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Is ISIS going to invade Europe from Libya?

February 26, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Henry Williams  

"In a nutshell, no. So stop the scaremongering." (02/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pakynqd  

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The national health IT czar does not need a big budget hike

February 26, 2015
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John R. Graham National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham  

"One overlooked 'ask' in the President's 2015 budget was a 25 percent hike in the budget of the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC). Admittedly, it is a small amount of money, $75 million. Nevertheless, it is a 25 percent hike in a budget that should be reduced." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qdtmzbv  

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Political science, part 5: Net Neutrality

February 26, 2015
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Liberale et Libertaire Liberale et Libertaire
by dL  

"Heuristically, there is no such thing as 'net neutrality' ... there hasn't been since the 1988 Morris Worm. Without heuristic filtering by the tiered network providers, the public internet would be practically unusable. It would certainly be unreliable. The Administrative State implementation of 'net neutrality' presages the end of civilian control of the internet, the fossilization of corporate monopoly over the 'last mile' and the formalization of a surveillance regime against 'unauthorized traffic' (read: IP). The Administrative State enforcement of a 'public network' will invite the same censorship that the government imposes over that other decreed thing: 'the public airwaves,' even though that thing doesn't even really exist anymore." (02/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kn9todx  

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What if the government fears freedom?

February 26, 2015
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Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"What if invading our freedoms keeps us less safe? What if the president has failed to keep our freedoms safe? What if the government doesn't like freedoms? What if the government is afraid we will exercise them?" (02/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/klgqfaa  

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A riot broke out and no one was surprised

February 26, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun  

"Many liberal reformists object to rioting as a legitimate tactic of effecting positive change. They cite, as all anti-revolutionaries do, crackdowns on prison life and the possible negative response of outsiders. However, prison riots have historically proven a very useful tool in achieving the demands of malcontent prisoners or at least giving voice to the voiceless." (02/26/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/36112  

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The god of the machine

February 26, 2015
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The Price of Liberty
by Bradley Harrington  

"Most of the time, in discussions of political issues, I pick up little more than the same pre-conceived platitudes one can find in any public school classroom. Once in a great while, however, I hear something that jars me right down to the soles of my boots. 'Brad, we need to talk,' William 'Ben' Bennett phoned me the other day. Ben and his wife, Kim, own the Korean House Restaurant on the southeast corner of Snyder Avenue and Pershing Boulevard, and I've known and respected them for years. So, I paid Ben a visit. 'What's up?' I asked. He pushed a bright orange piece of paper across the table at me. 'That came in the mail a couple of days ago,' he said. An invoice from the Health Dept: 'Routine Inspection, $90.00; Late Fee, $25.00; Total Due, $115.00.'" (02/26/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6990  

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Who do you trust?

February 26, 2015
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Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"One of the great frustrations for those who are paying attention is family and friends who don't. I realize THE RULERS have the glitzy media on their team and the smoothest liars money can buy as spokesmen, but for goodness sakes, we have family, friends and community. How can they compete? Ah yes, bread and circuses. Crap! Their bread may be GMO, HFC garbage, but the taste buds don't seem to notice while the circus plays on and watered-down beer flows. How can the victims not see it?" (02/25/15)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2015/02/25/who-do-you-trust/  

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A pretext for cyber COINTELPRO?

February 26, 2015
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CounterPunch
by Eric Draitser  

"In its ever expanding war against Syria, now under the broader pretext of 'fighting ISIS,' the US Government has employed a variety of tactics. From arming terrorists whom it dishonestly labels 'moderates,' to encouraging Turkey and Jordan to host jihadi training centers, to the CIA working with the Muslim Brotherhood to funnel weapons and fighters into Syria, the US and its allies have demonstrated the multi-faceted approach they're taking to fighting ISIS, extremism, and the Syrian Government. The war, once believed to be relegated solely to Syria and Iraq, has now been broadened to a regional, and indeed, a global war with no geographical boundaries or time limits. And now, the Obama administration has announced that its war will also be waged in cyberspace. " (02/26/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/26/a-pretext-for-cyber-cointelpro/  

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Uniting constitutional protection for economic and social liberties, part 1: Substantive due process and unenumerated rights

February 26, 2015
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Steven Horwitz Future of Freedom Foundation
by Steven Horwitz  

"We libertarians like to distinguish ourselves from our friends on the Right and Left by the fact that we care equally about both economic liberties and social/civil liberties. For libertarians the right to engage in contract and exchange with other consenting adults is just as important as the right to engage in speech and sex with other consenting adults. Other civil liberties, such as the right to bear arms or to buy, sell, and ingest various chemical substances are outgrowths of the rights to contract and the right to engage in 'anything that's peaceful' (i.e., that does not cause harm to innocent others). Libertarians see economic and civil liberties as inextricably entwined in just that freedom to engage in anything that's peaceful. Yet these two types of liberties are not only separated in the political philosophies of contemporary liberals and conservatives, they are deeply bifurcated in the way that the Supreme Court has come to think about the constitutional status of those rights." (02/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/npl25oz  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/25/15

February 26, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute
by  

"Heather Kays speaks with Associate Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, Neal Mccluskey, about a recent Cato forum which focused on limited political ideologies presented in U.S. Colleges. Their conversation questions if and how academic centers can introduce additional perspectives to academia." [Flash video] (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2rgffj  

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Net Neutrality is the end of free speech

February 26, 2015
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"[Fight For The Future] thinks that putting politicians in charge of the Internet will save it from the big corporations. What they clearly don't understand is that the politicians and the corporatists are members of the same gang of criminals. They want to control everything for their mutual benefit, not for the benefit of 'the people.' In this case the Internet isn't even broken and yet ill-informed do-gooders want to hand it over to unelected bureaucrats who will control it under laws written by the very corporate lobbyists that the FFTF thinks it is saving everyone from." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzogrcu  

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Social conservatives are the worst thing to happen to libertarianism

February 26, 2015
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A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Ron Paul provided libertarians a potential political strategy. The idea was simple, overwhelm the Republican Party with libertarians and use it to spread libertarian ideals. Although I know I will receive protests from libertarians still participating in Republican politics I feel safe in saying that this strategy has not only failed but has backfired miserably. By associating libertarianism and Republican politics the gateway (to Hell) was opened for social conservatives to filter into libertarian groups. While social conservatives have always been involved in libertarianism I don't believe it was to the extent that they are now. Furthermore the public association of libertarianism and the Republican Party wasn't there." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kaau6xa  

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Free Talk Live, 02/25/15

February 26, 2015
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Conspiracy Theories and Chemtrails :: Adverse Possession :: Circumcision :: Flags :: US Reps Threaten DC Mayor Over Pot :: DHS Shutdown Coming? :: Ron Paul Interrupted at SFL Conference :: Buying Children :: Ron Paul Newsletters :: Violence Inherent in the System :: Definition of Libertarianism." [Flash audio or MP3] (02/25/15)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2015-02-25  

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One last chance to save the Internet … from the FCC

February 26, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Ev Ehrlich  

"As the Federal Communications Commission readies new net-neutrality rules this week, congressional Democrats face a choice: Should they work with the Republicans who control Congress to help pass new rules, or should they stay on the sidelines and leave the matter to a volatile regulatory process, subject to possible undoing in the courts? I disagree with neutrality: the idea that everything on the Internet should travel at the same speed, whether it’s the remote monitoring of a cardiac device or a video of a cat. But both critics and advocates of neutrality would likely agree that a new law is the best way to set new policy -- not regulatory decrees." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o9d839k  

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Domestic fear is the price of empire

February 26, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"If you find no other argument against American intervention abroad persuasive, how about this one? When the U.S. government invades and occupies other countries, or when it underwrites other governments' invasions or oppression, the people in the victimized societies become angry enough to want and even to exact revenge -- against Americans. Is the American empire worth that price?" (02/25/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/domestic-fear-price-empire/  

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This is just wrong in so freakin’ many ways.

February 26, 2015
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"You ask for federal regulation? You support federal regulation? Then you're shocked, simply shocked! when you get federal regulation -- and it turns out it benefits the feds more than you? Oh, you pooo widdle baby! Such a surprise! Who could possibly have predicted that? Oh wait ... anybody who's been standing on the outside watching could have predicted that. Heck, we could have predicted it even before there was such a thing as the Internet to regulate. Because that's just the way it works." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qh7sjg5  

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To end police brutality, we need to end the police

February 26, 2015
posted by

The Nation The Nation
by Mychal Denzel Smith  

"I don't want anyone in this room to mistake me for an objective or impartial journalist moderator. I have marched with, organized with, and written about everyone on this stage. I feel as much a part of the movement as I do a reporter of it. I have an agenda: we need to abolish the pillars of white supremacy and I think the police is one of those." [From Smith's introduction to a panel he moderated; video is at the link] (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ow35xd9  

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I don’t love America either, Rudy

February 26, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Chad Nelson  

"When Rudy Giuliani declares that someone doesn't love America, he defines America like most other hyperstatists -- America as a political entity. The America that you can literally point to on a map, and whose borders have grown in proportion to the American military state's aggression and brutality. The America Giuliani loves is the one made up of, first and foremost, its government, which Giuliani and his fellow American exceptionalists claim have 'allowed' for the greatest freedom and prosperity in mankind's history. Giuliani and his ilk love the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, the court system which Giuliani once worked the levers of, and all the American state's arbitrarily drawn political sub-entities (states and cities) -- one of which he ruled with an iron fist for many years. Love of America, for Giuliani, means love of its political infrastructure." (02/25/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/36110  

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Xenophobia not welcome in Panama

February 26, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Elisa Vasquez  

"Several things about Panama worry me, but nothing like the inflamed debate nowadays about immigrants and the role of foreign residents in the country. Nationalist and populist legislators' rants have been rightfully called xenophobic in local media, and have become dangerous fodder for economic and social conflicts. Panama's National Assembly is currently studying Bill 62, which modifies portions of the National Migration Service law. It would do away with the Crisol de Razas program (Melting Pot of Races), which allows for the legalization of unauthorized immigrants who have resided in the country for over a year or overstayed their permitted entry." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n74zzyf  

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Rodney Reed will not die next week — but Texas still wants to kill him

February 26, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Jordan Smith  

"Nine days before Rodney Reed was scheduled to die in Texas for a crime he swears he didn't commit, the state's highest criminal court issued a stay of execution. The order came down late Monday afternoon, in response to an appeal citing new and compelling scientific evidence that challenges the state's timeline of events in the 1996 murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites, which sent Reed to death row. ... because the new scientific evidence 'eviscerates' the state's theory of the crime, Benjet argues, it also invalidates the lower-court judge's opinion that further DNA testing would be irrelevant. ... The state counters that DNA testing is unnecessary and, in a separate brief filed Monday, that the real goal by Reed's defense is to 'unreasonably delay' his execution." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kc68la9  

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After the Bitcoin gold rush

February 26, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Nathan Schneider  

"The search for riches in the ground has motivated some of history's most extravagant endeavors. It has inspired explorers, enslaved populations, and put opera houses in dusty mountain towns. But when the boom ends, the miners themselves have often been left in the lurch. They handle the raw material, turn it from hard earth to something potentially of value. Fabulous wealth comes to only a few, who rarely hold onto it long enough to be considered lucky. The search for bitcoins is little different." (02/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pftj4wq  

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Progressives: Pretty great night in Chicago’s elections

February 26, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Yana Kunichoff  

"The anti-machine fervor that pushed Rahm Emanuel into a run-off with Chuy García on Tuesday night was also felt in several key aldermanic races around the city. Three staunch Emanuel allies in City Council are now facing run-offs against independent candidates who also happen to be Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members. Social studies teacher Tim Meegan scraped into a run-off with Deb Mell, a member of one of the city’s most entrenched political families. This was the first aldermanic election for Mell, who was appointed by Emanuel to succeed her father, Dick Mell, in the seat when he retired in 2013. Deb Mell (who was strongly supported in the race by the Emanuel-affiliated super PAC Chicago Forward) received 49. 7 percent of the vote. Meegan received 34.5 percent, while a third candidate, Annisa Wanat, received 15.8%." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/krlsouw  

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What to do while waiting to end the Fed

February 26, 2015
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by John P Cochrane  

"Central banks in general, and the Fed in particular, are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Given Austrians most fully understand the evils perpetuated on the economy by specially privileged fractional reserve banks supported by a central bank, Austrians most definitely should contribute to second-best solutions a la Rosen and Ravier. But one must also keep in mind good central bank policy is just bad policy that could have been worse. The best long-term outcome is open competition in currencies that have the potential to reduce central bank influence and improve central bank performance." (02/25/15)

http://mises.org/library/what-do-while-waiting-end-fed  

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He whose name shall not be written

February 26, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg  

"I live a less blessed life. As an Israeli and a journalist, my aspirations are more limited, yet less within my own power to achieve. I aspire to be able to write about my country's politics without using the name of the current prime minister. I'd like to write my next 300 articles without the 'N-word.' I'd like to think of him, if I think of him at all, as a vague faceless historical memory like, say, James Buchanan." (02/24/15)

http://prospect.org/article/he-whose-name-shall-not-be-written  

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A-B-C-Don’t indoctrinate me

February 26, 2015
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Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"The lawmakers in Oklahoma and elsewhere claim that their children are being indoctrinated. These 'un-American' history classes are tainting young and impressionable minds. I'll be blunt -- they must think the kids in their state are pretty stupid. If one course can completely sway a 17 or 18 year old in his opinion, he has been taught to have the critical thinking capacity of an Orwellian sheep. What these laws are essentially saying is that students are incapable of coming to their own conclusions about historical events and policies. In order to get them to come to the 'right' conclusions, we need to stack the deck in favor of a particular way of thinking." (02/25/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/02/25/a-b-c-dont-indoctrinate-me/  

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