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Volume XVI, Issue #3,897
Friday, January 26th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Sources: Trump ordered Mueller fired, backed off when White House counsel threatened to quit
2) UK: Julian Assange’s health in “dangerous” condition, say doctors
3) US Senate panel to release interviews with Trump Jr., others involved in meeting with Russian lawyer
4) NAACP sues Heimatsicherheitsdienst over Haiti immigration policy
5) Trump regime wants to pseudo-privatize space station activities by 2025
6) Report: Tech firms let Russia probe software widely used by US government
7) Oprah “not interested” in presidential bid
8) FL: Lawyer says hotel valet gave his $300,000 Ferrari to wrong man
9) Trump threatens to pull aid to Palestinian Arabs if they don’t “pursue peace”
10) Rocket Lab secretly launched a disco ball satellite on its latest test flight
11) 50 Cent forgot he had a stash of Bitcoin now worth $8m
12) Doomsday Clock now at two minutes to midnight
13) Scientists discover oldest human fossil outside of Africa
14) CA: Marijuana growers sue regime over lack of limits on big farms
15) Report: Kerry reported coached Palestinian Arabs not to “yield” to Trump
16) North Korea: Kim Jong Un calls for unification with South Korea in rare public announcement
17) CA: Political uproar as Farrell replaces San Francisco acting mayor London Breed
18) VA: Dashcam shows federal park police murdering motorist
19) Trump says he’s open to pathway to citizenship “incentive” on DACA
20) Rohingya crisis: US diplomat quits Myanmar panel over Aung San Suu Kyi “whitewashing”

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) How the government is gutting the right to trial by jury
22) Veterans in politics: It’s not about honor
23) A conspiracy of silence assaults privacy
24) Trump’s dictatorial and destructive tariffs
25) High tariffs & weak dollar no way to make America great again
26) Where free speech should be promoted, free speech is under attack
27) Three strategies to get to a fossil-free America
28) No, we shouldn’t replace pensions by expanding Social Security
29) What First Amendment?
30) The weak, effective authoritarian
31) Will the liberals take the lead on trade?
32) Work requirements for Medicaid are yesterday’s idea. We can do better
33) Are the famously socialist French now embracing an entrepreneurial future?
34) We’re asking the wrong question about self-driving cars
35) Zoning locks people in. We should free them.
36) Hillary’s danger field
37) Massive charter school failure exposes thousands of students
38) A brief (and messy) history of modern gold standards
39) Bettina Bien Greaves, faithful servant of history
40) The great s–hole hypocrisy
41) Chris Sciabarra on Objectivism and disability
42) Today’s food: A modern agricultural miracle-
43) “Good cops” and other imaginary beasts
44) That Presidents Club dinner: Calm down, everyone
45) The risk of a correction in the equity bull market
46) Trump’s draft Nuclear Posture Review degrades national security
47) Americans aren’t ready for another big war
48) Twitter’s Merkel tactics or Merkel’s Twitter tactics?
49) The mutations of freedom
50) Let’s rethink US policy toward the Af-Pak region

The Sound and the Fury:

51) One Free Family, episode 1
52) The Libertarian Angle, 01/25/18
53) Going Rogue with Caitlin Johnstone, episode 12
54) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 01/25/18
55) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/25/18
56) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/25/18
57) Free Talk Live, 01/24/18
58) Clear and Present Danger Podcast, episode 0
59) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 697
60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1080

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

1) Sources: Trump ordered Mueller fired, backed off when White House counsel threatened to quit
Source: New York Times

“President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive. The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel. Mr. Mueller learned about the episode in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice. … Ty Cobb, who manages the White House’s relationship with Mr. Mueller’s office, said in a statement, ‘We decline to comment out of respect for the Office of the Special Counsel and its process.’” (01/25/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/us/politics/trump-mueller-special-counsel-russia.html

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2) UK: Julian Assange’s health in “dangerous” condition, say doctors
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Julian Assange’s long stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London is having a ‘dangerous’ impact on his physical and mental health, according to clinicians who carried out the most recent assessments of him. The pair renewed calls for the WikiLeaks publisher to be granted safe passage to a London hospital. Sondra Crosby, a doctor and associate professor at the Boston University’s school of medicine and public health, and Brock Chisholm, a London-based consultant clinical psychologist, examined Assange for 20 hours over three days in October. … The UK government refused an earlier request to allow Assange safe passage for hospital treatment. A fall-back position would be to allow doctors with the necessary medical equipment into the embassy, but the size of the equipment needed appears to rule out this option.” [editor’s note: There’s a simple solution to this, and that is to make it very clear to the UK regime figures responsible for Assange’s political imprisonment that THEIR continued health is inextricably linked to HIS continued health so long as that imprisonment continues – TLK] (01/24/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jan/24/julian-assanges-health-in-dangerous-condition-say-doctors

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3) US Senate panel to release interviews with Trump Jr., others involved in meeting with Russian lawyer
Source: Washington Post

“The Senate Judiciary Committee intends to release transcripts of its interviews with President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., and others who participated in a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer allegedly promising damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said Thursday that the committee would disclose ‘all witness interviews that we have done related to that meeting,’ making them available to the public ‘for everyone to see.’ The committee’s interviews, which were conducted behind closed doors, are complete, he added. Grassley said the transcripts must be redacted first.” [editor’s note: Well, it was looking interesting until that last “after we cut out everything except what we want you to see” clause – TLK] (01/25/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-judiciary-committee-to-release-transcripts-of-interviews-with-trump-tower-meeting-participants/2018/01/25/3f8f12a0-01e3-11e8-bb03-722769454f82_story.html

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4) NAACP sues Heimatsicherheitsdienst over Haiti immigration policy
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The NAACP has sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, citing President Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about immigrants and their home countries as evidence of racial discrimination influencing his administration’s decision to end protections for roughly 60,000 Haitians. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Maryland federal court, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund said Homeland Security officials failed to follow the normal decision-making process when considering whether to renew the temporary protected status granted to Haitian immigrants since a devastating earthquake struck the Caribbean country in 2010.” (01/25/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/NAACP-sues-Homeland-Security-over-Haiti-12525447.php

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5) Trump regime wants to pseudo-privatize space station activities by 2025
Source: Popular Mechanics

“The Trump administration plans to end ‘direct’ federal funding of the International Space Station to free up funds for lunar exploration goals, as reported by Loren Grush at The Verge. A draft budget proposal from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) leaked to The Verge and other publications states a space exploration objective as, ‘Ending direct federal government support of the ISS by 2025 and transitioning to commercial provision of low Earth orbit (LEO) capabilities.’ The official budget proposal will be released February 12, delayed from February 5 due to the three-day government shutdown earlier this month. Congress will then review the proposal and has final say on the federal budget. NASA spends about $4 billion annually to support the International Space Station and its astronauts living there, and the agency spent nearly $100 billion over more than a decade to construct the station.” (01/25/18)

http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a15881726/trump-admin-to-end-nasa-funding-for-iss-by-2025/

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6) Report: Tech firms let Russia probe software widely used by US government
Source: Reuters

“Major global technology providers SAP, Symantec and McAfee have allowed Russian authorities to hunt for vulnerabilities in software deeply embedded across the U.S. government, a Reuters investigation has found. The practice potentially jeopardizes the security of computer networks in at least a dozen federal agencies, U.S. lawmakers and security experts said. It involves more companies and a broader swath of the government than previously reported. In order to sell in the Russian market, the tech companies let a Russian defense agency scour the inner workings, or source code, of some of their products. Russian authorities say the reviews are necessary to detect flaws that could be exploited by hackers.” [editor’s note: Here’s the part where we’re supposed to believe the US government doesn’t “probe” commercial software itself. I still say the solution is to limit US government use of computers to a rolling 30 years past state of the art and no networking – TLK] (01/25/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-russia/tech-firms-let-russia-probe-software-widely-used-by-u-s-government-idUSKBN1FE1DT

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7) Oprah “not interested” in presidential bid
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Oprah Winfrey has told the US magazine InStyle that she does not ‘have the DNA’ to be US president. She had been widely touted as a future Democratic contender for the 2020 elections after a rousing speech at the Golden Globes earlier this month. But she told InStyle: ‘I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me.’ She gave the interview three weeks before picking up the Cecil B DeMille award for outstanding contribution to entertainment in early January, InStyle said.” (01/25/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42817547

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8) FL: Lawyer says hotel valet gave his $300,000 Ferrari to wrong man
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The owner of a $300,000 Ferrari is suing Marriott International, saying a hotel valet gave his keys to a young man who was trying to impress a woman he just met. The Tampa Bay Times reports that 73-year-old attorney James ‘Skip’ Fowler parked his yellow 458 Italia Spider outside the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club last July 27 while attending a lawyer’s convention in St. Petersburg. There the 2014 Ferrari remained for more than 12 hours, until Levi Miles, then 28, showed up. Miles said he told the woman it was his and demanded the keys, telling the valet that the ticket was in the car and he’d bring it back. He never did. … Miles drove off with Chloe Rimmer in the passenger seat until an officer stopped him for driving without taillights. The police report noted that the driver had ‘difficulty’ handling the car, that cocaine was found on the center console, and that Rimmer had marijuana in her purse.” [editor’s note: So the real story is about stone-dead dumb the “non-lawyer” was? – SAT] (01/25/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Marriott-Hotel-valet-gave-his-300-000-Ferrari-to-12521565.php

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9) Trump threatens to pull aid to Palestinian Arabs if they don’t “pursue peace”
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to withhold aid to the Palestinians if they did not pursue peace with Israel, saying they had snubbed the United States by not meeting Vice President Mike Pence during a recent visit. Trump, speaking after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum, said he wanted peace. However, his remarks could further frustrate the aim of reviving long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks. Palestinians shunned Pence’s visit to the region this month after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and vowed to begin moving the U.S. embassy to the city, whose status is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” [editor’s note: Maybe if Israel would begin doing that, instead of attacking and blowing up people who question their regime, it would be a start – SAT] (01/25/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-davos-meeting-usa-israel/trump-threatens-to-pull-aid-to-palestinians-if-they-dont-pursue-peace-idUSKBN1FE2A0

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10) Rocket Lab secretly launched a disco ball satellite on its latest test flight
Source: The Verge

“US spaceflight startup Rocket Lab put three commercial satellites into orbit during its rocket launch this past weekend — but it turns out there was another satellite that hitched a ride on the vehicle too. The company’s Electron rocket also put into orbit a previously undisclosed satellite made by Rocket Lab’s CEO Peter Beck, called the Humanity Star. And the probe will supposedly become the ‘brightest thing in the night sky,’ the company announced today. Shaped a bit like a disco ball, the Humanity Star is a 3-foot-wide carbon fiber sphere, made up of 65 panels that reflect the Sun’s light. The satellite is supposed to spin in space, too, so it’s constantly bouncing sunlight. In fact, the probe is so bright that people can see it with the naked eye. The Humanity Star’s orbit also takes it all over Earth, so the satellite will be visible from every location on the planet at different times.” (01/24/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/24/16926426/rocket-lab-humanity-star-secret-satellite-electron-test-launch

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11) 50 Cent forgot he had a stash of Bitcoin now worth $8m
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“50 Cent has discovered that he is a Bitcoin millionaire, thanks to some long-forgotten album sales. In 2014, he released the album Animal Ambition and became the first artist to accept Bitcoin as payment. The rapper received more than 700 Bitcoins under the deal, but then forgot about the cryptocurrency, according to celebrity newsite TMZ. The hoard is worth $7-$8m, although the currency’s price volatility means that could change fast. In 2014, one Bitcoin was equivalent to about $662, but was worth about $11,200 on Thursday according to Coindesk. ‘Not bad for a kid from South Side, I’m so proud of me,’ 50 Cent (whose real name is Curtis Jackson) wrote on Instagram, confirming the news in a post that featured a screenshot of the TMZ article.” (01/25/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42820246

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12) Doomsday Clock now at two minutes to midnight
Source: Washington Post

“The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced the symbolic Doomsday Clock a notch closer to the end of humanity Thursday, moving it ahead by 30 seconds after what the organization called a ‘grim assessment’ of the state of geopolitical affairs. ‘As of today,’ Bulletin president Rachel Bronson told reporters, ‘it is two minutes to midnight.’ In moving the clock 30 seconds closer to the hour of the apocalypse, the group cited ‘the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change.’ The organization — whose board includes 15 Nobel Laureates — now believes ‘the world is not only more dangerous now than it was a year ago; it is as threatening as it has been since World War II,’ Bulletin officials Lawrence M. Krauss and Robert Rosner wrote in an op-ed published Thursday by The Washington Post.” (01/25/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/01/25/after-a-missile-scare-and-insult-war-with-north-korea-its-time-to-check-the-doomsday-clock/

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13) Scientists discover oldest human fossil outside of Africa
Source: USA Today

“Scientists have discovered the earliest modern human fossil ever found outside of Africa. The fossil, an upper jawbone with several teeth, was found at a site called Misliya Cave in Israel. The jawbone is estimated to be 175,000 to 200,000 years old. The age was based on three separate, independent dating methods. The jaw belonged to a young adult of unknown gender. The finding suggests that modern humans left the continent at least 50,000 years earlier than had previously been thought. ‘Misliya is an exciting discovery,’ said Rolf Quam, a Binghamton University anthropology professor and a co-author of the study. ‘It provides the clearest evidence yet that our ancestors first migrated out of Africa much earlier than we previously believed. The earliest Homo sapiens fossils, the same species as us, date to around 315,000 years ago from Africa,’ Quam said.” (01/25/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/01/25/scientists-discover-oldest-human-fossil-outside-africa/1066138001

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14) CA: Marijuana growers sue regime over lack of limits on big farms
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A coalition of marijuana growers is suing the state in a bid to block regulations they contend will allow big-money cultivators to drive boutique farmers out of business. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Sacramento County Superior Court by the California Growers Association, comes a little more than three weeks into California’s experiment in legal recreational sales and amplifies long-held fears of a corporate takeover of cannabis agriculture. The suit challenges state regulations that allow businesses to acquire an unlimited number of a certain type of growing licenses despite provisions in the voter-approved Adult Use of Marijuana Act urging protections for small and medium-sized growers.” [editor’s note: Amazing how many people suddenly turn against more freedom for others as soon as they’ve got exactly as much as they want for themselves – TLK] (01/25/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Marijuana-growers-sue-California-over-lack-of-12523110.php

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15) Report: Kerry reported coached Palestinian Arabs not to “yield” to Trump
Source: Fox News

“Former Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly tried to meddle in Middle East peace talks, allegedly telling a close associate of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas not to ‘yield to President Trump’s demands.’ Israeli news outlet Maariv reported on the apparent meeting between Kerry and Hussein Agha in London, where the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee also reportedly floated a possible encore bid in 2020. … According to the report, Kerry used derogatory terms when referring to Trump, and offered to help the Palestinians create an alternative peace initiative. He reportedly asked Abbas not to attack the U.S. or the Trump administration, but rather focus attacks on the president himself.” [editor’s note: Sound advice — and only “unpatriotic” if Tel Aviv is the capital, and the Knesset the Congress, of the United States – TLK] (01/25/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/25/john-kerry-reportedly-coaches-palestinians-not-to-yield-to-trump-in-peace-talks-spurring-backlash.html

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16) North Korea: Kim Jong Un calls for unification with South Korea in rare public announcement
Source: Metro [UK]

“North Korea sent an incredibly rare public message to ‘all Koreans at home and abroad’ today, calling for unification with South Korea. Kim Jong un said both North and South should make a ‘breakthrough’ to unite without the help of other countries, according to state media. The announcement from Pyongyang said all Koreans should ‘promote contact, travel, cooperation between North and South Korea.’ It also added that North Korea will ‘smash’ all challenges against reunification of the Korean peninsula. The announcement, issued after a joint meeting of government and political parties, added Koreans should wage an energetic drive to defuse the acute military tension and create a peaceful climate on the Korean peninsula.” (01/25/18)

http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/25/kim-jong-un-calls-unification-south-korea-rare-public-announcement-7259694/

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17) CA: Political uproar as Farrell replaces San Francisco acting mayor London Breed
Source: KQED News [US state media]

“San Francisco Acting Mayor London Breed was removed from the job by her colleagues at the Board of Supervisors in a Tuesday vote that surprised many in the city. Supervisor Mark Farrell will replace her as interim mayor until voters select a new mayor in June. The board’s vote marked a stunning reversal of fortune for Breed and shift in the city’s political landscape. It outraged many residents who showed up to support Breed, an African-American woman who became acting mayor after the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee six weeks ago. … Farrell’s appointment as interim mayor was delivered not by his allies on the Board of Supervisors’ moderate faction but by the board’s most progressive members, including Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Jane Kim, who is herself running for mayor. Their goal was to remove the political advantage Breed had as acting mayor in the June election …” (01/25/18)

https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2018/01/23/political-outrage-as-mark-farrell-replaces-london-breed-as-s-f-s-acting-mayor/

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18) VA: Dashcam shows federal park police murdering motorist
Source: New York Post

“A dashboard video released Wednesday shows national park police in Virginia firing their weapons up to nine times at a car they had stopped after a four-minute, stop-and-go chase, killing an apparently unarmed motorist. … ‘Bijan Ghaisar was repeatedly threatened by over-aggressive and out-of-control law enforcement officers, after he drove away from a minor traffic incident in which he was the victim and in which there was little property damage and no known injuries,’ the [Ghaisar family’s] lawyers said. In an interview, Austin said he suspects Ghaisar, who has no criminal record, drove off after stopping because he was spooked by the very first stop initiated by Park Police, in which police cut him off in the middle of the highway and approached with guns drawn, yanking at his front door.” (01/24/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/01/24/dashcam-shows-police-fire-up-to-9-times-killing-stopped-motorist/

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19) Trump says he’s open to pathway to citizenship “incentive” on DACA
Source: WGN 9 News

“President Donald Trump on Wednesday opened the door to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, the first time he’s explicitly said he’d accept a pathway to citizenship for them. ‘We’re going to morph into it. It’s going to happen at some point in the future,’ Trump said of the immigrants eligible for some version of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump has ended but is urging Congress to replace. He said the time frame would be over 10 to 12 years. The President made his comments to a group of reporters who were meeting with White House chief of staff John Kelly at the White House. Trump called it an ‘incentive’ for the immigrants, who largely have known no other country beside America, to work hard and do a ‘great job.’” (01/25/18)

http://wgntv.com/2018/01/25/trump-says-hes-open-to-pathway-to-citizenship-incentive-on-daca/

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20) Rohingya crisis: US diplomat quits Myanmar panel over Aung San Suu Kyi “whitewashing”
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“US diplomat Bill Richardson resigned from an international panel to help Myanmar deal with the Rohingya crisis on Thursday, accusing the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi of lacking ‘moral leadership.’ Richardson is a one-time Suu Kyi ally, but now says her government is trying to “whitewash” the plight of Muslim refugees who have fled alleged ethic cleansing in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. He further criticized the government over the arrest of two reporters for Reuters news agency who were covering the crisis.” (01/25/18)

http://www.dw.com/en/rohingya-crisis-us-diplomat-quits-myanmar-panel-over-aung-san-suu-kyi-whitewashing/a-42300103

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

21) How the government is gutting the right to trial by jury
Source: Reason
by Damon Root

“Federal authorities arrested Joseph Tigano III in 2008 and charged him with running a marijuana-growing operation. Tigano entered a plea of not guilty and insisted that his case move quickly to trial. Instead he languished in pretrial detention — jail — for nearly seven years before he finally appeared before a jury, which convicted him in 2015. In an opinion issued this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit dismissed Tigano’s indictment ‘with prejudice’ on the grounds that his ‘oppressive period of pretrial incarceration’ violated his constitutional right to a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendment. … Federal prosecutors piled on the charges expecting Tigano to plead guilty to a lesser offense and save everybody the trouble of going to trial. The prosecutors also let it be known that if Tigano rejected their deal, they would throw the book at him and he would forfeit his shot at ‘what’s being offered by way of this plea.’” (01/25/18)

http://reason.com/blog/2018/01/25/government-is-gutting-the-right-to-trial

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22) Veterans in politics: It’s not about honor
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Forming a political organization around veterans is like forming a political organization around restaurant workers, stamp collectors, or avid kayakers. If it ever made sense, it stopped making sense a long time ago. Political organizations should be formed around principles and policy proposals, not around people who have the same former employer.” (01/25/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12571

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23) A conspiracy of silence assaults privacy
Source: Antiwar.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“Last week, Congress and the president chose to ignore our history and the human values underlying the right to privacy. Those values recognize that the individual pursuit of happiness is best actualized in an atmosphere free from the government’s prying eyes. Stated differently, the authors and ratifiers of the Fourth Amendment recognized that a person is not fully happy when being watched all the time by the government. Yet the constitutional values and timeless lessons of history were not only rejected by Congress but also rejected in ignorance, and the ignorance was knowingly facilitated by the members of the House Intelligence Committee. Here is the back story.” (01/25/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2018/01/24/conspiracy-silence-assaults-privacy/

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24) Trump’s dictatorial and destructive tariffs
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“It’s amazing that it is still necessary to instruct U.S. presidents on the damage that tariffs do to people. You would think that by the time a person becomes a president of a country, he would be wise enough to know this. Why, even many progressives and conservatives have finally joined up with us libertarians in opposition to tariffs. The subject arises with President Trump’s unilateral decision to impose tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines.” (01/25/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/01/25/trumps-dictatorial-destructive-tariffs/

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25) High tariffs & weak dollar no way to make America great again
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“As we’ve noted many times, President Trump’s first year was a rousing success when it comes to economic policy. But one new troubling exception has recently emerged: The Trump administration’s advocacy of a weaker dollar and trade protection. It’s a big mistake. In recent months, the U.S. dollar has weakened noticeably against other currencies. The Fed’s trade-weighted dollar index, which measures the dollar’s value against all of our trading partners, after adjusting for volume of trade, has fallen just over 8% in the past year, to a three-year low. That’s a sizable decline. What concerns us is that the pace has picked up since the start of this year, with the dollar falling more than 3% since January 1 as talk of more trade protection for the U.S. economy gathers steam. More importantly, the Trump administration has all but announced an explicit policy goal of having a weaker dollar.” (01/25/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/high-tariffs-and-weak-dollar-are-no-way-to-make-america-great-again

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26) Where free speech should be promoted, free speech is under attack
Source: Fox News Forum
by Rachel L Brand

“Free speech is under attack at college campuses across the country. The problem is not limited to a few colleges barring radical speakers to avoid a riot. Universities large and small, public and private, are restricting students’ and professors’ speech or enabling others to silence speech with which they disagree. These restrictions take a variety of forms. For example, speech codes at many colleges ban speech that is ‘offensive,’ a subjective standard that allows college administrators to arbitrarily ban speech they find disagreeable. For example, Georgia Gwinnett College stopped a student from speaking about his religious faith because it ‘disturbed the comfort of persons’ — even after he had gotten a permit from the school to speak.” (01/25/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/25/where-free-speech-should-be-promoted-free-speech-is-under-attack.html

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27) Three strategies to get to a fossil-free America
Source: The Nation
by Bill McKibben

“When the next phase of the US climate movement launches with a nationally streamed rally at the end of the month, the wound-licking will be over. Yes, the Trump administration has upset any hope of a smooth and orderly transition to a new energy world. Yes, it’s pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement and opened up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. Yes, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Energy Secretary Rick Perry have made a mockery of hurricane victims and fire victims and flood victims, from San Juan to Montecito to Houston. But the fossil-fuel industry doesn’t hold all the high cards. We’ll start playing our own aces for a Fossil-Free United States on January 31, when Bernie Sanders and an all-star lineup brought together by 350.org that includes everyone from indigenous activist Dallas Goldtooth to NAACP organizer Jacqui Patterson to star youth climate organizer Varshini Prakash lay out a coordinated plan for the year ahead.” (01/25/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/3-strategies-to-get-to-a-fossil-free-america

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28) No, we shouldn’t replace pensions by expanding Social Security
Source: In These Times
by Max B Sawicky

“My good friends Doug Henwood and Liza Featherstone, the Nick and Nora Charles of the Brooklyn lefty scene, have written a highly questionable analysis of public employee pension funds. So I’m going to question it. Their charge is that Wall Street is ruining the pensions that provide retirement security for millions of Americans. First, some crucial context. For many years now, what are called defined benefit (DB) pensions have been under attack from the Right. … You could think of these pensions as retirement insurance. For as long as the worker survives, he or she is assured a basic income. Some pension schemes include benefits for a surviving spouse as well. For many public employees, the pensions were established as substitutes for Social Security. This means if something happens to the pension, there is no Social Security backstop.” [editor’s note: This piece is a response to In These Times’s February 2018 cover story by Doug Henwood and Liza Featherstone, ‘Wall Street Isn’t the Answer to the Pension Crisis. Expanding Social Security Is.’ RRND ran that one a couple of days ago – SAT] (01/25/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20862/no_we_shouldnt_replace_pensions_by_expanding_social_security

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29) What First Amendment?
Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“Conservatives who should be appalled by President Donald Trump’s anti-media attacks have responded instead with a collective shrug. Never mind that Trump has taken steps to block publication of a critical book, assures a typical Wall Street Journal editorial–he would never follow through, and the courts would never go along. The Journal likewise brushes off Trump’s threat to ‘open up’ the libel laws as ‘familiar and feckless bluster.’ Trump may brand journalists ‘the enemy’ of the American people and hand out ‘fake news’ awards, goes the argument from the right, but his actions matter more than his words. This sanguine take on Trump’s campaign to demonize the news media overlooks the real-world damage it inflicts on journalists, both at home and abroad. Trump’s words and actions have materially chilled speech — in the U.S., where 78 journalists were attacked or arrested last year, and around the world, 262 journalists are in prison, 21 of them for publishing ‘fake news.’” (01/25/18)

http://prospect.org/article/what-first-amendment

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30) The weak, effective authoritarian
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Last May, President Donald Trump reportedly summoned Andrew McCabe, then the acting director of the FBI, and asked: Who did you vote for in the 2016 election? McCabe deflected the question by saying that he didn’t vote, but that didn’t stop Trump from fuming about McCabe’s wife, a Democrat who made a failed bid for the Virginia Senate. The Washington Post, which broke the story about the meeting on Tuesday, reported that McCabe told colleagues the encounter was ‘disturbing.’ Trump’s treatment of McCabe is reminiscent of the president’s earlier attempt to suborn ‘loyalty’ from then-FBI Director James Comey in early 2017. Meanwhile, Axios reported on Tuesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions pressed FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire McCabe, a move Wray resisted by threatening to resign.” (01/25/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146748/trump-weak-effective-authoritarian

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31) Will the liberals take the lead on trade?
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“The libertarian tendency in the United States has in the modern era been associated with the Right and with the Republican party, often to the dismay of such thinkers as David Boaz of the Cato Institute and the editors of Reason magazine, who find it difficult or impossible to make common cause with those conservatives, especially Christian moralists …. Anti-capitalism is, at the moment, very much ascendant on the right, and it is not limited to Trump or to Trumpism. The financial crisis of 2008–09 and the consequent bailouts badly damaged the prestige not only of Wall Street and General Motors but that of capitalism itself. It is difficult to think of a time since before World War II in which government regulation of enterprise has been more in vogue on the right. Ironically, that has created an opening in the marketplace, and that opening is being filled in part by politicians from the center-left.” (01/25/18)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455749/free-trade-will-liberals-take-lead-now

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32) Work requirements for Medicaid are yesterday’s idea. We can do better
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

“The Trump administration has begun allowing states to impose work requirements for able-bodied, working-age adults as a condition for Medicaid. Work requirements are an old idea. They have been around since the days of the poorhouse. True, poorhouses were an improvement over the still older system of auctioning off poor people as slaves, but we can do better than that.” (01/25/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/work-requirements-medicaid-yesterdays-idea-can-better/

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33) Are the famously socialist French now embracing an entrepreneurial future?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Sara Miller Llana

“The cavernous converted train depot of Station F, now the world’s largest start-up campus, was under construction well before Emmanuel Macron clinched the French presidency in promise of a bright, entrepreneurial future for the Fifth Republic. But the vibe here (the youngsters huddled around laptops and taking breaks at video game portals and foosball tables) meshes perfectly with Macron’s brand as a start-up president. In fact, to walk into this space very much feels like stepping back into his campaign headquarters, albeit on a different scale: Station F is the length of the Eiffel Tower, with space for 1,000 start-ups. Serendipitously for both the president and Station F, the latter opened just weeks after the former’s stunning victory last spring. And together they’ve helped reinforce a new image for France, from a place covered in red tape and restricted by workers resistant to any change, to one called ‘scrappy’ and full of ‘hustle,’ as one entrepreneur here put it.” (01/25/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2018/0125/Are-the-famously-socialist-French-now-embracing-an-entrepreneurial-future

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34) We’re asking the wrong question about self-driving cars
Source: Reuters
by Stephen M Zoepf

“As recently as 2013, the phrase ‘self-driving car’ was nowhere to be found in documents published by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Oh, what a difference half a decade makes. Less than five years after the term first appeared in a 14-page memo produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the U.S. House and Senate Commerce Committee unanimously passed two separate bills regulating self-driving cars. The U.S. Department of Transportation is presently working on a third revision of the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy it first released in September, 2016. Each January is simultaneously exciting and maddening for transportation wonks of all stripes. In the space of three weeks, four major conferences converge to produce a barrage of flashy demos at the Consumer Electronics Show, new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, academic research at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting and glimmers of forthcoming policies at the SAE Government/Industry Meeting.” (01/25/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-zoepf-davos-cars-commentary/commentary-were-asking-the-wrong-question-about-self-driving-cars-idUSKBN1FE2L4

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35) Zoning locks people in. We should free them.
Source: Cato Unbound
by Ilya Somin

“Far from relying on foot voters to constrain zoning, my view is that zoning needs to be constrained to make foot voting more feasible, especially for the poor and lower middle class.” (01/24/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/01/24/ilya-somin/zoning-locks-people-we-should-free-them

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36) Hillary’s danger field
Source: The American Spectator
by Jay D Homnick

“Rodney Dangerfield liked to tell a story about his wife taking the family car out on a shopping trip. When she emerged from the store with her purchases, she saw a thief driving the vehicle right out of the lot. ‘Did you get a good look at him?’ Rodney asked. ‘No,’ she replied. ‘But I did get the license plate number!’ This classic gag is making me laugh — and gag — again as I survey the House Republicans in their glee over the news that the Justice Department — they heard from a guy who knows a guy — is reopening the investigation over Hillary Clinton’s emails. … Fellas, at the risk of sounding condescending, may I point out that the investigations are the problem, not the solution? You cannot investigate the Clinton cover-up when the investigation itself is the means of the cover-up. … As for Hillary Clinton herself, she loves investigations. She has learned from long experience that investigations are where accusations go to die.” (01/25/18)

https://spectator.org/hillarys-danger-field/

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37) Massive charter school failure exposes thousands of students
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“There was a serious bump on the road to what were billed as ‘record-breaking celebrations’ of charter schools and other forms of ‘school choice’ this week. News outlets in Ohio reported the largest charter school closure ever in that state, and perhaps the nation. This abruptly sent over 12,000 students and their families scrambling to find new schools midyear. The school, an online charter called the Electronic School of Tomorrow (ECOT), owed the state nearly $80 million for inflating its enrollment numbers and overcharging the state for thousands of students that never attended full-time. Negotiations on a payment plan with the state fell through, and the school’s sponsor, which it needed to operate legally, decided it couldn’t carry the school. ‘My kids went to bed last night crying,’ said a Cincinnati mom whose children attended the school.” [editor’s note: Mr. Bryant will continue to focus on the failures of some of these ventures (still mainly the product of government collusion in education, “picking winners,” etc.) – SAT] (01/25/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180125/largest-charter-school-fail-ever-doesnt-faze-school-choice-fans

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38) A brief (and messy) history of modern gold standards
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna

“Although gold prices hit a new high in mid-January, Americans, by and large, are still reluctant about gold. They don’t quite ‘get it.’ This incomprehension is different than that of Americans not ‘getting,’ for example, bitcoin (as few seem to). They may understand gold as a safe haven that has always stood the test of time, war, crises, inflation, etc. Some also understand that no gold proponent advocates harkening back to a mythical 19th century gold hey-day (one that did not exist — certainly not consistently), or recommends re-issuing gold minted currency, or reverting to any kind of bimetallism (the 19th century norm). That said, the ‘barbarous relic’ view tends to persist.” (01/25/18)

https://mises.org/wire/brief-and-messy-history-modern-gold-standards

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39) Bettina Bien Greaves, faithful servant of history
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Bettina Bien Greaves (1917-2018) has died, and I find writing about her to be unusually difficult. She was a friend for so long and we shared the same intellectual passions. It is only today that I fully realized how much her life and professional ambitions have influenced mine. I spent many hours and even days with her to prepare published interviews, hear lore from the post-war history of the liberty movement, dig through libraries, and negotiate publishing rights. I revelled in her amazing knowledge of personalities, literature, and events. We were in frequent contact to realize a mutual dream of getting all the works of Ludwig von Mises in print and online for public access. She had a beautiful and blunt way about her, never sugar-coating the history but always inspired by an ideal she fell in love with and never gave up: the idea that human freedom is the right principle for the good society.” (01/24/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/bettina-bien-greaves-faithful-servant-history

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40) The great s–hole hypocrisy
Source: Town Hall
by Larry Elder

“Breaking news: President Donald Trump uses profanity. When Trump’s apparent use of the word ‘s–hole’ makes headlines, one cannot help but recall the analysis of the media provided by President Obama’s deputy national security adviser and foreign policy speechwriter. In discussing his perception of reporters’ ignorance of foreign affairs, Ben Rhodes said: ‘Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.’ Presidents curse. President Lyndon Baines Johnson taped himself cursing and using racial epithets. President Richard Nixon taped himself cursing, using racial epithets and making anti-Semitic comments. Then-presidential candidate George W. Bush was caught on a hot mic calling reporter Adam Clymer a ‘major-league a–hole from The New York Times.’ Former ABC reporter Ann Compton says that on at least two occasions, President Barack Obama launched into off-the-record ‘tirades’ against the media.” [editor’s note: Mr. Elder does get to the more serious issue of alleged “racism;” it just takes him a while – SAT] (01/25/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2018/01/25/the-great-shole-hypocrisy-n2439173

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41) Chris Sciabarra on Objectivism and disability
Source: Irfan Khawaja

“One doesn’t usually think of Rand or Objectivism as offering much insight into the nature of disability, but Chris [Matthew Sciabarra] clearly does …. Objectivism does present a few odd and interesting puzzles about disability. On the one hand, one can, from the first-person perspective, learn the valuable lessons from Objectivism that Sciabarra teaches here: the lessons of graceful self-acceptance, as well as acceptance of one’s situation. … On the other hand, however, Rand and Objectivists have little time or energy to spare on disability from a third-person perspective, whether as a topic or as a phenomenon: given the way the so-called ‘benevolent universe premise’ is often interpreted, Objectivists regard disability as a ‘marginal’ issue; because they do, they don’t think it requires much thought or attention.” [hat tip — Chris Matthew Sciabarra] (01/24/18)

https://irfankhawajaphilosopher.com/2018/01/24/chris-sciabarra-on-objectivism-and-disability/

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42) Today’s food: A modern agricultural miracle
Source: Heartland Institute
by Steve Goreham

“Agriculture is under attack. Environmentalists label modern farming as unsustainable, blaming farming for polluting the planet and destroying the climate. But today’s food is abundant and nutritious–a modern agricultural miracle. From 1961 to 2013, world population more than doubled from 3.1 to 7.2 billion. But agricultural output more than tripled over the same period, according to data from the United Nations. We are slowly winning the battle against world hunger. The percentage of chronically undernourished people has fallen from 30 percent of world population in 1950 to about 11 percent today. Not only the quantity, but the quality and variety of food are much better than in past ages.” (01/24/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/01/todays-food-a-modern-agricultural-miracle/

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43) “Good cops” and other imaginary beasts
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Police officer’ or ‘cop’ are words used to describe people who commit specific acts. Just like ‘rapist’, ‘child molester’, or ‘mugger’ are words to describe people who commit specific acts. It’s not really about the person, but about the acts the person chooses to commit. Objecting to those acts being committed or to those who commit them isn’t at all similar to racism or sexism, because it is based only on actions and the individual person who commits them. Nothing else. To say ‘not all police officers are bad’ is a nonsense statement. You are denying the description and the definition.” (01/25/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/01/good-cops-and-other-imaginary-beasts.html

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44) That Presidents Club dinner: Calm down, everyone
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“This is the news — the utterly non-shocking news to anyone who knows anything about a) rich men b) Park Lane and c) sassy young women who early in life use their nous and looks to earn a buck — that the Presidents Club charity dinner is not the most decorous of annual affairs. Now in its 33rd year, this dinner brings together around 300 wealthy blokes, most of them from the property world or the City, to eat and drink and raise cash for charity. This year it took place at the Dorchester in Park Lane. Young women are in attendance, too, to serve drinks and look good, and — let’s face it — flatter the egos of these probably quite portly, ageing men who would never catch the eye of beautiful women if they weren’t rich and at this dinner. Rich men like to hang out together and be in the company of attractive women? Never. Next you’ll be telling me Park Lane has a higher wanker-to-nice-person ratio than most other parts of London.” (01/25/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/that-presidents-club-dinner-calm-down-everyone/

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45) The risk of a correction in the equity bull market
Source: Cobden Centre
by Colin Lloyd

“Since March 2009, the US stock market has been trending broadly higher. If we can continue to make new highs, or at least, not correct to the downside by more than 20%, until August of this year it will be the longest equity bull-market in US history. The optimists continue to extrapolate from the unexpected strength of 2017 and predict another year of asset increases, but by many metrics the market is expensive and the risks of a significant correction are become more pronounced.” (01/25/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/01/the-risk-of-a-correction-in-the-equity-bull-market/

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46) Trump’s draft Nuclear Posture Review degrades national security
Source: CounterPunch
by John LaForge

“The NPR is used to provide smart-sounding euphemism and theoretical distraction to reporters and scholars who sometimes write about nuclear weapons. Since such weapons can only produce firestorms and massacres that neither medics nor hospitals can begin to respond to, the government uses cool, technical terminology to sell the ‘need’ and ‘usefulness’ of the devices to tax payers. Nuclear Watch New Mexico in Santa Fe keeps a critical eye on programs and problems at the state’s two nuclear weapons design and production laboratories, Los Alamos and Sandia. In the following, Nuclear Watch NM provides expert analysis of the latest official gibberish.” (01/25/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/25/trumps-draft-nuclear-posture-review-degrades-national-security/

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47) Americans aren’t ready for another big war
Source: Cato Institute
by Christopher A Preble

“At the beginning of his book, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire, Stephen Kinzer explains that Americans’ ‘enthusiasm for foreign intervention seems to ebb and flow like the tides … At some moments we are aflame with righteous anger. Confident in our power, we launch wars and depose governments. Then chastened, we retreat — until the cycle begins again.’ If fervor for overseas military adventures moves like the tides, then right now we see more sand and mud than blue water. Americans aren’t anxious to start more wars. On the contrary, they believe that U.S. interventions have undermined our security, and they want to try something else. ” (01/24/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/americans-arent-ready-another-big-war

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48) Twitter’s Merkel tactics or Merkel’s Twitter tactics?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Is Twitter cooperating with Germany’s new crackdown on social-media speech because otherwise it risks steep penalties? Or is Twitter just doing what it would do anyway? When Germany’s new law against unwelcome speech went into effect this year, many Germans protested. ‘Please spare us the thought police!’ was the headline in one top-selling paper, Bild. The law requires social-media sites to block unapproved content — which includes ‘hate speech’ and ‘fake news’ — within 24 hours or face exorbitant fines.” (01/25/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/25/twitters-merkel-tactics-or-merkels-twitter-tactics/

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49) The mutations of freedom
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Emmi Bevensee

“In computer programming, you have something called dependencies, which just means that one program depends on you having one or several other programs installed in order for it to work. … Freedom too is a web of dependencies. It is a spacious term containing worlds but still, we seem often content to think of it only in terms of the words regularly associated with it, such as ‘freedom of speech’ or other such languid U.S. constitutional references. freedom is so much bigger than that. Each particular freedom (such as freedom of speech) has a set of dependencies without which the code would break. For example, what good is the freedom of speech, if movement is completely barred and the internet regulated?” (01/24/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/50435

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50) Let’s rethink US policy toward the Af-Pak region
Source: Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

“President Trump has suspended about a quarter billion dollars in military aid to Pakistan. That move is the right one, but an examination of the wider failed U.S. policy toward the Afghanistan-Pakistan region is warranted and how that unending fiasco has evolved. In late 2001, in response to the sheltering by the Afghan Taliban, then the rulers of Afghanistan, of al-Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden, the perpetrators of the horrific 9/11 attacks, the U.S. overthrew the Taliban government using U.S. military, the CIA and local anti-Taliban fighters. So far, so good. However, the George W. Bush administration began to make mistakes.” (01/24/18)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9242

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51) One Free Family, episode 1
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“This is the introductory episode where we start with our origin story, where we first came up with our ideas for parenting our kids in a radically different way. We will talk about our goals both for parenting and for this podcast. We are both certified school teachers, but we largely identify with the term ‘unschooling’ now because that’s our approach based on what feels comfortable with us right now.” [Flash audio] (01/25/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/introduction-to-one-free-family-off001/

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52) The Libertarian Angle, 01/25/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Does the shutdown really matter? How to import tariffs hurt the average person? FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss.” [various formats] (01/25/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-shutdown-circus-trumps-tariff-video/

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53) Going Rogue with Caitlin Johnstone, episode 12
Source: Going Rogue with Caitlin Johnstone

“A year ago, Rachel Maddow detailed how the mass media machine would smear Trump as a watersports-loving Putin puppet if he tried to de-escalate the new cold war. It worked. They got their cold war.” [Flash audio] (01/24/18)

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54) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 01/25/18
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Has the history of how our constitutional rights came to be protected on campus been forgotten? Professor Randall L. Kennedy believes it has. It’s a history even he wasn’t familiar with until recently. On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, Professor Kennedy explains how civil rights activists in the 1950s and 60s secured early victories for free speech, due process, and public assembly on high school and college campuses.” [Flash audio] (01/25/18)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-professor-randall-kennedy-on-the-forgotten-origins-of-the-constitution-on-campus/

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55) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/25/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The Human Freedom Index’ presents the state of human freedom in the world based on a broad measure that encompasses personal, civil, and economic freedom. It is co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute, and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Ian Vasquez is the report’s co-author.” [various formats] (01/25/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/2017-human-freedom-index

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56) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/25/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou Feen and Kal Molinet discuss the Women’s March, the government shutdown, the Venezuela shut down, and the California about to shut down. They finish out the show talking about Chuck Schumer’s sweet tooth for Tide Pods.” [various formats] (01/25/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15552

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57) Free Talk Live, 01/24/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Fed Gov Record Spending During Shutdown :: Horrifying Abuse of Captive Children :: Market Response to Abuse of Children? :: Opinions About Raising Children and Forcing Views :: CA to Crackdown on Homeschooling? :: Esports :: Ricky’s Tennis Uprising :: Net Neutrality Back in Montana? :: Google and Facebook :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Mike.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/24/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-24

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58) Clear and Present Danger Podcast, episode 0
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Why free speech?” [MP3] (01/24/18)

https://www.thefire.org/clear-and-present-danger-podcast-why-free-speech/

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59) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 697
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Apparently, if you want to watch a trillion dollars vaporize in 2018 all that’s required is a 1% rise in interest rates. No, I’m not kidding you. It’s science. (thanks, Ron Burgandy) They can actually calculate what a 1% rise in interest rates will mean to the value of bonds, and it turns out to be a loss of 1.2 billion dollars. I’ve been warning for a long time that the next great crash will probably originate in the bond market. Rapidly rising interest rates due to a lack of confidence or the need to stave off inflation would crush the economy due to the massive number of leveraged bondholders. It’s something to keep an eye on as you plan for the future.” [various formats] (01/24/18)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/697-the-quickest-way-to-lose-a-trillion-dollars/

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60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1080
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Strength trainer Mark Rippetoe returns to discuss state licensing, its true motivations, and why a free society doesn’t need it.” [various formats] (01/24/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1080-down-with-state-licensing-including-for-personal-trainers-and-coaches/

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