Commentary

The road to hell is paved … with fear

October 23, 2013
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Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg  

"One of the cool things about the Bible is that it contains some very interesting passages that no one seems to read. Understand, please, that I’m neither promoting a literal interpretation of the Bible nor giving you a sermon. I’m just pointing out a fascinating fact that most everyone seems to have missed, religious folks included." (10/22/13)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/fear/  

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Divided they fall

October 23, 2013
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Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Topher Wulf  

"The libertarian solution to the monopoly on violence is decentralization. A libertarian seeks to separate the powers of government into smaller pieces. How far one carries this fragmentation of power differs from one person to the next. The difference in individual ideas validate the view of the anarchists that power needs to be broken down to the singular person. From the federal to the states, the states into counties, the counties into households, and the households down to the individual, power is to be dissolved until one may rule over only one’s own property. Anyone who does not wish to restrain their power to themselves wishes to have power over another. Decentralized power is a weakened power." (10/22/13)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2013/10/21/divided-they-fall/  

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Why would Oswald have done it?

October 23, 2013
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"With the approaching 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, it would be appropriate to ask an important question: Why would Oswald have done it? Why would he have assassinated President Kennedy? As I see it, there are four possible scenarios, only one of which, in my opinion, makes any sense." (10/22/13)

http://fff.org/2013/10/22/why-would-oswald-have-done-it/  

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The root of all power

October 23, 2013
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Brad Harrington  

"Why is it that despots consider the transmission of information to be deadlier to their tyrannical ends than stockpiles of guns and bombs? Because their propaganda-driven policies of aggression and enslavement cannot stand the truth of exposure." (10/20/13)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2013/tle742-20131020-03.html  

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Is Katy Perry causing childhood obesity?

October 23, 2013
posted by

Michelle Minton OpenMarket.org
by Michelle Minton  

"No, of course not! However, a coalition of health advocates seems to be making that assertion when they sent her a letter this week asking that she relinquish her sponsorship of Pepsi because, they insist, its deviously effective marketing of soda to children is a cause of childhood obesity." (10/22/13)

http://tinyurl.com/oqtboyh  

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Dick Cheney’s transcendent cynicism

October 23, 2013
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The Nation
by John Nichols  

"Dick Cheney’s cynicism knows no end. Yet, it still has the power to amaze -- especially when Cheney’s political machinations go to extremes. Consider his current embrace of the Tea Party movement. At a point when the Republican Party’s favorability ratings have collapsed to the lowest point in the history of Gallup polling, just about everyone who has an interest in the future of the Grand Old Party is fretting about the damage done by a movement so politically tone deaf that it thought the American people would embrace a politics of government shutdown and debt-ceiling brinksmanship in order to advance the impossible dream of 'defunding Obamacare.' But here’s Dick Cheney ... rally[ing] to the defense of the movement." (10/22/13)

http://tinyurl.com/l3upfas  

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The river of no return

October 22, 2013
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L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith  

"With the exception of an occasional great white shark, crocodile, lion, or leopard, the only natural enemy and predator of humankind is government." (10/20/13)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2013/tle742-20131020-02.html  

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Who will protect us from the police?

October 22, 2013
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LewRockwell.com
by John W. Whitehead  

"Unfortunately, with every passing week, we are hearing more and more horror stories in which homeowners are injured or killed simply because they mistook a SWAT team raid by police for a home invasion by criminals. Never mind that the unsuspecting homeowner, woken from sleep by the sounds of a violent entry, has no way of distinguishing between a home invasion by a criminal as opposed to a government agent. Too often, the destruction of life and property wrought by the police is no less horrifying than that carried out by criminal invaders." (10/22/13)

http://tinyurl.com/klr6op9  

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Ode to Miriam Carey, post-9/11 harbinger

October 22, 2013
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Kelley B Vlahos Antiwar.com
by Kelley B. Vlahos  

"Before she could even become a household name, Carey has slipped away from public consciousness -- or better yet, the public conscience. Her family is pressing for a full investigation, but any outrage that might have elevated their demands to the same critical mass as say, last year’s Trayvon Martin shooting, has been dulled by the disinterest of the national mainstream media." (10/22/13)

http://tinyurl.com/m7gbs97  

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Are laws against “revenge porn” a good idea?

October 22, 2013
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Reason Reason
by Jerry Brito  

"Protecting victims is important, but broad laws threaten everyone's free speech." (10/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/kbtkdfo  

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Debt ceiling deal: DC wins, Americans lose

October 22, 2013
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Washington, DC, Wall Street, and central bankers around the world rejoiced this week as Congress came to an agreement to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling. The latest spending-and-debt deal was negotiated by Congressional leaders behind closed doors, and was rushed through Congress before most members had time to read it. Now that the bill is passed, we can see that it is a victory for the political class and special interests, but a defeat for the American people." (10/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/mqhf9vc  

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Eric Schlosser, bard of folly

October 22, 2013
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The American Prospect
by Konstantin Kakaes  

"All too often, the history of nuclear weapons has been told as a history of those schemes, a history of plans for wars that never took place. The genesis of nuclear weapons has also been a locus of fascination, for good reason. But these two threads leave out a crucial history of the tens of thousands of nuclear weapons, which, like any other technological artifact, differed in reality from the idealization. Eric Schlosser’s 'Command and Control' fills that gap, telling of the weapons in their silos and in bombers." (10/21/13)

http://prospect.org/article/eric-schlosser-bard-folly  

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Counterterrorism: Where are Obama’s policy changes?

October 22, 2013
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Reuters
by Daphne Eviatar  

"It is now roughly five months since President Barack Obama announced a new direction for U.S. counter-terrorism strategy. 'America is at a crossroads,' Obama said at the National Defense University in May. 'We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us.' The president proceeded to set out his post-war vision for the nation -- the peace dividend earned for the last 12 years of a complicated, costly and at times tragically misguided counterterrorism policy. The president, as usual, gave a good speech. Where he’s weak is on the follow-through, however." (10/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/pnzm5bs  

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SecureDrop

October 22, 2013
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Schneier on Security
by Bruce Schneier  

"SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower support system, originally written by Aaron Swartz and now run by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. The first instance of this system was named StrongBox and is being run by the New Yorker. To further add to the naming confusion, Aaron Swartz called the system DeadDrop when he wrote the code." (10/17/13)

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/10/securedrop.html  

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Getting to “good enough” in Afghanistan

October 22, 2013
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The Nation
by Bob Dreyfuss  

"In Afghanistan, the war goes on. As The Nation documented recently, tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have died since the war began in 2001, and with the war having entered its thirteenth year, there’s no end in sight. The American combat mission is winding down, but if the Obama administration has its way there won’t be an end to the counterterrorism war in Afghanistan for years to come. And, in an editorial today, 'An Exit Strategy from Afghanistan,' The New York Times admits without irony that what the United States has got for a dozen lethal years in Afghanistan is a stalemate." (10/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/pxuhkx8  

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Obama Agonistes

October 22, 2013
posted by

BorePatch
by staff  

"But that's not where the fight is. The fight is with the Veterans at closed memorials. The fight is with cops tearing American flags from the grasp of Veterans who fought and bled for this country. The fight is with bikers who descend of Washington D.C. in their tens of thousands, sporting Gadsden flags. The fight is with American citizens who throw orange traffic cones to the side of the road, cones that tried to block off Mt. Rushmore on a public highway." (10/17/13)

http://borepatch.blogspot.com/2013/10/obama-agonistes.html  

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Markets are solving the food waste problem

October 22, 2013
posted by

Eamonn Butler Adam Smith Institute
by Dr. Eamonn Butler  

"Nobody likes waste, particularly those of us in the baby boom generation whose parents had lived through wartime rationing -- or those who are old enough to remember it personally. We were brought up with the mantra 'waste not, want not.' Supermarket bosses are no different from the rest of us in that respect, but they have another powerful motive to avoid waste too: it is very bad for the bottom line. Why pay producers for food that goes unsold? That is why Tesco has actually done a survey of what customers actually ditch, going through 10,000 dustbins in their research (ugh!). It seems that 65% of bagged salad is discarded, for example. The result of that? Probably, smaller bags being put on sale from now on. And clearer instructions on food packaging about how to keep it fresh." (10/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/jwafbcy  

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The Selfish Gene, Social Darwinism and human cooperation

October 22, 2013
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Toby Baxendale  

"Being new to biology, I thought I should read some Darwin to see if it really does follow that if you accept natural selection you must move, as night moves toward day, to the whole of human society running itself as a group of individualistic selfish replicators. Social Darwinism has nothing, seemingly, to do with Darwin himself. He never advocated a social policy of promotion of the natural tendency to the survival of the fittest. He thought that appropriation by others was the key in advancing man in society." (10/22/13)

http://tinyurl.com/pf6kund  

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Welcome to the “trust no one” society

October 22, 2013
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Spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"There’s something very weird about today’s discussion of trust in public life, which is this: the institutions and organisations that crow most loudly about a crisis of trust are the same institutions and organisations that actively stir up mistrust across modern society." (10/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/m2xmxpt  

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Riot on-off switch

October 22, 2013
posted by

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"This is a big play that didn’t happen overnight. Food stamp requirements have been relaxed while seemingly insane legislation and economic manipulation destroyed the lower and middle class. Now, with the flip of a switch, one small decision-making body can empty the store shelves, piss everybody off at all the wrong people and instantly have an angry, hungry populace in any location they want." (10/21/13)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2013/10/21/riot-on-off-switch/  

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Football team’s name is no business of Congress or the president

October 22, 2013
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Lawson Bader  

"Names matter and language changes as attitudes change. I get that. But what I don’t get -- and don’t want -- are federal officials using their bully pulpit to browbeat a private enterprise whose moniker meets their disapproval. Yet, unfortunately, there seems to be more of that about." (10/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/l9wuqew  

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New Missouri Educator Profile test tells teachers … something

October 22, 2013
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by James Shuls  

"As of this fall, prospective Missouri teachers are paying $22 to take a test that will tell them ... something. Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has revamped the teacher certification process. DESE has replaced the licensure exams we have used for many years with new exams that Pearson Education, Inc. designed. Among these new exams is the Missouri Educator Profile. The strange thing about this test is that it has 'no right or wrong answers.'" (10/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/mukhefe  

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Generous contract offer still not enough for BART hostage takers

October 22, 2013
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Lawrence J. McQuillan  

"On Friday, about 2,400 union workers with the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system went on strike for the second time in four months. The unions—the Service Employees International Union and Amalgamated Transit Union—represent BART station agents, train operators, mechanics, maintenance workers, and professional staff. The striking workers are unhappy with BART’s most recent contract offer. But most working-class people in the Bay Area would jump at these terms ..." (10/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/lxlbked  

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Poetic justice in Kansas

October 22, 2013
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff  

"Talk about turnabout being fair play. In a surprising break with the pattern of looniness that seems to characterize law and politics in the state of Kansas, the state’s Supreme Court on Friday indefinitely suspended the law license of former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline in a unanimous ruling that found Kline had violated 11 rules of professional conduct in the course of directing his department’s epic jihad against abortion providers in the state." (10/21/13)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/21/poetic-justice-in-kansas/  

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Filner found felonious in sizzling sex scandal

October 22, 2013
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox  

"I am a resident of San Diego who has disliked former Mayor Robert Filner from the moment he first reared his ugly head in electoral politics -- and that was a long, long time ago. As far as I’m concerned, he is a man with no good qualities. So I was not unhappy when he (at last!) became the subject of national ridicule. I was disappointed, however, that he was ridiculed almost exclusively for being what the early 20th century called a masher, 'a man who attempts to force his attentions on a woman.'" (10/21/13)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/1146  

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