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Thursday, January 10th, 2019
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In the News:

1) UK: Second Commons defeat for Theresa May on Brexit in 24 hours
2) Trump walks out of shutdown meeting, calling talks “total waste of time”
3) Trump says he’s cutting off FEMA money for California fires
4) NC: Witness alleging ballot fraud in congressional race is arrested
5) Fed minutes reveal caution on rates missing from statement
6) IL: Chicago woman shoots, kills robber
7) US regime orders refuges to staff for hunters despite “shutdown”
8) After guilty verdict, prosecutors seek to strip Mongols biker gang of trademarked logo
9) Pompeo makes unannounced stop to demonstrate that Iraq is still dangerous for American politicians
10) Cryptocurrency ransom demanded for missing wife of Norwegian businessman
11) Accusations spread of Democratic misinformation campaigns on Facebook
12) Steemit is censoring users on immutable social media blockchain’s front end
13) CES 2019: “Award-winning” sex toy for women withdrawn from show
14) TX: Venue change sought for teen in fatal school shooting
15) CA: Attorney claims self-defense in case of dog-walker biting jogger
16) Twitter pokes fun of Schumer, Pelosi “hostage tape,” “American Gothic” vibe
17) Rosenstein to leave DoJ
18) SCOTUS: No indication when Ruth Bader Ginsburg might return
19) Rahaf al-Qunun: UNHCR refers Saudi teen refugee case to Australia
20) CA: Man accused of stealing roommate’s $10 million lottery ticket

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Let others make their mistakes
22) Please, TSA workers, don’t come back
23) The case for the longer term
24) Capitalism, not morality, ended baseball’s color line
25) The Age of Trump clearly shows that narrative is everything
26) Is the bike lane fever breaking?
27) How can a bankrupt republic run the world?
28) The temptation for preventative war just won’t go away
29) I worked for government for 25 years, now I can’t believe anything it says
30) The proposed emergency decree to build the wall is an awful precedent
31) Moniot’s mistake — pollution kills, fer sure, but creating pollution has benefits
32) US should review its approach to Syria’s Assad
33) TSA agents should go on strike
34) Quantum Vibe, 01/09/19
35) After South Africa’s Trump
36) Teen vaping is bad, but the alternative is worse
37) Trump’s Oval Office speech was never going to succeed
38) Europe’s winter of discontent
39) George Bernard Shaw was so enamored with socialism he advocated genocide to advance it
40) Time is money, money is time
41) Food stamps & rental assistance now in jeopardy as shutdown [sic] continues
42) No, the US and Colombia will not eradicate 50% of Colombian coca by 2023
43) Administrators strike back
44) Will Pelosi or Trump be the “unstoppable force” over the border wall?
45) France — time for another revolution? Or just another rebellion?
46) Totally Not Socialism [TM] 47) As shutdown’s impact grows, pressure rises to end it
48) There is a real border crisis. A wall would only make it worse.
49) Conservatives and leftists vs. libertarians on income taxation
50) What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets wrong about Europe

The Sound and the Fury:

51) We Are Libertarians, episode 336
52) Reason Podcast, 01/09/19
53) 90 seconds of 2018 quotes
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 01/09/19
55) Blockchain 2025, 01/09/19
56) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 205
57) Scott Adams Says, 01/09/19
58) Electric Libertyland, episode 106
59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 295
60) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 30
61) Free Talk Live, 01/08/19
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1315
63) The Remnant, episode 78
64) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 264
65) CQ on Congress, episode 135

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

1) UK: Second Commons defeat for Theresa May on Brexit in 24 hours
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Rebel Conservative MPs have joined forces with Labour to inflict a fresh blow on Theresa May’s government in a Commons Brexit vote. It means the government will have to come up with revised plans within three days if Mrs May’s EU withdrawal deal is rejected by MPs next week. It could also open the door to alternatives, such as a referendum. No 10 said Mrs May’s deal was in the national interest but if MPs disagreed, the government would ‘respond quickly.’ The setback for the PM came as MPs started five days of debate on the withdrawal agreement with the EU, and the framework for future relations, ahead of the meaningful vote next Tuesday. The government was expecting to have 21 days to come up with a ‘plan B’ for Brexit if, as widely expected, Mrs May’s deal is voted down. But MPs backed calls for it to respond within three working Parliamentary days, a deadline likely to fall on Monday 21 January.” (01/09/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-46805269

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2) Trump walks out of shutdown meeting, calling talks “total waste of time”
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump walked out of discussions to end a partial government shutdown, now in its third week, calling the talks with congressional Democrats ‘a total waste of time.’ ‘Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!’ Trump said. Top congressional Democrats blasted Trump after the meeting Wednesday afternoon, accusing him of indifference to struggling federal workers and not trying to negotiate as the government shutdown drags on.” (01/10/19)

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/09/politics/chuck-schumer-nancy-pelosi-trump/index.html

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3) Trump says he’s cutting off FEMA money for California fires
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he is cutting off federal money to fight California wildfires, claiming the money is being wasted. ‘Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen,’ Trump tweeted. ‘Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., replied, saying Trump’s ‘threat insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires last year & thousands more who lost their homes.’ Pelosi said House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, another Californian, ‘must join me to condemn & call on POTUS to reassure millions in CA that our govt will be there for them in their time of need.’” (01/09/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/09/donald-trump-fema-california-wildfires/2523581002

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4) NC: Witness alleging ballot fraud in congressional race is arrested
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“One of more than a dozen witnesses alleging ballot misconduct in the nation’s last undecided congressional election now faces drug and weapons charges. Bladen County Sheriff’s officials said Wednesday 48-year-old Christopher Eason was arrested Friday at his Bladenboro home. Maj. Larry Guyton said it was part of a sweep targeting nearly three dozen suspected drug dealers involving several agencies including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and State Bureau of Investigation. State records show Eason has felony convictions for armed robbery and car theft. Eason signed a sworn affidavit last month saying he handed a blank ballot to McCrae Dowless, a political operative working for Republican U.S. House candidate Mark Harris. State records show Eason’s vote was recorded. Other voters signed sworn statements saying they handed incomplete or unsealed absentee ballots to Dowless or people he hired.” (01/09/19)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Witness-alleging-ballot-fraud-in-congressional-13520571.php

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5) Fed minutes reveal caution on rates missing from statement
Source: Bloomberg

“Minutes of the Federal Reserve’s December meeting revealed policy makers took a more cautious approach to further rate increases than their statement indicated. ‘Many participants expressed the view that, especially in an environment of muted inflation pressures, the committee could afford to be patient about further policy firming,’ the central bank said in minutes of its Dec. 18-19 policy meeting released Wednesday in Washington. … The meeting was the most significant of Jerome Powell’s chairmanship so far. Officials raised rates and projected two more hikes in 2019, ignoring President Donald Trump’s demands for a halt and steep losses in the stock market, which deepened following their decision.” (01/09/19)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-09/fed-minutes-reveal-caution-on-rates-missing-from-statement

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6) IL: Chicago woman shoots, kills robber
Source: WGN

“WGN has obtained surveillance video of the woman who shot and killed a man who tried to rob her on the Far South Side. … The 25-year-old woman was standing at a corner, possibly waiting for a bus, when a man, armed with a weapon, tried to rob her. Police said she showed her weapon and then shot the man in the neck. He ran off but collapsed a block away in the 400 block of West 103rd Street. Police said the 19-year-old man was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.” (01/08/19)

https://wgntv.com/2019/01/08/woman-with-concealed-carry-license-shoots-kills-robber-police/

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7) US regime orders refuges to staff for hunters despite “shutdown”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges to return to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The partial restaffing of 38 wildlife refuges is angering wildlife groups, who accuse the Trump administration of trying to minimize the public impact of the more than two-week-old shutdown to limit the political blowback for President Donald Trump. Trump and Democrats in Congress are locked in a dispute over Trump’s demand for billions of dollars for a wall on the southern U.S. border. In an email sent Tuesday afternoon, Margaret Everson, principal deputy director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, cites ‘opportunities, including hunting’ that are being lost in the shutdown. Everson advises in the email that 38 wildlife refuges around the country will bring back some furloughed staff using carryover funds.” (01/09/19)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/US-orders-refuges-to-staff-for-hunters-despite-13520462.php

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8) After guilty verdict, prosecutors seek to strip Mongols biker gang of trademarked logo
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Federal prosecutors in California pressed ahead with a novel attempt to dismantle an outlaw motorcycle club, arguing to jurors that the group should be stripped of trademarks it owns on its coveted insignia as punishment for operating a criminal organization. Last month, at the end of a lengthy trial, a jury in Santa Ana convicted the Mongols motorcycle club of racketeering and conspiracy charges, finding the group shared responsibility for several violent acts and drug crimes committed by individual Mongol members. Following the guilty verdict, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter had jurors return to court this week to make another decision: Whether the club’s insignia was linked closely enough to the crimes to warrant forcing the Mongols to forfeit the group’s trademarks to the U.S. government.” (01/09/19)

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-mongol-trademark-20190109-story.html

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9) Pompeo makes unannounced stop to demonstrate that Iraq is still dangerous for American politicians
Source: USA Today

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced stop in Iraq on Wednesday, meeting with the country’s president, prime minister and legislative leader. Pompeo’s stop in the country was part of a swing across the Middle East aimed at reassuring American allies in the region after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Trump’s decision has sparked concern in Israel and elsewhere about America’s commitment to the region, including its efforts to curb Iran’s influence and defeat ISIS. It came as Trump was also reportedly considering a major reduction in U.S. forces in Afghanistan, although the administration has yet to officially announce such a move. Pompeo’s stop in Iraq marked the third high-profile visit by a Trump administration official in the last month. The president visited American troops in Iraq last month, although Iraqi officials were irked that Trump did not meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, as his predecessors Barack Obama and George W. Bush had done.” (01/09/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/01/09/secretary-state-mike-pompeo-iraq-visit/2522855002

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10) Cryptocurrency ransom demanded for missing wife of Norwegian businessman
Source: Reuters

“The wife of a wealthy Norwegian businessman has gone missing in a rare suspected kidnapping and her family has received a ransom demand to be paid in cryptocurrency, police said on Wednesday. Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, 68, the wife of real estate investor Tom Hagen, went missing on Oct. 31, but news of her disappearance had not previously been disclosed and police said they could not confirm whether she was still alive. … Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang, quoting unnamed sources, reported that a demand for ransom corresponding to 9 million euros ($10 million) had been made, payable in the Monero cryptocurrency.” (01/09/19)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-norway-crime/cryptocurrency-ransom-demanded-for-missing-wife-of-norwegian-businessman-idUSKCN1P313Y

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11) Accusations spread of Democratic misinformation campaigns on Facebook
Source: Fox News

“Democrats are grappling with a growing number of accusations that party activists used Facebook in recent elections to spread misinformation, even as the party expresses outrage over Russia’s use of social media to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances in the 2016 presidential election. Recent news reports have revealed two so-called ‘false flag’ operations by Democrats during the Alabama Senate special election in 2017, where Democrat Doug Jones defeated embattled Republican nominee Roy Moore. This week, The Washington Post also reported that Facebook is now looking into whether a liberal group bankrolled by a Democratic billionaire involved in the operations in Alabama also violated the social media network’s policies with misinformation in the 2018 midterm elections. Conservatives argue the irony is rich. ‘It was exactly the kind of operation they say that Trump and the Russians cooperated in to defeat Hillary,’ radio talker Rush Limbaugh said on his show Monday.” (01/09/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/accusations-spread-of-dem-misinformation-campaigns-on-facebook-as-tables-turn

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12) Steemit is censoring users on immutable social media blockchain’s front end
Source: Cryptoslate

“Users flocked to Steemit because they wanted an alternative to Facebook and Twitter, which are platforms known for censorship. One of the selling points of Steemit is its immutability via its blockchain and the incentives given to users for participation. However, many learned today that Steemit isn’t so different from these other platforms after all. … On January 7, 2018, Steemit developer jredbeard banned the user thedarkoverlord from Steemit due to TOS violations. His username was appended in a file named GDPRUserList.js. Steemit is the most popular front-end interface to the Steem blockchain. The ban simply means thedarkoverlord was banned from Steemit but not Steem. His posts can still be accessed using other front-ends to Steem like Busy.org.” (01/09/19)

https://cryptoslate.com/steemit-censoring-users-immutable-blockchain-social-media/

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13) CES 2019: “Award-winning” sex toy for women withdrawn from show
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A sex toy designed for women has been banned from the technology show CES. Lora DiCarlo said it had been invited to display its robotic Ose vibrator at CES, after winning an innovation award. CES organiser the Consumer Technology Association, which granted the award, said it had included the device by mistake and could withdraw any immoral or obscene entry at any time. Lora DiCarlo chief executive Lora Haddock said the CES and CTA had a history of gender bias. In a statement to The Next Web, the CTA said: ‘The product does not fit into any of our existing product categories and should not have been accepted. We have apologised to the company for our mistake.’ But, in a statement on the Lora DiCarlo website, Ms Haddock cites several examples of other female-oriented products included in the award category the vibrator was in.” (01/09/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46809807

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14) TX: Venue change sought for teen in fatal school shooting
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Attorneys for an 18-year-old student are seeking a change of venue for his capital murder trial in the fatal shooting of 10 people last year at a Texas high school. Attorneys for Dimitrios Pagourtzis say in a motion filed Tuesday in Galveston County District Court that his trial on charges related to the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School should be moved to another, unspecified jurisdiction. ‘Due to the local media coverage including social media, and the tight-knit Galveston County Community, there is so great a prejudice in Galveston County, Texas, that this Defendant cannot obtain a fair and impartial jury trial,’ according to the motion signed by defense attorney Nicholas Poehl. Poehl declined to elaborate, according to Houston Chronicle. ‘If you take a cursory look at stories on social media and the comments, you can see why,’ he said. The district attorney’s office also declined comment, the Galveston County Daily News reported.” (01/09/19)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Venue-change-sought-for-teen-in-fatal-Texas-13519983.php

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15) CA: Attorney claims self-defense in case of dog-walker biting jogger
Source: East Bay Times

“A dog-walker facing felony charges after an encounter last week at an East Bay regional park was defending herself when she bit a jogger who pepper-sprayed her dogs, her attorney asserted Sunday. … According to parks police, a jogger said she was attacked by a dog on the Goldenrod Trail at Oakland’s Anthony Chabot Regional Park around 10:25 a.m. Thursday. [Attorney Emily] Dahm said Sunday that [Alma] Cadwalader was walking her dogs off-leash, as allowed by park rules, when the jogger, Cyndi Stainner, approached at a run. When the dogs ran toward her, Stainner sprayed Cadwalader’s dogs. … ‘The dogs did not attack her in any way, shape or form. They didn’t jump on her, they didn’t bite her,’ Dahm said. ‘She was pepper-spraying the dogs, and my client repeatedly yelled at her to stop, stop.’ Cadwalader tried to grab the pepper spray in a melee in which parks police said Stainner claimed she was punched multiple times. Dahm said Stainner then ‘grabbed my client by the hair, kneed her in the groin and began attacking her. And when she had my client’s hair in her hand, my client bit to get her to release her.’” (01/07/19)

https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/01/06/attorney-claims-self-defense-in-case-of-dog-walker-biting-jogger/

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16) Twitter pokes fun of Schumer, Pelosi “hostage tape,” “American Gothic” vibe
Source: USA Today

“After President Donald Trump delivered an address from the Oval Office on border security, Democratic Congressional leaders provided their response from Capitol Hill – and Twitter users were quick to notice the change in scenery. Trump delivered his speech alone from behind his desk, while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stood next to each other with American flags in the background. But it was the two Democrats’ stoic stares and stiff stances that had many Twitter users poking fun and noting some art history references. The famous ‘American Gothic’ depicts a woman and man with a pitchfork standing tall in front of a house, and some thought to two lawmakers were shoo-ins for a recreation of it.” (01/09/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2019/01/08/trump-speech-twitter-jokes-schumer-pelosi-american-gothic-vibe/2519880002

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17) Rosenstein to leave DoJ
Source: CBS News

“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to resign from his post at the Justice Department in a few weeks, CBS News confirms. Rosenstein is planning to depart when the new attorney general, William Barr, is expected to be confirmed. CBS News correspondent Paula Reid was told Rosenstein always saw this as a two-year position and wants to ensure a smooth transition. … It’s unclear what Rosenstein’s departure means for the special counsel investigation, which he has overseen since he appointed Robert Mueller. Barr will likely inherit oversight of the investigation, but that is not a guarantee. His previous criticism of the investigation is expected to be a central theme in his confirmation hearings next week.” (01/09/19)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rod-rosenstein-to-leave-justice-department-deputy-attorney-general/

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18) SCOTUS: No indication when Ruth Bader Ginsburg might return
Source: Fox News

“The Supreme Court has given no indication when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg might return to the bench, as she missed her third straight day of oral arguments on Wednesday while recuperating from cancer surgery. Her absences this week from oral arguments were her first since joining the court in 1993, stirring speculation about her recovery. Chief Justice John Roberts announced from the bench that Ginsburg is continuing to participate from home. This is not unprecedented, as the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist also participated and even authored several opinions while undergoing cancer treatment from 2004-2005. But all eyes will be on the court when public sessions resume Monday for indications of Ginsburg’s status. A court spokesperson said there has yet to be a date decided for when she will return to the bench. The 85-year-old justice underwent lung surgery in New York City last month to remove cancerous growths, and is continuing to recuperate.” (01/09/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/supreme-court-gives-no-indication-when-ruth-bader-ginsburg-might-return

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19) Rahaf al-Qunun: UNHCR refers Saudi teen refugee case to Australia
Source: CNN

“The 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand to escape her family has been referred by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to Australia for possible resettlement as a refugee, Australia’s Department of Home Affairs said in a statement to CNN. Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Al-Qunun flew to Thailand from Kuwait expressing fear that her family would kill her because she has renounced Islam. Australia’s announcement suggests the UNHCR, which had been assessing Qunun’s protection claims, determined her to be a legitimate refugee. The UNHCR in Thailand declined to comment.” (01/09/19)

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/09/asia/thailand-saudi-teen-options-intl/index.html

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20) CA: Man accused of stealing roommate’s $10 million lottery ticket
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“California police have arrested a man accused of stealing a winning $10m (£7.8m) lottery ticket from his roommate as he slept. Vacaville police say Adul Saosongyang, 35, was taken into custody as he attempted to claim the prize on Monday. ‘That’s definitely not the prize he was expecting,’ they wrote on Facebook on Tuesday after the suspect was charged with grand theft and booked into jail. Police say the winner has yet to receive any of his winnings. Police in Vacaville, about 35 miles (56km) outside Sacramento, detailed the man’s alleged plot against his now-former roommate in their viral Facebook post.” (01/09/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46815567

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

21) Let others make their mistakes
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“It’s frustrating when simple solutions are rejected and the mistakes are treated as the reasonable course. ‘This is how we’ve always done it’ is a common excuse for doing the wrong thing. When that happens, brace for impact. It’s going to hurt — unless you find a way to protect yourself. No one is obligated to let other people’s mistakes hurt us. Except, apparently, when you are talking about government. The way government is structured means you are legally required to suffer the mistakes of others. How can anyone believe this is right? … If I see you jumping off a cliff and can’t reason you out of your foolish death-plunge, who believes I’m obligated to jump with you? In any realm, other than politics, no one would expect you to willingly leap to your death just because someone else does so.” (01/09/19)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2019/01/09/voices/let-others-make-their-mistakes/160431.html

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22) Please, TSA workers, don’t come back
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Understandably, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees are no more enthusiastic about working when their paychecks are delayed than is anybody else on the planet. That’s why they’ve been calling-in sick in increased numbers — some to seek temporary work elsewhere in order to pay their bills — as the more-theater-than-reality ‘government shutdown’ drags on. But, isn’t this an opportunity for us all? Given that the world is a better place when TSA employees and other government minions don’t do their jobs, and some are already seeking alternative employment, what a great opportunity to shut down their agencies, shrink the government, and make everybody’s lives a little better!” (01/09/19)

https://reason.com/archives/2019/01/09/please-tsa-workers-dont-come-back

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23) The case for the longer term
Source: Cato Unbound
by Tyler Cowen

“In Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals I argue that we should have two and only two ‘stubborn attachments’ in our social philosophy: * Sustainable economic growth * Absolute human rights … Of those two concepts, economic growth is the focus of the book, and the key point is that economic growth has ethical value. More broadly, I argue for a perspective which is more forward-looking, more oriented toward investment, more respectful of common sense morality (which I see as growth-enhancing), calling for more epistemic humility on the small questions and questions of implementation, and also more utopian in the sense of asking people to focus their attention on how we might make the future a much, much better place, most of all through the medium of economic growth.” (01/09/19)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2019/01/09/tyler-cowen/case-longer-term

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24) Capitalism, not morality, ended baseball’s color line
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Michael Munger

“[Jackie] Robinson moved up to the major league club, the Brooklyn Dodgers, at the start of the 1947 season. The hero of this story, in many accounts, was the Dodger general manager, Branch Rickey. But serious scholars have expressed skepticism about this kind of ‘magic white man-savior’ story, and I think they are right. Rickey was a notorious miser, skinflint, and squeezer of contracts, as well as a near-genius judge of talent. Rickey had at least four reasons to break the color line: black players (1) were athletically talented, (2) were underpriced, and (3) were likely to attract thousands of new fans to the Brooklyn ballpark, which was quite close to several heavily African American neighborhoods. It is also true that (4) Rickey had long resented the bigotry of fellow owners and the racism of the gentleman’s agreement. … I don’t want to deny Rickey credit for (4), but the market forces — (1), (2), and (3) — are the real story: Rickey was too greedy to leave easy profits on the table.” (01/09/19)

https://www.aier.org/article/capitalism-not-morality-ended-baseballs-color-line

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25) The Age of Trump clearly shows that narrative is everything
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Yesterday President Donald Trump tweeted the following: ‘Endless Wars, especially those which are fought out of judgement mistakes that were made many years ago, & those where we are getting little financial or military help from the rich countries that so greatly benefit from what we are doing, will eventually come to a glorious end!’ The tweet was warmly received and celebrated by Trump’s supporters, despite the fact that it says essentially nothing since ‘eventually’ could mean anything. Indeed, it’s looking increasingly possible that nothing will come of the president’s stated agenda to withdraw troops from Syria other than a bunch of words which allow his anti-interventionist base to feel nice feelings inside.” (01/08/19)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/01/08/the-age-of-trump-clearly-illustrates-that-narrative-is-everything

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26) Is the bike lane fever breaking?
Source: Town Hall
by Jeff Jacoby

“Seattle is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the United States — by one reckoning, the most bicycle-friendly. It’s also a city in which bike commuting is rapidly losing its appeal. In 2017, according to recent Census Bureau data, a mere 2.8 percent of Seattle’s workforce commuted to work by bicycle. That was down from 3.5 percent in 2016, and from 4 percent in 2015. The Seattle Times reports that bike commuting in the Emerald City has fallen to its lowest level in a decade. In raw numbers, the number of people cycling to work in Seattle has plunged from a peak of 16,000 to fewer than 12,000 — a decline of one-fourth. It isn’t only Seattle where the bloom is off the cycling rose. Between 2016 and 2017, bicycle commuting dropped by 12.1 percent in Boston, by 13.7 percent in Atlanta, by 19.9 percent in San Francisco, and by 24.1 percent in Austin. Nationwide, the average number of Americans using a bike to get to work fell to just 836,569, a decrease of 3.2 percent over the past year. It was the third consecutive annual decrease — at a time when the number of US workers is climbing.” (01/09/19)

https://townhall.com/columnists/jeffjacoby/2019/01/09/is-the-bikelane-fever-breaking-n2538771

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27) How can a bankrupt republic run the world?
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by Doug Bandow

“The annual budget battle is at its peak and Washington continues to flaunt its remarkable dysfunction. In coming years this fiscal irresponsibility is likely to drive U.S. foreign and military policy. The U.S. government has no more important duty than defending the nation. However, providing for the ‘common defense,’ as the Constitution puts it, is remarkably easy. America has vast oceans east and west and pacific neighbors north and south. Today only Russia, with an arsenal of nuclear-tipped missiles, could launch a serious attack on America. However, Moscow has no incentive to do so, since the result would be devastating retaliation. China’s military is expanding but directed at preventing Washington from dominating the People’s Republic of China at home and in its neighborhood. Terrorists abound, but mostly result from maladroit U.S. policies that create enemies and make other people’s conflicts America’s own. Nor do America’s conventional forces and nuclear arsenals offer the best response, since promiscuous war-making does more to accelerate than diminish terrorism.” (01/08/19)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/budget-bankrupt-republic-defense

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28) The temptation for preventative war just won’t go away
Source: The American Conservative
by Jerrod A Laber

“The allusion to the 1930s is a common refrain for neoconservatives, and also not easy to counter. After all, no one argues that Hitler’s rise, igniting the worst conflict in all of human history, was a good thing. In 2015, New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait catalogued the more than 60 times that former Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol had publicly referenced Hitler and Churchill since the late 1990s. To Kristol, [Max] Boot, et al, the lesson of the 1930s is that a muscular foreign policy, and the steely resolve to nip thorny problems in the bud with military force if necessary, is essential for security. Retrenchment is national suicide. … The idea behind this argument, and the subject of an incisive and important new book from West Point’s Scott Silverstone, From Hitler’s Germany to Saddam’s Iraq: The Enduring False Promise of Preventive War, is that World War II was ultimately avoidable.” (01/09/19)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-temptation-for-preventative-war-just-wont-go-away/

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29) I worked for government for 25 years, now I can’t believe anything it says
Source: USA Today
by Michael J Stern

“When I was trying cases as a federal prosecutor, there was a jury instruction that made me cringe every time the judge read it at the end of my case. It always came at the same point in the jury charge, and as the judge approached the dreaded instruction I would curl my toes in my shoes as a way of releasing anxiety without letting the jury see me sweat. The instruction told the jurors that if they felt a witness had lied about one thing, they were entitled to disbelieve all of the witness’ testimony. When Donald Trump was elected president, there was an undercurrent of comment that he was not as bad as he convinced us he is, and that once in office he would rise to the occasion of the presidency. This hopeful theory was put to the test on the day of Trump’s inauguration. Speaking on behalf of the president and his administration, then-White House spokesman Sean Spicer’s public introduction to the world came with his demonstrably false claim that Trump’s inauguration crowd was the largest ever recorded.” (01/09/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/01/09/donald-trump-lies-destroying-government-trust-respect-column/2512384002

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30) The proposed emergency decree to build the wall is an awful precedent
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“Dear Republicans: The last thing we need now is even more expansion of executive power. I remember when, gosh it was like only two or three years ago, you Republicans were (rightly) bemoaning Obama’s executive actions as unconstitutional expansions of Presidential power. You argued, again rightly, that just because Congress did not pass the President’s cherished agenda items, that did not give the President some sort of right to do an end-around Congress. But now, I hear many Republicans making exactly the same arguments on the wall that Obama made during his Presidency, with the added distasteful element of a proposed declaration of emergency to allow the army to go build the wall.” (01/09/19)

http://coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2019/01/the-proposed-emergency-decree-to-build-the-wall-is-an-awful-precedent.html

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31) Moniot’s mistake — pollution kills, fer sure, but creating pollution has benefits
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“George Monbiot makes the standard mistake in his insistence that as pollution kills people therefore we should have no pollution. This is not so, pollution kills people it most certainly does but the creation of pollution has benefits as well — like not killing people by being able to make or move something. Thus we do not need, not even desire, to have no pollution, we require the optimal amount. Even if we stick with the idea of killing people only that means that we want as much pollution as saves lives and as little as kills people — the optimal amount being where the lives saved equal those taken.” (01/09/19)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/environment/monbiots-mistake-pollution-kills-fer-sure-but-creating-pollution-has-benefits/

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32) US should review its approach to Syria’s Assad
Source: Reuters
by James Dobbins

“The Trump administration has begun to roll back the president’s announced pullout from Syria. On Dec. 19 Trump said Islamic State had been defeated; his officials now acknowledge not entirely. Trump originally ordered a withdrawal within 30 days, then administration officials said it would take four months, and more recently they announced that there is as yet no fixed timetable. The departure was originally unconditioned, now it is explicitly conditioned on receiving assurances from Turkey regarding their treatment of the Syrian Kurds — a demand that caused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to snub National Security Adviser John Bolton during Bolton’s Tuesday visit to Ankara. Despite tension with Ankara, these evolutions are all in the right direction, recognizing that the anti-IS campaign is not entirely over and that the United States has residual obligations to its main partners in that fight, the Syrian Kurds. The change in strategy is also evidence of serious disarray within the administration as officials at all levels struggle to carry out what appear to be ill-prepared instructions and unrealistic policies.” (01/09/19)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-dobbins-syria-commentary/commentary-u-s-should-review-its-strategy-on-syrias-assad-idUSKCN1P220M

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33) TSA agents should go on strike
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“I have a friend who worked at a poorly-managed business. One time, payroll wasn’t processed by the scheduled payday. The next business day, my friend went to his office, checked messages, grabbed a couple of things from his desk, and then headed toward the exit. Coworkers asked if he was working. He said, ‘Not until I’m paid.’ No one with any sense of justice would disagree with what my friend did. He upheld his part of the bargain: he worked. He wasn’t going to work again until his employer upheld his part of the bargain. And when he did get paid, he went back to work. Now, imagine if he was required by the government to continue working, without knowing when, if ever, his pay would come. What kind of dystopian society would tolerate such a thing? Well, that’s what’s happening during the Shutdown.” (01/08/19)

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34) Quantum Vibe, 01/09/19
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (01/09/19)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1895

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35) After South Africa’s Trump
Source: The New Republic
by Eve Fairbanks

“I didn’t expect, when I first moved to South Africa in 2009, how much it would feel like America. Every place does, more and more; or every place feels increasingly like every other place, a globe of placelessness, the world as duty-free lounge. But South Africa was even more so. It was as if the geographical strata of American society–gentrified urban, marginalized urban, suburban, country–had been compressed into a much smaller area. Outside South Africa’s cities is cowboy country, with wide, fenced ranches punctuated by townlets featuring beef-jerky stores and tractor wholesalers. Closer in are rings of suburbs with split-level houses with pools and the occasional American-style shopping mall. The cities are divided between zones of economic despair and bourgeois-bohemian enclaves reminiscent of San Francisco or Austin.” (01/09/19)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152687/south-africa-glimpse-post-trump-america

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36) Teen vaping is bad, but the alternative is worse
Source: Independent Institute
by Raymond March

“Although e-cigarettes, cigarettes, and other products containing tobacco or nicotine are far from healthy, e-cigarettes are much healthier than the latter. According to an evidence review published by Public Health England finds e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than cigarettes. The review also notes e-cigarettes contain considerably less risk for developing heart disease, lung cancer, and strokes. This health-risk disparity contains critical policy implications.” (01/08/19)

http://blog.independent.org/2019/01/08/teen-vaping-is-bad-but-the-alternative-is-worse/

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37) Trump’s Oval Office speech was never going to succeed
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“On Tuesday, Donald Trump delivered a televised Oval Office address, hoping to marshal the gravitas of the presidency to get his way on a border wall. The gambit was doomed from the start. Insofar as prime-time addresses from the White House have power, it is rooted in the public’s belief that there is dignity in the office, that its occupant possesses moral authority, and that he or she would ask for our attention only if the matter at hand was unusually important. But Trump is an undignified, popular-vote loser with underwater approval ratings. After decades of tawdry tabloid headlines, flagrant greed, and countless lies, he is last among us in moral authority. And he makes daily demands on our attention like no president before. … In the Oval Office, Trump lacks the credibility of his predecessors. He is no more a dignified statesman than any other Twitter edgelord.” (01/09/19)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/01/trump-oval-office-speech/579862/

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38) Europe’s winter of discontent
Source: The American Prospect
by Arthur Goldhammer

“The European Union’s troubles continue. When Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France in 2017, with strong support from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the opportunity seemed ripe for real reform of the EU. But since then, things have not gone well at home for either Merkel or Macron, and that opportunity has slipped away. In the meantime, Italy elected a populist coalition that lost no time before entering into direct confrontation with the European Commission. And as the Brexit tragedy heads toward a climax, it is clear only that the stage will be littered with bodies before it ends, but the dénouement remains murky. Political turmoil in these four countries spells trouble for the European Union, the world’s second-largest economy, of which these ‘big four’ countries account for the lion’s share. To assess the implications, let us survey the political landscape.” (01/09/19)

https://prospect.org/article/europe%E2%80%99s-winter-discontent

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39) George Bernard Shaw was so enamored with socialism he advocated genocide to advance it
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Tyler Curtis

“Though many early 20th century intellectuals were enamored with eugenics, arguably none were as committed to the wholesale slaughter of millions as George Bernard Shaw. For decades, Shaw was a staunch proponent of genocide, refusing to soften his views even after the full horror of the Nazi death camps was brought to light. And yet, there are many leftists today who continue to look to Shaw for political wisdom. … From the relatively quiet and ‘respectable’ anti-semitism of Ilhan Omar to the brutal and homicidal radicalism of Che Guevara, socialists have not only been willing to ignore the bigots and authoritarians in their midst but have gone so far as to embrace them.” (01/09/19)

https://fee.org/articles/george-bernard-shaw-was-so-enamored-with-socialism-he-advocated-genocide-to-advance-it/

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40) Time is money, money is time
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair Macleod

“Our limited time, our brief candle as Shakespeare’s Macbeth had it earlier in the soliloquy quoted from above, may count for very little in the grand scheme of things, but is of the utmost importance to each of us personally. Unlike the other dimensions, height, breadth and depth, the fourth is almost infinite, but individuals enjoy only a small part of it, our three-score years and ten. Time moves on. What really matters is not wasting it.” (01/09/19)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2019/01/time-is-money-money-is-time/

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41) Food stamps & rental assistance now in jeopardy as shutdown [sic] continues
Source: In These Times
by Sarah Lahm

“As the government shutdown drags on past the three-week mark with no clear end in sight, the crisis continues to impact federal employees. From Transportation Safety Administration agents to national park service staff, workers across the country are facing furloughs and struggling to make ends meet while elected officials remain at loggerheads over the federal budget and President Trump’s insistence on more funding for a border wall. A recent Washington Post report documented how tough the shutdown has been on small towns and cities across the United States, where local economies often rely heavily on the incomes and purchasing power of federal employees. One city profiled is Ogden, Utah where thousands of residents work for agencies such as the IRS or the U.S. Forest Service and, as a result, have suddenly found themselves without an income, at least temporarily.” (01/08/19)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21676/food-stamps-rental-assistance-trump-government-shutdown-border-wall-speech

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42) No, the US and Colombia will not eradicate 50% of Colombian coca by 2023
Source: PanAm Post
by David Unsworth

“It’s hard not to feel a bit snubbed by Donald Trump if you’re Colombian President Ivan Duque. Twice now, Trump has canceled official visits to the Andean coca giant, often correctly referred to as the ‘cocaine capital’ of the world. Last week Trump sent in his stead Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who met with Duque in the Caribbean city of Cartagena. As usual the so-called ‘War on Drugs’ was a key component of the agenda. If I could sit down for a beer with Duque and Pompeo, I would ask them if they enjoy reading The Onion from time to time. In keeping with a general trend of satirical news becoming reality, The Onion was spot on 20 years ago when they wrote a prescient headline: ‘Drugs Win Drug War.’ Apparently, politicians have not gotten the message.” (01/08/19)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2019/01/08/no-the-us-and-colombia-will-not-eradicate-50-of-colombian-coca-by-2023/

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43) Administrators strike back
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“A year and a half ago I wrote about one team who authored fake papers to show up postmodernist academics for the phonies they are. But the sad truth is that even serious papers prove to be nothing more than ‘cryptic, pretentious, prolix nonsense.’ Since then, the team that wrote the infamous ‘The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct’ went on to successfully place some incredibly goofy papers into prestigious journals — and even garner earnest praise from peer reviewers. Now, the humiliated academic world is striking back.” (01/09/19)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2019/01/09/administrators-strike-back/

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44) Will Pelosi or Trump be the “unstoppable force” over the border wall?
Source: Fox News
by Adam Carrington

“‘What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?’ So asks the ‘unstoppable force paradox,’ whose roots go back to the third century, B.C. After listening to Tuesday night’s addresses by President Trump and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, one might ask the same for American politics. The government shutdown appears no closer to resolution. The issue underlying it (funding for a border wall with Mexico) continues to be a microcosm of the broader impasse over immigration. Few issues ignite a firestorm like the issue of immigration. Its power to motivate political argument makes sense, for behind it stand fundamental questions of law and order, national security, political identity, and human rights. It touches on some of our most fundamental principles and deepest self-understandings.” (01/09/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/will-pelosi-or-trump-be-the-unstoppable-force-over-the-border-wall

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45) France — time for another revolution? Or just another rebellion?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Since the middle of November, the streets of Paris and of other cities in La Belle France have seen weekends of protests by the ‘Yellow Vests,’ decrying the massive fuel tax increase and other policies of the Macron government. … While we may think of these as being the equivalent of ‘anarchist’ or ‘Occupy X’ protests and demonstrations in some of the cities of the Fifty States, they do seem different. Indeed, these episodes of protest, street fighting, and rebellion (even revolution) have been part of French history for centuries. These things are far more common in France than here in North America or places like Great Britain.” (01/08/19)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2019/01/08/france-time-for-another-revolution-or-just-another-rebellion/

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46) Totally Not Socialism [TM] Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her pals within the Democratic Party are touting their Green New Deal, which is their vision for a massive wealth redistribution scheme. Of course they’re not calling it a wealth redistribution scheme because that sounds like socialism and if there’s one thing Americans won’t stand for it’s anything that calls itself socialism. But Americans will stand (with their hand over their heart no less) for socialism so long as it’s wrapped up in Totally Not Socialism[TM] packaging. So to claim that their Green New Deal is Totally Not Socialism[TM] the advocates of this Green New Deal are calling it an economic stimulus package. One ritual required for wrapping a socialist program in Totally Not Socialism[TM] packaging is explaining how the programming will be funded by using traditional American methods (because, you see, America has always been anti-socialist so if something was done in the past it obviously can’t be socialist).” (01/08/19)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2019/01/08/totally-not-socialism/

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47) As shutdown’s impact grows, pressure rises to end it
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Mark Trumbull & Bailey Bischof

“With a government shutdown now 18 days old and coming into sharper focus with the end of holiday season, its impacts on Americans are spreading. An estimated 800,000 federal workers across the nation are on furlough or working without pay, uncertain when they’ll get their next paycheck and sometimes turning to side gigs to cope. It means that pandas and other animals at the National Zoo in Washington are being fed, but the public isn’t getting to see them. Applications for federally backed mortgages face delays due to untended inboxes. And Forest Service workers like Matthew Charlesworth in Oregon can’t move forward preparing timber-harvesting contracts as usual.” (01/09/19)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2019/0108/As-shutdown-s-impact-grows-pressure-rises-to-end-it

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48) There is a real border crisis. A wall would only make it worse.
Source: The Intercept
by John Washington

“On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump used his first Oval Office address to speak to the nation of a ‘crisis of the heart, a crisis of the soul’ on America’s southern border. His proposed solution is a ‘wall’ and he’s threatening to keep the government shut down until he gets over $5 billion dollars to build it. While he may be right that there is a crisis, it is not the crisis of his fevered imagination. It is the opposite: The very policies of the U.S.’s immigration system and the powerful people — namely Trump — who push to entrench its worst excesses.” (01/08/19)

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/08/trump-border-crisis-speech/

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49) Conservatives and leftists vs. libertarians on income taxation
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“A recent exchange between two members of U.S House of Representatives — Republican Steve Scalise and Democrat Alejandra Ocasio-Cortez — demonstrates perfectly how when it comes to income taxation, there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between conservatives and leftists. It also demonstrates how libertarians are the only ones who hold the freedom position when it comes to income taxation.” (01/08/19)

https://www.fff.org/2019/01/08/conservatives-and-leftists-vs-libertarians-on-income-taxation/

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50) What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets wrong about Europe
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“When asked if she wanted to turn the United States into a version of Venezuela or the Soviet Union, Ocasio-Cortez demurred with an incredulous smile. ‘What we have in mind,’ she said, according to the transcript, ‘and what of my — and my policies most closely re — resemble what we see in the U.K., in Norway, in Finland, in Sweden.’ True, one can find strands of socialism in European social democracy. However, one could equally cite European precedent to abolish the minimum wage, allow partial privatization of Social Security, establish continent-wide free trade, institute a low flat-rate property tax, give parents school choice, and limit abortions to the first trimester.” (01/08/19)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2019/01/08/what-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-gets-wrong-about-europe

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51) We Are Libertarians, episode 336
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle, Harry Price, and Tad Western outline all of the details of the Green New Deal, Climate Grief, and celebrate I, Pencil.” [various formats] (01/09/19)

https://wearelibertarians.com/wal-336-what-is-the-green-new-deal/

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52) Reason Podcast, 01/09/19
Source: Reason

“‘We are fighting for free speech every single day,’ says Students for Liberty’s CEO Wolf von Laer, who also contends that college campuses around the world are ‘breeding grounds for socialism.’ [Nick Gillespie] spoke with Laer, who has a Ph.D. in political economy from King’s College (London), and David Clement, director of external relations, about SFL’s upcoming LibertyCon, which takes place in Washington, D.C., January 17-20, and pulls together 2,000 students, activists, and libertarians from all over the world.” [various formats] (01/09/19)

https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/09/sfl-wolf-von-laer-and-david-clement-podc

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53) 90 seconds of 2018 quotes
Source: JimBovard.com

“Here’s a 90 second video of punchy (?) lines from my recent articles, including whacks against lying politicians, insane wars, loopy protestors, democracy debacles, Obama, John McCain, GWHW Bush. Background fiddle music is from 1920s.” [Flash video] (01/09/19)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2019/01/09/90-seconds-of-2018-quotes/

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 01/09/19
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Economic collapse? More social media censorship? Will we get out of Syria? Legendary trends forecaster Gerald Celente joins today’s Liberty Report to let us know what he expects for 2019!” [Flash video] (01/09/19)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/what-are-the-top-trends-for-2019-with-special-guest-gerald-celente

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55) Blockchain 2025, 01/09/19
Source: Bitcoin.com

“A hot tech in the cryptoworld, is MimbleWimble an upgrade over privacy protocols like Zcash and Monero?” [various formats] (01/09/19)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e653-MimbleWimble-Privacy-Protocol-of-the-Future-With-Alexander-of-Beam

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56) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 205
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“What are Your ‘Red Pill’ Moments?” [various formats] (01/09/19)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-205-what-are-your-red-pill-moments

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57) Scott Adams Says, 01/09/19
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about President Trump’s speech, Pelosi and Schumer’s taxidermist, CNN mind reading, CO2, and coffee.” [Flash video] [editor’s note: Summary of this one: Government is broken, and “the press” is largely to blame – SAT] (01/09/19)

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

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58) Electric Libertyland, episode 106
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland Brian reacts to President Trump’s speech in support of ‘The Wall’ from the Oval office and the rebuttal from Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Then Brian shares a conundrum regarding water rights going on between Ethiopia and Egypt before diving into Melissa Joan Hart being accused of ‘casual anti-Semitism,’ a reversal on Syrian troop withdrawal and the puzzling case of U.S. troops being sent to Gabon.” [various formats] (01/09/19)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2019/01/09/ell-109-trump-oval-office-speech-reaction-egypts-water-problems/

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59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 295
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #295, I discuss the US relationship with China. The acting Secretary of Defense said he will focus on ‘China, China, China.’ The US increasing looked at the great powers — Russia and China — the biggest threat to the US. The economic relationship with China is rocky, and the US continues to challenge Chinese territorial claims. I also discuss the coup attempt in Gabon and the changing US war in Somalia.” [various formats] (01/09/19)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-295-china-china-china

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60) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 30
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie examine Silent Running by Mike + The Mechanics. It’s everybody’s favorite sleeper anarchist anthem from the 80s.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/09/19)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/im-hungry-lets-eat-with-dann-reid-sounds-like-liberty-episode-30/

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61) Free Talk Live, 01/08/19
Source: Free Talk Live

“NH State Reps to Commit Civil Disobedience and Violate State House Chamber Gun Ban :: Savage Cutback :: Swamp vs Bog :: Adam Kokesh Joins Us to Discuss His Recent Arrest in New Orleans and Book Bomb :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Aria.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/08/19)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2019-01-08

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1315
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“In this episode I review some themes from my 2011 book Rollback, which makes the case against, well, pretty much everything — the Fed, the military-industrial complex, the whole kit and kaboodle. I also discuss an interesting development in the James Damore case at Google.” [various formats] (01/08/19)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1315-everything-should-be-abolished/

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63) The Remnant, episode 78
Source: National Review

“Can the working class be saved? Should we fight China’s trade war depredations? Will Jonah survive jet lag? Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute scholar and author of The Once and Future Worker, joins 2019’s first Remnant to answer these and other questions.” [various formats] (01/08/19)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-remnant-with-jonah-goldberg/episode-78-make-work-great-again/

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64) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 264
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 264 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: an article he wrote in August 2018 on his rethinking of the concept of prosperity by divorcing it from the concept of material abundance.” [various formats] (01/08/19)

https://everything-voluntary.com/maybe-prosperity-is-not-what-you-think-11m-episode-264

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65) CQ on Congress, episode 135
Source: Roll Call

“European officials are expected to fire the first shot in the regulation of cryptocurrencies, with recommendations on what should be done to [pretend to] protect investors and preserve [state-privileged monopolies in] financial markets. Georgetown University Law Professor Chris Brummer, one of the world’s leading experts in global technology, finance and governance, explains the EU’s moves and how they will affect the regulatory landscape in the United States.” [various formats] (01/08/19)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/eu-move-first-crypto-rules-will-us-follow

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