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Rational Review News Digest, 10/17/17 — Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion; Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press

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In the News:

1) Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion
2) Judge refuses to toss charges in Menendez corruption trial
3) Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel’s subpoena
4) Bergdahl pleads guilty, faces up to life in prison
5) Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe
6) Trump: Cuba “is responsible” for attacks on US personnel
7) Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
8) Man rescued from the Taliban couldn’t believe Trump was president
9) New mom who lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria sues hospital
10) TX: Government employee accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas
11) FL: Scott declares state of emergency ahead of idiot racist knothead’s speech
12) GA: Hospital denies kidney transplant because recipient’s donor/father served time for violating probation
13) CA: Brown vetoes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
14) SCOTUS backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico
15) Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk
16) Canada: Drone hits commercial aircraft
17) Russia: Regime plans “CryptoRuble” cryptocurrency
18) Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery
19) LA: Oil rig blast on lake leaves one missing, seven hurt
20) Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press
22) Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions wants open borders, but only for police
23) The United States again fails to make the top 10 freest countries
24) These doctors got fed up with insurance. Now they treat their patients like valued customers.
25) JFK and regime change conspiracies
26) On ObamaCare, Trump being attacked for upholding the law
27) “Me too” is a branch issue, and a distraction
28) Do the math, tax cuts are bound to increase the national debt
29) Like Google, Amazon wants good government over gimmickry
30) Economic freedom is the key to female empowerment
31) Low public approval of President Trump, yet unusually high consumer confidence
32) The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors
33) Healthcare order expands insurance
34) Who is competent to decide what offends?
35) Surveillance “reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s long, slow goodbye
36) How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people
37) Austria: So much for the death of populism
38) Mises was a neocon, and other oddities
39) Trump’s trade policy is madness
40) How to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt
41) More gun lies your leaders are telling you
42) Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast
43) “WE ARE AT WAR!” Oh, really? Some questions
44) Somerville’s campaign to separate the progressives from the poseurs
45) Imagine a brand-new USA
46) Trump’s big bet — that Republican voters like him more than their party or Congress
47) A call for “do-nothing” presidents without legacies
48) Quantum Vibe, 10/16/17
49) Force over persuasion
50) The upcoming increase in interest rates

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 10/16/17
52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 317
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/16/17
54) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/15/17
55) Flags, protest & compelled patriotism
56) Free Talk Live, 10/15/17
57) Interview: Nelson Chartrand

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

1) Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion
Source: CBS News

“Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month’s Kurdish vote for independence. The move by the Iraqi military and its allied militias so soon after neutralizing the ISIS in northern Iraq hinted at a country that could once again turn on itself after disposing of a common enemy. President Trump expressed disappointment the two sides were fighting but stressed that the U.S. isn’t seeking to openly take sides in the dispute.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kurds-iraq-kirkuk-isis-peshmerga-iraqi-troops/

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2) Judge refuses to toss charges in Menendez corruption trial
Source: Fox News

“The federal judge presiding over the Sen. Bob Menendez corruption trial dealt the New Jersey Democrat a serious setback Monday, refusing to dismiss any of the charges in the case. Newark Federal Court Judge William Walls’ decision denying a defense motion to throw out the bribery charges ensures that the case will be given to a jury to decide the lawmaker’s fate. Walls ruled against defense arguments that the charges should be dropped because they didn’t meet a narrower definition of bribery under a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reversed the conviction of Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnel on corruption charges. Menendez is charged with accepting free flights on a private jet and other gifts from wealthy Florida doctor Salomon Melgen in exchange for pressuring government officials to take actions favorable to the friend’s business interests.” (10/16/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/16/menendez-corruption-trial-judge-refuses-to-toss-charges.html

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3) Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel’s subpoena
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. political research firm that commissioned a dossier on Donald Trump while he was running for president said on Monday it would not comply with subpoenas issued by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. Lawyers for Fusion GPS, which hired former British spy Christopher Steele to produce the Trump research, told the committee’s Republican chairman, U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, in a letter that the subpoenas were flawed and that nothing in the subpoenas indicated the intelligence committee had authorized him to issue them. The lawyers also questioned Nunes'[s] role in signing the subpoenas since he had recused himself from the committee’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.” (10/16/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia/firm-behind-trump-dossier-declines-to-respond-to-house-panels-subpoena-idUSKBN1CL2CK

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4) Bergdahl pleads guilty, faces up to life in prison
Source: CNN

“US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could spend the rest of his life behind bars after he pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was held in captivity by the Taliban until May 2014. … Bergdahl faces up to five years in prison for the desertion charge and up to life in prison for the charge of misbehavior before the enemy. The judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, said Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing will begin October 23.” (10/16/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/16/politics/bowe-bergdahl-guilty-plea/index.html

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5) Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump said Monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies. Trump’s remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a Washington Post/’60 Minutes’ investigation that Marino helped guide legislation that sailed through Congress last year with virtually no opposition. Trump said ‘we’re going to be looking into’ the investigation, while many Democrats and at least one Republican called for either modification or outright repeal of the law. Democrats also called on Trump to drop Marino as his pick to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.” [editor’s note: Leave the position vacant and furlough all employees! – TLK] (10/16/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/manchin-calls-on-trump-to-withdraw-marinos-nomination-as-drug-czar-in-wake-of-post60-minutes-probe/2017/10/16/b73ee1be-b287-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html

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6) Trump: Cuba “is responsible” for attacks on US personnel
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump says he believes Cuba ‘is responsible’ for attacks on American government personnel in Havana. Trump isn’t explaining whether he believes Cuba perpetrated the attacks or merely bears responsibility because they took place on Cuban soil. Previously, Trump’s administration has said Cuba bears responsibility for keeping U.S. workers safe in the country, but it hasn’t blamed Cuba for the attacks. Last week, White House chief of staff John Kelly said the U.S. believes Cuba could stop the attacks. But the U.S. has emphasized that’s because Cuba has tight control over security on the island, not because the U.S. believes President Raul Castro’s government is behind them. The U.S. says that 22 U.S. government workers are ‘medically confirmed’ to have been affected by invisible, unexplained attacks.” (10/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-Cuba-is-responsible-for-attacks-on-US-12281908.php

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7) Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
Source: USA Today

“Even in the normally mind-blowing science of astronomy, this discovery was special. Two months ago, scientists for the first time detected both the ripples in space and time and the light produced and emitted during the same cosmic event: the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. The discovery would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created. Neutron stars, formed when massive stars explode in supernovas, are the smallest, densest stars known to exist. A teaspoon of a neutron star has a mass of about a billion tons. The collision of neutron stars is known as a kilonova — an explosion similar to a supernova but on a smaller scale. The crash generated a fierce burst of gamma rays and a gravitational wave, a faint ripple in the fabric of space and time first theorized by Albert Einstein a century ago.” (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/10/16/scientists-witness-huge-cosmic-crash-kilonova/767559001

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8) Man rescued from the Taliban couldn’t believe Trump was president
Source: Raw Story

“A Canadian man rescued from a Taliban-linked group in Afghanistan last week said he thought his captors were joking when they told him Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States. Joshua Boyle and his wife, Caitlin Coleman, were kidnapped and held by the Haqqani network (whose leader is the deputy head of the Afghan Taliban) for five years and one day. Boyle and Coleman were rarely given any information on the outside world during their time in captivity. They didn’t even know Justin Trudeau was prime minister of Canada, for example, until after they were rescued. But when Boyle was forced to participate in a ‘proof-of-life’ video, one of the captors told him Donald Trump had been elected president. At the time, Boyle essentially took this comment as a joke. ‘It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,’ Boyle told the The Toronto Star. Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped while hiking in Afghanistan in late 2012.” (10/16/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/man-rescued-from-the-taliban-couldnt-believe-trump-was-president

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9) New mom who lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria sues hospital
Source: USA Today

“A new mom is suing a hospital in Canada after being diagnosed with a flesh-eating disease four days after giving birth. Lindsey Hubley claims negligence by doctors at IWK Health Centre in Nova Scotia contributed to her health problems, reports The Canadian Press. In March, Hubley gave birth to her son, Myles. A day after discharge, Hubley returned to the hospital and was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, necrotizing fasciitis is a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body’s soft tissue. Since her diagnosis, Hubley has had several surgeries, including amputations below both elbows and knees and a total hysterectomy, said the report. Hubley is also waiting for a kidney transplant. A lawyer representing the family told The Daily Mail doctors did not remove the entire placenta after her birth, and Hubley suffered a small tear in her uterus.” (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/new-mom-who-lost-limbs-flesh-eating-bacteria-sues-hospital/767520001

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10) TX: Government employee accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas
Source: United Press International

“Prosecutors in a Texas county said a Juvenile Justice Department employee is accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years. The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office said Gilberto Escaramilla, who works for the county’s Juvenile Justice Department, took the day off for a medical appointment Aug. 7 and a driver from the department’s meat vendor, Labatt Food Service in Harlingen, called the kitchen to inform workers of an 800-pound fajita delivery. A confused kitchen worker explained to the driver that the department doesn’t serve fajitas, leading the equally baffled driver to tell her he had been delivering fajitas to Juvenile Justice for nine years. … Escaramilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested Aug. 9 when the district attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant on his home and found packets of fajitas in his refrigerator. Investigators said Escaramilla had stolen a total $1,251,578 worth of fajitas.” (10/16/17)

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/10/16/Texas-county-worker-accused-of-stealing-12-million-worth-of-fajitas/4881508159284/

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11) FL: Scott declares state of emergency ahead of idiot racist knothead’s speech
Source: USA Today

“Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state gather at the University of Florida in advance of a Thursday event by white nationalist Richard B. Spencer. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell had asked Scott to declare the emergency as the university prepares for Spencer’s visit. The governor’s executive order places the state agency usually responsible for hurricanes at the front of the effort to preserve order during the event. It also places the Florida National Guard on standby. Anti-fascist groups, known as Antifa, plan to protest the white nationalist event. Both sides have talked on social media about using violence.” [editor’s note: I almost forgot it was this soon. Guess I need to start getting my kit together – TLK] (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/florida-governor-emergency-spencer-speech/769031001/

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12) GA: Hospital denies kidney transplant because recipient’s donor/father served time for violating probation
Source: CBS News

“A.J. Burgess was born a month too soon without a working kidney, WGCL-TV reports, and his father Anthony Dickerson is a 110 percent match for an organ donation. But surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta won’t perform the operation because Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation. … [A.J.’s mother] Carmella said that the hospital needed three to four months before the child’s father could donate his kidney. ‘The lady said we need your parole information and your probation info. He said ‘why?’ We need you to be on good behavior for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney. And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you basically,’ Carmella said.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/aj-burgess-kidney-transplant-father-probation-violation-emory-hospital-atlanta/

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13) CA: Brown vetoes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
Source: The Hill

“California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) late Sunday vetoed legislation that would have required presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to qualify for the state ballot. The bill passed the Democratic-dominated legislature after President Trump broke longstanding precedent by refusing to make public his tax returns during the 2016 campaign. But Brown said the measure represented a possible slippery slope that could force candidates to release other private information, like health records, school records — and even a birth certificate.” (10/16/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/355583-calif-governor-blocks-plan-to-force-trump-to-release-tax-returns

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14) SCOTUS backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a lower court that ordered a New Mexico city to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall. Civil liberties advocates behind the case called the decision involving the city of Bloomfield a victory for the separation of church and state. ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson said it sends a ‘strong message that the government should not be in the business of picking and choosing which sets of religious beliefs enjoy special favor in the community.’ However, David Cortman, a senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom, said the outcome did nothing to resolve confusion in lower courts involving such monuments.” (10/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Justices-reject-New-Mexico-city-s-Ten-12281159.php

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15) Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk
Source: Engadget

“Researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol that could allow hackers to intercept your credit card numbers, passwords, photos and other sensitive information. The flaws, dubbed ‘Key Reinstallation Attacks,’ or ‘Krack Attacks,’ are in the WiFi standard and not specific products. That means that just about every router, smartphone and PC out there could be impacted, though attacks against Linux and Android 6.0 or greater devices may be ‘particularly devastating,’ according to KU Leuven University’s Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, who found the flaw.” (10/16/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/16/wifi-vulnerability-krack-attack/

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16) Canada: Drone hits commercial aircraft
Source: CNet News

“It was, says the Canadian Minster of Transport, the first time it’s happened in Canada. In a statement issued on Sunday, Marc Garneau revealed that on Thursday, a Skyjet flight was struck by a drone as it approached Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City. … The Ministry of Transport told me that the aircraft was a Beech 100 King Air. The drone has not been identified. Garneau told CBC that ‘it could have been much more serious’ had the drone struck an engine or the cockpit. He said the drone had been flying 3 miles from the airport at 450 meters (around 1,500 feet). This is 150 meters above the legal limit. There were eight passengers on the plane.” (10/15/17)

https://www.cnet.com/news/drone-hits-commercial-aircraft-over-canada/

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17) Russia: Regime plans “CryptoRuble” cryptocurrency
Source: Newsweek

“Russia may soon become the world’s first country to launch a cryptocurrency backed by a nation state, according to reports. Similar to bitcoin, the CryptoRuble cryptocurrency will be underpinned by a online ledger known as a blockchain. Unlike bitcoin, however, it will not be possible for people to mine the virtual currency–the process of confirming cryptocurrency transactions and adding their record to the blockchain in order to generate new units of the currency. Local reports cited by cryptocurrency news website CoinTelegraph revealed that CryptoRubles can be exchanged for rubles, though a 13 percent tax will be levied if the holder is unable to explain where the CryptoRubles came from.” (10/16/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-cryptoruble-cryptocurrency-ruble-putin-685518

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18) Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under fire during a reconnaissance mission in Lebanese airspace, the Israeli military said Monday. No Israeli aircraft were hit by the anti-aircraft fire. Israel said the fire hailed from Syrian government-controlled SA-5 battery located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus. Two hours after, a separate aircraft ‘incapacitated’ the Syrian anti-aircraft position, Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.” (10/16/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-warplanes-strike-syrian-anti-aircraft-battery-after-coming-under-fire/a-40967599

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19) LA: Oil rig blast on lake leaves one missing, seven hurt
Source: CBS News

“An oil rig explosion on a lake north of New Orleans, apparently caused when cleaning chemicals ignited, injured seven people and left authorities searching for another, who was missing. There were ‘a lot of injuries,’ many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expected from the Sunday evening explosion on Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor told The Times-Picayune. No deaths were immediately reported.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oil-rig-blast-louisiana-lake-man-missing-7-people-hurt/

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20) Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

“Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remains unemployed after a 2016 season in which he began the movement of players protesting during the national anthem, has filed a grievance accusing NFL teams of improperly colluding to keep him out of the league, according to a person familiar with the case. Kaepernick reportedly has retained an attorney to pursue the collusion claim, and, according to the source, it will be Kaepernick’s outside legal representation and not the NFL Players Association primarily in charge of preparing and presenting his grievance. The collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union prohibits teams from conspiring to make decisions about signing a player. But the CBA also says the mere fact that a player is unsigned and evidence about the player’s qualifications to be on an NFL roster do not constitute proof of collusion.” (10/15/17)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/kaepernick-files-grievance-accusing-nfl-teams-of-colluding-against-him-20171015.html

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

21) Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“On October 11, President Trump tweeted that fake news was such a threat that someone should look into challenging network licenses on that basis. The next day, (October 12) he doubled down in a follow-up tweet that ‘Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate revoked.’ Unfortunately, his tweet contained some fake news of its own. It implied that networks are licensed, when, in fact, individual stations have broadcast licenses. And the difference implies that Trump’s suggested ‘solution’ is incapable of addressing the problem he sees. Further, his ‘if appropriate’ suggests that there is a situation in which pulling a broadcast license is appropriate for communicating something the President doesn’t like. But if one takes freedoms of speech and the press seriously, and applies those same standards to media that did not exist in our founders’ days, there is never a time to acceptably deny Americans’ freedoms, even for ‘fake news.’” (10/16/17)

https://mises.org/blog/trump-vs-jefferson-freedom-press

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22) Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions wants open borders, but only for police
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“In 2013, Microsoft refused to turn information from a customer’s email account over to law enforcement pursuant to a warrant in a narcotics investigation. The information, Microsoft noted, was stored on a server in Ireland. Ireland, as you may have learned in elementary school, is neither one of the fifty states nor a US territory. It’s a sovereign state with its own laws. US search warrants carry no weight there. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sided with Microsoft, and the full court denied the government’s request for a rehearing. Apparently they learned geography as youngsters, too. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, maybe not so much. But he does seem to have a perpetual burr under his fur about ‘national sovereignty.’” (10/16/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11659

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23) The United States again fails to make the top 10 freest countries
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“The newly released Economic Freedom of the World report ranks the United States 11th among the 159 countries and territories surveyed. The report, compiled by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute, and 70 other think tanks throughout the world, ‘seeks to measure the consistency of the institutions and policies of various countries with voluntary exchange and the other dimensions of economic freedom.’ The latest report uses data from 2015, the latest available. The United States rose two spots over its ranking based on 2014 data. The authors note the United States was ‘for decades among the top four countries in the index,’ though its trajectory was downward: second in 1980, third in 1990, fourth in 2000, and sixth in 2005. It held the 11th spot in 2010 before dropping to 13th in 2014. The United States scored 7.94 on a scale of 10 in the latest report. Its highest score was 8.62 in 2000.” (10/16/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/united-states-again-fails-make-top-10-freest-countries

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24) These doctors got fed up with insurance. Now they treat their patients like valued customers.
Source: Reason
by Mark McDaniel

“One of the most profound changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act is that it drove thousands of independent doctors to throw in the towel and join large hospital networks. This is particularly true of primary care doctors. As the rules involving medical records, billing codes, and prior authorizations have gotten more complex, physicians find they can’t survive without joining large health care networks. And they’re becoming increasingly demoralized. Today there’s a small but growing movement of doctors who are opting out of the traditional health care system by no longer accepting insurance. This new approach is is called ‘direct primary care,’ but it’s essentially a throwback to an era before insurance companies were responsible for covering routine services like ear infections or strep cultures.” (10/16/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/10/16/doctors-direct-primary-care

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25) JFK and regime change conspiracies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What is a conspiracy? It’s nothing more than an agreement between two or more people to carry out an illicit or illegal act. There’s nothing mysterious about conspiracies. They happen all the time, especially in the drug trade. If you have any doubts about this, just walk into any federal courthouse in the land and ask the District Clerk to show you the federal criminal indictments that have been issued in the last year. Just look at the first count of the indictment because it’s the one that almost always alleges a conspiracy. I’ll bet that 95 percent of federal criminal indictments allege a conspiracy. What we are talking about in the Kennedy assassination is nothing more than a regime-change operation or, if you will, a regime-change conspiracy.” (10/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/16/jfk-regime-change-conspiracies/

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26) On ObamaCare, Trump being attacked for upholding the law
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump’s decision to stop funding an ObamaCare subsidy program is being treated as an attempt to sabotage the law. In reality, Trump is abiding by the law as the Democrats wrote it. There is no question that stopping payments for ObamaCare’s ‘cost sharing reduction’ subsidies will have serious implications. Insurance companies have been warning state insurance regulators that they’ll have to jack up premiums even higher next year if these subsidies go away, and the Congressional Budget Office reported that it could push up premiums by 20%. But there’s an important element missing from the lamentations coming from the insurance industry, from Democrats, and even from some Republicans about Trump’s decision. The ObamaCare law, as written, plainly doesn’t allow Trump to make these payments. Here’s why.” (10/13/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/on-obamacare-trump-is-being-attacked-for-upholding-the-law

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27) “Me too” is a branch issue, and a distraction
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Branch issues are all the rage in the media, very rarely is a root issue given the light of day. Root issues are things like the childhood trauma, monopoly policing, compulsory education, interventionist war, and inflationary central banking. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but the deepest root of them all is the belief that some people have the right to hurt or steal from other people without just cause (eg. self-defense). The roots are the primary source of nourishment for the branches.” (10/16/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/branch-issue-distraction

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28) Do the math, tax cuts are bound to increase the national debt
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Speaking to a group of workers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his proposed tax-cut package ‘will be rocket fuel’ for the U.S. economy. It was Trump’s sly way of reinforcing a message that the White House has sent since it first rolled out a framework for the tax cut in April. The message: Instead of adding to the $20 trillion national debt, the GOP tax cut will pay for itself; there’s no need to produce some $5 trillion in savings over the next decade to pay for the cuts. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin uttered that mantra after the rollout when he told the Institute of International Finance, ‘The plan will pay for itself with growth.’ The current package would lower the corporate tax rate from 38.9 percent to 20 percent and lower personal income taxes; the top rate would fall from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. That should mean a bigger deficit, right?” (10/15/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/10/15/do-the-math-tax-cuts-are-bound-to-increase-the-national-debt-n2394954

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29) Like Google, Amazon wants good government over gimmickry
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“The imaginations of municipal governments across the country have been captured by the prospect of being chosen as the location of Amazon’s second headquarters. The project promises 50,000 jobs and an overall investment of $5 billion. How likely is Kansas City to win? While the details of Kansas City’s pitch remain predictably secret, other cities have made offerings, both substantive and gimmicky. Tucson, Arizona, tried to send Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a 21-foot cactus. Stonecrest, Georgia, recently offered to name part of the town Amazon if chosen. Not to be outdone, Kansas City Mayor Sly James took to the internet in a ‘desperate’ attempt to get attention by spamming Amazon’s website with hundreds of fake product reviews each extolling the town.” (10/16/17)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-government/google-amazon-wants-good-government-over-gimmickry

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30) Economic freedom is the key to female empowerment
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Chelsea Follett

“Rafia Zakaria made some outstanding points in her recent New York Times op-ed, ‘The Myth of Women’s ‘Empowerment” — but she also made some conspicuous omissions. In her piece, she draws attention to the international aid industry’s flawed and patronizing approach to female empowerment. However, she overlooks the importance of women’s economic empowerment, focusing solely on political empowerment, as if the two were not intimately linked.” (10/16/17)

https://fee.org/articles/economic-freedom-is-the-key-to-female-empowerment/

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31) Low public approval of President Trump, yet unusually high consumer confidence
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“How did we get to a place where The President of the United States has historically low approval at the same time we have recent highs for consumer confidence? Almost everything President Trump does has an impact on the economy, and on consumers. That includes national security, immigration, taxes, health care, budgets, treaties, government regulations, and international relations. If the public is optimistic about the economy, that is normally the same as having confidence in the president. At least on the big-ticket items. The types of presidential actions that have lower impact on the economy include court appointments, opinions on confederate statues, NFL kneeling, transgenders in the military, birth control funding, unpresidential tweets, poorly-executed disavowals, hyperbole that fails the fact-checking, seemingly unnecessary political attacks, and all manner of obnoxious presidential behavior. The majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump on at least some of those topics. I don’t think we’ve ever seen something like this before. A majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump while simultaneously having confidence he’ll get most of the big stuff right and the economy will reflect it.” (10/14/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/166397088926/low-public-approval-of-president-trump-yet

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32) The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent the defendant from presenting a robust defense or cross-examining adverse witnesses. You know what would happen — at least in a fair and just society. The victim would be exonerated and compensated. The prosecutor and judge would be disbarred, fined and jailed. What you may not know is that the Obama EPA engaged in similar prosecutorial misconduct to convict fossil fuels of causing climate chaos and endangering the health and wellbeing of Americans.” (10/16/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/the-obama-epas-crooked-prosecutors/

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33) Healthcare order expands insurance
Source: USA Today
by Michael D Tanner

“For all the headlines about ‘dismantling Obamacare,’ President Trump’s executive order will likely have less of an impact than its supporters hope or critics fear. Still, it represents a modest step toward giving consumers more choices and expanding millions of Americans’ access to lower cost insurance that better fits their individual needs. First, understand what this order is not. It neither takes anyone’s insurance away nor removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions. What it does is allow small businesses that band together to buy group insurance plans to be treated the same way as big companies are today. That includes the ability to buy insurance across state lines, and an exemption from some of Obamacare’s expensive mandated benefits. Plans might offer fewer benefits, but they could cost a lot less.” [editor’s note: The real advantage of this would be the formation of “associations” to allow the self-employed and others to get “group rates” on “coverage” – SAT] (10/15/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/15/health-care-order-expands-insurance-editorials-debates/106692174

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34) Who is competent to decide what offends?
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“As the ranks of college administrators have swelled in higher education, one task they’ve undertaken is more aggressively training students — and at times, faculty members — in what is variously called ‘cultural competence’ or ‘diversity and inclusion.’ The aims of these efforts are laudable. College ought to be as welcoming to students from historically marginalized groups as it is to anyone else; and it ought to prepare all students for civic life in a hugely diverse society. But when training faculty members or educating students so that they are ‘culturally competent,’ a process that should involve telling them pertinent facts, is instead used as a pretext to indoctrinate them into a contested ideology, the laudable becomes objectionable.” (10/16/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/who-is-competent-to-decide-what-offends/542523/

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35) Surveillance “reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s long, slow goodbye
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“Over 16 years after the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent repeated passage or renewal of draconian ‘temporary’ but ’emergency’ domestic surveillance laws in response, it’s fair to ask: Have we officially abandoned the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights? With the expiration of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) less than three months away, now is a good time to review the effects of these surveillance laws in the seemingly endless ‘War on Terror.’ But first, a quick recap of America’s embrace of mass surveillance in the post-9/11 era.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/surveillance-reform-fourth-amendments-long-slow-goodbye

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36) How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people
Source: The New Republic
by Clio Chang

“During Barack Obama’s two terms in office, Democrats lost ground at the state level–a lot of ground. Republicans now dominate state legislatures to a greater degree than at any time since the Civil War, making it nearly impossible for Democrats to enact any meaningful policies in large swaths of the country. But in the midst of last year’s electoral wipeout, there was one bright spot: Citizens took the law into their own hands, introducing 71 ballot initiatives in 16 states — the most in a decade. … But such victories have proved short-lived. Republican legislatures responded to the surge in civic participation by using their power to effectively overrule the will of the people–and to make it harder to enact citizen-backed reforms in the future.” (10/16/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145006/gop-lawmakers-ignore-will-people-voters-passed-liberal-ballot-initiatives-republicans-throwing-them-out

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37) Austria: So much for the death of populism
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Austria makes two things clear. First, that the much-discussed ‘end of populism,’ which became a huge, excitable talking point following Macron’s victory in France, is a fantasy. Populist politics and parties aren’t going away, because the questions they raise, or at least the public concerns they tap into, are still there, bristling, unresolved. What does Europe stand for? Who should decide on issues such as mass migration? Isn’t democracy preferable to technocracy? And why should I vote for politicians who have nothing but disdain for my way of life, my values, and my right to have a say? People will keep asking and thinking these things. And the second thing it makes clear is the utter failure of the left to understand, engage with, and possibly even mould or lead the populist feeling in Europe right now.” (10/16/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/austria-so-much-for-the-death-of-populism/

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38) Mises was a neocon, and other oddities
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“It is of great comfort to us who share an antiquarian passion for the history of political thought that fundamental questions such as, ‘What is the state?’ invariably come to the surface. But sometimes you get the impression that new interpretations focus more on the ‘political’ than on the ‘thought.’ I’m referring to a long opinion piece published by Yoram Hazony in The Wall Street Journal. From his byline we know that Mr Hazony, President of the Jerusalem-based Herzl Institute, is publishing a book entitled The Virtue of Nationalism. His article’s political goal is clear: he wants to argue that Donald Trump’s blend of conservatism is in line with an old tradition that goes back to Edmund Burke. Trump is thus implicitly considered the torch-bearer of a system of ideas that value the nation-state as providing the soil which allowed Western liberty to flourish. From this comes skepticism towards exporting such values in different cultures and a similar anxiety for opening the door to immigrants that come from illiberal cultures.” (10/16/17)

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

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39) Trump’s trade policy is madness
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I applaud your clear explanation of the great damage that Trump’s proposed changes to Nafta will inflict on the American economy (‘Trump’s Nafta Threat,’ Oct. 16). Yet one feature of Trump’s approach to trade warrants more explicit criticism — namely, his belief that we Americans benefit from trade the more we export and the less we import. It cannot be said too often that exports are the costs that we pay for the goods and services that we import. And so when Trump boasts that he’ll deploy his tough negotiating skills to rework Nafta in order to increase American exports and reduce American imports, he boasts, in fact, that he’ll negotiate to ensure that Americans pay more and receive in return less.” (10/16/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/trumps-trade-policy-unalloyed-madness.html

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40) How to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt
Source: The American Prospect
by Ellen Brown

“During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island’s bond debt. He said on October 3: ‘You know they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street. We’re gonna have to wipe that out. That’s gonna have to be — you know, you can say goodbye to that. I don’t know if it’s Goldman Sachs but whoever it is, you can wave good-bye to that.’ How did the president plan to pull this off? Pam Martens and Russ Martens, writing in Wall Street on Parade, note that the U.S. municipal bond market holds $3.8 trillion in debt, and it is not just owned by Wall Street banks. Mom-and-pop retail investors are exposed to billions of dollars of potential losses through their holdings of Puerto Rican municipal bonds, either directly or in mutual funds. Wiping out Puerto Rico’s debt, they warned, could undermine confidence in the municipal bond market, causing bond interest rates to rise, imposing an additional burden on already-struggling states and municipalities across the country.” (10/16/17)

http://prospect.org/article/how-wipe-out-puerto-rico%E2%80%99s-debt

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41) More gun lies your leaders are telling you
Source: The Price of Liberty
by L Reichard White

“To start with, as per the Standard Anti-Self-Defense Handbook — and using the so-far unexplained Las Vegas shooting spree as the latest platform — the usual Second Amendment scoff-laws still prominently include firearm suicides in their gun-death tally. Thank goodness folks deprived of guns won’t use overdoses, tranquilizers-plus-booze, carbon monoxide, razor blades, poison, etc. — and bridges, tall buildings, and open windows for jumping — if they can’t get guns! Or are the usual Congressional victim-disarmers misleading us again?” (10/16/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/10/16/more-gun-lies-your-leaders-are-telling-you/

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42) Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“The seemingly accepted wisdom that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are paired madmen on the edge of war has little to support it other than projected fears. There will be no war because war on the Korean peninsula benefits no one and is very bad for everyone. North Korea’s weapons, nuclear and conventional, are arguably the most defensive ever fielded. They have not been used offensively since 1953. They exist as a perfect example of how mutually assured destruction works.” (10/16/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-and-kim-madmen-not-so-fast/

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43) “WE ARE AT WAR!” Oh, really? Some questions
Source: OpEdNews
by Enrest Partridge

“When Russia tries to interfere with the American elections, our media calls it ‘the equivalent of war.’ When the United States does the same thing to Iran, Chile, Ukraine, Russia, etc. (it’s a long list), we call it ‘regime change.’ ‘At war with Russia?’ Where are the missile launches, the air combat, the marines on the beaches, the armies in deadly combat, the bombed cities? And where are the casualties — the young men killed in battle? None of the above? Then in what realistic sense are we ‘at war?’ Even so, we are told that this is ‘the equivalent of war!’ If so, then so too was Iran (1952), Chile (1973), Ukraine (2014), when we overthrew legally elected governments, and in Russia (1996) when we successfully prevented Yeltsin’s defeat. Did we then hear hyperventilating media rhetoric about ‘the equivalent of war?’” (10/16/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/WE-ARE-AT-WAR–Oh-Reall-by-Ernest-Partridge-Russia-Bashing_Us-russia-Relations_War-With-Russia-171016-821.html

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44) Somerville’s campaign to separate the progressives from the poseurs
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“Most of Rand Wilson’s knocks went unanswered, but seeds were planted. At one house, a 30-year-old registered Democrat, Caitlin, lit up when he mentioned Bernie Sanders. ‘So is this what he meant by the political revolution?’ she asks. She didn’t join Our Revolution Somerville (ORS), but did say she would take a closer look at its slate. In Somerville, Mass. the battle for the future of the Democratic Party is waged street by street. Wilson and other ORS members plan to overthrow the political establishment in a city where Democrats have long controlled the levers of power. It’ll be one step, they hope, toward transforming the party. Wilson, a union organizer with SEIU Local 888, was one of a dozen ORS members who canvassed that day. The goal is to knock on 3,000 doors by Election Day on November 7, turn out new voters for ORS’ endorsed candidates, sign up new members, and get signatures on a petition to put an initiative for paid family and medical leave on the Massachusetts ballot in 2018.” (10/16/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20580/separating-progressives-from-the-poseurs

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45) Imagine a brand-new USA
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“Imagine that there was another revolution. And that nothing big had changed. Demographics, power dynamics, culture, our economic system and political values were pretty much the same as they are now. If we Americans rolled up our sleeves and reimagined our political system from scratch, if we wrote up a brand-new constitution for 2017, what would a brand-spanking-new United States Version 2.0 look like today? A lot of stuff would be different.” (10/16/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/16/imagine-a-brand-new-usa/

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46) Trump’s big bet — that Republican voters like him more than their party or Congress
Source: The Daily Beast
by Liz Mair

“Trump may have bad approval ratings, but Republican voters still like him more than not. However unpopular the president may be, he’s still more popular than Congress and the GOP. This is the Republican conundrum, and why it’s very possible that despite gerrymandering, ideological self-segregation of voters, and the existence of many (if not most) Americans in philosophical or identitarian echo chambers, Democrats will over-perform next year. It’s hard to earn rewards in politics when the perception consistently exists that you’re a do-nothing who has literally been neutered by a cartoon character-like figure who keeps your balls in a glass jar on the corner of the Resolute Desk.” (10/16/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-big-betthat-republican-voters-like-him-more-than-their-party-or-congress

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47) A call for “do-nothing” presidents without legacies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Some in the news media and editorial page pundits are aghast that many of President Donald Trump’s executive orders and legislative proposals sent off to the United States Congress represent an attempt to undue [sic] the presidential ‘legacy’ of Barack Obama. The question is, why should it be presumed that presidents need to have policy legacies to leave behind after their term in office has ended?” (10/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/call-nothing-presidents-without-legacies/

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48) Quantum Vibe, 10/16/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/16/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1708

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49) Force over persuasion
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Today’s campus radicals assert that free speech is bad because it ‘gives voice’ to people with hateful, dangerous views. Does that argument seem at all familiar? It is the old RightThink rationale for censorship. A recent Spiked ‘Unsafe Spaces’ event at Rutgers (‘Identity Politics: the New Racialism’) was interrupted by now-too-famiar shouts and out-of-turn questions and invective. Kmele Foster, one of the panelists, had been explaining how important free speech rights were to the civil rights protesters in the 1960s, and to Martin Luther King in particular.” (10/16/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/16/force-over-persuasion/

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50) The upcoming increase in interest rates
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“The most egregious error made by central banks and economists alike is the assumption that gradually raising interest rates acts as a brake on the rate of economic expansion, and therefore controls price inflation. Economic commentators generally regard interest rates as the ‘price’ of money. It is from this fallacy that the belief arises that manipulating interest rates has a predictable effect on the demand for money in circulation relative to goods, and therefore can be used to target price inflation. This line of reasoning makes even a sieve look watertight.” (10/16/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/10/the-upcoming-increase-in-interest-rates/

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51) Reason Podcast, 10/16/17
Source: Reason

“Is Harvey Weinstein the embodiment of Hollywood sleaze, or the last straggler in a bygone age of pervasive sexual harassment? Reason’s Nick Gillespie, Katherine-Mangu Ward, and Matt Welch join Andrew Heaton to discuss how social media is bringing an end to open secrets. Also, President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal is now in limbo. Is it inevitable that Iran will get the bomb? Can nuclear proliferation actually make the world safer? Other topics: the latest threats to the First Amendment, and how Donald Trump is changing American health care.” [various formats] (10/16/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/16/harvey-weinstein-iran-nuclear-deal

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52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 317
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s show, we take a slightly different path away from libertarian philosophy and politics and welcome in clinical psychologist and speaker Dr. Michael Edelstein. Dr. Edelstein starts off by explaining how he became interested in clinical psychology and how that eventually led him to meet Walter Block and — after several years of debate — to him becoming a libertarian. Dr. Edestein then explains his view on self-esteem, and why he is critical of its promotion specifically by Nathaniel Branden and Ayn Rand. Marc and Michael then discuss the concept of ‘libertaran burnout’ and how passionate libertarians can adjust their expectations in order to avoid this common phenomenon.” (10/16/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/10/16/self-esteem-libertarian-burnout-dr-michael-edelstein/

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/16/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell, John Vibes, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about the latest BTC mania, filling free time with barely paid surveys, banishing yourself from social media just to get stuff done, the psychological toll of FB, an ‘anarchist’ creating DIY medicines, data storage sniffing police dogs, aging music stars being harassed over their medicine, and an ode to a nana.” [various formats] (10/16/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15148

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54) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/15/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“GUEST: Professor Luis Perez-Breva, the head of MIT’s Innovation Teams Program and an expert on artificial intelligence.” [various formats] (10/15/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/10/15/professor-luis-perez-breva-on-artificial-intelligence-t5f82

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55) Flags, protest & compelled patriotism
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Neither the NFL Rules nor the Game Operations Manual says players must stand during the national anthem, and the NFL puts the same importance on players ‘hold[ing] helmets in their left hand’ as they do on standing: it’s just a suggestion. It should also be noted that the pregame protests have been respectful to those wishing to celebrate ‘Country, Flag and National Anthem;’ however those who are livid at the thought of someone not being respectful in the manner they believe respect should be shown, are essentially saying: ‘Stand up, shut up, do as you’re told, and if you want to protest, do it some other time and in a place where no one can see you … because freedom!’ That’s not how freedom works.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/15/17)

http://fpp.cc/flags-protest-compelled-patriotism/

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56) Free Talk Live, 10/15/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“School Sucks Across America :: Forest Fires :: Public Schools :: Jews! :: Activism :: Music Industry :: USA Doomed! :: Healthcare Subscription :: Standing for the National Anthem :: HOSTS — Mark, Jonny Ray, Brett V.” [various formats] (10/15/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-15

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57) Interview: Nelson Chartrand
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Nelson Chartrand. Herein we discussed his path to Anarcho Capitalism, Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Creature from Jekyll Island, Frederic Bastiat, Larken Rose, Economics in One Lesson, Cuba at present, economic climate, Socialism and Communism confusion, socialized medicine, Cuban experiment, imprisonment of freedom lovers, hunger strike story, obtaining food in Cuba, future plans of the Cuban Libertarian Party and more!” [various formats] (10/15/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/nelson-chartrand-anarcho-capitalist-and-founder-of-the-libertarian-party-in-cuba/

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In the News:

1) Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion
2) Judge refuses to toss charges in Menendez corruption trial
3) Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel’s subpoena
4) Bergdahl pleads guilty, faces up to life in prison
5) Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe
6) Trump: Cuba “is responsible” for attacks on US personnel
7) Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
8) Man rescued from the Taliban couldn’t believe Trump was president
9) New mom who lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria sues hospital
10) TX: Government employee accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas
11) FL: Scott declares state of emergency ahead of idiot racist knothead’s speech
12) GA: Hospital denies kidney transplant because recipient’s donor/father served time for violating probation
13) CA: Brown vetoes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
14) SCOTUS backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico
15) Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk
16) Canada: Drone hits commercial aircraft
17) Russia: Regime plans “CryptoRuble” cryptocurrency
18) Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery
19) LA: Oil rig blast on lake leaves one missing, seven hurt
20) Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press
22) Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions wants open borders, but only for police
23) The United States again fails to make the top 10 freest countries
24) These doctors got fed up with insurance. Now they treat their patients like valued customers.
25) JFK and regime change conspiracies
26) On ObamaCare, Trump being attacked for upholding the law
27) “Me too” is a branch issue, and a distraction
28) Do the math, tax cuts are bound to increase the national debt
29) Like Google, Amazon wants good government over gimmickry
30) Economic freedom is the key to female empowerment
31) Low public approval of President Trump, yet unusually high consumer confidence
32) The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors
33) Healthcare order expands insurance
34) Who is competent to decide what offends?
35) Surveillance “reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s long, slow goodbye
36) How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people
37) Austria: So much for the death of populism
38) Mises was a neocon, and other oddities
39) Trump’s trade policy is madness
40) How to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt
41) More gun lies your leaders are telling you
42) Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast
43) “WE ARE AT WAR!” Oh, really? Some questions
44) Somerville’s campaign to separate the progressives from the poseurs
45) Imagine a brand-new USA
46) Trump’s big bet — that Republican voters like him more than their party or Congress
47) A call for “do-nothing” presidents without legacies
48) Quantum Vibe, 10/16/17
49) Force over persuasion
50) The upcoming increase in interest rates

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 10/16/17
52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 317
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/16/17
54) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/15/17
55) Flags, protest & compelled patriotism
56) Free Talk Live, 10/15/17
57) Interview: Nelson Chartrand

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1) Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion
Source: CBS News

“Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month’s Kurdish vote for independence. The move by the Iraqi military and its allied militias so soon after neutralizing the ISIS in northern Iraq hinted at a country that could once again turn on itself after disposing of a common enemy. President Trump expressed disappointment the two sides were fighting but stressed that the U.S. isn’t seeking to openly take sides in the dispute.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kurds-iraq-kirkuk-isis-peshmerga-iraqi-troops/

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2) Judge refuses to toss charges in Menendez corruption trial
Source: Fox News

“The federal judge presiding over the Sen. Bob Menendez corruption trial dealt the New Jersey Democrat a serious setback Monday, refusing to dismiss any of the charges in the case. Newark Federal Court Judge William Walls’ decision denying a defense motion to throw out the bribery charges ensures that the case will be given to a jury to decide the lawmaker’s fate. Walls ruled against defense arguments that the charges should be dropped because they didn’t meet a narrower definition of bribery under a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reversed the conviction of Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnel on corruption charges. Menendez is charged with accepting free flights on a private jet and other gifts from wealthy Florida doctor Salomon Melgen in exchange for pressuring government officials to take actions favorable to the friend’s business interests.” (10/16/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/16/menendez-corruption-trial-judge-refuses-to-toss-charges.html

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3) Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel’s subpoena
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. political research firm that commissioned a dossier on Donald Trump while he was running for president said on Monday it would not comply with subpoenas issued by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. Lawyers for Fusion GPS, which hired former British spy Christopher Steele to produce the Trump research, told the committee’s Republican chairman, U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, in a letter that the subpoenas were flawed and that nothing in the subpoenas indicated the intelligence committee had authorized him to issue them. The lawyers also questioned Nunes'[s] role in signing the subpoenas since he had recused himself from the committee’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.” (10/16/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia/firm-behind-trump-dossier-declines-to-respond-to-house-panels-subpoena-idUSKBN1CL2CK

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4) Bergdahl pleads guilty, faces up to life in prison
Source: CNN

“US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could spend the rest of his life behind bars after he pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was held in captivity by the Taliban until May 2014. … Bergdahl faces up to five years in prison for the desertion charge and up to life in prison for the charge of misbehavior before the enemy. The judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, said Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing will begin October 23.” (10/16/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/16/politics/bowe-bergdahl-guilty-plea/index.html

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5) Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump said Monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies. Trump’s remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a Washington Post/’60 Minutes’ investigation that Marino helped guide legislation that sailed through Congress last year with virtually no opposition. Trump said ‘we’re going to be looking into’ the investigation, while many Democrats and at least one Republican called for either modification or outright repeal of the law. Democrats also called on Trump to drop Marino as his pick to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.” [editor’s note: Leave the position vacant and furlough all employees! – TLK] (10/16/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/manchin-calls-on-trump-to-withdraw-marinos-nomination-as-drug-czar-in-wake-of-post60-minutes-probe/2017/10/16/b73ee1be-b287-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html

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6) Trump: Cuba “is responsible” for attacks on US personnel
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump says he believes Cuba ‘is responsible’ for attacks on American government personnel in Havana. Trump isn’t explaining whether he believes Cuba perpetrated the attacks or merely bears responsibility because they took place on Cuban soil. Previously, Trump’s administration has said Cuba bears responsibility for keeping U.S. workers safe in the country, but it hasn’t blamed Cuba for the attacks. Last week, White House chief of staff John Kelly said the U.S. believes Cuba could stop the attacks. But the U.S. has emphasized that’s because Cuba has tight control over security on the island, not because the U.S. believes President Raul Castro’s government is behind them. The U.S. says that 22 U.S. government workers are ‘medically confirmed’ to have been affected by invisible, unexplained attacks.” (10/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-Cuba-is-responsible-for-attacks-on-US-12281908.php

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7) Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
Source: USA Today

“Even in the normally mind-blowing science of astronomy, this discovery was special. Two months ago, scientists for the first time detected both the ripples in space and time and the light produced and emitted during the same cosmic event: the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. The discovery would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created. Neutron stars, formed when massive stars explode in supernovas, are the smallest, densest stars known to exist. A teaspoon of a neutron star has a mass of about a billion tons. The collision of neutron stars is known as a kilonova — an explosion similar to a supernova but on a smaller scale. The crash generated a fierce burst of gamma rays and a gravitational wave, a faint ripple in the fabric of space and time first theorized by Albert Einstein a century ago.” (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/10/16/scientists-witness-huge-cosmic-crash-kilonova/767559001

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8) Man rescued from the Taliban couldn’t believe Trump was president
Source: Raw Story

“A Canadian man rescued from a Taliban-linked group in Afghanistan last week said he thought his captors were joking when they told him Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States. Joshua Boyle and his wife, Caitlin Coleman, were kidnapped and held by the Haqqani network (whose leader is the deputy head of the Afghan Taliban) for five years and one day. Boyle and Coleman were rarely given any information on the outside world during their time in captivity. They didn’t even know Justin Trudeau was prime minister of Canada, for example, until after they were rescued. But when Boyle was forced to participate in a ‘proof-of-life’ video, one of the captors told him Donald Trump had been elected president. At the time, Boyle essentially took this comment as a joke. ‘It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,’ Boyle told the The Toronto Star. Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped while hiking in Afghanistan in late 2012.” (10/16/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/man-rescued-from-the-taliban-couldnt-believe-trump-was-president

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9) New mom who lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria sues hospital
Source: USA Today

“A new mom is suing a hospital in Canada after being diagnosed with a flesh-eating disease four days after giving birth. Lindsey Hubley claims negligence by doctors at IWK Health Centre in Nova Scotia contributed to her health problems, reports The Canadian Press. In March, Hubley gave birth to her son, Myles. A day after discharge, Hubley returned to the hospital and was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, necrotizing fasciitis is a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body’s soft tissue. Since her diagnosis, Hubley has had several surgeries, including amputations below both elbows and knees and a total hysterectomy, said the report. Hubley is also waiting for a kidney transplant. A lawyer representing the family told The Daily Mail doctors did not remove the entire placenta after her birth, and Hubley suffered a small tear in her uterus.” (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/new-mom-who-lost-limbs-flesh-eating-bacteria-sues-hospital/767520001

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10) TX: Government employee accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas
Source: United Press International

“Prosecutors in a Texas county said a Juvenile Justice Department employee is accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years. The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office said Gilberto Escaramilla, who works for the county’s Juvenile Justice Department, took the day off for a medical appointment Aug. 7 and a driver from the department’s meat vendor, Labatt Food Service in Harlingen, called the kitchen to inform workers of an 800-pound fajita delivery. A confused kitchen worker explained to the driver that the department doesn’t serve fajitas, leading the equally baffled driver to tell her he had been delivering fajitas to Juvenile Justice for nine years. … Escaramilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested Aug. 9 when the district attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant on his home and found packets of fajitas in his refrigerator. Investigators said Escaramilla had stolen a total $1,251,578 worth of fajitas.” (10/16/17)

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/10/16/Texas-county-worker-accused-of-stealing-12-million-worth-of-fajitas/4881508159284/

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11) FL: Scott declares state of emergency ahead of idiot racist knothead’s speech
Source: USA Today

“Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state gather at the University of Florida in advance of a Thursday event by white nationalist Richard B. Spencer. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell had asked Scott to declare the emergency as the university prepares for Spencer’s visit. The governor’s executive order places the state agency usually responsible for hurricanes at the front of the effort to preserve order during the event. It also places the Florida National Guard on standby. Anti-fascist groups, known as Antifa, plan to protest the white nationalist event. Both sides have talked on social media about using violence.” [editor’s note: I almost forgot it was this soon. Guess I need to start getting my kit together – TLK] (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/florida-governor-emergency-spencer-speech/769031001/

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12) GA: Hospital denies kidney transplant because recipient’s donor/father served time for violating probation
Source: CBS News

“A.J. Burgess was born a month too soon without a working kidney, WGCL-TV reports, and his father Anthony Dickerson is a 110 percent match for an organ donation. But surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta won’t perform the operation because Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation. … [A.J.’s mother] Carmella said that the hospital needed three to four months before the child’s father could donate his kidney. ‘The lady said we need your parole information and your probation info. He said ‘why?’ We need you to be on good behavior for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney. And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you basically,’ Carmella said.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/aj-burgess-kidney-transplant-father-probation-violation-emory-hospital-atlanta/

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13) CA: Brown vetoes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
Source: The Hill

“California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) late Sunday vetoed legislation that would have required presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to qualify for the state ballot. The bill passed the Democratic-dominated legislature after President Trump broke longstanding precedent by refusing to make public his tax returns during the 2016 campaign. But Brown said the measure represented a possible slippery slope that could force candidates to release other private information, like health records, school records — and even a birth certificate.” (10/16/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/355583-calif-governor-blocks-plan-to-force-trump-to-release-tax-returns

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14) SCOTUS backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a lower court that ordered a New Mexico city to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall. Civil liberties advocates behind the case called the decision involving the city of Bloomfield a victory for the separation of church and state. ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson said it sends a ‘strong message that the government should not be in the business of picking and choosing which sets of religious beliefs enjoy special favor in the community.’ However, David Cortman, a senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom, said the outcome did nothing to resolve confusion in lower courts involving such monuments.” (10/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Justices-reject-New-Mexico-city-s-Ten-12281159.php

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15) Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk
Source: Engadget

“Researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol that could allow hackers to intercept your credit card numbers, passwords, photos and other sensitive information. The flaws, dubbed ‘Key Reinstallation Attacks,’ or ‘Krack Attacks,’ are in the WiFi standard and not specific products. That means that just about every router, smartphone and PC out there could be impacted, though attacks against Linux and Android 6.0 or greater devices may be ‘particularly devastating,’ according to KU Leuven University’s Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, who found the flaw.” (10/16/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/16/wifi-vulnerability-krack-attack/

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16) Canada: Drone hits commercial aircraft
Source: CNet News

“It was, says the Canadian Minster of Transport, the first time it’s happened in Canada. In a statement issued on Sunday, Marc Garneau revealed that on Thursday, a Skyjet flight was struck by a drone as it approached Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City. … The Ministry of Transport told me that the aircraft was a Beech 100 King Air. The drone has not been identified. Garneau told CBC that ‘it could have been much more serious’ had the drone struck an engine or the cockpit. He said the drone had been flying 3 miles from the airport at 450 meters (around 1,500 feet). This is 150 meters above the legal limit. There were eight passengers on the plane.” (10/15/17)

https://www.cnet.com/news/drone-hits-commercial-aircraft-over-canada/

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17) Russia: Regime plans “CryptoRuble” cryptocurrency
Source: Newsweek

“Russia may soon become the world’s first country to launch a cryptocurrency backed by a nation state, according to reports. Similar to bitcoin, the CryptoRuble cryptocurrency will be underpinned by a online ledger known as a blockchain. Unlike bitcoin, however, it will not be possible for people to mine the virtual currency–the process of confirming cryptocurrency transactions and adding their record to the blockchain in order to generate new units of the currency. Local reports cited by cryptocurrency news website CoinTelegraph revealed that CryptoRubles can be exchanged for rubles, though a 13 percent tax will be levied if the holder is unable to explain where the CryptoRubles came from.” (10/16/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-cryptoruble-cryptocurrency-ruble-putin-685518

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18) Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under fire during a reconnaissance mission in Lebanese airspace, the Israeli military said Monday. No Israeli aircraft were hit by the anti-aircraft fire. Israel said the fire hailed from Syrian government-controlled SA-5 battery located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus. Two hours after, a separate aircraft ‘incapacitated’ the Syrian anti-aircraft position, Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.” (10/16/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-warplanes-strike-syrian-anti-aircraft-battery-after-coming-under-fire/a-40967599

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19) LA: Oil rig blast on lake leaves one missing, seven hurt
Source: CBS News

“An oil rig explosion on a lake north of New Orleans, apparently caused when cleaning chemicals ignited, injured seven people and left authorities searching for another, who was missing. There were ‘a lot of injuries,’ many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expected from the Sunday evening explosion on Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor told The Times-Picayune. No deaths were immediately reported.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oil-rig-blast-louisiana-lake-man-missing-7-people-hurt/

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20) Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

“Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remains unemployed after a 2016 season in which he began the movement of players protesting during the national anthem, has filed a grievance accusing NFL teams of improperly colluding to keep him out of the league, according to a person familiar with the case. Kaepernick reportedly has retained an attorney to pursue the collusion claim, and, according to the source, it will be Kaepernick’s outside legal representation and not the NFL Players Association primarily in charge of preparing and presenting his grievance. The collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union prohibits teams from conspiring to make decisions about signing a player. But the CBA also says the mere fact that a player is unsigned and evidence about the player’s qualifications to be on an NFL roster do not constitute proof of collusion.” (10/15/17)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/kaepernick-files-grievance-accusing-nfl-teams-of-colluding-against-him-20171015.html

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

21) Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“On October 11, President Trump tweeted that fake news was such a threat that someone should look into challenging network licenses on that basis. The next day, (October 12) he doubled down in a follow-up tweet that ‘Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate revoked.’ Unfortunately, his tweet contained some fake news of its own. It implied that networks are licensed, when, in fact, individual stations have broadcast licenses. And the difference implies that Trump’s suggested ‘solution’ is incapable of addressing the problem he sees. Further, his ‘if appropriate’ suggests that there is a situation in which pulling a broadcast license is appropriate for communicating something the President doesn’t like. But if one takes freedoms of speech and the press seriously, and applies those same standards to media that did not exist in our founders’ days, there is never a time to acceptably deny Americans’ freedoms, even for ‘fake news.’” (10/16/17)

https://mises.org/blog/trump-vs-jefferson-freedom-press

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22) Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions wants open borders, but only for police
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“In 2013, Microsoft refused to turn information from a customer’s email account over to law enforcement pursuant to a warrant in a narcotics investigation. The information, Microsoft noted, was stored on a server in Ireland. Ireland, as you may have learned in elementary school, is neither one of the fifty states nor a US territory. It’s a sovereign state with its own laws. US search warrants carry no weight there. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sided with Microsoft, and the full court denied the government’s request for a rehearing. Apparently they learned geography as youngsters, too. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, maybe not so much. But he does seem to have a perpetual burr under his fur about ‘national sovereignty.’” (10/16/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11659

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23) The United States again fails to make the top 10 freest countries
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“The newly released Economic Freedom of the World report ranks the United States 11th among the 159 countries and territories surveyed. The report, compiled by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute, and 70 other think tanks throughout the world, ‘seeks to measure the consistency of the institutions and policies of various countries with voluntary exchange and the other dimensions of economic freedom.’ The latest report uses data from 2015, the latest available. The United States rose two spots over its ranking based on 2014 data. The authors note the United States was ‘for decades among the top four countries in the index,’ though its trajectory was downward: second in 1980, third in 1990, fourth in 2000, and sixth in 2005. It held the 11th spot in 2010 before dropping to 13th in 2014. The United States scored 7.94 on a scale of 10 in the latest report. Its highest score was 8.62 in 2000.” (10/16/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/united-states-again-fails-make-top-10-freest-countries

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24) These doctors got fed up with insurance. Now they treat their patients like valued customers.
Source: Reason
by Mark McDaniel

“One of the most profound changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act is that it drove thousands of independent doctors to throw in the towel and join large hospital networks. This is particularly true of primary care doctors. As the rules involving medical records, billing codes, and prior authorizations have gotten more complex, physicians find they can’t survive without joining large health care networks. And they’re becoming increasingly demoralized. Today there’s a small but growing movement of doctors who are opting out of the traditional health care system by no longer accepting insurance. This new approach is is called ‘direct primary care,’ but it’s essentially a throwback to an era before insurance companies were responsible for covering routine services like ear infections or strep cultures.” (10/16/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/10/16/doctors-direct-primary-care

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25) JFK and regime change conspiracies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What is a conspiracy? It’s nothing more than an agreement between two or more people to carry out an illicit or illegal act. There’s nothing mysterious about conspiracies. They happen all the time, especially in the drug trade. If you have any doubts about this, just walk into any federal courthouse in the land and ask the District Clerk to show you the federal criminal indictments that have been issued in the last year. Just look at the first count of the indictment because it’s the one that almost always alleges a conspiracy. I’ll bet that 95 percent of federal criminal indictments allege a conspiracy. What we are talking about in the Kennedy assassination is nothing more than a regime-change operation or, if you will, a regime-change conspiracy.” (10/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/16/jfk-regime-change-conspiracies/

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26) On ObamaCare, Trump being attacked for upholding the law
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump’s decision to stop funding an ObamaCare subsidy program is being treated as an attempt to sabotage the law. In reality, Trump is abiding by the law as the Democrats wrote it. There is no question that stopping payments for ObamaCare’s ‘cost sharing reduction’ subsidies will have serious implications. Insurance companies have been warning state insurance regulators that they’ll have to jack up premiums even higher next year if these subsidies go away, and the Congressional Budget Office reported that it could push up premiums by 20%. But there’s an important element missing from the lamentations coming from the insurance industry, from Democrats, and even from some Republicans about Trump’s decision. The ObamaCare law, as written, plainly doesn’t allow Trump to make these payments. Here’s why.” (10/13/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/on-obamacare-trump-is-being-attacked-for-upholding-the-law

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27) “Me too” is a branch issue, and a distraction
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Branch issues are all the rage in the media, very rarely is a root issue given the light of day. Root issues are things like the childhood trauma, monopoly policing, compulsory education, interventionist war, and inflationary central banking. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but the deepest root of them all is the belief that some people have the right to hurt or steal from other people without just cause (eg. self-defense). The roots are the primary source of nourishment for the branches.” (10/16/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/branch-issue-distraction

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28) Do the math, tax cuts are bound to increase the national debt
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Speaking to a group of workers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his proposed tax-cut package ‘will be rocket fuel’ for the U.S. economy. It was Trump’s sly way of reinforcing a message that the White House has sent since it first rolled out a framework for the tax cut in April. The message: Instead of adding to the $20 trillion national debt, the GOP tax cut will pay for itself; there’s no need to produce some $5 trillion in savings over the next decade to pay for the cuts. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin uttered that mantra after the rollout when he told the Institute of International Finance, ‘The plan will pay for itself with growth.’ The current package would lower the corporate tax rate from 38.9 percent to 20 percent and lower personal income taxes; the top rate would fall from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. That should mean a bigger deficit, right?” (10/15/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/10/15/do-the-math-tax-cuts-are-bound-to-increase-the-national-debt-n2394954

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29) Like Google, Amazon wants good government over gimmickry
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“The imaginations of municipal governments across the country have been captured by the prospect of being chosen as the location of Amazon’s second headquarters. The project promises 50,000 jobs and an overall investment of $5 billion. How likely is Kansas City to win? While the details of Kansas City’s pitch remain predictably secret, other cities have made offerings, both substantive and gimmicky. Tucson, Arizona, tried to send Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a 21-foot cactus. Stonecrest, Georgia, recently offered to name part of the town Amazon if chosen. Not to be outdone, Kansas City Mayor Sly James took to the internet in a ‘desperate’ attempt to get attention by spamming Amazon’s website with hundreds of fake product reviews each extolling the town.” (10/16/17)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-government/google-amazon-wants-good-government-over-gimmickry

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30) Economic freedom is the key to female empowerment
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Chelsea Follett

“Rafia Zakaria made some outstanding points in her recent New York Times op-ed, ‘The Myth of Women’s ‘Empowerment” — but she also made some conspicuous omissions. In her piece, she draws attention to the international aid industry’s flawed and patronizing approach to female empowerment. However, she overlooks the importance of women’s economic empowerment, focusing solely on political empowerment, as if the two were not intimately linked.” (10/16/17)

https://fee.org/articles/economic-freedom-is-the-key-to-female-empowerment/

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31) Low public approval of President Trump, yet unusually high consumer confidence
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“How did we get to a place where The President of the United States has historically low approval at the same time we have recent highs for consumer confidence? Almost everything President Trump does has an impact on the economy, and on consumers. That includes national security, immigration, taxes, health care, budgets, treaties, government regulations, and international relations. If the public is optimistic about the economy, that is normally the same as having confidence in the president. At least on the big-ticket items. The types of presidential actions that have lower impact on the economy include court appointments, opinions on confederate statues, NFL kneeling, transgenders in the military, birth control funding, unpresidential tweets, poorly-executed disavowals, hyperbole that fails the fact-checking, seemingly unnecessary political attacks, and all manner of obnoxious presidential behavior. The majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump on at least some of those topics. I don’t think we’ve ever seen something like this before. A majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump while simultaneously having confidence he’ll get most of the big stuff right and the economy will reflect it.” (10/14/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/166397088926/low-public-approval-of-president-trump-yet

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32) The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent the defendant from presenting a robust defense or cross-examining adverse witnesses. You know what would happen — at least in a fair and just society. The victim would be exonerated and compensated. The prosecutor and judge would be disbarred, fined and jailed. What you may not know is that the Obama EPA engaged in similar prosecutorial misconduct to convict fossil fuels of causing climate chaos and endangering the health and wellbeing of Americans.” (10/16/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/the-obama-epas-crooked-prosecutors/

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33) Healthcare order expands insurance
Source: USA Today
by Michael D Tanner

“For all the headlines about ‘dismantling Obamacare,’ President Trump’s executive order will likely have less of an impact than its supporters hope or critics fear. Still, it represents a modest step toward giving consumers more choices and expanding millions of Americans’ access to lower cost insurance that better fits their individual needs. First, understand what this order is not. It neither takes anyone’s insurance away nor removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions. What it does is allow small businesses that band together to buy group insurance plans to be treated the same way as big companies are today. That includes the ability to buy insurance across state lines, and an exemption from some of Obamacare’s expensive mandated benefits. Plans might offer fewer benefits, but they could cost a lot less.” [editor’s note: The real advantage of this would be the formation of “associations” to allow the self-employed and others to get “group rates” on “coverage” – SAT] (10/15/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/15/health-care-order-expands-insurance-editorials-debates/106692174

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34) Who is competent to decide what offends?
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“As the ranks of college administrators have swelled in higher education, one task they’ve undertaken is more aggressively training students — and at times, faculty members — in what is variously called ‘cultural competence’ or ‘diversity and inclusion.’ The aims of these efforts are laudable. College ought to be as welcoming to students from historically marginalized groups as it is to anyone else; and it ought to prepare all students for civic life in a hugely diverse society. But when training faculty members or educating students so that they are ‘culturally competent,’ a process that should involve telling them pertinent facts, is instead used as a pretext to indoctrinate them into a contested ideology, the laudable becomes objectionable.” (10/16/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/who-is-competent-to-decide-what-offends/542523/

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35) Surveillance “reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s long, slow goodbye
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“Over 16 years after the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent repeated passage or renewal of draconian ‘temporary’ but ’emergency’ domestic surveillance laws in response, it’s fair to ask: Have we officially abandoned the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights? With the expiration of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) less than three months away, now is a good time to review the effects of these surveillance laws in the seemingly endless ‘War on Terror.’ But first, a quick recap of America’s embrace of mass surveillance in the post-9/11 era.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/surveillance-reform-fourth-amendments-long-slow-goodbye

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36) How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people
Source: The New Republic
by Clio Chang

“During Barack Obama’s two terms in office, Democrats lost ground at the state level–a lot of ground. Republicans now dominate state legislatures to a greater degree than at any time since the Civil War, making it nearly impossible for Democrats to enact any meaningful policies in large swaths of the country. But in the midst of last year’s electoral wipeout, there was one bright spot: Citizens took the law into their own hands, introducing 71 ballot initiatives in 16 states — the most in a decade. … But such victories have proved short-lived. Republican legislatures responded to the surge in civic participation by using their power to effectively overrule the will of the people–and to make it harder to enact citizen-backed reforms in the future.” (10/16/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145006/gop-lawmakers-ignore-will-people-voters-passed-liberal-ballot-initiatives-republicans-throwing-them-out

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37) Austria: So much for the death of populism
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Austria makes two things clear. First, that the much-discussed ‘end of populism,’ which became a huge, excitable talking point following Macron’s victory in France, is a fantasy. Populist politics and parties aren’t going away, because the questions they raise, or at least the public concerns they tap into, are still there, bristling, unresolved. What does Europe stand for? Who should decide on issues such as mass migration? Isn’t democracy preferable to technocracy? And why should I vote for politicians who have nothing but disdain for my way of life, my values, and my right to have a say? People will keep asking and thinking these things. And the second thing it makes clear is the utter failure of the left to understand, engage with, and possibly even mould or lead the populist feeling in Europe right now.” (10/16/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/austria-so-much-for-the-death-of-populism/

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38) Mises was a neocon, and other oddities
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“It is of great comfort to us who share an antiquarian passion for the history of political thought that fundamental questions such as, ‘What is the state?’ invariably come to the surface. But sometimes you get the impression that new interpretations focus more on the ‘political’ than on the ‘thought.’ I’m referring to a long opinion piece published by Yoram Hazony in The Wall Street Journal. From his byline we know that Mr Hazony, President of the Jerusalem-based Herzl Institute, is publishing a book entitled The Virtue of Nationalism. His article’s political goal is clear: he wants to argue that Donald Trump’s blend of conservatism is in line with an old tradition that goes back to Edmund Burke. Trump is thus implicitly considered the torch-bearer of a system of ideas that value the nation-state as providing the soil which allowed Western liberty to flourish. From this comes skepticism towards exporting such values in different cultures and a similar anxiety for opening the door to immigrants that come from illiberal cultures.” (10/16/17)

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

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39) Trump’s trade policy is madness
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I applaud your clear explanation of the great damage that Trump’s proposed changes to Nafta will inflict on the American economy (‘Trump’s Nafta Threat,’ Oct. 16). Yet one feature of Trump’s approach to trade warrants more explicit criticism — namely, his belief that we Americans benefit from trade the more we export and the less we import. It cannot be said too often that exports are the costs that we pay for the goods and services that we import. And so when Trump boasts that he’ll deploy his tough negotiating skills to rework Nafta in order to increase American exports and reduce American imports, he boasts, in fact, that he’ll negotiate to ensure that Americans pay more and receive in return less.” (10/16/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/trumps-trade-policy-unalloyed-madness.html

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40) How to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt
Source: The American Prospect
by Ellen Brown

“During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island’s bond debt. He said on October 3: ‘You know they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street. We’re gonna have to wipe that out. That’s gonna have to be — you know, you can say goodbye to that. I don’t know if it’s Goldman Sachs but whoever it is, you can wave good-bye to that.’ How did the president plan to pull this off? Pam Martens and Russ Martens, writing in Wall Street on Parade, note that the U.S. municipal bond market holds $3.8 trillion in debt, and it is not just owned by Wall Street banks. Mom-and-pop retail investors are exposed to billions of dollars of potential losses through their holdings of Puerto Rican municipal bonds, either directly or in mutual funds. Wiping out Puerto Rico’s debt, they warned, could undermine confidence in the municipal bond market, causing bond interest rates to rise, imposing an additional burden on already-struggling states and municipalities across the country.” (10/16/17)

http://prospect.org/article/how-wipe-out-puerto-rico%E2%80%99s-debt

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41) More gun lies your leaders are telling you
Source: The Price of Liberty
by L Reichard White

“To start with, as per the Standard Anti-Self-Defense Handbook — and using the so-far unexplained Las Vegas shooting spree as the latest platform — the usual Second Amendment scoff-laws still prominently include firearm suicides in their gun-death tally. Thank goodness folks deprived of guns won’t use overdoses, tranquilizers-plus-booze, carbon monoxide, razor blades, poison, etc. — and bridges, tall buildings, and open windows for jumping — if they can’t get guns! Or are the usual Congressional victim-disarmers misleading us again?” (10/16/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/10/16/more-gun-lies-your-leaders-are-telling-you/

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42) Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“The seemingly accepted wisdom that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are paired madmen on the edge of war has little to support it other than projected fears. There will be no war because war on the Korean peninsula benefits no one and is very bad for everyone. North Korea’s weapons, nuclear and conventional, are arguably the most defensive ever fielded. They have not been used offensively since 1953. They exist as a perfect example of how mutually assured destruction works.” (10/16/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-and-kim-madmen-not-so-fast/

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43) “WE ARE AT WAR!” Oh, really? Some questions
Source: OpEdNews
by Enrest Partridge

“When Russia tries to interfere with the American elections, our media calls it ‘the equivalent of war.’ When the United States does the same thing to Iran, Chile, Ukraine, Russia, etc. (it’s a long list), we call it ‘regime change.’ ‘At war with Russia?’ Where are the missile launches, the air combat, the marines on the beaches, the armies in deadly combat, the bombed cities? And where are the casualties — the young men killed in battle? None of the above? Then in what realistic sense are we ‘at war?’ Even so, we are told that this is ‘the equivalent of war!’ If so, then so too was Iran (1952), Chile (1973), Ukraine (2014), when we overthrew legally elected governments, and in Russia (1996) when we successfully prevented Yeltsin’s defeat. Did we then hear hyperventilating media rhetoric about ‘the equivalent of war?’” (10/16/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/WE-ARE-AT-WAR–Oh-Reall-by-Ernest-Partridge-Russia-Bashing_Us-russia-Relations_War-With-Russia-171016-821.html

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44) Somerville’s campaign to separate the progressives from the poseurs
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“Most of Rand Wilson’s knocks went unanswered, but seeds were planted. At one house, a 30-year-old registered Democrat, Caitlin, lit up when he mentioned Bernie Sanders. ‘So is this what he meant by the political revolution?’ she asks. She didn’t join Our Revolution Somerville (ORS), but did say she would take a closer look at its slate. In Somerville, Mass. the battle for the future of the Democratic Party is waged street by street. Wilson and other ORS members plan to overthrow the political establishment in a city where Democrats have long controlled the levers of power. It’ll be one step, they hope, toward transforming the party. Wilson, a union organizer with SEIU Local 888, was one of a dozen ORS members who canvassed that day. The goal is to knock on 3,000 doors by Election Day on November 7, turn out new voters for ORS’ endorsed candidates, sign up new members, and get signatures on a petition to put an initiative for paid family and medical leave on the Massachusetts ballot in 2018.” (10/16/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20580/separating-progressives-from-the-poseurs

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45) Imagine a brand-new USA
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“Imagine that there was another revolution. And that nothing big had changed. Demographics, power dynamics, culture, our economic system and political values were pretty much the same as they are now. If we Americans rolled up our sleeves and reimagined our political system from scratch, if we wrote up a brand-new constitution for 2017, what would a brand-spanking-new United States Version 2.0 look like today? A lot of stuff would be different.” (10/16/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/16/imagine-a-brand-new-usa/

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46) Trump’s big bet — that Republican voters like him more than their party or Congress
Source: The Daily Beast
by Liz Mair

“Trump may have bad approval ratings, but Republican voters still like him more than not. However unpopular the president may be, he’s still more popular than Congress and the GOP. This is the Republican conundrum, and why it’s very possible that despite gerrymandering, ideological self-segregation of voters, and the existence of many (if not most) Americans in philosophical or identitarian echo chambers, Democrats will over-perform next year. It’s hard to earn rewards in politics when the perception consistently exists that you’re a do-nothing who has literally been neutered by a cartoon character-like figure who keeps your balls in a glass jar on the corner of the Resolute Desk.” (10/16/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-big-betthat-republican-voters-like-him-more-than-their-party-or-congress

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47) A call for “do-nothing” presidents without legacies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Some in the news media and editorial page pundits are aghast that many of President Donald Trump’s executive orders and legislative proposals sent off to the United States Congress represent an attempt to undue [sic] the presidential ‘legacy’ of Barack Obama. The question is, why should it be presumed that presidents need to have policy legacies to leave behind after their term in office has ended?” (10/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/call-nothing-presidents-without-legacies/

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48) Quantum Vibe, 10/16/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/16/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1708

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49) Force over persuasion
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Today’s campus radicals assert that free speech is bad because it ‘gives voice’ to people with hateful, dangerous views. Does that argument seem at all familiar? It is the old RightThink rationale for censorship. A recent Spiked ‘Unsafe Spaces’ event at Rutgers (‘Identity Politics: the New Racialism’) was interrupted by now-too-famiar shouts and out-of-turn questions and invective. Kmele Foster, one of the panelists, had been explaining how important free speech rights were to the civil rights protesters in the 1960s, and to Martin Luther King in particular.” (10/16/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/16/force-over-persuasion/

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50) The upcoming increase in interest rates
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“The most egregious error made by central banks and economists alike is the assumption that gradually raising interest rates acts as a brake on the rate of economic expansion, and therefore controls price inflation. Economic commentators generally regard interest rates as the ‘price’ of money. It is from this fallacy that the belief arises that manipulating interest rates has a predictable effect on the demand for money in circulation relative to goods, and therefore can be used to target price inflation. This line of reasoning makes even a sieve look watertight.” (10/16/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/10/the-upcoming-increase-in-interest-rates/

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

51) Reason Podcast, 10/16/17
Source: Reason

“Is Harvey Weinstein the embodiment of Hollywood sleaze, or the last straggler in a bygone age of pervasive sexual harassment? Reason’s Nick Gillespie, Katherine-Mangu Ward, and Matt Welch join Andrew Heaton to discuss how social media is bringing an end to open secrets. Also, President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal is now in limbo. Is it inevitable that Iran will get the bomb? Can nuclear proliferation actually make the world safer? Other topics: the latest threats to the First Amendment, and how Donald Trump is changing American health care.” [various formats] (10/16/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/16/harvey-weinstein-iran-nuclear-deal

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52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 317
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s show, we take a slightly different path away from libertarian philosophy and politics and welcome in clinical psychologist and speaker Dr. Michael Edelstein. Dr. Edelstein starts off by explaining how he became interested in clinical psychology and how that eventually led him to meet Walter Block and — after several years of debate — to him becoming a libertarian. Dr. Edestein then explains his view on self-esteem, and why he is critical of its promotion specifically by Nathaniel Branden and Ayn Rand. Marc and Michael then discuss the concept of ‘libertaran burnout’ and how passionate libertarians can adjust their expectations in order to avoid this common phenomenon.” (10/16/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/10/16/self-esteem-libertarian-burnout-dr-michael-edelstein/

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/16/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell, John Vibes, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about the latest BTC mania, filling free time with barely paid surveys, banishing yourself from social media just to get stuff done, the psychological toll of FB, an ‘anarchist’ creating DIY medicines, data storage sniffing police dogs, aging music stars being harassed over their medicine, and an ode to a nana.” [various formats] (10/16/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15148

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54) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/15/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“GUEST: Professor Luis Perez-Breva, the head of MIT’s Innovation Teams Program and an expert on artificial intelligence.” [various formats] (10/15/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/10/15/professor-luis-perez-breva-on-artificial-intelligence-t5f82

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55) Flags, protest & compelled patriotism
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Neither the NFL Rules nor the Game Operations Manual says players must stand during the national anthem, and the NFL puts the same importance on players ‘hold[ing] helmets in their left hand’ as they do on standing: it’s just a suggestion. It should also be noted that the pregame protests have been respectful to those wishing to celebrate ‘Country, Flag and National Anthem;’ however those who are livid at the thought of someone not being respectful in the manner they believe respect should be shown, are essentially saying: ‘Stand up, shut up, do as you’re told, and if you want to protest, do it some other time and in a place where no one can see you … because freedom!’ That’s not how freedom works.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/15/17)

http://fpp.cc/flags-protest-compelled-patriotism/

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56) Free Talk Live, 10/15/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“School Sucks Across America :: Forest Fires :: Public Schools :: Jews! :: Activism :: Music Industry :: USA Doomed! :: Healthcare Subscription :: Standing for the National Anthem :: HOSTS — Mark, Jonny Ray, Brett V.” [various formats] (10/15/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-15

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57) Interview: Nelson Chartrand
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Nelson Chartrand. Herein we discussed his path to Anarcho Capitalism, Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Creature from Jekyll Island, Frederic Bastiat, Larken Rose, Economics in One Lesson, Cuba at present, economic climate, Socialism and Communism confusion, socialized medicine, Cuban experiment, imprisonment of freedom lovers, hunger strike story, obtaining food in Cuba, future plans of the Cuban Libertarian Party and more!” [various formats] (10/15/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/nelson-chartrand-anarcho-capitalist-and-founder-of-the-libertarian-party-in-cuba/

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Rational Review News Digest, 10/17/17 — Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion; Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press

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In the News:

1) Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion
2) Judge refuses to toss charges in Menendez corruption trial
3) Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel’s subpoena
4) Bergdahl pleads guilty, faces up to life in prison
5) Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe
6) Trump: Cuba “is responsible” for attacks on US personnel
7) Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
8) Man rescued from the Taliban couldn’t believe Trump was president
9) New mom who lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria sues hospital
10) TX: Government employee accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas
11) FL: Scott declares state of emergency ahead of idiot racist knothead’s speech
12) GA: Hospital denies kidney transplant because recipient’s donor/father served time for violating probation
13) CA: Brown vetoes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
14) SCOTUS backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico
15) Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk
16) Canada: Drone hits commercial aircraft
17) Russia: Regime plans “CryptoRuble” cryptocurrency
18) Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery
19) LA: Oil rig blast on lake leaves one missing, seven hurt
20) Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press
22) Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions wants open borders, but only for police
23) The United States again fails to make the top 10 freest countries
24) These doctors got fed up with insurance. Now they treat their patients like valued customers.
25) JFK and regime change conspiracies
26) On ObamaCare, Trump being attacked for upholding the law
27) “Me too” is a branch issue, and a distraction
28) Do the math, tax cuts are bound to increase the national debt
29) Like Google, Amazon wants good government over gimmickry
30) Economic freedom is the key to female empowerment
31) Low public approval of President Trump, yet unusually high consumer confidence
32) The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors
33) Healthcare order expands insurance
34) Who is competent to decide what offends?
35) Surveillance “reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s long, slow goodbye
36) How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people
37) Austria: So much for the death of populism
38) Mises was a neocon, and other oddities
39) Trump’s trade policy is madness
40) How to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt
41) More gun lies your leaders are telling you
42) Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast
43) “WE ARE AT WAR!” Oh, really? Some questions
44) Somerville’s campaign to separate the progressives from the poseurs
45) Imagine a brand-new USA
46) Trump’s big bet — that Republican voters like him more than their party or Congress
47) A call for “do-nothing” presidents without legacies
48) Quantum Vibe, 10/16/17
49) Force over persuasion
50) The upcoming increase in interest rates

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 10/16/17
52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 317
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/16/17
54) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/15/17
55) Flags, protest & compelled patriotism
56) Free Talk Live, 10/15/17
57) Interview: Nelson Chartrand

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1) Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion
Source: CBS News

“Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month’s Kurdish vote for independence. The move by the Iraqi military and its allied militias so soon after neutralizing the ISIS in northern Iraq hinted at a country that could once again turn on itself after disposing of a common enemy. President Trump expressed disappointment the two sides were fighting but stressed that the U.S. isn’t seeking to openly take sides in the dispute.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kurds-iraq-kirkuk-isis-peshmerga-iraqi-troops/

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2) Judge refuses to toss charges in Menendez corruption trial
Source: Fox News

“The federal judge presiding over the Sen. Bob Menendez corruption trial dealt the New Jersey Democrat a serious setback Monday, refusing to dismiss any of the charges in the case. Newark Federal Court Judge William Walls’ decision denying a defense motion to throw out the bribery charges ensures that the case will be given to a jury to decide the lawmaker’s fate. Walls ruled against defense arguments that the charges should be dropped because they didn’t meet a narrower definition of bribery under a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reversed the conviction of Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnel on corruption charges. Menendez is charged with accepting free flights on a private jet and other gifts from wealthy Florida doctor Salomon Melgen in exchange for pressuring government officials to take actions favorable to the friend’s business interests.” (10/16/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/16/menendez-corruption-trial-judge-refuses-to-toss-charges.html

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3) Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel’s subpoena
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. political research firm that commissioned a dossier on Donald Trump while he was running for president said on Monday it would not comply with subpoenas issued by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. Lawyers for Fusion GPS, which hired former British spy Christopher Steele to produce the Trump research, told the committee’s Republican chairman, U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, in a letter that the subpoenas were flawed and that nothing in the subpoenas indicated the intelligence committee had authorized him to issue them. The lawyers also questioned Nunes'[s] role in signing the subpoenas since he had recused himself from the committee’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.” (10/16/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia/firm-behind-trump-dossier-declines-to-respond-to-house-panels-subpoena-idUSKBN1CL2CK

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4) Bergdahl pleads guilty, faces up to life in prison
Source: CNN

“US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could spend the rest of his life behind bars after he pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was held in captivity by the Taliban until May 2014. … Bergdahl faces up to five years in prison for the desertion charge and up to life in prison for the charge of misbehavior before the enemy. The judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, said Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing will begin October 23.” (10/16/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/16/politics/bowe-bergdahl-guilty-plea/index.html

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5) Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump said Monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies. Trump’s remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a Washington Post/’60 Minutes’ investigation that Marino helped guide legislation that sailed through Congress last year with virtually no opposition. Trump said ‘we’re going to be looking into’ the investigation, while many Democrats and at least one Republican called for either modification or outright repeal of the law. Democrats also called on Trump to drop Marino as his pick to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.” [editor’s note: Leave the position vacant and furlough all employees! – TLK] (10/16/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/manchin-calls-on-trump-to-withdraw-marinos-nomination-as-drug-czar-in-wake-of-post60-minutes-probe/2017/10/16/b73ee1be-b287-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html

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6) Trump: Cuba “is responsible” for attacks on US personnel
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump says he believes Cuba ‘is responsible’ for attacks on American government personnel in Havana. Trump isn’t explaining whether he believes Cuba perpetrated the attacks or merely bears responsibility because they took place on Cuban soil. Previously, Trump’s administration has said Cuba bears responsibility for keeping U.S. workers safe in the country, but it hasn’t blamed Cuba for the attacks. Last week, White House chief of staff John Kelly said the U.S. believes Cuba could stop the attacks. But the U.S. has emphasized that’s because Cuba has tight control over security on the island, not because the U.S. believes President Raul Castro’s government is behind them. The U.S. says that 22 U.S. government workers are ‘medically confirmed’ to have been affected by invisible, unexplained attacks.” (10/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-Cuba-is-responsible-for-attacks-on-US-12281908.php

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7) Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
Source: USA Today

“Even in the normally mind-blowing science of astronomy, this discovery was special. Two months ago, scientists for the first time detected both the ripples in space and time and the light produced and emitted during the same cosmic event: the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. The discovery would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created. Neutron stars, formed when massive stars explode in supernovas, are the smallest, densest stars known to exist. A teaspoon of a neutron star has a mass of about a billion tons. The collision of neutron stars is known as a kilonova — an explosion similar to a supernova but on a smaller scale. The crash generated a fierce burst of gamma rays and a gravitational wave, a faint ripple in the fabric of space and time first theorized by Albert Einstein a century ago.” (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/10/16/scientists-witness-huge-cosmic-crash-kilonova/767559001

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8) Man rescued from the Taliban couldn’t believe Trump was president
Source: Raw Story

“A Canadian man rescued from a Taliban-linked group in Afghanistan last week said he thought his captors were joking when they told him Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States. Joshua Boyle and his wife, Caitlin Coleman, were kidnapped and held by the Haqqani network (whose leader is the deputy head of the Afghan Taliban) for five years and one day. Boyle and Coleman were rarely given any information on the outside world during their time in captivity. They didn’t even know Justin Trudeau was prime minister of Canada, for example, until after they were rescued. But when Boyle was forced to participate in a ‘proof-of-life’ video, one of the captors told him Donald Trump had been elected president. At the time, Boyle essentially took this comment as a joke. ‘It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,’ Boyle told the The Toronto Star. Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped while hiking in Afghanistan in late 2012.” (10/16/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/man-rescued-from-the-taliban-couldnt-believe-trump-was-president

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9) New mom who lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria sues hospital
Source: USA Today

“A new mom is suing a hospital in Canada after being diagnosed with a flesh-eating disease four days after giving birth. Lindsey Hubley claims negligence by doctors at IWK Health Centre in Nova Scotia contributed to her health problems, reports The Canadian Press. In March, Hubley gave birth to her son, Myles. A day after discharge, Hubley returned to the hospital and was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, necrotizing fasciitis is a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body’s soft tissue. Since her diagnosis, Hubley has had several surgeries, including amputations below both elbows and knees and a total hysterectomy, said the report. Hubley is also waiting for a kidney transplant. A lawyer representing the family told The Daily Mail doctors did not remove the entire placenta after her birth, and Hubley suffered a small tear in her uterus.” (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/new-mom-who-lost-limbs-flesh-eating-bacteria-sues-hospital/767520001

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10) TX: Government employee accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas
Source: United Press International

“Prosecutors in a Texas county said a Juvenile Justice Department employee is accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years. The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office said Gilberto Escaramilla, who works for the county’s Juvenile Justice Department, took the day off for a medical appointment Aug. 7 and a driver from the department’s meat vendor, Labatt Food Service in Harlingen, called the kitchen to inform workers of an 800-pound fajita delivery. A confused kitchen worker explained to the driver that the department doesn’t serve fajitas, leading the equally baffled driver to tell her he had been delivering fajitas to Juvenile Justice for nine years. … Escaramilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested Aug. 9 when the district attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant on his home and found packets of fajitas in his refrigerator. Investigators said Escaramilla had stolen a total $1,251,578 worth of fajitas.” (10/16/17)

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/10/16/Texas-county-worker-accused-of-stealing-12-million-worth-of-fajitas/4881508159284/

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11) FL: Scott declares state of emergency ahead of idiot racist knothead’s speech
Source: USA Today

“Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state gather at the University of Florida in advance of a Thursday event by white nationalist Richard B. Spencer. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell had asked Scott to declare the emergency as the university prepares for Spencer’s visit. The governor’s executive order places the state agency usually responsible for hurricanes at the front of the effort to preserve order during the event. It also places the Florida National Guard on standby. Anti-fascist groups, known as Antifa, plan to protest the white nationalist event. Both sides have talked on social media about using violence.” [editor’s note: I almost forgot it was this soon. Guess I need to start getting my kit together – TLK] (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/florida-governor-emergency-spencer-speech/769031001/

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12) GA: Hospital denies kidney transplant because recipient’s donor/father served time for violating probation
Source: CBS News

“A.J. Burgess was born a month too soon without a working kidney, WGCL-TV reports, and his father Anthony Dickerson is a 110 percent match for an organ donation. But surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta won’t perform the operation because Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation. … [A.J.’s mother] Carmella said that the hospital needed three to four months before the child’s father could donate his kidney. ‘The lady said we need your parole information and your probation info. He said ‘why?’ We need you to be on good behavior for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney. And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you basically,’ Carmella said.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/aj-burgess-kidney-transplant-father-probation-violation-emory-hospital-atlanta/

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13) CA: Brown vetoes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
Source: The Hill

“California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) late Sunday vetoed legislation that would have required presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to qualify for the state ballot. The bill passed the Democratic-dominated legislature after President Trump broke longstanding precedent by refusing to make public his tax returns during the 2016 campaign. But Brown said the measure represented a possible slippery slope that could force candidates to release other private information, like health records, school records — and even a birth certificate.” (10/16/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/355583-calif-governor-blocks-plan-to-force-trump-to-release-tax-returns

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14) SCOTUS backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a lower court that ordered a New Mexico city to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall. Civil liberties advocates behind the case called the decision involving the city of Bloomfield a victory for the separation of church and state. ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson said it sends a ‘strong message that the government should not be in the business of picking and choosing which sets of religious beliefs enjoy special favor in the community.’ However, David Cortman, a senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom, said the outcome did nothing to resolve confusion in lower courts involving such monuments.” (10/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Justices-reject-New-Mexico-city-s-Ten-12281159.php

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15) Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk
Source: Engadget

“Researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol that could allow hackers to intercept your credit card numbers, passwords, photos and other sensitive information. The flaws, dubbed ‘Key Reinstallation Attacks,’ or ‘Krack Attacks,’ are in the WiFi standard and not specific products. That means that just about every router, smartphone and PC out there could be impacted, though attacks against Linux and Android 6.0 or greater devices may be ‘particularly devastating,’ according to KU Leuven University’s Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, who found the flaw.” (10/16/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/16/wifi-vulnerability-krack-attack/

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16) Canada: Drone hits commercial aircraft
Source: CNet News

“It was, says the Canadian Minster of Transport, the first time it’s happened in Canada. In a statement issued on Sunday, Marc Garneau revealed that on Thursday, a Skyjet flight was struck by a drone as it approached Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City. … The Ministry of Transport told me that the aircraft was a Beech 100 King Air. The drone has not been identified. Garneau told CBC that ‘it could have been much more serious’ had the drone struck an engine or the cockpit. He said the drone had been flying 3 miles from the airport at 450 meters (around 1,500 feet). This is 150 meters above the legal limit. There were eight passengers on the plane.” (10/15/17)

https://www.cnet.com/news/drone-hits-commercial-aircraft-over-canada/

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17) Russia: Regime plans “CryptoRuble” cryptocurrency
Source: Newsweek

“Russia may soon become the world’s first country to launch a cryptocurrency backed by a nation state, according to reports. Similar to bitcoin, the CryptoRuble cryptocurrency will be underpinned by a online ledger known as a blockchain. Unlike bitcoin, however, it will not be possible for people to mine the virtual currency–the process of confirming cryptocurrency transactions and adding their record to the blockchain in order to generate new units of the currency. Local reports cited by cryptocurrency news website CoinTelegraph revealed that CryptoRubles can be exchanged for rubles, though a 13 percent tax will be levied if the holder is unable to explain where the CryptoRubles came from.” (10/16/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-cryptoruble-cryptocurrency-ruble-putin-685518

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18) Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under fire during a reconnaissance mission in Lebanese airspace, the Israeli military said Monday. No Israeli aircraft were hit by the anti-aircraft fire. Israel said the fire hailed from Syrian government-controlled SA-5 battery located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus. Two hours after, a separate aircraft ‘incapacitated’ the Syrian anti-aircraft position, Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.” (10/16/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-warplanes-strike-syrian-anti-aircraft-battery-after-coming-under-fire/a-40967599

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19) LA: Oil rig blast on lake leaves one missing, seven hurt
Source: CBS News

“An oil rig explosion on a lake north of New Orleans, apparently caused when cleaning chemicals ignited, injured seven people and left authorities searching for another, who was missing. There were ‘a lot of injuries,’ many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expected from the Sunday evening explosion on Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor told The Times-Picayune. No deaths were immediately reported.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oil-rig-blast-louisiana-lake-man-missing-7-people-hurt/

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20) Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

“Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remains unemployed after a 2016 season in which he began the movement of players protesting during the national anthem, has filed a grievance accusing NFL teams of improperly colluding to keep him out of the league, according to a person familiar with the case. Kaepernick reportedly has retained an attorney to pursue the collusion claim, and, according to the source, it will be Kaepernick’s outside legal representation and not the NFL Players Association primarily in charge of preparing and presenting his grievance. The collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union prohibits teams from conspiring to make decisions about signing a player. But the CBA also says the mere fact that a player is unsigned and evidence about the player’s qualifications to be on an NFL roster do not constitute proof of collusion.” (10/15/17)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/kaepernick-files-grievance-accusing-nfl-teams-of-colluding-against-him-20171015.html

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21) Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“On October 11, President Trump tweeted that fake news was such a threat that someone should look into challenging network licenses on that basis. The next day, (October 12) he doubled down in a follow-up tweet that ‘Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate revoked.’ Unfortunately, his tweet contained some fake news of its own. It implied that networks are licensed, when, in fact, individual stations have broadcast licenses. And the difference implies that Trump’s suggested ‘solution’ is incapable of addressing the problem he sees. Further, his ‘if appropriate’ suggests that there is a situation in which pulling a broadcast license is appropriate for communicating something the President doesn’t like. But if one takes freedoms of speech and the press seriously, and applies those same standards to media that did not exist in our founders’ days, there is never a time to acceptably deny Americans’ freedoms, even for ‘fake news.’” (10/16/17)

https://mises.org/blog/trump-vs-jefferson-freedom-press

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22) Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions wants open borders, but only for police
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“In 2013, Microsoft refused to turn information from a customer’s email account over to law enforcement pursuant to a warrant in a narcotics investigation. The information, Microsoft noted, was stored on a server in Ireland. Ireland, as you may have learned in elementary school, is neither one of the fifty states nor a US territory. It’s a sovereign state with its own laws. US search warrants carry no weight there. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sided with Microsoft, and the full court denied the government’s request for a rehearing. Apparently they learned geography as youngsters, too. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, maybe not so much. But he does seem to have a perpetual burr under his fur about ‘national sovereignty.’” (10/16/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11659

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23) The United States again fails to make the top 10 freest countries
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“The newly released Economic Freedom of the World report ranks the United States 11th among the 159 countries and territories surveyed. The report, compiled by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute, and 70 other think tanks throughout the world, ‘seeks to measure the consistency of the institutions and policies of various countries with voluntary exchange and the other dimensions of economic freedom.’ The latest report uses data from 2015, the latest available. The United States rose two spots over its ranking based on 2014 data. The authors note the United States was ‘for decades among the top four countries in the index,’ though its trajectory was downward: second in 1980, third in 1990, fourth in 2000, and sixth in 2005. It held the 11th spot in 2010 before dropping to 13th in 2014. The United States scored 7.94 on a scale of 10 in the latest report. Its highest score was 8.62 in 2000.” (10/16/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/united-states-again-fails-make-top-10-freest-countries

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24) These doctors got fed up with insurance. Now they treat their patients like valued customers.
Source: Reason
by Mark McDaniel

“One of the most profound changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act is that it drove thousands of independent doctors to throw in the towel and join large hospital networks. This is particularly true of primary care doctors. As the rules involving medical records, billing codes, and prior authorizations have gotten more complex, physicians find they can’t survive without joining large health care networks. And they’re becoming increasingly demoralized. Today there’s a small but growing movement of doctors who are opting out of the traditional health care system by no longer accepting insurance. This new approach is is called ‘direct primary care,’ but it’s essentially a throwback to an era before insurance companies were responsible for covering routine services like ear infections or strep cultures.” (10/16/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/10/16/doctors-direct-primary-care

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25) JFK and regime change conspiracies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What is a conspiracy? It’s nothing more than an agreement between two or more people to carry out an illicit or illegal act. There’s nothing mysterious about conspiracies. They happen all the time, especially in the drug trade. If you have any doubts about this, just walk into any federal courthouse in the land and ask the District Clerk to show you the federal criminal indictments that have been issued in the last year. Just look at the first count of the indictment because it’s the one that almost always alleges a conspiracy. I’ll bet that 95 percent of federal criminal indictments allege a conspiracy. What we are talking about in the Kennedy assassination is nothing more than a regime-change operation or, if you will, a regime-change conspiracy.” (10/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/16/jfk-regime-change-conspiracies/

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26) On ObamaCare, Trump being attacked for upholding the law
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump’s decision to stop funding an ObamaCare subsidy program is being treated as an attempt to sabotage the law. In reality, Trump is abiding by the law as the Democrats wrote it. There is no question that stopping payments for ObamaCare’s ‘cost sharing reduction’ subsidies will have serious implications. Insurance companies have been warning state insurance regulators that they’ll have to jack up premiums even higher next year if these subsidies go away, and the Congressional Budget Office reported that it could push up premiums by 20%. But there’s an important element missing from the lamentations coming from the insurance industry, from Democrats, and even from some Republicans about Trump’s decision. The ObamaCare law, as written, plainly doesn’t allow Trump to make these payments. Here’s why.” (10/13/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/on-obamacare-trump-is-being-attacked-for-upholding-the-law

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27) “Me too” is a branch issue, and a distraction
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Branch issues are all the rage in the media, very rarely is a root issue given the light of day. Root issues are things like the childhood trauma, monopoly policing, compulsory education, interventionist war, and inflationary central banking. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but the deepest root of them all is the belief that some people have the right to hurt or steal from other people without just cause (eg. self-defense). The roots are the primary source of nourishment for the branches.” (10/16/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/branch-issue-distraction

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28) Do the math, tax cuts are bound to increase the national debt
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Speaking to a group of workers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his proposed tax-cut package ‘will be rocket fuel’ for the U.S. economy. It was Trump’s sly way of reinforcing a message that the White House has sent since it first rolled out a framework for the tax cut in April. The message: Instead of adding to the $20 trillion national debt, the GOP tax cut will pay for itself; there’s no need to produce some $5 trillion in savings over the next decade to pay for the cuts. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin uttered that mantra after the rollout when he told the Institute of International Finance, ‘The plan will pay for itself with growth.’ The current package would lower the corporate tax rate from 38.9 percent to 20 percent and lower personal income taxes; the top rate would fall from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. That should mean a bigger deficit, right?” (10/15/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/10/15/do-the-math-tax-cuts-are-bound-to-increase-the-national-debt-n2394954

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29) Like Google, Amazon wants good government over gimmickry
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“The imaginations of municipal governments across the country have been captured by the prospect of being chosen as the location of Amazon’s second headquarters. The project promises 50,000 jobs and an overall investment of $5 billion. How likely is Kansas City to win? While the details of Kansas City’s pitch remain predictably secret, other cities have made offerings, both substantive and gimmicky. Tucson, Arizona, tried to send Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a 21-foot cactus. Stonecrest, Georgia, recently offered to name part of the town Amazon if chosen. Not to be outdone, Kansas City Mayor Sly James took to the internet in a ‘desperate’ attempt to get attention by spamming Amazon’s website with hundreds of fake product reviews each extolling the town.” (10/16/17)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-government/google-amazon-wants-good-government-over-gimmickry

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30) Economic freedom is the key to female empowerment
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Chelsea Follett

“Rafia Zakaria made some outstanding points in her recent New York Times op-ed, ‘The Myth of Women’s ‘Empowerment” — but she also made some conspicuous omissions. In her piece, she draws attention to the international aid industry’s flawed and patronizing approach to female empowerment. However, she overlooks the importance of women’s economic empowerment, focusing solely on political empowerment, as if the two were not intimately linked.” (10/16/17)

https://fee.org/articles/economic-freedom-is-the-key-to-female-empowerment/

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31) Low public approval of President Trump, yet unusually high consumer confidence
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“How did we get to a place where The President of the United States has historically low approval at the same time we have recent highs for consumer confidence? Almost everything President Trump does has an impact on the economy, and on consumers. That includes national security, immigration, taxes, health care, budgets, treaties, government regulations, and international relations. If the public is optimistic about the economy, that is normally the same as having confidence in the president. At least on the big-ticket items. The types of presidential actions that have lower impact on the economy include court appointments, opinions on confederate statues, NFL kneeling, transgenders in the military, birth control funding, unpresidential tweets, poorly-executed disavowals, hyperbole that fails the fact-checking, seemingly unnecessary political attacks, and all manner of obnoxious presidential behavior. The majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump on at least some of those topics. I don’t think we’ve ever seen something like this before. A majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump while simultaneously having confidence he’ll get most of the big stuff right and the economy will reflect it.” (10/14/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/166397088926/low-public-approval-of-president-trump-yet

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32) The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent the defendant from presenting a robust defense or cross-examining adverse witnesses. You know what would happen — at least in a fair and just society. The victim would be exonerated and compensated. The prosecutor and judge would be disbarred, fined and jailed. What you may not know is that the Obama EPA engaged in similar prosecutorial misconduct to convict fossil fuels of causing climate chaos and endangering the health and wellbeing of Americans.” (10/16/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/the-obama-epas-crooked-prosecutors/

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33) Healthcare order expands insurance
Source: USA Today
by Michael D Tanner

“For all the headlines about ‘dismantling Obamacare,’ President Trump’s executive order will likely have less of an impact than its supporters hope or critics fear. Still, it represents a modest step toward giving consumers more choices and expanding millions of Americans’ access to lower cost insurance that better fits their individual needs. First, understand what this order is not. It neither takes anyone’s insurance away nor removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions. What it does is allow small businesses that band together to buy group insurance plans to be treated the same way as big companies are today. That includes the ability to buy insurance across state lines, and an exemption from some of Obamacare’s expensive mandated benefits. Plans might offer fewer benefits, but they could cost a lot less.” [editor’s note: The real advantage of this would be the formation of “associations” to allow the self-employed and others to get “group rates” on “coverage” – SAT] (10/15/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/15/health-care-order-expands-insurance-editorials-debates/106692174

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34) Who is competent to decide what offends?
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“As the ranks of college administrators have swelled in higher education, one task they’ve undertaken is more aggressively training students — and at times, faculty members — in what is variously called ‘cultural competence’ or ‘diversity and inclusion.’ The aims of these efforts are laudable. College ought to be as welcoming to students from historically marginalized groups as it is to anyone else; and it ought to prepare all students for civic life in a hugely diverse society. But when training faculty members or educating students so that they are ‘culturally competent,’ a process that should involve telling them pertinent facts, is instead used as a pretext to indoctrinate them into a contested ideology, the laudable becomes objectionable.” (10/16/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/who-is-competent-to-decide-what-offends/542523/

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35) Surveillance “reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s long, slow goodbye
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“Over 16 years after the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent repeated passage or renewal of draconian ‘temporary’ but ’emergency’ domestic surveillance laws in response, it’s fair to ask: Have we officially abandoned the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights? With the expiration of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) less than three months away, now is a good time to review the effects of these surveillance laws in the seemingly endless ‘War on Terror.’ But first, a quick recap of America’s embrace of mass surveillance in the post-9/11 era.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/surveillance-reform-fourth-amendments-long-slow-goodbye

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36) How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people
Source: The New Republic
by Clio Chang

“During Barack Obama’s two terms in office, Democrats lost ground at the state level–a lot of ground. Republicans now dominate state legislatures to a greater degree than at any time since the Civil War, making it nearly impossible for Democrats to enact any meaningful policies in large swaths of the country. But in the midst of last year’s electoral wipeout, there was one bright spot: Citizens took the law into their own hands, introducing 71 ballot initiatives in 16 states — the most in a decade. … But such victories have proved short-lived. Republican legislatures responded to the surge in civic participation by using their power to effectively overrule the will of the people–and to make it harder to enact citizen-backed reforms in the future.” (10/16/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145006/gop-lawmakers-ignore-will-people-voters-passed-liberal-ballot-initiatives-republicans-throwing-them-out

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37) Austria: So much for the death of populism
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Austria makes two things clear. First, that the much-discussed ‘end of populism,’ which became a huge, excitable talking point following Macron’s victory in France, is a fantasy. Populist politics and parties aren’t going away, because the questions they raise, or at least the public concerns they tap into, are still there, bristling, unresolved. What does Europe stand for? Who should decide on issues such as mass migration? Isn’t democracy preferable to technocracy? And why should I vote for politicians who have nothing but disdain for my way of life, my values, and my right to have a say? People will keep asking and thinking these things. And the second thing it makes clear is the utter failure of the left to understand, engage with, and possibly even mould or lead the populist feeling in Europe right now.” (10/16/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/austria-so-much-for-the-death-of-populism/

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38) Mises was a neocon, and other oddities
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“It is of great comfort to us who share an antiquarian passion for the history of political thought that fundamental questions such as, ‘What is the state?’ invariably come to the surface. But sometimes you get the impression that new interpretations focus more on the ‘political’ than on the ‘thought.’ I’m referring to a long opinion piece published by Yoram Hazony in The Wall Street Journal. From his byline we know that Mr Hazony, President of the Jerusalem-based Herzl Institute, is publishing a book entitled The Virtue of Nationalism. His article’s political goal is clear: he wants to argue that Donald Trump’s blend of conservatism is in line with an old tradition that goes back to Edmund Burke. Trump is thus implicitly considered the torch-bearer of a system of ideas that value the nation-state as providing the soil which allowed Western liberty to flourish. From this comes skepticism towards exporting such values in different cultures and a similar anxiety for opening the door to immigrants that come from illiberal cultures.” (10/16/17)

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

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39) Trump’s trade policy is madness
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I applaud your clear explanation of the great damage that Trump’s proposed changes to Nafta will inflict on the American economy (‘Trump’s Nafta Threat,’ Oct. 16). Yet one feature of Trump’s approach to trade warrants more explicit criticism — namely, his belief that we Americans benefit from trade the more we export and the less we import. It cannot be said too often that exports are the costs that we pay for the goods and services that we import. And so when Trump boasts that he’ll deploy his tough negotiating skills to rework Nafta in order to increase American exports and reduce American imports, he boasts, in fact, that he’ll negotiate to ensure that Americans pay more and receive in return less.” (10/16/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/trumps-trade-policy-unalloyed-madness.html

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40) How to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt
Source: The American Prospect
by Ellen Brown

“During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island’s bond debt. He said on October 3: ‘You know they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street. We’re gonna have to wipe that out. That’s gonna have to be — you know, you can say goodbye to that. I don’t know if it’s Goldman Sachs but whoever it is, you can wave good-bye to that.’ How did the president plan to pull this off? Pam Martens and Russ Martens, writing in Wall Street on Parade, note that the U.S. municipal bond market holds $3.8 trillion in debt, and it is not just owned by Wall Street banks. Mom-and-pop retail investors are exposed to billions of dollars of potential losses through their holdings of Puerto Rican municipal bonds, either directly or in mutual funds. Wiping out Puerto Rico’s debt, they warned, could undermine confidence in the municipal bond market, causing bond interest rates to rise, imposing an additional burden on already-struggling states and municipalities across the country.” (10/16/17)

http://prospect.org/article/how-wipe-out-puerto-rico%E2%80%99s-debt

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41) More gun lies your leaders are telling you
Source: The Price of Liberty
by L Reichard White

“To start with, as per the Standard Anti-Self-Defense Handbook — and using the so-far unexplained Las Vegas shooting spree as the latest platform — the usual Second Amendment scoff-laws still prominently include firearm suicides in their gun-death tally. Thank goodness folks deprived of guns won’t use overdoses, tranquilizers-plus-booze, carbon monoxide, razor blades, poison, etc. — and bridges, tall buildings, and open windows for jumping — if they can’t get guns! Or are the usual Congressional victim-disarmers misleading us again?” (10/16/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/10/16/more-gun-lies-your-leaders-are-telling-you/

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42) Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“The seemingly accepted wisdom that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are paired madmen on the edge of war has little to support it other than projected fears. There will be no war because war on the Korean peninsula benefits no one and is very bad for everyone. North Korea’s weapons, nuclear and conventional, are arguably the most defensive ever fielded. They have not been used offensively since 1953. They exist as a perfect example of how mutually assured destruction works.” (10/16/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-and-kim-madmen-not-so-fast/

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43) “WE ARE AT WAR!” Oh, really? Some questions
Source: OpEdNews
by Enrest Partridge

“When Russia tries to interfere with the American elections, our media calls it ‘the equivalent of war.’ When the United States does the same thing to Iran, Chile, Ukraine, Russia, etc. (it’s a long list), we call it ‘regime change.’ ‘At war with Russia?’ Where are the missile launches, the air combat, the marines on the beaches, the armies in deadly combat, the bombed cities? And where are the casualties — the young men killed in battle? None of the above? Then in what realistic sense are we ‘at war?’ Even so, we are told that this is ‘the equivalent of war!’ If so, then so too was Iran (1952), Chile (1973), Ukraine (2014), when we overthrew legally elected governments, and in Russia (1996) when we successfully prevented Yeltsin’s defeat. Did we then hear hyperventilating media rhetoric about ‘the equivalent of war?’” (10/16/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/WE-ARE-AT-WAR–Oh-Reall-by-Ernest-Partridge-Russia-Bashing_Us-russia-Relations_War-With-Russia-171016-821.html

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44) Somerville’s campaign to separate the progressives from the poseurs
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“Most of Rand Wilson’s knocks went unanswered, but seeds were planted. At one house, a 30-year-old registered Democrat, Caitlin, lit up when he mentioned Bernie Sanders. ‘So is this what he meant by the political revolution?’ she asks. She didn’t join Our Revolution Somerville (ORS), but did say she would take a closer look at its slate. In Somerville, Mass. the battle for the future of the Democratic Party is waged street by street. Wilson and other ORS members plan to overthrow the political establishment in a city where Democrats have long controlled the levers of power. It’ll be one step, they hope, toward transforming the party. Wilson, a union organizer with SEIU Local 888, was one of a dozen ORS members who canvassed that day. The goal is to knock on 3,000 doors by Election Day on November 7, turn out new voters for ORS’ endorsed candidates, sign up new members, and get signatures on a petition to put an initiative for paid family and medical leave on the Massachusetts ballot in 2018.” (10/16/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20580/separating-progressives-from-the-poseurs

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45) Imagine a brand-new USA
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“Imagine that there was another revolution. And that nothing big had changed. Demographics, power dynamics, culture, our economic system and political values were pretty much the same as they are now. If we Americans rolled up our sleeves and reimagined our political system from scratch, if we wrote up a brand-new constitution for 2017, what would a brand-spanking-new United States Version 2.0 look like today? A lot of stuff would be different.” (10/16/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/16/imagine-a-brand-new-usa/

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46) Trump’s big bet — that Republican voters like him more than their party or Congress
Source: The Daily Beast
by Liz Mair

“Trump may have bad approval ratings, but Republican voters still like him more than not. However unpopular the president may be, he’s still more popular than Congress and the GOP. This is the Republican conundrum, and why it’s very possible that despite gerrymandering, ideological self-segregation of voters, and the existence of many (if not most) Americans in philosophical or identitarian echo chambers, Democrats will over-perform next year. It’s hard to earn rewards in politics when the perception consistently exists that you’re a do-nothing who has literally been neutered by a cartoon character-like figure who keeps your balls in a glass jar on the corner of the Resolute Desk.” (10/16/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-big-betthat-republican-voters-like-him-more-than-their-party-or-congress

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47) A call for “do-nothing” presidents without legacies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Some in the news media and editorial page pundits are aghast that many of President Donald Trump’s executive orders and legislative proposals sent off to the United States Congress represent an attempt to undue [sic] the presidential ‘legacy’ of Barack Obama. The question is, why should it be presumed that presidents need to have policy legacies to leave behind after their term in office has ended?” (10/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/call-nothing-presidents-without-legacies/

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48) Quantum Vibe, 10/16/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/16/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1708

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49) Force over persuasion
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Today’s campus radicals assert that free speech is bad because it ‘gives voice’ to people with hateful, dangerous views. Does that argument seem at all familiar? It is the old RightThink rationale for censorship. A recent Spiked ‘Unsafe Spaces’ event at Rutgers (‘Identity Politics: the New Racialism’) was interrupted by now-too-famiar shouts and out-of-turn questions and invective. Kmele Foster, one of the panelists, had been explaining how important free speech rights were to the civil rights protesters in the 1960s, and to Martin Luther King in particular.” (10/16/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/16/force-over-persuasion/

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50) The upcoming increase in interest rates
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“The most egregious error made by central banks and economists alike is the assumption that gradually raising interest rates acts as a brake on the rate of economic expansion, and therefore controls price inflation. Economic commentators generally regard interest rates as the ‘price’ of money. It is from this fallacy that the belief arises that manipulating interest rates has a predictable effect on the demand for money in circulation relative to goods, and therefore can be used to target price inflation. This line of reasoning makes even a sieve look watertight.” (10/16/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/10/the-upcoming-increase-in-interest-rates/

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

51) Reason Podcast, 10/16/17
Source: Reason

“Is Harvey Weinstein the embodiment of Hollywood sleaze, or the last straggler in a bygone age of pervasive sexual harassment? Reason’s Nick Gillespie, Katherine-Mangu Ward, and Matt Welch join Andrew Heaton to discuss how social media is bringing an end to open secrets. Also, President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal is now in limbo. Is it inevitable that Iran will get the bomb? Can nuclear proliferation actually make the world safer? Other topics: the latest threats to the First Amendment, and how Donald Trump is changing American health care.” [various formats] (10/16/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/16/harvey-weinstein-iran-nuclear-deal

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52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 317
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s show, we take a slightly different path away from libertarian philosophy and politics and welcome in clinical psychologist and speaker Dr. Michael Edelstein. Dr. Edelstein starts off by explaining how he became interested in clinical psychology and how that eventually led him to meet Walter Block and — after several years of debate — to him becoming a libertarian. Dr. Edestein then explains his view on self-esteem, and why he is critical of its promotion specifically by Nathaniel Branden and Ayn Rand. Marc and Michael then discuss the concept of ‘libertaran burnout’ and how passionate libertarians can adjust their expectations in order to avoid this common phenomenon.” (10/16/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/10/16/self-esteem-libertarian-burnout-dr-michael-edelstein/

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/16/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell, John Vibes, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about the latest BTC mania, filling free time with barely paid surveys, banishing yourself from social media just to get stuff done, the psychological toll of FB, an ‘anarchist’ creating DIY medicines, data storage sniffing police dogs, aging music stars being harassed over their medicine, and an ode to a nana.” [various formats] (10/16/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15148

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54) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/15/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“GUEST: Professor Luis Perez-Breva, the head of MIT’s Innovation Teams Program and an expert on artificial intelligence.” [various formats] (10/15/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/10/15/professor-luis-perez-breva-on-artificial-intelligence-t5f82

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55) Flags, protest & compelled patriotism
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Neither the NFL Rules nor the Game Operations Manual says players must stand during the national anthem, and the NFL puts the same importance on players ‘hold[ing] helmets in their left hand’ as they do on standing: it’s just a suggestion. It should also be noted that the pregame protests have been respectful to those wishing to celebrate ‘Country, Flag and National Anthem;’ however those who are livid at the thought of someone not being respectful in the manner they believe respect should be shown, are essentially saying: ‘Stand up, shut up, do as you’re told, and if you want to protest, do it some other time and in a place where no one can see you … because freedom!’ That’s not how freedom works.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/15/17)

http://fpp.cc/flags-protest-compelled-patriotism/

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56) Free Talk Live, 10/15/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“School Sucks Across America :: Forest Fires :: Public Schools :: Jews! :: Activism :: Music Industry :: USA Doomed! :: Healthcare Subscription :: Standing for the National Anthem :: HOSTS — Mark, Jonny Ray, Brett V.” [various formats] (10/15/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-15

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57) Interview: Nelson Chartrand
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Nelson Chartrand. Herein we discussed his path to Anarcho Capitalism, Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Creature from Jekyll Island, Frederic Bastiat, Larken Rose, Economics in One Lesson, Cuba at present, economic climate, Socialism and Communism confusion, socialized medicine, Cuban experiment, imprisonment of freedom lovers, hunger strike story, obtaining food in Cuba, future plans of the Cuban Libertarian Party and more!” [various formats] (10/15/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/nelson-chartrand-anarcho-capitalist-and-founder-of-the-libertarian-party-in-cuba/

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In the News:

1) Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion
2) Judge refuses to toss charges in Menendez corruption trial
3) Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel’s subpoena
4) Bergdahl pleads guilty, faces up to life in prison
5) Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe
6) Trump: Cuba “is responsible” for attacks on US personnel
7) Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
8) Man rescued from the Taliban couldn’t believe Trump was president
9) New mom who lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria sues hospital
10) TX: Government employee accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas
11) FL: Scott declares state of emergency ahead of idiot racist knothead’s speech
12) GA: Hospital denies kidney transplant because recipient’s donor/father served time for violating probation
13) CA: Brown vetoes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
14) SCOTUS backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico
15) Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk
16) Canada: Drone hits commercial aircraft
17) Russia: Regime plans “CryptoRuble” cryptocurrency
18) Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery
19) LA: Oil rig blast on lake leaves one missing, seven hurt
20) Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press
22) Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions wants open borders, but only for police
23) The United States again fails to make the top 10 freest countries
24) These doctors got fed up with insurance. Now they treat their patients like valued customers.
25) JFK and regime change conspiracies
26) On ObamaCare, Trump being attacked for upholding the law
27) “Me too” is a branch issue, and a distraction
28) Do the math, tax cuts are bound to increase the national debt
29) Like Google, Amazon wants good government over gimmickry
30) Economic freedom is the key to female empowerment
31) Low public approval of President Trump, yet unusually high consumer confidence
32) The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors
33) Healthcare order expands insurance
34) Who is competent to decide what offends?
35) Surveillance “reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s long, slow goodbye
36) How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people
37) Austria: So much for the death of populism
38) Mises was a neocon, and other oddities
39) Trump’s trade policy is madness
40) How to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt
41) More gun lies your leaders are telling you
42) Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast
43) “WE ARE AT WAR!” Oh, really? Some questions
44) Somerville’s campaign to separate the progressives from the poseurs
45) Imagine a brand-new USA
46) Trump’s big bet — that Republican voters like him more than their party or Congress
47) A call for “do-nothing” presidents without legacies
48) Quantum Vibe, 10/16/17
49) Force over persuasion
50) The upcoming increase in interest rates

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 10/16/17
52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 317
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/16/17
54) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/15/17
55) Flags, protest & compelled patriotism
56) Free Talk Live, 10/15/17
57) Interview: Nelson Chartrand

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1) Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion
Source: CBS News

“Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month’s Kurdish vote for independence. The move by the Iraqi military and its allied militias so soon after neutralizing the ISIS in northern Iraq hinted at a country that could once again turn on itself after disposing of a common enemy. President Trump expressed disappointment the two sides were fighting but stressed that the U.S. isn’t seeking to openly take sides in the dispute.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kurds-iraq-kirkuk-isis-peshmerga-iraqi-troops/

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2) Judge refuses to toss charges in Menendez corruption trial
Source: Fox News

“The federal judge presiding over the Sen. Bob Menendez corruption trial dealt the New Jersey Democrat a serious setback Monday, refusing to dismiss any of the charges in the case. Newark Federal Court Judge William Walls’ decision denying a defense motion to throw out the bribery charges ensures that the case will be given to a jury to decide the lawmaker’s fate. Walls ruled against defense arguments that the charges should be dropped because they didn’t meet a narrower definition of bribery under a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reversed the conviction of Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnel on corruption charges. Menendez is charged with accepting free flights on a private jet and other gifts from wealthy Florida doctor Salomon Melgen in exchange for pressuring government officials to take actions favorable to the friend’s business interests.” (10/16/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/16/menendez-corruption-trial-judge-refuses-to-toss-charges.html

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3) Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel’s subpoena
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. political research firm that commissioned a dossier on Donald Trump while he was running for president said on Monday it would not comply with subpoenas issued by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. Lawyers for Fusion GPS, which hired former British spy Christopher Steele to produce the Trump research, told the committee’s Republican chairman, U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, in a letter that the subpoenas were flawed and that nothing in the subpoenas indicated the intelligence committee had authorized him to issue them. The lawyers also questioned Nunes'[s] role in signing the subpoenas since he had recused himself from the committee’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.” (10/16/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia/firm-behind-trump-dossier-declines-to-respond-to-house-panels-subpoena-idUSKBN1CL2CK

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4) Bergdahl pleads guilty, faces up to life in prison
Source: CNN

“US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could spend the rest of his life behind bars after he pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was held in captivity by the Taliban until May 2014. … Bergdahl faces up to five years in prison for the desertion charge and up to life in prison for the charge of misbehavior before the enemy. The judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, said Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing will begin October 23.” (10/16/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/16/politics/bowe-bergdahl-guilty-plea/index.html

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5) Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump said Monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies. Trump’s remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a Washington Post/’60 Minutes’ investigation that Marino helped guide legislation that sailed through Congress last year with virtually no opposition. Trump said ‘we’re going to be looking into’ the investigation, while many Democrats and at least one Republican called for either modification or outright repeal of the law. Democrats also called on Trump to drop Marino as his pick to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.” [editor’s note: Leave the position vacant and furlough all employees! – TLK] (10/16/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/manchin-calls-on-trump-to-withdraw-marinos-nomination-as-drug-czar-in-wake-of-post60-minutes-probe/2017/10/16/b73ee1be-b287-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html

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6) Trump: Cuba “is responsible” for attacks on US personnel
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump says he believes Cuba ‘is responsible’ for attacks on American government personnel in Havana. Trump isn’t explaining whether he believes Cuba perpetrated the attacks or merely bears responsibility because they took place on Cuban soil. Previously, Trump’s administration has said Cuba bears responsibility for keeping U.S. workers safe in the country, but it hasn’t blamed Cuba for the attacks. Last week, White House chief of staff John Kelly said the U.S. believes Cuba could stop the attacks. But the U.S. has emphasized that’s because Cuba has tight control over security on the island, not because the U.S. believes President Raul Castro’s government is behind them. The U.S. says that 22 U.S. government workers are ‘medically confirmed’ to have been affected by invisible, unexplained attacks.” (10/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-Cuba-is-responsible-for-attacks-on-US-12281908.php

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7) Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
Source: USA Today

“Even in the normally mind-blowing science of astronomy, this discovery was special. Two months ago, scientists for the first time detected both the ripples in space and time and the light produced and emitted during the same cosmic event: the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. The discovery would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created. Neutron stars, formed when massive stars explode in supernovas, are the smallest, densest stars known to exist. A teaspoon of a neutron star has a mass of about a billion tons. The collision of neutron stars is known as a kilonova — an explosion similar to a supernova but on a smaller scale. The crash generated a fierce burst of gamma rays and a gravitational wave, a faint ripple in the fabric of space and time first theorized by Albert Einstein a century ago.” (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/10/16/scientists-witness-huge-cosmic-crash-kilonova/767559001

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8) Man rescued from the Taliban couldn’t believe Trump was president
Source: Raw Story

“A Canadian man rescued from a Taliban-linked group in Afghanistan last week said he thought his captors were joking when they told him Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States. Joshua Boyle and his wife, Caitlin Coleman, were kidnapped and held by the Haqqani network (whose leader is the deputy head of the Afghan Taliban) for five years and one day. Boyle and Coleman were rarely given any information on the outside world during their time in captivity. They didn’t even know Justin Trudeau was prime minister of Canada, for example, until after they were rescued. But when Boyle was forced to participate in a ‘proof-of-life’ video, one of the captors told him Donald Trump had been elected president. At the time, Boyle essentially took this comment as a joke. ‘It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,’ Boyle told the The Toronto Star. Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped while hiking in Afghanistan in late 2012.” (10/16/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/man-rescued-from-the-taliban-couldnt-believe-trump-was-president

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9) New mom who lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria sues hospital
Source: USA Today

“A new mom is suing a hospital in Canada after being diagnosed with a flesh-eating disease four days after giving birth. Lindsey Hubley claims negligence by doctors at IWK Health Centre in Nova Scotia contributed to her health problems, reports The Canadian Press. In March, Hubley gave birth to her son, Myles. A day after discharge, Hubley returned to the hospital and was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, necrotizing fasciitis is a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body’s soft tissue. Since her diagnosis, Hubley has had several surgeries, including amputations below both elbows and knees and a total hysterectomy, said the report. Hubley is also waiting for a kidney transplant. A lawyer representing the family told The Daily Mail doctors did not remove the entire placenta after her birth, and Hubley suffered a small tear in her uterus.” (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/new-mom-who-lost-limbs-flesh-eating-bacteria-sues-hospital/767520001

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10) TX: Government employee accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas
Source: United Press International

“Prosecutors in a Texas county said a Juvenile Justice Department employee is accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years. The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office said Gilberto Escaramilla, who works for the county’s Juvenile Justice Department, took the day off for a medical appointment Aug. 7 and a driver from the department’s meat vendor, Labatt Food Service in Harlingen, called the kitchen to inform workers of an 800-pound fajita delivery. A confused kitchen worker explained to the driver that the department doesn’t serve fajitas, leading the equally baffled driver to tell her he had been delivering fajitas to Juvenile Justice for nine years. … Escaramilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested Aug. 9 when the district attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant on his home and found packets of fajitas in his refrigerator. Investigators said Escaramilla had stolen a total $1,251,578 worth of fajitas.” (10/16/17)

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/10/16/Texas-county-worker-accused-of-stealing-12-million-worth-of-fajitas/4881508159284/

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11) FL: Scott declares state of emergency ahead of idiot racist knothead’s speech
Source: USA Today

“Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state gather at the University of Florida in advance of a Thursday event by white nationalist Richard B. Spencer. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell had asked Scott to declare the emergency as the university prepares for Spencer’s visit. The governor’s executive order places the state agency usually responsible for hurricanes at the front of the effort to preserve order during the event. It also places the Florida National Guard on standby. Anti-fascist groups, known as Antifa, plan to protest the white nationalist event. Both sides have talked on social media about using violence.” [editor’s note: I almost forgot it was this soon. Guess I need to start getting my kit together – TLK] (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/florida-governor-emergency-spencer-speech/769031001/

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12) GA: Hospital denies kidney transplant because recipient’s donor/father served time for violating probation
Source: CBS News

“A.J. Burgess was born a month too soon without a working kidney, WGCL-TV reports, and his father Anthony Dickerson is a 110 percent match for an organ donation. But surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta won’t perform the operation because Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation. … [A.J.’s mother] Carmella said that the hospital needed three to four months before the child’s father could donate his kidney. ‘The lady said we need your parole information and your probation info. He said ‘why?’ We need you to be on good behavior for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney. And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you basically,’ Carmella said.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/aj-burgess-kidney-transplant-father-probation-violation-emory-hospital-atlanta/

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13) CA: Brown vetoes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
Source: The Hill

“California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) late Sunday vetoed legislation that would have required presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to qualify for the state ballot. The bill passed the Democratic-dominated legislature after President Trump broke longstanding precedent by refusing to make public his tax returns during the 2016 campaign. But Brown said the measure represented a possible slippery slope that could force candidates to release other private information, like health records, school records — and even a birth certificate.” (10/16/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/355583-calif-governor-blocks-plan-to-force-trump-to-release-tax-returns

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14) SCOTUS backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a lower court that ordered a New Mexico city to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall. Civil liberties advocates behind the case called the decision involving the city of Bloomfield a victory for the separation of church and state. ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson said it sends a ‘strong message that the government should not be in the business of picking and choosing which sets of religious beliefs enjoy special favor in the community.’ However, David Cortman, a senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom, said the outcome did nothing to resolve confusion in lower courts involving such monuments.” (10/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Justices-reject-New-Mexico-city-s-Ten-12281159.php

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15) Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk
Source: Engadget

“Researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol that could allow hackers to intercept your credit card numbers, passwords, photos and other sensitive information. The flaws, dubbed ‘Key Reinstallation Attacks,’ or ‘Krack Attacks,’ are in the WiFi standard and not specific products. That means that just about every router, smartphone and PC out there could be impacted, though attacks against Linux and Android 6.0 or greater devices may be ‘particularly devastating,’ according to KU Leuven University’s Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, who found the flaw.” (10/16/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/16/wifi-vulnerability-krack-attack/

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16) Canada: Drone hits commercial aircraft
Source: CNet News

“It was, says the Canadian Minster of Transport, the first time it’s happened in Canada. In a statement issued on Sunday, Marc Garneau revealed that on Thursday, a Skyjet flight was struck by a drone as it approached Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City. … The Ministry of Transport told me that the aircraft was a Beech 100 King Air. The drone has not been identified. Garneau told CBC that ‘it could have been much more serious’ had the drone struck an engine or the cockpit. He said the drone had been flying 3 miles from the airport at 450 meters (around 1,500 feet). This is 150 meters above the legal limit. There were eight passengers on the plane.” (10/15/17)

https://www.cnet.com/news/drone-hits-commercial-aircraft-over-canada/

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17) Russia: Regime plans “CryptoRuble” cryptocurrency
Source: Newsweek

“Russia may soon become the world’s first country to launch a cryptocurrency backed by a nation state, according to reports. Similar to bitcoin, the CryptoRuble cryptocurrency will be underpinned by a online ledger known as a blockchain. Unlike bitcoin, however, it will not be possible for people to mine the virtual currency–the process of confirming cryptocurrency transactions and adding their record to the blockchain in order to generate new units of the currency. Local reports cited by cryptocurrency news website CoinTelegraph revealed that CryptoRubles can be exchanged for rubles, though a 13 percent tax will be levied if the holder is unable to explain where the CryptoRubles came from.” (10/16/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-cryptoruble-cryptocurrency-ruble-putin-685518

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18) Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under fire during a reconnaissance mission in Lebanese airspace, the Israeli military said Monday. No Israeli aircraft were hit by the anti-aircraft fire. Israel said the fire hailed from Syrian government-controlled SA-5 battery located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus. Two hours after, a separate aircraft ‘incapacitated’ the Syrian anti-aircraft position, Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.” (10/16/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-warplanes-strike-syrian-anti-aircraft-battery-after-coming-under-fire/a-40967599

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19) LA: Oil rig blast on lake leaves one missing, seven hurt
Source: CBS News

“An oil rig explosion on a lake north of New Orleans, apparently caused when cleaning chemicals ignited, injured seven people and left authorities searching for another, who was missing. There were ‘a lot of injuries,’ many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expected from the Sunday evening explosion on Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor told The Times-Picayune. No deaths were immediately reported.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oil-rig-blast-louisiana-lake-man-missing-7-people-hurt/

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20) Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

“Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remains unemployed after a 2016 season in which he began the movement of players protesting during the national anthem, has filed a grievance accusing NFL teams of improperly colluding to keep him out of the league, according to a person familiar with the case. Kaepernick reportedly has retained an attorney to pursue the collusion claim, and, according to the source, it will be Kaepernick’s outside legal representation and not the NFL Players Association primarily in charge of preparing and presenting his grievance. The collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union prohibits teams from conspiring to make decisions about signing a player. But the CBA also says the mere fact that a player is unsigned and evidence about the player’s qualifications to be on an NFL roster do not constitute proof of collusion.” (10/15/17)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/kaepernick-files-grievance-accusing-nfl-teams-of-colluding-against-him-20171015.html

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

21) Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“On October 11, President Trump tweeted that fake news was such a threat that someone should look into challenging network licenses on that basis. The next day, (October 12) he doubled down in a follow-up tweet that ‘Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate revoked.’ Unfortunately, his tweet contained some fake news of its own. It implied that networks are licensed, when, in fact, individual stations have broadcast licenses. And the difference implies that Trump’s suggested ‘solution’ is incapable of addressing the problem he sees. Further, his ‘if appropriate’ suggests that there is a situation in which pulling a broadcast license is appropriate for communicating something the President doesn’t like. But if one takes freedoms of speech and the press seriously, and applies those same standards to media that did not exist in our founders’ days, there is never a time to acceptably deny Americans’ freedoms, even for ‘fake news.’” (10/16/17)

https://mises.org/blog/trump-vs-jefferson-freedom-press

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22) Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions wants open borders, but only for police
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“In 2013, Microsoft refused to turn information from a customer’s email account over to law enforcement pursuant to a warrant in a narcotics investigation. The information, Microsoft noted, was stored on a server in Ireland. Ireland, as you may have learned in elementary school, is neither one of the fifty states nor a US territory. It’s a sovereign state with its own laws. US search warrants carry no weight there. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sided with Microsoft, and the full court denied the government’s request for a rehearing. Apparently they learned geography as youngsters, too. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, maybe not so much. But he does seem to have a perpetual burr under his fur about ‘national sovereignty.’” (10/16/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11659

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23) The United States again fails to make the top 10 freest countries
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“The newly released Economic Freedom of the World report ranks the United States 11th among the 159 countries and territories surveyed. The report, compiled by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute, and 70 other think tanks throughout the world, ‘seeks to measure the consistency of the institutions and policies of various countries with voluntary exchange and the other dimensions of economic freedom.’ The latest report uses data from 2015, the latest available. The United States rose two spots over its ranking based on 2014 data. The authors note the United States was ‘for decades among the top four countries in the index,’ though its trajectory was downward: second in 1980, third in 1990, fourth in 2000, and sixth in 2005. It held the 11th spot in 2010 before dropping to 13th in 2014. The United States scored 7.94 on a scale of 10 in the latest report. Its highest score was 8.62 in 2000.” (10/16/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/united-states-again-fails-make-top-10-freest-countries

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24) These doctors got fed up with insurance. Now they treat their patients like valued customers.
Source: Reason
by Mark McDaniel

“One of the most profound changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act is that it drove thousands of independent doctors to throw in the towel and join large hospital networks. This is particularly true of primary care doctors. As the rules involving medical records, billing codes, and prior authorizations have gotten more complex, physicians find they can’t survive without joining large health care networks. And they’re becoming increasingly demoralized. Today there’s a small but growing movement of doctors who are opting out of the traditional health care system by no longer accepting insurance. This new approach is is called ‘direct primary care,’ but it’s essentially a throwback to an era before insurance companies were responsible for covering routine services like ear infections or strep cultures.” (10/16/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/10/16/doctors-direct-primary-care

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25) JFK and regime change conspiracies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What is a conspiracy? It’s nothing more than an agreement between two or more people to carry out an illicit or illegal act. There’s nothing mysterious about conspiracies. They happen all the time, especially in the drug trade. If you have any doubts about this, just walk into any federal courthouse in the land and ask the District Clerk to show you the federal criminal indictments that have been issued in the last year. Just look at the first count of the indictment because it’s the one that almost always alleges a conspiracy. I’ll bet that 95 percent of federal criminal indictments allege a conspiracy. What we are talking about in the Kennedy assassination is nothing more than a regime-change operation or, if you will, a regime-change conspiracy.” (10/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/16/jfk-regime-change-conspiracies/

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26) On ObamaCare, Trump being attacked for upholding the law
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump’s decision to stop funding an ObamaCare subsidy program is being treated as an attempt to sabotage the law. In reality, Trump is abiding by the law as the Democrats wrote it. There is no question that stopping payments for ObamaCare’s ‘cost sharing reduction’ subsidies will have serious implications. Insurance companies have been warning state insurance regulators that they’ll have to jack up premiums even higher next year if these subsidies go away, and the Congressional Budget Office reported that it could push up premiums by 20%. But there’s an important element missing from the lamentations coming from the insurance industry, from Democrats, and even from some Republicans about Trump’s decision. The ObamaCare law, as written, plainly doesn’t allow Trump to make these payments. Here’s why.” (10/13/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/on-obamacare-trump-is-being-attacked-for-upholding-the-law

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27) “Me too” is a branch issue, and a distraction
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Branch issues are all the rage in the media, very rarely is a root issue given the light of day. Root issues are things like the childhood trauma, monopoly policing, compulsory education, interventionist war, and inflationary central banking. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but the deepest root of them all is the belief that some people have the right to hurt or steal from other people without just cause (eg. self-defense). The roots are the primary source of nourishment for the branches.” (10/16/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/branch-issue-distraction

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28) Do the math, tax cuts are bound to increase the national debt
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Speaking to a group of workers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his proposed tax-cut package ‘will be rocket fuel’ for the U.S. economy. It was Trump’s sly way of reinforcing a message that the White House has sent since it first rolled out a framework for the tax cut in April. The message: Instead of adding to the $20 trillion national debt, the GOP tax cut will pay for itself; there’s no need to produce some $5 trillion in savings over the next decade to pay for the cuts. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin uttered that mantra after the rollout when he told the Institute of International Finance, ‘The plan will pay for itself with growth.’ The current package would lower the corporate tax rate from 38.9 percent to 20 percent and lower personal income taxes; the top rate would fall from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. That should mean a bigger deficit, right?” (10/15/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/10/15/do-the-math-tax-cuts-are-bound-to-increase-the-national-debt-n2394954

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29) Like Google, Amazon wants good government over gimmickry
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“The imaginations of municipal governments across the country have been captured by the prospect of being chosen as the location of Amazon’s second headquarters. The project promises 50,000 jobs and an overall investment of $5 billion. How likely is Kansas City to win? While the details of Kansas City’s pitch remain predictably secret, other cities have made offerings, both substantive and gimmicky. Tucson, Arizona, tried to send Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a 21-foot cactus. Stonecrest, Georgia, recently offered to name part of the town Amazon if chosen. Not to be outdone, Kansas City Mayor Sly James took to the internet in a ‘desperate’ attempt to get attention by spamming Amazon’s website with hundreds of fake product reviews each extolling the town.” (10/16/17)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-government/google-amazon-wants-good-government-over-gimmickry

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30) Economic freedom is the key to female empowerment
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Chelsea Follett

“Rafia Zakaria made some outstanding points in her recent New York Times op-ed, ‘The Myth of Women’s ‘Empowerment” — but she also made some conspicuous omissions. In her piece, she draws attention to the international aid industry’s flawed and patronizing approach to female empowerment. However, she overlooks the importance of women’s economic empowerment, focusing solely on political empowerment, as if the two were not intimately linked.” (10/16/17)

https://fee.org/articles/economic-freedom-is-the-key-to-female-empowerment/

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31) Low public approval of President Trump, yet unusually high consumer confidence
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“How did we get to a place where The President of the United States has historically low approval at the same time we have recent highs for consumer confidence? Almost everything President Trump does has an impact on the economy, and on consumers. That includes national security, immigration, taxes, health care, budgets, treaties, government regulations, and international relations. If the public is optimistic about the economy, that is normally the same as having confidence in the president. At least on the big-ticket items. The types of presidential actions that have lower impact on the economy include court appointments, opinions on confederate statues, NFL kneeling, transgenders in the military, birth control funding, unpresidential tweets, poorly-executed disavowals, hyperbole that fails the fact-checking, seemingly unnecessary political attacks, and all manner of obnoxious presidential behavior. The majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump on at least some of those topics. I don’t think we’ve ever seen something like this before. A majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump while simultaneously having confidence he’ll get most of the big stuff right and the economy will reflect it.” (10/14/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/166397088926/low-public-approval-of-president-trump-yet

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32) The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent the defendant from presenting a robust defense or cross-examining adverse witnesses. You know what would happen — at least in a fair and just society. The victim would be exonerated and compensated. The prosecutor and judge would be disbarred, fined and jailed. What you may not know is that the Obama EPA engaged in similar prosecutorial misconduct to convict fossil fuels of causing climate chaos and endangering the health and wellbeing of Americans.” (10/16/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/the-obama-epas-crooked-prosecutors/

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33) Healthcare order expands insurance
Source: USA Today
by Michael D Tanner

“For all the headlines about ‘dismantling Obamacare,’ President Trump’s executive order will likely have less of an impact than its supporters hope or critics fear. Still, it represents a modest step toward giving consumers more choices and expanding millions of Americans’ access to lower cost insurance that better fits their individual needs. First, understand what this order is not. It neither takes anyone’s insurance away nor removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions. What it does is allow small businesses that band together to buy group insurance plans to be treated the same way as big companies are today. That includes the ability to buy insurance across state lines, and an exemption from some of Obamacare’s expensive mandated benefits. Plans might offer fewer benefits, but they could cost a lot less.” [editor’s note: The real advantage of this would be the formation of “associations” to allow the self-employed and others to get “group rates” on “coverage” – SAT] (10/15/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/15/health-care-order-expands-insurance-editorials-debates/106692174

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34) Who is competent to decide what offends?
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“As the ranks of college administrators have swelled in higher education, one task they’ve undertaken is more aggressively training students — and at times, faculty members — in what is variously called ‘cultural competence’ or ‘diversity and inclusion.’ The aims of these efforts are laudable. College ought to be as welcoming to students from historically marginalized groups as it is to anyone else; and it ought to prepare all students for civic life in a hugely diverse society. But when training faculty members or educating students so that they are ‘culturally competent,’ a process that should involve telling them pertinent facts, is instead used as a pretext to indoctrinate them into a contested ideology, the laudable becomes objectionable.” (10/16/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/who-is-competent-to-decide-what-offends/542523/

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35) Surveillance “reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s long, slow goodbye
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“Over 16 years after the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent repeated passage or renewal of draconian ‘temporary’ but ’emergency’ domestic surveillance laws in response, it’s fair to ask: Have we officially abandoned the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights? With the expiration of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) less than three months away, now is a good time to review the effects of these surveillance laws in the seemingly endless ‘War on Terror.’ But first, a quick recap of America’s embrace of mass surveillance in the post-9/11 era.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/surveillance-reform-fourth-amendments-long-slow-goodbye

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36) How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people
Source: The New Republic
by Clio Chang

“During Barack Obama’s two terms in office, Democrats lost ground at the state level–a lot of ground. Republicans now dominate state legislatures to a greater degree than at any time since the Civil War, making it nearly impossible for Democrats to enact any meaningful policies in large swaths of the country. But in the midst of last year’s electoral wipeout, there was one bright spot: Citizens took the law into their own hands, introducing 71 ballot initiatives in 16 states — the most in a decade. … But such victories have proved short-lived. Republican legislatures responded to the surge in civic participation by using their power to effectively overrule the will of the people–and to make it harder to enact citizen-backed reforms in the future.” (10/16/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145006/gop-lawmakers-ignore-will-people-voters-passed-liberal-ballot-initiatives-republicans-throwing-them-out

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37) Austria: So much for the death of populism
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Austria makes two things clear. First, that the much-discussed ‘end of populism,’ which became a huge, excitable talking point following Macron’s victory in France, is a fantasy. Populist politics and parties aren’t going away, because the questions they raise, or at least the public concerns they tap into, are still there, bristling, unresolved. What does Europe stand for? Who should decide on issues such as mass migration? Isn’t democracy preferable to technocracy? And why should I vote for politicians who have nothing but disdain for my way of life, my values, and my right to have a say? People will keep asking and thinking these things. And the second thing it makes clear is the utter failure of the left to understand, engage with, and possibly even mould or lead the populist feeling in Europe right now.” (10/16/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/austria-so-much-for-the-death-of-populism/

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38) Mises was a neocon, and other oddities
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“It is of great comfort to us who share an antiquarian passion for the history of political thought that fundamental questions such as, ‘What is the state?’ invariably come to the surface. But sometimes you get the impression that new interpretations focus more on the ‘political’ than on the ‘thought.’ I’m referring to a long opinion piece published by Yoram Hazony in The Wall Street Journal. From his byline we know that Mr Hazony, President of the Jerusalem-based Herzl Institute, is publishing a book entitled The Virtue of Nationalism. His article’s political goal is clear: he wants to argue that Donald Trump’s blend of conservatism is in line with an old tradition that goes back to Edmund Burke. Trump is thus implicitly considered the torch-bearer of a system of ideas that value the nation-state as providing the soil which allowed Western liberty to flourish. From this comes skepticism towards exporting such values in different cultures and a similar anxiety for opening the door to immigrants that come from illiberal cultures.” (10/16/17)

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

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39) Trump’s trade policy is madness
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I applaud your clear explanation of the great damage that Trump’s proposed changes to Nafta will inflict on the American economy (‘Trump’s Nafta Threat,’ Oct. 16). Yet one feature of Trump’s approach to trade warrants more explicit criticism — namely, his belief that we Americans benefit from trade the more we export and the less we import. It cannot be said too often that exports are the costs that we pay for the goods and services that we import. And so when Trump boasts that he’ll deploy his tough negotiating skills to rework Nafta in order to increase American exports and reduce American imports, he boasts, in fact, that he’ll negotiate to ensure that Americans pay more and receive in return less.” (10/16/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/trumps-trade-policy-unalloyed-madness.html

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40) How to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt
Source: The American Prospect
by Ellen Brown

“During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island’s bond debt. He said on October 3: ‘You know they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street. We’re gonna have to wipe that out. That’s gonna have to be — you know, you can say goodbye to that. I don’t know if it’s Goldman Sachs but whoever it is, you can wave good-bye to that.’ How did the president plan to pull this off? Pam Martens and Russ Martens, writing in Wall Street on Parade, note that the U.S. municipal bond market holds $3.8 trillion in debt, and it is not just owned by Wall Street banks. Mom-and-pop retail investors are exposed to billions of dollars of potential losses through their holdings of Puerto Rican municipal bonds, either directly or in mutual funds. Wiping out Puerto Rico’s debt, they warned, could undermine confidence in the municipal bond market, causing bond interest rates to rise, imposing an additional burden on already-struggling states and municipalities across the country.” (10/16/17)

http://prospect.org/article/how-wipe-out-puerto-rico%E2%80%99s-debt

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41) More gun lies your leaders are telling you
Source: The Price of Liberty
by L Reichard White

“To start with, as per the Standard Anti-Self-Defense Handbook — and using the so-far unexplained Las Vegas shooting spree as the latest platform — the usual Second Amendment scoff-laws still prominently include firearm suicides in their gun-death tally. Thank goodness folks deprived of guns won’t use overdoses, tranquilizers-plus-booze, carbon monoxide, razor blades, poison, etc. — and bridges, tall buildings, and open windows for jumping — if they can’t get guns! Or are the usual Congressional victim-disarmers misleading us again?” (10/16/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/10/16/more-gun-lies-your-leaders-are-telling-you/

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42) Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“The seemingly accepted wisdom that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are paired madmen on the edge of war has little to support it other than projected fears. There will be no war because war on the Korean peninsula benefits no one and is very bad for everyone. North Korea’s weapons, nuclear and conventional, are arguably the most defensive ever fielded. They have not been used offensively since 1953. They exist as a perfect example of how mutually assured destruction works.” (10/16/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-and-kim-madmen-not-so-fast/

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43) “WE ARE AT WAR!” Oh, really? Some questions
Source: OpEdNews
by Enrest Partridge

“When Russia tries to interfere with the American elections, our media calls it ‘the equivalent of war.’ When the United States does the same thing to Iran, Chile, Ukraine, Russia, etc. (it’s a long list), we call it ‘regime change.’ ‘At war with Russia?’ Where are the missile launches, the air combat, the marines on the beaches, the armies in deadly combat, the bombed cities? And where are the casualties — the young men killed in battle? None of the above? Then in what realistic sense are we ‘at war?’ Even so, we are told that this is ‘the equivalent of war!’ If so, then so too was Iran (1952), Chile (1973), Ukraine (2014), when we overthrew legally elected governments, and in Russia (1996) when we successfully prevented Yeltsin’s defeat. Did we then hear hyperventilating media rhetoric about ‘the equivalent of war?’” (10/16/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/WE-ARE-AT-WAR–Oh-Reall-by-Ernest-Partridge-Russia-Bashing_Us-russia-Relations_War-With-Russia-171016-821.html

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44) Somerville’s campaign to separate the progressives from the poseurs
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“Most of Rand Wilson’s knocks went unanswered, but seeds were planted. At one house, a 30-year-old registered Democrat, Caitlin, lit up when he mentioned Bernie Sanders. ‘So is this what he meant by the political revolution?’ she asks. She didn’t join Our Revolution Somerville (ORS), but did say she would take a closer look at its slate. In Somerville, Mass. the battle for the future of the Democratic Party is waged street by street. Wilson and other ORS members plan to overthrow the political establishment in a city where Democrats have long controlled the levers of power. It’ll be one step, they hope, toward transforming the party. Wilson, a union organizer with SEIU Local 888, was one of a dozen ORS members who canvassed that day. The goal is to knock on 3,000 doors by Election Day on November 7, turn out new voters for ORS’ endorsed candidates, sign up new members, and get signatures on a petition to put an initiative for paid family and medical leave on the Massachusetts ballot in 2018.” (10/16/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20580/separating-progressives-from-the-poseurs

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45) Imagine a brand-new USA
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“Imagine that there was another revolution. And that nothing big had changed. Demographics, power dynamics, culture, our economic system and political values were pretty much the same as they are now. If we Americans rolled up our sleeves and reimagined our political system from scratch, if we wrote up a brand-new constitution for 2017, what would a brand-spanking-new United States Version 2.0 look like today? A lot of stuff would be different.” (10/16/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/16/imagine-a-brand-new-usa/

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46) Trump’s big bet — that Republican voters like him more than their party or Congress
Source: The Daily Beast
by Liz Mair

“Trump may have bad approval ratings, but Republican voters still like him more than not. However unpopular the president may be, he’s still more popular than Congress and the GOP. This is the Republican conundrum, and why it’s very possible that despite gerrymandering, ideological self-segregation of voters, and the existence of many (if not most) Americans in philosophical or identitarian echo chambers, Democrats will over-perform next year. It’s hard to earn rewards in politics when the perception consistently exists that you’re a do-nothing who has literally been neutered by a cartoon character-like figure who keeps your balls in a glass jar on the corner of the Resolute Desk.” (10/16/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-big-betthat-republican-voters-like-him-more-than-their-party-or-congress

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47) A call for “do-nothing” presidents without legacies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Some in the news media and editorial page pundits are aghast that many of President Donald Trump’s executive orders and legislative proposals sent off to the United States Congress represent an attempt to undue [sic] the presidential ‘legacy’ of Barack Obama. The question is, why should it be presumed that presidents need to have policy legacies to leave behind after their term in office has ended?” (10/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/call-nothing-presidents-without-legacies/

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48) Quantum Vibe, 10/16/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/16/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1708

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49) Force over persuasion
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Today’s campus radicals assert that free speech is bad because it ‘gives voice’ to people with hateful, dangerous views. Does that argument seem at all familiar? It is the old RightThink rationale for censorship. A recent Spiked ‘Unsafe Spaces’ event at Rutgers (‘Identity Politics: the New Racialism’) was interrupted by now-too-famiar shouts and out-of-turn questions and invective. Kmele Foster, one of the panelists, had been explaining how important free speech rights were to the civil rights protesters in the 1960s, and to Martin Luther King in particular.” (10/16/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/16/force-over-persuasion/

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50) The upcoming increase in interest rates
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“The most egregious error made by central banks and economists alike is the assumption that gradually raising interest rates acts as a brake on the rate of economic expansion, and therefore controls price inflation. Economic commentators generally regard interest rates as the ‘price’ of money. It is from this fallacy that the belief arises that manipulating interest rates has a predictable effect on the demand for money in circulation relative to goods, and therefore can be used to target price inflation. This line of reasoning makes even a sieve look watertight.” (10/16/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/10/the-upcoming-increase-in-interest-rates/

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51) Reason Podcast, 10/16/17
Source: Reason

“Is Harvey Weinstein the embodiment of Hollywood sleaze, or the last straggler in a bygone age of pervasive sexual harassment? Reason’s Nick Gillespie, Katherine-Mangu Ward, and Matt Welch join Andrew Heaton to discuss how social media is bringing an end to open secrets. Also, President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal is now in limbo. Is it inevitable that Iran will get the bomb? Can nuclear proliferation actually make the world safer? Other topics: the latest threats to the First Amendment, and how Donald Trump is changing American health care.” [various formats] (10/16/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/16/harvey-weinstein-iran-nuclear-deal

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52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 317
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s show, we take a slightly different path away from libertarian philosophy and politics and welcome in clinical psychologist and speaker Dr. Michael Edelstein. Dr. Edelstein starts off by explaining how he became interested in clinical psychology and how that eventually led him to meet Walter Block and — after several years of debate — to him becoming a libertarian. Dr. Edestein then explains his view on self-esteem, and why he is critical of its promotion specifically by Nathaniel Branden and Ayn Rand. Marc and Michael then discuss the concept of ‘libertaran burnout’ and how passionate libertarians can adjust their expectations in order to avoid this common phenomenon.” (10/16/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/10/16/self-esteem-libertarian-burnout-dr-michael-edelstein/

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/16/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell, John Vibes, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about the latest BTC mania, filling free time with barely paid surveys, banishing yourself from social media just to get stuff done, the psychological toll of FB, an ‘anarchist’ creating DIY medicines, data storage sniffing police dogs, aging music stars being harassed over their medicine, and an ode to a nana.” [various formats] (10/16/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15148

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54) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/15/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“GUEST: Professor Luis Perez-Breva, the head of MIT’s Innovation Teams Program and an expert on artificial intelligence.” [various formats] (10/15/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/10/15/professor-luis-perez-breva-on-artificial-intelligence-t5f82

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55) Flags, protest & compelled patriotism
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Neither the NFL Rules nor the Game Operations Manual says players must stand during the national anthem, and the NFL puts the same importance on players ‘hold[ing] helmets in their left hand’ as they do on standing: it’s just a suggestion. It should also be noted that the pregame protests have been respectful to those wishing to celebrate ‘Country, Flag and National Anthem;’ however those who are livid at the thought of someone not being respectful in the manner they believe respect should be shown, are essentially saying: ‘Stand up, shut up, do as you’re told, and if you want to protest, do it some other time and in a place where no one can see you … because freedom!’ That’s not how freedom works.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/15/17)

http://fpp.cc/flags-protest-compelled-patriotism/

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56) Free Talk Live, 10/15/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“School Sucks Across America :: Forest Fires :: Public Schools :: Jews! :: Activism :: Music Industry :: USA Doomed! :: Healthcare Subscription :: Standing for the National Anthem :: HOSTS — Mark, Jonny Ray, Brett V.” [various formats] (10/15/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-15

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57) Interview: Nelson Chartrand
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Nelson Chartrand. Herein we discussed his path to Anarcho Capitalism, Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Creature from Jekyll Island, Frederic Bastiat, Larken Rose, Economics in One Lesson, Cuba at present, economic climate, Socialism and Communism confusion, socialized medicine, Cuban experiment, imprisonment of freedom lovers, hunger strike story, obtaining food in Cuba, future plans of the Cuban Libertarian Party and more!” [various formats] (10/15/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/nelson-chartrand-anarcho-capitalist-and-founder-of-the-libertarian-party-in-cuba/

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21) Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press
22) Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions wants open borders, but only for police
23) The United States again fails to make the top 10 freest countries
24) These doctors got fed up with insurance. Now they treat their patients like valued customers.
25) JFK and regime change conspiracies
26) On ObamaCare, Trump being attacked for upholding the law
27) “Me too” is a branch issue, and a distraction
28) Do the math, tax cuts are bound to increase the national debt
29) Like Google, Amazon wants good government over gimmickry
30) Economic freedom is the key to female empowerment
31) Low public approval of President Trump, yet unusually high consumer confidence
32) The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors
33) Healthcare order expands insurance
34) Who is competent to decide what offends?
35) Surveillance “reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s long, slow goodbye
36) How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people
37) Austria: So much for the death of populism
38) Mises was a neocon, and other oddities
39) Trump’s trade policy is madness
40) How to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt
41) More gun lies your leaders are telling you
42) Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast
43) “WE ARE AT WAR!” Oh, really? Some questions
44) Somerville’s campaign to separate the progressives from the poseurs
45) Imagine a brand-new USA
46) Trump’s big bet — that Republican voters like him more than their party or Congress
47) A call for “do-nothing” presidents without legacies
48) Quantum Vibe, 10/16/17
49) Force over persuasion
50) The upcoming increase in interest rates

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 10/16/17
52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 317
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/16/17
54) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/15/17
55) Flags, protest & compelled patriotism
56) Free Talk Live, 10/15/17
57) Interview: Nelson Chartrand

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1) Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion
Source: CBS News

“Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month’s Kurdish vote for independence. The move by the Iraqi military and its allied militias so soon after neutralizing the ISIS in northern Iraq hinted at a country that could once again turn on itself after disposing of a common enemy. President Trump expressed disappointment the two sides were fighting but stressed that the U.S. isn’t seeking to openly take sides in the dispute.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kurds-iraq-kirkuk-isis-peshmerga-iraqi-troops/

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2) Judge refuses to toss charges in Menendez corruption trial
Source: Fox News

“The federal judge presiding over the Sen. Bob Menendez corruption trial dealt the New Jersey Democrat a serious setback Monday, refusing to dismiss any of the charges in the case. Newark Federal Court Judge William Walls’ decision denying a defense motion to throw out the bribery charges ensures that the case will be given to a jury to decide the lawmaker’s fate. Walls ruled against defense arguments that the charges should be dropped because they didn’t meet a narrower definition of bribery under a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reversed the conviction of Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnel on corruption charges. Menendez is charged with accepting free flights on a private jet and other gifts from wealthy Florida doctor Salomon Melgen in exchange for pressuring government officials to take actions favorable to the friend’s business interests.” (10/16/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/16/menendez-corruption-trial-judge-refuses-to-toss-charges.html

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3) Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel’s subpoena
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. political research firm that commissioned a dossier on Donald Trump while he was running for president said on Monday it would not comply with subpoenas issued by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. Lawyers for Fusion GPS, which hired former British spy Christopher Steele to produce the Trump research, told the committee’s Republican chairman, U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, in a letter that the subpoenas were flawed and that nothing in the subpoenas indicated the intelligence committee had authorized him to issue them. The lawyers also questioned Nunes'[s] role in signing the subpoenas since he had recused himself from the committee’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.” (10/16/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia/firm-behind-trump-dossier-declines-to-respond-to-house-panels-subpoena-idUSKBN1CL2CK

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4) Bergdahl pleads guilty, faces up to life in prison
Source: CNN

“US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could spend the rest of his life behind bars after he pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was held in captivity by the Taliban until May 2014. … Bergdahl faces up to five years in prison for the desertion charge and up to life in prison for the charge of misbehavior before the enemy. The judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, said Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing will begin October 23.” (10/16/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/16/politics/bowe-bergdahl-guilty-plea/index.html

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5) Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump said Monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies. Trump’s remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a Washington Post/’60 Minutes’ investigation that Marino helped guide legislation that sailed through Congress last year with virtually no opposition. Trump said ‘we’re going to be looking into’ the investigation, while many Democrats and at least one Republican called for either modification or outright repeal of the law. Democrats also called on Trump to drop Marino as his pick to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.” [editor’s note: Leave the position vacant and furlough all employees! – TLK] (10/16/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/manchin-calls-on-trump-to-withdraw-marinos-nomination-as-drug-czar-in-wake-of-post60-minutes-probe/2017/10/16/b73ee1be-b287-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html

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6) Trump: Cuba “is responsible” for attacks on US personnel
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump says he believes Cuba ‘is responsible’ for attacks on American government personnel in Havana. Trump isn’t explaining whether he believes Cuba perpetrated the attacks or merely bears responsibility because they took place on Cuban soil. Previously, Trump’s administration has said Cuba bears responsibility for keeping U.S. workers safe in the country, but it hasn’t blamed Cuba for the attacks. Last week, White House chief of staff John Kelly said the U.S. believes Cuba could stop the attacks. But the U.S. has emphasized that’s because Cuba has tight control over security on the island, not because the U.S. believes President Raul Castro’s government is behind them. The U.S. says that 22 U.S. government workers are ‘medically confirmed’ to have been affected by invisible, unexplained attacks.” (10/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-Cuba-is-responsible-for-attacks-on-US-12281908.php

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7) Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
Source: USA Today

“Even in the normally mind-blowing science of astronomy, this discovery was special. Two months ago, scientists for the first time detected both the ripples in space and time and the light produced and emitted during the same cosmic event: the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. The discovery would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created. Neutron stars, formed when massive stars explode in supernovas, are the smallest, densest stars known to exist. A teaspoon of a neutron star has a mass of about a billion tons. The collision of neutron stars is known as a kilonova — an explosion similar to a supernova but on a smaller scale. The crash generated a fierce burst of gamma rays and a gravitational wave, a faint ripple in the fabric of space and time first theorized by Albert Einstein a century ago.” (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/10/16/scientists-witness-huge-cosmic-crash-kilonova/767559001

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8) Man rescued from the Taliban couldn’t believe Trump was president
Source: Raw Story

“A Canadian man rescued from a Taliban-linked group in Afghanistan last week said he thought his captors were joking when they told him Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States. Joshua Boyle and his wife, Caitlin Coleman, were kidnapped and held by the Haqqani network (whose leader is the deputy head of the Afghan Taliban) for five years and one day. Boyle and Coleman were rarely given any information on the outside world during their time in captivity. They didn’t even know Justin Trudeau was prime minister of Canada, for example, until after they were rescued. But when Boyle was forced to participate in a ‘proof-of-life’ video, one of the captors told him Donald Trump had been elected president. At the time, Boyle essentially took this comment as a joke. ‘It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,’ Boyle told the The Toronto Star. Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped while hiking in Afghanistan in late 2012.” (10/16/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/man-rescued-from-the-taliban-couldnt-believe-trump-was-president

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9) New mom who lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria sues hospital
Source: USA Today

“A new mom is suing a hospital in Canada after being diagnosed with a flesh-eating disease four days after giving birth. Lindsey Hubley claims negligence by doctors at IWK Health Centre in Nova Scotia contributed to her health problems, reports The Canadian Press. In March, Hubley gave birth to her son, Myles. A day after discharge, Hubley returned to the hospital and was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, necrotizing fasciitis is a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body’s soft tissue. Since her diagnosis, Hubley has had several surgeries, including amputations below both elbows and knees and a total hysterectomy, said the report. Hubley is also waiting for a kidney transplant. A lawyer representing the family told The Daily Mail doctors did not remove the entire placenta after her birth, and Hubley suffered a small tear in her uterus.” (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/new-mom-who-lost-limbs-flesh-eating-bacteria-sues-hospital/767520001

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10) TX: Government employee accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas
Source: United Press International

“Prosecutors in a Texas county said a Juvenile Justice Department employee is accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years. The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office said Gilberto Escaramilla, who works for the county’s Juvenile Justice Department, took the day off for a medical appointment Aug. 7 and a driver from the department’s meat vendor, Labatt Food Service in Harlingen, called the kitchen to inform workers of an 800-pound fajita delivery. A confused kitchen worker explained to the driver that the department doesn’t serve fajitas, leading the equally baffled driver to tell her he had been delivering fajitas to Juvenile Justice for nine years. … Escaramilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested Aug. 9 when the district attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant on his home and found packets of fajitas in his refrigerator. Investigators said Escaramilla had stolen a total $1,251,578 worth of fajitas.” (10/16/17)

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/10/16/Texas-county-worker-accused-of-stealing-12-million-worth-of-fajitas/4881508159284/

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11) FL: Scott declares state of emergency ahead of idiot racist knothead’s speech
Source: USA Today

“Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state gather at the University of Florida in advance of a Thursday event by white nationalist Richard B. Spencer. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell had asked Scott to declare the emergency as the university prepares for Spencer’s visit. The governor’s executive order places the state agency usually responsible for hurricanes at the front of the effort to preserve order during the event. It also places the Florida National Guard on standby. Anti-fascist groups, known as Antifa, plan to protest the white nationalist event. Both sides have talked on social media about using violence.” [editor’s note: I almost forgot it was this soon. Guess I need to start getting my kit together – TLK] (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/florida-governor-emergency-spencer-speech/769031001/

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12) GA: Hospital denies kidney transplant because recipient’s donor/father served time for violating probation
Source: CBS News

“A.J. Burgess was born a month too soon without a working kidney, WGCL-TV reports, and his father Anthony Dickerson is a 110 percent match for an organ donation. But surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta won’t perform the operation because Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation. … [A.J.’s mother] Carmella said that the hospital needed three to four months before the child’s father could donate his kidney. ‘The lady said we need your parole information and your probation info. He said ‘why?’ We need you to be on good behavior for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney. And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you basically,’ Carmella said.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/aj-burgess-kidney-transplant-father-probation-violation-emory-hospital-atlanta/

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13) CA: Brown vetoes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
Source: The Hill

“California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) late Sunday vetoed legislation that would have required presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to qualify for the state ballot. The bill passed the Democratic-dominated legislature after President Trump broke longstanding precedent by refusing to make public his tax returns during the 2016 campaign. But Brown said the measure represented a possible slippery slope that could force candidates to release other private information, like health records, school records — and even a birth certificate.” (10/16/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/355583-calif-governor-blocks-plan-to-force-trump-to-release-tax-returns

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14) SCOTUS backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a lower court that ordered a New Mexico city to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall. Civil liberties advocates behind the case called the decision involving the city of Bloomfield a victory for the separation of church and state. ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson said it sends a ‘strong message that the government should not be in the business of picking and choosing which sets of religious beliefs enjoy special favor in the community.’ However, David Cortman, a senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom, said the outcome did nothing to resolve confusion in lower courts involving such monuments.” (10/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Justices-reject-New-Mexico-city-s-Ten-12281159.php

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15) Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk
Source: Engadget

“Researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol that could allow hackers to intercept your credit card numbers, passwords, photos and other sensitive information. The flaws, dubbed ‘Key Reinstallation Attacks,’ or ‘Krack Attacks,’ are in the WiFi standard and not specific products. That means that just about every router, smartphone and PC out there could be impacted, though attacks against Linux and Android 6.0 or greater devices may be ‘particularly devastating,’ according to KU Leuven University’s Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, who found the flaw.” (10/16/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/16/wifi-vulnerability-krack-attack/

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16) Canada: Drone hits commercial aircraft
Source: CNet News

“It was, says the Canadian Minster of Transport, the first time it’s happened in Canada. In a statement issued on Sunday, Marc Garneau revealed that on Thursday, a Skyjet flight was struck by a drone as it approached Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City. … The Ministry of Transport told me that the aircraft was a Beech 100 King Air. The drone has not been identified. Garneau told CBC that ‘it could have been much more serious’ had the drone struck an engine or the cockpit. He said the drone had been flying 3 miles from the airport at 450 meters (around 1,500 feet). This is 150 meters above the legal limit. There were eight passengers on the plane.” (10/15/17)

https://www.cnet.com/news/drone-hits-commercial-aircraft-over-canada/

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17) Russia: Regime plans “CryptoRuble” cryptocurrency
Source: Newsweek

“Russia may soon become the world’s first country to launch a cryptocurrency backed by a nation state, according to reports. Similar to bitcoin, the CryptoRuble cryptocurrency will be underpinned by a online ledger known as a blockchain. Unlike bitcoin, however, it will not be possible for people to mine the virtual currency–the process of confirming cryptocurrency transactions and adding their record to the blockchain in order to generate new units of the currency. Local reports cited by cryptocurrency news website CoinTelegraph revealed that CryptoRubles can be exchanged for rubles, though a 13 percent tax will be levied if the holder is unable to explain where the CryptoRubles came from.” (10/16/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-cryptoruble-cryptocurrency-ruble-putin-685518

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18) Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under fire during a reconnaissance mission in Lebanese airspace, the Israeli military said Monday. No Israeli aircraft were hit by the anti-aircraft fire. Israel said the fire hailed from Syrian government-controlled SA-5 battery located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus. Two hours after, a separate aircraft ‘incapacitated’ the Syrian anti-aircraft position, Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.” (10/16/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-warplanes-strike-syrian-anti-aircraft-battery-after-coming-under-fire/a-40967599

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19) LA: Oil rig blast on lake leaves one missing, seven hurt
Source: CBS News

“An oil rig explosion on a lake north of New Orleans, apparently caused when cleaning chemicals ignited, injured seven people and left authorities searching for another, who was missing. There were ‘a lot of injuries,’ many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expected from the Sunday evening explosion on Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor told The Times-Picayune. No deaths were immediately reported.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oil-rig-blast-louisiana-lake-man-missing-7-people-hurt/

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20) Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

“Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remains unemployed after a 2016 season in which he began the movement of players protesting during the national anthem, has filed a grievance accusing NFL teams of improperly colluding to keep him out of the league, according to a person familiar with the case. Kaepernick reportedly has retained an attorney to pursue the collusion claim, and, according to the source, it will be Kaepernick’s outside legal representation and not the NFL Players Association primarily in charge of preparing and presenting his grievance. The collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union prohibits teams from conspiring to make decisions about signing a player. But the CBA also says the mere fact that a player is unsigned and evidence about the player’s qualifications to be on an NFL roster do not constitute proof of collusion.” (10/15/17)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/kaepernick-files-grievance-accusing-nfl-teams-of-colluding-against-him-20171015.html

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21) Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“On October 11, President Trump tweeted that fake news was such a threat that someone should look into challenging network licenses on that basis. The next day, (October 12) he doubled down in a follow-up tweet that ‘Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate revoked.’ Unfortunately, his tweet contained some fake news of its own. It implied that networks are licensed, when, in fact, individual stations have broadcast licenses. And the difference implies that Trump’s suggested ‘solution’ is incapable of addressing the problem he sees. Further, his ‘if appropriate’ suggests that there is a situation in which pulling a broadcast license is appropriate for communicating something the President doesn’t like. But if one takes freedoms of speech and the press seriously, and applies those same standards to media that did not exist in our founders’ days, there is never a time to acceptably deny Americans’ freedoms, even for ‘fake news.’” (10/16/17)

https://mises.org/blog/trump-vs-jefferson-freedom-press

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22) Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions wants open borders, but only for police
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“In 2013, Microsoft refused to turn information from a customer’s email account over to law enforcement pursuant to a warrant in a narcotics investigation. The information, Microsoft noted, was stored on a server in Ireland. Ireland, as you may have learned in elementary school, is neither one of the fifty states nor a US territory. It’s a sovereign state with its own laws. US search warrants carry no weight there. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sided with Microsoft, and the full court denied the government’s request for a rehearing. Apparently they learned geography as youngsters, too. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, maybe not so much. But he does seem to have a perpetual burr under his fur about ‘national sovereignty.’” (10/16/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11659

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23) The United States again fails to make the top 10 freest countries
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“The newly released Economic Freedom of the World report ranks the United States 11th among the 159 countries and territories surveyed. The report, compiled by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute, and 70 other think tanks throughout the world, ‘seeks to measure the consistency of the institutions and policies of various countries with voluntary exchange and the other dimensions of economic freedom.’ The latest report uses data from 2015, the latest available. The United States rose two spots over its ranking based on 2014 data. The authors note the United States was ‘for decades among the top four countries in the index,’ though its trajectory was downward: second in 1980, third in 1990, fourth in 2000, and sixth in 2005. It held the 11th spot in 2010 before dropping to 13th in 2014. The United States scored 7.94 on a scale of 10 in the latest report. Its highest score was 8.62 in 2000.” (10/16/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/united-states-again-fails-make-top-10-freest-countries

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24) These doctors got fed up with insurance. Now they treat their patients like valued customers.
Source: Reason
by Mark McDaniel

“One of the most profound changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act is that it drove thousands of independent doctors to throw in the towel and join large hospital networks. This is particularly true of primary care doctors. As the rules involving medical records, billing codes, and prior authorizations have gotten more complex, physicians find they can’t survive without joining large health care networks. And they’re becoming increasingly demoralized. Today there’s a small but growing movement of doctors who are opting out of the traditional health care system by no longer accepting insurance. This new approach is is called ‘direct primary care,’ but it’s essentially a throwback to an era before insurance companies were responsible for covering routine services like ear infections or strep cultures.” (10/16/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/10/16/doctors-direct-primary-care

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25) JFK and regime change conspiracies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What is a conspiracy? It’s nothing more than an agreement between two or more people to carry out an illicit or illegal act. There’s nothing mysterious about conspiracies. They happen all the time, especially in the drug trade. If you have any doubts about this, just walk into any federal courthouse in the land and ask the District Clerk to show you the federal criminal indictments that have been issued in the last year. Just look at the first count of the indictment because it’s the one that almost always alleges a conspiracy. I’ll bet that 95 percent of federal criminal indictments allege a conspiracy. What we are talking about in the Kennedy assassination is nothing more than a regime-change operation or, if you will, a regime-change conspiracy.” (10/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/16/jfk-regime-change-conspiracies/

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26) On ObamaCare, Trump being attacked for upholding the law
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump’s decision to stop funding an ObamaCare subsidy program is being treated as an attempt to sabotage the law. In reality, Trump is abiding by the law as the Democrats wrote it. There is no question that stopping payments for ObamaCare’s ‘cost sharing reduction’ subsidies will have serious implications. Insurance companies have been warning state insurance regulators that they’ll have to jack up premiums even higher next year if these subsidies go away, and the Congressional Budget Office reported that it could push up premiums by 20%. But there’s an important element missing from the lamentations coming from the insurance industry, from Democrats, and even from some Republicans about Trump’s decision. The ObamaCare law, as written, plainly doesn’t allow Trump to make these payments. Here’s why.” (10/13/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/on-obamacare-trump-is-being-attacked-for-upholding-the-law

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27) “Me too” is a branch issue, and a distraction
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Branch issues are all the rage in the media, very rarely is a root issue given the light of day. Root issues are things like the childhood trauma, monopoly policing, compulsory education, interventionist war, and inflationary central banking. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but the deepest root of them all is the belief that some people have the right to hurt or steal from other people without just cause (eg. self-defense). The roots are the primary source of nourishment for the branches.” (10/16/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/branch-issue-distraction

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28) Do the math, tax cuts are bound to increase the national debt
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Speaking to a group of workers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his proposed tax-cut package ‘will be rocket fuel’ for the U.S. economy. It was Trump’s sly way of reinforcing a message that the White House has sent since it first rolled out a framework for the tax cut in April. The message: Instead of adding to the $20 trillion national debt, the GOP tax cut will pay for itself; there’s no need to produce some $5 trillion in savings over the next decade to pay for the cuts. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin uttered that mantra after the rollout when he told the Institute of International Finance, ‘The plan will pay for itself with growth.’ The current package would lower the corporate tax rate from 38.9 percent to 20 percent and lower personal income taxes; the top rate would fall from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. That should mean a bigger deficit, right?” (10/15/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/10/15/do-the-math-tax-cuts-are-bound-to-increase-the-national-debt-n2394954

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29) Like Google, Amazon wants good government over gimmickry
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“The imaginations of municipal governments across the country have been captured by the prospect of being chosen as the location of Amazon’s second headquarters. The project promises 50,000 jobs and an overall investment of $5 billion. How likely is Kansas City to win? While the details of Kansas City’s pitch remain predictably secret, other cities have made offerings, both substantive and gimmicky. Tucson, Arizona, tried to send Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a 21-foot cactus. Stonecrest, Georgia, recently offered to name part of the town Amazon if chosen. Not to be outdone, Kansas City Mayor Sly James took to the internet in a ‘desperate’ attempt to get attention by spamming Amazon’s website with hundreds of fake product reviews each extolling the town.” (10/16/17)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-government/google-amazon-wants-good-government-over-gimmickry

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30) Economic freedom is the key to female empowerment
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Chelsea Follett

“Rafia Zakaria made some outstanding points in her recent New York Times op-ed, ‘The Myth of Women’s ‘Empowerment” — but she also made some conspicuous omissions. In her piece, she draws attention to the international aid industry’s flawed and patronizing approach to female empowerment. However, she overlooks the importance of women’s economic empowerment, focusing solely on political empowerment, as if the two were not intimately linked.” (10/16/17)

https://fee.org/articles/economic-freedom-is-the-key-to-female-empowerment/

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31) Low public approval of President Trump, yet unusually high consumer confidence
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“How did we get to a place where The President of the United States has historically low approval at the same time we have recent highs for consumer confidence? Almost everything President Trump does has an impact on the economy, and on consumers. That includes national security, immigration, taxes, health care, budgets, treaties, government regulations, and international relations. If the public is optimistic about the economy, that is normally the same as having confidence in the president. At least on the big-ticket items. The types of presidential actions that have lower impact on the economy include court appointments, opinions on confederate statues, NFL kneeling, transgenders in the military, birth control funding, unpresidential tweets, poorly-executed disavowals, hyperbole that fails the fact-checking, seemingly unnecessary political attacks, and all manner of obnoxious presidential behavior. The majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump on at least some of those topics. I don’t think we’ve ever seen something like this before. A majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump while simultaneously having confidence he’ll get most of the big stuff right and the economy will reflect it.” (10/14/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/166397088926/low-public-approval-of-president-trump-yet

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32) The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent the defendant from presenting a robust defense or cross-examining adverse witnesses. You know what would happen — at least in a fair and just society. The victim would be exonerated and compensated. The prosecutor and judge would be disbarred, fined and jailed. What you may not know is that the Obama EPA engaged in similar prosecutorial misconduct to convict fossil fuels of causing climate chaos and endangering the health and wellbeing of Americans.” (10/16/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/the-obama-epas-crooked-prosecutors/

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33) Healthcare order expands insurance
Source: USA Today
by Michael D Tanner

“For all the headlines about ‘dismantling Obamacare,’ President Trump’s executive order will likely have less of an impact than its supporters hope or critics fear. Still, it represents a modest step toward giving consumers more choices and expanding millions of Americans’ access to lower cost insurance that better fits their individual needs. First, understand what this order is not. It neither takes anyone’s insurance away nor removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions. What it does is allow small businesses that band together to buy group insurance plans to be treated the same way as big companies are today. That includes the ability to buy insurance across state lines, and an exemption from some of Obamacare’s expensive mandated benefits. Plans might offer fewer benefits, but they could cost a lot less.” [editor’s note: The real advantage of this would be the formation of “associations” to allow the self-employed and others to get “group rates” on “coverage” – SAT] (10/15/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/15/health-care-order-expands-insurance-editorials-debates/106692174

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34) Who is competent to decide what offends?
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“As the ranks of college administrators have swelled in higher education, one task they’ve undertaken is more aggressively training students — and at times, faculty members — in what is variously called ‘cultural competence’ or ‘diversity and inclusion.’ The aims of these efforts are laudable. College ought to be as welcoming to students from historically marginalized groups as it is to anyone else; and it ought to prepare all students for civic life in a hugely diverse society. But when training faculty members or educating students so that they are ‘culturally competent,’ a process that should involve telling them pertinent facts, is instead used as a pretext to indoctrinate them into a contested ideology, the laudable becomes objectionable.” (10/16/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/who-is-competent-to-decide-what-offends/542523/

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35) Surveillance “reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s long, slow goodbye
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“Over 16 years after the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent repeated passage or renewal of draconian ‘temporary’ but ’emergency’ domestic surveillance laws in response, it’s fair to ask: Have we officially abandoned the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights? With the expiration of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) less than three months away, now is a good time to review the effects of these surveillance laws in the seemingly endless ‘War on Terror.’ But first, a quick recap of America’s embrace of mass surveillance in the post-9/11 era.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/surveillance-reform-fourth-amendments-long-slow-goodbye

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36) How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people
Source: The New Republic
by Clio Chang

“During Barack Obama’s two terms in office, Democrats lost ground at the state level–a lot of ground. Republicans now dominate state legislatures to a greater degree than at any time since the Civil War, making it nearly impossible for Democrats to enact any meaningful policies in large swaths of the country. But in the midst of last year’s electoral wipeout, there was one bright spot: Citizens took the law into their own hands, introducing 71 ballot initiatives in 16 states — the most in a decade. … But such victories have proved short-lived. Republican legislatures responded to the surge in civic participation by using their power to effectively overrule the will of the people–and to make it harder to enact citizen-backed reforms in the future.” (10/16/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145006/gop-lawmakers-ignore-will-people-voters-passed-liberal-ballot-initiatives-republicans-throwing-them-out

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37) Austria: So much for the death of populism
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Austria makes two things clear. First, that the much-discussed ‘end of populism,’ which became a huge, excitable talking point following Macron’s victory in France, is a fantasy. Populist politics and parties aren’t going away, because the questions they raise, or at least the public concerns they tap into, are still there, bristling, unresolved. What does Europe stand for? Who should decide on issues such as mass migration? Isn’t democracy preferable to technocracy? And why should I vote for politicians who have nothing but disdain for my way of life, my values, and my right to have a say? People will keep asking and thinking these things. And the second thing it makes clear is the utter failure of the left to understand, engage with, and possibly even mould or lead the populist feeling in Europe right now.” (10/16/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/austria-so-much-for-the-death-of-populism/

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38) Mises was a neocon, and other oddities
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“It is of great comfort to us who share an antiquarian passion for the history of political thought that fundamental questions such as, ‘What is the state?’ invariably come to the surface. But sometimes you get the impression that new interpretations focus more on the ‘political’ than on the ‘thought.’ I’m referring to a long opinion piece published by Yoram Hazony in The Wall Street Journal. From his byline we know that Mr Hazony, President of the Jerusalem-based Herzl Institute, is publishing a book entitled The Virtue of Nationalism. His article’s political goal is clear: he wants to argue that Donald Trump’s blend of conservatism is in line with an old tradition that goes back to Edmund Burke. Trump is thus implicitly considered the torch-bearer of a system of ideas that value the nation-state as providing the soil which allowed Western liberty to flourish. From this comes skepticism towards exporting such values in different cultures and a similar anxiety for opening the door to immigrants that come from illiberal cultures.” (10/16/17)

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

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39) Trump’s trade policy is madness
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I applaud your clear explanation of the great damage that Trump’s proposed changes to Nafta will inflict on the American economy (‘Trump’s Nafta Threat,’ Oct. 16). Yet one feature of Trump’s approach to trade warrants more explicit criticism — namely, his belief that we Americans benefit from trade the more we export and the less we import. It cannot be said too often that exports are the costs that we pay for the goods and services that we import. And so when Trump boasts that he’ll deploy his tough negotiating skills to rework Nafta in order to increase American exports and reduce American imports, he boasts, in fact, that he’ll negotiate to ensure that Americans pay more and receive in return less.” (10/16/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/trumps-trade-policy-unalloyed-madness.html

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40) How to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt
Source: The American Prospect
by Ellen Brown

“During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island’s bond debt. He said on October 3: ‘You know they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street. We’re gonna have to wipe that out. That’s gonna have to be — you know, you can say goodbye to that. I don’t know if it’s Goldman Sachs but whoever it is, you can wave good-bye to that.’ How did the president plan to pull this off? Pam Martens and Russ Martens, writing in Wall Street on Parade, note that the U.S. municipal bond market holds $3.8 trillion in debt, and it is not just owned by Wall Street banks. Mom-and-pop retail investors are exposed to billions of dollars of potential losses through their holdings of Puerto Rican municipal bonds, either directly or in mutual funds. Wiping out Puerto Rico’s debt, they warned, could undermine confidence in the municipal bond market, causing bond interest rates to rise, imposing an additional burden on already-struggling states and municipalities across the country.” (10/16/17)

http://prospect.org/article/how-wipe-out-puerto-rico%E2%80%99s-debt

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41) More gun lies your leaders are telling you
Source: The Price of Liberty
by L Reichard White

“To start with, as per the Standard Anti-Self-Defense Handbook — and using the so-far unexplained Las Vegas shooting spree as the latest platform — the usual Second Amendment scoff-laws still prominently include firearm suicides in their gun-death tally. Thank goodness folks deprived of guns won’t use overdoses, tranquilizers-plus-booze, carbon monoxide, razor blades, poison, etc. — and bridges, tall buildings, and open windows for jumping — if they can’t get guns! Or are the usual Congressional victim-disarmers misleading us again?” (10/16/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/10/16/more-gun-lies-your-leaders-are-telling-you/

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42) Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“The seemingly accepted wisdom that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are paired madmen on the edge of war has little to support it other than projected fears. There will be no war because war on the Korean peninsula benefits no one and is very bad for everyone. North Korea’s weapons, nuclear and conventional, are arguably the most defensive ever fielded. They have not been used offensively since 1953. They exist as a perfect example of how mutually assured destruction works.” (10/16/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-and-kim-madmen-not-so-fast/

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43) “WE ARE AT WAR!” Oh, really? Some questions
Source: OpEdNews
by Enrest Partridge

“When Russia tries to interfere with the American elections, our media calls it ‘the equivalent of war.’ When the United States does the same thing to Iran, Chile, Ukraine, Russia, etc. (it’s a long list), we call it ‘regime change.’ ‘At war with Russia?’ Where are the missile launches, the air combat, the marines on the beaches, the armies in deadly combat, the bombed cities? And where are the casualties — the young men killed in battle? None of the above? Then in what realistic sense are we ‘at war?’ Even so, we are told that this is ‘the equivalent of war!’ If so, then so too was Iran (1952), Chile (1973), Ukraine (2014), when we overthrew legally elected governments, and in Russia (1996) when we successfully prevented Yeltsin’s defeat. Did we then hear hyperventilating media rhetoric about ‘the equivalent of war?’” (10/16/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/WE-ARE-AT-WAR–Oh-Reall-by-Ernest-Partridge-Russia-Bashing_Us-russia-Relations_War-With-Russia-171016-821.html

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44) Somerville’s campaign to separate the progressives from the poseurs
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“Most of Rand Wilson’s knocks went unanswered, but seeds were planted. At one house, a 30-year-old registered Democrat, Caitlin, lit up when he mentioned Bernie Sanders. ‘So is this what he meant by the political revolution?’ she asks. She didn’t join Our Revolution Somerville (ORS), but did say she would take a closer look at its slate. In Somerville, Mass. the battle for the future of the Democratic Party is waged street by street. Wilson and other ORS members plan to overthrow the political establishment in a city where Democrats have long controlled the levers of power. It’ll be one step, they hope, toward transforming the party. Wilson, a union organizer with SEIU Local 888, was one of a dozen ORS members who canvassed that day. The goal is to knock on 3,000 doors by Election Day on November 7, turn out new voters for ORS’ endorsed candidates, sign up new members, and get signatures on a petition to put an initiative for paid family and medical leave on the Massachusetts ballot in 2018.” (10/16/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20580/separating-progressives-from-the-poseurs

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45) Imagine a brand-new USA
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“Imagine that there was another revolution. And that nothing big had changed. Demographics, power dynamics, culture, our economic system and political values were pretty much the same as they are now. If we Americans rolled up our sleeves and reimagined our political system from scratch, if we wrote up a brand-new constitution for 2017, what would a brand-spanking-new United States Version 2.0 look like today? A lot of stuff would be different.” (10/16/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/16/imagine-a-brand-new-usa/

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46) Trump’s big bet — that Republican voters like him more than their party or Congress
Source: The Daily Beast
by Liz Mair

“Trump may have bad approval ratings, but Republican voters still like him more than not. However unpopular the president may be, he’s still more popular than Congress and the GOP. This is the Republican conundrum, and why it’s very possible that despite gerrymandering, ideological self-segregation of voters, and the existence of many (if not most) Americans in philosophical or identitarian echo chambers, Democrats will over-perform next year. It’s hard to earn rewards in politics when the perception consistently exists that you’re a do-nothing who has literally been neutered by a cartoon character-like figure who keeps your balls in a glass jar on the corner of the Resolute Desk.” (10/16/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-big-betthat-republican-voters-like-him-more-than-their-party-or-congress

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47) A call for “do-nothing” presidents without legacies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Some in the news media and editorial page pundits are aghast that many of President Donald Trump’s executive orders and legislative proposals sent off to the United States Congress represent an attempt to undue [sic] the presidential ‘legacy’ of Barack Obama. The question is, why should it be presumed that presidents need to have policy legacies to leave behind after their term in office has ended?” (10/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/call-nothing-presidents-without-legacies/

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48) Quantum Vibe, 10/16/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/16/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1708

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49) Force over persuasion
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Today’s campus radicals assert that free speech is bad because it ‘gives voice’ to people with hateful, dangerous views. Does that argument seem at all familiar? It is the old RightThink rationale for censorship. A recent Spiked ‘Unsafe Spaces’ event at Rutgers (‘Identity Politics: the New Racialism’) was interrupted by now-too-famiar shouts and out-of-turn questions and invective. Kmele Foster, one of the panelists, had been explaining how important free speech rights were to the civil rights protesters in the 1960s, and to Martin Luther King in particular.” (10/16/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/16/force-over-persuasion/

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50) The upcoming increase in interest rates
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“The most egregious error made by central banks and economists alike is the assumption that gradually raising interest rates acts as a brake on the rate of economic expansion, and therefore controls price inflation. Economic commentators generally regard interest rates as the ‘price’ of money. It is from this fallacy that the belief arises that manipulating interest rates has a predictable effect on the demand for money in circulation relative to goods, and therefore can be used to target price inflation. This line of reasoning makes even a sieve look watertight.” (10/16/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/10/the-upcoming-increase-in-interest-rates/

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

51) Reason Podcast, 10/16/17
Source: Reason

“Is Harvey Weinstein the embodiment of Hollywood sleaze, or the last straggler in a bygone age of pervasive sexual harassment? Reason’s Nick Gillespie, Katherine-Mangu Ward, and Matt Welch join Andrew Heaton to discuss how social media is bringing an end to open secrets. Also, President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal is now in limbo. Is it inevitable that Iran will get the bomb? Can nuclear proliferation actually make the world safer? Other topics: the latest threats to the First Amendment, and how Donald Trump is changing American health care.” [various formats] (10/16/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/16/harvey-weinstein-iran-nuclear-deal

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52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 317
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s show, we take a slightly different path away from libertarian philosophy and politics and welcome in clinical psychologist and speaker Dr. Michael Edelstein. Dr. Edelstein starts off by explaining how he became interested in clinical psychology and how that eventually led him to meet Walter Block and — after several years of debate — to him becoming a libertarian. Dr. Edestein then explains his view on self-esteem, and why he is critical of its promotion specifically by Nathaniel Branden and Ayn Rand. Marc and Michael then discuss the concept of ‘libertaran burnout’ and how passionate libertarians can adjust their expectations in order to avoid this common phenomenon.” (10/16/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/10/16/self-esteem-libertarian-burnout-dr-michael-edelstein/

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/16/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell, John Vibes, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about the latest BTC mania, filling free time with barely paid surveys, banishing yourself from social media just to get stuff done, the psychological toll of FB, an ‘anarchist’ creating DIY medicines, data storage sniffing police dogs, aging music stars being harassed over their medicine, and an ode to a nana.” [various formats] (10/16/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15148

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54) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/15/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“GUEST: Professor Luis Perez-Breva, the head of MIT’s Innovation Teams Program and an expert on artificial intelligence.” [various formats] (10/15/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/10/15/professor-luis-perez-breva-on-artificial-intelligence-t5f82

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55) Flags, protest & compelled patriotism
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Neither the NFL Rules nor the Game Operations Manual says players must stand during the national anthem, and the NFL puts the same importance on players ‘hold[ing] helmets in their left hand’ as they do on standing: it’s just a suggestion. It should also be noted that the pregame protests have been respectful to those wishing to celebrate ‘Country, Flag and National Anthem;’ however those who are livid at the thought of someone not being respectful in the manner they believe respect should be shown, are essentially saying: ‘Stand up, shut up, do as you’re told, and if you want to protest, do it some other time and in a place where no one can see you … because freedom!’ That’s not how freedom works.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/15/17)

http://fpp.cc/flags-protest-compelled-patriotism/

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56) Free Talk Live, 10/15/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“School Sucks Across America :: Forest Fires :: Public Schools :: Jews! :: Activism :: Music Industry :: USA Doomed! :: Healthcare Subscription :: Standing for the National Anthem :: HOSTS — Mark, Jonny Ray, Brett V.” [various formats] (10/15/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-15

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57) Interview: Nelson Chartrand
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Nelson Chartrand. Herein we discussed his path to Anarcho Capitalism, Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Creature from Jekyll Island, Frederic Bastiat, Larken Rose, Economics in One Lesson, Cuba at present, economic climate, Socialism and Communism confusion, socialized medicine, Cuban experiment, imprisonment of freedom lovers, hunger strike story, obtaining food in Cuba, future plans of the Cuban Libertarian Party and more!” [various formats] (10/15/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/nelson-chartrand-anarcho-capitalist-and-founder-of-the-libertarian-party-in-cuba/

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In the News:

1) Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion
2) Judge refuses to toss charges in Menendez corruption trial
3) Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel’s subpoena
4) Bergdahl pleads guilty, faces up to life in prison
5) Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe
6) Trump: Cuba “is responsible” for attacks on US personnel
7) Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
8) Man rescued from the Taliban couldn’t believe Trump was president
9) New mom who lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria sues hospital
10) TX: Government employee accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas
11) FL: Scott declares state of emergency ahead of idiot racist knothead’s speech
12) GA: Hospital denies kidney transplant because recipient’s donor/father served time for violating probation
13) CA: Brown vetoes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
14) SCOTUS backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico
15) Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk
16) Canada: Drone hits commercial aircraft
17) Russia: Regime plans “CryptoRuble” cryptocurrency
18) Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery
19) LA: Oil rig blast on lake leaves one missing, seven hurt
20) Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press
22) Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions wants open borders, but only for police
23) The United States again fails to make the top 10 freest countries
24) These doctors got fed up with insurance. Now they treat their patients like valued customers.
25) JFK and regime change conspiracies
26) On ObamaCare, Trump being attacked for upholding the law
27) “Me too” is a branch issue, and a distraction
28) Do the math, tax cuts are bound to increase the national debt
29) Like Google, Amazon wants good government over gimmickry
30) Economic freedom is the key to female empowerment
31) Low public approval of President Trump, yet unusually high consumer confidence
32) The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors
33) Healthcare order expands insurance
34) Who is competent to decide what offends?
35) Surveillance “reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s long, slow goodbye
36) How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people
37) Austria: So much for the death of populism
38) Mises was a neocon, and other oddities
39) Trump’s trade policy is madness
40) How to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt
41) More gun lies your leaders are telling you
42) Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast
43) “WE ARE AT WAR!” Oh, really? Some questions
44) Somerville’s campaign to separate the progressives from the poseurs
45) Imagine a brand-new USA
46) Trump’s big bet — that Republican voters like him more than their party or Congress
47) A call for “do-nothing” presidents without legacies
48) Quantum Vibe, 10/16/17
49) Force over persuasion
50) The upcoming increase in interest rates

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 10/16/17
52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 317
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/16/17
54) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/15/17
55) Flags, protest & compelled patriotism
56) Free Talk Live, 10/15/17
57) Interview: Nelson Chartrand

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1) Iraq: US regime “not taking sides” in regime’s Kurdistan invasion
Source: CBS News

“Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month’s Kurdish vote for independence. The move by the Iraqi military and its allied militias so soon after neutralizing the ISIS in northern Iraq hinted at a country that could once again turn on itself after disposing of a common enemy. President Trump expressed disappointment the two sides were fighting but stressed that the U.S. isn’t seeking to openly take sides in the dispute.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kurds-iraq-kirkuk-isis-peshmerga-iraqi-troops/

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2) Judge refuses to toss charges in Menendez corruption trial
Source: Fox News

“The federal judge presiding over the Sen. Bob Menendez corruption trial dealt the New Jersey Democrat a serious setback Monday, refusing to dismiss any of the charges in the case. Newark Federal Court Judge William Walls’ decision denying a defense motion to throw out the bribery charges ensures that the case will be given to a jury to decide the lawmaker’s fate. Walls ruled against defense arguments that the charges should be dropped because they didn’t meet a narrower definition of bribery under a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reversed the conviction of Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnel on corruption charges. Menendez is charged with accepting free flights on a private jet and other gifts from wealthy Florida doctor Salomon Melgen in exchange for pressuring government officials to take actions favorable to the friend’s business interests.” (10/16/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/16/menendez-corruption-trial-judge-refuses-to-toss-charges.html

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3) Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel’s subpoena
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. political research firm that commissioned a dossier on Donald Trump while he was running for president said on Monday it would not comply with subpoenas issued by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. Lawyers for Fusion GPS, which hired former British spy Christopher Steele to produce the Trump research, told the committee’s Republican chairman, U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, in a letter that the subpoenas were flawed and that nothing in the subpoenas indicated the intelligence committee had authorized him to issue them. The lawyers also questioned Nunes'[s] role in signing the subpoenas since he had recused himself from the committee’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.” (10/16/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia/firm-behind-trump-dossier-declines-to-respond-to-house-panels-subpoena-idUSKBN1CL2CK

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4) Bergdahl pleads guilty, faces up to life in prison
Source: CNN

“US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could spend the rest of his life behind bars after he pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was held in captivity by the Taliban until May 2014. … Bergdahl faces up to five years in prison for the desertion charge and up to life in prison for the charge of misbehavior before the enemy. The judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, said Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing will begin October 23.” (10/16/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/16/politics/bowe-bergdahl-guilty-plea/index.html

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5) Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump said Monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies. Trump’s remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a Washington Post/’60 Minutes’ investigation that Marino helped guide legislation that sailed through Congress last year with virtually no opposition. Trump said ‘we’re going to be looking into’ the investigation, while many Democrats and at least one Republican called for either modification or outright repeal of the law. Democrats also called on Trump to drop Marino as his pick to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.” [editor’s note: Leave the position vacant and furlough all employees! – TLK] (10/16/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/manchin-calls-on-trump-to-withdraw-marinos-nomination-as-drug-czar-in-wake-of-post60-minutes-probe/2017/10/16/b73ee1be-b287-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html

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6) Trump: Cuba “is responsible” for attacks on US personnel
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump says he believes Cuba ‘is responsible’ for attacks on American government personnel in Havana. Trump isn’t explaining whether he believes Cuba perpetrated the attacks or merely bears responsibility because they took place on Cuban soil. Previously, Trump’s administration has said Cuba bears responsibility for keeping U.S. workers safe in the country, but it hasn’t blamed Cuba for the attacks. Last week, White House chief of staff John Kelly said the U.S. believes Cuba could stop the attacks. But the U.S. has emphasized that’s because Cuba has tight control over security on the island, not because the U.S. believes President Raul Castro’s government is behind them. The U.S. says that 22 U.S. government workers are ‘medically confirmed’ to have been affected by invisible, unexplained attacks.” (10/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-Cuba-is-responsible-for-attacks-on-US-12281908.php

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7) Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
Source: USA Today

“Even in the normally mind-blowing science of astronomy, this discovery was special. Two months ago, scientists for the first time detected both the ripples in space and time and the light produced and emitted during the same cosmic event: the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. The discovery would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created. Neutron stars, formed when massive stars explode in supernovas, are the smallest, densest stars known to exist. A teaspoon of a neutron star has a mass of about a billion tons. The collision of neutron stars is known as a kilonova — an explosion similar to a supernova but on a smaller scale. The crash generated a fierce burst of gamma rays and a gravitational wave, a faint ripple in the fabric of space and time first theorized by Albert Einstein a century ago.” (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/10/16/scientists-witness-huge-cosmic-crash-kilonova/767559001

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8) Man rescued from the Taliban couldn’t believe Trump was president
Source: Raw Story

“A Canadian man rescued from a Taliban-linked group in Afghanistan last week said he thought his captors were joking when they told him Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States. Joshua Boyle and his wife, Caitlin Coleman, were kidnapped and held by the Haqqani network (whose leader is the deputy head of the Afghan Taliban) for five years and one day. Boyle and Coleman were rarely given any information on the outside world during their time in captivity. They didn’t even know Justin Trudeau was prime minister of Canada, for example, until after they were rescued. But when Boyle was forced to participate in a ‘proof-of-life’ video, one of the captors told him Donald Trump had been elected president. At the time, Boyle essentially took this comment as a joke. ‘It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,’ Boyle told the The Toronto Star. Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped while hiking in Afghanistan in late 2012.” (10/16/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/man-rescued-from-the-taliban-couldnt-believe-trump-was-president

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9) New mom who lost limbs to flesh-eating bacteria sues hospital
Source: USA Today

“A new mom is suing a hospital in Canada after being diagnosed with a flesh-eating disease four days after giving birth. Lindsey Hubley claims negligence by doctors at IWK Health Centre in Nova Scotia contributed to her health problems, reports The Canadian Press. In March, Hubley gave birth to her son, Myles. A day after discharge, Hubley returned to the hospital and was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, necrotizing fasciitis is a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body’s soft tissue. Since her diagnosis, Hubley has had several surgeries, including amputations below both elbows and knees and a total hysterectomy, said the report. Hubley is also waiting for a kidney transplant. A lawyer representing the family told The Daily Mail doctors did not remove the entire placenta after her birth, and Hubley suffered a small tear in her uterus.” (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/new-mom-who-lost-limbs-flesh-eating-bacteria-sues-hospital/767520001

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10) TX: Government employee accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas
Source: United Press International

“Prosecutors in a Texas county said a Juvenile Justice Department employee is accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years. The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office said Gilberto Escaramilla, who works for the county’s Juvenile Justice Department, took the day off for a medical appointment Aug. 7 and a driver from the department’s meat vendor, Labatt Food Service in Harlingen, called the kitchen to inform workers of an 800-pound fajita delivery. A confused kitchen worker explained to the driver that the department doesn’t serve fajitas, leading the equally baffled driver to tell her he had been delivering fajitas to Juvenile Justice for nine years. … Escaramilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested Aug. 9 when the district attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant on his home and found packets of fajitas in his refrigerator. Investigators said Escaramilla had stolen a total $1,251,578 worth of fajitas.” (10/16/17)

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/10/16/Texas-county-worker-accused-of-stealing-12-million-worth-of-fajitas/4881508159284/

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11) FL: Scott declares state of emergency ahead of idiot racist knothead’s speech
Source: USA Today

“Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state gather at the University of Florida in advance of a Thursday event by white nationalist Richard B. Spencer. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell had asked Scott to declare the emergency as the university prepares for Spencer’s visit. The governor’s executive order places the state agency usually responsible for hurricanes at the front of the effort to preserve order during the event. It also places the Florida National Guard on standby. Anti-fascist groups, known as Antifa, plan to protest the white nationalist event. Both sides have talked on social media about using violence.” [editor’s note: I almost forgot it was this soon. Guess I need to start getting my kit together – TLK] (10/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/florida-governor-emergency-spencer-speech/769031001/

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12) GA: Hospital denies kidney transplant because recipient’s donor/father served time for violating probation
Source: CBS News

“A.J. Burgess was born a month too soon without a working kidney, WGCL-TV reports, and his father Anthony Dickerson is a 110 percent match for an organ donation. But surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta won’t perform the operation because Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation. … [A.J.’s mother] Carmella said that the hospital needed three to four months before the child’s father could donate his kidney. ‘The lady said we need your parole information and your probation info. He said ‘why?’ We need you to be on good behavior for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney. And January 2018 we will think about re-evaluating you basically,’ Carmella said.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/aj-burgess-kidney-transplant-father-probation-violation-emory-hospital-atlanta/

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13) CA: Brown vetoes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
Source: The Hill

“California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) late Sunday vetoed legislation that would have required presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to qualify for the state ballot. The bill passed the Democratic-dominated legislature after President Trump broke longstanding precedent by refusing to make public his tax returns during the 2016 campaign. But Brown said the measure represented a possible slippery slope that could force candidates to release other private information, like health records, school records — and even a birth certificate.” (10/16/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/355583-calif-governor-blocks-plan-to-force-trump-to-release-tax-returns

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14) SCOTUS backs push to remove Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a lower court that ordered a New Mexico city to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall. Civil liberties advocates behind the case called the decision involving the city of Bloomfield a victory for the separation of church and state. ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson said it sends a ‘strong message that the government should not be in the business of picking and choosing which sets of religious beliefs enjoy special favor in the community.’ However, David Cortman, a senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom, said the outcome did nothing to resolve confusion in lower courts involving such monuments.” (10/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Justices-reject-New-Mexico-city-s-Ten-12281159.php

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15) Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk
Source: Engadget

“Researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol that could allow hackers to intercept your credit card numbers, passwords, photos and other sensitive information. The flaws, dubbed ‘Key Reinstallation Attacks,’ or ‘Krack Attacks,’ are in the WiFi standard and not specific products. That means that just about every router, smartphone and PC out there could be impacted, though attacks against Linux and Android 6.0 or greater devices may be ‘particularly devastating,’ according to KU Leuven University’s Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, who found the flaw.” (10/16/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/16/wifi-vulnerability-krack-attack/

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16) Canada: Drone hits commercial aircraft
Source: CNet News

“It was, says the Canadian Minster of Transport, the first time it’s happened in Canada. In a statement issued on Sunday, Marc Garneau revealed that on Thursday, a Skyjet flight was struck by a drone as it approached Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City. … The Ministry of Transport told me that the aircraft was a Beech 100 King Air. The drone has not been identified. Garneau told CBC that ‘it could have been much more serious’ had the drone struck an engine or the cockpit. He said the drone had been flying 3 miles from the airport at 450 meters (around 1,500 feet). This is 150 meters above the legal limit. There were eight passengers on the plane.” (10/15/17)

https://www.cnet.com/news/drone-hits-commercial-aircraft-over-canada/

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17) Russia: Regime plans “CryptoRuble” cryptocurrency
Source: Newsweek

“Russia may soon become the world’s first country to launch a cryptocurrency backed by a nation state, according to reports. Similar to bitcoin, the CryptoRuble cryptocurrency will be underpinned by a online ledger known as a blockchain. Unlike bitcoin, however, it will not be possible for people to mine the virtual currency–the process of confirming cryptocurrency transactions and adding their record to the blockchain in order to generate new units of the currency. Local reports cited by cryptocurrency news website CoinTelegraph revealed that CryptoRubles can be exchanged for rubles, though a 13 percent tax will be levied if the holder is unable to explain where the CryptoRubles came from.” (10/16/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-cryptoruble-cryptocurrency-ruble-putin-685518

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18) Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under fire during a reconnaissance mission in Lebanese airspace, the Israeli military said Monday. No Israeli aircraft were hit by the anti-aircraft fire. Israel said the fire hailed from Syrian government-controlled SA-5 battery located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus. Two hours after, a separate aircraft ‘incapacitated’ the Syrian anti-aircraft position, Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.” (10/16/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-warplanes-strike-syrian-anti-aircraft-battery-after-coming-under-fire/a-40967599

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19) LA: Oil rig blast on lake leaves one missing, seven hurt
Source: CBS News

“An oil rig explosion on a lake north of New Orleans, apparently caused when cleaning chemicals ignited, injured seven people and left authorities searching for another, who was missing. There were ‘a lot of injuries,’ many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expected from the Sunday evening explosion on Lake Pontchartrain, Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor told The Times-Picayune. No deaths were immediately reported.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oil-rig-blast-louisiana-lake-man-missing-7-people-hurt/

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20) Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

“Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remains unemployed after a 2016 season in which he began the movement of players protesting during the national anthem, has filed a grievance accusing NFL teams of improperly colluding to keep him out of the league, according to a person familiar with the case. Kaepernick reportedly has retained an attorney to pursue the collusion claim, and, according to the source, it will be Kaepernick’s outside legal representation and not the NFL Players Association primarily in charge of preparing and presenting his grievance. The collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union prohibits teams from conspiring to make decisions about signing a player. But the CBA also says the mere fact that a player is unsigned and evidence about the player’s qualifications to be on an NFL roster do not constitute proof of collusion.” (10/15/17)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/kaepernick-files-grievance-accusing-nfl-teams-of-colluding-against-him-20171015.html

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

21) Trump vs. Jefferson on freedom of the press
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“On October 11, President Trump tweeted that fake news was such a threat that someone should look into challenging network licenses on that basis. The next day, (October 12) he doubled down in a follow-up tweet that ‘Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate revoked.’ Unfortunately, his tweet contained some fake news of its own. It implied that networks are licensed, when, in fact, individual stations have broadcast licenses. And the difference implies that Trump’s suggested ‘solution’ is incapable of addressing the problem he sees. Further, his ‘if appropriate’ suggests that there is a situation in which pulling a broadcast license is appropriate for communicating something the President doesn’t like. But if one takes freedoms of speech and the press seriously, and applies those same standards to media that did not exist in our founders’ days, there is never a time to acceptably deny Americans’ freedoms, even for ‘fake news.’” (10/16/17)

https://mises.org/blog/trump-vs-jefferson-freedom-press

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22) Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions wants open borders, but only for police
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“In 2013, Microsoft refused to turn information from a customer’s email account over to law enforcement pursuant to a warrant in a narcotics investigation. The information, Microsoft noted, was stored on a server in Ireland. Ireland, as you may have learned in elementary school, is neither one of the fifty states nor a US territory. It’s a sovereign state with its own laws. US search warrants carry no weight there. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sided with Microsoft, and the full court denied the government’s request for a rehearing. Apparently they learned geography as youngsters, too. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, maybe not so much. But he does seem to have a perpetual burr under his fur about ‘national sovereignty.’” (10/16/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11659

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23) The United States again fails to make the top 10 freest countries
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“The newly released Economic Freedom of the World report ranks the United States 11th among the 159 countries and territories surveyed. The report, compiled by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute, and 70 other think tanks throughout the world, ‘seeks to measure the consistency of the institutions and policies of various countries with voluntary exchange and the other dimensions of economic freedom.’ The latest report uses data from 2015, the latest available. The United States rose two spots over its ranking based on 2014 data. The authors note the United States was ‘for decades among the top four countries in the index,’ though its trajectory was downward: second in 1980, third in 1990, fourth in 2000, and sixth in 2005. It held the 11th spot in 2010 before dropping to 13th in 2014. The United States scored 7.94 on a scale of 10 in the latest report. Its highest score was 8.62 in 2000.” (10/16/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/united-states-again-fails-make-top-10-freest-countries

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24) These doctors got fed up with insurance. Now they treat their patients like valued customers.
Source: Reason
by Mark McDaniel

“One of the most profound changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act is that it drove thousands of independent doctors to throw in the towel and join large hospital networks. This is particularly true of primary care doctors. As the rules involving medical records, billing codes, and prior authorizations have gotten more complex, physicians find they can’t survive without joining large health care networks. And they’re becoming increasingly demoralized. Today there’s a small but growing movement of doctors who are opting out of the traditional health care system by no longer accepting insurance. This new approach is is called ‘direct primary care,’ but it’s essentially a throwback to an era before insurance companies were responsible for covering routine services like ear infections or strep cultures.” (10/16/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/10/16/doctors-direct-primary-care

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25) JFK and regime change conspiracies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What is a conspiracy? It’s nothing more than an agreement between two or more people to carry out an illicit or illegal act. There’s nothing mysterious about conspiracies. They happen all the time, especially in the drug trade. If you have any doubts about this, just walk into any federal courthouse in the land and ask the District Clerk to show you the federal criminal indictments that have been issued in the last year. Just look at the first count of the indictment because it’s the one that almost always alleges a conspiracy. I’ll bet that 95 percent of federal criminal indictments allege a conspiracy. What we are talking about in the Kennedy assassination is nothing more than a regime-change operation or, if you will, a regime-change conspiracy.” (10/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/16/jfk-regime-change-conspiracies/

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26) On ObamaCare, Trump being attacked for upholding the law
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump’s decision to stop funding an ObamaCare subsidy program is being treated as an attempt to sabotage the law. In reality, Trump is abiding by the law as the Democrats wrote it. There is no question that stopping payments for ObamaCare’s ‘cost sharing reduction’ subsidies will have serious implications. Insurance companies have been warning state insurance regulators that they’ll have to jack up premiums even higher next year if these subsidies go away, and the Congressional Budget Office reported that it could push up premiums by 20%. But there’s an important element missing from the lamentations coming from the insurance industry, from Democrats, and even from some Republicans about Trump’s decision. The ObamaCare law, as written, plainly doesn’t allow Trump to make these payments. Here’s why.” (10/13/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/on-obamacare-trump-is-being-attacked-for-upholding-the-law

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27) “Me too” is a branch issue, and a distraction
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Branch issues are all the rage in the media, very rarely is a root issue given the light of day. Root issues are things like the childhood trauma, monopoly policing, compulsory education, interventionist war, and inflationary central banking. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but the deepest root of them all is the belief that some people have the right to hurt or steal from other people without just cause (eg. self-defense). The roots are the primary source of nourishment for the branches.” (10/16/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/branch-issue-distraction

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28) Do the math, tax cuts are bound to increase the national debt
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Speaking to a group of workers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his proposed tax-cut package ‘will be rocket fuel’ for the U.S. economy. It was Trump’s sly way of reinforcing a message that the White House has sent since it first rolled out a framework for the tax cut in April. The message: Instead of adding to the $20 trillion national debt, the GOP tax cut will pay for itself; there’s no need to produce some $5 trillion in savings over the next decade to pay for the cuts. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin uttered that mantra after the rollout when he told the Institute of International Finance, ‘The plan will pay for itself with growth.’ The current package would lower the corporate tax rate from 38.9 percent to 20 percent and lower personal income taxes; the top rate would fall from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. That should mean a bigger deficit, right?” (10/15/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/10/15/do-the-math-tax-cuts-are-bound-to-increase-the-national-debt-n2394954

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29) Like Google, Amazon wants good government over gimmickry
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“The imaginations of municipal governments across the country have been captured by the prospect of being chosen as the location of Amazon’s second headquarters. The project promises 50,000 jobs and an overall investment of $5 billion. How likely is Kansas City to win? While the details of Kansas City’s pitch remain predictably secret, other cities have made offerings, both substantive and gimmicky. Tucson, Arizona, tried to send Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a 21-foot cactus. Stonecrest, Georgia, recently offered to name part of the town Amazon if chosen. Not to be outdone, Kansas City Mayor Sly James took to the internet in a ‘desperate’ attempt to get attention by spamming Amazon’s website with hundreds of fake product reviews each extolling the town.” (10/16/17)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-government/google-amazon-wants-good-government-over-gimmickry

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30) Economic freedom is the key to female empowerment
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Chelsea Follett

“Rafia Zakaria made some outstanding points in her recent New York Times op-ed, ‘The Myth of Women’s ‘Empowerment” — but she also made some conspicuous omissions. In her piece, she draws attention to the international aid industry’s flawed and patronizing approach to female empowerment. However, she overlooks the importance of women’s economic empowerment, focusing solely on political empowerment, as if the two were not intimately linked.” (10/16/17)

https://fee.org/articles/economic-freedom-is-the-key-to-female-empowerment/

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31) Low public approval of President Trump, yet unusually high consumer confidence
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“How did we get to a place where The President of the United States has historically low approval at the same time we have recent highs for consumer confidence? Almost everything President Trump does has an impact on the economy, and on consumers. That includes national security, immigration, taxes, health care, budgets, treaties, government regulations, and international relations. If the public is optimistic about the economy, that is normally the same as having confidence in the president. At least on the big-ticket items. The types of presidential actions that have lower impact on the economy include court appointments, opinions on confederate statues, NFL kneeling, transgenders in the military, birth control funding, unpresidential tweets, poorly-executed disavowals, hyperbole that fails the fact-checking, seemingly unnecessary political attacks, and all manner of obnoxious presidential behavior. The majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump on at least some of those topics. I don’t think we’ve ever seen something like this before. A majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump while simultaneously having confidence he’ll get most of the big stuff right and the economy will reflect it.” (10/14/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/166397088926/low-public-approval-of-president-trump-yet

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32) The Obama EPA’s crooked prosecutors
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent the defendant from presenting a robust defense or cross-examining adverse witnesses. You know what would happen — at least in a fair and just society. The victim would be exonerated and compensated. The prosecutor and judge would be disbarred, fined and jailed. What you may not know is that the Obama EPA engaged in similar prosecutorial misconduct to convict fossil fuels of causing climate chaos and endangering the health and wellbeing of Americans.” (10/16/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/the-obama-epas-crooked-prosecutors/

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33) Healthcare order expands insurance
Source: USA Today
by Michael D Tanner

“For all the headlines about ‘dismantling Obamacare,’ President Trump’s executive order will likely have less of an impact than its supporters hope or critics fear. Still, it represents a modest step toward giving consumers more choices and expanding millions of Americans’ access to lower cost insurance that better fits their individual needs. First, understand what this order is not. It neither takes anyone’s insurance away nor removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions. What it does is allow small businesses that band together to buy group insurance plans to be treated the same way as big companies are today. That includes the ability to buy insurance across state lines, and an exemption from some of Obamacare’s expensive mandated benefits. Plans might offer fewer benefits, but they could cost a lot less.” [editor’s note: The real advantage of this would be the formation of “associations” to allow the self-employed and others to get “group rates” on “coverage” – SAT] (10/15/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/15/health-care-order-expands-insurance-editorials-debates/106692174

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34) Who is competent to decide what offends?
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“As the ranks of college administrators have swelled in higher education, one task they’ve undertaken is more aggressively training students — and at times, faculty members — in what is variously called ‘cultural competence’ or ‘diversity and inclusion.’ The aims of these efforts are laudable. College ought to be as welcoming to students from historically marginalized groups as it is to anyone else; and it ought to prepare all students for civic life in a hugely diverse society. But when training faculty members or educating students so that they are ‘culturally competent,’ a process that should involve telling them pertinent facts, is instead used as a pretext to indoctrinate them into a contested ideology, the laudable becomes objectionable.” (10/16/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/who-is-competent-to-decide-what-offends/542523/

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35) Surveillance “reform”: The Fourth Amendment’s long, slow goodbye
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“Over 16 years after the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent repeated passage or renewal of draconian ‘temporary’ but ’emergency’ domestic surveillance laws in response, it’s fair to ask: Have we officially abandoned the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights? With the expiration of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) less than three months away, now is a good time to review the effects of these surveillance laws in the seemingly endless ‘War on Terror.’ But first, a quick recap of America’s embrace of mass surveillance in the post-9/11 era.” (10/16/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/surveillance-reform-fourth-amendments-long-slow-goodbye

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36) How GOP lawmakers ignore the will of the people
Source: The New Republic
by Clio Chang

“During Barack Obama’s two terms in office, Democrats lost ground at the state level–a lot of ground. Republicans now dominate state legislatures to a greater degree than at any time since the Civil War, making it nearly impossible for Democrats to enact any meaningful policies in large swaths of the country. But in the midst of last year’s electoral wipeout, there was one bright spot: Citizens took the law into their own hands, introducing 71 ballot initiatives in 16 states — the most in a decade. … But such victories have proved short-lived. Republican legislatures responded to the surge in civic participation by using their power to effectively overrule the will of the people–and to make it harder to enact citizen-backed reforms in the future.” (10/16/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145006/gop-lawmakers-ignore-will-people-voters-passed-liberal-ballot-initiatives-republicans-throwing-them-out

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37) Austria: So much for the death of populism
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Austria makes two things clear. First, that the much-discussed ‘end of populism,’ which became a huge, excitable talking point following Macron’s victory in France, is a fantasy. Populist politics and parties aren’t going away, because the questions they raise, or at least the public concerns they tap into, are still there, bristling, unresolved. What does Europe stand for? Who should decide on issues such as mass migration? Isn’t democracy preferable to technocracy? And why should I vote for politicians who have nothing but disdain for my way of life, my values, and my right to have a say? People will keep asking and thinking these things. And the second thing it makes clear is the utter failure of the left to understand, engage with, and possibly even mould or lead the populist feeling in Europe right now.” (10/16/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/austria-so-much-for-the-death-of-populism/

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38) Mises was a neocon, and other oddities
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“It is of great comfort to us who share an antiquarian passion for the history of political thought that fundamental questions such as, ‘What is the state?’ invariably come to the surface. But sometimes you get the impression that new interpretations focus more on the ‘political’ than on the ‘thought.’ I’m referring to a long opinion piece published by Yoram Hazony in The Wall Street Journal. From his byline we know that Mr Hazony, President of the Jerusalem-based Herzl Institute, is publishing a book entitled The Virtue of Nationalism. His article’s political goal is clear: he wants to argue that Donald Trump’s blend of conservatism is in line with an old tradition that goes back to Edmund Burke. Trump is thus implicitly considered the torch-bearer of a system of ideas that value the nation-state as providing the soil which allowed Western liberty to flourish. From this comes skepticism towards exporting such values in different cultures and a similar anxiety for opening the door to immigrants that come from illiberal cultures.” (10/16/17)

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

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39) Trump’s trade policy is madness
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I applaud your clear explanation of the great damage that Trump’s proposed changes to Nafta will inflict on the American economy (‘Trump’s Nafta Threat,’ Oct. 16). Yet one feature of Trump’s approach to trade warrants more explicit criticism — namely, his belief that we Americans benefit from trade the more we export and the less we import. It cannot be said too often that exports are the costs that we pay for the goods and services that we import. And so when Trump boasts that he’ll deploy his tough negotiating skills to rework Nafta in order to increase American exports and reduce American imports, he boasts, in fact, that he’ll negotiate to ensure that Americans pay more and receive in return less.” (10/16/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/trumps-trade-policy-unalloyed-madness.html

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40) How to wipe out Puerto Rico’s debt
Source: The American Prospect
by Ellen Brown

“During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island’s bond debt. He said on October 3: ‘You know they owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street. We’re gonna have to wipe that out. That’s gonna have to be — you know, you can say goodbye to that. I don’t know if it’s Goldman Sachs but whoever it is, you can wave good-bye to that.’ How did the president plan to pull this off? Pam Martens and Russ Martens, writing in Wall Street on Parade, note that the U.S. municipal bond market holds $3.8 trillion in debt, and it is not just owned by Wall Street banks. Mom-and-pop retail investors are exposed to billions of dollars of potential losses through their holdings of Puerto Rican municipal bonds, either directly or in mutual funds. Wiping out Puerto Rico’s debt, they warned, could undermine confidence in the municipal bond market, causing bond interest rates to rise, imposing an additional burden on already-struggling states and municipalities across the country.” (10/16/17)

http://prospect.org/article/how-wipe-out-puerto-rico%E2%80%99s-debt

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41) More gun lies your leaders are telling you
Source: The Price of Liberty
by L Reichard White

“To start with, as per the Standard Anti-Self-Defense Handbook — and using the so-far unexplained Las Vegas shooting spree as the latest platform — the usual Second Amendment scoff-laws still prominently include firearm suicides in their gun-death tally. Thank goodness folks deprived of guns won’t use overdoses, tranquilizers-plus-booze, carbon monoxide, razor blades, poison, etc. — and bridges, tall buildings, and open windows for jumping — if they can’t get guns! Or are the usual Congressional victim-disarmers misleading us again?” (10/16/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/10/16/more-gun-lies-your-leaders-are-telling-you/

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42) Trump and Kim madmen? Not so fast
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“The seemingly accepted wisdom that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are paired madmen on the edge of war has little to support it other than projected fears. There will be no war because war on the Korean peninsula benefits no one and is very bad for everyone. North Korea’s weapons, nuclear and conventional, are arguably the most defensive ever fielded. They have not been used offensively since 1953. They exist as a perfect example of how mutually assured destruction works.” (10/16/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-and-kim-madmen-not-so-fast/

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43) “WE ARE AT WAR!” Oh, really? Some questions
Source: OpEdNews
by Enrest Partridge

“When Russia tries to interfere with the American elections, our media calls it ‘the equivalent of war.’ When the United States does the same thing to Iran, Chile, Ukraine, Russia, etc. (it’s a long list), we call it ‘regime change.’ ‘At war with Russia?’ Where are the missile launches, the air combat, the marines on the beaches, the armies in deadly combat, the bombed cities? And where are the casualties — the young men killed in battle? None of the above? Then in what realistic sense are we ‘at war?’ Even so, we are told that this is ‘the equivalent of war!’ If so, then so too was Iran (1952), Chile (1973), Ukraine (2014), when we overthrew legally elected governments, and in Russia (1996) when we successfully prevented Yeltsin’s defeat. Did we then hear hyperventilating media rhetoric about ‘the equivalent of war?’” (10/16/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/WE-ARE-AT-WAR–Oh-Reall-by-Ernest-Partridge-Russia-Bashing_Us-russia-Relations_War-With-Russia-171016-821.html

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44) Somerville’s campaign to separate the progressives from the poseurs
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“Most of Rand Wilson’s knocks went unanswered, but seeds were planted. At one house, a 30-year-old registered Democrat, Caitlin, lit up when he mentioned Bernie Sanders. ‘So is this what he meant by the political revolution?’ she asks. She didn’t join Our Revolution Somerville (ORS), but did say she would take a closer look at its slate. In Somerville, Mass. the battle for the future of the Democratic Party is waged street by street. Wilson and other ORS members plan to overthrow the political establishment in a city where Democrats have long controlled the levers of power. It’ll be one step, they hope, toward transforming the party. Wilson, a union organizer with SEIU Local 888, was one of a dozen ORS members who canvassed that day. The goal is to knock on 3,000 doors by Election Day on November 7, turn out new voters for ORS’ endorsed candidates, sign up new members, and get signatures on a petition to put an initiative for paid family and medical leave on the Massachusetts ballot in 2018.” (10/16/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20580/separating-progressives-from-the-poseurs

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45) Imagine a brand-new USA
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“Imagine that there was another revolution. And that nothing big had changed. Demographics, power dynamics, culture, our economic system and political values were pretty much the same as they are now. If we Americans rolled up our sleeves and reimagined our political system from scratch, if we wrote up a brand-new constitution for 2017, what would a brand-spanking-new United States Version 2.0 look like today? A lot of stuff would be different.” (10/16/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/16/imagine-a-brand-new-usa/

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46) Trump’s big bet — that Republican voters like him more than their party or Congress
Source: The Daily Beast
by Liz Mair

“Trump may have bad approval ratings, but Republican voters still like him more than not. However unpopular the president may be, he’s still more popular than Congress and the GOP. This is the Republican conundrum, and why it’s very possible that despite gerrymandering, ideological self-segregation of voters, and the existence of many (if not most) Americans in philosophical or identitarian echo chambers, Democrats will over-perform next year. It’s hard to earn rewards in politics when the perception consistently exists that you’re a do-nothing who has literally been neutered by a cartoon character-like figure who keeps your balls in a glass jar on the corner of the Resolute Desk.” (10/16/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-big-betthat-republican-voters-like-him-more-than-their-party-or-congress

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47) A call for “do-nothing” presidents without legacies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Some in the news media and editorial page pundits are aghast that many of President Donald Trump’s executive orders and legislative proposals sent off to the United States Congress represent an attempt to undue [sic] the presidential ‘legacy’ of Barack Obama. The question is, why should it be presumed that presidents need to have policy legacies to leave behind after their term in office has ended?” (10/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/call-nothing-presidents-without-legacies/

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48) Quantum Vibe, 10/16/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/16/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1708

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49) Force over persuasion
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Today’s campus radicals assert that free speech is bad because it ‘gives voice’ to people with hateful, dangerous views. Does that argument seem at all familiar? It is the old RightThink rationale for censorship. A recent Spiked ‘Unsafe Spaces’ event at Rutgers (‘Identity Politics: the New Racialism’) was interrupted by now-too-famiar shouts and out-of-turn questions and invective. Kmele Foster, one of the panelists, had been explaining how important free speech rights were to the civil rights protesters in the 1960s, and to Martin Luther King in particular.” (10/16/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/16/force-over-persuasion/

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50) The upcoming increase in interest rates
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“The most egregious error made by central banks and economists alike is the assumption that gradually raising interest rates acts as a brake on the rate of economic expansion, and therefore controls price inflation. Economic commentators generally regard interest rates as the ‘price’ of money. It is from this fallacy that the belief arises that manipulating interest rates has a predictable effect on the demand for money in circulation relative to goods, and therefore can be used to target price inflation. This line of reasoning makes even a sieve look watertight.” (10/16/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/10/the-upcoming-increase-in-interest-rates/

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51) Reason Podcast, 10/16/17
Source: Reason

“Is Harvey Weinstein the embodiment of Hollywood sleaze, or the last straggler in a bygone age of pervasive sexual harassment? Reason’s Nick Gillespie, Katherine-Mangu Ward, and Matt Welch join Andrew Heaton to discuss how social media is bringing an end to open secrets. Also, President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal is now in limbo. Is it inevitable that Iran will get the bomb? Can nuclear proliferation actually make the world safer? Other topics: the latest threats to the First Amendment, and how Donald Trump is changing American health care.” [various formats] (10/16/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/16/harvey-weinstein-iran-nuclear-deal

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52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 317
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s show, we take a slightly different path away from libertarian philosophy and politics and welcome in clinical psychologist and speaker Dr. Michael Edelstein. Dr. Edelstein starts off by explaining how he became interested in clinical psychology and how that eventually led him to meet Walter Block and — after several years of debate — to him becoming a libertarian. Dr. Edestein then explains his view on self-esteem, and why he is critical of its promotion specifically by Nathaniel Branden and Ayn Rand. Marc and Michael then discuss the concept of ‘libertaran burnout’ and how passionate libertarians can adjust their expectations in order to avoid this common phenomenon.” (10/16/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/10/16/self-esteem-libertarian-burnout-dr-michael-edelstein/

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/16/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell, John Vibes, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about the latest BTC mania, filling free time with barely paid surveys, banishing yourself from social media just to get stuff done, the psychological toll of FB, an ‘anarchist’ creating DIY medicines, data storage sniffing police dogs, aging music stars being harassed over their medicine, and an ode to a nana.” [various formats] (10/16/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15148

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54) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/15/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“GUEST: Professor Luis Perez-Breva, the head of MIT’s Innovation Teams Program and an expert on artificial intelligence.” [various formats] (10/15/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/10/15/professor-luis-perez-breva-on-artificial-intelligence-t5f82

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55) Flags, protest & compelled patriotism
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Neither the NFL Rules nor the Game Operations Manual says players must stand during the national anthem, and the NFL puts the same importance on players ‘hold[ing] helmets in their left hand’ as they do on standing: it’s just a suggestion. It should also be noted that the pregame protests have been respectful to those wishing to celebrate ‘Country, Flag and National Anthem;’ however those who are livid at the thought of someone not being respectful in the manner they believe respect should be shown, are essentially saying: ‘Stand up, shut up, do as you’re told, and if you want to protest, do it some other time and in a place where no one can see you … because freedom!’ That’s not how freedom works.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/15/17)

http://fpp.cc/flags-protest-compelled-patriotism/

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56) Free Talk Live, 10/15/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“School Sucks Across America :: Forest Fires :: Public Schools :: Jews! :: Activism :: Music Industry :: USA Doomed! :: Healthcare Subscription :: Standing for the National Anthem :: HOSTS — Mark, Jonny Ray, Brett V.” [various formats] (10/15/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-15

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57) Interview: Nelson Chartrand
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Nelson Chartrand. Herein we discussed his path to Anarcho Capitalism, Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Creature from Jekyll Island, Frederic Bastiat, Larken Rose, Economics in One Lesson, Cuba at present, economic climate, Socialism and Communism confusion, socialized medicine, Cuban experiment, imprisonment of freedom lovers, hunger strike story, obtaining food in Cuba, future plans of the Cuban Libertarian Party and more!” [various formats] (10/15/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/nelson-chartrand-anarcho-capitalist-and-founder-of-the-libertarian-party-in-cuba/

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