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Hong Kong: Clashes break out as regime police clear protest site

Newsweek

"Hong Kong riot police arrested 80 pro-democracy protesters on Tuesday in running clashes after several thousand demonstrators erected street barricades following clearance of part of a protest hotspot. Several thousand police were deployed after a court ordered the reopening of a blocked street in the working-class district of Mong Kok, scene of some of the most violent confrontations in the two-month long 'Occupy Central' civil disobedience campaign." (11/25/14)


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Security Theater: FBI arrests Minnesota man for getting passport, buying plane ticket

ABC News

"The FBI has arrested a Minneapolis college student after keeping him under tight surveillance for weeks, worried he might try to join one of the world’s most brutal terrorist groups in Syria. ... In Minnesota, 18-year-old Abdullah Yusuf of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., was arrested today for his alleged plan to travel to Syria. The FBI was tipped off to him seven months ago, when he went to a passport office in Minneapolis to obtain a passport for what he claimed was a vacation to Istanbul, Turkey. ... Over the next month, FBI agents watched as Yusuf opened a checking account at a bank, deposited $1,500 into the account, and then used that money to buy a plane ticket to Turkey, court documents allege. ... at the airport FBI agents approached him and told him he wasn’t going anywhere, according to an FBI agent’s account detailed in court documents." (11/25/14)


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MO: Grand jury gives killer cop a pass

New York Daily News

"Ferguson was bracing for more days of rage after a grand jury on Monday refused to indict a white cop for killing an unarmed black teenager. 'There was a full investigation,' said St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. 'They determined that no probable causes exists to indict (Officer) Darren Wilson.'"


http://tinyurl.com/p2apa6o

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Mali confirms eighth Ebola case

Washington Post

"Mali has confirmed a new case of Ebola, bringing to eight the number of people who have fallen ill with the deadly disease in the West African country. A government statement issued Monday night said the patient had been placed in a treatment center. All of Mali’s Ebola cases can be traced back to a 70-year-old imam who was brought to the country from Guinea, where the epidemic first began." (11/24/14)


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Iraq: Regime troops take two towns from Islamic State

Dawn [Pakistan]

"raqi troops backed by Shia militiamen and Kurdish security forces recaptured two eastern towns from Islamic State group militants after fierce clashes, officials said on Monday. Police in Diyala province said Iraqi forces entered the towns of Saadiya and Jalula late on Sunday after heavy fighting with the extremist group, which controls territory in Iraq and Syria. The fighting continued on Monday, with some pockets of resistance outside the two towns, police officials said, adding that teams were defusing roadside bombs." (11/25/14)


http://www.dawn.com/news/1146713/iraqi-troops-take-two-towns-from-is

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Afghanistan: At least six dead in market bombing

Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"An improvised explosive device fixed to a motorcycle has exploded in northern Afghanistan, killing at least six people, a local official has told Al Jazeera. Monday's attack happened in the busy market of Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz province, a provincial police spokesman said. ... The blast came a day after a suicide bombing at a volleyball tournament in Paktika province killed more than 60 people." (11/24/14)


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Ukraine to hold NATO vote when membership criteria are met

BBC News [UK state media]

"Ukraine will hold a referendum on joining Nato once it has met certain criteria for membership, President Petro Poroshenko has said. At a joint news conference with Lithuania's president, Mr Poroshenko said he had 'worked out the criteria,' but gave no further details. Last week, a Kremlin official called for 'a 100% guarantee' that Ukraine would not think about joining Nato. Ukraine has been fighting pro-Russian separatists for most of the year." (11/24/14)


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30176256

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Russia: Treaty means greater control over Black Sea region

Omaha World-Herald

"Russia tightened its control Monday over Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties with the lush sliver of land along the Black Sea. The move drew outrage and cries of "annexation" in Georgia and sent a chill through those in Abkhazia who fear that wealthy Russians will snap up their precious coastline. It also raised further suspicions in the West about Russian President Vladimir Putin's territorial aspirations after his annexation of Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in March." (11/24/14)


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Gitmo: Quiet transfer of detainees suggests closing prison still a priority

Naples Daily News

"While the nation focused on the immigration plan President Obama introduced Thursday evening, the administration was quietly working to achieve another one of the president’s goals – closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. Obama used his executive powers Friday and again Saturday to quietly transfer six detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison to Georgia, Slovakia and Saudi Arabia." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/p2nw578

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FDA: Restaurant menus must carry calorie counts

NBC News

"Restaurants will have to list calories right on their menus under long-awaited rules to be published by the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday. As expected, the rules require chain restaurants to list clear calorie information on menus. But they don’t require anything else, such as fat content, up front, and they exempt some, but not all, prepared grocery store products." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/n3y8a5k

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Hong Kong: Authories begin clearing protest site

ABC

"Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday began clearing away some barricades from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs. Police were on hand to assist bailiffs working under a court order to remove obstructions from the site, which activists have occupied for nearly two months. It said police are authorized to arrest anyone obstructing the bailiffs." (11/24/14)


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Could Obama choose a woman as next Defense secretary?

Christian Science Monitor

"As speculation heats up about who will replace Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel now that he has announced his resignation, the front-runner could very well be the first woman ever to hold the job. Michele Flournoy is one of the top names being floated as the next secretary of Defense, which has policy analysts wondering how she could change Pentagon policy as it grapples with a number of issues that impact women, from sexual assault in the military to allowing women to serve as infantry soldiers on the front lines of combat." (11/24/14)


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Nuclear talks with Iran falter

San Francisco Chronicle

"A yearlong effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran fizzled Monday, leaving the U.S. and its allies little choice but to declare an extension in hopes that a new deadline will be enough to achieve what a decade of negotiations have failed to do: limit Tehran’s ability to make a nuclear weapon. ... Negotiators will now strive to nail down by March 1 what Iran and the six world powers it is negotiating with must do, and by when. A final agreement is meant to follow four months later." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qje722x

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Microsoft sues IRS for details of probe on internal transactions

Reuters

"Microsoft sued the Internal Revenue Service on Monday, seeking information about a law firm hired by U.S. tax authorities in a review of how the software company books sales between subsidiaries. The lawsuit, filed in a District of Columbia federal court, says the IRS entered into a contract this year with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, which specializes in litigation. The agency is paying Quinn Emanuel more than $2 million in connection with its examination of Microsoft Corp's tax returns between 2004 and 2009, the court filing said." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/o4yypgv

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CA: Man exonerated of murder after 34 years in prison

San Jose Mercury News

"A 69-year-old man convicted of murder 34 years ago was freed Monday after prosecutors told a judge they're no longer sure he committed the crime. Michael Hanline posted $2,500 bail Monday afternoon after a morning hearing at which the judge ordered his movements electronically monitored and that he not contact prosecutors, detectives or the family of the victim. ... His case was taken up by the California Innocence Project, whose lawyers persuaded prosecutors to re-examine the evidence. Subsequent testing showed DNA found at the crime scene did no come from Hanline or his alleged accomplice. In addition, prosecutors withheld evidence that should have been disclosed to Hanline's legal team during the trial." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m8898mp

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Report: Union work by federal employees costs taxpayers millions

Fox News

"Unionized federal employees spent 2.48 million hours working for their labor unions while getting paid by taxpayers during 2013, and more than 360 workers who are on the federal payroll spent 100 percent of their time working for their union. ... And it’s costing taxpayers plenty. According to the Office of Personnel Management, which tracks federal employees’ time, federal employees were paid more than $157 million during 2012 while doing work for labor unions." [editor's note: Once again, the oxymoronic "public employees union shows its true face - SAT] (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/p4jyrtt

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FCC chief: Whatever we do, “big dogs” will sue

Raw Story

"No matter what rules the federal communications commission implements on net neutrality, it can expect to face down lawsuits from the major internet service providers, according to its chairman Tom Wheeler. Speaking to reporters, Wheeler accepted that lawsuits were inevitable, but said that it was worth moving ahead with implementation in a more cautious manner. 'Look, the big dogs are going to sue, regardless of what comes out,' he said. 'We need to make sure we have sustainable rules. That starts with making sure we have addressed the multiplicity of issues that come along and are likely to be raised.'" (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nz6fh2l

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Rand Paul’s draft declaration of war dismays peace activists

US News & World Report

"Sen. Rand Paul risks alienating a key constituency with his vigorous support for fighting the Islamic State group, leading anti-war advocates say. Paul, R-Ky., unveiled Monday a draft declaration of war he plans to introduce in December to target the Iraq- and Syria-based rebel group, which has beheaded three American hostages as purported revenge for U.S. airstrikes that began in August. ... 'Sen. Paul is being too clever by half with this 'limited' declaration of war,' says Justin Raimondo, the libertarian editorial director of Antiwar.com, a prominent online gathering place for anti-interventionists. 'I understand what he's trying to do -- reclaim the power to declare war from the executive and limit the scope of a conflict that's already ongoing -- but this strategy is likely to backfire and simply open the door to a wider war,' Raimondo says." (11/24/14)


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Germany: Snowden feted in Stuttgart

The Local [Germany]

"NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden accepted the Stuttgart Peace Prize and called on the public to keep fighting for peace in a speech via video uplink on Sunday. 'If we are to live in a liberal society, we must stand and defend liberal values,' the former National Security Agency worker said from exile in Russia. 'Government and society are built on trust.' The Stuttgarter Peace Prize was established in 2003 by citizens' group, Die AnStifter. The award comes with a €5,000 cash prize." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k6cxbz3

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Hagel resigns as US Secretary of Defense

Reuters

"U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, the first major change to President Barack Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago. Obama announced the resignation at a White House event with Hagel at his side. Hagel will remain in the job until a successor is in place." (11/24/14)


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Commentary



A European revolution against Google’s virtual colonialization?

Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland

"The European Parliament reportedly is scheduled to vote this week on a political non-binding resolution urging the European Commission to 'enforce EU competition rules decisively' against search engines, i.e. Google. What is going on? In a nutshell, this vote has three big effective implications. It is a political revolt and declaration of Independence from Google's virtual hegemony. It is a rejection of former EC Vice President Almunia's gross mishandling of the Google competition case. And it is a vote for a European 'single digital market' to promote European economic growth and job creation." (11/25/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lo59h6k

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Carbon makes the world go round

spiked
by James Woudhuysen

"In my view, industrialisation has added to the greenhouse gases of the world and thus to global warming. Moreover, CO2 is the most significant manmade greenhouse gas. So we should move to a low-carbon or zero-carbon world, right Not so fast. This simplistic, black-and-white view of carbon is far too prevalent." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nyyhrhg

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Thank you, Thomas, for your Big Freakin’ Book

Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock

Neil Lock reviews KN@PPSTER's Big Freakin' Book of Stuff. Lock: "I have the PDF of 'Kn@ppster's Big Freakin' Book of Stuff' by Thomas L. Knapp. There's lots of good stuff here, though most is very US-centric. Meaning, that it won't be understood by those from east of the pond, except for a few oddballs like me. (Factoid and disclaimer: Of the 48 states of the contiguous USA, I have only visited 37.) I started out intending this as a blog comment; I didn't intend it to be a book review. But it seems to have grown. So here we go ..." (11/25/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ldqslur

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You didn’t really think Darren Wilson would be indicted, did you?

CounterPunch
by Ron Jacobs

"Did you really believe Darren Wilson was going to be indicted for murdering Michael Brown? Did you think a cop was going to face a trial for gunning down a young man he thought should be arrested? Do you think the law treats all people equally -- civilian and cop, rich and poor, black and white? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have been watching too much television." (11/25/14)


http://tinyurl.com/myvnw2n

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Are fiscal issues Christie’s Achilles heel for 2016?

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Carrie Sheffield

"With the Bridgegate scandal apparently fading, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is politically rising after leading GOP governors to a solid Election Day showing under his chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association. He personally won re-election last year in a deeply Blue State with 60 percent of the vote. Yet his administration has stumbled in fiscal management, experiencing a bond rating downgrade this year by all three major rating agencies: Fitch, Moody’s Investors Service and Standard and Poor’s." (11/23/14)


https://cei.org/content/are-fiscal-issues-christies-achilles-heel-2016

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Hagel’s departure will make no difference

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

"Here's the reality: No matter who Obama selects as Defense Secretary, the crises and the chaos will not only continue, they will continue to get worse. That's because all these crises and chaos didn’t occur because the 'wrong' person was appointed Secretary of Defense or even because Barack Obama was elected president, as many Republicans would like to believe." (11/25/14)


http://fff.org/2014/11/25/hagels-departure-will-make-no-difference/

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The Internet memory hole

Foundation for Economic Education
by Wendy McElroy

"Under 'the right to be forgotten,' a new 'human right' established in the European Union in 2012, people can legally require a search engine to delete links to their names, even if information at the linked source is true and involves a public matter such as an arrest. The Google form for requesting removal asks the legally relevant question of why the link is 'irrelevant, outdated, or otherwise objectionable.' Then it is up to the search engine to determine whether to delete the link. The law's purpose is to prevent people from being stigmatized for life. The effect, however, is to limit freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and access to information. Each person becomes a potential censor who can rewrite history for personal advantage." (11/24/14)


http://fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-internet-memory-hole

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Defeat of USA Freedom Act is a victory for freedom

Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

"After several re-authorizations of the PATRIOT Act, including some cosmetic reforms, Congress last October unveiled the USA FREEDOM Act. This was advertised as the first wholesale PATRIOT Act Reform bill. In fact, the House version was watered down to the point of meaninglessness and the Senate version was not much better. The final straw was the bill’s extension of key elements of the PATRIOT Act until 2017. Fortunately, last week the USA FREEDOM Act was blocked from further consideration in the US Senate. The procedural vote was significant and important, but it caused some confusion as well." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mqnorcx

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America’s cluster-bomb Congress

Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

"Tens of thousands of Americans have been bushwhacked by a single arcane sentence in a 673-page law Congress enacted six years ago. The IRS is seizing both federal and state tax refunds for individuals whom the Social Security Administration accuses of having received excessive benefits years ago. But the government often has zero evidence of the overpayments, and the feds have sought to hold people liable for the alleged debts of their long-dead parents." (11/24/14)


http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/americas-cluster-bomb-congress/

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Hagel out; Obama’s inner circle is intact

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

"When President Obama chose former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel to serve as his third Secretary of Defense, most Republicans were not amused. Obama was able to claim that his pick was an example of his reaching across the aisle, when in fact, most Beltway Repubs viewed Hagel with distrust. Yes, Hagel is a Vietnam vet, a volunteer who was the first veteran of enlisted rank to head the Pentagon. Yes, he had voted for the Iraq War in 2002. But Hagel also turned against the Iraq War, and went so far as to assert that 'of course' it was about oil. ... Hagel was the perfect Obama pick: on paper, he seemed to offer bipartisan appeal, but in reality, Hagel enraged the right. Only four GOP senators voted to confirm him." (11/24/14)


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Not one more. Not even one.

Rad Geek People's Daily
by Rad Geek

"In the wake of Obama's big announcement on expanding deferred-action status, I am glad to see something, anything happening at last on immigration. And I am immensely happy for the families that have been able to sleep a little easier the last couple nights. But after millions deported, this so little too late, and it is not nearly enough. No one should face deportation." (11/23/14)


http://radgeek.com/gt/2014/11/23/not-one-more-not-even-one/

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Secret malware in European Union attack linked to US and British intelligence

The Intercept
by Morgan Marquis-Boire, Claudio Guarnieri and Ryan Gallagher

"Complex malware known as Regin is the suspected technology behind sophisticated cyberattacks conducted by U.S. and British intelligence agencies on the European Union and a Belgian telecommunications company, according to security industry sources and technical analysis conducted by The Intercept. Regin was found on infected internal computer systems and email servers at Belgacom, a partly state-owned Belgian phone and internet provider, following reports last year that the company was targeted in a top-secret surveillance operation carried out by British spy agency Government Communications Headquarters, industry sources told The Intercept." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/p9o3ww9

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Whence cometh moral outrage?

Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

"Everyone seems to have their own definition of morality. Why is that? If morality is 'the proper behavior for a person in society,' which I think it is, then why is there such disagreement on what constitutes immoral behavior? Or put another way, what causes people to feel 'moral outrage' toward certain behaviors and not toward others, and why do some feel it toward a given behavior while another does not? Why the seemingly subjective nature of moral outrage, but not of morality? Got your shovel? Good. Let's dig!" (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ozkttyd

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 11/24/14

The Libertarian Republic
by

"Readers of the Libertarian Republic have been writing to us requesting to have a discussion about net neutrality. Today’s episode of the Freedom Report podcast examines the threat to the free market posed by further regulation, as well as examines possible solutions to the mess created by government." [Flash audio or MP3] (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lx4ax3x

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Rand Paul points to real executive overreach: Undeclared wars

The Nation
by John Nichols

"Rand Paul may not fully recognize it, but he has outlined an important challenge to the selective outrage of his fellow Republicans when it comes to executive actions by American presidents. In moving to force Congress to formally decide whether to declare war on the Islamic State militants that the United States is already fighting, the senator from Kentucky is highlighting the failure of Republican congressional leaders (or, for the most part, their Democratic counterparts) to take seriously what should always be the most concerning example of executive overreach. This is the executive action that troubled the founders above all others: warmaking by presidents in the absence of a declaration of war by the Congress." [editor's note: I'm just amazed it took a "progressive" pundit to point this out, while the "libertarian" media bitched about what a GOP Senator's done this time - SAT] (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kqunp37

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More streetcar boosterism from the Kansas City Star

Show-Me Institute
by Joseph Miller

"The Kansas City Star recently revealed an interactive report on $1.7 billion in existing and possible new developments in downtown Kansas City. Anyone who is interested in some new exciting projects is encouraged to take a look, but be prepared for some streetcar propaganda. While the Star doesn't go so far as to claim that the as-yet-unfinished streetcar directly caused all the development, the report heavily implies it." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l36ak37

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Uncle Sam needs some better nephews

Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

"Average Americans have a choice at tax time. They can pay their taxes or risk going to jail for tax evasion. America’s corporate CEOs have a different set of tax-time choices. These CEOs can have the corporations they run pay Uncle Sam or they can have their corporations pay more to their CEOs. Guess which way lots of CEOs are leaning. Better yet, read 'Fleecing Uncle Sam,' the just-released report from the Institute for Policy Studies and Center for Effective Government that tallies up the choices top CEOs are actually making." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kwsczrt

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Thanksgiving timeout table

The Cagle Post
by Bruce Plante

Cartoon. (11/23/14)


http://www.cagle.com/2014/11/thanksgiving-timeout-table/

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Let old labor die

In These Times
by Jeremy Gantz

"It is not difficult to imagine the United States without a labor movement. Less than 7 percent of the country’s private-sector workforce is unionized. Twenty-four states have enacted 'right to work' laws that sap union treasuries by allowing workers to benefit from union contracts without paying dues. Even Michigan became right-to-work in 2012. Is labor’s decline terminal? Long-time labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan says yes -- unless we redesign the legal system upon which the modern labor movement was built." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mjyplgu

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Carbon taxes: The tax interaction effect

EconLog
by David Henderson

"In a world starting with zero taxes on anything, a tax on carbon would be optimal, assuming, I remind you, that global warming is a problem. But the academic literature on carbon taxes has moved well beyond that simple world. In the world in which we live, where there are many taxes, the case for carbon taxes is no longer so clear. And the reason? It's that there is an interaction between carbon taxes and other taxes." (11/24/14)


http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/11/carbon_taxes_th.html

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Can you live a moral life in the holy city of Jerusalem?

Reuters
by Amy Wilentz

"While you are reading about violent attacks in Jerusalem on the home page of your newspaper, Jerusalemites are living their lives, most of the time, as if they dwelled in a happy little European nation, say Luxembourg or the Netherlands… or suburban New Jersey. That’s how you can feel there a lot of the time, if you live on the Israeli side. That is assuming you’re not a crazed extremist of some kind. I lived there for four years." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kjo48qy

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Free Thoughts Podcast, 11/24/14

Libertarianism.org
by

"This week Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on how the tradition of liberty in the United States was established and subsequently flourished." [Flash audio or MP3] (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m8k3te6

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Stupidity?

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"Last week, I commented on a couple of stories regarding stupidity, especially here in the Fifty States. I want to elaborate on those, and think about stupidity and government and their relationship. First, according to British news reports, a virus has been discovered that may affect up to 50% of all humans, survives in the body for years, and makes us stupid. Really! A chlorovirus, ATCV-1, was discovered 30 years ago but now seems to be in a major part of the populace, at least in the Fifty States. The story says that the drop in intelligence is measurable and statistically significant." (11/23/14)


http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6194

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Fourteen things I’m thankful for in 2014

Fox News Forum
by Stephen Moore

"Most Americans think the great American Dream -- the idea that our children will achieve a standard of living higher than our own -- is dead. Others say that the environment is on a crash course with planetary devastation due to global warming. And if that doesn't do us in, the deadly virus Ebola may spread like a great plague over the earth. Not a lot to be thankful for. Or is there? Thanksgiving is a time to cast aside the gloom and pessimism and look to the things that have gone right in the last year. It turns out there are lots of things going right in America today." [editor's note: Some of these are of interest to us all; some are only useful to the crony-corpers - SAT] (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/khk969l

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The good side of Jonathan Gruber

Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

"News! News as you’ve heard it, 300 times a day, on your favorite radio or TV station: 'My Pillow [a kind of, guess what? pillow] is the official pillow of the National Sleep Foundation!' Alas, I am not certain that this announcement achieves its desired effect. Nor am I certain -- for similar reasons -- that the information one finds in the Wikipedia entry for Jonathan Gruber achieves the effect he wanted." (11/22/14)


http://libertyunbound.com/node/1335

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Happy slaves and happy statists

Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"Would it be better to be a happy slave or an unhappy free human? It depends on your definition of 'better' I suppose, but I think happiness is preferable. I almost envy those who can be happy slaves. I couldn't be -- not without having large portions of my brain removed or destroyed." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lpjwdbd

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 11/24/14

Heartland Institute
by

"Research Fellow and Managing Editor of Healthcare News Sean Parnell sits down with host Donald Kendal to discuss the latest healthcare news. Parnell talks about the elections impact on Obamacare, the proposed 2017 project and the comments by Jonathan Gruber." [Flash audio] (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/p4db7wa

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Obama’s immigration order means rational use of deportation

Reason
by Steve Chapman

"Obama's argument is that since the federal government can't and won't expel everyone who is here without authorization, it should pass over those who pose no real threat and focus on the more objectionable ones—criminals and foreigners who return after being expelled. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has the manpower and money to deport only about 4 percent of the foreigners who are not entitled to be here. It makes sense to focus those resources on the most worrisome ones. Critics who opposed Obama's previous reprieve, however, are even more vehement in opposing this one." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qhfraqd

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Students won’t be collateral damage in California big spenders’ showdown

Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

"It started back in 2012 when Gov. Jerry Brown threatened to slash state funding for California’s 10 University of California campuses unless his Proposition 30 (also known as the 'Millionaire’s Tax') passed. The UC Regents fired back that slashing funds would compel them to hike tuition some 20 percent mid-year -- about $2,400. The massive tax hike passed by more than 55 percent, and Sacramento’s coffers are brimming at $108 billion, with another $3 billion surplus projected for next year. In return, UC officials froze tuition -- until this week, that is. The UC Regents, led by UC President Janet Napolitano, say their share’s not big enough, and they want more of the spoils. So they voted to hike tuition 5 percent annually over the next five years unless they get more state funding." (11/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kg4ua7f

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Review: KN@PPSTER’s Big Freakin’ Book of Stuff

Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

"As its title indicates, this book is a collection of essays written during the past twenty years. Some of them are very short -- often, in my opinion, too short for a proper discussion of the issues raised, or to show their author's excellence as a writer. Some are longer. One or two show a measured firmness of mind that I hope will one day be more generally admired than is likely now to be the case. But all show a view of the world, as it is and as it ought to be, that is distinctively Thomas Knapp." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kzlc5py

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Rape accusation culture

ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

"To hear some people tell it, there exists a culture where rape is socially acceptable. Not under some foreign 'Islamo-fascist' regime in a land far far away, but right here in America. All over the world, really. It's something of a conspiracy, perpetrated by the elusive patriarchy. A large, and growing number of radical ideologues are promoting this concept of 'rape culture' and demanding something be done to stop it. Now, this is pretty clever on their part. Starting a political movement that claims to be opposed to rape sounds good, right? I mean, who doesn't oppose rape?" (11/23/14)


http://www.christophercantwell.com/2014/11/23/rape-accusation-culture/

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Rewarding Gruber

Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Revealing to all the world the contempt for the American people that Washington insiders possess might garner for Prof. Gruber a future Medal of Freedom. Perhaps by a president elected by the Irony Party. What Gruber is unlikely to get, however, is a Nobel Prize for Economics." (11/24/14)


http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/11/24/rewarding-gruber/

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Rand Paul is wrong. Leave Iraq alone!

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

"Still opposing the Iraq War in 2003, Senator Rand Paul now wants Congress to declare war against the Islamic State and engage in military action in Iraq. He says that 'national security' is at stake. I’ve got a better idea: Leave Iraq alone! Hasn’t the U.S. government done enough damage already in Iraq?" (11/24/14)


http://fff.org/2014/11/24/rand-paul-wrong-leave-iraq-alone/

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No to No Platform: In defence of unpopular ideas

spiked
by Tom Slater

"I’d like to start by saying that I find the motion we have been asked to address this evening a little bemusing. Because, quite simply, popular ideas aren't really in need of protection -- or, for that matter, a platform. Rather, it is the unpopular idea, both throughout history and still today, that society most often seeks to snuff out and to censor. The mainstream has always done a pretty good job of looking after itself. What I'd like to put to you this evening is that even unpopularity justifies a platform. The batty, the marginal, the strange and the downright outrageous are precisely the sort of opinions we need to protect." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lk5je2l

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The virus of prejudice

CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark

"The Ebola virus has assumed every single form of terror imaginable. It has resulted in the closure of borders. It has seen people targeted by means of quarantine. It has also become the basis for stigmatising, condemning, and targeting. Groups have become fair game. Some have cited acts of racial abuse. Others claim that homosexual groups are receiving a degree of unhealthy scrutiny." (11/24/14)


http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/24/the-virus-of-prejudice/

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The school religious holidays problem is really a public schooling problem

Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey

"There's a lot of anger in Montgomery County, Maryland, after the school board voted to officially remove all religious holidays from the district calendar. The goal was to placate Muslim families tired of their kids having to go to school on Muslim holidays while children of other religions got their holidays off. The end result has been widespread indignation from people of all religious stripes. But religion is not the root problem. Public schooling is. " (11/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/odyar4n

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Israel: America’s biggest frenemy

Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"For decades the Israelis have lived off our largesse without having to offer anything of value in return -- unless Israeli interference in American politics is considered a value. We've handed them over $3 billion a year in tribute, stood by while they subjected their Palestinian helots to conditions not seen since South Africa's apartheid, and smiled tolerantly, as one would at an obstreperous child, while they noisily spat in our faces at every opportunity. And what have we gotten in return? Insults, interference, and outright threats -- not to mention one of the most effective (and obnoxious) spying operations conducted on our soil by a foreign power." (11/24/14)


http://tinyurl.com/odsyg9b

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An excerpt from Taflak Lysandra

The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith

"This novel was first published 26 years ago and is about to be reissued -- like Brightsuit MacBear -- by my friends at Phoenix Pick. It is the second part of a 'young reader' series of seven books I'd planned to evoke the spirit of the Robert A. Heinlein 'juveniles' all of us '46ers grew up on. The difference is that, while these books stand on their own, together they tell an eighth, overall story. The original publisher lost interest after two books, but I've now been given the go-ahead on the remaining five." [editor's note: Huzzah! I look forward to learning the identity of Hooded Seven! - TLK] (11/23/14)


http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle798-20141123-02.html

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Bad laws lead to bad executive orders

Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh

"Governing by executive order is no way to run an immigration policy, let alone an entire government. But the resort to unilateral action does not happen in a vacuum; it is borne out of poorly written, arbitrary and confusing laws. The GOP-controlled Congress should respond to Obama’s executive order by passing a bill that simplifies the immigration system." (11/21/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m73mrz3

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The case for Robin Hooding

ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

"The activism became such a huge loss of revenue for the city of Keene, that they sued the Robin Hooders. There is no law against Robin Hooding in Keene. Anybody can fill anybody’s meter, but the loss of revenue was too much for the city to bear. So the city instead tried to lodge a frivolous civil suit in the hopes that it would cause the Robin Hooders to back down. No such luck for the city, the Robin Hooders stood their ground, and risked their freedom and property to fight the case in court. The city ultimately got their lawsuit dismissed on first amendment grounds after sinking a ton of taxpayer money into the frivolous suit." (11/21/14)


http://www.christophercantwell.com/2014/11/21/case-robin-hooding/

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Why I am so nice

Strict Liberalism
by Rocco

"Niceness, as a convention, is a wonderful lesson in how we can live together predominantly peacefully without a third-party ordering it. Our being nice to one another is not the result of a law, not the result of government-threatened violence; it is not because we fear the police knocking on our door in the middle of the night that we are usually pleasant to our fellows. Niceness is a spontaneously emerging equilibrium in social life." (11/21/14)


http://strictliberalism.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/why-i-am-so-nice/

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Unjust immigration law is not law

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

"[I]f a president unilaterally acts to protect someone's liberty, I say bravo, because he is acting according to the natural law. And if a president acts, whether unilaterally or in concert with Congress, to violate liberty, then that president is in violation of the natural law and the people should respond accordingly. Government interference with the right to move is a violation of the natural law and of individual liberty. It does not matter that such interference was enacted by a majority of both congressional chambers and signed by a president. It is illegal, and even an isolated refusal on the part of a president to enforce an unjust 'law' is to be applauded." (11/21/14)


http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/tgif-unjust-immigration-law/

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Hey hey ho ho, student protests got to go

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

"Student activists who were protesting UC tuition hikes didn’t exactly do their cause proud Wednesday. They blocked press, regents and other individuals (some just wanted to get into the gym at the UCSF Mission Bay campus). A few times, as I tried to get into the building, students circled around me, with their arms linked, so that I could not move. The circles appeared to be at least four people deep -- which means say 12 or more against one. Let’s be clear about these tactics. They are designed to intimidate. Some students even asked to see press credentials -- as if they thought they were police." [editor's note: Why would police be any more entitled to see "press credentials" than anyone else? - TLK] (11/22/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k7vhkat

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Political science

Liberale et Libertaire
by dL

"Political science, like all sciences, applies a specific methodology (the scientific method) to explain and predict rational patterns within a specific domain of study. In this case, the specific domain of study is the organization and exercise of political power. There may be some that try to divine a type of justice that animates such an organization of power, but such musings preponderate on the side of prescription ('the ought') and not description ('the is'). Hence, they are the stuff of political church, not science." (11/23/14)


http://rulingclass.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/political-science/

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Patriarchy

Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"I'm against any sort of '-archy' except anarchy. That would include patriarchy, matriarchy, monarchy, or whatever else you might come up with. But, when I see people targeting patriarchy specifically -- as seems to be the hot new trend -- I feel like they are saying that because patriarchy has violated them, now that they have the political power to pull it off, they'll use The State to make sure I get violated for a while to balance things out. That would be aggression. I'm not claiming that is the real intent, but it sure feels like it. It feels evil." (11/22/14)


http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2014/11/patriarchy.html

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