Q4 Fundraiser Update (Sticky Top Post, New Content Below!)

Hey, everyone …

As of 10am Eastern, October 22, we’ve had the latest “zero dollar day” of our fourth quarter fundraiser: Our meter is stuck at $1,675.50 versus a goal (by December 31) of $5,000.

As you might imagine, I’m not a big fan of “zero dollar days.” I like momentum, movement toward goals, reaching goals earlier than expected.

Fortunately, we haven’t had two “zero dollar days” in a row … yet. As a reader-supported publication, we’re counting on YOU help us avoid that. You can do so at:


Have a great day!

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily

Torra urges Spanish occupation regime to start talks on acknowledging Catalonian independence

Source: Reuters

“Catalonia’s regional government leader called on Madrid on Tuesday to open talks on self-determination for the restive Spanish region after days of at-times violent protests over jail sentences for nine separatist leaders. ‘No one will ever bar this country from continuing to advance in line with what its citizens want … We will always defend the right of self-determination in Catalonia,’ the pro-independence leader, Quim Torra, told a news conference. Proponents of Catalan secession from Spain often use the term ‘self-determination’ to refer to being able to vote on the matter and subsequently act on that vote. The wealthy northeastern region was rocked by seven consecutive nights of protests after nine Catalan separatist leaders were convicted of sedition for leading a failed [sic] 2017 bid for independence that included holding a banned referendum.” (10/22/19)


FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast, 10/21/19


Source: FiveThirtyEight

“In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew digs into the politics of health care in the Democratic Party. The team also checks in on the latest impeachment news after another busy week.” [various formats] (10/21/19)


Illustrating the Corruption in Climate Science

Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“Long-time readers know that while I believe the evidence for warming over the last 100 years is strong, the evidence of negative knock-on effects from this warming (hurricanes, tornadoes, sea level, etc) is really weak, often the weakest part of an climate report. … In fact, when you look beyond just the North Atlantic and look at all the world’s oceans, there is not even a trend in hurricane intensity over the period since 1970 …” (10/21/19)


UK: Johnson makes final bid to push through Brexit deal as Donald Tusk says extension “still possible”

Source: Yahoo! News

“Boris Johnson is making a final bid to push his Brexit deal through Parliament, as the EU says an extension is still possible. The prime minister will urge MPs to back his Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) later on Tuesday, as time runs out to force through legislation before the deadline date of October 31. … European Council president Donald Tusk has reassured MPs that a Brexit extension is still on the table, suggesting another extension to Article 50 could be granted as he consults EU leaders over the requested delay. … French president Emmanuel Macron and EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker had previously applied pressure on MPs with hints that Mr Johnson’s deal is the last and that any further delay may not be granted.” (10/22/19)


A parliamentary dictatorship

Brendan O'neill

Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“‘Super Saturday,’ they called it. Which is ironic because the events in parliament on Saturday demonstrated just how pathetic and exhausted our parliament has become. Once again parliamentarians were presented with a Brexit deal, and once again they dithered and dodged and shirked their democratic duties. In backing the Letwin amendment, which says Boris’s Brexit deal cannot be approved until implementing legislation has been passed, MPs signalled their desire to continue frustrating Brexit, and to continue using parliament as a weapon against the people’s will. … This parliament, in the words of the attorney-general Geoffrey Cox, is a disgrace. And yet it stays. It cannot be moved. Why? Because, not content with frustrating the democratic will of 2016, these parliamentarians are also blocking a General Election today.” (10/21/19)


Free Talk Live, 10/21/19

Source: Free Talk Live

“Video Game Addiction :: Defining Addiction :: Mass Anti-Government Protests in Lebanon :: Assange in Bad Shape :: Fear of Gaming Throughout History :: Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond in Jail :: False Convictions :: Rotten Tomatoes :: Pinball Outlawed :: HOSTS — Ian, Captain Kickass, Michael.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/21/19)


Canada: Trudeau wins second term but loses majority

Source: Associated Press

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in Canada’s national elections Monday, losing the majority but delivering unexpectedly strong results despite having been weakened by a series of scandals that tarnished his image as a liberal icon. Trudeau’s Liberal party took the most seats in Parliament, giving it the best chance to form a government. However, falling short of a majority meant the Liberals would have to rely on an opposition party to pass legislation.” (10/22/19)


Trump Should Push Congress to Admit Folly & Futility of Syrian Intervention

Source: James Bovard
by James Bovard

“Congress showed more indignation about a troop pullback than it has over the loss of American soldiers’ lives over the past 18 years. But the fury on Capitol Hill presents Trump a golden opportunity to reduce the bunkum permeating Washington and American foreign policy. Trump should request that Congress formally approve a resolution to authorize the U.S. government to occupy eastern Syria for as many years as it chooses and to thwart any government and any terrorist, extremist, or radical group that has not recently been overtly or covertly supported by the U.S. government. Putting forward a specific resolution would force Trump’s congressional critics to specify exactly what policies they seek to use American soldiers to enforce. For almost a decade, such policies have been shrouded in a cloak of presumed good intentions that ignored the carnage they spawned.” (10/21/19)


China: Regime asks WTO for $2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against US regime

Source: The Hill

“China is asking the World Trade Organization (WTO) for $2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against the U.S. for violating a ruling about tariffs on Chinese products during former President Obama’s administration. The Dispute Settlement Body for the WTO plans to review the 2012 case on Oct. 28, according to a document published Monday and obtained by Reuters. WTO appeals judges ruled the U.S. did not comply with a WTO ruling on tariffs placed on Chinese solar panels, wind towers and steel cylinders and that China could place sanctions if the tariffs were not abolished. The U.S. has objected to the ruling and may challenge the retaliatory sanctions that the dispute body effectively approved in August, according to Reuters.” (10/22/19)


Mrs. Clinton’s Fevered Nightmare

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Hillary Clinton’s recent statements linking Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) to the Russians — Mrs. Clinton’s current favorite enemy — provided Rep. Gabbard with an opportunity for a return volley, dubbing Mrs. Clinton ‘the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.’ But what was shocking was Clinton’s confidence in making such a charge sans evidence. Or not, considering her long history of ‘vast rightwing conspiracy’-mongering. Should we wonder about projection, here? Could Clinton see conspiracies everywhere because she is herself at base a conspirator? Ask Julian Assange.” (10/22/19)