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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,152
Thursday, March 12th, 2015
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In the News:

1) MO: Two cops shot at protest outside Ferguson police station
2) Somalia: Islamists kill six in Baidoa attack
3) Iraq: 226 killed in fighting, 300 found in mass graves
4) FL: Judges issues arrest warrant for mom who won’t consent to son’s genital
5) IMF approves $17.5 billion credit program for Ukraine
6) Netherlands: Court scraps data retention law, cites privacy concern
7) Graham: My first act as president would be to send military after Congress
8) Dems threaten to block own bill after finding [sic] abortion language
9) GOP hopes for balanced budget face Senate battle
10) CT: Trooper accused of disclosing drug probe
11) Obama orders new sanctions, declares Venezuela national security threat
12) Chile: Right-wing leader quits amid corruption scandal
13) MO: Court rules worship act violates First Amendment
14) Secret Service agents investigated for driving car into White House barrier
15) AP sues US State Department over Clinton emails
16) Saudi Arabia withdraws ambassador to Sweden as clash escalates
17) MO: Ferguson police chief resigns
18) France: Jewels worth millions stolen in motorway heist
19) India: Former prime minister, others summoned by court over coal scandal
20) FL: Remains found after military helicopter carrying 11 crashes

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) How DNA is turning us into a nation of suspects
22) Saving ObamaCare with Supreme hypocrisy?
23) In Libertopia valid contracts require exit clauses
24) Pathological political deception
25) If a thug lends a hand
26) Why are drone pilots quitting in huge numbers?
27) Oklahoma bill would legalize gay marriage. This apparently bothers Democrats and gays
28) There is no global jihadist “movement”
29) Will Grigg on The Scott Horton Show
30) The progressive promise
31) Will the Fed kill the recovery (again)?
32) Jane Cobden: Carrying on her father’s good works
33) The Spending Plan, courage, and politicians
34) Net Neutrality: Triumph of the ruling class
35) “Flexible” scheduling stretching retail workers to breaking point
36) Internet at the speed of government
37) Technology should be used to create social mobility — not to spy on citizens
38) Krugman gives TPP “thumbs down”
39) King v. Burwell: The latest ObamaCare mess at the Supreme Court
40) How governments twist terrorism
41) How to stop the tyranny of the Electoral College
42) Where Edward Snowden is wrong
43) Why today’s activists should read Martin Luther King
44) Better name for Boomers: “The laziest generation?”
45) A triumph of cowardice
46) Gold stars for pushing global warming folly
47) Military aid — “if we don’t do it, someone else will”
48) University of Oklahoma expels students for constitutionally protected speech
49) The anarchist Republic of Cospaia
50) “Sick day” HSAs: A better idea than mandated sick pay
51) What’s the deal with Republicans and cannabis?
52) As free speech is so often punished, how worried are you?
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/11/15
54) Plain packs: An attack on intellectual property
55) The “convenience” of untruth
56) Right to work
57) Sub-zero interest rates as an endless daylight saving time
58) Is monopoly self-justifying?
59) The depressing results of the war on terrorism
60) Stop phony crony pay grab

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

1) MO: Two cops shot at protest outside Ferguson police station
Source: Washington Post

“Two officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday, authorities said, as demonstrators gathered after the resignation of the city’s police chief in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report alleging bias in the police department and court. A 32-year-old officer from nearby Webster Groves was shot in the face and a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference. Both were taken to a hospital, where Belmar said they were conscious. He said he did not have further details about their conditions but described their injuries as ‘serious.'” (03/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzft95j

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2) Somalia: Islamists kill six in Baidoa attack
Source: Reuters

“Six Somali police officers were killed on Thursday when al Shabaab Islamist militants detonated a car bomb outside a regional government headquarters in the central city of Baidoa and then stormed inside the compound, police said. The attack is the latest in a series launched by the group, which often targets official sites and politicians in the capital Mogadishu in its bid to topple the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam.” (03/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kqk5gla

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3) Iraq: 226 killed in fighting, 300 found in mass graves
Source: Antiwar.com

“Security forces have made their way into Tikrit and claim to be in control of as much as 90 percent of the city. Seven snipers were killed by security forces. Over 300 bodies were found in two mass graves near Abu Ajil. They may belong to soldiers massacred at Camp Speicher last summer. At least 17 suicide bombers were part of a 21-bomb attack on Ramadi army targets that left at least 17 dead and 30 wounded. Security forces killed another 26 militants.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q4aemy9

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4) FL: Judges issues arrest warrant for mom who won’t consent to son’s genital
Source: Palm Beach Post

“In what is believed to be a first in the nation, a Palm Beach County judge on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a Boynton Beach woman because she refuses to have her son circumcised. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen signed the arrest warrant for 30-year-old Heather Hironimus after telling her attorney Thomas Hunker that her concerns about her 4-year-old son’s welfare were irrelevant.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k8pqpa4

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5) IMF approves $17.5 billion credit program for Ukraine
Source: ABC News

“The International Monetary Fund agreed Wednesday to extend $17.5 billion in loans to Ukraine as part of a program designed to pull the country back from the verge of economic collapse. IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said in a statement that the new four-year extended arrangement will support economic stabilization and wide-ranging reforms in Ukraine.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pf93c9d

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6) Netherlands: Court scraps data retention law, cites privacy concern
Source: Tuscaloosa News

“A judge scrapped the Netherlands’ data retention law Wednesday, saying that while it helps solve crimes it also breaches the privacy of telephone and Internet users. The ruling by a judge in The Hague followed a similar decision in April by the European Union’s top court that wiped out EU data collection legislation it deemed too broad and offering too few privacy safeguards.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mlo6bp9

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7) Graham: My first act as president would be to send military after Congress
Source: Raw Story

“Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC] vowed that, if elected president, he would use the military to force Congress to reverse cuts to federal defense spending, Vox reported. ‘I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to,’ Graham said at an event in New Hamphsire over the weekend. ‘We’re not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. We are not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts.'” [editor’s note: It just gets stupider by the day – SAT] (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfy32ng

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8) Dems threaten to block own bill after finding [sic] abortion language
Source: Fox News

“Senate Democrats are fuming over abortion language inserted into a bipartisan human trafficking bill that they failed to notice before voting to move the bill to the floor. Democrats are now threatening to block the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 2 by a unanimous vote and is now being debated before the full Senate. At 68 pages, the bill is relatively brief by the standards of legislation. But it was only after praising the bill that Democrats discovered language on page 50 that they say will keep them from voting for passage on the Senate floor.” [editor’s note: Pass the Read the Bills Act to avoid such embarassment in the future – SAT] (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qhz6rdb

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9) GOP hopes for balanced budget face Senate battle
Source: Reuters

“A major goal of the new Republican-led U.S. Congress, passing a balanced budget, could be in jeopardy amid disagreements within the party over easing constraints on defense spending. The latest Republican feud comes less than a month after an embarrassing spat over homeland security funding and immigration. The fight pits conservatives who want to keep the ‘sequestration’ budget caps in place against pro-military senators who say the constraints are degrading the Pentagon’s technological edge and ability to fight wars.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qhz6rdb

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10) CT: Trooper accused of disclosing drug probe
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Connecticut state trooper accused of possibly compromising a drug investigation by tipping off his girlfriend about it was allowed to resign in ‘good standing’ before a disciplinary proceeding, documents show. Trooper J. Severin Bergeron, who quit in November 2013, was facing the possibility of being fired after an internal affairs investigator concluded he broke several rules and deceived his superiors, according to records obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhdnjg7

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11) Obama orders new sanctions, declares Venezuela national security threat
Source: Knoxville Times

“President Barack Obama has signed an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat, amid escalating political tensions in the oil-rich South American nation. The order, also imposing sanctions against seven Venezuelan officials on human rights and public corruption grounds, deepened the already worsening bilateral ties between Washington and Caracas.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/otnal92

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12) Chile: Right-wing leader quits amid corruption scandal
Source: ABC News

“The president of Chile’s right-wing Democratic Union party is quitting the party over a campaign financing scandal. Lawmaker Ernesto Silva announced his resignation Wednesday. Ivan Moreira, another legislator who has admitted receiving ‘irregular’ financing for his campaign, also quit.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9rn68j

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13) MO: Court rules worship act violates First Amendment
Source: Lebanon Daily Record

“The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that the House of Worship Protection Act, which bans anyone from intentionally disturbing the order or solemnity of a house of worship through profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior, is a violation of the First Amendment. … The lawsuit was on behalf of various groups, including the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The groups argued that the First Amendment protects their freedom to protest, pray and distribute literature outside places of worship. Under the law, which took effect in 2012, anyone who violated the act is guilty of a misdemeanor and faces months of jail time. Third and subsequent charges are felonies.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8szk2h

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14) Secret Service agents investigated for driving car into White House barrier
Source: Washington Post

“The administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of President Obama’s protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, an agency official said Wednesday. Officers on duty who witnessed the March 4 incident wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests, according to a current and a former government official familiar with the incident. But the officers were ordered by a supervisor on duty that night to let the agents go home, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive internal matter.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qftu7bx

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15) AP sues US State Department over Clinton emails
Source: USA Today

“The Associated Press said Wednesday it has sued the State Department to force the release of government documents and e-mails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State, an action taken a day after she defended her use of a private e-mail account to conduct business and after six formal attempts by the news agency to obtain records. ‘After careful deliberation and exhausting our other options, The Associated Press is taking the necessary legal steps to gain access to these important documents, which will shed light on actions by the State Department and former Secretary Clinton, a presumptive 2016 presidential candidate, during some of the most significant issues of our time,’ AP General Counsel Karen Kaiser said in a statement.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6284dr

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16) Saudi Arabia withdraws ambassador to Sweden as clash escalates
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A clash between Sweden’s progressive foreign policy and the harsh realities of the Middle East has escalated with Saudi Arabia’s withdrawal of its ambassador after Stockholm tore up an arms trade agreement between the two countries. Accusing Sweden’s foreign minister of ‘flagrant interference’ in its internal affairs, the Saudi foreign ministry said it was recalling Ibrahim bin Saad Al-Ibrahim in protest over Sweden’s criticism of its human rights record, which it said was ‘harmful to the kingdom.'” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mlxvdal

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17) MO: Ferguson police chief resigns
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Police Chief Thomas Jackson has resigned from the police department effective March 19, the Post-Dispatch has learned. Jackson, 57, is the sixth city employee to leave in the wake of a scathing federal Department of Justice report that alleged racist police and court practices that aim only to raise the city’s revenue instead of protecting its citizens. In an exclusive interview, Jackson said he felt it was time for the city to move on. He said an interim chief will be appointed from within the department.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ozx3r68

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18) France: Jewels worth millions stolen in motorway heist
Source: euronews [EU]

“Two high-security lorries transporting jewels worth millions of euros were relieved of their precious cargo by a gang of heavily armed, masked robbers in a spectacular heist at a toll booth on the A6 motorway in the Yonne area, halfway between Paris and Lyon. French police are hunting up to 15 thieves involved in the commando-style operation just
after midnight on Tuesday. No shots were fired and no-one was injured as the robbers made off with an estimated nine million euros worth of booty in what is thought to have been vehicles which were later found abandoned nearby.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qha83nv

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19) India: Former prime minister, others summoned by court over coal scandal
Source: Zee News

“Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Coal Secretary P C Parakh were on Wednesday summoned as accused in a coal scam case by a special court which observed that Singh was roped into the criminal conspiracy to ‘accommodate’ M/s HINDALCO in Talabira-II coal block allocation in 2005. Rejecting the CBI’s closure report, the court also summoned M/s HINDALCO and its two top officials, Shubhendu Amitabh and D Bhattacharya, as accused in the case. … The special court, which summoned Singh and others for April 8, observed that Singh had approved a proposal put forth by Parakh to accommodate HINDALCO in Talabira II and III coal block while ignoring the caution of two officials of the Prime Minister Office (PMO).” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lz8b86e

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20) FL: Remains found after military helicopter carrying 11 crashes
Source: Seattle Times

“Human remains washed ashore in heavy fog Wednesday after seven Marines and four soldiers were killed in an Army helicopter crash during a night-time training mission off a Florida beach. All 11 service members were presumed dead, according to a Pentagon official who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity for lack of authority to be identified in the media.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7ooebc

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

21) How DNA is turning us into a nation of suspects
Source: The Daily Bell
by John W Whitehead

“If you haven’t yet connected the dots, let me point the way: Having already used surveillance technology to render the entire American populace potential suspects, DNA technology in the hands of government will complete our transition to a suspect society in which we are all merely waiting to be matched up with a crime. No longer can we consider ourselves innocent until proven guilty.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ov4ez5m

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22) Saving ObamaCare with Supreme hypocrisy?
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“America’s prisons are overflowing in part because the Supreme Court has objected to few of the 4,500-plus criminal statutes Congress enacted. Thanks to the threat of ruinous mandatory minimum penalties, 97 percent of defendants plead guilty. As Justice Antonin Scalia noted in a 2012 dissent, the current system ‘presents grave risks of prosecutorial overcharging that effectively compels an innocent defendant to avoid massive risk by pleading guilty to a lesser offense.’ The Supreme Court will likely rule on the Obamacare case in June. Does the court believe that unlimited coercion of citizens is OK but that any pressuring of state governments is a cardinal sin?” (03/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mzoe7o9

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23) In Libertopia valid contracts require exit clauses
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Some libertarians believe any contract signed in the absence of coercion is voluntary. I don’t subscribe to that belief. Based on my view of libertarianism I believe any voluntary agreement must include an exit clause for any party that signs it. If an exit clause does not exist for all parties then the agreement ceases to be voluntary as soon as one party changes their mind. One of the reasons I don’t consider the United States military to be a voluntary organization is because people who enlist have little recourse if they later decide they want out. Without an exit clause a supposedly voluntary agreement becomes a form of, abeit limited in most cases, indentured servitude. I say all of this with the understanding that exit clauses can have stipulations. Entering a business agreement with other parties is difficult if one of them backing out could leave you on the hook for their financial responsibilities. For example, it would certainly be valid to require a party exiting from a business agreement to pay their portion of any debt incurred.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qx8oz73

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24) Pathological political deception
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Everyone knows that politicians are liars. After all, one can hardly go very far in politics by telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. So lying and corruption is the nature of politics and the habit of most politicians. Abraham Lincoln was affectionately dubbed ‘Honest Abe’ only because he was thought to be a rare exception to the rule. If you asked Hillary Clinton for the time of day she would probably look at her watch then look you straight in the eye and lie. She does it deliberately, reflexively, instinctively, naturally, habitually, calculatingly and pathologically. She’s a case study in the art of pathological political deception.” (03/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mocphku

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25) If a thug lends a hand
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“If I were in serious trouble would I accept help from a known bad guy? You bet I would. So what if I suspect (or know) that the person pulling me out of a burning car is a MS-13 thug? At that moment my need is such that I’m not going to complain no matter who offers a hand. Or, if my daughter were kidnapped and the local mafia (if there were such a thing hereabouts) found her and brought her back to me, I wouldn’t say ‘No, take her back to the kidnappers because I don’t like what you do.’ And it’s the same if a cop helps.” (03/11/15)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2015/03/if-thug-lends-hand.html

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26) Why are drone pilots quitting in huge numbers?
Source: In These Times
by Pratap Chatterjee

“The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that war or the right to wage it just about anywhere on the planet are in question in Washington. Something far more basic is at stake: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers. There are roughly 1,000 such drone pilots, known in the trade as ’18Xs,’ working for the U.S. Air Force today. Another 180 pilots graduate annually from a training program that takes about a year to complete at Holloman and Randolph Air Force bases in, respectively, New Mexico and Texas. As it happens, in those same 12 months, about 240 trained pilots quit and the Air Force is at a loss to explain the phenomenon.” (03/10/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/17718/drone_pilots

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27) Oklahoma bill would legalize gay marriage. This apparently bothers Democrats and gays
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“Something remarkably libertarian has just happened in Oklahoma. The state’s House of Representatives voted Tuesday to end government licensing of marriages. Doesn’t that potentially sound amazing and liberating? The government of Oklahoma is essentially saying, ‘Y’all work it out yourselves.’ Sort of, anyway. Rep. Todd Russ (R-Cordell) introduced House Bill 1125 with the intent of getting county court clerks out of the duty to officiate marriage ceremonies. This was because some clerks have religious objections to gay marriage. What Russ did, though, was to make it so that citizens no longer need clerks for their marriages. They will instead file ‘certificates of marriage’ or file affidavits of common law marriage with the clerks after it’s all done with. This puts the responsibility for officiating the ceremony on judges or various religious figures. And according to the bill, these certificates will stand as proof of marriage for Oklahoma law …. Which makes the opposition to the legislation from Democrats and gay activists a little strange, and their arguments a bit bonkers.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mxygzja

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28) There is no global jihadist “movement”
Source: The Atlantic
by Martha Crenshaw

“When al-Qaeda and ISIS parted ways, Nusra established itself as a rival to its former Islamic State sponsor out of loyalty to al-Qaeda. Even with that defection, however, the self-proclaimed Islamic State is becoming increasingly attractive to other members of the jihadist universe, with Boko Haram the latest group to sign on. Such kaleidoscopic patterns are not uncommon: What’s sometimes referred to as the global jihadist ‘movement’ is actually extremely fractured. It’s united by a general set of shared ideological beliefs, but divided organizationally and sometimes doctrinally.” (03/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lxamaj4

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29) Will Grigg on The Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

“Will Grigg, a blogger and author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses the proposed Georgia law that would treat the killing of a police dog as second-degree murder; while police officers can’t be held accountable for their routine shooting of family dogs (and even children).” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/10/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/03/10/31015-will-grigg/

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30) The progressive promise
Source: Liberale et Libertaire
by dL

“[L]ibertarianism is not ‘the market.’ Rather, it is no authority between supply and demand, no authority between consenting adults. Beyond that, it promises little. Progressivism, on the other hand, is a thousand authorities between supply and demand, a plethora of czars between consenting adults. Of course, in return for our subjugation to these myriad authorities, it promises a lot. However, when it fails to make good on its lofty promises, it hardly bothers itself with any type of self-examination. Instead it goes looking for scapegoats.” (03/11/15)

https://rulingclass.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/the-progressive-promise/

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31) Will the Fed kill the recovery (again)?
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“The Labor Department reported that the economy added 295,000 payroll jobs in February, the 12th straight month of job creation of better than 200,000 a month. And the Dow Jones Industrial Average promptly dropped by nearly 300 points. What gives? Do capitalists hate workers? Well, perhaps; but the immediate explanation is concern about the Federal Reserve” (03/10/15)

http://prospect.org/article/will-fed-kill-recovery-again

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32) Jane Cobden: Carrying on her father’s good works
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

“[Richard] Cobden’s legacy is much appreciated by libertarians, but one aspect of it is largely unknown. (I only just learned of it, thanks to my alert friend Gary Chartier.) Cobden’s third daughter and fourth child, Emma Jane Catherine Cobden (later Unwin after she married publisher Thomas Fisher Unwin), carried on his work. Born in 1851, she was a liberal activist worthy of her distinguished father.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kza67l4

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33) The Spending Plan, courage, and politicians
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Nick Partington

“A ring-fenced National Health Service, a bill poised to commit future governments to spend 0.7% of GNI on international aid, a triple lock on pensions, senior military figures pushing for commitments to higher defence spending: these are inauspicious times in which to contemplate cutting the UK’s £77 billion structural budget deficit, but contemplate we must.” (03/11/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/politics-government/the-spending-plan/

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34) Net Neutrality: Triumph of the ruling class
Source: Mises Canada
by Jeffrey Tucker

“A triumph of ‘free expression and democratic principles?’ How stupid do they think we are? It’s been painful to watch the gradual tightening of government control in the name of net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission’s decision to rewrite the rules and declare the Internet as a public utility seals the deal. It cartelizes the industry and turns a ‘Wild West’ into a planned system of public management — or at least intends to. All the rest is a veneer to cover what is actually a power grab.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odumyws

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35) “Flexible” scheduling stretching retail workers to breaking point
Source: The Nation
by Michelle Chen

“The retail business boils down to two metrics: time and money. Tightly clocked logistics schemes ensure that every shipment zips seamlessly between factories, ports and giant warehouses and into massive big-box retail inventories, stocked minutes before flying off the shelf and through checkout. The so-called Just In Time system ensures not a nanosecond is wasted, nor a cent in profits forgone. This drives companies to squeeze as much labor out of as few workers in as little time as possible. Perhaps ‘cost-efficiency’ helps explain why half of Walmart workers are part-time.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qhmknqg

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36) Internet at the speed of government
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“Last month, the Federal Communications Commission launched a historic power grab over the Internet, euphemistically known as ‘net neutrality,’ based on a Great Depression-era law to regulate public utilities. While entrepreneurs are pursuing cutting-edge business models and developing previously unimaginable technologies, Washington bureaucrats are reaching back eight decades to find a rationale to control a booming industry that didn’t even exist 25 years ago.” (03/10/15)

http://fee.org/blog/detail/internet-at-the-speed-of-government

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37) Technology should be used to create social mobility — not to spy on citizens
Source: The Guardian [UK] by Cory Doctorow

“Why spy? That’s the several-million pound question, in the wake of the Snowden revelations. Why would the US continue to wiretap its entire population, given that the only ‘terrorism’ they caught with it was a single attempt to send a small amount of money to Al Shabab? One obvious answer is: because they can. Spying is cheap, and cheaper every day. Many people have compared NSA/GCHQ mass spying to the surveillance programme of East Germany’s notorious Stasi, but the differences between the NSA and the Stasi are more interesting than the similarities.” [hat tip — Michael Krieger] (03/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lbktrrf

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38) Krugman gives TPP “thumbs down”
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Paul Krugman gives a ‘thumbs down’ to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) today on his New York Times blog ‘in TPP at the NABE.’ … Krugman then goes after the way many economists reflexively support ‘free trade’ in spite of the obvious damage this ideology has done to the world, writing that economists favor trade deals based on outdated assumptions. One is ‘comparative advantage.’ This is the idea that different geographical regions have certain things they can do that others can’t, like growing bananas. So opening up trade greatly increases the market for their bananas, and the rest of the world gets bananas that they couldn’t otherwise get.” [editor’s note: Broken clock; correct twice a day – SAT] (03/11/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150311/krugman-gives-tpp-thumbs-down

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39) King v. Burwell: The latest ObamaCare mess at the Supreme Court
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson

“When I first heard about King v. Burwell, the latest Obamacare controversy before the U.S. Supreme Court, I assumed it was the kind of case in which the legislative intent was clear, but for one reason or another the wording of the statute did not match the legislative intent. That would have been an interesting case, because it would have given the Court a chance to struggle with age-old ‘intent vs. text’ questions. It turns out, though, that the legislative intent is unclear — if there was any unified intent at all. And the statute is at least as messy as the evidence of intent.” (03/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qzs953t

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40) How governments twist terrorism
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“The Washington Post reports that ‘terrorism trend lines are ‘worse than at any other point in history.” But what is terrorism? It has frequently been pointed out that ‘terrorism’ is a tactic, not an actual physical adversary, but it is less often noted that a simple definition of what constitutes terrorism is hardly universally accepted, while the designation itself is essentially political. The glib assertion that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter fails to capture the distinction’s consequences as the terror label itself increasingly comes with a number of legal and practical liabilities attached. Describing an organization as terroristic in order to discredit it has itself become a tactic, and one that sometimes has only limited connections to what the group in question actually believes or does.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o3uxq3w

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41) How to stop the tyranny of the Electoral College
Source: Reuters
by Rob Richie & Claire Daviss

“Since 1991, Nebraska has awarded its electoral votes to presidential candidates by congressional district, one of only two states that do not award all electoral votes to the statewide popular-vote winner. That may change, however. Urged on by the state’s Republican Party, a large majority of Nebraska legislators now support changing to a winner-take-all system. Fervent opposition and a filibuster may hold the bill back. Nonetheless, the bill has pushed Nebraska legislators to ask whether their current system is working. Nebraska’s debate is not new. It reflects the path that has led most states to adopt a winner-take-all system in allocating their electoral votes.l” [editor’s note: As I’ve noted many times, the Nebraska (and Maine) model should be adopted by more states, whether dominated by 1 or 2 huge cities (CA, NY, TX, MI, OH …) or dwarfed by rural vote (Nashville, TN), where voting for a D or R for President is no more representative than it is for us LP backers – SAT] (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p3trkrj

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42) Where Edward Snowden is wrong
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“Last week, the ‘news’ told us Edward Snowden is suddenly homesick and ready to cut a deal to come home. That’s a lie. He ALWAYS wanted to return to the U.S. But the condition was always a FAIR trial. I actually disagree. Instead of a fair trial, he deserves a … PARDON! But he won’t get it unless President Obama is pressured on all political fronts, including Congress.” (03/11/15)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/where-edward-snowden-is-wrong

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43) Why today’s activists should read Martin Luther King
Source: The Canal
by Nicole Phillips

“Martin Luther King Jr.’s book, Strength to Love (1963), is a window into the thought processes of one of America’s greatest freedom fighters, who is often celebrated but rarely understood. Almost 60 years may have passed since the Montgomery Bus Boycott and his heyday, but the personally selected compilation of sermons still has the potential to empower a new generation of followers, and it cuts through the superficial, second-hand accounts of which we are so familiar.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l7co4e4

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44) Better name for Boomers: “The laziest generation?”
Source: The New Republic
by Elspeth Reeve

“You’ve all heard that millennials are basically the worst generation of all time — entitled narcissists who care about nothing but finding new apps to sext with. But this is all a lie. The worst people in the entire world are old people. From now on they should be called by their rightful title: the Laziest Generation. The New York Times’ Ashley Parker reports that Lindsey Graham is not the only sitting U.S. senator who doesn’t use email in the year 2015. John McCain and Chuck Schumer don’t either; Orrin Hatch uses it ‘not very much.’ What’s worse is that these men are unashamed.” (03/11/15)

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121277/laziest-generation

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45) A triumph of cowardice
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Dick Puddlecote

“Online convenience store trade site Better Retailing today published some observations from the Westminster Committee Room where MPs hid themselves away to avoid a debate in the House of Commons over plain packaging. It conveys the exasperation of independent retailers who have been comprehensively butt-fucked by politicians since the last election in 2010. After strongly opposing the tobacco display ban in opposition, both Conservative and Lib Dem coalition partners about-turned within months and passed it anyway, costing every small shop in the country thousands they can ill afford. Now they are screwing the trade again but are too ashamed to do so in parliament in case Conservative divisions might be widely noticed in the run up to an election.” (03/11/15)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2015/03/11/a-triumph-of-cowardice/

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46) Gold stars for pushing global warming folly
Source: Heartland Institute
by James H Rust

“When I was a youngster attending Sunday school, I was awarded a Gold Star if I could sit through Sunday school without misbehaving. I gave the Gold Star to my mother, who pasted it on the kitchen wall. My mother and Sunday school teacher made me feel important. President Obama must award Gold Stars to organizations supporting his Climate Action Plan.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ofcgsqt

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47) Military aid — “if we don’t do it, someone else will”
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

“‘If we don’t do it, someone else will.’ If I had a nickel for every time someone said this to me in regard to U.S. foreign policy, I’d have enough to pay off the rest of my student loans and put any future children through college. This is particularly true when it comes to the idea of the U.S. providing arms to foreign nations. Advocates of this practice argue that the U.S. can maintain significant control over international peace and stability and effectively implement its policies, all while enhancing the domestic economy.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m9y4rnw

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48) University of Oklahoma expels students for constitutionally protected speech
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth

“University of Oklahoma (OU) President David Boren has decided to expel two students, who were members of the university’s now-shuttered chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity, for their alleged ‘leadership role in leading a racist and exclusionary chant,’ as shown in a video posted online recently. As FIRE wrote on The Torch yesterday, absent additional elements like true threats, the expression shown in the video is protected under the First Amendment, and punishing students for their participation in the chant is almost certainly unconstitutional.” (03/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxr5s5s

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49) The anarchist Republic of Cospaia
Source: Daily Anarchist
by Anthony Caprio

“The next time one of your friends says ‘name one place where Anarcho-Capitalism has been tried,’ you can proudly respond ‘The Republic of Cospaia.’ For nearly four hundred years, this tiny republic thrived in central Italy with no government, no rulers, no military, no bureaucracy, and no taxes! Cospaia’s success is an unlikely story that illustrates how remarkably little is required for prosperity. Although it’s called a ‘Republic’ it’s only in the sense that a council of elders with no enforcement power occasionally met in the church.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k9k6y6o

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50) “Sick day” HSAs: A better idea than mandated sick pay
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon M Herrick

“Mandating paid sick days may sound benevolent, but it would hurt the people it is intended to help. Of the estimated 100 million jobs that provide some paid sick leave, many provide less than seven designated days annually. … A better option is to allow workers themselves to decide how many sick days they need, and save for them in an account that can also be used for medical expenses.” [editor’s note: Actually, a better idea would be to let workers and employers work it out however the hell the prefer – TLK] (03/10/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ib159

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51) What’s the deal with Republicans and cannabis?
Source: Voices of Liberty
by Joe Erato

“As legalization of cannabis is sweeping the nation, the Republican Party has not only taken a hard line in the anti-pot crowd. They are actively working to undermine local governments for passing pro cannabis laws. As a younger person who used to call the Republican Party home, I am deeply disturbed by this. These inconsistencies in beliefs are one of the many things that chased me away from the party. As I matured politically I, like many of my peers, started getting real sick of the rhetoric and I focused on the consistency of stances.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ma855y3

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52) As free speech is so often punished, how worried are you?
Source: Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff

“Now that more colleges and universities that ban free speech are becoming known, what action, if any, should the students’ parents — who believe tuition must include First Amendment rights — take? How many of the 2016 candidates for president are likely to mention the forced disappearance of the First Amendment from college campuses?” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mqe38nm

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/11/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Michael W. Dean, Randy England esq. and Nick Hazelton discuss episodes 5 and 6 of Better Call Saul, then talk about Mennonites for a few minutes.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pdh2xef

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54) Plain packs: An attack on intellectual property
Source: spiked
by Patrick Basham

“A taxpayer bailout of Big Tobacco is headed Britain’s way. This man-bites-dog scenario will result from today’s free parliamentary vote that, despite going ahead without a formal debate, is expected to endorse the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes. The UK tobacco industry will no doubt then sue the government, the industry will triumph in the legal battle, and the taxpayer will be sent the enormous bill. With the new regulations subject to parliamentary approval, fiscally prudent MPs and taxpaying non-smokers should focus on one critical question: does Australian-style plain packaging damage tobacco companies’ brand equity by trampling on their trademark rights?” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/parc2zo

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55) The “convenience” of untruth
Source: CounterPunch
by Norman Pollack

“Hillary is the poster woman for all that is repellant about class dominance, capitalism’s militarization as starting point for domestic social regimentation to ensure popular acceptance of financial and corporate leadership in US policymaking and definitions of national self-interest. Here add the element of security, a perfect witches’-brew of the Business State assuming global proportions. There is something uncanny in her make-up, an urge to power deliberately left undisguised, as if to impress the people with the duty of authoritarian submission in the name of higher values.” (03/11/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/11/the-convenience-of-untruth/

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56) Right to work
Source: The Cagle Post
by Jen Sorensen

Cartoon. (03/10/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/03/right-to-work-2/

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57) Sub-zero interest rates as an endless daylight saving time
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brendan Brown

“[O]nce the US moved into ‘daylight saving’ and devalued the dollar in the early 1970s, there has never been a return to ‘normal’ time. The Federal Reserve became free from any external constraint, whether in the form of gold convertibility, or a fixed rate against a relatively hard money (which the Deutsche mark was in the early 70s). So, the Fed unleashed easy money on such a scale as to spread goods inflation and asset price inflation around the globe. Today, daylight saving time in the form of the central bank — in this case the European Central Bank — sending interest rates below zero has created a similar hazard.” (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8hnhut

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58) Is monopoly self-justifying?
Source: Students For Liberty
by Nathan Goodman

“One common rebuttal to those of us who criticize the police is ‘Don’t like cops? Next time you’re in trouble, call a crackhead.’ The argument behind the joke is clear: Those of us who criticize police still value the security they supposedly provide, and therefore we should not be so critical of the police. But there’s something perverse about this argument. The state uses coercion to monopolize the provision of law, security, and justice. Their supporters then appeal to the absence of alternatives to justify abuses by this monopoly. Even if we assume that the state’s monopoly on force is necessary, this should not protect them from criticism.” (03/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k2989v7

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59) The depressing results of the war on terrorism
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Don’t be surprised if the prices for antidepressants soar even higher than they already are. That’s because U.S. counterterrorism officials are horrible depressed about the results of their much-vaunted ‘war on terrorism.’ According to an article entitled ‘In Campaign Against Terrorism, U.S. Enters Period of Pessimism and Gloom,’ in last week’s Washington Post, ‘U.S. Counterterrorism officials and experts, never known for their sunny dispositions, have entered a period of particular gloom.’ The reason? Despite 14 years of the war on terrorism, there are more terrorists than ever before.” (03/11/15)

http://fff.org/2015/03/11/depressing-results-war-terrorism/

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60) Stop phony crony pay grab
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Are people in Arkansas as stupid as their legislators think? Last November, legislators tricked enough voters to narrowly pass Issue 3. I’ve addressed before the measure’s dishonest ballot language, mis-identifying a doubling of allowed terms as the ‘setting of term limits.’ And about a much-ballyhooed gift ban that has proven so weak that now most legislators are offered ‘free meals nearly every day.’ Perhaps the biggest of the tricks used to pass the measure was this: Hide from voters the measure’s establishment of an ‘Independent Citizens Commission’ … a majority hand-picked by those same legislators. This ‘Legislative Cronies Commission’ (as it should be called) has announced it will unilaterally hike pay by an outrageous 150 percent!” (03/11/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/03/10/phony-crony-pay-grab/

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Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Mary Lou Seymour
Steve Trinward
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