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UN unveils plan for American advertisement guidelines

February 24, 2015
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Blake Neff  

"Fat kids are serious business. So serious, in fact, that the United Nations is urging countries to let its bureaucrats micromanage what foods are allowed to advertise on TV. The European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), the health arm of the U.N., is trying to stop childhood obesity by urging countries to adopt an international blueprint that would ban almost all food advertisements targeted at children and place substantial regulatory influence in the hands of the UN." (02/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/okqnp3t  

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Free Talk Live, 02/23/15

February 24, 2015
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Bitcoin Gambling Site Raided :: NH Gaming Goons Couldn't Get Seals With Clubs' Money :: Terrorizing a Family, No Charges :: No-Knock Raids :: Child Pornography :: Teen Arrested for Sex, Sexting :: ISIS Twitter Account Threatens Gays :: Census Threats :: Census Video :: Vaccines :: Homeschooling :: Kochspiracy :: Trigger Warnings :: Ridiculous Consequences for Non-Rapist on Campus." [Flash audio or MP3] (02/23/15)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2015-02-23  

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Inside China’s “new normal”

February 24, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Pepe Escobar  

"Seen from the Chinese capital as the Year of the Sheep starts, the malaise affecting the West seems like a mirage in a galaxy far, far away. On the other hand, the China that surrounds you looks all too solid and nothing like the embattled nation you hear about in the Western media, with its falling industrial figures, its real estate bubble, and its looming environmental disasters. Prophecies of doom notwithstanding, as the dogs of austerity and war bark madly in the distance, the Chinese caravan passes by in what President Xi Jinping calls 'new normal' mode." (02/24/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/24/inside-chinas-new-normal/  

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The War State at 99 cents

February 24, 2015
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"A little over a year ago, I received a book entitled The War State: The Cold War Origins of the Military-Industrial Complex and the Power Elite, 1945-1963 by Michael Swanson. I had never heard of Swanson but the title of the book and its cover immediately caught my attention. The cover had a picture of President Dwight Eisenhower delivering his 1961 Farewell Address in which he warned the American people about the danger that the U.S. military-industrial complex posed to the liberties and democratic processes of the American people. ... So, why am I bringing up Swanson’s book again? The reason is that he just dropped the price of his ebook on Amazon to 99 cents!" (02/24/15)

http://fff.org/2015/02/24/war-state-99-cents/  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/23/15

February 24, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by  

"In this edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Research Fellow Sean Parnell sits down with Texas Public Policy Foundation's John Davidson. Davidson discusses his latest paper, 'Medicaid Expansion by Another Name,' which describes the largely unsuccessful efforts of several Republican governors to get even modest reforms of Medicaid in exchange for expanding the program under Obamacare." [Flash video] (02/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oltjdmm  

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Gun control — leaders and followers

February 24, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"[J]ust maybe, all the efforts to refute the claims of the gun control leaders is pretty much a waste of time. Seems to me that countering a negative, especially with people who have little or no information or sense of the positive, is not a productive endeavor -- especially as it becomes more and more clear that none of this is ever going to make them 'safe.' The question being asked more and more is, 'safe from whom?' What might happen if we turned all of our attention, energy and money into activities directly related to individuals, looking for people to talk to, one to one, taking them to the range, offering to teach them how to defend themselves and their children in personal, real life terms?" (02/22/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6981  

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An open letter to politicians in Nebraska and Oklahoma

February 24, 2015
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"I've been hearing and seeing reports that politicians in your states, those of Oklahoma and Nebraska, are very angry because a majority of voters in Colorado have decided to ignore the imperious edicts of the federal government and of the vile, corrupt United Nations, and make it legal to grow, process, sell, possess, and consume marijuana. I call to your attention the fact that there is absolutely nothing in the U.S. Constitution giving the government the lawful power to make or enforce such a prohibition, and that, in this matter, at the very least, it is they themselves who are the lawbreakers. This is why, in a more legally fastidious age, the original Prohibition, on alcohol, had to be supported by a Constitutional amendment. ... I'm only the publisher of a small, online magazine, but until I hear you renounce your attempt to override the considered opinion of the people of my state, I will encourage them to have nothing to do with anything grown or manufactured in yours." (02/22/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle810-20150222-05.html  

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Interventionism kills: Post-coup Ukraine one year later

February 24, 2015
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by US and EU governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation." (02/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pz2uep4  

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Are the ruling elites in China now more pro-market than the ruling elites in the USA?

February 24, 2015
posted by

Robert Higgs Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs  

"Once upon a time, the Chinese were the enemies of private property rights and free markets, and the Americans were the enemies of the Chinese and purported to cherish the institutions that the Chinese hated. Today no such clear-cut difference exists. If anything, today's Chinese in high places seem to be more inclined to say kind words about private property rights and the free market than are comparably placed Americans." (02/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o56zpua  

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Republican Neanderthals

February 24, 2015
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Mitt Romney would have easily won the last presidential election and we'd have a Republican President of the United States today if only the GOP Neanderthals had put a lid on their extremist political antics and shut their bigoted mouths during the campaign. But the GOP Neanderthals will never do that. They'll always be Neanderthals. They just can't help it. They’d rather lose the election than give one inch on their medieval religious social agenda for America. That's why mainstream American voters don't like them." (02/24/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/02/republican-neanderthals.html  

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Freedom Feens, 02/24/15

February 24, 2015
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Freedom Feens
by  

"New Feens Co-host Hugo Gonzalez sneaks across the Internet borders from Mexico (via FeenPhone) to try to steal radio jobs from hard-working patriotic American conservative talk show hosts MK Lords and Michael W. Dean. Lombrices! Topics include The Oscars, patriotism, film, AnCaps, libertarianism, voluntarism, minarchists, why audio media is better than video media, and why Michael is glad cell phone cameras didn't exist while he was out sewing his wild oats back in the good ole days of sex, drugs and punk rock." [Flash audio or MP3] (02/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2c2j2p  

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Eminent domain abuse hurts America

February 24, 2015
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USA Today USA Today
by Scott Bullock & Dana Berliner  

"Ten years ago this week, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor engaged in an exchange in the now infamous case of Kelo v. City of New London that would not only surprise her (you could tell by the expression on her face) but the rest of the listeners in the Court, as well: Justice O'Connor: 'For example, Motel 6 and the city thinks, well, if we had a Ritz-Carlton, we would have higher taxes. Now, is that okay?' Attorney for City of New London: 'Yes, Your Honor. That would be okay.' Four months later, five members of the Court endorsed the city's position in its landmark ruling. The nation was shocked." (02/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mbdrtsk  

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Gun control, death, and the drug war

February 24, 2015
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Twenty-five year old Terry Gillenwater will not be holding up any more pharmacies. That's because he was shot dead while committing an armed robbery at the Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch, West Virginia. Gillenwater entered the pharmacy wearing a mask, pulled out a gun, and aimed it at the people behind the counter. What he didn't know was one of those people, pharmacist Don Radcliff, had a concealed-carry permit and was armed. Radcliff immediately took out his pistol, aimed it at Gillenwater, and fired, hitting him three times and killing him." (02/23/15)

http://fff.org/2015/02/23/gun-control-death-drug-war/  

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Why we’re all becoming independent contractors

February 24, 2015
posted by

Robert Reich Our Future
by Robert Reich  

"GM is worth around $60 billion, and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19 to $28.50 an hour, with benefits. Uber is estimated to be worth some $40 billion, and has 850 employees. Uber also has over 163,000 drivers (as of December, the number is expected to double by June), who average $17 an hour in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and $23 an hour in San Francisco and New York. But Uber doesn’t count these drivers as employees. Uber says they’re 'independent contractors.' What difference does it make? For one thing, GM workers don’t have to pay for the machines they use. But Uber drivers pay for their cars -- not just buying them, but their maintenance, insurance, gas, oil changes, tires, and cleaning. Subtract these costs and Uber drivers’ hourly pay drops considerably." (02/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kxq2atv  

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The necessity of “Citizenfour”

February 24, 2015
posted by

The Nation The Nation Blog
by Ali Gharib  

"Last year at the Oscars, I thought The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer’s innovative examination of mass killings in Indonesia during the 1960s, deserved to win for best feature documentary. Instead, the Academy gave the award to to a film with broader appeal, 20 Feet From Stardom, a review of life as a background singer on pop records. ... This year, however, the Academy didn’t shy away from awarding a nakedly political film: Laura Poitras’s Citizenfour, a stunning vérité account of the initial reporting on Edward Snowden’s leak of secret material about the National Security Agency, took home the biggest documentary prize of the year." (02/23/15)

http://www.thenation.com/blog/198873/necessity-citizenfour  

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Why the tiny domicile

February 24, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"The 'tiny house' movement has gained momentum. More and more people -- especially young people and childless people -- see the virtue of very small houses. They are cheaper, can be made energy-efficient, have an almost necessarily smaller 'environmental footprint,' and are mobile. And I can see the attraction. For one thing, a tiny house would be easier to clean than what I have. For another? Snug. Many of the efforts are very cleverly designed and built. And certainly for young singles, they make a great deal of sense. But, wouldn't you know it, there is a problem here. Government." (02/23/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/02/23/why-the-tiny-domicile/  

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The government bundle: Would you like war with your health care?

February 24, 2015
posted by

Mises Canada
by Roger Toutant  

"A recent business innovation that has seen wide market acceptance is the bundling of goods and services. For example, telecommunications providers such as Bell and Rogers often bundle their phone and Internet services. Such bundling provides substantial benefits for both businesses and customers. Firstly, it lowers the prices of products compared to purchasing the items individually. Secondly, it dissuades customers from purchasing the same products from competitors. In the private sector, purchasing a bundle is voluntary. In fact, purchasing any products offered by Bell and Rogers is optional for everyone. Not purchasing products or services is called freedom and is not a crime. The government bundles its products, too. However, unlike private businesses, the government gives us no choice but to purchase its one 'mega-bundle.'" (02/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kp8xn55  

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How to sell off a city

February 24, 2015
posted by

In These Times In These Times
by Rick Perlstein  

"In June of 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a new appointment to the city’s seven-member school board to replace billionaire heiress Penny Pritzker, who’d decamped to run President Barack Obama’s Department of Commerce. The appointee, Deborah H. Quazzo, is a founder of an investment firm called GSV Advisors, a business whose goal (her cofounder has been paraphrased by Reuters as saying) is to drum up venture capital for 'an education revolution in which public schools outsource to private vendors such critical tasks as teaching math, educating disabled students, even writing report cards.'” (02/23/153)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17533/how_to_sell_off_a_city  

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Atlantic surging, Virginia sinking

February 24, 2015
posted by

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Nathalie Baptiste  

"Standing at the Elizabeth River looking at the Naval Shipyard and neighboring Portsmouth, the climate change carnage looming over Norfolk, Virginia, may not be immediately noticeable. The water is calm, and on this mild day in November, dedicated boaters cruise downstream. Nestled between the river, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean, Norfolk is paradise for anyone who loves living near the water. But paradise comes with a price. The combination of sea level rise, tidal flooding, and subsidence (the sinking ground) has made Norfolk a prime example of what climate is going to do, and has already done, to our coastal cities. The city and surrounding region is on the front line in the battle against climate change, but opinions within city limits on just how bad the flooding is and what to do about it appear to be mixed." (02/23/15)

http://prospect.org/article/atlantic-surging-virginia-sinking  

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Washington’s foolish foreign policy: American people must say no to more wars

February 24, 2015
posted by

Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"American foreign policy is controlled by fools. What else can one conclude from the bipartisan demand that the U.S. intervene everywhere all the time, irrespective of consequence? No matter how disastrous the outcome, the War Lobby insists that the idea was sound. Any problems obviously result from execution, a matter of doing too little: too few troops engaged, too few foreigners killed, too few nations bombed, too few societies transformed, too few countries occupied, too few years involved, too few dollars spent." (02/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qenydct  

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How much does it cost to watch a suspected militant?

February 24, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by David Wise  

"In 2011, U.S. intelligence informed French authorities that a French citizen had slipped into Yemen, probably for terrorist training. In November, the French security services placed the man, Said Kouachi, under surveillance. They wiretapped his mobile phone, as well as that of his younger brother, Cherif. By the end of 2013, French intelligence had dropped its surveillance of Cherif, and Said’s was terminated in mid-2014. After three years, the brothers, born to Algerian immigrants, were judged to be no longer dangerous." (02/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kufookh  

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The latest libertarian shillery for Russia

February 24, 2015
posted by

Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Roman Skaskiw  

"Chris Martenson recently wrote 'What's Really Happening in Ukraine' for the Casey Report. He write that US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt tweeted a 'crudely doctored photo' which attempted to blame the shooting down of MH-17 on the 'Russian backed separatists' (ie Russian mercenaries and military forces). For libertarians like myself who've spent the last decade skeptical and critical about our own government's false flag attacks, this is very intuitively appealing. We're sensitive to government lies and false flags. But Chris Martenson is lying. Shamelessly. He just made this up. Like most Kremlin talking points, this one is designed to help us believe things our intuition wants to believe." (02/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p2gdrap  

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If ever, oh ever, a wiz there was

February 24, 2015
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox  

"Entering his capital in triumph after a desperately hard campaign, Frederick the Great rode with his eyes forward, refusing to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd. An aide said, 'Sire, the people are applauding you.' Frederick, eyes still resolutely on the road, replied, 'If you put a monkey on this horse, the people would applaud him.' That is my idea about news 'anchors' such as Brian Williams. It's not everybody’s idea." (02/23/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1377  

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A liberal education at a zero price

February 24, 2015
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Christopher Westley  

"The Shakespeare whom Bruni so admires was himself a product of liberal ideas still reverberating in England despite the efforts of Henry VIII, Cromwell, and others to squelch them. Furthermore, a modern-day Shakespeare would rightly ask the question Bruni avoids, which is whether one can receive the benefits of Lear and the liberal arts without also assuming $40K in debt in order to continue to feed the education-industrial complex (for which Bruni is actually lobbying). To Bruni, such spending can never be enough, because liberal education is priceless. Whether it is or not, the irony is that the internet can now spread the benefits of liberal education at practically a zero-price, and one no longer must sit in a dank classroom of an elite university to receive its benefits." (02/23/15)

http://mises.org/library/liberal-education-zero-price  

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Another US veteran passionately pleads — “please don’t thank me for my service”

February 24, 2015
posted by

Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"Interestingly and satisfyingly, it appears the phony 'thank you for your service' comment is seen as the empty, thoughtless platitude it is by a large amount of U.S. veterans. Rather than saying 'thank your for your service,' it appears increasingly clear the appropriate sentiment should be something like, 'I'm really sorry American leadership carelessly sacrificed your life for no good reason.'" (02/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l5xcffz  

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