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Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/25/15

February 26, 2015
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Heartland Institute
by  

"Heather Kays speaks with Associate Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, Neal Mccluskey, about a recent Cato forum which focused on limited political ideologies presented in U.S. Colleges. Their conversation questions if and how academic centers can introduce additional perspectives to academia." [Flash video] (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2rgffj  

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Net Neutrality is the end of free speech

February 26, 2015
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"[Fight For The Future] thinks that putting politicians in charge of the Internet will save it from the big corporations. What they clearly don't understand is that the politicians and the corporatists are members of the same gang of criminals. They want to control everything for their mutual benefit, not for the benefit of 'the people.' In this case the Internet isn't even broken and yet ill-informed do-gooders want to hand it over to unelected bureaucrats who will control it under laws written by the very corporate lobbyists that the FFTF thinks it is saving everyone from." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzogrcu  

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Social conservatives are the worst thing to happen to libertarianism

February 26, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Ron Paul provided libertarians a potential political strategy. The idea was simple, overwhelm the Republican Party with libertarians and use it to spread libertarian ideals. Although I know I will receive protests from libertarians still participating in Republican politics I feel safe in saying that this strategy has not only failed but has backfired miserably. By associating libertarianism and Republican politics the gateway (to Hell) was opened for social conservatives to filter into libertarian groups. While social conservatives have always been involved in libertarianism I don't believe it was to the extent that they are now. Furthermore the public association of libertarianism and the Republican Party wasn't there." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kaau6xa  

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Free Talk Live, 02/25/15

February 26, 2015
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Conspiracy Theories and Chemtrails :: Adverse Possession :: Circumcision :: Flags :: US Reps Threaten DC Mayor Over Pot :: DHS Shutdown Coming? :: Ron Paul Interrupted at SFL Conference :: Buying Children :: Ron Paul Newsletters :: Violence Inherent in the System :: Definition of Libertarianism." [Flash audio or MP3] (02/25/15)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2015-02-25  

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One last chance to save the Internet … from the FCC

February 26, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Ev Ehrlich  

"As the Federal Communications Commission readies new net-neutrality rules this week, congressional Democrats face a choice: Should they work with the Republicans who control Congress to help pass new rules, or should they stay on the sidelines and leave the matter to a volatile regulatory process, subject to possible undoing in the courts? I disagree with neutrality: the idea that everything on the Internet should travel at the same speed, whether it’s the remote monitoring of a cardiac device or a video of a cat. But both critics and advocates of neutrality would likely agree that a new law is the best way to set new policy -- not regulatory decrees." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o9d839k  

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Domestic fear is the price of empire

February 26, 2015
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Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"If you find no other argument against American intervention abroad persuasive, how about this one? When the U.S. government invades and occupies other countries, or when it underwrites other governments' invasions or oppression, the people in the victimized societies become angry enough to want and even to exact revenge -- against Americans. Is the American empire worth that price?" (02/25/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/domestic-fear-price-empire/  

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This is just wrong in so freakin’ many ways.

February 26, 2015
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Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"You ask for federal regulation? You support federal regulation? Then you're shocked, simply shocked! when you get federal regulation -- and it turns out it benefits the feds more than you? Oh, you pooo widdle baby! Such a surprise! Who could possibly have predicted that? Oh wait ... anybody who's been standing on the outside watching could have predicted that. Heck, we could have predicted it even before there was such a thing as the Internet to regulate. Because that's just the way it works." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qh7sjg5  

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To end police brutality, we need to end the police

February 26, 2015
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The Nation The Nation
by Mychal Denzel Smith  

"I don't want anyone in this room to mistake me for an objective or impartial journalist moderator. I have marched with, organized with, and written about everyone on this stage. I feel as much a part of the movement as I do a reporter of it. I have an agenda: we need to abolish the pillars of white supremacy and I think the police is one of those." [From Smith's introduction to a panel he moderated; video is at the link] (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ow35xd9  

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I don’t love America either, Rudy

February 26, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Chad Nelson  

"When Rudy Giuliani declares that someone doesn't love America, he defines America like most other hyperstatists -- America as a political entity. The America that you can literally point to on a map, and whose borders have grown in proportion to the American military state's aggression and brutality. The America Giuliani loves is the one made up of, first and foremost, its government, which Giuliani and his fellow American exceptionalists claim have 'allowed' for the greatest freedom and prosperity in mankind's history. Giuliani and his ilk love the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, the court system which Giuliani once worked the levers of, and all the American state's arbitrarily drawn political sub-entities (states and cities) -- one of which he ruled with an iron fist for many years. Love of America, for Giuliani, means love of its political infrastructure." (02/25/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/36110  

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Xenophobia not welcome in Panama

February 26, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Elisa Vasquez  

"Several things about Panama worry me, but nothing like the inflamed debate nowadays about immigrants and the role of foreign residents in the country. Nationalist and populist legislators' rants have been rightfully called xenophobic in local media, and have become dangerous fodder for economic and social conflicts. Panama's National Assembly is currently studying Bill 62, which modifies portions of the National Migration Service law. It would do away with the Crisol de Razas program (Melting Pot of Races), which allows for the legalization of unauthorized immigrants who have resided in the country for over a year or overstayed their permitted entry." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n74zzyf  

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Rodney Reed will not die next week — but Texas still wants to kill him

February 26, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Jordan Smith  

"Nine days before Rodney Reed was scheduled to die in Texas for a crime he swears he didn't commit, the state's highest criminal court issued a stay of execution. The order came down late Monday afternoon, in response to an appeal citing new and compelling scientific evidence that challenges the state's timeline of events in the 1996 murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites, which sent Reed to death row. ... because the new scientific evidence 'eviscerates' the state's theory of the crime, Benjet argues, it also invalidates the lower-court judge's opinion that further DNA testing would be irrelevant. ... The state counters that DNA testing is unnecessary and, in a separate brief filed Monday, that the real goal by Reed's defense is to 'unreasonably delay' his execution." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kc68la9  

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After the Bitcoin gold rush

February 26, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Nathan Schneider  

"The search for riches in the ground has motivated some of history's most extravagant endeavors. It has inspired explorers, enslaved populations, and put opera houses in dusty mountain towns. But when the boom ends, the miners themselves have often been left in the lurch. They handle the raw material, turn it from hard earth to something potentially of value. Fabulous wealth comes to only a few, who rarely hold onto it long enough to be considered lucky. The search for bitcoins is little different." (02/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pftj4wq  

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Progressives: Pretty great night in Chicago’s elections

February 26, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Yana Kunichoff  

"The anti-machine fervor that pushed Rahm Emanuel into a run-off with Chuy García on Tuesday night was also felt in several key aldermanic races around the city. Three staunch Emanuel allies in City Council are now facing run-offs against independent candidates who also happen to be Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members. Social studies teacher Tim Meegan scraped into a run-off with Deb Mell, a member of one of the city’s most entrenched political families. This was the first aldermanic election for Mell, who was appointed by Emanuel to succeed her father, Dick Mell, in the seat when he retired in 2013. Deb Mell (who was strongly supported in the race by the Emanuel-affiliated super PAC Chicago Forward) received 49. 7 percent of the vote. Meegan received 34.5 percent, while a third candidate, Annisa Wanat, received 15.8%." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/krlsouw  

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What to do while waiting to end the Fed

February 26, 2015
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by John P Cochrane  

"Central banks in general, and the Fed in particular, are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Given Austrians most fully understand the evils perpetuated on the economy by specially privileged fractional reserve banks supported by a central bank, Austrians most definitely should contribute to second-best solutions a la Rosen and Ravier. But one must also keep in mind good central bank policy is just bad policy that could have been worse. The best long-term outcome is open competition in currencies that have the potential to reduce central bank influence and improve central bank performance." (02/25/15)

http://mises.org/library/what-do-while-waiting-end-fed  

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He whose name shall not be written

February 26, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg  

"I live a less blessed life. As an Israeli and a journalist, my aspirations are more limited, yet less within my own power to achieve. I aspire to be able to write about my country's politics without using the name of the current prime minister. I'd like to write my next 300 articles without the 'N-word.' I'd like to think of him, if I think of him at all, as a vague faceless historical memory like, say, James Buchanan." (02/24/15)

http://prospect.org/article/he-whose-name-shall-not-be-written  

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A-B-C-Don’t indoctrinate me

February 26, 2015
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Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"The lawmakers in Oklahoma and elsewhere claim that their children are being indoctrinated. These 'un-American' history classes are tainting young and impressionable minds. I'll be blunt -- they must think the kids in their state are pretty stupid. If one course can completely sway a 17 or 18 year old in his opinion, he has been taught to have the critical thinking capacity of an Orwellian sheep. What these laws are essentially saying is that students are incapable of coming to their own conclusions about historical events and policies. In order to get them to come to the 'right' conclusions, we need to stack the deck in favor of a particular way of thinking." (02/25/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/02/25/a-b-c-dont-indoctrinate-me/  

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Is the SEC defying Dodd-Frank law on pay-ratio rule?

February 26, 2015
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Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"In July 2010, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 953(b) of that law directs the SEC to require public companies to disclose the median annual total compensation of all employees, the total annual compensation of the chief executive officer, and the ratio of the median employee pay to the CEO’s pay. This gives investors and the public clues to whether (and the extent to which) the company is being looted from the top." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhyqz2v  

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Robert Reich, mythed up

February 26, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Consumer sovereignty is the idea that in markets consumers call the shots. In capitalism, most mass production is indeed for the masses, and the masses have a big say in what gets done. All profits and wages of successful businesses come from consumers. But don't take this too far. Consumers don't 'create jobs,' for example. Recently, Clinton-era Labor Secretary Robert Reich has been floating this bizarre notion." (02/25/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/02/25/robert-reich-mythed-up-2/  

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Women and the Academy Awards: Hashtag nonsense and factual farce

February 26, 2015
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Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Elise Hilton  

"This year, the Academy Awards got a little injection of faux feminism. Hollywood's female elite, woefully tired of being asked, 'Who are you wearing?' cried out for more substantial red carpet questions. A hashtag campaign was created (because that's how we show our fury, America!), and #AskHerMore was launched. Now, the red carpet has glamour, but it also has substance, people! A star can get asked about her jewelry and her fight for clean drinking water." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwzflds  

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Walker’s “Sarah Palin” problem: What’s really behind his media hostility

February 25, 2015
posted by

Salon
by Heather Digby Parton  

[T]the definition of the gotcha has undergone a subtle change over the years. Where it was once thought to be a question about their personal life or history designed to embarrass the candidate with the mere insinuation, today's gotcha is almost always a question rudely designed to test the candidate's knowledge of the issues and skill in navigating treacherous political controversies. (They can thank George W. Bush and Sarah Palin for that -- they made it obvious these tests were necessary.) Scott Walker, for instance, was making the apparently requisite GOP primary candidate's pilgrimage to Britain where he was quizzed about whether or not he believes in evolution. ... According to the right wing this is the worst kind of gotcha journalism because it is irrelevant and solely designed to embarrass the Governor. ... It is certainly relevant to the evangelical community from which Scott Walker hails and from whom he will need to draw support in the primaries. The fact that so many Republicans consider asking about evolution to to be a gotcha question is revealing. Evidently they believe that most Americans would find it embarrassing if their candidate said he believes what a substantial faction of their party believes. (They are,of course, right about that.)" (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m4rzvuz  

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Infant taken from father because of marijuana, murdered by foster mother

February 25, 2015
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Keith Farrell  

"Alex Hill was placed in foster care after her father admitted to child welfare investigations that he sometimes used marijuana away from the child after she was asleep. Despite the fact that the child was never in any danger and was by all accounts happy living at home with her parents, she was removed from her home and placed in foster care, where she was abused and then murdered. Hill's parents had reported bruises on their child during several of their visitations, but the state never acted nor did they inform the Hills that their daughter's foster mother, Sherill Small, had already had numerous violations." (02/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nktefd4  

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Economic Nonsense #13: Development and growth harm the environment and cause pollution

February 25, 2015
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Dr Madsen Pirie  

"This is misleading. The early stages of economic development can certainly adversely affect the environment and cause pollution. When a nation is lifting itself out of abject poverty and subsistence-level life for its citizens, it values the wealth being generated more than it minds the environmental degradation that accompanies it. ... Development and growth need not cause pollution and environmental damage once countries become wealthy enough to use cleaner technology." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nfev9qw  

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The incompetent, abusive, dishonest and anti-transparent government is about to power grab the Internet

February 25, 2015
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Seton Motley Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley  

"Thursday is for freedom a very bad day. That is the day the free speech-free market Xanadu that is the Internet will be unilaterally seized by the Barack Obama Administration. Per the President's demand, the allegedly independent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pretending to be Congress -- and writing new Web-regulating law for themselves. And on Thursday they will vote on it -- and thereby grab expansive, broad and deep overlording powers. The President influencing the FCC is at the very least problematic -- if not illegal." (02/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kzcbzgn  

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Hillary the stealth candidate

February 25, 2015
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"While much of the media has been obsessed with tracking down Republican positions on such crucial issues as evolution and President Obama's religion, one searches in vain for hints of Hillary Clinton's position on ... pretty much anything. That is not to say that potential Republican candidates haven't botched what should have been easy, commonsense answers, but shouldn't there be at least a little bit of curiosity about where the all-but-inevitable Democratic nominee stands on actual issues that will affect the future of this country?" (02/25/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/hillary-stealth-candidate  

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Forced blood draws, DNA collection and biometric scans: What country is this?

February 25, 2015
posted by

John W. Whitehead The Daily Bell
by John W Whitehead  

"Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases -- these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials. Worse, on a daily basis, Americans are being made to relinquish the most intimate details of who we are -- our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.) -- in order to clear the nearly insurmountable hurdle that increasingly defines life in the United States: we are all guilty until proven innocent. Thus far, the courts have done little to preserve our Fourth Amendment rights, let alone what shreds of bodily integrity remain to us." (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nts9ow5  

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