Japanese mini-rovers send back their first images as they hop around an asteroid

Source: Yahoo! News

“Two mini-rovers have sent their first pictures back from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, a day after they were dropped off by Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft. The pictures are blurry because they were taken while the rovers were falling and hopping around the half-mile-wide asteroid, more than 180 million miles from Earth. As fuzzy as they are, the photos represent a huge victory for the $150 million Hayabusa 2 mission, which was launched nearly four years ago to get an unprecedented look at the surface of an asteroid.” (09/22/18)


In The Tank Podcast, episode 158

Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft, with the help of Charlie Katebi, present episode #158 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. This week’s episode features work from the Cato Institute, the World Bank, The Heartland Institute, the Idaho Freedom Foundation, the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, and Pew Charitable Trusts.” [various formats](09/21/18)


Gun confiscation day?

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“I like to believe that most of my comrades in arms, even those serving today who could be my children or grandchildren, would live up to their oath to the Constitution and NOT become the kinds of thugs that German, Japanese, Soviet, or Union troops did in time of war. It is some[thing] that I want to believe, but dare not trust that to be the case. Neither can we trust the guy or gal in blue or black uniform, even if they live next door or sit in the pew in front of us every Sunday.” (09/22/18)


Dow rallies more than 250 points to first record close since January


Source: CNBC

“The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to its first record high since January on Thursday as gains in Apple and a decrease in trade fears lifted the 30-stock index. The Dow jumped 251.22 points to 26,656.98 as Boeing, Caterpillar and Apple all rose. The S&P 500 also rose 0.8 percent to an all-time high, its first since late August, as materials, consumer staples and tech outperformed. The broad index close[d] Thursday’s session at 2,930.75.” (09/20/18)


Rejecting “Reason with a capital R”

Source: Notablog
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

“The worst misunderstanding of Hayek is that he was somehow a critic of reason. He was a critic of ‘Reason with a capital ‘R” as he put it; and it was this conception of Reason that was the premise of ‘constructivist’ rationalism, a reason that was totally un-anchored to reality, acting as if it could literally ‘construct’ social systems anew, without any relationship to the conditions that exist—what my friend Troy Camplin has aptly called a ‘tabula rasa’ view of social change, as if we could simply wipe the slate clean and start anew. This is a thoroughly utopian way of looking at social change, and one that is, for lack of a better word, completely non-dialectical. I focus on this theme in my own book, Marx, Hayek, and Utopia (shameless plug) — and its important similarities to the arguments of Marx against the utopian socialists.” (09/20/18)


Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations

Source: Reuters

“Alphabet Inc’s Google defended how it polices third-party add-ons for Gmail in a letter to U.S. senators made public on Thursday, saying that upfront review catches the ‘ajority’ of bad actors. Google said it uses automated scans and reports from security researchers to monitor third parties with access to Gmail data, but gave no details on how many add-ons have been caught violating its policies. Google’s privacy practices have been under growing scrutiny. The Senate Commerce Committee has a hearing scheduled for Sept. 26 to question Google, Apple Inc, AT&T Inc, Twitter Inc about their consumer data privacy practices.” (09/20/18)


Why Paul Manafort is Trump’s beast in the night

Source: Fox News
by Andrew P Napolitano

“We know that Manafort’s personal offer of assistance to Mueller took place over the course of two days of negotiations on Monday and Tuesday of last week. That type of meeting, during which Manafort tipped his hand as to what evidence he could give Mueller about Trump, has been called a ‘Queen for a Day’ by federal prosecutors and FBI agents because the defendant gets to say whatever he wants and if the negotiations fail to produce a deal the feds cannot use what the defendant has told them. The meeting obviously intrigued and excited Mueller’s team, and hence a deal was struck. What did he tell them?” (09/20/18)


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 09/20/18

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we discuss the true threats doctrine with First Amendment scholar and FIRE Legal Fellow David L. Hudson Jr.” [various formats] (09/20/18)


EU bureaucrats say Facebook must kowtow to their edicts by end of 2018

Source: NBC News

“The European Union gave Facebook an ultimatum Thursday: Provide users with more information about how their data is used or face sanctions. The 28-country bloc has been in talks with Facebook for almost two years because it says the tech giant does not comply with its consumer protection rules. ‘I will not hide that I am becoming rather impatient,’ Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova told a press conference in Brussels, Belgium. ‘Progress is not enough for me. I want to see the results.'” [editors’ note: And people in hell want ice water, too, Jourova. Why should anyone care what you want? – TLK] (09/19/18)


Free trade is about much more than dollars and cents

Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I agree wholeheartedly that there’s more — much more — to trade than dollars and cents. Among the many non-material values at stake are freedom and dignity. I value, in and of itself, my freedom to spend my earnings as I choose. I value also other people’s freedom to do the same with their earnings. And I celebrate the dignity that each of us can earn by building meaningful lives not only by spending our incomes wisely, creatively, and without obstruction from politicians, but also by earning our incomes in ways that are of greatest assistance to our fellow human beings. Tariffs, alas, promote only undignified ways of reaping incomes, for incomes reaped behind tariff walls are not fully earned. Those incomes are partly the result of the state forcibly stripping fellow citizens of attractive economic options. Where’s the dignity in incomes reaped because of special favors that are created only by saddling other with special burdens?” (09/20/18)