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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,346
Thursday, December 17th, 2015
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In the News:

1) MD: Judge declares mistrial in Freddie Gray case
2) Federal Reserve raises key interest rate, ending seven years of near-zero rates
3) China: Xi Jinping calls for world Internet censorship regime
4) US regime authorizes $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan
5) Security theater: Johnson activates new terror warning level
6) New York man sentenced to eight years in prison in “death ray” plot
7) Shiites: Nigerian army buries victims to hide massacre toll
8) Longest-surviving castaway sued for $1 million over cannibalism accusations
9) Spain: PM sucker punched by southpaw on campaign stop
10) US, Cuba reach understanding on restoring commercial flights
11) DC: Suspended Secret Service officer slain
12) ObamaCare signups top four million on healthcare.gov
13) UN court: Nicaragua breached Costa Rican sovereignty
14) GOPers wanting permanent “special interest tax breaks” in spending deal
15) Russian airstrikes restore Syrian military balance of power
16) Physicists may have discovered Higgs boson relative
17) Patinkin: Ted Cruz “misses the whole point” of “Princess Bride”
18) FBI: No evidence San Bernardino attackers were part of terrorist cell
19) Ecuador: Protesters jailed for discrediting police
20) German pol charged over “tattoo of Nazi death camp”

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Finland on 800 euros a month
22) Obama isn’t liberal enough
23) The chilling progressive response to Mark Zuckerberg’s charity
24) The chaos party
25) Don’t let hawks exploit terrorism fears
26) How I returned to politics and won an election thanks to SFL and Young Libertarian Volunteers
27) Pretend answers on terror
28) Taxed enough already: Governments shouldn’t be allowed to bleed our Internet service
29) Markets are never ready for the Fed
30) What happens when IMF’s rules get in the way of politics?
31) Fuck your free speech
32) Dave Painter on the Seeds of Liberty Podcast
33) Nothing radical about Republicans’ foreign policy
34) Too much Omnibus
35) The punishment should fit the crime: Matthew Keys and the CFAA
36) Speech Code of the Month: Auburn University
37) Religious right pandering on gay rights
38) Trump time: They laughed at Reagan, too
39) What is a democratic socialist?
40) Eight terrible things about the Trans-Pacific Partnership
41) Common Core now law of the land
42) Domestic violence is not on the rise
43) Social justice and the evangelical church today
44) How diversity destroyed affirmative action
45) Federalist #16: The seeds of nullification
46) With few gun laws, New Hampshire is safer than Canada
47) Assimilation and immigration restriction
48) GOP debate: The triumph of “isolationism”
49) Mass shooting delusions
50) No, the PATRIOT Act didn’t really expire

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

1) MD: Judge declares mistrial in Freddie Gray case
Source: Miami Herald

“Jurors deliberated more than 16 hours over three days but still could not reach a verdict in the trial of the first officer to face prosecution in Freddie Gray’s death, forcing an already-weary Baltimore to continue waiting for any resolution in a case that has strained this city for months. On Wednesday afternoon, Judge Barry G. Williams declared a mistrial. … The jury — made up of what appears to be seven black and five white members — failed to reach unanimity after hearing two weeks of passionate legal arguments and contradictory witness testimony, leaving prosecutors to decide whether to try Officer William G. Porter a second time.” (12/16/15)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article50084260.html

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2) Federal Reserve raises key interest rate, ending seven years of near-zero rates
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates from record lows set at the depths of the 2008 financial crisis, a shift that heralds modestly higher rates on some loans. The Fed coupled its first rate hike in nine years with a signal that further increases will likely be made slowly as the economy strengthens further and inflation rises from undesirably low levels. Wednesday’s action signaled the central bank’s belief that the economy has finally regained enough strength 6 1/2 years after the Great Recession ended to withstand modestly higher borrowing rates.” (12/16/15)

http://www.startribune.com/fed-finally-lifts-key-interest-rate-from-near-zero/362666011/

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3) China: Xi Jinping calls for world Internet censorship regime
Source: CBC News [Canadian state media]

“Chinese President Xi Jinping called for governments to co-operate in regulating Internet use, stepping up efforts to promote controls that activists complain stifle free expression. Xi’s government operates extensive Internet monitoring and censorship and has tightened controls since he came to power in 2013.” (12/16/15)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/xi-jinping-internet-conference-1.3367158

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4) US regime authorizes $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan
Source: Reuters

“The Obama administration formally notified Congress on Wednesday of a $1.83 billion arms sale package for Taiwan, including two frigates, anti-tank missiles, amphibious assault vehicles and other equipment, drawing an angry response from China. The authorization, which Reuters on Monday reported was imminent, came a year after Congress passed legislation approving the sale. It is the first such major arms sale to Taiwan in more than four years. … China summoned the U.S. charge d’affaires in Beijing, Kaye Lee, to protest and said it would impose sanctions on the companies involved, China’s state news agency Xinhua reported.” (12/16/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taiwan-arms-idUSKBN0TZ2C520151216

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5) Security theater: Johnson activates new terror warning level
Source: USA Today

“Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson activated the National Terrorism Advisory System for the first time Wednesday, warning the public of ‘self-radicalized actors who could strike with little or no notice.’ The bulletin, which marks the addition of a new level of public warning to the system, will be in effect for the next six months, or until events dictate otherwise, Johnson said. The Department of Homeland Security is ‘especially concerned that terrorist-inspired individuals and homegrown violent extremists may be encouraged or inspired to target public events or places,’ the bulletin stated.” (12/16/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/12/16/terror-warning-level-homeland-security-department-jeh-johnson/77385610

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6) New York man sentenced to eight years in prison in “death ray” plot
Source: Yahoo! News

“An upstate New York man was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for his role in a plot to build a radiation-emitting ‘death ray’ intended to harm Muslims targets and President Barack Obama, federal authorities said on Wednesday. Eric Feight, 55, of Hudson, pleaded guilty in January to a federal charge of providing material support to terrorists. He admitted to helping Glendon Scott Crawford, a self-proclaimed Ku Klux Klansman, in modifying an industrial-grade radiation device, which tabloid newspapers dubbed a ‘death ray,’ and building a switch to operate it from a distance.” (12/16/15)

http://news.yahoo.com/york-man-sentenced-eight-years-prison-death-ray-203730108.html

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7) Shiites: Nigerian army buries victims to hide massacre toll
Source: Altoona Mirror

“Nigerian troops Wednesday buried the bodies of hundreds of victims of an alleged military massacre of Shiite Muslims to hide the death toll, the Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria said. Wednesday’s allegation comes as human rights advocates and the United States called for an investigation following the army’s raid on Nigerian Shiites in which hundreds of people were reportedly killed and Shiite leader Ibraheem Zakzaky suffered four bullet wounds.” (12/16/15)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1002149/Shiites–Nigerian-army-buries-victims-to-hide-massacre-toll.html?isap=1&nav=760

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8) Longest-surviving castaway sued for $1 million over cannibalism accusations
Source: United Press International

“A man who survived 438 days at sea is being sued for $1 million by the family of his fellow fisherman because they accuse him of eating his corpse. … Alvarenga, thought to be the world’s longest-surviving castaway, recounts that the pair survived by drinking turtle blood, urine, and by catching fish and birds. Cordoba once became sick after eating a bird that ate a poisonous sea snake. Cordoba eventually died but made Alvarenga promise not to eat his corpse and to find Cordoba’s mother to tell her what occurred. Alvarenga said he kept the corpse on the boat for six days to keep him company, often having conversations with it, until he realized he lost his grip on reality and threw it overboard. Alvarenga was later rescued when he washed up on the Pacific Ocean’s Marshall Islands in January 2014.” (12/16/15)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/12/16/Longest-surviving-castaway-sued-for-1M-over-cannibalism-accusations/2181450282583/

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9) Spain: PM sucker punched by southpaw on campaign stop
Source: NBC News

“The Spanish prime minister was sucker punched Wednesday during a campaign stop by a southpaw with a vicious left hook. Mariano Rajoy was hit so hard his glasses flew off, but he was able to continue campaigning and the young man who attacked him was quickly wrestled to the ground and arrested, a spokesman for the ruling People’s party told Spanish newspapers. Rajoy, in footage obtained by the Diario de Pontevedra, can been seen talking with constituents on the street in the city of Pontevedra when a young man with a buzz-cut standing directly beside him suddenly slugs him.” (12/16/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/spanish-prime-minister-sucker-punched-southpaw-campaign-stop-n481306

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10) US, Cuba reach understanding on restoring commercial flights
Source: ABC News

“The United States and Cuba have reached an understanding on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights, Cuban and American officials said Wednesday on the eve of the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes. The diplomatic advance helps open the way for U.S. airlines to begin flying to Cuba within months in what would be the biggest business deal struck as the two countries try to normalize relations.” (12/16/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-cuba-reach-understanding-restoring-commercial-flights-35809589

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11) DC: Suspended Secret Service officer slain
Source: ABC News

“A uniformed U.S. Secret Service officer who was suspended after being charged in a domestic incident earlier this year was fatally shot in Washington, authorities said. Officer Arthur Baldwin, 30, died Tuesday after being shot several times, according to the Secret Service and District of Columbia police. According to police, he was shot shortly before 3 p.m. in a residential neighborhood of southwest Washington, near the Maryland border. Police were looking for three people in connection with the shooting, but have released no information about them. Baldwin may have been the victim of a robbery or a robbery attempt, Cmdr. Robert Alder of the police department’s homicide branch told reporters late Wednesday.” (12/16/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/secret-service-officer-slain-dc-suspended-35799259

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12) ObamaCare signups top four million on healthcare.gov
Source: CNBC

“The federal Obamacare exchange had ts biggest week so far this season — and could break that record this week. About 1.3 million people signed up for health insurance plans between Dec. 6 and last Saturday, officials said Wednesday. The surge of customers, which came as a key deadline for enrollment approached, brings HealthCare.gov’s sign-up tally to 4.17 million people since enrollment began for 2016 plans on Nov. 1. The federally run marketplace serves residents in 38 states.” (12/16/15)

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/16/obamacare-sign-ups-top-4-million-on-healthcaregov.html

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13) UN court: Nicaragua breached Costa Rican sovereignty
Source: Altoona Mirror

“The United Nations’ highest court ruled Wednesday that Nicaragua violated Costa Rica’s territorial sovereignty by establishing a military camp and digging channels on a small chunk of land near the mouth of the San Juan River, and ordered Managua to pay compensation. The International Court of Justice ruling established that Costa Rica owns a three-square-kilometer (1.2-square-mile) piece of land near the shores of the Caribbean Sea that had been at dispute for years between the Latin American neighbors.” (12/16/15)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1002113/UN-court–Nicaragua-breached-Costa-Rican-sovereignty.html?isap=1&nav=760

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14) GOPers wanting permanent “special interest tax breaks” in spending deal
Source: Raw Story

“The head of a bloc of conservative U.S. House Republicans on Wednesday said his group’s members are unlikely to support the sprawling $1.1 trillion spending deal announced overnight but were more inclined to back a separate bill extending tax breaks. Representative Jim Jordan, the leader of the so-called Freedom Caucus, told Reuters the ‘omnibus’ package also did not include provisions to tighten U.S. screening of Syrian refugees, address national security concerns, or deny funding to Planned Parenthood. ‘The omnibus I think has real problems, not just with freedom caucus members, but with lots of Republicans,’ he said after meeting with colleagues of the group, adding that it contained too many concessions to Democrats.” (12/16/15)

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/12/republicans-want-to-make-special-interest-tax-breaks-permanent-with-spending-deal

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15) Russian airstrikes restore Syrian military balance of power
Source: Epoch Times

“Weeks of Russian airstrikes in Syria appear to have restored enough momentum to the government side to convince President Bashar Assad’s foes and the world community that even if he doesn’t win the war he cannot quickly be removed by force. That realization, combined with the growing sense that the world’s No. 1 priority is the destruction of the Islamic State (ISIS), has led many to acknowledge that however unpalatable his conduct of the war, Assad will have to be tolerated for at least some time further.” (12/16/15)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1921241-russian-airstrikes-restore-syrian-military-balance-of-power/

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16) Physicists may have discovered Higgs boson relative
Source: Fox News

“Could scientists have found a particle heavier than the famous Higgs boson? That appears to be the case. Using the CMS and ATLAS detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) outside Geneva, Switzerland, scientists discovered an excess of photon pairs carrying around 750 gigaelectronvolts of energy, according to Nature. This could indicate a particle new to nature that would be about four times more massive than the heaviest particle ever discovered (the top quark) and six times heavier than the Higgs. The results came from higher energy ‘run 2’ experiments that began in June and were suspended in November. A survey of those results was presented Tuesday.” [editor’s note: Relatives, or just boson buddies? (I’m sorry; did I type that out loud?) – SAT] (12/16/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/12/16/science-breakthrough-physicists-may-have-discovered-higgs-boson-relative.html

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17) Patinkin: Ted Cruz “misses the whole point” of “Princess Bride”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President candidate Ted Cruz really loves The Princess Bride. The Texas Senator talks about the classic film all the time, even going so far as to awkwardly re-enact scenes for his fans. One of the film’s stars, however, is no fan of the Cruz campaign and claims the Republican totally missed the whole point of the movie. Mandy Patinkin, who played the vengeful Inigo Montoya in the 1987 film, revealed in a recent New York Times interview that Cruz is way off when it comes to interpreting the movie’s themes: ‘I would love for Senator Cruz, and everyone creating fear mongering and hatred, to consider creating hope, optimism and love. Open your arms to these people, these refugees trying to get into our country, and open your hearts.’ In other words, I do not think it means what you think it means.” (12/15/15)

http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopics/2015/12/15/ted-cruz-missed-the-point-of-princess-bride-says-films-star

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18) FBI: No evidence San Bernardino attackers were part of terrorist cell
Source: Reuters

“There is no evidence a married couple who killed 14 people in California this month were part of a terrorist cell, the head of the FBI said on Wednesday, echoing investigators’ views that the pair were inspired by, rather than organized by Islamic State. The Islamist militant group has ‘revolutionized’ terrorism by seeking to inspire such small-scale attacks, FBI Director James Comey said, noting the group uses social media, encrypted communications and slickly produced propaganda to recruit followers around the world. ‘Your parents’ al Qaeda was a very different model than the threat we face today,’ Comey told a counterterrorism conference in New York.” (12/16/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-cell-idUSKBN0TZ2FD20151216

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19) Ecuador: Protesters jailed for discrediting police
Source: Human Rights Watch

“Earlier this month, hundreds of Ecuadorians took to the streets to protest the National Assembly’s approval of constitutional amendments that open the door to troubling restrictions on free speech and allow for indefinite presidential reelection after 2017. On December 4, 2015, the day after the protests, 21 people were convicted and sentenced to 15 days in prison for ‘issuing expressions of discredit and dishonor against policemen’ in connection with the protests.” (12/15/15)

https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/12/15/dispatches-jailed-discrediting-police

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20) German pol charged over “tattoo of Nazi death camp”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A German political official has been charged with incitement to hatred after he was pictured with a tattoo apparently of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp. The tattoo has the slogan ‘To Each His Own,’ which was on the gate of the Buchenwald concentration camp. The photo was taken at a swimming pool in the town of Oranienburg, north of Berlin, at the end of November. German media named the man as Marcel Zech, a member of the far-right National Democratic Party. Mr Zech sits on the council in the district of Barnim in eastern Germany.” (12/16/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35113203

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

21) Finland on 800 euros a month
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Should government hand every man, woman and child a check each month to make sure we’re all taken care of? Finland is embracing this basic idea with a pilot program, providing everyone an ‘unconditional basic income’ (UBI). Treating citizens equally is enshrined in Finland’s constitution, so every Finn will receive the same 800-euros a month without regard to income or lack thereof. It sounds like Democrat George McGovern’s ‘guaranteed annual income,’ which was mocked and ridiculed during the 1972 presidential campaign. But you might be surprised who has supported the UBI: free-market economist Milton Friedman advanced the similar ‘negative income tax’ back in 1962; Martin Luther King liked it; Austrian economist F. A. Hayek endorsed the concept; Charles Murray, author of Losing Ground, has developed a version of the proposal.” (12/16/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/12/16/finland-on-800-euros-a-month/

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22) Obama isn’t liberal enough
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O’Brien

“He was full of gems about the free market, ending war, the PATRIOT Act, and closing Guantanamo Bay. He admitted to smoking pot in college. I knew there was plenty we would disagree on — after all, I’m not a Democrat, but I knew after 8 years of Bush it was time for something and someone different, and Obama was different. He was a liberal, and I was ready for one of those in the White House. I didn’t get what I wanted though. I wanted a liberal. What I got was …” (12/16/15)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/obama-isnt-liberal-enough/

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23) The chilling progressive response to Mark Zuckerberg’s charity
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Max Borders

“Mark Zuckerberg is starting a charitable LLC to donate 99 percent of his Facebook stock to charity, and the usual suspects are all in a tizzy. But in the process of analyzing this curious response, I was treated to a frightening glimpse into the mind of one particular progressive: ‘Kramer: I find the US initiative highly problematic. You can write donations off in your taxes to a large degree in the USA. So the rich make a choice: Would I rather donate or pay taxes? The donors are taking the place of the state. That’s unacceptable.'” (12/16/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/the-chilling-progressive-response-to-mark-zuckerberg-s-charity/

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24) The chaos party
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, the candidates who took the stage Tuesday night at CNN’s presidential debate sought to make the most of a terrifying world. Ted Cruz pledged to carpet-bomb a good chunk of the Middle East. Marco Rubio called for increased military spending. Carly Fiorina professed her love for surveillance. Chris Christie uttered the numbers 9/11 more times than I could count. Ben Carson seemed to suggest that any children killed by bombs he would drop would love him in the afterlife for having done so. Rand Paul called for closing U.S. borders. Frontrunner Donald Trump promised to kill the relatives of terrorists. At times the prescriptions offered by the candidates seemed the stuff of dark comedy, a kind of mash-up of Dr. Strangelove and Get Smart.” (12/16/15)

http://prospect.org/article/chaos-party

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25) Don’t let hawks exploit terrorism fears
Source: Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall

“In the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, polls show surging public support for a more aggressive response to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Yet while the current concern about terrorism is understandable, it would be a tragic mistake to let the hawks hijack the public’s emotional response in the service of misguided policies. Calls for carpet bombing and immigration bans may be satisfying in the short run, but giving in to fleeting fears will only make us sorry in the long run.” (12/16/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/dont-let-hawks-exploit-terrorism-fears

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26) How I returned to politics and won an election thanks to SFL and Young Libertarian Volunteers
Source: Students For Liberty
by Marcel Van Hattem

“In 2013, I was living in the Netherlands studying for my second Masters degree in Journalism, with no plans to go back to Brazil. In 2014, I ran for state representative in Rio Grande do Sul (RS), Brazil’s southernmost state, and won the election with 35,345 votes. What happened in such a short period of time? Students For Liberty has a lot to do with my lifechanging decision to go back to my country and to politics.” (12/16/15)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2015/12/16/how-i-returned-to-politics-won-an-election-thanks-to-sfl-young-libertarian-volunteers/

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27) Pretend answers on terror
posted by R. Lee Wrights
December 17, 2015
Reason
by John Stossel
Posted in Commentary
“There probably is, as the Cato Institute’s Ted Galen Carpenter puts it, ‘a jihadist somewhere who is so unhinged that he would want to slaughter Americans simply because of a virulent hatred of Western culture. But even the bipartisan commission that investigated the 9/11 attacks conceded that the primary driving force for Islamist terrorism was anger at U.S.-led foreign policy in the Middle East.’ In other words, terrorists don’t come here because we let girls attend school but mainly because we meddle in their countries.” (12/16/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/12/16/pretend-answers-on-terror

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28) Taxed enough already: Governments shouldn’t be allowed to bleed our Internet service
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“[W]hen they aren’t seeking to tax us for going online, they are endlessly fretting that more people aren’t going online — because of the price. ‘Democrats’ Bill Would Subsidize Internet Service.’ Get that? They want to tax Internet service — which raises the price of Internet service. And then tax us to spend money to subsidize Internet service — because they just increased the price with their taxes. Behold the circular firing squad. Except — the government already taxes the daylight out of us to subsidize Internet service. Behold the Lifeline program. The same absurd slush fund that uber-wastefully provides ObamaPhones — also provides Internet access.” (12/16/15)

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29) Markets are never ready for the Fed
Source: USA Today
by David Callaway

“Janet Yellen is 5-foot-3, but when she walks the two dozen steps from her chairman’s office to the Federal Reserve’s board room Wednesday to raise interest rates for the first time in almost a decade, her soft footsteps will ring financial market bells around the world. Despite months, even years, of carefully preparing global investors for the smallest possible increase in money borrowing rates, markets are not prepared for the fallout by any stretch of the imagination. They never are.” (12/15/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/12/15/federal-reserve-rate-hike-markets-janet-yellen-column/77356424

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30) What happens when IMF’s rules get in the way of politics?
Source: Voices Of Liberty
by Paul-Martin Foss

“One of the IMF’s lending rules had been that the Fund would not continue to support countries that failed to repay official creditors (i.e. other governments). Recently the IMF changed those rules so that it may continue to support a country that defaults on a payment to one of its official creditors. The beneficiary of that rule change? Ukraine. And which country is Ukraine likely not to repay? Russia. … Rule changes like this give the lie to the idea that the IMF is some sort of disinterested organization looking out solely for the good of the international community. In reality, the organization is as political as any. As a remnant of the Bretton Woods system, it still is dominated by the United States. Stay on Washington’s good side and the IMF will bend over backwards to give you money. Get on Washington’s bad side and watch your lifeline disappear.” (12/16/15)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/what-happens-when-imfs-rules-get-in-the-way-of-politics/

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31) Fuck your free speech
Source: A Greek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“I’ve tried to stay out of this ‘culture war’ nonsense because I made the mistake of assuming most libertarians understood what the root problems were. But as I see more and more libertarians latching onto the culture aspect I realize my assumption made an ass out of me. So let’s take a step back and look at the big picture. Free speech isn’t the issue here, contrary to what many libertarians claim. Truth be told libertarianism doesn’t acknowledge free speech. Libertarianism acknowledges property rights. So long as you’re on your own property you can say whatever you want but the second you step foot on somebody else’s property they can boot you for saying something they don’t approve of. From a libertarian perspective the first problem isn’t free speech, it’s the lack of clear property rights.” (12/16/15)

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32) Dave Painter on the Seeds of Liberty Podcast
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Dave Painter. Herein we discuss Crony Capitalism is Crony Lovemaking, Fascism, protectionism of corporate special interests, allow mega corporations to compete in the Free Market without protectionism, economic freedom is gone, government equals civilization non-sequitur, labor theory of value, the robots are stealing my jobs fallacy, the market solves problems every day, substitution, nepotism, body cameras on the car-jackers, greed is a collectivist term, with government there is no freedom to dissociate, politicians are sociopathic parasites, Obama worships the Federal Reserve, exposing the metaphorical gun in the room, the peaceful method always trumps violence, critical thinking is not taught in school, 7 billion ‘governments,’ war is the health of the State, belief in authority, confirmation bias, Voluntaryism is philosophy of humility, the Trump wall, question everything, everything is imported, Voluntaryists are porcupines, anarchism without hyphens, human action and more!” [MP3] (12/16/15)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/dave-painter-voluntaryist-abolitionist-and-co-founder-of-seeds-of-liberty-podcast/

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33) Nothing radical about Republicans’ foreign policy
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“Tuesday night’s fifth Republican primary debate condensed into two hours what the candidates have spent the past month forging into partisan consensus: the myth that the November killings in Paris, France (a different country), and the subsequent killings in San Bernardino, California (the first of over 300 mass shootings in the U.S. this year to be carried out by Islamists), have radically altered America’s security outlook. Whether or not the two attacks reflect an increase in the signal level of international jihadi terrorism, Republicans have decided that radical steps must be taken domestically to control and limit the Muslim population — and that the attacks themselves were the product not of blowback and conditions abroad, but of insufficient presidential resolve.” (12/16/15)

https://newrepublic.com/article/125982/theres-nothing-radical-republicans-foreign-policy

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34) Too much Omnibus
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“This week Congress will be voting on the $1.140 trillion Ominibus spending bill. As is the case with all these big spending bills that are rushed to the floor before most members have a chance to read them, this year’s Ominbus is chocked full of hidden provision expanding government power. As Campaign for Liberty warned its members last week, the appropriations bill contains a version of CISA that is actually worse than the versions that passed the House and Senate earlier this year.” (12/16/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/too-much-ominibus

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35) The punishment should fit the crime: Matthew Keys and the CFAA
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Amul Kalia

“One of the basic tenets of a civilized society is that the punishment should be proportionate with the crime. What essentially amounts to vandalism should not result in even the remote possibility of a 25-year jail sentence. But that very possibility is on the table in the government’s case against journalist Matthew Keys, whose sentencing hearing is about one month off. The case is an illustration of prosecutorial discretion run amok — and once again shows why reform of the federal anti-hacking statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), is long overdue.” (12/16/15)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/12/punishment-should-fit-crime-matthew-keys-and-cfaa

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36) Speech Code of the Month: Auburn University
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Samantha Harris

“Student protests have been all over the news this fall. While some of the protesters’ demands — such as demands for restrictions on student and faculty speech — have been troubling, the right of students to engage in protest and other expressive activities is critically important, and this autumn’s events have illustrated the power of student protest. What many people may not realize is that a distressing number of universities across the country maintain onerous restrictions on when and where students may demonstrate. One such institution is Auburn University. Auburn’s restrictive and confusing Speech and Demonstration Policy limits where students can demonstrate on campus and gives the administration too much discretion over students’ expressive activities.” (12/15/15)

https://www.thefire.org/speech-code-of-the-month-auburn-university/

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37) Religious right pandering on gay rights
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“Scott Shackford at Reason blasts Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for the way they’re going after social conservative voters on the issue. He points out that Cruz, who has been working this beat for a while now, and Rubio are telling Christian voters that they will work to roll back same-sex marriage, including the Obergefell ruling. The truth is, they will not do this, or if they try, they have no hope of succeeding. There is no meaningful constituency for it. As a socially conservative Christian, I may not like it, but same-sex marriage is here to stay. Our side lost this battle in the culture war.” [editor’s note: Obviously I disagree with Dreher on which side was right in the last battle, but he’s pretty perceptive on where things are going next – TLK] (12/16/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/religious-right-pandering-on-gay-rights/

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38) Trump time: They laughed at Reagan, too
Source: CounterPunch
by Eoin Higgins

“Whatever happens with Donald Trump’s candidacy — whether he rides his durable poll numbers to the Republican nomination, runs as an independent, or withdraws from the race completely — the ideas he’s introduced to the mainstream political dialogue will have a long shelf life.” (12/16/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/16/trump-time-they-laughed-at-reagan-too/

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39) What is a democratic socialist?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Someone posted an interesting question on Facebook in response to my article ‘Would the Pentagon and the CIA Permit Sanders to Be President?’ He asked, ‘Isn’t the term ‘democratic socialist’ a contradiction?’ He was questioning whether a person could believe in democracy and socialism at the same time. The answer is yes. That’s because democracy is a political system while socialism is an economic system. A person can believe in both, and a nation can have both a democratic political system and a socialist economic system.” (12/16/15)

http://fff.org/2015/12/16/what-is-a-democratic-socialist/

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40) Eight terrible things about the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Source: In These Times
by David Moberg

“In October, President Obama hailed the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as ‘the most progressive trade deal in history.’ But progressive public-interest organizations say that the final text, the fruit of seven years of secretive trade talks between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries, dashed even their low expectations. The deal not only continues most of the troubling features of trade agreements since NAFTA but also breaks worrisome new ground. Like most recent international economic agreements, the TPP only glancingly resembles a classic trade deal, concerned mainly with tariffs and quotas. Rather, like the WTO agreements or NAFTA, it is an attempt to set the rules of the global economy to favor multinational corporations over everything else, trampling on democracy, national sovereignty and the public good.” (12/16/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18695/TPP_Free-Trade_Globalization_Obama

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41) Common Core now law of the land
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Carole Haynes

“Congress has repealed the No Child Left Behind Act only to replace it with a far worse centralized control of education — Every Student Succeeds Act. Congress has admitted that Common Core now will be federal law and that it is not about academic learning but rather changing the beliefs, values, behavior and worldviews of students. In a nutshell, the government is conducting psychological profiling of our children.” (12/15/15)

http://educationblog.ncpa.org/common-core-now-law-of-the-land/

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42) Domestic violence is not on the rise
Source: spiked
by Luke Gittos

“Make no mistake: getting a clear sense of the full extent of domestic abuse is very difficult. Due to the current methods of recording offences, simply recording something as a domestic-abuse incident does not necessarily mean that violence was involved at all. Domestic-violence officers now have to deal with almost every kind of domestic dispute, all of which have the potential to be eventually recorded as an incident of domestic abuse. This can range from offences of harassment, in which one party has caused ‘alarm or distress’ to another. Often, harassment charges come down to one person accusing an ex-partner of following them around or calling them repeatedly. I have worked with police officers in domestic-violence teams who bemoan the fact that they are overburdened with investigations into messy break-ups, which use up a serious amount of police resources dealing with what would have been better resolved by the parties themselves.” (12/16/15)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/domestic-violence-is-not-on-the-rise/17733

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43) Social justice and the evangelical church today
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Jordan Ballor

“An understanding of the rise, decline, and reinvigoration of institutions in the history of the Christian West, with special attention to the role of the church in relation to worldly authority, is necessary to properly orient a discussion of the church’s social responsibility today. This is particularly true when focusing on the legacy of evangelical churches in the North American context, which can lack historical self-awareness and conscious rootedness in tradition.” (12/16/15)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2015/12/16/social-justice-evangelical-church-today

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44) How diversity destroyed affirmative action
Source: The Nation
by Sigal Alon

“The recent wave of campus protests further confirm what we all know: Race is still an open wound in America, and racial discrimination and racism still exist in the United States. Despite the great achievements of the civil-rights movement, including affirmative action in higher education and the workplace, black people still suffer the ramifications of centuries of discrimination and the accumulated burden of their imposed subordination. But campus protests may not only be a backlash against persistent discrimination, racism and inequality, but also a display of a long-lasting frustration with the fact that these problems are not acknowledged in the public sphere.” (12/16/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/how-diversity-destroyed-affirmative-action

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45) Federalist #16: The seeds of nullification
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“In Federalist #16, Alexander Hamilton continues a subject he introduced in the 15th essay — the inadequacy of the Articles of Confederation and the need for the federal government to wield more power. Having generally laid out major deficiencies of the Articles in Federalist #15, Hamilton narrows the focus in this essay, arguing that the federal government needs the power to act directly upon the American people, not just on state governments. While his aim was to convince Americans to embrace a stronger national government, he unwittingly uncovers the key to checking federal power through state nullification at the end of the paper.” (12/16/15)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/12/16/federalist-16-the-seeds-of-nullification/

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46) With few gun laws, New Hampshire is safer than Canada
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Pew recently reported on how the homicide rate in the US has been cut in half over the past twenty years, even as gun ownership has greatly expanded in the US. The US public, meanwhile, thinks the murder rate is increasing. What Pew didn’t mention is is how remarkably low the homicide rate has fallen in some US states. Pew reported FBI murder data up through 2013, but in more recent FBI homicide data, total homicides fell again in 2014, while the homicide rates in some states reached historic lows. In New Hampshire, the homicide rate in 2014 was 0.9 homicides per 100,000, making New Hampshire in 2014 one of the safest places (in terms of homicide) on planet earth.” (12/15/15)

https://mises.org/blog/few-gun-laws-new-hampshire-safer-canada

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47) Assimilation and immigration restriction
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Opponents of immigration normally argue rapid assimilation is wishful thinking. If we admit culturally alien immigrants, they won’t ‘go native.’ They’ll hew to their dysfunctional ways and pass them on to their children generation after generation. I was struck, then, to read Mark Krikorian’s Congressional testimony on Syria refugees, because he says precisely the opposite …” (12/16/15)

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

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48) GOP debate: The triumph of “isolationism”
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“So who won the debate? There’s no clear answer to that question. But what’s clear is who lost: Rubio got creamed, and Christie (who, as I write, is being touted by the clueless she-devil Megyn Kelly as having ‘scored big!’) is a close runner-up. The icing on the cake is the marginalization of the nearly forgotten Carly Fiorina, who was reduced to screaming from the sidelines like an out-of-control bag lady. What was striking about this debate, which was entirely devoted to foreign policy and national security, is that Cruz, who represents the hardcore conservative ‘movement’ voters, felt compelled to court — and echo — the ‘isolationist’-realist component of the party. Trump, for all his belligerent bombast, made a point of repudiating the entire record of the Bush years …” (12/16/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/12/16/gop-debate-triumph-isolationism/

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49) Mass shooting delusions
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“The idea that ‘assault weapon’ bans can prevent mass shootings is clearly a fantasy. The vast majority of guns used in these attacks — 86 percent, according to a tally by Mother Jones — do not qualify as ‘assault weapons,’ an arbitrary category defined by military-style features such as folding stocks, pistol grips, and flash suppressors. Even if a law could magically eliminate the millions of ‘assault weapons’ already in circulation, it would leave plenty of equally lethal alternatives. Banning ‘assault weapons’ makes even less sense as a response to less newsworthy crimes, which account for about 97 percent of homicides. According to the FBI’s numbers, rifles in general, which include many guns that are not considered ‘assault weapons,’ were used in about 2 percent of homicides last year.” (12/16/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/12/16/mass-shooting-delusions

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50) No, the PATRIOT Act didn’t really expire
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Mark Nestmann

“A few days ago, I was speaking to a client who informed me that ‘the PATRIOT Act expired last week.’ She went on to tell me that as a result, she now felt her electronic communications were safe from warrantless government surveillance. My client, who I’ll call ‘Debby,’ wasn’t correct in saying that the entire PATRIOT Act expired. It’s true that a small section of the law dealing with the bulk collection of phone records expired November 30. But I can’t blame her for believing this entire ill-conceived law no longer exists.” (12/16/15)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/12/mark-nestmann/no-patriot-act-didnt-really-expire/

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