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Tuesday roundup

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Facebook Never Really Cared About Connecting the World

“Unless, as a new trove of embarrassing internal emails shows, the company could profit from it.”

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret



Beavers return to Italy after more than 500 years



Harvard Study: "Gender Wage Gap" Explained Entirely by Work Choices of Men and Women



Killjoy CDC Warns Nation: 'Say No' to Delicious Raw Cookie Dough



Trump Just Achieved What Every President Since Nixon Had Promised: Energy Independence



While You Were Offline: Maybe All Social Media Was A Bad Idea



Macron’s Defeat in Paris Sounds Alarm for Europe



Climate summit language reveals real but hidden agenda



Progressive Minneapolis Just Passed One of the Most Deregulatory Housing Reforms in the Country



Mitch McConnell Appears to Be Killing Bipartisan Sentencing Reform



Australians Should Defy Their Government’s Poorly Considered Surveillance State: New at Reason



Florida Company Sells Ankle Monitors to Parents Who Want to Track Their Teens


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❝ The Fallacy of Single-Payer Health Care ❞

“Chris Pope joins John Stossel to talk about the debate over single-payer health care—a system in which the federal government would assume all health-care costs currently borne by private insurers, employers, and individuals.

Momentum for single-payer is growing among Democratic politicians. Senator Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare for All” proposal would impose $32 trillion in new costs over ten years and a likely annual tax increase of $26,000 per American household. It’s hard to imagine that Congress would adopt massive federal tax increases and rationing of health-care services, but incremental proposals, such as Medicaid buy-in and strict price controls, could be on the horizon if Democrats capture the White House in 2020 and do well in the congressional elections.

Advocates for single-payer health care point to European countries with generous social-welfare systems as evidence of its success. They don’t acknowledge the fact that Germany and France, like the United States, have private and employer-funded health insurance, in addition to government programs for the poor. In the meantime, U.S. lawmakers continue to ignore reforms—like eliminating barriers to hospital competition—that would probably be more effective in improving America’s health-care system.”

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Friday roundup

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NeoNote — reserve currency

When people are told that they will be taken care of because it is their right, they stop paying attention to the numbers

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Legal and orderly

In approaching immigration reform, I believe we must enact tough, practical reforms that ensure and promote the legal and orderly entry of immigrants into our country.
     — Senator Barack Obama, Senate floor, 2007
Source : Take The 'Racist Xenophobe' Quiz: Who Said This About Illegal Immigration?
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Monday roundup

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The AlterNet Tea Party article

Demonstrating that certain modern liberals don't understand economics

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Politics is not about reform

Politics is not about reform.

Politics is about control.

Politics is never about reform, even when the politicos say that it is.

By definition, reform can't come from within. It almost always splits off into a new thing.
     — NeoWayland
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Reform

I'm obligated to point out that the quickest and easiest way to achieve those reforms is for the "ship of state" to sink.
     — NeoWayland
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from crux № 10 — the system

We've been taught that government is supposed to govern and control the other guy.

That's the guy who is the problem.

Not us. Never us. It's not our fault.

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NeoNotes — Politics is never about reform

Politics is about control

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The money thing

It’s the only campaign finance scheme that blurbuces the size of government, returns power to the voters, and keeps local money only in politics.

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Less

Less government means more freedom



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Practical Election Reform

With the election just days away, some people are talking reform.

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The many headed hydra of the government

Despite the "push for impeachment," it is not one individual or party we should be worried about

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