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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,314
Friday, October 30th, 2015
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In the News:

1) EU lawmakers ask member states to protect Edward Snowden
2) US court will not halt illegal NSA phone spy program before official ban
3) Iraq: Rockets near Baghdad airport kill soldiers, Iranian refugees
4) Syria: US sticks to demand Assad leave power at first peace talks to include Iran
5) UK: Transgender woman to appeal against all-male prison sentence
6) TN: Officials rally behind VW after state plans reaffirmed
7) White House advisers call for greater accountability, safety at biolabs
8) Hobby Lobby probed for alleged black market biblical items
9) US economic growth slowed to 1.5% in third quarter
10) Tanzania: Ruling party wins presidency, opposition challenges vote
11) UK: Police use “anti-terror” laws as excuse to steal reporter’s laptop
12) Ryan elected House Speaker
13) West Bank: Israeli troops kill two after alleged stabbings
14) Saudi blogger, political prisoner wins Sakharov Prize
15) China: Regime abandons one-child rule as population ages, men out number women

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) The revolt against “democracy”
17) The Earned Income Tax Credit: Small benefits, large costs
18) Fear of The Walking Dead: The American police state takes aim
19) Gandhi the anarchist
20) The grand illusions of the Republican Party
21) What did Rubio actually say?
22) Inside the secretive world of US Special Ops
23) 55-45 politics in a 50-50 [sic] country
24) Give bankers skin in the game
25) When bank workers Occupy the banks
26) The COIN racket and government supremacism
27) Heartland Daily Podcast, 10/29/15
28) Runaway blimp
29) Libertarians can’t believe in closed borders
30) A depression that should not be forgotten
31) The Tom Woods Show, 10/29/15
32) For Mr. Chakrabortty: Why we saved banking and aren’t saving steel
33) The world without Marx
34) Leave me and my Coco Pops alone
35) Why protectionism
36) Liability hammer comes down on Google, but hits users
37) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 10/29/15
38) Today’s war against deflation will make us poorer
39) Ben Carson is a creationist. So?
40) Do Indian lives matter? Police violence against Native Americans
41) The Syrian civil war: What?
42) Why the drug war has been a forty-year lynching
43) Last night’s GOP presidential debate cracked me up
44) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/29/15
45) There’s no escaping competition

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

1) EU lawmakers ask member states to protect Edward Snowden
Source: USA Today

“The European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday urging European Union nations to protect former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden from extradition to the U.S., calling him an ‘international human rights defender.’ The resolution, barely gaining approval by a 285-281 vote, was a symbolic nod to Snowden and snub to the Obama administration. … The resolution calls on EU member states to ‘drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender.'” (10/29/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/10/29/eu-parliament-calls-snowden-human-rights-defender/74797138/

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2) US court will not halt illegal NSA phone spy program before official ban
Source: Jamestown Sun

“A U.S. appeals court on Thursday refused to immediately halt the government’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records during a ‘transition’ period to a new federal scheme that bans the controversial anti-terrorism surveillance. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said it would not disturb Congress’ decision to provide a 180-day period for an ‘orderly transition’ to a new, targeted surveillance system from the sweeping National Security Agency program that the court found illegal on May 7.” (10/29/15)

http://www.jamestownsun.com/news/nation-and-world/3871468-us-court-will-not-halt-nsa-phone-spy-program-ban

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3) Iraq: Rockets near Baghdad airport kill soldiers, Iranian refugees
Source: ABC News

“A barrage of rockets slammed late Thursday into a former military base near the Baghdad International Airport that houses an Iranian refugee group, killing three Iraqi soldiers, officials said. The Iranian exiles said at least 20 of their people died in the attack. Iraqi police said 16 rockets hit Camp Liberty, a former U.S. base that now houses the exiled Iranian opposition group known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq.” [editor’s note: The MEK, also known as the Rajavi cult, used to be classified as a “terrorist organization;” then for some reason they became “our” (the US’s) terrorist organization – TLK] (10/29/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iraqi-official-rockets-hit-base-baghdad-airport-34830315

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4) Syria: US sticks to demand Assad leave power at first peace talks to include Iran
Source: Reuters

“Washington stuck to its demand on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leave power, ahead of peace talks which will include Assad’s main ally Iran for the first time, reflecting his stronger position since Russia joined the war on his side. Throughout four years of war that has killed 250,000 people and driven more than 10 million from their homes, Assad’s main ally Tehran was locked out of a succession of international peace conferences, all of which ended in failure.” [editor’s note: How about a quid pro quo? Syria’s regime goes, and in return so does the US regime. Sounds like a win-win deal to me … – TLK] (10/29/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/29/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks-idUSKCN0SN1SS20151029

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5) UK: Transgender woman to appeal against all-male prison sentence
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A transgender woman placed in a men’s prison, sparking a wave of criticism, is to appeal against her sentence. Tara Hudson, 26, from Bath, was jailed at the all-male HMP Bristol for 12 weeks after admitting assault. Her supporters claim it has placed her in danger of sexual violence and more than 110,000 people have signed a petition calling for her to be moved. Her appeal will be heard on Friday. Hudson’s mother said she was being sexually harassed by other prisoners. Jackie Brooklyn said her daughter was ‘constantly’ having sexual taunts shouted at her in the jail.” [editor’s note: This would seem a no-brainer, since she has not only determined her gender but undergone the surgeries to affirm it, and now “sexual taunts” might be the least of her worries in a jail cell – SAT] (10/29/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-34670343

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6) TN: Officials rally behind VW after state plans reaffirmed
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A legislative hearing called by a leading Volkswagen critic just days after news of a diesel emissions cheating scheme broke last month turned into more of a pep rally than a grilling in the city that is home to the German automaker’s lone U.S. plant on Thursday. A top Republican in the state House said he expects the scandal will turn out to be a ‘small bump in the road’; a former governor said critics were doing a disservice to more than 3,000 workers at the plant; and the state’s economic development chief went to a nearby dealership to put a $5,000 deposit on a new SUV to be made at the factory next year. Volkswagen earlier in the day announced an official decision to stick with its lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga (including production of the new midsized SUV next year), despite the uncertainty caused by its emissions scandal.” (10/29/15)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Tenn-officials-rally-behind-VW-after-state-plans-6599198.php

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7) White House advisers call for greater accountability, safety at biolabs
Source: USA Today

“In response to high profile incidents at labs working with dangerous bioterror pathogens, White House science advisers on Thursday issued a series of recommendations to improve safety and set deadlines to ensure they happen. The memo and its attachments, which are 187 pages long, were issued by Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, and John Holdren, assistant to the president for science and technology. ‘The recommendations highlight several key principles for the national biosafety and biosecurity system, including: Transparency, swift incident reporting and accountability to the public, and material stewardship that includes strong inventory management and control measures,’ Monaco and Holdren said in a blog posting Thursday afternoon.” (10/29/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/10/29/white-house-memo-lab-safety-select-agents/74695652

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8) Hobby Lobby probed for alleged black market biblical items
Source: Fox News

“As the world’s foremost collector of rare biblical artifacts, Steven Green may have made a deal with the devil — helping to preserve Iraq’s disappearing Christian heritage by allegedly buying black market items plundered by the Islamic State. Green, whose family-owned Hobby Lobby company clashed bitterly with the Obama administration over federal health care laws that required it to cover reproductive services, is being investigated by Customs & Border Protection reportedly for attempting to smuggle as many as 300 age-old cuneiform tablets from Iraq into the U.S. via Israel, labeling them ’tiles.’ It was not clear if the probe centers on Green, the company, or both, but the shipment was reportedly addressed to Hobby Lobby headquarters in Oklahoma City.” (10/29/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/10/29/obama-nemesis-hobby-lobby-probed-for-allegedly-buying-black-market-biblical.html

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9) US economic growth slowed to 1.5% in third quarter
Source: Salt Lake Tribune

“The U.S. economy slowed sharply in the summer, reflecting a cutback in businesses’ stockpiling of goods, which offset solid consumer spending. But most economists think growth has been strengthening since the July-September quarter ended. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a tepid annual rate of 1.5 percent in the July-September quarter, far below the 3.9 percent rate of the previous quarter.” (10/29/15)

http://www.sltrib.com/home/3114857-155/us-economic-growth-slowed-to-15

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10) Tanzania: Ruling party wins presidency, opposition challenges vote
Source: Reuters

“Tanzania’s ruling party candidate, John Magufuli, was declared winner on Thursday of a presidential election, after the national electoral body dismissed opposition complaints about the process and a demand for a recount. The election has been the most hotly contested race in the more than half a century of rule by the Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party, which fielded Magufuli, 56, a minister for public works. … Adding to tensions, a vote for the president of the semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago, traditionally a hotbed of opposition to central government, was annulled on Wednesday by the local election commission there, citing violations. The opposition on the island said it had won that vote and said the annulment was a ploy by CCM to avoid conceding defeat.” (10/29/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/29/us-tanzania-election-idUSKCN0SN1E320151029

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11) UK: Police use “anti-terror” laws as excuse to steal reporter’s laptop
Source: Politico

“British journalists have raised concerns about freedom of speech after it emerged that a BBC reporter’s laptop was seized under anti-terror laws. Secunder Kermani, a journalist for Newsnight, the BBC’s main nightly current affairs show, has reported extensively on British-born jihadis, including interviewing fighters from Islamic State. He was forced to hand over his communications with a British Islamic State member in Syria who had featured in Newsnight reports after an unidentified U.K. police force obtained a court order, the BBC said in a statement.” (10/29/15)

http://www.politico.eu/article/uk-police-use-anti-terror-rules-to-seize-kermani-newsnight-reporter-laptop/

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12) Ryan elected House Speaker
Source: CNN

“Rep. Paul Ryan has officially been elected as the 54th Speaker of the House after he got the votes of 236 members by the full House of Representatives. The vote was largely a formality after House Republicans nominated him for the position on Wednesday.” (10/29/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/29/politics/paul-ryan-house-speaker-vote/

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13) West Bank: Israeli troops kill two after alleged stabbings
Source: Fox News

“Israeli forces on Thursday shot and killed two Palestinians, including one who stabbed a soldier, Israeli authorities said, the latest in a string of clashes in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. In recent days, Hebron has become a focus of clashes following six weeks of Israeli-Palestinian violence. The city, where several hundred nationalist Israeli settlers live in fortified enclaves amid tens of thousands of Palestinians, is a frequent flashpoint of unrest. In the latest violence, police said a 23-year-old Palestinian man stabbed a soldier in the head, wounding him lightly, and then attempted to stab another security officer before forces shot and killed him. … Later, forces shot and killed another Palestinian who the military said attempted to stab an Israeli soldier. But a Palestinian witness at the scene, community activist Issa Amro, challenged the Israeli account, saying he had not seen a knife.” (10/29/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/29/israeli-military-says-forces-shoot-palestinian-attacker-after-stabs-soldier-in/

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14) Saudi blogger, political prisoner wins Sakharov Prize
Source: United Press International

“A Saudi Arabian blogger who was imprisoned and flogged publicly for criticizing the country’s religious establishment has been awarded the European Union’s top human rights award. Raif Badawi, 31, was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Thursday. He was arrested in 2012 and charged with apostasy, cybercrime and disobeying his father for starting a website where he criticized Saudi Arabia’s strict Islamic religious establishment. Badawi was sentenced in 2013 to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. In 2014, he was resentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes.” (10/29/15)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/10/29/Jailed-Saudi-blogger-sentenced-to-flogging-gets-human-rights-prize/6331446121930/

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15) China: Regime abandons one-child rule as population ages, men out number women
Source: Time

“It was the world’s most ambitious social-engineering project — and one of the most controversial. But on Oct. 29, after more than three decades, China finally ended its one-child family planning policy, allowing all Chinese couples to have two children, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. … in recent years, the one-child policy has come under criticism, even at home, both for the human-rights abuses that were inflicted in its name (such as forced abortions) and for the unnatural way in which it has shaped China’s population.” (10/29/15)

http://time.com/4092453/china-one-child-rule/

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

16) The revolt against “democracy”
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“It’s election time in the US, and people are talking about subjects generally ignored in the woof and warp of everyday life. The role of government, trade policy, immigration, foreign policy — but none of these subjects dominated the stage in the latest installment of the seemingly endless GOP debates. Instead, the assembled candidates were pilloried by the moderators with a series of condescending and openly hostile ‘questions.’ As Ted Cruz put it: ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ Cruz received a roar of approval from the crowd, which by that time was sick unto death of the CNBC panel’s arrogant hectoring — and that’s really the story of this election in a nutshell: what we’re witnessing is a populist rebellion against the political class, of which the media is an essential part.” (10/30/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/10/29/the-revolt-against-democracy/

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17) The Earned Income Tax Credit: Small benefits, large costs
Source: Reason
by Veronique de Rugy

“The EITC is best described as an anti-poverty program that encourages people to work. In a new study published by the Cato Institute, Chris Edwards and I explain that based on a deep dive into the economic literature and the budgetary impact of the program, conservatives and liberals alike underestimate its cost while overselling its benefits. That is why we advise cutting the program.” (10/29/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/10/29/the-earned-income-tax-credit-small-benef

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18) Fear of The Walking Dead: The American police state takes aim
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“The zombie narrative, popularized by the hit television series The Walking Dead, in which a small group of Americans attempt to survive in a zombie-ridden, post-apocalyptic world where they’re not only fighting off flesh-eating ghouls but cannibalistic humans, plays to our fears and paranoia. Yet as journalist Syreeta McFadden points out, while dystopian stories used to reflect our anxieties, now they reflect our reality, mirroring how we as a nation view the world around us, how we as citizens view each other, and most of all how our government views us. Fear the Walking Dead — AMC’s new spinoff of its popular Walking Dead series — drives this point home by dialing back the clock to when the zombie outbreak first appears and setting viewers down in the midst of societal unrest not unlike our own experiences of the past year (‘a bunch of weird incidents, police protests, riots, and … rapid social entropy’). Then, as Forbes reports, ‘the military showed up and we fast-forwarded into an ad hoc police state with no glimpse at what was happening in the world around our main cast of hapless survivors.'” (10/29/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/fear-of-the-walking-dead-the-american-police-state-takes-aim/

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19) Gandhi the anarchist
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Jason Farrell

“A complex man with a controversial legacy, Mohandas Gandhi remains one of the pioneers of civil disobedience as a political weapon and a giant in 20th century anti-colonialism. An individualist anarchist who motivated millions to fight to liberate themselves from British rule, his success showed a potentially powerful application of libertarian ideas during a major political crisis and the ability of those values to inspire positive, peaceful outcomes.” (10/29/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/40937

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20) The grand illusions of the Republican Party
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“John Kasich entered last night’s Republican debate champing at the bit and raring for a fight. Asked a standard job interview question about his greatest weakness, he launched into a tirade against front-running candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, saying that the Republican Party was on the ‘verge, perhaps, of picking someone who cannot do this job.” Kasich explicitly named their signature positions as being ‘fantasy’ politics. ‘I’ve watched to see people say that we should dismantle Medicare and Medicaid and leave the senior citizens out in the cold,’ the Ohio governor said. ‘I’ve heard them talk about deporting 10 or 11 [million] people here from this country out of this country, splitting families. I’ve heard about tax schemes that don’t add up, that put our kids in a deeper hole than they are today.'” (10/29/15)

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/123276/grand-illusions-republican-party

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21) What did Rubio actually say?
Source: Our Future Blog
by Bill Scher

“Sen. Marco Rubio has been christened the winner of the last debate by many pundits after staring down Jeb Bush’s attack on his senatorial attendance record. But what did he actually say about his ideas and policies? Is there any reason for Republican voters to believe he would be their strongest nominee? Is there any reason for general election voters to believe he represents a more modern and rational Republican Party? Rubio may have blunted Bush’s criticism, but he didn’t really answer the initial question from the moderator, which was: ‘”You’ve had a big accomplishment in the Senate, an immigration bill providing a path to citizenship [that] the conservatives in your party hate, [which] you don’t support anymore. Now, you’re skipping more votes than any senator to run for president. Why not slow down, get a few more things done first or at least finish what you start?'” (10/29/15)

https://ourfuture.org/20151029/what-did-rubio-actually-say

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22) Inside the secretive world of US Special Ops
Source: Reuters
by Matthew Gault

“Enemy gun fire killed Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler during a hostage rescue operation in Iraq earlier this month. Wheeler was part of U.S. Special Operations team intended to back up Kurdish fighters as they rescued 70 people from Islamic State. When the mission appeared in jeopardy, “He ran to the sound of the guns and he stood up,” U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. ‘All the indications are it was his actions and that of one of his teammates that protected those that were involved in breaching the compound and made the mission a success.’ He was a career Army man and a Delta Force soldier. The Pentagon’s semantic gymnastics about whether there are ‘boots on the ground’ in Iraq and Syria notwithstanding, it appears U.S. forces have been fighting Islamic State and other groups in the Middle East for some time.” (10/28/15)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/10/28/get-a-look-inside-the-secretive-world-of-u-s-special-ops

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23) 55-45 politics in a 50-50 [sic] country
Source: The American Prospect
by Thomas Schaller

“A series of characteristics of the American electoral system, including the structure and procedures of the Senate and House as well as the electoral calendar, are now working for the Republicans. The U.S. Senate was designed to over-represent small states, but only recently has that bias been a Republican advantage. During the mid-20th century, the GOP regularly elected senators from large states such as California, Illinois, and New York. But during the past half-century, as a result of the GOP’s dominance of small states and loss of big states, the party has consistently held a higher share of Senate seats than the share of American citizens who vote for its candidates.” [editor’s note: WHAT “50-50 country?” Once again the attempt to claim everyone is either a troglodyte Republicant or a nanny-statist DemEAucrat is … well, not appreciated here – SAT] (10/29/15)

http://prospect.org/article/republican-structural-advantage

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24) Give bankers skin in the game
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“The financial crisis of 2008-09 is over but not gone. We passed laws and regulations that probably won’t help much. And despite a lot of harsh words aimed at Wall Street and the banks, President Obama pretty much let individual bankers escape unscathed — perhaps because Wall Street and the banks were among his biggest campaign contributors. (That phenomenon has led some to call him ‘President Goldman Sachs.’) But relying on regulators to control banks and Wall Street is likely to fail anyway. Leaving aside their extensive political influence, financial types are likely to stay ahead of regulators because 1) they’re usually smarter; and 2) they understand their industry better. Plus, they can change approaches faster than regulators can amend regulations.” (10/29/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/10/29/glenn-reynolds-give-bankers-skin-game-individual-liability-column/74750362

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25) When bank workers Occupy the banks
Source: The Nation
by Michelle Chen

“After about eight years of seeing Main Street households get owned by Big Finance, front-line bank workers are now trying to reclaim Wall Street, branch by branch. In Los Angeles, where communities are still reeling from the financial crisis, front-line bank employees, and activists last week occupied the lobbies of Wells Fargo and Bank of America and demanded fair terms for the customers and the workforce. As we’ve reported previously, bank workers have been organizing to demand more equitable banking practices for those buying and selling some of the most lucrative financial products at the community level. The coalition advocates for consumer and labor justice collaboratively, because they believe financial institutions cheat both sides of the industry by driving struggling bank workers to manipulate consumers with predatory marketing.” (10/28/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/when-bank-workers-occupy-the-banks

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26) The COIN racket and government supremacism
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Using Occam’s Razor, let’s try to distill the object of COIN: to neutralize and/or destroy any armed resistance to an existing government, usually a state that has been installed by a Western or Asian hegemonic power. External involvement of other countries meddling in the COIN efforts of a domestic government usually reveals the ‘client-state’ relationship at its most basic level. One is hard-pressed to find any historical involvement in these efforts since 1893 (Hawaii) on the part of the US wherein the aggrieved state wasn’t created and vetted by the West by design.” (10/29/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4546

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27) Heartland Daily Podcast, 10/29/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, managing editor Jesse Hathaway is joined by Ayn Rand Institute fellow Don Watkins to talk about the American Dream, income inequality, and Selena Gomez … it makes sense when you listen to the podcast, we promise.” [various formats] (10/29/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/10/heartland-daily-podcast-don-watkins-income-inequality-selena-gomez/

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28) Runaway blimp
Source: The Cagle Post
by Joe Heller

Cartoon. (10/29/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/10/runaway-blimp-2/

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29) Libertarians can’t believe in closed borders
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman

“Here’s the problem: if the state really is like a homeowners’ association, then not only can it forcibly restrict a person’s liberty to enter, it can forcibly restrict all sorts of liberties. For instance, my HOA routinely threatens to fine me for having an unkempt lawn. But I don’t think that the U.S. government can restrict my right to grow an unkempt lawn.” (10/29/15)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2015/10/libertarians-cant-believe-in-closed-borders/

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30) A depression that should not be forgotten
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Patrick T Peterson

“I liked The Forgotten Depression but did not love it. Its subject is the depression of 1921 — a valuable subject because, as the author indicates, the depression went away without massive government intervention. Imagine that. The author’s brief history of the problems some big banks got into, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, is excellent. Grant shows how the principals of the banks had their own fortunes tied up in the banks’ capital, which usually kept them prudent. Still, they made mistakes.” (10/28/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1476

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31) The Tom Woods Show, 10/29/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Lew returns to the show to discuss the Republican debate on CNBC. The debate, focused on the economy, hit on ‘tax reform,’ entitlements, and related topics. We watched it so you wouldn’t have to.” [various formats] (10/29/15)

http://tomwoodsshow.libsyn.com/ep-522-lew-rockwell-and-tom-dissect-the-third-gop-debate-2015

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32) For Mr. Chakrabortty: Why we saved banking and aren’t saving steel
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Over in The Guardian Mr. Chakrabortty asks us this fascinating rhetorical question: ‘Why don’t we save our steelworkers, when we’ve spent billions on bankers?’ There’s two answers to this, neither rhetorical. The first is that those billions we spent upon bankers, that trillion in fact, was temporary …. The second answer is that we actually want to continue having a financial system after that wobble of the Crash. It’s not in fact true that we want to have a basic steel industry. Technology does change, there’s little to no reason for rich countries to still be running blast furnaces.” [editor’s note: Actually, the arguments for not “saving” steel are great arguments for not “saving” banks – TLK] (10/29/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/regulation-industry/for-mr-chakrabortty-why-we-saved-banking-and-arent-saving-steel/

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33) The world without Marx
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Suppose Karl Marx had never been born. How would the modern world be different? My best guess is highly optimistic. Without Marx, there would have been no prominent intellectual promoter of violent revolution for socialist dictatorship. There would still have been a big socialist movement, including many socialists dreaming of bloodbaths and tyranny. But the movement as a whole would have rapidly evolved into something like social democracy.” (10/29/15)

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

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34) Leave me and my Coco Pops alone
Source: spiked
by Naomi Firsht

“I write this munching on a bowl of Coco Pops. Given what I’ve read recently, I fully expect to wake up obese tomorrow morning. Yes, war has been declared on my favourite childhood breakfast cereal, and, in particular, its ever-smiling, thumbs-up-giving promoter, Coco the monkey.” (10/29/15)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/leave-me-and-my-coco-pops-alone/17586

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35) Why protectionism
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Why do so many people (especially politicians) favor high tariffs, ‘managed trade,’ embargoes and domestic subsidies, all of which — first as ‘mercantilism’ and then as ‘protectionism’ — have been debunked, repeatedly (demonstrated as ineffective economic policy), since Adam Smith’s famous 1776 attack?” (10/29/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/10/29/why-protectionism/

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36) Liability hammer comes down on Google, but hits users
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm

“Yesterday an Australian court found Google liable for defaming someone simply by returning a search result about her. The plaintiff in that case, Janice Duffy, complained that a search for her name returned links to unfavorable articles on the Ripoff Report website, as well as prompting unfavorable autocomplete suggestions when used as a search term. The court’s finding of liability on Google’s part, when it merely provided a service that generated these links and suggestions, is a blow for the Australian Internet and for innovation and access to knowledge.” (10/28/15)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/10/liability-hammer-comes-down-google-hits-users

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37) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 10/29/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism
“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week were joined again by Lou Feen, one of the co-hosts of the Freedom Feens Radio Show and Podcast.” [MP3] (10/29/15)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-33-why-incrementalism-will-fail/

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38) Today’s war against deflation will make us poorer
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak

“If deflation leads to an economic slump, then policies that reverse deflation should be good for the economy, so it is held. Reversing deflation will simply involve introducing policies that support general increases in the prices of goods, i.e., price inflation. With this way of thinking inflation could actually be an agent of economic growth. According to most experts, a little bit of inflation can actually be a good thing. Mainstream economists believe that inflation of 2 percent is not harmful to economic growth, but that inflation of 10 percent could be bad for the economy. There’s good reason to believe, however, that at a rate of inflation of 10 percent, it is likely that consumers are going to form rising inflation expectations.” (10/29/15)

https://mises.org/library/todays-war-against-deflation-will-make-us-poorer

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39) Ben Carson is a creationist. So?
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“Should no believing Jew, Muslim, or Christian ever be allowed to serve as Surgeon General because they believe things that cannot be proven scientifically? For that matter, you cannot prove scientifically that there is a purpose to human life. I have an atheist friend who is a staunch humanist, who believes that the purpose to life is to love others and to do good. She can’t explain to you why she believes that, only that she does. A Ditchkins type could demolish her in 90 seconds. But this is her faith. Though she wouldn’t call it faith, this is her faith. ‘Can you regard someone’s religious creed as preposterous, yet entrust the person who is faithful to that creed with public office?’ asks Jacoby. ‘Of course; Americans do it all the time.’ Yes, we do, because that’s how it is among us humans. Secular liberals who freak out in the presence of creationist beliefs are pretty much virtue-signaling.” (10/29/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/ben-carson-creationist/

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40) Do Indian lives matter? Police violence against Native Americans
Source: Native American
by Debra Loevy

“With all our talk about police violence aimed at poor and minority communities, we have yet to talk about the group most likely to be killed by law enforcement: Native Americans. Native American men are incarcerated at four times the rate of white men and Native American women are sent to prison at six times the rate of white women. Those are pretty stunning statistics on their own. Even more stunning is that although Native Americans comprise only .8% of the population, with these elevated rates of police encounters, they make up three out of the top five top age-groups that are most likely to be killed by law enforcement.” [editor’s note: Yes, I know, anyone born here is a “Native American;” presumably the author is referring to descendants of the people already living here when Europeans arrived – TLK] (10/29/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/29/do-indian-lives-matter-police-violence-against-native-americans/

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41) The Syrian civil war: What?
Source: The Atlantic
by Kathy Gilsinan

“Syria’s conflict has devolved from peaceful protests against the government in 2011 to a violent insurgency that has drawn in numerous other countries. It’s partly a civil war of government against people; partly a religious war pitting Assad’s minority Alawite sect, aligned with Shiite fighters from Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon, against Sunni rebel groups; and increasingly a proxy war featuring Russia and Iran against the United States and its allies. Whatever it is, it has so far killed 220,000 people, displaced half of the country’s population, and facilitated the rise of ISIS.” (10/29/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/syrian-civil-war-guide-isis/410746/

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42) Why the drug war has been a forty-year lynching
Source: OpEdNews
by Bob Fitrakis

“The Drug War was officially born June 17, 1971, when Richard Nixon pronounced drugs to be ‘Public Enemy Number One.’ In a nation wracked by poverty, racial tension, injustice, civil strife, ecological disaster, corporate domination, a hated Vietnam War and much more, drugs seemed an odd choice. In fact, the Drug War’s primary target was black and young voters.” (10/28/15)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Why-the-Drug-War-Has-Been-by-Bob-Fitrakis-Drug-War_Electronic-Voting_Vote-Theft_War-On-Drugs-151028-87.html

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43) Last night’s GOP presidential debate cracked me up
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“I didn’t watch the entire GOP presidential debate last night but the part I did watch really cracked me up. The candidates were criticizing the Democratic Party presidential candidates, especially Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, for being socialists. One Republican candidate even compared their Democratic Party counterparts to the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, referring to the two factions in the Russia Socialist party in the early part of the 20th century. Why was that cracking me up? Because immediately after that, the GOP presidential candidates were tripping over themselves in an attempt to show the American people how committed they are to preserving Social Security and Medicare.” (10/29/15)

http://fff.org/2015/10/29/last-nights-gop-presidential-debate-cracked-me-up/

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44) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/29/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lousander Feen, Randy England, James Babb and Michael W. Dean discuss Jury Nullification, James Babb’s latest FIJA encounter, The Super Scary Halloween Revolt, and the new conspiracy theory: Gov-hating radio host gets life-threatening illness the very MONTH Obamacare becomes law. Radio host gets insurance …” [various formats] (10/29/15)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/2015/10/29/nullify-me-baby-all-night-long-freedom-feens/

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45) There’s no escaping competition
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz

“Suppose for a moment that we want to figure out how best to allocate goods to consumers. In a market economy, we allow people to engage in competitive bidding to try to acquire the things they think are most valuable to them. But we can imagine other ways of allocating goods. Perhaps we ask people to line up. Or maybe we try to figure out who is more deserving. Perhaps we do it by the pure discretion of bureaucrats. Or we decide things Fight Club style. Would those end competition? I don’t think so. All that those methods would accomplish is to divert competition into less productive forms.” (10/29/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/there-s-no-escaping-competition/

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R. Lee Wrights
Steve Trinward

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