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Colombian drug lord Otoniel to be extradited to US

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Colombia has announced that the country’s most wanted drug trafficker will be extradited to the US after his capture on Saturday. Dairo Antonio Usuga, better known as Otoniel, was seized after a joint army, air force and police operation. He led the country’s largest criminal gang and has been on the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s most wanted list for years. US officials had placed a $5m (£3.6m) bounty on his head. They accused him of importing at least 73 metric tonnes of cocaine into the country between 2003 and 2014. Colombia’s Defence Minister Diego Molano told El Tiempo newspaper that the next step for officials was to comply with the US extradition order. Authorities have now taken Otoniel to a military base in the capital Bogota ahead of his extradition, according to newspaper El Nuevo Siglo.” (10/24/21)

What Soccer Referees Can Teach Us about Politics and Government

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Emmanuel Rincon

“I think that if there is something we can all agree on is that we do not like it when a referee wants to be the protagonist in a soccer match; obviously at the time of a match each one has his team, but we do not expect the referee to make up 5 penalties in our favor and omit the fouls of our team to win. What we all aspire to is a fair game, that our team plays better and the referee simply points out the fouls to avoid injustices. Regardless of the context, the referee should never be a player who influences the result, much less an almighty God who before the match can determine who will go to the next round or be crowned champion, otherwise, the game would lose all its essence and the sport would fall apart.” (10/23/21)

Invisible General: How Colin Powell Conned America, From My Lai to Desert Storm to WMDs

Source: The American Prospect
by Noah Kulwin

“There were many worse American generals in the last century than Colin Powell, men who also died, like Powell, largely celebrated for their accomplishments. Curtis LeMay (firebombed Tokyo, nearly incited a third world war on multiple occasions), Douglas MacArthur (provoked the Korean War, attempted to start nuclear war), and perhaps Tommy Franks (oversaw the invasion of Iraq), to name a few. But Powell was uniquely bad, fundamentally a bureaucrat and public relations man for the American political and military establishment. His consistent popularity, even after the debacle of the Iraq War and the George W. Bush administration political morass, speaks to the success of his mendacity and not the height of his virtue.” (10/22/21)

Lockdowns’ High Costs and Murky Benefits

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“‘We’re not going to put a dollar figure on human life,’ Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who was then New York’s governor, declared four days after he imposed a statewide COVID-19 lockdown last year. The goal, he explained, was to ‘save lives, period, whatever it costs.’ Ryan Bourne’s Economics in One Virus offers a much-needed rejoinder to that morally obtuse position. Bourne, an economist at the Cato Institute, highlights considerations that politicians like Cuomo too often ignored as they decided how to deal with a public health crisis more serious than any the country had faced since the influenza pandemic of 1918. Eschewing unwarranted confidence, Bourne takes no firm position on the cost-effectiveness of mass business closures or stay-at-home orders. But he does insist, pace Cuomo, that cost-effectiveness matters, and he deftly shows how economic reasoning illuminates such issues.” (for publication 11/21)

NYC: Barclays Center swarmed by protesters supporting Nets’ Kyrie Irving’s refusal to be vaccinated

Source: Fox News

“Protesters took to the streets of New York City Sunday marching in support of NBA superstar Kyrie Irving’s public opposition to being forced to take the coronavirus vaccine in order to play. Protesters could be seen on social media swarming Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where Irving’s Brooklyn Nets play their home games, chanting ‘Stand With Kyrie’. Jo Rose, who was at an anti-vaccine mandate rally in Times Square and said he will attend the demonstration for Irving, told Fox News they planned to start at Commodore Battery Park and march to the Barclays Center ahead of the opening game for the Nets. Irving is not eligible to play home games in Brooklyn because of a New York City mandate.” (10/24/21)

CA:: Women injured as man drives into anti-mandate protest

Source: NBC News

“A man drove into a protest against vaccination mandates, injuring at least one person Saturday afternoon in Palmdale, California. William Aslaksen, 64, was arrested after getting into his car and running into a crowd at a vaccine mandate rally, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Aslaksen had allegedly gotten into an argument with protesters, gotten into his vehicle, and rammed into the group on the sidewalk.” (10/24/21)

Military adventurism and the Monroe Doctrine

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“What can we learn about liberty from the Monroe Doctrine? Not that it was created for the purpose of exploiting the other American republics from DC and therefore automatically evil. Rather, that even ideas with good intentions and of great importance are corrupted by government. And by ‘democratic’ action — the lusts of the mob and its leaders. The Monroe Doctrine, like so many seemingly good ideas became the EXCUSE for intervention by DC in virtually every Latin nation in the New World for 150 years. And continues to be so today.)” (10/23/21)