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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,280
Monday, September 14th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Egypt: Regime forces kill 12 tourists
2) Afghanistan: Hundreds escape after Taliban attack on prison
3) Pakistan: Nine dead in blast outside bus terminal
4) Security theater: McCaul claims US “disrupted” threat to Pope Francis
5) Yemen: Exiled former president, backed by invaders, bucks UN talks with new regime
6) Tech company: No indication that Clinton’s e-mail server was “wiped”
7) Germany: Government implements temporary border checks to limit migrants
8) Okinawa: Governor to block construction of new US airbase
9) KY: Davis due to return to “work” Monday, still doesn’t think she should have to do her job
10) Xerox PARC develops self-destructive computer chip
11) Russians vote in local elections, opposition mostly shut out
12) James Blake: “Officer should be fired”
13) Report: Iran finds “unexpectedly high” uranium reserve
14) Research: First known use of F word was in medieval England
15) How Vermont became a clean-power powerhouse
16) California: Regime steals back power over medical marijuana in midnight vote
17) Wall Street bank confidence game operators to settle with class action extortionists for $1.87 billion
18) Turkey: Nine dead as Kurdish rebels clash with regime forces
19) Egypt: Sisi asks oil minister to form new cabinet after government resigns
20) UK: Corbyn elected Labour leader

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The gun on the bedside table
22) Is Russia invading Syria?
23) Six decades of the “Condor”: Washington’s “counter-insurgency” strategy goes domestic
24) Kim Davis’s stunt
25) Solving the refugee crisis
26) TPP terms: Even worse for US than NAFTA?
27) Kentucky clerk’s morals fall flat
28) The alternative nonpolitician
29) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 09/13/15
30) Creating a crime: How the CIA commandeered the DEA
31) He played each game as if it were his last
32) More popular than democracy: An American coup d’etat
33) Snow White and the PC brigade
34) Weekend with Bernie: Hard Looker?
35) After the Greek crisis, euro elites dream of a unified euro state
36) Land claims: An indigenous people’s history of the United States
37) Cronyism costumed as compassion
38) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 09/13/15
39) Production versus plunder, part 24: The centuries of reset
40) Debts and profits, ours and theirs
41) Ben Wright on the euro
42) Review: A premature obituary for capitalism
43) Kim Davis is just a lonely gay marriage warrior
44) Assisted suicide and the Catholic Church
45) The way back from 9/11
46) Office Depot’s disgusting behavior
47) Nashville elects mayor who’s serious about jobs, wages & poverty
48) A suggestion for the easily triggered student
49) If we burned all our fossil fuel
50) The other fight: Understanding conventional warfare
51) What is cyber systemic risk?
52) The natural right of encryption
53) Free Thoughts Podcast, 09/11/15
54) You’ve got mail!
55) Turkish savagery

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

1) Egypt: Regime forces kill 12 tourists
Source: CNN

“Egyptian security forces killed 12 people and injured 10 more after firing upon a tourist group they had mistaken for militants, the country’s Interior Ministry said. Members of Egypt’s military and police were chasing “terrorist elements” in the country’s vast Western Desert when they came upon the tourists. Among the victims are people from Mexico and Egypt, the ministry said.” (09/14/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/13/middleeast/egypt-tourists-killed/

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2) Afghanistan: Hundreds escape after Taliban attack on prison
Source: NBC News

“Several hundred inmates escaped after Taliban militants attacked a prison overnight, Afghan officials said. The siege began when a suicide bomber detonated a device near the gate of the main prison in Ghazni at around 2 a.m. local time, Deputy Provincial Gov. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi told NBC News. … The assault sparked a firefight, which lasted almost an hour and left at least four police officers and three attackers dead.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ppcq9gw

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3) Pakistan: Nine dead in blast outside bus terminal
Source: Bennington Banner

“A police official says a blast outside of a bus terminal in central Pakistan has killed at least nine people and wounded 48. Khalid Rauf says several of the wounded from the explosion Sunday night in the city of Multan are in critical condition. He blamed the blast on a remote-controlled bomb.” (09/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oo62sm7

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4) Security theater: McCaul claims US “disrupted” threat to Pope Francis
Source: Washington Post
‘monitoring very closely’ any potential threats against Pope Francis and have already ‘disrupted one particular case’ ahead of the pope’s visit to the United States, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ … The pope’s upcoming trip to the United States has prompted a massive security operation in the three cities he will visit — New York, Washington and Philadelphia. In Washington, several major roadways will close for long periods during the three days that Francis is in town, and District officials are urging anyone who can to telecommute for the duration.” (09/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qdnxs3k

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5) Yemen: Exiled former president, backed by invaders, bucks UN talks with new regime
Source: Idaho Press-Tribune

“Yemen’s internationally recognized president will not participate in U.N.-brokered talks later this week with Shiite rebels [sic] who control the capital and much of the country’s north, his office said Sunday. The statement said there would be no talks with the rebels [sic], known as Houthis, unless they accept a U.N. resolution that obliges them to withdraw from areas they seized and surrender weapons taken from state [sic] institutions.” (09/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ofkof3c

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6) Tech company: No indication that Clinton’s e-mail server was “wiped”
Source: Washington Post

“The company that managed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail server said it has ‘no knowledge of the server being wiped,’ the strongest indication to date that tens of thousands of e-mails that Clinton has said were deleted could be recovered. Clinton and her advisers have said for months that she deleted her personal correspondence from her time as secretary of state, creating the impression that 31,000 e-mails were gone forever. There is a distinction between e-mails’ being deleted and a server being wiped. If e-mails are deleted or moved from a server, they appear to no longer exist on the device. But experts say, depending on the condition of the server, underlying data can remain on the device, and the e-mails can often be restored.” (09/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ncubsct

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7) Germany: Government implements temporary border checks to limit migrants
Source: ABC News

“Germany introduced temporary border controls Sunday to stem the tide of thousands of refugees streaming across its frontier, sending a clear message to its European partners that it needs more help with an influx that is straining its ability to cope. Germany is a preferred destination for many people fleeing Syria’s civil war and other troubled nations in the migration crisis that has bitterly divided Europe.” (09/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oqkck65

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8) Okinawa: Governor to block construction of new US airbase
Source: Guardian [UK]

“The governor of the Japanese island of Okinawa is poised to halt work on a US airbase, in a move that is expected to irritate Washington and frustrate Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, as his government seeks to pass deeply unpopular security bills this week. Takeshi Onaga, who was elected as governor last year vowing to prevent construction of an offshore US marine base in the remote Henoko district on Okinawa’s east coast, said he would revoke permits to conduct landfill work.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5phx8w

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9) KY: Davis due to return to “work” Monday, still doesn’t think she should have to do her job
Source: Fox News

“A Kentucky county clerk who became the center of a national firestorm when her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses led to her brief jailing was due to return to work Monday. Kim Davis, the clerk for Rowan County, will have to choose whether to allow her office to continue issuing licenses or again disobey the judge who already sent her to jail. Davis has said that she objects to gay marriage on religious grounds. On Friday, Davis’ attorneys filed an appeal asking for another delay in issuing the licenses. They argued in their motion to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that all the same-sex couples who sued Davis for a license received one from her deputies while she was in jail. Therefore, they said, her office should not be required to issue them to any more couples once she returns to work.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pu9v7oj

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10) Xerox PARC develops self-destructive computer chip
Source: Uncover California

“According to an Engadget report, a self-destructive computer chip has been Xerox PARC engineers as part of DARPA’s Vanishing Programmable Resources project. The self-destructive computer chip has the capability to explode into thousands of small pieces; and it thus underscores an inventive mechanism for ensuring that top-secret messages sent through a computer are adequately protected.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pl7snmj

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11) Russians vote in local elections, opposition mostly shut out
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Voters on Sunday cast ballots across Russia for local legislators and governors, in elections expected to be won by candidates loyal to President Vladimir Putin. Legislative elections were held in 11 of Russia’s 83 regions, but the anti-Putin opposition was allowed to run only in Kostroma, a region a few hundred kilometers (miles) north of Moscow.” (09/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qdvxc3s

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12) James Blake: “Officer should be fired”
Source: USA Today

“On Saturday, former tennis star James Blake told the Associated Press that James Frascatore, the plainclothes officer who wrongly tackled and detained him, should be fired: ‘I don’t think this person should ever have a badge or a gun again … I don’t think it’s too much to ask … I think that that kind of police officer tarnishes the badge, which I have the utmost respect for and I believe that the majority of police officers do great work and they’re heroes. So this person doesn’t ever belong in the same sentence with the heroes that are doing the right kind of police work and keeping the public safe.'” (09/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/otv5x8g

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13) Report: Iran finds “unexpectedly high” uranium reserve
Source: Reuters

“Iran has discovered an unexpectedly high reserve of uranium and will soon begin extracting the radioactive element at a new mine, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said on Saturday. The comments cast doubt on previous assessments from some Western analysts who said the country had a low supply and sooner or later would need to import uranium, the raw material needed for its nuclear program. Any indication Iran could become more self-sufficient will be closely watched by world powers, which reached a landmark deal with Tehran in July over its program. They had feared the nuclear activities were aimed at acquiring the capability to produce atomic weapons – something denied by Tehran.” (09/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ogluuow

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14) Research: First known use of F word was in medieval England
Source: Raw Story

“The first known use of the F bomb was in medieval England almost 1,000 years ago. Paul Booth, an English history researcher at Keele University in the United Kingdom found the earliest known use of the word in medieval court documents, according to Medievalists.net. The word was used as a likely nickname for someone called ‘Roger Fuckebythenavele.’ Booth does not believe it to be the man’s real surname, but believes it was a derogatory nickname. The name appears in court rolls beginning in December 1310.” [editor’s note: Well this is hardly a fookin’ surprise, but that guy’s name is just plain wrong! – SAT] (09/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qc5849h

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15) How Vermont became a clean-power powerhouse
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“More than four decades ago, David Blittersdorf built his first wind turbine to power the lights in his sugar shack in Pittsford, Vt., where he boiled maple sap as winter turned into spring. He was 14. Today, his ambitions are noticeably grander. On a hot August afternoon, the mechanical engineer stands beneath four 430-foot-tall wind turbines powering more than 4,200 homes. But the scene remains emphatically Vermont: A gentle slope of trees used for maple sugaring rises above fields where cows low among the midsummer buzzing of flies. In truth, the spidery turbines themselves are a portrait of Vermont, too, like the engineer grinning beneath them: environmentally conscious, progressive, innovative.” (09/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qdcy4st

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16) California: Regime steals back power over medical marijuana in midnight vote
Source: Smell the Truth

“Smoke ’em if you got ’em. With a midnight deadline looming, California lawmakers passed a series of bills to regulate the country’s oldest, largest medical marijuana system for the first time. Assembly Bills 266 and 243, and Senate Bill 643 passed both the Senate and Assembly before midnight Friday. all but guaranteeing their signature by Governor Jerry Brown. The law enforcement-backed regulations call for a robust, modern, fully functional medical cannabis industry, subject to stringent regulation. The days of the Wild West in America’s first medical pot system are coming to an end.” [editor’s note: Still not fully legal for self-medication, but it will be interesting to watch this unfold – SAT] [additional editor’s note: WRONG DIRECTION, Steve – TLK] (09/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nt4oogp

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17) Wall Street bank confidence game operators to settle with class action extortionists for $1.87 billion
Source: Bloomberg

“Some of Wall Street’s biggest financial institutions — including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and HSBC Holdings Plc — have agreed to a $1.87 billion settlement to resolve allegations they conspired to limit competition in the lucrative credit-default swaps [scam]. The banks reached an agreement in principle with a group of investors that includes the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, Daniel Brockett, a lawyer for the group, told a judge in Manhattan federal court on Friday. The sides need seven to 10 more days to iron out some details, Brockett said.” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nen74bv

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18) Turkey: Nine dead as Kurdish rebels clash with regime forces
Source: Lake News Online

“Turkey’s state-run news agency says nine people have been killed ‘hree police officers and six Kurdish rebels’ in clashes in southeast Turkey. The Anadolu Agency says rebels detonated an explosive-laden vehicle early Sunday at a police checkpoint in Turkey’s southeast province of Sirnak, killing two police officials and wounding five others. It says six Kurdish rebels were killed during operations launched afterward.” (09/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/petwzut

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19) Egypt: Sisi asks oil minister to form new cabinet after government resigns
Source: Reuters

“Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday asked Oil Minister Sherif Ismail to form a new cabinet within one week after the government submitted its resignation, a statement from the presidency said. It was not immediately clear why the government resigned but officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Sisi had been unhappy with the performance of several ministries. The announcement comes almost one week after the authorities arrested Egypt’s agriculture minister over corruption allegations.” (09/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pw96hm2

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20) UK: Corbyn elected Labour leader
Source: Politico

“The U.K.’s Labour Party overwhelmingly elected Jeremy Corbyn as its leader Saturday, signaling a left-wing surge in the British political landscape that could have sweeping repercussions. Corbyn won almost 60 percent of votes, besting Tony Blair, who garnered 57 percent in 1994. … Corbyn, 66, will spearhead the opposition against the Prime Minister David Cameron’s conservative government, following the resignation of Ed Miliband after Labour’s defeat in the general election in May.” (09/12/15)

http://www.politico.eu/article/corbyn-elected-labour-leader/

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

21) The gun on the bedside table
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“I have one good hand (you may recall I had a stroke last year) and one not-so-bad eye. Technically, at 69, I’m a senior citizen. But I’m nobody’s victim or any bureaucrat’s statistic. (Remember, you can’t spell ‘statistic’ without spelling “statist”.) I plan to get the eyes fixed and I’m working on the arm. In the meantime, this cute little science-fictiony gat will keep us secure.” (09/13/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle838-20150913-02.html

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22) Is Russia invading Syria?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Having given up waiting for the supposedly ‘imminent’ Russian assault on Kiev, which we’ve been told for lo these many months is coming down the pike momentarily, our new cold warriors are now in a frenzy over the sudden discovery of a Russian presence in Syria. … In short, there is nothing new about the Russo-Syrian alliance: Putin has backed Assad in his war against the Islamist rebels from the get-go. So why is the media now in a frothy-mouthed frenzy over this latest ‘discovery’ of Russian ‘aggression?’ Why is John Kerry on the phone with the Kremlin warning them to back off?” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p66fd2e

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23) Six decades of the “Condor”: Washington’s “counter-insurgency” strategy goes domestic
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Under the legal regime proposed by attorney and law professor William C. Bradford, who until recently was an instructor at West Point, lawyers and legal scholars who criticize or impede the Regime’s endless ‘war on terror’ could be designated ‘fifth columnists’ and ‘enemy combatants’ subject to indefinite detention or summary execution. ‘Fighting total war demands a mental reconfiguration” on the part of the public by resolving “arguments over how to balance security and liberty in favor of security,’ insists Bradford in a 185-page diatribe entitled ‘Trahsion des Professeurs: The Critical Law of Armed Conflict Academy as an Islamist Fifth Column,’ which was published in the Spring/Summer issue of the National Security Law Journal. This will mean ‘acculturating the necessary fighting spirit’ in the population through mass propaganda and, where possible, conspicuous punishment of dissidents.” (09/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyon2ar

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24) Kim Davis’s stunt
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Davis is not running a private organization. Her office is a government bureau. A private party of course should be legally free to discriminate on any basis — no matter how odious. (But that doesn’t mean he or she should be free of nonviolent consequences — boycotts, etc. — imposed by other private parties.) Even one who believes — as I do — that government should have no role whatever in marriage, that is no guide to what should happen right now, while government is involved in marriage. Equality under the law is a pillar of classical liberalism/libertarianism. The discretion Davis claimed — in her attempt to impose her religious beliefs on others from her secular government office — would have constituted an expansion of government power. So why do self-proclaimed advocates of limited government support her?” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6xesof

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25) Solving the refugee crisis
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“The US government could certainly establish a policy of welcoming more refugees. However the trek from Syria to Europe, which is much closer, is expensive and deadly; it would be even costlier to get to the United States, and deadlier if traveling by boat. What else could the United States do for the nearly 60 million displaced people worldwide? The answer is simpler than one might think: stop making refugees!” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (09/13/15)

http://fpp.cc/solving-the-refugee-crisis/

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26) TPP terms: Even worse for US than NAFTA?
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“In the 2008 campaign President Obama promised workers he would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that had cost so many jobs and wages, and devastated so many communities. When he took office, he didn’t. Recently, the administration declared that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is that promised renegotiation. So why does it look like the terms of TPP will hit us even harder than NAFTA?” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p9f272l

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27) Kentucky clerk’s morals fall flat
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Everyone seems to have an opinion about the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. First of all it needs to be understood that everyone has a right to live by their faith, but no one has a right to a government job — a right that can’t exist. If a job would require you to do things you believe are wrong, don’t take the job. If you hold a job and the requirements change so you would be asked to do things you believe are wrong, it is your responsibility to find a different job. No need to raise a fuss to get attention, just resign and move on. It’s that simple. This clerk’s morals seem fluid.” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qzjdz7c

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28) The alternative nonpolitician
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Donald Trump may have cost Jeb Bush and Scott Walker front-runner status in national polls on the Republican presidential primary, but he has been a veritable fairy godfather to Ben Carson. Recent polling put the retired neurosurgeon in second place, right behind The Donald. The chattering class says GOP voters are looking for a nominee who doesn’t talk like a politician. Trump fits the bill because he’s not afraid to toot his own horn and he is so very politically incorrect. Carson fits the bill because he’s not Trump.” (09/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8e5qr8

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29) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 09/13/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Kallen Diggs. Herein we discussed how he became a Voluntaryist, the premise of his book, the importance of entrepreneurship, hating your job, trading happiness for security, Capitalism creates wealth and raises the standard of living for all, is college/university a good choice, student loan debt, the age of information, the illusion of free college/university, perverted incentives of ‘government,’ success story, minimum wage hurts small businesses and increases unemployment, entitlement mentality, pay me what I’m worth fallacy, minimum sex law, unlimited paid time off, the problem is that the currency is hijacked not wages, voting with your feet, Democracy is voting to subjugate your neighbor and more!” [MP3] (09/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ndqo6d8

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30) Creating a crime: How the CIA commandeered the DEA
Source: CounterPunch
by Douglas Valentine

“It takes a book to explain the economic foundations of the war on drugs, and the reasons behind the regulation of the medical, pharmaceutical and drug manufacturers industries. Suffice it to say that by 1943, the nations of the ‘free world’ were relying on America for their opium derivatives, under the guardianship of Harry Anslinger, the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN). … Federal drug law enforcement’s relationship with the espionage establishment matured with the creation of CIA’s predecessor organization, the Office of Strategic Services. Prior to the Second World War, the FBN was the government agency most adept at conducting covert operations at home and abroad.” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njk8u76

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31) He played each game as if it were his last
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“In both Puerto Rico and Pittsburgh, more than four decades after his untimely death at the age of 38, the name of Roberto Clemente brings a smile to almost every face. Clemente is number 21 in this ‘Real Heroes’ series — the very number on the jersey he wore during all 18 seasons he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, from 1955 to 1972. He was one of the greatest right fielders in baseball history. He could run, hit, and throw better than almost anybody who ever played the game. Black and Puerto Rican by birth, he transcended race, nationality, and culture to become American Major League Baseball’s first Latino superstar.” (09/11/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/real-heroes-roberto-clemente/

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32) More popular than democracy: An American coup d’etat
Source: ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

“For those Americans who see the problems with the current system, and are willing to forgo the illusion of elections to see it put to an end, I would make another suggestion. Stop trusting the State to keep you safe and free altogether. I include police and military in this statement. The people who obey the orders to murder and oppress you and peoples throughout the world are not going to become kinder when given the power to issue said orders. The history of military dictatorships around the world has not been pretty, and the only reason you think the military is defending your freedom is because of the war propaganda fed to you by the same politicians you now want to violently overthrow.” (09/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pdhv2oy

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33) Snow White and the PC brigade
Source: spiked
by Stephen Beard

“Actor Warwick Davis has spoken out against a bizarre decision by a Leicester playhouse to ban all references to dwarfs in its Christmas performance of children’s classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The production team at De Montfort Hall said ‘dwarf’ is not a term that ‘people feel comfortable with.’ Davis suspects this is a smokescreen, adding: ‘The profit margins for pantos are not very big and it’s obviously much cheaper to involve schoolchildren than it is to pay lots of professional short actors.’ Regardless of the true reasoning behind the decision, the very fact that the possibility of offence could be used to justify the censoring of artistic works is troubling — even in panto.” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q2vbat4

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34) Weekend with Bernie: Hard Looker?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“What is a ‘democratic socialist?’ According to leading presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders, such a socialist ‘takes a hard look at countries around the world who [sic] have successful records fighting and implementing programs for the middle class and working families.’ I don’t believe him. He shows his cavalier attitude in his next few words: ‘When you do that you automatically go to countries like Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden …’ Competent comparative economics doesn’t simply focus on a few policies one happens to admire and then trumpet them for America. Other countries following Bernie-branded socialist policies are in or headed into the proverbial toilet, i.e. PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain).” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pb5u3jk

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35) After the Greek crisis, euro elites dream of a unified euro state
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Understandably, then, the Greeks have become cynical about their own elections, and realized that once you’ve committed your economy to the playground of European elites known as the eurozone, your local elections don’t mean much anymore. In reference to the upcoming polls, one Greek remarked ‘It’s just a pointless election.’ Indeed it is, and countries with small and poor economies in Europe should get used to it. As a net receiver of EU funds, Greece handed over national economic policy and local control to a Europe-wide bureaucracy in exchange for freebies from the EU. So now their bargaining position isn’t exactly a strong one.” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ovs7w3k

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36) Land claims: An indigenous people’s history of the United States
Source: In These Times
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

“Native Americans, including those who are legal scholars, ordinarily do not use the term “reparations” in reference to their land claims and treaty rights. Rather, they demand restoration, restitution or repatriation of lands acquired by the United States outside valid treaties. These demands for return of lands and water and other resource rights illegally taken certainly could be termed ‘reparations,’ but they have no parallel in the monetary reparations owed, for example, to Japanese Americans for forced incarceration or to descendants of enslaved African Americans. No monetary amount can compensate for lands illegally seized, particularly those sacred lands necessary for Indigenous peoples to regain social coherence.” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oyzqald

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37) Cronyism costumed as compassion
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“[T]he reason unions won’t be deterred in their quest is not that they disagree with economists’ prediction that a 107 percent hike in the minimum wage will price legions of low-skilled workers out of jobs. Quite the opposite. Unions want such a whopping increase in the minimum wage because they agree that it will destroy jobs for legions of low-skilled workers. Because for many tasks a smaller number of skilled workers can substitute for a larger number of low-skilled workers, the greater is the number of low-skilled workers artificially priced out of jobs by the minimum wage, the greater is the artificial increase in demand for skilled unionized workers.” (09/12/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/09/cronyism-costumed-as-compassion.html

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38) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 09/13/15
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Garrison schedule change; Thanks For Asking! (is Trump a fascist? Is Beck a libertarian? What kind of lefty stuff do I read?); Hey, I’m running for Congress!” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmz5tb5

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39) Production versus plunder, part 24: The centuries of reset
Source: The Daily Bell
by Paul Rosenberg

“Between the 5th and 8th centuries, smaller ruling groups rushed to fill the political void left by the centralized Roman government. Germanic tribes built decentralized kingdoms where the Empire had been. Roman landholders in the countryside either set themselves up as independent rulers or fled to the Eastern Empire. Many made alliances with the Goths. In areas like Spain and Italy, this merely required the acknowledgement of a new overlord, but in other areas a change of dress, language, and custom might be required. The one thing the Church needed was stability.” (09/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5bwkh3

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40) Debts and profits, ours and theirs
Source: Strict Liberalism
by Rocco

“Reader, if I were to set off, unannounced and uninvited, on a journey to your home and become stranded along the way, would you have a ‘moral responsibility’ to come and pick me up? At first glance this would seem a most implausible claim. It is not obvious that it would gain in plausibility if I were in some sort of peril. You might even wonder how it is possible to have a responsibility to someone whom you’ve never met. Well, presumably in much the same way that it’s possible to have a responsibility to someone who doesn’t currently exist; and clearly we do have responsibilities to those who don’t currently exist (even should they never get around to existing at all), otherwise why all the fuss over environmental issues?” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgsk2nu

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41) Ben Wright on the euro
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“The political elites’ view is that all of Europe’s problems will be solved by ‘an ever closer union.’ It might or might not be true. But it is safe to predict this ‘ever closer union’ is not going to be happen. The messy debate on refugees’ quotas signals how difficult, and unpopular, is to transform the idea of overcoming ‘national democracies’ into an action plan. So is this bad news for the future of the euro? Well, it could be good news.” (09/13/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/09/ben_wright_on_t.html

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42) Review: A premature obituary for capitalism
Source: Reuters
by Kate Duguid

“Paul Mason is that rare creature: a left-wing optimist. He isn’t mourning the death of labor power or the rise of machines. That’s because the two have converged to kill off capitalism. Well, nearly. The British journalist reckons we are close enough to a new order that he has eschewed the hyphen in the title of his new book, Postcapitalism. Mason is right to question whether our current system can handle the looming prospects of climate change, long-term wage stagnation and sovereign debt crises. But his argument that information technology has halted the march of global capital is less convincing.” [editor’s note: This writer conflates crony-corporatism with true free-market ventures, and labels both as “capitalism”; however, she does a solid critique of this neo-Marxist screed – SAT] (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qy7yrul

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43) Kim Davis is just a lonely gay marriage warrior
Source: Cato Institute
by David Boaz

“Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is out of jail now but still in a legal battle over whether she can be required to issue licenses that offend her religion. Although her case has been generating angry debates for a month now, the good news is how rare Kim Davis is.” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/na6v2va

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44) Assisted suicide and the Catholic Church
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Warren Gibson

“Of course, suicide is not something to take lightly. If someone close to us is contemplating suicide, we have an ethical duty to reach out to them and help them find alternatives, if they exist. But we have no right to use violence to restrain them, nor do government agents. The Catholic Church is leading the opposition to this bill, and has shown its seamiest side in doing so. They are perfectly happy to see terminally ill people forced to endure agony.” (09/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5esd5o

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45) The way back from 9/11
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The 9/11 attacks were not the first post-Cold War terrorist attacks against the United States. There was the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, an attack that was no different in principle from the attacks that occurred on 9/11. There were also the attacks on the USS Cole and on the U.S. Embassies in East Africa. Why all these terrorist attacks against the United States? Because after the Cold War ended, the U.S. government went into the Middle East and began poking hornets’ nests. … It’s not that difficult to provoke someone into striking back. Even on a personal level, if you keep punching a person in the face or keep bullying him, the likelihood is that at some point he’s going to take a swing at you, even if you’re much bigger and stronger.” (09/11/15)

http://fff.org/2015/09/11/the-way-back-from-911/

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46) Office Depot’s disgusting behavior
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Office Depot, as a private enterprise, is totally free to make whatever corporate policies that they wish to, to refuse any business or customer that they choose. (Of course, the FedGov, State of Illinois, Cook County, and City or whatever of Schaumburg disagrees with me.) So I am not disputing their right to reject business, insult a customer, or make baseless accusations. But what I think is wrong is that they lie about it. And what I find disgusting is that they have demonstrated that they are not intellectually honest, that they (like the FedGov and others) make up their own meaning of basic English words, and that they have made it clear that they are more interested in being politically correct than in having the character traits that are essential to be a good business.” (09/13/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7860

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47) Nashville elects mayor who’s serious about jobs, wages & poverty
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“Megan Barry mounted a smart and nuanced progressive campaign for mayor of Nashville — so smart, and so nuanced, in fact, that it should cause political candidates and commentators to rethink what can he said and done on a political stage that is too frequently characterized by bluster and bombast. Even if Barry had not won Thursday’s runoff election for the Tennessee city’s top job, her campaign would have been instructive. Because she did win, with a decisive 55-45 margin over a free-spending hedge-fund manager who suggested she was too liberal to lead a Mid-South city, Barry’s victory offers a powerful reminder that another politics is possible in cities across this country. And in statehouses. And in Washington.” [editor’s note: This will be very interesting to watch unfold; I get a close up view – SAT] (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olxqdja

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48) A suggestion for the easily triggered student
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

“Writing at The Federalist, Mytheos Holt prescribes some strong medicine: Expel People Who Demand Trigger Warnings. While I appreciate and respect his argument, I have a somewhat milder prescription for the delicate snowflakes among the entering college class: Major in Engineering. Most of you easily-triggered students seem to be upset by discussions of racism, or conquest, or sexual violence. Well, in Engineering you’ll be working with cool, impartial machines.” (09/11/15)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.6688

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49) If we burned all our fossil fuel
Source: Ideas
by David Friedman

“A five degree increase in maximum temperatures would make about seven million square km intolerably hot. What would we get in exchange? Antarctica and Greenland would be ice free, for a total area of about sixteen million square km. How much of that would be warm enough to be habitable I do not know. Siberia is about thirteen million, Canada about ten million. Parts of both are presently habitable, but large parts are not. Similarly for Sweden, Norway, and Finland. I conclude, from my very rough estimates, that the total habitable area of the Earth would almost certainly go up, not down.” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwzpbw4

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50) The other fight: Understanding conventional warfare
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Much of IRB/IRA leader Michael Collins'[s] success is that he had a fair amount of former veterans of the British Army in his flying columns. Not special operators (isn’t every vet nowadays?) but regular mud-boggers who had seen the grinding death-machine of the British Army in France during WWI. Collins was a titan in guerrilla warfare in the 20th century but many of his methodologies were born of observing first hand how conventional units behave.” (09/12/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4460

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51) What is cyber systemic risk?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland

“‘Cyber systemic risk’ is Internet-driven risk that threatens to destroy the business viability of industry ecosystems. While cybersecurity risk may be the familiar and recognizable type of cyber systemic risk, it is only recognizable like the tip of an iceberg is recognizable, because most cyber systemic risk lurks well out of view, deep beneath the surface in the ocean of virtual ones and zeros.” (09/12/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/09/what-is-cyber-systemic-risk/

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52) The natural right of encryption
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Jason Farrell

“Amid claims by U.S. officials that a ‘golden key’ to all forms of encryption software is necessary to fight terrorism, a UN Report released in May asserts that securely encrypted communications among private citizens aren’t just permissible, but a human right. The report’s author, UC Irvine professor David Kaye, notes the problem of creating a weakness in all encryption systems for the U.S. government due to the high probability that any ‘golden key’ access will likely end up in the hands of foreign governments and hackers, making the encryption useless. Kaye’s pragmatic argument is valid, and popular among cryptographers and privacy advocates. But this argument doesn’t go far enough. Denying governments the right to crack encryption isn’t just defensible on pragmatic grounds.” (09/12/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/40324

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53) Free Thoughts Podcast, 09/11/15
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Andrew Jason Cohen joins us for a discussion on toleration — what does it mean to be tolerant? What should be tolerated? Are we becoming less tolerant?” [various formats] (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qewhvxp

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54) You’ve got mail!
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Eric Peters

“You’ve heard about the automated car. How about automated policing? Instead of government drones (that would be cops) picking our pockets at gunpoint, the ‘work’ (and profit) is being turned over to private contractors, who do the same at camera-point, using debt collectors to force us to stand and deliver. This is not new — but it is becoming more blatant.” (09/11/15)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/09/eric-peters/privateer-policing/

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55) Turkish savagery
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jacques Delacroix

“In the early 2000s, my wife and I took the night ferry across the Aegean from Piraeus, Greece, to Turkey. My first sighting of the blood-red Turkish national flag in the early morning somehow gave me a surge of adrenalin, a pleasant one. After the persnicketiness, the somberness, and the surliness we had experienced for two days in Athens, the Turks’ smiling warmth was more than welcome. (Why do I think Greeks hold the world’s per capita record, ahead of Argentina, for burning American flags?) But in spite of these good feelings, I was on my guard. I was born and reared in Europe. After all, I did not know how many of my great-aunts and great-grand-aunts their great-grandfathers had kidnapped to serve the obscene pleasures of the Turks’ harems.” (09/11/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1459

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