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Volume XVI, Issue #3,899
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US House Intelligence committee votes to make Nunes memo public
2) US Senate blocks 20-week abortion ban bill GOP designed to get Dems on record
3) Judge orders release of activist awaiting deportation
4) US to resume refugee admissions from 11 “high-risk” countries
5) McCabe abruptly steps down as FBI’s deputy director
6) General: Military defeat of ISIS can be “measured in weeks”
7) CA: Pentagon slams teacher who called military members “lowest of our low”
8) Three European banks to pay $46 million bribe for “spoofing” market
9) Elon Musk has already made millions selling a flamethrower
10) NJ: Frelinghuysen is latest incumbent House Republican to drop out of 2018 race
11) Ticket typo invites guests to “State of the Uniom”
12) Secret Service: “Jackpotting” hackers steal over $1 million from ATMs across US
13) Keurig to take control of Dr Pepper Snapple in $18.7 billion deal
14) US DoD whines some more about its planes getting buzzed in places where they have no business being
15) Cleveland Indians to drop Chief Wahoo logo from 2019 season
16) CA: Bill would outlaw providing plastic straws unless requested
17) Fitness app reveals remote military bases
18) Florida is ranked the worst state in the US
19) Malaysia: Kim Jong Nam met with American four days before murder, trial hears
20) AutoNation just decided to stop caring about pot smoking
21) Trump regime considers nationalizing 5G network
22) Grammys: Failed presidential candidate trolls the guy who beat her
23) Discord shuts down group featuring AI-edited fake celebrity porn
24) FL: Idiot cops cuff 7-year-old
25) Afghanistan: Kabul military base attack caps week of bloodshed

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) No, Trump will not “hit reset” with his State of the Union
27) Golden boy Robert Mueller’s forgotten surveillance crime spree
28) The absence of free will: Seven distasteful implications
29) Unsung heroes of the market
30) If Trump nationalizes 5G wireless, it will be the last “G” we ever see
31) Hey, Mike Pence, the Holocaust didn’t happen for your benefit
32) Trump abuses show we must turn traditions into laws
33) There are two Venezuelan oppositions, one real and one collaborationist
34) The First Amendment does not give us freedom of speech
35) Republicans must pick a side in the Mueller investigation
36) Preventing the next Carillion
37) The never-ending battles of the Coral Sea
38) If a protectionist ran a private firm the way he or she wants to run a country …
39) A fabulous failure: Clinton’s 1990s and the origins of our times
40) In defence of Woody Allen
41) A new benchmark for measuring progress against inequality
42) From moral outrage to moral panic: The limits of public rage
43) Syrian Kurds: The other woman in America’s relationship with Turkey
44) When they call you a terrorist
45) The last straw
46) A dilemma for libertarians: Should central banks be strong or weak?
47) Why trust the FBI?
48) Quantum Vibe, 01/29/18
49) What’s wrong with copyright and how to fix it
50) Kick Turkey out of NATO
51) Trump needs to squeeze both sides to get Middle East deal
52) Paul Leroy-Beaulieu: A warning voice about the socialist tragedy to come
53) Is zoning popular? The evidence is weak
54) Forget Davos elites: Trump’s protectionism is a threat to his own voters
55) How much charity giving is just a subsidy to advertising?

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1083
57) Reason Podcast, 01/29/18
58) One Free Family, episode 3
59) Is selfishness a virtue?
60) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 332
61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 148
62) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/29/18
63) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 147
64) Free Talk Live, 01/28/18
65) The Anarchist Experience, episode 149

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

1) US House Intelligence committee votes to make Nunes memo public
Source: The Hill

“The House Intelligence Committee on Monday evening voted to make public a GOP-crafted memo alleging what some Republicans say are ‘shocking’ surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice (DOJ). The move ends weeks of speculation over whether the memo, which was drafted by staff for chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), would be made public. But it intensifies the dispute over what Democrats say is an all-out assault by Republicans to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into [alleged but as yet unsubstantiated] Russian interference in the 2016 election. The document will not be immediately released. Under the arcane House rule Republicans used to override the classification of the four-page memo, President Trump now has five days to review and reject its publication.” (01/29/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/371280-house-intel-votes-to-make-nunes-memo-public

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2) US Senate blocks 20-week abortion ban bill GOP designed to get Dems on record
Source: USA Today

“The Senate blocked a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, 51-46, Monday afternoon. But that wasn’t the point. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would have liked to see the bill pass he knew the bill wasn’t likely to get the 60 votes needed. Yet he brought up the bill anyway to make vulnerable Democrats take a position. ‘This afternoon, every one of us will go on record on the issue,’ McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday ahead of the vote. ‘I hope that our Democratic colleagues will not obstruct the Senate from taking up this bill.’ More than half of the Senate’s Democrats and independents are up for re-election this year; 10 of them are in states President Trump won and many of those have some version of the 20-week ban already passed at the state level.” (01/29/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/29/republicans-push-20-week-abortion-ban-bill-get-democrats-record/1075817001

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3) Judge orders release of activist awaiting deportation
Source: ABC News

“A federal judge, calling an imprisoned immigration rights activists’ treatment ‘unnecessarily cruel,’ ordered his immediate release Monday and said people subject to deportation deserve ‘the freedom to say goodbye.’ Applause broke out in a packed Manhattan courtroom after U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest announced prominent activist Ravi Ragbir must be released. She also refused a government request to halt the effect of her order until federal prosecutors had time to consider an appeal.” [editor’s note: A beautiful little speech in there, but I can’t help notice that it came from the same judge who sentenced political prisoner Ross Ulbricht to two life terms without the possibility of parole for the “crime” of operating a web site the regime she serves didn’t approve of – TLK] (01/29/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/judge-orders-release-activist-awaiting-deportation-52686855

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4) US to resume refugee admissions from 11 “high-risk” countries
Source: Reuters [UK]

“The United States will resume admissions for refugees from 11 countries identified as presenting a high security risk, but with extra vetting for these mostly Middle Eastern and African nations, senior U.S. officials said on Monday. The changes came after a 90-day review of refugee admissions from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen by the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and intelligence agencies.” (01/29/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-refugees/u-s-to-resume-refugee-admissions-from-11-high-risk-countries-idUSKBN1FI27F

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5) McCabe abruptly steps down as FBI’s deputy director
Source: CNN

“FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has told FBI staff he is stepping down effective Monday — a move that surprised even those expecting his March retirement, sources tell CNN. McCabe was a central target of President Donald Trump’s ire toward the FBI over its involvement in the investigation into potential collusion between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. He was eligible to retire in March, but with his accumulated leave, he was able to step down earlier. … Trump has kept nonstop pressure on McCabe ever since he became acting director in May, using the longtime law enforcement official as a punching bag — both publicly and privately — to vent his frustrations about the FBI” (01/29/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/29/politics/andrew-mccabe-fbi/index.html

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6) General: Military defeat of ISIS can be “measured in weeks”
Source: Fox News

“The military defeat of ISIS could be just ‘weeks’ away, a top U.S. military official said Monday — a stunning development given the terror group once boasted the infrastructure to control an expanse of territory in Syria and Iraq where 10 million people lived. U.S. Central Command General Joseph Votel made the comment during a speech to Jordan’s National Defense School on Monday, according to a tweet posted by Defense One. ‘The timeline for the military defeat of ISIS can now be measured in weeks,’ Votel said, though he cautioned there is still ‘very tough fighting’ going on in the Middle Euphrates River Valley. As Fox News reported, the terrorist group has lost 98 percent of the land it once held — with half of ISIS’ so-called ‘caliphate’ having been recaptured since President Trump took office. The gains that led to Votel’s rosy assessment came after changes in the rules of engagement, instituted over the last year.” (01/29/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/29/military-defeat-isis-can-be-measured-in-weeks-top-us-general-says.html

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7) CA: Pentagon slams teacher who called military members “lowest of our low”
Source: Fox News

“The Pentagon fired back Monday at a Southern California high school teacher who was recorded apparently ranting to students that members of the military were ‘dumb s–s’ and ‘not intellectual people.’ Pentagon spokeswoman Amber Smith said the remarks by Gregory Salcido, the El Rancho High teacher who’s also a Pico Rivera city councilman and former mayor, were ‘very uninformed.’ According to the recording from a student at the Pico Rivera school earlier this month, Salcido referred to service members as failed students who had no other option but to join up. ‘Think about the people you know who are over there,’ Salcido said. ‘Your freakin’ stupid Uncle Louie or whatever … They’re not high-level bankers. They’re not academic people … They’re the freakin’ lowest of our low.’ Salcido also questioned why military recruiters were permitted to visit the school, comparing them to pimps.” [editor’s note: well, he got the last part right; many military recruiters are about as trustworthy as some college basketball coaches, if that – SAT] (01/29/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/29/pentagon-slams-teacher-who-called-military-members-lowest-our-low.html

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8) Three European banks to pay $46 million bribe for “spoofing” market
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The US Department of Justice (DOJ) says it has charged eight individuals over allegations they ‘spoofed’ or manipulated the futures markets for precious metals and share indexes. Separately UBS, HSBC and Deutsche Bank will pay a total of $46.6m (£33m) to settle spoofing charges against them. Spoofing refers to submitting, then cancelling, orders on futures contracts to manipulate the quoted price. The DOJ said spoofing harmed innocent investors and put the system at risk. Seven of the individuals charged are traders and one is a technology consultant. They are located around the world in countries such as the US, Switzerland, UK, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.” (01/29/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42866410

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9) Elon Musk has already made millions selling a flamethrower
Source: Washington Post

“Tesla chief executive and inventor Elon Musk has tried his hand at building underground transportation, revolutionizing space technology and bringing electric vehicles to the masses. So why fully unleash his inner adolescent and give flamethrowers a go? The Boring Company — the same outlet Musk founded to disrupt traffic congestion with tunneling — began selling flamethrowers this weekend at $500 a pop. ‘Guaranteed to liven up any party!’ the company’s website mischievously proclaims. ‘World’s safest flamethrower!’ When it comes to sales, however, the handheld fire-breather is no joke. In a little over 48 hours, according to Musk’s Twitter account, the Boring Company has cleared at least $3.5 million worth of flamethrowers, with 7,000 sold.” (01/29/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2018/01/29/elon-musk-has-already-made-millions-selling-a-flamethrower/

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10) NJ: Frelinghuysen is latest incumbent House Republican to drop out of 2018 race
Source: Time

“Veteran Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election and will retire at the end of his term. The New Jersey Republican was facing his first competitive re-election race in decades and joins a growing roster of GOP veterans who are heading for the exits. … Frelinghuysen joins Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce and Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, both of California, as top GOP lawmakers who have recently opted against difficult re-election bids. All three represent suburban districts where President Donald Trump has lagging popularity and where many residents could be negatively affected by provisions in the new tax law that went into effect this year.” (01/29/18)

http://time.com/5123476/rodney-frelinghuysen-retirement-new-jersey/

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11) Ticket typo invites guests to “State of the Uniom”
Source: USA Today

“The state of the uniom is covfefe. The latest typo to befuddle Washington appeared on the tickets to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address and it’s generating viral giggles on social media. The tickets admit the bearer to the ‘Address to the Congress on the State of the Uniom,’ according to a screenshot published by The Hill. But the blunder isn’t really the latest covfefe, because the typo was not the fault of anyone in the White House. The Office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper is responsible for the tickets, CNN reported. A source in that office told the cable news network that the tickets have been reprinted and are in the process of being redistributed. Of course, many Twitter users had fun with the error and more than a few assumed the typo was a Trump administration misstep.” [editor’s note: I used to think he mostly needed an editor for his Tweets; now I see they don’t even have a proofreader on staff! – SAT] (01/29/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/01/29/ticket-typo-invites-guests-state-uniom/1076844001

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12) Secret Service: “Jackpotting” hackers steal over $1 million from ATMs across US
Source: Raw Story

“A coordinated group of hackers likely tied to international criminal syndicates has pilfered more than $1 million by hijacking ATM machines across the United States and forcing them to spit out bills like slot machines dispensing a jackpot, a senior U.S. Secret Service official said on Monday. Within the past few days there have been about a half-dozen successful ‘jackpotting’ attacks, the official said. The heists, which involve hacking ATMs to rapidly shoot out torrents of cash, have been observed across the United States spanning from the Gulf Coast in the southern part of the country to the New England region in the northeast, Matthew O’Neill, a special agent in the criminal investigations division, told Reuters in an interview. The spate of attacks represented the first widespread jackpotting activity in the United States, O’Neill said. Previous campaigns have been spotted in parts of Europe and Latin America in recent years.” [editor’s note: What the hell does the Secret Service have to with ATMs or bank fraud? – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Oh, I don’t know, maybe their investigative mission is “to safeguard the payment and financial systems of the United States from a wide range of financial and electronic-based crimes.” Yes, I think I read that somewhere – TLK]

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/jackpotting-hackers-steal-1-million-atms-across-us-secret-service/

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13) Keurig to take control of Dr Pepper Snapple in $18.7 billion deal
Source: Los Angeles Times

“JAB Holding Co.’s audacious effort to build a food-and-beverage empire, which already includes Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Caribou Coffee, has taken a surprise turn into soft drinks. The investment firm’s Keurig Green Mountain Inc. business, known for its single-serve coffee brewers, agreed Monday to take control of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. The deal will pay $18.7 billion in cash to shareholders and assemble a massive beverage distribution network in the U.S., giving JAB’s businesses even greater control over how Americans eat and drink.” (01/29/18)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-dr-pepper-snapple-keurig-20180129-story.html

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14) US DoD whines some more about its planes getting buzzed in places where they have no business being
Source: CNN

“A Russian Su-27 jet performed an unsafe intercept of a US Navy surveillance plane while it was flying in international airspace over the Black Sea Monday, three defense officials told CNN. The American pilots reported that the Russian jet came within 5 feet of the US plane, according to two of the officials. The Russian jet’s action forced the US Navy aircraft to end its mission prematurely, one of the officials said. … The Russian Defense Ministry said its fighter jet flew ‘strictly in accordance with international rules’ when it intercepted the US surveillance plane.” (01/29/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/29/politics/russia-jet-us-navy-black-sea/index.html

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15) Cleveland Indians to drop Chief Wahoo logo from 2019 season
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Cleveland Indians will remove the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms from 2019, after Major League Baseball said it was ‘no longer appropriate.’ The logo (a grinning, red-faced cartoon man in a feather headband) has been used by the team since 1947. The decision was made mutually by MLB and Indians owner Paul Dolan. ‘The club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use,’ said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday. The Indians will continue to wear the Chief Wahoo logo on their jersey sleeves and caps during the 2018 season and will still sell merchandise featuring the mascot in Northeast Ohio to retain the trademark. The logo has been singled out by Native American groups as an offensive racial caricature, with the team criticised for perpetuating stereotypes about indigenous people with their name and brand.” [editor’s note: Can the Redskins be far behind? Play ball, folks! – SAT] (01/29/18)

http://www.bbc.com/sport/baseball/42866877

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16) CA: Bill would outlaw providing plastic straws unless requested
Source: USA Today

“A bill proposed in California would make it illegal for restaurant servers to give guests plastic straws unless requested — with the threat of a $1,000 fine or jail time attached. Ian Calderon, the Democratic assemblyman who introduced the bill this month, stressed it does not constitute a ban on drinking straws. Should it progress into law, he said, the penalties would be nixed through amendments. ‘We need to create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways, and oceans,’ Calderon, majority leader of California’s lower house, said in a statement. The bill would tack the rule onto already existing code, the violation of which carries a fine between $25 and $1,000, up to six months in county jail, or both, ‘except as otherwise provided.’ It would only apply to sit-down restaurants, not bars or fast food locations.” (01/29/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/01/29/plastic-straws-illegal-unless-requested-under-california-bill/1074610001

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17) Fitness app reveals remote military bases
Source: US News & World Report

“Operational security for military security forces around the world has been compromised by a fitness app. In November, Strava — a fitness app that touts itself as a ‘social network for athletes’ — released a global heat map that tracked users’ shared running routes using GPS data from FitBits, cellphones and other fitness tracking devices. It boasted tracking a total of 1 billion activities from 2015 through September 2017. … A closer review of the app’s heat map shows the whereabouts of well-known U.S. military bases as well as other obscure, potentially sensitive locations, which could inform someone who wants to attack or ambush troops at these remote locations.” [editor’s note: Why the focus on troops? Since they’re on the taxpayers’ dime we SHOULD know where they are. The same heat map would likewise reveal remote NON-military locations with little traffic except for a few joggers. I have to wonder if it’s been used to facilitate sexual assaults (disclosure: I use the app) – TLK] (01/29/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-01-29/fitness-app-strava-reveals-military-security-oversight

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18) Florida is ranked the worst state in the US
Source: Raw Story

“Florida is officially the creme de la crappy of all 50 states, ranking dead last on a list of best to worst locations in America. Thrillist released a definitive ranking of the states in July with a ‘go big or go home’ ranking system based on, literally, ‘everything’ –’everything’ being their contributions to America: important, well-known people, inventions, food and drink, and unique physical beauty and landmarks. And Florida, apparently, has none of those things. ‘When putting together a list such as this, there can be some temptation to defy popular expectations and go against the grain,’ the site said. ‘However, Florida’s awfulness resume is so staggeringly impressive that it couldn’t go any other way.’” [editor’s note: At least once a week, Tamara and I discuss how happy we are to live in Florida and don’t understand why anyone would want to live anywhere else. Thanks to Thrillist for helping us scare the furriners away – TLK] (01/29/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/florida-ranked-worst-state-us

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19) Malaysia: Kim Jong Nam met with American four days before murder, trial hears
Source: NBC News

“The estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader met with a Korean American man on a Malaysian resort island four days before he was killed, a police witness told a murder trial on Monday. Indonesia’s Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnam’s Doan Thi Huong, 29, are accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face in a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur last Feb. 13. They pleaded not guilty to murder charges when their trial began Oct. 2. The two are the only suspects in custody, though prosecutors have said four North Koreans who fled the country were also involved. Chief police investigating officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz told the court Monday that Kim flew from Macau to Kuala Lumpur last Feb. 6 and went to the northern island of Langkawi two days later. He said Kim met with the Korean American at a Langkawi hotel the next day, but he didn’t know the man’s identity and it wasn’t related to the $138,000 in cash found in Kim’s backpack when he was murdered.” (01/29/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/kim-jong-nam-met-american-4-days-murder-trial-hears-n841886

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20) AutoNation just decided to stop caring about pot smoking
Source: Bloomberg

“The largest U.S. auto-dealer chain has lightened up on lighting up. AutoNation Inc. no longer refuses to hire job applicants who test positive for marijuana in drug screenings, Chief Executive Officer Mike Jackson said in an interview. The shift, which Jackson said was made quietly two years ago, shows that corporate America’s hiring practices are evolving along with pot’s legal status. ‘If you tested positive for marijuana, you couldn’t join our company,’ said Jackson, 68. ‘At a certain point, we said, ‘You know what? That’s wrong.’” (01/29/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-29/autonation-looks-other-way-when-applicants-test-positive-for-pot

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21) Trump regime considers nationalizing 5G network
Source: Axios

“Trump national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile network to guard against China, according to sensitive documents obtained by Axios. … The memo argues that a strong 5G network is needed in order to create a secure pathway for emerging technologies like self-driving cars and virtual reality — and to combat Chinese threats to America’s economic and cyber security. A PowerPoint slide says the play is the digital counter to China’s One Belt One Road Initiative meant to spread its influence beyond its borders. The documents also fret about China’s dominance of Artificial Intelligence, and use that as part of the rationale for this unprecedented proposal.” [editor’s note: The White House responds that there are “no decisions yet” according to updates on other sites – TLK] (01/29/18)

https://www.axios.com/trump-team-debates-nationalizing-5g-network-f1e92a49-60f2-4e3e-acd4-f3eb03d910ff.html

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22) Grammys: Failed presidential candidate trolls the guy who beat her
Source: WQAD 8 News

“Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance on Sunday night in a Grammy Awards comedy bit that took a jab at President Trump. The former presidential candidate, along with Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B, John Legend and DJ Khaled were among those who read excerpts from Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,’ the hit book about Trump’s first year in the White House. … Clinton’s face was covered by the book when she first appeared on screen in the pre-taped sketch, but the crowd cheered when she lowered the book to reveal her face. Clinton read the famous line about Trump’s love for fast food: ‘He had a longtime fear of being poisoned. One reason why he liked to eat at McDonalds. No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made.’” (01/29/18)

http://wqad.com/2018/01/29/hillary-clinton-trolls-trump-in-a-surprise-appearance-at-the-2018-grammys/

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23) Discord shuts down group featuring AI-edited fake celebrity porn
Source: The Verge

“Last year, a Reddit user known as ‘deepfakes’ used machine learning to digitally edit the faces of celebrities into pornographic videos, and a new app has made the process much easier to create and spread the videos online. on Friday, chat service Discord shut down a user-created group that was spreading the videos, citing their policy against revenge porn. … A company spokesperson told BI that the group violated its rules against non-consensual pornography …” (01/28/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/28/16943056/discord-chat-group-fake-celebrity-ai-porn

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24) FL: Idiot cops cuff 7-year-old
Source: New York Daily News

“A 7-year-old boy landed in cuffs in Miami last week after he pummeled his teacher with punches during a cafeteria rebuke, according to police and reports. … An officer then walked the restrained boy into a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation as his dismayed mother, Mercy Alvarez, followed with a camera in hand. … The teacher is planning to press charges against the boy, the Herald reports.” [editor’s note: First step, fire the teacher who can’t deal with seven-year-olds; second step, fire whoever called the cops over a non-incident like an upset seven-year-old; third step, fire the cop who though handcuffs were necessary to control a seven-year-old. That won’t solve all the problems indicated here, but it would at least be a start – TLK] (01/29/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/miami-police-arrest-7-year-old-boy-punching-teacher-article-1.3785524

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25) Afghanistan: Kabul military base attack caps week of bloodshed
Source: CNN

“Five militants targeted a military base in Kabul on Monday, killing 11 and capping a week of violence that has shaken a country ravaged by years of conflict. More than 130 people have been killed in four attacks over the past nine days, starting with a deadly hotel siege in Kabul which left at least 22 people dead. The Taliban have claimed two attacks while ISIS says it is behind the others, including Monday’s military base assault, raising the possibility of a deadly competition between the two terrorist groups. Meanwhile, the fact a military base in the center of Kabul was vulnerable to attack raises questions over the Afghan government’s ability to protect itself.” (01/29/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/28/asia/afghanistan-military-base-attack-intl/index.html

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

26) No, Trump will not “hit reset” with his State of the Union
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Among flaks and politicians, there is a fondness for a metaphor that journalists shouldn’t reflexively adopt: that of a CEO or a corporation or an elected official or even a whole nation hitting reset, or the reset button. The terms are invoked especially often around State of the Union speeches. And if reporters thought President Trump was poised to tell Congress that he is changing his party affiliation, or asking all cabinet members to resign so he can start anew, or abjectly apologizing to the American people for his tenure to date, or pursuing another tax bill with different provisions than the one that he recently signed into law, I’d hold my tongue grudgingly as they recycled the reset language. But why use reset while actually conveying that what’s been happening up until now is going to keep happening going forward, as the Associated Press just did?” (01/29/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/no-trump-will-not-hit-reset-with-his-state-of-the-union/551714/

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27) Golden boy Robert Mueller’s forgotten surveillance crime spree
Source: The Hill
by James Bovard

“When Robert Mueller was appointed last May as Special Counsel to investigate Trump, Politico Magazine gushed that ‘Mueller might just be America’s straightest arrow — a respected, nonpartisan and fiercely apolitical public servant whose only lifetime motivation has been the search for justice.’ Most of the subsequent press coverage has shown nary a doubt about Mueller’s purity. But, during his 11 years as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mueller’s agency routinely violated federal law and the Bill of Rights.” (01/29/18)

http://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/371206-golden-boy-robert-muellers-forgotten-surveillance-crime-spree

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28) The absence of free will: Seven distasteful implications
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“The irony in the free will debate is the seeming choice that its participants make to be included. And therein lies the first distasteful implication of the possibility that humans do not have free will: the choice we witness is a lie. Free will debate participants, like any activity, are not really choosing to participate. They just are, as a matter of course, of cause and effect. Some previous cause created the natural effect of their debating free will. They had no choice in the matter. They simply did what was previously caused for them to do, like clockwork, but more complex. So what is the point in debating? There isn’t one. And therein lies the second distasteful implication of the possibility that humans do not have free will: the choice to change your mind based on the results of debate is a lie.” (01/29/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/absence-free-will-7-distasteful-implications

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29) Unsung heroes of the market
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“I live in a very remote place, even by Mexican standards. … A few grocery items may be purchased in the village of Xcalak. The closest gas station is in Mahahual, about 43 miles from my house, where one may also buy hardware and building supplies. Living here in Xcalak would be a very Spartan experience were it not for Lucio, from whom I buy fresh produce and other foodstuffs three times each week at my gate …. you may be thinking: why are you going on and on about such utterly mundane transactions? Why are you celebrating this Lucio guy, who after all is pretty much the same as countless millions of other merchants around the world? But that mundaneness, mis amigos, is precisely the point. We have all come to take for granted the multitude of producers and middlemen who make the markets work for the enjoyment, and often for the very survival, of billions of consumers in every part of the world.” (01/29/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/01/29/unsung-heroes-of-the-market/

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30) If Trump nationalizes 5G wireless, it will be the last “G” we ever see
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“National security officials in the Trump administration are reportedly considering a plan to have the government build the next-generation 5G wireless network in an effort to thwart China’s advances. It is a terrible idea. But terrible ideas tend to thrive in the Washington swamp if they’re not quickly uprooted. The news site Axios said it got its hands on a detailed memo ‘produced by a senior National Security Council official’ that lays out the case for having the government, not private industry, build and operate the upcoming 5G network, which will offer speeds of up to 1,000 times faster than the existing 4G network. The memo lists several reasons for having the federal government take the lead. China has a head start, it says, and the only way to keep ahead of them is to have the government commit massive resources to build one 5G network, rather than let private companies build out multiple ones of their own.” (01/28/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/5g-wireless-trump-nationalizing-national-security-china

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31) Hey, Mike Pence, the Holocaust didn’t happen for your benefit
Source: The Daily Beast
by Noah Berlatsky

“Nothing good came out of the Holocaust. The mass murder of Jewish people, Roma, gay people, the disabled, and other targeted groups was an atrocity of unimaginable proportions, an orgy of needless suffering, cruelty, grief and horror. Genocide doesn’t make the world a better place; it makes the world a worse place. That should be obvious, you’d think. And yet, in America, we compulsively try to turn the Holocaust into a moral lesson or an inspirational parable. Yes, we say, the Holocaust was evil. But look at the good that came out of it! Hitler’s crimes, we insist, gave us all the chance to be better people. The piles of corpses are an abomination, of course; but even so, if we climb them together, we will ascend to a new moral awakening. Vice President Mike Pence provided a particularly repulsive example of this logic in a tweet over the weekend commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day.” (01/29/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/hey-mike-pence-the-holocaust-didnt-happen-for-your-benefit?via=rss

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32) Trump abuses show we must turn traditions into laws
Source: USA Today
Preet Bharara & Christine Todd Whitman

“One year into the Trump presidency, it’s clear that the norms and boundaries traditionally guiding American political behavior have deeply eroded. That matters greatly. A workable democracy can thrive only when there are basic rules, often unwritten, that curb abuse and guide policymakers. Though the two of us are from different political parties, we both believe that now is the time to ensure the president and all our public officials adhere to basic rules of the road. It’s time to turn soft norms into hard law. So far, President Trump has refused to divorce himself from his business interests, despite decades of tradition. He has repeatedly tried to influence federal criminal investigations. Policymaking processes have become haphazard. And we now see worrisome attacks on the independent press. All this shows just how easily a chief executive can ignore the unwritten rules that typically constrain presidents. We see similar erosion elsewhere in government, too. For example, a major tax bill, affecting the whole economy, enacted with no committee hearings.” [editor’s note: Funny how Trump himself keeps saying this? Government by revolving executive order is no way to fly – SAT] (01/29/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/29/trump-abuses-show-we-must-turn-traditions-into-laws-preet-bharara-christine-todd-whitman-column/1063619001

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33) There are two Venezuelan oppositions, one real and one collaborationist
Source: PanAm Post
by staff

“The international community needs to understand there are two opposition groups in Venezuela: one is fighting against the dictatorship, the other is fake. Recently, a Spanish individual asked what was holding back the coalition of parties of the presumed opposition to Chavismo, the Coalition for Democratic Unity (MUD, for its acronym in Spanish.) Naively, he thought that this electoral platform was the only one that represents the Venezuelan opposition — despite its constant blunders — and did not understand the recent criticism and rejection of it. Like him, many view the MUD as the only political representation of a weary and jaded population. But it is not so.” (01/29/18)

https://panampost.com/panam-staff/2018/01/29/two-venezuelan-oppositions-one-real-one-fake/

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34) The First Amendment does not give us freedom of speech
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Assume that the New York Times is right — that people’s rights come from the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. That implies, of course, that it is the federal government that has given people their rights. If the government is the grantor of these rights, then it follows that it is the legitimate prerogative of the government to regulate, control, limit, or even take back such rights. Thus, if one believes that rights come from the government, he is unable to condemn the North Korean regime at a fundamental level. His mindset precludes it from teaching children that it is morally wrong for any government to control or abridge speech. Instead, his mindset leaves him relegated to merely suggesting that our rulers are nicer than North Korean rulers because our rulers permit Americans to be freer. But rights don’t involve governmental permission.” (01/29/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/01/29/first-amendment-not-give-us-freedom-speech/

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35) Republicans must pick a side in the Mueller investigation
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“Congressional Republicans have happily had it both ways with special counsel Robert Mueller. When pressed about the integrity of his investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian meddling in the 2016 election, most have said the right things, making it clear that they believe that Mueller is doing a good job and should be allowed to get to the bottom of what happened last year. But Republicans have also undermined the investigation in numerous ways …. Last week, The New York Times reported that Trump nearly fired Mueller last July, only to back off at the last minute after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign. It is suspected that this information was leaked because the president was once again mulling sacking the special counsel.” [editor’s note: Or, as some see it, Trump posed the rhetorical question to his attorney, who said, “not a good idea, and I’d probably quit if you did!” and DT withdrew the question – SAT] (01/29/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146803/republicans-must-pick-side-mueller-investigation

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36) Preventing the next Carillion
Source: Acton Institute
by Philip Booth

“The use of private contractors to provide services and infrastructure through contracts with the government is common all around the world, though models differ from country to country. The Left is making hay out of the failure of Carillion, arguing that PFI is a manifestation of ‘neo-liberalism,’ and the failure of Carillion is an indication of a broken capitalist system. One problem with the Left’s argument is that nobody really believes that the government should not contract any service out. If the government is not going to contract out its catering, for example, should it grow all its own food on government-owned farms with government employees? You do not have to reach this reductio ad absurdum argument to realise that the case that some would make in the Labour Party does not stack up.” (01/29/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/01/29/preventing-next-carillion

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37) The never-ending battles of the Coral Sea
Source: Heartland Institute
by Viv Forbes

“For at least 50 years Australian taxpayers and other innocents have supported a parasitic industry in academia, bureaucracy, law, media and the tax-exempt Green Alarm ‘Charities,’ all studying, regulating, inspecting and writing about yet another ‘imminent threat to Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.’ It has become the never-ending battle of the Coral Sea. The threats change, but there is always a doomsday forecast — Crown-of-Thorns, oil drilling, fishing, cane farming, coastal shipping, global warming, ocean acidity, coral bleaching, port dredging, chemical and fertiliser runoff, coal transport, river sediments, loss of world heritage status etc. Every recycled scare, magnified by the media and parroted by politicians, generates more income for the alarm industry, usually at the expense of taxpayers, consumers or local industries.” (01/29/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/01/the-never-ending-battles-of-the-coral-sea-2/

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38) If a protectionist ran a private firm the way he or she wants to run a country …
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Suppose that Jones is a dyed-in-the-wool protectionist who believes all of the many claims that protectionists make about how artificially restricting domestic citizens’ access to goods and services supplied by foreigners results in those same domestic citizens having greater access to goods and services. And suppose that Jones owns and runs a business — say, a supermarket. Being a sincere protectionist, Jones should see that, if his theory of the marvels of protectionism is valid, he can — and should — use it to run his own business. What would such an attempt look like?” (01/29/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/01/protectionist-ran-private-firm-way-wants-run-country.html

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39) A fabulous failure: Clinton’s 1990s and the origins of our times
Source: The American Prospect
by Nelson Lichtenstein

“Hillary Clinton’s loss of the industrial Midwest to Donald Trump sealed her fate on Election Day 2016. This defeat, both narrow and catastrophic, had many architects, but one of the most consequential occupied the White House nearly 25 years before, when her husband faced an America whose stagnant economy, rampant deindustrialization, and giant trade deficit cried out for structural reforms to decisively break with Reagan-style laissez-faire and renew the allegiance of hard-pressed voters with the party of Roosevelt, Truman, and Johnson. But this was precisely what Bill Clinton failed to do. Many recall the 1990s as a moment of economic triumph with increasingly low unemployment, 4 percent annual economic growth, a booming stock market, even a balanced federal budget by the end of the millennium. … Although the Republicans had seized control of Congress in 1994, it is worth remembering that Ronald Reagan’s vice president, George H.W. Bush, took only 37 percent of the vote in 1992 while that stalwart Republican, Robert Dole, won just 40 percent in 1996.” (01/29/18)

http://prospect.org/article/fabulous-failure-clinton%E2%80%99s-1990s-and-origins-our-times

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40) In defence of Woody Allen
Source: spiked
by Christian Butler

“If you want an indication of how long the #MeToo allegations could stick for, look no further than Woody Allen. Twenty-five years have passed since he was accused of molesting his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, then seven years old. No evidence has been found for this. And yet actors Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Hall and Griffin Newman have all seen fit to distance themselves from Allen. The trending Hollywood sexual misconduct scandal has helped them to see the light, and now all three have apologised for appearing in Allen’s new film A Rainy Day in New York and have donated their salaries to charity. These performers should not be applauded for their performance of virtue — they should be decried for their moral cowardice. We must assume these actors had the agency to decide whether it was ethical to appear in Allen’s film when they were first asked to do so. None of the circumstances of the allegation have changed since then. Rather, we have seen how severe are the consequences if one fails to get on board with the #MeToo witch-hunt.” (01/29/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/in-defence-of-woody-allen/

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41) A new benchmark for measuring progress against inequality
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“Oxfam is once again making headlines on inequality. On the eve of the annual Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the activist global charity released its own annual contribution to the global economic debate: an updated analysis of our planet’s grand divides in income and wealth. As usual, this year’s Oxfam analysis featured some incredibly vivid stats. The world’s billionaires saw their combined wealth soar by $762 billion in 2017, the new study points out, enough to end global extreme poverty seven times over. Also as usual, Oxfam’s 2018 analysis includes a list for recommendations for helping the world become a more equal place. In past years, news media accounts on Oxfam’s annual inequality reports have by and large ignored these recommendations. And this year? Unfortunately, the same story.” [editor’s note: As Reason and others have noted, Oxfam’s statistics on this seem to verge into that “damned lies” category, so GIGO pertains – SAT] (01/29/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180129/a-new-benchmark-for-measuring-progress-against-inequality

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42) From moral outrage to moral panic: The limits of public rage
Source: CounterPunch
by David Rosen

“Early Puritan settlers accused, shamed, tried and imprisoned over 200 people for witchcraft. About 30 people, mostly elder women, were convicted of sexual congress with Satan — and executed. Centuries later, during the WW-I era, evangelical moralists forced the closing of dozens of ‘red-light’ districts, zones of iniquity, in cities throughout the country. Religious moralist also had 30,000 women seized without warrants or due process as national security threats, alleged prostitutes who might infect the nation’s male fighting force. These women were forced to endure a medically examination for a venereal disease and, if found to be infected, were imprisoned. This period of moral panic culminated in the passage of the 19th Amendment establishing Prohibition; it’s the only Amendment to be repealed. A century later, moral panic involves two issues, abortion and sex offenders.” (01/29/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/29/from-moral-outrage-to-moral-panic-the-limits-of-public-rage/

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43) Syrian Kurds: The other woman in America’s relationship with Turkey
Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Ankara is increasingly angry at Washington’s cozy military and political ties to the Syrian Kurds. There are understandable reasons for Ankara’s discontent. The United States has sent extensive arms to Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State, and there have been few indications that the flow will cease even though ISIS was on the verge of collapse by late 2017. The Erdogan government finally extracted a promise from President Trump in November to terminate weapons shipments, but Washington subsequently sent decidedly inconsistent signals. Despite Trump’s promise regarding arms transfers, the administration essentially deputized the Syrian Kurds to suppress remaining pockets of Islamic extremism in northern Syria and to guard the border with Turkey, infuriating Ankara. Turkey’s anger has now exploded into airstrikes and massive artillery barrages on two Kurdish-controlled districts in northern Syria.” (01/29/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/syrian-kurds-other-woman-americas-relationship-turkey

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44) When they call you a terrorist
Source: In These Times
by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

“The first time I am arrested, I [was] 12 years old. One sentence and I am back there, all that little girl fear and humiliation forever settled in me at the cellular level. It’s the break between seventh and eighth grades, and for the first time I have to attend summer school because of my math and science grades and I am angry about it. No other Millikan kids come here, to this school in Van Nuys, for remediation, only me. The summer school I attend is for the kids who live in my neighborhood. It doesn’t have a campus, but it has metal detectors and police. There are no police or metal detectors at Millikan. Somehow, mentally, I don’t make the adjustment. I still think of myself as a student there, which I am but not for these summer months, and one day I do what I’d learned from my Millikan peers to do to cope: I smoke some weed.” (01/29/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/black_lives_matter_memoir_patrisse-khan-cullors-excerpt.html

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45) The last straw
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“[California state legislator Ian] Calderon has proposed a bill, AB-1884, to fine and/or imprison waiters who offer unsolicited plastic straws to restaurant patrons. In response to criticism of his silly and vicious bill, Calderon says hey, it’s ‘NOT a ban’ on straws! Oh, okay. Anyway, ‘Penalties are based on the code section the bill is currently in, which it will be amended out of,’ which sounds like Calderon was prior to the uproar … what, joking? As long as we’re amending, let me amend my own implication that people who offer, use, make or sell plastic straws are in fact helping destroy earth. Just kidding! The earth will survive plastic straws. Will it survive the Calderons of the world?” (01/29/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/29/the-last-straw/

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46) A dilemma for libertarians: Should central banks be strong or weak?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Should libertarians favor a strong or a weak police force? One the one hand, a weak police force might lead to mob rule, and the loss of property rights. On the other hand, police at every street corner might lead to a sort of police state, where people lose their freedoms. Of course it’s far more complicated, on both sides of the issue. Under anarchy, private police might step in. Alternatively, perhaps having lots of police need not restrict our freedom. But I do think there is a somewhat ambiguous relationship between libertarianism and law enforcement, based on what I have read. I see something similar with central banks. Many libertarians favor free banking. If we are operating under a gold standard, then I’m persuaded by experts like Larry White and George Selgin that we’d probably be better off without any central bank at all.” (01/29/18)

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

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47) Why trust the FBI?
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“With serious questions being posed about the bureau’s activities during the 2016 election — about whether the bureau protected Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama in the matter of their habit of using off-the-books email communications to avoid ordinary oversight — the FBI has suddenly discovered months’ worth of communication between FBI counterintelligence specialist Peter Strzok and his paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. The two exchanged politically charged messages about Trump and the Clinton email investigation, and Strzok wrote darkly of developing an ‘insurance policy’ against Trump’s election, still regarded as highly unlikely at that time. The texts went missing, and then were recovered. Or some of them were recovered. All of them? Whose word would you take on that? And why would you take the FBI’s word?” (01/28/18)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455847/fbi-bias-trump-criticism-justified-sometimes

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48) Quantum Vibe, 01/29/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (01/29/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1751

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49) What’s wrong with copyright and how to fix it
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“‘Happy Birthday’ has been part of popular culture dating back to the 19th century. The melody is well documented as ‘Good Morning to All’ and appeared in songbooks. What really happened is that a mega-big corporate monopoly pillaged the commons and took exclusive possession of a non-scarce good, solely to gain monopoly rents. And this is precisely what happens when you have a blunt instrument like the state available to take up the cause of a would-be industrial monopolist. This is precisely the case with patent and copyright. They were not instances of government coming to the service of previously agreed-upon contractual rights and cla[i]ms. They were cases of government creating legal rights for private parties to deploy coercion against competitors by asserting ownership where none can truly exist.” (01/28/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/whats-wrong-copyright-and-how-fix-it

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50) Kick Turkey out of NATO
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded in 1949, over the objections of conservatives like Sen. Robert A. Taft, as a supposed bulwark of ‘democracy’ against the allegedly rising tide of totalitarianism, which the American people were told was about ready to cross the stormy Atlantic and land on our shores. Bolsheviks in Brooklyn! Well, we have them there today, but they’re the homegrown variety: the old-fashioned Soviet types are long gone: another fake ‘threat’ that enriched the panic-mongers and robbed the rest of us.” (01/29/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/01/28/kick-turkey-nato/

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51) Trump needs to squeeze both sides to get Middle East deal
Source: The American Spectator
by Debra J Saunders

“President Donald Trump wants to negotiate a ‘deal of the century’ between Israelis and Palestinians like a high-rolling real-estate don. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Trump defended his decisions to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to withhold $65 million of $125 million to the U.N. Relief and Welfare Agency that provides care for Palestinians. … For Trump, this is all about getting a deal, and he showed himself ready to squeeze concessions from Israel as well. As Trump told Netanyahu in Davos, ‘You won one point’ — on the embassy — ‘and you’ll give up some points later on in the negotiation, if it ever takes place.’” (01/28/18)

https://spectator.org/trump-needs-to-squeeze-both-sides-to-get-middle-east-deal/

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52) Paul Leroy-Beaulieu: A warning voice about the socialist tragedy to come
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“The Russian Revolution of November 1917, now being marked by its centenary, ushered in a hundred years of political tyranny and terror, economic suffering, exploitation and corruption, along with unimaginable mass murder, among the tens of millions of people who came under the control and command of Marxist inspired socialist regimes around the world. But before this tragic episode occurred in human history, indeed, decades before Vladimir Lenin and his cohort of communist revolutionaries seized power in Russia, there were clear and insightful critics of socialism who explained much of what was to be in store in any attempt to implement and impose a collectivist utopia on humanity. On of the leading such anti-socialist voices in the second half of the nineteenth century was the French classical liberal and free market economist, Paul Leroy-Beaulieu (1843-1916).” (01/29/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/paul-leroy-beaulieu-warning-voice-socialist-tragedy-come/

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53) Is zoning popular? The evidence is weak
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Nolan Gray

“In my lonely war on US zoning, I often hear a defense of zoning that goes something like this: ‘You may not like zoning, but it sure is popular with the American people. After all, every state has approved of zoning and virtually every city in the country has implemented zoning.’ One of two implications might be drawn from this defense of zoning: First, perhaps zoning opponents are missing some incredible redeeming benefit that obviates its many costs. Second, like it or not, we live in a democratic country and zoning is evidently the will of the people and thus deserves your respect. … But is zoning actually popular?” (01/29/18)

https://mises.org/wire/zoning-popular-evidence-weak

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54) Forget Davos elites: Trump’s protectionism is a threat to his own voters
Source: The American Conservative
by Bill Wirtz

“Donald Trump’s protectionism stands in stark contrast, not only to this European experience, but to years of American leadership. For decades, the United States has been a driving force for free trade because its leaders recognized that all parties involved benefitted from opened and enhanced trade relations. Yet for Trump, free-trade deals seem to be mostly a political tool, used to reward his friends with loyalty, as he did when he called for a ‘beautiful’ trade agreement with the United Kingdom after Brexit. Trump, who continuously invoked ‘the forgotten men and women’ during his successful presidential campaign, needs to know that it’s especially low-income households that will suffer from his protectionism.” (01/29/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/forget-davos-elites-trumps-protectionism-is-a-threat-to-his-own-voters/

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55) How much charity giving is just a subsidy to advertising?
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“One of us has been rather surprised, after perhaps a decade of not paying attention to the medium, to find that the Americans can actually make reasonably good TV shows. The resultant binge watching has led to exposure to the standard British advertising associated with such habits. A bit of which raises an interesting question. How much of the government subsidy to charitable giving actually just ends up as a subsidy to such advertising? … upon the advertisements (from the likes of Save the Children, Action Aid and so on) there is a claim that, up to a certain amount, the government will 100% match donations made. So, when a viewer texts in with a £2 a month donation there is a match to that from public funds. … Standard theory tells us that some amount of this matching money will end up not as an increase in the amount spent upon alleviating famine, plague and destitution, but as an increase in the advertising being done and thus a subsidy to the TV stations.” (01/28/18)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/how-much-charity-giving-is-just-a-subsidy-to-advertising

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

56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1083
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The great Gerard Casey, professor emeritus of philosophy at University College, Dublin, joins me to discuss the years surrounding the English Civil War, a critical period in the history of political thought, when many great (and some rotten) ideas — including libertarian ideas like natural rights and self-ownership — were born or developed.” [various formats] (01/29/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1083-overlooked-history-the-early-development-of-libertarian-ideas/

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57) Reason Podcast, 01/29/18
Source: Reason

“Last night’s Grammy Awards telecast included not just the headline-making reading by Hillary Clinton of Michael Wolff’s Trump-trashing bestseller Fire and Fury but also a set-up from host James Corden pointing ou — as if it were a normal or admirable thing — that previous Grammys for Best Spoken Word Album have gone to Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Al Gore. Is that not a sign that — as will be in evidence during tomorrow’s State of the Union address — we are a nation still in thrall to the Cult of the Presidency? That question kicks off today’s Reason Podcast, which features Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch debates [sic] the news of the week.” [various formats] (01/29/18)

http://reason.com/blog/2018/01/29/both-the-grammys-and-the-state

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58) One Free Family, episode 3
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“This is part two of a two-part episode on consent.” [Flash audio] (01/29/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/consent-part-2-off003/

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59) Is selfishness a virtue?
Source: Reason

“‘We don’t have to endorse Gordon Gekko’s view that greed is good anymore than we believe that selfishness is a virtue,’ says Gene Epstein, former economics editor at Barron’s. ‘The Christian morality of sacrifice and altruism is wrong,’ says Yaron Brook, executive chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute. On January 16, 2018, Brook argued the affirmative in a debate with Epstein over whether selfishness is a virtue. It was an Oxford-style contest, in which the audience votes on the proposition before and after the event, and the side that sways the most people wins. Epstein was victorious, picking up 15.38 percent of the undecideds vs. 9.89 percent for Yaron Brook. Judge Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel, moderated.” [Flash video] (01/29/19)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2018/01/29/selfishness-rand-yaron-brook-epstein

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60) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 332
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc hosts a lively debate between two prominent libertarian heavyweights — Robert Wenzel of Economic Policy Journal and Target Liberty and Walter Block, Professor of Economics on Loyola University in New Orleans and Senior Fellow at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute. They spar over the resolved statement ‘Donald Trump is a Disaster for Libertarianism.’ Wenzel argues in the affirmative, while Block argues the opposing view.” [various formats] (01/29/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/01/29/donald-trump-disaster-libertarianism/

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61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 148
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #148, I start with updates on Operation Olive Branch and Afghanistan. Turkey continues to threaten the US and allied Kurdish forces in Syria. In Afghanistan, a Taliban suicide bombing has killed over 100. I break down an interview of retired Admiral General James Stavridies by MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle. In the interview, Stavaidies presents the myth that Iran is dangerously expanding its influence in the Middle East. I explain how it was the actions of the US, Israel, and the Gulf States that is causing Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Iraq to look to Iran.” [various formats] (01/29/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-148-the-myth-of-iranian-influence

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62) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/29/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“John Vibes, Shane Buell, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about the (con)artist heretofore known as Chasing Rainbows, agent provocateurs, how Philly is trying to deal with the opiod problem, teaching your kids about crypto and guns, the possible downfall of Tether, and a flag off between the North and South Korea governments.” [various formats] (01/29/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15559

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63) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 147
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Jordan Peterson interview, Hillary covering for sex offender, XFL, Tom Brady taxes and more.” [various formats] (01/29/18)

http://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-147-right-offend/

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64) Free Talk Live, 01/28/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“ICE to Access Massive License Plate Tracking Program :: Assessing News Media :: Black Shirt Ricky :: Rise and Fall of United States :: Drug War and Drug Companies :: Genocide and Information :: Outcompeting the State :: Sessions and Cannabis :: Good Sleep :: Power and Humans :: Sarah’s Civil War :: Government Tracking :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/28/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-28

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65) The Anarchist Experience, episode 149
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss dealing with the HOA, the TSA, and other authority groups, and these headlines: — Minimum Wage Fallout Is Caused by Government, Not Businesses — California Considers $1,000 Fine for Waiters Offering Unsolicited Plastic Straws.” [various formats] (01/28/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/the-anarchist-experience-149/

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