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Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
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In the News:

1) Trump announces plans for prime time rant, border visit
2) Vought: IRS will pay tax refunds during “government shutdown”
3) Tax parasites moan about having to to feed their caged victims while temporarily (possibly) missing pay
4) Pope warns against global rise of nationalism, populism
5) TN: Cyntoia Brown, ex-sex slave convicted of killing man who bought her, to be released
6) Top Venezuelan judge flees to US, denounces Maduro
7) NV: Almost 1,000 marriage certificates issued on Ethereum, but government acceptance varies
8) Bale bashes Cheney in Golden Globes speech, cites “Satan” as method model
9) Mexico: Frantic rush to the pumps as socialized gas company screws up delivery
10) Jim Yong Kim resigns as head of World Bank
11) SC: Deadly shooting deemed self-defense
12) RBG absent from SCOTUS while recovering from surgery
13) Gabon: Coup attempt fails as regime regains control
14) Appeals court: Politician cannot block critic on social media
15) Malaysia: Royal council meets after king’s surprise resignation
16) India scientists dismiss Einstein theories
17) Scientists: “Sonic attack” on US embassy in Havana could have been crickets
18) UN agency cleared to visit Saudi woman whose plea to seek asylum went viral on Twitter
19) MI: Man pleads guilty to six “intra-Uber” murders in 2016
20) White House adds to list of border demands as shutdown continues

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Reasons to believe in Trump’s Syria withdrawal are vanishing
22) Can the FDA prevent teens from vaping?
23) The world wants term limits
24) The betrayal of Charlie Hebdo
25) Talking ourselves into a Cold War with China
26) States of change
27) Cash-desperate Illinois is now taxing lap dances
28) Trump’s government shutdown won’t affect SNAP — food stamps — the fix will be in
29) Trump’s delusion [sic] about the wall that never was
30) Why isn’t Radio Marti shut down during the shutdown?
31) Keep it closed for two years
32) How Democrats could blow it in 2020
33) Will the Justice Department crack down (again) on gambling?
34) The Democrats need a brutal primary to beat Trump
35) Will China go to war over Taiwan?
36) Is the FDA one of the USA’s biggest killers?
37) The rich never actually paid 70%
38) Why aren’t Democratic governors pardoning more prisoners?
39) A truce in the battle over birth control
40) Emerging market sensitivity to US monetary policy — what does the Fed think?
41) Trump was right to fire Mattis & Kelly
42) The Supreme Court could make gerrymandering worse
43) Government spending can’t turn US into Venezuela
44) “Are You Serious?” Awards, 2018
45) Quantum Vibe, 01/07/19
46) How you spend your money is your business and your business alone
47) Shutdown [sic] has turned Uncle Sam into a deadbeat boss
48) Classical liberalism and the limits to compromise
49) Vile garlands
50) Fantasy and politics

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 01/07/19
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 01/07/19
53) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 93
54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 294
55) Ted Galen Carpenter on The Scott Horton Show
56) Keith’s Vision of Pan-Anarchism, Part 4
57) The Bookmonger, episode 228
58) One Free Family, episode 44
59) Scott Adams Says, 01/07/19
60) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 204
61) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 382
62) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 196
63) Free Talk Live, 01/06/19
64) The Cost, episode 9
65) The Last Nighters, episode 53

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***** In the News *****

1) Trump announces plans for prime time rant, border visit
Source: New York Times

“President Trump announced on Monday that he would address the nation from the Oval Office on Tuesday evening to discuss what he called the crisis at the southern border, and the White House said that later in the week he would travel to the border as part of his effort to persuade Americans of the need for a wall — the sticking point in negotiations with Democrats which caused a government shutdown. It was not immediately clear which outlets would carry his address. The four major broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC — confirmed receiving the White House request on Monday for Mr. Trump to speak during the 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time slot, but producers had not decided whether to grant him the time.” (01/07/19)

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/07/us/politics/trump-address-border-visit.html

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2) Vought: IRS will pay tax refunds during “government shutdown”
Source: Bloomberg

“The Internal Revenue Service will issue refunds to taxpayers even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the filing season, a decision that may reduce political pressure on Congress and President Donald Trump to reach a deal to reopen the federal government. ‘Tax refunds will go out,’ the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, told reporters at a briefing on Monday. In previous shutdown contingency plans, the IRS would accept tax returns during the filing season, but refunds would be delayed until the government was funded.” (01/07/19)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-07/irs-will-pay-refunds-during-government-shutdown-official-says

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3) Tax parasites moan about having to to feed their caged victims while temporarily (possibly) missing pay
Source: New York Daily News

“While federal prison officers worked through the holidays without pay, the inmates they guarded were treated to special yuletide meals, union officials reportedly fumed. At the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex near Orlando, convicts dined on Cornish game hen and pie on Christmas and beef with black eyed peas and sweet desserts, according to USA Today. ‘This is appalling,’ Joe Rojas, Coleman’s union chief, told the newspaper. ‘We’re not getting paid, and the inmates are eating steak. The inmates know what’s going on; they know about the shutdown, and they are laughing at us.’” [editor’s note: Well, whiner, why not give up the thug life and go get a job in the productive sector, then? Also, if I’m not mistaken, they won’t actually miss a paycheck until Friday, if then, and of course they’ll get paid “back pay” when one side or the other says uncle – TLK] (01/07/19)

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-ent-inmates-hen-guard-shutdown-20190105-story.html

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4) Pope warns against global rise of nationalism, populism
Source: The Hill

“Pope Francis during an address on Monday warned against the global rise of nationalism and populism, suggesting that the world could return to the unstable period between the two world wars, Reuters reported. Francis, addressing a room of diplomats for his annual ‘state of the world’ address, argued that the international community should defend migrants and refugees.” (01/07/19)

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/424129-pope-warns-against-global-rise-of-nationalism-populism

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5) TN: Cyntoia Brown, ex-sex slave convicted of killing man who bought her, to be released
Source: PIX 11 News

“Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted clemency on Monday to a woman serving a life sentence for murder who says she was a victim of sex trafficking. The outgoing Republican governor, whose term ends in just two weeks, chose to show mercy to the now 30-year-old Cyntoia Brown by releasing her Aug. 7. Brown was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man when she was 16. … Brown was convicted in 2006 of murdering 43-year-old Nashville real estate agent Johnny Allen two years before. Police said she shot Allen in the back of the head at close range with a loaded gun she brought to rob him after he picked her up at a drive-in in Nashville. However, according to her lawyers, Brown was a victim of sex trafficking who not only feared for her life but also lacked the mental state to be culpable in the slaying because she was impaired by her mother’s alcohol use while she was in the womb.” (01/07/19)

https://pix11.com/2019/01/07/cyntoia-brown-ex-sex-slave-convicted-of-killing-man-who-bought-her-granted-clemency/

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6) Top Venezuelan judge flees to US, denounces Maduro
Source: France 24 [French state media]

“Former Venezuelan Supreme Court Justice Christian Zerpa has fled to the United States to protest President Nicolas Maduro’s second term that will begin with his inauguration this week, the onetime Maduro backer told a Miami broadcaster on Sunday. The latest defection from the crisis-stricken OPEC nation’s government comes amid growing international pressure on Maduro over his new term, which resulted from a broadly boycotted 2018 vote dismissed by countries around the world as a sham. … The Supreme Court confirmed in a statement that he had fled, referring to him as a former magistrate and adding it opened an investigation of him in November over accusations of sexual harassment by women in his office. The court’s leadership recommended that he be dismissed over the allegations, it said, without providing details.” (01/07/19)

https://www.france24.com/en/20190107-top-venezuela-supreme-court-judge-christian-zerpa-flees-usa-denounces-maduro

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7) NV: Almost 1,000 marriage certificates issued on Ethereum, but government acceptance varies
Source: Coin Telegraph

“Blockchain technology has already found its way into local government services in the United States, but Nevada particularly is proactive, the AP reported on Jan. 7. Citing specifically the use of blockchain to issue digital marriage certificates, the publication found that two counties in the Silver State had already integrated the technology or were running trials. In total, 950 such digital certificates, which use smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain for security, had been issued to couples residing both within and outside Nevada since April 2018. However, according to local officials, willingness to automatically accept the new format is mixed.” (01/07/19)

https://cointelegraph.com/news/nevada-issues-almost-1-000-marriage-certificates-on-ethereum-but-govt-acceptance-varies

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8) Bale bashes Cheney in Golden Globes speech, cites “Satan” as method model
Source: Fox News

“Christian Bale made his feelings about former Vice President Dick Cheney quite clear in his acceptance speech for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for ‘Vice’ — and it was much different from the respect he showed Cheney in an interview with Fox News last month. Bale, 44, thanked his wife, Sibi Blazic, profusely before getting political. The critically acclaimed British actor said he was ‘cornering the market on charisma-free a–holes … What do we think, Mitch McConnell next?’ He added, ‘Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration to play this role.’ Bale previously spoke to Fox News about playing Cheney, expressing his admiration for the former George W. Bush administration member, but he had never spoken about the Republican Majority Leader.” (01/07/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/christian-bale-bashes-former-vp-dick-cheney-senate-majority-leader-mitch-mcconnell-in-golden-globes-acceptance-speech

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9) Mexico: Frantic rush to the pumps as socialized gas company screws up delivery
Source: USA Today

“Mexicans are scrambling for gasoline amid long lines at gas stations and widespread shortages prompted by a change in distribution methods aimed at stemming fuel theft. State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos said the use of more secure transportation methods has resulted in delays for fuel delivery to gas stations in the states of Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacan, Mexico and Queretaro. It is urging consumers not to panic or hoard gasoline, promising that supply will soon stabilize. Frantic consumers have made a run on the pumps and social media has been filled with images of gas station signs saying they are out of fuel, and consumers comparing the thin supplies to scarcity for basic goods like bread and milk that plagued Mexico during the 1970s.” (01/06/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/01/06/mexicans-scramble-gasoline-stations-run-dry/2498602002/

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10) Jim Yong Kim resigns as head of World Bank
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim has made the surprise announcement that he is stepping down after six years in the post. His resignation will take effect from 1 February. Mr Kim, 59, was not due to leave until 2022, after he was re-elected for a second five-year term in 2017. He will ‘join a firm and focus on increasing infrastructure investments in developing countries,’ the World Bank said. In a statement, Mr Kim said: ‘It has been a great honour to serve as President of this remarkable institution, full of passionate individuals dedicated to the mission of ending extreme poverty in our lifetime.’ No reason was given for his unexpected resignation. Kristalina Georgieva, the World Bank’s chief executive officer, will assume the role of interim president.” (01/07/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46787840

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11) SC: Deadly shooting deemed self-defense
Source: ABC Columbia

“Police confirmed that a 30-year-old man died at a local hospital after the shooting on Rosewood Drive. According to witnesses, two men were arguing inside of a business. The argument carried out into the parking lot where the deceased man was initially armed with a knife and made threats prior to retrieving a handgun from his vehicle. He’s accused of discharging the firearm at the man he argued with, who in turn returned fire resulting in the fatal injury. Police say after the shooting, the uninjured man called 9-1-1 and immediately surrendered to law enforcement when officers arrived on scene. His weapon was possessed lawfully and properly stored prior to the shooting.” (01/05/19)

https://www.abccolumbia.com/2019/01/05/deadly-shooting-on-rosewood-drive-deemed-self-defense/

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12) RBG absent from SCOTUS while recovering from surgery
Source: USA Today

“Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent from oral arguments Monday while recovering from surgery for lung cancer, a first in her 25-year career on the court. Ginsburg, 85, underwent surgery Dec. 21 to remove two cancerous growths from her left lung. She was released five days later and has been recovering at home. Chief Justice John Roberts made note of Ginsburg’s absence briefly at the beginning of the session. He said the justice ‘is unable to be present today but will participate’ in deciding the two cases being argued by reading legal briefs and transcripts of the oral arguments. Ginsburg’s absence was not unexpected and does not indicate her condition has worsened. However, Ginsburg’s ability to attend court following two previous bouts with cancer in 1999 and 2009, as well as the day after husband Martin’s death in 2010, had court observers wondering if she would show up.” (01/07/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/07/ruth-bader-ginsburg-cancer-surgey-recovery/2500274002

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13) Gabon: Coup attempt fails as regime regains control
Source: New York Post

“The government of Gabon has put down an attempted coup early Monday and arrested the plotters who were junior army officers, the government spokesman told Radio France International. Authorities have regained control of the state broadcasting offices and a major thoroughfare in the capital, Libreville, which were the only areas taken by the plotters, spokesman Guy-Betrand Mapangou, told the French broadcaster. Earlier Monday a soldier who identified himself as Lt. Obiang Ondo Kelly, commander of the Republican Guard, read out a statement saying the military had seized control of the government of this West African country. … A curfew has been imposed over the capital, Libreville, and the internet has been cut. The city on the Atlantic Ocean coast is being patrolled by military tanks and armed vehicles.” (01/07/19)

https://nypost.com/2019/01/07/coup-attempt-fails-as-gabons-government-regains-control/

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14) Appeals court: Politician cannot block critic on social media
Source: Reuters

“A federal appeals court said on Monday a Virginia politician violated the Constitution by temporarily blocking a critic from her Facebook page, a decision that could affect President Donald Trump’s appeal from a similar ruling in New York. In a 3-0 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Phyllis Randall, chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, violated the First Amendment free speech rights of Brian Davison by banning him for 12 hours from her ‘Chair Phyllis J. Randall’ page. The ban came after Davison had attended a Feb. 3, 2016 town hall meeting, and then under his Facebook profile ‘Virginia SGP’ accused school board members and their relatives of corruption and conflicts of interest. Randall had also removed her original post and all comments, including Davison’s. ” (01/07/19)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-virginia-facebook-decision/politician-cannot-block-critic-on-social-media-u-s-appeals-court-idUSKCN1P11SC

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15) Malaysia: Royal council meets after king’s surprise resignation
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Malaysia’s royal families have met to decide when a new king will be elected from among them after King Muhammad V unexpectedly resigned, according to the country’s national news agency Bernama. The king abdicated on Sunday after just two years on the throne, the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing their five-year tenure. No reason was given for the resignation. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and while the king assumes a largely ceremonial role, his assent is needed for the appointment of a prime minister and various other senior officials.” (01/07/19)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/malaysia-royal-council-meets-king-surprise-resignation-190107065700717.html

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16) India scientists dismiss Einstein theories
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Scientists in India have hit out at speakers at a major conference for making irrational claims, including that ancient Hindus invented stem cell research. Some academics at the annual Indian Science Congress dismissed the findings of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Hindu mythology and religion-based theories have increasingly become part of the Indian Science Congress agenda. But experts said remarks at this year’s summit were especially ludicrous. The 106th Indian Science Congress, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, runs from 3-7 January. The head of a southern Indian university cited an old Hindu text as proof that stem cell research was discovered in India thousands of years ago.” (01/07/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-46778879

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17) Scientists: “Sonic attack” on US embassy in Havana could have been crickets
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The US embassy in Havana more than halved its staff in 2017 when diplomats complained of headaches, nausea and other ailments after hearing penetrating noises in their homes and nearby hotels. The mysterious wave of illness fuelled speculation that the staff had been targeted by an acoustic weapon. It was an explanation that appeared to gain weight when an audio recording of a persistent, high-pitched drone made by US personnel in Cuba was released to the Associated Press. But a fresh analysis of the audio recording has revealed what scientists in the UK and the US now believe is the true source of the piercing din: it is the song of the Indies short-tailed cricket, known formally as Anurogryllus celerinictus.” (01/06/19)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/06/sonic-attack-on-us-embassy-in-havana-could-have-been-crickets-say-scientists

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18) UN agency cleared to visit Saudi woman whose plea to seek asylum went viral on Twitter
Source: USA Today

“The U.N. Refugee Agency said it has been granted access to an 18-year-old Saudi woman who traveled to Thailand to seek asylum. In a statement released Monday, the agency said it will assess whether Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun will require protection as a refugee after she shared her story on social media that has since gone viral. The details of Alqunun’s story first spread on Twitter, in a series of messages where she claimed she was being threatened by her family. According to an account given to Human Rights Watch in Asia, Alqunun was stopped in Bangkok en route to Australia by Saudi Arabia’s embassy, which then seized her passport. Alqunun told HRW she fled her family while they visited Kuwait because the country does not require permission from a male relative for an adult woman to leave. Alqunun said she was fleeing abuse and death threats.” (01/07/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/01/07/rahaf-mohammed-al-qunun-saudi-woman-seeking-asylum-thailand/2500241002

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19) MI: Man pleads guilty to six “intra-Uber” murders in 2016
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday in Michigan. Jason Dalton’s surprise move occurred as lawyers and a judge planned to pick a jury in Kalamazoo County court. There was no deal for Dalton: He pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder, and he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole. ‘I’ve wanted to do this for quite a while,’ Dalton told a judge. He answered ‘yes’ to a series of questions, admitting that he shot eight people at three locations in the Kalamazoo area in 2016. Four women, a man and a 17-year-old boy were killed. After Dalton’s arrest, police quoted him as saying a ‘devil figure’ on Uber’s app was controlling him on the day of the shootings. He was found competent to stand trial and last week dropped an insanity defense.” (01/07/19)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Michigan-man-pleads-guilty-to-6-murders-in-2016-13514117.php

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20) White House adds to list of border demands as shutdown continues
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“With the partial government shutdown in its third week, White House officials and congressional leaders again failed to make progress toward a resolution during talks on Sunday. In the latest proposal put before the House Appropriations Committee, President Trump remains steadfast in his request for $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall with Mexico. NPR’s John Burnett reports, ‘The White House is asking for 234 miles of steel barrier — which works out to about $24 million a mile.’ However, in what could be read as a gesture to appease Democrats, the Trump administration is now offering $800 million in aid to address humanitarian needs at the border, including better medical care and additional facilities for processing and holding those in temporary custody considered to be the most ‘vulnerable population.’” (01/07/19)

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/07/682806059/white-house-adds-to-list-of-border-demands-as-shutdown-continues

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

21) Reasons to believe in Trump’s Syria withdrawal are vanishing
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“On the first of April last year I published an article titled ‘Ignore The Words Of US Presidents. Watch Their Actions Instead,’ about Trump’s claim that his administration would be pulling troops out of Syria ‘very soon.’ Watching the actions and ignoring the words is a personal policy I’ve found very useful in dealing with top government figures who understand that power has nothing to do with truth and everything to do with narrative control, and in that particular case the president’s claims were quickly memory holed after a highly suspicious chemical weapons allegation in Douma a few days later. The president’s words said the troops were leaving, and what actually happened was the US bombing the Syrian government for a second time in a year while troops remained where they were. Everyone completely lost their shit last month when the president once again made the claim that US troops will be brought home from Syria. … But what have his actions been?” (01/07/19)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/01/07/reasons-to-believe-in-trumps-syria-withdrawal-are-vanishing/

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22) Can the FDA prevent teens from vaping?
Source: Independent Institute
by Raymond March

“In four months the Food and Drug Administration went from investigating whether e-cigarettes motivated teens to smoke to declaring teen vaping an ‘epidemic’ where ‘all options are on the table’ to prevent ‘addicting a generation of youth on nicotine.’ What followed has been described as a ‘historic crackdown’ of the e-cigarette industry. … I’ve argued in a previous blog post that these regulations will likely cause considerable harm to those they are intended to help. Others agree. However, few have asked, Can the FDA actually prevent teens from vaping? I am, once again, skeptical.” (01/07/19)

http://blog.independent.org/2019/01/07/can-the-fda-prevent-teens-from-vaping/

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23) The world wants term limits
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The Economist magazine has announced its ‘Country of the Year.’ It’s Armenia. … former President Serzh Sargsyan did his darnedest to escape presidential term limits — as is attempted by so many heads of state around the world. Sometimes the power-grabbers succeed and sometimes they don’t. But everywhere, most voters oppose such shenanigans. They know how easy it is for an incumbent to shove his way to perpetual power no matter how unhappy they may be with him. Citizens know the value of term limits. Armenia’s good news is that Sargysan’s attack on term limits failed — dramatically.” (01/07/19)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2019/01/07/the-world-wants-term-limits-paul-jacob-on-civilization-spreading/

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24) The betrayal of Charlie Hebdo
Source: spiked
by Elan Journo

“Four years ago today, self-styled jihadists burst into the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo and shot to death 10 members of the magazine’s staff and also a police officer and security guard. Immediately after the massacre, countless people took to the streets to remember the fallen journalists. Globally, on social media, many echoed the slogan ‘Je Suis Charlie’ in solidarity. But when the moment faded, it became clear that the threat to freedom of speech emanates not only, or even primarily, from the ‘jihadists’ veto.’ The deeper problem is us. There’s pervasive antipathy to the principle of freedom of speech. Unless we understand and value it, we will lose this crucial right.” (01/07/19)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/01/07/the-betrayal-of-charlie-hebdo/

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25) Talking ourselves into a Cold War with China
Source: Cato Institute
by Simon Lester

“The U.S.-China relationship, we are told, may undergo a ‘conscious uncoupling.’ The two countries could be moving towards an ‘economic cold war.’ Actual war is unlikely (although you never know), but nevertheless a seismic geopolitical shift is supposedly upon us. But what does all this really mean? Are these just transitory phrases that will be superseded quickly by the next big policy thing? Or is this view of the U.S.-China relationship becoming entrenched across the Washington establishment, with the course of history already set? Let’s hope it is the former. Because if the rhetoric becomes reality, then today’s trade skirmishes will seem inconsequential compared to the economic disruption that would result.” (01/07/19)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/talking-ourselves-cold-war-china

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26) States of change
Source: The American Prospect
by Amy Hanauer

“Minnesotans, with their comparatively generous social safety net, live seven years longer than people in conservative (and low-income) Mississippi. Louisianans are more than five times more likely to be in prison as Mainers. And in New York, where bargaining rights are better protected, roughly a quarter of workers enjoy the security and wage premium of union membership, compared with fewer than 4 percent in union-hostile South Carolina. While other factors contribute to these realities, it’s safe to say that state policy matters immensely. The right gets this. In the 1970s, conservatives set their sights on statehouses as the best (and most readily captured) mechanism for rolling back the gains of the New Deal, the Great Society, and the civil rights movement.” (01/07/19)

https://prospect.org/article/states-change-0

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27) Cash-desperate Illinois is now taxing lap dances
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jon Miltimore

“The Land of Lincoln has been perhaps the nation’s boldest pioneer on the amusement tax front. While Chicago’s 2015 ruling, which expanded the amusement tax to cover streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu (and has since landed on Playstation users), has captured most of the national headlines, local governments such as Cook County and the city of Bloomington have also found ways to tax fun. In fact, this isn’t the first time Illinois has been accused of illegally taxing strip joints (which are natural targets for revenue-hungry public do-gooders) with an amusement tax.” (01/07/19)

https://fee.org/articles/cash-desperate-illinois-bureaucrats-are-now-taxing-lap-dances-sparking-legal-battle/

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28) Trump’s government shutdown won’t affect SNAP — food stamps — the fix will be in
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“There’s a certain amount of muttering that the government shutdown — prompted by Trump’s insistence that he really, but just really, wants a great big wall — will start to affect the distribution of SNAP benefits, food stamps to you and me. This isn’t going to happen, the fix will be in long before that happens. No, I’m not insisting that the government shutdown will be solved by February although I fully expect it to be so. Rather, that those worrying abut babbies running out of stale crusts and government cheese are rather missing the way the system works. They simply don’t shut down those parts of government that will lead to rioting on the streets, sure, they may be politicians but they’re not that damn stupid.” (01/07/19)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/world/usa/trumps-government-shutdown-wont-affect-snap-food-stamps-the-fix-will-be-in/

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29) Trump’s delusion [sic] about the wall that never was
Source: Our Future
by Miles Mogulescu

“Three weeks have passed since Donald Trump shut down much of the government because Congress won’t give him $5.6 billion in taxpayer money to build 200 miles of his illusory Wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Let’s be clear on one thing: There is no Wall. There never has been a serious plan to build a Wall. And there never will be a Wall. And that’s just fine with Trump, as long as he continues to keep the Wall as a political cudgel. Like most everything else having to do with the so-called ‘Wall,’ the government shutdown is nothing more than Trumpian political theater aimed at his base and their media enablers like Anne Coulter and Rush Limbaugh. The Wall idea was nothing but a memory-device cooked up by Trump campaign strategists frustrated that Trump lacked the mental focus to stay on his anti-immigrant message, according to Bloomberg Businessweekjournalist Joshua Green.” [editor’s note: It has always been a metaphor, not a “concrete” idea – SAT] [additional editor’s note: No, it was definitely a “concrete” idea up until the problems with actually doing it were point out; THEN it became a “metaphor” – TLK] (01/07/19)

https://ourfuture.org/20190107/the-wall-is-just-a-phony-brand

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30) Why isn’t Radio Marti shut down during the shutdown?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“I don’t get it. If President Trump’s ‘shutdown’ of the federal government is supposed to shut down the ‘nonessential’ functions of the federal government, then why is Radio Marti, the federal government’s Cold War-era propaganda radio station, still broadcasting? When it comes to nonessential federal programs, Radio Marti has to rank near the top of the list.” (01/07/19)

https://www.fff.org/2019/01/07/why-isnt-radio-marti-shut-down-during-the-shutdown/

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31) Keep it closed for two years
Source: The American Spectator
by Dov Fischer

“I don’t know about you, but I am enjoying the 25% Government shutdown. I really am. This is the closest we ever may come to demonstrating how much of our Government is wasteful, unnecessary, duplicative, and pointless. As but one example — only from the 25% now shut down — we simply do not need a federal Department of Education.” (01/07/19)

https://spectator.org/keep-it-closed-for-two-years/

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32) How Democrats could blow it in 2020
Source: USA Today
by staff

“As Democrats prepare for the 2020 presidential election cycle, they are full of eager anticipation, if not outright confidence. And why shouldn’t they be? Notwithstanding his continuing strong support from Republicans, Donald Trump is the most unpopular president in the history of polling, with an average approval stuck in the low 40s. While previous presidents have dipped below him for brief moments, none has stayed so low for so long. Trump has not once reached an average approval of 50 percent. Some of his biggest weaknesses, moreover, are with independents and voters in the Midwestern states that elected him in 2016. In Michigan, Democrats just won the aggregate vote for the U.S. House of Representatives by seven percentage points and the governorship by nearly 10 points. They took three of four House seats in Iowa, a state that swung heavily to Trump in 2016. Adding yet more to Democrats’ optimism is Trump’s penchant for putting himself in untenable positions, like the one he is in over border wall funding. … Yet for all of this … the Democrats could blow it.” (01/07/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/01/06/how-democrats-could-blow-2020-presidential-election-editorials-debates/2496849002

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33) Will the Justice Department crack down (again) on gambling?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Nathan Keeble

“In 2002, despite legal precedent, the Bush administration began to use the Wire Act as a bludgeon against all forms of online gambling, not simply those related to sports. These actions wrought uncertainty for state governments who would compel the DOJ to clarify their interpretation of the law in 2011. In a 13-page memo, they refuted the new expansive interpretation and restored the law’s original, narrower meaning. This decision again freed the states to make their own decisions about online gambling. Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware ended their prohibitions against the online gambling industry in response. However, rumors are circulating that the DOJ is considering reversing this federalist position. At the least, a reversal would create significant legal uncertainty. At worst, it is an ominous step toward a federal ban on online gambling.” (01/07/19)

https://mises.org/wire/will-justice-department-crack-down-again-gambling

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34) The Democrats need a brutal primary to beat Trump
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“While no candidate this year has the power that Hillary held in 2016, the temptation by the Party to rig the primaries again is surely great. Why spend all that money on a long series of ho-hum votes? And why hand Trump footage of Harris calling Warren ineffective in some debate when the winner can be pre-determined? If Dems grant the media, currently operating with the hive mind of a 24-year-old Brooklynite who owes her parents money, too much influence, it’ll be some accomplishment-free shiny object like Beto who Trump will treat as a political chew toy. Give the voters another rigged primary — make it another Her Turn — and you likely give America another four years of Trump. The Democratic Party in 2016 engineered defeat by not letting the process do what it is designed to do: weed out the weak.” (01/07/19)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-democrats-need-a-brutal-primary-to-beat-trump/

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35) Will China go to war over Taiwan?
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“In the first week of 2019, as China grabbed headlines for landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, a New Year’s Day editorial in the nation’s official military newspaper told its readers that ‘war preparations’ should be a top priority for the year. The following day, President Xi Jinping offered a forceful reminder of what Beijing considers its most likely focus of conflict to be: Taiwan. China’s rulers have long regarded the island as a rogue province, with regaining control a point of honor for the ruling Communist Party and military alike. In a major speech on Wednesday, Xi warned the ‘problem’ could not be held over for another generation. While he talked primarily of ‘peaceful unification,’ he said Beijing reserves the right to use force if necessary. The speech brought a sharp rebuke from Taiwan, where residents remain strongly opposed to rejoining China, even under a Hong Kong-style ‘one country, two systems’ deal.” (01/07/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-taiwan-commentary/commentary-will-china-go-to-war-over-taiwan-idUSKCN1P11IT

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36) Is the FDA one of the USA’s biggest killers?
Source: OpEdNews
by Rob Kall

“FDA policies may be responsible for over 80,000 deaths caused by inadequately or completely untested medical devices. There are over 32 million Americans with implanted devices in their bodies– about ten percent of Americans. That’s mind-boggling. But more so is the fact, reported by an article in the Washington Post, The FDA is still letting doctors implant untested devices into our bodies.” [editor’s note: So, unapproved devices being used may be responsible for a tiny fraction of the deaths FDA’s responsible for with its delays in approving stuff – TLK] (01/07/19)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Is-the-FDA-One-of-the-USA-by-Rob-Kall-Deregulation-Regulation_FDA_Medical-Devices-190106-976.html

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37) The rich never actually paid 70%
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Phillip W Magness

“Several Washington commentators kicked off the 115th Congress by rallying behind a newly proposed 70 percent top marginal income tax rate on the wealthiest earners. … Between 1936 and 1981, they note, the top marginal rate never dipped below 70 percent. In the decade after World War II, it even reached an all-time high of 90 percent on income earnings above $200,000 (or roughly $2 million in today’s dollars). Citing the prosperity of the mid-century United States, these progressive activists contend that our economy can absorb similar confiscatory rates today provided that they are only assessed on the wealthiest earners. … this historical narrative is both simplistic and wrong. It relies upon a confusion between the statutory tax rate (i.e., the number that’s on the statute books) and the effective tax rate (i.e., the percentage of income that people actually pay once exemptions, deductions, and other tax-code incentives are accounted for).” (01/07/19)

https://www.aier.org/article/rich-never-actually-paid-70-percent

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38) Why aren’t Democratic governors pardoning more prisoners?
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“Governors in most states have the power to pardon or commute sentences, either at their sole discretion or with some level of input from a commission. Since most convictions occur at the state level, some governors can wield even greater influence on criminal justice than the president can. But most governors rarely use this power, and few have made it a mainstay of their tenure in office — a major missed opportunity for justice and the public good.” (01/04/19)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152847/arent-democratic-governors-pardoning-prisoners

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39) A truce in the battle over birth control
Source: Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“Two new rules concerning employer-sponsored health insurance and contraception coverage, set to take effect in January, will finally allow conscientious objectors to opt out of the now-notorious Obamacare contraception mandate. But the feds shouldn’t consider the matter settled until women can buy birth control over the counter.” (for publication 02/19)

https://reason.com/archives/2019/01/07/a-truce-in-the-battle-over-bir

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40) Emerging market sensitivity to US monetary policy — what does the Fed think?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Colin Lloyd

“The Fed model is elegantly simple, it would be interesting to investigate its applicability to smaller developed economies; I imagine a similar pattern may be observed, although the reserve requirement inflection point might be lower, a reflection of the depth of their domestic capital markets. I also wonder about the effect of the absolute level of interest rates and the interest rate differential between one country and its reserve currency comparator — not all emerging markets peg themselves to the US$.” (01/07/19)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2019/01/emerging-market-sensitivity-to-us-monetary-policy-what-does-the-fed-think/

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41) Trump was right to fire Mattis & Kelly
Source: Fox News Forum
by Steve Hilton

“The new year began as the old year ended — with the establishment up in arms over generals leaving the Trump administration. How would the world survive the departures of John Kelly and James Mattis? ‘Today has just been a cascade of what would be generally seen as absolutely apocalyptic news in any other presidency … Let’s start tonight with the resignation of the Secretary of Defense James Mattis,’ Rachel Maddow lamented. ‘Apocalyptic.’ Forget about war or disease or poverty. The apocalypse is when America’s elected president is no longer supervised by the unelected ruling establishment. They even gave it a name: the ‘Committee to Save America.’ It included not just the military’s Mattis and Kelly, but Exxon’s Rex Tillerson and Goldman Sachs’ Gary Cohn. The Committee to Save America. Have you ever heard anything more smug, more pompous, or (most importantly) more anti-democratic? Because it turns out that the Committee to Save America was really the Committee to Save the American Establishment. Its aim was to stop the president from delivering populist election promises.” (01/07/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/steve-hilton-mattis-kelly-marched-to-the-establishment-beat-trump-was-right-to-fire-them

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42) The Supreme Court could make gerrymandering worse
Source: The Atlantic
by Richard L Hasen

“The Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to take up partisan gerrymandering cases from North Carolina and Maryland brought to mind a saying attributed to Judy Garland: Behind every cloud is another cloud. The now-firmly conservative Court likely took the cases not to announce that such activities violate the Constitution, but to reverse the lower courts that said they do. Down the road, the Court may do much more damage, including by preventing states from using independent commissions to draw congressional districts.” (01/07/19)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/01/supreme-court-will-rule-gerrymandering-md-and-nc/579550/

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43) Government spending can’t turn US into Venezuela
Source: In These Times
by Fadhel Kaboub

“The rising popularity of modern monetary theory (MMT) has inevitably brought misconceptions. Critics across the political spectrum often claim that MMTers want sovereign governments to ‘just print money’ with no concern for the national debt or, as Max B. Sawicky suggests, inflation. Some, especially on the Right, point to Venezuela and Zimbabwe as classic cases of hyperinflation. But MMT points to a different primary cause of inflation in developing countries: not domestic spending, but foreign debt and a resulting lack of ‘monetary sovereignty.’ A country has full monetary sovereignty when it has its own national currency that is not fixed to the value of gold or another nation’s currency; it uses that currency to impose taxes, fees and fines; and all its debt is payable in that currency. Countries that meet these criteria, like the United States and Japan, face no external constraints on government spending, as Pavlina R. Tcherneva explains.” (01/07/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21660/united-states-venezuela-modern-monetary-theory-trade-deficits-sovereignty

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44) “Are You Serious?” Awards, 2018
Source: CounterPunch
by Conn Hallinan

“The Golden Sprocket Wrench Award goes to Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms manufacturer, for its F-22 Raptor Stealth fighter, a fifth-generation interceptor said to be the best in the world. That is when it works, which isn’t often. When Hurricane Michael swept through Florida this fall, 17 Raptors — $339 million apiece — were destroyed or badly damaged. How come the Air Force didn’t fly those F-22s out of harm’s way? Because the Raptor is a ‘hanger [sic] queen’ — it loves the machine shop. Less than 50 percent of the F-22 fleet is functional at any given moment. The planes couldn’t fly, so they got trashed at a cost to taxpayers of around $5 billion. Lockheed Martin also gets an Oak Leaf Cluster for its F-35 Lightning II fighter, at $1.5 trillion the most expensive weapon system in U.S. history. Some 200 F-35s aren’t considered ‘combat capable,’ and may never be, because the Pentagon would rather buy new planes than fix the ones it has. That may cost taxpayers $40 billion.” (01/07/19)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/07/are-you-serious-awards-2018/

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45) Quantum Vibe, 01/07/19
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (01/07/19)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1894

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46) How you spend your money is your business and your business alone
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Mr. Grant: You ask how I ‘dare infer’ that my ‘self-centered desire’ to trade with foreigners as I choose should ‘outweigh the American people’s verdict to have our President conduct our trade in ways which he concludes advances our national interest.’ I ask how you dare infer that Donald Trump’s — or Chuck Schumer’s, or Lindsey Graham’s, or Bernie Sanders’s, or Peter Navarro’s, or Sherrod Brown’s, or Steve Bannon’s, or you-name-the-arrogant-brute’s — self-interested desire to prevent me from trading with foreigners should outweigh my own verdict, when spending my own money, to conduct my trade in ways that I conclude will advance my own interest.” (01/06/19)

https://cafehayek.com/2019/01/spend-money-business-business-alone.html

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47) Shutdown [sic] has turned Uncle Sam into a deadbeat boss
Source: The Nation
By Michelle Chen

“Every day that the federal shutdown drags on, Americans complain about getting too little from the government in return for their taxes. But hundreds of thousands of public servants are really getting absolutely nothing from Uncle Sam in return for another day of work. As the gridlock in Washington paralyzes the federal bureaucracy, some agencies remains on auto-pilot, thanks to a stripped-down skeleton staff of drafted workers. While about half of the workers impacted by the shutdown are officially furloughed, some 420,000 ‘essential’ employees have been forced to report to work — for free. Their jobs include work under security and safety agencies, including airport security administration and border agents, enforcement and investigation personnel at the justice and transportation departments, and various first-responders.” (01/07/19)

https://www.thenation.com/article/government-shutdown-labor-federal/

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48) Classical liberalism and the limits to compromise
Source: Heartland Institute
by Richard Ebeling

“The tense and seemingly polarized political environment in America today has raised the issue of whether there is some way to reduce the ideological and government-policy conflicts by finding some middle way between the ‘extremist’ positions of ‘left’ and ‘right.’ The fundamental question in all of this is, Can and should liberty be compromised in the pursuit of such a middle-of-the-road alternative. Senior staff members of the Niskanen Center have issued what amounts to a manifesto making the case for such a middle way …. At one level, we have heard all of this before, more than 100 years ago. In the late 19th century, the beginnings of the modern welfare state were being introduced and implemented in Imperial Germany, at first under the guidance of the ‘iron chancellor,’ Otto von Bismarck, in the 1880s and 1890s.” (01/07/19)

http://blog.heartland.org/2019/01/classical-liberalism-and-the-limits-to-compromise/

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49) Vile garlands
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“[Masha] Gessen who writes for the New Yorker, may not be a Coriolanus, exactly, but she knows her way around a battlefield. She has many controversial views (e.g., that extending marriage to gay couples was less desirable than categorically abolishing marriage would have been) and is detested by many conservative foreign-policy activists and friends of Radio Liberty. She has outraged feminists by criticizing some aspects of the #MeToo phenomenon, describing them as a ‘moral panic.’ She is a frequent target of the social-media mobs that have become by now an entirely too familiar feature of public life. She is hated by many of the right people, and some of the Right ones, too. And, as the New York Times tells the story, she recently noticed a funny thing in her updated New Yorker contract: a morality clause, one granting Conde Nast, the New Yorker’s corporate overlord, ‘sole authority’ to terminate writers’ contracts in the event they become the focus of a social-media mob …” (01/06/19)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/01/twitter-mobs-perils-of-public-life/

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50) Fantasy and politics
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Ethan Blevins

“I wish fantasy novels offered more political diversity. I adore fantasy, but I’ve begun to chafe at the ironic lack of creativity when it comes to political regimes. The genre may be missing a great opportunity. Or maybe I’m reading the wrong books. While I don’t really mean this as a criticism so much as an observation, monarchy and feudalism abound in most other-world fantasies. Or the politics are indistinct. Despite my deep love for Tolkien, he falls into this category as well — either political control is unclear in regions like the Shire, or the region is ruled by an absolute ruler.” (01/06/19)

https://notesonliberty.com/2019/01/06/fantasy-and-politics/

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51) Reason Podcast, 01/07/19
Source: Reason

“Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch and Peter Suderman begin today’s Reason Podcast, editors’ roundtable edition, with an extended conversation about what [Tucker] Carlson gets right and (mostly) wrong, and how his critique overlaps both with modern reformoconism and some elements of Elizabeth Warren-style populism. The discussion also ranges across Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the ‘military version of eminent domain,’ and best practices for purging children’s toys.” [various formats] (01/07/19)

https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/07/does-tucker-carlson-get-anything-right

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 01/07/19
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“President Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton (along with the Secretary of State and other neocons) are openly defying the president’s stated policy of a rapid withdrawal of US troops from Syria. The president does not seem too bothered by this open insubordination. Will he cave in to the neocons? Does it really matter?” [Flash video] (01/07/19)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/bolton-trumps-wrong-were-not-leaving-syria

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53) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 93
Source: Roll Call

“Within days of the government shutdown setting a record, federal agencies, employees and the general public will begin to feel the pain, says CQ budget and appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich. She also gives the latest developments in what is turning out to be a prolonged political battle.” [various formats] (01/07/19)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/shutdown-will-sting-across-board

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54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 294
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #294, I discuss new updates in the Russiagate conspiracy theory and Syria. New information reveals Gen Flynn’s trip to Russia in 2015 was in accordance with US intelligence. A court document shows an associate of John McCain gave the Steele Dossier to BuzzFeed in 2016. Bolton claims the US withdraws in Syria is conditioned on protection for the Kurds and the defeat of ISIS. The Assad government is now talking with the Syrian Kurds. The US and Russian military are also engaged in talks.” [various formats] (01/07/19)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-294-russiagate-syria

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55) Ted Galen Carpenter on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Cato Institute fellow Ted Galen Carpenter talks about his latest article, ‘NATO Partisans Started a New Cold War With Russia.’” [various formats] (01/07/19)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/1-4-19-ted-galen-carpenter-on-americas-new-cold-war-with-russia/

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56) Keith’s Vision of Pan-Anarchism, Part 4
Source: Attack The System

“Today [Todd Lewis] will be joined by Keith Preston for our fourth and final installment of Pan-Anarchism to discuss the hard question of national defense.” [Flash video] (01/07/19)

https://attackthesystem.com/2019/01/07/keiths-vision-of-pan-anarchism-part-4-the-hard-question-national-defense/

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57) The Bookmonger, episode 228
Source: National Review

“John J. Miller is joined by Nicholas Parisi to discuss his book, Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination.” [various formats] (01/07/19)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-bookmonger/episode-228-rod-serling-his-life-work-and-imagination-by-nicholas-parisi/

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58) One Free Family, episode 44
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Taylor and James are back after some holiday travel and ready to reflect on their experiences and there take on gift-giving culture in the United States in general.” [Flash audio] (01/07/19)

https://onefreefamily.com/being-more-intentional-about-gift-giving-and-holidays-off044/

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59) Scott Adams Says, 01/07/19
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about RPOS, the steel barrier, and climate persuasion, with coffee.” [Flash video] (01/07/19)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1lPJqdYdYXYGb

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60) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 204
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“Dale Brown of Detroit Threat Management Center.” [various formats] (01/07/19)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-204-dale-brown-of-detroit-threat-management-center

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61) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 382
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s flagship Lions of Liberty podcast, Marc hosts a lively debate on the concept of a Universal Basic Income guarantee!” [various formats] (01/07/19)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2019/01/07/should-libertarians-advocate-for-a-universal-basic-income-to-replace-the-welfare-state/

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62) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 196
Source: The Daily Liberator

“420 Genders w/ Arvin Vohra.” [various formats] (01/07/19)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-196-420-genders-w-arvin-vohra/

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63) Free Talk Live, 01/06/19
Source: Free Talk Live

“2019 predictions :: UN vs US :: Quitting smoking :: Technocracy :: 1984 monitoring :: Immigration :: Sex trafficing :: Parental rights :: Edgington Post with Jason Hanson :: Mark, Laurel and Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/06/19)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2019-01-06

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64) The Cost, episode 9
Source: We Are Libertarians

“In a continuation of The Cost: The Human Toll of Public Policy, Phyllis Klosinski explains her fight against Medicare to receive the lifesaving treatment she needs, and how the government prevents it at every turn. She also touches on our duty to fight for our rights.” [various formats] (01/06/19)

https://wearelibertarians.com/the-cost-9-phylliss-story-fighting-medicare-for-her-life/

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65) The Last Nighters, episode 53
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Charles Bronson vs. Bruce Willis (who would win?) The original is one of the classic revenge thrillers that has that satisfying edge of the bad guys getting what’s coming to them. Also shows the incompetence of government to ‘solve’ the problem and how individuals accepting the responsibility for their own safety is a much more effective solution. The remake has a similar air to it, but tones down the social commentary by our hero and focuses more on the cat and mouse with the ridiculous final villain.” (01/06/19)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/death-wish-the-last-nighters-episode-53/

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