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Electoral votes matter: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump

May 3, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Doug Johnson Hatlem  

"Now that Clinton is the presumptive nominee, it's time to breathlessly note that Clinton has been up in 50 straight national polls. 50! But electoral votes matter most, right? And we now have a critical mass of state level polling that may give some people pause at a contested Democratic convention. Electoral maps of the United States using standard methods for judging what is possible show Sanders beating Trump without question while Trump remains competitive with Clinton. Most importantly, for seventeen possible swing or purple states, Sanders is polling better than Clinton in fifteen of them. The other two, Nevada and Arkansas, do not yet have polling." (05/03/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/03/electoral-votes-matter-hillary-clinton-or-bernie-sanders-vs-donald-trump/  

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Happy Earth Day: How to use capitalism to bring us abundant, cheap and emission-free energy

May 3, 2016
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The Cobden Centre
by Ralph Benko  

"One of the loudest and most fruitless political disputes in Washington has been about climate change. If you're even vaguely concerned about climate change, take note: The political climate itself may be changing. Capitalism to the rescue!" (05/03/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/05/happy-earth-day-how-to-use-capitalism-to-bring-us-abundant-cheap-and-emission-free-energy/  

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Light, metal, shadow: The freedom of welding

May 3, 2016
posted by

Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III  

"I suppose my first serious exposure to the trade, craft, and art of welding came during a brief five-month stint I did working for a railroad company. Technically, my job title was that of forklift driver, loading and unloading rail cars when freight came in to a small ex-airport on the Vermont side of the Connecticut River. On days when no such freight arrived, I crossed that geographical (and imaginary political) boundary east into New Hampshire to go to work repairing and maintaining those rail cars -- some of which, in a small percentage of cases -- dated back to the 1960s or 1970s, though rarely do railroad cars last that long. Coupled with the almost endless battery of federal regulations the entire railroad industry is subjected to, after about 30 years of service, on average, most rail cars are relegated to scrap iron." (05/03/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/light-metal-shadow-freedom-of-welding  

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Asset forfeiture and the income tax

May 3, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tate Fegley  

"While you are likely still recovering from Tax Day, don't be lulled into thinking that the pain is over. Your property is never fully safe from government confiscation. One of the few areas of innovation in which the state excels is how to extract ever more wealth from the productive class, and one of the fastest growing sources of revenue for insatiable governments is civil asset forfeiture (CAF)." (05/03/16)

https://mises.org/blog/asset-forfeiture-and-income-tax  

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The Jason Stapleton Program, 05/02/16

May 3, 2016
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The Jason Stapleton Program
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"I'm going to warn you that this is going to be a difficult episode for those of you with delicate sensibilities. I've been frustrated over the last few weeks because I’ve realized that most of the blowback I get from my positions come not from progressives or conservatives but rather from libertarians." [various formats] (05/02/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/the-boycott-of-target-and-al-sadr-strikes-the-heart-of-bagdad/  

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Cop Block Radio, episode 116

May 3, 2016
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Cop Block Cop Block
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"This week on Copblock Radio our hosts were myself (Severin Freeman) from Lehigh Valley Copblock, Rick Gonzalez of Allentown Copblock, Matt Taylor of Carbon County Copblock and Brian Sumner of Cop Block Fresno." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/03/16)

http://www.copblock.org/158654/cbr-ep-116-life-after-police/  

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Free Talk Live, 05/02/16

May 3, 2016
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Bitcoin's Secret Creator Revealed? :: Backing and Bitcoin :: Torn Between Currencies :: Govts Promoting Tourism :: James in AZ :: More About Craig Wright Claiming to Be Satoshi Nakamoto :: Bitcoin Mining :: Satoshi's Identity Doesn't Matter :: Block Size Debate :: No Power, No Bitcoin :: Business Bitcoin Outreach :: Open Source Licenses :: Non Aggression Principle." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/02/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-05-02  

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Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show, 05/02/16

May 3, 2016
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Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show
by  

"Alicia Dern, Libertarian candidate for vice presidency." [various formats] (05/02/16)

http://internetradiopros.com/freedomworks/?p=episode&name=2016-05-02_zfws050216.mp3  

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How I became a libertarian and an Austrian economist

May 3, 2016
posted by

Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  

"I suppose I can date my interest in both libertarianism and Austrian Economics from the day I was born. The doctor grabbed me by my little feet, turned me upside down and spanked my tiny bottom. I began to cry out. That is when I realized the fundamental axiom that, 'man acts.' In addition, I appreciated that what the doctor had done was in violation of the 'non-aggression' principle. The rest is history. Well ... maybe not quite." (05/02/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/became-libertarian-austrian-economist/  

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I’m so fed up, I’m suing the TSA

May 3, 2016
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Iain Murray Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray  

"Earlier this year, I bit the bullet and obtained TSA PreCheck as part of the Global Entry package that the security folks offer frequent international travelers. Global Entry really speeds up re-entry into the United States, and I'm really happy with it. PreCheck is supposed to expedite your travel through the security processes at domestic airports and give you 'a better air travel experience.' Last week, traveling to Dallas for an excellent Institute for Justice conference on occupational licensing, I was randomly selected at Dulles Airport to go through additional screening, which meant I had to go through one of the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) body scanners in any event. I hate those, and avoiding them is one of the reasons I applied for PreCheck in the first place (the alternative is an intrusive pat down)." (05/02/16)

https://cei.org/content/i%E2%80%99m-so-fed-i%E2%80%99m-suing-tsa  

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Drafting women means equality in slavery

May 3, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Sadly, some opponents of the warfare state, including some libertarians, support the draft on the grounds that a draft would cause a mass uprising against the warfare state. Proponents of this view point to the draft's role in galvanizing opposition to the Vietnam War. This argument ignores that fact that it took several years and the deaths of thousands of American draftees for the anti-Vietnam War movement to succeed. A variation on this argument is that drafting women will cause an antiwar backlash as Americans recoil form the idea of forcing mothers into combat. But does anyone think the government would draft mothers with young children? Reinstating the draft will not diminish the war party's influence as long as the people continue to believe the war propaganda fed to them by the military-industrial complex's media echo chamber." (05/02/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-drafting-women-means-equality-slavery  

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Venezuela engages witchcraft

May 3, 2016
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TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle  

"Facing an economic crisis, Venezuela is throwing everything at the wall, in the hopes that something sticks. When a ship is about to sink, everybody races for the lifeboats. When a Government starts to sink, they employ various versions of witchcraft. Printing money is a popular one. Unfortunately, that starts leading to runaway inflation, and the government has to print even more. Rinse, Repeat. There are classic photos of wheelbarrows of cash being taken to market in pre-WWII Germany to buy a loaf of bread. For about twenty five bucks you can get a Trillion Dollar Bill from Zimbabwe." (05/02/16)

http://timslagle.com/comedy/venezuela-engages-witchcraft.html  

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Uber for banks is here and it’s throwing regulators for a loop

May 3, 2016
posted by

David Henderson Foundation for Economic Education
by David R Henderson  

"SoFi doesn't take deposits, so it's FDIC-free. The firm isn't a bank, at least in that sense of the word. Instead, SoFi raises money for its loans, most recently $1 billion from SoftBank and the hedge fund Third Point, in exchange for about a quarter of the company. SoFi uses this expanded balance sheet to make loans and then securitize many of them to sell them off to investors so it can make more loans. Yes, this sounds like what was happening before the subprime meltdown. But with a highly tuned algorithm and a carefully selected book of loans, instead of the 'No Doc' free-for-all that caused the financial crisis." (05/02/16)

https://fee.org/articles/uber-for-banks-is-here/  

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Statism involves using force

May 3, 2016
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Statist North Carolina Republican senator Richard Burr, together with statist California Democrat senator Dianne Feinstein, are conspiring to make a law that would force tech companies to assist law enforcement agencies in breaking into encrypted electronic devices belonging to suspected criminals or terrorists. You see, the hallmark of statism is using force to accomplish political ends and statists aren't the least bit shy about doing so by violating the United States Constitution. Privacy advocates are criticizing the measure as a grave threat to consumer privacy, and it surely is all of that, but it is also a grave threat to the constitutional rights of business owners." (05/02/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/05/statism-involves-using-force.html  

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Dear Indiana: You’re not getting killed on trade

May 3, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Scott Lincicome  

"Trump will spend the next several days cruising around the Hoosier State reciting his usual stump speech about the devastating effects of free trade on the state's manufacturing sector and economy more broadly -- a problem Trump alone (of course) can fix through tariffs and 'better trade deals.' Proof of this devastation once again comes from Trump’s angry references to the now-infamous video showing Carrier management informing some Indiana employees they were moving some production, and production jobs, to Mexico. A simple glance at the facts, however, reveals the Carrier anecdote to utterly unrepresentative of the economic situation in Indiana. Indeed, there may be no state in the country that, at least on paper, should be less amenable to Trump's doomsday message about trade and American manufacturing." (05/02/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/dear-indiana-youre-not-getting-killed-trade  

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The drug war is state-sanctioned murder

May 3, 2016
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Cop Block Cop Block
by Lorelei McFly  

"[T]hird article in a series on how the 'War on Drugs' is state-sanctioned theft, rape, murder, and class warfare." (05/02/16)

http://www.copblock.org/158784/drug-war-is-state-sanctioned-murder/  

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What abortion has to do with the minimum wage

May 3, 2016
posted by

The Nation The Nation
by Zoe Carpenter  

"What does abortion have to do with the minimum wage? Both are in the news, with ongoing fallout from the Planned Parenthood sting videos and attacks on abortion access continuing at the state level, while political candidates are centering wages, equal pay, and other issues of economic security in their campaigns. But these discussions are mostly happening separately, overlooking the ways in which access to reproductive healthcare is inextricably tied up in a woman’s ability to support herself and her family financially.  We know, for instance, that two-thirds of minimum-wage workers are women, and that the low wage floor leaves many below the poverty level. We also know that women have a greater chance of escaping poverty, or avoiding it in the first place,  if they’re able to control when and if to have children." (05/02/16)

http://www.thenation.com/article/what-abortion-has-to-do-with-the-minimum-wage  

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Cheating cops destroy a man; courts now victimizing him further

May 3, 2016
posted by

Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Two Joliet cops stopped a car for turning without signaling in the early hours of March 18, 2011. The car's owner, Elijah Manuel, was in the passenger seat. One of the cops pulled him out of the car and forced him to the ground, shouting 'You remember me: I got you now you fucking nigger.' Four more cops arrived. They searched the car, ripping up the floor mats and slashing the steering wheel. Manuel was also searched and cuffed. They found a bottle of vitamins and field tested them. They were not drugs. The cops lied about the results, saying the pills tested positive for ecstasy. They arrested Manuel. The vitamins failed another drug test at the station. Instead of releasing Manuel, the police further falsified their report." (05/02/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/cheating-cops-destroy-a-man-courts-now-victimizing-him-further  

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How fracking funds the radical right

May 3, 2016
posted by

The New Republic The New Republic
by Audrea Lim  

"Harold Hamm, as Gary Sernovitz describes him in The Green and the Black, is a quintessential rags-to-riches American success story. The shack-raised Hamm 'talked like a hick' and also repaired cars and pumped gas before becoming an Oklahoma oilman, with decades of successes and failures that amounted to a fairly unextraordinary career. Then horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') technology arrived. This could unlock the vast oil and gas reserves throughout America that were trapped beneath impermeable shale rocks -- in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Permian, and Marcellus regions -- and that had long ago been written off by industry as inaccessible, second-rate. In fact, by the twenty-first century, all the onshore reserves in the lower 48 were thought to be near tapped out. But within less than a decade, the 'shale revolution' (fracking boom) transformed the U.S. into the world’s leading producer of oil and gas." (05/02/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133201/fracking-funds-radical-right  

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Quite so, let’s blow up the Town and Country Planning Acts

May 3, 2016
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"Our problems are caused by the current regulation of who may build what where. The solution to our problems is thus to change who may build what and where. [A]nd given that the only time that market did solve this problem it was by being allowed to build where people actually wanted to live then that should be the system we return to. Other countries have much this system and do not have problems with their housing." (05/02/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/quite-so-lets-blow-up-the-town-and-country-planning-acts  

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Who cares who invented Bitcoin?

May 3, 2016
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Reuters Reuters
by Richard Beales  

"It really shouldn’t matter who conceived of bitcoin. There’s historical curiosity, of course, and a legacy of sorts for the way in which one or more people showed vision and coding smarts to create the cryptocurrency and related technology, particularly the blockchain ledger. It’s all now supposed to have a life of its own, however. If it didn’t, it would defeat the purpose. ... Bitcoin as a currency gets its appeal because of a pre-defined and limited supply which gives it immunity from the whims of virtual monetary policymakers, unlike government-issued fiat money. And blockchain technology allows the majority of bitcoin users to decide upon the accuracy of a ledger of past transactions, a method of near-instant trade confirmation that’s viewed as foolproof and tamper-proof. That is of great interest to banks and others in the financial industry." (05/02/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/05/02/who-cares-who-invented-bitcoin  

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To repeat my self

May 3, 2016
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez  

"One of the greatest victories for gay rights, and women's rights for that matter, was Heller et alia v. District of Columbia. ... For those of you who don't want to bother to look this up or remember the case, one of the original plaintiffs was a homosexual who wished to go heeled to defend himself from 'gay bashers' (as in bash in gay people's heads with baseball bats). Homosexuals have the absolute right to defend themselves from assault and forcible oppression, which requires that they have the right to arm themselves in self-defense. One of the pretexts for passing the 14th Amendment was to overturn state laws denying ex-slaves and other Black people the right to arm themselves in self defense. Black People have the absolute right to defend themselves from assault and forcible oppression, which requires that they have the right to arm themselves in self-defense." (05/01/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle870-20160501-04.html  

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Why Indiana matters

May 3, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Randy E Barnett  

"When I was growing up just across the border from Hammond, Indiana, I never imagined that the fate of the U.S. and its Constitution would one day be in the hands of Indiana voters. Yet, tomorrow a relative handful of Hoosier Republicans can determine the future of the country while millions like me sit and watch what they do. Indiana matters so much because we have a 'republican' rather than a 'democratic' Constitution. A democratic constitution views 'We the People' as a group, so a 'democratic constitution' is needed to create a government that allows the 'will of the people' to prevail. And the 'people’s will' must be the desires of the majority, not everyone." (05/02/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/05/02/indiana-primary-donald-trump-ted-cruz-republican-constitution-supreme-court-column/83820168  

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The Tom Woods Show, episode 652

May 3, 2016
posted by

The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
by  

"Donald Trump's April 2016 speech before the Center for the National Interest has sparked discussion, controversy, and debate. Was it really a call for an America First foreign policy? Scott Horton walks through it with us." [various formats] (05/02/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-652-that-donald-trump-foreign-policy-speech/  

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A much better option

May 2, 2016
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"[E]ven if some option is indeed the best available, it should be understood correctly. Myths about it ought to be exposed. People should realistically understand that option's limitations rather than romantically cling to the belief that that option possesses splendid features that, in fact, it doesn't possess. A slice of cheesecake might be my tastiest option for desert, but I would suffer in the long run were I to convince myself that eating cheesecake is also a means of losing weight. Second, for most its uses today majoritarian representative democratic decision-making in fact is not our best option." (05/02/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/05/a-much-better-option.html  

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