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The danger of giving friendly countries false encouragement

December 6, 2016
Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  
Posted in Commentary

"Advocates for 'tougher' policies toward other states are often quite willing to put the well-being of the countries they want to 'support' at greater risk in order to score points and poke a rival in the eye. When it comes time to pay the price for our posturing at the expense of the smaller country, the same hawks that helped bring on the crisis are never called to account for what they did. In practice, this usually means that the U.S. either hangs the other country out to dry or finds itself having to back up an increased commitment that most Americans never agreed to make. The one is embarrassing, and the other is dangerous." (12/06/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-danger-of-giving-friendly-countries-false-encouragement/  

Australia: New South Wales regime seeks partner to trial Uber-like public transport

December 6, 2016
   
Posted in News

"Transport for NSW is looking to partner with industry to develop a series of pilots that will see the trial of on-demand public transport services. The state government has gone to tender, calling for pitches comprising 'innovative models' for on-demand services that also offer customers personalised and flexible technology-enabled solutions. According to Transport for NSW customer services deputy secretary Tony Braxton-Smith, partnering with industry leaders would put the government department at the forefront of the 'technology revolution.'" (12/06/16)

 

Educating for liberty

December 6, 2016
10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey  
Posted in Commentary

"Last week, I wrote an article asserting the federal government has no constitutional authority to do the vast majority of the things that it does today. The piece was based on essays written by Tench Coxe, a Pennsylvanian who was an influential supporter of the Constitution during the ratification process. But at least one reader thinks I got it all wrong. In fact, he sent me a long email to correct me. According to my critic, I don’t understand the constitutional system at all. Basically, he embraces the theory that 'one people' ratified the Constitution -- not the states." (12/05/16)

http://members.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/12/05/educating-for-liberty/  

Environmental fears over DAPL overblown

December 6, 2016
Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Patrick J Michaels  
Posted in Commentary

"The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is more than just a pipeline. It is a political hot potato. There are a lot of issues underlying the DAPL conversation, including indigenous peoples' access to ancestral lands, environmental concerns of a potential spill, water rights, and social justice. One false assumption is that rejecting the DAPL would result in fossil fuels staying in the ground. The lack of a pipeline has not stopped growth in oil production from the Bakken shale formation yet. This oil is currently transported by rail or road, where it has a significantly higher chance of spillage, explosion or tragedy. Higher prices will be passed on to consumers, a regressive policy that inordinately affects the poorest citizens. Climate change activists have also entered the fray." (12/06/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/environmental-fears-over-dapl-overblown  

The dumbest thing Batman ever said

December 6, 2016
Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  
Posted in Commentary

"No one should be a utilitarian. But from a utilitarian point of view, Batman's logic is superficially appealing: He can sacrifice one life to save 7 billion humans with 1% probability, for a net expectational gain of 69,999,999 lives. Until, of course, you pause and reflect. Consider the following utilitarian counter-arguments, in ascending order of quality." (12/05/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/12/the_dumbest_thi.html  

Ben Carson and the future of cities

December 6, 2016
Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Sam Staley  
Posted in Commentary

"President-elect Donald Trump has tapped neurosurgeon Ben Carson to head the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While pundits are focused on their primary feuds, a more important question is whether HUD's mission will change under Carson's tenure. On the surface, Carson's appointment might seem to be a simple patronage job, a reward for his loyalty to the Trump candidacy. Carson's only urban policy experience appears to be a passion for urban areas, particularly low-income minority communities, and his life experience growing up in Detroit. Yet, HUD is a federal agency where a personal philosophy and approach to public policy can make a difference in agency priorities." (12/05/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/12/05/ben-carson-has-potential-to-significantly-shape-urban-policy-at-hud/  

South Korea claims North Korea carried out cyber attack from Chinese IP

December 6, 2016
United Press International United Press International    
Posted in News

"A South Korean military source says it has identified the source of North Korea cyberattacks that targeted the internal networks of the military. The Internet Protocol address linked to the attacks was traced to a location in Shenyang, China, and a malicious code associated with the address was similar to the one used in North Korean cyberattacks against the South, Yonhap reported. Seoul's military believes the evidence points to North Korean involvement in a hacking incident aimed at the army's intranet." (12/06/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/12/05/North-Korea-cyberattack-traced-to-city-in-China-report-says/8601480990766/  

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