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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
The Freedom Movement’s Daily Newspaper

Volume XIII, Issue #3,121
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Israel launches airstrikes on Syrian army as tensions rise
2) Libya: At least eight killed as gunmen storm Tripoli hotel
3) Fresh violence vs. Ukrainian invaders in DPR may be used as excuse for more
4) US stocks suffer biggest drop in three weeks
5) Mexico: Investigators believe all 43 missing students are dead
6) VT: Bill to outlaw microbeads advances in House
7) Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic
8) NY: Silver to vacate post
9) Tibet: Chicom officials punished for helping Dalai Lama
10) Cops want popular tracking app disabled
11) US Senate hearings: Lynch may be grilled on Obama policies
12) Mali: Three killed, 13 hurt in protest
13) Pentagon denies decision made to charge Bergdahl with desertion
14) Mormon church backs LGBT rights — with one condition
15) Cuba: $6 billion owed to Americans for seized properties hangs over US talks
16) Saudi Arabia: Three more beheadings under new king
17) Argentina: Fernandez plans to dissolve spy agency
18) France: Court says parents can’t name child Nutella
19) CA: Thieves hit Wells Fargo museum for gold nuggets
20) Germany: Clean energy at turning point

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) US foreign policy goes retro
22) “School choice” is a stopgap measure for the ruling class
23) Here we go again
24) Living in FoxNewsIstan
25) The ethics and practice of blood donation
26) US no longer slides in economic freedom ratings, but still only “mostly free”
27) Syriza victory: Anti-austerity movement going mainstream
28) Pure hypocrisy — as government spies on millions of Americans’ cars, police want Google to ban cop tracking feature on app
29) Know your enemy: How federal programs are carried out
30) Gabriel Schivone on The Scott Horton Show
31) Sarah Palin slips into self-parody
32) Europe’s move in the direction of more monetary mischief
33) A staggeringly lopsided economic recovery
34) Sociology is finally a science
35) Religious bric-a-brac and tolerance of violent jihad
36) Austrians and the mainstream
37) Regarding the non-aggression principle
38) The lone collectivist
39) That other Bush steps in the ring
40) The president’s fictional record
41) The Atheist Experience folly
42) BlackBerry’s bully
43) Germany: On Auschwitz’s 70th anniversary, little tolerance for “others”
44) Revolting Greece
45) Anarchy and mutualist: A libertarian synthesis
46) Don’t be fooled by Bolivia’s latest judicial “reform”
47) Liberate 41 million Americans from student loan debt
48) An Aussie politician has gone off to fight the Islamic State — brilliant
49) Pennsylvania on my mind … or not
50) Learning from defeat
51) Charts of the Day, declining deficit edition
52) A graphical introduction to the Austrian Business Cycle Theory
53) Torture if you must, but do not under any circumstances call the New York Times
54) White House threatened by drones
55) If you like your Medicare, you can keep your Medicare

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1) Israel launches airstrikes on Syrian army as tensions rise
Source: Independent [Ireland]

“Israeli aircraft struck Syrian army artillery positions early on Wednesday, the military said, in retaliation for rockets launched at the Israel-occupied Golan Heights a day earlier. The strike came amid rising frontier tension 10 days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. The air strike on targets in areas under the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent a clear message, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said in a statement.” [editor’s note: Do I detect a hint of “Mom! He hit me back first!” there? – TLK] (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mxwwsum

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2) Libya: At least eight killed as gunmen storm Tripoli hotel
Source: euronews [EU]

“Two heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favoured by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least eight people including four foreigners before blowing themselves up with a grenade. Officials said shooting erupted inside the five-star Corinthia Hotel and security forces evacuated guests, including Tripoli’s prime minister and an American delegation, after the gunmen blasted through the building’s security and reception.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pu8wgf8

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3) Fresh violence vs. Ukrainian invaders in DPR may be used as excuse for more sanctions against Russia
Source: Oklahoma City Sun

“Many [invading Ukrainian] soldiers among dozens killed in fresh attacks allegedly [in Donetsk People’s Republic], prompting West[ern] threats of more sanctions against Russia for openly aiding and arming the [Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics]. But Russian President Vladimir Putin stood as defiant as he always has been and accused the Ukrainian government of prolonging the conflict by refusing to talk to the [seceded states].” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mqovr22

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4) US stocks suffer biggest drop in three weeks
Source: MarketWatch

“U.S. stocks recorded their biggest decline in three weeks on Tuesday, following a surprise drop in durable-goods orders and disappointing earnings from Microsoft Corp. and Caterpillar Inc. The weak data stoked fears that economic growth is decelerating. The S&P 500 SPX, -1.34% closed down 27.53 points, or 1.3%, at 2,029.56, as Microsoft Corp. MSFT, +0.77% and Caterpillar Inc. CAT, +0.63% plunged to lead losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.65% dropped as much as 380 points, but closed down 291.49 points, or 1.7%, at 17,387.21.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nyc89ju

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5) Mexico: Investigators believe all 43 missing students are dead
Source: Boston Herald

“Investigators are now certain that 43 college students missing since September were killed and incinerated after they were seized by police in southern Guerrero state, the Mexican attorney general said Tuesday. It was the first time Jesus Murillo Karam said definitely that all were dead, even though Mexican authorities have DNA identification for only one student and a declaration from a laboratory in Innsbruck, Austria, that it appears impossible to identify the others.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhpa3l3

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6) VT: Bill to outlaw microbeads advances in House
Source: Rutland Herald

“The Vermont House passed a bill Tuesday to ban microbeads, the tiny plastic spheres used in the manufacture of cosmetics, because they have been found to cause harm to fish and other wildlife. … The small plastic beads typically end up in the state’s waterways because they are too small to be filtered out at water treatment plants. The beads, which are found in thousands of personal care products, absorb toxic chemicals and can cause harm to fish and other animals that consume them.” (01/28/15)

http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20150128/NEWS03/701289895

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7) Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic
Source: Worcester Telegram

“The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska. The proposal envisions auctioning areas located more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil companies no earlier than 2021, long after President Barack Obama leaves office. For decades, oil companies have been barred from drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, where a moratorium was in place up until 2008.” (01/28/15)

http://www.telegram.com/article/20150128/NEWS/301279602/1052

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8) NY: Silver to vacate post
Source: United Press International

“Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, will vacate his post one week after he was arrested on federal corruption charges. Silver was told to either vacate the post he’s held since 1994 or he would be ousted. Joseph D. Morelle, a Democrat out of the Rochester, N.Y., area, will replace him as interim speaker.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfxrbk4

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9) Tibet: Chicom officials punished for helping Dalai Lama
Source: Charlotte Observer

“Investigators have found that 15 Communist Party officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities deemed harmful to China’s security, a party agency said Wednesday. The publicizing of party officials supporting Tibetan separatism was highly unusual and suggested continuing unrest in the Himalayan region, which has had a heavy security presence since a wave of riots and protests against Chinese rule in 2008.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qbxh4eu

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10) Cops want popular tracking app disabled
Source: Sacramento Bee

“Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police. Waze is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. Fifty million users in 200 countries turn to the free service for warnings about nearby congestion, car accidents, speed traps, traffic cameras, construction zones, potholes, stalled vehicles or unsafe weather conditions. Waze users mark police — who are generally working in public spaces — on maps without much distinction other than ‘visible’ or ‘hidden.’ Users see a police icon, but it’s not immediately clear whether police are there for a speed trap, a sobriety check or a lunch break. To some in law enforcement, this feature amounts to a stalking app for people who want to harm police. They want Google to disable that feature.” [editor’s note: If the cops have nothing to hide, why … oh, never mind – TLK] (01/26/15)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article8194569.html

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11) US Senate hearings: Lynch may be grilled on Obama policies
Source: Los Angeles Times

“The Senate Judiciary Committee begins two days of confirmation hearings for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday. But fireworks — to the extent there are any — will most likely be set off by tough questioning from conservatives about President Obama’s policies on immigration and use of executive power, rather than the nominee’s record. Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has drawn support from key Republicans, so her confirmation seems likely. But the hearings present an opportunity for the new Republican-controlled Senate to flex its muscles.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/myfqedb

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12) Mali: Three killed, 13 hurt in protest
Source: Redding Record Searchlight

“U.N. peacekeepers said they fired tear gas and warning shots on Tuesday to disperse a protest that had degenerated into violence outside one of their bases in northern Mali. Three people were killed and several wounded, including some by gunfire, the force said. But two witnesses – Attouyoube Maiga, a passerby, and Aboubacrine Abouhayata, a local radio journalist – told The Associated Press they saw U.N. troops fire live rounds into the crowd that had gathered in the city of Gao.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pj5m65k

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13) Pentagon denies decision made to charge Bergdahl with desertion
Source: Fox News

“Pentagon and Army officials on Tuesday strongly denied claims that the U.S. military has decided to file desertion charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by Taliban-aligned militants last year in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners. The claim was first made by retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a former military intelligence officer who now works at the London Center for Policy Research. … But Maj. Gen. Ronald F. Lewis, the Army’s chief of public affairs, put out a statement Tuesday afternoon calling the reports, including a similar one by NBC News, ‘patently false.’ … Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby also said Bergdahl ‘has not been charged,’ and no charges have been referred. ‘No decision has been made with respect to the case of Sgt. Bergdahl, none,’ he said. ‘And there is no timeline to make that decision.'” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lrl9cft

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14) Mormon church backs LGBT rights — with one condition
Source: CNN

“In at least one big and bruising culture-war battle, the Mormon church wants to call a partial truce. Convening a rare press conference on Tuesday at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Mormon leaders pledged to support anti-discrimination laws for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, as long the laws also protect the rights of religious groups. … Tuesday’s announcement doesn’t change church doctrine — including its opposition to gay marriage, Mormon leaders said. ‘But we are suggesting a way forward in which those with different views on these complex issues can together seek solutions that will be fair to everyone,’ said Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, one of the church’s top tiers of leadership.” (01/27/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/27/us/mormon-church-lgbt-laws/

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15) Cuba: $6 billion owed to Americans for seized properties hangs over US talks
Source: Fox News

“A $6 billion sticking point could create headaches for the U.S.-Cuba talks. Though concerns over human rights, press freedoms and U.S. fugitives living free on the island have dominated debate over the Obama administration’s negotiations on restoring diplomatic ties, the Castro regime also still owes Americans that eye-popping sum. The $6 billion figure represents the value of all the assets seized from thousands of U.S. citizens and businesses after the Cuban revolution in 1959. With the United States pressing forward on normalizing relations with the communist country, some say the talks must resolve these claims.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n2g2jsc

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16) Saudi Arabia: Three more beheadings under new king
Source: Raw Story

“Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded two more of its citizens and a Pakistani, continuing the strictest punishment under new King Salman. Omar bin Yahya bin Ibrahim al-Barkati was tried and convicted of incest, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. … In a separate case, Yassir bin Hussein al-Hamza was executed in northwestern Jawf region after his trial and confession for smuggling amphetamine pills, the ministry said. A third convict, Latif Khan Nurzada, a Pakistani, was executed for trafficking heroin into the kingdom.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/npo3mx5

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17) Argentina: Fernandez plans to dissolve spy agency
Source: Reuters

“President Cristina Fernandez plans to disband Argentina’s intelligence agency amid suspicions that rogue agents were behind the mysterious death of a state prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center. In her first televised address since Alberto Nisman was found dead with a single bullet to the head, Fernandez said on Monday night she would send Congress a bill creating a new security body that would be more transparent.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kc8o9ef

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18) France: Court says parents can’t name child Nutella
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A French court has stopped parents from naming their baby girl Nutella after the hazelnut spread, ruling that it would make her the target of derision. The judge ordered that the child be called Ella instead. He said in his ruling that the name Nutella was the trade name of a spread that is commonplace in Gallic homes. ‘And it is contrary to the child’s interest to have a name that can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts,’ he pronounced.” [editor’s nogte: Where was this guy when people started naming their kids things like Orangejello, Lemonjello and Shithead (Shih-THEED)? – SAT] (01/27/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30993608

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19) CA: Thieves hit Wells Fargo museum for gold nuggets
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Thieves in ski masks smashed a stolen sport utility vehicle into the site of the original Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco’s Financial District early Tuesday and held a security guard at gunpoint before making off with gold nuggets from California’s Gold Rush era, police said. The crash-and-grab heist (the latest of a series of similar incidents in San Francisco) happened about 2:30 a.m. at the bank’s museum at 420 Montgomery St. The intruders rammed the GMC Suburban through the museum’s glass revolving doors, police said. A security guard investigating the crash was held at gunpoint by the assailants, who then smashed into display cases and made off with historic nuggets and gold ore, police said.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pkuvmv7

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20) Germany: Clean energy at turning point
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Mounting evidence suggests that in 2014, renewable energy overtook lignite as Germany’s No. 1 electricity source for the first time ever. The Energiewende (Germany’s ambitious plan to wean itself off fossil and nuclear fuel) is far from perfect, and plenty of challenges lie ahead in balancing intermittent sources. Still, it’s a technological marvel that the world’s fourth largest economy derived more than a quarter of its power from infinitely replenishable sources. If a clean-energy economy is the 21st century’s moon race, then Germany is winning.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lq39o5e

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21) US foreign policy goes retro
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Under Obama, relations with Russia have reached a new low point. We’re supposed to believe this is due to Putin’s alleged ‘relapse’ into authoritarianism, but Russia today is substantially freer than it was under the Soviets — and no country on earth has come up from Communism straight to Jeffersonian republicanism. No, the reason for the retrogression of US-Russian relations has more to do with an aggressive American agenda that aims at regime change in Russia’s ‘near abroad’ — and in Russia itself. … Cold War II is now in full swing, and on the home front this means a wave of Russophobia not seen since the days of the Cuban missile crisis.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nonpn4c

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22) “School choice” is a stopgap measure for the ruling class
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L Knapp

“The purpose of ‘public’ — read ‘government’ — education hasn’t changed much in 150 years. If you don’t believe me on that, believe Horace Mann and other architects and advocates of the existing system. What is that purpose? To produce docile citizens who do as they are told to do by their ruling class masters. … But there are always some who don’t do well in the combination day care centers, minimum security prisons and bureaucratic money sinks sold to us as ‘schools.’ And an increasingly high-tech economy requires new layers of workers with skill sets that require more cultivation than such ‘public’ institutions can provide.” (01/27/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/35326

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23) Here we go again
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“The 2016 Republican Presidential nomination campaign silly season is upon us already and it’s shaping up just as it did the last time when the ultra right wing religious fanatics in the Party forced Mitt Romney, the best moderate candidate way too far to the right and, as a consequence, he lost a general election which should have easily been won to the incompetent socialist, Barack Obama. Here we go again. Will the Republicans ever learn?” (01/27/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/01/here-we-go-again.html

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24) Living in FoxNewsIstan
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“OK, honestly, I can’t say if they were influenced by any ‘news’ channel. I overheard some people discussing the mass murderer movie. Salivating to go see it; grieving that it is always ‘sold out.’ Propaganda has never been so profitable. The State risks none of the stolen money it controls, lets corporations do it instead, and both reap the rewards. A nice gig if you can get it, I suppose.” (01/27/15)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2015/01/living-in-foxnewsistan.html

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25) The ethics and practice of blood donation
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“We tend to think that kidney transplants are better than [t]he slow death which is dialysis. But many do die simply because there aren’t enough kidneys available for transplant. And this would be true even if ever potentially usable organ was stripped from corpses, the wishes of their now deceased former owner be damned. To fill this gap we must therefore ask for live donations (much the same being true of liver and lung transplants, heart such cannot of course be carried out from a live donor). But there’s a rather limited supply of people willing to live donate a kidney. When, as we do from time to time, we suggest that the obvious answer is simply to pay donors, as they do in Iran, we’re told that paying for kidneys would simply be immoral. As with those shouting about blood. Shrug: this means that people will die because of some squeamishness over cash having been involved.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mb9lngx

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26) US no longer slides in economic freedom ratings, but still only “mostly free”
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“The good news from the debut of the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom is that the United States has stopped its free fall down the rankings. For those of us living here, that’s a bit of relief, suggesting that we won’t have to actually compete with Bulgaria (number 55) for who sucks slightly less anytime soon. The bad news is that the U.S. remains stuck at number 12. That earns us only ‘mostly free’ status and puts us out of the running with economically more liberated economies like those of Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. It also reaffirms the archaic status of socialist jokes about Canada, which slides in six whole slots above us. That’s a shame, because I have a good one that looks like it’s permanently out of circulation.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k28g7sl

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27) Syriza victory: Anti-austerity movement going mainstream
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“Yesterday, Syriza — a previously marginal, left-leaning coalition party in Greece — made history by winning the country’s general election. Winning 149 of 300 parliamentary seats, the party fell just two votes shy of an outright majority. Syriza’s leader, 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, will become prime minister at the head of a coalition anti-austerity government, beating out the conservative New Democracy party and its now former prime minister, Antonis Samaras.” (01/27/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17577/syriza_austerity

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28) Pure hypocrisy — as government spies on millions of Americans’ cars, police want Google to ban cop tracking feature on app
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Sometime last year, a friend introduced me to the Waze App, which Google had purchased for $966 million in 2013. I immediately thought the concept was awesome, particularly the feature that allows users to crowdsource information on where police are stationed. Considering how dangerous interactions with police have become, with theft or death being an increasingly real possibility, the idea seemed helpful. Well fast forward a few months, and we find out that several sheriffs are actively campaigning to make Google disable the feature.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ka8xrs9

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29) Know your enemy: How federal programs are carried out
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“There are two main ways that most major federal programs are put into effect. Understanding this will help determine the best way to stop them. … PROCESS 1 … Some new way to violate your rights comes on the scene. The feds start giving the tools to effectuate this idea — either through grant money to buy specific things, or giveaways of specific equipment — to the states. The states start using them — widely. Eventually, the feds tap into the program, essentially making it a national program. … PROCESS 2 … The feds pass a new law or program violating your rights. The states handle either handle the front-line enforcement, or they provide significant resources to the operation of the program.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m58ahv9

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30) Gabriel Schivone on The Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

“Gabriel Schivone, a writer and humanitarian volunteer in Tucson, discusses his article ‘Gaza in Arizona: How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border.'” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/26/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/01/26/12615-gabriel-schivone/

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31) Sarah Palin slips into self-parody
Source: National Review
by Charles CW Cooke

“‘It would be hard to say,’ York observed drily, ‘that Palin’s 35-minute talk had a theme.’ But, one might ask, ‘Do they ever?’ For a long while now, Palin has not so much contributed arguments and ideas as she has thrown together a one-woman variety show for a band of traveling fans. One part free verse, one part Dada-laden ressentiment, and one part primal scream therapy, Palin’s appearances seem to be designed less to advance the ball for the Right and more to ensure that her name remains in the news, that her business opportunities are not entirely foreclosed, and that her hand remains strong enough to justify her role as kingmaker without portfolio. Ultimately, she isn’t really trying to change politics; she’s trying to be politics — the system and its complexities be damned. Want to find a figure to which Palin can be reasonably compared? It’s not Ronald Reagan. It’s Donald Trump.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kbocbj5

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32) Europe’s move in the direction of more monetary mischief
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“The European Central Bank has announced its intention to create out of thin air over one trillion new Euros from March 2015 to September 2016. The rationale, the monetary central planners say, is to prevent price deflation and ‘stimulate’ the European economy into prosperity. The only problem with their plan is that their concern about ‘deflation’ is a misguided fear, and printing money can never serve as a long-term solution to bring about sustainable economic growth and prosperity.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qdkwwdu

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33) A staggeringly lopsided economic recovery
Source: The Nation Blog
by Zoe Carpenter

“Just how strong is the economic recovery? Democrats have offered somewhat contradictory answers to that question recently. The picture President Obama painted in last week’s State of the Union address was mostly rosy. “The shadow of crisis has passed,” he declared, citing ‘a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production.’ And indeed, the US economy added more jobs in 2014 than it has since 1999, and unemployment is at its lowest point in more than six years. The competing, bleaker, view — described most forcefully by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren — is that the good numbers don’t accurately reflect the reality lived by America’s workers.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mkd99ja

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34) Sociology is finally a science
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Norman Imberman

“One usually comes up with the argument that ‘in the social realm we are dealing with people’s emotions and irrationality and you can’t apply science to that aspect of human life.’ Wasn’t that, a priori, the same kind of popular argument during the time of Archimedes, Galileo, and the Wright Brothers used to refute their claims? Wasn’t it the emotions and irrationality of other people that stood in the way of believing the truth offered by those geniuses during their time? Yet today, in spite of the useless, mystical, emotional and irrational negative arguments of the past, it is presently understood and accepted why things float, that there are mountains on the moon and how man can fly?” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ly87taq

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35) Religious bric-a-brac and tolerance of violent jihad
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jacques Delacroix

“In the two days following and during the events I heard much nonsense about the context of the mass murders of 12 newspapermen and police officers, of a policewoman the next day, and of four Jewish hostages in Paris. The nonsense included the assertion by Rush Limbaugh that French cops are unarmed (90% false) and another, by a local conservative radio host, a good friend, that the French had imported North Africans to compensate for their demographic decline (false and absurd). Of course, NPR joined CNN in consistently misreporting the ongoing action without bothering to glance at Google Maps. Christiane Amanpour breathlessly contributed mistranslations of simple French words. Several media affirmed that there are ‘hundreds’ of areas, including in Paris itself, where the French police won’t venture, areas that are already under Sharia law. It’s pure alarmist invention. (Fox News apologized about a week later; the Socialist Mayor of Paris is suing nonetheless.) An American scholar reared in France, I have to add my voice, because I may in fact be better informed than most of those who commented in English.” (01/27/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1365

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36) Austrians and the mainstream
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by staff

Interview with John P. Cochran. Cochran: “Many economists do see an advantage in diversity. One of my dissertation advisors, Tracy Mott, now at the University of Denver, was an excellent role model as a gentleman and scholar. While his work focused on extending the ideas of Michal Kalecki and John Maynard Keynes on the relation of financial considerations to economic activity, he was open to disagreement and instrumental in my early research. While at DU, if he had students interested in Austrian economics he would occasionally have me or Padilla in to make a presentation. In general, most good economists are looking for colleagues who are good scholars, good teachers, and not a lunch tax.” (01/27/15)

http://mises.org/library/austrians-and-mainstream

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37) Regarding the non-aggression principle
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel

“NAP is intended to answer the question: ‘what wrongful deeds in society can be confronted with legitimate aggression?’ If a person fails to love the Lord his God with all his heart, mind, and strength, as we ought, should that person be prosecuted under the law? How about a person who makes it a habit of killing people? Both of these are the result of a sinful heart and deserve the wrath of God, but since only the latter action constitutes a breach of the Principle, it is this action that can be confronted or addressed with force. Everything else should be confronted with other means.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l48crge

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38) The lone collectivist
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“When you’re a normal member of your society, the appeal of collectivism is easy to understand. Most people believe what you believe and enjoy what you enjoy. So wouldn’t it be great if society as a whole continuously celebrated your worldview and lifestyle? When you fit in, walking on eggshells to spare minority sensibilities is most tiresome. If you’re weird, in contrast, the appeal of individualism is easy to understand. Most people neither believe what you believe nor enjoy what you enjoy.” (01/27/15)

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

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39) That other Bush steps in the ring
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

“Jeb Bush may be the front-runner in the GOP 2016 primary. He is the son and brother of former presidents, who can tap into their vaunted fund-raising machines. In some eyes, the former Florida governor always was the more disciplined, thoughtful and worthy son. Maybe. But Jeb Bush also has a problem: He is a boring speaker. Now that he’s apparently running for president, has Bush stepped up his game? I walked two blocks over to the National Automobile Dealers Association convention Friday to watch him address the crowd. Did he hit rhetorical heights? No, he did not.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lb9b6mm

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40) The president’s fictional record
Source: Cato Institute
by Richard W Rahn

“If you were a librarian, would you put President Obama’s recently delivered State of the Union address in the fiction or nonfiction section? All presidents puff their accomplishments and gloss over their failures, but no previous president has been so blatant in just making up ‘facts’ and numbers that are so disconnected from reality.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o6surd6

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41) The Atheist Experience folly
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gangol

“In one of my last articles I noted that many atheists seem to reserve their skepticism for God and the supernatural, but seem to have blind faith when it comes to government. That notion seemed to be reinforced on a recent episode of “The Atheist Experience.” The Atheist Experience is a cable access show that was created by an atheist organization in Austin, Texas. It is a show where viewers call in to discuss a wide range of issues with the hosts. On this particular episode they had a libertarian caller who tried in vain to get his message across to the show’s hosts, Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris about the evils of the initiation of force. I have seen a few prior episodes on YouTube and I would have to say that these two, along with various other hosts of the show are usually pretty good at holding their own when it comes to debating theists. Unfortunately it seemed like they reached some level of ignorance when it came to libertarianism.” (01/25/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle806-20150125-04.html

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42) BlackBerry’s bully
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Richard Lorenc

“Thriving tech companies may feel threatened by proposed net neutrality legislation, but the CEO of one ailing high-tech has-been thinks that the regulation-in-waiting may be his beleaguered company’s salvation. Net neutrality — the contentious idea that government intervention is required for consumers to access Internet content quickly and easily — is absurd to anyone who understands innovation, but BlackBerry CEO John Chun is already suggesting ways to expand the idea to give his company a leg up against its competitors.” (01/27/15)

http://fee.org/blog/detail/blackberrys-bully

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43) Germany: On Auschwitz’s 70th anniversary, little tolerance for “others”
Source: Reuters
by Lars Fischer

“Last Wednesday it was revealed that Lutz Bachmann, one of the founders and leaders of the German movement calling itself ‘Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamicization of the Occident’ (PEGIDA) thought it would be fun to post photographs of himself posing as Hitler on Facebook. Coming less than a week before today’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, many are likely to find this revelation particularly chilling. PEGIDA, Bachmann’s brain child, emerged in the autumn of 2014 and has been organizing weekly demonstrations in Dresden.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lcv587z

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44) Revolting Greece
Source: The Cagle Post
by Martin Sutovec

Cartoon. (01/26/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/revolting-greece/

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45) Anarchy and mutualist: A libertarian synthesis
Source: Students For Liberty
by Jack Enright

“What is anarchy? Chaos. Despite my professor’s attempts to dispel this myth close to a dozen times, many of my International Politics classmates used this one word definition to characterize philosophies that prescribe an absence of central government. The key word here is ‘central.’ Anarchy is not an absence of government, but of central government. Most people don’t realize that anarchists in fact usually favor decentralized government, such as voluntary states, labor unions, and other collectives that do not mandate participation simply because one lives in a certain geographic area.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kyaaut2

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46) Don’t be fooled by Bolivia’s latest judicial “reform”
Source: The Canal
by Roberto Ortiz

“In October 2011, Bolivia, for the first time in its history, elected judicial officials. But there was a catch: those who ran were selected by the government, with all notions of meritocracy left by the wayside. Bolivians were given only one option in the elections, which proved to a be sideshow, rather than an event that could provide meaningful change. Today, three and a half years later, the inefficiency of the new judicial system has cost the average citizen dearly. Corruption and extortion are endemic to the judiciary: a symptom of its complete subservience to the executive.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/noortdq

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47) Liberate 41 million Americans from student loan debt
Source: Our Future
by Mary Green Swig, Steven L.Swig & Richard Eskow

“President Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community college education, and the broader discussion that it has inspired, confirms our belief that it is time for a comprehensive solution to a $1.3 trillion problem: student debt in the United States. We strongly support the concept of tuition-free public higher education, and are encouraged by renewed arguments in its favor. But we must also confront what has been done to the last several generations of students. They have been forced to take on debt that is crippling to them, to our economy and our society.” [editor’s note: The “jubilee” concept might work; a better one would be a “pay it forward” from corporate America, in exchange for some period of job commitment after graduation – SAT] (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n4283p5

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48) An Aussie politician has gone off to fight the Islamic State — brilliant
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Imagine Chuka Umunna hanging up his immaculately tailored suits and heading off to Syria to do battle with the Islamic State. Or Ed Balls ditching his unconvincing blather about how Labour would resuscitate the British economy in preference for picking up a gun and knocking off some ISIS nutters. Imagine if some of the Labour-leaning laptop bombardiers who pepper the British press put down their spittle-flecked iPads and actually filed off to war against IS rather than filing 800 words about why the armies of the West should launch a war against IS. Crazy, you say? An unacceptable demand to make of politicians and opinion-formers who have serious jobs and nice homes? Not so fast.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lq3jwmb

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49) Pennsylvania on my mind … or not
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Lawson Bader

“Pennsylvania liquor establishments, I confess, make Virginia’s look lavish by comparison. Want beer? You have to go to a specific store. Want spirits? Go to a different, specially designated store. Want a decent selection? Better drink water. For Keystone State residents, buying their favorite tipple means wading through a morass of price controls, distribution controls, cheap brands, and high prices worse than I’d imagined. And for what? More government and state-enforced morality. Good times.” (01/26/15)

https://cei.org/content/pennsylvania-my-mind-%E2%80%A6-or-not

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50) Learning from defeat
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Bloomington Coach Dale Chung says people should not feel sorry for his team, but for the Arroyo team, which ‘isn’t learning the game the right way.’ No, coach. To accept responsibility for a bad loss without casting blame, then to work to improve, takes grit, persistence and grace. It’s something we all must learn to do in life. It’s the real magic of sport. And easy wins don’t teach us that. Hard losses do. Why are you communicating the opposite?” (01/27/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/27/learning-from-defeat/

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51) Charts of the Day, declining deficit edition
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“If you’re like me, you can’t wait for an excuse to head on over to the historical tables of the president’s budget and grab some data to make a couple of graphs. Okay, so you’re not like me in that respect, because you’re not a weirdo. But I am, so when I saw that the Congressional Budget Office had come up with its latest budget projections, I knew it was graph time. The good news is that the deficit in 2014 was $483 billion, or 2.8 percent of GDP. While that would be a lot of money to have in your bank account, it’s the lowest deficit since 2007.” [editor’s note: Other than conflating velocity with acceleration-rate, this is a half-decent analysis. Yes, the rate of decline was slower; NO, the deficit was clearly not reduced! – SAT] (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l2wts4z

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52) A graphical introduction to the Austrian Business Cycle Theory
Source: Mises Canada
by Gaurav Mehra

“Business cycles, simply put, are the fluctuations of economic growth about an economy’s long-term trend. Identifying the symptoms of business cycles is simple enough but identifying their cause is a much more formidable task. Indeed, many theories have tried and many have failed to provide convincing causational links. Many economists and politicians have even come to accept business cycles as an inherently pernicious trait of capitalism. This article attempts to explain, to the best of its author’s ability, a relatively forgotten and anti-conventional theory that aims to explain business cycles; the Austrian Business Cycle Theory (ABCT).” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mr5kogk

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53) Torture if you must, but do not under any circumstances call the New York Times
Source: The Intercept
by Dan Froomkin

“Far from rejecting the authoritarian bent of his presidential predecessor, Obama has simply adjusted it, adding his own personal touches, most notably an enthusiasm for criminally prosecuting the kinds of leaks that are essential to a free press. The Sterling case — especially in light of Obama’s complicity in the cover-up of torture during the Bush administration — sends a clear message to people in government service: You won’t get in trouble as long as you do what you’re told (even torture people). But if you talk to a reporter and tell him something we want kept secret, we will spare no effort to destroy you.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lks5yp2

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54) White House threatened by drones
Source: CounterPunch
by Chris Floyd

“The White House faces a serious threat from drones, administration officials said today, after a recent incident in which a small, private drone crashed on the lawn near the president’s home. This episode, though minor, has alerted the White House to a wider problem, the official said. ‘The drone campaign conducted by President Obama in countries all over world threatens to make the term ‘White House’ synonymous with murder, destruction, violence, terror and cowardly sneak attacks that have claimed hundreds of innocent lives,’ said the official.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ovqdmku

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55) If you like your Medicare, you can keep your Medicare
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jane M Orient, MD

“Not just Barack Obama, but all politicians promise to protect Medicare — even if they are robbing it to pay for ObamaCare. They don’t promise that you can keep your Medicare doctor, however. And they don’t address the question of what happens if you don’t like your Medicare. You can drop Medicare Part B, though there is a penalty for getting back in. But to drop Medicare Part A, you have to give back all the Social Security payments you ever received, as well as forgoing future payments.” (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pm2ejxk

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