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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
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In the News:

1) US House Republicans vote to give themselves ethics impunity
2) Brazil: Dozens of inmates killed in prison riot
3) SpaceX finds source of rocket explosion, plans new launch
4) Solar could beat coal to be the cheapest power on Earth
5) Israel: Police question PM Netanyahu in corruption probe
6) Dylann Roof ruled competent for sentencing
7) Peru: Former presidents to be summoned in Petrobras corruption probe
8) Sweden tries to curb buy-and-throw-away culture through tax breaks
9) Bitcoin jumps above $1,000 for first time in three years
10) Argentina: Regime boosts military purchases from Israel to ramp up drug war
11) Israel: Regime to bury Hamas terrorists rather than return their remains
12) Study: Traffic fatality rates drop in states that allow medical cannabis
13) Somalia: Suicide bombers target Mogadishu checkpoint, hotel
14) Bereaved family files frivolous lawsuit versus Apple over daughter’s death
15) NJ: Judge says town government can’t discriminate against mosque
16) Bahrain: “Terrorists” freed in prison raid
17) Protesters hang banner during NFL game to protest North Dakota pipeline
18) AZ: Doctors, pharmacists indicted in $100 million fraud case
19) GA: Waffle House waitress loses job after firing gun during robbery
20) Massachusetts set to be home of nation’s largest cannabis farm

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) But who will build the libertarian society? The inconsistency of “immigration control”
22) Good news: Washington frozen out of Syria peace plan
23) Russians! Under my bed!
24) Is Trump about to debunk the media’s “Putin-gate” conspiracy theory?
25) Finland’s Universal Basic Income experiment
26) A tribute to the warehouse
27) The Bitcoin constellation is bigger than most realize
28) A different kind of journalism
29) Kerry’s eureka moment on Israel and Palestine
30) He’s making a list: Trump is more paranoid & dangerous than Nixon
31) Development can happen without subsidies
32) “Identity politics” takes a hit
33) Obama’s “disdain of military force” and our militarized foreign policy
34) The lament of the merely decent economist
35) Rising inequality is far from inevitable
36) War on the west, entering a new phase?
37) Young or old, 21st-century workplace is a challenge
38) A stronger economy will also destroy jobs, but it’s necessary
39) ObamaCare: Repeal now, replace later
40) Don’t help cops feel useful
41) The pattern here
42) 25 things that will surprise you about Canada
43) Economics: University vs. real world
44) Defying Donald Trump’s kleptocracy
45) Jean-Baptiste Say, on the 250th anniversary of his birth

The Sound and the Fury:

46) The Crypto Show, 01/01/17
47) Freedom Feens, 01/02/17
48) Citizen Cain, episode 19
49) New year, new laws
50) Free Talk Live, 01/01/17

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

1) US House Republicans vote to give themselves ethics impunity
Source: Politico

“In one of their first moves of the new Congress, House Republicans have voted to gut their own independent ethics watchdog — a huge blow to cheerleaders of congressional oversight and one that dismantles major reforms adopted after the Jack Abramoff scandal. Monday’s effort was led, in part, by lawmakers who have come under investigation in recent years. Despite a warning from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Republicans adopted a proposal by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) to put the Office of Congressional Ethics under the jurisdiction of the House Ethics Committee. The office currently has free rein, enabling investigators to pursue allegations and then recommend further action to the House Ethics Committee as they see fit. Now, the office would be under the thumb of lawmakers themselves.” (01/02/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/house-republicans-gut-their-own-oversight-233111

2) Brazil: Dozens of inmates killed in prison riot
Source: USA Today

“Fighting among inmates touched off a riot at a prison in the northern state of Amazonas, leaving at least 56 dead, including several who were beheaded or dismembered in the worst bloodshed at a Brazilian prison since 1992. Authorities said the riot apparently grew out of a fight between two of the country’s biggest crime gangs over control of prisons and drug routes in northern Brazil. Amazonas authorities initially reported 60 dead, but Monday afternoon the state public security secretary’s office reduced that figure to 56.” (01/02/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/01/02/inmates-killed-prison-riot-northern-brazil/96080222/

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3) SpaceX finds source of rocket explosion, plans new launch
Source: US News & World Report

“SpaceX says it plans to resume flights as early as next week after finding the cause of an explosion that destroyed a rocket and satellite on a Florida launch pad in September. … the Hawthorne company is aiming for a Sunday flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The company says its investigation of the Sept. 1 explosion found that a tank failed within the larger, second-stage liquid oxygen tank. SpaceX plans to launch 10 satellites for Iridium Communications Inc. on a Falcon 9 rocket.” (01/02/17)

http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2017-01-02/spacex-finds-source-of-rocket-explosion-plans-new-launch

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4) Solar could beat coal to be the cheapest power on Earth
Source: Bloomberg

“Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it’s likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere. In 2016, countries from Chile to the United Arab Emirates broke records with deals to generate electricity from sunshine for less than 3 cents a kilowatt-hour, half the average global cost of coal power. Now, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Mexico are planning auctions and tenders for this year, aiming to drop prices even further. Taking advantage: Companies such as Italy’s Enel SpA and Dublin’s Mainstream Renewable Power, who gained experienced in Europe and now seek new markets abroad as subsidies dry up at home. Since 2009, solar prices are down 62 percent, with every part of the supply chain trimming costs.” (01/02/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-03/for-cheapest-power-on-earth-look-skyward-as-coal-falls-to-solar

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5) Israel: Police question PM Netanyahu in corruption probe
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Israeli police have questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of an inquiry into corruption allegations. Ahead of their arrival at his residence, Mr Netanyahu again denied any wrongdoing. He told the media and political rivals to ‘hold off partying,’ adding: ‘Nothing will happen, because there is nothing.’ Israeli media have reported allegations that he has received significant gifts or ‘favours’ from businessmen. Investigators questioned the PM at his central Jerusalem residence for about three hours, the Jerusalem Post newspaper says.” (01/02/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38491374

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6) Dylann Roof ruled competent for sentencing
Source: CNN

“A federal judge ruled Monday that Dylann Roof, convicted of killing nine people inside an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, is mentally competent to represent himself at the sentencing phase of his trial. That phase is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Roof could be sentenced to death. Roof was evaluated over the weekend by Dr. James Ballenger of Charleston, a specialist in forensic psychiatry, with the results presented in court on Monday.” (01/02/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/02/us/dylann-roof-competency-hearing/

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7) Peru: Former presidents to be summoned in Petrobras corruption probe
Source: PanAm Post

“Víctor Andres Garcia Belaunde of the Popular Action Party of Peru, said that ex-Presidents Alejandro Toldedo, Alan Garcia and Ollanta Humala are involved in the Lava Jato Petrobras investigations as well as the Odebrecht bribes. Garcia Belaunde reportedly said that one of the first things the commission will do when installed in early January 2017 is create a list of names that require further investigation. Additionally, Prosecutor Pablo Sanchez will be the first to meet with senior officials involved in the efforts of the past three administrations.” (01/02/17)

https://panampost.com/ysol-delgado/2017/01/02/former-peruvian-presidents-to-be-summoned-in-petrobras-corruption-probe/

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8) Sweden tries to curb buy-and-throw-away culture through tax breaks
Source: Raw Story

“If you wear your jeans a lot, eventually they’ll start to get a hole. What do you do? You throw them away and buy a new pair, of course. Everybody knows that. Sweden’s Minister of Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs Per Bolund says we need to change that mindset. ‘Part of that is making it more affordable and economically rational to stop the buying and throwing away, instead repairing your goods and using them for a longer time,’ says Bolund. He’s trying to push people in that direction through tax breaks; he’s spearheading a 50-percent tax cut for Swedes to repair items like clothes, shoes and bicycles. The new rule [took] effect on Jan. 1, 2017, with a goal of decreasing waste in the world’s landfills, which are filling up at an alarming rate.” (01/02/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/sweden-tries-to-curb-buy-and-throw-away-culture-through-tax-breaks

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9) Bitcoin jumps above $1,000 for first time in three years
Source: Reuters

“Digital currency bitcoin kicked off the new year by jumping above $1,000 for the first time in three years late on Sunday, having outperformed all central-bank-issued currencies with a 125 percent climb in 2016. Bitcoin — a web-based ‘cryptocurrency’ that has no central authority, relying instead on thousands of computers across the world that validate transactions and add new bitcoins to the system — jumped 2.5 percent to $1,022 on the Europe-based Bitstamp exchange, its highest since December 2013.” (01/02/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-markets-bitcoin-idUSKBN14M0IF

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10) Argentina: Regime boosts military purchases from Israel to ramp up drug war
Source: PanAm Post

“Argentina has made advances in the purchase of military equipment from Israel in order to fight drug trafficking on its borders. On January 2, President Mauricio Macri’s administration approved the payment of nearly US $80 million for the purchase of four coastal patrol boats to be used in the Paraná River, one of the main areas where marijuana enters Argentina. The patrol boats will reportedly arrive in Argentina fully equipped and with an integrated surveillance system for land borders.” (01/02/17)

https://panampost.com/raquel-garcia/2017/01/02/argentina-boosts-military-purchases-from-israel-to-ramp-up-drug-war/

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11) Israel: Regime to bury Hamas terrorists rather than return their remains
Source: United Press International

“In an effort to push Hamas into returning two Israelis it is detaining and the remains of two soldiers, Israel announced on Sunday it would no longer return the remains of deceased militants, choosing to bury them instead. Israel’s high-level security cabinet voted unanimously on Sunday to stop handing the remains of Hamas militants killed in battle back to the group, and will bury them instead, in response to Hamas continuing to hold two Israelis and the remains of two soldiers. While Israel has made several offers to Hamas since the 2014 incursion into Gaza to try to stop terror attacks to get both back, Hamas has refused all offers.” (01/02/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/01/02/Israel-to-bury-Hamas-terrorists-rather-than-return-their-remains/8571483340303/

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12) Study: Traffic fatality rates drop in states that allow medical cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“Despite ongoing concerns over the danger of stoned drivers, experts say that traffic fatalities have actually reduced in states that allow medical access to marijuana. Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have found an 11 percent drop on average in the District of Columbia as well as the 23 states with legalized medical marijuana, reports the Washington Post. The reduced traffic fatalities mostly occurred for motorists between the ages of 15-44, a group containing a high percentage of registered medical cannabis users. Specifically, researchers observed an 11 percent reduction of among ages 15 to 24, and 12 percent for ages 25 to 44. A 9 percent drop was also observed among the 45 and over crowd, whose number of registered medical marijuana patients continues to grow.” (01/02/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/12/27/traffic-fatality-rates-drop-in-states-that-allow-medical-marijuana-study-finds

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13) Somalia: Suicide bombers target Mogadishu checkpoint, hotel
Source: New Straits Times [Malaysia]

“Twin suicide car bombs claimed by the Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab insurgent group wounded nine people Monday at the entrance to Mogadishu’s fortified airport and a nearby hotel, officials said. The first blast occurred at the Medina Gate entrance to Mogadishu airport, home to the UN, aid agencies and foreign missions and contractors as well as the headquarters of the African Union military mission, AMISOM. Soon afterwards another, larger vehicle exploded outside the Peace Hotel, popular with foreign visitors to Somalia.” (01/02/17)

http://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/01/201404/suicide-bombers-target-mogadishu-checkpoint-hotel

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14) Bereaved family files frivolous lawsuit versus Apple over daughter’s death
Source: Firstpost [India]

“A family in the US who lost their young daughter in a car crash recently filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly encouraging distracted driving through ‘FaceTime’ video calling app, media reported. The family claims that Apple had the patent for a safer version of its ‘FaceTime’ video calling app, but chose to make the less safe version available with the iPhone 6 — ultimately leading to a car crash that resulted in the death of their five-year-old daughter Moriah Modisette, Courthouse News reported this week.” (01/02/17)

http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/apple-sued-by-a-family-in-us-claims-facetime-caused-fatal-car-accident-355600.html

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15) NJ: Judge says town government can’t discriminate against mosque
Source: Fox News

“A federal judge says an upscale New Jersey town violated anti-discrimination laws by insisting that a proposed mosque have more parking spaces than churches or synagogues. The judge on Saturday ruled that Bernards Township violated the Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act by applying a different standard to Muslims. … The Islamic Society’s application to build the mosque was denied after more than three years and 39 public hearings. The group sued the township in March.” (01/02/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/02/judge-more-parking-for-proposed-nj-mosque-unconstitutional.html

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16) Bahrain: “Terrorists” freed in prison raid
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Gunmen in Bahrain have attacked a prison, killing a policeman and freeing 10 inmates convicted of terror offences, officials say. A security lockdown has been imposed around Jaw prison, south of the capital Manama, the interior ministry said. A second policeman was injured, when between four and six men, armed with automatic rifles and pistols, attacked the prison on Sunday. An investigation into the escape has been ordered, police said. Sporadic unrest has hit Bahrain since protests in February 2011 demanded an end to discrimination against the Shia majority by the Sunni Muslim rulers. At the time, demonstrators occupied Manama’s Pearl Roundabout to press for more democracy.” (01/01/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38483978

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17) Protesters hang banner during NFL game to protest North Dakota pipeline
Source: Raw Story

“Two protesters dangling from a ceiling support at Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium unfurled a banner criticizing the Dakota Access Pipeline during a National Football League game on Sunday between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, police said The banner urged Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank to divest from the $3.8 billion pipeline crossing four states. Construction in North Dakota prompted protests by Native Americans and environmentalists who say the project will harm water resources and sacred lands. The federal government ruled in December against that stretch of the project.The protesters, a man and a woman, climbed down after the game ended and were arrested, police said in a statement. After undergoing medical evaluations, the pair were jailed on burglary and trespassing charges, and another woman was issued a trespass notice and released, the statement said.” (01/02/26)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/protesters-hang-banner-during-nfl-game-to-protest-north-dakota-pipeline

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18) AZ: Doctors, pharmacists indicted in $100 million fraud case
Source: USA Today

“A dozen doctors, pharmacy owners and marketing pros have been accused of a kickback scheme that prosecutors allege involved a sham medical study used to bilk up to $102 million from the publicly funded federal health program for military family members. The doctors included Walter Neil Simmons, 47, of Gilbert, Ariz., emergency medicine doctor who has worked at two metro Phoenix hospital chains. He was indicted in October in U.S. District Court in Dallas on one count of conspiracy to commit health-care fraud. The federal charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.” (01/01/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/01/01/phoenix-doctor-indicted-100-million-fraud-case/96072826

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19) GA: Waffle House waitress loses job after firing gun during robbery
Source: Fox News

“A Waffle House waitress in Georgia says she was fired for shooting her gun at three fleeing robbers. Heather (Shorty) Burkinshaw-Stanley said she was only trying to defend herself and her co-workers, The Newnan Times-Herald reported Sunday. ‘I was in fear for my life, my co-workers’ lives, and I did what I thought was right,’ she told the paper. Three men ate at Burkinshaw-Stanley’s Waffle House early Thursday. Instead of paying for their meal, the men gave the cashier a note threatening to shoot everyone if their demand for money from the register wasn’t met, the paper reported.” (01/01/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/01/waffle-house-waitress-loses-job-after-firing-gun-during-robbery.html

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20) Massachusetts set to be home of nation’s largest cannabis farm
Source: Smell the Truth

“While some pundits believe that California is poised to become the new Marijuana Capital, New England is tentatively set to house the biggest pot farm in the U.S. The Colorado company AmeriCann has announced plans to build the nation’s largest marijuana grow facility in Massachusetts, reports Quartz. Construction is slated to begin March 17 on a 53-acre tract in Freetown. Initially intended to be home to a Boston Beer Company brewery, AmeriCann acquired the area during the fall for a little under $5 million.” (01/01/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/12/28/massachusetts-set-to-be-home-of-nations-largest-marijuana-farm

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

21) But who will build the libertarian society? The inconsistency of “immigration control”
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Redblood Blackflag

“A popular rationalization for ‘immigration control’ is a coupling of the reality that the State currently ‘taxes’ (forces/extorts) people to pay for ‘welfare,’ roadways, etc., and the chance (which proponents claim is fact) that ‘immigrants’ ‘will vote to take your freedoms away.’ This carries the linguistic baggage of layer upon layer of delusion, but in the end it either boils down to the State being rightful owner of all property, or at least acting as if it were, and violently controlling everyone and their property.” (01/02/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/the-inconsistency-of-immigration-control

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22) Good news: Washington frozen out of Syria peace plan
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“As the US mainstream media obsessed last week about Russia’s supposed ‘hacking’ of the US elections and President Obama’s final round of Russia sanctions in response, something very important was taking place under the media radar. As a result of a meeting between foreign ministers of Russia, Iran, and Turkey last month, a ceasefire in Syria has been worked out and is being implemented. So far it appears to be holding, and after nearly six years of horrible warfare the people of Syria are finally facing the possibility of rebuilding their lives. What is so important about this particular ceasefire? It was planned, agreed to, and implemented without the participation of the United States Government.” (01/02/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/good-news-washington-frozen-syria-peace-plan

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23) Russians! Under my bed!
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“If there’s any single statement that Barack Obama probably wishes he could undo, it was his mockery of Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential debates. Referring to Romney’s characterization of Russia as America’s greatest geopolitical foe, Obama said the 1980s are now calling, and they want their foreign policy back. Now of course, Democrats are up in arms about the Russians, sounding like madcap John Birchers from the 1960s. As Twitter wag IowaHawk noted, they didn’t get upset when Russia invaded Crimea, they didn’t throw down when Russia shot down a civilian airliner over Ukraine, but stealing John Podesta’s password via a phishing scam is apparently grounds for restarting the Cold War. Well, only one of these crimes constitutes a threat to Democrats’ political power.” (01/02/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/01/02/russians-hacking-podesta-emails-democrats-glenn-reynolds-column/96081006

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24) Is Trump about to debunk the media’s “Putin-gate” conspiracy theory?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“‘It wouldn’t be a bad opening for a Tom Clancy novel about the Cold War’ — that’s how the Los Angeles Times described the sequence of events leading up to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (‘spies’) and the latest face-off between Washington and Moscow. Indeed the whole episode of has about it a fictional aura, which is, after all, only appropriate, since the entire basis of this latest cold war drama is pure invention. … It’s all part of the security theater performed by Obama’s dead-enders, as they do their best to cast a long shadow over the incoming Trump administration. And like any performance, it comes with a little booklet explaining the provenance of the piece, in this case a ‘report’ reiterating in a most unconvincing manner the assertions we’ve been hearing since Election Day: that Trump’s victory was the culmination of an elaborate Russian conspiracy, a remake of ‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ only this time with computers.” (01/02/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/01/01/is-trump-about-to-debunk-the-medias-putin-gate-conspiracy-theory/

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25) Finland’s Universal Basic Income experiment
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Finland has begun an experiment with a universal basic income (UBI) program …. Many free market economists favor this sort of program, partly for reasons outlined above. And it’s very possible that the program would constitute an improvement over Finland’s current welfare system. But I’d also like to offer a few words of caution.” (01/02/17)

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

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26) A tribute to the warehouse
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

“The warehouse has been a feature of the commercial world since the most ancient times. Jesus even has a parable that involves a grain warehouser who amasses ever more grain without selling any and then finally dies. Yes, that’s how the story ends. The warehouse in our times is assuming ever-greater importance. The globalization and digitization of commerce has turned the warehouse from a useful institution into the very heart of commercial life.” (01/02/17)

https://fee.org/articles/a-tribute-to-the-warehouse/

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27) The Bitcoin constellation is bigger than most realize
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“When most people think of bitcoin, they look at the price and its billion dollar market capitalization. However, bitcoin’s ecosystem is bigger than most people can imagine with its constellation of significantly growing micro-economies.” (01/02/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-bitcoin-constellation-is-bigger-than-most-realize/

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28) A different kind of journalism
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“There is standard progression in the world where journalism and politics intersect. After years of reporting and watching newsrooms shrink, many journalists go to work for the governments they covered, or for an elected official they covered, or for organization they covered and admire. A few who stay in journalism rise in the ranks to write columns or editorials, where they are free to express the opinions they like to believe they had kept to themselves. I am gunning that course in reverse. After 30 years of writing an opinion column, I am heading to Washington to serve as the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s White House correspondent. While I also will write a weekly analytical column, I am shedding the role of (usually conservative) ideological warrior and assuming the role of storyteller. To tell you the truth, after three decades, I am more than open to letting others pontificate.” [editor’s note: This could be an interesting development – SAT] (01/10/17)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/01/01/a-different-kind-of-journalism-n2265385

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29) Kerry’s eureka moment on Israel and Palestine
Source: CounterPunch
by Mouin Rabbani

“It has been a bizarre week for US policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On 23 December, the Obama administration narrowly avoided becoming the first since Harry Truman’s to leave office without a single United Nations Security Council resolution censuring Israel to its credit. Washington has spent the past eight years shielding what John Kerry on 28 December called ‘the most right-wing [government] in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by its most extreme elements’ from international scrutiny. As the United States neither supported nor vetoed Resolution 2334, the Security Council unanimously confirmed that all Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and constitute ‘a flagrant violation under international law.’ It was a rare victory for an international community that has been consistently thwarted by Barack Obama’s indulgence of Binyamin Netanyahu’s appetite for Palestinian land.” (01/02/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/02/kerrys-eureka-moment-on-israel-and-palestine/

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30) He’s making a list: Trump is more paranoid & dangerous than Nixon
Source: The New Republic
by Rick Perlstein

“Donald Trump and Richard Nixon have at least one thing in common: They are the two most paranoid and vindictive men ever to win the presidency. Both came to power armed with enemies lists, vowing to seek revenge against those who stood in their way. Both roamed the mansions of power late at night, raving against every perceived slight. Both were caught on tape describing the ways they enjoyed bending others to their will. But Nixon, unlike Trump, was an introspective man. In one particularly fascinating moment of self-reflection following his resignation, he described to a former aide the habits that had enabled him to rise to the top of Washington’s greasy pole. When you’re on your way, he explained, it pays to be crazy.” (01/02/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138911/hes-making-list-trump-paranoid-dangerous-nixon

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31) Development can happen without subsidies
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“It is a sign of how bad the subsidy culture is getting when Kansas City Star reporter Diane Stafford has to mention that a proposed Country Club Plaza apartment building plan, ‘calls for no public incentives.’ How did we get to the point where the mere fact that private developers are developing privately is noteworthy?” (01/02/17)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/subsidies/development-can-happen-without-subsidies

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32) “Identity politics” takes a hit
Source: In These Times
by Salim Muwakkil

“The term ‘identity politics,’ like a tether ball, is getting smacked around by players on all sides. Although the term has shifting connotations, it generally refers to a heightened focus on the political interests of marginalized groups like women, racial minorities and LGBT folks. Bernie Sanders smacked it from the left during a controversial post-election speech in Boston, when he said in response to a Latina’s question, ‘One of the struggles that you’re going to be seeing in the Democratic Party is whether we go beyond identity politics.’ New York Times columnist David Brooks joined the Washington Post’s George Will in slamming it from the right. These marquee post-mortems see identity politics as the Democrats’ current bête noire. Some even blame it for Hillary Clinton’s loss, in line with a popular narrative that ‘political correctness’ is a major irritant to the white working class.” (01/02/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19762/identity-politics-takes-a-hit

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33) Obama’s “disdain of military force” and our militarized foreign policy
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Robert Samuelson repeats a very tired assertion: What’s curious is that American leaders have sometimes contributed to the decline of U.S. power. Barack Obama’s disdain of military force is so deeply felt and visible [bold mine-DL] that the use of the United States'[s] fighting capabilities was often discounted by allies and adversaries alike, as in Syria.’ Obama leaves office later this month with the unhappy distinction of being the only president to spend his entire tenure presiding over foreign wars. His ‘disdain of military force’ is so strong that the U.S. has bombed at least half a dozen countries on his watch, and his administration has assisted other governments in laying waste to one of the poorest countries on earth. To say that he has a ‘disdain of military force’ might have seemed plausible eight years ago before he took office, but it is not credible to say this after eight years of Obama’s continuation, escalation, and initiation of multiple wars.” (01/02/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/obamas-disdain-of-military-force-and-our-militarized-foreign-policy/

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34) The lament of the merely decent economist
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Once mastered, being a decent economist isn’t much of a continuing challenge for extremely smart people. Worse, being a decent economist involves way too much repetition, of the same centuries-old insights, to keep the interest of extremely smart people. (‘Forcing prices higher reduces quantity demanded … Forcing prices higher reduces quantity demanded … Forcing prices higher reduces quantity demanded … Forcing prices higher reduces quantity demanded … Forcing prices higher reduces quantity demanded … Forcing prices higher reduces quantity demanded … Forcing prices higher reduces quantity demanded …’ Whew.) You can see that this repetition gets tiresome. A far more fun challenge is to explain why all those repeated economic points are, really, false or highly misleading.” (01/02/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/01/41928.html

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35) Rising inequality is far from inevitable
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“The latest study of deepening inequality by three of the most careful scholars of the subject, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saens, and Gabriel Zucman, has prompted another round of shrugs from economists that inequality is just in the nature of the advanced economy. Supposedly, these inexorable trends reflect technology, globalization, and increasing rewards to more advanced skills. The poor are paid in correct proportion to their contribution to the national product, which alas, isn’t much. A close look at political history suggests that this widespread inference is convenient nonsense — convenient to economic elites. In fact, the distribution of income and wealth has bounced around a lot in the past century and a half. It was extreme in the first Gilded Age of the late 19th century, a little less so in the Progressive Era, extreme again in the 1920s, and remarkably egalitarian in the period between the New Deal and the early 1970s — and now extreme again.” (01/02/17)

http://prospect.org/article/rising-inequality-far-inevitable

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36) War on the west, entering a new phase?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“With a new massa supposedly moving into 1600 in less than a month (assuming things go for him on Monday the 19th), lots of old issues are getting revved up again. One is the War of the West, the colonial status of supposedly sovereign states where 70 or 80 percent or more of the actual land is owned by the FedGov, and controlled by hordes of nameless, unelected but powerful bureaucrats in local and state offices, reporting to the Federal Center in Denver and to DC. This has been put back in the public awareness with the decree, on Wednesday the 28th of December, 2016, that the Bears Ears and Gold Butte National Monuments have been created in Utah and Nevada, respectively, against the wishes of the people of those states.” (01/02/17)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10360

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37) Young or old, 21st-century workplace is a challenge
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“A new French law that took effect Jan. 1 asks employers to protect their workers from having to respond to work-related texts or emails after office hours. But the well-intentioned legislation may end up being no more effective than was the royal decree of medieval King Canute as he watched the ocean’s tides disobey his royal command to cease their advance. Technological changes have made a world of work chopped neatly into eight-hour-a-day units more and more rare. The result has been a mixed bag for workers. For some, flexibility means a welcome opportunity to shift between work and home responsibilities more easily. But others may feel that, for them, the office clock never stops ticking, 24 hours a day and weekends, too — a schedule that is ultimately exhausting.” (01/02/17)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2017/0102/For-young-or-old-the-21st-century-workplace-is-a-challenge

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38) A stronger economy will also destroy jobs, but it’s necessary
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“In the near future, Republicans plan to implement policies to unleash economic growth that allegedly has been hobbled by Barack Obama. They believe a simpler tax code, lower tax rates, fewer regulations, stern immigration enforcement and the repeal of Obamacare will lift the economy to dizzying heights. In the ensuing boom, Donald Trump would have us believe, unemployed coal miners, factory workers and other blue-collar Americans will find themselves in great demand. They shouldn’t get their hopes too high. To raise economic growth, not to mention wages, you have to make workers more productive. You don’t make employees more productive by forcing them to work harder or demanding that they be smarter. You do it by providing them with advanced machinery, which lets each employee produce more in less time. When you do that, though, the immediate effect is to destroy jobs, not create them.” (01/02/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/01/02/a-stronger-economy-will-also-destroy-job

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39) ObamaCare: Repeal now, replace later
Source: The American Spectator
by David Catron

“The voters know that Obamacare itself has caused millions to lose their health coverage, created chaos in the individual insurance market, and reduced access to care. Moreover, they are all too well aware of the fact that the ‘Affordable Care Act’ has rendered their own care less affordable by dramatically increasing their out-of-pocket medical expenses. By electing a GOP President, they have given the party’s congressional leadership one last chance to affect a cure for Obamacare. If the Republicans allow the infection to spread by delaying repeal until they pass a replacement, the voters will give them the boot next year. The voters want the pain to stop, and they want it to stop now. They will be more patient regarding replacement.” (01/02/17)

https://spectator.org/obamacare-repeal-now-replace-later/

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40) Don’t help cops feel useful
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I don’t want cops to feel useful, wanted, or needed. I’d rather they struggle to walk the boredom tightrope between donuts and steroids without anyone inviting them into their life. If they are going to be collecting their ill-gotten paychecks anyway, I’d rather they be sitting in the donut shop than out ‘on the streets.’ It keeps the harm they do to a minimum. I don’t want them ‘earning their pay’ by committing acts of enforcement. Not even against my worst enemy. I don’t want cops to feel useful, wanted, or needed. Because they aren’t.” (01/02/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/01/dont-help-cops-feel-useful.html

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41) The pattern here
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Thomas Sowell, who retired from his syndicated column last week, may be the greatest public intellectual of our time. Though he is ‘an original,’ an iconoclast, his work is best seen as the carrying on of a tradition. Or two.” (01/02/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/01/02/the-pattern-here/

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42) 25 things that will surprise you about Canada
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Just a semi-humorous look at U.S. assumptions about Canada along with my ‘take’ on the assumption, including a few disagreements with so-called statements of fact. Just for fun …” (01/02/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7636

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43) Economics: University vs. real world
Source: Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

“Keynesian Economics is the theory taught in colleges and universities because it justifies the world the leaders want to live in. It is what I learned at Sonoma State University. It is what everyone who wants to work in financial fields must be certified in to get those jobs. Austrian economics is the opposing school. It says money is a medium of exchange for goods and services; that there must always be something tangible backing every currency. This is what I studied after college. Austrian Economics is not popular with political leaders because it documents that unbridled spending always crashes.” (01/02/17)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2017/01/02/economics-university-vs-real-world/

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44) Defying Donald Trump’s kleptocracy
Source: OpEdNews
by Chris Hedges

“The final stages of capitalism, Karl Marx predicted, would be marked by global capital being unable to expand and generate profits at former levels. Capitalists would begin to consume the government along with the physical and social structures that sustained them. Democracy, social welfare, electoral participation, the common good and investment in public transportation, roads, bridges, utilities, industry, education, ecosystem protection and health care would be sacrificed to feed the mania for short-term profit. These assaults would destroy the host. This is the stage of late capitalism that Donald Trump represents.” (01/02/17)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Defying-Donald-Trump-s-Kle-by-Chris-Hedges-Corruption_Donald-Trump-Narcissist_Education_Greed-170102-883.html

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45) Jean-Baptiste Say, on the 250th anniversary of his birth
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“Say was the foremost French political economist in the early 1800s. An elaborator on Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, and a vigorous defender of laissez-faire principles, which are the outgrowth of private property rights, he was the first person to offer a public course in political economy in France, and the English translation of his Treatise on Political Economy was used as a textbook in England and the United States. Say’s Treatise, particularly his chapter, ‘Of the right of property,’ though written over two centuries ago, remains among the wisest, though most commonly ignored, insights into property rights.” (01/02/17)

https://mises.org/blog/jean-baptiste-say-250th-anniversary-his-birth

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46) The Crypto Show, 01/01/17
Source: The Crypto Show

“Tonight we talk with several guests. Mike Nimitz shares his ideas of furthering bitcoin adoption in Acapulco through an apprentice program with local college students. Mike has already had some success with local business’ [sic] accepting bitcoin. Bob Podolsky talks about his book and the Octolouge idea wich is much like the book Swarmwise by Rick Falkvinge which has also produced some great results we’ve witnessed right here in Austin. Then we Talk with Joel Wiliamson and Stephen Leger about their project Non Serviam Media as well as their activism in Austin.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/01/17)

https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-crypto-show-with-mike-nimitz-bob-podolski-hipster-joe-and-stephen-leger

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47) Freedom Feens, 01/02/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Jeremy HizenDarby and MWD talk about the bands 9353 and The Germs. Plus some other stuff.” [various formats] (01/02/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13507

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48) Citizen Cain, episode 19
Source: Citizen Cain

“Keene school district to implement new transgender policy as well as a new therapy dog program.” [Flash video] (01/02/17)

https://citizencainshow.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/19-flying-under-the-radar/

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49) New year, new laws
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“January 1 is more than just the date that marks the start of a new year, and the time that many people make resolutions about how their life is going to change. January 1 also marks the date that hundreds of new laws and regulations take effect across the country.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (01/01/17)

http://fpp.cc/new-year-new-laws/

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50) Free Talk Live, 01/01/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Farming Challenges in Sierra Leone :: Jonny Ray Dipping :: Bitcoin at $1,000 :: Economics in One Lesson :: Spread the Work Schemes :: Minimum Wage :: Ayn Rand :: Israel :: Firing Bureaucrats :: Murders in Chicago :: Lies About Refugees :: Equal Time.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/01/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-01-01

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