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The censor-moron

September 26, 2016
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The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill  

"In a way, the name 'Banned Books Week' is far too narrow to encompass everything we should be talking about, and a week is far too limited a time to be talking about it. As I wrote above, 'banned' implies a top-down regime, while in reality the majority of censorship now is the result of morons trying to self-lobotomize our entire culture; the word also implies a governmental action, when in reality the rise of social media and mega-media corporations has resulted in a de facto delegation of the censorship authority to them. And if you're tempted to suggest that this isn't as bad, I suggest you ask yourself how much distribution your book will get if Amazon & Wal-mart refuse to stock it and Google monkeys with your search results to make it difficult to find." (09/26/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/the-censor-moron/  

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Actually, moderators probably shouldn’t let candidates tell bald-faced lies

September 26, 2016
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John Nichols The Nation
by John Nichols  

"The Commission on Presidential Debates gets just about everything regarding presidential debates wrong -- letting the major parties define the process, excluding credible third-party candidates, opting for too few debates and too many gimmicks -- so it should come as no surprise that the CPD is now sending exactly the wrong signal regarding the role of the moderator of Monday night’s first debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. 'I don’t think it’s a good idea to get the moderator into essentially serving as the Encyclopedia Britannica,' Janet Brown, the executive director of the CPD, griped in an interview with CNN’s 'Reliable Sources' Sunday. 'I think it’s better for that person to facilitate and to depend on the candidates to basically correct each other as they see fit.'" (09/26/16)

https://www.thenation.com/article/actually-moderators-probably-shouldnt-let-candidates-tell-bald-faced-lies  

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The political rhetoric of perpetual war

September 26, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Robert Crawford  

"I want to start with a quick overview of our present situation. Most of you are familiar with this recent history; yet, it bears repeating. For 15 years now, since 2001, the US has been at war. The longest single battlefield has been the war in Afghanistan and in neighboring Pakistan Tribal Areas. It has spanned two administrations. The Taliban remains undefeated and is gaining ground and war lords pursue their own political and military agendas. The 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, now almost universally acknowledged to be one of the greatest military mistakes in recent times, has virtually destroyed a country that had been created by the imperial powers during WWI." (09/26/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/26/the-political-rhetoric-of-perpetual-war/  

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Freedom is free

September 26, 2016
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Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson  

"To say 'freedom isn't free' is to suggest that hierarchy and coercion -- slavery of one kind or another -- is the natural state, and freedom is a modern innovation. It's also an implied threat: As long as you obey these laws and fight these wars, you deserve to be free. If you don't, you should be locked in a cage. To say 'freedom isn't free' is to say Cubans who are unwilling or unable to escape or rebel somehow deserve the Castros. It's to say that freedom is a privilege, not a right. It's to say that freedom is what you get to have after rulers do what they want to you." (09/26/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/09/freedom-is-free.html  

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How to corrupt politicians without really trying

September 26, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"In a Townhall.com column last January, I argued that politicians weren't 'stupid,' as Mr. Trump had loudly proclaimed -- to few objections. The problem is worse: too many politicians lack honesty and integrity. They're in the politics biz for their own lucrative ends." (09/26/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/09/26/how-to-corrupt-politicians-without-really-trying/  

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The Playpen story: Rule 41 and global hacking warrants

September 26, 2016
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Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Mark Rumold  

"The warrant the FBI used in the Playpen investigation -- which resulted in the delivery of malware to over a thousand computers, located around the world -- violated Rule 41, an important rule of federal criminal procedure. Although Rule 41 may seem obscure, it plays a vital role in limiting when federal law enforcement agencies can conduct lawful searches and seizures. And the warrant used in the Playpen investigation is an omen of warrants to come. That's because DOJ is advocating for a change to Rule 41 that, if it takes effect, was designed to authorize exactly this kind of warrant." (09/26/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/08/illegal-playpen-story-rule-41-and-global-hacking-warrants  

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Why the Tories are tearing themselves apart

September 26, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"It's not just the Labour Party struggling to resist its own disintegration. The Conservative Party, the party currently and improbably in power, is also irresistibly crumbling away. It's not as openly disordered as Labour. Theresa May, with her talk of grammar schools, her old-fashioned decorum and her whiff of Thatcher, is even presented as some sort of unifying figure, a homage to the Tories' good old days. But, as this weekend's book-fuelled revelations show, all is far from well within the government." (09/26/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-the-tories-are-tearing-themselves-apart/1  

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Liberals, media allies might face some serious financial opposition on financial regulation

September 26, 2016
posted by

John Berlau Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau  

"New York State's Department of Labor recently made headlines with its rules mandating that employers paying their workforces with prepaid debit cards ensure that employees have 'unlimited, free withdrawals' from at least one nearby ATM. This must be the case even if the employees have no bank accounts. In covering the mandate, the New York Times states breathlessly, 'The new rules are intended to guarantee that employees do not have to pay any fees to gain access to their paychecks.' Yet the article overlooks the fact that unbanked employees would still be subject to fees if they were paid with paper checks, which the cost of the rule will make more likely. And the Times, like other media outlets, overlooks the real problem and its main cause." (09/24/16)

https://cei.org/content/liberals-media-allies-might-face-some-serious-opposition-financial-regulation  

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Everybody talks about the weather …

September 26, 2016
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Eric Oppen  

"In Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky suggested that people who wanted to effect change in corporate policy (mainly hiring more blacks and other minorities) buy shares in those corporations. Every share has a vote, and these votes can be assigned to another person to vote. The stockholder retains ownership, and receives whatever dividends the stock is paying, but his or her 'proxy' casts votes at the shareholders' meeting as directed. ... I've reflected that if libertarians (and conservatives; we both suffer from biassed [sic] reporting) merely put some money aside each month and used it to buy shares in the major media conglomerates, we could get them to change their policies in a hurry." (09/25/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle891-20160925-03.html  

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Mr. Robot deals frankly with Bitcoin and the future of money

September 26, 2016
posted by

Iain Murray Foundation for Economic Education
by Iain Murray  

"Last week, the cult USA channel TV show Mr. Robot showed once again why it is required viewing for anyone interested in technology. In a conversation between E Corp CEO Phillip Price and a top government official named Jack (a thinly-veiled Jack Lew?), he talked about his plans to get official government backing for his virtual currency, eCoin .... In this conversation, the show reveals a grasp of technological change that few in the policy community, and fewer in government itself, display. The central issue in play with the future of money is that money is itself a technology." (09/26/16)

https://fee.org/articles/mr-robot-deals-frankly-with-bitcoin-and-the-future-of-money/  

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Binding arbitration: The radical implications

September 26, 2016
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Contracts often require signatories to submit to binding arbitration. If a dispute arises, the parties don't go to court; they go to a private arbitrator. This arbitrator, in turn, makes a definitive ruling neither party can refuse. The whole point of binding arbitration is to bar parties from playing, 'Heads I win, tails I break even': If the arbitrator rules against you, you can't appeal the decision to a conventional government court. Binding arbitration has thrived in recent decades. But on reflection, fully binding arbitration would nullify a vast swath of regulation." (09/26/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/09/binding_arbitra.html  

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The Buffalo Billion fraud and bribery scheme: Corruption and pay-to-play, a symbol of everything they’re doing

September 26, 2016
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Marita Noon Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"When New York's Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo gushed over SolarCity's new solar panel factory in Buffalo, New York, the audience, likely, didn't grasp the recently-revealed meaning of his words: 'It is such a metaphor -- a symbol of everything we're doing.' The 1.2 million square foot building, being built by the state of New York on the site of a former steel plant, is looking more and more like another political promise of help for one of the poorest cities in the state that ends up enriching cronies without ever achieving any potential for the people. Yes, it is a symbol of everything they’re doing." (09/26/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/09/the-buffalo-billion-fraud-and-bribery-scheme-corruption-and-pay-to-play-a-symbol-of-everything-theyre-doing/  

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The new cold warriors sic the FBI on Donald Trump

September 26, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"While we have gotten used to the neo-McCarthyite tactics employed by the Clinton campaign linking Donald Trump to the Kremlin, the whole disgraceful operation has reached a new low with the introduction of US law enforcement agencies into the mix. According to a report by Michael Isikoff -- who has become the Judy Miller of this smear campaign -- the feds are moving in on the Trump campaign ..." (09/26/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/09/25/new-cold-warriors-sic-fbi-donald-trump/  

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Communication breakdown

September 26, 2016
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Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert  

"Strip the theater and sound and fury of the Kabuki known as American politics and you discover just how much you have surrendered in the process. You have quite literally slipped a leash around your neck, fastened the manacles to your limbs and abide by a contract that let's your precious government tax, regulate, fine, kidnap, cage, maim or kill you as they wish and you will simply have to be satisfied with whatever condition you and your kin end up in." (09/25/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4871  

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An introduction to Austrian economics, part 5

September 26, 2016
posted by

Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  

"Austrian Economics is the most powerful explanation of why governments, no matter how well-intentioned, lack the knowledge, wisdom and ability to direct the lives of multitudes of people better than those people can do for themselves. In this series of easy-to-understand lectures, economist Richard Ebeling introduces you to the central ideas in Austrian Economics, as well as their importance for us today." [Flash video] (09/26/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/introduction-austrian-economics-part-5/  

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Free Talk Live, 09/25/16

September 26, 2016
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Owning a Business in Venezuela :: Prostitution, Drugs, and Prohibition :: Venezuelans Eating Garbage :: Swiss Vote for State Surveillance :: Ricky on Prostitution :: Polls on Prostitution :: Terrible Hospitals in Venezuela :: Former Venezuelan Calls In :: Texas Secession Update :: Judicial Notice :: Invading NH?" [Flash audio or MP3] (09/25/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-09-25  

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Gun control is treason

September 26, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"The great, glaring failure of the Bill of Rights and its otherwise distinguished authors is that it doesn't include a severe and stringent penalty clause, a punishment prescribed for government officials and others who try to violate the rights that it protects. However the Second Amendment, by implication, contains its own penalty clause. It defines itself, and the liberty it enshrines, as 'necessary to the security of a free State.' It doesn't take much interpretation to infer that anyone who strives to weaken, or abolish that right altogether, is endangering the security of the free state in which we live. A more direct way to say it is that they are committing treason. And the customary punishment for treason is death -- by hanging." (09/25/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle891-20160925-02.html  

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If the word liberal is up for grabs, can we have it back?

September 26, 2016
posted by

Jeffrey Tucker Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker  

"The people who stole the word liberal -- gradually circa 1900-1933 -- seem to be in the process of tossing out the last modicum of respect for liberty they had even as recently as ten years ago. If you are considered a thief for showing appreciation for other cultures, learning from people unlike yourself, using art and literature to draw attention to certain human universals, there is really nothing left of liberty. If these are your views, you really should relinquish the word liberal. And the truly great thing is that this is happening right now thus leaving it, perhaps, to be reappropriated by actual lovers of liberty." (09/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/if-the-word-liberal-is-up-for-grabs-can-we-have-it-back/  

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Specialization and free trade enhance our productivity — it’s just that simple

September 26, 2016
posted by

Robert Higgs Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs  

"In most cases people recognize that increasing productivity is a good thing. If we develop new technologies or make organizational changes that allow us to produce more output with the same inputs, we celebrate. If people acquire education or experience that allows them to produce more with their human capital, we regard this payoff as wholly beneficial. And so forth. Yet in regard to one extremely important means of increasing our productivity, many people actually object strenuously. This bizarre case pertains to open international trade." (09/23/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/09/23/specialization-and-free-trade-enhance-our-productivity-its-just-that-simple/  

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The TSA treats Americans like Gitmo detainees

September 26, 2016
posted by

James Bovard Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard  

"A friend recently told me that she felt as if she were in East Germany when a TSA agent kept barking at her to raise her arms higher while passing through the scanner. Actually, I crossed East German borders many times before the fall of the Iron Curtain and always received better treatment than I experienced in Portland. Even when I was detained and interrogated for three hours near the Czech border in 1987, East German border guards were models of courtesy compared with the TSA." (09/23/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/tsa-treats-americans-like-gitmo-detainees/  

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The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 97

September 26, 2016
posted by

The KN@PP Stir KN@PPSTER
by  

"In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (A night out with Lorenzo Mendoza; The Week in Stupid, part 1; Sorry, not very scary story); The Week in Stupid/Scary Story Redux (Gary Johnson and Jill Stein on climate change, me on nuclear weapons)." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/25/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-97-wreck.html  

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Let’s not start a war on cash

September 26, 2016
posted by

James A Dorn Cato Institute
by James A Dorn  

"Some prominent economists are now advocating getting rid of most cash payments. Kiss $100, $50 and $20 bills goodbye if they get their way. The most visible proponent is Kenneth Rogoff, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and currently a chaired professor at Harvard. In his just published book, 'The Curse of Cash' (Princeton University Press), he argues that the U.S. economy would benefit if the government withdrew larger denomination bills from circulation, further restricted cash withdrawals and deposits, and limited the size of cash payments in retail trade. Launching a war on cash, however, would further empower government, violate private property rights and undermine individual freedom." (09/23/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/lets-not-start-war-cash  

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Why Millennials don’t like Clinton, and what she can do about it

September 26, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by David Atkins  

"Hillary Clinton has long struggled with younger voters, but the problem now threatens to cost her the election. Clinton’s address to millennials this week underscored her awareness of how crucial they are to her chances in November. But her support from voters ages 18 to 35 has declined by double digits since August, raising an urgent question for Democrats: Why are millennial voters so reluctant to embrace Clinton? On the surface, Clinton should do well with younger voters. Millennials are the most progressive generation in America, and Hillary Clinton’s voting record in the Senate was reliably liberal on most issues. Millennials strongly support gender equality even more strongly than they do racial equality, so backing the first female candidate for president from a major party should be a no-brainer. But millennials also grew up in the shadow of the Great Recession, and this has radicalized them in a way that is often difficult for older generations to comprehend." (09/23/16)

http://prospect.org/article/why-millennials-don%E2%80%99t-clinton%E2%80%94and-what-she-can-do-about-it  

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Going to school on the Electoral College

September 26, 2016
posted by

Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"It seems that every four years people need a reminder about the Electoral College and how the President is actually elected. On election day, if you vote in the Presidential election, you will not actually cast a ballot for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein or any other candidate for President. You will cast a vote for a slate of Electors." [text, Flash audio, or MP3] (09/25/16)

http://fpp.cc/going-to-school-on-the-electoral-college/  

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“Do you know who killed my baby?”

September 26, 2016
posted by

William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"That anguished question was wrested from the anguished soul of Carol Dodge as she spoke with a young girl named Destiny Osborne shortly after Carol's 18-year-old daughter Angie was murdered in Idaho Falls in June, 1996. With the police unable to identify any viable suspects, Carol -- driven by an irrepressible maternal impulse to find and punish the person who had killed her daughter -- pursued her own investigation. Over the past twenty years she has accumulated a library of evidence, most of which has been ignored by the police and the Bonneville County Prosecutor's Office. It is because of Carol's indefatigable efforts that we know that Christopher Tapp, the man who was convicted of that murder in May, 1998, didn't commit that crime." (09/23/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/09/do-you-know-who-killed-my-baby.html  

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