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Scotland: Polls open in independence referendum

Fox News

"Voters in Scotland went to the polls Thursday to decide whether to end their country's 307-year-old union with Britain and become an independent state. Polls opened across the nation at 7 a.m. local time (2 a.m. Eastern) and will close at 10 p.m. (5 p.m. Eastern). The first results are not expected to be announced until approximately 2 a.m. Friday (9 p.m. Eastern). Turnout is expected to be high, with 4.2 million people registered to vote -- 97 percent of eligible voters. Opinion polls suggest that the race is too close to call, though most surveys taken in the final days of the campaign have given the pro-Union 'No' side a slight lead." (09/18/14)

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US House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

LaCrosse Tribune

"The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces 'do not and will not have a combat mission' in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria. The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual degree in a Congress marked by near-ceaseless partisanship." (09/17/14)

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Iran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq

Billings Gazette

"Iran's foreign minister is ruling out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warning that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate. Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that Iran has serious doubts about the willingness and ability of the United States to react seriously to the 'menace' from the Islamic State group 'across the board,' not just choosing where to confront it as it has just started doing in Iraq." (09/17/14)

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Iraq: 178 killed, 95 wounded

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com

"In Falluja, shelling and airstrikes killed 12 people. A suicide car bomber killed eight security personnel and wounded 16 more in Tarmiya. Nine people were killed and 11 were wounded when a suicide bomber destroyed the Albu Farraj Bridge near Ramadi. The bodies of seven policemen were found in Tikrit." (09/17/14)

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Australia: Security theater vs. “ISIS beheading plot”

ABC News

"Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday. The raids involving 800 federal and state police officers -- the largest in the country's history -- came in response to intelligence that an Islamic State group leader in the Middle East was calling on Australian supporters to kill, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said." (09/18/14)

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TX: Regime officials kill woman after SCOTUS denies appeal

Los Angeles Times

"Lisa Coleman, a 38-year-old Texas woman convicted of torturing and starving to death a friend’s 9-year-old son, was [killed by state officials] Wednesday evening after the U.S. Supreme Court denied her last-minute appeal. Coleman was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. Central time, Texas officials said." (09/17/14)

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CA: Parents of police shooting victim file suit

Los Angeles Register

"The parents of Ezell Ford -- an unarmed black man shot and killed last month by Los Angeles police -- filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday against the department, the city and two officers involved in the killing. Steve A. Lerman, an attorney representing Edsell Ford and Tritobia Ford, said officers opened fire on their son for no reason other than they 'were bored on a Monday night.' ... The Los Angeles Police Department has offered a conflicting narrative, saying officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas shot Ford amid a struggle after he tried to grab one of their guns." (09/17/14)

http://www.losangelesregister.com/articles/ford-604999-officers-police.html

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MA: Lawyers due in court in marathon bombing case

Detroit News

"Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were due in court for a status hearing on motions that include defense requests to move the trial outside of Massachusetts and delay the trial’s start by at least 10 months. U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. was expected to discuss the motions during the hearing Thursday. Tsarnaev, 21, has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty." (09/18/14)

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Most Alaskans to get nearly $1,900 in oil money

San Francisco Chronicle

"It's a highly anticipated day of the year in Alaska, when residents learn how much money they'll receive from the state's oil-wealth savings account -- a payout people receive just for living in The Last Frontier. This year's share of nearly $1,900 is the sweetest since the Great Recession and the third-richest ever. Gov. Sean Parnell announced the amount of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend with great fanfare Wednesday. 'This is all good news for Alaskans,' he said at an Anchorage press conference. The $1,884 payout to be distributed Oct. 2 is more than double the amount of last year's $900 checks but short of the record payout of $2,069 in 2008." (09/17/14)

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Fiji: Military ruler headed for big election win

ABC

"Fiji's military ruler for the past eight years appeared to be headed to a decisive victory Thursday to become the South Pacific nation's elected leader. With votes from three-fifths of polling stations counted, Voreqe Bainimarama's Fiji First party was winning 60 percent of the vote, while its closest rival, the Sodelpa party, was trailing with 27 percent." (09/17/14)

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Beaches: How government pushes people in the wrong direction

Reuters

"Mike Huckabee bought a beachfront lot here in 2009, a year after his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination. A longtime friend and political ally of the former Arkansas governor bought the lot next door. They planned to build $3 million vacation villas side-by-side, each with a pool and sweeping views of Walton County’s renowned sugary sand beaches and the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The only hitch was that their lots lay on a severely eroding beach. Under state regulations, they couldn’t build on the seaward side of the sand dune nearest to the surf. And after seven hurricanes in six years, the surviving 'frontal dune' sat too close to the street to allow space behind it for the friends’ 11,000-square-foot (1,020-square-meter) compounds." (09/17/14)

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TN: Dad forced son to drink alcohol until he passed out

Fox News

"Police say an East Tennessee father forced his son to drink alcohol Saturday night until he passed out as a punishment after he caught the 15-year-old drinking. WBIR-TV reports Sweetwater police have charged 35-year-old Mark Allen Hughes Tuesday with aggravated child abuse and neglect and with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A witness told police that Hughes gave his son vodka shots and said, 'Take it. Take it. Drink up. You’re going to learn,' WATE.com reported." (09/17/14)

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Boeing-Lockheed venture picks Bezos engine for future rockets

Reuters

"United Launch Alliance (ULA), a Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp joint venture, said on Wednesday it would invest heavily in a new rocket engine being developed by Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin. The new engine, called the BE-4, could be ready for use in four years, and would cost substantially less than the Russian-built RD-180 engine now used to power ULA's heavy-lift Atlas 5 rockets, officials from both companies told reporters." (09/17/14)

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Bahamas: Government imposes new immigration restrictions

Albany Times Union

"The Bahamas' government announced a measure Wednesday aimed at making it harder for migrants to work in the island chain and said it was considering additional restrictions as part of a plan that appeared mostly aimed at the large numbers of Haitians who have settled in the country in recent years. Under a new rule that goes into effect immediately, no work permits will be issued to anyone who does not have legal status in the Bahamas, Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell told parliament." (09/17/14)

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AZ: El Caudillo de Maricopa must return military toys

Raw Story

"Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio downplayed his department’s impending loss of military-grade weaponry that he was defending just last month, KTVK-TV reported. ... Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department have four months to return about 200 weapons, including M-16 and M-14 rifles, as well as two armored vehicles, five helicopters, and 158 pairs of night vision goggles they have acquired through the Defense Department’s Excess Property Program, commonly known as the '1033 program.' The department will reportedly ask for an extension on one of the helicopters, saying that one they ordered as a replacement will not be ready until March 2015." (09/17/14)

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NM: Taxi mafia sues Uber, Lyft

Albuquerque Journal

"A group of locally owned taxi and limousine operators has filed a lawsuit in Bernalillo County seeking to stop ride sharing services Lyft Inc., Uber Inc., and its drivers from operating in New Mexico, according to a release from the group’s attorney. ... Albuquerque Cab Company, Yellow Checker Cab Company, Socorro Cab Company, Giant Cab Company and Carey Limousine are the plaintiffs." (09/17/14)

http://www.abqjournal.com/463872

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China: Uighur scholar denies separatism at trial

Houston Chronicle

"A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied that he had encouraged separatism as he stood trial Wednesday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state. Ilham Tohti, a former economics professor in Beijing, is accused of fanning ethnic hatred and advocating the overthrow of Chinese rule in Xinjiang. Ilham Tohti's supporters say he is a moderate who has sought a middle road in resolving the region's ethnic tensions and that his critiques of Chinese policy have always stayed within the law." (09/17/14)

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FL: Idiot pols want to outlaw public use of pharmaceuticals

Reuters

"A southwest Florida city took steps Wednesday to ban medical marijuana users from lighting up a joint in public if an amendment legalizing the drug's limited use statewide is approved by voters in November. 'Just because one person has the right to get high doesn’t mean everyone around them has to get high,' said Ben Nelson, mayor of Bonita Springs 15 miles north of Naples on Florida's west coast. The Bonita Springs city council voted to begin drawing up an ordinance to ban the drug in public places, Nelson said." (09/17/14)

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Bangladesh: Top court commutes JI leader’s death sentence

Daily Times [Pakistan]

"Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Wednesday commuted to life imprisonment a death sentence for a top Muslim leader convicted of war crimes during the country’s war of liberation in 1971. The decision against Delawar Hossain Sayedee, a leader of the main Muslim party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, prompted strike calls by his party, and provoked scattered violence in the capital, Dhaka, and the northern district of Rajshahi." (09/17/14)

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Dow closes at record after Fed keeps rates intact

Kansas City Star

"The stock market got the reassurance it wanted from the Federal Reserve Wednesday. The U.S. central bank signaled that it would keep its short-term interest rate near zero for a while yet, and investors pushed the Dow Jones industrial average to a record high. ... The Dow gained 24.88 points, or 0.2 percent, to end at 17,156.85 — its 16th record high this year." (09/17/14)

http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article2136768.html

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Syria: ISIS shoots down regime war plane

Today's Zaman [Turkey]

"So-called Islamic State (ISI[S]) militants shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet since declaring its cross-border caliphate in June, a group monitoring the civil war said. The plane came down outside ISI[S]'s stronghold of Raqqa city, 400 km (250 miles) northeast of Damascus, during air strikes on territory controlled by the group, a resident said." (09/16/14)

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Ukraine: Junta pols ratify landmark deal with Europe

Baton Rouge Advocate

"Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country's rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. The actions by lawmakers began to flesh out the emerging picture of a new Ukraine, where a determined pivot toward Europe has come at great cost: concessions to Russia and a war with rebels that killed more than 3,000 people and pushed the West's relations with Moscow to Cold War-era lows." (09/16/14)

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Dempsey begins regime backtrack on US ground troops vs. ISIS

Hindustan Times [India]

"American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels. A White House spokesman said quickly the president 'will not' send ground forces into combat, but General Martin Dempsey said Obama had personally told him to come back on a 'case by case basis' if the military situation changed." (09/17/14)

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Boeing, SpaceX to team with NASA on space taxis

CBS News

"Aerospace giant Boeing and newcomer SpaceX will share $6.8 billion in NASA contracts to build commercial space taxis to fly astronauts to and from the space station starting in 2017, ending reliance on Russia for access to low-Earth orbit and kick starting a new era of commercial space transportation, agency officials said Tuesday. Boeing will receive a $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contract to continue development of the company's CST-100 capsule while SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion to press ahead with work to perfect its futuristic Dragon crew craft." (09/16/14)

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South Korea: Border guards detain US man in waters near border

Miami Herald

"An official says South Korean border guards have arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across the border into rival North Korea. The government official says the man was arrested on Tuesday night at a river near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. He says investigators are questioning the man over the purpose of his apparent attempt to enter North Korea but gave no further details. He spoke on condition of anonymity citing office policy." (09/16/14)

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The dawn of the surveillance state

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary McGath

"We think of mass surveillance as a product of modern technology -- applying computing power to scoop up communications and metadata in bulk. But large-scale spying on Americans got its real start in 1917, when the United States entered World War I. The government wanted to build up an apparatus to crush all criticism." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lywfrus

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How real libertarians guarantee everyone’s incomes

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

"The Cato Institute recently offered a 3,209 word essay titled 'The Pragmatic Libertarian Case for a Basic Income Guarantee' via its Cato Unbound website. It describes how 'libertarians' can scramble onto the European socialist bandwagon called BIG: Basic Income Guarantee, in which government sees to it that everyone lives at the expense of everyone else through 'Income Equality,' the coercive redistribution of all non-ruling class people's money. The first question to ask is what Cato means by 'libertarian' these days." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ps3ukks

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The ISIS conspiracies

Reason Reason
by Jesse Walker

"How a century's worth of anxieties about America's southern border are affecting the latest foreign-policy crisis." (09/17/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/09/17/the-isis-conspiracies

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The universal citizenist

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

"In the past, I've argued that Steve Sailer's citizenism is a moral travesty. Advancing the interests of your in-group should always play second fiddle to respecting the rights of out-groups. But recently, he presented what sounds like a universal argument for citizenism .... Charitably interpreted, Sailer's saying something like: 'Citizenism isn't just great for us; it's great for mankind. Vigorous pursuit of national self-interest leads to great global outcomes.' An interesting claim, but is there any reason to believe it?" (09/17/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/09/the_universal_c.html

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An amendment takes Congress back in time

Wendy Mcelroy The Hill
by Wendy McElroy

"Two strategies before Congress seek to ratify a constitutional amendment that was introduced in 1923. The core of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) lies in its statement, 'Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.' The ERA has stumbled for decades. One reason: depending on how 'equal rights' are defined, the amendment becomes controversial. It has come to include demands for class entitlements or legal privileges rather than a focus upon protecting traditional and individual rights." (09/16/14)

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How to make ISIS fall on its own sword

The Guardian [UK]
by Chelsea E. Manning

"Attacking Isis directly, by air strikes or special operations forces, is a very tempting option available to policymakers, with immediate (but not always good) results. Unfortunately, when the west fights fire with fire, we feed into a cycle of outrage, recruitment, organizing and even more fighting that goes back decades. This is exactly what happened in Iraq during the height of a civil war in 2006 and 2007, and it can only be expected to occur again." (09/16/14)

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Avoid classic blunder: Stay out of religious wars in Middle East

Reuters
by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

"Muslims in the Middle East are fighting wars of religion. Like the carnage between Protestants and Catholics that haunted Northern Ireland during the last third of the 20th century, there is little anyone can do until local peoples crave peace so intensely they are willing to cultivate it. History shows that outside meddling only intensifies sectarian fury. Stopping internecine war begins at home. President Barack Obama imperils Americans by trying to excise an abscess that can be cured only from the inside out. The decision to re-engage in Iraq, and the wider Middle East, also contradicts the president’s other, bigger objective: to exit the nanny business." (09/16/14)

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Richard Epstein’s faulty case for intervention

David Henderson Antiwar.com
by David R. Henderson

"My Hoover Institution colleague Richard Epstein recently argued ('Rand Paul's Fatal Pacifism,' Defining Ideas, September 2) for an interventionist foreign policy. Although his attack is on Senator Rand Paul, it is much broader than that. He claims that libertarians are 'clueless on the ISIS threat' and that 'libertarians often have the illusion of certainty.' I'm a libertarian and I’m not clueless. I'm positive that I have no illusion of certainty. Indeed, the fact that we cannot have certainty argues, as I will show, against Professor Epstein's proposed interventionist foreign policy and for a humble foreign policy." (09/18/14)

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ISIS, fear and anti-American terrorism

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

"When I say that it’s ridiculous for grown men and women to be cowering in fear over ISIS, that’s not to say that there isn’t a danger of retaliatory terrorist attacks here in the United States. On the contrary, I think the possibility of retaliatory strikes, especially here on American soil, is a virtual certainty. You cannot go out and bomb people and not expect that the survivors aren’t going to retaliate." (09/17/14)

http://fff.org/2014/09/17/isis-fear-and-anti-american-terrorism/

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On Constitution Day, a reminder that political & economic chaos a good thing

Fox News Forum
by Lawson Bader

"I am tired of pundits blaming our political and economic ills on politicians’ inability to get along. If lawmakers would only 'get together and work things out,' their line of thinking goes, the economy would improve, unemployment would evaporate, and Americans could move on with their more prosperous, more fulfilled lives. Progressives have a point when they argue that refusal to compromise on principle helped to end slavery, gain women the right to vote, and extend civil rights protections to all Americans. How, they ask, can you compromise on moral questions? And the question posed to that infamous gathering in 1789 was decidedly a moral one. Our Founders did not pledge to each other their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor simply to read Shakespeare while sipping low-tax East India Company tea." (09/17/14)

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Stockholm syndrome, Syrian ransom

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

"The video of a Syrian captor beheading American freelance journalist James Foley 'has done more damage than any ransom ever could,' former Iranian hostage Sarah Shourd warned on CNN recently. Foley’s parents have been vocal about their frustration in knowing that their son remained a hostage as European countries like France paid a reported average of $3 million-plus to free their citizens. The family wants to establish an organization to provide information to other families, presumably to get around a no-ransom policy." (09/17/14)

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Challenging the motives behind war

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Chad Nelson

"War is hell, they say. War is a dirty business. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. The countless despicable metaphors used to describe war are intended to distract people from what war really is: Non-punishable mass murder. Unfortunately, no matter how reckless, depraved, ill-informed or misconceived American war-making becomess, the war-makers are never held to the same standards as run-of-the-mill murderers." (09/17/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/31804

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Obama’s latest war is a gift to Rand Paul

Liberty Chat
by Ian Cioffi

"Ah, remember that Nobel Peace Prize? As President Obama winds down his 2nd term, he ramps up another endless war. It’s not all bad news though. This was is actually great news for Senator Rand Paul. This latest war will likely last well into the Republican Primaries next year. Despite Rand’s sometimes hawkish rhetoric, he’s still seen as a dove compared to the potential Republican Presidential nominees. Congress is terrified to call this latest war, a war, because of just how unpopular war is in America right now." (09/17/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/09/obamas-latest-war-gift-rand-paul/

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Is ObamaCare working?

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman

"es, according to Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein, and the Commonwealth Fund. But all these folks were cheerleaders for the Affordable Care Act from day one. Sarah Kliff, another Obamacare supporter, estimates that health reform has enabled about 5 million people to become newly insured. But that’s only about 10 percent of the uninsured. What happened to the mandate that required that everyone have health insurance this year or face a fine?" (09/16/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5085

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Scotland’s referendum on austerity

The Nation
by John Nichols

"Thursday’s Scottish referendum vote is often framed in terms of the politics of nationalism –- and the desire of a people for self-determination. And of course there have always been, and there still are, impassioned Scottish nationalists. But the reality that becomes overwhelmingly clear in the last hours before the referendum vote (which polls suggest will see an exceptionally high turnout and a close finish) is that this process is being shaped by the politics of austerity. This is highlighted by the campaigning of supporters of a 'yes' vote and, increasingly, this is being acknowledged in the last-minute promises being made by British Prime Minister David Cameron and the most fervent foes of a Scottish break with the United Kingdom." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l7xwjud

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Peter Van Buren on The Scott Horton Show

The Scott Horton Show
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"Peter Van Buren, author of We Meant Well, discusses Obama’s authority (or lack thereof) to start another Iraq War, and why the outcome won’t be any better this time." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/16/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/09/17/091614-peter-van-buren/

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Celebrating Constitution Day in the age of Obama

James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard

"This is Constitution Day; the official White House photo for the occasion is on the left. Obama issued a proclamation for the occasion that is knee-deep with his usual Statist hokum. Obama declared: 'Our Constitution… secures the privileges we enjoy as citizens, but also demands participation, responsibility, and service to our country and to one another.' But the Bill of Rights was not a 'Bill of Privileges.'" (09/17/14)

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Adventures in pre-hermitting

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

"I’m a writer. I’m just a writer. I think and I dream and I write. Once upon a time, that was what writers did, and it’s certainly what most of us writer-types are designed to do. But these days, even minor writers like me are expected do everything from incessant self-promotion to studying techniques for boosting sales on Amazon. Which is weird. We also become just a little bit public property. Which is possibly even weirder, though it’s always gone with the territory." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/plyomef

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Just what America needs, more Senators who can handle themselves in a firefight

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

"Let's be honest: the job of a United States senator does not involve much in the way of gunplay. There's a lot of speechifying, a lot of talking, a lot of trying to stay awake in hearings, and a whole lot of fundraising. But shooting in the course of your duties? Very little, if any at all. I suppose it's possible that we might one day see something like a scene out of a G.I. Joe movie, where terrorist commandos take over the Capitol building and the only thing standing between them and the fall of the United States of America is Barbara Mikulski and her .50-cal Desert Eagle, putting down bad guys like poison-pill amendments at a subcommittee markup...but probably not. Which is part of the reason why I love ads with candidates shooting stuff so much." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mn8968e

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Why the Pentagon should care about Scotland’s referendum

Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford

"Scottish voters contemplate whether to withdraw from their 307-year-long union with the rest of the United Kingdom on Sept. 18, U.S. policymakers have their own problem to ponder: What will be the ramifications and potential costs of Scottish independence for U.S. foreign and security policy? To citizens of a country that celebrates its independence from Britain every July 4, there’s nothing threatening about Scottish independence. But policymakers are worried." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mcxflf5

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Say NO to prolonging the Syrian bloodbath

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson

"Obama wants ME to fund Syrian 'moderates' to fight BOTH the Assad regime AND ISIS in a 3-sided war. But who are the moderates?" (09/16/14)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/say-no-to-prolonging-the-syrian-bloodbath

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Capping carbon costs nothing

Our Future Blog
by Bill Scher

"The big climate news in advance of next week’s U.N. climate summit is a new global commission report that finds the investments needed to avert a climate crisis would likely not result in any net cost. According to the New York Times, 'an ambitious series of measures to limit emissions would cost $4 trillion or so over the next 15 years” but that’s only “an increase of roughly 5 percent over the amount that would likely be spent anyway on new power plants, transit systems and other infrastructure. ... When the secondary benefits of greener policies (like lower fuel costs, fewer premature deaths from air pollution and reduced medical bills) are taken into account, the changes might wind up saving money.'” (09/16/14)

http://ourfuture.org/20140916/capping-carbon-costs-nothing

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The end of empire

Libertarian Alliance The Libertarian Alliance
by Bishop Julian Farmer

"I make no apologies; this is an academic article. It has to be because what is taking place is just one more aspect of a deeper entropic phase of the abolition of Britain. My expertise and indeed my interests in my profession are to do with how societies rise and fall. I have been studying daily events for a while now and am more than convinced that our country, its culture and its society are disappearing as I write." (09/17/14)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2014/09/17/the-end-of-empire/

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The flimsy, fantasy politics of the Yes campaign

spiked spiked
by Dolan Cummings

"Pro-independence campaigners are convinced an independent Scotland would have a fundamentally different political make-up, but this assumption is not supported by the experience of the devolved Scottish parliament, which has hardly had to have its radicalism reined in by Westminster. All the parties are the same, except Scotland has the Scottish National Party (SNP), which is distinct only in favouring independence." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pubm5ys

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Obama and peace

The Cagle Post
by Dry Bones

Cartoon. (09/17/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/09/obama-and-peace/

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No, Snowden’s leaks didn’t help the terrorists

The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain

"Did Edward Snowden’s revelations on NSA surveillance compromise the ability of intelligence agencies to monitor terrorist groups? Contrary to lurid claims made by U.S. officials, a new independent analysis of the subject says no. ... These findings are notable both for empirical rigor through which they ascertained, as well as their contradiction of apparently baseless statements made by high-ranking U.S. officials regarding the impact of the leaks on U.S. national security. This is particularly important as it pertains to the ongoing public debate over the alleged threat of ISIS." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q3gpuj3

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The charade of independence for UKIP and Scotland

Jeff Deist Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jeff Deist

Interview with Andy Duncan. Duncan: "The Secessionists, unfortunately, will probably lose and the reason for that is because Scotland is being bought and paid for, I think as Robert Burns who said, we’re born and sold for English gold and a quarter of the adults in Scotland work for the British government, so they take a salary from the British government. There’s maybe a million pensioners are all receiving British government pensions and there’s all sorts of even private companies, a lot of their contracts are to the British government." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qxpdc77

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Our sentimental humanitarian age

Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Samuel Gregg

"I always thought it would be difficult to imagine a period in which the West would be more adrift than the 1970s. Being a child at the time, I was spared consciousness of most of that miserable decade. Thus far, however, the second decade of the 2000s seems likely to give the 10 years that spawned Watergate, stagflation, the Carter presidency, the Oil Crisis, Idi Amin, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, Jim Jones, Pol Pot, the Red Brigades, and the Iranian Revolution (to name just a few of the star attractions) a serious run for its money as a byword for Western decline." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l8ljyh3

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This is the only way to save libraries

Thoughts On Liberty
by Gina O'Neill-Santiago

"As a bibliophile and proponent of a literacy-rich culture, I do think that community libraries are a valuable resource. But I do not think we should be holding rallies and beg for more public funding. Rather, if we want to give these bastions of literacy a fighting chance, privatization is our best option; there is still a demand for community libraries and the best way to sustain them and maximize the services that they render is to take them out of the public sector -- altogether or simply outsource some core functions." (09/17/14)

http://thoughtsonliberty.com/this-is-the-only-way-to-save-libraries

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Individualist feminism: A lost tradition

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Britney Little

"I used to be a bra-burning feminist myself, but as I read more about various libertarian philosophies and discovered my own individuality, I came to a brutal realization that I, as an American citizen, do not need feminism in its mainstream, modern-day form. I need equality. I want to go back to the fight for legal equality, not a fight strictly against men." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k97uoq6

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The second Cold War is here

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Alexander Reid Ross

"In October 2013, David Patraeus came out with an amazingly imaginative work called 'How We Won in Iraq.' Detailing the ways that US counterinsurgency rebuilt Iraq out of the rubble of a failed State, in pursuit of truth, unity, and the democratic way. Somewhat prophetically, Patraeus looks to the transfer of power with an ominous analysis of long-term strategy in Iraq. With the rise of ISIS, one thing is for certain; the US absolutely did not win in Iraq -- at least not in the manner that Patraeus claims to have won." (09/17/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/17/the-second-cold-war-is-here/

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By the numbers: Did more people die from the swine flu vaccine than from swine flu?

The Skeptical Libertarian The Skeptical Libertarian
by Daniel Bier

"It’s flu season again, which means that soon a crop of viral myths and memes about the flu vaccine will spread over the internet. Besides the usual BS about vaccines and autism, one specific claim that I’ve heard probably a couple dozen times in the last five years is that the H1N1 swine flu vaccines actually 'killed more people than than the swine flu itself!' At least, so says quack doctor Joseph Mercola and other anti-vaccine activists. But is it true?" (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/knazt2k

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This Constitution Day, try something new: Nullify the feds!

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

"There is no better way to celebrate 'Constitution Day' than by learning how to enforce the document it claims to celebrate." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mh5bsx7

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Is the foreign-policy elite clueless?

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

"Americans may believe the government -- especially the foreign-policy side -- is at least minimally competent, but when one surveys decisions from the last few decades, one has to wonder." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m9nx2ld

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Top-rated economies of the world are not by coincidence

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Lawson Bader

"In 1987 I walked along the Kowloon Peninsula Hotel’s harbor promenade. Since then, the city has reclaimed from the water nearly three city blocks in its desire to grow. Now, the Peninsula, while still a grand property, has only an urban promenade out its front door. On most economic freedom indexes, Hong Kong is king -- among the top-rated economies in the world for the past 20 years. And it’s no wonder. Creative destruction, not whimsical history, is its modus operandi." (09/15/14)

http://cei.org/content/top-rated-economies-world-are-not-coincidence

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