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The debate over free [sic] community college

July 29, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Emily Deruy  

"This fall, Cesar Sanchez, 18, will do something he never thought possible. He'll enroll at Southwest Tennessee Community College through a state program called Tennessee Promise, which lets students complete two years of community college at no cost [sic]. ... While the Obama administration's proposal to make community college free [sic] languishes in the Beltway, several states, including Tennessee, are moving ahead with their own plans to make earning an associate's degree as standard as a high-school diploma." [editor's note: Of course it's not "free" or "at no cost." It's just that someone other than the end use is paying the cost - TLK] (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ofuw36j  

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Freedom Feens Radio, 07/28/15

July 29, 2015
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
by  

"James Babb, Jim Jesus and Dan Greene talk about the cancer that is socialism, cops are tracking your phone but don't want your phone tracking them, and Rahm Emanuel turns into the old square farts from Footloose." [various formats] (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n9w873f  

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Why voters don’t trust Hillary Clinton

July 29, 2015
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"Voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia think Hillary Clinton is not honest or trustworthy. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, a mere 34 percent of Colorado voters think she can be trusted; 62 percent do not. In Iowa, those numbers are 33 percent to 59; in Virginia, Clinton is underwater on trust, too, 39 percent to 55 percent. Clinton's conduct is catching up with her." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nky2oo3  

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Politicians want to block your use of encryption

July 28, 2015
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Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Congress is trying to block your use of encryption. They say they're doing it for public safety. Maybe we should hand them our keys too, perhaps give them all of our credit card numbers. In the meantime, I took the following, two simple actions. I invite you to do likewise." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pquols7  

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TPP undermines user control and that’s disastrous for accessibility

July 28, 2015
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Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Maira Sutton  

"The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens all users' ability to access information and participate in culture and innovation online, but it's especially severe for those with disabilities or who otherwise depend on content in accessible formats. That's because it doubles down on broken policies that were heavily lobbied for by Hollywood and other major publishers that impede the distribution of accessible works." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nlhbplb  

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The money primary

July 28, 2015
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Our Future
by Jim Hightower  

"In this exclusive election, Jeb is way out front of the GOP pack with a record haul of $100 million, while Hillary has bagged $45 million to lead among the Dems. Hold on. Here come the Koch brothers from out of nowhere, overwhelming all the other campaigns with nearly a billion dollars for their secretive effort to put the presidency under their private control. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s corporate-friendly Citizens United ruling, running for America’s highest office in our democratic republic has been perverted into a gold rush. Candidates shamelessly grub for cash, molding their policy proposals to fit the narrow interests of plutocratic elites." (07/28/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150728/the-money-primary  

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Fighting for free speech at private universities

July 28, 2015
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Dashaya Foreman  

"Simply put, private universities generally have the right to restrict expression as they see fit, and often times do so within an adopted set of values or principles which students are expected to uphold. However, censoring and punishing speech goes against the concept of intellectual freedom and undermines the benefits of attending a liberal arts institution. Though private universities largely are not bound by the First Amendment, there are several precautionary measures students can take to ensure their freedom of speech is protected on campus. The first of these is to educate yourself." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oltaay2  

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Liberty still has a fighting chance

July 28, 2015
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Lawrence W. Reed Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed  

"People obsessed with economic equality do strange things. They become envious of others. They covet. They divide society into two groups: villains and victims. They spend far more time dragging somebody down than they do pulling anybody up. They're not fun to be around. And if they make it to a legislature, they can do real harm. Then they not only call the cops -- they are the cops. If economic inequality is an ailment, punishing effort and success is no cure in any event." (07/28/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/liberty-still-has-a-fighting-chance  

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How egalitarianism became a microaggression

July 28, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Tom Slater  

"Racism ain't what it used to be. Time was, if you were racist, you bloody well knew it. It was a conscious thing; a toxic belief in your own superiority over people who happen to have a different skin colour to you. No more. In an age when schoolchildren's playground banter can be chalked up as a 'racist incident,' and TV presenters are pilloried for mumbling un-PC nursery rhymes, racism has become recast as a kind of bad etiquette, where merely saying the wrong thing, even unintentionally, is enough to mark you out as a moral leper. Now, to the ever-growing list of what's racist we can add refusing to believe in the completely constructed and repulsive category of race in the first place." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ons6ncd  

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Why Donald Trump matters

July 28, 2015
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"The political press is struggling over how exactly to report on Donald Trump. On one hand, we absolutely love covering him -- Trump's intoxicating combination of boorishness, ignorance, tactlessness, and overconfidence, all wrapped up in a gold-plated package, is utterly irresistible as copy. On the other hand, we feel a little guilty about it, as though we know it's bad for us and bad for the public. Which is what produces the endless assurances that, despite his rather remarkable strength in the polls, you should rest assured that he is not going to be his party's nominee." (07/26/15)

http://prospect.org/article/why-donald-trump-matters  

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McArdle (and the Pope) on air conditioning

July 28, 2015
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Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"Megan McArdle has a most enjoyable piece on air conditioning. It is true that when we Europeans are traveling, sometimes it is more difficult to 'adjust' to air conditioning than to the time zone. We have the impression that Americans like their buildings to be chilly in the summer, and comfortably hot in the winter. While we may appreciate this as a formidable victory of Man over natural difficulties, we are used to putting on our jackets when we walk outside, not inside buildings. McArdle explains well how these cultural differences have little to do with climate moralism, and more with average summer temperature. ... McArdle's piece reminded me of Pope Bergoglio's condemnation of air conditioning. More specifically, Bergoglio thinks A-C is the quintessential example of a need induced by market forces (i.e. companies that spend big on advertising) and not by genuine necessity." (07/28/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/07/mcardle_and_the.html  

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The freedom to move: Personal liberty or government control, part 2

July 28, 2015
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Richard M. Ebeling The Daily Bell
by Richard M Ebeling  

"Opponents of more open immigration sometimes argue that the arrival of more immigrants means the threatened loss of jobs for those already living in the country. The often-implicit assumption behind this argument is that there are a fixed number of jobs in the country, and if more workers enter the labor market, by definition any work gained by one of the new arrivals must mean lost employment for someone else already there. As long as there are unsatisfied wants that more production could gratify, then there is always more work for more hands to do." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ppmowbm  

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A fourth economic fallacy about Greece

July 28, 2015
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Mises Canada
by Patrick Barron  

"Recently I posted a short essay listing three economic fallacies about the Greek crisis. The three were (1) the euro is too strong a currency for Greece, (2) debasing its own currency will allow Greece to export its way to recovery and prosperity, and (3) instituting its own currency will allow the Greek government to avoid unpopular austerity measures. To this I have added a fourth: that a currency must be backed by a political power with taxing authority. Here is my short explanation that explains why this statement is fallacious: 4. A currency must be backed by a political power with taxing authority." (07/28/15)

http://mises.ca/posts/blog/a-fourth-economic-fallacy-about-greece/  

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If spending is our military strategy, our strategy is bankrupt

July 28, 2015
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Mateski  

"Even today, few deny the long arm of US military might. After all, the US military exhausted the Soviet Union, crushed Saddam Hussein, and drove Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda into hiding. To what should we attribute these triumphs? Some would say US planning and foresight. Others would mention the hard work and dedication of US soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Still others would point to the application of superior technology. All would be correct to some degree, but each of these explanations disregards the fact that for more than a lifetime, the United States has wildly outspent its military competitors." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pqtgsar  

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Will Kasich’s anti-green resume kill his presidential hopes?

July 28, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Harvey Wasserman  

"Kasich will ultimately have to be heard on an issue that could decide [Ohio's] financial and industrial future. For Ohio's teetering economy, sinking yet another $3 billion into obsolete fossil/nuke burners would be suicidal. Germany, California and other advanced powers are now transition into a future defined by green power. If Kasich continues to steer Ohio away, the state is doomed to obsolescence and decline. ... Kasich is well positioned to become at least the GOP's Vice-Presidential nominee. Ohio is always a key swing state, making the governor a valuable geographic asset. As a candidate, where he stands on the future of energy will be heavily scrutinized. Thus far he seems firmly in the Koch camp, supporting the billionaire brothers' attacks on any energy source that threatens their gargantuan investments in obsolete fossil fuels/nukes." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qem6hhr  

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Putin ready for European pivot East to Russia & China: Are you?

July 28, 2015
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Ron Holland Pravda.ru [Russian state media]
by Ron Holland  

"Today Greece is a tiny microcosm of much of Southern and Eastern Europe. All have too much government debt owed to distant mega banks, massive underemployment, weak energy starved economies and rule by distant, unelected, EU bureaucrats. These problems are combined with minimal prospects for new sources of government funding and private investment. The solution is not to be found with the failing EU but rather looking east toward energy rich Russia and wealthy China ready to do business with Europe. The new China Silk Road Eurasian land bridge with highway, pipeline, rail and infrastructure development that will bring together China, Central Asia, Russia and Europe may well be the singular investment opportunity of the 21st century." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/osxetx2  

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Scandal-less

July 28, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"In the 15 states voters have enacted term limits for their state representatives and senators, those politicians and the lobbyists and heads of powerful interest groups constantly complain that the limits are a problem. I know. That's why I like term limits. Am I a broken record on the subject? Perhaps. But let me tell you about a different type of record ... criminal." (07/28/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/07/28/scandal-less/  

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How to deal with China

July 28, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The New York Times recently carried a story detailing China's increasing economic clout around the world, brought about by billions of dollars in cash and grandiose socialist projects in targeted countries. ... Not surprisingly, this phenomenon has U.S. officials terribly concerned, especially as they see much of the world turn against the United States for the way it extends its hand of friendship -- through invasions, occupations, wars of aggression, support of brutal dictatorial regimes, coups, regime-change operations, troops, military aid, torture, and foreign military bases. So how are U.S. officials responding to these overtures of foreign friendship by the Chinese government? Viewing China as an economic 'rival' who is seen as becoming overly 'aggressive' and 'assertive,' U.S. officials are responding in the same way they always have to the socialist world -- by becoming more socialist than the socialist regimes they view as 'rivals.'" (07/28/15)

http://fff.org/2015/07/28/deal-china/  

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How not to promote economic equality

July 28, 2015
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"At the Washington Post, Max Ehrenfreund argues ('Hillary Clinton's top goal as president could be effectively impossible to achieve,' July 20) that Hillary Clinton may be hampered in her stated goal of raising middle class incomes and reducing economic inequality by factors beyond her control. These factors include forces such as 'technological automation and globalization,' which -- along with competition from Chinese manufacturing -- have devalued semi-skilled labor and driven down wages. But the real problem is not that these things are forces of nature like glaciers or continental drift, beyond our control. They're the result of a system of power that promotes certain institutional arrangements, because those arrangements serve the interests of those who control the system. The problem is that Clinton is a part of that system of power and she shares its underlying assumptions." (07/28/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/39202  

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Two burritos for breakfast

July 28, 2015
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Veronique de Rugy Reason
by Veronique de Rugy  

"McDonald's started posting calorie counts on all its menus in September 2012. The move was partially a response to a proposed 2011 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule affecting chain restaurants and large vending machine operators. Under the rule, calories must be displayed on all menus and menu boards, while other nutritional information -- including calories from fat, cholesterol, sugars, and protein -- must be made available in writing upon request. ... McDonald's began offering nutritional information more than three years before the FDA rule was finalized, when it recognized that 'customers want to know more about the nutrition content of the food and beverages they order.'" (for publication 08/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/07/28/two-burritos-for-breakfast  

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Is denial a good basis for abortion policy?

July 28, 2015
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Mary Theroux Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"Once again, a political sideshow is likely to be the sole outcome from the revelations in the recent Planned Parenthood videos, drowning out what could have been an important conversation around another perennially politicized issue. As could have been a good starting point, the videos show definitely that abortion involves far more than the suctioning of a formless glob of cells. The procedure discussed in detail throughout the videos is the forceable, fatal extraction of human bodies from their protective environment. Bodies with lungs, livers, hearts, heads, and 'lower extremities' -- all clearly identifiable, differentiable -- with abortions performed systematically to avoid crushing the body parts to be 'supplied.'" (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p4jadz8  

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How disability law went nuts

July 28, 2015
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James Bovard USA Today
by James Bovard  

"Good intentions are no excuse for perpetual legal chaos. The Americans with Disabilities Act promised a bright new era of equality and freedom. Instead, it has spawned endless lawsuits and absurd federal decrees while harming some of the people it sought to relieve. The 1990 ADA defined disability as 'a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities' -- a far broader definition that what previously prevailed in the statute book. In 2008, Congress vastly expanded that definition to include people with diabetes, depression, heart disease, or cancer, as well as people who have significant troubles standing, lifting, bending, reading, concentrating, thinking and communicating." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nj2trwt  

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Who is building the private, peer-to-peer marketplace?

July 28, 2015
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by staff  

Interview with Sam Patterson. Patterson: "OpenBazaar is an open source project to create a decentralized marketplace online where anyone in the world can buy or sell any goods or services with anyone else in the world, for free, using bitcoin. A few of the core project members (including myself) recently started a company called OB1, which received the funding in order to hire full-time developers and make OpenBazaar a reality." (07/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qg5acaz  

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Have Republicans learned to love the Berlin Wall?

July 28, 2015
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Roderick T. Long Center for a Stateless Society
by Roderick T Long  

"While restrictions on the right to enter a country are widely accepted, restrictions on the right to exit a country are usually regarded as a tool of dictatorship. Lord's own former boss, Ronald Reagan, famously gave a speech in front of the Berlin Wall in 1987, condemning the structure as 'a gash of barbed wire,' 'a restriction on the right to travel,' and 'an instrument to impose upon ordinary men and women the will of a totalitarian state' -- and concluding with a rousing cry to 'tear down this wall!' But apparently some Republicans are learning to make their peace with the idea of an Iron Curtain." (07/27/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/39221  

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Hillary World

July 28, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"In short, [Hillary Clinton] thinks it's her business as a statist politician, who knows nothing whatsoever about business, to tell business how to run their businesses. Hillary Clinton doesn't believe that corporations are in business to generate profits for shareholders. She thinks that all businesses should be in business exclusively for the benefit of the 'common good,' that shareholders may be damned." (07/27/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/07/hillary-world.html  

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