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Why cyber war is dangerous for democracies

June 25, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Moises Naim  

"[W]hile it is important that democracies not spy on their citizens, it is as important that democracies have ways to defend themselves and their citizens from the dangerous cyber world that is emerging. This new world is significantly imbalanced in favor of non-democratic nations -- not because authoritarian states are more technologically sophisticated than their democratic counterparts, but because they are more institutionally flexible, opaque, unaccountable, and often corrupt." (06/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/phbp4ue  

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Why there is no libertarian defense of the Confederacy

June 25, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Jonathan Blanks  

"There is a strain of libertarian contrarianism that holds that the Confederate States of America were within their 'rights' to secede from the Union. Such contrarianism on this particular topic is detrimental to the larger cause of liberty because the logic of this argument relies upon relinquishing individual rights to the whim of the state. Indeed, as there is no legal or moral justification for supporting the Confederacy in the Civil War, it is impossible that there could be a libertarian one." (06/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p2zca9z  

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How protecting hatred preserves freedom

June 25, 2015
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Andrew P. Napolitano Reason
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"The State is required to protect hate but it has no business expressing opinions on anything -- thus it has no business flying the Confederate flag." (06/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qf9e84z  

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Loving the South

June 25, 2015
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Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"From the time I was old enough to realize what slavery and the ideology of white supremacy that sustained it, and that remained after slavery died, I have had a troubled conscience about the South. I found it so difficult to reconcile the place and the culture into which I was born, and which I loved, and do love, with the hideous facts of our history. I have never bought the moonlight-and-magnolias fantasy about the Old South; in fact, it sets my teeth on edge. This lie that so many white Southerners tell themselves to avoid facing the full moral horror of what our ancestors did, and what was perpetuated here well within living memory, is hard to tolerate. At the same time, the moral preening and hypocrisy of many Northerners is extremely hard to take." (06/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ojt78w7  

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Safety, savings and symbolism

June 25, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"How can the U. S. save $2.5 billion a year, reduce the federal workforce by 4,000 hires, and engage in a symbolic act of undoubted patriotism, all at the same time? Get rid of the Department of Homeland Security." (06/25/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/06/25/safety-savings-and-symbolism/  

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The Grasping Hand: “Kelo v. City of New London” and the Limits of Eminent Domain

June 25, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Ilya Somin  

"Ten years ago today, in Kelo v. City of New London, the Supreme Court ruled that the city of New London, Connecticut, could condemn fifteen residential properties in order to transfer them to a new private owner for purposes of promoting 'economic development.' Although the Fifth Amendment only permits the taking of private property for 'public use,' the Court ruled that virtually any potential public benefit qualifies as such, even if the government fails to prove that the supposed benefit will ever actually materialize. My new book The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain, is the first work by a legal scholar about one of the Supreme Court's most controversial modern decisions." (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8u3g47  

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Freedom Feens Radio, 06/25/15

June 25, 2015
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
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"Davi Barker, MK Lords, Lousander Feen, Randy England, Ben Stone, Dianna Keiler, Chandler St. Pierre, Michael W. Dean, and the day-butt of Angela Keaton (Feen Bone)! WooT!" [Flash audio or MP3] (06/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qavwc69  

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Progressives against liberal values

June 25, 2015
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David S. D'Amato Future of Freedom Foundation
by David S D'Amato  

"A particularly unsubstantiated narrative on the right to own a firearm has, for some time, assumed a central place in the talking points of the mainstream left, which we might also accurately name the counterfeit, fake, or sensitivity left. Rather than mere name-calling, the point is to distinguish this group from those who are concerned with the preservation of genuine liberal values, among them, liberty, a government that is subject to the rule of law, and a robust system of justice that refrains from denying an individual her rights without legitimate due process." (06/24/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/progressives-liberal-values/  

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The twisted priorities of the state

June 25, 2015
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Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"Perhaps you don't think jail is a particularly good way of correcting behavior, and I don't entirely disagree with you. Perhaps you question Oldershaw's injuries, and I can't claim to be intimately familiar with his condition. Personally however, I think assault, theft, and vandalism ought to be harshly punished in order to deter that behavior in the society. I also think that he ought to be made to pay back the insurance company or government programs that paid for the majority of Oldershaw's medical expenses. More importantly, I see a very startling contrast in the priorities of the State in this case. Just rattling a few off the top of my head, I've seen numerous very decent people go to jail in New Hampshire for causing no injury to anybody." (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pbd7rsf  

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Flag banning

June 25, 2015
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J. Neil Schulman J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman  

"I'm a native New Yorker. Had I been alive in the past centuries with my current beliefs I would have been a slavery Abolitionist and if possible both an activist in the Underground Railroad smuggling slaves to freedom in Canada and an agitator for slave rebellions against slaveholders in states where slavery was legal. That said, I oppose the current move by retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Target, Sears and eBay to ban sale of merchandise displaying the Confederate Battle Flag and of Warner Brothers to stop making toy 'Dukes of Hazzard' cars carrying the Confederate flag decal." (06/24/15)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2015/06/flag-banning/  

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N-word hysteria

June 25, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"During a radio interview last week President Obama used the so-called 'N-word' in a purely historical context while discussing the topic of race relations in America .... Judging by the public outcry from all directions immediately afterward, one would have thought he had committed a murder. That's because in America today there exists a very large segment of the population terminally afflicted with a sickness in consciousness I call 'N-word' hysteria." (06/25/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/06/n-word-hysteria.html  

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Changes to domain name rules place user privacy in jeopardy

June 25, 2015
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Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm and Mitch Stoltz  

"TG Storytime is a free community website for transgender authors, operated by Joe Six-Pack, himself a transgender author and publisher. ... Joe uses a proxy registration service that fulfils the rules of ICANN (the global domain name authority) that contact information be available for all domains, while keeping his actual details private. If anyone really needs to know Joe's physical address or telephone number, they can apply for a court order or subpoena requiring his privacy service to disclose them. At least, that is how it works now. But under a proposal currently being considered by ICANN, that may all change." (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pek7dlq  

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Why disarming the “mentally ill” is not a sensible response to mass shootings

June 25, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"The dragnet would ensnare many harmless people without having a significant impact on gun violence." (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ph53345  

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The Tom Woods Show, 06/24/15

June 25, 2015
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The Tom Woods Show
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Discussion of the TSA featuring "James Bovard, the author of ten books [and] an investigative journalist who has written for a wide variety of publications." [various formats] (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pe65k6z  

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Altruism Shrugged

June 25, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig  

"Ayn Rand had a hard year in 1934. Her debut novel, We the Living, had gone through a string of rejections from various publishers. Night of January 16th, her first play, had not yet found a producer. Her two greatest works, The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957), had yet to be written; with no literary success to her name, her savings were running out. That year she completed, but shelved, another novel. Perhaps chastened by the indifference of the publishing world, she decided to give it some time to marinate. She reworked it into a play, Ideal, that went unproduced for roughly 60 years, but finally found a home at the Melrose Theatre in Los Angeles. Its delayed arrival did not precipitate a benevolent welcome." [editor's note: This would not be news, were it not for the site on which it's appearing - SAT] (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5vggvy  

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Rubio’s right; red light cameras are a scam

June 25, 2015
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USA Today USA Today
by Richard Diamond  

"Marco Rubio's driving habits have been in the spotlight ever since The New York Times attacked him over a handful of minor traffic infractions. The Fla. senator downplayed his record behind the wheel by pointing out that red-light cameras are a 'scam.' PolitiFact chided the Republican presidential candidate for failing to acknowledge that cameras are perfectly legal in his state -- as if that matters. Rubio got it exactly right. On Friday, the former chief executive of leading red-light camera firm pleaded guilty in a political corruption scam that had politicians embrace photo enforcement in return for cash. For nearly a decade Karen L. Finley was a leader at Redflex Traffic Systems, an Australian company that operates cameras in about 200 communities throughout the United States and Canada." (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p7jdu8o  

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Can advocates of violence (like Che?) become icons for peace?

June 25, 2015
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Strike the Root
by LK Samuels  

"One would think that those who work diligently in the peace movement would praise those who speak warmly of peace and non-violence. But is this the case for today's peace movement? One recent incident puts that assumption into doubt." (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/po926df  

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Wall Street & big corporations got what they wanted … this time

June 25, 2015
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Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"Fast track passes. Our Congress (the supposed representatives of We the People) voted to cut themselves and us out of the process of deciding what 'the rules' for doing business 'in the 21st Century' will be. How do the plutocrats and oligarchs and their giant multinational corporations get what they want when a pesky democracy is in their way? They push that pesky democracy out of their way. Because of fast track, when the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and any other secretly negotiated 'trade' agreements are completed Congress must vote in a hurry with only limited debate, cannot make any amendments no matter what is in the agreement, and they can’t be filibustered. Nothing else coming before our Congress gets that kind of skid-greasing, only corporate-written 'trade' agreements -- and it doesn’t matter how far the contents go beyond actual 'trade.'" (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pz97x8r  

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Poll: 47% of Americans would vote for a Socialist

June 25, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Marc Daalder  

"A new Gallup poll shows that 47 percent of Americans would consider voting for a socialist candidate. Gallup has been polling Americans on their voting preferences for candidates of different backgrounds since 1937, but this year was the first time they inquired about socialism. When broken down on party lines, a socialist candidate would earn the consideration of 59 percent of Democrats, 49 percent of Independents, and only 26 percent of Republicans. Overall, socialism charted the lowest of all the backgrounds referenced in the poll." (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ogr4svs  

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How to make the Fed more transparent & accountable

June 25, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Ady Barkan  

"The Federal Reserve has long faced fierce scrutiny from members of Congress, community leaders, and the press for its lack of transparency. Fed Chair Janet Yellen, still early in her term, has signaled an intention to improve transparency and hold the Fed accountable to the public interest, and she’ll face an important test this month as she starts deciding whom to appoint to the newly formed Community Advisory Council. In the most recent example of Fed’s insular system of governance, Bloomberg Business revealed concerning news about the recent appointment of Patrick Harker as president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve." [editor's note: Contrary to this drivel, Step 1: audit the damned thing; Step 2: abolish it! - SAT] (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pomw5vj  

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Economic science and predictability

June 25, 2015
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Don Boudreaux EconLog
by Don Boudreaux  

"While an improved ability to make accurate and falsifiable predictions about empirical reality is fine, this ability is not the only, or even necessarily the finest, contribution that science makes to humankind. Science -- especially any social science, such as economics -- offers contributions also, and mostly instead, on other fronts, namely, an improved understanding of empirical reality. In short, a scientific discipline can be fully worthy of the descriptor 'scientific' even when it does not generate specific predictions that in practice are falsifiable." (06/24/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/06/economic-science-and-predictability.html  

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They’ll always move further right: Why every defeat only makes Republicans more extreme

June 25, 2015
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Salon
by Paul Rosenberg  

"GOP somehow thinks they only lose because they're not conservative enough. That's a recipe for even more losing." [editor's note: I'm pretty sure this is NOT the Paul Rosenberg who writes at The Daily Bell and Freeman's Perspective - TLK] (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/om9mbmg  

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 06/24/15

June 25, 2015
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by  

"Today's Freedom Report podcast dives into the upcoming summer budget battles which will pit grassroots conservatives against establishment Republicans. Cruz and Paul aren't likely to succeed in achieving significant cuts to the budget, but both have a chance to win the hearts of the grassroots by bucking the establishment of their party." [Flash audio or MP3] (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oecjjbr  

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Bribing a legislature

June 25, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Just when big government boosters in the Evergreen State thought it was safe to raise taxes, Tim Eyman and the group Voters Want More Choices have returned to the streets with Initiative 1366." (06/24/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/06/24/bribing-a-legislature/  

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Who would not favor economic growth?

June 25, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"They may have wildly different ideas about how to get there, but all sides have agreed on the basic destination: a growing economy. Until recently. Lately, on the Left a new strain of thought has risen that questions whether growth is a good thing after all." [editor's note: Lately? I was reading the same complaint in the 1980s! - TLK] (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qj5yqb6  

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