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Apes Unlimited

July 29, 2014
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen  

"In 1968, at the height of the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement, a film emerged reflecting on the necessity for both. Although it was nominated for two Academy Awards (and won an honorary Oscar for Special Achievement in Makeup Design, which did not become an official category until 1981), the original Planet of the Apes is often dismissed as a campy sci-fi costume flick. Yet it addressed important issues about war, technology, and what it means to be human." (07/28/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1281  

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American hypocrisy in Ukraine

July 29, 2014
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Ivan Eland Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland  

"Much finger pointing has occurred on the downing of Malaysia flight MH-17 over separatist-held territory in Ukraine. The American media -- still reflexively anti-Russian even though the Cold War has been over for almost a quarter century and heaping blame on Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, since even before his annexation of Crimea -- has gone hog wild with recrimination after the downing of the aircraft. And Russia and Putin are easy targets." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mtgbdmp  

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Are all ethnic stereotypes racist?

July 29, 2014
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Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"An article one might assume is satire has been buzzing around social media claiming that hibachi restaurants are racist. The premise is solid by the standard of social justice fanatics, basically since the hibachi restaurants are using Japanese cultural perceptions for the amusement of their customers for economic gain, that’s racist. Judging by other language in the article, one can assume it’s a joke, and a really funny one at that, but I think it goes a long way towards showing the very real idiocy of these lunatics who hurl accusations of bigotry at everyone they oppose, regardless of merit." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kaavjhv  

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Libertarian Republic Podcast, 07/29/14

July 29, 2014
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The Libertarian Republic
by  

"There's a good chance this neocon on our podcast has called you libertarians a really mean name." [Flash video] (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lgvtdbh  

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Some questions (especially for students of formal economics)

July 29, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Suppose that consumers throughout history have grown their own apples. Apples were never produced for sale in markets by specialized apple growers; nor did any household that grew apples in its yard sell those apples to anyone. All apples that were consumed were grown by the individuals or households that consumed them. Suppose also that each household’s minimum cost today of growing apples, when reckoned accurately in dollars, is $15 per pound." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ook5c8d  

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Botched executions

July 29, 2014
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Cagle Post
by David Fitzsimmons  

Cartoon. (07/28/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/botched-executions-2/  

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In Gaza, children are pawns of war

July 29, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Cesar Chelala  

"In one of its latest attacks, the Israel Defense Forces killed ten people in a Gaza park, nine of them children. As the number of Palestinian dead soars over one thousand, most of them civilians -of which at least a quarter are children- one wonders how this kind of behavior can continue withoout a serious response from the US. That huge numbers of children should die in these attacks is a serious indictment of the Israeli military’s behavior, which has been condemned around the world." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k7unges  

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UN and its auspices bear responsibility for global warming hysteria

July 29, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner  

"Understanding how the issue of Climate Change originated and why green energy vs. carbon-produced energy sources is now being pushed by nations all over the world (including the U.S.), requires some historical knowledge. Social engineering has been the orchestrated role of the progressive-oriented United Nations since its founding in 1945, when 50 nations and several non-governmental organizations signed the U.N. Charter. Today almost every fully recognized independent states are member states in the U.N. If accepted for U.N. membership, member states must accept all obligations outlined in the Charter and be willing to carry out any action to satisfy those obligations." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ltv5j6r  

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“It’s strictly business”: Inside the prohibition racket

July 29, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"Beneath the lurid violence of narcotics enforcement can be found the gray, undistinguished local bureaucrats who are actually in charge of such task as stealing property said to be 'connected' to drug trafficking, caging the people from whom it was taken, and dividing up the spoils. Official transcripts from several meetings of Oregon’s Malheur County Commission provide useful insights regarding the retail-level business of that vertically integrated criminal enterprise." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/orv8r5g  

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Liability lynching

July 29, 2014
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"As a civil liability trial lawyer for many years there is no doubt in my mind that the victims of negligent conduct on the part of civil wrongdoers should be fairly compensated for their damage. Generally speaking, we all have a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid negligently causing harm to others. We should therefore be held accountable for any damage if we violate that duty. But accountability has its limits and liability for damages caused by negligence should likewise be reasonable." (07/28/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/07/liability-lynching.html  

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Back in Iraq?

July 29, 2014
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Doug Bandow Foundation for Economic Education
by Doug Bandow  

"Little more than a decade ago, the United States invaded Iraq. The promised cakewalk turned out far different than expected. Today its government and entire state, created by Washington, are in crisis. Yet the same voices again are being raised calling for military intervention, with the promise that this time everything will turn out well. Social engineers never seem to learn." (07/28/14)

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/back-in-iraq  

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The profit motive

July 29, 2014
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Skyler J. Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J. Collins  

"The profit motive is 'an economic concept which posits that the ultimate goal of business is to make money.' Many a modern liberal, progressive, communo-anarchist, and the like decry the profit motive as evil and greedy. I disagree. In fact, the profit motive is not only good, it's an inevitable component of human action." (07/28/14)

http://www.everything-voluntary.com/2014/07/the-profit-motive.html  

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Markets: Exuberance not always “irrational”

July 29, 2014
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Reuters
by Anatole Kaletsky  

"With the stock market continuing to hit new highs almost daily despite the appalling geopolitical disasters and human tragedies unfolding in Ukraine, Gaza, Syria and Iraq, there has been much head-scratching about the baffling indifference among investors. Many economists and analysts see this apparent complacency as a symptom of a deeper malaise: an 'irrational exuberance' that has pushed stock prices to absurdly overvalued levels. The most celebrated proponent of this view is Robert Shiller, the Nobel Prize-winning, Yale University economist who is often credited with predicting both the 2000 stock market crash and the bursting of the U.S. housing bubble." (07/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nonfobz  

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A non-conformist’s guide to success in a conformist world

July 29, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Non-conformism at my intensity rarely allows real-world success Doing well almost always has a big social element; going solo gets you nowhere. Yet by conventional standards, I've succeeded. I have a dream job for life and enough money that I don't think about money. How did I pull it off?" (07/28/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/07/a_non-conformis.html  

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More states abandoning the sinking Common Core ship

July 29, 2014
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Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Originally, 45 states signed on to Common Core, but so far four states have formally pulled out. Indiana recently became the first one to reverse course and implement state standards instead. This decision earned a threatening letter from the U.S. Department of Education about withholding funds and revoking Indiana’s waiver from onerous federal No Child Left Behind Act mandates. South Carolina, Missouri, and Oklahoma have also ditched Common Core standards." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p4tvqnx  

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Note to private equity: Your image is not the problem

July 29, 2014
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Our Future
by Eileen Appelbaum  

"The theme of this year’s European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) symposium held in Vienna in June was 'Private Equity as a Transformational Force.' Speakers emphasized the industry’s need to develop partnerships with the companies it acquires and deliver value for all stakeholders. EVCA is concerned that the private equity industry has an image problem: Tt is seen as focusing on investor returns with a callous disregard for the jobs of workers and the interests of the company and its other stakeholders. EVCA wants to tell the public that PE delivers economic growth and jobs. It wants to 'encourag[e] the private equity industry to look beyond returns and recognize its role as a global influencer and agent for progress....' The audience for this industry image do-over is regulators and policy makers." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m22xm6k  

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The drug war is finished

July 29, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"The drug war is finished. Kaput. It’s now just a matter of time when the federal government calls an end to this evil, immoral, destructive, and racist government program. Yesterday, the New York Times became the latest addition to those calling for an end to the drug war, with an editorial entitled 'Repeal Prohibition, Again.'" (07/28/14)

http://fff.org/2014/07/28/the-drug-war-is-finished-2/  

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A new phase in the marijuana legalization debate

July 29, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"On Sunday, the New York Times editorialized for the first time in favor of a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, and did so in dramatic fashion, with a statement on the front page of the Sunday Review section and two more pieces going into greater detail. It wasn't particularly surprising, given the generally liberal bent of the Times editorial page and the fact that support for legalization has moved firmly into the mainstream. But it's still important, because the Times remains the most influential news outlet in the country, and they have an unrivaled ability to set the agenda for the rest of the media. There is a shift going on in this debate, and it isn't just that mainstream politicians and newspapers can now support legalization." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m22xm6k  

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Boeing has an Israel problem … and Chicago has a Boeing problem

July 29, 2014
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Come Home America Come Home America
by Joe Scarry  

"Boeing, headquartered in Chicago, is one of the top military contractors in the world; and it's one that hides behind the veneer of providing civilian airliners, for 'nice' travel. The antiwar community in Chicago has long sought to shine a light on Boeing's grisly war business and has called for it to cease those activities. ... Getting the public to pay attention isn’t easy in our see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, above-it-all society. Now that the Israeli government’s killings in Gaza are front-page news -- particularly the way military aircraft is being used to mow down innocent men, women, and children -- Boeing’s involvement is in everyone’s face." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n8jqtyx  

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Free Thoughts Podcast, 07/28/14

July 29, 2014
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Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by  

"Neal McCluskey joins us for a conversation about public education in America. How did it begin? And why doesn’t it work as well as we want it to?" [Flash audio or MP3] (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m8h9ey3  

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Israel’s war in Gaza: Don’t look behind the curtain

July 29, 2014
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"Much like the later Soviet-backed coup which installed Karmal in Afghanistan, the installation of a cooperative head of state opened the way for the large-scale introduction of US military forces into South Vietnam. Like the United States fifty years ago, Israel has every reason to fear peace breaking out between two former adversaries. And from that standpoint, Israel’s all-out assault on Gaza in recent days couldn’t have come at a better time." (07/28/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29755  

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Golden Gate Park turf battle: Democracy gone awry

July 29, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle
by CW Nevius  

"We all understand the principle of democracy. We elect our leaders and order them to make informed decisions. If we disapprove of their choices we vote them out of office. That's not how it works in San Francisco. 'What you are seeing now is a push -- mostly from the left -- to bypass the government,' says political consultant David Latterman. 'If they don't like the way the city is going, simply bypass it and put it on the ballot.' The upcoming November election already has John Arntz, director of elections, worried. It's not the issues that concern him. He's worried about the simple logistics." [editor's note: Democracy in its natural state, you mean? And since when is a plebiscite a less valid form of such? - SAT] (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/plf8xkh  

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The moral case for self-driving cars

July 29, 2014
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Ronald Bailey Reason
by Ronald Bailey  

"The coming era of autonomous autos raises concerns about legal liability and safety, but there are good reasons to believe that robot cars may exceed human drivers when it comes to practical and even ethical decision making." (for publication 08/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/07/28/the-moral-case-for-self-drivin  

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End torture, shut down the CIA!

July 29, 2014
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US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) Antiwar.com
by Ron Paul  

"Revelations of US secret torture sites overseas and a new Senate investigation revealing widespread horrific CIA torture practices should finally lead to the abolishment of this agency. Far from keeping us safer, CIA covert actions across the globe have led to destruction of countries and societies and unprecedented resentment toward the United States." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mt4ns4s  

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Did Hillary Clinton just join the neocons?

July 29, 2014
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The Nation
by Bob Dreyfuss  

"Did Hillary Clinton just throw in with the neoconservatives and the Israel lobby on the key sticking point in the Iran-P5+1 talks -- namely, whether and how much Iran may enrich uranium on its own soil? In her appearance yesterday on Fareed Zakaria’s GPS program on CNN, it sure looks like it. Unless she misspoke, she said explicitly that she favors the idea of 'so little enrichment or no enrichment,' a view that outright contradicts the position of the White House and the State Department, who’ve long ago agreed that Iran can maintain a civilian enrichment program to produce fuel for its current nuclear reactors and for a planned expansion of its nuclear program in the future." [editor's note: Can anyone think of ANY situation in which Hillary's foreign policy prescriptions haven't been identical to those of the neoconservatives? - TLK] (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ojvd694  

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