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Volume XIII, Issue #3,317
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Taiwan, China presidents to meet for first time since ’49
2) OH: Voters allegedly choose to continue idiotic war on marijuana
3) Obama to ignore Keystone builder’s plea for delay
4) KY: GOP’s Bevin defeats Conway in gubernatorial election
5) Iranian state TV claims missing Lebanese citizen is a spy
6) IL: Officials expected to announce police officer’s death was suicide
7) Freedom still eludes Moroccan held 13 years in Guantanamo
8) TX: Houston non-discrimination ordinance goes down to defeat
9) Khamenei: “Death to America” refers to US policies
10) Study may have found evidence of alternate, parallel universes
11) CA: Sean Parker initiative ignites real marijuana legalization
12) Common Core rollout hits money trouble
13) Ukraine: Prosecutor Viktor Shokin “targeted by sniper”
14) MO: SCOTUS halts planned killing of inmate by state employees
15) Dog bites man: New Hillary Clinton ad advocates gun control
16) Romania buries fire hero as thousands protest against government
17) PA: Cop who shot, killed prone suspect heads to trial
18) Two VA officials refuse to testify on job manipulation claims
19) Turkey: Three killed in Kurdish southeast, curfew imposed
20) NASA: Antarctica is gaining more ice than it’s losing
21) US DoE orders girls’ locker room access for Chicago trans student
22) Indonesia: Two British journalists convicted of crossing gang turf lines with wrong permission slips
23) US, Japan push for inclusion of South China Sea in Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
24) India: Court sentences Uber driver to life in prison for rape
25) Ahmed Chalabi, 1944-2015

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) “Papers, please” is un-American
27) The unfinished business of Ahmed Chalabi
28) About borders and property lines
29) Community? What community?
30) Does Bernie Sanders need to go negative?
31) Why US leaves deadly chemicals on the market
32) OK, let’s talk about the “staggering human toll”
33) The social justice case for preserving the Second Amendment
Source: Students For Liberty
34) Who will [sic] be Hillary’s economic team?
35) The necessity of transnational warfare
36) Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK, and the national security state
37) Zero Aggression Principle
38) War, big government, and lost freedom
39) UK flunks Uncle Sam’s class-action lawsuit lessons
40) Facing growing encryption, law enforcement recommends more informants
41) “Abuse of passed out girl”: How Internet search engines choose to ignore sexual assault
42) Why Tennessee forces seventh graders to learn Islam
43) Debates have not been kind to Kasich
44) Do long ballots offer too much democracy?
45) Economists should be more like biologists
46) How the FBI can detain, render and threaten without risk
47) The rigging of the American market
48) The real battle over breasts
49) How Beijing and the west work together to manipulate the global currency war
50) Reaping the fruits of the war on terror in Yemen
51) Dialogue on Democracy, part 5
52) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/03/15
53) #FeelTheBern with Mises and Jim Morrison
54) Please sir, can we be oppressed some more?
55) Not plutonium
56) Drone registration: A stupid solution in search of a problem it might actually fix
57) Congressional Brief: Trade
58) Real alternatives to banking and postage
59) The Libertarian Angle, 11/03/15
60) Isn’t it funny

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

1) Taiwan, China presidents to meet for first time since ’49
Source: ABC News

“China has confirmed President Xi Jinping will meet Saturday with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou in a historic first culminating nearly eight years of quickly improved relations between the two sides. The Chinese Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office made the announcement Wednesday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.” (11/03/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/taiwan-chinese-presidents-meet-time-49-34944434

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2) OH: Voters allegedly choose to continue idiotic war on marijuana
Source: Columbus Dispatch

“Ohio voters strongly rejected legalizing marijuana today, despite a $25 million campaign by proponents. The Associated Press called State Issue 3 a loser about 9:30 p.m., 30 minutes after the first results were released by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office. The issue to legalize pot for recreational and medical use is going down 65 percent to 35 percent, losing in all 88 counties with more than 48 percent of the statewide vote counted.” [editor’s note: I included “allegedly” in the headline because Ohio in general and Husted in particular have a pretty sordid record of rigging elections; while the outcome of this one was in fact doubtful, the size of the spread looks like there may have been a ballot-stuffing party – TLK] (11/03/15)

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/public/2015/election/ohio-state-issues-2-and-3-marijuana.html

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3) Obama to ignore Keystone builder’s plea for delay
Source: Reuters

“President Barack Obama wants to rule on the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of his presidency, the White House said on Tuesday, calling a request by the project’s Canadian developer to delay a review ‘unusual.’ Obama, who has increasingly focused on environmental issues as his presidency nears its final year, plans to decide on TransCanada Corp’s pipeline before he leaves office in 2017, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. The president has increasingly signaled the $8 billion pipeline may not be approved. Obama is concerned the method used to extract oil in Canada would be ‘extraordinarily dirty,’ a description the Canadian government has argued is unfair.” (11/03/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/03/us-transcanada-keystone-idUSKCN0SS2HA20151103#70LC3FsgC0JSau8j.97

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4) KY: GOP’s Bevin defeats Conway in gubernatorial election
Source: USA Today

“Republican Matt Bevin defeated Democrat Jack Conway in the race for Kentucky governor Tuesday evening. The Associated Press called the race at 8:16 p.m. ET. With 79 of 120 counties reporting, Bevin led Conway by a 51%-45% edge. Independent Drew Curtis was getting about 4%. Bevin, who becomes only the second Republican governor in four decades, had trailed by 5 percentage points in several public polls …” (11/03/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/11/03/gops-bevin-defeats-conway-ky-govs-race/75125448/

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5) Iranian state TV claims missing Lebanese citizen is a spy
Source: Parkersburg News and Sentinel

“Iranian state television on Tuesday claimed that a Washington-based Lebanese citizen missing in Tehran since September is actually an American spy now in the custody of authorities. However, those who know Nizar Zakka — who holds permanent-resident status in the United States — said an image of him in army-style fatigues shown on Iranian state TV came from him recently taking part in a homecoming parade as an alumnus of his military high school in Georgia.” (11/03/15)

http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/972489/Iranian-state-TV-claims-missing-Lebanese-citizen-is-a-spy.html?isap=1&nav=5074

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6) IL: Officials expected to announce police officer’s death was suicide
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“In a stunning turn of events, Lake County officials are expected to announce Wednesday that the death of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was a suicide related to personal issues and an ongoing law enforcement investigation of him, sources said. … Gliniewicz was found dead after he radioed dispatchers that he was checking on three men. He was shot twice in the upper torso. The married father of four — known in the community as ‘G.I. Joe’ — was a 30-year veteran of the police department.” [editor’s note: Sounds kind of suspicious to me — who commits suicide with two shots to one’s own upper torso? On the other hand, after the endless exploitation of his death as “war on cops!!!” fodder, good to see it put to bed – TLK] (11/03/15)

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1070558/fox-lake-cop-death-ruled-suicide-sources

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7) Freedom still eludes Moroccan held 13 years in Guantanamo
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“A former prisoner at Guantanamo Bay has been held for more than six weeks without formal charges in Morocco despite what his lawyers say were U.S. government assurances that he would be quickly released upon his return home. Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri, who spent 13 years in Guantanamo without being charged, is expected to appear Wednesday before a Moroccan judge.” (11/03/15)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/freedom-still-eludes-moroccan-held-years-in-guantanamo/article_50da7b07-7ea0-5896-afef-204a6390a02c.html

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8) TX: Houston non-discrimination ordinance goes down to defeat
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Houston voters rejected a controversial measure Tuesday that would have barred discrimination against gays and transgender people in the wake of an 18-month battle that pitted advocates of gay rights against those who believed they were defending religious liberty. The vote had been expected to be close. But with about 30% of precincts reporting, the measure was trailing badly, 62% to 38%, and the Associated Press called the election for foes of the measure. … Opponents say the measure, which they call Proposition 1 or the ‘bathroom ordinance,’ infringes on their religious beliefs and poses a public health risk by allowing [sic] transgender women into women’s restrooms.” [editor’s note: This ordinance would have banned employers, landlords and other property owners from deciding how their property is used and for that reason it SHOULD have gone down; “public,” i.e. government, facilities shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, though – TLK] (11/03/15)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-houston-nondisrcimination-vote-20151103-story.html

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9) Khamenei: “Death to America” refers to US policies
Source: Idaho Press-Tribune

“The slogan ‘Death to America’ is not aimed at the American people, but rather American policies, Iran’s supreme leader said in comments reported on his official website Tuesday. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei discussed the slogan while meeting with Iranian students ahead of the anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979. Militant students stormed the compound and took 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.” (11/03/15)

http://www.idahopress.com/news/world/iran-ayatollah-death-to-america-refers-to-us-policies/article_a3963a44-8288-11e5-8a5e-a30e54421910.html

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10) Study may have found evidence of alternate, parallel universes
Source: USA Today

“An astrophysicist says he may have found evidence of alternate or parallel universes by looking back in time to just after the Big Bang more than 13 billion years ago. While mapping the so-called ‘cosmic microwave background,’ which is the light left over from the early universe, scientist Ranga-Ram Chary found what he called a mysterious glow, the International Business Times reported. Chary, a researcher at the European Space Agency’s Planck Space Telescope data center at CalTech, said the glow could be due to matter from a neighboring universe ‘leaking’ into ours, according to New Scientist magazine. ‘Our universe may simply be a region within an eternally inflating super-region,’ scientist Chary wrote in a recent study in the Astrophysical Journal.” (11/03/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2015/11/03/alternate-universes-discovered/75102502

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11) CA: Sean Parker initiative ignites real marijuana legalization
Source: Smell the Truth

“Billionaire technology and music industry disruptor Sean Parker upended another sector this afternoon, with the release of a new initiative to legalize marijuana in California in 2016. Parker’s proposal (called the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act) calls for ending cannabis prohibition in California, and allowing folks to possess up to one ounce of bud and grow up to six plants. Cities would have wide latitude on cannabis commerce, but couldn’t ban small, secure personal indoor gardens. The proposal upends the 2016 playing field for California reformers. Parker’s wealth is the first substantial amount of funds to be moved into play in the 2016 race. Drug Policy Alliance and Marijuana Policy Project are reportedly backing the Parker proposal. That leaves other camps far out of the running for lack of funds — including the post-Prop 19 coalition ReformCA, as well as the group behind the MCLR.” (11/02/15)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2015/11/02/sean-parker-initiative-ignites-california-marijuana-legalization

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12) Common Core rollout hits money trouble
Source: Fox News

“Educators in this Oklahoma City suburb jumped into action when state leaders in 2010 adopted the Common Core academic standards that were sweeping states across the country. The Edmond school district has a big military population that moves frequently, so officials liked the idea of using the same standards as other states. They also saw Oklahoma’s old standards as inferior. They spent about $500,000 preparing teachers and students, collaborating with educators in other states and buying materials and computers for a new Common Core test, finishing a year in advance. Then state politicians backtracked, for reasons both financial and political. They dropped plans to give the new test, and during an election campaign in which the standards were hotly debated, they repealed Common Core. Edmond employees came in at the end of the summer last year to rewrite their curriculum again.” (11/03/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/03/common-core-rollout-hits-money-trouble

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13) Ukraine: Prosecutor Viktor Shokin “targeted by sniper”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Ukraine’s officials have launched a criminal investigation into what they believe was an assassination attempt on the country’s top prosecutor. They say a sniper fired three shots at the office of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin late on Monday in Kiev, but bulletproof glass saved his life. No-one was injured. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. Mr Shokin has been criticised for what his opponents say is his inability to bring any corruption cases to court. He has also been accused of sabotaging the anti-corruption drive officially declared by Ukraine, as it seeks to forge closer ties with the EU following mass protests that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014.” (11/03/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34710373

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14) MO: SCOTUS halts planned killing of inmate by state employees
Source: Washington Post

“The Supreme Court on Tuesday night halted a scheduled execution in Missouri, saying that the lethal injection should be delayed until after a lower court rules. Ernest Lee Johnson was sentenced to death for killing three people with a claw hammer in 1994. His attorneys wrote in filings asking the Supreme Court to stay the execution that Johnson had brain surgery in 2008 to remove a tumor, but that part of the tumor could not be removed. Johnson is missing between 15 and 20 percent of his brain, the attorneys wrote. As a result, Johnson has brain damage and a doctor cited as a medical expert believes he could suffer seizures due to the lethal injection, his attorneys said.” (11/03/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/11/03/supreme-court-halts-missouri-execution/

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15) Dog bites man: New Hillary Clinton ad advocates gun control
Source: Raw Story

“Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released her first ad targeting gun control on Tuesday, a month after pledging to take on the powerful U.S. gun lobby. The 30-second spot uses footage from an Oct. 5 town hall in Manchester, New Hampshire, where Clinton said she would pursue expanded background checks and take steps to hold manufacturers accountable for crimes committed with their weapons. ‘This epidemic of gun violence knows no boundaries. Between 88 and 92 people a day are killed by guns. We’re better than this. We need to close the loopholes and support universal background checks,’ Clinton says in the clip as members of the audience nod in agreement.” (11/03/15)

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/11/new-hillary-clinton-ad-advocates-gun-control

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16) Romania buries fire hero as thousands protest against government
Source: Lompoc Record

“A hero of a Bucharest nightclub fire that killed at least 32 people was buried Tuesday in a memorial service that drew hundreds of weeping mourners, while more than 20,000 others took to the streets of the capital to protest against the government following the tragic event. Claudiu Petre, a kind-hearted and bearded 36-year-old photographer and blogger, returned to the blaze in the Colectiv nightclub on Friday night to rescue a woman and then went back into the inferno in the basement club. He was never seen alive again.” (11/03/15)

http://lompocrecord.com/news/world/romania-buries-fire-hero-as-thousands-protest-against-govt/article_e753ff00-fd7b-5c31-9242-803f22bac961.html

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17) PA: Cop who shot, killed prone suspect heads to trial
Source: Yahoo! News

“Opening arguments are expected to begin on Tuesday in the murder trial of a Pennsylvania police officer who shot and killed a suspect last February as he lay face down in the snow, immobilized by a Taser charge. The shooting death of David Kassick, 59, by Officer Lisa Mearkle, 37, was captured on the video camera in her Taser, police say. Her lawyers successfully fought release of the video prior to her trial, saying it could taint potential jurors.” (11/03/15)

http://news.yahoo.com/pennsylvania-officer-shot-killed-prone-suspect-heads-trial-120253882.html

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18) Two VA officials refuse to testify on job manipulation claims
Source: Fox News

“Two high-ranking officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs refused to testify Monday night at a congressional hearing on allegations that they manipulated the agency’s hiring system for their own gain. The officials, Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, told a House committee they were asserting their Fifth Amendment rights under the Constitution to protect themselves against self-incrimination. The VA’s acting inspector general said in a report that Rubens and Graves forced lower-ranking regional managers to accept job transfers against their will. Rubens and Graves then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their pay while reducing their responsibilities, the IG said.” (11/03/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/11/03/2-va-officials-refuse-to-testify-on-job-manipulation-claims/

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19) Turkey: Three killed in Kurdish southeast, curfew imposed
Source: Cyprus Mail [Cyprus]

“Security forces backed by helicopters imposed a curfew in parts of a south-eastern Turkish town on Tuesday and three people were killed in clashes across the region, security sources said, the first deaths since a weekend election. The military said it carried out air strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant bases across the border in northern Iraq on Monday, suggesting there will be no let-up in its campaign following the vote.” (11/03/15)

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/11/03/curfew-ordered-in-turkeys-kurdish-southeast-as-clashes-kill-one/

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20) NASA: Antarctica is gaining more ice than it’s losing
Source: Express Tribune [Pakistan]

“The Antarctic ice sheet is thickening enough to currently outweigh the losses of ice occurring due to global warming, a new NASA study has revealed. The study reveals that the increase in Antarctic snow accrual that began 10,000 years ago is ‘currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.'” (11/03/15)

http://tribune.com.pk/story/984304/antarctica-is-gaining-more-ice-than-its-losing-nasa/

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21) US DoE orders girls’ locker room access for Chicago trans student
Source: Al Jazeera America

“The U.S. government on Monday found that a Chicago suburban high school district discriminated against a transgender student and gave the school a month to provide full access to girls’ locker rooms or lose federal funding. The student, who has not been named, and the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought a complaint on her behalf, applauded the findings, while the school district called them ‘serious overreach.’ After an investigation stemming from a 2013 complaint by the ACLU, and months of negotiations, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found Township High School District 211 was violating federal non-discrimination rules.” (11/03/15)

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/11/3/us-orders-locker-room-access-for-il-trans-student.html

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22) Indonesia: Two British journalists convicted of crossing gang turf lines with wrong permission slips
Source: Jakarta Post [Indonesia]

“Judges at the Batam District Court declared on Tuesday two British journalists guilty of violating the Immigration Law and sentenced them to two months and 15 days in prison. The court, led by head judge Wahyu Prasetyo, also fined the journalists, Neil Bonner, 31 and Becky Prosser, 30, Rp 25 million. ‘Both are guilty of violating the 2011 Immigration Law,’ Wahyu told the court on Tuesday. Bonner and Prosser were arrested by a Navy patrol in Batam in May for making a documentary on piracy in the Malacca Strait on tourist visas.” (11/03/15)

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/03/two-british-journalists-found-guilty-violating-immigration-law.html

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23) US, Japan push for inclusion of South China Sea in Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
Source: Reuters

“The United States and Japan are pushing to get concerns about the South China Sea included in a statement to be issued after regional defense [sic] talks in Malaysia despite Chinese objections to any mention of the disputed waterway, officials said. A senior U.S. defense official said Beijing had made clear as early as February that it didn’t want the South China Sea discussed at the meeting between Southeast Asian defense [sic] ministers and their counterparts from across the Asia-Pacific in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. … China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion in global trade passes every year. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have rival claims.” (11/03/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/03/us-asean-malaysia-idUSKCN0SS07F20151103

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24) India: Court sentences Uber driver to life in prison for rape
Source: Miami Herald

“An Indian court sentenced an Uber driver to life in prison Tuesday for raping a passenger in his vehicle last December, in a case that has triggered widespread protests against sexual violence and demands for more efforts to ensure women’s safety. Judge Kaveri Baweja had earlier found the driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, guilty of rape, criminal intimidation, kidnapping and endangering the woman’s life.” (11/03/15)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article42527217.html

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25) Ahmed Chalabi, 1944-2015
Source: CNN

“Ahmed Chalabi, a leading Iraqi political figure and a vociferous advocate of the 2003 U.S. invasion against Saddam Hussein, has died of a heart attack, a senior Iraqi military official said Tuesday. He was 71. A colorful and charismatic politician, Chalabi served in a variety of senior posts in the post-invasion Iraqi government. But his image in the West was tainted by his role in providing intelligence to the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush about Saddam’s supposed weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program.” (11/03/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/03/middleeast/iraq-ahmed-chalabi-death/

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

26) “Papers, please” is un-American
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“When I was a kid — and I’m not THAT old! — ‘papers please’ or ‘are your papers in order?’ was a common Hollywood trope. When you saw it on film, you knew the person asking was an officer of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany or the police in the Soviet Union. In other words, you knew that the setting was a police state. Over the years, it’s become commonplace for police to request, or even demand, government-issued identification from anyone and everyone they encounter, in any setting. … Civilians who encounter police officers are treated as guilty of SOMETHING, until ID checks against a government databases establishes their innocence.” (11/03/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3445

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27) The unfinished business of Ahmed Chalabi
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The death of Ahmed Chalabi, of a heart attack at age 71, brings back memories. It conjures Judith Miller’s byline above New York Times ‘news’ articles — often on the front page — detailing Saddam Hussein’s ‘weapons of mass destruction,’ which, we were told, were hiding in plain sight beneath the despot’s palaces, secreted in an isolated desert outpost, and ensconced in a mobile biological warfare unit that could visit death and destruction at will. Chalabi was paid millions of dollars to feed these fabrications into the US ‘intelligence’ stream as a direct result of the ‘Iraq Liberation Act,’ supported by the Clinton administration and passed in 1998. It was the Clintons who put Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress (INC) on the American dole — a unique merging of the Welfare State and the Warfare State, with enormous consequences down the road.” (11/04/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/11/03/the-unfinished-business-of-ahmed-chalabi

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28) About borders and property lines
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I do not believe ‘The Country’ negates private property of those living inside the government’s imaginary borders, but that this belief directly violates private property rights in the most evil way imaginable — by utterly ignoring or denying them. Just like those the borderists want ‘government’ to protect them from. I do not believe violating your property rights to make myself more comfortable is right. I don’t believe using the force of government to dictate who you can allow onto your property, or rent to or hire, is the answer. It is wrong.” (11/03/15)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2015/11/about-borders-and-property-lines.html

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29) Community? What community?
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock

“One message I took home from my discussion with Keir is that English conservatives feel a strong attachment to something they call the community, or sometimes ‘the people.’ This seems to be, specifically, a political community; and it’s coterminous with, if not exactly the same as, the state commonly called ‘Britain’ or ‘the UK.’ In contrast, for me, there’s no such thing as the community. I see each human being as a member of many different communities. (For example, the brass band I play in is one. The LA blogosphere is another). No single one among these communities can be dignified with the definite article the.” (11/03/15)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2015/11/03/community-what-community/

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30) Does Bernie Sanders need to go negative?
Source: The New Republic
by Suzy Khimm
“Bernie Sanders has always hated personal attacks in politics. And the latest controversy surrounding his campaign shows why that’s a particularly risky strategy when it comes to Hillary Clinton, whose supporters will always be poised to hit back. In an off-the-cuff remark to Bloomberg, Sanders’s campaign manager Jeff Weaver joked that Sanders would ‘be willing to consider’ Clinton for vice president. ‘We’ll even interview her,’ he added, the point appearing to be that Clinton is so heavily the favorite that the very idea sounds absurd. But the remarks set off prominent Clinton supporters, who said they smacked of sexism, notwithstanding the fact that Clinton made similar remarks about Barack Obama in 2008. Sanders, who prides himself on never having run a negative political ad, backed down, describing his staffer’s remarks as ‘inappropriate.'” (11/02/15)

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/123318/does-bernie-sanders-need-go-negative

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31) Why US leaves deadly chemicals on the market
Source: In These Times
by Valerie Brown & Elizabeth Grossman

“Scientists are trained to express themselves rationally. They avoid personal attacks when they disagree. But some scientific arguments become so polarized that tempers fray. There may even be shouting. Such is the current state of affairs between two camps of scientists: health effects researchers and regulatory toxicologists. Both groups study the effects of chemical exposures in humans. Both groups have publicly used terms like ‘irrelevant,’ ‘arbitrary,’ ‘unfounded’ and ‘contrary to all accumulated physiological understanding’ to describe the other’s work. Privately, the language becomes even harsher, with phrases such as ‘a pseudoscience,’ ‘a religion’ and ‘rigged.’ The rift centers around the best way to measure the health effects of chemical exposures.” (11/02/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18504/epa_government_scientists_and_chemical_industry_links_influence_regulations

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32) OK, let’s talk about the “staggering human toll”
Source: Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

“Sorry to interpose inconvenient facts here, professor, but gun crime, gun murders, and violent crime in general are massively down in America in recent decades, even as rates of gun ownership and issuance of ‘carry permits’ for the law-abiding have soared. Mr. Lemieux claims to cite a statistic showing 885 ‘mass killings,’ but the Web site to which he refers readers (www.vox.com/a/mass-shootings-sandy-hook) — which somewhat circularly cites ‘The Guardian’ as one of its sources — actually reaches 885 by counting (though not seeking details about) incidents in which four or more people were reportedly shot, whether anyone was killed or not.” (11/03/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2617

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33) The social justice case for preserving the Second Amendment
Source: Students For Liberty
by Liz Wolfe

“It’s undeniable, for criminal justice scholars and sociologists, that Terry stops are one of the worst things that has ever happened to black America. Stop and frisk policies, along with racial profiling, rose to prominence largely as a part of the 1960s ‘tough on crime’ rhetoric and hysteria. In 1968, the Supreme Court held that, upon reasonable suspicion, the police may detain someone and ‘lightly frisk’ them for weapons if they have reason to believe the suspect is ‘armed and dangerous.’ This vague language, combined with the rampant racism of the late ’60s and early ’70s, opened the floodgates for police abuse of black suspects; this time in, it was done in the name of gun control.” (11/03/15)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2015/11/03/the-social-justice-case-for-preserving-the-second-amendment/

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34) Who will [sic] be Hillary’s economic team?
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“Ever since she faced a stronger than expected challenge from her left, Hillary Clinton has been sounding more progressive than expected on economics. Let’s hope she means it. She has come out against the Keystone Pipeline, against the really dubious Trans-Pacific Partnership, in favor of substantial debt relief for college students. Her July speech on economic issues at the New School, calling for significant increases in public investment and regulation of corporate excesses was exemplary. However, there is one key area that could undercut all of what she has offered. That is her choice of a senior economic team. The recent history of Democratic presidents is not reassuring on that score.” [editor’s note: I’m still betting on “cellmate” instead of coronation – SAT] (11/02/15)

http://prospect.org/article/who-will-be-hillarys-economic-team

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35) The necessity of transnational warfare
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“A new type of warfare has sprung up in our era: transnational warfare. These are not wars between states; that was the old model: Germany attacks France, France takes Egypt, and so on. These, rather, are wars conducted only incidentally through states. And they present a serious threat to the future.” (11/03/15)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/necessity-transnational-warfare/

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36) Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK, and the national security state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“There is only one logical answer to the many seeming riddles in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, one that all too many Americans still do not want to confront: That the national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto America’s original governmental system, which continues to engage in actions that are damaging our country and our freedom today, effected a regime change in America on November 22, 1963. The reasons were no different in principle than the reasons for effecting regime change during the Cold War in places like Iran, Guatemala, Cuba, the Congo, and Chile.” (11/03/15)

http://fff.org/2015/11/03/lee-harvey-oswald-jfk-and-the-national-security-state/

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37) Zero Aggression Principle
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jeff Colonnesi

“The problem — the ONLY problem — with the Zero Aggression Principle or the Non Aggression Principle is that people don’t understand it. People have become inured to government initiated force and accustomed to the government telling the people when it is acceptable to use force. They confuse ‘zero aggression’ with ‘zero use of force.’ It’s not the case and never was. Both the ZAP and NAP prohibit the INITIATION of force. They don’t prohibit it as a response to aggression.” (11/01/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle845-20151101-04.html

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38) War, big government, and lost freedom
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Dr Richard M Ebeling

“We are currently marking the hundredth anniversary of the fighting of the First World War. For four years between the summer of 1914 and November 11, 1918, the major world powers were in mortal combat with each other. The conflict radically changed the world. It overthrew the pre-1914 era of relatively limited government and free market economics, and ushered in a new epoch of big government, planned economies, and massive inflations, the full effects from which the world has still not recovered.” (11/03/15)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/11/war-big-government-and-lost-freedom/

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39) UK flunks Uncle Sam’s class-action lawsuit lessons
Source: Reuters
by Reynolds Holding

“Britain may be creating its own problematic class-action culture. Suing en masse is now allowed in the UK so long as losers pay winners’ legal fees. That and other rules might limit the perceived excesses of U.S.-style group suits but could also make worthy cases too costly to file. If outsiders bankroll them, that risks conflicts and other dangers. Aggrieved Brits have been allowed to sue together since 2000. Yet until last month they had to bring separate claims first or already be in a defined group. On Oct. 1, a new law went into effect permitting an individual to sue on behalf of everyone hurt by unfair competition. Those wanting to opt out of the group have to say so. That’s essentially how American class actions work, with important exceptions. If a UK lawsuit fails, the person who filed it must pay his adversary’s legal fees.” (11/03/15)

http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2015/11/03/uk-flunks-uncle-sams-class-action-lawsuit-lessons

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40) Facing growing encryption, law enforcement recommends more informants
Source: The Intercept
by Jana Winter and Sharon Weinburger

“As the widespread use of encryption starts to make surveillance more challenging, one of the nation’s fusion centers has a proposed solution: More informants. That’s the message behind a new document created by the Wisconsin Statewide Information Center, a designated intelligence fusion center, with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis. … The use of confidential informants has exploded in recent years; exact numbers are hard to come by, but the New York Times reported in 2008 that the FBI maintains more than 15,000 covert informants, and the Drug Enforcement Agency about another 4,000.” (11/03/15)

https://theintercept.com/2015/11/03/facing-growing-encryption-law-enforcement-recommends-more-informants/

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41) “Abuse of passed out girl”: How Internet search engines choose to ignore sexual assault
Source: Heartland Institute
by Justin Haskins

“It’s the disgusting little secret the world’s most powerful Internet search engines all know but keep quiet about. It’s the ultimate ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy. Every day, thousands of videos of women being sexually assaulted are used by multi-billion dollar websites such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft’s Bing in order to drive revenue at the expense of the helpless victims involved. These illegal pornographic videos are displayed as a result of a process that shields all the parties involved from liability, putting the burden on the victim of a sex crime to work diligently to force the removal of material that should never have been made available in the first place.” (11/03/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/11/abuse-of-passed-out-girl-how-internet-search-engines-choose-to-ignore-sexual-assault/

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42) Why Tennessee forces seventh graders to learn Islam
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kevin Currie-Knight

“How big is the distinction between education and indoctrination? Not terribly, if you ask some Tennessee lawmakers. They are pushing to remove any mention of religion from Tennessee’s State Academic Standards. At issue is an apparently controversial unit in seventh grade world history class that spends some time exploring Islam. At some point, the students even need to commit the five pillars of Islam to memory. Needless to say, this issue has generated a lot of heat on all sides.” (11/03/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/why-tennessee-forces-seventh-graders-to-learn-islam/

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43) Debates have not been kind to Kasich
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the Republican in the 2016 presidential field whom Democrats I know like the most. He evokes his Christian faith to explain his support for government spending. At the CNBC debate, he declared, ‘I care about poor people’ — in a way that made you wonder if he thought he was the only R who could make that claim. Kasich even liked the CNBC debate. Leon Wolf, a blogger for the conservative web site RedState, seized on Kasich’s remarks to declare him ‘far and away the candidate in this field who is just utterly clueless about the Republican electorate as a whole.’ Debates have not been good for Kasich. The more GOP voters hear him, the thinner are the ranks of those who support him.” (11/03/15)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2015/11/03/debates-have-not-been-kind-to-kasich-n2074898

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44) Do long ballots offer too much democracy?
Source: The Atlantic
by Simon Hedlin

“Research suggests that even the position on the ballot where a certain contest appears will determine how some people vote. If the proposal appears earlier on the ballot, it is more likely to pass. And the difference between a ‘good’ and a ‘bad’ position on the ballot is not small: It can result in a swing of several percentage points. Why would something so seemingly trivial as the ballot position impact how people vote? Psychologists call the effect ‘decision fatigue,’ which suggests that as people make several consecutive choices, the quality of their decisions deteriorates.” (11/03/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/11/long-ballots-democracy/413701/

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45) Economists should be more like biologists
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“When a biologist encounters in a living organism a physical or behavioral trait that is unusual or unfamiliar, and that does not contribute to survival in any way that is immediately obvious, the biologist’s professional instinct is to think hard about that trait in order to identify its likely genetic benefit to its possessor. That professional instinct is sound. The biologist, upon encountering such a trait, does not leap to the conclusion that he or she has encountered an instance of ‘nature failure.'” (11/03/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/11/economists-should-be-more-like-biologists.html

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46) How the FBI can detain, render and threaten without risk
Source: Cato institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“At exactly 5 p.m. on March 13, 2007, just as I was preparing to leave my cubicle in Washington for the day, I got a phone call from the journalist Jonathan Landay of McClatchy Newspapers. To this day, I remember his exact words. ‘One of your congressman’s constituents is being held in an Ethiopian intelligence service prison, and I think your former employer is neck-deep in this.’ The congressman was Rush Holt, then a Democratic representative from New Jersey, for whom I worked for 10 years starting in 2004. The constituent was Amir Mohamed Meshal of Tinton Falls, N.J., who alleges that he was illegally taken to Ethiopia, where he was threatened with torture by American officials. My ‘former employer’ was the Central Intelligence Agency, but it soon became apparent that the agency “neck-deep in this” was the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” (11/03/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-fbi-can-detain-render-threaten-without-risk

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47) The rigging of the American market
Source: Our Future
by Robert Reich

“Much of the national debate about widening inequality focuses on whether and how much to tax the rich and redistribute their income downward. But this debate ignores the upward redistributions going on every day, from the rest of us to the rich. These redistributions are hidden inside the market. The only way to stop them is to prevent big corporations and Wall Street banks from rigging the market. For example, Americans pay more for pharmaceuticals than do the citizens of any other developed nation. That’s partly because it’s perfectly legal in the U.S. (but not in most other nations) for the makers of branded drugs to pay the makers of generic drugs to delay introducing cheaper unbranded equivalents, after patents on the brands have expired.” [editor’s note: This guy continues to amaze me; he is so perceptive about society’s ills, and what causes them, yet so insistent that the answer is more of the big govt interventions that made them happen – SAT] (11/03/15)

https://ourfuture.org/20151103/the-rigging-of-the-american-market

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48) The real battle over breasts
Source: spiked
by Jan MacVarish

“When it was announced last year that the United Arab Emirates had passed a new law requiring all babies to be breastfed for two years, female commentators expressed their horror. Even among so-called lactivists, there was a hostile reaction to the idea of women in the UAE being forced to breastfeed (or to seek a wet-nurse). Similarly, in 2010, when Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen called for breastfeeding to be made compulsory, she was rightly shouted down and eventually recanted. But while there is an indignant reaction to such naked examples of foreign and hypothetical authoritarianism, voices are rarely raised against the raft of extraordinary and very real regulations that has the explicit aim of getting more women to breastfeed.” (11/03/15)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-real-battle-over-breasts/

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49) How Beijing and the west work together to manipulate the global currency war
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brendan Brown

“From reading the commentaries you might have imagined that the process of a currency winning international reserve status depends on getting the IMF seal of approval. At least that seems to be the story with China. So, strange to tell, the great international monies of the past evolved either before the IMF was created or without its help. Think of the Deutsche mark and Swiss franc — the two upstarts of the 1970s and 1980s — or briefly the Japanese yen when it enjoyed great popularity. Their emergence was due to the path of monetary stability chosen by their issuing authorities together with complete freedom from restrictions. So why is the world of currency diplomacy now playing along with the nonsense of the IMF examining whether the Chinese yuan has met the criterion to become a reserve currency?” (11/03/15)

https://mises.org/library/how-beijing-and-west-work-together-manipulate-global-currency-war

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50) Reaping the fruits of the war on terror in Yemen
Source: CounterPunch
by Michael Horton

“Yemen was an early victim of the US led war on terror. The first targeted assassination by a US drone occurred there in November 2002. Yemen’s mountains and deserts were where the US developed and tested its flawed drone-centric counter-terrorism strategy. A combination of indifference, faulty intelligence, and incompetence has led to the deaths of hundreds of Yemeni civilians. As tragic as these deaths are, they pale in comparison with the death and destruction unleashed by the current war in Yemen, a war that US foreign and counter-terrorism policies are partially responsible for.” (11/03/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/03/reaping-the-fruits-of-the-war-on-terror-in-yemen/

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51) Dialogue on Democracy, part 5
Source: The American Conservative
by Alan Jacobs

“Well … Loki’s quite right, you know — at least in terms of what he says, as opposed to what he means. He means that we want to be ruled by him, a claim that I would firmly though politely (his being a god and all) reject. But do we want to be ruled? Of course we do. That’s why human societies so strenuously avoid direct democracy. Rule is tedious; it’s boring — almost no one actually wants to do it — we have a thousand other things we’d rather pursue, including, as a high priority, announcing to everyone who’ll listen how much better off the world would be if we ran it.” (11/03/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/jacobs/dialogue-on-democracy-part-5/

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52) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/03/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Dan Greene, Jim Jesus, Angela Keaton and Michael W. Dean rock the worms, HARD.” [various formats] (11/03/15)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/2015/11/03/joke-redacted-freedom-feens-radio/

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53) #FeelTheBern with Mises and Jim Morrison
Source: Voices Of Liberty
by Jason Peirce

“But really, what’s the difference between ‘socialism’ and ‘democratic socialism,’ when 1) both necessarily require coercion (with the threat of fines and imprisonment for non-compliance); and 2) when both necessarily require coercive intervention into markets, which destroys prices and economic calculation. In this, both ‘socialism’ and ‘democratic socialism’ are anti-freedom and unsustainable. And this is the problem with Bernie’s ‘democratic socialism’ — in short, the effects are no different than ‘socialism.’ The greater point is that Bernie would add more socialism to the socialism we already have in the U.S., which is the problem in the first place.” (11/03/15)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/feelthebern-mises-jim-morrison/

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54) Please sir, can we be oppressed some more?
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“An interesting little example of what happens when you grant privilege to certain groups within a society. And this is to use privilege properly, as Sir Pterry told us it was to be used, meaning a private system of law, one that only applies to that specific group. For when some or other group does gain such privilege then people will clamour to be part of that group that enjoys said privilege …” (11/03/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/liberty-justice/please-sir-can-we-be-oppressed-some-more/

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55) Not plutonium
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“If Ohioans pass Issue 3 today, the days of pot prohibition will disappear like the smoke from a wild night’s last bong hit. … But there is a disturbing aspect to Issue 3: ‘Crony Capitalism.’ The constitutional amendment would not simply legalize growth and sale, subject to regulation similar to alcohol or tobacco. Though it would legalize home growth, it stakes out a complicated limited licensing system for commercial sale, allowing for only a handful of growers in the state.” (11/03/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/11/03/not-plutonium/

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56) Drone registration: A stupid solution in search of a problem it might actually fix
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“The list of business people, bureaucrats, and hobbyists who will help establish federal restrictions on drone use was dropped on the public last Thursday. This came after weeks of official telegraphing by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation that Something Must Be Done about the dread scourge of unmanned aircraft doing stuff that absolutely compels lawmakers to seek the nearest television camera to deliver a good finger-wagging. That stuff includes buzzing aircraft, spying on cops who thought they had a monopoly on that job, and flying close enough to the White House to get the Secret Service’s panties in a bunch (the president gets to threaten people with drones; returning the favor is just not done).” (11/03/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/11/03/drone-registration-a-stupid-solution-in

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57) Congressional Brief: Trade
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by staff

“International trade — the essence of globalization — allows people, regions and nations to specialize in the production of what they do best, to enjoy economies of scale in production and to buy more cheaply those things that others do best. Freer trade — reduced tariffs, regulations and restrictions — stimulates growth and efficiency by allowing domestic producers to concentrate their resources on areas in which they have a comparative advantage over foreign producers, thereby reducing their real costs and increasing their competitiveness.” [PDF] (11/03/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/cbrief-Trade.pdf

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58) Real alternatives to banking and postage
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Joe Szymanski

“[Bernie] Sanders wants to create a banking system run ‘by and for the people’ using one of America’s oldest monopolies, the United States Postal Service (USPS). Maybe he thinks he could kill two birds with one stone — providing the people with another form of banking while saving the Postal Service from bankruptcy. Unfortunately, the fundamental flaws in the American banking system (including banks’ poor track record of servicing low income neighborhoods) will not be fixed by empowering another monopolistic government agency to perform banking services.” (11/03/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/41189

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59) The Libertarian Angle, 11/03/15
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling discuss the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob and Richard discuss how Congress repeatedly raises the debt ceiling, destroying the notion that any such ceiling actually exists.” [various formats] (11/03/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-the-debt-ceiling-charade-video/

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60) Isn’t it funny
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“Not all comedians are in comedy clubs or on Saturday Night Live. Many of them are ordinary, run-of-the-mill conservatives. And many of them live in my state of Florida. What makes these comedians even funnier than most others is that it is not what they say that is so funny, it is what they don’t say — about marijuana.” (11/03/15)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/11/laurence-m-vance/isnt-funny/

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