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Is ObamaCare working?

September 18, 2014
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John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"es, according to Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein, and the Commonwealth Fund. But all these folks were cheerleaders for the Affordable Care Act from day one. Sarah Kliff, another Obamacare supporter, estimates that health reform has enabled about 5 million people to become newly insured. But that’s only about 10 percent of the uninsured. What happened to the mandate that required that everyone have health insurance this year or face a fine?" (09/16/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5085  

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Scotland’s referendum on austerity

September 18, 2014
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The Nation
by John Nichols  

"Thursday’s Scottish referendum vote is often framed in terms of the politics of nationalism –- and the desire of a people for self-determination. And of course there have always been, and there still are, impassioned Scottish nationalists. But the reality that becomes overwhelmingly clear in the last hours before the referendum vote (which polls suggest will see an exceptionally high turnout and a close finish) is that this process is being shaped by the politics of austerity. This is highlighted by the campaigning of supporters of a 'yes' vote and, increasingly, this is being acknowledged in the last-minute promises being made by British Prime Minister David Cameron and the most fervent foes of a Scottish break with the United Kingdom." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l7xwjud  

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Peter Van Buren on The Scott Horton Show

September 18, 2014
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The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Peter Van Buren, author of We Meant Well, discusses Obama’s authority (or lack thereof) to start another Iraq War, and why the outcome won’t be any better this time." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/16/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/09/17/091614-peter-van-buren/  

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Celebrating Constitution Day in the age of Obama

September 18, 2014
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"This is Constitution Day; the official White House photo for the occasion is on the left. Obama issued a proclamation for the occasion that is knee-deep with his usual Statist hokum. Obama declared: 'Our Constitution… secures the privileges we enjoy as citizens, but also demands participation, responsibility, and service to our country and to one another.' But the Bill of Rights was not a 'Bill of Privileges.'" (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l9o8lof  

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Adventures in pre-hermitting

September 18, 2014
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Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"I’m a writer. I’m just a writer. I think and I dream and I write. Once upon a time, that was what writers did, and it’s certainly what most of us writer-types are designed to do. But these days, even minor writers like me are expected do everything from incessant self-promotion to studying techniques for boosting sales on Amazon. Which is weird. We also become just a little bit public property. Which is possibly even weirder, though it’s always gone with the territory." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/plyomef  

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Just what America needs, more Senators who can handle themselves in a firefight

September 18, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Let's be honest: the job of a United States senator does not involve much in the way of gunplay. There's a lot of speechifying, a lot of talking, a lot of trying to stay awake in hearings, and a whole lot of fundraising. But shooting in the course of your duties? Very little, if any at all. I suppose it's possible that we might one day see something like a scene out of a G.I. Joe movie, where terrorist commandos take over the Capitol building and the only thing standing between them and the fall of the United States of America is Barbara Mikulski and her .50-cal Desert Eagle, putting down bad guys like poison-pill amendments at a subcommittee markup...but probably not. Which is part of the reason why I love ads with candidates shooting stuff so much." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mn8968e  

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Why the Pentagon should care about Scotland’s referendum

September 18, 2014
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Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford  

"Scottish voters contemplate whether to withdraw from their 307-year-long union with the rest of the United Kingdom on Sept. 18, U.S. policymakers have their own problem to ponder: What will be the ramifications and potential costs of Scottish independence for U.S. foreign and security policy? To citizens of a country that celebrates its independence from Britain every July 4, there’s nothing threatening about Scottish independence. But policymakers are worried." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mcxflf5  

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Say NO to prolonging the Syrian bloodbath

September 18, 2014
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson  

"Obama wants ME to fund Syrian 'moderates' to fight BOTH the Assad regime AND ISIS in a 3-sided war. But who are the moderates?" (09/16/14)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/say-no-to-prolonging-the-syrian-bloodbath  

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Capping carbon costs nothing

September 18, 2014
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Our Future Blog
by Bill Scher  

"The big climate news in advance of next week’s U.N. climate summit is a new global commission report that finds the investments needed to avert a climate crisis would likely not result in any net cost. According to the New York Times, 'an ambitious series of measures to limit emissions would cost $4 trillion or so over the next 15 years” but that’s only “an increase of roughly 5 percent over the amount that would likely be spent anyway on new power plants, transit systems and other infrastructure. ... When the secondary benefits of greener policies (like lower fuel costs, fewer premature deaths from air pollution and reduced medical bills) are taken into account, the changes might wind up saving money.'” (09/16/14)

http://ourfuture.org/20140916/capping-carbon-costs-nothing  

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The end of empire

September 17, 2014
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Libertarian Alliance The Libertarian Alliance
by Bishop Julian Farmer  

"I make no apologies; this is an academic article. It has to be because what is taking place is just one more aspect of a deeper entropic phase of the abolition of Britain. My expertise and indeed my interests in my profession are to do with how societies rise and fall. I have been studying daily events for a while now and am more than convinced that our country, its culture and its society are disappearing as I write." (09/17/14)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2014/09/17/the-end-of-empire/  

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The flimsy, fantasy politics of the Yes campaign

September 17, 2014
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spiked spiked
by Dolan Cummings  

"Pro-independence campaigners are convinced an independent Scotland would have a fundamentally different political make-up, but this assumption is not supported by the experience of the devolved Scottish parliament, which has hardly had to have its radicalism reined in by Westminster. All the parties are the same, except Scotland has the Scottish National Party (SNP), which is distinct only in favouring independence." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pubm5ys  

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Obama and peace

September 17, 2014
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The Cagle Post
by Dry Bones  

Cartoon. (09/17/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/09/obama-and-peace/  

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No, Snowden’s leaks didn’t help the terrorists

September 17, 2014
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The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain  

"Did Edward Snowden’s revelations on NSA surveillance compromise the ability of intelligence agencies to monitor terrorist groups? Contrary to lurid claims made by U.S. officials, a new independent analysis of the subject says no. ... These findings are notable both for empirical rigor through which they ascertained, as well as their contradiction of apparently baseless statements made by high-ranking U.S. officials regarding the impact of the leaks on U.S. national security. This is particularly important as it pertains to the ongoing public debate over the alleged threat of ISIS." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q3gpuj3  

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The charade of independence for UKIP and Scotland

September 17, 2014
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Jeff Deist Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jeff Deist  

Interview with Andy Duncan. Duncan: "The Secessionists, unfortunately, will probably lose and the reason for that is because Scotland is being bought and paid for, I think as Robert Burns who said, we’re born and sold for English gold and a quarter of the adults in Scotland work for the British government, so they take a salary from the British government. There’s maybe a million pensioners are all receiving British government pensions and there’s all sorts of even private companies, a lot of their contracts are to the British government." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qxpdc77  

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Our sentimental humanitarian age

September 17, 2014
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Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Samuel Gregg  

"I always thought it would be difficult to imagine a period in which the West would be more adrift than the 1970s. Being a child at the time, I was spared consciousness of most of that miserable decade. Thus far, however, the second decade of the 2000s seems likely to give the 10 years that spawned Watergate, stagflation, the Carter presidency, the Oil Crisis, Idi Amin, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, Jim Jones, Pol Pot, the Red Brigades, and the Iranian Revolution (to name just a few of the star attractions) a serious run for its money as a byword for Western decline." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l8ljyh3  

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This is the only way to save libraries

September 17, 2014
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Thoughts On Liberty
by Gina O'Neill-Santiago  

"As a bibliophile and proponent of a literacy-rich culture, I do think that community libraries are a valuable resource. But I do not think we should be holding rallies and beg for more public funding. Rather, if we want to give these bastions of literacy a fighting chance, privatization is our best option; there is still a demand for community libraries and the best way to sustain them and maximize the services that they render is to take them out of the public sector -- altogether or simply outsource some core functions." (09/17/14)

http://thoughtsonliberty.com/this-is-the-only-way-to-save-libraries  

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Individualist feminism: A lost tradition

September 17, 2014
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Britney Little  

"I used to be a bra-burning feminist myself, but as I read more about various libertarian philosophies and discovered my own individuality, I came to a brutal realization that I, as an American citizen, do not need feminism in its mainstream, modern-day form. I need equality. I want to go back to the fight for legal equality, not a fight strictly against men." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k97uoq6  

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The second Cold War is here

September 17, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Alexander Reid Ross  

"In October 2013, David Patraeus came out with an amazingly imaginative work called 'How We Won in Iraq.' Detailing the ways that US counterinsurgency rebuilt Iraq out of the rubble of a failed State, in pursuit of truth, unity, and the democratic way. Somewhat prophetically, Patraeus looks to the transfer of power with an ominous analysis of long-term strategy in Iraq. With the rise of ISIS, one thing is for certain; the US absolutely did not win in Iraq -- at least not in the manner that Patraeus claims to have won." (09/17/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/17/the-second-cold-war-is-here/  

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By the numbers: Did more people die from the swine flu vaccine than from swine flu?

September 17, 2014
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The Skeptical Libertarian The Skeptical Libertarian
by Daniel Bier  

"It’s flu season again, which means that soon a crop of viral myths and memes about the flu vaccine will spread over the internet. Besides the usual BS about vaccines and autism, one specific claim that I’ve heard probably a couple dozen times in the last five years is that the H1N1 swine flu vaccines actually 'killed more people than than the swine flu itself!' At least, so says quack doctor Joseph Mercola and other anti-vaccine activists. But is it true?" (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/knazt2k  

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This Constitution Day, try something new: Nullify the feds!

September 17, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin  

"There is no better way to celebrate 'Constitution Day' than by learning how to enforce the document it claims to celebrate." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mh5bsx7  

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Is the foreign-policy elite clueless?

September 17, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Americans may believe the government -- especially the foreign-policy side -- is at least minimally competent, but when one surveys decisions from the last few decades, one has to wonder." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m9nx2ld  

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Top-rated economies of the world are not by coincidence

September 17, 2014
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Lawson Bader  

"In 1987 I walked along the Kowloon Peninsula Hotel’s harbor promenade. Since then, the city has reclaimed from the water nearly three city blocks in its desire to grow. Now, the Peninsula, while still a grand property, has only an urban promenade out its front door. On most economic freedom indexes, Hong Kong is king -- among the top-rated economies in the world for the past 20 years. And it’s no wonder. Creative destruction, not whimsical history, is its modus operandi." (09/15/14)

http://cei.org/content/top-rated-economies-world-are-not-coincidence  

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The McKeon Amendment — a Lend-Lease Act for terrorists

September 17, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"It speaks volumes about the 'rebel' movement in Syria that imposing a condition that none of the 'vetted' fighters have links to terrorist groups would be 'asking for something that makes this mission impossible.' This is precisely why arming and supporting the Syrian rebels has been a bad idea from the very beginning: as the President told Tom Friedman recently, the idea that there are 'moderate' rebels is 'a fantasy.' But then again Republicans like McKeon are fantasists, pure and simple. What does it say about our President, however, who is pushing what he consciously knows to be a fantasy?" (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l3jkso7  

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Bombing Syria: Still crazier than hell

September 17, 2014
posted by

James Bovard jimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"I am appalled to see the Obama administration charging blindly and dragging America into another war in Syria. ISIS looks like a bunch of prize bastards but that is pretty much par for that part of the world. I have seen no evidence that selective U.S. bombing will beget a new Garden of Eden in that neck of the woods. I am puzzled that so few people seem outraged that many -- if not most -- of the Obama administration’s prior assertions on Syria have been proven either false or half-witted. Can’t Obama come up with something aside from pointless killing to boost his approval ratings?" (09/16/14)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2014/09/16/bombing-syria-still-crazier-hell/  

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Gestapo Nation USA

September 17, 2014
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J. Taylor  

"President Obama admitted it so it’s no longer a secret. As I wrote last month, the USA is guilty of the indefensible practice of torture. He admitted that it was 'wrong' but then he defended it on the grounds that the CIA goons were faced with such a 'tough job' after 9/11. I guess that’s exactly what George W. Bush thought when he personally authorized it. Of course, the Nazi Gestapo goons were faced with a tough job too during WWII, so I suppose the President thinks that their routine torture practices were justified as well." (09/16/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/09/gestapo-nation-usa.html  

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