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Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Dow closes down nearly 1,200 points after plunging more than 1,500 points in volatile trading
2) SCOTUS won’t block Pennsylvania gerrymandering decision
3) House Intelligence Committee votes to release Democratic counter to Nunes memo
4) Puerto Rico: Rossello announces public education overhaul, including vouchers & charter schools
5) Former FBI agent lands softly at CNN after blaming bureau departure on political attacks
6) Chile: Sex abuse letter contradicts Pope over “cover-up”
7) Study: Alcoholics who use marijuana have lower risk of liver disease
8) Report: Distant Earth-like planets could harbor water, maybe life
9) Clinton still blaming “misogyny and sexism” for “what happened” in 2016
10) China: Regime attempts to cut access to overseas crypto exchanges, ICO web sites
11) Indiana man sues after receiving ticket for flipping off cop
12) GA: FBI captures female “Freedom Fighter Bandit” wanted in nine bank heists
13) Sensitive Super Bowl security documents found on plane
14) Ecuador: Correa barred from presidency in national referendum
15) Vatican City: Turkey’s Erdogan meets with Pope Francis
16) Syria: Russian pilot shouted “this is for our guys” and blew himself up to avoid capture
17) Department store chain Bon-Ton files for bankruptcy protection
18) UK: Judge will rule on Assange’s bid to end his unlawful political detention
19) UK: Hacking suspect wins appeal against extradition to US
20) NC: Father-daughter couple arrested for incest after having love child

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Will FISA secrecy doom democracy?
22) The pernicious myth of “chain migration”
23) What the FBI/FISA memo really tells us about our government
24) “Settled science” just got blown up
25) What if we keep declassifying government?
26) America: A military nation
27) The cosmic privilege
28) The crypto cleansing
29) Imagine being locked up in prison because of bad forensics
30) Democrats don’t realize hating Trump not enough to get them elected
31) Worse than Watergate
32) On Ronald Coase as an economic historian?
33) Blowback: How a CIA-backed coup led to the rise of Iran’s ayatollahs
34) In Russia, a long game for Navalny
35) How Washington power might corrupt Google
36) The Nunes memo matters — but not for the reason you think
37) A chance for criminal justice reform under Trump
38) How No Platform conquered the economy
39) Not so Easy
40) Book review: Up against big tech
41) Quantum Vibe, 02/05/18
42) Smoke but no gun
43) How the Red Scare shaped the artificial distinction between migrants and refugees
44) Democrats could lose again this fall
45) Progressives play the Pretty Boy card
46) Fear of a queer planet
47) FISA-gate: The plot to destroy our republic [sic] 48) Taking war off its pedestal
49) Inequality, capital, and the problem of Piketty
50) Surprise: ObamaCare projections on student loan profitability hit a snag
51) Goodlatte’s Securing America’s Future Act has significant, negative impacts
52) The National Review on immigration
53) Carbon reality meets climate realist in the EU
54) The debt ceiling hysteria and profligate government
55) Movie review: The Post

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Editor’s Break, episode 55
57) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 705
58) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/05/18
59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 151
60) One Free Family, episode 4
61) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/05/18
62) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 333
63) The Anarchist Experience, episode 150
64) Free Talk Live, 02/04/18
65) Reason Podcast, 02/04/18

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

1) Dow closes down nearly 1,200 points after plunging more than 1,500 points in volatile trading
Source: Washington Post

“The Dow Jones industrial average plunged a heart-stopping 1,500 points in afternoon trading on Monday before gaining back some ground — and finishing at 24.342, or down 4.6 percent — at as volatility returned to the stock market with a vengeance after a year of rare tranquility. The Dow has swung more than 2,100 points in the last two sessions, a decline pushing more than 8 percent and shattering long-term momentum. The index gave up 500 points in a matter of minutes Monday afternoon as Wall Street wags tried to decode events. … The stock market has lost $1 trillion in value in the first five days of February.” (02/05/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/dow-drops-more-than-300-at-opening-extending-fridays-losses/2018/02/05/624f72c6-0a80-11e8-8890-372e2047c935_story.html

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2) SCOTUS won’t block Pennsylvania gerrymandering decision
Source: Boston Globe

“The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to stop Pennsylvania’s highest court from requiring lawmakers there to redraw the state’s congressional map, which the state court had found to be marred by partisan gerrymandering. …. The latest decision, from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, struck down the state’s congressional map, saying it ‘clearly, plainly, and palpably’ violated the state’s constitution. The court told state lawmakers to redraw the state’s 18 House districts, which currently favor Republicans, and it left open the possibility that it would impose its own map. Under the current map, Republicans control 13 of those 18 seats. Election law experts say that a nonpartisan map could move as many as three of those seats to Democrats and increase that party’s chances of regaining control of the House in the midterm elections this fall.” (02/05/18)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2018/02/05/justices-won-block-pennsylvania-gerrymandering-decision/e8DGOg7yL92cRPQijhaOYL/story.html

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3) House Intelligence Committee votes to release Democratic counter to Nunes memo
Source: The Hill

“The House Intelligence Committee on Monday voted unanimously to release a memo drafted by Democrats to rebut a GOP-crafted document alleging surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice (DOJ). The 10-page classified document now goes to President Trump, who has five days to block its release if he so chooses. It remains an open question whether he will do so. … The Democratic memo is expected to lay out a point-by-point rebuttal of the assertions in the Nunes memo and make the case that the FBI had good reason to spy on [Carter] Page as part of the counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign.” (02/05/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/372421-house-intel-votes-to-release-dem-countermemo

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4) Puerto Rico: Rossello announces public education overhaul, including vouchers & charter schools
Source: Raw Story

“Puerto Rico’s governor said his administration will unveil a broad education reform bill on Tuesday, which will include the introduction of school vouchers and charter schools to the bankrupt U.S. territory. Speaking in a radio address on Monday, Governor Ricardo Rossello added that every public school teacher in Puerto Rico would receive a $1,500 annual salary increase next school year.” (02/05/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/puerto-rico-governor-announces-public-education-overhaul-includes-vouchers-charter-schools

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5) Former FBI agent lands softly at CNN after blaming bureau departure on political attacks
Source: Fox News

“Josh Campbell penned a New York Times Op-Ed on Friday, claiming he was leaving the FBI because of ‘relentless attacks on the bureau,’ but on Monday he proved his column was disingenuous by quickly signing with CNN. CNN named Campbell the network’s new law enforcement analyst, according to TVNewser, and he will reportedly start immediately. However, industry insiders are quick to point out that deals with on-air analysts don’t simply appear out of thin air, especially over a weekend, so CNN and Campbell were presumably in cahoots before he tried to pin his departure from the FBI on attacks that ‘undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security.’ Campbell, who was special assistant to former FBI Director James Comey, penned his essay amid increased scrutiny on the FBI from Republicans following the release of Rep. Devin Nunes’, R-Calif., memo.” (02/05/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/02/05/ex-fbi-agent-lands-at-cnn-after-blaming-bureau-departure-on-political-attacks.html

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6) Chile: Sex abuse letter contradicts Pope over “cover-up”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A victim of a paedophile priest in Chile has revealed he wrote to the Pope in 2015 about an alleged cover-up after Francis denied getting evidence. Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of cleric Fernando Karadima in the 1980s, accused fellow priest Juan Barros of witnessing the abuse and doing nothing. The Pope caused outrage after a visit to Chile last month by defending Bishop Barros, who was made a bishop in 2015. The Vatican refused to comment on the letter when approached by BBC News. Pope Francis has said in the past that dealing with abuse is vital for the Church’s credibility and perpetrators must face ‘sanctions.’” (02/05/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-42949250

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7) Study: Alcoholics who use marijuana have lower risk of liver disease
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Alcoholics who also smoke weed every day are healthier than heavy drinkers who don’t use marijuana at all, new research suggests. A peer-reviewed study set to publish in the medical journal Liver International finds that frequent marijuana use can lower the risk of developing liver disease in alcoholics. ‘Our study revealed that among alcohol users, individuals who additionally use cannabis (dependent and non-dependent cannabis use) showed significantly lower odds of developing alcoholic steatosis (AS), steatohepatitis (AH), cirrhosis (AC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC),’ researchers found. ‘Further, dependent users had significantly lower odds than non-dependent users for developing liver disease.’” (01/31/18)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/01/31/alcoholics-who-use-marijuana-have-lower-risk-of-liver-disease-study-finds

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8) Report: Distant Earth-like planets could harbor water, maybe life
Source: USA Today

“Several planets in a distant solar system have temperatures that could sustain liquid water, thought to be a key for life, a series of studies released Monday report. The planets, which scientists say are the best-studied worlds outside our solar system, ‘remarkably resemble Mercury, Venus, our Earth, its moon and Mars,’ said Amaury Triaud, a University of Birmingham astronomer who co-authored one of the studies. The worlds in question circle a dim star called TRAPPIST-1, which shares its name with the Belgian-operated telescope (Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope) located in Chile. It’s also a reference to the famous Trappist beer. Astronomers peering through the scope first discovered the system two years ago and continue to uncover more details about the star and its worlds.” (02/05/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/02/05/distant-earth-like-planets-water-and-maybe-life/307639002

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9) Clinton still blaming “misogyny and sexism” for “what happened” in 2016
Source: Fox News

“Hillary Clinton on Monday returned to blaming ‘misogyny’ and ‘sexism’ for contributing to her 2016 election loss, during a Washington appearance that followed a critical report on how she handled sexual harassment allegations during her 2008 campaign. Clinton presented the ‘Human Rights Awards’ Monday at Georgetown University, where she sits as honorary founding chair of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Clinton spoke about the importance of female leadership in advancing human rights, justice and peace, and went on to discuss the 2016 election during a panel segment. ‘Any of you who’ve read my book about ‘what happened’ know that I think misogyny and sexism was part of that campaign — it was one of the contributing factors,’ Clinton said. ‘Some of it was old-fashioned sexism and the refusal to accept the equality of women, and certainly the equality of women’s leadership.’ Clinton told the audience that the way forward for women’s equality was ‘through the ballot box.’” (02/05/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/05/clinton-again-blames-misogyny-and-sexism-for-what-happened-in-2016.html

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10) China: Regime attempts to cut access to overseas crypto exchanges, ICO web sites
Source: CoinDesk

“The Chinese government is reportedly moving to block domestic access to overseas websites that offer services for cryptocurrency trading and ICO investments. A report from Financial News, a website tied to the People’s Bank of China (the country’s central bank), indicates that authorities there are stepping up a crackdown that began roughly a year ago. … The move comes months after China formally banned investments in initial coin offerings (ICOs), deeming the blockchain use case to constitute a form of illegal financing. Authorities there also shuttered online websites for crypto-trading, with the ‘Big Three’ exchanges closing this past fall. The new reports show that China is now targeting overseas websites catering to local users.” (02/05/18)

https://www.coindesk.com/report-china-cutting-access-to-overseas-bitcoin-exchanges-ico-websites/

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11) Indiana man sues after receiving ticket for flipping off cop
Source: Cleveland.com

“A motorist who was ticketed last summer for flipping off an Indiana state trooper has filed a federal lawsuit saying the citation violates his First Amendment rights. Mark May of Terre Haute, Ind., admits making the gesture at Indiana State Police Master Trooper Matt Ames, the Tribune Star reports. He flipped off Ames while driving by the trooper, who had stopped another motorist. May says he was cut off by Ames as the trooper chased down the other motorist. Ames pulled over May and ticketed him for ‘provocation,’ according to the Tribune Star.” [editor’s note: OK, so the state police should tear up the ticket, apologize, and fire the idiot cop for driving wrecklessly and ticketing people for objecting. That might save the taxpayers some lawsuit money – TLK] (02/05/18)

http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2018/02/indiana_man_argues_he_has_cons.html

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12) GA: FBI captures female “Freedom Fighter Bandit” wanted in nine bank heists
Source: Fox News

“Atlanta FBI agents announced Monday the capture of the ‘Freedom Fighter Bandit’ who they said robbed nine banks, and told the tellers it was for a social cause. Nilsa Marie Urena, 25, was taken into custody Saturday after allegedly robbing a bank in Tennessee Saturday. She’s wanted for a bank robbery spree that began last October, and was concentrated in the Atlanta area. Atlanta FBI spokesman Kevin Rowson said Urena earned her moniker ‘because she states that she is robbing the banks for a cause.’ He wasn’t saying what that cause was, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. Her spree is alleged to have begun Oct. 30 in Ellenwood. Hiding her eyes behind black sunglasses and wearing all black, she passed the teller a note demanding money ‘for the streets’ and ‘for the movement,’ the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week before she was caught.” (02/05/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/05/fbi-captures-female-freedom-fighter-bandit-wanted-in-9-georgia-bank-heists.html

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13) Sensitive Super Bowl security documents found on plane
Source: USA Today

“Sensitive Homeland Security documents based on drills for a biological warfare attack at the Super Bowl were found by a CNN staffer in the seatback of a commercial plane, the media outlet reported. CNN said a travel itinerary and boarding pass in the name of Michael V. Walter was found with the documents. Walter runs the DHS BioWatch Program. The program bills itself as ‘the nation’s only system for early warning of an aerosolized biological attack and a cornerstone of the DHS comprehensive strategy for countering terrorism.’ The documents, CNN said, included an analysis of the exercises, designed to evaluate the ability of local and federal public health and law enforcement to coordinate a response if a biological attack took place in Minneapolis on Super Bowl Sunday. The exercises identified several issues, including a claim that some local officials “possess only a cursory knowledge of the BioWatch program and its mission,” CNN said.” (02/05/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/02/05/sensitive-super-bowl-security-documents-found-plane/307186002

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14) Ecuador: Correa barred from presidency in national referendum
Source: Miami Herald

“Ecuadoreans on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to bar former President Rafael Correa from ever holding the nation’s top office again — a stunning rebuke of the man who led the South American country for a decade. With 20 percent of the vote counted, the National Electoral Council said voters had agreed to reinstate term limits by a margin of 65 percent versus 35 percent. The decision effectively bars Correa — a charismatic socialist who led the country from 2007-2017 — from participating in the 2021 elections.” (02/04/18)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/article198391484.html

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15) Vatican City: Turkey’s Erdogan meets with Pope Francis
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Pope Francis on Monday, the first Vatican visit by a Turkish head of state since 1959. Despite previous clashes, the two leaders found common ground on Jerusalem after the US unilaterally recognized the city as the capital of Israel. … Pope Francis and Erdogan were also expected to discuss terrorism, the migration crisis and Syria, where Turkey last month launched an offensive against Kurdish forces in Afrin near the Turkish border.” (02/05/18)

http://www.dw.com/en/turkeys-erdogan-meets-with-pope-francis-during-rome-visit/a-42453574

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16) Syria: Russian pilot shouted “this is for our guys” and blew himself up to avoid capture
Source: Daily Express [UK]

“A Russian pilot shot down in Syria dramatically shouted ‘This is for our guys!’ before killing himself with a grenade to avoid being captured by jihadists, sensational video shows. Major Roman Filipov had ejected from his stricken Sukhoi 25SM after being struck by a portable surface-to-air missile system. The 33-year-old pilot was in radio contact with his Khmeimim base from the ground, and shot dead two rebels with his Stechkin pistol as the jihadists closed in on him. But realising his situation was hopeless, he pulled the pin on his grenade to kill himself.” (02/05/18)

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/914542/Russian-pilot-kills-himself-avoid-capture-by-jihadis

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17) Department store chain Bon-Ton files for bankruptcy protection
Source: CNBC

“Bon-Ton Stores has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the largest retailer to do so this year. The regional department store chain, which has dual headquarters in Milwaukee and York, Pennsylvania, has been burdened with massive debt as it struggles to grow sales and move operations online in the face of Amazon. Bon-Ton said Sunday it received a commitment of as much as $725 million in financing from existing lenders to support its operations. … The company, which operates about 260 retail locations, recently laid out plans to shutter more than 40 stores across the U.S. under its various banners (i.e. Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers). … While under bankruptcy protection, Bon-Ton said it will also explore strategic alternatives, including a sale of the company or assets as a part of the reorganization plan.” (02/05/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/05/department-store-chain-bon-ton-files-for-bankruptcy-protection.html

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18) UK: Judge will rule on Assange’s bid to end his unlawful political detention
Source: ABC News

“A British judge is scheduled to rule Tuesday on Julian Assange’s bid to force Britain to drop a warrant for his arrest, a development that would remove a substantial legal hurdle to his leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London that has been his refuge for more than five years. … Assange’s legal team argued in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Jan. 26 that a U.K. arrest warrant for Assange should be dropped. Lawyer Mark Summers said the warrant had ‘lost its purpose and its function’ since it’s related to a sex crimes investigation against Assange in Sweden that has ended without him being charged with wrongdoing. Swedish authorities are no longer pursuing Assange, but he still faces arrest in Britain for jumping bail in 2012.” (02/05/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/british-judge-rule-assange-bid-warrant-dropped-52843605

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19) UK: Hacking suspect wins appeal against extradition to US
Source: US News & World Report

“An autistic British man accused of hacking into U.S. government agencies won his appeal against extradition to the United States on Monday after warnings that he would be at high risk of suicide if sent to a U.S. jail. Lauri Love, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is accused of involvement in a series of hacks in 2012 and 2013 into computers at agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. army, the Missile Defense Agency and the Federal Reserve. He had been facing a life prison sentence in the United States if found guilty, a fate which he has said could lead him to taking his own life. … Love’s legal team had argued he should face charges in Britain, pointing to new rules that make it easier for British courts to try people for crimes committed there but involving other countries.” (02/05/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-02-05/autistic-british-hacking-suspect-wins-appeal-against-extradition-to-us

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20) NC: Father-daughter couple arrested for incest after having love child
Source: New York Post

“A 42-year-old North Carolina man and his 20-year-old daughter have been arrested on incest charges after having a love child last year–and reportedly getting married. Steven Pladl, 42, of Knightdale, and Katie Pladl, 20, were arrested Jan. 27, WNCN-TV reported, citing ‘warrants.’ They have also been charged with adultery and contributing to delinquency. The maximum sentence for the incest charge is 10 years in prison.” (02/04/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/02/04/father-daughter-couple-arrested-for-incest-after-having-love-child/

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

21) Will FISA secrecy doom democracy?
Source: The Hill
by James Bovard

“Democracy Dies in the Darkness’ is the proud motto of the Washington Post. But, considering the past week’s frenzy, the new motto for much of the media and many Democrats is, ‘Disclosure is the Death of Democracy.’ Unfortunately, the uproar around the release of the Nunes memo totally missed the deadly political peril posed by pervasive federal secrecy. … for more than a decade, the FISA court has repeatedly complained about deceptive FBI agents seeking turbo-charged secret FISA warrants. In 2002, the court revealed that FBI agents had false or misleading claims in 75 cases. In 2005, FISA chief judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly proposed requiring FBI agents to swear to the accuracy of the information they presented; that never happened because it could have ‘slowed such investigations drastically,’ the Washington Post reported. So FBI agents continued to have a license to exploit FISA secrecy to lie to the judges.” (02/05/18)

http://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/372324-will-fisa-secrecy-doom-democracy

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22) The pernicious myth of “chain migration”
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“President Donald Trump’s war on immigration is in full-blown mission creep. No longer does he only want to throw ‘bad hombres’ out. He’s even targeting immigrants who pose no security threat to the country. And recently, he has become preoccupied with so-called chain migration. ‘CHAIN MIGRATION cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on Immigration!’ he bleated in one tweet. The practice is ‘horrible’ and ‘bad for the country,’ he barked in others. The president is using nativist language to trash a noble goal of America’s immigration system: keeping families intact, which, as it happens, has also worked wonders for America’s economy. The term is meant to conjure images of a process in which one immigrant comes into the country and then pulls in hordes of relatives, who in turn pull in hordes more, until entire tribes and villages are emptied into the United States. The White House even released an infographic to that effect. But that’s not how things work.” (for publication 03/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2018/02/05/the-pernicious-myth-of-chain-m

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23) What the FBI/FISA memo really tells us about our government
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“The release of the House Intelligence Committee’s memo on the FBI’s abuse of the FISA process set off a partisan firestorm. The Democrats warned us beforehand that declassifying the memo would be the end the world as we know it. It was reckless to allow Americans to see this classified material, they said. Agents in the field could be harmed, sources and methods would be compromised, they claimed. Republicans who had seen the memo claimed that it was far worse than Watergate. They said that mass firings would begin immediately after it became public. They said that the criminality of US government agencies exposed by the memo would shock Americans. Then it was released and the world did not end.” (02/05/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/fbifisa-memo-really-tells-us-government

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24) “Settled science” just got blown up
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“In Woody Allen’s 1973 comedy, ‘Sleeper,’ his character wakes up 200 years after routine surgery, and two doctors discuss his health status: ‘Dr. Melik: This morning for breakfast he requested something called ‘wheat germ, organic honey and tiger’s milk.’ Dr. Aragon: (chuckling) Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties. Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or … hot fudge? Dr. Aragon: Those were thought to be unhealthy … precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true. Dr. Melik: Incredible. Incredible, indeed, since it turns out that Allen had it exactly right. That’s the conclusion of a massive new study published in Lancet that followed 135,335 people in 18 countries on five continents. The study found that consumption of fat was associated with a lower risk of mortality, while consumption of carbohydrates was associated with a higher risk.” (02/02/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/settled-science-just-got-blown-up

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25) What if we keep declassifying government?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Governments in all times and all places have a penchant for privacy. They hoard information, even when it is completely unnecessary. This traces to a culture within the state that tends to regard the public as an oppositional force. The less information people have, the better. The result of this tendency to classify everything is that it feeds public paranoia. There is a reason why crazy conspiracies about nearly everything take hold and spread. It’s due to a lack of transparency in government. If we could kick off an effort at massive declassification about everything from the JFK assassination to 9-11 to this Russian investigation, we would go a long way toward instilling some measure of public confidence. Until then, the view that everything government says is a lie will gain currency.” (02/04/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/what-if-we-keep-declassifying-government

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26) America: A military nation
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Americans like to think of their country as different from those run by military regimes. They are only fooling themselves. Ever since the federal government was converted into a national-security state after World War II (without a constitutional amendment authorizing the conversion), it has been the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA, just like in countries run by military dictatorships. Oh sure, the facade is maintained — the facade that is ingrained in all of us in civics or government classes in high school and college: that the federal government is composed of three co-equal, independent branches that are in charge of the government. But just a facade. It’s fake. It’s a lie.” (02/05/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/02/05/america-military-nation/

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27) The cosmic privilege
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Cory Massimino

“Most everyone living has been raised with the threat of nuclear destruction looming, though. Nuclear stockpiles big enough to destroy the world ten times over are, in effect, invisible, omnipresent guns to each and every one of our heads. But they are also normalized, invisible, and omnipresent guns. We pretend not to see them and just go along with our lives. That we can all die of hot nuclear death at any moment is the open secret of modern society. Only times like these, when the nuclear flares are especially heated and, of course, people endure actual false alarms, does this fact enter back into our collective psyche and we all admit it to ourselves and each other once again.” (02/04/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/50452

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28) The crypto cleansing
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“A few months ago, as I was having a conversation with another crypto advocate, these words escaped my lips: ‘I hate to say it, but maybe we need a price crash.’ As I said them, I had a slightly sick feeling of ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ Now, the price has crashed. But in spite of all the pain that has caused, it was probably necessary. Why? Because it chased away the scammers and the people who were only in cryptos for a fast buck. ‘Bitcoin will get you a Lambo’ was a pretty damned juvenile idea, after all. It was certainly nothing worth building upon.” (02/05/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/the-crypto-cleansing/

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29) Imagine being locked up in prison because of bad forensics
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Regan Hines

“One problem that continues to plague the justice system is the use of unreliable forensic evidence. Out of the 351 cases in which the Innocence Project used DNA to exonerate wrongfully convicted defendants, flawed forensic evidence contributed in nearly half. Many Americans, especially those who think shows like Forensic Files and CSI accurately represent real life, believe forensic evidence presented in criminal trials must be valid. But we have known for years that many forensic evidence techniques are highly subjective and unreliable. This is especially true of the pattern-based methods like hair and bite-mark comparisons.” (02/05/18)

https://fee.org/articles/imagine-being-locked-up-in-prison-because-of-bad-forensics/

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30) Democrats don’t realize hating Trump not enough to get them elected
Source: The Jack News
by Jim Bennett

“In 1994, Republicans despised Bill Clinton, and they were excoriated in the media as ‘Clinton haters’ or ‘Clinton crazies.’ Brian Beutler at the New Republic described them as having ‘spent the 1990s turning every gnat fart in the Clinton White House into a six-part inquiry.’ They were mocked for letting their irrational loathing of all things Clinton get in the way of doing their jobs. But the thing that historical revisionists overlook is just how substantive the Clinton crazies were, ideologically speaking. Newt Gingrich didn’t become the first Republican Speaker of the House in 40 years simply by foaming at the mouth and hurling obscenities at the White House every chance he got. Quite the opposite, in fact: he crafted a coherent, popular agenda in the form of the ‘Contract with America’ that nationalized the midterm congressional elections in a way that hadn’t been done in living memory.” (02/05/18)

https://www.thejacknews.com/commentary/democrats-do-not-realize-hating-trump-not-enough-to-get-elected

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31) Worse than Watergate
Source: The American Spectator
by Jed Babbin

“The conclusion we have to draw is that the sworn affidavits supporting FISA warrant applications were false, and probably intentionally so. That would, at least, be a false official statement which is a crime under 18 US Code Section 1001. Each person who endorsed the applications with knowledge of the Clinton campaign and DNC having paid for the dossier’s dirt on Trump and the fact that the FBI hadn’t verified the information in the dossier would also be guilty of that crime. Again, what this boils down to is that the FBI used information to get the FISA warrants that it either knew was false or had reason to suspect was false. In essence, the FBI falsified evidence in the warrant applications.” (02/05/18)

https://spectator.org/worse-than-watergate/

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32) On Ronald Coase as an economic historian?
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Vincent Geloso

“Can we consider Ronald Coase as an economic historian? Most economists or social scientists that read this blog must appreciate Coase largely for his Nature of the Firm and the Problem of Social Cost. Personally, while I appreciate these works for their theoretical insights (well, isn’t that an understatement!), I appreciate Coase much more for articles that very few know about. … Coase brings theory to life by asking simple questions to history in ways that force us to question some common day conceptions like ‘vertical integration was the results of holdup problems’ or ‘postal services need to be publicly provided.’” (02/05/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/02/05/on-ronald-coase-as-an-economic-historian/

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33) Blowback: How a CIA-backed coup led to the rise of Iran’s ayatollahs
Source: The Intercept
by Mehdi Hasan

“Why can’t Iran have a secular, democratic government? It’s a question Americans often ask of their longstanding Middle East adversary — especially when they see images of anti-regime protesters taking to the streets of major Iranian cities and towns to demand greater freedom. Unlike citizens of the Islamic Republic, however, citizens of the United States tend to have short memories. The historical reality is that Iran did have a secular, democratic government, led by Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh between 1951 and 1953 — but Mossadegh was removed from power in a coup organized and funded by the CIA and Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service …. In Washington, D.C., Iranian hostility toward the U.S. has long been treated as inexplicable and irrational, while the CIA’s role in the 1953 coup — which set off a chain of events that resulted in the rise of Iran’s ayatollahs and the Islamic Revolution of 1979 — has vanished into a memory hole.” (02/05/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/02/05/iran-cia-coup-mossadegh-ayatollah/

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34) In Russia, a long game for Navalny
Source: Reuters
by john Lloyd

“It’s puzzling that President Vladimir Putin of Russia is held in high regard by democratic leaders of every shade of politics. Alex Salmond, the nationalist former first minister of Scotland (who called for the impeachment of Britain’s Tony Blair for crimes against humanity in Iraq) regards Putin as having restored Russian national pride. Gerhard Schroeder, former Social Democrat chancellor of Germany, celebrated his 70th birthday with the Russian president at a costly banquet in St Petersburg in April 2014. In last year’s French presidential elections, three of the candidates (Marine le Pen of the far-right, Francois Fillon of the center-right and Jean-Luc Melenchon of the far-left) also expressed admiration for Putin. Silvio Berlusconi, three times prime minister of Italy and now the favorite to win next month’s parliamentary elections as leader of the right-wing coalition, is even closer to Putin than Schroeder, a relationship leaked U.S. dispatches say may have a mutually beneficial financial subtext.” (02/05/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-russia-commentary/commentary-in-russia-a-long-game-for-navalny-idUSKBN1FM2AV

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35) How Washington power might corrupt Google
Source: Cato Institute
by David Boaz

“Two news items from recent days are reminders about the dangers of mixing business and government. In 2017 Google outdid itself (and all other companies) in its efforts to influence Washington, spending more on lobbying than any other company that year. Meanwhile in Brazil, the largest-ever corruption investigation in Latin America’s history has spread to 14 countries, due to bribes paid by Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction firm, in efforts to secure government contracts. What’s already known is that Odebrecht paid $29 million to Peruvian officials in return for $12.5 billion in contracts. These stories are very different. The United States is not Latin America, and Google is not Odebrecht. Nevertheless, they do have something in common. When a government has a lot of money and power, individuals, businesses and interest groups will expend their money and effort to get a piece of it — or simply to be left in peace.” (02/05/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-washington-power-might-corrupt-google

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36) The Nunes memo matters — but not for the reason you think
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“California Congressman Devin Nunes’s now-infamous memo contains the details of how the Department of Justice secured a FISA warrant to surveil former Donald Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. Many feel the memo raises questions about bias inside the FBI and the legal and ethical use of a Trump opposition research dossier as justification for a FISA warrant. Others claim it’s irrelevant, a dud. But when you wave away all the partisan smoke, what’s left is that the Nunes memo confirms that American intelligence services were involved in a presidential campaign and remained so in the aftermath. That’s the real takeaway from the political hysteria of the past week.” (02/05/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-nunes-memo-matters-but-not-for-the-reason-you-think/

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37) A chance for criminal justice reform under Trump
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last week was long on time and short on surprises. He focused on his usual bugbears of crime and immigration, eliciting groans from Democratic lawmakers. But two sentences tucked in the middle of his nearly 6,000-word speech gave liberals reason to applaud. ‘As America regains its strength, opportunity must be extended to all citizens,’ he said. ‘That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons, to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life.’ A few days later, Trump expanded on this point while addressing congressional Republicans at a retreat in West Virginia.” (02/05/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146940/chance-criminal-justice-reform-trump

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38) How No Platform conquered the economy
Source: spiked
by Jim Butcher

“The National Union of Students’ No Platform policy dates back to 1974. Its targets back then were Britain’s then sizeable far-right groups: the NUS wanted to keep such outfits off campus. But campus politics has changed a great deal in the intervening decades. Today, a far wider range of controversial speakers falls foul of SU policies. No Platform was wrong in the past, even when it was only aimed at the far right, but it is even worse now — it has become all-encompassing.” (02/05/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/how-no-platform-conquered-the-academy/

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39) Not so Easy
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“By the end of the 19th century New Orleans had decided a policy of containment was better than one of harassment, and the result — a large and thriving entertainment district popularly known as ‘Storyville’ and remembered today as the birthplace of jazz — brought so much money into the city that its government fought tooth and nail against Woodrow Wilson’s closing it down by executive order in 1917. But a city whose native population is mostly descended from whores, and whose fortunes were powerfully augmented by whores, can never shake off that legacy no matter how hard it tries. Although politicians prefer to pretend otherwise, they’ve existed in an uneasy truce with sex workers for a century now; despite what politicians might want, people come to the Crescent City for vice, and that is an economic fact of life.” (02/05/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/not-so-easy/

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40) Book review: Up against big tech
Source: The American Prospect
by K Sabeel Rahman

“Long the darlings of the digital revolution, Google, Facebook, and Amazon now face growing concern about the power they have acquired over politics, culture, and the economy. With Google and Facebook, the immediate issue in the past year has been their role in spreading fake news. With Amazon, it’s been the online retailing giant’s seemingly relentless march into every consumer market. Three new books suggest that these concerns about Big Tech are indicative of a larger battle over new forms of concentrated corporate power and their implications for inequality and democracy. In Move Fast and Break Things, Jonathan Taplin provides a bleak picture of a 21st-century culture industry cannibalized by informational platforms. A music and movie producer, Taplin has worked with such luminaries as Bob Dylan and The Band, George Harrison, and Martin Scorsese. The central insight of his book is that internet platforms like YouTube/Google and Facebook risk destroying the economic basis of creative work.” (02/05/18)

http://prospect.org/article/against-big-tech

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41) Quantum Vibe, 02/05/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (02/05/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1754

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42) Smoke but no gun
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The Republican memo soaking up so much attention paints an ugly picture of a republic gone off the rails — but it should not be mistaken for The Facts. We have smoke, sure. And the smoke can be seen, not unreasonably, as a sign of … a vast insider conspiracy. But we have only second-hand information; the ‘smoking gun’ has yet to be presented.” (02/05/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/02/05/smoke-but-no-gun/

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43) How the Red Scare shaped the artificial distinction between migrants and refugees
Source: In These Times
by Sarah Lazare

“During his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump described what he considers to be the perfect refugee. ‘His name is Mr. Ji Seong-ho. In 1996, Seong-ho was a starving boy in North Korea,’ Trump said. After surviving amputations, starvation and torture, Seong-ho ‘traveled thousands of miles on crutches all across China and southeast Asia to freedom,’ Trump continued, noting that the man, who attended the address, now lives in Seoul. ‘Your great sacrifice,’ Trump addressed Seong-ho, ‘is an inspiration to us all.’ … However, the legal distinction between refugees and migrants has been ideological from the outset, formally emerging in the early 1950s as an anti-communist tool wielded by U.S. and Western European governments. Under U.S. law, the concept of a ‘refugee’ first emerged to describe individuals seeking sanctuary in non-communist countries.” (02/05/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20888/cold-war-anti-communism-political-refugee-economic-migrant-war-poverty

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44) Democrats could lose again this fall
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“You’re reading this, so you probably follow political punditry. And if you follow political punditry, you’ve been hearing the usual corporate suspects predict that one of two things will happen in this fall’s midterm elections: either the Democrats will win big (win back the Senate), or they’ll win really big (the House too). Outta the way, Congressional Republicans: here comes the Big Blue Wave! Of course, these are the same clowns who called it big for President Hillary. Yet on and on they yammer, and we have to listen to them since big-money political media won’t hire anyone who has a clue. Interestingly, there are early warning signs — just as there were throughout the 2016 presidential race — that Democrats may be counting their electoral chickens before they’re aborted.” (02/05/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/05/democrats-could-lose-again-this-fall/

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45) Progressives play the Pretty Boy card
Source: Town Hall
by John P Warren

“What really rankles about Joe Kennedy III’s vacuous rebuttal to President Trump’s SOTU is that once again, Progressives are playing the pretty boy card, and the implications are deeply unsettling. So, it wasn’t the bit of drool hanging on Joe’s lower lip, though he had to have been drooling at the opportunity to jump on the national stage with so little (of substance) to recommend him. And it wasn’t that he gave us a vegetarian’s plate dressed with only the wilted garnish of women’s abortion rights, Black victimhood, entitlements for illegals, and who knows what else. … Four times now since WWII, when Progressives had no political hand to play, they produced a pretty boy to gull all those who vote (or buy cereal, cars, or makeup) for the curb appeal of looks, youth, and name brand. Progressives know those attributes matter to enough voters to make a difference, and they have history to prove it.” (02/05/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnpwarren/2018/02/05/the-pretty-boy-card-n2444577

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46) Fear of a queer planet
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“I was an anti-assimilationist before I even came out of the goddamn closet. You can pretty much call me anything and I’ll respond ‘Fucking A!’– Tranny. Faggot. Dyke. Homo. Shemale. It’s not fucking insulting to me if I’m not ashamed of it and the only thing I’m ashamed of is my country. Just about the only epithet I find hard to swallow is LGBT. Part of it’s the writer in me. Any sentence with that motherfucker in it twice becomes a clunky headache to read, let alone to write. But mostly I just despise the branding. LGBT was created as a crass attempt to repackage queer people for the straight world after the Reagan facilitated Aids Holocaust. It’s clean. It’s neat. It’s tidy. It’s exclusive. It’s hierarchical. It’s everything I fled the closet to escape and it’s everything that our movement once stood against.” (02/05/18)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/02/fear-of-queer-planet.html

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47) FISA-gate: The plot to destroy our republic [sic] Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“You don’t need any special analytical abilities to understand ‘the memo’ and its meaning. A simple reading reveals that allegations of skullduggery by the Obama administration during the presidential campaign were entirely accurate: the memo just filled us in on the details. And while the debate has largely been over whether the proper legal procedures were followed by the FBI and administration officials in spying on Carter Page — someone only marginally connected to the Trump campaign — the real question is: why were they sneaking around Page at all?” [editor’s note: The mythical “republic” in question never existed — or if it did, the counter-revolution of 1787 destroyed it – TLK] (02/05/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/02/04/fisa-gate-plot-destroy-republic/

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48) Taking war off its pedestal
Source: TomDispatch
by William Astore

“The groundwork is already laid for America’s next war(s) in the Middle East and, in the process, one of the last relatively undamaged areas of Syria (at least before the Turkish military began to pound it with air strikes and artillery, then moving in tanks) is about to be added to the rubble of the region. The damage that began with the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 could now spread to yet another country, Turkey, already filled with Syrian refugees but relatively unscathed so far. At the moment, an autocratic Turkish president, angry over American backing for Kurdish forces in northern Syria and jockeying for popularity in his own country, is potentially repeating on a small scale the American blunder of 2003. He’s blithely invading Kurdish-controlled parts of northern Syria, assuming that all will go splendidly, while President Trump’s military finds itself, as it has so many times in these years, between a rock and a hard place.” (02/04/18)

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176381/tomgram%3A_william_astore%2C_taking_war_off_its_pedestal

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49) Inequality, capital, and the problem of Piketty
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Gordon

“When Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century was published in 2015, it suffered an unexpected fate for a treatise of 700 pages, filled with statistics and equations. It became a bestseller. Proclaimed a masterpiece by Paul Krugman and worthy of a Nobel Prize for its author by Larry Summers, it perfectly encapsulated and extended a familiar narrative of anti-capitalist propaganda, found in cruder form in the speeches of Bernie Sanders. … Piketty’s portrayal of capitalism has not gone unchallenged, and Anti-Piketty collects a number of the most important criticisms of it. One of the most telling of these criticisms is obvious. If capitalism has been so bad for the poor, how can it be that the standard of living for the poor has vastly increased?” (02/05/18)

https://mises.org/library/inequality-capital-and-problem-piketty

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50) Surprise: ObamaCare projections on student loan profitability hit a snag
Source: Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux

“An often-forgotten provision of Obamacare, a/k/a the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was its take-over of the federal student loan program, with claims that doing so would provide vast financial windfalls to help offset the ACA’s costs: $61 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Before the ACA, about half of federal student loans originated with private lenders while being guaranteed by the government. With the passage of the Act, the government became both the lender and the guarantor. Unfortunately, reality is turning out quite differently. In a report released February 2nd, the Education Department shows revenues from the student loan program plummeted by 80% between 2012 and 2015 — the most recent year for which figures are available.” (02/04/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/02/04/surprise-obamacare-projections-on-student-loan-profitability-hit-a-snag/

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51) Goodlatte’s Securing America’s Future Act has significant, negative impacts
Source: Niskanen Center
by Kristie de Pena & Jeremy L Neufeld

“Earlier this year, Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Raul Labrador (R-ID), and Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced the Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 (H.R. 4760). Even though there are provisions in the bill that are positive or neutral, the overall impact is negative. The substantial cut to overall immigration levels in Division A has devastating economic and social impacts. Even the establishment of a new and more robust temporary worker program and the reallocation of Diversity Visa quotas to other programs does not alleviate the significant concerns associated with the reduction of legal immigration levels by more than 400,000 family and diversity visas.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (02/05/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/new-report-goodlattes-securing-americas-future-act-significant-negative-impacts/

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52) The National Review on immigration
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Conservatives often seem to want to go back to the good old days, before modern liberalism ruined the country. But the ‘good old days’ were a period of open borders. America is literally a nation of immigrants. Thus immigration is consistent with our traditions. It’s the conservatives that want to experiment with a big government, regulatory, social-engineering policy that is utterly inconsistent with our heritage. That doesn’t mean we should have open borders today, obviously things change. My point is that this is a weird argument for conservatives to make. By all means go ahead and oppose immigration, but don’t suggest its proponents are being un-American.” (02/04/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/02/the_national_re.html

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53) Carbon reality meets climate realist in the EU
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“Just weeks ago, I wrote concerning the fact German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her struggle to form a new coalition government, has agreed to scrap Germany’s short term greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. This comes as The Wall Street Journal is reporting Germany and a number of other European Union countries are admitting they will fail to reach the greenhouse gas cuts they agreed to as part of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Indeed, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Malta have each fallen behind in reducing emissions, although Germany faces the largest gap between commitments and current emission levels.” (02/04/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/02/carbon-reality-meets-climate-realist-in-the-eu/

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54) The debt ceiling hysteria and profligate government
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Once again, the financial fears have been ratcheted up due to recent announcements by the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that by the middle of March 2018 the Federal government will have run out of room to continue borrowing due to the official debt ceiling. Some are now calling for scrapping a legal debt ceiling altogether, and allow[ing] Uncle Sam to have an unlimited line of credit. This is a bad idea.” (02/05/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/debt-ceiling-hysteria-profligate-government/

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55) Movie review: The Post
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“Most people have probably never heard of or remember who Daniel Ellsberg was. He was the forerunner of the government whistle blower, the first in a line of heroes who had the guts to expose government corruption, cover-ups and malfeasance. You might say he was the first Edward Snowden. Steven Spielberg’s The Post is the dramatic story of how The Pentagon Papers came to be published.” (02/04/18)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2018/02/movie-review-post.html

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

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

“Editor’s Break 055 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: Super Bowl LII, what sacrifices parents should make for their children, liberty as a social environmental condition, Dreamers’ parents and challenging jurisdiction, making memorable life choices, and more.” [various formats] (02/05/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/parental-sacrifices-liberty-dreamers-life-choices-36m-editors-break-055

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57) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 705
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Jay Powell was just sworn in as the new FED chair and boy did he have some nice things to say about the federal reserve. Apparently, the economy is healthy, and it’s all because of the FED’s tireless work. We’ve talked about private policing before, but they’re trying a version of it in the UK with great success. It turns out the private sector can do things better than the government can even when it comes to solving murders. Finally, it looks like we’re headed for another showdown over the budget.” [various formats] (02/05/18)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/705-private-policing-jay-powell-and-congressional-gridlock/

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58) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/05/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Would expanding low-yield nukes in our nuclear arsenal make us safer? Eric Gomez comments on the new nuclear posture review from the Pentagon.” [various formats] (02/05/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/little-nukes-big-deal

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59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 151
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #151, I break down the new National Defense Strategy and the Defense Secretary’s speech. Mattis declares that ‘Great Powers’ like Russia and Chian are a higher threat to Americans than jihadists. He says the American military ability is eroding but the US plans to make a more lethal force that no country can even think to compete with. Mattis makes clear that he believes the way for world peace is for American to have the strongest military ever. I debunk several of these false claims and explain how the NDS is a plan for more instability.” [various formats] (02/05/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-151-how-mattis-plans-defend-america

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60) One Free Family, episode 4
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“This episode, Letting Go of Expectations, is based on an email James received in response to a blog post he wrote elsewhere. The email brought up some great questions on expectations we set for our children that we dive into on this episode. The emailer wonders how she would have picked up being such a great writer had she not been required to learning how to write as a child. In self-directed learning, we allow our children to choose what is meaningful to them and what they want to spend their time investing in. This allows them to develop the skills that are most desirable to them as they see fit.” [various formats] (02/05/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/letting-go-of-expectations-off004/

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61) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/05/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“John Vives, Shane Buell, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about the woes of home ownership, the cops in Philly being greasy again, the LP’s rejection of Ron Paul, how politicians will pass literally anything, Apple temporarily banning Telegram for inappropriate content, a MIT professor using ‘Black Mirror’ to steer students right, and how a big tip can change a life.” [various formats] (02/05/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15588

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62) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 333
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc is joined by an old friend from the ‘Daily Paul’days, James Reilly! James and Marc dish on the NAP, Property Rights and reflect on the good old days when they used to engage in philosphical discussions about libertarianism with strangers on the Daily Paul website!” [various formats] (02/05/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/02/05/nap-property-rights-daily-paul-james-reilly/

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63) The Anarchist Experience, episode 150
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We have our usual crypto discussion, talk about yet another ‘move here’ project, and get into these Headlines: — Bye, Bye Miss American Pie … and Big V8s, Too — Uber Wants to Make It Illegal to Operate Your Own Self-Driving Car in Cities.” [various formats] (02/05/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/the-anarchist-experience-150/

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64) Free Talk Live, 02/04/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Arguments For and Against Stadium Subsidies :: Green Bay Packers Owned By Public Non-Profit Corporation :: Outlawing Public Subsidies? :: NFL Coach Gets Political :: Child Felon Tax Subsidies :: Ricky and Discord :: Govt Regulations :: Meat Subsidies :: Economics in One Lesson :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/04/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-02-04

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65) Reason Podcast, 02/04/18
Source: Reason

“‘[Donald] Trump is a refreshing reminder that the guy that’s in the White House is another human being,’ says Louis Rossetto, the co-founder of Wired and author of the new book Change Is Good: A Story of the Heroic Era of the Internet. … Reason’s Nick Gillespie sat down with Rossetto to talk about his new book (the paper version was lavishly designed and crowdfunded on Kickstarter), the 1990s tech boom, and why Trump ‘diminishes the power of the state’ in our heads.” [various formats] (02/04/18)

http://reason.com/blog/2018/02/04/change-is-good-and-other-lessons-from-th

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