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U.S. Government Moves To Exploit Paris Terror Attacks To Ban Privacy

You didn’t think the surveillance state would give up that easily did you? Of course not. Unsurprisingly, fresh off the heels of the Paris terror attacks, the usual authoritarian suspects in the U.S. government are running around exploiting the tragedy in a bid to further erode privacy and civil liberties.

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Following Paris Terror Attacks, Only Three Things Are Guaranteed

In the aftermath of the weekend's horrific attack, several realities have become clear. Taking history into account, three things will undoubtedly occur in response to the terror attacks in Paris.

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"The Populist Upsurge is Real" When A Liberal College Professor Finds Common Ground With The Tea Party

People are going to be pissed off no matter who wins this election and that is a very important social dynamic that is vastly under appreciated by the majority of mainstream pundits and analysts out there. The truth is, the American public is tricked into thinking they disagree with each other on the big issues, when in reality there’s enormous overlap. Until we stop being tricked, the status quo will continue to suck the economy dry through their religious-like embrace of corruption and crony capitalism. Unfortunately, the people who could benefit the most from reading this post, will never see it.

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When You're Popular, You Don't Need Freedom of Speech

Free speech is not something that people would normally see as a realm of economics, but in many ways, an economic understanding of the support and opposition to free speech can shed a lot of light on what’s happening now in the West.

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Hillary Clinton Sends Letter To FTC Demanding Review Of Pharma Industry, Turing's "Anticompetitive Practices"

For those wondering if Hillary Clinton's feud with the pharmaceutical industry in general, and with Turing Pharma's Martin Shkreli in particular, is over we just got the answer: it is only just getting started. Moments ago Reuters reported that Clinton has sent a letter to the FTC for recommendations on "changing laws to prevent anticompetitive practices", with a focus on Turing which has become a poster child for all that is wrong with the US specialty pharma industry, and the pharmaceutical industry in general.

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A Useful Prep-Sheet On Syria For Media Propagandists

Here are some State Department talking points on Syria for cable news anchors... If you do all this, you will demonstrate your loyalty to the State Department, the bipartisan foreign policy consensus, the military-industrial complex, the One Percent, your advertisers, your producers and editors, and the unsung heroes behind the scenes who arrange your teleprompter scripts. You too could be an Andrea Mitchell, or Christiane Amanpour, posturing as an “expert” while trotting out our talking points. And even after they’re exposed as bullshit, you won’t have to say you’re sorry. People will soon forget anyway.

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Frontrunning: September 22

  • Pressure builds on Volkswagen CEO as emissions-cheating probe spreads (Reuters)
  • Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Relates to 11 Million Cars (WSJ)
  • Volkswagen Emissions Investigations Should Widen to Entire Auto Industry, Officials Say (WSJ)
  • Germany's Bosch makes VW's U.S. diesel components (Reuters)
  • Volkswagen scandal will have personnel consequences - state economy minister (Reuters)
  • Glencore Falls to Record as Mining Shares Lead Stock Losses (BBG)
  • Despite Slump, China’s Xi Jinping Pledges Economic Reforms (WSJ)
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They're Gonna Need A Bigger Balance Sheet

Anyone who listens to a mainstream media pundit, talking head, or spokes bimbo deserves the reaming they are going to receive.

“There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.” Ludwig von Mises

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Bob Woodward Compares Clinton Emails To Nixon Tapes, Warns "Answers Won't Be Pretty"

"Follow the trail here," veteran Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward told MSNBC, as he compared Hillary Clinton's private email account to the Nixon tapes. As The Hill reports, Woodward concluded that the fight over Clinton’s emails wouldn’t end soon: "This has to go on a long, long time...and the answers are probably not going to be pretty."

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Guest Post: Is Donald Trump Broke?

"I’ve just slogged through all ninety-two pages of Donald Trump’s financial disclosure submission to the Federal Election Commission, and I can’t make heads or tails of it. I cannot tell how much Trump is worth, if anything. His empire, if he has one, is as mysterious as his haircut, and as impervious as his skyscraper in Chicago - a gigantic phallic mirror named after himself."

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Donald Trump's Top 30 Insults

Amid the 16 (yes sixteen!) candidates for Republican Presidential nominee, there is one, and only one, that stands above the rest in terms of sheer un-filtered, un-political, and some would say un-presidential outspoken-ness. In an oustanding aggregation of abuse, The Hill has documented Donald Trump's Top 30 insults (so far in the 2016 campaign alone).

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Former High Ranking US Senator Wants To "Hang Edward Snowden On The Courthouse Square"

"We need to hang him on the courthouse square as soon as we get a hold of him."

– Former vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Saxby Chambliss, on Edward Snowden

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General Wesley Clark Suggests Putting "Disloyal Americans" In Internment Camps

"If these people are ... disloyal to the United States, as a matter of principal that’s fine, that’s their right... It’s our right and our obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict."

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