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My Brother’s Keeper to expand, but not to women & girls

September 30, 2014
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The Nation
by Dani McClain  

"Are we entering a political moment when it’s okay to use the phrases 'young people' and 'boys and men of color' interchangeably? If President Obama’s speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s awards dinner on Saturday is any indication, then yes. After recapping some successes of his presidency -- from the Affordable Care Act to declines in child poverty and the prison population -- Obama heaped a healthy dose of praise on outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder and moved on to My Brother’s Keeper, the White House’s racial justice initiative." (09/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pa9cnrg  

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Reforming education is ultimately about choice

September 30, 2014
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Lawson Bader Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Lawson Bader  

"Reforming education is ultimately about choice. But choice for all does not mean all get the same choice. We live in a society of disparate opportunities, talents, values, and consequences. Choice for all is free enterprise. All getting the same choice is socialism. If we are going to progress, we need to come to terms with the distinction. Unfortunately, that will be a non-starter for many." (09/29/14)

http://cei.org/content/reforming-education-ultimately-about-choice  

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Five reasons Leonardo DiCaprio can stop worrying about the climate

September 30, 2014
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Jim Lakely Heartland Institute
by Jim Lakely  

"Leo may be part of the 0.01 percent, but he's also in the minority of only 20 percent of Americans who think 'the debate is over' about human-caused global warming. Most Americans rightly find themselves in the global warming 'skeptic' camp -- despite decades of propaganda by the media, public schools, and Hollywood actors like Leo saying human activity has caused a climate crisis. To ease Leo's mind, here are five reasons why he and the rest of us need not be so worried about the climate -- let alone take 'decisive, large-scale action' that will make life miserable for the other 99.98 percent." (09/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qjcum85  

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It’s the inequality, stupid

September 30, 2014
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In These Times
by David Moberg  

"President Barack Obama said last December that inequality is 'the defining challenge of our time.' Americans agree. A Pew survey from June found that 62 percent think the country’s economic system unfairly favors the powerful, and 78 percent believe that too much power is concentrated in the hands of a few large companies. Campaigning against the ongoing takeover of the country by the superrich would seem to be a winning strategy for Democrats, then, as they struggle to hold onto the Senate and pick up a few governor’s seats in November. As a campaign issue, growing economic inequality plays to the Democrats’ image as the party of the little guy and to their brightest moments in power, such as the New Deal, when they made the country much more equal." (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lu5ko5h  

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AWOL

September 30, 2014
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The Cagle Post
by Mark Streeter  

Cartoon. (09/28/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/09/awol/  

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Haiti’s cholera epidemic reveals UN defying its own treaties

September 30, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Makini Brice  

"Haiti may be on the UN General Assembly’s agenda again, but the real confrontation with the Caribbean nation is set to take place in a nearby New York courthouse. Several groups have hit the United Nations with class-action lawsuits over a four-year cholera epidemic that many studies have traced to Nepalese peacekeepers at a UN camp." (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m98j48k  

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Common sense reprieve

September 29, 2014
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"She must still suffer bogus punishment for her non-crime. But at least Shaneen Allen won’t have to rot in prison for up to ten years. What is the charge? Crossing a state border." (09/29/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/09/29/common-sense-reprieve/  

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They have the cash; make them spend it

September 29, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle
by Jon Carroll  

"At least there’s one entity benefiting from the drought: Caltrans. The less rainwater there is, the less conversation there is about leaks on the Bay Bridge. But last week’s rainstorm, which we barely remember -- oh, look, the ground is wet; who knew? -- fired up all the chatter again. Jaxon Van Derbeken, of this very sprawling media company, has been all over this story. He seems to understand more than the engineers themselves; he certainly understands more than me. It’s all about the caulking and the grouting, according to his reporting." (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kwjpedv  

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The fake terror threat used to justify bombing Syria

September 29, 2014
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The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain  

"As the Obama Administration prepared to bomb Syria without congressional or U.N. authorization, it faced two problems. The first was the difficulty of sustaining public support for a new years-long war against ISIS, a group that clearly posed no imminent threat to the 'homeland.' A second was the lack of legal justification for launching a new bombing campaign with no viable claim of self-defense or U.N. approval. The solution to both problems was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat that was branded 'The Khorasan Group.'" (09/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kn22yxa  

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Hayek: The knowledge problem

September 29, 2014
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Jeffrey Tucker Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A. Tucker  

"In order to understand Hayek and to learn from him, you have to be prepared to think alongside him as he writes. His work presumes an open mind that is ready to think about complex topics, most often from the inside out. He is asking and seeking to answer a completely different set of questions than most people are even willing to consider. Most readers are not prepared to consider them. This is a point it took me many years to understand. What changed for me? I needed a visual application of the knowledge problem, something that connected the theory with reality." (09/29/14)

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/hayek-the-knowledge-problem  

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Don’t jump to conclusions (markets are smarter than you or I)

September 29, 2014
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Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"Many pundits, especially highly intelligent liberal pundits, often fall into the trap (fatal conceit?) of assuming that because they can't explain why the market would do something, the market must be wrong. But markets are almost infinitely subtle." (09/29/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/09/_liberal_pundit.html  

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In the next terrorist attack, will we keeping our heads?

September 29, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Imagine it's six months from now. A 19-year-old man walks on to the Mall in Washington on a weekend afternoon. Groups of tourists are walking about from one monument to another. He takes his backpack off his shoulders, reaches in, and removes the semiautomatic rifle he bought a month before at a gun show in Virginia. ... He opens fire on the crowd, and before U.S. Park Police are able to reach him and put him down, he has killed six people and wounded eleven others. ... Now that we have begun a new military engagement in the Middle East, this event or one like it is a possibility -- indeed, probably more of a possibility than it was before. ... And since it's a possibility, we ought to think about what would happen afterward, so we don't completely lose our minds." (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n7soavv  

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America’s radical, underground climate change countermovement

September 29, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Robert Hunziker  

"It’s not new news that a well-funded effort to destroy the sanctity of scientific evidence of climate change has persisted in America for many, many years. It is out in the open and written about in countless articles, the Koch brothers and too many others to name, highjack the news and plant stories wherever and whenever possible, all funded by deep pocket billionaires. It’s a blatant right-wing sell-out of everything democracy ever stood for. And, it’s remarkable that everybody knows all about it! It’s absolutely remarkable, but caution is in order because it’s the unknowns behind their intentions that’s most threatening." (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ltay3qx  

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Individualizing justice in “The Equalizer”

September 29, 2014
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Sam Staley  

"As a libertarian, I believe that human life has objective value and should be protected. To the extent a State exists, it’s most important role is to protect life. As a social scientist and martial-arts centered self-defense coach, I am deeply skeptical that individuals can 'know' enough about an event or circumstance to act on their own to take someone else’s life short of a direct and imminent threat. All individual actions are based on subjective valuations of the choices in front of them, and while they may be rational, they may not be correct. This means that I err on the side of restraint." (09/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nvf4ntt  

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Modi visits America: Washington should recognize another emerging great power

September 29, 2014
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Before becoming prime minister India’s Narendra Modi was barred from receiving a visa to visit the U.S. A rising leader in the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he was tied to deadly sectarian violence. But now, backed by an overwhelming parliamentary majority, he leads one of Asia’s most important powers. The Obama administration is rolling out the red carpet. As it must." (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pb6eszk  

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Why an unequal planet can never be green

September 29, 2014
posted by

Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati  

"What is it going to take to save the planet from environmental devastation? Sheer people power? We certainly saw that on the eve of last week’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York. Some 400,000 marchers packed the streets of Manhattan. Millions more rallied that same day in over 2,600 other actions in 162 countries. Or can simple shaming get world leaders to start seriously addressing the climate change challenge? We saw some serious shaming last week, too." (09/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lmmvxo2  

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The latest war will not be free

September 29, 2014
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"The 1973 abolition of the draft was a worthwhile achievement with an unfortunate effect: divorcing most people from the tangible consequences of war. A lot of parents would be warier of Obama's bombing campaign if they had to contemplate that one day, the gods of war would demand the healthy bodies of their sons and daughters. Young people would be likelier to march in protest if they feared being sent to Syria against their will and returned home in coffins. Most of us are even further removed than the Civil War-era humorist Artemus Ward, who said, 'I have already given two cousins to the war and I stand ready to sacrifice my wife's brother.'" (09/29/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/09/29/the-latest-war-will-not-be-free  

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The crimes of Clovis’s Officer Brent Aguilar, and the pass given by copsuckers

September 29, 2014
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"The only way to excuse what Officer Brent Aguilar did is to make up an imaginary double standard where a crime can't be a crime if the aggressor wears a magical talisman called a badge. And that's what copsuckers are best at." (09/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l5hav33  

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The Japanese deflation myth and the yen’s slump

September 29, 2014
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brendan Brown  

"The slide of the yen since late summer has brought it to a level some 40 percent lower against the euro and US dollar than just two years go. Yet still Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his central bank chief Haruhiko Kuroda warn that they have not won the battle against deflation. That caution is absurd -- all the more so in view of the fact that there was no deflation in the first place." (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ke8bndy  

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Free Thoughts Podcast, 09/29/14

September 29, 2014
posted by

Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by  

"David Kopel joins us this week for a discussion on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: the right to keep and bear arms." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/29/14)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/right-keep-bear-arms  

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The quest for perpetual motion

September 29, 2014
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox  

"In an apparent attempt to establish its identity as a boatload of busybodies, ExxonMobil has been running ads in which a series of adolescents tries to convince other adolescents to become engineers. The young’uns, most of whom come across as pushy and unpleasant, if not positively unbalanced by somebody’s good intentions, ask the mighty questions of our time ..." (09/28/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1309  

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Very dry water, hard-frozen fire and the ostentatious invisible rich

September 29, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"In his New York Times blog on Wednesday ... Paul Krugman complained that America’s rich are obsessed with exhibiting their wealth in the form of 'ostentatious' consumption. ... A mere five days later ... Mr. Krugman gripes that the reason more Americans aren’t infuriated by today’s great income inequality is that 'the truly rich are so removed from ordinary people’s lives that we never see what they have.'" (09/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kaduml6  

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They’re making up stuff

September 29, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"No one had ever heard of a group named 'Khorasan' before: it simply appeared spontaneously, like Minerva from the head of Zeus -- or from the head of some war propagandist somewhere in the bowels of the Pentagon. We are told the very name of this mysterious group was 'classified,' at least according to the dubious Rep. Peter King (R-IRA), but as Glenn Greenwald points out here a great number of anonymous government officials were glad to drop this hot stuff into the eager hands of those court stenographers otherwise known as 'mainstream journalists,' who dutifully 'reported' it as the gospel truth." (09/29/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/09/28/theyre-making-up-stuff/  

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Social Security: The inside story

September 29, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"The Social Security Administration's latest 'Actuarial Note' is as fascinating as actuarial notes get. Its main lessons: 1. Social Security used to be a great deal. ... 2. Social Security remains a very good deal for one-earner couples .... 3. For singles and two-earner couples, Social Security's return has heavily fallen. ... 4. Over time, singles and two-earner couples have become the norm. So the decline in Social Security's return is more pervasive than it looks." (09/26/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/09/the_real_return.html  

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Benefits are not costs

September 29, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Dear Mr. B__________: Disturbed at my and my colleagues' support for free trade, you ask 'how much does a cheap Chinese toaster at the big box store really cost after you factor in the unemployment it caused?' Contrary to your supposition, labor saved by economic activities is a benefit of such activities rather than a cost." (09/25/14)

http://cafehayek.com/2014/09/benefits-are-not-costs.html  

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