on the orders of the Kremlin.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qg3mg2h

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8) Argentina: Fernandez proposes rehaul of intelligence services
Source: ABC News

“President Cristina Fernandez said Monday her government had nothing to gain from shielding Iranian officials suspected in Argentina’s largest terrorist attack, using her first public comments since the mysterious death of a prosecutor to reject his accusations against her and call for an overhaul of the intelligence services. Without saying who might have killed Alberto Nisman, Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina’s spy agencies.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opzokmy

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9) IN: Free press not good enough; Pence launches state media outlet
Source: Elkhart Truth

“Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is launching a state-run news service that promises to break news ahead of traditional media outlets and deliver stories written by state press secretaries. The service named ‘Just IN’ will debut in late February, according to documents obtained by The Indianapolis Star. … Media outlets run by governments exist elsewhere in the United States. The Illinois Government News Network distributes press releases from that state in a more newsy format, and the federal government runs Voice of America, which broadcasts only outside the U.S.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmwygy7

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10) CO: GOPer opposes anti-poverty birth control program
Source: Raw Story

“A Republican Colorado lawmaker is opposing efforts to continue an anti-poverty program that provides IUDs to poor women because he believes the birth control method to be an ‘abortifacient’ that would stop ‘a small child from implanting.’ The Coloradoan reported that Democratic state Rep. KC Becker was sponsoring a bill in hope of finding funds to make sure that low-income women continue to be able to receive long-acting reversible contraception, like IUDs. The Family Planning Initiative pilot program had been funded by a $25 million grant from an anonymous donor.” [editor’s note: As long as some still claim a pre-implant cell cluster is “a small child” this war will never end – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Nor will end as long as some people think they’re entitled to stuff at other people’s expense – TLK] (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lbbt4rv

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11) Complaints challenge orders limiting female guards at Gitmo
Source: Bismarck Tribune

“Some female guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison have filed equal opportunity complaints challenging court orders barring them from jobs that would require touching detainees while escorting them to hearings and attorney-client meetings, a military judge said Monday. The two complaints filed with the Defense Department’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity complicate a dispute that stems from the detainees’ assertion that their Muslim faith prohibits physical contact with females who are not their wives or relatives.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p429bpq

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12) Cut off from Wi-Fi, Cuban youngsters build secret computer network
Source: Fox News

“Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can’t access. Home Internet connections are banned for all but a handful of Cubans, and the government charges nearly a quarter of a month’s salary for an hour online in government-run hotels and Internet centers. As a result, most people on the island live offline, complaining about their lack of access to information and contact with friends and family abroad.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lwsxyc8

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13) NYC, Boston ban road travel as huge storm hits
Source: USA Today

“A historic snowstorm blasted its way through the Northeast on Monday, bringing with it havoc, flight cancellations, school closings and worry that up to 3 feet of snow and hurricane-force winds might be on the horizon. Both New York City and Boston took the rare step of banning all forms of travel due to the storm. … [New York governor Andrew] Cuomo said anyone who violates the evening travel ban will be subject to a misdemeanor and $300 fine.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lztrqpk

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14) BP calls witnesses, fighting for lesser spill penalty
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“BP struggled for 87 days to contain the millions of gallons of crude that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but an expert witness on Monday called its cleanup response exemplary. ‘They were very prepared,’ said Frank Paskewich, a retired Coast Guard captain and president of Clean Gulf Associates Inc., an oil spill response cooperative. BP had a sound plan for reacting to the deadly explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, ‘and they pulled the trigger on that plan, [coming] out of the gate quick,’ he said.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/myxtt2j

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15) China and Kenya at odds over suspected Chinese cyber criminals
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“As China steps up pressure on Kenya to surrender 76 cybercrime suspects facing charges in Nairobi, some experts are warning the case could damage the two nations’ thriving economic relationship. China has demanded extradition of the criminals, 76 Chinese and a single Thai national, after accusing them of cross-border telecommunication fraud and electronically swindling over 100 million yuan ($16.5 million) from Chinese victims. Chinese officials argue that because all of the victims are in China, the suspects should be extradited for further investigation and prosecution there.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/maoszdj

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16) Project Blue Book: US Air Force UFO documents revealed
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Amateur historian John Greenewald has spent nearly two decades requesting declassified information from the US government regarding UFOs. Recently, he posted more than 100,000 pages of documents on the US Air Force’s internal UFO investigations to the internet. Here are the top five things to know from the open files of Project Blue Book. The origins of the ambitious project can be traced to June 1947, UFO researcher Alejandro Rojas tells the BBC.” (01/25/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30943827

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17) Snowden disclosure: Secret “BADASS” intelligence program spied on smart phones
Source: The Intercept

“British and Canadian spy agencies accumulated sensitive data on smartphone users, including location, app preferences, and unique device identifiers, by piggybacking on ubiquitous software from advertising and analytics companies, according to a document obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The document, included in a trove of Snowden material released by Der Spiegel on January 17, outlines a secret program run by the intelligence agencies called BADASS.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lnfsj4o

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18) Spain: Greek fighter plane crashes, killing ten
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Ten people have died in a fighter jet crash at a military base in Spain, the Defence Ministry says. Military officials said that the Greek F-16 jet crashed into other planes and exploded at the Los Llanos airbase in Albacete in central Spain. One of the pilots performed a wrong manoeuvre during take-off, according to local media. Both pilots were killed. Another 13 people have been injured, six of them seriously, according to officials.” (01/26/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30991950

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19) Security theater: Two-foot drone found on White House grounds
Source: USA Today

“The Secret Service said it recovered a 2-foot ‘quad copter’ on the grounds of the White House early Monday and are investigating to find out where it came from. … ‘There was an immediate alert and lockdown of the complex until the device was examined and cleared,’ the Secret Service said in its statement.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ndcs9b6

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20) Egypt: Mubarak’s sons released from prison
Source: CNN

“The sons of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were released from prison Monday after serving 18 months, according to the state-run MENA news agency. Gamal and Alaa Mubarak had served the maximum pretrial detention allowed. A previous embezzlement conviction of the two sons and their father was overturned this year, but they all face a retrial on the embezzlement charges.” (01/26/15)

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/26/middleeast/egypt-mubarak-sons-freed/

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

21) Toxic waste and inequality are good for you
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“I keep forgetting whether people like [Jim] Pagels are defending free market principles, or defending current concentrations of wealth and power. I suspect they have a hard time remembering that themselves, the way they keep shifting rhetorical ground. A lot of it depends on whether criticism of the present system comes from the right or the left. It’s totally fine to point out the extent to which our actually economy differs from a free market and that things are going to hell in a handbasket — unless your criticism involves economic inequality or corporate power, in which the present system suddenly becomes a defensible stand-in for the ‘free market.'” (01/26/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/35270

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22) Silly argument #587,808,539,165
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Let’s get this argument straight. Hundreds of thousands of private investors across the globe — each with skin in the game and specialized exclusively in the task of spotting and seizing profitable investment opportunities — all mistakenly conclude that loans that Mr. McCracken asserts are worth the risk are, in fact, too risky. Therefore, according to Mr. McCracken, we are to trust the contrary judgments of government bureaucrats seated in Washington — each under pressure to appease special-interest groups, each spending only other people’s money, and none of whom is specialized exclusively in the task of spotting and seizing profitable investment opportunities.” (01/26/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/01/silly-argument-58808539165.html

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23) The national security establishment vs. defense
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“I have a simple proposal: Why not bring all the troops home from Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere in the Middle East. I mean all of them. Bring them all home and let them defend the United States. After all, it’s called the Department of Defense, right? Well, what would be wrong with applying the principle of defense to our country by bringing all the troops home and having them defend the United States?” (01/26/15)

http://fff.org/2015/01/26/national-security-establishment-vs-defense/

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24) Cops are still robbers
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Contrary to what you may have read recently, Attorney General Eric Holder did not put an end to civil forfeiture, a form of legalized theft in which the government takes property allegedly linked to crime without even charging the owner, let alone convicting him. Nor did Holder stop civil forfeiture by the federal government or by the Justice Department. He did not even eliminate the Justice Department’s Equitable Sharing Program, which lets police dodge state limits on forfeiture. Instead Holder restricted part of that program: ‘adoption,’ where a state or local law enforcement agency seizes an asset and then asks the Justice Department to pursue forfeiture under federal law. Holder’s reform was a step in the right direction, but not nearly as big a step as much of the press coverage implied.” (01/26/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/01/26/cops-are-still-robbers

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25) What electronic open-air drug market has to do with bringing down dictators? Everything!
Source: Reuters
by Matthew Gault

“A case in which the FBI used questionable, possibly illegal tactics to bring down a man it charges is an Internet mega-drug dealer has compromised the safety of many people around the globe fighting for freedom against oppressive regimes. To get its man, the FBI broke into what many believed was a secure Internet browser that allowed its users to remain anonymous. The browser, Tor, was used to hide Silk Road, a virtual open-air drug emporium — but it is also enables people to send information and organize resistance anonymously in places like China, Iran and Syria.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nasnpoy

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26) Libertarian Alliance Question Time, 01/26/15
Source: Libertarian Alliance

“The following audio is from the second episode of the Libertarian Alliance’s ‘Question Time’ series. Host — Keir Martland … panelists — 1) Dan Greene (Co-host, Greening Out Podcast); 2) Dr Andrew Linley (Professor, European-American University); 3) Daniel Harding (Digital Communications Director, Libertarian Alliance); 4) Dr Sean Gabb (Director, Libertarian Alliance).” [Flash audio] (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nf6qd7c

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27) Progressive wedge issues for cities and states
Source: Our Future
by Bernie Horn

“For years, conservatives used ‘wedge issues’ to split moderates from progressives—measures like criminalizing flag burning, cutting ‘welfare,’ and (until recently) banning same-sex marriage. They still do that, of course, but the Tea Party has forced conservatives to put greater emphasis on policies with little popular appeal. It’s time for progressives to promote some wedge issues of our own. To be clear, a progressive wedge issue: (1) pulls Americans to our side, (2) forces conservatives to defend an unpopular position, and (3) is both simple and substantial enough to become a voting issue in the next election.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l48zunu

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28) How bureaucracy and big government ruined American health care
Source: Reason
by A Barton Hinkle

“Among the many maddening things about the American health care market, few are so exasperating as its baroque and opaque pricing. The typical hospital bill makes the untranslatable Voynich manuscript seem like a child’s grade-school reader by comparison. Such complexity is partly owing to a simple fact: Much of the market is managed by huge, bureaucratic organizations that employ thousands of people to do nothing all day but grind through minutiae.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pnhqyes

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29) Can Republicans create credible economic populism in time for 2016?
Source: Washington Post
by Paul Waldman

“When Republicans trooped to Iowa over the weekend for Steve King’s ‘Freedom Summit,’ it was as much of a dash to the right as you would have expected from an event hosted by perhaps the most fervently anti-immigrant member of Congress, in a state whose presidential caucus was won by Rick Santorum in 2012 and Mike Huckabee in 2008. But something else was going on, even there: the search for an economic populist message that might resonate with the general electorate.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lnp8l4w

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30) Fluoride freedom advocates fight Dallas city hall
Source: Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed

“Before anyone starts complaining about rightwing nut job conspiracy theory libertarians it should be noted that libertarians may or may not agree on the fluoridation issue; are not anyone’s wing, right or left; are nut jobs only when their jobs involve actual food like cashews, almonds, pecans, pistachios, macadamias, etc.; and may or may not be conspiracy theorists any more than any other individuals.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kar7lmr

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31) My path-breaking work at the Harvard Business School
Source: JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard

“The Northeast is getting whacked by a blizzard, bringing back memories of one of my favorite gigs when I lived in Boston in the late 1970s. Following is an excerpt from the Public Policy Hooligan chapter on ‘Playing Left Field in Boston.’ That chapter begins, ‘My 1977 move to Boston was akin to the Beverly Hillbillies going to California, except that I didn’t arrive with $80 million in the bank.’ I used quotes from Thoreau and Emerson in that chapter as foils for my reaction to Beantown. The following sections are from halfway through the chapter.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kk666by

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32) Education is too important not to leave to the marketplace
Source: The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul

“The movement against Common Core has the potential to change American education. However, anti-Common Core activists must not be misled by politicians promoting “reforms” of the federal education bureaucracy, or legislation ending Common Core while leaving all other federal education programs intact. The only way to protect American children from future Common Core-like programs is to permanently padlock the Department of Education.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohrvr7y

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33) Schooling an industrial proletariat
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by John Taylor Gatto

“It was under my nose, of course, but for years I avoided seeing what was there because no one else seemed to notice. Forced schooling arose from the new logic of the Industrial Age — the logic imposed on flesh and blood by fossil fuel and high-speed machinery. This simple reality is hidden from view by early philosophical and theological anticipations of mass schooling in various writings about social order and human nature. But you shouldn’t be fooled any more than Charles Francis Adams was fooled when he observed in 1880 that what was being cooked up for kids unlucky enough to be snared by the newly proposed institutional school net combined characteristics of the cotton mill and the railroad with those of a state prison.” (excerpt from 2003’s The Underground History of American Education; posted 01/26/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/schooling-an-industrial-proletariat

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34) The Nisman case: A nation holds its breath
Source: The Canal
by Belen Marty

“Foreign visitors who come to Buenos Aires often tell me that they’re struck by the amount of graffiti and tags adorning the walls and streets of the city. But in contrast to other cases that have grabbed the attention of Argentineans, such as the confrontation between vulture funds and the government, the streets have been eerily lacking any visual response — artistic, scrawled, or otherwise — to Nisman’s death. What has drawn criticism, however, was President Cristina Kirchner’s decision to publicize two self-penned letters concerning the Nisman case through her Twitter account. This, while she meanwhile uses her privileged access to national television and radio channels to call attention to categorically less important topics. The case has unveiled at a stroke the corruption and mafioso-like culture of the Intelligence Secretariat (SI), reopening wounds that have never really healed since 1994.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k4k4o4q

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35) EFF’s game plan for ending global mass surveillance
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Rainey Reitman

“For years, we’ve been working on a strategy to end mass surveillance of digital communications of innocent people worldwide. Today we’re laying out the plan, so you can understand how all the pieces fit together — that is, how U.S. advocacy and policy efforts connect to the international fight and vice versa. Decide for yourself where you can get involved to make the biggest difference.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kyre4hj

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36) Thanks, Tom Hanks, but here’s the real price of “free” community college
Source: Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey

“Recently, in response to President Obama’s proposal to make community college free nationwide, I wrote a piece for the Washington Post that ran under a headline calling community colleges ‘terrible.’ It elicited numerous angry retorts, several of which suggested people read actor Tom Hanks'[s] personal reflection on his community college experience instead. To this I offer two major thoughts: (1) Op-ed writers often don’t write their own headlines, and (2) thank you, Mr. Hanks, for illustrating a major concern.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kczggvl

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37) Sometimes you just need to talk to a cop
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Jon Carroll

“Occupy Oakland started in 2011 with vague goals but very real grievances. The protest and occupation of Frank Ogawa Plaza downtown was loosely modeled on the Wall Street protests of the same name. Those were in response to the bailout of Wall Street firms that were linked definitively to financial crimes of 2008 — of fragrant memory. Those protests seemed focused on income inequality, but Occupy Oakland quickly became about police violence. The city of Oakland did itself no favors with an inept and at times brutal response to the demonstrations. The city ended up agreeing to pay one protester $4.5 million for injuries suffered at the hands of police officers.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m9xrzm4

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38) Kansas City embraces baristanomics
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“Streetcars, entertainment districts, new airport terminals, Republican confabs, Super Bowls, creative-class millennials, and convention hotels all have grabbed headlines in recent months in Kansas City. Certainly they are evidence that city leaders think they can spend, spend, spend their way into wealth. But they are also evidence that Kansas City has embraced something my colleague at the Show-Me Institute dubbed ‘Baristanomics.’ Baristanomics is the theory that lifestyle spending can revitalize an urban economy. It doesn’t work.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p4et4qw

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39) Oil still slides, OPEC talks “floor”
Source: Reuters
“Oil fell in see-saw trade on Monday, with U.S. crude ending at its lowest in nearly six years, as traders discounted comments from OPEC’s top official about the market finally finding a bottom. It was an up-and-down session for crude, which gyrated along with the U.S. dollar in the wake of a decisive Greek election victory by the left-wing Syriza party. Prices initially rallied after OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri said oil may have hit a floor and could move higher very soon, the first comments he has made on the subject during crude’s seven-month-long price rout.” [editor’s note: Speaking of floors, let’s put one on FICA – SAT] (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n92frqx

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40) The pros and cons of homeschooling
Source: Students For Liberty
by Suzanne Schaefer

“It’s National School Choice Week, which means it’s time to reflect on the education systems in America. National School Choice Week is about supporting the right for parents and children to choose the method of education that works best for them. For some that’s good, old-fashioned public school, for others, it’s homeschooling. For those rich snobs, there’s private school. Despite what the miserable, anti-school choice lot may have to say about it, homeschooling is a valid method of schooling and one that many parents seriously consider for their children.” (01/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mvqhsoz

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41) The Freedom Report Podcast, 01/26/15
Source: The Libertarian Republic

“A new Washington Post article carried the provocative title, ‘Daddy Issues: Are Ron Paul’s hardcore stands a problem for son’s presidential bid.’ Our podcast today analyzes the piece, which focuses on comments the elder Paul made regarding secession.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o3c9e7y

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42) Experience denied
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Wilson’s sensible point is that when you’re just starting out in the work force, you must develop the habits and skills needed to do a job well and to then go beyond it. These include punctuality, mastering procedures, accepting corrections with grace, being civil, staying productive and careful when you’re tired, and more. What you can bring immediately to a job is willingness to learn what’s necessary. But the higher your pay must be before you’ve made yourself worth that pay, the harder for employers to give you the chance to make yourself worth it.” (01/26/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/26/experience-denied/

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43) If Sanders runs, “I will not be a spoiler”
Source: In These Times
by Connor Jones

“Over 3,000 activists and donors joined a Democracy for America (DFA) conference call with Senator Bernie Sanders [I-VT] on Wednesday night to discuss how Democrats can move forward their agenda after losing control of the Senate. Amid the uncertainty of a Republican majority in Congress and a President itching for bipartisan compromise, DFA members sought to alleviate one nagging question: Who will be the progressive standard bearer in 2016? Naturally, ‘Will you run for president in 2016?’ was the first question DFA Executive Director Charles Chamberlain asked Sanders. Though not definitive, his answer was enough to leave these activists hopeful.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ozhflmh

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44) Lessons learned from the Barrett Brown case
Source: Free Press Publications

“The prosecution of Barrett Brown, which seemed to go under the radar of the mainstream media, is one of the most important cases of my lifetime, and has taught us several important things.” [Flash audio, MP3 and text transcript] (01/25/15)

http://fpp.cc/lessons-learned-from-the-barrett-brown-case/

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45) Rand Paul’s big foreign policy test: Can he beat back the Iran hawks?
Source: Salon
by Luke Brinker

“[I]t may be hard to neatly classify Paul a hawk or a dove, even if there’s an undercurrent of skepticism about U.S. intervention that defines his foreign policy approach. And there’s little doubt that some of Paul’s policy reversals — chiefly his newfound support for Israel aid — are borne of political cynicism, pure and simple. His most fervent supporters may insist otherwise, but Paul is a politician like any other — driven by a mix of sincere conviction and shrewd calculation. That’s what makes Paul’s approach to Iran particularly noteworthy.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l8n4eze

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46) What is an “excise?”
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson

“At the time the Constitution was written, an excise was universally understood to be an ‘inland’ (domestic) tax on the consumption of commodities, specifically on manufactured goods. … By contrast, taxes on individuals (‘capitations’), property, businesses, income, and the ordinary business of life were considered ‘direct.’ The Constitution required them to be apportioned among the states. In 1937, the Supreme Court decided Charles C. Steward Machine Co. v. Davis, in which the Court ruled that the Social Security tax on employers was an ‘excise,’ and therefore did not have to be apportioned among the states. The Court cited three pre-constitutional tax statutes that were not imposed on commodities but, it said, were excises. All of the Court’s citations were bogus: None of the statutes were excises. Two were head taxes. The other was a non-excise duty.” (01/26/15)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/01/26/what-is-an-excise/

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47) Why private sector services seem to be more expensive
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Predrag Rajsic

“[In a preceding example] we have two car repair shops in the neighborhood: your neighbor’s shop that provides basic service at no charge to customers, but collects a car care tax from everyone in the neighborhood, and your shop that provides superior care to higher-paying customers. Looking at this situation without knowing your decision-making process could make one believe that private car repair shops are inherently expensive and that they don’t want to provide service to lower-paying customers. But this is an incorrect interpretation. Knowing the unseen decision-making process that was occurring in the background helps us understand that the existence of the tax-funded shop motivated the private shop owner to abandon his plans of providing cheap service. Instead, he decided to provide a more expensive service. In this example, the private shop is not inherently expensive. Its ability to be cheap was prevented by the existence of the tax-funded shop.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njb3fgf

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48) These mental health patients neglected on epidemic scale
Source: The Nation Blog
by Michelle Chen

“Thirty years have passed since the first ‘revolution in mental health’ — the deinstitutionalization movement that moved patients out of segregated mental health hospitals and, in theory, back into their neighborhoods to be with their families. But a generation later, many are still waiting to receive basic care in their communities, the therapy they require to live with the dignity and freedom the movement fought for. Earlier this month, mental healthcare workers across California went on strike to show that everyone’s tired of waiting: patients are tired of delayed appointments, workers are exhausted by understaffing and stalled contract talks, and the system suffers from an outmoded infrastructure that fails to meet growing community needs.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p22tpb8

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49) Obamized again!
Source: CounterPunch
by Andre Vltchek

“The Dude did it to me again! As my scheduled Air India flight from Kochi, Kerala, was attempting to make its final approach to Indira Gandhi International Airport, his much bigger horse, Air Force 1, was heading towards the nearby base. It was exactly 10 o’clock in the morning. My eyes were infected after catching some mysterious bug, as I was told, a common Kerala disease. I was exhausted after writing countless essays (some directly related to the Dude), and what was ahead of me was yet another flight, this time to battered Srinagar in Kashmir. But the Dude’s flying horse had priority. It always has!” (01/26/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/26/obamized-again/

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50) A new idea for tax fairness online
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Jessica Melugin

“The misleadingly named Marketplace Fairness Act died a quiet death during the House of Representatives’ lame-duck session, but is it really the end? What does the new year and the new Congress have in store for the Internet sales tax debate? If recent experience is any guide, MFA supporters will be back to try again. Many MFA supporters correctly point out that the current system creates inequities in the way brick-and-mortar and remote sellers are treated. But their proposed cure would be worse than the disease. To understand why, let’s consider what the nation just avoided.” (01/25/15)

https://cei.org/content/new-idea-tax-fairness-online

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51) GOP deflate gate
Source: The Cagle Post
by Nate Beeler

Cartoon. (01/24/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/gop-deflate-gate/

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52) National School Choice Week starts today!
Source: Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

“This week more than 11,000 events will be held nationwide in celebration of school choice. Also, for the first time ever, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution recognizing January 25-30, 2015, as National School Choice Week to help improve awareness of the benefits of greater opportunities in education. More than 100 governors, mayors, and county leaders are also expected to pass similar resolutions. It is interesting to note that while more and more states are abandoning the DC-driven Common Core ship, new and expanded parental choice programs are proliferating.” (01/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kzou4nf

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53) Note to GOP: Talking about raising taxes is a bad idea
Source: Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon

“What are the Republicans thinking? Coming right out of the gate, at the start of the new GOP-controlled Congress, they began talking about the crazy idea of increasing the gasoline tax. It has little chance of passing, yet can easily taint the party with a tax-raising reputation.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pd8aer5

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54) Disappointment
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I am feeling a lot of disappointment. I am disappointed when someone who knows better does wrong. I put no one on a pedestal, so any individual’s actions don’t pull the rug out from under me. But I am still disappointed. That disappointment is magnified exponentially when the response from people who also know better is to start chanting for revenge, punishment, and other evils which form the very foundation of The State and are antithetical to justice. Like a pack of dogs when one falls, they lose their minds and pile on, to tear the fallen dog to shreds, not really caring who else gets hurt in the free for all.” (01/26/15)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2015/01/disappointment.html

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55) Stop ObamaCare in Ohio!
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Heather_D

“The 2014 elections have thankfully come to an end. But what will happen to your liberty now that the newly elected are sworn in to office? Regardless of what the outcome was for the candidates in your area, you can most certainly count on the horse-trading and backroom deals to continue. You see, politicians count on you to stop paying attention once an election is over.” (01/26/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/stop-obamacare-ohio

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56) The Libertarian Angle, 01/26/15
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger and FFF vice president Sheldon Richman discuss the hot topics of the day. This week: the hit movie American Sniper.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k595kwb

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57) Pro-choice AND pro-free speech: Say no to buffer zones
Source: spiked
by Wendy Kaminer

“Do anti-abortion protesters have a right to congregate outside the entrances to abortion clinics and express strident opposition to abortion? Do women seeking abortion have a right to unimpeded clinic access? If you answer yes to both of these questions, as I do, should you support or oppose buffer zones banning protests outside clinic entrances? That depends on how you define unimpeded access.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lh8uvvs

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58) The age of redefinition
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“On the evening of January 20, when President Obama started the delivery of his state of the union address, Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg rapidly, and very appropriately, fell asleep. Some of the other justices looked as if they were ready to drop off too. I’m sure that most of the television audience, unburdened by protocol, went all the way to dreamland. The irritating thing was that stories about Ginsburg’s snooze — which was the only important event of the evening — were headlined and teased with words like these: ’81-Year-Old Justice Caught Nodding Off.’ If you still need to be convinced about liberal bias in journalism, ask yourself how many stories on Ginsburg’s far-left opinions have been headlined with a reference to her age. ’81-Year-Old Justice Opines Again?’ No, no chance of that. Write a bizarre legal document? An act of courage. Fall asleep during a boring, pointless speech? Senility.” (01/25/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1364

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59) The Secret Life of Hillary Clinton
Source: LewRockwell.com
by John V Walsh

“‘We’re going in!’ The Envoy’s voice had the sting of a cold wind cutting across the taiga. Ratta. Tatta Tat. The plane out of Ramstein was pelted with a bararage of fire as it descended into Tuzla Air Base in Bosnia. Ratta Tatta Tat. One piece of shrapnel pierced the window next to the Envoys seat. She was calm. ‘We can’t make it ma’am. There’s even heavier fire below.’ ‘That was an order, Major Fenton.’ She was even cooler than her voice in the midst of the panic around her. ‘I’m going up front.’ Bursting into the cockpit she took the controls and put the plane into a steep dive, getting it below the barrage of bullets.” [satire] (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k3syn4n

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60) Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/26/15
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Mark Calabria joins us for a discussion on federal housing policy and homeownership in America. What political forces helped create our modern housing policy?” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m8estp8

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