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Thursday, January 18th, 2018
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In the News:

1) North, South Korea to form joint team for Winter Olympics
2) Would-be dictators in US Senate press tech firms to increase Internet censorship by proxy
3) US Interior Department blasts resigning National Parks board members
4) Trump regime cuts $65 million in aid for Palestinian Arab refugees
5) House Intel Committee to vote on release of Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson transcript
6) Trump whines that Russians aren’t helping him hype his North Korea scare
7) Secret Service costs for Trump at Mar-a-Lago revealed
8) German linguists call “alternative facts” the “non-word of 2017”
9) Experts: Transgender military academy grads could join ranks quickly
10) WI: Democrats flip traditionally conservative district
11) TN: Peckerwood idiots plan to protest Women’s March in Knoxville
12) Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap two US and two Canadian citizens
13) UK regime gets first-ever “minister for loneliness” to tackle isolation
14) A “potentially hazardous” monster asteroid the size of Hyde Park is headed towards Earth
15) Counterfeit cash [sic] circulating in 11 states
16) Report: ICE gang plans major mass abduction caper in San Francisco area to strike against federalism
17) Report: Pentagon idiots mull nuclear response to cyber attacks
18) Germany: Former Auschwitz guard Groning’s clemency bid fails
19) Iceland: Man kicked off flight for wearing all his clothes to avoid baggage fee
20) Former CIA agent arrested, accused of outing US spies in China

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) No, I don’t really care much about Donald Trump’s sex life. Here’s why.
22) Governments are a net negative
23) The great beer conspiracy to overthrow the US
24) Get up, stand up, speak up for your rights
25) Wages of awful policy: Minimum wage hikes cause hundreds of busboys to lose jobs at Red Robin
26) Don’t diagnose our president, diagnose our enemies instead
27) America in the age of shitholiness
28) Tech workers of the world, unite!
29) How insecurity in Afghanistan is constraining the Red Cross
30) Collective narcissism is the root of political evil
31) Enormously lucky man? Or ultra-deserving deep pocket?
32) The baseless fear of Iranian “hegemony”
33) Is Dennis Kucinich serious?
34) Our Potemkin Village
35) Yes, Trump is a bigoted clown
36) Selling hate
37) Through a lens, darkly
38) Bob Dylan as economic prophet
39) How North Korea can become Switzerland of the East
40) The Swiss franc and the euro: What now?
41) The business of bullshit
42) The best way for the FCC to enable a 5G future
43) Quantum Vibe, 01/16/18
44) With CFPB reform, Trump can make American finance great again
45) Stop warrantless snooping on Americans
46) Six ways to ruin your ICO before it’s even started
47) DRM puts the brakes on innovation
48) Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent
49) Why is the US spying on China?
50) Free trade and Brexit can help Africa flourish

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Political Research Digest, episode 8
52) Essential Libertarianism, episode 18
53) Electric Libertyland, episode 55
54) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1075
55) Unregistered Podcast with Thaddeus Russell, episode 40
56) Intercepted Podcast, 01/16/18
57) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 198
58) Free Talk Live, 01/16/18
59) Editor’s Break, episode 50
60) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 691

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

1) North, South Korea to form joint team for Winter Olympics
Source: NBC News

“North and South Korea agreed during rare talks on Wednesday to form a combined women’s ice hockey team to take part in next month’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics and to march together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony. North Korea won’t be dominating any medal counts at the Games, which will hosted by its neighbor next month. But it’s hoping to grab as much of the spotlight as it can. … The plan for a unified team has prompted some criticism in the South because of concerns that South Korean athletes who made the team might be bumped off to make room for the North’s players. Even so, Seoul appears to be firmly behind the idea.” (01/16/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-south-korea-will-form-joint-team-winter-olympics-n838336

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2) Would-be dictators in US Senate press tech firms to increase Internet censorship by proxy
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“In a session that appeared to be more about keeping up pressure than making any specific demands, US lawmakers once again pressed major technology companies over efforts to combat terrorism and propaganda. Policy representatives from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube appeared in front of the Senate Commerce Committee in Washington on Wednesday. The social media companies said they were doing more than ever to block and remove harmful content. But senators suggested that more could be done to quickly get this kind of material off the firm’s respective services. Senator John Thune, who chairs the committee, questioned why a video showing bomb-making techniques was repeatedly uploaded to YouTube. The clip was reportedly used by the Manchester Arena attacker to create his bomb.” (01/17/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42708881

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3) US Interior Department blasts resigning National Parks board members
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday said it welcomed the mass resignation of members of the National Parks Service advisory board, saying they had ignored sexual harassment cases and lied about how they were treated by the Trump administration. The sharply worded statement underscores the tensions between the President Donald Trump’s administration and some public employees over Trump’s efforts to roll back environmental protections and boost development of federal lands. Seven of the service’s 10 advisory board members submitted their resignations recently, panel chairman and former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles told Reuters on Tuesday, saying the Trump administration had ignored their requests for a meeting. ‘We welcome their resignations and would expect nothing less than quitting from members who found it convenient to turn a blind eye to women being sexually harassed at National Parks,’ Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift said in an emailed statement.” (01/17/18)

http://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/us-interior-department-blasts-resigning-national-parks-board-members

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4) Trump regime cuts $65 million in aid for Palestinian Arab refugees
Source: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday cut tens of millions of dollars in money for Palestinian refugees, demanding that the U.N. agency responsible for the programs undertake a ‘fundamental re-examination,’ the State Department said. In a letter, the State Department notified the U.N. Relief and Works Agency that the U.S. is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment to the body. The letter also makes clear that additional U.S. donations will be contingent on major changes by the agency, which has been heavily criticized by Israel.” (01/16/18)

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2018/jan/17/u-s-cutting-65m-in-palestinian-aid-2018/?news

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5) House Intel Committee to vote on release of Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson transcript
Source: Fox News

“The House Intelligence Committee is expected to make a decision Thursday on whether to release hours of private testimony from an interview with the co-founder of the firm that compiled the infamous anti-Trump dossier. A source familiar with the matter told Fox News the committee will vote Thursday on whether to release the transcript of its interview with Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson, who testified behind closed doors in November 2017. A transcript from a Senate committee’s interview of Simpson was released last week. The committee posted a notice on its website titled, ‘Business Meeting: Consideration of the Public Release of a Committee Transcript.’ The transcript referenced is from Simpson’s interview, a source told Fox News. ‘Democrats and Fusion GPS supporters will get some unwelcome surprises if this is published,’ the source said.” [editor’s note: The testimony was not “private.” It was given to government employees at taxpayer expense. “Private” and “secret” are not the same thing – TLK] (01/17/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/17/house-intel-committee-to-vote-on-whether-to-release-fusion-gps-glenn-simpson-transcript.html

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6) Trump whines that Russians aren’t helping him hype his North Korea scare
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting ‘closer every day’ to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. ‘Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,’ Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters. ‘What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.’ China and Russia both signed onto the latest rounds of United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea imposed last year. There was no immediate comment from the Russian embassy in Washington on Trump’s remarks.” (01/17/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-exclusive/exclusive-trump-says-russia-helping-north-korea-skirt-sanctions-pyongyang-getting-close-on-missile-idUSKBN1F62KO

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7) Secret Service costs for Trump at Mar-a-Lago revealed
Source: Raw Story

“And you thought your New Year’s Eve was pricey. The Secret Service spent $26,457.28 to rent lights, generators, tables and tents from companies near President Donald Trump’s Florida estate, signing contracts that all ended early in the new year. Five lease contracts between three Palm Beach companies (C3 Consulting Group LLC, Grimes Events & Party Tents, Inc. and United Rentals) and the government agency charged with protecting the president ended January 2, according to records from the Federal Procurement Data System. A sixth contract ended January 1. ‘Trump’s New Year’s Eve party was the largest event of his Mar-a-Lago vacation and the only one to require this kind of spending by Secret Service,’ said Harrell Kirstein, a spokesman for the progressive American Bridge political action committee, which shared the spending records with Newsweek. In a December 31 dispatch, the Palm Beach Post warned that Mar-a-Lago ‘party-goers can expect security checks by the Secret Service, which caused lengthy traffic jams during last year’s social season.’” (01/17/18)

http://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/secret-service-costs-for-trump-at-mar-a-lago-revealed

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8) German linguists call “alternative facts” the “non-word of 2017”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“German linguists have declared the phrase ‘alternative facts,’ popularized by White House aide Kellyanne Conway, the non-word of 2017. Conway used the phrase last year when asked why President Donald Trump’s then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer mischaracterized the size of the inauguration crowd. A team of six language experts at Darmstadt University chose ‘alternative facts’ from among 684 suggestions. German news agency dpa quoted the head of the panel as saying Tuesday the phrase represents the growing practice of ‘replacing factual arguments with claims that cannot be proven.’” (01/17/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/German-linguists-Alternative-facts-the-12500745.php

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9) Experts: Transgender military academy grads could join ranks quickly
Source: USA Today

“Transgender graduates of the military’s service academies have a clear, quick path to military careers under the new policy the Pentagon established Jan. 1, according to a former senior Defense official and experts. In 2017, there were at least two academy graduates who did not receive commissions to become officers because the Pentagon lacked a policy for accepting transgender troops. That policy changed Jan. 1 when the military, compelled by court rulings, opened its ranks to transgender applicants. Brad Carson, the former top Pentagon personnel official who oversaw the repeal of the ban on transgender military service, said academy graduates who are transgender have the fastest, clearest route to joining the military. At least eight transgender volunteers have signed paperwork with Air Force recruiters to become airmen since Jan. 1. However, medical and aptitude testing can take several months for them to complete.” (01/17/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/17/transgender-military-academy-grads-could-join-ranks-quickly-expert-says/1040908001

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10) WI: Democrats flip traditionally conservative district
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A surprising Democratic upset in a conservative Wisconsin Senate district where voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump just 14 months ago has raised liberal hopes of more election success this fall. Patty Schachtner’s victory over an incumbent Republican state representative in Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District follows Democratic wins across the country. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is up for re-election to a third term in November, took note, posting on Twitter minutes after Schachtner’s win that it was a ‘wake up call for Republicans in Wisconsin.’ The governor told reporters in Milwaukee on Wednesday that dissatisfaction with national politics influenced Schachtner’s win, but he stopped short of blaming Trump or the GOP agenda.” (01/17/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Democrat-wins-seat-in-traditionally-red-Wisconsin-12503708.php

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11) TN: Peckerwood idiots plan to protest Women’s March in Knoxville
Source: USA Today

“Organizers of a Women’s March here have changed its original route and stepped up security after reports that white nationalists plan to protest the event. The march, which will take place Sunday, is scheduled to coincide with similar events across the USA this weekend, the first anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington. The original march last year followed the inauguration of President Trump as a way of raising awareness about issues he was perceived as having overlooked, such as the rights of women and marginalized groups. ‘Our purpose is mainly a celebration,’ said Kimberly Peterson, spokeswoman for the Women’s March Coalition of East Tennessee. ‘It’s a positive, upbeat event. Our participants have certain values, and even in a tough presidential year, there were a lot of successes. That’s been the theme of our event: to celebrate successes.’” [editor’s note: Well, now we know where all the network news cameras will be – SAT] (01/17/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/17/protest-womens-march/1041106001

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12) Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap two US and two Canadian citizens
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Two American and two Canadian citizens have been kidnapped near the northern city of Kaduna, Nigeria, police say. Two police escorts were also killed in a shootout with the kidnappers, who emerged from hiding to attack the convoy. The group, travelling in two vehicles, was reportedly attacked on their way from Kaduna to the capital Abuja, about two hours away. Parts of the Abuja-Kaduna road have been target locations for kidnappers. John Babcock, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, told the BBC on Wednesday they were aware of the reports of the kidnapping.” (01/17/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42722951

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13) UK regime gets first-ever “minister for loneliness” to tackle isolation
Source: USA Today

“Britain appointed its first-ever minister to combat loneliness, a problem the government says affects more than 9 million people in the country who always or often feel lonely. ‘For far too many, loneliness is a sad reality of modern life,’ Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday in a statement. ‘I want us all to confront this and take action to address loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, those who have lost loved ones — those with no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with.’ May said the new minister, Tracey Crouch, will build on the legacy of the late Jo Cox, a member of Parliament from the opposition Labour Party who was murdered in 2016 by a white supremacist in a street attack in northern England.” (01/17/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/01/17/britain-gets-first-ever-minister-loneliness-tackle-isolation/1039703001

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14) A “potentially hazardous” monster asteroid the size of Hyde Park is headed towards Earth
Source: Metro [UK]

“A gigantic kilometre-wide asteroid will travel terrifyingly close to our planet in about two weeks’ time. The object is called 2002 AJ129 and is due to zoom past Earth on February 4. It’s about 1.1km wide, making it almost as large as London’s Hyde Park — which covers about 1.4 square kilometres. The asteroid will be the largest to come close to our planet so far in 2018. It is classified as ‘potentially hazardous,’ according to the International Astronomical Union. If AJ129 hit Earth, it could throw the entire planet into a mini Ice Age.” (01/17/18)

http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/17/potentially-hazardous-monster-asteroid-size-hyde-park-headed-towards-earth-7236272/

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15) Counterfeit cash [sic] circulating in 11 states
Source: Fox News

“Multiple arrests involving phony cash have been making the media rounds in over 11 states, including New York, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan, in the last six months. Earlier this week, both New York City and Iowa reported cases of fraudulent cash popping up into the hands of local business owners. A Manhattan bar manager Ryan O’Neill told CBS2 that more counterfeit bills, particularly $20 bills, have been surfacing in the area over the last two weeks. Another bar owner just a few blocks away reported the same thing with some fraudsters even using fake $5 and $1 dollar bills. On Tuesday, two people were arrested in Cedar Falls, Iowa, for allegedly trying to use phony $1 bills at a local Walmart back in early October, police said.” (01/17/18)

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2018/01/17/counterfeit-cash-circulating-in-11-states-here-s-how-to-spot-it.html

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16) Report: ICE gang plans major mass abduction caper in San Francisco area to strike against federalism
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers would look to [abduct] more than 1,500 undocumented people while sending a message that [unconstitutional federal] immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state, according to a source familiar with the operation. Officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, declined to comment Tuesday on plans for the operation. … The source who spoke to The Chronicle said the plan calls for [gang members] to be flown in from other parts of the country to help carry out the operation. The sweep could span more than one day and will include [beatdowns, abductions and extortion activities at] work sites suspected of illegally [sic] employing undocumented immigrants, the source said.” [editor’s note: Put a few of the ICE gang-bangers down like rabid dogs and haul the rest off to jail (general population). That would give the survivors and their co-conspirators elsewhere a strong incentive to give up the thug life and get real jobs – TLK] (01/16/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Feds-planning-massive-Northern-California-12502689.php

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17) Report: Pentagon idiots mull nuclear response to cyber attacks
Source: The Hill

“A Pentagon report outlining an updated U.S. nuclear strategy suggests using nuclear weapons to respond to non-nuclear attacks on the U.S., according to The New York Times. The newspaper reported Wednesday that the draft document, the Nuclear Posture Review, provides for possible nuclear responses to devastating cyberattacks on U.S critical infrastructure. The suggestion marks a dramatic expansion of what the U.S. believes warrants a first use of nuclear weapons, the Times noted. Only in narrow cases, such as in the event of a biological attack on the U.S., has Washington suggested that it could respond with nuclear force.” (01/17/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/369283-pentagon-mulls-nuclear-response-to-cyber-attacks-report

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18) Germany: Former Auschwitz guard Groning’s clemency bid fails
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Oskar Groning’s bid to avoid a four-year prison sentence for his role as a guard at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz was rejected by German authorities on Wednesday. ‘The clemency request has been denied,’ Wiebke Bethke, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors’ office in Luneburg told news agency epd. She did not provide further details. Although his legal options are running thin, Groning could still appeal his clemency request to the Justice Ministry of Lower Saxony, the northern state where Luneburg is located. The 96-year-old was convicted of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people during his time as a guard and bookkeeper at Auschwitz and was sentenced to four years in prison.” (01/17/18)

http://www.dw.com/en/germany-former-auschwitz-guard-gr%C3%B6nings-clemency-bid-fails/a-42175966

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19) Iceland: Man kicked off flight for wearing all his clothes to avoid baggage fee
Source: United Press International

“A British man was prevented from boarding a British Airways flight from Iceland to London after he attempted to wear 10 layers of clothes to avoid paying a baggage fee. Ryan Carney Williams, who goes by the name Ryan Hawaii on social media, put on every article of clothing in his luggage while at the airport in Reykjavik last week after he was told he’d have to pay $125 to check a bag. But Williams said on Twitter that he didn’t have the funds. … In a video he posted online, Williams said that airline employees told him he’d be able to get on the flight if he put on all his clothes, which he did. … But it turned out, bundling up didn’t get him on the flight, either.” [editor’s note: He was apparently also pepper-sprayed and abducted by airport security when he protested the airline’s refusal to honor its ticket – TLK] (01/17/18)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2018/01/17/British-man-kicked-off-flight-for-wearing-all-his-cothes-to-avoid-baggage-fee/3561516173771/

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20) Former CIA agent arrested, accused of outing US spies in China
Source: Newsweek

“A former CIA officer was arrested at a New York airport after authorities found two highly classified notebooks that contained information on undercover U.S. spies, the Department of Justice said yesterday. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, a naturalized U.S. citizen who now lives in Hong Kong, was detained at JFK airport and charged with unlawful retention of national defense information on Monday. … Sources close to the case have said that Lee leaked the information to China and as a result, around 20 undercover U.S. agents have been killed or captured, NBC news reported.” (01/17/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/ex-cia-agent-arrested-stealing-top-secret-information-china-led-death-us-783361

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

21) No, I don’t really care much about Donald Trump’s sex life. Here’s why.
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“By Election Day — November 8, 2016 — everyone who wanted to know the truth about Donald Trump’s sex life, marital foibles, etc. had received a crash course on them. And then America voted. Case closed. Those who voted for Trump believed his denials (and will presumably continue to disbelieve them no matter how many breathless exclusives follow this one), or voted for him in spite of what they knew (and would likely do so again), or just didn’t consider the issue important (and probably still don’t). Those who voted against Trump because of their perceptions of how he treats women or how honest he is when it comes to, among other things, marital vows can feel smug and affirmed, I guess, but their minds were likewise already made up and are almost certainly going to stay made up.” (01/17/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12508#HXATUjROJsCWI6Je.99

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22) Governments are a net negative
Source: Eastern New Mexico News

“A great many people are upset because President Trump is claimed to have observed that many places around the world are, shall we say, ‘less than ideal.’ Of course, being Donald Trump, he is claimed to have used a colorful metaphor to describe those places. It is honest, but not polite. His detractors see racism in this observation, which isn’t surprising since they are the same people who see racism around every rock and hear it in every word. I don’t see racism, but I do see denial. The harsh truth is there are many places around the globe fitting this description. They can have a negative effect on the ethics and intelligence of those who live there. Trump is, however, unlikely to admit what usually creates those conditions. It isn’t the people who live there. In almost every instance, the horrible conditions are primarily the fault of the governments the people in those places are burdened with; the states they live under.” (01/17/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/01/17/voices/governments-are-a-net-negative/155773.html

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23) The great beer conspiracy to overthrow the US
Source: The Daily Beast
by Wayne Curtis

“‘It is time the people know the truth,’ read a grave and troubling report from the subcommittee on the judiciary of the U.S. Senate. That truth? That the United States had been infiltrated by foreign agents, who exerted their influence on national politics and elections. They underwrote propaganda, co-opted reporters, and even financed the acquisition of an entire newspaper published, eerily, in the shadow the U.S. Capitol. This nest of agents ‘undertakes and sees by these secret methods to control party nominations, party machinery, whole political parties, and thereby control the Government of State and Nation,’ the report concluded. The year was 1919. The transgressors? A dozen to 15 brewers doing the bidding of the German Empire.” (01/17/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-great-beer-conspiracy-to-overthrow-the-us

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24) Get up, stand up, speak up for your rights
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“It doesn’t matter what your politics are, where you worship, whom you love, where you live, how much money you make, what language you speak, what color your skin is, whether you’re a high school dropout or a college graduate, what kind of car you drive, or any other ‘differences’ that are used to divide us into opposing factions: what unites us is that we’re all traveling this road together. Right now, we’re so focused on what divides us that we can’t see the danger looming ahead. While Congress is debating whether the president is racist for referring to African nations as ‘shithole countries,’ no one is talking about the racist government policies that will ensure that ‘1 of every 4 African American males born this decade can expect to go to prison in his lifetime.’ … The next time you hear any government shill talk about the need to keep America safe, remember that the people of the United States continue to be robbed, cheated, tasered, stripped, searched, bullied, threatened, jailed, shot and killed by the very government agents entrusted with protecting their rights.” (01/17/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/get-stand-speak-rights/

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25) Wages of awful policy: Minimum wage hikes cause hundreds of busboys to lose jobs at Red Robin
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall Blanco

“Red Robin, a popular burger chain, will cut jobs at all 570 of its locations because, chief financial officer Guy Constant said, ‘We need … to address the labor [cost] increases we’ve seen.’ To put it differently, Red Robin is cutting these jobs because of bad government policy: namely, hikes in the minimum wage. On January 1, some 18 states — from Maine to Hawaii — increased their minimum wage. Founded in Seattle but headquartered in Colorado, Red Robin hopes to save some $8 million this year by eliminating bussers from their restaurants. (Bussers, or busboys, clear dirty dishes from tables, set tables, and otherwise assist the wait staff.) According to the New York Post, the company saved some $10 million last year after eliminating ‘expediters,’ who plate food in the kitchen.” (01/17/18)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9240

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26) Don’t diagnose our president, diagnose our enemies instead
Source: USA Today
by Marc Siegel

“Some of President Trump’s tweets and off the cuff comments may seem disinhibited, exhibiting a lack of good social judgment and calling on a need for restraint. But linking this pattern of behavior to a possible larger neuropsychological issue is pure speculation and a dangerous leap to take. There has been way too much doctor and pundit-driven speculation in the news media already about Trump’s supposed mental health deficiencies. I endorse the American Psychiatric Association’s Goldwater Rule, which advises members not to armchair diagnose or assess public figures they’ve never met or received consent from. I like the rule not just because it’s unethical to speculate medically in public but also because it’s inaccurate. What appears to be impulsivity may actually be a deliberate though unorthodox effort to present one’s views.” [editor’s note: I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on the Internet, so I’m not bound by the Goldwater Rule. He clearly displays AT LEAST 8 of the 9 symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder. That’s just a fact – TLK] (01/17/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/17/why-do-we-diagnose-our-president-diagnose-our-enemies-instead-marc-siegel-column/1036108001

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27) America in the age of shitholiness
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“On my way out the door on January 11, I caught a glimpse of CNN on the TV, noting the news of the day: The text banner at the bottom of the screen said the president of the United States had [allegedly] called Haiti, El Salvador, and the nations of Africa ‘shithole countries.’ I rolled my eyes and went on my way. Always knew the dude was racist; who didn’t? It took hours before I realized that I had never seen an expletive spelled out in full on a television news chyron. Because, really, we’ve been in the Age of Shitholiness for a while now. … it was also a cultural turning point, a moment at which the mainstream media determined that the old norms of propriety could no longer apply in a world led by a huckster who routinely breaks them. I mean, after ‘grab ’em by the pussy,’ what’s a little ‘shithole?’” [editor’s note: I like this one, if only for the clever wordplay in the title – SAT] (01/17/18)

http://prospect.org/article/america-age-shitholiness

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28) Tech workers of the world, unite!
Source: In These Times
by Julianne Tveten

“In just a handful of years, the tide of blue-collar organizing has risen in Silicon Valley. Security officers and shuttle drivers across tech firms, workers at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing plant and cafeteria workers at Facebook and Yahoo, have united in pursuit of more equitable working conditions. Such momentum marks a resurgence of working-class solidarity, a response to the untenable blights of excessive hours, scant-to-nonexistent benefits and pay rates inadequate for even bare necessities. Yet the trend constitutes a mere fraction of organizing efforts necessary for the tech industry. In recent years, Silicon Valley has become home to a movement calling for all rank-and-file members of the tech labor force, including handsomely compensated engineers and other white-collar employees, to view themselves as what they are (workers) and organize for the benefit of their communities.” [editor’s note: I love how calling people who draw upper-5 and 6-figure salaries for using their minds “workers” is somehow supposed to unite them with back-breaking wage-slavery – SAT][additional editor’s note: I hate how people pretend that unless you’re holding a shovel, you’re not “working” – TLK] (01/17/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20836/tech-workers-union-labor-movement-silicon-valley-facebook-google

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29) How insecurity in Afghanistan is constraining the Red Cross
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Scott Peterson

“The International Committee of the Red Cross, which has been in Afghanistan since 1987, generally runs toward disaster and conflict, not away from them. Najmudin Helal is just one symbol of the ICRC’s ability to transform lives broken by war in Afghanistan. In 1988, he arrived at the ICRC’s newly opened orthopedic center in Kabul for treatment after having lost both his legs to a landmine years before. In the three decades since, Afghanistan has been convulsed by a string of wars and chronic insecurity; relief workers have been targeted by killings and kidnappings; and Mr. Helal became the director of the Kabul center. Today, however, the ICRC’s capacity is diminishing, as new levels of insecurity prompt the organization’s most significant downsizing here in a generation. A Taliban insurgency is encroaching upon Kabul; an emergent Islamic State franchise is conducting attacks; and militias are fragmenting, all blurring the lines for relief workers between what is safe and what is not.” (01/17/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2018/0117/How-insecurity-in-Afghanistan-is-constraining-the-Red-Cross

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30) Collective narcissism is the root of political evil
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Agnieszka Golec de Zavala

“Collective narcissists are not simply content to be members of a valuable group. They don’t devote their energy to contributing to the group’s betterment and value. Rather, they engage in monitoring whether everybody around, particularly other groups, recognize and acknowledge the great value and special worth of their group. To be sure, collective narcissists demand privileged treatment, not equal rights. And the need for continuous external validation of the group’s inflated image (a negative attribute) is what differentiates collective narcissists from those who simply hold positive feelings about their group.” (01/17/18)

https://fee.org/articles/collective-narcissism-is-the-root-of-political-evil/

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31) Enormously lucky man? Or ultra-deserving deep pocket?
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“Eric Schmidt, a top executive at Google ever since he joined the company as CEO back in 2001, is stepping down later this month. He’s leaving his latest executive slot about $14 billion richer than when he began his Google career. Expect a digital avalanche of praise for Schmidt over the next few weeks. The breathless encomiums have indeed already begun. Wired magazine has just lauded Schmidt for his ‘mindboggling impact’ on the world’s high-tech scene and his ‘brilliant’ realpolitik behind Google’s closed doors. Many observers of Corporate America simply see Schmidt as, in effect, a real-deal ‘very stable genius.’ And they’ve thought that way for quite some time. Not many executives entered the twenty-first century more widely respected within American business circles. If anybody ever deserved to hold a personal billion-dollar fortune, many would argue, that someone has to be Eric Schmidt. No one could possibly label him ‘undeserving.’ How could anyone dismiss as merely ‘lucky’ the fortune accumulated by someone as dedicated and diligent as Eric Schmidt?” (01/17/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180117/enormously-lucky-man-or-ultra-deserving-deep-pocket

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32) The baseless fear of Iranian “hegemony”
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Iran doesn’t have the resources to become the region’s hegemon. Its military and economic power are both inadequate to the task, and that isn’t going to change in the foreseeable future. While Iran is an important regional power, it is not in a position to dominate the region. The people claiming otherwise are simply trying to scare Congress and the public into endorsing misguided and destructive regional policies that serve no discernible American interest and risk more unnecessary wars. Conjuring up the specter of Iran as a possible regional hegemon is worse than threat inflation. It is threat invention.” (01/17/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-baseless-fear-of-iranian-hegemony/

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33) Is Dennis Kucinich serious?
Source: The New Republic
by Graham Vyse

“In some ways, Dennis Kucinich is made for this moment in Democratic politics. Like Senator Bernie Sanders, the quirky former Ohio congressman embodied progressive populism long before its current vogue. He ran on single-payer healthcare, free college, and gay marriage as a presidential candidate in 2004 and 2008 — years when all those ideas remained decidedly outside the political mainstream. Kucinich was ahead of the curve on opposing the Iraq war and the North American Free Trade Agreement, protecting the environment, and even embracing veganism. For all his idiosyncrasies (he claimed in a nationally televised debate that he’d seen a UFO, and proposed an official Department of Peace) his liberal peers were fond of him. … Yet in one of the many strange subplots of today’s political drama, the proudly progressive Kucinich has not been a consistent voice against President Donald Trump this past year.” [editor’s note: I’d love to see him back in the game, though as a Governor he will not have any effect on ending wars abroad – SAT] (01/17/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146612/dennis-kucinich-serious-run-governor-ohio

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34) Our Potemkin Village
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“While the population of Hawaii dove under manhole covers, and #TheResistance screeched that The Orange Monster had finally done it and forced Kim Jong Un to nuke the island paradise, it took Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the levelheaded, and quite personable representative from that state, to issue a statement countermanding the ‘take cover’ message sent out by the military earlier. Rep. Gabbard did this within minutes, thus avoiding a major panic with potentially dangerous consequences, while the Authorities took nearly an hour to issue a retraction. How did this happen?” (01/17/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/01/16/our-potemkin-village/

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35) Yes, Trump is a bigoted clown
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“So, is Trump a racist? Potentially. No one can know what’s inside his head (it’s not entirely clear he does). But the birtherism, the pledge to ban all Muslims, the jokes about Nigerians in mud huts, the talk of Mexican rapists … you can’t rationalise it all away. Yes, he’s 71, a blunt talker, and his critics are given to hysteria. But ‘pretty xenophobic’ is at this point the most generous assessment you could make. The question is, what do you do with it? How should those of us who loathe him set about challenging him and changing the minds of those who voted for him? The answer is the opposite of what liberals are now doing, and have been doing for the past few decades. They’ve single handedly stripped the word ‘racism’ of any meaning, turned it into a weapon in the culture war, and in doing so they have empowered Trump.” (01/17/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/yes-trump-is-a-bigoted-clown-shithole-countries/

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36) Selling hate
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“Who will warn Americans about hate groups? The media know: the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC, based in Alabama, calls itself ‘the premier’ group monitoring hate. Give us money, they say, and they will ‘fight the hate that thrives in our country.’ I once believed in the center’s mission. Well-meaning people still do. Apple just gave them a million dollars. So did actor George Clooney. They shouldn’t. Ayaan Hirsi Ali grew up in Somalia, where she suffered female genital mutilation. So now she speaks out against radical Islam. For that, SPLC put her on its list of dangerous ‘extremists.’ Maajid Nawaz was once an Islamic extremist. Then he started criticizing the radicals. SPLC labels him an ‘anti-Muslim extremist,’ too. While launching hateful smears like these, SPLC invites you to donate to them to ‘join the fight against hatred and bigotry.’” (01/17/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/01/17/selling-hate-n2435311

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37) Through a lens, darkly
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The ‘best debates’ are ones in which one side shouts down the other side and threatens violence. Well, that is what a Washington Post essay implies. In ‘Why ‘social justice warriors’ are the real defenders of free speech on campus,’ Matthew A. Sears, an associate professor of classics and ancient history at the University of New Brunswick, offers a bizarre take on current campus controversies.” (01/17/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/17/through-a-lens-darkly/

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38) Bob Dylan as economic prophet
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Spitznagel

“We have a habit on our trading floor of playing Bob Dylan whenever the markets start selling off. We hardly ever play Dylan these days. Though I consider the Nobel Laureate something of a personal classical liberal icon, I don’t remember exactly how this office tradition ever started. But the connection is appropriate, a nod to the enigmatic genius who wrote anthems for freedom, against power and coercion, and, most relevantly, on change — irrepressible, revolutionary, and sometimes catastrophic change. Change is the defining feature of our modern age, from science to business to politics, both in its extraordinary speed and magnitude. But you would never know it when surveying today’s financial market landscape.” (01/16/18)

https://mises.org/wire/bob-dylan-economic-prophet

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39) How North Korea can become Switzerland of the East
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams’s Blog

“The big issue, as we all know, is that North Korea wants nuclear weapons and most of the rest of the world, especially the United States, is unwilling to live with that. Hence the economic sanctions. So what would a solution to this stalemate look like? For starters, you need a solution in which both sides seem to have won something. The alternative involves squeezing their economy until we choke it out, and that’s the current default path. The problem with that approach is that it risks pushing them to a war of desperation, and while we wait for that horror, millions of innocents will starve. The United States will come out on top eventually, but not at a cost we can be happy about. So allow me to suggest a winning option for all involved. I call it the Switzerland of the East plan.” (01/17/18)

http://blog.dilbert.com/2018/01/17/north-korea-can-become-switzerland-east/

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40) The Swiss franc and the euro: What now?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Mihai Macovei

“In January 2015, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) unexpectedly removed the de facto peg of the franc to the euro. The move was welcomed by free-market economists, including in contributions on Mises Wire. It was deemed that the short-run adjustments to the Swiss economy triggered by the appreciation of the franc were preferable to the macro-economic stability risks posed by the inflation imported from the euro area during the peg. Yet, it would have been difficult to anticipate that the SNB’s interventionist monetary policy would continue aggressively also after the peg.” (01/16/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/01/the-swiss-franc-and-the-euro-what-now/

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41) The business of bullshit
Source: CounterPunch
by Thomas Klikauer

“Bullshit business is about the meaningless language conjured up in schools, in banks, in consultancy firms, in politics, in the media and, of course, in thousands of business schools releasing MBA-certificated managers who are then spreading the meaningless managerial buzz-word language of bullshit business around the world. Bullshit business can indeed take over organizations crowding out their core purpose — profit-maximization. When pro-business academics, management writers, CEOs, and upper-level managers invent bullshit language, they fabricate something that sustains Managerialism. … If business bullshit and its banal language were removed, corporations might even improve their real bottom line. Yet despite being rather counterproductive, Managerialism clings on to bullshit business.” (01/16/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/17/the-business-of-bullshit/

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42) The best way for the FCC to enable a 5G future
Source: Reuters
by Thomas W Hazlett

“Fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks promise to blow away existing 4G connections. According to the U.S. government, the new systems will deliver 1,000 times more traffic, with far superior reliability and faster response times. Movies will glisten in ultra-high definition, while cities become smart, autonomous cars safe, and the Internet of Things ubiquitous. Mobile broadband may out-perform fiber optics, as The Economist notes, putting ‘your phone on steroids.’ The Wow Factor obscures the obstacles. Rollout for 5G depends on access to bandwidth. And here the ghost of Herbert Hoover stands tall. His legislative brainchild, the Radio Act of 1927, sandbags innovation by defining spectrum uses upfront, prior to authorization. That we are even talking about 5G (let alone 1G, 2G, 3G or 4G) reveals that Hooverian public policy is possible to overcome. But it takes a while.” (01/17/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hazlett-5g-commentary/commentary-the-best-way-for-the-fcc-to-enable-a-5g-future-idUSKBN1F6253

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43) Quantum Vibe, 01/16/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (01/16/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1746

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44) With CFPB reform, Trump can make American finance great again
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“After a number of false starts, Congress is once again seriously looking at reforming the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But this time, something’s different: Some Senate Democrats may want to help. It’s an opportunity too good to waste. The New York Times reports that a new push to change the CFPB would be the ‘first major revision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, a signature accomplishment of President Barack Obama that has been deemed ‘a disaster’ by President Trump.’ Whether it counts as an ‘accomplishment’ is certainly open to question, but there’s no doubt the CFPB has been a disaster, especially for small and midsize banks and payday lenders, which together had absolutely nothing (zero) to do with the financial crisis, yet have borne the brunt of the financial regulatory siege that the Obama administration dumped on the industry.” [editor’s note: This source, while clearly in favior of Trump, does a consistent job of looking at actual effects instead of just daily tweets – SAT] (01/17/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/with-cfpb-reform-trump-can-make-american-finance-great-again

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45) Stop warrantless snooping on Americans
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Over the course of two hours last Thursday morning, Donald Trump offered two diametrically opposed takes on a surveillance bill making its way through Congress. Both were wrong. The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, which the House approved last week and the Senate is considering this week, has nothing to do with purported wiretapping at Trump Tower or any other direct surveillance of the Trump campaign, as the president initially suggested. But neither is its impact limited to ‘foreign bad guys on foreign land,’ as Trump said in a corrective tweet after alarmed advisers explained his administration’s position to him.” (01/17/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2018/01/17/stop-warrantless-snooping-on-americans

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46) Six ways to ruin your ICO before it’s even started
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“ICOs are like weddings: months of planning comes to one big day. If the event goes off without a hitch, it will bring in a lot of money. But with the world watching, the stakes are high. One slip and you risk losing it all: the bouquet, the immaculate wedding dress, and the $20 million in ether you’d been promised. Planning an ICO is hard work. Ruining one is surprisingly easy, as a number of recent projects have demonstrated.” (01/17/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/six-ways-ruin-ico-even-started/

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47) DRM puts the brakes on innovation
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Elliot Harmon

“Copyright law is slow. Whenever you hear about a case of alleged copyright infringement and you think, ‘What was illegal about this?’ consider that the law probably came many, many years before anyone conceived of the activity it’s being used to target. Then it starts to make a little bit more sense. Look at how U.S. copyright law treats DRM, the annoying array of methods that digital content providers use to restrict their customers’ behavior. Passed in 1998, Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act made it illegal to bypass DRM or give others the means of doing so. When Congress passed Section 1201, it was mostly thinking of restrictions intended to stop users from making infringing copies of music and movies. The DMCA passed well before manufacturers began putting digital locks on cars, microwaves, toilets, and every other electronic product. We’re now living in a world where it might be a crime to modify the software on your rice cooker. If that sounds absurd, that’s because it is.” (01/16/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/01/drm-puts-brakes-innovation

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48) Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“It’s not kosher to ex post make up a theory to fit the data. … Yes, much of social science is done exactly this way, but that doesn’t make it right. Indeed data mining (aka P-hacking) helps to explain why people don’t believe social science research, unless they already found the hypothesis to be plausible before being presented with the regression results.” (01/16/18)

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

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49) Why is the US spying on China?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The federal government’s arrest of former CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee for allegedly spying for China confirms, once again, that for the U.S. national-security branch of the federal government, the Cold War never ended. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Lee is suspected of having revealed the existence to Chinese authorities of Chinese citizens who were serving as spies for the U.S. national-security establishment. Those Chinese citizens, not surprisingly, were subsequently executed by Chinese officials for serving as spies for the U.S. government. Wait a minute! Forgive me for asking a question that it doesn’t even occur to the mainstream media to ask: What in the world is the U.S. government doing spying on China?” (01/16/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/01/17/u-s-spying-china/

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50) Free trade and Brexit can help Africa flourish
Source: Acton Institute
by Ibrahim B Anoba

“In early 2018, all 54 member-states of the African Union (AU) will sign an agreement for a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) to make Africa the world’s largest common market. The CFTA could increase trade within the region by an unprecedented 50 percent and create about $35 billion in benefits. This is necessary, as intra-African trade only constitutes 18 percent of the continent’s total trade — an abysmal rating compared to the European Union’s (EU) 70 percent. But a well-implemented free trade treaty could increase trade and benefit the ever-growing population of the continent with more material resources. It would also likely give Africa an advantage in negotiating more equitable agreements with the EU.” (01/16/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/01/16/free-trade-and-brexit-can-help-africa-flourish

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51) Political Research Digest, episode 8
Source: Niskanen Center

“The U.S. has a long history of spending through the tax code, limiting revenue to provide benefits. But Congress just passed a major tax cut that limits some tax deductions, keeps others, and expands the child tax credit. How do the latest Republican efforts fit historical patterns? Christopher Faricy‘s recent article finds that Republicans usually limit credits and expand deductions, whereas Democrats do the reverse. Yet Joshua McCabe’s research finds that the child tax credit is historically a Republican policy; but its targeting is limited by a debate focused on tax relief rather than income supplementation. Both say the latest law could limit the value and political salience of major tax deductions.” [Flash audio] (01/17/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/episode-8-tax-law-signal-change-parties-use-tax-credits-deductions/

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52) Essential Libertarianism, episode 18
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“HL Mencken on Education.” [various formats] (01/17/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/01/17/h-l-mencken-on-public-education-el018/

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53) Electric Libertyland, episode 55
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams welcomes in comedian Owen Benjamin, who makes his debut on the podcast. Owen responds to comments comic/writer Jake Weisman made on last week’s episode and dives into transgender issues, before Brian and Benjamin move on to other topics including the ongoing culture war for free speech, Babe.net‘s Aziz Ansari sexual misconduct article and male feminism, plus the Golden Globes.” [various formats] (01/17/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/01/17/electric-libertyland-ep-55-owen-benjamin-aziz-ansari-timesup/

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54) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1075
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Michael Boldin, founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center, talks about a wide variety of resistance movements at the state level against the federal government. Nullification: it’s happening!” [various formats] (01/16/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1075-todays-resistance-to-the-fda-nsa-dea-and-other-evils/

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55) Unregistered Podcast with Thaddeus Russell, episode 40
Source: Unregistered

“Christopher Ryan is an author, podcaster, and troublemaker, who puts out a weekly podcast, called Tangentially Speaking. His work has been featured all over: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic, Salon, and he has been a featured speaker all over the world, from TED to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/16/18)

http://unregistered.blubrry.net/episode40/

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56) Intercepted Podcast, 01/16/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Jeremy lays out the bloody U.S. history in Haiti and El Salvador and blasts the bipartisan, selective amnesia and historical revisionism that ‘American exceptionalism’ demands. In an exclusive interview, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard calls for direct talks with Kim Jong-un to avert a catastrophic war with North Korea. … As Robert Mueller hits [Steve] Bannon with a grand jury subpoena, former CIA officer and Cipher Brief columnist John Sipher and journalist Marcy Wheeler analyze the Russia investigation, the Steele dossier, and the Trump team’s collusion … with Israel. Leading Marxist scholar David Harvey talks about alienation and debt peonage in the age of Trump, the crimes of capitalism, and why he believes the French and American revolutions would not be possible today.” [various formats] (01/16/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/17/intercepted-podcast-white-mirror/

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57) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 198
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“It turns out that the most interesting policy story about Kaspersky software isn’t why the administration banned its products from government use. It’s why the last administration didn’t. Shane Harris is our guest for the podcast, delving into the law and politics of the Kaspersky ban. Along the way, I ask why the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which allows suits against foreign governments for torts committed in the United States, shouldn’t allow suits against foreign governments that hack computers located in the United States.” [MP3] (01/16/18)

http://reason.com/volokh/2018/01/16/cyberlaw-podcast-198

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58) Free Talk Live, 01/16/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cryptocurrency Bloodbath :: New California Declares Independence :: New California Critique :: Declaration of Independence :: State Status Quo :: Catalonia Secession :: Rich People Buying Property :: Property Tax :: Chinese Miners Moving to Switzerland :: HOSTS — Ian, Johnson, Will.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/16/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-16

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59) Editor’s Break, episode 50
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 050 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: shitholes and the people who want to leave them, getting triggered into advocating for state action, why not requiring evidence of jurisdiction is a violation of due process, advice to young people on doing what they love and doing it on their own, not allowing victimization to enter your identity, and more.” [various formats] (01/16/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/shitholes-due-process-young-people-notme-31m-editors-break-050

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60) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 691
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“The Stock market gapped up to nearly 26,000 today and briefly spiked above it before retreating. As of this writing, we’re resting near yesterdays close. It’s a bad sign (when the market gaps and retreats like that). It’s a signal a retracement is coming. More and more people are starting to sound warning bells about the euphoria in the market, but nobody wants to miss the upside.” [various formats] (01/16/18)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/691-stocks-btc-and-the-emerging-trade-war-with-china/

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