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Volume XVII, Issue #4,143
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
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In the News:

0) Welcome to RRND/FND 2019!
1) US forces launch another chemical weapons attack across Mexico border
2) Germany: Driver injures four in anti-migrant attack
3) Brazil: Bolsonaro sworn in as president
4) US House Democrats to pass plan to reopen government Thursday
5) AL: Sheriff pocketed $1.5 million in immigrant abductee graft
6) UK: Three stabbed in New Year’s Eve “terrorist” attack in Manchester
7) US military apologizes for bombing a New Year’s Eve tweet
8) CA: Women’s March canceled over concerns of being “overwhelmingly white”
9) North Korea: Kim says he’s ready for more talks with Trump
10) NASA’s new horizons: Excitement ahead of Ultima Thule flyby
11) Trump remarks on similarities between himself, McChrystal
12) Kelly blames Jeff Sessions for “zero tolerance,” family separations along border
13) Trump signs Ashanti Alert Act
14) AZ: Video shows child abductees being dragged, slapped by abductors’ accomplices at “shelter”
15) OR: Hotel fires two employees who called police on black guest
16) Tax eaters sue Trump regime over fake “government shutdown”
17) CA: Law change means pet shops can sell only rescued animals
18) Judge: ObamaCare will remain in effect during appeal
19) 16-year-old from Kansas on track to graduate from high school and Harvard in same month
20) Warren forms 2020 presidential exploratory committee

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Modest proposals for the New Year (that just might make the world a better place)
22) Individual men, women, and children are not pawns
23) Rough times ahead, but liberty can still win
24) No, dollar stores don’t create poverty
25) Budget hawks fly the coop
26) Welcome to the world’s least ugly economy
27) Cop’s shooting death may upend debate surrounding government shutdown
28) Trump’s Syrian withdrawal: An act of political realism
29) The untruth at the heart of Paul Krugman’s argument about economics
30) Twelve people who don’t suck!
31) Expect 2019 to test global stability
32) Prediction: Mueller, House Dems, slowing economy will end Trump’s “great time” in 2019
33) The Fed and the US national debt
34) A modest proposal: An anti-militarist New Year’s resolution for America
35) Boss rule and brain freeze
36) Escaping an abusive relationship
37) Graham and our confused Syria policy
38) 2018: A bad year for government-failure deniers
39) Mugging taxpayers in the swamp
40) Castro’s revolution on its 60th anniversary

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41) Editor’s Break, episode 128
42) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 87
43) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 201
44) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 116
45) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 291
46) Free Talk Live, 12/31/18
47) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/31/18
48) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 381
49) Ordered Liberty, episode 106
50) The Last Nighters, episode 52

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1) US forces launch another chemical weapons attack across Mexico border
Source: Washington Post

“U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who were trying to breach the border fence in Tijuana. An Associated Press photographer witnessed at least three volleys of gas launched onto the Mexican side of the border near Tijuana’s beach early Tuesday. It affected the migrants, including women and children, as well as members of the press.” (01/01/19)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/us-fires-tear-gas-across-mexico-border-to-stop-migrants/2019/01/01/97fbbd5e-0e02-11e9-8f0c-6f878a26288a_story.html

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2) Germany: Driver injures four in anti-migrant attack
Source: NDTV [India]

“A man injured four people in Germany after driving into a group celebrating the new year, in what police described on Tuesday as an anti-migrant attack. ‘The authorities think that this is a targeted attack, motivated by the driver’s hostility to foreigners,’ said the Essen prosecutors office and Muenster police. They also said they thought the 50-year-old suspect has mental health issues. The man ‘clearly intended to kill foreigners,’ said North Rhine-Westphalia state interior minister Herbert Reul. The incident took place a little after midnight in the town of Bottrop, about 12 kilometres (eight miles) north of Essen in Germany’s west.” (01/01/19)

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/driver-injures-4-in-anti-migrant-attack-german-police-1971116

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3) Brazil: Bolsonaro sworn in as president
Source: Independent [UK]

“The far-right former Army captain Jair Bolsonaro has been sworn in as Brazil’s new president, promising to fulfil his campaign commitments to tackle rampant corruption and crime. … A fan of US president Donald Trump, the 63-year-old longtime congressman rose from a ridiculed figure to power on an anti-corruption and pro-gun agenda. He has energised conservatives and far-right supporters after four consecutive presidential election wins by the left-leaning Workers’ Party.” (01/01/19)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-trump-president-inauguration-congress-far-right-populist-a8707066.html

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4) US House Democrats to pass plan to reopen government Thursday
Source: CNN

“House Democratic leaders have settled on a legislative strategy to reopen the government, with votes expected on proposals just hours after the party takes control on Thursday, a Democratic aide confirms to CNN. The Democrats plan to vote on a bipartisan package of six Senate spending bills and a stopgap measure to re-open the Department of Homeland Security at its current funding levels until February 8, the aide said. … Yet as the shutdown moves through its 10th day, it is clear that the House Democrats’ plan to take the first legislative action since the start of the shuttering of roughly a quarter of the federal government remains a nonstarter for Republicans, who still control the chamber on the other side of the US Capitol. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has made clear he will not move forward on any legislation until President Donald Trump signs off on it.” (01/01/19)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/31/politics/house-democrats-government-shutdown/index.html

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5) AL: Sheriff pocketed $1.5 million in immigrant abductee graft
Source: New York Post

“An Alabama sheriff has personally pocketed $1.5 million in federal funds intended to feed illegal immigrants [sic] housed in a detention center he runs — and it was all legit, according to a report. … [Sheriff Todd] Entrekin, like many Alabama sheriffs, used a Depression-era state law that allows them to keep funds meant for jail food, but Entrekin is the only one who detains [abducted] immigrants for the federal government. … Beginning in October 2011, the surplus from feeding federal inmates over the next three years amounted to more than $3 million — half of which Entrekin pocketed and half of which went to the county’s general fund.” (12/31/19)

https://nypost.com/2018/12/31/alabama-sheriff-pocketed-1-5m-from-illegal-immigrant-fund-report/

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6) UK: Three stabbed in New Year’s Eve “terrorist” attack in Manchester
Source: ABC 6 Action News

“A police officer was among three people stabbed on New Year’s Eve in Manchester, England, in what authorities are considering a ‘terrorist incident.’ The attack happened Monday just before 9 p.m. at the city’s Victoria train station, which is close to Manchester Arena. That’s where a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in 2017. … The injuries to the victims, who were not identified, were serious but not considered life-threatening, police said. … Officers tackled and detained a 30-year-old suspect shortly after the attack, police said.” (01/01/19)

https://6abc.com/3-stabbed-in-new-years-eve-terrorist-attack-in-manchester/4999680/

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7) US military apologizes for bombing a New Year’s Eve tweet
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“U.S. Strategic Command is charged with controlling the nation’s nuclear operations, but conceded it missed the mark with a New Year’s Eve tweet comparing the famed ball drop to a B-2 bomber dropping weapons. ‘TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball … if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger,’ read the now-deleted tweet from Stratcom’s official account. … The backlash was swift, and by early Monday evening the unified command of four military branches had removed the tweet, issuing a mea culpa. ‘Our previous NYE tweet was in poor taste & does not reflect our values,’ it read. ‘We apologize. We are dedicated to the security of America & allies.’” (01/01/19)

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/01/681385905/military-apologizes-for-bombing-a-new-years-eve-tweet

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8) CA: Women’s March canceled over concerns of being “overwhelmingly white”
Source: Fox News

“Organizers of a Women’s March rally slated for Northern California next month have canceled the event, saying they were concerned that participants would have been ‘overwhelmingly white.’ In a news release, organizers for the march in Eureka (about 270 miles north of San Francisco) said Friday the ‘decision was made after many conversations between local social-change organizers and supporters of the march. Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community,’ the news release continued. According to Census Bureau data from July, Humboldt County, where Eureka is the county seat, is 74 percent non-Hispanic white.” (12/30/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/organizers-cancel-womens-march-in-northern-california-because-its-too-white

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9) North Korea: Kim says he’s ready for more talks with Trump
Source: Aol News

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warns Washington not to test North Koreans’ patience with sanctions and pressure. During his televised New Year’s speech, Kim said he’s ready to meet with Trump at any time to produce an outcome ‘welcomed by the international community.’ However, he said the North will be forced to take a different path if the United States ‘continues to break its promises and misjudges our patience by unilaterally demanding certain things and pushes ahead with sanctions and pressure.’” (12/31/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/12/31/n-korean-leader-says-hes-ready-for-more-talks-with-trump/23630908/

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10) NASA’s new horizons: Excitement ahead of Ultima Thule flyby
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“History will be made on Tuesday when Nasa’s New Horizons probe sweeps past the icy world known as Ultima Thule. Occurring some 6.5 billion km (4 billion miles) from Earth, the flyby will set a new record for the most distant ever exploration of a Solar System object by a spacecraft. New Horizons will gather a swathe of images and other data over the course of just a few hours leading up to and beyond the closest approach. This is timed for 05:33 GMT. At that moment, the probe will be about 3,500km from Ultima’s surface and moving at 14km/s. When its observations are complete, the robotic craft will then turn to Earth to report in and begin downlinking the gigabytes of information stored in its memory.” (12/30/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46699737

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11) Trump remarks on similarities between himself, McChrystal
Source: CNN

“In one of his first tweets of the new year, President Donald Trump attacked retired four-star Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal after he criticized the President on Sunday. “General’ McChrystal got fired like a dog by Obama,’ Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. ‘Last assignment a total bust. Known for big, dumb mouth.’ … The commander in chief’s name-calling comes after McChrystal said during an interview Sunday that Trump was dishonest and immoral.” (01/01/19)

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/01/politics/trump-tweet-mcchrystal/index.html

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12) Kelly blames Jeff Sessions for “zero tolerance,” family separations along border
Source: USA Today

“The controversial ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy that led border officials to separate children from their parents was the brainchild of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and was not handed down from the White House, Chief of Staff John Kelly says. Kelly, who steps down Wednesday after 18 months in the White House, told the Los Angeles Times the administration had no advance warning of Sessions’ plan. ‘What happened was Jeff Sessions, he was the one that instituted the zero-tolerance process on the border that resulted in both people being detained and the family separation,’ Kelly said. ‘He surprised us.’ In discussing the partial government shutdown, Kelly said the budget impasse between the White House and Congress isn’t about just a concrete or steel wall. ‘To be honest, it’s not a wall,’ Kelly told the Times. He said he has discussed border security with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents working along the border who have made it clear that a physical barrier would help in some places, but that improved technology and more people are the key.” (12/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/12/30/john-kelly-says-sessions-surprised-white-house-zero-tolerance/2444597002

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13) Trump signs Ashanti Alert Act
Source: WTOP

“In one of his final tasks of 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law the Ashanti Alert Act, creating a nationwide alert system for missing, endangered adults between the ages of 18 and 64. The law is named for Ashanti Billie, of Prince George’s County, Maryland, who disappeared from the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area in September 2017. Her body was found two weeks later in North Carolina. At 19 years old, Billie was too old for an Amber Alert, the child abduction alert system, and too young for a Silver Alert, the system to help locate seniors who are missing.” (12/31/18)

https://wtop.com/local/2018/12/trump-signs-ashanti-alert-act-into-law/

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14) AZ: Video shows child abductees being dragged, slapped by abductors’ accomplices at “shelter”
Source: People

“Immigrant children were recorded being dragged, pushed and slapped by staff members at an Arizona shelter in September, according to footage obtained by the Arizona Republic. The incidents allegedly occurred before the federal government suspended the Southwest Key shelter’s operations this fall, according to the outlet. Southwest Key is a Texas-based nonprofit organization that operates shelters for unaccompanied immigrant minors.” (12/31/18)

https://people.com/human-interest/immigrant-children-pushed-dragged-video-arizona-shelter/

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15) OR: Hotel fires two employees who called police on black guest
Source: Fox News

“An Oregon hotel fired a security guard and a manager after a black guest posted a video of the two employees calling the police to report the man for trespassing when he was talking to his mother on his phone in the hotel lobby. Two employees at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Portland were accused of racially profiling Jermaine Massey on Dec. 22, when Massey posted a video to Instagram showing the incident as it unfolded. During the interaction, Massey has his hotel room key in his hand and he obeys instructions from the police to retrieve his belongings and leave the hotel.” (12/30/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/oregon-hotel-fires-two-employees-who-called-police-on-black-guest

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16) Tax eaters sue Trump regime over fake “government shutdown”
Source: The Hill

“One of the country’s largest unions representing federal workers [sic] is suing the Trump administration over the government shutdown, claiming that it is illegal to require employees to work [sic] without pay. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) union released a statement on Monday announcing its lawsuit as the shutdown stretches past a week. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleges that the federal government is in violation of the law by requiring some federal workers [sic], many of which are represented by the union, to work [sic] without pay during the shutdown.” [editor’s note: So far as I know, there isn’t any law against them quitting the thug life and seeking honest jobs in the productive sector – TLK] (12/131/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/423359-federal-workers-union-sues-trump-admin-over-government-shutdown

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17) CA: Law change means pet shops can sell only rescued animals
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“California is set to become the first state in the US to ban the sale of non-rescue animals in pet shops. The new law, known as AB 485, takes effect on 1 January. Any businesses violating it face a $500 (£400) fine. The change means cats, dogs and rabbits sold by retailers cannot be sourced from breeders, only from animal shelters. Animal rights groups have heralded it as a step forward against so-called ‘kitten factories’ and ‘puppy mills.’ They say the current ‘high-volume’ industries, where pets are bred for profit, can lead to inhumane treatment and long-term emotional and physical health problems in some animals. The new state-wide law, approved in late 2017, will now require shops to maintain sufficient records of where they sourced each animal, for periodic checks by authorities.” [editor’s note: So when your pet has a new litter (oops, spay/neuter too late?) you have to abandon them so the shelter can “rescue” them first? – SAT] (12/30/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46717173

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18) Judge: ObamaCare will remain in effect during appeal
Source: CNN

“The federal judge who declared the Affordable Care Act’s individual coverage mandate unconstitutional earlier this month issued an order on Sunday saying despite his previous ruling the law can remain in effect pending appeal. Texas federal District Judge Reed O’Connor said in his ruling that ‘many everyday Americans would otherwise face great uncertainty during the pendency of appeal.’ Sunday’s order also paves the way for a coalition of Democratic states defending the law to appeal O’Connor’s original ruling. O’Connor had ruled that the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional because Congress eliminated the individual mandate penalty by reducing it to $0. This rendered the mandate itself unconstitutional and the rest of the act therefore cannot stand. However, he did not issue an injunction to stop federal and state governments from enforcing the law.” (12/30/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/30/politics/judge-affordable-care-act-remain-in-effect-appeal/index.html

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19) 16-year-old from Kansas on track to graduate from high school and Harvard in same month
Source: USA Today

“Millions of teens across the country next May will join fellow high school students with all the pomp and circumstance to accept their high school diplomas. Young adults on college campuses nationwide will joyfully toss their caps in the air in celebration of earning undergraduate degrees. One 16-year-old Kansas student will be doing both — only days apart. Braxton Moral, a senior at Ulysses High School will be attending his high school graduation ceremony in Ulysses, Kansas, on May 19, before heading to Harvard University to collect his bachelor’s degree on May 30. ‘I’m really excited. I’ve enjoyed getting to experience some of the rewards of my work,’ Braxton told USA TODAY. ‘It only reinvigorates me to work harder.’ Braxton is on track to graduate from the Bachelor of Liberal Arts program at the Harvard Extension School, with a major in government and a minor in English, according to Harry Pierre, associate director of communications for Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education.” (12/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/12/29/kansas-teen-set-graduate-harvard-high-school-spring/2440531002

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20) Warren forms 2020 presidential exploratory committee
Source: Bloomberg

“Senator Elizabeth Warren took a major step on Monday toward an all-but-certain 2020 White House run, seeking to become the Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump on a message of economic equality and fighting corruption. The Massachusetts progressive said in a New Years Eve email and video message to supporters that she’s launching an exploratory committee for a presidential run, which would give her a potential early edge in fundraising and organization.” (12/31/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-31/elizabeth-warren-takes-major-step-toward-a-2020-presidential-run

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

21) Modest proposals for the New Year (that just might make the world a better place)
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“I’m as guilty as anybody when it comes to overly-ambitious resolutions. I’ve broken enough of them that maybe I should just say ‘Happy New Year!’ and leave it at that. But I think there’s value in aspiration. The late advertising executive Leo Burnett put it famously well when he said, ‘If you reach for the stars, you may not always get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.’ Benjamin Franklin offered perhaps the best advice for a new year anybody ever gave: ‘Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.’ Or woman, of course. I’ve come up with a few of my own personal resolutions, but I’d like to propose some for all of us. We can make our respective neighborhoods and countries even better ones if each of us takes them to heart.” (01/01/19)

https://fee.org/articles/modest-proposals-for-the-new-year-that-just-might-make-the-world-a-better-place/

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22) Individual men, women, and children are not pawns
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I understand that many people excuse Pres. Trump’s tariffs by alleging that these are clever negotiating tools. Let’s here forget that the evidence does not support the assertion that Trump will stick to his promises to lower U.S. tariffs when foreign governments accede to his trade demands. Let’s here also ignore the fact that the outcomes toward which Trump is negotiating — an increase in American exports relative to American imports, and decreases in U.S. trade deficits — are outcomes that would make us less rather than more prosperous. Instead, inquire into the ethics of the matter: even if we grant that Americans in the aggregate would be made better off if non-Americans trade with us more freely, should flesh-and-blood individuals be used as pawns in games of strategy played by government officials? I answer no.” (12/31/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/12/individuals-men-women-children-not-pawns.html

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23) Rough times ahead, but liberty can still win
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“While Congress and the president fight over funding a border wall, they continue to ignore the coming economic tsunami caused by the approximately 22 trillion dollars (and rapidly increasing) federal debt. President Trump may not be troubled by the debt’s effect on the economy because he believes he will be out of office before it becomes a major problem. However, the crisis may come sooner than he, or most people in DC, expects.” (12/31/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/rough-times-ahead-liberty-can-still-win

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24) No, dollar stores don’t create poverty
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by William L Anderson

“Declares Tanvi Misra in Citylab: ‘It has become an increasingly common story: A dollar store opens up in an economically depressed area with scarce healthy and affordable food options, sometimes with the help of local tax incentives. It advertises hard-to-beat low prices but it offers little in terms of fresh produce and nutritious items — further trapping residents in a cycle of poverty and ill-health.’ Misra quotes the Institute for Local Self Reliance: ‘While dollar stores sometimes fill a need in cash-strapped communities, growing evidence suggests these stores are not merely a byproduct of economic distress; they’re a cause of it.’ This is an interesting and extraordinary claim: the presence of retail stores that make goods available to people who otherwise would have few or no shopping choices at all is the cause of the poverty that grips the regions where these people live.” (01/01/19)

https://mises.org/wire/no-dollar-stores-dont-create-poverty

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25) Budget hawks fly the coop
Source: Reason
by Katherine Mangu-Ward

“Three congressional Republicans walk away from the Capitol. Their stories are different, but they started in the same place: with a genuine commitment to principles of limited government. And now all three are taking their ideology and going home. Each of these men, in his own way, is a lesson in how politicians will inevitably break your heart. They either stick to their guns and lose, or they compromise until they eventually can’t take it anymore. Folks on the far left are about to learn this same lesson. A small class of New Socialists is marching on the Hill with fire in its eyes as I write. But safe money says that even in the best-case scenario for them, by 2030 democratic socialist darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) will be turning in her lapel pin, having ignominiously voted for massive military appropriations, messy entitlement legislation, and tax increases on the working class.” (for publication 01/19)

https://reason.com/archives/2019/01/01/budget-hawks-fly-the-coop

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26) Welcome to the world’s least ugly economy
Source: Foreign Policy
by Michael Hirsh

“Despite inequality, debt, and a tariff war, the U.S. economy is still the strongest.” (01/01/19)

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/01/01/welcome-to-the-worlds-least-ugly-economy/

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27) Cop’s shooting death may upend debate surrounding government shutdown
Source: Town Hall
by Debra Saunders

“President Donald Trump found a strong political issue in a brutal and needless crime on Thursday when he tweeted about the murder of a central California police officer at the hands of a man believed to be an illegal immigrant. This awful crime is likely to upend the debate surrounding a government shutdown that began because Trump rejected a compromise budget — which the White House had signaled he would sign — that did not include some $5 billion for border wall funding. For their part, Democrats don’t want to give him that victory. That could change. On Friday, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson announced that authorities had arrested a suspect, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, in connection with the shooting death of Newman police Cpl. Ronil Singh. Singh had pulled over Arriaga for suspected drunk driving Thursday at 1 a.m.” (12/30/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2018/12/30/cops-shooting-death-may-upend-debate-surrounding-government-shutdown-n2538225

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28) Trump’s Syrian withdrawal: An act of political realism
Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria is being denounced by an impressive range of critics claiming that it is a surrender to Turkey, Russia, Syria and Iran — as well as a betrayal of the Kurds and a victory for Isis. The pullout may be one or all of these things, but above all it is a recognition of what is really happening on the ground in Syria and the Middle East in general.” (12/31/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/12/31/trumps-syrian-withdrawal-an-act-of-political-realism/

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29) The untruth at the heart of Paul Krugman’s argument about economics
Source: Contintental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Or perhaps we should say that there’s an untruth undermining Paul Krugman’s argument about economists. The contention is that there are three groups of economists, those Krugman agrees with, those he doesn’t and then those who are pimping out their technical skills to the Republican Party. True, that’s not quite and exactly how he puts it but it captures the essence. The untruth here is that this is entirely to ignore the fourth group, those pimping for the other side. The proof of this is obvious, there is no manner of explaining the career of Larry Mishel other than that technical skills are put to the service of the unions and Democratic Party rather than to the truth other than that.” (01/01/19)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/economy/the-untruth-at-the-heart-of-paul-krugmans-argument-about-economics/

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30) Twelve people who don’t suck!
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Perhaps the first innocent victim of Twitter’s third red scare, Peter [Van Buren], a Bush-era whistleblower with a gift for bitching out hypocrites, was banned permanently from the platform after crashing the latest pity party thrown by the press over our dick president’s latest accurate description of their general grossness. Peter inconveniently brought up the wars these poseurs lied us into along with a few salty barbs about hypothetical MAGA zombies eating their face. The liberalazzi dimed him out to big brother and Peter’s entire body of work on the site was erased in a techno-Stalinist purge.” (12/31/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/12/12-people-that-dont-suck.html

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31) Expect 2019 to test global stability
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“The resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis stands not only as a radical disassociation from the actions of the president he served, but as a foreboding for the future, a warning for 2019 — and beyond. And, for all the assurances that the world is getting better, such as Steven Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now,’ there are huge geopolitical challenges to face and master to make that optimism real. The key passages of Mattis’ resignation letter include statements asserting that the United States cannot protect its interests or effectively serve its role as ‘the indispensable nation in the free world’ without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to its allies.” (12/29/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-stability-commentary/commentary-expect-2019-to-test-global-stability-idUSKCN1OQ1J1

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32) Prediction: Mueller, House Dems, slowing economy will end Trump’s “great time” in 2019
Source: USA Today
by Paul Brandus

“Donald Trump recently tweeted of his presidency that ‘we are having a great time.’ That is surely what Capt. Edward Smith must have said after his ship, the RMS Titanic, smashed into an iceberg back in 1912. Things didn’t work out too well for Smith, and as 2018 ends, the USS Trump is also taking on water — fast. For Trump supporters this may seem like fake news, but let’s examine some cold hard facts. First: The Trump economy has peaked. Like a candy bar, the tax cut gave it a quick but short-lived sugar high. Second-quarter growth was impressive, a 4.2 percent annual pace. But this slowed to 3.5 percent in the third quarter, and the Federal Reserve says it will slow further to about 2.5 percent next year and, heading into 2020, to 1.95 percent. Some economists say this is too cheerful: A CNBC survey of economists, fund managers and strategists suggested that there’s a 23 percent chance of an outright recession within the next 12 months.” (12/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/12/28/trump-rough-2019-robert-mueller-house-democrats-slow-economy-column/2406919002

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33) The Fed and the US national debt
Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

“The U.S. Federal Reserve gets a lot of attention for setting interest rates as part of its role in directing the country’s monetary policies, but not many Americans realize the extent to which it has contributed to growing the size of the U.S. national debt and the problems associated with having such large liabilities on the nation’s books.” (12/31/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/12/31/the-fed-and-the-u-s-national-debt/

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34) A modest proposal: An anti-militarist New Year’s resolution for America
Source: Antiwar.com
by Maj. Danny Sjursen, US Army

“Most New Year’s Resolutions last but a few days. By late January the crowd in the gym dwindles down to its normal size. Most resolutions are fantasy, a simple act of wishful thinking. We all know this. Still, dreams are what makes life tolerable. So, in that spirit, let’s take a break from the standard critique of existing US foreign policy and conjure a world as it should be, not as it is. Consider this the ultimate New Year’s make believe — a resolution to swear off militarism and forever war in the Greater Middle East.” (01/01/19)

https://original.antiwar.com/danny_sjursen/2018/12/31/a-modest-proposal-an-anti-militarist-new-years-resolution-for-america/

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35) Boss rule and brain freeze
Source: Town Hall
by Paul Jacob

“As we leave 2018 and enter 2019, how is boss rule working out for you? If this column were so much cable TV noise, one would assume I’m about to lambaste President Donald Trump for his tone, his temperament, his temerity — not to mention his tall tales. But no. Apparently, Trump Derangement Syndrome is the one mental ailment I lack. And attempted boss rule by the Donald is tenaciously checked by a virulently anti-Trump political and media establishment. Not to mention the deep state. And the Democrats in Congress. And come to think of it, the Republicans in Congress. Take the president’s recent decision to pull all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, soldiers whose boots the previous commandeer-in-chief had promised would never step on those sands in the first place, and also to remove halfof our forces from Afghanistan, America’s longest-ever war. My immediate thought: Why not remove all the troops from Afghanistan? But, you can see how entrenched foreign intervention is … for American leaders.” (12/30/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/pauljacob/2018/12/30/boss-rule-and-brain-freeze-n2538248

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36) Escaping an abusive relationship
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“My dear, it’s time to admit it. You are in an abusive relationship. He doesn’t really love you. He loves controlling you. You may even suffer from a form of Stockholm Syndrome, in which you’ve come to believe that he does this for your own good. He is manipulating you with fear. He tells you that you have to give up some things, or freedoms, or you risk losing more.That’s his modus operandi. ‘Just give them what they want, or they’ll take everything.’ It’s time for you to take your family and escape from his abuse. You can’t save this ‘relationship.’ It isn’t a relationship, it’s enslavement. Get out, and go to a shelter that will protect you. It’s time to leave the NRA.” (01/01/19)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5743

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37) Graham and our confused Syria policy
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“[Lindsey] Graham is an interventionist fanatic, so it should raise red flags about the supposed Syria withdrawal that he is no longer concerned about it. It is possible that Graham is spinning what Trump told him and trying to box the president in with these public statements, but if that were the case Trump would presumably reject Graham’s interpretation in a series of angry tweets. The fact that Trump hasn’t done that suggests that Syria withdrawal isn’t happening or will happen so slowly as to make little difference.” (12/31/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/graham-and-our-confused-syria-policy/

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38) 2018: A bad year for government-failure deniers
Source: Show-Med Institute
by Andrew B Wilson

“Are you a government-failure denier — someone who believes that the government that governs best is one that overflows with good intentions, regardless of the cost? Are you someone who thinks a lot about ‘market failures’ and never stops to think about government failures?” (12/31/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/employment-jobs/2018-bad-year-government-failure-deniers

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39) Mugging taxpayers in the swamp
Source: Town Hall
by Peter Ferrara

“The big dollar muggings in Washington these days are not done with pistols. The sophisticated weapons of choice are ‘sole source contracting,’ lobbyists, and insiders. And the victims are not ourists, but taxpayers. Large multinationals game the system using the revolving door between government and the private sector, with the help of aggressive lobbying. There are so many examples, but one is the fourth largest privately owned company in the United States, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, which originated as one of the biggest accounting companies in America. Today they are masters of the D.C. contracting game with sole source contracting. They are not doing anything illegal, but the end result is that taxpayers and small entrepreneurs are shafted. They and affiliates haul off as much as $38 billion a year in perfectly legal, clean, government contracting. No Saturday Night Specials needed.” (12/29/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/peterferrara/2018/12/29/mugging-taxpayers-in-the-swamp-n2538226

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40) Castro’s revolution on its 60th anniversary
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Vincent Geloso

“January 1 will mark 60 years since Fidel Castro’s seizure of power. How are we to assess this long period, especially from the perspective of the average Cuban citizen? The fact that Cuba used to be one of the richest countries of Latin America at the time of Castro’s revolution and is now one of its poorest ought to settle the question. However, Cubans are significantly healthier than one would expect: life expectancy is quite high while infant mortality is quite low for a country that poor. Cuba also has high literacy rates relative to the rest of Latin America.” (12/31/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/castros-revolution-its-60th-anniversary

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41) Editor’s Break, episode 128
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 128 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: what New Years means to him; why Thanos is a villain; the importance of cultural and economic renegades pushing boundaries toward the fight for liberty; the necessity of working to prevent starvation; how anarcho-capitalism explains reality; who the so-called ‘addictive’ qualities of technology is a problem for; and more. Happy New Year 2019!” [various formats] (12/31/18)

https://everything-voluntary.com/thanos-renegades-working-anarcho-capitalism-technology-32m-editors-break-128

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42) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 87
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Nicholas Mosvick joins us to discuss the complexity of Fernando Wood, the mayor of New York who wished the state seceded during the Civil War.” [various formats] (01/01/19)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/ep-87-profiles-locodom-fernando-wood

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43) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 201
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“Gene Epstein on his 50-year Correspondence W/ Noam Chomsky.” [various formats] (12/31/18)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-201-gene-epstein-on-his-50-year-correspondence-w-noam-chomsky

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44) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 116
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“A new year is here, and it brings with it thousands of laws around the country. Are these laws a net positive or negative for liberty? What’s in the News with stories on new ways to support The LAVA Flow, TSA nonsense, FDA screws us, troops pulled from Syria and Afghanistan, cops force a man to be raped, cops destroy evidence. Finally, a Statists Gonna State on the supposed government shutdown.” [various formats] (01/01/19)

https://thelavaflow.com/new-year-new-laws-2019-tlf116/

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45) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 291
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #291, Will Porter returns to the show do break down Josh Rogin’s article in the Washington Post attacking Senator Rand Paul. Will and Kyle explain how Paul’s influence over Trump is good. Will debunks the lies Rogin tells about Paul.” [various formats] (12/31/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-291-josh-rogin-attacks-rand-paul-guest-will-porter

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46) Free Talk Live, 12/31/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“New Years Resolutions :: Google Plus Shutting Down :: Sarah Galactos :: Internet Fakery :: Fake Views :: Bot Filters :: Predatory Internet? :: HOSTS — Ian, Will, Aria.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/31/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-12-31

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47) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/31/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Sen. Lindsey Graham claims that Trump backed down on removing troops from Syria after having lunch together. President Trump has indicated no such thing. Meanwhile polls show support for the troop withdrawal? Is this a case of neocon wishful thinking?” [Flash video] (12/31/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/leaving-syria-will-trump-hold-fast

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48) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 381
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Happy Liberty New Year! And what better way to celebrate than with a Liberty New Year’s Party, as Marc welcomes in some of his fellow Lions including Brian McWilliams, Howie Snowdon and not-really-a-hoodie-model J.B. Lubin.” [various formats] (12/31/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/12/31/a-very-liberty-new-years-party/

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49) Ordered Liberty, episode 106
Source: National Review

“David and Alexandra take a look at yet another vile Twitter moment, this one relating to the terrible death of Bre Payton, and ask whether Twitter really matters. Then they discuss perhaps the most important culture war — the battle for basic human decency. They end with New Year’s predictions and resolutions.” [various formats] (12/31/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/ordered-liberty/episode-106-does-twitter-matter/

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50) The Last Nighters, episode 52
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“It’s college bowl season and very nearly the NFL playoffs, so we thought we’d throw you a couple of curve balls.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/31/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/ratatouille-the-last-nighters-episode-52/

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