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PA: Frein capture brings 48-day manhunt to an end

ABC News

"Accused cop killer Eric Frein, one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives, was captured after a 48-day manhunt, police said tonight. ... Frein, 31, was captured by U.S. Marshals outside an abandoned airplane hanger at Birchwood-Pocono Airport near Tannersville about 6 p.m. Thursday, police said. ... Frein had eluded authorities since Sept. 12, when he allegedly killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and injured another during his attack on the barracks. At times, 1,000 officers searched the rugged mountains for Frein, who police said had planned his attack and hiding for years." (10/30/14)

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France: Inquiry after drones buzz nuclear sites

BBC News BBC News [UK state media]

"An investigation has been launched after France's state-owned EDF power company said unidentified drones had flown over seven of its nuclear plants. The first unmanned aircraft was spotted on 5 October and there had been further sightings up to 20 October, EDF said. Who is behind the drones is unclear but pressure group Greenpeace has denied any involvement. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says measures are being taken to 'neutralize' the drones." (10/30/14)

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Jerusalem: Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Arab suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist

Reuters Reuters

"Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian [Arab] man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian [Arab] uprising. The Al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, which is a central cause of the latest violence, was shut down to all visitors as a security precaution. It was the first full closure of the site, venerated by both Jews and Muslims, in 14 years. Palestinian [Arab] President Mahmoud Abbas denounced Israel's actions as 'tantamount to a declaration of war' and his Fatah party called for a 'day of rage' on Friday." (10/30/14)

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Israel recalls ambassador to Sweden

Raleigh News & Observer

"Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, and Israel swiftly reacted by withdrawing its ambassador from Stockholm in protest. Coming during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem, the move by Sweden’s new left-leaning government reflects growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and its blockade of the Gaza Strip." (10/30/14)

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Pakistan: US drone strike kills five

Daily Times [Pakistan]

"A suspected US drone strike killed at least five militants in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Thursday, with local villagers saying the dead included of a senior Arab commander. US drone strikes have escalated this month, hitting targets in tribal areas several times a week, but the latest strike comes just days after US and British combat troops in neighbouring Afghanistan officially ended their operations." (10/31/14)

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North Korea: Regime says it has invited EU rights official

Quad-City Times

"North Korea on Thursday said it has invited European Union's top human rights official to visit the country, but it threatened to drop recent offers of visits by United Nations rights officials unless a U.N. resolution on the country removes any reference to the International Criminal Court. North Korean diplomat Kim Un Chol told The Associated Press that the visit by the EU official, Stavros Lambrinidis, is expected next March." (10/30/14)

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NY 11: Worst Congressional race in US?

Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor

"In this House race, one candidate is facing a 20-count federal indictment. He once threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony for asking an impertinent question. The other knows little about the district and speaks in bursts of clichés. He points to involvement with a student exchange program as evidence of his knowledge of foreign affairs. Asked at a debate the title of the last book they’ve read, neither could answer. ... This is the contest for New York’s 11th congressional district. ... It pits incumbent Rep. Michael Grimm (R) against former New York City Council member Dominic Recchia (D) for the right to represent a district that includes Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn." (10/30/14)

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Former Marine banned from daughter’s school after dispute over Islam lesson

Fox News Fox News

"A former Marine who served in Iraq says he's been banned from his daughter's Maryland high school after a heated argument over a lesson on Islam. Kevin Wood told that he went to La Plata High School in La Plata, a town about 30 miles southeast of Washington, and challenged a history assignment requiring students to list the benefits of Islam. He said the meeting with the vice principal got heated; the school said he made a threat and banned the Iraq veteran from school property. ... Wood did not deny getting worked up over the issue, but said he was standing up for the Constitution and is against any religion being taught at the public school." (10/30/14)

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Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply

Tulsa World

"Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, whose offices mediated the talks for months, said the EU will also help cash-strapped Ukraine with the payments through aid and guarantees." (10/30/14)

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Mexico: Governor confirms three US siblings found dead

Palm Beach Post

"Three U.S. citizens missing for more than two weeks have been found shot to death in Mexico near the border city of Matamoros, and authorities are questioning a local police unit about possible involvement, the attorney general in northern Tamaulipas state said Thursday. The father of the three, Pedro Alvarado, identified his children from photographs of the bodies showing tattoos, Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla Acosta told Radio Formula." (10/30/14)

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Reddit enters crowdfunding arena

Fox 10 TV

"Look out Kickstarter, popular online forum Reddit has just announced its own crowdfunding site. Reddit considers itself as the 'front page of the internet.' Its new Redditmade platform will mostly be directed at raising funds for the creation and sale of items directed at various subreddit communities." (10/30/14)

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Dwarf galaxies dim hopes of dark matter

National Geographic

"Once again, a shadow of a signal that scientists hoped would amplify into conclusive evidence of dark matter has instead flatlined, repeating a maddening refrain in the search for the invisible, omnipresent particles. The Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) failed to detect the glow of gamma rays emitted by annihilating dark matter in miniature 'dwarf' galaxies that orbit the Milky Way, scientists reported Friday at a meeting in Nagoya, Japan. The hint of such a glow showed up in a Fermi analysis last year, but the statistical bump disappeared as more data accumulated." (10/30/14)

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ME: US nurse defies Ebola quarantine, takes bike ride

Reuters Reuters

"A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus ventured out of her home in Maine and took a bike ride on Thursday, defying a quarantine order and setting up a legal collision with state authorities. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce a 21-day quarantine (matching the virus's maximum incubation period) but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. Hickox left her home in the small Maine town of Fort Kent, along the Canadian border, and television news images showed her taking a morning bicycle ride with her boyfriend. Hickox has given the state a deadline of Thursday to lift an order that she remain at home until Nov. 10, or she will go to court." (10/30/14)

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Pirate Bay founder convicted on hacking charges


"The founder of the file-sharing site Pirate Bay was found guilty today in Denmark on hacking charges unrelated to the web site. Swedish national Gottfrid Svartholm was found guilty of hacking into servers belonging to the U.S. technology firm CSC after being partially acquitted of other hacking charges in Sweden. In the Danish case, Svartholm and a 21-year-old Danish accomplice were accused of hacking CSC’s servers in April 2012 and remaining inside for four months, stealing and altering data during the breach, according to prosecutors." (10/30/14)

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US turns up heat on Takata over air bag problem

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"U.S. safety regulators are ordering Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to provide more information about air bags that can explode and shoot shrapnel toward drivers and passengers. The order sent Thursday makes 36 separate requests for information on production mistakes, lawsuit settlements and reports of deaths or injuries that the Tokyo-based company has received. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also wants to know how many replacement parts Takata can make each day and what it has discussed with automakers and competitors. Takata has until Dec. 1 to turn in the information or it could face fines of $7,000 per day. A Takata spokesman said the company is cooperating and will work to meet the agency's requests." (10/30/14)

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US and Australia drop sanctions against Fiji

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"The U.S. and Australia have removed sanctions against Fiji following democratic elections last month in the South Pacific nation. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Friday began a two-day visit to Fiji, describing it as the start of a new era in the relationship between the two countries. She announced that Australia had lifted all remaining sanctions, including the sale of weapons." (10/30/14)

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MO: Ending abortions, one law at a time

Raw Story Raw Story

"The lawmaker who represents Christian county in the Missouri state legislature has little doubt as to why there is just one remaining abortion clinic in his state. 'They don’t exist right now because, over the years, other ones have been closed because there’s no demand for them,' said Kevin Elmer, a Republican member of Missouri’s House of Representatives. 'There’s nothing that precludes anybody from opening multiple abortion clinics around the state.' That’s not strictly true. Elmer is the architect of the latest piece of legislation in a legal war of attrition to limit access to abortions in a state that already has some of the toughest in the US." (10/30/14)

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NFL seeks to dismiss ex-players’ painkillers lawsuit

Fox News Fox News

"The National Football League on Thursday is expected to ask a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former players who say team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health. NFL lawyers in court papers deny the allegations and argue that the former players waited too long to file the lawsuit. The NFL says that a two-year statute of limitations claiming personal injury has expired. The former players filed the lawsuit in May. Several prominent former players have publicly joined the lawsuit, including Marcellus Wiley, Jim McMahon, Richard Dent, Keith Van Horne and Jeremy Newberry." (10/30/14)

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Intellectual propertarians ban Google Glass in theaters

CBS News

"In a statement Wednesday, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) announced an update to their anti-piracy [sic] policies to include a ban on 'wearable 'intelligent' devices,' such as Google Glass. ... Wednesday's change comes after a January incident at a Columbus, Ohio, AMC theater in which a man was questioned by Department of Homeland Security agents after a theater manager suspected he was recording a showing of 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' on his Google Glass. The investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing." (10/30/14)

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Burkina Faso: Protesters set parliament ablaze

BBC News BBC News [UK state media]

"Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament. Correspondents say the city hall and ruling party headquarters are also in flames. A huge crowd is surging towards the presidential palace and the main airport has been shut. MPs have suspended a vote on changing the constitution to allow Mr Compaore to stand for re-election next year." (10/30/14)

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NATO, Russia put on Cold War style air-intercept show

ABC News

"NATO intercepted at least 19 Russian aircraft flying far outside Russia's airspace today, worrying the organization's officials. 'These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace,' NATO said in a statement released this afternoon. The Russian fighter jets and bombers were seen flying in three different regions. The intercepts came a week after widespread reports that a Russian submarine may have been spotted off the coast of Sweden." (10/29/14)

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Sweden recognizes Palestinian state

Belfast Telegraph [occupied Ireland]

"Sweden's new government says it has recognised a Palestinian state, a move declared by the prime minister as a priority for the left-leaning minority coalition. The EU member country has joined two other western European nations -- Malta and Cyprus -- which have officially recognised Palestine." (10/30/14)

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ISIS executes dozens; 350 killed across Iraq

"Across Iraq on Wednesday at least 350 people were killed. Most of them were Islamic State militants, but the militants also executed several dozen men in Anbar province. At least 67 were wounded in bombings and shelling." (10/29/14)

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Pakistan: Army says eight soldiers killed in tribal region

Greensboro News-Record

"Eight Pakistani soldiers were killed in a major operation against militants in the country's Khyber tribal region Wednesday, as the army declared its four-month old push against a main militant sanctuary in another tribal region, North Waziristan, a success. The clash with troops also left 21 militants dead and several wounded in the Spinqamar area, said an army statement issued late night." (10/29/14)

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Mali: Insurgent clash leaves French soldier dead

Fort Dodge Messenger News

"A French soldier has been killed in Mali during an operation by French forces against an 'armed terrorist group' in the north of the country, the French presidency said Wednesday. The air command parachute sergeant was killed early Wednesday morning in the Kidal region's Adrar des Ifoghas massif, the presidential communique said." (10/29/14)

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If you vote — or don’t vote — complain

Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp

"So here we go again. Another biennial US election season draws to a close and here come the solemn multi-partisan invocations of civic duty: Exercise that franchise. Pull that lever, push that button, mark that box. The future of western civilization depends on you. And if you don't vote, don't complain. Question: If I don't drive around my neighborhood at 3am blasting Metallica out my car window at 140 decibels, am I boorish or hypocritical to complain about those who do? If anything, those who DO vote are the ones giving up their rightful prerogative of complaint." (10/30/14)

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The free market kicks it some Ebola ass

Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy

"The Ebola hysteria raises questions about how a free society would handle contagious diseases. Critics of freedom argue: libertarian principles, like the right against involuntary confinement, means that half the people on the planet could literally die from a lack of centralized state control. Left to their own devices, average people cannot solve their own problems. The opposite is true." (10/30/14)

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Seven reasons to vote for the Libertarian Party

Nicholas Sarwark Reason
by Nicholas Sarwark

"Why should libertarians vote for the Libertarian Party? The short answer is that 'libertarian' is right there in the name. If that's good enough for you, thank you for your vote for our candidates, you can stop reading now. But if you're one of those 'small l' libertarians who want to know why you should vote for the Libertarian Party candidate instead of the candidate with the D or R by their name who is closest to your views, read on." (10/30/14)

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How cronyism worsens income inequality (and freed markets reduce it)

Steven Horwitz Future of Freedom Foundation
by Steven Horwitz

"The ability of some to get wealthier through political connections does trouble many on the political left, but they often argue that with better elected officials, or more ethical businesspeople, or limits on campaign contributions, we could dramatically reduce this sort of cronyism. What their argument misses is that as long as government gives out goodies, private-sector actors will find ways to get their hands on them. If you really want to take the money out of politics, you need to make it harder for politicians to hand out money." (10/30/14)

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Saving the GOP from modern Know-Nothingism

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh

"Many in the GOP are jockeying for the soul of the party ahead of an anticipated 2014 midterm election victory. Social conservatives are eager to reassert their influence after repeated defeats over gay marriage. Fiscal conservatives make the case for a greater emphasis on runaway spending. And then there are the nativists, who contend that the future of the Republican Party lies in opposing immigration reform. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, for example, said last month that, 'Immigration could be to 2016 what ObamaCare was to 2010.' Not if history is any guide. Consider the experience of California and Texas." (10/30/14)

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New voting restrictions could swing election

The Nation The Nation
by Ari Berman

"On Monday, October 27, eight activists with Moral Monday Georgia occupied the office of Georgia GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp, holding signs that read 'Let Us Vote.' There are 800,000 unregistered African-American, Hispanic and Asian eligible voters in Georgia. This year, the New Georgia Project registered 85,000 of them. After the applications were submitted, Kemp subpoenaed the group's records and accused them of voter registration fraud. It turned out that only 25 of the forms were fraudulent and the group was required by law to turn them in regardless. Despite the scant evidence of voter fraud, 40,000 new voter registration applications have yet to be processed in the state, according to the New Georgia Project." (10/30/14)

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The chickenshit lobby is mad as hell

Justin Raimondo
by Justin Raimondo

"The Chickenshit Lobby, otherwise known as Israel’s amen corner in the US, is mad as hell -- but just how mad are they? I don't know the answer to that question, but as the prospect of a peace agreement with Iran looms larger, those whose job it is to protect the President need to take this potential threat seriously. As we've seen recently, the White House isn't exactly an impregnable fortress. In the meantime, it’s time to start reevaluating the 'special relationship' in light of an Israeli leader who talks about the 'grassy knoll' while denouncing an American president." (10/31/14)

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Regcession — why most Americans aren’t feeling Obama’s “vigorous recovery”

Marita Noon Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon

"President Obama is trying, according to CNN, to 'convince voters of a vigorous recovery that a majority still doubts.' Describing comments the president made on October 2 at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, CNN calls his attempt, the 'political problem inherent in having to describe an economic recovery that many Americans still aren't feeling.' The coverage points to polling data that shows the public still sees that the economy is 'poor' -- with 56 percent disapproving of how Obama has handled the economy. Perhaps people are beginning to sense what a new documentary makes clear. We may not officially be in a recession, as some numbers have ticked slightly up, but people, as CNN pointed out, aren't feeling it." (10/29/14)

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GOP: They’re all Randians now

Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

"In public opinion, the battle over the Affordable Care Act has come to a stalemate. Depending on how you ask the question, a majority of the public disapproves of the law, but a majority also doesn't agree with Republicans that it should be repealed. On the simple approval question, poll results look just about the same as they did five years ago, which is remarkable given all the fighting over it and everything that has happened, good and bad, in its implementation. But there's something remarkable in this new article in the New England Journal of Medicine that we really need to take notice of, because it represents a significant shift in how some Americans think about healthcare." (10/30/14)

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Bust you for it now, tax you for it tomorrow

William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

"'I'm going to be burning weeds today -- the right kind, that is,' Bill Esbensen wryly informed me as we met at his abandoned rental property. He was careful to obtain the required permit before igniting the assembled yard debris. Since he will be on probation until June 2016, Bill could wind up in prison for even the most trivial ordinance violation, the people running what passes for the 'justice' system in Oregon's Malheur County have an incontinent lust to send him there. A few weeks earlier, in a courthouse a few blocks away from the rental home in Vale, the Malheur County DA's office briefly considered confiscating the property before deciding that it wasn't worth the effort. The two-story house had been remodeled to contain a greenhouse and a 'grow room' for the production of marijuana." (10/30/14)

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Secret manuals show the spyware sold to despots and cops worldwide

The Intercept The Intercept
by Cora Currier and Morgan Marquis-Boire

"When Apple and Google unveiled new encryption schemes last month, law enforcement officials complained that they wouldn't be able to unlock evidence on criminals' digital devices. What they didn't say is that there are already methods to bypass encryption, thanks to off-the-shelf digital implants readily available to the smallest national agencies and the largest city police forces -- easy-to-use software that takes over and monitors digital devices in real time, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. We're publishing in full, for the first time, manuals explaining the prominent commercial implant software 'Remote Control System,' manufactured by the Italian company Hacking Team." (10/30/14)

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Unsettling climate science

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Steve Murphy

"Not even scientific uncertainty will stand between John Kerry and an historic treaty enshrining his name." (10/30/14)

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We need iPads

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Every once in a while somebody explains that 'we' don't need this or that product, however great it may be and however great the demand for it. For example, a tech reviewer dubs Apple's latest iPad models 'largely unnecessary,' given last-year models almost as capable. The charge of unnecessariness is surely false when we're talking about customers who do want the most cutting-edge technology and can put it to good use. But it's false in a broader perspective too -- unless we suppose that all advances in human civilization beyond the level of the hut and the bearskin are 'largely unnecessary' to human survival and well-being." (10/30/14)

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Hysteria epidemics

The Cagle Post
by Jeff Darcy

Cartoon. (10/29/14)

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Trying to silence Bill Maher in cradle of free speech

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

"'The students at the University of California at Berkeley represent a diverse array of students from all walks of life,' begins the student petition. Somehow you just know that before the end, the document would demand that the administration muzzle someone -- for the sake of diversity. The spirit of far-left censors trumps exposure to novel ideas. Hence the new student group: Stop Bill Maher from Speaking at UC Berkeley’s December Graduation, which almost prevailed. 'It is the responsibility of the University of California to protect all students and uphold a standard of civility,' quoth the petition, which has gathered close to 4,000 signatures. Protect students from a comedian? O brave new university that has such delicate flowers in it." (10/30/14)

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Jeffrey Tucker on The Scott Horton Show

Jeffrey Tucker The Scott Horton Show

"Jeffrey A. Tucker, CEO of and publisher of Laissez-Faire Books, discusses Murray Rothbard’s take on the politics of Christian and secular millennialism and eschatology." [Flash audio or MP3] (10/29/14)

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AMA answers and a poll

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER

KN@PPSTER, aka Tom Knapp, answers reader questions on politics, e-cigarette vaping, etc. [Flash audio] (10/31/14)

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Self-care for activists

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Elizabeth Tate

"Being an activist is emotionally draining. Trying to get people into the same place on the same day can be like herding cats; People will argue with you constantly, and sometimes it feels like no matter what you do, you aren’t making a difference. Sometimes you wonder if it’s worth it to be in the movement anymore. This is normal and natural. Anyone who works long hours and sometimes doesn’t see results can relate. For activists, it can be even harder because it’s something we so fervently believe in that brings us so much exhaustion. This is why, like with all things, it’s important to remember that you always come first." (10/29/14)

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The awful truth about free speech

spiked spiked
by Mick Hume

"Almost everybody in Western society with more than two brain cells to rub together supports freedom of speech. Or so they say. Blasphemers might be sentenced to death in Islamic states, and the internet might be censored to death in China. But in the UK, US and elsewhere in the West, we still enjoy freedom of expression. Or so we think. So how is it then that, everywhere from Twitter to television, from the theatrical stage to the football stand, in student bars and in serious debates, free speech is under siege? It seems that our hard-won historic liberty is often being given up without a serious fight, and even offered up for sacrifice." (10/30/14)

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Election on Tuesday: Who’s running?

Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

"I’ve commented before on all the political spam I’m receiving in my email, most of it from the Democratic party ( In many of their pleadings, they claim they are running against the Koch Brothers. (I like how they capitalize both their name and the B in Brothers.) And who’s running against the Koch Brothers? It appears that Hillary Clinton is." (10/30/14)

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The state-level plan to nullify federal gun control

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Scott Landreth

"Want to stop federal gun control but don’t know where to start? Interested in solutions from the founding fathers? Looking for model legislation to get things done? The new ShallNot handbook for legislators and grassroots activists is the tool you need to protect the 2nd Amendment from federal abuse. The ShallNot handbook serves as a guide to how the states can preserve the Second Amendment whether the politicians in Washington D.C., or the special interests that support them, want us to or not." (10/29/14)

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Israel doesn’t care what Obama thinks

Reuters Reuters
by Dimi Reider

"When a senior U.S. official calls Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 'chickenshit,' you know the Israeli-American relationship has reached a new low point. The putdown was reported in The Atlantic just days after the Israeli defense minister’s request to meet with U.S. national security officials was rebuffed. Adding insult to injury, the rebuff was leaked to the press. While the White House distanced itself somewhat from the mudslinging, it did not retract any of the more substantive claims about U.S. discontent with Netanyahu’s policies. Still, however embarrassing this spat is, it will barely make a dent in the U.S.-Israeli 'special relationship.'" (10/30/14)

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Investment security today

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

"Many investors balance their portfolios with gold. That is good. If I had a LOT of investment capital, I would probably do some of that too. However choosing between the two, silver has industrial use while gold has little. Over 1,000 years, silver to gold ratio is 17:1 while during the paper-market exchange it is now 71:1. Those and other reasons make silver the much stronger bet of the two." (10/29/14)

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Which package would you subscribe to?

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"When you sign up for cable TV service, or a satellite dish TV service, you can choose between a few 'packages' they offer. You pay a set price for a lot of channels you don't want in order to get the few you do want. That's exactly like 'taxes' and The State. You may be under the belief that you want government to tax everyone so you can have roads and 'safetyness.' But you can't choose to only pay for those items; you must also pay for the salaries of congressvermin, and for welfare (but I repeat myself)." (10/30/14)

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What is it about Gigi Bowman (that has the GOP so afraid)?

Liberty Chat
by Edward Weaver

"Why all of this effort to prevent one woman, an everyday mom, real estate agent and substitute teacher from just being on the ballot and giving the people of Long Island an additional choice this coming November? Is the GOP that afraid of a simple lady who admits to not knowing as much as her opponent about politics (a man who's been in the same office nearly twenty years), who admits that she never thought she would be where she is today, running for office. Who's said more than one time that she plans on using the office as a pulpit from where she can tell the people about what’s really going on in the halls of government -- their tax-paid for government -- because she knows the views she holds are not in line with 'the way things work' and it's likely she would not get much support for the goals she will have in mind? But maybe that is their very problem with her. Maybe this is why they're afraid." (10/30/14)

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The power of no

Sandy Ikeda Foundation for Economic Education
by Sandy Ikeda

"An action is voluntary to the extent that we can effectively choose to do it or not. In particular, being able to say no defines the scope of our personal autonomy, while being able to say yes allows us to creatively explore (or not) the freedom autonomy gives us. In this sense, our ability to say no expands the possibilities to which we might say yes. Government is the apparatus of organized political means -- that is, the initiation of physical violence against others. The greater the scope of government, then, the less an ordinary person is able effectively to say no and the less she is able meaningfully to say yes." (10/30/14)

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Corporations act to make Congress a wholly owned subsidiary

Richard Eskow Our Future
by Richard Eskow

"As Election Day approaches, two reports show us exactly how corrupted our political system has become. Unless voters come out in force, it looks like corporate money is about to buy itself another house of Congress. The Wall Street Journal ... found that corporate PACs gave most of their donations to Democrats in the early part of the campaign. That fits with a longstanding pattern: big-business interests shower incumbents with money to encourage special treatment, both during the election year and in the upcoming term. But giving has shifted dramatically since June. The Journal discovered that Republican candidates received the lion’s share of corporate campaign contributions in the July-to-September time period. The cash-generating power of incumbency had faded -- for Democrats." (10/30/14)

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Some hard facts about “terror”

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Chuckman

"Today we call people terrorists as easily as we more accurately might have called them reckless or mad. The word terrorist has been given an almost frightening, superstitious connotation much resembling the word witch in the seventeenth century when any poor old soul who suffered from a mental illness like schizophrenia might be burnt alive for her mumblings and delusions." (10/30/14)

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Knowledge, wisdom, and wealth

Skyler J. Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J. Collins

"There's certainly too much knowledge, wisdom, and wealth that I've acquired (and some lost) to list here, so I'll keep to broad categorizations. Knowledge and wisdom are obtained in two ways: experience and study. I have thirty years of life experience and have learned a great deal about how to exist and to achieve my desired ends. But experience only goes so far. Study has been an important part of my life the past ten years, and enough to make up for the preceding twenty where my priorities were elsewhere. I view science and philosophy as the two parent categories for every other area of knowledge and wisdom, and they definitely inform each other." (10/30/14)

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Quebec’s austerity boogeyman

The Canal The Canal
by Pierre-Guy Veer

"The end is nigh! By reading Huffington Post Quebec bloggers, one gets the sense the Philippe Couillard provincial government's proposed austerity measures will create a bloodbath of unimaginable proportions. Apparently, Quebecers should take note of Europe's failed austerity and simply maintain the status quo. There is only one problem with this latter statement: there has been almost no austerity in Europe. Indeed, many EU governments have been very sumptuous since 2007 by increasing spending, which has undermined growth." (10/30/14)

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The Liberty Report Podcast, 10/29/14

The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic

"What's the difference between hitting on a girl and true harassment?" [Flash audio or MP3] (10/29/14)

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“Yelp for Guestworkers” shines light on recruiting process

In These Times In These Times
by Rachel Luban

"In 2007, Adarely Ponce Hernández saw an announcement in her hometown of Chapulhuacan, Mexico, for jobs picking apples in the United States. Not only were the wages far higher than what she could make in Chapulhuacan, but the work was completely legal, secured through a U.S. temporary visa program known as H-2. She and her sister went straight to the recruiter who placed the announcement and paid 2,000 pesos apiece (about $180 at the time) to reserve their spots. But the recruiter kept pushing back the date of their interview for the visa: 'Next month, next month.' He started demanding more payments. Hernandez and her sister reluctantly obliged with another 1,500 pesos each. Then the recruiter disappeared, taking their money and the promise of jobs with him. Hernandez’s experience is common for people in Mexico looking for legal work in the U.S. as 'guestworkers,' temporary laborers who return to their home countries when their jobs are finished." (10/30/14)

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The identity of shame

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

"When you identify with a large, unselective group, you expose yourself to two dangers. First, some of the villains in your group may take villainous actions that make you look bad. Yet on reflection, that's a minor concern: Yes, the bad members of your group make you look bad, but the good members of your group make you look good. The second danger is more severe. Once you identify with any large, unselective group, you will be regularly tempted to commit the villainous act of standing up for your groups' villains." (10/30/14)

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The soul of the system

Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Jordan Ballor

"The pluralism of our contemporary world has some strong resonances with the times of the early church. But the hegemony of scientific materialism today makes the challenge one primarily not of determining what the soul of the world consists of, but whether there is such a reality as a soul or not." (10/29/14)

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Austerity as economic liberation

Peter St. Onge Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Peter St. Onge

"George Soros is back in the news telling Germany who to bail out this week. Soros is especially sore at Germans for promoting austerity, so it's a great time to ask: does austerity grow an economy? Why do we care? Investors want to know whether austerity is good or bad for an economy; whether it's likely to boost growth or to hasten a recession. And for voters, it's important to know whether it's time for more, or less, austerity." (120/30/14)

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