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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,251
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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In the News:

1) Canada: Harper dissolves Parliament, calls early poll
2) Japan: MtGox CEO Karpeles arrested
3) Burundi: Top general assassinated in the capital
4) Mali: Two soldiers killed in convoy ambush
5) Syria: Fierce assault on headquarters of US-backed group
6) Biden for president? Allies mulling Clinton challenge
7) Democrats see “firewall” holding to preserve Iran deal
8) Report: Number of unpaid hospital bills shrinks under Obamacare
9) AL: In Selma, NAACP begins march to Washington
10) GA: Confederate flag supporters rally
11) US, Egypt resume formal security talks
12) Zimbabwe: Regime alleges second American illegally killed lion
13) NM: Bomb blasts disrupt Sunday services at two churches
14) Spain: Nuns’ tipoff leads police to arrest 212 for fraud
15) Researchers warn of bogus emails offering Windows 10

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Twenty-five years later: A look back at “the other good war”
17) Realism versus nonintervention
18) In Washington, war is peace
19) Debate on debates continues
20) Free Talk Live, 08/02/15
21) Success shouldn’t depend on government favors
22) An Excerpt from Blade of p’Na
23) Where do we draw the line? Abortions and other forms of murder
24) Today’s rules violate natural law
25) Tobacco “carve-out” dispute tells all we need to know about TPP
26) Production versus plunder, part 18: The re-conquest
27) Reparations perpetuate government injustice
28) There’s nothing academic about campus rape
29) Racism [sic] on camera
30) Yes, we really do need to start paying kidney donors
31) How childcare actually causes poverty in America
32) Aged, yet immortal
33) Maybe it’s time to give up the Oreos
34) Nuns and ghouls
35) Sowing division
36) A bankrupt candidate for a bankrupt nation
37) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/01/15
38) Of badges and blasphemy
39) Does gun control work?
40) Still won’t stand with Rand
41) The future of warfare
42) Two takeaways from Samuel DuBose’s killing
43) In search of the anti-Uber
44) The sharing economy creates growth, so let it!
45) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 08/02/15
46) First, do no harm
47) Remaking the human terrain: The US military’s continuing quest to commandeer culture
48) The man who almost stopped Julius Caesar
49) The legal case for federal land disposal is much stronger than critics think
50) Uber vs. Piketty
51) Open letter to Alexis Tsipras
52) Will the real feminists please stand up?
53) The sharing economy and the ownership of the means of production
54) Why is Bernie Sanders popular?
55) Illegal underwater wine
56) The Tom Woods Show, 07/31/15
57) Another referendum for Mr. Tsipras
58) spiked Podcast, 07/31/15
59) Medicare is a cancer on the body politic
60) The evolving urban form: Jin-Jin-Ji (Dispersing Beijing)

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

1) Canada: Harper dissolves Parliament, calls early poll
Source: Voice of America [US state media]

“Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper dissolved parliament Sunday and set an election for October 19. Harper and his Conservative party are seeking a fourth term in office after nearly a decade in power. But they will face a tough campaign against the opposition New Democrat party and its leader, Tom Mulcair, as the country struggles to cope with a declining economy and the global plunge in the price of oil, a major Canadian export.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nngbp3s

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2) Japan: MtGox CEO Karpeles arrested
Source: news.com.au [Australia]

“Mark Karpeles, the head of the collapsed MtGox Bitcoin exchange who was arrested in Tokyo, is facing fresh allegations that he misused $US8.9 million in customers’ deposits, Japanese media reported Sunday. French-born Karpeles, 30, was arrested on Saturday after a series of fraud allegations led to the Tokyo-based exchange’s spectacular collapse last year and hammered the digital currency’s reputation. Karpeles is suspected of manipulating data on the exchange’s computer system in 2013 to artificially create about $US1.0 million in Bitcoins, while police were also investigating his possible involvement in a massive loss of the virtual currency in 2014.” (08/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pj5qocz

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3) Burundi: Top general assassinated in the capital
Source: ABC News

“A Burundi general who was a key security ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza was killed Sunday in a drive-by shooting in the capital, Bujumbura, a presidential spokesman said. Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana, the president’s senior adviser on security matters, was killed when men in a car shot at him and his bodyguards in the Kamenge neighborhood, Willy Nyamitwe told The Associated Press Sunday.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ppsrc75

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4) Mali: Two soldiers killed in convoy ambush
Source: Iron Mountain Daily News

“Two Malian soldiers were killed and five were injured when their convoy was ambushed in the center of the country, a defense official said Sunday. The attack occurred Saturday on the road between the central towns of Nampala and Diabaly, roughly 400 kilometers (250 miles) by road north of the capital, Bamako, said Lt. Col. Diarran Diakite, a defense ministry adviser.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9yhjeb

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5) Syria: Fierce assault on headquarters of US-backed group
Source: Cincinnati Sun

“Syria’s al-Qaida wing, the al-Nusra Front, said on Friday that it had captured a number of Syrian rebels trained by the US and also launched a fierce assault on the headquarters of the US-trained group. In an online statement, the militant group accused the US of recruiting ‘forces from what it calls ‘the moderate opposition” and putting them in a training program run by the CIA.” (08/01/15)

http://www.cincinnatisun.com/index.php/sid/235347907

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6) Biden for president? Allies mulling Clinton challenge
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Vice President Joe Biden’s associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations while his son was sick and dying earlier this year. But Biden has yet to tell his staff whether he will run or personally ask them to do any planning for a potential campaign, according to several people close to the vice president. Recent conversations between Biden’s associates and Democratic donors and operatives have led to speculation that Biden will challenge front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party’s nomination, and individuals close to Biden have started looking into the options that might be available to him if he were to run, such as potential staff in Iowa and the filing deadlines for entering the Democratic field.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ojrg4w7

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7) Democrats see “firewall” holding to preserve Iran deal
Source: Reuters

“U.S. backers of the Iran nuclear deal are increasingly confident of enough Democratic support to ensure it survives review by Congress, despite fierce opposition by majority Republicans and a massive lobbying drive. By the time the House of Representatives recessed for the summer last week, no senior Democrat in the chamber had come out formally against the agreement and several central figures, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, were strongly in favor. Pelosi said she was confident that if, as expected, Republicans pass a ‘resolution of disapproval’ to try to sink the deal, a promised veto of that measure by President Barack Obama would be sustained.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olnnb3o

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8) Report: Number of unpaid hospital bills shrinks under Obamacare
Source: Raw Story

“The number of unpaid medical bills is shrinking across the United States thanks to the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. As more people sign up for private health insurance, and as more states expand Medicaid programs for low-income Americans, hospital companies are reporting lower expenses for charity and uncompensated expenses, a Forbes columnist noted Sunday. The latest example comes from Universal Health Services Inc., one of the largest U.S. hospital management companies.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qz769uy

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9) AL: In Selma, NAACP begins march to Washington
Source: USA Today

“Protest marches have been part of Selma’s civil rights fabric since 1965, but an 860-mile trek to Washington had a minister leaning on the Bible for heavenly support Saturday. The Rev. Theresa Dear noted the magnitude of what lies ahead, but never doubted that the ’40-day-and-40-night’ march will be successful. ‘We are doing something of biblical proportions,’ said Dear, just before a program ended in the shadow of the Edmund Pettus Bridge so that the march could begin. Sponsored by the NAACP, ‘America’s Journey for Justice’ is scheduled to extend through Eastern Seaboard states before ending in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/npg5r7q

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10) GA: Confederate flag supporters rally
Source: Fox News

“Hundreds of Confederate battle flags were waving in a Stone Mountain, Ga., parking lot on Saturday, at a rally in support of the controversial symbol. Some supporters danced to the tune of ‘Dixie’ and others cheered as they stood atop pickup trucks. Some openly held guns. The rally attracted several hundred people to Stone Mountain Park, which commemorates Confederate leaders in a giant carving on the side of the mountain. The event was the latest moment of unity for battle-flag supporters during a summer when elected officials, companies and university leaders have denounced the red, white and blue symbol of the Confederacy.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olazhqd

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11) US, Egypt resume formal security talks
Source: Dallas Morning News

“Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring. Two days after the U.S. delivered eight F-16 warplanes to Egypt as part of a military support package that the Obama administration is boosting to help Egypt counter an increasing terrorist threat, Secretary of State John Kerry restarted the so-called “strategic dialogue” with Egyptian officials in Cairo.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qa469zo

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12) Zimbabwe: Regime alleges second American illegally killed lion
Source: KOMO News

“Another American illegally killed a lion with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, authorities said Sunday amid an international outcry over the U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July. Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority named the American as Jan Casimir Seski of Murrysville Pa. Its statement said Seski’s illegal hunt took place in April around Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ne2j2v6

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13) NM: Bomb blasts disrupt Sunday services at two churches
Source: Reuters

“Bombs went off outside two churches in the southern New Mexico City of Las Cruces on Sunday, disrupting services and sending federal agents and local police to investigate. No one was hurt and there was minimal property damage. The first explosion blew up a mailbox near an administrative entrance to the Calvary Baptist Church as several worshipers gathered inside for Sunday morning prayers, and a second blast went off 20 minutes later in a trash can near the main entrance to Holy Cross Catholic Church, where services had just started, police said.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7voas3

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14) Spain: Nuns’ tipoff leads police to arrest 212 for fraud
Source: Rochester Post-Bulletin

“Spanish police say a congregation of nuns in the southern city of Granada led them to an organization that allegedly defrauded as many as 7,000 victims of up to 7 million euros ($7.7 million). Police said in a statement Sunday they have arrested 212 suspects who allegedly used some 20 companies based in and around the southern cities of Malaga and Torremolinos to fraudulently obtain money.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ogwbxzs

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15) Researchers warn of bogus emails offering Windows 10
Source: livemint [India]

“Some hackers are exploiting Microsoft Corp.’s offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system. Security researchers are warning about a wave of bogus spam emails with malicious attachments, labelled as if they’re legitimate copies of the new program. The attachments contain a ‘ransomware’ program that, when opened, locks all the data on a computer and demands payment to release them.” (08/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n9uhxzx

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

16) Twenty-five years later: A look back at “the other good war”
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“[B]y late May of 1991, when I returned home from my tour of duty as a Marine infantry NCO, the war seemed an unqualified success. Saddam’s forces had been routed with fewer than 300 Americans killed and only 800 wounded. Parades were held. Medals were awarded. Returning troops in uniform got free beer at airport bars. Yes, really — I drank my Budweiser on layover at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. And I drank the Kool Aid that followed, too: Desert Storm had blown away the dark cloud cover of Vietnam and looked set to go down in history as a ‘good war’ not unlike World War II. How quickly many of us, myself included, forgot that World War II had led to 45 years of ‘cold war’ with ‘hot’ interspersions in Korea and Vietnam, turning America into a permanent garrison state.” (08/02/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2450

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17) Realism versus nonintervention
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Joseph R Stromberg

“Foreign-policy realists have been around for time out of memory, but the unbearable follies of post–9/11 U.S. foreign policy have dramatically increased their prestige. A current short list of realists would include Andrew Bacevich, Steven Walt, Ivan Eland, and Ted Galen Carpenter (perhaps also Daniel Larison of American Conservative). These realists seem like sanity itself compared to our entrenched, bipartisan American war party, full of big plans for the world and short on restraint. But while we may thank such realists for their service to our country, we must nonetheless differ with their doctrine.” (07/31/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/realism-versus-nonintervention/

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18) In Washington, war is peace
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The Intercept has an article on the ‘U.S. Institute of Peace,’ a government agency founded in 1984 supposedly dedicated to promoting ‘nonviolent resolution of conflicts’: author Lee Fang is shocked — shocked! — that USIP chairman Stephen J. Hadley, a former national security advisor to George W. Bush, wants to arm Ukraine so as to impress Putin with the sight of ‘body bags of Russian soldiers who have been killed.’ Yet the USIP has long been a site of neoconservative infection inside the national security bureaucracy.” (08/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pq4sjha

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19) Debate on debates continues
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“The first presidential candidate debates are right around the corner, and the large number of GOP candidates has inadvertently helped supporters of minor party and independent candidates in the debate on debates. Because there are currently 17 candidates seeking the Republican Presidential nomination, Fox News will hold two debates on August 6. One debate will have either 10 or 11 candidates, and the other debate will have the other GOP hopefuls.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (08/02/15)

http://fpp.cc/debate-on-debates-continues/

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20) Free Talk Live, 08/02/15
Source: Free Talk Live

“Dr. Ed Gogek joins us to advocate continued criminalization of cannabis. :: Recriminalizing Alcohol? :: Harm Reduction :: Pot to Heroin? :: No Bad Drugs Just Bad Users? :: Responsible Users :: Alcohol Prohibition :: Synthetics :: Opiate Addiction :: Space Rockets :: Addicts.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/02/15)

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/217531848″]

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21) Success shouldn’t depend on government favors
Source: USA Today
by Chris Rufer

“This weekend I will join hundreds of entrepreneurs, including Charles and David Koch, at the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce meeting in California. Before the negative media coverage begins, I would like to explain what we stand for. We believe, and history has shown, that nothing is more effective than free markets at promoting happiness, health, and prosperity — not just for the few, but for everyone in society. … We grew because we listened to our customers and created products that people wanted, products that made people’s lives better. This is the essence of a free society. People benefit themselves by benefiting others, a simple concept with revolutionary results.” (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhpw3aj

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22) An Excerpt from Blade of p’Na
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

An excerpt from L. Neil Smith’s upcoming novel, Blade of p’Na. (08/02/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle832-20150802-02.html

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23) Where do we draw the line? Abortions and other forms of murder
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“In a real, moral human society, as a number of people have pointed out over the millennia, the major factor governing human behavior and discouraging things like murdering baby in or partially in the womb, killing anyone, stealing anything, would be a combination of tradition, teaching and acceptance of personal responsibility and accountability, and withdrawal of contact from those who violate the accepted standards of behavior, based at least mostly on the idea of ‘no aggression’ or as I prefer, the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Yeah, it wouldn’t be a perfect world anymore than this one is, but a darn sight better one. We’d still have people killing and beating others and stealing from them and enslaving them, but we wouldn’t be making the rest of us support it and tolerate or even endorse it.” (08/02/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7623

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24) Today’s rules violate natural law
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“A ‘law’ that violates your right to live as you see fit, earning money however you wish, using your property as it best serves you — as long as you don’t violate the person or property of another — is not a real law. It is only a counterfeit rule. It shouldn’t be enforced against anyone, no matter who their friends are or what connections they have. No matter who complains about them.” (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/no65tgq

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25) Tobacco “carve-out” dispute tells all we need to know about TPP
Source: Our Future Blog
by Dave Johnson

“Administration officials are desperately trying to wrap-up Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in the next few days or so. If they can get it done right now, it enables a timeline for pushing it through Congress by the end of the year — before the public can rally opposition, and before the Presidential campaign season could bring heightened attention to the deal. One key sticking point in the negotiations is a proposed ‘carve-out’ to prevent tobacco companies from being able to sue governments and block anti-smoking regulations. The tobacco companies are trying to block this carve-out because it ‘sets a bad precedent’ of allowing governments to protect their citizens. This sounds astonishing, but it’s for real.” (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p3pvl3l

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26) Production versus plunder, part 18: The re-conquest
Source: The Daily Bell
by Paul Rosenberg

“It takes more than raw power to run a successful state; people must believe that laying their wealth at your feet is a righteous thing to do. This week, we’ll look at a big part of how this idea came to Europe.” (08/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nw837j5

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27) Reparations perpetuate government injustice
Source: Daily Anarchist
by Joel Valenzuela

“The cause of reparations is back in vogue. Self-proclaimed representatives of peoples from around the world are claiming that other races owe them for past injustices, payable in cold hard cash. Justice must be done, no matter how much time has elapsed since the atrocities, or how little, if any, relation people alive today have to the original perpetrators of injustice.” (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owvvkym

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28) There’s nothing academic about campus rape
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J. Saunders

“‘The price of a college education should never be the risk of a sexual assault,’ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told a Senate hearing Wednesday. Too many colleges don’t treat rape, she observed, as ‘the violent felony that it actually is.’ Her solution is the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act, or CASA, which would require college campuses to designate confidential advisers to victims of sexual assault and establish rules for campus investigations of sexual assaults. Gillibrand means well; there’s no question about it. But Congress telling American universities how they should handle campus rape truly is an instance of the blind leading the blind.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nunqsgf

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29) Racism [sic] on camera
Source: The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier

“If you’ve regularly watched the nightly news over the past few years, you might think that the recent arrest and jail-cell death of Sandra Bland in Texas is part of a growing wave of police abuse of black citizens. Some news reports have even called it an epidemic of police violence against African Americans. But the harsh reality is that there has been no sudden upsurge of racial profiling, arrests, beating, and killing of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers. Rather than an abrupt recent rise in police mistreatment of black Americans, we’ve become more aware of the problem, in part because more incidents of police abuse are being captured on camera.” [editor’s note: Despite attempts to paint this as “racist hate crime,” it has far more to do with blatant abuse of power, which knows no color – SAT] (07/30/15)

http://prospect.org/article/racism-camera

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30) Yes, we really do need to start paying kidney donors
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Markets are going to exist where human desire is great enough. It happens with sex, it happens with drugs, it is happening with organ transplants. In all three we argue that said market will be safer, will work better, if the activity itself is legal so that regulation, if that’s necessary, is possible. Insisting that these things are illegal is part of what makes them so dangerous.” (08/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oplzkky

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31) How childcare actually causes poverty in America
Source: The Nation
by Michelle Chen

“Is the most precious thing in your life worth more than a poverty wage? Activists are pushing for a $15 hourly base wage for preschool teachers and childcare workers. Many are currently college grads earning poverty wages, which have basically stagnated for nearly twenty years. The raise would be a major step toward providing livable wages for the service working families can’t live without. As the Fight for 15 movement gains momentum for fast food and retail workers, advocates are asking, if the people who prepare your lunch deserve a living wage, surely don’t the people preparing our toddlers for school?” [editor’s note: Rebuttal comments on this (esp. the last sentence) are most welcome – SAT] (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmq343g

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32) Aged, yet immortal
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“In a summer dominated, as usual, by the return of superheroes bursting onto the screen in all their 3D glory, a quieter, more cerebral superhero has also graced the cinema. Mr. Holmes follows the fabled Sherlock (Ian McKellen), now 93 years old, to his retirement cottage by the sea, where he cares for a hive of bees and is cared for by a housekeeper, Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) and her young son Roger (Milo Parker), who idolizes the famed detective. I use the word ‘graced’ deliberately, for this is a graceful, elegant story beautifully filmed by Tobias A. Schliessler and worthy of honoring the supersleuth’s memory.” (07/31/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1443

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33) Maybe it’s time to give up the Oreos
Source: In These Times
by Marilyn Katz

“I may have to give up one of my longest-standing indulgences: the dunking of an Oreo cookie in cold milk (whole is preferred). I don’t do this lightly, as I have been dunking those deliciously wicked rounds of chocolate and what I choose to believe is cream since I’ve been three. Why give them up? Because this week, Irene Rosenfeld, the head of Mondolez (the food conglomerate based in Illinois that has Nabisco in its portfolio), a woman touted for breaking the glass ceiling upon becoming the head of Kraft Foods and then its spin off, announced that rather than invest $130 million in modernizing the plant in Chicago, where Oreos have been lovingly produced for the past 100 years, she will instead move the jobs to a new factory in Mexico. The result: a loss of 600 well-paying and community-sustaining jobs on Chicago’s Southwest Side.” (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oo6ctld

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34) Nuns and ghouls
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Do you want to truly be ‘pro-life’ in a non-hypocritical way? Then reject the power and control of government, take responsibility for your own life, for the care and well-being of your own family, for helping your friends and neighbors and fellow church members, and help end this corrupt and hypocritical system which murders the innocent from conception to old age, and which destroys the opportunities for all to have a better life NOT at the expense of others.” (08/01/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7624

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35) Sowing division
Source: Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau

“Westerners are fond of speculating on a partition of Iraq. To those of us who only know Iraqis by 3 labels, and know nothing about the complexities within those groups or the messiness of border regions, it sounds attractive on the surface. And, for their part, the Iraqis seem to have already done a bang-up job of dividing their country into an independently-operated Kurdish state, a Shia Arab state run from Baghdad, and a Sunni Arab state in the north and west. So I can sort of see why Westerners talk about ratifying this. But, since I know nothing about the internal divides and historical divisions within the Sunni Arab and Shia Arab communities of Iraq, and almost nothing about the internal divides within the Kurdish community of Iraq, its not a proposal that I can confidently endorse.” (08/02/15)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2015/08/02/18773

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36) A bankrupt candidate for a bankrupt nation
Source: Mises Canada
by Doug French

“What would a Trump presidency look like? ‘Classy,’ they said ‘a presidency of hope.’ One gentleman even said ‘it’d be nice to see the debt clock go the other direction.’ Maybe he’s got a point, after all, if Trump knows how to do anything it’s stop a debt clock. He has filed for corporate bankruptcy four times, in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009. As Forbes reports, these bankruptcies were connected to over-leveraged casino and hotel properties in Atlantic City. He’s never filed personal bankruptcy, ‘an important distinction when considering his ability to emerge relatively unscathed, at least financially,’ writes Clare O’Conner. Trump did take some financial lumps before learning to gamble with other people’s money without risking his own resources.” (07/30/15)

http://mises.ca/posts/blog/a-bankrupt-candidate-for-a-bankrupt-nation/

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37) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/01/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Dianna Keiler & Christian Saucier and Ben Stone the Bad Quaker! Woot! Christian tells about his adventures going to a Toby Keith concert. He explains that there exists a vast untapped pool of government hating county music fans, waiting to be turned into libertarians.” [various formats] (08/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9nflnc

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38) Of badges and blasphemy
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Sheriff Doug Rader of Missouri’s Stone County complains that he is being ‘attacked’ for a ‘patriotic gesture’ — decorating his department’s patrol vehicles with the motto ‘In God We Trust.’ By focusing on a largely symbolic controversy, both the sheriff’s defenders and detractors are ignoring a more tangible threat — the sheriff’s insistence, typical of his profession, that citizens render immediate, unconditional obedience to law enforcement officers as duly appointed ministers of violence on behalf of the divine State.” [editor’s note: I used to live in Stone County; no, I’m not surprised – TLK] (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/npvgd6f

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39) Does gun control work?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Danny Lewis

“Gun safety is not achieved by government, but by the individual. The 2nd Amendment exists so gun safety is in the hands of the people to protect themselves. Violent criminals will always exist, no matter how many government regulations there are. Gun control hinders law abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves from the violent criminals.” (07/30/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/gun-control-work

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40) Still won’t stand with Rand
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

“Last week I published a piece on Rand Paul. In particular, I argued that Paul or any other ‘libertarian’ political figure would not generate the changes desired by those who value liberty. The responses to this post have been numerous. Many people agree with me. For others, it’s as though I backhanded their mothers in suggesting that Rand Paul isn’t the savior of America or its politics. I’d like to offer some additional reflections on a possible ‘President Paul’ or any other libertarian or free market candidate and address some of the more frequent comments and questions regarding the piece.” (08/01/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/08/01/still-wont-stand-with-rand/

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41) The future of warfare
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“There are two common predictions regarding the future of warfare. First, the arms race between military powers necessitates a continuous adoption of improving technologies. Second, the focus will increasingly be on attacking your opponents technology as opposed to their soldiers. TrackingPoint, an optical system that automates almost all of the previously specialized knowledge usually required to accurately hit a target at long distances with a rifle, is an example of this. Such a system could greatly increase the accuracy of the average soldier while cutting training costs. Militaries that adopt such technology would have a distinct advantage over those that didn’t.” (07/31/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/07/31/the-future-of-warfare/

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42) Two takeaways from Samuel DuBose’s killing
Source: Cato Institute
by Matthew Feeney

“There are two key takeaways from Samuel DuBose’s unnecessary and tragic death at the hands of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing: 1) body cameras can play a crucial role in police misconduct investigations, and 2) even police officers wearing body cameras can behave poorly.” (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzph2ko

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43) In search of the anti-Uber
Source: The Atlantic
by Nancy Cook

“[T]ool-lending libraries are just one example of an often-overlooked part of the sharing economy: networks of people who share resources to cut down on their purchases and to make better use of the stuff they already have. This was the original conception of the sharing economy when it first truly emerged in 2008 …. This is a much different version of the sharing economy than the prevailing model of sprawling young companies — Airbnb, Lyft, Postmates, Uber — that are more akin to Silicon Valley’s next, new thing. The evolved version isn’t to everyone’s liking.” (08/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pchb8db

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44) The sharing economy creates growth, so let it!
Source: Students For Liberty
by Elias Garcia

“It has been seven years since the Great Recession ended, but the economy today still struggles to show that it has recovered. While politicians continue to look around for solutions to the dismal state of the world economy, they have conveniently ignored the largest engine for economic growth, entrepreneurship.” (07/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ogr29g3

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45) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 08/02/15
Source: KN@PPSTER

In this episode: No Thanks For Not Asking!; Fifteen months out and the 2016 presidential election cycle is already weird, trite and overhyped; Gulf War anniversary/apology; What I’m Doing and Why You Should Help Me Do It.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzb7psh

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46) First, do no harm
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“I wish Annette Bosworth were my doctor. Since she lives and practices medicine more than 1300 miles away, in South Dakota, that’s not to be. Sadly, the question to be answered, officially, is whether Dr. Bosworth will be permitted to provide medical care to anyone in her state. Following convictions on 12 felony counts pertaining to petitions she circulated, the South Dakota Medical Board has asked Bosworth to surrender her license.” (07/31/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/07/31/first-do-no-harm/

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47) Remaking the human terrain: The US military’s continuing quest to commandeer culture
Source: CounterPunch
by Roberto J Gonzalez and David Price

“Several weeks ago, a CounterPunch special report revealed that the US Army’s Human Terrain System (HTS) — a $726 million embedded social science program—had quietly expired. As media outlets picked up the story, it became evident that HTS’s demise was a welcome development for many. Tax payers were fed up with what appeared to be a costly boondoggle, anthropologists bitterly opposed the program for its ethical shortcomings, and a small but vocal group of military officers complained about how it drained resources from other priorities. Yet some voices, most notably former HTS employees, publicly complained over the loss of what they insisted was an indispensable military tool.” (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oqajjuy

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48) The man who almost stopped Julius Caesar
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W. Reed

“By the time of Cato’s birth in 95 BC, the Roman Republic was long in the tooth. Founded four centuries earlier, it had risen from obscurity to political and economic dominance in the Mediterranean. Rome was easily the world’s wealthiest and most powerful society. It wasn’t a libertarian paradise — slavery was a part of its makeup, as it was even more brutal everywhere else — but Rome had taken liberty to a zenith the world had never seen before and wouldn’t see again for a long time after it finally fell. The constitution of the republic embodied term limits; separation of powers; checks and balances; due process; habeas corpus; the rule of law; individual rights; and elected, representative legislative bodies, including the famous Senate. All of this was hanging by a thread in the first century BC.” (07/31/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/the-man-who-almost-stopped-julius-caesar

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49) The legal case for federal land disposal is much stronger than critics think
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Robert Natelson

“The American Lands Council and its leader, Utah Rep. Ken Ivory, argue that the federal government is illegally retaining vast tracts of Western lands, some of which should be conveyed to the states. This is not a new position, but it is making new progress in American state legislatures. It also is drawing the charge that it has ‘no legal foundation.’ The truth, however, is that Ivory’s position is grounded much more firmly than critics admit.” (08/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5zd3gh

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50) Uber vs. Piketty
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“While working together earlier this week on a business trip to California, my Mercatus Center colleague Ashley Schiller and I were chatting about Uber and the assaults that governments are now launching on this amazing innovation. Ashley had a brilliant insight, which I share here with her kind permission: Uber (and other ‘sharing economy’ innovations, such as Airbnb) allow ordinary people to turn their consumption goods into capital goods.” (08/01/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/08/uber-vs-piketty.html

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51) Open letter to Alexis Tsipras
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Keith Weiner

“The troika wants you to accept another bailout deal, to service Greek debts a while longer. Since bailouts mean borrowing more, you cannot avoid default in the end. Going deeper into debt is no good for anyone. Should you choose to default instead, you will not be able to continue using the euro. Even if the troika doesn’t immediately act, the threat is real. No one would lend to the Greek government, or even businesses, with that Sword of Damocles hanging over you. However, you need outside capital to restart production and trade. Otherwise, your industries will be shuttered, even including exports.” (07/31/15)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/07/open-letter-to-alexis-tsipras/

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52) Will the real feminists please stand up?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kelly Vee

“Amnesty International understands what Lena Dunham apparently doesn’t: women own their own bodies. Outlawing sex work is just another way in which the State exerts its control over women’s bodies (as most sex workers are women). For someone like Lena Dunham, an outspoken advocate of reproductive rights, to call for the criminalization of sex work and for more restrictions on women’s bodily integrity is the epitome of white feminist hypocrisy. Speaking for other women rather than listening to them is a habit that seems to haunt white feminism.” (08/02/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/39404

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53) The sharing economy and the ownership of the means of production
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Steve Horwitz

“Yes, Uber still owns the software platform that makes the connection between seller and buyer possible, but it remains the case that Uber drivers own their own capital, as did the pre-capitalist artisans and farmers. Uber drivers control the days and times they choose to work. They can hunt in the morning, be a medical technician in the afternoon, drive for Uber in the evening, and work on their new business idea after dinner. Or they can do it by days if they wish. The sharing economy can’t make us all Aristotle or Goethe. It can’t give us all of Marx’s utopia. But it sure does seem to get us closer to a number of the goals that Marxists and other progressives have claimed to want.” (08/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfnzu4e

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54) Why is Bernie Sanders popular?
Source: OpEdNews
by M Martin Hine

“What is up with this sudden popularity of Bernie Sanders? He drew 11,000 in Phoenix, in a ‘red state,’ and over 10,000 in Texas! I think the large crowds he’s attracting are a sign that people are waking up and looking for better solutions. Americans have felt a malaise for some time as they’ve seen their standard of living decline and their economic opportunities dwindle. Bernie tells people there’s another way of doing things.” (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/on9aqqb

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55) Illegal underwater wine
Source: Reason
by Katherine Mangu-Ward

“In metal cages at the bottom of Charleston Harbor sit six cases of cabernet and two of chardonnay from Napa Valley’s Mira winery. They’re part of a tiny ongoing experiment to study the effects of underwater pressure, temperature, and agitation on the aging process, inspired in part by some surprisingly good bottles salvaged from shipwrecks. In March, however, federal regulators decided the wine (dubbed ‘Aquaoir’) might be contaminated with ‘filth,’ ‘effluents,’ and ‘bilge waters,’ even though the corks were sealed with wax and even though a previous batch showed clean test results.” (08/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/08/01/illegal-underwater-wine

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56) The Tom Woods Show, 07/31/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Walter Block joins us to ask a question a lot of scrupulous libertarians have wondered about: may a libertarian take government money, or hold a job involving government contracts, and the like, while being morally and philosophically consistent?” [various formats] (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pw9gtf3

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57) Another referendum for Mr. Tsipras
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“It would be very interesting to see what may happen in Greece now. Mr Tsipras may not win his party over — which may spur a change in the governing majority, or new elections. The Greeks may infer from this that, via the deal, European leaders were meddling with their own democratic politics. The simple narrative is: Mrs Merkel didn’t like Syriza, and now Syriza is gone.” (07/31/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/07/another_referen.html

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58) spiked Podcast, 07/31/15
Source: spiked

“After a campaign was launched to ban Frankie Boyle from a West Belfast festival, Brendan O’Neill debated free speech on Downtown Radio.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qxg4egl

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59) Medicare is a cancer on the body politic
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Not surprisingly, liberals are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare, the socialistic healthcare program that was established under the political regime of President Lyndon Johnson. … Even though conservatives will carp about Medicare, just as they carp about other socialist and regulatory programs, the last thing that conservatives want to do is repeal them. After all, every conservative in the country knows that if such programs were terminated, conservatives wouldn’t have anything to carp about anymore.” (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/omt3gob

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60) The evolving urban form: Jin-Jin-Ji (Dispersing Beijing)
Source: Heartland Institute
by Wendell Cox

“Two of China’s six megacities (urban areas with more than 10 million population) are nearly adjacent, within 90 miles (150 kilometers) of one another. The urban areas of Beijing and Tianjin have a combined population of 35 million and are among the fastest growing in the world. This is an increase of nearly 60% from the 2000 population of 21 million. … For some time there has been discussion of integrating the metropolitan areas of a much larger region. A principal purpose is dispersion — to redistribute activities, such as government administration and manufacturing away from Beijing’s congested core to peripheral locations.” (08/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ne7e6zf

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