Commentary

When workplace training programs actually hinder workers

August 26, 2014
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The Nation
by Michelle Chen  

"Each weekday morning, ex–assembly line workers, struggling single moms, and other job-seekers shuffle into government offices to get help retraining for a new career, to start over as a radiology technician or programmer, perhaps, or finish an associate’s degree. These workforce investment programs are set up to offer workers a chance to jump-start a new livelihood in a sagging labor market. But after decades of plowing billions of workforce investment dollars into federal job training initiatives, it’s still hard to tell how much these programs are helping workers regain their footing in an increasingly precarious economy." [editor's note: What, a "progressive" telling us how gummint programs don't solve problems? - SAT] (08/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nz4nx7v  

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America’s continuing border crisis

August 26, 2014
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TomDispatch
by Aviva Chomsky  

"Call it irony or call it a nightmare, but the 'crisis' of Central American children crossing the U.S.-Mexican border, which lasted for months amid fervent and angry debate, is now fading from the news. The media stories have been legion, the words expended many. And yet, as the 'crisis' leaves town, as the sound and fury die down and attention shifts elsewhere (even though the children continue to arrive), the real factors that would have made sense of what’s been happening remain essentially untouched and largely unmentioned. It couldn’t be stranger -- or sadder. Since late June 2014, the 'surge' of those thousands of desperate children entering this country has been in the news." (08/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qd76kdl  

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Stop messing with trash

August 26, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by Bradley Harrington  

"One of the founding principles of America has always been that government, as the representative of the people, should be held accountable to the same set of standards as those found in the larger society surrounding it. In other words, bureaucrats supposedly are no better or worse than the private citizens whom they serve. But in reality, that’s rarely the case any longer, and examples of such a lack proliferate on a daily basis." (08/24/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5454  

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How to provoke a crisis

August 26, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"There is no one more capable at provoking a crisis than the U.S. national-security establishment. They are absolute experts at doing so. They have to be. Their survival and ever-increasing tax-funded bounty depends on it. Consider, for example, a recent altercation between a U.S. surveillance plane and a Chinese fighter jet near the coast of Japan." (08/25/14)

http://fff.org/2014/08/25/how-to-provoke-a-crisis/  

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Big lies about fat

August 26, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Alan Caruba  

"The fact is you can eat almost anything you like and remain a healthy weight if you just don’t eat too much of it. It’s not rocket science. For politicians, however, controlling what we eat has become an obsession." (08/24/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/08/big-fat-lies-about-fat  

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Conservation and common sense mutually exclusive

August 26, 2014
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jeff Fullerton  

"The story is a little old; but don't ya love it? Familiar themes. Big government vs little government. 'Civil servants' screw up big time! The city taxpayers get soaked. Puns intended. What a waste of time and effort." (08/24/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle785-20140824-03.html  

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Why isn’t monetary pumping helping the economy?

August 25, 2014
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak  

"According to Vice Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Stanley Fischer, the US and global recoveries have been 'disappointing' so far and may point to a permanent downshift in economic potential. Fisher has suggested that a slowing productivity could be an important factor behind all this. That a fall in the productivity of workers could be an important factor is a good beginning in trying to establish what is really happening. It is however, just the identification of a symptom -- it is not the cause of the problem." (08/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qhbroyw  

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87% disapprove of Congress

August 25, 2014
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Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"I should be excited that the people in the USofA are finally waking up to how evil Congress is. Unfortunately, it bodes no good. It is not due to any grand awakening. Nope, the disgruntled are merely disappointed that the government largess isn’t landing in their pockets. They don’t mind at all how much is taken from the productive side of the populace. They don’t care about total destruction of liberty. They aren’t concerned about a blatant conversion to a police state." (08/23/14)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2014/08/23/87-disapprove-of-congress/  

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Corporations spy on nonprofits with impunity

August 25, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ralph Nader  

"Here’s a dirty little secret you won’t see in the daily papers: corporations conduct espionage against US nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice. Yes, that means using a great array of spycraft and snoopery, including planned electronic surveillance, wiretapping, information warfare, infiltration, dumpster diving and so much more. The evidence abounds." (08/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oa978lr  

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Do you choose groping or a shakedown?

August 25, 2014
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Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Even when the TSA tries to be helpful, it humiliates us. For instance, the TSA's PreCheck program is designed to speed people through security checkpoints. But passengers have to ... * Pay $85 * Submit to fingerprinting * Hand over lots of personal information Why? To avoid removing our shoes, the confiscation of liquids, GROPING, and other useless rules. Why are we criminal suspects just for wanting to board a plane?" (08/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n35eh84  

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One state can lead the charge

August 25, 2014
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10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Dave Benner  

"At times, the federal government seems overwhelming. Frankly, it sometimes appears as an unstoppable juggernaut without any obstacle in its path. Undoubtedly, the scale of power assumed by the federal government has been immense. It has morphed from the stated purpose of a 'more perfect union' to an unconstrained nationalist state. Despite this perception, Judge Andrew Napolitano recently suggested that if a single state acted to obstruct federal mandates, it would make new federal gun laws 'nearly impossible to enforce' within that state." (08/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nl8dqhu  

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PCP hallucinations in Ferguson

August 25, 2014
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"It should be emphasized that witnesses disagree about whether Brown was moving toward Wilson when he was shot, which is a central point of contention in the case, since it underpins Wilson's claim that he fired in self-defense. But either way, attempts to explain Brown's alleged actions by reference to psychoactive substances he might have consumed exaggerate the power of those chemicals, which may encourage the use of excessive force by stoking officers' fears of people whom they perceive to be 'on something.' This kind of fear mongering is also regrettable because it harks back to a shameful history of warnings about people with dark skin and drug-infused blood." (08/25/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/08/25/pcp-hallucinations-in-ferguson  

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Homeric truth about American living standards

August 25, 2014
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Cafe Hayek
by Jon Murphy  

"FXX has been doing a marathon of every Simpsons episode ever (a 12 day affair). I’ve been watching it off and on and just thought I’d share with you an observation: According to the Simpsons, there sure isn’t any stagnation. The Simpsons, as you know, are a lower middle-class family (they often describe how much they are paycheck to paycheck, sometimes avoiding foods like steak because they can’t afford it). So, much of what the family owns would be placed in that category. As I am watching, it is amazing how much the family’s standard of living rises." (08/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k6fzmcd  

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Driving the ranchers off the land, part 3

August 25, 2014
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Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"The clear implication of the BLM claims that this is all about Bundy simply refusing to pay 'more than a million dollars in grazing fees' is that once this bad, 'trespassing' tenant rancher and his 'trespassing cattle' have been evicted from this piece of 'federally owned' desert range, the BLM can and will go out and find some 'better' rancher who’s willing to pay the grazing fees, and this vital source of income for 'the taxpayers' will be restored, right? (Remember, it’s all about 'a million dollars in grazing fees.') But that’s nonsense." (08/23/14)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=1963  

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A different approach to law enforcement

August 25, 2014
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Robert P. Murphy Free Advice
by Robert P. Murphy  

"The more I delved into pacifism, the more I began to question humanity’s entire approach to punitive law enforcement. Yes, obviously it would be better to have 'voluntary prisons' (yes there’s a sense in which that’s an oxymoron, but also an important sense in which it’s not) rather than the State version. However, I wonder if the very notion of punishing lawbreakers by physically segregating them from society is the best remedy. Obviously people have the right to tell a criminal to get off their land, I’m just wondering whether that perpetuates the cycles of crime in general and violence in particular. In short, I wonder if the very existence of prisons actually breeds more crime, all things considered." (08/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mfwe23z  

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The veil of implausibility

August 25, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"The veil of ignorance is arguably 20th-century political philosophy's most successful new meme. On one level, it's easy to see the appeal. Political philosophy seems morally deadlocked. The veil of ignorance provides a meta-norm to break this deadlock: We should all follow whatever first-order norms we would accept if each of us were ignorant of his personal - and potentially biasing -- characteristics. Most debates about the veil of ignorance focus on what this meta-norm truly implies." (08/25/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/08/the_veil_of_imp.html  

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Five lessons K-12 can learn from higher ed

August 25, 2014
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Jenna Robinson  

"U.S. colleges and universities don’t get everything right. On the whole, they’re overpriced, operationally hidebound, and ideologically stagnant. Despite those problems, American higher education does some things very well -- well enough that students from around the world still choose to come to the United States to get advanced degrees. Primary and secondary schools could learn a lot by taking a close look at some of the best practices in higher education." (08/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n5enwva  

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James Foley’s last photo

August 25, 2014
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Cagle Post
by Jeff Darcy  

Cartoon. (08/22/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/08/isis-execution-of-james-foley/  

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Interview: Judge Jim Gray

August 25, 2014
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The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile  

Gray: "I saw that we were leading the world in the incarceration of our people, both by sheer numbers as well as per capita, ruining people's lives, and I decided the so-called remedy is worse than the disease -- namely, of course, drugs can be dangerous but they're made more dangerous because they're illegal so you have no quality control whatsoever, no say over the quantity sold, the place of sale, the licensing, the age restrictions, all of that. You soon learn that the term 'controlled substances' is the biggest oxymoron in our world today because as soon as you prohibit a substance you give up all of your controls, in effect, to the criminal element, to the bad guys. So who should do something about this more than a fairly conservative judge in a conservative county who's never used any form of illicit substances whatsoever?" (08/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kkzls4r  

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Tobacco and a free society

August 25, 2014
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Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M. Vance  

"Yet another successful lawsuit against a tobacco company, one that resulted in a jury’s awarding the widow of a tobacco smoker more than $23 billion because of her husband’s premature death, means that it is apropos to revisit the subject of tobacco and a free society." (08/25/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/tobacco-and-a-free-society/  

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Minarchism found dead at Ferguson

August 25, 2014
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Jeffrey Tucker Liberty.me
by Jeffrey A. Tucker  

"The status of the police is bound up with the perception of the value of the entire public sector. The police are the 'thin blue line,' long perceived as the most essential and irreplaceable function of the state. This perception is now under pressure from public opinion, and this joins a shift in intellectual opinion that has been developing for decades. What’s at stake is the very foundation of public order as we know it. If government can’t do this right, if the police are accomplishing the very opposite of their claims, if they are undermining our security rather than providing for it, and this is widely understood, we have the making of not only an ideological revolution but an authentic turning point in the history of politics." (08/22/14)

http://tucker.liberty.me/2014/08/22/the-death-of-minarchism/  

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ISIS: Made in Washington, Riyadh — and Tel Aviv

August 25, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"ISIS didn’t just arise out of the earth like some Islamist variation on the fabled Myrmidons: they needed money, weapons, logistics, propaganda facilities, and international connections to reach the relatively high level of organization and lethality they seem to have achieved in such a short period of time. Where did they get these assets? None of this is any secret: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the rest of the oil-rich Gulf states have been backing them all the way. ... Washington’s responsibility for the success of ISIS is less direct, but no less damning." (08/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k9ncwqg  

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The absurdity of intellectual “property”

August 25, 2014
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Wayland Hunter  

"Kyle Scott’s case for copyright is interesting, and he should be commended for making it so clearly and intelligently. For him, as for many other libertarians, what people write is their own property, like any other kind of property, and they have a natural right to keep it. Government is merely the protector, not the source of their right. All this can be deduced from the natural rights theory most importantly exemplified by John Locke’s Second Treatise of Civil Government. Unfortunately, so concerned is Mr. Scott with his line of deductive reasoning, so clear, so forcible, so all-sufficient, that he never notices what a strange kind of property he’s talking about." (08/22/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1294  

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Is there an immigration problem?

August 25, 2014
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Natasha Petrova  

"Rand Paul has spoken of an alleged 'immigration problem.' This is a reference to the considerable number of 'illegal' immigrants living in the U.S. The solution proposed to this supposed problem is to secure the border. A secure border would allegedly lead to less 'illegal' immigrants crossing it. This framing of the immigration issue is entirely wrong. It rests on the assumption that an inflow of 'illegal' immigrants is a bad thing." (08/23/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/30789  

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JPFO vs. SAF: A gun battle of gun groups

August 25, 2014
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Reports are flooding the Gunnersphere, most linking back to a Claire Wolfe blog, that JPFO is being 'handed off to SAF.' JPFO is Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. They've been considered the premier gun rights group by many thinking self-defense advocates because of their uncompromising position on gun ownership, while SAF, The Second Amendment Foundation has been criticized for repeatedly sending out scare tactic emails that inevitably end with 'Send more money!' appeals. So what does it actually mean to 'hand off' JPFO to SAF?" (08/23/14)

http://www.examiner.com/article/jpfo-vs-saf-a-gun-battle-of-gun-groups  

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