The moral case for self-driving cars

July 29, 2014
by Ronald Bailey   Ronald Bailey

"The coming era of autonomous autos raises concerns about legal liability and safety, but there are good reasons to believe that robot cars may exceed human drivers when it comes to practical and even ethical decision making." (for publication 08/14)  

End torture, shut down the CIA!

July 29, 2014
by Ron Paul   US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)

"Revelations of US secret torture sites overseas and a new Senate investigation revealing widespread horrific CIA torture practices should finally lead to the abolishment of this agency. Far from keeping us safer, CIA covert actions across the globe have led to destruction of countries and societies and unprecedented resentment toward the United States." (07/28/14)  

France offers asylum to Christians of northern Iraq

July 29, 2014
Atlantic City Press    

"France is ready to open its door to Christians from northern Iraq who were hounded out of their homes by extremist Islamic militants. France's interior and foreign ministers said in a joint statement on Monday that 'we are ready, if they wish, to help (them) gain asylum on our soil.'" (07/28/14)  

Labor unions are anti-labor

July 29, 2014
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by George Reisman   George Reisman

"With relatively minor exceptions, real wages throughout the economic system simply do not rise from the side of higher money wages. Essentially, they rise only from the side of a greater supply of goods and services relative to the supply of labor and thus from prices being lower relative to wages. ... the increase in money wages that labor unions seek is not at all the source of rising real wages and that the source of rising real wages is in fact a rising productivity of labor, which always operates from the side of falling prices, not rising money wages." (07/28/14)  

Sarah Wollaston: Supersizing state intervention in our lives

July 28, 2014
by Rob Lyons   spiked

"The newly elected chair of the Commons Health Select Committee, Sarah Wollaston, has quickly made a name for herself since being elected to parliament as a Conservative MP in 2010 -- as the most high-profile proponent of every fashionable lifestyle intervention by the state. ... for Wollaston, the government has a 'duty to intervene' in the name of health at every turn. She has called for primary-school children to be weighed every year so that any sign of obesity can be nipped in the bud. She also believes cigarettes should come in grotesque standardised packaging to discourage children from taking up the habit. So it’s no surprise that she also thinks that Something Must Be Done about food -- specifically, portion sizes." (07/28/14)  

Nigeria: Three female suicide bomber kill several

July 28, 2014
Billings Gazette    

"A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in one of three suicide bombings by females in Kano in two days, police said. The woman was in line with other women, all wearing traditional northern Nigerian dresses and long Muslim headscarves, waiting to buy kerosene for cooking when she set off the bomb, said Tijjani Isa, an attendant at the station." (07/28/14)  

Bloody corporate welfare

July 28, 2014
Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux   Don Boudreaux

"A foreign government that subsidies some of its firms is like a physician who routinely forces thousands of unseen and powerless people to transfuse excessive amounts of their blood to a handful of prominent and powerful patients. The blood received by the powerful patients is taken from others. (This fact remains true even if these powerful patients unfailingly pay in full the physician’s fee.) And just as it would be mistaken to conclude that any resulting increased vigor of the powerful patients means that society at large is made healthier by coerced blood transfusions, it is mistaken to conclude that any resulting increased vigor of subsidized firms means that the economy at large is made stronger by coerced resource transfusions. In both cases, quite opposite is true: the forced transfers weaken, rather than strengthen, the larger group." (07/28/14)  

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