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CO: Shooting suspect’s ramblings suggest animosity toward Planned Parenthood, sources say

ABC News ABC News

"The man accused of killing three people -- including a police officer -- at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs allegedly made rambling comments during the incident, some of which suggested animosity toward the health care provider, according to law enforcement sources. ... In a statement released late Saturday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the shooting a 'crime against women receiving healthcare services at Planned Parenthood.' While police haven't released a motive or said whether the clinic was the intended target, Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said in a statement Dear 'eyewitnesses confirm that the man ... was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion.'" (11/29/15)

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IL: Burger King manager says police erased video of Chicago shooting

Dubuque Telegraph Herald

"A Burger King manager who accuses Chicago police of erasing surveillance video in the case of a black teen shot last year by a white officer now charged with murder says he has testified before a federal grand jury investigating the case. Jay Darshane told the Chicago Tribune that the FBI also took the video recorder containing all of the restaurant's surveillance images. ... The Burger King is just yards from where 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed. It took just minutes for police to demand to see the restaurant's password-protected video, Darshane said." (11/29/15)

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MS: Man kills Waffle House employee over smoking policy

Fox News Fox News

"A Mississippi Waffle House customer shot and killed an employee early Friday after she asked him not to smoke, police said. Biloxi police Sgt. Donnie Dobbs said a call was received about the shooting at 1:11 a.m. The customer, Johnny Max Mount, had argued with an employee after being told that he couldn’t smoke, Dobbs said. 'He pulled out a handgun and shot her in the head,' Dobbs said. The woman died on the way to the hospital, he said. The suspect was outside the restaurant when police arrived and surrendered without incident." (11/28/15)

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TX: “Adorable drug kingpin” is daughter of DEA head honcho

Raw Story Raw Story

"'You don't see many drug traffickers retire,' gloated Bill Furay, head of the DEA's office in Beaumont, Texas, following the arrest of a wealthy couple from a tiny neighborhood in Pearland. 'Either they end up in prison, or they end up dead.' Furay apparently never had time to give that lecture to his teenage daughter, Sarah -- who was arrested earlier this month on drug-trafficking charges that could result in decades behind bars. ... While Furay was busy with sting operations, controlled buys, and self-aggrandizing press conferences, he apparently neglected to supervise his young daughter Sarah, who was arrested at her College Station home on November 8 and faces a variety of narcotics-related charges." (11/28/15)

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Bill Gates expects to pledge $1 billion for “clean energy”

Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor

"On Monday, while in Paris for the global climate summit, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is expected to announce $1 billion, and perhaps more, in support of clean-energy technologies. A source told ClimateWire that 'This is the single biggest cooperative research and development partnership in history.' The money is expected to fund cooperative projects between the US and India, intended to support India’s transition to a cleaner-energy economy." [editor's note: Given that India is appearing to be the biggest offender in this war on carbon, this might be a good sign, and it's his money! - SAT] (11/28/15)

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Report: North Korea tested submarine-launched missile, launch failed

Reuters Reuters

"North Korea appeared to conduct a submarine-launched ballistic missile test on Saturday but it ended in failure with no indication that the missile successfully ejected from the vessel and took off, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. The test, if confirmed, follows a test-launch in May of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), which Pyongyang boasted as a success but has not been independently verified. 'There is no identification of a missile taking flight and only fragments of a safety cover was observed so it's highly likely that the launch was a misfire,' a South Korean government source was quoted as saying by Yonhap. South Korea's Defence Ministry declined to confirm the report citing its policy of not commenting on intelligence matters." (11/28/15)

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CA: Police find spiked baseball bats throughout San Francisco

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"San Francisco Police are asking for help leading to those chaining up spiked baseball bats to poles throughout the city. San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak says officers first received reports of wooden or metal baseball bats appearing on poles and parking meters in the city on Thanksgiving morning. Andraychak says 27 bats with spikes running through them have been found since then. The latest discovery was Friday in the Fishermen's Wharf area. Andraychak says the spikes on the objects allow them to be considered a prohibited or deadly weapon, which is a felony." [editor's note: What an awful thing to do to a perfectly good baseball bat! - SAT] (11/28/15)

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A note from the publisher

Dear readers,

This is our final edition prior to the US Thanksgiving holiday weekend. You never know, there might be one or more "weekend special editions" ... but if there aren't, please know that we at RRND/FND are thankful for YOU!

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Have a great weekend; we wish you safe travels and a joyful holiday.

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily


Putin: “Serious consequences” coming after Turks shoot down Russian jet

Independent [UK]

"Vladimir Putin has said there will be 'serious consequences' to Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet. The Russian President repeated his military's claim that the Su-24 plane was inside Syrian borders but Ankara has insisted it violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. 'Today's loss is a stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists,' Mr Putin told a press conference as he hosted King Abdullah of Jordan in Sochi." (11/24/15)

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Tunisia: Regime declares state of emergency after bus explosion kills 12

Globe & Mail [Canada]

"Tunisia's president declared a 30-day state of emergency across the country and imposed an overnight curfew for the capital after an explosion Tuesday struck a bus carrying members of the presidential guard, killing at least 12 people and wounding 20 others. The government described it as a terrorist attack. The blast on a tree-lined avenue in the heart of Tunis is a new blow to a country that is seen as a model for the region but has struggled against Islamic extremist violence." (11/24/15)

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IL: Chicago police officer charged with murder in shooting death of teen

Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune

"Cook County prosecutors say a veteran Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times in an on-duty incident on the Southwest Side in October 2014. Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, turned himself in to state's attorney investigators at 7:41 a.m. in their offices at the criminal courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue, booking records show. ... Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of McDonald 'without legal justification and with the intent to kill or do great bodily harm,' according to the one-page criminal complaint filed against him." (11/24/15)

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Asia stocks mixed amid geopolitical tension, oil eases from highs

Reuters Reuters

"Asian stocks were mixed in early trading on Wednesday as investors assessed the geopolitical risk surrounding Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet, while crude oil prices eased from two-week highs. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS nudged up 0.2 percent. Australian shares dipped 0.1 percent while Japan's Nikkei .N225 shed 0.4 percent. South Korea's Kospi .KS11 was virtually unchanged." (11/24/15)

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Pakistani man sentenced in US to 40 years prison for al Qaeda plot

Jamestown Sun

"A Pakistani man was sentenced by a U.S. judge to 40 years in prison on Tuesday for plotting to bomb a shopping center in England, as part of an al Qaeda plan to carry out attacks in Europe and the United States. Abid Naseer, 29, had faced up to life in prison following his conviction by a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, in March on charges including that he provided material support to the Islamic militant group." (11/24/15)

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Obama: Islamic State “must be destroyed”

USA Today USA Today

"President Obama pledged Tuesday to step up assistance to France and other allies fighting the Islamic State, but stopped short of endorsing a French proposal for a new grand coalition that would include Russia. 'As Americans, we stand by our friends in good times and in bad,' Obama told reporters after meeting with French President Francois Hollande. The United States and France in particular will 'deliver justice' to the perpetrators of the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, and to 'those who sent them,' he said. The 'murderous ideology' of the Islamic State 'poses a serious threat to all of us,' Obama said. 'It cannot be tolerated. It must be destroyed. And we must do it together.'" (11/24/15)

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Costco chicken salad sickens 19 with E. coli

NBC News NBC News

"Nineteen people in seven states are sick with an E coli infection linked to chicken salad from Costco, federal health officials said Tuesday. 'Five ill people have been hospitalized, and two have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported,' the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report. It's a different strain of E coli from the one that forced the closure of more than 40 Chipotle outlets in Washington and Oregon earlier this month. But the dangers are the same." (11/24/15)

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HI: SCOTUS asked to block Native Hawaiian election vote count

Fox News Fox News

"Opponents of an ongoing Native Hawaiian election are asking the Supreme Court to block votes from being counted. An emergency request filed with the court on Tuesday argues that Hawaiian residents who are not Native Hawaiians are being excluded from the vote, in violation of their constitutional rights. Native Hawaiians are voting to elect delegates for a convention to come up with a document allowing for self-government. Native Hawaiians are the last remaining indigenous group in the U.S. that hasn't been allowed to establish its own government. Lower federal courts have allowed the election to go forward. The voting is scheduled to end on Monday." (11/24/15)

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KY: Beshear restores voting rights to non-violent felons

Raw Story Raw Story

"Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on Tuesday signed an executive order restoring voting rights to most felons in state in an action that he said will affect some 180,000 people. Once felons have completed their sentences, including any probation or parole, and have made court-mandated restitution, they will have their rights automatically restored as long as they have no additional cases pending, Beshear said. Previously, felony offenders needed to apply to the governor’s office to have their voting rights restored. Now, Beshear said, the Department of Corrections will make the determination." (11/24/15)

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Poll: More millennials support censorship

KTRH News Radio

"The First Amendment is apparently old news to a lot of the younger generation. According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, 40 percent of American Minnennials (ages 18-34) support government censorship of speech deemed 'offensive to minorities.' That is easily the largest amount of any age group. Only about 27 percent of Generation X (ages 35-50) and 24 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 51-69) support censoring offensive speech. Overall, Americans object to government censorship of speech by a margin of 67 percent to 28 percent." (11/24/15)

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Canada refugee plan revives idiotic posturing over “porous” US border

Reuters Reuters

"Standing two feet from Canada on windswept Montana prairie land, U.S. Border Patrol agent Andrew Herdina looks out over a line of crooked old fence posts with no wire between them -- the international border. 'If somebody is set on doing it, there are plenty of opportunities to cross this border,' said Herdina, surrounded by a vast expanse of prairie grass where there were no border posts, or checkpoints, or any visible signs of security. With U.S. security concerns heightened following the attacks in Paris claimed by Islamic State, the relatively porous state of America's northern border has attracted little attention as politicians, mostly Republicans, have attacked President Barack Obama's plans to allow in 10,000 Syrian refugees." (11/24/15)

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US regime imposes sanctions on senior Burundi officials


"U.S. President Barack Obama's administration imposed sanctions on Burundi's public security minister, a senior police official and other individuals who it says are threatening the stability of the country. National security chief Alain Guillaume Bunyoni and police Deputy Director-General Godefroid Bizimana are subject to asset freezes and travel bans, according to a statement posted on the U.S. Treasury department's website on Monday. The East African nation plunged into deadly violence after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April that he'd seek a third term in office. He secured a new mandate in July elections, which the U.S. and European Union have described as flawed." (11/24/15)

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The potential for data-dependent taxation via data science

The Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

"'Big Data' and 'Data Science' seems to be the buzzword across industries and is, in many ways, characteristic of both the rapidly evolving present and the exciting, oncoming future that's in store for us via data analytics and the efficiency and productivity gains (alongside massive monetisation potential) that it entails. However, data science need not be restricted merely to the commercial domain; there is potential for government policy and, more specifically (as will be explored in this article), taxation to be revolutionised during this era." (11/27/15)

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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

"A danger of collectivism of any sort -- from formal collectivism such as state-imposed communism to informal and less-obvious forms of collectivism, such as gathering statistics on a nation's 'balance of trade' -- is that it clouds thinking. Collectivism not only masks differences that distinguish individuals who comprise whatever group is constructed, in whatever fashion, into some collective, it also causes people too easily to attribute thought and action to the group rather than to the individuals who make-up the group." (11/29/15)

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The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 56: Tom got documented!


"In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Bond, James Bond); Tom Got Documented!" [Flash audio or MP3] (11/29/15)

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How the Federal Reserve could boost employment and investment

The Nation The Nation
by Mike Konczal

"The right is pretty clear on what it wants to do with the Fed. Ted Cruz openly talked in a presidential debate about bringing back the barbaric relic of the gold standard, and the House GOP wants to tie the hands of the Fed, preventing it from doing anything. The left is less clear. Though there have been some notable exceptions, like the activists in the Fed Up campaign, the left has generally lacked a clear and specific agenda for the Federal Reserve. Some have assumed that the Fed’s actions after the 2008 crash benefited banks, ignoring the pretty clear lobbying that the financial industry has done recently to raise interest rates. Some have assumed that the Fed’s low interest rates have hurt people who save or encouraged risky investments, implying that capital deserves a level of return independent of how the economy is doing." [editor's note: You be the judge as to whether he's stumbled onto a smidgen of truth - SAT] (11/25/15)

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The Tom Woods Show, 11/27/15

The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show

"Fostering a high self-esteem is encouraged by virtually everyone as a way to make people happier and more successful. But there is no evidence for this claim, and indeed the gospel of self-esteem can make people more anxious and less happy. Not to mention the way egalitarians have exploited the message -- why, it's not how you do, it's how you feel about yourself that counts! Dr. Michael Edelstein joins me to crush this myth like a bug." [variouos formats] (11/27/15)

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Trump is a tyrannical weasel, part 2,434

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

"In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, there's been a lot of talk about terrorism, how to prevent it, how to fight it, and how to protect Americans. Even the DC Dominatrix Cathy Lanier has accidentally acknowledged that the citizens are the first line of defense against an attack. Of course, she continues to keep them disarmed, but admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, right? Presidential candidate Donald Trump has placed himself square in the middle of the conversation with another idiotic statement on guns. This time, he stepped on his own winky with golf cleats by claiming that those on the terrorism watchlist should be denied their right to keep and bear arms." (11/25/15)

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Watching the anti-freedom actions of Francois Hollande

Anthony Wile The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile

"Francois Hollande has come into his own. After nearly bankrupting France and raising taxes so aggressively that he has driven many of France's best and brightest abroad, Hollande has found his voice as a wartime president. He is leading the charge against 'terrorists' around the world. US president Harry Truman admitted to failing at numerous professions before discovering his calling in politics and eventually being elevated to the highest office in the land after FDR's untimely death. Truman immediately gave the order to murder hundreds of thousands of Japanese by dropping two horrible bombs on them and never looked back. Today, the US mainstream media and its court historians deem Truman a heroic figure. So it may be with Hollande. France is drenched in blood and Hollande is determined to spill more." (11/28/15)

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Teacher evaluations fall off the education “reform” agenda

Jeff Bryant Our Future Blog
by Jeff Bryant

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently shook up the education policy world when she challenged one of the pillars of the education establishment for the last 10 to 15 years, that teachers’ job evaluations and pay should be linked to how students (even students they don’t teach) perform on standardized tests. In an informal 'roundtable' with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and a select audience of AFT members, Clinton stated, 'I have for a very long time also been against the idea that you tie teacher evaluation and even teacher pay to test outcomes. There’s no evidence. There’s no evidence.'” (11/25/15)

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Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 11/27/15

Peaceful Anarchism

"Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we were joined again by Jared Howe, the voluntaryist rapper better known as J3433-One." [MP3] (11/27/15)

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How to rescue free speech in American academia

Nat Hentoff Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff

"In last week's column, I described how the national anti-free speech movement poses an imminent threat to freedom of expression in American academia. Those advocating for the anti-free speech movement attempt to interpret the 'language of free speech' to their advantage so that it applies only to them, but not to others. Their analysis often cites Title IX's antidiscrimination provisions and accuses free speech advocates of using 'weaponized words' to silence anti-racism protestors, but invariably ignores the long history of court decisions that have repeatedly applied First Amendment protections to offensive speech at public universities." (11/25/15)

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The real trouble with Bernie

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Andrew Levine

"Sanders's socialism has little to do with Eugene Debs'[s] or Daniel De Leon's, or with the anarcho-syndicalism of the IWW, the Industrial Workers of the World. But it is of a piece with the settled views of conservatives and liberals in mid-twentieth century America. Eisenhower seemed an old fuddy-duddy in the fifties; he is still thought of that way. But his boring, centrist (for the times) economic and social policies were, in many respects, more radical than anything that Sanders speaks of today ..." (11/27/15)

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The dangerous inequality meme

Notes On Liberty
by Fred Foldvary

"The inequality of wealth and income has become a meme loaded with danger. A 'meme' is an idea that gets propagated like genes in biology. Economic inequality has long been a topic of interest, but during the past few years, and especially during the 2015-2016 American elections, the inequality meme has erupted into a major political issue among those who identify as progressive, liberal, and socialist." (11/26/15)

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Stronger locks, better security

Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cindy Cohn

"What if, in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, or cybersecurity attacks on companies and government agencies, the FBI had come to the American people and said: In order to keep you safe, we need you to remove all the locks on your doors and windows and replace them with weaker ones. It's because, if you were a terrorist and we needed to get to your house, your locks might slow us down or block us entirely. So Americans, remove your locks! And American companies: stop making good locks! We'd all reject this as a bad idea. We'd see that it would make us all vulnerable, not just to terrorists but to ordinary thieves and bad guys. ... Yet that same tradeoff is similar to what's being asked of us in the attacks on strong encryption." (11/25/15)

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One sword keeps another in the sheath

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"George Herbert once wrote, 'One sword keeps another in the sheath.' Later Robert Heinlein expressed a similar idea in Beyond This Horizon when he wrote, 'An armed society is a polite society.' Today many people would argue the idea shared by Herbert and Heinlein is destructive. They argue that peace can only exist when the general population is unarmed but acknowledge the need for weapons to enforce such a prohibition so generally approve of the military and police keeping their weapons. But Herbert and Heinlein were correct, peace tends to prevail when no disparity of force exists." (11/27/15)

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Scariest thing about ISIS? Its kinder, gentler side

Reuters Reuters
by Jacqueline Lopour

"The attacks on Paris brought Islamic State’s brutality home to the Western world. ... These incidents are horrific, but they overshadow a more insidious, long-term threat: Islamic State’s kinder, gentler side. Thousands of peace-loving people live in Islamic State-occupied areas and are fed a steady stream of positive propaganda: Islamic State members feeding the poor, and hosting ice cream socials, carnivals, and tug-of-war contests. Islamic State is trying (in some areas, succeeding) in winning hearts and minds. Left unchecked, its public support will grow, making the group more difficult to defeat in the long run and giving it the space it needs to conduct future attacks like those in Paris and Beirut." (11/27/15)

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Turkey’s stab in the back

Justin Raimondo
by Justin Raimondo

"Putin's accusation that this is 'a stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists' is absolutely correct -- but he isn't just talking about Turkey, whose Islamist regime has been canoodling with the terrorists since the start of the Syria civil war. Washington and its allies, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar -- who have been directly aiding ISIS as well as the 'moderate' head-choppers -- is indirectly responsible for the downing the Russian plane -- including a barbaric attack on the rescue helicopter, which was downed by a US-provided TOW missile launcher. Yes, folks, your tax dollars are going to support Islamist crazies in Syria. The same people who attacked Paris are being aided and abetted by the US -- and if that isn't a criminal act, then there is no justice in this world." (11/24/15)

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NATO: This deal is a Turkey

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

"Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty states that an 'armed attack' on a NATO member 'shall be considered an attack against them all' and that all parties to the treaty must join in to 'restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.' Left unspecified is what happens when a NATO member itself launches an 'armed attack' on a non-member, as happened Tuesday when Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian Sukhoi-24 bomber near the Syrian border. ... If Russia responds tit-for-tat, and if Turkey successfully invokes Article 5, NATO members could suddenly find themselves in a shooting war born entirely of their own hubris. Turkey should never have been admitted to NATO in the first place, and both its membership and the existence of NATO itself have long outlived any possible value they might once have had." (11/24/15)

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The LAVA Flow Podcast, 11/24/15

The LAVA Flow Podcast The LAVA Flow Podcast

"In this forthnight's episode, Uber is being shut out in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but the citizens are not taking it laying down, what's in the news with news on ballistic fingerprinting, vets getting medical marijuana, and the government using asset forfeiture to steal more than criminals, and an Ancap App segment on" [various formats] (11/24/15)

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Ban encryption? It’s an impossible idea whose time will never come

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

"Unwilling to let a good crisis go to waste, government officials have played on public fears to suggest bogus links between the Paris attacks and privacy-protecting technology like encryption and bitcoin. It's all in an effort to deny the benefits of those technology to people who don't want to live under constant state scrutiny. The one saving grace is that these technologies were developed in the expectation that governments would pull exactly such stunts, and are well positioned to resist government controls." (11/24/15)

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Scapegoating Snowden

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

"James Woolsey, a former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), blames the recent terror attacks in Paris that killed 129 people on Edward Snowden, the hero who blew the whistle on systematic government constitutional violations involving unlawful spying on all Americans. ... according to Woolsey, there would have been no terror attacks in Paris or elsewhere if only Edward Snowden had kept his mouth shut about unconstitutional and criminal activities in the U.S. government intelligence agencies. Snowden is the scapegoat who ought to be sacrificed to atone for the sins of the U.S. government." (11/23/15)

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Getting charity right

Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor
by John Yemma

"Charity is simple in theory: A heart warms, a hand reaches out. In practice, though, ... [t]oo little can be a drop in the bucket; too much can foster dependence or open the door to skimming by middlemen and hucksters. [C]ritics have long worried about misdirected charity, about projects that do more harm than good. In his 2012 book, Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It), Robert Lupton, a veteran of 40 years of community work in inner-city Atlanta, argues that charity must not do for the poor what they can do for themselves. His is the ancient 'teach a man to fish' philosophy, which is no less true for being ancient. Mr. Lupton advocates limiting open-wallet generosity to emergencies such as natural disasters. Follow-on funding should focus on the development of self-sufficiency (offering microloans, hiring local builders and suppliers, and trying to establish self-funded, locally owned and operated enterprises)." (11/23/15)

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Regime change is the root of evil in Syria

Jacob G Hornberger Foundation for Economic Education
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Americans have become so accustomed to regime change as part of their federal governmental structure that most everyone has become quite blase about the topic. A good example is Syria, which has now been pushed front and center into the consciousness of the American people. Everyone is railing about those Syrian refugees but no one asks an important question: Under what authority is the U.S. government trying to oust a foreign leader from power?" (11/24/15)

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Dear progressives

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Aniruddha Ravisankar

"There is something incredibly inspiring about caring for others. I share your contempt for the inequities we find within and between countries. It hurts me each time I think about the unnecessary loss of life in the world due to poverty and economic stagnation. I am a classical liberal not because I don't care for others but because I do. I share your concern for the plight of the poor, I appreciate your desire for change, and I respect your disdain for narrow nationalism and feudalism. It is out of this appreciation that I ask you to come back to your political roots." (11/24/15)

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Okinawans say no to new US Marine Corps base

The Nation The Nation
by Tim Shorrock

"Last week, with the world’s eyes focused on the latest terrorist threats to Europe and Africa, 45 activists from the Japanese island of Okinawa came to Washington to demand justice for a country where the US military has held sway since World War II. The activists represent the All-Okinawa Council, a broad coalition of over 2,000 women’s-rights activists, businessmen, trade unionists, academics, and citizens’ groups formed to stop construction of a new Marine Corps base on an island that already hosts 32 American military installations." (11/24/15)

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The Supreme Court should hurry up and wait on immigration

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro and Josh Blackman

"On Friday, less than two weeks after a federal appellate court affirmed the injunction against President Obama's executive action on immigration, the administration asked the Supreme Court to give the case 'immediate review.' Despite the administration's desperate plea to resolve the case as soon as possible --to allow a policy whose general thrust we agree with to proceed --the justices need not rush what could become a landmark separation-of-powers case." [editor's note: But the case is so SIMPLE -- Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution clearly and unambiguously empowers the president to "grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment" -- that there's really no reason to wait; it's a slam dunk if the Constitution means what it says - TLK] (11/24/15)

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Quiet desperation and American fascism

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

"There's a must-read article if you want to understand why Democrats are losing the support of low income people who benefit from government programs like Medicaid and food stamps and logically should vote for Democrats based on pocketbook interests. Alec MacGillis of ProPublica, writing in The New York Times Sunday Review, observes that for the most part, the poor aren't defecting to Republicans -- they are not voting at all. His exhibit A is eastern Kentucky, one of America's poorest and most government-dependent regions. But the poor are so marginalized and disaffected that they are disconnected from civic life entirely." (11/23/15)

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Freedom Feens Radio, 11/24/15

Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio

"Jim Jesus, Angela Keaton and Dan Greene host tonight, Angela and Dan talk about why they've left the world of Facebook, Anonymous'[s] war on ISIS, they talk about Rush and classic rock music, Michael W. Dean makes a surprise appearance and hilarity ensues!" [various formats] (11/24/15)

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The Fed is above the law

Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner

"This post may upset some people, but I am simply trying to describe the world as it is, not as I would wish it to be. I recently spoke with Ryan Hart, who is researching the legal status of Fed policy. That got me thinking about the Fed's mandate, and whether it is legally enforceable." (11/24/15)

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Think campus PC out of control? Look at the military

The New Republic The New Republic
by Elspeth Reeve

"To put political correctness on college campuses in some actual perspective (terrible scourge, or media hysteria?) it helps to look at another institution that houses and trains a lot of angry and hormonal 18- to 24-year-olds: the U.S. military. These institutions have more in common than you might think. Both have to make a lot of rules to anticipate the actions of thousands of teens gathered in a strange place with sudden access to freedom and money and booze. Both bring together kids from all over, some of whom haven’t met many people of different races and ethnicities. Their relationships are more intimate than most of us have with our coworkers, because they live together, and they also can't be immediately fired for being jerks. This is a serious problem for the military, because it needs the teens to kill bad guys, not each other. And so it has procedures for dealing with conflicts over teen identity politics that can be far more intrusive than any university faculty training on microaggressions." (11/24/15)

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State campaign finance rules stifle free speech

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Kyle Maichle

"On Oct. 15, the California Fair Political Practices Commission issue new regulations on so-called 'coordination' between candidates and super political action committees. The new rules are widely considered to be the toughest in the nation. In fact, they're an outrageous infringement of freedom of speech." (11/24/15)

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Where does it end?: Left political correctness

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Norman Pollack

"By the logic of the Black Justice League, not only should Blacks at Princeton leave the institution lest their presence signifies complicity with racism, but the same standard should be consistently applied across the board, e.g., Black football players at southern universities such as Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU, Texas, Georgia, etc., schools from day one which were segregated until well into the postwar period, for by attending, let alone playing for, these schools they add to their prestige and indirectly legitimize their past. Ditto, the application of purging the past from all associations which directly or indirectly have or still do justify racism -- which takes in practically all of the American experience. Political correctness in any form is pernicious by its negation of class consciousness." (11/24/15)

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In Syria, the joke’s on Washington

Reuters Reuters
by Josh Cohen

"When Russia began its military campaign in Syria, the Obama administration and its allies quickly claimed it was a disaster in the making. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called Russian President Vladimir Putin 'impulsive' and said he was 'winging it' in Syria with no long-term strategy. Former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul ridiculed Putin’s 'supposed strategic genius,' arguing the Russian leader 'cannot restore Assad’s authority over the whole country.' Even President Barack Obama joined the chorus, publicly warning Putin that he risked an Afghanistan-style Russian 'quagmire' in Syria. It turns out, though, that the joke’s on Washington: Thanks to shrewd tactics plus tailwinds from the Paris attacks, Syria is turning into a major strategic victory for Putin. Here’s what he’s accomplished and how he did it." (11/24/15)

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Donald Trump’s politics of fear

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

"Two days after ISIS attacked Paris, The New York Times published a front-page story suggesting that terrorism's new centrality to the presidential race might be 'prompting voters to reconsider their flirtations with unconventional candidates and to take a more sober measure of who is prepared to serve as commander in chief.' Nope. In poll after poll after poll since then, Donald Trump's support has gone up. The public's new focus on terrorism may have hurt one outsider candidate, Ben Carson, but it has helped Trump, who according to a recent ABC News / Washington Post poll, Republicans trust to handle terrorism by a 24-point margin over his nearest competitor. This may seem crazy, but it's not." (11/24/15)

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Thanksgiving: Celebrating the birth of American free enterprise

Richard M. Ebeling The Cobden Centre
by Richard M Ebeling

"This time of the year, whether in good economic times or bad, is when Americans gather with their families and friends and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. It marks a remembrance of those early Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to make a new start in Plymouth, Massachusetts. What is less appreciated is that Thanksgiving also is a celebration of the birth of free enterprise in America." (11/24/15)

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The Citizens United president

USA Today USA Today
by Robert Weissman

"Will Barack Obama be remembered for standing by helplessly as Citizens United eroded the very foundations of our electoral democracy? That may be an unfortunate part of his legacy if he fails to take action soon to do something -- anything -- about the billions of dollars in corporate and super-rich money flooding over the electoral terrain. There's no doubt that President Obama opposes Citizens United and its underlying logic. ... But there's also this fact: Citizens United was decided with President Obama in the White House. In the almost six years since then, he has made almost no effort to address the political disaster unleashed by Citizens United. And, while he's been president, the federal policy response to Citizens United has been to do ... exactly nothing." (11/24/15)

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Limits of liberal war opposition

by David Swanson

"Robert Reich's website is full of proposals for how to oppose plutocracy, raise the minimum wage, reverse the trend toward greater inequality of wealth, etc. His focus on domestic economic policy is done in the traditional bizarre manner of U.S. liberals in which virtually no mention is ever made of the 54% of the federal discretionary budget that gets dumped into militarism. When such a commentator notices the problem of war, it's worth paying attention to exactly how far they're willing to go. Of course, they'll object to the financial cost of a potential war, while continuing to ignore the ten-times-greater cost of routine military spending. But where else does their rare war opposition fall short?" (11/24/15)

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Free Talk Live, 11/23/15

Free Talk Live Free Talk Live

"Robin Hood of Keene Victorious Again :: Adam Kokesh Forced on Greyhound After Being Banned from Airline When TSA Confused GPS Tracking Anklet with Bomb :: Adam Interrogated by FBI :: 3D Gun Blueprints Banned in New South Wales :: Defense Distributed Lawsuit." [Flash audio or MP3] (11/23/15)

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The economic burden of corporate taxation

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by David G Tuerck and James P Angelini

"As other countries lower their corporate tax rates, U.S. corporations are reincorporating in lower tax countries (engaging in 'tax inversions') to reduce their tax burdens. Permanently eliminating or lowering the U.S. corporate tax rate would reverse this tax calculus and establish the United States as a tax haven. The result would be a huge infusion of capital into the United States, made all the greater by other U.S. advantages, such as access to capital, rule of law and infrastructure." (11/24/15)

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Trump and Republican foreign policy

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"The hope for Rubio, Bush, et al. has been that eventually voters would tire of the completely unprepared candidates that don't know anything about policy, but as we have already seen for months Trump and Carson supporters don't care that their candidates know little or nothing about policy. Now that the conversation has shifted to national security and foreign policy instead of immigration, that just gives the 'outsider' candidates different subjects to use to their advantage. Trump's blunt and heavy-handed nationalist rhetoric seems to appeal much more broadly among Republican voters than the dangerous proposals of the other hawkish candidates that want to get the U.S. mired ever more deeply in Syria's civil war. More to the point, Trump's lack of foreign policy experience doesn't hurt him as much in a field in which most of his competitors have little or none of their own." (11/24/15)

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Post dated

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"What does a business do whose market share is decreasing, is billions of dollars in debt, and which incurred one-third of that debt just last year? Realistically, it cannot be sustained. Not as a normal business. Of course, the business in question has been struggling to reform, has been cutting costs. But can't cut enough. I'm referring to the United States Postal Service." (11/24/15)

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Hunters, trail riders, bikers and hikers

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley

"I think many of us enjoy the beautiful autumn weather, the feel of crunchy leaves under our feet and the fresh crisp smell of autumn breezes. I would kind of guess that a few of us may enjoy going out in the woods to enjoy our sports. I know hunters, trail riders, people that enjoy biking or hiking trails with or without frolicking dogs. I also think Second Amendment people are by nature caring of others. That's why I beg your indulgence. There is a new program asking people that are out in the woods in force, especially this time of year to help with a heart wrenching chore. Finding missing people." (11/23/15)

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The sorry tale of the PECB, Pakistan’s terrible electronic crime bill

Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Nighat Dad

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a government, in the wake of a national security crisis -- or hostage to the perceived threat of one -- will pursue and in many cases enact legislation that is claimed to protect its citizens from danger, actual or otherwise. These security laws often include wide-ranging provisions that do anything but protect their citizens' rights or their safety. We have seen this happen time and time again, from the America's PATRIOT Act to Canada's C-51. The latest wave of statements by politicians after the Paris bombing implies we will see more of the same very soon. Not keen to be left out, Pakistan has now joined the ranks of countries using 'cybercrime' and terrorism to rewrite the protections for their nationals' privacy and right to free expression." (11/23/15)

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Students, admins cite “safe spaces” in seeking limits to media coverage

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Alex Morey

"One of many noteworthy aspects of the recent protests over racial inequality on dozens of America's college campuses has been the effort by some protesters to bar members of the press in the name of creating a 'safe space' to air their grievances. Many students have voiced concerns that the media would mischaracterize the story or, conversely, that the mere presence of journalists in a public forum would make students uncomfortable voicing their opinions." (11/23/15)

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So, that’s DECC’s renewables plans entirely up in smoke then

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

"One of the little fables, falsities really, of the DECC's approach to climate change rests upon just the one number. And that's what is the price of natural gas per therm going to be off into the future. We could assume that the price will be roughly the same as today. Or it might fall as a result of fracking, or it might rise as a result of supplies running out. But we obviously do need to make a forecast because that's the only way we can work out whether those damn windmills and so on are ever going to be economic. So what DECC did was assume that gas prices would roughly double from their current level. In that manner they could then say that those windmills would in fact be cheaper. Not because the windmills are cheaper now, nor because they're going to become cheaper in the future, but because the gas price is going to double." (11/24/15)

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Arguments that water might run uphill are endless

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

"Noah Smith speculates that raising the minimum wage might be good for low-skilled workers over time because a higher minimum wage prompts firms to invest in technologies that increase worker productivity ('Want Innovation? Try Raising Minimum Wages,' Nov. 23). Key to his case is his observation that '[i]n the past, when companies implemented labor-saving technology -- whether assembly lines or computers -- their workers didn't simply go on the unemployment rolls. They became more productive than before and commanded higher wages.' While this observation is largely accurate, by using it to justify minimum wages Mr. Smith confuses cause and effect." (11/23/15)

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The atomic age and limited liability for nuclear accidents

The Hill The Hill
by William F Shughart II

"Some critics charge that the federal liability limit encourages the nuclear power industry not to insure adequately against accidents. But that criticism is untested because all damage claims thus far have been paid without recourse to Price-Anderson's secondary insurance fund. Nevertheless, the very large expected costs of a major nuclear event, unlikely as it may be, explain why private insurers are unwilling to underwrite fully any and all future accident claims. Price-Anderson clearly is a form of corporate welfare that indemnifies the nuclear industry in a worst-case scenario." (11/20/15)

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