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Confederate culture war going Soviet

July 9, 2015
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USA Today USA Today
by Claude Berube  

"History, like the sea, is a harsh mistress. Russian Bolshevik Nikolai Yezhov learned this the hard way. ... If he is remembered by history at all, it is because of a famous photo of him standing next to Stalin, and the revised photo where he was cropped out. He became an 'unperson' in an Orwellian memory hole. ... [I]n the rush to find a tangible cause for a murderer's rampage in Charleston, the feeding frenzy to purge a portion of America's past is spreading. Companies have refused to manufacture or sell any item with the Confederate flag, including images and toys of the former television series 'Dukes of Hazzard' car, the General Lee. TVLand has stopped airing the program itself. Even historically-based Civil War board and computer games have also begun to disappear from vendor sites because one side of the war had Confederate flags." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmfvj5c  

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Pay attention to history

July 9, 2015
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Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"There is a tendency to push history to the side, to ask why it matters. History matters because it provides us a variety of indisputable opportunities to examine how policies, crises, and other events have played out over time. It forces individuals to think in a way that considers both the seen and unseen consequences of an action—to contemplate both the present and future costs of a particular activity. Moreover, history is a phenomenal way to understand the present. Late Nobel laureate James Buchanan stated that economics 'puts limits on people's utopias.' I think the same can be said for history." (07/08/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/07/08/pay-attention-to-history/  

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I support sanctuary cities

July 9, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"All a "sanctuary city" really is is a city government telling the federal government 'it's not our fvcking job to enforce your laws for you. No, we're not going to spend our citizens' hard-earned money questioning people about their 'federal immigration status' for you. No, we're not going to use our jail budget warehousing anyone you might happen to want to talk to about their 'federal immigration status.' If you want that done, do it yourself. But not here. See that sign -- No dogs or jackbooted thugs? This means you.' 'Sanctuary cities' are, in a word, federalism in action." (07/08/15)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2015/07/i-support-sanctuary-cities.html  

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Why we need criminal justice reform

July 9, 2015
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Jon Basil Utley The American Conservative
by Jon Basil Utley  

"Mass incarceration in America has lifted our prisoner count to 2.3 million, dwarfing that of all other nations; of federal prisoners, only 13 percent are serving time for violent crimes, while 72 percent are imprisoned for nonviolent offenses. Altogether, Americans are held in thousands of prisons and jails. Millions more are former prisoners or arrestees. Criminal-justice reform relates to much more than occasional killings by rogue policemen: the whole over-criminalization incentive structure driving long prison sentences and the re-sentencing of parolees in the judicial system needs publicizing and reform. The multibillion-dollar cost of policing and jailing nonviolent offenders also takes money that our cities (or taxpayers) could well use for civilized betterment." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/neau3hx  

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The Tom Woods Show, 07/08/15

July 9, 2015
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The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
by  

"Ron Paul returns to discuss his new book Swords into Plowshares, at once a deeply personal reflection on war and his own career in the military, and also a systematic antiwar broadside. Truly a must-listen." [various formats] (07/08/15)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-441-ron-paul-on-his-new-antiwar-book/  

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Should Greece loosen its fiscal and monetary stance?

July 9, 2015
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Frank Shostak The Cobden Centre
by Dr Frank Shostak  

"A fall in the growth momentum of both government outlays and the money supply weakens the destruction of the wealth generation process. A decline in the growth momentum of government outlays and money supply (see charts) has arrested the diversion of wealth to non-productive activities from wealth generating activities. We suggest that the current crisis is centered around non-productive activities that can no longer divert wealth from wealth generating activities on account of a fall in both government spending and the money supply rate of growth. From this perspective this is good news for the Greek economy. (Hence what is needed is to maintain a tight grip on government outlays and allow the plunge in the money supply to continue)." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p4tsrxg  

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Oh, I am not retiring at 90 — retire to what?

July 9, 2015
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Nat Hentoff Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff  

"[F]rom Duke Ellington I learned to never retire from jazz and life. This was when I was in my teens, working at a Boston radio station where I'd also had a weekly jazz program. Later I was struck at how tired Duke had become while he and his orchestra were playing more than 200 one-nighters a year all over this land. Presumptuously, I told him: 'Duke, you don't have to endure this. You've written classics and can retire on your ASCAP income.' Duke looked at me as if I'd lost all my marbles and roared: 'Retire? To what?'" (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odxltuc  

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Who’s more delusional, Chris Christie or Donald Trump?

July 9, 2015
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The Nation The Nation
by Leslie Savan  

"We are definitely entering peak Chris Christie lie-palooza time. And it’s happening at exactly the same moment that Donald Trump’s glorious hair is catching fire. The latest Iowa poll shows the New Jersey governor at the back of the pack at number 15 out of 16 Republican candidates. He ranks with Trump as the only GOP contender with negative favorables: Trump’s under water at 42-47 percent, but Christie has nosedived offshore at 25 to 59. On top of that, Christie’s racking up his most miserable poll numbers ever in my state of New Jersey." [editor's note: Some of this is quite perceptive, as well as amusingly written - SAT] (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qxzmd99  

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Nativist son

July 9, 2015
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The Cagle Postt
by Taylor Jones  

Cartoon. (07/08/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/07/nativist-son-donald-trump/  

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Getting rid of bosses

July 9, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Alana Semuels  

"The pastry chefs were unhappy. They had to follow the whims of the head baker, they weren't allowed to take bathroom breaks, and the hairnets they had to wear were truly unflattering. Inspired by an anti-capitalist documentary, they came up with a solution: no more bosses. The pastry chefs quit their jobs and joined together to form a vegan-donut co-op, where they could bake sweets free from the strict confines of the top-down corporate world. But life without bosses was not all they had hoped." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plzqvkk  

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We need to get this right about what the Millennium Development Goals have achieved

July 9, 2015
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"It's absolutely and gloriously true that these recent decades have seen the largest reduction in absolute poverty in the history of our species. But we need to work out why this is so, so that we can go and do more of that lovely stuff that reduces absolute poverty. And this isn't the answer: 'The millennium development goals (MDGs) have driven 'the most successful anti-poverty movement in history' and brought more than a billion people out of extreme penury, but their achievements have been mixed and the world remains deeply riven by inequality, the UN's final report on the goals has concluded.' This is not true. This is to confuse correlation with causality." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ogd38s5  

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What happens after the Confederate flag comes down?

July 9, 2015
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Our Future Blog
by Terrance Heath  

"South Carolina senate's vote to remove the Confederate battle flag is an important first step towards honestly addressing our shared history, and the ways its legacy still haunts us 150 years after the end of the Civil War. The South Carolina senate voted 36 to 3 to banish the flag from state capitol grounds. The state House has now taken up the debate, and lawmakers have proposed dozens of amendments to the bill passed by the state senate. The flag could come down by the end of the week, unless the House complicates matters." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ozxsgbx  

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Movie Review: Jurassic World

July 9, 2015
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jeff Fullerton  

"Yes, those reckless mad scientists from InGen are at it again playing Russian Roulette with dinosaur DNA to stock another theme park built on the remains of the original on that island off the coast of Costa Rica! It's the classic 'not nice to fool around with Mother Nature' theme obliquitous to Hollywood science fiction that probably began with Mary Shelly's 'Frankenstein' monster. I could lament that it is just another environmental alarmist theme -- but even though it is I must give it and all the other Jurassic Park films a thumbs up on the grounds that you don't have much of a disaster film without some kind of disaster. And the Raptor handler -- bad ass Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and his leading lady Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) make a pretty pair. And the dinosaurs were also very impressive." (07/05/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle828-20150705-05.html  

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Bosworth sentenced

July 8, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"The case isn't an innocent person being unjustly accused. I've met Annette Bosworth; I'm proud to call her a friend. But she wasn't exactly innocent. She got bad advice and made a faulty decision to sign as the circulator of petitions when not every signature was affixed in her presence. That's a mistake. It shouldn't be a felony. The bigger issue? The over-the-top prosecution. Attorney General Marty Jackley's heavy-handed, multi-felony approach sends a chilling message to anyone in South Dakota considering political participation." (07/08/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/07/08/bosworth-sentenced/  

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You can buy movie tickets with Bitcoin, and you have “Dope” to thank

July 8, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Anne Butcher  

"If you've spent enough time in libertarian social circles, you've probably heard someone mention how we need more libertarians in show business. The progressives run Hollywood and it's absolutely ruining us! Well, it's unclear whether or not Rick Fumuyiwa and the good people over at Open Road Films identify as libertarian, but they're certainly pushing the industry in a slightly more libertarian direction. Fumuyiwa's movie Dope, a breakout hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, became the first movie to sell tickets for Bitcoin last month. Now, Movietickets.com offers Bitcoin as a payment option at over 900 U.S. theaters for ALL movies showing at those theaters." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nrrj3cz  

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Our neo-Confederacy

July 8, 2015
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Salim Muwakkil In These Times
by Salim Muwakkil  

"It is an irony that the symbol of the old Confederacy has become the most prominent victim of the June 17 massacre in Charleston, S.C., rather than the three men and six women who were slaughtered at church. After photos surfaced of the shooter posing with the flag, a bipartisan chorus of politicians, including at least a dozen Southern Republicans, denounced the flag's display on state grounds and license plates. Though the Stars and Bars served as the battle flag for the Confederate Army, it only became a totem of the South in opposition to the integrationist push of the 1950s and 1960s, when it was adopted by the Dixiecrats: Southern Democrats repelled by their party's embrace of civil rights." [editor's note: This writer may piss you off with his focus on 'racism,' but he'll sure make you think a bit - SAT] (07/08/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18150/our-neo-confederacy  

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Freedom Feens Radio, 07/08/15

July 8, 2015
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
by  

"Lousander Feen, James Babb, and Michael W. Dean tell you why you're wrong about everything. Topics include North Korea, dummies who blew it in Maine, the Greek Indiegogo bailout, starting your own pirate radio station (outside of the US), Don't mess with the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis of Evil, and Let's trim our hair in accordance with the socialist lifestyle." [various formats] (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pponrpc  

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Greece’s biggest problem is its anti-capitalist culture

July 8, 2015
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Russell Lamberti  

"It's considered politically incorrect to criticize culture these days, but whether using euros or drachmas, in or out of the European Union, Greece really has to, somehow, sort out its cultural dysfunction. I'm not talking about its customs, traditions, architecture or music, and I'm definitely not talking about its food. I'm talking about its cultural anti-capitalism. The negotiations, deals, counter-deals, referenda, protests and everything in between all mean very little if Greeks, by and large, don't ditch their statist zeitgeist and rediscover Greek capitalistic exceptionalism." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/naaaw75  

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Greece, America, and the pension tipping point

July 8, 2015
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Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Zack Pruitt  

"While America does not have the same problems collectively as Greece, similar pension debt vulnerabilities are arising across the country. Unfunded state public pension liabilities (the shortfall between promises made to retirees and workers and the funds currently available to pay for them) total an estimated $4.7 trillion nationwide. The City of Chicago alone has unfunded pension liabilities of $26.8 billion. The U.S. trend toward government reliance, despite its harm and lack of sustainability, is clear." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qz3864x  

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Hacking the Hacking Team: The innards of the surveillance industry

July 8, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark  

"What goes around can come around with inexorable force. An Italian hackers-for-hire company called the Hacking Team, selling software to facilitate surveillance, has been, in turn, hacked. In this self-assuming ecology, such companies will have to expect that what they allow others to do will be used on them in time. ... The surveillance industry has no codes of fidelity or borders of control. It is simply a business over nourished by peeping tom patrons. Caught in this tawdry mix are users of such technologies who simply want that rather frayed liberty of privacy to be protected. Not all who use encryption tools seek to trick the law and its suspicious officials." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/puqyhff  

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Are Uber & Lyft driving recalled cars?

July 8, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Rachel M. Cohen  

"Uber and Lyft (two popular ride-sharing companies sweeping cities worldwide) work hard to market their transportation services as safe and secure. On Lyft's website, the company boasts, 'As pioneers in transportation, we're changing the industry with safety front of mind.' Touting their mandatory inspection requirements, like driver criminal background checks, the company declares: 'We designed safety into every part of Lyft.' Uber's rhetoric is quite similar. ... Over the past year I've spent a lot of time looking into the growing number of recalled but unrepaired vehicles on the road." [editor's note: What won't these folks do to prevent free markets from surviving? - SAT] (07/07/15)

http://prospect.org/article/are-uber-and-lyft-driving-recalled-cars  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 07/08/15

July 8, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, H. Sterling Burnett, managing editor of Environment & Climate News speaks with State Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, a businessman and two term state rep who chairs the energy and utility committee. Rep. Kuglitsch joins Burnett to discuss his efforts in fighting federal environmental regulations at a state level." [Flash video] (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qb6rugd  

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“I aim to misbehave …”

July 8, 2015
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The Daily Bell
by Shane Smith  

"The birth of our nation should be celebrated as such, but celebrated for the values it enshrined as well as those it ground to dust. Liberty against power, a breaking of Imperial bonds, an assertion that our rights aren't negotiable, aren't granted by government, and that a government that believes it has the ability to grant or repeal rights is a government out of its cage, run amok, a government that has nullified its justification for existing in its current state, one that has forfeited its position as servant to the people. Of course, our government wishes that we think positively of it when celebrating the Fourth. Government has a vested interest in perverting the meaning of that day into just another nationalist orgy of flag worship that exists in every country on the planet, rather than a remembrance and reaffirmation of our radical heritage of liberty that is our birthright." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o6ft24h  

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Free cities and commonwealths: A bridging strategy to freedom

July 8, 2015
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Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Anthony Caprio  

"As next year's election cycle draws near perhaps you, like me, are already exhausted (and disgusted) with the political process. There are no interesting ideas circulating on either end of the political spectrum. The average voter has absolutely no influence on the political process. Oligarchy is here and the traditional political process seems pretty pointless. The famous Gilens and Page Study actually provides hard data that what voters want is irrelevant. Special interests alone dictate whether or not a bill passes or a candidate gets into office. So, even if 90% of American citizens want to audit the Federal Reserve it's not going to happen under the current system. So, if the political process is a game where the individual is set up for failure, then what are the solutions?" (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/no67khw  

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Capitalism gets blamed for everything, even Greece

July 8, 2015
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Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"When a welfare state run amok borrows in perpetuity to give free stuff to citizens who aren't paying taxes, what do you call that? When anybody who has bothered to take a single lesson in economics can tell you that this is completely unsustainable, but banks, corporations, and governments continue to lend them money on the expectation that some other government will bail them out, what do you call that? When said bailout comes, the government is compelled into austerity, and the people who have become dependent on said government riot in the streets, what do you call that? When those people elect a communist government to default on the debt, institute capital controls, and demand more bailout cash, what do you call that? Capitalism, obviously. Well, not if you have any semblance of economic literacy, of course." (07/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opfz348  

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