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Rational Review News Digest, 10/07/17 — Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize; First as tragedy, then as farce

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In the News:

0) A note from the publisher
1) Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
2) “Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative
3) FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”
4) Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate
5) GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students
6) Catalonian, Spanish protesters call for talks
7) YouTube tries to f*ck sex workers, resort of out potential clients
8) Russian pol: North Korean regime preparing long-range missile test
9) Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial
10) Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012

Everybody Has An Opinion:

11) First as tragedy, then as farce
12) The dark history of Fear, Inc.
13) Tax reform is a scam: Tell us what we really pay!
14) Decriminalization is not enough
15) People sometimes do bad things
16) The US justice system must focus on elite criminality
17) Consumers harmed by Consumer Protection Bureau — again
18) The world needs an Austrian School approach to economic history
19) Politics as painfully usual
20) Free trade has no such prerequisites

The Sound and the Fury:

21) Free Talk Live, 10/06/17
22) spiked podcast, 10/06/17
23) In The Tank, episode 109
24) Peaceful Parenting: Trust, lying, and stealing
25) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/05/17

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1) Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
Source: Reuters

“A campaign group seeking a global ban on nuclear arms won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, given the award by a Nobel Committee that cited the spread of weapons to North Korea and said the risk was growing of nuclear war. The award to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was unexpected, particularly in a year when the architects of the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran had been seen as favorites for achieving the sort of diplomatic breakthrough that has won the prize in the past.” (10/06/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nobel-prize-peace/anti-nuclear-campaign-group-wins-2017-nobel-peace-prize-idUSKBN1CB0XR

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2) “Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“Julian Assange hit out at Twitter for marking pictures he posts as ‘sensitive media,’ with the WikiLeaks editor threatening to quit the site because it’s ‘enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics.’ Assange told his 439,000 Twitter followers on Friday that he is looking for a ‘decentralized/cryptographic alternative’ to the social media giant. … ‘Twitter’s freedom of expression has been on an inexorable decline. It’s enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics. Although it is substantially better than Facebook that is a very low standard indeed,’ Assange said online.” (10/06/17)

https://www.rt.com/news/405878-assange-twitter-censorship-row/

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3) FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”
Source: Gizmodo

“A Florida man has been arrested for running a parody Twitter account impersonating a Miami Beach Police Department spokesperson — a story we’ve already seen play out with two similar cases over the past few years. Although it has never ended well for authorities, police officers arrested 48-year-old Ernesto Orsetti on Wednesday at his Miami Beach home, the Miami New Times reports. MBPD Chief Dan Oates reportedly called Orsetti’s behavior ‘outrageous’ and said he would be ‘held accountable’ for ‘threatening to damage the reputation of our superb Public Information Officer, as well as the Miami Beach Police Department brand.’ … In 2014, a man in Peoria, Illinois was raided by the city’s police after creating a satirical account mocking its mayor. He was awarded $125,000 in damages after an unsuccessful attempt to bring charges against him during a case in which the defense argued a First Amendment right to satirize government officials.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (10/06/17)

https://gizmodo.com/cops-arrest-florida-man-over-parody-account-that-allege-1819231582

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4) Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate
Source: Washington Post

“The Trump administration issued a rule Friday that sharply limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean many American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge [sic]. The new regulation, issued by the Health and Human Services Department, allows a much broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds.” [editor’s note: It’s not “free of charge” — someone’s paying for it. And no one should be forced to pay for it (or for anything else) for anyone else – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-administration-could-narrow-affordable-care-acts-contraception-mandate/2017/10/05/16139400-a9f0-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html

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5) GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students
Source: Florida Times-Union

“The sound system squawked at 8 a.m., just as the school day was revving up at Worth County High School. The campus was now on lockdown, the announcement said. Neither the teachers nor students at the south Georgia school knew what was going on. For the next four hours, 40 uniformed officers — the entire staff of the Worth County Sheriff’s Office — fanned through the school in Sylvester, ordering students against the walls of classrooms and hallways, demanding the kids hand over their cellphones. All 900 students were searched, part of a drug sweep ordered by Sheriff Jeff Hobby. He did not have a warrant. … By noon, when cells phones were handed back and classes resumed, no drugs had been found. … students came forward charging they had been inappropriately groped and manhandled by deputies. A class-action federal civil suit followed. And now, this week a grand jury indicted Hobby and two deputies for their part in the high school raid. Hobby faces charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and violation of oath of office.” (10/06/17)

http://jacksonville.com/news/national/2017-10-06/georgia-sheriff-deputies-indicted-after-body-searches-900-high-school

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6) Catalonian, Spanish protesters call for talks
Source: Hereford Times [UK]

“Thousands of people have rallied in Madrid and Barcelona in a last-ditch call for Spanish and Catalan leaders to stave off a national crisis amid Catalonia’s imminent threat to secede from the rest of Spain. The demonstrations in the Spanish capital and the Catalan city of Barcelona were held simultaneously under the slogan ‘Shall We Talk?’ in an effort to push legislators in both cities to end months of silence and start negotiating. The crowd wore white T-shirts and respected the organisers’ call to not bring Spanish or Catalan flags.” (10/07/17)

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/national/15582712.Thousands_call_for_talks_between_Spanish_and_Catalan_leaders/

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7) YouTube tries to f*ck sex workers, resort of out potential clients
Source: Fox News

“A Colombian resort which is currently promoting a prostitute-filled ‘sex island experience’ has had its steamy promotional video removed from YouTube. The Good Girls Company’s YouTube account, which was suspended by the site’s moderators as of Friday morning, was advertising its sex-filled getaway with footage of scantily clad women dancing, partying on a yacht, and offering their services to a guest. The on-screen text also promised ‘unlimited sex’ would be included in the price of admission …. Despite the marketing video being removed from YouTube, tickets to the ‘experience’ are still available online, and cost $5,000 apiece, per the Sex Island website.” (10/06/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2017/10/06/youtube-removes-ad-for-prostitute-filled-sex-island-getaway-in-colombia.html

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8) Russian pol: North Korean regime preparing long-range missile test
Source: US News & World Report

“North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States, a Russian lawmaker just returned from a visit to Pyongyang was quoted as saying on Friday. Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang on Oct. 2-6, Russia’s RIA news agency reported. ‘They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States,’ RIA quoted Morozov as saying. … Morozov’s comments drove up the price of U.S. Treasury bonds, as investors, worried about the prospect of new North Korean missile tests, moved into assets the market views as a safe haven in times of uncertainty.” [editor’s note: Could the whole North Korea saber-rattling production be a US Treasury scheme to make it cheaper to borrow money? – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-06/north-korea-preparing-long-range-missile-test-ria-cites-russian-lawmaker

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9) Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial
Source: ABC News

“Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said. … Freed three years ago, Bergdahl had been scheduled for trial in late October. He had opted to let a judge rather than a military jury decide his fate, but a guilty plea later this month will spare the need for a trial. Sentencing will start on Oct. 23, according to the individuals with knowledge of the case.” (10/06/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/apnewsbreak-bergdahl-expected-plead-guilty-avoid-trial-50325246

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10) Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012
Source: Engadget

“Another day, another security breach (and another, and another…). This time it’s Disqus, which is revealing that in 2012 … hackers made off with some of its data, covering a snapshot of usernames and associated email addresses dating back to 2007, as well as ‘sign-up dates, and last login dates in plain text for 17.5mm users.’ More distressing is news that it also coughed up passwords for a third of those accounts, which were in hashed (SHA1) form but it’s possible the attackers could have decrypted them. According to Disqus, it learned of the leak Thursday evening after Troy Hunt of Have I Been Pwned notified obtained a copy of the site’s information and informed the company. Within about 24 hours, it has disclosed the breach, started to contact users and forced password resets for affected accounts.” (10/06/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/06/disqus-reveals-it-suffered-a-security-breach-in-2012/

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

11) First as tragedy, then as farce
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Countries such as China and Russia are reluctant to come to terms with their history. Many of their residents are unaware of the horrors perpetrated by Mao and Stalin. I suppose that’s no big surprise; people prefer to see their country’s history in a positive light. More surprising is that young people in America and Britain also seem unaware of the horrors of socialism. Indeed polls show that under 25 voters in the UK favor Labour over the Conservatives by a 3 to 1 margin. And that’s largely due to their strong support for the Labour leader (and odds on favorite to be the next British Prime Minister), Jeremy Corbyn. Now you might argue that Corbyn is a European social democrat, not one of those bad socialists. But that’s not really true.” (10/05/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/10/first_as_traged.html

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12) The dark history of Fear, Inc.
Source: The American Conservative
by Mark Perry

“Back in 1835, Samuel F.B. Morse (who went on to invent the telegraph and the Morse Code), wrote a book about a plot to overthrow the American republic. The conspiracy, Morse wrote, was well-funded, highly secretive, and hatched in Vienna by members of the The St. Leopold Foundation, which had dispatched cells of Jesuit missionaries to the U.S. to forcibly convert the nation to Roman Catholicism. This was no small intrigue: The plot’s leaders, as Morse meticulously catalogued, were Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich, Ferdinand V of Hungary, and (of course) Pope Gregory XVI. ‘It is high time that we awakened to the apprehension of danger,’ Morse wrote. What is shocking about this nonsense is not that Morse actually believed it, but that millions of other Americans did too. Morse’s book seeded the rise of the nativist ‘Know-Nothing’ party, whose goal was to curb immigration, root out Catholicism, and return America to its protestant ideals. In essence, they were the America-firsters of the nineteenth century.” (10/06/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fear-inc-russians-communist-trump-mattis/

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13) Tax reform is a scam: Tell us what we really pay!
Source: Independent Institute
by Jonathan Bean

“[T]he Republican Congress passed a budget in excess of $4 trillion. That is $12,693 per capita. Stated differently, the federal government spends $50,000 for every four Americans. Picture a family of four for comparison’s sake. Where is the spending reform? That doesn’t get to the real cost of government, which also includes local and state spending amounting to another $3 trillion. Total: $7 trillion or $21,700. In excess of $86,000 for every four Americans. Find three friends and start paying! It’s a mark of our age that the high cost of government no longer elicits outrage or comment. The two major political parties bicker about social and cultural issues, thus distracting us from the bipartisan willingness to extract wealth from Americans.” (10/05/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/10/05/tax-reform-is-a-scam-tell-us-what-we-really-pay/

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14) Decriminalization is not enough
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it applies only to the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In most states that have decriminalized marijuana possession, no more than one ounce of pot is allowed. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because one can get caught with marijuana only a few times. Fines increase for subsequent offenses, as does the possibility of jail time and being charged with a felony. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it includes only possession. The sale or cultivation of marijuana is generally still prohibited and can result in large fines and mandatory minimum prison sentences.” (10/06/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/decriminalization-not-enough/

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15) People sometimes do bad things
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“No one (least of all libertarians) wants mass shootings to happen. In fact, libertarians are among the loudest of the people who speak out and condemn violence, whether it’s orchestrated by random lunatics, police officers, or soldiers within the military. The libertarian position has decades of consistency and history that reveals itself to be loudly and explicitly pro-defense and anti-aggression. The means by which a person commits aggression, and the means by which a person exercises their right to self-defense, are not terribly important, as long as the Defender has weapons equal or greater to the weapons held by the attacker. One day, that attacker will be the United States Government, and the more we allow them to disarm us, the sooner that day will come.” (10/05/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/10/05/people-sometimes-do-bad-things/

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16) The US justice system must focus on elite criminality
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Two very important articles published in recent days serve to once again highlight America’s metastasizing elite criminality problem. A problem which our justice system simply refuses to address. This corrupt two-tier justice system is something I’ve been focused on from the very beginning of my writings, and I continue to see it as a civilization-level threat for this country if not aggressively addressed and confronted in the very near future.” (10/06/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/10/06/the-u-s-justice-system-must-focus-on-elite-criminality/

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17) Consumers harmed by Consumer Protection Bureau — again
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

“Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued yet another rule that will harm consumers. A new rule on small dollar loans will kill off about 75 percent of the existing small dollar loan industry, according to the Bureau’s own figures. Yet the Bureau and its boosters like to talk about how much it is helping consumers, cracking down on wrong-doers and returning money to consumers. What they don’t admit is that regulators are making life difficult for many consumers — especially those on the margins of the banking system. Or that regulators missed the biggest frauds and missteps, like the Equifax security breach, until many consumers were harmed. Taken together, these problems mean that the CFPB may be doing as much harm as good.” (10/06/17)

https://cei.org/content/consumers-harmed-consumer-protection-bureau-again

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18) The world needs an Austrian School approach to economic history
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matteo Salonia

“The Austrian School of economics has advanced our understanding of the behavioral patterns that break the cycle of poverty and make prosperity possible. The genius and usefulness of Austrian original reflections like marginal utility are now recognized by many intellectuals and students of economic theory and praxis, and even by non-Austrian economists. Other contributions, such as the business cycle theory, have convinced less people without libertarian circles and remain controversial, but they do contribute to a relatively (and increasingly) well-known cohesive body of knowledge, a systematic approach to the production of goods and services and the link between human action, markets, government interventions, and crises. The Austrian contribution to the field of history has been, in contrast, quite lacking, not in terms of theoretical cohesiveness, but in terms of output and popularity.” (10/06/17)

https://mises.org/blog/world-needs-austrian-school-approach-economic-history

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19) Politics as painfully usual
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The crazed nature of our leaders’ willingness to spend beyond revenue, and accumulate debt, is not limited to one party. Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for their outrageously perverse fiscal policies. Their irresponsibility hides in plain view, and can be seen in most of the major policy discussions of our time. Take two: 1. the Democrats’ idea of putting every American on Medicare and 2. the Republicans’ current tax reduction bill. Though the Republicans often pretend to be all about something called ‘fiscal conservatism,’ their murky tax plan is not fiscally sound. Not yet, anyway — after all, it is ‘evolving.’ And I expect it to get worse, not better.” (10/06/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/06/politics-as-painfully-usual/

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20) Free trade has no such prerequisites
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Dani Rodrik, expressing his famous skepticism of free trade, writes that ‘A truly global economy, in which economic activity is unmoored from its national base, would necessitate transnational rule-making institutions that match the global scale and scope of markets’ (‘Why nation-states are good,’ Oct. 2). Not so — at least, not so if what is meant by ‘transnational rule-making institutions’ are transnational bodies with legislative and administrative powers. A truly global economy is simply what happens when governments do not obstruct their citizens’ decisions to trade with foreigners.” (10/05/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/free-trade-no-prerequisites.html

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

21) Free Talk Live, 10/06/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Tim Preuss Joins Us to Discuss Protectionism vs Free Market :: Bitcoin :: Japanese Porn :: Catalonia Secession Update :: Political Capital :: Stop Begging to Secede :: Declaring Independence :: Taking Risk for Freedom :: Secession :: Post Office :: Sick Day Sarah :: Equifax Loves IRS :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Chris.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

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22) spiked podcast, 10/06/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast: Brendan O’Neill on the Europe-wide attack on democracy, Kevin Yuill on why banning guns wouldn’t have prevented the Las Vegas shooting, and Adrian Hart on the truth behind the hate-crime panic in schools.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-catalan-crisis-confirms-the-eu-is-tearing-nations-apart/

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23) In The Tank, episode 109
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #109 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [Flash audio] (10/06/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/in-the-tank-ep109-financial-state-of-the-states-right-to-try-and-pa-liquor-laws/

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24) Peaceful Parenting: Trust, lying, and stealing
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“How is a peaceful parent to deal with a child who lies and steals? The main issue is about trust between a parent and child. Without trust there is nothing. Trust is the concrete foundation that forms the basis for any successful relationship.” [various formats] (10/06/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/peaceful-parenting-trust-lying-and-stealing/

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25) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/05/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we tackle the growing power private companies have over our information online. FIRE’s Alex Morey talks to experts on all sides of the issue, from the Facebook team working to keep the social network uncensored — but also safe — for its users, to directors at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists, and more.” [various formats] (10/05/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-is-this-the-day-the-internet-dies/

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Rational Review News Digest, 10/07/17 — Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize; First as tragedy, then as farce

*****
RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
The Freedom Movement’s Daily Newspaper

Volume XV, Issue #3,815
Saturday, October 7th, 2017
454 email subscribers

http://rationalreview.com

Please forward this email to your friends so
they can subscribe too at http://eepurl.com/bSo8ST
*****

In the News:

0) A note from the publisher
1) Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
2) “Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative
3) FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”
4) Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate
5) GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students
6) Catalonian, Spanish protesters call for talks
7) YouTube tries to f*ck sex workers, resort of out potential clients
8) Russian pol: North Korean regime preparing long-range missile test
9) Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial
10) Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012

Everybody Has An Opinion:

11) First as tragedy, then as farce
12) The dark history of Fear, Inc.
13) Tax reform is a scam: Tell us what we really pay!
14) Decriminalization is not enough
15) People sometimes do bad things
16) The US justice system must focus on elite criminality
17) Consumers harmed by Consumer Protection Bureau — again
18) The world needs an Austrian School approach to economic history
19) Politics as painfully usual
20) Free trade has no such prerequisites

The Sound and the Fury:

21) Free Talk Live, 10/06/17
22) spiked podcast, 10/06/17
23) In The Tank, episode 109
24) Peaceful Parenting: Trust, lying, and stealing
25) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/05/17

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by J. Neil Schulman
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XDXR4WR

TIPPING POINT: A NOVEL BY FRANK CLARKE
http://tinyurl.com/TipgPt2

Tyranny Demands AN ACT OF SELF-DEFENSE: A NOVEL BY ERNE LEWIS
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Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Publisher
Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily

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1) Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
Source: Reuters

“A campaign group seeking a global ban on nuclear arms won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, given the award by a Nobel Committee that cited the spread of weapons to North Korea and said the risk was growing of nuclear war. The award to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was unexpected, particularly in a year when the architects of the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran had been seen as favorites for achieving the sort of diplomatic breakthrough that has won the prize in the past.” (10/06/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nobel-prize-peace/anti-nuclear-campaign-group-wins-2017-nobel-peace-prize-idUSKBN1CB0XR

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2) “Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“Julian Assange hit out at Twitter for marking pictures he posts as ‘sensitive media,’ with the WikiLeaks editor threatening to quit the site because it’s ‘enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics.’ Assange told his 439,000 Twitter followers on Friday that he is looking for a ‘decentralized/cryptographic alternative’ to the social media giant. … ‘Twitter’s freedom of expression has been on an inexorable decline. It’s enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics. Although it is substantially better than Facebook that is a very low standard indeed,’ Assange said online.” (10/06/17)

https://www.rt.com/news/405878-assange-twitter-censorship-row/

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3) FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”
Source: Gizmodo

“A Florida man has been arrested for running a parody Twitter account impersonating a Miami Beach Police Department spokesperson — a story we’ve already seen play out with two similar cases over the past few years. Although it has never ended well for authorities, police officers arrested 48-year-old Ernesto Orsetti on Wednesday at his Miami Beach home, the Miami New Times reports. MBPD Chief Dan Oates reportedly called Orsetti’s behavior ‘outrageous’ and said he would be ‘held accountable’ for ‘threatening to damage the reputation of our superb Public Information Officer, as well as the Miami Beach Police Department brand.’ … In 2014, a man in Peoria, Illinois was raided by the city’s police after creating a satirical account mocking its mayor. He was awarded $125,000 in damages after an unsuccessful attempt to bring charges against him during a case in which the defense argued a First Amendment right to satirize government officials.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (10/06/17)

https://gizmodo.com/cops-arrest-florida-man-over-parody-account-that-allege-1819231582

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4) Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate
Source: Washington Post

“The Trump administration issued a rule Friday that sharply limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean many American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge [sic]. The new regulation, issued by the Health and Human Services Department, allows a much broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds.” [editor’s note: It’s not “free of charge” — someone’s paying for it. And no one should be forced to pay for it (or for anything else) for anyone else – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-administration-could-narrow-affordable-care-acts-contraception-mandate/2017/10/05/16139400-a9f0-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html

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5) GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students
Source: Florida Times-Union

“The sound system squawked at 8 a.m., just as the school day was revving up at Worth County High School. The campus was now on lockdown, the announcement said. Neither the teachers nor students at the south Georgia school knew what was going on. For the next four hours, 40 uniformed officers — the entire staff of the Worth County Sheriff’s Office — fanned through the school in Sylvester, ordering students against the walls of classrooms and hallways, demanding the kids hand over their cellphones. All 900 students were searched, part of a drug sweep ordered by Sheriff Jeff Hobby. He did not have a warrant. … By noon, when cells phones were handed back and classes resumed, no drugs had been found. … students came forward charging they had been inappropriately groped and manhandled by deputies. A class-action federal civil suit followed. And now, this week a grand jury indicted Hobby and two deputies for their part in the high school raid. Hobby faces charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and violation of oath of office.” (10/06/17)

http://jacksonville.com/news/national/2017-10-06/georgia-sheriff-deputies-indicted-after-body-searches-900-high-school

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6) Catalonian, Spanish protesters call for talks
Source: Hereford Times [UK]

“Thousands of people have rallied in Madrid and Barcelona in a last-ditch call for Spanish and Catalan leaders to stave off a national crisis amid Catalonia’s imminent threat to secede from the rest of Spain. The demonstrations in the Spanish capital and the Catalan city of Barcelona were held simultaneously under the slogan ‘Shall We Talk?’ in an effort to push legislators in both cities to end months of silence and start negotiating. The crowd wore white T-shirts and respected the organisers’ call to not bring Spanish or Catalan flags.” (10/07/17)

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/national/15582712.Thousands_call_for_talks_between_Spanish_and_Catalan_leaders/

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7) YouTube tries to f*ck sex workers, resort of out potential clients
Source: Fox News

“A Colombian resort which is currently promoting a prostitute-filled ‘sex island experience’ has had its steamy promotional video removed from YouTube. The Good Girls Company’s YouTube account, which was suspended by the site’s moderators as of Friday morning, was advertising its sex-filled getaway with footage of scantily clad women dancing, partying on a yacht, and offering their services to a guest. The on-screen text also promised ‘unlimited sex’ would be included in the price of admission …. Despite the marketing video being removed from YouTube, tickets to the ‘experience’ are still available online, and cost $5,000 apiece, per the Sex Island website.” (10/06/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2017/10/06/youtube-removes-ad-for-prostitute-filled-sex-island-getaway-in-colombia.html

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8) Russian pol: North Korean regime preparing long-range missile test
Source: US News & World Report

“North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States, a Russian lawmaker just returned from a visit to Pyongyang was quoted as saying on Friday. Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang on Oct. 2-6, Russia’s RIA news agency reported. ‘They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States,’ RIA quoted Morozov as saying. … Morozov’s comments drove up the price of U.S. Treasury bonds, as investors, worried about the prospect of new North Korean missile tests, moved into assets the market views as a safe haven in times of uncertainty.” [editor’s note: Could the whole North Korea saber-rattling production be a US Treasury scheme to make it cheaper to borrow money? – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-06/north-korea-preparing-long-range-missile-test-ria-cites-russian-lawmaker

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9) Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial
Source: ABC News

“Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said. … Freed three years ago, Bergdahl had been scheduled for trial in late October. He had opted to let a judge rather than a military jury decide his fate, but a guilty plea later this month will spare the need for a trial. Sentencing will start on Oct. 23, according to the individuals with knowledge of the case.” (10/06/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/apnewsbreak-bergdahl-expected-plead-guilty-avoid-trial-50325246

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10) Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012
Source: Engadget

“Another day, another security breach (and another, and another…). This time it’s Disqus, which is revealing that in 2012 … hackers made off with some of its data, covering a snapshot of usernames and associated email addresses dating back to 2007, as well as ‘sign-up dates, and last login dates in plain text for 17.5mm users.’ More distressing is news that it also coughed up passwords for a third of those accounts, which were in hashed (SHA1) form but it’s possible the attackers could have decrypted them. According to Disqus, it learned of the leak Thursday evening after Troy Hunt of Have I Been Pwned notified obtained a copy of the site’s information and informed the company. Within about 24 hours, it has disclosed the breach, started to contact users and forced password resets for affected accounts.” (10/06/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/06/disqus-reveals-it-suffered-a-security-breach-in-2012/

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11) First as tragedy, then as farce
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Countries such as China and Russia are reluctant to come to terms with their history. Many of their residents are unaware of the horrors perpetrated by Mao and Stalin. I suppose that’s no big surprise; people prefer to see their country’s history in a positive light. More surprising is that young people in America and Britain also seem unaware of the horrors of socialism. Indeed polls show that under 25 voters in the UK favor Labour over the Conservatives by a 3 to 1 margin. And that’s largely due to their strong support for the Labour leader (and odds on favorite to be the next British Prime Minister), Jeremy Corbyn. Now you might argue that Corbyn is a European social democrat, not one of those bad socialists. But that’s not really true.” (10/05/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/10/first_as_traged.html

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12) The dark history of Fear, Inc.
Source: The American Conservative
by Mark Perry

“Back in 1835, Samuel F.B. Morse (who went on to invent the telegraph and the Morse Code), wrote a book about a plot to overthrow the American republic. The conspiracy, Morse wrote, was well-funded, highly secretive, and hatched in Vienna by members of the The St. Leopold Foundation, which had dispatched cells of Jesuit missionaries to the U.S. to forcibly convert the nation to Roman Catholicism. This was no small intrigue: The plot’s leaders, as Morse meticulously catalogued, were Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich, Ferdinand V of Hungary, and (of course) Pope Gregory XVI. ‘It is high time that we awakened to the apprehension of danger,’ Morse wrote. What is shocking about this nonsense is not that Morse actually believed it, but that millions of other Americans did too. Morse’s book seeded the rise of the nativist ‘Know-Nothing’ party, whose goal was to curb immigration, root out Catholicism, and return America to its protestant ideals. In essence, they were the America-firsters of the nineteenth century.” (10/06/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fear-inc-russians-communist-trump-mattis/

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13) Tax reform is a scam: Tell us what we really pay!
Source: Independent Institute
by Jonathan Bean

“[T]he Republican Congress passed a budget in excess of $4 trillion. That is $12,693 per capita. Stated differently, the federal government spends $50,000 for every four Americans. Picture a family of four for comparison’s sake. Where is the spending reform? That doesn’t get to the real cost of government, which also includes local and state spending amounting to another $3 trillion. Total: $7 trillion or $21,700. In excess of $86,000 for every four Americans. Find three friends and start paying! It’s a mark of our age that the high cost of government no longer elicits outrage or comment. The two major political parties bicker about social and cultural issues, thus distracting us from the bipartisan willingness to extract wealth from Americans.” (10/05/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/10/05/tax-reform-is-a-scam-tell-us-what-we-really-pay/

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14) Decriminalization is not enough
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it applies only to the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In most states that have decriminalized marijuana possession, no more than one ounce of pot is allowed. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because one can get caught with marijuana only a few times. Fines increase for subsequent offenses, as does the possibility of jail time and being charged with a felony. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it includes only possession. The sale or cultivation of marijuana is generally still prohibited and can result in large fines and mandatory minimum prison sentences.” (10/06/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/decriminalization-not-enough/

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15) People sometimes do bad things
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“No one (least of all libertarians) wants mass shootings to happen. In fact, libertarians are among the loudest of the people who speak out and condemn violence, whether it’s orchestrated by random lunatics, police officers, or soldiers within the military. The libertarian position has decades of consistency and history that reveals itself to be loudly and explicitly pro-defense and anti-aggression. The means by which a person commits aggression, and the means by which a person exercises their right to self-defense, are not terribly important, as long as the Defender has weapons equal or greater to the weapons held by the attacker. One day, that attacker will be the United States Government, and the more we allow them to disarm us, the sooner that day will come.” (10/05/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/10/05/people-sometimes-do-bad-things/

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16) The US justice system must focus on elite criminality
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Two very important articles published in recent days serve to once again highlight America’s metastasizing elite criminality problem. A problem which our justice system simply refuses to address. This corrupt two-tier justice system is something I’ve been focused on from the very beginning of my writings, and I continue to see it as a civilization-level threat for this country if not aggressively addressed and confronted in the very near future.” (10/06/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/10/06/the-u-s-justice-system-must-focus-on-elite-criminality/

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17) Consumers harmed by Consumer Protection Bureau — again
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

“Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued yet another rule that will harm consumers. A new rule on small dollar loans will kill off about 75 percent of the existing small dollar loan industry, according to the Bureau’s own figures. Yet the Bureau and its boosters like to talk about how much it is helping consumers, cracking down on wrong-doers and returning money to consumers. What they don’t admit is that regulators are making life difficult for many consumers — especially those on the margins of the banking system. Or that regulators missed the biggest frauds and missteps, like the Equifax security breach, until many consumers were harmed. Taken together, these problems mean that the CFPB may be doing as much harm as good.” (10/06/17)

https://cei.org/content/consumers-harmed-consumer-protection-bureau-again

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18) The world needs an Austrian School approach to economic history
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matteo Salonia

“The Austrian School of economics has advanced our understanding of the behavioral patterns that break the cycle of poverty and make prosperity possible. The genius and usefulness of Austrian original reflections like marginal utility are now recognized by many intellectuals and students of economic theory and praxis, and even by non-Austrian economists. Other contributions, such as the business cycle theory, have convinced less people without libertarian circles and remain controversial, but they do contribute to a relatively (and increasingly) well-known cohesive body of knowledge, a systematic approach to the production of goods and services and the link between human action, markets, government interventions, and crises. The Austrian contribution to the field of history has been, in contrast, quite lacking, not in terms of theoretical cohesiveness, but in terms of output and popularity.” (10/06/17)

https://mises.org/blog/world-needs-austrian-school-approach-economic-history

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19) Politics as painfully usual
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The crazed nature of our leaders’ willingness to spend beyond revenue, and accumulate debt, is not limited to one party. Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for their outrageously perverse fiscal policies. Their irresponsibility hides in plain view, and can be seen in most of the major policy discussions of our time. Take two: 1. the Democrats’ idea of putting every American on Medicare and 2. the Republicans’ current tax reduction bill. Though the Republicans often pretend to be all about something called ‘fiscal conservatism,’ their murky tax plan is not fiscally sound. Not yet, anyway — after all, it is ‘evolving.’ And I expect it to get worse, not better.” (10/06/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/06/politics-as-painfully-usual/

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20) Free trade has no such prerequisites
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Dani Rodrik, expressing his famous skepticism of free trade, writes that ‘A truly global economy, in which economic activity is unmoored from its national base, would necessitate transnational rule-making institutions that match the global scale and scope of markets’ (‘Why nation-states are good,’ Oct. 2). Not so — at least, not so if what is meant by ‘transnational rule-making institutions’ are transnational bodies with legislative and administrative powers. A truly global economy is simply what happens when governments do not obstruct their citizens’ decisions to trade with foreigners.” (10/05/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/free-trade-no-prerequisites.html

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21) Free Talk Live, 10/06/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Tim Preuss Joins Us to Discuss Protectionism vs Free Market :: Bitcoin :: Japanese Porn :: Catalonia Secession Update :: Political Capital :: Stop Begging to Secede :: Declaring Independence :: Taking Risk for Freedom :: Secession :: Post Office :: Sick Day Sarah :: Equifax Loves IRS :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Chris.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

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22) spiked podcast, 10/06/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast: Brendan O’Neill on the Europe-wide attack on democracy, Kevin Yuill on why banning guns wouldn’t have prevented the Las Vegas shooting, and Adrian Hart on the truth behind the hate-crime panic in schools.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-catalan-crisis-confirms-the-eu-is-tearing-nations-apart/

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23) In The Tank, episode 109
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #109 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [Flash audio] (10/06/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/in-the-tank-ep109-financial-state-of-the-states-right-to-try-and-pa-liquor-laws/

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24) Peaceful Parenting: Trust, lying, and stealing
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“How is a peaceful parent to deal with a child who lies and steals? The main issue is about trust between a parent and child. Without trust there is nothing. Trust is the concrete foundation that forms the basis for any successful relationship.” [various formats] (10/06/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/peaceful-parenting-trust-lying-and-stealing/

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25) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/05/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we tackle the growing power private companies have over our information online. FIRE’s Alex Morey talks to experts on all sides of the issue, from the Facebook team working to keep the social network uncensored — but also safe — for its users, to directors at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists, and more.” [various formats] (10/05/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-is-this-the-day-the-internet-dies/

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1) Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
2) “Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative
3) FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”
4) Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate
5) GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students
6) Catalonian, Spanish protesters call for talks
7) YouTube tries to f*ck sex workers, resort of out potential clients
8) Russian pol: North Korean regime preparing long-range missile test
9) Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial
10) Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012

Everybody Has An Opinion:

11) First as tragedy, then as farce
12) The dark history of Fear, Inc.
13) Tax reform is a scam: Tell us what we really pay!
14) Decriminalization is not enough
15) People sometimes do bad things
16) The US justice system must focus on elite criminality
17) Consumers harmed by Consumer Protection Bureau — again
18) The world needs an Austrian School approach to economic history
19) Politics as painfully usual
20) Free trade has no such prerequisites

The Sound and the Fury:

21) Free Talk Live, 10/06/17
22) spiked podcast, 10/06/17
23) In The Tank, episode 109
24) Peaceful Parenting: Trust, lying, and stealing
25) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/05/17

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1) Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
Source: Reuters

“A campaign group seeking a global ban on nuclear arms won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, given the award by a Nobel Committee that cited the spread of weapons to North Korea and said the risk was growing of nuclear war. The award to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was unexpected, particularly in a year when the architects of the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran had been seen as favorites for achieving the sort of diplomatic breakthrough that has won the prize in the past.” (10/06/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nobel-prize-peace/anti-nuclear-campaign-group-wins-2017-nobel-peace-prize-idUSKBN1CB0XR

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2) “Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“Julian Assange hit out at Twitter for marking pictures he posts as ‘sensitive media,’ with the WikiLeaks editor threatening to quit the site because it’s ‘enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics.’ Assange told his 439,000 Twitter followers on Friday that he is looking for a ‘decentralized/cryptographic alternative’ to the social media giant. … ‘Twitter’s freedom of expression has been on an inexorable decline. It’s enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics. Although it is substantially better than Facebook that is a very low standard indeed,’ Assange said online.” (10/06/17)

https://www.rt.com/news/405878-assange-twitter-censorship-row/

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3) FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”
Source: Gizmodo

“A Florida man has been arrested for running a parody Twitter account impersonating a Miami Beach Police Department spokesperson — a story we’ve already seen play out with two similar cases over the past few years. Although it has never ended well for authorities, police officers arrested 48-year-old Ernesto Orsetti on Wednesday at his Miami Beach home, the Miami New Times reports. MBPD Chief Dan Oates reportedly called Orsetti’s behavior ‘outrageous’ and said he would be ‘held accountable’ for ‘threatening to damage the reputation of our superb Public Information Officer, as well as the Miami Beach Police Department brand.’ … In 2014, a man in Peoria, Illinois was raided by the city’s police after creating a satirical account mocking its mayor. He was awarded $125,000 in damages after an unsuccessful attempt to bring charges against him during a case in which the defense argued a First Amendment right to satirize government officials.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (10/06/17)

https://gizmodo.com/cops-arrest-florida-man-over-parody-account-that-allege-1819231582

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4) Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate
Source: Washington Post

“The Trump administration issued a rule Friday that sharply limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean many American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge [sic]. The new regulation, issued by the Health and Human Services Department, allows a much broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds.” [editor’s note: It’s not “free of charge” — someone’s paying for it. And no one should be forced to pay for it (or for anything else) for anyone else – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-administration-could-narrow-affordable-care-acts-contraception-mandate/2017/10/05/16139400-a9f0-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html

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5) GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students
Source: Florida Times-Union

“The sound system squawked at 8 a.m., just as the school day was revving up at Worth County High School. The campus was now on lockdown, the announcement said. Neither the teachers nor students at the south Georgia school knew what was going on. For the next four hours, 40 uniformed officers — the entire staff of the Worth County Sheriff’s Office — fanned through the school in Sylvester, ordering students against the walls of classrooms and hallways, demanding the kids hand over their cellphones. All 900 students were searched, part of a drug sweep ordered by Sheriff Jeff Hobby. He did not have a warrant. … By noon, when cells phones were handed back and classes resumed, no drugs had been found. … students came forward charging they had been inappropriately groped and manhandled by deputies. A class-action federal civil suit followed. And now, this week a grand jury indicted Hobby and two deputies for their part in the high school raid. Hobby faces charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and violation of oath of office.” (10/06/17)

http://jacksonville.com/news/national/2017-10-06/georgia-sheriff-deputies-indicted-after-body-searches-900-high-school

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6) Catalonian, Spanish protesters call for talks
Source: Hereford Times [UK]

“Thousands of people have rallied in Madrid and Barcelona in a last-ditch call for Spanish and Catalan leaders to stave off a national crisis amid Catalonia’s imminent threat to secede from the rest of Spain. The demonstrations in the Spanish capital and the Catalan city of Barcelona were held simultaneously under the slogan ‘Shall We Talk?’ in an effort to push legislators in both cities to end months of silence and start negotiating. The crowd wore white T-shirts and respected the organisers’ call to not bring Spanish or Catalan flags.” (10/07/17)

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/national/15582712.Thousands_call_for_talks_between_Spanish_and_Catalan_leaders/

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7) YouTube tries to f*ck sex workers, resort of out potential clients
Source: Fox News

“A Colombian resort which is currently promoting a prostitute-filled ‘sex island experience’ has had its steamy promotional video removed from YouTube. The Good Girls Company’s YouTube account, which was suspended by the site’s moderators as of Friday morning, was advertising its sex-filled getaway with footage of scantily clad women dancing, partying on a yacht, and offering their services to a guest. The on-screen text also promised ‘unlimited sex’ would be included in the price of admission …. Despite the marketing video being removed from YouTube, tickets to the ‘experience’ are still available online, and cost $5,000 apiece, per the Sex Island website.” (10/06/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2017/10/06/youtube-removes-ad-for-prostitute-filled-sex-island-getaway-in-colombia.html

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8) Russian pol: North Korean regime preparing long-range missile test
Source: US News & World Report

“North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States, a Russian lawmaker just returned from a visit to Pyongyang was quoted as saying on Friday. Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang on Oct. 2-6, Russia’s RIA news agency reported. ‘They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States,’ RIA quoted Morozov as saying. … Morozov’s comments drove up the price of U.S. Treasury bonds, as investors, worried about the prospect of new North Korean missile tests, moved into assets the market views as a safe haven in times of uncertainty.” [editor’s note: Could the whole North Korea saber-rattling production be a US Treasury scheme to make it cheaper to borrow money? – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-06/north-korea-preparing-long-range-missile-test-ria-cites-russian-lawmaker

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9) Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial
Source: ABC News

“Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said. … Freed three years ago, Bergdahl had been scheduled for trial in late October. He had opted to let a judge rather than a military jury decide his fate, but a guilty plea later this month will spare the need for a trial. Sentencing will start on Oct. 23, according to the individuals with knowledge of the case.” (10/06/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/apnewsbreak-bergdahl-expected-plead-guilty-avoid-trial-50325246

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10) Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012
Source: Engadget

“Another day, another security breach (and another, and another…). This time it’s Disqus, which is revealing that in 2012 … hackers made off with some of its data, covering a snapshot of usernames and associated email addresses dating back to 2007, as well as ‘sign-up dates, and last login dates in plain text for 17.5mm users.’ More distressing is news that it also coughed up passwords for a third of those accounts, which were in hashed (SHA1) form but it’s possible the attackers could have decrypted them. According to Disqus, it learned of the leak Thursday evening after Troy Hunt of Have I Been Pwned notified obtained a copy of the site’s information and informed the company. Within about 24 hours, it has disclosed the breach, started to contact users and forced password resets for affected accounts.” (10/06/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/06/disqus-reveals-it-suffered-a-security-breach-in-2012/

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

11) First as tragedy, then as farce
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Countries such as China and Russia are reluctant to come to terms with their history. Many of their residents are unaware of the horrors perpetrated by Mao and Stalin. I suppose that’s no big surprise; people prefer to see their country’s history in a positive light. More surprising is that young people in America and Britain also seem unaware of the horrors of socialism. Indeed polls show that under 25 voters in the UK favor Labour over the Conservatives by a 3 to 1 margin. And that’s largely due to their strong support for the Labour leader (and odds on favorite to be the next British Prime Minister), Jeremy Corbyn. Now you might argue that Corbyn is a European social democrat, not one of those bad socialists. But that’s not really true.” (10/05/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/10/first_as_traged.html

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12) The dark history of Fear, Inc.
Source: The American Conservative
by Mark Perry

“Back in 1835, Samuel F.B. Morse (who went on to invent the telegraph and the Morse Code), wrote a book about a plot to overthrow the American republic. The conspiracy, Morse wrote, was well-funded, highly secretive, and hatched in Vienna by members of the The St. Leopold Foundation, which had dispatched cells of Jesuit missionaries to the U.S. to forcibly convert the nation to Roman Catholicism. This was no small intrigue: The plot’s leaders, as Morse meticulously catalogued, were Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich, Ferdinand V of Hungary, and (of course) Pope Gregory XVI. ‘It is high time that we awakened to the apprehension of danger,’ Morse wrote. What is shocking about this nonsense is not that Morse actually believed it, but that millions of other Americans did too. Morse’s book seeded the rise of the nativist ‘Know-Nothing’ party, whose goal was to curb immigration, root out Catholicism, and return America to its protestant ideals. In essence, they were the America-firsters of the nineteenth century.” (10/06/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fear-inc-russians-communist-trump-mattis/

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13) Tax reform is a scam: Tell us what we really pay!
Source: Independent Institute
by Jonathan Bean

“[T]he Republican Congress passed a budget in excess of $4 trillion. That is $12,693 per capita. Stated differently, the federal government spends $50,000 for every four Americans. Picture a family of four for comparison’s sake. Where is the spending reform? That doesn’t get to the real cost of government, which also includes local and state spending amounting to another $3 trillion. Total: $7 trillion or $21,700. In excess of $86,000 for every four Americans. Find three friends and start paying! It’s a mark of our age that the high cost of government no longer elicits outrage or comment. The two major political parties bicker about social and cultural issues, thus distracting us from the bipartisan willingness to extract wealth from Americans.” (10/05/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/10/05/tax-reform-is-a-scam-tell-us-what-we-really-pay/

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14) Decriminalization is not enough
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it applies only to the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In most states that have decriminalized marijuana possession, no more than one ounce of pot is allowed. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because one can get caught with marijuana only a few times. Fines increase for subsequent offenses, as does the possibility of jail time and being charged with a felony. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it includes only possession. The sale or cultivation of marijuana is generally still prohibited and can result in large fines and mandatory minimum prison sentences.” (10/06/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/decriminalization-not-enough/

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15) People sometimes do bad things
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“No one (least of all libertarians) wants mass shootings to happen. In fact, libertarians are among the loudest of the people who speak out and condemn violence, whether it’s orchestrated by random lunatics, police officers, or soldiers within the military. The libertarian position has decades of consistency and history that reveals itself to be loudly and explicitly pro-defense and anti-aggression. The means by which a person commits aggression, and the means by which a person exercises their right to self-defense, are not terribly important, as long as the Defender has weapons equal or greater to the weapons held by the attacker. One day, that attacker will be the United States Government, and the more we allow them to disarm us, the sooner that day will come.” (10/05/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/10/05/people-sometimes-do-bad-things/

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16) The US justice system must focus on elite criminality
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Two very important articles published in recent days serve to once again highlight America’s metastasizing elite criminality problem. A problem which our justice system simply refuses to address. This corrupt two-tier justice system is something I’ve been focused on from the very beginning of my writings, and I continue to see it as a civilization-level threat for this country if not aggressively addressed and confronted in the very near future.” (10/06/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/10/06/the-u-s-justice-system-must-focus-on-elite-criminality/

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17) Consumers harmed by Consumer Protection Bureau — again
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

“Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued yet another rule that will harm consumers. A new rule on small dollar loans will kill off about 75 percent of the existing small dollar loan industry, according to the Bureau’s own figures. Yet the Bureau and its boosters like to talk about how much it is helping consumers, cracking down on wrong-doers and returning money to consumers. What they don’t admit is that regulators are making life difficult for many consumers — especially those on the margins of the banking system. Or that regulators missed the biggest frauds and missteps, like the Equifax security breach, until many consumers were harmed. Taken together, these problems mean that the CFPB may be doing as much harm as good.” (10/06/17)

https://cei.org/content/consumers-harmed-consumer-protection-bureau-again

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18) The world needs an Austrian School approach to economic history
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matteo Salonia

“The Austrian School of economics has advanced our understanding of the behavioral patterns that break the cycle of poverty and make prosperity possible. The genius and usefulness of Austrian original reflections like marginal utility are now recognized by many intellectuals and students of economic theory and praxis, and even by non-Austrian economists. Other contributions, such as the business cycle theory, have convinced less people without libertarian circles and remain controversial, but they do contribute to a relatively (and increasingly) well-known cohesive body of knowledge, a systematic approach to the production of goods and services and the link between human action, markets, government interventions, and crises. The Austrian contribution to the field of history has been, in contrast, quite lacking, not in terms of theoretical cohesiveness, but in terms of output and popularity.” (10/06/17)

https://mises.org/blog/world-needs-austrian-school-approach-economic-history

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19) Politics as painfully usual
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The crazed nature of our leaders’ willingness to spend beyond revenue, and accumulate debt, is not limited to one party. Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for their outrageously perverse fiscal policies. Their irresponsibility hides in plain view, and can be seen in most of the major policy discussions of our time. Take two: 1. the Democrats’ idea of putting every American on Medicare and 2. the Republicans’ current tax reduction bill. Though the Republicans often pretend to be all about something called ‘fiscal conservatism,’ their murky tax plan is not fiscally sound. Not yet, anyway — after all, it is ‘evolving.’ And I expect it to get worse, not better.” (10/06/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/06/politics-as-painfully-usual/

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20) Free trade has no such prerequisites
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Dani Rodrik, expressing his famous skepticism of free trade, writes that ‘A truly global economy, in which economic activity is unmoored from its national base, would necessitate transnational rule-making institutions that match the global scale and scope of markets’ (‘Why nation-states are good,’ Oct. 2). Not so — at least, not so if what is meant by ‘transnational rule-making institutions’ are transnational bodies with legislative and administrative powers. A truly global economy is simply what happens when governments do not obstruct their citizens’ decisions to trade with foreigners.” (10/05/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/free-trade-no-prerequisites.html

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21) Free Talk Live, 10/06/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Tim Preuss Joins Us to Discuss Protectionism vs Free Market :: Bitcoin :: Japanese Porn :: Catalonia Secession Update :: Political Capital :: Stop Begging to Secede :: Declaring Independence :: Taking Risk for Freedom :: Secession :: Post Office :: Sick Day Sarah :: Equifax Loves IRS :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Chris.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

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22) spiked podcast, 10/06/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast: Brendan O’Neill on the Europe-wide attack on democracy, Kevin Yuill on why banning guns wouldn’t have prevented the Las Vegas shooting, and Adrian Hart on the truth behind the hate-crime panic in schools.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-catalan-crisis-confirms-the-eu-is-tearing-nations-apart/

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23) In The Tank, episode 109
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #109 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [Flash audio] (10/06/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/in-the-tank-ep109-financial-state-of-the-states-right-to-try-and-pa-liquor-laws/

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24) Peaceful Parenting: Trust, lying, and stealing
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“How is a peaceful parent to deal with a child who lies and steals? The main issue is about trust between a parent and child. Without trust there is nothing. Trust is the concrete foundation that forms the basis for any successful relationship.” [various formats] (10/06/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/peaceful-parenting-trust-lying-and-stealing/

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25) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/05/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we tackle the growing power private companies have over our information online. FIRE’s Alex Morey talks to experts on all sides of the issue, from the Facebook team working to keep the social network uncensored — but also safe — for its users, to directors at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists, and more.” [various formats] (10/05/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-is-this-the-day-the-internet-dies/

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1) Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
2) “Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative
3) FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”
4) Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate
5) GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students
6) Catalonian, Spanish protesters call for talks
7) YouTube tries to f*ck sex workers, resort of out potential clients
8) Russian pol: North Korean regime preparing long-range missile test
9) Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial
10) Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012

Everybody Has An Opinion:

11) First as tragedy, then as farce
12) The dark history of Fear, Inc.
13) Tax reform is a scam: Tell us what we really pay!
14) Decriminalization is not enough
15) People sometimes do bad things
16) The US justice system must focus on elite criminality
17) Consumers harmed by Consumer Protection Bureau — again
18) The world needs an Austrian School approach to economic history
19) Politics as painfully usual
20) Free trade has no such prerequisites

The Sound and the Fury:

21) Free Talk Live, 10/06/17
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24) Peaceful Parenting: Trust, lying, and stealing
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1) Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
Source: Reuters

“A campaign group seeking a global ban on nuclear arms won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, given the award by a Nobel Committee that cited the spread of weapons to North Korea and said the risk was growing of nuclear war. The award to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was unexpected, particularly in a year when the architects of the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran had been seen as favorites for achieving the sort of diplomatic breakthrough that has won the prize in the past.” (10/06/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nobel-prize-peace/anti-nuclear-campaign-group-wins-2017-nobel-peace-prize-idUSKBN1CB0XR

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2) “Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“Julian Assange hit out at Twitter for marking pictures he posts as ‘sensitive media,’ with the WikiLeaks editor threatening to quit the site because it’s ‘enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics.’ Assange told his 439,000 Twitter followers on Friday that he is looking for a ‘decentralized/cryptographic alternative’ to the social media giant. … ‘Twitter’s freedom of expression has been on an inexorable decline. It’s enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics. Although it is substantially better than Facebook that is a very low standard indeed,’ Assange said online.” (10/06/17)

https://www.rt.com/news/405878-assange-twitter-censorship-row/

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3) FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”
Source: Gizmodo

“A Florida man has been arrested for running a parody Twitter account impersonating a Miami Beach Police Department spokesperson — a story we’ve already seen play out with two similar cases over the past few years. Although it has never ended well for authorities, police officers arrested 48-year-old Ernesto Orsetti on Wednesday at his Miami Beach home, the Miami New Times reports. MBPD Chief Dan Oates reportedly called Orsetti’s behavior ‘outrageous’ and said he would be ‘held accountable’ for ‘threatening to damage the reputation of our superb Public Information Officer, as well as the Miami Beach Police Department brand.’ … In 2014, a man in Peoria, Illinois was raided by the city’s police after creating a satirical account mocking its mayor. He was awarded $125,000 in damages after an unsuccessful attempt to bring charges against him during a case in which the defense argued a First Amendment right to satirize government officials.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (10/06/17)

https://gizmodo.com/cops-arrest-florida-man-over-parody-account-that-allege-1819231582

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4) Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate
Source: Washington Post

“The Trump administration issued a rule Friday that sharply limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean many American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge [sic]. The new regulation, issued by the Health and Human Services Department, allows a much broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds.” [editor’s note: It’s not “free of charge” — someone’s paying for it. And no one should be forced to pay for it (or for anything else) for anyone else – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-administration-could-narrow-affordable-care-acts-contraception-mandate/2017/10/05/16139400-a9f0-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html

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5) GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students
Source: Florida Times-Union

“The sound system squawked at 8 a.m., just as the school day was revving up at Worth County High School. The campus was now on lockdown, the announcement said. Neither the teachers nor students at the south Georgia school knew what was going on. For the next four hours, 40 uniformed officers — the entire staff of the Worth County Sheriff’s Office — fanned through the school in Sylvester, ordering students against the walls of classrooms and hallways, demanding the kids hand over their cellphones. All 900 students were searched, part of a drug sweep ordered by Sheriff Jeff Hobby. He did not have a warrant. … By noon, when cells phones were handed back and classes resumed, no drugs had been found. … students came forward charging they had been inappropriately groped and manhandled by deputies. A class-action federal civil suit followed. And now, this week a grand jury indicted Hobby and two deputies for their part in the high school raid. Hobby faces charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and violation of oath of office.” (10/06/17)

http://jacksonville.com/news/national/2017-10-06/georgia-sheriff-deputies-indicted-after-body-searches-900-high-school

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6) Catalonian, Spanish protesters call for talks
Source: Hereford Times [UK]

“Thousands of people have rallied in Madrid and Barcelona in a last-ditch call for Spanish and Catalan leaders to stave off a national crisis amid Catalonia’s imminent threat to secede from the rest of Spain. The demonstrations in the Spanish capital and the Catalan city of Barcelona were held simultaneously under the slogan ‘Shall We Talk?’ in an effort to push legislators in both cities to end months of silence and start negotiating. The crowd wore white T-shirts and respected the organisers’ call to not bring Spanish or Catalan flags.” (10/07/17)

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/national/15582712.Thousands_call_for_talks_between_Spanish_and_Catalan_leaders/

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7) YouTube tries to f*ck sex workers, resort of out potential clients
Source: Fox News

“A Colombian resort which is currently promoting a prostitute-filled ‘sex island experience’ has had its steamy promotional video removed from YouTube. The Good Girls Company’s YouTube account, which was suspended by the site’s moderators as of Friday morning, was advertising its sex-filled getaway with footage of scantily clad women dancing, partying on a yacht, and offering their services to a guest. The on-screen text also promised ‘unlimited sex’ would be included in the price of admission …. Despite the marketing video being removed from YouTube, tickets to the ‘experience’ are still available online, and cost $5,000 apiece, per the Sex Island website.” (10/06/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2017/10/06/youtube-removes-ad-for-prostitute-filled-sex-island-getaway-in-colombia.html

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8) Russian pol: North Korean regime preparing long-range missile test
Source: US News & World Report

“North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States, a Russian lawmaker just returned from a visit to Pyongyang was quoted as saying on Friday. Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang on Oct. 2-6, Russia’s RIA news agency reported. ‘They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States,’ RIA quoted Morozov as saying. … Morozov’s comments drove up the price of U.S. Treasury bonds, as investors, worried about the prospect of new North Korean missile tests, moved into assets the market views as a safe haven in times of uncertainty.” [editor’s note: Could the whole North Korea saber-rattling production be a US Treasury scheme to make it cheaper to borrow money? – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-06/north-korea-preparing-long-range-missile-test-ria-cites-russian-lawmaker

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9) Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial
Source: ABC News

“Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said. … Freed three years ago, Bergdahl had been scheduled for trial in late October. He had opted to let a judge rather than a military jury decide his fate, but a guilty plea later this month will spare the need for a trial. Sentencing will start on Oct. 23, according to the individuals with knowledge of the case.” (10/06/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/apnewsbreak-bergdahl-expected-plead-guilty-avoid-trial-50325246

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10) Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012
Source: Engadget

“Another day, another security breach (and another, and another…). This time it’s Disqus, which is revealing that in 2012 … hackers made off with some of its data, covering a snapshot of usernames and associated email addresses dating back to 2007, as well as ‘sign-up dates, and last login dates in plain text for 17.5mm users.’ More distressing is news that it also coughed up passwords for a third of those accounts, which were in hashed (SHA1) form but it’s possible the attackers could have decrypted them. According to Disqus, it learned of the leak Thursday evening after Troy Hunt of Have I Been Pwned notified obtained a copy of the site’s information and informed the company. Within about 24 hours, it has disclosed the breach, started to contact users and forced password resets for affected accounts.” (10/06/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/06/disqus-reveals-it-suffered-a-security-breach-in-2012/

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

11) First as tragedy, then as farce
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Countries such as China and Russia are reluctant to come to terms with their history. Many of their residents are unaware of the horrors perpetrated by Mao and Stalin. I suppose that’s no big surprise; people prefer to see their country’s history in a positive light. More surprising is that young people in America and Britain also seem unaware of the horrors of socialism. Indeed polls show that under 25 voters in the UK favor Labour over the Conservatives by a 3 to 1 margin. And that’s largely due to their strong support for the Labour leader (and odds on favorite to be the next British Prime Minister), Jeremy Corbyn. Now you might argue that Corbyn is a European social democrat, not one of those bad socialists. But that’s not really true.” (10/05/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/10/first_as_traged.html

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12) The dark history of Fear, Inc.
Source: The American Conservative
by Mark Perry

“Back in 1835, Samuel F.B. Morse (who went on to invent the telegraph and the Morse Code), wrote a book about a plot to overthrow the American republic. The conspiracy, Morse wrote, was well-funded, highly secretive, and hatched in Vienna by members of the The St. Leopold Foundation, which had dispatched cells of Jesuit missionaries to the U.S. to forcibly convert the nation to Roman Catholicism. This was no small intrigue: The plot’s leaders, as Morse meticulously catalogued, were Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich, Ferdinand V of Hungary, and (of course) Pope Gregory XVI. ‘It is high time that we awakened to the apprehension of danger,’ Morse wrote. What is shocking about this nonsense is not that Morse actually believed it, but that millions of other Americans did too. Morse’s book seeded the rise of the nativist ‘Know-Nothing’ party, whose goal was to curb immigration, root out Catholicism, and return America to its protestant ideals. In essence, they were the America-firsters of the nineteenth century.” (10/06/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fear-inc-russians-communist-trump-mattis/

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13) Tax reform is a scam: Tell us what we really pay!
Source: Independent Institute
by Jonathan Bean

“[T]he Republican Congress passed a budget in excess of $4 trillion. That is $12,693 per capita. Stated differently, the federal government spends $50,000 for every four Americans. Picture a family of four for comparison’s sake. Where is the spending reform? That doesn’t get to the real cost of government, which also includes local and state spending amounting to another $3 trillion. Total: $7 trillion or $21,700. In excess of $86,000 for every four Americans. Find three friends and start paying! It’s a mark of our age that the high cost of government no longer elicits outrage or comment. The two major political parties bicker about social and cultural issues, thus distracting us from the bipartisan willingness to extract wealth from Americans.” (10/05/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/10/05/tax-reform-is-a-scam-tell-us-what-we-really-pay/

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14) Decriminalization is not enough
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it applies only to the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In most states that have decriminalized marijuana possession, no more than one ounce of pot is allowed. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because one can get caught with marijuana only a few times. Fines increase for subsequent offenses, as does the possibility of jail time and being charged with a felony. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it includes only possession. The sale or cultivation of marijuana is generally still prohibited and can result in large fines and mandatory minimum prison sentences.” (10/06/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/decriminalization-not-enough/

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15) People sometimes do bad things
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“No one (least of all libertarians) wants mass shootings to happen. In fact, libertarians are among the loudest of the people who speak out and condemn violence, whether it’s orchestrated by random lunatics, police officers, or soldiers within the military. The libertarian position has decades of consistency and history that reveals itself to be loudly and explicitly pro-defense and anti-aggression. The means by which a person commits aggression, and the means by which a person exercises their right to self-defense, are not terribly important, as long as the Defender has weapons equal or greater to the weapons held by the attacker. One day, that attacker will be the United States Government, and the more we allow them to disarm us, the sooner that day will come.” (10/05/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/10/05/people-sometimes-do-bad-things/

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16) The US justice system must focus on elite criminality
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Two very important articles published in recent days serve to once again highlight America’s metastasizing elite criminality problem. A problem which our justice system simply refuses to address. This corrupt two-tier justice system is something I’ve been focused on from the very beginning of my writings, and I continue to see it as a civilization-level threat for this country if not aggressively addressed and confronted in the very near future.” (10/06/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/10/06/the-u-s-justice-system-must-focus-on-elite-criminality/

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17) Consumers harmed by Consumer Protection Bureau — again
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

“Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued yet another rule that will harm consumers. A new rule on small dollar loans will kill off about 75 percent of the existing small dollar loan industry, according to the Bureau’s own figures. Yet the Bureau and its boosters like to talk about how much it is helping consumers, cracking down on wrong-doers and returning money to consumers. What they don’t admit is that regulators are making life difficult for many consumers — especially those on the margins of the banking system. Or that regulators missed the biggest frauds and missteps, like the Equifax security breach, until many consumers were harmed. Taken together, these problems mean that the CFPB may be doing as much harm as good.” (10/06/17)

https://cei.org/content/consumers-harmed-consumer-protection-bureau-again

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18) The world needs an Austrian School approach to economic history
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matteo Salonia

“The Austrian School of economics has advanced our understanding of the behavioral patterns that break the cycle of poverty and make prosperity possible. The genius and usefulness of Austrian original reflections like marginal utility are now recognized by many intellectuals and students of economic theory and praxis, and even by non-Austrian economists. Other contributions, such as the business cycle theory, have convinced less people without libertarian circles and remain controversial, but they do contribute to a relatively (and increasingly) well-known cohesive body of knowledge, a systematic approach to the production of goods and services and the link between human action, markets, government interventions, and crises. The Austrian contribution to the field of history has been, in contrast, quite lacking, not in terms of theoretical cohesiveness, but in terms of output and popularity.” (10/06/17)

https://mises.org/blog/world-needs-austrian-school-approach-economic-history

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19) Politics as painfully usual
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The crazed nature of our leaders’ willingness to spend beyond revenue, and accumulate debt, is not limited to one party. Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for their outrageously perverse fiscal policies. Their irresponsibility hides in plain view, and can be seen in most of the major policy discussions of our time. Take two: 1. the Democrats’ idea of putting every American on Medicare and 2. the Republicans’ current tax reduction bill. Though the Republicans often pretend to be all about something called ‘fiscal conservatism,’ their murky tax plan is not fiscally sound. Not yet, anyway — after all, it is ‘evolving.’ And I expect it to get worse, not better.” (10/06/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/06/politics-as-painfully-usual/

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20) Free trade has no such prerequisites
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Dani Rodrik, expressing his famous skepticism of free trade, writes that ‘A truly global economy, in which economic activity is unmoored from its national base, would necessitate transnational rule-making institutions that match the global scale and scope of markets’ (‘Why nation-states are good,’ Oct. 2). Not so — at least, not so if what is meant by ‘transnational rule-making institutions’ are transnational bodies with legislative and administrative powers. A truly global economy is simply what happens when governments do not obstruct their citizens’ decisions to trade with foreigners.” (10/05/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/free-trade-no-prerequisites.html

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

21) Free Talk Live, 10/06/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Tim Preuss Joins Us to Discuss Protectionism vs Free Market :: Bitcoin :: Japanese Porn :: Catalonia Secession Update :: Political Capital :: Stop Begging to Secede :: Declaring Independence :: Taking Risk for Freedom :: Secession :: Post Office :: Sick Day Sarah :: Equifax Loves IRS :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Chris.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

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22) spiked podcast, 10/06/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast: Brendan O’Neill on the Europe-wide attack on democracy, Kevin Yuill on why banning guns wouldn’t have prevented the Las Vegas shooting, and Adrian Hart on the truth behind the hate-crime panic in schools.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-catalan-crisis-confirms-the-eu-is-tearing-nations-apart/

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23) In The Tank, episode 109
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #109 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [Flash audio] (10/06/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/in-the-tank-ep109-financial-state-of-the-states-right-to-try-and-pa-liquor-laws/

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24) Peaceful Parenting: Trust, lying, and stealing
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“How is a peaceful parent to deal with a child who lies and steals? The main issue is about trust between a parent and child. Without trust there is nothing. Trust is the concrete foundation that forms the basis for any successful relationship.” [various formats] (10/06/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/peaceful-parenting-trust-lying-and-stealing/

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25) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/05/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we tackle the growing power private companies have over our information online. FIRE’s Alex Morey talks to experts on all sides of the issue, from the Facebook team working to keep the social network uncensored — but also safe — for its users, to directors at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists, and more.” [various formats] (10/05/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-is-this-the-day-the-internet-dies/

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2) “Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative
3) FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”
4) Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate
5) GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students
6) Catalonian, Spanish protesters call for talks
7) YouTube tries to f*ck sex workers, resort of out potential clients
8) Russian pol: North Korean regime preparing long-range missile test
9) Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial
10) Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012

Everybody Has An Opinion:

11) First as tragedy, then as farce
12) The dark history of Fear, Inc.
13) Tax reform is a scam: Tell us what we really pay!
14) Decriminalization is not enough
15) People sometimes do bad things
16) The US justice system must focus on elite criminality
17) Consumers harmed by Consumer Protection Bureau — again
18) The world needs an Austrian School approach to economic history
19) Politics as painfully usual
20) Free trade has no such prerequisites

The Sound and the Fury:

21) Free Talk Live, 10/06/17
22) spiked podcast, 10/06/17
23) In The Tank, episode 109
24) Peaceful Parenting: Trust, lying, and stealing
25) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/05/17

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1) Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
Source: Reuters

“A campaign group seeking a global ban on nuclear arms won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, given the award by a Nobel Committee that cited the spread of weapons to North Korea and said the risk was growing of nuclear war. The award to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was unexpected, particularly in a year when the architects of the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran had been seen as favorites for achieving the sort of diplomatic breakthrough that has won the prize in the past.” (10/06/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nobel-prize-peace/anti-nuclear-campaign-group-wins-2017-nobel-peace-prize-idUSKBN1CB0XR

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2) “Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“Julian Assange hit out at Twitter for marking pictures he posts as ‘sensitive media,’ with the WikiLeaks editor threatening to quit the site because it’s ‘enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics.’ Assange told his 439,000 Twitter followers on Friday that he is looking for a ‘decentralized/cryptographic alternative’ to the social media giant. … ‘Twitter’s freedom of expression has been on an inexorable decline. It’s enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics. Although it is substantially better than Facebook that is a very low standard indeed,’ Assange said online.” (10/06/17)

https://www.rt.com/news/405878-assange-twitter-censorship-row/

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3) FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”
Source: Gizmodo

“A Florida man has been arrested for running a parody Twitter account impersonating a Miami Beach Police Department spokesperson — a story we’ve already seen play out with two similar cases over the past few years. Although it has never ended well for authorities, police officers arrested 48-year-old Ernesto Orsetti on Wednesday at his Miami Beach home, the Miami New Times reports. MBPD Chief Dan Oates reportedly called Orsetti’s behavior ‘outrageous’ and said he would be ‘held accountable’ for ‘threatening to damage the reputation of our superb Public Information Officer, as well as the Miami Beach Police Department brand.’ … In 2014, a man in Peoria, Illinois was raided by the city’s police after creating a satirical account mocking its mayor. He was awarded $125,000 in damages after an unsuccessful attempt to bring charges against him during a case in which the defense argued a First Amendment right to satirize government officials.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (10/06/17)

https://gizmodo.com/cops-arrest-florida-man-over-parody-account-that-allege-1819231582

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4) Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate
Source: Washington Post

“The Trump administration issued a rule Friday that sharply limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean many American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge [sic]. The new regulation, issued by the Health and Human Services Department, allows a much broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds.” [editor’s note: It’s not “free of charge” — someone’s paying for it. And no one should be forced to pay for it (or for anything else) for anyone else – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-administration-could-narrow-affordable-care-acts-contraception-mandate/2017/10/05/16139400-a9f0-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html

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5) GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students
Source: Florida Times-Union

“The sound system squawked at 8 a.m., just as the school day was revving up at Worth County High School. The campus was now on lockdown, the announcement said. Neither the teachers nor students at the south Georgia school knew what was going on. For the next four hours, 40 uniformed officers — the entire staff of the Worth County Sheriff’s Office — fanned through the school in Sylvester, ordering students against the walls of classrooms and hallways, demanding the kids hand over their cellphones. All 900 students were searched, part of a drug sweep ordered by Sheriff Jeff Hobby. He did not have a warrant. … By noon, when cells phones were handed back and classes resumed, no drugs had been found. … students came forward charging they had been inappropriately groped and manhandled by deputies. A class-action federal civil suit followed. And now, this week a grand jury indicted Hobby and two deputies for their part in the high school raid. Hobby faces charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and violation of oath of office.” (10/06/17)

http://jacksonville.com/news/national/2017-10-06/georgia-sheriff-deputies-indicted-after-body-searches-900-high-school

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6) Catalonian, Spanish protesters call for talks
Source: Hereford Times [UK]

“Thousands of people have rallied in Madrid and Barcelona in a last-ditch call for Spanish and Catalan leaders to stave off a national crisis amid Catalonia’s imminent threat to secede from the rest of Spain. The demonstrations in the Spanish capital and the Catalan city of Barcelona were held simultaneously under the slogan ‘Shall We Talk?’ in an effort to push legislators in both cities to end months of silence and start negotiating. The crowd wore white T-shirts and respected the organisers’ call to not bring Spanish or Catalan flags.” (10/07/17)

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/national/15582712.Thousands_call_for_talks_between_Spanish_and_Catalan_leaders/

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7) YouTube tries to f*ck sex workers, resort of out potential clients
Source: Fox News

“A Colombian resort which is currently promoting a prostitute-filled ‘sex island experience’ has had its steamy promotional video removed from YouTube. The Good Girls Company’s YouTube account, which was suspended by the site’s moderators as of Friday morning, was advertising its sex-filled getaway with footage of scantily clad women dancing, partying on a yacht, and offering their services to a guest. The on-screen text also promised ‘unlimited sex’ would be included in the price of admission …. Despite the marketing video being removed from YouTube, tickets to the ‘experience’ are still available online, and cost $5,000 apiece, per the Sex Island website.” (10/06/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2017/10/06/youtube-removes-ad-for-prostitute-filled-sex-island-getaway-in-colombia.html

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8) Russian pol: North Korean regime preparing long-range missile test
Source: US News & World Report

“North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States, a Russian lawmaker just returned from a visit to Pyongyang was quoted as saying on Friday. Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang on Oct. 2-6, Russia’s RIA news agency reported. ‘They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States,’ RIA quoted Morozov as saying. … Morozov’s comments drove up the price of U.S. Treasury bonds, as investors, worried about the prospect of new North Korean missile tests, moved into assets the market views as a safe haven in times of uncertainty.” [editor’s note: Could the whole North Korea saber-rattling production be a US Treasury scheme to make it cheaper to borrow money? – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-06/north-korea-preparing-long-range-missile-test-ria-cites-russian-lawmaker

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9) Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial
Source: ABC News

“Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said. … Freed three years ago, Bergdahl had been scheduled for trial in late October. He had opted to let a judge rather than a military jury decide his fate, but a guilty plea later this month will spare the need for a trial. Sentencing will start on Oct. 23, according to the individuals with knowledge of the case.” (10/06/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/apnewsbreak-bergdahl-expected-plead-guilty-avoid-trial-50325246

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10) Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012
Source: Engadget

“Another day, another security breach (and another, and another…). This time it’s Disqus, which is revealing that in 2012 … hackers made off with some of its data, covering a snapshot of usernames and associated email addresses dating back to 2007, as well as ‘sign-up dates, and last login dates in plain text for 17.5mm users.’ More distressing is news that it also coughed up passwords for a third of those accounts, which were in hashed (SHA1) form but it’s possible the attackers could have decrypted them. According to Disqus, it learned of the leak Thursday evening after Troy Hunt of Have I Been Pwned notified obtained a copy of the site’s information and informed the company. Within about 24 hours, it has disclosed the breach, started to contact users and forced password resets for affected accounts.” (10/06/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/06/disqus-reveals-it-suffered-a-security-breach-in-2012/

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

11) First as tragedy, then as farce
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Countries such as China and Russia are reluctant to come to terms with their history. Many of their residents are unaware of the horrors perpetrated by Mao and Stalin. I suppose that’s no big surprise; people prefer to see their country’s history in a positive light. More surprising is that young people in America and Britain also seem unaware of the horrors of socialism. Indeed polls show that under 25 voters in the UK favor Labour over the Conservatives by a 3 to 1 margin. And that’s largely due to their strong support for the Labour leader (and odds on favorite to be the next British Prime Minister), Jeremy Corbyn. Now you might argue that Corbyn is a European social democrat, not one of those bad socialists. But that’s not really true.” (10/05/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/10/first_as_traged.html

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12) The dark history of Fear, Inc.
Source: The American Conservative
by Mark Perry

“Back in 1835, Samuel F.B. Morse (who went on to invent the telegraph and the Morse Code), wrote a book about a plot to overthrow the American republic. The conspiracy, Morse wrote, was well-funded, highly secretive, and hatched in Vienna by members of the The St. Leopold Foundation, which had dispatched cells of Jesuit missionaries to the U.S. to forcibly convert the nation to Roman Catholicism. This was no small intrigue: The plot’s leaders, as Morse meticulously catalogued, were Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich, Ferdinand V of Hungary, and (of course) Pope Gregory XVI. ‘It is high time that we awakened to the apprehension of danger,’ Morse wrote. What is shocking about this nonsense is not that Morse actually believed it, but that millions of other Americans did too. Morse’s book seeded the rise of the nativist ‘Know-Nothing’ party, whose goal was to curb immigration, root out Catholicism, and return America to its protestant ideals. In essence, they were the America-firsters of the nineteenth century.” (10/06/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fear-inc-russians-communist-trump-mattis/

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13) Tax reform is a scam: Tell us what we really pay!
Source: Independent Institute
by Jonathan Bean

“[T]he Republican Congress passed a budget in excess of $4 trillion. That is $12,693 per capita. Stated differently, the federal government spends $50,000 for every four Americans. Picture a family of four for comparison’s sake. Where is the spending reform? That doesn’t get to the real cost of government, which also includes local and state spending amounting to another $3 trillion. Total: $7 trillion or $21,700. In excess of $86,000 for every four Americans. Find three friends and start paying! It’s a mark of our age that the high cost of government no longer elicits outrage or comment. The two major political parties bicker about social and cultural issues, thus distracting us from the bipartisan willingness to extract wealth from Americans.” (10/05/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/10/05/tax-reform-is-a-scam-tell-us-what-we-really-pay/

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14) Decriminalization is not enough
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it applies only to the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In most states that have decriminalized marijuana possession, no more than one ounce of pot is allowed. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because one can get caught with marijuana only a few times. Fines increase for subsequent offenses, as does the possibility of jail time and being charged with a felony. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it includes only possession. The sale or cultivation of marijuana is generally still prohibited and can result in large fines and mandatory minimum prison sentences.” (10/06/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/decriminalization-not-enough/

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15) People sometimes do bad things
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“No one (least of all libertarians) wants mass shootings to happen. In fact, libertarians are among the loudest of the people who speak out and condemn violence, whether it’s orchestrated by random lunatics, police officers, or soldiers within the military. The libertarian position has decades of consistency and history that reveals itself to be loudly and explicitly pro-defense and anti-aggression. The means by which a person commits aggression, and the means by which a person exercises their right to self-defense, are not terribly important, as long as the Defender has weapons equal or greater to the weapons held by the attacker. One day, that attacker will be the United States Government, and the more we allow them to disarm us, the sooner that day will come.” (10/05/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/10/05/people-sometimes-do-bad-things/

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16) The US justice system must focus on elite criminality
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Two very important articles published in recent days serve to once again highlight America’s metastasizing elite criminality problem. A problem which our justice system simply refuses to address. This corrupt two-tier justice system is something I’ve been focused on from the very beginning of my writings, and I continue to see it as a civilization-level threat for this country if not aggressively addressed and confronted in the very near future.” (10/06/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/10/06/the-u-s-justice-system-must-focus-on-elite-criminality/

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17) Consumers harmed by Consumer Protection Bureau — again
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

“Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued yet another rule that will harm consumers. A new rule on small dollar loans will kill off about 75 percent of the existing small dollar loan industry, according to the Bureau’s own figures. Yet the Bureau and its boosters like to talk about how much it is helping consumers, cracking down on wrong-doers and returning money to consumers. What they don’t admit is that regulators are making life difficult for many consumers — especially those on the margins of the banking system. Or that regulators missed the biggest frauds and missteps, like the Equifax security breach, until many consumers were harmed. Taken together, these problems mean that the CFPB may be doing as much harm as good.” (10/06/17)

https://cei.org/content/consumers-harmed-consumer-protection-bureau-again

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18) The world needs an Austrian School approach to economic history
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matteo Salonia

“The Austrian School of economics has advanced our understanding of the behavioral patterns that break the cycle of poverty and make prosperity possible. The genius and usefulness of Austrian original reflections like marginal utility are now recognized by many intellectuals and students of economic theory and praxis, and even by non-Austrian economists. Other contributions, such as the business cycle theory, have convinced less people without libertarian circles and remain controversial, but they do contribute to a relatively (and increasingly) well-known cohesive body of knowledge, a systematic approach to the production of goods and services and the link between human action, markets, government interventions, and crises. The Austrian contribution to the field of history has been, in contrast, quite lacking, not in terms of theoretical cohesiveness, but in terms of output and popularity.” (10/06/17)

https://mises.org/blog/world-needs-austrian-school-approach-economic-history

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19) Politics as painfully usual
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The crazed nature of our leaders’ willingness to spend beyond revenue, and accumulate debt, is not limited to one party. Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for their outrageously perverse fiscal policies. Their irresponsibility hides in plain view, and can be seen in most of the major policy discussions of our time. Take two: 1. the Democrats’ idea of putting every American on Medicare and 2. the Republicans’ current tax reduction bill. Though the Republicans often pretend to be all about something called ‘fiscal conservatism,’ their murky tax plan is not fiscally sound. Not yet, anyway — after all, it is ‘evolving.’ And I expect it to get worse, not better.” (10/06/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/06/politics-as-painfully-usual/

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20) Free trade has no such prerequisites
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Dani Rodrik, expressing his famous skepticism of free trade, writes that ‘A truly global economy, in which economic activity is unmoored from its national base, would necessitate transnational rule-making institutions that match the global scale and scope of markets’ (‘Why nation-states are good,’ Oct. 2). Not so — at least, not so if what is meant by ‘transnational rule-making institutions’ are transnational bodies with legislative and administrative powers. A truly global economy is simply what happens when governments do not obstruct their citizens’ decisions to trade with foreigners.” (10/05/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/free-trade-no-prerequisites.html

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

21) Free Talk Live, 10/06/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Tim Preuss Joins Us to Discuss Protectionism vs Free Market :: Bitcoin :: Japanese Porn :: Catalonia Secession Update :: Political Capital :: Stop Begging to Secede :: Declaring Independence :: Taking Risk for Freedom :: Secession :: Post Office :: Sick Day Sarah :: Equifax Loves IRS :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Chris.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

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22) spiked podcast, 10/06/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast: Brendan O’Neill on the Europe-wide attack on democracy, Kevin Yuill on why banning guns wouldn’t have prevented the Las Vegas shooting, and Adrian Hart on the truth behind the hate-crime panic in schools.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-catalan-crisis-confirms-the-eu-is-tearing-nations-apart/

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23) In The Tank, episode 109
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #109 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [Flash audio] (10/06/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/in-the-tank-ep109-financial-state-of-the-states-right-to-try-and-pa-liquor-laws/

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24) Peaceful Parenting: Trust, lying, and stealing
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“How is a peaceful parent to deal with a child who lies and steals? The main issue is about trust between a parent and child. Without trust there is nothing. Trust is the concrete foundation that forms the basis for any successful relationship.” [various formats] (10/06/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/peaceful-parenting-trust-lying-and-stealing/

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25) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/05/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we tackle the growing power private companies have over our information online. FIRE’s Alex Morey talks to experts on all sides of the issue, from the Facebook team working to keep the social network uncensored — but also safe — for its users, to directors at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists, and more.” [various formats] (10/05/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-is-this-the-day-the-internet-dies/

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In the News:

0) A note from the publisher
1) Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
2) “Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative
3) FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”
4) Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate
5) GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students
6) Catalonian, Spanish protesters call for talks
7) YouTube tries to f*ck sex workers, resort of out potential clients
8) Russian pol: North Korean regime preparing long-range missile test
9) Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial
10) Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012

Everybody Has An Opinion:

11) First as tragedy, then as farce
12) The dark history of Fear, Inc.
13) Tax reform is a scam: Tell us what we really pay!
14) Decriminalization is not enough
15) People sometimes do bad things
16) The US justice system must focus on elite criminality
17) Consumers harmed by Consumer Protection Bureau — again
18) The world needs an Austrian School approach to economic history
19) Politics as painfully usual
20) Free trade has no such prerequisites

The Sound and the Fury:

21) Free Talk Live, 10/06/17
22) spiked podcast, 10/06/17
23) In The Tank, episode 109
24) Peaceful Parenting: Trust, lying, and stealing
25) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/05/17

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by J. Neil Schulman
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XDXR4WR

TIPPING POINT: A NOVEL BY FRANK CLARKE
http://tinyurl.com/TipgPt2

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1) Anti-nuclear campaign group wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
Source: Reuters

“A campaign group seeking a global ban on nuclear arms won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, given the award by a Nobel Committee that cited the spread of weapons to North Korea and said the risk was growing of nuclear war. The award to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was unexpected, particularly in a year when the architects of the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran had been seen as favorites for achieving the sort of diplomatic breakthrough that has won the prize in the past.” (10/06/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nobel-prize-peace/anti-nuclear-campaign-group-wins-2017-nobel-peace-prize-idUSKBN1CB0XR

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2) “Enslaved to US politics”: Assange seeks encrypted Twitter alternative
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“Julian Assange hit out at Twitter for marking pictures he posts as ‘sensitive media,’ with the WikiLeaks editor threatening to quit the site because it’s ‘enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics.’ Assange told his 439,000 Twitter followers on Friday that he is looking for a ‘decentralized/cryptographic alternative’ to the social media giant. … ‘Twitter’s freedom of expression has been on an inexorable decline. It’s enslaved to its US jurisdiction and politics. Although it is substantially better than Facebook that is a very low standard indeed,’ Assange said online.” (10/06/17)

https://www.rt.com/news/405878-assange-twitter-censorship-row/

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3) FL: Cops abduct man over parody account that allegedly hurt police department’s “brand”
Source: Gizmodo

“A Florida man has been arrested for running a parody Twitter account impersonating a Miami Beach Police Department spokesperson — a story we’ve already seen play out with two similar cases over the past few years. Although it has never ended well for authorities, police officers arrested 48-year-old Ernesto Orsetti on Wednesday at his Miami Beach home, the Miami New Times reports. MBPD Chief Dan Oates reportedly called Orsetti’s behavior ‘outrageous’ and said he would be ‘held accountable’ for ‘threatening to damage the reputation of our superb Public Information Officer, as well as the Miami Beach Police Department brand.’ … In 2014, a man in Peoria, Illinois was raided by the city’s police after creating a satirical account mocking its mayor. He was awarded $125,000 in damages after an unsuccessful attempt to bring charges against him during a case in which the defense argued a First Amendment right to satirize government officials.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (10/06/17)

https://gizmodo.com/cops-arrest-florida-man-over-parody-account-that-allege-1819231582

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4) Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate
Source: Washington Post

“The Trump administration issued a rule Friday that sharply limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean many American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge [sic]. The new regulation, issued by the Health and Human Services Department, allows a much broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds.” [editor’s note: It’s not “free of charge” — someone’s paying for it. And no one should be forced to pay for it (or for anything else) for anyone else – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-administration-could-narrow-affordable-care-acts-contraception-mandate/2017/10/05/16139400-a9f0-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html

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5) GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students
Source: Florida Times-Union

“The sound system squawked at 8 a.m., just as the school day was revving up at Worth County High School. The campus was now on lockdown, the announcement said. Neither the teachers nor students at the south Georgia school knew what was going on. For the next four hours, 40 uniformed officers — the entire staff of the Worth County Sheriff’s Office — fanned through the school in Sylvester, ordering students against the walls of classrooms and hallways, demanding the kids hand over their cellphones. All 900 students were searched, part of a drug sweep ordered by Sheriff Jeff Hobby. He did not have a warrant. … By noon, when cells phones were handed back and classes resumed, no drugs had been found. … students came forward charging they had been inappropriately groped and manhandled by deputies. A class-action federal civil suit followed. And now, this week a grand jury indicted Hobby and two deputies for their part in the high school raid. Hobby faces charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and violation of oath of office.” (10/06/17)

http://jacksonville.com/news/national/2017-10-06/georgia-sheriff-deputies-indicted-after-body-searches-900-high-school

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6) Catalonian, Spanish protesters call for talks
Source: Hereford Times [UK]

“Thousands of people have rallied in Madrid and Barcelona in a last-ditch call for Spanish and Catalan leaders to stave off a national crisis amid Catalonia’s imminent threat to secede from the rest of Spain. The demonstrations in the Spanish capital and the Catalan city of Barcelona were held simultaneously under the slogan ‘Shall We Talk?’ in an effort to push legislators in both cities to end months of silence and start negotiating. The crowd wore white T-shirts and respected the organisers’ call to not bring Spanish or Catalan flags.” (10/07/17)

http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/national/15582712.Thousands_call_for_talks_between_Spanish_and_Catalan_leaders/

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7) YouTube tries to f*ck sex workers, resort of out potential clients
Source: Fox News

“A Colombian resort which is currently promoting a prostitute-filled ‘sex island experience’ has had its steamy promotional video removed from YouTube. The Good Girls Company’s YouTube account, which was suspended by the site’s moderators as of Friday morning, was advertising its sex-filled getaway with footage of scantily clad women dancing, partying on a yacht, and offering their services to a guest. The on-screen text also promised ‘unlimited sex’ would be included in the price of admission …. Despite the marketing video being removed from YouTube, tickets to the ‘experience’ are still available online, and cost $5,000 apiece, per the Sex Island website.” (10/06/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2017/10/06/youtube-removes-ad-for-prostitute-filled-sex-island-getaway-in-colombia.html

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8) Russian pol: North Korean regime preparing long-range missile test
Source: US News & World Report

“North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile which it believes can reach the west coast of the United States, a Russian lawmaker just returned from a visit to Pyongyang was quoted as saying on Friday. Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee, and two other Russian lawmakers visited Pyongyang on Oct. 2-6, Russia’s RIA news agency reported. ‘They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States,’ RIA quoted Morozov as saying. … Morozov’s comments drove up the price of U.S. Treasury bonds, as investors, worried about the prospect of new North Korean missile tests, moved into assets the market views as a safe haven in times of uncertainty.” [editor’s note: Could the whole North Korea saber-rattling production be a US Treasury scheme to make it cheaper to borrow money? – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-06/north-korea-preparing-long-range-missile-test-ria-cites-russian-lawmaker

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9) Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial
Source: ABC News

“Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said. … Freed three years ago, Bergdahl had been scheduled for trial in late October. He had opted to let a judge rather than a military jury decide his fate, but a guilty plea later this month will spare the need for a trial. Sentencing will start on Oct. 23, according to the individuals with knowledge of the case.” (10/06/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/apnewsbreak-bergdahl-expected-plead-guilty-avoid-trial-50325246

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10) Disqus reveals it suffered a security breach in 2012
Source: Engadget

“Another day, another security breach (and another, and another…). This time it’s Disqus, which is revealing that in 2012 … hackers made off with some of its data, covering a snapshot of usernames and associated email addresses dating back to 2007, as well as ‘sign-up dates, and last login dates in plain text for 17.5mm users.’ More distressing is news that it also coughed up passwords for a third of those accounts, which were in hashed (SHA1) form but it’s possible the attackers could have decrypted them. According to Disqus, it learned of the leak Thursday evening after Troy Hunt of Have I Been Pwned notified obtained a copy of the site’s information and informed the company. Within about 24 hours, it has disclosed the breach, started to contact users and forced password resets for affected accounts.” (10/06/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/06/disqus-reveals-it-suffered-a-security-breach-in-2012/

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11) First as tragedy, then as farce
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Countries such as China and Russia are reluctant to come to terms with their history. Many of their residents are unaware of the horrors perpetrated by Mao and Stalin. I suppose that’s no big surprise; people prefer to see their country’s history in a positive light. More surprising is that young people in America and Britain also seem unaware of the horrors of socialism. Indeed polls show that under 25 voters in the UK favor Labour over the Conservatives by a 3 to 1 margin. And that’s largely due to their strong support for the Labour leader (and odds on favorite to be the next British Prime Minister), Jeremy Corbyn. Now you might argue that Corbyn is a European social democrat, not one of those bad socialists. But that’s not really true.” (10/05/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/10/first_as_traged.html

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12) The dark history of Fear, Inc.
Source: The American Conservative
by Mark Perry

“Back in 1835, Samuel F.B. Morse (who went on to invent the telegraph and the Morse Code), wrote a book about a plot to overthrow the American republic. The conspiracy, Morse wrote, was well-funded, highly secretive, and hatched in Vienna by members of the The St. Leopold Foundation, which had dispatched cells of Jesuit missionaries to the U.S. to forcibly convert the nation to Roman Catholicism. This was no small intrigue: The plot’s leaders, as Morse meticulously catalogued, were Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich, Ferdinand V of Hungary, and (of course) Pope Gregory XVI. ‘It is high time that we awakened to the apprehension of danger,’ Morse wrote. What is shocking about this nonsense is not that Morse actually believed it, but that millions of other Americans did too. Morse’s book seeded the rise of the nativist ‘Know-Nothing’ party, whose goal was to curb immigration, root out Catholicism, and return America to its protestant ideals. In essence, they were the America-firsters of the nineteenth century.” (10/06/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fear-inc-russians-communist-trump-mattis/

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13) Tax reform is a scam: Tell us what we really pay!
Source: Independent Institute
by Jonathan Bean

“[T]he Republican Congress passed a budget in excess of $4 trillion. That is $12,693 per capita. Stated differently, the federal government spends $50,000 for every four Americans. Picture a family of four for comparison’s sake. Where is the spending reform? That doesn’t get to the real cost of government, which also includes local and state spending amounting to another $3 trillion. Total: $7 trillion or $21,700. In excess of $86,000 for every four Americans. Find three friends and start paying! It’s a mark of our age that the high cost of government no longer elicits outrage or comment. The two major political parties bicker about social and cultural issues, thus distracting us from the bipartisan willingness to extract wealth from Americans.” (10/05/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/10/05/tax-reform-is-a-scam-tell-us-what-we-really-pay/

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14) Decriminalization is not enough
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it applies only to the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In most states that have decriminalized marijuana possession, no more than one ounce of pot is allowed. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because one can get caught with marijuana only a few times. Fines increase for subsequent offenses, as does the possibility of jail time and being charged with a felony. The decriminalization of marijuana is not enough because it includes only possession. The sale or cultivation of marijuana is generally still prohibited and can result in large fines and mandatory minimum prison sentences.” (10/06/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/decriminalization-not-enough/

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15) People sometimes do bad things
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“No one (least of all libertarians) wants mass shootings to happen. In fact, libertarians are among the loudest of the people who speak out and condemn violence, whether it’s orchestrated by random lunatics, police officers, or soldiers within the military. The libertarian position has decades of consistency and history that reveals itself to be loudly and explicitly pro-defense and anti-aggression. The means by which a person commits aggression, and the means by which a person exercises their right to self-defense, are not terribly important, as long as the Defender has weapons equal or greater to the weapons held by the attacker. One day, that attacker will be the United States Government, and the more we allow them to disarm us, the sooner that day will come.” (10/05/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/10/05/people-sometimes-do-bad-things/

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16) The US justice system must focus on elite criminality
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Two very important articles published in recent days serve to once again highlight America’s metastasizing elite criminality problem. A problem which our justice system simply refuses to address. This corrupt two-tier justice system is something I’ve been focused on from the very beginning of my writings, and I continue to see it as a civilization-level threat for this country if not aggressively addressed and confronted in the very near future.” (10/06/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/10/06/the-u-s-justice-system-must-focus-on-elite-criminality/

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17) Consumers harmed by Consumer Protection Bureau — again
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

“Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued yet another rule that will harm consumers. A new rule on small dollar loans will kill off about 75 percent of the existing small dollar loan industry, according to the Bureau’s own figures. Yet the Bureau and its boosters like to talk about how much it is helping consumers, cracking down on wrong-doers and returning money to consumers. What they don’t admit is that regulators are making life difficult for many consumers — especially those on the margins of the banking system. Or that regulators missed the biggest frauds and missteps, like the Equifax security breach, until many consumers were harmed. Taken together, these problems mean that the CFPB may be doing as much harm as good.” (10/06/17)

https://cei.org/content/consumers-harmed-consumer-protection-bureau-again

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18) The world needs an Austrian School approach to economic history
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matteo Salonia

“The Austrian School of economics has advanced our understanding of the behavioral patterns that break the cycle of poverty and make prosperity possible. The genius and usefulness of Austrian original reflections like marginal utility are now recognized by many intellectuals and students of economic theory and praxis, and even by non-Austrian economists. Other contributions, such as the business cycle theory, have convinced less people without libertarian circles and remain controversial, but they do contribute to a relatively (and increasingly) well-known cohesive body of knowledge, a systematic approach to the production of goods and services and the link between human action, markets, government interventions, and crises. The Austrian contribution to the field of history has been, in contrast, quite lacking, not in terms of theoretical cohesiveness, but in terms of output and popularity.” (10/06/17)

https://mises.org/blog/world-needs-austrian-school-approach-economic-history

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19) Politics as painfully usual
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The crazed nature of our leaders’ willingness to spend beyond revenue, and accumulate debt, is not limited to one party. Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for their outrageously perverse fiscal policies. Their irresponsibility hides in plain view, and can be seen in most of the major policy discussions of our time. Take two: 1. the Democrats’ idea of putting every American on Medicare and 2. the Republicans’ current tax reduction bill. Though the Republicans often pretend to be all about something called ‘fiscal conservatism,’ their murky tax plan is not fiscally sound. Not yet, anyway — after all, it is ‘evolving.’ And I expect it to get worse, not better.” (10/06/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/06/politics-as-painfully-usual/

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20) Free trade has no such prerequisites
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Dani Rodrik, expressing his famous skepticism of free trade, writes that ‘A truly global economy, in which economic activity is unmoored from its national base, would necessitate transnational rule-making institutions that match the global scale and scope of markets’ (‘Why nation-states are good,’ Oct. 2). Not so — at least, not so if what is meant by ‘transnational rule-making institutions’ are transnational bodies with legislative and administrative powers. A truly global economy is simply what happens when governments do not obstruct their citizens’ decisions to trade with foreigners.” (10/05/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/free-trade-no-prerequisites.html

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21) Free Talk Live, 10/06/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Tim Preuss Joins Us to Discuss Protectionism vs Free Market :: Bitcoin :: Japanese Porn :: Catalonia Secession Update :: Political Capital :: Stop Begging to Secede :: Declaring Independence :: Taking Risk for Freedom :: Secession :: Post Office :: Sick Day Sarah :: Equifax Loves IRS :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Chris.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

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22) spiked podcast, 10/06/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast: Brendan O’Neill on the Europe-wide attack on democracy, Kevin Yuill on why banning guns wouldn’t have prevented the Las Vegas shooting, and Adrian Hart on the truth behind the hate-crime panic in schools.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-catalan-crisis-confirms-the-eu-is-tearing-nations-apart/

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23) In The Tank, episode 109
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #109 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [Flash audio] (10/06/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/in-the-tank-ep109-financial-state-of-the-states-right-to-try-and-pa-liquor-laws/

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24) Peaceful Parenting: Trust, lying, and stealing
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“How is a peaceful parent to deal with a child who lies and steals? The main issue is about trust between a parent and child. Without trust there is nothing. Trust is the concrete foundation that forms the basis for any successful relationship.” [various formats] (10/06/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/peaceful-parenting-trust-lying-and-stealing/

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25) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/05/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we tackle the growing power private companies have over our information online. FIRE’s Alex Morey talks to experts on all sides of the issue, from the Facebook team working to keep the social network uncensored — but also safe — for its users, to directors at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists, and more.” [various formats] (10/05/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-is-this-the-day-the-internet-dies/

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