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Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Comey, Clapper try to change up “Russian hacking” narrative by adding GOP story line
2) FBI torpedoes Tor pedophile case to conceal source code
3) Obama touts record, urges hope in farewell address
4) Roof sentenced to death in Charleston church shooting
5) Israeli lawfare group cons terror victims’ families into dancing on loved ones’ graves with malicious Twitter lawsuit
6) Claim: US intel chiefs briefed Trump, Obama on unverified, salacious allegations concerning Russia and president-elect
7) Colombia: Coca cultivation increases
8) IRS to delay tax refunds for millions of low-income families
9) Report: Bitcoin ETF could amass $300 million in assets if it gets a permission slip
10) VW set to pay $4.3 billion for emissions cheat
11) Kerry warns of “authoritarian populism,” takes jab at Trump tweets
12) OR: GOP candidate caught taking food stamps after funding his own campaign
13) Bumblebee listed as endangered species for first time
14) Venezuela: GDP plummeted 23 percent, while inflation reached 830 percent
15) Some stars sick of fellow entertainers’ political rants
16) SCOTUS temporarily blocks new NC districts, elections
17) Afghanistan: Suicide bombings kill 31 near parliament compound in Kabul
18) CA: LA college pays hackers $28,000 ransom to get its files back
19) Videgaray: “No way” Mexico will pay for Trump’s border wall
20) EU court says Swiss regime can force girls to swim with boys
21) Jewish centers report bomb threats in several US states
22) Syria: US special ops boots on the ground
23) Asteroid passes between Earth and Luna
24) Chaffetz to DC residents: Your lives belong to ME, not to YOU
25) Backpage closes “adult” section of website after latest round of pols’ grandstanding

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Now, more than ever, we need fake ID
27) Will the CIA retaliate against Trump?
28) Is economics a hard science?
29) You know the Universal Basic Income is feudalism, right?
30) Zika in Florida: A case of government failure
31) One more time, Russia did NOT throw America’s election
32) Parking spaces and property rights
33) China’s smart money is staying in Bitcoin this time
34) Trump, Putin, and the pacifist left
35) Counterpoint: Flimsiness of Obama’s regulatory legacy telling
36) Financial repression is here, and Bitcoin is the only escape
37) Combating hate: A radical leftist guide to gun control
38) The McConnell/Trump GOP guts ethics rules for its billionaire cabinet
39) Hog-wild corruption
40) Inefficient inequality
41) Obama fails at home and abroad
42) Meryl Streep finally realizes the government does bad things
43) Why Donald Trump is Obama’s logical successor (and how an app might help)
44) Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education could gut public ed
45) NHS: The state religion
46) Obama’s rhetorical excess and US foreign policy
47) Hillary Clinton’s cabinet would have been bad
48) Who are we? The liberty movement in the Trump era
49) The latest terror to befall society — exercise inequality
50) Against international trade as a sub-discipline
51) The utter stupidity of the new Cold War
52) The Democrats’ conspiracy theory
53) The crimes of SEAL Team 6
54) Could Turkey swing over to the Russian camp?
55) What’s the correct number of women commandos?

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The Jason Stapleton Program, 01/10/17
57) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/10/17
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 820
59) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/10/17
60) Free Talk Live, 01/09/17

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

1) Comey, Clapper try to change up “Russian hacking” narrative by adding GOP story line
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Russia’s intelligence agencies compromised the networks of some state-level Republicans and their affiliated organizations, but not the current Republican National Committee or the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump, top U.S. intelligence chiefs said Tuesday. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey and other spy bosses told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia ‘harvested’ information from Republicans but that it captured ‘old stuff’ and targeted RNC Web domains that were no longer in use. The testimony shed new light on a terse line in the intelligence community’s declassified report from Friday about Russia’s cyber-mischief campaign, in which Clapper and his compatriots said Moscow had also collected information from the GOP in addition to the reams of data it [allegedly — no evidence provided so far] took from Democrats and then released to the public.” [editor’s note: Is it even possible that anyone still believes these jokers about anything? – TLK] (01/10/17)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/10/509170300/fbis-comey-says-russia-also-harvested-data-from-republicans

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2) FBI torpedoes Tor pedophile case to conceal source code
Source: Ars Technica

“Rather than disclose the source code that the FBI used to target a child porn suspect, federal prosecutors in Tacoma, Washington recently dropped their appeal in United States v. Michaud. The case is just one of 135 federal prosecutions nationwide involving the Tor-hidden child porn website Playpen. The vast effort to bust Playpen has raised significant questions about the ethics, oversight, capabilities, and limitations of the government’s ability to hack criminal suspects. In United States v. Michaud, Jay Michaud of Vancouver, Washington allegedly logged on to Playpen in 2015. But unbeknownst to him at that point, federal investigators were temporarily operating the site for 13 days before shutting it down. As authorities controlled Playpen, the FBI deployed a sneaky piece of software (a ‘network investigative technique (NIT),’ dubbed by many security experts as malware), which allowed them to reveal Playpen users’ true IP addresses. With that information in hand, identifying those suspects became trivial.” [editor’s note: The source code is “public property,” period, end of story. Start jailing government employees until they cough it up – TLK] (01/10/17)

http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2017/01/feds-may-let-playpen-child-porn-suspect-go-to-keep-concealing-their-source-code/

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3) Obama touts record, urges hope in farewell address
Source: US News & World Report

“In his highly anticipated, prime-time farewell from his adopted hometown of Chicago, President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a call to the nation for more civic engagement and a rejection of cynicism, declaring that — despite yielding to an untested successor amid deep political polarization — he is ‘even more optimistic about this country’ as he prepares to leave office. Speaking before an enthusiastic, capacity crowd of 20,000 inside a downtown convention center, just blocks from his 2008 victory rally in Grant Park, the president told Americans ‘it has been the honor of my life to serve you’ but insisted his public service will continue, ‘as a citizen, for all my remaining days.'” (01/11/17)

http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-01-11/obama-touts-record-urges-hope-in-farewell-address

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4) Roof sentenced to death in Charleston church shooting
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A federal jury on Tuesday condemned unrepentant white supremacist Dylann Roof to death for the June 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina Bible study class. The jury made its decision in about three hours. Before deliberating, Roof offered jurors no explanation or apologies for the shooting, telling them only that he felt he had to do it.” (01/10/17)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-charleston-roof-sentencing-20170110-story.html

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5) Israeli lawfare group cons terror victims’ families into dancing on loved ones’ graves with malicious Twitter lawsuit
Source: Jerusalem Post [Israel]

“Families of two American victims of Islamic State terrorist attacks in Europe, represented by Shurat Hadin, have sued Twitter in a civil action for terrorism, charging that the social media giant allowed the terror group to proliferate online. The lawsuit, filed in a federal New York court on Sunday and announced Monday, was on behalf of the relatives of three US nationals who were killed by ISIS in Belgium and Paris. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs seek monetary compensation ‘in amounts to be determined at trial,’ arguing that Twitter ‘has violated, and is continuing to violate, the [US] Anti-Terrorism Act.'” [editor’s note: See my piece at http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6640 for more on the Shurat Hadin scam operation – TLK] (01/10/17)

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Families-of-Americans-killed-in-ISIS-attacks-sue-Twitter-for-supporting-terrorism-478038

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6) Claim: US intel chiefs briefed Trump, Obama on unverified, salacious allegations concerning Russia and president-elect
Source: USA Today

“During a special briefing last Friday, leaders of the intelligence community gave President-elect Donald Trump a synopsis of unsubstantiated and salacious allegations that Russian operatives had obtained potentially compromising personal and financial information about the president-elect, a U.S. official confirmed Tuesday. … The decision to present the information to Trump, first reported by CNN, was made after it was determined that the document–in many forms–had been circulated widely to political opposition researchers, U.S. lawmakers, journalists and others.” [editor’s note: Some pretty nasty stuff in the docs, but it seems to have been pretty well established that nobody cares about sordid details of Trump’s personal life. Dog bites man – TLK] (01/10/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/10/russian-hacking-cnn-information-election-trump/96414062/

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7) Colombia: Coca cultivation increases
Source: PanAm Post

“Post-conflict minister Rafael Pardo, acknowledged that coca cultivation will increase in 2017 in an interview conducted by W Radio. The new position was established by the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC. According to drug and crime figures from the United Nations, 2015 was Colombia’s largest coca crop production year since 2007. 96,000 hectares of Colombian territory were covered with the coca plant and it is estimated that during 2016, even more Colombian land was under cultivation.” (01/10/17)

https://panampost.com/julian-villabona/2017/01/10/coca-cultivation-increases-colombia-amid-lack-new-strategies/

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8) IRS to delay tax refunds for millions of low-income families
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The IRS is delaying tax refunds for more than 40 million low-income families this year as the agency steps up efforts to fight identity theft and fraud. The delays will affect families claiming the earned income tax credit and the additional child tax credit. These tax breaks are geared to benefit the working poor, and many families claim both. ‘For most of these people it’s the biggest check they are going to get all year,’ IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an interview with The Associated Press. ‘We are sensitive to that.’ The tax filing season starts Jan. 23. But a new law requires the IRS to delay tax refunds for people claiming these credits until Feb. 15. Processing times will delay most of the refunds until the end of February, Koskinen said.” [editor’s note: One more reason to avoid letting them steal it in the first place – SAT] (01/10/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/IRS-to-delay-tax-refunds-for-millions-of-10848047.php

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9) Report: Bitcoin ETF could amass $300 million in assets if it gets a permission slip
Source: CoinDesk

“A new investor note published today by analyst Needham & Company projects that a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) could attract as much as $300m in new assets in its first week alone. Writing about the potential impact of an ETF on the nascent market, analyst Spencer Bogart speculates that such an approval is likely to have a ‘profoundly positive’ effect on the price of bitcoin, and that the $300m estimate is ‘conservative.’ … The catch, however, is that Bogart doesn’t believe one of the major bitcoin ETF filings — the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF, proposed by investors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss — is likely to be approved.” [editor’s note: Looks like there’s a market opportunity for a new exchange that can successfully ignore the demands and commands of gangs like the SEC (and the IRS!) – TLK] (01/10/17)

http://www.coindesk.com/needham-bitcoin-etf-attract-300-million-assets-approved/

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10) VW set to pay $4.3 billion for emissions cheat
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Volkswagen has agreed a draft $4.3bn settlement with US authorities over the emissions rigging scandal. The German car maker also said it would plead guilty to breaking certain US laws. VW said it was is advanced discussions with the Department of Justice and US Customs about the deal. The final agreement has yet to be approved by VW’s management and supervisory board, which could happen later on Tuesday or Wednesday.” (01/10/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38578004

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11) Kerry warns of “authoritarian populism,” takes jab at Trump tweets
Source: Reuters

“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday warned of the dangers of authoritarian populism and offered a thinly veiled critique of Donald Trump’s prolific use of Twitter, saying it allowed the president-elect to avoid accountability. In his most pointed public comments about Trump since the Nov. 8 presidential election, Kerry also suggested that the president-elect’s Cabinet nominees were getting a free pass from Congress for failing to submit tax returns and other documentation before their Senate confirmation hearings. ‘Every country in the world better … start worrying about authoritarian populism and the absence of substance in our dialogue,’ Kerry told a Washington forum.” (01/10/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-kerry-idUSKBN14U1TQ

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12) OR: GOP candidate caught taking food stamps after funding his own campaign
Source: Raw Story

“A former Republican Party U.S. Senate candidate in Oregon reportedly took food stamps while or shortly after funding his own campaign. The Register-Guard first revealed this week that Mark Callahan, who is currently running to be chairman of the Oregon GOP, received welfare benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The paper notes that Callahan has a history of failed candidacies, including ‘for the U.S. Senate (twice), Eugene-area seats in the state Legislature (three times), the Lane County Board of Commissioners, the Eugene School Board, the Mount Hood Community College Board and, in 2012, for president.’ Court documents show that the Tea Party Republican and his wife received food stamps in 2014 during or after a campaign for U.S. Senate.” (01/10/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/oregon-gop-candidate-caught-taking-food-stamps-after-funding-his-own-campaign

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13) Bumblebee listed as endangered species for first time
Source: USA Today

“A bumblebee is now on the endangered species list for the first time in a ‘race against extinction,’ the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday. The agency placed the rusty patched bumblebee on the list because of a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years. Since the late 1990s, the population of the species has plummeted 87%. Named because of the rust-colored marks on its back, the bee was once common and abundant across 28 states from Connecticut to South Dakota. Today, the bee is only found in small, scattered populations in 13 states.” (01/10/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2017/01/10/bumble-bee-endangered-species/96394450

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14) Venezuela: GDP plummeted 23 percent, while inflation reached 830 percent
Source: PanAm Post

“Gross Domestic Product plummeted in Venezuela in 2016, while inflation broke historic records, according to the country’s Central Bank. Economic figures for the year were presented at a Venezuela Central Bank meeting this Tuesday, January 10, which were reportedly catastrophic. GDP fell 23 percent in 2016, which far surpasses estimates made by investment banks that stood between 12 and 15 percent. Experts mainly attribute this to a decline in imports and the productivity of oil and manufacturing.” (01/10/17)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/01/10/venezuelas-gdp-plummeted-23-percent-while-inflation-reached-830-percent/

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15) Some stars sick of fellow entertainers’ political rants
Source: Fox News

“Not everyone in Hollywood is a fan of Meryl Streep. Streep is now facing backlash from those in the entertainment industry who feel her anti-Trump speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globes was ‘hypocritical’ and out-of-line for a Hollywood star. Country star Travis Tritt took to Twitter to offer: ‘Advice to all actors, musicians and entertainers: Please stick to your crafts that we all love you for and drop the political rhetoric,’ he tweeted. Piers Morgan echoed Tritt’s words, adding he hasn’t ‘heard such elitist snobbery since Hillary Clinton branded Trump supporters “a basket of deplorables.”‘ … Morgan called her hypocritical, saying at that moment, ‘the cameras panned out to hundreds of the richest, most privileged people in American society sitting in the audience in their $10,000 tuxedos and $20,000 dresses, loudly cheering this acknowledgement of their dreadful victimhood. … You’d be hard-pushed to find an industry that encourages more disrespect and violence than Hollywood.'” (01/10/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/01/10/stars-sick-their-fellow-entertainers-political-rants.html

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16) SCOTUS temporarily blocks new NC districts, elections
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked a lower court ruling that had directed North Carolina legislators to redraw state legislative districts by March 15 and hold special elections within the altered districts this fall. The court order granted the request of North Carolina Republican legislative leaders and state officials to delay November’s ruling by a three-judge panel. The panel last summer threw out 28 state House and Senate districts as illegal racial gerrymanders. The Supreme Court says its order will stay in place at least until the court decides whether to hear an appeal the state previously requested. If the justices take up the case, the stay will remain in effect pending a decision.” (01/10/17)

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article125675994.html

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17) Afghanistan: Suicide bombings kill 31 near parliament compound in Kabul
Source: CNN

“Two suicide bombings targeted a van Tuesday carrying administrative staffers of the Afghan parliament in the capital of Kabul, killing at least 31 people and injuring others, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blasts, which officials said happened on a road near the parliament compound and the private American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. Besides the 31 dead, 45 others were injured, said Saleem Rasooli, head of Kabul hospitals.” (01/10/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/10/asia/afghanistan-violence/

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18) CA: LA college pays hackers $28,000 ransom to get its files back
Source: The Hacker News

“Ransomware has turned on to a noxious game of Hackers to get paid effortlessly. Once again the heat was felt by the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) when hackers managed to infect its computer network with ransomware and demanded US$28,000 payment in Bitcoins to get back online. The cyber-attack occurred over winter break and caused widespread disruption to online, financial aid, email and voicemail systems, including locking out 1,800 students and staffs from their computers.” (01/10/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/01/ransomware-malware-attack.html

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19) Videgaray: “No way” Mexico will pay for Trump’s border wall
Source: Business Insider

“Mexico’s new Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said there is ‘no way’ his country will pay for the wall that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to build on the United States'[s] southern border to keep out illegal [sic] immigrants. Speaking on Mexican television, Videgaray reiterated the government’s position that it would not pay for the wall, which has been a bone of contention between Trump and Mexico since the businessman launched his presidential campaign in June 2015. Trump said on Friday that Mexico would repay the United States for his planned border wall, a day after news emerged that his transition team was exploring getting the Republican-led Congress to vote to approve the funding.” (01/10/17)

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-mexico-again-says-there-is-no-way-it-will-pay-for-trump-wall-2017-1

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20) EU court says Swiss regime can force girls to swim with boys
Source: US News & World Report

“A European court has rejected an appeal by a Turkish-born couple who were fined in Switzerland for keeping their daughters out of mixed-gender, mandatory public school swimming lessons for reasons linked to their Muslim faith. The European Court of Human Rights announced a summary of the ruling on Tuesday. The decision upheld a Swiss federal court ruling that education officials hadn’t violated the family’s rights of freedom of conscience and religion in the case in Basel dating to 2008.” (01/10/17)

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-01-10/court-backs-swiss-that-muslim-girls-must-attend-swim-class

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21) Jewish centers report bomb threats in several US states
Source: Yahoo! News

“Jewish community centers in several U.S. states were evacuated on Monday after they reported receiving bomb threats, according to the organizations and national umbrella organization, though no explosives were found and no injuries reported. Fifteen JCCs across the United States reported the calls and all resumed normal operations by 4:30 p.m. ET (2130 GMT), after police determined there was no threat, the JCC Association of North America said in a statement.” (01/10/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/jewish-centers-report-bomb-threats-several-u-states-122733866.html

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22) Syria: US special ops boots on the ground
Source: United Press International

“U.S. special forces were deployed in eastern Syria this weekend in an operation aimed at capturing leaders of the Islamic State terror group, military officials said Monday. The U.S. Department of Defense publicly noted several operations in Syria on Sunday. One involved a raid in a small town along the Euphrates River that targeted militant leaders. The operation was initially reported by Deir al-Zour 24, which monitors militant activity in that area. The strike targeting jihadist leaders lasted for about 90 minutes and involved special forces troops arriving on helicopters. It ended with soldiers carrying away captured and killed Islamic State operators.” (01/10/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/01/09/US-special-forces-target-terror-leaders-in-Syria-25-killed/9281483988411/

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23) Asteroid passes between Earth and Luna
Source: Tech Times

“An asteroid flew by relatively close to Earth on Monday morning. Data from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) revealed that the space rock made its closest approach to our planet about 7:50 a.m. EST at a time when people at the U.S. east coast were busy making coffee, or preparing themselves for work and school. Dubbed 2017 AG3, the near-Earth object (NEO) came close to our planet flying at a proximity equivalent to about half the distance between the Earth and the moon at a speed of 9.9 miles per second. … While astronomers have been aware of other space rocks approaching Earth, they did not see this one coming until two days before the flyby. The space rock was discovered only on Saturday by the Catalina Sky Survey of the University of Arizona. … The asteroid that flew by was roughly the same size as the asteroid that struck Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013.” (01/10/17)

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/191952/20170110/asteroid-barely-missed-earth-when-it-flew-by-closer-than-the-moon-on-monday.htm

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24) Chaffetz to DC residents: Your lives belong to ME, not to YOU
Source: Washington Post

“Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Monday he’ll use rarely invoked congressional authority to block a new law passed by the D.C. Council to allow doctors to help end the lives of terminally ill patients in the city. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) signed legislation in December that would have made the nation’s capital the seventh jurisdiction to authorize doctors to prescribe fatal drugs. The bill was transmitted Friday to Congress for a 30-day review. Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that oversees District affairs, told reporters Monday that he fundamentally disagrees with the bill.” [editor’s note: Of course, the “right to die” bill should never have been needed, nor should doctors/pharmacies have to ask permission from anyone except the customer to prescribe/provide any medication; Chaffetz’s claim to own everyone is just the LATEST round of mischief here – TLK] (01/10/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-bill-to-let-terminally-ill-patients-end-their-lives-faces-new-hurdle-congress/2017/01/09/47cf148e-d6b9-11e6-b8b2-cb5164beba6b_story.html

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25) Backpage closes “adult” section of website after latest round of pols’ grandstanding
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Hours after the release of a critical Senate report, the online website Backpage late Monday shut down the ‘adult’ section of its website and blamed ‘unconstitutional government censorship.’ The Senate report, pushed by Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, alleges that Backpage automatically filters out words in ads that could indicate that the site was offering sex with children, undermining the controversial website’s First Amendment defenses. That act and others changing the wording of prospective advertisements on the site undermine the company’s free-speech defense that it is simply a host for other ad buyers’ content, and therefore protected under federal law, the new report by Portman, R-Ohio, and McCaskill, D-Mo., alleges.” (01/10/17)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/backpage-closes-adult-section-of-website-hours-after-critical-senate/article_08c87534-ba5a-531c-8e12-14a77f5526f8.html

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

26) Now, more than ever, we need fake ID
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“‘Record number of fake ID seizures,’ New York’s government boasted at the end of last year, presenting the Empire State’s residents with a (not unfamiliar) holiday-season gift of arrests and petty law enforcement. ‘Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that underage drinking sweeps conducted by DMV investigators in 2016 resulted in the seizure of 862 fraudulent licenses and the arrest of 818 individuals for underage drinking, both single year records.’ Great going, guv! Your intrepid investigators managed to slap cuffs on bunches of 19-year-olds for sneaking beer two years earlier than politicians would allow. How about some medals for your brave enforcers? This is an old dance. Identification documents don’t always present convenient information to prying officials, so there’s wide demand for forged and altered documents to bypass legal restrictions and evade monitoring. Now, with restrictions and monitoring a growing threat, more than ever we need fake ID.” (01/10/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/01/10/now-more-than-ever-we-need-fake-id

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27) Will the CIA retaliate against Trump?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“No president since John F. Kennedy has dared to take on the CIA or the rest of the national security establishment or to operate outside the bounds of permissible parameters within the paradigm of the national-security state. That might have been because post-JFK presidents just happened to find themselves on the same page as the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA. But another possibility is that the one mentioned by Schumer: They knew that if they opposed the national-security establishment at a fundamental level, they would be subjected to retaliatory measures.” (01/10/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/01/10/will-cia-retaliate-trump/

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28) Is economics a hard science?
Source: Heartland Institute
by David S D’Amato

“The disciplines we call the ‘hard sciences’ such as chemistry and physics inhabit the cold, sterile world of laboratories, uncontaminated by a boundless assortment of potential impurities. Today, economics pretends to be one of the hard sciences, yet the laboratories provided by the real world are disorderly, even chaotic, insusceptible to sanitization and control. The information we are able to glean from them is thus limited in its power to offer laws of general applicability, to explain the world. It is not that there is a lack of potentially useful information; after all, economists and social scientists are gathering and analyzing statistical data constantly. Rather, those data are limited by the density of the causal atmosphere of the environment from which they emerge, a rich and variable sea of causes and effects. Isolating one or even a few factors becomes impossible.” (01/10/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/01/is-economics-a-hard-science/

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29) You know the Universal Basic Income is feudalism, right?
Source: DaisyLuther.com
by Daisy Luther

“What does the future hold for average people? Feudalism. And they’ll welcome it with open arms, convinced that they are embracing a smart, fair system that eliminates poverty. The greed, entitlement, and lack of ambition that seems inherent in many people today will have them slipping on the yoke of servitude willingly.” (01/10/17)

http://daisyluther.com/you-realize-the-universal-basic-income-is-feudalism-right/

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30) Zika in Florida: A case of government failure
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham

“As readers know from a previous post, I was in Florida for Christmas, trying to unwind. Do you know who else was in Florida? Mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus! How did the U.S. government fail in its fundamental duty to protect us from this invader?” (01/09/17)

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/zika-in-florida-a-case-of-government-failure/

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31) One more time, Russia did NOT throw America’s election
Source: Town Hall
by Robert Charles

“Vladimir Putin is a de facto authoritarian, head of Russia’s struggling democracy and economy, 12 years a president, 16 years a KGB agent, and author of both Crimea’s annexation and Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. This does not make him all-powerful, or decider of anything in America. Whatever Russia’s motivations, the whole ‘Russia threw our election’ by hacking narrative seems more and more like political gamesmanship. For starters, the Obama team knows well that there was no hacking of any voting machines. They also know our adversaries incessantly probe (and voraciously hack) whatever they can. They know Russia, China, Iran and North Korea try all the time — and China managed to steal sensitive information on 18 million Americans from the Obama Administration’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM). But frankly, this ‘Russia did it’ story is wearing thin.” (01/08/17)

http://townhall.com/columnists/robertcharles/2017/01/08/russia-did-not-throw-americas-election-n2268354

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32) Parking spaces and property rights
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“What do parking spaces have to do with property rights? Everything. The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, ‘dedicated to providing Islamic religious, educational, cultural and social services to Muslims living or working in Somerset Hills and the surrounding areas,’ last year sued Bernards Township, New Jersey, several months after its application to build a mosque was denied after more than three years and thirty-nine public hearings. The stated issue was parking spaces. The township argued that it was ‘completely appropriate to insist a mosque provide more off-street parking than a comparably sized church or synagogue because of its unique worship times and traditions.’ The Islamic Society’s attorney argued that ‘parking requirements were the tool municipalities used to thwart construction of mosques.'” (01/10/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/01/laurence-m-vance/parking-spaces-property-rights/

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33) China’s smart money is staying in Bitcoin this time
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Justin O’Connell

“By now it’s no secret wealthy Chinese investors use bitcoin to get bitcoin out of the country as the Chinese government and regulators restrict the outflow of capital and limit the purchase of insurance and real estate abroad. As Beijing reportedly struggles to manage yuan depreciation, and the nation’s reserve to sink to new lows, smart money in China has entered into the digital asset space, which is led by the digital currency bitcoin.” (01/10/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/chinas-smart-money-staying-bitcoin/

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34) Trump, Putin, and the pacifist left
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“One of the oddities of the whole Trump/Putin/CIA affair is that some on the left are sounding not all that different from Donald Trump. The idea is that maybe the United States really should try some kind of entente with Vladimir Putin―that’s he’s not such a bad fellow. This is more than a little strange, since it puts intellectually serious leftwing defenders of Putin’s Russia, such as emeritus Princeton professor and Nation magazine contributor Stephen Cohen, in roughly the same camp with Trump apologists. My favorite recent example of the latter was an op-ed by Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California, one of the most right-wing members of Congress.” [editor’s note: Noting that Congressman Rohrabacher, was once “one of us,” we peaceloving LIBERTARIANS are sure hoping for this coalition – SAT] (01/10/17)

http://prospect.org/article/trump-putin-and-pacifist-left

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35) Counterpoint: Flimsiness of Obama’s regulatory legacy telling
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by William Yeatman

“President Obama’s regulatory-based legacy will be easy to unravel because most anything one president can do unilaterally, a subsequent president can undo. The flimsiness of Obama’s legacy demonstrates a constitutional crack in the foundation of American governance. Over the last few decades, the executive branch has accrued an unhealthy amount of power at the expense of Congress and the judiciary, such that now every change of party in the White House results in wholesale shifts in the administrative rules that increasingly govern American society.” (01/09/17)

https://cei.org/content/counterpoint-flimsiness-obamas-regulatory-legacy-telling

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36) Financial repression is here, and Bitcoin is the only escape
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“When I warned about bankers planning ‘financial repression’ back in 2014, I wasn’t sure how long it would be before it arrived, or where. And when I wrote about the banning of cash last February, I was worried that the money monopolists were accelerating toward open repression. Unfortunately, it turns out that they were in a hurry and have now withdrawn all currency worth more than a few dollars (US$1.50) in India. New currency has been promised, but the old notes were withdrawn without the new ones being ready. So, we’ll call that an ‘effective’ and possibly a ‘temporary’ ban on cash.” (01/10/17)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/financial-repression-bitcoin-escape/

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37) Combating hate: A radical leftist guide to gun control
Source: Logan Marie Glitterbomb

“Gun control is a big issue to many leftists. The Democratic Party has campaigned for years on a platform of gun control. Such measures, they claim, are the only ways to reduce gun violence and save lives. They claim they are doing this to save the lives of black, brown, and low income people. They claim they are trying to save LGBTQ folks. But is gun control really helping marginalized people?” (01/10/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/47489

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38) The McConnell/Trump GOP guts ethics rules for its billionaire cabinet
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“‘Ironic’ is an overused word. And yet, how else can you describe what’s going on this week in Washington? The Republican president-elect says he wants ‘extreme vetting’ for Syrian refugee families who already face years of scrutiny. Meanwhile, the Senate’s Republican leader is ramming Trump’s well-heeled nominees through the Senate review process in just a few chaotic days. Forget ‘extreme vetting.’ These nominees won’t even face ordinary vetting. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is greasing the skids for some highly questionable appointees. And he’s doing it by hamstringing the government’s ‘corruption prevention organization’ — which makes the GOP’s stand on corruption unclear, at best.” [editor’s note: Mr. Eskow has been offbase of late, but I think he nails this one – SAT] (01/10/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170110/the-mcconnelltrump-gop-guts-ethics-rules-for-its-billionaire-cabinet

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39) Hog-wild corruption
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Former Arkansas State Rep. Micah Neal pled guilty last week to a felony charge of conspiring ‘with an Arkansas state senator to use their official positions to appropriate government money to certain nonprofits in exchange for bribes.’ Neal, who embraced graft his first month in office, received $38,000 in ‘legislating-around’ money between 2013, when he entered the House, and 2015. Court documents mention a number of seasoned conspirators, though not by name. There’s mysterious Senator A, who took Rep. Neal under his crooked wing.” (01/10/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/01/10/hog-wild-corruption/

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40) Inefficient inequality
Source: Niskanen Center
by Shi-Ling Hsu

“It could be the case that increasing wealth inequality merely changes the number of people with capital to invest: the amount of money invested stays the same, only concentrated in fewer individuals. But in addition to investment, there is a consumption side: fewer individuals with less disposable income spend less money, reducing the incentive to invest in products that then won’t get off the shelves. Whether a recovery should be investment-led or consumption-led is a complicated matter, and among macroeconomists often more about ideology than empiricism, but in my view the latter has gotten insufficient attention.” (01/10/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/inefficient-inequality/

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41) Obama fails at home and abroad
Source: USA Today
by Jim DeMint

“President Obama graduates from the White House with poor grades in three major areas: fidelity to the Constitution, foreign policy and his representation of all Americans. First, the countless executive orders President Obama has issued, and the unlimited scope of his federal agencies, make a mockery of the few and defined powers granted by the Constitution, while usurping legislative authority from the representatives of We the Peoples in Congress. … Second, while I am sure that the president has honestly desired peace around the world, too often he has expressed that desire in muddled, apologetic and passive-aggressive stances that abandon our allies and embolden our enemies.” [editor’s note: And given that he now seems bent on starting one more war before he leaves the throne (Russia? … Iran? … ???) his “legacy” is headed for the toilet – SAT] (01/09/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/01/09/president-obama-legacy-heritage-foundation-editorials-debates/96368842

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42) Meryl Streep finally realizes the government does bad things
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Carey Wedler

“World-famous Hollywood actress Meryl Streep recently made an earth-shattering discovery — one she shared with the rest of the world during her speech at the Golden Globes award ceremony Sunday evening: the government is capable of doing terrible things. Since Streep delivered her anti-Trump speech, she has received heaping praise from the media and the internet at large. She is being lauded for speaking out against injustice and Trump’s intolerable, exclusionary ideology. Like much of Hollywood and the left-wing branch of the corporate media, Meryl Streep has embraced a newfound sense of righteousness and political activism in the era of President Donald Trump.” (01/10/17)

https://fee.org/articles/meryl-streep-finally-realizes-the-government-does-bad-things/

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43) Why Donald Trump is Obama’s logical successor (and how an app might help)
Source: Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux

“Establishment Republicans have been beating their breasts over Trump’s election no less than Hillary’s supporters, bewildered that a man so beyond the pale could have been the Republican nominee, much less President-elect. Chief among their theories is that a stronger national committee mechanism to identify and back their favored (read: establishment-representative) candidate for the nomination early on would have prevented this. Clearly, so this theory goes, the splintering made possible by the free-for-all of self-selected primary candidates provided the opening for Trump to undermine the orderly process, and the solution is to bring the process back under the control of a strong central committee. Yet an honest assessment shows that it was precisely this strategy that cost the Democrats the 2016 election, and the Republicans those of 2008 and 2012.” (01/09/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/01/09/why-donald-trump-is-obamas-logical-successor-and-how-an-app-might-help/

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44) Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education could gut public ed
Source: In These Times
by Diane Ravitch

“It’s hard to imagine someone less qualified to oversee the nation’s schools than Betsy DeVos, the Trump nominee for secretary of education whose Senate confirmation hearing is set for Wednesday. DeVos did not attend public schools, nor did her children. She has never been a teacher, administrator, practitioner or scholar of education. In fact, one wonders whether she has ever actually set foot in a public school.” [editor’s note: Which has the unions so pissed off … and parents so hopeful? – SAT] (01/09/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19786/diane-ravitch-betsy-devos-secretary-education-charter-public-schools-trump

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45) NHS: The state religion
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“[H]ere’s the odd thing about the perpetual crisis in the NHS: no matter how severe the problems, no matter how poor the service provision, no matter how intolerable the current set-up, the much-publicised crisis never provokes an interrogation of the nature of the NHS. The NHS is always there to be saved, never criticised. Every time patients are left unseen on trolleys in a hospital corridor, or the ill and the injured are left untreated in an understaffed emergency room, the causes are always located outside the NHS, usually at Tory headquarters, where, according to lefty legend, Hayek-reading, privatisation-hungry Thatcherites are dreaming up ever-more convoluted ways to ‘destroy the NHS.’ The NHS’s problems are always someone else’s fault. There is never anything wrong with the NHS itself.” (01/10/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/nhs-the-state-religion/

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46) Obama’s rhetorical excess and US foreign policy
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Damon Linker comes to a curious conclusion about Obama’s foreign policy: ‘In foreign policy, Obama has had a very different problem. Far from being too straightforwardly aggressive, the president has combined extreme rhetorical restraint (that has often made him sound weak or passive when discussing national threats, including terrorism) with over-extension.’ I won’t argue with the second part of that statement, but the first part seems wrong. I wish it were true that Obama practiced ‘extreme rhetorical restraint,’ but I don’t think the record supports that. One of Obama’s most annoying habits as president is that he has gone out of his way to make statements about foreign crises and conflicts that he can’t or won’t back up with actions to match. Indeed, one reason Obama has presided over so many meddling and interventionist policies is that he has often trapped himself by engaging in rhetorical overkill when he could and should have said as little as possible.” (01/10/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/obamas-rhetorical-excess-and-u-s-foreign-policy/

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47) Hillary Clinton’s cabinet would have been bad
Source: The New Republic
by Sarah Jones

“Noted access-seeker and Axios founder Mike Allen has released Clinton’s so-called ‘ghost cabinet,’ the individuals her campaign likely would have nominated to fill key administration roles. … This list contains no surprises, which is exactly why it’s so troubling. Politico initially reported in October that Clinton was considering Sheryl Sandberg for Treasury secretary. Progressives opposed that at the time, and for good reason: Sandberg’s only qualifications for that position are that she is wealthy and friendly with Clinton. Those two characteristics, wealth and loyalty, constitute the same low standard Donald Trump has applied to his own cabinet nominees. See also: Howard Schultz (of Starbucks) for labor secretary and Anna Wintour (of Vogue) for ambassador to the U.K.” [editor’s note: Clink the link to see the list; it has few real surprises – SAT] (01/10/17)

https://newrepublic.com/minutes/139751/hillary-clintons-cabinet-bad

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48) Who are we? The liberty movement in the Trump era
Source: Rare
by Jack Hunter

“The natural tendency of political movements is to factionalize. Given our hyper-individuality, libertarians are particularly prone to this. I have long thought it more interesting to find points of commonality for the greater good — to try to hold things together as much as can be expected. Despite some of my critiques in this piece, that is my purpose here. My hope is that moving forward, the liberty movement will continue to fight for the same principles and ideas that originally brought us together. I’m certain we will. There’s as much to be hopeful about in the Trump era as there is to fear.” [hat tip — Angela Keaton] [editor’s note: Interesting piece with lots to argue over — beginning with the bizarre claim that “the liberty movement” began with Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign – TLK] (01/09/17)

http://rare.us/story/who-are-we-the-liberty-movement-in-the-trump-era/

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49) The latest terror to befall society — exercise inequality
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“We are told that the poor take less exercise than the rich. Without any adjustment being made for the higher probability of manual labour among the poor of course. Those upper middle classes seem not to realise that some do still earn with the sweat of their bodies, not just their brains. Then we have the laments about how the poor don’t have as much access to leafy parks as the rich — entirely true, richer areas do tend to be better provided with such. Rather because richer people move to such areas but still. And then the insistence that this is an inequality that should not stand.” (01/10/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-latest-terror-to-befall-society-exercise-inequality

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50) Against international trade as a sub-discipline
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the world would be better off had there never been the sub-discipline within economics of ‘international economics’ (or, alternatively, of ‘international trade’ and ‘international finance’). The economics profession likely also would be better off without such a sub-discipline. Only individuals, separately or in voluntarily formed groups such as firms, trade; countries as such do not trade.” (01/10/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/01/against-international-trade-as-a-subdiscipline.html

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51) The utter stupidity of the new Cold War
Source: CounterPunch
by Gary Leupp

“The military brass keep reminding us: We are up against an existential threat! One wants to say that this — obviously — makes no sense! Russia is twice the size of the U.S. with half its population. Its foreign bases can be counted on two hands. The U.S. has 800 or so bases abroad. Russia’s military budget is 14% of the U.S. figure. It does not claim to be the exceptional nation appointed by God to preserve ‘security’ on its terms anywhere on the globe. … The U.S. heads an expanding military alliance formed in 1949 to confront the Soviet Union and global communism in general. Its raison d’etre has been dead for many years. Yet it has expanded from 16 to 28 members since 1999, and new members Estonia and Latvia share borders with Russia. (Imagine the Warsaw Pact expanding to include Mexico. But no, the Warsaw Pact of the USSR and six European allies was dissolved 26 years ago in the idealistic expectation that NATO would follow in a new era of cooperation and peace.)” (01/10/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/10/the-utter-stupidity-of-the-new-cold-war/

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52) The Democrats’ conspiracy theory
Source: OpEdNews
by Joe Giambrone

“The Democrats have become feral. Irrationally lashing out in every direction, the CIA’s conspiracy theory has had the effect that many of those anti-conspiracy theory psycho-babble articles had warned us about! #irony But psychology remains at the core of it all, and it is the psychology of blaming others to avoid taking personal responsibility for negative outcomes. Taking cues from Hillary Clinton herself, there must be Russians hiding under the bed. Of course that’s the reason people supported Trump and not glorious Hillary. The alternative is too horrible for them to entertain. What is obscured is the contorted logic that Russia allegedly defeated Clinton by revealing The Truth about her own corruption and lies, her private position versus public position. Impossible to make the case that the Russians are lying, the Democratic Party apologists’ only response has been to change the focus of the outrage toward killing the messenger.” (01/10/17)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Democrats-Conspiracy-by-Joe-Giambrone-CIA_Conspiracy_Conspiracy-Theories_Democrats-170110-745.html

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53) The crimes of SEAL Team 6
Source: The Intercept
by Matthew Cole

“Officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, SEAL Team 6 is today the most celebrated of the U.S. military’s special mission units. But hidden behind the heroic narratives is a darker, more troubling story of ‘revenge ops,’ unjustified killings, mutilations, and other atrocities — a pattern of criminal violence that emerged soon after the Afghan war began and was tolerated and covered up by the command’s leadership.” (01/10/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/01/10/the-crimes-of-seal-team-6/

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54) Could Turkey swing over to the Russian camp?
Source: Voltaire Network
by Thierry Meyssan

“Even though, historically, Russia has a weighty past with Turkey, and even though it has not forgotten the personal role played by current President Erdogan, to its detriment, during the the first Chechen war, it can not fail to be interested by the possibility of Ankara leaving NATO. On the other hand, the deep US state, which continues to pursue its imperial ambitions despite the election of Donald Trump, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep Turkey in the Atlantic Alliance.” (01/10/17)

http://www.voltairenet.org/article194884.html

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55) What’s the correct number of women commandos?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matthew McCaffrey

“Military spending is only another application of Mises’s famous argument about economic calculation. Without prices, there is no way to express the value of production to society. The price system, in which entrepreneurs speculate from moment to moment about the future values of land, labor, and capital, is the indispensable tool by which we learn how best to use these scarce resources. Without this social appraisement process, however, we’re left groping in the dark. The military can’t rationally allocate resources because it can’t properly price them. Its funding is determined by the political process without any consideration for how much spending is required in order to provide defense ‘services,’ and certainly not by any consideration of consumer needs.” (01/10/17)

https://mises.org/blog/whats-correct-number-women-commandos

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56) The Jason Stapleton Program, 01/10/17
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Few men have been more successful at branding themselves an expert on a subject they know virtually NOTHING about than Senator Bernie Sanders. A devout socialist who spent the bulk of his early life making socialist propaganda while working odd jobs has managed to craft a national reputation as a cult icon and voice of the working class. In reality, Bernie Sanders is a bumbling old man who has risen to the height of social influence and political power by convincing a poorly educated electorate that he is an expert on the economic problems and solutions that plague us today. He is nothing of the sort. His understanding of basic economics is elementary at best.” [various formats] (01/10/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/bernie-sanders-the-rise-of-an-economic-illiterate-in-america/

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57) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/10/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Can the specter of a President-elect threatening companies with punitive taxes really make the U.S. a better place to invest? Simon Lester comments.” [various formats] (01/10/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/trump-trade-threatening-toyota-twitter

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 820
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Don Boudreaux, professor of economics at George Mason University, joins me to review some of the more common complaints against markets, as reflected in recent books by well-known authors.” [various formats] (01/09/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-820-speculators-arent-evil-and-neither-is-cinnabon-common-fallacies-refuted/

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59) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/10/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Jim Jesus and Jeremy Heisenn-word yak about the PornHub’s 2016 Year in Review, Google Cardboard, Scam School, and how easy it would be to hack wireless fobs for cars. In the second hour, Jim and Jeremy get nostalgic about the old video game systems like Atari and Intellivision, how government licensing ends up ruining the gaming industry, brown recluse spider eggs finally hatching inside beanie babies, wood paneling and avocado home interiors, and the wonders of the raspberry pi.” [various formats] (01/10/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13542

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60) Free Talk Live, 01/09/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Trump’s Border Wall Plan Changes :: Remittances :: Wealth Redistribution :: Government Property :: Trusting People and Charity :: Moving From Guam to NH :: Welfare and Taxes :: Climate Change, College, and Libertarianism :: Inalienable Rights :: Radiation :: Health Care Conspiracy Sarah.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/09/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-01-09

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