Commentary

Hillary Clinton’s soft sales job at Salesforce.com

October 16, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"How does Hillary Rodham Clinton, the queen of old-school Democratic partisan politics and bane of the 'vast right-wing conspiracy,' woo movers in the be-nice and collaborate-on-a-couch tech economy? During her speech at Salesforce.com’s San Francisco Dreamforce mega-convention Tuesday, the former U.S. secretary of state showed a softer side to the beanbag workforce. To those of us who have been following politics for years, La Hil is the consummate pol. At Moscone Center, she shed her old brand to become, as she was billed, a 'visionary.'" (10/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lwmosk7  

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When the workday never really ends

October 16, 2014
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The Nation The Nation
by Michelle Chen  

"Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day. And for working people who have to juggle family and work, locked into a rough schedule and the stress of poverty, there really aren’t enough. The 'new economy' of twenty-four-hour online shopping, global markets and just-in-time inventory churning, have created a demand for 'flexible' labor: rapid-fire changes in schedules, shift-swapping, on-call staff. In a new book, Unequal Time, sociologists Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel survey how time is distributed across this new economic landscape, and finds that flexibility (and its evil twin, unpredictability) is creating a new social order that brings chaos to the workplace and the home." [editor's note: Time to consider the world of "self employment" (where your "boss" demands this of you constantly)? - SAT] (10/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kuw8bf6  

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Rand Paul’s 2020 Vision

October 16, 2014
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Adele M. Stan  

"No one in the political establishment seems to know quite what to make of Rand Paul, the United States senator from Kentucky and son of Ron, the three-time quixotic presidential candidate with a libertarian bent. In 2012, Ron Paul, the former congressman from Texas, said good-bye to all that, retiring his House seat and forswearing another presidential run, having prepared the ground for his progeny, who hopes to inherit the throngs of young followers nurtured by his father. By turns quirky and cunning, rumpled and slick, Rand Paul, at this writing, is running neck and neck in the polls with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the undeclared establishment candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination." [editor's note: The teaser on the main page tries to label RP as "the GOP's next Goldwater;" yeesh! - SAT] (10/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n432jmh  

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New Deal, same spiel

October 16, 2014
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In These Times
by Chris Lehmann  

"This fall, Ken Burns (the nation’s director laureate of all things sepia-toned) offered an epic, exhaustive documentary that served to rebuke just about every feature of our postliberal political order. 'The Roosevelts: An Intimate History' blanketed the PBS airwaves for 14 hours, summoning the viewing public back to the halcyon days of the Fair and New Deals, and thus making a powerful de facto case for liberal rule by enlightened patrician overseers. But that, of course, is just the problem." (10/16/14)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17247/new_deal_same_spiel  

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Joining IS about sex & aggression, not religion

October 16, 2014
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Reuters
by Arie W. Kruglanski  

"It is easy to look to religion for an explanation of why young men (and some women) become radicalized. But it is psychology, not theology, that offers the best tools for understanding radicalization -- and how best to undo it. The appeal of Islamic State rests on individuals’ quest for what psychologists call 'personal significance,' which the militant group’s extremist propaganda cleverly exploits. The quest for significance is the desire to matter, to be respected, to be somebody in one’s own eyes and in the eyes of others." (10/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k5x9jqb  

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The politicians are scaring you again

October 16, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"They are doing it again. 'They' are the war-party politicians, Democrats and Republicans. 'It' is scaring you into supporting another war in the Middle East. When will the American people learn? If in a republic the people are the ultimate check on government power, a gullible, easily frightened public is a disaster waiting to happen. Where is the derisive skepticism Americans are reputed to feel toward politicians? A high-ranking official and, say, CNN's Christiane Amanpour need only say 'Boogeyman!' and Americans line up for orders." (10/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lx7mas2  

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Colorado’s shadow tourist boom

October 16, 2014
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Visitors can openly buy marijuana, but they still have to consume it on the sly." (10/16/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/10/16/colorados-shadow-tourist-boom  

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John Oliver vs. cops who rob

October 16, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"'Since 9/11, under just one program police have taken two-and-a-half billion dollars in the course of over 61,000 seizures of cash alone, from people who ... were not charged with a crime. That is the sort of behavior we laugh at other countries for, along with their accents and silly hats.' So says a prime-time TV comedian who devotes more than 15 minutes of his monologue to exposing and critiquing the malignant practice of 'civil forfeiture,' which lets cops grab and keep your cash just because it’s there." (10/16/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/10/16/john-oliver-vs-cops-who-rob/  

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Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show, 10/15/14

October 16, 2014
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The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Jason Ditz, news editor of Antiwar.com, discusses ISIS’s takeover of Iraq’s Anbar Province, including a key air base." [Flash audio or MP3] (10/14/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/10/15/101514-jason-ditz/  

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Obama knew arming rebels was useless, but did it anyway

October 16, 2014
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Dan Froomkin The Intercept
by Dan Froomkin  

"What’s worse: Launching a disastrous military campaign under false pretenses to achieve goals you wrongly believe are attainable? Or launching a disastrous military campaign you know is doomed in order to help your party win an election?" (10/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pp4gdu9  

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The Rare Report, 10/15/14

October 16, 2014
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The Rare Report The Rare Report
by  

"In this episode of The Rare Report ... Will Supreme Court decide NSA spying is illegal? Is John McCain right that we need an Ebola Czar? Huckabee says Republicans can't surrender on gay marriage, is he right?" [Flash audio or MP3] (10/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ke7sodg  

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An Austrian economist reports from a mainstream economics conference

October 16, 2014
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Christopher Westley  

"Early on in the most recent meeting of the National Association of Business Economists (NABE) in Chicago, Dan Ratner, one of President Obama's tech gurus for the 2012 election cycle and expert in the hip field of Big Data mining, stated to his audience that 'there is no such thing as truth. There is only the most recent updated version of it.' Little did I know this was to be a recurring theme at this conference." (10/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p6xltub  

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#Gamergate: An un-PC rebellion

October 16, 2014
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spiked spiked
by Allum Bokhari  

"Video games aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. They can be enormously time-consuming and often require a considerable level of dedication to master. However, there are good reasons for non-gamers to be paying attention to the video-games industry right now -- it has become the site of a rebellion against moral crusaders and their relentless push to politicise every aspect of culture and society." (10/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m9agyyv  

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States won’t reveal ObamaCare rate hikes for 2015 until after election

October 16, 2014
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Megan Stiles Campaign For Liberty
by Megan Stiles  

"As ObamaCare enters its second year, many are wondering what type of rate increases Americans will experience in 2015. Enrollment on healthcare.gov doesn’t begin until November 15, almost two weeks after the mid-term elections. Many are calling this a political move to help vulnerable Democrats who voted for ObamaCare win reelection. There is one state, however, that is releasing rate hikes before the election: Alaska."

http://tinyurl.com/mk7bz39  

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Why we should treat our children as we wish to be treated

October 16, 2014
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by The Dissident Dad  

"Don’t just take things, that’s what the criminals and the government do ... That’s something I told my son yesterday when he ripped a book right out of my daughter’s hands. Respecting others and their property, and using conversation to express our wants and desires, is how I am raising my children. Essentially teaching them to grow up to become the opposite of an oppressive state." (10/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o5sugns  

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Canada needs to liberalize its immigration policy

October 16, 2014
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Chance ME Davies  

"This year, Canadians will be welcoming between 240,000 and 265,000 new immigrants into our country. The rationale for such is that Canada has a large shortage in its labor market: one that our domestic labor force simply cannot fill. My problem is not that the immigration rates are too high, but rather that they aren’t high enough." (10/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/opdyqje  

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Local tyranny and culture wars — more escalation

October 16, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"In an immoral, illegal, unconstitutional act of tyranny, the City of Houston has issued a subpoena to as many as 400 preachers in the city demanding that they submit their sermons concerning homosexuality, gender identity, and the city’s mayor. The mayor is openly homosexual, and this is part of a fight over a new city ordinance dealing with gender identity which explicitly requires that building owners/operators allow anyone who claims to be of the 'opposite sex' to use the toilets and other facilities assigned to that opposite sex." (10/15/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5916  

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America’s fatal blunder in the war against ISIS

October 16, 2014
posted by

Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"US and Western officials like to portray the campaign to defeat ISIS as a struggle between the civilized world and a monstrous terrorist organization. As with most wartime narratives throughout history, that portrayal greatly oversimplifies matters. The war against ISIS actually involves numerous factions, each with its own policy agenda. The American people need to grasp the extent of the complexity, lest the United States drift into an endless war with no coherent, attainable objective." (10/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pmkwxnx  

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The morgue

October 16, 2014
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The Cagle Post
by Bill Schorr  

Cartoon. (10/15/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/10/the-morgue/  

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Hong Kong: Democracy and liberties

October 16, 2014
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jayant Bhandari  

"Should it be so difficult to understand that democracy and liberties are not synonymous? If you want freedom of speech and other liberties, you must fight for better institutions, preferably private and non-democratic and hence unpoisoned by the majority who care less for virtues and more for material pleasures." (10/16/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1318  

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The government and freedom

October 16, 2014
posted by

Andrew P. Napolitano Antiwar.com
by Andrew P. Napolitano  

"Comey knows that if his agents get caught violating the Constitution, their searches will be fruitless. Yet, he conveniently failed to reveal in his interview that under the PATRIOT Act, his agents can and do write their own search warrants -- just as British agents and soldiers did. The PATRIOT Act calls these warrants by the euphemism 'national security letters.'" (10/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kjzmlxm  

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Four Cents Podcast, 10/16/14

October 16, 2014
posted by

Everything Voluntary Everything Voluntary
by  

"Four Cents 005 is a conversation on funerals, dealing with kids at funerals, and a bit on transhumanism (postponing funerals) and brain models, by Phil and Von." [Flash audio or MP3] (10/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/py6ybyd  

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The rule of law is limited by the size of government

October 16, 2014
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Sandy Ikeda Foundation for Economic Education
by Sandy Ikeda  

"The rule of law does not mean, as it is often interpreted to mean, that ordinary people should obey the decrees that government issues. Rather, it means that laws should serve to promote the general welfare and so should not aim to harm or benefit particular persons or groups. Think of a speed limit on a highway that applies to and is equally enforced upon all motor vehicles." (10/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lrs76lc  

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Stocks plunge 460 points on QE exit

October 16, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"The proximate cause of Wednesday’s bloodbath was weaker than expected economic data from Europe -- which is sliding towards its third recession in five years -- droopy retail sales in the US, and a report from Department of Labor showing that wholesale prices for producers are edging closer towards deflation, the opposite of what the Fed is trying to achieve via its aggressive monetary policy. But the real trigger for the selloff was not the dismal data, but the policies that have been in place since the Financial Crisis of 2008." (10/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o3kvzqw  

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Secession solves social strife

October 16, 2014
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Robert P. Murphy Liberty Chat
by Robert P. Murphy  

"Whenever someone brings up secession as a strategy for modern American politics, some wiseguy will say, 'Didn't the Civil War show that doesn't work?' This is such a monstrous quip that it's hard to know how to respond. The critic is effectively arguing that because the U.S. government slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people the last time someone took the Declaration of Independence seriously, that therefore it must not be valid after all. By the same token, if we're debating whether an Indian tribe should get the right to open a casino, a wiseguy could ask, 'Didn’t the Trail of Tears show that won't work?'" (10/16/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/10/secession-solves-social-strife/  

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