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Thursday, February 1st, 2018
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In the News:

1) FBI whines about prospective release of GOP memo exposing surveillance abuses
2) FEMA reverses planned cutoff of Puerto Rico disaster aid
3) CA: San Francisco wiping thousands of pot convictions off the record after legalization
4) Official: US missile defense test “unsuccessful”
5) Fed leaves key rate unchanged at Yellen’s final meeting
6) FL: Brown arrives in “limousine-style” minibus to begin prison time
7) Top US health official quits after “tobacco shares” revealed
8) Gowdy declines to seek re-election
9) Russia warns of “war” if oil to North Korea is cut
10) MO: GOP Senate hopeful makes controversial sex trafficking remarks
11) CBS board to discuss potential Viacom merger on Thursday
12) OH lawsuit: Cincinnati bus driver “was eating chili while driving” before hitting pedestrians
13) Hong Kong bans ivory trade in “historic” vote
14) CNN flack on fatal GOP train accident: “God is working hard today”
15) ICE formalizes plans for courthouse abductions
16) NM: Land commissioner becomes nation’s first Libertarian statewide elected official
17) UK: May rejects resignation of “ashamed” Lord who resigned for being late
18) Coffee shops might display cancer warnings in California
19) Pentagon escalates attempts to cover up scale of US defeat in Afghanistan
20) Australia: Regime sells filing cabinets — full of its secret documents
21) Kenya: Political crisis grows as opposition holds mock inauguration
22) Report: Top Russian spy met US officials last week
23) FDA gang, wanting to keep people addicted to opiates, moves against OTC withdrawal aid
24) South Yemen separatists capture Aden after two days of fighting
25) Trump signs executive order to keep Guantanamo Bay torture facility open

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Americans need to take the possibility of an attack on North Korea seriously
27) Government cannot solve every societal problem
28) Libertarianism means respect
29) The true State of the Union: A house divided, enslaved & mired in the mistakes of the past
30) Poles apart, Joe Arpaio & Chelsea Manning hit the campaign trail
31) We just entered into a golden age of space exploration
32) US infrastructure needs repairs, but who should pay?
33) Neither statism nor corporatism
34) Trump is teaching Republicans how to fight
35) Trump wants us to have more money; I want us to have more prosperity
36) After Trump’s speech, Democrats dig themselves into a hole
37) Votes for 16-year-olds? Grow up
38) On trade, America can’t be first if it doesn’t compete
39) Should we be worried about inequality?
40) Donald Trump a great communicator, too
41) The Dunning-Kruger Effect explains the growth of government
42) Spoiling for spoils
43) OK, so why won’t government employees admit even the smallest error?
44) Another day, another round of terrible science reporting on vaping
45) Inside the Trump administration’s plan to shrink the NLRB
46) The White House floats socialism for the Internet
47) The real reason Democrats love Bush now
48) Poland’s Holocaust bill is a hate speech ban
49) Let there be light
50) Net Neutrality advocates are asking the wrong questions
51) Will Congress face down the Deep State?
52) Markets and democracy go together
53) Is Trump preparing for war with North Korea?
54) Political division is how we grow rich
55) Quantum Vibe, 01/31/18

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Editor’s Pick, episode 16
57) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/31/18
58) Words & Numbers, 01/31/18
59) Political Research Digest, episode 9
60) Essential Libertarianism, episode 20
61) Electric Libertyland, episode 57
62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 149
63) Intercepted Podcast, 01/31/18
64) Free Talk Live, 01/30/18
65) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 700

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

1) FBI whines about prospective release of GOP memo exposing surveillance abuses
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The FBI has publicly challenged a push by Republican lawmakers to release a controversial memo which purports to show anti-Trump bias at the agency. ‘We have grave concerns about the material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,’ the FBI said in a statement. A top Trump aide said on Wednesday they would release the top secret document ‘pretty quick,’ despite the objections. Democrats claim the memo is an attempt to discredit the FBI-led Russia probe. ‘It will be released here pretty quick, I think, and the whole world can see it,’ White House chief of staff John Kelly said during an interview with Fox News Radio on Wednesday morning. Hours later, the FBI issued a rare statement saying that it had had ‘limited opportunity’ to review the document before the House Intelligence committee voted to release it on Monday.” (01/31/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42894292

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2) FEMA reverses planned cutoff of Puerto Rico disaster aid
Source: The Hill

“The Puerto Rican government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reached an agreement on Wednesday to maintain distribution of aid to Hurricane-ravaged communities, one day after FEMA said it would no longer provide food and water to the island. ‘We are confident that FEMA will continue to provide the necessary assistance,’ Hector Pesquera, Puerto Rico’s head of public security, said in a statement. … NPR reported Tuesday that FEMA would end its distribution of free food and water, noting supermarkets and other shops have re-opened since the September storm. The decision drew backlash from Puerto Rican leaders and some U.S. lawmakers, who argued much of the island was still without power and access to food and clean water.” (01/31/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/371675-puerto-rico-says-fema-will-continue-to-provide-aid-to-communities

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3) CA: San Francisco wiping thousands of pot convictions off the record after legalization
Source: USA Today

“Thousands of Californians’ marijuana convictions are being automatically dismissed by a top prosecutor under the state’s new legal cannabis system, and thousands more could have convictions or punishments reduced. More than 3,000 people will automatically have misdemeanor marijuana convictions wiped from their records, and 4,000 felony cases will be reconsidered for reduction to misdemeanor convictions, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced Wednesday. Gascon said the move, which applies only to convictions from San Francisco dating back to 1975, will make it easier for people with criminal records to get jobs and help right the wrongs of the War on Drugs, which his office said disproportionately targeted minority communities. Gascon’s office hopes to finish the process by the end of the year.” (01/31/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/01/31/california-prosecutor-abolishing-thousands-marijuana-convictions-reducing-other-sentences/1084368001

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4) Official: US missile defense test “unsuccessful”
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. military carried out an unsuccessful test to shoot down an incoming dummy missile from Hawaii on Wednesday, a U.S. official said, amid heightened concerns about North Korea’s developing missile and nuclear program. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said a SM-3 Block IIA missile was launched from an Aegis Ashore test site in Hawaii, but failed to hit another missile launched from an aircraft. It was unclear why the test failed and an analysis was underway, the official said. The missile, which is being developed by Raytheon Co, is used to target intermediate range missiles and is being developed with Japan. The Missile Defense Agency did not comment on the outcome of the test, but confirmed that one had taken place.” (01/31/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/us-missile-defense-test-unsuccessful-official

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5) Fed leaves key rate unchanged at Yellen’s final meeting
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Federal Reserve has left its benchmark interest rate unchanged but signaled that it expects to resume raising rates gradually to reflect a healthy job market and economy. At Janet Yellen’s final meeting as chair Wednesday, the Fed kept its key short-term rate in a still-low range of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent. It said in a statement that it expects inflation to finally pick up this year and to stabilize around the Fed’s target level of 2 percent. In its previous statement, the Fed had predicted that inflation would remain below its target rate. The Fed also indicated that it thinks the job market and the overall economy are continuing to improve. ‘Gains in employment, household spending and business fixed investment have been solid,’ its statement said.” (01/31/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Fed-leaves-key-rate-unchanged-at-Yellen-s-final-12540466.php

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6) FL: Brown arrives in “limousine-style” minibus to begin prison time
Source: Fox News

“Disgraced ex-Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown arrived in style this week at a Florida federal prison to serve her five-year sentence for lying about a purported charity for poor students that she was found to have used as a personal slush fund. The 71-year-old emerged from a ‘limousine-style minibus’ at the prison in Sumter County to serve her sentence for fraud on Monday, according to The Orlando Sentinel. Brown was convicted in May of stealing money from a bogus charity, One Door For Education, which claimed to give scholarships to poor children. Instead prosecutors said she and a top aide used the donations for lavish parties, concerts and trips to the Bahamas. Brown said she was left in the dark about the goings-on with One Door’s money, and blamed the theft on her former chief of staff. But she admitted she should have paid more attention to the finances. She is appealing the conviction.” (01/31/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/31/ex-rep-corrine-brown-arrives-in-limousine-style-minibus-to-begin-prison-time.html

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7) Top US health official quits after “tobacco shares” revealed
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US President Donald Trump’s top public health official has quit after a report she bought shares in tobacco, drug and food companies after taking the job. Dr Brenda Fitzgerald stepped down as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday morning. The department of health cited Dr Fitzgerald’s ‘complex financial arrangements’ in a statement. One of the CDC’s key responsibilities is reducing smoking. Politico, which broke the story, reported that, after taking over the CDC last July, Dr Fitzgerald bought holdings in Japan Tobacco, pharmaceutical giants Merck and Bayer and health insurance company, Humana.” (01/31/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42889992

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8) Gowdy declines to seek re-election
Source: ABC News

“Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican and the fiery former chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, announced Wednesday he won’t seek re-election in 2018. He becomes the latest in a string of GOP committee chairmen who have decided to leave Congress as the GOP faces what could be a challenging midterm election. In a statement, Gowdy, who currently chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he will return to law instead of seeking a fifth term.” (01/31/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-trey-gowdy-announces-election-2018/story?id=52745867

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9) Russia warns of “war” if oil to North Korea is cut
Source: Raw Story

“In an interview with Russia state-run media, envoy Alexander Matsegora noted Wednesday that his country’s national security was being undermined by the nuclear and missile tests that have isolated North Korea from the international community, and made Pyongyang the target of a U.S.-led ‘maximum pressure’ campaign. As a result, Russia has joined U.N. sanctions against the government of North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un, but Matsegora argued that going too far would be tantamount to declaring war. ‘If oil and oil products supplies are ceased, this will mean a complete blockade of North Korea … Pyongyang’s official representatives have repeatedly stated that the blockade will be perceived by North Korea as a declaration of war with all the attendant consequences,’ Matsegora told Sputnik News, an English-language affiliate of Russia’s state-run Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today, not to be confused with Russian television network RT).” (01/31/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/russia-warns-war-oil-north-korea-cut

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10) MO: GOP Senate hopeful makes controversial sex trafficking remarks
Source: Raw Story

“Josh Hawley, the Republican frontrunner in the Missouri Senate primary to take on Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill, garnered headlines Wednesday after it was revealed that he connected the issue of sex trafficking with the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s. ‘We have a human trafficking crisis in our state and in this city and in our country because people are willing to purchase women, young women, and treat them like commodities,’ Hawley said in a speech in December as first reported in The Kansas City Star. ‘There is a market for it. Why is there? Because our culture has completely lost its way. The sexual revolution has led to exploitation of women on a scale that we would never have imagined, never have imagined,’ The remarks came during a ‘Pastors and Pews’ event hosted by the Missouri Renewal Project, a faith-based organization focused on conservative Christians. The Hawley campaign sought to clarify his remarks in a statement to Newsweek.” (01/31/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/gop-hopeful-makes-controversial-sex-trafficking-remarks

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11) CBS board to discuss potential Viacom merger on Thursday
Source: Reuters

“CBS Corp’s board is expected to discuss a merger with Viacom Inc on Thursday, sources told Reuters, a move that could begin a formal process to reunite the companies split by controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone more than a decade ago. The board will need to decide if the deal is now attractive enough to CBS shareholders to overshadow concerns that scuttled a proposed tie-up pushed by Sumner and his daughter Shari Redstone in 2016. The CBS board meeting is regularly scheduled and no announcement may come out of it, said the sources, who wished to remain anonymous because they are not permitted to speak to the media. Viacom and CBS spokespeople declined to comment.” (01/31/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-viacom-m-a-cbs/cbs-board-to-discuss-potential-viacom-merger-on-thursday-sources-idUSKBN1FK31G

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12) OH lawsuit: Cincinnati bus driver “was eating chili while driving” before hitting pedestrians
Source: USA Today

“The driver of a Metro bus who killed a pedestrian two years ago was looking down to throw away a cup of chili when he ran over the man, a lawsuit alleges. Stephen Frank and his daughter, Emily Frank, were in a crosswalk in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park Square when they both were struck by the bus, the lawsuit says. Stephen Frank died, and Emily was ‘knocked to the’ pavement and injured. She ‘heard her father scream as he was dragged under the bus, while the bus continued through the intersection,’ the lawsuit says. The driver, 59-year-old Tyrone Patrick, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and was sentenced in August 2016 to three years of probation. According to the lawsuit, filed last week in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, the crash was Patrick’s 40th as a Metro bus driver since he was hired in 2006.” (01/31/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/31/lawsuit-bus-driver-eating-chili-before-fatal-crash/1084958001

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13) Hong Kong bans ivory trade in “historic” vote
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Hong Kong’s lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to ban the trade in ivory, in a move campaigners described as ‘a lifeline for elephants.’ A similar ban was brought in across mainland China earlier this year. Ivory sales will be phased out gradually in Hong Kong, stopping completely in 2021. Prior to the vote, demonstrators gathered outside Hong Kong’s legislature with signs reading: ‘Do you really need ivory chopsticks?’ “Shutting down this massive ivory market has thrown a lifeline to elephants,” said Bert Wander of the global advocacy group Avaaz. Ivory from animal tusks (mostly those of elephants) has been traded in Hong Kong for more than 150 years. It is considered the world’s largest ivory market.” (01/31/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42891204

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14) CNN flack on fatal GOP train accident: “God is working hard today”
Source: Fox News

“Author and self-proclaimed CNN ‘talking head’ Jonathan Tasini took to Twitter on Wednesday to declare that ‘God is working hard today to clean up the stink’ because a ‘train full of Goopers’ slammed into a dump truck moments after the news broke that GOP lawmakers were in a collision that resulted in at least one death. A train carrying members of Congress to a Republican retreat in West Virginia hit a truck on the same morning that South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy announced that he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term. Tasini, who penned a column for CNN as recently as Jan. 13, decided the two stories were the result of God ridding Washington D.C. of his political opponents. ‘Wow, btwn train full of Goopers hitting truck and this, God is working hard today to clean up the stink. Thank her. #TreyGowdy #goptrainwreck,’ Tasini wrote in a now-deleted tweet.” [editor’s note: Imagine how the MSM would be treating this if it were Trump (or any other non-Democrat shill) speaking – SAT] (01/31/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/01/31/liberal-author-jonathan-tasini-celebrates-fatal-gop-train-accident-god-is-working-hard-today.html

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15) ICE formalizes plans for courthouse abductions
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Federal immigration authorities formalized a policy Wednesday to send deportation agents to federal, state and local courthouses to [abduct people], dismissing complaints from judges and advocacy that it instills fear among crime victims, witnesses and family members. The two-page directive from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it will enter courthouses only for specific targets, like convicted criminals, gang members, public safety threats and immigrants who have been previously deported or ordered to leave. Family, friends and witnesses won’t be [abducted] for deportation but ICE leaves a caveat for ‘special circumstances.’” (01/31/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/ICE-formalizes-plans-for-courthouse-arrests-12541326.php

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16) NM: Land commissioner becomes nation’s first Libertarian statewide elected official
Source: Libertarian Party

“On Jan. 27, Aubrey Dunn, New Mexico’s land commissioner, switched his voter registration from Republican to Libertarian, making him the first ever Libertarian statewide elected official, according to Ballot Access News. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Dunn’s announcement and that he is considering seeking another state-level office in conjunction with the end of his term as land commissioner this year.” (01/30/18)

https://www.lp.org/new-mexico-land-commissioner-nations-first-libertarian-statewide-elected-official/

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17) UK: May rejects resignation of “ashamed” Lord who resigned for being late
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Theresa May has rejected international development minister Lord Bates’ resignation hours after he dramatically quit at the despatch box. The peer sent shockwaves through the usually restrained House of Lords when he walked out of the chamber after quitting because he was ‘ashamed’ he had failed to turn up on time. No 10 said his resignation had been refused because it was judged ‘unnecessary.’ Lord Bates arrived late for an oral question session where he was listed to respond to a query from Labour peer Baroness Lister of Burtersett.” (01/31/18)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-5336961/PM-rejects-resignation-ashamed-minister-quit-House-Lords.html

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18) Coffee shops might display cancer warnings in California
Source: USA Today

“A nonprofit who believes coffee could cause cancer has persuaded businesses, by way of a lawsuit, to issue warnings on all ready-to-drink brews sold in California. At least 13 companies, most recently 7-Eleven, have settled with the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) following its 2010 lawsuit, and promised to add warnings to served coffee, CNN reports. The suit asks for the warning to say this is a ‘chemical known to cause cancer’ or ‘chemical that causes cancer’ in a label at least 10-inches by 10-inches in the establishment. Metzger Law Group, which represents CERT, is trying to shine light on acrylamide, a probable carcinogen, in coffee. What makes this request particularly potent in California is Proposition 65, the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, which requires businesses to be transparent about harmful ingredients, including acrylamide. When coffee beans are roasted, acrylamide forms and scientists haven’t found good ways to reduce its presence in the beverage, according to a post on the American Cancer Society website.” (01/31/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/31/coffee-shops-might-display-cancer-warnings-california/1082274001

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19) Pentagon escalates attempts to cover up scale of US defeat in Afghanistan
Source: Sumter Item

“The Pentagon has ordered an independent federal auditor to stop providing the public with key information about U.S. war efforts in Afghanistan, accelerating a clampdown on data, such as the size of the Afghan military and police forces, that indicate how [badly] the 16-year-old stalemated [sic] war is going. The crackdown on information comes just months after President Donald Trump announced a new Afghanistan strategy aimed at breaking a battlefield stalemate by accelerating Afghan-led operations against the Taliban and other insurgent groups in the country. Trump on Monday railed against the recent string of attacks in Afghanistan and ruled out any U.S. discussions with the Taliban as part of the effort to seek peace talks between the Afghan government and the insurgents.” (01/31/18)

http://www.theitem.com/stories/pentagon-restricts-release-of-afghanistan-war-data,302763

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20) Australia: Regime sells filing cabinets — full of its secret documents
Source: NBC News

“The Australian government on Wednesday launched an urgent investigation into the loss of thousands of classified documents that were sold with two second-hand filing cabinets and later obtained by a major news outlet. The cabinets were sold by a Canberra furniture shop at a discount price because they were locked and no one could find keys, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The ABC has not identified the buyer who they said purchased the cabinets for small change and left them unopened for months, before removing the locks with a drill only to find thousands of Cabinet documents spanning more than a decade and four prime ministers … The ABC has not said when the documents were found. But it has used them in recent weeks to report stories that have been embarrassing to the former administrations of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and [Tony] Abbott as well as a number of serving lawmakers.” (01/31/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/secret-documents-found-locked-cabinets-sold-australia-n843201

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21) Kenya: Political crisis grows as opposition holds mock inauguration
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

“Kenyan authorities shut down independent television and radio stations Tuesday as opposition leader Raila Odinga was ‘sworn in’ as rival president in a mock inauguration that came following disputed elections last year. … The swearing-in took place at a mass rally of supporters at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park. It carried no legal weight but was part of his effort to reject the presidency of Uhuru Kenyatta and set up a parallel government called the ‘People’s Assembly.’ Odinga defied a government ban on the event and government warnings that the move would be treasonous. Within hours of the mock inauguration, Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i declared Odinga’s National Super Alliance a criminal political group, raising the prospect that its leaders could be charged in coming days.” (01/30/18)

http://gazette.com/kenyas-political-crisis-grows-as-opposition-holds-mock-inauguration/article/feed/534356

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22) Report: Top Russian spy met US officials last week
Source: Pakistan Today [Pakistan]

“Russia’s foreign spy chief, who is under US sanctions, met last week outside Washington with US intelligence officials, two US sources said, confirming a disclosure that intensified political infighting over probes into Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election. Sergey Naryshkin, head of the Russian service known by its acronym SVR, held talks with US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and other US intelligence officials, the sources said. The sources did not reveal the topics discussed. A Russian Embassy tweet disclosed Naryshkin’s visit. … The Central Intelligence Agency declined to comment.” (01/31/18)

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/01/31/top-russian-spy-met-us-officials-last-week-report/

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23) FDA gang, wanting to keep people addicted to opiates, moves against OTC withdrawal aid
Source: Sacramento Bee

“The Food and Drug Administration is asking [sic] manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their products in an effort to curb abuse [sic] by people with drug addictions. … Loperamide, the generic name for the anti-diarrheal agent involved, is sometimes referred to as ‘the poor man’s methadone.’ In large quantities it induces a cheap, mild high and relieves withdrawal symptoms for drugs like hydrocodone, morphine or heroin. People with addiction problems increasingly are turning to the drug, experts say, as prescription opioids become harder to obtain because of changes in legislation and regulation. The FDA said it has asked manufacturers to refashion their packages to contain only enough medication for short-term use.” (01/30/18)

http://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article197395869.html

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24) South Yemen separatists capture Aden after two days of fighting
Source: Antiwar.com

“The historical capital city of South Yemen, the port city of Aden, has fallen to southern separatists on Tuesday, ending just over 48 hours of fighting in and around the city, and giving the UAE-backed group de facto control over the city. The pro-Saudi government, nominally headed by Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is under house arrest in Saudi Arabia at any rate, is holed up in the presidential palace in Aden, and the Saudi-led coalition has advised them to negotiate instead of expecting the coalition to retake the city for them.” (01/30/18)

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/01/30/south-yemen-separatists-capture-aden-after-two-days-of-fighting/

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25) Trump signs executive order to keep Guantanamo Bay torture facility open
Source: The Week

“Right before delivering his first State of the Union address, President Trump signed an executive order to keep the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, open and ready to accept new [abductees]. His two predecessors, Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, had worked to shut down the controversial prison, which Bush opened after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Trump had promised to keep it active during the campaign, and while he has not sent any new [abductees] to Guantanamo, his order says the U.S. reserves the right to do so, if the defense secretary recommends it for people the U.S. captures in armed conflict.” (01/31/18)

http://theweek.com/speedreads/752126/trump-signs-executive-order-keep-guantanamo-bay-military-prison-open-business

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

26) Americans need to take the possibility of an attack on North Korea seriously
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Trump won’t nominate Victor Cha to be the ambassador to South Korea at least partly because he didn’t support launching a ‘bloody nose’ strike on North Korea. Cha explains in an op-ed why the ‘bloody nose’ option is a very bad and dangerous one …. Cha is certainly more hawkish on North Korea than many other critics of the administration’s policy, but attacking North Korea is still a bridge too far even for him. The fact that he is going public with his objections to an attack tells us that he believes that Trump and his advisers are seriously considering doing just that. It has been comforting to think that Trump, McMaster, et al. must be bluffing about military action against North Korea because it is such an obviously crazy and reckless option, but there have been too many warning signs that it is not a bluff.” (01/31/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/americans-need-to-take-the-possibility-of-an-attack-on-north-korea-seriously/

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27) Government cannot solve every societal problem
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“The Western world can breathe easy. British prime minister Theresa May has solved one of the great crises of our time: She has appointed a Minister of Loneliness. Tracey Crouch, who is currently the Tory undersecretary for Sports and Civil Society, will be charged with leading a government-wide effort to ‘develop a strategy’ for ending ‘loneliness and social isolation’ among adults. It is easy to have a laugh at the expense of the Brits, of course, although just last year President Obama’s surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review arguing that the societal problem of loneliness needs more attention from business and government. But there is something bigger at work here. There is now a general belief, one increasingly shared by politicians and voters of both parties, that every problem, large or small, can only be solved by the government.” (01/31/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/government-cannot-solve-every-societal-problem

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28) Libertarianism means respect
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“I am not libertarian because I expect to get anything from it. Well, that’s not completely true. I should say I am not libertarian because I expect to get anything from you because of it. I don’t even necessarily expect civilized behavior from others. Respect for life, liberty, and property — without excuses — is the hallmark of both libertarianism and civilization. I expect civilized behavior only from other libertarians, and not even all of them manage to deliver. After all, they are still only human. I am libertarian because I don’t have any desire to own you, nor do I wish to be owned.” (01/31/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/01/31/voices/libertarianism-means-respect/155985.html

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29) The true State of the Union: A house divided, enslaved & mired in the mistakes of the past
Source: CounterPunch
by John W Whitehead

“History has a funny way of circling back on itself. The facts, figures, faces and technology may change from era to era, but the dangers remain the same. This year is no different, whatever the politicians and talking heads may say to the contrary. Sure, there’s a new guy in charge with a talent for stirring up mayhem and madness, but for the most part, we’re still recycling the same news stories that have kept us with one eye warily glued to the news for the past 100-odd years: War. Corruption. Brutality. Economic instability. Partisan politics. Militarism. Disease. Hunger. Greed. Violence. Poverty. Ignorance. Hatred. The more things change, the more they stay the same.” (01/31/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/31/the-true-state-of-the-union-a-house-divided-enslaved-mired-in-the-mistakes-of-the-past/

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30) Poles apart, Joe Arpaio & Chelsea Manning hit the campaign trail
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“America’s most prolific leaker, Chelsea Manning, and the man who proclaimed himself ‘America’s toughest sheriff,’ Joe Arpaio, have a few things in common. Both are beneficiaries of presidential clemency. Both are running for the U.S. Senate, and both have extreme and risky views. That’s where the similarities end. Political science professor P.S. Ruckman of Rock Valley College, who started the PardonPower blog, has a list of politicians who won presidential pardons. Among them: former Boston Mayor James Michael Curley (mail fraud), Rep. Francis Shoemaker, D-Minn. (sending defamatory material by mail) and Augustus Hill Garland (for his role in the Confederacy), who later became U.S. attorney general in President Grover Cleveland’s administration. Two clemency recipients running for U.S. Senate at the same time, however, is probably one for the record books.” (01/31/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2018/01/31/poles-apart-joe-arpaio-and-chelsea-manning-hit-the-campaign-trail-n2441421

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31) We just entered into a golden age of space exploration
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“One of my friends recently commented that while everyone is yammering about politics, we’re actually entering into a golden age beyond the wildest dreams of prior generations. And you know, I think that’s right. I was thinking of this as I was reading Joe Pappalardo’s new book on space, Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight. After the rapid progress of the Apollo/Space Race years, things kind of stagnated for several decades. Oh, sure, we had the Space Shuttle, but it just went up and down, and the International Space Station, but it just went around and around. We’re going on 50 years since a human being traveled beyond low earth orbit. But now, as Pappalardo reports, that’s changing. As he travels the world from Russia, to the Ariane launch site in French Guiana where he hung out with rocket scientists and the French Foreign Legion troops who guard the site, to Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg and White Sands, and the nuclei of progress at Mojave, California and Waco Texas, Pappalardo notes a whole new kind of energy.” (01/31/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/31/we-just-entered-into-golden-age-space-exploration-why-all-pessimism-glenn-reynolds-column/1078300001

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32) US infrastructure needs repairs, but who should pay?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Mark Trumbull

“Opening the second year of his presidency with an address to the nation, President Trump launched a long-awaited initiative on infrastructure that is both bipartisan in spirit and highly contentious. It’s common ground as a priority, because the need is as obvious and widespread as the nearest airports, bridges, or water mains. It’s contentious because of a rift over funding, partly over sheer dollar amounts, but also over the proper government role. While Mr. Trump pitches reliance on state and local governments, aided by private-sector partnerships, Democrats are pushing a much stronger role for federal funding. That state-federal rift between the parties isn’t limited to this issue, of course. But it’s one that now threatens deal-making on a concern that in many ways should be ripe for congressional compromise.” (01/31/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0131/US-infrastructure-needs-repairs.-But-who-should-pay

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33) Neither statism nor corporatism
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“A big debate exists between ‘free market’ conservatives and libertarians, and leftists, socialists, progressives, etc. over ‘Who is worse? Governments or corporations?’ I am somewhere between the Marxists and the Libertarians on this. I agree with Libertarians that states have powers that private institutions typically do not have, like raising mass armies through conscription and taxes, police, prisons, capital punishment, nuclear weapons,etc. Even the largest, scummiest corporations like Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Pepsi, etc. do not have that kind of power generally. However, corporations have power that normal ‘private institutions’ do not have. Amazon is not the same thing as a Star Wars Fan Club.” (01/31/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/01/31/neither-statism-nor-corporatism/

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34) Trump is teaching Republicans how to fight
Source: Fox News Forum
by Michael Goodwin

“It’s an observation so strikingly true that you wonder why you didn’t think of it earlier. ‘Donald Trump,’ a friend said the other day, ‘is teaching the Republican Party how to fight and how to win.’ The evidence is everywhere every day, and it was on vivid display Tuesday night. The president remains in a fighting mood, determined to keep punching his way forward. The Trump way starts with the passage of the historic tax cuts despite tiny Republican majorities in Congress and scare tactics from the left. Before passage, polls showed the public was strongly opposed, but Trump pulled, pushed and bullied his party over the finish line. The roaring results, with millions of workers already getting bonuses, pension boosts and pay hikes, vindicate his determination.” (01/31/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/31/michael-goodwin-trump-is-teaching-republicans-how-to-fight.html

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35) Trump wants us to have more money; I want us to have more prosperity
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“A people are enriched, not as they have more money, but as they have more access to real goods and services. Money is merely a medium of exchange; we accept it for what we supply only because we know that we can later use it to acquire the real goods and services that we desire. Because Trump’s protectionist policies reduce our ability to use our dollars to acquire real goods and services, those policies make us worse off rather than better off — and they would do so even if they resulted in us Americans having literally more money.” (01/31/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/01/trump-wants-us-money-want-us-real-prosperity.html

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36) After Trump’s speech, Democrats dig themselves into a hole
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump’s political opponents complain that he is petulant, extremist and divisive. Then they revealed themselves at the State of the Union (with the entire country watching) to be far more petulant, extremist and divisive than Trump. Touché. Trump has many faults, but one of his unique abilities is to drive his opponents absolutely bonkers. That was nowhere more evident than Tuesday night, when Trump delivered what was by all estimations a very good speech. A CBS poll found that 75% approved of it, and CNN’s poll found that 70% had a positive reaction. The resulting contrast between Trump’s speech and the Democrats’ childish antics in the House chamber that night was painful. At one point, Trump stated the fact that black unemployment is at historic lows. This is a tremendous achievement, and one that every American should celebrate. Trump wasn’t even taking credit for it, he was just listing it as one of the many signs that the economy is doing better. The reaction from Democrats (especially from members of the liberal Black Caucus, who sat glowering in their seats) was incredible.” (01/31/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/democrats-dig-themselves-into-a-hole-after-trumps-speech

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37) Votes for 16-year-olds? Grow up
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“There is no more cynical campaign in British politics right now than the effort to expand the franchise to 16- and 17-year-olds. Oldie-allergic Labour officials and their cheerleaders in the commentariat doll up their cry for ‘Votes for 16s’ as akin to the Suffragette movement, the perfect cause in this year in which we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Representation of the People Act that gave the vote to working-class men and some women. Please. Those earlier agitations for the right to vote by people who had been violently denied any say over the nation in which they lived and worked were bottom-up leaps forward for democracy. In stark, staring contrast, the idea of votes for adolescents is an entirely elite enterprise, dreamt up in committee rooms by politicians more interested in shoring up their electoral power than expanding democratic ideals.” (01/31/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/votes-for-16-year-olds-grow-up/

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38) On trade, America can’t be first if it doesn’t compete
Source: Reuters
by Trevor Kincaid

“Around the world countries are working overtime to get an economic edge by striking new trade deals. The United States, meanwhile, sits on the sidelines. President Donald Trump’s protectionist approach and laser-focus on China may have played well on the stump, but it will leave the American workers who ushered him into office at a disadvantage. The Trump administration is right to keep an eye on China. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Trump again promised ‘strong enforcement of our trade rules.’ But while trade enforcement is important, it’s only one aspect of a robust American trade policy. What the president needs to do now is focus on a new kind of global competition that is undercutting opportunities for America.” (01/31/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kincaid-trade-commentary/commentary-on-trade-america-cant-be-first-if-it-doesnt-compete-idUSKBN1FK2XF

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39) Should we be worried about inequality?
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Inequality has become the West’s all-consuming focus. Economic inequality has become the prism through which the media report on every story from the annual Oxfam report and Davos forum to last night’s State of the Union address, health care, gender relations, blockchain — even the proper amount of homework to assign and whether parents should read their children bedtime stories. But should people of faith be worried about inequality?” (01/31/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/01/31/should-we-be-worried-about-inequality

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40) Donald Trump a great communicator, too
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday drew mixed reviews from the pundits, but even some who considered it a success used the occasion to argue that the president is a flawed communicator. The speech, these observers said, showed what kind of president Trump could be if he were disciplined and focused on persuading Americans, rather than ranting on Twitter. In other words, Teleprompter Trump can be truly presidential, but is consistently undermined by Twitter Trump. ‘The speech offered a window into what might have been, if he had stuck to script and shown more self-discipline during his first year,’ argued The Washington Post’s James Hohmann. ‘Trump’s approval rating could easily be 10 points higher right now if he just behaved the way he did last night, even while pursuing an identical agenda. The speech worried politically savvy Democrats because it suggested that he has upside potential.’” [editor’s note: Scott Adams has been pointing out Trump’s persuasion skills for about two years now, and noting that even when he doesn’t seem to be he is a master persuader – SAT] (01/31/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146872/donald-trump-great-communicator

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41) The Dunning-Kruger Effect explains the growth of government
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Eduardo Gindri

“We’ve all found ourselves at least a few times in our lives listening to friends or relatives complain about voter apathy. If only voters properly researched policies and politicians, everything would be better, we hear. Unfortunately, the incentives just aren’t there. Anthony Downs called this phenomenon ‘rational ignorance,’ and it is especially significant with government-related decision-making, or ‘Public Choice.’ Economic analysis shows us that the value of the time individuals spend informing themselves must exceed its opportunity cost. Take this into consideration when contemplating the ludicrous probability of a single participant swaying an entire election.” (01/31/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-dunning-kruger-effect-explains-the-growth-of-government/

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42) Spoiling for spoils
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“It may still be going on, this first Trump State of the Union. Surely, there are people in the gallery he hasn’t introduced yet. And has he finished talking about MS-13? That was the second longest part of his speech, second only to taking credit for the economy. (Having become president in Year Seven of the recovery, Trump taking credit calls to mind Ann Richards’s line about George H.W. Bush: ‘He was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.’) SOTUs should be watched closely to discover what it is that the president thinks Americans should fear, or at least cast a watchful eye on. Trump devoted one sentence to Russia and China. Not one sentence each; one sentence for them both. ISIS drew a couple of minutes. MS-13 probably took up around eight minutes. Plainly a greater threat than the spread of Chinese authoritarianism or Russian anti-liberalism, not to mention climate change, which, in fact, Trump didn’t mention.” (01/31/18)

http://prospect.org/article/spoiling-spoils

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43) OK, so why won’t government employees admit even the smallest error?
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“I got some attention with a post the other day about an example of something I see constantly — government employees unwilling to admit even the smallest error. One reason is that even as someone who runs a company that partners with government agencies frequently, I am still an outsider and a member of the general public. And government agencies train everyone in their organizations never to give any information to the public that is not fully vetted and controlled. Government agencies have had their training budgets slashed, but the one training everyone still gets (along with diversity training) is training on how to reveal (or really, not reveal) information to the public. But I think there is a more important reason for this behavior, and it is one I want to spend a bit of time on in part because it is one of my favorite business topics: incentives.” (01/31/18)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/01/ok-so-why-wont-government-employees-admit-even-the-smallest-error.html

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44) Another day, another round of terrible science reporting on vaping
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Daniel Pryor

“This week, several high-profile media outlets are reporting on a new study suggesting that vaping causes DNA mutations which lead to cancer. While some were more cautious in their reporting, the Daily Mail and Lad Bible both opted for the headline ‘Vaping causes cancer.’ Such reporting is irresponsible, especially since it omits significant criticisms of the study’s conclusions. … Let me put this plainly. This study does not show that vaping causes cancer. The animal component of the study is especially poor evidence for such a hypothesis. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that subjecting mice to human-level doses of nicotine at frequencies far in excess of even the most committed vaper’s behaviour (puffs of 4-second duration at 30-second intervals for 3 hours a day) is a poor indicator of whether vaping is carcinogenic to humans.” (01/31/18)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/another-day-another-round-of-terrible-science-reporting-on-vaping

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45) Inside the Trump administration’s plan to shrink the NLRB
Source: In These Times
by Bruce Vail

“Labor rights advocates are alarmed by a proposal to centralize more control of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) at the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters and shrink its network of regional offices. Widely viewed as another effort by appointees of President Donald Trump to reverse some union-friendly policies promoted by Obama appointees, the proposal is a step toward an even smaller role for the NLRB in protecting workers’ rights, these advocates charge. News of the proposal leaked out to media outlets in mid-January, first to the Daily Labor Report and then to the The New York Times. The news reports focused on objections to the proposal by NLRB staff members at the agency’s 26 regional offices. Some of those staffers would be demoted, or lose their jobs entirely, if the proposal is implemented by NLRB General Counsel Peter B. Robb.” [editor’s note: Not sure how shrinking a federal agency is “centralizing” power somehow, but … – SAT] [additional editor’s note: You’re not sure how closing branch offices and moving power to the central office is centralizing? Umm … – TLK] (01/31/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20880/National-Labor-Relations-Board-Donald-Trump-Peter-Robb-Workers-Labor

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46) The White House floats socialism for the Internet
Source: National Review
by Jibran Khan

“On Sunday night, Axios revealed a bizarre Trump administration memo that, among other things, contains a plan for a wide-scale federal takeover of American telecommunications. At once chilling in its implications and comical in its language, the memo proposes that the U.S. government should take over the creation and ownership of America’s mobile networks going forward, because, ‘otherwise, China will win.’ … The memo is so nakedly statist in nature it would make Bernie Sanders blush. Not only does it propose that the government train workers in relevant skills, it suggests that, once trained, those workers would be expected to go to work for the government’s network. Protectionism, check. Mass mobilization of labor by the state, check. An explicit preference for government-run technology over the private sector, check.” (01/31/18)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455921/trump-administration-government-run-5g-network-plan-sparks-backlash-industry-fcc

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47) The real reason Democrats love Bush now
Source: Caitlin Johnstone’s Steemit
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Will Farrell recently returned to his familiar role as George W Bush on Saturday Night Live doing a bit about the recent news that the 43rd US president is now enjoying soaring popularity among Democrats. … The majority of the skit was built around a refrain you’re hearing more and more from Democratic pundits who haven’t quite lost their minds yet, reminding viewers that as bad as Trump is, he still hasn’t done anything remotely as bad as Bush’s full-scale ground invasions of nations where US troops are still involved. Anyone with even a drop of self-awareness knows that the cuddly wuddly new image Dubya is enjoying in mainstream America is taking Trump hysteria a bridge too far. Even MSNBC stooge Chris Hayes said not long ago that ‘The Iraq War was worse than anything Donald Trump has done (so far).’ Yeah, they like to say that. What they never, ever like to do is acknowledge the far more uncomfortable fact that as bad as Trump is, he also still hasn’t done anything as bad as what the Obama administration did to Libya.” [editor’s note: I knew there was something afoot, with Dubya’s recent renewal; thanks for clarifying it – SAT] (01/30/18)

https://steemit.com/politics/@caitlinjohnstone/the-real-reason-democrats-love-bush-now

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48) Poland’s Holocaust bill is a hate speech ban
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“In Poland, as in several other European countries, it is a crime to deny the Holocaust. Soon, thanks to a bill that was approved by the lower house of the Polish parliament on Friday, it may also be a crime to discuss the Holocaust too frankly. The pending ban on references to Polish complicity in Nazi genocide, which has provoked outrage in Israel and around the world, may seem inconsistent with the ban on Holocaust denial. But the two taboos are of a piece with each other and with Poland’s prohibition of ethnic insults — a fact that should give pause to American fans of European-style speech regulation. The Polish bill makes it a crime, punishable by fines and up to three years in prison, to accuse ‘the Polish nation, or the Polish state, of being responsible or complicit in the Nazi crimes committed by the Third German Reich.’” (01/31/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2018/01/31/polands-holocaust-bill-is-a-hate-speech

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49) Let there be light
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The Washington Post sports a new masthead slogan: ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness.’ A story in last Sunday’s Metro section suggests that the editors are yet to fully implement the slogan’s implicit mission — providing impartial, unbiased illumination. ‘Term limits for Maryland legislators?’ reads the headline. ‘Here’s why that’s unlikely,’ it immediately answers. ‘Term limits seem highly popular in Maryland,’ begin the article. Seem?” (0/31/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/01/31/let-there-be-light/

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50) Net Neutrality advocates are asking the wrong questions
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Adam De Gree

“Net neutrality advocates typically take the size of ISPs as a given and proceed to argue for their regulation as a way to limit their power. Yet no one questions how these mammoth companies came to be in the first place. As with many American industries, a handful of ISPs dominate the market, so much so that 67% of American households have two or fewer options when it comes to purchasing internet service, and nearly a third only have one option. How is it that a few corporations have gained such a high market share within 30 years of Tim Berners-Lee’s invention?” (01/31/18)

https://mises.org/wire/net-neutrality-advocates-are-asking-wrong-questions

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51) Will Congress face down the Deep State?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ray McGovern

“With the House Intelligence Committee vote yesterday to release its four-page memorandum reportedly based on documentary evidence of possible crimes by top Justice Department and FBI leaders, the die is cast. Russia-gate and FBI-gate are now joined at the hip. The coming weeks will show whether the U.S. intelligence establishment (the FBI/CIA/NSA, AKA the ‘Deep State’) will be able to prevent its leaders from being held to account. Past precedent suggests that the cabal that conjured up Russia-gate will not have to pick up a ‘go-to-jail’ card. This, despite the widespread guilt suggested by the abrupt way that several senior-echelon DOJ and FBI rats have already jumped ship.” (01/31/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2018/01/30/will-congress-face-deep-state/

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52) Markets and democracy go together
Source: Cato Unbound
by Brink Lindsey

“Libertarians err when they elevate disembodied, pre-political markets as their ideal: they are, in effect, assuming a can opener. But progressives make a similar mistake when they idealize disembodied democracy — that is, democracy not anchored in a market economy. For the fact is, modern democracy was born and developed in strongly market-oriented societies, and it has yet to find a secure and durable home in any rival model of social organization. In particular, there is a strong association — and, I would argue, a causal connection — between the modern economic growth that capitalism makes possible and the spread of political and civil freedom. Democracy expands and deepens when market economies are thriving (e.g., the decades after World War II, the 1990s); democracy retreats when market economies stumble (e.g., the 1930s, today).” (01/30/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/01/30/brink-lindsey/markets-democracy-go-together

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53) Is Trump preparing for war with North Korea?
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“The more closely you read Donald Trump’s comments about North Korea in his State of the Union address, the more plausible it becomes that he is preparing for war. First, there’s the sheer emphasis he placed on the subject. In his speech, Trump devoted a mere sentence to Russia and China. He devoted 23 words to Israel, 34 to Afghanistan, and 48 to Iran. Even the war against ISIS, which Trump cites as the main foreign-policy achievement of his first year in office, garnered only 302 words. North Korea received 475. Second, there are the things Trump didn’t say. The Olympics begin in South Korea in 10 days, and the South Korean government hopes participation by athletes from the North will ease hostility on the Peninsula. But Trump didn’t mention the games. In fact, he didn’t mention diplomacy at all. Even more strikingly, he didn’t mention either sanctions or China.” (01/31/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/01/trump-north-korea-sotu-cha/551933/

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54) Political division is how we grow rich
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“It’s time we question the value of political unity. By that I do not mean that it is a good to fight with friends and family over politics. That kind of thing enacts a terrible personal price, as every last one of us knows. It also achieves little. There is very rarely a good reason to lose friends over political differences, if you can help it. A friend who demands that you agree with him or her on political values is probably missing the whole point of friendship in the first place. When I praise disunity, I do not mean picking fights with friends. I mean the absence of political consensus leading to consolidation. … Wars suppress differences but during peacetime, differences emerge. This is not a bad thing. It’s a sign of the diminution of national emergency and the consolidation of power. A free society needs many centers of power, none of which achieve universal assent.” (01/30/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/political-division-how-we-grow-rich

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55) Quantum Vibe, 01/31/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (01/31/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1752

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

56) Editor’s Pick, episode 16
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Pick 016 features a talk by Wendy McElroy on sexual assault and college campuses.” [various formats] (01/31/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/wendy-mcelroy-colleges-handle-sexual-assault-19m-editors-pick-016

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57) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/31/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Technology to intercept illegal immigrants can also be used to hassle American citizens. Much of the new technology doesn’t work as well as advertised. Meanwhile, the logistical problems with building a massive border wall have barely begun. Matthew Feeney and David Bier comment.” [various formats] (01/31/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/new-old-tech-border-surveillance

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58) Words & Numbers, 01/31/18
Source: Foundation for Economic Education

“Immigration is, as happens fairly routinely, an important topic in the national conversation these days. It’s generally well-accepted that the United States is ‘a nation of immigrants,’ and yet there remains a stubborn skepticism about new immigrants. These concerns generally branch into two broad categories: economic concerns and social concerns. Economically, citizens seem to think that immigrants are ‘taking our jobs’ or ‘a drain on the system.’ Socially, citizens are of the belief that immigrants are ‘undermining American culture.’ But are any of these concerns warranted? Join James Harrigan and Antony Davies as they discuss this and more on this week’s episode of Words and Numbers.” [various formats] (01/31/18)

https://fee.org/articles/america-relies-on-immigrants/

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59) Political Research Digest, episode 9
Source: Niskanen Center

“The year 2016 brought a lot of change in presidential primaries, but mostly continuity in House and Senate primaries. How will the candidates gain party support and win votes in this year’s crowded primary season? Hans Hassell says party elites and donors continue to decide the vast majority of primaries by clearing the field and providing support. Robert Boatright says the story of primaries as ideological battles contributing to polarization is way oversold. Neither sees 2018 breaking the historical mold.” [Flash audio] (01/31/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/episode-9-congressional-primaries-parties-fight-insurgents/

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60) Essential Libertarianism, episode 20
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

What might have been — what might be, by Carl Watner. [various formats] (01/31/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/01/31/what-might-have-been-what-might-be-el20/

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61) Electric Libertyland, episode 57
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams brings in Remso W. Martinez of the ‘Remso Republic’ podcast Brian and Remso discuss his recent getaway from Rabid Republicans and his new documentary ‘American Statesman: The Nick Freitas Story.’ Then then transition to talk about Hillary Clinton’s appearance on the Grammy’s, Burger King taking on Net Neutrality and finish up with a discussion on ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’” [various formats] (01/31/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/01/31/electric-libertyland-ep-57-talking-burger-king-grammys-star-wars-remso-martinez/

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62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 149
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to respond to Trump’s SOTU. Trump hit on several foreign policy issues including ISIS, Iran, North Korea, Guantanamo Bay, and Afghanistan. Will and Kyle debunk myths, explain how Trump gets it wrong, and analyze his proposed foreign policy.” [various formats] (01/31/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-149-state-of-the-union-with-will-porter

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63) Intercepted Podcast, 01/31/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Naomi Klein and Jeremy analyze Trump’s threats toward North Korea, his Executive Order on Guantanamo and the attack on immigrants, the poor, and the environment. Naomi also reflects on her recent reporting trip to Puerto Rico. Veteran journalist Juan Gonzalez dissects the roots of fascism, the rise of authoritarian movements, and global migration trends. Marcy Wheeler gives a brief analysis of a theory floated by a former CIA officer that the ‘Steele dossier’ contains Russian disinformation. Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada discusses Israeli collusion with the Trump campaign and Mike Pence’s trip to Israel. He also gives an update on the case of Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teen who is in military detention after a video of her slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers went viral.” [various formats] (01/31/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/31/intercepted-podcast-hate-of-the-union/

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64) Free Talk Live, 01/30/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Facebook Bans All Cryptocurrency Advertising :: Calls for Regulating Facebook :: Free Staters in NH Win Town Budget Battle :: Discord vs IRC :: Facebook and Addiction :: Social Media Execs Don’t Use Own Product :: Social Media Addiction :: Video Game Addiction :: Edgington Post — Ildar Fazulyanov :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/30/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-01-30

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65) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 700
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“America has truly achieved Empire status. Seeking to affect or outright control every decision or outcome in the world today. Like all great empires, we stretch ourselves too thin, overtax our people, neglect the principles and ideas that made us great and take on debt at a rate far exceeding our ability to pay. It’s not too late. We are not too far gone, but if we want to avoid the future that lays before us we MUST return to those ideas that made us the greatest nation on earth.” [various formats] (01/30/18)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/701-too-many-wars-the-new-american-empire/

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