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Scotland independence referendum: 55% no, 45% yes

BBC News [UK state media]

"Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With the results in from all 32 council areas, the 'No' side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for 'Yes.' Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and said the commitments on extra powers would be honoured." (09/19/14)


http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-29270441

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US Senate votes to fund Obama’s ISIS fiasco before running like hell to get out of DC

New York Times

"The Senate gave overwhelming approval on Thursday to a measure on the training and arming of Syrian rebels, then fled the Capitol for the fall campaign, sidestepping the debate over the extent of American military action until the lame-duck session of Congress later this year. The training measure, pushed hard by President Obama, was tucked into a larger Senate bill to keep the government funded past Sept. 30, a maneuver that leaders of both parties favored to ensure as few defections as possible. The Senate’s 78-to-22 vote, a day after the House passed the measure, masked the serious doubts that many senators had." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lhudv55

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Hollande: French forces carry out first Iraq airstrikes

Reuters

"France said on Friday its jets had launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time since the country promised to join military action against Islamic State insurgents who have taken over parts of the country. 'This morning at 9:40 (0840 BST) our Rafale jets launched a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorists,' said a statement from President Francois Hollande's office on Friday shortly after the raids." (09/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/o8k27q3

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Mali: Roadside bombs kills five UN peacekeepers

Parkersburg News and Sentinel

"A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed five U.N. peacekeepers and wounded several others on Thursday, a spokesman said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force. A car carrying Chadian troops hit the explosive north of Aguel'hoc, which is near the embattled city of Kidal, said Olivier Salgado." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ofpuyqy

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Obama regime rebuffs Ukraine junta’s appeal for arms

USA Today

"The White House refused to include weapons in an aid package announced Thursday for embattled Ukraine despite an impassioned plea by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for more military assistance. The Obama administration is providing $46 million in non-lethal security assistance and $7 million for relief organizations providing humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians affected by the conflict between [invading Ukrainian] forces and [the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics]. The White House announcement came shortly after Poroshenko stood before a joint session of Congress and pleaded for more political support and military equipment beyond the non-lethal aid the United States has pledged." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kjkrd3k

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Air Force does quick about face on “So help me God”

Christian Science Monitor

"Faster than a new recruit can shout 'Sir, yes sir!' the US Air Force has reversed its policy requiring new recruits and those reenlisting to conclude a swearing-in oath with 'So help me God.' The trouble for the Air Force started when a Tech. Sgt. at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada with 10 years’ service wanted to reenlist. As an atheist, he didn’t see why he had to swear an oath to a deity he didn’t believe in. It seemed to violate the religious establishment clause of the US Constitution. And besides, none of the other branches of the US military required it, nor did the honor code at the US Air Force Academy turning out shiny, new Second Lieutenants." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l9fj3g7

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AL: Judge repeals First Amendment

San Francisco Chronicle

"A state court judge sided with Alabama Gas Corp. and blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information about the utility's plan for gas line safety, which the Alabama Public Service Commission released through an open records request. ... Alagasco filed suit claiming the document, which contains proprietary and safety-related information, was released without required notification to the company. ... The newspaper refused requests by the utility that it return the document, court records show. The newspaper argued in court documents that Vance's ban on publication is a case of unconstitutional prior restraint, in which the government blocks information from being published. Also, it said, much of the information in the plan already is available publicly." (09/14/14)


http://tinyurl.com/okvmcb2

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Oracle’s Ellison steps down, two CEOs named

BBC News [UK state media]

"Long-serving Oracle boss Larry Ellison is stepping down after 37 years, the technology giant announced on Thursday. Mark Hurd and Safra Catz have been named as successors, with both being given the chief executive title. Mr Ellison, 70, who is estimated to be the world's fifth wealthiest man, will stay on as executive chairman and chief technology officer. He co-founded what would become Oracle with Bob Miner and Ed Oates in 1977." (09/18/14)


http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29262718

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Mexico: 21 killed by army had surrendered

Thibodaux Daily Comet

"A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty others also were shot and killed in rural southern Mexico after they surrendered and were disarmed, the mother told The Associated Press. The Mexican government has maintained that all died during a fierce shootout when soldiers were fired on in the early morning of June 30." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/of67rnk

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Argentina: Congress approves law for controlling prices

ABC News

"Argentina's congress on Thursday approved a law that lets the government intervene in setting prices and profits in an attempt to tackle one of the hemisphere's worst inflation rates. Economy Minister Axel Kicillof said the measure, approved earlier by the Senate, would defend consumers against 'the innumerable abuses we suffer every day on the part of concentrated groups with monopoly power.'" (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qaer2qh

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Turkey stays on sidelines of fight against Islamic State

Reuters [UK]

"Few countries are in a better position than Turkey to help the United States fight Islamic State. The moderate Islamic country shares a 750 mile border with Syria, is a NATO member and a long-time ally of America. But don’t hold your breath for Turkey’s support. For a long time, Turks have resented the 'curse of strategic significance' related to its forming NATO’s southern flank. They felt it enabled the military to keep a watchful eye over their politicians. Likewise, it fueled the politicians' sense of impunity that shielded them from the need for reform. This was part of the reason why, at the time of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Turkey refused to provide logistic support for the U.S.-led invasion to bring down Saddam Hussein." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lentxu5

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CA: Alleged arsonist arrested in El Dorado County

San Francisco Chronicle

"A 37-year-old man was arrested and charged with intentionally igniting the massive King Fire, which has burned 71,000 acres of Sierra foothills east of Placerville while sending up a cloud of smoke visible as far as the Bay Area, officials said Thursday. El Dorado County authorities took Wayne Allen Huntsman into custody Wednesday on suspicion of felony arson and jailed him in lieu of $10 million bail. Huntsman is a resident of Pollock Pines (El Dorado County), a community in the heart of the fire area. How and why Huntsman allegedly started the destructive blaze near Pollock Pines were not specified in charging papers Thursday, and El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson declined to comment on details of the case." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mv4aj3y

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Yemen: Shiite rebels attack state TV building

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Yemen's state television said on Thursday that its headquarters in a northwestern suburb of the capital Sanaa has come under attack by Shiite rebels. The attack, a serious escalation by the rebels known as the Hawthis, prompted President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to hold emergency talks with top Cabinet aides." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/oaz5hqm

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KS: Supreme Court removes Democrat from US Senate ballot

The Hill

"The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday to grant Democrat Chad Taylor’s request to be removed from the Kansas Senate ballot, issuing a blow to Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-Kan.) chances for reelection this fall. ... The court’s decision now removes an obstacle from independent Greg Orman’s path, and increases the likelihood of defeat for Roberts this fall." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mlvq2pr

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MI: 5th-grade boy arrested with gun, list of names

Fox News

"Authorities say a fifth-grade boy found with a loaded pistol at a middle school in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula had created a list of classmates' names. The Traverse City Record-Eagle and MLive.com report that the title of the list, found on the back of a homework assignment belonging to the boy, suggested he wanted to harm those on the list. The boy, however, told authorities he didn't intend to harm anyone." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mkawpzr

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Alibaba prices at $68, becomes top US IPO

USA Today

"Alibaba priced its shares at $68 apiece Thursday, raising $21.8 billion for the company and investors and solidifying its stature as the biggest U.S. IPO in history. ... The $68-a-share IPO price values the entire company at $170.8 billion. That valuation would make Alibaba the 23rd most-valuable company in the Standard & Poor's, ahead of other tech titans like Amazon at $150 billion and eBay at $65 billion. Since the company is domiciled outside the U.S., though, the company isn't subject for inclusion in the S&P 500." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pccrywd

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DNA study reveals third group of ancient ancestors of modern Europeans

Raw Story

"Europeans are a mixture of hunter-gatherers, agriculturalists, and also a third wave of migrants from north Eurasia. Strands of DNA taken from ancient corpses have revealed an unexpected addition to the ancestral roots of modern Europeans. The first Homo sapiens arrived in Europe around 45,000 years ago, and these hunter-gatherers were replaced by early farmers who brought agriculture to the continent more than 7,000 years ago from Anatolia and the Levant in the near east." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/jwh7gal

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IL: Judge turns down GOP request to rig gubernatorial election

Greenfield Daily Reporter

"A Sangamon County judge on Thursday rejected the Republican Party's attempt to have a Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor struck from the Nov. 4 ballot. Judge Patrick Kelley denied GOP attorneys' appeal of a State Board of Elections decision to allow Chad Grimm of Peoria on the ballot. His name will appear alongside those of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur)." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k9pwck4

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Tough luck, officers: Apple, Google will encrypt phones

Washington Post

"The next generation of Google’s Android operating system, due for release next month, will encrypt data by default for the first time, the company said Thursday, raising yet another barrier to police gaining access to the troves of personal data typically kept on smartphones. ... The move offers Android, the world's most popular operating system for smartphones, a degree of protection that resembles what Apple on Wednesday began providing for iPhones, the leading rival to devices running Android operating systems. Both companies have now embraced a form of encryption that will make extremely difficult for law enforcement officials to collect evidence from smartphones in most situations -- even when authorities get legally binding search warrants." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l38dd8o

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Clapper lies some more about lying to Congress

CBS News

"James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told Congress on Thursday that he did not lie to them about government surveillance last year when denied the U.S. was collecting data on millions of Americans in a hearing last year. 'It has been very disappointing to have my integrity questioned because of a mistake,' Clapper told government officials and contractors at an intelligence summit in Washington sponsored by two major industry groups." [editor's: Dude ... you got caught. Get over it and quit embarrassing yourself in public! - TLK] (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ksn79el

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Commentary



Christmas comes early for war profiteers

In These Times
by Leonard C. Goodman

"Today, while the radical warrior cult that now calls itself Islamic State (also known as ISIS) is taking over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, our tax dollars are simultaneously supporting ISIS militants in Syria (who have been siphoning off aid intended for more moderate rebels), bombing ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq, and arming Syrian rebels and the Kurdish peshmerga to fight ISIS. It’s all win/win for the war industry and lose/lose for the American taxpayer. Corporations are amoral by design. While many good and decent people sit on corporate boards, their fiduciary responsibility is to maximize returns for shareholders, not to do right by the American people. This is why alliances between corporations and the state are historically so dangerous. Yet we have allowed corporate interests to capture both major political parties and to drive public policy, with disastrous results, including perpetual war." [editor's note: I don't disagree with Goodman, really ... I'm just surprised that he seems to think that having a state could end up any other way than with greedheads capturing it. Power attracts the power-hungry - TLK] (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mhbuo6c

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Secret courts trash Fourth Amendment

Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

"Did you know that if the U.S. government decides that it wants to violate, i.e. trash, provisions of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, it simply creates secret federal courts of law that will rubber stamp all that it desires? Did you know that the supreme law of the land in the United States of America – the Constitution -- isn’t what it plainly says, but rather what secret federal courts decide? Did you know that 'We the People' are not entitled to know what the law is or how it will be interpreted by judges if the government wants to keep it a secret?" (09/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/p6y3ssv

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Jose Padilla’s constitutional upheaval

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

"Convicted terrorist Jose Padilla, an American citizen, is back in the news. Unhappy with the 17-year sentence that federal Judge Marcia Cooke originally meted out to Padilla, the Justice Department appealed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Agreeing that the sentence was too short, the Court of Appeals remanded the case to the District Court with instructions to increase the sentence. A few days ago, Cooke increased Padilla’s sentence to 21 years. But the length of Padilla’s jail sentence is not what makes his case so important to the American people. What makes the case important is that Pentagon and the CIA now wield the legal authority to do to all Americans what they did to Padilla." (09/18/14)


http://fff.org/2014/09/18/jose-padillas-constitutional-upheaval/

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Anarchy in Washington: Is anybody in charge?

Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"So what is going on with the US government, and especially over at the Pentagon? Are they directly challenging the President -- who is then acting to quickly quash them? Sure looks like it. Amid reports of a titanic battle within the Obama administration, the conflicting messages being put out there by various wings of the national security establishment remind us of the Empire’s sheer size and the scale of the bureaucracy: it is large enough to constitute what are, in effect, competing governments -- a condition statists of every variety always told us was unworkable." (09/19/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k2trrnq

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Libertarianism and racism

The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy

"Three accusations about racism are being hurled at libertarianism. As libertarianism ascends in political prominence, the accusations will get louder." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m4ebokr

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Why this will be the unaccountable war

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

"Yesterday the House voted 273-156 to train and equip Syrian rebels, a part of President Obama's plan to combat ISIL, and today the Senate is expected to do the same. While it might look on the surface like Congress taking a stand and accepting responsibility for this new engagement, in fact, this is likely to be a war with no accountability for any political figure other than Barack Obama himself." [editor's note: Great, and since he can't run for re-election now, nobody can be held accountable in the long run for this imperial travesty - SAT] (09/18/14)


http://prospect.org/article/why-will-be-unaccountable-war

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Black markets do not protect minorities

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Michelle Minton

"Former Denver mayor Wellington Webb argues in a Sept. 14 op-ed in The Hill that legalized online gambling would be bad for minority populations. ... He bases this claim on the high rate of 'disordered' gambling among low-income and African American communities. But if Webb truly cares about the possible threat online gambling poses for vulnerable groups, he ought to be lobbying states to legalize and regulate the activity." (09/18/14)


http://cei.org/content/black-markets-do-not-protect-minorities

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An all-American ass-whoopin’

San Francisco Chronicle
by Mark Morford

"America! You know what you need? Besides better bourbon, less Jesus and fewer conservatives? That’s right: A good whoopin’. A serious spanking. Maybe even one of those terrifying, NFL-grade spankings so vicious it raises welts and yelps and not a little blood, all administered with a belt, or a tree branch, or the backhand of wrathful ol’ Almighty himself. But don’t worry! It’s all out of love. Isn’t it always? Besides! Americans love spankings. We relish inducing fear, pain, smacking each other around to impart some sort of life lesson. ... But the creature we love to hit most of all? Those small, defenseless humans, the ones who weigh less than 50 pounds and have barely learned to walk or form complete sentences, much less understand that smacking each other out of some warped concept of 'love' is, you know, just what we do." (09/16/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n7rfqqu

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Brian McGlinchey on The Scott Horton Show

The Scott Horton Show
by

"Brian McGlinchey, director of 28Pages.org, discusses why it’s time to declassify the secret 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report that focus on the involvement of foreign governments in the attack." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/17/14)


http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/09/17/091714-brian-mcglinchey/

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The Efficient Majors Hypothesis

Mises Canada
by Robert P. Murphy

"One day a smart young graduate from the University of Chicago named Eugene barged his way into the office of the SciosciaCubs’ owner, Tom Ricketts. The following conversation ensued ..." [satire] (09/18/14)


http://mises.ca/posts/blog/the-efficient-majors-hypothesis/

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Radio Free Acton, 09/18/14

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by

"Sarah Stanley speaks with Chelsen Vicari, Evangelical Program Director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, about her new book Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/18/14)


http://www.acton.org/media/audio/chelsen-vicari-religious-left

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It’s not just a job, it’s an obsession

WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

"I've been thinking more about the kind of people who are drawn to work with computers, and how some are 'advantaged' compared to others. I've decided that there are basically three groups." (09/18/14)


http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.6091

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Exporting cowardice, importing cynicism

Downsize DC
by Perry Willis

"The Export-Import Bank is a corporate welfare scheme that extends credit to Big Business at better rates than they could get in a free market. It's unconstitutional and unnecessary. But Congressional 'leaders' want to keep it alive through a gutless move that provoked me to demand passage of Downsize DC’s One Subject at a Time Act." (09/17/14)


https://downsizedc.org/blog/exporting-cowardice-importing-cynicism

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Tribal desire

EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

"Desire for tribal membership varies widely. Some humans, like Mark, seem to think about their tribal membership on an hourly basis. Others, like me, are perfectly happy belonging to no group larger than the nuclear family. The median level of tribal desire is hard to nail down. Do most Americans think about their Americanness once or more per day? People usually find even simple abstractions boring, so I doubt it." (09/18/14)


http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/09/tribal_desire.html

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Fossil Free UK: Divesting from reality

spiked
by Rob Harries

"Campaigning for a divestment in fossil fuels is ridiculous, considering how interrelated the modern industrial economy is with energy production. There is no economic activity or money in existence that doesn’t bare [sic] the supposed stain of fossil fuels. Not only is every social and economic activity in modern society powered by burning fossil fuels -- these things rely on one another for their existence." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ovdbm9c

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China has not one property problem, but many

Reuters
by John Foley

"China’s real estate market is big enough that it can have not one property problem but many. A Breakingviews ranking of the forty biggest cities, according to different kinds of risks, shows there are huge differences between local markets. It’s not much consolation, though. A conflagration of regional problems could be just as bad as one big national one." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qgsefh6

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Smarter forest management could yield water for California’s population growth

Independent Institute
by Lawrence J. McQuillan

"There is mounting evidence that poor policies are creating California’s water troubles. California has a policy problem disguised as a water problem. The poor policies create massive misallocation of water and water waste throughout the state. More evidence of this comes from Roger Bales, a hydrologist with the University of California, Merced, and Scott Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California, Berkeley." (09/17/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kyctatl

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The Constitution: The God that failed (to liberate us from big government)

Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

"Constitution Day is the annual homage to one of the most devilishly clever instruments to make a slave people think they are free. The political coup occurred a mere three years after the divorce proceedings from the United Kingdom in 1783 where 13 separate nations sat across from the King’s legation in Paris. Ironic the day following is a referendum for the Scottish to no longer be English poodles and break away from the same clods in London. Such a referendum would never be tolerated in the land of the free and home of the brave ..." (09/18/14)


http://zerogov.com/?p=3633

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Homeschooling: The kids like it (and Mom and Dad have homework again)

Reason
by JD Tuccille

"Just weeks after signing on to home-based schooling, and two days into formal lessons, we're running into a fair number of kindred spirits who also opted out of brick and mortar schools. Some are using traditional homeschooling methods from a variety of sources, others (like us) are paying for online private schools, and the majority use virtual charter schools, which are an easy option in Arizona." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/khd69h8

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Wages and the free market, part 1

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sandy Ikeda

"If you have a superficial understanding of modern economics, the following argument sounds plausible: In the free market, employers have an incentive to lower costs by driving wages down, which is bad for workers. Since driving down wages is what efficiency requires, it follows that efficiency is bad for workers. The argument dates back at least to Karl Marx. It’s wrong but it continues to have appeal because, like many of Marx’s arguments, it contains a half truth: Given the choice between paying a worker $12 or $11 an hour, other things equal, an employer would usually rather pay $11. I think it’s a useful exercise to think through why it’s wrong." (09/18/14)


http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/wages-and-the-free-market-part-1

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Nobody should be forced to be a parent

Thoughts On Liberty
by Avens O'Brien

"In the past, there was, among some, a sentiment that men have the orgasms, and women have the babies. In a time when a woman inevitably had to carry and bear a child whether or not she wanted to, it made sense to demand that the father also be responsible and provide for his child. However, the groundbreaking court cases that won women the right to prevent or terminate a pregnancy also brought us a bit of a predicament; a woman can choose not to be a parent, but if she chooses to become a parent, the father has no legal say in whether or not he becomes one also." (09/18/14)


http://thoughtsonliberty.com/nobody-should-be-forced-to-be-a-parent

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What’s the matter With Kansas education policy?

Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

"Since The Wizard of Oz, the term 'we’re not in Kansas anymore' has been shorthand for saying we’ve changed the usual surroundings for a new, disorienting terrain. For school children who actually live in Kansas, that would likely be a relief. Since the nation’s Great Recession, public education in Kansas has seen state funding cut repeatedly since 2009. This has left students and teachers in that state bereft of what would normally be viewed as 'the basics' by anyone who has a modicum of understanding of how to run an effective school system, with swelling class sizes and elimination of basic programs like art, music and athletics. Unfortunately, Kansas is not the only place in America where public school conditions are causing students to wish they could be transported to the yellow brick road." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mcsa24c

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Why Obama’s war on ISIS won’t hold its popularity

Cato Institute
by A. Trevor Thrall

"With the prime-time announcement of his campaign to destroy ISI[S], President Obama is staking his presidency in a place he certainly never intended. Obama launches his campaign with what appears to be a reasonable level of public support. ... Despite the apparently strong initial wave of support for confronting ISI[S], however, Obama’s campaign will almost certainly become a very unpopular affair." (09/17/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ow6jm8b

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Peace cannot be achieved when the state executes innocent men

CounterPunch
by Laura Finley

"Almost three years ago, the state of Georgia likely executed an innocent man. Despite no physical evidence connecting Troy Davis to the August 19, 1989 murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia, despite the fact that numerous witnesses implicated Sylvester 'Redd' Coles, who was the individual to accuse Davis of the murder, despite the fact that police never seriously investigated Coles as a suspect, and despite the fact that seven of nine state trial witnesses later recanted or changed their stories, the state of Georgia went ahead with the execution of Troy Davis on September 21, 2011 ... the International Day of Peace, no less." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/o2vzoov

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Why the con-con is a no-go

The Canal
by Fergus Hodgson

"Citizens for Self-Governance, now backed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, are leading the latest clamor for a convention of US states, as authorized by Article V of the constitution. There is a clear reason, however, why such initiatives to bypass Congress fall as quickly as they rise." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q9tcaw4

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Piling on the NFL

The Cagle Post
by Michael Reagan

"Domestic violence just doesn’t happen on elevators. And it’s not just committed by former NFL running backs. But don’t tell that to the people who’ve been calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to quit over his fumbling of the Ray Rice case." (09/18/14)


http://www.cagle.com/2014/09/piling-on-the-nfl/

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Why do progressives have an Archie Bunker view of globalization?

Heartland Institute
by Benjamin Domenech

"Of course, progressives do have a justified reason to hate globalization for the same reason that federalism proves frustrating: because it puts their tax and regulatory theories to a real world test and exposes them to competition. This requires prohibitions on entry and escape -- when companies want to leave, or imports want to enter, the progressives' only response can be using government force to prevent that from happening lest it expose the destructive policies for what they are." (09/17/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ny53vcf

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Liberalised markets are the cure for destitution

The Libertarian Alliance
by Leon Louw

"In a recent debate with Financial Mail editor Tim Cohen, Cosatu's Patrick Craven said that what promarket people 'don't understand' is that, if minimum wages are raised to R4,500 a month, workers will spend more, enabling employers to pay and employ more, and so on, en route to jobs and prosperity for all. He's right, we don't understand. Why are they so conservative? R10,000 would be better. R1m even more so. It would turn us into a nation of millionaires who could send aid to Europe and the US to end their financial crises. The idea is nonsense. Such folly turned Zimbabwe into a nation of impoverished trillionaires. What Craven 'doesn't understand' is that money is not wealth." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qerv9no

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The People’s Republic of South Norwood

Adam Smith Institute
by Charlotte Bowyer

"Inspired by the Scottish Independence movement and frustrated by the disdain with which local government treats the area, local heroes The South Norwood Tourist Board held a (definitely absolutely legitimate and totally binding) referendum for the community: Should South Norwood remain with Croydon Council, unite with an Independent Scotland, or declare their independence? The public spoke, and voted to boot out their uncaring and overbearing masters to go it alone with a whopping 53% of the vote. It’s hardly surprising that the downtrodden population of South Norwood had enough of Croydon Council, who have simultaneously ignored pleas to clean up and invigorate the area, whilst clamping down on displays of frivolity and fun." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ke9lp2v

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The defining challenge of our time

Future of Freedom Foundation
by George Leef

Review of Why Liberty -- Your Life, Your Choices, Your Future, edited by Tom G. Palmer: "With this short, easily read, yet intellectually powerful book, Tom Palmer continues his work of making libertarianism the philosophy that will appeal to and animate young people around the globe." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n55rdju

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The dawn of the surveillance state

Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary McGath

"We think of mass surveillance as a product of modern technology -- applying computing power to scoop up communications and metadata in bulk. But large-scale spying on Americans got its real start in 1917, when the United States entered World War I. The government wanted to build up an apparatus to crush all criticism." (09/17/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lywfrus

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How real libertarians guarantee everyone’s incomes

Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

"The Cato Institute recently offered a 3,209 word essay titled 'The Pragmatic Libertarian Case for a Basic Income Guarantee' via its Cato Unbound website. It describes how 'libertarians' can scramble onto the European socialist bandwagon called BIG: Basic Income Guarantee, in which government sees to it that everyone lives at the expense of everyone else through 'Income Equality,' the coercive redistribution of all non-ruling class people's money. The first question to ask is what Cato means by 'libertarian' these days." (09/16/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ps3ukks

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The ISIS conspiracies

Reason
by Jesse Walker

"How a century's worth of anxieties about America's southern border are affecting the latest foreign-policy crisis." (09/17/14)


http://reason.com/archives/2014/09/17/the-isis-conspiracies

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The universal citizenist

EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

"In the past, I've argued that Steve Sailer's citizenism is a moral travesty. Advancing the interests of your in-group should always play second fiddle to respecting the rights of out-groups. But recently, he presented what sounds like a universal argument for citizenism .... Charitably interpreted, Sailer's saying something like: 'Citizenism isn't just great for us; it's great for mankind. Vigorous pursuit of national self-interest leads to great global outcomes.' An interesting claim, but is there any reason to believe it?" (09/17/14)


http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/09/the_universal_c.html

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An amendment takes Congress back in time

The Hill
by Wendy McElroy

"Two strategies before Congress seek to ratify a constitutional amendment that was introduced in 1923. The core of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) lies in its statement, 'Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.' The ERA has stumbled for decades. One reason: depending on how 'equal rights' are defined, the amendment becomes controversial. It has come to include demands for class entitlements or legal privileges rather than a focus upon protecting traditional and individual rights." (09/16/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ptfw7rj

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How to make ISIS fall on its own sword

The Guardian [UK]
by Chelsea E. Manning

"Attacking Isis directly, by air strikes or special operations forces, is a very tempting option available to policymakers, with immediate (but not always good) results. Unfortunately, when the west fights fire with fire, we feed into a cycle of outrage, recruitment, organizing and even more fighting that goes back decades. This is exactly what happened in Iraq during the height of a civil war in 2006 and 2007, and it can only be expected to occur again." (09/16/14)


http://tinyurl.com/leurmbt

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Avoid classic blunder: Stay out of religious wars in Middle East

Reuters
by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

"Muslims in the Middle East are fighting wars of religion. Like the carnage between Protestants and Catholics that haunted Northern Ireland during the last third of the 20th century, there is little anyone can do until local peoples crave peace so intensely they are willing to cultivate it. History shows that outside meddling only intensifies sectarian fury. Stopping internecine war begins at home. President Barack Obama imperils Americans by trying to excise an abscess that can be cured only from the inside out. The decision to re-engage in Iraq, and the wider Middle East, also contradicts the president’s other, bigger objective: to exit the nanny business." (09/16/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lqwokkb

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Richard Epstein’s faulty case for intervention

Antiwar.com
by David R. Henderson

"My Hoover Institution colleague Richard Epstein recently argued ('Rand Paul's Fatal Pacifism,' Defining Ideas, September 2) for an interventionist foreign policy. Although his attack is on Senator Rand Paul, it is much broader than that. He claims that libertarians are 'clueless on the ISIS threat' and that 'libertarians often have the illusion of certainty.' I'm a libertarian and I’m not clueless. I'm positive that I have no illusion of certainty. Indeed, the fact that we cannot have certainty argues, as I will show, against Professor Epstein's proposed interventionist foreign policy and for a humble foreign policy." (09/18/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kkptgdv

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ISIS, fear and anti-American terrorism

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

"When I say that it’s ridiculous for grown men and women to be cowering in fear over ISIS, that’s not to say that there isn’t a danger of retaliatory terrorist attacks here in the United States. On the contrary, I think the possibility of retaliatory strikes, especially here on American soil, is a virtual certainty. You cannot go out and bomb people and not expect that the survivors aren’t going to retaliate." (09/17/14)


http://fff.org/2014/09/17/isis-fear-and-anti-american-terrorism/

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On Constitution Day, a reminder that political & economic chaos a good thing

Fox News Forum
by Lawson Bader

"I am tired of pundits blaming our political and economic ills on politicians’ inability to get along. If lawmakers would only 'get together and work things out,' their line of thinking goes, the economy would improve, unemployment would evaporate, and Americans could move on with their more prosperous, more fulfilled lives. Progressives have a point when they argue that refusal to compromise on principle helped to end slavery, gain women the right to vote, and extend civil rights protections to all Americans. How, they ask, can you compromise on moral questions? And the question posed to that infamous gathering in 1789 was decidedly a moral one. Our Founders did not pledge to each other their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor simply to read Shakespeare while sipping low-tax East India Company tea." (09/17/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l64sx6p

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Stockholm syndrome, Syrian ransom

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

"The video of a Syrian captor beheading American freelance journalist James Foley 'has done more damage than any ransom ever could,' former Iranian hostage Sarah Shourd warned on CNN recently. Foley’s parents have been vocal about their frustration in knowing that their son remained a hostage as European countries like France paid a reported average of $3 million-plus to free their citizens. The family wants to establish an organization to provide information to other families, presumably to get around a no-ransom policy." (09/17/14)




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Challenging the motives behind war

Center for a Stateless Society
by Chad Nelson

"War is hell, they say. War is a dirty business. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. The countless despicable metaphors used to describe war are intended to distract people from what war really is: Non-punishable mass murder. Unfortunately, no matter how reckless, depraved, ill-informed or misconceived American war-making becomess, the war-makers are never held to the same standards as run-of-the-mill murderers." (09/17/14)


http://c4ss.org/content/31804

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Obama’s latest war is a gift to Rand Paul

Liberty Chat
by Ian Cioffi

"Ah, remember that Nobel Peace Prize? As President Obama winds down his 2nd term, he ramps up another endless war. It’s not all bad news though. This was is actually great news for Senator Rand Paul. This latest war will likely last well into the Republican Primaries next year. Despite Rand’s sometimes hawkish rhetoric, he’s still seen as a dove compared to the potential Republican Presidential nominees. Congress is terrified to call this latest war, a war, because of just how unpopular war is in America right now." (09/17/14)


http://www.libertychat.com/2014/09/obamas-latest-war-gift-rand-paul/

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Is ObamaCare working?

Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman

"es, according to Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein, and the Commonwealth Fund. But all these folks were cheerleaders for the Affordable Care Act from day one. Sarah Kliff, another Obamacare supporter, estimates that health reform has enabled about 5 million people to become newly insured. But that’s only about 10 percent of the uninsured. What happened to the mandate that required that everyone have health insurance this year or face a fine?" (09/16/14)


http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5085

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Scotland’s referendum on austerity

The Nation
by John Nichols

"Thursday’s Scottish referendum vote is often framed in terms of the politics of nationalism –- and the desire of a people for self-determination. And of course there have always been, and there still are, impassioned Scottish nationalists. But the reality that becomes overwhelmingly clear in the last hours before the referendum vote (which polls suggest will see an exceptionally high turnout and a close finish) is that this process is being shaped by the politics of austerity. This is highlighted by the campaigning of supporters of a 'yes' vote and, increasingly, this is being acknowledged in the last-minute promises being made by British Prime Minister David Cameron and the most fervent foes of a Scottish break with the United Kingdom." (09/17/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l7xwjud

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