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Bolivia: Government threatens to fire protesting soldiers

ABC News

"Despite a government threat to fire them, some 500 soldiers marched in Bolivia's capital Wednesday for a second consecutive day to demand greater upward mobility within the armed forces. Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra said armed forces officials wouldn't meet with the protesters because 'there are regular channels for demands to be met and those who violate the rules must bear the consequences.'" (04/24/14)


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Lawsuit: FBI used no-fly list to punish Muslims who refused to be informants

Fox News

"The FBI is being accused of using the no-fly list to 'punish and retaliate' against Muslims who refused to sign up as federal informants. The allegations were contained in an amended lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in New York. Four Muslim men living in the U.S. accused the government of placing or keeping them on the no-fly list because they would not 'spy' on their Muslim communities." (04/23/14)


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FCC gang, in “net neutrality” turnaround, plans to allow [sic] fast lane

New York Times

"The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals. The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k6sgtxv

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CA: Ex-deputies allegedly cut power, cameras to plant guns in pot clinic

Los Angeles Times

"Two former L.A. County sheriff's deputies allegedly turned off the electricity and a security camera system inside a medical marijuana dispensary as they planted guns they used to justify two arrests, according to court documents. Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, have been charged with two felony counts of conspiring to obstruct justice and altering evidence, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Martinez faces two additional felony counts of perjury and filing a false report." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kylbqb8

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Kenya: Car bomb outside Nairobi police station kills four

ABC News

"Police in Kenya's capital intercepted a suspicious car at a traffic light Wednesday and were taking the occupants in for questioning when the car exploded, killing four people, including two police officers, officials said. The car exploded just outside a police station's main gate in central Nairobi, turning the car into an unrecognizable heap of twisted metal. David Kimaiyo, the inspector general of police, said two officers were killed, along with two other people." (04/22/14)


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NY: Bloomberg’s indoor smoking ban claims life of Prince Charles’s brother-in-law

Mirror [UK]

"The Duchess of Cornwall was 'utterly devastated' last night by the death of her brother after he smashed his head on a pavement in New York. ... Mr Shand had been at an after-show party for a charity fund-raising event that was also attended by Princess Eugenie, who is working in New York. ... A source said: 'He had just stepped outside and lit a cigarette when he slipped and smashed his head. The ambulance was there quickly but there was little they could do.'" (04/23/14)


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Brazil: Conference will plot Internet’s future post NSA spying

Reuters

"A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of U.S. spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control over the Web. ... The two-day Net Mundial conference in Sao Paulo, which will be opened on Wednesday by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, will discuss cyber security and how to safeguard privacy and freedom of expression on the Internet, as well as the shape of a future international body to oversee the decentralized digital network. Officials from dozens of countries -- from China and Cuba to the United States and European nations -- will attend, but organizers say they will have no more voice at the event than Internet companies, academics, technical experts and groups representing Internet users." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kh4rwzc

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Judge recognizes Chelsea Manning’s name change

CBS News

"A Kansas judge has granted a request to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. The former intelligence analyst is serving a 35-year prison sentence for passing classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website. Manning is serving the sentence at an Army prison in Kansas." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kvbmnh6

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Ukraine: Junta orders new military operation in the east

Aiken Standard

"Ukraine’s acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country’s east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reportedly hit by gunfire. The developments -- just hours after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left the Ukrainian capital -- raised fears that last week’s international agreement on easing Ukraine’s crisis was unraveling." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mvg6bpj

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SCOTUS upholds Michigan affirmative action ban

Fox News

"The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's affirmative action ban, ruling that the state has the right to determine whether racial preferences can be considered in college admissions. In a 6-2 ruling on Tuesday, the justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. The Supreme Court ruled that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to bar public colleges and universities from using race as a factor in admissions." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mu6ct4r

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Iraq: 29 killed, 61 wounded

Antiwar.com

"Gunmen wearing military uniforms attacked a polling station near Kirkuk. That and other violence left 29 dead and 61 wounded across the country. In Falluja, shelling left five dead, including children, and 10 wounded. Violent clashes took place. A school was blown up, but no casualties were reported. Five people were wounded by a blast in a sports hall in Khalidiya. Security forces killed an al-Qaeda leader near the border." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kfhayq9

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Afghanistan: 19 Taliban, one regime soldier killed

World Bulletin [Turkey]

"19 Taliban fighters were killed in the last 24 hours in military operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan, along with one soldier fatality from an explosion, officials said. ... a roadside bomb exploded in the northeastern province of Kunar killing one Afghan soldier." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lzctml7

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Pakistan: Nine killed in attacks in volatile northwest

Reuters

"Nine people, including policemen, were killed and dozens wounded in two separate bomb and gun attacks in Pakistan's volatile northwest on Tuesday, police said, a week after the Taliban refused to extend a ceasefire with the government. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power last year promising to end years of fighting with Taliban insurgents through peace negotiations. Talks began in February but have achieved little. On Tuesday, three people were killed and 33 others, including 12 policemen, were wounded in a bombing in the Charsadda district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province during the morning rush hour." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/krqca2y

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Mexico: Hundreds protest telecommunications law

ABC News

"Hundreds of students and activists marched in Mexico's capital Tuesday to protest a telecommunications law being debated by the Senate that they say will allow the government to arbitrarily censor Internet content. Protesters carrying signs that read 'No to Censorship' and 'Freedom of Expression' walked along Mexico City's main Reforma Avenue on their way to the Senate building after organizing the demonstration on social networks." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ngxf3kl

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Delinquent IRS employees paid bonuses

CNN Money

"The IRS was in damage control mode Tuesday after an audit revealed that it paid bonuses to employees who were in trouble over tax issues themselves. More than $2.8 million, plus thousands of hours of paid time-off, were doled out over two years to employees who had recently been disciplined for various types of misconduct, according to an audit report. About $1 million of that money was given as bonuses to 1,100 employees who were in trouble over tax related issues." (04/22/14)


http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/22/pf/taxes/irs-bonuses/

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NY: Pizza man shoots robber

Buffalo News

"In the front hallway of the house, one of the robbers, who wore a mask and had a brown hoodie pulled over his face, hit the deliveryman on the head with a hammer, according to police. The masked man also displayed what appeared to be a gun, police said.But then, the deliveryman told investigators, he pulled out his own handgun and fired a shot, striking the masked man. The rest of the gang scattered." (04/20/14)


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Government must turn over info on CIA prisons to defense

Altoona Mirror

"Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday. The five-page order was a victory for defense lawyers representing Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of orchestrating the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing of the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k2dcg7s

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Egypt: Cairo bombing kills top cop

BBC News [UK state media]

"A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in the capital, Cairo, security officials say. Brig-Gen Ahmed Zaki died when an explosive device placed under his official vehicle was detonated in the western suburb of 6 October City. He was the fifth police general to be killed since the start of the year. Jihadist militants have stepped up attacks on security personnel and killed hundreds since the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi last July." (04/23/14)


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27122773

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Chile amends constitution to allow expat voting

Aberdeen News

"Chile has reformed its constitution to give voting rights to citizens living outside the country. The measure was more than 20 years in the making, and is seen as a major victory for the many Chileans who left the country during its long dictatorship. Tuesday's Senate approval came after a deal between the center-left ruling coalition and right-wing politicians. The House of Deputies passed the measure last week." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lqo5xz4

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US clears Egypt for some military assistance

Austin American-Statesman

"The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance. Secretary of State John Kerry informed Egypt's foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, of the decision in a telephone call, crediting the Egyptian government with sustaining its strategic relationship with the United States and fulfilling its obligations to Israel, according to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k8hhbk5

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TX: Homeowner shoots, kills man during home invasion

Click2Houston

"According to investigators, a man kicked in the door to a home on Glenheath and Ruthby around 4:50 a.m. on Sunday. A husband and wife were home at the time. The husband shot the suspect twice in the abdomen." (04/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n4cgu76

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Amnesty: Qatar fails to protect domestic workers

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"An international human rights group has slammed Qatar for failing to protect foreign maids and other domestic workers from exploitation, adding pressure on the Gulf state over its labor practices as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup. Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday that the migrant workers in the natural gas-rich country face abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment and physical and sexual violence." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m6k984t

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FL: Pols set to enslave insurers to gun owners

Columbus Republic

"A Florida bill that would forbid insurance companies from refusing to serve or charging higher rates to applicants based on their ownership of a firearm has been sent to Gov. Rick Scott to sign. The measure passed the House 74-44 on Tuesday." [editor's note: No different than any other business owner choosing to do business only with whom they please and only on terms they accept - TLK]


http://tinyurl.com/mpopavp

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Appeals court orders US government to release drone strike legal opinion

McClatchy DC

"The Obama administration must make public central portions of a Justice Department opinion that held that the government has the legal authority to launch drone strikes overseas against Americans it determines are plotting terrorist attacks on U.S. targets, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruling overturned a January 2013 lower court decision that upheld the goverment’s refusal to make public the opinion outlining the legal basis for targeted killing operations." (04/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kjprrhr

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Clapper bans US intelligence employees from “unauthorised” media contact

Guardian [UK]

"Months after the Edward Snowden surveillance disclosures presented US intelligence with a more skeptical media landscape, the intelligence community’s leader has instituted a new media policy: substantive contact with journalists without prior approval can be a firing offense. Unlike other policies designed to protect classified information, a directive signed on Sunday by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, is agnostic about the classification status of information his spies, analysts and technical specialists might communicate with the media." [editor's note: Three cheers for "the most transparent administration in history!" Transparently criminal, that is ... - TLK] (04/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l8agtsz

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Commentary



Government didn’t build that

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by

"A student recently asked what I thought of President Obama telling rich people 'you didn't build that.' I don't think much of it. It's true that Mr. Obama was talking not about private businesses and factories but about the infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, that increases the profitability of private businesses and factories. It's also true that the typical entrepreneur doesn't build and operate the infrastructure he relies upon to get his goods to market, to educate his workers, to maintain law and order, etc. ... But these truths don't support the conclusion that Obama and other progressives draw from them. That false conclusion is that successful business people don't deserve all of their profits. Fact is, a great deal of infrastructure is built privately." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lqrrhwc

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A constitutional case for gay marriage

Reason
by A. Barton Hinkle

"The Equal Protection Clause demands equal treatment for same-sex couples." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nx79e58

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Obama’s war on US energy

Heartland Institute
by Alan Caruba

"A nation without adequate energy production is a nation in decline and that has been the President’s agenda since the day he took office in 2009." [editor's note: Ah, another Obama failure! Since he took office, the US has become the world's leading energy producer and a net energy exporter, so I guess his war isn't working out. And once again, I have to wonder why the "libertarians" at Heartland are so up in arms in favor of stealing land from people who don't want to sell so that a pipeline can be built on it? - TLK] (04/23/14)


http://blog.heartland.org/2014/04/obamas-war-on-u-s-energy/

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Killing the maximum wage myth

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Julian Adorney

"As Bill Maher indicates, the issue of a maximum wage is one that simply will not go away. The comedian and liberal pundit recently expressed support for a maximum wage of $300,000, arguing that wages for the bottom 90 percent of Americans stagnated while worker productivity rose. Greedy executives, in Maher’s scenario, are robbing the worker and seizing more than their fair share. There are several problems with this claim." (04/23/14)


http://mises.org/daily/6731/Killing-the-MaximumWage-Myth

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April 19 in Yemen: Another day, another drone killing

Come Home America
by Joe Scarry

"The press announced a flurry of drone killings in Yemen over the April 19/20 weekend -- that is, while the rest of us were observing Easter -- and just as with U.S. drone killings in Pakistan and Somalia, the U.S. modus operandi was on full display. ... Numerous unnamed U.S. officials are alluded to in press coverage, but all official U.S. sources (the CIA, the Pentagon) decline comment. Reports are full of red herrings -- references to Al Qaeda leaders in Yemen (who were not the targets of these particular attacks, however); mention of past attacks against the U.S. Embassy in Yemen (which the U.S. does not connect with the events of the weekend, however); Barack Obama’s May, 2013, speech on national security (but what relevance could that have to the past weekend’s anonymous strikes?); etc." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n86z7jh

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Flaws in the Senate GOP’s ObamaCare replacement

Independent Institute
by John R. Graham

"Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma have introduced a health-care reform plan -- the Patient CARE Act -- that some have hailed as the definitive 'Republican alternative' to Obamacare. Unfortunately, their proposal has several flaws that limit its appeal." (04/23/14)


http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=4966

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Small firms, giant leaps and the elephant in the room

Adam Smith Institute
by Phillip Salter

"IPPR has recently released a detailed and thought-provoking report. In Small Firms, Giant Leaps, Spencer Thompson considers the contribution small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have made to Britain’s economic recovery since the financial crisis and the role they could play over the coming years -- specifically in getting more people back into work. Small Firms, Giant Leaps suggests some sensible reforms that this Government should take seriously, but it falls short of dealing with the real problem; a problem so much discussed and so obvious that its mere mention is liable to induce a collective yawn: too much complex regulation." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k2h4ovx

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Justice Sotomayor’s powerful defense of equality

The American Prospect
by Scott Lemieux

"The core of the Court's 'political-process' precedents, Sotomayor observes, is that minorities have access to the state's democratic procedures. The Constitution 'does not guarantee minority groups victory in the political process,' but it does 'guarantee them meaningful and equal access to that process. It guarantees that the majority may not win by stacking the political process against minority groups permanently, forcing the minority alone to surmount unique obstacles in pursuit of its goals -- here, educational diversity that cannot reasonably be accomplished through race-neutral measures.' Reallocating power in the way Michigan does here therefore raises serious equal-protection concerns." (04/23/14)


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Quick observations on inflation in the 1970s

Free Advice
by Robert P. Murphy

"As the chart shows, yes indeed there was a sharp jump in the rate of money growth after Nixon cut the link to gold. More generally, there were two long periods where the rate of money growth in the 1970s was head-and-shoulders higher than it had been in the 1960s. The only time money growth crashed in the 1970s appears to be an effort to get price inflation (the blue line) to come back down. This accords with commonsense stories about the printing press and the business cycle: The authorities can print money and goose the economy, but as price inflation gets out of control they have to slam the brakes and cause a bad recession to get it back under control." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kpesdl9

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Civil liberties hodgepodge

Campaign for Liberty
by Tim Shoemaker

"While we're discussing the courts -- it's worth noting comments made by Justice Scalia last week, where he defended TSA groping and NSA snooping as not 'unreasonable' given the 'threat' the government is trying to protect us from. As if we needed anymore reason after the ObamaCare ruling to distrust that the Supreme Court would help Americans defend their rights, this shows the danger of simply relying on the courts, rather than the legislature, to preserve and uphold our constitutional rights." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l2rdh4e

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What about the US annexation of Mexico?

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

"Railing against Russia’s annexation of Crimea and vowing that the United States would never recognize Russia’s 'illegal occupation,' Vice President Biden angrily exclaimed yesterday that 'no nation has the right to simply grab land from another.' Oh? What about the U.S. government’s annexation of the northern half of Mexico or, to be more precise, the land grab that encompassed California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and parts of Wyoming and Colorado? Now that’s one great big land grab, especially compared to the much smaller land grab involving Crimea." (04/23/14)


http://fff.org/2014/04/23/what-about-the-u-s-annexation-of-mexico/

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Piketty gets it wrong

Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner

"For those who believe in the redistribution of wealth, the hero of the hour is Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose book Capital in the Twenty-First Century provides a serious critique of inequality in modern capitalist economies and warns that market economies 'are potentially threatening to democratic societies and to the values of social justice on which they are based.' To remedy this, he argues for a globally imposed wealth tax and a U.S. tax rate of 80 percent on incomes over $500,000 per year. The Left has been rapturous." (04/23/14)


http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/piketty-gets-it-wrong

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Bad Quaker Podcast, 04/23/14

Bad Quaker Dot Com
by

"Ben and Bill talk about military suicides, statistics, the media, and the police." [Flash audio or MP3] (04/23/14)


http://www.badquaker.com/archives/3043

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Tracking a marked population in the US borderlands

The Nation
by Todd Miller

"Along the US-Mexico border, the high-powered cameras are pointed at you and the drones are above you." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ll5mqfk

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Pseudoscience and clickbaiting results in beer fear

OpenMarket.org
by Michelle Minton

"There’s a lot of pseudoscience about food out there. From genetically modified crops to organic foods to corn syrup, to preservatives, passionate opinions abound, but well-reasoned, well-researched reporting on the issues is scarce. Normally, I selectively address the more egregious offenses and ignore the rest. But once in a while, an article comes along that is so misinformed, so hyperbolic, and so viral that it cannot be ignored. When such an article maligns one of my favorite food items, beer, I am duty-bound to come to its defense." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ltrnvyu

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Interrorgation manual

Cagle Post
by Martin Kozlowski

Cartoon. (04/22/14)


http://www.cagle.com/2014/04/interrorgation-manual/

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We were young and headed to the stars

Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

"It’s hard for modern young people to understand what it was like to grow up as a scientifically minded child in the 1960s. It was a special time that has, sadly, passed. Each week there was a new step toward the stars. And this was not science fiction, this was reality." (04/22/14)


http://www.freemansperspective.com/stars

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There should be no “punishment” phase when a culture war ends

Reason
by Scott Shackford

"To the extent that those particular civil rights battles ended, I don't recall there being a punishment phase afterward. The battles were certainly punishment enough. Those people on the wrong side -- and there were millions of them -- didn't go anywhere. They continued on with their lives under new laws and probably most of them eventually came around on the issue, or at least kept it to themselves. Winning a culture war isn't like winning an actual war. You're not stopping an invasion (or initiating one). When the war is over, the participants are still around and they still have to negotiate a way to live together. That realization is why the end of a culture war simply can't have some sort of Nuremberg Trials." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kt9yukl

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The gnosticism of power

Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

"Those in power regularly reveal themselves to be oblivious to conditions in the real world, and to material constraints on transforming their commands into reality. There’s good reason for this: Their power insulates them from direct experience of the material world, and from direct experience of the constraints offered by material reality." (04/22/14)


http://c4ss.org/content/26551

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Common sense versus Obama’s next war

Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

"The Obama administration tottered on the edge of launching a cruise missile attack on Syria this past August and September. Obama hesitated and decided to seek congressional approval before blowing up many targets on the Syrian landscape. After Americans made it loud and clear that they did not want another war, congressional opposition helped curb his bellicosity. But he came close to plunging the United States into another war, and the episode provides warnings for the next foreign-policy brouhaha." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mghkgcr

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John Kerry, clueless buffoon

Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"Yes, those were the Good Old Days -- when children in the schoolroom cowered beneath their desks -- and we almost went to war with the nuclear-armed Soviet Union over missiles in Cuba which posed no more threat than missiles outside Moscow. Does 'quaint' even begin to describe that vintage scene? It's all so Currier & Ives. We were the Good Guys and the Russkies were the Bad Guys -- and never the morally equivalent twain shall meet! If only we could get back to those halcyon days, everything would be 'simpler,' says Kerry." (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lv5olws

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Today in American exceptionalism

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

"Almost nowhere else is there such a tight link between class and opinions about cutting government." (04/15/14)


http://prospect.org/article/today-american-exceptionalism

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ObamaCare and the Big Lie

QandO
by Bruce McQuain

"So if the goal was to proved care to the '45 or 50 million' uninsured, how does enrolling 8 million, many of whom had lost their insurance due to the ACA, constitute success? Well in the real world it doesn't. Only in Oz or Fantasyland do the rules of reality not apply (even if they really do and what those living there do is deny it) and allow them to make these claims with a straight face. It’s election prep. We’ve seen it countless times before. It is an attempt to make lemonaide out of the lemons this abomination of a law has handed its creators." (04/22/14)


http://www.qando.net/?p=16643

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Bunkerville was not the BLM’s first rustler’s roundup

LewRockwell.com
by William Norman Grigg

"The BLM staged its first cattle rustling raid against the Danns in April 1992. At about 4:30 in the morning, the ranch lands were invaded by a column of vehicles that decanted a platoon of BLM Brownshirts. Not intimidated by the bullying display, Carrie plowed through the picket line and cast herself into a cattle chute to prevent hireling cowboys from loading her stolen cattle onto a truck. 'My land has never been for sale,' Carrie told Eureka County Sheriff Ken Jones, who rather than defending his constituent’s rights was aligned with the invaders. 'It’s not for sale now, it’s not for sale tomorrow, either. And that’s the way it is, Mr. Jones.'" (04/23/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kwpgp2a

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The sad power of an atheist’s temper tantrum

Fox News Forum
by Jay Sekulow

"In a reasonable constitutional world, this complaint would be ignored by the media and discarded by the university. After all, there’s no evidence that Clemson or Coach Swinney did anything other than expose players to the coach’s religious point of view, a point of view he’s constitutionally entitled to hold and express. Players were not compelled to attend church or Bible study, and the university is not paying the volunteer chaplain. So, how could any of these actions 'establish' a religion within the meaning of the Establishment Clause. We do not, however, live in a reasonable constitutional world." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lz53z8p

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Yet more Krugman klarification on the 1% stuff

Free Advice
by Robert P. Murphy

"Krugman makes it crystal clear that he is talking about the 1% (not the 0.01% as his defenders tried to say, when the awkward $225,000 CUNY post to study income inequality story broke), and that he’s talking about annual income, not wealth. Incidentally, I should point out that I believe Krugman’s defender in Slate, who wrote, 'As Krugman has made clear on more than one occasion, his quarrel is not with members of the top 5 percent or even with members of the top 1 percent. The real problem, in his view, lies with the top 0.01 percent.' Just as I believe Krugman now, when he tells us, 'I was focused on the one percent even then.' Now you guys know why I coined the term Krugman Kontradiction." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mknckgh

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Detroit retirees get a bailout; Detroit residents the shaft

Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

"In Detroit's unfolding saga, the only innocent victims are city residents. So if there is any case for a Motown bailout, it is to make the city more livable for them. However, that seems to be the main goal of neither the Democratic White House nor the state's Republican governor -- both of whom have come up with nifty new schemes to shovel taxpayer largesse to city retirees." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mdn7z78

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Five ways American policies make us lonely, anxious and antisocial

Our Future
by Lynne Stuart Parramore

"You would think that by the 21st century, we would know something about what it takes for humans to live fulfilling lives. After all, we’ve witnessed enormous advances in science, psychology, sociology, and related fields over the past couple of centuries. The great mystery is that we seem to be doing worse, not better." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kudfwh3

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The Bundy paradigm

Tenth Amendment Center
by John W. Whitehead

"Few conflicts are ever black and white, and the Bundy situation, with its abundance of gray areas, is no exception. Yet the question is not whether Cliven Bundy and his supporters are domestic terrorists, as Harry Reid claims, or patriots, or something in between. Nor is it a question of whether the Nevada rancher is illegally grazing his cattle on federal land or whether that land should rightfully belong to the government. Nor is it even a question of who’s winning the showdown -- the government with its arsenal of SWAT teams, firepower and assault vehicles, or Bundy’s militia supporters with their assortment of weapons -- because if such altercations end in bloodshed, everyone loses. What we’re really faced with, and what we’ll see more of before long, is a growing dissatisfaction with the government and its heavy-handed tactics by people who are tired of being used and abused and are ready to say 'enough is enough.'" (04/22/14)


http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2014/04/22/the-bundy-paradigm/

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Inequality or poverty?

Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman

"Some egalitarian political philosophers maintain that material equality is intrinsically valuable but reject leveling down all things considered. They claim that we have some reason to level down, even in Parfit’s blindness case, but our reason to promote well-being is stronger. This claim strikes me as counterintuitive -- I agree with Parfit that it is in no way an improvement if we harm some and benefit none." (04/22/14)


http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2014/04/inequality-or-poverty/

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Want to stop climate change? Take the fossil fuel industry to court

The Nation
by Dan Zegart

"Big Carbon is where Big Tobacco was, before it started losing." (04/22/14


http://tinyurl.com/lrgfezj

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Why the GOP really fears minimum wage hikes

In These Times
by Leo Gerard

"The GOP is so afraid that the nation’s lowest wage earners will get a raise that Republican politicians across the country are working overtime to outlaw wages above $7.25 an hour for these workers. They’re passing legislation forbidding towns and counties from raising the minimum wage in their jurisdictions. Republicans insist: no pay bump for those raking in $15,080 a year! On the other side, however, there’s no amount of pay, perks, private jets, premium health plans and golden parachutes that Republican politicians believe could possibly be too much for a CEO." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lhevttl

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The perils of intervention

CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

"Catastrophe in the shape of civil war, Russian invasion and partition are not yet inevitable, but they are just around the corner. The deal reached between Russia, US, the European Union and Ukraine on Thursday, whereby protesters in east Ukraine would vacate public buildings they had occupied and give up their arms in return for greater autonomy for pro-Russian districts, has only slowed the momentum towards civil strife. The demonstrators are insisting that they have as much legitimacy as what they call “the Kiev junta” since it came to power through street demonstrations overthrowing a corrupt, incompetent but elected government." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m725f69

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We can’t save the environment without freedom

Cato Institute
by Randal O'Toole

"The progressive goal was not environmental protection but government control. They believed they knew how every acre of land in the country should be managed, which forests should be cut, which crops should be planted on which farms, and how many urbanites should live in apartments instead of single-family homes. The constitutional rights and personal desires of property owners, the expertise of public land managers, and the housing preferences of homebuyers were unimportant compared with the greater good that could be achieved through central control of our natural resources. When free-market environmentalists showed that most environmental problems could be solved with better incentives, progressives latched onto climate change as the one issue that demanded complete government control." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mdd2x3d

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Egg roll

Cagle Post
by Nate Beeler

Cartoon. (04/21/14)


http://www.cagle.com/2014/04/egg-roll/

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The many problems with “equal pay”

The Canal
by Richard A. Epstein

"The president’s political advisors have clearly made the calculated gamble that his brand of economic populism may help achieve two ends. First, it may divert attention from the still unpopular rollout of the president’s Affordable Care Act. Second, it may rally women voters around the Democrats for the upcoming mid-term elections by putting Republicans in the uncomfortable position of waging a 'war against women.' But a dubious economic agenda drives our populist president, whose plans to further regulate the economy will harm the economic prospects of women and men alike." (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n7ezktj

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Why government grows, and how to reverse it

Heartland Institute
by Richard Ebeling

"egardless of where someone may view himself along the political spectrum (conservative, libertarian, or modern liberal), there are always a variety of government programs and activities that they either think are not worth the money or should not be the business of government in the first place. Yet, it seems almost impossible to rein in government. It keeps growing in size and scope in one direction after another. Why? And is there any way to reverse it?" (04/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ldqjact

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A skeptic’s comment on Somalia

Daily Anarchist
by Victor Clemens

"The argument takes the form: 'In Somalia statelessness led to extreme violence and poverty. Therefore, in every possible case, statelessness will lead to extreme violence and poverty.' Since this invokes inductive, not deductive, logic, it technically makes no attempt to 'prove' the 'impossibility' of a peaceful stateless society. It merely tries to provide evidence for the extremely high improbability of such a society. Perhaps I expect too much, but if my reader cares to visit their nearest university and ask someone in the anthropology department whether or not 'stateless societies' have ever existed, I would expect them to answer that, of course, many such societies have existed, some violent, some not." (04/22/14)


http://dailyanarchist.com/2014/04/22/a-skeptics-comment-on-somalia/

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Krugman’s strange post on solar power

EconLog
by David Henderson

"These critics and opponents of solar power, whom Krugman accuses of 'tribalism' because of their criticism, oppose solar power so much that they want to stop requiring that it be used and requiring that electric utilities buy it. Krugman accuses them of wanting 'to block solar even if it saves money.' But the way to tell if it saves money is to quit making people use it and quit making people buy it. Then, if it really saves money, people will use it." (04/22/14)


http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/04/krugmans_strang.html

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The sour fruits of cronyism

Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

"You report that the U.S. Department of Commerce is launching an 'antidumping investigation' into U.S. sugar imports from Mexico ('D.O.C. initiates sugar dumping case against Mexico,' April 21). The admitted purpose of this investigation is to protect American sugar producers from low-priced foreign sugar. The deeper goal, of course, is to artificially bloat these producers’ revenues. So, because Uncle Sam’s sugar-trade policy is really just corporate welfare, why go through the costly and confusing rigmarole of conducting such 'investigations' as preludes to raising the punitive taxes imposed on Americans who buy imported sugar? Why not dispense welfare more directly to sugar producers in the form of cash payments?" (04/21/14)


http://cafehayek.com/2014/04/the-sour-fruits-of-cronyism.html

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