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In the News:

0) Publisher’s note
1) Iraq: Mosul University fully taken by regime troops
2) SpaceX launches, lands rocket after four-month hiatus
3) Serbian regime strikes war-like tone with Kosovo over train row
4) Poland: US escalates Russia tensions with troop deployment
5) Oral arguments heard in Libertarian Party lawsuit regarding Commission on Presidential Debates
6) Trump vows “insurance for everybody” in ObamaCare replacement plan
7) Famed Ringling Bros. circus closing after more than 100 years
8) Brazil: At least 30 inmates killed in latest prison riot
9) Ice storm pelts central US, causing deadly road conditions
10) Bitcoin ATM attacks lead to lawsuit against four brothers
11) Anti-trade Democrats, Republicans ally to keep drug prices high for Americans
12) Eight billionaires “as rich as world’s poorest half”
13) Land for free — get yours now!
14) Phone-hacking firm Cellebrite got hacked
15) CO: Coffman sneaks away from constituents demanding health care answers
16) Columbia: Santos denies FARC still keeping hostages
17) New evidence suggests DB Cooper may have worked for Boeing
18) Erdogan vows to keep Turkish troops in Cyprus as talks stall
19) Senegal: Barrow arrives after Gambia transition talks fail
20) US, state governments extort $864 million from Moody’s over 2008 financial crisis

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The Jackson family versus Martin Luther King and the cast of Hamilton
22) Is it time for the next Dread Pirate Roberts?
23) The foolish optimism of hoping for Chelsea Manning’s freedom
24) Climate tyrant morons
25) Ruses for Radicals: Saul Alinsky’s alt-left hate speech
26) Single vision
27) An Orwellian nightmare — state education in the 21st century
28) How to talk to Congress
29) Some election interference is more equal than others
30) When a fugitive dies, “blue privilege” makes all the difference
31) Twenty powerful ways to replace ObamaCare
32) One final expansion of the surveillance state as Obama heads for the door
33) The epidemic of passable arguments
34) The Google-Facebook online ad cartel is the biggest competition problem
35) The Russian dossier reminds me of the row over Saddam’s WMDs
36) Local currency is like a car that can’t leave town
37) Economic principles do not disappear as economic complexities arise
38) Sitzkrieg on the Potomac: The phony war between Trump and the Deep State
39) Social contract: The myth
40) Government is evil
41) Rex Tillerson’s South China Sea proposal won’t work
42) Italy needs a dose of Bugatti capitalism
43) Creating altcoins is easy, maintaining one is not
44) How the economy affects major asset classes
45) Unintended consequences, special interests, sugar, and a view from the clinical trenches
46) Rudy Giuliani is an absurd choice to defend the US from hackers
47) Freedom Cells — networks for a free society
48) The Russians are coming!
49) More important than ever: Defending immigrants and refugees during the Trump presidency
50) Without guns, how to people resist tyranny?

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 112
52) spiked podcast, 01/14/17
53) The Jason Stapleton Program, 01/13/17
54) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/13/17
55) Editor’s Break, episode 2
56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 824
57) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 113
58) Free Talk Live, 01/14/17
59) Felony Friday, episode 54
60) Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/13/17

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0) Publisher’s note

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1) Iraq: Mosul University fully taken by regime troops
Source: Komo News

“U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops on Sunday fully liberated the sprawling complex of Mosul University, an Iraqi military spokesman said, a major step in the massive operation to retake the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul. The spokesman for the Joint Military Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, declared the campus was under the full control of Iraqi special forces, officially known as the Counter Terrorism Service, who raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.” (01/15/17)

http://komonews.com/news/nation-world/military-mosul-university-fully-liberated-by-iraqi-troops

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2) SpaceX launches, lands rocket after four-month hiatus
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Four months after one of its rockets exploded on the launchpad, SpaceX finally conducted a successful launch on Saturday. The Falcon 9 rocket carried a payload of 10 satellites into orbit for the communications company Iridium. Shortly after the launch, the first stage landed back on Earth for later re-use, in a successful completion of the mission’s secondary goal.” (01/15/17)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0115/SpaceX-launches-lands-rocket-after-four-month-hiatus

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3) Serbian regime strikes war-like tone with Kosovo over train row
Source: CBS News

“Fueling tensions in the Balkans, Serbia warned Kosovo on Sunday it will defend ‘every inch of its territory,’ including its former province where Serbs allegedly are under threat from Kosovo Albanians. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic issued the warning after a Serbian train, bearing signs reading ‘Kosovo is Serbian,’ was halted Saturday before it entered Kosovo due to reports of a planned attack by ethnic Albanians. … Kosovo leaders saw the train, painted in the colors of the Serbian flag and decorated on the inside with Serbian Orthodox images, as a provocation and a threat to the sovereignty of the former Serbian province. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Serbia and its ally Russia do not recognize the split. Serbia has sought to maintain influence in Kosovo’s north, where most of the country’s Serb minority is located.” (01/15/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/serbia-war-like-tone-kosovo-over-train-row/

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4) Poland: US escalates Russia tensions with troop deployment
Source: Belfast Telegraph [Ireland]

“Polish leaders are holding a welcome ceremony for the biggest deployment of US troops to Europe in decades. The ceremony on Saturday in the western Polish town of Zagan comes 23 years after the last Soviet troops left the country. Russia called the deployment a threat to its own security. The move also marks a new historic moment — the first time any Western forces are being deployed on a continuous basis to NATO’s eastern flank.” (01/14/17)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/polands-leaders-hold-ceremony-to-welcome-us-troops-as-part-of-nato-buildup-35367954.html

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5) Oral arguments heard in Libertarian Party lawsuit regarding Commission on Presidential Debates
Source: Reason

“One of the Libertarian Party’s attempts to overturn the Commission on Presidential Debates’ third-party damaging practices via lawsuit had its first hearing last week in U.S. District Court in D.C. on motions from both sides for summary judgment. In that hearing, Alexandra Shapiro, the lawyer representing the Libertarian Party’s National Committee and the other plaintiffs in the case, argued that the American people faced a uniquely terrible set of major party choices in 2016, which she blamed on the fact that the: ‘two major parties have rigged the system to maintain their own power and deprive American citizens of their choices.'” (01/13/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/13/oral-arguments-heard-in-libertarian-part

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6) Trump vows “insurance for everybody” in ObamaCare replacement plan
Source: Washington Post

“President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of ‘insurance for everybody,’ while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid. Trump declined to reveal specifics in the telephone interview late Saturday with The Washington Post, but any proposals from the incoming president would almost certainly dominate the Republican effort to overhaul federal health policy as he prepares to work with his party’s congressional majorities.” [editor’s note: He’s supported “single-payer” for a long time, but sort of smoothed over that when seeking the GOP nomination – TLK] (01/15/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-vows-insurance-for-everybody-in-obamacare-replacement-plan/2017/01/15/5f2b1e18-db5d-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html

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7) Famed Ringling Bros. circus closing after more than 100 years
Source: CNN

“The Ringling Bros. circus is closing down after more than 100 years in operation, according to a press release from Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus for the last 50 years. … High operating costs and the decline of ticket sales ‘made the circus an unsustainable business for the company,’ Feld said. And after ‘the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop’ in ticket sales, Feld said. Before taking the final bow, the Ringling Bros., will perform 30 shows across the United States between now and May.” (01/14/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/14/entertainment/ringling-circus-closing/

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8) Brazil: At least 30 inmates killed in latest prison riot
Source: Fox News

“At least 30 inmates have been killed in a prison riot in northeastern Brazil, a person familiar with the situation told Fox News. The person, who requested anonymity because forensic work is under way, said the number of casualties could rise slightly. About a dozen other inmates have been taken to nearby hospitals, the person said. The riot was the latest in a string of prison disturbances across Brazil that have killed more than 100 people within the past two weeks.” (01/15/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/01/15/at-least-30-inmates-killed-in-latest-brazil-prison-riot.html

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9) Ice storm pelts central US, causing deadly road conditions
Source: Yahoo! News

“A winter storm battered a large swath of the central United States on Sunday with ice and freezing rain, creating dangerous driving conditions that caused at least five traffic-related deaths and leaving thousands without power. Ice storm warnings and winter weather advisories were in effect for parts of 10 states, stretching from New Mexico to Wisconsin from the storm that has clobbered the region since Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri were particularly hard hit.” (01/15/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ice-storm-pelts-central-u-causing-deadly-road-011955710.html

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10) Bitcoin ATM attacks lead to lawsuit against four brothers
Source: NewsBTC

“It appears Bitcoin ATMs are being targeted by a group of hammer-wielding criminals. To be more precise, both the Detroit and Chicago areas have seen an increasing number of physical attacks against teller machines. … A total of four suspects has been named as the ones responsible for these assaults against Bitcoin ATMs. In fact, a lawsuit has been filed against these three individuals, one of whom used to run his own Bitcoin ATM network.” (01/15/17)

http://www.newsbtc.com/2017/01/15/bitcoin-atm-attacks-lead-lawsuit-four-brothers/

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11) Anti-trade Democrats, Republicans ally to keep drug prices high for Americans
Source: Seattle Times

“U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are facing questions and criticism about their votes against a proposal aimed at making it easier to import inexpensive prescription drugs from Canada. The Washington Democrats joined 11 other party colleagues Wednesday in opposing an amendment sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. The amendment to the budget reconciliation bill to allow pharmacies, wholesalers and individuals to import medicines failed with just 46 votes. But it won enough Republican support to pass had a handful of the recalcitrant Democrats voted differently.” (01/14/17)

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/states-us-senators-face-criticism-for-blocking-import-of-drugs-from-canada/

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12) Eight billionaires “as rich as world’s poorest half”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The world’s eight richest individuals have as much wealth as the 3.6bn people who make up the poorest half of the world, according to Oxfam. The charity said its figures, which critics have queried, came from improved data, and the gap between rich and poor was ‘far greater than feared.’ Oxfam’s report coincides with the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos.” (01/15/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38613488

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13) Land for free — get yours now!
Source: The Homestead Guru

“Did you know that you can get land for free in several states in the United States? Rural land was used as a growth incentive by the United States government for over 100 years. In exchange for five years of farming on the land while living in a house they built, families could obtain full ownership of the land they were homesteading. Four states still offer free land.” (01/14/17)

https://thehomestead.guru/land-for-free/

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14) Phone-hacking firm Cellebrite got hacked
Source: The Hacker News

“The company that sells digital forensics and mobile hacking tools to others has itself been hacked. Israeli firm Cellebrite, the popular company that provides digital forensics tools and software to help law enforcement access mobile phones in investigations, has had 900 GB of its data stolen by an unknown hacker. But the hacker has not yet publicly released anything from the stolen data archive, which includes its customer information, user databases, and a massive amount of technical data regarding its hacking tools and products.” (01/12/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/01/mobile-hacking-cellebrite.html

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15) CO: Coffman sneaks away from constituents demanding health care answers
Source: Think Progress

“Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) tweeted Friday that he was excited to return home to Colorado this weekend, but things didn’t go very well when he got there. On Saturday, his open meeting to chat with constituents at the Aurora Central Library was overwhelmed by voters particularly concerned about the fate of their health care if the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) is repealed — a plan Coffman supports — without a replacement put in place. Rather than meet with most of them or even address them, he left the event via a back door and escaped in a waiting vehicle.” (01/15/17)

https://thinkprogress.org/republican-congressman-sneaks-away-from-constituents-demanding-health-care-answers-e55e0593244e#.e1psi2ss0

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16) Columbia: Santos denies FARC still keeping hostages
Source: PanAm Post

“Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos denied on Thursday that Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is still keeping hostages despite evidence to the contrary. ‘FARC says they have no more kidnappings and I believe them,’ Santos said during an interview with Caracol Radio. The President’s response comes after statements about the guerrilla group’s still keeping people locked away. But Santos maintains it is a lie.” (01/13/17)

https://panampost.com/orlando-avendano/2017/01/13/santos-denies-farc-still-keeping-hostages/

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17) New evidence suggests DB Cooper may have worked for Boeing
Source: Fox News

“A team of scientists selected by federal officials in Seattle have come across new evidence in the mystery of D.B. Cooper. The Citizen Sleuths have been analyzing particles found on the clip-on-tie that Cooper left behind after he hijacked a Northwest Orient airplane in November 1971. Tom Kaye, the lead researcher of the group, told King 5 on Friday that a powerful microscope used in their investigation has found more than 100,000 particles on the JCPenny tie. He added that the group has been trying to identify where some of the particles, including Cerium, Strontium, Sulfide and titanium, may have come from. One place where the different elements were being used was at Boeing for their high-tech Super Sonic Transport plane, which was being developed in the 1960s and 1970s. Kaye says the evidence could point to Cooper being a contractor or an employee for Boeing where he would’ve had to worn a tie.” (01/15/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/15/new-evidence-suggests-d-b-cooper-may-have-worked-for-boeing.html

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18) Erdogan vows to keep Turkish troops in Cyprus as talks stall
Source: Bloomberg

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to keep troops in Cyprus as future security arrangements turned into the biggest obstacle to a deal on reunifying the Mediterranean island after more than four decades. Talks on a landmark accord will resume next week after top officials from Cyprus, Greece and Turkey failed to reach an agreement in Geneva. Hurdles also remain over property rights and a rotating presidency for a proposed federal state. Negotiations on Jan. 18 will be at a technical level to seek proposals to resolve the differences and comments from Turkey and Greece suggest there’s plenty of work to do.” (01/12/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-13/cyprus-reunification-talks-to-reconvene-next-week-as-deal-stalls

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19) Senegal: Barrow arrives after Gambia transition talks fail
Source: Yahoo! News

“Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has left the country for neighboring Senegal, a coalition member and local media said on Sunday, a day after West African leaders failed to persuade President Yahya Jammeh to step aside. Barrow, a former real estate agent, won a Dec. 1 election in the former British colony by a slim margin. Long-ruling Jammeh conceded defeat but then changed his mind, plunging one of West Africa’s tourist hot spots into crisis and dimming hopes for democracy in a region accustomed to coups and autocratic rule. Barrow, backed by the West and the African Union, is due to be inaugurated on Jan. 19, although Jammeh is seeking to block this pending a Supreme Court ruling on his legal challenge to poll results.” (01/15/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/gambias-president-elect-arrives-senegal-talks-fail-123844277.html

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20) US, state governments extort $864 million from Moody’s over 2008 financial crisis
Source: CNBC

“Moody’s Corp has agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle with U.S. federal and state authorities over its ratings of risky mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. The credit rating agency reached the deal with the Justice Department, 21 states and the District of Columbia, resolving allegations that the firm contributed to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the department said in a statement.” (01/14/17)

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/14/moodys-pays-864-million-to-us-states-over-pre-crisis-ratings.html

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

21) The Jackson family versus Martin Luther King and the cast of Hamilton
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Actors, in a word, act. They don’t play themselves. They portray other people. Bryan Cranston is not really a dentist (Seinfeld) or a chemist who makes methamphetamine (Breaking Bad). Christina Hendricks is not really a con artist in space (Firefly) or the office manager of an advertising firm in the 1960s (Mad Men). They’re actors. They act. Joseph Fiennes acts, too. He’s not really Michael Jackson. He’s just an actor who plays Michael Jackson in an episode of the British comedy show Urban Myths. That episode was pulled from play by Sky TV after much-publicized outrage (from, among others, the late pop star’s family) over a white actor playing a black character.” (01/13/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9181

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22) Is it time for the next Dread Pirate Roberts?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

“In July 2015 when Visa and Mastercard put pressure on the clearnet website backpage.com to take down their ‘adult’ sections due to the fact that they was being used to post ads for sex work. Instead of giving in to this pressure, backpage dropped Visa and Mastercard and began using bitcoin as their main medium of exchange. This move was celebrated by bitcoiners everywhere. … backpage.com promises to continue their fight for freedom of speech, a fight very similar to the one that Ross Ulbricht was championing in his work with the Silk Road. This is a fight that Ross'[s] mother and supporters, the creators and users of subsequent deepweb marketplaces, and clearweb sites such as backpage and even piracy websites like The Pirate Bay are all in together. It is not only a question of whether a website creator should be held responsible for the actions of the website’s users but also a question as to whether such things as piracy, drugs, or sex work should even be illegal in the first place.” (01/14/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/47491

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23) The foolish optimism of hoping for Chelsea Manning’s freedom
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“This column will soon be out of date. There are only a few days of Barack Obama’s presidential pardon powers left. He will either offer clemency to whistleblower Chelsea Manning, thereby ending her sentence three decades sooner than officially mandated, or he will not. And the chances of her gaining freedom under a Republican-dominated Washington seem even less likely than Obama doing the right thing here. But it is unlikely than Obama does anything, even if he is rumored to be considering it.” (01/14/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2017/01/13/the-foolish-optimism-of-hoping-for-chelsea-mannings-freedom

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24) Climate tyrant morons
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Did you know that there are lots of people on this planet who wouldn’t hesitate to punish you severely for the ‘crime’ of not agreeing with their opinions? When they can’t win a debate with reason, logic and facts, they demand that you be thrown in jail. It just shows us how insecure they are about their opinions. Perhaps the most famous example of this cultural phenomenon is the persecution of Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei …. Today, radical Islamists kill people, including lots of other Muslims, who refuse to believe the Islamic religion exactly the same as they believe it. … And then there are the radical global warming alarmists like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who laments the fact that there are no laws (yet) on the books to punish global warming skeptics.” (01/14/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/01/climate-tyrant-morons.html

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25) Ruses for Radicals: Saul Alinsky’s alt-left hate speech
Source: Hubpages
by Garry Reed

“Alinsky is famous for his book Rules for Radicals, which the American Thinker sagely parodied as ‘Rules for Psychopaths.’ Alinsky essentially invented the idea of ‘Community Organizer’ as a means of using groups of poor and disenfranchised people as pawns, sometimes characterized uncharitably as ‘useful idiots,’ to get what all psychopathically self-absorbed people want: power, wealth and ego gratification.” [editor’s note: Reed actually cites Alinsky’s rules instead of just alluding to them negatively like most critics who’ve probably never read them. I disagree with his conclusion that there’s anything unsound in those rules, though. None of the tactics in question is immoral per se. It all comes down to what they’re used FOR – TLK] (01/15/17)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Ruses-for-Radicals-Saul-Alinskys-Alt-Left-Hate-Speech

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26) Single vision
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Bill Merritt

Cartoon. (01/13/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1654

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27) An Orwellian nightmare — state education in the 21st century
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Blake Symington-Stephens

“Whenever someone decides to criticise the state of the education system, they are often quickly reprimanded, and their own ignorance is then explained to them at length. The person in charge of this telling off describes just how lucky we are to have universal compulsory education in this country, and how we should be forever grateful to the state for bestowing upon us this glorious opportunity to learn, and to enlighten ourselves without fear of violence or intimidation. Yet it is the fact that free speech is attacked so intensely, and with such hostility, that one is left feeling almost as if all of this is a lie.” (01/15/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/01/15/an-orwellian-nightmare-state-education-in-the-21st-century/

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28) How to talk to Congress
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Ernesto Falcon

“As this year begins with a new president and new Congress taking power, more people than ever want to know how to make their voices heard in Congress. As the Legislative Counsel at EFF, my job is to help the organization and our supporters reach out to Congress more effectively. We’ve put together this guide in order to share some of our findings about how best to impact decisions in government. This represents years of trial and error at EFF as well as my own experience working in Congress and Washington, D.C. for a number of years before joining the organization.” (01/13/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/01/how-talk-congress

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29) Some election interference is more equal than others
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“A couple of days ago, Politico published a fascinating piece describing how factions associated with the current Ukrainian government apparently interfered in the U.S. election on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The findings seem pretty damning, and certainly warrant at least some conversation within the American media given the 24/7 obsession with Russia. Nevertheless, most of you have probably never heard of this saga, since when it comes to the corporate media news cycle, some election interference is more equal than others.” (01/13/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/01/13/some-election-interference-is-more-equal-than-others-how-ukraine-meddled-on-behalf-of-clinton/

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30) When a fugitive dies, “blue privilege” makes all the difference
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Pleasant Grove, Utah resident Ashleigh Holloway Best killed herself in the early hours of May 17, 2016 when she lost control of the stolen 2002 Lincoln Navigator she was driving and plowed it into a tree. The man who was pursuing the thief, Kenneth Lee Drew, was the authorized representative of the vehicle’s lawful owner. On January 11, Drew was sentenced to prison because the thief foolishly killed herself. If Drew had been a government-employed law enforcement officer, rather than a private repossession agent, he would likely have received a hazardous duty commendation following Best’s admittedly tragic death.” (01/15/17)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2017/01/when-fugitive-dies-blue-privilege-makes.html

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31) Twenty powerful ways to replace ObamaCare
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis and Jim Babka

“The Republicans have talked loud and long about replacing Obamacare. Now they must act. But will their actions be good or bad? We must tell them what ‘good’ looks like.” (01/13/17)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/20-ways-replace-obamacare

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32) One final expansion of the surveillance state as Obama heads for the door
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“President Barack Obama’s administration ending its eight-year rule by expanding the sharing of intercepted communications and data between federal agencies may feel a little bit like a final giant middle finger to the many critics of the massive, secretive surveillance state. Attorney General Loretta Lynch just signed off on changes that will increase the ability of the National Security Agency (NSA) to share some raw intercepted data with other agencies before the process of filtering out private information from people unconnected to actual targets. The snooping itself is not changing, but more people will have access earlier in the process.” (01/13/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/13/one-final-expansion-of-the-surveillance

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33) The epidemic of passable arguments
Source: Free Keene
by Ethan Glover

“A ‘passable’ libertarian argument, or ‘passable’ activism does just enough to get attention, and just enough for others in the community to consider it ‘correct’ or ‘doing something.’ Regardless if it has an effect. It’s just enough to get praise, or in the case of celebritarians, just enough to get donations, maintain sponsorships, or sell merchandise. Nerdwriter once attributed the epidemic of passable movies to a ‘lack of tonal control.’ I’ve attributed the epidemic of passable arguments to a lack of connection. That is, the inability or refusal to take note of who you’re talking to, listen to them, remain curious about their beliefs and explain your own in a way that they as an individual can connect with.” (01/15/17)

http://freekeene.com/2017/01/15/epidemic-passable-arguments/

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34) The Google-Facebook online ad cartel is the biggest competition problem
Source: Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland

“By far the biggest competition problem facing U.S. antitrust and regulatory authorities is the Goobook Ad Cartel, the unaccountable dominant chokepoint for monetizing most online news, content, products and services. The evidence is compelling that Google and Facebook have colluded to divide up and corner the online advertising market, and consequently, have deterred competition, devalued property and work, dehumanized privacy, and depressed economic growth and employment. This unprecedented market power and winner-take-all outcome in such a vital sector of the economy is a direct result of purposeful U.S. non-enforcement of antitrust laws for online platforms, and the lavishment of most every public policy advantage upon them that one could imagine.” [editor’s note: Is it just me, or has Heartland turned into pretty much a “progressive” think tank when it comes to economics? – TLK] (01/15/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/01/the-google-facebook-online-ad-cartel-is-the-biggest-competition-problem/

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35) The Russian dossier reminds me of the row over Saddam’s WMDs
Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“Reading the papers on Trump brought back memories of talking to Iraqi defectors in the 1990s who claimed to have plenty of information about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and gossip about his family affairs. It did not take long to work out that they were making it up when they produced convincing but uncheckable details about the doings of some of the more dangerous and suspicious people in the world, with whom the defectors claimed have had frank and revealing conversations. In its determination to damage Trump, the US press corps has been happy to suspend disbelief in this dubious document.” (01/13/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/13/the-russian-dossier-reminds-me-of-the-row-over-saddams-wmds/

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36) Local currency is like a car that can’t leave town
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by George Selgin

“Besides constraining people to buy locally, many local currencies are designed to yield ‘negative’ interest, by losing value relative to national money according to a fixed schedule, or by expiring entirely after a certain period, or both. The idea here — one first popularized in the 30s by Silvio Gesell — is to discourage people from holding on to local money, thereby increasing its velocity, so that a given quantity results in that much greater a boost to local spending. Here again the aim of boosting local spending is at loggerheads with that of making local currency an attractive substitute for national currency. To return to the ‘local car’ analogy, it would be like saying to a prospective car buyer, ‘Look, our cars’ bodies rot fast, so you’ll have to go shopping more often to get your money’s worth!'” (01/15/17)

https://fee.org/articles/local-currency-is-like-a-car-that-cant-leave-town/

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37) Economic principles do not disappear as economic complexities arise
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Law professor James Kwak’s core case for minimum wages runs like this: Econ 101 clearly predicts that minimum wages reduce the number of jobs available for low-skilled workers; alas, Econ 101 is introductory material that abstracts from many real-world complexities; therefore, Econ 101’s predictions shouldn’t block our embrace of minimum wages for a real world that features complexities not accounted for by Econ 101 (‘The Curse of Econ 101,’ Jan. 14). At least two flaws infect Prof. Kwak’s reasoning.” (01/15/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/01/42013.html

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38) Sitzkrieg on the Potomac: The phony war between Trump and the Deep State
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“I keep trying to get my head around the much-bruited notion that Trump and the Establishment (or the Deep State) are at war with one another. While lurid headlines might give that impression, in actual fact, Trump has appointed the most ‘Establishment’ cabinet imaginable, pandering to every aspect of our elites’ agendas.” (01/15/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/sitzkrieg-on-the-potomac-the-phony-war-between-trump-and-the-deep-state-15012017.html

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39) Social contract: The myth
Source: Nolan Chart
by George J Dance

“In my years as a libertarian, I have seen our movement go through three of those four stages. For a long time, libertarian thought was mainly ignored. Then came a period of articles making fun of those silly libertarians wanting to ‘privatize sidewalks’ and the like. Now it seems that we are definitely in the ‘fight’ stage. Not a week goes by without some article on the Web bitterly assailing libertarians and libertarian ideas. Normally I ignore; but a while ago I read a most remarkable article that calls for comment: ‘The Libertarian Delusion’ by a Mr. James Luko. What is remarkable is not that Luko dislikes libertarian ideas — his biography does identify him as a career bureaucrat, after all — but how he argues against them.” (01/12/17)

https://www.nolanchart.com/social-contract-the-myth

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40) Government is evil
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Deep down inside, we’re still impressed and proud of our majestic government building. Behind the lustrous veil of the church and the bank, there is something substantiating those feelings. A bank with lots of customers and lots of money, and a church with lots of members and lots of money. The bank is backed by its clients while the church is backed by its believers — to say nothing of the belief itself and whether the church is backed by something even greater. Yet behind the shiny mask of the government building is horror. Bankruptcy, inefficiency, waste, disgruntled employees, an absolute lack of accountability, and a maze of red tape and bureaucratic nonsense. When FDR ratcheted up the fascism several notches with the New Deal, we were sold an empty box that was elegantly wrapped in the most beautiful of Christmas wrapping papers.” (01/13/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/01/13/government-is-evil/

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41) Rex Tillerson’s South China Sea proposal won’t work
Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

“Secretary of State-to-be Rex Tillerson testified to Congress on Wednesday that America needs to take a harder line against China in the South China Sea. ‘We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops,’ Tillerson said. ‘And second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.’ This tougher stance is necessary, he says, to deter China from further ‘pushing the envelope.’ … The current debate about America’s posture in the South China Sea reflects a very narrow conception of the strategic options at hand. It shouldn’t be relegated to either (1) drawing a red line against China over remote islands of negligible strategic importance to the United States, or (2) ceding regional hegemony to Beijing.” (01/13/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/rex-tillersons-south-china-sea-proposal-wont-work

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42) Italy needs a dose of Bugatti capitalism
Source: Cobden Centre
by Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna

“There is a peculiar intellectual and emotional revulsion that comes with reading about Italy’s endless cycle of economic and political woes — whether having to do with the near-collapse of the world’s oldest bank or the effective nation-wide paralysis of Italian industry. Despite this near-permanent state of affairs, the country’s overwhelming cultural legacy still evokes such awe that a metaphysical idea of Italia persists completely distinct from the ground reality of Rome’s circus maximus of daily self-abasement. If there is, however, an historic standard by which contemporary Italy could revive its wealth potential, its industrial excellence and its entrepreneurial morale, one needn’t harken back to visions of a city-state golden age — the twentieth century will do.” (01/13/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/01/italy-needs-a-dose-of-bugatti-capitalism/

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43) Creating altcoins is easy, maintaining one is not
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“Love them or hate them, there’s a lot of altcoins in the crypto-economy. In fact, in 2017 there are roughly more than 700 different kinds of cryptocurrency. All of them claim to offer something unique. However, many people believe there is nothing innovative about these altcoins due to how easy it is to create them, the sketchy developers behind many such projects, and the significant pre-mines associated with altcoins.” (01/14/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/creating-altcoins-easy-maintaining-not/

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44) How the economy affects major asset classes
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by David Ranson

“Asset performance patterns are not always easy to explain, even over longer time frames. For instance, stock and bond prices are positively correlated, but they are also negatively correlated at various times. Asset prices also move differently in periods of uncertainty than in quieter times. The importance of the economy’s influence on asset prices is universally recognized, yet forecasts of asset returns from economic data are not reliable, largely because market prices can change much more quickly than economic statistics. Still, economic shifts are highly relevant in explaining, if not predicting, asset-price movements.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (01/13/17)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/how-the-economy-affects-major-asset-classes

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45) Unintended consequences, special interests, sugar, and a view from the clinical trenches
Source: Cato Unbound
by Yoni Freedhoff

“We don’t fully know what it is about ultra-processed foods that leads them to be so tightly linked to [non-communicable diseases] including obesity and diabetes. While the prospect of a single, causal, Occam’s razor-esque nutrient to blame is both seductive and hopeful, science has not clearly identified one. Loss-adjusted food availability data, bolstered by documented portion size and spending pattern changes, offers more objective data than dietary recall surveys, but at this point such studies only clearly finger our eating much more than we ever did. That said, there’s no doubt sugar is a major raindrop in our flood of excess calories, serving as one of the primary drivers of hyper-palatability, as well as a key ingredient in a large percentage of likely less sating, ultra-processed foods, and especially of the sugar-sweetened beverages of which we’re drinking a great deal more.” (01/13/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/01/13/yoni-freedhoff/unintended-consequences-special-interests-sugar-view-clinical-trenches

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46) Rudy Giuliani is an absurd choice to defend the US from hackers
Source: OpEdNews
by Trevor Timm

“At Donald Trump’s now-notorious press conference on Tuesday, lost amidst his threats to news organizations and denunciations of his enemies, the president-elect claimed he would soon assemble ‘some of the greatest computer minds anywhere in the world’ to tackle the US government’s cybersecurity problem. On Thursday, he went the opposite route instead and hired Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani, Trump election surrogate and the disgraced former mayor of New York, is apparently going to head up Trump’s efforts to coordinate ‘cybersecurity’ issues between the federal government and the private sector, the transition team announced Tuesday. But what does Giuliani, last seen on the campaign trail claiming the president can break whatever law he likes in a time of war, know about cybersecurity? From the look and sound of it, not much.” (01/15/17)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Rudy-Giuliani-is-an-absurd-by-Trevor-Timm-Cybersecurity_Hackers_Rudy-Giuliani-170115-492.html

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47) Freedom Cells — networks for a free society
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Tyler Bloyer

“Similar to a mutual aid or benefit society, a Freedom Cell is a network of individuals who share a common understanding of the requirements to bring about a free society. The purpose is to work together and bring those requirements into reality in their own lives and the communities in which they live.” (01/14/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/freedom-cells-networks-free-society

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48) The Russians are coming!
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Tony DiGerolamo

Cartoon. (01/14/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/antiwar-comic-russians-coming/

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49) More important than ever: Defending immigrants and refugees during the Trump presidency
Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew La Corte

“Donald Trump is the most anti-immigrant president-elect in modern history. His immigration proposals, if enacted, will have a devastating impact on American society and our economy. Trump has surrounded himself with radical, anti-immigrant advisers who support mass deportation, the curtailment of immigrant rights, and severe restrictions on future immigration flows. Until recently, these voices were relegated to the fringe-right, and their proposals have alienated voters, been struck down by courts, and rejected by economists. There are three main reasons to decry Trump’s immigration perspective. First, his proposed policies will cause tremendous human suffering here and abroad. Second, they will have disastrous effects on the American economy. Third, the passage of Trump’s immigration agenda will erode America’s most fundamental values.” (01/12/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/important-ever-defending-immigrants-refugees-trump-presidency/

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50) Without guns, how to people resist tyranny?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“It’s not a coincidence that the Chinese communists have been able to maintain their tyrannical hold on power for more than 70 years. That’s what happens when people lack the guns to overthrow a tyrannical regime. Gun-control advocates say that that sort of thing could never happen in the United States. Really? Why not?” (01/13/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/01/13/without-guns-people-resist-tyranny/

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51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 112
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Out with Obama, in with Trump; got the Jew-baiting troll blues; Hunter Maats is an annoying know-it-all rich kidl); Do the Libertarian Party’s original core constituencies still make sense?” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/15/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-112-oozy.html

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52) spiked podcast, 01/14/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast, Brendan O’Neill talks Trump and fake news; Josie Appleton discusses her new book, Officious — Rise of the Busybody State; and Alan Miller looks at Fabric, drugs and the war on nightlife.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/14/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-liberals-are-now-falling-for-fake-news/

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53) The Jason Stapleton Program, 01/13/17
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“It’s AMA Friday, the day I take your questions and turn them into something worth listening to. Enjoy!” [various formats] (01/13/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/can-you-put-cats-in-the-microwave/

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54) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/13/17
Source: Cato Institute

“The ‘border adjustment tax’ may be a move to head off a possible trade war undertaken by President-elect Trump. Dan Ikenson and Dan Mitchell discuss the risks and opportunities of such a plan, and alternatives that should be on the table.” (01/13/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/trump-trade-peril-promise-border-adjustment-tax

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55) Editor’s Break, episode 2
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 002 is an exploration of the concept of political consent as it concerns both taxation and being bombed by predator drones. Skyler posted on Facebook the following, ‘People staying in an area with taxation means they consent. People staying in an area with drone bombings means they consent.’ An invalid equivalency? Perhaps, or perhaps not.” [various formats] (01/14/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/editors-break-002-political-consent-12m

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56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 824
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Obamacare is back in the news as the prospect of its repeal is discussed in the media. The Los Angeles Times ran seven charts that are supposed to show Obamacare has not been a failure, as Republicans contend, but a great success. Bob Murphy joins me to get to the bottom of it.” [various formats] (01/13/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-824-do-those-7-charts-prove-obamacare-has-been-a-success/

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57) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 113
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week we are honored to have director, filmmaker, and producer Michael Matheson Miller. Michael is responsible for the award winning documentary, Poverty, Inc. The Launch Pad Crew discusses his movie, his philosophies, and how being charitable, can sometimes make things worse. Poverty, Inc. can be watched on Netflix and Amazon.” [various formats] (01/14/17)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-113-michael-matheson-miller/

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58) Free Talk Live, 01/14/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Final Week of Obama :: Trump and Power Corruption :: Obama Ends Wetfoot Dryfoot Immigration Policy :: The Law is the Law! :: Immigrants and Jobs :: Birthed Citizens :: Liberty in our Lifetime :: Government the Problem :: Power Corrupts :: Doctors in Cuba :: Anarcho Communist :: Rights :: Cuban Immigration Story :: Gangs and Prohibition :: Gangs in Charge :: Voluntary Commune :: Sharia Law Fearmongering.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/14/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-01-14

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59) Felony Friday, episode 54
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode, the host of the new Electric Liberty Land show (check out Ep 002) on the Lions of Liberty Podcast Brian McWilliams joins Felony Friday host John Odermatt. Brian and John discuss important criminal justice issues and play America’s fastest growing podcast game show ‘Is this a crime, and should anyone do time?'” [Flash video or Flash audio] (01/13/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/01/13/ff54/

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60) Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/13/17
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Peter Van Doren joins us this week for a discussion on how wages are determined in a market economy.” [various formats] (01/13/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/wages-workers

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