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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,318
Thursday, November 5th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Report: US intelligence suggests bomb brought down Russian plane over Sinai
2) UK: Regime unveils plan to award itself yet more Orwellian spy powers
3) Maldives: Regime declares “emergency” ahead of protest
4) UK: Cameron drops plans to join US in Syria airstrikes
5) NATO tests its capabilities — and wants Russia to take note
6) CA: San Francisco voters reject measure to restrict Airbnb rentals
7) Vietnam: Xi visits as sides seek to mend ties
8) Mexico: Supreme court opens door to recreational pot use
9) Colombia: High court rules for adoptions by same-sex couples
10) North Dakota approves medical marijuana petition
11) Study: Solitary confinement “literally drives men mad”
12) UK: Edinburgh University astronomers find sunless world
13) OH: After defeat, pot legalization backers aim for better luck in 2016
14) UK: Regime suspends flights to Sinai over concerns bomb may have caused plane crash
15) Canada: Trudeau sworn in as new prime minister
16) MA: Judge gives go-ahead to try teen “as an adult” on murder charge
17) One in five US pediatricians rejects unvaccinated patients
18) Romania: Government resigns in wake of protests over nightclub fire
19) CA: San Francisco sheriff caught up in Know-Nothing theater over “sanctuary cities” loses re-election bid
20) ADP says companies in US added 182,000 workers in October

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The decentralized Internet
22) The higher calling of the dismal science
23) Musings on fate, the future, and the struggle between central controllers and freedom lovers, part 2
24) Against universal state surveillance
25) Campus cops: Authority without accountability
26) Advice for Charles & David Koch: Buy newspapers
27) Oh no! The Cold War is back on?
28) Camera-shy cops can relax
29) Government spendthrifting
30) America’s non-representative war government
31) This sounds terribly logical which is why people are complaining
32) What to look for when TPP text is released
33) Prosecutors are addicted to the war on drugs: Inside law enforcement’s rabid defense of mandatory minimums
34) The Fed desperately tries to maintain the status quo
35) A tale of two teachers: The politics of personal teaching
36) Black markets and green market anarchy
37) Only way Jeb Bush can “fix” his campaign
38) We don’t need men’s rights
39) Nothing but good news
40) Carly Fiorina’s disgust is written all over her face
41) Cochrane’s questions about inequality
42) Warning from KY: Managerial Democrats can lose to extreme Republicans
43) Heartland Daily Podcast, 11/04/15
44) A broken fix
45) What does it take to get barred from Adams State University? Not much
46) An economic history of the American health care system, part 2
47) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/04/15
48) Do companies have more responsibility than making money for shareholders?
49) Ben Carson and the cult of first responders
50) Hillary Clinton’s bid to counter gun rights voters
51) Free Talk Live, 11/03/15
52) DC’s “missing” memorial
53) What’s different about monetary policy
54) New campaign! New argument! New evidence!
55) A woman as president? The gender-neutral Constitution.

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

1) Report: US intelligence suggests bomb brought down Russian plane over Sinai
Source: Newsweek

“Early intelligence reports indicate that a plane crash over the weekend in Egypt’s Sinai was caused by a bomb, a United States official told the Associated Press on Wednesday afternoon. A Russian plane carrying 224 people crashed in the Sinai Saturday while traveling between the sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh and St. Petersburg. Everyone on board was killed. … Groups affiliated with the Islamic State militant group took responsibility for the attack online, saying it was retribution for Russian airstrikes in Syria. Their claim was not substantiated and Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said it ‘can’t be considered accurate.'” (11/04/15)

http://www.newsweek.com/us-intelligence-suggests-bomb-brought-down-russian-plane-over-sinai-egypt-390700

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2) UK: Regime unveils plan to award itself yet more Orwellian spy powers
Source: GlobalPost

“Britain’s government published proposals for new Internet spying laws Wednesday to keep pace with the digital age, including allowing the intelligence services partial access to a suspect’s Internet browsing history. Home Secretary Theresa May hailed the draft legislation as a ‘world-leading oversight regime,’ but a leading rights group described the proposals as a ‘breath-taking attack’ on Britain’s online security. … Crucially for companies such as Google and Facebook, the proposals would not force foreign-based companies to meet ‘domestic retention obligations’ for communications data. However, the security services would be able to access Internet communication records, which show which online services were accessed by a suspect and when.” (11/04/15)

http://www.globalpost.com/article/6680890/2015/11/03/britain-unveil-plan-new-internet-spying-laws

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3) Maldives: Regime declares “emergency” ahead of protest
Source: Washington Post

“The president of the Maldives declared a state of emergency on Wednesday that sharply curtails citizens’ rights for 30 days following an explosion on his speedboat and the discoveries of a homemade bomb near his residence and a weapons cache. … Under the state of emergency, the military and police are able to enter and search homes without warrants and can make arrests virtually at will. Citizens are forbidden to hold protests or labor strikes or to travel between the country’s many islands. … The declaration effectively thwarts plans by the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party to hold a mass rally on Friday demanding the release of its jailed leader, former President Mohamed Nasheed.” (11/04/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/maldives-president-declares-state-of-emergency/2015/11/04/f8a3856e-82ce-11e5-8bd2-680fff868306_story.html

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4) UK: Cameron drops plans to join US in Syria airstrikes
Source: Fox News

“British Prime Minister David Cameron reportedly has dropped plans for a parliamentary vote on extending anti-ISIS airstrikes to Syria, in the latest blow to President Obama’s attempts to form a stronger coalition against the Islamic terror group. Though the U.K. has joined the U.S. in conducting airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq since 2014, multiple U.K. media outlets including The Guardian and The Times of London reported Cameron was hoping to put a vote forward in the House of Commons on joining the U.S. as the Obama administration seeks to regain its foothold amid a surging Russian presence. Those outlets report Cameron has since shelved the move. A Foreign Affairs Committee report issued Tuesday also urged Cameron not to join the airstrikes unless there was a “coherent international strategy” that can realistically defeat ISIS.” (11/04/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/11/04/in-blow-to-obama-cameron-reportedly-drops-plans-to-join-us-in-syria-airstrikes

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5) NATO tests its capabilities — and wants Russia to take note
Source: Epoch Times

“NATO is putting on its most fearsome display of military might in over a decade, a choreographed large-scale movement of soldiers, ships, and planes meant to hone its capabilities as well as transmit an unmistakable signal to Russia and other possible foes. The U.S.-led alliance’s aim is to train and exercise, but it is also “sending a very clear message to our nations and to any potential adversary,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference Wednesday.” (11/04/15)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1891334-nato-tests-its-capabilities-and-wants-russia-to-take-note/

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6) CA: San Francisco voters reject measure to restrict Airbnb rentals
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“San Francisco voters handed a victory Tuesday to Airbnb and city residents who want to turn their homes into vacation rentals. Proposition F, a measure that would have drastically curbed short-term rentals, lost by 55 percent to 45 percent, with all precincts reporting and most mail ballots counted. Prop. F was one of the most contentious issues on the ballot and centered on whether vacation rentals divert scarce housing to lucrative illegal year-round hotels, as its backers claimed, or help middle-class people make ends meet, as Airbnb and other opponents of the measure said.” (11/04/15)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Prop-F-Measure-to-restrict-Airbnb-rentals-6609176.php

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7) Vietnam: Xi visits as sides seek to mend ties
Source: Biloxi Sun Herald

“Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Vietnam starting Thursday comes as the two communist countries seek to mend ties strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Bilateral relations plunged to their lowest point in years following Chinese’s parking of a giant oil rig near the Paracel islands in an area Vietnam claims as within its exclusive economic zone. The incident sparked deadly anti-Chinese protests in Vietnam.” (11/04/15)

http://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/article43018752.html

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8) Mexico: Supreme court opens door to recreational pot use
Source: Arizona Daily Star

“Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation is legal under the right to freedom. The measure was approved in 4-1 vote on the five-justice panel, backing the argument that smoking marijuana is covered under the right of ‘free development of personality.'” (11/04/15)

http://tucson.com/news/bigstories/mexico-supreme-court-opens-door-to-recreational-pot-use/article_e5385cc2-e4fb-514d-b785-1ee065d39a50.html

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9) Colombia: High court rules for adoptions by same-sex couples
Source: ABC News

“In a historic decision, Colombia’s constitutional court has opened the door for same-sex couples to legally adopt children in the conservative South American nation. In the 6-2 ruling Wednesday, magistrates said adoption agencies can’t discriminate against gay and lesbian couples.” (11/04/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/colombia-high-court-rules-adoptions-sex-couples-34980294

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10) North Dakota approves medical marijuana petition
Source: Smell the Truth

“North Dakota is one step closer to providing medical marijuana to its residents. ND’s Secretary of State Al Jaeger accepted a petition on Monday to put a medical marijuana legalization measure on the 2016 ballot, according to an AP report. If approved by voters, the initiative would legally allow state residents to possess up to three ounces of medical cannabis. Patients who qualify could purchase marijuana from a state-licensed dispensary, or even grow a limited supply for personal use. The North Dakota Committee for Medical Marijuana, the group backing the ballot initiative, will need to collect 13,500 signatures by July 11 in order to qualify for the 2016 general election ballot.” (11/03/15)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2015/11/03/north-dakota-approves-medical-marijuana-petition

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11) Study: Solitary confinement “literally drives men mad”
Source: USA Today

“Silvestre Segovia had vowed many times over that he would never return to solitary confinement. Languishing in the vast Texas prison system’s solitary confinement wings for more than a decade had exacted a heavy emotional toll. And there was so much to discover about a new world that confronted him on a much-anticipated exit that chilly morning, Nov. 15, 2002. A loyal girlfriend waited 255 miles away. There might even be a market for the catalog of detailed sketches that he had created to pass the years of numbing isolation. But where to begin? Since 2002, USA TODAY has been tracking nine Texas offenders that November day, including Segovia, all of whom spent prolonged periods in isolation, either as punishment for misconduct in prison or for their association with criminal gangs.” (11/04/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/11/04/solitary-confinement-prisoners-impact/73830286

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12) UK: Edinburgh University astronomers find sunless world
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Clouds made of droplets of molten iron have been detected on a sunless world 75 light years from Earth. The planet-like object, PSO J318.5-22, was already considered one of the strangest ever discovered. About the same size as Jupiter, it floats freely out on its own in space. Scientists estimate it is only about 20 million years old. Edinburgh University astronomers used a telescope in Chile to show it is covered in multiple layers of thick and thin cloud. It has no parent star.” (11/04/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-34712877

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13) OH: After defeat, pot legalization backers aim for better luck in 2016
Source: Raw Story

“Opponents of a voter initiative that would have legalized marijuana in Ohio celebrated their crushing victory on Wednesday as advocates of legalization said they see a better chance for victory in five other states next year. Marijuana legalization in Ohio won only 36 percent of the vote on Tuesday, failing even in large urban areas and areas with large college populations. Supporters claimed they were not surprised by the rejection of a ballot measure that would have allowed both recreational and medical use of the drug. Some critics blamed the advocates for pushing too far too fast, while also working to create an economic monopoly around production of the drug that many found objectionable. ‘We realized the language was not to the liking of Ohio voters,’ Ian James, executive director of Responsible Ohio, which backed the failed Issue 3 ballot. The group plans a reworked measure next year.” (11/04/15)

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/11/after-ohio-defeat-pot-legalization-backers-aim-for-better-luck-in-2016

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14) UK: Regime suspends flights to Sinai over concerns bomb may have caused plane crash
Source: USA Today

“The British government said Wednesday that it was suspending flights to and from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula because of increasing concerns that the Russian airliner that crashed over the weekend was brought down by a bomb. Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said British aviation experts are traveling to the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where Saturday’s flight began, to assess security before British flights there will be allowed to leave, the Associated Press reported.” (11/04/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/11/04/metrojet-crash-voice-data-recorders-uk-bomb/75153278/

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15) Canada: Trudeau sworn in as new prime minister
Source: Woodland Daily Democrat

“Justin Trudeau was sworn in Wednesday as Canada’s prime minister, following in the footsteps of his storied father and restoring his nation’s liberal identity after almost 10 years of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper. The 43-year-old Trudeau, a former school teacher and member of Parliament since 2008, on Wednesday became the second youngest prime minister in Canadian history.” (11/04/15)

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20151104/justin-trudeau-sworn-in-as-canadas-prime-minister-restoring-nations-liberal-identity/3

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16) MA: Judge gives go-ahead to try teen “as an adult” on murder charge
Source: Yahoo! News

“A Massachusetts judge on Wednesday ruled that a teenager accused of murdering a teacher at his high school is competent to stand trial, despite arguments from his attorneys that the 16-year-old defendant had shown signs of mental disturbance. Jury selection in the trial of Philip Chism was suspended early last month after defense attorneys raised the competency question. … He has pleaded not guilty and is being tried as an adult. If found guilty of first-degree murder, he would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors contend that Chism, 14 at the time of the alleged attack, had been upset by a conversation he had with Ritzer when he followed her into a bathroom after school. He then slit her throat with a box cutter and dumped her body in nearby woods with a note reading ‘I hate you all,’ they said.” [editor’s note: So when he was 14, where were the prosecutors to tell him he could vote, join the military and buy beer? He only conveniently became an “adult” when they wanted to put him prison for life – TLK] (11/04/15)

http://news.yahoo.com/teen-face-trial-murder-charge-massachusetts-judge-154306418.html

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17) One in five US pediatricians rejects unvaccinated patients
Source: United Press International

“Slightly more than one out of every five U.S. pediatricians has dismissed families because parents refused to vaccinate their children, according to a recent study. The American Academy of Pediatricians advises against turning families away for nonvaccination, but doctors have come under pressure not to treat children who have not been vaccinated because of recent communicable disease outbreaks — especially the measles outbreak at Disneyland in California.” (11/04/15)

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2015/11/03/One-in-five-pediatricians-reject-unvaccinated-patients/3661446555850/

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18) Romania: Government resigns in wake of protests over nightclub fire
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced the resignation of his government Wednesday following huge protests in the wake of a nightclub fire that killed more than 30 people. ‘I’m handing in my mandate, I’m resigning, and implicitly my government too,’ Ponta said in a statement. He said the government would stay on until a new one is in place. … Thousands took to the streets Tuesday night in a spontaneous protest. They shouted ‘Shame on you!’ and ‘Assassins!’ and waved Romanian flags. Anger has been brewing for some time in Romania against the government, which many perceive as being corrupt, and Friday’s fire has added to the discontent.” [editor’s note: If a million people died in a fire in America, every government official from dogcatcher on up would claim that the reason was that they didn’t have enough power … yet in Romania, all it takes is one night of street protests to topple a government that probably had zilch to do with the fire. Maybe we ought to study what they’re doing over there and copy it! – TLK] (11/04/15)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-romania-nightclub-fire-20151104-story.html

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19) CA: San Francisco sheriff caught up in Know-Nothing theater over “sanctuary cities” loses re-election bid
Source: Fox News Latino

“A San Francisco sheriff caught up in a national debate on immigration reform has lost his bid for re-election by a wide-margin. Partial returns from Tuesday’s vote show Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi losing to retired sheriff’s official Vicki Hennessy. She has the backing of Mayor Ed Lee and the deputies association. With more than 90,000 votes counted, Hennessy had 62 percent compared to just 31 percent for Mirkarimi. … Mirkarimi vigorously defended the city’s sanctuary policies, which generally prohibit law enforcement from cooperating with immigration officials.” (11/04/15)

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/11/04/sf-sheriff-caught-up-in-sanctuary-cities-controversy-loses-re-election-bid/

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20) ADP says companies in US added 182,000 workers in October
Source: Bloomberg

“Companies added 182,000 workers in October, signaling steady improvement in the U.S. job market, according to a private report based on payrolls. The increase in employment followed a revised 190,000 rise in the prior month, figures from the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, New Jersey, showed Wednesday. The median projection of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an advance of 180,000. An expansion in headcounts that leads to faster wage growth will probably help accelerate consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy.” (11/04/15)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-04/adp-says-companies-in-u-s-added-182-000-workers-in-october

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

21) The decentralized Internet
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“‘Internet provision is a natural monopoly!’ How many times have you heard some economic illiterati say that? I’m sure you’ve heard it a few times even though the entire concept of natural monopoly is a myth. To demonstrate this I’m going to provide a couple of examples of decentralized Internet architectures.” (11/04/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/11/04/the-decentralized-internet/

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22) The higher calling of the dismal science
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Dylan Pahman

“Economist and theologian Paul Heyne once asked the question, ‘Are economists basically immoral?’ He asked this because economists have a frustrating tendency to interrupt the high moral aspirations of others with complications about how, in the real world, life is not so simple. When other people are concerned with social justice and love, they have a knack for focusing on things like costs and logistics, seemingly putting a price on doing the right thing. Is this just an annoying habit of a small subset of social scientists, or might it be a moral calling?” (11/04/15)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/11/04/higher-calling-dismal-science

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23) Musings on fate, the future, and the struggle between central controllers and freedom lovers, part 2
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“You and I may be skeptical about a specific new technology, but we tend not to be technophobes. We’re not ones who reject the new out of hand. We may not want to buy the first flying cars or be on the first ship to colonize Mars or the Moon, but we probably have friends who do want to and maybe even know a few who will. We jumped on computers years ahead of the average and were getting acquainted on BBSes before the Worldwide Web tempted slower adopters in. So no, we don’t innately distrust tech. But what do you think of when you think ‘driverless car?’ Aside from still-unknown hazards on the highway, it’s likely that the first thing you think is: They can be shut off, or otherwise manipulated, by remote control.” (11/04/15)

http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2015/11/04/musings-on-fate-the-future-and-the-struggle-between-central-controllers-and-freedom-lovers-part-ii/

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24) Against universal state surveillance
Source: Libertarian Alliance

“The British Government is promising a Bill to make Internet service providers and telephone companies store details of our communications and to make these available to the authorities. Sean Gabb discusses this on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester.” [Flash audio] (11/04/15)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2015/11/04/against-universal-state-surveillance-2015-by-sean-gabb/

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25) Campus cops: Authority without accountability
Source: The American Prospect
by Nathalie Baptiste

“Gil Collar was only 18 years old when, in 2012, he ingested a hallucinogenic drug, stripped naked, and banged on the windows of the police station at the University of South Alabama where he was a freshman. When Officer Trevis Austin heard the commotion, he opened the door and fatally shot Collar. The campus police officer claimed that Collar charged towards him, but surveillance footage shows that Gil Collar never lunged or came within four feet of the police officer. In September, a federal judge cleared Austin of any wrongdoing. College campuses began hiring their own police more than a century ago. But the exact rights and responsibilities of campus cops are a crazy quilt of different practices and standards.” (11/03/15)

http://prospect.org/article/campus-cops-authority-without-accountability

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26) Advice for Charles & David Koch: Buy newspapers
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Earlier this week on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, libertarian billionaire Charles Koch lamented that his campaign donations haven’t accomplished all that much. Well, Charles Koch is a smart man, as multi-billionaires tend to be. But he shouldn’t be surprised. Political contributions seldom accomplish much. If you want to change the system, there are a lot of better places to put the money. Political contributions tend to flow into the hands of the political consultants who actually run campaigns. Those consultants tend to want to put the money into television ads, in part because TV ads produce a tangible product (‘see, here’s what we did with your money’) and, probably more significantly, because the consultants get a commission on the television ad buys.” (11/04/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/11/04/advice-koch-brothers-and-friends-liberal-media-bias-column/75099180

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27) Oh no! The Cold War is back on?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“On Monday, the New York Times published a fascinating article entitled ‘Putin’s Forever War’ by Masha Gessen. The article provides a deep insight into the type of mindset that converted the U.S. government into a national-security state and that has led our nation to the dark side. Gessen’s article revolves around a critique of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, he says, favors endless war for its own sake. Poo-pooing Putin’s concern about counteracting U.S. world domination, Gessen says that the ‘strategic purpose of his wars is war itself.’ … What’s fascinating about Gessen’s article is that as he describes Russia’s behavior under Putin, he fails to recognize the same type of behavior engaged in by the U.S. government.” (11/04/15)

http://fff.org/2015/11/04/oh-no-the-cold-war-is-back-on/

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28) Camera-shy cops can relax
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“FBI Director James Comey says cops are reluctant to do their jobs because they worry that their actions will be captured on camera. … You might wonder what exactly cops would do if they were sure they were not being recorded, or why they are so worried that practices Comey thinks are essential to public safety would be fodder for viral videos. But the truth is that cops rarely face serious consequences even when they star in videos that appall the average YouTube viewer. To understand why, consider last week’s exoneration of the police officer who shot and killed [Zachary] Hammond, an unarmed 19-year-old, in Seneca, South Carolina, on July 27. Last week 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams said Lt. Mark Tiller was justified in using lethal force because Hammond was trying to run him over. But that is not what the dashcam video of the encounter — which was not released until last week, three months after the shooting — seems to show.” (11/04/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/11/04/camera-shy-cops-can-relax

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29) Government spendthrifting
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“In private sector America today there are gas stations with convenience stores on just about every commercial district street corner. We have tens of thousands of gas stations. Mom and pop proprietors own gas stations. Oil companies have gas stations. Wal-Mart has gas stations. Costco has gas stations. Do you think in your wildest imagination that any of these thousands of proprietors ever paid $43 million dollars for a single gas station? Would Costco pay that much for a gas station? Of course not; that’s ridiculous. Surely there is no single gas station anywhere in America, much less on the entire planet Earth, worth $43 million dollars, right? Well, not exactly.” (11/04/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/11/government-spendthrifting.html

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30) America’s non-representative war government
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Barack Obama has announced he is sending special operations forces into Syria to help those fighting both the government of Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State, just as last year he ordered airstrikes in Syria. He previously said he would not send ground forces, but you can forget about that now. After a Delta Force soldier was killed there while on a raid last month, Secretary of War Ash Carter acknowledged that Americans will be at risk. Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said, ‘The norm is not going out in raids. I’m obviously not going to rule anything out.’ Note well: the U.S. Congress has not declared war on Syria (nor should it), so Obama’s moves are unconstitutional and illegal. Last year Obama asked Congress for an ‘authorization for the use of military force’ (AUMF) — it went nowhere and is going nowhere — while insisting he did not need it. The administration (echoing George W. Bush) says any president has the inherent power under the Constitution to do what he’s doing in Syria. (Compare with candidate Obama.)” (11/03/15)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2015/11/americas-non-representative-war.html

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31) This sounds terribly logical which is why people are complaining
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“We have the delightful arrival of a government plan that is actually sensible. That being, of course, why it’s unlikely to get through and also why there is much a’wailin’ an’ a’cryin’ about it all. For to some people government isn’t there to do sensible things it’s there only to protect their own interests. The sensible thing is that places which have planning permission will be regarded as having planning permission. Which, given that the point and purpose of having a system of planning permissions is to indicate where people have permission to do the planned thing sounds very reasonable indeed to us …” (11/04/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/planning-transport/this-sounds-terribly-logical-which-is-why-people-are-complaining/

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32) What to look for when TPP text is released
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been completed. The agreement is a big deal. It is said it writes the rules for doing business in the 21st century and covers 40 percent of the world’s economy. The agreement will determine whether the giant corporations will increase their domination or if regular people will instead be able to fight back, restore self-governance, and make a decent living in good and safe working conditions. Unfortunately, TPP was negotiated through a corporate-dominated process, with representatives of labor, environmental, consumer, human rights and other ‘stakeholder’ groups largely kept away from the table. The negotiations were conducted in secret and the results have been kept secret.” (11/04/15)

https://ourfuture.org/20151104/what-to-look-for-when-tpp-text-is-released

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33) Prosecutors are addicted to the war on drugs: Inside law enforcement’s rabid defense of mandatory minimums
Source: Salon
by Daniel Denvir

“Federal prosecutors are fighting a rearguard action to defeat criminal justice reform legislation in Congress, warning that modestly dialing back harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders would hinder their campaign against drugs amidst a heroin crisis. ‘Slashing federal mandatory minimum sentences will undermine the ability of law enforcement officials to dismantle drug trafficking organizations,’ a National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys white paper on ‘the dangerous myths of drug sentencing ‘reform” warns.” (11/04/15)

http://www.salon.com/2015/11/04/federal_prosecutors_fight_to_defend_mandatory_minimums_for_nonviolent_drug_offenders/

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34) The Fed desperately tries to maintain the status quo
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ronald-Peter Stoferle

“During the press conferences of recent FOMC meetings, millions of well-educated investment professionals have been sitting in front of their screens, chewing their fingernails, listening as if spellbound to what Janet Yellen has to tell them. Will she finally raise the federal funds rate that has been zero bound for over six years?” (11/04/15)

https://mises.org/library/fed-desperately-tries-maintain-status-quo

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35) A tale of two teachers: The politics of personal teaching
Source: Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff

“The author of the essay, Helaine L. Smith, is an English teacher at Brearley, an exclusive all-girls private school in New York City. Smith synthesizes the central thesis of her essay in a single paragraph: ‘We do not talk about the environment, or racism, or feminism, or our president’s failed policies. We talk about literature. We exist, for the 40 minutes each day that I teach English to middle- and high-school students in New York City, in an issue-free zone.’ ‘We will not consider political parallels to today’s world,’ Smith dictates like a latter-day Miss Jean Brodie. Ironically, among the authors that she teaches in this ‘issue-free zone’ are George Orwell and James Baldwin, who would both have objected to Smith’s effort to excise politics from the teaching of literature.” (11/04/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/tale-two-teachers-politics-personal-teaching

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36) Black markets and green market anarchy
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by HB Dillon Williams IV

“Getting involved in black and gray markets is economically empowering, and allows greater accessibility to a wider variety of products and services. Prices in black and gray markets are sometimes lower and more negotiable. More competition means more choice. This is not only good for the consumer, but also the producer, who finds himself with a larger clientele. Black and gray markets offer life-saving accessibility to otherwise difficult to procure goods and services, as in the case where a person is able to buy a gun and skirt state-mandated waiting periods and background checks. Agorism itself may be a relatively new philosophy, but it is a part of a timeless tradition of rebellion that’s been present throughout history, with many fascinating examples.” (11/04/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/41294

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37) Only way Jeb Bush can “fix” his campaign
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“The Jeb Bush campaign has swapped out the language of genuine optimism for the language of forced optimism that often masks hopelessness. Like a pitcher pleading with his impatient manager, or a debtor pleading with a disgruntled bookie, Bush is now pleading to anyone who will listen that he, Jeb, can fix it! The value of this new slogan is that it responds to everyone by being addressed to no one in particular. Nervous donor worried about your investment in the Bush campaign? Jeb can fix it! Economy not working out for you? Jeb can fix it! Hate Washington? Jeb can fix it! But the reason Bush finds himself in the doldrums isn’t that he’s back-burnered his claim to competence. It’s that nobody particularly cares if the claim true. Conservatives remember Bush’s governorship of Florida fondly. His reputation for competence isn’t in question. His problem is that familiar inputs in Republican politics are no longer yielding dependable outcomes.” (11/03/15)

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/123341/jeb-bush-should-promise-fix-republican-party

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38) We don’t need men’s rights
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“The men’s rights movement has a pretty bad PR problem. The tag encompasses both conspiratorial, comment-section sadsacks, whose mad political outlook seems entirely based on once being rebuffed at a school disco, to sincere people who raise reasonable concerns about men’s place in society and the excesses of feminism. The existence of the former making it all too easy for feminists to sneer at the latter. But even the most sensible men’s rights advocate is mired in the same stifling sense of gender-specific victimhood as the other side. What is so often presented as a backlash against feminism is, in fact, its mirror image.” (11/04/15)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/we-dont-need-mens-rights/17601

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39) Nothing but good news
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Wayland Hunter

“I’ve noticed something good about the current presidential campaign, and I’ll tell you what it is. I think you’d like to hear anything that could possibly be good about the neverending quest for power. The voters don’t care about the candidates’ positions. They don’t care at all. I know that sounds like a bad thing. But it isn’t. The voters don’t care about the candidates’ positions, economic plans, moral perspectives, or whatever, because they don’t take them seriously. They don’t think the candidates are wizards, possessed of mystic insight and supernatural power. In most cases, they don’t even think they’re telling the truth. This is a big advance over the credulous shouting and swooning that ordinarily greets at least one of the presidential candidates.” (11/03/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1478

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40) Carly Fiorina’s disgust is written all over her face
Source: Reuters
by Dan Hill

“Though key issues may vary, a candidate’s signature facial expressions rarely do. In Carly Fiorina’s case, she dominates the field of 2016 Republican presidential contenders in one particular look: It signals disgust. With a lower-lip depressor movement, her lower lip pulls down and out, causing the lip to stretch wider and the chin to momentarily flatten. This movement is one of the five principal ways to express disgust. The emotion is more commonly signaled by the upper lip curling or the nose wrinkling, in keeping with its actual meaning. Disgust is about rejection, about viscerally protecting oneself from what you perceive as ‘poisonous.’ Fiorina uses it to reject the status quo.” (11/04/15)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/03/carly-fiorinas-disgust-is-written-all-over-her-face

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41) Cochrane’s questions about inequality
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Our vegetable picker in Fresno hears that the number of hedge fund managers in Greenwich with private jets has doubled. So, he goes out and buys a pickup truck he can’t afford. Therefore, Stiglitz is telling us, we must quash inequality with confiscatory wealth taxation … in order to encourage thrift in the lower classes? If this argument held any water, wouldn’t banning ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ be far more effective? (Or, better, rap music videos!) If the problem is truly overspending by low income Americans, can we not think of more directed solutions? For example, might we not want to remove the enormous taxation of savings that they face through social programs?” (11/04/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/11/cochranes_quest.html

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42) Warning from KY: Managerial Democrats can lose to extreme Republicans
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“Democrats who think they can win simply by highlighting the extremism of Republicans (a popular notion as Dr. Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and Senator Ted Cruz rank high in Republican presidential polls) would do well to consider the case of Kentucky. Yes, Kentucky — where cautious Democrats just clashed with extremist Republicans. In an exceptionally low-turnout election, in which two-thirds of eligible voters failed to cast ballots, the Republicans prevailed. On an off-year election day that was erred on the dismal side for Democrats (they failed in a critical struggle to gain control of the Virginia legislature and suffered setbacks elsewhere) voter anger was evident in much of the country.” (11/04/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/warning-from-kentucky-managerial-democrats-can-lose-to-extreme-republicans

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43) Heartland Daily Podcast, 11/04/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Jay Richards, assistant research professor at the Catholic University of America joins managing editor of Environment & Climate News H. Sterling Burnett to discuss the the misanthropic nature of modern environmentalism.” [various formats] (11/04/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/11/heartland-daily-podcast-jay-richards-why-modern-environmentalism-is-unnecessary-and-harmful/

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44) A broken fix
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“It is universally acknowledged that Congress is all screwed up, but ideas differ on how to reform it. Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), in accepting the Speaker of the House position, admitted, ‘The House is broken. We are not solving problems. We are adding to them.’ But how to fix what is broken? In my opinion — and according to virtually every survey of Americans for the last 20 years — term limits would be the best first step.” (11/04/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/11/04/a-broken-fix/

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45) What does it take to get barred from Adams State University? Not much
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Peter Bonilla

“At Adams State University (ASU) in Colorado, a controversy has been brewing over the questionable use of a hastily-enacted persona non grata policy against former faculty member Danny Ledonne, whose only offense, as best we can tell, seems to have been establishing himself as a critic of certain ASU policies and practices.” (11/03/15)

https://www.thefire.org/what-does-it-take-to-get-barred-from-adams-state-university-not-much/

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46) An economic history of the American health care system, part 2
Source: Mises Canada
by Michael Accad

“Q: What alternative models of health care payment were sought during the Great Depression? A: Taken aback by the sudden surplus of hospital beds, and realizing that patients and families were not willing or able to use hospital services at the prices demanded, leaders of hospital associations and of medical associations, such as the American College of Surgeons, began to look for models of collective health care payment.” (11/04/15)

https://mises.ca/posts/articles/an-economic-history-of-the-american-health-care-system-part-2/

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47) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/04/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Chandler St. Pierre, Steve Miller-Miller, James Babb and Michael W. Dean discuss A Brief History of Holes: Dick Cheney’s (allegedly) dirt holes in Wyoming, Tatiana coin, Namecoin, where my memes at?, the majesty of Dave Chappelle, the captives that are the prison guards that are teachers in public school, and where do those filthy sewer people get their ‘authority?'” [various formats] (11/04/15)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/2015/11/04/freedom-feens-radio-is-the-show-the-view-for-libertarians-at-bar-closing-time/

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48) Do companies have more responsibility than making money for shareholders?
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jeff Colonnesi

“While it’s true that that a business, or individual owes nothing to society that they havened agreed — or contracted — to provide, why is it that we allow the statists to assume that if left unregulated, that shareholder monetary value is the only thing businesses will be interested in? Why do we, who insist that the market can and will take care of everything from providing bread, to paving the streets to dealing with fraud, robberies and murder allow them to claim the market itself cannot force businesses to hold up the ‘social contract’ that statists love to trot out? The market can (and will if allowed) require businesses to act much better on social issues than regulations ever could.” (11/01/15)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle845-20151101-06.html

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49) Ben Carson and the cult of first responders
Source: CounterPunch
by John Grant

“Does Carson have a point concerning citizen passivity in the Oregon shooting? Does our addiction to infotainment media and fantasy encourage passivity among American citizens in the real world? Have we as a people become too soft and too reliant on the police, their SWAT teams and all their military equipment and tactics? In Amsterdam, a port city where marijuana and prostitution are legal and where there’s a long history of dealing with exotic temptations, a Dutch psychiatrist once told me that the Dutch mother teaches her child that he or she has an interior locus of control to engage with all the temptation. In this light, do Americans more and more rely on the various exterior loci of control, like police, courts and prison?” (11/04/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/04/ben-carson-and-the-cult-of-first-responders/

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50) Hillary Clinton’s bid to counter gun rights voters
Source: The Atlantic
by David A Graham

“Twenty percent of Americans say they won’t support a candidate who doesn’t back stricter gun laws — but twice as many gun-rights backers say the reverse.” (11/04/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/11/can-hillary-clinton-make-gun-control-a-litmus-test/414037/

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51) Free Talk Live, 11/03/15
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cop Block’s Ademo Freeman joins us to explain why he bailed out of jail for chalking. :: Cop Block and Minorities :: What’s Next for the Cop Block MAC Tour :: To Bail or Not to Bail? :: NY Times to Give Away 1.3 Million Google Cardboard VR Headsets Sunday :: Will this bomb? :: San Francisco Housing Insanity :: Centralizing Educational Curriculum :: Critique of NYT Cardboard Release :: Brian Sovryn Joins Us to Discuss Google Cardboard.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/03/15)

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52) DC’s “missing” memorial
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

“Although the city is full of memorials, there’s one group, one who arguably paid the highest price for all of the U.S. government’s interventions, for whom no memorial has been erected. It’s doubtful one will ever be built. How could this be? What group has been denied honor in the nation’s Capitol? Innocent civilians.” (11/04/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/11/04/d-c-s-missing-memorial/

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53) What’s different about monetary policy
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Keith Weiner

“Many people agree that it’s important to move to a free market in money (i.e. the gold standard). They also say that it’s just as important to fight bad taxes and regulation. In their view, government interference in the economy is like friction in a car. The more friction you add, the slower the car goes. One source of friction is much the same as any other. Let me explain why it doesn’t quite work that way, using a few examples.” (11/04/15)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/11/whats-different-about-monetary-policy/

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54) New campaign! New argument! New evidence!
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis and Jim Babka

“Politicians pass ‘sin’ taxes to discourage the use of things like tobacco and alcohol. They know that higher prices cause lower consumption. But then the politicians contradict themselves. They act like the logic behind ‘sin’ taxes does NOT apply to the minimum wage law. Here’s a brand new way to think about this issue … Raising the cost of employing people must reduce the supply of jobs in the same way that ‘sin’ taxes reduce the use of cigarettes and whiskey.” (11/04/15)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/new-campaign-new-argument-new-evidence

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55) A woman as president? The gender-neutral Constitution.
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson

“During the ratification debates, the Constitution’s gender neutrality, like its religious and racial neutrality, provoked some controversy. That controversy was more muted over gender and race than over religion (anti-federalists argued strenuously for a requirement that federal officeholders be Christians), but traces of it remain in the historical record. For example, ‘Cato,’ an important anti-federalist essayist (probably New York governor George Clinton), criticized the Constitution’s allocation of Representatives by ‘inhabitants’ rather than by male freemen …” (11/04/15)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/11/04/a-woman-as-president-the-gender-neutral-constitution/

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