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US trained Alaskans as secret “stay-behind agents”

Seattle Times

"Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Invasion of Alaska? Yes. It seemed like a real possibility in 1950." (09/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/myf5nmz

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Obama notifies Congress on new round of Iraq airstrikes

Miami Herald

"The White House said Monday that its latest round of airstrikes in Iraq are 'consistent' with prior military missions the White House has authorized to date in Iraq -- 'to protect U.S. personnel and facilities and to address the humanitarian situation on the ground.' In his latest War Powers Resolution sent to Congress, President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. Armed Forces to conduct targeted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to the town of Amirli, where thousands of Shia Turkomen have been cut off from receiving food, water, and medical supplies for two months by the Islamic State." (09/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q3usc8v

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US drone terrorists strike in Somalia

Washington Post

"The U.S. military carried out a counterterrorism strike Monday against leaders of the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia, Pentagon officials said, although it was unclear whether the operation was successful. Journalists in Somalia reported that suspected U.S. drones fired missiles near the port city of Barawe, a stronghold for al-Shabab. In a rare acknowledgment of its clandestine military activities in Somalia, the Pentagon said it had conducted a counterterrorism operation there but gave no details." (09/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/p25aeb7

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UK: Cameron asks Parliament for expansion of security theater permissions

National Post [Canada]

"Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having travelled abroad to fight with terrorist groups. Speaking to parliament, Cameron said his government is also working on plans to block such suspected British jihadi fighters from re-entering the U.K. The power to monitor such suspects who are already in Britain would also be strengthened." (09/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nqg9yfg

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China struggles with “left behind” children from one-child policy

Raw Story

"Yes, it is just a simple stuffed toy. But put it into a child’s arms and watch as he pretends to feed it, talks to it, even crowns it as a monarch. First, it gives him security; then it allows him to role-play and develop social skills. Chinese authorities hope tips like these, included in a book for parents and nursery teachers, will help to stem mental health problems among the country’s young. While budgets for child and adolescent mental health services are being frozen or cut in the UK, China is seeking to expand provision, promote psychotherapeutic approaches and adopt preventative measures." (08/31/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mfy7ad6

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CA: Brown appeals judge’s ruling that struck down teacher tenure

Fox News

"California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is appealing a recent state judge’s ruling that ends tenure and other union protections for public school teachers. The appeal was filed late Friday and argues that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rulf Treu’s final ruling lacks detail and fails to provide the legal basis for his decision. Treu issued the final ruling Thursday, after tentatively ruling in June that tenure protections for California teachers violate the state constitution, depriving some of the state's 6.2 million students of a quality education, specifically minorities and those from low-income families." (08/31/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nyarjqx

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NM: Behind the gavel of America’s busiest judge

Christian Science Monitor

"Less than an hour into one of his regular morning dockets, federal district Judge Robert Brack has already sentenced 14 felons, or roughly one-sixth the number of people the average federal judge sentences in an entire year. The 15th defendant of the morning, Jamie Peña-Flores, stands before the judge shackled at the ankles, wrists, and waist." (08/31/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qcr7cmw

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Germany: Eurosceptic party AfD wins Saxony state seats

BBC News [UK state media]

"Germany's newest party, the Eurosceptic 'Alternative for Germany' (AfD), has won its first seats in the state parliament of Saxony, according to preliminary results. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats won the vote with 39.5% according to exit polls. The AfD, which says it is anti-euro (the currency), rather than anti-Europe, won around 9.6% of the vote. Eurosceptic parties made large gains in the European elections in May." (08/31/14)


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29006799

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WA: Barista stand owner faces prostitution charge

San Francisco Chronicle

"The owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts, according to local prosecutors. Snohomish County prosecutors charged Carmela Panico, a 52-year-old former nude dancer, with promoting prostitution and money laundering, alleging that she operated drive-thru brothels throughout the county north of Seattle." (08/31/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pnyluv7

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CA: Toy weapons can’t look like real ones if bill passes

Reuters

"The California State Senate gave final legislative approval on Thursday to a bill that would require certain replica guns to be painted bright colors or made transparent to prevent police from confusing toy guns for real weapons. The bill, which passed the Democratic-led chamber by 22-12, was introduced by Democratic state Senator Kevin De Leon after Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies fatally shot 13-year-old Andy Lopez Cruz in October after mistaking an imitation pellet rifle for the real thing. The bill now requires the signature of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown." (08/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mxgwojp

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“Russian invasion” of seceded Ukraine areas prompts UN emergency meeting

ABC News

"Ukraine’s president today declared that a 'Russian invasion' of his country was underway and the United Nations' Security Council called an emergency session to discuss the latest crisis involving allegations of Russia's overt support for [the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics]. Rebel forces have also opened up a new front in the conflict in [Donetsk People's Republic]. Heavy fighting was reported in the [Donetsk People's Republic] near the town of Novoazovsk. The UN Security Council met today and expressed outrage, although it said it couldn't verify the reports." (08/29/14)


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Iceland: Volcano red alert after small eruption

NBC News

"Iceland raised its alert warning level to maximum on Friday after what it called a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system but said there was no sign of ash that could affect air travel in Europe. Reykjavik's Meteorological Office said that a fissure eruption began in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier, which covers part of Bardarbunga system, just after midnight local time. The risk of an ash cloud is highest in case of a sub-glacial eruption." (08/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kmmh8f2

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Fiji: Military says 43 soldiers captured in Golan Heights

Lincoln Journal Star

"Fiji's military has confirmed that 43 of its soldiers, working as U.N. peacekeepers, have been captured by a militant group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Fijian Commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said Friday the soldiers are alive and unharmed. He said talks between the U.N. and the unidentified rebel group had begun and negotiations would be pursued further at daybreak." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/l6hgf2t

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UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

Fox News

"The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a $490 million strategic plan to contain the epidemic over the next nine months, saying it was based on a projection that the virus could spread to 10 further countries beyond the four now affected -- Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/m43yk2m

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“A Message in Blood”: ISIS beheads Kurdish man in warning against backing US

Times of India [India]

"ISIS has released a video apparently showing the beheading of a Kurdish man in Iraq as a warning to Kurds fighting the group in the country. The video, entitled 'A Message in Blood,' was posted online hours after another video purporting to show the mass execution of up to 250 Syrian soldiers in the desert. ... fighters warn others will face the same fate should Kurdish leaders choose to continue an alliance with the US." (08/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lqydsd4

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VA: Debris reveals pilot in F-15 crash never ejected

USA Today

"When investigators were finally able to safely enter the crash site of an F-15C 'Eagle' fighter jet Thursday, they made a grim discovery that concluded more than 30 hours of searching -- the pilot never managed to eject from the aircraft. The somber news was delivered during a late-night news conference at the Deerfield Volunteer Fire-Rescue, where roughly 150 searchers made their base during the two-day search for the pilot." (08/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lphrpda

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Libya: Abdullah al-Thinni resigns as PM

BBC News [UK state media]

"Abdullah al-Thinni has stepped down as Libya's prime minister in a move to end the power struggle in the country. The cabinet said it was resigning to enable the elected parliament to choose a new, inclusive government. The Islamist-linked militia which seized the capital, Tripoli, last week has called for the elected MPs to be replaced by the previous body, the General National Congress (GNC)." (08/29/14)


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28979312

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OK: ACLU, other groups sue to lift curtain on state killings

The Daily Beast

"This week, four months after [Clayton] Lockett’s botched execution, the American Civil Liberties Union along with the Guardian, the Oklahoma Observer, and Fretland, filed a federal lawsuit demanding that the Oklahoma department of corrections allow reporters and other witnesses to view the entire execution process, from the time the prisoner enters the chamber until he or she is pronounced dead. ... The ACLU’s complaint, filed on Monday, cites the 2002 decision in California First Amendment Coalition v. Woodford, a similar case in which a number of news organizations sued the San Quentin Prison over its restricted viewing procedure for lethal injection executions." (08/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mga5kt4

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South Korea: Uber to start trial run of expanded service in Seoul

Global Post

"Uber Korea, the local affiliate of U.S.-based transportation network company Uber, said Friday it will start trial operation of an expanded ride-sharing service in Seoul, a move that the South Korean government immediately ruled as illegal. Uber's latest business move follows a run-in with the Seoul city government, which said last month that the company's existing cab-booking service was illegal and that it may ban the service." (08/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/oaydzx8

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CA: Pols pass “affirmative consent” law in name of stopping rape

Reuters

"Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt 'affirmative consent' language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on U.S. campuses. The measure, passed unanimously by the California State Senate, has been called the 'yes-means-yes' bill. It defines sexual consent between people as 'an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.' The bill states that silence and a lack of resistance do not signify consent and that drugs or alcohol do not excuse unwanted sexual activity." (08/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/o67s82v

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Vietnam: Filipino man sentenced to death

Lexington Herald-Leader

"State media say a court in Hanoi has sentenced a Philippine man to death for cocaine trafficking. The Law and Society newspaper says that Emmanuel Sillo Camacho, 39, was convicted of trafficking 3.4 kilograms (7.5 pounds) of cocaine from Brazil to Vietnam at a one-day trial Thursday." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mehz8rw

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Boston bombing suspect’s sister charged in NYC bomb threat

Time

"Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend. Ailina Tsarnaeva, who lives in North Bergen, New Jersey, made the threat against an upper Manhattan woman via telephone on Monday, police said. She turned herself in at a Manhattan police precinct, and police charged her with aggravated harassment." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qfsj9ds

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FL: Jamaican agriculture minister dies

ABC News

"Roger Clarke, a Jamaican government minister whose affable personality often bridged the Caribbean island's deep political divide, died Thursday in Florida. He was 74. The Jamaican prime minister's office said Clarke experienced chest pains Thursday morning while waiting for a flight at Miami International Airport. Rescuers began CPR and an ambulance rushed him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at around noon." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q4cppzs

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Report: Islamic State tortures prisoners just like the US

Christian Science Monitor

"At least four hostages held in Syria by Islamic State militants, including US journalist James Foley, were waterboarded during their captivity, The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the treatment of Western hostages. The Islamic State captors appeared to model the technique on that of the CIA, which waterboarded three terrorism suspects captured after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Washington and New York, the Post said." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/md34jdw

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Turkey: Erdogan’s first term — four things to watch for

Christian Science Monitor

"Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already been proclaimed Turkey’s most powerful leader since its founder and first president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. But while Mr. Erdogan, who was inaugurated today as Turkey’s 12th president, appears to have the country at his feet, his administration may face its share of turbulence. In 11 years as prime minister, the former Islamist has overseen a decade of growth and investment that has helped earn him broad popular support; earlier this month, he won Turkey's first direct presidential election with 52 percent. And he has successfully faced down the old military and bureaucratic elites that had meddled undemocratically in Turkish politics for decades." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pkdrjao

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Commentary



The Apocalyptic Renaissance

Daily Anarchist
by Scott Thomas Outlar

"Not long ago I was struck by a Revelation. While considering the Dire State of Affairs our world currently resides in, and why it is that things have reached such strange proportions of mass insanity, I realized that most people don’t truly want freedom. They are comfortable in the slave/master relationship. This is why it has proven to be so difficult throughout the ages to form a society based on individual rights and responsibilities." (08/30/14)


http://dailyanarchist.com/2014/08/30/the-apocalyptic-renaissance/

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Hoaxes, hype and hysteria

Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"While Americans were barbecuing over the Labor Day weekend, the Usual Suspects were busy cooking up new wars, from Iraq to Ukraine. While this is nothing new -- after all, evil never sleeps -- one thing I did notice: the stunning lack of imagination on their part. It was, in effect, the equivalent of a bunch of summer reruns: tired formulaic retreads that weren’t all that convincing in the first place." (09/01/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nwhpaal

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Distributive justice, wet rain

EconLog
by Anthony de Jasay

"Since we do not recognise dry rain, we would not choose to talk of 'wet rain' when we mean rain. Embellishing it with 'wet' would ring the alarm bell of logic telling us loudly and clearly that something has gone wrong. The exact nature of the wrong is made clearer in examples that are less obviously absurd. People talk solemnly of 'impartial justice,' as if 'partial justice' were not a contradiction in terms. Treating it implicitly as a notion that is not non sensical permits the demagogue selectively to accept or reject outcomes of the judicial process to promote his political agenda." (08/14)


http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2014/Jasaywetrain.html

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NetCompetition’s FCC comments — don’t preempt state muni broadband laws

Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland

"There are two core reasons the FCC should not try to preempt State muni-broadband laws. 1. The Supreme Court has already indicated it would be unconstitutional. 2. It would be anti-competitive, the opposite of the FCC’s statutory purpose and legal mandate." (08/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kwk6hbw

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Market Basket: Should we cheer the “benevolent boss?”

In These Times
by Julia Wong

"Lots of executives may claim to think of their employees as family. But it’s the rare boss who actually treats his workers as well as his blood relatives. The 25,000 employees of Market Basket, a chain of 71 New England grocery stores, see company president Arthur T. Demoulas as that boss. At least, that’s the story one gets from the press coverage of the bitter power struggle and chain-wide strike that has been front-page news in New England all summer. Ousted in June, Demoulas regained control of the company this week in what’s being hailed as a victory for workers. But is it?" (08/30/14)


http://tinyurl.com/pccaecl

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Philip Giraldi on The Scott Horton Show

The Scott Horton Show
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"Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses the US government’s attempt to squash a lawsuit against the non-profit group United Against Nuclear Iran, funded by billionaire Thomas Kaplan, which is vigorously trying to torpedo a deal on Iran’s nuclear program." [Flash audio or MP3] (08/28/14)


http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/08/28/082814-philip-giraldi/

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QandO Podcast, 08/28/14

QandO
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"Michael defends piracy and Dale loses hope." [MP3] (08/28/14)


http://www.qando.net/podcast/Observations20140828.mp3

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Oklahoma: Losing federal waiver, winning back rightful control over education

Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

"By this school year all American students were supposed to be proficient in reading and math according to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the latest iteration of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). By 2011 it was clear that no state was even close, so the US Department of Education made states an offer far too many thought they couldn’t refuse ..." (08/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q26moo2

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Science as salvation?

The Nation
by Michael Saler

"Whether or not scientists are from Mars and humanists from Venus, the 'two cultures' debate about the arts and sciences has never been down to earth. For decades we’ve endured schematic sparring between straw men: humanists claim that scientists are reductive, scientists find humanists reactionary. ... Marcelo Gleiser, a physicist with strong ties to the humanities, is alarmed by the hubristic stance of his discipline and the backlash it is liable to provoke. He has written The Island of Knowledge as 'a much needed self-analysis in a time when scientific speculation and arrogance are rampant.... I am attempting to protect science from attacks on its intellectual integrity.'" (08/29/14)


http://www.thenation.com/article/181388/science-salvation

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Privateers and the sinister threat posed by “patent trolls”

Adam Smith Institute
by Keith Boyfield

"Many in Britain may not be familiar with the term 'patent privateering' -- but that may all be about to change. British courts are apparently being targeted in a forum-shopping exercise by global monopolists, who are using this technique to reduce competition and innovation in the hi-tech sector. This new menace to the workings of efficient markets is rapidly gripping the global hi-tech sector and it threatens to stifle innovation, raise prices and constrain choice for consumers not just in Britain but across the globe." (08/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nxz2xhe

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What James Earl Foley’s murder says about the US

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

"Given that the Islamic State subjected American citizen James Foley to physical abuse, waterboarding, and extra-judicial execution, U.S. officials and American interventionists, including those in the mainstream media, are describing the Islamic State as savage and barbaric. But wait a minute! When the U.S. government was doing those same things, weren’t U.S. officials and American interventionists saying that such actions weren’t any big deal?" (08/29/14)


http://fff.org/2014/08/29/what-james-foleys-murder-says-about-the-u-s/

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Petro-dollar era is officially over as Gazprom begins sales in Yuan and Rouble

Finance Examiner
by Kenneth Schortgen, Jr.

"In a new announcement from the Russian business media source, Kommersant, Gazprom has conducted the first sale of oil in a currency other than the dollar, and will henceforth open their purchase window to accept both Roubles and Yuan for the exchange of oil and gas products. ... The days of the dollar remaining the global reserve currency took a sharp hit today, and the ramifications of Russia's new move for selling oil in both Roubles and Yuan are just beginning." [hat tip -- SB] (08/27/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ogwwl58

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Cliches of progressivism #20 — Government can be a compassionate alternative to the harshness of the marketplace

Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W. Reed

"In every election campaign, we hear the word 'compassion' at least a thousand times. One political party supposedly has it, the other one doesn’t. Big government programs are evidence of compassion; cutting back government is a sign of cold-hearted meanness. By their misuse of the term for partisan advantage, partisans and ideologues have thoroughly muddied up the real meaning of the word." (08/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k6ax9p4

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Still Nader after all these years

The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

"For many Democrats who came of age after 2000, Ralph Nader is a crank who cost Al Gore the presidency. But Nader deserves a more honored place in the progressive pantheon. Over the years, Nader has understood the stranglehold of corporate power on democracy as well as anyone, and throughout his career he has creatively organized counterweights. In the heyday of postwar reform, the 1960s and 1970s, Nader-inspired groups prodded and energized Congressional allies to enact one piece of pro-consumer legislation after another. ... Since then, Nader has been a prophet, often without honor in his own coalition." [editor's note: A surprisingly unbiased (even says nice things about Cato) analysis of Nader's effect on the political game - SAT] (08/29/14)


http://prospect.org/article/still-nader-after-all-these-years

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Poverty capitalism in 2014 — introducing private probation companies

A Lightning War for Liberty
by Michael Krieger

"Naturally, a society that embraces private prisons would also embrace the privatization of all sorts of other things that have no business being privatized due to perverse incentives. One such example with which I was unfamiliar until today are private probation companies. These companies are seemingly vested with the power to threaten jail in order to collect payments. Additionally, constitutionally protected rights that were previously free are now being charged to those mired in the 'justice' system." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ocq9hms

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Bad Quaker Podcast, 08/29/14

Bad Quaker Dot Com
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"Part 2 of 2, Ki returns to the podcast to discuss the sin of voting, blasphemous 'law makers,' how minimum wages create drug problems, and agorism." [Flash audio or MP3] (08/29/14)


http://www.badquaker.com/archives/3132

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The myth of the unchanging value of gold

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Joseph T. Salerno

"According to mainstream economics textbooks, one of the primary functions of money is to measure the value of goods and services exchanged on the market. A typical statement of this view is given by Frederic Mishkin in his textbook on money and banking. '[M]oney ... is used to measure value in the economy,' he claims. 'We measure the value of goods and services in terms of money, just as we measure weight in terms of pounds and distance in terms of miles.' When money is conceived as a measure of value, the policy implication is that one of the primary objectives of the central bank should be to maintain a stable price level." (08/29/14)


http://mises.org/daily/6858/The-Myth-of-the-Unchanging-Value-of-Gold

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Contra Krugman, Europe shows benefit of lean government

Mises Canada
by Robert P. Murphy

"The great thing about Paul Krugman is that you just need to let him tie the rhetorical noose with which he hangs himself. The funniest example is when he asked a group of Canadians in a live forum whether they liked their government health care, and it blew up in his face. Another good one was when I showed (in the final section of this article) the failure of two of Krugman’s empirical 'tests' of the Keynesian demand-side explanation. In the current post, I’ll show once again that Krugman’s own choices -- this time regarding 'austerity' in Europe -- –illustrate the bankruptcy (both figuratively and literally) of Keynesian fiscal analysis." (08/29/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mpbo83d

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Forget economic patriotism — it’s time for economic freedom

Heartland Institute
by John Engle

"America is finally starting to pay the price for its broken corporate tax regime. The recent increase in so-called tax inversions, in which American corporations seek lower tax rates via mergers with companies based in foreign countries. Tax inversions result in American firms effectively becoming foreign businesses, something many politicians on the left have come to fear and despise. At least 47 American tax inversions have occurred in the last decade, but it was not until this month that they started making serious headlines." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/jvmpgur

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States, cartels and the anarcho-capitalist opposition

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David S. D'Amato

"The anarchist, having established that the state is a war on and the principal obstacle to a free and peaceful society, suggests the 'utopian' notion of simply not permitting a glorified mafia to prey on the innocent. Anarchism, therefore, is hardly a provocative, pie in the sky notion, and is hardly the straw man put up by its statist opponents. Neither is it advocacy for chaos and lawlessness, which much better describe a system in which justice is meted out arbitrarily and unevenly, in which American citizens can be murdered without due process, and constitutional protections reveal themselves as the impotent parchment guarantees they are." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/lgbq8ox

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Halbig v. Burwell: A technicality could change your life

The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) became law in early 2010. Arguably, it is the single greatest assault on the right of individuals to control their own bodies that America has seen in decades. Few matters are more intimate than medical choice; it includes decisions about giving birth, having sex and the time to die. Obamacare is a Kafkaesque mass of regulations that usurp these choices in the guise of providing them. Obamacare nationalizes the body of every American and assumes the power to determine life or death." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ox4pe9u

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Protecting us from umbrellas and cameramen

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

"No reports of shots fired. Only ONE of the thousand cell phones on campus indicated threatening behavior. Just one caller who saw a man carrying what might be a rifle … or a stick … or a broom … or … an umbrella on a day when it just might rain. So one looney can call out an entire swat team with no corroborating evidence, no investigation, no scouting party. That is much like the community fire departments sending out every truck and team in the county to find it is just a back yard barbeque happily, innocently grilling burgers. At least when the firemen arrived, they wouldn’t hose down the neighborhood." (08/27/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nb6363m

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Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show

The Scott Horton Show
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"Jason Ditz, editor for Antiwar.com, discusses the latest news on Ukraine and the media’s spin on Russian intervention." [Flash audio or MP3] (08/27/14)


http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/08/27/082714-jason-ditz/

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Interview: Libertarian ants and statist cockroaches

Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

"There are many ways of communicating the libertarian message of freedom to people who may have given it little thought. One way is to describe their current status as little more than mindless worker ants in a colony ruled by statist cockroaches. But suppose the ants rebel against their enslavement? What would that be like? Stephen Aaron Grey addresses that question in his book Ant Farm: A Novel About What’s Bugging Society, on sale August 30." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/k5gh7ub

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Aunt of dead San Francisco girl already faces life sentence

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

"San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon charged the aunt of a 2-year-old killed by a hit-and-run driver with felony child endangerment. Loyresha Gage, 25, didn't run over her niece Mi'yana Gregory as the toddler stood alone in a crosswalk after 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 15; an unknown hit-and-run driver hit the child. Yet it is Gage who has been charged with a felony. If convicted, she faces years in prison. I cannot be alone in my first reaction to this story." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ola4hwu

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Carswell defects!

Libertarian Alliance
by Keir Martland

"I have made the following prediction in the past (Sean will testify to this): that the next leader of the Conservative party will be a man, very much like David Cameron in appearance, who calls himself a 'libertarian.' This is based on my four years as a Tory boy in Greater Manchester Conservative Future. In the youth wing of the Conservative party, there are few who do not now call themselves Thatcherites, classical liberals, or libertarians. The trouble is, they use these words interchangeably." (08/28/14)


http://libertarianalliance.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/carswell-defects/

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Those wacky socialists and their “borders”

Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"It's like dogs' territoriality gone berserk -- where a hypothetical barking dog thinks it can claim everything around him, including half a continent, as his own -- no matter the other dogs living there." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/madqcvo

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Who’d a-thunk it? Employers respond predictably to a hike in the minimum wage

Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

"San Jose, CA, recently raised ... its minimum wage. One result is that an employer reduced the size of the annual bonuses that she pays to her employees. (NPR has the story; this particular part starts at around the 3 minute, 25 second mark in the audio version of the report. Note that these particular workers are among the lucky ones. While the higher minimum wage didn’t help them, it didn’t hurt them -- or at least not very much." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/q5unvup

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It’s too difficult to be a dirtbag anymore, unfortunately

Center for a Stateless Society
by Marc Guttman

"I recently enjoyed watching '180 Degrees South,' a film about Jeff Johnson’s journey to Patagonia, Chile to climb Corcovado Volcano, surfing along the way and retracing Yvon Chouinard’s and Doug Tompkins’s 1968 trip. Yvon, in the film, says, '(Jeff’s) just a dirtbag. He could live out of his car, climbing in the Valley … He’s just hustling his way along so he can stay on the road. He reminded me a lot about how I used to be … Life was pretty easy in the ’60s. I mean you could buy an automobile for 15 bucks and live out of your automobile and camp out.' Yvon’s right, and it disappointed me, because life should be much easier now." (08/28/14)


http://c4ss.org/content/31000

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The church’s call to steward God’s mission in the world

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Stephen J. Grabill

"Although Christians across denominational lines often use stewardship language to describe our calling to live out God’s mission in the world, what we mean theologically by 'stewardship' varies greatly across religious traditions. Some think stewardship is tithing; others think it means volunteering or living a simple lifestyle. Still others identify stewardship with environmental conservation, social action of some kind or another, charitable giving, or making disciples through evangelism." (08/27/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nglpfoe

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Another bad war in Iraq

Reason
by Steve Chapman

"Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel claimed the Islamic State is a threat 'beyond anything that we've seen.' Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey called it an 'apocalyptic' group that will 'have to be defeated.' The hysteria confirms that the U.S. government can turn any enemy into a rampaging Godzilla posing an imminent threat to our survival. In reality, this one is a fringe insurgency with maybe 10,000 fighters who are stretched thin and outgunned by the Iraqi military." (08/28/14)


http://reason.com/archives/2014/08/28/another-bad-war-in-iraq

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Perry’s indictment: Crime and punishment, Texas-style

Reuters
by Suzanne Garment

"It's a big country, where states have their own legal peculiarities, political cultures and definitions of what makes a debilitating political scandal. Take Texas, for example, where the Republican governor, Rick Perry, has been indicted for abuse of office. In the past 25 years, we’ve seen politicians and government officials increasingly treat scandal less as catastrophe and more as just another cost of doing business. Perry, however, has taken this to a completely new level: He is wearing his indictment as a badge of honor and has smoothly returned to his 2016 presidential campaign without missing a beat." (08/27/14)


http://tinyurl.com/ojr255o

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Peace through strength

Come Home America
by Eoghan Hartigan

"Peace through strength is a favourite maxim of the Neoconservative movement in the United States. They make the rather unusual claim that lots more guns and ammo will make the world a safer place. There is, however, one problem: this claim has all the purity of excrement." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/kgf6utm

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Price transparency lowers healthcare costs

Independent Institute
by John R. Graham

"A study recently published in Health Affairs describes how price transparency drove down the cost of MRIs by almost twenty percent from 2010 to 2012. Compared to patients who did not have the advantage of transparent pricing, patients who knew what their MRI procedure would cost saw a cost reduction of $220 per procedure. Further, price transparency was associated with a significant shift from hospitals to outpatient facilities." (08/26/14)


http://tinyurl.com/qg8qepn

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Toldjaso

The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez

"So who's at fault in Ferguson? That's for the courts in Missouri to decide? What lessons do the events there have to teach the rest of the nation? That's a different story, and perhaps one worth exploring. Sadly, they all sound like 'I told you so.'" (08/24/14)


http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle785-20140824-04.html

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In support of Burger King

QandO
by Bruce McQuain

"I’ve never really been much of a Burger King fan, but guess what I’m having for lunch today? Why? Because Burger King has given us an opportunity to point out one reason why our economy is lagging. And, as usual, it has to do with government policy." (08/27/14)


http://www.qando.net/2014/08/27/in-support-of-burger-king/

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The general welfare clause is not about writing checks

Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

"Yes, promoting the general welfare falls among the responsibilities of the federal government, but it must do so within the scope of the specific powers delegated. During the ratification debates, anti-federalists who opposed the Constitution, voiced fears that people like Abrams would come along and assert that the term 'general welfare' granted unlimited power to the federal government. Supporters of the Constitution swore it would not. Even Alexander Hamilton, the framer most in favor of expansive federal power, conceded as much in Federalist 83." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/mvo9drc

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Washington Post op-ed page wants more war (again)

The Nation
by Reed Richardson

"To read the Washington Post’s op-ed page at the end of this summer is to have a distinct sense of deja vu. Just like this time last year, Post pundits gnash their teeth and warn us that Obama’s foreign policy is broken and the U.S.’s reputation around the world is shot, but that the best way to definitely fix both is for our country to start bombing Syria." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/put6s5f

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Why Republicans can’t solve their woman-voter problem

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

"I'll give Republicans credit for this: they keep trying to figure out why their party remains unappealing to large and important groups of voters. They've been mulling over their problem with Latino voters for some time, and now Politico has gotten a hold of a study commissioned by some GOP bigwigs to figure out why women keep giving more of their votes to Democrats. ... The last time a Republican presidential candidate won a majority of women's votes was 1988, and it's hard to see it happening again soon unless there's a huge blowout. While it's all well and good to investigate the issue to try to understand it in as much detail as possible, I have some bad news for Republicans: This isn't a problem they're going to be able to solve." (08/28/14)


http://tinyurl.com/nff26dw

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Who owns the “right to recline?” The airline

EconLog
by David Henderson

"It is true that airlines offer the ability to pay extra for legroom. Even I, by the way, a man who is only 5'5" tall, sometimes pay for this legroom, especially if I'm planning to work and I don't want the recliner in front of me to prevent me from having my computer on the tray table. But that they offer extra legroom and get takers says nothing about which people value the space more. Remember that the problem occurs when someone reclines into an area where the person suffering from the recline has not paid extra for legroom." (08/28/14)


http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/08/who_owns_the_ri.html

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