Rational Review » RRND News http://www.rationalreview.com The premiere libertarian web journal of news and commentary on politics and culture Thu, 28 Jun 2012 04:14:39 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.3.1 en RRND/FND 4th Quarter Fundraiser Update, 12/17 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/91558 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/91558#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 05:40:58 +0000 Thomas L. Knapp http://www.rationalreview.com/content/91558 Latest fundraiser stats:

Goal: $800
Current total: $479

Thanks to subscribing contributors MF and SW! Their payments yesterday advanced us another $5 toward our $800 goal.

It’s been a loooooong week, folks. Lots of extra hours put in — but I think you’ll agree those hours were worth it when we show you the results. Expect a “weekend special edition!” Along with a special announcement that I hope you’ll like a lot, I’d love to be able to announce that we wrapped up this fundraiser on Friday. That part is up to you, though.

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Rational Review

PS: “One-time” donors of $50 (or more) get a signed first edition copy of Bill Branon’s Let Us Prey. For your convenience, here’s a $50 “one-time” contribution link:

Ivory Coast: Up to 18 dead in street clashes http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92056 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92056#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 05:21:35 +0000 Thomas L. Knapp http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92056 “Gunfire and explosions shook Ivory Coast’s main city Thursday as supporters and security forces loyal to the two men claiming to be president clashed, killing up to 18 people amid fears the violence could push the country toward another civil war. The toll of 18 dead cited by senior opposition official Amadou Coulibaly could not be immediately confirmed …. The bloodshed across Abidjan is part of a risky push to take control of state institutions by Alassane Ouattara, the widely recognized winner of an election that millions once hoped would reunite the West African nation.” (12/16/10)

UK: Assange (relatively) free on bail http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92054 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92054#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 05:20:03 +0000 Thomas L. Knapp http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92054 “A British court granted bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Thursday after rejecting an appeal to keep him in jail while he fights extradition to Sweden to answer allegations of sex crimes. … The judge endorsed the stringent bail conditions imposed by the lower court, which included a 240,000-pound ($374,000) surety and the requirement that Assange wear an electronic tag and abide by a curfew. When he is released, Assange will swap the stark surroundings of Wandsworth prison in London for a friend’s country mansion in Suffolk, eastern England, and report regularly to police as conditions of the bail.” (12/16/10)

Iraq: 14 killed, 17 wounded http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92109 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92109#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 05:19:38 +0000 Thomas L. Knapp http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92109 “About two million Shi’ite pilgrims are in Karbala for the climax of Ashuraa rituals. Heavy security, including the arrests of three female bombers, has so far prevented any large-scale violence today, but attackers targeting pilgrims in other parts of the country were more successful. At least 14 Iraqis were killed and 17 more were wounded.” (12/16/10)

Pakistan: US drone strike kills seven http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92074 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92074#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 05:18:12 +0000 Thomas L. Knapp http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92074 “An unmanned U.S. aircraft fired a single missile into a vehicle in Pakistan’s restive tribal region along the Afghan border, killing seven alleged militants on Thursday, a Pakistani security official said. The drone strike was carried out in the Khyber district, one of the seven mountainous tribal districts that are known hotbeds of Taliban and al-Qaida militants. ‘The missile hit a four-wheel-drive vehicle and killed all seven people in it,’ said an intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity.” (12/16/10)

Afghanistan: Roadside bomb, occupation troops kill 18 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92075 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92075#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 05:17:53 +0000 Thomas L. Knapp http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92075 “At least 14 people were killed and four injured when a minibus in which they were traveling hit a roadside bomb in the Herat province of Afghanistan on Thursday, reports quoting officials said. An official spokesman told media that the incident took place in Kushk Kuhna district and the victims were members of an extended family on their way to attend a wedding ceremony. … four Afghan troops were killed when they were strafed by a NATO aircraft which mistook them for insurgents.” (12/16/10)

Ron Paul: Fed monopoly broken if Americans use metals as currency http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92099 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92099#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 05:00:48 +0000 Steve Trinward http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92099 “As the incoming chairman of the House monetary policy subcommittee, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) will hold the bully pulpit when it comes to the nation’s money woes. He’s not wasting any time getting right to the heart of the matter. The libertarian-leaning conservative has long been a critic of the US Federal Reserve and central banking as a whole, but this may be a new one: speaking with CNBC recently, Paul said he views the Fed as a ‘monopoly’ that could benefit from the introduction of competition. ‘We should start ending the Fed by allowing competition,’ he said.” (12/16/10)

DC: Transit thugs to begin random searches http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92098 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92098#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:59:35 +0000 Steve Trinward http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92098 “Riders on the Washington metro system were warned Thursday to expect random checks of carry-on items two days after the government disclosed the arrest of an Afghan man for allegedly threatening to bomb the system. The stepped-up security [sic] measures at the height of the Christmas shopping season also coincided with a warning by Interpol that it had received information about possible Al-Qaeda attacks in the United States and Europe.” (12/16/10)

Tax deal: Estate tax is new sticking point http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92097 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92097#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:58:39 +0000 Steve Trinward http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92097 “An $858 billion package to cut taxes and help the long-term unemployed was unexpectedly pulled from the House Thursday, suggesting that Democratic leaders underestimated the depth of opposition to the bill as well as the possibility that House members could amend it. The development means Democratic leadership will have to work behind the scenes to shore up support for the package before bringing it back to the floor — a process that could take anywhere for a few hours to a few days, if possible.” (12/16/10)

MA: Health Council bottles, cups with BPA http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92096 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92096#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:57:46 +0000 Steve Trinward http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92096 “The Massachusetts Public Health Council voted unanimously yesterday to ban the sale and manufacture of baby bottles and sipping cups containing the chemical BPA, but turned aside a push by environmental activists for more sweeping restrictions on use of the chemical linked to possible health risks in children. Bisphenol A is used in a wide variety of products, including plastic bottles, children’s sipping cups, and the lining of canned food containers. Children and adults can ingest tiny amounts of BPA when they drink or eat from the containers, and studies of laboratory animals have suggested that the chemical could cause developmental problems for children if they are exposed to small quantities early in life.” (12/16/10)

CDCP report: Food sickens 48 million each year http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92095 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92095#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:56:50 +0000 Steve Trinward http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92095 “One in six Americans every year gets sick from food, and about 3,000 people die from those illnesses, according to new data released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. … The numbers mark the first time the federal government has updated the estimates for foodborne illnesses since 1999, when a landmark study known as the Mead report offered a rough calculation of the extent of food poisoning in the United States.” (12/16/10)

Humane Society: Pigs jammed in crates, abused at farm http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92094 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92094#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:56:00 +0000 Steve Trinward http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92094 “The Humane Society of the United States said yesterday that an undercover worker at a farm owned by the world’s largest pork producer saw breeding pigs abused and crammed into small gestation crates. The animal welfare organization released the results of a month-long undercover investigation at a Waverly, Va., factory farm owned by Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc. Murphy-Brown is Smithfield’s livestock production subsidiary and is the world’s largest producer of pigs for slaughter. The Humane Society called on Smithfield to renew its commitment to phasing out the crates.” (12/16/10)

CA: 34 white supremacists arrested in Orange County http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92093 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92093#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:38:50 +0000 R. Lee Wrights http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92093 “Authorities said today they have crippled white supremacist gangs in Orange County, Calif. Nearly three dozen members of racist hate groups were arrested after a sting to buy guns, drugs, personal credit profiles and ‘other fraudulent items,’ according to the Los Angeles Times. The sting targeted street and prison gangs. The district attorney said charges against the 14 include extortion, conspiracy, solicitation of aggravated assault and murder.” (12/16/10)

OK: Prison officials kill inmate with substitute drug http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92092 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92092#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:35:20 +0000 R. Lee Wrights http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92092 “Oklahoma officials executed a convicted murderer Thursday using a drug combination that includes a sedative commonly used to euthanize animals, after a U.S. shortage of a key ingredient forced the state to tinker with the usual formula. John David Duty was pronounced dead at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. The 58-year-old, who was sentenced to die for strangling his cellmate nearly a decade ago, is believed to be the first person in the United States whose execution included the use of pentobarbital.” (12/16/10)

American aid worker jailed in Haiti kidnap case http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92091 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92091#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:32:33 +0000 R. Lee Wrights http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92091 “An American who said he shuttered his construction business to help victims of the Haiti earthquake is now jailed in Port-au-Prince on charges he kidnapped a child, a colleague in Haiti said. Paul Waggoner, 32, of Nantucket, Mass., was sent to the notorious National Penitentiary in the Haitian capital on Thursday while a court commissioner reviews his case, said Paul Sebring, co-founder with Waggoner of the Materials Management Relief Corps.” (12/16/10)

Taiwan, China to sign medical cooperation pact http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92090 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92090#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:30:12 +0000 R. Lee Wrights http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92090 “Taiwan and China plan to sign an agreement to share information on epidemics and cooperate in developing new drugs when the two sides meet in Taipei next week for their regular semiannual talks. The pact is a further step in efforts by Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou to strengthen ties with the mainland and reduce cross-strait tensions, which have eased to their lowest level since the sides split amid civil war in 1949.” (12/16/10)

IRS audits up 11% as wealthiest targeted http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92089 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92089#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:28:01 +0000 R. Lee Wrights http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92089 “The Internal Revenue Service is making it a bit riskier to cheat on your taxes. The tax agency increased the number of returns it audited by nearly 11 percent this year, statistics released Wednesday show. Wealthy taxpayers and big businesses were most likely to be targeted.” (12/16/10)

Australian PM: WikiLeaks has not broken law http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92087 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92087#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:20:23 +0000 R. Lee Wrights http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92087 “Police in Australia have concluded that WikiLeaks and its Australian-born founder Julian Assange have not broken any laws in his home country, the prime minister announced Friday. The government ordered the Australian Federal Police to determine whether the website broke any Australian laws by publishing sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables that have embarrassed and outraged Washington.” (12/16/10)

Reid abandons omnibus bill amid GOP opposition http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92085 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92085#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:15:14 +0000 R. Lee Wrights http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92085 “With Senate Republicans uniting against a massive $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill and threatening to demand a time-consuming oral reading of the 1,924-page measure, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tonight elected to ditch the controversial bill. In recent days, Republicans blasted the $8.3 billion of earmarks in the measure and vowed to force an oral reading of it on the Senate floor.” (12/16/10)

AR: Workers thwart armed robbery http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92084 http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92084#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 03:04:24 +0000 Mary Lou Seymour http://www.rationalreview.com/content/92084 “Bullets flew across Thompson Street on Tuesday after employees of a pawn shop thwarted an armed robbery. Shots fired at the robber zipped from C&S Gun Shop across Thompson and hit the plate glass window of P&N Oriental Market. Witnesses said shots also hit a silver or tan vehicle used as a getaway car.” (12/15/10)