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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,266
Monday, August 24th, 2015
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In the News:

1) UK: ICO orders censorship of Google search results
2) Afghanistan: Kabul suicide bomb kills 12 including three US contractors
3) Yemen: British hostage freed in rescue by UAE forces
4) Syria: Islamic State destroys treasured temple in Palmyra
5) Japan: Explosion at US base lights up night sky
6) Security theater: Two arrested at Pokemon event
7) Chrome extensions coming to Firefox as Mozilla reveals security changes
8) UN tribunal orders India to suspend case against Italians
9) Mexico: Jailed teachers’ union leader denied home detention
10) France: Americans who stopped attack on Paris-bound train to meet Hollande
11) IA: Animal rights activists interrupt Chris Christie speech
12) Legislation would let vets use GI Bill $$$ to start businesses
13) North and South Korea talks: Backing away from brink of war?
14) Deez Nuts endorses Kasich and Sanders in primaries
15) NY: City pols look to curb topless women, Mickey & Thor in Times Square

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) The spenders’ eternal excuse
17) Demagoguery or logic?
18) Whose nuts? Deez Nuts! (Who’s nuts?)
19) Jury nullification: A final rampart against tyranny
20) License to prey
21) Unemployed? Or unemployable
22) The persistence of the War Party
23) Donald Trump’s immigration policy violates human rights
24) Trump’s trade snake oil
25) Congress sick of the secrecy around the TPP
26) Good, bad depend on cooperation
27) The voluntaryist vision
28) How the right to discriminate helps the LGBT community
29) I am Eve
30) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 08/22/15
31) To the first female Rangers
32) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 08/23/15
33) Deez Nuts endorses Sanders for Democratic Presidential nomination
34) Reserve judgment
35) Security exists as a spectrum
36) Without political change, frivolous lawsuits roll on
37) The war that Congress won’t declare
38) Anti-Hillary: Across the spectrum
39) Martin O’Malley offers strong plan to expand retirement security
40) Heartland Daily Podcast, 08/21/15
41) Hillary ‘n’ Trump
42) Israel as a Republican state of mind
43) Uber: NOT the networked successor economy you’re looking for
44) Coming soon: Another Greek election
45) Airline cartel on the loose?
46) Production versus plunder, part 21
47) The biggest threat to comedy? Self-censorship
48) Police spying meets bipartisan opposition
49) The Tom Woods Show, 08/21/15
50) Economics is dead, and it is being killed again

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

1) UK: ICO orders censorship of Google search results
Source: Politico

“Google must remove nine search results to news stories that contain irrelevant [sic] information about a criminal conviction, the U.K. data protection watchdog ruled, sparking concerns about broader implications for press freedoms. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has given the search giant 35 days to comply with the order, which targets links that appear in Google search results for the person’s name. Google declined to comment.” [editor’s note: Airstrip One? Check. Ministry of Truth? Check – TLK] (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pt2khlv

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2) Afghanistan: Kabul suicide bomb kills 12 including three US contractors
Source: Bloomberg

“At least nine Afghan civilians and three U.S. civilian contractors were killed Saturday in a powerful suicide car bombing in Kabul, officials said. A vehicle of DynCorp International carrying staff members was ‘tragically attacked,’ the company said on its website. They were contractors of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, according to an e-mailed statement. More than 60 others — all civilians including women and children — were wounded, said Wahidullah Mayar, a Health Ministry spokesman. No one has claimed responsibility.” (08/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qb78r6s

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3) Yemen: British hostage freed in rescue by UAE forces
Source: Chicago Tribune

“The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that its military freed a British hostage who was kidnapped 18 months ago by al-Qaida in Yemen, which has expanded its reach amid fighting between Shiite rebels [sic] and their opponents. A statement carried by the UAE’s official WAM news agency identified the British hostage as Douglas Robert Semple. It said Semple, 64, had been working as a petroleum engineer in the Yemeni province of Hadramawt when he was kidnapped in February 2014. The statement did not say where in Yemen Semple had been held or provide any details on the rescue operation.” (08/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nsffphm

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4) Syria: Islamic State destroys treasured temple in Palmyra
Source: Washington Post

“The Islamic State has reportedly destroyed another significant landmark in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria. The temple of Baal Shamin stood for nearly two millennia, honoring the Phoenician god of storms and rain …. ‘Daesh placed a large quantity of explosives in the temple of Baal Shamin today and then blew it up causing much damage to the temple,’ Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s antiquities chief, told Agence France-Presse, using another name for the Islamic State.” (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmpzqcj

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5) Japan: Explosion at US base lights up night sky
Source: ABC News

“An explosion at a U.S. Army depot outside of Tokyo set off a large blaze that lit up the night sky early Monday morning, but there were no reports of injuries. The blast happened after midnight at the Sagami Depot in Sagamihara, a city about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, said Navy Commander Bill Urban, a Pentagon press officer.” (08/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pko3tln

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6) Security theater: Two arrested at Pokemon event
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Two men have been arrested at the Pokemon World Championships venue in Boston, US, following a tip-off by the event’s security staff. Police found several weapons in their car including a shotgun, a rifle, ‘several hundred rounds’ of ammunition and a hunting knife. The men, who were due to compete in the finals, were named as 18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo. They told police only that they had driven to the event from Iowa. They have now been arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, as well as other firearms offences, Boston Police said.” (08/24/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34040088

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7) Chrome extensions coming to Firefox as Mozilla reveals security changes
Source: NDTV [India]

“Mozilla has announced big changes are coming to the Firefox browser. While the tweaks are designed to make the Web browser more secure and stable, it also makes it possible to run Chrome and Opera extensions in Firefox. Also support for traditional Firefox add-ons will be getting revoked soon, the company added.” (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qace44b

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8) UN tribunal orders India to suspend case against Italians
Source: New York Times

“A U.N.-mandated tribunal has ordered India to put on hold legal proceedings against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012. … The marines were assigned to anti-piracy duty aboard an Italian oil tanker off India’s coast at the time of the shootings. One marine has been allowed to travel home for medical treatment, while the other remains in India.” (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o49w9pa

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9) Mexico: Jailed teachers’ union leader denied home detention
Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal

“A Mexican federal court has denied home detention to former teachers’ union head Elba Esther Gordillo, once a feared political operator who has been in jail since 2013 on charges of embezzlement and organized crime. The 6th Court of Federal Criminal Proceedings says it made the ruling because of a lack of evidence necessary to guarantee home detention wouldn’t allow her to escape.” (08/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ot3x4un

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10) France: Americans who stopped attack on Paris-bound train to meet Hollane
Source: ABC News

“Three Americans who helped take down a gunman aboard a train bound for Paris will be received by the French president Monday. Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler will meet French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace Monday morning. Jane Hartley, the U.S. ambassador to France, was also expected to attend the meeting, along with representatives from the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. … The trio was vacationing when a man identified by authorities as Ayoub El Khazzani began his attack on board the high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.” (08/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oattykx

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11) IA: Animal rights activists interrupt Chris Christie speech
Source: USA Today

“Two animal rights advocates protesting the use of hog crates climbed on stage and interrupted Chris Christie’s speech Saturday on the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. The two men yelled ‘Animals want to live,’ and held a banner with a picture of a hog in a gestation crate that said ‘It’s not food. It’s violence.’ Christie vetoed a New Jersey bill last year that would have prohibited the use of the crates, which some saw as an appeal to voters in Iowa, the nation’s top producer of hogs and the lead voting state.” (08/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4mdv2h

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12) Legislation would let vets use GI Bill $$$ to start businesses
Source: Fox News

“William Crane is trying to start a business around a smartphone app meant for raising money over social media. Like most young people pushing a start-up, his first obstacle is funding. He needs money for everything from hardware to marketing. If new legislation meant to boost veterans like him makes it out of Congress, Crane’s past service in the Air Force could soon open a door for him. The Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition (VET) Act of 2015 would give some veterans access to money in the GI Bill (funding traditionally used for tuition) as seed money for their new businesses. The legislation has passed committee and is working its way to the Senate floor. For his part, Crane is hoping to access that GI Bill money to help his business get off the ground.” (08/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pb32y43

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13) North and South Korea talks: Backing away from brink of war?
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Two days after the countries traded artillery fire across their heavily armed border, North and South Korean officials met at a border village on Saturday, marking the first high-level talks in almost a year, according to The Associated Press. No media organizations were present at the meeting in Panmunjom, a ‘truce village’ inside the demilitarized zone, reported the BBC. But local outlets reported that the meeting involved senior aides to both Koreas’ leaders, including South Korea’s presidential national security director Kim Kwan-jin and North Korea’s Hwang Pyong-so.” (08/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pkvxxdo

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14) Deez Nuts endorses Kasich and Sanders in primaries
Source: Raw Story

“Maverick third-party candidate [sic] ‘Deez Nuts’ is making waves by polling surprisingly high. On Friday, he announced the candidates who have his support — and there was no room for GOP front runner Donald Trump. A pseudonym invented by 15-year-old Iowan Brady Olson, Deez Nuts announced Friday that he has endorses Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the GOP primary and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to be the Democratic contender, The Hill reports. ‘This is not for the general election, I endorse myself for the GE. For the Republican nomination, my endorsement goes to Ohio governor John Kasich,’ Deez Nuts wrote on his Facebook page on Friday. Around the same time, he posted he also supports Sanders. According to Fox59, Deez Nuts is polling in North Carolina at 9%, behind Hillary Clinton at 38% and Trump at 40%.” [editor’s note: He also says he is a libertarian, and so far he seems to be right – SAT] (08/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvmqkf8

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15) NY: City pols look to curb topless women, Mickey & Thor in Times Square
Source: Reuters

“New York City created a task force on Thursday to examine how it can rein in topless women and costumed cartoon and superhero characters who officials believe are aggressively soliciting tips after posing for tourists’ pictures in Times Square. ‘Over the past several months, serious concerns have been raised about both the appropriateness of topless individuals in Times Square, as well as aggressive solicitation by topless individuals and costumed characters that often times becomes harassment of New Yorkers and visitors alike,’ Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said. Convened by the mayor and co-chaired by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and Planning Commissioner Carl Weisbrod, the task force will report its findings by Oct. 1.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7zfjl9

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

16) The spenders’ eternal excuse
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Most modern welfare states have a huge problem: their politicians promise more than government revenue covers. So they borrow and borrow until they can borrow no more. And then they go down. Like Greece has gone down. Banks are closed there, and the people suffer. The problem is over-spending and over-promising (the latter being merely committing to future over-spending, so let’s just call it all over-spending). But when you confront a partisan of such extravagance — whether that person be a politician or a constituency beneficiary or an ideological socialist or social democrat — the most common defense is: THEY WOULDN’T LET US TAX ENOUGH.” (08/21/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/08/21/the-spenders-eternal-excuse/

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17) Demagoguery or logic?
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Mike Huckabee is a religious extremist. Of course, this is the position of every anti-abortion religious extremist. They reason that an unfertilized egg automatically becomes a ‘person’ entitled to all the legal and constitutional rights enjoyed by you and me and every other ‘person.’ A ‘person’ comes into existence at the moment of conception, therefore all abortions are murder. Thus no abortions should be allowed by law, period. As a libertarian I find this position appalling, extremely illogical, and profoundly anti-liberty. Yet when I point this out as a valid argument against the extreme anti-abortion position, my friend, Thomas Knapp, accuses me of demagoguery.” (08/23/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/08/demagoguery-or-logic.html

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18) Whose nuts? Deez Nuts! (Who’s nuts?)
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“He’s polling at 8% or better for President of the United States in Iowa, Minnesota, and North Carolina, despite the fact that he doesn’t actually exist and that the young man behind his candidacy is 20 years short of constitutional eligibility for the office. He’s Deez Nuts, also known as Brady Olson of Wallingford, Iowa. And as silly as the whole thing sounds, the points he’s trying to make seem pretty serious and worthy of our consideration.” (08/23/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2691

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19) Jury nullification: A final rampart against tyranny
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“Saying that prosecutors are ‘democratically accountable’ is not necessarily a good thing. Democracy is great, as long as the majority hold moral and just points of view. But what happens when the majority comes to hold an immoral or unjust opinion? Nazi Germany provides a perfect example. The majority thought persecuting Jews was fine. So, what happens when most people believe an innocent man should be prosecuted for violating an unjust law? What happens when prosecutors feel pressured to press charges against someone, even when they believe the law to be immoral? Jury nullification allows for the protection of individual liberty, even if there is only one person willing to stand up for it.” (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxmw85l

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20) License to prey
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Early one morning in July 2014, a woman in Myton, Utah was startled awake by an uninvited visitor named Thomas Wayne Butterfield. ‘I’m a cop,’ Butterfield explained to the intimidated woman when she asked how he had gotten into her bedroom. ‘They teach us how to do those things.’ When the woman moved into the living room, Butterfield followed her, placing his hand on her leg in a gesture at once proprietary and predatory. The unexpected arrival of the woman’s father prevented what likely would have been a sexual assault — and Butterfield’s firing as the tiny town’s police chief ended a four-month campaign of harassment during which he forced his unwanted attentions on at least four women. This behavior was not out of what passes for Butterfield’s character: During a career that spans nearly two decades and roughly a half-dozen police agencies across Utah, he has routinely preyed upon women. This has led to numerous complaints, criminal charges, and a suspension — yet he remained employable in an occupation that selects for predators and tends to reward their misbehavior.” (08/21/15)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2015/08/license-to-prey.html

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21) Unemployed? Or unemployable
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“The role of the non-voluntary government, all of the insane rules and regulations that impede and destroy business, is well known. The cost of these job destroying regulations probably exceeds that of the taxes, fees, licenses and outright bribes disguised as ‘fines.’ Together they are strangling the economy of the entire world and unemployment is a serious problem.” (08/23/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7770

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22) The persistence of the War Party
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Constant war threatens us with a permanent national security apparatus that is slowly but surely creating a police state in this country. The government tries to justify universal surveillance of American citizens — spying on our private communications — on the grounds that we’re at war. Yet if we’re always at war, then the alleged threat to the homeland will never abate — and the tentacles of government control will continue to insinuate themselves into every aspect of American life, until there is nothing left of our Constitution or the civil liberties it guarantees.” (08/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ojs4j2h

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23) Donald Trump’s immigration policy violates human rights
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W. Perry

“In regards to sanctuary cities, I have to wonder if Donald Trump would have opposed northern nullification of the Fugitive Slave Acts! The Tenth Amendment Center reports, ‘one of the driving forces behind personal liberty laws was the number of free blacks kidnapped and forced into slavery. Under the Fugitive Slave Act, they had no recourse. They started under the presumption of guilt, and the process made it impossible to prove otherwise.’ The primary difference between nullification of the Fugitive Slave Acts and the existence of so-called sanctuary cities is that the Constitution explicitly authorized the Fugitive Slave Acts, however it did not give Congress the power to regulate immigration.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (08/23/15)

http://fpp.cc/donald-trumps-immigration-policy-violates-human-rights/

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24) Trump’s trade snake oil
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Donald Trump may think the media stenographers are out to get him, but if they were really doing their job, his head would be spinning. He doesn’t know how good he has it. Or maybe he does. One need only think about the questions Trump is not asked to see what I mean. Take Trump’s position on trade. He’s given a forum to spout the hoariest fallacies without even a raised eyebrow from Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, et al. Maybe they don’t know any better, or maybe they think that challenging Trump’s crackpot economics is not their department. Either way, they do their audience a disservice.” (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ouo9hx9

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25) Congress sick of the secrecy around the TPP
Source: The Nation
by George Zornick

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is in its final stages, though nobody seems certain when talks over the massive trade deal will actually conclude. The document is undergoing critical late-stage revisions as member nations haggle over the automobile trade with Japan, dairy prices in New Zealand, and monopoly periods for non-generic pharmaceuticals. When the deal is completed, members of Congress will be able to see the entire text without restriction before they vote on passage. But until then, legislators are operating under hyper-strict rules when they want to review the text, which is locked in a basement room of the US Capitol. Only certain congressional aides with security clearances can see the TPP draft, and only when the member of Congress is also present.” (08/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ngl3ppw

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26) Good, bad depend on cooperation
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Through years of observing people interacting, I have noticed something: People are better and more cooperative than they are given credit. By ‘better’ I mean less likely to intentionally harm others, and more likely to help; even strangers. Yet you and I are fed a constant stream of bad characters who are the exception. The exceptions get noticed precisely because they are exceptions. People tend to not notice what is most common. Even truly bad guys are only evil part-time.” (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/px9y329

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27) The voluntaryist vision
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“What does the voluntaryist see when his values and principles have been realized in larger society? What does the voluntaryist paradise look like? Here is my version of the voluntaryist vision, beginning in the home with the family.” (08/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pjmyhhc

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28) How the right to discriminate helps the LGBT community
Source: The Canal
by Julian Adorney

“Congress’s recent introduction of the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination against gays and lesbians by private business, is already picking up major endorsements from corporate giants like Facebook and Nike. But laws banning discrimination will hurt the LGBT community by empowering bigots.” (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvjwgh7

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29) I am Eve
Source: YouTube

Christine Smith performs the I am Eve monologue from “Satellites Out of Orbit,” by Chris Wind. [Flash video] (08/20/15)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38MrhoNqd8?feature=oembed]

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30) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 08/22/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Herein we discuss Marc[ Stevens]’s path to anarchism, commune-fascists, living in a modern day aristocracy, how government is just men/women forcing us to pay them, forcing people to impose their opinions on their neighbors, how to stop a gang of killers/thieves/liars, non-compliance, the bandwagon effect …” (08/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qaptlx2

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31) To the first female Rangers
Source: Come Home America
by Joey King

“Today is Friday August 21, 2015, and history is being made. Two females will become the first of their gender to graduate from the US Army’s elite Ranger School. Coincidently, I graduated Ranger School almost exactly 30 years ago to the day on August 22, 1985. Good luck ladies, you will need it. I mean it. Ranger school fucks with your head, big time. Short of prison, torture, rape, or war, it’s the ultimate mind-fuck. The argument could be made that Ranger School is the most stressful thing one can volunteer for. You are sleep deprived, food-deprived, harassed, and stressed with simulated combat situations for over 8 weeks. Everybody who goes through Ranger School contemplates self-injury to get a few days of rest in a hospital. How sick is that?” (08/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owm5rle

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32) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 08/23/15
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Jack Reacher novels, Edgar Rice Burrough novels, novel question from dL);
I’ve got the contract book writing blooz; updates on the Garrison Center and Tamara’s health.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/obclhry

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33) Deez Nuts endorses Sanders for Democratic Presidential nomination
Source: In These Times
by Micah Uetricht

“The presidential candidate whose political star has risen the fastest this past week was not Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, nor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, nor any one of the many candidates vying for the Republican nomination. No, that honor goes to an independent candidate from Iowa running under the name ‘Deez Nuts.’ Mr. Nuts, in case you haven’t heard, is actually a 15-year-old teen from Wallingford, Iowa named Brady Olson. According to the Daily Beast, he filed with the FEC to run for president on July 26 (without giving his age). And as of right now, according to Public Policy Polling, he has netted the support of 9 percent of voters in North Carolina, 8 percent in Iowa and 7 percent in Minnesota.” (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nlyzjgf

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34) Reserve judgment
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Sean Corrigan

“Long hours of trying to reconcile the conflicting and partial Chinese data on gold have yielded little result other than to say that reserves appear to be held at some sort of yuan historic cost measure on the PBoC’s books while being declared in mark-to-market dollars in the reserve total. What we might note, however, is that the authorities themselves have intimated that they might be absorbing domestic mine output (together with scrap resales). This would both help bail-out the diggers and stabilize the money supply itself in the face of ongoing FX purchases, as discussed above. As such, the injection is likely to be more ‘high-powered’ than that attained by giving over-burdened banks new assets. It might also forestall distress selling of collateralized gold in the manner of that which has afflicted, e.g., copper.” (08/21/15)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/08/reserve-judgement/

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25) Security exists as a spectrum
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“People often get caught up in their binary view of security. This phenomenon has lead to countless discussions that were ultimately pointless. Motorcycle helmets are a classic example of this. Before donning a helmet a motorcycle rider first does some threat modeling. Usually the threats involve large four-wheel vehicles the motorcyclist has to share the road with. After identifying potential threats they then add perceived risks of encountering those threats to the model. Then they do a cost-benefits analysis. Many feel the costs of a helmet; the lack of feeling wind on their face, for example; outweigh the benefits when applied to their threat model. You can bitch at them all you want but security is subjective.” (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nur9exa

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36) Without political change, frivolous lawsuits roll on
Source: USA Today
by Johnny Fugitt

“Lambert’s Cafe, who proudly bills itself as the ‘Home of Throwed Rolls,’ is being sued by a woman for severe eye, head and neck injuries resulting from one of these tossed baked goods. The Sikeston, Mo., based chain is known for serving huge portions of Southern, home-cooked favorites, but the airborne delivery of fresh, large, pillowy-soft rolls, then topped with apple butter, molasses or honey, is what truly makes the restaurant unique. Troy Tucker claims she suffered ‘severe and permanent’ personal injuries to the neck, head and eyes as a result of one of these rolls during a Sept. 2014 visit. Tucker seeks an award of at least $25,000 to pay for medical bills and legal fees.” (08/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/onyhj3q

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37) The war that Congress won’t declare
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“A spreading conflict, regional instability, pressure for deepening involvement — and no end ahead that I can see. I am an authority on the Middle East to the extent Donald Trump is an expert on men’s hairstyles. We may have a clear definition of ‘victory’ and a smart path toward it. But if I don’t know that plan, it’s really not my fault. The government hasn’t explained itself to me and the rest of the country; and for that reason, I can’t hold anybody accountable for what goes right, or wrong, in the months ahead. There is a way that the government could explain itself; indeed, the government is required to do that by Article I of the Constitution, which assigns to Congress the power to ‘declare war.'” (08/22/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/08/aumf-isis/402017/

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38) Anti-Hillary: Across the spectrum
Source: CounterPunch
by Andrew Levine

“[T]here appers to be substantial agreement at the two ends of the spectrum and in sectors of the center, that the country and the world would be better off if somebody other than Hillary Clinton were to become the next President of the United States. Clinton will almost certainly be the next President anyway. Hardly anyone is happy about this. But, for most Americans, this unhappiness has more to do with feelings than ideas; it is not particularly ideological, reasoned, or even well informed. They just don’t like Hillary, but will vote for her anyway — faute de mieux — because they see no better option. She is likely to win because our elections are about selling candidates to voters.” (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o9qyznc

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39) Martin O’Malley offers strong plan to expand retirement security
Source: Our Future Blog
by Dave Johnson

“Friday, Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley released a plan, called ‘Expanding Social Security So Americans Can Retire With Dignity,’ to boost retirement security. The plan includes boosting Social Security benefits, boosting private savings plans, raising wages and providing long-term care. In the late ’70s and early ’80s corporations managed to shift the retirement burden from pension plans that employers put money into, to ‘retirement savings plans’ (401Ks, IRAs …) where employees had to put in their own money in instead. Along with that, the age for eligibility to receive Social Security benefits was increased.” (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pzzwy9a

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40) Heartland Daily Podcast, 08/21/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, we listen in as Heartland Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara joins the Ayn Rand Institute’s podcast, The Debt Dialogues. Ferrara, author of the new book — Power to the people, is on to discuss the growing entitlement crisis in America and what to do about it.” [various formats] (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pgxt5sa

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41) Hillary ‘n’ Trump
Source: The Cagle Post
by Steve Sack

Cartoon. (08/21/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/08/hillary-n-trump-2/

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42) Israel as a Republican state of mind
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“Mike Huckabee met reporters Wednesday at the Waldorf-Astoria on a campaign stop. This particular Waldorf-Astoria was in downtown West Jerusalem. Huckabee wanted to talk about Iran. The folks with microphones and cameras mostly wanted him to talk about his previous campaign event. That was a fundraiser at the Israeli settlement of Shilo in the West Bank — or as Huckabee insistently called the area, ‘Judea and Samaria,’ which he said was part of Israel. The journalists’ interrogation grew fiercer, and the ex-governor of Arkansas said time was up. As he made his escape, a foreign correspondent sitting strategically near the door asked: ‘Do you also think Gaza is part of Israel?’ and another said, ‘Would you be the first president to abandon the two-state solution?’ ‘I’m not sure,’ Huckabee replied to one question or the other. It was the most reality-linked response of a hallucinatory session. He was, in fact, clueless.” (08/20/15)

http://prospect.org/article/israel-republican-state-mind

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43) Uber: NOT the networked successor economy you’re looking for
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“In the case of ‘ride-sharing’ services falsely so-called, the sharing economy is ideally suited to genuine p2p organizational forms — horizontal and open-source, owned and self-organized by the actual drivers and/or passengers themselves. Uber and Lyft, despite the fact that new network technologies render the corporate form entirely superfluous, are — just like Nike and Apple and other corporations that don’t actually produce anything any more — attempting to use ‘intellectual property’ (in this case a proprietary, walled-garden app), enforced by their capitalist state, to enclose the new technologies of abundance and extract rent from them.” (08/22/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/39947

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44) Coming soon: Another Greek election
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“We had Greek elections in January. Back then, Mr Tsipras emerged as the new prime minister leading Syriza, a coalition of extreme left wing movements, to electoral victory. Most recently Mr Tsipras called people to the ballot box in July, for a referendum over the deal with the European Union then under discussion. Mr Tsipras eventually signed a bail-out agreement, in spite of the victory of the ‘no’ at the referendum. In a few weeks, he had to face another referendum, this time within his own party. All in all, it seems Mr Tsipras is far less of an extremist than he looked in January, when he won office. He is calling elections to get rid of his internal opposition and reassert his own leadership. Note that he waited for the German Budenstag to ratify the Greek bailout.” (08/22/15)

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

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45) Airline cartel on the loose?
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall & Mark LaPrairie

“Without a doubt, the airline industry is highly concentrated, with fewer firms operating today than even five years ago. In fact, 14 mergers have taken place since 2000, the most recent being the 2013 merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines. Today, the four largest U.S. airlines control approximately 85 percent of domestic air travel, compared to 60 percent in 1999. But perhaps we shouldn’t hit the streets with torches and pitchforks to protest the ‘airline cartel’ just yet. In fact, the existence of fewer firms in the industry may be a good thing — for producers and consumers alike.” (08/21/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7488

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46) Production versus plunder, part 21
Source: The Daily Bell
by Paul Rosenberg

“In Chapter 2, we explained how gods became mixed in the ancient world as one group overran another and superimposed their god upon the previous god. Eliminating the old god was not practical for the goal of easy rulership, so it was retained, with the new god becoming a partner in the enterprise. The particular case covered was a female production-god being overrun by a male plunder-god. The gods of men have been mixed ever since. So, who was god to be? Is he (or she) kind or vengeful? Does he champion creative synthesis or lordly control? Does he save or does he prefer to punish? Who is this being, really?” (08/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pcrmozh

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47) The biggest threat to comedy? Self-censorship
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“Yes, the fear of offending is once again the talk of Fringe. Whole routines, whole shows, even, are devoted to it this year. And the air is thick with discussion. There’s been no big censorship scandal. Not yet, anyway. But, in the past year, the PC war on comedy has reached new and illiberal heights. From the banning of Dapper Laughs to the twitch-hunting of Louis CK, the intolerant climate around comedy is becoming intense. And comedians are having to pick sides.” (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nu3r9ky

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48) Police spying meets bipartisan opposition
Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Vlahos

“American politics may be ideologically divided when it comes to government surveillance — there is probably no better example than Chris Christie’s emotional riposte to Rand Paul’s constitutional swipe at bulk data collection in the first primary debate — but there is one stealthy spy tool that is bringing both ends of the spectrum together in mutual shock and horror. It’s called ‘Stingray,’ a black box that can mimic a powerful cell tower, tricking wireless devices into communicating information to it and thus giving cops access to a specific target’s location and data. But this technology doesn’t stop there — it also exposes everyone’s devices in the vicinity of the black box, making innocent bystanders vulnerable to the eyes and ears of probing law enforcement.” (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odhqmjo

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49) The Tom Woods Show, 08/21/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The President’s supporters claim that his jobs record surpasses even Ronald Reagan’s. Is that true? Wait until you hear the real story. And what about that study purporting to show that the economy does better under Democrats than Republicans? Does that mean the free market doesn’t work (assuming that’s what the Republicans want)? We knock this one down, too.” [various formats] (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odsmvyq

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50) Economics is dead, and it is being killed again
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Per Bylund

“Economics is dead, and economists killed it. What we have seen over the course of the last eighty years is a systematic dismantling of the contribution of economics to our understanding of the social world. Whatever the cause, modern economics is now not much more than formal modeling using mathematics dressed up in economics-sounding lingo. In this sense, economics is dead as a science, assuming it was ever alive. Economics in mathematical form cannot fulfill its promises and neither the scientific literature nor advanced education in the subject provide insights that are applicable to or useful in everyday life, business, or policy. But apparently what is dead can be killed again.” (08/22/15)

https://mises.org/library/economics-dead-and-it-being-killed-again

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