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Volume XVI, Issue #3,898
Monday, January 29th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Wynn resigns as RNC finance chair after sexual harassment allegations
2) Coincheck to repay users who lost money in $400 million hack
3) Finland: Niinisto skates to overwhelming re-election win
4) Bipartisan group tells Trump to respect state marijuana laws
5) Republican Senators urge Congress to revisit bill to protect Mueller
6) NV: Rancher Cliven Bundy, recently freed, sues state and Clark County
7) Gaza: Heavy rain unearths ancient graves in back yard
8) Google employees: Company not doing enough to protect them from harassment, threats
9) Cherokee woman blasts Elizabeth Warren: “We’ve asked her to stop” claiming our ancestry
10) Trump’s transgender military ban might be gone for good
11) “Halal” Internet means more control in Iran after unrest
12) New York: AG grandstands on “investigating” company accused of selling fake Twitter followers
13) CA: White nationalists hang anti-sanctuary-city banner on Bay Bridge tunnel
14) Manchin criticizes Pelosi’s immigration comment
15) FL: Mayor sought illegal funds for political allies, records allege
16) TX: If Trump gets his wall built, Elon Musk’s rocket launch center may be at risk
17) Rubio fires chief of staff for improper relations with subordinates
18) Koch network to spend $20 million selling GOP tax overhaul
19) Cambodia: Ten tourists charged with “pornographic dancing”
20) Study: Daily turmeric intake boosts memory, uplifts mood
21) TX: FBI agent fatally shoots kidnap victim during rescue operation
22) Your tax dollars at work: $24 million for two refrigerators
23) Russia: Navalny arrested during protests
24) Israel: Regime summons Polish envoy over Holocaust bill
25) Afghanistan: Kabul suicide attack kills more than 100

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) The voice of American workers is a charlatan
27) RIP Ursula K. Le Guin, author of one of the greatest novels about freedom ever written
28) Protectionism: Trump’s tariff-ic attack on your wallet
29) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 4, part 4
30) Trump’s Dreamer “deal” reads like a white nationalist wish list
31) The case against Facebook’s neutrality
32) Trump’s general just announced a new Cold War; who will stop it?
33) From fake news to fake truths
34) Businesses already serve a social purpose
35) Politics and money
36) Civil asset forfeiture undermines free enterprise and human dignity
37) How Donald Trump, America’s salesman-in-chief, won over CEOs at Davos
38) Unchristian nation
39) Libertarian Toryism
40) Pence’s speech just what Israelis wanted to hear
41) Is Trump turning the US into the biggest loser?
42) Infrastructure, immigration, and Trump’s war on cities
43) Is pest control a public good?
44) What alleged illegality is Mueller investigating?
45) Global takeaways from Trump’s Davos speech
46) The politics of inertia
47) California’s big question: What happens after Jerry Brown?
48) Quantum Vibe, 01/26/18
49) The Sessions war on marijuana
50) Nebraskans are protected by the Fourth amendment
51) Korea, the Winter Olympics, and the spirit of Queen Min
52) The maturity level of politics
53) Caracas dispatches
54) How US sanctions work their evil
55) Of statehood and flags

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Free Talk Live, 01/27/18
57) Anarcho Agenda, episode 54
58) Interview: Antony Sammeroff
59) One Free Family, episode 2
60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 147
61) FIREside chats, episode 6
62) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/26/18
63) spiked podcast, 01/26/18
64) In The Tank Podcast, episode 124
65) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 224
66) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 699
67) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1082
68) Unregistered Podcast with Thaddeus Russell, episode 41
69) bloggingheads.tv, 01/26/18
70) Felony Friday, episode 108

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

1) Wynn resigns as RNC finance chair after sexual harassment allegations
Source: Politico

“Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn on Saturday stepped down as Republican National Committee finance chairman, according to three senior Republicans briefed on the decision. The decision followed a Friday report in the Wall Street Journal alleging that Wynn engaged in sexual harassment. Wynn, 76, was President Donald Trump’s handpicked choice for the finance position. It has not yet been determined who will replace him. … In a statement emailed to POLITICO Friday, Wynn said the allegations are ‘the continued work of my ex-wife Elaine Wynn, with whom I am involved in a terrible and nasty lawsuit in which she is seeking a revised divorce settlement.’” (01/27/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/27/steve-wynn-resign-rnc-finance-chair-sexual-misconduct-accusations-373768

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2) Coincheck to repay users who lost money in $400 million hack
Source: Bloomberg

“Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc. said it will use its own capital to reimburse customers who lost money in Friday’s $400 million theft. The Tokyo-based company will repay all 260,000 users impacted by the theft of NEM coins, at a rate of 88.549 yen (82 U.S. cents) for each coin, according to a statement posted on its website after midnight local time on Sunday. A total of 523 million coins were stolen, it said.” (01/27/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-27/coincheck-to-repay-customers-who-lost-money-in-400-million-hack

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3) Finland: Niinisto skates to overwhelming re-election win
Source: USA Today

“Finnish President Sauli Niinisto crushed his competition with a landslide election victory Sunday that saw him receiving more than five times as much voter support than his closest challenger. With all ballots counted, Niinisto had 62.7% of the vote, while his leading rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, had 12.4%. Haavisto, the runner-up in the 2012 election, conceded the race long before the vote-count was completed, telling Finnish national broadcaster that Niinisto ‘is the republic’s new president with this result.’ None of the other six candidates received more than 7% of the vote. Niinisto, 69, a former finance minister and parliament speaker, has been a highly popular president since he took office in 2012. He needed a majority to prevent a runoff and to win re-election outright. He ran as an independent with no association to the conservative National Coalition Party that he earlier chaired.” (01/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/01/28/finlands-president-skates-overwhelming-re-election-win/1073339001

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4) Bipar4) tisan group tells Trump to respect state marijuana laws
Source: Smell the Truth

“A bipartisan group of House and Senate members are urging the Trump administration to back away from interfering with legal marijuana laws. The group of 54 lawmakers sent a letter to the president on Thursday asking him to go against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempts to roll back protections on state marijuana laws, reports Marijuana Moment’s Tom Angell. ‘As a candidate, you stated: ‘I really believe we should leave [marijuana] up to the states’ and that ‘it’s got to be a state decision.’ We trust that you still hold this belief, and we request that you urge the Attorney General to reinstate the Cole Memorandum,’ wrote the group of lawmakers led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Attorney General Sessions earlier this year rescinded the Cole Memo, an Obama-era policy that allows states to operate their own legal marijuana programs without fear of federal interference.” (01/26/18)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/01/26/bipartisan-lawmakers-tell-trump-to-respect-state-marijuana-laws

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5) Republican Senators urge Congress to revisit bill to protect Mueller
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Congress should revisit proposed legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller after President Donald Trump tried to fire him last year while he investigated the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia, two Republican senators said on Sunday. In separate television interviews, Senators Susan Collins and Lindsey Graham expressed dismay at reports the Republican president had told the top White House lawyer to order U.S. Justice Department officials to fire Mueller. ‘I’ve got legislation protecting Mr. Mueller, and I’d be glad to pass it tomorrow,’ Graham told the ABC News ‘This Week’ program. On CNN’s ‘State of the Union,’ Collins said: ‘It certainly wouldn’t hurt to put that extra safeguard in place, given the latest stories.’” (01/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia/republican-senators-urge-congress-to-revisit-bill-to-protect-mueller-idUSKBN1FH0SG

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6) NV: Rancher Cliven Bundy, recently freed, sues state and Clark County
Source: Fox News

“Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was recently cleared of federal charges and freed from jail, is now turning his sights on state and county government. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Bundy’s lawsuit filed Thursday in Clark County District Court claims that former President Barack Obama’s late 2016 establishment of Gold Butte National Monument was ‘as illegal as it is unlawful’ and would preclude him from continuing to function on his land and destroy his livelihood. Bureau of Land Management officials in Las Vegas put off discussion of the monument at meetings this month until the Trump administration decides on possible changes to the Obama-era land designation. ‘Recognizing that the land is not owned by the United States of America, (Bundy) has avoided erroneously giving money to an entity which does not actually own the land and has been careful not to give money erroneously to a stranger to the land,’ according to the rancher’s lawsuit, as reported by the Review-Journal.” (01/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/28/rancher-cliven-bundy-recently-freed-sues-nevada-and-clark-county.html

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7) Gaza: Heavy rain unearths ancient graves in back yard
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Palestinian says he has discovered an ancient burial ground in the backyard of his house in the Gaza Strip. Abdelkarim al-Kafarna said Friday he found a tomb consisting of nine burial holes with bones and some clay pots. Archeologists in Gaza believe the site is about 2,000-year-old, dating back to the Roman era, when the territory was part of the far-flung Roman Empire. But they say further tests are needed to determine the exact age. Al-Kafaran said he found it by accident after heavy rains this week unearthed parts of the underground chamber.” (01/28/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Heavy-rain-unearths-ancient-graves-in-backyard-in-12528108.php

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8) Google employees: Company not doing enough to protect them from harassment, threats
Source: USA Today

“The firing of Google engineer James Damore for suggesting men are more suited to technical roles than women has triggered a culture war inside the Internet giant, with some Google employees saying the company is not doing enough to protect them from a harassment campaign that has subjected them to hateful comments and violent threats. These employees, many of whom volunteer as diversity advocates, say they’ve been targeted by some of their own coworkers for fighting to bring greater diversity to Google’s 78,000-plus staff of mostly white and Asian men. Their personal information and comments expressed in internal company forums have been leaked to the public and published on far-right websites, leading to mistreatment by online vigilantes. What’s more, they say they’ve been subjected to doxing on 4Chan and Kiwi Farms after screenshots were included in the 161-page lawsuit Damore filed in January alleging Google discriminates against whites, conservatives and men.” (01/26/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/01/26/google-diversity-culture-war/1071107001

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9) Cherokee woman blasts Elizabeth Warren: “We’ve asked her to stop” claiming our ancestry
Source: Fox News

“A Cherokee woman joined Jesse Watters to criticize Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for refusing to back down on her claim of Cherokee ancestry. Watters said Warren was recognized by Harvard University as their first minority female faculty member after the 68-year-old applied to the job as a Native American. ‘As a mixed Native woman, I get to relive the stereotypes that Warren perpetuates every day,’ Rebecca Nagle of Oklahoma told Watters. ‘I’m not ‘part-Cherokee’, I am Cherokee,’ she said. ‘[We’re] not fractions of imagined Indians that used to exist. [Warren should] take responsibility for her false claim.’ Watters pointed out that Trump too has called out Warren for claiming Cherokee ancestry.” [editor’s note: Full disclosure, I have a great-grandmother who was full-blooded Algonquin; I have never even considered myself a “minority,” let alone to get special favors, but I am proud of my cheekbones – SAT] (01/28/18)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/01/28/cherokee-woman-blasts-elizabeth-warren-claiming-native-american-ancestry

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10) Trump’s transgender military ban might be gone for good
Source: Raw Story

“A new legal challenge could finally stop President Donald Trump from banning transgender troops in the military for good. Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN this week asked a federal district court to permanently block the Trump administration’s plan to stop transgender people from openly serving in the U.S. armed services. The motion for summary judgment filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington seeks a speedy resolution of the case. ‘Every single federal court to look at President Trump’s policy has already found that it reeks of undisguised and unlawful discrimination against qualified transgender people willing and able to serve our country, and it’s time to put the nail in the coffin for that policy,’ Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn told Pink News. Trump made the announcement that he was banning transgender individuals on Twitter in July 2017, shocking the LGBTQ community.” [editor’s note: These issues still dominate the headlines, while things like the Democrats caving on FISA renewal (trashing the 4th Amendment again) goes almost unremarked – SAT] (01/28/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/trumps-transgender-military-ban-might-gone-good

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11) “Halal” Internet means more control in Iran after unrest
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Guns drawn, Iranian intelligence agents rushed into the apartment of a Washington Post reporter and his journalist wife in Tehran. Threatening to kill Jason Rezaian in front of his wife, Yeganeh, the 20 agents in the July 2014 raid tore through their belongings and rifled through drawers, clothes and valuables for an hour. But perhaps their most eagerly sought target wasn’t exactly inside the house: They forced the couple to hand over the passwords to their email and social media profiles. That raid demonstrated how much of a threat Iran’s theocratic government sees in the internet. It has long sought to strictly control cyberspace and social media — and, thereby, the flow of information to the public.” (01/28/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/business/technology/article/In-Iran-a-halal-internet-means-more-control-12531520.php

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12) New York: AG grandstands on “investigating” company accused of selling fake Twitter followers
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“New York’s chief prosecutor says the state is opening an investigation into a firm that allegedly sold millions of fake followers to social media users. ‘Impersonation and deception are illegal under New York law,’ said Eric Schneiderman. The company, Devumi, stands accused of stealing real people’s identities, which it denies, according to the New York Times. The paper linked the ‘follower factory’ to a host of celebrity accounts. The New York Times published an in-depth report on Devumi on Saturday, including interviews with people who alleged their account details and profile pictures had been copied to create realistic ‘bots.’ It is alleged that others who wanted to increase their follower count, including actors, entrepreneurs and political commentators, could then pay to be followed by the bots.” (01/28/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42853067

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13) CA: White nationalists hang anti-sanctuary-city banner on Bay Bridge tunnel
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A sign mocking San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy was hung early Sunday over the Yerba Buena Tunnel in San Francisco by a white nationalist organization. The sign read ‘Danger’ in red letters and ‘Sanctuary City Ahead’ with a skull and crossbones on either side of the poster. It was visible to Bay Bridge motorists driving west on Interstate 80, but was quickly removed, said Officer Vu Williams of the California Highway Patrol. ‘It’s my understanding it was only up there very briefly,’ Williams said. It’s unclear who removed the sign, Williams added.” (01/28/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/anti-sanctuary-city-sign-hung-bay-bridge-tunnel-12532025.php

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14) Manchin criticizes Pelosi’s immigration comment
Source: Reuters

“U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat, said on Sunday he thought a new White House immigration plan was a good starting point, and he criticized House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for dismissing it as a way to ‘make America white again.’ … ‘We don’t need that type of rhetoric on either side, from Nancy, [Republican House Speaker] Paul Ryan or anybody else,’ said Manchin, a West Virginian and a leader of a bipartisan Senate group working on immigration. He spoke on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ program. Manchin’s comments highlighted differences among Democrats ahead of a Feb. 8 deadline for the U.S. Congress to pass another spending bill and try to reach an immigration agreement that would also protect up to 1.8 million illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, a group known as ‘Dreamers,’ from deportation.” [editor’s note: With stuff like this, her support for the FISA renewal, and her record in general, can we agree it is long past time to retire this waste of human flesh? – SAT] (01/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-manchin/democratic-senator-criticizes-pelosis-immigration-comment-idUSKBN1FH0RC

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15) FL: Mayor sought illegal funds for political allies, records allege
Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel

“Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper, who was removed from office Friday after being snared in an FBI sting, solicited illegal campaign contributions not only for herself but for two political allies, court documents say. Gov. Rick Scott suspended Cooper on Friday, a day after she was arrested and accused of accepting contributions funneled through Alan Koslow, a once prominent attorney who has since been disbarred after a conviction on federal charges. … Cooper, 57, has been charged with money laundering, official misconduct and exceeding the limit on campaign finance contributions — felony charges that each carry a maximum five-year sentence. She also has been charged with soliciting contributions in a government building, a first-degree misdemeanor with a one-year maximum sentence.” (01/26/18)

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/hallandale/fl-sb-joy-cooper-arrest-reaction-20180125-story.html

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16) TX: If Trump gets his wall built, Elon Musk’s rocket launch center may be at risk
Source: Raw Story

“Elon Musk has big plans to build a rocket launch center, but the Trump administration’s plan to build a border wall may prove to be a barrier for his proposed site. The location in question is an area of land located east of Brownsville, Texas. Musk is inteding to construct a massive center that could host as many as 12 launches per year, according to The Guardian. ‘It could very well be that the first person that departs for another planet will depart from this location,’ Musk said in 2014, referring to the Boca Chica launch center which had its groundbreaking ceremony that year, The Associated Press reports. In addition to rocket launches, the center is also expected to draw in tourists from Brownsville and nearby Mexican cities. ‘There’s obviously excitement,’ Ramiro Gonzalez, a Brownsville city planner, told The Guardian.” [editor’s note: Reality check — this is one of hundreds of places in the Southwest where a physical “wall” cannot be constructed, most of them due to basic geography – SAT] (01/28/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/elon-musks-rocket-launch-center-texas-may-risk-trump-gets-wall-built

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17) Rubio fires chief of staff for improper relations with subordinates
Source: Politico

“Sen. Marco Rubio has fired his chief of staff after determining he violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and subordinates. Rubio said in a statement that an investigation concluded his chief of staff Clint Reed engaged in behavior that ‘in my judgement [sic] amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits.’ … Reed began working for Rubio on his presidential campaign, including his efforts ahead of the Iowa caucuses. Reed then ran Rubio’s 2016 Senate campaign when he left the presidential race and reversed a decision to run for re-election in 2016. He replaced Albert Martinez, a longtime Rubio adviser.” (01/28/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/28/rubio-fires-chief-of-staff-for-improper-relations-with-subordinates-373776

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18) Koch network to spend $20 million selling GOP tax overhaul
Source: USA Today

“The powerful Koch network plans to intensify efforts to sell the Republican tax overhaul to voters as part of its multimillion-dollar campaign to help the GOP retain its hold on Congress ahead of tough midterm elections. The network will spend $20 million this year to promote the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, Koch officials said Saturday as they opened a three-day retreat where conservative donors will plot strategy for 2018. The new tax push is part of a previously announced $400 million the group plans to spend on politics and policy during the two-year election cycle, the group’s largest midterm political investment. ‘There is a healthy skepticism among the majority of Americans about politics in this country,’ Tim Phillips, who oversees the largest grassroots arms of the political and policy empire founded by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, said of early polling showing many voters opposed the tax bill as it sped through Congress last month.” [editor’s note: Gee, that’s as much as Steyer is spending to oust Trump, or Soros spent to fix the last election; shame on the Kochs for using it for advertising to promote ideas, however imperfect – SAT] (01/27/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/27/koch-network-spend-20-m-selling-gop-tax-overhaul-ahead-midterm-elections/1072647001

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19) Cambodia: Ten tourists charged with “pornographic dancing”
Source: Fox News

“A sex-charged crash of cultures has landed 10 Westerners in jail in Cambodia. Cambodian prosecutors charged 10 foreigners Sunday with producing ‘pornographic’ pictures after they were arrested at a party in Siem Reap town, near the country’s famed Angkor Wat temple complex. Police said they raided a rented villa Thursday where the foreigners were taking part in what organizers billed as a pub crawl and found people ‘dancing pornographically.’ A statement on the arrests posted on the National Police website Sunday included photos showing clothed young adults rolling around together on a dance floor. The prosecutor of the Siem Reap provincial court, Samrith Sokhon, said that those charged face up to a year in prison if convicted.” [editor’s note: Well, since they are all white folks, I can only imagine the “moves” they were making – SAT] (01/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/28/10-tourists-charged-with-pornographic-dancing-in-cambodia.html

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20) Study: Daily turmeric intake boosts memory, uplifts mood
Source: Deccan Chronicle [India]

“Eating turmeric daily may boost your memory and uplift your mood, a study suggests. Found in turmeric, curcumin has previously been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also has been suggested as a possible reason that senior citizens in India, where curcumin is a dietary staple, have a lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and better cognitive performance. … The study, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, involved 40 adults between the ages of 50 and 90 years who had mild memory complaints.” (01/28/18)

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/280118/daily-turmeric-intake-boosts-memory-uplifts-mood-study.html

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21) TX: FBI agent fatally shoots kidnap victim during rescue operation
Source: MSN

“An FBI agent fatally shot a bound kidnap victim on Thursday during a predawn raid meant to rescue the man from his captors at a home in Houston, The Houston Chronicle and other media reported. Few details including the deceased man’s identity and the motive for the kidnapping were released. … Two men and one woman were arrested on felony kidnapping and other charges and the investigation is ongoing. The FBI agent who shot the man was placed on administrative leave …” [hat tip — RR Schoettker] (01/26/18)

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fbi-agent-fatally-shoots-kidnap-victim-during-rescue-operation/ar-AAvc1So

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22) Your tax dollars at work: $24 million for two refrigerators
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

“Homeowners, take comfort: Even the appliances on Air Force One break down. More than a quarter-century after they were installed, two of the refrigerators on the president’s plane need to be upgraded, and these specially designed ‘chillers’ aren’t cheap. The Boeing Co. was awarded a nearly $24 million contract in December to engineer the refrigerators for Air Force One, the Defense Department said. The two units being replaced came with the aircraft in 1990 and are no longer able ‘to effectively support mission requirements for food storage,’ the Air Force said in a statement today.” (01/27/18)

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/01/27/nyt/air-force-one-needs-2-new-refrigerators-together-they-cost-24-million/

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23) Russia: Navalny arrested during protests
Source: CNN

“Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested during anti-Kremlin protests in Moscow on Sunday, as rallies continue nationwide. ‘I’ve been detained. This doesn’t matter. Come to Tverskaya (Street). You are not going there for me, it’s for you and your future,’ Navalny tweeted after his arrest. Within minutes of arriving at Pushkinskaya Square, where hundreds of protesters had gathered, Navalny was wrestled into a patrol van by police, in dramatic footage posted on Youtube. Moscow Police said Navalny taken to a police station for arraignment and to be charged for illegally organizing a protest. If found guilty, he faces 30 days in detention and a fine.” (01/28/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/28/europe/russian-protests-navalny-office-intl/index.html

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24) Israel: Regime summons Polish envoy over Holocaust bill
Source: Yahoo! News

“Israel summoned a top Polish diplomat on Sunday to express concerns over legislation Warsaw was advancing regarding the Holocaust and the definition of Nazi death camps. Poland’s rightwing-dominated parliament adopted legislation on Friday setting a maximum three-year jail term for anyone who accuses the Polish nation or state of complicity with Nazi crimes, or who refers to Nazi German death camps as being Polish. … Poland was attacked and occupied by Nazi Germany in World War II, losing six million of its citizens, including three million Jews in the Holocaust. Polish officials routinely request corrections when global media or politicians describe as ‘Polish’ former death camps such as Auschwitz set up by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.” (01/28/18)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/israel-summons-polish-envoy-over-holocaust-bill-133212657.html

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25) Afghanistan: Kabul suicide attack kills more than 100
Source: ABC News

“Afghanistan’s interior minister says at least 103 people were killed in a suicide bombing carried out by the Taliban in Kabul on Saturday, updating an earlier toll. Wais Ahmad Barmak said Sunday that another 235 people were wounded in the attack. Barmak said police were among those killed and wounded. The attacker drove an ambulance filled with explosives and was able to race through a security checkpoint by saying he was transferring a patient to a hospital. The explosion damaged or destroyed dozens of shops and vehicles.” (01/28/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/latest-afghanistan-raises-toll-kabul-attack-103-52661420

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

26) The voice of American workers is a charlatan
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed voice of American working people, has decreed that the prices of washing machines and solar panels shall rise. So it is written. So it is done. Trump’s decree, placing tariffs (taxes) on imported versions of those goods, will impose higher costs on consumers to help (in the short run) the minority of Americans who work in those industries. That’s how protectionism works — a favored group of firms and workers benefits at the expense of everyone else. Trump calls this ‘America First’ and looking out for average Americans, making him either a demagogue or an ignoramus.” (01/26/18)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-the-voice-is-a-charlatan/

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27) RIP Ursula K. Le Guin, author of one of the greatest novels about freedom ever written
Source: Reason
by Victoria Varga

“One of the most important purposes of science fiction, fantasy, and other imaginative fiction is to examine what is possible for human societies. Ursula K. Le Guin, who died this week at 88, not only wrote beautifully, but she took her duty to the imagination very seriously. When Le Guin entered the field, novels that imagined statelessness as anything other than bloody chaos were few and far between—it was Heinlein or bust. Le Guin’s psychologically complex characters and gorgeous depictions of social and political dynamics influenced many science fiction writers, from Salman Rushdie to Margaret Atwood. Libertarians have another reason to love her. In one of her most famous novels, 1974’s The Dispossessed, a solar system contains two habitable bodies. On the larger planet, Urras, is a state capitalist society. On its smaller moon, Anarres, is a communalist anarchist society made up of the great-grandchildren of revolutionaries from the home planet. Le Guin examines both societies through the eyes of an anarchist physicist named Shevek.” (01/26/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2018/01/26/rip-ursula-k-le-guin-author-of-one-of-th

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28) Protectionism: Trump’s tariff-ic attack on your wallet
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On January 22, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer fired the first shots of the Trump administration’s 2018 trade agenda: Tariffs of 30% on imported solar panels, and tariffs starting at 20% on imported residential washing machines. In the name of ‘protecting’ jobs — ‘America First!’ — the administration is dead-set on making you poorer.” (01/28/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12658

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29) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 4, part 4
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Every time I turn on a light switch, I want to kiss an engineer. I cannot make light in the darkness, but they can. I can do so at the flick of a switch only because they have created the FM that makes it happen without my needing to know how. (FM = F***ing Magic, which is what much of technology seems to me). Fortunately, I married an electrical engineer and computer zealot, so I am able to express a lot of gratitude on a regular basis. What does the foregoing commentary have to do with cryptocurrency? Everything. The coders who drive crypto technology are like the engineers who make light happen.” (01/27/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-satoshi-revolution-chapter-4-kiss-a-computer-engineer-today-part-4/

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30) Trump’s Dreamer “deal” reads like a white nationalist wish list
Source: In These Times
by Miles Kampf-Lassin

“The string of policies presented by the Trump administration would lead to an upheaval of U.S. immigration policy, closing the door to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who enter the country every year. On Thursday, the Trump administration unveiled its latest immigration plan during a call with Republican staffers and Trump allies hosted by White House senior advisor Stephen Miller. While many media outlets described the plan as an ‘offer’ to protect 1.8 million Dreamers, including current DACA recipients, the plan represents a hardline crackdown on immigration that would tear apart families while fortifying the deportation regime. … Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) said in response that the plan ‘would result in the most aggressive cuts to legal immigration since the racial quota laws of the 1920s’ — a claim backed up by the American Civil Liberties Union.” (01/27/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20870/trump-dreamer-daca-deal-white-nationalist

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31) The case against Facebook’s neutrality
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“In response to withering criticism for its role in perpetuating fake news, Facebook has recently signaled to users, regulators, and politicians that it is finally getting its house in order. Over the last few weeks, Facebook has announced changes to its News Feed that would prioritize content from friends and family; introduced features that will allow users to ‘rank’ news outlets based on trustworthiness; and acknowledged mistakes in its handling of fake news and general abuse of the site’s platform Appearing in Munich on Monday, Facebook’s Vice President Elliot Schrage admitted that the company needs to improve. But he also set clear limits on how far the company would go in remedying its predicament. According to Axios, Schrage insisted that users should be responsible for determining Facebook’s content, not experts: ‘Schrage said that Facebook itself shouldn’t be the one to decide which news to promote and said that, in a polarized world, turning things over to any third party simply ‘invites criticism [of] who that body of experts is.”” (01/26/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146787/case-facebooks-neutrality

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32) Trump’s general just announced a new Cold War; who will stop it?
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Defense Secretary James Mattis announced a dramatic shift in military policy last week, and it threatens to plunge the world into new forms of conflict. The secretary, known as ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis when he was a four-star Marine general, now commands the most powerful military force in human history. Mattis insists the nickname came from the press. That may be true, although generals are notoriously canny about their own publicity. Whatever the nickname’s provenance, Mattis is not ‘mad.’ He is, in fact, a rational and articulate spokesperson for the national security ideology that has dominated American political life since the end of World War II. That’s disturbing in a very different way. Mattis, a clear-eyed cold warrior, has just announced the start of a new cold war.” (01/26/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180126/trumps-general-just-announced-the-new-cold-war-who-will-stop-it

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33) From fake news to fake truths
Source: spiked
by Patrick West

“‘Fake news’ and ‘the post-truth society’ have been voguish buzzwords for some time now. Commentators and the media became obsessed with these exciting terms last year, as they invariably are with novelty words that seem to augur a new, bewildering and amazing era. Every generation likes to think that they are living in special times, and we are no different. Yet there is nothing remotely new about ‘fake news.’ Lies are as old as truths. The boy who cried wolf was spreading fake news. Our fashionable and tedious fixation with ‘fake news’ detracts from a more entrenched, subtle and equally ancient form of falsehood, that of the ‘fake truth.’ This is when real facts are moulded into a false narrative to create an entirely misleading ‘truth’ — an act known as ‘paltering.’” (01/26/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/from-fake-news-to-fake-truths/

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34) Businesses already serve a social purpose
Source: USA Today
by Iain Murray

“BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s letter to CEOs demanding that their companies ‘serve a social purpose’ is the latest example of what economist Milton Friedman dubbed a “muddle-headed” approach to economic activity. The approach is muddle-headed because businesses already serve a social purpose simply by doing business. McDonald’s provides the most nutrition at the lowest price the world has ever seen. Google exists ‘to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.’ Even your local hairdresser helps people feel good about themselves — surely a social service in these troubled times. There are even more obvious ways businesses serve a social purpose. They employ people, providing needed income at the right time and often fostering career opportunities. They bring people together, bolstering communities. They allow for the development of transferable skills, thereby providing real world learning too often overlooked in schools. Above all, businesses create wealth, which is distributed among owners, workers and indeed customers.” (01/25/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/25/businesses-already-serve-social-purpose-editorials-debates/109811612

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35) Politics and money
Source: The Racinian
by David Kristopeit

“People from outside Wisconsin donate to Scott Walker. All candidates for all offices accept outside donations. Do you remember the old saying that, ‘All politics is local?’ Not apparently with contributions to political campaigns though. I believe I once read that former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold received 60% of his individual contributions from outside the state during one campaign. And Feingold was the co-leader of the push for campaign finance reform along with John McCain. Apparently he did not practice what he preached. Isn’t that called hypocrisy? Is there a way to limit outside money in local elections, state elections, and federal elections?” (01/28/18)

https://racinian.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/politics-and-money/

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36) Civil asset forfeiture undermines free enterprise and human dignity
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Stephen C Miller, PhD

“What does it mean to have private property and the rule of law? Imagine the police came to your home, arrested you based on suspicion of criminal activity, and in the process seized cash from your home or your car from your driveway. But suppose it was a mistake. Suppose upon reviewing the evidence you received no criminal charges and were released. You’d expect to get your property back, right? The answer is that in Alabama you probably wouldn’t, based on the data from a new report on Civil Asset Forfeiture by the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice and the Southern Poverty Law Center.” (01/27/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/civil-asset-forfeiture-undermines-free-enterprise-and-human-dignity

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37) How Donald Trump, America’s salesman-in-chief, won over CEOs at Davos
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Think Donald Trump doesn’t know how to sell? Take a look at how he did in Davos, Switzerland, with the world’s wealthy, left-leaning elites. As anyone in business will tell you, a great salesman needs a great product. Trump has that: America. Trump told the assembled billionaires, tech giants, CEOs and political grandees at the World Economic Forum on Friday that America was ‘open for business.’ Having just signed a law that would cut the top marginal tax rate on U.S. corporations from 35% to 21%, he had some credibility for that remark. Of course, whenever Trump says anything he’s accused of lying or engaging in rank jingoism. But much of what he told the congregation of business and political leaders in defense of his ‘Make America Great Again’ economic policies was convincing.” [editor’s note: Not sure how much “salesmanship” is required when you are addressing the Global Oligarchy in which you are clearly complicit – SAT] (01/27/28)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/how-donald-trump-americas-salesman-in-chief-won-over-ceos-at-davos

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38) Unchristian nation
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“The United States is not, and never has been, a ‘Christian nation,’ despite the claims of many modern evangelical Christians who are apparently unable to read anything other than the Bible and religious tracts. Most of the founders were Deists, and the Constitution clearly delineated that the new country was to have no state religion, that everyone has the right to worship (or not) as they please, and that church and state were to be entirely separate from one another. Unfortunately, the majority of the population were both Christian and far too stupid and selfish to understand why a state religion is an astonishingly bad idea, even for those who embrace the favored creed.” (01/26/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/unchristian-nation/

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39) Libertarian Toryism
Source: Mises UK
by Sean Gabb

Speech to Mises UK Conference, London. (01/27/18)

https://misesuk.org/2018/01/28/mises-uk-speech-sean-gabb-on-libertarian-toryism/

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40) Pence’s speech just what Israelis wanted to hear
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“When Vice President Mike Pence wrapped up his address to Israel’s Knesset, a voice in the 120-member legislative body shouted out, ‘God bless you, Mr. Vice President.’ The voice belonged to Yehuda Glick, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative Likud Party. It was not all love. Members of the Knesset, or MKs, who are part of the Joint List (an alliance of Arab-dominated parties) boycotted or protested Pence’s speech to protest President Donald Trump’s announcement last month that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. When Pence announced the embassy transfer would occur before the end of 2019, Joint List MKs shouted and displayed signs that proclaimed Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine before ushers ejected them. When Pence said the administration would support a two-state solution ‘if both sides agree,’ some MKs applauded, others did not. Netanyahu did not.” (01/26/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2018/01/26/pences-speech-just-what-israelis-wanted-to-hear-n2439925

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41) Is Trump turning the US into the biggest loser?
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Tridivesh Singh Maini

“US President Donald Trump has been quick to change his stance on complex issues like US relations with other countries, including China. Trump has also been unpredictable in his approach towards important multilateral organizations like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and US ties with important allies in the Indo-Pacific, especially Japan and South Korea. The most recent instance of Trump yet again changing his views was his statement on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the Davos Summit, saying that the US was open to a rethink, provided the provisions were fair. … Mr Trump is not the only world leader to have won competitive elections by appealing to insularity, only to realize that economic interdependence between countries today is incredibly entrenched.” (01/27/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/01/27/is-trump-turning-the-us-into-the-biggest-loser/

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42) Infrastructure, immigration, and Trump’s war on cities
Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“The Master of Distraction has done it again. America’s trillion-dollar infrastructure crisis will never get the concentrated attention from the White House that it desperately requires, because the president of the United States enjoys poisoning the American body politic with divisive scapegoating. This week’s target: big-city mayors. When he was running for president, Trump inveighed against the country’s Third-World airports, rail, and other emblems of national decay. In his first year in the White House, however, he has dodged and weaved away from any decisive action on the issue. Infrastructure has been lost in the hostage negotiations that pass for legislative deliberations over immigration, taxes, and health care.” (01/26/18)

http://prospect.org/article/infrastructure-immigration-and-trumps-war-on-cities

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43) Is pest control a public good?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Caleb S Fuller

“Government pest control often backfires, encouraging more of the very scourge it was instituted to contain. This is often referred to as the ‘cobra effect’ after an episode where government bounties on serpent tails encouraged the emergence of profit-seeking snake-breeders. Though public pest control often generates problems like these, some voice the following concern: Even if it’s true that government pest eradication isn’t perfect, might it be the best we have? What if pest control is a public good?” (01/28/18)

https://fee.org/articles/is-pest-control-a-public-good/

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44) What alleged illegality is Mueller investigating?
Source: Fox News Forum
by Victoria Toensing

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to interview President Trump. We know that is true because the areas of inquiry that Mueller is interested in have been leaked. But the questions Mueller is looking at are not about the issue the special counsel was supposed to examine: collusion with Russians to fix the 2016 presidential election. Rather, the Washington Post reports that Mueller ‘is seeking to question President Trump in the coming weeks about his decisions to oust national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with his plans.’ The two acts, according to the Post, are related to ‘efforts by the president or others to hamper the special counsel’s probe.’ How can that be? Flynn had nothing to do with the special counsel’s probe. And firing the head of the FBI does not thwart what all the people under him are doing. So what is the alleged illegality here that could possibly ‘hamper’ or obstruct the investigation?” (01/27/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/27/what-alleged-illegality-is-mueller-investigating-trump-exercising-lawful-presidential-authority.html

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45) Global takeaways from Trump’s Davos speech
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“‘When people are forgotten the world becomes fractured,” President Donald Trump observed to the Davos forum in his breathlessly-awaited speech Friday. That he himself was the fracturer-in-chief must have entered the minds of more than a few in the crowded hall. Many expected the speech to be a clash of civilizations: that of America First, the pursuit of national advantage, the raising of the barriers both to trade and to immigration (and that of cooperation, a lowering of borders and barriers, a privileging of free trade and — at least until recently — free movement of labor). … But the speech was crafted for a kind of virtual togetherness, a merging of ‘America first’ with everybody else as partners. America was certainly first, and Trump said he had put it there: the stock market had added $7 trillion, 2.4 million new jobs had been created and U.S. unemployment was at a new low ‘since my election.’ This was good for everyone. And for many of the attendees there, they are part of the everyone. The top part, in the past, present and future.” (01/26/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-davos-commentary/commentary-global-takeaways-from-trumps-davos-speech-idUSKBN1FF2C8

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46) The politics of inertia
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Congress’s failure to establish, last week, any semblance of budgetary responsibility led to one of those ‘government shutdowns’ that the press likes to yammer about so breathlessly. Then, early this week, Senate holdouts caved, allowing a short-term fix to bring the federal government fully back to life, like the monster in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab given a defibrillator jolt.” (01/26/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/26/the-politics-of-inertia/

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47) California’s big question: What happens after Jerry Brown?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Jessica Mendoza

“California Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time in his final State of the State address Thursday morning. Clocking in at just under half an hour, the speech dove right into a defense of the governor’s pet projects: grappling with the effects of climate change; the controversial water tunnel he wants to construct under and around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Delta; and the overpriced high-speed rail that he’s dreamed of building since the 1970s. He closed with a salute to his immigrant forebears, whose persistence, he says, California and its people will mirror ‘against storms and turmoil, obstacles great and small.’ To some, it was a flat commencement to the four-term governor’s final year in office. Mr. Brown, who’s been a presence in state politics for nigh on 50 years, gave no advice to his would-be successors and outlined no vision for the future of the state’s economy.” (01/26/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0126/California-s-big-question-What-happens-after-Jerry-Brown

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48) Quantum Vibe, 01/26/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (01/26/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1750

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49) The Sessions war on marijuana
Source: Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks

“Despite the many problems that may come from the Sessions Memo, the overall impact is not likely to be as widespread as some may fear. The federal government simply does not have the resources to stop the commerce of marijuana everywhere it is legal. U.S. Attorneys may, if they choose, disrupt legal cannabis markets by sending cease and desist letters to operators and their landlords in the relevant districts, threatening legal action, and sending a chilling effect to others. Raids on businesses are also possible … However, legal consumers will not face significant legal threat from the DOJ, as the federal government has always left street-level enforcement to state and local officials. Moreover, it is unclear how many U.S. Attorneys are truly eager to divert resources to cannabis prosecutions rather than focusing on crimes such as fraud, interstate gang enforcement, domestic terrorism, and other urgent matters of federal interest.” (01/26/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/sessions-war-marijuana

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50) Nebraskans are protected by the Fourth amendment
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, surrounded by endless miles of cornfields. The closest foreign country was Canada, hundreds of miles to the north. The first time I ever saw saltwater was in 1977, when a senior in college. And yet if this ACLU map is accurate, the US government views Madison as a ‘border town’ The map shows all regions that are (supposedly) within 100 miles of the US border. About 200 million Americans live within the shaded region, that’s nearly 2/3rds of the entire US population. But the map doesn’t appear to be accurate, or perhaps the map is accurate, but the US government doesn’t know where the US border actually is. Lake Michigan is not an international border.” (01/26/18)

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

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51) Korea, the Winter Olympics, and the spirit of Queen Min
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“We are told by practically everyone that nationalism is an archaic, aggressive, and downright evil sentiment, one that causes wars, racism, bigotry, and probably the common cold as well. And we get this from both the right and the left. Nationalism of any kind, we are told, is a dangerous atavism, a throwback to primitive ‘tribalism’ and an insult to sacred ‘modernity.’ While this nonsensical view is pretty widespread throughout the Western world, it is especially dominant — at least among the political class — here in the United States, where it is routinely alleged that America isn’t a place, it isn’t the American people: America, they solemnly intone, is an Idea.” [editor’s note: I’m not sure that “practically everyone” recognizes nationalism for what it is. It’s unfortunate that Raimondo apparently doesn’t anymore – TLK] (01/26/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/01/26/korea-winter-olympics-spirit-queen-min/

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52) The maturity level of politics
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“A recent article by Joe Katzman illustrated the maturity level of modern politics, by explaining the true nature of the war raging between Donald Trump and the American media. And what it showed was that winning and losing in politics comes down to the same kind of insults that work on a fifth grade playground. The article (from a political-right perspective) defines a core principle of politics: That status and identification are fundamental, and that reasoned arguments are to be assiduously avoided.” (01/26/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/the-maturity-level-of-politics/

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53) Caracas dispatches
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Robert H Miller

“In 2017, the mismanagement of Venezuela’s socialist economy — please forgive me for that absurd phrase: ‘mismanaged socialist economy,’ as if a well-managed socialist economy could be a reality (a socialist economy is, by definition, a mismanaged economy; to actually mismanage a socialist economy would be to insert market mechanisms into it) — drove the inflation rate of the Bolivar (Venezuela’s currency) to somewhere above 4,000%. … Each day, Venezuelan banks are given a fixed budget dictating how much cash they’re allowed to disburse to clients. Electronic transactions are allowed, but forget ATMs, they’re all out of cash. Outside the banks, the lines of customers waiting to cash checks in order to acquire cash are already long by opening time — translating to about an hour’s wait. In order to conserve cash, banks are sticklers at enforcing check cashing procedures and creating on-the-spot, arbitrary rules to deny a check. ” (01/26/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1807

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54) How US sanctions work their evil
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“As we see with Maduro’s killing of Perez, these regimes are not pikers when it comes to violently putting down protests, demonstrations, and revolutions. They are brutal, cruel, and ruthless, willing to do whatever is necessary to maintain their hold on power. That includes arresting, incarcerating, torturing, and killing as many people as necessary to quell a revolt. When U.S. officials impose their sanctions on such countries, they know this. They know that when people start to revolt, there is going to be a large number of them who are going to be killed. U.S. officials don’t care. All that matters to them is regime change. No number of deaths of foreign citizens is too high when it comes to regime change.” (01/26/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/01/26/u-s-sanctions-work-evil/

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55) Of statehood and flags
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“As reported by the Washington Examiner, after elections in 2012 and 2017, the government (at least) of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has decided to get aggressive with Congress, and with the new year, has shown up in DC to demand admission to the Union. … The longest period between new states being admitted to the Union was 47 years, 1912 to 1959. But it is now 59 years since Hawaii was admitted. Very few of us remember that. Anyway, let us touch briefly on the merits (and downside) of admitting PR to the Union.” (01/26/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/01/26/of-statehood-and-flags/

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56) Free Talk Live, 01/27/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Adam Kokesh, Libertarian Presidential Candidate, Joins Us to Discuss His Arrest :: Kokesh For Not President :: Decentralizing Power :: Bail :: Constitution and Due Process :: Freedom-Loving Cop? :: Alcohol Laws :: NH Freedom Migration :: Bitcoin :: Police Dog Searches :: US Govt Stoking Crime Fears About Acapulco :: France to Outlaw Catcalls? :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/27/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-27

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57) Anarcho Agenda, episode 54
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“The Pope calls fake news satanic, and was the government truly shut down? All that and more discussed on Anarcho Agenda.” [various formats] (01/27/18)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-54-2018-01-26

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58) Interview: Antony Sammeroff
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Antony Sammeroff. Herein we discussed his path to libertarianism, the humility of Voluntaryists, truth is a process not a destination, the genesis of the Scottish Liberty Podcast, minimum wage, Only Capitalism Can Save The Planet, Living Wage: The Road to Hell … is paved with good intentions, Voluntaryism groups popping up throughout the world, Free Market Capitalism is a win-win situation, regulations push market prices up, the State is more dangerous than drugs, Profits are market signals, the market economy is like evolution in the natural world, Sweatshops Help The Poor Escape Poverty, Benjamin Powell, If You Hate Poverty, You Should Love Capitalism, Mega Corporations Are Vile Mutations of the Free Market, sovereign immunity, defining terms, Peter Schiff Speaks for 1 Percent at Occupy Wall Street, Food Truck Freedom, The Virtue of Selfishness — Ayn Rand, good intentions are not enough and more!” [Flash audio or Flash video] (01/27/18)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/antony-sammeroff-think-like-an-economist/

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59) One Free Family, episode 2
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Consent is a very unexplored area in parenting in a lot of cases, and since it is a cultural moment in the news and media lately, we wanted to touch on this topic this week. Where can we seek more consent with our children?” [Flash audio] (01/27/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/consent-part-1-off002/

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60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 147
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #147, I discuss the enemies of the American people. North Korea seeks security from the US. In Syria, the US identifies Russia, Iran, and the Syria government as enemies. However, those countries fight the jihadist groups that look to harm Americans. American interventionism could cause Turkey to attack the US. In Yemen, al-Qaeda and IS are the only enemies of the American people and are the benefices of the US military actions. In Afghanistan, the Taliban seek independence, not war with America. The groups in Afghanistan who do wish to harm the American people are there as a result of past American interventionism. Accusations of Russian aggression is a myth. In Ukraine, the US government arms neo-nazis.” [various formats] (01/27/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-147-americans-enemies

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61) FIREside chats, episode 6
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Essex County College & UMW.” [Flash video] (01/27/18)

https://www.thefire.org/fireside-chats-06-essex-county-college-umw/

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62) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/26/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Why don’t prosecutors and judges pay a price when the right to a speedy trial is violated? Clark Neily comments.” [various formats] (01/26/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/who-pays-price-when-you-dont-get-speedy-trial-you-do

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63) spiked podcast, 01/26/18
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast: Macer Gifford on Afrin and the Kurdish struggle, Sean Collins on a year of Trump, and Andy Shaw and Andrew Doyle on their new free-speech comedy club.” [various formats] (01/26/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-kurds-are-fighting-for-democracy/

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64) In The Tank Podcast, episode 124
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #124 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the American Legislative Exchange Council, the James Madison Institute, and Reason.” [various formats] (01/26/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/01/in-the-tank-ep124-report-card-on-education-dental-therapy-population-control-rant/

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65) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 224
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Tom W. Bell joins us for a Live Free Thoughts to talk about the emerging trend of private start up governments.” [various formats] (01/26/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/choose-your-government

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66) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 699
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“The Teamsters are trying to negotiate a deal with UPS on behalf of their drivers to ensure UPS doesn’t use autonomous cars or delivery services as it moves to cut cost and increase efficiency. I have no problem morally with unions, but this is one of the main reasons I don’t like them. You see it doesn’t matter if UPS starts using drones or driverless cars or not. If they don’t FedEx will. If FedEx doesn’t do it DHL will and if none of them do AMAZON will! You can’t escape progress and technological advancements. All you can do is make yourself less competitive.” (01/26/18)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/699-theres-no-stopping-the-automation-age/

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67) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1082
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“F.A. Hayek, illustrious member of the Austrian School of economics, won the Nobel Prize in 1974, and wrote prolifically on both economic and non-economic topics. He has been a source of controversy within libertarian circles because of some aspects of his work. Joe Salerno helps us sort everything out about this central figure.” [various formats] (01/26/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1082-the-truth-about-f-a-hayek/

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68) Unregistered Podcast with Thaddeus Russell, episode 41
Source: Unregistered

“Raised in a family of Christian conservative activists, Michael Boldin took a very different path. In 2006 he founded the Tenth Amendment Center, which has promoted the efforts of states and municipalities to block the enforcement of federal laws.” [various formats] (01/26/18)

http://unregistered.blubrry.net/episode41/

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69) bloggingheads.tv, 01/26/18
Source: bloggingheads.tv

“Heather Hurlburt (New America) and Daniel Drezner (PostEverything, The System Worked, The Ideas Industry) Trump’s first year in foreign policy … The international community of shitholes … The logical contradiction at the heart of Trump’s foreign policy … Dan: Trump disdains the liberal international order but offers no alternative … The challenge for internationalists … The ‘constant crap’ theory.” [Flash video] (01/26/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/50531

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70) Felony Friday, episode 108
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode John Palombi joins Felony Friday host John Odermatt to talk about one of the most polarizing topics in the realm of criminal justice, the death penalty.” [various formats] (01/26/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/01/26/felony-friday-108-rising-defense-death-row-inmates/

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