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Some good economic news (well, at least about cost of living)

May 3, 2015
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Rik Hafer  

"Economic data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) last April continued to show that income in Missouri just isn't increasing very rapidly. The data also provide some good news: It is cheaper to live in Missouri than almost any other state in the union." (04/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8dv8fa  

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How the American Psychological Association supported and provide cover for the CIA torture program

May 3, 2015
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"In a story that sounds like it could've come straight from the archives of Nazi Germany, a new report has just been released claiming that the American Psychological Association (APA) collaborated with the George W. Bush administration to justify the C.I.A. torture program. It's even worse than it sounds though." (05/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kxgkkzg  

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Trade deficit = slower economy = fewer jobs = Baltimore

May 3, 2015
posted by

Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"If you make things and sell them, you do better over time than if you borrow to buy things. If you send jobs and factories out of the country, you end up with devastated cities like Baltimore. Sure, a few people get rich from that, but 99 percent of us get poorer. How hard is it to see that? You may have heard that gross domestic product growth was dismal in the last quarter. You may have heard that there were riots in Baltimore. You may not have heard that these are both at least partly caused by our enormous, humongous and continuing trade deficit." [editor's note: Johnson is correct -- I had not heard that he knows little, and understands even less, about economics - TLK] (05/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pqtt7rv  

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Judicial “discretion” in 1787

May 3, 2015
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Raoul Berger  

"A common historicist fallacy is to import our twentieth-century conceptions into the minds of the Founders. At the adoption of the Constitution the notion that judges, for example, could make law as an instrument of social change was altogether alien to colonial thinking. 'Instrumentalism' was yet to come. In a valuable essay Morton J. Horwitz observed that 'fear of judicial discretion had long been part of colonial political rhetoric' and described the prevalent jural conceptions that combined to circumscribe the judicial function in the eighteenth century." (05/02/15)

http://bit.ly/1zGiyux  

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Blowback

May 3, 2015
posted by

Reformed Libertarian
by Bionic Mosquito  

"Baltimore burns, the current and most recent example of violent reaction to perceived injustice. It is not necessary that there is truth or guilt behind the perception in any one particular instance; it is sufficient that there is truth or guilt behind the perceived injustices often enough. his is sufficient to create the perception." (04/30/15)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/blog/blowback/  

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The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 05/02/15

May 3, 2015
posted by

The KN@PP Stir KN@PPSTER
by  

"In this episode: Thanks for Asking! (Baltimore riots, perfidy in the TPP and FBI, Kevin Carson and Fight for $15); Garrison Center Update (51 pickups in April!); Same-sex marriage and religious freedom." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n7lnnpk  

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Run a Wi-Fi network? HBO and Showtimes want you to police your users

May 3, 2015
posted by

Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Vera Ranieri  

"Two men are going to fight this weekend, and HBO and Showtime have already thrown the first punch in the legal fight over online streaming of the match. Taking advantage of an increasingly abused loophole in copyright law, they have just won a court order requiring a host of third parties to block access to sites that may stream the fight. In other words, if you run a Wi-Fi network (for example, you're a coffee shop) and someone may use your network to watch the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight via unauthorized sources, HBO and Showtime think they can force you to block your customers' access." (05/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oqyfob9  

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Censorship: The real Islamophobia on campus

May 3, 2015
posted by

spiked spiked
by Robert Dunne  

"The cancellations at both Queen's and TCD reflect a broader post-Hebdo concern among university bureaucrats that hosting anti-Islamist speakers will stoke-up tensions within the university. The implicit assumption here is that Muslim students simply can't handle having their religion critiqued. This is all, of course, in spite of the fact that universities play host to debates about God, Islam and religion on an almost daily basis, and the vast majority of Muslim students are more than capable of taking part. The great irony here is that, while university authorities are bending over backwards not to be seen to be denigrating Muslims, the decision to pull these events on the basis of 'security concerns' portrays Muslim students as uniquely violent and belligerent." (05/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lbbhtxl  

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Production versus plunder, part 5

May 3, 2015
posted by

Paul Rosenberg The Daily Bell
by Paul Rosenberg  

"As illustrated by last week's time line, the great benefactors of humanity -- the unnamed first farmers -- experienced a stunning explosion of creativity and very shortly found themselves the effective prisoners of barbaric, ignorant men who harnessed and slowly ruined what they had created. At first, the farmers simply gave up a portion of their harvest and tried their best to work around the stupid, barbaric rulers. It was only when a more clever set of rulers arrived that the more serious damage began." (05/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oaawpho  

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Financial conditions clouded by current accounting standards

May 3, 2015
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Santiago Bello  

"A seemingly technical accounting issue has important implications for competition between large corporations and smaller firms, for U.S. businesses overseas, and for the ability of individuals to understand the true financial condition of the firms in which they invest. Since August 2008, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has promised greater congruence between Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Harmonizing the two standards would have global effects ..." (05/01/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25614  

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The first ten years: The monster proceeds apace

May 3, 2015
posted by

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert  

"I have covered various aspects of why the Constitution is a devilishly clever instrument to make a Helot people think they are free. Under Article VIII of the Articles of Confederation, the United States federal government did not have the power to tax. And on reflection, wisely so. Kenneth Royce does a brilliant book length treatment of why the Constitution is so awful for free men and such a gift for grasping totalitarians. So I simply want to treat the first ten years of the career of the document to show just how monstrous a predator on liberty it truly was." (05/02/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=3991  

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Freedom Feens Radio, 05/02/15

May 3, 2015
posted by

Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
by  

"Topics: Local wild animals, gators, boors, foxes, illegal whiskey, illegal drugs, babysitting, free markets, natural disasters, architecture, castles, and kissing the Blarney Stone." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q3uyy7a  

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How can you be an anti-IP patent attorney?

May 3, 2015
posted by

Stephan Kinsella Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
by Stephan Kinsella  

"I started practicing law in 1992, and patent and intellectual property law about a year later, in 1993, and became a registered patent attorney in 1994. Right around the same time, I also became anti-IP around that same time and started speaking and publishing about my anti-IP views around 1994-95." (04/30/15)

http://c4sif.org/2015/04/how-can-you-be-an-anti-ip-patent-attorney/  

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The “depraved-heart murder” of Freddie Gray

May 3, 2015
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by David A Graham  

"Mosby described the April 12 incident that led to the death of the 25-year-old black man as plagued from the start by police who abused an innocent citizen, their authority, and the law. Officers had no probable cause for arresting Gray, who reportedly ran away after making eye contact with an officer and was apprehended after a short chase. While a search turned up a knife in his pocket, that blade was legal. Once arrested, the 25-year-old black man was assaulted and ultimately killed by the negligence and malice of officers, Mosby said." (05/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvhokk7  

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Social Darwinism and social justice: Herbert Spencer and the poor

May 3, 2015
posted by

Matt Zwolinski Bleeding Heart Libertarian
by Matt Zwolinski  

"A few weeks ago, ThinkProgress published an expose of the allegedly ugly roots of Rand Paul's 'libertarianism.' The title of the piece tells you all you need to know: 'Rand Paul's favorite philosophers Think Poor People Are 'Parasites.'' In addition to the usual unsympathetic and uninformed attack on Ayn Rand, the piece produces some scary-sounding stuff from Murray Rothbard and, every leftist's favorite 19th century Victorian bogeyman, Herbert Spencer." (05/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l7qsoy3  

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Avoiding the sting: US organization proposes different approach to “radicalization”

May 3, 2015
posted by

Murtaza Hussain The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain  

"Last March, John T. Booker, a 20-year-old from Kansas, checked himself into a mental health facility for evaluation. Now, a year later, he faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison, charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction -- the fake bomb that he was provided by undercover FBI informants." (05/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olowcsy  

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Will Grigg on The Scott Horton Show

May 3, 2015
posted by

William Norman Grigg The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Will Grigg, a blogger and author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses the Baltimore police killing of Freddie Gray; the surprising announcement that six officers will be arrested and charged with serious crimes; and the immediate pushback by the Fraternal Order of Police and cop-apologists in the media." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/01/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/05/01/5115-will-grigg/  

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The problem with boycotts

May 3, 2015
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by David Macaray  

"One of the difficulties in mounting a boycott is not knowing in advance whom you're going to hurt. While the whole point is to influence the behavior (e.g., hiring practices, working conditions, wages and benefits) of a retailer or manufacturer by threatening to limit their profits if they don’t become more 'enlightened,' there are risks involved. Instead of hurting an employer, a boycott can punish the very employees it's trying to help." (05/01/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/01/the-problem-with-boycotts/  

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Workers of the world, unite!

May 3, 2015
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Today, May 1, is International Workers' Day. According to Wikipedia, it is 'a celebration of laborers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labor movement, anarchists, socialists, and communists and occurs every year on May Day, 1 May.' If only workers all over the world were to come to the realization that socialism and communism are their worst enemies and that the greatest friend of the working class is libertarianism." (05/01/15)

http://fff.org/2015/05/01/workers-world-unite/  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 05/01/15

May 3, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by  

"In today's edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of Environment & Climate News H. Sterling Burnett speaks with Michi Iljazi. Iljazi is the communications and policy manager for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. The Taxpayers Alliance has a subsidiary called SolarSecrets.org which is dedicated, in their words, to 'shining a light on the darker side of solar power.'" [Flash video] (05/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nb95gqk  

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For religious freedom, separate marriage and state

April 30, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"There's certainly a religious freedom issue at stake here, but the opponents of same-sex marriage are opponents, not supporters, of religious freedom. For example, until it was struck down, Missouri's anti-marriage law (passed in 2004 with strong support from this same crowd) provided for a jail sentence of 10 days and a $500 fine against clergy who officiated at unapproved religious ceremonies -- 'unlicensed' same-sex weddings. Are the opponents of marriage and family sinned against as well as sinning? Certainly. They don't believe they should be enslaved to bake cakes (or pizzas) and so forth for couples and families of whom they religiously disapprove. I agree. They shouldn't. But then, the anti-marriage bigots and the pro-slavery bigots are peas in a pod. They're both fighting for control of others, not for the freedom of all." (04/30/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1250  

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ObamaCare racketeering and intellectual knavery

April 30, 2015
posted by

James Bovard Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard  

"Paternalism is a desperate gamble that lying politicians will honestly care for those who fall under their power. This axiom has been made stark with the controversy arising from a video of Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare, in which he admits that the administration conned the American public and blames dumb voters for the flimflam." (04/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nns9kat  

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Why we vote

April 30, 2015
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"It's difficult to understand why people vote, let alone why they vote the way they vote. No individual can reasonably expect her vote to determine or even influence the outcome of an election. In America, the chance of a one-vote victory margin that would determine the 2008 presidential election was about 1 in 10 million in some swing states, and 1 in a billion in places like California or Texas." (04/30/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/politics-government/why-we-vote/  

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The war on cash: Transparently totalitarian

April 30, 2015
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Nick Giambruno  

"While the forces pushing for centralization of power have been prevailing for decades, they haven't won a total victory yet. Technologies that empower the individual and that tend toward decentralization -- including the Internet, encryption, 3D printing, and cryptocurrencies -- offer a powerful ray of hope, reasons to be optimistic about the future. So the tug of war between the collectivists and the rest of us continues. One thing that would tip the scales heavily in favor of the collectivists would be victory in the War on Cash. Their goal is to eliminate the use of hand-to-hand currency, so that governments can document, control, and tax everything." (04/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q25qbtb  

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Does it matter if we’re oppressed for what we “do,” rather than what we “are?”

April 30, 2015
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"It's asserted that threatening to jail people for possessing or ingesting mind-altering plant extracts or derivatives is not 'as bad' or 'as objectionable' as threatening to jail people for being gay, transgendered, lesbian, whatever. Oppression is somehow worse, according to this theory, when the oppressor threatens to punish, jail or otherwise restrict the freedoms of people because of who or what they ARE, but somehow less bad, less objectionable, when they (we) are only threatened with having thugs burst into our homes late at night, drag us out in our bedclothes, show video of us shackled half-naked on TV, and jail us for an act we DO, which of course we are free to decide to refrain from doing at each occurrence. But the oppressors, while they are self-righteous, smug, repressive, anti-life, and thus evil, do not lack a certain suave cleverness at making themselves sound reasonable and their opponents sound 'out there.'" (04/29/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2489  

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