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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump sticks to his usual nationalist dimwittery in first State of the Union address
2) Leaked regime report: UK will be “worse off” in every Brexit scenario
3) US DoJ probe eyes McCabe’s role in final weeks of 2016 election
4) Facebook bans all cryptocurrency ads
5) HI: Emergency chief resigns, officer fired over false missile alert
6) Democrats blast Trump decision to hold off on Russia sanctions
7) SC: McMaster tries to get people to notice him with anthem proclamation
8) Saudi Arabia: “Anti-corruption drive” generates $106 billion in bribes
9) TX: Abbott orders Rangers to investigate Karolyi Ranch
10) CA: John Chiang offers plan to create a public bank for cannabis businesses
11) Amazon joins JP Morgan & Berkshire Hathaway in healthcare cartel
12) South Korea: Regime prohibits anonymous cryptocurrency trading
13) NY: de Blasio says all NYPD patrol officers to be outfitted with body cams by year’s end
14) Is Missouri ready for 700 mph hyperloop commutes?
15) Russia: Syria opposition missing from Sochi talks
16) CA: Military-bashing teacher pulled from classroom, city council duties pending investigation
17) Netanyahu: Jared Kushner can broker peace between Israel & Palestinians because of real estate experience
18) Tyson invests in lab-grown meat
19) Report: Texas woman impersonating Sean Hannity with fake Twitter handle successfully dupes Assange
20) DC: Otherwise good-hearted idiot blocks traffic in support of corporate welfare
21) O’Connell leaves as DNC CEO
22) Ireland: Regime sets May vote on referendum to legalize most abortions
23) Yemen: Saudi puppet regime prepares to flee Aden
24) Matvienko: The US is attempting to meddle in Russia’s upcoming election
25) Clear! Pompeo brings out cardio paddles, attempts to resuscitate North Korea nuke/missile scare

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) “Treatment we associate with regimes we revile as unjust …”
27) FBI’s unsavory history casts shadow over debate about political meddling
28) Social contract theory as statist apologia
29) The new national ID systems
30) Why Thomas Jefferson hated the State of the Union Address
31) In immigration debate, what constitutes “merit?”
32) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 19
33) The Pentagon’s plan for never-ending war
34) Private censorship is not the best way to fight hate or defend democracy: Here are some better ideas
35) Shrinking the government is indeed possible
36) Make Trump tax cuts permanent … now
37) The US destruction of Afghanistan
38) The good, the bad, and the ugly of the National Defense Strategy
39) Wages, Obama economy’s weakest link, now surging under Trump
40) The US risks losing an Arctic Cold War
41) It’s time for broadcasters to start confronting their anti-right bias
42) This was Mises’s main case for peace
43) Anti-Trump Republicans refuse to wake from their dream of a third party
44) Anti-Trumpism: The ultimate virtue signal
45) It’s time to scrap the State of the Union speech
46) Why monopsony employer power is virtually irrelevant to the impact of a higher minimum wage on employment
47) Nick Cohen proves Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom” correct
48) We are not bargaining chips
49) There’s no way Mueller will indict Trump
50) One different Trump choice and we’d be talking seven more years
51) Why is this even a thing?
52) Bob Dylan’s soulful Christian phase
53) Your carbon footprint doesn’t matter (unless you’re Michael Bloomberg)
54) Poli-sci and the propagation of “promontory views” of reality
55) Farce and fury
56) Moore deception
57) On monopsony and legal surroundings
58) A Marxist defense of libertarianism
59) Why comparative advantage matters
60) The digital denationalisation of money

The Sound and the Fury:

61) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 79
62) Tenther Tuesday, episode 24
63) Fresh Air, 01/30/18
64) The Libertarian Angle, 01/30/18
65) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 41
66) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/30/18
67) Mises UK Podcast, episode 7
68) Free Talk Live, 01/29/18
69) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 700

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

1) Trump sticks to his usual nationalist dimwittery in first State of the Union address
Source: Business Insider

“President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, focusing largely on jobs and the economy in touting what he called a ‘new American moment.’ ‘There has never been a better time to start living the American dream,’ he told Congress, according to prepared remarks. ‘We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work; we want every child to be safe in their home at night, and we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we love,’ Trump said. … Trump turned briefly to a familiar tone, [pandering to] veterans and praising demonstrations of patriotism [sic] — in part by standing for the national anthem. Last year, the president spurred a public uproar over professional football players who kneeled during the national anthem. … ‘We celebrate our police, our military, and our amazing veterans as heroes who deserve our total and unwavering support,’ Trump said, before publicly honoring Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who placed American flags on the graves fallen soldiers on Veterans Day. Trump used the moment to deliver another rebuke of silent demonstrations performed during the national anthem …” (01/30/18)

http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-state-of-the-union-2018-highlights-2018-1

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2) Leaked regime report: UK will be “worse off” in every Brexit scenario
Source: Hindustan Times [India]

“Rival groups in the Brexit debate came to a head again on Tuesday after a leaked official analysis claimed that Brexit will leave the United Kingdom worse off. BuzzFeed reported that the analysis by the department for exiting the European Union … looked at three possible Brexit scenarios. All scenarios suggested that the country’s economy will take a hit outside the EU. It said the UK’s national income would be 8% lower under a ‘no deal’ scenario, around 5% lower with a free trade agreement with the EU and about 2% lower with a soft Brexit option of single market membership over a 15-year period. The analysis, allegedly leaked by pro-EU elements in the government, was promptly dismissed by pro-Brexit MPs, who called it ‘highly suspicious,’ while it added more grist to the anti-Brexit forces who are keen to ensure as close a link with the EU as possible.” (01/30/18)

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/britain-will-be-worse-off-in-every-brexit-scenario-says-uk-govt-analysis/story-O3G7OE4uqPzOnsYPKvkAtO.html

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3) US DoJ probe eyes McCabe’s role in final weeks of 2016 election
Source: Washington Post

“The Justice Department’s inspector general has been focused for months on why Andrew McCabe, as the No. 2 official at the FBI, appeared not to act for about three weeks on a request to examine a batch of Hillary Clinton-related emails found in the latter stages of the 2016 election campaign, according to people familiar with the matter. The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, has been asking witnesses why FBI leadership seemed unwilling to move forward on the examination of emails found on the laptop of former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) until late October — about three weeks after first being alerted to the issue, according to these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter. A key question of the internal investigation is whether McCabe or anyone else at the FBI wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the Nov. 8 election, these people said. It is unclear whether the inspector general has reached any conclusions on that point.” (01/30/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/internal-justice-department-probe-eyes-mccabes-role-in-final-weeks-of-2016-election/2018/01/30/db2ea8f0-05c7-11e8-8777-2a059f168dd2_story.html

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4) Facebook bans all cryptocurrency ads
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Facebook has said it will block any advertising promoting cryptocurrency products and services. The company said it was open to emerging technologies but many companies were not acting in ‘good faith’ when extolling the virtues buying into virtual currencies. Recently, a wave of new currencies have emerged, seeking to piggyback Bitcoin’s huge increase in value. Facebook urged users to report any ads the company’s security measures missed. It admitted it would not always catch every ad for a cryptocurrency. ‘We want people to continue to discover and learn about new products and services through Facebook ads without fear of scams or deception,’ wrote Rob Leathern, product management director for Facebook Business. ‘That said, there are many companies who are advertising binary options, ICOs and cryptocurrencies that are not currently operating in good faith.’” [editor’s note: They got the “memo” apparently – SAT] (01/30/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42881892

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5) HI: Emergency chief resigns, officer fired over false missile alert
Source: USA Today

“The head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency that earlier this month mistakenly sent an emergency alert warning to residents and media of an incoming missile strike on the state has resigned from his post over the embarrassing episode, state officials announced Tuesday. In addition to the resignation of the agency leader, administrator Vern Miyagi, the officer who sent the false alert was fired from his post and a second worker quit before disciplinary action could be taken. Another agency officer is being suspended without pay, said Maj. Gen. Joe Logan, Hawaii National Guard adjutant general. The announcement of the ousters come as the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday issued preliminary findings detailing how miscommunication between an emergency agency supervisor and an agency employee led to the transmission of a false alert that put the state’s residents on edge for nearly 40 minutes.” (01/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/01/30/fcc-miscommunication-led-hawaiians-getting-false-missile-alert/1079305001

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6) Democrats blast Trump decision to hold off on Russia sanctions
Source: Reuters

“U.S. Democratic lawmakers criticized President Donald Trump on Tuesday for not immediately imposing sanctions on Russia, accusing him of being soft on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The Trump administration said on Monday it would not impose sanctions for now under a law Congress overwhelmingly passed last year to punish Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Russia denies interfering in the campaign. As required by the law, the administration did publish a list of Russian oligarchs close to the Kremlin who could be sanctioned. Moscow dismissed it as little more than a ‘telephone directory’ of the rich.. A U.S. Treasury Department spokesman said on Tuesday the list was drawn from public sources, including Forbes magazine.” [editor’s note: Is Roger Goodell their role model? Penalites with no evidence seems to be the rule being followed – SAT] (01/30/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-trump/democrats-blast-trump-decision-to-hold-off-on-russia-sanctions-idUSKBN1FJ2N5

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7) SC: McMaster tries to get people to notice him with anthem proclamation
Source: Raw Story

“South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued a proclamation Tuesday afternoon calling for everyone in his state to stand for the national anthem during the NFL’s Super Bowl LII Sunday in a show of support for the nation’s military. McMaster dubbed Sunday ‘Stand for the Flag Super Bowl Sunday,’ while citing the hundreds of thousands of military veterans who live in his state and called the American flag “the greatest symbol of freedom the world has ever known. I ask that all South Carolinians show the world our state’s resolute commitment to supporting our troops by standing for the national anthem wherever you watch the Super Bowl with your loved ones this Sunday. # IStand,’ McMaster tweeted along with a picture of the signed proclamation.” [editor’s note: Thanks, I really needed that laugh – SAT] (01/30/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/governor-calls-south-carolina-stand-anthem

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8) Saudi Arabia: “Anti-corruption drive” generates $106 billion in bribes
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A sweeping anti-corruption drive in Saudi Arabia has generated an estimated $106.7bn (£75.6bn) in settlements, the kingdom’s attorney general has said. Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said 56 of the 381 people called in for questioning since 4 November remained in custody. The others had been cleared or admitted guilt and handed over properties, cash, securities and other assets, he added. Sheikh Mojeb did not name any of those involved, but they reportedly include princes, ministers and businessmen. In recent days, the billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and Alwalid al-Ibrahim, owner of the Arab satellite television network MBC, were released from detention at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh’s diplomatic quarter.” (01/30/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42874245

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9) TX: Abbott orders Rangers to investigate Karolyi Ranch
Source: USA Today

“Amid local and national shock surrounding the Karolyi Ranch, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday directed the Texas Rangers to investigate the beleaguered facility and allegations of sexual assault on athletes. The ranch, 67 miles north of Houston and started in the early 1980s by the famed husband-and-wife coaching team of Bela and Marta Karolyi, previously served as the National Training Center for USA Gymnastics. The facility has been rocked by reports of widespread sexual abuse of young athletes. ‘The public statements made by athletes who previously trained at the Karolyi Ranch are gut-wrenching,’ Abbott said in a news release. ‘Those athletes, as well as all Texans, deserve to know that no stone is left unturned to ensure that the allegations are thoroughly vetted and the perpetrators and enablers of any such misconduct are brought to justice.’” (01/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/01/30/texas-governor-orders-rangers-investigate-karolyi-ranch/1080589001

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10) CA: John Chiang offers plan to create a public bank for cannabis businesses
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“State Treasurer John Chiang laid out a plan Tuesday to create a public bank for marijuana merchants in open defiance of what he called an ‘out of step’ Trump Administration fixing to take the hose to California’s sizzling new herbal trade. Chiang said he and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra have initiated ‘a methodical and disciplined’ cost-benefit analysis to determine whether a public bank would work in California amid the threat of a federal crackdown. The move comes 30 days after California’s recreational market officially began, creating a financial windfall for marijuana merchants and illuminating a serious problem. Store owners, growers and distributors are being forced to use cash because most banks won’t open accounts for them while the federal government still considers marijuana illegal. The lack of banking also complicates the state’s efforts to collect taxes from the industry. Every month, thousands of business owners head to the tax collector’s office with piles of cash in shopping bags and suitcases.” (01/30/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/John-Chiang-lays-out-plan-to-create-a-public-bank-12537099.php

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11) Amazon joins JP Morgan & Berkshire Hathaway in healthcare cartel
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Amazon, JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway are joining forces to create a healthcare firm aimed at cutting costs for their US employees. The independent firm would be ‘free from profit-making incentives and constraints,’ the firms said. They said their aim was to provide care to staff at a ‘reasonable cost.’ Nonetheless, the announcement sparked fears that tech giant Amazon could disrupt the healthcare sector in the same way that it has the retail sector. The firms are the three largest private employers in the US, collectively employing over 500,000 staff. The three companies said they would focus on technology to provide ‘simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare.’ … ‘Our people want transparency, knowledge and control when it comes to managing their healthcare,’ said Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase.” [editor’s note: As long as “healthcare” remains in the “employee benefit” basket, there will never be a cost reduction or improved delivery of wellness; these oligarchs know this all too well – SAT] (01/30/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42877287

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12) South Korea: Regime prohibits anonymous cryptocurrency trading
Source: Bitcoin.com

“The new South Korean cryptocurrency account system has entered into force nationwide today, ending the current practice that allowed for anonymous trading of cryptocurrencies. Traders must open real-name accounts at the same banks as their exchanges in order to deposit money to trade cryptocurrencies. The implementation of this new account system effectively ends ‘the use of anonymous bank accounts in transactions to prevent virtual coins from being used for money laundering and other illegal activities,’ Yonhap reported.” [editor’s note: Personally, I think that South Korea’s regime is acting on request as a test laboratory for would-be US regulators. Resist much, obey little! – TLK] (01/30/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/south-korea-ends-anonymous-cryptocurrency-trading/

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13) NY: de Blasio says all NYPD patrol officers to be outfitted with body cams by year’s end
Source: Fox News

“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that all NYPD patrol officers would be outfitted with body cameras by the end of 2018, putting the city a year ahead of schedule. Speaking alongside Police Commissioner James O’Neill and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, de Blasio said the new equipment will build trust between officers and the communities. ‘By ensuring all patrol officers are outfitted with these essential, modern policing tools a year faster than originally planned, we’re helping to make New York City fairer faster,’ he added. The police force currently uses 2,470 body cameras and plans to add an additional 800 to 2,000 each month. That would outfit at least 18,000 officers with the new equipment by the end of the year, the New York Post reported. Non-patrol officers will not be asked to wear the cameras.” (01/30/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/30/mayor-de-blasio-all-nypd-patrol-officers-to-be-outfitted-with-bodycams-by-years-end.html

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14) Is Missouri ready for 700 mph hyperloop commutes?
Source: USA Today

“Commuters in Missouri face the prospect of trading their grinding highway slog for a 700-mph hyperloop that is still in testing and would carry high-speed rail type prices. A public-private partnership of Missouri scientists, builders and regulators announced Tuesday that it would study whether the Elon Musk-inspired transportation system (where levitating pods cruise inside vacuum-sealed tubes) could be right for the state’s congested I-70 corridor between Kansas City and St. Louis. The study will be conducted by Missouri engineering firm Black & Veatch, the University of Missouri and Virgin Hyperloop One, one of a handful of hyperloop companies pursuing the technology. Last fall, Virgin Hyperloop One announced a similar study with officials in Colorado. Most of its other feasibility studies are with consortiums in Europe, Russia and the Middle East.” (01/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/01/30/missouri-ready-700-mph-commutes/1078842001

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15) Russia: Syria opposition missing from Sochi talks
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Russia-hosted talks on the war in Syria are being held in Sochi without the representation of any major opposition group. Turkey-backed rebel figures have refused to leave the Russian city’s airport in a last-minute protest. An amateur video obtained by Al Jazeera on Tuesday showed a group of Syrian opposition delegates, who had arrived from Ankara late on Monday, waiting for a flight back to Turkey. ‘Late last night, there was a kerfuffle down at the airport here — distressed Turkish officials running around trying to persuade a group of Turkish-backed opposition delegates to leave the airport,’ said Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands, reporting from Sochi, referring to Monday evening. ‘They apparently didn’t want to come out of the airport buildings because they had seen Syrian government flags plastered all over the branding for this Sochi conference, and that upset them.’” (01/30/18)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/syria-opposition-missing-russia-sochi-talks-180130084154156.html

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16) CA: Military-bashing teacher pulled from classroom, city council duties pending investigation
Source: Fox News

“The Southern California teacher facing a firestorm after he was recorded by a student bashing the military in a profane classroom rant has been placed on administrative leave and removed from all assignments he’d be given as a city councilman. Gregory Salcido, the El Rancho High School teacher and elected Pico Rivera city councilman, will not be able to enter the classroom while school officials conduct an investigation into the recording, the Whittier Daily News reported late Monday. ‘One thing we are telling people for sure is that the commitment of the board and the superintendent and the staff is to really get to the bottom of this for the community,’ School Superintendent Karling Aguilera-Fort told the paper. Another teacher has taken over his history and government classes for the foreseeable future, he said.” [editor’s note: What’s there to “investigate?” Is there some law against being insufficiently worshipful of other government employees? – TLK] (01/30/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/30/military-bashing-california-teacher-pulled-from-classroom-pending-investigation.html

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17) Netanyahu: Jared Kushner can broker peace between Israel & Palestinians because of real estate experience
Source: Raw Story

“President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is the man to broker peace Israel and the Palestinians because of his real estate experience, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Kushner’s ‘very able’ Middle East peace team has ‘many, many abilities,’ Netanyahu said of Kushner’s team in a CNN interview from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, that the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Monday. ‘The thing the people don’t realize is that these people have made their mark in the markets, in real estate. Now, this is not only a real estate deal, it’s fundamentally not a real estate deal but a problem recognizing Israel’s existence, the problem of not recognizing a Jewish state in any boundary,’ the prime minister said. ‘But it also has its real estate elements and they are, I have to say, very creative.’” (01/30/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/jared-kushner-can-broker-peace-israel-palestinians-real-estate-experience-netanyahu-says

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18) Tyson invests in lab-grown meat
Source: ArkansasOnline

“Tyson Foods announced Monday its investment in Memphis Meats, a company working to turn animal cells into meat for human consumption. The California-based company’s self-proclaimed ‘clean meat’ is part of a growing industry of startups that claim their lab-grown meat is better for the environment than meat from feedlots and slaughterhouses. Tyson, through its venture capital branch, has a minority stake in the business, according to a news release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Springdale company also has an investment in California’s Beyond Meat, a plant-based ‘meat’ company.” (01/30/18)

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/jan/30/tyson-invests-in-lab-grown-meat-2018013/

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19) Report: Texas woman impersonating Sean Hannity with fake Twitter handle successfully dupes Assange
Source: New York Daily News

“A woman in Texas impersonated Fox News host Sean Hannity and duped Wikileaks founder Julian Assange with a series of direct messages on Twitter, according to a report. Technical writer Dell Gilliam secured the handle @SeanHannity__ after the Fox News host’s Twitter account @SeanHannity went down on Saturday morning, the Daily Beast reported. Gilliam, who amassed more than 23,000 followers by pretending to be Hannity, sent a direct message to Assange that read, ‘I’d like to set up a time for us to talk. When may be good for you?’ Assange responded, ‘Back! Good to see. Most of today is good. Try other channels.’ When Gilliam kept up the conversation and asked if he was available for a call, Assange made a second mention of messaging ‘on other channels.’ He added, ‘Have some news about Warner.’” [editor’s note: It can’t be that hard to convincingly impersonate Hannity. Just assume a 75 IQ and add some alcohol and you’re pretty much there – TLK] (01/30/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-woman-dupes-julian-assange-fake-hannity-twitter-handle-article-1.3787278

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20) DC: Otherwise good-hearted idiot blocks traffic in support of corporate welfare
Source: Daily Dot

“To protest the repeal of net neutrality, YouTuber and film director Rob Bliss created his own fast lanes on the street in front of the FCC building in Washington, D.C. He hopped on his bike, coned off sections of the streets, and rode down it at an extremely slow pace, causing traffic jams behind him. On his back was the opportunity many fear will make its way to the internet: A way to bypass throttling and hop into a fast lane. Bliss'[s] fast lane cost $5.” [editor’s note: Bliss did some good stuff using Amazon Prime to deliver supplies to the homeless. Too bad he’s siding with the greedheads now – TLK] (01/29/18)

https://www.dailydot.com/debug/fcc-fast-lane-protest/

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21) O’Connell leaves as DNC CEO
Source: NBC News

“The CEO of the Democratic National Committee is leaving after less than a year on the job, NBC News has learned. Veteran Democrat operative Jess O’Connell took the helm of the DNC last May with a mandate to help newly installed Chairman Tom Perez turn around a troubled party organization …. In a farewell email to DNC staff on Monday night, O’Connell thanked them and said she was proud of their work, while not offering a specific reason for her departure.” [editor’s note: I wonder if she got threatened with being treated like Steve Wynn if she didn’t leave “voluntarily?” – TLK] (01/29/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/top-dnc-official-out-after-less-year-job-n842371

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22) Ireland: Regime sets May vote on referendum to legalize most abortions
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Ireland’s voters will decide in late May whether to lift a constitutional ban on most abortions, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Monday. … The 1983 amendment commits authorities to defend equally the right to life of a mother and an unborn child, giving this largely Roman Catholic nation the strictest abortion restrictions in Europe. Abortion is legal only in rare cases when a woman’s life is in danger. Several thousand Irish women travel each year for abortions in neighboring Britain.” (01/29/18)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-ireland-abortion-20180129-story.html

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23) Yemen: Saudi puppet regime prepares to flee Aden
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Leaders of Yemen’s Saudi-backed government are reportedly preparing to flee from Aden as fighters from the armed wing of a political movement demanding secession for southern Yemen seized large parts of the city after three days of fighting. The Southern Transitional Council has been seeking secession from the rest of Yemen for years. … Last week, the STC gave [Saudi puppet “president”] Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government an ultimatum — either dismiss the prime minister, Ahmed bin Daghr, and his cabinet or face being overthrown. … Military sources separately told news agencies that the presidential palace in Aden had been surrounded and that Daghr was preparing to leave the country imminently. Those inside the palace were unofficially under house arrest, one source said.” (01/30/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/30/yemens-saudi-backed-government-to-flee-from-aden

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24) Matvienko: The US is attempting to meddle in Russia’s upcoming election
Source: Washington Post

“The chairwoman of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament says Monday’s publication of the list of Russian officials and businessmen as part of a U.S. law on sanctions against Russia is an attempt to influence Russia’s upcoming presidential vote. The Trump administration late on Monday published a long-anticipated list of top Russian officials and ‘oligarchs’ who have flourished under President Vladimir Putin. The 114-strong political list is the entire presidential administration and the Russian Cabinet, while the list of 96 ‘oligarchs’ is an exact copy of the Forbes magazine’s Russian billionaires’ rankings. Valentina Matvienko, who chairs the Federation Council and whose name is also on the list, told Russian news agencies on Tuesday that the publication is ‘nothing but meddling into the electoral process’ which seeks to ‘lower the support for the president.’” (01/30/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-latest-us-issues-long-awaited-putin-list-of-russians/2018/01/30/93a34d28-057d-11e8-aa61-f3391373867e_story.html

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25) Clear! Pompeo brings out cardio paddles, attempts to resuscitate North Korea nuke/missile scare
Source: CBS News

“CIA Director Mike Pompeo warned Monday that North Korea could have a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States within ‘a handful of months,’ but he lauded his boss President Donald Trump’s ‘language’ in confronting the threat and said Kim Jong Un ‘understands the message’ as he never has before. … Pompeo’s remarks come just weeks before the Winter Olympics kick off in South Korea — an Olympic games that have become almost as much about diplomacy as they are about sports. After a year of soaring rhetoric and threats hurled between North Korea and the U.S., South Korea’s most vital security partner, the peninsular neighbors have struck up a direct dialogue and agreed to cooperate in some aspects of the Olympics in the southern city of Pyeongchang.” (01/30/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cia-mike-pompeo-north-korea-nuclear-missile-threat-united-states-russia/

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

26) “Treatment we associate with regimes we revile as unjust …”
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On January 29, US District Judge Katherine B. Forrest ordered the release of immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir from pre-deportation detention. … ‘It ought not to be — and it has never before been — that those who have lived without incident in this country for years are subjected to treatment we associate with regimes we revile as unjust, regimes where those who have long lived in a country may be taken without notice from streets, home, and work. And sent away. We are not that country; and woe be the day that we become that country under a fiction that laws allow it. The Constitution commands better.’ Where, I wonder, was Forrest’s devotion to the Constitution when she sentenced Ross Ulbricht to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2015?” (01/30/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12694

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27) FBI’s unsavory history casts shadow over debate about political meddling
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Aren’t law enforcement agencies supposed to be above partisan squabbles? Not this year, as elected officials debate whether the FBI’s conduct in 2016’s hotly contested presidential election was spurred by legitimate concerns over foreign meddling, or by bureaucrats’ fears that the ‘wrong’ candidate might win the contest. But the feds brought this on themselves; they’ve never been above playing at politics. And many of the political players complaining the loudest about the FBI are all too happy to hand it the tools to continue the shenanigans.” (01/30/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2018/01/30/fbis-unsavory-history-casts-shadow-over

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28) Social contract theory as statist apologia
Source: Libertarianism.org
by David S D’Amato

“Classical social contract theory casts the state as a kind of ‘communal safe haven’ to which we long ago ran from the unbounded violence of the state of nature. We should, if this account is true, count ourselves fortunate to have government, the foundation of civil society, the ultimate source of social order. If it is untrue, we may see social contract theories as an elaborate deceit, intentional or otherwise, that causes us to believe something approximating the opposite of the truth about government.” (01/30/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/social-contract-theory-statist-apologia

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29) The new national ID systems
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Jim Harper

“The past few years have seen growing awareness and concern about U.S. government surveillance of the American people. Unfolding revelations about the National Security Agency’s collection of data about Americans via access to their basic communications channels have awakened many people to the increasingly real risk that the government might get — or already have — outsized ability to identify and track the populace. With that comes outsized power to influence and control.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (01/30/18)

https://cei.org/content/new-national-id-systems

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30) Why Thomas Jefferson hated the State of the Union Address
Source: The Jack News
by Andy Craig

“Once again tonight, Americans, or at least the always-declining number who think it worth their time, will tune in for the annual spectacle of the President’s State of the Union address. It’s worth taking a moment to remember that there was once a time when the whole practice was considered not just unseemly, but downright un-American. Our first two Presidents, Washington and Adams, delivered a personal address to Congress much like today. But when Thomas Jefferson was elected, he declined, instead sending a written text that was read to Congress by a clerk. It’s true Jefferson was a notoriously shy and quiet public speaker. The strength of his rhetoric lay in the written word, not his oratory. But that wasn’t his only reason: to Jefferson, the whole process smacked of the ‘speech from the throne’ delivered annually by the British monarch. Few sins were worse to Jefferson than appearing ‘monarchical.’” (01/30/18)

https://www.thejacknews.com/politics/why-thomas-jefferson-hated-the-state-of-the-union-address

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31) In immigration debate, what constitutes “merit?”
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Francine Kiefer & Henry Gass

“When President Trump talks about immigration in his first State of The Union speech tonight, people are likely to hear him use one phrase in particular: ‘merit-based immigration.’ As part of his offer to put 1.8 million young, unauthorized immigrant ‘Dreamers’ on a path to citizenship, Mr. Trump also wants to shift legal immigration away from prioritizing family reunification to a system based on individual qualifications. It would be a significant change — if lawmakers could agree on what constitutes ‘merit.’ The president and his supporters in Congress appear to be defining merit as highly skilled, well-educated immigrants who speak English and can support themselves. But what about strawberry pickers or hotel workers? Those jobs are commonly performed by low-skilled immigrants. And then there’s the brother or sister of a legal resident who comes to America and starts a business, whose family helps him or her adjust to a new culture.” (01/30/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0130/In-immigration-debate-what-constitutes-merit

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32) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 19
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“I went to where my connected friend habitually eats lunch. I have his old phone number somewhere, but things like this are better done in person. And fortunately, I found him. We caught up on family and friends for a few minutes, and then I told him precisely what was going on and asked for his advice. My friend thought for a moment, smiled at me, and pulled out his phone. ‘Hey, Johnny,’ he said into it. ‘You still bored?’ … Thursday I’ll meet the retired politician at Jay’s. My guess is that we’ll talk about anything but crypto for 90% of the evening: old friends, interesting stories, our families, and so on. Johnny’s a very entertaining guy. But at least the watchers will see that I have a friend with some juice, and maybe they’ll back off a little.” (01/30/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/rosc-19-back-shadows/

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33) The Pentagon’s plan for never-ending war
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“Did the Pentagon just officially declare a new Cold War with both China and Russia while also committing to wage endless wars around the globe? Apparently, yes; that was the central message of the Trump administration’s newly released National Defense Strategy, which, as Andrew Bachevich noted, offers no strategy and isn’t about defense. More than anything else, the document is another salvo in the push for a massive and costly military buildup. ‘We are facing,’ the NDS declared, ‘increased global disorder … creating a security environment more complex and volatile than any we have experienced in recent memory.’ That may read as correct to you, but the Pentagon isn’t talking about catastrophic climate change, debilitating inequality, or the destabilizing flows and misery of millions of displaced refugees. No, the NDS focus is the threat of Cold War adversaries.” (01/30/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180130/the-pentagons-plan-for-never-ending-war

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34) Private censorship is not the best way to fight hate or defend democracy: Here are some better ideas
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Corynne McSherry, Jillian C York, & Cindy Cohn

“From Cloudflare’s headline-making takedown of the Daily Stormer last autumn to YouTube’s summer restrictions on LGBTQ content, there’s been a surge in ‘voluntary’ platform censorship. Companies — under pressure from lawmakers, shareholders, and the public alike — have ramped up restrictions on speech, adding new rules, adjusting their still-hidden algorithms and hiring more staff to moderate content. They have banned ads from certain sources and removed ‘offensive’ but legal content. These moves come in the midst of a fierce public debate about what responsibilities platform companies that directly host our speech have to take down — or protect — certain types of expression. And this debate is occurring at a time in which only a few large companies host most of our online speech. Under the First Amendment, intermediaries generally have a right to decide what kinds of expression they will carry. But just because companies can act as judge and jury doesn’t mean they should.” (01/30/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/01/private-censorship-not-best-way-fight-hate-or-defend-democracy-here-are-some

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35) Shrinking the government is indeed possible
Source: Cato Unbound
by Ilya Somin

“Both Teles and Lindsey emphasize that significant reductions in the size and scope of government, even if desirable, are simply politically infeasible, and therefore should be rejected as a ‘counsel of despair’ (as Lindsey puts it). They are too quick to dismiss the possibility of shrinking the state. It is indeed unlikely that we can constrain government as much as libertarians would ideally prefer, certainly not in the near future. But it is possible to reduce it to much lower levels than is the case today. Such countries as Ireland, Canada, and New Zealand have managed to achieve major reductions in spending and regulation during the last thirty years …. International comparisons suggest that the United States has plenty of room for improvement, and that we are far from having the smallest government that can possibly be achieved under modern conditions.” (01/30/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/01/30/ilya-somin/shrinking-government-indeed-possible

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36) Make Trump tax cuts permanent … now
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“We’re just one month into the new tax bill, and only those wearing left-wing ideological blinders (which, unfortunately, is still the case for millions of anti-Trumpers) can deny that Donald Trump’s tax cuts are helping just about everyone. The avalanche of news stories of bonuses, pay raises, fringe benefit payments, job openings and factories relocating to the United States piles up with each passing week. As many as 3 million Americans have received such pay boosts. And the vast majority of people haven’t even yet gotten their tax cut dividends, which will be delivered in the form of higher take-home paychecks. Last month the tax bill was favored by only about 1 in 4 voters, but it is growing more popular every day, as voters discover that liberals were lying all along about who really benefits from the bill. If these bonuses and pay raises are mere ‘crumbs,’ as millionaire Nancy Pelosi hisses, workers want more of them. … Republicans should seize the moment of this tax cut miracle cure and make sure that the cuts don’t expire anytime soon.” (01/30/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/01/30/make-trump-tax-cuts-permanent–now-n2441401

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37) The US destruction of Afghanistan
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Imagine a suicide bomber blowing himself up in New York City and killing 95 people. It would be big news on television and on the front pages of the nation’s newspapers. Everyone in the United States would be talking about it, especially if the Taliban claimed credit for it. It’s somewhat different when it happens in Afghanistan, where a suicide bomber just killed 95 people and injured 158 others in Kabul. Yes, it’s big new over there but not as big over here, at least not as big compared to how it would be if it happened in Manhattan. But there is one thing that we should all keep in mind: That while the attacker herself, along with the Taliban, obviously bear direct responsibility for the attack, it is the U.S. government, through its interventionist foreign policy, that is indirectly responsible for the ongoing chaos, death, and destruction in Afghanistan, just like it is in Iraq, Libya, and other parts of the world where it has intervened.” (01/30/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/01/30/u-s-destruction-afghanistan/

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38) The good, the bad, and the ugly of the National Defense Strategy
Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew Fay

“Earlier this month, the Department of Defense revealed the unclassified summary of its National Defense Strategy. The National Defense Strategy replaces the Quadrennial Defense Review, which had outlived its usefulness from the moment it debuted. While it is unclear what the classified version of the strategy contains, the summary, as well as Secretary of Defense James Mattis'[s] remarks upon its release, provide a good indication of how the Pentagon’s leadership is thinking about future defense planning.” (01/30/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/good-bad-ugly-national-defense-strategy/

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39) Wages, Obama economy’s weakest link, now surging under Trump
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Even as the economy continued its modest recovery in recent years, there was one critical missing element: wages. Despite unemployment declines, wage gains remained tame. Thankfully, that’s now coming to an end. A new survey out by the National Association of Business Economics finds that companies are starting to boost pay for their workers in order to attract and keep productive, skilled employees in a tighter labor market. That adds to mounting anecdotal evidence of a wave of pay raises, bonuses and new investments by major corporations fueled by the passage of Trump’s tax cuts in December — evidence of a surge in economic growth. Almost half (48%) of the NABE survey of 119 of its member companies said that their wage and salary packages had increased during the last three months, while none reported reducing pay for workers. That difference of 48 percentage points is the highest since January 2000 and third-highest since the survey started in 1982.” (01/29/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/wages-obama-economys-weakest-link-now-surging-under-trump/

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40) The US risks losing an Arctic Cold War
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“Last August, a Russian tanker sailed direct from Norway to South Korea through the Arctic Ocean, the first time such a ship had done so without an icebreaker escort. It was a defining moment in the opening up of previously frozen northern trade routes — and it looks to have supercharged an already intensifying arms race and jostle for influence on the roof of the world. It’s a dynamic that brings particular challenge for the United States. In part because Washington has never regarded the High North as a major strategic priority, the area has been seen as falling within Russia’s sphere of influence. Now China too is stepping up its plans to become a major player in the region. … Both the Kremlin and Beijing have repeatedly stated that their ambitions are primarily commercial and environmental, not military. Washington, however, is increasingly suspicious and, aware it risks falling behind, the Pentagon has been reviewing its Arctic strategy.” (01/30/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-arctic-commentary/commentary-the-u-s-risks-losing-an-arctic-cold-war-idUSKBN1FJ2DM

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41) It’s time for broadcasters to start confronting their anti-right bias
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“The psychologist professor Jordan Peterson is being heralded as one of the world’s most foremost public intellectuals. But his influence now stems from much more than his own Youtube lectures or published works. Upwards of 4.6m people have watched his recent half-hour interview with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman, in which Peterson expertly dissects a range of trendy conventional wisdoms in an extensive discussion. But aside from Peterson’s actual arguments about the gender pay gap or equality of outcome, the interview seems to have been consequential on another level — it is forcing broadcast journalists to reconsider their interview techniques and inherent biases.” (01/30/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/its-time-broadcasters-start-confronting-their-anti-right-bias

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42) This was Mises’s main case for peace
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“When it comes to politicians and war, the ends always justify the means, even when those means are human lives. And while human life is sacred, this truth alone has never been enough to convince global leaders to seek an agenda of peace rather than one of destruction. But the market has taught us that incentives work. So instead of relying on a method that has not done much to deter war over the centuries, why not try an argument that plays to the interests of those in power? As Mises explains in Liberalism, the most impactful argument against war comes in the form of a basic economic principle from which we each benefit: the division of labor.” (01/30/18)

https://fee.org/articles/mises-main-case-for-peace/

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43) Anti-Trump Republicans refuse to wake from their dream of a third party
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Like many establishment Republicans, Juleanna Glover loathes what Donald Trump is doing to her party. A former adviser to George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, and John McCain, Glover announced in a New York Times column that ‘disaffected Republicans are wondering whether, if they came up with a truly great candidate, they could jump-start a new party, just as the original Republicans did in the 1850s.’ Glover claims that her imagined third party would appeal to ‘centrists’ who can’t abide Trump but are also wary of a Democratic Party that might nominate a progressive like Elizabeth Warren or, heaven help us all, Bernie Sanders. To achieve the goal of bringing the sensible center together, Glover suggests running ‘a Joe Biden-Ben Sasse independent ticket.’” [editor’s note: I wonder if these dingbats have any idea how high the barriers to this are, thanks to their War Party cronies – SAT] (01/30/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146836/anti-trump-republicans-refuse-wake-dream-third-party

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44) Anti-Trumpism: The ultimate virtue signal
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“No sooner had US President Donald Trump let it slip to Piers Morgan that he had been invited for a state visit to the UK in October than the calls for anti-Trump protests in the UK picked up once again. Labour’s David Lammy jerked into action on Twitter: ‘[Trump] to be met by the biggest protest this country has ever seen. Who’s in?’ … The Stop Trump Coalition, which features such veterans of virtue-signalling as Lily Allen, Paloma Faith and Owen Jones, presumably wants to do what it says on its tin — stop Trump. Except it’s not really clear what that means. Just as it’s not really clear what fellow protest group, Stand Up to Trump, means by standing up to Trump. After all, what is it that avowed Stop Trumpers Brian Eno, Frankie Boyle, Ed Miliband, Caitlin Moran and the rest of the coalition are going to do? Trump’s not actually accountable to Britain’s celebocracy, despite their ability to sign things.” (01/30/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/anti-trumpism-the-ultimate-virtue-signal/

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45) It’s time to scrap the State of the Union speech
Source: Fox News Forum
by Douglas MacKinnon

“It’s time to scrap the State of the Union speech. What was once a useful and, at times, much needed yearly update to the nation and the world has evolved into a partisan, mudslinging sideshow that is not only rarely informative, but now consistently insulting to the goodwill of the American people. Over the last twenty-plus years, the State of the Union speech has become nothing more than the president of the day (be he Republican or Democrat) addressing a gathering of 535 increasingly petulant children throwing temper tantrums on the taxpayers’ dime. Now, we have certain Democrat members threatening to boycott President Trump’s State of the Union speech. What’s next? Members of Congress saying they are going to hold their breath until they turn blue? For many years now, every single person in Washington, D.C., has known that the State of the Union address is not only a waste of time, but a complete joke.” (01/30/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/29/its-time-to-scrap-state-union-speech.html

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46) Why monopsony employer power is virtually irrelevant to the impact of a higher minimum wage on employment
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“Most of us who took Econ 101 would expect that an increase in the minimum wage would increase unemployment, at least among low-skilled and younger workers most affected by the minimum wage. After all, demand curves slope downwards so that an increase in price of labor should result in a decrease in demand for that labor. … Supporters of the minimum wage, however, argue that these employment effects are exaggerated, because employers have something called monopsony power when hiring low-skill workers. What a monopoly is to customers — it limits choices — a monopsony does to suppliers, in this case the suppliers of labor. The argument is that due to a bargaining power imbalance, employers can hire workers for less than they would be willing to pay in a truly competitive market, gaining the company added savings that increase its profits.” (01/30/18)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/01/why-monopsony-employer-power-is-virtually-irrelevant-to-the-impact-of-a-higher-minimum-wage-on-employment.html

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47) Nick Cohen proves Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom” correct
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“One of Hayek’s points in ‘The Road to Serfdom’ was that a government health care service, one financed and provided directly, would lead to a dictatorship. Nothing produces more giggles on the left than this very idea, that ‘free’ health care would make us serfs if not slaves. Except, of course, it’s true … we must change our behaviour in order to suit the NHS. Which was the very point that Hayek was making. Once we have an institution, one that in modern Britain is closer to a religion than anything else in the collective belief system, then we must alter ourselves to suit the institution. We must not eat sugar because that costs the NHS money, we must not be obese, or drink, smoke, because that costs the NHS. That all save it money is true, for shorter lives lead to less health care expense, but still, the mantra is that we cannot, must not, live our lives as we wish, suffer our deaths at our pleasure, from those pleasures even, but must change our ways to be worthy of the State institution.” (01/30/18)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/nick-cohen-proves-hayeks-road-to-serfdom-correct

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48) We are not bargaining chips
Source: The American Prospect
by Sadhana Singh

“The past months have been traumatizing for Dreamers. Fifteen months, to be exact. On November 8, 2016, I cried alone in my college dorm room as the full weight of America’s ignorance and xenophobia confronted me. On January 21, 2017, I held my breath as I waited for the new president to drop the hammer on DACA, a policy he fixated on during his campaign and swore to end on ‘day one.’ On September 5, 2017, the administration finally got around to it. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, touting a host of feeble, erroneous justifications, announced that the president was canceling DACA. It was a crushing moment of anger, frustration, fear, and uncertainty for me, my younger brother, and the roughly 800,000 others who shared our status. His voice still rings in my head. For me, DACA was a mammoth salvation. It came into my life when I was 26 years old, mired in hopes, dreams, and potential languishing in a deafeningly quiet Georgia suburb. I had graduated from high school seven years before President Obama announced the new policy in June 2012.” (01/30/18)

http://prospect.org/article/we-are-not-bargaining-chips

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49) There’s no way Mueller will indict Trump
Source: The Atlantic
by Paul Rosenzweig

“Mueller will not indict Trump for obstruction of justice or for any other crime. Period. Full stop. End of story. Speculations to the contrary are just fantasy. He won’t do it for the good and sufficient reason that the Department of Justice has a long-standing legal opinion that sitting presidents may not be indicted. First issued in 1973 during the Nixon era, the policy was reaffirmed in 2000, during the Clinton era. These rules bind all Department of Justice employees and Mueller, in the end, is a Department of Justice employee. More to the point, if we know anything about Mueller, we think we know that he follows the rules — all of them. Even the ones that restrict him in ways he would prefer they not. And if he were to choose not to follow the rules, that, in turn, would be a reasonable justification for firing him.” (01/30/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/even-if-trump-is-found-guilty-mueller-wouldnt-be-the-indictment-decision-maker/551753/

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50) One different Trump choice and we’d be talking seven more years
Source: USA Today
by Jason Sattler

“You don’t have to think very hard to imagine a scenario where Donald Trump becomes terrifyingly popular. This fantasy wouldn’t require him to abandon his blitzkrieg of eliminating consumer, worker and environmental protections. The deportation force he inherited could still be tricked-out a machine to silence and remove his critics. He could give evangelicals and ‘strict constructionists’ their dream appointments to the Supreme Court and the federal bench. Military spending could skyrocket while checks on Trump’s generals that prevent civilian causalities could be obliterated. Christians could be free to deny services or care to any member of the LGBTQ community who offends their beliefs. And refugees and immigrants would be required to prove that they have the ‘skills’ not to be born in a ‘shithole’ country. If he’d made just one different choice, he could golf away, promoting his businesses full-time, and Democrats would be facing at least seven more years of Trump rule.” [editor’s note: This seems to ignore the fact that “Trump’s policy” consists of reversing Obama’s imperial (executive) order, and urging Congress to actually pass a law! – SAT] [editor’s note: Steve seems to be ignoring the fact that Trump is at least as imperial as Obama – TLK] (01/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/30/one-different-trump-decision-soaring-popularity-seven-more-years-jason-sattler-column/1075617001

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51) Why is this even a thing?
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“Who the hell are these people who think they’re entitled to keep their memos, their work product, secret from the people they claim are their employers, until and unless they just happen to decide that they’d like to share? Even assuming that the government should be allowed to keep secrets at all (when they start picking up the check for their hijinks themselves instead of expecting everyone else to cover their tab, we’ll talk), “shocking’ surveillance abuses’ implies crimes … and it’s illegal under the government’s own rules to classify information for the purpose of covering up crimes. If we’re going to let these jokers continue to play their games, I’m for some kind of citizen ombudsman program.” (01/30/18)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/01/why-is-this-even-thing.html

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52) Bob Dylan’s soulful Christian phase
Source: The American Conservative
by David Masciotra

“Bob Dylan has released a new box set, Trouble No More, chronicling the period of his career most controversial to critics — the three years, beginning in the late 1970s, during which he made exclusively Christian music. To anger secular listeners with great severity, Dylan’s gospel was not of the ‘Jesus is just alright’ hippie variety. It was fire and brimstone, ‘sinners in the hands of an angry God’ exhortation. In live performances, his introductions to songs such as ‘Ain’t Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody’ and ‘Are You Ready’ included end-of-days prophecy and warnings of hellfire for nonbelievers. Discovering Dylan’s Christian music decades after its release, I was prepared to hate it. But it became the stage of Dylan’s chameleon-like career to which I most return.” (01/30/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/bob-dylans-soulful-christian-phase/

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53) Your carbon footprint doesn’t matter (unless you’re Michael Bloomberg)
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“Unless you’re extremely wealthy or in the top brass of a multinational corporation, you probably don’t need to need to worry all that much about your own role in fueling the climate crisis. Let’s break that down: Just 100 companies have been responsible for 77 percent of carbon emissions since 1988. The richest 10 percent of people in the world are responsible for nearly half of emissions rooted in personal consumption, while the poorest half of people contribute around 10 percent. This isn’t to say you should burn plastic bottles or fly abroad whenever fancy strikes. But if you’re looking for a culprit in the climate crisis, you’ll have to look beyond the red meat on your plate. Consumption matters, especially in the global north. But the consumption of the rich and the companies they run matters a whole lot more.” (01/30/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20823/up-for-debate-does-your-carbon-footprint-matter

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54) Poli-sci and the propagation of “promontory views” of reality
Source: CounterPunch
by Thomas S Harrington

“One of the core conceits of political science is that vastly complex and highly diverse human behaviors are amenable to theoretical modeling. There is, of course, nothing wrong with seeking to diagram complex comportments across cultural boundaries. The problem arises when the institutional incentives for developing such theories begins to greatly outstrip the extant mechanisms for empirically verifying their claims.” (01/30/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/30/poli-sci-and-the-propagation-of-promontory-views-of-reality/

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55) Farce and fury
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“That the music industry wraps their product in partisan politics? Their business. And to be fair, Hillary’s part of the skit was actually kinda funny. What’s not so funny? Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Wolff lionized as exemplary #MeTooers … while being the opposite.” (01/30/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/30/farce-and-fury/

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56) Moore deception
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“When you think of prominent faces in today’s Democratic Party, who comes to mind? Michael Moore?” [editor’s note: No – TLK] (01/30/18)

https://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2018/01/moore-deception.html

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57) On monopsony and legal surroundings
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Vincent Geloso

“Firms with market power over a more or less homogeneous labor force which must assume a disproportionate amount of search costs have every incentive to depress wages. This can lead to reductions in growth as, notably, it discourages human capital formation (see these two papers here and here as examples). As such, I am not as skeptical of ‘monopsony’ as an argument. However, I am skeptical of ‘monopsony’ as an argument. Well, what I mean is that I am skeptical of considering monopsony without any qualifications regarding institutions.” (01/29/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/01/29/on-monopsony-and-legal-surroundings/

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58) A Marxist defense of libertarianism
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“The fundamental source of all class oppression is authority and when you boil it down to the marrow, the state itself is little more than authority institutionalized and capitalism as we know it cannot exist without the institutionalized market authoritarianism of the state. Multinational conglomerates only exist thanks to the largess of big government and their so called ‘free trade’ bills. Long story short, big government is the best friend big business could ever ask for and the longer one or both of these creatures exists the more incestuously interchangeable they become. This is why in state communist societies the party members essentially take the place of the oligarchs. Even with the most radical of intentions, the state’s number one objective will always be to justify its own existence and those who pull the levers behind this behemoth will always become the complicit benefactors of this power imbalance with the workers remaining exploited regardless of whether or not their bosses wear pressed red roses on their lapels.” (01/29/18)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-marxist-defense-of-libertarianism.html

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59) Why comparative advantage matters
Source: Mises Canada
by Danny LeRoy

“On the way to work, I was thinking about the outcome of the trade ruling on the 300% tariffs placed on buyers of Bombardier planes in the United States. Three-hundred percent is also the tariff that buyers in Canada pay on some imported dairy products. Prevailing public opinion, as reflected by the mainstream media, is the former is detrimental; the latter essential. An example of cognitive dissonance? Or is it a contemporary reincarnation of the mercantilist fallacy that exports are good and imports bad? It is not possible to consume something that has not been first created: Production precedes consumption. Ricardo’s great insight about the beneficent outworking of comparative advantage and unhampered exchange is instructive.” (01/29/18)

https://www.mises.ca/why-comparative-advantage-matters/

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60) The digital denationalisation of money
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Casey Pender

“In 1976, F.A. Hayek made a splash with his book The Denationalisation of Money (DNM). Prior to this work, even some of the most prominent free market thinkers — such as Milton Friedman — believed that the supply of money should be left to the government. But it was this book that really opened the door to the idea of private, competing currencies. … Looking at the rapidly growing cryptocurrency market, it’s hard to miss the striking parallels between it and Hayek’s 1976 vision.” (01/29/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/digital-denationalisation-money

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

61) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 79
Source: The LAVA Flow

“We won! The government shut down and now it’s all over! Ok, not really. What’s in the News with stories on tax relief impacts, TSA getting the finger, minimum wage impacts, gas tax profits, separation of marriage and state, and US Border Patrol being evil.” [various formats] (01/30/18)

http://thelavaflow.com/government-shutdown-too-short-tlf079/

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62) Tenther Tuesday, episode 24
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“This is the 376th day the GOP Congress has failed to repeal Obamacare. But the feds have expanded their power on numerous other fronts, including a new federal program that will tap into data that will track millions of people’s locations using their license plates. But as Michael Boldin and Mike Maharrey explain in this episode of Tenther Tuesday, state action can stop your information from ending up in these databases. They also discuss some early nullification season successes. A number of bills that have moved forward in several states over the last week. These include legislation to expand health freedom, to undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money, to nullify federal hemp prohibition and to get government out of marriage.” [Flash video] (01/30/18)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/01/tenther-tuesday-episode-24-nullification-season-successes/

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63) Fresh Air, 01/30/18
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Journalist Glenn Frankel talks about a chapter of paranoia and persecution in America, in which the president, Congress, the courts and the press all played a part. Frankel’s book is about the Hollywood Blacklist and the making of the classic film ‘High Noon,’ which was written as a parable about the blacklist. Also, to mark Black History Month, Penguin Press is reprinting six books from the Harlem Renaissance. Maureen Corrigan has an appreciation.” [Flash audio] (01/29/18)

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

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64) The Libertarian Angle, 01/30/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“ow does free trade benefit mankind? How does it affect liberty? FFF president Jacob Hornberger, Richard Ebeling, and special guest and George Mason University economist Donald J. Boudreaux hash it out.” [various formats] (01/30/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-free-trade-minimum-wage/

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65) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 41
Source: Libertarianism.org

“William Leggett was the man who created the first identifiably libertarian movement in American history.” [various formats] (01/30/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/age-leggett

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66) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/30/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou, Darrell, and MWD try to answer the age-old question of ‘without government, how would you solve the problem of billionaires who have a shooting gallery where they hunt orphans for sport on their heavily guarded compound on a private island … In other words; how would ‘we’ make sure that SUMMER IS SAFE? Then adults leave and the kids have fun. Darrell and MWD also discuss Rick and / or Morty, the growing problem of Footloose dancing in Buddhist-Muslim countries, and how come no one has ever tried THIS form of government? It might be perfect: Anarcho-unitary minarcho dominant-party parliamentary elective constitutional monarchy. So, we’ve decided it exists, and we’ve signed you up to our social contract. You’re welcome.” [various formats] (01/30/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15564

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67) Mises UK Podcast, episode 7
Source: Mises UK

“Tonight, on our seventh MisesUK.Org podcast, Andy Duncan speaks with Yuri Maltsev, a Senior Fellow of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute and Professor of Economics in Wisconsin, as well as being an author of numerous books and many Austrian School articles. They compare and contrast President Donald Trump with President Vladimir Putin, examine how economics worked in the late Soviet Union, how you could discover Austrian books within the Gulag state, what Murray Rothbard was like to meet for the first time, and how they believe the future of Austrian Economics will go against Socialism.” [various formats] (01/30/18)

https://misesuk.org/2018/01/30/back-in-the-u-s-s-r-with-yuri-maltsev/

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68) Free Talk Live, 01/29/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Melanie Speaks Against Homeschool Bill, Angering Free State Project People :: Revenge Porn and Casual Sex :: Replacing the State :: Fake Porn App :: Why Get Kids Out of Public School :: Red Light Cameras and Fakes :: Faking Politician Video :: Federal Police Want to Nationalize 5G :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/29/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-29

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69) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 700
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“The Universal basic income is a popular idea these days, and the truth is IF you could get rid of the entire welfare system and replace it with a UBI I’d probably get behind it. Not because I want a welfare state but simply because it would take power away from the state by dramatically reducing the size and control the government had over people’s lives. Stockton is testing the UBI on a few dozen of its citizens, but it’s not going to get the result it wants because it’s not running a true test.” [various formats] (01/29/18)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/700-stockton-tests-the-universal-basic-income/

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