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Environmental fears over DAPL overblown

December 6, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Patrick J Michaels  

"The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is more than just a pipeline. It is a political hot potato. There are a lot of issues underlying the DAPL conversation, including indigenous peoples' access to ancestral lands, environmental concerns of a potential spill, water rights, and social justice. One false assumption is that rejecting the DAPL would result in fossil fuels staying in the ground. The lack of a pipeline has not stopped growth in oil production from the Bakken shale formation yet. This oil is currently transported by rail or road, where it has a significantly higher chance of spillage, explosion or tragedy. Higher prices will be passed on to consumers, a regressive policy that inordinately affects the poorest citizens. Climate change activists have also entered the fray." (12/06/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/environmental-fears-over-dapl-overblown  

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The dumbest thing Batman ever said

December 6, 2016
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"No one should be a utilitarian. But from a utilitarian point of view, Batman's logic is superficially appealing: He can sacrifice one life to save 7 billion humans with 1% probability, for a net expectational gain of 69,999,999 lives. Until, of course, you pause and reflect. Consider the following utilitarian counter-arguments, in ascending order of quality." (12/05/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/12/the_dumbest_thi.html  

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Ben Carson and the future of cities

December 6, 2016
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Sam Staley  

"President-elect Donald Trump has tapped neurosurgeon Ben Carson to head the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While pundits are focused on their primary feuds, a more important question is whether HUD's mission will change under Carson's tenure. On the surface, Carson's appointment might seem to be a simple patronage job, a reward for his loyalty to the Trump candidacy. Carson's only urban policy experience appears to be a passion for urban areas, particularly low-income minority communities, and his life experience growing up in Detroit. Yet, HUD is a federal agency where a personal philosophy and approach to public policy can make a difference in agency priorities." (12/05/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/12/05/ben-carson-has-potential-to-significantly-shape-urban-policy-at-hud/  

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The joys of swamp draining

December 6, 2016
posted by

Bruce McQuain Questions and Observations
by Bruce McQuain  

"There are those who claim you can't look at a government budget the same way you do a business or household budget. Well, yes, yes you can. Rule number one -- you don't spend more than you have. Period. Full stop. Otherwise you finally end up with unrecoverable debt and like it or not, someone will have to pay for that. Our enlightened leadership has tried to kick that payback can as far down the road as they can, well, far enough that it won't effect them or their reelection chances in they lifetime. Their, yours and my grandkids? Aw, screw em." (12/05/16)

http://www.qando.net/2016/12/05/the-joys-of-swamp-draining/  

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James Bovard: Time to end the war on drugs

December 6, 2016
posted by

James Bovard Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard  

"Watch FFF policy adviser James Bovard present his perspectives on why America needs to end the war on drugs. This presentation is part of FFF's Drug War Video Project, whose aim is to accelerate the end of this immoral and destructive government program." [Flash video] (12/06/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/james-bovard-time-end-war-drugs/  

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Free Talk Live, 12/05/16

December 6, 2016
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Man With Rifle 'Investigates' Pizzagate Restaurant :: Bizarre Allegations :: Libertarian Principle and Awareness :: Government Wind Turbines Fail :: LED Bulbs vs Incandescent :: Julian Heicklen Arrested After Attempting to Start Revolution :: Parking Lot Deaths :: Traffic Court :: Officer of the Court :: Amazon Go." [Flash audio or MP3] (12/05/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-12-05  

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Hacking America’s antiquated elections

December 6, 2016
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Cato Unbound Cato Unbound
by Rob Richie  

"No single change can unlock voters and spark a democracy where the best ideas rise to the surface and policymakers are able to implement the will of the people with respect for all. But this year we saw a true glimmer of hope for change: with 52% of the vote, Maine voters adopted ranked choice voting (RCV) for all their elections for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and state legislature in a campaign endorsed by the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, and hundreds of major party elected officials from across the spectrum. Starting in 2018, Mainers will be able to vote for the candidates they like the most without helping elect the candidates they like the least. They will earn what we all deserve: a fair vote and a truce in the battle over whether minor party and independent candidates can have an enduring seat at the electoral table." (12/05/16)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2016/12/05/rob-richie/hacking-americas-antiquated-elections  

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Libertarianism as extreme middle-of-the-roadism

December 6, 2016
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Per Bylund The Libertarian Institute
by Per Bylund  

"While the Libertarian Party's presidential candidate Gary Johnson unsuccessfully tried to sell voters a lukewarm version of libertarianism as the good policies from both Democrats and Republicans but none of the bad ('neither too hot nor too cold'), there's an argument to be made for libertarianism as the 'golden middle.' But it is not a middle position between those two evils, but between two destructive extremes in social cooperation: the power of one and the power of none." (12/05/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/libertarianism-extreme-middle-roadism/  

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The 5-step process for playing defense against Trump’s bad ideas

December 6, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Matt Welch  

"By now we should be familiar with the pattern: President-elect Donald Trump tweets out some crazy-sounding policy-related ideas, journalists and Democrats freak out, the conversation quickly progresses from an argument over the proper adjectives to describe the idea to meta-arguments over Trump's possible motives and whether we should even be paying that much attention to what the president-elect tweets in the first place. Then before you know it there's a new crazy-sounding policy-related idea transmitting from Trump Tower through social media, and away we go again. From flag-burning to alleged massive voter fraud, it's a profoundly unsatisfying way to process an unusual politician's public utterances. Instead of beginning with generalized hyperbole and speculative divinations of dark motive, I suggest something closer to the opposite: Working from the practical specifics backward, and saving the ominous political vagaries for last, so that you can rally defenses where necessary and also arrive at a bit of perspective before declaring every impotent brainfart proof of incipient fascism." (12/05/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/12/05/the-5-step-process-for-playing-defense-a  

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Censorship: Tech firms should abandon the EU to its madness

December 6, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The European Union has a censorship addiction, and a desire to inflict the costs of indulging that addiction on the world's top tech companies. Vera Jourova, the EU's Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, complains that Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft respond too slowly to demands that they delete posts deemed 'hate speech' from their platforms." (12/05/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8661  

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

December 6, 2016
posted by

Chris Matthew Sciabarra Notablog
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra  

"On this day, marking the one-year anniversary of the San Bernardino terror attack, I pause to remember the victims and the survivors. And yet, somehow, we have survived. There is a culture of life in this country, but especially in this city, New York City, the grandest city on earth, which in 2001 suffered a horrendous attack of its own. Nothing seems to dampen this country's (or this city's) ability to rise above the rubble, not even a contentious election that has left many of us with the feeling that Armageddon is around the corner." (12/02/16)

https://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/002193.html  

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Trump is FDR with the fireside tweet

December 6, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds  

"President Clinton said, 'I feel your pain.' President Franklin Roosevelt had 'fireside chats.' And now President-elect Donald Trump is reaching out to forgotten Americans with a message that he cares about their problems, and wants to help. This could be the Democrats’ worst nightmare. As Walter Russell Mead notes in The American Interest, it’s an old style of politicking that more recent politicos seem to have forgotten. Trump’s Carrier event saved only a tiny fraction of jobs that are being lost around the country, and it might not make much difference in the long run, but that wasn’t the point." (12/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/12/05/carrier-deal-jobs-trump-rust-belt-glenn-reynolds/94958408  

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There are no allies in fascists

December 6, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Trevor Hultner  

"For decades, Antiwar.com has been the leading voice of the anti-war movement, injecting a consistently anti-authoritarian message into the conversation about foreign conflict and foreign policy. Their journalism has been celebrated among independent media and legacy media alike over the years, and their commentators are unmatched in their commitment to peace, liberty and the end of war. Well, for the most part. Because while you've definitely got all that, you also have to contend with a steady flow of nationalist apologia from Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com'’s editorial director. His latest piece, 'A World to Win,' is a gleeful ode to the second wave of fascism currently knocking on humanity’s door." (12/05/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/47119  

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Tarheel heist: How the charter school industry is hijacking public ed

December 6, 2016
posted by

Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"If the American Dream (the one that includes a good job and a house with a yard, kids, and a two-car garage) is still alive, you can see it taking shape in Wake County in the heart of the state of North Carolina. Signs of surging prosperity are everywhere this morning as I make my way to West Lake Middle School in Apex, NC, on the outskirts of Raleigh. ... Wake County is home to five of the fastest growing cities in the Tar Heel State, which is the state with the nation’s fastest growth in economic output in 2015 at 13.4 percent. At West Lake Middle this morning, cars and busses in the drop-off lane back up out to the main road, where commuter traffic pushes impatiently to get by. I angle my car to a visitor spot because I’m not here to drop off a child. I’m here for a protest rally. The protest is happening because the rising tide of North Carolina’s economic resurgence has yet to raise all boats." (12/05/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161205/tar-heel-heist-how-the-charter-school-industry-is-hijacking-public-ed  

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The Walking Dead and America’s income tax slavery

December 6, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"We are all familiar with the standard concept of slavery. When we hear the term, we naturally think in terms of the plight of pre-Civil War blacks. ... We also think of the slaves that lived in ancient times under the pharaohs. Coming to mind is the movie The Ten Commandments, which depicted Jewish slaves who lived their lives under the control of Egyptian masters. The Jews were forced to spend every day of their lives making bricks and doing other things to build the pyramids for the pharaohs. Under slavery, they too could not just walk away. None of that type of thing is occurring in The Walking Dead. Rick Grimes, the star of the show, and the people in his group, are pretty much free to live their lives the way they want, except for one big thing: A man named Negan, along with his followers, wields the power to seize anything he wants from Grimes'[s] camp, including food, bedding, and other assets that Rick and his group acquire." (12/05/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/12/05/walking-dead-americas-income-tax-slavery/  

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Italy’s referendum is Europe’s next test in its fight for survival

December 6, 2016
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Reuters
by John Lloyd  

"The European political landscape best resembles croquet, the game popularized by the British in the 19th century. Its rules seem simple enough: players compete by knocking balls through hoops on a lawn. But like so much else, it’s more complicated than it seems. It’s a game of positions, as is the shifting politics of Europe. In the next year, balls must be knocked through a number of crucial hoops for the European Union to survive. If they are not, then the Union is likely to collapse. Indeed, each one of the hoops might be labelled 'if,' to remind the players -- the EU member states -- that if they miss, the damage may be fatal to their Union. One of the hoops has already been missed. Britain’s June vote to exit the European Union is now widely seen as a retreat into surly isolation by a slim majority who don't like foreigners. It largely isn’t that, though, and the decision was quite unlike the movement which elected Donald Trump as U.S. president. In large part, the Brits voted to make clear that the Westminster parliament, not a confusing jumble of acronyms in Brussels, was their lawmaking institution." (12/04/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-italy-commentary-idUSKBN13R1VH  

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Alex Nowrasteh on The Bob Zadek Show

December 6, 2016
posted by

Bob Zadek The Bob Zadek Show
by  

"Alex returns to the show to explain how Republicans went astray, and to offer a history lesson on political parties that ushered their downfall through misguided nativist platforms. They will also discuss why Trump's proposed policies would be a disaster for the Republic, if they can be implemented at all." [various formats] (12/04/16)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2016/12/2/alex-nowrasteh-how-prop-187-turned-california-blue  

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Freedom Feens Radio, 12/05/16

December 6, 2016
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
by  

"Tonight Michael W. Dean, Bradon X, and Murder Dogg talk about photos that are signed by 'Celebrities' and hung up in restaurants, 'Dean Syndrome,' The upcoming 'Cash Newmann Vomited Here' app, some guy in Poland that was captured on camera doing hilarious things whilst frying on LCD, Feens apps, Jeremy causing trouble at his sister's wedding, pot smoking in bars is now a thing in Denver, and BipCotting EVERYTHING! Bill O’Reilly 'Fuck it we'll do it live' is discussed, how Jeremy became a Bipinare, A film called 'Deprogrammed' directed by Mila Aung-Thwin and how Michael is connected to him." (12/05/16)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13289  

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Laughing at liberals as they lose their minds

December 6, 2016
posted by

Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter  

"The liberals are truly going nuts, and it’s beautiful. They recently resurrected Nancy Pelosi for another glorious term winnowing away the House Democrat caucus. Pretty soon it’s just going to be her and some guy representing Berkeley who they recruited while he was shouting 'Workers of the world unite!' at bored coeds on Telegraph Avenue. You know, if you want to reach out to the kind of hard-working, salt-of-the-earth, normal Americans who voted for the black guy then allegedly refused to vote for the woman because they are racist, you totally want an ancient, rich, snooty, San Francisco leftist and Botox after-picture like the Nanster." [editor's note: This guy is laughing; I'm still just wondering when they get out of the denial and start dealing with the reality - SAT] (12/05/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2016/12/05/laughing-at-liberals-as-they-lose-their-minds-n2254561  

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The NATO campaign against freedom of expression

December 6, 2016
posted by

Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network
by Thierry Meyssan  

"This is a long story which extends over fifteen years. NATO first attempted to silence those citizens who were trying to discover the truth about the attacks of 11 September 2001. Then it turned on those who contested the oficial version of the Arab Springs and the war against Syria. One thing leading to another, it then attacked those who denounced the coup d'etat in Ukraine. Now NATO is behind the accusations by a pseudo-NGO that the people who campaigned for Donald Trump are Russian agents." (12/05/16)

http://www.voltairenet.org/article194344.html  

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Trump’s promised “new foreign policy” must abandon regime change for Iran

December 5, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Some people say that 'personnel is policy,' and that much can be predicted about Trump's foreign policy by the people he has appointed to serve his Administration. That is where we might have reason to be worried. Take Iran, for example. While Trump says he wants the US to stop overthrowing governments, on the issue of Iran both the candidate and his recent appointees have taken a very different view." (12/05/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/trumps-promised-new-foreign-policy-must-abandon-regime-change-iran  

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Secession — California style — preparing for it

December 5, 2016
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"There doesn't need to be a 'constitutional procedure' to secede, as it is included in the Tenth Amendment. Remember that? 'All powers not ...' That, legally, including the power (not the 'right') to leave. Provided, of course, that you can find the military power to support your decision. ... The entire War Between the States simply proved that tyrants sometimes do win: there was no legal attempt to deny the right of states to secede, and in fact, Congress's mandating that the former members of the Confederate States of America had to be 'readmitted' to the ('new, improved') Union was de facto evidence that even the Radical Republican ruled Congress DID recognize that the eleven states had withdrawn from the Union: HAD seceded." (12/05/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10268  

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The Jason Stapleton Program, 12/05/16

December 5, 2016
posted by

The Jason Stapleton Program The Jason Stapleton Program
by  

"We've got some great examples of what debt does to nations staring us in the face so why do so many people still push this false narrative that debt doesn't matter?" [various formats] (12/05/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/yes-the-debt-does-matter/  

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Democrats need to pick a leader, now

December 5, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Jeet Heer  

"As president-elect, Donald Trump has quickly proven to be every bit the nightmare his opponents feared. He’s continuing to tweet absurd lies (such as his claim that he won the popular vote), and now he’s tapping extremists for high positions, like white nationalist Stephen Bannon, conspiracy-minded General Michael Flynn, and civil-rights antagonist Senator Jeff Sessions. What makes the lurch to the hard right all the more galling for Democrats is the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.5 million votes (roughly 2 percent). That means Trump (with Republicans controlling both houses of Congress) will be able to inflict a radical agenda on the country with minority support. (Just how little support is reflected in Trump’s favorability rating of 42 percent, a whopping 16 points lower than the norm for president-elects at this point.)" (12/05/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/139107/democrats-need-pick-leader-now  

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There’s a war for your technology

December 5, 2016
posted by

Aria DiMezzo The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo  

"Odds are that your smartphone is critical to your life and that you would be almost helpless without it. If you really want to see how much it affects you, have a friend of yours take your phone away from you for one day, and let me know how long you last before you're begging and on the edge of tears, asking for your phone back. Now that -- that device we're talking about, the one critical to your mental well-being and your connectivity to the world -- that device that is the critical linchpin of your world -- is also the most insecure device in your world." (12/03/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/12/03/theres-a-war-for-your-technology/  

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