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Report: Kissinger “considered Cuba air strikes” in 1976

BBC News [UK state media]

"US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger drew up plans to 'smash Cuba' with air strikes nearly 40 years ago, government papers obtained by researchers show. He was angered by Cuba's 1976 military intervention in Angola and was considering retaliation if Cuban forces were deployed elsewhere in Africa. The information comes from documents declassified at the request of the National Security Archive. They show that Mr Kissinger was eager for the US to stand up to Cuba. " (10/01/14)


http://www.bbc.com/news/29441281

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Report: Feds spend $2 million to get elderly to join choirs

Fox News

"The National Institutes of Health has spent more than $2 million to promote how joining a community choir can be beneficial to older adults. The government is currently financing a five-year project that is recruiting 450 'minority elders' to participate in choirs at senior centers in San Francisco. The premise of the study, entitled, 'Community Choirs to Promote Healthy Aging and Independence of Older Adults,' is that the country is facing a demographic crisis and needs to prepare for a larger elderly population." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n96w8yb

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Facebook apologizes, promises to update “real name” policy

Mashable

"Facebook has apologized to users affected by its 'real name' policy and said in a statement it will update its policy to allow users to identify themselves by their preferred names, even if it's not their legal name. In the apology, issued in a lengthy statement from the company's chief product officer, Chris Cox, the company promised to 'fix the way this policy gets handled' but didn't provide specifics on how it would do so." (10/01/14)


http://mashable.com/2014/10/01/facebook-real-name-apology/

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Mother sues sperm bank over black baby, blames everyone but herself for racism

Chicago Tribune

"A white Ohio woman is suing a Downers Grove-based sperm bank, alleging that the company mistakenly gave her vials from an African-American donor, a fact that she said has made it difficult for her and her same-sex partner to raise their now 2-year-old daughter in an all-white community. ... Raising a mixed-race daughter has been stressful in Cramblett and Zinkon's small, all-white community, according to the suit." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ophf8hg

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CA: San Francisco rolls out WiFi in public spaces throughout city

San Francisco Chronicle

"San Franciscans can now search the Web, return e-mails or help their kids with homework at 30 city parks, plazas and recreation centers where free Wi-Fi was rolled out this week, thanks to a partnership between the city and Google. Supervisor Mark Farrell, Mayor Ed Lee and other city officials will officially unveil the free Internet access Wednesday morning, more than a year after Farrell announced the $600,000 gift from Google that he helped broker." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lpnlsgk

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FL: Cop on paid leave after tasing unarmed 62-year-old woman from behind

CNN

"A Florida police department is investigating one of its officers after he shot a 62-year-old woman in the back with a Taser on Tuesday afternoon. ... Police had detained three people when Viola Young 'approached the police car inquiring about one of the individuals arrested,' the statement said. 'An officer advised her to stay back, and a second officer approached Young and attempted to place her under arrest.' In the video, Young can be seen yanking her arm out of Mahan's grasp before turning and walking in the opposite direction. She takes only a few steps before the officer fires a Taser cartridge into Young's back." (10/01/14)


http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/01/us/florida-police-tase-woman/

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Fannie, Freddie shares slump after court rules US Treasury can steal profits

Reuters

"Shares of government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plummeted on Wednesday, the day after a judge upheld the U.S. Treasury's right to seize the mortgage finance companies' profits. Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia threw out lawsuits brought by investors challenging the government's decision to force the companies to sweep their profits into the Treasury." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ksyg4vm

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NY: Madam-turned-pol gets two years after drug plea

Raw Story

"Kristin Davis, a one-time Manhattan madam who claimed to have supplied prostitutes to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and campaigned against him last year for city comptroller, was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison for selling prescription drugs. Davis, whose quixotic campaign for public office was dashed by her arrest in 2013, faced up to five years in prison after pleading guilty in March to a federal charge of illegally distributing prescription pills. Her lawyer, Daniel Hochheiser, argued that Davis, 39, should be given probation to allow her to allow her to continue on her path toward a new career as a cosmetologist, saying she had 'finally gotten it together.'" (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lwyau3p

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Security theater: Oregon man sentenced to 30 years for role in FBI bomb plot

NBC News

"An Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb a crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's town square four years ago. Prosecutors had sought a 40-year term for Mohamed Mohamud, 23, in the plot that actually was an FBI sting. Mohamud was arrested Nov. 26, 2010, after pressing a keypad button on a cellphone that he believed would trigger a massive truck bomb and kill people gathered for the annual event. But the bomb was a fake provided by undercover FBI agents posing as al-Qaida recruiters." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kndhape

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MO: Consumer group sues feds over health insurance rate information

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A Missouri consumer advocacy group filed a lawsuit late Tuesday seeking to force the federal government to publicly release health insurance rate information ahead of the upcoming enrollment period. The Consumers Council of Missouri said it filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court after its Freedom of Information Act request for the rate filings was denied by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. ... The consumer group says the new health insurance law requires federal officials to make rate information public so consumers have the chance to challenge the price of health insurance." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pec9o8u

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NC: Court quashes GOP attempt to suppress black voter turnout

ABC News

"Parts of North Carolina's new voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, were set aside for next month's elections because they were likely to disenfranchise black voters, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday. In a 2-1 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals suspended provisions of the Republican-backed law that would have eliminated same-day registration during early voting and voided ballots cast on Election Day outside of a person's assigned precinct." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kv5gden

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Pierson to resign as Secret Service director; casualty of congressional security hysterics

New York Times

"Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, is resigning in the wake of several security breaches, according to administration officials. The resignation came less than a day after lawmakers from both parties assailed Ms. Pierson’s leadership and said they feared for the lives of the president and others in the protection of the agency." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/la6fnsj

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TX: Dallas hospital confirms first case of Ebola in US

Miami Herald

"A patient at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday. The patient was in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which had announced a day earlier that the person's symptoms and recent travel indicated a possible case of Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region." (09/30/14)


http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article2355425.html

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Syria: School blasts kill 17, including 10 kids

Detroit News

"A Syrian official says 17 people, including 10 children, have been killed in twin explosions near a school in the central city of Homs. The explosions took place as children were leaving school at the end of classes on Wednesday in a neighborhood dominated by minority Alawites, a Shiite offshoot sect that President Bashar Assad also belongs to. It was the deadliest strike to hit the government-controlled area in months." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ouwzcas

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Afghanistan: Suicide bombers kill seven in Kabul

NBC News

"Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15, government officials said, a day after the new government and the United States signed a long-delayed security agreement. The Taliban, fighting to oust foreign forces and the U.S-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attacks in the east and west of Kabul." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ngw9h8h

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Judge rules against White House on ObamaCare subsidies

Politico

"A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled that Obamacare subsidies cannot go to residents of states that are not running their own insurance exchanges, a second blow to the Obama administration on a issue that threatens a key element of the health law’s coverage expansion. Judge Ronald A. White said that the administration’s decision to allow subsidies to go through either a state-run health insurance exchange or the federal exchange is an improper and invalid reading of the Affordable Care Act and must be struck." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n6hl85a

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CA: Brown signs victim disarmament “restraining order” bill

Reuters

"People who fear a close relative may commit gun violence will be able to petition a judge to temporarily remove the person's firearms in California, under a bill signed into law on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. ... Under the so-called gun violence restraining order in the court system, immediate family members and law enforcement agencies could ask a judge to order guns temporarily removed from certain individuals. The restraining order would last 21 days, and could be extended up to a year, after a notice and a hearing." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/p9396as

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Mexico: Prosecutor announces homicide charges in army killings

ABC

"Mexican prosecutors announced homicide charges Tuesday against three soldiers in the June killings of 22 suspected gang members in southern Mexico, challenging the army's version that the suspects died in a shootout. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that after a brief initial firefight the three soldiers entered a warehouse where the suspects had taken refuge and opened fire with 'no justification whatsoever.'" (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pw7uzes

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EU says Ireland grants Apple illegal tax benefits

Biloxi Sun Herald

"Ireland appears to be granting Apple illegal tax rebates that may have to be recouped, the European Union’s competition watchdog said Tuesday as it pressed on with an inquiry into the iPhone maker’s overseas tax practices. If the EU’s preliminary finding is confirmed over the coming months, Apple Inc. could face a repayment bill worth billions of dollars because it funnels the bulk of its international sales through subsidiaries in Ireland, where it benefits from low, negotiated tax deals." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ozmh35y

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Grooveshark loses copyright suit over uploaded songs

Gainesville Sun

"A federal judge ruled against Grooveshark on Monday, agreeing with nine record companies that the Gainesville-based online music streaming service and its two founders infringed on the copyrights of nearly 6,000 songs and destroyed evidence by deleting database records. Judge Thomas Griesa of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the motion for summary judgment and a motion for sanctions against Grooveshark parent company Escape Media Group, and against CEO Sam Tarantino and Chief Technology Officer Josh Greenberg as individuals, saying the co-founders personally uploaded songs owned by the record companies and directed employees to do the same." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pub5cy6

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Commentary



The UK’s Conservative Party declares war on YouTube, free speech and common sense

Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

"On Friday, I woke up to headlines proclaiming that David Cameron had called for a criminalization of 'non-violent extremism' during a speech at the UN. I thought this could be a good topic for a post, but after watching it, I decided to focus on something else. At the time, I figured it was just a politician spouting stupid nonsense as usual. It wasn’t until today that I realized his 'war on free speech' was about to become a key platform of Conservative Party policy in the UK." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/odybtft

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Floods, forest fires, expanding deserts: The future has arrived

Raw Story
by Robin McKie

"Climate change is no longer viewed by mainstream scientists as a future threat to our planet and our species. It is a palpable phenomenon that already affects the world, they insist. And a brief look round the globe certainly provides no lack of evidence to support this gloomy assertion. In Bangladesh, increasingly severe floods (triggered, in part, by increasing temperatures and rising sea levels) are wiping out crops and destroying homes on a regular basis. In Sudan, the heat is causing the Sahara to expand and to eat into farmland, while in Siberia, the planet’s warming is causing the permafrost to melt and houses to subside." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l8kz689

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The stupidity of the elites

Center for a Stateless Society
by Erick Vasconcelos

"Some economists like to use the concept of rational ignorance to describe the behavior of the voters. It is simply not worth it for the average individual to worry about political questions over which he will not have any palpable influence. According to this theory, the people are bad at voting because the incentives to pursue knowledge about relevant social issues are insufficient. Costs are too big in comparison to possible benefits in elections that involve hundreds of thousands or millions of other individuals. Of course, that doesn’t happen by chance: Representative democracy is designed to mitigate the power of opinions that come from below." (10/01/14)


http://c4ss.org/content/32321

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The Rare Report, 10/01/14

The Rare Report
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"In this episode of the Rare Report ... Are Americans keeping things in perspective with the Oklahoma beheading? Why does John McCain now say he would support Rand Paul for president? Why is nobody talking about the $9 billion child sex slave business in the US?" (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/luafkec

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Subsidies, market prices and the 2014 farm bill

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Dick Clark

"Eliminating most direct payments is a great achievement for taxpayers and one that will ultimately help make the agricultural market stronger and more competitive. Their replacement with price guarantees, revenue support programs, and expanded taxpayer subsidies for crop insurance, however, is a troubling development. Government attempts to prop up prices may hamper trade with international partners. They also muddle the important signals for entrepreneurs that market prices send." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ns432dh

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Could this be the start of something beautiful for the Libertarian Party?

Reason
by Stephanie Slade

"With six in ten disapproving of congressional Democrats' job handling and seven in ten disapproving of congressional Republicans', could we be looking at the beginning of a Libertarian Party wave? The problem is that third party candidates don't just fail to win elections -- historically, they do even worse at the ballot box than polling would suggest." (10/01/14)


http://reason.com/blog/2014/10/01/could-this-be-the-start-of-something

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Frequently bought together: Paul Ryan & Amazon?

The Nation Blog
by Leslie Savan

"Amazon, which controls more than a third of the US book business, and the giant Hachette Book Group have been in a bitter dispute since last spring over the pricing of e-books. Saying it wants to save its customers money, Amazon has demanded that Hachette lower the price of its e-books to $9.99; Hachette has refused, saying it wants to retain the ability to set prices for its own books. So, in a heavy-handed display of power, Amazon has been delaying deliveries and withholding discounts for all books from Hachette -- and damaging writers’ careers in the process. With at least one exception ..." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n6cu7vd

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Mark Weisbrot on The Scott Horton Show

The Scott Horton Show
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"Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, discusses Hillary Clinton’s role in the 2009 Honduran military coup [sic]." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/30/14)


http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/09/30/093014-mark-weisbrot/

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The government wants Guantanamo force-feeding hearing kept secret

The Intercept
by Cora Currier

"Abu Wa'el Dhiab is a 43-year-old Syrian who has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002. He has been on hunger strike for 18 months, and has asked a federal court to intervene to stop what he describes as brutal force-feedings conducted by the military at Guantanamo. ... Justice Department lawyers are arguing that Dhiab's case 'includes inextricably intertwined classified, protected, and unclassified information.' They want the public to be satisfied with opening statements and a quickly released, redacted transcript of the proceedings." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q5ynkpm

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Yugoslavia, Scotland and the end of nation

spiked
by Tara McCormack

"The aftermath of the Scottish referendum gives us a chance to look back at the break-up of Yugoslavia in perspective, and to also consider the similarities between that bitter separation and the current situation in Britain. Is this an outlandish comparison? Of course, it is highly unlikely that war will break out in Britain, but the unravelling of Yugoslavia and the independence referendum should be understood as part of the same political trend -- the erosion of the central state and not, as some claim, a renewed belief in nationalism." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k2n4upz

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“Non-violent extremism” — dangerous nonsense from Cameron and May

Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

"For the record, I regard it as more likely than not that the World Trade Centre buildings fell down because aeroplanes crashed into them. This being said, I fully endorse the generality of these releases. The quiet word going out from the Tory Party is that these proposed curbs are only meant to apply to men with brown faces and bushy beards who jump up and down shouting for jihad. Leave aside for the moment whether these men have rights worth defending -- any powers given to the State can and will be used for purposes other than those used to justify them. Anyone who doubts this should look at the history of the American extradition treaty, or at the money laundering laws." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mu94stx

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The war with no name

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

"The idea of naming military operations began in World War I, but initially they were secret code names, intended to conceal rather than to boast. Winston Churchill was very concerned with the code names of military operations in World War II, and advised in one 1943 memo, 'Operations in which large numbers of men may lose their lives ought not to be described by code words which imply a boastful or overconfident sentiment.' After World War II, the names of operations became more descriptive, since they were no longer classified. But it wasn't until the last few decades that we started to get really into the PR value of these names, turning them into their own form of propaganda." (10/01/14)


http://prospect.org/article/war-no-name

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The CR charade

Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner

"The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 requires Congress to act on appropriation bills by June 30 of each year, although there is no enforcement mechanism if that deadline is missed. More realistically, then, Congress is supposed to act before the start of the new fiscal year, October 1. Yet Congress has not passed all twelve appropriation bills since 1994. This year, in fact, Congress passed exactly none." (10/01/14)


http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/cr-charade

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The ultimate incivility

EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

"I've long believed that human beings are overly touchy. Many actively look for excuses to take offense. This excess negativity isn't just unpleasant. Due to the scarcity of attention and patience, unreasonable offense frequently crowds out reasonable offense. It's no coincidence that straining gnats positively correlates with swallowing camels. Rather than bemoan our loss of perspective, I'd like to rebalance the scales of offense." (10/01/14)


http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/10/the_ultimate_in.html

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A user guide for the Constitution

Tenth Amendment Center
by

"When the federal government oversteps its constitutional limitations, what do you do about it? Do you vote the bums out, sue them in court, or complain on social media? In this video, you’ll learn what the 'Father of the Constitution' had to say, and the answer just might surprise you." [Flash video] (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m4yz8u7

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Opposing Common Core is not enough

Liberty Chat
by Keith Farrell

"Common Core has become a hot issue among conservative legislators lately. With midterm elections approaching, the new national education standards have been in the crosshairs of many Republicans seeking office. While these politicians are certainly correct that the Common Core standards are problematic, they miss a much larger point about the American education system’s woes." (10/01/14)


http://www.libertychat.com/2014/10/opposing-common-core-enough/

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Can the White House really be protected?

Reuters
by David Wise

"President Barack Obama and his family, fortunately, had left for the weekend before the intrusion. Omar J. Gonzalez, an Iraq Army veteran, said he wanted to warn the president, 'the atmosphere was collapsing.' But the incident raised serious questions about the chief executive’s safety in his own home. The White House is usually described as the most heavily guarded residence in the nation. Uniformed Secret Service patrol the perimeter, backed by a SWAT team with automatic weapons. An attack dog, a Belgian Malinois, is trained to take down any intruder. ... The executive mansion is supposedly protected day and night, surrounded by a no-fly zone. Its windows are bulletproof. Its air may be screened to foil biological or chemical attacks. Could more be done to make the building safer?" (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lzjffgz

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Freedom Report Podcast, 09/30/14

The Libertarian Republic
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"The Freedom Report Podcast today takes on the critical issues of how to get more libertarians involved in crafting foreign policy." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/o5kdt5q

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Tech/Knock/Crazy

Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"When Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' spoke out in defense of Common Core, he succumbed to the urge to carry baggage from other disputes. He laid much of the blame for opposition to Common Core on the creation/evolution debate, basically just blurting out that people who objected were objecting to 'science.' Amusingly for someone with “science” in his moniker, Nye missed the fact that science isn’t part of Common Core. Math and English are. There are many ways to learn and teach both. I see no reason to standardize either." (10/01/14)


http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/10/01/techknockcrazy/

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Just when we thought they had tormented us enough

CounterPunch
by David MacAray

"My Lebanese air-conditioner technician (the guy who installed and regularly services our residential A/C unit) once confided to my wife and me that the only 'problem' he had with Israel was that 'they think they always have to win.' That was a trenchant observation from someone whom we had never heard discuss politics or international relations. I feel the same way toward corporate America. They think they always have to win." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/khwj2lb

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Legalizing marijuana and prostitution can revitalize tourist cities

Students For Liberty
by Matthew La Corte

"[T]he city of Denver has had more international tourists than ever before and boasts a 75 percent increase in online hotel searches. Legalized marijuana has led to a tourism boom in this city, where out-of-state visitors currently represent 44 percent of metro area sales and up to 90 percent of resort towns. State officials project the state will collect $60 to $70 million in tax revenue from marijuana by the end of the fiscal year. Likewise, prostitution in America is an $18 billion dollar industry without any tax revenue." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kwozyfc

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US still considering bombing Syrian government

The Skeptical Libertarian
by Edward Coke

"President Obama may have been forced to back down from his threat to bomb the Assad regime in Syria last year after a massive public outcry, but that doesn't mean it ever left the agenda. Within less than a week of bombing of ISIS, the U.S. is already considering imposing a 'no-fly zone' against the Syrian government to 'protect civilians.' We have already seen this 'no-fly zone' talk before by this administration. We found out that in Libya, a 'no-fly zone' means attempting to assassinate the existing head of state and regime change." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kzxml27

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The first casualty

The Cagle Post
by Steve Nease

Cartoon. (09/30/14)


http://www.cagle.com/2014/09/casualty/

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The US embrace of monetary tyranny, part 2

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

"In the midst of the Civil War in 1862, Abraham Lincoln secured passage of the first legal-tender law in the history of the United States. It was a law that planted the seeds of monetary debauchery that would culminate more than 70 years later during the presidential regime of Franklin D. Roosevelt." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ktvl8b2

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China is a paper tiger

Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"The rise of China as America’s chief rival on the international stage has long been a staple of our foreign policy pundits’ alleged wisdom. The Chinese, simply by virtue of their enormous population, have been deemed the inheritors of the earth. China, we are told, has been in the process of overtaking us in terms of virtually every metric imaginable: demographic, economic, and, most important of all, military. There’s just one problem with this Sinocentric view of the future: it’s based on nonsensical assumptions. And the central wrongheaded assumption -- that China is a stable unitary country and will always remain so -- is being disproved (once again) by the events now unfolding in Hong Kong." (10/01/14)


http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/09/30/china-is-a-paper-tiger/

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Does Obama believe he should have gone to prison?

Students For Liberty
by Jason Byas

"As President Obama has admitted since long before entering politics, he's done his fair share of illegal drugs. In his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, he wrote that he'd used marijuana and 'maybe a little blow.' Despite this, he continues to oversee a federal war against others who’ve done the same. If given the chance to confront Obama with one question in a public forum, this is the issue I would raise." (09/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n5x725g

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Class theory, part 2: Modern progressive class analysis

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Anthony Gregory

"Many of the criticisms of Occupy Wall Street are about as dubious as those the progressives level at the Tea Parties. OWS has been derided on an ad hominem basis for being unkempt and anarchic. Occupiers have been accused of advocating policies far more disruptive to the prevailing political order, for better or for worse, than most of them actually do. And they have been accused of playing 'class war,' sometimes by the same conservatives who criticized Mitt Romney for being rich or Barack Obama for being out of touch with common Americans." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nk5pzeh

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Afghan election thief promises to be accountable

JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard

"Ashraf Ghani took the oath of office after the U.S. government helped finagle a power-sharing deal between Ghani and allegedly second place finish Abdullah Abdullah. Abdullah got far more votes than Ghani in the initial round of voting -- but a miraculous surge of votes in the second round supposedly gave Ghani the lead. The U.S. government has not yet revealed how much in payoffs and promises it spent to get the two politicians to appear to cut a deal. Ghani's predecessor, Hamid Karzai, also perennially promised to be accountable. For instance, in December 2004, Newsweek interviewed Karzai and headlined his promise to deliver an 'honest, accountable, and austere government.' Karzai's promises did not deter him from massively looting U.S. aid and stealing the 2009 presidential election." (09/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k6rdcue

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The decline of cults and the rise of subcultures

Reason
by Peter Suderman

"Should we be worried about the decline of cults in American life? In The New York Times, Ross Douthat notes that both the media and the public have moved on, and now 'the cult phenomenon feels increasingly antique, like lava lamps and bell bottoms.' But the loss of cult fervor has come at a cost, he suggests: 'The decline of cults, while good news for anxious parents of potential devotees, might actually be a worrying sign for Western culture, an indicator not only of religious stagnation but of declining creativity writ large.' ... There’s something to this, I think, but it also understates the ways in which semi-cult-like behavior has come to infuse daily life and mainstream culture ..." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q4xncj6

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Congress’s sorry dereliction of its War Powers duty

The Nation
by Katrina vanden Heuvel

"In a Washington paralyzed by partisan division, there is apparently one area of bipartisan agreement: Congress should ignore its constitutional mandate to vote on war with the Islamic State, a conflict that President Obama admits will take years. The president says he’d 'welcome' congressional support but doesn’t need it. Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Sen. Harry Reid (NV) agree. Republican House Speaker John Boehner (OH) argues Congress should postpone any debate until next year. He allows it might be in the 'nation’s interest' for members of Congress to weigh in, but it certainly isn’t an imperative. The leaders of Congress treat their own body as vestigial, offering little beyond symbolic gesture on the vital question of war and peace." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nsb6xca

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America’s densest cities

Heartland Institute
by Wendell Cox

"There is a general perception that the densest US cities are in the Northeast, where downtowns tend to be bigger and inner city densities are higher. However, cities have become much larger geographically, and also include the automobile oriented lower density suburbs that have developed since World War II. In fact, most of the densest major urban areas are in the West." (09/29/14)


http://blog.heartland.org/2014/09/americas-densest-cities/

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Separating presidential wheat from chaff

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

"Just what does it mean for someone to be qualified to be, or even run for, president? I thought of that question when watching this interview on Fox News Sunday with Ben Carson, who is preparing to be the first member of what we might call the nutball caucus of the 2016 Republican primaries, occupied last time around by Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and ... Rick Santorum. I've always found Carson to be a puzzlement. On one hand, he was a highly successful neurosurgeon, and you can't become that without being a relatively smart person. On the other hand, when he talks about politics and policy, it quickly becomes clear that the man is a complete lunatic." (09/29/14)


http://prospect.org/article/separating-presidential-wheat-chaff

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Iain Duncan Smith: Stupid

Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

"I won’t ask if Mr Duncan Smith is stupid. After ten years of watching him in action, that verdict is well and truly in. What matters more is how stupid he thinks we are. His proposal is insultingly worthless to achieve his stated end." (09/30/14)


http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2014/09/30/iain-duncan-smith-stupid/

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Ayn Rand, the movies and the idea of America

Foundation for Economic Education
by Laurie Rice

"Ayn Rand’s monograph 'Textbook of Americanism,' newly published on FEE.org, is virtually unknown. Written during a decisive turning point in history, it was delivered by Rand personally to FEE's founder Leonard Read in 1946. The monograph represents Rand’s desire to draw stark lines between an emerging postwar collectivism and the individualism she believed built America. She joined others in pointing out that collectivism had wrought the horrors the world had just endured." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nzr7ncc

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How the past can power the future

Christian Science Monitor
by John Yemma

"Extractive industries -- the pumping of oil from the ground, the mining of minerals, harvesting of timber, farming of food -- are the oldest industries in the world, a step up from hunting and gathering but far removed from software development or robotic prosthetics. Extraction is often associated with the 'resource curse,' the observation that windfall riches stunt the growth of human capital and lead to corruption and indolence. When you get something free of charge, you might not be better off. " (09/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/loolcz2

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Same as it ever IS: Just another government threat

Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

"IS, formerly ISIL and ISIS, jumped to the front of the queue as the primary global bogeyman since the Western commentariat was starting to wonder at and wear thin the myth of Al Qaeda as the latest Islamic pandemic to make the rulers fill their pants in naked fear and, in turn, communicate their quaking fright to the masses for their own nefarious purposes. After trillions wasted, two nations in the Middle East no better than before the US occupation and the exponential leap in the surveillance state in the advanced first world, things have not changed much." (09/29/14)


http://zerogov.com/?p=3647

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Ice bucket challenge raises tough questions about charity in a free society

Libertarianism.org
by Pamela J. Stubbart

"What’s the libertarian lesson of the 'ice bucket challenge?' Trust people to direct their charitable donations, even though they might make poor decisions." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lb9w8mj

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Red light robots

Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"More policing isn’t necessarily better policing. The old rule about traffic safety is that the rules should be set to what most people would drive without the rules. Let’s remember: rewarding ineffective, counter-productive policing with lots of money is a bad way to govern the governors." (09/30/14)


http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/09/30/red-light-robots/

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“Animal rights?”

Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"I love animals, hate people who abuse them, and I don't 'believe in' 'animal rights.' How's that? If 'rights' are imaginary, then that's that. End of discussion. If 'rights' are a real thing, then I don't see them as transferable between species. A mouse has no right to not be tortured, killed, and eaten by a cat. A deer has no right to not be shot and eaten by a human. A dog has no right to not be kicked by its owner. A human also has no right to not be mauled and eaten by a bear." (09/30/14)


http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2014/09/animal-rights.html

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Inequality does NOT explain this fact

Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

"In a new and, I’m certain, well-researched paper, Alice Chen, Emily Oster, and Heidi Williams explore reasons why infant mortality is higher in the U.S. than it is in many other developed countries. ... One take away: while some (40 percent) of the official deficiency of the U.S. on the infant-mortality front is a statistical artifact of different criteria for reporting a birth as 'live' or stillborn, a large chunk of the U.S. deficiency is in fact due to worse material conditions for many mothers in the U.S. relative to conditions for mothers in other developed countries." (09/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m75p6eb

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The poor don’t need pity

In These Times
by Joanna Scutts

"Linda Tirado is angry, and she wants to make you angry, too. Even when her voice is calm and clear, lining up cold numbers and hard truths, it’s lit up by fury, ignited by the experience of being poor in the richest country in the world. Let me be clear (to use one of Tirado’s favorite turns of phrase): This is not a criticism. Given the story she has to tell, of injustice and indignity, it is remarkable that she, and the millions of other Americans living that story, aren’t angrier. The kernel of Tirado's book, Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, out October 2, was an essay that she wrote last year on an online forum in response to the question 'Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive?'" (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ppqh65z

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Obama invents fake “threat” to launch war on Syria

LewRockwell.com
by Daniel McAdams

"President Obama and his administration lied the US into a war on Syria every bit as much as the Bush administration lied us into a war on Iraq. Were the US media not still every bit as compliant with the US government as they had been in 2002, they would be all over this story." (10/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mchvvva

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Ray McGovern on The Scott Horton Show

The Scott Horton Show
by

"Ray McGovern, a retired CIA officer turned political activist, discusses his lawsuit against the State Department for putting him on the BOLO list (Be On the Look Out) because of his silent protest at Hillary Clinton's speech in 2011. Ray also discusses US intervention in Iraq and the legalities of war." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/29/14)


http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/09/29/092914-ray-mcgovern/

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The EU’s culture war against the people

spiked
by Frank Furedi

"It’s a fact of political life in the European Union that most Europeans eligible to vote at EU elections don’t vote. And yet, curiously, the EU’s leaders are not anxious about people’s lack of participation. No, they are seemingly more worried about those who are participating -- in short, they’re worried about populism." (09/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mml4clk

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“Blaming the victim”

La Bocca della Verita
by Gene Callahan

"Let I say that I drive into a rough neighborhood and park my car there. I leave my windows down, and a $20,000 diamond bracelet laying in plain view on the dashboard. I then go shopping for a half an hour. When I come back I am shocked to learn that the bracelet is gone. Is there anything wrong with someone telling me, 'Well, Gene, you were being somewhat of an idiot there?' I think not. But this doesn't mean that it was okay for someone to steal the bracelet! Similarly, there is nothing wrong with advising women to wear protective nail polish, or to obey traffic laws." (09/30/14)


http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2014/09/blaming-victim.html

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