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Thursday, January 25th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump says he wants to talk to Mueller, would do so under oath
2) Brazil: Court upholds conviction of former president Lula on corruption charges
3) Judge dismisses four charges against Menendez in corruption case
4) Trump regime intensifies war on Constitution, threatens to subpoena “sanctuary cities”
5) Sources: Flynn kept FBI interview concealed from White House, Trump
6) Blue states ramp up push to “evade” chunk of Trump’s tax reform
7) SpaceX fires up powerful new Falcon Heavy rocket
8) Grumpy Cat wins $710,000 payout in copyright lawsuit
9) In Ohio, no one wants Kasich’s endorsement
10) Jack White bans smartphones from concerts
11) AL: House votes to end special elections after Doug Jones win
12) CT: State unveils license plate for team that left 20 years ago
13) Army veteran bought Filipino children for sex and pornography
14) Mexico’s drug cartels, now hooked on fuel, cripple the country’s refineries
15) CA: Tesla and GM self-drive cars involved in road collisions
16) Monkeys cloned; a step closer to people?
17) NSA deletes “honesty” and “openness” from core values
18) Burger King tries to sell “Net Neutrality” corporate welfare scam instead of burgers with new ad
19) Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup Confirm.io
20) Afghanistan: Islamic State thugs attack Save the Children office, killing three
21) Saudi Arabia: Twelve camels disqualified from beauty contest over botox use
22) One ruled a US citizen, the other not: Gay couple’s twins face unusual battle
23) Germany: Anti-Islam politician resigns from anti-Islam party, converts to Islam
24) Syrian, Russian regimes accuse US regime of lying about chemical weapons attacks
25) EU regulators demand $1.23 billion bribe from Qualcomm

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Trump’s National Defense Strategy has the Pentagon popping champagne
27) Do gun-free zones actually encourage more mass shootings?
28) Roundups, checkpoints and national ID cards
29) FBI looking guilty as hell in Russia probe
30) Communism vs. compassion
31) California and the definition of insanity
32) Capitalism’s biggest enemies are capitalists
33) Keep it closed!
34) Hope for Italy? Well, hope never dies …
35) On Trump “travel ban,” Japanese American internment a cautionary tale
36) Valuing collective above all unsustainable
37) Four pillars for a better future: Knowledge, consciousness, innovation, local action, part 1
38) Stop this war on the homeless
39) The unlikely Mideast alliance that threatens Iran
40) The Great Wall of Trump is fighting the last war
41) The looming crisis of European imperialism
42) Still at large
43) Mueller wants to interview Trump; hold the popcorn
44) You hack us, we nuke you
45) The truth about trade
46) Fear of future fallacious
47) Is another youth rebellion in the making?
48) Quantum Vibe, 01/24/18
49) The sneaky, dirty truth about state and local taxes
50) Border deaths
51) Does the natural world need its own Bill of Rights?
52) Freeing the captured economy
53) The gold standard and deflation
54) Bettina Bien Greaves (1917-2018)
55) Supreme Court to decide whether you own your own data

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 145
57) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/24/18
58) Essential Libertarianism, episode 19
59) Electric Libertyland, episode 56
60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 146
61) Intercepted Podcast, 01/24/18
62) Free Talk Live, 01/23/18
63) Editor’s Break, episode 53
64) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 696
65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1079

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

1) Trump says he wants to talk to Mueller, would do so under oath
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he would talk to special counsel Robert Mueller under oath and looks forward to the opportunity, but that he will listen to the advice of his lawyers. Trump made the comments to a group of reporters who were meeting with chief of staff John Kelly at the White House. ‘I am looking forward to it, actually’ Trump said, when asked if he was going to talk to Mueller. ‘Here is the story: There has been no collusion whatsoever. There is no obstruction whatsoever. And I am looking forward to it.’ … Two sources familiar with the matter told CNN on Tuesday that Mueller has indicated interest in questioning Trump. The President’s attorneys would like Trump’s answers to come in written form only, but recognize it could end up being more of a combination of written and in-person interviews, or even solely an interview, CNN has reported.” (01/24/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/24/politics/robert-mueller-donald-trump/

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2) Brazil: Court upholds conviction of former president Lula on corruption charges
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“A Brazilian appeals court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva against a June 2017 graft conviction and nine-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Two judges on the three-judge panel ruled to uphold the conviction and extend the original sentence by nearly three years. Wednesday’s decision casts doubt on whether Lula can make good on his intention to run for presidency in 2018. A candidate is legally ineligible to run if they have a confirmed criminal conviction. But Lula can appeal Wednesday’s decision to higher courts. That route could delay a final conviction until after the August 15 deadline for candidates to register for the 2018 election and allow the former president to enter the race.” (01/24/18)

http://www.dw.com/en/brazil-court-upholds-president-lula-corruption-conviction/a-42288246

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3) Judge dismisses four charges against Menendez in corruption case
Source: The Hill

“A judge on Wednesday dismissed seven charges in the corruption case again Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and his co-defendant, according to a court filing. Judge William Walls struck down charges dealing with alleged bribery involving political donations that Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen made to Menendez. Four of the seven dismissed charges applied to Menendez, according to a court filing. Menendez still faces nine counts, including charges of bribery, fraud and lying on Senate disclosure forms. The Justice Department announced last week it intends to re-try Menendez after a deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial in November.” (01/24/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/370565-judge-dismisses-4-charges-against-menendez-in-corruption-case

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4) Trump regime intensifies war on Constitution, threatens to subpoena “sanctuary cities”
Source: Politico

“The Trump administration is escalating its fight with sanctuary cities and states, warning them that they could be hit with subpoenas if they don’t come clean about policies barring or discouraging officials from sharing information about undocumented immigrants in local custody. The Justice Department sent letters Wednesday to 23 cities, counties and states demanding that they turn over all records of such policies or practices. If they fail to produce those materials, they could face a legally enforceable subpoena and — eventually — action to recover millions of dollars worth of federal grants.” [editor’s note: It seems like it’s about as easy to get a warrant as it is to fall off a log these days. Why don’t the ICE thugs do that instead of demanding that people be unconstitutionally held without charge for their convenience? – TLK] (01/24/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/24/sanctuary-cities-justice-department-subpoenas-365465

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5) Sources: Flynn kept FBI interview concealed from White House, Trump
Source: NBC News

“A year ago today, President Donald Trump’s newly sworn–in national security adviser, Michael Flynn, met privately in his West Wing office with FBI investigators interested in his communications with Russia’s ambassador, without a lawyer or the knowledge of the president and other top White House officials, according to people familiar with the matter. Flynn’s FBI interview on Jan. 24, 2017, set in motion an extraordinary sequence of events unparalleled for the first year of a U.S. presidency. … Two people familiar with the matter said Trump was unaware that Flynn had spoken with the FBI until two days after the interview took place. An attorney for Flynn did not respond to a request for comment on this story.” (01/24/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/flynn-kept-fbi-interview-concealed-white-house-trump-n840491

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6) Blue states ramp up push to “evade” chunk of Trump’s tax reform
Source: Fox News

“The Republican tax plan touted as the signature legislative accomplishment of President Trump’s first year in office already is running into efforts by high-tax blue states to ‘evade’ a key provision meant to help offset the law’s rate cuts. Whether those plans will work is an open question, as the courts have come down on both sides of the debate. But as tax season gets underway, state officials are floating two general ideas to blunt the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a likely 2020 Democratic presidential contender, wants to largely end the personal income tax, instead imposing an employer-side payroll tax that’s deductible on federal taxes. This would ease the impact of the SALT cap for employees, though companies would likely adjust wages — which could be offset with a credit.” (01/24/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/24/blue-states-ramp-up-push-to-evade-chunk-trumps-tax-reform.html

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7) SpaceX fires up powerful new Falcon Heavy rocket
Source: CBS News

“Firmly locked to its launch pad, a powerful SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, made up of three strapped-together Falcon 9 core stages and a single upper stage, fired its 27 core stage engines for more than 10 seconds Wednesday in a critical test to pave the way for the new booster’s maiden flight. As usual with preflight test-firings, SpaceX did not announce the test, but observers could clearly see vapors venting from the giant rocket during fueling. … The payload for the Heavy’s first flight: Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster, a cherry red sports car that will be mounted in the rocket’s nose cone. It was not known if the car was aboard the Heavy for the engine test-firing, but Musk says he plans to launch the roadster on a looping orbit beyond Mars with David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ playing on the stereo.” (01/24/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-test-fires-falcon-heavy-engines/

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8) Grumpy Cat wins $710,000 payout in copyright lawsuit
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A cat made famous online because of its permanent scowl has been awarded $710,000 (£500,000) in a copyright case by a California federal court. Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of US coffee company Grenade for exceeding an agreement over the cat’s image. The company only had rights to use the cat to sell its ‘Grumppuccino’ iced drink, but sold other Grumpy products. The cat, real name Tardar Sauce, went viral in 2012 after photographs of her sour expression emerged online. Originally posted on the social website Reddit by the brother of the cat’s owner, Tabatha Bundesen, the image of the cat quickly spread as a meme with funny text captions. In 2013 Grenade Beverage, owned by father and son Nick and Paul Sandford, struck a $150,000 deal to market iced coffee beverages with the cat’s scowl on its packaging.” (01/24/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42808521

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9) In Ohio, no one wants Kasich’s endorsement
Source: USA Today

“In the Republican primary for Ohio governor, no one apparently wants Gov. John Kasich’s endorsement — including the candidate who has it. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor told a large group of Clermont County (Ohio) Republicans during her interview for their endorsement Jan. 17 that Kasich had endorsed Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and his running mate, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, two Republicans in the room confirmed to The Cincinnati Enquirer. But Kasich had endorsed Taylor, his running mate in 2010 and 2014. ‘She said it’s widely known that Jon Husted and Mike DeWine have been endorsed by Gov. Kasich,’ said Greg Simpson, a township executive for the Clermont County Republican Party. ‘I about fell off my chair, because it’s widely known that John Kasich had endorsed Mary Taylor.’ Taylor was responding to a question about how she separated herself from the governor in a conservative county where that separation could make a difference. Simpson voted to endorse DeWine but the county party ultimately backed Taylor by a two-to-one margin.” (01/24/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/01/24/ohio-candidates-dont-want-john-kasich-endorsement/1061321001

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10) Jack White bans smartphones from concerts
Source: Fox News

“Jack White takes his analog lifestyle seriously. The former White Stripes band leader, who opened a vinyl record pressing plant in his home town of Detroit last year (the first since 1965) and makes his recordings using old-timey gear, is now targeting concert-goers who can’t stop using their phones. White is making his shows into no smartphone zones, providing special pouches in which fans must zip up their phones during his concerts. … But White, 42, hasn’t pitched a full-scale war against technology. The warning goes on to provide pointers for those who want to share their Jack White concert experience with their social media friends.” (01/24/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/01/24/jack-white-bans-smartphones-from-concerts.html

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11) AL: House votes to end special elections after Doug Jones win
Source: Raw Story

“Alabama’s GOP-controlled state House has voted to end special elections for Senate seats, weeks after Democrat Doug Jones triumphed over scandal hit Republican Roy Moore in a special Senate election. The bill passed 67-31, reported the Montgomery Advertiser, despite a filibuster attempt from state house Democrats. Under current law, if a state Senate seat is vacated before the end of an incumbent’s term, the governor must appoint a temporary replacement before a special election is held to appoint a successor for the rest of the term. Under the new bill, the special election would have to coincide with the election cycle, with the replacement appointed by the governor serving until Alabamans next go to the ballot. In December, Jones overcame the odds to defeat populist hardliner Roy Moore in the Senate special election for the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was appointed attorney general by President Donald Trump. Moore’s campaign was dogged by claims he sexually harassed and assaulted multiple women, including a 14-year-old girl.” (01/24/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/alabama-house-ends-special-elections-doug-jones-win

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12) CT: State unveils license plate for team that left 20 years ago
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Hartford Whalers left Connecticut 20 years ago, but their beloved logo will now appear on vehicles gliding along the state’s highways. The Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday unveiled a new commemorative license plate that bears the former professional hockey team’s green-and-blue insignia. Forty-five dollars from the sale of each plate, which usually costs $60, will benefit a new infusion and dialysis center at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. ‘I ask the Whalers fans to get out there and purchase those license plates, because maybe then they will come back,’ said Democratic Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, giving a glimmer of hope to the handful of die-hard fans who showed up for Tuesday’s announcement in their old Whalers garb. One fan wore the ‘Pucky,’ the whale mascot costume. ‘We’ll keep hoping,’ Wyman said. ‘It was two decades ago that we lost on the Whalers, but in our hearts we have not. Just like we will not lose in our hearts the caring for our children.’” [editor’s note: Something else happened in that state about 20 years ago; they combined high sales and income taxes to make business much less desirable there. Coincidence? – SAT] (01/24/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/DMV-unveils-special-license-plate-for-Hartford-12519007.php

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13) Army veteran bought Filipino children for sex and pornography
Source: Raw Story

“A former airline pilot has been sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of trafficking Filipino children and using them for sex and pornography in what prosecutors deemed one of the most ‘disturbing’ child exploitation cases in the country. Army veteran Michael Carey Clemans, 57, of Sacramento, California, was sentenced on Tuesday after being convicted of charges relating to illicit sexual conduct and buying children from the Philippines for pornography, according to a report by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Eastern California. ‘The salacious details of his email exchanges with his procurer are absolutely shocking,’ U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said on Tuesday. ‘Child pornography is the product of horrifically violent acts perpetrated against children who are powerless to escape their attackers.’ In 2014, Clemans, an Army veteran, was working as a pilot for a small Thai airline in Bangkok when he started conspiring with women in the Philippines to rape children as young as 7. He also used the children to produce pornography.” (01/24/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/army-veteran-bought-children-sex-pornography

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14) Mexico’s drug cartels, now hooked on fuel, cripple the country’s refineries
Source: Reuters

“The first call, from someone claiming to belong to the Michoacan Family drug cartel, came in February 2015. ‘They said they knew who I was and where I lived,’ said Alberto Arredondo, who got the call at work as a pump technician at an oil refinery in the central Mexican city of Salamanca. ‘They wanted information.’ At first, Arredondo hung up. ‘But they were insistent,’ he said, calling back and demanding details of when fuels would be pumped and through which pipelines. Over the next two years, Arredondo said, he would be hounded, kidnapped, pistol-whipped and stabbed so severely that surgeons removed his gall bladder. In December 2016, he fled to Canada, where he now seeks asylum from gangs that steal fuel from Salamanca and five other refineries operated by Pemex, the state-owned oil company. Fuel theft is fast becoming one of Mexico’s most pressing economic and security dilemmas, sapping more than $1 billion in annual revenue from state coffers, terrorizing workers and deterring private investment in aging refineries that the government, following a 2014 energy reform, hoped instead would be thriving with foreign capital.” (01/24/18)

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/mexico-violence-oil

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15) CA: Tesla and GM self-drive cars involved in road collisions
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Two vehicles reportedly engaged in self-drive modes – a Tesla Model S and a General Motors Chevy Bolt – have been involved in separate road accidents in California. Culver City’s fire service said the Tesla had ‘ploughed into the rear’ of one of its fire engines parked at the scene of an accident on Monday. The car’s owner subsequently claimed it had been in Autopilot mode at the time. The GM incident resulted in a collision with a motorbike in San Francisco. The rider says the car (which was using GM’s Cruise Automation technology) caused him serious injury and is now suing GM, according to local newspaper The Mercury News. GM has alleged the motorcyclist was at fault. The event dates back to December, but has come to light only now.” (01/24/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42801772

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16) Monkeys cloned; a step closer to people?
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“For the first time, researchers have used the cloning method that produced Dolly the sheep to create two healthy monkeys, bringing science an important step closer to being able to do the same with humans. Since Dolly’s birth in 1996, scientists have cloned nearly two dozen kinds of mammals, including dogs, cats, pigs, cows and polo ponies, and have also created human embryos with this method. But until now, they have been unable to make babies this way in primates, the category that includes monkeys, apes and people. ‘The barrier of cloning primate species is now overcome,’ declared Muming Poo of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai.” [editor’s note: Calling Cordwainer Smith, who predicted the “underpeople” over 50 years ago – SAT] (01/24/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Move-over-Dolly-Monkeys-cloned-a-step-closer-12521620.php

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17) NSA deletes “honesty” and “openness” from core values
Source: The Intercept

“The National Security Agency maintains a page on its website that outlines its mission statement. But earlier this month, the agency made a discreet change: It removed ‘honesty’ as its top priority. Since at least May 2016, the surveillance agency had featured honesty as the first of four ‘core values’ listed on NSA.gov, alongside ‘respect for the law,’ ‘integrity,’ and ‘transparency.’ The agency vowed on the site to ‘be truthful with each other.’ On January 12, however, the NSA removed the mission statement page — which can still be viewed through the Internet Archive — and replaced it with a new version. Now, the parts about honesty and the pledge to be truthful have been deleted.” (01/24/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/24/nsa-core-values-honesty-deleted/

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18) Burger King tries to sell “Net Neutrality” corporate welfare scam instead of burgers with new ad
Source: CNN Money

“Burger King released a new ad Wednesday that trolls the Trump administration’s decision to repeal net neutrality rules. The three-minute ad shows a ‘social experiment’ in which a Burger King store implements a Whopper ‘fast lane.’ Anyone not willing to fork over $26 was forced to wait longer for their meals. Customers who refused to pay any surcharges had to wait as long as 15 to 20 minutes. The ad, called ‘Whopper Neutrality,’ was meant to parody (with burgers) what advocates say repealing net neutrality regulations will do to the internet — allow service providers to favor some websites and apps over others.” (01/24/18)

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/24/news/companies/burger-king-net-neutrality-ad/index.html

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19) Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup Confirm.io
Source: TechCrunch

“Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s acquired … Confirm.io. The startup offered an API that let other companies quickly verify someone’s government-issued identification card, like a driver’s license, was authentic. The Boston-based startup will shut down as both its team and technology are rolled into Facebook, where it could help users who are locked out of their accounts. Confirm.io had raised at least $4 million from investors, including Cava Capital, since launching three years ago. The 2015 seed round funded advanced forensics used to pull information from an ID card, as well as mobile biometrics and facial recognition to confirm a person’s identity before the startup deleted the personal data.” (01/24/18)

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/23/facebook-confirm-io/

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20) Afghanistan: Islamic State thugs attack Save the Children office, killing three
Source: US News & World Report

“Militants stormed the offices of Save the Children in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing two security guards and a civilian, and triggering a shootout with police that was still underway more than eight hours later, provincial officials and the organization said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. The assault started with a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at the provincial offices of Save the Children, a non-governmental organization, said Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor. He said police killed two other attackers, and that at least 26 people, including six police officers, were wounded.” (01/24/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-01-24/insurgents-attack-childrens-group-in-eastern-afghanistan

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21) Saudi Arabia: Twelve camels disqualified from beauty contest over botox use
Source: Independent [UK]

“A dozen camels have been banned from a beauty contest in Saudi Arabia because their handlers used Botox to make them more attractive to judges. The animals were rejected for violating strict rules at the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival taking place outside Riyadh, the Saudi capital. Total cash prizes for owners of winning camels in show competitions and races at the 28-day festival reportedly amount to as much as 213 million riyals (£40.3m).” (01/24/18)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/camels-botox-banned-beauty-contest-saudi-arabia-riyadh-a8175261.html

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22) One ruled a US citizen, the other not: Gay couple’s twins face unusual battle
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Aiden and Ethan Dvash-Banks were born four minutes apart. The twins, now 16 months old, love chasing each other around the house, wear the same clothes and share an obsession with Elmo. In the eyes of the US government, however, the boys are not equal. Aiden is a citizen — and Ethan is undocumented. The boys’ parents are a married gay couple, and even though they legally share the same two fathers, the government has ruled only one is eligible to be a citizen. In a new federal lawsuit, the Los Angeles family is challenging a policy that they say discriminates against LGBT people by denying birthright citizenship to the children of gay couples based on blood relationships. The fathers, a US citizen and an Israeli citizen, are both listed on the birth certificates of the twins and legally are the exclusive parents of the boys, who shared a surrogate. But because Ethan has the DNA of the Israeli father and Aiden has the DNA of the US father, the government has denied Ethan.” (01/24/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/23/gay-couple-twin-sons-citizenship-ruling-lgbt-discrimination

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23) Germany: Anti-Islam politician resigns from anti-Islam party, converts to Islam
Source: Newsweek

“A German politician who was a member of a controversial far-right party that believes ‘Islam is not a part of Germany’ has resigned amid reports that he has converted to Islam. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported that Arthur Wagner left the Alternative for Germany (AfD), where he was a member in the eastern state of Brandenburg, citing personal reasons for his decision. But speaking to Germany’s Berliner Zeitung newspaper on Tuesday, AfD spokesman Daniel Friese claimed that Wagner had converted to Islam and that the AfD had ‘no problem with that.’ … Wagner, who was once a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), joined the AfD in 2015, as the party began ramping up its anti-Muslim rhetoric. A manifesto approved by the party a year later even called for banning the call to prayer and the full face veil in public.” (01/24/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/anti-islam-party-politician-resigns-converts-islam-789238

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24) Syrian, Russian regimes accuse US regime of lying about chemical weapons attacks
Source: Voice of America [US state media]

“Syria and Russia on Wednesday accused the United States of lying about chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian conflict as a way of derailing efforts to bring an end to the fighting. Syria’s state-run SANA news agency carried comments from a Foreign Ministry source condemning what it called ‘lies and allegations’ by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency that whenever peace efforts advance, the United States promotes ‘rigged, unverified reports’ of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Those comments came a day after the United States joined its NATO allies in launching a pressure campaign against the use of chemical weapons in Syria, while singling out Russia for protecting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.” (01/24/18)

https://www.voanews.com/a/syria-russia-us-chemical-attacks/4221637.html

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25) EU regulators demand $1.23 billion bribe from Qualcomm
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

“European anti-monopoly regulators on Wednesday fined Qualcomm $1.23 billion for making payments to Apple in exchange for exclusively using Qualcomm smartphone radio chips in iPhones between 2011 and 2016. Qualcomm said it disagrees with the decision and will immediately appeal to the General Court of the European Union. The large fine comes as Qualcomm is embroiled in a fierce legal battle with Apple and global antitrust regulators over its business practices surrounding patent licensing.” (01/24/18)

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/technology/sd-fi-qualcomm-eufine-20180124-story.html

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

26) Trump’s National Defense Strategy has the Pentagon popping champagne
Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew J Bacevich

“Here’s what we can say about the Trump administration’s just-released National Defense Strategy: it’s not a strategy and its subject is not defense. Bearing the imprimatur of Pentagon chief James Mattis, the NDS — at least the unclassified summary that we citizens are permitted to see — is in essence a brief for increasing the size of the U.S. military budget. Implicit in the document is this proposition: more spending will make the armed forces of the United States ‘stronger’ and the United States ‘safer.’ Simply put, the NDS is all about funneling more bucks to the Pentagon. Remarkably, the NDS advances this argument while resolutely avoiding any discussion of what Americans have gotten in return for the $11 trillion (give or take) expended pursuant to the past 16-plus years of continuous war — as if past performance should have no bearing on the future allocation of resources.” (01/24/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trumps-national-defense-strategy-has-the-pentagon-popping-the-champagne/

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27) Do gun-free zones actually encourage more mass shootings?
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“Early on the morning of Jan. 23, a 15-year-old allegedly opened fire with a pistol and killed two other students at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky. He reportedly wounded 14 others by gunshot, and five more suffered injuries during their efforts to escape. The shooter was captured by sheriff’s deputies after he ran out of ammunition. ‘As we consider the unspeakable, avoidable violence today in Kentucky, it’s hard to understand what could compel such an evil action,’ said Libertarian National Committee Vice-Chair Arvin Vohra. ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed or wounded; our hearts break as we imagine what they are going through. In this time of sorrow, we must ask our representatives: How long will we let this continue? How many more times will well-advertised ‘gun-free’ school zones predictably allow for these horrors? Don’t the young people in America deserve better than to be sent to a disarmed killing field every day, hoping that no one takes advantage of it today?’” (01/24/18)

https://www.lp.org/gun-free-zones-actually-encourage-mass-shootings/

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28) Roundups, checkpoints and national ID cards
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Here in Amerika, things are getting worse — not better — as the nation inches ever closer towards totalitarianism, that goose-stepping form of tyranny in which the government has all of the power and ‘we the people’ have none. Take what happened recently in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. On Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, immigration agents boarded a Greyhound bus heading to downtown Miami from Orlando and demanded that all passengers provide proof of residence or citizenship. One grandmother, traveling by bus to meet her granddaughter for the first time, was arrested and taken off the bus when she couldn’t provide proof of residency. No word on whether that grandmother was actually in the country illegally. All we know is that the woman didn’t have proof of identification or residency on her, which is common for many older people who don’t happen to drive and have no reason to walk around with a photo ID.” (01/24/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/things-getting-worse-not-better-round-ups-checkpoints-national-id-cards/

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29) FBI looking guilty as hell in Russia probe
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s vast and fruitless investigation into supposed ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government drags on, it’s the FBI itself that appears to have been engaged in nefarious activities. First there is the memo circulating among lawmakers on Capitol Hill regarding how the FBI went about obtaining its warrants to wiretap Trump campaign officials during the campaign. The speculation is that the memo, drafted by the House Intelligence Committee, will confirm what many already suspect, that the FBI used a phony ‘dossier’ (which was nothing more than a factually challenged compilation of gossip and innuendo secretly financed by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign) to get those warrants. To hear from House Republicans who’ve seen it, the memo is explosive. … Democrats (and the press [for the most part]) are dismissing it as a political ploy to undermine Mueller’s investigation and that the document is rife with errors and shouldn’t be released. We won’t know whom to believe until the memo is released.” (01/24/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/the-fbi-is-looking-guilty-as-hell-in-russia-probe

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30) Communism vs. compassion
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Larken Rosen

“It’s amazing — and horrifying — what can happen when people have mushy-headed, vague beliefs in their heads, lacking what I refer to as ‘clarity of thought.’ Most people have general feelings, and nebulous ideas and ideals, but they’re not even clear about the specifics, and the real-world applications, of their own belief systems. Perhaps the most heinous example in history has been communism. Many millions of well-intentioned yet muddle-headed people (along with a much smaller number of opportunistic megalomaniacs) have put forth a ‘philosophy’ that has ended up getting tens of millions of people murdered. How could that possibly happen?” (01/24/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/communism-vs-compassion

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31) California and the definition of insanity
Source: Fox News Forum
by Chuck DeVore

“California is already seeing residents and businesses flee the state because of its sky-high taxes. Yet unbelievably, two Democratic state assemblymen have proposed to more than double the state business tax — hiking it from 8.84 percent to 18.84 percent on businesses with annual net incomes of more than $1 million. This would be the highest state corporate tax rate in America. The rationale for the giant tax hike? Denying the companies tax savings from the federal income tax cuts recently signed into law by President Trump. Soak the rich! Billions in new tax revenue for the state! What could possibly be wrong with that? In fact, a great deal is wrong with proposed massive tax increase. There’s no question it would only worsen the corporate exodus from California and make it even less likely that new businesses would be created in the state, which already has the second-highest state corporate income tax, after Alaska. And guess who the tax increase would hurt? Everyone in California who needs a job. Fewer employers in the state mean there will fewer jobs for employees.” (01/24/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/24/california-and-definition-insanity-why-do-democrats-love-tax-hikes-so-much.html

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32) Capitalism’s biggest enemies are capitalists
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“Capitalism is by far the most effective anti-poverty program in the world’s history. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, economic progress was so slow that people would not be able to recognize it in their lifetimes. The goods and services they consumed, the ways in which they were produced, and the overall level of consumption would have been roughly the same when they died as when they were born. Today, we take economic progress for granted. Ten years from now, cars will be different, phones will be different, our lives and lifestyles will be different because of the economic progress generated by capitalism. Despite the huge difference capitalism has made to our standard of living, capitalism has its detractors. Socialists and progressives want to regulate it, control it, or eliminate it, but capitalism’s biggest enemies are those who claim to support it.” (01/24/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/01/24/capitalisms-biggest-enemies-are-capitalists/

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33) Keep it closed!
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“The government is open again. That’s too bad. One day, one of these shutdowns should be permanent. We would still have far more government than the Founding Fathers envisioned. That’s because even during so-called shutdowns, a third of federal employees — nearly a million people — remain on the job, declared ‘essential’ government workers. Military pay continues, too, although political commentators, eager to make a shutdown sound scarier, repeatedly claimed that military families were being cut off. Here’s a list of functions that kept going during the ‘shutdown’: Law enforcement, Border Patrol, the TSA, Air traffic controllers, The CDC, Amtrak, power grid maintenance, Social Security checks, Medicare checks, Medicaid, Food stamps, Veterans hospitals, the U.S. Post Office, U.S. Treasury debt auctions, Federal courts and the EPA. Do we need more government than that? Do we even need that much?” (01/24/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/01/24/keep-it-closed-n2438571

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34) Hope for Italy? Well, hope never dies …
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“That the Italian tax system is so convoluted and complex that it needs profound and drastic reform is a fact that nobody would challenge. But if the right is waving the flag of a flat tax, which is appealing precisely because of the over-complications of the current system, the left thinks of using the tax system to award prizes to groups that favour it, and the populist Five Star Movement flirts with the idea of a minimum basic income. Italian politics is, at the moment, tremendously personalised, so you can always find in the papers interviews with party leaders, but you’d be hard pressed to read any detailed or serious explanation of their proposals by party representatives in charge of specific policy areas. An interesting consequence is that such ‘plans’ as those the leaders have announced are not ‘plans’ at all: they are rather statements of principle, mere intentions, devoid of any implementation strategy.” (01/24/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/01/hope_for_italy_1.html

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35) On Trump “travel ban,” Japanese American internment a cautionary tale
Source: USA Today
by Amanda L Tyler

“Fighting to reinstate its ‘travel ban,’ the Trump administration told the Supreme Court that the lower courts blocking it had ‘overridden the president’s judgments on sensitive matters of national security and foreign relations, and severely restricted the ability of this and future presidents to protect the nation.’ The argument that the judiciary should defer to the executive branch on matters of national security is not a new one, and it has a long track record of success. Nonetheless, now that the court has agreed to review the latest version of the ban, that argument should give the court pause. An earlier episode in American history suggests why. In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. In the months that followed, military regulations imposed curfews on Japanese Americans in the western United States, required their evacuation, and ultimately mandated their detention in so-called ‘relocation centers.’ These policies led to the involuntary detention of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry (including over 70,000 U.S. citizens) for an average stay of three years.” (01/24/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/24/trump-travel-ban-supreme-court-japanese-american-internment-cautionary-tale-amanda-tyler-column/1055966001

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36) Valuing collective above all unsustainable
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Like most people, I enjoy fiction; books, movies, and television programs. Fiction can be entertaining, educational, and inspiring as long as you don’t confuse it with reality. As a child I loved re-runs of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and dreamed of being marooned on a deserted tropical island. The older I became, the less realistic their situation seemed. The lack of variety in their diet, the constant parade of accidental transient visitors who never sent back help, the clothing that never wore out, and the near magical technology built from coconut shells by people unable to build a simple boat was baffling. The better I understood reality, the more I needed to suspend disbelief to enjoy the show. Eventually it became too much. Now I prefer things that are a bit more realistic, unless I want to let my brain snooze. This is why I can’t buy into politics.” (01/24/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/01/24/voices/valuing-collective-above-all-unsustainable/155877.html

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37) Four pillars for a better future: Knowledge, consciousness, innovation, local action, part 1
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“For many years now, my message has been that tweaking around the edges of a systemically corrupt and discredited economic and political system is not good enough. Rather, what we need is a full scale, species-wide paradigm shift in the way human affairs are conducted on this planet. No small task I know, which is why this series of posts will zero in on four key areas, or pillars, we need to focus on if we’re to evolve and leave this earth meaningfully better than when we arrived. Let’s kick things off with the low-hanging fruit, knowledge.” (01/24/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/01/24/four-pillars-for-a-better-future-knowledge-consciousness-innovation-local-action-part-1/

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38) Stop this war on the homeless
Source: spiked
by Josie Appleton

“There has been a public outcry over the call by the leader of Windsor Council to remove homeless people before the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May. Apparently, the area’s homeless are leaving their bags all over the place and this ‘presents a beautiful town in a sadly unfavourable light.’ Yet such an attitude to the homeless is not restricted to extremely well-off councils at times of royal events. The homeless are being pushed and hassled out of public spaces across the UK, and indeed in the rest of Europe and the US, too.” (01/24/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/stop-this-war-on-the-homeless/

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39) The unlikely Mideast alliance that threatens Iran
Source: Reuters
by Maysam Behravesh

“Shortly after Iranian protesters took to the streets on Dec. 28, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a video on his Facebook page wishing ‘the Iranian people success in their noble quest for freedom.’ In Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, state-run media hailed the protesting Iranians with such joyful hysteria that Saudis could be forgiven for believing that the regime in Tehran was on the verge of collapse. Jewish Israel and Sunni Saudi Arabia have no formal diplomatic ties and decades of enmity behind them. However, their mutual pleasure over the grassroots demonstrations in Iran is the latest manifestation of a growing convergence of political interests, between the two Middle Eastern countries against their shared regional nemesis: Iran. If the Saudi-Israeli rapprochement continues, their collaboration could lead to improved Israeli relations with other Arab states, removing Iran’s security buffer and possibly making Tehran more vulnerable to direct Israeli military action.” (01/24/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-behravesh-iran-commentary/commentary-the-unlikely-mideast-alliance-that-threatens-iran-idUSKBN1FC358

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40) The Great Wall of Trump is fighting the last war
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

Mexico was never going to pay for Donald Trump’s 2,000-mile construction project — aka wall — along the Rio Grande. So he has taken Dreamers hostage to try and extract $20 billion from American taxpayers. (Dreamers are folks who were brought to this country as minors illegally but have grown up as Americans whose temporary protected status Trump will phase out in March, when they will be up for deportation unless Congress acts.) It’s unclear if he’ll succeed in securing funding for this monstrosity given that after initially caving, Democrats retracted their offer after it failed to produce much reciprocity from the administration, only an escalation of restrictionist demands. But erecting a giant barrier between two friendly nations would be profoundly sad; even mortal enemies like India and Pakistan don’t have such structures between them. And it would be tantamount to fighting the last war, given that illegal immigrant flows from Mexico have dropped sharply, and aren’t likely to go back up.” (01/24/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2018/01/24/the-great-wall-of-trump-is-fighting-the

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41) The looming crisis of European imperialism
Source: Acton Institute
by Abraham Kuyper

“Taken together the religious orders in Algiers have a membership of 300,000, including 349 foundations …. These orders do not by any means always take a hostile position vis-a-vis the government. In fact, some are on such good terms that in ordinary times the government can count on them. But this can change in a moment. And if France ever finds itself in international difficulties again and Algeria were required to send some of its troops into action, the flames of mystical fanaticism developed by the marabouts and their orders could once again spread rapidly. For it is possible to build on an ordered spirituality but decidedly not on mystical passion. The kindling for this mania is always at the ready and one spark is enough to set it ablaze. France’s hold on Algeria, therefore, is precarious.” (01/24/18)

https://acton.org/pub/commentary/2018/01/24/looming-crisis-european-imperialism

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42) Still at large
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Blogger Paul Caron, dean of Pepperdine Law School, still counts the days since we learned that the IRS was blocking applications for nonprofit status from right-leaning groups at the behest of former IRS honcho Lois Lerner. Now years later, the agency can still arbitrarily victimize any one of us. Nor have Lerner and other bad guys been brought to justice. Lerner collects a six-figure pension, instead.” (01/24/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/24/still-at-large/

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43) Mueller wants to interview Trump; hold the popcorn
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“When the news broke on Tuesday that Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation, aims to interview President Donald Trump in the coming weeks, some observers considered it a bombshell. It’s no small matter when a federal prosecutor formally questions a president. That the president is a habitual liar raises the stakes. That his inquisitor is a meticulous investigator and former FBI director raises them even higher. But we always knew this news was coming. Both Trump’s campaign and his early presidency are at the center of the Russia investigation. Even without any suspicion of wrongdoing on his part, it’d be a strange oversight for Mueller not to interview the man sitting atop those structures. He also won’t be the first president to find himself on the opposite side of a prosecutor. Bill Clinton, for example, testified before a grand jury in 1998 during independent counsel Ken Starr’s sprawling Whitewater probe. Clinton’s lies under oath about the extent of his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern, eventually culminated in his impeachment.” [editor’s note: This could be Trump’s bigget mistake; his tendency to overblow things alone would pretty much guarantee “lying under oath” – SAT] (01/24/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146744/mueller-wants-interview-trump-hold-popcorn

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44) You hack us, we nuke you
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

“I am on record as saying that opposition to Trump must focus on his policies, not his personality. So I’m thankful to gdp on the forum for providing me with an excellent example: ‘Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms’ …. Now, the insane stupidity of this is manifold. First, a competent cyberattack is very difficult to attribute. And it’s very easy to fake the origin of a cyberattack. … Then there is the problem that a cyberattacker is not a big concentrated target like an airbase or a weapons dump. How do you use a nuclear weapon against some guy operating from a remote basement? (Or a bunch of guys in widely scattered basements?) Basically this policy is threatening non-combatants: if you hack us, we’ll nuke a city. Finally, consider the incentives it creates.” (01/24/18)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?item.8556.8

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45) The truth about trade
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“Surely, people say, industry should be protected from unfair trade practices, such as goods manufactured in foreign sweat-shops, or unfair dumping of commodities, such as steel. If President Trump can protect American business from unfair competition, it would be good for the American economy. Then there’s the business of currency rates. Doesn’t a lower currency help restore the trade balance, by making exports cheap, and imports expensive? And surely, Britain leaving the EU risks trade tariffs being set up against British business. This means sterling must fall against the euro to rebalance trade. These are all misconceptions, disproved by verifiable history.” (01/24/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/01/the-truth-about-trade/

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46) Fear of future fallacious
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux

“Nearly every popular economic fallacy reflects fear of the future. Although unjustified, such fear is understandable. We’re familiar with, and have more or less adjusted to, what exists. But we don’t know the future, so it frightens us. Consider, for example, international trade.” (01/23/18)

http://triblive.com/opinion/donaldboudreaux/13183849-74/donald-j-boudreaux-fear-of-future-fallacious

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47) Is another youth rebellion in the making?
Source: The American Prospect
by Arthur Goldhammer

“On Sunday, January 21, German Social Democrats gathered at a special party convention in Bonn narrowly gave the green light to further discussions with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats about forming a new Grand Coalition, or GroKo. Now comes word, however, that German youth opposed to a continuation of the GroKo are responding to calls to join the SPD in order to be in a position to vote against a new deal with the chancellor when the final agreement is put to a vote of the full party membership as promised by party leader Martin Schulz. At the Bonn convention, one of the most outspoken opponents of a new GroKo was Kevin Kühnert, the 28-year-old leader of the JuSos, or Young Socialists. Despite cries of ‘Foul!’ from party elders, Kühnert insists that he sees ‘no problem’ with enrolling new members as long as they share the basic values of the SPD.” (01/24/18)

http://prospect.org/article/another-youth-rebellion-making

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48) Quantum Vibe, 01/24/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (01/24/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1749

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49) The sneaky, dirty truth about state and local taxes
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“The sneaky, dirty little truth is about the deductibility of state and local taxes. High-taxing, high-spending states such as New Jersey, Minnesota, Oregon, New York, and California have been fleecing taxpayers in other states for years. How? By taking the federal taxes paid by Nevadans, Texans, Floridians, etc., and using it to refund their own state and local taxes. They could get away with their high tax rates (as high as 13%!) in part because taxes were deductible. In essence, federal taxes have been funneled into the state and local coffers of high-tax states for years.” (01/23/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1806

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50) Border deaths
Source: Cagle.com
by David Fitzsimmons

Cartoon. (01/23/18)

https://www.cagle.com/david-fitzsimmons/2018/01/border-deaths

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51) Does the natural world need its own Bill of Rights?
Source: In These Times
by Dayton Martindale

“For many indigenous advocates of rights of nature, ecosystems are both sacred in their own right and inseparable from human societies. ‘I am the river and the river is me,’ a Māori saying goes–an injury to the river is an injury to all. Rights of nature enshrine this principle as law. This ethical viewpoint isn’t so different from that of some radical environmentalists, who argue ecosystems and other organisms — be it due to their interconnectedness with sentient animals (including humans), their perceived consciousness or simply the fact they exist and are alive — have a moral claim to their lives and livelihoods. But for the hard-nosed human supremacists out there, there’s a selfish argument, too: The legal framework of rights offers more protection than typical regulations, and if we don’t protect these ecosystems, plenty of humans will suffer.” (01/24/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20822/does-the-natural-world-needs-its-own-bill-of-rights

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52) Freeing the captured economy
Source: Cato Unbound
by Steven M Teles

“Governments do not just ‘intervene’ in markets — they constitute markets. Markets always operate within a context of law, regulation, and custom, and their effective performance depends on the quality of the institutional regime. Some form of financial regulation, we argue in The Captured Economy, is absolutely necessary to the operation of modern finance. Because financial regulatory regimes have so many interlocking pieces, we don’t always know that ‘deregulating’ a part of the system will actually lead to a smaller government role overall, or that it will make the system work better. This is a lesson that libertarians need to learn more broadly, even to advance policies that they generally agree with.” (01/23/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/01/23/steven-m-teles/some-responses-captured-economy

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53) The gold standard and deflation
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by James L Caton, PhD

“Macroeconomists typically have an aversion against deflation. The belief is that deflation is associated with economic downturn. It is to be avoided at all costs. As the gold standard tended to be associated with deflation, many have adopted the view that this monetary system is a relic that will remain as such. … There are two problems with this interpretation of the gold standard: (1) Markets tend to automatically offset a fall (rise) in prices under a commodity regime by increasing (decreasing) the money stock. And, in fact, the price level under the gold standard tended to be mean-reverting. (2) The gold standard is poorly understood by most non-experts. Usually, discussions of the gold standard refer to the international gold standard, where silver was demonetized and used only as token coins. But there are other gold standards.” (01/23/18)

https://www.aier.org/sound-money-project/gold-standard-and-deflation

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54) Bettina Bien Greaves (1917-2018)
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In 1988, the flagship publication of The Foundation for Economic Education, The Freeman, published an essay of mine entitled, ‘Leonard Read Changed My Life.’ It was the first article I had ever had published. By that time, I was working at FEE as program director. My office was just down the hall from the office of Bettina Bien Greaves, a longtime FEE staff member who passed away a few days ago at the age of 100. One of my l highlights in my two years at FEE was periodically popping into Bettina’s office and talking about Austrian economics, Ludwig von Mises, and libertarianism. Bettina was one of the nicest, most genteel people I have ever met. Every time I would walk into her office to visit, she would drop everything she was doing and visit with me as long as I wanted.” (01/24/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/01/24/bettina-bien-greaves-1917-2018/

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55) Supreme Court to decide whether you own your own data
Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro

“At first glance, it seems incredible that the U.S. Supreme Court would have to take a case that hinges, in part, on whether Ireland is part of the United States. But it has, with argument to be held next month, and the outcome of United States v. Microsoft has important implications for today’s digital world … The U.S. government is seeking access, through a search warrant, to electronic communications that Microsoft has stored in Ireland. Microsoft’s position is that users, not companies, own their data, so the government needs to follow the established process for pursuing foreign investigations. If the Supreme Court rules that instead that Internet service providers (ISPs) own all the data housed on their servers, and that borders don’t matter in these circumstances, then users would have serious concerns about online privacy. Effectively, Ireland and everywhere else U.S. companies do business would be a part of the United States for law-enforcement purposes.” (01/23/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/supreme-court-decide-whether-you-own-own-data

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56) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 145
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Arvin Vohra joins us to discuss his latest controversial posts, age of consent laws, Kokesh arrest, political tactics and more.” [various formats] (01/24/18)

http://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-145-sacred-cows/

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57) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/24/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Randy England, Lou Feen (first hour), and Jeremy Heisenberg discuss Lou’s recent and future solo Feen shows, how NYPD cops are mad that they’re getting less get out of jail free cards, and the insanity of government licensing.” [various formats] (01/24/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15542

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58) Essential Libertarianism, episode 19
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

Schools for All, by Oscar B. Johnson. [various formats] (01/24/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/01/24/schools-for-all-el019/

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59) Electric Libertyland, episode 56
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams welcomes in FEE.orgFaculty Network writer, speaker and turner of the phrase ‘Blue Republican,’ Robin Koerner to discuss his recent article ‘The Cure for Toxic Masculinity Is Real Masculinity.’” [various formats] (01/24/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/01/24/electric-libertyland-ep-56-cure-toxic-masculinity-robin-koerner/

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60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 146
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“I discuss Operation Olive Branch. Operation Olive Branch is Turkey’s invasion of Afrin, a Syrian Kurd held area of Syria. The Syrian Kurds make up the majority of the US-backed fighting force in Syria. Turkey carried out airstrikes against Kurdish positions before moving in with tanks and seizing villages. The Kurds have been able to push back and retake some villages. The Americans have urged Turkey to exercise restraint in attacking the Kurds. I also update government spying, the US embassy in Jerusalem, and Yemen.” [various formats] (01/24/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-146-operation-olive-branch

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61) Intercepted Podcast, 01/24/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: As Donald Trump forges ahead with his plans for mass deportations and Democrats flail in their response, Ninaj Roul and Yanira Arias describe the plight of hundreds of thousands of people in imminent danger of deportation. … Intercept Washington D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim breaks down a clause slipped into the budget bill that gives the White House authority to fund CIA programs without oversight. He lays out the latest on the Russia investigation, the insanity surrounding the so-called FISA memo and how the Democratic Party is trying to block progressive candidates from running in 2018. We talk to revolutionary musical artist Seun Kuti, son of the legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela, and hear music from his forthcoming album, Black Times. And Ted Cruz makes a cameo on Arrested Development.” [various formats] (01/24/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/24/intercepted-podcast-first-they-came-for-the-immigrants/

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62) Free Talk Live, 01/23/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Mark Back From Bitcoin Conference :: VT Legalizes Cannabis :: Bitcoin Cash Hater :: DASH :: Ricky :: Global Warming :: Copyright and Profit :: Knock-offs :: Inventors and Patent Trolls :: Protecting Intellectual Property :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/23/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-23

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63) Editor’s Break, episode 53
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 053 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: The Homeschooling and Liberty Summit, which begins February 1st, 2018 (homeschoolingandliberty.com), Chelsea Manning and her support for a universal basic income program, government shutdowns, a thought experiment on voluntaryism, why you can’t fix politics by electing better people, and more.” [various formats] (01/23/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/homeschooling-summit-chelsea-manning-thought-experiment-26m-editors-break-053

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64) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 696
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“It turns out retail investors are sitting on less cash than they ever. That means the majority of their money is invested and NOT sitting on the sidelines. And can you blame them? The market just continues to climb. Everyone is suggesting it’s going to go higher. Sure, there are a few voices on the outside suggesting we might be running hot, or even headed for a disaster but in a world where yield is scarce what else you can do? You stay invested, you invest more. It’s the blind leading the blind right now, but I’m reminded of some very sage advice I got when I was learning to trade. ‘When the retail money shows up, it’s time to get out.’ What that means is, when uneducated money is the fuel for a stock, sector or market it’s time for you to look for an exit because that’s what all the smart money is doing.” [various formats] (01/23/18)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/696-we-got-a-problem/

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65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1079
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“This episode, featuring Justine Brown, begins with a discussion of Thomas More’s classic work Utopia, trying to get to the bottom of what the author meant to convey with it, and then continues with a discussion of utopian communities and theories, and what may be wrong with them.” [various formats] (01/23/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1079-the-pernicious-idea-of-utopia/

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