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Volume XIII, Issue #3,287
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
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In the News:

1) FBI said to recover emails from Clinton’s illegal server
2) Afghanistan: Fifteen regime troops killed in attacks
3) Yogi Berra comes to final fork in the road, takes it
4) Judge throws out Happy Birthday copyright claim after company collects millions in royalties
5) Colombia revamps drug policy as US eradication program ends
6) Republic of Congo longtime leader wants referendum
7) KY: Davis prepared to return to jail over licenses
8) Senate Democrats block GOP bill curbing late abortions
9) UN envoy presents final peace deal to Libyan rivals
10) Study shows employers shifting more medical costs to workers
11) TX: Clock-modifying boy quits school, preps for travel
12) Democrats block “defense” spending bill in US Senate
13) FL: Puppy shoots man in self-defense
14) NY: Cop pleads guilty, faces nine years for drunken shooting
15) India, US trade talks begin; Kerry says Obama keen to meet Modi
16) EU approves plan to relocate 120,000 migrants
17) 4chan, the notorious site that spawned Anonymous, Rickrolling, etc. has been sold
18) Pakistan: Court postpones killing of paralyzed prisoner
19) Saudi Arabia: More than two million Muslims begin hajj
20) Volkswagen sets aside $7.2 billion to pay for emissions cheating scandal

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) American policing and the coming domestic insurgency
22) The eternally recurring legend of a “war on cops”
23) The rape of Afghanistan
24) Why I’m opposed to activism
25) Homeschooling is a threat to public education
26) Is Trump inevitable?
27) Pope Francis and the US welfare-warfare state
28) Meet the real Carly Fiorina
29) If you don’t want people viewing content for free stop posting it for free
30) The Tom Woods Show, 09/22/15
31) Unidentified
32) Fiorina’s bad proposal for US-China relations
33) At least we know what’s too expensive for renewable energy
34) Uphill battle for Dems as GOP field dwindles
35) The crisis of the now: Distracted and diverted from the ever-encroaching police state
36) Adam Smith’s ethics: Justice vs. virtue
37) Low interest rates cannot perpetuate a house of cards
38) The liberal media cheers for war
39) Why one HIV drug costs 5,000 percent more overnight
40) Why an Obama-Putin summit would be a good idea
41) Hillary Clinton’s empire of dirt
42) Poverty forces short-term thinking
43) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/22/15
44) The economics of Hillary Clinton
45) Profits, entrepreneurs, and the social welfare: Action and profit
46) Union busting was a bust for Walker Presidential run
47) Diversity double-talk
48) The fading Chinese dream
49) Why it could be president Bush and VP Kasich
50) The drug with a 5,000 percent markup
51) What is increasing the cost of generic drugs?
52) “But they’re illegal!” The worst argument against immigration
53) Why I’m homeschooling
54) The Libertarian Angle, 09/22/15
55) Ul Nasir: A case of victim-centred injustice

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

1) FBI said to recover emails from Clinton’s illegal server
Source: Bloomberg

“The FBI has recovered personal and work-related e-mails from the private computer server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, according to a person familiar with the investigation. … The FBI is investigating how and why classified information ended up on Clinton’s server. The probe probably will take at least several more months, according to the person, who described the matter on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing and deals with sensitive information. … Since the existence of the e-mail system became public in March, Clinton has seen her standing in polls slide, particularly in regards to questions about her trustworthiness.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ol63bhn

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2) Afghanistan: Fifteen regime troops killed in attacks
Source: Seattle Times

“Separate attacks in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 15 Afghan troops, including 10 soldiers who died in an ‘insider attack’ when a fellow soldier smuggled insurgents inside a checkpoint to kill his colleagues, officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assaults.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nohx63w

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3) Yogi Berra comes to final fork in the road, takes it
Source: New York Times

“Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely known as an ungainly but lovable cultural figure, inspiring a cartoon character and issuing a seemingly limitless supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms — died on Tuesday. He was 90. … Universally known simply as Yogi, probably the second most recognizable nickname in sports — even Yogi was not the Babe — Berra was not exactly an unlikely hero, but he was often portrayed as one: an All-Star for 15 consecutive seasons whose skills were routinely underestimated; a well-built, appealingly open-faced man whose physical appearance was often belittled; and a prolific winner — not to mention a successful leader — whose intellect was a target of humor if not outright derision.” (09/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pkg96vu

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4) Judge throws out Happy Birthday copyright claim after company collects millions in royalties
Source: The Mirror [UK]

“A judge has thrown out a copyright claim to ‘Happy Birthday To You,’ dealing a blow to the company that has collected millions in royalties from the song. Music publishing company Warner/Chappell Music made around $2million (£1.3million) every year over decades after charging people to use the song. But a US federal judge yesterday said the song was in the public domain.” (09/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgmupg2

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5) Colombia revamps drug policy as US eradication program ends
Source: ABC News

“Colombia is overhauling its anti-drug strategy, aiming to boost alternative development efforts and relying more on manual eradication to replace U.S.-backed aerial spraying of the crop used to make cocaine. In unveiling the new strategy Tuesday, President Juan Manuel Santos played down concerns that Colombia is easing up on cartels by ending the aerial eradication program, which has been a fixture of the drug war for two decades.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ofjhgqk

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6) Republic of Congo longtime leader wants referendum
Source: Winona Daily News

“The longtime president of Republic of Congo said Tuesday he is going ahead with a national referendum on whether to change the country’s constitution, a move that critics say will allow him to prolong his rule by raising the current maximum age limit to serve as president. If the vote goes ahead, it would be the latest test in Africa of whether a president can bend the rules to keep his position without being forced from office.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qerlx89

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7) KY: Davis prepared to return to jail over licenses
Source: USA Today

“Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis remained defiant in a televised interview with ABC News on Tuesday, saying that God is the highest authority in her life and that she is prepared to return to jail over her refusal to authorize marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Davis has been at the center of the dispute about gay marriage and religious liberty. ‘I have never once spouted a word of hate. I have not been hateful. I’ve had people yellin’ and screamin’ and cussin’ me,’ Davis told ABC News correspondent Paula Faris in a segment that aired on Good Morning America. ‘I’m just a normal person that has been touched by the grace of God and his mercy. You know I haven’t always been a good person, Paula. When I didn’t live for God, I didn’t live for him. And I was real good at livin’ for the devil.'” [editor’s note: Isn’t her 15 minutes up yet? – SAT] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/naakruh

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8) Senate Democrats block GOP bill curbing late abortions
Source: Fox News

“Senate Democrats blocked Republican legislation Tuesday prohibiting most late-term abortions, the second time since this summer’s release of videos involving Planned Parenthood that they’ve derailed an abortion-related drive by the GOP. Senators voted 54-42 to move ahead on the legislation, but that fell six short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bill. With Republicans holding 54 Senate seats and the two parties sharply divided over abortion, the outcome was no surprise. But the showdown afforded each side an opportunity to highlight its willingness to fight to its most loyal voters and contributors. Tuesday’s vote came less than 48 hours before a first-ever papal address to Congress. Pope Francis leads a Catholic church that rejects abortion. The vote also came with the fight over Planned Parenthood and abortion enmeshed in presidential election politics and in an approaching fight over avoiding a government shutdown.” [editor’s note: Yay for the 60% rule; bring on the “shutdown!” – SAT] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qj8j3r3

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9) UN envoy presents final peace deal to Libyan rivals
Source: Omaha World

“The U.N. envoy to Libya has presented the country’s warring factions a final draft of a peace deal and urged all parties to accept it. After emerging from talks late Monday in Morocco, Bernardino Leon told reporters that ‘we finished our work. … Now it is up to the parties, up to the participants in this dialogue to react to this text.'” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qdzbxfm

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10) Study shows employers shifting more medical costs to workers
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Employers are leaving a bigger chunk of the bill for care to workers who use their health insurance, and benefits experts see few signs of this trend slowing. Most companies now offer health coverage that requires employees to pay an annual deductible before insurance kicks in, and the size of that deductible has soared in the past decade, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust. The average general deductible for workers with single coverage totaled $1,077 this year, compared to only $303 in 2006. That deductible has climbed nearly seven times faster than wages, on average, over the past five years.” [editor’s note: If this trend continues, it could help break the Big Insurance oligopoly (Of course, said employers would also have to pay their workers more to keep them, as was once the case) – SAT] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qygbwjx

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11) TX: Clock-modifying boy quits school, preps for travel
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The family of a Muslim teenager arrested after a homemade [sic] clock he brought to his Texas school was mistaken for a bomb, has withdrawn him from the school. Ahmed Mohamed’s father, Mohamed El-Hassan Mohamed, said he had pulled all his children from schools in the area. According to Mr Mohamed the arrest of the 14-year-old had a harmful effect. Ahmed’s arrest has been sharply criticised and the charges against him were quickly dropped. Ahmed was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, after officials thought the device he brought to school was a ‘hoax bomb.'” [editor’s note: Actually even this latter claim has now been debunked; purely an abuse of power by a teacher and a principal – SAT] (09/22/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34324917

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12) Democrats block “defense” spending bill in US Senate
Source: Reuters

“Democrats blocked the fiscal 2016 defense [sic] spending bill in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, amid a fierce fight with Republicans over tax and spending policy days before a potential Oct. 1 government shutdown. The vote was 54-42, largely along party lines with Republicans voting yes and Democrats no. It meant the appropriations measure failed to achieve the 60-vote majority needed to advance to final passage in the 100-member Senate. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are fighting over a range of tax and spending issues as the end of the fiscal year approaches.” [editor’s note: This “60%” thing continues to delight me, maintaining gridlock to save us all from the tyranny of “majority rule;” bring on the “shutdown!” – SAT] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pax74ha

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13) FL: Puppy shoots man in self-defense
Source: Raw Story

“A Florida man is facing charges of animal cruelty after being shot by a puppy he was trying to kill. According to the Associated Press, Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, was in the process of killing a litter of 3-month-old shepherd-mix dogs by shooting them in the head, when one he was carrying got its tiny paw on the trigger of the gun and shot him instead. According to Pensacola sheriff’s Sgt. Ted Roy, Bradford was trying to kill the puppies because he couldn’t find homes for them. A search at Bradford’s home turned up a shallow grave with three puppies in it. The four remaining puppies were described as being in good health and were taken to Escambia County Animal Control, which planned to make them available for adoption.” [editor’s note: It was nice to see this outcome, instead of the usual wait for karmic reincarnation – SAT] (09/22/15)

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/florida-man-shot-by-florida-puppy

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14) NY: Cop pleads guilty, faces nine years for drunken shooting
Source: New York Daily News

“The drunken off-duty NYPD cop accused of shooting two men in Westchester County pleaded guilty Tuesday — and is now facing nine years in prison, officials said. Brendan Cronin fired 14 shots at a car carrying Joseph Felice with a hockey teammate in Pelham just before midnight on April 29, 2014, officials said. … Cronin pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempted murder and assault, as well as driving while intoxicated.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oq5p2vo

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15) India, US trade talks begin; Kerry says Obama keen to meet Modi
Source: Hindustan Times [India]

“The first strategic and commercial dialogue between India and the US began in Washington on Tuesday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Barack Obama. The focus the dialogue is on boosting trade ties and enhancing regional security. US secretary of state John Kerry said that President Obama is very much looking forward to meeting PM Modi at the United Nations next week. The two sides would be discussing some of the most complicated issues of the day, said Kerry as he and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj led their high-level delegations at the dialogue at the State Department.” [editor’s note: When it comes to trade, the only way things become “complicated” is when the politicians get it into their heads that they should be in charge of what everyone else does – TLK] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ptul86z

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16) EU approves plan to relocate 120,000 migrants
Source: USA Today

“European Union ministers approved a plan Tuesday to relocate 120,000 migrants across Europe as hundreds camped near the Turkish border with Greece in the hope that they will be allowed in. The mainly Syrian refugees are staying at a wrestling arena in the city of Edirne, about 5 miles from the Greek border, in the hope of moving on to Greece or Bulgaria and avoiding the alternative and dangerous voyage across the Mediterranean Sea, the Associated Press reported.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhjgdxh

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17) 4chan, the notorious site that spawned Anonymous, Rickrolling, etc. has been sold
Source: International Business Times

“The anonymous message board 4chan — seen as one of the darkest corners of the Internet — has been sold by its founder Christopher ‘Moot’ Poole to the person who inspired him to create it almost 12 years ago. The website has been sold to Hiroyuki Nishimura — the founder of another anonymous message board — who created Japanese forum 2channel as far back as 1999, though the amount of money paid for the site has not been disclosed. Founded in 2003 primarily as a place for fans of anime and manga to meet online, 4chan has entered Internet legend as the site where Anonymous was founded and Internet memes like Lolcats, Caturday and rickrolling were dreamed up.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p9wo7rd

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18) Pakistan: Court postpones killing of paralyzed prisoner
Source: RTT News

“A last minute order by a Pakistani court has temporarily halted the hanging of a paraplegic man who developed tubercular meningitis while on death row. Abdul Basit, who is paralyzed from the waist down, was convicted of murder six years ago but has always maintained his innocence. … magistrate ordered that the execution be postponed as the 43-year-old convict could not be hanged in compliance with the jail manual because he is in a wheelchair.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2tpd2a

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19) Saudi Arabia: More than two million Muslims begin hajj
Source: New York Post

“More than 2 million Muslims on Tuesday started the first rites of the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest pilgrimages that draws people from different countries to the holy city of Mecca to perform a series of rituals and prayers aimed at erasing past sins. Newly arrived pilgrims circled the Kaaba, the black cubic structure in Mecca’s Grand Mosque toward which all Muslims pray.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/py8nep9

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20) Volkswagen sets aside $7.2 billion to pay for emissions cheating scandal
Source: NBC News

“Volkswagen said Tuesday it is setting aside more than $7.2 billion to cover the anticipated cost of resolving its diesel emissions cheating scandal, a figure that could be eclipsed by potential penalties and lawsuits facing the German automaker in the U.S. … The U.S. Environmental Protection Administration announced Friday that the automaker had surreptitiously equipped its diesel vehicles with software designed to recognize when those products were being tested on a dynamometer, essentially an automotive treadmill. In such a situation, the full complement of emissions controls systems would operate at their maximum … But once the testing would be completed, according to the EPA, the vehicles would revert to a different mode, effectively allowing emissions levels to increase by as much as 40 times.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nn9o52j

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

21) American policing and the coming domestic insurgency
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Many observers have been watching for a shift in perception of the presence of police officers and it appears more Americans are waking up to the fact that the obese buzz-cutted, military-clad Officer Friendly preying on communities nation–wide are not the legendary peace officers of old (which I would suggested never existed). Some are speculating and egged on by the police community itself and its Leninist unions that a war on police is afoot. I would say that is not the case now but we are at the cusp of that becoming a reality. The conditions for an insurgency to emerge are many but two of the primary ingredients are legitimacy of the government and the perceived and real grievance by the mass base.” (09/22/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4480

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22) The eternally recurring legend of a “war on cops”
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“‘It is open season on the police,’ the New York Daily News editorialized. Two state troopers and two auxiliary city cops had been slain in the last few months, ‘and there have been at least a dozen attacks on the NYPD since December.’ The paper knew just want to call the onslaught: a war on cops. It sounds like one of countless columns, TV reports, and talk-radio monologues produced this year. But this editorial appeared in 2007. … In 2014, the number of police shot on duty was still lower than it had been before that spike that attracted the Daily News'[s] attention back in 2007. But it was higher than in 2013 — that is, higher than an extraordinarily safe year — and so the legend of the war on cops came roaring back.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4ktopb

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23) The rape of Afghanistan
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The commanders of the pro-US ‘Northern Alliance,’ hailed by neoconservatives as the vanguard of Afghan ‘democracy,’ were the very same pedophile-rapist warlords who had been driven out by the Taliban. To this day, these guys are top officers in the US-trained-and-funded Afghan military and police, whose sexual proclivities are now the occasion for self-righteous denunciations from the very same people who cheered on the conquest and occupation of Afghanistan. To be clear: we are on the side of the boy-rapists of Afghanistan, and have been from the very beginning.” (09/23/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/09/22/the-rape-of-afghanistan/

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24) Why I’m opposed to activism
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Once upon a time, there were courageous computer types who defied mighty Western governments and worked around them to deliver usable cryptography to the world. It took skill, it took intelligence, and most of all, it took courage. But these people took the risks and did it, and I think they deserve credit for it. Sadly, however, more than a few of those people descended from the ranks of the righteously disobedient to the level of mere activists. They spend their efforts these days encouraging legislation, engaging in dialog, and promoting causes. In other words, they went from doing things themselves to begging overlords to do them.” (09/22/15)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/opposed-to-activism/

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25) Homeschooling is a threat to public education
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by BK Marcus

In a recent City Journal article, ‘Homeschooling in the City,’ Matthew Hennessey quotes Georgetown law school professor Robin L. West, who ‘worries that homeschooled children grow up to become right-wing political ‘soldiers,’ eager to ‘undermine, limit, or destroy state functions.” I assume that for West, the ‘right-wing’ label subsumes all of us who seek to ‘undermine, limit, or destroy state functions’ — you know, people like John Locke, Tom Paine, and Henry David Thoreau. I almost wish West’s fears were better founded. Very few of the homeschoolers I know, whether on the right or the left, are eager to curtail the growing scope of government — except when the bureaucracy tries to reach into their homes and families.” (09/22/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/homeschooling-is-a-threat-to-public-education/

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26) Is Trump inevitable?
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“It is beginning to dawn on Republican Party operatives that Donald Trump may well be their nominee. Three reasons: First, no matter what he says he keeps gaining support. As a populist rather than a conservative, he articulates the raw anger that a lot of voters feel, and the details don’t matter. He has said things that would sink an ordinary candidate, but that’s not who he is or the basis for his appeal. Second, the fragmented Republican field plays to Trump’s advantage. Nobody else can get traction. And third, recent changes in the GOP party rules favor Trump. Under provisions mandated in 2014, states with primaries after March 15 may operate winner-take-all elections. That means Trump doesn’t have to win a majority; he just has to get more votes than the second place candidate, and he gets all of the delegates from that state.” (09/21/15)

http://prospect.org/article/trump-inevitable

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27) Pope Francis and the US welfare-warfare state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Maybe — just maybe — Pope Francis’s visit to the United States will cause American Catholics and, for that matter, American Protestants (and maybe also Americans Jews, Muslims, and atheists) to reexamine some of their long-held views — views that are contrary to principles enunciated by Jesus Christ. No, I’m not referring to abortion, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, or celibacy for priests. What I’m referring to is what Jesus referred to as God’s second-greatest commandment: ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,’ which He said was just like the first, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.'” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o76udm3

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28) Meet the real Carly Fiorina
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“There used to be something called ‘the HP Way.’ This was the description of the way Hewlett-Packard (HP) conducted its business and treated its employees and customers. … Then came Carly Fiorina and the new American business model. Fiorina was appointed CEO of HP in 1999 and began to rid the company of its old-fashioned way of doing business — and employees. In 2002 she pushed through a merger with Compaq over the objection of 49 percent of the company’s shareholders (along with the vocal objections of Walter Hewlett, son of one of HP’s founders).” (09/22/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150922/an-introduction-to-carly-fiorina

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29) If you don’t want people viewing content for free stop posting it for free
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Unless web site owners clearly display their terms and conditions to visitors before allowing them access to the content they have no grounds on which to call visitors using ad blockers hypocrites. If you want people on your property to act in a certain way that’s outside of social norms, and let’s face the fact that using an ad blocker is now a norm, you should inform them. Don’t scream ‘Hypocrite!’ because visitors are using an ad blocker if you don’t first display terms of services indicating such behavior was not allowed on your website.” [editor’s note: Also, unless your local grocery store has a sign at the front door SAYING you have to take your bread to the cash register and pay for it, feel free to just grab a loaf and walk out the fire exit – TLK] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5hku43

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30) The Tom Woods Show, 09/22/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Today I discuss the concept of social justice and compare it to the traditional conception of justice that was taken for granted in the Western world for thousands of years. I take some shots at John Rawls along the way.” [various formats] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7dbbbq

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31) Unidentified
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“What’s the most frightening thing about UFO’s — Unidentified Flying Objects? After all, it’s common to look up and see birds, aircraft, clouds, and other things flying in the sky. What’s frightening is the first word in the acryonym: ‘Unidentified.’ We’re scared because certain objects perform maneuvers unlike other things we see in the sky and we don’t know what they are.” (09/21/15)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2015/09/unidentified/

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32) Fiorina’s bad proposal for US-China relations
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Now that Walker is out of the running, someone has to take up his mantle of endorsing simplistic foreign policy proposals. Fiorina has accepted the role …” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njpanra

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33) At least we know what’s too expensive for renewable energy
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“An interesting article in The Guardian insisting that the Swansea tidal barrage should be junked. Not that they quite put it that way but that is what their argument means.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvtylez

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34) Uphill battle for Dems as GOP field dwindles
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Democratic partisans have been rubbing their hands with glee as billionaire Donald Trump’s antics have dominated the Republican primary. I hope they’re enjoying themselves, because they soon may find themselves in their own world of hurt. While pundits have been shaking their heads at Trump’s many gaffes, Gallup released a poll that found presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is underwater; more Americans view her unfavorably (51 percent) than favorably (41 percent). President Barack Obama also is underwater. The Democratic nominee is no shoo-in.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8ug55g

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35) The crisis of the now: Distracted and diverted from the ever-encroaching police state
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by John Whitehead

“Caught up in the spectacle of the forthcoming 2016 presidential elections, Americans (never very good when it comes to long-term memory) have not only largely forgotten last year’s hullabaloo over militarized police, police shootings of unarmed citizens, asset forfeiture schemes, and government surveillance but are also generally foggy about everything that has happened since. Then again, so much is happening on a daily basis that it’s understandable if the average American has a hard time keeping up with and remembering all of the ‘events,’ manufactured or otherwise, which occur like clockwork and keep us distracted, deluded, amused, and insulated from reality while the government continues to amass more power and authority over the citizenry.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ozhspvq

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36) Adam Smith’s ethics: Justice vs. virtue
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Paul Mueller

“I concluded my last post by considering the tension between reason and sentiment in Adam Smith’s moral theory. On the one hand, we exercise reason as we deliberate between the man in the breast’s recommendations and our own passions and desires. Yet sympathy involves emotions and tastes too. Sometimes we are moved by the plight of others without reflection. Sometimes our emotional reactions to certain situations or behaviors reveal tacitly known moral standards and expectations. And sometimes simple reflection can change our sentiments.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7e54jw

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37) Low interest rates cannot perpetuate a house of cards
Source: The Daily Bell
by Richard M Ebeling

“When is the price of some marketable good or service at or near zero? When either the supply of it is so plentiful that virtually any demand, no matter how great, can be satisfied or when no matter how large or small the supply of it may be, people’s demand for it is so low that nobody is willing to practically pay anything for it. On Thursday, September 17, 2015, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen announced that, once again, America’s central bank was leaving a key interest rate — the Federal Funds rate at which banks lend money to each other overnight — at barely above zero.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8gnmvb

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38) The liberal media cheers for war
Source: Come Home America
by “Grassroots Liberty”

“Wait, what did that title say? He must have meant the conservative media cheers for war. Because its people on the right who are warmongers. You know, George Bush and those guys. Liberals are peace-loving, right? Like Barack Obama? He won the Peace Prize, didn’t he? The right and the left — they’re worlds apart! The liberal media wouldn’t argue FOR war, would they? Yes, they would!” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o83fg52

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39) Why one HIV drug costs 5,000 percent more overnight
Source: Huffington Post
by James Peron

“The patent on Daraprim expired long ago. So what prevents others from selling this drug? The free market? Surely, other companies are also greedy and would be willing to sell the drug at half the price as Shkreli. Others would find they could make a hefty profit at 10 percent. The price of Daraprim would soon decline to what it is in the rest of the world. Outlets in Canada, the U.K. and South Africa sell it for between ¢50 and $1.50 per tablet, not $750.00. We also were told this drug is rarely used in the U.S. That is true. Its primary use is for malaria, so this drug is actually rather widely used in those regions. ” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ogbtyg8

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40) Why an Obama-Putin summit would be a good idea
Source: Cato Institute
by Brad Stapleton

“Following Russia’s recent [sic] deployment of military personnel to Syria, the Kremlin has intimated that Vladimir Putin would like to meet with President Obama during his upcoming visit to the United Nations General Assembly. By all accounts, the administration is torn. But it is high time for Obama to sit down and have a serious discussion with his Russian counterpart.” [editor’s note: The Russian state has had a military presence in Syria since the Cold War; there’s nothing “recent” about it – TLK] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oka9c6o

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41) Hillary Clinton’s empire of dirt
Source: National Review
by Victor Davis Hanson

“The problem with all of Ms. Clinton’s advocacies is not that the liberal positions she supports are unusual; indeed, her proposed solutions to these problems are standard progressive orthodoxy. The rub instead is that almost every issue that Ms. Clinton has raised and every position of advocacy that she now embraces are direct refutations of either her present or her past behavior — and sometimes both.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qza2665

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42) Poverty forces short-term thinking
Source: The New Republic
by Elliot Berkman

“When considering poverty, our national conversation tends to overlook systemic causes. Instead, we often blame the poor for their poverty. Commentators echo the claim that people are poor because they have bad self-control, and therefore make nearsighted choices. But psychology research says the opposite might be the case: poverty makes it hard for people to care about the future and forces them to live in the present. As a researcher who studies goals and motivation, I wanted to know how self-control works and if science can help us get better at it. Poverty seemed like a good place to start, because greater self-control could be especially helpful there.” [editor’s note: Having spent the majority of my life living from month to month, I know exactly what this writer is talking about; until I could co-create the space and time to start looking at the longer term and bigger picture, nothing got better – SAT] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmgmotv

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43) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/22/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Dan Greene, Jim Jesus and Michael W. Dean talk about Michael Deans new kitties, building radio transmitters, Charlie Brooker and #piggate. The Pope thanks Castro, Liberation Theology, Cop threatens to arrest people passing out constitutions. The Cringe worthy Bronies, and Jim being a ‘sodie.'” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmfqjck

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44) The economics of Hillary Clinton
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by William L Anderson

“Given that there is a very good chance Clinton will march into the White House in January 2017, we should scrutinize her economic beliefs and her proposed economic policies, as we may well have to be living them in less than two years. Not surprising for people interested in economics of liberty (or, better put, the economics of prosperity), Hillary’s policies will disappoint and disappoint greatly.” (09/22/15)

https://mises.org/library/economics-hillary-clinton

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45) Profits, entrepreneurs, and the social welfare: Action and profit
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by Brian Jacobson

“Entrepreneurship is virtually nonexistent in mainstream economic textbooks and neoclassical models. One may not even find the word in the glossary of a macro or microeconomics textbooks. Instead entrepreneurship often is treated as a sort of special phenomenon in its own rite. In both cases it is considered only of those unique individuals and circumstances of the self-employed, start-ups, small business management, or new product innovation. On the contrary the concept of the entrepreneur plays a fundamental role in Austrian economics and its conception of the firm and the structure of production and fundamentally underlies all economic action.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nflykwp

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46) Union busting was a bust for Walker Presidential run
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“Scott Walker ran a bizarrely off-key campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. So it made sense that he would end that campaign on a bizarre note: with a tone-deaf attempt to portray his decision to quit the competition as an act of political heroism. ‘Today I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field,’ the governor of Wisconsin announced Monday. ‘With that in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately.’ Walker was not being driven from the race by low poll numbers and the prospect that his campaign cupboard would soon be empty, he wanted anyone who was still paying attention to know. Walker was leading by leaving.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olzexaz

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47) Diversity double-talk
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘Black teachers flee schools, leading to concerns about diversity,’ warned the Washington Post headline. I’m less concerned about ‘diversity’ and more about why teachers — black or otherwise — would ‘flee.'” (09/22/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/09/22/diversity-double-talk/

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48) The fading Chinese dream
Source: The American Conservative
by Steven Zhou

“Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United States this week is the sort of public relations opportunity that normally bolsters the Communist Party’s stature back home. Yet given a nearly 40 percent drop in China’s stock markets in the last few months, there’s hardly been a time in recent years when the country’s international reputation has been so widely doubted and questioned. Moreover, this poor economic performance means that the Communist party’s vice-like grip on power may soon be shaken — or at least confronted by an unhappy and much poorer Chinese middle class.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pz53ako

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49) Why it could be president Bush and VP Kasich
Source: CounterPunch
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

“Get ready: the Republicans may not know it, but they’ve all but certified their ticket for 2016, and they will probably win.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/np9wfbm

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50) The drug with a 5,000 percent markup
Source: The Atlantic
by Julie Beck

“The drug company Turing Pharmaceuticals is under fire after a New York Times article published Sunday detailing how it raised the price of a toxoplasmosis drug by more than 5,000 percent after acquiring the drug in August. One tablet of Daraprim used to cost $13.50; now, after its acquisition by Turing, it costs $750 per tablet. This could have significant effects on patients’ ability to afford treatment, though Turing’s CEO Martin Shkreli has said that Daraprim will be free for anyone who can’t afford it.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5mtlcn

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51) What is increasing the cost of generic drugs?
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon Herrick

“The cost of generic drugs is usually much lower than that of brand drugs, usually by a margin of 85% to 90%. Intense competition generally holds generic drug prices in check. However, during the past few years, many generic drugs have suddenly become more expensive, says Devon Herrick, senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis.” (09/22/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26085

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52) “But they’re illegal!” The worst argument against immigration
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

“The fact that something is legal doesn’t make it moral. Nor does something being illegal make it immoral. Legal does not necessarily mean ethical. Illegal doesn’t necessarily imply unethical. For example, most would probably agree that adultery is immoral, but it’s not illegal. We might also agree that smashing out a car window on a hot day to rescue a dog inside is moral, but in many places such an act would be illegal (you’d be destroying private property). Some argue that the fact illegal immigrants enter the country illegally is indicative of some larger criminal tendency. This is complete nonsense. Not only have countless studies debunked this myth, but this logic is positively farcical.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p4hd4oz

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53) Why I’m homeschooling
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“I’m homeschooling my elder sons for middle school. On the surface, this makes sense: Homeschooling has been in the libertarian penumbra for decades. If you know my books, however, you should be puzzled.” (09/22/15)

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

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54) The Libertarian Angle, 09/22/15
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling discuss the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob and Richard discuss the New Deal and its effects that we are still feeling today.” [various formats] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owxmx3o

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55) Ul Nasir: A case of victim-centred injustice
Source: spiked
by Jon Holbrook

“The decision of the Court of Appeal to view the sexual abuse of Asian girls as more serious than sexual abuse of other girls is an outrage. But the outrage should be directed not at the judges who passed the sentence, but at the victims’ rights discourse that has been challenging the objectivity and universality of criminal justice for many years. It has now achieved its objective of a ‘justice’ that varies according to a victim’s personal circumstances, such as his or her culture, values or mental fortitude.” (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q2rf6aj

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