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In the News:

1) Iraq: Twin suicide bombings rock Baghdad
2) IL: With more 2016 homicides than New York and LA combined, Chicago demonstrates effect of victim disarmament laws
3) Donetsk People’s Republic: McCain, Graham, Klobuchar visit village occupied by Ukrainian troops
4) Are humans about to discover aliens?
5) China: No space for Hong Kong independence
6) Italy: New government seeks migration crackdown
7) CA: Hollywood sign vandalized to read “Hollyweed”
8) China: Regime to relax curbs on foreign investment in financial sector
9) VA: Idiot pol files bill to declare porn a “public health hazard”
10) Tinder and Grindr linked to more than 500 crimes, figures show
11) France: Workers get “right to disconnect” from emails after hours under new law
12) NY: NYC issues first US “intersex” birth certificate
13) North Korea: Kim says regime is close to test-launching ICBM
14) Burundi: Environment minister shot dead in capital
15) FL: Miami cops fired for saying they use black neighborhoods as a shooting range

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) 2017 and “killer apps” for the transition
17) Trump as undercover “small(er) government” agent?
18) The hacking hoax
19) Gracian’s aphorism #272: Sell things at the price of courtesy.
20) Food policy experts comment on bests, worsts, and what’s to come
21) Can Britain’s monarchy survive without the queen?
22) Why did Leon Trotsky favor eugenics?
23) A fool in the crossfire over Russia and Israel
24) “He was the nationalist candidate”
25) American Black Cross helps political prisoners with Bitcoin
26) Obama’s lame-duck spy caper
27) The NHS should be fit for us, not us for it
28) Taxis in India: A story of bootleggers and Baptists
29) Reports of its death are greatly exaggerated
30) Understanding the Russian “hacking” meme
31) The Priority Resolution
32) Trump’s tantrums a window into his presidency
33) Orwell’s idiocracy
34) Obama’s regulations aren’t the only Trump target
35) Inside the tiny, uncluttered mind of a cop
36) Thought experiments on the violence of the state
37) Russia hysteria infects WashPost again: False story about hacking US electric grid
38) Donald Trump’s plans incredibly unpopular
39) Chipping away at National Security Letters: 2016 in review

The Sound and the Fury:

40) The Tim Preuss Podcast, episode 171
41) Interview: Darrell Becker

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

1) Iraq: Twin suicide bombings rock Baghdad
Source: Chicago Chronicle

“In what has been a terror-filled year for Iraq, the country’s capital witnessed two suicide bombings on the last day of the deadly year. Two suicide bombers wrecked havoc on Baghdad’s busy market area, Al Sinek on December 31. ‘Twin terrorist attacks were carried out by suicide bombers in Al-Sinek neighbourhood,’ a Baghdad operations officer told the media.” (01/01/17)

http://www.chicagochronicle.com/index.php/sid/250579085

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2) IL: With more 2016 homicides than New York and LA combined, Chicago demonstrates effect of victim disarmament laws
Source: New York Daily News

“One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended Saturday with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined. The nation’s third largest city also saw 1,100 more shooting incidents than it did in 2015, according to statistics released by the Chicago Police Department. The numbers underline a story of bloodshed that has put Chicago at the center of a national dialogue about gun violence.” [editor’s note: The “dialogue” goes something like this: Supporters of gun rights — “victim disarmament kills people, end it.” Supporters of victim disarmament — “we don’t CARE how many people die, this is about feeling morally superior” – TLK] (01/01/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/chicago-762-homicides-2016-nyc-la-article-1.2931020

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3) Donetsk People’s Republic: McCain, Graham, Klobuchar visit village occupied by Ukrainian troops
Source: USA Today

“Sen. John McCain, who has emerged as the chief opponent within the Republican party to Donald Trump’s warming relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, underscored his tough stance Saturday by spending New Year’s Eve at a forward combat outpost with Ukrainian troops. The senator, accompanied by fellow senators Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar, posted photos on Twitter of his meetings with Ukrainian marines in the village of Shyrokine. In one, he is shown posing with troops in front of a Ukrainian flag. In another, he joins a Ukrainian marine commander in examining a piece of a 125mm tank shell.” (12/31/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/12/31/mccain-visits-frontline-ukraine-troops-anti-putin-gesture/96036782/

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4) Are humans about to discover aliens?
Source: Morning Ticker

“It’s been an incredible 2016 in terms of scientific discoveries in space, but an expert is claiming that 2017 could bring the granddaddy of them all: the discovery of alien life. Simon Foster, a physicist from the Imperial College London, said that there is a strong possibility that the Cassini space probe, which is orbiting Saturn and examining its many moons, may make the key discovery by the time it ends its mission in September 2017. Foster was quoted in the UK newspaper The Sun. In particular, Cassini is swooping in on Saturn’s moon Enceladus and Juno will observe Jupiter’s moon Europa, which have excellent conditions compared to the rest of the solar system and could potentially host some form of life. Obviously, this would be microbial life, rather than some advanced species.” (01/01/17)

http://www.morningticker.com/2017/01/are-we-about-to-discover-aliens/

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5) China: No space for Hong Kong independence
Source: Indian Express [India]

“There is no space for Hong Kong independence in the ‘one country, two systems’ agreement under which Beijing governs the former British colony, but there can be tolerance for differences in their systems, a senior Chinese official said. Chinese leaders are increasingly concerned about a fledgling independence movement in Hong Kong, which returned to mainland rule in 1997 with a promise of autonomy known as ‘one country, two systems,’ and recent protests in the city.” (12/31/16)

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/no-space-for-hong-kong-independence-says-china-4452704/

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6) Italy: New government seeks migration crackdown
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Italy has decided to ramp up checks on migrants and increase deportations in 2017, national media reported on Saturday. According to several of the country’s leading dailies, police chief Franco Gabrielli sent a memorandum to Italian police stations calling on them to be extra vigilant in the new year. … A stricter attitude towards migration marks the first major policy shift under newly appointed Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni after having taken over from his Democratic Party (PD) colleague Matteo Renzi, who stepped down in December following a crushing defeat over a referendum to streamline the government.” (12/31/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/new-italian-government-seeks-migration-crackdown/a-36963652

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7) CA: Hollywood sign vandalized to read “Hollyweed”
Source: CNN

“The Hollywood sign got a little green over New Years. A prankster managed to change the iconic sign overlooking Los Angeles early Sunday to read ‘Hollyweed,’ said L.A. Police Officer Christopher Garcia, who works in the agency’s security service division. The vandal — probably a man — used tarps to change the O’s in the sign to E’s, he said.” (01/01/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/01/us/hollywood-hollyweed-sign/index.html

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8) China: Regime to relax curbs on foreign investment in financial sector
Source: Times of Malta [Malta]

“China has unveiled plans to allow more foreign investment in banking, insurance, securities and credit-rating firms, as part of a wider opening up of the world’s second-largest economy. The moves could ease some frustration among foreign firms over their lack of access, though the guidelines issued by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) were short on detail. The document issued by the State planner listed priority sectors for liberalisation but was unclear over the extent and timeframe for the reforms.” (01/01/17)

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170101/business-news/China-to-relax-curbs-on-foreign-investment-in-financial-sector.635380

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9) VA: Idiot pol files bill to declare porn a “public health hazard”
Source: CBS News

“A lawmaker in Virginia has filed a bill that would declare pornography a public health hazard in the state, CBS Richmond affiliate WTVR reports. Del. Robert G. Marshall of Prince William County proposed the bill, which says pornography leads to problems including the hypersexualization of teenagers and the normalization of abuse of women and children. … Marshall said such a declaration could help pave the way for future limits, similar to how a 1964 federal government report linking cigarettes to disease spurred future restrictions.” (12/30/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/virginia-lawmaker-wants-porn-declared-a-public-health-hazard/

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10) Tinder and Grindr linked to more than 500 crimes, figures show
Source: The Telegraph (UK)

“Dating apps have been linked to more than 500 crimes in England and Wales — and almost a third are sex offences, figures show. More than 500 people have been the alleged victims of crimes ranging from murder and rape to child abuse as a result of using popular dating apps, data reveals. The figure come after serial killer Stephen Port was last month convicted of murdering four men he met on gay dating websites and apps, such as Grindr.” (12/31/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/31/tinder-grindr-linked-500-crimes-figures-show/

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11) France: Workers get “right to disconnect” from emails after hours under new law
Source: New York Daily News

“A new law in France starting New Year’s Day will allow workers ‘the right to disconnect’ from their smartphones and from checking work emails after hours. The new law corresponds to companies with more than 50 employees, and it is intended to tackle the ‘always-on’ work culture, which leads to overtime as well as an intrusion in their private lives outside the office.” (12/31/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/french-workers-disconnect-emails-new-law-article-1.2929895

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12) NY: NYC issues first US “intersex” birth certificate
Source: Fox 8 News

“For the first time in the United States, New York City issued a birth certificate reading ‘intersex’ in the gender field. On December 15, the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene corrected the original birth certificate of Sara Kelly Keenan, born in Brooklyn 55 years ago. … ‘Intersex’ is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person’s anatomy doesn’t fit the typical definitions of female or male.” (12/31/16)

http://myfox8.com/2016/12/31/new-york-city-issues-first-us-intersex-birth-certificate/

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13) North Korea: Kim says regime is close to test-launching ICBM
Source: Business Insider

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Sunday that the isolated nuclear capable country was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). North Korea tested ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate during 2016, although some experts have said it is years away from developing an ICBM fitted with a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the United States. … A successful ICBM test launch would mark a significant step forward for secretive Pyongyang’s weapons capability. ICBMs have a minimum range of about 5,500 km (3,418 miles), but some are designed to travel 10,000 km or further. The U.S. state of California is roughly 9,000 km from North Korea.” (01/01/17)

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-north-koreas-kim-says-close-to-test-launch-of-icbm-2016-12

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14) Burundi: Environment minister shot dead in capital
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Minutes after midnight local time, a gunman shot and killed Burundi’s Environment Minister Emmanuel Niyokuru, police said in a statement on Sunday. ‘Minister of water and environment killed by a criminal with a gun on his way home to Rohero, around 00:45,’ said police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye in a tweet. Nkurikiye added that authorities arrested a woman linked to the ‘assassination.’ The East African nation has witnessed a spate of political violence since Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term despite a constitutional two-term limit.” (01/01/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/burundis-environment-minister-shot-dead-in-capital/a-36966430

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15) FL: Miami cops fired for saying they use black neighborhoods as a shooting range
Source: The Free Thought Project

“Three rookie police officers were fired just before days Christmas after joking in chat logs about using Miami’s black neighborhoods as a shooting range, according to an internal investigation. ‘Anyone know of an indoor shooting range in Miami?’ one officer asked in a WhatsApp group chat, according to a story first reported by the Miami Herald. ‘Go to model city they have moving targets,’ replied Kevin Bergnes. ‘There’s a range in overtown on 1 and 11. Moving targets and they don’t charge,’ added Miguel Valdes.” (12/31/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/miami-cops-black-neighborhoods-shooting-range/

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

16) 2017 and “killer apps” for the transition
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Open-source organization is ideal for the design of industrial products, because digital design can be done stigmergically (the same modular, granular approach to leveraging small contributions that characterizes Wikipedia) by self-selected individuals designing components to plug into a larger platform ecology. Physical production, on the other hand, is a cooperative venture that requires at least some degree of administrative coordination by a number of people engaged in a common process. Members of an open-manufacturing ecology can’t just manufacture components and sub-assemblies when they feel like it, and let them lie around until other groups of people also feel like producing the remaining necessary parts and assembling the final product. … So the question is, what’s the catalyst that will drive cooperative production of physical goods on a P2P model at the local level, so organized as to meet the real material needs of real human beings in a timely and efficient manner, and to provide an alternative preferable to going to Sears or Walmart?” (01/01/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/47416

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17) Trump as undercover “small(er) government” agent?
Source: The Inter-Rationale
by Steve Trinward

“What if President-elect Donald Trump has been looking at the Cabinet as a chance to shrink government? If so, he would be appointing skeptics, instead of insiders, in order to get a real evaluation of what should be cut and which first, to mitigate the pain for those now dependent on them, but to ultimately trim the size and scope of their fiefdoms. Consider that one of the biggest problems we face in the ever-expanding government control over our lives comes from career bureaucrats, who make policy decisions and issue edicts on pretty much a daily basis — based mostly on their own whims, not on legitimate laws passed by Congress and signed into law by the reigning President. This has led to expansions of power in every realm from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Drug Enforcement Administration. … Now contemplate the fact that most of the names Trump has mentioned so far, whether for Cabinet position or agency head, have been someone from outside the usual suspects.” (01/02/17)

http://rationalreview.com/archives/242666

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18) The hacking hoax
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Okay, class, let’s get this straight, once and for all. We have been told, mostly by a gaggle of Marxoid Democratic circus clowns, shocked, hysterical, and desperate to generate some excuse for their massive humiliation in the recent election, that their candidate, the ‘smartest woman in the world,’ lost only because, somehow, the evil Russians cybernetically manipulated the electoral system, delivering the victory to the unthinkable, the unspeakable, the deplorable Donald J. Trump. Yeah, right. It’s important for everyone who knows that this is nonsense to speak up, before it congeals into another myth — like Albert Gore winning the popular vote in 2000 (until corruption in California and elsewhere is factored in). Russia did not ‘hack’ the recent election, altering the outcome.” (01/01/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle904-20170101-02.html

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19) Gracian’s aphorism #272: Sell things at the price of courtesy.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Aphorism #272 might seem to contradict Aphorism #191, Do not take Payment in Politeness. That is, until you recognize the importance of such words as ‘honourable recipient’ and ‘a right-minded man.’ Those who are cultured and cultivated in character — those who are friendship material — understand the worth of graciousness and generousity. Rather than viewing the giver as a ‘soft touch,’ they feel gratitude and a desire(a happy obligation) to reciprocate when or if the appropriate situation arises.” (01/01/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7632

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20) Food policy experts comment on bests, worsts, and what’s to come
Source: Reason
by Baylen Linnekin

“For my last column of the year, I asked a handful of food-policy experts to comment on the year that was and the year that will be in food policy.” (12/31/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/12/31/food-policy-experts-comment-on-bests-wor

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21) Can Britain’s monarchy survive without the queen?
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“A heavy cold and a nation shivers. The cold is that attributed, this week, to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (her formal titles would take much of the rest of this column). The shivers are those of the political establishment. Everything of moment in the United Kingdom depends, formally, on the 90-year-old Queen. She legitimizes all laws. She appoints all ministers. Parliamentarians must swear an oath of fealty to her. Ambassadors negotiate in her name, generals fight in it. She is the monarch in more than a dozen former imperial possessions, largely uncontroversially. When, in 1999, on the prompting of a Labour Prime Minister, the Australians tried to usurp her, the move failed, in spite of polls showing only minority support for her. Now, contrary to belief, the polls have risen, to show her popularity at around 60 percent.” (12/29/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-queen-commentary-idUSKBN14I19H

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22) Why did Leon Trotsky favor eugenics?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

“After researching this topic now for two years, I’ve framed a rule for thinkers of this period: scratch a socialist and you will discover a eugenicist who aches to use the state to control who lives and dies. It turns out to apply to Trotsky as well. … one does wonder what Trotsky had in mind. Was his push for eugenics driven by racial panic, as was the case with many Progressive Era intellectuals? Was it merely a general desire to improve the genetic composition of the average person? Or perhaps it was actually a political motivation. Maybe the ultimate answer to the ‘bourgeois mind’ was extermination through sterilization, exclusion, impoverishment, and death in one generation? It’s hard to say, but this much is true. If you aspire to control the economic and cultural machinery of any society, you simply cannot leave the essential question of demographics to the ‘anarchy of the market.'” (01/01/16)

https://fee.org/articles/why-did-leon-trotsky-favor-eugenics/

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23) A fool in the crossfire over Russia and Israel
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni

“Democrat tribespeople, led by their petulant chieftain Barack Obama and his propaganda ministry of CNN, want to delegitimize Trump with the canard that he would not have been elected if had not been for the hacking of the Democrat National Committee. Republican tribespeople, led by neocon jingoists and their propaganda ministry of talk radio, are spreading the canard that the two-bit nation of Russia is a threat to America. Both tribes overlook their gross hypocrisy and double standards in their longtime spying, hacking, and otherwise interfering with the domestic politics of other nations.” (01/01/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/fool-crossfire-russia-israel/

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24) “He was the nationalist candidate”
Source: The Atlantic
by Emma Green

“As Donald Trump prepares to take office, R.R. Reno of First Things is feeling ‘guardedly optimistic.’ The editor of the conservative, religious magazine cautiously supported the Republican’s candidacy. Reno does not believe Trump will fix what he sees as America’s frayed social contract. But he does think the incoming president will disrupt the current political system, which he considers deeply flawed. I spoke with Reno about his outlook for the coming administration.” (01/01/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/trump-r-r-reno/511820/

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25) American Black Cross helps political prisoners with Bitcoin
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“An organization called the American Black Cross is a recognized 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping U.S. political prisoners. The charitable group was inspired by the Ross Ulbricht case, whom many believe is a political prisoner incarcerated for victimless crimes. As the new year approaches, bitcoiners can donate to this cause that helps a growing population of imprisoned people.” (01/01/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/black-cross-political-prisoners-bitcoin/

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26) Obama’s lame-duck spy caper
Source: USA Today
by David A Andelman

“The United States is expelling 35 Russian spies (let’s call them for what they are). Russia can be expected to expel 35 of ours. Putin spokesman Dmitri Peskov promised, ‘There is no doubt that Russia’s adequate and mirror response will make Washington officials feel very uncomfortable as well.’ These are the very kinds of action that marked the depths of the Cold War. When the Soviet ally, Czechoslovakia expelled me in 1979 for writing stories the Kremlin didn’t like in The New York Times, the Carter administration expelled the Washington bureau chief of Rude Pravo, the government-controlled Czech daily. The same happened to diplomats and spies as well throughout the half century-long Cold War. Certainly, we are in a different era today, with different weapons and somewhat different expectations. No longer is the end point of any cyber war envisioned as an exchange of nuclear-armed ICBM missiles.” (12/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/12/29/obamas-lame-duck-spy-caper-david-andelman/95967628

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27) The NHS should be fit for us, not us for it
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“[L]ook what the message is here. We British are not worthy of that National Health Service which government, in its munificence, provides for us. We get ill from the wrong things, we must change our ways so that we can be worthy of the Wonder of the World that it is. It might be that some form of collective health care provision is a good idea. We can argue about the benefits of government provision, of monopoly, of Stalinist management and so on. But let’s lay out what it is that we should really be getting from any such system. Here’s us, the people. We pay a portion of our incomes into this scheme, whatever it is, for health care. That system should thus be treating us of the diseases to which we are subject. That is, the system has to be worthy of us, not we of it.” (01/01/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-nhs-should-be-fit-for-us-not-us-for-it

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28) Taxis in India: A story of bootleggers and Baptists
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Shreyas Bharadwaj

“I’d like to begin with a small confession. Ever since I read Bruce Yandle’s ‘Bootleggers and Baptists — The Education of a Regulatory Economist’ (1983), it has become a cherished pastime of mine to view the many industries of the modern economy through the lens of the bootleggers and baptists analogy. Naturally, I was not surprised to find that that analogy was also useful in explaining the direction of taxi regulation in our country.” (12/31/16)

https://mises.org/blog/taxis-india-story-bootleggers-and-baptists

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29) Reports of its death are greatly exaggerated
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Organized religion (as in The Roman Catholic Church denomination, the various Protestant denominations, the various Jewish factions, Muslim congregations and so forth) is very hard to define; it is more than just ‘churches’ (buildings) and ‘congregations”’ (the people) and various creeds and books and organizations. And it is manifested (as it has always been) NOT by attendance at organized assemblies in buildings with signs over the doors as much as by (as the New Testament writer James brother of Jesus put it) ‘to visit the orphans and the widows in their distress, and keep oneself unstained by the world.’ And despite the efforts of media and government and many parts of society, THAT sort of ‘pure and undefiled religion’ is GROWING in the United States — often in direct inverse relation to the increasing coarseness, crudity, and tyrannical behavior of the elites of society and government.” (01/01/17)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10467

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30) Understanding the Russian “hacking” meme
Source: La Bocca della Verita
by Gene Callahan

“The election of Donald Trump as president was a (legal) coup against the military-industrial complex that has dominated the US for decades. The people who have benefited from that dominance are now staging a counter-coup. … After the recount ploy failed, and the electoral college revolt failed, the reigning elite were left with a conspiracy theory: the Russians did it!! (It is hilarious how anyone opposing the idea of this vast Russian conspiracy has been smeared as a ‘conspiracy theorist!’)” (12/31/16)

http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2016/12/understanding-russian-hacking-meme.html

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31) The Priority Resolution
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“News distorts policy priorities. The primary mechanism: News showcases exciting stories with colorful characters, while ignoring boring stories with big numbers. One story about Trump’s relationship with Ivanka gets more coverage than most trillion-dollar pots of money. A major secondary mechanism, though, is that stories that dramatically unfold get a lot more coverage than big static facts. An Elephant in the Room may warrant some coverage, but if he just sits in the corner, media interest soon peters out. It would be amazing if these disparities in coverage failed to shape the problems the public worries about — and, in turn, the problems attention-seeking politicians vow to solve. What can be done to mitigate the media’s policy misdirection? I suggest we start the New Year with what I call the Priority Resolution. Are you a serious thinker? Then step back from the media cycle and name the world’s Three Biggest Problems.” (01/01/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/01/priority_day.html

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32) Trump’s tantrums a window into his presidency
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Over the last week, President-elect Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack President Barack Obama in increasingly strident terms, and also made a sideswipe at the United Nations for passing a resolution against Israel’s building of settlements in the occupied territories. ‘The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time,’ Trump tweeted on Monday. ‘So sad!’ On Wednesday morning he tweeted, ‘Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks. Thought it was going to be a smooth transition — NOT!’ While these tweets, with their simplemindedness and touchiness, call out for psychological analysis, they also ofter a frightening portent of Trump’s government.” (12/29/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/139546/trumps-tantrums-window-presidency

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33) Orwell’s idiocracy
Source: OpEdNews
by Joe Giambrone

“I’m not only referring to Trump’s tards (as Democrats would have instantly presumed) but to an equally malignant demographic: the smug, arrogant, pseudo-intellectual. These people think they know what they do not know and are thus rendered incapable of thought, incapacitated, intellectually stunted. Those types make great Nazis, in fact, and are arguably half of the voting population. They are the Peace Laureate’s defenders and cheerleaders, Hillary’s people, corporate comedians like Samantha Bee, Zionists like Bill Maher, listeners of NPR, and readers of Alternet. These lobotomized partisans only oppose war when it is convenient, when a Republican is in office. Not when the warmonger is a Democrat, and that is disgusting hypocrisy. They have pushed the nation toward moral bankruptcy, a rampaging duopoly of blustering hypocrites talking around the crimes.” (01/01/17)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Orwell-s-Idiocracy-by-Joe-Giambrone-Ideology-Liberal_Journalism_Liberal-Democrat_Media-Fake-News-170101-500.html

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34) Obama’s regulations aren’t the only Trump target
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau

“President-Elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have pledged to repeal many regulations put in place by President Obama. This would be a good start, but they need to go further. Overregulation didn’t start during the Obama administration. In the spirit of bipartisanship and fostering economic and job growth, Mr. Trump and Congress should remove all regulatory barriers needlessly obstructing America’s entrepreneurs, consumers or investors, regardless of which party implemented them. They can start with a law signed and implemented by President George W. Bush.” (12/30/16)

https://cei.org/content/obama%E2%80%99s-regulations-aren%E2%80%99t-only-trump-target

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35) Inside the tiny, uncluttered mind of a cop
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“I’m not surprised by the reminder that reading comprehension isn’t among the skills tested through POST certification. Law enforcement is an occupation that selects for people who tend to communicate through non-verbal means, after all. Nowhere in my essay did I suggest that people donate to police charities in the hope of receiving ‘special privileges;’ my point is that the people who administer those funds are protected by the legal fiction called ‘qualified immunity,’ which gives them an unearned sense of privilege and makes them untrustworthy. This is abundantly demonstrated by the pervasive pilferage from FOP coffers. The recent case in Idaho is merely one of hundreds that have happened nation-wide.” (12/30/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/12/inside-tiny-uncluttered-mind-of-cop.html

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36) Thought experiments on the violence of the state
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Michael Suede

“I just wanted to take a moment and demonstrate how loving your neighbor as you love your own mother would result in the abandonment of the State. Our innate human morals preclude us from punishing our friends and family when they have harmed no one by their actions, nor damaged anyone else’s property. Your mother has committed a crime by the laws of the State, the evidence against her is overwhelming. You are on the jury which is set to convict her. In the deliberation room, you must now declare how you will vote …” (12/31/16)

http://everything-voluntary.com/thought-experiments-on-the-violence-of-the-state

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37) Russia hysteria infects WashPost again: False story about hacking US electric grid
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“The Washington Post on Friday reported a genuinely alarming event: Russian hackers have penetrated the U.S. power system through an electrical grid in Vermont. … The Post article contained grave statements from Vermont officials of the type politicians love to issue after a terrorist attack to show they are tough and in control. … What’s the problem here? It did not happen. There was no ‘penetration of the U.S. electricity grid.’ The truth was undramatic and banal. Burlington Electric, after receiving a Homeland Security notice sent to all U.S. utility companies about the malware code found in the DNC system, searched all its computers and found the code in a single laptop that was not connected to the electric grid. … Even worse, there is zero evidence that Russian hackers were even responsible for the implanting of this malware on this single laptop.” (12/31/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/12/31/russia-hysteria-infects-washpost-again-false-story-about-hacking-u-s-electric-grid/

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38) Donald Trump’s plans incredibly unpopular
Source: In These Times
by Susan J Douglas

“On Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, Donald Trump claimed in a tweet that his 290 electoral votes constituted a ‘landslide’ and, falsely, that he had ‘won the popular vote,’ because Hillary’s margin (over 2.6 million and counting) was due to those who had ‘voted illegally.’ To say this claim is ‘baseless,’ as the New York Times did, is yet another overly polite media understatement about a serial liar. Miffed that millions regard his election as illegitimate, and throwing a tantrum over the recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Trump is trying to manufacture what he desperately desires and does not have: a mandate. Indeed what Trump has is an anti-mandate, something progressives need to reiterate as we gear up for the long months and years of resistance. Given his whopper flip-flops since the election — notably the switch from ‘lock her up’ to ‘I don’t want to hurt the Clintons’ and from that big, beautiful wall to ‘some fencing’ — he seemed to sense this, however primitively.” (12/30/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19768/donald-trumps-plans-unpopular-mandate-electoral-college-immigration-lgbt

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39) Chipping away at National Security Letters: 2016 in review
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Andrew Crocker

“When Congress passed the USA FREEDOM Act in 2015 as part of the country’s reckoning with the post-9/11 surveillance state, comparably little attention was paid to amendments the law made to national security letters (NSLs). At the time, EFF said that these changes stopped far short of the NSL reform we’d hoped for, and we predicted only superficial improvements in how the FBI issues NSLs. In 2016, we saw how these changes played out in real cases — some involving EFF clients — and it looks as if our assessment was appropriately measured. Overall, the revised law has allowed for the FBI to engage in selective transparency about NSLs on a modest scale, all the while seeking to expand the scope of NSLs and stand in the way of independent oversight. In 2016, EFF notched a few victories on behalf of our clients, but we’re still looking to achieve total victory and have the NSL statute declared unconstitutional.” (12/30/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/12/chipping-away-national-security-letters-2016-review

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40) The Tim Preuss Podcast, episode 171
Source: The Tim Preuss Podcast

“Tim and Brian go over the recent hack of the Bilderberg Group’s website by Anonymous and the false Washington Post story accusing Russia of hacking the U.S. power grid. As mainstream media instigates a conflict with Russia, ‘fake news’ sets the record straight.” [various formats] (01/01/17)

http://www.preusspodcast.com/podcast-episodes/ep-171-russia-isnt-the-enemy/

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41) Interview: Darrell Becker
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Darrell Becker. Herein we discussed his path to holistic medicine and Voluntaryism, Corbett Report, Red Ice Creations, Gnostic Media, School Sucks Project, Complete Liberty, Stefan Molyneux, Non-Violent Communication, my experience studying Chinese Medicine, mega corporations are not the root of the problem, hate the game not the player, importance of definitions, adaptive State exams, Agorist Acupuncturists, Voluntaryism is a Utopian philosophy rebutted, sour grapes outlook, being logically consistent, losing fear, voting is a fantasy, death by medicine, iatrogenic illness, The Trivium, Dale Brown, VIPER Threat Management Center, rendering the State obsolete, The Jones Plantation, medical decentralization, Electro-medicine, Royal Rife, the economics of licenses, the beauty of apprenticeship, starve the beast, destructive thinking, Katie Testa, Non Violent Communication, my definition of peaceful parenting and more!” [Flash video or MP3] (12/30/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/darrell-becker-acupuncturist-non-violent-communicator-and-free-market-agorist/

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