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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,253
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
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In the News:

1) FBI investigates security of Clinton’s illegal email server, content
2) Fox announces candidate line-up for first GOP debate
3) Germany: Top prosecutor stumbles over treason probe against journalists
4) Cameroon: Regime expels thousands of Nigerians, citing Boko Haram fight
5) Ivory Coast: Military court convicts ex-leader’s top security officers
6) US likely to intervene in Palestinian terror case
7) Venezuela: Ruling party games Twitter for political gain
8) College Board to rewrite US history exam
9) Aetna beats profit estimates
10) New report: Teen marijuana use may not lead to later health issues
11) TX: Sandra Bland’s family files wrongful death suit
12) KY: Students handcuffed at school trigger lawsuit
13) Study: For-profit hospitals give back as much as nonprofits
14) Top US air carriers ban hunting trophies from planes
15) Marist suspends GOP polling ahead of Fox debate

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) August 1945: Let’s talk about terrorism
17) Let’s interact and trade freely with Cuba
18) The LAVA Flow Podcast, 08/04/15
19) Washington’s alliance with Syrian jihadists
20) Presidential Parenthood politics
21) Why you must dump Microsoft now
22) Free Talk Live, 08/04/15
23) Lessons from Tonkin & Libya: We need a president who won’t trick us into war
24) The gig economy makes Karl Marx’s dreams come true
25) Arguing against evil
26) Is Rand Paul missing his Giuliani moment?
27) Uber is just the tip of the iceberg
28) Welfare-state parasitism
29) Practicing freedom: Markets, marriage and migration
30) The German menace
31) How Washington has inflated the Iran threat
32) “The way to respond to ISIS is not through violence”
33) Without Planned Parenthood, the state still grows
34) Politicians seek short-term advantages by lecturing capitalists about the long term
35) No friend to lions
36) E-book roundup: Please Enroll Responsibly
37) The thin black and blue line: Murder as official policy
38) Government failure compounds denial in abortion policy
39) How our inequality is corrupting “success”
40) Student loans and bankruptcy
41) What should states do when the federal government usurps power?
42) The rage against Uber
43) Forgotten flaw in Iran nuclear deal: It lets killers go free
44) Socialism
45) “Cultural libertarianism” on trial
46) Three ways Congress can protect economic liberty and curtail occupational licensing abuse
47) Sixteen years of democratic experiment in Nigeria: Any hope for the common man?
48) Why uranium is your friend
49) Movie studios seek SOPA power through broad site-blocking order
50) The battle over BDS
51) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/04/15
52) Markets destroy traditionalist oppression
53) The Libertarian Angle, 08/04/15
54) Can the government ban anything?
55) Here’s what’s wrong about price gouging

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

1) FBI investigates security of Clinton’s illegal email server, content
Source: NBC News

“The FBI is looking into the security of the [illegal] private email server that Hillary Rodham Clinton used when she was secretary of state. The Washington Post also reported Tuesday that the FBI has asked Clinton lawyer David Kendall about the security of a thumb drive, containing copies of Clinton’s emails, that Kendall possesses. … Last month, the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community alerted the Justice Department about classified information included improperly on email that went through Clinton’s [illegal] home server.” (08/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/puacu7f

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2) Fox announces candidate line-up for first GOP debate
Source: Fox News

“Fox News has announced the line-up for the prime-time Republican presidential debate this Thursday, and here’s who qualified: Real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The roster of 10 candidates was determined based on an average of the five most recent national polls.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4wv7cj

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3) Germany: Top prosecutor stumbles over treason probe against journalists
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“A treason investigation against two German journalists claimed its first casualty Tuesday — the country’s top prosecutor who ordered the probe. Justice Minister Heiko Maas announced he was seeking the dismissal of Harald Range hours after the chief federal prosecutor accused the government of interfering in his investigation.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p7rvfqu

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4) Cameroon: Regime expels thousands of Nigerians, citing Boko Haram fight
Source: Independent [Ireland]

“Cameroon has expelled more than 3,000 Nigerians as part of the fight against Nigeria’s Islamic extremists who have launched attacks across borders, officials said. Authorities also arrested hundreds of Cameroonians and Nigerians accused of collaborating with Boko Haram, said Midjiyawa Bakary, governor of Cameroon’s Far North region. They deported Nigerians who said they were refugees but were not staying at refugee camps and lacked identification papers.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q97l8o2

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5) Ivory Coast: Military court convicts ex-leader’s top security officers
Source: ABC

“Ivory Coast’s military court on Tuesday sentenced the former head of security for the ex-first lady to 20 years in prison for acts related to the postelection crisis in 2011. More than 3,000 people were killed after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept his defeat in 2010 elections to Alassane Ouattara, who is now president.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pqfg79v

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6) US likely to intervene in Palestinian terror case
Source: Idaho Press-Tribune

“The U.S. government is moving closer to intervening in a high-stakes civil case over deadly Palestinian terror attacks as officials met Tuesday with victims’ families to discuss concerns over a jury verdict worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The meeting came amid objections from a lawyer for the plaintiffs, who said the United States was ‘considering putting a thumb on the scale’ because the Palestinian government opposes the jury verdict.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oy6pf6k

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7) Venezuela: Ruling party games Twitter for political gain
Source: Fort Dodge Messenger

“Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s approval ratings may be languishing below 30 percent, but on Twitter he’s as popular as Pope Francis — or so it would seem. The socialist South American leader regularly sets social media afire with support, with heavily trending anti-U.S. campaigns such #ObamaYankeeGoHome and #ObamaRepealTheExecutiveOrder, which denounced U.S. sanctions on members of Maduro’s administration.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q84rfop

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8) College Board to rewrite US history exam
Source: Fox News

“The red, white and blue is going back into the U.S. history being taught to college-bound high schoolers, after critics blasted the curriculum-setting test as biased against America. The College Board, which writes the test that much of the nation’s advanced placement course lessons are based on, last week issued a new course and exam description that has more focus on the positive role of the framers, America’s effort to rid the world of the Nazi threat during World War II and how entrepreneurs transformed the world’s most dynamic economy. Those points of emphasis are expected next year to replace the previous test questions, which some historians and teachers say took a negative view of the U.S.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ng9sgpc

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9) Aetna beats profit estimates
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“As more and more Americans get insured under Obamacare, health insurance giant Aetna is watching its profits soar. On Tuesday, Aetna Inc reported that its adjusted net profit for the second quarter was better than expected after more members joined its government plans and medical costs remained the same. Over the past few years, many large health insurance companies and hospitals have been reaping the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, a fact that observers say proves that the biggest winners of Obamacare are the healthcare giants themselves. ‘For years, insurance companies and hospitals told Americans that one reason their insurance bills were so high was because they were paying the hidden cost of medical care for the uninsured,’ wrote Chad Terhune for the LA Times in December.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o62cjcm

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10) New report: Teen marijuana use may not lead to later health issues
Source: Raw Story

“A comprehensive analysis of more than 400 men over a 20-year period casts new doubt on the idea of marijuana use, even when long-term, being associated with physical and mental health problems later on in life. The authors of the study, published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, looked at data taken from the Pittsburgh Youth Study (PYS), a longitudinal study that attempted to track the development of antisocial and delinquent behavior among a selected group of first, third, and seventh grade boys attending public school in Pittsburgh from 1987 to 1988.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nt2j48c

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11) TX: Sandra Bland’s family files wrongful death suit
Source: Reuters

“The family of Sandra Bland filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday against a Texas trooper, a sheriff’s office and her jailers, accusing them of being responsible for the woman’s apparent suicide in a county jail. The suit, filed in a federal court in Texas, said officials violated her constitutional rights. The family said it was seeking financial damages, but court papers did not specify an amount. Bland, a 28-year-old African-American, was pulled over in her car on July 10 by a white state trooper, Brian Encinia, for failing to signal a lane change in Prairie View, about 50 miles northwest of Houston. The discovery of Bland’s body in her cell three days later with a trash bag around her neck in an apparent hanging provoked suspicions of racist treatment.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o38wffx

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12) KY: Students handcuffed at school trigger lawsuit
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A new lawsuit has alleged that school officials in Kentucky improperly restrained students, causing them physical and emotional pain. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the lawsuit on behalf of the parents of two children were handcuffed by the ‘school resource officer.’ A video shows a boy with his arms handcuffed above his elbows. The 52lb (24 kg) child is kept in restraints for 15 minutes. The video, filmed in November 2014, shows the handcuffs placed around the eight-year-old boy’s biceps. His wrists are too small to fit inside the handcuffs.” (08/04/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33778178

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13) Study: For-profit hospitals give back as much as nonprofits
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“California nonprofit hospitals (which receive tax breaks in exchange for the public benefit they’re supposed to provide) don’t necessarily offer any more free or ‘charity’ care for poor patients than their for-profit counterparts, a new study shows. The study by researchers from UCSF and Oakland’s Highland Hospital found that nonprofit hospitals tended to spend a little more to provide free care to low-income patients than the for-profits. But when it came to paying patients’ unpaid medical bills both sides were even. Both sides spent less than 5 percent of their operating costs on uncompensated care. Nationwide, nonprofit hospitals get more than $24 billion a year in federal, state and local taxes, exemptions that for-profit hospitals don’t receive. In exchange, nonprofits are supposed to give back in the form of providing medical care to the poor.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzc5w8v

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14) Top US air carriers ban hunting trophies from planes
Source: ABC News

“All three of the major U.S. airlines have now banned the transport of hunting trophies from Africa in the wake of the outrage over the shooting death of a lion in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist. American Airlines was the latest to ban the practice, announcing this morning that while it does not serve the continent, the carrier will ‘no longer transport buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion or rhinoceros trophies.’ Delta Air Lines, which The Associated Press reported has the most flights to Africa of all U.S. carriers, said Monday it would put an immediate worldwide ban in place, but noted that up until now, its policies had followed government regulations. … United Airlines said that, according to records, it has not shipped any such trophies in the past.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pv8s8m7

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15) Marist suspends GOP polling ahead of Fox debate
Source: Politico

“The Marist Institute of Public Opinion has suspended its polling of the GOP primary field to protest how polls are being used to determine debate participants. The poll, which is done in conjunction with McClatchy, is one of the more respected national polls regularly conducted. But Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute, told McClatchy that the poll is being suspended for this week for this week because the debate criteria assume the polls are more precise than they are in reality.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njhakog

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

16) August 1945: Let’s talk about terrorism
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Institute for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Terrorism, per WordNet, is ‘the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature.’ The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings meet that definition in spades. US president Harry S. Truman ordered, consciously and with premeditation, the murder of somewhere between 100,000 and 250,000 civilians in pursuit of his political goal of unconditional Japanese surrender.” (08/04/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2496

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17) Let’s interact and trade freely with Cuba
Source: Miami Herald
by Nicholas Sarwark

“Last week in Miami, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for ending trade sanctions on Cuba. This was a brave move on her part, and I applaud her for it. I also applaud President Obama for re-establishing diplomatic relations and the Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Congress who are seeking to preserve Americans’ right to travel freely to Cuba. We have seen that decades without diplomatic relations have done nothing to change the regime in Havana. Likewise, decades of economic sanctions and travel restrictions have been unproductive at best and arguably may have even strengthened the Castros’ hold on power.” (08/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/otl4xqp

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18) The LAVA Flow Podcast, 08/04/15
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“How to keep the masshole media from keeping us divided, what’s in the news, with a Rand Paul update, two upcoming libertarian events, and part 2 of how to make purchases anonymously on the deep web.” [various formats] (08/04/15)

http://thelavaflow.com/tlf017-the-masshole-media-edition/

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19) Washington’s alliance with Syrian jihadists
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The saga of the US-supported rebels is a pathetic story indeed: at first, Washington was supporting the so-called Free Syrian Army, a group of alleged ‘moderate’ Islamist fighters determined to overthrow the secular dictatorship of Ba’athist President Bashar al-Assad. However, their ‘moderate’ act became less credible when entire battalions began to defect to the Al Nusra Front — Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate — and the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State,’ otherwise known as ISIS. So it was back to the drawing board for the War Party, and a new scheme was hatched: the plan was to ‘vet’ and train at least a few thousand ‘moderate’ jihadists to take down Assad and fight ISIS …” (08/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p22bfll

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20) Presidential Parenthood politics
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Make no mistake about it; these candidates think that it’s their solemn job as President of the United States to end abortion as we know it in America, and they’re more than willing to employ any means possible to accomplish that agenda. Its pure presidential parenthood politics founded upon their evangelical religious beliefs, and one of the big reasons why the average American is afraid to vote for any GOP presidential candidate. The reality of the matter is that in the United States of America women enjoy a constitutional right to seek and undergo an abortion. The abortion procedures that Planned Parenthood provide to women are legal. The disposition of embryonic and fetal tissue from such procedures to scientific entities on a not for profit basis is entirely legal.” (08/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ppvoccx

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21) Why you must dump Microsoft now
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“As of August 1, 2015 (that is, a few days ago), Microsoft announced a new privacy policy and a new services agreement. In the words of one network professional, ‘Basically, they redefined their operating system to be spyware.'” (08/04/15)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/must-dump-microsoft-now/

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22) Free Talk Live, 08/04/15
Source: Free Talk Live

“Domestic Violence :: Workplace Harassment :: Voting Requirements :: Cannabis Prohibitionist :: Felons Voting :: Liberals and the War on Drugs :: Responsible for Dog’s Actions? :: Weak Libertarians :: Deregulation :: Pirate Radio :: Free Trade :: Police Chief Arrested in NH For Alleged Sexual Assault of Police Explorer Teen.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/04/15)

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/217836523″]

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23) Lessons from Tonkin & Libya: We need a president who won’t trick us into war
Source: In These Times
by Stephen R Weissman

“Fifty-one years ago, an American president deceived the public about the true purpose of a U.S. military mission, ushering in a decade of foreign policy disasters. Unfortunately, this method of abusing democracy has continued, on a bipartisan basis, to the present day, when it is casting a shadow over U.S. policy in Syria. In August 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson and his advisers deliberately misled Congress and the American people about the mission of two U.S. destroyers that were allegedly attacked off the coast of communist North Vietnam and their connection to U.S.-directed raids on nearby offshore islands. Their lie paved the way for U.S. bombing of North Vietnam and congressional passage of the administration’s Tonkin Gulf Resolution: a broadly worded measure that would soon facilitate Johnson’s escalation of the Vietnam War.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qg5gvt6

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24) The gig economy makes Karl Marx’s dreams come true
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Max Borders

“When Joe Average steps out of his car after completing his shift for Lyft, he does so on his own terms. Nobody tells him when to start. Nobody tells him when to stop. The siren song that is prime time pricing might have coaxed him off the couch, but ultimately it was his call. And with the rest of his day, he’s going to go fishing. You see, Joe loves to fish — even more than he loves making money. After dinner, he might take some time to criticize the second season of True Detective. Would ole Karl Marx have been happy with this result?” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/obk2dl6

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25) Arguing against evil
Source: The New Republic
by Patrick Iber

“President Barack Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran has prompted concerns from conservatives who say its government can’t be trusted to adhere to the negotiated terms. But leftist hawk Paul Berman had a different reaction. He praised the deal for thawing relations, thereby creating the conditions for ‘an ideological de-toxification campaign’ like those of the Cold War, when, he writes, ‘the liberal journalists and intellectuals in the old Committee for Cultural Freedom and the Congress for Cultural Freedom used to put up serious arguments against the totalitarian currents of the day, and there is no reason why this couldn’t be done in our own day.’ Berman is not the only thinker in recent years who has hoped to reproduce the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an anti-totalitarian organization founded in 1950.” (08/04/15)

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122452/arguing-against-evil

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26) Is Rand Paul missing his Giuliani moment?
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel McCarthy

“Rand Paul tells the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel that Thursday’s Republican presidential debate will pit him against rivals who ‘want to blow up the world.’ He has reason to use stark language. After weeks of negative press, single-digit poll numbers, and lackluster fundraising, Senator Paul needs a ‘Giuliani moment’ — something that will do for his campaign what a showdown with ‘America’s mayor’ did for his father’s effort after the first debate of 2007. In fact, Rand Paul has the opportunity to do much more than his father ever could. But he’s missing it: Rand’s ‘Giuliani moment’ is the Iran deal, and it calls for action, not words.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/naqx8o6

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27) Uber is just the tip of the iceberg
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Ryan Streeter

“Uber’s battle with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, which culminated this week in a temporary truce while the city ‘studies’ Uber, shines a bright light on the struggle between progressivism and new technology that goes much deeper than Uber itself. Progressivism has proven ill-equipped to deal with the rapid change that 21st century technology has introduced into its 20th century framework.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvle8cz

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28) Welfare-state parasitism
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Imagine a hypothetical horse that is healthy. One day, a tick attaches itself to the horse. The tick begins sucking blood out of the horse but the horse, while discomforted, finds it manageable. Then another tick. Then 100 ticks. Gradually, the horse loses its vitality and becomes weak. At some points, the numbers of ticks become so voluminous and are sucking so much of the lifeblood out of the horse that the horse dies, thereby, ironically, denying the ticks any more sustenance. That’s precisely what has happened in both Greece and Puerto Rico and what is happening in the United States.” (08/04/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/04/welfare-state-parasitism/

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29) Practicing freedom: Markets, marriage and migration
Source: The Daily Bell
by Richard M Ebeling

“If a friend of freedom truly believes that each individual has a right to his life, liberty and honestly acquired property, and to peacefully go about his or her personal affairs on their own or in voluntary and mutually-agreed association with others, then he cannot accept or endorse, or even acquiesce in, any political authority abridging that person’s right to do ‘anything that’s peaceful.'” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p4c5d9t

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30) The German menace
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“At the end of World War II, a bloody horror that cost 80 million lives worldwide, American leaders were determined that Germany must never again rise to massacre its neighbors. So the Allies created a plan to strip Germany of its industrial might and turn it into a ‘pastoral’ economy with a GDP well below its level of 1938. In addition, the reparations from the previous damage created by Germany during World War I, which were levied at the Versailles peace conference but never paid, were made due and payable over ten years.” (08/04/15)

http://prospect.org/article/german-menace

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31) How Washington has inflated the Iran threat
Source: Cato Institute
by Justin Logan

“Neither Iran’s military power, nor its economic clout, nor its political moves across the Middle East afford it anything that could be called dominance or regional hegemony. At most, Iran today is an annoyance to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States. But worriers suggest that while this may be true, two factors that may result from a nuclear agreement could help transform Iran into a more menacing foe in the future: revenue loosed by a nuclear deal, or a nuclear weapons capability. In the first scenario, Iran’s clerical regime performs an economic miracle; in the second, it uses nuclear weapons in a way they have never been used in history.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohbfuhf

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32) “The way to respond to ISIS is not through violence”
Source: Come Home America
by Joe Scarry

“Anyone who has had to write a speech knows that the hardest part is to land on the main idea. Once you’ve got that right, the rest practically writes itself. So this will be an ongoing post — we’ve got a lot of election 2016 left to go — dedicated to the proposition that, ‘The way to respond to ISIS is not through violence.’ I’ll fill in the details periodically.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owb2zll

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33) Without Planned Parenthood, the state still grows
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel

“I’m all for murder (abortion) being considered a crime. And like all other murders, it should be criminalized at the state level (no self-respecting conservative or libertarian would call for the UN to declare murder a crime at the global level — we’d obviously recognize the centralized power-grab). And Planned Parenthood itself, being built upon taxation and the immoral means of political decision making, is not only unconstitutional, but is also an unethical breach of property rights. Thus, it should simply not exist to fund abortions in the first place. But the fact of the matter is, that in cheering for various GOP politicians to defund Planned Parenthood, it is easy to forget that these folks don’t actually have much of a problem with the Federal Government spending the money or increasing in its size and scope.” (08/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nlwzrbt

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34) Politicians seek short-term advantages by lecturing capitalists about the long term
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“Hillary Clinton’s latest campaign salvo attacked ‘quarterly capitalism,’ the supposedly irresponsible corporate focus on short-term results at the expense of long-term growth. She promised government fixes. Is there too much short-termism in business firms? To answer this, let’s look at participants’ incentives.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nqpp72l

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35) No friend to lions
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“More than 200,000 people have signed a petition asking the White House to cooperate with efforts to ‘extradite Walter Palmer (the Minneapolis-area dentist who killed Cecil the lion) promptly at the Zimbabwe government’s request.’ According to reports, Palmer and/or his hunting guides lured the beloved lion out of a game reserve. Palmer then shot Cecil with a crossbow; the wounded lion lived for another 40 hours before he was dispatched with a bullet. I have to assume that those who want Palmer extradited don’t know much about Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe or his sorry human rights record.” [editor’s note: I would assume most of the folks don’t give a crap, but just want this barbarian punished (even if far greater atrocities are committed by governments every day) – SAT] (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyxv9s2

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36) E-book roundup: Please Enroll Responsibly
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gangol

“In his book Please Enroll Responsibly: Avoiding Indoctrination at College [Lee Doran] wrote about his experiences as a left-wing environmentalist and how he changed his views after talking to the people of Toledo, Ohio. Doran’s job after college was to go to certain neighborhoods to collect petitions for whatever the cause was. In Toledo, it was a Sunoco refinery, which was polluting a nearby school that he was trying to collect enough signatures to shut down. Doran was surprised to find that many people were hostile to his petition because of the cheap gas and jobs that the refinery provided for the locals. It was then that Doran realized that things weren’t always clear-cut, which made him rethink his worldview.” (08/02/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle832-20150802-05.html

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37) The thin black and blue line: Murder as official policy
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Death by cop is at a high tide this year. It even takes a British newspaper instead of the American central government to track the numbers. We all know the Federal government simply couldn’t afford to track such numbers with their police satraps. Remember the meme several years ago where the claim was made that more Americans die at the hands of badged thugs than terrorists to the tune of about 400 per annum? All the savvy observers knew these numbers were wrong. The police are the pointy end of all politics planet-wide and it just some happens that some of the worst abuse on the globe happens in the land of the free and the home of the brave.” (08/04/14)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4346

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38) Government failure compounds denial in abortion policy
Source: Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux

“According to high school civics classes, government functions to protect us from bad meat, bad medicine, bad buildings, and bad guys in general. In the real world, we find that this is mostly not true. Yes, there are lots of regulations and agencies whose purported function is to protect us from such dangers, but in practice we find that the various agencies get captured by the big players in the industries they are supposed to be regulating, and thus function primarily as protection rackets, keeping new entrants from competing with established special interests. As has been eminently clear in the aftermath of the grisly Gosnell case, and the now-unfolding expose of Planned Parenthood’s mining fetal body parts, the regulation and oversight of abortion clinics has functioned even more perversely — that is to say, there is virtually none.” (08/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nr2svxz

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39) How our inequality is corrupting “success”
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“‘Taking from the successful people to provide for those that aren’t isn’t the solution,’ as White House hopeful Jeb Bush pronounced this past spring. ‘The solution is, How do you build capacity so people can achieve earned success?’ The core assumption behind this Bush pronouncement: Wealth equals success. Those who hold great wealth have achieved great success. A claim this sweeping raises, of course, all sorts of philosophical questions. Economists and sociologists can’t really help us much with the answers. So I went to someone who could: Elizabeth Anderson, the chair of the philosophy department at the University of Michigan. The Harvard-trained Anderson may be perfectly positioned for helping us understand how wealth and inequality intersect with notions of success. She’s currently writing a history of egalitarianism from the 17th century days of the Levellers right down to the present day.” (08/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/npacvq2

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40) Student loans and bankruptcy
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“One of the main things I learned while writing The Case Against Education: Contrary to almost everyone, student loans are virtually the least objectionable government subsidy for college. Why? As you know, I firmly subscribe to the view that — from a social point of view — Americans spend far too long in school. Student loans are benign because they do almost nothing to increase schooling.” (08/04/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/08/student_loans_a.html

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41) What should states do when the federal government usurps power?
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Publius Huldah

“Federalist No. 46 (7th para) discusses how individual States or several States carry out resistance to the federal government’s unconstitutional encroachments. If a particular State takes an action which the federal government doesn’t like, but which has the support of the People of that State, the federal government can’t do anything about it unless it is willing to use force.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nltc9el

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42) The rage against Uber
Source: spiked
by Rob Harries

“Licensed French taxi drivers have complained that Uber is ‘unfair competition.’ In France, drivers have to shell out as much as €240,000 (£170,000) to get a licence. Meanwhile, Uber drivers, and especially UberPOP drivers, can start working with little or no expense. Since UberPOP launched in France, revenues for licensed cabbies have fallen by between 30 and 40 per cent. While it is perfectly reasonable to expect companies to obey the law in the countries in which they operate, the rage against Uber highlights how stifling regulation of economic life can be.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njndu3z

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43) Forgotten flaw in Iran nuclear deal: It lets killers go free
Source: Reuters
by Robert Morgenthau

“President Barack Obama has in good faith negotiated an agreement with Iran that would end a broad range of economic sanctions on Iran, in return for Iran’s promise to scale back its efforts to build a nuclear bomb. I believe that Congress’s support of the agreement would be a very serious mistake. I find persuasive the arguments of many analysts that the proposal fails because it lifts sanctions before Iran has over time proven that it is committed to abandoning its nuclear weapons program. Perhaps even more importantly, I oppose the agreement because it does not require Iran to stop its funding of Hezbollah and other extremist hoodlums around the world. But more fundamentally, I oppose the proposal because, while addressing strategic issues, the deal ignores a moral issue, among the most profound of our time. Put simply: Iran sponsors terrorism.” [editor’s note: Morgenthau neglects to mention that there’s no evidence that the weapons program Iran has to “prove it is abandoning” exists in the first place; he also conveniently forgets that the US also sponsors terrorism – TLK] (08/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/otwcdc7

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44) Socialism
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“‘Communities’ can not own property just by virtue of it being in their area. To own property you either need to buy it from the rightful owner, be gifted with it, or homestead it. Sure, if a ‘community’ joins together, voluntarily, to buy property — and no one is forced to participate against their will — you would have non-aggressive socialism. But that’s not the reality of how it comes about. Instead, socialists believe they are entitled to control your property whether you agree or not.” (08/04/15)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2015/08/socialism.html

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45) “Cultural libertarianism” on trial
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Daniel Pryor

“Whilst cultural libertarianism (at least as the authors define the term) has merit, it’s often so intentionally ‘rough around the edges’ that it becomes counterproductive. It also sometimes manifests itself in reprehensible ways. Rather than framing the debate as cultural libertarianism versus social justice, opponents of big government should take the best of both and discard what doesn’t work.” (08/04/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/39463

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46) Three ways Congress can protect economic liberty and curtail occupational licensing abuse
Source: Reason
by Damon Root

“As Elizabeth Nolan Brown noted last week, the Obama administration recently issued a report detailing the numerous negative effects of occupational licensing regulations. ‘There is evidence,’ the report observed, ‘that licensing requirements raise the price of goods and services, restrict employment opportunities, and make it more difficult for workers to take their skills across State lines.’ Writing at the blog of the Pacific Legal Foundation, attorney Timothy Sandefur, a veteran litigator who has successfully challenged a number of occupational licensing schemes in court, commends the report for addressing this serious problem and suggests three things ‘Congress could do today to protect economic freedom more effectively.’ Here is a sampling of what Sandefur recommends …” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plurlod

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47) Sixteen years of democratic experiment in Nigeria: Any hope for the common man?
Source: Students For Liberty
by Salman Abdulmalik Abiola

“Within the sixteen years of democratic experiment, a lot of policies were adopted in the name of democracy and good governance. The intent of this write-up is not to undermine those policies or their key players. It is however, paramount to many Nigerians to know, despite all of these policies; why they still cannot have three square daily meals? Why a university graduate of eight to ten years cannot get gainful employment? Why the children of school age cannot study under a conducive environment?” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oarschb

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48) Why uranium is your friend
Source: Heartland Institute
by David Anderson

“Is the jury still ‘out’ on nuclear power safety? Or is it ready to issue a verdict? Nuclear power, in the popular imagination, is dangerous because of one of its potential applications: Nuclear weapons. But for nuclear-generated electricity, should we be worried? A review in the U.K. medical journal Lancet, concludes that nuclear electricity is safer for workers than coal mining, for example.” [editor’s note: If nuclear power is so safe, I’m sure the nuclear power industry will be willing to pay for its own insurance instead of having Uncle Sugar guarantee it against liability for accidents, right? Right? (Anyone hear crickets?) – TLK] (08/04/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/08/why-uranium-is-your-friend/

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49) Movie studios seek SOPA power through broad site-blocking order
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Mitch Stoltz

“Major movie studios are again trying to make a website they don’t like disappear without a trial. This time, the studios are asking for one court order to bind every domain name registrar, registry, hosting provider, payment processor, caching service, advertising network, social network, and bulletin board — in short, the entire Internet — to block and filter a site called Movietube. If they succeed, the studios could set a dangerous precedent for quick website blocking with little or no court supervision, and with Internet service and infrastructure companies conscripted as enforcers. That precedent would create a powerful tool of censorship — which we think should be called SOPApower, given its similarity to the ill-fated SOPA bill. It will be abused, which is why it’s important to stop it from being created in the first place.” (08/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p4kgyvw

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50) The battle over BDS
Source: CounterPunch
by L Michael Hager

“While Netanyahu’s agents lobby Congress in an all out effort to overturn the Iran nuclear deal, Israeli strategists have opened a second front: an escalating propaganda war to derail BDS. Inspired by the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa, BDS is a global movement that seeks to end Israel’s longstanding impunity for its continuing ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination and military occupation — international crimes that have denied Palestinian[ Arab]s their fundamental rights of freedom, equality and self-determination.” (08/04/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/04/the-battle-over-bds/

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51) Freedom Feens Radio, 08/04/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Chandler St. Pierre, Dan Greene and Michael W. Dean discuss this quote: ‘The mainstream comes to you, but you have to go to the underground.’ — Frank Zappa … from the standpoint of both the content creator and content consumer, and also in a pre- and post-Internet context. Also discussed is the death of the public library, and Michael’s midlife crisis about media production and why it’s probably OK.” [various formats] (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p7dkaf7

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52) Markets destroy traditionalist oppression
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Jason Kuznicki

“Subaltern studies is a field from which we libertarians could maybe learn a thing or two. Its key lesson for the moment is simple: Rarely do designated subaltern elites bring genuine improvement to the vast majority of the oppressed. More often, they perpetuate oppression by putting a nice, familiar face on it. Designated elites can channel and often dissipate legitimate subaltern anger. To simplify a bit: ‘How bad can things be when we have dalits in parliament?’ This was also how socialism managed to sit so well with India’s social stratification. At root, the two are surprisingly close: A socialist society cannot help but be stratified, because it entrusts to a well-connected few the direction of the country’s economic activity.” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oysvy84

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53) The Libertarian Angle, 08/04/15
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger discusses the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob discusses how Americans live the lives of serfs on the plantation.” [Flash video]

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-serfdom-u-s/

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54) Can the government ban anything?
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“Even though it is true that the government currently bans all kinds of things, I am asking a serious question. Let me expand and clarify it. Is the federal government authorized by the Constitution to make illegal the possession of any substance that it deems it to be harmful, hazardous, immoral, addictive, threatening, damaging, injurious, destructive, unsafe, or dangerous to an individual or to society?” (08/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ofkld7t

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55) Here’s what’s wrong about price gouging
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Wayland Hunter

“You’re getting ready to drive to work when you turn on the radio and discover that an accident has closed two lanes of the freeway you usually take. Unwilling to spend two extra hours inching through horrible traffic, or to forfeit half a day’s wages so you can go to work at a later time, you decide to sacrifice four dollars and take the toll road. … Now suppose the government decreed that no motorist should have to pay more to drive, just because there was some dumb accident on the freeway. Suppose the government therefore closed the toll road, just to make things fair, meaning that you would be required either to spend extra hours on the freeway or to forfeit some of your pay for a much delayed arrival at work, or both.” (08/03/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1444

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