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Volume XVI, Issue #3,887
Saturday, January 13th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump waives Iran sanctions for what regime says is last time
2) Germany: Coalition deal leaves Merkel’s fate in hands of Social Democrats
3) MO: Judge sentences man to 15 years for being her moral superior in “arrogant and flaunting manner”
4) CA: Gamer charged in “swatting call” that ended in police shooting; actual killer still at large
5) Report: Trump team paid porn star $130k to keep quiet about extramarital affair
6) SCOTUS takes up Texas redistricting case
7) Canada: KFC introduces “Bitcoin Bucket” of chicken tenders
8) Canada: Idiot reportedly tries to cut schoolgirl’s hijab off
9) Klansman who orchestrated “Mississippi Burning” killings dies in prison
10) GM to make an autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals by 2019

Everybody Has An Opinion:

11) The FBI hand behind Russiagate
12) Bring on the conservative debate for immigration
13) Middlemen, government, and the free market
14) Who will own the infrastructure in the smart city?
15) Poland can protect its judiciary without the EU
16) More political theater as the federal government continues to erode our freedoms
17) In defense of musical ripoffs
18) Another open letter to Trump
19) The PUSH against prison slavery
20) Fire and Fury: A Trumpist soap opera

The Sound and the Fury:

21) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 222
22) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/12/18
23) Felony Friday, episode 106
24) In The Tank Podcast, episode 122
25) Free Talk Live, 01/11/18

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

1) Trump waives Iran sanctions for what regime says is last time
Source: The Hill

President Trump will again waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, the White House said Friday. But the Trump administration is imposing new, nonnuclear sanctions in response to Iran’s ballistic missile activity and its crackdown on anti-government protestors. Trump also warned that this will be the last such waiver, calling for a follow-on deal with Europeans and a legislative fix from Congress.” (01/12/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/368748-trump-extends-iran-nuclear-deal

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2) Germany: Coalition deal leaves Merkel’s fate in hands of Social Democrats
Source: Reuters

“Angela Merkel has survived as German chancellor but the coalition deal she clinched on Friday puts her fate in the hands of her Social Democrat (SPD) partners and risks eroding support from her close allies before the end of her fourth term. Europe’s pre-eminent leader for more than 12 years, Merkel’s star is waning as she pays for her 2015 decision to leave German borders open to over a million refugees, a move that cost her Christian Democrats votes and fueled the rise of the far-right. … Merkel’s immediate destiny now lies in the hands of rank-and-file Social Democrats whose party leaders will ask them on Jan. 21 to back Friday’s deal, a repeat of the grand coalition that governed from 2013 to 2017.” (01/12/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-politics-merkel/coalition-deal-leaves-merkels-fate-in-hands-of-social-democrats-idUSKBN1F1242

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3) MO: Judge sentences man to 15 years for being her moral superior in “arrogant and flaunting manner”
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A St. Louis County man whose marijuana conspiracy funded a ‘lifestyle of luxury’ that led to an appearance on a reality show and travel around the world was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig blasted Thomas G. ‘Tommy’ Anderson Jr. in court for running his drug trafficking organization in an ‘arrogant and flaunting manner,’ adding that she’d seen no remorse, no effort to turn his life around and nothing but a continuance of the arrogant manner since his indictment. She would later call it ‘appalling.’” [editor’s note: Fleissig has worked for the largest, most violent, most “arrogant and flaunting” criminal conspiracy on Earth, the US government, for 25 years. She’s not morally qualified to shine Anderson’s shoes, let alone sit in judgment of him – TLK] (01/12/18)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-county-man-gets-years-for-marijuana-conspiracy-that/article_dc796ac6-dd6c-5507-9c4d-e0b828bb2116.html

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4) CA: Gamer charged in “swatting call” that ended in police shooting; actual killer still at large
Source: Wichita Eagle

“The man accused of making a false report to Wichita police that ended in an officer fatally shooting a 28-year-old man was charged with involuntary manslaughter, reporting a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer in his first court appearance in Wichita. His bond was set at $500,000. … Tyler Barriss, 25, was arrested in South Los Angeles on Dec. 29, less than 24 hours after he allegedly called Wichita police claiming there was a homicide and hostage situation at 1033 W. McCormick. Barriss was in Los Angeles when the call was made, and a man inside the home — identified by his family as Andrew Finch — opened his door to see why police were outside and was shot by an officer who was in a driveway across the street.” (01/12/18)

http://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article194441604.html

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5) Report: Trump team paid porn star $130k to keep quiet about extramarital affair
Source: New York Post

“A lawyer for Donald Trump arranged to fork over $130,000 in hush money to an ex-porn star a month before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about an alleged hookup she had with the future president, a new report said Friday. Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer for the Trump Organization, set up the payment to Stephanie Clifford — whose nom de smut was Stormy Daniels — after her lawyer negotiated a nondisclosure agreement, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. … Cohen wouldn’t talk about the $130,000 payment but said in a statement that ‘President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.’ The president has repeatedly said that all of the more than a dozen women who’ve accused him of sexual misconduct or assault are liars.” (01/12/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/01/12/trump-team-paid-porn-star-130k-to-keep-quiet-about-extramarital-affair/

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6) SCOTUS takes up Texas redistricting case
Source: CNN

“The Supreme Court announced Friday that it plans to hear a significant voting rights case, agreeing to review a lower court opinion that invalidated congressional and statehouse maps in Texas. The order adds another case touching on voting disputes to the court’s docket at a time when the justices are already considering cases concerning partisan gerrymandering and the purge of voter rolls in Ohio. … After the last census, voting rights groups such as the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund challenged maps drawn in 2011 by the Republican led legislature. A court struck down the maps finding that they were enacted with a discriminatory purpose and ordered new interim maps to be drawn.” (01/12/18)

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/12/politics/texas-redistricting-supreme-court/index.html

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7) Canada: KFC introduces “Bitcoin Bucket” of chicken tenders
Source: CoinTelegraph

“In the latest example of mainstream crypto adoption as a PR stunt, KFC Canada has introduced a new menu item, the Bitcoin Bucket, that customers can buy exclusively with Bitcoin (BTC). The Bitcoin Bucket, which sells for the Bitcoin equivalent of 20 Canadian dollars, contains ten chicken tenders, waffle fries, a medium side, a medium gravy, and two dips. Canadian citizens can order home delivery of the Bitcoin Bucket through Colonel & Co.’s website while the offer lasts.” (01/12/18)

https://cointelegraph.com/news/kfc-canada-introduces-bitcoin-bucket-of-chicken-tenders

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8) Canada: Idiot reportedly tries to cut schoolgirl’s hijab off
Source: Toronto Star [Canada]

“Khawlah Noman was walking to school with her younger brother when she felt somebody pull the hood of her winter jacket down. Protected from the rain was the 11-year-old’s light blue hijab — the target of a man holding a pair of scissors with a blue handle. Over the next 10 minutes, she said she was attacked not once, but twice, by a man who is now a suspect in a Toronto police hate crime investigation.” (01/12/18)

https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2018/01/12/man-cuts-hijab-off-girl-in-scarborough-police-say.html

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9) Klansman who orchestrated “Mississippi Burning” killings dies in prison
Source: USA Today

“A Klansman who orchestrated one of the nation’s most notorious mass killings, the slayings of three civil-rights workers in 1964 in Mississippi, has died in prison. In 2005, a jury convicted Edgar Ray Killen on three counts of manslaughter in the June 21, 1964, deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who had been killed while organizing a voter-registration drive for blacks in Jessup County, Miss. Killen was sentenced to 60 years in prison. … Edgar Ray Killen, less than a week from his 93rd birthday, was the last living Klansman in a Mississippi prison for a civil-rights cold case.” (01/12/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/12/edgar-ray-killen-mississippi-burning-dies/1028550001/

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10) GM to make an autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals by 2019
Source: The Verge

“General Motors plans to mass-produce self-driving cars that lack traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals by 2019, the company announced today. Its a bold declaration for the future of driving from one of the country’s Big Three automakers, and one that is sure to shake things up for the industry as the annual Detroit Auto Show kicks off next week. The car will be the fourth generation of its driverless, all-electric Chevy Bolts, which are currently being tested on public roads in San Francisco and Phoenix. And when they roll off the assembly line of GM’s manufacturing plant in Orion, Michigan, they’ll be deployed as ride-hailing vehicles in a number of cities.” (01/12/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/12/16880978/gm-autonomous-car-2019-detroit-auto-show-2018

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

11) The FBI hand behind Russiagate
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ray McGovern

“Ironically, the Strzok-Page texts provide something that the Russia-gate investigation has been sorely lacking: firsthand evidence of both corrupt intent and action. After months of breathless searching for ‘evidence’ of Russian-Trump collusion designed to put Trump in the White House, what now exists is actual evidence that senior officials of the Obama administration colluded to keep Trump out of the White House — proof of what old-time gumshoes used to call ‘means, motive and opportunity.’ Even more unfortunately for Russia-gate enthusiasts, the FBI lovers’ correspondence provides factual evidence exposing much of the made-up ‘Resistance’ narrative — the contrived storyline that The New York Times and much of the rest of the US mainstream media deemed fit to print with little skepticism and few if any caveats, a scenario about brilliantly devious Russians that not only lacks actual evidence — relying on unverified hearsay and rumor — but doesn’t make sense on its face.” (01/12/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2018/01/11/fbi-hand-behind-russia-gate/

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12) Bring on the conservative debate for immigration
Source: The American Conservative
by Bradley J Birzer

“As a professor of the western canon, the Great Ideas of the West, and the western tradition, I find it nearly impossible to claim that there is a long tradition of excluding those who ‘aren’t us.’ Even the most cursory examination of the issue reveals that the best of western thinkers have considered political borders a form of selfish insanity and a violation of the dignity of the human person. The free movement of peoples has not only been seen as a natural right throughout much of the western tradition, but it has also been seen as a sacred one.” (01/12/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/birzer/bring-on-the-conservative-debate-for-immigration/

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13) Middlemen, government, and the free market
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Middlemen (sometimes called exchangers or merchants) have been much maligned throughout history as parasites, exploiters, and profiteers who add nothing of value to products and unnecessarily increase the cost of goods. Even the pickers on the television show American Pickers have been criticized for ripping people off by buying things dirt cheap so they can turn around and sell them for a huge profit. The phrases ‘cut out the middleman,’ ‘direct to consumers,’ and ‘factory direct’ are sometimes used in advertising by certain businesses. The idea is that without going through middlemen, goods consumers purchase from them are cheaper than they would otherwise be. It is just assumed that the goods would be of the same quality, and available in the same quantities as they are now. But is that how things really are?” (01/12/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/middlemen-government-free-market/

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14) Who will own the infrastructure in the smart city?
Source: Competitive Enteprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews

“There is great enthusiasm for the smart city concept. Integration of autonomous vehicles, drones and networked communications are expected to manage congestion, lead to fewer accidents, reduce pollution and enhance quality of life. The smart city was a major theme at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (#CES2018), hosted by the Consumer Technology Association. Will smart cities be vibrant bastions of competitive private free enterprise and innovative new networks of communication that simultaneously respect individuals’ privacy? Or are planners on a path to setting up mega public utilities and administered cartelization, and compulsory information collection?” (01/11/18)

https://cei.org/content/who-will-own-infrastructure-smart-city

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15) Poland can protect its judiciary without the EU
Source: Acton Institute
by Marcin Rzegocki

“Last month, the European Union took the first steps to invoke Article 7 of its constitution to punish Poland — but critics disagree about the underlying issue: to what extent the actions of the Polish government’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) Party undermine judicial independence and merit international condemnation. During the last month, both sides of the Atlantic have published a wave of articles about an alleged political crisis within Poland — particularly in anglophone outlets like the New York Times, The Washington Post, and so on. Many of the articles describing the current political situation in Poland present it from only the secular-progressive viewpoint and, thus, are already highly critical of PiS on other grounds, before condemning the judicial legislation.” (01/12/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/01/12/poland-can-protect-judiciary-without-eu

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16) More political theater as the federal government continues to erode our freedoms
Source: Palm Beach Free Press
by Karl Dickey

“Today, the House of Representatives voted 256-164 to extend NSA on Americans even though they are not legally permitted to do so. I know, it’s pretty confusing and even more so disgusting. Additionally, when handed an amendment to plug up some of these horrible privacy offenses, both Republicans and Democrats chose to vote it down. While Democrats and Republicans wave the American flag and focus their media sound bites on less consequential issues, they voted today to extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).” (01/12/18)

https://palmbeachfreepress.com/2018/01/11/commentary-more-political-theater-as-the-federal-government-further-erodes-our-freedoms/

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17) In defense of musical ripoffs
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“Much of the evolution of music is driven by people making tiny tweaks as they slavishly copy each other. A pop world without any plagiarism would be barren indeed. This is most obvious when it comes to musical patterns that have been around too long for anyone to hold a copyright on them. (If someone actually owned the I-IV-V blues progression, he could buy Bill Gates with enough left over to make a down payment on the Moon.)” (01/12/18)

http://reason.com/blog/2018/01/12/in-defense-of-musical-ripoffs

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18) Another open letter to Trump
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Mr. Trump: Yesterday you crowed that you’ll renegotiate NAFTA to ensure that a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will be paid for by Mexicans. I do wish that you’d make up your mind. You repeatedly complain that under current NAFTA rules Mexicans export to us Americans too many goods and services — an outcome that, you insist, damages the American economy. Yet your boast that you’re ‘going to take a small percentage of that money [from a renegotiated NAFTA] and it’s going toward the wall’ implies that Americans will receive Mexican-produced goods and services as payment for the wall.” (01/12/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/01/another-open-letter-trump.html

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19) The PUSH against prison slavery
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

“The prisoners are revolting again, folks. After the wave of strikes launched on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison riots and the August 19th strikes of this past year, inmates in Florida are planning another strike starting on January 15th, 2018 on Martin Luther King Day. On that day, in what has been dubbed Operation PUSH, inmates across Florida will refuse to do any work until their demands are met. … With prison slavery explicitly written into the very amendment we were always told ended slavery, it is high time we put an end to a practice that was never abolished but rather hidden away behind bars.” (01/11/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/50382

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20) Fire and Fury: A Trumpist soap opera
Source: spiked
by Tim Slater

“Public life … lacks coherence and drama. (History, by contrast, attains coherence and drama only in hindsight.)’ So writes Michael Wolff in his incendiary expose on the Trump administration, Fire and Fury. That pap reflection unintentionally reminds us that this 300-page piece of palace-intrigue journalism, hastily written just months after he spent 200 or so days hanging around the White House, is too seeping with soap-operatic drama for it to feel remotely credible. As you leaf through this ‘insiders’ take’ on the chaotic Trump White House, and the definitely unhinged and potentially infirm man at the centre of it, one’s inbuilt bullshit detector doesn’t stop buzzing.” (01/12/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/fire-and-fury-a-trumpist-soap-opera/

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

21) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 222
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Emma Ashford gives us a primer on Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich Middle Eastern nation that is one of the last remaining absolute monarchies in the world.” [various formats] (01/12/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/kingdom-saudi-arabia

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22) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/12/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Republicans’ desire to cut spending is sharp as a knife when they’re in the minority. But facts don’t do what they want them to now that the GOP runs Congress. Jonathan Bydlak of the Coalition to Reduce Spending discusses prime spending cuts their prospects in 2018.” [various formats] (01/12/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/still-waiting-spending-cuts

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23) Felony Friday, episode 106
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today on Felony Friday Frantz Michel joins host John Odermatt to discuss his journey from a life sentence to becoming a positive force in his local community.” [various formats] (01/12/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/01/12/felony-friday-106-convicted-drug-dealer-starts-community-revival/

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24) In The Tank Podcast, episode 122
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #122 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [various formats] (01/12/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/01/in-the-tank-ep122-10-state-solutions-to-emerging-issues-seattle-soda-tax-electric-car-co2-emissions/

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25) Free Talk Live, 01/11/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Ruling in NC gerrymandering case could end partisan gerrymandering :: SCOTUS hears gerrymandering cases :: Ramblings from Ricky :: Panhandling in a libertarian society :: Partisanship :: Immigration :: Brief history of the Berlin Wall :: Warrantless surveillance & Section 702 :: Twitter policy on violent groups excludes government :: Death penalty :: HOSTS — Darryl, Chris.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/11/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-11

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