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Volume XVI, Issue #3,883
Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Cliven Bundy to walk free as federal judge dismisses case
2) UK: Tories appoint new chairman in May’s first major reshuffle
3) Germany: Merkel enters high-stakes talks in last chance to form a government
4) Oprah for president? Golden Globes speech sparks fevered speculation
5) Trump to call on Pentagon, diplomats to play bigger role on arms sales
6) California pulls stoned-driving ad after criticism
7) Trump orders 200,000 Salvadorans to leave US
8) NAACP calls for “snowflake” protest against Trump at College Football Championship
9) Somaliland: Regime passes first law against rape
10) Portuguese town encourages children to smoke at Epiphany
11) Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer says he’ll spend $30 million to flip Congress
12) Obamas criticized for lavish library plans, including basketball court and “test kitchen”
13) NYC: Two injured in Trump Tower heating system fire
14) Pope, in “state of world” speech, urges dialogue in Korea, nuclear ban
15) Democrats ordered sting to expose illegal [sic] online gun sales; it backfired
16) China: Regime reportedly orders crackdown on Bitcoin mining
17) SpaceX launches secret Zuma mission for US government, lands rocket
18) India: Top court to review colonial-era law criminalising gay sex
19) Vietnam: Regime tries former oil executives in crackdown
20) Syria: Explosion and air strikes in rebel-held Idlib “kill 40”

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The political firm
22) Oprah for president? Why not?
23) No, we don’t need a federal “solution” to infrastructure problems
24) IRS tyranny against Swiss bankers
25) Centrist think tanks won’t save our cities
26) Trump’s deregulation drive is epic in scale and scope, and yet …
27) The Democrats: Exorcising ghosts and looking forward
28) Just say no to Jeff Sessions
29) The rise of the privilege epiphany
30) High time to legalise
31) If you don’t like Jeff Session’s marijuana decision, change the law
32) You can’t be “screwed” by being denied X unless you have a right to X
33) Healthcare spending vs. health system performance: What are the realistic options for reform?
34) Contradictions in Trump’s national security strategy
35) In the Russian collusion debate, who’s fooling who?
36) The free market [sic] made us do it!
37) Is Trump a “very stable genius” or a dangerous lunatic?
38) Economic growth does not pay for tax cuts, and tax cuts do not increase wages
39) Bitcoin isn’t the bubble — the global financial system is
40) The Russia thing
41) Crossing the swamp
42) In defence of Apu
43) Quantum Vibe, 01/08/18
44) State of the nation: Progressives, conservatives, and Trump
45) Oprah Winfrey: Does Globes speech provide clues about presidential run?
46) Win on the field
47) Americans voting with their feet for lower taxes, less regulation
48) Pakistan’s long struggle for democracy could get a boost from Trump, Rand Paul, and … the Saudis
49) How “Russiagate” helped secure a dangerous arms deal
50) A slow death

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 01/08/18
52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1071
53) Editor’s Break, episode 46
54) PanAm Podcast, 01/08/18
55) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 329
56) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/08/18
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 139
58) Free Talk Live, 01/07/18
59) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 143
60) Interview: Tim Brochu

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

1) Cliven Bundy to walk free as federal judge dismisses case
Source: USA Today

“Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and a militia member will not face a retrial on charges that they led an armed rebellion against federal agents in 2014. A federal judge Monday said the federal prosecutors’ conduct was ‘outrageous’ and ‘violated due process rights’ of the defendants. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro said a new trial would not be sufficient to address the problems in the case and would provide the prosecution with an unfair advantage going forward. She dismissed the charges against the four men ‘with prejudice,’ meaning they cannot face trial again. As the courtroom doors opened after Navarro’s ruling, a huge cheer went up from the crowd of spectators gathered outside.” (01/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/08/cliven-bundy-ranch-case-dismissed/1013685001

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2) UK: Tories appoint new chairman in May’s first major reshuffle
Source: Irish Times [Ireland]

“Brandon Lewis has been named the new chairman of Britain’s Conservative Party, amid farcical scenes which saw the Tories’ official Twitter account incorrectly announce that the job had gone to Chris Grayling. … In a major shake-up of CCHQ, the Conservatives announced prominent backbencher James Cleverly as deputy chairman, junior minister Chris Skidmore as vice chairman for policy, Maria Caulfield as vice chair for women, and 2017 intake MPs Kemi Badenoch and Ben Bradley as vice chair for candidates and vice chair for youth respectively. But bigger names were also expected to leave the Cabinet, with Education Secretary Justine Greening, Business Secretary Greg Clark and the Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom all reported to be vulnerable as the Prime Minister seeks to assert her authority.” (01/08/18)

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/tories-appoint-new-chairman-in-may-s-first-major-reshuffle-1.3348475

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3) Germany: Merkel enters high-stakes talks in last chance to form a government
Source: CNBC

“Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has entered talks with a rival party in a last-ditch effort to form a coalition government after months of political uncertainty and deadlock in the euro zone’s largest economy. Merkel, the head of a conservative alliance made up of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister-party the Christian Social Union (CSU), will meet with Martin Schulz, the head of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), for preliminary talks this week. They are set to discuss whether they can renew a governing coalition that has been in operation in recent years. The SPD had previously refused to enter into another coalition government given that its voters punished it in the last election for its previous alliance. But after coalition talks between Merkel and two other parties failed to find an agreement, the SPD has changed its stance.” (01/08/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/08/germanys-merkel-enters-high-stakes-talks-in-last-chance-to-form-a-government.html

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4) Oprah for president? Golden Globes speech sparks fevered speculation
Source: Raw Story

“Could Oprah Winfrey run for president and beat Donald Trump? Hollywood, liberals and ardent fans are abuzz with speculation that the billionaire chat show queen is harboring White House ambitions after an impassioned Golden Globes speech. Winfrey had barely finished calling for a ‘new day’ following a sexual harassment watershed, before calls snowballed for one of America’s most famous women, a self-made tycoon born into poverty, to run for the highest office in the free world. Hollywood’s loathing of Trump and bafflement that a crass-talking reality star with no previous government experience could win the presidency have fueled talk of well, why not another television star, only one with the ‘right’ politics? While Winfrey herself has never stated any cut-and-dried desire to run for office (reportedly saying ‘I don’t … I don’t’ backstage at the Globes when asked if she planned to run), her longtime partner suggested that she could be persuaded.” [editor’s note: Part of me wants to just giggle, while another part says “hell, why not?” – SAT] (01/18/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/oprah-for-president-golden-globes-speech-sparks-fevered-speculation

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5) Trump to call on Pentagon, diplomats to play bigger role on arms sales
Source: Reuters

“”The Trump administration is nearing completion of a new ‘Buy American’ plan that calls for U.S. military attaches and diplomats to help drum up billions of dollars more in business overseas for the American weapons industry, going beyond the assistance they currently provide, U.S. officials said. President Donald Trump as early as February is expected to announce a ‘whole of government’ effort to ease export rules on purchases by foreign countries of U.S.-made military equipment, from fighter jets and drones to warships and artillery, according to people familiar with the plan. Trump is seeking to fulfill a 2016 election campaign promise to create jobs in the United States by selling more goods and services abroad to bring down the U.S. trade deficit from a six-year high of $50 billion.” (01/08/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-weapons/exclusive-trump-to-call-on-pentagon-diplomats-to-play-bigger-role-on-arms-sales-idUSKBN1EX0WX

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6) California pulls stoned-driving ad after criticism
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“An ad aimed at discouraging drivers from getting behind the wheel under the influence of marijuana was removed by California officials after critics said it promoted use of the drug. The 30-second video, part of the ‘DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze’ campaign by the California Office of Traffic Safety, starts with a montage of people listing off reasons why they use cannabis — before assuring that they never drive while intoxicated. ‘OK, I love it,’ one man says of marijuana, smiling and looking into the camera. Rhonda Craft, director of the Office of Traffic Safety, said in a statement, ‘We are cognizant and share the concerns expressed over certain elements of our most recent ads. As a result, we will continue to refine and improve messaging as we move forward.’ The agency plans to continue using another ad that was produced for an earlier anti-DUI campaign. ‘The points remain the same: drive high and you can get a DUI,’ Craft said.” (01/08/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/OK-I-love-it-California-pulls-12481950.php

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7) Trump orders 200,000 Salvadorans to leave US
Source: USA Today

“The Trump administration will end temporary legal immigration status for 200,000 Salvadorans who have been living in the U.S. for nearly two decades, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday. Salvadorans who currently have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) must return to their homeland by September 2019 or become undocumented immigrants if they remain without legal protections. Salvadorans were first granted TPS in 2001 after a pair of devastating earthquakes that killed nearly 1,000 people and destroyed more than 100,000 homes in the Central American country. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen concluded that El Salvador has rebuilt and recovered enough so the emergency declaration is no longer necessary. ‘The substantial disruption of living conditions caused by the earthquake no longer exist,’ Homeland Security said in a statement.” (01/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/01/08/reports-trump-order-200-000-salvadorans-leave-u-s/1012345001

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8) NAACP calls for “snowflake” protest against Trump at College Football Championship
Source: Fox News

“Amid the crimson, white, red and black during the national college football championship in Atlanta on Monday, the NAACP wants to see fans wave a white towel to simulate a blizzard of ‘snowflakes’ to send a message to President Trump. The president plans to attend the event, and Atlanta’s NAACP chapter said on its Facebook page that it wants fans inside the stadium for the College Football Playoff title game to send him a message by waving white towels ‘simulating a blizzard.’ ‘We will not let the President’s visit go without a response. If you are lucky enough to attend the game, we encourage you to bring a white towel to wave simulating a blizzard while the president is in the packed stadium,’ the group said. ‘Trump supporters mockingly call the opposition snowflakes, but when we come together we create a mighty storm.’” [editor’s note: I can only laugh at this point — a mighty storm? More like a mighty wind – SAT] (01/08/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/08/naacp-calls-for-snowflake-protest-against-trump-at-college-football-championship.html

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9) Somaliland: Regime passes first law against rape
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“For the first time in its history, the self-declared republic of Somaliland has passed a law against rape. In the past, a victim’s family could force them to marry their rapist to avoid being shamed. Rapists now stand to face at least 30 years in prison. Somaliland declared itself independent from Somalia in 1991 but is not internationally recognised as a country. There is still no law against rape in Somalia. Somaliland’s speaker of parliament, Bashe Mohamed Farah, told the BBC that rape cases have risen and he hoped the new law would help stop that trend.” (01/08/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42604496

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10) Portuguese town encourages children to smoke at Epiphany
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: Parents encouraging their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes. Locals say the practice has been passed down for centuries as part of a celebration of life tied to the Christian Epiphany and the winter solstice — but nobody is sure what it symbolizes or exactly why parents buy the packs of cigarettes for their children and encourage them to take part. The two-day celebrations, which start Friday and end Saturday with a Mass, include dancing around bonfires, a piper playing music and an elected ‘king’ who distributes plentiful wine and snacks.” (01/07/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/AP-Photos-Kids-encouraged-to-smoke-in-Portugal-12479546.php

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11) Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer says he’ll spend $30 million to flip Congress
Source: USA Today

“Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmentalist who has waged a high-profile campaign calling for President Trump’s impeachment, announced Monday that he will not run for public office this year. Instead, the San Francisco-based mega-donor plans to pump $30 million into helping Democrats seize control of Congress by mobilizing young voters in what he and his aides say will be the country’s largest youth turnout push. Steyer called Trump’s election a ‘disastrous turn.’ … ‘I’m willing to do whatever it takes to save our country,’ Steyer during a news conference within view of the Capitol dome. ‘The task I feel called to do is organizing and mobilizing America’s voters.’” (01/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/08/democratic-mega-donor-tom-steyer-says-hell-spend-30-million-flip-congress/1013035001

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12) Obamas criticized for lavish library plans, including basketball court and “test kitchen”
Source: Fox News

“In their effort to break the mold, the planners of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago are taking heat for some less-than-lofty features in the sprawling complex. Namely, a ‘test kitchen.’ Reports first surfaced last fall that the monument to the first black president’s legacy was taking on an activity-center vibe. There would be a museum — but also a basketball court, possibly a room for yoga classes, and a test kitchen to teach visitors ‘about the full production cycle of nutritious food.’ It’s a reference to former first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthy eating and lifestyles. But Chicago Tribune columnist Ron Grossman trashed the ‘test kitchen’ idea as not worthy of the ideals and history for which the presidential center is supposed to stand. ‘Mr. President, I’ve got to tell you: The renderings for your museum are ‘little plans,’ more likely to congeal than stir blood,’ he wrote.” [editor’s note: Last time I looked, a “library” was for books and papers – SAT] (01/08/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/08/obamas-criticized-for-lavish-library-plans-including-test-kitchen.html

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13) NYC: Two injured in Trump Tower heating system fire
Source: WJTV 12

“New York City fire officials say a fire in Trump Tower’s heating and air conditioning system injured two people and caused smoke to billow from the roof. The Fire Department of New York says the fire started around 7 a.m. Monday at the building that contains President Donald Trump’s home and business offices.” (01/08/18)

http://wjtv.com/2018/01/08/2-injured-in-trump-tower-heating-system-fire/

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14) Pope, in “state of world” speech, urges dialogue in Korea, nuclear ban
Source: US News & World Report

“Pope Francis, in his annual ‘state of the world’ address called on Monday for all nations to support dialogue to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and to work for a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons. In the speech, Francis also repeated his call for a two-state-solution between Israelis and Palestinians and respect for the ‘status quo’ of Jerusalem following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. … The pope addressed envoys from more than 180 countries a day before North Korea and South Korea are due to hold talks expected to address North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which some diplomats see as a possible opening for discussions on other topics such as humanitarian issues and divided families.” (01/08/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-01-08/pope-calls-for-dialogue-in-korea-ban-on-nuclear-weapons

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15) Democrats ordered sting to expose illegal [sic] online gun sales; it backfired
Source: Fox News

“A Democrat-backed study meant to expose illicit online gun sales instead seemed to show the opposite — with hardly any sellers taking the bait when undercover investigators tried to set up dozens of illegal firearm transactions. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, had commissioned the Government Accountability Office report to look into how online private dealers might be selling guns to people not allowed to have them. Their efforts were based on a 2016 report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which claimed that ‘anonymity of the internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms.’ ‘Congressional requesters asked that GAO access the extent to which ATF is enforcing existing laws and investigate whether online private sellers sell firearms to be people who are not allowed or eligible to possess a firearm,’ the report said.” (01/08/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/08/dem-ordered-study-to-expose-illegal-online-gun-sales-backfires.html

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16) China: Regime reportedly orders crackdown on Bitcoin mining
Source: Sputnik News [Russian state media]

“A Chinese watchdog for internet financial risk has reportedly ordered local governments to implement measures to limit Bitcoin mining in the country. On Friday, a tweet was posted online which appears to show a notice from China’s Internet Financial Risk Special Rectification Work Leadership Team Office, the country’s online financial risk regulator. The order requests that local governments gradually force Bitcoin miners out of the business. Measures which local authorities are instructed to use include control of the power supply to Bitcoin mines, as well laws regarding tax, land use and environmental protection. More than two-thirds of the world’s processing power devoted to bitcoin mining is located in China, but authorities there want to clamp down on the sector. They fear that cryptocurrencies are used as a tool for speculation and thereby fuel financial risk. In addition, it is feared they may be used to finance illegal activities including money laundering.” [editor’s note: What is ACTUALLY feared is that the Communist Party will lose control of the movement of wealth in the country. That’s a rational fear for an authoritarian regime to have. It’s also going to happen no matter what crackdowns occur – TLK] (01/08/18)

https://sputniknews.com/science/201801081060590921-china-bitcoin-mining-crackdown/

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17) SpaceX launches secret Zuma mission for US government, lands rocket
Source: Space.com

“SpaceX lofted the super-secret Zuma spacecraft for the U.S. government tonight, successfully executing a mission that also featured yet another landing by the first stage of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket. The Falcon 9 lifted off at 8 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, on Florida’s Space Coast. The booster’s two stages separated 2 minutes and 19 seconds into flight. The second stage continued carrying the mysterious Zuma to its destination in low-Earth orbit (LEO), while the first stage began maneuvering its way back to terra firma for a touchdown at Landing Zone 1, a SpaceX facility at Cape Canaveral.” (01/07/18)

https://www.space.com/38826-spacex-launches-secret-zuma-mission-lands-rocket.html

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18) India: Top court to review colonial-era law criminalising gay sex
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“India may be on track for a major victory for gay rights after the country’s supreme court agreed to re-examine a colonial-era law outlawing sex between men. The court on Monday said it would refer the question of the validity of section 377 of the Indian penal code to a larger bench for examination before October this year. … The supreme court observed in 2013 that fewer than 200 people had been convicted for homosexual acts under the legislation but activists say it is regularly used to blackmail and intimidate LBGTI Indians as well as to stymie HIV/Aids prevention efforts.” (01/08/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/08/india-to-rethink-colonial-era-law-criminalising-gay-sex

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19) Vietnam: Regime tries former oil executives in crackdown
Source: Washington Post

“Vietnam opened a major corruption trial Monday against defendants who include a former senior Communist official and a former oil executive the Vietnamese government is accused of snatching from Germany. Former Politburo member Dinh La Thang, 57, also was formerly the chairman of state energy giant PetroVietnam and is accused of ‘deliberately violating state economic management regulations, causing serious consequences’ for his role in awarding PetroVietnam’s Construction Joint Stock Company, or PVC, a contract to build a thermoelectric plant without a proper bidding process. He allegedly also advanced $67 million to PVC, which did not use the funds for the right purpose, causing losses of $5.5 million to the state.” (01/08/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/vietnam-tries-former-oil-executives-in-widened-crackdown/2018/01/08/81f2eb2a-f433-11e7-9af7-a50bc3300042_story.html?utm_term=.9617b1ad8688

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20) Syria: Explosion and air strikes in rebel-held Idlib “kill 40”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“At least 40 people have reportedly been killed in an explosion and a series of air strikes across the rebel-held north Syrian province of Idlib. The blast, on Sunday night outside the headquarters of the Islamist rebel faction Ajnad al-Qawqaz in the city of Idlib, left 25 people dead. The cause was not clear but many believed a car bomb was responsible. Activists say another 15 people were killed in Syrian government and Russian air strikes elsewhere on Sunday.” (01/08/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42599696

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

21) The political firm
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“In a recent issue, The Economist observes that business is becoming more political in America. Politicized businesses do not only feel obliged to take a stand on political issues, but they often want their preferences to be, in some way, forced upon members of society who don’t share them. The chairman of Starbucks, reports the magazine, ‘champions the idea that firms should serve both their shareholders and a broader set of interests, including staff and civil society.’ The politicization of businesses could correspond to a demand — real, money-backed demand — from their employees. … competition from non-politicized suppliers should prevent the politicized ones from charging more to cover their additional costs. Market competition would insure that the politicization costs are paid by the firm itself, and is limited to what employees or owners are willing to pay out of their own pockets. Because employees are as greedy as firm owners, internal demands for ‘societal’ grandstanding will thus be limited.” (01/08/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/01/the_political_f.html

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22) Oprah for president? Why not?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Just a few short years ago, the idea of a president without prior experience in political office was nearly unthinkable. Prior to 2016, the last major party nominee, let alone president, with no political resume was Dwight D. Eisenhower, who, you may remember, whipped Hitler in World War Two. And then came Donald Trump. Like Oprah, The Donald is a billionaire and a former television personality. It seems that being a sitting or former state governor or US Senator (or general) is no longer a requirement for the top slot in American politics (the only president ever elected from the House of Representatives was James Garfield in 1880). Apart from what one might think of his actual tenure in office, it’s far from obvious that Trump is more qualified than Winfrey for the post.” (01/08/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12447

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23) No, we don’t need a federal “solution” to infrastructure problems
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“The assertion that there is an ‘infrastructure crisis’ at all remains quite dubious. As just a recent example, we might note that in his tweet about the Washington State derailment, Trump neglected to mention that the derailed train was making its first run on brand new tracks as part of a $180-million expansion of the train system in the region. It was in no way a result of ‘crumbling’ infrastructure. But for the sake of argument, let’s assume that many railroads, airports, highways, and bridges need repairs, and that governments will be frequently involved in addressing these needs. But that leaves us with a another question: why is a local bridge a matter of national concern? Why must a New Yorker be taxed to fund a stretch of highway in Boise?” (01/08/18)

https://mises.org/wire/no-we-dont-need-federal-solution-infrastructure-problems

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24) IRS tyranny against Swiss bankers
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Stefan Buck is a happy man. Last fall, a federal jury in Manhattan acquitted him of conspiracy to deprive the IRS of income tax revenue. Although a team of U.S. marshals was ready to take him into custody, Buck was free to walk out of the federal courthouse a free man and return to his home … in Switzerland. Buck is a Swiss citizen. At the time of this supposed crime, he was a Swiss banker. His actions took place entirely in Switzerland. Nonetheless, demonstrating the worldwide reach of the U.S. empire, Buck was forced to stand trial in New York for supposedly conspiring to deprive the IRS of tax revenues while operating entirely in Switzerland. Buck’s prosecution serves an instructive lesson for modern-day Americans.” (01/08/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/01/08/irs-tyranny-swiss-bankers/

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25) Centrist think tanks won’t save our cities
Source: In These Times
by Gar Alperovitz

“With both houses of Congress and most state governments captured by the Republican Party, those opposed to Trump and Trumpism are looking to cities. This strategic choice is increasingly being made not only by the Left, but by the careful center as well, a fact shown nowhere more clearly than in The New Localism by Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak, urban policy experts at the Brookings Institution, an influential Washington think tank. Katz and Nowak offer a window into the mindset of elite resistance to Trump. While they don’t like the nationalism and nativism of right-wing populism, their interest lies with leadership by and largely for those at the top. As Donald Trump tears down what remains of the welfare state, local elites are working hard to save their cities.” (01/08/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20806/centrist-think-tanks-the-new-localism-Bruce-Katz-Jeremy-Nowak

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26) Trump’s deregulation drive is epic in scale and scope, and yet …
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Laurent Belsie

“Three days before new federal regulations required him to install an electronic logging device in his semi, Chuck Paar put his 2012 rig up for sale and started driving his 1997 truck instead. The truck is so old it isn’t required to have the device, which logs how long a driver stays behind the wheel. Big fleets like the automation, but small trucking companies like Mr. Paar’s in Mount Jewett, Pa. have struggled to use the devices, which became mandatory Dec. 18. ‘It’s overregulation; it’s overkill,’ he says. And although he’s exempt, his drivers are not. This past Tuesday, one of Paar’s best drivers was on his 28th minute of a mandatory half-hour break when he pulled around to a fuel pump so he could get ready to fuel. The electronic device logged the truck as moving. ‘On a paper log, you log that as a half hour,’ Paar says, ‘but he had to sit another 30 minutes!’” (01/05/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2018/0105/Trump-s-deregulation-drive-is-epic-in-scale-and-scope.-And-yet

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27) The Democrats: Exorcising ghosts and looking forward
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“The Democrats’ stunning success in the November 7, 2017, Virginia state elections, and more recently, Democrat Doug Jones’s election in Alabama, portends a great blue wave in 2018. Or does it? The good news is that dozens of new groups mobilized thousands of volunteers and candidates, many of whom were new to politics. With a lackluster and centrist gubernatorial candidate in Ralph Northam, Virginia also produced a rare case of coattails in reverse. The down-ticket campaigns increased turnout, which improved the margin in the governor’s race. Most of the new groups that contributed to the Virginia wins have been created only since Trump’s election in 2016. They range from groups devoted to candidate recruitment and training for state and local races, such as Run for Something, to full-service organizations like the Arena, to specialized outfits like Sister District, which direct volunteers from safely blue areas to races where they are needed. The new groups in turn connect with broad-gauge mass coalitions like Indivisible and established groups such as Emily’s List. Remarkably, they don’t seem to be tripping over one another, as they gear up for 2018.” (01/08/18)

http://prospect.org/article/democrats-exorcizing-ghosts-and-looking-forward

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28) Just say no to Jeff Sessions
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“The US Constitution does not give the federal government any authority to criminalize marijuana. Thus, the question of whether marijuana is legal is one of the many issues reserved to the states under the Tenth Amendment. If the Constitution gives Congress the power to ban marijuana, then why was it necessary to amend the Constitution to give Congress the power to ban alcohol? Sessions'[s] usurpation of state marijuana laws is the type of federal intrusion into state issues usually opposed by conservatives. Sadly, too many conservatives are just as willing to sacrifice constitutional government and individual liberties for the war on drugs as they are for the war on terror.” (01/08/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/just-say-no-jeff-sessions

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29) The rise of the privilege epiphany
Source: The New Republic
by Phoebe Maltz Bovy

“One would expect a column titled ‘2017 Was the Year I Learned About My White Privilege’ to appear in Thought Catalog, the self-indulgent opinion site, or perhaps self-published on Medium. And odds are, the author would be a liberal arts student or recent graduate, their Sociology 101 coursework still fresh in the mind. But in fact, the above piece appeared last month in Foreign Policy, and its author was Max Boot — a [neocon] military historian, unrepentant Iraq War proponent, and former adviser to John McCain and Mitt Romney. Not a Donald Trump supporter, but hardly a with-it millennial. It was the president, though, who prompted Boot’s epiphany. While videos of police brutality (and a black woman friend’s account of racial profiling in department stores) contributed to this awakening, ‘Trump’s victory has revealed that racism and xenophobia are more widespread than I had previously realized,’ he wrote. Similarly, the #MeToo moment alerted Boot to the continued existence (even in America, which is not, he notes, Saudi Arabia) of sexism.” (01/08/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146522/rise-privilege-epiphany

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30) High time to legalise
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Matt Kilcoyne

“If our politicians don’t act fast British businesses are going to be left behind in the race to commercialise cannabis across the world. By 2025 the global market for medicinal cannabis alone is due to be worth £40bn, and by 2021 the recreational market in the US alone is expected to be worth $24.5bn. The prohibition on research, development, innovation and sales of cannabis is holding British business back at a time when we need to be even more innovative and even more global in our trade ambitions.” (01/08/18)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/high-time-to-legalise

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31) If you don’t like Jeff Session’s marijuana decision, change the law
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution provides that: ‘All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.’ Legislative powers are the power to make and repeal laws. Those powers are not vested in the executive branch, which includes the president and, more relevant to this discussion, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recently announced that he will no longer follow an Obama-era policy of not enforcing federal laws against marijuana. Some states have repealed their own laws against marijuana, but marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and will stay that way unless Congress legislates otherwise. This is basic civics stuff, but it seems to have eluded a lot of people. … And it’s for that reason that, even though I favor marijuana legalization, I approve of what Sessions has done.” [editor’s note: A sane voice on the issue, though I still think we should put the elf on the shelf – SAT] [additional editor’s note: There’s no constitutional power to regulate marijuana other than in interstate commerce. QED, per Amendment 10, the laws in question are unconstitutional – TLK] (01/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/08/heres-novel-idea-if-you-want-legalize-marijuana-change-law-glenn-reynolds-column/1011209001

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32) You can’t be “screwed” by being denied X unless you have a right to X
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Let’s say that you produce tomatoes. If you concede, as you must, that consumers are and ought to be free to grow their own tomatoes at home or to buy as many tomatoes as they wish from other American tomato growers, then you concede that you, as an American producer, have no right to consumer patronage of your business. How, then, do you come to acquire such a right simply because foreign governments abuse their citizens with tariffs and subsidies? You don’t.” (01/08/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/01/cant-screwed-denied-x-unless-right-x.html

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33) Healthcare spending vs. health system performance: What are the realistic options for reform?
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

“We often hear that we, in United States, spend more on healthcare than other high-income countries, but get less for our money. A report from the Commonweath Fund, ‘Mirror, Mirror 2017,’ is among many pieces of research to reach that conclusion. Just why is U.S. healthcare spending so high and performance so low? What are the realistic options for reformers? One of the report’s key charts provides an excellent framework for discussing what it calls ‘flaws and opportunities for better U.S. healthcare.’” (01/08/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/healthcare-spending-performance-reform-options/

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34) Contradictions in Trump’s national security strategy
Source: Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

“For all his revolutionary talk on the campaign trail, Donald Trump, as presidents have before him, has been co-opted by the U.S. foreign policy establishment to run pretty much the same national security strategy as his predecessors. That is because new presidents, most of them former governors, have been elected on domestic issues and have little foreign policy experience when they take office (the only recent exception was George H. W. Bush), therefore relying on people that the establishment recommends from their political party. In the case of Trump — who had some good commonsense instincts in the campaign that promised a more a more restrained foreign policy — it is a shame that the interventionist generals he has around him have largely won the day over that laudable intuition.” (01/08/18)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9231

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35) In the Russian collusion debate, who’s fooling who?
Source: The American Conservative
by Scott Ritter

“That the FBI would have used the Downer cable as the catalyst around which it would launch a criminal investigation into Trump’s campaign is facially absurd — a single uncorroborated source, based upon an alcohol-fueled conversation that had transpired two months before the cable was drafted, is not the basis upon which such a politically sensitive initiative would be undertaken. One of the principle tenets of assessing raw intelligence information, such as that contained in the Downer cable, is whether the actors involved could plausibly have had access to that which is claimed. Russia, like the United States, treats intelligence derived from communications intercepts — including cyber operations — as among the most sensitive, and therefore highly classified, sources. The notion that the existence of information that would amount to the crown jewels of the Russian intelligence service would be handed over to an obscure non-Russian professor to share with a low-level American campaign advisor represents the kind of red flag that any intelligence analyst worthy of the title would raise when evaluating the Downer cable.” (01/08/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/in-the-russian-collusion-debate-whos-fooling-who/

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36) The free market [sic] made us do it!
Source: Our Future
Sam Pizzigati

“Apologists for the many millions in compensation that America’s largest corporations regularly dole out to their top executives have essentially one basic, all-purpose go-to defense. America’s corporate giants, this defense contends, are just paying the going ‘market rate’ for top-notch executive talent. So chill out, America. Average Americans who complain about excessive executive pay, says Stanford Business School’s Nick Donatiello, simply do not realize ‘how much compensation is required, given the market for talent, to attract and motivate the right people.’ Any company that tries to go cheap and get by without that ‘right talent,’ America’s corporate wisdom continues, would never be able to successfully compete in our globalized marketplace. Does this defense hold any water? Not any more. Business analysts at Bloomberg have now forever scorched the notion that American CEO pay somehow reflects ‘market’ reality.” (01/07/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180107/the-free-market-made-us-do-it

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37) Is Trump a “very stable genius” or a dangerous lunatic?
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“By calling himself ‘a very stable genius’ on Saturday, Donald Trump invited his psychiatrically inclined opponents to reiterate their claim that he is mentally unfit for office. ‘The level of concern by the public is now enormous,’ Yale forensic psychiatrist Bandy Lee told The New York Times. ‘They’re telling us to speak more loudly and clearly and not to stop until something is done, because they are terrified.’ … Lee is rebelling against the American Psychiatric Association’s rule barring members from diagnosing at a distance public figures whom they have not personally examined. The injunction, which can be found in Section 7 of the APA’s Principles of Medical Ethics, is known as the Goldwater rule because it was largely a response to psychiatric critiques of the 1964 Republican presidential nominee …. Lee and her allies argue that the Goldwater rule, as applied to Donald Trump, conflicts with their ‘duty to warn’ the public about the grave danger posed by a flagrantly unstable president.” (01/08/18)

http://reason.com/blog/2018/01/08/is-trump-a-very-stable-genius-or-a-dange

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38) Economic growth does not pay for tax cuts, and tax cuts do not increase wages
Source: Mises Canada
by Kel Kelly

“With President Trump’s proposed tax cuts on the table, the conservatives are making their traditional argument that increased government revenues from increased economic growth will offset reduced tax receipts from lower tax rates, and will prevent the budget deficit from increasing. Tax cuts pay for themselves, they argue. Tax cuts do grow the economy, but they do not pay for themselves.” (01/08/18)

https://www.mises.ca/economic-growth-does-not-pay-for-tax-cuts-and-tax-cuts-do-not-increase-wages/

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39) Bitcoin isn’t the bubble — the global financial system is
Source: The Hill
by Michael Krieger

“Pretty much every article you read about bitcoin in the mainstream press ends up in the same place. You may not hear it until the seventh or eighth paragraph, but eventually you’ll be told that the whole thing is nothing more than a modern day ‘tulip bubble.’ The more creative types will also throw around the South Sea or Mississippi Bubble. You get the point. The consensus among the very smart experts is unanimous: bitcoin is clearly and indisputably a gigantic bubble that’s set to burst. I’ve been hearing this since the early days of getting involved in the space back in 2012. But I’m not convinced.” (01/08/18)

http://thehill.com/opinion/technology/367768-bitcoin-isnt-the-bubble-the-global-financial-system-is

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40) The Russia thing
Source: CounterPunch
by Andrew Day

“In a recent interview, journalist Luke Harding failed to substantiate the central thesis — indeed, the title — of his bestselling book, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win. That Putin ‘helped Trump win’ is prima facie plausible, but what is the empirical evidence? … The Democratic Party too has become captivated by the fantasy that collusion will someday be not only proven but somehow sufficient to oust the President from the Oval Office. It is not obvious how this Russian cloud – increasingly black, but persistently insubstantial – might produce enough rain to wash the Trump era away, nor whether President Pence is a ray of sunshine worth hoping for. Journalists, Democrats, and concerned Americans would be prudent to reconsider not only the evidence, but the politics of such wishful thinking.” (01/08/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/08/the-russia-thing/

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41) Crossing the swamp
Source: Town Hall
by Katie Kieffer

“It’s not about ‘draining the swamp.’ It’s about crossing it — and overcoming the bog in a bold bout, much like George Washington’s surprise attack in the Battle of Trenton after crossing the Delaware on Christmas Day, 1776. Our first president was a good man. He led by example, enduring the cold alongside his men unlike generals of lesser mettle, who shouted commands from a warm tent out of range of fire. Washington took pride in keeping his commitments, personal and professional. Recently, I finished reading ‘Killing England’ by Bill O’Reilly. I learned a great deal that I never knew about our first president. The book also gave me a new perspective on the increasing cries that we hear (including from Republicans) for Trump’s impeachment, for Trump to throw his Twitter account away, and for Trump to ‘work with’ Democrats and ‘get something done.’ Washington never ‘worked with’ the British in his journey to win independence for the American colonies.” [editor’s note: I’m not sure how this analogy works here; maybe I just read better books? – SAT] (01/08/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/katiekieffer/2018/01/08/crossing-the-swamp-n2431299

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42) In defence of Apu
Source: spiked
by James Gill

“‘All done. If you survive, please come again.’ So warned Springfield’s favourite shopkeeper as he served Bart Simpson and his pal Milhouse a deliriously unhealthy, all-syrup super-squishy. This could also serve as a warning to all future fiction writers if they decide to include or cast characters who happen to be of a particular ethnic origin. A paean to the modern trend for joyless offence-taking, Hari Kondabolu’s The Problem with Apu has got audiences worldwide talking about television’s most loved shopkeeper. Such has been the impact of Kondabolu’s film that the crew behind The Simpsons might even alter the character to address feelings of upset. They shouldn’t. Behind the veil of such sensitive adjustments to ‘problematic’ characters lies an insidious form of censorship that risks neutering writers’ creative vision.” (01/08/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/in-defence-of-apu/

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43) Quantum Vibe, 01/08/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (01/08/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1742

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44) State of the nation: Progressives, conservatives, and Trump
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Anyone reading the news and especially the political ‘liberal’ and conservative commentaries might easily conclude that he is living in a world of two parallel political universes. It is as if modern American liberals and conservatives are, respectively, occupying alternative realities about how they look at the economy and culture of the country, and evaluate Donald Trump and his administration. The common element in both, however, is the existence of an intrusive and controlling government.” (01/08/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/state-nation-progressives-conservatives-trump/

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45) Oprah Winfrey: Does Globes speech provide clues about presidential run?
Source: BBC News [UK state media] by Anthony Zurcher

“During the opening of the 2018 Golden Globe Awards programme, host Seth Meyers toyed with the idea of a possible Oprah Winfrey presidential campaign. When Winfrey took the stage later that night, the speech she gave was no joke. There are reports emerging in the US that she is actively entertaining the notion. And her speech sounded an awful lot like a presidential candidate on the campaign stump — polished and effective. Here are a few reasons why.” [editor’s note: She might have to explain her longtime friendship with, umm, Harvey Weinstein. Just sayin’ – SAT] (01/08/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42586730

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46) Win on the field
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The whole point of the College Football Playoff is to have the champion decided on the field of play — not in a backroom by computers and politics. As happened this year. The CFP should go to an eight-team playoff, which would allow any undefeated team, even from less prestigious conferences, to be included. Isn’t this awfully reminiscent of U. S. presidential campaigns?” (01/08/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/08/win-on-the-field/

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47) Americans voting with their feet for lower taxes, less regulation
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Forget what economic ‘experts’ or pollsters say about the Republican economic agenda; the people are moving to more conservative states that impose fewer taxes and less regulation. The latest bit of evidence comes from North American Moving Services, which annually reports where people are moving to, and from, within the U.S. Its findings show that between 2011 and 2017, 10 states saw a net influx of people from other states in one or more of those years, while 9 suffered losses. The rest of the states saw no net change in any of those years. South Carolina, Arizona, Florida and North Carolina were net winners in most of those years. New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Michigan were consistent losers. What do these states have in common? Gainers consistently show up in lists of states with low taxes, less regulation, and a more business friendly economic climate. Losers are consistently high-tax, high regulation, union-friendly states.” (01/05/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/americans-vote-with-their-feet-for-low-taxes-less-regulation

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48) Pakistan’s long struggle for democracy could get a boost from Trump, Rand Paul, and … the Saudis
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Tridivesh Maini

“External forces should stop treating the Pakistani army with kid gloves. While the US has taken the lead in taking a strong stand against the Pakistani army, China too needs to do a rethink of its short term goal of using Pakistan to contain India. Terrorism and instability will have an impact on China in the near run as well as long run.” (01/07/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/01/07/pakistans-long-struggle-for-democracy-could-get-a-boost-from-trump-rand-paul-and-the-saudis/

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49) How “Russiagate” helped secure a dangerous arms deal
Source: OpEdNews
by Max Blumenthal

“Dec. 18 was a day like any other in the Donbas region, the flashpoint of a grinding civil war between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists. That afternoon, a girl was badly wounded by a shell fired by Ukrainians into the separatist-held Golmovsky. A few hours later, a hail of Grad rockets fired by pro-Russian forces poured down on the Ukrainian-controlled town of Novoluhanske, killing eight civilians …. Artillery exchanges like this have become a tragic routine in Donbas. … With the war entering its fourth year, a decision by the Trump administration virtually ensured that the news from Donbas will grow dramatically worse. Last month, the State Department approved the transfer of $50 million worth of lethal weapons to the Ukrainian military. Along with a shipment of M107A1 Barrett sniper rifles, the United States will be delivering 35 FGM Javelin anti-tank launching systems and 210 missiles.” (01/07/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/How-Russiagate-Helped-Se-by-Max-Blumenthal-Arms-And-Weapons-Sales_Bloodbath_Conspiracy_Russiagate-180107-824.html

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50) A slow death
Source: Cobden Centre
by Tim Price

“Having entered the capital markets in 1991, it always felt like having just missed out on some giant party, or a little like having suddenly arrived at a wake. (One didn’t realise at the time that the ‘something’ that had died was the Japanese stock market, and that it would take a quarter-century to be reanimated.) The one consistent aspect of the financial culture for the past 25 years or so has been the stubborn resistance of the stockbrokerage firm to respond to the messages of the marketplace telling it to die.” (01/08/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/01/a-slow-death/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

51) Reason Podcast, 01/08/18
Source: Reason

“Today’s Reason Podcast, featuring Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch, kicks off with the media’s biggest takeaway from last night’s Golden Globes awards in Hollywood — whether Oprah Winfrey should run for president in 2020, or whether she should just be declared commander in chief preemptively. Along the way we discuss why speechmaking is overrated by political junkies, the reasons there are so few female directors, and the artistic heights reached in comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest two Netflix specials. Also under discussion: the fallout from Michael Wolff’s White House bestseller Fire and Fury, the potential backlash against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new directives on marijuana-related enforcement, and some possible good policy outcomes from the Trump administration in 2018.” [various formats] (01/08/18)

http://reason.com/blog/2018/01/08/talk-show-1-8-2018

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52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1071
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Lij Shaw has recorded artists from Adele to John Oates, and for over a decade has operated a home studio out of his detached garage. The city of Nashville came after him for this, and persisted even after his neighbors signed a petition in his defense. Here’s what happened, and what he’s doing next.” [various formats] (01/08/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1071-local-tyranny-persecutes-home-studio-owner-fights-back/

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53) Editor’s Break, episode 46
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 046 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: what, if anything, government can do about so-called climate change, the reasons for his biases against government solutions, why the possession of nuclear weapons are a violation of the non-aggression principle, his new website, UnschoolingDads.com, the incessant nature of class warfare, and more.” [various formats] (01/08/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/climate-change-biases-nukes-class-warfare-39m-editors-break-046

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54) PanAm Podcast, 01/08/18
Source: PanAm Post

“Jeff Sessions'[s] Pledge to Target Legal Marijuana Draws Ire of Libertarians” [Flash video] (01/08/18)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2018/01/08/jeff-sessions-target-legal-marijuana/

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55) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 329
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In this week’s episode of the flagship Lions of Liberty podcast, Marc is joined by the fascinating John Perkins, author of ‘Confessions of an Economic Hitman’ and the updated ‘New Confessions of an Economic Hitman.’ John describes how he was recruited by the NSA and targeted as a potential EHM, or ‘Economic Hitman,’ where his job was to travel the globe, wooing world leaders with fancy economic projections and promises of prosperity in order to convince them to accept crippling loans and debt they could never repay.” [various formats] (01/08/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/01/08/roar-economic-hitman/

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56) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/08/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“John Vibes and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about Jeremy’s change of mind on Steemit, a teenage Bitcoin millionaire, the sudden rise of BipCoin, investing time in platforms that can actually pay you a return, why it’s still not too late to find you niche, and how robot strippers are here to save us.” [various formats] (01/08/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15485

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57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 139
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #139, I break down Mattis'[s] new Afghan policy ‘We’ll fight them.’ I analyze Nikki Haley’s UN statement on the Iranian protests. I discuss the status of US aid to Pakistan and Palestine. I also update Iraq, Zimbabwe, and Saudi Arabia.” [various formats] (01/08/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-139-well-fight-them

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58) Free Talk Live, 01/07/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Saving and Fractional Reserve Banking :: Sessions and Cannabis :: Conservative Talk Hosts and the War on Cannabis :: Banking :: Cryptocurrency to Go to Zero? :: VA Hospital Nightmare :: Burn Pits :: Socialist Health Care :: Chemtrail Crackpottery :: HAARP Paranoia :: HOSTS — Ian, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/07/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-07

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59) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 143
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Public schools, Nexus, immigration, Jeff Sessions and more.” [various formats] (01/07/18)

http://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-143-definitely-easy/

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60) Interview: Tim Brochu
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Tim Brochu, co-founder and co-host of Anarchitecture Podcast. Herein we discussed his path to libertarianism, libertarians colonizing the moon, private ownership of public space, the 90’s were a joke, scales framework, national defense and the honeypot principle, infrastructure and utilities (power, roads, water distribution, sewage disposal) in a stateless society, preservation of parks, green, and open spaces by private ownership, private ownership of roads and more!” [Flash video or Flash audio] (01/07/18)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/tim-brochu-co-host-and-co-founder-of-anarchitecture-podcast/

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Mary Lou Seymour
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