Mexico: Top police chief out after execution allegations

August 30, 2016
ABC News     ABC News

"Mexico's president has dismissed the chief of the federal police less than two weeks after the country's human rights commission released a scathing report alleging federal police executed suspected drug cartel members. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Monday that President Enrique Pena Nieto decided to remove Enrique Galindo following recent events to allow for a transparent investigation." (08/29/16)  

Voluntaryist vitriol: Anarchic attacks against Alcoholics Anonymous

August 30, 2016
Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III  

"Times have changed considerably -- at the very least, for myself -- since I scribed my first piece even touching upon this subject for STR, a decade ago. As I've talked about here in both direct and allegorical terms, I've gone from being a chronic, practicing alcoholic, to a recovering one. And my active participation in Alcoholics Anonymous is the reason why. Lately, due in large part to the publication of a book by psychiatrist Lance Dodes, The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind Twelve-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry, there has been a torrent of criticism against AA. Surprisingly (at least to me), much of that vitriol has emanated from those who consider themselves part of the libertarian anarchist/voluntaryist movement." (08/29/16)  

How “open borders” became an illiberal cry

August 30, 2016
by Frank Furedi   spiked

"Today, arguments in favour of mass migration don't focus on the virtues of free movement; they focus on what are seen as the positive effects of mass migration on a host society. These positive effects are frequently communicated in the language of economics. But, increasingly, immigration is valued on the basis that it has a transformative effect on national culture, too. The use of immigration as an instrument of social engineering could be glimpsed in a statement made by the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker last week. He declared that 'borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians.' He coupled his condemnation of borders with a call to support migrants. But this wasn't simply about showing solidarity with migrants. No, he was communicating a broader hostility towards the idea of the nation state and those who support it." (08/29/16)  

Commentary on Captain Fantastic

August 29, 2016
by Bryan Caplan   Bryan Caplan

"Few movies speak to me more personally than Captain Fantastic. It's not just a movie about homeschooling; it's a movie about natalist homeschoolers living in a nearly-airtight Bubble. And psychologically, the movie's patriarch eerily resembles me. Captain Fantastic raises his six kids with kindness, respect, and the power of ideas, scrupulously avoiding the parental urge to dominate youths with anger, fear, or sadness. I say this even though the content of Captain Fantastic's ideas leaves much to be desired." (08/29/16)  

Clinton’s crazy conspiracy theory

August 29, 2016
by Justin Raimondo   Justin Raimondo

"Hillary Clinton's recent 'alt right' speech marks a new and dangerous low in what has become race to the bottom -- and, should she be elected, it has ominous foreign policy implications as well. Alarmed that Trump is reaching out to the African-American community, Mrs. Clinton tried to make the case that the GOP candidate is a apologist for such groups as the Ku Klux Klan (do they still exist?) and an obscure amalgam she dubbed the 'alt right.' As she named this latter group, there was a significant silence, a pause in the cheering: perhaps her audience thought she was having a senior moment of the intestinal variety. In any case, none of this is anything new: it's a variation on the 'Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy' theme that she has been dragging out ever since the 1990s." (08/29/16)  

Romania: Six government officials indicted on embezzlement charges

August 29, 2016
Tuscaloosa News    

"Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors say six senior interior ministry officials have been indicted on suspicion of embezzlement and making false statements. Prosecutors said Monday they had indicted Rares Vaduva, head of an intelligence agency subordinated to the Interior Ministry, and five former senior officials from the same department for allegedly abusing ministry funds, abusing their position and making false statements." (08/29/16)  

Don’t bee-lieve the latest bee-pocalypse scare

August 29, 2016
Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen   Paul Driessen

"As stubborn facts ruin their narrative that neonicotinoid pesticides are causing a honeybee-pocalypse, environmental pressure groups are shifting to new scares to justify their demands for 'neonic' bans. Honeybee populations and colony numbers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and elsewhere are growing. It is also becoming increasingly clear that the actual cause of bee die-offs and 'colony collapse disorders' is not neonics, but a toxic mix of predatory mites, stomach fungi, other microscopic pests, and assorted chemicals employed by beekeepers trying to control the beehive infestations." (08/29/16)  

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