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Friday, January 13th, 2017
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In the News:

1) US Senate approves budget resolution in first step toward repealing Obamacare
2) MD: Baltimore, US DoJ reach consent decree agreement on police reform
3) Syria: Airstrikes escalate despite supposed cease-fire
4) US DoJ to investigate itself over Servergate probe
5) Disqualifying dementia? Mattis forgets US exists, names another country as “biggest destabilizing force” in Middle East
6) Obama regime to Cuban refugees: Back to your island prison
7) Carson defends record, tangles with Warren at confirmation hearing
8) Rights group criticizes Turkey over post-coup clampdown
9) Sanders attempt to import cheaper drugs from Canada: 13 Dems vote against it
10) Peru: Violent protests at capital over new highway toll
11) Biden confirms Obama, VP were briefed on unsubstantiated claims against Trump
12) UT: High school’s dating assignment causes uproar among parents
13) FCC gang slams AT&T, Verizon for serving customers
14) NV: Athletic Commission to discuss ending cannabis ban
15) Venezuela: Regime arrests opposition lawmaker and critical general
16) CVS starts selling Impax’s cheaper EpiPen rival
17) Amazon to add 100,000 full-time US jobs in next 18 months, growing domestic workforce 55 percent
18) Israel: Soldiers caught in “Hamas online honey trap”
19) MI: Legislators introduce bill to end Daylight Savings Time
20) Alabama Republican congresscritter plays “war on whites” card
21) EPA gang goes looking for next “emissions cheating” payday with Fiat Chrysler
22) FL: Sheriff thinks it’s “despicable” to release public information to the public
23) Malaysia: Rights decline under Najib
24) Belgium: Two charged in 2015 Paris attacks
25) Afghanistan: NATO investigation clears NATO-affiliated troops in killing of 33 civilians

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) She’s back
27) Trump vs. “lying, disgusting” media
28) Fedcoin: The US will issue e-currency that you will use
29) There is no structure for production of ideas
30) A “one-stop shop” for the alt-right
31) How to reduce violence in America
32) Border tax bleg
33) Societal collapse — again?
34) The Transition: From Democrat to Autocrat
35) Why Donald Trump wants you to ignore Russia and worry about China
36) Trump’s travail
37) Green crony capitalist orgy
38) Internet drugs means it’s high time to change our laws
39) True or not, Russia allegations will scar Trump presidency
40) Obama’s last lament
41) President-elect Donald Trump joins South Korea’s left in pushing new Korea policy
42) Will Donald Trump shred the Iran nuclear deal?
43) Why California’s secession scheme can’t succeed
44) EFF is proud to stand beside Techdirt in its “First Amendment fight for its life.”
45) Yes, Obama, democracy is in danger — but not from voters
46) Trump promised to get tough on China’s “massive” intellectual property [sic] theft [sic] …
47) Two Congressmen nail the problem with the Jeff Sessions makeover
48) Farewell Obama
49) Too much focus on what police DO and not enough about what policing IS
50) We all lose: Obama’s legacy and what it means
51) Could Trump have been caught in a classic “honey trap?”
52) Runaway deficits forever
53) The rising threats to European liberty
54) From official policy to mainstream discourse: Propaganda in the making
55) New republics, Westphalia, and Russian strategy
56) The shadow of incompetence and racism
57) From fiction to reality in 30 years
58) More money, more problems: Venezuela’s minimum wage won’t help inflation
59) Can’t shoot the messenger? Pick a random target and shoot them.
60) Why I favor limited government, part 6

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61) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 7
62) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 01/12/17
63) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/12/17
64) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/11/17
65) Free Talk Live, 11/11/17

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

1) US Senate approves budget resolution in first step toward repealing Obamacare
Source: New York Daily News

“The Senate passed a budget measure early Thursday that puts into motion a longtime Republican pledge to repeal Obamacare as soon as Donald Trump takes office — a move critics claim could leave millions of Americans uninsured. Only one Republican voted against the nonbinding budget resolution that paves the way to repeal President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act as early as next month. … The House is expected to vote on the resolution Friday, but many congressmen and women, including Republicans, have voiced concerns over moving forward without a replacement plan on the table.” (01/12/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/senate-approves-budget-step-repealing-obamacare-article-1.2944417

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2) MD: Baltimore, US DoJ reach consent decree agreement on police reform
Source: Hartford Courant

“The city of Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday signed an historic agreement that, if approved in federal court, will mandate a range of costly police reforms in coming years, from how officers stop residents on the street to how they are trained, supervised and disciplined. … The Justice Department began investigating the Baltimore Police Department — with the support of city officials — in 2015, after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in police custody. Gray’s death sparked widespread protests that later devolved into rioting, looting and arson.” (01/12/17)

http://www.courant.com/nation-world/bs-md-ci-doj-consent-decree-20170112-story.html

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3) Syria: Airstrikes escalate despite supposed cease-fire
Source: Beaumont Enterprise

“The U.N. envoy for Syria said Thursday that a cease-fire was ‘largely holding with some exceptions,’ as opposition activists reported a mounting number of government airstrikes, including a raid in the northern Aleppo province that killed at least six civilians. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, Staffan de Mistura said he was concerned that fighting northwest of Damascus that has cut off the capital’s clean water supply would further escalate and derail proposed negotiations between the government and the opposition in Astana, Kazakhstan, later this month.” (01/12/17)

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/world/article/Activists-6-dead-in-airstrike-in-northern-Syria-10852409.php

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4) US DoJ to investigate itself over Servergate probe
Source: CNN

“The Justice Department’s internal watchdog announced Thursday it has launched a probe into the department and the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The announcement, which was expected, comes after criticism of the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation, particularly on how the public was notified about the controversy, which was a major issue on the 2016 campaign trail.” [editor’s note: Wait before you cheer, Clinton fans. Investigating the investigation implies revisiting that investigation. Your gal skated once, but there’s a new sheriff on the way … – TLK] (01/12/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/12/politics/doj-watchdog-launches-probe-into-handling-of-clinton-email-investigation/index.html

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5) Disqualifying dementia? Mattis forgets US exists, names another country as “biggest destabilizing force” in Middle East
Source: New York Times

“President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice for defense secretary, Gen. James N. Mattis, has told Congress that Iran is the ‘biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East’ and that the United States needs to forge a strategy to ‘checkmate Iran’s goal for regional hegemony.’ The retired Marine general provided his written responses on an array of policy questions to the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is meeting Thursday morning to take up his nomination for defense secretary, as well as to consider the legal waiver that would be needed so that he could serve in the Pentagon’s top civilian job. Military officers are barred by law from serving as defense secretary unless they have been retired for seven years.” (01/12/17)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/us/politics/james-mattis-defense-secretary-nominee.html

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6) Obama regime to Cuban refugees: Back to your island prison
Source: NBC News

“The Obama administration is ending a policy, dubbed ‘wet foot, dry foot,’ which gave Cuban arrivals to the U.S. residency even if they didn’t have visas, the White House announced Thursday. ‘Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally [sic] and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities,’ Obama said in a statement.” (01/12/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/u-s-cuba-relations/obama-adminsitration-end-wet-foot-dry-foot-policy-cubans-n706311

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7) Carson defends record, tangles with Warren at confirmation hearing
Source: Fox News

“Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who’s had an illustrious career in medicine but little formal background in housing policy, defended his qualifications Thursday to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as he sought Senate approval during his confirmation hearing. … Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent him a letter earlier this week with 35 questions ranging from whether he saw veteran homelessness as a HUD priority to whether he believed the ‘scientific consensus that the earth is warming due to C02 and other greenhouse gas emissions.’ In one of the few tense moments Thursday, Warren grilled Carson on issues unrelated to his resume — on Donald Trump and his family’s real estate interests.” [editor’s note: Warren knows all about real estate interests … she used to flip houses for a quick profit, contra the “affordable housing” lines she mouths these days – TLK] (01/12/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/12/carson-defends-record-tangles-with-warren-at-confirmation-hearing.html

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8) Rights group criticizes Turkey over post-coup clampdown
Source: Idaho Press-Tribute

“Turkish government has used last year’s failed military coup to launch an expansive crackdown that has swept up peaceful critics and undermined democracy, a human rights group said Thursday. Human Rights Watch’s report said the July 15 botched coup was no excuse for the scale of the government’s moves against critics and opponents that followed.” (01/12/17)

http://www.idahopress.com/news/world/rights-group-criticizes-turkey-over-post-coup-clampdown/article_1d4b0953-fe2b-5a2e-a112-d9ef272af13a.html

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9) Sanders attempt to import cheaper drugs from Canada: 13 Dems vote against it
Source: Raw Story

“During Wednesday’s late-night Obamacare ‘voto-rama,’ Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced an amendment that would have supported importing cheaper drugs from Canada to help lower the cost of prescription drugs in the United States. The amendment predictably went down in defeat — but not in the way many expected. In fact, a total of 12 Republicans, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) voted in favor of the amendment. These Republicans were cancelled out, however, by 13 Democrats who joined with the majority of Republicans to kill the amendment.” [editor’s note: DO NOT tell me the GOP is the only obstructionist wing of the War Party – SAT] (01/12/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/even-ted-cruz-voted-to-import-cheaper-drugs-from-canada-but-these-13-dems-voted-against-it

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10) Peru: Violent protests at capital over new highway toll
Source: Bismarck Tribune

“Hundreds of Peruvians threw homemade explosives and rocks while police fired tear gas during a protest Thursday over a new road toll into Lima. It was the second time in under a week that residents of the poor Puente Piedra district outside the capital fought with police on the Pan-American Highway, which is their only route into Lima.” (01/12/17)

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/world/violent-protests-at-peru-s-capital-over-new-highway-toll/article_cdbd2e27-667e-5368-af90-b9a8fcbd67be.html

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11) Biden confirms Obama, VP were briefed on unsubstantiated claims against Trump
Source: CNN

“Vice President Joe Biden confirmed Thursday that he and President Barack Obama were briefed last week by intelligence officials on unsubstantiated claims that Russia may have compromising information on President-elect Donald Trump. CNN first reported that the nation’s top intelligence chiefs provided both the President and President-elect a two-page written synopsis of the claims, which came from a 35-page report compiled by a former British intelligence operative based on Russian sources.” (01/12/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/12/politics/joe-biden-donald-trump-intelligence-report

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12) UT: High school’s dating assignment causes uproar among parents
Source: Fox News

“Parents at a Salt Lake City high school said they were outraged after their children in the 11th grade were assigned to go on a $5 date — and got pointers over how boys and girls needed to act. The assignment came in a required ‘adult roles and financial literacy class’ on Monday, FOX13 reported. Some of the bullet points for girls said things like ‘don’t waste his money,’ ‘if you think you’re fat keep it to yourself,’ ‘be feminine and lady like’ and ‘don’t correct his personal habits.’ Boys were told to inform their dates about what they planned to order so the girls would ‘have a guide in order,’ and to not ‘gripe about the money you’re spending or don’t have.'” (01/12/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/12/high-schools-dating-assignment-causes-uproar-among-parents.html

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13) FCC gang slams AT&T, Verizon for serving customers
Source: The Hill

“The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expressed concern Wednesday about ‘zero-rating’ services from AT&T and Verizon that ‘may harm consumers and competition.’ In a report issued Wednesday examining four different zero-rated services, the FCC’s Wireless Bureau found that AT&T’s Sponsored Data program and Verizon’s FreeBee Data 360 program may stifle competition by ‘potentially unreasonable discrimination in favor of their own affiliates.’ Zero-rating is the practice of giving consumers free data when they use certain apps or services. In these cases, Verizon and AT&T direct their users to their own services or those of an affiliate, which critics say is unfair to consumers and third parties.” [editor’s note: The FCC gang loves to attack consumers in the name of protecting consumers – TLK] (01/12/17)

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/313869-fcc-takes-aim-at-att-verizon-over-zero-rating-services

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14) NV: Athletic Commission to discuss ending cannabis ban
Source: Smell the Truth

“Professional fighters like Nick Diaz may no longer have to worry about marijuana-related suspensions from their sport. The Nevada Athletic Commission currently has plans to consider removing cannabinoids from their list of prohibited substances that disqualifies athletes from competing in their state, reports TMZ Sports. The commission’s ban on marijuana has been highlighted throughout Diaz’s career, as the fighter has tested positive for marijuana three times while fighting in Nevada, with the latest resulting in a now overturned five-year suspension from fighting in the state. Nevada’s newly implemented legal marijuana laws are also the impetus for the possible decision.” (01/11/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/01/11/nevada-athletic-commission-to-discuss-ending-marijuana-ban

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15) Venezuela: Regime arrests opposition lawmaker and critical general
Source: Billings Gazette

“Venezuelan officials jailed a second opposition figure Thursday as tensions mounted in the economically struggling South American country. Officials re-arrested former Gen. Raul Baduel, saying he had been conspiring to overthrow the government. Baduel was once a high-ranking member of the administration of late President Hugo Chavez, but later became critical of the socialist party. Baduel was freed from prison in 2015 after serving six years on corruption charges.” (01/12/17)

http://billingsgazette.com/news/world/venezuela-arrests-opposition-lawmaker-and-critical-general/article_15043b51-dc13-5019-9e44-68388a99a800.html

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16) CVS starts selling Impax’s cheaper EpiPen rival
Source: Reuters

“Drugstore chain CVS Health Corp has started selling a generic version of Impax Laboratories Inc’s emergency allergy injection, a device similar to Mylan NV’s controversial EpiPen. Mylan, which has been lambasted by consumers and lawmakers for raising EpiPen prices six-fold in less than a decade, said last month it would start selling a generic version of EpiPen for $300 per two-pack, a more than 50 percent discount. CVS’s move comes after health insurer Cigna Corp revised its coverage list to include the generic version of Epipen instead of the branded version. ‘These formulary changes were anticipated and are why we anticipate successful generic utilization,’ Mylan spokeswoman Julie Knell said in an email.” (01/12/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cvs-health-impax-labs-idUSKBN14W20G

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17) Amazon to add 100,000 full-time US jobs in next 18 months, growing domestic workforce 55 percent
Source: GeekWire

“Amazon just made a big statement about its continued growth aspirations, announcing that it plans to add another 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. over the next 18 months, an increase of more than 55 percent in its domestic workforce. The growth would push Amazon’s U.S. workforce to more than 280,000 people by mid 2018.” (01/12/17)

http://www.geekwire.com/2017/amazon-add-100000-full-time-u-s-jobs-next-18-months-growing-domestic-workforce-55/

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18) Israel: Soldiers caught in “Hamas online honey trap”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Israel’s military says it has uncovered a scam by Hamas militants to spy on its soldiers by hacking their mobile phones after posing as women on social media. Members of the Palestinian group found the soldiers online, then tried to strike up a friendship using the fake identities, an officer told reporters. Dozens of soldiers were persuaded to install an application that controlled their phone cameras and microphones. However, the officer said Hamas was not able to uncover any major secrets. Most of the soldiers were low-ranking, he added, and the scammers were interested in information about Israeli army manoeuvres, forces and weaponry around the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip.” [editor’s note: What, no water-sports allegations? – SAT] (01/12/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38594669

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19) MI: Legislators introduce bill to end Daylight Savings Time
Source: CBS Detroit

“On their first day in the new legislative session in Lansing, a group of state house lawmakers introduced a bill to end Daylight Saving Time in Michigan. The bill would make Eastern Standard Time the official time zone for the entire state and eliminate setting the clocks backward or forward. … Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October.” [editor’s note: These days everything runs around the clock, day and night; Daylight Savings Time is just one of those vestigial government programs that lovers of government programs as such can’t bear to let go – TLK] (01/12/17)

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2017/01/12/lawmakers-introduce-bill-to-end-daylight-saving-time-in-michigan/

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20) Alabama Republican congresscritter plays “war on whites” card
Source: The Hill

“Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said accusations of racism against Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, stem from Democrats’ ongoing ‘war on whites.’ ‘It’s really about political power and racial division and what I refer to, on occasion, as the ‘war on whites,” he said on WBHP 800 Alabama radio …. Brooks was answering a question about criticism of Sessions’s record on civil rights, which is under fresh scrutiny while he undergoes Senate confirmation hearings.” (01/11/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/313905-gop-rep-sessions-attacks-part-of-war-on-whites

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21) EPA gang goes looking for next “emissions cheating” payday with Fiat Chrysler
Source: Buffalo News

“The Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler Thursday of using software that enabled some of its diesel trucks to cheat on emissions tests. The company denied those accusations, saying its software meets regulatory requirements. The vehicles involved were the 2014 to 2016 model year Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokees with 3.0-liter diesel engines. The allegations affect roughly 104,000 vehicles, EPA officials said. … The news caused Fiat Chrysler’s stock price to drop more than 13 percent in trading Thursday morning. … The agency’s move is similar to the initial steps it took at the start of the German automaker Volkswagen emissions scandal, which eventually lead to about $20 billion in fines and charges against seven employees over the course of the last year and a half.” (01/12/17)

https://buffalonews.com/2017/01/12/epa-fiat-chrysler-used-software-cheat-emissions-tests/

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22) FL: Sheriff thinks it’s “despicable” to release public information to the public
Source: USA Today

“Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Wednesday that it is was ‘despicable, repulsive’ for anyone to have leaked airport security video of the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. ‘If it ends up being that a deputy or any other law enforcement officer was involved, I won’t let it taint what 99.9% of this agency did out there on Friday,’ said Israel. Michael Dingman, a 21-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff’s Office assigned to the airport, was suspended with pay Tuesday in connection with the investigation into who leaked the video to TMZ.com. The video, which surfaced Sunday, appeared to be a cellphone recording of the surveillance video.” [editor’s note: The airport is “owned”/operated by Broward County’s government and subsidized by federal taxpayer money. If the frequent statis claim that that “we are the government” is true, then any information generated by its security cameras belongs to us – TLK] (01/12/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/01/12/fort-lauderdale-airport-shooting-video-leak/96481236/

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23) Malaysia: Rights decline under Najib
Source: Human Rights Watch

“Malaysia’s human rights situation markedly deteriorated in 2016, with increased arrests of government critics, expanded restrictions on peaceful assembly, and continued impunity for police abuses, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017. In the 687-page World Report, its 27th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth writes that a new generation of authoritarian populists seeks to overturn the concept of human rights protections, treating rights as an impediment to the majority will.” (01/12/17)

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/01/12/malaysia-rights-decline-under-najib

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24) Belgium: Two charged in 2015 Paris attacks
Source: Yahoo! News

“Belgium has charged two suspects with providing false documents to a man linked to the November 2015 Paris attacks, who later blew himself up on a crowded Brussels metro, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The pair, a man and a woman, were ‘suspected to have provided Khalid Bakraoui with the false documents afterwards used in preparation of the Paris attacks,’ which were claimed by the Islamic State group and killed 130 people, prosecutors said. Bakraoui was the suicide bomber at a Brussels metro station while his brother Ibrahim and another man attacked Brussels airport in coordinated suicide attacks that killed 32 people on March 22 last year.” (01/12/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/belgium-charges-two-suspects-over-paris-attacks-prosecutor-083302684.html

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25) Afghanistan: NATO investigation clears NATO-affiliated troops in killing of 33 civilians
Source: Stars and Stripes [US state media]

“A NATO probe has cleared U.S. troops of wrongdoing in the deaths of 33 civilians in a battle with the Taliban in November, a military statement said Thursday. The clash took place in November in Boz village in Kunduz province. The civilians died after insurgents used villagers’ homes as firing positions, the statement said. It said 33 civilians were killed and 27 wounded as troops responded to the fire. NATO said no action would be taken against the U.S. soldiers because they acted in self-defense.” [editor’s note: “We attacked them and they shot back — we had no choice except to defend ourselves!” – TLK] (01/12/17)

https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/us-troops-in-afghanistan-cleared-in-probe-of-civilian-deaths-1.448564

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

26) She’s back
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“Donald Trump argued during the last weeks of the presidential election campaign that Clinton had exposed state secrets to hostile foreign governments. … Clinton denied vehemently that she had caused any state secrets to pass into the hands of hostile foreign governments. Then Trump was elected president of the United States. Then Clinton left the public scene. Then, last Sunday evening, during the NFL playoff game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers, the FBI posted on its website more than 300 emails that Clinton had sent to an unnamed colleague not in the government — no doubt her adviser Sid Blumenthal — that had fallen into the hands of foreign powers. It turns out — and the Sunday night release proves this — that Blumenthal was hacked by intelligence agents from at least three foreign governments and that they obtained the emails Clinton had sent to him that contained state secrets. Sources believe that the hostile hackers were the Russians and the Chinese and the friendly hackers were the Israelis.” [editor’s note: Why consider the Israelis “friendly?” (01/12/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/01/andrew-p-napolitano/shes-baack/

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27) Trump vs. “lying, disgusting” media
Source: USA Today
by Gabriel Schoenfeld

“‘I would never kill them, but I do hate them. And some of them are such lying, disgusting people.’ Thus spoke Donald Trump about journalists at one of his campaign rallies. He was only slightly warmer Wednesday at his first news conference as president-elect, referring to some ‘very, very dishonest people’ right in front of him as ‘fake news’ purveyors — his characterization of CNN and Buzzfeed reporting on allegations that Russia had been collecting compromising financial and personal information on Trump for years. It is, of course, reassuring that Trump has promised not to kill journalists. But a more realistic question that might soon come before us is: Would he throw them in jail?” (01/11/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/01/11/trump-lying-disgusting-media-espionage-laws-gabriel-schoenfeld-column/96389362

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28) Fedcoin: The US will issue e-currency that you will use
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The U.S. Federal Reserve will not only issue its own cryptocurrency but will also make sure Americans use it. That’s the prediction of currency guru Doug Casey who has an uncanny record of being correct about economic and political trends. His latest book, Surviving Fedcoin: How to Protect Yourself (and Profit) from America’s Coming Currency Change, is a public bet that the U.S. government will issue its own bitcoin which Casey views as ‘the last arrow’ in its money quiver.” (01/12/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/fedcoin-u-s-issue-e-currency/

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29) There is no structure for production of ideas
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

“What is the relationship between ideas and social change? It’s a gigantic question that has spawned a vast literature with nothing approaching a consensus. This is for a reason. Ideas are not like physical property. They do have to be rationed because they do not have the properties that make for economic scarcity. Their distribution does not follow a predictable, manageable, traceable production structure. What happens in some times, places, and issues does not seem to happen in others. It’s for this reason that every contribution to this debate seems partially right and partially wrong.” (01/12/17)

https://fee.org/articles/there-is-no-structure-of-production-for-ideas/

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30) A “one-stop shop” for the alt-right
Source: The Atlantic
by Rosie Gray

“Richard Spencer, one of the best-known leaders of the white nationalist movement that has adopted the name ‘alt-right,’ has — by his standards — been laying relatively low lately. Spencer’s never shied away from the media, but an outbreak of Nazi salutes caught on video by The Atlantic at his organization’s conference in November caused an overwhelming uproar, making Spencer a target within his own movement and threatening his carefully cultivated image as the alt-right’s approachable face. … This month, Spencer’s rebooting again: He is renting a ‘hub’ for the alt-right movement in a townhouse in Alexandria, Virginia. Spencer and Jason Jorjani, the editor-in-chief of Arktos, a publishing arm associated with the alt-right, have bought the domain name altright.com.” (01/12/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/a-one-stop-shop-for-the-alt-right/512921/

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31) How to reduce violence in America
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Hardly a day goes by without someone calling for gun control as the way to reduce violence in America. But the gun control advocates have it all wrong. That’s because they are attacking the symptom of the problem rather than the cause of the problem. That’s not going to do any good and, in fact, might well make the situation even worse.” (01/12/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/01/12/reduce-violence-america/

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32) Border tax bleg
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Martin Feldstein had a recent piece in the WSJ that defended the idea of a border tax adjustment, which would be a part of the proposed corporate tax reform. He points out that if imports were no longer deductible, and exports received a subsidy, then the border adjustment would not distort trade. Rather the effect would be exactly offset by a 25% appreciation of the dollar. I certainly understand that this would be true of a perfect across-the-board border tax system. But is that what we will have?” (01/12/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/01/martin_feldstei_1.html

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33) Societal collapse — again?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Society is clearly a fragile thing in Mexico, from the Rio Grade to the Yucatan. In the last six days things have gotten worse (See the Anti-Media and even Reuters. It is not ‘just’ society that is crumbling, it is their economy. Violence and acts of destruction are continuing to take place, in some cases within sight of the borders with four of the Fifty States. The border crossings at San Diego have been closed several times in the past week, according to reports. What does this mean? First, that a fragile society is constantly at danger from often unforeseen (or ignored) situations and events. … Second, the results of statism, especially the socialist-progressive concept of nationalization (as Mexico did with the oil business a century ago) are VERY long-lasting and very damaging.” (01/12/17)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10528

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34) The Transition: From Democrat to Autocrat
Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“Donald Trump’s capacity to unravel President Obama’s legacy is typically cast in terms of the president-elect’s plans to reverse his predecessor’s actions on health care, immigration, environmental protections, and worker rights, among other areas. But Trump is also poised to shred another equally important if less tangible of achievement of the Obama era: the outgoing president’s role as a champion of democracy and a democratic culture. Where Obama advanced voting rights, government ethics, civil discourse and efforts at bipartisan cooperation, Trump is careening to the opposite extreme. He’s trashing democratic norms across the board, and his presidency will almost certainly corrode voters’ faith in public officials, elections, and government institutions.” (01/12/17)

http://prospect.org/article/transition-democrat-autocrat

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35) Why Donald Trump wants you to ignore Russia and worry about China
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“At Wednesday’s press conference at Trump Tower in New York, his first since winning the election, Donald Trump was grilled by reporters about allegations that Russia meddled in the election to help him defeat Hillary Clinton. The president-elect’s response? ‘China.’ Time and again, when the press asked him about Russia, Trump responded by deflecting attention to China. … It’s no surprise that Trump would employ this rhetorical move. While his friendliness toward President Vladimir Putin has raised hackles in his own party, particularly among Senate hawks like Lindsey Graham and John McCain, Trump is on more firm footing with China, since most Republicans are also wary of the country. A hardline stance on China is Trump’s way to keep the party united behind him on foreign policy, and moreover, it helps him advance his case for trade protectionism, as he cast China during his campaign as the biggest threat to the American economy.” (01/12/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/139817/donald-trump-wants-ignore-russia-worry-china

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36) Trump’s travail
Source: OpEdNews
by Martha Rosenberg

Cartoon. (01/12/17)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Is-THIS-What-Is-Wrong-With-by-Martha-Rosenberg-Donald-Trump_Fair_Meryl-Streep_Retaliation-170112-497.html

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37) Green crony capitalist orgy
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni

“The State of California cares deeply about protecting the environment and protecting people from capitalist predators. Or at least that’s what the Democrats who run the state would have a gullible media and populace believe. Actually, the Golden State is a leader in a crony capitalist program that preys on the little guy in the name of the environment. The program was hatched in 2007 in the hotbed of American leftism, Berkeley, Calif., and has now spread like a lot of California’s bad ideas to 33 other states and the District of Columbia.” (01/12/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/green-crony-capitalist-orgy/

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38) Internet drugs means it’s high time to change our laws
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Oliver Riley

“Reportedly millions of pounds of drugs are purchased online every day on the Dark Web, where because of Internet traffic being sent through a worldwide volunteer network of over seven thousand relays, a user’s location and usage is completely anonymous. The BBC contacted the Royal Mail, who duly replied that it ‘does not knowingly carry any illegal items in its network’ (as it would). But the same BBC journalists spoke to delivery staff who reported that they ‘definitely handled suspect packages’ but that ‘there was nothing that they could do.’ And this is the issue. How can the Government ever possibly hope to enforce the prohibition of many substances, when to millions across the Globe, they are just a few clicks away? One might argue that the Government should search suspect packages, but then you are treading a fine line between supposedly acting in the public’s best interest, and straight up violating their privacy.” (01/12/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/internet-drugs-means-its-high-time-to-change-our-laws

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39) True or not, Russia allegations will scar Trump presidency
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“It would be comical if not so serious. Or perhaps serious if not so tragicomic. Certainly, had an author or screenwriter suggested what American politics has seen this week, it would have been judged unbelievable. The Trump presidency has not even begun. This week might yet be the peak of insanity, the moment at which the competing groups and power centers (media outlets, intelligence agencies, political parties, foreign superpowers) just throw everything they can out there before the administration really gets going. What is equally plausible, however, is that this is only the beginning. Even as President Barack Obama was finishing his well-honed final speech in Chicago, his incoming successor was taking to Twitter in furious capital letters, forced to respond to the suggestion he had been compromised by Russian intelligence who provided salacious details of alleged sexual acts in Moscow.” (01/12/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-russia-commentary-idUSKBN14V2MQ

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40) Obama’s last lament
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“In a big, complex society such as ours, the major features of public life have two main components: There are formal legal arrangements and there are institutions, and the former is not very useful without the latter — that means, for instance, that it isn’t enough to have the First Amendment, you have to have the New York Times, too, or at least something doing the job of the New York Times, which the New York Times itself often fails to do. President Barack Obama, in his farewell address, struggled clumsily toward that as he shared his concerns that too much Fox News and too many fever-dream Facebook memes are undermining our ‘common baseline of fact.'” (01/12/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443784/obama-last-speech-media-distrust

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41) President-elect Donald Trump joins South Korea’s left in pushing new Korea policy
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“The Republic of Korea’s left long has had a love/hate relationship with America. Washington’s support for the military dictatorships of [Park Geun-hye]’s father, Park Chung-hee, and Chun Doo-hwan, who emerged after Park pere’s assassination, soured many South Koreans on the alliance. Nevertheless, fear of North Korea and desire to avoid having to bear the full cost of defending against the North led even Presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun to preserve the relationship. Similarly, the main opposition party’s formal leader and current presumptive presidential nominee Moon Jae-in supports the status quo with the U.S. Not Lee [Jae-myung], however. He has a very different perspective on security issues, and sharply antagonistic opinions as to America’s role.” (01/12/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/president-elect-donald-trump-joins-south-koreas-left-pushing-new-korea

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42) Will Donald Trump shred the Iran nuclear deal?
Source: The American Conservative
by Rajan Menon

“Stack up the op-eds and essays on the disasters that await the world once Donald Trump moves into the White House and you’ll have a long list of dismaying scenarios. One that makes the lineups of most pundits involves a crisis with Iran. So imagine this. Trump struts to the podium for his first presidential press conference, the trademark jutting jaw prominent. He’s spent the previous several days using Twitter to trash the nuclear agreement with Iran, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Unlike former President Barack Obama, Trump loves drama. But the JCPOA runs 159 pages, so he can’t literally tear it up on live television as part of his performance. (And no, it’s not the small hands problem.) Instead, he announces that the nuclear deal is a dead letter, effective immediately. Could he really do that?” (01/12/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/will-donald-trump-shred-the-iran-nuclear-deal/

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43) Why California’s secession scheme can’t succeed
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“America’s dopey adolescent California is sulking because Hillary lost, so now it’s talking big about moving out of Mom’s house. According to one local bison, who presumably speaks for much of the proggy herd, the rest of America is unworthy of the Golden State’s glorious presence anyway. I’m a resident of California, and I say, ‘Great — pack your crap and get out.’ As tempting as it is to keep you in the Union as a cautionary example of what happens when liberals run everything, the pain you would suffer running away from home would be so overwhelming that it might even teach you hapless denizens of this ridiculous state a much-needed lesson. So, go for it.” [editor’s note: Although the author calls this “silly,” secession has always been an option … though he makes a good case for why Californication might not work – SAT] (01/12/17)

http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/01/12/why-californias-silly-succession-scheme-cant-succeed-n2269854

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44) EFF is proud to stand beside Techdirt in its “First Amendment fight for its life.”
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by David Greene

“Techdirt, a prominent and critical source for incisive tech reporting and analysis, is defending itself against a $15 million lawsuit that could become a fight for its very existence. That suit was brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims he invented email, and is based on a series of detailed articles Techdirt published disputing Ayyadurai’s claims. The First Amendment provides vitally important protections for publishers — the Supreme Court ruled that public-figure plaintiffs in defamation lawsuits must prove that offending statements about them are in fact false, and that the speaker actually knew they were false or seriously doubted them when they were published. That rule protects speakers, bloggers, and reporters against lawsuits designed merely to squelch critical speech about public figures. Nonetheless, defending against such suits can be very costly.”

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/01/eff-proud-stand-beside-techdirt-its-first-amendment-fight-its-life

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45) Yes, Obama, democracy is in danger — but not from voters
Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“Barack Obama was right to say, in his farewell address, that democracy is in danger. But to identify the most important threat facing Western democracy today, the outgoing US president might have looked a little closer to home, at the political elite. … Obama did indeed make many of the right noises, about the fact that democracy should never be taken for granted, and the need for Americans to become more active as citizens and fight to defend democratic freedoms (the same goes for the rest of us in the West, too). Strangely, however, when identifying the factors undermining democracy, he somehow missed the main anti-democratic menace of the modern age: elite disdain for the demos, the people.” (01/12/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/mickonobama/

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46) Trump promised to get tough on China’s “massive” intellectual property [sic] theft [sic] …
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“[A]s Trump repeatedly and with clear brevity enunciated — on all sorts of trade, by all sorts of countries — ‘America is getting ripped off.’ Our one-sided ‘free trade’ allows nigh everything into our country completely free from any taxes, levies or stipulations — while we ignore the very many anti-free-trade impositions emplaced upon our stuff by other nations. One of the worst abusers of our idiocy — excuse me, our ‘free trade’ fetishism — is China …. China is stealing from us hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of IP per annum. And has been –– for years. And we’ve openly recognized it — for years.” [editor’s note: Copying isn’t stealing, ideas aren’t property, and Motley apparently hates American consumers, seeing as how he wants to jack up the prices they pay for stuff just to “punish” China – TLK] (01/12/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/01/trump-promised-to-get-tough-on-chinas-massive-intellectual-property-theft/

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47) Two Congressmen nail the problem with the Jeff Sessions makeover
Source: Our Future
by Isaiah J Poole

“The face of Jim Crow wasn’t always the hooded Klansman, the defiant governor at the schoolhouse door or the club-wielding sheriff. It often smiled, uttered smooth words and offered a pat on the shoulder to quell the bubbling uprising. Racism, in other words, could wear the mask of congeniality, beckoning its prey into a can’t-we-all-just-get-along world in which members of every race could live peaceably in their assigned place: white people at the top, black people at the bottom. Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions would have us believe that because he has distanced himself from the inflammatory racist rhetoric of such fellow Alabamans as George Wallace or Theophilus Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor, or for that matter of his own past, that we should be at ease allowing him to be our next attorney general, with responsibility for ensuring that our laws are applied with fairness, justice and equality. But on Wednesday, two African-American members of Congress (New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Georgia Rep. John Lewis) made sure that the Senate and the country was not distracted by the makeover that Sessions presented to the country during his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.” (01/12/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170112/two-congressmen-nail-the-problem-with-the-jeff-sessions-makeover

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48) Farewell Obama
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Cory Massimino

“Obama using his farewell address to make a sales pitch for political activism and running for office as the solution to people’s problems pretty much sums up modern liberalism. Snake oil politicians trot out this tired bullshit whenever they see the religious zeal surrounding them and their policy initiatives fading away. Does Obama really see his remarkable political ascendancy as part of any realistic aspiration for marginalized people? Power doesn’t just corrupt; it blinds you to the reality of your words while building you a throne atop which you can sit, privileged enough to avoid being victimized by the excesses of state capitalism.” (01/11/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/47541

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49) Too much focus on what police DO and not enough about what policing IS
Source: Cop Block
by Trevor Maxwell

“While most police criticism is focused on cases of individual police abuse, corruption and brutality; the more important discussion is about the agendas, inherent flaws and unintended consequences of the institution of policing as a whole.” (01/11/17)

http://www.copblock.org/170221/what-policing-is/

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50) We all lose: Obama’s legacy and what it means
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by John W Whitehead

“After eight years in office, Barack Obama leaves our nation with a weakened Constitution that has been dealt one crippling blow after another by court rulings and government overreach, with more militarized police empowered to shoot first and ask questions later, with more SWAT team raids, with more government corruption, with more debt than ever before ($19 trillion and rising), with more racial tensions bubbling over into confrontations, with even greater surveillance intruding into the privacy of the citizenry, with less tolerance for free speech and thought, with taxpayers groaning under the weight of even more taxes disguised as fines and fees, with a more ‘imperial’ president empowered to act unilaterally through the use of signing statements and executive orders, with a greater risk of blowback from military occupations, drone strikes and endless wars abroad, and with a citizenry more broken and oppressed than ever.” (01/11/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/01/11/we-all-lose-obamas-legacy-and-what-it-means/

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51) Could Trump have been caught in a classic “honey trap?”
Source: CounterPunch
by David Macaray

“Basically, the story going around is that the Russians have compromised Donald Trump. They did it by tricking him into committing some fairly bizarre sexual indiscretions, recording them on film (their standard Cold War modus operandi), and filing them away for future use, which is to say, for blackmail purposes. All of this is said to have occurred while Trump was in Moscow as part of the 2013 Miss Universe contest. What makes the story so credible — besides men being men, Trump being Trump, and the FBS being the FBS [sic] — is the fact that using women as leverage (the ‘honey trap’) goes back to before Mata Hari. In fact, it can be traced all the way back to the Bible, where Delilah is said to have betrayed Samson to the Philistines.” (01/12/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/12/could-trump-have-been-caught-in-a-classic-honey-trap/

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52) Runaway deficits forever
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Upon becoming House speaker in 1995, Newt Gingrich decided it was crucial to adopt a plan to eliminate the federal deficit. In a meeting of House Republicans, Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich balked: ‘Where is it in stone that we have to balance the budget in seven years?’ Gingrich had a quick answer: ‘Let’s put it to a vote. Who wants to put it in stone?’ Everyone but Kasich voted yes. The Republicans had made a commitment they would have to keep. Contrast that show of determination with the vote last week by Senate Republicans for a budget resolution that projects an increase in the public debt of $9 trillion over the next decade.” (01/12/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/01/12/runaway-deficits-forever

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53) The rising threats to European liberty
Source: Acton Institute
by Kishore Jayabalan

“Islamic terrorism and Russian troublemaking are nothing new in modern European history, which makes the lack of a serious response to these threats even more striking. Angela Merkel can only hope that the refugees Germany is accepting do not include terrorists, while Pope Francis issues a call for non-violence. These are decent humanitarian sentiments but not very helpful for those who wish to preserve themselves and their freedoms. So what can be done?” (01/11/17)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2017/01/11/rising-threats-european-liberty

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54) From official policy to mainstream discourse: Propaganda in the making
Source: Antiwar.com
by Daniel Espinosa Winder

“The Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act (CDPA), passed [sic] last December 8th by Barack Obama, was first presented to the US Congress on March 16th. This effort in information warfare was in the making long before the mainstream media campaign against ‘fake news,’ or serious allegations of Russian meddling in US elections, started. This is an analysis of how foreign and domestic policy becomes popular demand through mainstream media.” (01/12/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/daniel_espinosa_winder/2017/01/11/from-official-policy-to-mainstream-discourse-propaganda-in-the-making/

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55) New republics, Westphalia, and Russian strategy
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Brandon Christensen

“If you don’t count Crimea, which Moscow formally recognized in 2014, then the new republics that declared their independence from Ukraine are Luhansk and Donetsk. Both polities are roughly 3300 square miles in area and house roughly 1.5 million people …. Alarmingly, both republics style themselves ‘people’s republics’ and (less alarmingly) have aligned publicly with Moscow. Russia, by the way, has not recognized these ‘new republics,’ for geopolitical reasons I hope to make clear below.” (01/11/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/01/11/from-the-comments-new-republics-westphalia-and-russian-strategy/

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56) The shadow of incompetence and racism
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Just when you thought it was safe to ignore Hillary Clinton … Out from the Land of Might Have Been blurps the ‘news from nowhere’ as to what Mrs. Clinton’s cabinet would have been. Some are calling it the ‘ghost cabinet,’ the sadder version of a shadow cabinet. And top on the list? Secretary of State John Podesta! Mrs. Clinton’s own recklessness regarding secrets and security protocols while she was Secretary of State was apparently not enough. It turns out she aspires to insecurity, for she had planned to give her old job to the man who protected his computer with the immortal, hard-to-guess password ‘p@ssw0rd.'” (01/12/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/01/12/the-shadow-of-incompetence-and-racism/

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57) From fiction to reality in 30 years
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux

“With Google Home in my home, I feel very much like Captain Picard on the starship Enterprise. The only difference is that Capt. Picard prefaced each question that he asked his fictional 24th-century supercomputer with ‘Computer,’ while I preface each of my questions with ‘Hey Google.’ Some of the finest science-fiction fantasies of the 1980s are today affordable realities for ordinary Americans. Yet we continue to be told by pundits and politicians — left, right and center — that ordinary Americans’ material standard of living today is no higher than it was when the late Gene Roddenberry first revived his famed TV-show franchise. (‘Hey Google, when did ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ first air?’ Answer: ‘September 28th, 1987.’) (01/11/17)

http://triblive.com/opinion/donaldboudreaux/11760923-74/google-americans-ordinary

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58) More money, more problems: Venezuela’s minimum wage won’t help inflation
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco

“It seems like Venezuela always provides great classroom examples for all the wrong reasons. I’ve written on this blog multiple times about the government of Venezuela and the polices it has enacted. I’ve argued that falling oil prices aren’t to blame for the country’s troubles and that the once-high oil prices only masked the underlying shortages caused by government policy. I’ve discussed how the major price controls put in place in Venezuela have made it difficult to impossible for people to find goods ranging from toilet paper and feminine hygiene products, to meat and flour. Here we are again. The Venezuelan government is once again proving its complete ignorance of basic economics. Its people are paying the price.” (01/11/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/01/11/more-money-more-problems-venezuelas-minimum-wage-wont-help-inflation/

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59) Can’t shoot the messenger? Pick a random target and shoot them.
Source: Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

“I don’t figure I need to put up links. Ya’all know the leaked e-mails exposed the Clintons, the DNC, Obama, the Clinton Foundation and many top level officials for corruption, election rigging, pedophilia, a trail of lies, bribes, bombs and dead bodies. Real media, real investigative journalism would have these people and these stories laid bare before an outraged populace. But the presstitutes are lockstep hammering ‘the Russians’ for hacking the Clinton’s illegal computer system that the secretary of state used instead of the computer system belonging to the US State Department that she was required to use (felony, treason). Evidence of this Russian hack: NONE. Not a shred. ‘We can’t tell you what we have. It would expose our secrets.’ Well, that is kinda-almost true … just completely untrue the way they are saying it. The most important element of The Story: The Criminality the leaks exposed.” [editor’s note: Mostly sound, but 1) So far no actual evidence for the “pizzagate” theory has emerged; 2) Treason has a legal (in fact, constitutional) definition, and negligently compromising classified information isn’t it – TLK] (01/12/17)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2017/01/12/cant-shoot-the-messenger/

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60) Why I favor limited government, part 6
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Throughout history, people have accepted the notion that government officials have the legitimate moral and legal authority to do whatever they want. The mindset has always been that government is in charge and people are subordinate. The result was governments that wielded omnipotent powers over their citizenry. The best that people could hope for was that the powers would be wielded in a benevolent way. Then came the U.S. Constitution, which upended that centuries-long mindset.” (01/12/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/favor-limited-government-part-6/

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

61) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 7
Source: The Ancap Barber Shop

“On this episode, Trump Supporter Beaten and Punk Rock Anarcho-Capitalism, Scott and Adam talk about the attack on the Trump supporter in Chicago, MTV’s video ‘New Years Resolutions for White Guys,’ and a pre-school teacher who uses punk rock to teach anarcho-capitalism.” [various formats] (01/12/17)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/389-2/

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62) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 01/12/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Ken [White] is our guest on today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast. We talk with him about his list of the worst censors of 2016 and spend some time remembering the life of a giant in the free speech world, Nat Hentoff, who passed away this past weekend. Ken also explains how he successfully uses the ‘Popehat Signal’ to rally attorneys to provide pro bono assistance to people wrapped up in free speech legal battles.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/12/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-ken-white-of-popehat-talks-nat-hentoff-worst-censors-of-2016/

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63) Freedom Feens Radio, 01/12/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou and Randy discuss how Socialist Security is a scam, Obama may commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence, and how the Roseville, MI cops whined about being called names for writing a ticket for warming up a car in a driveway. Also in Michigan, police are having trouble recruiting new officers. These Feens wrap up the show with by talking about shared delusions, mass hysteria, and the Fuhrerprinzip.” [various formats] (01/12/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13568

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64) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/11/17
Source: Cato Institute

“What makes firms decide where to locate new production facilities? What is the role of the American tax and regulatory environments in attracting production facilities? Dan Pearson comments.” [various formats] (01/11/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/trump-trade-how-multinationals-make-decisions

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65) Free Talk Live, 11/11/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Difficulty of Filing Police Complaints :: Germany, Russia, and Big Media :: Anti-Jewish Bigots :: Not Paying IRS Taxes :: Alt-Righters Infiltrating Libertarians? :: What is the Alt Right? :: Mark Edge :: Neanderthal :: Types of Conspiracy :: History Class.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/11/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-01-11

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