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Obama declares “lawful action” to protect 5 million immigrants

USA Today

"President Obama took a historic, legacy-defining step Thursday night when he announced a plan to protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, infuriating Republicans but satisfying immigrants who have fought for years for such relief. The president's plan will allow undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, known as green card holders, to legally live and work in the country for a period of three years. He expanded the pool of undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children who are eligible for protected status." [editor's note: "Historic?" "Legacy-defining?" Not even close. It was incredibly weak tea and clearly aimed at baiting congressional Republicans into passing legislation - TLK] (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/njkczr3

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Swedish court upholds warrant on Assange

BBC News [UK state media]

"A Swedish appeal court has upheld an arrest warrant against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, wanted for questioning over sexual assault claims. The Court of Appeal refused Mr Assange's attempt to have a detention order issued in 2010 revoked. Mr Assange, who denies the allegations, has sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid extradition. If he goes to Sweden, he fears he could be extradited to the US to face charges of leaking government documents." (11/20/14)


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30129453

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Nigeria: Boko Haram said to kill about 45 people

Janesville Gazette

"The leader of a vigilante fighter group in Nigeria says Boko Haram militants have killed about 45 people in an attack on a village. Muhammed Gava of the Nigeria Vigilante Group said the assault occurred Wednesday in Azaya Kura village in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state. He told The Associated Press on Thursday that the heavily armed Boko Haram militants surged through the village in several trucks, destroying houses and carting away food and livestock." (11/20/14)


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Thailand: Regime thugs abduct students after “Hunger Games” salute

CNN

"Five university students who used the signature three-fingered salute from 'The Hunger Games' in front of Thailand's Prime Minister were detained Wednesday and told they'll face a charge of breaking martial law, a lawyer said. ... The third movie installment in the series, 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1,' is due to hit theaters in Thailand on Thursday. But one cinema in Bangkok canceled all showings of the movie after a pro-democracy student group bought tickets and planned to hold a meeting at the Lido Scala in the center of the city, according to Ratthapon Supasopon, of the League of Liberal Thammasart for Democracy (LLTD)." (11/19/14)


http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/19/world/asia/thailand-hunger-games-salute/

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NYC: “NYPD” gang abducts gun vendors

New York Daily News

"Cops and state investigators cuffed a crew of gun runners who transported dozens of illegal [sic] weapons from Florida to Chinatown in commuter buses -- a gun-selling ring run by a woman bus dispatcher, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. With her grandmother and two children in tow, ringleader Natasha Harris, 33, routinely purchased pistols at gun shows in Florida -- where gun-licensing laws [sic] are less strict -- and then secured the firearms in the cargo holds of inexpensive overnight commuter bus lines in a purple suitcase she used on multiple occasions." (11/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mwtf95a

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UK: Police spied on reporters for years, documents show

ABC News

"In January, freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail. Twelve pages of police intelligence logs noted which protests he covered, who he spoke to and what he wore all the way down to the color of his boots. It was, he said, proof of something he'd long suspected: The police were watching him." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n6hnuf8

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Russian webcam-spying site highlights common security failing

Computer Weekly

"A Russian website collecting streaming images from internet-connected cameras in the UK and more than 200 other countries highlights a common security failing, say information security professionals. The website, which provides 500 feeds from the UK alone, streams images from webcams and CCTV systems using either default passwords or no passwords at all." [editor's note: Lots of publications covering this as "news," but not saying where the site is. It's at insecam.com - TLK] (11/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kek6nep

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Turkey: Government, Kurdish authorities argue over Yazidi refugees

Biloxi Sun Herald

"In a picnic grove nestled in wheat and cotton fields just south of Diyarbakir, municipal officials have set up a refugee camp for more than 4,000 Yazidis who fled the threat of genocide when Islamic State extremists captured their cities in early August. U.S. airstrikes provided the cover for Yazidis to escape the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, but it was the Syrian affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known by its Kurdish initials as the PKK, that set up a security corridor and guided them to safety through Iraqi Kurdistan and later to Turkey." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/olzcjhb

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Mexico: Citizens angry about 43 missing students protest

Altoona Mirror

"Tens of thousands marched in the capital Thursday demanding that authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the government on a day normally reserved for the celebration of Mexico's 1910-17 Revolution. Officials had canceled the traditional Nov. 20 Revolution Day parade, and marchers carrying 'mourning' flags with Mexico's red and green national colors substituted by black suggested the country was in no mood for celebration." (11/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pevdod2

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US sends Guantanamo prisoners to Georgia, Slovakia

Altoona Mirror

"Five prisoners have been released from Guantanamo Bay as part of a renewed effort to close the detention center at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba, officials said Thursday. Three men were sent to Georgia and two to Slovakia for resettlement. They were among dozens of low-level prisoners at Guantanamo that an administration task force in 2009 deemed to no longer pose a threat." (11/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qbzlu6a

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OH: Evil pols vote to hide names of cowardly state killing accomplices

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The names of companies providing lethal injection drugs to the state would be shielded for at least two decades under a bill that cleared the Ohio House on Thursday. Over objections by some Democrats that the proposal goes against government openness and risks more [state-killing]-related lawsuits, the Republican-led chamber voted 61-25 in favor of it." [editor's note: Like Dylan noted, "the executioner's face is always well hidden." Hey, here's a little hint: If you're ashamed of or fear the reaction to what you're doing, maybe you SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT. And you sure as hell shouldn't expect people who aren't allowed to know who you are to pay you for it - TLK] (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l3bkx8r

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MS: Appeals court order keeps state’s only abortion clinic open

Raw Story

"Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic will remain open after a federal appeals court refused on Thursday to reconsider its decision to block a state law that would have closed it. The law, passed in 2012, required doctors at the state’s sole abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, a standard the clinic could not meet. A three-member panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in July upheld a lower court ruling blocking the law as a legal challenge continues. On Thursday, the appeals court denied Mississippi’s request for a reconsideration of the injunction by the full court." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ktzucol

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Study: Stressful relationships tied to mental decline

Fox News

"Having close personal relationships in middle age that cause stress, problems or worries, may contribute to a decline in thinking ability in older age, according to a new study. 'Any relationship involves both positive and negative exchanges, especially those close relationships that are most likely to evoke ambivalent sentiments,' said lead author Jing Liao of University College London. 'Negative aspects of close relationships refer to unpleasant social exchanges when the recipient finds the relationship ineffective, intrusive or over-controlling.'" (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/okbncxx

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FDA approves new, hard-to-abuse hydrocodone pill

San Francisco Chronicle

"Federal health regulators on Thursday approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards. The Food and Drug Administration approved Purdue Pharma's Hysingla ER for patients with severe, round-the-clock pain that cannot be managed with other treatments. The once-a-day tablet is designed to thwart abuse via chewing, crushing, snorting or injecting. The FDA said the medication is difficult to crush, break or dissolve." [editor's note: "difficult" is not "impossible" ... one more lie from the FDA - SAT] (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/laphqwn

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NY: Why NYC might not tax plastic bags

Christian Science Monitor

"The cultural cliché 'paper or plastic?' -- heard in many of America's grocery stores for decades -- could soon include a 10-cent-a-bag levy in New York City’s retail outlets. The New York City Council debated a new plan Wednesday that would slap a 10-cent tax on the paper and plastic bags now given gratis to shoppers at grocery and other retail stores -- a save-the-planet effort to curb the billions of disposable bags that often become what some call 'urban tumbleweeds' flitting about in wind-swept city landscapes." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kbteouq

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Egypt: Regime abducts Muslim Brotherhood leading in ongoing crackdown

Deutsche Welle [Germany]

"Egyptian police have arrested one of the last Muslim Brotherhood leaders not already in detention or in exile. Thousands of the group's members have been rounded up in a mass crackdown. The Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Ali Bishr, was arrested at his home in the Nile Delta on Thursday, security officials said. Bishr, who served as a cabinet minister under ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, was accused of having called for mass protests on November 28, state media reported." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lj26sex

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Amnesty anti-spyware app tells you if the government is watching you

CNet News

"Ever feel like someone's watching you? Amnesty International has released an app to find out if governments are spying on you. Detekt is a free and open source software that scans your computers for known surveillance spyware. The app was developed by German security researcher Claudio Guarnieri, and it's launched by Amnesty today in partnership with civil rights and consumer protection organisations Digitale Gesellschaft from Germany, Electronic Frontier Foundation from the US and Privacy International from the UK." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kmtarex

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Gates, Panetta fault Obama for “micromanaging” wars

Antiwar.com

"[US president Barack] Obama's previous two defense secretaries, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, both blasted him this week at the Reagan National Defense Forum, complaining that he was directly discussing matters of war with four-star generals, and ordering National Security Council members to do the same. 'It was micromanagement that drove me crazy,' insisted Gates, who said he told JSOC to tell the White House to 'go to hell and call me' if they called again. He accused Obama of being 'political' in trying to assert control over the military commanders." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kos3dp9

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Webb forms exploratory committee for 2016 White House run

Fox News

"Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb says he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. Webb unveiled the website for his exploratory committee in a message posted on his Twitter account late Wednesday. The move is the first official step in a possible challenge to former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has long been thought of as the presumptive Democratic nominee, but has not yet announced whether she will run. The committee will allow Webb to raise money and travel the nation to test the waters for a potential campaign." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kb6nrq9

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Facebook shuttle drivers vote to unionize

San Francisco Chronicle

"The bus drivers who cart Facebook employees to and from Silicon Valley voted on Wednesday to unionize, a move expected to kick off wider efforts to organize the men and women at other companies responsible for getting the tech industry to work. Drivers for Loop Transportation, a company contracted by Facebook, voted 43-28 to form a union, with 11 drivers who did not cast ballots. The drivers voted at secret ballot stations set up in the small, 10-bed trailer at a San Carlos Loop bus lot used as a rest area by dozens of Facebook drivers." (11/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m7rsaws

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Commentary



Obama’s immigration plan may be his most worthy act

The Canal
by Yael Ossowski

"The New York Times and others are reporting that President Obama will sign an executive order Friday to allow some illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States. In an administration notorious for its incompetence and overreach, the president's order will be among his few worthy actions." (11/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kg77f6j

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Fissionism: Why libertarianism should extricate itself from conservative entanglements

Libertarianism.org
by Grant Babcock

"The father of 'fusionism,' the philosophical and political alliance of libertarianism and conservatism, was Frank Meyer. Meyer thought libertarianism and conservatism dovetailed nicely, that they weren't even really separate things. ... Meyer was simply wrong about libertarianism. ... Indeed, it seems that in many cases conservative values are harmful to the cause of liberty, encouraging obedience to illegitimate authorities and glorifying war." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n938u6b

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What the government giveth …

Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

"Let’s see if I understand this issue correctly. The federal government is simply giving away bundles of taxpayer money to lots of people it deems are “eligible” that sustained damage after a big storm but perhaps didn’t take the precaution of buying insurance. They aren’t expected to pay it back. The rest of us saps who suffer the same kind of damage from storms or other disasters are expected to fend for ourselves. Some of the free money recipients that were not entitled to the cash even under the generous rules of the government program are now complaining that, even though they were ineligible to get the cash, they nevertheless shouldn’t be expected to pay the money back because they are poor, disabled or old." (11/21/14)


http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/11/what-government-giveth.html

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Sharyl Attkisson vs. Obama’s Police State

Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"If the revelations of Edward Snowden didn't convince you that we're living in a police state, then Sharyl Attkisson's book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington, is the clincher. Indeed, it is more convincing insofar as the reporting that came out of Snowden's disclosures never definitively demonstrated how such powerful technology in the hands of unrestrained government has led to the targeting of political opponents by government officials. In Attkisson's book, the ultimate Orwellian nightmare comes true ..." (11/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lpu42pf

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The new gun suspect: Every school child

The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy

"The use public schools as social reform institutions continues full-bore as evidenced by the new push to turn them into gun-control factories. The Obama administration is obsessed with eliminating gun ownership at its root by defining the behavior and beliefs of a fresh generation. To date, most anti-gun efforts in schools have focused on punishment. News stories abound of students being disciplined for drawings, for playing cowboy or for pointing a finger like a gun. ... The anti-gun focus is expanding from mere punishment. This year, school children across America will be mentally screened and monitored in order to promote a gun-control agenda." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ososuf5

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Uber forgot the charm, but not the offensive

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

"When Uber hired one-time Obama whisperer David Plouffe, CEO Travis Kalanick wrote, 'We are in the middle of a political campaign and it turns out the candidate is Uber. Our opponent -- the Big Taxi cartel -- has used decades of political contributions and influence to restrict competition, reduce choice for consumers, and put a stranglehold on economic opportunity for its drivers.' Translation: This is war, and we’re going to use every weapon known to win." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mf23hr4

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Religion and public education

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M. Vance

"In a free society, there would be no controversies concerning the teaching (or lack of teaching) of religion in public schools. That is because there would be no public schools, which, after all, are nothing but government schools. In a free society, not only would the government not operate schools, it would have nothing to do with education." (11/20/14)


http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/religion-public-education/

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Why people are “walking in” for public schools

Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

"Every school day in the Lincoln Park community on the North Side of Chicago greets students with well-appointed institutions that include some of the best facilities that American public schools have to offer. Click over to the Yelp ratings for the elementary schools and you’ll read parent reviews that talk about their elementary school’s band programs, afterschool programs, and recent innovative practices being implemented. ... This is not at all like the lived experience of students attending public schools on Chicago’s South Side." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lwlucnf

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Always look on the bright side of life

Independent Institute
by Aaron Tao

"In the modern era, when new cycles are driven by 'if it bleeds, it leads' and naysayers continue to insist that things are getting worse, it is easy to lose heart and think we are living a world descending into violence, stagnation, bigotry, and [insert your choice of social ill]. ... A careful review of facts shows that public perception is often out of sync with reality, particularly when long-term trends are taken into account. Matt Ridley's excellent book The Rational Optimist tells the uplifting side of the story." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qbjyncu

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You’ve been Gruber’d, stupid!

Heartland Institute
by Alan Caruba

"Will the last name of the MIT professor identified as the 'architect of ObamaCare' become a verb some day? Will people say 'I've been Gruber'd?' or 'the government is “Grubering again?' After all, when he admitted that ObamaCare's passage was achieved by deceiving the Congressional Budget Office and the entire American public, turning his name into a synonym for lying is not unthinkable. Adding insult to injury, he said the voters were 'stupid.'" (11/20/14)


http://blog.heartland.org/2014/11/youve-been-gruberd-stupid-2/

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Who rules the world?

CounterPunch
by Benjamin Dangl

"With a $4 billion price tag, the recent US midterm election was the most expensive in the country’s history. For the first time in eight years, the Republicans gained complete control of Congress, as well as won victories in key Senate and gubernatorial races across the country. With elections in the US, we are granted the illusion that voters generally have power over our elected leaders, the direction of the economy, and how to tackle climate change and other major issues. But where does the real power lie?" (11/20/14)


http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/20/who-rules-the-world/

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Starting with Latinos, Obama seeks a lasting legacy

Reuters
by Bill Schneider

"Demographics is long. Politics is short. That’s what President Barack Obama is counting on with his executive action on immigration. President Obama is risking what may be short-term political setbacks in order to create a legacy for himself and the Democratic Party. He is seeking to shore up lasting support among key Democratic constituencies. The president and his party are counting on demographics. Demographics delivered a great Democratic victory in 2012. This year, however, politics trumped demographics, and the Democrats were done in." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lpfvkvb

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How the Fed got huge

Reason
by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

"Before he became chair of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke agreed with the free market economist Milton Friedman that central bank policy played a key role in making the Great Depression the most severe in U.S. history. But the two parted ways on the reason why. And that disagreement goes a long way toward explaining why the financial crisis of 2007-2009 has brought not just a dramatic increase in the powers and activities of the Federal Reserve but a fundamental transformation of its role within the economy." (for publication 12/14)


http://reason.com/archives/2014/11/20/how-the-fed-got-huge

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The 2014 tax revolt

Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner

"As they whistle past the post-election graveyard, Democrats have found a new tune: Voters may have rejected their candidates for everything from U.S. Senate to dogcatcher, but they really still agree with them on the issues. Of course this clearly isn’t true when it comes to Obamacare, which just dropped to its lowest approval ever in the most recent Gallup poll. And as we examine the election results in more detail, it’s apparent that voters don’t much like other liberal ideas -- like tax hikes -- either." (11/19/14)


http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/2014-tax-revolt

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Fix the Internet

The Cagle Post
by Chip Bok

Cartoon. [editor's note: Don't know why this just made it on to the Cagle web site when it's five days old ... but it's too good not to use - TLK] (11/15/14)


http://www.cagle.com/2014/11/fix-the-internet/

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Why Republicans are so mad about Obama’s immigration order

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

"President Obama is going to detail some executive actions he plans to take on immigration in a speech tonight, and you may have noticed that the debate over this move is almost completely void of discussion of the particulars. Instead, we're discussing whether Obama is exceeding his powers. That's an important question to address, but it also frees Republicans (for the moment anyway) of having to visibly argue for things like deporting the parents of kids who are already allowed to stay in the United States." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/o9pm97q

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Beyond Gruber

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Scot Vorse

"By June 2015, the Supreme Court will rule on the issue of Obamacare insurance exchange subsidies in King v. Burwell .... In implementing the law, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made individuals purchasing health insurance on both state and federally facilitated exchanges eligible for tax credits to offset part of the cost of the insurance. That rule violates the plain text of the Act, which makes such subsidies available only for insurance purchased on exchanges established by the states. Obamacare supporters have defended the IRS rule on the grounds that the precise statutory language is a mere drafting error .... However, a growing body of contemporaneous evidence shows that even many Obama administration officials believed just the opposite -- that subsidies would only be made available on state-established exchanges." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nh8mznb

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Sheldon Richman on The Scott Horton Show

The Scott Horton Show
by

"Sheldon Richman, vice president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses Hillary Clinton's gushing admiration of war criminal Henry Kissinger in her review of his new book World Order; and why progressives hoping for a successful Clinton 2016 presidential campaign should take a second look before they elect a power-hungry monster." [Flash audio or MP3] (11/19/14)


http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/11/19/111914-sheldon-richman/

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Why I am pro-choice

spiked
by Brendan O'Neill

"The first rule of the politics of fear is that if you want to make something sound scarier than it actually is, you add the word 'culture' at the end of it. ... And so it is with abortion. How can you make what is a pretty mundane medical procedure that British women have been legally accessing for nearly 50 years sound like something terrifying? By adding the magic c-word. That is what we've been invited here tonight to talk about: 'abortion culture.' I've been asked to oppose the motion 'This House Believes Britain's Abortion Culture Hurts Us All.' The reason I'm happy to oppose this motion is because it is built on a fallacy. There is no 'abortion culture.'" (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mk3sxkt

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Elizabeth Warren needs to run for President

In These Times
by Ian Reifowitz

"The midterms didn't go so well. The Democrats should have run on economic populism. They should have put forth a coherent vision of where they want to take our country, one that includes a frank assessment of our current problems, and a concrete set of proposals to address them. Instead they tried to run to the right of President Obama by distancing themselves from Obamacare and other administration priorities. One candidate even tried to keep 'private' the fact that she voted for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lc7valk

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The bad press myth

ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

"People talking about you, for better or for worse, makes you relevant. We can say a lot of terrible things about Republicans and Democrats, but we cannot in good faith call them irrelevant. We can say a lot of bad things about religion, but we cannot in good faith say it doesn't matter. They are right in front of our faces every single day. We’re used to them. They are a part of our lives, whether we like it or not. The Shakespearean tragedies will influence the culture of entertainment for all of eternity. Bad press is necessary for good press. If nobody dislikes you, there is no story behind people who do like you. Nobody ever saw a Fox News Alert to hear people sing 'For He's a Jolly Good Fellow' about some dude who never pissed anybody off." (11/20/14)


http://www.christophercantwell.com/2014/11/20/bad-press-myth/

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Why McDonald’s struggles are a good thing

The Intercept
by Juan Thompson

"The year 2014 has not been kind to one of the biggest symbols of American capitalism. Last quarter, McDonald’s saw its U.S. sales fall 3 percent as profits tumbled 30 percent. It was the 12th straight month of falling sales at the fast food giant, which this summer posted its worst revenue decline in more than a decade. But critics, including McDonald’s employees, see a silver lining. They are hoping the company’s financial troubles will force McDonald’s to rethink how it does business at a time when it needs to address a growing number of problems." (11/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pfyc3ek

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Novel fanaticism

Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

"The core concern that sparked the civil-rights movement was simple: government-mandated racial segregation and discrimination wrongly prevented each African-American from pursuing his or her life’s goals on equal footing with white Americans. Neither the existence nor the baleful effects of such barriers was ever in doubt. In addition, destroying those barriers was both a relatively straightforward procedure and, by any remotely acceptable ethical standards, unambiguously the right thing to do. Climate change is completely different. Legitimate debate continues over the magnitude of impending temperature change and -- despite the predictions of the novel that inspired Mr. Ignatius's call for a moral crusade against climate change -- debate continues over the likely consequences of any such change." (11/20/14)


http://cafehayek.com/2014/11/novel-fanaticism.html

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 11/19/14

The Libertarian Republic
by

"Is feminism ruining everything?" [Flash audio or MP3] (11/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pfbabrn

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Mike Lee’s fix of Congress

Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Lee starts off with the need to earn trust. Will many readers simply shrug? His notion of a 'more open-source strategy development model that includes everyone' sure sounds nice. But after Obama's promise of the most 'transparent' presidency in history, and delivery of one of the least, skepticism is natural. At least Lee knows his challenges: 'Republicans in fact can't 'govern' from the House and Senate alone -- especially without a Senate supermajority.' He sees the necessity of working with Democrats, but insists that the congressional majority not compromise away the whole enchilada." (11/20/14)


http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/11/20/mike-lees-fix-of-congress/

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After fearmongering kills NSA reform, what’s next?

The Nation
by Zoe Carpenter

"For a few hours on Tuesday, the Islamic State looked like the best thing that ever happened to the National Security Agency. The USA Freedom Act, a modest bill seen as the best chance for reforming one of the NSA's dragnet surveillance programs, failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate by two votes after Republicans insisted that it would precipitate a terrorist attack." (11/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pe47lzy

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My experience with ObamaCare

Campaign For Liberty
by Megan Stiles

"I am a very healthy, single 26-year-old. I exercise almost everyday and maintain a healthy weight, so I view health insurance as something that I would only use if I was in a horrible accident or stricken with a terrible disease. I also like the HSA model, because it allows me to save money tax-free for health expenses down the road. The first thing I noticed while comparison shopping was that there were vastly fewer plans to choose from that began in 2014 than there were that began in 2013, but nevertheless I continued on my search." (11/20/14)


http://www.campaignforliberty.org/national-blog/experience-obamacare/

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Greedy corporations save lives

Foundation for Economic Education
by Iain Murray

"With Ebola wreaking havoc across West Africa, news that a private company has virtually eradicated the disease on its extensive property invites sighs of relief. Yet Firestone’s actions were not unique: private industry has a long history of saving lives when disease threatens. As recent history demonstrates, to face the prospect of a rapidly changing world over the next century, the best we can do to help the world’s poorest is to pursue a strategy of resiliency. And that strategy includes rich multinational corporations." (11/20/14)


http://fee.org/the_freeman/detail/greedy-corporations-save-lives

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Four Cents Podcast, 11/20/14

Everything Voluntary
by

"Four Cents 011 is a short chat on the easy way to cancel Comcast, and other similar life hacks." [Flash audio or MP3] (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/p2ft5xe

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Rand Paul sounds off to Salon on race, 2016, Hillary and Republicans

Salon
by Phillip Bailey

Interview with US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Paul: "You know, I think there is a great deal of possibility for any candidate who can get out of either party, that doesn’t neatly fit in either party’s mold. So I think if you had a Democrat unusual enough to get through the primary system but to appeal to people outside of the Democrat mold, they could do well. Same goes for a Republican." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/prxoa4x

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Hawaii’s billions in unfunded retirement liabilities part of national trend

Hawaii Reporter
by Malia Zimmerman

"A new report from State Budget Solutions, a national nonprofit organization focusing on states’ fiscal responsibility, warns it’s time for newly elected state officials in Hawaii and throughout the country to address unfunded liabilities in the retirement system. The share of Hawaii’s $30-billion unfunded liability per resident is $21,852, the seventh highest in the nation, said Joe Luppino-Esposito, the study’s author." (11/20/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m7x9kjd

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Playing with constitutional fire

LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P. Napolitano

"Earlier this week, President Obama made it clear that he will soon offer some form of limited amnesty to about five million foreign nationals who are currently living illegally in the United States. He will do so by issuing an executive order to federal officials who oversee immigration directing them to undertake a course of action that, if complied with individually by all persons whom he designates as eligible, will cause the federal government to remove the threat of deportation from those who meet the standards he will lay down. Can he legally do that?" (11/20/14)


http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/11/andrew-p-napolitano/come-on-in/

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Hong Kong in context

Liberty Unbound
by Lin Lifu

"The recent protests in Hong Kong have adhered to the choreography of Chinese politics in at least one important respect: the Communist regime has accused its political opponents of being unpatriotic. Xinhua, the state news agency, recently published a commentary denouncing celebrities who supported the protests for the putative crime of challenging the authority of the Party, and — by a heroic leap of logic — of betraying a lack of love for the motherland. CY Leung, the Chief Executive, has accused foreign actors of orchestrating the demonstrations. He did not specify who these foreign actors were, but we all know that he means the United States, as if we weren’t content with the existing friction in bilateral relations and decided on a whim to make life more difficult for the Chinese government." (11/19/14)


http://libertyunbound.com/node/1334

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Thank the troops for their service to Islam

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

"The Iraqi constitution was adopted in 2005. The troops didn't leave Iraq until 2011. That means that for six years, the troops were fighting and dying in Iraq to protect and defend the official Islamic government in Iraq that their invasion in 2003 succeeded in installing into power. In fact, that's why the troops are now dropping more bombs in Iraq and why they're currently serving as advisors to military officials in the Iraqi government -- to protect and defend the official Islamic regime in Iraq from a hostile takeover by ISIS. How come American interventionists never thank the troops for that?" (11/20/14)


http://fff.org/2014/11/20/thank-troops-service-islam/

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The two-edged protest

WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

"I'm surprised no one has challenged me on this earlier. 'Brad, you say you're for non-violent protest. That's all that Taylor's critics did -- they exercised their freedom of speech and started a Twitter protest. No one called for state action, or for new laws, or for violence against him. So how can you complain?' The answer is, this is a tool that cuts both ways. They found his attire objectionable, so they protested. And I found their behavior objectionable, even if not a violation of rights, so I am using non-violent protest in return." (11/20/14)


http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.6205

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Stranded in a strange world

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

"In the adult world ... I've seldom been bothered by that terrible sense of being something irreconcilably foreign to the 'normal' world. ... Once in a while alien horror strikes out of the blue, though. It hit last week when mouthy morons blighted a great moment in science by making scientist Matt Taylor’s un-PC shirt more important than the fact that our amazing species (led, as always, by a handful of those above and beyond the pack) had just set a lander down on a freakin' comet! ... The shirt squawkers are not only self-righteous morons and bullies ... They're not only intolerant conformists in the best public high school 'mean girls' tradition. They're savages -- and I say that in the true sense of people who have no grasp of human achievement. Savages. People who, on their own, would never have gotten out of the caves or figured out how to clothe their naked skin." (11/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q57hh7b

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US government tries to mug the mayor of London

Reason
by JD Tuccille

"It was only a matter of time before America's economic grab for global imperium, embodied in tax laws and, particularly, the Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act (FATCA), ran up against somebody who might actually be able to push back. Not content to roll those who reside within its own borders, the federal government insists that U.S. citizens and even long-term residents who now live abroad and may not have had a glimpse of amber waves of grain in many years owe Uncle Sam a piece of the take -- and that financial institutions around the world must snitch on them to ease the mugging. Such a broad definition of those subject to the IRS's tender ministrations reaches far and wide. It reaches so far that American tax authorities say Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, owes capital gains taxes to the land of his birth, even though he hasn't lived here since he was five years old." (11/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pzn7xc5

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Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show

The Scott Horton Show
by

"Jason Ditz, news editor for Antiwar.com, discusses Jundallah’s pledge of support for ISIS; and Mossad’s history of using Jundallah to commit terrorist attacks in Iran to damage US-Iran relations." [Flash audio or MP3] (11/18/14)


http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/11/18/111814-jason-ditz/

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Citizens of the cloud

Foundation for Economic Education
by staff

Interview with Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof. Tempelhof: "It's sad that people think they have any impact when voting. It's also sad that they're expressing their consent to an attempted geographic monopoly on violence through voting. Voting is immoral. If it weren't a monopoly -- or oligopoly, in the case of the nation-state system as a whole -- it would still be a bad decision-making platform. Why should any group have the right to decide over other people, simply because the others are outnumbered?" (11/19/14)


http://fee.org/the_freeman/detail/citizens-of-the-cloud

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Should YOU be free to use silver as money?

Downsize DC
by James Wilson

"Two years ago, we acted on behalf of Bernard von NotHaus. You can learn about his 'counterfeiting' case here. There you will find a link to the letter Downsize DC President, Jim Babka, wrote to the judge in this case. Regrettably, his request for a retrial was denied earlier this month. He now faces sentencing in December. But we can protect others from future injustice by telling Congress to pass the Free Competition in Currency Act." (11/18/14)


https://downsizedc.org/blog/should-you-be-free-to-use-silver-as-money

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Uber is one startup that needs to grow up fast

Reuters
by Robert Cyran

"Uber is one startup that needs to grow up fast. The Silicon Valley taxi app’s disregard for rules has spurred it toward a $30 billion valuation. But executives who threaten to 'dig up dirt' on critics, use unsavory tactics against rivals, and post statistics on customers' one-night stands present an existential business risk and hurt its fledgling brand. Uber needs to rein in its laddish impulses. Ironically, the latest embarrassment for founder Travis Kalanick came at a dinner in New York hosted by Uber to try to improve the media’s perception of the company. Senior Vice President Emil Michael suggested Uber could look into 'your personal lives, your families,' and give the media a taste of its own medicine, according to Buzzfeed." (11/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qbpwjer

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The end of the American meth lab? Don’t get too excited

Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

"While the number of domestic meth suppliers may be shrinking, this doesn’t mean the market for meth is going away. As the Associated Press and others have pointed out, the production of methamphetamine is shifting from smaller operations in the United States, to 'super labs' in Mexico (cue the Breaking Bad episodes). Border states are seeing sharp increases in meth-related activities. Federal forces in California, for example, seized 3.5 metric tons of meth in 2013. In 2012, this number was about 0.5 metric tons. We see the same trend in Texas and Arizona." (11/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k8wpv33

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When the rustlers wear badges

Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

"Sweeney Gillette, a very successful cattle trader from Ontario, Oregon, had barely finished a pleasant chat with his ex-wife when his phone rang. In an agitated voice, Gillette's attorney reported that he had just been contacted by a Malheur County deputy District Attorney who accused the rancher of 'unlawfully interfering with a witness' -- namely, his ex-wife. Since the attorney called literally seconds after Gillette had hung up, the call from the deputy DA must have come in the middle of the conversation with his ex-wife, who later insisted that she hadn't told anyone about the phone call. ... Sweeney's ex-wife was not the focus of an investigation, nor was she a witness. Her ex-husband, however, had been targeted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office for a campaign of harassment and defamation that would eventually destroy his business and drive his family out of the state. " (11/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q74wyrp

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Insurance companies become ObamaCare’s biggest defenders

The Libertarian Republic
by Peter Fricke

"Critics charge Obamacare's individual mandate is boosting the profits of insurance companies, securing their loyalty to Democratic politicians.
Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin argued Tuesday that 'the individual mandate is the greatest single act of corporate welfare in memory,' creating new customers for the insurance companies by fiat and subsidizing that coverage with tax dollars." (11/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l239zqb

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Danger signals: ISIL, Hamas & the future of Israel

The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

"In Hebrew, 'black flag' refers to an immediate, glaring warning -- as in, the 'black flag of illegality' that figuratively flies over a military order that a soldier must refuse, or the actual flag put up by lifeguards to signal that the sea is too stormy for swimming. The symbolism of the color is entirely arbitrary. In Arab culture, a black flag recalls the battle standards of the Prophet Muhammad and of the Abbasid caliphate, which ruled from Baghdad over a vast Islamic empire. Traditionally, the connotations are positive. In recent months, though, the two meanings have converged. Inscribed with the words 'There is no god but God,' a black banner is now a symbol of danger, across the Middle East and beyond." (11/19/14)


http://prospect.org/article/isil-hamas-and-future-israel

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