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In the News:

1) Trump tries to scare Murka over immigration; Schumer, Pelosi try to scare Murka with prospect of them in charge
2) Taliban calls off peace talks with US officials
3) Amazon becomes world’s most valued public company
4) Russian lawyer in Trump Tower meeting charged with obstruction in unrelated case
5) Sources: Sears to ask bankruptcy judge for approval to liquidate
6) MA: Rare penny found in boy’s lunch money might be worth $1.7 million
7) Mystery shrouds Manafort case as attorneys appear to miss key deadline
8) US envoy working on Qatar dispute resigns from State Department
9) Kim makes birthday visit to China
10) New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria
11) Turkey: Erdogan criticizes Bolton as rift between NATO allies deepens
12) China: Canadian consular officials visit detained Canadian
13) Samuel L. Jackson endorses Tlaib’s use of “motherf*****” when referring to Trump
14) KY: Teacher seen dragging autistic boy through school on video is fired
15) Patriarch Kirill: Smartphones risk bringing on arrival of the Antichrist
16) US Surgeon General suggests reclassifying cannabis to expand research
17) Complaints prompt Amazon to remove products that are offensive to Muslims
18) Lin-Manuel Miranda buys much-loved New York bookshop
19) Chinese scientist who produced gene-edited babies may be executed, colleagues say
20) Mayor: NYC to provide universal health care [sic] to all city residents
21) US job openings on the decline but still outpace available workers by more than 800,000
22) WikiLeaks offers mainstream media list of false and defamatory claims it should avoid if it doesn’t want to look stupid and evil; MSM pretends WikiLeaks is ordering them around
23) Mexico: Regime to regulate 370 crossings on Guatemala border
24) UK: Coroner says that pensioner committed manslaughter when he shot burglar attacking his caravan
25) NH: Pho restaurant with “offensive” sign claims city officials signed off on pun-filled name months ago

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Ominous parallels?
27) Shutdown Theater: Trump is winning
28) Lessons from Rojava
29) The danger of government-issued photo ID
30) Government thrives by keeping people blind to its true costs
31) With no deal in sight, shutdown [sic] reveals depth of “trust deficit”
32) George Washington’s State of the Union address holds lessons for the 21st century
33) Ex-Iraq War vet: The truth about what border walls can and cannot accomplish
34) Trump’s neocons reverse his Syria withdrawal plan
35) A Brexit negotiated by Trump would have been a wild ride
36) Get rid of Electoral College? It would lead to the breakup of America
37) Donald Trump wants to choke Chinese tech growth. An import ban could do the opposite.
38) We don’t need neoliberalism — we already have liberalism
39) Navigating the great divide
40) The radicalism of moderation
41) Break the cycle: Say no to the government’s cruelty, brutality and abuse
42) Prices, plutocrats & corporate concentration
43) Resisting registration
44) Eminent domain, emergency powers, and Trump’s wall
45) News networks should not air Trump Wall speech without fact-checking first
46) Mattis: One more general for the “self-licking ice cream cone”
47) The bizarre, mad world of trade negotiations among government officials
48) Joe Biden’s presidential delusions
49) The role of fees in funding parks
50) Give up the ghost: A backdoor by another name
51) Unlearning the lessons of “Hillbilly Elegy”
52) The shutdown: A phoney war over immigration
53) Uber’s self-driving tech is back — here’s what it means for the disabled
54) Poor countries like Venezuela face inflation because of colonialism, not sSocialism
55) Compulsory sexual ethics, in reverse
56) Newly released FOIA documents shed light on Border Patrol’s seemingly limitless authority
57) The border wall and the TSA
58) Hypocrisy without bounds: The tragedy of “liberal” foreign policy
59) The US isn’t really leaving Syria and Afghanistan
60) Politics is the very reason fiscal policy doesn’t work in recessions

The Sound and the Fury:

61) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 01/08/19
62) Humans of Bitcoin, 01/08/19
63) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 01/08/19
64) Stossel: Legal weed so far
65) Scott Adams Says, 01/08/19
66) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 90
67) Kick the Puppy, episode 17
68) Anarcho Agenda, episode 88
69) Free Talk Live, 01/07/19
70) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 263
71) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1314
72) Ordered Liberty, episode 108
73) Postcards From Somalia, episode 27
74) Bloggingheads.tv, 01/07/19
75) The Bob Zadek Show, 01/06/19

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

1) Trump tries to scare Murka over immigration; Schumer, Pelosi try to scare Murka with prospect of them in charge
Source: Yahoo! News

“President Donald Trump used his first Oval Office address to the nation to urge Congress to address what he called a ‘growing humanitarian and security crisis’ at the southern border by approving funds for a border wall to address drug trafficking and illegal immigration, giving no indication that he plans to abandon his effort amid the 18-day government shutdown. ‘This is a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart, a crisis of the soul,’ he said. Democratic leaders accused the president of manufacturing a crisis to build the wall — fulfilling his signature campaign promise — and called on him to accept legislation to reopen federal departments and dozens of agencies while continuing border security talks with Congress.” (01/09/19)

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/trump-argue-national-security-crisis-southern-border-prime-193209527–abc-news-topstories.html

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2) Taliban calls off peace talks with US officials
Source: Aol News

“The Taliban said on Tuesday they had canceled planned peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week over an agenda disagreement. ‘Both sides have agreed to not meet in Qatar,’ senior Taliban members based in Afghanistan told Reuters.” (01/08/19)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/01/08/taliban-calls-off-peace-talks-with-us-officials/23637136/

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3) Amazon becomes world’s most valued public company
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Amazon, formed 25 years ago, has eclipsed Microsoft to become the world’s most valuable listed company. The online giant was worth $797bn (£634bn) when the US stock market closed on Monday after rising 3.4% and moved past Microsoft, valued at $789bn. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is the world’s wealthiest man, with riches of $135bn, according to Bloomberg’s billionaire index. He overtook Microsoft founder Bill Gates last year. It is the first time Amazon has held the top position. The share prices of US tech giants have been on a rollercoaster in recent months on worries about sales and trade tensions.” (01/08/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46793466

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4) Russian lawyer in Trump Tower meeting charged with obstruction in unrelated case
Source: USA Today

“The Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign was charged with obstruction in an unrelated money laundering investigation, federal prosecutors alleged Tuesday. The case against Natalya Veselnitskaya, who participated in the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and others, was brought by federal prosecutors in New York – not Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The indictment charges that Veselnitskaya corruptly influenced a New York federal court, using a false declaration in a civil case involving an influential Russian investment firm that she was representing. The declaration, according to court documents, did not disclose that she secretly helped draft a related investigative report submitted by a Russian prosecutor. The charges were filed Dec. 20 and unsealed Tuesday.” (01/08/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/08/nataylya-veselnitskaya-charged-obstruction/2512664002

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5) Sources: Sears to ask bankruptcy judge for approval to liquidate
Source: Reuters

“Sears Holdings Corp will ask a bankruptcy judge on Tuesday if it can proceed with liquidation after it could not reach an agreement on Chairman Edward Lampert’s $4.4 billion takeover bid, people familiar with the matter said, potentially spelling the end for the 126-year-old U.S. department store chain. If Sears liquidates its assets, it would become one of the most high-profile victims in the wave of bankruptcies that has swept the retail sector in the last few years, as the explosion in online shopping exacerbates the fierce price competition facing brick-and-mortar stores.” (01/08/19)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sears-bankruptcy-liquidation-exclusiv/sears-to-ask-bankruptcy-judge-for-approval-to-liquidate-sources-idUSKCN1P218J

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6) MA: Rare penny found in boy’s lunch money might be worth $1.7 million
Source: Fox News

“Now that’s a pretty penny. A penny that a Massachusetts teenager found in his change from lunch money could be worth as much as $1.65 million (£1.3 million) when it is auctioned off. The 1943 Lincoln penny is made up of copper and has been described as the ‘most famous’ coin made in error, according to Heritage Auctions, which is auctioning off the coin. Only 20 were ever made and for years the U.S. government denied its existence, but one coin was found by Don Lutes Jr. in his school cafeteria in March 1947. ‘Despite relentless searching by eager collectors over a period of more than 70 years, only a handful of legitimate specimens have ever been discovered,’ Heritage wrote on its website. ‘PCGS CoinFacts estimates the surviving population at no more than 10-15 examples in all grades. We have compiled a roster of all specimens certified by the two leading grading services below, including an unknown number of resubmissions and crossovers.’” (01/08/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/science/holy-grail-found-rare-penny-might-be-worth-1-7m-after-it-was-found-in-boys-lunch-money

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7) Mystery shrouds Manafort case as attorneys appear to miss key deadline
Source: The Hill

“Attorneys for President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort appear to have missed a court-ordered deadline to reply to special counsel Robert Mueller’s accusations that Manafort breached a plea agreement by lying to federal prosecutors. A filing responding to the claims was due Monday, but the midnight deadline came and went without any submission appearing on the court’s docket. This could mean Manafort’s attorneys either missed the deadline or filed the entire document under seal, though attorneys normally would announce their intention to do so and the docket would reflect that. Manafort’s attorneys did not respond to a request for more information following the lapse of the deadline.” (01/08/19)

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/424281-mystery-shrouds-manafort-case-as-attorneys-appear-to-miss-key

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8) US envoy working on Qatar dispute resigns from State Department
Source: CBS News

“Anthony Zinni, a retired Marine Corps general and former head of U.S. Central Command who has been working as an envoy for the Trump administration to resolve a dispute with Qatar, has resigned from his position with the State Department. He is the latest four-star general to exit the administration. Zinni resigned after realizing he could not help resolve the Qatar dispute ‘because of the unwillingness of the regional leaders to agree to a viable mediation effort that we offered to conduct or assist in implementing,’ he told CBS News.” (01/08/19)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/anthony-zinni-us-envoy-working-on-qatar-dispute-resigns/

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9) Kim makes birthday visit to China
Source: The Times [UK]

“Kim Jong-un has arrived in Beijing for talks with the Chinese president ahead of a possible denuclearisation summit with President Trump. Mr Kim, who is making his fourth visit to the country since last March, is expected to seek help from China, possibly in easing sanctions. The trip coincides with what is believed to be his 35th birthday.” (01/08/19)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kim-jong-un-makes-birthday-visit-to-china-j7km35220

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10) New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company’s suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm’s owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius. U.S. authorities allege CFO Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming the two companies were independent of Huawei, when in fact Huawei controlled them. Huawei has maintained the two are independent: equipment seller Skycom Tech Co Ltd and shell company Canicula Holdings Ltd. But corporate filings and other documents found by Reuters in Iran and Syria show that Huawei, the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment, is more closely linked to both firms than previously known.” (01/08/19)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-huawei-iran-exclusive/exclusive-new-documents-link-huawei-to-suspected-front-companies-in-iran-syria-idUSKCN1P21MH

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11) Turkey: Erdogan criticizes Bolton as rift between NATO allies deepens
Source: NBC News

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not meet with U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday, while telegraphing a widening rift between the NATO allies that leaves the Trump administration’s plans to withdraw troops from Syria in limbo. In a speech to parliament, Erdogan said that Bolton had made a ‘serious mistake’ in calling for a new condition for the U.S. exit from Syria. Bolton has been seeking assurances that Turkey wouldn’t attack Washington’s Syrian Kurdish allies after American forces depart. He said that Turkey would never compromise on the issue of the YPG Kurdish militia, which the U.S. has backed in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria. Turkey sees the YPG as a terrorist organisation and part of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party.” (01/08/19)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/turkey-s-erdogan-snubs-john-bolton-rift-between-nato-allies-n956011

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12) China: Canadian consular officials visit detained Canadian
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Canadian consular officials have visited a detained Canadian in China who was arrested in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive last month. Global Affairs provided no further details on how entrepreneur Michael Spavor is being treated. China detained Spavor and Canadian ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig on Dec. 1 on vague allegations of ‘engaging in activities that endanger the national security’ of China. The arrests came after a top Chinese executive was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. The U.S. wants Meng Wanzhou extradited to face charges that she and her company misled banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran. Canada has demanded China release the Canadians. The U.S. calls the detentions of the Canadians unlawful.” (01/08/19)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Canadian-consular-officials-visit-detained-13517485.php

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13) Samuel L. Jackson endorses Tlaib’s use of “motherf*****” when referring to Trump
Source: CBS News

“Newly elected Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib received a good deal of criticism after referring to President Trump as ‘the motherf*****’ and calling for his impeachment Thursday, hours after she was sworn in. But among her most notable backers is actor Samuel L. Jackson, who’s made that expletive something of a trademark in his movies. … Jackson, notorious for yelling out the word in ‘Snakes on a Plane’ and other films, endorsed Tliab’s message in a tweet Sunday. ‘I just wanna Wholeheartedly endorse your use of & clarity of purpose when declaring your (expletive) goal last week,’ Jackson wrote. ‘Calling that (expletive) a (expletive) is not an issue, calling that (expletive) President Is!!!’” (01/08/19)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/samuel-l-jackson-endorses-rashia-tlaib-president-donald-trump-motherf-profanity-twitter/

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14) KY: Teacher seen dragging autistic boy through school on video is fired
Source: USA Today

“A Kentucky school teacher who pulled a boy with autism down school hallways by his wrist has been fired, according to the district. The teacher, identified as Trina Abrams by WCHS, was seen in a video posted to Facebook dragging a 9-year-old student through Wurtland Elementary School in eastern Kentucky. In the video, which is over a minute long, the teacher pulls the boy out of a classroom and down multiple hallways. ‘You want to walk,’ she can be heard asking. ‘No,’ the boy replies. At one point, she stops and says ‘Get up!’ and pulls his body up as he refuses. He is first dragged on his back and then is dragged on his knees. The teacher was fired on Monday, over two months after the October incident, CNN affiliate WSAZ-TV reports. ‘I’ve seen him truly at his worst and it’s never called him for being dragged down the hallway like that,’ Calep Nelson, the boy’s stepfather, told ABC affiliate WCHS-TV. Nelson told the station that the boy has been diagnosed with autism ADHD, PTSD, anxiety and depression and has limited speech.” (01/08/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/01/08/kentucky-teacher-seen-video-dragging-boy-autism-fired/2511508002

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15) Patriarch Kirill: Smartphones risk bringing on arrival of the Antichrist
Source: Ottawa Citizen [Canada]

“The head of the Russian Orthodox Church says the data-gathering capacity of devices such as smartphones risks bringing humanity closer to the arrival of the Antichrist. In an interview shown Monday on state TV, Patriarch Kirill said the church does not oppose technological progress but is concerned that ‘someone can know exactly where you are, know exactly what you are interested in, know exactly what you are afraid of’ and that such information could be used for centralized control of the world.” (01/08/19)

https://ottawacitizen.com/technology/russian-church-head-smartphones-could-precede-antichrist/wcm/98e224c0-1d3b-4c98-863d-fe864358f42e

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16) US Surgeon General suggests reclassifying cannabis to expand research
Source: Smell the Truth

“America’s top health official believes that current restrictions on cannabis should be reconsidered. Surgeon General Jerome Adams spoke about the federal government’s drug classification system last month at a law enforcement conference at Harvard University, reports CTV News. ‘We need to look at our health laws, rules and regulations, and that includes the scheduling system. I’ll take it somewhere else: marijuana,’ Adams said. ‘We need to look at the way we schedule different medications across the board. One of the concerns I have with marijuana is the difficulty folks have to do research on it because of the scheduling system.’ The current system classifies cannabis as a Schedule I substance with no medical value and a high potential for abuse, and is considered similar to hard drugs such as heroin, LSD and ecstasy.” (01/07/19)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2019/01/07/surgeon-general-suggests-reclassifying-marijuana-to-expand-research

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17) Complaints prompt Amazon to remove products that are offensive to Muslims
Source: CNN

“Amazon has pulled more than a dozen products off its website after receiving complaints that the items are offensive to Muslims. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, asked the online retailer last week to remove the products, which included doormats, bath mats and other items imprinted with Islamic calligraphy, references to the Prophet Muhammad and scripture. The products, which were being sold by independent merchants on Amazon’s website, are deemed offensive because they ‘would be stepped-on or otherwise disrespected by customers,’ CAIR said in a statement on Thursday.” (01/08/19)

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/08/us/amazon-cair-offensive-products/index.html

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18) Lin-Manuel Miranda buys much-loved New York bookshop
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Lin-Manuel Miranda and three of his Hamilton collaborators have taken over a theatre book shop in New York. The Drama Book Shop is having to vacate its current location in Manhattan due to rent increases. Miranda, Thomas Kail, producer Jeffrey Seller and theatre owner James L Nederlander are helping with the shop’s rescue plan. This includes finding a new location for the store, recognised with a Tony honour for excellence in 2011. The four men purchased the store and its 155,000 items from Rozanne Seelen, who had managed the shop with her late husband since 1969.” (01/08/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46796341

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19) Chinese scientist who produced gene-edited babies may be executed, colleagues say
Source: BGR

“In late November of last year, Chinese scientist He Jiankui revealed to the world that he had pursued a goal of genetically altering human embryos, succeeding in altering the genes of multiple babies which were then carried to term and born. It rocked the genetic science community and drew ire from many researchers around the world. Now, He may be facing a much stiffer penalty than public backlash. As The Telegraph reports, his unexplained ‘disappearance’ in December was actually the result of being placed in state custody. The scientist now spends his days under armed guard as the Chinese government decides how to proceed. Depending on how officials rule, one potential outcome may be execution.” (01/07/19)

https://bgr.com/2019/01/07/he-jiankui-armed-guard-punishment/

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20) Mayor: NYC to provide universal health care [sic] to all city residents
Source: USA Today

“New York City plans to install the first comprehensive universal health-care system in the nation, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. The Democratic mayor said the new program NYC Care will pay for the health-care insurance costs for 600,000 city residents who do not have coverage, making it the largest city in the nation to guarantee coverage for patients. ‘We recognized that health care is not just in theory a right. It’s in practice a right,’ de Blasio said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. ‘Republicans in Washington are trying to tear down health care. We are doing just the opposite.’ The proposal, he said, would cost about $100 million a year and expand upon the city’s already existing public-option plan, as well as the state’s robust health-care exchange that enrolls about 4.6 million New Yorkers through the federal Affordable Care Act.” (01/08/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/01/08/new-york-city-offer-health-care-all-residents-mayor-says/2512858002

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21) US job openings on the decline but still outpace available workers by more than 800,000
Source: CNBC

“Job openings edged lower in November but there were still 800,000 more vacancies than there were workers to fill them, according to Labor Department data released Tuesday. The total number of vacancies declined by 243,000 during a month when nonfarm payrolls grew by just 176,000. Job openings stood just shy of 6.9 million, still nearly a million more than the year before, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey showed. Vacancies fell by 237,000 at private companies with the balance coming from the government. There were just more than 6 million members of the workforce counted as unemployed for the month.” (01/08/19)

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/08/job-openings-decline-but-still-outpace-workers-by-more-than-800000.html

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22) WikiLeaks offers mainstream media list of false and defamatory claims it should avoid if it doesn’t want to look stupid and evil; MSM pretends WikiLeaks is ordering them around
Source: Reuters

“WikiLeaks on Sunday advised journalists not to report 140 different ‘false and defamatory’ statements about its founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since June 2012. It was not immediately clear what prompted the advice to media organizations, but WikiLeaks singled out Britain’s Guardian newspaper for publishing what it said was a false report about Assange. The Guardian did not immediately respond late on Sunday to a Reuters request for comment.” (01/06/19)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-ecuador-assange-idUSKCN1P00NN

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23) Mexico: Regime to regulate 370 crossings on Guatemala border
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Mexican government says it will put guards at some 370 illegal crossing points along the country’s southern border with Guatemala. Mexico’s interior secretary has not set a date for accomplishing the task of securing the porous border. Olga Sanchez Cordero said the crossings ‘will be guarded and controlled to prevent the entry of undocumented people.’ Currently, migrants cross along almost the entire length of the Usumacinta River that separates the two countries. In comments Monday, Sanchez Cordero also pledged additional immigration and enforcements agents at the 12 formal points of entry on the border. In October, caravans of Central American migrants faced off with Mexican police on the main border bridge, but then simply crossed the river to gain entry.” (01/08/19)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Mexico-to-regulate-370-illegal-crossings-on-13517397.php

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24) UK: Coroner says that pensioner committed manslaughter when he shot burglar attacking his caravan
Source: Slough & South Bucks Observer [UK]

“Pensioner Reuben Gregory carried out ‘an unlawful killing’ when he shot a burglar trying to break into his caravan home a coroner ruled on Friday. Assistant Berkshire coroner Ian Wade rejected the 73-year-old pensioner’s assertion that he was acting in self-defence and found that the death [of] intruder Wayne Digby, 48, was manslaughter. The shock verdict is expected to be studied by senior detectives who followed the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision not to charge Mr Gregory with murder but instead to charge him with possession of a shotgun without a licence.” (01/07/19)

https://www.sloughobserver.co.uk/news/17340265.coroner-says-that-pensioner-committed-manslaughter-when-he-shot-burglar-attacking-his-caravan/

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25) NH: Pho restaurant with “offensive” sign claims city officials signed off on pun-filled name months ago
Source: Fox News

“Pho Keene Great isn’t going down without a phight. The French-Vietnamese restaurant, which is scheduled to open on March 1, is accusing city council members in the town of Keene, N.H., of ‘spreading a false narrative’ after asking the owner to remove a temporary sign displaying the name. Pho Keene Great had originally removed the sign in late December at the request of City Manager Elizabeth Dragon, who told restaurant owner Isabelle Jolie that the establishment hadn’t gotten the correct permit to post it. Pho Keene Great also claims Dragon found the name of the restaurant — a play on the word pho (pronounced ‘fuh’) and the name of the town (Keene) — offensive, leading to complaints from Keene residents. In a Sunday post on Facebook, Pho Keene Great says city officials are also accusing the restaurant of violating a lease with the city (the eatery will be housed in the same building as Keane city hall, according to New Hampshire Public Radio) and suggesting that Pho Keene Great had considered using another name altogether at the time the contract was signed.” (01/08/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/pho-restaurant-with-offensive-sign-claims-city-officials-signed-off-on-pun-filled-name-months-ago

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

26) Ominous parallels?
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“Suppose you want to effect a violent disruption of human life. Here are some things you can do. 1. Convince yourself that you and your friends are right, entirely, and no one else is right, at all, about anything, thereby creating as many political divisions as possible. … . Try to make sure that the political field is cleared of everyone but deadly enemies. … 3. Once you’ve converted potential collaborators into scorned opponents, and multiplied those opponents, do your best either to silence or to enrage them. … 4. Turn marginal positions into moral and political tests. … 5. Try to win, not by debate, but by definition … 6. Do your best to promote identity politics — the quest for power considered as a right derived from group membership. … 7. Render yourself blind to your own hypocrisy. … 8. The fact that you can’t perceive your hypocrisy doesn’t mean that other people can’t; to prevent its public disclosure, you must therefore remove from positions of influence everyone who sees you as you are. … 9. Flirt with, encourage, and finally idealize violence.” (01/07/19)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1939

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27) Shutdown Theater: Trump is winning
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“As I write this, the US government is in its 18th day of a putative ‘shutdown.’ Some federal employees have been furloughed — sent home — while others are expected to show up each day but also warned to expect an empty pay envelope come Friday. As of tomorrow, the shutdown will become the second longest in history, surpassed only by a 32-day funding fight in December of 1995 and January of 1996. Does anyone want to bet against president Donald Trump holding out for the record? He likes doing things in a big way. It wouldn’t surprise me if he went for 33 days just out of the cussedness he’s known for. And at the moment, frankly, he’s winning this fight. To understand why, consider what he’s really after. Hint: It’s not just a border wall.” (01/08/19)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14153

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28) Lessons from Rojava
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Amid the apocalyptic hellscape of Uncle Sam’s latest jihad jamboree, one tiny light burned bright enough to singe the dim. While the rest of Syria collapsed in panic over the crumbling of the Baathist state, the nation’s long maligned Kurdish community embraced their new found statelessness with open arms and created a successful anarchist society among the wreckage. Guided by the philosophy of Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned Nelson Mandela of the Kurdish independence movement, the people of the Syrian region of Rojava busied themselves establishing a multi-ethnic, non-sectarian, and gender equal confederation of fully autonomous collectives, councils, guilds, and syndicates. All while defending themselves from the genocidal onslaught of the Islamic State.” (01/07/19)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2019/01/lessons-from-rojava.html

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29) The danger of government-issued photo ID
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“Today, in all countries, the necessity of formal or informal ID cards — ‘government-issued photo ID’ — to claim services or entitlement from the state looks like a no-brainer. And being ‘without papers’ — like an illegal immigrant or a homeless fellow citizen — has become a major handicap. If official ID papers reduce transactions costs, they also alas increase the cost of tyranny. In liberal democracies, they help government impose and enforce at low cost thousands of little invasive regulations and also a few massively invasive ones — money-laundering controls or sex-offender registries, for example. … In less liberal regimes, government ID cards often show such things as address or ethnic origin, which reduces the cost of persecution if not genocide.” (01/08/19)

https://www.econlib.org/the-danger-of-government-issued-photo-id/

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30) Government thrives by keeping people blind to its true costs
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Gary M Galles

“One of the implications of scarcity is that ‘There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.’ Every choice has a cost. That means that every promised government free lunch is really a lunch stolen from someone else. And every time they treat resources as free (e.g., ignoring the cost of something the government already owns because there is no added explicit cost, even though there is the foregone opportunity of using it for other purposes or sold to others), they are really hiding costs. But pitchmen don’t want you to notice. Since government has no resources of its own, for government to spend money, it must also raise those resources from those they supposedly serve. So one cannot just analyze the consequences of government spending as if other things will be equal because they cannot be. One must also analyze how government acquired the resources and the consequences (including the costs to society from the distortions created by taxes, in addition to their direct cost).” (01/08/19)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/01/08/government-thrives-by-keeping-people-blind-to-its-true-costs/

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31) With no deal in sight, shutdown [sic] reveals depth of “trust deficit”
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Jessica Mendoza & Francine Kiefer

“In December 2013, when lead House and Senate negotiators struck a bipartisan budget deal to avert a government shutdown, relations between the parties were in a deep freeze. Earlier that fall, Republicans forced a shutdown over the Affordable Care Act. Weeks later, Democrats exercised the “nuclear option” to muscle through confirmation of President Barack Obama’s federal judges. Nevertheless, Sen. Patty Murray (D) of Washington and then-Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin were able to get past all that to a two-year budget deal. They set clear ground rules: The big disagreements would be put aside so they could focus on finding common ground. There would be no public airing of their differences in the negotiating room. It helped, too, that they had come to know each other as people, sharing similar family experiences and a love of football.” (01/07/19)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2019/0107/With-no-deal-in-sight-shutdown-reveals-depth-of-trust-deficit

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32) George Washington’s State of the Union address holds lessons for the 21st century
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“A few million people will be watching when President Trump delivers his State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress on January 29. I doubt I’ll be one of them. The last State of the Union I watched from start to finish was literally 30 years ago, and I don’t feel the least bit deprived — intellectually, spiritually, or otherwise. The first State of the Union address was delivered in about ten minutes by George Washington on this very date — January 8 — in 1790. At barely 800 words, it was the shortest of them all (which now number nearly 230). Like the federal government itself, the subsequent ones grew far more in size than in quality.” (01/08/19)

https://fee.org/articles/george-washington-s-state-of-the-union-address-holds-lessons-for-the-21st-century/

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33) Ex-Iraq War vet: The truth about what border walls can and cannot accomplish
Source: Fox News Forum
by Raphael S Cohen

“Washington is literally at a standstill over the funding for a wall on the United States southern border. Putting aside the politics behind the gridlock for the moment, the substance of the debate hinges less on the need for border security and more on differing claims about the effectiveness of such a wall. President Trump has claimed a wall would be ‘99.9 percent’ effective at stopping illegal immigration while leading Democrats argue a border wall is unnecessary and would be ‘ineffective.’ And so it may be worth stepping back from the politics of the day to view walls in their historical context. After all, states have been building walls since ancient times. Some were arguably quite successful, others less so. At the core of prudent policy lies a basic question: What can walls realistically accomplish?” (01/08/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/ex-iraq-war-vet-the-truth-about-what-border-walls-can-and-cannot-accomplish

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34) Trump’s neocons reverse his Syria withdrawal plan
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“I’m starting to wonder whether President Trump has any power over US foreign policy at all. Many people believe that the US president is just a figurehead, with actual foreign policy firmly in the hands of the deep state. Trump’s latest dramatic U-turn on pulling troops from Syria certainly feeds such theories. … No sooner did President Trump announce our departure than his neocon advisors began walking his words back. First he had to endure a lunch with Sen. Lindsey Graham reading him the riot act, where, according to the Senator, Trump agreed to no timetables for departure. Then his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, and his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, began to tell the world that President Trump’s statements on troop pullout were just empty words, not US policy.” (01/07/19)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/trumps-neocons-reverse-syria-withdrawal-plan

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35) A Brexit negotiated by Trump would have been a wild ride
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“How would Donald Trump have approached negotiating Brexit? A few months ago, several commentators mused over this exact question. The current game of chicken between the President and Democrats in Congress, resulting in a partial US government shutdown, is perhaps the best insight we’ll get. And it shows the wild ride that a Prime Minister Trump would have taken us on.” (01/08/19)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/brexit-negotiated-trump-would-have-been-wild-ride

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36) Get rid of Electoral College? It would lead to the breakup of America
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The first acts of a new Congress usually hold great significance. They set a tenor, a tone, for what is to come. If so, Americans should be very worried about the new Democrat-led Congress. One of the first acts of business last Thursday, mere hours after the new Congress was sworn in, came from Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, as reported by The Daily Caller. His big idea: amend the Constitution to abolish the Electoral College. … The idea is to neuter the electoral college, and turn the election of our presidents and vice presidents over to a simple majority vote.” (01/07/19)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/electoral-college-democrats-rights

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37) Donald Trump wants to choke Chinese tech growth. An import ban could do the opposite.
Source: Reason
by Andrea O’Sullivan

“It is no secret that the Trump administration wants to curb China’s growing global dominance. Imposing tariffs on Chinese imports has been a key element of Trump’s economic agenda. But another important piece of the counter-China plan has gone less noticed: export controls on emerging technologies to Chinese markets. … U.S. export controls on emerging technologies will almost certainly fail to contain tech in the way our leaders want. Rather than freezing out China, export controls may ironically freeze us out as capital and labor move to less restrictive climates.” (01/08/19)

https://reason.com/archives/2019/01/08/donald-trump-wants-to-choke-chinese-tech

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38) We don’t need neoliberalism — we already have liberalism
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Both Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul have been described as neoliberals by critics of neoliberalism — as have both Tony Blair and Donald Trump. But if your ideological terminology includes all of these people in the same category, your terminology isn’t very useful. Yes, it’s true that in the mind of a die-hard Leninist, both Clinton and Paul would be considered members of a decadent bourgeoisie, devoted to capitalist imperialism. Similarly, since neither Bill Clinton nor Ron Paul support Venezuela-like economic policies, they are both denounced as neoliberals by the hard-left advocates for ‘equality.’ In reality, of course, many so-called neoliberals differ so completely on the particulars of policy, that to put them together in the same category is next to useless. If the definition of neoliberal is little more than ‘not a communist’ then we need to look elsewhere for a better term.” (01/07/19)

https://mises.org/wire/we-dont-need-neoliberalism-%E2%80%94-we-already-have-liberalism

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39) Navigating the great divide
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“In the months after the election of Donald Trump, there was a mini-political movement in California to get the Golden State to secede from the Union. It didn’t get off the ground, though during a recent trip to Northern California, many of the people I met were still so distraught over the Trump presidency that were he to win re-election, secession would be much more seriously pursued. A majority of Californians don’t want to be governed by Donald Trump, and many liberal leaders and talking heads openly compare him to Adolf Hitler. What if we arrived at a point where a solid majority of Californians wanted independence (and perhaps states like Washington and Oregon sought to join them)? Should they have the moral and constitutional right to do so? Would the other states ever impose military control over Californians to keep them in the Union?” (01/08/19)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2019/01/08/navigating-the-great-divide-n2538654

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40) The radicalism of moderation
Source: Niskanen Center
by Aurelian Craiutu

“One may wonder why Burke’s defense of moderation seems so alien to many of us today. Don’t we need this virtue in our current political world to countervail the influence of misguided ambition and curb the insatiable desire for (more) power and domination? This is arguably a rhetorical question. That is why I have been encouraged by the sudden revival of interest in a virtue which, for all its limitations, remains essential to the smooth functioning of our representative institutions.” (01/07/19)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/the-radicalism-of-moderation/

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41) Break the cycle: Say no to the government’s cruelty, brutality and abuse
Source: CounterPunch
by John W Whitehead

“Let’s make 2019 the year we say no to the laundry list of abuses — cruel, brutal, immoral, unconstitutional and unacceptable — that have been heaped upon us by the government for way too long. Let’s make 2019 the year we stop living in a state of utter denial, desensitized to the government’s acts of violence, accustomed to reports of government corruption, and anesthetized to the sights and sounds of Corporate America marching in lockstep with the police state. Let’s make 2019 the year we refuse to allow the government’s abusive behavior to be our new normal.” (01/08/19)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/08/break-the-cycle-say-no-to-the-governments-cruelty-brutality-and-abuse/

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42) Prices, plutocrats & corporate concentration
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“Andrew Leigh, a member of the Australian parliament, has a side gig. He just happens to be a working economist. Other lawmakers may spend their spare hours making cold calls for campaign cash. Leigh spends his doing research — on why our modern economies are leaving their populations ever more unequal. Leigh’s latest research is making some global waves. Working with a team of Australian, Canadian, and American analysts, he’s been studying how much the prices corporate monopolies charge impact inequality. The conventional wisdom has a simple answer: not much. Yes, the reasoning goes, prices do go up when a few large corporations start to dominate an economic sector. But those same higher prices translate into higher returns for corporate shareholders. Thanks to 401(k)s and the like, the argument continues, the ranks of these corporate shareholders include millions of average families. So we end up with a wash. As consumers, families pay more in prices. As shareholders, they pocket higher dividends.” (01/08/19)

https://ourfuture.org/20190108/prices-plutocrats-and-corporate-concentration

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43) Resisting registration
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Jon Caldara won’t register his guns. He also won’t remain silent about his refusal. He has lots of company in Boulder, Colorado, with respect to the former, if not the latter, form of resistance — his unwillingness to compromise his right to bear arms. The town recently began requiring owners of ‘assault weapons’ to either ditch them or register them with the Boulder police. … The city defines an ‘assault weapon’ as a ‘semi-automatic center-fire rifle’ or a ‘semi-automatic center-fire pistol’ with various characteristics. In short, the target is ‘ugly guns,’ as foes of gun control sometimes put it. (‘Non-assault’ weapon: papier-mache weapon.) Many Boulder citizens are quietly refusing to comply with the mandates.” (01/08/19)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2019/01/08/resisting-registration/

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44) Eminent domain, emergency powers, and Trump’s wall
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“President Donald Trump claims he can use an ’emergency’ declaration to secure funding to use eminent domain to acquire land for his border wall, even without any additional congressional authorization. The validity of this claim is dubious at best. It is far from clear that emergency powers can be used to build the wall. Even if they can, it is questionable whether that would authorize the use of eminent domain to seize private property. And if the president succeeds in using an emergency declaration for such dubious purposes, it would set a precedent that conservative Republicans are likely to have reason to regret the next time a liberal Democrat occupies the White House.” (01/07/19)

https://reason.com/volokh/2019/01/07/eminent-domain-emergency-powers-and-trum

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45) News networks should not air Trump Wall speech without fact-checking first
Source: USA Today
by Kurt Bardella

“President Donald Trump announced Monday that he ‘will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.’ Keep in mind that just a few hours earlier, Trump declared on Twitter: ‘The Fake News Media in our Country is the real Opposition Party. It is truly the Enemy of the People! We must bring honesty back to journalism and reporting!’ On the same day that he continued his never-ending attack on the free press, President Trump is asking the media to give him prime-time air to address the nation. They shouldn’t. It is a disservice to the American people to broadcast, without context or real-time fact-checking, someone who is using the airwaves for the sole purpose of lying to the American people about an overtly racist agenda.” [editor’s note: The conflation of hyperbole and vague estimates with “lying” makes the “fake news” charges valid – SAT] (01/07/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/01/07/abc-cbs-nbc-fox-msnbc-cnn-trump-wall-speech-column/2506114002

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46) Mattis: One more general for the “self-licking ice cream cone”
Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

“Before he became lionized as the ‘only adult in the room’ capable of standing up to President Trump, General James Mattis was quite like any other brass scoping out a lucrative second career in the defense industry. And as with other military giants parlaying their four stars into a cushy boardroom chair or executive suite, he pushed and defended a sub-par product while on both sides of the revolving door. Unfortunately for everyone involved, that contract turned out to be an expensive fraud and a potential health hazard to the troops.” (01/08/19)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/mattis-one-more-general-for-the-self-licking-ice-cream-cone/

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47) The bizarre, mad world of trade negotiations among government officials
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“While the ultimate purpose of international trade is to increase, through commerce with peoples of other countries, the consumption possibilities of the people of the home country, both Beijing and Washington reject this truth and replace it with its inverse. As [the Wall Street Journal’s] report reveals, in these trade talks Washington officials behave as if the ultimate purpose of international trade is for Americans to produce as much as possible for the Chinese and to receive in exchange as little as possible. Beijing behaves similarly, bargaining to have the Chinese people produce bountifully for us Americans and to receive in exchange a pittance. In the bizarre, mad world of trade negotiations among government officials, each government works tirelessly as if its highest goal is to enslave its citizens to foreigners.” (01/07/19)

https://cafehayek.com/2019/01/bizarre-mad-world-trade-negotiations-among-government-officials.html

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48) Joe Biden’s presidential delusions
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“Joe Biden is yet again on the verge of announcing a presidential run. Despite twice falling far short of the Democratic nomination, in 1988 and 2008, the 76-year-old Biden is convinced not only that he can win it, but that he’s the best candidate to beat the president. On Sunday, The New York Times reported that the former vice president “has told allies he is skeptical the other Democrats eyeing the White House can defeat President Trump” and that he may make a formal announcement in a matter of weeks. ‘If you can persuade me there is somebody better who can win, I’m happy not to do it,’ Biden reportedly told a Democratic supporter in private. ‘But I don’t see the candidate who can clearly do what has to be done to win.’ It’s easy to glean what he believes needs to be done to win: appeal to working-class whites, particularly in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.” (01/08/19)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152863/joe-bidens-presidential-delusions

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49) The role of fees in funding parks
Source: Property and Environment Research Center
by Shawn Regan

“With the government shutdown entering its third week, the National Park Service has announced it will reopen select areas of the National Park System using money collected from visitor fees. The agency is right to search for creative ways to get our nation’s most popular parks back up and running and tapping fee revenues to provide basic visitor services is eminently sensible. The Park Service’s fee authority was established for the purpose of bolstering funding for the services that visitors rely on, as well as to make parks more self-sufficient and less dependent on unreliable congressional appropriations. This would do exactly that.” (01/07/19)

https://www.perc.org/2019/01/07/using-fees-to-fund-parks/

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50) Give up the ghost: A backdoor by another name
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Nate Cardozo

“Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK’s counterpart to the National Security Agency (NSA), has fired the latest shot in the crypto wars. In a post to Lawfare titled Principles for a More Informed Exceptional Access Debate, two of Britain’s top spooks introduced what they’re framing as a kinder, gentler approach to compromising the encryption that keeps us safe online. This new proposal from GCHQ — which we’ve heard rumors of for nearly a year — eschews one discredited method for breaking encryption (key escrow) and instead adopts a novel approach referred to as the ‘ghost.’ But let’s be clear: regardless of what they’re calling it, GCHQ’s ‘ghost’ is still a mandated encryption backdoor with all the security and privacy risks that come with it.” (01/07/19)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/01/give-ghost-backdoor-another-name

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51) Unlearning the lessons of “Hillbilly Elegy”
Source: The American Prospect
by Stanley Greenberg

“J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy has been on The New York Times’ bestseller list for nearly two years, and deservedly, given how improbable the author’s odyssey has been. Vance grew up with a drug-addicted mom involved with an untold number of men, in a world of broken marriages, teen pregnancies, alcoholism, violence, mistrust, anger, and fatalism. He owes his life and survival to loving grandparents who taught him to value hard work and education. After he graduated high school, he went into the Marine Corps, then to Ohio State, to Yale for his law degree, and on to Silicon Valley before moving back to Columbus, Ohio, where he wrote this memoir at age 31. The book is powerfully written and poignant, and for a year, I decided to give J.D. Vance a pass. It is important his story be told and respected.” (01/08/19)

https://prospect.org/article/unlearning-lessons-hillbilly-elegy

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52) The shutdown: A phoney war over immigration
Source: spiked
by Sean Collins

“Trump has boxed himself in politically, and it is hard to see him coming out of the shutdown undamaged. … Trump has well and truly screwed up. If the wall was so important to him, why has it taken him so long to build it? Why didn’t he come up with a proposed deal over his past two years in office, when his fellow Republicans were in the majority in both houses of Congress? Isn’t he supposed to be Mr ‘Art of the Deal?’ A deal that would seem to make sense would be to grant permanent legal status for undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, known as ‘Dreamers,’ in exchange for more spending on border security. But Trump refuses to commit to such a deal. Meanwhile, Democrats are under pressure from their own base not to make any concessions to Trump.” (01/08/19)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/01/08/the-shutdown-a-phoney-war-over-immigration/

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53) Uber’s self-driving tech is back — here’s what it means for the disabled
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Chloe Anagnos

“Uber is not just helping common people by expanding their earning possibilities, it’s also giving folks with disabilities a shot at being more productive and independent, especially now that it’s back at testing its self-driving car technology. … Allowing companies like Uber to offer rides in self-driving cars could both cheapen fares for low-income users and make the service more widely available to people with physical or other difficulties who cannot afford to own their own self-driving cars.” (01/07/19)

https://www.aier.org/article/ubers-self-driving-tech-back-heres-what-it-means-disabled

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54) Poor countries like Venezuela face inflation because of colonialism, not sSocialism
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.’” (01/07/19)

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

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55) Compulsory sexual ethics, in reverse
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Once upon a time gay people … homosexuals … were shunned, punished, and even beaten by the police. Horrible things to be sure, but they happened quite a lot. Likewise women were locked into societal roles. If you wanted to be a housewife, that was fine, but most any other avenue was closed to you, or at least barricaded fairly well. That’s awfully nasty too, but it also happened a lot and for a long time. And just to be clear, you should understand that everything above was either prescribed by law or tacitly accepted by ‘the law of the land.’ … On one hand, we get credit for defending gays and women who wanted to live differently. That was the right thing to do, and millions of us did it. But on the other hand, the political types among us have taken things way over the edge in the opposite direction. To the point where they’re coercing people into embracing unusual sexual inclinations. They are, in fact, imposing a reversed sexual ethic.” (01/08/19)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/compulsory-sexual-ethics-reverse/

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56) Newly released FOIA documents shed light on Border Patrol’s seemingly limitless authority
Source: The Intercept
by Max Rivlin-Nadler

“When a Border Patrol agent is contemplating pulling someone over, they have a checklist of possible behaviors to look out for. They can determine ‘whether the vehicle or its load looks unusual in some way,’ or ‘whether the passengers appeared dirty.’ If those descriptions don’t apply, they can assess ‘whether the persons inside the vehicle avoid looking at the agent,’ or conversely, ‘whether the persons inside the vehicle are paying undue attention to the agent’s presence.’ And if those don’t apply, they can simply determine that the car is in an area nearby the border and pull it over on that basis alone. The Border Patrol’s authority doesn’t only apply to remote stretches of the border. Agents also deploy in cities, searching for people they believe to have illegally entered the country; board buses and ask passengers to prove they are in the country legally; and conscript civilians to assist them with law enforcement activities under threat of arrest.” (01/07/19)

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/

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57) The border wall and the TSA
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“Democrats never had a problem with the TSA. Airlines, like your neighborhood tavern, should have the right to decide who and who doesn’t enter, and what they can bring in. That doesn’t violate anyone’s rights. For the federal government — The TSA –to make that determination is to directly attack the fundamental human right to travel. I refuse to believe there were ever ‘good intentions’ in its creation. And what is The Wall? A symbol that asserts the United States government has the power to restrict the human right travel into the country, a power unknown to the Constitution. I oppose the Wall, but I also oppose the TSA. Why don’t Democrats oppose the TSA? At least the Wall doesn’t illegally search you and seize your toothpaste while it infringes on your right to travel.” (01/07/19)

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58) Hypocrisy without bounds: The tragedy of “liberal” foreign policy
Source: Antiwar.com
by Major Danny Sjursen, US Army

“If anyone else were president, the ‘liberals’ would be celebrating. After all, pulling American soldiers out of a couple of failing, endless wars seems like a ‘win’ for progressives. Heck, if Obama did it there might be a ticker-tape parade down Broadway. And there should be. The intervention in Syria is increasingly aimless, dangerous and lacks an end state. Afghanistan is an unwinnable war — America’s longest — and about to end in outright military defeat. Getting out now and salvaging so much national blood and treasure ought to be a progressive dream. There’s only one problem: Donald Trump. Specifically, that it was Trump who gave the order to begin the troop withdrawals. Lost in the haze of their pathological hatred of President Trump, the majority of mainstream liberal pundits and politicians can’t, for the life of them, see the good sense in extracting the troops from a couple Mideast quagmires.” (01/08/19)

https://original.antiwar.com/danny_sjursen/2019/01/07/hypocrisy-without-bounds-the-tragedy-of-liberal-foreign-policy/

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59) The US isn’t really leaving Syria and Afghanistan
Source: The Atlantic
by Dominic Tierney

“In conventional campaigns against foreign countries, such as World War II, war and peace are clearly defined. The United States gears up for the fight and battles the enemy, there’s a surrender ceremony, and then the troops come home and Americans close the book. But in the modern era of complex civil wars and counterterrorism operations, a world power like the United States never really leaves. … in the unlikely scenario in which American forces are permanently removed from Syria and Afghanistan, the United States will inevitably remain a player in both conflicts. Washington will retain many levers of influence, including air operations, Special Forces missions, economic and military aid, and diplomatic sway. The United States is not going to leave Syria and Afghanistan as speedily as the hawks fear or the doves hope. The departure of U.S. soldiers will be so slow that there may be time for the next war to begin before they reach the exit.” (01/08/19)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/01/us-isnt-really-leaving-syria-and-afghanistan/579712

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60) Politics is the very reason fiscal policy doesn’t work in recessions
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“It’s a delightful idea, that if we put all the wise people in a big room and get them to chew over society’s problems then they’ll come up with optimal solutions. Reality doesn’t quite work that way as every legislature on the planet shows us. So it is with this idea of Keynesian demand management. Our specific example being this idea that in a recession the government should go spend more so as to get us out of the recession.” (01/08/19)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/economy/politics-is-the-very-reason-fiscal-policy-doesnt-work-in-recessions/

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

61) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 01/08/19
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Davi Barker (Pirates without Borders; The Muslim Agorist; Shiny Badges) is in studio with host Ernest Hancock. Discussion topics range from creating more Letters of Marque; Anarchapulco; making preparations for decentralization and being off ‘their system;’ Pirate Communications, etc. …” [MP3] (01/08/19)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/254153-2019-01-08-01-08-19-davi-barker-in-studio-pirates-without-borders.htm

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62) Humans of Bitcoin, 01/08/19
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Enter Hamza’s world. From dreaming, sleep paralysis, to empathizing with homeless people and helping onboard people to crypto with clothing donations.” [various formats] (01/08/19)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e648-Crypto-for-Clothing-Donations-Hamza

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63) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 01/08/19
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“With the killing of opposition journalist Khashoggi safely out of the headlines and with the House refusing to hold a vote on US involvement in the Yemen war, the Trump Administration is back to its Plan A: Sell more weapons to the Saudis as the Saudis annihilate Yemen. The latest is a $200 million missile ‘defense’ deal. Will the Democrat-controlled House reverse former Speaker Ryan and hold a vote on US participation in the Yemen war?” [Flash video] (01/08/19)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/business-as-usual-more-weapons-to-the-saudis

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64) Stossel: Legal weed so far
Source: Reason

“Ten states plus Washington, D.C., have legalized pot for adults. In several states, it’s been legal now for five years. How has it worked out? John Stossel visited legal weed stores in California and talked with people on the street.” [Flash video] (01/08/19)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2019/01/08/stossel-legal-weed-so-far

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65) Scott Adams Says, 01/08/19
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks with Brandon Darby about the border situation. With coffee.” [Flash video] [editor’s note: This has some fascinating aspects, including the real reasons the drug cartels are being allowed to run most of Mexico – SAT] (01/08/19)

https://www.pscp.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1vOGwZeMzNEKB

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66) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 90
Source: Libertarianism.org

“The complicated time of secession was defined by politicians’ desire to grab power in any way that they could.” [various formats] (01/08/19)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/secession-conventions

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67) Kick the Puppy, episode 17
Source: Attack The System

“All the crazy things corrupt public officials bought with your money this year, IRS plans to take taxpayer money but not issue refunds during shutdown, hundreds of TSA screeners working without pay call in sick at major airports, former Manson follower granted parole, driver arrested for testing positive for ‘every possible detectable drug,’ Florida man worried about vampires burns down his house, ‘Florida man’ in general, Florida woman attacks parents after they refuse to take her to Outback Steakhouse, man makes pipe guns and sells them to gun buy back programs …” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/08/19)

https://attackthesystem.com/2019/01/08/kick-the-puppy-episode-17/

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68) Anarcho Agenda, episode 88
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Taking a Look back at the highlights of 2018.” [various formats] (01/08/19)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-88-2019-01-07

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69) Free Talk Live, 01/07/19
Source: Free Talk Live

“Bureau of Prisons Workers Disgruntled Over No Paychecks :: Prison Meal Quality Debate :: Rob Mathias Calls In :: Libertarian Trash Cleanup :: False Domestic Violence Charge? :: Christian Anarchist in China, Meets Iranian :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [various formats] (01/07/19)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2019-01-07

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70) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 263
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 263 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: the new title of the podcast and some reorganization; two new podcasts he’d like to start recording; an essay he wrote in June of 2008 on gauging your commitment to freedom; an essay he wrote in October of 2008 on the concept of rights, and confusing them with wants; and more.” [various formats] (01/07/19)

https://everything-voluntary.com/reorganization-commitment-to-freedom-rights-vs-wants-19m-episode-263

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71) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1314
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“She says it’s about time people ‘pay their fair share,’ and that she needs the dough to fund her Green New Deal. Others are saying that since we had high top marginal rates in the past, it’s no problem to have them now — and maybe the economy would be even better! Well, no, no, and no.” [various formats] (01/07/19)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1314-ocasio-cortez-wants-70-top-marginal-tax-rate/

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72) Ordered Liberty, episode 108
Source: National Review

“The war over populism continues to rage, and David and Alexandra just can’t leave it alone. They talk about personal responsibility and the limits of public policy before winding up with a defense of traditional masculinity.” [various formats] (01/07/19)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/ordered-liberty/episode-108-the-tucker-wars-continue/

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73) Postcards From Somalia, episode 27
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this dive Sherry and Alan discuss the newest power hungry brainiac in politics, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and the twitter feud with Donald Trump Jr.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/07/19)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/postcards-from-somalia-episode-27-che-guevara-and-baby-orange-man/

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74) Bloggingheads.tv, 01/07/19
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Christina Hoff Sommers (AEI) … Bob denies Christina’s charge of ‘benevolent sexism’ … Christina’s critique of mainstream feminist philosophy … Christina: The Intellectual Dark Web is about fighting cultural authoritarianism … Bob: The Intellectual Dark Web is a tribe … Is mainstream feminism opposed to the liberal tradition? … The political valence of gender differences … Christina on ‘fainting couch feminism’ … Is the SJW battle mostly a generational thing? Bob says the IDW’s embrace of Ben Shapiro is uncritical and telling.” [Flash video] (01/07/19)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/54527

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75) The Bob Zadek Show, 01/06/19
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“[Jennifer] Kavanagh joined me to diagnose the growing disregard for facts in the civic discourse, and offer solutions to the widening gap in what ‘We the People’ believe to be true about our public institutions.” [various formats] (01/06/19)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2019/1/2/jennifer-kavanagh-on-fact-based-policymaking

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