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"A New York City police officer is in critical condition and another is stable after a man with a hatchet attacked four officers on the street in Queens, New York on Thursday, officials said. The other officers then opened fire on the man, killing him and accidentally striking a nearby woman, who was later treated for non-life threatening injuries. ... olice sources told NBC News that the attacker had been tentatively identified as Zale Thompson, a 32-year-old man with a Facebook page containing images of what appears to be a Muslim warrior and prayers. However, authorities have found no links to extremist literature or jihadi groups at this time." (10/23/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:30 am
"China has launched an experimental spacecraft to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day program begun Friday is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a Chinese spaceship land on the moon, retrieve samples and return to Earth. That would make burgeoning space power China only the third country after the United States and Russia to have carried out such a mission." (10/24/14)
Author: R. Lee Wrights
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:28 am
"Dozens of women and girls from two villages in Nigeria's north-eastern Adamawa state have been abducted by suspected militants, residents say. The abductions have not been confirmed by the authorities, but residents say they took place a day after the military announced it had agreed a ceasefire with the Boko Haram group. The government hopes the Islamist group will free more than 200 girls seized in April as part of negotiations. Boko Haram has not confirmed the truce." (10/23/14)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:26 am
"A New York City doctor who recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the disease, according to multiple reports. The man is identified in reports as Craig Spencer, who previously worked for Doctors Without Borders in Guinea. He arrived at Bellevue Hospital earlier Thursday with a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, and city health officials began tracking down his contact even before the diagnosis was confirmed. The diagnosis raises extra concerns because Spencer reportedly used the subway and went to a bowling alley on Wednesday night." (10/23/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:24 am
"South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty Thursday to misconduct in office charges and agreed to immediately resign, ending his run as one of the state's most powerful politicians. Harrell pleaded guilty to six counts of misconduct during a hearing at the Richland County Judicial Center. As part of the plea agreement, he was sentenced to six years in prison, which was suspended, and instead given three years of probation with a $30,000 fine. He must reimburse the state $93,958, the amount the state says he took from a campaign account for personal use." [editor's note: No, the article doesn't mention his partisan affiliation -- he's a Republican - TLK]
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 24, 2014, 10:43 am

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"This is the unimpeachable rule of the war on drugs: Money goes in, and somehow the worst people benefit, and the drug trade soldiers on and on. Afghanistan is the world’s largest source of opium, and the sales of it have helped charming folks like the Taliban purchase weapons and other things most nice people would rather they didn’t possess. According to Stars and Stripes, when U.S. and NATO troops exit the country in a few months, they will leave behind 500,000 acres of poppies. This is a 36 percent increase since 2013. The amount of poppies has in fact been increasing since the U.S. invasion 13 years ago this month." (10/23/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:29 am
"What is democracy? It’s simply a political system by which people are selected for public office. That’s all. Its primary benefit is that it enables people to change regimes peacefully -- that is, without the need for a violent revolution. It guarantees neither freedom nor prosperity." (10/23/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:27 am
"A committed advocate of free trade and a narrowly tailored, limited government, George was a genuine and principled libertarian, energetically opposing government interventions in the economy such as, for example, subsidized railroads. Yet given today’s political vernacular, George’s distinctive thought may seem to present a kind of paradox. To the extent that most Americans now wrongly associate support for free enterprise and limited government with the defense of big business, George’s economic populism, his backing of labor and hostility toward powerful monopolies may seem an odd fit with his essentially libertarian philosophy." (10/22/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:25 am
"Three social scientists at Chapman University have just released a revealing report on American fears. Among other interesting bits of data, it informs us that the item in its survey that Americans fear most is walking alone at night, that people who watch true-crime TV are more likely to be afraid of the future, and that 15.9 percent of the country is at least somewhat scared of clowns. Also, Americans are prone to thinking crime rates are getting worse even when they're actually improving." (10/23/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:23 am
"As a national socialist, Garron Helm stands in a different ideological community from ours. This has no bearing on our duty to defend his right to express his opinions in any way that does not amount to a common law assault as this would once have been defined. No amount of abuse, regardless of how offended the recipient claims to be, should be a matter for the criminal law." (10/23/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:21 am

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