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NY: Hatchet-wielding man killed after attacking NYPD officers

October 24, 2014
MSNBC    
Posted in News

"A New York City police officer is in critical condition and another is stable after a man with a hatchet attacked four officers on the street in Queens, New York on Thursday, officials said. The other officers then opened fire on the man, killing him and accidentally striking a nearby woman, who was later treated for non-life threatening injuries. ... olice sources told NBC News that the attacker had been tentatively identified as Zale Thompson, a 32-year-old man with a Facebook page containing images of what appears to be a Muslim warrior and prayers. However, authorities have found no links to extremist literature or jihadi groups at this time." (10/23/14)

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/nypd-officers-attacked-man-hatchet  

The drug war doesn’t work abroad either

October 24, 2014
Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  
Posted in Commentary

"This is the unimpeachable rule of the war on drugs: Money goes in, and somehow the worst people benefit, and the drug trade soldiers on and on. Afghanistan is the world’s largest source of opium, and the sales of it have helped charming folks like the Taliban purchase weapons and other things most nice people would rather they didn’t possess. According to Stars and Stripes, when U.S. and NATO troops exit the country in a few months, they will leave behind 500,000 acres of poppies. This is a 36 percent increase since 2013. The amount of poppies has in fact been increasing since the U.S. invasion 13 years ago this month." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q3kujj5  

China launches experimental moon orbiter

October 24, 2014
Newnan Times-Herald    
Posted in News

"China has launched an experimental spacecraft to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day program begun Friday is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a Chinese spaceship land on the moon, retrieve samples and return to Earth. That would make burgeoning space power China only the third country after the United States and Russia to have carried out such a mission." (10/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q2ue3ye  

Democracy is neither freedom nor prosperity

October 24, 2014
Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  
Posted in Commentary

"What is democracy? It’s simply a political system by which people are selected for public office. That’s all. Its primary benefit is that it enables people to change regimes peacefully -- that is, without the need for a violent revolution. It guarantees neither freedom nor prosperity." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/omcv8j6  

Crime is down, but Americans are convinced it’s rising

October 24, 2014
Reason Reason
by Jesse Walker  
Posted in Commentary

"Three social scientists at Chapman University have just released a revealing report on American fears. Among other interesting bits of data, it informs us that the item in its survey that Americans fear most is walking alone at night, that people who watch true-crime TV are more likely to be afraid of the future, and that 15.9 percent of the country is at least somewhat scared of clowns. Also, Americans are prone to thinking crime rates are getting worse even when they're actually improving." (10/23/14)

http://reason.com/blog/2014/10/23/crime-fears-clown-fears  

On Garron Helm and the right to utter abuse

October 24, 2014
Sean Gabb The Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb  
Posted in Commentary

"As a national socialist, Garron Helm stands in a different ideological community from ours. This has no bearing on our duty to defend his right to express his opinions in any way that does not amount to a common law assault as this would once have been defined. No amount of abuse, regardless of how offended the recipient claims to be, should be a matter for the criminal law." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q66bevs  

Figuring out life and friendship

October 24, 2014
Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  
Posted in Commentary

"In analyzing friendship, Aristotle displays immense respect for the average person. He rejects Plato's contention that understanding virtue requires a special grounding in metaphysics and science. In Aristotle's view, the average man can fully understand both virtue and the role it plays in enriching daily life. Aristotle starts by defining friendship. It is a situation in which people are well disposed toward each other. But more than this, each person is also aware of the dynamic." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lah3atw  

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