Commentary

Signs the global “war on drugs” may be ending

October 30, 2014
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Reuters Reuters
by John Collins  

"The contentious debate over international drug policy was potentially transformed a few weeks ago, when the United States strongly reiterated a major shift in policy. William R. Brownfield, assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs summed up the key idea underpinning the shift at the United Nations on Oct. 9. ... The statement is hugely significant as it represents a new diplomatic doctrine and a potential tipping point in efforts to end the disastrous 'war on drugs' that has lasted six decades." (10/28/24)

http://tinyurl.com/qe74zlx  

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The moral blindness of our leading liberals

October 30, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Chris Floyd  

"Behold the quintessential earnest progressive liberal in the highest moral dudgeon: Digby railing with thunderous fury at the possibility (the very distinct possibility) that Barack Obama is going to suppress the Senate’s report on CIA torture. ... Old cynic that I am, I must admit that even my grizzled jaw dropped as I read these words. 'Arguments about the dirty wars and targeted assassination programs alone will go on for generations.' This, again, is from one of our leading liberal lights. She thinks dirty wars -- secret incursions into other nations to murder, subvert, wreak havoc, terrorize -- are open to debate. She thinks that 'targeted assassination programs' ... will be argued about for generations. The morality of death squads and dirty wars is something about which serious, concerned citizens can disagree and debate, apparently." (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l4kcnes  

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World’s private cities yet to attain conditions for success

October 30, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Mark Lutter  

"I have previously written about the theoretical case for private cities. My analysis can be tested against several private cities which are currently being constructed. Here I shall offer a critical overview of three private cities: Eko Atlantic in Nigeria, Lavasa in India, and King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia -- in addition to a discussion of the ZEDEs in Honduras. Understanding these examples holds lessons for future private cities." (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qfb8fpm  

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Learning to love the low road

October 30, 2014
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BK Marcus Foundation for Economic Education
by BK Marcus  

"When I first bought a house at this convergence of high and low, I always drove in and out of the neighborhood along the attractive, residential avenue. Eventually, I started taking the low road, so to speak, if urgency or practicality required it -- but I averted my eyes and regretted living so close to the bulldozers and 18-wheelers. These days, I enjoy driving along the riverside route, alternating views of fenced yards and newly tiled roofs with the parking lots full of vehicles that had to be towed there. (A new sign reads, 'We Buy Junk Cars!')." (10/29/14)

http://fee.org/the_freeman/detail/learning-to-love-the-low-road  

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So, this is what passes for harassment now?

October 30, 2014
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Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"So apparently saying hello, is now promoting rape culture. Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with wishing a beautiful woman a good day. I have a pretty serious problem with dragging her behind a dumpster, and fucking her against her will. How this delineation is lost on feminists escapes my comprehension." (10/29/14)

http://www.christophercantwell.com/2014/10/29/passes-harassment-now/  

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When did Christie & Cuomo go to medical school?

October 30, 2014
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William Greider The Nation
by William Greider  

"Just when you thought the Republican slime ballers had run out of muck, you discover, no, they have more mud to throw at honorable people. And they are not just smearing Barack Obama. This time, they are disparaging the doctors and scientists at the National Institutes of Health and depicting them as weak-willed tools of the Democratic Party. If Americans fall for this, they may get the government they deserve: stripped of honest science and trustworthy decisions. Republicans are not stupid, but they are shameless. They know people are rattled by the stealthy emergence of Ebola and that media hype has reflexively pumped up the danger and public confusion. ... The GOP saw opportunity in unfolding tragedy and rushed to exploit it." (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n5zfamt  

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It’s rarely about the environment anymore

October 30, 2014
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Paul Driessen Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen  

"Back in 1970, when I got involved in the first Earth Day and nascent environmental movement, we had real pollution problems. But over time, new laws, regulations, attitudes and technologies cleaned up our air, water and sloppy industry practices. By contrast, today’s battles are rarely about the environment. As Ron Arnold and I detail in our new book, Cracking Big Green: To save the world from the save-the-Earth money machine, today’s eco-battles pit a $13.4-billion-per-year U.S. environmentalist industry against the reliable, affordable, 82% fossil fuel energy that makes our jobs, living standards, health, welfare and environmental quality possible." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mgtya48  

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Galt’s speech revisited, and my message to all

October 30, 2014
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Norman Imberman Everything Voluntary
by Norman Imberman  

"Yes, deep in your hearts you have believed that too much justice, too much independence, too much self-responsibility, too much self-esteem, too much reason, too much pride, too much productiveness, too much wealth, too much profit and too much happiness are evil and therefore, must be held in check by the collective power of the State. Of course you can never define what standard you use to determine what constitutes 'too much.' In fact, to many of you, life itself is considered a sin to be paid for by harboring feelings of guilt and requiring confessions to mystics to absolve yourselves from the sin of being born. However, there is no such thing as too much virtue. The Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union collapsed as a result of abandoning those virtues." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o3nw4jh  

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A note on the empirics of minimum wage studies

October 30, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"In particular, it’s plausible (although not certain) that, absent minimum-wage legislation or any significant threat of such legislation being enacted, entrepreneurs would experiment with enterprises using lots of low-skilled labor relative to other inputs. For example, (and I here just speculate, because I’m no entrepreneur), a firm might arise that uses legions of low-skilled workers to deliver advertising fliers door to door, or uses legions of low-skilled workers to canvas neighborhoods offering to do light gardening work. But because we are burdened by minimum-wage legislation, and have been burdened by it for so long now without any reasonable prospect of its repeal, no one bothers even to think along the lines of creating such enterprises." (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n65repm  

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The fallacy of the left-right paradigm

October 30, 2014
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nick Coughlin  

"According to many of the so-called American left, libertarianism is the radical extension of American Republicanism ideology. It is amusing to those of us who identify as libertarians to read such things as the truth of elections, policy and rhetoric say otherwise. Further irony can be found in that many American liberals seem to feel somehow removed from what they cast off as the 'right' when they claim themselves to be the 'left.' This is largely a result of the differences between both parties being entirely rhetorical." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p3tjoxm  

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Terkel’s torch-bearers

October 30, 2014
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In These Times In These Times
by Theo Anderson  

"In San Francisco, activists with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project are inviting people who have been evicted to record their stories. The goal is to document and resist the city's rapid gentrification by creating a website that connects the stories to a map of evictions. This website is expected to launch next year. Projects like this are part of a recent flourishing in the art of oral history. Studs Terkel, its most famous advocate, died in 2008, but his legacy thrives. Practitioners continue to believe oral history can be a powerful tool for building the progressive movement." (10/29/14)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17248/terkels_torch_bearers  

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Ebola emergencies and questionable quarantines

October 30, 2014
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"In a 1993 decision upholding the involuntary hospitalization of a Newark man with tuberculosis, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Donald Goldman noted that 'the claim of 'disease' in a domestic setting has the same kind of power as the claim of 'national security' in matters relating to foreign policy.' Goldman's point is worth keeping in mind as states such as New York and New Jersey implement quarantine policies that most experts view as a panicky overreaction to the potential threat posed by medical workers returning from Africa after treating Ebola patients." (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lkrd7jf  

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The Rare Report Podcast, 10/29/14

October 30, 2014
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The Rare Report The Rare Report
by  

"In this episode of The Rare Report ... Are we ready for another Bush in White House? Hillary says businesses don't create jobs, So, who creates them? Did Rand Paul just give the most important foreign policy speech of our lifetime?" [Flash audio or MP3] (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k5pge28  

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Gimme a fucking break, Joe

October 29, 2014
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"We already knew Joe Biden was a useful idiot for the 'Green' (actually greenwashed) or 'Progressive' wing of corporate capital, because of his indignation over the 'theft' of 'intellectual property.' He denounced 'stealing' songs or movies as morally equivalent to a 'smash-and-grab at Macy's' -- and in keeping with that belief has supervised FBI actions to shut down alleged 'file-sharing' websites, based entirely on executive fiat, from Disney headquarters. But as demonstrated by his recent scolding on the state of America’s infrastructure (Emily Badger, 'Joe Biden is very angry at us for skimping on America’s infrastructure,' Washington Post, Oct. 21), that’s not the only aspect of the 'Progressive' Capitalist model he endorses." (10/29/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/33082  

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Who DIDN’T get rich in Congress?

October 29, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"CQ Roll Call came out with its annual list of members of Congress by wealth. California politicians have done well for themselves. GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, who made a small fortune in car alarms before running for office, leads the list with a net worth of $357 million. ... Roll Call reports. Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘s net worth is $43 million. She’s No. 9. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi placed 14th with a net worth of $29 million. Sen. Barbara Boxer was No. 175 with a net worth of $1.1 million. There are 188 millionaires in Congress. ... But you’ve read about the rich guys and gals on Capitol Hill before. I found it interesting how many politicians don’t claim many assets at all. " (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ndpucyz  

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Student censors: The children of an academy in crisis

October 29, 2014
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spiked spiked
by Tom Slater  

"Today, students' union are trampling students' free speech and diminishing the purpose of the university in the process. It's not difficult to find examples of this happening. In the past year alone, University College London Union (UCLU) banned a Nietzsche reading group because they deemed it fascist; the London School of Economics Students' Union (LSESU) disbanded its own rugby club for distributing sexist flyers; and the University of Derby Students' Union (UDSU) briefly banned all UKIP members from campus on the basis that Farage and Co posed a threat to student safety. But perhaps it's too easy to lay the blame solely at the feet of these hysterical students' unions, as if Generation Y, by some bizarre twist of genetic fate, was spawned with a default, factory setting of 'belligerent' and 'borderline deranged.' While I've nothing against bashing students -- I spend a lot of my time doing it -- it's simply not the whole story." (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kho36wk  

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A Republican Congress?

October 29, 2014
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Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"The midterm elections are now less than a week away, and the evidence increasingly suggests, if not a Republican wave, at least a strong ripple. The Washington Post is now looking at a 93 percent chance of a GOP Senate takeover, while the New York Times’s Upshot blog puts the chance at 70 percent. Statistician Nate Silver offers a less rosy view, but still a robust 63 percent chance. Not a guarantee, then, but certainly leaning the Republicans’ way. But what would a Republican-controlled Congress actually mean?" (10/29/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/republican-congress  

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I pledge allegiance …

October 29, 2014
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by The Dissident Dad  

"A pledge, of course, is a vow, an oath, or a commitment. Allegiance is defined as loyalty, devotion, and obedience. In fact, the antonyms for allegiance are treachery and disloyalty. Crazy when you think about it, right? Do we really want our kids pledging obedience and loyalty to the U.S. federal government? Especially when the pledge itself is masked with a lie. I mean, it ends with, 'with liberty and justice for all.' Now that’s a crock of shit right there." (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pdwec9h  

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Breaking news: Paul Ehrlich still wrong about population

October 29, 2014
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"There’s a story floating around about how new studies show that even if there’s another world war, or some mass pandemic, the human population of the world is going to keep on rising. That’s true, for most of those who are going to have children in the coming decades are already alive and we’ve a reasonable enough idea of how many children each of them is likely to have. The bit that caught my eye though is that the paper is edited by Paul Ehrlich. That’s usually a sign that there’s going to be something wrong with it. And so there is ..." (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pwso922  

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House could get even nuttier after this election

October 29, 2014
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"With all the attention focused on the Senate in next Tuesday's elections, it would be easy to forget that there's an election for the House happening as well. The consensus is that Republicans will probably add a few seats to their majority -- not a defeat, but not a blow-out victory either. Which means that nothing changes, right? Well, not exactly. ... House Republicans will get even more conservative, something you may not have thought possible." (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/np8bkzh  

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The decline and fall of the west

October 29, 2014
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Libertarian Alliance The Libertarian Alliance
by Stewart Cowan  

"I am picking up on today’s post, Sanity and Insanity, from Frank Davis, who is reporting on the EU’s economic suicide to agree to massive CO2 emission cuts. He has also posted a very creepy short segment of an interview with Ted Turner. It all leads to the same conclusion: the one I have been banging on about." (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n3vcvbb  

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Hillary Rodham Stalin

October 29, 2014
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Neither Hillary nor Obama have created actual values during their entire lives so how should they be expected to understand the workings of economics. Their political careers have been dedicated instead to an ideologically driven war against private business and private enterprise. They stand for big government. They advocate statism, collectivism and socialism. They have yet to learn much less understand the starkly malevolent economic lesson presented by the old Soviet Union." (10/29/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/10/hillary-rodham-stalin.html  

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American Whore Story

October 29, 2014
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The Cagle Post
by John Darkow  

Cartoon. (10/28/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/10/american-whore-story/  

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Polling irony: Economy is rigged; GOP can fix it

October 29, 2014
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Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

“'It's the economy, stupid' is from a sign that hung in the Clinton 'war room' during the 1992 election. The point was that the economy was the only thing that really mattered in the election. This election is a statement that the economy is not working for people. However else you analyze what happens next week, this is the core of all of it. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows why the Republicans are doing so well in the polls right now." [editor's note: Again, they might have gotten different results with broader questions, but I still keep seeing that cartoon with the car between the walls ... "Let's try reverse again..." - SAT] (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mb9c9ed  

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A congressman’s job

October 29, 2014
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Not only has [US Representative Justin] Amash voted with his party over 80 percent of the time, he's voted against former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi more than any other Representative. But there's something more impressive about Amash, as Rare points out. He has voted every chance he got. He has the longest tardy-free voting record in Congress. And, furthermore, Amash explains, via social media, every vote he makes. That is, he does his job. No wonder lobbyists don't like him." (10/29/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/10/29/a-congressmans-job/  

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