10/21 -- UK: Truss resigns as prime minister; Starmer calls for immediate general elections; But Will Elections Change Anything?

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Today's Freedom News:

0)  Which Bob Dylan Song Does Our Year-End Fundraiser Look Like at the Moment?
1)  UK: Truss resigns as prime minister; Starmer calls for immediate general elections
2)  Iran: Girl, 16, beaten to death for not singing anthem in praise of regime kingpin
3)  SCOTUS rejects request to block Biden student loan debt forgiveness program
4)  WHO: Ugandan Ebola outbreak "rapidly evolving" after one month
5)  US college enrollment falls for third straight year
6)  Report: Russian jet released missile near RAF aircraft over Black Sea
7)  Palestine: Arabs strike in West Bank, Jerusalem over Israeli killings
8)  TX: Regime sues Google for allegedly capturing biometric data of millions without consent
9)  OR: In governor debate, Drazan hits Kotek as "original defund the police candidate"
10) OK: State employees kill schizophrenic prisoner
11) UK: Amazon faces $1 billion class action lawsuit over Buy Box
12) Sri Lanka: Lawmakers debate bill to trim presidential powers
13) China: Anger over death of girl, 14, sent to Covid quarantine
14) Chad: Clashes with regime thugs as protesters demand transition to civilian rule
15) OK: Feud with tribes threatens governor's reelection
16) US weekly jobless claims fall
17) WI: Police investigating after "private photos" of women's volleyball team leaked online
18) Turkey: Central bank makes huge rate cut amid 83% inflation
19) CA: Magnitude 4.3 quake strikes in remote redwoods wilderness
20) Disgraced former president deposed in alleged rape victim's defamation suit

Today's Freedom Commentary:

21) But Will Elections Change Anything?
22) Capital Punishment Places Too Much Trust In An Untrustworthy Institution
23) Alex Jones and The Freedom of Speech
24) Industrial Policy on Parade
25) Special Pleading and How to Recognize It
26) Kavanaugh on Halfway Originalism
27) The Ukraine Moment: Lessons from the War on Terror
28) Cheering for Death: Why Only Idiots Support War
29) Alex Jones Got What He Deserved, Part 3
30) The Left Faces a Reckoning on Crime
31) Government Is Making Housing More Expensive
32) Banking Crisis -- The Great Unwind
33) The Limits of Pro-Worker Conservatism
34) Student Loan Debt: The Financial Time Bomb Politicians Want to Ignore
35) How to Move Borders Without a War
36) Markets Aren't Perfect, but Government Is Worse
37) Vaccines Never Prevented the Transmission of Covid
38) Xi Plays Mao Without the Madness
39) Bounded Horizons
40) Why is a US ally jailing Americans for mean tweets?
41) Donald Trump Isn't the Biggest Grifter in This Country, The Republican Party Is
42) When Police Become Judge, Jury and Executioner
43) Josep Borrell and the EU's cultural imperialism
44) The Other Russia-West War: Why Some African Countries Are Abandoning Paris, Joining Moscow
45) Late-night hosts only have themselves to blame for cancellations, ratings flops
46) How to See the Unseen through the Broken Window Parable
47) California's Proposition 1 Is Perverse Virtue-Signaling
48) EU Lawmakers Must Reject This Proposal To Scan Private Chats
49) Poetry: Planting Angel Eggs On A Dying World
50) A Baker's Dozen[TM]: Lies about guns and self-defense

Today's Freedom Podcast and Video:

51) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/20/22
52) Conflicts of Interest, episode 338
53) Pod Save America, 10/20/22
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/20/22
55) Chris Rufo's Battle to "Stop Woke"
56) JobMakers, 10/20/22
57) The Bryan Hyde Show, 10/20/22
58) Rising, 10/20/22
59) The Charles C. W. Cooke Podcast, episode 4
60) Antiwar News with Dave DeCamp, 10/20/22
61) Political Theater with Jason Dick, 10/19/22
62) Ben Mckelvey on The Scott Horton Show
63) The Libertarian Angle, 10/19/22
64) DMZ with Bill Scher and Matt Lewis, 10/19/22
65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 2221

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0)  Which Bob Dylan Song Does Our Year-End Fundraiser Look Like at the Moment?

The answer, as of 6am Eastern time this morning, is "You Ain't Going Nowhere."* Yesterday was a "zero-dollar day," and our total remains at $757.50.

We only do one real fundraiser per year. Our goal is a modest $5,150, and thanks to supporter GL's "matching funds" offer, we only need to raise $2,575 from our other readers to wrap this thing up and mostly stop talking about money until NEXT October. Please support the freedom movement's daily newspaper at:

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* Yeah, the Byrds recorded the more well-known version, but Dylan wrote it.

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1)  UK: Truss resigns as prime minister; Starmer calls for immediate general elections
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for an immediate general election following the resignation of the prime minister. Sir Keir said the country 'cannot have another experiment at the top of the Tory party.' Liz Truss resigned as prime minister after just 45 days in the job, claiming she 'cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected.' A new prime minister is expected to be announced by 28 October. It will be the second Conservative Party leadership election this year. The Liberal Democrats, the SNP. Plaid Cymru and the Green Party have also been calling for an immediate general election. ... The next general election is not due to take place until at least 2024, after the Conservatives won a landslide majority in the last one in 2019. Ms Truss was elected by the Tory membership in September, but she lost authority after a series of U-turns." (10/21/22)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-63328852

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2)  Iran: Girl, 16, beaten to death for not singing anthem in praise of regime kingpin
Source: Hindustan Times [India]

"A 16-year-old Iranian girl died after she was allegedly beaten up by security forces in her classroom. The girl was beaten up for refusing to sing an anthem praising supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei along with other students, reports said. The incident took place last week in northwestern Ardabil city when the security forces were raiding Shaheed Girls High School, BBC reported. The security forces forced the girls to sing that anthem but when Asra Panahi, among others, resisted, they were beaten up. Asra Panahi later succumbed to her injuries in hospital, BBC reported quoting coordinating council of Iranian teachers' trade associations. However, the authorities have denied responsibility for Asra Panahi's death." (10/20/22)

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/asra-panahi-death-iran-anti-hijab-protests-mahsa-amini-protests-iran-protests-iran-girl-16-beaten-to-death-for-not-singing-anthem-praising-supreme-leader-101666262427700.html

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3)  SCOTUS rejects request to block Biden student loan debt forgiveness program
Source: CNBC

"The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request to block the Biden administration's student loan debt relief program. Justice Amy Coney Barrett denied the emergency application to block the program that had been filed by a Wisconsin taxpayers' group Wednesday. Barrett is responsible for such applications issued from cases in the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which includes Wisconsin. A notation of her denial on the Supreme Court's docket does not indicate that she referred the application to the entire Supreme Court before she rejected the request. ... The challenge to the plan came from the Brown County Taxpayers Association in Wisconsin, which had filed a federal lawsuit in that state as part of that effort. Earlier this month, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed the suit, saying the group lacked legal standing to stall the plan pending the outcome of the case." (10/20/22)

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/20/supreme-court-rejects-request-to-block-biden-student-debt-forgiveness-program.html

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4)  WHO: Ugandan Ebola outbreak "rapidly evolving" after one month
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

"Uganda's Ebola outbreak is 'rapidly evolving' a month after the disease was reported in the East African country, a top World Health Organization official said Thursday, describing a difficult situation for health workers. 'The Ministry of Health of Uganda has shown remarkable resilience and effectiveness and (is) constantly fine-tuning a response to what is a challenging situation,' Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the U.N. health agency's regional director for Africa, told reporters. 'A better understanding of the chains of transmission is helping those on the ground respond more effectively.' Uganda declared an outbreak of Ebola on Sept. 20, several days after the contagious disease began spreading in a rural farming community. Ebola has since infected 64 people and killed 24, although official figures do not include people who likely died of Ebola before the outbreak was confirmed." (10/20/22)

https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2022/oct/20/world-health-organization-says-ugandan-ebola-outbreak-rapidly-evolving-after-1-month-tfp/

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5)  US college enrollment falls for third straight year
Source: The Hill

"Undergraduate enrollment in the United States dropped again for the third year in a row, according to preliminary data released Thursday. The data show colleges and universities across the country enrolled 1.1 percent fewer undergraduate students between the fall of 2021 and 2022 keeping up with a decadelong trend. ... In a reverse of last year, graduate enrollment has also dipped by 1 percent, potentially marking the end of a pandemic-era uptick in post-baccalaureate students. But while the data show that total enrollment is still going down, it also reflects a change for the better in the historic drop in college enrollment that started at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. Last year's drop in college enrollment is only half the rate of decline that took place the year before, researchers found." (10/20/22)

https://thehill.com/changing-america/enrichment/education/3697033-college-enrollment-falls-for-third-straight-year/

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6)  Report: Russian jet released missile near RAF aircraft over Black Sea
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"A missile was released from a Russian aircraft near an unarmed RAF plane on patrol over the Black Sea, the defence secretary has said. Ben Wallace said the 'potentially dangerous' incident happened on 29 September in international airspace. Russia said it was the result of a 'technical malfunction.' UK patrols over the Black Sea were suspended but have now resumed and are escorted by a fighter jet following Russia's response. Mr Wallace told MPs the UK was not treating the incident as a 'deliberate escalation' by Russia but said it was a 'reminder of quite how dangerous things can be when you choose to use your fighters in the manner that the Russians have done over many periods of time.'" (10/20/22)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-63327999

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7)  Palestine: Arabs strike in West Bank, Jerusalem over Israeli killings
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

"A Palestinian teenager has succumbed to wounds he sustained one month ago when he was shot by the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian health ministry announced that Mohammad Fadi Nouri, 16, died on Thursday. Nouri was shot in the stomach during confrontations on the outskirts of Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the ministry said. The teen's death was announced as Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank began a one-day general strike and called for confrontations with Israeli forces. Thursday's shutdown came in response to the killing of another Palestinian, 22-year-old Uday Tamimi, on Wednesday night. Israeli authorities accused Tamimi of an October 8 shooting at the main checkpoint into the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, in which one Israeli soldier was killed and another wounded." (10/20/22)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/20/palestinians-strike-in-west-bank-jerusalem-over-israel-killings

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8)  TX: Regime sues Google for allegedly capturing biometric data of millions without consent
Source: Reuters

"Texas has filed a lawsuit against Alphabet's Google for allegedly collecting biometric data of millions of Texans without obtaining proper consent, the attorney general's office said in a statement on Thursday. The complaint says that companies operating in Texas have been barred for more than a decade from collecting people's faces, voices or other biometric data without advanced, informed consent. 'In blatant defiance of that law, Google has, since at least 2015, collected biometric data from innumerable Texans and used their faces and their voices to serve Google's commercial ends,' the complaint said. 'Indeed, all across the state, everyday Texans have become unwitting cash cows being milked by Google for profits.' Google did not immediately reply to a request for comment." (10/20/22)

https://www.reuters.com/legal/texas-sues-google-allegedly-capturing-biometric-data-millions-without-consent-2022-10-20/

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9)  OR: In governor debate, Drazan hits Kotek as "original defund the police candidate"
Source: Fox News

"The Oregon gubernatorial candidates clashed in a debate Wednesday on the topic of state funding for police and law enforcement. The candidates for the Oregon governorship are Democrat Tina Kotek, Republican Christine Drazan and independent Betsy Johnson. Following a question about the need for funding law enforcement to combat crime, Kotek was the first to respond. 'When people call 911, they need to feel safe and have the right response at the right time. I've always supported our state police,' Kotek said. ... Drazan and Johnson both pushed back on Kotek's response, saying they were surprised to hear her say she supports law enforcement. 'Tina Kotek is the original defund-the-police candidate,' Drazan said during her time to respond. 'She did not support the police even when rioters were attacking a police station.'" (10/20/22)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/oregon-governor-debate-drazan-hits-kotek-original-defund-police-candidate

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10) OK: State employees kill schizophrenic prisoner
Source: Yahoo! News

"Oklahoma executed Benjamin Cole, the 57-year-old who was sentenced to death for the 2002 killing of his nine-month-old daughter Brianna, on Thursday. A spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections confirmed to reporters that the sentence had been carried out and that the 'time of death was 10:22 a.m. (CT),' per CNN. ... Attorneys representing Cole have argued that he is severely mentally ill and has been diagnosed with both paranoid schizophrenia and a growing lesion on his brain. They attempted to argue to the parole board that, due to these reasons, he was unfit for execution." (10/20/22)

https://news.yahoo.com/oklahoma-executes-mentally-ill-man-155517484.html

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11) UK: Amazon faces $1 billion class action lawsuit over Buy Box
Source: SFGate

"Amazon is facing a $1 billion class action lawsuit in the U.K. over allegations it uses an algorithm to favor its own products and those of third-party sellers who use its storage and delivery services. The litigation is being spearheaded by the law firm Hausfeld & Co LLP, which said in a news release that anyone who lives in the U.K. and made purchases on Amazon since October 2016 is eligible to be a claimant. The suit is expected to be filed at the Competition Appeal Tribunal in London by the end of October. The lawsuit will focus primarily on Amazon's 'Buy Box' feature, a coveted spot that makes items more visible to shoppers and thereby lead to more sales for merchants listed there. The box features a product from a single seller, though many more might offer the same item." (10/20/22)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Amazon-faces-1B-class-action-lawsuit-in-the-UK-17522477.php

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12) Sri Lanka: Lawmakers debate bill to trim presidential powers
Source: Seattle Times

"Sri Lankan lawmakers began debating a proposed constitutional amendment on Thursday that would trim the powers of the president, a key demand of protesters who are seeking political reforms and solutions to the country's dire economic crisis. ... Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told Parliament that the proposed amendment would transfer some presidential powers, including the appointment of officials, to a constitutional council comprising lawmakers and respected non-politicians. The council would recommend candidates for appointment to the president. ... The bill will be debated on Thursday and Friday and a vote will be held on Friday. It must be approved by two-thirds of the 225-member Parliament to become law." (10/20/22)

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/sri-lankan-lawmakers-debate-bill-to-trim-presidential-powers/

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13) China: Anger over death of girl, 14, sent to Covid quarantine
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The family of a 14-year-old girl in China who died after she was put in a Covid quarantine centre are demanding justice, saying their calls for medical help were ignored. Guo JinJin, 14, developed a fever two days after being taken to the centre in Ruzhou, Henan province last Friday. Videos of her shaking and convulsing on a bed sparked an outcry online in China which retains strict pandemic controls. Her family had shared the clips, appealing for help and accountability. Officials contacted by the BBC have yet to comment on the allegations or the cause of Guo Jinjin's death, which remains unclear. In his video, her father Guo Lele said workers at the centre had failed to provide any treatment to JinJin as her condition worsened." (10/20/22)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-63324655

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14) Chad: Clashes with regime thugs as protesters demand transition to civilian rule
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

"Police in Chad's capital N'Djamena have clashed with demonstrators who defied a protest ban to demand a quicker transition to democratic rule. Hundreds of people took to the streets on Thursday to mark the date when the military had initially promised to hand over power -- a period that has been extended for another two years. The country has been rocked by a political crisis since longtime President Idriss Deby was killed on the battlefield in April 2021 while visiting front-line troops. Mahamat Idriss Deby, his 38-year-old son, was then installed by the military as interim president. He had initially promised not to take part in elections that would follow an 18-month transition to civilian rule but as the deadline neared, a nationwide forum staged by Deby reset the clock." (10/20/22)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/20/clashes-chad-protesters-demand-transition-civilian-rule

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15) OK: Feud with tribes threatens governor's reelection
Source: US News & World Report

"Many of the 39 Native American tribes based in Oklahoma have played roles in state politics for decades, often behind the scenes. They became bigger, more outspoken players when voters approved Las Vegas-style gambling in 2004. The budgets of several major tribes ballooned with casino revenue. This year, in their most forceful political move yet, they are wielding their considerable influence to oppose a second term for Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, himself a Cherokee citizen, who is facing a tough reelection challenge after feuding with the tribes for nearly his entire first term. With the election just weeks away, five of the state's most powerful tribes jointly endorsed Stitt's Democratic opponent, Joy Hofmeister, the state's public schools superintendent who has promised a more cooperative relationship with the tribal nations." (10/20/22)

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2022-10-20/feud-with-tribes-threatens-oklahoma-governors-reelection

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16) US weekly jobless claims fall
Source: Reuters

"The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell unexpectedly last week, indicating the labor market remains tight even as demand for labor is cooling amid higher interest rates. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell to a seasonally adjusted 214,000 for the week ended Oct. 15, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Data for the prior week was revised to show 2,000 fewer applications filed than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast 230,000 applications for the latest week." (10/20/22)

https://www.reuters.com/markets/us/us-weekly-jobless-claims-fall-2022-10-20/

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17) WI: Police investigating after "private photos" of women's volleyball team leaked online
Source: Fox News

"Police are investigating a matter involving the Wisconsin Badgers women's volleyball team after the university said 'private photos' that were 'never intended to be shared publicly' were being circulated online without the consent of those involved. The athletics department released a statement late Wednesday confirming that the UW-Madison Police Department is investigating 'multiple crimes' after student-athletes contacted them over the photos and video. ... According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one image shared by a source shows some members of the team posing with their sports bras lifted after winning the Big Ten title in November 2021. " (10/20/22)

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/police-investigating-private-photos-wisconsin-womens-volleyball-team-leaked-online

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18) Turkey: Central bank makes huge rate cut amid 83% inflation
Source: ABC News

"Turkey's central bank has slashed interest rates for the third month in a row, making its biggest drop this year despite sky-high inflation that is squeezing people's finances as it follows President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's unorthodox economic views. The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey on Thursday lowered the benchmark rate by a massive 1.5 percentage points, to 10.5%. ... Turkey has followed Erdogan's belief that high borrowing costs cause high inflation, though traditional economic thinking says that raising rates is the antidote to inflation. The country saw inflation hit a staggering 83.45% in official September statistics, making it difficult for people to afford to buy necessities." (10/20/22)

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkish-central-bank-makes-huge-rate-cut-amid-91786493

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19) CA: Magnitude 4.3 quake strikes in remote redwoods wilderness
Source: SFGate

"A magnitude 4.3 earthquake shook Humboldt County early Thursday morning, striking within the Six Rivers National Forest about 62 miles southwest of Redding, according to the US Geological Survey. The earthquake struck at a depth of 20 miles at 12:55 a.m. in a remote wilderness of redwood trees. Two of the 'larger' closest towns to the epicenter are Hayfork (pop. 2,300) and Redway (pop. 1,300). The epicenter is 22.6 miles southwest of Hayfork and 22.6 miles northeast of Redway. Shaking was reported as far south as the Humboldt and Mendocino county lines and as far north as Arcata, the USGS said." (10/20/22)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Magnitude-4-3-quake-strikes-in-remote-California-17522243.php

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20) Disgraced former president deposed in alleged rape victim's defamation suit
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Former President Trump answered questions under oath Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll, a magazine columnist who says he raped her in the mid-1990s in a department store dressing room. The deposition gave Carroll's lawyers a chance to interrogate Trump about the assault allegations, as well as statements he made in 2019 when she told her story publicly for the first time. ... Trump has said Carroll's rape allegation is 'a hoax and a lie.' His legal team worked for years to delay his deposition in the lawsuit, which was filed when the Republican was still president." (10/20/22)

https://www.npr.org/2022/10/20/1130131679/donald-trump-deposed-in-defamation-suit-filed-by-e-jean-carroll

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21) But Will Elections Change Anything?
Source: Brownstone Institute
by Jeffrey A Tucker

"It's coming up in a fortnight. For many people, all their hopes rest on the outcome. I get it because these seem like very dark times. We cannot live without hope. But we also need realism. The problems are deep, pervasive, scandalously entrenched. Many people won financially and in terms of power from lockdowns and have no intention either to apologize or give up their gains. What's more, for that to have happened to this great country – and many great counties -- indicates something far more pernicious than a policy error or an ideological mistake. The fix is going to require vast change. Tragically, the elected politicians may be the least likely to push for such a change." (10/20/22)

https://brownstone.org/articles/but-will-elections-change-anything/

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22) Capital Punishment Places Too Much Trust In An Untrustworthy Institution
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"If [Nikolas] Cruz had been killed at the scene of the crime, in immediate defense of innocents and when split-second decisions had to be made, I'd be the last to criticize his killers. But trusting the state with the power to kill disarmed prisoners in cold blood and with premeditation is never a good idea, for two reasons. One is that any time we trust the state with power of any kind, mistakes will inevitably be made. The other is that any time we trust the state with power of any kind, political considerations will affect how that power is exercised. The difference between most mistakes and political considerations and this particular type is that in most cases the damages can be at least partially remedied. ... But dead is dead." (10/20/22)

https://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/17200

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23) Alex Jones and The Freedom of Speech
Source: Judge Napolitano
by Andrew P Napolitano

"The iconic language of the First Amendment can be recited by schoolchildren, yet it is ignored by judges in Connecticut when the speech has been uttered by Alex Jones. Since the modern interpretations of the First Amendment began in the late 1960s, opinions on matters of public interest have been protected speech, so long as some reasons for the opinions were articulated. The reasons can be inaccurate, and the opinions can be wild, bizarre or irrational. But if it is an opinion, it is protected speech -- except in Connecticut and except if the speaker is Alex Jones. Here is the backstory." (10/19/20)

https://www.judgenap.com/alex-jones-and-the-freedom-of-speech/

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24) Industrial Policy on Parade
Source: EconLog
by Veronique de Rugy

"It's no longer news that industrial policy is making a comeback. Too bad, that. In the zombie parade of bad policies that the left and the new right are now staging, this one is particularly baffling. Industrial policy has been tried on large scales -- think the Soviet Union -- and on smaller scales, including in the US and many other countries. The fact that past industrial policy attempts were abandoned due to grotesque failure to achieve their goals seems to make no difference to those who are intent on reviving this practice." (10/20/22)

https://www.econlib.org/industrial-policy-on-parade/

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25) Special Pleading and How to Recognize It
Source: Ideas
by David Friedman

"Political arguments often start with a conclusion someone wants to defend. He comes up with an argument to defend it. Sometimes the argument, carefully examined, leads to the wrong conclusion. Examples: Income Redistribution and Initial Appropriation ... Reparations for Slavery ... Selective Arguments ..." (10/20/22)

https://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2022/10/special-pleading-and-how-to-recognize-it.html

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26) Kavanaugh on Halfway Originalism
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Will Baude

"The so-called 'dormant' Commerce Clause restricts state authority over interstate commerce, even though the text of the Commerce Clause is a grant of authority to Congress. While there are some originalist defenses of this doctrine, and much evidence that something in the Constitution is supposed to restrict state authority over interstate commerce, a common opinion among many originalist judges and scholars is something like what Justice Thomas argued in his dissent in Camps Newfound: the Commerce Clause should not be read as a restriction on state authority, and instead those restrictions should come from the Import/Export Clause, Article IV's Privileges and Immunities Clause, and the like." (10/20/22)

https://reason.com/volokh/2022/10/20/kavanaugh-on-halfway-originalism/

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27) The Ukraine Moment: Lessons from the War on Terror
Source: TomDispatch
by Karen J Greenberg

"Ukraine is obviously a powder keg. With each passing day, in fact, the war there poses new threats to the world order. Only recently, Vladimir Putin's Russia intensified its attacks on civilian targets in that beleaguered land, while threatening to use tactical nuclear weapons and adding Ukraine's neighbor Belarus to its side on the battlefield. And don't forget the Russian president's decision to draft hundreds of thousands of additional civilians into his military, not to speak of the sham referendums he conducted to annex parts of Ukraine and the suspected cyberattack by a pro-Russian group that disrupted airline websites at hubs across the United States. President Biden has repeatedly pledged not to enter the war." (10/20/22)

https://tomdispatch.com/the-ukraine-moment

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28) Cheering for Death: Why Only Idiots Support War
Source: Agorist Nexus
by Graham Smith

"It's okay to be an 'idiot.' Everyone is ignorant of one thing or another, and I myself used to be an idiot supporter of war, simply because I didn't realize what it actually was. As the world stands at the precipice of another world war, fomented by bankers and social engineers in the shadows, and folks on all sides are getting caught up in the hype, I think it is time to re-examine some history, to the end of taking a fresh look at how evil is repeating itself right before our eyes. Evil that normally decent human beings are rabidly cheering for." (10/20/22)

https://www.agoristnexus.com/cheering-for-death-why-only-idiots-support-war/

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29) Alex Jones Got What He Deserved, Part 3
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Some of Jones's supporters claim that the jury award of $965 million in the Connecticut trial is excessive. They could have a point. It's difficult to know for sure without having been there and seen what the evidence in the case was. The plaintiffs testified that they were subjected to unbelievably horrific actions at the hands of Jones's followers. Some families had to move out of their homes because of the extreme harassment. One of Jones's followers even urinated on the grave of one of the children who was killed. Thus, there seems to be no doubt that the plaintiffs suffered enormous emotional and psychological damage as a result of the harassment they received." [editor's note: Unless Jones did the harassing or urinating, he's not the one the suit would be correctly aimed at – TLK] (10/20/22)

https://www.fff.org/2022/10/20/alex-jones-got-what-he-deserved-part-3/

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30) The Left Faces a Reckoning on Crime
Source: City Journal
by Hannah Meyers

"As the November midterms approach, left-leaning candidates from Pennsylvania to Oregon to Wisconsin have come under intense pressure over growing violence and disorder in American communities -- particularly in majority-black neighborhoods, where even everyday actions like sending kids to school, attending a baseball game, or going to the lobby of one's building to get mail are increasingly fraught with danger. These neighborhoods are experiencing what criminologists call a breakdown in 'collective efficacy.' Coined by Harvard's Robert Sampson, the term refers to the degree of trust among community members and their willingness to intervene to mitigate problems, such as crime. Collective efficacy is how a neighborhood establishes and broadcasts expectations of appropriate and law-abiding behavior. It's the civilian version of Broken Windows policing, which stresses law enforcement's role in keeping order and in building neighborhood trust." (10/20/22)

https://www.city-journal.org/the-left-faces-a-reckoning-on-criminal-justice

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31) Government Is Making Housing More Expensive
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Ryan McMaken

"The average square footage in new single-family houses has been declining since 2015. House sizes tend to fall just during recessionary periods. It happened from 2008 to 2009, from 2001 to 2002, and from 1990 to 1991. But even with strong economic-growth numbers well into 2019, it looks like demand for houses of historically large size may have finally peaked even before the 2020 recession and our current economic malaise. ... In recent months we're finally starting to see evidence of falling home sales and falling home prices. It's only now, with mortgage rates surging, inflation soaring, and real wages falling -- and thus home price affordability falling -- that there are now good reasons for builders to think 'wow, maybe we need to build some smaller, less costly homes.' There are many reasons to think that they won't, and that for-purchase homes will simply become less affordable. But it's not the fault of the builders." (10/20/22)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/government-is-making-housing-more-expensive/

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32) Banking Crisis -- The Great Unwind
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair Macleod

"There is a growing feeling in markets that a financial crisis of some sort is now on the cards. Credit Suisse's very public struggles to refinance itself is proving to be a wake-up call for markets, alerting investors to the parlous state of global banking. This article identifies the principal elements leading us into a global financial crisis. Behind it all is the threat from a new trend of rising interest rates, and the natural desire of commercial banks everywhere to reduce their exposure to falling financial asset values both on their balance sheets and held as loan collateral." (10/20/22)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2022/10/banking-crisis-the-great-unwind/

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33) The Limits of Pro-Worker Conservatism
Source: The American Prospect
by Justin H Vassallo

"Since Donald Trump's takeover of the Republican Party, a small group of heterodox conservatives has struggled to develop a 'pro-worker' politics for the right. New think tanks such as American Compass, headed by former Mitt Romney adviser Oren Cass, have rolled out arguments for industrial policy and family policy, while Compact magazine, a putative vehicle to blend cultural conservatism and social democracy, launched this past spring, expanding the fora for conservative statecraft and right-wing populism that Julius Krein's American Affairs spearheaded shortly after Trump's inauguration in 2017. These institutions and thinkers are united by two premises: that modern liberalism has radically atomized society and that Trump's attacks on globalism and China were fundamentally correct. But their main apostasy ... is that libertarianism is 'a philosophy for stupid people.'" (10/20/22)

https://prospect.org/politics/limits-of-pro-worker-conservatism/

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34) Student Loan Debt: The Financial Time Bomb Politicians Want to Ignore
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Kevin Van Elswyk

"Media reports claim this debt prevents economic recovery. Chuck Schumer would erase it with the flick of a pen. Elizabeth Warren would remove it to free students' ability to buy a house and form a family. Janet Yellen opines paying off student loan debt (SLD) will free up venture capital. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims the proposed Biden plan is inadequate. ... Casual accounting and limited underwriting controls have created a student-as-ATM monster that feeds the universities. If this calamity were a crime scene, there would be a crowd of suspects leaving their DNA behind." (10/20/22)

https://mises.org/wire/student-loan-debt-financial-time-bomb-politicians-want-ignore

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35) How to Move Borders Without a War
Source: The Atlantic
by Timothy William Waters

"When u.s. secretary of state Antony Blinken talks about defending the 'rules-based order,' he is referring to the post–World War II liberal, internationalist, market-based system that, bolstered by human rights, seemed to reach its apotheosis with the end of the Cold War. One of that system's foundational principles is the rejection of war as a way to change borders. In exchange for giving up war, states gained guarantees for their territorial integrity. Which worked, or seemed to .... Protection against intervention gave states something else too: a free hand against internal threats. ... Never a very pretty bargain, then -- but as long as it worked, perhaps worthwhile. Now, though, that bargain is breaking down." (10/20/22)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/10/borders-secession-independence-negotiation/671791

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36) Markets Aren't Perfect, but Government Is Worse
Source: Reason
by Veronique de Rugy

"No serious free marketer believes that markets are perfect. We aren't utopians. Unfortunately, perfect markets and perfect competition are often the starting point of economic textbooks. This rosy starting point leads many to conclude that when conditions are less than perfect, the best course of action for a correction is government intervention. It's wrong. Not only is government itself imperfect, as anyone can plainly see, but the market is a process to find and fix errors." (10/20/22)

https://reason.com/2022/10/20/markets-arent-perfect-but-government-is-worse/

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37) Vaccines Never Prevented the Transmission of Covid
Source: Tablet Magazine
by Alex Gutentag

"In late 2021 and early 2022, it was commonplace for journalists and public intellectuals to demonize and shame 'the unvaccinated,' a group that in the United States was disproportionately low income. The New York Times ran pieces like 'I'm Furious at the Unvaccinated' and 'Unvaxxed, Unmasked and Putting Our Kids at Risk'. The Los Angeles Times published a column titled 'Mocking anti-vaxxers: COVID deaths is ghoulish, yes -- but may be necessary.' ... Noam Chomsky, a self-described libertarian socialist, said unvaccinated people should remove themselves from society and be 'isolated.' Asked how they would get food that way, he answered, 'Well actually, that's their problem.'" (10/20/22)

https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/science/articles/vaccines-never-prevented-transmission-covid-alex-gutentag

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38) Xi Plays Mao Without the Madness
Source: The American Conservative
by Doug Bandow

"War with Russia is unsettling countries around the globe, but the most serious challenge to the U.S. and West is likely to come from Beijing. The 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party has convened, and General Secretary Xi Jinping appears set for a third term, and ultimately perhaps rule for life. The import of his 64-page report to assembled CCP paladins was simple: communism and dictatorship forever. ... Over the last decade space for individual thought and action in the PRC has steadily closed. And themes from the Maoist era are returning." (10/20/22)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/xi-plays-mao-without-the-madness/

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39) Bounded Horizons
Source: Law & Liberty
by Carson Holloway

"We live in an age that tends to reject limits. We chafe under conventional limits, or limits that are the product of human authority, which are commonly condemned as oppressive or alienating. More radically, we even rebel at the thought of natural limits, or limits imposed by some unalterable necessity. Leaving aside the most extreme expressions of this rebellion (such as hopes for some kind of technologically assisted transhumanism), it even shows up in the most ordinary and apparently unexceptionable discourse. Reputable people in positions of authority will actually tell impressionable young children things like, 'you can do anything you set your mind to,' or 'if you dream big and work hard, there are no limits to what you can achieve.'" (10/20/22)

https://lawliberty.org/book-review/limited-possibilities/

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40) Why is a US ally jailing Americans for mean tweets?
Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Allison McManus, Bethany Alhaidari, & Madeleine Hall

"As clamor over Saudi Arabia's recent decision not to increase oil production as part of OPEC+ continues to rise, the Saudi regime has once again proved itself an unreliable ally, this time sentencing an U.S. citizen to 16 years in prison for tweeting. Saad Ibrahim Almadi, a 72-year-old project manager, was convicted and sentenced earlier this month, after having spent nearly a year in detention. This is certainly not the first time that the kingdom has targeted Americans in a brutal crackdown that has ensnared regime critics, women's rights activists, and business and political elite. Under MbS's leadership, Saudi has also more readily engaged in the targeting of dissidents, defectors, and rights defenders abroad, including in the United States." (10/20/22)

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/10/20/why-is-a-us-ally-jailing-americans-for-mean-tweets/

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41) Donald Trump Isn't the Biggest Grifter in This Country, The Republican Party Is
Source: Common Dreams
by Thom Hartmann

"The title of Maggie Haberman's new book about Donald Trump is 'Confidence Man' and, truth be told, Trump has been a con man his entire life. Haberman documents it all in excruciating detail. But when you compare Trump's cons with the $50 trillion that the GOP has conned out of the American working class and given to the top 1 percent since 1980, Trump looks like a piker. He played his role in that GOP con, of course, setting up the very richest Americans to get more billions of dollars a year in tax breaks for the foreseeable future, but he's a Johnny-come-lately to the GOP game. They've been running a money-and-power scam on white voters since Nixon's 'Southern Strategy' of the 1960s, a long con that went hypersonic with the election of Ronald Reagan." (10/20/22)

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/10/20/donald-trump-isnt-biggest-grifter-country-republican-party

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42) When Police Become Judge, Jury and Executioner
Source: CounterPunch
by John W Whitehead

"If you ask cops and their enablers what Americans should do to stay alive during encounters with police, they will tell you to comply, cooperate, obey, not resist, not argue, not make threatening gestures or statements, avoid sudden movements, and submit to a search of their person and belongings. Unfortunately, in the American police state, compliance is no guarantee that you will survive an encounter with the police with your life and liberties intact." (10/20/22)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/10/20/when-police-become-judge-jury-and-executioner/

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43) Josep Borrell and the EU's cultural imperialism
Source: spiked
by Frank Furedi

"Many commentators seem surprised to have heard Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign-policy chief, resorting to the language of 19th-century colonialism last week. Borrell's description of Europe as a 'garden,' and the rest of the world as a 'jungle,' has prompted charges of 'racism' and 'neocolonialism'. Even the New York Times, normally a fervent advocate of EU federalism, notes that Borrell's 'crude comments ... point to bigger problems' for the EU. Borrell's remarks have embarrassed EU advocates -- not so much because they disagree with them, but because he has let the cat out of the bag. He has simply made the EU's imperial ambitions explicit." (10/20/22)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/10/20/josep-borrell-and-the-eus-cultural-imperialism/

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44) The Other Russia-West War: Why Some African Countries Are Abandoning Paris, Joining Moscow
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ramzy Baroud

"The United States, along with its western allies, have been aware of, and warning against China's growing clout in Africa. The establishment of US AFRICOM in 2007 was rightly understood to be a countering measure to China's influence. Since then, and arguably before, talks of a new 'Scramble for Africa' abounded, with new players, including China, Russia, even Turkiye, entering the fray. The Russia-Ukraine war, however, has altered geopolitical dynamics in Africa, as it highlighted the Russian-French rivalry on the continent, as opposed to the Chinese-American competition there." (10/20/22)

https://original.antiwar.com/ramzy-baroud/2022/10/19/the-other-russia-west-war-why-some-african-countries-are-abandoning-paris-joining-moscow/

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45) Late-night hosts only have themselves to blame for cancellations, ratings flops
Source: Fox News
by Joe Concha

"They keep falling one-by-one: First Samantha Bee's 'Full Frontal' on TBS. Then the Trevor Noah version of 'The Daily Show' on Comedy Central. Bee has already been canceled, and Noah will soon be departing. Hardly anyone will notice their exits, however, as Bee was having trouble attracting even 300,000 viewers to her show, while Noah can't draw above 400,000 viewers on most nights. For context, Jon Stewart averaged 2.5 million viewers at his peak on 'The Daily Show' in 2013, well before the rise of Donald Trump and the artificial rise in ratings for the late-night genre in general. Speaking of Trump, he continues to be front and center on the broadcast late-night shows. It's hard to find a monologue on Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel or Seth Meyers without the former president, out of office for nearly two years, being the target." (10/20/22)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/late-night-hosts-only-have-themselves-blame-cancellations-ratings-flops

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46) How to See the Unseen through the Broken Window Parable
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jonathan Newman

"[A] boy throws a brick at a baker's window and a crowd gathers to discuss the economic consequences. They console the baker by pointing out that glass-repair companies need business, too, so it isn't all bad news. After further reflection, they conclude that total employment and spending in the community has increased because of the broken window, and that this little spark of spending by the baker to repair the window sets off a chain reaction of spending. Now the glazier has extra cash to spend on various items, and the people who sold him those things now have extra income, and so on. The crowd draws the conclusion that destruction is beneficial for the economy because it stimulates spending and employment. If that sounds too absurd to be true, it's because it is." (10/19/22)

https://fee.org/articles/how-to-see-the-unseen-through-the-broken-window-parable/

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47) California's Proposition 1 Is Perverse Virtue-Signaling
Source: Independent Institute
by Mary LG Theroux

"Imponderables about California's Proposition 1: Abortion in California is already, indisputably legal during the first six months of pregnancy, and illegal after the fetus has become viable (week 24 to 26), unless necessary for the mother's life or health. So why is Proposition 1 -- which will amend the California State Constitution to enshrine a right, funded by taxpayers' money, to abortion on demand for any reason for the full term of pregnancy -- on the ballot, and why are more than $9 million being spent to support its passage? Following the Supreme Court's decision this year that the U.S. Constitution doesn't have anything to say about abortion, and it is thus a matter for states to decide, many seized the opportunity to grandstand politically -- and none so blatantly as California's Governor Newsom." (10/19/22)

https://blog.independent.org/2022/10/19/californias-proposition-1-is-perverse-virtue-signaling/

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48) EU Lawmakers Must Reject This Proposal To Scan Private Chats
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Joe Mullin

"Having a private conversation is a basic human right. Like the rest of our rights, we shouldn't lose it when we go online. But a new proposal by the European Union could throw our privacy rights out the window. The European Union's executive body is pushing ahead with a proposal that could lead to mandatory scanning of every private message, photo, and video. The EU Commission's wants to open the intimate data of our digital lives up to review by government-approved scanning software, and then checked against databases that maintain images of child abuse. The tech doesn't work right. And launching a system of 'bugs in our pockets' is just wrong, even when it's done in the name of protecting children." (10/19/22)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/10/eu-lawmakers-must-reject-proposal-scan-private-chats

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49) Poetry: Planting Angel Eggs On A Dying World
Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist
by Caitlin Johnstone

"Planting angel eggs on a dying world, / at the feet of billboards, / in the clearcut wastelands, / by the rivers of tears from Yemeni mothers, / under highway overpasses where defective gear-turners sleep, / shambling from crater to crater on tree stump legs / wailing whale songs and praying to unprofitable gods, / planting them in the ashes whispering / 'May there be kindness, / may there be seeing, / may there be artist lovers who are each other's muse.' ... Dancing a doomed dance, / a dance of holy futility, / the dance of madmen, / the dance of heretics, / the dance of censored saints, / of banished buddhas, / singing a song of hopeless hope, / irrational hope, / unscientific hope, / the hope of lovers and lunatics, / a lunatic's song sung to the moon." (10/20/22)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2022/10/20/planting-angel-eggs-on-a-dying-world/

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50) A Baker's Dozen[TM]: Lies about guns and self-defense
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"As always, the media is full of lies -- of omission, commission, and half-truths -- about weapons, people, and society. Here are a few to watch out for." (10/19/22)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2022/10/19/a-bakers-dozen-tm-lies-about-guns-and-self-defense/

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51) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 10/20/22
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression

"Does your book need a sensitivity reader?" (10/20/22)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-does-your-book-need-a-sensitivity-reader/

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52) Conflicts of Interest, episode 338
Source: Libertarian Institute

"Will the Dollar's Decline Break the American Empire? Guest Mike Maharrey." (10/20/22)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/kyle/coi-338-will-the-dollars-decline-break-the-american-empire-guest-mike-maharrey/

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53) Pod Save America, 10/20/22
Source: Crooked Media

"Doompolling!" (10/20/22)

https://stitcher.simplecastaudio.com/9aa1e238-cbed-4305-9808-c9228fc6dd4f/episodes/c9e376cd-a104-4bed-aea3-5701821fd692/audio/128/default.mp3

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/20/22
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

"Pastors And Physicians: From Protectors To Predators." (10/20/22)

https://rumble.com/v1owpl4-pastors-and-physicians-from-protectors-to-predators.html

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55) Chris Rufo's Battle to "Stop Woke"
Source: Reason

"Livestream with Nick Gillespie, Chris Rufo, and Zach Weissmueller's about Rufo's 'counterrevolution' against wokeness." (10/20/22)

https://reason.com/video/2022/10/20/chris-rufos-battle-to-stop-woke/

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56) JobMakers, 10/20/22
Source: Pioneer Institute

"Sheetal Bahirat Turns a Profit on Food Waste." (10/20/22)

https://pioneerinstitute.org/podcast-hubwonk/sheetal-bahirat-turns-a-profit-on-food-waste/

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57) The Bryan Hyde Show, 10/20/22
Source: The Bryan Hyde Show

"It's one thing when a crisis arises unexpectedly. However, as Robert E. Wright explains, when government has to start concocting crises to justify expanding its power, we have a problem." (10/20/22)

https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-wibr6-12f2301

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58) Rising, 10/20/22
Source: The Hill

"Julia Manchester weighs in on UK Prime Minister Liz Truss's resignation." (10/20/22)

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/3696905-rising-october-20-2022/

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59) The Charles C. W. Cooke Podcast, episode 4
Source: National Review

"The Third Phase of the Swamp." (10/20/22)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-charles-c-w-cooke-podcast/episode-4-the-third-phase-of-the-swamp/

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60) Antiwar News with Dave DeCamp, 10/20/22
Source: Antiwar.com

"Advisor to Ukraine Commander Says Russia Wants Talks, China Reaffirms 'No First Use,' and More." (10/20/22)

https://odysee.com/@AntiWarNews:f/advisor-to-ukraine-commander-says-russia:f

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61) Political Theater with Jason Dick, 10/19/22
Source: Roll Call

"'No Time to Fail' -- An empathetic look at the people who make elections work." (10/19/22)

https://traffic.megaphone.fm/FISCAL3656592993.mp3

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62) Ben Mckelvey on The Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

"Ben Mckelvey on Australia's Crimes and Struggles in Afghanistan." (10/19/22)

https://scotthorton.org/interviews/10-14-22-ben-mckelvey-on-australias-crimes-and-struggles-in-afghanistan/

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63) The Libertarian Angle, 10/19/22
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

"Alex Jones Deserved What He Got." (10/19/22)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awA2WU02OcQ

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64) DMZ with Bill Scher and Matt Lewis, 10/19/22
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

"Tulsi Gabbard for Veep." (10/19/22)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/65064

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65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 2221
Source: The Tom Woods Show

"Status Quo Bias Is Our Worst Enemy." (10/19/22)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-2221-status-quo-bias-is-our-worst-enemy/

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