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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,338
Monday, December 7th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Obama: To fight terrorism, dump that pesky Constitution
2) Venezuela: Opposition wins legislative voting in landslide
3) France: Authoritarian nationalists win opening round in regional elections
4) Yemen: Islamic State-claimed bombing kills Saudi quisling “governor,” six guards in Aden
5) Libya: Rival regimes shun UN, sign separate peace deal
6) Burkina Faso: Diendere charged with complicity in murder
7) Liberty University: Falwell encourages students to carry guns
8) Study: to save polar bear, grow cannabis outdoors
9) Security officials from India and Pakistan hold talks
10) Study: Eating burnt food may increase cancer chances
11) US Army certifies first woman combat engineer
12) Report: DoJ to investigate Chicago police
13) Iraq: Turkey troops near Mosul violating international law
14) Greece: Parliament passes 2016 budget
15) International Space Station to receive first shipment from US in months
16) Biden makes trip to Ukraine in sign of US support
17) Carson on military: “Deal with the transgender thing somewhere else”
18) Wal-Mart sues Puerto Rico over “astonishing” tax increases
19) Chad: Female suicide bombers kill at least 27
20) Puerto Rico: Regime risks creditor ire by hijacking money earmarked for bond

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) An American guilt trip: This is how the terrorists win
22) Non-discrimination laws as the new Jim Crow
23) Remember who was first
24) Up from imperialism
25) Black lists and black markets
26) Syed Farook’s arsenal as American as apple pie
27) IRS can now restrict your right to travel
28) Laws are unnecessary, ineffective
29) From crises comes Leviathan
30) Why I am suing the FCC over net neutrality
31) Of bumblebees and competitive courts
32) Eliminating due process
33) No, Mr. President, the NRA is not to blame
34) Whitewashing militarism, Vietnam War edition
35) Freedom’s champion
36) The enormous, humongous October trade deficit report
37) “Blue privilege” and the felony murder rule
38) Free speech: Not just a “diversion” from campus protests
39) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 57: The case for NOTA, part 1
40) Good health will end civilization
41) Ten arguments gun advocates make — and why they’re wrong
42) NYT uses front page to spout inanities
43) Technology and Economic Growth in the Information Age: A follow-up
44) Directed history? Hey, we told you so
45) Venezuela’s hidden gender-violence problem
46) Is The Midas Paradox monetarist or anti-monetarist?
47) Enumerated wrongs
48) Eco-radicals at COP-21hold mock totalitarian show trial against Climate Enemy No. 1
49) Effective altruism
50) Will Atlas be Shrugging again?
51) The NSA will not go quietly into that gentle night
52) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 12/04/15: James Chillemi
53) Real cinematic quality
54) Time to retire the NIH
55) Free Thoughts Podcast, 12/04/15: Building a better government

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

1) Obama: To fight terrorism, dump that pesky Constitution
Source: Mashable

“President Barack Obama pledged Sunday that the United States would defeat a terrorist threat that has entered a ‘new phase,’ speaking to Americans in an attempt to reassure the country after attacks in Paris and California. … Obama did not roll out major policy changes in the battle against the Islamic State or propose any major new domestic security initiatives. But he did say the United States can — and should — [pretend to] make it harder for would-be mass killers to obtain guns. He specifically called on Congress to prohibit people suspected of terrorism or those on the no-fly list from buying guns.” [editor’s note: As Christopher Burg points out — (see today’s commentary listings) — that’s a call to violate the 5th Amendment’s due process of law requirements. Eliminating constitutional rights on the basis of secret government lists of people never charged with any crime … what could possibly go wrong? – TLK] (12/06/15)

http://mashable.com/2015/12/06/obama-terrorism-speech/

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2) Venezuela: Opposition wins legislative voting in landslide
Source: ABC News

“Venezuela’s opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, delivering a major setback to the ruling party and altering the balance of power after almost 17 years of socialist rule. The opposition coalition won at least 99 seats in the incoming 167-seat legislature, electoral authorities announced after midnight Sunday. The ruling socialist party won just 46 seats. The 19 remaining races remain up for grabs but if enough are won by the opposition it could give the coalition a two-thirds supermajority needed to strongly challenge President Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power.” (12/07/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuelas-opposition-wins-control-national-assembly-35616983

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3) France: Authoritarian nationalists win opening round in regional elections
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The far-right Front National has made a significant breakthrough in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, winning the opening round of regional elections and coming top in half of France’s regions. The spectacular showing is the highest ever performance for the anti-immigration, anti-European party and, if it maintains the strong lead in in next week’s second round, it could reshape France’s political landscape. FN, which pushed a hardline stance on Islam, security and national identity, was the only political party to make solid gains in the wake of the Paris attacks three weeks ago in which gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 at bars, a concert hall and the national stadium.” (12/06/15)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/06/front-national-wins-opening-round-in-frances-regional-elections

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4) Yemen: Islamic State-claimed bombing kills Saudi quisling “governor,” six guards in Aden
Source: Washington Post

“A huge explosion killed the governor of Yemen’s southern Aden province and six of his bodyguards Sunday, security officials said. A local Islamic State affiliate later claimed responsibility for the attack. … The United Arab Emirates’ minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, condemned the killing of the Aden governor and described the perpetrators as ‘treacherous terrorists.’ The seven-state UAE federation and neighboring Saudi Arabia are leading a coalition [trying to restore the overthrown Saudi puppet government]. The Emirati military has played a key role in helping to secure Aden.” [editor’s note: Interesting — is the Islamic State starting to act independently of the Saudi regime which seems to be its biggest backer? – TLK] (12/06/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/bombing-claimed-by-islamic-state-kills-yemeni-governor-6-guards-in-aden/2015/12/06/7c1c01ae-9c5c-11e5-8728-1af6af208198_story.html

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5) Libya: Rival regimes shun UN, sign separate peace deal
Source: ABC News

“Lawmakers from Libya’s rival parliaments have reached a power-sharing agreement in Tunisia, shunning a U.N.-brokered deal to avoid the ‘foreign intervention’ tainting it, an internationally recognized government representative said Sunday. However, it appeared the deal had failed to gain broad acceptance by either side, with representatives from both parliaments coming out to slam the newly minted agreement. … If successful, Sunday’s deal would see the formation of two 10-member committees, with both camps enjoying equal representation. One committee would name a prime minister and two deputies — one from each body — in the next two weeks. The trio would then form the unity Cabinet. The other committee would draft a constitution and prepare for parliamentary elections within two years.” (12/06/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/libyas-rival-governments-shun-sign-separate-peace-deal-35608248

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6) Burkina Faso: Diendere charged with complicity in murder
Source: ABC News

“Burkina Faso’s military tribunal has charged the general who briefly took power in a recent coup with complicity in the assassination of former revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara in 1987, the tribunal’s director said Sunday. Gen. Gilbert Diendere already faced charges for the week-long failed September coup against the transitional government.” (12/06/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/burkina-faso-coup-leader-charged-complicity-murder-35611692

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7) Liberty University: Falwell encourages students to carry guns
Source: USA Today

“In wake of events such as the recent shooting at San Bernardino, Calif., Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., is encouraging students to carry concealed weapons. Falwell mentioned the San Bernardino victims at the school’s convocation on Friday, saying, ‘If some of those people in that community center had what I’ve got in my back pocket right now, then…’ He trailed off to cheers and then added jokingly, ‘Is it illegal to pull it out?’ LU’s convocation, according to its website, is not a service in its chapel, but a weekly ‘assembling of our student body and staff leadership in order to inform, inspire and sometimes to simply entertain.’ The meeting is televised, and the school claims over 13,000 in attendance and ‘thousands more watching online and on television.'” (12/06/05)

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/12/06/liberty-u-president-concealed-weapons

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8) Study: to save polar bear, grow cannabis outdoors
Source: Smell the Truth

“As California gets ready to celebrate the outdoor cannabis harvest next week in Santa Rosa, the environmental impacts of indoor farming are again in the headlines. Indoor marijuana farms are needlessly adding to climate change by using an estimated one percent of electricity generated in the U.S., according to newly released policy paper. In the paper ‘Regulating Pot to Save the Polar Bear: Energy and Climate Impacts of the Marijuana Industry,’ researcher Gina S. Warren advocates for more green-energy regulations on cannabis. With legalization rapidly spreading across the country, power companies have begun measuring indoor pot farm energy use, and they use a lot. Legal marijuana sales increased 74% in 2014 to $2.7 billion, the ArcView Group estimates.” (12/04/15)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2015/12/04/study-to-save-polar-bear-grow-pot-outdoors

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9) Security officials from India and Pakistan hold talks
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“The top security officials from India and Pakistan held bilateral talks in Thailand’s capital on Sunday, signaling a resumption of the rival countries’ on-again, off-again peace dialogue. The national security advisers of the South Asian neighbors held talks covering peace and security, terrorism, the disputed region of Kashmir and ways to maintain peace along the countries’ shared border, according to a joint statement issued in New Delhi and Islamabad.” (12/06/15)

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/acd355cfbf9148e591b4626e32d030af/AS–India-Pakistan

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10) Study: Eating burnt food may increase cancer chances
Source: AOL News

“So, you left your fries in the oven a little longer than you should have and now they’re a tad TOO golden. Or maybe you turned your toaster settings on a little too high and your breakfast is more crispy than you typically like it. While some get beyond frustrated when their food burns, other’s seem to take a liking to it. But before you chomp down on those extra golden fries and super crispy toast, there are a few things you should know. A recent study by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has uncovered something quite scary about the link between overcooked foods and cancer.” [editor’s note: Meanwhile, these regulatory thugs find nothing wrong in cerifying Big Pharma poisons that addict you, cause fatal side effects while masking (but never curing) ailments … BAH! – SAT] (12/06/15)

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/12/04/new-study-reveals-burnt-food-may-increase-your-chances-of-gettin/21278647

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11) US Army certifies first woman combat engineer
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“She is ready for the battlefield, and for the history books. Newly minted combat engineer Vermont National Guard Spc. Skylar Anderson is the first woman to hold the job, a distinction she wasn’t even aware she held, now that the US armed services is allowing women to hold every combat job across all branches of the military. ‘I knew I was going to be one of the first, but I didn’t know I was going to be THE first,’ Ms. Anderson says in an interview with The Associated Press. ‘She’s a tremendous soldier,’ Command Sgt. Major Alan Grinsteinner says of Anderson to the AP. ‘She came up here, she did what she was supposed to, she passed every test, she was not granted any specialties, she did exactly what all her male counterparts did.'” (12/06/15)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2015/1206/The-US-Army-certifies-its-first-woman-combat-engineer

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12) Report: DoJ to investigate Chicago police
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Justice Department will open an investigation into the Chicago Police Department after protests over how it handled the case of a black teenager shot by a white police officer, a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The ‘patterns and practices’ investigation will determine whether the department systematically violates constitutional rights. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, would not elaborate on the investigation. The Chicago Police Department said it was expecting to release a statement regarding the investigation later on Sunday.” (12/06/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-race-chicago-idUSKBN0TP0VZ20151207

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13) Iraq: Turkey troops near Mosul violating international law
Source: Danbury News Times

“The presence of Turkish troops near the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in northern Iraq is a ‘violation’ of international law, Iraq’s president said Saturday. President Fuad Masum called the move a ‘violation of international norms, laws and Iraq’s national sovereignty,’ and said it was contributing to increased tensions in the region.” (12/05/15)

http://www.newstimes.com/news/world/article/Iraq-Turkey-troops-near-Mosul-violating-6677584.php

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14) Greece: Parliament passes 2016 budget
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Greece’s Parliament has approved the 2016 budget that includes deep spending cuts and tax hikes amid economic recession. The budget passed early Sunday, 153-145, with 2 lawmakers absent in the 300-member Parliament. The vote was strictly along partisan lines. The government forecasts zero economic growth this year and a contraction of 0.7 percent in 2016. Earlier, it had predicted declines of 2.3 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively.” (12/05/15)

http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/top-news/greek-parliament-passes-2016-budget/npc4T/

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15) International Space Station to receive first shipment from US in months
Source: Time

“A U.S. shipment of much-needed groceries and other astronaut supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station for the first time in months Sunday, reigniting NASA’s commercial delivery service. If the Orbital ATK capsule arrives at the space station Wednesday as planned, it will represent the first U.S. delivery since spring. … Orbital’s previous grocery run, its fourth, ended in a fiery explosion seconds after liftoff in October 2014. SpaceX, the other supplier, suffered a launch failure in June on its eighth trip. Russia also lost a supply ship earlier this year. But it’s since picked up the slack, with another resupply mission scheduled just before Christmas, and Japan has chipped in as well.” (12/06/15)

http://time.com/4137947/international-space-station-gets-first-shipment-from-u-s-in-months/

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16) Biden makes trip to Ukraine in sign of US support
Source: Yahoo! News

“U.S. Vice President Joe Biden comes to Ukraine’s capital on Sunday for a visit aimed at pushing the country toward making reforms and reassuring it that the crisis in Syria is not overshadowing Washington’s concerns about Ukraine. Fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed [newly independent states to Ukraine’s east] has significantly diminished since early September, after killing some 8,000 people since April 2014, but tensions remain high because of unresolved questions about the final political status of the [seceded states that Kiev wishes it still ruled]. Meanwhile, Western attention has turned largely toward the fight against Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq.” (12/06/15)

http://news.yahoo.com/biden-makes-2-day-trip-ukraine-sign-us-095127776.html

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17) Carson on military: “Deal with the transgender thing somewhere else”
Source: NBC News

“Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson told veterans at a town hall here Saturday that while he would never deny qualified women from combat positions, he doesn’t appreciate ‘using our military as a laboratory for social experimentation.’ … ‘You know, give me a break. Deal with the transgender thing somewhere else,’ Carson said before saying he prefers the old ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ military philosophy that ended in 2011.” (12/05/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/ben-carson-military-deal-transgender-thing-somewhere-else-n474936?cid=sm_fb

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18) Wal-Mart sues Puerto Rico over “astonishing” tax increases
Source: Bloomberg

“The Puerto Rico unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. sued the island’s government, seeking to overturn a new tax the retailer calls unfairly high. Enacted in May, Puerto Rico’s Act 72-2015 increases to 6.5 percent from 2 percent the tax on goods imported from offshore affiliates to local companies with gross revenues of more than $2.75 billion.” (12/05/15)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-05/wal-mart-sues-puerto-rico-over-astonishing-tax-increases

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19) Chad: Female suicide bombers kill at least 27
Source: Independent [UK]

“Three female suicide bombers have blown themselves up at a market in Chad, killing at least 27 people. Boko Haram is suspected of orchestrating the blasts on Koulfoua Island in Lake Chad, which borders Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad. Security officials told the Associated Press that at least 90 people were injured in Saturday’s attack, carried out by three women.” (12/05/15)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/boko-haram-three-female-suicide-bombers-kill-at-least-27-people-on-lake-chad-island-where-refugees-a6761731.html

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20) Puerto Rico: Regime risks creditor ire by hijacking money earmarked for bond payments
Source: Reuters

“Puerto Rico may have dodged a bullet when it avoided default last week, but its decision to commandeer revenue that was supposed to meet future debt payments will invite creditor pushback and possibly lawsuits. Creditors have long criticized Puerto Rico’s spending habits, and may have the ammunition to bring those complaints to court now that the Caribbean island plans to divert funds to cover constitutionally-guaranteed debt and essential government services.” (12/06/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-puertorico-debt-idUSKBN0TP0FS20151206

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

21) An American guilt trip: This is how the terrorists win
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“This is how the terrorists win, folks. The goal of terrorism is to terrorize us. What could possibly be a more effective means of that than getting us to live in fear not of some far-away foreign threat, but of our own neighbors? It’s a numbers game, with hooks reaching down into one of the darkest and ugliest aspects of our history: Our racial and ethnic stereotypes and prejudices.” (12/05/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3735

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22) Non-discrimination laws as the new Jim Crow
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Businesses are private property and owners should be able to refuse service to anyone for any reason. Anyone who demands service is hijacking someone else’s property, body and time. Of course, it is currently illegal for ‘public accommodations’ — businesses that deal with the general public — to refuse service based on race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender or national origin. Advocates say the policies are needed to counter the racist, bigoted history of America which is exemplified by Jim Crow laws; these measures mandated racial segregation in the South and were in force until the mid-60s. And, yet, the history and dynamics of non-discrimination laws have much in common with Jim Crow ones.” (12/04/15)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.6868

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23) Remember who was first
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Tom Tancredo is a five-term former U.S. congressman from Colorado. In some ways, he’s the right wing’s answer to former Democratic governor Dick Lamm, offering swift, unconventional, unexpected, solutions to socio-economic, and political problems. Following 9/11, he proposed threatening the Muslem world — should there ever be another such attack — to reduce Mecca to a sheet of glass. Like all conservatives, his notions are often what libertarians would consider unethical, but they are often thought-provoking, as well. Tancredo’s latest idea seems reasonable, at first, but it has some serious problems that he either doesn’t foresee or doesn’t care about.” (12/06/15)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle850-20151206-02.html

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24) Up from imperialism
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The San Bernardino massacre, in which a seemingly harmless county worker and his wife murdered 14 people in cold blood and wounded 21 others, marks a new phase in the cycle of war and repression that characterizes the post-9/11 era. The authorities recognize this, and they are moving swiftly to take advantage of their opportunity. As Rahm Emmanuel famously put it: ‘You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.’ On the left as well as the right, the cry goes up: Give the government more power! Protect us! Oh, and there’s always this old standby: Bombs away!” (12/07/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/12/06/up-from-imperialism/

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25) Black lists and black markets
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“A few days ago while watching an award screener of the new movie Trumbo — I’ll leave it to my libertarian friend Brad Linaweaver to review it for its historical inaccuracies — I had an epiphany. There’s a line of dialogue when Dalton Trumbo says, ‘Black lists and black markets.’ Although I was aware that communist Hollywood writers were bypassing the Black List by writing under pseudonyms and working through ‘fronts,’ it never occurred to me that this was practicing my own economic philosophy of Agorism. Irrespective of any contrary propaganda intentions of its filmmakers, Trumbo is a pro-Agorist movie.” (12/05/15)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2015/12/black-lists-black-markets/

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26) Syed Farook’s arsenal as American as apple pie
Source: The Nation
by Jon Wiener

“How unusual is it for a gun owner to have two AR-15 assault rifles and 2,500 rounds of rifle ammunition (the ‘arsenal’ police found in the possession of Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik)? Many in the media say it suggests a level of planning typical of terrorists. But, in fact, millions of Americans have that kind of ‘arsenal’ at home. The AR-15 is the most popular gun in America — around 8 million have been sold. Two thousand five hundred rounds of ammo for the AR-15 seems horrifying to an anti-gun, middle-class liberal like me (that’s enough bullets to kill 2,500 people!) but, in fact, ammo is sold in 1,000-round boxes, and it’s not unusual for gun owners to buy several boxes when the price is low.” (12/04/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/syed-farooks-arsenal-is-as-american-as-apple-pie

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27) IRS can now restrict your right to travel
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“REAL ID has not yet been fully implemented, and a handful of state governments have opted not to comply with the provisions of REAL ID. If REAL ID is ever implemented by the federal government, people with a drivers license from Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, or New York will need a passport in order to avoid intense scrutiny from the TSA if they wish to fly, and may be denied access to federal buildings. CNN reports that approximately 9.5 million drivers licenses have been issued in those states. On the surface this doesn’t seem like a big deal — 3% of Americans will need a passport to enter a federal building or get on a flight — until you realize that over 60% of Americans don’t have a valid passport, and the Congress has just granted the IRS the authority to revoke the passport of anyone with a delinquent tax debt in excess of $50,000.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (12/06/15)

http://fpp.cc/irs-can-now-restrict-your-right-to-travel/

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28) Laws are unnecessary, ineffective
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“If I had to come up with a short description of what differentiates libertarians from the rest of society, I might say while most worry about ‘what if,’ libertarians focus on ‘what is.’ Those who believe in government, laws, and the state worry about ‘what if.’ What if there were no stop signs? What if there were no law forbidding murder? What if someone cheats you out of money? What if people don’t make the right decision? But consider what is. … Do you believe a mugger thinks about the law before shooting an uncooperative victim? Do you believe those who find themselves committing a crime of passion will stop when remembering the law? If so, what other fantasies do you believe are real?” (12/03/15)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2015/12/03/mcmanigal-laws-are-unnecessary-ineffective/

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29) From crises comes Leviathan
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Lovers of big government love crises because crises are the sure-fire way to get big government. It is during crises that many people go into a fright-filled panic, demanding that government assume extraordinary powers to keep them safe. Government officials, of course, are always willing to oblige, given their love of power over others.” (12/04/15)

http://fff.org/2015/12/04/from-crises-comes-leviathan/

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30) Why I am suing the FCC over net neutrality
Source: USA Today
by Joe Portman

“Like many Americans, I am a small business owner. I run a company called Alamo Broadband Inc. near San Antonio, Texas, that provides broadband Internet access service to around 1,100 customers. My customers have the ability to go anywhere and do anything they like on the Internet: send emails, watch Netflix, and browse the web. I have always supported the concept of ‘net neutrality’ because what is good for the Internet is good for my business. I strive to give my customers what they want, and my customers demand the ability to access whatever they want on the Internet. If I attempted to control where my customers go on the Internet and what they see, my customers would be unhappy and cancel their service, and I would soon be out of business. What I do not support is the government telling me how to run my business.” (12/02/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/12/02/why-am-suing-fcc-over-net-neutrality-column/76624538

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31) Of bumblebees and competitive courts
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Considering that what liberty we continue to enjoy in the West is a product in large part of competing legal institutions operating within overlapping jurisdictions hundreds of years ago, it’s curious that so many libertarians still believe such an order — an essential feature of free-market, or natural-law, anarchism — would be inimical to liberty. Why wouldn’t that which produced liberty be up to preserving it? When I say that competition produced liberty, I of course do not mean that liberty was anyone’s objective. Yet liberty emerged all the same, as if by an ‘invisible hand.'” (12/04/15)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2015/12/tgif-of-bumblebees-and-competitive.html

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32) Eliminating due process
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Talk about preventing ‘terrorists’ from acquiring firearms is in the news again proving that everything old is new. With the shooting in San Bernardino in recent memory several politicians have taken the opportunity to introduce an amendment to a bill that would, amongst other things, prohibit people on the terrorist watch lists from buying firearms. This maneuver is being heralded as a tool to prevent terrorists from acquiring firearms but, as I noted back when this shit was being argued in 2009, the terrorist watch lists are secret lists. How do you end up on one of the lists? Who knows? It’s a secret. Are you already on one of the lists? Who knows? It’s a secret. All we do know is that the lists exist and a lot of names are on them. Prohibiting people on the terrorist watch lists from buying firearms isn’t about prohibiting terrorists from buying firearms. It’s about removing due process before prohibiting people from buying firearms.” (12/04/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/12/04/eliminating-due-process/

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33) No, Mr. President, the NRA is not to blame
Source: USA Today
by Chris Cox

“Just when we think that politics can’t sink any lower, President Obama once again proves us wrong by politicizing the tragedy in San Bernardino before the facts were even known. What we do know is that the American people are heartbroken by these horrific crimes — and despite what the president would have us believe — America’s law-abiding gun owners are heartbroken by these horrific crimes as well. At the same time, we are sick and tired of this president suggesting the men and women of the National Rifle Association are somehow to blame. The National Rifle Association is not to blame. Neither is our Second Amendment freedom. An act of evil unfolded in California. President Obama used it not as a moment to inform or calm the American people; rather, he exploited it to push his gun control agenda.” (12/03/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/12/03/no-mr-president-nra-not-blame-san-bernardino-column/76748608

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34) Whitewashing militarism, Vietnam War edition
Source: CounterPunch
by Robert Fantina

“This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Vietnamese victory over the United States, in the war that ravaged Vietnam, and caused untold suffering and division in the U.S. It was said, after the people of Vietnam were able to resist the most powerful military machine in the world, that the U.S. needed to rethink its war-mongering and military aggression, and, perhaps, turn to diplomacy before resorting to bombs. The lessons of Vietnam, it was proclaimed, must be remembered. It doesn’t take a historian to see that any lessons from that disastrous war were all quickly forgotten.” (12/04/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/04/whitewashing-militarism-vietnam-war-edition/

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35) Freedom’s champion
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“It is one thing to believe in, and to dream of, promoting the freedom philosophy; it is quite another thing to actually do so. Without an organization to put outreach schemes into practice, there could be no promotion of the freedom philosophy, except in a very limited way through personal contacts. It takes an organization to publish books, briefs, and pamphlets, to hire speakers, to schedule lectures, and to arrange seminars. This is what [Leonard] Read had in mind for his foundation. And he was well prepared for the task.” (12/04/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/freedoms-champion/

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36) The enormous, humongous October trade deficit report
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“The U.S. Census Bureau reported Friday that the October goods and services trade deficit was an enormous, humongous $43.9 billion. This is for a single month. This is up $1.4 billion (3.4 percent) from September’s enormous, humongous $42.5 (revised) billion trade deficit. This enormous, humongous trade deficit will continue to drag down economic growth, job prospects, wages and living standards. October exports were $184.1 billion, $2.7 billion less than September exports. October imports were $228.0 billion, $1.3 billion less than September imports. The October goods and services deficit reflected an increase in the goods deficit of $2.1 billion to $63.1 billion and an increase in the services surplus of $0.6 billion to $19.2 billion.” (12/04/15)

https://ourfuture.org/20151204/the-enormous-humongous-october-trade-deficit-report

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37) “Blue privilege” and the felony murder rule
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“[T]he SUV Bendetta was driving was blind-sided at an intersection by a vehicle operated by a man named Scott Abbott. She apparently didn’t see Abbott’s car. For his part, Abbott was driving well above the speed limit, and didn’t have time to avoid the fatal crash. Brenda was flown to a nearby hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries. Criminal homicide charges have been filed as a result of Bendetta’s death. The suspect was not Pennsylvania State Trooper Scott Abbott, the man who killed her, but 23-year-old Jonathan Switch, the individual Abbott was pursuing.”

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2015/12/blue-privilege-and-felony-murder-rule.html

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38) Free speech: Not just a “diversion” from campus protests
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Robert Shibley

“The protests that have taken hold of college campuses across the country this fall have drawn tremendous attention from the media and the public, both because the topic of race is the driving force behind the protests and because some protesters have been hostile to freedom of the press and have made demands that would limit freedom of speech on campus. … Defending the rights of students to engage in protected expression is a central part of FIRE’s core mission. To that end, FIRE has worked tirelessly to ensure that student speech, including student protest, remains viable on college campuses across the country. ” (12/04/15)

https://www.thefire.org/free-speech-not-just-a-diversion-from-campus-protests/

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39) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 57: The case for NOTA, part 1
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Libertarian Party stuff, heavy metal guitar musings, cutting taxes from the bottom up and welfare from the top down, who’s Gregg Swann?; Hey, gettin’ a Mac!); Libertarian Party 2016 Presidential Nomination: The Case for NOTA, Part 1; Closing Rant (Obama versus gun rights — due process and secret government enemies lists).” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/06/15)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-57-case.html

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40) Good health will end civilization
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Rick Weber

“Good health and decisive minds. With maybe about 5% probability. We’re far more likely to destroy ourselves with war or stupidity, but knowledge could do us in too. The basic problem is that as our knowledge of health and aging increases, we’re going to end with a lot of old people around. We’re going to be those old people, which is great for us, but it could be deadly in the long run.” (12/04/15)

http://notesonliberty.com/2015/12/04/good-health-will-end-civilization/

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41) Ten arguments gun advocates make — and why they’re wrong
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“There has been yet another mass shooting, something that now seems to occur on a monthly basis. Every time another tragedy like this occurs, gun advocates make the same arguments about why we can’t possibly do anything to restrict the weaponization of our culture. Here’s a guide to what they’ll be saying in the coming days.” [editor’s note: A vintage column from this guy. Target set; fire away! – SAT] (12/15/12)

http://prospect.org/article/ten-arguments-gun-advocates-make-and-why-theyre-wrong

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42) NYT uses front page to spout inanities
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

“Okay, it’s not exactly news that the New York Times spouts nonsense, especially when it comes to guns and gun rights. But when the senile old hag venerable Gray Lady prints an editorial on its front page for the first time in 95 years — and that editorial (obviously sparked by this week’s jihadi-team murders in California) is 100% dedicated to spewing obvious silliness on guns — it’s worthy of note.” (12/05/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2566

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43) Technology and Economic Growth in the Information Age: A follow-up
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Stevi Knight

“In the 17 years since the NCPA published Michael Cox and Richard Alm’s report, ‘Technology and Economic Growth in the Information Age,’ the technology landscape in the United States has changed dramatically, with a largely positive impact on the U.S. economy. For example, 21 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth from 1996 to 2001 is attributable to the Internet, and the development of software used in almost all U.S. businesses accounted for 15 percent of all gains in U.S. output from 2004 to 2012.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (12/03/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/technology-and-economic-growth-in-the-information-age-a-follow-up

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44) Directed history? Hey, we told you so
Source: The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile

“The news is catching up to us. The Daily Bell was founded on the idea that Western culture was invaded by elite memes that shaped public opinion. Today that doesn’t seem so radical but even a decade ago when The Daily Bell’s approach was being formulated, most of the alternative media was apt to comment on the effects of such memes rather than on their production. But we’ve always focused on the theoretical aspects of elite misinformation because from our point of view this was a fundamental issue of modern times. And now comes Dr. Udo Ulfkotte ‘a top German journalist and editor’ to post a video that is beginning to function like a modern version of the famous missive ‘J’accuse!'” (12/05/15)

http://www.thedailybell.com/editorials/36676/Anthony-Wile-Directed-History-Hey-We-Told-You-So/

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45) Venezuela’s hidden gender-violence problem
Source: The Canal
by Marcela Albahari Nielsen

“In 1999, the UN General Assembly declared November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in remembrance of Dominican sisters Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa Mirabal. On November 25, 1960, hired henchmen murdered the civil-rights activists on orders from dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Violence against women is a serious public health problem and a violation of women’s human rights.” (12/04/15)

http://blog.panampost.com/editor/2015/12/04/venezuelas-hidden-gender-violence-problem/

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46) Is The Midas Paradox monetarist or anti-monetarist?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“A little bit of each. 1. My analysis of the Great Depression is monetarist in the sense that I believe inflation and demand-side business cycles are fundamentally monetary phenomena, to be explained by analyzing changes in the supply and demand for the medium of account. 2. My analysis is anti-monetarist in the sense that I consider gold, not money, to be the most important medium of account during the interwar period. And also because monetarists focus on changes in the supply of money, whereas I focus on changes in the demand for gold.” (12/05/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/12/is_the_midas_pa.html

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47) Enumerated wrongs
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Will the government soon quarter troops in your home? The Third Amendment prohibits that, sure — but if prominent and powerful Democrats are so anxious to toss out the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution, who’s to say they wouldn’t jettison the Third? Last year, every Democratic U.S. Senator voted to repeal the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech … Now, in the face of ‘gun violence’ and (pssst) terrorism, President Obama, presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton, and true-blue MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, want to scrap the Second Amendment. How? By first scrapping the Fifth …” (12/04/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/12/04/enumerated-wrongs/

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48) Eco-radicals at COP-21hold mock totalitarian show trial against Climate Enemy No. 1
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jim Lakely

“Mock trials are often fun ways for public advocacy groups to drill down into a serious issue. … there are two sides to the trial: the prosecution and the defense. Each side gets to call witnesses, and the audience votes on the verdict of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty.’ (Some of the votes over the years have been surprising.) Those basic elements of centuries-old Western law is not a feature of the eco-radicals’ mock trial of ExxonMobil that marks its ‘fun’ at COP-21. There are only prosecutors, Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben, and the slate of witnesses — such as members of Pacific Climate Warriors and ExxonSecrets — are there only to convict. … I know, I know. What’s the big deal, Jim? Why can’t you let them have their fun? I would … if the professional eco-left was only playing with putting those it labels as ‘enemies’ on trial. In just the last few months, we’ve seen Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders urge Obama’s Justice Department to open a criminal investigation on ExxonMobil, and some 20 prominent university professors and scientists are demanding that those who question the hypothesis of human-caused global warming be brought up on federal charges. ” (12/05/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/12/eco-radicals-at-cop-21-hold-mock-totalitarian-show-trial-against-climate-enemy-no-1/

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49) Effective altruism
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jessica Flanigan

“Many effective altruists support a broadly utilitarian approach. If you are sympathetic to utilitarianism, their message sounds pretty persuasive. If you are not sympathetic to utilitarianism though, you may reject the message because it sounds like the reasons for effective altruism rely on an ethical theory that you reject. But the reasons in favor of effective altruism do not rely on utilitarianism.” (12/05/15)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2015/12/effective-altruism/

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50) Will Atlas be Shrugging again?
Source: Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed

“Imagine a modernized romanticized version of Atlas in which John Galt is a technology entrepreneur and investor like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos rather than an automotive engineer who threatens to ‘stop the motor of the world’ by shutting down Facebook and iPhones even as the story focuses on his torrid love affair with commercial spaceliner executive Dagny Taggart. Then imagine watching it all unfold for six to eight-hours on your HD flat screen surround sound home theatre cable system or livestreamed on your wifi smart device (assuming Galt hasn’t already stopped all digital electronics, the true motor of the modern world). That’s what Albert S. Ruddy, movie and TV producer of such joltingly dissimilar entertainments as ‘Hogan’s Heroes,’ ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Cannonball Run,’ says he wants to do.” (12/02/15)

http://www.examiner.com/article/will-atlas-be-shrugging-again

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51) The NSA will not go quietly into that gentle night
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Nick Ford

“Think about this: A program that has long been suspected of violating the Constitution and has been disfavored by many, even in the mainstream media, has continued for years, despite this pushback. A program that undoubtedly proved costly for the government and even more so for the American public. A program so culturally stigmatized, that by this point we’ve all made various jokes about how we should hang up lest the NSA decide to listen in. All of this and the program still gets extended for another few months. But who can be surprised? The government will continue to find excuses to halfheartedly limit its own powers. And if you had the same sort of powers, it seems unlikely you’d do much differently.” (12/04/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/42056

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52) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 12/04/15: James Chillemi
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with James Chillemi. Herein we discuss how he became a Voluntaryist, debating Ron Paul supporters, Voluntaryism is about humility, studying man-made arbitrary law, Voluntaryists are not oracles, polycentric law, importance of contracts, the not so wild west, Secession, government is an unnecessary evil, The Libertarian Party, Adam Kokesh …” [MP3]

http://peacefulanarchism.com/james-chillemi-voluntaryist-anarchist-and-co-founder-of-liberty-hangout/

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53) Real cinematic quality
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“Rocky was the feel-good film of 1976 and won the Oscar for Best Picture. Stallone, who had been earning $36 a week as an usher while trying to make it as an actor, became the star of multiple action-film franchises from Rambo to The Expendables, but he eventually became more caricature than character. Rocky spawned six sequels over four decades that also became increasingly hollow imitations of the original. Until now.” (12/05/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1490

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54) Time to retire the NIH
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Liberals and conservatives both agree on one significant thing about the NIH: It is deserving of government funding as long as it doesn’t do things they don’t like. The necessity, legitimacy, and constitutionality of the NIH, its 27 institutes and centers, and its parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, as institutions of the federal government are things they have never even considered. In spite of all the Republican rhetoric about free markets and limited government, the NIH enjoys wide bipartisan support.” (12/04/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/time-to-retire-the-nih/

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55) Free Thoughts Podcast, 12/04/15: Building a better government
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Richard A. Epstein joins us to discuss the core principles of classical liberalism. Is there a way to build a government that remains limited?” [various formats] (12/04/15)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/building-better-government

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