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Tonight on The Independents: Fear of a 'Dangerous' Planet, Jennifer Lawrence 'Sex Crime,' Military Spending Forever, Ebola, Unfree Speech, Dumb Laws, No Justice for Bou Bou, and Aftershow


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Tonight's live episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three hours later) will include a trademark mix of talk about scary subjects, mixed with deep skepticism about same (particularly of government reaction toward them).

The conversation starts with Kobani, the Syrian Kurdish border town that has been on the verge of Islamic State takeover for the last 30 hours, though increased U.S. bombing has reportedly stopped the ISIS surge. Joining to discuss are Party Panelists Will Rahn (Daily Beast senior editor) and Joe DeVito (comedian), who will also tackle Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's latest American Enterprise Institute-pleasing call for pinning military spending to 4% of GDP (hey, it worked for Mitt Romney, amirite?), and also the controversy over Jennifer Lawrence's recent Vanity Fair cover and quote about her hacked nudie photos being a "sex crime."

Cato Institute Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies Christopher Preble (read his Reason archive here), will argue just how wrong Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey has been when repeatedly insisting that we are living in the most "dangerous" era of recent times. Dr. Eugene Seymour of the nanomedicine company NanoViricides, will report on the latest medical developments in the fight against Ebola. Foundation for Individual Rights in Education President Greg Lukianoff will talk about his new mini-book, Freedom From Speech. And Kmele Foster will detail the latest sadly predictable news about the Georgia cops who will not face criminal charges after flash-grenading off part of a 19-month-old's face.

And Kennedy will be back with her latest demonstration of Dumb Laws. Here's a taste:

Online-only aftershow begins at just after 10. Follow The Independents on Facebook at, follow on Twitter @ independentsFBN, and click on this page for more video of past segments.