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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
The Freedom Movement’s Daily Newspaper

Volume XIII, Issue #3,323
Thursday, November 12th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Spain: Constitutional Court tries to block Catalonia secession
2) UN Security Council set to adopt resolution on Burundi crisis
3) Myanmar: Army chief accepts Suu Kyi victory, offers cooperation
4) EU presses African nations to accept migrants back
5) SC: Authorities say teen used mother’s gun to kill burglar
6) Permanent flu vaccine in the works
7) Israel: Regime denounces EU label rules for products made in squats
8) Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev reaches $107 billion deal for SABMiller
9) Rouhani refuses to eat with Hollande over wine
10) Vatican: Officials put two journalists under investigation in leaks probe
11) US wins bid to remain on UNESCO board despite arrears
12) Global push for end to Syria war seen as most serious yet
13) Lufthansa strike continues, strands 100,000 more fliers on Wednesday
14) Federal appeals court: Tucson, Arizona elections unconstitutional
15) Ireland: Investigators arrest former British soldier in “Bloody Sunday” massacre
16) Report: Germany spied on FBI, UN bodies and French foreign minister
17) Russia calls for new Syrian constitution in 18 months
18) DC: Woman charged with sex abuse after “humiliating” twerking attack in gas station
19) KS: Miller sentenced to death in Jewish Community Center killings
20) Afghanistan: Kabul protest over Hazara killings turns violent

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Is your home your castle? You wish.
22) Support for a “no-fly zone” in Syria should be disqualifying
23) Truth in government? You betcha! Part 1
24) The IRS scam
25) The Deep State: The unelected shadow government is here to stay
26) Free Talk Live, 11/11/15
27) Camp followers
28) Social Security: The long slow default
29) Medicare’s costs and benefits
30) Is changing your child’s sex legal?
31) Marvel’s mightiest Muslim
32) Frugal year, day eight: Use an independent auto mechanic
33) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 11/11/15
34) The continuing shame of Veterans Day
35) Quentin isn’t but I am
36) Governor Kasich: Tax cutting Medicaid expander?
37) The enemy within
38) Heartland Daily Podcast, 11/11/15
39) Neither alternative is attractive
40) The completely insane consumer surplus of the Internet
41) Bitcoin: Let it fork!
42) How do we get the adults into government?
43) The Uber-huge mistake
44) Tarantino vs. the hateful state
45) Campus activists weaponize “safe space”
46) The campaign needs a radical, but Sanders isn’t it
47) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/11/15
48) Trump vs. the Constitution
49) The Libertarian Angle, 11/10/15
50) Lord Acton and the idea of liberty

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

1) Spain: Constitutional Court tries to block Catalonia secession
Source: Newsweek

“Spain’s Constitutional Court blocked Catalonia’s attempted secession process on Wednesday by agreeing to hear a Spanish government appeal against it, deepening a stand-off over the potential breakaway. Catalonia’s regional parliament passed a resolution this week setting out a plan to establish a republic within 18 months in the highly industrialized and populous northeastern region which accounts for about a fifth of Spain’s economic output. … As Catalan leaders elected in September have specifically vowed to ignore the rulings of the Constitutional Court, it is unclear what the next move in the confrontation could be.” (11/11/15)

http://www.newsweek.com/spains-constitutional-court-blocks-catalonias-secession-bid-393321

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2) UN Security Council set to adopt resolution on Burundi crisis
Source: Times of India [India]

“The UN Security Council is expected to unanimously adopt on Thursday a French-drafted resolution aimed at ending violence in Burundi that many fear could escalate into Rwanda-style mass killings. The measure would put in motion UN plans to bolster the international presence in Burundi, possibly with the deployment of peacekeepers after months of turmoil.” (11/11/15)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/UN-set-to-adopt-resolution-on-Burundi-crisis/articleshow/49752554.cms

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3) Myanmar: Army chief accepts Suu Kyi victory, offers cooperation
Source: Bloomberg

“Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing respects the outcome of Myanmar’s election and is willing to work with a new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, a senior government official said. … Suu Kyi’s NLD is dominating early returns from the Sunday vote and is on track to rout the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, the military’s political arm. Aung Hlaing publicly bowing to the results may reassure the NLD, who fear a repeat of Myanmar’s first modern election in 1990, when the NLD also won a sweeping victory only to see the ruling generals refuse to accept the outcome.” (11/11/15)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-11/myanmar-s-army-chief-accepts-suu-kyi-victory-offers-cooperation

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4) EU presses African nations to accept migrants back
Source: Wheeling News-Register

“The European Union pressed African leaders on Wednesday to take back thousands of people who do not qualify for asylum, as overwhelmed Slovenia began building a razor-wire border fence to keep migrants at bay, raising tensions with neighboring Croatia. Sweden, struggling to manage the influx too, became the latest EU nation to announce the introduction of temporary border controls, as of Thursday.” (11/11/15)

http://theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/980859/EU-presses-African-nations-to-accept-migrants-back.html?isap=1&nav=538

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5) SC: Authorities say teen used mother’s gun to kill burglar
Source: Fox News

“A South Carolina teenager left home alone used his mother’s gun to shoot and kill a burglar, authorities said Tuesday. … The [13-year-old] boy said he heard a vehicle pull up behind his house, then heard someone trying get inside a few minutes later. At that point, the teen picked up his mother’s gun and went to the back door of the home. … he fired the gun through the door and the person outside fired back. The boy fired several more shots, apparently wounding the suspect. … Charleston County sheriff’s officials reported that a gray Chevy Sonic pulled up to a local hospital with several bullet holes. An affidavit states the passenger in the car had three gunshot wounds and was rushed to the emergency room in critical condition, but was later pronounced dead.” (11/11/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/11/authorities-say-south-carolina-teen-used-mother-gun-to-kill-burglar/

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6) Permanent flu vaccine in the works
Source: WISH TV

“The annual flu shot could be a thing of the past. A breakthrough in medicine could provide life long immunity from influenza. … Medical experts are going back to the drawing board to recreate what they’re calling a universal influenza vaccine. It would protect against all strains, and could potentially offer permanent immunity, and perhaps, save a few tears in the doctor’s office.” (11/11/15)

http://wishtv.com/2015/11/11/permanent-flu-vaccine-in-the-works/

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7) Israel: Regime denounces EU label rules for products made in squats
Source: Washington Post

“The European Union set new guidelines Wednesday requiring that Jewish settlements [sic] clearly label export products as coming from occupied territories. Israeli leaders condemned the move as discriminatory and warned that relations with their nation’s biggest trading partner could suffer. The measures, issued by the European Commission, mean that farmers, vintners and manufacturers in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights — even those employing Palestinian [Arab] workers — may no longer boast a ‘Made in Israel’ label for Europe-bound goods. Instead, they must tell consumers that the products come from a ‘settlement’ in the territories, which were captured by Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.” [editor’s note: Products made in occupied territory outside Israel are by definition not “made in Israel,” so labeling them as such is plain fraud regardless of any EU laws – TLK] (11/11/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israel-denounces-eu-label-rules-for-products-made-in-settlements/2015/11/11/9883ace6-87eb-11e5-bd91-d385b244482f_story.html

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8) Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev reaches $107 billion deal for SABMiller
Source: USA Today

“Anheuser-Busch InBev on Wednesday formalized a deal to acquire its British-South African rival SABMiller for $107 billion, creating a gigantic global beer company hoping to reach deeper into developing markets. The companies had been weighing a deal since mid-September, with SABMiller rejecting several overtures from the Belgian-based AB InBev before accepting the deal. It still faces approval by regulators.” (11/11/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/11/11/ab-inbev-sabmiller-deal/75562530/

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9) Rouhani refuses to eat with Hollande over wine
Source: Newsy

“A French Bordeaux. It pairs well with red meat or stew, but pairs poorly with visiting Iranian diplomats. France’s government found that out the hard way when they planned a formal dinner for Prime Minister Francois Hollande and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. French radio station RTL reported that the Iranian delegation demanded a meal with no alcohol and halal meat, which is an Islamic custom that has to do with the way an animal is slaughtered before consumption. The French balked at the idea of a dinner without wine, suggesting they do breakfast instead. But the Middle Eastern country’s leadership said that menu looked too cheap, so they settled for a conversation with no food whatsoever.” (11/11/15)

http://www.newsy.com/videos/iran-s-president-refuses-to-eat-with-french-over-wine/

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10) Vatican: Officials put two journalists under investigation in leaks probe
Source: CBS News

“The Vatican said Wednesday it had placed two Italian journalists under investigation in its probe over leaked documents that revealed waste, greed and mismanagement at the highest levels of the Catholic Church hierarchy. Journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi wrote two bombshell books detailing the uphill battle Pope Francis is facing in reforming the Vatican. Their books, released last week, were based on leaked documents from a reform commission Francis named to get a handle on the Vatican’s finances and propose reforms.” (11/11/15)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/vatican-puts-2-journalists-under-investigation-in-leaks-probe/

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11) US wins bid to remain on UNESCO board despite arrears
Source: ABC News

“The United States has been re-elected to UNESCO’s executive board, a symbolic victory for Washington as it seeks to retain sway in the U.N. cultural and scientific agency even though the U.S. stopped financing it. Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently traveled to Paris to woo UNESCO diplomats, hailed Wednesday’s decision.” (11/11/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-wins-bid-remain-unesco-board-arrears-35139044

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12) Global push for end to Syria war seen as most serious yet
Source: Virginian-Pilot

“The international community is mounting its most serious effort yet to end the nearly 5-year-old Syrian war, rallying around a second round of talks in Vienna this weekend amid the emergence of a Russian proposal that calls for early elections. But the global push for peace so far excludes any of the Syrian players, and experts say any hasty decisions risk leading to even greater bloodshed.” (11/11/15)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_SYRIA_PEACE_PLAN_ANALYSIS

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13) Lufthansa strike continues, strands 100,000 more fliers on Wednesday
Source: USA Today

“Lufthansa has grounded nearly a third of its entire schedule Wednesday, stranding about 100,000 passengers as the carrier’s flight attendants walked off the job for the fifth time in six days. … The attendants union is in the sixth day of a weeklong strike that has created chaos for hundreds of thousands of Lufthansa’s passengers. The carrier has been forced to ground nearly 3,000 flights since the labor disruption began last Friday.” (1/11/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2015/11/11/lufthansa-strike-continues-strands-100000-more-filers-wednesday/75565978/

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14) Federal appeals court: Tucson, Arizona elections unconstitutional
Source: Arizona Daily Sun

“A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Tucson’s local elections system is unconstitutional. A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the city’s primary and general elections hybrid system puts many voters at a disadvantage by giving the upper hand to Democratic candidates in a largely Democrat city. One judge dissented. The city is divided into six wards, and residents can only vote for candidates in their ward during primary elections. But they can vote for any city council candidate during general elections. That means the few pockets of Republican communities lose out because Democrats who are elected at the ward-level have wide support city-wide.” (11/10/15)

http://azdailysun.com/ap/state/federal-appeals-court-tucson-elections-unconstitutional/article_7a965eb4-cbfc-5358-ae7f-e4222b1734c4.html

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15) Ireland: Investigators arrest former British soldier in “Bloody Sunday” massacre
Source: Seattle Times

“The police in [occupied] Ireland arrested a 66-year-old man Tuesday in connection with Bloody Sunday, the infamous massacre of unarmed civilian marchers by British soldiers in [Derry] on Jan. 30, 1972. It was the first time anyone has been arrested in the massacre, for which the British government formally apologized in 2010. The former soldier, whose name was not released, was arrested in County Antrim and taken to a police station in Belfast for questioning. The BBC reported that the ex-soldier was a former lance corporal — identified in a 2010 report by the pseudonymous initial ‘J.’ He is believed to have been involved in three of the 13 killings that day. A 14th victim died months later.” (11/10/15)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/investigators-arrest-ex-british-soldier-in-bloody-sunday-massacre/

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16) Report: Germany spied on FBI, UN bodies and French foreign minister
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Germany’s foreign intelligence service spied on targets including the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, the FBI and the UN Children’s Fund, a media report said on Wednesday. The latest news report on the BND spy service fuels a debate in Germany about state surveillance kicked off by the revelations of the US whistleblower Edward Snowden. … German media have previously reported that the BND had spied in cooperation with the NSA on the French presidency and foreign ministry, the European Commission and other targets. Asked about the latest allegations, the BND declined to comment.” (11/11/15)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/11/germany-spied-fbi-un-bodies-french-foreign-minister

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17) Russia calls for new Syrian constitution in 18 months
Source: Associated Press

“Russia has circulated a document on ending the nearly five-year-old Syrian conflict that calls for drafting a new constitution in up to 18 months that would be put to a popular referendum and be followed by an early presidential election. The document, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, makes no mention of Syrian President Bashar Assad stepping down during the transition — a key opposition demand. It only mentions that ‘the president of Syria will not chair the constitutional commission.'” (11/11/15)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/UN_UNITED_NATIONS_SYRIA

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18) DC: Woman charged with sex abuse after “humiliating” twerking attack in gas station
Source: NBC 4 Washington

“One of two women caught on video groping and twerking on a man in a gas station in Northeast D.C. has been arrested after an attack the victim said humiliated him. Ayanna Marie Knight, 22, of Las Vegas, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse, police said late Tuesday in an update. The second woman is still sought by police. Video released by the Metropolitan Police Department on Monday shows the man waiting in a checkout line when a woman in front of him begins to dance and rub her body against him. A second woman follows the man and appears to grope him repeatedly.” (11/10/15)

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Police-Search-for-Women-Who-Danced-On-Groped-Man-344512252.html

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19) KS: Miller sentenced to death in Jewish Community Center killings
Source: Wichita Eagle

“The 74-year-old Missouri man who unleashed years of pent-up anti-Semitism in a spasm of gunfire that killed three Christians was sentenced Tuesday to death. Johnson County District Judge Kelly Ryan followed the recommendation of the jury that earlier this year found F. Glenn Miller Jr. guilty of capital murder in the April 13, 2014, shooting spree in Overland Park. … Miller’s rampage outside the Jewish Community Center and the Village Shalom care center took the lives of 14-year-old Reat Underwood; his grandfather William Corporon, 69; and Terri LaManno, 53, who worked with visually impaired children. Though Miller failed in his stated motive to kill as many Jews as possible that day, he defiantly declared his ‘mission’ a success. On Tuesday, he reiterated his hatred of Jews and desire to kill Jewish people. ‘I’d do it again,’ he said of the shootings, ‘if they ever let me out of here.'” (11/10/15)

http://www.kansas.com/latest-news/article44201547.html

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20) Afghanistan: Kabul protest over Hazara killings turns violent
Source: NBC News

“Thousands of angry protesters attempted to enter Afghanistan’s presidential compound as a march over the brutal murders of seven minority Hazaras turned violent. Presidential palace guards fired in the air in an attempt to block protesters from entering the palace. There was no immediate confirmation of casualties, though Afghanistan’s TOLO News reported eight people were injured. The protesters were demanding government action to halt sectarian violence following the beheadings of seven Hazaras by suspected ISIS-linked militants.” (11/11/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/kabul-protest-over-hazara-killings-afghanistan-turns-violent-n461276

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

21) Is your home your castle? You wish.
Source: Independent Institute
by John C Goodman

“Suppose your best friend is down on her luck. Magnanimously, you give her a spare room in your house, on a temporary basis, and when she starts earning some income, you let her pay rent — say, $100 a week. You would think that just about everybody would applaud you. After all, your act of charity has prevented one more person from becoming homeless. But not everybody is happy with that result. The hotel industry doesn’t like it for selfish reasons. Progressive politicians don’t like it because …. well, it’s not always clear why progressives think the way they do. All of this came to a head this week in a fight over a ballot proposition in San Francisco, a city with two interesting distinctions. With an average-priced home costing $1.1 million, it’s the most expensive place to live in America. And, it’s home to Airbnb, a company that came into existence to solve the housing shortage crisis by connecting homeowners who are willing to rent out a room with strangers who need a place to stay.” (11/11/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8581

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22) Support for a “no-fly zone” in Syria should be disqualifying
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Lindsey Graham reminds us why creating a ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria is such an insane and irresponsible idea: ‘South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says he would shoot down Russian planes in Syrian airspace in order to protect U.S.-backed forces in the region.’ The good news is that Graham will never be in a position to give such an order, but unfortunately almost all of the other Republican candidates for president share his position, and Clinton’s position is virtually indistinguishable from his.” (11/11/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/support-for-a-no-fly-zone-in-syria-should-be-disqualifying/

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23) Truth in government? You betcha! Part 1
Source: Living Freedom
by Sandy Sandfordt

“I don’t need to tell readers here that governments lie. We all know that lies are fundamental to manipulating the citizenry. This does not mean, however, that you shouldn’t pay attention to what government spokespeople say. If you know how to listen, you can gather vital intel to protect yourself and your family. By understanding why certain things are said — or not said — you can improve your chances of surviving government-created calamities and maybe even come out ahead of the game sometime. Governments do have ‘tells’ just like poker players. If you learn to read those tells, you have an edge over the other players at the table. Believe me, in America, with a third of a billion players at the table, you really want to have that edge.” (11/11/15)

http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2015/11/11/guest-post-truth-in-government/

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24) The IRS scam
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“I recently received an e-mail from my dear US Representative in Congress (Kristi Noem, SD-00 (South Dakota only has ONE) warning me of a wave of scam calls and e-mails from people pretending to be the IRS in an attempt to steal money from us by getting our bank account or credit card information. The calls tell us that the IRS is getting ready to sue us, unless we immediately settle the problem. … Now, these sorts of e-mails from dear Kristi may help people avoid getting caught by this scam. But they do NOT help people out of the REAL massive scam, that of government and the IRS itself.” (11/11/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8111

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25) The Deep State: The unelected shadow government is here to stay
Source: LewRockwell.com
by John W Whitehead

“America’s next president will inherit more than a bitterly divided nation teetering on the brink of financial catastrophe when he or she assumes office. He will also inherit a shadow government, one that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country. To be precise, however, the future president will actually inherit not one but two shadow governments.” (11/11/15)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/11/john-w-whitehead/permanent-secret-government/

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26) Free Talk Live, 11/11/15
Source: Free Talk Live

“Veterans Day :: Free State Project Questions :: Promoting War Culture :: Walls Dividing :: Changes in Warfare :: WWI Veteran Commits Suicide :: For What Good, War? :: Thanking for Service :: Court Scam :: Tariffs :: Campus Police Ask Students to Call them Over Offensive Speech :: Replica Guns Banned in Boston :: Failed Shell Casing ID Program.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/11/15)

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/232690593″ params=”visual=true&show_artwork=true&maxwidth=576&maxheight=864″ width=”100%” height=’400′ iframe=”true” /]

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27) Camp followers
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Every army, whether on the march or in garrison, has attracted ‘camp followers,’ non-military personnel who follow along because it’s profitable to do so. And because armies are (and always have been) mostly made up of healthy young men, deprived of the company of young women and with nothing in particular to accomplish with their pay, many camp followers have always been prostitutes (indeed, the former is often used as a euphemism for the latter). Up until a century ago, nobody pretended to be surprised by this or subscribed to the ridiculous delusion that it could or should be prevented somehow …” (11/11/15)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/camp-followers/

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28) Social Security: The long slow default
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Kirby R Cundiff

“The US government knows it cannot keep up its end of the original Social Security bargain. So, to address its insolvency issue, the federal government simply responds by reducing benefits while increasing taxes. Increasing the retirement age, for example, is an easy way to reduce benefits. The retirement age was increased from sixty-five for those born in 1937 or before to sixty-seven for those born in 1960 or after. Since enrollees do not get maximum benefits until age seventy, it could be argued that seventy is really the current full retirement age.” (11/11/15)

https://mises.org/library/social-security-long-slow-default

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29) Medicare’s costs and benefits
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“What’s with all the newfound love for Medicare? Last week, at a rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump proclaimed, ‘Medicare works! You get rid of the fraud, waste, and abuse, and it works!’ That probably shouldn’t come as a surprise from Trump, who once advocated a single-payer health-care system for the U.S., and who also still believes that the Canadian and British health-care systems ‘work.’ But Trump is hardly alone.” (11/11/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/medicares-costs-benefits

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30) Is changing your child’s sex legal?
Source: spiked
by Barbara Hewson

“There’s a conundrum here that goes beyond the vexed question of when society should allow children to make life-changing decisions. Gender is a social construct, we are told, and so not a medical matter at all. As Lord Brandon said, social issues are best not determined by doctors. In offering a gender-development service to a handful of youngsters, the NHS is surely exceeding its remit.” (11/11/15)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/is-changing-your-childs-sex-legal/17614

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31) Marvel’s mightiest Muslim
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Sarah Skwire

“Last year, the crew at Marvel Comics rebooted Ms. Marvel — formerly a scantily clad blonde superheroine — as a teenaged Desi Muslim high school girl living in Jersey City. Reboots of old, familiar characters are always complicated, and they are all the more so when the reboot seems suspiciously like politically correct pandering. But Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel, is a huge hit. And she’s not a hit because she’s some kind of mouthpiece for popular pieties. She’s a hit because she’s a great character, a believable teenager, and — in the style of the best superheroes — a symbol that lets us rethink our own identities while we watch her learn to balance hers.” (11/11/15)

https://fee.org/freeman/marvels-mightiest-muslim/

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32) Frugal year, day eight: Use an independent auto mechanic
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

“I am fanatical about giving our cars regular maintenance, and fixing problems as soon as they occur. But there are still ways to save money. Your auto dealer’s service department is a profit center for them, and they expect to make a lot of money there. (Sort of like ink-jet printers, where the real profit comes after the product sale, from selling the ink.) A good independent mechanic will cost less and will have more flexible service options.” (11/11/15)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.6826

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33) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 11/11/15
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Happy birthday to the Marine Corps and to me; (Solemnly) Happy Armistice Day; Hey, it’s our 52nd weekly episode, so Happy Birthday to the KN@PP Stir Podcast!; Finally, the KN@PP Stir is available on iTunes!; Darryl W. Perry renews as sponsor, and by the way, he has a cool book out; A rant about ‘radical’ versus ‘moderate’ in the Libertarian Party’s presidential campaigns.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/11/15)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-special-midweek-episode-of-knpp-stir.html

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34) The continuing shame of Veterans Day
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“‘Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service’ or ‘thanks for protecting our freedom.’ What! I hear this familiar refrain again and again every November. I am appalled whenever this unthinking salutation is proffered. I am a retired career Army officer and like USMC General Smedley Butler before me, I find these sentiments to be hogwash. The only service rendered was to the American political power structure in the dishonorable hands of the Democrats or Republicans; the former, despite their protestations to peace, have gotten America involved in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.” (11/10/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4557

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35) Quentin isn’t but I am
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jim Davidson

“Recently, Quentin Tarantino said, ‘Frankly, it feels lousy to have a bunch of police mouthpieces call me a cop hater. I’m not a cop hater. That is a misrepresentation. That is slanderous. That is not how I feel.’ My goodness, whatever does he mean? I’m a cop hater, and I will tell you why. I am a cop hater because police initiate force and I am against initiating force. I am a cop hater because every cop is paid in stolen money, and every cop is an enforcer for the system. I am a cop hater because cops enforce unjust laws and enjoy doing so. I am a cop hater because cops in Houston broke eleven of my bones in January 2004 and felt completely justified doing so.” (11/08/15)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle846-20151108-03.html

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36) Governor Kasich: Tax cutting Medicaid expander?
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon Herrick

“Ohio Governor Kasich likes to portray himself as a Budget Hawk. Yet, Ohio’s state budget increased by nearly one-third since Kasich took office (just over $50 billion to nearly $70 billion)! Kasich’s assertion that he is a fiscal conservative only works if you ignore boosting Medicaid, which will soon account for more than half of Ohio’s general budget.” (11/10/15)

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/gov-kasich-tax-cutting-medicaid-expander/

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37) The enemy within
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Empires cost money, and the price of ours — which i[s] based on the principle of everything goes out and nothing comes in — is exorbitantly high. Which is probably what led Center for American Progress head honcho Neera Tanden, who is close to Hillary Clinton, to propose charging countries that we invade and conquer for the costs of subjugating and occupying them. Tanden proposed — seriously — that we seize Libya’s oil as the price for ‘liberating’ them, i.e. turning their country into a terrorist version of Disney World. In which case, we would be like Rome in every respect — plundering conquered nations and hauling the loot back to the imperial capital, to be distributed to the populace at the Emperor’s pleasure. That would surely mark our final decline from a republic of freemen to an empire of corruption.” (11/11/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/11/10/the-enemy-within/

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38) Heartland Daily Podcast, 11/11/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“Enjoying low gas prices? How long will they last? In this edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Dr. Bud Weinstein, Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute and research fellow Isaac Orr talk about the Keystone Pipeline and the factors that influence the global prices of oil.” [various formats] (11/11/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/11/heartland-daily-podcast-dr-bud-weinstein-keystone-pipeline-and-oil/

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39) Neither alternative is attractive
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“In an e-mail sent to me today by a publicist bragging about your support for the ‘Fight for $15’ movement to more than double the national minimum wage, you are quoted as thanking ‘Fight for $15 and the tens of thousands of workers mobilizing today for their tireless leadership on this critical issue. Amalgamated Bank will be with you every step of the way.’ Tell me, Mr. Mestrich, will your bank extend loans to businesses that continue to employ workers whose wages have been doubled even if such employment practices render those businesses unprofitable?” (11/10/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/11/neither-alternative-is-attractive.html

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40) The completely insane consumer surplus of the Internet
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Jason Kuznicki

“Last weekend I got heartburn while traveling. So I found a vending machine that sold antacid tablets. I dropped in two dollars and made my choice. Whoops! It was actually $2.50. ‘Okay,’ I told myself. ‘I’d still pay that much.’ So I added fifty cents, and within a minute I was feeling much better, with many extra tablets to spare. ‘If they’d been asking, I’d probably have paid four or five bucks,’ I thought. ‘Maybe as much as ten. Although that would be kind of a rip-off.’ Economists call it consumer surplus. It’s the value that consumers pocket, in effect, because they aren’t charged the highest price that they might otherwise pay for a good or a service.” (11/10/15)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/completely-insane-consumer-surplus-internet

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41) Bitcoin: Let it fork!
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“There has been a lot of commotion in the Bitcoin world lately. A few of the core developers (an informal group that maintain the program) made a big splash by saying that the ‘block size’ (a technical issue) had to be increased or else horrible problems would ensue. They’re calling their plan ‘Bitcoin XT.’ At first, I simply didn’t want to be bothered with this. Just about everything that passes across a plasma screen these days is sold as a major, life-threatening crisis. I ignore as much of it as I can. But after hearing a bit more about this issue from several friends, I decided to look into it a bit further.” (11/10/15)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/bitcoin-let-fork/

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42) How do we get the adults into government?
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by TIm Worstall

“We are ever so slightly worried by this announcement: ‘The government is proposing a national minimum bedroom size as part of a drive to stop landlords carving up houses into ever smaller rooms to maximise rental income.’ … Government would not ban the consumption of gin if beer were to go short, government would not ban smaller plates if food were to be short, so quite why government thinks that the banning of small bedrooms is going to increase the supply of bedrooms is unknown to us.” (11/11/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/planning-transport/how-do-we-get-the-adults-into-government/

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43) The Uber-huge mistake
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Uber’s challenge to old-fashioned ride service — to the taxi industry — is at least twofold. One, it shows government regulation to be counterproductive and kind of witless. Two, it shows that innovation — particularly by decreasing transaction costs — can rapidly transform a market for the good of consumers.” (11/10/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/11/10/the-uber-huge-mistake/

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44) Tarantino vs. the hateful state
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Nick Ford

“When I heard noted filmmaker Quentin Tarantino had participated in a rally devoted to opposing police brutality, I thought that was cool. When I heard that the police unions were encouraging people to boycott his upcoming movie, The Hateful Eight, I thought that was funny. But when I heard that the Fraternal Order of Police, one of the largest police unions in the United States, told Tarantino they had a ‘surprise’ for him, I took that as a thinly-veiled threat.” (11/10/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/41344

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45) Campus activists weaponize “safe space”
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“In the video of Tim Tai trying to carry out his ESPN assignment, I see the most vivid example yet of activists twisting the concept of ‘safe space’ in a most confounding way. They have one lone student surrounded. They’re forcibly preventing him from exercising a civil right. At various points, they intimidate him. Ultimately, they physically push him. But all the while, they are operating on the premise, or carrying on the pretense, that he is making them unsafe. It is as if they’ve weaponized the concept of ‘safe spaces.’ … This behavior is a kind of safe-baiting: using intimidation or initiating physical aggression to violate someone’s rights, then acting like your target is making you unsafe.” (11/10/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/11/how-campus-activists-are-weaponizing-the-safe-space/415080/

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46) The campaign needs a radical, but Sanders isn’t it
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“We could use a radical in the presidential race — someone who really challenges the status quo — but Bernie Sanders isn’t it. Sanders of course calls himself a democratic socialist, but that tell us almost nothing. One gets the impression the socialist label was pinned on him and after resisting it, decided socialist sounded romantic and embraced it. Nevertheless, whether you like socialism or not, Sanders’s is not a socialist: he calls neither for nationalizing the means of production nor for replacing the market economy with central planning.” (11/10/15)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-campaign-needs-radical-but-sanders.html

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

“Randy England, James Babb, Lousander Feen and Michael W. Dean discuss punk-rock drive-by colonoscopies by monopoly and how much they resemble most things the State does. James Babb relates tales of woe of dealing with the Sewer People. i.e. ‘Waterboard the water board.’ Plus, more on why the Post Office is ‘socialism for packages.'” [various formats] (11/11/15)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/2015/11/11/the-league-of-extraordinary-sewer-gentlemen-freedom-feens-radio/

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48) Trump vs. the Constitution
Source: Reason
by Damon Root

“‘I don’t think they have American citizenship,’ Trump told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, in reference to the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. ‘It’s not going to hold up in court, it’s going to have to be tested.’ But if the courts follow the Constitution, Trump’s test will surely fail. That’s because the text and history of the 14th Amendment are clear: If a child is born on U.S. soil, and that child’s parents don’t happen to be diplomats, foreign ministers, or invading foreign troops, then that child is a U.S. citizen by virtue of birth.” (for publication 12/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/11/10/trump-vs-the-constitution

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49) The Libertarian Angle, 11/10/15
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 talk about how antitrust law is inimical to a free society.” [various formats] (11/10/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-repeal-antitrust-laws/

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50) Lord Acton and the idea of liberty
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Gertrude Himmelfarb

“Whatever institutions or forms of government have been devised through the ages, the idea of liberty has remained constant: the right of each man to consult his conscience without reference to authorities or majorities, custom or opinion. The security of conscience enjoyed by the individual has its parallel in the security of minorities within the State; in both cases liberty is the safeguard of religion. In the history of antiquity, Acton found confirmation of two of his favorite theories, that liberty is ancient and despotism modern, and that the history of liberty is in large measure the history of religion.” (originally published 1952; posted 11/10/15)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/11/10/lord-acton-idea-liberty

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