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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
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In the News:

1) VT: Scott signs marijuana legalization bill
2) DC: Ticks agree to end fake break from blood-sucking antics
3) Trump regime intentionally makes electricity, laundry more expensive for Americans
4) PA: Court throws out congressional boundaries
5) Sudan: Regime releases Reuters, AFP journalists
6) SCOTUS: Booze, drugs, strippers … and trespassing
7) Alleged drunk driver to cops: Hey, my Tesla was on autopilot
8) ME: Dozens dressed as Tyrannosaurus rex descend on public square
9) WA: Amazon opens a supermarket with no checkouts
10) HHS turns to evangelicals for policy
11) CA: Democrats want some businesses to fork over half of tax cut savings to state
12) UK: Butcher trapped in freezer uses sausage to bash his way out
13) Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll deciphered in Israel
14) Tractor beam can levitate humans with “sound tornadoes”
15) Syria: Regime accused in alleged chlorine gas attack
16) Pence: US embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem next year
17) NASA: 2017 was second warmest year on record
18) Germany: Jailed serial killer charged with 97 new counts of murder
19) FL: No IEDs found at mall
20) Report: Vast majority of new wealth last year went to top 1%
21) ICE thugs abduct doctor who has lived in the US for nearly 40 years
22) South Korea: Regime reportedly plans to demand 24.2% bribes from cryptocurrency exchanges
23) Japan: Regime tries to escalate North Korea panic with Tokyo “missile attack drill” theatrics
24) Spain: Regime tries again, fails again to have Puigdemont abducted
25) Liberia: Weah sworn in as president

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Destroying, suppressing evidence is FBI standard procedure
27) Russiagate implodes
28) Ridiculous licensing rules are holding back people who want to work
29) Keep it shut down!
30) A thought experiment in voluntaryism
31) For Trump, the great Davos face-off
32) “D” stands for deceit
33) Trump is here to stay
34) There’s much more to the matter
35) Gateway to nowhere on the Hudson
36) Secession and liberty: A reply to Pierre Lemieux
37) Chelsea Manning’s anarchist campaign
38) Houston is being rebuilt on a foundation of wage theft
39) We can do a lot better than this
40) Don’t get offended by the holidays others celebrate
41) Death by inequality: How poverty and racism are killing America’s children
42) Thought Police for the 21st century
43) Can Big Data help save abused kids?
44) It’s the decline of the west as we know it (and I feel fine)
45) Democrats using same strategy Republicans tried in 2013
46) Public school was the worst — luckily I had options
47) Quantum Vibe, 01/22/18
48) Google cloaks itself in virtue, lawsuit may unmask it
49) It’s time to call economic sanctions what they are: War crimes
50) The myth that government shutdowns hurt Republicans
51) One year on: The real problem with Trump
52) Dutch treat
53) On charter schools, let families — not politicians — decide
54) Government shutdowns, if only it was true!
55) Review: The Post puts freedom of the press in spotlight

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/22/18
57) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/22/18
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 145
59) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 330
60) What the non-shutdown means to you
61) Free Talk Live, 01/21/18

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

1) VT: Scott signs marijuana legalization bill
Source: The Hill

“Vermont will become the latest state to allow the possession of marijuana for recreational purposes under a new measure signed into law Monday by Gov. Phil Scott (R). The measure brings the number of states where recreational marijuana is legal to seven. But the Vermont bill is notable because it is the first time a state legislature has voted to legalize the drug. The other six states where adults may legally possess and consume marijuana — Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada and California — all arrived at legalization through voter-approved ballot measures.” (01/22/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/370139-vermont-governor-signs-marijuana-legalization-bill

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2) DC: Ticks agree to end fake break from blood-sucking antics
Source: CNBC

“President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that ends the government shutdown, and provides congressional negotiators with additional time to hammer out an immigration reform package capable of passing both the House and Senate. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are expected to return to work on Tuesday morning, after spending the day Monday on furlough. The bill funds the government for 17 days, and it funds the popular CHIP children’s insurance program for six years. It does not include a permanent fix for the Obama-era DACA program, which Senate Democrats had originally demanded.” (01/22/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/22/trump-signs-bill-to-end-government-shutdown.html

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3) Trump regime intentionally makes electricity, laundry more expensive for Americans
Source: CNN Money

“The Trump administration is imposing tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines. The announcement marks President Trump’s first major trade action of 2018 and follows his campaign promise to get tough on America’s trading partners. A tariff, or tax, of 30% will be applied to imported solar panels, most of which come from China. Tariffs will begin at 20% on large residential washing machines, according to the announcement Monday from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. ‘The President’s action makes clear again that the Trump Administration will always defend American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses in this regard,’ Lighthizer said in a statement.” [editor’s note: I guess that’s true, if by “defend” Lighthizer means “bend over and screw without lube” – TLK] (01/22/18)

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/22/news/economy/us-tariff-washing-machines-solar-cells/index.html

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4) PA: Court throws out congressional boundaries
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state’s congressional map Monday, granting a major victory to Democrats who charged that the 18 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. The Democratic-controlled court, which said that the districts violate the state constitution, gave the Republican-controlled Legislature until Feb. 9 to pass a replacement and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf until Feb. 15 to submit it to the court. Otherwise, the justices said they will adopt a plan in an effort to keep the May 15 primary election on track. The court said the boundaries ‘clearly, plainly and palpably’ violate the state’s constitution, and blocked it from remaining in effect for the 2018 elections. The deadline to file paperwork to run in primaries for the state’s congressional seats is March 6. The defendants (top Republican lawmakers) said they were outraged by the decision. They said it lacks clarity and respect for the constitution, and that they would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and halt the decision.” (01/22/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Pennsylvania-court-throws-out-congressional-12515509.php

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5) Sudan: Regime releases Reuters, AFP journalists
Source: Reuters

“Sudanese authorities on Monday released a Reuters journalist and an Agence France-Presse (AFP) reporter who were detained while covering protests in Khartoum on Wednesday last week. Reuters regained contact with its Sudanese reporter, Khalid Abdelaziz, on Monday evening for the first time since before his arrest. He said he had not been mistreated, and was released alongside the AFP reporter and another local journalist. No charges were filed against the reporters, who were detained in Khartoum’s Kobar prison. ‘We are extremely relieved that Reuters reporter Khalid Abdelaziz has been released from detention in Khartoum,’ a Reuters spokesperson said.” (01/22/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sudan-media-arrests/sudanese-authorities-release-reuters-afp-journalists-idUSKBN1FB2HN

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6) SCOTUS: Booze, drugs, strippers … and trespassing
Source: USA Today

“Peaches got creamed at the Supreme Court Monday. The justices ruled unanimously that District of Columbia police were within their rights to arrest 21 party-goers for trespassing and disorderly conduct in 2008 at a boozy bachelor party hosted by a woman named ‘Peaches.’ Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that police made an ‘entirely reasonable inference’ that those attending the party, which featured booze, drugs and strippers, knew they shouldn’t be there because the home was vacant and in disarray. ‘The living room had been converted into a makeshift strip club,’ he wrote. ‘Strippers in bras and thongs, with cash stuffed in their garter belts, were giving lap dances. Upstairs, the officers found a group of men with a single, naked woman on a bare mattress (the only bed in the house), along with multiple open condom wrappers and a used condom. ‘Taken together, the condition of the house and the conduct of the party-goers’ allowed the officers to make several ‘common-sense conclusions about human behavior.’ Furthermore, Thomas said, there was the problem of ‘a bachelor party without a bachelor.’” (01/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/22/booze-drugs-strippers-and-trespassing-supreme-court-says/1053508001

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7) Alleged drunk driver to cops: Hey, my Tesla was on autopilot
Source: Fox News

“An alleged drunk driver found passed out in a Tesla on a bridge in California told officers the car was on ‘autopilot’ — an apparent bid to alleviate concerns about him being behind the wheel. The unidentified motorist was arrested and charged with suspicion of DUI after being found unconscious on the Bay Bridge with a blood alcohol content ‘more than twice’ the legal limit, the California Highway Patrol posted on Twitter Saturday. ‘Driver explained Tesla had been set on autopilot,’ the post continued. ‘He was arrested and charged with suspicion of DUI. Car towed (no it didn’t drive itself to the tow yard).’ The tweet did not indicate when the incident took place, but officers told the San Francisco Chronicle that the man was found in the stopped car at about 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 13.” (01/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2018/01/22/alleged-drunk-driver-to-cops-hey-my-tesla-was-on-autopilot.html

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8) ME: Dozens dressed as Tyrannosaurus rex descend on public square
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“His name means ‘king of the tyrant lizards,’ but sometimes Tyrannosaurus rex just wants to party. Make that many T. rexes. Hundreds of curious people descended on Portland’s Monument Square on Saturday to observe a gathering of dinosaur lovers dressed as the science museum staple. There were dozens of T. rexes, and they danced, growled and milled around. One who struggled to navigate his costume walked around with his head protruding awkwardly from the dinosaur’s gaping mouth. Valerie Sanborn and Alison Cyr set up the Cretaceous Period party through Facebook. A non-participant was summoned to snap a group photo because of T. rex’s ‘little arm probz.’ There didn’t appear to be any participants who arrived dressed as Marc Bolan, late singer of English rock band T. Rex.” (01/22/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Dozens-dressed-as-Tyrannosaurus-rex-descend-on-12512454.php

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9) WA: Amazon opens a supermarket with no checkouts
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“In a move that could revolutionise the way we buy groceries, Amazon has opened a supermarket with no checkout operators or self-service tills. Long queues formed outside the Amazon Go store in Seattle before it opened its doors to the public on Monday. It uses hundreds of ceiling-mounted cameras and electronic sensors to identify each customer and track the items they select. Purchases are billed to customers’ credit cards when they leave the store. On entering the store, shoppers walk through gates similar to those in the London underground, swiping their smartphones loaded with the Amazon Go app. Then they are free to put any of the sandwiches, salads, drinks and biscuits on the shelves straight into their shopping bags.” (01/22/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42769096

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10) HHS turns to evangelicals for policy
Source: Raw Story

“The Trump administration’s Health and Human Services Department is reportedly leaning more toward Christian evangelical positions on issues like abortion, including a potential policy stating life begins at conception. Head of the Office of Civil Rights, Roger Severino, and director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Shannon Royce, are two of the ‘small cadre’ of top officials within the HHS department championing attempts to roll back federal protections of abortion and care for transgender people, Politico reported Monday morning. HHS is also in the middle of finalizing a four-year plan that could include declaring life begins at conception, a major stance for evangelicals and religious groups alike. A draft of the strategic plan for 2018 to 2022 included that exact language. Both Severino and Royce have deep ties to evangelical groups. The former is an anti-abortion attorney, and the latter serves as HHS’s main contact for religious groups.” (01/22/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/health-department-turning-evangelicals-policy

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11) CA: Democrats want some businesses to fork over half of tax cut savings to state
Source: Fox News

“Calling the Trump administration’s tax reform plan a ‘middle-class tax increase,’ two California lawmakers introduced a bill that would force large companies to fork over half of their expected savings to the state. Assemblymen Kevin McCarty and Phil Ting, both Democrats, introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 22, which calls for a 10 percent surcharge on companies with a net earnings over $1 million. The plan could potentially raise billions for the state’s social services programs. ‘It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals,’ Ting said in a statement, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. ‘This bill will help blunt the impact of the federal tax plan on everyday Californians by protecting funding for education, affordable health care and other core priorities.’ The paper reported that the two lawmakers face an up-hill battle because Democrats in the state have lost their supermajority in the Legislature.” (01/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/22/california-democrats-want-some-businesses-to-fork-over-half-tax-cut-savings-to-state.html

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12) UK: Butcher trapped in freezer uses sausage to bash his way out
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A British butcher who got locked in a freezer says he was saved by a frozen sausage that he used as a battering ram. Chris McCabe says he became trapped in the walk-in freezer at his shop in Totnes, southwest England, last month when wind blew the door shut. The safety button to open the door had frozen in the -20 C (-4 F) chill. McCabe said he tried unsuccessfully to kick the button free before picking up a 1.5 kilogram (3.3 pound) black pudding, a form of blood sausage. McCabe told website Devon Live that he used the meaty tube ‘like a battering ram’ and managed to unstick the button after several blows.” [editor’s note: MacGyver lives! – SAT] (01/22/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Butcher-trapped-in-freezer-uses-sausage-to-bash-12493197.php

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13) Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll deciphered in Israel
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“One of the last remaining obscure parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been deciphered by researchers in Israel. Sixty tiny fragments were pieced together over a period of a year, identifying the name of a festival marking the changes between seasons. It also revealed a second scribe corrected mistakes made by the author. The 900 scrolls, written by an ancient Jewish sect, have been a source of fascination since the first were discovered in a cave in Qumran in 1947. The collection is considered the oldest copy of the Bible ever found, dating to at least the 4th Century BC.” (01/22/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42773878

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14) Tractor beam can levitate humans with “sound tornadoes”
Source: Raw Story

“For the first time, physicists have discovered a way to levitate large (human-sized) objects with an acoustic tractor beam. Acoustic tractor beams work by using sonic power to capture particles and suspend them in mid-air, according to a press release from the University of Bristol. This gives them an edge over devices that use magnetic levitation, which can struggle to grab small or otherwise tricky objects like liquids. But they’ve only been able to capture small objects, according to CNET; never anything larger than the wavelength of the sound. Researchers from the University of Bristol became the first to overcome that size limitation, paving the way for levitating humans. They created a system of rapidly fluctuating acoustic vortices — basically, tiny sound tornadoes, with a ‘twister’ of loud sound surrounding an inner, and completely silent, core, according to the press release. A paper describing the research was published in the journal Physical Letters Review.” (01/22/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/tractor-beam-can-levitate-humans-sound-tornadoes

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15) Syria: Regime accused in alleged chlorine gas attack
Source: New York Post

“Rescue workers in a Syrian rebel-held enclave near Damascus accused government forces of launching an attack with chlorine gas Monday that affected at least 13 people, according to reports. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, quoting local medical and other sources, said ‘gases’ released during a dawn rocket attack caused ‘cases of suffocation,’ Reuters reported.” [editor’s note: The evidence in the last two allegations doesn’t seem to have held up under scrutiny, so grain of salt recommended – TLK] (01/22/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/01/22/syrian-regime-accused-of-lethal-gas-attack-on-children/

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16) Pence: US embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem next year
Source: New York Times

“Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday that a new United States Embassy to Israel would open in Jerusalem before the end of 2019. Mr. Pence’s statement, made to the Israeli Parliament during a trip to the Holy Land, follows President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last month, a move that overturned decades of American policy and international consensus on the status of the holy city. Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital or believe it should be divided, with East Jerusalem becoming the capital of a Palestinian state. The international consensus, previously supported by the United States, has been that the city’s status can be determined only through negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.” (01/22/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/22/world/middleeast/jerusalem-embassy-israel.html

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17) NASA: 2017 was second warmest year on record
Source: Staten Island Advance

“Global temperatures in 2017 were the second warmest on record since 1880, according to NASA. Last year’s temperatures were second only to 2016, which holds the record for the hottest year since 1880, when global estimates first started. Earth’s average temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees warmer than the 1951 to 1990 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.” (01/22/18)

http://www.silive.com/news/2018/01/2017_second_warmest_year_on_re.html

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18) Germany: Jailed serial killer charged with 97 new counts of murder
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Convicted serial killer Niels Hogel was charged with 97 further counts of murder in the northern German city of Oldenburg on Monday. The former nurse is already serving jail time for murdering other patients. In court, Niels has admitted to acting ‘out of boredom’ and to impress his colleagues — by giving patients medicine to cause heart failure or circulatory collapse and then trying to revive them. … Initially convicted of attempted murder in hospitals in Oldenburg and the nearby city of Delmenhorst, Hogel’s subsequent statements to a psychologist over 30 killings prompted authorities to exhume scores of bodies buried between 1999 and 2005 and test them for the killer’s drug cocktails.” (01/22/18)

http://www.dw.com/en/jailed-german-serial-killer-charged-with-97-new-counts-of-murder/a-42253838

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19) FL: No IEDs found at mall
Source: Fox News

“Less than a day after officials said two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in central Florida, officials on Monday walked back those statements. The FBI and Eagle Ridge Mall said in separate statements two signal flares triggered a fire alarm in an unoccupied area of the facility around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. ‘It appears two items, believed to be marine flares, were ignited in a mall hallway, creating a large amount of smoke, and a backpack was located at the scene,’ the FBI statement said. ‘Bomb technicians examined the contents of the backpack and determined it did not contain any incendiary or explosive devices.’” (01/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/22/no-ieds-found-at-florida-mall-police-say-walking-backing-earlier-statements.html

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20) Report: Vast majority of new wealth last year went to top 1%
Source: USA Today

“A new billionaire is created every other day. The three richest Americans have the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the U.S. population. And 82% of the global wealth generated last year went to just 1% of the world’s population. These are among the findings of a study released Sunday by Oxfam, a British campaigning group, as political and business leaders, including President Trump, prepared to gather in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. Income inequality will be a major topic at the conference, which runs from Tuesday through Friday.” [editor’s note: The only concern in this should be how these billionaires acquired their wealth. If it was from creating and selling products to consumers, coupled with wise investments and good practices, it is nobody’s business how much they have accumulated; if it was the manipulation of neo-feudalist crony corporatism, stealing taxpayers money in collusion with the warfare state, we want them taken down – SAT] (01/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/01/22/vast-majority-new-wealth-last-year-went-top-1/1051947001

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21) ICE thugs abduct doctor who has lived in the US for nearly 40 years
Source: Washington Post

“Lukasz Niec was 5 years old when his parents brought him and his sister to the United States from Poland. With two suitcases in tow, his parents — both doctors — left behind a country on the verge of social turmoil. It was 1979, about two years before the country’s authoritarian communist government declared martial law. Niec received a temporary green card and, in 1989, became a lawful permanent resident. He grew up in Michigan, went to medical school, became a doctor, and raised a daughter and stepdaughter. Niec, now 43, never fathomed that his legal status in the United States would become an issue. With a renewed green card, and nearly 40 years in the country, his Polish nationality was an afterthought for Niec, his sister told The Washington Post. He doesn’t even speak Polish. But on Tuesday morning, immigration authorities arrested Niec at his home, just after he had sent his 12-year-old stepdaughter off to school.” (01/22/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/22/ice-detains-a-polish-doctor-and-green-card-holder-who-has-lived-in-the-u-s-for-nearly-40-years/

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22) South Korea: Regime reportedly plans to demand 24.2% bribes from cryptocurrency exchanges
Source: Fortune

“South Korea’s government is hitting the country’s cryptocurrency exchanges with massive tax demands, in its latest attempt to rein in the booming and volatile sector. According to a finance ministry official, cited in a Yonhap report on Monday, South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges will this year need to pay 22% corporate and 2.2% local income taxes on last year’s earnings by the end of March and April respectively, if they had an annual income of over 20 billion won ($18.8 million) during 2016. … On Sunday, Yonhap quoted another official as saying cryptocurrency exchanges would soon be required to share users’ transaction data with banks — another move that would help the authorities collect tax.” (01/22/18)

http://fortune.com/2018/01/22/south-korea-bitcoin-exchange-tax/

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23) Japan: Regime tries to escalate North Korea panic with Tokyo “missile attack drill” theatrics
Source: US News & World Report

“Tokyo held its first missile evacuation drill on Monday with volunteers taking cover in subway stations and other underground spaces that would double as shelters for the Japanese capital in the event of a North Korean missile strike. The choreographed evacuations at a fair ground and park ringing the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium involved around 300 volunteers. Small groups of protesters scuffled with police as they demonstrated against what they criticized as a war game that fanned public fear.” (01/22/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-01-21/japanese-capital-holds-first-north-korean-missile-attack-drill

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24) Spain: Regime tries again, fails again to have Puigdemont abducted
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Catalonia’s former [sic] leader [sic] Carles Puigdemont has travelled to Denmark, triggering a failed attempt by Spain’s prosecutor to have him arrested. Mr Puigdemont’s trip to Copenhagen is thought to be the first time he has left Belgium for about 80 days. He fled there in October, after a failed independence bid was ruled illegal by the Spanish authorities. Despite the controversy, the speaker of the Catalan parliament nominated him to head the regional government on Monday. Mr Puigdemont is wanted in Spain accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. The charges carry a potential prison sentence of up to 30 years. Spain’s Supreme Court dropped an arrest warrant in December but the prosecutor applied for it to be reissued on Monday. However, the Supreme Court later refused that request.” (01/22/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42772758

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25) Liberia: Weah sworn in as president
Source: CNN

“Football star George Weah was sworn in as President of Liberia Monday, in the country’s first democratic transfer of power for more than 70 years. Weah, a decorated football star, took over from Africa’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. … Weah, 51, won more than 60% of the votes and beat incumbent Vice-President, Joseph Boakai, in a runoff election on December 26.” (01/22/18)

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/22/africa/george-weah-liberia-inauguration/index.html

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

26) Destroying, suppressing evidence is FBI standard procedure
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“Congressional investigators were rocked this weekend when the FBI notified them that five months of text messages from a top FBI investigator into the Trump campaign’s Russian connections had mysteriously vanished. … Conservatives are caterwauling about the vanished evidence but this type of tactic has long been standard procedure for the FBI. Acting FBI chief Patrick Gray was forced to resign in 1973 after it was revealed that he had burned incriminating evidence from the White House in his fireplace shortly after the Watergate break-in by Nixon White House ‘plumbers.’ Gray claimed he was resigning to preserve the ‘reputation and integrity’ of the FBI — but that hasn’t worked out so well. The FBI has a long history of ‘losing’ evidence that would tarnish its halo.” (01/22/18)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2018/01/22/hill-destroying-evidence-fbi-standard-procedure/

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27) Russiagate implodes
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The anti-Trump coup plotters constructed an elaborate fiction for the benefit of the FISA court, presented it to the court as factual, and used it as the basis for obtaining a warrant for the Obama administration — and, in effect, the Clinton campaign — to not only spy on the Trump campaign but to actively disrupt it. … If our system works the way it ought to be working, a lot of these people are going to jail. These are felonies we’re talking about. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, recently renewed and given even more sweeping powers to spy on us, makes it a crime to present false evidence to the FISA court: under section 1809, FISA makes it a crime for anyone to either ‘engage in’ electronic surveillance under ‘color of law’ by presenting false evidence. Penalty: five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine. Now the coup plotters are destroying evidence as fast as they can …” (01/22/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/01/22/russsia-gate-implodes/

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28) Ridiculous licensing rules are holding back people who want to work
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“We want people to be able to get good jobs, and to use their abilities to the fullest. And we want poor people to be able to rise into the middle class, or beyond. At least, we say we do. What we do, on the other hand, is often calculated to have the opposite effect. In this case, I’m talking about occupational licensing. Even the Obama White House (no foe of business regulation in general) concluded that excessive licensing rules were costing jobs, and holding people, especially poor and minority people, back. And the Obama White House was exactly right. In my own state of Tennessee, for example, you have to have a high school diploma to be a barber (and woe unto you if you don’t) though there’s not much need for trigonometry or English Literature in haircutting. Nor is that an old rule; it was adopted in 2015 for some reason.” (01/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/22/strict-licensing-rules-holding-back-people-want-work-glenn-reynolds-column/1052093001

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29) Keep it shut down!
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Last Friday, I predicted that Washington politicians would strike a last-minute deal to prevent a ‘shutdown’ of the federal government. They failed to reach a deal and the federal government is now ‘shut down.’ Okay, my prediction failed to materialize. But that’s not going to stop me from doing more predicting! Here’s my new prediction: They are going to strike a deal real fast in order to prevent the ‘shutdown’ from going on too long. The reason is the same as why I issued my prediction in the first place: They can’t afford to let the American people see that the United States doesn’t fall into the ocean and isn’t taken over by the communists (or terrorists, illegal immigrants, drug dealers, Muslims, Iran, North Korea, Syria, or ISIS) when the federal government is ‘shut down.’” (01/22/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/01/22/keep-it-shut-down/

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30) A thought experiment in voluntaryism
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Mark Anthony Rivera

“The goal of the present thought experiment is to explore how much of existing social institutions, practices, and human relationships depend upon physical violence or the threat of it in order to function or exist. So let’s imagine that we could somehow eliminate any capability of one human being to physically harm another human being. We might do this by imagining every individual as having the ability (at will) to turn on or off an impenetrable bubble that surrounds their bodies and/or their personal property. Or perhaps we could imagine that humans have indestructible bodies and personal effects. Or that God has decided to protect everyone’s person and belongings. Whatever mechanism we choose to imagine (I’ll leave it up to the reader), the model trait is simply that no human being is capable of physically harming another human being or damaging/seizing their belongings. All other human capacities, capabilities, weaknesses, and relations remain intact.” (01/22/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/thought-experiment-voluntaryism

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31) For Trump, the great Davos face-off
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“Since its foundation in 1971, the World Economic Forum in Davos has been a byword for the growing consensus around an increasingly globalized world. Now, President Donald Trump is on his way to tell those who consider themselves the global elite that they have been wrong on just about everything. Trump will be the first serving U.S. president to attend Davos since Bill Clinton in 2000. But Trump won’t be the only major world leader in attendance. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be there for the first time, as well as French President Emmanuel Macron. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will also join the party after reaching preliminary agreement with the Social Democrats on a new coalition government for Germany last week. Their presence, along with UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Canada’s Justin Trudeau among others, sets the stage for a fascinating face-off with Trump.” (01/22/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-davos-commentary/commentary-for-trump-the-great-davos-face-off-idUSKBN1FB2BR

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32) “D” stands for deceit
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Government policy affects our lives. So it is necessary to follow politics. Political party affiliation is not necessary though. All political parties are flawed. I’m neither Republican nor Democrat but lean Libertarian. It’s the policy which becomes law that’s important no matter who initiates it — not the party. Too many good people forget that. I like all my Democrat affiliated friends, for instance, but in today’s toxic political atmosphere, more than at any other time in history, the letter ‘D’ in Democrat stands for deceit.” (01/22/18)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2018/01/d-stands-for-deceit.html

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33) Trump is here to stay
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“Liberals want President Donald Trump out of office, and they don’t want to wait until 2020 for that to happen. A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll last month found that 41 percent of Americans support impeaching him, a group that includes megadonor Tom Steyer, the 58 House Democrats who have voted to debate impeachment, and seemingly everyone who marched on Saturday. The Russia investigation has even led some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, to wonder whether he will finish his term. For argument’s sake, let’s assume the worst: that Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the inquiry for the Justice Department, uncovers direct evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. … If that happens (or even if Mueller’s findings come close to direct proof, but fall just short) it would be a seismic moment for American politics and a crisis of legitimacy for Trump’s presidency. But even then, it’s hard to see how it would remove him from office before 2020, as so many of his opponents seem convinced will happen.” (01/22/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146691/trump-likely-finish-first-term

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34) There’s much more to the matter
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“E.J. Dionne insists that the Obama administration’s bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler are evidence that ‘government works’ … Forget that, as Mr. Dionne admits, taxpayers got back only seven out of every eight of the 80 billion dollars of the bailout money, for a return of negative (!) twelve-and-a-half percent. Instead, recognize that the most serious arguments against bailouts are not the superficial claims that Mr. Dionne quotes from the likes of Mitt Romney and Rush Limbaugh. The correct economic arguments against bailouts all point more deeply to what is not seen. Yes, we all see that resources directed to G.M. and Chrysler by the bailouts ensured that these companies survived intact. No serious person ever doubted this outcome. But what Mr. Dionne and too many others don’t see are real costs and hidden consequences — costs and consequences that are revealed by asking probing questions.” (01/22/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/01/theres-much-matter.html

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35) Gateway to nowhere on the Hudson
Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“Everybody was in the room where it happened. Shortly after Labor Day, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went to the White House to talk trains and tunnels with President Trump. Present were two junior senators, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey; New York and New Jersey representatives; and Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York. The president’s key people were there, too: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao; John Kelly, the president’s chief of staff; Gary Cohn, the chief economic adviser; and Mick Mulvaney, the budget director. New York and New Jersey had secured a pledge from the Obama administration for federal funding to cover half the cost of the Gateway Program, estimated to be up to a $30 billion undertaking to rebuild and replace the more than century-old rail, tunnel, and bridge networks that move people between New York City and northern New Jersey, and up and down the spine of the Northeast from Boston to Washington. … Trump is methodically dismantling anything remotely redolent of the first African American president’s legacy.” [editor’s note: Most of which was overreach of his proper role in a tripartite government – SAT] (01/22/18)

http://prospect.org/article/gateway-nowhere-on-hudson

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36) Secession and liberty: A reply to Pierre Lemieux
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“Pierre maintains that a larger state can be less oppressive precisely because it is less homogeneous. The higher degree of homogeneity of a smaller state would make it easier for such homogeneity to be kept, coercively, therefore closing the door to immigrants or ostracizing people whose preferences appear ‘deviant’ as opposed to those dominant in society. This is not a new argument, but it is an important one. It bears some rather obvious exceptions: Hong Kong is freer, more tolerant, and more open to strangers than the Republic of China, for example. And yet this argument sounds compelling, as a general rule.” (01/22/18)

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

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37) Chelsea Manning’s anarchist campaign
Source: The American Conservative
by Jason Lee Byas

“Less than a year after being released from prison, whistleblower Chelsea Manning, known mostly for releasing a series of military logs and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, has filed to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland as a Democrat. She almost certainly won’t defeat her primary opponent, incumbent Senator Ben Cardin. That doesn’t matter. If Chelsea Manning were to miraculously win both the Democratic primary and general election, it’s even less likely that she would be able to accomplish any of her main policy goals. Few if any other senators would sign on to immediately abolishing Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), let alone doing the same to prisons and the military. That also doesn’t matter. What matters is that Chelsea Manning will have greater access to the public ear on those and other issues.” (01/22/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/chelsea-mannings-anarchist-campaign/

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38) Houston is being rebuilt on a foundation of wage theft
Source: In These Times
by Bryce Covert

“To gird themselves against Houston’s freakish sub-40-degree weather, the jornaleros, or day laborers, draw the hoods of their sweatshirts so tight that just their noses peek out. Huddled in groups of four or five across a Home Depot parking lot, the clusters disintegrate when Maurico ‘Chele’ Iglesias approaches. Although Iglesias, an organizer with the Workers Defense Project, has been coming to this parking lot every other week for five months, he rarely sees a familiar face. ‘It’s always different people,’ he says. ‘They always keep moving.’ The workers, primarily from El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico, now living in a state not known for its warmth toward immigrants, eye Iglesias with caution and edge away. His beard and dark glasses could easily be mistaken for a hipster aesthetic. But once he starts speaking in Spanish, his ease talking with day laborers quickly becomes apparent. A few circle back to hear what he has to say.” (01/22/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20815/the-exploitation-after-the-storm

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39) We can do a lot better than this
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“When thinking about the financial crisis of nearly a decade ago, many people wrongly focus on the event itself as opposed to the response. I’m of the view that the most destructive aspect of that grotesque period of American history wasn’t the collapse itself, but the government and central bank response to it. This response centered around bailing out and rewarding those most responsible for the disaster, which merely served to further concentrate power and wealth in the hands of people who should be rotting in jail as opposed to guzzling Chateau Lafite at Davos. Once the U.S. permitted the crime of the century to go, not just unpunished, but handsomely rewarded, we solidified an incentive structure in which elite criminality became the only game in town.” (01/22/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/01/22/we-can-do-a-lot-better-than-this/

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40) Don’t get offended by the holidays others celebrate
Source: Students For Liberty
by Gabi Maylock

“You are free to celebrate the holidays you want to celebrate, so you should allow other people to celebrate the holidays they want to celebrate. This seems like common sense, right? It goes along with the “Don’t tread on anyone” principle. You do you and I do me. You can celebrate Christmas, meanwhile somebody else can celebrate Hanukah, Kwanza, Festivus, and/or the New Year. It does not seem like you have the right to require everyone else around you to celebrate the same holiday(s) that you do.” (01/22/18)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2018/01/22/dont-get-offended-holidays-others-celebrate/

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41) Death by inequality: How poverty and racism are killing America’s children
Source: Nation of Change
by Richard Eskow

“A new report concludes 600,000 children have died in the United States for no reason over a 50-year period. Thousands more will die this year, and next year, and the year after that. 600,000 is a lot of people. it’s more than the population of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Or Oakland, California. Or Minneapolis, Minnesota. Or Omaha, Miami, Atlanta, and Milwaukee. An entire city of children has been lost. This is the real ‘death tax.’ It’s a tax on poverty, a tax on race, a tax on political powerlessness. And it’s paid with the lives of the innocent. These deaths should have led every news broadcast and been a banner headline in every newspaper in the country. They would have been, if terrorists had killed these kids. After all, we changed our way of life after 3,000 people died on 9/11. But after the deaths of 600,000 children, nothing’s changed at all.” [editor’s note: “A new report?” What is the source, pray tell? The DNC? We continue to be told that “tax reform kills” … – SAT] (01/22/18)

https://www.nationofchange.org/2018/01/22/death-inequality-poverty-racism-killing-americas-children/

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42) Thought Police for the 21st century
Source: OpEd News
by Chris Hedges

“In late April and early May the World Socialist Web Site, which identifies itself as a Trotskyite group that focuses on the crimes of capitalism, the plight of the working class and imperialism, began to see a steep decline in readership. The decline persisted into June. Search traffic to the World Socialist Web Site has been reduced by 75 percent overall. And the site is not alone. AlterNet’s search traffic is down 71 percent, Consortium News’ traffic is down 72 percent, Global Research and Truthdig have seen declines. And the situation appears to be growing worse. The reductions coincided with the introduction of algorithms imposed by Google to fight ‘fake news.’ Google said the algorithms are designed to elevate ‘more authoritative content’ and marginalize ‘blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information.’ It soon became apparent, however, that in the name of combating ‘fake news,’ Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are censoring left-wing, progressive and anti-war sites.” (01/22/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Thought-Police-for-the-21s-by-Chris-Hedges-Capitalism_Facebook_Google_Inequality-180122-873.html

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43) Can Big Data help save abused kids?
Source: Reason
by Naomi Schaefer Riley

“Emily Putnam-Hornstein has been steeped in data from the beginning of her career — which wasn’t actually that long ago. In 2011, the same year she received her doctorate from Berkeley, she published a paper on predictors of child welfare in the journal Children and Youth Services Review. The question, which at the time seemed to Putnam-Hornstein like an interesting exercise but not anything with practical implications, was whether you could predict on the day a child is born the likelihood that he or she would eventually enter child protective services. Putnam-Hornstein was surprised to find that the answer was ‘yes,’ and ‘with a high degree of accuracy’ to boot.” (for publication 02/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2018/01/22/can-big-data-help-save-abused

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44) It’s the decline of the west as we know it (and I feel fine)
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“America the beautiful has never looked so ugly. That shining city on the hill has never looked so dim. After a year in the Oval Office, orange supremacist and reality TV rapist Donald J. Trump has presided over an imperial city in chaos. A Roman inferno the likes of which the world has not witnessed since Nero’s last concerto. The world order is rapidly unraveling. Faith in the specter of liberal democracy has never been lower. Dullards who once looked to Uncle Sam for guidance now look else ware or inwards. Meanwhile the Chinese dragon rises triumphantly from its slumber, flexing its wings audaciously like a creature from a Lovecraftian nightmare. Its humble neighbors look upon this creature not with fear but with hope. The decline of the West is finally upon us. And while the moneyed literati of the Beltway think tanks screech with terror, I have never slept better. It’s the end of the world as we know it, dearest motherfuckers. And I feel fine.” (01/21/18)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/01/its-decline-of-west-as-we-know-it-and-i.html

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45) Democrats using same strategy Republicans tried in 2013
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“In 2013, House Republicans shut down the federal government in a doomed effort to defund then President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. It lasted 17 days and accomplished nothing. Amazingly, Democrats have decided to follow the same lame playbook. Back in 2013, Obama called it the ‘Republican shutdown’ — and he was right, even if his party controlled the White House and Senate. Top aide Dan Pfeiffer likened the shutdown caucus to terrorists with a ‘bomb strapped to their chest.’ Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., had a similar view. The solidly conservative congressman called those pushing the shutdown ‘lemmings with suicide vests.’ Now some Democrats are pushing to shut down the government if they can’t pass a ‘clean’ bill to extend Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).” [editor’s note: It is a bit amusing to see the same “fake shutdown” tactic used by the other War Party wing – SAT] (01/21/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2018/01/21/democrats-using-same-strategy-republicans-tried-in-2013-n2437180

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46) Public school was the worst — luckily I had options
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Clara M Brashear

“Having the choice of where and how to get my education has been a fantastic journey for me so far. Even though I’ve never been technically homeschooled, I started schooling at home when I was in 6th grade. My experience in traditional public school taught me that overall, my natural curiosity and desire to learn was deteriorating due to many reasons, including early start times and a lack of sleep, lack of free time due to excess busy work, negative peer influences, and other environmental factors not conducive to learning.” (01/22/18)

https://fee.org/articles/public-school-was-the-worst-luckily-i-had-options/

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47) Quantum Vibe, 01/22/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (01/22/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1748

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48) Google cloaks itself in virtue, lawsuit may unmask it
Source: Fox News Forum
by Lloyd Green

“The wealthy and powerful have a way of steamrolling those who have less. Silicon Valley, however, prefers to cloak itself in virtue. Unlike the company towns of yore, Mountainview, California was supposed to be different. There, it was supposed to be about ‘Googliness,’ an almost mythical ‘mashup of passion and drive that’s hard to define but easy to spot.’ But every now and then reality intrudes. These days, Google finds itself in the barrel for alleged political discrimination in connection with the termination of James Damore and David Gudeman, two ex-employees and the lead plaintiffs in a recently commenced class action brought in a California state court. In its most rudimentary form, the case raises the question raises of whether Google discriminates against plaintiffs (i) ‘due to their perceived conservative political views’; (ii) ‘due to their male gender’; and/or (iii) ‘due to their Caucasian race.’ To be sure, they may have been fired for ‘all of the above.’ Or they may have been canned for being first class jerks and flaunting internal policy. In the end, the trial court will sort that out. Regardless, this is one lawsuit that Google can definitely do without.” (01/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/22/google-cloaks-itself-in-virtue-lawsuit-may-unmask-it.html

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49) It’s time to call economic sanctions what they are: War crimes
Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“Economic sanctions are like a medieval siege but with a modern PR apparatus attached to justify what is being done. A difference is that such sieges used to be directed at starving out a single town or city while now they are aimed at squeezing whole countries into submission. An attraction for politicians is that sanctions can be sold to the public, though of course not to people at the receiving end, as more humane than military action. There is usually a pretence that foodstuffs and medical equipment are being allowed through freely and no mention is made of the financial and other regulatory obstacles making it impossible to deliver them.” (01/22/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/22/its-time-to-call-economic-sanctions-what-they-are-war-crimes/

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50) The myth that government shutdowns hurt Republicans
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“By the time you read this, the Great Government Shutdown of 2018 could be over. But the prognostications of its impact on the political landscape will no doubt continue. As with every other government shutdown in the past two decades, Republicans will end up getting blamed for it, and pundits (backed up by quickie polls) will declare that it is inflicting maximum harm on the party. What these pundits won’t do is provide any data on the actual political impact from past shutdowns, probably because it would show that, if anything, shutdowns have been a boon to Republicans. Take a look at what happened after the 21-day shutdown that went from December 5, 1995 until January 6, 1996. It was said at the time to be calamitous for then House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the Republican party, and has been described as such ever since.” (01/22/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/the-myth-that-government-shutdowns-hurt-republicans

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51) One year on: The real problem with Trump
Source: spiked
by Sean Collins

“Among the most consistent talking points of Trump’s first year is that he is a ‘danger to democracy.’ And yet nothing he has proposed is as anti-democratic as the goal of his antagonists: to remove him from office. Their arguments for ousting Trump keep changing: he’s Hitler, he’s colluding with the Russians, and, more recently, he’s mentally unfit and a racist. As do their suggested methods of removal: Electoral College coup, obscure interpretation of the 25th Amendment, impeachment. Such an overturning of the vote, which they so desperately want, would directly undermine democracy. Time and again, it appears that Trump’s bark is worse than his bite. Does that mean that everything is okay with his presidency? That we should ignore his outbursts, or laugh them off as ‘just words’ or ‘just tweets?’ No.” (01/22/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/one-year-on-the-real-problem-with-trump/

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52) Dutch treat
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Rotterdam police are gearing up for a new crime reduction scheme. ‘They’ll soon begin a pilot program targeting young men in designer clothes that the police believe they couldn’t afford legally,’ reports Quartz. ‘If it’s not clear how the person paid for the clothing, the police may confiscate it.’ A police spokesman for the Netherlands city confirmed both the test program and their confidence in their own clairvoyance, ‘We know they have clothes that are too expensive to wear with the money they get.’ Beyond the complete disregard for everyone’s basic rights, people worry the law will be applied discriminatorily against minorities.” (01/22/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/22/dutch-treat-2/

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53) On charter schools, let families — not politicians — decide
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Emily Stahly

“This year marks 20 years since Missouri enacted the law that allowed charter schools to open in St. Louis and Kansas City. Currently enrolling 22,000 students, charter schools have given much-needed options to families in these districts that have struggled historically. Unfortunately, families in the rest of Missouri are denied the same opportunity to send their children to schools that better fit their needs.” [editor’s note: No, they’re denied the opportunity to send their children to schools that better fit their needs AT OTHER PEOPLE’S EXPENSE. There’s a difference – TLK] (01/21/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/charter-schools-let-families%E2%80%94not-politicians%E2%80%94decide

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54) Government shutdowns, if only it was true!
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“The media once more has been agog with the terror and fear of the government shutdown that occurred following the failure of the Congress to pass another stop-gap spending bill, when federal spending approval officially ran out at one minute past midnight on Friday, January 19, 2018. This is all smoke and mirrors because: (a) the government has not shut down; and (b) would it really matter if most, or even all, of federal employees who are sent home stayed home permanently?” (01/22/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/government-shutdowns-true/

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55) Review: The Post puts freedom of the press in spotlight
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“The Washington Post is now a stalwart of the national press corps, but, as the movie The Post makes clear, its status was not assured. Neither was the future of the Freedom of the Press in the wake of Daniel Ellsberg’s leaking of The Pentagon Papers in 1971 in what may be the most heralded case of federal whistleblowing.” (01/21/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/01/21/review-the-post-puts-freedom-of-the-press-in-spotlight/

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

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

“What is the impact of private schooling in countries’ quality of public schooling? Corey DeAngelis is author of ‘The Public Benefit of Private Schooling.’” [various formats] (01/22/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/public-benefit-private-schooling

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57) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/22/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“John Vibes, Shane Buell, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about scammy celebretarians, the faux government shutdown, how Philly fans are the worst, ole Schmucky Schumer finding new levels of stupid, Facebook and Google creating their own propaganda, Customs and Border Patrol keeping us safe from the danger of fake sinks, and the FBI helpdesk getting repeatedly tricked by a 16 year old.” [various formats] (01/22/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15537

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 145
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #145, Will Porter returns to the to discuss Tillerson’s speech on US policy in Syria. Will explains how the Trump Administration’s narrative of the Syrian Civil War is biased and based on lies. Will and I layout the current battlefield in Syria. We update Turkey’s invasion of Syria. Will evaluates Tillerson’s desired outcomes in Syria. We also demonstrate how Tillerson’s policy in action will work against US goals and prevent peace in Syria.” [various formats] (01/22/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-145-tillersons-losing-policy-with-will-porter

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

“It’s time for another edition of America’s fastest growing unscripted libertarian drinking show, ‘Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor!’” [various formats] (01/22/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/01/22/owen-benjamin-reaction-shtholes-fake-news/

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60) What the non-shutdown means to you
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Shortly after midnight on January 20 the federal government, we are told, was shutdown. However most people haven’t noticed any differences in their daily life.” [text, Flash audio, or MP3] (01/21/18)

http://fpp.cc/50424-2/

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61) Free Talk Live, 01/21/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Venezuela Petro Not Cryptocurrency :: Removing Handles from Water Fountains During Government Shutdown :: Solar Subsidies :: NJ ISIS Convert :: Environment and Government :: Mexico and WW1 :: Government Land :: Park Shutdown :: Fedcoin Ripple :: Venezuela Hunger Desperation :: Socialism :: Cheerwine :: Immigration :: HOSTS — Ian, Will, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/21/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-21

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