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Volume XIV, Issue #3,354
Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Security theater: Secret Service rousts civilian for flying drone when Obama happens to be passing by
2) Israel: Former prime minister Ehud Olmert sentenced to 18 months in prison
3) Pakistan: Taliban faction claims suicide blast at government office; 23 dead
4) Belgium: Two suspected of plotting attacks arrested
5) Mexico: “Affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, mother detained

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) The libertarian position on immigration
7) Orc Nation: The state of the American police state
8) With every call for encryption restrictions, officials make the technology’s case
9) Election 2016: Will you take a NAP with me?
10) Those demanding free speech limits to fight ISIS pose a greater threat to the US than ISIS
11) Gun culture, anti-gun culture and Texas campus carry
12) Don’t spit on your idea by turning it into a state
13) What are the chances for peace in 2016?
14) The consequences of California’s top-two primary
15) Status, evolution, and human nature
16) Student loans: The taxpayers lose again
17) The Nine Billion Names of Galt
18) Turkey: A criminal state, a NATO state
19) Liberty, peace, and prosperity in 2016
20) Tamir Rice: No indictment
21) Heartland Daily Podcast, 12/29/15
22) Giving up on the masses
23) Collateral damage defines socialist BS
24) Ending Title IX tyranny
25) HypoCruzy
26) Bad government decisions that seemed like a good idea at the time
27) Inequality isn’t something that just “happens”
28) Mises: An audacious champion of freedom
29) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/29/15
30) Free Talk Live, 12/28/15

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

1) Security theater: Secret Service rousts civilian for flying drone when Obama happens to be passing by
Source: NBC News

“A recreational drone got a little too close to President Barack Obama for the Secret Service’s comfort on Monday. Obama — who is in Hawaii with his family — had wrapped up a golf outing and was heading back to his vacation home when a drone briefly flew alongside his motorcade. The Secret Service quickly intervened and said the pilot of the small, quadcopter-style drone was ‘completely unaware’ that Obama’s motorcade would be traveling through the area on Oahu.” [editor’s note: And if he HAD been aware, so what? Unlike SOME people (cough … Barack Obama … cough), civilian drone operators HAVEN’T used drones to commit thousands of terror killings. If civilian drones and presidential motorcades are deemed incompatible, then let the presidential motorcades be the ones to give way – TLK] (12/29/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/drone-buzzes-president-barack-obama-s-motorcade-hawaii-n487176

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2) Israel: Former prime minister Ehud Olmert sentenced to 18 months in prison
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday reduced former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s prison sentence for a sweeping bribery scandal from six years to 18 months, handing him a moral victory even as he prepares to become the first former Israeli head of government to be imprisoned. In its ruling, the court overturned the main bribery charge against Olmert but upheld a lesser charge. The 70-year-old ex-premier was ordered to begin serving his sentence on Feb. 15. Olmert was convicted in March 2014 and sentenced to six years in a wide-ranging case that accused him of accepting bribes to promote a controversial real-estate project in Jerusalem.” (12/29/15)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-israel-ehud-olmert–20151229-story.html

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3) Pakistan: Taliban faction claims suicide blast at government office; 23 dead
Source: NBC News

“At least 23 people were killed and more than 75 injured Tuesday when after a motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a government office in Pakistan, officials said. A Pakistani Taliban faction claimed responsibility for the attack on a branch of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), which issues government ID cards, in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.” (12/29/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/taliban-faction-claims-suicide-blast-pakistan-office-23-die-n487256

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4) Belgium: Two suspected of plotting attacks arrested
Source: Greensboro News & Record

“Two people have been arrested in Belgium on suspicion of planning attacks in Brussels during the holidays, the federal prosecutor’s office said Tuesday. The investigation revealed ‘the threat of serious attacks that would target several emblematic places in Brussels and be committed during the end-of-year holidays,’ the prosecutor’s office said.” (12/29/15)

http://www.greensboro.com/news/crime/belgium-suspected-of-plotting-attacks-arrested-video/article_13edf074-a08f-5591-b3a1-419bead4f7d3.html

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5) Mexico: “Affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, mother detained
Source: CNN

“The so-called ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch and his mother, who were being sought by Texas authorities, have been detained in the Pacific resort town town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Couch’s cell phone use might have led authorities to the pair. Couch, 18, went missing earlier this month in Texas, where he was under probation for a 2013 drunk driving crash that killed four people and drew nationwide attention over his lawyers’ use of his privileged upbringing as part of their defense at trial.” (12/29/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/29/us/affluenza-teen-ethan-couch-detained-in-mexico/

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

6) The libertarian position on immigration
Source: Strike The Root
by Hogeye Bill

“Every (sticky property) libertarian agrees that in a stateless propertarian society the immigration issue would disappear, since on the individual level it reduces to trespassing. Libertarians agree that the idea of rights is intrinsically connected with property. A individual right is a moral claim to freedom of action — that no person should prevent you from doing anything you are entitled to do. Thus, freedom of speech and freedom of travel and immigration depend on consent of the property owner of the podium or destination. We agree that, when the State enters the picture, things get more complicated. Here is where true libertarians apply the Non-Aggression Principle, but anti-immigration quasi-libertarians start diverting, hand-waving, and hemming and hawing. The obvious NAP conclusion is that the State should not aggress against immigrants or travelers. Anti-immigrationists spurn this conclusion and begin spouting red herrings.” (12/29/15)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/libertarian-position-on-immigration

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7) Orc Nation: The state of the American police state
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Death by cop is at a high tide this year. It even takes a British newspaper instead of the American central government to track the numbers. The goons at the FBI have reluctantly taken the reigns on the Feds tracking the police predations. We all know the Federal government simply couldn’t afford to track such numbers with their police satraps. Remember the meme several years ago where the claim was made that more Americans die at the hands of badged thugs than terrorists to the tune of about 400 per annum? All the savvy observers knew these numbers were wrong.” (12/28/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4611

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8) With every call for encryption restrictions, officials make the technology’s case
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“[W]hen Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, and President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron declare war on communications privacy, they fail to understand that they are the menace against which the people around them have been armoring their messages to one another. When they demand ‘sensible statutes that will protect legitimate privacy concerns, while giving law enforcement the ability to access cellphones when necessary to prosecute serious crimes and fight terrorism,’ in the words of Vance, they fail to grasp that it’s exactly such calls which have driven the increasing popularity and sophistication of technology specifically designed, implemented, and dispersed to render such laws unenforceable.” (12/29/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/12/29/with-every-call-for-encryption-restricti

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9) Election 2016: Will you take a NAP with me?
Source: The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“New members of the Libertarian Party, at the national level and in most state party organizations, must sign a pledge as part of their enrollment: ‘I certify that I oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals.’ That pledge is reiterated and expanded upon in the Libertarian Party’s Statement of Principles. In shorthand, we refer to it as the Non-Aggression Principle or the NAP. It means exactly what it sounds like it means.” (12/29/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3993

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10) Those demanding free speech limits to fight ISIS pose a greater threat to the US than ISIS
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“There are millions of people in the world who believe and argue that the U.S. has been supporting tyranny and bringing violence to predominantly Muslim countries for decades as a means of dominating that region, and that return violence is not only justifiable but necessary to stop it (just as there are millions of westerners who believe and argue that they must bring more violence to the countries of that region). In particular, it’s astonishing to watch Americans — whose favorite political debate is deciding which country should be bombed next or which individuals should be next assassinated — propose changes to the First Amendment to make it a crime for others to justify (not engage in, but merely justify) the use of violence in what they argue is valid self-defense.” (12/29/15)

https://theintercept.com/2015/12/29/those-demanding-free-speech-limits-to-fight-isis-pose-a-greater-threat-to-u-s-than-isis/

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11) Gun culture, anti-gun culture and Texas campus carry
Source: Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed

“A bill authorizing students with concealed handgun licenses (CHL) to carry their firearms on public university campuses was signed into law in Texas last June and goes into effect on August 1, 2016. There are still many details waiting to be worked out, as explained by the Campus Carry Q&A article on the UTDallas website. The gun control crowd has been howling in anger, dread, and intensified fearmongering about ‘Gun Violence.'” (12/29/15)

http://www.examiner.com/article/gun-culture-anti-gun-culture-and-texas-campus-carry

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12) Don’t spit on your idea by turning it into a state
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“The Islamic State is something I hate and could never support. But, not necessarily because it is Islamic — although I am not a fan of Islam. The same would be true for a Christian State, a Jewish State, or an Atheist State. I would oppose a Dog Lovers’ State, a Football State, or a Coffee Drinkers’ State. And even a Libertarian State, or a ‘Free State.'” (12/29/15)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2015/12/dont-spit-on-your-idea-by-turning-it.html

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13) What are the chances for peace in 2016?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Each year more than one trillion dollars goes up in smoke. More accurately, it is stolen from the middle and working classes and shipped off to the one percent. I am talking about the massive yearly bill to maintain the US empire. Washington’s warmongers have sold the lie that the military budget has been gutted under President Obama, but even when the ‘Sequester’ was in effect military spending continued to increase. Only the pace of increase was reduced, not actual spending. None of this trillion dollars taken from us is spent to keep us safe, despite what politicians say. In fact, this great rip-off actually makes us less safe and more vulnerable to a terrorist attack thanks to resentment overseas at our interventions and to the blowback it produces.” (12/28/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-chances-peace-2016

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14) The consequences of California’s top-two primary
Source: The Atlantic
by Christopher Caen

“In 2009, Abel Maldonado, then a state senator, brought the top-two open primary to California. The change allowed the two leading finishers in a primary to proceed to the general election regardless of party affiliation. It set into motion a system that would reshape the state’s politics. Today, Maldonado is as much vilified as lauded in the state, but he is supremely satisfied with what he did. ‘You know what, you get a little lazy sometimes, and with a closed primary system, where you keep independents from voting, let me tell you something, you can be lazy,’ he told me. ‘With this open primary, you have to work for the taxpayers.'” [editor’s note: The main effect of “top two” is to exclude “third” party candidates from general elections; that is not an unintended consequence, it’s the reason for the law – TLK] (12/29/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/12/california-top-two-open-primary/421557/

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15) Status, evolution, and human nature
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Status is generally defined as a person’s condition, position, or standing relative to that of others. Please read that definition again and consider this: Status automatically creates division and conflict.” (12/29/15)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/status-evolution-human-nature/

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16) Student loans: The taxpayers lose again
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Doug Bandow

“So much money, so much effort to forego repayment. Why? Publicly subsidized student loans, whether directly from Uncle Sam or through private banks backed by Washington, make no policy sense. The ‘social’ benefit from education is greatest at the lowest levels, when people learn to read and write: the building blocks for participation in society. Someone with little academic inclination isn’t even likely to gain a lot from high school, which is why kids can leave early.” (12/29/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/student-loans-the-taxpayers-lose-again/

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17) The Nine Billion Names of Galt
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Jason Kuznicki

“If I were to go looking for tensions in the libertarian and classical liberal canon, I know just where I’d start. There is, first, a strong tendency in our intellectual tradition toward individualism. Our tendency toward individualism shows both in our social science methodology and, more importantly, in our ethics. With good reason we claim Max Stirner as an ancestor, even if he is our crazy uncle. And that supreme individualist, Ayn Rand? She’s more like our mom.” (12/29/15)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/nine-billion-names-galt

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18) Turkey: A criminal state, a NATO state
Source: CounterPunch
by Eric Draitser

“It is now openly discussed even in mainstream media the fact that Turkey has been intimately involved in fomenting and supporting the war on Syria, with its ultimate goal of the overthrow of the Syrian government and its replacement by a compliant proxy aligned with Turkish President Erdogan and the Muslim Brotherhood. That this is no longer a ‘conspiracy theory’ but a conspiracy fact not only vindicates my analysis over the last four years, but it also brings to the fore the nefarious role of a NATO member in stoking a brutal and bloody war for its own ends.” (12/29/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/29/turkey-a-criminal-state-a-nato-state/

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19) Liberty, peace, and prosperity in 2016
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Ideas on liberty matter. They have the power to bring about a sudden shift in society. That’s precisely why totalitarian dictatorships shut down the dissemination of ideas on liberty. They know that such ideas are capable of bringing a shift in people’s thinking, even to the point of bringing down a regime with omnipotent powers over the citizenry. Some libertarians claim that the situation is hopeless because, they say, as long as we have government, we will never be able to achieve the free society. They hold that government is like a cancer, one that continues to metastasize until it suppresses freedom entirely. That’s pure nonsense.” (12/29/15)

http://fff.org/2015/12/29/liberty-peace-and-prosperity-in-2016/

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20) Tamir Rice: No indictment
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“Look, I did not sit on that grand jury, and I didn’t review all the evidence, and hear testimony. I have no way of knowing if its decision in this case was justified, and I doubt you do either. Seems to me that the way people respond to this decision depends heavily — and perhaps even wholly — on whether they are inclined to trust the police as a general matter. I have long been predisposed to give police the benefit of the doubt, but the outrageous conduct of Chicago police and city officials in the Laquan McDonald case makes it hard to know whom to trust.” (12/28/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/tamir-rice-no-indictment/

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21) Heartland Daily Podcast, 12/29/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, we listen in as Research Fellow Heather Kays appears on the ‘Freedom Works Show’ on Tantalk1340 in Florida with host Paul Molloy. Kays was on to talk about the various education related issues that are taking place around the country.” [various formats] (12/29/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/12/heartland-daily-podcast-heather-kays-education-issues-around-the-country-2/

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22) Giving up on the masses
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Chhay Lin Lim

“In 2012, during the second presidential candidacy of Ron Paul, I felt deflated with the masses again. Again, the masses were not going to vote a libertarian into office. It was the same year in which I read Murray Rothbard’s Ethics of Liberty and Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s Democracy: The God That Failed. What struck me at that time was the realization that democracy is actually an extremely poor political system to make society become more libertarian. Democracy is not even a guarantee whatsoever for political and economic freedoms. Its success is dependent on the uprightness of the masses, but where are the masses to stand up against war, bank bailouts, taxation, police aggression etc? If the government is truly a gang of thieves and murderers, as I believe they are, then the voting masses are advocates of theft, harassment, assault, and murder.” (12/29/15)

http://notesonliberty.com/2015/12/29/giving-up-on-the-masses/

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23) Collateral damage defines socialist BS
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Senator Bernie Sanders gave us a big present last week. In one simple ‘tweet’ he warbled out the essence of his socialism: ‘You have families out there paying 6, 8, 10 percent on student debt but you can refinance your homes at 3 percent. What sense is that?’ That’s what he broadcast. That’s what this self-proclaimed socialist wrote — or allowed his staff to write — on his official Twitter account, @SenSanders.” (12/29/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/12/29/collateral-damage/

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24) Ending Title IX tyranny
Source: Independent Institute
by William J Watkins Jr.

“Free speech and academic freedom are endangered species on American college and university campuses. Speech codes, trigger warnings, the heckler’s veto and politically correct inquisitions have become the norm. While there are many causes for this, the main culprit is Title IX, a federal statute enacted in 1972 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.” (12/28/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8629

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25) HypoCruzy
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“GOP presidential hopeful, Ted Cruz, posted a charming Cruz family Christmas video commercial last week featuring his lovely wife and two young daughters, aged five and seven, gathered together on the living room sofa next to the Christmas tree to hear Daddy read his partisan politicalized versions of classic Christmas stories. … It was nauseating. So why should anyone be surprised that The Washington Post published this cartoon depicting Senator Cruz dressed in a Santa suit turning the crank of an organ grinder attached to two little trained monkeys on leashes.” (12/29/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/12/hypocruzy.html

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26) Bad government decisions that seemed like a good idea at the time
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland

“In the U.S. Constitution, the nation’s founders originally conceived of a very limited federal government that protected, rather than usurped, the liberty of its people (not just its citizens), and also defended those same people, their territory, and way of life from foreign threats. The massive federal government today regularly infringes on people’s rights in everything from privacy to the taking of private property through confiscation and excessive taxation. Also, the US government is concerned with maintaining its informal overseas empire, which is counterproductive to the safety of its people at home and around the world. In short, the federal government’s growth is out of control and on autopilot, which should concern liberals, conservatives, moderates, greens, and libertarians alike.” (12/29/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2015/12/28/bad-government-decisions-that-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time/

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27) Inequality isn’t something that just “happens”
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Which skills and how much of them are demanded isn’t just some spontaneous outcome of ‘the market.’ They reflect the conscious decisions of large, centrally planned institutions known as corporations as to what particular production technologies they will adopt, what strategies of capital substitution and deskilling of labor they will pursue, and so forth. And the supply of labor-power with these skills, like that of most other corporate inputs, is heavily influenced by the role of the state in the capitalist system: its function of subsidizing the extraction raw material inputs and provision of transportation infrastructure, and externalizing the cost of reproducing human labor-power on the taxpayers.” (12/29/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/42556

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28) Mises: An audacious champion of freedom
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Llewellyn H Rockwell Jr.

“Ideas are all-important. Indeed, they are more powerful than armies, as Victor Hugo noted. But ideas are advanced by specific individuals, and inculcated in them, and historically tied to them. How blessed are we that we have not a criminal like Marx nor a monster, like Keynes to follow, but Ludwig von Mises, a hero as well as a genius. Mises was not only a dazzling economist and champion of liberty, but no Communist, nor Nazi, nor central banker could pressure him into doing the wrong thing.” (12/29/15)

https://mises.org/library/mises-audacious-champion-freedom

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29) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/29/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Tonight Chandler St. Pierre and Angela Keaton talk about Star Wars! SPOILERS AHEAD! Harrison Ford ROCKS the character of Han Solo again in ‘The Force Awakens.’ The Hunger Games series is briefly discussed. Hollywood can’t come up with any new stories, for example ‘Independence Day 2’ Now with a bigger space ship! Lousander Feen jumps in and tells us his Star Wars experience. Is Jar Jar Binks a Sith lord? Mark Hamill is in ‘The Force Awakens’ for all of 45 seconds, but is still his best acting performance to date. They talk about the ‘Princess Bride,’ is it a classic? is it even good? They also discuss the new Mad Max and many more movies!” [various formats] (12/29/15)

http://freedomfeens.com/?p=10465

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30) Free Talk Live, 12/28/15
Source: Free Talk Live

“Hundreds of Raids Planned Against Immigrants :: Free State Project Hits 91% :: Police Attack Caller for Fixing Air Conditioner :: Terror of a Home Raid :: Head Shop Raid :: Photogenic Raids? :: Jesus Crippled? :: Cops Will Not Be Indicted for Tamir Rice Murder :: Family Raided over Garden Store Visit :: Cop Suicides :: Hard to Find People to Be Cops :: Free the Nipple Trial.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/28/15)

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