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Yemen: Aden suicide attack kills “dozens”

August 29, 2016
BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    
Posted in News

"At least 40 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a military facility in the southern Yemen city of Aden, officials say. A training camp, or compound used by the pro-government Popular Resistance militia, was hit, reports say. ... It is unclear who was behind Monday's attack, though bombings in the southern port city are often carried out by militants from al-Qaeda or so-called Islamic State (IS)." (08/29/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37212473  

Permanent record

August 29, 2016
The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill  
Posted in Commentary

'"As children, we were told that serious infractions might go on our 'permanent record' which certainly sounds ominous to a misbehaving ten-year-old. But despite being the subject of jokes by generations of comedians, there really was no such thing until some alliance of sociopaths decided it was a good idea to put armed thugs in grammar schools to arrest children too young to spell the word 'arrest' for offenses that when I was a lass might've been punished by writing lines, staying after school or (at worst) having one's parents called by the principal. ... in recent years, we’ve seen the schoolchild’s 'permanent record' nightmare become a reality." (08/26/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/permanent-record/  

FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in US

August 29, 2016
Reuters Reuters    
Posted in News

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its decision to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about more cases of local transmission in Florida, the growing number of travel-related infections and concerns that Zika-tainted blood could unwittingly be given to a pregnant woman, putting her unborn baby at risk of severe birth defects." (08/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-zika-blood-idUSKCN1111ZD  

Five differences between the alt-right and libertarianism

August 29, 2016
Jeffrey Tucker Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker  
Posted in Commentary

"Every ideology has a theory of history .... Whereas libertarianism speaks of individual choice, alt-right theory draws attention to collectives on the move. It imagines that despite appearances, we all default in our thinking back to some more fundamental instinct about our identity as a people, which is either being shored up by a more intense consciousness or eroded by a deracination and dispossession from what defines us. To criticize this as racist is often true but superficial. What's really going on here is the depersonalization of history itself: the principle that we are all being buffeted about by Olympian historical forces beyond our control as mere individuals. It takes something mighty and ominous like a great leader, an embodiment of one of these great forces, to make a dent in history's narrative." (08/26/16)

https://fee.org/articles/five-differences-between-the-alt-right-and-libertarians/  

Finicum’s widow to sue FBI, Oregon police over killing

August 29, 2016
USA Today USA Today    
Posted in News

"The widow of Robert 'Lavoy' Finicum, the Arizona rancher killed last January during a standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge (08/28/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/08/28/ranchers-widow-sue-fbi-oregon-police-over-standoff-death/89521178/  

Feeding the ducks

August 29, 2016
L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  
Posted in Commentary

"Robert Heinlein said that the smaller any unit of government happens to be, the harder it is to move. It's relatively easy to make enough fuss to alter the course of a federal government, for example, but everybody 'knows' you can't fight City Hall and that the most viciously dictatorial level of government is the school board. My daughter's home schooled. And generally, I ignore my city government because I have far bigger fish to fry (or I'm taking the coward's way out, you may decide for yourself which). But because I'm willing to bet that one city government across this country is pretty much like another (they should all be given 24 hours to get out of town) and the trends they set have a regrettable tendency to spread upward and outward, I think it's appropriate to discuss them from time to time, so that we'll all have an idea of what we're up against." (08/28/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle887-20160828-02.html  

Iran: Regime arrests alleged nuclear spy

August 29, 2016
The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    
Posted in News

"Iran has arrested a 'spy' involved in the nuclear negotiations with world powers but has not yet formally charged the suspect, according to the judiciary's spokesman. Iranian media outlets reported on Sunday that a dual national identified as Abdolrasoul Dorri Esfahani, a senior accountant involved in banking-related aspects of the nuclear talks, had been arrested for alleged espionage." (08/29/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/iran-arrests-nuclear-spy-for-giving-secrets-to-west-say-reports  

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