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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
The Freedom Movement’s Daily Newspaper

Volume XIII, Issue #3,100
Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
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In the News:

1) Scotland: Doctors confirm country’s first Ebola case
2) Afghanistan: Official says four soldiers killed in south
3) Debris discovered from missing AirAsia Flight; two bodies found
4) Russia: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny gets suspended sentence but brother jailed
5) CA: Members of one LA gang open fire on members of another LA gang
6) NY: City orders church to shut down glee camp
7) US House Majority Whip Scalise acknowledges speaking at white nationalist meeting
8) Pentagon: Airstrike targeted a terror leader in Somalia
9) Mexico: Vigilante leader may face murder charges
10) FDA approves Saxenda obesity drug
11) Grimm to resign
12) Obama won’t rule out US embassy in Iran
13) Google’s Gmail blocked in China
14) IN: Appeals court upholds vote fraud counts against former Secretary of State
15) Boston bombing trial: Defense presses for delay
16) RI: Court throws out firefighters’ gay pride lawsuits
17) Blood test for Ebola wins emergency FDA approval
18) Inside the NSA’s war on Internet security
19) Greece set for snap poll after failure to choose president
20) After a year, Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt seek end to ordeal

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The biggest, baddest gang in town
22) The five best drug scares of 2014
23) The Testament of James: A Pre-Review
25) Microaggression: Desperately seeking discrimination
26) Will Elizabeth Warren sell “outside the bubble?”
27) Interview redux: J Neil Schulman and “The Interview”
28) Do buffer zones deter wars?
29) To “give back,” add real value
30) The doctors are on the rampage again
31) Grover Norquist just made a convincing case for raising taxes
32) Now let’s end the embargo on Cuba
33) The real meaning of the 1914 Christmas truce
34) Hysteria over Sony hacking is unwarranted
35) Bad ideas catching up with Latin America in 2015
36) Nuclear distortions
37) The meaning of tolerance
38) Free Thoughts Podcast, 12/29/14
39) Abusive Los Angeles Sheriff guilty
40) The man who made reparations mainstream
41) Does coercion lead to freedom?
42) The federal government created police militarization. That’s why it shouldn’t solve it.
43) Crazy is as crazy does
44) We are not, cannot, and should not be equals
45) Tech workers chafe at India’s neoliberal ascent
46) Thomas Jefferson on the misuse of the commerce and general welfare clauses
47) Broken countries policing
48) Bring the sacrificial lambs in Korea home now
49) What we learned about NSA spying in 2014 — and what we’re fighting to expose in 2015
50) Building a culture of liberty, part 2: Parenting
51) Common-sense canine
52) The year police abuse went mainstream
53) Castro brothers and 11 presidents
54) The literary genius of George Orwell’s 1984
55) Viva Obama!

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

1) Scotland: Doctors confirm country’s first Ebola case
Source: USA Today

“A health worker who just returned to Scotland from Sierra Leone has been diagnosed as the country’s first Ebola case, Scottish authorities said Monday. The Scottish government said on its website that infectious-disease procedures have been put into effect, and the patient has been isolated and is being treated on the Gartnavel Hospital campus in Glasgow.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pj67ufw

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2) Afghanistan: Official says four soldiers killed in south
Source: Connecticut Post

“An Afghan official says four soldiers have been killed while repelling a Taliban attack on an army checkpoint in a volatile region of the southern Helmand province. The governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak says another three soldiers were wounded in the fighting late Sunday in Sangin district.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kepupum

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3) Debris discovered from missing AirAsia Flight; two bodies found
Source: CNN

“Debris from missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 was found Tuesday, and two bodies were found nearby, authorities said Tuesday. ‘AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia today confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed from QZ8501, the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of 28th,’ the airline said in a statement.” (12/30/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/30/world/asia/airasia-missing-plane/

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4) Russia: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny gets suspended sentence but brother jailed
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A Russian court gave Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence on Tuesday for embezzling money but jailed his brother for three and a half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent. Navalny led mass protests against the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, three years ago, when tens of thousands took to the streets in Moscow and St Petersburg to protest against corruption in Putin’s government and inner circle. Opposition figures say jailing Navalny risked a new wave of protests and so it was decided to punish him by jailing his brother instead.” [editor’s note: And of course to guarantee his “good behavior” by taking a hostage – TLK] (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l5sazso

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5) CA: Members of one LA gang open fire on members of another LA gang
Source: Washington Post

“Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One of the suspects was later arrested and the other is on the loose.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p7fh3w3

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6) NY: City orders church to shut down glee camp
Source: Fox News

“It appears that Jesus and jazz hands don’t mix. That’s the gist of a legal battle in Auburn, N.Y., pitting City Hall against a summer glee camp hosted in the Case Mansion a building owned by the First Presbyterian Church. The city’s code enforcement officer issued a cease-and-desist order in July — alleging the church’s musical theater glee camp was a zoning violation.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o3nok35

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7) US House Majority Whip Scalise acknowledges speaking at white nationalist meeting
Source: United Press International

“House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., admitted Monday he was a guest speaker at a white supremacist convention in 2002, though he didn’t realize it at the time. Scalise spoke at a convention for the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) in Metairie, La., Louisana politics blogger Lamar White Jr. reported Monday. The organization was founded in 2001 by white supremacist David Duke, former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Scalise, 48, acknowledged he spoke at the event when he was a state representative, but he didn’t realize that the group supports white supremacy.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p6pgc6c

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8) Pentagon: Airstrike targeted a terror leader in Somalia
Source: Tulsa World

“A U.S. airstrike in Somalia targeted a senior leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, the Pentagon said Monday. It did not identify the leader or say whether the strike was successful. A senior defense official said the strike did not target Ahmad Umar, who took over as the top leader of al-Shabab when its previous leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia on Sept.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pyylwg6

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9) Mexico: Vigilante leader may face murder charges
Source: ABC News

“A Mexican court says a vigilante leader and 26 of his followers are under investigation on murder charges for a Dec. 16 confrontation with another group that killed 11. Vigilante leader Hipolito Mora has not yet been ordered held for trial in the clash with rival vigilante leader Luis Antonio Torres Morales. A judge has until week’s end to decide whether a trial is warranted.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qbx2drn

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10) FDA approves Saxenda obesity drug
Source: Raw Story

“After promising clinical trials, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug called Saxenda for chronic weight management that will be available by prescription to overweight and obese adults. Intended to accompany a diet and exercise plan, Saxenda is a once-daily injection of an imitation of the hormone GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide) that tells the brain when the stomach is full. The treatment is not without risks, including pancreatitis, gall bladder disease, hypoglycemia and changes in mood and behavior. Side effects include upset stomach, fatigue, dizziness and abdominal pain, according to a company press release.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pw4wtcw

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11) Grimm to resign
Source: Fox News

“U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm plans to resign, Fox News confirmed Monday, one week after the Staten Island congressman admitted to federal tax evasion. Grimm, who was re-elected to a third term representing New York’s 13th district in November, is expected to resign sometime this week. Grimm, a Republican, pleaded guilty on Dec. 23 in federal court in Brooklyn to one count of aiding in the filing of a false tax return. He had been accused of hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a Manhattan health-food restaurant.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pujpga9

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12) Obama won’t rule out US embassy in Iran
Source: Fox News

“President Obama isn’t ruling out the possibility the U.S. could one day reopen an embassy in Iran. Obama was asked in an NPR interview whether he could envision opening an embassy there during his final two years in office. Obama replied, ‘I never say never,’ but said ties must be restored in steps. Obama says Iran is different from Cuba, where the U.S. plans to open an embassy. He says Cuba is small and poses no major threat to the U.S., while Iran is large, has sponsored terrorism and has sought nuclear capabilities.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nmo329j

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13) Google’s Gmail blocked in China
Source: Reuters

“Google Inc’s Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world’s biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame. Large numbers of Gmail Web addresses were cut off in China on Friday, said GreatFire.org, a China-based freedom of speech advocacy group. Users said the service was still down on Monday. ‘I think the government is just trying to further eliminate Google’s presence in China and even weaken its market overseas,’ said a member of GreatFire.org who uses a pseudonym.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l3nzm3c

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14) IN: Appeals court upholds vote fraud counts against former Secretary of State
Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

“A state appeals court issued a ruling Monday that upholds three felony convictions against [former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie] White, while dismissing three other counts. … The court upheld White’s convictions on perjury, voting in an incorrect precinct and theft. … Those charges stemmed from White using his ex-wife’s home in Fishers as his voting address in 2010 while serving on the Indianapolis suburb’s town council and running for secretary of state.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lopghyu

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15) Boston bombing trial: Defense presses for delay
Source: NBC News

“Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are continuing to press their bid for a trial delay, suggesting that prosecutors have not turned over material that could help them show their client was under the sway of his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnav. … Previously, Tsarnaev’s team slammed the government for dumping a mountain of files on them less than a month before trial, withholding some exhibits and belatedly adding a new DNA expert. Prosecutors have argued Tsarnaev’s lawyers are exaggerating the situation and insist they have turned over everything required. The trial is slated to start in January, but the defense are asking for a nine-month delay.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qxv8kls

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16) RI: Court throws out firefighters’ gay pride lawsuits
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Rhode Island Supreme Court has thrown out lawsuits brought by two Providence firefighters who said their constitutional rights were violated when they were ordered to drive a truck in a gay pride parade despite their religious objections. The firefighters, Theodore Fabrizio and Stephen Deninno, argued that they are Roman Catholics and therefore do not support or condone homosexuality.Justice William Robinson, writing for all five members of the high court this month, said the men appeared in the 2001 parade as public servants who were ‘relatively anonymous.’ He called it a legitimate work assignment.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mtgflyu

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17) Blood test for Ebola wins emergency FDA approval
Source: CBS News

“A new rapid-response blood test has gotten emergency approval from the FDA to help diagnose Ebola cases faster than ever. The test was developed by Roche pharmaceutical company, based in Switzerland. Roche says the blood test can detect the Ebola Zaire virus strain in just over three hours in patients showing symptoms of infection.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/on6lvl8

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18) Inside the NSA’s war on Internet security
Source: Spiegel [Germany]

“US and British intelligence agencies undertake every effort imaginable to crack all types of encrypted Internet communication. The cloud, it seems, is full of holes. The good news: New Snowden documents show that some forms of encryption still cause problems for the NSA.” (12/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ps5rua9

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19) Greece set for snap poll after failure to choose president
Source: Economic Times [India]

“Greek lawmakers failed for a third time Monday to elect a new president, triggering a snap election that could bring to power a radical anti-austerity party threatening to undo many economic reforms. The legislative vote, which Prime Minister Antonis Samaras proposed for January 25, is likely to further rattle global financial markets after Greece’s dire finances nearly destroyed the eurozone in 2012.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pdztkfe

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20) After a year, Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt seek end to ordeal
Source: Times of India [India]

“A year after three Al Jazeera English journalists were arrested in Egypt, they and their families are pleading for justice and an end to their ordeal. The unprecedented arrest and prosecution of Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed sent a chill through the media in Egypt. They were detained in a raid on suspicion of helping the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government later declared a terrorist organization, and were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison in a trial that most observers called a politicized sham that lacked any evidence to incriminate the journalists of anything beyond doing their job.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m3uvnn2

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

21) The biggest, baddest gang in town
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by David S D’Amato

“I live in Chicago, where police abuse is a disheartening daily reality, concentrated almost entirely in black communities, ruining lives, splitting up families. The white professionals I know live in good neighborhoods, ensconced either in downtown high-rises or out in the suburbs, safely away from the violence but hearing enough about it to casually blame it on gangs. But there’s one vicious street gang, flagging the color blue and in numbers higher than in any other major city, that no one wants to talk about.” (12/29/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/34563

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22) The five best drug scares of 2014
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“The history of drug control in America is a series of panic-propelled policies, most of which have not turned out very well. Those of us who support a calmer, more tolerant approach to psychoactive substances therefore spend much of our time defusing scares aimed at justifying or expanding the government’s role in policing our bloodstreams. Here are some of my favorites from the past year.” (12/29/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/12/29/the-5-best-drug-scares-of-2014

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23) The Testament of James: A Pre-Review
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“In terms of being ‘a little different,’ I guess what [author Vin Suprynowicz] is getting at is: If you’re looking for a libertarian political tract wrapped in a good story, [The Testament of James probably isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a good story — with a libertarian streak, of course — that challenges some of the beliefs you probably grew up around and perhaps even hold yourself, you’ll want to read it.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ldwjbx6

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24) The parable of the Ginis
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Max Borders

“Once upon a time, there were three sisters: Tara, Lara, and Sara Gini. They were triplets, and each was 40 years old. Having been raised in the same home, these virtual genetic duplicates had the same basic aptitude. As it happens, each sister grew up, got married, and had two kids. All three were nurses making $25 an hour. They each worked 50 weeks a year. Although they were all pretty smart and had basically the same level of education, they differed in their work preferences, or what some might call ‘work ethic.'” (12/29/14)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/the-parable-of-the-ginis

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25) Microaggression: Desperately seeking discrimination
Source: spiked
by Viv Regan

“Have you heard of ‘microaggression?’ Apparently it is everywhere. According to Wikipedia, ‘Microaggression is a form of ‘unintended discrimination’ … which, without the conscious choice of the user, has the same effect as conscious, intended discrimination.’ Wikipedia provides the pronoun ‘he’ as an example of microaggression: this pronoun apparently makes me, a ‘she,’ feel excluded and therefore it is a micro act of aggression. For other ludicrous examples of this nonsense, visit the microaggression project’s website. There you will find posts that read like an embarrassing adolescent diary. But this is no laughing matter. The idea of microaggression is now having a real effect.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ntu88zz

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26) Will Elizabeth Warren sell “outside the bubble?”
Source: Boston Herald
by William A. Jacobson

“‘Run Elizabeth Run’ is the slogan grabbing the headlines and hearts of liberal Democrats. Warren’s speech opposing the monstrous ‘CRomnibus’ is portrayed as the speech that could launch her presidential campaign. That Elizabeth Warren has become the progressive hero and alternative to Hillary Clinton is beyond doubt. … The progressive chorus calling on Warren to run is growing louder by the day. This scenario mimics Warren’s supposedly reluctant entry into the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race. Assuming Warren runs, will she sell outside the progressive bubble?” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kwnqy9n

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27) Interview redux: J Neil Schulman and “The Interview”
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“In a recent exclusive interview with Dallas Libertarian Examiner J. Neil Schulman, the libertarian novelist and moviemaker, offered his opinions on how he would have — and how Sony Pictures should have – handled North Korea’s threats against any theater that screened The Interview movie. ‘I just had a brand-new thought that I’d like to add to my answers,’ Schulman said after the initial interview article was put to bed.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/orjave9

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28) Do buffer zones deter wars?
Source: USA Today
by Lionel Beehner

“The concept of the buffer zone is making a big comeback in international politics. These zones act as a Switzerland-like neutral territory or demilitarized no man’s land, a kind of cordon sanitaire that avoids neighbors staring at each other eyeball to eyeball — the suburban equivalent of building a higher picket fence. Consider the crisis in Ukraine. Russia fears that Kiev might seek NATO membership, which would effectively put it in the West’s sphere of influence and give Russia less leverage over a strategic chunk of land that has historically buffered it from the rest of Europe. One of its justifications for recently seizing the Crimea and much of Ukraine’s eastern half is Vladimir Putin’s desire for more cushion separating Russia from NATO.” (12/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k8wstuj

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29) To “give back,” add real value
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Peter St Onge

“A recent article in the left-leaning Independent argued that student volunteers are useless. In one project putting UK college students to work building a local school, the work was so awful that local Ugandan masons ‘dismantled the structurally unsound work [the students] had done — relaying bricks and resetting timbers whilst the students slept.’ ‘Giving back’ is big these days, but how can we know if we’re really making a contribution, or if we, like those students, are just tourists who need cleaning up after. Economics, fortunately, gives us a very elegant answer: The best way to ‘give back’ is to earn honest money and lots of it.” (12/29/14)

http://mises.org/library/give-back-add-real-value

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30) The doctors are on the rampage again
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“We’ve a letter in the BMJ signed by some thousands of doctors over plain packaging of cigarettes …. We’ve indicated here before our suspicion of the emergency with which this particular question is being addressed. The government says that it must follow EU rules about consultation, the doctors are saying damn that and do it now. But why now? Our suspicion is that they want it enacted into law before the evidence that it doesn’t actually work becomes more widely appreciated …” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ofrul2f

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31) Grover Norquist just made a convincing case for raising taxes
Source: The New Republic
by Danny Vinik

“On Monday, Daniel Clifton, the head of policy research for the brokerage firm Strategas Research Partners, tweeted out a graph of government spending that has garnered lots of interest on the right. Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist implied that the chart (which shows that spending, as a percentage of GDP. has fallen dramatically in the past four years) disproves Keynesian economics. This is a classic causation-correlation error. Just because the recovery strengthened in the past few years, it doesn’t mean that sequestration caused that strengthening.” [editor’s note: This one is here today due to both low volume in fresh commentaries and the distortions (from both sides of the aisle) on this issue – SAT] (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o3v52w5

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32) Now let’s end the embargo on Cuba
Source: Cato Institute
by Ian Vasquez

“When President Obama announced that the United States would normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and loosen its trade embargo on the country, he became the first sitting president to acknowledge the obvious failure of this decades-long policy. The sanctions have done nothing to improve human rights, promote democracy, spur economic reform, or dislodge the Castro dictatorship. A new approach could hardly do worse and will probably do better at increasing the freedoms of Cubans.” (12/26/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/now-lets-end-embargo-cuba

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33) The real meaning of the 1914 Christmas truce
Source: The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul

“The Christmas Truce showed that given the choice, people do not want to be out fighting and killing each other. It is incredibly damaging to most participants in war to face the task of killing their fellow man. That is one reason we see today an epidemic of PTSD and suicides among US soldiers sent overseas on multiple deployments. The Christmas Truce in 1914 was joyous for the soldiers, but it was dangerous for the political leadership on both sides. Such fraternization with the ‘enemy’ could not be tolerated by the war-makers.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mvonooz

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34) Hysteria over Sony hacking is unwarranted
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland

“Breathless TV commentators’ contention that North Korea attacked ‘our way of life’ by suppressing Americans’ First Amendment right of free expression is also overdone. The overreaction of theater chains and Sony to the incident is of their own making. Beyond that, the incident illustrates that private companies should augment their cyber security to protect themselves from relatively sophisticated hackers. So what should Obama do about this fairly minor outrage? Put North Korea back on the list of countries sponsoring terrorism? More economic sanctions and asset freezes against Kim Jong-un’s government? A US cyber-attack against the North? Although Obama claims that his response will be proportional, probably the best response is to imitate President Dwight Eisenhower, declare that it’s not a crisis, and do nothing.” (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lm9rlq8

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35) Bad ideas catching up with Latin America in 2015
Source: Reuters
by Martin Hutchinson

“Bad economic ideas will start to catch up with Latin America in 2015. For four years, the region has seen growth rates below the world average. The IMF predicts that won’t change any time soon. Yet while most Pacific-facing countries will shine, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela will suffer. With a couple of exceptions, misguided policies are finally coming home to roost.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qcsb8kt

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36) Nuclear distortions
Source: Mises Canada
by Gilberto Rodriguez

“While governments in the world distorted the nuclear energy research and development, research in the use of Thorium kept taking place in the last 40 years. Proponents of Thorium give several arguments for its use and technological development: (a) Thorium is more abundant than Uranium or Plutonium; (b) Thorium reactors do not produce a much nuclear waste as Uranium and Plutonium reactors; (c) the design of Thorium reactors diminish reactor meltdown and explosion; and (d) Thorium is difficult and inefficient to produce atomic weapons (3).” (12/29/14)

http://mises.ca/posts/blog/nuclear-distortions/

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37) The meaning of tolerance
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“If tolerance does not (normally) mean blanket indifference or moral agnosticism, what does it mean? Libertarians may be tempted to equate tolerance with not violating people’s rights to person and property. But this too seems linguistically odd. Picture a homophobe who spends every day peacefully denouncing gays as disgusting and vile. Though he never commits violence or tampers with their property, he’s clearly ‘intolerant’ as we normally use the word. What then do we normally mean by ‘tolerance?'” (12/29/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/12/the_meaning_of_1.html

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38) Free Thoughts Podcast, 12/29/14
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Patrick Eddington joins us this week for a discussion on the recently-released Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/29/14)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/inhumanity-torture

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39) Abusive Los Angeles Sheriff guilty
Source: Liberty Briefing
by Geoffrey Pike

“In 2011, the ACLU issued a report about major abuses in the Los Angeles County Jail system. The report showed how deputies inside jails were severely abusing prisoners, including some with major mental illnesses. Some inmates were left seriously injured with broken bones and teeth. The ACLU report was supported by over 70 sworn statements. It was also corroborated by civilians, jail chaplains, and others. In 2012, the ACLU helped file a class-action lawsuit against the sheriff. Later that year, the Citizens’ Commission released a report concluding that the abuse was widespread and held the department’s leadership accountable. This resulted in millions of dollars in damages being awarded to victims. In addition, the sheriff was held personally liable for punitive damages to one victim. The sheriff retired shortly after. This is great news for liberty and justice, as it is rare to see a government official held personally liable for doing something while on the job.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qeqnd4s

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40) The man who made reparations mainstream
Source: In These Times
by Salim Muwakkil

“It’s almost as if journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates has performed an act of cultural prestidigitation by inserting the issue of reparations into the national dialogue. Ever since he penned a blockbuster cover story on the subject in June 2014 for The Atlantic, he’s been attracting large, often predominantly white crowds to hear his arguments on why descendants of enslaved Africans deserve compensation. Coates has convinced them to seriously consider an issue once confined to the radical fringes of black nationalism.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/punpjjp

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41) Does coercion lead to freedom?
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“I despise Cuba’s communist State … But I support the President’s efforts to end old, failed policies of ‘regime change.’ Go further and end the embargo.” (12/29/14)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/does-coercion-lead-to-freedom

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42) The federal government created police militarization. That’s why it shouldn’t solve it.
Source: Students For Liberty
by Brandon R Davis

“In the wake of two grand juries failing to indict the police officers who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner, there have been waves of protest throughout the United States calling for Department of Justice to bring federal charges against the cops in question for civil rights violations. It’s understandable that many protesters would turn to Washington to rectify what they see as racial injustice. After all, the federal government played a major role historically in ending slavery and Jim Crow. However since the 1960s, Washington’s played the exact opposite role; nudging state and local governments towards tyrannical policies like police militarization that have been on display over the past few months. Protesters should beware of what they’re calling for.” (12/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ohoz9y9

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43) Crazy is as crazy does
Source: Heartland Institute
by Joe Bastardi

“Read this Washington Post piece from November on the idea that global warming (what happened to climate change?) is driving ‘crazy’ winters. It’s a testimony to a lot of nonsense going on in our nation today, where people have little ability to remember the past and understand that history is what got us where we are today. Let’s look at last winter. As ‘crazy’ as it was, the fact is that Weatherbell.com, my company, forecasted it well in advance by looking at the winters of 1917-191 [sic] and 1993-1994 — before global warming was ‘driving crazy winters.'” (12/28/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/12/crazy-is-as-crazy-does/

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44) We are not, cannot, and should not be equals
Source: ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

“I have two male roommates. One slightly older than me, the other slightly younger, but for our purposes we could just as easily assume we’re the same age. One is slightly taller, one is slightly shorter, but again, we could just as easily say we were the same height. I’m from New York, one roommate is from Nevada, the other from Wisconsin, but again for our purposes we may as well have been raised in the same house. Screw it, let’s just pretend the three of us are identical triplets. We’re still not equals.” (12/29/14)

http://christophercantwell.com/2014/12/29/not-cannot-not-equals/

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45) Tech workers chafe at India’s neoliberal ascent
Source: The Nation
by Michelle Chen

“As India approaches the new year with great expectations for becoming the pre-eminent ’emerging economy,’ something unexpected has emerged at a flagship factory. An angry labor dispute at a tech factory near Chennai on Monday has erupted with scores of arrests—and the rising superpower’s neoliberal dream now heads into 2015 with a rude awakening. The workers at the Special Economic Zone are frustrated by harsh recent cutbacks at Foxconn, a Taiwanese-owned electronics supplier for Nokia and other brands. ” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ogae3md

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46) Thomas Jefferson on the misuse of the commerce and general welfare clauses
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Thomas Jefferson

“Take together the decisions of the federal court, the doctrines of the President, and the misconstructions of the constitutional compact acted on by the legislature of the federal branch, and it is but too evident, that the three ruling branches of that department are in combination to strip their colleagues, the State authorities, of the powers reserved by them, and to exercise themselves all functions foreign and domestic.” (written in 1825, posted 12/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kxdc8f2

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47) Broken countries policing
Source: CounterPunch
by Matt Peppe

“Despite being disproven as a strategy for reducing crime, the broken windows policing theory is still utilized in New York and throughout in the United States to crack down on disorder and nonviolent crime. To think that harsh enforcement of this type of ‘crime’ would prevent serious crime like homicide and assault is patently absurd on its face. If you want to rid society of the most serious crimes, you should be enforcing the most serious crimes, like aggressive war. Call it broken countries policing.” (12/29/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/29/broken-countries-policing/

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48) Bring the sacrificial lambs in Korea home now
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Today, there are thousands of American troops stationed in Korea, many of whom are stationed near the demilitarized zone at the border between North Korea and South Korea. The reason for those U.S. troops in South Korea? To guarantee that in the event of the outbreak of war between the North and South, the United States will be automatically involved in the war. In such an invasion, it is a certainty that U.S. troops would be killed. That’s the idea. They are considered sacrificial lambs to guarantee that the United States would be in the war, without the necessity of debating or discussing the issue here at home.” (12/29/14)

http://fff.org/2014/12/29/bring-sacrificial-lambs-korea-home-now/

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49) What we learned about NSA spying in 2014 — and what we’re fighting to expose in 2015
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Nadia Kayyali and Mark Rumold

“After a banner year for shedding light on the NSA’s secret surveillance programs in 2013, the pace of disclosures in 2014 — both from whistleblowers and through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits — slowed significantly. But that’s not because all the secrets of NSA surveillance have been revealed.” (12/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/of658sg

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50) Building a culture of liberty, part 2: Parenting
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Parenting science in the realm of attachment theory posits that our ability to empathize with others begins its development in infancy. Mother/baby eye contact and bonding is the first step. From there, breastfeeding, babywearing, and cosleeping continue the process. Empathy is important if we are to experience the plight of others. Feeling moral outrage toward the violation of the rights of others is as important for the desire to secure their rights as it is our own. Following attachment parenting practices is the first step toward building a culture of liberty.” (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p4sj8b7

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51) Common-sense canine
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Persistence. That’s the lesson of an animal rescue shown in a video of unknown provenance, most likely recorded in Southeast Asia, that appeared on the Internet toward the end of 2014. As the video opens, we see that a small tawny-haired, yelping dog had somehow fallen into a well. Rescuers are lowering a rope into the water. The pooch has only one way to escape — by grabbing the rope with her teeth. Which she does. Nine out of ten times, though, she can’t hold on long enough for a rescuer to grab her and pull her out. She keeps dropping back into the water. Discouraging. But the tenth time proves the charm.” (12/29/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/12/29/common-sense-canine/

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52) The year police abuse went mainstream
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“It’s time again to look at a year gone by, though unlike years past where I attempt to summarize the year, I will instead look at what I consider to be the story of the year. It’s not easy picking a top story for the entire year, in fact the top story of 2014 isn’t just 1 story, it’s an entire genre of news stories: Police Abuse.” [text, Flash audio and MP3] (12/28/14)

http://fpp.cc/2014-the-year-police-abuse-went-mainstream/

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53) Castro brothers and 11 presidents
Source: The Cagle Post
by Rainer Hachfeld

Cartoon. (12/27/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/12/castro-brothers-and-11-presidents/

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54) The literary genius of George Orwell’s 1984
Source: Liberty Chat
by Jacobus Paine

“Great literature does more than touch the audience with its brilliant mechanics and style. It also reaches out to higher ground, touching the audience with truth and thematic richness. That’s why George Orwell’s 1984 is great literature. Its literary style depends on unadorned and simple picture-painting. Its themes of freedom and authoritarianism resonate with us those of us who live beyond the 20th century and those who lived around that time.” (12/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mhu5app

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55) Viva Obama!
Source: Liberty Unbound
by SH Chambers

“The plenipotentiary president.” (12/28/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1350

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