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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,311
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Congress, White House reach deal: Two more years of borrow-it-and-blow-it binge
2) US police chiefs: We have no brains
3) New ObamaCare challenge filed with SCOTUS
4) Corporate welfare supporters force House vote on Ex-Im Bank
5) The thin blue butthurt line: NYPD union calls for Tarantino boycott
6) WHO: Hot dogs, bacon, processed meats “probably” cause cancer
7) South Africa: Student protests rattle ANC
8) Trump says his father gave him a “small” $1 million loan
9) US Navy to sail near reefs claimed by China
10) Nigerian rights chief: Prosecute political killers
11) Haiti faces long wait for results of presidential election
12) Three US workers convicted in plot to sell electronics to Russia
13) Guatemala: Morales wins presidential runoff
14) Mysterious space junk will plunge to Earth in November
15) Saudi Arabia: At least one dead in attack on mosque
16) Former adviser sentenced to 2.5 years in $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme
17) Ukraine and occupied territories: Local elections show split
18) Tanzanian: Opposition says 40 volunteers arrested after election
19) US politicians’ debt: Lew cranks up waaaaaaaaambulance
20) Bangladesh: Police arrest four over killing of Italian man

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Against the doomsayers
22) Crowdsourcing: The best defense
23) The debt ceiling: A primer
24) FDA doing its part to protect tobacco companies
25) Stephen Hawking doesn’t understand economics
26) Jeb Bush’s terrible timing
27) America the failed experiment: “I don’t think that’s a word” and other general folly
28) What’s right with the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
29) A Bill of Rights that puts workers above corporations
30) Vaccines for pregnancy — pro and con — the battle for humanity’s future
31) Still torture after all these years
32) What do Hillary’s emails reveal about the creation of the Islamic State?
33) As the seas rise
34) Free market welfare: The case for a negative income tax
35) South Dakota deja vu
36) Saving our ignocratic republic
37) Does Obama deserve credit for the NDAA veto?
38) Did Arne Duncan just surrender on standardized testing?
39) High-deductible health insurance crushes health spending
40) Blair apologize now
41) Germaine Greer is right: Opinions aren’t harmful
42) The Fed can’t raise rates, but must pretend it will
43) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 10/24/15
44) The perils of state surveillance
45) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/26/15
46) The great debaters
47) The Pentagon’s missionary spies
48) What I didn’t get to say to Mark Krikorian
49) The Tom Woods Show, 10/26/15
50) Constitution 101: Executive power
51) Americans reject Clinton on gun control
52) The New York Times exposes the futile stupidity of banning online sports betting
53) Why do I waste time arguing with unreasonable people online?
54) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 10/25/15
55) Helping you swallow

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

1) Congress, White House reach deal: Two more years of borrow-it-and-blow-it binge
Source: Washington Post

“House Republican leaders introduced legislation just before midnight on Monday, finalizing a two-year budget agreement between Congressional leaders and the White House. The introduction sets up a vote as early as Wednesday on the bipartisan budget deal which would increase military and domestic spending and avert a potentially catastrophic default in exchange for long-term spending cuts. The 144-page bill, which is the result of weeks of negotiations between the White House and Congressional leaders, would increase spending by $80 billion over two years and would increase the federal borrowing limit through March 15, 2017. ” (10/27/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-republicans-introduce-bipartisan-budget-bill/2015/10/27/22f1c67e-7c6b-11e5-b575-d8dcfedb4ea1_story.html

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2) US police chiefs: We have no brains
Source: Newsweek

“Police chiefs from across the United States called on Monday for universal background checks for firearms purchases, saying opinion polls consistently show that most Americans support such restrictions. The proliferation of firearms is one of the factors behind a rise in homicide rates in many U.S. cities this year, according to senior law enforcement officials at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago. … ‘This is a no-brainer, this is the simplest thing in the world,’ Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said. ‘It troubles me all the time.'” (10/27/15)

http://www.newsweek.com/us-police-chiefs-background-checks-guns-no-brainer-387540

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3) New ObamaCare challenge filed with SCOTUS
Source: Fox News

“Foes of President Obama’s health care law are taking another crack at upending the legislation, filing a new challenge with the Supreme Court after a separate long-shot case was rejected earlier this year. The petition filed Monday by the Pacific Legal Foundation, like the prior challenge, focuses on an obscure aspect of the law. The case contends ObamaCare violates the provision of the Constitution that requires tax-raising bills to originate in the House of Representatives. Pacific Legal Foundation lawyer Timothy Sandefur, alleging the law is ‘unconstitutional in so many ways,’ said justices will face one challenge to the law after another until it is significantly changed or repealed.” (10/26/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/10/26/another-obamacare-challenge-heads-to-supreme-court

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4) Corporate welfare supporters force House vote on Ex-Im Bank
Source: The Hill

“House Republican centrists teamed up with Democrats Monday night to force a vote on reviving the Export-Import Bank, outraging conservative opponents of the agency. Sixty-two Republicans voted with all Democrats in a 246-177 vote to begin the process of what’s known as a discharge petition. The tactic was last successfully used in 2002 to move campaign finance reform legislation. … The House must now approve the rule before turning to the underlying legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which finances U.S. exports abroad, into 2019. The House is expected to vote Tuesday on the rule and on passage of the underlying bill.” (10/26/15)

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/258163-ex-im-backers-force-house-vote

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5) The thin blue butthurt line: NYPD union calls for Tarantino boycott
Source: Fox News

“The head of the New York Police Department’s union has called for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films after the director took part in an anti-police [sic] protest Saturday, four days after one of New York’s Finest was murdered by a suspect he was pursuing. … ‘I’m a human being with a conscience,’ Tarantino said. ‘And if you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.’ ‘It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,’ Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, said Sunday in response to Tarantino.”

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/10/26/nypd-calls-for-boycott-quentin-tarantino-after-director-leads-anti-cop-protest/

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6) WHO: Hot dogs, bacon, processed meats “probably” cause cancer
Source: USA Today

“Eating hot dogs, ham and other processed meat can cause colorectal cancer, and eating red meat ‘probably’ can cause cancer, the World Health Organization’s cancer agency reported Monday. Kurt Straif of the International Agency for Cancer Research said the risk of developing colorectal cancer from eating processed meat remains small but rises with the amount consumed. Consuming red meat was linked to colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer, but the link was not as strong, the IARC report said. ‘In view of the large number of people who consume processed meat, the global impact on cancer incidence is of public health importance,’ Straif said.” (10/26/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/10/26/experts-processed-meats-can-cause-cancer/74615390

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7) South Africa: Student protests rattle ANC
Source: Moneyweb [South Africa]

“South African university students accomplished in 10 days what opposition parties failed to do since the first all-race elections in 1994: successfully challenge the might of the ruling African National Congress. President Jacob Zuma bowed to demands on Friday that tuition costs be capped at current levels after the biggest student protests since the end of apartheid sparked running battles between demonstrators and riot police outside Parliament in Cape Town and the government head offices in Pretoria, the capital. The concession hasn’t completely quelled the unrest. Several campuses remained shut this week, with some students demanding that fees be scrapped altogether.” (10/27/15)

http://www.moneyweb.co.za/news-fast-news/student-protests-rattle-anc/

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8) Trump says his father gave him a “small” $1 million loan
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“How about some humility, Donald Trump? At a rare town hall event Monday for a man who goes for big rallies, some potential voters wanted to see a common touch from the tower-building billionaire in his quest for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He said in reply that he ate at McDonald’s on Sunday, often drives himself and got started in business with a ‘small loan’ of $1 million from his dad. The event, a televised town hall broadcast live on the “Today” show, brought together about 125 registered voters in a country club ballroom. The intimate environment was a rarity for the GOP front-runner, who has generally eschewed small events in favor of rallies drawing thousands of rowdy and loyal backers.” (10/26/15)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-says-his-father-gave-him-a-small-1-6590868.php

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9) US Navy to sail near reefs claimed by China
Source: Tulsa World

“The U.S. Navy is preparing to sail a warship near artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea in a long-anticipated challenge to what it considers Beijing’s ‘excessive claim’ of sovereignty in those waters, two U.S. officials said Monday. The officials said the White House approved the movement by the USS Lassen, a guided missile destroyer, around the Spratly Islands archipelago, a disputed group of hundreds of reefs, islets, atolls and islands in the South China.” (10/26/15)

http://www.tulsaworld.com/ap/washington/us-navy-to-sail-near-reefs-claimed-by-china/article_45d4d452-8a57-5488-9c2d-38fb8a0ebfb0.html

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10) Nigerian rights chief: Prosecute political killers
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Nigeria’s human rights chief on Monday demanded that the government prosecute those responsible for the killings of at least 97 people in election-related violence this year in southern Rivers State. The chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, said in a Twitter message that the killers belong in jail and Nigeria should end impunity for political violence.” (10/26/15)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/nigerian-rights-chief-prosecute-political-killers/article_97ffe253-15d0-525f-9743-4fa16532edd3.html

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11) Haiti faces long wait for results of presidential election
Source: ABC News

“Haiti’s voters have spoken. But nobody’s quite sure what they’ve said. Even tentative results of Sunday’s presidential election likely won’t be known for at least 10 days, despite the fact that the election, which involved 54 presidential candidates and tens of thousands of contenders for other races, went unusually smoothly.” (10/26/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/haiti-faces-long-wait-results-presidential-election-34726623

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12) Three US workers convicted in plot to sell electronics to Russia
Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Three former employees of a Texas company were convicted Monday of taking part in a scheme to illegally export microprocessors and other technology to Russia. Alexander Posobilov, Shavkat Abdullaev and Anastasia Diatlova were convicted in federal court in Brooklyn after a monthlong trial.” (10/26/15)

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20151026/APA/310269660

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13) Guatemala: Morales wins presidential runoff
Source: ABC News

“Now that former comedian Jimmy Morales has ridden a tide of voter frustration to win Guatemala’s presidency, it remained unclear Monday about what political neophyte might do once in office. So far he’s given few clues, beyond hinting at reviving a dormant border dispute with neighboring Belize, or attaching GPS locating devices to teachers to ensure they’re in class.” (10/26/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/tv-comic-jimmy-morales-wins-guatemala-presidential-runoff-34726790

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14) Mysterious space junk will plunge to Earth in November
Source: Scientific American

“Researchers call it sheer coincidence that a newly discovered piece of space junk is officially designated WT1190F. But the letters in the name, which form the acronym for an unprintable expression of bafflement, are an appropriate fit for an object that is as mysterious as it is unprecedented. Scientists have worked out that WT1190F will plunge to Earth from above the Indian Ocean on November 13, making it one of the very few space objects whose impact can be accurately predicted. More unusual still, WT1190F was a ‘lost’ piece of space debris orbiting far beyond the Moon, ignored and unidentified, before being glimpsed by a telescope in early October.” (10/26/15)

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mysterious-space-junk-will-plunge-to-earth-in-november/

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15) Saudi Arabia: At least one dead in attack on mosque
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“At least one person has been killed and a dozen others injured in a bomb attack in Saudi Arabia, state television says. The bomb exploded at a mosque in the southern city of Najran, near the border with Yemen. Unconfirmed reports said it was a suicide attack and suggested that the number of dead might be higher. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Sunni militants from Islamic State (IS) have bombed several Saudi mosques this year.” (10/26/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34640313

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16) Former adviser sentenced to 2.5 years in $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme
Source: ABC News

“A former investment adviser became the latest participant in disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme to head to prison when a judge sentenced him Monday to 2.5 years behind bars. Michael Szafranski, 37, got less than the five-year maximum because of his cooperation with prosecutors against others in the scam. Szafranski, who now runs an auto transmission repair shop, also repaid victim investors $6.5 million, his lawyer said in court papers.” [editor’s note: If a regular Joe was convicted of a conspiratorial role in, say, an armored car job that netted $1.2 billion, even assuming it was a non-violent heist, would he get off with a mere 2.5 years? Why do “white collar” thieves get special treatment? – TLK] (10/26/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/sentencing-investment-adviser-12b-ponzi-scheme-34733217

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17) Ukraine and occupied territories: Local elections show split
Source: Washington Post

“Four exit polls from Ukraine’s local elections released Monday indicated the governing coalition would retain its dominant position in the west and center of the country despite widespread disappointment with the government of President Petro Poroshenko. In the south and east [i.e. in occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics], voters favored the Opposition Bloc, formed from the remnants of the party of the former pro-Russia president, who was overthrown in early 2014 after months of street protests. … Sunday’s elections were held nationwide, except for parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk [People’s Republics not occupied by Ukrainian troops]. In eastern areas recaptured by government forces, former separatists ran for office as candidates from the Opposition Bloc.” (10/26/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/exit-polls-in-ukraine-local-elections-show-east-west-split/2015/10/26/aeba6b04-7bd3-11e5-bfb6-65300a5ff562_story.html

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18) Tanzanian: Opposition says 40 volunteers arrested after election
Source: Reuters

“Tanzania’s opposition Chadema party said on Monday police had detained 40 of its volunteers after a combined presidential and parliamentary election at the weekend, in an incident marring an otherwise broadly peaceful voting process. Another opposition party, the Civic United Front, said police fired teargas at a crowd of supporters celebrating what the party said was its victory in Sunday’s race on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar. Official results are not expected out until later this week. Partial results on Monday could show the direction of voting following the most hotly contested race after more than five decades of rule by the CCM party.” (10/26/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/26/us-tanzania-election-idUSKCN0SK1BR20151026

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19) US politicians’ debt: Lew cranks up waaaaaaaaambulance
Source: CNBC

“Congress risks ‘manufacturing crisis’ by prevaricating over raising the debt ceiling, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in an opinion piece Monday in USA Today. Unless the cap is raised beyond the current limit of $18.1 trillion, the Treasury is seen running out of money to pay bills in full and on time by Tuesday next week. It would then be left with only incoming taxes and fees to cover expenses, which will be insufficient. … Since 1960, Congress has acted 78 times to raise the debt cap or revise the definition of the debt limit — 49 times under Republican presidents and 29 times under Democratic presidents, according to the Treasury’s website.” [editor’s note: Somewhere I hear the world’s smallest violin playing a sad tune for those who say it’s “insufficient” that the politicians might only be able to spend what they steal from us, instead of borrowing against their promises to steal MORE from us in the future – TLK] (10/26/15)

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/10/26/lew-raise-debt-ceiling-to-avoid-terrible-accident.html

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20) Bangladesh: Police arrest four over killing of Italian man
Source: CNN

“Police in Bangladesh say they have arrested four men in connection with the deadly shooting of an Italian aid worker on the streets of the country’s capital. ISIS claimed responsibility for killing Cesare Tavella last month, but the city’s Police Commissioner, Muntashirul Islam, said Monday that none of the arrested men were believed to have any ties to the Islamic militant group. The motive he outlined for the attack on Tavella, who was gunned down as he was jogging home from a swimming pool, is nonetheless disturbing for overseas citizens living in Bangladesh. Islam described the four suspects, all Bangladeshi citizens, as contract killers who were hired by a person they refer to as ‘Big Brother’ to kill a foreigner, preferably with ‘white skin.'” (10/26/15)

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/26/asia/bangladesh-italian-killing-arrests/

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

21) Against the doomsayers
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Jason Kuznicki

“I am always fascinated at how many people seem to cultivate predictions of disaster. One reason I find it so interesting is that I don’t habitually expect the end of America, or civilization, or life as we know it. I don’t expect that things will get dramatically worse at all. I expect that they will probably continue more or less as they have been. Uniformitarianism isn’t always right, but it’s a good first guess, and a hard presumption to overcome. Or at least it should be.” (10/26/15)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/against-doomsayers

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22) Crowdsourcing: The best defense
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L. Knapp

“Sometimes unfortunate events spark good ideas. Ask restaurateur Art Bouvier. After his Cajun eatery, Papa Roux, fell victim to an allegedly armed robber, he decided to offer a 25% discount to customers who show their concealed carry permits. … Smart guy. Many restaurants and other ‘open to the public’ establishments have taken, in recent years, to asking or even demanding that their customers go unarmed and defenseless. While it’s a property owner’s right to decide the rules for his property, business owners who truly care about their customers’ safety shouldn’t announce policies that amount, in effect, to ‘come on, hoodlums, do as you like — no one to stop you here.'” (10/26/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3403

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23) The debt ceiling: A primer
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Let’s assume, for simplicity’s sake, that after everyone has paid his taxes, the government’s total tax revenue is $1 million. Let’s also assume that total government expenditures total are also $1 million. That means that all the entire $1 million in tax revenues will be spent — to cover such things as salaries for employees, welfare payments, bomb purchases, and the like. That is what we call a ‘balanced budget,’ one in which the government’s tax revenues equal to the government’s expenditures. Notice something important here: Even though the government is spending the same amount that it is bringing in with taxes doesn’t necessarily mean that what the government is doing is good, moral, or sound.” (10/26/15)

http://fff.org/2015/10/26/the-debt-ceiling-a-primer/

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24) FDA doing its part to protect tobacco companies
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“With the number of restrictions placed on cigarettes as well as the general attitude the State seems to have towards them you would think it would give tremendous support to anything that helped people stop smoking. But those restrictions aren’t in place to stop people from smoking but to protect cigarette companies from competition. Electronic cigarettes have become very popular in the last few years, especially with people who want to stop smoking. In fact I would argue that electronic cigarettes have done more shake the cigarette industry than any government regulation. It is this effectiveness that has likely encouraged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to write up regulations that will effectively destroy a majority of electronic cigarette sellers …” (10/26/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/10/26/fda-doing-its-part-to-protect-tobacco-companies/

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25) Stephen Hawking doesn’t understand economics
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Stewart Dompe

“Stephen Hawking, the University of Cambridge physicist and bestselling science writer, says that technology is driving an ‘ever-increasing inequality.’ He is a brilliant polymath, but he doesn’t understand economics.” (10/26/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/stephen-hawking-doesn-t-understand-economics/

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26) Jeb Bush’s terrible timing
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“It’s not easy being Jeb. Or it least it hasn’t been easy this year, when the family scion finally made his run for the presidency, set everything in place to glide to the Republican nomination, and now finds himself spiraling downward toward an ignominious end to his campaign. It’s far from over, of course–we’re still three months away from the first votes being cast, and as Bush partisans will rush to tell you, eight years ago John McCain’s campaign came back from near-death and he won the nomination. But unless something changes radically, the fizzling of Jeb! ’16 will be the most remarkable presidential campaign failure since Ed Muskie blundered away the nomination everyone thought was his in 1968.” (10/25/15)

http://prospect.org/article/jeb-bushs-terrible-timing

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27) America the failed experiment: “I don’t think that’s a word” and other general folly
Source: Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III

“Did you know that America has the smallest constitution of any other tax-farm on Earth? It was, of course, ostensibly designed to produce the most limited and least intrusive State in all of history. Yet, the American State is now the largest empire to ever exist in all the time humans have walked the world, with the hugest, most destructive military bar none. In fact, the American government has more laws, more prisoners, and more debt than any other, now or ever.” (10/26/15)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/america-failed-experiment-i-dont-think-thats-word-and-other-general-folly

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28) What’s right with the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
Source: The Cobden Center
by Colin Lloyd

“With some exceptions — mostly in agriculture — the TPP aims to remove tariff barriers for goods and services. It will also address some ‘access’ issues in areas such as competition policy, direct investment, labour and environmental standards. Japan and the US will be the principal beneficiaries of the TPP (64% of GDP gains) but it has been estimated that the agreement could boost real incomes of member countries by $285bln by 2025, with exports increasing by $440 billion (+7%) assuming full-adoption.” (10/26/15)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/10/whats-right-with-the-trans-pacific-partnership/

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29) A Bill of Rights that puts workers above corporations
Source: In These Times
by Simon Davis-Cohen

“Ralph knows firsthand that non-unionized workers lack basic rights. Last year he got a text from his boss while at a cancer clinic in Spokane, Wash. After receiving chemotherapy treatment, Ralph learned he was being terminated from his job in the produce transportation industry — a decision his employer had no legal obligation to justify. According to Ralph, he was fired for ‘insubordination’ after he began to question the business’s finances. Now, he’s been forced to take a minimum-wage job and file for bankruptcy, and could lose his home. ‘I will not recover from this in my lifetime,’ Ralph tells In These Times. ‘Tell me where the justice is in that.’ (Ralph wished to remain pseudononymous because he is exploring filing a suit against his former employer, though lawyers have told him that he probably does not have a viable case.)” (10/26/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18500/a-bill-of-rights-for-workers

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30) Vaccines for pregnancy — pro and con — the battle for humanity’s future
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton and MamaLiberty

“Can the vaccine be reversed? Or could it be administered orally? What next? Look now at humans: can this vaccine be mixed with others? Could, for example, a DPT or a new ‘swine flu’ or ‘bird flu’ vaccine also contain the vaccine against GnRH and in essence permanently sterilize infants? And who would know until, suddenly, there were no pregnancies? Mama Liberty thinks that might not be possible, but she raises a LOT of other issues that bear on the impact of this vaccine.” (10/25/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8035

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31) Still torture after all these years
Source: CounterPunch
by John LaForge

“Thomas Buergenthal, 81, was a judge for the International Criminal Court (ICC) for 10 years. Last July he said the architects of systematic torture in the G.W. Bush Administration, Dick Cheney in particular, will eventually be prosecuted. Last year, President Obama also stated, ‘we tortured some folks,’which is an admission to both a federal crime under the Federal Torture Act and a violation of the UN Convention against Torture.” (10/26/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/26/still-torture-after-all-these-years/

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32) What do Hillary’s emails reveal about the creation of the Islamic State?
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Indeed, the US actions in Iraq as part of the Global War on Terror did create the destabilizing conditions that led to the rise of The Islamic State. Now, President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and nearly every major party presidential hopeful are talking about ways to deal with The Islamic State. As can be seen with the recent refugee crisis, more military action will only cause more problems.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/25/15)

http://fpp.cc/what-do-hillarys-emails-reveal-about-the-creation-of-the-islamic-state/

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33) As the seas rise
Source: The New Republic
by Elizabeth Rush

“Seen from the air, the five streets that make up Oakwood Beach, New York look out of place — they are nothing more than a few spindly fingers of soil surrounded by flat estuarine wetlands. Three miles inland is Todt Hill, which, at 410 feet above sea level, is the highest point on the eastern seaboard south of Maine. Twenty-two thousand years ago, when the massive Wisconsin Ice Sheet (which covered much of New England and all New York City in mile-thick ice) retreated, it left behind certain identifiable characteristics: a long ridge of high land, known as a terminal moraine, that stretches from the southern end of Staten Island, through Brooklyn and Queens, and out the length of Long Island. But just as glaciers can build mountains so too can they level them. As the ice sheet pulled back, much of the land close to the water subsided, creating hundreds of miles of marshes and swamps like those that surround Oakwood Beach. In other words: The slow withdrawal of the most recent ice age left much of the United States’ eastern seaboard vulnerable to sea level rise.” (10/26/15)

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/123182/managing-retreat-along-new-york-citys-coasts

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34) Free market welfare: The case for a negative income tax
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Michael Story

“This paper will make the case that if any type of poverty spending is necessary, it should be the one which can provide the simplest, clearest system which places an emphasis on incentives, freedom and choice: A Negative Income Tax.” [PDF] (10/26/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/NIT_WEB.pdf

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35) South Dakota deja vu
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“We’ve followed the incredible case of Dr. Annette Bosworth extensively this year. She was convicted of twelve felony counts of petition fraud for circulating petitions that were signed at her medical office by patients (and her sister), while the doctor was in the Philippines on a medical mercy mission. … Today, in a Pierre courtroom, Annette’s husband, Chad Haber, will be arraigned on felony charges for signing as the circulator on a petition with two signatures affixed when he was with his wife on that medical trip.” (10/26/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/10/26/south-dakota-deja-vu/

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36) Saving our ignocratic republic
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“If a nation has a constitution, and nobody reads it or follows it, does it matter? America was designed as a constitutional republic. The powers that the federal government enjoys were delegated to it by the people via the Constitution, which describes what powers the government has, how those powers are divided among the three branches and what powers the federal government doesn’t possess. The Constitution speaks to courts, but also to officials and to voters. But what if voters don’t know what the Constitution says? A recent survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni found that college graduates are shockingly ignorant about the Constitution.” [editor’s note: Ignocracy sounds a little better than Idiocracy, but the results are quite similar – SAT] (10/26/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/10/26/election-2016-voters-constitution-ignorance-column/74588286

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37) Does Obama deserve credit for the NDAA veto?
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka and Perry Willis

“The media, doing their normal work as stenographers for the establishment, will tell you … President Obama vetoed the latest National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in order to meet budgetary limits. In other words, the media will try to convince you Obama is being frugal. The Republicans, on the other hand, want you to believe Obama’s veto endangers our troops during a time of war. These are both comic book depictions of the truth.” (10/26/15)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/does-obama-deserve-credit-for-the-ndaa-veto

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38) Did Arne Duncan just surrender on standardized testing?
Source: Our Future Blog
by Bernie Horn

“Days ago, the U.S. Department of Education announced a dramatic policy shift on standardized testing of public school students. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, echoed by President Obama, admitted that a Council of the Great City Schools study was right–there is too much reliance on standardized testing, hurting schoolchildren, teachers and administrators. The Education Department, therefore, published a Testing Action Planwhich they claim will help states and school districts to roll back over-testing, at least to some extent. This about-face is astonishing because Arne Duncan is substantially responsible for our schools’ overreliance on standardized tests. He made evaluating teachers by student test scores a condition of both federal Race to Top funding and his Department’s waivers from No Child Left Behind (NCLB). And it was Duncan who forced states to add standardized tests in subjects like social studies, science, languages, and even physical education.” (10/26/15)

https://ourfuture.org/20151026/did-arne-duncan-just-surrender-on-standardized-testing

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39) High-deductible health insurance crushes health spending
Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

“I don’t think this research demands a do-over for high-deductible health plans at all. First, it is not clear that all the wasted health spending in the United States is incurred by healthy people. Sick people get plenty of unnecessary care, too. (Just look at the spate of stories on how much ‘heroic’ care is delivered to very elderly people near the end of their lives.) The dogma that all preventive care is valuable is untrue. What is very impressive about the NBER study is its finding that even patients who spend through the deductible reduce their spending under the deductible. Sure, they likely do not perfectly anticipate their risk of blowing through the deductible. Nevertheless, this is a powerful result.” (10/26/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/10/26/high-deductible-health-insurance-crushes-health-spending/

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40) Blair apologize now
Source: The Cagle Post
by Emad Hajjaj

Cartoon. (10/26/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/10/blair-apologize-now/

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41) Germaine Greer is right: Opinions aren’t harmful
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“It’s remarkable how flippantly the language of violence is used to describe, and denounce, the expression of an idea. ‘Dangerous,’ ‘violence’ — you’d think Greer was planning to turn up with a machete rather than just her musings. The students accuse her of enforcing ‘discrimination against transgender people.’ But Greer isn’t a king or lawmaker. She has no power to prevent trans people from going to university or getting jobs. If her comments make you feel so bad that you flee university and curl up in bed, that’s your fault: you’re discriminating against yourself, by judging yourself incapable of hearing critical comments. Greer’s ideas might rattle and stir, or convince some people that trans women aren’t real women. But they don’t wound or discriminate. Her opinion is not a prohibition.” (10/26/15)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/17569

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42) The Fed can’t raise rates, but must pretend it will
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thorsten Polleit

“Waiting for Godot is a play written by the Irish novelist Samuel B. Beckett in the late 1940s in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, keep waiting endlessly and in vain for the coming of someone named Godot. The storyline bears some resemblance to the Federal Reserve’s talk about raising interest rates.” (10/26/15)

https://mises.org/library/fed-can%E2%80%99t-raise-rates-must-pretend-it-will

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43) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 10/24/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Carlos Morales. Herein we discussed his experience working for Child Protective Services, why people call CPS, perverse incentive of ‘government,’ Communist utopia, Adoptions and Safe Families Act of 1997, legality does not equal morality, his book ‘Legally Kidnapped,’ Planned Parenthood, Eugenics, Bernie Sanders, life of a whistleblower, Libertarian Atheist Podcast, dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rand Paul hypocrisy and more!” [MP3] (10/24/15)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/carlos-morales-voluntaryist-anarchist-child-protective-services-whistleblower/

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44) The perils of state surveillance
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“I was a techno-pessimist in the mid-1990s. I thought that, in spite of many collateral advantages, the IT revolution would enable states to gather and use vast amounts of information, and that this would be used to enslave us.” [text and Flash audio] (10/25/15)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2015/10/25/the-perils-of-state-surveillance-by-sean-gabb/

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45) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/26/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD, Jim Jesus, and Nick Hazelton yak across the lightyears about Chris Crisco, diamond cartels, and hippie shoes.” [various formats] (10/26/15)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/2015/10/26/if-you-love-it-put-a-yak-under-it-freedom-feens-radio/

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46) The great debaters
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“I feel that I should say something about the presidential debates. I don’t want to do it. Probably you don’t want to read it. But it’s as inevitable as someone going to a wake and saying, ‘Doesn’t he look natural?’ ‘Natural,’ of course, would not be the right word for our current debaters. Most of them look deranged, and their talk confirms the impression.” (10/24/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1474

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47) The Pentagon’s missionary spies
Source: The Intercept
by Matthew Cole

“On May 10, 2007, in the East Room of the White House, President George W. Bush presided over a ceremony honoring the nation’s most accomplished community service leaders. Among those collecting a President’s Volunteer Service Award that afternoon was Kay Hiramine, the Colorado-based founder of a multimillion-dollar humanitarian organization. … as the evangelical Christian Hiramine crossed the stage to shake hands with President Bush and receive his award, he was hiding a key fact from those in attendance: He was a Pentagon spy whose NGO was funded through a highly classified Defense Department program.” (10/26/15)

https://theintercept.com/2015/10/26/pentagon-missionary-spies-christian-ngo-front-for-north-korea-espionage/

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48) What I didn’t get to say to Mark Krikorian
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“If you haven’t heard of John Tanton, you should: He’s the intellectual entrepreneur behind most of America’s major anti-immigration organizations. This morning I spoke before one of Tanton’s brain children, US Inc., for their annual Social Contract Writers Workshop. As expected, the audience was polite, with little of the vitriol that so sullies cyberspace. I once again shared a panel with Mike Gonzalez from Heritage and Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies. Q&A was brief, but I had time to chat with the audience after the session. Still, I left with a great deal unsaid, which I’ll now share — starting with what I didn’t get to tell Mark Krikorian.” (10/26/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/10/what_i_didnt_ge.html

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49) The Tom Woods Show, 10/26/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Some voices in the libertarian world have argued that a basic income guarantee for everyone would be better than the current welfare state from a pragmatic point of view. Matt Zwolinski adds that it is morally required, given the dubious origins of so many existing property titles. Result: an engaging exchange of ideas I know you’ll enjoy. But be sure to listen all the way to the end, since that’s where the best parts can be found.” [various formats] (10/26/15)

http://tomwoodsshow.libsyn.com/ep-519-debatediscussion-should-libertarians-support-a-basic-income-guarantee

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50) Constitution 101: Executive power
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Article II of the Constitution defines the role and qualifications of the president. As it does for Congress, the Constitution delegates specific powers and responsibilities to the executive branch — the power of appointment, the power to make treaties with the advice and consent of Congress, veto power, etc. These specific powers are relatively clear and unambiguous. But a question remains: does the president enjoy other non-specified powers as chief executive. The so-called vesting clause leaves this question up for debate.” (10/25/15)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/10/25/constitution-101-executive-power/

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51) Americans reject Clinton on gun control
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Scott McPherson

“Rallying her base — and putting her enemies on notice — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton told a debate audience in Las Vegas that the country must ‘stand up against the NRA’ and push for more gun-control laws. It may have worked. Polls show that with Democrats, Clinton is up. But Clinton and the Democrats do not have the support of the American people on this issue, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.” (10/26/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/americans-reject-clinton-on-gun-control/

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52) The New York Times exposes the futile stupidity of banning online sports betting
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“If American customers of Pinnacle Sports are finding that the gambling website’s pages take longer to load than usual, they can probably thank The New York Times. The paper’s investigation of how Pinnacle communicates with sports bettors in the United States seems to have caused a sudden, inefficient shift in the website’s traffic from American to European servers. Officially, Pinnacle has no American customers, since online sports betting is illegal in the United States — unlike in Curacao, the Caribbean island where Pinnacle is based, or in the various European countries that the company openly serves. But as a Times reporter discovered after consulting with Bet-IBC, an agent of Pinnacle Sports, Americans can get around Pinnacle’s policy against accepting bets from people in the U.S. by using a VPN service to disguise their locations and wiring money to a jurisdiction where sports betting is legal …” (10/26/15)

https://reason.com/blog/2015/10/26/the-new-york-times-exposes-the-futile-st

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53) Why do I waste time arguing with unreasonable people online?
Source: Ideas
by David Friedman

“My son just put the question to me (I was commenting on Facebook at the time), and I thought some here might be interested in my answers …” (10/25/15)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2015/10/why-do-i-waste-time-arguing-with.html

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54) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 10/25/15
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Jonathan Richman is the God-King of Rock and Roll; Thanks For Asking! (hate/racist speech; African/Libyan refugees to Florida or Idaho?; Taleeb Starkes vs. Augustus Sol Invictus, and a brief rant against Roger Stone); my favorite Playboy nekkid pictures, as if you wanted to know; Garrison Center update and so forth.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/25/15)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-knpp-stir-podcast-102515.html

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55) Helping you swallow
Source: Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

“The current human population of Earth is 7,376,324,000 and going up. The Georgia Guidestones put a maximum limit of 500,000,000 as JOB 1. Whoever put them up is calling for the murder of 6,876,324,000+ people. If you or I openly, seriously advocate murdering ONE person, they lock us up. Someone is advocating the murder of almost 7 billion people — and not in a subtle, hard-to-track way. They etched it in granite, 20 feet high, weighing 120 TONS, and maintain a park around it!” (10/25/15)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2015/10/25/helping-you-swallow/

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