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We’re moving (and a fundraiser update)!

December 22, 2016
Posted in News

Dear readers,

Today is the last day of the 14th year of Rational Review News Digest. Tomorrow is our 14th birthday and the beginning of our 15th volume under the RRND label. After today's edition, you'll find RRND back at its old-time original home:

Of course, today's stories are still at ...

... and the nearly 80,000 posts at that URL will remain available as an archive -- if not forever, at least for some time. You should continue to receive email editions as normal, although there will be some format changes we hope you'll like.

The fundraising page will be moving, too, but you can find it for the moment at:

Speaking of which, thanks to our contributors since December 15 -- EM, EL, LW, PS, KM, SA, SC and DH -- who've our year-end fundraiser total to $1,335.50 versus our goal of $5,000 by December 31.

Please help us get closer to that goal. I try to keep fundraising to a minimum for most of the year because I hate it just as much as you do, but RRND/FND IS a reader-supported publication. If you found it valuable this year, please return some of that value at, once again:

See you tomorrow at the new place!

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Digest


EU rules against UK’s “Snoopers’ Charter”

December 22, 2016
BBC News [UK state media]    
Posted in News

"The UK government says it is 'disappointed' after the European Court of Justice said the 'indiscriminate' collection of data was against EU law. EU judges said communications data could only be retained if it was used to fight serious crime. Its verdict came after a legal challenge to the UK government's surveillance legislation. ... The Lib Dems said the ruling proved the government had 'overstepped the mark' with its Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, branded the 'snoopers' charter' by critics, which requires communications companies to retain data for 12 months." (12/21/16)  

Screw the way things are, I want out

December 22, 2016
Paul Rosenberg Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg  
Posted in Commentary

"Everywhere I turn, some kind of ruler, sub-ruler, enforcer, regulator, or 'right-thinking' quasi-enforcer demands not only my money but also for me to make myself easy to punish, thus showing myself to be a good subservient. That's not just wrong; it's a disease. I don't care whether such people are 'following orders,' 'just doing their job,' or whatever else they tell themselves to soothe their rightly troubled souls. That mode of living is perverse, and these people are enforcing a disease. Let me make this part very clear: The desire to control others is disease; it is corruption. Willing controllers are a morally inferior class. And the truly deranged thing is that these people rule the world!" (12/21/16)  

South Korea: Court issues arrest warrant for Park associate’s daughter

December 22, 2016
Business Insider    
Posted in News

"A South Korean court has issued an arrest warrant for Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of President Park Geun-hye's friend, Choi Soon-sil, who is in custody and on trial in an influence-peddling scandal that led parliament to vote to impeach Park. ... Chung faces several allegations, including obstruction of justice, said." (12/21/16)  

Ukraine: Hackers suspected of causing second power outage

December 22, 2016
The Hacker News    
Posted in News

"The same group of hackers that caused the power outage across several regions in Ukraine last Christmas holidays might have once again shut down power supply in northern Ukraine during the weekend. According to Ukrainian energy provider Ukrenergo, a cyber attack on Kyiv's power grid may have caused the power outages in the country on Saturday, December 17, near midnight. The blackout affected the northern part of Kiev, the country's capital, and surrounding areas, Ukrenergo Director Vsevolod Kovalchuk explained in a post on Facebook." (12/20/16)  

Congress just punched a big hole in ObamaCare

December 22, 2016
John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R Graham  
Posted in Commentary

"President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act on December 13. Promoted as a pro-innovation bill, the new law will improve the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory processes; as well as fund Vice-President Biden's Cancer Moonshot, the National Institutes of Health, and steps to reduce the opioid epidemic. However, the final version of the bill also included an important payment reform: Significantly expanding the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) by small businesses." (12/21/16)  

Secret police cellphone surveillance tool can also block calls by the innocent

December 22, 2016
Lexington Herald-Leader    
Posted in News

"It's no secret that state and local law enforcement agencies have grown more militarized in the past decade, with armored personnel carriers, drones and robots. But one item in their arsenal has been kept largely out of public view, to the dismay of civil liberties advocates who say its use is virtually unregulated -- and largely untracked. The device is a suitcase-size surveillance tool commonly called a StingRay that mimics a cellphone tower, allowing authorities to track individual cellphones in real time." (12/21/16)  

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