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Volume XVII, Issue #4,152
Monday, January 14th, 2019
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In the News:

1) UK: Labour Party vows to hold no-confidence vote as May faces Brexit defeat
2) Gilets Jaunes stage ninth round of protests in France
3) White House reportedly asked Pentagon for military plans to strike Iran
4) Netanyahu admits Israeli forces attacked Damascus airport
5) NY: Cuomo announces plan to get even more obsessive about running 18-to-21-year-olds’ lives
6) Schumer to force vote on US decision to lift sanctions on Russia firms
7) San Diego station “stands” by claim CNN turned down reporter over differing wall narrative
8) Gaza: Israeli troops murder woman
9) Study: Eating more fiber & whole grains may mean lower risk of death & disease
10) Gabbard announces presidential candidacy
11) WA: State senator under misconduct probe resigns
12) Hacker who took down entire nation’s internet is jailed
13) Poland spy arrest: China telecoms firm Huawei sacks employee
14) Afghanistan: Six killed in attack on police station
15) Report: Biden’s brother says family members voted for Trump over Clinton
16) IN: Police department releases body cam footage of cop negligently shooting partner
17) US Navy sub commander relieved of duty for hiring prostitutes in Philippines
18) File under unsurprising: Guy behind “border wall” GoFundMe is just a grifter/spammer
19) Castro announces 2020 campaign
20) PA: 90-year-old shoots, wounds home intruder

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Furloughed federal employees are STILL paid more than you
22) “Our porous border” and other myths of Trump’s increasingly popular wall mania
23) Shutdown Theater: Blame? Why not credit?
24) If America stopped destroying the world, bad guys might win
25) Libertarianism and the shutdown
26) What does it mean to be “conservative” in the Trump era?
27) Stan Lee versus the censors
28) No escape from human nature
29) It’s a shutdown [sic], not Armageddon
30) How we know single-payer won’t lower health care costs
31) Trump vs. the anti-Trumps: It’s the system that needs changing not just the personnel
32) Is a presidential “state of emergency” constitutional?
33) The Democrat freak show has begun
34) Politics and the moron language
35) The absurdity of protectionism
36) The untold story of the greatest crypto project ever
37) When medicine makes you sick: How tainted drugs can elude FDA inspections
38) Is an increase in demand key for economic growth?
39) Progressives’ tall poppy syndrome
40) Five-alarm foolishness
41) A commons problem
42) Would you defend landowners against the border wall?
43) Quantum Vibe, 01/11/19
44) The Border Patrol has been a cult of brutality since 1924
45) ExxonMobil can’t hide its climate records any longer
46) Is rejecting Theresa May’s Brexit plan a “moral failure?”
47) Who has the MIC?
48) Trump’s nighttime trip to Iraq confirms the debacle
49) Women now running Military-Industrial Complex nothing to celebrate
50) How liberals can be wrong on growth but right on policy

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 135
52) AnarchoChristian, episode 24
53) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 28
54) Free Talk Live, 01/12/19
55) Scott Adams Says, 01/12/19
56) The Big L Podcast, episode 9
57) The Brian Nichols Show, episode 52
58) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 206
59) Felony Friday, episode 158
60) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 01/11/19
61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 296
62) Bloggingheads.tv, 01/11/19
63) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 274
64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1318
65) Ordered Liberty, episode 109

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

1) UK: Labour Party vows to hold no-confidence vote as May faces Brexit defeat
Source: Time

“Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gave his clearest indication yet that his party is ready to call a no-confidence ballot within days of Theresa May losing a U.K. parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on the agreement May reached with the European Union, and the prime minister appears no closer to getting the backing she needs than she was in December, when the vote was dramatically pulled after it became clear the government was heading for a defeat. … Corbyn is seeking to topple the government by forcing a general election. Under British electoral law, May’s Conservatives would have two weeks following a lost confidence vote to form a new government. If they fail, an election would be called.” (01/13/19)

http://time.com/5501580/labour-party-theresa-may-vote/

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2) Gilets Jaunes stage ninth round of protests in France
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Thousands of demonstrators turned out across France for new ‘yellow vests’ protests, with dozens of arrests and clashes in Paris and other cities. Police in the capital used water cannon and tear gas as scuffles broke out at the Arc de Triomphe, on the ninth consecutive weekend of protests. Some 84,000 demonstrators were recorded nationwide, an increase compared with last week, official figures show. The nationwide protests were initially triggered by the rising price of fuel. They have since widened to include anger at the cost of living, with a wide-ranging list of other demands. ” (01/12/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46852600

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3) White House reportedly asked Pentagon for military plans to strike Iran
Source: CNBC

“The White House requested options for a military strike against Iran last September, a report by the Wall Street Journal revealed on Sunday, citing current and former U.S. officials. The request, reportedly made the National Security Council led by national security advisor John Bolton, alarmed Pentagon and State Department officials, The Journal wrote on Sunday. The Council made the move after an Iranian-aligned group fired missiles into Baghdad’s diplomatic quarter, which hosts the U.S. embassy in Iraq. No one was harmed.” (01/13/19)

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/13/white-house-asked-pentagon-for-military-plans-to-strike-iran.html

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4) Netanyahu admits Israeli forces attacked Damascus airport
Source: CNN

“In a rare acknowledgment of Israeli operations in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country’s air force struck Syria over the weekend. Speaking at Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said: ‘In the last 36 hours, the air force has attacked Iranian warehouses with Iranian weapons in the Damascus International Airport. The total sum of the last attacks prove that we are more determined than ever to act against Iran in Syria exactly as we promised.’ Netanyahu, who also serves as Israel’s Defense Minister, made the statement while addressing outgoing Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.” (01/13/19)

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/13/middleeast/israel-netanyahu-iran-weapons-intl/index.html

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5) NY: Cuomo announces plan to get even more obsessive about running 18-to-21-year-olds’ lives
Source: The Hill

“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced a plan on Saturday to raise the minimum age for tobacco and electronic cigarette purchases from 18 to 21. The move aims to help prevent underage youth from obtaining tobacco and vapor products from their friends who are over 18, according to a statement from Cuomo’s office. Cuomo’s plan will be included in the 2019 executive budget. The proposal also calls for an end of sales in pharmacies because it ‘sends the incorrect message that tobacco products are safe,’ the governor’s office added in its statement.” (01/12/19)

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/425044-ny-governor-announces-plan-to-raise-age-for-tobacco-e-cigarette-sales-to

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6) Schumer to force vote on US decision to lift sanctions on Russia firms
Source: Reuters

“U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Saturday he will force a vote soon on a resolution to disapprove the Trump administration’s decision to relax sanctions on three Russian companies connected to oligarch Oleg Deripaska. ‘I have concluded that the Treasury Department’s proposal is flawed and fails to sufficiently limit Oleg Deripaska’s control and influence of these companies and the Senate should move to block this misguided effort by the Trump Administration and keep these sanctions in place,’ Schumer said in a news release. The U.S. Treasury announced on Dec. 20 that it would lift sanctions imposed in April on the core businesses of Deripaska, including aluminum giant Rusal its parent En+ and power firm EuroSibEnergo, watering down the toughest penalties imposed since Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.” (01/12/19)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-schumer/schumer-to-force-vote-on-u-s-decision-to-lift-sanctions-on-russia-firms-idUSKCN1P702L

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7) San Diego station “stands” by claim CNN turned down reporter over differing wall narrative
Source: Fox News

“A San Diego television station is standing by its contention that CNN declined to use one of its reporters for a border-wall story because it didn’t fit with the network’s narrative. KUSI accused CNN this week of asking for a local perspective on the effectiveness of the border wall, then pulling back when the station offered reporter Dan Plante, who has previously reported that the wall is in fact effective. KUSI digital content manager Mike McKinnon III wrote on the network’s website, ‘We believe CNN declined a report from KUSI because we informed them that most Border Patrol agents we have spoken to told us the barrier does in fact work.’ But a CNN spokesperson called the claim a ‘nonstory.’ … ‘That happens many times every single day,’ the spokesperson told Fox News. ‘We did, however, book a reporter from KUSI for a story on immigration and the border wall on CNN in November. This is a nonstory.’” (01/12/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/san-diego-station-stands-by-accusation-cnn-turned-down-reporter-over-differing-narrative

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8) Gaza: Israeli troops murder woman
Source: Reuters

“Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian woman during Gaza border protests on Friday, medics said, and the military said it opened fire in response to grenade and rock attacks and breaches of the frontier. Ashraf Al-Qidra, spokesman for the Gaza health ministry, said 25 other Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire during the mass demonstration, a weekly event along the border since March 30. An Israeli military spokesman said troops had faced off with around 13,000 Palestinians, some of whom threw rocks and grenades across the fenced-off border. On three occasions, Palestinians crossed into Israel before doubling back, he said.” (01/11/19)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-protests/israeli-gunfire-kills-gaza-woman-during-border-protests-idUSKCN1P51V2

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9) Study: Eating more fiber & whole grains may mean lower risk of death & disease
Source: USA Today

“A diet with more fiber and whole grains may mean a lower risk of death and disease, a new analysis commissioned by the World Health Organization has found. Researchers noted that people who had higher intakes of dietary fiber and whole grains had lower rates of chronic diseases, like heart disease, cancer and diabetes, compared to those with diets low in fiber and whole grains. … Higher fiber diets were associated with a 15 to 31 percent reduction in the risk of death and disease. That meant 13 fewer deaths and six fewer cases of coronary heart disease, per 1,000 participants in the studies. People with diets high in whole grains saw similar benefits, with a 13 to 33 percent reduction in risk, translating to 26 fewer deaths and seven fewer cases of coronary heart disease.” (01/12/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/01/12/diets-high-fiber-whole-grains-tied-lower-risk-death-disease/2557786002

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10) Gabbard announces presidential candidacy
Source: Politico

“Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Friday that she is running for president. … Gabbard, a 37-year old combat veteran, has done little to hide her presidential ambitions. She recently made stops in both Iowa and New Hampshire and looked into hiring digital staff and speechwriters. She has also authored a memoir set to be released in May. Late Friday, in a fundraising email, Gabbard said the reason she was running ‘has to do with an issue that is central to the rest — war and peace.’ She also cited healthcare, immigration reform, clean water and air, criminal justice and special interest influence in Washington.” (01/11/19)

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/11/tulsi-gabbard-2020-president-run-1098629

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11) WA: State senator under misconduct probe resigns
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A state senator who was under investigation following allegations of improper conduct has resigned days ahead of the start of the legislative session. Sen. Kevin Ranker, a Democrat from Orcas Island, sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office late Friday saying that he was resigning ‘with a heavy heart.’ He wrote that his resignation was effective immediately. The 105-day legislative session begins Monday. Ranker has been under investigation since last fall. Tara Parker, an investigator with Ogden Murphy Wallace law firm in Seattle, was hired by the chamber in October to investigate claims made by Ann Larson, who served as Ranker’s legislative assistant for a year. Larson says she dealt with sexual harassment and hostile workplace issues while working for him during the 2010 legislative session.” (01/12/19)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Senator-under-misconduct-probe-resigns-majority-13529385.php

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12) Hacker who took down entire nation’s internet is jailed
Source: KTVZ 21 News

“A British hacker whose cyberattacks took the nation of Liberia offline has been jailed for almost three years. Daniel Kaye launched a series of attacks on Liberian cell phone operator Lonestar in October 2015, which became so powerful they knocked out the west African country’s internet the following year. Kaye, 30, had been hired to carry out the attacks by a senior employee at rival operator Cellcom, Britain’s National Crime Agency said in a statement, although there is no suggestion that Cellcom was aware of the activity.” (01/12/19)

https://www.ktvz.com/news/national-world/hacker-who-took-down-entire-nations-internet-is-jailed/973801462

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13) Poland spy arrest: China telecoms firm Huawei sacks employee
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Chinese telecoms company Huawei has sacked an employee arrested in Poland on suspicion of spying. In a statement, it said the man, named as Wang Weijing, acted on his own and brought the firm into disrepute. A former member of the Polish intelligence service was also detained on spying charges. Huawei is under increasing scrutiny, with the US and others expressing concern its technology could be used by China’s security services to spy. China and the company itself deny this. Its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou (the daughter of its founder) was arrested in Canada last month and faces extradition to the US on charges of breaking Iran sanctions.” (01/12/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46851777

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14) Afghanistan: Six killed in attack on police station
Source: CNN

“Attackers killed five people at a police station in Herat, Afghanistan, on Saturday evening, Herat police Chief Aminullah Amarkhel told CNN. The victims were three policemen and two civilians, according to the regional hospital in Herat, in the far west of the country. Herat provincial spokesman Jelany Farhad confirmed that one of the civilians killed was a child. Four other people were wounded in the attack and brought to the hospital. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The Herat police chief said security forces killed one of the attackers and were searching for two others.” (01/12/19)

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/12/asia/afghanistan-attack/index.html

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15) Report: Biden’s brother says family members voted for Trump over Clinton
Source: Fox News

“Frank Biden, younger sibling of former Vice President Joe Biden, reportedly said that some members of the family ‘felt slighted’ by 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and instead decided to cast their ballots for Donald Trump. The former U.S. leader’s brother took aim at the Clinton team’s campaign strategy during an interview with The Palm Beach Post. Frank told the outlet, in the report posted Monday that he believed if his brother had run at the time, he would’ve secured states that Clinton lost. ‘We never would have lost Pennsylvania, and all my relatives — the Finnegan family — who voted for Donald Trump because they felt slighted by Hillary and her campaign,’ Biden said. ‘We never would have not gone to Michigan as the campaign decided not to do because they felt entitled to the votes of those people.’” (01/12/19)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/joe-bidens-brother-says-family-members-voted-for-trump-felt-slighted-by-clinton-report

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16) IN: Police department releases body cam footage of cop negligently shooting partner
Source: Yahoo! News

“A police department in Indiana released shocking footage of an officer accidentally [sic] shooting his partner in the back while searching for a fugitive earlier this week. Lane Butler, who was ‘just days’ from celebrating her third anniversary with the Lafayette Police Department, is still in the hospital in serious but stable condition after the Jan. 8 shooting. Three officers, including Butler and her partner, Aaron Wright, entered a home looking for a suspect wanted on an outstanding warrant, police said. Police did not find the suspect, but inside the home was a large dog. The video shows Butler exiting the home with Wright following her. The dog, which police said escaped its cage, can be heard barking loudly before Wright — with his gun drawn — suddenly shoots Butler in the left shoulder. Though it is not visible in the video, police said Wright was attacked by the dog from behind, and accidentally [sic] fired his gun.” [editor’s note: There are two kinds of shootings — intentional and negligent. Pick one – TLK] (01/12/19)

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/indiana-police-release-body-cam-footage-officer-accidentally-105708183–abc-news-topstories.html

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17) US Navy sub commander relieved of duty for hiring prostitutes in Philippines
Source: USA Today

“The commander of a Navy submarine was relieved of duty last summer after admitting to investigators that he paid for ‘female accompaniment’ while the boat was in port in the Philippines. Capt. Travis Zettel was relieved of duty in August following a loss of confidence in his ability to command the fast attack submarine USS Bremerton, which is now tied up in Bremerton for decommissioning. The incident occurred March 1 while the sub was ported in Subic Bay, according to documents released to the Kitsap Sun under a federal Freedom of Information Act request. NCIS agents interviewed a tipster to the Department of Defense Inspector General’s hotline that Zettel had told him and another sailor at a hotel pool that Zettel had ‘requested/ordered ten girls to arrive at the hotel.’ Later, at dinner, the sailor saw Zettel with around 10 ‘provocatively dressed females outside the front door of the hotel.’ Another sailor, whose name was redacted in the documents released to the Kitsap Sun, was spotted with three ‘local females holding onto his arm as he was wandering around’ greeting sailors from his command.” (01/12/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/01/11/uss-bremerton-sub-commander-relieved-purchasing-prostitutes/2554043002

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18) File under unsurprising: Guy behind “border wall” GoFundMe is just a grifter/spammer
Source: NBC News

“The GoFundMe fundraiser that promised to help privately fund President Donald Trump’s plan for a wall spanning the length of the U.S.-Mexico border surpassed $20 million dollars in donations this week. But the man behind it — Brian Kolfage, a rising conservative media star — may have had another goal. Through his border-wall campaign, he claims to have gathered 3.5 million email addresses, which are essential to his broader operation — a wide-ranging and multipronged effort to collect a list of Trump supporters who have proven to be sources of donations for conservative efforts, former employees told NBC News. According to former employees and public records including website archives, Nevada business registrations and property records, Kolfage has repeatedly created GoFundMe campaigns and published inflammatory fake news articles, pushing them both from websites that he sought to hide behind shell companies and false identities, in part to harvest email addresses. Those addresses were then used to push people back to Kolfage’s websites, to sell a brand of coffee he owns, or to be stockpiled for future use by conservative campaigns.” (01/11/19)

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/behind-viral-gofundthewall-fundraiser-rising-conservative-star-shadowy-email-harvesting-n957896

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19) Castro announces 2020 campaign
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Assailing President Donald Trump for ‘a crisis of leadership,’ former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro joined the 2020 presidential race Saturday as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge the incumbent accelerates. Castro, who could end up being the only Latino in what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field, made immigration a centerpiece of his announcement in his hometown of San Antonio, less than 200 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Two days after the president visited the border to promote his promised wall, Castro mocked Trump for claiming that the U.S. faces an ‘invasion’ from its ally to the south. ‘He called it a national security crisis,’ Castro said. ‘Well, there is a crisis today. It’s a crisis of leadership.’” (01/12/19)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Former-Obama-housing-chief-Julian-Castro-joins-13528897.php

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20) PA: 90-year-old shoots, wounds home intruder
Source: WNEP 16 News

“A man from Milanville is facing charges after he tried to break into a home in Wayne County. According to police, Adam Gelatt, 36, tried to break into a home in Berlin Township around 3 a.m. Friday because he wanted a cigarette. Gelatt allegedly repeatedly banged on the door and when the homeowner, a 90-year-old man, came to the door, he told Gelatt to leave. Police say Gelatt told the homeowner he was going to come inside anyway. The homeowner then shot Gelatt in the leg with a revolver, went inside and called the police.” (01/11/19)

https://wnep.com/2019/01/11/police-90-year-old-homeowner-shot-intruder-in-the-leg/

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

21) Furloughed federal employees are STILL paid more than you
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“[T]he mainstream media is clearly committed to using the current partial government shutdown to portray federal workers as beleaguered victims of the American political system. But, in all cases I’ve encountered, these reports neglect to mention that on average, civilian federal workers make 17 percent more than similar workers in the private sector …. Considering that a year is 52 weeks long, an average federal worker would need to be completely without any income for nearly 9 weeks in order to just be reduced to equal standing with a similar private-sector worker. … As of this writing, the current shutdown has only lasted three weeks, which means all those furloughed workers profiled in national news stories are likely still coming out ahead of their private-sector colleagues. Moreover, given that both Trump and Congress have committed to pay furloughed workers back pay, it’s a safe bet that federal workers will continue to enjoy a healthy advantage over private-sector workers when it comes to compensation.” (01/12/19)

https://mises.org/wire/furloughed-federal-employees-are-still-paid-more-you

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22) “Our porous border” and other myths of Trump’s increasingly popular wall mania
Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“Over the past several years, including two during which the Republican Party controlled the White House and Congress and could have appropriated funds to build the wall that Candidate Trump promised in speech after speech (usually claiming Mexico would pay the bill), there has been no mad rush or spike in people, especially terrorists, or drugs flowing north from Mexico that justify talk of crisis, especially one that can only be addressed by building physical barriers in the middle of nowhere. Indeed, the number of illegal immigrants in the country is at a 10-year low and the number of people caught trying to enter the country illegally between checkpoints on the Southern border is one-fourth of what it was in 2000 …. And yet respectable leading Republicans (no, not you, Rep. Steve King) such as Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) insist, like the president, that we are suddenly so deep in crisis nothing short of a wall can fix it.” (01/13/19)

https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/13/our-porous-border-and-other-myths-at-the

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23) Shutdown Theater: Blame? Why not credit?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“According to the headline at CNN, ‘Trump bears most blame for shutdown.’ But according to the CNN/SSRS poll the story is based on, the question asked was ‘Who do you think is MORE RESPONSIBLE for the government shutdown?’ (emphasis mine). Those are two entirely different questions. ‘Blame’ is only one variant of ‘responsibility.’ CNN’s coverage of its own poll begs the question by conflating the two, assuming universal belief that the ‘government shutdown’ is a bad thing.” (01/13/19)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14162

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24) If America stopped destroying the world, bad guys might win
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Saturday that the government under Venezuela’s recently re-inaugurated president Nicolas Maduro is ‘illegitimate,’ and that ‘the United States will work diligently to restore a real democracy to that country.’ Pompeo’s remarks, which were echoed by Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton, are interesting for a couple of reasons. The first is because Venezuela’s presidential election in May of last year (which incidentally was found to have been perfectly legitimate by the international Council of Electoral Experts of Latin America) was actively and aggressively meddled in by the US and its allies. The second is that while the US government is openly broadcasting its intention to keep interfering in Venezuela’s political system, it continues to scream bloody murder about alleged Russian interference in its own democratic process two years ago.” (01/13/19)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/01/13/if-america-stopped-destroying-the-world-the-bad-guys-might-win

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25) Libertarianism and the shutdown
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Ethan Blevins

“The disruption and harm caused by sudden spending jolts have no bearing on whether a libertarian society could work or not. Krugman points out that businesspeople are already enraged that the Small Business Administration has ceased issuing loans, an organization that many libertarians have claimed is unnecessary. Of course they’re angry — they expected something that suddenly has ceased. That has absolutely nothing to do with whether the SBA is necessary; it just demonstrates that people get ticked off when their expectations are suddenly dashed. The shutdown proves nothing about whether the private market could ultimately supply any benefits offered by the SBA.” (01/11/19)

https://notesonliberty.com/2019/01/11/libertarianism-and-the-shutdown/

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26) What does it mean to be “conservative” in the Trump era?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Harry Bruinius

“As a conservative writer and thinker, F.H. Buckley has a certain reputation for wit and a wry sense of humor. A professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, he’s written about the morality of laughter, invoked ‘the once and future king’ to describe former President Barack Obama, and accuses America’s wealthy elites of enjoying ‘redneck porn,’ his term for political stories that objectify all those ‘deplorables’ sniffing Oxy in places like West Virginia. Yet as he’s become one of the foremost intellectual defenders of the unapologetic nationalism of President Trump, many of his right-leaning peers have begun to question Mr. Buckley’s conservative bona fides, just as they have the president’s. And the former Trump speechwriter, who volunteered early to help his insurgent campaign, has been in many ways deliberately provocative, appropriating at times a leftist vocabulary to describe the nationalist energies that have come to dominate the Republican Party, and which many say have challenged core conservative principles as never before.” (01/11/19)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2019/0111/What-does-it-mean-to-be-conservative-in-the-Trump-era

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27) Stan Lee versus the censors
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“Lee’s skepticism toward government could have been due to his experience standing up to a politically-generated anti-comic book hysteria. The hysteria was generated by The Seduction of the Innocent, a best-seller by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham. Wertham claimed comic books were turning children into juvenile delinquents and even fascists. In response to the book, Congress held hearings and the comic industry responded by creating a Comics Code Authority, to ensure the youth of America would not turn into goose- stepping juvenile delinquents. Lee and the other comic creators largely ignored the code.” (01/11/19)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/stan-lee-versus-the-censors

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28) No escape from human nature
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“Are humans instinctively brutal? Do we attend hockey games, boxing matches, and race car events hoping see blood? Do we rubberneck at car accidents hoping to see death? Have we really made no moral progress since gladiator games were used as public executions? The producers of Escape Room want us to think so. From The Most Dangerous Game (1932) to The Naked Prey (1965) to The Hunger Games trilogy (2012–2015), movies have explored the concept of humans hunting humans and have tapped into the idea of execution as entertainment. And that’s what happens in this movie.” (01/12/19)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1940

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29) It’s a shutdown [sic], not Armageddon
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“The media and the left are playing up the economic damage from the shutdown. No doubt, there will be some disruption. But it won’t be economic armageddon, not by a long shot. Fears of shutdowns at airports and national parks have been prominent in media coverage. No doubt, some will be inconvenienced. But will it lead to an economic meltdown, as some have suggested? Not likely. Let’s start with a few facts. Shutdowns have occurred before, most recently in 1995 and 1996, and in 2013. In each case, these relatively short shutdowns had minimal economic impacts. The media have weighed in with breathless reports of economic pain from the shutdown. But for non-furloughed federal employees, this will be the first week without a paycheck. And unlike past shutdowns, just a quarter of the federal workforce of 3 million-plus workers will feel the effects since much of the government remains open.” (01/11/19)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/opec-u-s-innovation-fracking-gouging

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30) How we know single-payer won’t lower health care costs
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jim Kelly

“America spends $10,000 per person on health care. If single payer saved 20 percent, someday we’d be spending $8,000. In other words, the growth rate would go negative for a while. Please point to a country where single-payer is driving costs down, Senator. All other single-payer systems are struggling with runaway costs. Would our bar in the chart be the only one pointing left? It would seem optimistic. Based on this data, we should expect our costs to grow even faster than they do now.” (01/13/19)

https://fee.org/articles/how-we-know-single-payer-wont-lower-health-care-costs/

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31) Trump vs. the anti-Trumps: It’s the system that needs changing not just the personnel
Source: CounterPunch
by Richard E Rubenstein

“Trumpism gives a perverse new meaning to the old Movement slogan, ‘The personal is political.’ It is a mistake, therefore, to consider the President an unprincipled politician with an unfortunate tendency to insult, demean, and threaten his opponents. Because his own moral character invites contempt, it is easy to forget that Trump is above all a certain type of political moralist. For him, virtue or vice (defined in terms of strength/weakness, masculinity/femininity, loyalty to the national tribe/globalism, and so forth) produce virtuous or vicious policies. For him, politics is, at bottom, a struggle to defeat immoral and contemptible opponents.” (01/11/19)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/11/trump-vs-the-anti-trumps-its-the-system-that-needs-changing-not-just-the-personnel/

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32) Is a presidential “state of emergency” constitutional?
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by KrisAnne Hall

“My inbox is being inundated with the question de jure [sic]: ‘If President Trump declares a ‘State of Emergency’ to build the wall on the border of Mexico, is that Constitutional?’ I am certain that is not the right question or perhaps not the right way to ask it, but to ask it and answer it correctly, let’s briefly remind ourselves of America’s Constitutional structure and function.” (0/11/19)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/01/11/is-a-presidential-state-of-emergency-constitutional/

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33) The Democrat freak show has begun
Source: Town Hall
by Jeff Crouere

“Now that the mid-terms are over, and the new Congress has started, political observers have already started to focus on the 2020 presidential campaign. Every election cycle it begins earlier, especially in this case, because the Democrats and their supporters in the media are obsessed with defeating President Donald Trump. The hatred from the left for Donald Trump is off the charts and it is getting worse all the time. This anger is fueling the 2020 presidential contest for Democrats and, as a result, contenders are pledging to stop the Trump agenda, support the Mueller investigation and the ultimate prize, impeachment. According to one estimate, there are more than three dozen potential contenders for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination.” (01/12/19)

https://townhall.com/columnists/jeffcrouere/2019/01/12/the-democrat-freak-show-has-begun-n2538953

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34) Politics and the moron language
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“If the Knights of Columbus is an ‘extreme right-wing’ group, and the neo-Nazi organization Vanguard America is also an ‘extreme right-wing’ group, then the words ‘extreme right-wing’ do not mean anything. But we already knew that. These are remarkable times. Remarkably stupid, but remarkable nonetheless. The evolution of the English language into whatever its Idiocracy future is going to be is happening right here before our eyes and ears.” (01/11/19)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/01/knights-of-columbus-jill-filipovic-right-wing-extremists/

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35) The absurdity of protectionism
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“You might insist that there’s a middle ground between free trade and protectionism, and that the truth is to be found there. I would challenge this insistence. To me, this insistence has no more validity than would the insistence, say, in 1850 America that there’s a middle ground between slavery as it then existed and complete emancipation. While I do not believe that protectionism is an evil remotely equivalent to chattel slavery, I also have no doubt that protectionism is an evil and that, like chattel slavery, nothing good can sensibly be said in its defense, and that the only ethically acceptable position is its complete and unconditional abolition.” (01/12/19)

https://cafehayek.com/2019/01/the-absurdity-of-protectionism.html

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36) The untold story of the greatest crypto project ever
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“We had perhaps the best financial mind of his generation, who became a cryptographer after seeing the true face of the beast. We had the second Linux developer. We had hundreds of the most serious libertarians and objectivists. We had Gorbachev’s translator. We had abandoned spies, both American and Russian. We had our own newspaper. We had our own restaurant, and a good one. We even had an honest-to-God, authentic embassy. We had a wild collection of geniuses, near-geniuses, and trying-to-look-like geniuses. … And in the end we produced a fully functional, end-to-end encrypted financial system, complete with holding corps, a stock market, and futures options.” (01/11/19)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/untold-story-greatest-crypto-project-ever-introduction/

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37) When medicine makes you sick: How tainted drugs can elude FDA inspections
Source: USA Today
by Sydney Lupkin

“Despite the jackhammer-like rhythm of a mechanical ventilator, Alicia Moreno had dozed off in a chair by her 1-year-old’s hospital bed, when a doctor woke her with some bad news: The common stool softener her son, Anderson, was given months earlier had been contaminated with the bacterium Burkholderia cepacia. Suddenly, Anderson’s rocky course made medical sense. … The tainted over-the-counter medicine, docusate sodium, routinely prescribed to nearly every hospitalized patient to avert constipation, caused Anderson to suffer ‘serious and dangerous life-threatening injuries,’ a lawsuit filed by his family alleges. The drug was eventually recalled, but only after a Texas hospital staff noticed an uptick in B. cepacia infections, prompting a six-month investigation that led back to the tainted drug and its Florida manufacturing plant.” (01/11/19)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/01/12/why-fda-doesnt-always-catch-tainted-medicines/2538786002

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38) Is an increase in demand key for economic growth?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“Both Keynes and Friedman felt that the great depression of the 1930’s was due to an insufficiency in aggregate demand and thus the way to fix the problem was to boost aggregate demand. For Keynes, this could be achieved by having the federal government borrow more money and spend it when the private sector would not. Friedman on the other hand advocated that the Federal Reserve pump more money to revive demand. There is however never such a thing as insufficient demand as such. We suggest that an individual’s demand is constrained by their ability to produce goods. The more goods that an individual can produce the more goods he can demand i.e. acquire.” (01/11/19)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2019/01/is-an-increase-in-demand-key-for-economic-growth/

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39) Progressives’ tall poppy syndrome
Source: Niskanen Center
by Samuel Hammond

“Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to tax incomes over $10 million at 70 percent sparked a debate in which most commentators, left and right, largely missed the point. The case for or against ‘soaking the rich’ has little to do with simple models of optimal tax policy or what taxes prevailed under Eisenhower. Rather, the proposal is a symbolic attack on the legitimacy of wealth accumulation itself.” (01/11/19)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/the-70-tax-and-progressives-tall-poppy-syndrome-ocasio-cortez/

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40) Five-alarm foolishness
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Every time I hear ‘national emergency,’ it reminds me of Colorado and Oregon, where state constitutions are clear that an emergency entails a true threat to the health and safety of the public. But since those constitutions protect emergency bills from the check of a citizen referendum, legislators make use of the obvious loophole: a majority of bills in those states now carry a clause dishonestly claiming emergency status. I guess we should not be shocked to discover that Congress has awarded the president at least 136 emergency powers …” (01/11/19)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2019/01/11/five-alarm-foolishness/

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41) A commons problem
Source: The New Republic
by Win McCormack

“In his 2015 book The Republic of Conscience, former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart identifies what may be the central dynamic of American political and economic history: the struggle to accommodate the interests of a commonwealth with a capitalist economic system. ‘There has never been a serious effort to convert the United States to socialism or widespread public ownership,’ he points out. ‘There have been continuing efforts, even today, to convert much of our publicly owned resources to private ownership and development.’ … Hart argues that the citizens of a commonwealth are obliged to preserve public resources not only for their own benefit but for the sake of future generations.” (01/11/19)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152714/commons-problem

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42) Would you defend landowners against the border wall?
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“[T]hink about the proposed Border Wall. If part of it is built on private lands, against the wishes of the landowners, whose side would you be on? What if the Buffett and Walton families said they would resist the building of the Wall on their lands? Would you grab your AR-15 and come to their aid? Many will say no, because the Wall will help enforce immigration law. The law is the law! And why do you favor Mexicans over Americans? It seems the only time a Republican gun owner would actually take up arms against the government is if the government tried to confiscate guns. And even then, I doubt they’ll resist if a Republican President does it.” (01/11/19)

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43) Quantum Vibe, 01/11/19
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (01/11/19)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1896

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44) The Border Patrol has been a cult of brutality since 1924
Source: The Intercept
by Greg Grandin

“Since its founding in the early 20th century, the U.S. Border Patrol has operated with near-complete impunity, arguably serving as the most politicized and abusive branch of federal law enforcement — even more so than the FBI during J. Edgar Hoover’s directorship. … Having lost the national debate when it came to restricting Mexicans, white supremacists — fearing that the country’s open-border policy with Mexico was hastening the ‘mongrelization’ of the United States — took control of the U.S. Border Patrol, also established in 1924, and turned it into a frontline instrument of race vigilantism.” (01/12/19)

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/12/border-patrol-history/

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45) ExxonMobil can’t hide its climate records any longer
Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“Last Monday, the Supreme Court batted off ExxonMobil’s attempt to quash Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy’s investigation of the company’s outsized influence on the country’s climate change policies. Exxon has long been one of the fiercest climate change deniers in the fossil fuel industry. The company has also played a major role in feeding disinformation to the public and to a news media mired in he-said-she-said notions of journalistic balance. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s rejection of its petition to hear the case, the company could now be poised to take a hard fall as Massachusetts and other states and jurisdictions investigate how the company reacted to the climate threat.” (01/11/19)

https://prospect.org/article/exxonmobil-can%E2%80%99t-hide-its-climate-records-any-longer

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46) Is rejecting Theresa May’s Brexit plan a “moral failure?”
Source: Acton Institute
by Richard Turnbull

“Let’s return briefly to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s moral point — that to leave without a deal would be a moral failure and a second referendum might be required. The question posed in the 2016 Referendum was, ‘Should the United Kingdom remain as member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’ It is surprising that seeking to ignore or reverse the decision of the biggest democratic vote in British history, on a matter not directly dealt with by scripture or tradition, can be deemed moral. It is equally surprising that enforcing that vote could be considered a moral failure. In fact one might think that the true moral failure would lie in the failure to implement the decision of the people.” (01/11/19)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2019/01/11/rejecting-theresa-mays-brexit-plan-moral-failure

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47) Who has the MIC?
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Alex Noble

“Almost exactly 58 years ago, General Dwight Eisenhower made a very interesting Farewell Address, as he was about to leave office as the 34th President of the United States. Being uniquely well-qualified to comment on the interface between the world of politics and the military, he warned that America was on the brink of surrendering democratic control of what he termed ‘the military-industrial complex’ …. Within a few short years, it become apparent he was right. And events come into very clear focus once you realise that –– the US Navy sailing gaily into the South China Sea on the day President Trump sits down to talk with China is characterised as gunboat diplomacy, whereas in fact it is closer to an act of diplomatic sabotage by those who don’t want peace and are outside Presidential control.” (01/12/19)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/politics/who-has-the-mic/

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48) Trump’s nighttime trip to Iraq confirms the debacle
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What better proof of the Iraq debacle than President Trump’s middle-of-the-night trip to that country at Christmastime to visit U.S. troops who are still occupying the country some 15 years after the Pentagon and the CIA invaded? … After 15 years of building their paradise with such things as bombs, bullets, arrests, raids, indefinite detention, torture (e.g., Abu Ghraib), and assassination, the U.S. commander in chief has to leave Washington under cover of secrecy and darkness, land in Iraq in the middle of the night, talk to the troops for just a short while, and then skedaddle back to Washington in fear of being shot at by some disgruntled Iraqi who opposes the foreign invasion and occupation of his country.” (01/11/19)

https://www.fff.org/2019/01/11/trumps-nighttime-trip-to-iraq-confirms-the-debacle/

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49) Women now running Military-Industrial Complex nothing to celebrate
Source: In These Times
by Dean Spade & Sarah Lazare

“Major media outlets are fawning over the fact that women are taking over top positions in the country’s largest weapons companies and in U.S. defense and intelligence agencies. From MSNBC to Politico to NowThis, a number of prominent publications are framing this ascent as an indicator of overall progress for women — and of increased equity in the organizations they are now leading. Women are now the CEOs of four out of the country’s five biggest military contractors, writes Politico reporter David Brown, noting that, ‘across the negotiating table, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer and the chief overseer of the nation’s nuclear stockpile now join other women in some of the most influential national security posts.’” (01/11/19)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21682/women-military-industrial-complex-gina-haspel-trump-feminism-lockheed-marti

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50) How liberals can be wrong on growth but right on policy
Source: Cato Unbound
by Joshua M Kim

“We progressives can’t seem to get our heads around the power of compound growth. This blind spot causes my tribe to make all sorts of cognitive errors. Mostly, we over-worry about the future. Where we should be telling our kids (and our students) that their lives will be better and richer in almost every way imaginable, we instead burden them with fears about joblessness and ecological disaster. Those of us on the left also tend to make the same mistake in the other temporal direction, under-appreciating how much better the world of today can be along measures of work, health, shelter, and leisure when compared to that of our great grandparents.” (01/11/19)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2019/01/11/joshua-m-kim/how-liberals-can-be-wrong-growth-right-policy

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51) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 135
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“National Emergency, Foreign Bases, Marijuana Noncrackdown, Oligarchs, Roving Patrols.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/13/19)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2019/january/13/five-minutes-five-issues-national-emergency-foreign-bases-marijuana-noncrackdown-oligarchs-roving-patrols/

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52) AnarchoChristian, episode 24
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“When, and how, do Christians disobey the state? Join me as we look into the New and Old Testaments to find the answers.” [Flash audio] (01/13/19)

https://www.anarchochristian.com/obey-god-rather-than-men-ac024/

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53) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 28
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Privatization.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/13/19)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/privatization-nice-guys-finish-free-ep-28/

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54) Free Talk Live, 01/12/19
Source: Free Talk Live

“Trump Sets Record Gets Shutdown! :: Bureaucrats Suing :: Border Wall :: Welfare :: Democrat Primary :: Mark’s Dye Job :: Fed Workers’ Loot :: Jealous of the Rich :: Taxes and Theft :: Happy Furloughed Worker :: Cannabis Legalization :: Felons, Voting, and Guns :: Confusing Insurance Situation :: Thom Hartmann :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Vin.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/12/19)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2019-01-12

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55) Scott Adams Says, 01/12/19
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the FBI, HB1 visas, Steve King, terrorist deprogramming, and climate of course. With coffee.” [Flash video] (01/12/19)

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

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56) The Big L Podcast, episode 9
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“From Apathy to Anarchy: Why I am an Anarchist, What that means, and Why you should be one too.” [Flash audio] (01/11/19)

http://biglpodcast.com/from-apathy-to-anarchy-why-i-am-an-anarchist-bl009/

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57) The Brian Nichols Show, episode 52
Source: We Are Libertarians

“On today’s episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I am joined by 2020 Libertarian Presidential candidate, Kim Ruff!” [various formats] (01/11/19)

https://wearelibertarians.com/bns-52-2020-libertarian-presidential-candidate-kim-ruff/

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58) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 206
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“The ‘Un-subjugation’ of the Human Mind w/ Richard Grove — Trivium Edition.” [various formats] (01/11/19)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-206-the-un-subjugation-of-the-human-mind-w-richard-grove-trivium-edition

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59) Felony Friday, episode 158
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s show Mike Maharrey joins John to discuss all things hemp and CBD.” [various formats] (01/11/19)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2019/01/11/hemp-prohibition-ends-is-cbd-still-illegal/

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60) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 01/11/19
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Paul Rosenberg (Freeman’s Perspective) ‘Welcome to the Darknet’ — Michael Belfiore (Author, Writer) updates on the private space race — Dug Campbell (Head of Marketing and Outreach at MaidSafe) provides an update on the decentralized internet project …” [MP3] (01/11/19)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/254347-2019-01-11-01-11-19-paul-rosenberg-darknet-michael-belfiore-space-race.htm

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61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 296
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #296, I explain how crickets caused the US to withdraw the majority of their diplomatic envoy to Cuba. The US alleged sonic weapons being used against US diplomats in Cuba. The US media even speculated that Russia was involved with the use of sonic weapons against diplomats. Scientific testing now shows the noise was caused by crickets. I examine how the allegations impacted US policy towards Cuba and how this event exemplifies the shortcomings of the US media.” [various formats] (01/11/19)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-296-crickets

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62) Bloggingheads.tv, 01/11/19
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Glenn Loury (Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University) and John Wood (Better Angels) … How Better Angels fights political division with dialogue … The Kavanaugh scandal viewed from both sides … Is there an alternative to difficult conversations? … Why Obama wasn’t the great unifier we needed … John’s thoughts on racial identity politics and nationalism … Is political division America’s fatal flaw? … Malcolm or Martin?” [Flash video] (01/11/19)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/54579

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63) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 274
Source: Libertarianism.org

“George Selgin joins us to discuss the role that the Federal Reserve played before, during, and after the 2008 financial crisis.” [various formats[ (01/11/19)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/can-we-reduce-footprint-fed

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64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1318
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Today Sasha Hodder, an authority on the legal and regulatory aspects of cryptocurrency, discusses the regulatory hurdles faced by crypto but also advances in privacy for users.” [various formats] (01/11/19)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1318-cryptocurrency-regulatory-hurdles-and-advances-in-privacy/

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65) Ordered Liberty, episode 109
Source: National Review

“Alexandra and David ask whether a Trump declaration of a state of emergency on the border would in fact be a ‘creative surrender’ to the Democrats, and they talk about the latest religious test applied to a Catholic judicial nominee.” [various formats] (01/11/19)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/ordered-liberty/episode-109-border-dogma/

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