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Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Venezuela: Regime forces launch deadly assault, capture rebel police officers
2) Lavrov: Russia will not support US bid to change Iran nuclear deal
3) Cotton hits Durbin for claims of Trump’s “sh*thole countries” comment
4) Canada: Toronto police say hijab-cutting incident didn’t happen
5) Italy: Candidate for premier defends “white race” remark
6) Chuck Hagel: Trump is an “embarrassment” and US is in danger
7) ND: Chick-fil-A boots breast-feeding mom
8) State Department: Visiting North Korea? Draft a will and make funeral plans
9) Study: Medical cannabis has lowered crime
10) Nine charged for giving food to homeless in California
11) UAE: Regime says Qatar fighter jets intercept flights, Doha denies
12) Study: Mushrooms cure depression by doing exact opposite of antidepressants
13) IL: Travelers may have been exposed to measles at O’Hare last week
14) AZ: Disgraced crook Joe Arpaio cranks Teh Krazy up to 11
15) UK security theater: RAF fighters intercept Russian bombers in international airspace, Guardian pretends it’s news
16) China: Regime escalates crackdown on cryptocurrency trading
17) Switzerland: New law bans boiling lobsters alive
18) UK: Leader of UKIP splits with girlfriend after “appalling” Markle comments
19) Iraq: Dozens dead in Baghdad suicide attacks
20) Russian, Turkish regimes condemn US regime’s plans for escalation of Syria invasion

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Nativists don’t know the future
22) Trump’s ridiculous ultimatum on the nuclear deal
23) Can government officials have you arrested for speaking to them?
24) America’s civil war
25) No, immigrants aren’t stealing our jobs
26) After Hawaii false alarm, get serious about preparing for nuclear attack
27) The racism and s***hole circus misses the point
28) No, Medicaid work requirements aren’t racist or cruel
29) Why the US should support Iran protesters
30) Queer against empire
31) The return of earmarks won’t solve congressional irresponsibility
32) Lords should leave Leveson out of it
33) In two-state, one-state, no-state, two still the magic number
34) Start saving now, because Social Security is screwed
35) The three reasons Martin Luther King Jr. rejected communism
36) How the civil rights movement brought us free speech on campus
37) The forgotten socialist history of Martin Luther King Jr.
38) Babylon goes broke
39) The public domain starts growing again next year, and it’s about time
40) Would Dr. King take a knee?
41) Quantum Vibe, 01/15/18
42) Feds’ misconduct in Cliven Bundy case stems from Ruby Ridge
43) “But so-and-so did it first!” defense is for toddlers, not national discourse
44) Everything seems to be going south
45) All different types of “holes”
46) Have a drink — it won’t kill you
47) What followed the triple axel
48) Liberty, law and the market economy
49) In which world would you rather live?
50) If your crypto doesn’t have a mobile wallet it’s not really a currency

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 690
52) The Bob Zadek Show, 01/14/18
53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 142
54) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 330
55) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/15/18
56) Keeping a DREAM alive
57) Free Talk Live, 01/14/18
58) The Anarchist Experience, episode 147

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

1) Venezuela: Regime forces launch deadly assault, capture rebel police officers
Source: Miami Herald

“Venezuelan special forces on Monday captured five members of a band led by a rebel police officer who has been on the run for six months. The capture followed a deadly early-morning assault in a village outside Caracas that ended with at least two officers killed and five injured, the government reported. It was not clear if the rebel group’s leader Oscar Perez survived the assault, but CNN reported — citing a high government source — that he had been killed. … The assault was made public early Monday by Perez himself, who posted video snippets on social media, including one in which he appears with a bloodied face. ‘They are firing at us with RPG, grenades and grenade launchers, snipers,’ Perez says in one video. ‘There are civilians in here. We told them that we’re going to turn ourselves in and they don’t want to let us surrender. They want to kill us.’” (01/15/18)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article194721704.html

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2) Lavrov: Russia will not support US bid to change Iran nuclear deal
Source: Reuters

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to modify the Iran nuclear deal, arguing such a move could also complicate diplomacy over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Lavrov spoke days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the ‘terrible flaws’ of the 2015 nuclear deal. ‘We will not support what the United States is trying to do, changing the wording of the agreement, incorporating things that will be absolutely unacceptable for Iran,’ Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow.” (01/15/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-lavrov-iran/russia-will-not-support-u-s-bid-to-change-iran-nuclear-deal-lavrov-idUSKBN1F40PG

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3) Cotton hits Durbin for claims of Trump’s “sh*thole countries” comment
Source: The Hill

“Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Sunday reiterated that he didn’t hear President Trump call Haiti, El Salvador and African nations ‘sh*thole countries,’ suggesting Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) misrepresented the president’s comments. ‘I certainly didn’t hear what Sen. Durbin has said repeatedly. Sen. Durbin has a history of misrepresenting what happens in White House meetings, though, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by that,’ Cotton said on CBS’s ‘Face The Nation.’ Pressed on whether he didn’t hear the comment or if it wasn’t said, Cotton said, ‘I didn’t hear it. And I was sitting no farther away from Donald Trump than Dick Durbin was, and I know what Dick Durbin has said about the president’s repeated statements is incorrect,’ Cotton added.” [editor’s note: I continue to maintain that without recorded evidence of what Trump actually said, the WaPo has simply become another rumor-mongering TMZ offshoot, like ESPN has – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Deciding whether to disbelieve Tom Cotton or to disbelieve Dick Durbin is a tossup. I’ll have to go with Trump’s previously displayed temperament and language to settle the matter. Which means he probably said it – TLK] (01/14/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/368963-cotton-attacks-durbin-for-claims-of-trumps-shithole-countries

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4) Canada: Toronto police say hijab-cutting incident didn’t happen
Source: NBC News

“Toronto police are disputing an 11-year-old girl’s claim that her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school last week. Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said Monday an extensive investigation was conducted and police concluded it did not happen. … Pugash declined to say whether the girl acknowledged it didn’t happen. He said police wouldn’t take a step like this unless they were absolutely confident.” [editor’s note: On the one hand, there seem to be a lot of hoaxes of this variety. On the other hand, if it’s anyone’s word versus the police department’s, I know which side I default to absent a good reason to think otherwise … – TLK] (01/15/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/toronto-police-say-hijab-cutting-incident-didn-t-happen-n837791

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5) Italy: Candidate for premier defends “white race” remark
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The head of an anti-migrant party who is running to be Italy’s premier came to the defense Monday of an Italian gubernatorial candidate who advocated for clamping down on immigrants’ numbers to preserve ‘our white race.’ While political opponents condemned the comment by Attilio Fontana, who is running for the governorship of prosperous Lombardy, his League party leader, Matteo Salvini, said Fontana had rightly raised a worry about an ‘invasion’ by Muslims. Fontana, who is running with support from a center-right alliance, whose backers include former Premier Silvio Berlusconi, made the incendiary comments on Sunday on Radio Padania, the mouthpiece of the League.” (01/15/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Italy-Candidate-says-immigration-endangers-our-12498892.php

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6) Chuck Hagel: Trump is an “embarrassment” and US is in danger
Source: Raw Story

“President Donald Trump is an ’embarrassment’ who has set the world up for a year of ‘great danger’ in 2018, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Sunday. ‘Donald Trump is a doing great damage to our country internationally,’ Hagel told the Lincoln Journal Star in Nebraska, his home state. ‘He’s an embarrassment.’ Hagel, who served under President Barack Obama after two terms as a Republican senator, said his GOP colleagues may face a moment of reckoning later this year as results from the investigation into Russia election interference emerge. The country and the world at large have entered “a defining year, a year of volatility and uncertainty and great danger,’ he said. ‘We have not really seen these kind of times since Watergate and Vietnam.’ Hagel said he noticed an increase in Russian interference within the U.S. economy and at the Department of Defense during his time in the Obama administration.” [editor’s note: Neocon cold-warrior ranting; dog bites man, film at 11 – SAT] (01/15/18)

http://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/trump-is-an-embarrassment-and-us-is-in-danger-chuck-hagel

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7) ND: Chick-fil-A boots breast-feeding mom
Source: Fox News

“A mother from Fargo, N. D. says she was kicked out of a Chick-fil-A over the weekend after she started breast-feeding her infant daughter. ‘The owner came to our table where I was showing no more than the upper portion of my breast, barely more than what was visible in my shirt and asked me to cover,’ Macy Hornung wrote on her Facebook page. ‘I tried to explain that I couldn’t, because my baby refuses to be covered and she started harping about the children and men who can see my indecency and I need to cover,’ she went on. ‘I said they could practice the simple art of looking away and tried to cite North Dakota breastfeeding laws. She told me if I chose not to cover, then she would have to ask me to leave, so I told her my review would reflect my experience and I would be relaying the experience in every local mommy group.’” [editor’s note: So one more reason to boycott Chick-fil-a? – SAT] (01/15/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/01/15/chick-fil-boots-breast-feeding-mom-for-nursing-her-baby-girl.html

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8) State Department: Visiting North Korea? Draft a will and make funeral plans
Source: Fox News

“Americans can travel to North Korea, if they wish — but it may just be a death wish, the U.S. State Department cautioned. The State Department last week issued a stark warning to people setting out for the Hermit Kingdom, cautioning that anyone heading to the dangerous dictatorship should prepare for the possibility of not returning. ‘The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in North Korea as it does not have diplomatic or consular relations with North Korea,’ the State Department published Wednesday on its website. Those who wish to travel to North Korea must be approved for a special validation, which are handed out on ‘very limited circumstances.’ U.S. travelers given the approval to experience Kim Jong Un’s regime should then prepare for the worst — including drafting a will and making funeral and property arrangements with family and friends.” (01/15/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/15/visiting-north-korea-draft-will-and-make-funeral-plans-state-department-says.html

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9) Study: Medical cannabis has lowered crime
Source: Raw Story

“What are the ways to reduce crime rates in the United States? Gun control, counseling programs, crackdown on drugs… that list could go on, but you probably didn’t think legalizing marijuana. According to a new study by a three-member team of economists, the introduction of medical marijuana has helped bring down violent crime cases in states that border Mexico. The study, titled ‘Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime,’ said violent crime fell by 13 percent on average in states located on the Mexican border that have legalized medical use of cannabis. ‘These laws allow local farmers to grow marijuana that can then be sold to dispensaries where it is sold legally,’ said economist Evelina Gavrilova from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), one of the authors of the study. ‘These growers are in direct competition with Mexican drug cartels that are smuggling the marijuana into the U.S. As a result, the cartels get much less business.’” (01/15/18)

http://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/medical-marijuana-has-lowered-crime-study-finds

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10) Nine charged for giving food to homeless in California
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Nine people in California have been charged after they handed out food to the homeless, violating a rule about sharing food in public places. The group were protesting against an emergency ordinance in the city of El Cajon which was introduced in response to California’s hepatitis A outbreak. They handed out food, clothes and toiletries on Sunday before police arrived and issued citations. Hepatitis A can be spread by touching contaminated foods or objects. The recent outbreak of the viral disease has taken a severe toll on California’s homeless populations, who are most at risk as they do not have access to basic hygiene and sanitation. Local media report that El Cajon City Council passed the ordinance in October.” (01/15/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42690251

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11) UAE: Regime says Qatar fighter jets intercept flights, Doha denies
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The United Arab Emirates on Monday claimed that Qatari fighter jets intercepted two of its commercial airliners in international airspace on the way to Bahrain, allegations denied by Qatar. The claims could further escalate tensions between Qatar and the four Arab nations that have been boycotting it for months, among them the UAE, home to the world’s busiest international airport. They also could affect long-haul airline travel, as the region’s carriers are a crucial link between the East and West. It follows two complaints by Qatar to the United Nations about Emirati military aircraft allegedly violating its international airspace amid the diplomatic crisis. The UAE denies the allegations.” (01/15/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/UAE-claims-Qatar-fighter-jet-intercepts-12498417.php

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12) Study: Mushrooms cure depression by doing exact opposite of antidepressants
Source: Free Thought Project

“A revolutionary new study is once again revealing a natural approach to be far superior to big pharma solutions — this time involving psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms. The study, published in the scientific journal Neuropharmacology, found that clinically depressed people had increased neural responses to fearful faces one day after a psilocybin-assisted therapy session, which positively predicted positive clinical outcomes. ‘Psilocybin-assisted therapy might mitigate depression by increasing emotional connection,’ neuroscientist and study author Leor Roseman, a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London, explained to PsyPost. This is almost the exact opposite of how standard anti-depressants operate, as SSRI’s typically work by creating an ’emotional blunting.’” (01/13/18)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/new-study-reveals-mushrooms-cure-depression-exact-opposite-anti-depressants

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13) IL: Travelers may have been exposed to measles at O’Hare last week
Source: Aol News

“A passenger arriving on an international flight at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport last Wednesday may have exposed some people in the airport to measles, health officials say. While they stress there is no current risk to the public, the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement that anyone inside O’Hare between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on January 10 may have been exposed to the measles virus. … The passenger was diagnosed with measles after arriving in his home state. Soon afterwards, the Centers for Disease Control learned of the case and contacted passengers who sat next to the passenger during his journey. Health agencies are now working to inform others who were inside O’Hare on January 10 that they may have been exposed.” (01/15/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/01/15/travelers-may-have-been-exposed-to-measles-at-ohare-last-week-officials-say/23333793/

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14) AZ: Disgraced crook Joe Arpaio cranks Teh Krazy up to 11
Source: ABC News

“Arizona Senate candidate Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County and an outspoken ‘birther,’ said Saturday he is not surprised that Hawaiians received an erroneous emergency mobile alert about an imminent ballistic missile attack because ‘there’s something wrong with that government.’ Case in point, according to Arpaio? Former President Barack Obama’s ‘fraudulent’ Hawaii birth certificate. Arpaio claims Obama was not born in the U.S., despite what the birth certificate says. … Arpaio is running for the Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Jeff Flake, who is retiring from Congress at the end of his term.” (01/15/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/arpaio-surprised-erroneous-hawaiian-missile-alert-points-states/story?id=52338056

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15) UK security theater: RAF fighters intercept Russian bombers in international airspace, Guardian pretends it’s news
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The RAF has been scrambled to intercept two long-range Russian bombers over the North Sea. The Tupolev Tu-160s, known to Nato as Blackjacks, were monitored on Monday as they flew past Norway and Denmark and near the Netherlands. Two Typhoon jets from RAF Lossiemouth picked them up about 30 miles (48km) from UK airspace and escorted them. Both Russia and Nato, including Britain, routinely test reactions with such sorties, sometimes flying almost up to the boundaries of each other’s airspace.” (01/15/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/15/raf-fighters-intercept-two-russian-bombers-near-uk-airspace

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16) China: Regime escalates crackdown on cryptocurrency trading
Source: Bloomberg

“China is escalating its clampdown on cryptocurrency trading, targeting online platforms and mobile apps that offer exchange-like services, according to people familiar with the matter. While authorities banned cryptocurrency exchanges last year, they’ve recently noted an uptick in activity on alternative venues. The government plans to block domestic access to homegrown and offshore platforms that enable centralized trading, the people said, without being more specific about how policy makers define such platforms.” (01/15/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-15/china-is-said-to-escalate-crackdown-on-cryptocurrency-trading

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17) Switzerland: New law bans boiling lobsters alive
Source: WDEF 12 News

“Lobsters are a delicious delicacy loved by coastal dwellers across the world — but is boiling them alive inhumane? In a new law, the Swiss government has banned the common culinary practice of throwing the crustaceans into boiling water while they are still conscious. The move is a response to studies that suggest lobsters are sentient with advanced nervous systems that may feel pain. From March 2018, lobsters being prepared in Switzerland will need to be knocked out before they’re put to death, or killed instantly.” (01/15/18)

https://wdef.com/2018/01/14/switzerland-bans-boiling-lobsters-alive/

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18) UK: Leader of UKIP splits with girlfriend after “appalling” Markle comments
Source: US News & World Report

“The leader of Britain’s anti-European Union UKIP Party said he had split with his new girlfriend after a newspaper published derogatory comments she made about Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle and black people. Henry Bolton, 54, who became the ailing UK Independence Party’s fourth leader in a year when he was elected last September, said he had ended his relationship with model Jo Marney … Marney, 25, who began dating Bolton just after Christmas, had described U.S. actress Markle, whose father is white and mother is African-American, as a ‘dumb little commoner’ and said ‘her seed with (sic) taint our royal family,’ according to the texts printed in the Mail on Sunday newspaper. Marney also described black people as ugly.” (01/15/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-01-15/leader-of-britains-ukip-splits-with-girlfriend-after-appalling-markle-comments

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19) Iraq: Dozens dead in Baghdad suicide attacks
Source: CBS News

“Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a busy street market in central Baghdad on Monday, in back-to-back explosions that killed at least 38 people, Iraqi health and police officials said. The attackers struck during rush hour in the city’s Tayran Square, which is usually crowded by laborers seeking work. The twin explosions also wounded at least 105 people, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media. … No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but it bore all the hallmarks of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has claimed many such attacks in the past.” (01/15/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/double-suicide-bombing-baghdad-deadly-toll/

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20) Russian, Turkish regimes condemn US regime’s plans for escalation of Syria invasion
Source: Washington Post

“Russia, Turkey and the Syrian government on Monday denounced the U.S.-led coalition plans to form a Kurdish-led border force to secure the areas along Syria’s international border to the north with Turkey and to the east, with Iraq. The coalition told The Associated Press Monday that 230 new cadets have already been recruited to the force, which is anticipated to reach 30,000 troops in the next several years. According to the coalition, the core of the force is to be made up of fighters from the existing Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, the coalition’s main ally in the fight against Islamic State militants. The SDF currently controls nearly 25 percent of Syrian territory in the north and east.” (01/15/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/us-coalition-230-cadets-recruited-for-syria-border-force/2018/01/15/092bea6a-f9d4-11e7-9b5d-bbf0da31214d_story.html

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

21) Nativists don’t know the future
Source: Indepdendent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Many anti-immigrationists display a remarkable confidence in their ability to forecast how immigrants will act for many years into the future. So, for example, the nativists often allege that if, say, Mexicans are permitted to enter the USA, they will sooner or later vote for governmental measures to plunder the current residents and redistribute the loot to themselves. What gives the nativists such powers of divining the future, especially when they have no special knowledge of social science or ethnic history to work with? It might be worthwhile for people to consider how the ‘experts’ have fared over the past couple of centuries in making such forecasts. The main conclusion one would be compelled to reach from such a consideration is that the experts have an almost perfect record of poor forecasts, indeed of many forecasts that were the opposite of what actually came about in the fullness of time.” (01/15/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/01/15/nativists-dont-know-the-future/

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22) Trump’s ridiculous ultimatum on the nuclear deal
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“It has been clear for years that Trump wants to renege on the nuclear deal, but it’s also clear that he wants to be able to blame someone else when he does so. The problem for Trump is that his bad faith on this issue is so obvious to everyone that his attempt to shift the blame for his poor policy choices won’t work. Our European allies won’t yield to his ridiculous ultimatum because they have no reason to do so. If the U.S. opts to break the commitments it made under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it will do so without obtaining their assistance in providing political cover.” (01/15/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-ridiculous-ultimatum-on-the-nuclear-deal/

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23) Can government officials have you arrested for speaking to them?
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“If a citizen speaks at a public meeting and says something a politician doesn’t like, can she be arrested, cuffed, and carted off to the hoosegow? … Deyshia Hargrave, meet Fane Lozman. You need to follow his case. Hargrave is a language arts teacher in Kaplan, La. She was arrested Monday after she questioned school-district policy during public comment at a school board meeting. … Fane Lozman, whose case will be argued in front of the Supreme Court on February 27, faced the same fate at a meeting of the Riviera Beach, Fl., City Council in November 2006. Mr. Lozman, remarkably enough, has made his way to the high court more or less without assistance twice in the past four years, arguing two different aspects of his acrimonious dispute with the Riviera Beach city government.” (01/15/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/can-government-officials-have-you-arrested-for-speaking-to-them/550517/

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24) America’s civil war
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“According to a coalition of forces including the Democratic party, the FBI, the CIA, and most of the “news” media, the country has been taken over by Vladimir Putin and the Russian State: President Donald J. Trump is an instrument in their hands, and the independence of the United States has been fatally compromised: the President and his top aides are taking their orders from the Kremlin. This wouldn’t even pass an elementary course in formulaic script-writing, not to mention that gigantic plagiarism problem such a project would pose: it’s been done to death. But a lack of originality isn’t something that would stop our spooks, as dogged as they are. Our intelligence agencies are at war with the executive branch of government, and they have been ever since Trump triumphed in the Electoral College and decisively defeated Hillary Clinton. The FBI/CIA/Deep State have been trying mightily to reverse the election results since that moment, to no avail.” (01/15/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/01/14/americas-civil-war/

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25) No, immigrants aren’t stealing our jobs
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by T Norman Van Cott

“The continuing controversy over immigration, legal and illegal, smothers long-standing flattering descriptions of the United States as a ‘nation of immigrants.’ Ditto for ‘melting pot’ and e pluribus unum (‘out of many, one’). I enjoy asking people opposed to immigration when it was that immigrants began to undermine the US economy. Answers laced with smugness about immigrants ‘stealing our jobs’ and racial or ethnic animus are common. Amusing to me was a relative who said that immigrants ‘went bad after our people arrived.’ … So what is it about immigration? Why the outcry? Why does a nation of immigrants react so vehemently to whoever is the immigrant target group of the day/month/year? Working immigrants, legal or illegal, put into play two opposing forces on living standards of resident Americans.” (01/15/18)

https://fee.org/articles/no-immigrants-are-not-stealing-our-jobs/

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26) After Hawaii false alarm, get serious about preparing for nuclear attack
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“As the recent missile-attack false alarm in Hawaii demonstrated, Americans are simultaneously worried about nuclear war and not seriously prepared for it. But the problem goes far beyond the inept handling of an emergency-alert system. Take, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recently announced a program to work on preparing for a nuclear attack. ‘While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness,’ the agency wrote.” [editor’s note: So, duck and cover or dig a bomb-shelter? More security theater, since if it happens there will be recourse anyway? – SAT] (01/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/15/after-hawaii-false-alarm-get-serious-preparing-nuclear-attack-glenn-reynolds-column/1032566001

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27) The racism and s***hole circus misses the point
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Amidst all the furor over whether Donald Trump is a racist and whether he did in fact describe Haiti and African countries as ‘s***holes,’ the real point is one that hardly anyone wants to face, including Trump’s critics who continue to support immigration controls on Haiti and Africa to ensure that not too many of their citizens come to the United States. The real point is this: The ongoing, decades-long U.S. immigration crisis, chaos, and controversy are rooted in immigration controls. As long as immigration controls remain in place, so will the crisis, chaos, and controversy.” (01/15/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/01/15/racism-shole-circus-misses-point/

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28) No, Medicaid work requirements aren’t racist or cruel
Source: The American Spectator
by David Catron

“Democrat/MSM propaganda notwithstanding, the CMS decision to support states that wish to use a work requirement as a prerequisite for continued Medicaid eligibility for able-bodied adults seems eminently reasonable.” (01/15/18)

https://spectator.org/no-medicaid-work-requirements-arent-racist-or-cruel/

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29) Why the US should support Iran protesters
Source: Reuters [UK] by Roya Hakakian

“In recent weeks, Iran has again been in the throes of an uprising. Signs of the regime change America had long hoped to see are on the horizon. In the unlikeliest cities (once the strongholds of the conservatives) Iranians have taken to the streets, demanding, not just reform, but a referendum. A nationwide referendum in March 1979, in which over 90 percent of Iranians marked Islamic Republic as their choice of government, gave legitimacy to the current regime. Many Iranians now hope for a second referendum, which could give them a chance to undo the government they chose nearly 40 years ago. The restraint that the United States showed in refraining from military action against Iran was the right course when the threat of war loomed between the two nations. But while we must continue to avoid war at all costs, now that defenseless Iranians have taken to the streets, cautious silence is no longer the right approach.” [editor’s note: Oh, right; more regime change – NOPE! – SAT] (01/15/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hakakian-iran-commentary/commentary-why-the-u-s-should-support-iran-protesters-idUSKBN1F423T

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30) Queer against empire
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“The state cannot exist without whole classes of people to subjugate and oppress. These people aren’t just the foreign targets of death squads and drone strikes but the domestic targets of police violence and mass incarceration. This includes queer people, my people, who are singled out and violated by the state for rejecting their established status quo on sexual and gender etiquette. In other words we refuse to play by their rules and lead a bad example to the rest of the proletariat expected to toe the company line. Controlling a sizable population of people becomes a lot harder when you can’t divide and conquer and when your very existence shreds notions as basic as the gender binary you find yourself pretty close to the top of the establishment’s shitlist. After all, if boys aren’t boys and girls aren’t girls then how will the state know who to oppress?” (01/15/18)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/01/queer-against-empire.html

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31) The return of earmarks won’t solve congressional irresponsibility
Source: National Review
by Jay Cost

“Let’s stipulate the Hamiltonian argument that individual passions need to be corralled for the public interest. There are still several, related problems with earmarks in practice. The first is a matter of efficiency. Yes, it is true that earmarks are a tool to induce recalcitrant members to support a necessary measure. However, once members realize that their votes can be traded for earmarks, they will start to hold back their support — resulting in a dramatic increase in requests for earmarks. … Second, there is the problem of wasted time. The legislative calendar is already short, and legislative staff already spread way too thin. The annual deluge of earmarks distracts Congress even more from attending to its weightier duties. Third, there is the problem of corruption.” (01/15/18)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455433/earmarks-congress-irresponsibility-stronger-party-structures-are-better-alternative

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32) Lords should leave Leveson out of it
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Matt Kilcoyne

“We are rightly keen to chastise and lampoon the enemies of a free press away from home (whether its mocking Trump’s attacks of #FakeNews and his calls to open up the libel laws, Chinese censorship or Turkey’s Erdogan shutting down private papers and TV channels). But the threat that comes from the House of Lords should be just as worrying.” (01/15/18)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/lords-leveson-2

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33) In two-state, one-state, no-state, two still the magic number
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“You know that moment: when you notice that the chatter in a crowded room full of people has risen to a roar? Right now the crowded hall is the virtual space containing everyone even vaguely concerned with Israel and Palestine. The roar is many of them saying loudly, emphatically, that this two-state business is past tense. Israel under Netanyahu has gone much too far in absorbing the occupied territories, they say; the United States of Trump has lost its license as the couples therapist for nations. The time has come, or will be here in a moment, when the only solution (if you care about democracy) is for Palestinians to become full voting citizens of Israel, which will in that case no longer be Israel. The clamor is justified. The conclusions don’t hold up.” (01/15/18)

http://prospect.org/article/two-state-one-state-no-state-two-still-magic-number

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34) Start saving now, because Social Security is screwed
Source: Reason
by Veronique de Rugy

“The single largest government program in the United States will soon have an annual budget of $1 trillion a year. Yet even that amount isn’t sufficient to fulfill the promises it has made. If Congress doesn’t address its insolvency issues, payouts will need to be slashed by a quarter starting in fewer than 20 years. The program is Social Security, and our national pastime seems to be turning a blind eye to its dysfunctions.” (for publication 02/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2018/01/15/start-saving-now-because-socia

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35) The three reasons Martin Luther King Jr. rejected communism
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, but the civil rights leader is a figure of worldwide significance. He learned the principles of non-violence from those resisting the British empire, received the Nobel Peace Prize in Stockholm, and is one of the ‘twentieth century martyrs’ whose statue sits atop the great west door of Westminster Cathedral (alongside Maximilian Kolbe, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and others). And 50 years after his death, his moral crusade for equal treatment under the law continues to inspire idealists across the globe. Just months after the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, it is worth remembering that King explicitly denounced Communism.” (01/15/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/01/15/3-reasons-martin-luther-king-jr-rejected-communism

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36) How the civil rights movement brought us free speech on campus
Souce: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“As our nation takes the day to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for those of us at FIRE it’s worth pausing once again to consider the contributions of the movement King came to represent to the conception of First Amendment and due process rights FIRE continues to defend today. The reality is that FIRE would not and could not exist if not for two movements. First is the Enlightenment, which brought us (among many other things) the United States, the Bill of Rights, and the idea — enshrined in our founding documents, if not in practice — that ‘all men are created equal.’ Second is the African-American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, which set the modern template for successful and peaceful activism.” (01/15/18)

https://www.thefire.org/how-the-civil-rights-movement-brought-us-free-speech-on-campus/

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37) The forgotten socialist history of Martin Luther King Jr.
Source: In These Times
by Matthew Miles Goodrich

“In 1952 a 23-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a love letter to Coretta Scott. Along with coos of affection and apologies for his hasty handwriting, he described his feelings not just toward his future wife, but also toward America’s economic system. ‘I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic,’ he admitted to his then-girlfriend, concluding that ‘capitalism has outlived its usefulness.’ King composed these words as a grad student on the tail end of his first year at the Boston University School of Theology. And far from representing just the utopianism of youth, the views expressed in the letter would go on to inform King’s economic vision throughout his life. As Americans honor King on his birthday, it is important to remember that the civil rights icon was also a democratic socialist, committed to building a broad movement to overcome the failings of capitalism and achieve both racial and economic equality for all people.” (01/15/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20839/martin-luther-king-jr-day-socialism-capitalism

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38) Babylon goes broke
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“A few Babylonian, er, California cities going bankrupt — Stockton, Vallejo, and Bell — should be seen as more than dead canaries in a coalminer’s care. Indeed, you don’t need special prophetic gifts to see the dangers posed by over-promising cushy pensions to government workers. Californians are coming around.” (01/15/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/15/babylon-goes-broke/

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39) The public domain starts growing again next year, and it’s about time
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Katharine Trendacosta

“One major rationale for copyright is supposedly that, by giving an exclusive set of rights to artists for their work, we incentivize creativity by making it possible for artists to benefit from releasing works to the public. But copyright protection is supposed to be limited, and once it expires, a work enters the public domain, where anyone can use it. In the United States, the length of the copyright term has been steadily extended so that published works are effectively copyrighted for 95 years (for corporate works) or until 70 years after an author’s death (for individual works). This has resulted in a public domain that saw increasingly less materials being added to it, limiting the ability of artists to build on works that came before them. The last time Congress changed the law in the 1998 Copyright Term Extension Act, it was applied retroactively. Effectively, it meant that nothing has entered the public domain in the United States for years. January 1, 2019 will mark the end of this dry spell as works first published in 1923 will finally enter the public domain.” (01/15/18)

https://www.eff.org/https%3A//kittens.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/01/public-domain-starts-growing-again-next-year-and-its-about-time

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40) Would Dr. King take a knee?
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“[Today], the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. If he hadn’t been murdered, he would be 89 years old. How would Dr. King view today’s activists? Would he join them to walk picket lines for a higher minimum wage, or take a knee as the national anthem is played? The words to his “I Have a Dream” speech will be repeated from podiums and in classrooms across the country. But many of the people repeating these words have never heard other King quotes, like this one: ‘I am convinced that if we are to get on to the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.’ To those who condemn idealism, who preach the quiet cynicism of self-limiting ‘pragmatism’ and insist it’s ‘how the world works,’ Dr. King had an answer: He was, in his own words, ‘maladjusted.’” (01/14/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180115/would-dr-king-take-a-knee-5-ways-his-radical-spirit-lives-on-today

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41) Quantum Vibe, 01/15/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (01/15/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1745

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42) Feds’ misconduct in Cliven Bundy case stems from Ruby Ridge
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“Federal judge Gloria Navarro slammed the FBI and Justice Department on Monday, Jan. 8, for ‘outrageous’ abuses and ‘flagrant misconduct’ in the prosecution of Cliven Bundy and sons, the Nevada ranchers who spurred a high-profile standoff with the FBI and Bureau of Land Management in 2014. Navarro condemned the ‘grossly shocking’ withholding of evidence from defense counsel in a case that could have landed the Bundys in prison for the rest of their lives. Navarro, who had declared a mistrial last month, dismissed all charges against the Bundys. Navarro was especially riled because the FBI spent three years covering up or lying about the role of their snipers in the 2014 standoff. … Judge Navarro rightly declared that ‘a universal sense of justice has been violated’ by federal misconduct in the Bundy trial. Americans’ trust in the FBI and Justice Department will not be restored until those agencies are compelled to obey the law and the Constitution.” (01/14/18)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2018/01/14/the-hill-ruby-ridge-spurred-feds-bundy-bollixing/

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43) “But so-and-so did it first!” defense is for toddlers, not national discourse
Source: Fox News Forum
by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

“I’m not sure if we Americans were happier to ring in the New Year or wring the neck of the old one. Either way, 2018 is here bearing the familiar heady promise of fresh beginnings. If only the blank slate that encourages us to embark on our personal do-overs would beckon us to rethink the state of our national discourse. As it is, we’ve largely abandoned our proverbial water coolers where adult conversations had at least the potential of bringing about change, in favor of flying fingers launching verbal attacks from the safety of our glowing bunker screens. Yesterday, I shared a social media tip for 2018. It was my effort at creating one of those popular memes and it featured the snarling image of an angry dog, and the ageless wisdom of Proverbs 16:7: ‘Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is he who rushes into a quarrel not his own.’ I’d love to see that idea go viral, but sadly, we’re all too eager to stake a position in the day’s trending battle, whatever it may be. Sigh.” (01/14/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/14/baby-steps-america-but-so-and-so-did-it-first-defense-is-for-toddlers-not-national-discourse.html

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44) Everything seems to be going south
Source: CounterPunch
by David Macaray

“It was many decades ago when word first reached business executives in faraway Tokyo, Japan, that if they were ever seriously considering putting down permanent manufacturing roots in the U.S., they would be well advised to place them in the American South. Not only was the U.S. an unbelievably fertile market — indeed, we invented ‘mega-consumerism’ — but because the former CSA (Confederate States of America) was conspicuously and stridently opposed to collectivism, government regulation, and labor unions, the American South would be the perfect place to establish, well, an ‘industrial empire.’ And that more or less marked the beginning GIM (the Great Industrial Migration).” (01/15/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/15/everything-seems-to-be-going-south/

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45) All different types of “holes”
Source: Town Hall
by Derek Hunter

“The media’s fainting couches were fully engaged and the pearls were tightly clutched as word leaked out of a private White House meeting that President Trump referred to some of the worst places on Earth as … um (how I can put this in a way that will get past the editors?), feces-holes. It was inartful. It was crude. But it was in private, and it was, unquestioningly accurate. There are some really awful places in the world with horribly corrupt governments and oppressive economies. There is also a limit to who we can, and should, admit to this country to live, work and possibly become citizens. That idea is now racist, not because President Trump used an obscene term in the Oval Office, but because liberals, in and out of the media, simply declared it to be.” [editor’s note: Since when is an Oval Office meeting with congressional leaders to discuss legislation “private?” – TLK] (01/14/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2018/01/14/all-different-types-of-holes-n2434216

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46) Have a drink — it won’t kill you
Source: spiked
by Rob Lyons

“Millions enjoy going out at the weekend and ‘killing some brain cells’ by downing a few drinks. Most of us would assume, especially when feeling tender the morning after, that booze is not good for your brain. Now, a new study on alcohol and cognitive decline is being used to suggest that official guidelines on alcohol consumption, already laughably low, should be lowered still further. As with all such claims, some serious scepticism is required.” (01/15/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/have-a-drink-it-wont-kill-you/

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47) What followed the triple axel
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“In U.S. Figure Skating, you can deliver the skate of your life, earn a silver medal, and still not make the Olympic team. Ross Miner did just that on January 7, skating a nearly perfect program to a rousing medley of Queen songs that earned him a silver medal behind 18-year-old skating phenom Nathan Chen and his five quadruple jumps. No one was going to beat Chen; silver was the new gold in 2018. To win that silver medal, Miner had to be perfect. And he was. … Unlike what happens in track and field, swimming, skiing, and just about any other sport, winning at U.S. Figure Skating Nationals doesn’t guarantee you a trip to the Olympics. In figure skating that decision is made behind closed doors by a committee that examines the skaters’ ‘body of work’ to decide who is most likely to bring home a medal. And this season they’re betting on Rippon. Thanks for the memories, Ross. See ya later.” (01/15/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1802

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48) Liberty, law and the market economy
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“The history of liberty and prosperity is inseparable from the practice of free enterprise and respect for the rule of law. Both are products of the spirit of classical liberalism. But a correct understanding of free enterprise, the rule of law, and liberalism (rightly understood) is greatly lacking in the world today.” (01/15/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/liberty-law-market-economy/

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49) In which world would you rather live?
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“In Smithworld, many people save, while in Keynesworld no one saves. Also in Smithworld, wealthier people save higher portions of their incomes than do their less-wealthy fellow Smithworlders. In stark contrast, in Keynesworld every cent earned as income, within the week of it being earned, is spent to satisfy an immediate consumption desire. Put differently, the marginal propensity to consume in Keynesworld is much higher than it is on Smithworld. Indeed, in Keynesworld, the marginal propensity to consume is 100 percent, and it is 100 percent regardless of income level. If you had to choose to be a life-long resident of one of these two worlds, which of these worlds would you choose for you and your family?” (01/14/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/01/world-rather-live.html

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50) If your crypto doesn’t have a mobile wallet it’s not really a currency
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“Anyone can create a cryptocurrency. It’s a surprisingly simple process, especially if you copy the codebase of an existing coin and give it a new name. That’s how many of the most popular cryptocurrencies such as litecoin were born. But creating a cryptocurrency and mining the genesis block isn’t enough: until that coin has its own mobile wallet and can be used to transact, it doesn’t deserve to be called a cryptocurrency.” (01/14/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/if-your-crypto-doesnt-have-a-mobile-wallet-its-not-really-a-currency/

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51) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 690
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Lots of people screaming about the president’s comments over immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries. Truth is this entire debate is about using young as political pawns in a game to get more money and more ‘stuff.’ Frankly, I don’t have any respect for someone who would do that or the group of men providing cover for the president as he does it.” [various formats] (01/15/18)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/690-trump-daca-and-the-cluster-in-washington/

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52) The Bob Zadek Show, 01/14/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“The Basics of Bitcoin & Blockchain with Stan Larimer” [various formats] (01/14/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/1/11/the-basics-of-bitcoin-blockchain-with-stan-larimer

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53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 142
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #142, I discuss the war in Syria. Israel has continued to bomb the Assad regime. Turkey is now threatening to invade Syria to attack the Kurds. Syria and Russia are waging a brutal air war against the Syrian rebels. The US says we are staying in Syria out of concern of Iranian influence. The US also announced plans to create a huge border army to defend the Kurdish state in eastern Syria. I cover the false alarm in Hawaii and Tulsi Gabbard’s demand the US engage in talks with North Korea. I also update Korean peace talks and Panama.” [various formats] (01/15/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-142-syria-a-false-alarm

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54) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 330
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc is joined by the author of ‘Freedom Through Memedom: The 31-Day Guide to Waking up to Liberty’ as well as the host of the ‘Free Man Beyond the Wall’ podcast, Mance Rayder! Marc and Mance discuss everything from what gets Mance the most fired up, how he became a libertarian, why he enjoys memes and finds them an effective way to communicate ideas, and what led him to writing ‘Freedom through Memedom.’” [various formats] (01/15/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/01/15/freedom-memedom-mance-rayder-lions-liberty/

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55) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/15/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“John Vibes, Shane Buell, and Jeremy Hesienberg yak about having permission to tell cancer jokes, the ‘accidental’ missile attack warning in Hawaii, Satanism and Stirner, how ride sharing apps are taking business from ambulances, the Cochella festival refusing to allow now ‘legal’ cannabis, and a bail charity on a blockchain.” [various formats] (01/15/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15512

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56) Keeping a DREAM alive
Source: Free Press Publications

“On January 15, many Americans will observe Martin Luther King, Jr Day with a bank holiday, school closures, and no postal service; otherwise it’s not really holiday that is celebrated by most Americans. King is probably best known for his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech from 1963 …. DACA is an Obama-era policy to exempt from deportation anyone who: arrived in the United States as a minor in violation of US immigration laws prior to June 15, 2012; has lived in the United States continuously since June 15, 2007; is a student, graduated with a diploma or GED, or has an honorable discharge from the US military; does not have a felony, or serious misdemeanor conviction; and who is not a threat to national security or public safety. … Those covered under DACA are called DREAMers because DACA is the successor of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which was first introduced in Congress in 2001 under a different name, and in 2007 as the DREAM Act.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (01/14/18)

http://fpp.cc/keeping-a-dream-alive/

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57) Free Talk Live, 01/14/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Madoblastoo joins us to discuss life as a Twitch video game streamer. :: Copyrighted Music on Streaming :: Twitch Shuts Down Madoblastoo Over DMCA :: Guns and Pot :: Cannabis and Addiction :: Carl Drega :: Savings vs Investment :: Libertarian Migration to NH :: Judicial Dynasty :: Economics in One Lesson :: HOSTS — Ian, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/14/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-14

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58) The Anarchist Experience, episode 147
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“Rich flies solo, having survived the Ballistic Missile threat of 2018, discussing these Headlines: — Charges Against Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy and His Sons Tossed from Federal Court — ‘Looking For A Savior In A President Is A Slave Mentality’ — The Answer to Illegal Immigration Is Property Rights — Town in New Jersey to fine nonresidents for driving through town.” [various formats] (01/14/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/the-anarchist-experience-147/

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