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Iraq: Could tribes provide the glue?

Christian Science Monitor

"In recent weeks, the self-styled Islamic State has inched toward Baghdad, putting Iraq’s army and government under increasing pressure and challenging their ability to preserve any semblance of a cohesive Iraqi state. Backed by Western airpower, the Shiite-dominated security forces and the Kurdish peshmerga are fighting back against the Sunni jihadists. But when it comes to reversing the dramatic IS victories in Sunni areas, some leaders of Iraq’s influential tribes say they could prove a vital counterforce, at least until a proposed Iraqi national guard becomes a reality." (10/19/14)

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Kickstarter pulls Anonabox project

Ars Technica

"Kickstarter removed a fundraiser for a popular Tor-based router project on Friday afternoon. The Anonabox, which was created by August Germar, of Chico, California, aimed to be an 'open source embedded networking device designed specifically to run Tor.' Its fundraising goal was $7,500, and in five days, it raised $585,549 from nearly 9,000 backers -- including three Ars editors. ... David Gallagher, a Kickstarter spokesman, declined to explain precisely why Anonabox’s fundraiser was pulled, citing company policy. He did, however, provide a link as to possible explanations for such a suspension." (10/17/14)

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OH: Federal judge upholds GOP election-fixing scheme again

Columbus Republic

"A federal judge has denied two disqualified Libertarian candidates access to Ohio's fall ballot. In his Friday ruling, Judge Michael Watson said the Libertarian Party of Ohio failed to prove Secretary of State Jon Husted's (HYOO'-stedz) removal of gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary was unconstitutional. He earlier said placing them on Nov. 4 ballots so late would result in voter 'confusion and disarray.'" (10/17/14)

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Iraq: Baghdad attacks kill at least 47

Washington Post

"Militants unleashed a wave of attacks in Iraq on Thursday, mainly targeting Shiite areas in and around the capital of Baghdad, killing at least 47 people and wounding dozens, authorities said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the day’s deadliest attack." (10/16/14)

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Turkey loses out on UN Security Council seat

BBC News [UK state media]

"Turkey failed to win a seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council after member states voted on Thursday. The five non-permanent seats were given to Venezuela, Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand and Spain, the latter two beating Turkey to represent the West. Turkey has been under international pressure to help combat Islamic State militants waging war along its border. The new members of the Security Council will begin their two-year appointment on 1 January 2015." (10/16/14)

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Sources: Biden’s son discharged from Navy after drug test

Toronto Sun [Canada]

"The son of Vice President Joe Biden was discharged from the U.S. Navy reserve earlier this year after testing positive for cocaine, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The sources, who were not authorized to speak on the record, said Hunter Biden tested positive for cocaine in a drug test administered in June 2013. Navy spokesman Commander Ryan Perry confirmed that Biden was discharged from the Navy reserve in February 2014 but said privacy laws prevented him from releasing any details." (10/16/14)

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Cambodia: Tribunal opens first genocide case

South Oregon Mail Tribune

"A U.N.-backed Cambodian tribunal has begun hearing the first genocide case against the country's brutal 1970s Khmer Rouge regime. Khieu Samphan, the regime's head of state, and Nuon Chea, right-hand man to the goup's late leader, Pol Pot, have already received life sentences in August after being found guilty of charges including crimes against humanity." (10/16/14)

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Russia: Two US journalists detained over workshop

Rochester Post-Bulletin

"Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating visa regulations, authorities said. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South Carolina professor Randy Covington, were detained for several hours by immigration authorities as they began teaching their first workshop in St. Petersburg." (10/16/14)

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PA: Pols vote to gag Mumia


"The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday sent to Governor Tom Corbett a bill that allows crime victims to sue to prevent inmates from making public statements that cause 'mental anguish.' The Senate voted 37-11 to pass the "Revictimization Relief Act" after convicted cop killer and political activist inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal delivered the graduation address last week at Vermont's Goddard College in a speech recorded over prison telephone lines." (10/16/14)

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Bahrain: Activist detained for “insulting” the king

Watertown Public Opinion

"A Bahraini activist who is eight months pregnant was detained for 'insulting' the king after she tore up his photograph in court, a human rights organization said Thursday. Human Rights Watch said Zainab al-Khawaja appeared before a Bahraini court to face charges related to two previous incidents in which she had torn up photographs of the king. Once in the courtroom on Wednesday, she pulled out and ripped up another photograph of the monarch." (10/16/14)

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WA: Woman fined $500 for feeding bears

San Francisco Chronicle

"A woman on trial for feeding bears in her neighborhood in Washington state has agreed to stop and pay a fine to settle the case. The Daily News reports Doris Berryhill Parks was the first person charged under a 2012 state law that makes it a misdemeanor to feed wild animals. Under the agreement, Berryhill Parks pays a $500 fine and promises not to leave food outside her Ilwaco home. That means no pet food or bird feeders and keeping garbage cans secure." (10/16/14)

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Google tests waters for potential ultra-fast wireless service


"Google Inc is preparing to test new technology that may provide the foundation for a wireless version of its high-speed 'Fiber' Internet service, according to telecommunication experts who scrutinized the company's regulatory filings. In a public but little-noticed application with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday, Google asked the agency for permission to conduct tests in California across different wireless spectrums, including a rarely-used millimeter-wave frequency capable of transmitting large amounts of data." (10/16/14)

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VA: Richmond puts brewery on public tab

Fox News

"Thirsty for jobs and good times, the city of Richmond is vowing to build a brewery on the James River. The estimated $36 million tab includes $5 million from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s 'Opportunity Fund.' If approved by the City Council, most of the money will be raised with a general revenue bond, which puts the city’s taxpayers on the hook if the Stone Brewing Co. venture goes bust." (10/16/14)

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Hong Kong: Top pol offers talks as anger mounts

Lexington Herald-Leader

"Hong Kong’s besieged chief executive said Thursday that he wants to start talks with pro-democracy protesters next week -- an olive branch, but one unlikely to stem anger over a video Wednesday that showed police beating an unarmed man. Chief Executive C.Y. Leung, also known as Leung Chun-ying, said intermediaries have been in touch with student leaders and others to convey the government wishes in hopes of ending street occupations that started nearly three weeks ago." (10/16/14)

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MI: Settlement puts Detroit closer to escaping bankruptcy

Raw Story

"Detroit announced on Thursday a last-minute settlement with its final major holdout creditor, Financial Guaranty Insurance Co, as it edged closer to exiting the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy. The settlement includes an option for FGIC to develop the Joe Louis Arena and parking garage for a mixed-use project, primarily a hotel serving the nearby Cobo convention center, according to Corinne Ball, an attorney at law firm Jones Day which represents Detroit in the case. The bond insurer will also receive about $152 million in city notes, part of which will be backed by public parking revenue, as well as $19.7 million in credits it can apply for purchasing city parking assets or real estate." (10/16/14)

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Ireland: Two children hurt in petrol bomb attack

Billings Gazette

"Police say two girls aged 1 and 11 have suffered serious burns after a petrol bomb was thrown through the living room window of their family home in the southeast Irish city of Waterford. No group claimed responsibility for Thursday night's attack. Police say they arrested a man in his mid-20s on suspicion of involvement." (10/16/14)

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Argentina launches its first home-built satellite

ABC News

"Argentina launched its first domestically built communications satellite Thursday. The ARSAT-1 satellite is the first to be constructed with local technology in Latin America. It was built by a crew of about 500 scientists over seven years at a cost of $250 million. The satellite was launched from a base in French Guyana and is to orbit 22,000 (36,000 kilometers) above Earth." (10/16/14)

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Grisham apologizes to hysterical yahoos for sensible comments on child porn


"John Grisham is taking back statements he made about child pornography and sex offenders. In a recent interview with the UK's Telegraph, the lawyer and prolific author ... sparked outrage when he expressed his belief that some people who view child pornography online are receiving punishments that don't match the scale of the crime. ... After the uproar began, Grisham issued an apology." (10/16/14)

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Dog bites man: Comey whines about encryption some more

ABC News

"FBI Director James Comey gave a stark warning Thursday against smartphone data encryption, saying homicide cases could be stalled, suspects could go free and 'justice may be denied because of a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.' Likening encrypted data to a safe that cannot be cracked or a closet door that won't open, he said the move by technology companies to protect user information in the name of privacy impedes a wide range of criminal investigations. He singled out the recent announcements by Apple and Google that their new operating systems are encrypted, or protected by coding." (10/16/14)

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US mortgage rates fall to new lows for the year

Los Angeles Times

"Interest rates for fixed-rate home mortgages are hitting new lows for the year. Lenders earlier this week offered a 30-year fixed-rate loan at an average interest rate of 3.97%, compared with 4.12% last week, Freddie Mac said Thursday. This week’s average was the lowest since the week of June 20, 2013, when lenders offered 30-year loans at 3.93%. Rates are falling as worries over the global economy grow. Investors have bailed out of stocks and into ultra-safe [sic] U.S. Treasury bonds, driving down the annual interest rate on the 10-year Treasury note." (10/16/14)

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Schools in Ohio, Texas closed over Ebola fears

New York Post

"Several schools in Ohio and Texas were closed Thursday amid concerns that some of their students flew on the same Frontier Airlines plane as a Dallas nurse later diagnosed with Ebola. A Central Texas school district has temporarily closed three of its campuses because two of its students traveled on the same Cleveland-to-Dallas flight as Amber Vinson, 29, according to reports. ... In Ohio, Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary School are closed because a staff member from the middle school was on the plane that Vinson had flown on, but not on the same flight." (10/16/14)

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NY AG: Most NYC Airbnb listings violate state’s evil protectionist laws

ABC News

"Nearly three-quarters of the New York City listings offered by the short-term rental service Airbnb violate city or state laws, New York state's attorney general charged Thursday. A report released Thursday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also charged that many of the listings are placed by commercial operators running illegal hotels, not by New Yorkers renting out a spare room." (10/16/14)

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WA: Shots fired against police in three towns

San Francisco Chronicle

"Shots were fired into police stations and patrol cars at two towns before a suspect was arrested in a shooting with officers at a third city in an hour-long spree Wednesday night about 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Police couldn't say Thursday morning whether the suspect had a grudge or what may have motivated the gunfire. They were thankful no one was killed. A Marysville police sergeant was wounded -- either by a bullet or debris -- as the suspect was arrested, Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said." (10/16/14)

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TX: Nurse who contracted Ebola asked CDC before traveling

ABC News

"A Dallas nurse who treated an Ebola patient contacted federal health officials before boarding a passenger flight Monday due to a slightly elevated temperature, but was allowed to board the flight because she was not exhibiting additional symptoms of Ebola, ABC News has learned. Amber Vinson’s temperature was 99.5 degrees -- below the 100.4 reading for a fever, according to a federal official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A fever is one of the symptoms of Ebola. Other symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. She was not asked to avoid boarding the flight." (10/16/14)

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Libya: Egyptian warplanes attack militias

Daily Mail [UK]

"Egypt is deepening its involvement in the fight against Islamist militias who have taken over key parts of Libya, with officials saying Egyptian warplanes have bombed their positions in the eastern city of Benghazi. ... The operation, they said, was requested by the internationally recognized Libyan administration based in the eastern city of Tobruk. That elected administration was thrown out of the capital, Tripoli, by rival militias allied with Islamic political factions." (10/15/14)

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Smokers must united against control-freak bureaucrats

Frank Worley-Lopez The Canal
by Frank Worley-Lopez

"Ebola, ISIS, Boko Haram, global economic crises, homelessness, rogue states with nuclear weapons: which of these issues is so important that the United Nations is pushing for a new tax to help pay to deal with the problem? None. They’re going after cigarettes, again." (10/16/14)

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One thing Hillary understands about politics in 2014

The Nation The Nation
by John Nichols

"Hillary Clinton understands something important -- make that vital -- about the politics of 2014. She recognizes that the issue that matters in 2014 is the economy (number one in the latest Gallup Poll) and that voters want 'good jobs' that pay a family-supporting wage (number two in the latest Gallup survey). And Clinton knows that the clearest policy connection between where the economy is today and where it needs to be is made via support for a substantial hike in the minimum wage." (10/17/14)

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Voting for vandals: The tyrant and the ballot

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

"Strip any government of its policing and law enforcement function and no one will comply with the edicts issued by the elected mandarins and in the US, the venal and corrupt executive that lords over the land like an occupying force. Whether it is the land of the free or a Russian gulag or a Chinese labor camp, cops make governments work; they are the sociopathic pointy business end of all collectivist endeavors. ... This is why even totalitarian societies like the ones I described earlier do the kabuki dance of voting. It’s a sophisticated rationalization and cover for government abuse and mayhem through the simple shamanistic notion of blaming the victim because they approved the power in the first place. " (10/17/14)

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Leonard P. Liggio (1933-2014)

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

"I lost one of my favorite teachers this week, as did so many other libertarians, not to mention the freedom movement as a whole. Leonard P. Liggio, 81, died after a period of declining health. Leonard was a major influence on my worldview during the nearly 40 years I knew him. While I had not seen him much in recent years, I have a hard time picturing the world -- and the noble struggle for liberty -- without him. He was one of my constants." (10/17/14)

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Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

"A significant proportion of high school construction costs are in the attached Coliseum. This artifact helps teach the masses that do-ers are select and few while watchers are common. Even players of one act are watchers for most shows. 'Nearly all of you are designed to watch.' The mass media monopoly takes over after graduation, reinforcing this lesson for life. Whether it is musical performing, acting, sports, research or any other endeavor, our media-dominated culture celebrates precious few, relegating to the masses passive observation. This is particularly handy if, for example, you are part of a ruling class that wants a compliant peasant class comfortable believing every statement from podiums, stages and specially-designated actors." (10/16/14)

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Stop playing the Ebola “blame game”

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Logan Pike

"Yesterday, the head of the CDC Tom Frieden said he is 'always open to ideas' on how to handle Ebola. While that remark wasn't necessarily reassuring, he is on the right track. Instead of playing the 'blame game,' let’s start playing the 'crisis management game' and reassure Americans this is not Contagion." (10/17/14)

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Trust your gut

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"[Y]our own body and mind work constantly to evaluate your surroundings, read the emotions and actions of people and animals, and give you early warning of danger. If you let it ... That’s how humans have managed to survive from the beginning. Your natural instincts are seriously important, and you can do a lot to improve and make good use of them. That’s the good news." (10/17/14)

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California cops become mind readers, seize your guns

Reason Reason
by Steven Greenhut

"The new law is less about the firearms and more about trying to identify people who might be too dangerous to own them." (10/17/14)

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The FBI director’s evidence against encryption is pathetic

The Intercept The Intercept
by Dan Froomkin and Natasha Vargas-Cooper

"FBI Director James Comey gave a speech Thursday about how cell-phone encryption could lead law enforcement to a 'very dark place' where it 'misses out' on crucial evidence to nail criminals. To make his case, he cited four real-life examples -- examples that would be laughable if they weren't so tragic. In the three cases The Intercept was able to examine, cell-phone evidence had nothing to do with the identification or capture of the culprits, and encryption would not remotely have been a factor." (10/17/14)

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Leonard Liggio: RIP

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

"Leonard Liggio, one of the founders of the modern libertarian movement, passed away on Tuesday. A student of Ludwig Von Mises and friend and colleague of Murray Rothbard, Leonard was involved in almost every major organization in the liberty movement. Leonard worked tireless to build a movement and spread the ideas of liberty." (10/16/14)

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The Ban Bindel policy: An affront to students

spiked spiked
by EllaMay Russell

"Julie Bindel, feminist author and co-founder of the group Justice for Women, is no stranger to campus censorship. The National Union of Students (NUS) LGBTQ policy used to ban Bindel from speaking at any union event, based on her allegedly transphobic opinions; 'Julie Bindel is vile' was an official clause in the NUS's LGBTQ strategy. Bindel's opinions caused a big stir in 2004, when she wrote that a 'world inhabited just by transsexuals' would 'look like the set of Grease.' And, 10 years later -- despite the fact that the official, NUS ban was eventually dropped -- she is still the target of students’ union moral posturing." (10/17/14)

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The libertarian argument for open borders
by Grant Babcock

"Since its beginnings in the Enlightenment era, libertarianism has been a cosmopolitan ideology. Yet, some people in the libertarian camp have made calls to 'secure the border' or to restrict immigration for other reasons, like keeping out people they worry will undermine the cultural foundations of liberty. Today, I’m going to offer a broad overview of immigration policy from a libertarian perspective. First, I will offer several libertarian arguments for open borders." (10/16/14)

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Private property and “fair game”

Liberale et Libertaire Liberale et Libertaire
by dL

"Apparently, there are some libertarians who labor under the impression that private property confers the owner the right to declare others to be fair game within the property boundaries. To deny this is to be guilty of libertarian hypocrisy regarding the meaning of private property. 'If you don’t like my rules, don’t enter my property, hypocrite!' Well, there is actually a pretty easy rejoinder to this position, one that it is fairly obvious if we assume some minimal degree of literacy on the part of the reader." (10/17/14)

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US government guilty of creating heroin addicts

Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy

"America has a drug problem. It is reflected in local newspapers such as the Herald Times Reporter (Oct. 9) that stated, 'In just two years the number of heroin deaths has increased 50 percent in Wisconsin.' It is reflected nationwide; Slate (Oct. 3) stated, 'Deaths from heroin overdoses have accelerated, doubling in just two years, according to ... the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.' An under-discussed aspect is the pivotal role government has played in creating a drug problem, especially through war and returning soldiers." (10/16/14)

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Gunshot to the head after firing on police in three cities

Christopher Cantwell
by Christopher Cantwell

"Maybe the government took his kids away, his home perhaps, years of his life, a large sum of money, some combination of these things? Did they kill or imprison a loved one? Was he wrongly arrested? Did they throw a flashbang at his baby? These are just a few of the crimes police commit on a daily basis. Why is it any wonder that people occasionally lash out against them violently? If anything, I’m just shocked that it happens so rarely." (10/16/14)

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Ebola, “epistemic closure” and the political class

Justin Raimondo
by Justin Raimondo

"'Epistemic closure' was supposedly the nearly exclusive domain of conservatives, at least according to the 'liberaltarian' popularizer of the concept, but in reality the phenomenon exists on both sides on the political spectrum, albeit not equally distributed. The tendency toward such closure is inherent in the psychopathology of American progressives, who have an ideological interest in claiming near-omniscience. After all, if you're going to be one of the Central Planners, you had better be able to claim near-perfect knowledge of whatever realm you're regulating. This is impossible, as Friedrich Hayek taught us, but then again what progressive ideologue is going to take Hayek seriously -- especially if we're talking about Josh Marshall over at TalkingPointsMemo." (10/17/14)

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Georgia’s ivory tower behavior modification-istas

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

"This month a campus-wide smoking ban is supposed to take effect at the University of Georgia. Students objected that the ban was not passed with adequate student or faculty input and planned to protest with a 'smoke-in.' Reasonable people can agree that smoking is not healthy—but forcing smokers to quit is a 'cure' that's worse than the disease. UGA officials aren't going quite that far, but their rationale for the ban reveals a troubling paternalism that seems as rampant on college campuses as it does the halls of government these days." (10/15/14)

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Pirating textbooks isn’t just against the law, it’s a good idea too

Rad Geek People's Daily
by Rad Geek

"The textbook industry is an obscene racket, predicated on extraordinary costs and a maze of perverse incentives, controlled by a tightly organized cartel of copyright-monopolists, gargantuan institutional sellers and gargantuan institutional buyers, throwing every ton of their incredible weight onto the shoulders of students, tollgating and massively hampering the dissemination of knowledge. Pirating textbooks isn’t just a good idea. It’s a mitzvah." (10/16/14)

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Study: Big Government makes people happy

Our Future
by Richard Eskow

"Forget about feeling 'like a room without a roof,' or whatever that 'Happy' song says. If you want to know 'what happiness is to you,' try living in a social democracy. A recent study confirms something leftists have suspected for a long time: People are happier in countries with larger governments, a more generous 'welfare state' and more government intervention in the economy. Policies that depend on the so-called 'free market,' on the other hand, decrease personal satisfaction. This is not a matter of opinion, according to the data, but of fact. We interviewed political scientist Patrick Flavin of Baylor University, lead author of the study." [editor's note: The claim is that the study "had no political agenda"; yeah, right ... - SAT] (10/15/14)

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Hillary Clinton’s soft sales job at

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

"How does Hillary Rodham Clinton, the queen of old-school Democratic partisan politics and bane of the 'vast right-wing conspiracy,' woo movers in the be-nice and collaborate-on-a-couch tech economy? During her speech at’s San Francisco Dreamforce mega-convention Tuesday, the former U.S. secretary of state showed a softer side to the beanbag workforce. To those of us who have been following politics for years, La Hil is the consummate pol. At Moscone Center, she shed her old brand to become, as she was billed, a 'visionary.'" (10/16/14)

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When the workday never really ends

The Nation The Nation
by Michelle Chen

"Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day. And for working people who have to juggle family and work, locked into a rough schedule and the stress of poverty, there really aren’t enough. The 'new economy' of twenty-four-hour online shopping, global markets and just-in-time inventory churning, have created a demand for 'flexible' labor: rapid-fire changes in schedules, shift-swapping, on-call staff. In a new book, Unequal Time, sociologists Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel survey how time is distributed across this new economic landscape, and finds that flexibility (and its evil twin, unpredictability) is creating a new social order that brings chaos to the workplace and the home." [editor's note: Time to consider the world of "self employment" (where your "boss" demands this of you constantly)? - SAT] (10/15/14)

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Rand Paul’s 2020 Vision

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Adele M. Stan

"No one in the political establishment seems to know quite what to make of Rand Paul, the United States senator from Kentucky and son of Ron, the three-time quixotic presidential candidate with a libertarian bent. In 2012, Ron Paul, the former congressman from Texas, said good-bye to all that, retiring his House seat and forswearing another presidential run, having prepared the ground for his progeny, who hopes to inherit the throngs of young followers nurtured by his father. By turns quirky and cunning, rumpled and slick, Rand Paul, at this writing, is running neck and neck in the polls with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the undeclared establishment candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination." [editor's note: The teaser on the main page tries to label RP as "the GOP's next Goldwater;" yeesh! - SAT] (10/16/14)

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New Deal, same spiel

In These Times
by Chris Lehmann

"This fall, Ken Burns (the nation’s director laureate of all things sepia-toned) offered an epic, exhaustive documentary that served to rebuke just about every feature of our postliberal political order. 'The Roosevelts: An Intimate History' blanketed the PBS airwaves for 14 hours, summoning the viewing public back to the halcyon days of the Fair and New Deals, and thus making a powerful de facto case for liberal rule by enlightened patrician overseers. But that, of course, is just the problem." (10/16/14)

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Joining IS about sex & aggression, not religion

by Arie W. Kruglanski

"It is easy to look to religion for an explanation of why young men (and some women) become radicalized. But it is psychology, not theology, that offers the best tools for understanding radicalization -- and how best to undo it. The appeal of Islamic State rests on individuals’ quest for what psychologists call 'personal significance,' which the militant group’s extremist propaganda cleverly exploits. The quest for significance is the desire to matter, to be respected, to be somebody in one’s own eyes and in the eyes of others." (10/16/14)

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The politicians are scaring you again

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

"They are doing it again. 'They' are the war-party politicians, Democrats and Republicans. 'It' is scaring you into supporting another war in the Middle East. When will the American people learn? If in a republic the people are the ultimate check on government power, a gullible, easily frightened public is a disaster waiting to happen. Where is the derisive skepticism Americans are reputed to feel toward politicians? A high-ranking official and, say, CNN's Christiane Amanpour need only say 'Boogeyman!' and Americans line up for orders." (10/16/14)

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Colorado’s shadow tourist boom

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum

"Visitors can openly buy marijuana, but they still have to consume it on the sly." (10/16/14)

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John Oliver vs. cops who rob

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"'Since 9/11, under just one program police have taken two-and-a-half billion dollars in the course of over 61,000 seizures of cash alone, from people who ... were not charged with a crime. That is the sort of behavior we laugh at other countries for, along with their accents and silly hats.' So says a prime-time TV comedian who devotes more than 15 minutes of his monologue to exposing and critiquing the malignant practice of 'civil forfeiture,' which lets cops grab and keep your cash just because it’s there." (10/16/14)

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Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show, 10/15/14

The Scott Horton Show

"Jason Ditz, news editor of, discusses ISIS’s takeover of Iraq’s Anbar Province, including a key air base." [Flash audio or MP3] (10/14/14)

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Obama knew arming rebels was useless, but did it anyway

Dan Froomkin The Intercept
by Dan Froomkin

"What’s worse: Launching a disastrous military campaign under false pretenses to achieve goals you wrongly believe are attainable? Or launching a disastrous military campaign you know is doomed in order to help your party win an election?" (10/15/14)

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The Rare Report, 10/15/14

The Rare Report The Rare Report

"In this episode of The Rare Report ... Will Supreme Court decide NSA spying is illegal? Is John McCain right that we need an Ebola Czar? Huckabee says Republicans can't surrender on gay marriage, is he right?" [Flash audio or MP3] (10/15/14)

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An Austrian economist reports from a mainstream economics conference

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Christopher Westley

"Early on in the most recent meeting of the National Association of Business Economists (NABE) in Chicago, Dan Ratner, one of President Obama's tech gurus for the 2012 election cycle and expert in the hip field of Big Data mining, stated to his audience that 'there is no such thing as truth. There is only the most recent updated version of it.' Little did I know this was to be a recurring theme at this conference." (10/16/14)

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#Gamergate: An un-PC rebellion

spiked spiked
by Allum Bokhari

"Video games aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. They can be enormously time-consuming and often require a considerable level of dedication to master. However, there are good reasons for non-gamers to be paying attention to the video-games industry right now -- it has become the site of a rebellion against moral crusaders and their relentless push to politicise every aspect of culture and society." (10/16/14)

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States won’t reveal ObamaCare rate hikes for 2015 until after election

Megan Stiles Campaign For Liberty
by Megan Stiles

"As ObamaCare enters its second year, many are wondering what type of rate increases Americans will experience in 2015. Enrollment on doesn’t begin until November 15, almost two weeks after the mid-term elections. Many are calling this a political move to help vulnerable Democrats who voted for ObamaCare win reelection. There is one state, however, that is releasing rate hikes before the election: Alaska."

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Why we should treat our children as we wish to be treated

Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by The Dissident Dad

"Don’t just take things, that’s what the criminals and the government do ... That’s something I told my son yesterday when he ripped a book right out of my daughter’s hands. Respecting others and their property, and using conversation to express our wants and desires, is how I am raising my children. Essentially teaching them to grow up to become the opposite of an oppressive state." (10/15/14)

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Canada needs to liberalize its immigration policy

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Chance ME Davies

"This year, Canadians will be welcoming between 240,000 and 265,000 new immigrants into our country. The rationale for such is that Canada has a large shortage in its labor market: one that our domestic labor force simply cannot fill. My problem is not that the immigration rates are too high, but rather that they aren’t high enough." (10/15/14)

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