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Inequality does NOT explain this fact

October 1, 2014
Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  
Posted in Commentary

"In a new and, I’m certain, well-researched paper, Alice Chen, Emily Oster, and Heidi Williams explore reasons why infant mortality is higher in the U.S. than it is in many other developed countries. ... One take away: while some (40 percent) of the official deficiency of the U.S. on the infant-mortality front is a statistical artifact of different criteria for reporting a birth as 'live' or stillborn, a large chunk of the U.S. deficiency is in fact due to worse material conditions for many mothers in the U.S. relative to conditions for mothers in other developed countries." (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m75p6eb  

Hackers charged with stealing [sic] over $100 million in US army and Xbox technology

October 1, 2014
The Guardian [UK]    
Posted in News

"Four men have been charged with breaking into the computer systems of Microsoft, the US army and leading games manufacturers, as part of an alleged international hacking ring that netted more than $100m in intellectual property Xbox technology, Apache helicopter training software and pre-release copies of games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, according to an indictment dating from April that was unsealed on Tuesday. Two of the hackers pleaded guilty earlier in the day, the DoJ said." (09/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qanhkqx  

Obama invents fake “threat” to launch war on Syria

October 1, 2014
LewRockwell.com
by Daniel McAdams  
Posted in Commentary

"President Obama and his administration lied the US into a war on Syria every bit as much as the Bush administration lied us into a war on Iraq. Were the US media not still every bit as compliant with the US government as they had been in 2002, they would be all over this story." (10/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mchvvva  

US Ebola labs, health equipment arrive in Liberia

September 30, 2014
LaCrosse Tribune    
Posted in News

"American mobile Ebola labs should be up and running in Liberia this week, and U.S. troops have broken ground for a field hospital, as the international community races to increase the ability to care for the spiraling number of people infected with the disease. Liberia is the hardest hit in the Ebola outbreak, which has touched four other West African countries. More than 3,000 deaths have been linked to the disease across the region in the largest outbreak ever, according to the World Health Organization." (09/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n796zp2  

The EU’s culture war against the people

September 30, 2014
spiked spiked
by Frank Furedi  
Posted in Commentary

"It’s a fact of political life in the European Union that most Europeans eligible to vote at EU elections don’t vote. And yet, curiously, the EU’s leaders are not anxious about people’s lack of participation. No, they are seemingly more worried about those who are participating -- in short, they’re worried about populism." (09/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mml4clk  

“Blaming the victim”

September 30, 2014
Gene Callahan La Bocca della Verita
by Gene Callahan  
Posted in Commentary

"Let I say that I drive into a rough neighborhood and park my car there. I leave my windows down, and a $20,000 diamond bracelet laying in plain view on the dashboard. I then go shopping for a half an hour. When I come back I am shocked to learn that the bracelet is gone. Is there anything wrong with someone telling me, 'Well, Gene, you were being somewhat of an idiot there?' I think not. But this doesn't mean that it was okay for someone to steal the bracelet! Similarly, there is nothing wrong with advising women to wear protective nail polish, or to obey traffic laws." (09/30/14)

http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2014/09/blaming-victim.html  

ISIS is still “JV”: Obama’s infamous line is still true

September 30, 2014
The Skeptical Libertarian The Skeptical Libertarian
by Edward Coke  
Posted in Commentary

"President Obama has a way with words. Unfortunately, that way almost always leads to boxing himself into positions that he never intended to take. An off-hand comment at a press conference about a chemical weapons 'red line' turns into a case for war by itself. A misinterpreted remark about 'not having a strategy' motivates a major speech and an expanded war. Never has Obama tied himself up better than with his line last January that ISIS is 'JV.' The analogy was worse than poor, and he should have known that it would come back to bite him, but the fact is that his explanation of the statement was both profound and true then, and nothing has changed since then." (09/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mmaz567  

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