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Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Feinstein releases Fusion GPS transcript, escalating dispute with Republicans over Russiagate circus
2) AZ: Disgraced crook, former sheriff Arpaio to run for US Senate seat
3) GOP probes FBI agent lovers’ text messages for evidence of leaks
4) Bannon steps down from Breitbart
5) Wray whines about encryption some more
6) US credit card debt hits new record
7) Great Barrier Reef: Warmer seas “turning turtles female”
8) Measles deaths fall to record low worldwide
9) UK: Regime bans “microbeads” from cosmetics & shower gels
10) VT: Newspaper fires top editor for saying third-gender options put us closer to “apocalypse”
11) Nazi anti-Semites see “Jewish plot” in Democrats’ typo
12) North Korea: Regime tells South it will not discuss nuclear arms in future talks
13) Thailand: PM uses cardboard cutout to avoid questions
14) CA: Coachella continues cannabis ban despite new state law
15) SpaceX says Falcon 9 rocket performed as expected during allegedly failed Zuma launch
16) Idiot pol: Black people more prone to effects of marijuana due to “genetics”
17) Syria: Regime accuses Israelis of targeting Damascus military outposts with missiles
18) LA: Teacher handcuffed, arrested after bringing up brass salary at school board meeting
19) India: Whistleblower merits award, not probe, says Snowden
20) PA: Judge bans fraternity from state for pledge’s hazing death
21) Pakistan: Regime frees anti-US cleric as tensions rise following Trump tweets
22) US regime to fence stolen Bitcoin
23) North Korea: Regime agrees to send athletes to South Korea Olympics
24) Special conservative snowflakes sue Google, Twitter: Daddy gummint, make them give us safe spaces!
25) Scientists discover 4th dimension: Is time travel possible?

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) The baby boomers’ cultural prison
27) Why the Korean “crisis” is completely phony
28) No, Apple is not responsible for your kids’ smartphone addiction
29) Licensing is a racket
30) Deregulatory successes point to direction for Trump administration
31) Stop trying to diagnose our “very stable genius” president; he might be right
32) Tax cut doomsayers need a history (and economics) lesson
33) The brief life and predictable death of the Kobach Commission
34) Trump and sessions are right on the drug war, mostly
35) Truancy laws are a perversion of the parent-government relationship
36) Fire and Fury signifies nothing
37) A second Iranian Revolution?
38) How to ensure quality health coverage, part 2
39) The difference between a Bitcoin and a tulip
40) The GOP’s 100-year war bigger than taxes or Trump
41) We’ve forgotten how to debate
42) Call lethal injection the vile torture it is
43) Stung
44) Who are you calling a moron?
45) The Ninth and Tenth of it
46) The power and perils of speaking “your truth”
47) Announcing the death of classical liberalism
48) Cracks in Russia-Iran alliance open options for Trump
49) Voters drafted a reluctant Trump because they hated Hillary that much
50) Why not President Oprah?
51) The Great Depression tax revolts revisited
52) Amazon thriving, thanks to taxpayer dollars
53) Not the droid you’re looking for: Subtler political points from The Last Jedi
54) Protectionism is theft
55) Oprah Winfrey for president: Have we all gone bonkers?

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 38
57) The Libertarian Angle, 01/09/18
58) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/09/18
59) Mises UK Podcast, episode 4
60) Fresh Air, 01/08/18
61) Free Talk Live, 01/08/18
62) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/08/18

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

1) Feinstein releases Fusion GPS transcript, escalating dispute with Republicans over Russiagate circus
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday released the full transcript of the panel’s interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the firm that researched President Trump during the 2016 campaign. The lengthy transcript was released over the objections of Republicans, who have been sharply critical of Simpson’s firm, Fusion GPS. … Fusion GPS, which was hired first by Republicans and later Democrats, studied various aspects of Trump’s background, a typical function for opposition researchers during presidential campaigns. However, the research became more focused on Trump’s ties to Russia when Fusion GPS contracted with a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to probe deeper.” (01/09/18)

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-sen-dianne-feinstein-releases-fusion-1515522979-htmlstory.html

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2) AZ: Disgraced crook, former sheriff Arpaio to run for US Senate seat
Source: Reuters

“Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona sheriff and a close ally of President Donald Trump, said on Tuesday he would run for the U.S. Senate to replace retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake. ‘I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again,’ Arpaio said on Twitter. Arpaio was convicted last July of criminal contempt in a racial profiling case that highlighted tensions over U.S. immigration policy, but was pardoned by Trump the following month. A federal judge had ruled that Arpaio wilfully violated a 2011 injunction barring his officers from detaining Latino drivers solely on the suspicion that they were in the county illegally.” [editor’s note: “Not quite dead, sire …” – SAT] (01/09/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-politics-arpaio/former-arizona-sheriff-arpaio-says-hell-run-for-u-s-senate-idUSKBN1EY1Z3

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3) GOP probes FBI agent lovers’ text messages for evidence of leaks
Source: Fox News

“Republican-led committees reportedly are investigating whether FBI officials once involved in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe helped leak to the media, based in part on text messages they exchanged mentioning news outlets. The Hill first reported that House and Senate panels are looking anew at the text messages exchanged between agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, who were romantically involved and exchanged anti-Trump views in their now-public texts. They also discussed news articles and strategized on how to react. One set of texts — confirmed by Fox News — in late October 2016 suggests they knew about a Wall Street Journal article in advance. After Page alerted Strzok to the piece’s publication, Strzok responded: ‘Boy that was fast. … Should I ‘find’ it and tell the team?’ Other text messages reviewed by The Hill showed the two agents seemingly attempting to track down New York Times reporter Matt Apuzzo, who has covered the Russia collusion investigation.” (01/09/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/09/republicans-probe-fbi-agents-text-messages-for-evidence-leaks.html

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4) Bannon steps down from Breitbart
Source: The Hill

“Stephen Bannon stepped down as chairman of Breitbart News on Tuesday, marking a stunning fall for the once high-flying populist agitator and former White House chief strategist who helped turn Breitbart into a right-wing juggernaut. Bannon has been forced out of Breitbart a week after the publication of author Michael Wolff’s book ‘Fire and Fury,’ in which Bannon is quoted making disparaging remarks about President Trump’s family. Bannon is widely believed to be the primary source for that book, which has become a massive political headache for the White House. … Bannon’s allies have said that he still plans to launch a nonprofit group called Citizens of the American Republic that those close to him say will focus on policy matters.” (01/09/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/368166-steve-bannon-stepping-down-from-breitbart

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5) Wray whines about encryption some more
Source: Raw Story

“Law enforcement’s inability to access electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an ‘urgent public safety issue,’ FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday, in remarks that sought to rekindle a contentious debate over privacy and security. Technology companies and many digital security experts have said the FBI’s attempts to require devices allow investigators a way to access a criminal suspect’s phone would harm internet security and empower malicious hackers.” [editor’s note: Those of us who love liberty call it natural law, affirmed by the First Amendment – SAT] (01/09/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/fbi-director-calls-unbreakable-encryption-urgent-public-safety-issue

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6) US credit card debt hits new record
Source: USA Today

“Americans’ outstanding credit card debt hit a new record in November, highlighting a more confident U.S. consumer but also flashing a warning signal of potential trouble down the road. Revolving credit, mostly credit cards, increased by $11.2 billion to $1.023 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Monday. That nudged the figure past the $1.021 trillion highwater mark reached in April 2008, just before the housing and credit bubbles burst. Over the past year, revolving credit has surged by $55.1 billion, or 5.7%, according to the Fed and Contingent Macro Research. Non-revolving credit, such as auto and student loans, rose by $16.8 billion to $2.8 trillion in November.” (01/09/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/01/08/credit-card-debt-hits-new-record-raising-warning-sign/1014921001

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7) Great Barrier Reef: Warmer seas “turning turtles female”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Green sea turtles’ gender is temperature dependent and warmer seas are turning too many of them female, according to a study. Research (carried out on a group of 200,000 turtles in the northern Great Barrier Reef) found this poses a threat to the population of the endangered reptile. The study was carried out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California State University and Worldwide Fund for Nature Australia.” [editor’s note: So, gender dysphoria is not confined to humans? – SAT] (01/09/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-42626574/great-barrier-reef-warmer-seas-turning-turtles-female

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8) Measles deaths fall to record low worldwide
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“For the first time in history, annual deaths around the globe from measles have fallen below 100,000, the World Health Organization announced this year. As recently as the 1980s, measles killed 2.6 million people a year. The decline (a public health triumph, as measles has long been a leading killer of malnourished children) was accomplished by widespread donor-supported vaccination that began in the early 2000s. The estimated number of deaths fell to 89,780 in 2016, but the figure was released by the WHO only in October. Measles vaccines were invented in the 1960s. Since 2000, 5.5 billion doses have been given out, according to Gavi, the Geneva organization through which most donors support the vaccination effort. The group works with the WHO, the U.N. Children’s Fund, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Red Cross, the U.N. Foundation and others.” (01/09/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Measles-deaths-fall-to-record-low-worldwide-12454622.php

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9) UK: Regime bans “microbeads” from cosmetics & shower gels
Source: USA Today

“A ban on environmentally damaging microbeads found in toothpastes, face scrubs and shower gels came into effect Tuesday in the United Kingdom. The moves prevents manufacturers of cosmetics and personal-care items from adding the small pieces of plastic to their products. They often end up in the ocean after being washed down the drain, damaging marine plant and animal life. Former President Barack Obama signed a U.S. ban on microbeads into law in late 2015. Microbeads are also a potential hazard to human health: Scientists believe some fish in lakes may soak up the toxins they release, which can then be passed back to people who consume the fish. These toxins can disrupt hormone levels and cause cancer.” (01/09/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/01/09/u-k-follows-u-s-banning-microbeads-cosmetics-shower-gels/1016120001

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10) VT: Newspaper fires top editor for saying third-gender options put us closer to “apocalypse”
Source: Fox News

“The Burlington Free Press fired its top editor after he violated the paper’s social media guidelines for speaking out against a proposal for Vermont to offer a third gender option on driver licenses. The home state of Sen. Bernie Sanders is considering adding ‘X’ as an option to licenses, in addition to male and female. The Gannett-owned paper cut ties with now-former editor Denis Finley when he responded to a tweet calling the proposal ‘awesome’ by writing, ‘That makes us one step closer to the apocalypse.’ Finley’s tweet was immediately criticized by followers who tagged Gannett and the Burlington Free Press, bringing the message to the attention of his employers. ‘In what way? Please explain how allowing individuals to select a third gender option brings this world closer to the apocalypse,’ one user responded, while another wrote, ‘As a gender fluid person, I demand an apology, particularly for the children and adults in our beloved city who suffer under the oppressive hell of binary gender privilege.’” (01/09/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/01/09/vermont-paper-fires-top-editor-for-saying-third-party-gender-options-put-us-closer-to-apocalypse.html

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11) Nazi anti-Semites see “Jewish plot” in Democrats’ typo
Source: Raw Story

“A typo in a Democratic Party tweet has convinced American neo-Nazis that Democrats are part of a conspiracy to ensure Jewish women take over America. The tweet, posted by the Democrats’ official feed on Sunday, aimed to promote diversity among elected officials by encouraging supporters to elect black, LGTB, Muslim, disabled, Jewish, Latina, millennial, and Asian American women. But the tweet accidentally included Jewish women twice, and it provided fodder for far-right conspiracy theories. The post attracted more than 6,000 comments on Twitter, many pointing out the lack of white women or Christian women on the list, as well as the double mention of Jewish women. ‘You can note that they are not trying to elect white women. You also may note that they list ‘Jewish women’ twice. Apparently, they want double Jewish women,’ neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin wrote for his website the Daily Stormer.” (01/09/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/nazi-anti-semites-see-jewish-plot-in-democrats-typo

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12) North Korea: Regime tells South it will not discuss nuclear arms in future talks
Source: Reuters

“North Korea said after its first talks with South Korea in more than two years that it would not discuss its nuclear weapons with Seoul because they were aimed only at the United States, not its ‘brethren’ in South Korea. In a joint statement after 11 hours of talks North Korea pledged to send a large delegation to next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea but made a ‘strong complaint’ after Seoul proposed talks to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. Officials from both sides said they agreed to meet again to resolve problems and avert accidental conflict, amid high tension over North Korea’s program to develop nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States, but Pyongyang said disarmament would not be part of the discussions.” (01/09/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-southkorea-talks/north-korea-tells-south-it-will-not-discuss-nuclear-arms-in-future-talks-idUSKBN1EX2CW

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13) Thailand: PM uses cardboard cutout to avoid questions
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Thailand’s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha found a novel way to dodge tricky questions from journalists by referring them to his cardboard cutout. Mr Prayuth took power in a military coup in 2014 and was named PM later that year.” [editor’s note: Would be funny if not so sad; click the link for a chuckle maybe – SAT] (01/09/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-42621180/thai-pm-uses-cardboard-cutout-to-avoid-questions

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14) CA: Coachella continues cannabis ban despite new state law
Source: Smell the Truth

“Coachella concert goers should use utmost discretion if they plan to light up a blunt during Queen Bey’s performance. The major music festival decided to ban marijuana use on their grounds during this year’s incarnation despite the fact that California has legalized recreational use for adults, reports Billboard. Following the announcement of the 2018 lineup last week, the official Coachella website released an FAQ section addressing this year’s rules on legal pot use: ‘Sorry bro. Marijuana or marijuana products aren’t allowed inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond. If that changes we will update this answer.’” [editor’s note: Will be interesting to see how they try to enforce this; “hey, we need to check those candies!” – SAT] (01/08/18)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/01/08/coachella-continues-marijuana-ban-despite-new-california-law/

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15) SpaceX says Falcon 9 rocket performed as expected during allegedly failed Zuma launch
Source: Space.com

“As media reports swirl around the ultimate fate of the U.S. government’s secret Zuma mission, which launched atop a SpaceX rocket Sunday (Jan. 7), the private spaceflight company says its Falcon 9 booster performed as expected during the launch. ‘For clarity: after review of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night,’ SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement. ‘If we or others find otherwise based on further review, we will report it immediately. Information published that is contrary to this statement is categorically false,’ Shotwell continued. ‘Due to the classified nature of the payload, no further comment is possible.’ … Shotwell’s comments come amid media speculation, including from The Wall Street Journal and Ars Technica, suggesting that the top-secret payload may have fallen back to Earth.” [editor’s note: For all we know, everything went perfectly and the “failure” claims are disinformation – TLK] (01/09/18)

https://www.space.com/39328-spacex-secret-zuma-launch-statement.html

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16) Idiot pol: Black people more prone to effects of marijuana due to “genetics”
Source: Yahoo! News

“Kansas State Representative Steve Alford said Sunday blacks are more affected by marijuana because of their ‘character makeup’ and ‘their genetics’ when trying to explain why drugs should be ‘outlawed’ to a room of 60 people — none of whom were African American. Alford made the comment during a legislative coffee session in response to a comment that marijuana would offer an economic boost to Kansas. The 75-year-old Republican also cited the Jim Crow era when all drugs were outlawed in Kansas, according to The Garden City Telegram. … ‘the African Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that. And so basically what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to do a complete reverse with people not remembering what has happened in the past.’” (01/08/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/black-people-more-prone-effects-235538440.html

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17) Syria: Regime accuses Israelis of targeting Damascus military outposts with missiles
Source: Belfast Telegraph [Ireland]

“Syria’s military has accused Israel of launching missiles at its outposts near Damascus in a wave of three pre-dawn attacks, and claimed the Syrian air force hit one of the Israeli jets and shot down several missiles. The army said the Syrian air defence confronted the attacks on military outposts in the area of Qutayfeh in the Damascus countryside. Several missiles were launched from Lebanese air space at 2.40am, followed by two ground-to-ground missiles at 3.04am launched from the occupied Golan Heights, and four missiles at 4.14am, launched from the Tiberias area, or the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, the Syrian statement said. The Syrian army said the attacks caused material damage. The Israeli military declined to comment on the matter.” (01/09/18)

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/syria-accuses-israel-of-targeting-damascus-military-outposts-with-missiles-36472011.html

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18) LA: Teacher handcuffed, arrested after bringing up brass salary at school board meeting
Source: NBC News

“A Louisiana teacher who spoke out against a superintendent’s new contract was handcuffed and arrested during a school board meeting in an incident caught on video. At the meeting Monday, Deyshia Hargrave brought up the issue of teacher salary and a raise that was included in a new contract for the superintendent, according to members of the Vermilion Parish School Board. Hargrave is an English language arts teacher at Rene A. Rost Middle School in Kaplan, Louisiana, according to the school’s website. … ‘You need to leave, or I’m going to remove you,’ the unidentified marshal says on the video. Hargrave grabs her purse and leaves as some protest that Puyau had been addressing the teacher even as she was being forced to leave. Suddenly, Hargrave can be heard yelling. The video then shows the woman on the floor in the hallway, where she is being handcuffed behind the back by the marshal.” (01/09/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/louisiana-teacher-handcuffed-arrested-bringing-school-board-meeting-n836231

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19) India: Whistleblower merits award, not probe, says Snowden
Source: The Hindu [India]

“American whistleblower Edward Snowden today said the Indian journalist, whose report on alleged Aadhaar data breach has led to lodging of [a police report], merits an award and not a government probe for the work. Snowden, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who blew the lid off US surveillance on phone and internet communications, also said the Indian government should reform its policy to safeguard privacy of its citizens. ‘The journalists exposing the #Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI,’ Snowden posted on Twitter. … Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data. The data is collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority. The Delhi Police has registered an ‘open-ended’ First Information Report (FIR) on a complaint from UIDAI over the report on alleged data breach.” (01/09/18)

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/aadhaar-leak-whistleblower-merits-award-not-probe-says-snowden/article10022406.ece

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20) PA: Judge bans fraternity from state for pledge’s hazing death
Source: CNN

“A national fraternity was banned from operating in Pennsylvania for 10 years and ordered to pay a $112,500 fine for the 2013 hazing death of pledge Chun ‘Michael’ Deng, a student at Baruch College in New York. Pi Delta Psi, Inc. was found guilty in November on a felony count of involuntary manslaughter and assault, among other charges, though it was acquitted of the more serious charges of third-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. … Four individuals were also sentenced Monday after they pleaded guilty in November to felony charges of voluntary manslaughter and hindering apprehension in Deng’s death, which was determined to be the result of a hazing ritual.” (01/08/18)

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/08/us/michael-deng-fraternity-sentencing/index.html

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21) Pakistan: Regime frees anti-US cleric as tensions rise following Trump tweets
Source: Newsweek

“A Pakistani court has ordered the release of an anti-U.S. cleric who went to Afghanistan to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The move came after tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan had risen after President Donald Trump accused the South Asian country of harboring militants and moved to withhold American aid from Islamabad. Defense lawyer Fida Gul said on Tuesday Sufi Mohammad was being set free on health grounds, adding that the paperwork for his release was still being processed. Mohammad, who is known as the father-in-law of Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, who is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan, had been imprisoned since 2009.” (01/09/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/anti-us-radical-cleric-freed-pakistan-tensions-rise-spat-trump-775181

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22) US regime to fence stolen Bitcoin
Source: Bitcoin.com

“The U.S government is expected to sell all crypto assets of Aaron Michael Shamo(Shamo)following his recent arrest, including approx. $10 million worth of Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BTC). On May 31, 2017, Shamo along with other dark web operators including Drew Wilson Crandall, Mario Anthony Noble, and Sean Michael Gygi were found guilty of [operating a business without the gang’s permission]. When the dark web operators were found guilty of the charges filed by the FBI, the Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash holdings of the criminals were [stolen] and moved to the custody of the United States Marshals Service (USMS).” (01/09/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/us-government-sell-bitcoin-seized-dark-web-dealer/

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23) North Korea: Regime agrees to send athletes to South Korea Olympics
Source: NBC News

“North Korea has agreed to send a delegation of officials and athletes to the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next month. The breakthrough decision came Tuesday after the first high-level talks between the countries in more than two years. South Korean Deputy Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung said North Korea had accepted the South’s request to send athletes to the Games, which open on Feb. 9 in PyeongChang some 50 miles from the border with the North.” (01/09/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/winter-olympics-2018/olympics-agenda-north-south-korea-hold-rare-talks-n835681

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24) Special conservative snowflakes sue Google, Twitter: Daddy gummint, make them give us safe spaces!
Source: Washington Post

“James Damore, the former Google engineer who was fired after distributing a memo questioning the company’s diversity policies, filed a class-action lawsuit Monday claiming that the technology giant discriminates against white men and conservatives. Damore’s suit came on the same day that conservative publisher Charles C. Johnson sued Twitter for banning him from the platform in 2015. The cases are the latest signs of a broad effort by some conservatives to challenge technology companies on the grounds that they favor liberal or moderate voices, reflecting the prevailing political sensibilities in Silicon Valley.” (01/09/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/08/google-faces-a-lawsuit-over-discriminating-against-white-men-and-conservatives/

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25) Scientists discover 4th dimension: Is time travel possible?
Source: International Business Times

“The concept of time travel may soon be possible as two different teams of scientists from the United States and Europe have shown the existence of a fourth spatial dimension. It was in 1905 that legendary physicist Albert Einstein first introduced the concept of the fourth dimension where we can move in time. Since then, the concept has perplexed scientists and with the discovery of the new fourth spatial dimension, the big dream of humans to travel through time is showing signals of materialization. The recent quantum experiments conducted by researchers from Switzerland, USA, Germany, Italy, and Israel revealed that in addition to the conventional three-axis where an object can move up-down, left-right or forward-backward to an observer, there is a hidden fourth dimension where the objects can move in new directions of motion.” (01/09/18)

http://www.ibtimes.sg/scientists-discover-4th-dimension-time-travel-becoming-reality-4d-22858

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

26) The baby boomers’ cultural prison
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“The popular culture of our era is old and stagnant … an unnatural development and one that I maintain is unhealthy. The rock concert is unchanged since the 1960s, the products of the music industry come from the same old mold (many barely being ‘music’ at all), movie studios roll out rehashes one after another, and modern art still pursues what Salvador Dali, in a moment of truthfulness, called ‘the cult of strange.’ Once the entertainment corporations stumble upon a successful show, you can expect half a dozen copies. To put it simply, we’re suffering through a cultural stasis. More than that, we’re living in a single flavor of cultural stasis, one dominated and maintained by baby boomers. With small exceptions, the ‘social furniture’ of the West, and especially in the US, has remained unchanged since the 1970s, enforced by baby boomers who’ve held power for the entire run.” (01/09/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/baby-boomers-cultural-prison/

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27) Why the Korean “crisis” is completely phony
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Washington’s interest is to contain or eliminate Kim, while maintaining relations with the new South Korean government of liberal President Moon Jae-in, who campaigned on making peace with Pyongyang. Now Moon is following up on his campaign promises, and there isn’t a single thing Tillerson can do about it. South Korea’s interest is to a) avoid war with the North, and b) restart peace negotiations with Pyongyang and move toward fulfilling the promise of reunification. Both countries have ministries devoted to reunification and there is much political capital to be gained if progress can be made along this path. The fact is that Washington is the third man out on this date. The Americans have zero cards to play, while Kim has one card of inestimable value: the nuclear card. The United States cannot attack Kim, because the result would be the instant vaporization of Seoul and environs. The 30,000 US troops on the peninsula would share a similar fate.” (01/09/18)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/01/08/korean-crisis-completely-phony/

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28) No, Apple is not responsible for your kids’ smartphone addiction
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Apple is now coming under fire from two big investors for not doing enough to curb childhood addiction to smartphones. What’s next? Government warnings and a class-action lawsuit against Big Smartphone? In an ‘open letter’ to Apple, Janus Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (which combined own roughly $2 billion in Apple stock) scolded Apple for failing to ‘take steps’ to curb overuse of smartphones by children. The letter goes on at great length citing research into the harmful effects of too much smartphone use — from increased risk of depression and suicide risk to sleep and learning problems. No doubt rampant overuse poses a problem for some children. But such grand proclamations about the impending disaster of our youth should be taken with a very large grain of salt.” (01/08/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/no-apple-is-not-responsible-for-your-kids-smartphone-addiction

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29) Licensing is a racket
Source: The American Spectator
by Jon Cassidy

“Racketeering is a multifarious concept, but when the word was coined in 1927 by the Employers Association of Chicago, it referred specifically to tradesmen who had banded together to artificially drive up the cost of their services. The employers group wanted the authorities to crack down on crooked laundry and building trades, among others, but in the long run, the trades won by subverting and perverting the power of the government. It’s easy enough to picture the old noir films with cops on the take, doing the mob’s bidding, but this corruption was of a less glamorous, more insidious sort. I refer to licensing, the mechanism by which the government lends the full pain of law to restricting commerce by some parties, while giving a literal seal of approval to the competition.” (01/09/18)

https://spectator.org/licensing-is-a-racket/

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30) Deregulatory successes point to direction for Trump administration
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Largely lost in headlines about Russians, campaign dirty tricks, and Trump’s alleged shock at his own victory is his administration’s follow-through on deregulatory promises. Soon after taking office in January 2017, Trump ordered federal agencies to make sure that ‘for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination, and that the cost of planned regulations be prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting process.’ That was followed by an order to conduct cost-benefit analyses of federal regulations. In September, the Office of Management and Budget instructed agencies to prepare budgets representing reductions in total regulatory costs. … whether or not people are consistent in what they want, there is an obvious constituency in this country for less government intervention in people’s economic activity. To the extent that the Trump administration has held on to support, it’s largely among people to whom it kept its deregulatory promises.” (01/09/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2018/01/09/deregulatory-successes-point-to-directio

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31) Stop trying to diagnose our “very stable genius” president; he might be right
Source: USA Today
by James S Robbins

“Michael Wolff’s new semifictional book about the Trump White House has sparked a renewed wave of overwrought speculation about the president’s mental fitness. Not one to shy away from a fight, President Trump punched back that not only is he a successful chief executive, he’s a ‘very stable genius’ to boot. Dilbert creator Scott Adams took the matter a step further by arguing that proclaiming himself a ‘very stable genius’ (VSG) was itself a genius Trump move because that will be his ‘forever name.’ Whether people use the expression VSG admiringly or sarcastically, the words ‘Trump’ and ‘genius’ are going to be kept in close proximity. Diagnosing the president is something of a cottage industry among liberals and has been since before the election. Some medical professionals seem willing to ignore codes of conduct such as the American Psychiatric Association’s ‘Goldwater Rule,’ named for a previous Republican politician liberals thought was unfit to serve, that forbid drawing conclusions about the mental fitness of people they have never examined.” (01/09/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/09/stop-trying-diagnose-our-very-stable-genius-president-he-might-right-james-robbins-column/1013156001

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32) Tax cut doomsayers need a history (and economics) lesson
Source: Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux

“The recent federal tax cut is creating a lot of fear and angst that a quick historical survey would go far to allay.” [editor’s note: Since spending isn’t being cut, neither are taxes. They’re just being deferred (with interest) – TLK] (01/09/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/01/09/tax-cut-doomsayers-need-a-history-and-economics-lesson/

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33) The brief life and predictable death of the Kobach Commission
Source: The American Prospect
by Miles Rapoport

“When Donald Trump slammed the door on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Voting Integrity — the same way it began, with a tweet — it seemed, in hindsight, a completely predictable occurrence. The question of what happens next has yet to play out, but whatever form the commission’s next incarnation takes seems equally unlikely to produce any discernible results. The Kobach Commission was a perfectly emblematic enterprise of the Trump administration from day one. It had all the characteristics of the administration itself: a distorted understanding of American elections girded by a supreme lack of facts, an agenda born of resentment and conspiracy theories, a complete disregard of norms and procedures, and a talent for gross incompetence, arrogance, and overreach.” (01/09/18)

http://prospect.org/article/brief-life-and-predictable-death-kobach-commission

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34) Trump and sessions are right on the drug war, mostly
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Imagine that: the New York Times favoring states’ rights. Did you ever think you’d see that day? No, the Times’ editorial board doesn’t exactly put it that way, but that’s the import of its position with respect to President Trump’s order to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana or enacted medical marijuana laws. … But the Times has it wrong, just as Obama did. Under the long-established concept known as the ‘rule of law,’ it is incumbent on Trump and Sessions to enforce federal drugs laws against everyone across the board, including people in the states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana.” [editor’s note: Since the “Supreme Law of the Land,” aka the Consitution, enumerates no federal power to control drugs other than in interstate commerce, it is incumbent upon Trump and Sessions, per rule of law, to not enforce those laws at all – TLK] (01/09/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/01/09/trump-sessions-right-drug-war-partly/

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35) Truancy laws are a perversion of the parent-government relationship
Source: Heartland Institute
by Teresa Mull

“Truancy laws exist in every state in our nation and require children between the ages of five and eight to attend school until they’re in high school (age requirements differ by state). Government knew when it first started passing these requirements it couldn’t force its citizens to do something without providing the service free of charge, so it created government schools and forced everyone to attend them. The only ones allowed to escape are those with the means to buy their children’s freedom by sending them to a private school. If you’re able to homeschool, you still must get permission from government to withdraw your child and do the job yourself, which is the opposite of how the relationship is supposed to work.” (01/09/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/01/truancy-laws-are-a-perversion-of-the-parent-government-relationship/

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36) Fire and Fury signifies nothing
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“Even if you haven’t read it, the takeaway from Michael Wolff’s tell-all about Donald Trump’s White House seems clear: Trump is manifestly unfit to be president, potentially only semi-literate and dangerously erratic. He lashes out at trusted advisors and is unable to focus on or even comprehend important policy details. He watches hours on-end of television a day (allegedly three-screens-at-a-time in bed) and eats McDonald’s for fear that other food will be poisoned. … So what? Is Fire and Fury a valuable account that grants newfound insight into the inner workings of the Trump administration? Is it a sum positive for the world that it’s sewing internal divisions among some of the most powerful people in Washington? Should it exist? Certainly. For all of his flaws, props to Michael Wolff for managing to wander around Trump’s White House for a year without collapsing indefinitely into a fugue state. It’s another matter to pretend that Fire and Fury will solve anything, especially the problem of the Trump presidency.” (01/09/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20809/fire-and-fury-signifies-nothing

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37) A second Iranian Revolution?
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“I may be something of a pacifist (well, sorta) but I’m also a bit of a war nerd. Conflict fascinates me. Violence fascinates me. Politics fascinates me. So when these things all converge cataclysmically I find myself sucked in completely which often leads me to making the fatal mistake of picking sides. For better or worse, I usually go with the underdog. Call it a Marxist thing or a Christian thing or a queer thing or an Irish thing, for whatever reason, I frequently find myself inflicted with the unshakable urge to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. In Warsaw I’m a Jew. In Gaza I’m a Palestinian. In Turkey I’m a Kurd. And so on and so forth. Which makes the current situation in Iran a little bit complicated.” (01/09/18)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-second-iranian-revolution.html

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38) How to ensure quality health coverage, part 2
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael F Cannon

“In theory, a risk-adjustment program could constantly identify and correct its pricing errors. When government price-setters find evidence that prices are too low or too high, they need only make the necessary adjustments. Experience shows that that is not how government price-setting works in practice. Looking just at health care, government price-setting agencies persistently get the prices wrong, even when they know the prices are wrong. … In Medicare and elsewhere, these pricing errors tend to persist for years or decades because government price-setters face both information and incentive problems.” (01/09/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-ensure-quality-health-coverage-part-2

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39) The difference between a Bitcoin and a tulip
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Bronwyn Howell

“A starting point for understanding the similarities and differences between bitcoins and tulips comes from William Stanley Jevons. His 1875 work, ‘Money and the Mechanism of Exchange,’ defines the four functions of a currency: as a medium of exchange, a measure of value (or unit of account), a standard of deferred payment, and a store of value. To qualify as a currency, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies (which arguably include digital credits such as Airpoints) must fulfill each of these four functions. Clearly, a range of merchants is willing to price in and accept Bitcoin (and Airpoints) in exchange for goods and services, and they can be used to transfer value from one person to another (albeit that Airpoints transferability is somewhat limited), and thereby settle debts. A sum of Bitcoin (or Airpoints) can be held for a period of time as a store of value … However, comparing Bitcoins with tulips reveals that tulips fulfill only the store of value function.” (01/09/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-difference-between-a-bitcoin-and-a-tulip/

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40) The GOP’s 100-year war bigger than taxes or Trump
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“The new year had barely started when the world got new grist for the ‘Trump-is-crazy’ mill, one of the few American industries [sic] to experience a boom since Trump became president. Michael Wolff’s profile [sic] of the current White House, Fire and Fury, is filled with rumors and backbiting. But the book, and the president’s unhinged reaction to it, provide new evidence [sic] that Trump is cognitively and emotionally unfit for office. Wolff got headlines, even in the august [sic] New York Times, for saying Trump has ‘less credibility … than anyone who has ever walked on earth.’ Hard news becomes indistinguishable from hyperbole and high school gossip. That’s understandably irresistible for a lot of people. And a person’s sanity becomes existentially important when they hold a nuclear button, regardless of its size. But the deeper forces of history move on, and we ignore them at our peril.” [editor’s note: I once thought Eskow’s writings were worthy of RRND inclusion; this might be the last time I inflict his drivel on you – SAT] [additional editor’s note: From the excerpt, it looks like the soundest thing I’ve ever seen from him – TLK] (01/08/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180108/the-gops-100-year-war-its-way-bigger-than-trump-or-taxe

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41) We’ve forgotten how to debate
Source: spiked
by James Black

“As history shows, you can’t have ideas without dispute. This seems to have been forgotten today, especially when it comes to talking about new ways of communicating. The assertion that social media has ‘made us more divided’ is a half-truth at best. What has been lost is the value placed in debate. The instantaneous nature of social media means that debate often descends into bickering and one-upmanship. A certain tone of voice becomes universal — snarky, resentful and sarcastic, with no love for truth or humility. It seems that the more our access to debate and discussion has expanded online, the more we tend towards mob consensus. The reason for this is that some of the essential elements of dialogue — face-to-face contact, a collegiate atmosphere, the assumption that the truth is more important than self-esteem — have been lost.” (01/09/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/weve-forgotten-how-to-debate/

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42) Call lethal injection the vile torture it is
Source: CounterPunch
by Stephen Cooper

“Each and every year since the death penalty’s reinstatement over forty-five years ago, stern-faced state officials, particularly in the South, regularly trot out, for extra pay, withered, weakened, beaten-down — dying even — old men (and much more rarely, women) to torture them to death. This occurs many years, sometimes even decades, after their crimes of conviction.” (01/09/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/09/call-lethal-injection-the-vile-torture-it-is/

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43) Stung
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“So the talk of the twon is the GAO’s Internet Firearms Sales report. That would be the one — commissioned by anti-human/civil rights activists Elijah Cummings [D-MD]and Elizabeth Warren [D-MA] — in which the GAO attempted to purchase guns on the Internet while posing as prohibited persons. They made 72 attempts on public sites. All failed. Twice, they thought they’d succeeded only to discover they were scammed …” (01/09/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4751

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44) Who are you calling a moron?
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“I remember when I was in fifth grade and kept losing tennis matches to a kid I despised. After one match I slammed down my racket and fumed to my mother that my nemesis was a really terrible tennis player. She brought me back down to earth by placing her hands on my shoulders, looking me in the eyes and saying: ‘How bad can he be, if he keeps beating you?’ Which brings me to the trash talking from the media and others on the intellectual left about Donald Trump in the wake of Michael Wolff’s new anti-Trump screed, Fire and Fury. The talking heads are now out in full force, once again thrashing Trump as a moron, a dangerous fool who is intellectually and temperamentally ‘unfit for office’ and even ‘mentally ill.’ This is what they have been saying since the day Trump announced he was running for president.” (01/09/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/01/09/who-are-you-calling-a-moron-n2431693

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45) The Ninth and Tenth of it
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“When Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama Administration enforcement guidelines regarding the states that have legalized (in their 29 different ways) marijuana, last week, supporters of freedom expressed some worry. But we had to admit, one excuse for Sessions’s nixing of the mostly hands-off policy seemed to make sense on purely legal grounds. If we want to liberalize drug laws, then our Cowardly Congress should do it. Definitely not the Executive Branch. And yet, over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Will Baude argues that ‘the rule of law’ does not require ‘renewed enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act.’ If anything, he argues, it ‘requires the opposite.’” (01/09/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/09/the-ninth-and-the-tenth-of-it/

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46) The power and perils of speaking “your truth”
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“On Monday, as Oprah Winfrey’s stirring acceptance speech at the Golden Globes secured a place in the national conversation, Byron Tau of The Wall Street Journal tweeted, ‘Oprah employed a phrase that I’ve noticed a lot of other celebrity using these days: ‘your truth’ instead of ‘the truth.’ Why that phrasing?’ He fretted that ‘your truth’ undermines the idea of shared common facts. … It is fitting that Oprah would trigger a debate about the power and the perils of speaking ‘your truth,’ for her tremendously impressive career illustrates both sides of the phenomenon.” (01/08/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/the-power-and-perils-of-speaking-your-truth/549968/

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47) Announcing the death of classical liberalism
Source: The American Conservative
by Gene Callahan

“Notre Dame professor Patrick Deneen has written a book vitally important for understanding the present crisis in Western politics. If this work had appeared two or three years ago, it still would have been of great significance, but coming as it does in the wake of Brexit, Trump, and other shocks to the liberal consensus, its relevance is further enhanced. But a warning is in order: American conservatives may be cheered by the appearance of a book entitled ‘Why Liberalism Failed.’ But, in the sense in which Deneen is using ‘liberalism,’ most American conservatives are actually liberals.” (01/09/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/announcing-the-death-of-classical-liberalism/

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48) Cracks in Russia-Iran alliance open options for Trump
Source: Reuters
by Josh Cohen

“Iran and Russia have made no secret of their mutual desire to sideline the United States in the Middle East. ‘Our cooperation can isolate America,’ Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Vladimir Putin during the Russian president’s recent visit to Tehran. Putin, for his part, has praised the Moscow-Tehran relationship as ‘very productive.’ Certainly the alliance has paid dividends in Syria, where the Moscow-Tehran military collaboration turned the tide of the war in favor of their mutual ally Bashar al-Assad and compelled the United States to abandon its goal of forcing Assad from power. Nevertheless, while Washington should certainly be wary of the Russian-Iranian relationship, it is less a strategic alliance than a marriage of convenience — and one whose cracks are already showing. In Syria, the ousting of Islamic State seems to have underscored important differences in the goals and tactics of Putin and Khameini. Moscow’s ultimate objectives include preventing regime change, promoting Russian influence in the Middle East, and keeping its military bases in Syria.” [editor’s note: A somewhat “deeper” look at actual foreign policy issues, with no “Russiagate” to confuse the matter – SAT] (01/09/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cohen-iran-commentary/commentary-cracks-in-russia-iran-alliance-open-options-for-trump-idUSKBN1EX298

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49) Voters drafted a reluctant Trump because they hated Hillary that much
Source: OpEdNews
by Ted Rall

“I’ve been saying, for over a year, that Donald Trump is a dog who caught a car: he wanted to run for president, not be president. Looks like my theory is confirmed. ‘Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend — Trump might actually win — seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears — and not of joy,’ writes Michael Wolff in an excerpt from his book ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.’ ‘There was, in the space of little more than an hour, in Steve Bannon’s not unamused observation, a befuddled Trump morphing into a disbelieving Trump and then into a horrified Trump.’ Clearly, Trump has pivoted. The celebrity real estate magnate has stopped worrying. Long forgotten are his reluctant move to D.C., his fantasies of governing from his brass-trimmed Manhattan aerie. He has learned to love love love the bully pulpit.” (01/09/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Voters-Drafted-a-Reluctant-by-Ted-Rall-Hillary-Clinton_Republican_Trump-Dangerous_Trump-Ego-180109-321.html

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50) Why not President Oprah?
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Of course she is categorically unqualified for the office. But have fun imagining Republicans making that case in the shadow of Donald J. Trump, Very Stable Genius[TM]. Oprah’s formal educational attainments are modest, whatever political ideas she has seem to be largely undeveloped, and she has an obvious and regrettable weakness for quacks and cranks of sundry sorts: anti-vaccine nuts, Dr. Oz, doctors who use Tarot cards to diagnose thyroid problems, etc. She is a one-woman public-health menace. At the same time, she more than embodies the virtues attributed to President Trump: She’s a real billionaire, a self-made one at that, a woman who started with nothing and became wildly successful with bupkis to go on but her own grit and shrewdness. President Trump loves to talk about ratings. You want ratings? Oprah has ratings. The Democrats would do worse — a great deal worse — if they decide they need a celebrity …” (01/08/18)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455237/oprah-president-2020-could-happen

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51) The Great Depression tax revolts revisited
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton & Chetley Weise

“David Beito did a great service for the scholarship of liberty and American history with his rediscovery of the Great Depression-era tax resistance movement. He uncovered evidence of widespread opposition to property taxes across America. However, the anti-tax rebellion declined as quickly as it started, a demise that he attributes to a lack of a ‘focused ideological program’ that could capture the popular anti-tax sentiment of the time. Thus, Beito concludes, this tax resistance movement was a failure. While his contribution has been praised, questions have been raised concerning Beito’s explanation for the demise of the tax revolt. In this paper, we argue that the anti-tax movement was a genuine success, and that this success is the reason the revolt ended.” (01/08/18)

https://mises.org/library/great-depression-tax-revolts-revisited-1

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52) Amazon thriving, thanks to taxpayer dollars
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“As Amazon builds up its distribution network, it’s hit on a trick long practiced by the likes of Walmart: using the federal government to help pay its workers. A new study by Policy Matters Ohio found that more than 700 Amazon employees receive food stamps, or more than 10 percent of the tech giant’s 6,000-strong workforce in the state. Some of those recipients may be part-time help, but the fact that they need federal aid to survive suggests that they would be happy to work more. ‘Why is this giant, successful company offering such limited pay and hours of work that many of its workers need help buying food?’ asked Zach Schiller, research director at Policy Matters. Amazon ranks nineteenth among Ohio businesses in number of employees on food stamps, behind Walmart, McDonald’s, and Kroger. But Amazon is only the fifty-third-largest employer in Ohio, suggesting a higher rate of employees on food stamps than its counterparts.” [editor’s note: Now this is how you attack crony corporations in collusion with their “public” servants – SAT] (01/09/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146540/amazon-thriving-thanks-taxpayer-dollars

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53) Not the droid you’re looking for: Subtler political points from The Last Jedi
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Alex McHugh

“The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson’s recent continuation of the Star Wars saga, has generated many new takes. Yet most focus on debates about aesthetics, storytelling, cinematography, fandom politics, and concerns with fantasy physics rather than the social and political commentary of the movie. Perhaps it’s because the main political messages of this installment were so heavy-handed and obvious. Not only do those evil arms dealers get rich while destroying the galaxy, they abuse children and horse-creatures to boot! (yawn) Kylo Ren may be a little more conflicted and complicated than your average action-movie villain. But as the allegorical alt-right edgelord, his somewhat pathetic sad-boy histrionics struck me as similarly on-the-nose. Making the free-spirited hacker DJ come off like a selfish jerk felt like an unnecessary, but predictable, jab at the crypto-anarchist movement.” (01/08/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/50367

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54) Protectionism is theft
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“No producer has a right to consumer patronage. Period. Business people who wish to sell outputs abroad should reckon the risk of foreign-governments’ import restrictions (or export subsidies) in the same way that they reckon each of countless other risks of enterprise — risks such as changes in consumer tastes that make their products unappealing, and increases in input prices that render their production methods too costly. In a market economy no business has an ethical right to demand that government protect it from such risks by restricting consumers’ rights. The same is true for the risks of foreign-government interventions.” (01/08/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/01/protectionism-is-theft.html

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55) Oprah Winfrey for president: Have we all gone bonkers?
Source: The Intercept
by Mehdi Hasan

“Is #Oprah2020 really a serious thing? Do people honestly consider the talk-show-host-turned-media-mogul to be a viable or appropriate candidate to run against fellow celebrity billionaire Donald Trump in three years? ‘I have no idea if Oprah would be a good candidate or president,’ former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau wrote on Twitter, ‘but dismissing her out of hand because Trump is a celebrity seems short-sighted.’ Really? I’m old enough to remember when liberals gave a damn about experience, qualifications, and judgement; when Democrats mocked the idea of Trump — a former reality TV star and property developer who struggled to tell the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah — running for the presidency.” (01/08/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/08/oprah-winfrey-president-2020-trump/

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

56) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 38
Source: Libertarianism.org

“The Jacksonians: The 1820s, 30s, and 40s were rough and tumble times. Life changed more quickly in those decades than ever before and practically everyone felt it.” [various formats] (01/09/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/jacksonians

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57) The Libertarian Angle, 01/09/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Is government really providing liberty? Do politicians protect our freedom? FFF president Jacob Hornberger, Richard Ebeling, and special guest FFF policy adviser James Bovard discuss freedom frauds.” (01/09/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-freedom-frauds-video/

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58) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/09/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Darrell Becker and Michael W. Dean explain the origin of the term ‘HODL,’ and explain a bunch of stuff about economics. Oh, and why UN ‘Peacekeepers’ don’t carry sidearms even though they do carry rifles. Also, why MWD does NOT recommend the press-release service RelaseWire.” [various formats] (01/09/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15490

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59) Mises UK Podcast, episode 4
Source: Mises UK

“Andy Duncan discusses with Stephan Kinsella the concept, theory, and practice of Bitcoin ownership, amongst other topics, which include the use of Bitcoin as money, the comparison between gold and Bitcoin, and the possible collapse of states everywhere due to the current monetary revolution which states may have been too slow to respond to, for the sake of their own existence.” [various formats] (01/09/18)

https://misesuk.org/2018/01/09/bitcoin-ownership-and-a-global-withering-of-the-state-with-stephan-kinsella/

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60) Fresh Air, 01/08/18
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“‘Vox’ drug policy reporter German Lopez details the scope of the opioid epidemic. There were nearly 64,000 lethal drug overdoses in 2016. ‘To put that in context, that’s more than gun deaths. That’s more than car crashes. It’s more than HIV/AIDS during the peak of that epidemic,’ Lopez says. Also, WHYY criminal justice reporter Bobby Allyn talks about the safe injection site being considered in Philadelphia.” [Flash audio] [editor’s note: And once again, the answer is ending the war on some drugs, delegitimizing Pharma poisons, and removing US troops from protection of the CIA’s heroin bidness in Afghanistan – SAT] (01/08/18)

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

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61) Free Talk Live, 01/08/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Welcome to Twitch Viewers :: Bundy Charges Dismissed With Prejudice :: Where are the female libertarians? :: Firearms Freedom in NH :: Voting Restrictions :: Libertarian Purism :: Residency :: Oprah to Run for President? :: More on Women Libertarians :: HOSTS — Ian, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/08/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-08

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62) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/08/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The Federal Reserve policymaking body will change considerably this year. Tate Lacey comments on what that means and what it should mean for the unwinding of the Fed balance sheet.” [various formats] (01/08/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/fed-policymaker-musical-chairs-2018

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