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To protect (and create) American jobs, we need less government

July 24, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley  

"Why is the bipartisan contingent concerned about the cheap Korean steel dumping? American job loss. ... They are diagnosing a real problem -- foreign countries dump all kinds of oft-subsidized products here. But they are prescribing the wrong long term solution. To truly fix this -- for the world and forever -- we need less government. Both here and abroad." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nerawu2  

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Ten questions for D. Brian Burghart, founder of Fatal Encounters

July 23, 2014
posted by

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert  

"I was intrigued when I ran across D. Brian Burghart on the web. He is the editor/publisher of the Reno News & Review, a dual-master’s student and journalism instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno. He started Fatal Encounters, http://www.fatalencounters.org, which went live on Feb. 27, 2014, to create a crowd-sourced, objective and comprehensive database of people killed during interactions with police and the circumstances surrounding the killing." (07/22/14)

http://zerogov.com/?p=3514  

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USDA deploys a zealot

July 23, 2014
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The Hill
by Lloyd Billingsley  

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected 'green' food activist Angie Tagtow as executive director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP). Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), says Tagtow will “do great things” but Americans have reason to wonder. As CNPP boss Tagtow will oversee the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), but unlike all others in that position she has not earned a PhD. She has a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Iowa State. Though soft on qualifications, Tagtow is fully on board with USDA mission creep." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p87kobb  

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Will Grigg on The Scott Horton Show

July 23, 2014
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The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Will Grigg, blogger and author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses the police killing of Staten Island resident Eric Garner, who dared to assert his self-ownership to an NYPD officer after breaking up a fight." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/22/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/07/22/072214-will-grigg/  

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Canvas fingerprinting and evercookies: Something new to beware of

July 23, 2014
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"You may have been hearing about it since yesterday: the new way of profiling your computer (and, with enough other data, you) without leaving either traditional cookies or flash cookies on your system. Those cookies you can get rid of. The new 'evercookie' you can't even see -- although your own system created it on orders from a site or sites you visited. The underlying technique is 'canvas fingerprinting.' Here's some not-too-geeky info on how it works." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l9czlts  

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MH17: Our generation’s Franz Ferdinand moment?

July 23, 2014
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spiked spiked
by Frank Furedi  

"Earlier this year, Christopher Clark, author of The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, said: 'Looking at the current crisis in Crimea, there is only one sleepwalker -- Vladimir Putin.' Clark's use of the term 'sleepwalkers' is a reference to the thoughtless manner in which political leaders of the early twentieth century took decisions that unleashed a chain of events culminating in the First World War. Sadly, Clark is wrong to say Putin is the only sleepwalker today. Sleepwalkers are also haunting the chancelleries and foreign offices of Western capitals." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oyksacb  

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Masses for nitwits

July 23, 2014
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Cagle Post
by Mike Luckovich  

Cartoon. (07/22/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/masses-for-nitwits/  

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Reasons libertarians should be skeptical of Uber politics

July 23, 2014
posted by

Skeptical Libertarian
by Marc Scribner  

"Don’t get me wrong, friends of freedom. I love Uber. I use Uber at least once a week. I sympathize with the company being forced to take on entrenched, decades-old taxicab cartels and their captured regulators in order to offer an innovative new service to consumers. Their competition in this stagnant, politically managed market is very much appreciated. But I have noticed two troubling trends: one, Uber's present lobbying strategy is decidedly not one advocating for free markets; and two, many libertarians seem unaware of the first trend and are supporting Uber's political strategy, rather than simply welcoming the improved service offered by the company and its competitors." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qg6mflx  

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Federal court throws out subsidies: What happens now?

July 23, 2014
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Sam Kazman  

"Nine in ten people who enrolled in insurance plans during the law first open enrollment period received subsidies to lower the cost of care, paying an average $69 for out-of pocket for premiums, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Subsidies area available for those making up to 400% of the federal poverty level in 2014, which was about $94,000 for a family of four and $45,000 for individuals. More than five million people enrolled on the federal exchange. These tax credits are available on both state and federal exchanges, but in Tuesday’s 2-1 Halbig vs. Burwell ruling, the federal exchange subsidies were not legal." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oo4aafj  

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Is Medicaid crowd-out the only effect of ObamaCare?

July 23, 2014
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John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"Medicaid 'crowd-out' is the hypothesis that enrolling more people in Medicaid will cause some people to drop private coverage in favor of Medicaid. The rate of crowding out may reach 60 percent. Now, courtesy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), we have evidence that the entire effect of Obamacare so far is to crowd out private coverage." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kob25dv  

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The real isolationists

July 23, 2014
posted by

Come Home America Come Home America
by Chad Nelson  

"If we’re being precise with our language and defining it properly, then isolationism ought to be the goal of any person who understands the routine and predictable fallibility of government. It is a philosophy grounded in historical fact, one based on a multitude of experiences which all point to the extremely limited ability of governments to accomplish their ends. Real isolationism thus seeks not the walling off of America from the rest of the world and its problems, but instead, to isolate only the American government from inserting itself into those problems, thereby creating a bigger shitstorm than already exists. But those who create the political lexicon today have turned the term on its head in Orwellian fashion." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/owmqohp  

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How the other half speaks

July 23, 2014
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox  

"There’s an old expression: 'seeing how the other half lives.' It means looking at people who are different from you, ordinarily people who are richer, and enjoying the spectacle -- cynically, perhaps, or just with a sense of humor. One of the rewards of writing this column is seeing how the other half lives in its world of words." (07/22/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1279  

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A parody of populism

July 23, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Alexander Reid Ross  

"The Sagebrush Rebellion began in Moab, Utah, and created an upheaval in land management policy that is still felt today. Perhaps its most significant outcome can be seen just three hours away in PR Springs, yet hardly anybody knows the place even exists." (07/23/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/23/a-parody-of-populism/  

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Are we sliding into Idiocracy?

July 23, 2014
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Ben Southwood  

"[Idiocracy is] a fairly enjoyable film on its own merits, but the interesting question is whether it says anything about the real world we live in. Arguably it does. Behavioural genetics tells us, as the film suggests, that intelligence is 50-90% driven by genes. And the extent to which intelligence is linked to genes increases through life (suggesting the impact of school & upbringing wears off quickly). This is true for any given socioeconomic class (unless they are exposed to lots of lead pollution or malnutrition or similar big negative environmental shocks). This is true across the world." (07/23/14)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/education/are-we-sliding-into-idiocracy/  

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Beyond left and right

July 23, 2014
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Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"Is British public policy more left wing or right wing, compared to Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Denmark? The Heritage rankings suggest they are about the same, with Denmark coming in at number 10 in the world (at 76.1), Britain number 14 (at 74.9), and Sweden number 20 (at 73.1). And yet the two models differ in many respects." (07/23/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/07/beyond_left_and.html  

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The economics of liberation theology

July 23, 2014
posted by

Acton Institute Acton Institute
by Carroll Rios De Rodriguez  

"How did dependency theory with its socialist-like proposals to solve poverty and the Marxist influence on liberation theology fuse together? One often hears disclaimers to the fact that not all dependency and liberationist writings were Marxist. This is of course true. Novak himself argued that 'liberation theology forms a tapestry much broader than its Marxist part and is woven of many colors.' It is worth stating that the work of carefully distinguishing between the various theoretical foundations suited to liberation theology, as Novak and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) did at the time, is not the same as trivializing the broader Marxist influences. There are some subtle differences between the Ratzinger-Novak caveat and other claims concerning the impact of Marxism." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m2q2pbz  

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The new meaning of “isolationism”

July 23, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The recent rash of attacks on 'isolationism' by leading Republican warmongers is doing nothing but making us isolationists more popular than ever -- and is turning what is supposed to be a marginalizing epithet into a compliment and a political asset for politicians like Sen. Paul. I have news for the Majority Leader: Americans want to be isolated from the violence and chaos of a wacked-out world. Not only that, but they resist the superior 'wisdom' of Washington know-it-alls who say such a policy is neither practical nor possible." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mkcmny6  

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How “crazy negroes” with guns helped kill Jim Crow

July 23, 2014
posted by

Reason Reason
by Thaddeus Russell  

"I have a dream that one day children in seventh grade will have an American history textbook that is not like my son's. Its heroes will not just be people from the past who upheld the middle-class values of modesty, chastity, sobriety, thrift, and industry. The rebels it celebrates will include not only abolitionists, suffragists, labor unionists, and civil rights leaders who confined their protests to peaceful and respectable writing, speaking, striking, and marching. In my dream, schoolchildren will read about people like C.O. Chinn. Chinn was a black man in Canton, Mississippi, who in the 1960s owned a farm, a rhythm and blues nightclub, a bootlegging operation, and a large collection of pistols, rifles, and shotguns with which he threatened local Klansmen and police when they attempted to encroach on his businesses or intimidate civil rights activists working to desegregate Canton and register black residents to vote." (for publication 08/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/07/22/how-crazy-negroes-with-guns-he  

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An abortion act that’s fast-tracked to nowhere

July 23, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Hill
by Wendy McElroy  

"Senate Democrats wish to eliminate almost every legislative gain made on the state level by pro-life activists in recent years. But the bill they propose as a solution is an attempt to federalize abortion and an unconstitutional attack on states' rights. It is also doomed to fail except, of course, in the goal of rousing the Democratic voting blocks of liberals and women." (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lddtgb3  

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ISIS: Yes, Mr. Blair, you did build this

July 23, 2014
posted by

Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"Last month, in a tone which might best be called unlikely insistence, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reassured the public that 'we' -- the UK and United States -- 'have to liberate ourselves from the notion that we caused' the destabilization of Iraq by the ISIS insurgency. Well, actually you did." (07/21/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29482  

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Tax inversion freedom vs. fiscal Berlin Wall

July 23, 2014
posted by

Richard M. Ebeling The Daily Bell
by Richard Ebeling  

"The Obama Administration has proposed its latest form of collectivist control over the American people. In a letter to Congress, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has called for punishment and prohibition of any company that tries to move its headquarters overseas to avoid higher taxes in the United States. Plus, Mr. Lew has the audacity to call his proposed territorial imprisonment of American business 'economic patriotism.'" (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/jvrbpru  

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Blood, treasure and soul: The exorbitant price of the American empire

July 23, 2014
posted by

Come Home America Come Home America
by Mike Marion  

"It is probably safe to assume that most Americans do not think of their country as an empire. As a conservative in my younger years, I might have even labeled the suggestion as anti-American, rationalizing to myself: Sure, we may have strategic military bases around the world and we may use force at times, but it is only for benevolent purposes. We get the bad guys, give the country back to the good guys, and we leave. The US does not try to rule the world. I was wrong." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pugafwa  

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Should doctors and dentists regulate their competitors?

July 23, 2014
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon M. Herrick  

"Medical licensure and the state medical boards that govern the practice of medicine within each state has often been described as a self-regulating cartel. Nobel laureate Milton Friedman and many other economists have argued state licensure restricts the supply of physicians and stifles competition. Medical licensure is purportedly maintained for the protection of the public. But, what should be done when, while in the process of protecting the public from providers of dubious quality, the industry also protects itself from competition?" (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mrf52fk  

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Rand Paul: Less government, more sharing economy

July 23, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee. A new NBC/Marist poll found Paul would be the top GOP vote-getter against Hillary Rodham Clinton in the critical early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Political reporter Chuck Todd duly has proclaimed Paul the Republican front-runner. So I had to see the libertarian-leaning darling Saturday." [editor's note: Been kinda waiting for Ms. Saunders (who's more libertarian than GOPservative, despite her claims to the contrary?) to assess this one ... - SAT] (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m8rctzm  

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Why Putin’s proxy war is an abject failure

July 23, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Christopher A. Preble  

"Vladimir Putin is having a bad week. Someone among the pro-Russian groups in Eastern Ukraine that he has been supporting is likely responsible for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 with 298 innocent civilians onboard. The grim details that have emerged since Thursday have merely added to his shame. Putin’s response, so far, has been to 1) ostentatiously mourn the tragic loss of life, 2) deflect attention, and 3) obfuscate. It isn’t working." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lgob8ag  

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