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Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Tillerson opens summit with vow to double down on “Kim Jong Un is COMING TO GET YEWWW!” theatrics
2) Trump regime to appeal court’s DACA ruling
3) Kosovo: Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic shot dead
4) New California declares independence in bid to become 51st state
5) Bannon subpoenaed to testify in Russiagate pageantry
6) DHS secretary says she did not hear Trump use “vulgar term” at meeting
7) Jordan: PETA slams Petra for animal mistreatment
8) Judge delays setting trial date for Manafort
9) Trump’s “sh*thole” comments inspire Zambia tourism ad
10) House GOP takes aim at union “dues skimming” from Medicaid
11) MS: Garner, convicted in fatal buttocks-injection procedure, dies in prison
12) Nigeria releases “repentant” Boko Haram suspects after “rehabilitation”
13) Trump aides debate which version of vulgarity Trump uttered
14) MN: Witness says road rager dared victim to shoot him — and got shot
15) Boeing unveils latest scheme for turning your paycheck into its corporate welfare check
16) MI: ICE thugs abduct, deport father of two
17) DC: Georgetown adviser resigns after abusive #metoo tweet
18) Chinese scientists unveil plan to zap space junk with orbital lasers
19) Danish inventor charged with murdering journalist
20) Cryptocurrency prices plunge
21) CT: Army vet sues VA over scalpel found in his body years after surgery
22) Denmark: Facebook snitching results in hundreds of child abductions
23) Palestine: PLO Central Council recommends suspension of recognition of Israel
24) Chile: Pope begs foregiveness for “irreparable harm” from sex abuse
25) UK: Frozen food powerhouse commits to ban on plastic packaging

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) The demise of the jury trial
27) Is this the beginning of the end of the Bitcoin bubble?
28) Minimum wage hikes inflict maximum pain
29) The case for Oprah
30) For individual liberty, size does not matter — or so it seems
31) “Speaking Freely”: Partisan divides in attitudes toward the disinvitation of campus gust speakers
32) A liberal’s confession
33) The Instant Pot and how empathy is at the core of capitalism
34) Where are the Supreme Court’s opinions?
35) Work requirements in Medicaid will worsen the opioid crisis
36) President Trump’s first year made me rethink my American government class
37) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 18
38) Lock her up
39) How do you say “sh*thole” in Norwegian?
40) Why Senator Cardin is a fitting opponent for Chelsea Manning
41) To complain about Lidl’s peeled onions means you think someone would like them
42) Trump and his haters: Battle of the vanities
43) Book reviews: The KKK’s attempt to define America
44) Neoconning the Trump White House
45) Our outlook for 2018 interest rates to stay low. The consensus view is that Europe’s banks are recovering but we are not so sure.
46) Self-reflection at the twilight of the US empire
47) #NotMe
48) Norway to Trump: Keep your gold-plated sh*thole
49) Racist mania II
50) The futility of government bans — Bitcoin always finds a way
51) Duck and cover
52) Watch Wormwood
53) Oprah for President … or for Queen?
54) Zimbabwe’s coconut coup installs a crocodile liberator
55) Not requiring evidence of jurisdiction is a violation of due process

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Reason Podcast, 01/16/18
57) PanAm Podcast, 01/16/18
58) The Libertarian Angle, 01/16/18
59) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 39
60) Fresh Air, 01/15/18
61) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/16/18
62) Free Talk Live, 01/15/18
63) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 144

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

1) Tillerson opens summit with vow to double down on “Kim Jong Un is COMING TO GET YEWWW!” theatrics
Source: Washington Post

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the United States would not stop joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for North Korea freezing its nuclear weapons program, and promised to keep squeezing Pyongyang economically and diplomatically until [American TV viewers get bored and change the channel]. … The summit, at a convention center overlooking the Pacific, highlights Tillerson’s efforts to [keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary].” (01/16/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/tillerson-opens-summit-with-a-vow-to-keep-up-pressure-on-north-korea/2018/01/16/b04bbac8-d95b-4115-97ed-9ed7b451cda3_story.html

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2) Trump regime to appeal court’s DACA ruling
Source: The Hill

“The Department of Justice is appealing a federal district court judge’s decision to block the Trump administration from ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The department said it filed a notice of its appeal to the 9th Circuit Court and intends later this week to ask the Supreme Court to rule on the merits of the case so the issue can be ‘resolved quickly and fairly for all the parties involved.’ The Trump administration filed its appeal a week after a federal district court judge in San Francisco said the Obama-era program must remain in place and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must continue to accept renewal applications from immigrants currently in the program.” (01/16/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/369177-justice-dept-to-appeal-courts-daca-ruling

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3) Kosovo: Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic shot dead
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A prominent Kosovo Serb politician, Oliver Ivanovic, has been shot dead outside his party offices in the Serb-run north of Mitrovica. Ivanovic, seen as a moderate Kosovo Serb leader, was shot four times in the chest and died later in hospital, his lawyer Nebojsa Vlajic said. Serbian government negotiators walked out of EU-mediated talks with Kosovo Albanians in Brussels after the news. Kosovo remains ethnically divided since unilaterally splitting from Serbia. Mitrovica, in northern Kosovo, is split, with the south run by Kosovo Albanians.” (01/16/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42701712

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4) New California declares independence in bid to become 51st state
Source: USA Today

“The founders of New California took an early step toward statehood Monday with the reading of their own Declaration of Independence from California, a state they describe as ‘ungovernable.’ Their solution: Take over most of current-day California — including many rural counties — and leave the coastal urban areas to themselves. … Claiming the authority of Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the aspiring 51st state plans to convince California’s legislature to split the state before submitting the resolution to Congress.” (01/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/16/new-california-declares-independence-california-bid-become-51st-state/1036681001/

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5) Bannon subpoenaed to testify in Russiagate pageantry
Source: New York Times

“Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The move marked the first time Mr. Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Mr. Trump’s inner circle.” [editor’s note: He was later also subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee after to help them with their dog and pony show – TLK] (01/16/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/us/politics/steve-bannon-mueller-russia-subpoena.html

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6) DHS secretary says she did not hear Trump use “vulgar term” at meeting
Source: USA Today

“Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a Senate committee Tuesday she did not hear President Trump utter the word “shithole” or a similar vulgarity to describe African and some Latin American countries during a meeting on immigration last week with senators. Trump has denied using the word. At a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., pressed Nielsen, who attended the meeting, about the specific language the president used and whether the term ‘shithole’ or a similar profanity was used. Nielsen replied that she did not hear the term but said the meeting included ‘tough’ rhetoric on both sides.” [editor’s note: It is getting to where this “he said, she said” stuff needs either a recording of the meeting, or to be put to bed – SAT] [editor’s note: Or we could notice that the allegation jibes with Trump’s temperament and rhetoric, assume that if it really matters one way or another, yeah, he probably said it, and move on to the next part of the clown show – TLK] (01/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/16/homeland-security-secretary-says-she-did-not-hear-trump-say-shithole-meeting/1036089001

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7) Jordan: PETA slams Petra for animal mistreatment
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Animal rights group PETA has launched an international campaign to try to end the mistreatment of working animals in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. PETA says donkeys, horses and camels are beaten and forced to carry visitors in extreme heat without shade or water. Jordanian and international groups say they are already working with the animals’ owners to improve conditions. They fear warning off tourists could prove counter-productive by depriving the animals’ owners of income. Petra is one of the wonders of the world. Carved out of rock, the sudden entrance into the ancient Nabatean city through a narrow passage is breathtaking.” (01/16/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42692743

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8) Judge delays setting trial date for Manafort
Source: Reuters

“A federal judge on Tuesday delayed setting a trial date for President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who faces charges stemming from the special counsel’s probe of allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election. Defense lawyers said the government has still not yet produced all of the evidence it has gathered, and they need more time to pore through it and file the necessary motions. The government had sought for a May start to the trial. But Judge Amy Berman Jackson said at Tuesday’s hearing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that a trial for Manafort and his business partner Richard Gates might not start until the fall of 2018. ‘We have limited resources,’ Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing said Tuesday. ‘We’re not big law firms.’ Manafort and Gates face charges that include failing to register as foreign agents for political work they did for a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party, as well as conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy against the United States.” (01/16/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-manafort/u-s-judge-delays-setting-trial-date-for-trump-ex-aide-manafort-idUSKBN1F520D

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9) Trump’s “sh*thole” comments inspire Zambia tourism ad
Source: Raw Story

“A prominent Zambia tourism website appears to have been inspired by President Donald Trump, launching an ad that invites tourists to ‘visit ****hole Zambia.’ The ad, posted on the Zambiatourism.com‘s Facebook page, features a stunning sunset vista and the slogan: ‘Visit ****hole Zambia … Where the only stars and stripes you’ll have to see are in the sky and on a zebra.’ Zambiatourism.com, which operates independently of the official Zambia Tourism Board, also advertised the country as a destination ‘where beautiful vistas and breathtaking wildlife are our trump card!’” [editor’s note: Now that is a brilliant move – SAT] (01/16/18)

http://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/trumps-shthole-comments-inspire-zambia-tourism-ad

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10) House GOP takes aim at union “dues skimming” from Medicaid
Source: Fox News

“House Republicans want to pull the plug on a controversial scheme in which unions collect dues from federal subsidies to people cared for by family members. Despite a 2014 Supreme Court ruling barring unions from forcing family caregivers to pay union dues, 11 states allow health care labor organizations to classify them as public-sector workers who must pay dues. Those dues are then collected from federal payments to states through Medicaid and other government programs before funds are passed through to intended recipients. ‘Even though the Supreme Court has spoken, we’re still seeing a lot a states deducting dues from benefit checks from people who do not want or need a union,’ F. Vincent Vernuccio, a senior fellow at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, said Monday. ‘Nobody is telling the providers who see the value of unions to stop paying dues. But let the providers get their money, then write a check. This way, they’re making their own decision.’” (01/16/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/16/house-gop-takes-aim-at-union-dues-skimming-from-family-caregivers-medicaid.html

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11) MS: Garner, convicted in fatal buttocks-injection procedure, dies in prison
Source: USA Today

“A woman convicted in the 2012 death of a Georgia woman who died after receiving silicone butt injections has died in prison, according to authorities. Mississippi inmate Tracy Lynn Garner, 58, died Sunday, less than 3.5 years into her life sentence, according to a statement released Monday by the Mississippi Department of Corrections, the Associated Press reported. Garner was taken from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the facility. Garner was convicted in 2014 of depraved heart murder after Karima Gordon died eight days after receiving silicone butt injections from Garner in Jackson, Miss.. Authorities say Gordon died in an Atlanta hospital of a blood clot in her lung a few days after the procedure in 2012.” (01/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/16/woman-convicted-fatal-buttocks-injection-procedure-dies-prison/1035294001

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12) Nigeria releases “repentant” Boko Haram suspects after “rehabilitation”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Nigeria’s military says it has released 244 ‘repentant’ Boko Haram suspects who have undergone rehabilitation. The authorities say they have been de-radicalised and can re-enter society, but critics are sceptical about whether they have repented. The group, which includes women and children, has been handed over to the governor of Borno state, an area badly affected by Islamist violence. Some 20,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency. The army released the suspects as part of activities marking Armed Forces Remembrance Day.” (01/16/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42705381

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13) Trump aides debate which version of vulgarity Trump uttered
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“As the fallout over President Donald Trump’s use of a vulgarity bleeds into a second week, aides to the president are locked in an internal debate over which version of the word the president used to describe certain countries during immigration talks with senators. Trump was said to have uttered ‘shithole’ during last Thursday’s conversation in the Oval Office, a version backed up by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and some Republicans. Asked about Trump’s comments challenging his honesty, Durbin told reporters Tuesday: ‘I stand by every word I said about what was said.’ But Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified under oath Tuesday that she ‘did not hear’ President Donald Trump use the vulgarity to describe African countries. But she says she doesn’t ‘dispute the president was using tough language.’” [editor’s note: My biggest concern remains the fact that the Washington Post chose to release the story, based solely on an unsustantiated leak from the only Democrat in the room (who has a history of “shading truth” himself), while claiming it was from “several sources” – SAT] [additional editor’s note: And you know it was not from “several sources” because … ? – TLK] (01/16/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-accuses-Democrat-of-undermining-trust-on-12500243.php

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14) MN: Witness says road rager dared victim to shoot him — and got shot
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A teenage motorist involved in a minor collision at a Rochester intersection saw the other driver had a gun drawn and dared the man to shoot him, and that’s exactly what happened, according to a friend who was in the teen’s car. Muhammed Rahim, 17, of Rochester, was shot and killed about 8:20 a.m. Sunday …. Police said Rahim tried to make a right turn from East River Road onto 31st and slid into a ditch. The man in the other vehicle took evasive action and was almost hit by Rahim’s car, police added. Rahim reversed out of the ditch and hit the man’s vehicle. Rahim and one of his passengers got out of the vehicle and confronted the man, according to police. … ‘There is a self-defense claim being made by [the other driver] at this time, that he was in fear and that’s why he shot the victim [sic],’ [police captain John] Sherwin told the newspaper.” (01/16/18)

http://www.startribune.com/witness-to-a-killing-rochester-teen-said-i-dare-you-and-fellow-motorist-pulled-trigger/469386443/

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15) Boeing unveils latest scheme for turning your paycheck into its corporate welfare check
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Boeing has finally unveiled a concept for the potential successor to the legendary Blackbird SR-71 spy plane — and it is set to travel at more than five times the speed of sound. This ‘Son of Blackbird’ could become a high-speed strike and reconnaissance aircraft in warfare of the future, travelling at such speeds that adversaries would have no time to react or hide. … The concept was unveiled at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech forum and is the direct competitor to Lockheed Martin’s design which could be in the skies late in the 2020s.” (01/16/18)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5271257/Boeing-unveils-hypersonic-craft-successor-Blackbird.html

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16) MI: ICE thugs abduct, deport father of two
Source: Allentown Morning Call

“With two immigration agents hovering nearby, Jorge Garcia pulled his family close for one final hug by security gates at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. His wife and 15-year-old daughter sobbed in his arms. His 12-year-old son stood stoically. Garcia was silent. Soon after, the 39-year-old landscaper from Lincoln Park, Michigan, boarded a plane bound for Mexico, deported to his home country on Monday after three decades of living, working and raising a family in the United States. Garcia was brought to the country with an undocumented relative when he was 10 years old, according to the Detroit Free Press. He had been facing a removal order from immigration courts since 2009, but his deportation was stayed during the Obama administration as his family looked for ways to get him legal status. Under President Donald Trump, that was no longer an option.” (01/16/18)

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-daca-father-too-old-deported-20180116-story.html

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17) DC: Georgetown adviser resigns after abusive #metoo tweet
Source: Fox News

“A Georgetown University adviser came under fire after telling a conservative female commentator he hoped she would have her own ‘#metoo moment,’ [seemingly] wishing she would experience sexual harassment or assault. Jeffrey Bernstein, who was a Master of Foreign Service advisory board member at Georgetown, resigned from his post after he got into a heated Twitter exchange with CRTV host Allie Stuckey, who said the #metoo social media movement to expose systemic sex abuse was a symptom of a broken world, not a broken legal system. ‘Wishing you a #metoo movement,’ Bernstein tweeted on Saturday. ‘Maybe then you won’t be so insensitive.’ Stuckey immediately fired back. She tweeted Georgetown a screenshot of his tweet and wrote: ‘Someone on your MSFS board just told me he hopes I get sexually harassed or assaulted…Is this the kind of standard your university holds for your advisers?’” (01/16/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/16/georgetown-adviser-resigns-after-metoo-tweet-appearing-to-wish-conservative-woman-experience-sex-abuse.html

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18) Chinese scientists unveil plan to zap space junk with orbital lasers
Source: Engadget

“There have been more than a few proposals for eliminating space junk, such as grabbing it, gobbling it and blasting it from Earth. The latest idea, however, may be the most dramatic … and the most effective. Chinese researchers have successfully simulated an orbital laser station that would zap small debris (under 4 inches long). The system would zap targets with 20 bursts of light per second for 2 minutes, either deflecting the junk out of harm’s way or sending it to a fiery end in the atmosphere.” (01/16/18)

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/16/chinese-scientists-unveil-orbital-space-junk-laser/

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19) Danish inventor charged with murdering journalist
Source: Raw Story

“Police have charged a Danish inventor with murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his private submarine. Peter Madsen was formally charged on Tuesday with killing the journalist, who had boarded his homemade submarine in August with plans to write a story on the inventor. The 46-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to the indecent handling of Wall’s body but had denied killing her. Wall’s dismembered body parts washed up on shore 11 days after she met Madsen, causing the police to look into the circumstances of her death. Now, prosecutors say they believe Madsen either cut Wall’s throat or strangled her before dismembering her body and throwing her body parts into the sea. Prosecutor Jakob Buch Jepsen said the case was ‘very unusual and extremely disturbing,’ the Associated Press reports. Wall, 30, was last seen in August boarding Madsen’s self-built submarine in Copenhagen. Soon after, however, her boyfriend reported her missing when she did not return as expected from the trip.” (01/16/18)

http://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/danish-inventor-charged-with-murdering-journalist

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20) Cryptocurrency prices plunge
Source: CBS News

“Bitcoin and other digital currency prices plunged after South Korea’s top financial policymaker said Tuesday that a crackdown on trading of crypto currencies remains a possibility. Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said in an interview with local radio station TBS that banning trading in digital currencies was ‘a live option.’ … Last week, the South Korean justice minister’s remark that the country will ban bitcoin and other digital currencies triggered big sell-offs and a public outcry. The presidential office then said that no final decision had been made.” [editor’s note: Banning cryptocurrency, or even trying to control it, will be even less effective than alcohol prohibition was. In fact, I predict that within the next decade, at least one regime will be brought down for trying it – TLK] (01/16/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bitcoin-prices-plunge-as-south-korea-says-ban-still-an-option/

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21) CT: Army vet sues VA over scalpel found in his body years after surgery
Source: USA Today

“An Army veteran who says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery is suing a veterans affairs hospital. Bridgeport resident Glenford Turner says the scalpel was discovered years later after he suffered from long-term abdominal pain. He sued the VA in U.S. District Court last week, seeking unspecified compensatory damages. Court papers say Turner had surgery at the VA hospital in West Haven in 2013. Nearly four years later, he went back to the VA with dizziness and severe abdominal pain. An X-Ray showed there was a scalpel inside his body. Turner had to undergo surgery to remove the scalpel. His lawyer, Joel Faxon, said doctors confirmed it was the same one. Faxon called it ‘an incomprehensible level of incompetence.’ The VA said Monday it doesn’t typically comment on pending litigation.” (01/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/01/16/army-vet-sues-va-over-scalpel-found-his-body-years-after-surgery/1035389001

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22) Denmark: Facebook snitching results in hundreds of child abductions
Source: euronews [EU]

“Police in Copenhagen today said they charged 1,004 children and young people for redistributing child pornography after they shared video clips on Facebook Messenger of two 15-year-olds having sex. Inspector Lau Thygesen from Denmark’s North Zealand Police said in a statement that the videos were shared ‘across the country’ in autumn 2017, including Greenland. … Facebook tipped off US police that the content was being shared along with explicit photos. US authorities then passed on the information Danish police via Europol. … If found guilty the young people’s punishments will range from a criminal record to having their name added to child protection registers for 10 years. The age of consent in Denmark is 15 but it is a criminal offence to distribute images of anyone aged under 18.” (01/15/18)

http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/15/danish-police-charge-1-000-young-people-for-sharing-sex-videos-on-facebook

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23) Palestine: PLO Central Council recommends suspension of recognition of Israel
Source: CNN

“Palestinian [Arab] leaders have called on the Palestin[e] Liberation Organization (PLO) to suspend its recognition of Israel just days after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged the group to ‘revise’ its agreements with the Jewish state. … A PLO Central Council statement on Monday called on the organization to suspend its recognition of Israel, first affirmed by the Palestinian body in 1993, until Israel recognized the state of Palestine, based on borders that existed before the Six-Day War of 1967.” (01/16/18)

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/middleeast/palestinian-leader-israel-recognition-intl/index.html

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24) Chile: Pope begs foregiveness for “irreparable harm” from sex abuse
Source: Columbia Basin Herald

“Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the ‘irreparable damage’ done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church’s credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit. Speaking to Chile’s president, lawmakers, judges and other authorities, Francis said he felt ‘bound to express my pain and shame’ that some of Chile’s pastors had sexually abused children in their care.” (01/16/18)

http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/article/20180116/AP/301169985

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25) UK: Frozen food powerhouse commits to ban on plastic packaging
Source: CNBC

“Leading U.K. supermarket Iceland, which specializes in frozen food, has made a commitment to eliminate plastic packaging from its own brand products by the end of 2023. In an announcement Tuesday, the retailer said it had already removed disposable plastic straws from its own label range. It added that its new food ranges would use paper-based food trays instead of plastic ones.” (01/16/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/16/frozen-food-powerhouse-commits-to-ban-on-plastic-packaging.html

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

26) The demise of the jury trial
Source: Cato Institute
by Jay Schweikert

“Imagine you were on trial for your life, but your lawyer insisted on telling the jury you were guilty. That’s what happened to Robert McCoy after he was charged with a triple homicide in Bossier City, La. When the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in McCoy v. Louisianaa on Wednesday, it will decide whether McCoy deserves a new trial. But it will also have a chance to vindicate the sanctity of the criminal jury trial itself. Criminal defense is deeply personal. The assistance of counsel is invaluable, but it is defendants, not their lawyers, who get to make fundamental decisions about their cases. … McCoy maintained innocence and demanded a jury trial, in which the state would have to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. But McCoy’s lawyer thought a better strategy would be to admit guilt to the jury and hope for leniency. McCoy adamantly opposed this idea, but his attorney pursued it anyway. The plan didn’t work, and McCoy was sentenced to death.” (01/16/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/demise-jury-trial

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27) Is this the beginning of the end of the Bitcoin bubble?
Source: The Atlantic
by Derek Thompson

“Bitcoin’s price rises and falls like a plastic bag in a hurricane, so it’s silly to attach too much significance to one day’s fluctuation. But today’s news still reveals a subtle crack in the bull case for bitcoin. The digital currency was designed to be stateless and leaderless — ‘rules without rulers’ — to evade single points of failure, and to remain impervious to government control. But the great irony is that bitcoin is plunging today in part because it’s failing on all three accounts.” (01/26/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/01/bitcoin-bubble-pop/550601/

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28) Minimum wage hikes inflict maximum pain
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“There’s probably no more popular way of patting yourself on the back for doing good while actually harming people than advocating for hiked minimum wage laws that forbid people to accept work that pays below a legally mandated floor. When you raise the price of something above what people are willing to pay, people buy less of it, or else they pass the costs down the line, when possible. This isn’t exactly a revelation; it’s one of the older known economic realities. Unfortunately, there’s always been a certain portion of the population that insists that labor is different and that you really can make people more prosperous by decree. But yet more recent evidence suggests that hiking the price of hiring people works just like raising the cost of everything else.” (01/16/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2018/01/16/minimum-wage-hikes-inflict-maximum-pain

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29) The case for Oprah
Source: Fox News Forum
by Juan Williams

“I know Oprah Winfrey. So I can say it: President Trump, sir, you are no Oprah. Trump said last week he’d beat Winfrey in the 2020 presidential race. And he dismissed the burst of talk about her possible 2020 candidacy with a belittling comment: ‘Oprah will be a lot of fun.’ Of course, that opened the door for a poll. Winfrey beat Trump by 10 percentage points, 48-38, according to Rasmussen. Even with the polling, my initial reaction to the ‘Oprah for President’ excitement was skepticism. After the disastrous first year of the Trump presidency, and his historic low standing in the polls, I thought Americans would have a new thirst for stable, experienced leadership. American voters also have a habit of picking a president who is the opposite of the incumbent. So why trust another TV celebrity as commander-in-chief?” (01/16/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/16/juan-williams-case-for-oprah.html

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30) For individual liberty, size does not matter — or so it seems
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“Alberto [Mingardi] suggested that, if states are unavoidable, having more of them is better than fewer. One reason is that individuals will have more choices as to which state to live under according to their preferences. A related reason is that competing states will have an incentive to satisfy the preferences of their clienteles. More numerous and homogeneous states will thus offer public services more in line with what citizens want. … However, there are also good arguments for larger, more cosmopolitan societies. What Friedrich Hayek, in his trilogy Law, Legislation and Liberty, calls the Great Society, i.e. the abstract classical-liberal order, is more likely to flourish in a large, cosmopolitan society than under small-group tyranny. In a large and diversified society, Leviathan may be less effective at oppression. At any rate, smaller, homogeneous nation-states will typically not allow individuals to move freely between themselves.” (01/16/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/01/for_individual.html

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31) “Speaking Freely”: Partisan divides in attitudes toward the disinvitation of campus gust speakers
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Kelsey Naughton

“In 2016, Gallup, the Knight Foundation, and the Newseum Institute surveyed American adults and college students on their views toward freedom of expression. They found that support for the liberties protected by the First Amendment is strong among college students, and ‘partisan differences in views [toward] the security of First Amendment freedoms are relatively minor among college students.’ For the first time, though, they found that although support is strong for these liberties, ‘students are willing to accept some limitations on free expression, particularly [expression] which is done to intentionally hurt or stereotype members of certain groups.’ This finding is supported by additional evidence from a recent Huffington Post survey, and by FIRE’s own survey of college students’ attitudes.”[editor’s note: “Free speech is OK as long as no one says anything I don’t like” isn’t “strong support” for free speech – TLK] (01/16/17)

https://www.thefire.org/speaking-freely-partisan-divides-in-attitudes-toward-the-disinvitation-of-campus-guest-speakers/

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32) A liberal’s confession
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“I’m ashamed, but I’ll go ahead and admit it: For years, I thought Rupert Murdoch was the single worst poisoner of our political system. I thought the Civil Rights movement was a remarkable manifestation of the human spirit. But now, thanks to our sensible Democratic centrists, I know how wrong I was. Over the course of the past year, I’ve finally seen the light. Now I know that Vladimir Putin is behind every malign element in today’s political scene. What’s more, I’ve finally realized that Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and all those other malcontents who moaned about social and economic and racial ‘injustice’ in America were just dupes — or agents! — of the Russians, sowing dissent and disruption in our exceptional land.” (01/16/18)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/a-liberal-s-confession-16012018.html

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33) The Instant Pot and how empathy is at the core of capitalism
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Barry Brownstein

“You don’t have to search far to read claims that capitalism is centered on greed and selfishness. For some, the assertion seems self-evident as they read, for example, stories of pharmaceutical companies dramatically increasing the price of important drugs. Those who hold a ‘capitalists are greedy’ belief fail to distinguish between crony capitalists — who make their money through subsidies, mandates and government restrictions on competition — and entrepreneurs who make their money through fulfilling the most urgent needs of consumers. The Instant Pot is a little story of how entrepreneurs unselfishly better our world. If you don’t have an Instant Pot or don’t cook, you are probably wondering what the fuss is about. If you have one, you know.” (01/16/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-instant-pot-and-how-empathy-is-at-the-core-of-capitalism/

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34) Where are the Supreme Court’s opinions?
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Jonathan H Adler

“Some Supreme Court watchers were hoping the justices might return from their winter break with a few opinions in decided cases. No such luck. This morning, when the Court convened for argument, it released orders from last week’s conference, but no new opinions. Thus far this term, the Supreme Court has issued only one opinion in an argued case, a brief unanimous opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. While we don’t ususally see a ton of opinions in the first half of a term, this is the slowest rate in a long, long time. According to data compiled by Adam Feldman at Empirical SCOTUS, the last time the Supreme Court did not issue a second opinion in an argued case until January was 1869.” (01/16/18)

http://reason.com/volokh/2018/01/16/where-are-the-supreme-courts-opinions

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35) Work requirements in Medicaid will worsen the opioid crisis
Source: Niskanen Center
by Samuel Hammond

“Advocates of work requirements in Medicaid have plausibly argued that employment, and ‘”community engagement’ more broadly, is an essential ingredient to a successful recovery. This paints a rosy picture of an opioid addict receiving coordinated case management, in which an initial detox therapy is followed up by a holistic rehabilitation program interspersed with small but meaningful acts of community service. In reality, Medicaid work requirements are unlikely to look anything like this.” (01/16/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/work-requirements-medicaid-will-worsen-opioid-crisis/

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36) President Trump’s first year made me rethink my American government class
Source: USA Today
by Ross K Baker

“This week marks my 45th year teaching the introductory American Government course at Rutgers University. This is an ever changing field, and the half-life of lecture notes is vanishingly brief, so updates are always necessary — except for the fundamentals such as our Constitution and the events that led to its ratification. But this year is different. I usually go a bit overboard in praising the role of James Madison and discuss how well his design for our government has stood up to the challenges and crises of the past 230 years. After the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, I’ve revised my syllabus to reflect my concern over whether the values Madison wrote into the Constitution will survive the next three years. I teach a ‘mainstream’ course (neither distinctively left or right), and have always avoided indoctrinating my students. Although I am a registered Democrat, I serve as the adviser to the campus Republicans and during the 2016 GOP primaries was sponsor of ‘Students for Rubio.’” [editor’s note: Patting himself on the back for stumping for BOTH wings of the war party – SAT] (01/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/16/donald-trumps-first-year-made-me-rethink-my-american-government-class-ross-baker-column/1033729001

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37) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 18
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Righteous-feeling youth does of course have a habit of damning all consequences and moving toward excess, but that’s less a natural problem and more a manufactured one. The young person being excessive soon learns from direct consequences that he or she is going too far … except if the enforcers of a jealous status quo get their hands on them first. That’s the kind of conflict I’ve been trying to keep my young friends away from, but I refuse to fight their enthusiasm.” (01/16/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/rosc-18-not-parasites/

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38) Lock her up
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Under a seemingly click-bait headline in The Atlantic, ‘Can Government Officials Have You Arrested for Speaking to Them?’ Garrett Epps examines last week’s outrageous handcuffing and arrest of a Louisiana teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, for speech displeasing to the Vermilion Parish school board at a public meeting. … If respectfully challenging our so-called public servants in meetings designed for that can lead to being arrested, handcuffed and dragged off, we no longer live in ‘the land of the free.’” (01/16/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/16/lock-her-up/

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39) How do you say “sh*thole” in Norwegian?
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“In disparaging desperately poor countries whose ‘wretched refuse,’ in poet Emma Lazarus’s eloquent lyric, seek refuge on our shores, Donald Trump urged America to seek more immigration of the ‘best and the brightest,’ specifically mentioning Norway. The problem, of course, is that few Norwegians want to come. In fiscal year 2016, exactly 362 Norwegians became permanent legal residents of the United States. Short of kidnapping Norwegians and using extreme rendition to coerce them to enter our shores, there is no way to increase Norwegian immigration. And why should they come? Norway has full employment, a competitive private economy, one of the world’s most comprehensive welfare states, paid parental leave of a year after a child is born, universal health insurance, and free higher education. Its life expectancy far exceeds ours, its GDP per capita is $70,912, compared to $57,638 in the U.S. Citizen satisfaction surveys rate Norway as the world’s happiest country. And this was the case before they struck oil.” (01/16/18)

http://prospect.org/article/how-do-you-say-shithole-norwegian

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40) Why Senator Cardin is a fitting opponent for Chelsea Manning
Source: CounterPunch
by Norman Solomon

“The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin, has become a big star in national media by routinely denouncing Russia as a dire threat to American democracy. The senior senator from Maryland personifies the highly dangerous opportunism that has set in among leading Democrats on the subject of Russia. Chelsea Manning confirmed on Sunday that she is challenging Senator Cardin’s re-election effort in the Democratic primary this June. Her campaign has real potential to raise key issues. … As his party’s ranking member of the key Senate committee on foreign policy, Cardin is at the tip of the anti-Russia propaganda spear. After three decades in Congress including nearly a dozen years in the Senate, he’s an old hand at spinning. No one has worked harder to get political mileage out of ‘Russiagate.’” (01/16/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/16/why-senator-cardin-is-a-fitting-opponent-for-chelsea-manning/

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41) To complain about Lidl’s peeled onions means you think someone would like them
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“There’s a certain paradox in complaining about what you insist no one will want: ‘Supermarket giant Lidl has faced a backlash for selling pre-peeled ‘naked’ onions in plastic packaging.’ There is no point in complaining about, nor campaigning against, what you insist no one will or could want. For, in a market economy, if no one wants it then it will quickly enough disappear for lack of demand. It is only if you think that people will buy it but that they shouldn’t that there is a case for banning or saying that people shouldn’t.” (01/16/18)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/to-complain-about-lidls-peeled-onions-means-you-think-someone-would-like-them

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42) Trump and his haters: Battle of the vanities
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“You can’t fault the chutzpah of President Trump. No matter how fathomless his ignorance, he steadfastly refuses to let it get in the way of political decisions or, as he calls them, tweets. So it was that he cancelled his ‘working visit’ to the UK to open the new US embassy last week, because, as he put it, ‘I am not a big fan of the Obama administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars.’ There was even the trademark campy and childlike flourish: ‘Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon — NO!’ As everyone with access to the internet has now pointed out, of course, Trump was once again using the wrong hole with which to speak.” (01/16/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/trump-and-his-haters-battle-of-the-vanities/

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43) Book reviews: The KKK’s attempt to define America
Source: The New Republic
by Eric Herschthal

“Scholars and journalists who study the right walk a tightrope. Ignore the existence of white supremacy and rightwing populism in America, and you will fail to understand a significant portion of the voting population. But get too close up to the subject, and you risk painting too sympathetic a portrait of groups that promote hate. If you want to know how difficult it can be, just ask Richard Fausset, the New York Times reporter who, in November, faced intense blowback after writing a profile of a white supremacist that many readers felt ‘normalized’ the alt-right. … Two new books (Linda Gordon’s The Second Coming of the KKK and Felix Harcourt’s Ku Klux Kulture) emphasize that the Klan of the 1920s was not a ‘fringe’ group, but a popular, mainstream movement whose bigotry was so appealing precisely because its leaders recast it in a way many Americans found palatable. In their desire to condemn racism, earlier writers had failed to understand how it operates.” (01/16/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146616/kkks-attempt-define-america

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44) Neoconning the Trump White House
Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

“Over the last year critics have warned of the returning neoconservative influence on the executive branch’s national security apparatus, each day a little less confident that President Donald Trump will keep to the seeming anti-interventionist impulses he demonstrated during the 2016 campaign. News flash: We’re already there.” (01/16/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/neoconning-the-trump-white-house/

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45) Our outlook for 2018 interest rates to stay low. The consensus view is that Europe’s banks are recovering but we are not so sure.
Source: Cobden Centre
by Gordon Kerr, Kevin Dowd & Cavin O’Driscoll, with Enrico Colombatto

“Despite their shortcomings, European banks do not seem on the verge of collapse and few commentators, analysts or policymakers think that there will be any systemic wobbles in 2018. We do not necessarily disagree; with ECB interest rates still zero to negative and a raft of generous credit facilities open to banks on softish terms there is little doubt that monetary policy has helped and will continue to help Europe’s banks. We would venture to say that supporting the banking system has been the main objective of ECB monetary policy for a decade now. Keeping rates at around zero not only ensures that mark-to-market profits are maximised, but also enables banks whose depositors might have lost confidence and withdrawn funds to fill the gap by borrowing from central banks at no cost.” (01/16/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/01/our-outlook-for-2018-interest-rates-to-stay-low-the-consensus-view-is-that-europes-banks-are-recovering-but-we-are-not-so-sure/

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46) Self-reflection at the twilight of the US empire
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“American influence abroad, as defined by the power and status of the U.S. empire, has been in consistent decline for nearly two decades now. Indeed, when the history books are written it’ll be clear that the dotcom boom and bust at the end of the 20th century marked the peak of U.S. imperial strength. Shortly after that bubble burst our nation was faced with the brutal and traumatizing 9/11 attacks, and the overreaction to this event unleashed a mass insanity across the American public from which we have never recovered. Specifically, the attacks of September 11, 2001 were ruthlessly and immediately exploited by degenerate power hungry charlatans in D.C. and elsewhere to fear-monger an entire country to give up liberty in exchange for a promise of safety. With that devilish bargain our society committed cultural suicide.” (01/16/28)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/01/16/self-reflection-at-the-twilight-of-u-s-empire/

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47) #NotMe
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“If you are being victimized now, you have an absolute human right to defend yourself with whatever amount of force it takes to stop the violator. You have every right to expose your victimizers and to refuse to associate with them ever again. They owe you restitution. But to become an eternally broken victim just for the purpose of being a victim? That’s just sad — you have decided to violate yourself perpetually just because someone else violated you in the past.” (01/16/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/01/notme.html

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48) Norway to Trump: Keep your gold-plated sh*thole
Source: Our Future
by Miles Mogulescu

“So the Donald wishes more Norwegians would emigrate to America, instead of people from supposed ‘sh*thole’ countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America. I happen to have spent two weeks visiting beautiful, democratic socialist Norway last summer. And I’ve got news for the Donald. Norwegians are not exactly lining up to escape their democratic socialist country for an increasingly neoliberal America. Do you want to know how short the line is? Well, out of 763,060 green-card holders who became US citizens in 2016, exactly 93 were Norwegian. And, by the way, Donald, not all Norwegians are the blond-haired, blue-eyed Caucasians whom you seem so hot for. 16.8 percent of Norway’s population are immigrants, many from countries you would call ‘sh*tholes’ like Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, and Pakistan.” (01/16/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180116/norway-to-trump-keep-your-gold-plated-sht-hole

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49) Racist mania II
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“President Trump is a racist, they say. Anyone who agrees with any part of his politics is a racist. If you support Trump you are a racist. That’s the political and social atmosphere today. Every political or social motive is racist. Racists are irrationally seen behind every tree …” (01/16/18)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2018/01/racist-mania-ii.html

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50) The futility of government bans — Bitcoin always finds a way
Source: Bitcoin.com
by C Edward Kelso

“Cryptocurrencies have been threatened at one point or another by nearly every country on the planet. Rarely does a government venture beyond rhetoric. Those resorting to crackdowns are often met with greater public appetite for decentralized virtual money, making all that initial fuss an exercise in futility. Be they communist strongholds or liberal democracies, bitcoin cannot be stopped.” (01/15/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-futility-of-government-bans-bitcoin-always-finds-a-way/

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51) Duck and cover
Source: National Review
by Michael Brendan Dougherty

“During American history classes at my high school, we laughed at images of children learning to ‘duck and cover’ in case of nuclear attack during the 1950s. Our parents would laugh too when we told them about it, everyone having become accustomed to the idea that any nuclear exchange would probably end in both the United States and the Soviet Union emptying all their missile silos and potentially destroying all life on earth. … In many ways, the modern world is younger, dumber, and more innocent about these things than our grandparents were. We discovered that on Saturday in Hawaii. And now is the time to think it through.” (01/15/18)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455447/hawaii-missile-scare-cold-war-memories-return

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52) Watch Wormwood
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“I’ve got a movie recommendation for you: Watch Wormwood, a fantastic Netflix original. Set aside time for binge watching because once you start, you will want to continue watching to the end. Combining a documentary format with depictions of events with actors, the series focuses on the CIA’s execution of Frank Olson, an American citizen who worked for the U.S. national-security establishment. More accurately, the series revolves around his son, who has spent his life ascertaining the truth about what the CIA did to his father.” (01/16/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/01/16/watch-wormwood/

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53) Oprah for President … or for Queen?
Source: Town Hall
by Jeff Jacoby

“Oprah Winfrey’s Speech at the Golden Globes last Sunday set off a gusher of giddy speculation that the much-loved TV host could be a Democratic contender for president in 2020, and if the idea of electing to the White House a celebrity billionaire with no political experience or public-policy expertise might have seemed like crazy talk not all that long ago — well, after the 2016 election cycle, who would be so foolhardy as to rule out Oprah’s chances? With the next election nearly three years away, it’s hard to believe that any sensible American (a category that excludes political junkies and media pundits) already has an appetite for dissecting the pros and cons of potential 2020 contestants. But perhaps, as Bloomberg’s Virginia Postrel suggests, the Oprah-for-president hoopla has nothing to do with public interest in the election of America’s chief executive, its head of government. Perhaps what really explains the whirl of excitement triggered by her speech (and not only among Democrats) is a fascination with designating America’s preeminent citizen its head of state.” (01/15/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/jeffjacoby/2018/01/15/oprah-for-president–or-for-queen-n2434768

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54) Zimbabwe’s coconut coup installs a crocodile liberator
Source: Independent Institute
by George BN Ayittey

“Hours before dawn on November 15, a convoy of military tanks rolled into the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital of 1.6 million, ending the reign of Robert Mugabe. The 93-year-old despot had ruled the country since its independence from Britain in 1980. For 37 years his tyrannical rule was characterized by vapid corruption and grotesque economic mismanagement. The military took pains to explain that its actions were not a coup d’etat, saying it wanted to purge reactionary and criminal elements surrounding Mugabe. But the coup, it was later learned, was triggered by the sacking of former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa a week earlier to pave the way for Grace Mugabe to become her husband’s successor.” (01/15/18)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9236

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55) Not requiring evidence of jurisdiction is a violation of due process
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Here’s a conversation I’ve had over the past week or two regarding jurisdiction. A number of themes are touched on throughout. This conversation began when a friend shared this success story of someone successfully defending themselves from an IRS attack by challenging jurisdiction, covering a six-year span.” (01/15/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/not-requiring-evidence-jurisdiction-violation-due-process

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56) Reason Podcast, 01/16/18
Source: Reason

“‘I think that the Chelsea Manning candidacy is pretty great, and it’s a harbinger of other things to come,’ Nick Gillespie says a little past the halfway point on today’s Reason Podcast, which also features Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and [Matt Welch]. ‘Without her there is no Edward Snowden, there is no robust debate about FISA 702 and a wide variety of stuff. … I don’t agree with her at all on economic issues for the most part, mostly yes on social issues, [but] she represents a totally different way of slicing American politics.’ Also under discussion: the ongoing White House/Congress policy wrangle over immigration, the pros and cons of merit-based vs. family-based migration, missile warnings gone awry, and Kentucky’s new plan to make Medicaid recipients get a job.” [various formats] (01/16/18)

http://reason.com/blog/2018/01/16/talkshow-1-16-podcast

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57) PanAm Podcast, 01/16/18
Source: PanAm Post

“Talk host and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey has generated considerable buzz following a recent speech she gave at the Golden Globe awards, fueling speculation that she may be considering a run for the White House. Sources close to the Chicago-based TV star have confirmed that she is least considering such a run. But does the American public really have the appetite to elect two television stars to the highest office in the land back to back?” (01/16/18)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2018/01/16/oprah-winfrey-run-president/

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58) The Libertarian Angle, 01/16/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“What is DACA? What is the libertarian angle on immigration? FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss President Trump’s recent policy moves concerning illegal immigrants.” [various formats] (01/16/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-immigration-circus-comes-town-video/

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59) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 39
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Much as we modern libertarians might love to hate the Whigs, they were in many ways indistinguishable from the Jacksonians.” [various formats] (01/16/18)

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

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60) Fresh Air, 01/15/18
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

In 1957, three years after the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional, nine black students were chosen by the NAACP to try to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The students were met by an angry white mob, and it took the presence of federal troops to get them into class. One of the students was Melba Pattillo Beals. She’s written a new book called ‘I Will Not Fear,’ about her childhood.” [podcast] (01/15/18)

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

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61) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/16/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Topics: Cell 411 … Crash the movie … The unfortunately named Paul Haggis is innocent! … Norman Lear productions … Gary Numan’s awesome video and music. … Scott Adams knew about Trump winning … Should children be able to be adults if they can support themselves? … Cryptocurrencies offer opportunities to the modern entrepreneurs … because it’s become MUCH harder to earn money with jobs nowadays compared to 30 years ago. worms!” [various formats] (01/16/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15516

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62) Free Talk Live, 01/15/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Teacher Assigns Students to Come Up With Good Reasons for Slavery :: Free Stater State Rep Turns Against Liberty, Publicly Attacks Libertarians :: Moving Parties :: Voluntary vs Coercive Solutions to Poverty :: People Who Leave Libertarianism :: False Libertarians :: Salt Lamp Sarah :: HOSTS — Ian, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/15/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-15

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63) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 144
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Shitholes, Chelsea Manning for senate, FISA renewed, crypto regulation and more.” [various formats] (01/15/18)

http://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-144-steemed/

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