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Renegade liberals and “oppressed” elite feminists

December 19, 2014
posted by

Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  

"Politically-correct feminists are today's renegade liberals. They speak about oppression from elite universities, powerful bureaucracies and political office. At tax-paid conferences and from tax-paid offices, they champion the downtrodden, as long as the downtrodden do not disagree. To advance a PC vision of social justice, they attempt to silence women who dissent or who unwittingly spread mistaken doctrines. Women who question are slandered as 'rape apologists' or paid lackeys of the patriarchy; women who are 'mistaken' -- for example, they prefer the traditional family -- are called brainwashed, which is another word for weak-minded or stupid." (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/orytbqg  

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Why did they torture?

December 19, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Why did they torture? The Cheneyites claim they wanted information on a follow-up attack to 9/11 they were sure was coming, but the logic of this falls apart under the most cursory examination. After all, the recipient of torture is certain to say whatever he (or she) thinks the torturers want to hear -- just to make the pain stop. Some within the CIA protested and no doubt brought up this very point -- one the policymakers at the top knew full well. They knew torture was ineffective in getting at the truth -- but it wasn't truth they were after." (12/19/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/12/18/why-did-they-torture/  

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The latest twist in the bizarre prosecution of Barrett Brown

December 19, 2014
posted by

The Intercept The Intercept
by Michelle Garcia  

"Barrett Brown entered the federal courtroom shackled, with a slight swagger in his step and squinting into the light. He took his seat next to his defense team and quietly set about flipping through a stack of loose-leaf papers and then began writing. When asked by the judge if he knew why he was in court that day, Tuesday, Brown -- who has spent two years in federal custody -- leaned into the microphone and with a warbly Texas accent, said clearly and plainly, 'I am to be sentenced today.' And then he returned to his papers." (12/17/14)

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/17/barrett-brown-sentenced/  

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Want to help someone rebuild her business? Better lawyer up!

December 19, 2014
posted by

Iain Murray Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray  

"Neighbors and people across the nation were appalled when local shops in Ferguson, Missouri, burned down during the recent disturbances there. Thankfully, family, friends, and some kind-hearted strangers have pitched in to help local entrepreneurs rebuild their businesses. Unfortunately, some obscure, Great Depression-era federal and several state laws prohibit such acts of generosity, by making it illegal to help at a for-profit business." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/onrsngp  

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France seeks liberalizations, but bans Uber

December 19, 2014
posted by

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"Mixed signals from France. The Financial Times, among others, has stressed the potential of the liberalisation plan pursued by the new Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron. The bill aims at lowering barriers to entry in liberal professions -- notaries, pharmacists, et cetera. ... Interestingly enough, however, France has also just announced that it will ban UberPop (which in the US goes by the name of UberX) starting in January of next year. This in spite of a court decision that allowed Uber to continue to operate in Paris." (12/17/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/12/france_seeks_li.html  

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A Cold War breakthrough

December 19, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"More than 50 years after the U.S. government’s imposition of its brutal economic embargo against the Cuban people, yesterday’s announcement by President Obama calling for a lifting of the embargo represents a major breakthrough for libertarians and others who are committed to the principles of individual liberty, free markets, private property, liberty of contract, freedom of travel, and freedom of association. In fact, the shift in Obama’s position is a testament to the power of ideas on liberty and the importance of perseverance." (12/18/14)

http://fff.org/2014/12/18/cold-war-breakthrough/  

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Global warming true believers the ones in “denial”

December 19, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"I have a theory as to why Americans don’t worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don’t push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. They call themselves champions of 'the science' -- yet focus on ideology more than tangible results. Their language is downright evangelical. Recently, science guy Bill Nye joined other experts who objected to the media’s use of the term 'climate skeptic.' They released a statement that concluded, 'Please stop using the word 'skeptic' to describe deniers.' Deniers? Like Judas?" (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mcw68yl  

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Fewer victimless crimes, fewer Eric Garners

December 19, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Ruben Pacheco  

"The murder of Eric Garner demonstrates that economic freedom is inseparable from civil liberties. If we want laws that are applied equally and without prejudice, we need police reform and regulatory reform. The United States has immense overcriminalization, and illegal commerce is one of the many ways the state criminalizes peaceful people. Regulation, in practice, means brutalizing those who don’t obey." (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oq7udw2  

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Swiss give positive lesson in negative rate policy

December 19, 2014
posted by

Reuters Reuters
by Edward Hadas  

"There are some unlikely ideas in both mathematics and finance. For example, the square root of negative numbers and negative interest rates both look impossible. To make sense of them, it is necessary to understand numbers and money in a new way. The Swiss National Bank has put the deeper monetary theory into practice, by cutting its overnight policy rate to -0.25 percent on Dec. 18. The central bank is trying to keep Switzerland neutral in the global currency wars. With other countries trying to push down the value of their currencies, traders are desperate for safety."" (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kmjsc4t  

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A tale of two stories

December 19, 2014
posted by

Sarah Skwire Foundation for Economic Education
by Sarah Skwire  

"Everyone knows Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. The Victorian nostalgia! The adorable Tiny Tim! The festive Fezziwig party! The miserly villain who can only be redeemed by complete financial irresponsibility! It's just about the time of year when economists line up to give Dickens his annual kicking. ... But there's a much better response available. It's a story by one of the greatest writers in the English language, written at the height of his popularity, touching on many of the same topics. It's a novella called The Chimes." (12/18/14)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/a-tale-of-two-stories  

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Libertarian guide to the holidays

December 19, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Juliana Perciavalle  

"You've just ended a semester of fighting the good fight for liberty. Maybe your family thinks the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Federal Reserve, or police brutality are good topics for dinner conversation. Maybe they don't. Either way, the holidays are approaching, and now that the Black Friday internet hubbub is going to be replaced with the 'War on Christmas' drivel, you’d best be prepared to re-enter non-libertarian society. Here are some tips to make the holiday season a little more bearable ..." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pjsfjaz  

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Jeb Bush: Too conservative to win?

December 19, 2014
posted by

Our Future
by Bill Scher  

"With former Florida Governor Jeb Bush 'actively exploring' a run for president, much of the initial analysis centers on the question if he is too moderate to win the Republican primary. The more important question is if Jeb is too conservative to win the general election. It’s true Jeb has taken positions that will complicate his primary campaign. ... He once dared to say he’d accept a budget that included $1 of tax increases for every $10 of spending cuts, a stance which doesn’t really qualify as 'moderate,' but more accurately could be described as 'mathematically literate conservative.' But if he survives the primary, he’ll have a whole new set of problems to worry about." (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/jvoykat  

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Hollywood unmasked

December 19, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Eric Allie  

Cartoon. (12/17/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/12/hollywood-unmasked/  

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Update: The woman-bashing beat goes on

December 19, 2014
posted by

Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd  

"Following up from the previous post, we see the woman-bashing beat goes on. A Missouri pol has introduced a bill that would require women to get the written approval of a man in order to obtain an abortion; that is, the signature of the one what knocked her up. Rick Brattin, statesman from Kansas City, says the only exception to his man-mandating abortion restriction is in the case of 'legitimate rape.' But as Mother Jones reports, Brattin is quick to assure us that he doesn't mean 'legitimate rape' in the same way that his fellow Missouri statesman Todd Akin employed the term, during his disastrous run for the Senate." (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lzlxhl4  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 12/17/14

December 19, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by  

"[T]he Sierra Club has turned into an environmental activist group that is less concerned with conservation efforts than they are with promoting their agenda. This fact is made readily apparent by the recent video 'Fracking 101' .... Heartland Institute Research Fellow Isaac Orr and Jessica Sena debunk the claims made by this video in a 30 minute podcast." [Flash video] (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p4zsvtv  

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CNN pro-cop propaganda #AskACop hashtag backfires magnificently

December 19, 2014
posted by

Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"The hashtag rose to be the number one Twitter trend in the United States, and is presently trending at number 3. However, it wasn’t thoughtful questions or supportive messages driving the trend. Rather, photos of police brutality, and anti police sentiment raged on throughout the night and into the next afternoon. Apparently CNN forgot about the #myNYPD debacle from last year ..." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nfks42a  

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Barack Obama, set free

December 18, 2014
posted by

Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"... with today's announcement that we'll be undertaking a normalization of relations with Cuba (a mere 54 years after the embargo began) combined with other recent moves on immigration and climate change, Obama is looking pretty engaged. The approaching end of his term and the loss of both houses of Congress seem to have liberated him. While the Cuba deal was apparently in the works for many months, it wasn't something in the headlines like immigration. Who knows how many other surprises Obama may have in store." (12/17/14)

http://prospect.org/article/barack-obama-set-free  

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Four thoughts on North Korea, Hollywood, free speech, and terrorist threats

December 18, 2014
posted by

Reason
by Jesse Walker  

"1. It's a bad idea to stanch speech because you're afraid it will inspire terrorism. Note that this principle applies not just to Seth Rogen movies but to Senate reports on torture." (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lyav4jg  

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Another insider?

December 18, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Earlier this week, Jeb Bush, former governor of the State of Florida, announced on Facebook that he is 'exploring' a 2016 run for the Republican nomination for the presidency. I have mixed feelings, to say the least. There’s the whole dynastic problem. Another Bush? Or, is Jeb the cost of finding a candidate to beat Hillary ... who has her own dynastic baggage? But the big story, here, is to watch the insiders scramble to keep out the outsiders." (12/18/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/12/18/another-insider/  

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The Court and ObamaCare

December 18, 2014
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"Probably no later than next June, we can expect the Supreme Court to rule on whether the Obama administration can provide subsidies for Obamacarethrough federally run exchanges despite explicit language in the law that limits subsidies to 'an exchange established by a State.' There is no guarantee, of course, about how the Court will rule." (12/17/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/court-obamacare  

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The American Revolution was not a party

December 18, 2014
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"From the perspective of those who defend the Tea Party and condemn the Ferguson rioters, it’s wise to stick to defending the Tea Party specifically, because the Sons of Liberty, a loosely knit group of protestors involved in the Tea Party, and often led by Samuel Adams, were notorious for mob violence, albeit violence that was more politically effective and better-focused than most. The Tea Party is perhaps remembered so fondly because it was among the least violent of the major protest actions perpetrated by the Sons of Liberty." (12/18/14)

http://mises.org/library/american-revolution-was-not-party  

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Film review: Brother, can you spare a euro?

December 18, 2014
posted by

In These Times In These Times
by Michael Atkinson  

"Even if you don’t think you’ve seen a film by Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, you have, sort of. The astringent and breathless style they pioneered in their 1996 breakout film, La Promesse -- realist, handheld, raw, off-kilter, always in motion, ready to explode—has been coopted by indies from Bucharest to the Catskills. Even American TV shows (from The Wire on down) echo their work. The best of the copycats range from Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, from 2007, to Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 heartstopper, A Separation. It’s a style fitted perfectly to the Dardennes’ stories, which are always that of brutally simple dilemmas brought about by socioeconomic crisis." (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k3tnx3o  

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Serial: The limits to reasonable doubt

December 18, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by David Bowden  

"While the British media have been whipping themselves into a sanctimonious frenzy over the Cereal Killer cafe in Shoreditch, there is a free American Serial much more worthy of your attention. The podcast spin-off from the hit radio show This American Life has been slowly building an audience since it began airing just over two months ago -- over five million listeners are eagerly awaiting the final instalment tomorrow night (BBC Radio 4 started broadcasting the show last week). It is essential listening for anyone interested in the principles of justice, reasonable doubt and judgement." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pjol2bx  

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ESEA: What should reauthorization look like?

December 18, 2014
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Brittany Wagner  

"The ESEA was created in 1965 as a part of Lyndon B. Johnson's 'War on Poverty.' The statute funds state primary and secondary education. Currently, Missouri school districts receive about 10 percent of revenue from the federal government. The ESEA has been reauthorized every five years, and each presidential administration has left its mark on the original act." (12/17/14)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2014/12/esea-reauthorization-look-like.html  

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How naive is Elizabeth Warren?

December 18, 2014
posted by

Nick Gillespie The Daily Beast
by Nick Gillespie  

"Unfortunately, Warren's populist outrage and calls to break up Citigroup and other mega-banks are ultimately misguided, naive, and contradictory. Like too many progressives, she’s against cronyism except when she's for it -- and she's supremely confident that if only she and her rag-tag band of reformers were calling the shots, government regulators would never, ever bend to the will of special interests. Good luck with that." (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nbbmsrc  

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