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Boy, 10, to get bionic hand in time for Christmas

A 10-year-old boy who was born without a right hand is getting the gift of a lifetime just in time for Christmas.

Cameron Millar, from Edinburgh in Scotland, was able to crowdfund 10,000 euros for a new 3D-printed bionic hand.

“I want a bionic hand so that I'm not dragging along behind. Like at school when we’re doing a writing activity a lot of people are writing a lot faster than me, so sometimes I need to go back to it the next day or after break or lunchtime,” the boy told Sky News.

Although Millar said that he can’t play drums or guitar, his new hand will empower him to change that.

Millar, who is right-handed despite being born without his right hand, raised the funds for his bionic hand with the help of Radio Forth's Cash for Kids charity.
     — Christopher Carbone
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Marine's wife finds way to include deployed husband in touching Christmas card

Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith may be far away from his wife and child during the holidays this year, but the deployed Marine is stationed just a fraction of an inch from them on the family's Christmas card.

If a holiday reunion with her husband was not in the cards, it became crucial for Andrea Smith that he still get to share a photograph with the couple's 3-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

"I would love to have him home for the holidays, and I know it’s not possible this year," she told TODAY. "But this card gives him a chance to be part of our Christmas."

While Andrew Smith had also been deployed overseas a year ago — his wife is not allowed to share his current location — he had managed to surprise Charlotte by returning home two days before Christmas.

"Charlotte kept saying, 'Santa brought you home,'" recalled the proud mom. "So when we knew he was going to be gone again this year and there was no chance he'd be back in time, my daughter told my husband, 'All I really want you to be is safe.'"

So the 28-year-old mom enlisted her friend, photographer Leslie Owen, to help put together the next best thing. It was Owen who hatched the idea to shoot mother and daughter at their favorite store, the Target near their base of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, and to incorporate Andrew Smith in the picture through a little Photoshop magic.

The Marine was very involved in the project over email, mobilizing some help from others in his unit to photograph him in the right pose as if he were catching Charlotte as she balanced precariously from the top of a shopping cart.
     — Ethan Sacks
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“The pathetic legacy of feminism’s Women’s Liberation Movement”

Excerpt from an excellent piece that will make you think

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Force field cloak

“This Glowing Blanket Is Designed to Ease Kids' Fear of the Dark”

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Alternatives to statism

Now that government has failed, what next?

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Ozone levels are falling

The EPA says that cap-and-trade helped make it possible

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Microsoft agrees, "democracy" is forbidden in China

Microsoft's new Chinese web portal censor's words like "freedom" and "democracy"

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Molecular Robot

“Scientists Create World’s First ‘Molecular Robot’ Capable Of Building Molecules”

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Free Markets vs Corporations

Radley Balko makes a better case for free markets

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Charity vending machines

“LDS Church unveils charity vending machines on Temple Square”

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The Last Generator

“Man Who Gave The Last Generator To A Crying Stranger Gets A Free One From Lowe's”

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“A panic is not an answer”

“We’re at imminent risk of turning this #metoo moment into a frenzied rush to blame all men”

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What happens when green means taking food out of mouths?

The law of unintended consequences strikes again

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Milk shortage

Feed prices driven higher by ethanol subsidies and the reduced "government surpluses" of milk and milk products means that the price of milk is going up

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Sometimes reason wins

Taking on the ethanol mythos

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Alternately destroying the environment

The costs that the global warming alarmists don't want you to know about

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Tradeoffs

Hidden costs in the popular environmental movement

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Pinaka update

Were the genocidal remarks misinterpreted?

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Serving up hot meals

“Keep It Simple And Stay Open: The Waffle House Storm Menu”

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Clean water

“Anheuser-Busch Stops Canning Beer To Can Water For Hurricane Harvey Victims”

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Mirror image

“How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’”

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Antifa violence in Berkeley

Masked anarchists violently rout right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley

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Private citizens to the rescue

“Cajun Navy's on the way: South Louisiana springs into action to help Texas amid Harvey floods”

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Truth from the Federalist - worth your time

“America’s Post-Charlottesville Nervous Breakdown Was Deliberately Induced”

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For future reference - What Trump first said about Charlottesville

“Trump Defends White-Nationalist Protesters: 'Some Very Fine People on Both Sides'”

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Busting a move

“Cop Stops to Bust a Move With Senior Dancing Alone on the Street”

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Snuggles

“Depressed, 100-Lb. Dog Who Lost Her Cat Best Friend Happily Adopts Four Foster Kittens”

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Thorium is the future

There is exactly one technology that produces power without adding carbon to the atmosphere, won't melt down, and will burn nuclear waste without risk.

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85% of Americans support free speech over not offending others, says survey

“73% Say Freedom of Speech Worth Dying For”

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Not going for the win

“The Taliban Tried To Surrender And The U.S. Rebuffed Them. Now Here We Are.”

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Hero brother

“10-year-old boy delivers his baby brother and saves his life”

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Cured

“Peanut Allergy Cublurb In Majority Of Children In 'Life-Changing' Immunotherapy Trial”

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Name calling for politics

“Nazi-Hunting Fantasies Have Unhinged The Left”

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Violence

“When Liberals Club People, It's With Love In Their Hearts”

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Statues

“What to do with Confederate Statues?”

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Wet dogs

“Small Town Gives Dogs Their Own Pool Day”

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Electonic Frontier Foundation on hate speech

“Fighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression”

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No more homework

“Florida County Bans Homework, Asks Parents To Read With Their Kids Instead”

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A billion trees

“In ‘Momentous Milestone’, Pakistan Plants One Billion Trees Ahead of Schedule”

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On public statues

Why should a city, state, or federal government put statues in public parks? Doing so addresses no plausible market failure, while using taxpayers funds and, as demonstrated tragically over the past few weeks, generates controversy, polarization, and violence. Thus governments should take down all statues, regardless of their political implications.

This is not “erasing” history but instead leaving it where it belongs, in the hands of private actors and mechanisms. Historians, textbook authors, universities, learned societies, the History Channel, and many other individuals and organizations can all present their own views of history and battle for the hearts and minds of the public. Government statues are government putting its thumb on the scale, which is one step down the slippery slope of thought control.
     — Jeffrey Miron, Statues

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Not really second place

“1st Place Runner Collapses 50m Shy Of Finish Line, Gets Help From 2nd Place Runner”

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Neighbors parade

“Friends surprise woman with parade on her final day of chemo”

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Highway rescue

“Motorcycle Heroes Pull 10 People From Cars as Black Smoke and Fire Engulf Highway”

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Regrowth

“'Breakthrough' penny-sized nanochip pad is able to regrow organs and heal injuries”

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Escape from debt

“Remember the $204,971.31 in Debt We Had? It’s Gone. We’re 100% Debt Free”

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Getting better

“40 Ways the World Is Getting Better”

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The BA Christmas bonus

“When Richard Branson's airline won $945,000 from a lawsuit, he gave it all to his employees”

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Serious cuteness

“Artist Brightens Up The Streets By Drawing Adorable Creatures”

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Only religious activities

“Palo Alto Cracks Down On Neighborhood Churches”

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Sharing the extra

“This Mom Has Donated 5,000 Pints Of Breast Milk To Help Feed Premature Babies”

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Offering a hand

“A Young Boy Was Screaming With 7 Hours Left To Fly. Then She Held Out Her Hand”

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That's what buddies are for

“8-Year-old Helps Buy New Wheelchair For His Best Buddy When Insurance Fails”

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Competion keeps companies honest

“Verizon Throttles Netflix Subscribers In 'Test' It Doesn't Inform Customers About”

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A trillion dollar industry

“Commentary: Can the NOAA, NASA, EPA, Met Office, and British academia all be wrong about climate change?”

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Last $40

“Teen Who Lost Everything In Fire Spends His Last $40 On Firefighters”

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Magical adoption

“Watch Mickey Mouse share magical news of adoption with these foster kids”

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What Obama did

“America's Media Meltdown”

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Cash means freedom

“The End of Cash; The End of Freedom”

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Another exception

Are there any type of calls that are exempt from the robocall rules issued by the FCC or the FTC?

There are several exemptions. Calls made for debt collection, charitable solicitation, political causes or campaigns and surveys are all exempt from these rules.
     — Marguerite Reardon, Why am I getting so many robocalls?

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Martial arts for Middle Eastern women

“The First Self-Defense Studio in the Middle East that Teaches Women to Fight Back”

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Man builds stairs in park

“Man Hires Homeless Man And Builds Park Stairs For $550 After City Estimates $65,000-$150,000 For The Project”

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Long haired boy

“Boy grows his hair out to help kids with cancer — despite bullies who teased him”

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Sometimes you need a hero

“Ex-Con Skips Job Interview, Jumps Off Bus And Saves The Life Of Car Crash Victim”

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“Solving” net neutrality

“Net Neutrality Supporters Should Actually Hate the Regulations They're Endorsing”

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Hungary vs. Soros

“Hungarian Gov’t Steps Up Fight Against George Soros”

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Fix health care

“Taxing Hospitals Is a Lousy Way to Fix Health Care”

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Health care tied to your job

“How did we end up with health insurance being tied to our jobs?”

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Highway robbery

“Authorities in Utah Seized Nearly $3 Million in Cash and Assets From Citizens Last Year”

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Buy their meals

“Anonymous Woman Treats 25 Firefighters To Dinner”

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Millionth passenger

“Southwest Pilot Showers His Millionth Passenger With Gifts, Pays For Her Ticket”

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The heart knows

“Bride gets wedding day surprise from man who received late son's heart”

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“We’re going to get them out.”

“Rip currents swept away a Florida family. Then beachgoers formed a human chain.”

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Sharing is caring

“Rescue Pup Melts Hearts by Sharing its Good Fortune With Homeless Dog”

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Language of force

“Tear Gas, Guns and Riot Squads: The Police State’s Answer to Free Speech Is Brute Force”

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Tragedy from incentives

“The Tragedy of the Commons in the American Prison System”

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Details, details…

Any article that so badly mischaracterizes the state of knowledge on an issue as contentious as climate science should have been rejected for publication. New York magazine should be posting corrections, not tallying clicks.
     — Oren Cass
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❝What are your questions?❞

“Liberals Can't Deal With A President Who Takes America's Side”

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How many?

“How Many Federal Agencies Exist? We Can't Drain The Swamp Until We Know”

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Climate - truth will come out

“July 4, 2017 : Coldest July Temperature Ever Recorded In The Northern Hemisphere”

“Study Finds Temperature Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Of The Warming’ In Climate Data”

“Groups see climate science review as chance to undercut regulation”

“Since 2014, 400 Scientific Papers Affirm A Strong Sun-Climate Link”

“New Insights on the Physical Nature of the Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect Deduced from an Empirical Planetary Temperature Model”

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Something's rotten in Syria

“After Sy Hersh's Bombshell Investigation, Why Won't Media Tell the Real Story of Trump's Military Strike in Syria?”

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Politicos disconnect from reality

“UW study finds Seattle’s minimum wage is costing jobs”

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And a pony

“Why you should support the “And A Pony” Party”

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Faking it

“Ten Basic Forms Of Fake News Used By Major Media”

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Global Warming NOT

“Global Warming: The Imminent Crisis That Never Arrives”

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Shrinkflation

“Shrinkflation – Real Inflation Much Higher Than Reported”

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Making the law-abiding criminal

“Why California gun owners may be breaking the law on July 1”

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Black Guns Matter

“Black Guns Matter Preaches A Pro-Second Amendment Message in Minnesota”

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Watching you

“How The EU’s Data Grab Could Affect You”

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“Unsustainable Whiteness”

“Sierra Club: The Big Problem With Environmentalism Is ‘Unsustainable Whiteness’”

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Thank the CIA for your drugs

“How the CIA Turned Us onto LSD and Heroin: Secrets of America's War on Drugs”

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Getting away from the bankers and Feds

“How I missed the point of bitcoin”



“Congress considers bill greatly expanding feds’ power to seize your money, Bitcoin, and property”

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Not for thee

“Nothing To Be Proud Of”

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☆ Selective

I want to talk about the curious restrictions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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Nullify this!

“Juries Can Acquit the Guilty, 9th Circuit Says, but 'There Is No Right to Nullification'”

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John and Cindy McCain's shaky foundation

“Soros, Clinton-Linked Teneo Among Donors to McCain Institute”


“Cindy McCain: Crony Philanthropist”

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FINALLY!!   It's about damn time!

Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.


A law found to discriminate based on viewpoint is an “egregious form of content discrimination,” which is “presumptively unconstitutional.” … A law that can be directed against speech found offensive to some portion of the public can be turned against minority and dissenting views to the detriment of all. The First Amendment does not entrust that power to the government’s benevolence. Instead, our reliance must be on the substantial safeguards of free and open discussion in a democratic society.
     — Justice Anthony Kennedy

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“How to save the USA in six words”

Stop making everything a moral issue.
     — Don Surber, How to save the USA in six words

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Just a bit biased

“Before Lois Lerner Targeted The Tea Party, She Helped The Clinton Foundation”

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Fake news from the Washington Post

”Deep State Leaks Highly Classified Info to Washington Post to Smear President Trump”

“Trump: I had ‘absolute right’ to share ‘facts’ with Russia”

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❝Shut up. You have no rights.❞

“Detroit Cops Raid an Innocent Family's Home at Gunpoint on Bogus Sex-Trafficking Tip”

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Innocent but imprisioned

“Jury renders not guilty verdict in gun crime, but defendant still imprisoned”

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Guilty until proven innocent

“Judge Orders San Diego D.A. to Return $100K it Seized from Family of Marijuana Business Owner”

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Columnist criticized for climate dissent

“Times columnist blasted by ‘nasty left’ for climate change piece”

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Certainty

“Climate of Complete Certainty”

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Not about the science

“EPA scrubs climate change information from website”

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Silence

“The Bad Manners of the Campus Left”

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Newspeak devours free speech

“What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech”

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What a liberal university used to mean

“In defense of the offensive“ & “A microcosm of the maddening mix of Progressive hate, ignorance, and nonsense at an American college”

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Somebody KNEW

“Feds knew of 700 Wells Fargo whistleblower cases in 2010”

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Secret demands

“Court Rules Facebook Can’t Challenge Demands for User Data (and Can’t Tell Users)”

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DEA pushing drugs

“DEA Just Admitted It Lets Drugs Into Communities & Pushes Them on Citizens”

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Yeah, he kinda does

It gets lost in the noise.

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All other things being equal, the side that can't stand dissent is wrong

“Democrats Ask Teachers To Destroy Books Written By ‘Climate Deniers’”

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Theft by any other name

IRS Seized $17 Million From Innocent Business Owners Using Asset Forfeiture”

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Illegal spying on legal phone calls

“Former US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordeblurb Spy Agencies To Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump”

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Susan Rice unmasked

“CNN Goes On Rampage Against Susan Rice Bombshell, Instructs Viewers To Ignore Story”

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Professor says studies don't use science

“J Scott Armstrong: Fewer Than 1 Percent Of Papers in Scientific Journals Follow Scientific Method”

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Legal theft

Maine is poised to make it a lot harder for police to steal your stuff

Civil asset forfeiture is a national problem, and a big one. In 2014, for the first time in recorded history, police in the United States seized more money and property through civil asset forfeiture than all burglars and thieves combined. Making matters worse, civil asset forfeiture has been known to disproportionately impact African Americans and Latinos, creating significant barriers to opportunity in their communities. According to a study in Oklahoma, nearly two thirds of seizures come from racial minorities, representing a significant disparity.
     — Payton Alexander

Emphasis added. H/T reddit

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Repeal Obamacare with just one sentence

Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare

Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.
     — U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks

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“Minimum Wage Laws Are Racist”

“There's No Other Way to Say It: Minimum Wage Laws Are Racist"

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Attack from the blacklist

“We’re Under Attack"

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Secret group creates blacklist

Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group

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Soros manipulating media

“Leaked Documents Reveal Expansive Soros Funding to Manipulate Federal Elections”

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Still plenty of ice

“Scott and Shackleton logbooks prove Antarctic sea ice is not shrinking… ”

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Abnormal

“Dear Media: Please Stop Normalizing the Alt-Right”

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Hoodwinking Congress - blast from the past (2005)

“Buying Reform”

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Fake isn't always fake

“A libertarian tech revolt”

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Mixing science and politics

“The Real War on Science”

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Cult of Clinton

“America Called Bullshit on the Cult of Clinton”

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Right to boycott

“Fashion Designers Are Boycotting Melania Trump. Shouldn't Bakers and Florists Have the Same Right?”

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Not quite the hate

“Hate Crimes, Hoaxes, and Hyperbole”

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Compromise

‟Ignore the Mob—Long Live the Electoral College”

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Cry Wolf!

“You Are Still Crying Wolf”

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Good thing she wasn't elected…

“Hillary Clinton Supporters Doxxing, Harassing Electoral College Voters”

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Escape

“Do #CalExit Supporters Realize Many Californians Have Been Trying to Escape Them?”

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Tiny houses banned

“Tiny Homes Banned in U.S. at Increasing Rate as Govt Criminalizes Sustainable Living”

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Grow a lot faster

“Memo To The Next President: We Can Grow A Lot Faster”

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Nativists threatened by success

“Alt-Right Nativists Launch Witch Hunt Against Chobani Yogurt Founder For Helping Refugees”

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Unlimited immigration redux

“Sweden on the brink? Police force pushed to breaking point by violence amid migrant influx”

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“I’ve done nothing wrong.”

“We operated the business legally and in compliance with all California and local laws.”

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“Parliament is sovereign.”

“Britain's Constitution is famously “unwritten” but can be summarised in three words…”

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Sometimes the police are not your friends

“Who Protects Kids from Pblurbatory Police and Prosecutors?”

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Taking away choice

In a free market, if you don’t like what a business is selling, you don’t buy it.

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Maybe too windy

“Wind Farms Cause Sleep Loss, Stress and Anxiety, Government Review Finds”

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Russia gets attention

“The Russian Bogeyman”

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Unlimted immigration is not a good idea

“German Streets Descend into Lawlessness”

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What a mess

Institution politics surrounding Clinton’s email mess

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Gay Thought Police

“…Like Soviet-Era Bullies”

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Politico elites lie

The takeaway is the the elites can’t be trusted.

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Utah tries grabbing tribal land and pilfering tribal funds

This is why the Republic dies

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Libertarianism for Beginners

John Stossel wrote an excellent review of Seavey's Libertarianism for Beginners.

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Racism or Tea Kettles?

As a free trade supporter, the downside would be the loss of a free trade zone with the rest of Europe, but I am not sure it can be called a "free trade zone" if they are banning toasters.
     —Warren Meyer, Was Brexit About Racism or Tea Kettles?

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Catastrophe or Opportunity

The sky is not falling, and when the dust settles, Britain's decision may very well prove to be a pivotal event in the reshaping of global relationships and trade that will, in the final analysis, benefit all of us.
     — Gary Johnson, You Can Look at Brexit as a ‘Catastrophe’ or an ‘Opportunity’

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Ali was cool

I didn't realize until I was much older just how cool Ali was

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Public blasphemy

Get that? The science is settled. Don't question the dogma. Thou shalt not dissent!

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Obama the racist

The Imperious Leader and the Federal government has already decided that no matter what, certain “races” can’t succeed without help from The Man.

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Victim privilege - updated

Yes, f*** your trauma. My sympathy for your suffering, whether that suffering was real or imaginary, ended when you demanded I change my life to avoid bringing up your bad memories. You don’t seem to have figured this out, but there is no “I must never be reminded of a negative experience” expectation in any culture anywhere on earth.
     — Chris Hernandez, ‘Microaggressions’ And ‘Trigger Warnings,’ Meet Real Trauma

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