Commentary

Global warming alarmist sues think tank for disputing his “facts”

August 17, 2014
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Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"What’s worse than a public policy debate that turns bitter and impolite? Well, for one, having the courts step into the marketplace of ideas to judge which side of a debate has the best 'facts.' Yet that’s what Michael Mann has invited the D.C. court system to do. In response to some scathing criticism of his methodologies and an allegation of scientific misconduct, the author of the infamous 'hockey stick' models of global warming -- because they resemble the shape of a hockey stick, with temperatures rising drastically beginning in the 1900s -- has taken the global climate change debate to a record low by suing the Competitive Enterprise Institute, National Review, and two individual commentators." (08/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kalbsb5  

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War on poverty more like war of poverty

August 17, 2014
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Jeffrey Berwick The Daily Bell
by Jeffrey Berwick  

"Amid the Great Recession Americans can sleep tighter knowing the government can use their tax-revenue to protect them from yet another terror: tents. More specifically the people who inhabit them: the 'homeless.' Thankfully, government has stolen trillions of dollars from naive humans who mistake themselves as 'citizens.' For an example of the danger tents and the people who inhabit them pose, please watch while government protects its taxpayers from tents and crushes the spirits of the 70-year-old man who had the audacity to live in a humble home in the forest. Local bureaucrats seem to think he belongs in a city pissing on your apartment complex or small business entrance." (08/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/njhldrz  

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Don’t assume what is “unseen” doesn’t exist

August 17, 2014
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Gary M. Galles Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles  

"The use of the ceteris paribus, or 'other things equal' assumption is an essential aspect of economic education. It is an important caveat that helps make sense of a complicated world by clarifying the incentive stories that comprise the core of economics. Unfortunately, the often unthinking acceptance of that phrase has also provided an opening for misrepresenting economic reality in analyzing government interventions. That is because governments cannot change just one incentive." (08/15/14)

http://mises.org/daily/6840/Dont-Assume-What-Is-Unseen-Doesnt-Exist  

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Ferguson 187: Comment copy/paste

August 15, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"If a police officer had been gunned down in broad daylight in the middle of the street by a young black man, the suspect's name would have been released within minutes, charges would have been formally filed within hours and the suspect would have been taken into custody as soon as humanly possible. Since it was a young black man gunned down in broad daylight in the middle of the street by a police officer, it is now days later and the suspect's name has not been released, charges have not been formally filed and the suspect has been put on paid vacation while the police department runs through sequential conflicting versions of the story it is putting together until it has everyone worn out and confused enough not to burn the city down when it announces 'we've determined that the un-named police officer was acting according to department policy.' Like the pigs (equivalency definitely intended) in Animal Farm said, 'all animals are equal -- but some animals are more equal than others.'" (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lhrd5my  

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From Boston to Ferguson: Have we reached a tipping point in the police state?

August 15, 2014
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John W. Whitehead LewRockwell.com
by John W. Whitehead  

"The difference between what happened in Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosion and what is happening now in Ferguson, Missouri, is not in the government’s response but in the community’s response. This is what happens when you ignore the warning signs." (08/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pmnohbg  

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Beware of kafkatrapping

August 15, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  

"The term 'kafkatrapping' describes a logical fallacy that is popular within gender feminism, racial politics and other ideologies of victimhood. It occurs when you are accused of a thought crime such as sexism, racism or homophobia. You respond with an honest denial, which is then used as further confirmation of your guilt. You are now trapped in a circular and unfalsifiable argument; no one who is accused can be innocent because the structure of kafkatrapping precludes that possibility." (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o43yje9  

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Disruption, Inc.: Big Byte firms rotten to the core

August 15, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"'You can make money without doing evil' is No. 6 in the list of 10 things Google (the corporation) knows to be true. The Google list leaves out a few caveats. Like: You can make more money flouting antitrust laws. You can pay your brainiacs less if they believe you will retaliate if they try to go to work for someone else." (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oxmzsxe  

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Iraq: The “humanitarian catastrophe” that petered out

August 15, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"According to the Times, while national security advisor Benjamin Rhodes was telling reporters ground troops may be on the way, and the neocons and their 'progressive' enablers were working themselves into a fit of frothy-mouthed self-righteousness, eagerly anticipating another world-saving crusade, a "secret team of Marines and Special Operations forces were already on the ground" assessing the scope of the alleged crisis. And what did the Yazidis tell them? 'We want to stay put!' The lovable Yazidis, it seems, aren’t as bad off as Kurdistan’s public relations propagandists over at Patton Boggs -- and their media megaphones -- were telling us." (08/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kyc4wt8  

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Is deadly force by police on the rise? We won’t know until they give us the stats

August 15, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Anthony L. Fisher  

"It is perfectly reasonable to suggest the ubiquity of cameras and social media have made the public far more aware of police misconduct and thus helped foster the impression of a growing epidemic of brutality. But neither Huston nor Haberfeld cite any national statistics or study to back up the claim that the use of deadly force is not on the rise, because they can't. There is no national database, nor anything close to resembling one, which details the use of deadly force by police." (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/km758ln  

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Happy Birthday, Social Security, but stay away from that cake!

August 15, 2014
posted by

Our Future
by Richard Eskow  

"August 14th is Social Security’s birthday, and I keep having this nightmare. In it, 300 million Americans are singing Social Security’s praises and celebrating its 79th year. Then a giant cake is rolled out while everybody sings 'Happy Birthday' -- and out pops Alan Simpson, looking like Freddy Krueger and swinging a buzz saw with the words 'chained CPI' painted on it. Alan Simpson, in case you’ve forgotten, is the remarkably uninformed former Republican senator from Wyoming who has made a post-political career out of taunting seniors in need." (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/otvzx3y  

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You might be in serfdom

August 15, 2014
posted by

Robert P. Murphy Liberty Chat
by Robert P. Murphy  

"Drawing upon the wit and wisdom (respectively) of Jeff Foxworthy and Friedrich Hayek, I respectfully offer the following conditions ..." (08/15/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/08/might-serfdom/  

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Seeking a Goldilocks option for Iraq

August 15, 2014
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Christopher A. Preble  

"President Barack Obama once famously called the Iraq War a 'dumb war.' But, in announcing U.S. airstrikes to counter Islamic radicals gaining territory in northern Iraq, Obama has given hawks a second chance to get the open-ended conflict they always wanted. That would be an even dumber war." (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o9qonq6  

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Gun safety rules — the rest of the story

August 15, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by Susan Callaway  

"Those who hate and fear guns, wanting to disarm everyone, seem to ignore the fact that most people who own and use guns are seriously committed to the basic safety rules outlined below. All of these, and more, are diligently taught in every sort of firearms training and reinforced through peer pressure in every situation where responsible gun owners meet. Even though no clear statistics are available to point to, it would appear that the greatest number of 'accidental' discharges of a gun occur at the hands of Police and a few others who violate these basic rules. In both cases it is a matter of negligence, arrogance and stupidity, not lack of information." (08/14/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5325  

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Sandy Tolan on The Scott Horton Show

August 15, 2014
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The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Sandy Tolan, a TomDispatch regular, discusses how Israel and the US blew many chances to avoid war in Gaza." [Flash audio or MP3] (08/13/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/08/13/081314-sandy-tolan/  

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Trying to learn from criticism, even the negative stuff

August 15, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Writing about politics for a living is a terrific job, the best I've ever had. But one of the things that comes with the territory is that because you put your work in front of the public, anyone is free to criticize that work, which sometimes includes not just saying 'I disagree with you about this,' but also saying, 'You're scum and I hope you die.' As a man I'm generally spared the rape and death threats that women writers endure, and on the whole the criticism I get doesn't bother me too much. It may not be particularly pleasant to be told you're a fool, regardless of who's doing the telling, but I developed a pretty thick skin for that kind of thing a long time ago." (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/le7f269  

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A cure for the common queue at the airport

August 15, 2014
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is legendary for not giving a hoot about the convenience or dignity of travelers who must pass through its airport gantlets. TSA is trying to improve its image by offering $15,000 in prizes for the best suggestions on how to provide better service to premium passengers. Regardless of its resorting to crowdsourcing ideas, there is no sign that TSA could soon succumb to common sense." (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mdxvunj  

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The militarization of US police: Finally dragged into the light by the horrors of Ferguson

August 15, 2014
posted by

Lucy Steigerwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"The harrowing events of the last week in Ferguson, Missouri -- the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Mike Brown, and the blatantly excessive and thuggish response to ensuing community protests from a police force that resembles an occupying army -- have shocked the U.S. media class and millions of Americans. But none of this is aberrational. It is the destructive by-product of several decades of deliberate militarization of American policing, a trend that received a sustained (and ongoing) steroid injection in the form of a still-flowing, post-9/11 federal funding bonanza, all justified in the name of 'homeland security.'" (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lfq6w33  

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China and the US: Similar frustrations, different policies toward North Korea

August 15, 2014
posted by

Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"China-Korean relations are in a state of flux. The People’s Republic of China and South Korea have exchanged presidential visits. Trade statistics suggest that the PRC did not ship any oil to the North during the first quarter of the year. Chinese academics openly speak of Beijing’s irritation with its long-time ally. The cold feelings are reciprocated." (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lhc9dek  

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How Hillary will fail liberals

August 15, 2014
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Obama's presidency would be a hiatus between the military aggressiveness of George W. Bush and the military aggressiveness of Hillary Clinton." (08/14/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/08/14/how-hillary-will-fail-liberals  

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Parenting failure and government failure

August 15, 2014
posted by

Steven Horwitz Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Steve Horwitz  

"If one believes that the state’s job is to prevent harm to third parties, and that’s a key part of Andrew’s argument, it is not a priori out of bounds to ask what the state could do to protect children from harm by parents and others. And once one asks that question, the notion that the state might require some sort of competence test for parents is not absurd. It might be a bad idea, and I’m going to argue that it is, but in principle, it’s not evidence of Andrew’s apostasy, particularly in the fairly nuanced way he developed the argument." (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k5erz8e  

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Explaining the success of the Finnish education system

August 15, 2014
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"It’s a standard enough trope: the Finnish education system does very well so our education system should be just like the Finnish one. Meaning comprehensives for all and put the private education system to death. That is, of course, attractive to those who have been arguing for decades that we should put the private sector education system to death and have comprehensives for all. There’s an interesting new paper arguing that it really might not be all that simple ..." (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pyautet  

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Will the FDA challenge state Right to Try laws?

August 15, 2014
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Brittany La Couture  

"Two Americans suffering from Ebola have been given the experimental drug treatment ZMapp, which had previously only been tested on monkeys. The decision to provide the patients with a largely untested drug, writes Brittany La Couture of the American Action Forum, raises many questions about drug approval. ... Because the compassionate use process is so cumbersome, states have recently begun passing 'Right to Try' laws, granting terminal patients access to drugs that have passed phase I trials but have yet to receive FDA approval. The laws also protect doctors from misconduct charges for recommending the drugs." (08/14/14)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=24745  

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Agitpopcorn

August 15, 2014
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In These Times
by Michael Atkinson  

"New to DVD, Propaganda became a minor source of controversy when it appeared on the Internet in 2013, after some news outlets (including In These Times) took it for what it purported to be: a North Korean anti-West propaganda film. It's not. Propaganda is actually a 'mockumentary,' as far as that term goes, the work of New Zealand filmmaker Slavko Martinov. A sneakily deft contrivance, Propaganda is for the most part a shoot-the-wounded torrent of anti-imperialist factoids, presented by an identity-besmudged 'spy,' along with very real news footage. Any Chomskian will be familiar with the basic narrative here, running from the dog days of colonialism to American interventions in the postwar decades to the contemporary crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan." (08/14/14)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17067/propaganda_agitpopcorn  

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No boots on the ground

August 15, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Bruce Plante  

Cartoon. (08/14/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/08/no-boots-on-the-ground/  

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American militarism: The chickens have come home to roost

August 14, 2014
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign for Liberty
by Tim Shoemaker  

"Ferguson is the price we pay for turning America’s police into paramilitary units armed with the Pentagon’s surplus military gear leftover from decades of American militarism overseas. The era of your friendly neighborhood lawman only out to 'protect and serve' the community is over -- if it ever existed at all. Today, 'protect and serve' would only be in reference to the State and its power, not the people." (08/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kbhajfe  

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