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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,305
Monday, October 19th, 2015
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In the News:

1) US political prisoner Irwin Schiff dies
2) Switzerland: Election shifts parliament to the xenophobic right
3) Congo: Six injured in clashes over referendum that could keep president in office
4) Germany: Pro-refugee candidate stabbed, wins election
5) Guinea: Officials “worried” over call for post-vote protests
6) Guantanamo: Judge may end impasse that halted 9/11 case
7) That fascist idiot Schumer’s latest regulatory obsession: Kids’ Halloween makeup
8) Canada: “Trudeaumania” heir could become next PM
9) Syrian: Rebel mouthpiece org claims regime, Russian intense airstrikes killing civilians
10) Mentally ill UK man sentenced to 20 years for trying to set up US al Qaeda camp
11) US Interior Department curbs future Arctic offshore drilling
12) MD: Judge issues gag order to attorneys in Freddie Gray case
13) Japan: Abe sends ritual offering to war shrine after working for return to militarism
14) Israel: Attack in Beersheba leaves one dead, at least eight wounded
15) Mexico: Drug lord “El Chapo” injured but still at large
16) CDC latest claim: Teens smoking pot more than cigs
17) Judge: Texas’s unconstitutional birth certificate denial scheme stands for now
18) “Pharma bro” Shkreli whines about Bernie giving his money to charity
19) Hawaii declares state of emergency for the homeless
20) IL: Justices mull appeal of Chicago suburb’s aesthetically frightening weapons ban

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) A tunnel with no light
22) The United States is already at least as socialist as Denmark
23) Vicarity
24) Draft women? Why not?
25) The inherent criminality of air power
26) Christians, please stop paying for war crimes!
27) Stalin’s prosecutor
28) Guns, drugs, and civil rights
29) Understanding Israel’s new (and nameless) intifada
30) Without kryptonite
31) I’ve changed a lot from teen years
32) Why Democrats need both Clinton and Sanders
33) What’s really happening in the steel industry
34) The case for legalizing meth
35) After one good debate, Dems need to schedule a lot more
36) How modern Sweden profits from the success of its free-market history
37) An unfair lot in life?
38) No stopping the cannabis train now
39) Full transparency
40) Information doesn’t matter
41) How to protect yourself from NSA attacks on 1024-bit DH
42) What really happened to the Playboy bunny?
43) Uber, please come to Honduras
44) The karma of flaming cronyism
45) Nullification in effect: Oregonians defy feds, spend millions on marijuana in first week of legal sales
46) Prop F: You can do anything in your bedroom but rent it
47) Do you agree, or are you a bad person?
48) Free Thoughts Podcast, 10/16/15
49) Hillary Clinton: Hypocrisy that knows no bounds
50) Mostly not crimes, mostly not horrible, mostly not forgotten
51) Socialized losses, private profits
52) Obama should make corporations disclose their political spending
53) Snowden says Hillary Clinton’s bogus statements show a “lack of political courage”
54) Government power was his mortal enemy
55) Between the lines
56) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 10/16/15
57) Why peace activists should stop cheering for Russian bombs in Syria
58) The Tom Woods Show, 10/16/15
59) Carson is right and the NYT wrong on gun control and the Holocaust
60) So fat and salt aren’t so bad for us: Why we no longer trust the government’s food guidelines

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

1) US political prisoner Irwin Schiff dies
Source: Forbes

“Irwin Schiff, grandfather of the contemporary tax protest movement, died Friday according to the Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator. Schiff promoted a theory that the federal income tax was very limited in its application and that ordinary Americans are tricked into paying it. …Schiff, 87, had been diagnosed with lung cancer and his son Peter had been seeking compassionate release.” [editor’s note: My view of Schiff’s theories (and similar ones) has always been that it doesn’t matter whether or not they are legally correct because the state never, ever, lets itself be bound by its own laws. But let’s never forget that the entirety of his “crime” was “publicly disagreeing with the IRS” – TLK] (10/17/15)

http://onforb.es/1LY3sjh

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2) Switzerland: Election shifts parliament to the xenophobic right
Source: swissinfo [Switzerland]

“Switzerland’s two main parties on the right are the winners of Sunday’s parliamentary elections. The strong showing could have an impact on reforms of energy, social security and tax issues, as well as the make-up of the seven-member government. Latest nationwide projections show the conservative [sic] right Swiss People’s Party making spectacular gains in the House of Representatives, increasing its share of the vote to 29.5% from 26.6% — and winning an additional 11 seats. If confirmed it is a record result for Switzerland’s leading party with its restrictive asylum policy agenda.” (10/18/15)

http://bit.ly/1ZPnVB7

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3) Congo: Six injured in clashes over referendum that could keep president in office
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“Six men were injured in clashes between police and opponents of a planned referendum to allow Republic of Congo’s longtime president to run for another term, a local official said. The clashes occurred Saturday in the country’s second largest city, Point-Noire, said Alexandre Honore Paka, the city’s administrator. Six ‘uncontrollable’ young men had been injured but were receiving treatment and ‘doing well,’ said Paka in a statement.” (10/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nlbe4ww

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4) Germany: Pro-refugee candidate stabbed, wins election
Source: CNN

“A man who said he disapproved of her liberal stance on refugees stabbed her in the neck a day before voters went to the polls. But that didn’t stop German mayoral candidate Henriette Reker from winning Sunday’s election. The independent candidate, who’s expected to make a full recovery, is poised to become the next mayor of the western city of Cologne. Preliminary election results indicate she soared to victory, winning more than 52% of the vote.” (10/18/15)

http://cnn.it/1khHAt5

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5) Guinea: Officials “worried” over call for post-vote protests
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“Guinea’s capital remained calm Sunday, a day after President Alpha Conde won a second five-year term, although the government is preparing for possible violence because the loser in the presidential contest vowed to protest, a spokesman said Sunday. Conde earned nearly 58 percent of the Oct. 11 vote, defeating his closest rival Cellou Dalein Diallo by a large enough margin to avoid a runoff, according to provisional results announced Saturday night.” (110/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nn4eq78

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6) Guantanamo: Judge may end impasse that halted 9/11 case
Source: ABC News

“A lurching effort to try five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay by military commission for the Sept. 11 attack came to an abrupt halt 18 months ago, and a judge is expected to decide as early as Monday whether he can break the impasse and get the case moving again. The presiding military judge stopped proceedings in April 2014 when the lawyer for Ramzi Binalshibh, one of five men facing the death penalty for allegedly planning and aiding the plot, revealed that members of his defense team had been questioned by the FBI about a potential illegal breach of security rules.” (10//18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o625vfm

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7) That fascist idiot Schumer’s latest regulatory obsession: Kids’ Halloween makeup
Source: CBS News York

“Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for federal authorities to routinely test and require full disclosure of components in Halloween makeup. The New York Democrat says novelty makeup and face paint are often made in China and can contain metals that could pose a danger to children wearing them.” [editor’s note: Q – Has Chuck Schumer ever met ANYTHING he didn’t want to control? A – Yes … government spending! (rim shot)- TLK] (10/18/15)

http://cbsloc.al/1jw2K6z

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8) Canada: “Trudeaumania” heir could become next PM
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“The son of a man who brought glamor and excitement to Canadian politics in the late 1960s is favored to become Canada’s next prime minister. Justin Trudeau, the son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, is leading in the polls ahead of Monday’s election that could spell the end of a decade of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper.” (10/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qjzrnf9

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9) Syrian: Rebel mouthpiece org claims regime, Russian intense airstrikes killing civilians
Source: Epoch Times

“Activists say Russian and Syrian warplanes are pounding targets in central and northern Syria amid reports of civilian casualties. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian Revolution in central Homs town of Tabliseh, an activist-operated media platform, said warplanes believed to be Russian targeted mourners in al-Ghanto village who were burying people killed a day earlier, killing four civilians.” (10/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/naujg52

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10) Mentally ill UK man sentenced to 20 years for trying to set up US al Qaeda camp
Source: ABC News

“A British man being treated for schizophrenia was sentenced to 20 years in prison on U.S. charges that he helped in a failed attempt to set up an al-Qaida training camp in a remote part of Oregon two years before the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Haroon Aswat had admitted in a guilty plea in March that he traveled to Bly, Oregon, in 1999 at the direction of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, a double-amputee and radical cleric based in London. The Sheffield, England-born Aswat also admitted that his job was to help train recruits who wanted to fight jihad. But his lawyers argued Friday that he deserved a lesser term because he was a minor player in the plot who became a personal assistant to Mustafa, but never adopted his views.” (10/16/15)

http://abcn.ws/1RiUgKC

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11) US Interior Department curbs future Arctic offshore drilling
Source: Easton Star Democrat

“The Interior Department announced Friday it is canceling future lease sales and will not extend current leases in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast, a decision that significantly reduces the chances for future Arctic offshore drilling. The news follows a Sept. 28 announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that it would cease exploration in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas after spending upward of $7 billion on Arctic exploration. The company cited disappointing results from a well drilled in the Chukchi and the unpredictable federal regulatory environment.” (10/18/15)

http://bit.ly/1PrJiES

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12) MD: Judge issues gag order to attorneys in Freddie Gray case
Source: Washington Post

“The judge presiding over the Freddie Gray trials filed a written gag order this week, saying it is necessary to ensure fair trials for the six officers charged in the high-profile case. ‘There is a substantial likelihood that certain forms of publicity, such as extrajudicial statements by the parties involved in this case to members of the press or media, could impair the rights of the Defendant, the State and the public to a fair trial by an impartial jury,’ Judge Barry G. Williams wrote in the order that was made available online Friday.” (10/16/15)

http://wapo.st/1hMtBJX

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13) Japan: Abe sends ritual offering to war shrine after working for return to militarism
Source: Rapid News Network

“Sanae Takaichi, the internal affairs minister and a close associate of Abe, was among those visiting the shrine — which honours Japan’s war dead including several senior military and political figures convicted of war crimes. The offering comes ahead of a planned trilateral summit with South Korea and China set to be held in early November in Seoul. His visit to the war shrine would infuriate neighbouring countries, especially China and South Korea, where the site is seen as a potent symbol of Japan’s lack of penitence over its aggression during the first half of the 20th century.” (10/18/15)

http://bit.ly/1jP02bQ

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14) Israel: Attack in Beersheba leaves one dead, at least eight wounded
Source: NBC News

“A gunman killed an Israeli soldier and wounded at least eight people at a bus station in southern Israel on Sunday as Palestinian-Israeli violence in the region continued. Israeli police originally said two assailants were behind the attack in the city of Beersheba on Sunday, but police commander Yoram Halevy told The Associated Press that officers at the bus station mistakenly opened fire on a foreigner, who they thought was a suspect. He was injured.” (10/18/15)

http://nbcnews.to/1ZP4Df4

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15) Mexico: Drug lord “El Chapo” injured but still at large
Source: USA Today

“Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the elusive Mexican drug kingpin who escaped from a high security prison in July, was injured in his leg and face during a ‘headlong flight’ as authorities recently closed in on his mountain hideout, Mexico’s National Security Cabinet confirmed in a statement late Friday. The government said Guzman was not wounded in a direct confrontation with law enforcement agencies but during a hasty retreat as Mexican Marines moved to surround his location. Guzman is known by the nickname ‘El Chapo’ (in English, ‘Shorty’). The brief statement came in response to a report from NBC News that Guzman had been hurt while evading capture last week.” (10/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxkws3t

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16) CDC latest claim: Teens smoking pot more than cigs
Source: Smell the Truth

“[According to the latest ‘official’ survey,] teens now smoke pot slightly more often than they do tobacco — a worrying trend for some public health officials working to stamp out underage smoking. The Centers for Disease Control released survey results today that show U.S. teens are smoking marijuana slightly more often than they are tobacco — part of a first in public health history. ‘Since 2010, the proportion of U.S. 12th grade students who used marijuana during the preceding 30 days (21.4%) has surpassed the proportion who used cigarettes (19.2%),’ the CDC stated. … Other government surveys suggest the opposite, finding teen use flat despite legalization.” [editor’s note: Note this is a survey of high school seniors (age 17 and up?) that says they’re toking a little weed instead of chain-smoking tobacco-sticks; only the CDC (and the Pharma lobby that wants them hooked on ritalin or oxy) is really complaining – SAT] (10/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/npjdtdf

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17) Judge: Texas’s unconstitutional birth certificate denial scheme stands for now
Source: Reuters

“Texas officials do not have to make it easier for undocumented immigrants to get birth certificates for their children born in the state while a legal challenge proceeds in court, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman declined to grant a preliminary injunction on Friday in a civil rights lawsuit filed in May over how Texas is complying with the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which grants citizenship to any child born on U.S. soil, regardless of parentage. The issue of U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants has become an issue in the November 2016 presidential campaign with Republican candidate Donald Trump questioning the automatic granting of citizenship and Jeb Bush drawing fire for his comments on the issue.” [editor’s note: Not that the state SHOULD issue birth certificates anyway, but if it is going to do so as a marker of citizenship, well, that should apply to ALL citizens, including ones born of immigrants – TLK] (10/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/osauzut

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18) “Pharma bro” Shkreli whines about Bernie giving his money to charity
Source: Raw Story

“The man-child known as ‘Pharma Bro’ (aka Martin Shkreli) is an absolute wonder when it comes to public relations — as in ‘We wonder if he would would recognize good PR is if he was neck-deep in it.’ Because, quite frankly, he can’t seem to stop from publicly punching himself in the face, and we can’t stop watching. The former hedge funder turned pharma CEO turned Internationally Known Social Pariah and Greedhead has a knack for blithely making terrible decisions and then compounding them by doubling down and going on TV and trying to grin and bluff his way out of it. Never successfully. Ever.” [editor’s note: Every time a piece of crap like this little doofus rears its ugly head, it gets a little harder to defend the “free market” – SAT] (10/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qdh5fk9

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19) Hawaii declares state of emergency for the homeless
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“The governor of Hawaii declared a state of emergency on Friday to accelerate efforts to provide housing and other services to the homeless, a population that has surged in numbers especially over the past two years, according to state officials. The proclamation speeds up the process of directing state-allocated funds of more than $1.3 million toward the building of a new shelter, as well as extending existing contracts for homeless services, according to a statement from Gov. David Ige’s office. Programs that can offer immediate housing will also receive more funding. Since early August, officials say they’ve helped more than 150 people move into shelters in the Kakaako district of Honolulu, where officials have just finished conducting sweeps of the many homeless encampments.” (10/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pcp2w63

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20) IL: Justices mull appeal of Chicago suburb’s aesthetically frightening weapons ban
Source: Fox News

“The Supreme Court has so far resisted elaborating on two landmark decisions that established a nationwide right to defend one’s home with a gun. That could change with a new appeal filed by gun owners that challenges a Chicago suburb’s assault [sic] weapons ban. The appeal by Dr. Arie Friedman and the Illinois State Rifle Association argues that the City of Highland Park has violated their constitutional rights by banning some of the most popular semi-automatic guns in the United States, as well as ammunition clips of more than 10 rounds. The justices put off consideration of the appeal last week. In recent years, the court has almost always deferred action on an appeal before agreeing to take it up. The court could say as early as Monday whether it will hear the case.” (10/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/on6jvfj

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

21) A tunnel with no light
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“President Barack Obama pledged we’d be out of Afghanistan by 2016, but yesterday announced a ‘modest but meaningful extension of our presence’ — keeping the 10,000 troops currently stationed there for all of 2016, and then, in perpetuity, maintaining a force five times larger than previously planned. Why? Because, after 14 years of conflict and nation-building, Afghanistan is still neck-deep in violence.” (10/16/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/10/16/a-tunnel-with-no-light/

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22) The United States is already at least as socialist as Denmark
Source: Cato Institute
by Marian L Tupy

“Perhaps unexpectedly, the beautiful northern European country of Denmark emerged as a topic of conversation during this week’s Democratic Party presidential debate. The small Scandinavian monarchy plays an important role in progressive mythology. It is a place many liberals want America to become, and both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton sung its praises during the debate. A closer look at Denmark’s public policies is, therefore, warranted. It yields some surprising results.” (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1MxAsPW

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23) Vicarity
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“It has been interesting, this week, to say the least, listening to the bleating menagerie on the left, that barnyard clutter of liberals, progressives, socialists, and outright communists the Democratic Party has finally mutated into after decades of public denial, prescribing dictates they want promulgated — this time about illegally ending private gun ownership — which they are personally too chicken-livered to enforce themselves, just as they are perfectly happy to have someone else commit the ugly crimes they carefully arrange to inspire them.” (10/18/15)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle843-20151018-02.html

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24) Draft women? Why not?
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Will America’s military be fundamentally transformed? Maybe. At least, Army Secretary John McHugh was talking about subjecting women to the draft on Monday. I’m against a draft in general, despite ongoing efforts by people like congressman Charles Rangel [D-NY] to bring it back. As Robert Heinlein once said, a nation that can’t defend itself without conscription doesn’t deserve to survive. But that said, if we’re going to have a draft, I don’t see why it shouldn’t apply to women, too. And I’m happy to see that President Obama agrees with me.” [editor’s note: If they try to bring this back in any form I’ll be back on the streets protesting it, but I am 100% in favor of equality under the law – SAT] (10/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nacszth

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25) The inherent criminality of air power
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Joseph R Stromberg

“Constant American bombing of much of the world ought to raise questions about the morality (if any) of air power, even if few Americans bother to confront them. (Indeed, many moral theorists would rather apply their theorizing and ‘intuitions’ to runaway trolley cars than to the real-world problem posed here.)” (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1jvj8Em

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26) Christians, please stop paying for war crimes!
Source: Come Home America
by Daniel Riehl

“In view of the fact that 45% of our federal income taxes are used by our government for war making and militarism (according to the War Resisters League, some estimates up to 54%) shouldn’t we taxpayers consider refusal to pay that portion of our income taxes that go to war?” (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1ONSEJz

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27) Stalin’s prosecutor
Source: Reason
by Glenn Garvin

“To understand the moral and literary power with which Robert Conquest wrote, consider the second sentence in his book Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine, a study of the 14.5 million deaths that resulted from Joseph Stalin’s murderous takeover of his nation’s agricultural sector: ‘We may perhaps put this in perspective in the present case by saying that in the actions here recorded about twenty human lives were lost for, not every word, but every letter, in this book.’ … Conquest, who died of pneumonia on August 3 at the age of 98, was many things: a highly regarded anti-modernist poet, a military intelligence officer, a diplomat, a scholar, a ribald prankster, a serial non-monogamist (four wives punctuated with countless entanglements), even a dystopian science fiction novelist. But most of all he was Stalin’s personal prosecutor, over and over placing him in the dock of history to answer for his monstrous crimes.” (for publication 11/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/10/18/stalins-prosecutor

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28) Guns, drugs, and civil rights
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“The racist murders last summer of nine Emanuel AME parishioners in Charleston, S.C., would never have happened if only that United States had a better-funded, more efficient, and stricter background-check system for handgun buyers. Dylann Roof could never have obtained a .45-caliber pistol had an FBI examiner seen his arrest record for misdemeanor drug possession and if gun dealers could not go ahead with a sale when the FBI could not complete its background check in three days. The victims would be alive today — or so we’re told. But would they be? The same question must be asked of subsequent shootings as well, but the the Roof case is particularly interesting because of its racial motivation.” (10/17/15)

http://bit.ly/1PrFbc0

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29) Understanding Israel’s new (and nameless) intifada
Source: Reuters
by Noga Tarnopolsky

“Since the beginning of the latest spate of violence here, Israelis and Palestinians have been at a loss about what to call this amorphous, scary thing. The main question hovering above the public sphere is, ‘Is this finally the third intifada?’ The Jerusalem Press Club thinks so. It has invited members of the media to a Sunday talk on ‘The Third Intifada: Causes and Solutions.’ The speaker is Dr. Shmuel Berkovits, author of The Battle for the Holy Places and How Terrible Is the Place: Holiness, Politics and Justice in Jerusalem and the Holy Places in Israel. Hamas, the extreme Islamist faction that governs the Gaza Strip, has routinely been calling for ‘days of rage.'” (10/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwxdbqw

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30) Without kryptonite
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by Brad Linaweaver

“As [Ben] Carson found out recently, [J Neil Schulman] discovered that it was weirdly unpopular to make a common sense observation about how an unpopular minority with guns can stand off a dangerous majority. As a writer of alternate history stories, I did not find anything controversial about Neil’s suggestion then, or Carson’s suggestion now, that if the Jews inside the Third Reich had been well armed and fought the Nazis inside Germany then history might have taken a different direction. At the very least, internal resistance at that level would have thrown off Hitler’s timetable for the war. Imagine if instead of using howitzers against a civilian population in Poland, Hitler had done that inside his own country. The world would have noticed. After all, the world noticed the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in the history that actually happened. Alas, most people don’t want to think about such things.” (10/17/15)

http://bit.ly/1LwpJW4

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31) I’ve changed a lot from teen years
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Recently a friend from my late teenage years commented on a Facebook post. He expressed his opinion that I have changed a lot since then. It wasn’t clear whether he meant this to be complimentary or not. My first reaction was to get defensive. Fortunately, before responding I realized how wonderful it was I have continued to grow beyond my teenage knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes. How tragic would it be to fail to mature?” (10/15/15)

http://bit.ly/1GdlGB8

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32) Why Democrats need both Clinton and Sanders
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“In the fall of 1991, a Democratic presidential candidate I was covering as he campaigned across New Hampshire had a line in his speeches that surprised me. He commended to his listeners something called the ‘Swedish active labor market’ — a program, established by Sweden’s Social Democrats as part of their full-employment policy, that trained unemployed workers at the government’s expense and linked them up with available jobs. That candidate was Bill Clinton. On Tuesday night, I was forcefully reminded of the then-Arkansas governor’s unanticipated endorsement of Scandinavian democratic socialist policy by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s takedown of Senator Bernie Sanders’s invocation of Denmark as a model for progressive change in the United States. My point isn’t that Bill Clinton was a socialist in liberal garb…. It’s that the relationship between the European social democracy that Sanders extols and the American progressivism that Hillary Clinton champions is complicated and at times symbiotic, with clear areas of overlap and difference.” (10/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/okeawne

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33) What’s really happening in the steel industry
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Yes, there’s high energy costs in the UK as a result of the green obsessions. Yes, Chinese made steel is cheap right now. But the real underlying point is that both Redcar and Scunthorpe are based upon blast furnaces and that’s just a level of technology that we don’t need very much in this country any more. As a result of everyone going off and doing what we’ve been urged to do for decades now, work out how to recycle things. That is, the closing of blast furnaces is evidence of the success of an industrial strategy.” (10/18/15)

http://bit.ly/1PrGnMr

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34) The case for legalizing meth
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“The vast majority of Americans, Prohibition Party members excluded, will admit alcohol prohibition was a dismal failure. The so-called noble experiment, which lasted from January 16, 1920 until December 5, 1933, has a lot of similarities with the War on Drugs, and a few differences.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/18/15)

http://fpp.cc/the-case-for-legalizing-meth/

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35) After one good debate, Dems need to schedule a lot more
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“What happened in Vegas should not stay in Vegas. The reviews are in from the first debate among the Democra ocratic presidential candidates, and they’re positive. Viewership topped 15 million, a record for debating Democrats. As Martin O’Malley noted, this was a debate that actually presented an appealing message (or set of messages) to the American people — as opposed to the highly viewed but not highly evolved Republican debates. ‘On this stage, you didn’t hear anyone denigrate women, you didn’t hear anyone make racist comments about new American immigrants, you didn’t hear anyone speak ill of another American because of their religious belief,’ said the former governor of Maryland.” (10/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwxdbqw

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36) How modern Sweden profits from the success of its free-market history
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Yonathan Amselem

“It is interesting that progressives like Sanders can look at a rich country like Sweden and automatically conclude that the nation’s high living standards do not result from a laissez-faire past, low levels of national debt, monetary independence, no centrally mandated minimum wage, strong legal protection of property rights, a level-headed central bank, low corporate tax rates, or even Sweden’s gradual move toward more privatization in healthcare, social security, and education. Rather, progressives naturally assume that Sweden’s high living standards are a product of their high taxes and nationalized industries. But, imagine if LeBron James took up smoking. Any success on the court would be despite his destructive habit not because of it. Sweden’s economic success has come in spite of its socialism.” (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1GkSgkw

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37) An unfair lot in life?
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by DJ Webb

“I have just come back from holiday in the Ukraine, and this has spurred my thoughts on the ‘unfairness’ of the difference in the lot in life experienced by members of different nations. Is it unfair that some people are born in Switzerland and others in Somalia? Is this just a variation on the different life chances of people born into different social classes in a single nation? Why are some nations doomed to poverty and others destined for prosperity? Whose ‘fault’ is this? And should we feel uneasy about it?” (10/17/15)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2015/10/17/an-unfair-lot-in-life/

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38) No stopping the cannabis train now
Source: The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile

Interview with John Knapp. Knapp: “The momentum is continuing to build and we are well past the point of no return. Colorado just had its first $100 million month, California is finally going to regulate their industry, Canada is on its way to full federal legalization and the US presidential candidates are taking their positions on full legalization. There’s no stopping this train now!” (10/18/15)

http://bit.ly/1Xdr3Vl

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39) Full transparency
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Luis P Almeida

“[W]e know they watch us at all times and that we have zero privacy, but a lack of privacy is just the beginning of the problem. The natural reaction to this constant surveillance is self censorship and caution when speaking our minds. Many of us hesitate before posting something on Facebook or Twitter and many read posts and think to themselves, ‘Wow, that guy just got added to a list somewhere.’ This chilling effect on the freedom of speech is the sad legacy of 9/11 and legislation that was enacted as a result of it. What we need to realize is that this self censorship is futile. They are monitoring and storing everything and can pull files at will. We are without a doubt living in a virtual panopticon. A world where every action can be seen but where it is never certain if anyone is really looking.” (10/17/15)

http://bit.ly/1LwoHJI

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40) Information doesn’t matter
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Rick Weber

“Economists have dealt with the issue with the idea of human capital. In addition to physical tools, people also have mental tools (skills). This idea leads into the notion of social capital (people invest in relationships), and can be extended in any number of directions. It’s a wonderful lens through which to view the world because it lets us see the nature of what we do. But it’s not the right way to think about the factors of production. Not because it’s difficult to measure human capital (I’m not convinced it’s really possible to measure much of anything of importance in economics … even though I keep trying to). The problem is that it doesn’t get us down to the core, atomic thing that we’re really interested in.” (10/16/15)

http://notesonliberty.com/2015/10/16/information-doesnt-matter/

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41) How to protect yourself from NSA attacks on 1024-bit DH
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Joseph Bonneau and Bill Budington

“In a post on Wednesday, researchers Alex Halderman and Nadia Heninger presented compelling research suggesting that the NSA has developed the capability to decrypt a large number of HTTPS, SSH, and VPN connections using an attack on common implementations of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange algorithm with 1024-bit primes. … The good news is, in the time since this research was originally published, the major browser vendors (IE, Chrome, and Firefox) have removed support for 512-bit Diffie-Hellman, addressing the biggest vulnerability. However, 1024-bit Diffie-Hellman remains supported for the forseeable future despite its vulnerability to NSA surveillance. In this post, we present some practical tips to protect yourself from the surveillance machine, whether you’re using a web browser, an SSH client, or VPN software.” (10/15/15)

http://bit.ly/1LvW2nW

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42) What really happened to the Playboy bunny?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Joel Schlosberg

“With competition from Penthouse to the Internet, Playboy has definitely never been a Ma Bell-style monopoly. And the repudiation of nudity embodies the same entrepreneurial adaptation to consumer demand that providing it was in the first place. But is that the whole story? Is the relentless churn of the actually-existing economy a necessary byproduct of market dynamism? Are dwindling production values the inevitable side effect of increased variety of consumer options? In fact, much of the ‘destruction’ is indeed destructive, with governments channeling markets in wasteful directions.” (10/16/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/40965

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43) Uber, please come to Honduras
Source: The Canal
by Vanessa Arita

“If you’ve ever been exposed to news stories coming out of Honduras, you know that personal security has become a challenge. I know people who have never used any type of urban-transportation service, because they have a bad reputation. This mindset is fairly common among visitors and catrachos alike. Fear of violence has created an overabundance of vehicles in Honduran cities, particularly in the capital, Tegucigalpa, which I often describe with the phrase: ‘there are more vehicles here than people.'” (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1MMQGcw

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44) The karma of flaming cronyism
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Steve Murphy

“The true brilliance of [Elon] Musk, who is regarded by many as a genius (‘our generation’s Thomas Edison’), lies in his ability to hornswoggle governments and investors. While ordinary crony capitalists are content with bellying up to the government trough for tax breaks and loans to help build their businesses, Musk has the government build businesses for him. He’s ‘so adept at landing incentives that states now compete to give him money.’ New York State, for example, is building a $750 million manufacturing plant for SolarCity. With property tax gimmicks, investment tax credits, and cash grants, the entire deal constitutes a $2.5 billion windfall for Musk — courtesy of the taxpayers.” (10/16/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1471

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45) Nullification in effect: Oregonians defy feds, spend millions on marijuana in first week of legal sales
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“In the first week of limited marijuana sales in Oregon, dispensaries sold a staggering $11 million of weed — more than double the numbers from Colorado’s first week — proving state laws legalizing cannabis truly do nullify federal prohibition in practice. The Free Thought Project reported on the first week of sales emphasizing, ‘Adults 21 and over have been violating federal law by purchasing marijuana at medical dispensaries.’ Meanwhile, there were no reported DEA raids or any other sign of federal enforcement.” (10/18/15)

http://bit.ly/1W0KOCf

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46) Prop F: You can do anything in your bedroom but rent it
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Both proponents and opponents of San Francisco’s ‘Airbnb measure’ (Proposition F) see the November ballot initiative as a David vs. Goliath contest. Both sides also see themselves as David. And both sides have a point. The measure would impose additional restrictions on short-term rentals. Supporters can claim to be the little guys because the deep-pocketed opposition — headlined by the home-sharing technology platform Airbnb — has $8 million to bury the less than $400,000 raised by the ‘yes’ campaign, according to proponent Dale Carlson. Prop F does have high-profile supporters, notably Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but when the other side outspends you by a 20-1 ratio, you can call yourself the underdog. The No on F folks also stand for the little guy (or gal) who rents out a guest room to make ends meet.” (10/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohm7vhj

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47) Do you agree, or are you a bad person?
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“What about you conservatives in this blog’s readership who did not wear purple on October 15 to participate in ‘Spirit Day,’ GLAAD’s invented holiday to denounce bullying of LGBT youth? I absolutely oppose bullying of all kinds, but had I been in a school or workplace whose leadership encouraged observing Spirit Day, I would not have donned the purple. It’s not because I am indifferent to bullying of LGBT kids — to the contrary, I think schools must take a very strong stand against all kinds of bullying, and probably a more punitive stand than many liberals would advocate. It’s that I would not want to be co-opted by GLAAD, and give the impression that being against bullying means that one is for GLAAD’s agenda. These things are almost always about virtue signaling, nothing more.” (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1ZNZZ0R

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48) Free Thoughts Podcast, 10/16/15
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Jason Kuznicki, Grant Babcock, and Aaron Powell discuss the first part of Murray Rothbard’s book The Ethics of Liberty.” [various formats] (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1LYLWl7

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49) Hillary Clinton: Hypocrisy that knows no bounds
Source: CounterPunch
by Robert Fantina

“The world is once again being subjected to a Hillary Clinton campaign, with all the showmanship, pomp, hype, lies and distortions that the candidate is famous for. Her coronation seems to be a foregone conclusion, unless someone (anyone?) steps out of the shadows as then Senator Barack Obama did in 2008 and derails the speeding Hillary train. Her pronouncements continue to astound, showing either her ignorance of issues, her disdain for the intelligence of the voting public, or her belief that the concept of ‘all men are created equal’ is just a myth. Regardless, her every word seems to show that she is unfit to be president of the United States; her presidency would be a disaster at home and abroad.” (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1GMYIvA

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50) Mostly not crimes, mostly not horrible, mostly not forgotten
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“After reading an article on the Internet, I clicked on a promoted link to a slideshow from September 9: Celebrities You Forgot Committed Horrible Crimes. I couldn’t resist clicking to the next slide to see how stupid this would get. Many of these ‘crimes’ were victimless or otherwise barely count as crimes at all. Others were real crimes, but hardly horrible. And for the most part, these weren’t even forgotten.” (10/18/15)

http://bit.ly/1W10SUz

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51) Socialized losses, private profits
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“A quip about government bailouts of private corporations is ‘Socialized losses, private profits.’ When these companies fail it is at the tax victims’ expensive but when they succeed it is to their personal profits. But government bailouts aren’t the only situations where this phrase is applicable. Public universities receive a great deal of tax victim money and often profit from it tremendously …” (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1OC86Kl

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52) Obama should make corporations disclose their political spending
Source: Our Future Blog
by Dave Johnson

“How much money are corporations putting into elections? Which corporations are putting in how much? Are corporations that are looking for contracts giving money to politicians who can push contracts to them? Are corporations channeling money from foreign interests into our politics? Who knows? Companies don’t have to tell We the People how much they are spending to get tax breaks, waivers from laws and regulation, special trade deals and the like. They don’t even have to disclose this information to their own shareholders. They don’t even have to disclose this if they are getting federal contracts. Currently corporations can put unlimited amounts of money into our elections, and keep that money secret. Obviously there is at least the appearance of corruption here, if not flat-out bribery going on. But there is no way for the public to know because there is no way to follow the money.” [editor’s note: I’d amend that to “corporations who owe their wealth and profits to government contracts or subsidies” … which might exempt the handful that [or is it “who”?] are not – SAT] (10/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nz263un

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53) Snowden says Hillary Clinton’s bogus statements show a “lack of political courage”
Source: The Intercept
by Jenna McLaughlin

“Hillary Clinton twice this week has insisted, contrary to the facts, that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden could have accomplished his goals and avoided punishment if he’d raised his concerns through the proper channels. Clinton first made that assertion at Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, and again at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Friday. … Politifact rated Clinton’s claim as ‘mostly false.’ Snowden on Friday noted that his fellow NSA whistleblower, Thomas Drake, tried to go through channels, but wasn’t heard until he approached a reporter. ‘He used the traditional whistleblowing process,’ Snowden said. And in the end ‘they prosecuted him for a number of years.'” (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1ONeTiJ

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54) Government power was his mortal enemy
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“In the last six of his 49 years of life, brought to an untimely end by tuberculosis, the classical liberal Frenchman Frederic Bastiat produced an astonishing volume of books and essays in defense of free markets and free people. He towered over the smug intellectuals and politicians of his native France, most of whom were mentally mired in the country’s ancient traditions of statist central planning of the economy.” (10/16/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/government-power-was-his-mortal-enemy/

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55) Between the lines
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Expressed in plain English, ‘Innocence Lost’ is an immense boondoggle designed to funnel federal funds into local police departments for the harassment of adult sex workers on the basis of misdemeanor laws against wholly consensual activities the US government wishes to discourage in the name of ‘morality”.’ Of course, that’s not how it’s sold to the American public …. the important thing to notice here is the lie that the stings were ‘targeted’ at ‘rescuing children;’ if that were really true, they have some mighty poor aim. In the very first ‘Operation Cross Country’ story I covered, 69 ‘children’ (in other words, 16- and 17-year-old young women) were ‘recovered’ (in other words, arrested) along with 99 ‘pimps’ (in other words, male sex workers, drivers, roommates, boyfriends, older work partners and maybe about 7 actual pimps) and — here’s the meat — 768 adult female sex workers.” (10/16/15)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/between-the-lines/

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56) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 10/16/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Jared Howe. Herein we discussed how he became a Voluntaryist, evolution of his rapping style, confessing Statist sins, voting is violence, voting legitimizes a ruling class, bloated political promises, free stuff fallacy, universal principles, Bernie Sanders sophistry, Donald Trump’s Socialist Healthcare, Hegelian Dialectic, broken window fallacy, seen vs. unseen, Statrix, violence begets violence, Socialism is for poor people, Fascism is for rich people and more!” [MP3] (10/16/16)

http://bit.ly/1QHGykj

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57) Why peace activists should stop cheering for Russian bombs in Syria
Source: OpEdNews
by David Swanson

“There’s a view of Syria, common even among peace activists in the United States, that holds that because the United States has been making everything worse in Syria and the entire Middle East for years, Russian bombs will make things better. While the actions of the United States and its allies will lead to victory for ISIS, horror for millions of people, and chronic chaos in Syria along the lines of post-liberation Iraq and Libya, Russian bombs — this view maintains — will destroy ISIS, restore order, uphold the rule of law, and establish peace. I’ve been informed repeatedly that because I’m opposed to Russian bombing I’m opposed to peace, I’m in favor of war, I want ISIS to win, I lack any concern for the suffering Syrian people, and my mind is either overly simplistic or somehow diseased.” (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1Mx5VSp

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58) The Tom Woods Show, 10/16/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Is the socialist calculation problem severe enough to account for the collapse of communism? We discuss that, as well as the Rothbardian contribution to monopoly theory, and whether it makes sense to think of a ‘monopoly price’ on the free market.” [various formats] (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1Li4WaP

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59) Carson is right and the NYT wrong on gun control and the Holocaust
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In his article, Steinweis suggests that widespread gun ownership among German Jews would not have affected the outcome of the Holocaust. He says that the Nazi state was too powerful and that armed Jews would not have been able to resist its omnipotent power. He also says that most Germans supported the Nazi state and, therefore, would not likely have come to the aid of resisting Jews. But no one, including Steinweis, can really say what the outcome would have been if German Jews (And Eastern European Jews) had owned lots of guns and ammunition when German police and soldiers came to arrest them and cart them away to the death camps.” (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1jNDOHo

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60) So fat and salt aren’t so bad for us: Why we no longer trust the government’s food guidelines
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jeff Stier & Julie Kelly

“Over the past few decades, Americans have received conflicting and confusing advice about what — and what not — to eat. The most up-to-date science now undermines the government’s harsh warnings about saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Following that misguided advice, Americans have seen tripled obesity rates and a huge rise in diabetes. Given how they skewed our diets from fat to carbohydrates, the guidelines may have indeed played an unsavory role. And as the liberal culinary elite continues to politicize food, its agenda of sustainable, organic, local, and eco-friendly food production has influenced the dietary-guidelines process.” (10/17/15)

http://bit.ly/1jve5Uz

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