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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,330
Monday, November 23rd, 2015
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In the News:

1) Belgium: Police arrest 16, Paris fugitive still at large
2) Crimea: State of emergency after electricity pylons “blown up”
3) Argentina: Macri ahead in runoff vote
4) Iran: Regime says WaPo reporter sentenced to prison
5) Catalonia: Pro-independence protest draws around 3,000
6) US regime scheme to keep rebellious tax slaves from leaving nears passage
7) WA: Frivolous lawsuit versus Uber moves to federal court
8) Cyprus: Police stop six men at airport
9) LA: Democrats celebrate victory in governor’s race
10) Nepal: Regime police kill four protesters
11) NY: Manslaughter case declared mistrial due to “racist” white juror
12) Yahoo strikes back? Mail blocks some mail users with ad block enabled
13) Bangladesh: Regime executes two opposition leaders for 1971 war crimes
14) MS: state election settled by “drawing straws”
15) Trump: I’m leading because of “incompetent” politicians

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Unroll the scroll
17) The US and the “refugee crisis”: Three complaints, one solution
18) Discredited rape data overshadow what’s accurate
19) The war on encryption and Bitcoin — nothing to do with terrorism, everything to do with state control
20) Free Thoughts Podcast, 11/20/15
21) The left’s green lantern problem
22) Georgist system is prudential
23) Americans see government of, by & for the rich
24) Politicians make you a sitting duck for terrorists
25) The Bob Zadek Show, 11/22/15
26) America after Paris: Sixteen dumb and terrifying proposals
27) Time to see this reality
28) Open letter to Congress: Do not cede to fear
29) Is the Fed due for downsizing?
30) European borders may be redrawn as Europe embraces nationalism
31) Our innocent stuff
32) Ratings Trump respect and dignity at NBC
33) Syrian refugees and security
34) Gun control didn’t prevent the Paris massacre
35) US religious leaders agree: Let the Syrian refugees come
36) Impossible dreams
37) Government choosing businesses for preference or punishment is always wrong
38) Islamism’s double pronged assault on liberal democracy
39) You can’t vote your way to libertarianism
40) Mastermind? Don’t make me laugh
41) Liberty and hate crimes
42) The Paris attacks and the White Lives Matter movement
43) Shouldn’t Social Security recipients get a CEO-sized raise?
44) Let the refugees in
45) Answering questions: States vs feds on Syrian refugees
46) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 11/20/15
47) CNN punished its own journalist for fulfilling a core duty of journalism
48) Advice to the prime minister/president
49) The Tom Woods Show, 11/20/15
50) Science fiction and communist reality

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

1) Belgium: Police arrest 16, Paris fugitive still at large
Source: ABC News

“Belgian prosecutors announced early Monday that police had detained 16 people in 22 raids but that Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam was not among them. Despite the raids, authorities maintained their highest terror alert in the capital for a third straight day. Federal prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said 19 raids were carried out in Molenbeek and other boroughs of Brussels and three raids were carried out in other cities.” (11/22/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/western-leaders-vow-destroy-brussels-hunkers-35353636

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2) Crimea: State of emergency after electricity pylons “blown up”
Source: RTT News

“A state of emergency has been declared in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed by Russia last year, after pylons supplying energy to the territory from Ukraine were blown up, according to reports on Sunday. The reports said that two million people have been left without power, and 20%-30% of the peninsula was supplied with electricity, almost half of that by generators. The reports indicated that pylons in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson has been blown up by pro-Ukrainian activists.” (11/22/15)

http://www.rttnews.com/2583435/crimea-declares-state-of-emergency-after-electricity-pylons-blown-up.aspx?type=corp

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3) Argentina: Macri ahead in runoff vote
Source: Iron Mountain Daily News
Posted in News
“Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri took an early lead over the ruling party contender in Sunday’s historic runoff to pick a replacement for outgoing President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband dominated Argentine politics for 12 years. With 38 percent of the votes counted, election authorities said opposition candidate Mauricio Macri had 54 percent support compared to 46 percent for rival Daniel Scioli.” (11/22/15)

http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/988220/Early-returns–Opposition-candidate-ahead-in-Argentine-vote.html?isap=1&nav=5024

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4) Iran: Regime says WaPo reporter sentenced to prison
Source: Reuters

“An Iranian court has sentenced Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian to a prison term, the state news agency said on Sunday quoting a judiciary spokesman, a case that is a sensitive issue in contentious U.S.-Iranian relations. The length of the prison term was not specified. … In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters he was aware of the IRNA report but could not independently confirm it. It was not clear why Iran has not given details of the ruling against the 39-year-old Rezaian, who Iranian prosecutors accused of espionage.” (11/22/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/22/us-iran-usa-trial-idUSKBN0TB0GG20151122

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5) Catalonia: Pro-independence protest draws around 3,000
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted in News, PND News
“Around 3,000 protesters have gathered in Barcelona to support an organization that seeks the creation of a Catalan state independent from Spain and urge regional lawmakers to reach an agreement to form a transitional government. The Catalan National Assembly, with about 30,000 fee-paying members, called Sunday’s rally to lobby 10 lawmakers from the far-left CUP group and 62 parliamentarians from the ‘Together for Yes’ alliance to set aside differences and break a logjam that is paralyzing progress toward an independent Catalonia.” (11/22/15)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Pro-independence-protest-in-Catalonia-draws-6650182.php

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6) US regime scheme to keep rebellious tax slaves from leaving nears passage
Source: Washington Post

“Uncle Sam could soon have a new way for getting taxpayers to pay up. Congress could approve a bill next month that would give the State Department the ability to revoke or deny passports for people who are behind on their taxes, the Wall Street Journal reported. … The change is tucked into a highway funding bill, H.R. 22, that is expected to pass in December, the WSJ reported.” [editor’s note: The US is signatory to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which forbids member states to deny exit. This law would clearly violate that clause – TLK] (11/21/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get-there/wp/2015/11/21/falling-behind-on-taxes-you-could-soon-lose-your-passport/

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7) WA: Frivolous lawsuit versus Uber moves to federal court
Source: GeekWire

“A former Washington state Uber driver has filed a lawsuit alleging he was wrongfully classified as an independent contractor by the ride-sharing company …. The class action lawsuit, which originated last month in Washington state District Court but was transferred to federal court this week, seeks at least $44.5 million in damages on behalf of the more than 15,000 people who have driven for Uber in Washington state since the service launched here in 2011. The case is just one of many legal challenges facing Uber. The company argues that its drivers aren’t employees, instead operating as independent contractors who use their own equipment and set their own hours.” [editor’s note: It’s not that complicated, people — if you don’t like Uber’s terms, don’t work with Uber. This leech should not only have his frivolous suit dismissed, but be sanctioned for Uber’s costs in the matter – TLK] (11/20/15)

http://www.geekwire.com/2015/uber-hit-with-another-lawsuit-over-driver-classification-this-time-in-washington-state/?google_editors_picks=true

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8) Cyprus: Police stop six men at airport
Source: Bismarck Tribune

“An official says Cypriot authorities are holding one Algerian and five Turkish men in custody after they were stopped from entering the country amid ‘suspicions’ over the purpose of their trip. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorized to discuss security matters publicly, told The Associated Press on Sunday that the French-speaking men arrived Saturday evening on a flight from Basel, Switzerland.” (11/22/15)

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/world/europe/official-cyprus-police-stop-men-at-airport/article_bf1ee0d0-5841-5b0a-af75-febed90bce40.html

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9) LA: Democrats celebrate victory in governor’s race
Source: Sacramento Bee

“Democrats in Louisiana rejoiced as they reclaimed the governor’s mansion for the first time in eight years, while the state’s GOP leader insisted ‘our Republican brand is strong’ even amid the defeat of a one-time political powerhouse, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter. John Bel Edwards'[s] victory in Saturday’s runoff election was once-unthinkable in the conservative state and a stunning turn of events for Vitter, who started his campaign nearly two years ago as the race’s front-runner. With his 12-percentage point loss, Vitter announced he wouldn’t seek re-election to the Senate in 2016.” (11/22/15)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article45884370.html

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10) Nepal: Regime police kill four protesters
Source: Indian Express [India]

“At least four people were killed and over two dozens wounded as Nepal police opened fire in several places on crowds that were obstructing trucks ferrying goods along the highway in parts of the volatile southern Tarai districts. … At least 15 police personnel have also sustained injuries as the crowd obstructing trucks along the highway pelted stones on them. The government has clamped curfew along the highway area in the district, but there were reports of large-scale defiance by the locals. The United Democraric Madhes Front, that has called the indefinite bandh in the Terai region for the past 64 days, has been demanding representation of Madhesis in elected bodies and other state apparatus in proportion to their population, among other things.” (11/23/15)

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/two-ethnic-madhesis-protesters-killed-dozens-injured-in-south-nepal/

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11) NY: Manslaughter case declared mistrial due to “racist” white juror
Source: Raw Story

“A New York judge declared a mistrial in the case of a black man accused of killing his 3-year-old stepson in 2011, after jurors said they were deadlocked because the lone white juror on the panel was a racist who was holding out for a conviction, reports the New York Daily News. Defendant Keno Roberts, 36, was acquitted earlier this month on murder charges in the death of his stepson, Jordan Rogers, after being held without bail for four years on Rikers Island. However the jury was unable to reach a verdict of not guilty on a second-degree manslaughter charge filed against Roberts, with jurors claiming the one white member was a racist who was disregarding facts in the case.” [editor’s note: An inverse variation on “jury nullification?” Looks like justice being done – SAT] (11/22/15)

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/11/bronx-manslaughter-case-declared-a-mistrial-after-lone-white-juror-accused-of-racism-by-fellow-jurors

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12) Yahoo strikes back? Mail blocks some mail users with ad block enabled
Source: PC World

“Yahoo may be hoping that access to your email is more important than freedom from advertisements. Some users of AdBlock Plus have reported that they can’t access Yahoo Mail in Chrome or Firefox on the desktop. Instead of seeing their inboxes, the[y] get the following error message: ‘Uh oh … We are unable to display Yahoo Mail. Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail.’ … Update: Here’s what Yahoo representatives had to say: ‘At Yahoo, we are continually developing and testing new product experiences. This is a test we’re running for a small number of Yahoo Mail users in the U.S.'” (11/20/15)

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3006981/data-center-cloud/yahoo-mail-begins-blocking-users-with-ad-block-enabled.html

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13) Bangladesh: Regime executes two opposition leaders for 1971 war crimes
Source: Reuters

“Bangladesh executed two opposition leaders on Sunday for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan, a senior police official said, in a move likely to draw an angry reaction from supporters. ‘Both of them were hanged simultaneously on two separate platforms,’ the police official said. Islamist opposition leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, former legislator from former premier Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), were hanged shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals late on Saturday for clemency. Mujahid, 67, of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, and Chowdhury, 66, were hanged at Dhaka Central Jail.” (11/21/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/21/us-bangladesh-execution-idUSKCN0TA0UO20151121#SGWBU4PXAgS7JTO4.97

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14) MS: state election settled by “drawing straws”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Democrat has won a Mississippi House race by drawing a longer straw, an official way to break a tie in a legislative election for the state. Democrat Bo Eaton met Republican Mark Tullos to draw straws and Mr Tullos drew the shorter one. Eaton’s fateful grasp of the longer straw gave him the victory, keeping Republicans from having a supermajority in the state house. Tullos, not admitting defeat, filed an appeal on Friday. Eaton, a farmer, was excited about his win. ‘There’s always happiness in a good crop year,’ he said after winning. Tullos apparently left the room quickly and did not show emotion.” [editor’s note: Okay that’s a start; now if they’d just choose by drawing names from a hat – SAT] (11/21/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34883294

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15) Trump: I’m leading because of “incompetent” politicians
Source: USA Today

“While outlining counter-terrorism plans that could include a database on U.S. Muslims, Donald Trump said Sunday he continues to top Republican polls because people believe their current leaders are ‘incompetent.’ Little more than a week after the Paris attacks, Trump said he would support a watchlist and a database of Muslims in the United States who could be terrorism suspects, surveillance of certain mosques, and renewed use of waterboarding during interrogations of detainees. ‘Everyone else is coming out with polls saying I’m leading because people are sick and tired of stupid and incompetent people leading our nation,’ Trump said on ABC’s This Week.” (11/22/15)

http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2015/11/22/trump-im-leading-because-politicians-are-incompetent

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

16) Unroll the scroll
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“This past week, the murderous criminal actions in Paris, France of the gang that calls itself ISIS have been at the forefront of almost everybody’s thoughts. Conservatives express a desire to turn various spots in the middle east into lakes of molten glass. Liberals have somehow come to the twisted conclusion that raping and killing hundreds of helpless, unarmed people is a cry for help. Elected and appointed officials in Europe, including the head of Interpol are publicly rethinking their attitudes toward privately owned and carried firearms. Is there a similar response going on in the United States? Has reality finally caught up with the victim disarmament set? On the contrary, what just happened in Paris constitutes proof, somehow, that America needs more gun control. Yeah — like it needs a good case of hemorroids.” (11/22/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle848-20151122-02.html

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17) The US and the “refugee crisis”: Three complaints, one solution
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“I oppose president Barack Obama’s plan to import and re-settle 10,000 Syrian refugees at American taxpayers’ expense. But hey, I’m a libertarian. It’s hard to find a government program I DO support. On the other hand, as the old saying goes, ‘you break it, you buy it.’ Sort of, anyway. The warmongering politicians (of both parties — yes, I’m looking at you, Mrs. Clinton) do the breaking and stick us with the check, then we spend money cleaning up after them too. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria … make no mistake about it, the ‘refugee crisis’ is THEIR mess.” (11/21/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3604

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18) Discredited rape data overshadow what’s accurate
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Restating discredited results is a standard tactic of politically motivated researchers. Even as the APA acknowledged the unreliability of its data and peer review, it insisted that other articles in the same issue of the journal supported the claims of ‘Preliminary Data Suggest Rates.’ ‘One article having some problems with its statistical analysis,’ the editor alleged, ‘should not undo the power and facts of the other 12 articles as a collection.’ Yes, it should. The retracted article was the anchor piece. Moreover, the supporting articles presumably went through the same incompetent review as ‘Preliminary Data Suggest Rates’ and they should be viewed with equal skepticism. An honest researcher would set the data dial back to zero. More likely, the original conclusions will be used to forge law.” (11/20/15)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.6845

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19) The war on encryption and Bitcoin — nothing to do with terrorism, everything to do with state control
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Politicians and intelligence agencies throughout the Western world are currently engaged in an all out, shameless propaganda campaign to exploit the recent terror attacks in Paris to convince the citizenry that it should relinquish privacy for absolutely no reason. The primary targets of the post-attack push have been encryption generally, and Bitcoin specifically. Of course, you don’t need me to tell you that these are two sides of the same coin. Both strong encryption for communication, and Bitcoin for transferring value, provide a level of freedom and dynamism outside of the oligarch-controlled, centrally planned, feudal global economic system. As such, these two tools must be demonized and eradicated to the extent possible.” (11/20/15)

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2015/11/20/the-war-on-encryption-and-bitcoin-nothing-to-do-with-terrorism-everything-to-do-with-state-control/

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20) Free Thoughts Podcast, 11/20/15
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Robert Higgs joins us this week to share a few of his reflections on individual liberty, economics, war and peace, and the role of the state in human affairs.” [various formats] (11/20/15)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/taking-stand

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21) The left’s green lantern problem
Source: The New Republic
by Suzy Khimm

“The story of the post-Obama Left began just a few years into his presidency, with the rise of Occupy Wall Street. The 2011 protest movement injected catchy memes like ‘the 99%’ into popular consciousness, and it kickstarted the debate about inequality that’s now at the heart of the 2016 election. But Occupy’s work remained incomplete, partly because its activists never united behind a clear political strategy, and never teamed with others on the left to turn their vision into reality. ‘We were defeated because we couldn’t learn to work together,’ says Winnie Wong, a NYC-based Occupy activist. Wong is among the Occupy alums who have now shifted gears: She’s working with more than a dozen of her former comrades from Zuccotti Park to support Bernie Sanders’s insurgent presidential campaign.” [editor’s note: Given what a “green lantern problem” is, it’s even more disturbing that the “left” would want such power in one person’s hands – SAT] (11/20/15)

https://newrepublic.com/article/124249/lefts-green-lantern-problem

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22) Georgist system is prudential
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Fred Foldvary

“Kevin [Carson] claims that I deny occupancy and use is relevant to legitimate appropriation. Kevin states that the choice of rules regarding the ownership of land ‘is a prudential matter.’ However, if one believes that there exists a universal morality, an ethic that transcends culture and is a moral imperative for all humanity, then this universal ethic would indeed apply first principles to property in land as it does to the property in one’s body and life. Otherwise, this natural moral law, or universal ethic, would prescribe that the ownership of land and its rent is a prudential matter. Would that proposition apply also to the ownership of persons, so that the ownership of other human beings, as slaves, is a prudential matter — perhaps a matter of efficiency rather than of inherent equity? I am confident that Kevin would reject the morality of prudential slavery.” (11/22/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/41567

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23) Americans see government of, by & for the rich
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“At first glance (and second … and third) Americans look to be marching off in two diametrically opposed directions. On immigration, Democrats and Republicans could not have more contrasting views; cities, which have become distinctly progressive bastions, are enacting a host of liberal ordinances, while the substantial number of states under Republican rule are moving well to the right of the GOP orthodoxy of just five years ago; and the federal government, its power divided between the two parties, has frozen into inaction.” (11/20/15)

http://prospect.org/article/americans-see-government-and-rich-0

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24) Politicians make you a sitting duck for terrorists
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“Please notice what most terror attacks have in common — they take place in gun free zones. In the latest example (Paris) the entire country is a gun free zone, except that the terrorists ignored French gun laws. The same has been true with nearly all other attacks. Ronald K. Noble, the Secretary General of Interpol, made the correct diagnosis back in 2013. He said that we’re either going to have to turn all soft targets into hard targets, or we’re going to have to let citizens arm themselves.” (11/20/15)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/politicians-make-you-a-sitting-duck-for-terrorists

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25) The Bob Zadek Show, 11/22/15
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“This Thanksgiving, try asking a college-aged relative whether they know it used to be illegal to own a phone. Today’s smart-phone-owning young people do not remember the bygone era (pre-90s) when you had to rent it from the phone utility, Bell Labs. Real Clear Radio Hour host Bill Frezza has asked college audiences this question many times, as he has waged his one-man-fight to preserve institutional knowledge of the telecommunications industry.” [various formats] (11/22/15)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2015/11/19/bill-frezas-history-of-telecom-innovation-and-not

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26) America after Paris: Sixteen dumb and terrifying proposals
Source: The Skeptical Libertarian
by Daniel Bier

“Be afraid. Be very afraid — of what we might do to ourselves. Thus far, we’ve had American politicians suggest …” (11/20/15)

http://blog.skepticallibertarian.com/2015/11/20/america-after-paris-16-dumb-and-terrifying-proposals/

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27) Time to see this reality
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Suppose — just suppose — that the length of an hour in people’s everyday interpersonal dealings is variable. That is, suppose that individuals in their everyday dealings with each other often mutually agree to define the time-length of ‘one hour’ to be something other than 60 minutes. … the above hypothetical of the ‘flexible-length hour’ is useful because it reveals that, if hours really were flexible in length, employers and employees would almost certainly respond to a mandated hike in the hourly minimum wage simply by increasing the number of minutes in the unit of time called ‘hour’ in such a way that workers’ actual pay and work duties remain unchanged.” (11/20/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/11/time-to-see-this-reality.html

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28) Open letter to Congress: Do not cede to fear
Source: The Nation
by Reza Aslan, Geraldine Brooks, et al

“Refugees are not the enemy. Refugees are our spouses, our parents, our grandparents. Some among us are refugees themselves; others have experienced the violence of war. But we are all writers. As such it is our duty to bear witness. Together we call upon the government of the United States to take in Syrian refugees, to act with humanity, and to honor Emma Lazarus’s words, chiseled on the Statue of Liberty: ‘A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.'” (11/20/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/an-open-letter-to-congress-do-not-cede-to-fear

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29) Is the Fed due for downsizing?
Source: The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile

“Politico tells us that the ‘Fed pushes back as Congress eyes its billions’ and that ‘Congress is aiming to take billions out of the Fed’s accounts to help pay for a new highway and transit bill.’ Beyond explaining the intentions of Congress in this regard, the article speculates on why the Fed hasn’t been more vocal about Congress’s intended raid on its coffers.” (11/21/15)

http://www.thedailybell.com/editorials/36652/Anthony-Wile-Is-the-Fed-Due-for-Downsizing/

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30) European borders may be redrawn as Europe embraces nationalism
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“In the wake of the Paris attacks, Europe is being pulled in two directions at once. On the one hand is the rise of localist nationalism in the form of border closings, border fences, and Euroskepticism. On the other hand is the rise of renewed militarism as the French state calls for even more aggressive foreign policy from its European allies in the name of security. In some ways, these two trends appear to be at odds, but they are really just different expressions of nationalism.” (11/20/15)

http://mises.org/library/european-borders-may-be-redrawn-europe-embraces-nationalism

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31) Our innocent stuff
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Through both criminal and civil forfeiture laws, governments can seize property used in — or the proceeds of — a crime. Criminal forfeiture requires that a person be charged and convicted of a crime to transfer title to government. Civil forfeiture, on the other hand, allows governments to take people’s stuff without being convicted — or even charged — with a crime. No surprise that 87 percent of asset forfeiture is now civil, only 13 percent criminal.” (11/20/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/11/20/our-innocent-stuff/

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32) Ratings Trump respect and dignity at NBC
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Donald Trump is like a contagion who infects everyone around him. Once you’ve kissed, you can never wipe his saliva off your face. Consider the venerable (in its own view) NBC. This year, the network fired Trump, only to find it is Trump Lite. On June 16, when Trump was announcing his candidacy for the White House, the billionaire reality-TV star faulted Mexico for sending problem people to the United States.” (11/21/15)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2015/11/21/ratings-trump-respect-and-dignity-at-nbc-n2083512

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33) Syrian refugees and security
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix

“The House passed a resolution today making it difficult to bring Syrians or Iraqis to the US. Mark my word, this is not the last we hear of this issue. Many Syrians, some Iraqis, actually need a humane place to live away from barrel bombs and chemical warfare. Also, I believe that we cannot allow terrorism to turn us, as a people, into someone else. We are a compassionate people which, by and large, have given haven to refugees from everywhere. (Notwithstanding a shameful loss of nerve in the 1930s with respect to Jewish refugees from Germany.) We can’t let a small bunch of flea-ridden savages in the Middle East change this. That’s on the one hand. On the other hand, I listen carefully when the highest security officials in the land tell us that they cannot (NOT) vet every refugee.” [editor’s note: I’ve heard a few politicians make that claim. The only “security official” I’ve heard address the claim is George W. Bush’s former “Homeland Security” chief. He says the claim, as made by non-security-official Marco Rubio, is nonsense. Personally, I place about as much stock in government “vetting” as I do in the efficacy of faery dust – TLK] (11/21/15)

http://notesonliberty.com/2015/11/21/syrian-refugees-and-security/

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34) Gun control didn’t prevent the Paris massacre
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Gun-control advocates here in the United States have often pointed to Europe as their model for gun control. A good example: France, whose strict gun restrictions and prohibitions would be a dream-come-true for American proponents of gun control. Yet, consider the recent terrorist massacre in Paris. How come it happened? Don’t American gun-control advocates say that gun control would prevent such massacres?” (11/20/15)

http://fff.org/2015/11/20/gun-control-didnt-prevent-the-paris-massacre/

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35) US religious leaders agree: Let the Syrian refugees come
Source: The Canal
by David Clement

“Religious leaders in the United States are in agreement that the country should not halt its Syrian refugee admissions program after the terrorist attacks in Paris. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and interfaith leaders have remained steadfast in their support for those fleeing persecution and violence, and have become increasingly vocal in the past week as lawmakers debate halting the program. These religious leaders are entirely correct in supporting refugees. The United States must continue resettling Syrians. Not only is it the just and compassionate way to respond to this humanitarian crisis, but scapegoating refugees does nothing to make the country safer.” (11/20/15)

http://blog.panampost.com/editor/2015/11/20/us-religious-leaders-agree-let-the-syrian-refugees-come/

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36) Impossible dreams
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Steve Murphy

“Climate change experts from more than 190 countries are said to be on the verge of forging a binding international accord that will reduce humanity’s CO2 emissions to a level sufficient to stave off future global warming. The details of the agreement will be negotiated this December in Paris, France at the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), aka COP-21, short for ‘the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties’ (COP) — to distinguish the futility of the Paris summit from that of the previous 20 such conclaves, the first of which was held at the Rio Earth Summit, by the climate shamans of 1992. Who knows? The 21st time might be the charm.” (11/19/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1484

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37) Government choosing businesses for preference or punishment is always wrong
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“President Barack Obama has dramatically ramped up the Washington, D.C., giant Crony-fest. Where economic sectors and companies Obama and his Democrats like get the gold mine — and the rest of us get the shaft. For instance, there was $80 billion for ‘green energy’ in the awful 2009 ‘Stimulus’ bill — 80% of that coin went to Obama donors. And since the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) emanates from this president and this vile -ville — much of it is a Crony nightmare mess. With all sorts of special treatment — good and ill — for all sorts of trade items.” (11/21/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/11/government-choosing-businesses-for-preference-or-punishment-is-always-wrong/

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38) Islamism’s double pronged assault on liberal democracy
Source: USA Today
by Qanta Ahmed

“While the Charlie Hebdo attacks (based on fallacious Islamist — not Islamic — definitions of blasphemy) represented Islamism’s assault on freedom of speech, the Paris attacks of this past week demonstrate additional tenets of the totalitarian imposter of Islam. Killing civilians at a football match, a rock concert and an evening meal, the attacks explicitly, and in cold blood, represent Islamism’s evolutionary terrorist jihadism. … Secular liberal democracy is anathema to totalitarian Islamism which seeks, in the name of a fictional Islam, to de-self the individual, deny religious freedom and suffocate freedom of expression. Above all, in its obsession with ‘purification’ of what it sees as ‘infidel,’ it seeks to reject modernity as embodied, in Islamism’s eyes, by all things liberal democratic.” [editor’s note: The use of this term “Islamist” is as appropriate as the “Christianist” one I use for the fanatics in that cult – SAT] (11/20/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/11/20/paris-attacks-islamisms-double-pronged-assault-liberal-democracy-column/76059474

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39) You can’t vote your way to libertarianism
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Libertarianism is a radical ideology and therefore doesn’t enjoy popular support. Politics is a popularity contest. If your candidate doesn’t support the views of the majority of voters then they’re not going to get elected. And one need only look at some of the more popular presidential candidates to see what the majority supports.” (11/20/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/11/20/you-cant-vote-your-way-to-libertarianism/

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40) Mastermind? Don’t make me laugh
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The Battle of Paris continues to dominate the news. The WaPo reported that ‘Suspected mastermind of Paris attack died in police raid, officials confirm … The suspected mastermind of last week’s terrorist attacks that left at least 129 dead in Paris has been killed in a police raid, authorities here confirmed Thursday. The bullet-riddled body of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian citizen of Moroccan origin, was found in the charred rubble of an apartment raided early Wednesday.’ Got some problems with this. First, who can believe the police? Second, IF this was the guy that planned and executed these attacks, or one of them, he was no ‘mastermind.’ No James Bond villain, but an idiot who frankly did not have to plan much at all, and clearly had NOT ONE THOUGHT as to how to carry out these attacks for maximum effectiveness.” (11/21/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8178

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41) Liberty and hate crimes
Source: Voices of Liberty
by Jim Gray

“This could be misunderstood (and realistically some people will do so intentionally), but all ‘hate crimes’ should be repealed as being counterproductive. … Of course, some are more serious than others. So if the offense is distinctively offensive for reasons based upon race, sexual orientation or religion, etc., or anything else, that can — and should — be explicitly addressed at the sentencing phase of the proceedings. But Liberty dictates that no one person by law should be deemed to be more special or distinctive than any other.” (11/21/15)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/judge-gray-liberty-and-hate-crimes/

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42) The Paris attacks and the White Lives Matter movement
Source: CounterPunch
by Ajamu Baraka

“I received a message from one of my friends in Lebanon who asked with feigned curiosity why the U.S. media only gave a passing reference to the bombing in Beirut before turning to non-stop coverage of the attacks in Paris. Of course, like many of us she already knew the answer — that in the consciousness of the White West there is a premium on the value of White life. Acknowledging this fact is neither new nor should it be particularly controversial. Its obviousness is apparent to anyone who is honest. We saw it in the response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks where the world (meaning the White West) engaged in a gratuitous expression of moral outrage against terrorism. But that outrage against terrorism didn’t exten[d] to the two thousand Nigerians who were murdered by Boko Haram the same weekend that a massive rally in Paris took place to condemn the Charlie Hebdo attack.” (11/20/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/20/the-paris-attacks-and-the-white-lives-matter-movement/

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43) Shouldn’t Social Security recipients get a CEO-sized raise?
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“CEOs got an average 3.9 percent pay increase last year. This increase is subsidized by taxpayers because corporations can deduct it as an expense. Meanwhile, America’s struggling seniors will receive no cost-of-living allowance (COLA) increase next year because the COLA doesn’t take into account the things seniors need to buy. … Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA] introduced the Seniors and Veterans Emergency (SAVE) Benefits Act. If passed, the act would provide a one-time 3.9 percent ($580 on average) payment for Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and SSI recipients in 2016. This week, Rep. Alan Grayson [D-FL] introduced a companion bill in the House.” [editor’s note: Since the “revenue” for this would end a clear crony-corporate subsidy (a tax break for paying your CEO more), while the small boost for retirees would be a fraction of the interest they’ve been denied on their “investment loans” … it’s hard to argue against this one – SAT] (11/20/15)

https://ourfuture.org/20151120/warren-draws-contrast-give-social-security-recipients-a-ceo-sized-raise

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44) Let the refugees in
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Powerless refugees make easy scapegoats, and those who would condemn people to the living hell the U.S. government did so much to create deserve only scorn, doubly so because presidential ambitions are in play. The shameful history of fearing refugees and turning them away from our shores has been conveniently forgotten by opportunists looking to score cheap points by alarming the public.” (11/20/15)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2015/11/tgif-let-refugees-in.html

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45) Answering questions: States vs feds on Syrian refugees
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“With the mainstream media consistently reporting that Governors are planning to block the President’s Syrian refugee resettlement plans, two main camps have emerged in recent days. Unsurprisingly, they’re both missing the most important point. On the one hand, there are people who say that states can’t do anything about the President’s plan. On the other hand are people who say that states not only can do something about it, but must. There are other variations of these two, and even a mix of them. But all of them have missed something essential.” (11/20/15)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/11/20/answering-questions-states-vs-feds-on-syrian-refugees/

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46) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 11/20/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Luke Rudkowski. Herein we discussed his latest grasshopper activities, asking politicians the hard questions, Obama’s kill list, Presidents are mass murderers, Change Media University, student loan debt slavery, dinosaur colleges/universities and more!” [MP3] (11/20/15)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/luke-rudkowski-anarchist-investigative-journalist-founder-of-we-are-change-and-change-media-university/

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47) CNN punished its own journalist for fulfilling a core duty of journalism
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“The claim that CNN journalists must be ‘objective’ and are not permitted to express opinions is an absolute joke. CNN journalists constantly express opinions without being sanctioned. Labott’s crime wasn’t that she expressed an opinion. It’s that she expressed the wrong opinion: after Paris, defending Muslims, even refugees, is strictly forbidden. I’ve spoken with friends who work at every cable network and they say the post-Paris climate is indescribably repressive in terms of what they can say and who they can put on air. When it comes to the Paris attacks, CNN has basically become state TV …” (11/20/15)

https://theintercept.com/2015/11/20/cnns-punishment-of-refugee-defending-journalist-highlights-media-abdication/

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48) Advice to the prime minister/president
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“Your country faces a stagnating economy. Let us assume your Prime Minister (or President if that is who holds the executive power) seeks advice from two imaginary economists.” (11/20/15)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/11/advice-to-the-prime-ministerpresident/

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49) The Tom Woods Show, 11/20/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Laurie Calhoun discusses the origins and mainstreaming of the remote-control killing of suspects with drones, a topic that provokes still more fundamental questions about policymaking, the military, and American society.” [various formats] (11/20/15)

http://tomwoodsshow.libsyn.com/ep-538-the-bipartisan-mainstreaming-of-drone-warfare

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50) Science fiction and communist reality
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem (1921–2006) ‘skillfully dissected the 20th century’s foolhardy efforts to create utopias by stifling individuality and economic freedoms.’ So said cultural critic Bruce Edward Walker. Lem was best known internationally as author of the classic Solaris — twice adapted for the silver screen — but the majority of his fiction featured damning allegories against the suppression of the human spirit.” (11/20/15)

https://fee.org/freeman/science-fiction-and-communist-reality/

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