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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,297
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Thousands of US drug POWs set for early release
2) US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade
3) Yemen: At least 15 dead after explosions rock port city of Aden
4) Burkina Faso: Coup leader formally charged
5) Ex-UN General Assembly head among six abducted in alleged bribery scheme
6) KS: Supreme Court to hear capital cases roiling Kansas politics
7) PA: Transgender woman beaten, shot dead in Philadelphia; unclear if hate crime
8) AR: Planned Parenthood seeks class-action status after state cuts payments
9) Rubio criticizes government regulation of on-demand economy
10) NY: Cuomo escalates gun-grabbing, calls for government shutdown
11) SC: Fire ants create floating rafts to face flooding
12) Report: Nazis turned candy bars into a secret weapon
13) Russia: Regime gives deadline to Google over monopoly accusations
14) Edward Snowden’s ready to go to prison, waiting on answer from Obama regime
15) EU: Court strikes down “safe harbor” data transfer agreement with US

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Critics of markets have intervention denial
17) With 3D-printed guns beyond control, DIY nukes are the chic new concern
18) When you cross the Blue Line, your “blue” life doesn’t matter
19) Trump against the War Party
20) Am I a Calzone?
21) How California birthed the modern right wing
22) Reducing violence
23) US bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan was no accident — “it was the target”
24) US tyranny against Bobby Fischer
25) How Volkswagen set the pace for the new era of “smart fraud”
26) Why lifting oil export ban can help US foreign policy
27) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/06/15
28) Gun-controllers: Shoot first, ask questions later
29) Yes, there is an imperialist ruling class
30) Yes of course Donald Trump is wrong about NAFTA
31) No Safe Harbor: How NSA spying undermined US tech and Europeans’ privacy
32) The politics of frustration
33) Most murders?
34) Classical liberals and anarchists on intellectual property
35) The Tom Woods Show, 10/06/15
36) Cities to battered women: SHUT UP or GET OUT
37) The future is decentralized
38) Horwitz rides my hobbyhorse
39) Portugal after the elections
40) Big Brother is in high gear
41) Hillary running to left [sic] of Sanders on one issue
42) Property is not a second-class right
43) After Oregon: We need to talk about narcissism
44) Progressives fret that global temperatures will rise even after climate change treaty
45) Will truly free markets be truly different?
46) Donald Trump and Bill Clinton are pop entertainers, not economists
47) Why the next Speaker should tackle patent reform
48) Is seeing believing in Planned Parenthood videos?
49) Time to end monetary central planning
50) Seize the chaos

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

1) Thousands of US drug POWs set for early release
Source: Washington Post

“Thousands of federal inmates serving sentences for drug crimes [sic] are set for early release next month under a cost-cutting measure intended to reduce the nation’s prison population. The more than 5,500 inmates set to go free in November are among the first of what could eventually be tens of thousands eligible for release. The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted last year to retroactively apply substantially lower recommended sentences for those convicted of drug-related felonies.” (10/06/15)

http://wapo.st/1Z8ZDlp

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2) US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade
Source: KOMO News

“The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to government figures obtained by The Associated Press. Deportations of criminal immigrants have fallen to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, despite his pledge to focus on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally. The share of criminal immigrants deported in relation to overall immigrants deported rose slightly, from 56 percent to 59 percent.” (10/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o443mb5

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3) Yemen: At least 15 dead after explosions rock port city of Aden
Source: Fox News

“Rockets slammed into Yemen’s port city of Aden on Tuesday, striking a hotel that is home to officials from the country’s [former government, now a puppet regime for Saudi Arabia] and two compounds used by Saudi-led coalition troops, killing at least 15 people, authorities said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on the Al Qasr Hotel & Resort, though blame immediately fell on the Shiite rebels [sic] known as Houthis that the Saudi-led coalition has been targeting since March.” (10/06/15)

http://fxn.ws/1L4zqeb

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4) Burkina Faso: Coup leader formally charged
Source: ABC News

“A military prosecutor says the general who took power after last month’s coup now has been formally charged along with one other formal top official accused of supporting the overthrow of Burkina Faso’s government. Gen. Gilbert Diendere now will stand trial before a military tribunal after making an appearance earlier Tuesday, according to the prosecutor who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.” (10/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oxjzs97

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5) Ex-UN General Assembly head among six abducted in alleged bribery scheme
Source: ABC News

“A former president of the United Nations General Assembly turned the world body into a ‘platform for profit’ by accepting over $1 million in bribes from a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople to pave the way for lucrative investments, a prosecutor charged Tuesday as he said still others may be arrested. John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who served in the largely ceremonial post as head of the 193-nation assembly from September 2013 to September 2014, faces tax fraud charges in what authorities call a conspiracy with five others, including Francis Lorenzo, a deputy U.N. ambassador from the Dominican Republic who lives in the Bronx.” [editor’s note: Yeah, it’s another Preet Bharara dog and pony show. I look forward to HIS eventual perp walk – TLK] (10/06/15)

http://abcn.ws/1OkfeuT

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6) KS: Supreme Court to hear capital cases roiling Kansas politics
Source: Lebanon Daily News

“The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to consider reinstating death sentences for two brothers convicted in the notorious slayings of four people in Kansas, capital cases that roiled the state’s politics and have prompted calls to remake its judiciary. The nation’s highest court planned Wednesday to hear the cases of Jonathan and Reginald Carr, sentenced to lethal injection for the killings in Wichita in December 2000.” (10/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odxqcs2

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7) PA: Transgender woman beaten, shot dead in Philadelphia; unclear if hate crime
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“A transgender woman was beaten and shot to death, but authorities said it was too early in their investigation to tell whether it might have been a hate crime. … Police Capt. James Clark said Keisha Jenkins had been riding in a car and was dropped off in the area, in North Philadelphia, but minutes later was set upon by five to six men, who surrounded and beat her. He said one man pulled out a gun and shot her twice in the back. He said the motive for the crime was unknown. ‘We don’t know if it’s potentially a hate crime, or a robbery — we really don’t know,’ Clark said.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1FSBxoE

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8) AR: Planned Parenthood seeks class-action status after state cuts payments
Source: Raw Story

“Planned Parenthood has sought class action status for its Medicaid patients in Arkansas after a U.S. judge ordered the state to continue payments to three women who challenged Arkansas’ move to halt payments to the organization. The filing in federal court in Arkansas on Monday could reverse the state’s decision to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood programs in the state, lawyers for the group said on Tuesday. Governor Asa Hutchinson had ordered Planned Parenthood removed from the list of Medicaid providers after videos surfaced in July that purported to show its personnel negotiating the sale of fetal body parts for profit. The state has appealed the federal court judge’s injunction involving the three women and said it acted legally in cutting off funds. Planned Parenthood has denied wrongdoing and said its Arkansas clinics do not perform surgical abortions.” (10/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p4f9dof

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9) Rubio criticizes government regulation of on-demand economy
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio vowed Tuesday to cap the number of regulations government can impose on businesses, particularly ‘on-demand’ startups like Uber and Airbnb that he considers models for a changing national economy. Speaking in New York City to tech enthusiasts, Rubio praised the ‘disruptive’ companies but said such businesses and the people who work for them are unfairly burdened by a meddlesome and ‘out of touch’ government. ‘The result is a worsening friction between our 20th century government and our rapidly changing 21st century economy,’ said the Florida senator. ‘We have to realize that all of the best innovation in our economy is happening in the unregulated space.'” [editor’s note: Weel, he got that one right; broken clock, or sign of something better? – SAT] (10/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgd27x9

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10) NY: Cuomo escalates gun-grabbing, calls for government shutdown
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“When it comes to gun control, wily centrist [sic] Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York is emerging as one of the most outspokenly partisan politicians in the country. As one of the few chief executives in the nation to successfully champion gun control legislation in the aftermath of a domestic mass shooting, Governor Cuomo is casting himself as a leader on the issue. Last week, after the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., which killed nine people and injured nine others, Cuomo called the growing commonplace of such shootings a ‘blatant failure of our political system’ and ‘a blatant failure of the elected officials in this country.'” [editor’s note: Are you glad this clown doesn’t carry the weight in his party that his father did, or do ya wish he did? – SAT] (10/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxy7zyl

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11) SC: Fire ants create floating rafts to face flooding
Source: USA Today

“As floodwaters from the storm that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and others have termed a 1-in-1,000-year event ravaged the state, several photographers captured what appeared to be mounds of floating fire ants. Amid the devastation caused by flooding, the state’s invasive fire ant population found a little-known way to survive. In video captured by WSAV-TV, thousands of ants appeared to pile atop each other in ‘floating islands in Dorchester County, S.C.,’ the station reports.” [editor’s note: Who says they aren’t smarter than most of us are? – SAT] (10/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pp7hggv

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12) Report: Nazis turned candy bars into a secret weapon
Source: Fox News

“First, force the British to endure food shortages; then, make them eat exploding candy bars. That was at least part of the Nazi plan to destroy Britain during World War II, according to drawings of German weapons recently seen for the first time, the Smithsonian reports. Among the drawings: a bomb hidden in a motor-oil can and a mess tin of bangers and mash that also held a bomb, per the BBC. Then there’s the chocolate bar, which was designed to detonate seven seconds after the chocolate was broken. The Nazis reportedly hoped to assassinate Winston Churchill with such a bar by placing it amid items going into the War Cabinet’s dining room, according to a letter discovered in 2009, the Telegraph reported three years ago.” [editor’s note: So that’s where the CIA got the idea for Castro’s cigar? – SAT] (10/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ooftjh9

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13) Russia: Regime gives deadline to Google over monopoly accusations
Source: Times of India [India]

“Russia’s anti-monopoly agency said that Google Inc had until November 18 to address charges that it was abusing its market position in the country. The FAS anti-monopoly body said Google must correct its contracts with manufacturers after ruling in September that the software giant had broken the law by pre-installing certain applications on mobile devices. The case, launched by local competitor Yandex, is being watched keenly in other countries where Google capitalises on the popularity of its Android mobile operating system.” [editor’s note: Has the anti-monopoly agency addressed the Russian state’s monopoly on governance? – TLK] (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1Ojr608

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14) Edward Snowden’s ready to go to prison, waiting on answer from Obama regime
Source: CNN

“Edward Snowden says he’s offered ‘many times’ to go to prison in the United States as part of a deal to return from exile in Russia but is still waiting for an answer from the American government. The former National Security Agency contractor who leaked documents about top secret mass surveillance programs told the BBC in an interview he would be willing to reach a plea bargain with U.S. authorities. … Asked whether he and his lawyers were actively discussing a deal with the government, Snowden replied, ‘We’re still waiting for them to call us back.'” (10/06/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/06/politics/edward-snowden-prison-offer/

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15) EU: Court strikes down “safe harbor” data transfer agreement with US
Source: TechCrunch

“The European Court of Justice has today declared invalid the Safe Harbor data-transfer agreement that has governed EU data flows across the Atlantic for some fifteen years. … The Safe Harbor executive decision dates back to 2000, and allows U.S. companies to self certify to provide ‘adequate protection’ for the data of European users to comply with the European data protection directive, and with fundamental European rights [sic] such as the right to privacy (under Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights). … Today’s ECJ’s judgement is the culmination of a 2013 legal challenge by European privacy campaigner Max Schrems who filed complaints against several U.S. Internet giants in the Irish courts for alleged collaboration with the NSA’s Prism program.” (10/06/15)

http://tcrn.ch/1FUKLk1

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

16) Critics of markets have intervention denial
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Fred Foldvary

“There is a meme, an infectious idea, that has spread like a mental plague among advocates of greater governmental intervention. This idea is ‘intervention denial,’ the claim that the US and other developed economies have had complete economic freedom. The critics of markets usually use deliberately mind-numbing language such as ‘capitalism,’ although sometimes they do claim more starkly that today’s economies are a ‘free market’ and practice ‘free banking’ and ‘free trade.'” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1PhgDS4

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17) With 3D-printed guns beyond control, DIY nukes are the chic new concern
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Increasingly sophisticated homemade guns are so entrenched cops fear their use by organized crime, so now let’s fret over desktop weapons of mass destruction.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1jbw7uQ

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18) When you cross the Blue Line, your “blue” life doesn’t matter
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Andrea Heath, a former police officer in Desert High Springs, California, died three years ago at forty-four years of age. Her untimely death was indisputably the result of trauma she suffered in the line of duty. Yet she was not the subject of an elaborate state funeral, nor was her name inscribed on the Officer Down Memorial Page. She was an authentic victim of what can legitimately be called a war on cops — specifically, the unending war waged within law enforcement against whistleblowers who cross the Blue Line.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1JQa6qg

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19) Trump against the War Party
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Yes, war is the great clarifier: it separates the demagogues from the democrats, the Caesars from the statesmen, the opportunists from the independent thinkers. And on this issue — the vital issue of war and peace — Donald Trump is the independent thinking statesman, while the rest of the presidential hopefuls, both Republicans and Democrats, are echoing the current version of the conventional wisdom in Washington. I would add that Trump is on the side of the American people, who — the last time the War Party tried to pull a fast one in Syria — rose up against Obama’s proposed bombing campaign.” [editor’s note: This piece is similar to some of Raimondo’s past writing in support of Ron Paul’s presidential candidacies. All very useful, if only as a demonstration of the complete moral and ideological bankruptcy of the paleo/Rothbardian “primacy of foreign policy” approach – TLK] (10/07/15)

http://bit.ly/1OWRH34

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20) Am I a Calzone?
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley

“Ron Calzone is a citizen, a mere mortal citizen. Well, a regular citizen with an incredible energy level. He raises horses and cattle and has a small manufacturing business. And then there is his side line. In his ‘spare’ time Ron goes to Jefferson City to talk to legislators. … Ron has been accused of being a lobbyist. That he hasn’t registered and paid the $10 fee, and hasn’t filled out the necessary paperwork. So that results in a thousand dollar fine. If he persists, he could face jail time. Ready for the punch line? Ron isn’t a lobbyist. He is a citizen, working with other citizens and with other freedom minded groups. He is paid NO money for going to Jefferson City, and he buys the legislators no gifts, no meals. If he’s a lobbyist? He stinks at it.” (10/06/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2262

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21) How California birthed the modern right wing
Source: In These Times
by Chris Lehmann

“Conservative rule in America is by now so deep-seated that a veritable cottage industry has sprung up to explain its origins. By varying accounts, the modern Right’s resurgence has its roots in populist religious revivals, Cold War paranoia, racial scapegoating and the ongoing cultural backlash against the New Left. Taken together, they raise the question: What served as the mainspring force? Kathryn S. Olmsted, a UC-Davis historian, furnishes an arresting, if partial, answer in Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism. … Olmsted focuses on the convergence of the Right’s defining traits — a small-government [sic] ideology of economic individualism [sic], a mediagenic narrative of business victimology and a healthy dose of anti-collectivist paranoia — as they were mobilized at the height of the New Deal to battle an enemy that barely registered on the radar of American public opinion at the time: the scattered, multiracial, and grossly undercompensated farmworkers of the Golden State.” [editor’s note: We could also call it the rise (or rebirth?) of crony-corporatism, where the veil was put back into place over that horrendous affront to liberty – SAT] (10/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/op3ewfo

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22) Reducing violence
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“By far the largest murderers in human history have been governments. This is true today. Only an organization with the means and will to involve itself in outright wars with out such entities can rack up a body country in the thousands or millions. Hell, Operation Enduring Freedom killed somewhere between 1,000 and 1,300 civilians in three months alone. And that’s just one operation in one country out of the known seven the United States is actively bombing. I’m not condoning the actions of the shooter in Oregon, he was a piece of shit murderer after all, or trying to make his crimes seem less than what they are. What I am pointing out is the hypocrisy of a butcher like Obama talking about reducing violence.” (10/06/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/10/06/reducing-violence/

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23) US bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan was no accident — “it was the target”
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“By now, all of you will have read about the U.S. military’s recent bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. What you may not be aware of, is how much the official story has changed in the days since this inexcusable act of barbarism became public. Doctors Without Borders has been calling the attack a ‘war crime,’ which to the average American sounds outlandish and impossible. The justification for this claim is simple — that the airstrike wasn’t an accident at all, and that the U.S. military intentionally targeted the hospital. As the days go by, it becomes increasingly clear that this is indeed the case, and the Pentagon is now scrambling to justify the intentional targeting of a hospital.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1MbgcHT

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24) US tyranny against Bobby Fischer
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In 1992, Fischer and Spassky agreed to a rematch, this time in Yugoslavia. Why there? Because they offered a $5 million purse, without around $3.5 million to the winner and $1.5 to the loser. There was one big problem, however. President George H.W. Bush had issued an executive order imposing sanctions on Yugoslavia. That meant that it was now illegal for Americans to engage in commercial transactions in Yugoslavia.” (10/06/15)

http://fff.org/2015/10/06/u-s-tyranny-against-bobby-fischer/

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25) How Volkswagen set the pace for the new era of “smart fraud”
Source: Reuters
by Lynn Stuart Parramore

“Welcome to the age of smart fraud. You’ve got to hand it to the masterminds at Volkswagen. With its elaborate plot to fool regulators on diesel car emissions, the German car company has set the pace for a new era of inventive, turbocharged cheating. The scam moved at the speed of light, with a brazenness beyond belief. It was as hard to catch as it was profitable to execute. For seven years, Volkswagen got away with making pollution-belching cars seem environmentally friendly. It left consumers helpless and regulators stymied. High-tech fraud seems to be taking place everywhere.” (10/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qxc3c7d

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26) Why lifting oil export ban can help US foreign policy
Source: Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford

“A House of Representatives bill is due to go to the floor this week, one step closer to lifting the 40-year-old ban on the export of U.S. crude oil. The window of opportunity was opened by the continuing plunge in oil prices, now at a six-year low, as falling demand and booming production have created an overabundance of global supply. Congress must seize this opportunity: Lifting the ban on crude oil export would not only be good for the economy, it could also benefit U.S. foreign policy.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1FUZwDj

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27) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/06/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Michael W. Dean, Randy England and Dan Greene host. Michael explains why he prefers Michael, not Mike, ‘Friend’ being a loosely used term these days. What it means to be a Libertarian and why you should be one, the Non-Aggression principal and the ethics and philosophy behind it, Dan and Randy discuss the ‘Cabin in the woods’ scenario and how the Non-Aggression principal would apply. Also, is it possible to attain true liberty without initiating or suffering aggression?” [various formats] (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1WKT1rd

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28) Gun-controllers: Shoot first, ask questions later
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“After America learned of the latest mass shooting at an Oregon community college, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in which he lamented the loss of good, innocent people. By the next day, Obama had a remedy: ‘Be a single-issue voter.’ If you want to stop mass shootings, Obama argued, don’t vote for candidates who oppose federal background checks and ‘gun safety laws.’ Nine adults who should be alive today are not, while the 26-year-old shooter got what he wanted: to leave this earth in what he perceived as a blaze of glory. It is revolting to think how easy it is for some unhappy loser to leave a swath of destruction because he cannot make a life for himself in this world. The problem with guns is simple: Any idiot can kill others with them.” (10/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nz9z77n

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29) Yes, there is an imperialist ruling class
Source: CounterPunch
by Paul Street

“Contemporary history is neither a series of random occurrences nor the predetermined plaything of a small cabal of super-empowered conspirators. The truth is somewhere in-between. A sizeable cadre of class- and system-conscious deep-state and imperial planners from the heights of concentrated private and governmental power join together to shape the outlines of much of recent history. Along with professional class ‘experts’ agreeable to their basic aims, they do so in accord with their shared interests in the endless upward accumulation of wealth and power.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1Z7Hh49

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30) Yes of course Donald Trump is wrong about NAFTA
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“And we have an, admittedly incomplete as yet, theory for why we think businessmen are often quite as bad as they are at economics. We would expect them, given that they are usually playing in the private sector, to be rather better than they are at how private markets work. And certainly someone in Trump’s industry should understand public choice arguments. But our theory is that so much of what a business actually does is trying to beat economics that the knowledge of the underlying theory rather gets missed.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1LfFuzs

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31) No Safe Harbor: How NSA spying undermined US tech and Europeans’ privacy
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Danny O’Brien

“The spread of knowledge about the NSA’s surveillance programs has shaken the trust of customers in U.S. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple: especially non-U.S. customers who have discovered how weak the legal protections over their data is under U.S. law. It should come as no surprise, then, that the European Court of Justice (CJEU) has decided that United States companies can no longer be automatically trusted with the personal data of Europeans.” (10/05/15)

http://bit.ly/1FRZ4pC

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32) The politics of frustration
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Starr

“Republican primary voters, we are told, are furious about the failure of their party’s elected leaders to deliver on their promises. … Fed up with career politicians and fearing dire changes in American society, the party’s rank and file have instead gravitated to candidates who have never held public office: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina. … On the left, there is an analogous impatience: progressives are frustrated with the Obama presidency. … To some extent, both the conservative and progressive frustrations have the same origin: limited power in a divided government. Neither side is able to get its way because neither party controls all the levers of power. But there is an additional parallel. Both conservatives and progressives say the parties’ agendas aren’t radical enough.” [editor’s note: A fascinating analysis of two groups who both think they know how to run your lives, and SO angry they don’t have more power to do so – SAT] (10/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ptbfl8s

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33) Most murders?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“As the nation reels from another school-place murder spree, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, The Detroit News took notice of a not wholly unrelated milestone: St. Louis, Missouri, took ‘title’ to ‘nation’s murder capital’ from Detroit, Michigan. Detroit’s Chief of Police waves, as he put it, a ‘flag of progress,’ not a ‘flag of success.’ Crimes overall are down … as are (interestingly) police forces.” (10/06/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/10/06/most-murders/

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34) Classical liberals and anarchists on intellectual property
Source: Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
by Stephan Kinsella

“I’ve discussed before the IP stances of various older libertarians, classical liberal, and anarchist thinkers on IP (see The Four Historical Phases of IP Abolitionism, The Origins of Libertarian IP Abolitionism, The Death Throes of Pro-IP Libertarianism). I keep trying to add to this list. I’ll supplement this post from time to time, but here is some of what I’ve collected. I’m omitting more recent libertarians such as Rand and Galambos. These are sorted mostly chronologically.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1LfZWok

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35) The Tom Woods Show, 10/06/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Today I cover a huge array of topics in a lively, fast-moving discussion with Richard Emmons of the Ron Paul Homeschooling Podcast. Some people had said I should do something like this for my 500th episode. Well, episode 505 is pretty close! The discussion is based on my 165-lesson Ron Paul Curriculum course Western Civilization from 1493 …” [various formats] (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1VDJj7B

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36) Cities to battered women: SHUT UP or GET OUT
Source: USA Today
by Sandra S Park

“In cities across the country, victims of crime increasingly pay a terrible but little-known price for calling 911: eviction from their homes. Domestic violence victims are prime targets. Take Nancy Markham of Surprise, Ariz. In March 2014, her ex-boyfriend choked and punched her in the mouth, prompting her to call for help. By the time police arrived, he had left. Police did not arrest him for five months, and during that period, she dialed 911 when he repeatedly threatened her at her home. Eventually, he was incarcerated for domestic violence, but by then, Markham learned that she faced eviction under Surprise’s nuisance ordinance for accessing police services. The Surprise law bars landlords from renting to tenants who call the police four times within 30 days, or when two or more crimes occur at the property at any time. It makes no exceptions for tenants who need emergency assistance.” [editor’s note: This is just plain wrong! – SAT] (10/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ne68vl2

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37) The future is decentralized
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Patrick M Byrne

“The costs of centralizing information are higher than people understand. Until they have worked in actual organizations that have missions like fighting a war or making a profit, people tend to underestimate just how expensive it can be to centralize information. If our mental picture of the world is like the pointy-haired manager in the Dilbert cartoons, we’ll tend to favor institutions where knowledge comes from the knowledge frontier, and is then moved to the central office where the managers sit and cogitate. The managers then push stupid orders back to the frontier. And that pretty much describes the way collectivists want to organize the world.” (10/06/15)

https://mises.org/library/future-decentralized-0

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38) Horwitz rides my hobbyhorse
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“We know that the harsh provisions of the Versailles Treaty at the end of World War One contributed in a big way to the rise of Hitler and his Nazi Party to power. However, it is not possible, from that knowledge, to know for certain that Hitler and the Nazis (or people like him and them) would not have risen to power in Germany if the treaty provisions had been less onerous. We can assume that if things had gone differently than they actually did in 1918, things would have looked differently than they actually did in 1938, but we can’t know what the particular differences would have been.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1NjDGvX

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39) Portugal after the elections
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“I don’t know enough about Portuguese politics to speculate whether incumbent Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho will be able to form a minority government and gain support in the Parliament. Somehow he is in a position similar to Angela Merkel after the last elections. Merkel won even more unequivocally, but lacked a proper majority, and thus needed to ally with the social-democrats. Political instability in Portugal can hardly be good for the rest of the Eurozone. After Portugal and Greece, the third election to watch out for will take place in Spain.” (10/06/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/10/portugal_after.html

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40) Big Brother is in high gear
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“However we choose to look at it, Big Brother is on the greatest roll in all of history. No Pharaoh, no Caesar, no commissar ever had anything approaching the surveillance and manipulation capacities of modern rulers. And in support of it all stand Jane and Joe Average, ever-compliant, who simply don’t want to know. Give them the slightest excuse to close their eyes, and they will. This kind of thing doesn’t often end well.” (10/06/15)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/big-brother-is-in-high-gear/

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41) Hillary running to left [sic] of Sanders on one issue
Source: The Nation
by Joan Walsh

“Gun control is one issue where Clinton stands to Sanders’s left. The Vermont socialist isn’t terrible [sic] on guns: Though the NRA endorsed him in his first race for Congress, he has a D-minus rating from the group. He supported the 2013 background-check bill, in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, and closing the gun-show sales loophole. Yet Sanders has troubled gun-control advocates with a few vexing apostasies, most notably his vote against the Brady Bill. On that and other gun issues, he has said that he believes states and not the federal government should set limits. He also voted for NRA-backed bills granting gun manufacturers legal immunity against claims by gun victims, and making it possible to carry guns on Amtrak. He told Bill Maher last year that mental health was ‘maybe the more important issue’ in stopping mass shootings than gun control.” [editor’s note: I just wish they’d stop using “left” and “right” so incorrectly – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Yup. A consistent leftist is also known as a “libertarian” – TLK] (10/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qjzkhhk

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42) Property is not a second-class right
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Grant Babcock

“For libertarians, property rights are deeply linked with our rights to bodily integrity, but for leftists, property rights aren’t seen as particularly important.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1KXXJg0

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43) After Oregon: We need to talk about narcissism
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“To look for the main reason behind the rise in the mass shooting in so-called gun culture is to look for it in the wrong place; it is to look for it in the technology rather than the social context in which that technology is used. The problem here is not the guns. It never was. Rather, what the rise of the mass shooting touches on is a cultural problem, a societal tendency to cultivate pathological forms of narcissism, fragile characters dependent on others for constant, self-aggrandising recognition, sensitive to the perceived slights of others, craving their affirmation, and raging when that affirmation is denied; characters who obsessively want to see themselves in the world, and who are childishly angered by the world’s refusal to yield to their demands.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1j42CKL

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44) Progressives fret that global temperatures will rise even after climate change treaty
Source: Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski

“In just two months, politicians and activists from all over the planet will begin the ‘most critical phase of the 2015 United Nations climate change conference in Paris,’ according to a report published online by Deutsche Welle, the international, German-language broadcaster. Yesterday, the co-chairs of the ad hoc working group on the Durban platform (ADP) — the bureaucratic entitity tasked with negotiating the terms of the agreement — ‘submitted a first draft for the treaty text, which contains the basis for negotiation of the Paris climate package,’ the news service reported.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1Q4BciK

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45) Will truly free markets be truly different?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Steve Horwitz

“There is no doubt that the interventions of governments at various levels have subsidized aspects of the current structure of the US economy, as Carson points out. The state’s role in building interstate highways and the railways certainly enabled producers to externalize the costs of transportation onto others. Carson concludes from this that such large-scale transportation systems would not exist in a free society (or would not have existed had we been a free society) and that economies would be more regional and local. Perhaps. It is always worth reminding left-libertarians that you can’t prove a counter-factual. In addition, it is not clear why he so quickly dismisses the possibility that ensuring the existence of such transportation systems to facilitate a nationwide market might not be worth it for the private sector.” (10/06/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/40822

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46) Donald Trump and Bill Clinton are pop entertainers, not economists
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Assessing the consequences of NAFTA, Mark Thoma says ‘For the U.S. — where the Bill Clinton administration sold the agreement as a job-creating policy because U.S. exports would grow by more than its imports — the agreement has not lived up to its promise’ (‘Is Donald Trump right to call NAFTA a ‘disaster?” Oct. 5). Disappointingly, Prof. Thoma writes as if he were a politician rather than the economist that he is.” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1FREB4i

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47) Why the next Speaker should tackle patent reform
Source: The American Spectator
by Mytheos Holt

“Whoever the new Speaker turns out to be, this means that he will need to make his mark. The best way to do that is with a decisive early victory that shows his capacity to defy special interests and work across the aisle without sacrificing principle. As it happens, such an issue that meets just that description already exists. I’m talking about patent reform. Patent reform, an otherwise overwhelmingly bipartisan cause which can unite politicians as different as Mike Lee and Chuck Schumer, is an issue that could have far-reaching implications for the GOP’s ability to maintain its foothold with both the tech industry, and with small businessmen.” (10/05/15)

http://bit.ly/1OW0jH4

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48) Is seeing believing in Planned Parenthood videos?
Source: Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux

“Few have the stomach for watching the Planned Parenthood videos — among others, Nancy Pelosi refuses to watch them (though I suspect this has more to do with politics than stomach). So how to get to the truth of the claim by Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards that the videos were ‘heavily doctored?’ Certainly watching the videos, it’s hard to see how ‘doctoring’ could have created out of whole cloth the video footage of lab technicians poking through clearly identifiable tiny body parts, nor the video of a conversation revealing that labs receiving parts such as arms and legs prefer the hands and feet to be removed so they look less like what they are.” (10/05/15)

http://bit.ly/1ho8kWJ

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49) Time to end monetary central planning
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“There is no way to describe current Federal Reserve policy other than as monetary confusion and misdirection. In a nutshell, Janet Yellen and the other members of the Fed’s Board of Governors have no idea what to do. Do they raise certain interest rates over which they have some direct influence? Do they keep them at their current rock bottom levels, as they have for the last six years?” (10/06/15)

http://bit.ly/1jMobAa

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50) Seize the chaos
Source: Antiwar.com
by Dan Sanchez

“Israel lacks a national motto. If its leaders are looking for a Latin one, ‘carpe chaos’ would be an apt and honest choice. ‘Seize the chaos’ is half of Israeli foreign policy in a nutshell (the other half being the instigation of that chaos in the first place). Indeed, even its friends in the media cannot help but put it in such terms.” (10/06/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/dan_sanchez/2015/10/05/seize-the-chaos/

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