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Volume XIII, Issue #3,333
Wednesday, November 30th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Syria: Russian air strikes kill at least 30 in stepped up raids
2) Iran: Regime welcomes IAEA report which it says will clear accusations of nuclear aims
3) Climate change protests take place around the world on eve of summit
4) Burkina Faso holds first vote since popular uprising
5) Sweden: Court won’t force ISPs to block The Pirate Bay
6) Japan to resume whaling despite court ruling
7) Nepal: Police detain, release 13 Indian border guards
8) Thousands of Syrian refugee children left in legal limbo
9) Israel: Regime suspends EU role in “peace process” over truth-in-labeling requirements
10) ME: Several Wal-Mart stores evacuated after false bomb threats
11) Mali: Mortar attack at UN base kills three
12) CA: Burglary suspect dies after becoming trapped in chimney
13) NC: Judge rules against teen on climate change
14) CO: Shooting suspect’s ramblings suggest animosity toward Planned Parenthood, sources say
15) IL: Burger King manager says police erased video of Chicago shooting
16) MS: Man kills Waffle House employee over smoking policy
17) TX: “Adorable drug kingpin” is daughter of DEA head honcho
18) Bill Gates expects to pledge $1 billion for “clean energy”
19) Report: North Korea tested submarine-launched missile, launch failed
20) CA: Police find spiked baseball bats throughout San Francisco

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The phony war on ISIS
22) Officer Friendly is dead
23) Letter to Matilda
24) Black Friday could impact the future of money
25) First Amendment offensive
26) End the education fights: Time for a divorce
27) Trump card for another census roundup
28) Amidst turmoil, a victory for the future
29) What anarchism means to me
30) Foreign policy comes back to haunt us
31) Enslaving people to keep them safe from government-produced enemies
32) There’s a very slight problem with asteroid mining
33) Humans have a moral claim on land and its resources
34) On casting blame
35) Free Thoughts Podcast, 11/27/15
36) Can teachers unions help online charter schools?
37) Life’s never perfect, but still good
38) Dear liberals, stop defending racist progressive Woodrow Wilson
39) Millennials’ new American dream
40) Conquering the bad through the good
41) The robots are coming: Good news or bad?
42) Open Letter: Justifying our immigration position
43) The Libertarian Alliance: A re-statement of purpose and strategy
44) Roman rockets?
45) “Free-range parenting is not a crime”
46) The new left
47) The potential for data-dependent taxation via data science
48) Groupthink
49) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 56: Tom got documented!
50) The Tom Woods Show, 11/27/15
51) Trump is a tyrannical weasel, part 2,434
52) Watching the anti-freedom actions of Francois Hollande
53) Teacher evaluations fall off the education “reform” agenda
54) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 11/27/15
55) How to rescue free speech in American academia
56) The real trouble with Bernie
57) The dangerous inequality meme
58) Stronger locks, better security
59) One sword keeps another in the sheath
60) Scariest thing about ISIS? Its kinder, gentler side

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1) Syria: Russian air strikes kill at least 30 in stepped up raids
Source: Reuters

“Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian jets killed at least 30 people in the town of Ariha in northwestern Syria on Sunday, rescue workers in the rebel-held area said, part of an escalation of Russian strikes near the Turkish border. In separate air strikes closer to the frontier with Turkey, jets believed to be Russian hit a truck depot that was also struck on Thursday, destroying 10 trailers and killing five people, a rebel in the area said. Officials at the Russian defense ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.” (11/29/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/29/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ariha-idUSKBN0TI07K20151129#qGrB1suKeVe1Z0H0.97

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2) Iran: Regime welcomes IAEA report which it says will clear accusations of nuclear aims
Source: Cincinnati Sun

“Iran expects the next report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the alleged possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Iran’s nuclear programme will help close the case ‘forever,’ Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said here on Sunday. ‘We hope that the next report of Yukiya Amano (IAEA’s director general) will help reflect the realities and put an end to this issue,’ Press TV quoted Zarif as saying, adding that Iran has never had weapon-grade activities in his nuclear programme.” (11/29/15)

http://www.cincinnatisun.com/index.php/sid/238994081

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3) Climate change protests take place around the world on eve of summit
Source: Washington Post

“From Melbourne to Mexico City, tens of thousands of people worldwide hit the streets this weekend for a global climate march, pressing world leaders to push for a bold international agreement at the upcoming climate summit in Paris. The center for the demonstrations was supposed to be Paris, where nearly 150 world leaders are gathering for a U.N. global summit on climate change that kicks off Monday. But after the terrorist attacks there more than two weeks ago that killed at least 130 people, French police banned large protests.” (11/29/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/climate-change-protests-take-place-around-the-world-on-eve-of-summit/2015/11/29/9172b6ca-9530-11e5-befa-99ceebcbb272_story.html

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4) Burkina Faso holds first vote since popular uprising
Source: Altoona Mirror

“Thousands of people cast their ballots Sunday in Burkina Faso’s first presidential and legislative elections since a popular uprising toppled the nation’s longtime leader last year. Many say the vote will be the most democratic in the West African nation’s history, because no incumbent is on the ballot and the presidential guard has been dissolved.” (11/29/15)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/991568/Burkina-Faso-holds-1st-vote-since-popular-uprising.html?isap=1&nav=760

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5) Sweden: Court won’t force ISPs to block The Pirate Bay
Source: The Local [Sweden]

“In a landmark decision, a Swedish court on Friday ruled that the country’s internet service providers cannot be forced to block controversial Swedish file-sharing site Pirate Bay. Pirate Bay is blocked by many European ISPs but anti-piracy outfits have always hoped that one day the notorious site would be restricted in Sweden. The action was brought by Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Nordisk Film and the Swedish Film Industry, who teamed up in a lawsuit last year designed to force Bredbandsbolaget to block the site.” (11/27/15)

http://www.thelocal.se/20151127/swedish-court-we-cannot-ban-pirate-bay

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6) Japan to resume whaling despite court ruling
Source: Epoch Times

“The Japanese government will resume whaling in the Antarctic early next year despite a ruling that ordered Japan to stop the controversial practice. The government said it took into account the ruling, saying the new ‘scientific’ whaling program will be smaller than previous iterations. The International Court of Justice ruled in March 2014 that Japan’s decades-old whale hunt in the Antarctic should be put to an end, prompting Tokyo to cancel the majority of its whaling this season.” (11/29/15)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1909235-japan-will-resume-whaling-despite-court-ruling/

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7) Nepal: Police detain, release 13 Indian border guards
Source: Zee News [India]

“Nepal on Sunday briefly detained 13 personnel of India’s Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), who allegedly entered the country with arms while chasing suspected smugglers near Jhapa district, bordering Bihar. Nepal’s Armed Police Force (APF) personnel deployed at the Border Account Post at Kechana Village in Jhapa district, bordering Bihar’s Kishanganj district, arrested the SSB jawans around 6:30 AM, according to Nepal Police sources. Four SSB jawans were carrying modern rifles, they said. All 13 SSB personnel were later released after being briefly kept at APF camp in Kechana.” (11/29/15)

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/13-ssb-troops-detained-by-nepalese-force-along-border_1827997.html

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8) Thousands of Syrian refugee children left in legal limbo
Source: Danbury News Times

“Aria is stateless. Like thousands of other children born to Syrian refugees living in Iraq, the 10-month-old girl is beginning her life in legal limbo. Some 240,000 refugees who fled the fighting in Syria now live in Iraq, where among many other hardships, they are often unable to get their children citizenship in either country.” (11/29/15)

http://www.newstimes.com/news/world/article/Thousands-of-Syrian-refugee-children-left-in-6663066.php

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9) Israel: Regime suspends EU role in “peace process” over truth-in-labeling requirements
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Israel has said it is suspending contact with EU officials involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians. The move follows the bloc’s decision to label goods from Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ‘ordered suspension of diplomatic contacts with the institutions of the European Union on this issue,’ a foreign ministry statement said. … Just over two weeks ago the European Commission issued new guidelines for the labelling of some products made in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian and Syrian land. The guidelines stipulate that agricultural produce and cosmetics sold in EU member states must have clear labels showing their place of origin. The EU considers settlements built on territories occupied by Israel in 1967 to be illegal under international law, but Israel disputes this position.” (11/29/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34959807

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10) ME: Several Wal-Mart stores evacuated after false bomb threats
Source: Houston Chronicle

“Multiple Wal-Mart stores in Maine were evacuated following a series of automated bomb threats. Police in Scarborough say they received a generic voice-automated bomb threat against one of the stores around 7:45 Saturday night. The store was evacuated until police allowed customers and staff back into the store.
Police in Biddeford and Waterville received similar threats Saturday night. No bombs were found.” (11/29/15)

http://www.chron.com/news/article/Several-Wal-Mart-stores-evacuated-after-false-6663159.php

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11) Mali: Mortar attack at UN base kills three
Source: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“A mortar attack on a United Nations base in northern Mali’s Kidal early Saturday killed two U.N. peacekeepers and a contractor, the mission spokesman said. The attack came eight days after Islamic extremists attacked a luxury hotel in the capital, Bamako, killing 20 people. The Saturday assault in Kidal also left 20 people injured, with four in serious condition, said Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Mali. … No group claimed responsibility for the attack in the country’s restless north, but Islamic extremists are suspected.” (11/29/15)

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2015/nov/29/mortar-attack-at-u-n-base-in-northern-m/

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12) CA: Burglary suspect dies after becoming trapped in chimney
Source: ABC 30 Action News

“A burglary suspect died Saturday after getting stuck in a chimney at a home near Huron. … Authorities say a man who appears to be in his 20s went into to the small space through the top, feet first. ‘The homeowner noticed his stuff had been rummaged through,’ said Sgt. Jake Jensen with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. ‘We think the burglar got in there late last night.’ But it wasn’t until Saturday afternoon that the homeowner realized someone was trapped in between the brick and clay. ‘He had started to light a fire and heard someone yelling for help,’ Jensen said. By the time first responders arrived smoke had filled the house. Deputies said the suspect was responding at first, but by the time they got him out it was too late.” [hat tip — Lee Killough] (11/29/15)

http://abc30.com/news/burglary-suspect-dies-after-being-trapped-in-chimney/1102759/

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13) NC: Judge rules against teen on climate change
Source: Raleigh News & Observer

“Hallie Turner, the 13-year-old girl who took North Carolina to court over climate change, received disappointing news the day before Thanksgiving. A Wake County Superior Court judge ruled against her effort to overturn a December 2014 decision by the N.C. Environmental Management Commission. … In her petition almost a year ago to the 15 members of the commission, Hallie asked for a rule that would require North Carolina to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by at least 4 percent annually. … Earlier this month, the commission adopted a proposal from the state Department of Environmental Quality that is much less stringent than what was suggested by Hallie and the attorneys who helped her draft her petition.” (11/27/15)

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article46795925.html

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14) CO: Shooting suspect’s ramblings suggest animosity toward Planned Parenthood, sources say
Source: ABC News

“The man accused of killing three people — including a police officer — at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs allegedly made rambling comments during the incident, some of which suggested animosity toward the health care provider, according to law enforcement sources. … In a statement released late Saturday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the shooting a ‘crime against women receiving healthcare services at Planned Parenthood.’ While police haven’t released a motive or said whether the clinic was the intended target, Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said in a statement Dear ‘eyewitnesses confirm that the man … was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion.'” (11/29/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/colorado-springs-shooting-suspects-ramblings-suggest-animosity-planned/story?id=35469417

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15) IL: Burger King manager says police erased video of Chicago shooting
Source: Dubuque Telegraph Herald

“A Burger King manager who accuses Chicago police of erasing surveillance video in the case of a black teen shot last year by a white officer now charged with murder says he has testified before a federal grand jury investigating the case. Jay Darshane told the Chicago Tribune that the FBI also took the video recorder containing all of the restaurant’s surveillance images. … The Burger King is just yards from where 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed. It took just minutes for police to demand to see the restaurant’s password-protected video, Darshane said.” (11/29/15)

http://www.thonline.com/news/national_world/article_27010dd1-ccc0-5ce3-892e-85360ee69d1a.html

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16) MS: Man kills Waffle House employee over smoking policy
Source: Fox News

“A Mississippi Waffle House customer shot and killed an employee early Friday after she asked him not to smoke, police said. Biloxi police Sgt. Donnie Dobbs said a call was received about the shooting at 1:11 a.m. The customer, Johnny Max Mount, had argued with an employee after being told that he couldn’t smoke, Dobbs said. ‘He pulled out a handgun and shot her in the head,’ Dobbs said. The woman died on the way to the hospital, he said. The suspect was outside the restaurant when police arrived and surrendered without incident.” (11/28/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/28/man-kills-mississippi-waffle-house-employee-over-smoking-policy

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17) TX: “Adorable drug kingpin” is daughter of DEA head honcho
Source: Raw Story

“‘You don’t see many drug traffickers retire,’ gloated Bill Furay, head of the DEA’s office in Beaumont, Texas, following the arrest of a wealthy couple from a tiny neighborhood in Pearland. ‘Either they end up in prison, or they end up dead.’ Furay apparently never had time to give that lecture to his teenage daughter, Sarah — who was arrested earlier this month on drug-trafficking charges that could result in decades behind bars. … While Furay was busy with sting operations, controlled buys, and self-aggrandizing press conferences, he apparently neglected to supervise his young daughter Sarah, who was arrested at her College Station home on November 8 and faces a variety of narcotics-related charges.” (11/28/15)

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/11/worlds-most-adorable-drug-kingpin-is-actually-the-daughter-of-texas-dea-head-honcho

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18) Bill Gates expects to pledge $1 billion for “clean energy”
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“On Monday, while in Paris for the global climate summit, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is expected to announce $1 billion, and perhaps more, in support of clean-energy technologies. A source told ClimateWire that ‘This is the single biggest cooperative research and development partnership in history.’ The money is expected to fund cooperative projects between the US and India, intended to support India’s transition to a cleaner-energy economy.” [editor’s note: Given that India is appearing to be the biggest offender in this war on carbon, this might be a good sign, and it’s his money! – SAT] (11/28/15)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2015/1128/Climate-talks-Why-Bill-Gates-expects-to-pledge-1-billion-for-clean-energy

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19) Report: North Korea tested submarine-launched missile, launch failed
Source: Reuters

“North Korea appeared to conduct a submarine-launched ballistic missile test on Saturday but it ended in failure with no indication that the missile successfully ejected from the vessel and took off, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. The test, if confirmed, follows a test-launch in May of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), which Pyongyang boasted as a success but has not been independently verified. ‘There is no identification of a missile taking flight and only fragments of a safety cover was observed so it’s highly likely that the launch was a misfire,’ a South Korean government source was quoted as saying by Yonhap. South Korea’s Defence Ministry declined to confirm the report citing its policy of not commenting on intelligence matters.” (11/28/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/28/us-northkorea-missile-idUSKBN0TH09M20151128

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20) CA: Police find spiked baseball bats throughout San Francisco
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“San Francisco Police are asking for help leading to those chaining up spiked baseball bats to poles throughout the city. San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak says officers first received reports of wooden or metal baseball bats appearing on poles and parking meters in the city on Thanksgiving morning. Andraychak says 27 bats with spikes running through them have been found since then. The latest discovery was Friday in the Fishermen’s Wharf area. Andraychak says the spikes on the objects allow them to be considered a prohibited or deadly weapon, which is a felony.” [editor’s note: What an awful thing to do to a perfectly good baseball bat! – SAT] (11/28/15)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Police-find-spiked-baseball-bats-throughout-San-6661810.php

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

21) The phony war on ISIS
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The West’s war on ISIS is completely phony. Our efforts, and those of our ally, Turkey, aim at overthrowing Syria strongman Bashar al-Assad — a goal we share with ISIS as well as our subsidized ‘moderate’ rebel sock puppets. With Russia’s entry into the fight, the phoniness of the anti-ISIS campaign is underscored: Washington is clearly much more interested in countering the Russians than in undermining ISIS.” (11/30/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/11/29/the-phony-war-on-isis

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22) Officer Friendly is dead
Source: QandO
by Dale Franks

“From the 1960s to the 1980s, many police departments participated in the ‘Officer Friendly’ program, whereby elementary school children were introduced to amiable police officers, given coloring books that contained exhortations to remember that police officers were their friends, and were generally given to understand what wonderful fellows the local constables were. Now, of course, ‘Officer Friendly’ is the sarcastic name given to abusive police officers. I get the sense that police today are quicker to use force, less interested in de-escalating conflict, and far quicker to take offense to any suspected questioning of their authority. There seems to be a new class of crime today, one that isn’t actually the subject of any legislation. I call this offense ‘Insufficient Servility.'” (11/25/15)

http://www.qando.net/2015/11/25/officer-friendly-is-dead/

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23) Letter to Matilda
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“The first time ever I heard of you, Australia, was as a small boy, from my mother who had worked in Los Angeles as a young woman during World War II. There she met an Aussie paratrooper who had jumped out of his transport as it flew over the city. ‘Don’t worry — they know I’ll catch them up,’ he told her, ‘I just always wanted to see Los Angeles.’ And that is the what-the-hell spirit I have always admired and expected of Australians. Now this arrogant, imperious decree, issued from the puckered orifice of an evil state that would rather put its citizens at risk from crime and terrorism than trust them to exercise the thousand-year-old natural rights of Englishmen spoils the whole illusion.” (11/29/15)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle849-20151129-02.html

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24) Black Friday could impact the future of money
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“It’s not just Amazon or other non-brick and mortar retailers that are seeing increases in online sales. However, one shopping trend that seems have soared is the use of mobile phones. Fortune reports, ‘one-third of online shoppers used their mobile phones to make purchases and smartphones represented a record 22% share of online sales, up 70% from 2014.’ Despite the trend not being unexpected, it seems that Cyber Monday — which was created as an online alternative to Black Friday — has not only become an extra day for holiday shopping deals, it has in some ways merged with Black Friday.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (11/29/15)

http://fpp.cc/black-friday-could-impact-the-future-of-money/

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25) First Amendment offensive
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“There are lots of people these days who call themselves Americans that would not hesitate to punish their fellow Americans for the ‘crime’ of exercising ‘offensive speech.’ Sadly, the numbers of such free speech haters are growing. To them the First Amendment is offensive. A recent the Pew Research Center poll reveals, for example, that 40 percent of younger Americans aged 18-34 believe that government ought to censor any speech deemed ‘offensive to minorities.’ The younger they are the more likely they think that the First Amendment should be trashed.” (11/29/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/11/first-amendment-offensive.html

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26) End the education fights: Time for a divorce
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“This past year, brawls over the content of ‘public education’ seem to have centered around gender identity issues — who uses what bathroom, locker room, etc. But the brawls themselves are nothing new. They’ve occurred with regularity ever since government’s hostile takeover of American education began in the mid-19th century. Sex education in general has been a recurring topic, as has evolution vs. creationism in science curricula. Even the state’s cultish loyalty oath, the ‘pledge of allegiance,’ has occasioned multiple 12-round heavyweight extravaganzas. The solution to all this constant conflict is simple: If we want to end the political struggles over education, we need to end the involvement of politics itself in education. And the only way to do that is to separate school and state entirely. I said it would be simple. Simple isn’t the same thing as easy.” (11/28/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3677

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27) Trump card for another census roundup
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“The Census Bureau is sending its hefty American Community Survey to more than 3 million households a year. That’s good news for a would-be president Donald Trump, who will find just the information he needs for some of his kookier ideas. I recently received this 28-page tsunami of questions about everything from my plumbing to my profession to my ethnicity and income. But as a former Census-taker who has written about Census controversies for more than 25 years, Trump’s words today and the bureau’s actions in the past make me wary of this blunderbuss.” (11/26/15)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2015/11/26/usa-today-trump-card-for-another-census-roundup/

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28) Amidst turmoil, a victory for the future
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“So the news this week has been mostly disturbing: Terror plots, war, a Russian plane shot down by Turkey leading to World War III talk … it got so bad Red State Contributing Editor Ben Howe tweeted ‘The only thing missing now is a global pandemic.’ To which someone responded that, well, Ebola is back in Africa. But it wasn’t all bad news. And, in fact, the bad news helps underscore why the good news was good. The good news was that Jeff Bezos'[s] space company, Blue Origin, launched a fully reusable spacecraft to the edge of space and recovered it after it landed under its own power.” (11/25/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/11/25/glenn-reynolds-blue-origin-landing-victory-private-spaceflight-spacex-musk-bezos-column/76364102

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29) What anarchism means to me
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Cat, the Brunette

“Anarchism is my declaration of peace with you. It is a repudiation of the use of coercive power to achieve my own ends, or to abet the domination of any man by his fellows, or over his fellows. It is a renunciation of the use and support of structures that function to create discord and disparity among men and between nations, and peddle mayhem and mischief under the aegis of security and protection, and carnage as an acceptable cost — not of survival, but of satiety.” (11/27/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8204

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30) Foreign policy comes back to haunt us
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“From the start, opponents of the American empire warned that the government could not violate the rights of foreigners without eventually violating the rights of Americans. An excellent example is William Graham Sumner’s post-Spanish-American War classic ‘The Conquest of the United States by Spain.’ The anti-imperialists were spot-on, and the evidence for their case keeps piling up.” (11/25/15)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2015/11/foreign-policy-comes-back-to-haunt-us.html

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31) Enslaving people to keep them safe from government-produced enemies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Why did our American ancestors enact the Fourth Amendment? Because they knew that governments everywhere attract the same type of people — those who mean well as they smash down people’s doors with the aim of keeping people in society ‘safe and secure,’ including from enemies that government policies produce. By enacting the amendment, our American ancestors were striving to protect American society from those types of people within the federal government. Notice something important about how that amendment was constructed: There are no exceptions provided in it.” (11/25/15)

http://fff.org/2015/11/25/enslaving-people-to-keep-them-safe-from-government-produced-enemies/

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32) There’s a very slight problem with asteroid mining
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Much excitement as the US decides that it’s just fine if people go space mining. Which is interesting of course, for the UN rules say that while you’re entirely free to go mining you’re not to do it for a profit, it must be ‘for the benefit of all.’ Which slightly puts a damper on things. But there’s another problem which the new US rules don’t address: it’s still not possible to own a deposit or resource up there. You are, now, under the new US rules, which the rest of the world doesn’t recognise, allowed to explore, find and mine something, for that potential profit. But as soon as you start doing that then anyone else who can get there is entirely allowed to go mine that same deposit. That puts another damper on the economics of the adventure.” (11/29/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/economics/theres-a-very-slight-problem-with-asteroid-mining/

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33) Humans have a moral claim on land and its resources
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Fred Foldvary

“Jason asks the important question of who is the relevant community to whom rent would be paid in a geoist (Georgist) system. Land rent comes from three basic sources: Natural features, commerce, and civic works. Regarding the rent due to nature, the geoist premise is that human equality implies that human beings have an equal moral right to the benefits of natural resources. That benefit is measured as market land rent. Thus, ideally, the rent due to nature should be distributed to persons in equal shares.” (11/27/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/41931

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34) On casting blame
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“Apologists for Communism today maintain that Stalinism was an aberration, which is provably untrue. There has never been a communist society that was not a human rights nightmare. Similarly with Nazism. Over a decade of anti-Semitic propaganda in the German press preceding the Nazi takeover laid the groundwork for the Shoah. It could happen here, and we had better not forget it. In our society today, though, we face far more of a threat to free discourse from people who would demonize ordinary speech and belief. Note that I said ‘demonize,’ not ‘criticize;’ criticism is important, and a way of discerning good ideas from bad ones. It is to be expected that political partisans would try to silence their opponents by framing their opponents’ beliefs and words as dangerous. This is what the whole SJW ‘safe space’ movement is about: silencing legitimate dissent.” (11/29/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/blame-free-speech-robert-lewis-dear/

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35) Free Thoughts Podcast, 11/27/15
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Matt Ridley joins us to talk about his new book, The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge. How are new ideas adopted from the bottom up?” [various formats] (11/27/15)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/evolution-everything-how-new-ideas-emerge

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36) Can teachers unions help online charter schools?
Source: The American Prospect
by Rachel M Cohen

“In a major win for the movement to organize charter schools, a California state labor board recently ruled that teachers working for the state’s largest online charter network could form a union. Teachers for the network, known as the California Virtual Academies, have been battling since April of 2014 with administration officials who refused to negotiate. That’s when more than two-thirds of the so-called CAVA network’s teachers voted in favor of unionizing. Roughly 15,000 students attend CAVA’s 11 campuses across the state. CAVA administrators had argued that teachers at those disparate campuses should form their own individual unions instead of organizing a single union that would represent them all.” (11/27/15)

http://prospect.org/article/can-teachers-unions-help-online-charter-schools

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37) Life’s never perfect, but still good
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“You already know this, of course, but you may not think about it very often: You never know what the next moment will bring. The worst days start exactly like the best days. I was in the middle of writing last week’s column when I got the news that my 24-year-old daughter had been killed in a car wreck. Nothing can prepare you for something like that. In the days to follow, in the midst of traveling and attending services, I realized Thanksgiving was approaching. Thankfulness, after this? Well, yes. I know I still have so many things to be thankful for.” (11/26/15)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2015/11/26/mcmanigal-lifes-never-perfect-but-still-good/

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38) Dear liberals, stop defending racist progressive Woodrow Wilson
Source: Reason
by Damon Root

“Last week a group of students at Princeton University occupied the office of the school’s president and demanded that the institution remove the name of Woodrow Wilson from all campus buildings and academic programs, including the elite Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Why? Because Wilson was a virulent racist who imposed white supremacist policies while serving as president of the United States. As one student protestor told The New York Times, ‘we think that you can definitely understand your history without idolizing or turning Wilson into some kind of god, which is essentially what they’ve done.’ Not everyone is quite so eager to see Wilson knocked off his pedestal, however.” (11/28/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/11/28/dear-liberals-stop-defending-racist-prog

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39) Millennials’ new American dream
Source: Heartland Institute
by Justin Haskin and Danni Ondraskova

“In America, a person’s home is his or her ‘castle,’ and the government exists to protect the property rights of others (in theory). The ‘American dream’ of owning a home has long reflected an important characteristic of the people of the United States: the hope that one day each of us will be our own little kings and queens of our own little castles. Owning land is, in many ways, the purest form of liberty. But for many millennials today, the dream has changed. Millennials are no longer looking at home ownership as the new American dream, and this generation’s changing desires are affecting how younger people live, work, and consume in the free market.” (11/27/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/11/millennials-new-american-dream/

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40) Conquering the bad through the good
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“All across Poland, more than 30 years since his murder by the secret police of the communist dictatorship that then ruled the country, the life and words of Father Jerzy Popieluszko still resonate strongly in millions of households, as it does thousands of miles away in mine.” (11/27/15)

https://fee.org/freeman/conquering-the-bad-through-the-good/

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41) The robots are coming: Good news or bad?
Source: In These Times
by David Moberg

“Far more machines than people were working as John Winzeler showed me around the clean, quiet Chicago factory of Winzeler Gear, the 75-year-old family-owned firm that makes plastic gears for the global automobile industry. Only four of the 43 machines had personal tenders; the others moved the small gears through the stages of fabrication day and night, with little human intervention. Big factories have employed such robots for the past 50 years, but few small companies have pushed robotics as far as Winzeler Gear, which will soon be adding a cutting-edge ‘collaborative’ robot to its workforce, a flexible robot that is easily programmable for different tasks.” (11/27/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18578/dont-fear-the-robot-revolution

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42) Open Letter: Justifying our immigration position
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“In response to our most recent newsletter titled, ‘Should we strike ‘home of the brave’ from the national anthem?’ a handful of correspondents told us they weren’t to blame for the refugee mess. They registered offense at how we’d framed the argument. Frankly, we found the sensitivity on this question fascinating. Unless folks supported the policies that created the crisis, why would they be offended? And if they did support those policies (and the politicians who brought them) … We should like to know why it’s ‘American’ to encourage patriotic, heroism on battlefields, where one’s odds of death, maiming, or emotional devastation are high, but we should shirk bravery when it comes to permitting 10,000 desperate human beings to come to our shore, because one might be a terrorist?” (11/27/15)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/open-letter-justifying-our-immigration-position

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43) The Libertarian Alliance: A re-statement of purpose and strategy
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Keir Martland

“The Libertarian Alliance was first established 36 years ago. Much has changed since then. While there is no need to revisit the basic purpose of the Libertarian Alliance — that is, to fight statism in all its forms and create a truly free society — the strategy of the Libertarian Alliance has not moved with the times, it might be argued. It is true that more activist or dynamic movements such as Agorism have developed, and there is a quasi-libertarian party in UKIP and there is, as ever, the chance of a libertarian takeover of the Conservative party. Some even argue for a retreat from the world in order to ‘do freedom now.’ But just as our purpose need not be redefined, nor need our basic strategy.” (11/28/15)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2015/11/28/the-libertarian-alliance-a-re-statement-of-purpose-and-strategy/

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44) Roman rockets?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Is Big Government necessary to accomplish Big Things? Big government built the pyramids. Big government erected the Great Wall of China. Big government put Man on the Moon. But humanity could have reached Luna over a thousand years ago, had Roman civilization not gone into a death spiral.” (11/27/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/11/27/roman-rockets/

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45) “Free-range parenting is not a crime”
Source: spiked
by staff

“Lenore Skenazy, aka ‘America’s Worst Mom,’ talks to spiked about Free Range Kids, the ‘worst-first thinking’ of modern parenting and how we can fight back against state interference in family life.” [Flash video] (11/27/15)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/free-range-parenting-is-not-a-crime/17678

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46) The new left
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“If people work too hard, and would be happier to have more time in non-market activities, does that count against programs like government funded child-care, which will promote work among young mothers, leaving them less time to spend with their children? How about the Earned Income Tax Credit? Or do progressives now support any and all programs that benefit sympathetic groups, regardless of whether they reduce or exacerbate hypothetical market failures? In one sense the new ‘liberalism’ is an improvement. The old argument that social programs didn’t make people lazier really insulted our intelligence. So I salute the intellectual honesty of researchers like Colman and Dave.” (11/29/15)

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

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47) The potential for data-dependent taxation via data science
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

“‘Big Data’ and ‘Data Science’ seems to be the buzzword across industries and is, in many ways, characteristic of both the rapidly evolving present and the exciting, oncoming future that’s in store for us via data analytics and the efficiency and productivity gains (alongside massive monetisation potential) that it entails. However, data science need not be restricted merely to the commercial domain; there is potential for government policy and, more specifically (as will be explored in this article), taxation to be revolutionised during this era.” (11/27/15)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/11/the-potential-for-data-dependent-taxation-via-data-science/

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48) Groupthink
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“A danger of collectivism of any sort — from formal collectivism such as state-imposed communism to informal and less-obvious forms of collectivism, such as gathering statistics on a nation’s ‘balance of trade’ — is that it clouds thinking. Collectivism not only masks differences that distinguish individuals who comprise whatever group is constructed, in whatever fashion, into some collective, it also causes people too easily to attribute thought and action to the group rather than to the individuals who make-up the group.” (11/29/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/11/groupthink.html

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49) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 56: Tom got documented!
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Bond, James Bond); Tom Got Documented!” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/29/15)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-56-tom.html

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50) The Tom Woods Show, 11/27/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Fostering a high self-esteem is encouraged by virtually everyone as a way to make people happier and more successful. But there is no evidence for this claim, and indeed the gospel of self-esteem can make people more anxious and less happy. Not to mention the way egalitarians have exploited the message — why, it’s not how you do, it’s how you feel about yourself that counts! Dr. Michael Edelstein joins me to crush this myth like a bug.” [variouos formats] (11/27/15)

http://tomwoodsshow.libsyn.com/ep-543-crushing-the-self-esteem-scam-like-a-bug

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51) Trump is a tyrannical weasel, part 2,434
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

“In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, there’s been a lot of talk about terrorism, how to prevent it, how to fight it, and how to protect Americans. Even the DC Dominatrix Cathy Lanier has accidentally acknowledged that the citizens are the first line of defense against an attack. Of course, she continues to keep them disarmed, but admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, right? Presidential candidate Donald Trump has placed himself square in the middle of the conversation with another idiotic statement on guns. This time, he stepped on his own winky with golf cleats by claiming that those on the terrorism watchlist should be denied their right to keep and bear arms.” (11/25/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2525

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52) Watching the anti-freedom actions of Francois Hollande
Source: The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile

“Francois Hollande has come into his own. After nearly bankrupting France and raising taxes so aggressively that he has driven many of France’s best and brightest abroad, Hollande has found his voice as a wartime president. He is leading the charge against ‘terrorists’ around the world. US president Harry Truman admitted to failing at numerous professions before discovering his calling in politics and eventually being elevated to the highest office in the land after FDR’s untimely death. Truman immediately gave the order to murder hundreds of thousands of Japanese by dropping two horrible bombs on them and never looked back. Today, the US mainstream media and its court historians deem Truman a heroic figure. So it may be with Hollande. France is drenched in blood and Hollande is determined to spill more.” (11/28/15)

http://www.thedailybell.com/editorials/36664/Anthony-Wile-Watching-the-Anti-Freedom-Actions-of-Francois-Hollande/

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53) Teacher evaluations fall off the education “reform” agenda
Source: Our Future Blog
by Jeff Bryant

“Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently shook up the education policy world when she challenged one of the pillars of the education establishment for the last 10 to 15 years, that teachers’ job evaluations and pay should be linked to how students (even students they don’t teach) perform on standardized tests. In an informal ’roundtable’ with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and a select audience of AFT members, Clinton stated, ‘I have for a very long time also been against the idea that you tie teacher evaluation and even teacher pay to test outcomes. There’s no evidence. There’s no evidence.'” (11/25/15)

https://ourfuture.org/20151125/teacher-evaluations-fall-off-the-education-reform-agenda

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54) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 11/27/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we were joined again by Jared Howe, the voluntaryist rapper better known as J3433-One.” [MP3] (11/27/15)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-37-the-refugee-crisis-and-immigration/

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55) How to rescue free speech in American academia
Source: Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff

“In last week’s column, I described how the national anti-free speech movement poses an imminent threat to freedom of expression in American academia. Those advocating for the anti-free speech movement attempt to interpret the ‘language of free speech’ to their advantage so that it applies only to them, but not to others. Their analysis often cites Title IX’s antidiscrimination provisions and accuses free speech advocates of using ‘weaponized words’ to silence anti-racism protestors, but invariably ignores the long history of court decisions that have repeatedly applied First Amendment protections to offensive speech at public universities.” (11/25/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-rescue-free-speech-american-academia

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56) The real trouble with Bernie
Source: CounterPunch
by Andrew Levine

“Sanders’s socialism has little to do with Eugene Debs'[s] or Daniel De Leon’s, or with the anarcho-syndicalism of the IWW, the Industrial Workers of the World. But it is of a piece with the settled views of conservatives and liberals in mid-twentieth century America. Eisenhower seemed an old fuddy-duddy in the fifties; he is still thought of that way. But his boring, centrist (for the times) economic and social policies were, in many respects, more radical than anything that Sanders speaks of today …” (11/27/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/27/the-real-trouble-with-bernie/

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57) The dangerous inequality meme
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Fred Foldvary

“The inequality of wealth and income has become a meme loaded with danger. A ‘meme’ is an idea that gets propagated like genes in biology. Economic inequality has long been a topic of interest, but during the past few years, and especially during the 2015-2016 American elections, the inequality meme has erupted into a major political issue among those who identify as progressive, liberal, and socialist.” (11/26/15)

http://notesonliberty.com/2015/11/26/the-dangerous-inequality-meme/

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58) Stronger locks, better security
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cindy Cohn

“What if, in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, or cybersecurity attacks on companies and government agencies, the FBI had come to the American people and said: In order to keep you safe, we need you to remove all the locks on your doors and windows and replace them with weaker ones. It’s because, if you were a terrorist and we needed to get to your house, your locks might slow us down or block us entirely. So Americans, remove your locks! And American companies: stop making good locks! We’d all reject this as a bad idea. We’d see that it would make us all vulnerable, not just to terrorists but to ordinary thieves and bad guys. … Yet that same tradeoff is similar to what’s being asked of us in the attacks on strong encryption.” (11/25/15)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/11/stronger-locks-better-security

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59) One sword keeps another in the sheath
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“George Herbert once wrote, ‘One sword keeps another in the sheath.’ Later Robert Heinlein expressed a similar idea in Beyond This Horizon when he wrote, ‘An armed society is a polite society.’ Today many people would argue the idea shared by Herbert and Heinlein is destructive. They argue that peace can only exist when the general population is unarmed but acknowledge the need for weapons to enforce such a prohibition so generally approve of the military and police keeping their weapons. But Herbert and Heinlein were correct, peace tends to prevail when no disparity of force exists.” (11/27/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/11/27/one-sword-keeps-another-in-the-sheath/

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60) Scariest thing about ISIS? Its kinder, gentler side
Source: Reuters
by Jacqueline Lopour

“The attacks on Paris brought Islamic State’s brutality home to the Western world. … These incidents are horrific, but they overshadow a more insidious, long-term threat: Islamic State’s kinder, gentler side. Thousands of peace-loving people live in Islamic State-occupied areas and are fed a steady stream of positive propaganda: Islamic State members feeding the poor, and hosting ice cream socials, carnivals, and tug-of-war contests. Islamic State is trying (in some areas, succeeding) in winning hearts and minds. Left unchecked, its public support will grow, making the group more difficult to defeat in the long run and giving it the space it needs to conduct future attacks like those in Paris and Beirut.” (11/27/15)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/26/the-scariest-thing-about-islamic-state-its-kindler-gentler-side

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