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Volume XVI, Issue #3,905
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
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In the News:

1) SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully
2) Volatile Dow closes up 567 points
3) US House tries to kick spending can down the road again
4) Usual suspects cite Bitcoin volatility, largely triggered by regulatory idiocy, in call for more regulatory idiocy
5) US Senate: Menendez reclaims key committee post
6) UK: Regime judge uphold’s Assange’s illegal political imprisonment
7) Pentagon: Afghan war costing US taxpayers $45 billion per year
8) Italy: Berlusconi is back, despite past sex scandals, age & poor health
9) Newsweek in turmoil as top editorial staff sacked
10) Canada: Trudeau faces PC backlash over “peoplekind” comment
11) Poland: Duda “will sign” controversial Holocaust bill
12) Study: Chemical in McDonald’s fries could cure baldness
13) Dog bites man: Pentagon agency lost track of $800 million for construction, audit finds
14) Study: Hot tea, plus smoking & drinking alcohol, a cocktail for cancer
15) WA: Idiot Seattle pols allege Facebook violated laws it isn’t subject to
16) Kenya: Regime charges opposition pol over Odinga’s “swearing in”
17) Hong Kong: Court overturns jail sentences for activists
18) Maldives: Yameen declares state of emergency, has Supreme Court judges abducted
19) CA: Flat-earth believer Mad Mike failed to take off from his homemade rocket
20) Democrats lash out at CFPB over Equifax case

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The Census for Dummies (including the US Department of Justice)
22) Brief of Amicus Curiae of CEI, Cato Institute, Reason Foundation et al. in Ulbricht v. United States
23) Second Amendment law lessons: Look beyond the courts for freedom
24) Governments hate Bitcoin and cash for the same reason: They protect people’s privacy.
25) The discovery of terra nova by cypherpunks
26) Poll: Most think Obama White House spied on Trump campaign, want special counsel
27) Russia’s media scene: not just a state affair
28) The flawed foundation of democracy
29) The FISAgate boomerangs
30) Winter Olympics thaw won’t warm young South Koreans on unity
31) Why good economics requires good theory
32) What is a price?
33) Black Lives Matter at Schools rolls out national week of action
34) Whoever introduces the word “treason” into an argument automatically loses
35) Lie after lie: What Colin Powell knew about Iraq 15 years ago, and what he told the UN
36) Trump’s stock market trap
37) 100 years on, they fear “the mob” more than ever
38) Four freedoms that affect your right to vote (and one that doesn’t)
39) The Democrats’ false choice
40) Sharia law: It’s not what you think it is
41) Donald Trump as Mr. Magoo
42) Who will help Trump climb down from his wall?
43) Jonathan Chait’s cockeyed Trump-libertarian fantasy
44) From sewer socialism to server socialism: Appalachia’s internet revolution
45) The Nunes memo harms intelligence oversight
46) BMG v. Cox: ISPs can make their own repeat infringer policies, but the 4th Circuit wants a higher “body county”
47) The Constitution responds to the State of the Union
48) Defiance?
49) US immigration controls and Hitler’s Holocaust
50) A lawsuit to make rulemakers follow the rules

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Tenther Tuesday, episode 25
52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1088
53) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/06/18
54) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 42
55) The Libertarian Angle, 02/06/18
56) Mises UK Podcast, episode 16
57) The Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 201
58) Free Talk Live, 02/05/18
59) Unregistered, episode 43
60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1087

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

1) SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Elon Musk has just launched his new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mammoth vehicle (the most powerful since the shuttle system) lifted clear of its pad without incident to soar high over the Atlantic Ocean. It was billed as a risky test flight in advance of the lift-off. The SpaceX CEO said the challenges of developing the new rocket meant the chances of a successful first outing might be only 50-50. With this debut, the Falcon Heavy aims to become the most capable launch vehicle available. It is designed to deliver a maximum payload to low-Earth orbit of 64 tonnes — the equivalent of putting five London double-decker buses in space.” (02/06/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42969020

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2) Volatile Dow closes up 567 points
Source: Washington Post

“U.S. stocks bounced up in the final hour of trading Tuesday after a rocky morning that saw the Dow Jones industrial average dip into correction territory. After a big swing of more than 1,168 points during the day, the Dow landed up 2.3 percent, or 567 points, to finish at 24,914. … the markets remained nervous as exchanges in Asia and Europe plunged after Monday’s record single-day 1,175-point drop in the Dow, renewing questions about whether the long-running stock rally is heading for a rout that might undercut President Trump’s frequent boasts claiming credit for the markets’ rise.” (02/06/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/theres-genuine-carnage-out-there-asian-markets-tumble-early-mirroring-dows-decline/2018/02/06/95e75e78-0ab7-11e8-998c-96deb18cca19_story.html

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3) US House tries to kick spending can down the road again
Source: FirstPost [India]

“The US House of Representatives has passed a stopgap spending bill to fund the government through late March. In a vote of 245-182 on Tuesday night, the House passed a temporary spending bill to extend most government spending at current levels through 23 March while providing more funds for the Pentagon through 30 September, the end of the current fiscal year …. However, Senate leaders from both the Republican and Democratic parties were discussing a two-year deal to lift spending caps on defence and domestic programmes, which suggests that they would probably not support the House-version spending bill.” (02/07/18)

http://www.firstpost.com/world/us-house-of-representatives-passes-stopgap-spending-bill-to-fund-government-till-23-march-4339703.html

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4) Usual suspects cite Bitcoin volatility, largely triggered by regulatory idiocy, in call for more regulatory idiocy
Source: NewsBTC

“The US Senate shows a great interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies all of a sudden. With the Bitcoin price tanking, the government feels the need to intervene. More specifically, top market watchdogs will be questioned regarding the futures market. Additionally, there will be a strong focus on potentially introducing additional regulation. It will be impossible to curb Bitcoin’s volatility, though. Right now, all markets are bleeding value and the end is not in sight just yet.” (02/06/18)

https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/02/06/bitcoins-volatility-triggers-regulatory-attempts-us/

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5) US Senate: Menendez reclaims key committee post
Source: Fox News

“Embattled Sen. Bob Menendez will return as the top Democrat on the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after stepping down from the post in 2015 amid corruption charges. ‘I am honored to resume my position as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,’ Menendez said in a written statement Tuesday. ‘Now more than ever, it is critical that the United States remains fully engaged across the globe and that we project the principles of our democratic ideals as we confront the emerging threats and demands we face under the Trump Administration.’ Fox News reported earlier Tuesday that Menendez’s official return as the committee’s ‘ranking member’ was expected to be announced this week. Shortly afterward, his office issued a statement saying Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had reappointed the two-term New Jersey senator to the role.” (02/06/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/06/democratic-sen-bob-menendez-reclaims-key-committee-post-after-corruption-trial.html

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6) UK: Regime judge uphold’s Assange’s illegal political imprisonment
Source: US News & World Report

“A British judge on Tuesday upheld a U.K. arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, leaving him still a wanted man in the country where he has spent more than five years inside the Ecuadorean Embassy [sic]. Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected a call from Assange’s lawyers for the warrant to be revoked because he is no longer wanted for questioning in Sweden over alleged sex crimes. It was issued in 2012 for jumping bail.” [editor’s note: He has not been holed up in the UK. He’s been holed up in part of Ecuador that happens to be surrounded by the UK – TLK] (02/06/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-02-06/british-judge-to-rule-on-assange-bid-to-get-warrant-dropped

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7) Pentagon: Afghan war costing US taxpayers $45 billion per year
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Forty-five billion dollars. That’s how much the Pentagon says the Afghan war is costing American taxpayers, and with no end in sight they may have to keep footing that bill for years to come. Lawmakers, skeptical about the prospects of victory, grilled the Trump administration Tuesday on the direction of the nation’s longest-running war, now in its 17th year. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing comes after a wave of shocking militant attacks in Kabul that killed more than 200 people. Randall Schriver, the Defense Department’s top Asia official, said the $45 billion total for the year includes $5 billion for Afghan forces and $13 billion for U.S. forces inside Afghanistan. Much of the rest is for logistical support. Some $780 million goes toward economic aid.” (02/06/18)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Pentagon-Afghan-war-costing-US-45-billion-per-12555440.php

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8) Italy: Berlusconi is back, despite past sex scandals, age & poor health
Source: USA Today

“Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is hobbling toward one more political comeback, despite his age, poor health and scandalous legal problems. Berlusconi, 81, was the dominant political figure for a generation of Italians, bursting onto the scene from the world of television and property development and heading four separate governments between 1994 and 2011. Pundits wrote his political obituary after he resigned as prime minister seven years ago amid a personal scandal and with the country teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Now, ahead of the March 4 national election, the billionaire media tycoon is tapping into the rising tide of populist, nationalist sentiment across the globe — including in the United States, where President Trump has drawn comparisons to Berlusconi.” (02/06/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/02/06/no-saint-berlusconi-back-despite-past-sex-scandals-his-age-and-poor-health/308754002

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9) Newsweek in turmoil as top editorial staff sacked
Source: Raw Story

“The news media group Newsweek was in turmoil this week amid the firing of its top editorial staff, reportedly for investigating the finances of their own company. Veteran reporter Matthew Cooper announced his resignation late Monday, saying the firing of top Newsweek editors was a ‘disgrace’ and a sign of ‘reckless leadership’ at the New York media group with the brand of the onetime leading news magazine. Another prominent journalist, David Sirota, quit on Tuesday, announcing the move on Twitter. ‘I am resigning from IBT/Newsweek. I am proud of my nearly 4 years there, producing serious award-winning investigative journalism under extremely difficult circumstances,’ he wrote. Earlier this week, the New York Post and other media outlets reported that editor-in-chief Bob Roe, executive editor Ken Li and investigative reporter Celeste Katz were fired, as they were working on a story on financial ties of the news site’s parent company to a fundamentalist Christian college.” (02/06/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/newsweek-turmoil-top-editorial-staff-sacked

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10) Canada: Trudeau faces PC backlash over “peoplekind” comment
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a backlash for correcting a woman who used the term ‘mankind.’ During a town hall event last week, Mr Trudeau interrupted the young woman and urged her to say ‘peoplekind’ instead. The clip of the interaction has been making the rounds online with critics accusing Mr Trudeau of ‘mansplaining’ and making up words. Conservative commentators overseas have also picked up on the interaction. The prime minister made the comment while taking questions at a public town hall in Edmonton, Alberta, last Thursday. A young woman stood up and praised Mr Trudeau for having a gender-balanced cabinet. She went on to speak about the importance of ‘maternal love.’ She said the country needed an economy filled with women, while noting her membership of a feminist Korean church.” [editor’s note: Where was PETA in all this? No complaints about “humanocentric” language? -SAT] (02/06/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42952220

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11) Poland: Duda “will sign” controversial Holocaust bill
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Poland’s president says he will sign a controversial Holocaust bill, despite angry protests from Israel and the US. Andrzej Duda defended the legislation, which will make it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in Nazi crimes committed under occupation. The Polish government says it aims to stop the Polish nation or state being blamed for the atrocities. Israel is worried the law could stifle the truth about the role of some Poles, and says it hopes Poland will amend it. There are also fears Holocaust survivors could face criminal charges for giving testimony that incriminates Poles.” (02/06/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42959076

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12) Study: Chemical in McDonald’s fries could cure baldness
Source: Newsweek

“Japanese scientists may have discovered a cure for baldness — and it lies within a chemical used to make McDonald’s fries. A stem cell research team from Yokohama National University used a ‘simple’ method to regrow hair on mice by using dimethylpolysiloxane, the silicone added to McDonald’s fries to stop cooking oil from frothing. Preliminary tests indicated that the groundbreaking method was likely to be just as successful when transferred to human skin cells.” (02/05/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/chemical-mcdonalds-fries-may-cure-male-baldness-study-say-799439

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13) Dog bites man: Pentagon agency lost track of $800 million for construction, audit finds
Source: United Press International

“An agency within the Pentagon lost track of more than $800 million, according to an internal audit revealed on Monday. The Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency failed to document hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth in construction projects and equipment expenses over the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2016, according to the audit, which was conducted by Ernst & Young …. Misreported numbers for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects totaled at least $465 million, according to the audit. Another $384 million was categorized as ‘in progress’ or lacked any documentation.” (02/06/18)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/02/06/Pentagon-agency-lost-track-of-800M-for-construction-audit-finds/4341517898037/

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14) Study: Hot tea, plus smoking & drinking alcohol, a cocktail for cancer
Source: USA Today

“Drinking hot tea, when combined with heavy alcohol and tobacco use, increases the risk of esophageal cancer by five fold, according to a recently published study. The China-based study published online Tuesday in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Internal Medicine followed tea drinking habits of more than 450,000 people between 30 to 79 years old over about 9 years. Researchers asked participants about their tea drinking habits, along with other lifestyle choices, through a questionnaire. Findings suggest that those who reported drinking ‘hot’ or ‘burning-hot’ tea regularly, in addition to ‘excessively’ drinking alcohol or smoking (two already known causes of cancer) increase their chances of developing esophageal cancer. Excessive drinking was defined as having 15 grams of pure alcohol (slightly more than a 12-ounce glass of beer or 5 ounce glass of wine) every day. Researchers noted more studies are needed to confirm these findings and tea’s possible link to cancer.” (02/06/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/02/06/hot-tea-plus-smoking-and-drinking-alcohol-cocktail-cancer-study-suggests/310312002

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15) WA: Idiot Seattle pols allege Facebook violated laws it isn’t subject to
Source: GeekWire

“Seattle officials say Facebook violated city laws that require anyone selling advertising related to local elections to disclose data on the ads, including who paid for them. The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission sent letters to Google and Facebook demanding they provide that data for ads sold during 2017 Seattle election. The Stranger reported Monday that the commission said Facebook’s response ‘doesn’t come close to meeting their public obligation.’ It will discuss next steps with the City Attorney’s office. Google asked for a deadline extension.” [editor’s note: Facebook and Google operate from California, not from Seattle. Seattle’s government has no more authority over them than it has to set speed limits in Virginia – TLK] (02/05/18)

https://www.geekwire.com/2018/facebook-violated-political-advertising-laws-according-seattle-lawmakers/

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16) Kenya: Regime charges opposition pol over Odinga’s “swearing in”
Source: Reuters

“A Kenyan opposition politician was charged on Tuesday with treason for his involvement in a symbolic presidential ‘swearing in’ of opposition leader Raila Odinga that was a challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta. The charge sheet presented by police to a court in Kajiado County, neighboring Nairobi, said Miguna Miguna was being charged with ‘being present and consenting to the administration of an oath to commit a capital offence, namely treason.’ Miguna was also charged with taking part in an unlawful assembly and engaging in organized criminal activity.” (02/06/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-politics/kenyan-opposition-figure-charged-with-treason-over-odingas-swearing-in-idUSKBN1FQ0Z3

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17) Hong Kong: Court overturns jail sentences for activists
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Three prominent Hong Kong democracy activists have won an appeal in the territory’s highest court against jail sentences relating to the 2014 ‘umbrella movement’ protests, but were warned that future acts of civil disobedience would be dealt with harshly. Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were given prison terms ranging from six to eight months in August on charges of ‘unlawful assembly’ for staging a demonstration that sparked 11 weeks of sit-ins in 2014 calling for greater democracy. A five-judge panel at the court of final appeal said those sentences applied a new standard ‘retroactively,’ and overturned the prison terms. But speaking for the court, the chief justice, Geoffrey Ma, said ‘elements of disorder or violence must be deterred,’ and ‘fully endorsed’ harsher sentences for protests in the future.” (02/06/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/06/hong-kong-activists-have-jail-sentences-overturned

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18) Maldives: Yameen declares state of emergency, has Supreme Court judges abducted
Source: Malta Today [Malta]

“Maldives president, Abdulla Yameen, has declared a state of emergency as heavily armed troops stormed the country’s top court. The country’s chief justice of the Supreme Court and a former president were arrested as the political crisis worsens in the Indian Ocean nation. Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after the government declared a state of emergency. The country receded into chaos on Thursday, when the supreme court called for the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, ruling that their trails were politically motivated and flawed.” (02/06/18)

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/world/84290/maldives_declares_state_of_emergency_as_supreme_court_judges_arrested

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19) CA: Flat-earth believer Mad Mike failed to take off from his homemade rocket
Source: International Business Times

“Mike Hughes, better known as Mad Mike among conspiracy theorists first attracted worldwide attention when he announced his plans to launch himself in a homemade rocket to an altitude of 1800 feet to photograph the ‘flat earth’ which he aims to prove the scientific community. … Noize TV even made all the necessary arrangements to live stream the event. But despite the public curiosity, Mike Hughes once again failed to take off in his homemade rocket. Soon after the failure of the launch, Mike Hughes revealed that the attempt had failed due to a faulty plunger or blown o-ring. Hughes made it clear that the launch will happen in the coming days and also noted that he will be busy next week as he is engaged in a legal battle with a number of California Government officials including the governor Jerry Brown.” (02/06/18)

http://www.ibtimes.sg/flat-earth-believer-mad-mike-failed-take-off-his-homemade-rocket-latest-update-24210

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20) Democrats lash out at CFPB over Equifax case
Source: Houston Chronicle

“Democratic lawmakers lashed out at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday amid a report that the agency was backing off an investigation into a massive data breach at Equifax last year that exposed sensitive data about millions of people. Reuters news agency, citing former officials familiar with the probe, reported that the CFPB has not taken routine steps to move forward with an investigation into the incident, including ordering subpoenas or seeking sworn testimony from Equifax executives. The report stirred an immediate backlash from Democratic lawmakers, who have feared that President Donald Trump’s pick to temporarily lead the agency, Mick Mulvaney, was weakening the consumer watchdog.” (02/05/18)

https://www.chron.com/business/economy/article/Democrats-lash-out-at-consumer-watchdog-over-12553841.php

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

21) The Census for Dummies (including the US Department of Justice)
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The purpose of the census is to count noses, period, end of story. Not what citizenship the noses hold. Not what color the noses are. Not what direction the noses are pointed in for purposes of prayer. Not what language the mouth beneath the nose speaks. Not whether the nose in question is attached to a male, female, transgender, gay, straight, bisexual, or differently abled body. Number of noses. That’s it. That’s all. Anything else, and anything done at any other time, such as the ‘American Community Survey’ done between legitimate census periods, exceeds the Census Bureau’s constitutional brief. Which means, per the 10th Amendment, that it is unconstitutional. And, therefore, illegal.” (02/06/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12803

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22) Brief of Amicus Curiae of CEI, Cato Institute, Reason Foundation et al. in Ulbricht v. United States
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by staff

“When the government uses a ‘pen/trap’ device without a warrant to collect the Internet Protocol (‘IP’) addresses associated with a citizen’s Internet browsing over time, it is conducting an unreasonable seizure, so this practice generally violates the Fourth Amendment. This brief aims to demonstrate why various assumptions underlying Fourth Amendment doctrine do not apply to the warrantless seizure of data revealing the IP addresses a citizen visits while using the Internet.” [summary — full brief available as PDF download] (02/05/18)

https://cei.org/content/brief-amicus-curiae-cei-cato-institute-reason-foundation-et-al-ulbricht-v-united-states

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23) Second Amendment law lessons: Look beyond the courts for freedom
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“In 2008, the United States Supreme Court held, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. This past weekend, I went to a symposium at Campbell Law School in Raleigh, N.C., where a bunch of people (including Alan Gura, the attorney who argued the winning side) talked about where we are in 2018. Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in Heller, there hadn’t been much case law on the Second Amendment. The court’s only 20th Century opinion, in United States v. Miller, was much talked about but didn’t really do much, and much of what it did was misunderstood. For a long time, academics didn’t write much about it, until University of Texas law professor Sanford Levinson wrote in the Yale Law Journal about what he called ‘The Embarrassing Second Amendment.’” (02/05/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/02/05/second-amendment-law-lessons-look-beyond-courts-freedom/306920002

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24) Governments hate Bitcoin and cash for the same reason: They protect people’s privacy.
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“The assault on cryptocurrency is having some effect; Reuters reports that bitcoin ‘approached three-month lows on concerns about a global regulatory clampdown on the trading of the digital coins.’ Since government objections to cryptocurrencies are essentially identical to those made against cash, the arguments in their favor are largely the same too. … if you’re going to have a debate, the sides might as well be upfront about their motivations. If advocates of expanded power are going to be so transparent about their motivations in opposing cryptocurrencies and cash, if they’re going to be so explicit in their hostility to the anonymity and liberty those means of exchange offer people, we should take them at their word. Let’s be clear in response that what they see as problems are the precise features we like about cash and cryptocurrencies.” (02/06/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2018/02/06/governments-hate-bitcoin-and-cash-for-th

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25) The discovery of terra nova by cypherpunks
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Ten years ago the cypherpunks were almost entirely forgotten. But now — and quite shockingly to those of us who were involved — cypherpunks are cool again. More than that, the discoveries of the cypherpunks are starting to change the world in a serious way. That being so, I’d like to briefly recap what the cypherpunks discovered, because what these people found was a new world … a ‘terra nova.’ Our new territory was created by a combination of the internet and encryption. The internet gave us unlimited community, and encryption became our ‘city walls,’ allowing us to separate ourselves from the rest of the world.” (02/06/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/the-discovery-of-terra-nova-by-the-cypherpunks/

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26) Poll: Most think Obama White House spied on Trump campaign, want special counsel
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Americans overwhelmingly believe the Obama administration “improperly surveilled” Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and a majority say they would like to see a special prosecutor appointed to look into possible misconduct by the FBI and Department of Justice in spying on Trump, the latest IBD/TIPP poll shows. One fact emerges from the poll of 900 people conducted from Jan. 25 to Feb. 2: The public doesn’t necessarily buy into the Democratic narrative that the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russia to tamper with the 2016 presidential election. The poll also suggests that many Americans think the roots of the allegations made against Trump extend beyond the two major party campaigns in the last presidential election and deep into the Obama era’s intelligence and law enforcement bureaucracies, and may involve active political bias on the part of supposedly nonpartisan employees of both the Justice Department and FBI.” (02/05/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/most-think-obama-white-house-spied-on-trump-campaign-want-special-counsel-ibdtipp-poll/

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27) Russia’s media scene: not just a state affair
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Fred Weir

“The cramped editorial offices of the weekly tabloid Moyaw invoke sharp contradictions to several widely held stereotypes of what the media in Vladimir Putin’s Russia must look like. For one thing, it’s a privately owned and operated newspaper, and has been since it started up in 1994. For another, it’s the most popular paper of its type in the city. It works from a downtown Voronezh building called ‘Press Freedom House,’ and it consistently maintains its edge despite having a state-owned competitor that’s distributed free of charge. And though it’s not overtly political in its focus, it does often break stories that seem to go against the official grain. For instance, one week in December, Moyaw (Mine) published a ground-breaking front-page feature spread about transgender people in the Voronezh region, with sympathetic first-person coverage of a local man who explains in detail his feelings, choices, and the steps he took to transition to becoming a woman.” (02/06/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2018/0206/Russia-s-media-scene-not-just-a-state-affair

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28) The flawed foundation of democracy
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Democracy is one of those ideals that enjoys religious devotion from its advocates. In the eyes of the especially pious, democracy can do no wrong. When an election goes the way a worshipper wants it’s because of the goodness of democracy. When an election doesn’t go the way a worshipper wants it’s because democracy has been usurped by a deceiver. This point is well illustrated by the current political climate. A lot of the most faithful worshipers of democracy, primarily those who belong to the Democratic Party sect, were unhappy with the results of the last national election. They didn’t blame the results on democracy though. Instead great deceivers, Russia and fake news, undermined the greatness of democracy. And now they believe that there is a very real threat to their god …” (02/06/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/02/06/the-flawed-foundation-of-democracy/

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29) The FISAgate boomerangs
Source: National Review
by Victor Davis Hanson

“Progressives and Democrats warned on the eve of the memo’s release that it would cause havoc throughout the intelligence agencies, by exposing classified means and processes. When no serious intelligence expert claimed that the released memo had done such damage, the official response to the memo was suddenly recalibrated by progressives. It went from being radioactive to a ‘nothingburger.’ The obvious conclusion is cynical: Cry Armageddon to prevent its release, then, after the release, resort to yawns to downplay its significance. An even more cynical interpretation is that Rod Rosenstein, James Comey, and other officials stridently objected to the release of the memo because they are named in it. Comey incoherently mocked the memo’s purported unimportance even while listing all its deleterious effects and the crises that would ensue.” (02/06/18)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456134/fisagate-boomerangs-democrats-hillary-obama

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30) Winter Olympics thaw won’t warm young South Koreans on unity
Source: Reuters
by Andray Abrahamian

“The woman from North Korea was following the standard party line. ‘All Koreans all over the world dream of and are working towards unification,’ she told me as we chatted in Pyongyang three years ago. ‘Actually, I hate to tell you this,’ I cautiously replied, ‘but I’ve spent some time in the Village Down There,’ borrowing a euphemism Northerners use for South Korea. ‘Young people have largely lost interest in unification. They see the Koreas as two separate countries and don’t think it’s necessary to rejoin.’ It was, I think, the first time she’d heard such an idea. She stuttered and changed the subject. The long-lasting effect of the Winter Olympics that start in South Korea on Feb. 9 may bring that message home to her compatriots in the North — and those on the South Korean left. Pyongyang’s charm offensives on the South will longer work [sic]; younger South Koreans just don’t care that much about unification.” (02/06/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-abrahamian-korea-commentary/commentary-winter-olympics-thaw-wont-warm-young-south-koreans-on-unity-idUSKBN1FQ2GM

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31) Why good economics requires good theory
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak

“It is generally held that by means of statistical and mathematical methods one can organize historical data into a useful body of information, which in turn can serve as the basis for the assessments of the state of the economy. It is also held that the knowledge secured from the assessment of the data is likely to be of a tentative nature since it is not possible to know the true nature of the facts of reality. Some economists such as Milton Friedman held that since it is not possible to establish ‘how things really work,’ then it does not really matter what the underlying assumptions of a theory are. On this way of thinking, what matters is that the theory can yield good predictions.” (02/06/18)

https://mises.org/wire/why-good-economics-requires-good-theory

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32) What is a price?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The large drop in financials of all sorts –– both conventional and crypto — have people wondering what went wrong. What could have triggered this stunning sell off? What has spooked the markets? When there are no obvious answers, and there really aren’t this time around, it tempts people to believe that markets themselves are broken. Surely prices should behave more rationally and predictably. There is no justification for prices to swing this much. I’m here to argue a difficult truth. So long as markets are in charge, there is no such thing as a right, just, moral, rational, or stable price. There is only one basis for a price: a point of agreement between buyer and selling, decided upon by the judgments of the human mind as an extension of subjective human desires.” (02/06/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/what-price

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33) Black Lives Matter at Schools rolls out national week of action
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Seattle classroom teacher Jesse Hagopian wants to transform the school-to-prison pipeline into a school-to-justice pipeline for millions of Black and Brown students in American schools. He and thousands of his educator colleagues are taking strides toward that goal during the week of February 5 to 9 by staging a Black Lives Matter at School week of action in schools across the nation. According to Hagopian, educators participating in the week of action (this year includes dozens of communities, including Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston) will wear Black Lives Matter shirts to school and teach lessons about structural racism, intersectional black identities, black history, and anti-racist movements.” (02/06/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180206/black-lives-matter-at-schools-week-of-action-rolls-out-nationwide

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34) Whoever introduces the word “treason” into an argument automatically loses
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“Here is Coyote’s 37th (or so) rule for public discourse: He who introduces the word ‘treason’ into an argument automatically loses. For two reasons …” [editor’s note: Hear, hear. There’s a reason that the only treason prosecutions in the US since World War Two have been for actions taken DURING World War Two (nope, the Rosenbergs were not prosecuted for treason). “Treason” has an exceedingly narrow legal/constitutional definition – TLK] (02/06/18)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/02/whoever-introduces-the-word-treason-into-an-argument-automatically-loses.html

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35) Lie after lie: What Colin Powell knew about Iraq 15 years ago, and what he told the UN
Source: The Intercept
by Jon Schwarz

“Colin Powell delivered his presentation making the case for war with Iraq at the United Nations fifteen years ago, on February 5, 2003. As much criticism as Powell received for this — he’s called it ‘painful’ and something that will ‘always be a part of my record’ — it hasn’t been close to what’s justified. Powell was much more than just horribly mistaken: He fabricated ‘evidence’ and ignored repeated warnings that what he was saying was false.” (02/06/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/02/06/lie-after-lie-what-colin-powell-knew-about-iraq-fifteen-years-ago-and-what-he-told-the-un/

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36) Trump’s stock market trap
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“For most of President Donald Trump’s first year in office, he and his lackeys used the stock market as a kind of alternate approval rating. His administration may be chaotic, his responses to the tragedies in Charlottesville and Puerto Rico may have been shameful, his approval rating may be the lowest of any first-year president in history — none of that mattered. What really mattered, this argument went, was the Dow Jones, which consistently set records, peaking at 26,618 on January 29. Trump’s stock market cheerleading was a significant reversal. On the campaign trail in 2016, when Barack Obama was still president, he consistently downplayed the surging stock market. ‘Believe me: We’re in a bubble right now. And the only thing that looks good is the stock market — but if you raise interest rates even a little bit, that’s going to come crashing down,’ Trump said in the first presidential debate in September of that year. ‘We are in a big, fat, ugly bubble. And we better be awfully careful.’ But with few achievements to speak of for much of 2017, the stock market became his go-to pitch.” (02/06/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146963/trumps-stock-market-trap

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37) 100 years on, they fear “the mob” more than ever
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Today is the hundredth anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which granted working-class men and women over 30 the vote. As many observers have pointed out, much has changed since that great if partial leap forward for democratic rights in Britain. As of last year, 32 per cent of British MPs are women. We’ve had two female prime ministers. The idea that everyone over the age of 18 should have a say in choosing the government, regardless of sex, class or ownership of property, is now taken for granted. And yet for all these positive steps forward, one important thing has stayed the same. There is one striking similarity between today and 1918. Which is this: the political elite fears the voice and voting power of ordinary men and women as much today as it did back then. It still views the people, whatever their sex, as a mob in waiting, a visceral threat to the wise political guidance that the better sections of society might provide the nation with.” (02/06/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/100-years-on-they-fear-the-mob-more-than-ever-1918-suffragettes-democracy-b/

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38) Four freedoms that affect your right to vote (and one that doesn’t)
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“This week marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK. Just before the centenary, the Foundation for the Advancement of Liberty evaluated each nation’s electoral system in its first-ever World Electoral Freedom Index. It found that four separate freedoms correlate with a nation having free and honest elections. The report analyzed 50 components of electoral laws, broken down into four categories: a nation’s political development, freedom to vote, ability to run for office, and the extent voters could hold elected officials accountable. Its findings are as follows …” (02/05/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/02/05/4-freedoms-affect-your-right-vote-and-1-doesnt

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39) The Democrats’ false choice
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“Should Democrats go all out to energize a ‘rising electorate’ of women, blacks, Latinos, Asians, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and on-the-march young voters? Or should the Democrats go all out to rebuild their shattered reputation as the Party of Roosevelt that cares about the white working class? A great deal has been written by advocates of both views, and many of these articles and speeches have talked right past each other. For instance, advocates of the new rainbow, majority-minority coalition argue that white working-class voters are privileged relative to people of color, and that progressives can win without them, without compromising on race, gender, immigration, and inclusion to pander to a coddled white working class. Conversely, champions of the white-working-class emphasis point out that the white working class may be a declining share of the electorate but that it is distributed geographically, alas, with great efficiency.” (02/06/18)

http://prospect.org/article/democrats%E2%80%99-false-choice

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40) Sharia law: It’s not what you think it is
Source: OpEdNews
by John Kiriakou

“Former congressman, senator, and Kansas governor Sam Brownback, an evangelical Christian and extreme conservative, was confirmed by the Senate last week as the State Department’s Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom. The vote was 49-49, with Vice President Pence, himself a conservative evangelical Christian, breaking the tie. Right-wing Christian leaders praised the nomination and confirmation, saying that Brownback would work hard to protect Christian minorities in the Middle East and South Asia. LGBTQ proponents pointed to Brownback’s long history of opposition to gay rights as an example of hypocrisy and said that he would do nothing more than export the Trump administration’s hate agenda. I think they’re right. And I’ll go one further. Brownback will do nothing to protect the rights of Shia Muslims in majority Sunni countries and vice versa. I believe that Brownback hates and fears Muslims. Look what he did in his own state of Kansas.” (02/06/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Sharia-Law-It-s-Not-What-by-John-Kiriakou-Evangelical_Hate-Racism-Bigotry_Inconsistent_Muslims-180206-378.html

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41) Donald Trump as Mr. Magoo
Source: CounterPunch
by Dean Baker

“When I was growing up, there was a cartoon character named ‘Mr. Magoo.’ Mr. Magoo was a sweet old man who was distinguished by the fact that he was almost blind. This led him into all sorts of absurd situations, like having conversations with couches or driving off open drawbridges. He was always saved from disaster by unlikely coincidences, like a ship passing directly under the open drawbridge which allowed his moving car to be safely deposited on the opposite shore without Mr. Magoo ever noticing the problem. Donald Trump can be thought of as a less benevolent version of Mr. Magoo. For all his offensive comments and mean-spirited policies, it’s obvious that much of the time he really has no clue about what is going on. It is difficult to explain many of his actions any other way.” (02/06/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/06/donald-trump-as-mr-magoo/

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42) Who will help Trump climb down from his wall?
Source: Fox News Forum
by Juan Williams

“Is there any way to help President Trump climb down from his pledge to build a ‘great, beautiful’ wall on the Mexican border? Last week, Trump remained high on his pledge during his State of the Union speech. The fabled promise to build the wall is now blocking the president from making an immigration deal with Democrats — a deal that is needed in order to prevent a government shutdown on Friday. Any agreement to keep the government open depends on allowing the president to save face as he falls away from the wall. There are two big questions at play: Firstly, how much money do the Democrats have to give the president in the name of border security to get him to climb down? Secondly, will right-wing talk radio allow him to make an immigration deal with the Democrats if he shifts to talking about a ‘virtual’ wall?” [editor’s note: Mr. Williams might benefit from reading a little Scott Adams on this topic. Just sayin’ … – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Only if you consider intentionally lowering one’s own IQ a “benefit” – TLK] (02/06/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/06/juan-williams-who-will-help-trump-climb-down-from-his-wall.html

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43) Jonathan Chait’s cockeyed Trump-libertarian fantasy
Source: The American Conservative
by Jack Hunter

“When the New York Times'[s] Robert Draper asked in 2014, ‘Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?’ a significant part of his story was spent exploring whether a number of developments — Millennial attitudes in favor of gay marriage and marijuana legalization, renewed attention to issues like privacy rights and criminal justice reform, public fatigue with partisanship and war — had perhaps culminated in a political climate that could improve Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential chances. Of course, that didn’t happen …. ‘RIP, Libertarian Moment 2014-2014,’ one liberal taunted on the same day Paul left the presidential race. But this week, that same writer, New York’s Jonathan Chait, decided that the libertarian phenomenon in fact isn’t dead anymore, but instead that ‘Donald Trump’s Presidency is the Libertarian Moment.’ What?” (02/06/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/jonathan-chaits-cockeyed-trump-libertarian-fantasy-rand-paul/

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44) From sewer socialism to server socialism: Appalachia’s internet revolution
Source: In These Times
by Chris Brooks

“Life in the small unincorporated community of McDonald, TN, which sits among the rolling rivers and smoky mountain ridges of Appalachia, was supposed to be paradise for Trina Pyke and her family. Pyke, a 60-year-old grandmother who moved to the United States from Venezuela at age 9, lives in a picturesque threestory log cabin built by her husband. ‘I wouldn’t live anywhere else,’ says Pyke. ‘This is Eden.’ But life in Eden is a digital hell. Because no one has invested in laying fiber optic cables through the mountains, Pyke, like many rural Americans, must rely on relatively slow satellite internet with data caps. This made returning to school a nightmare for Pyke, who just graduated with her master’s degree in nursing education. When her family met their monthly data limit of 15 gigabytes, download and upload times plummeted.” (02/06/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20821/public-broadband-Appalachia-Chattanooga-socialism

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45) The Nunes memo harms intelligence oversight
Source: The Atlantic
by Julian Sanchez

“The infamous #memo has finally been #released — and landed with a flop and a fizzle. Far from the ‘worse than Watergate’ scandal we were promised, the overwhelming consensus of informed commentators has been that the document prepared by staff for Representative Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, not only failed to unearth any real impropriety in the investigation of former Trump adviser Carter Page, but may have accidentally bolstered its legitimacy. … by crying wolf about intelligence abuses with no serious evidence, Nunes and his enablers have made it far easier for America’s spy agencies to dismiss any future allegations, however meritorious, as yet another self-serving partisan distraction: at best, baseless conspiracy theorizing; at worst, an effort to obstruct legitimate investigations.” [editor’s note: Disappointing to see Sanchez, who works for the Cato Institute, flacking for the Deep State here – TLK] (02/06/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/nunes-memo-impact/552368/

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46) BMG v. Cox: ISPs can make their own repeat infringer policies, but the 4th Circuit wants a higher “body county”
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Mitch Stoltz

“Last week’s BMG v. Cox decision has gotten a lot of attention for its confusing take on secondary infringement liability, but commentators have been too quick to dismiss the implications for the DMCA safe harbor. Internet service providers are still not copyright police, but the decision will inevitably encourage ISPs to act on dubious infringement complaints, and even to kick more people off of the Internet based on unverified accusations. This long-running case involves a scheme by copyright troll Rightscorp to turn a profit for shareholders by demanding money from users whose computer IP addresses were associated with copyright infringement. Turning away from the tactic of filing lawsuits against individual ISP subscribers, Rightscorp began sending infringement notices to ISPs, coupled with demands for payment, and insisting that ISPs forward those notices to their customers. … Cox, a midsize cable operator and ISP, pushed back and was punished for it.” (02/05/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/bmg-v-cox-isps-can-make-their-own-repeat-infringer-policies-fourth-circuit-wants

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47) The Constitution responds to the State of the Union
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis and Jim Babka

“It’s wonderful that the economy is growing. Yet it’s hard to tell when politicians help or hurt that process. So let’s focus on some details … The tax cuts are good. But their impact will be blunted as you borrow more money to fund all the bloated spending you proposed in this speech. This spending competes with the market sector for resources. Stop it. Cut spending. Balance the budget!” (02/05/18)

https://downsizedc.org/constitution-state-union-address/

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48) Defiance?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Criticizing the government — including law enforcement agencies — has always been as American as apple pie. The [Washington] Post supports an ever-increasing role for the federal government, favoring Democrats. But now, Trump Derangement Syndrome has apparently pushed the company-town paper over the edge … to Media Madness (the title of Howard Kurtz’s new book, which the paper sophomorically savaged). How ridiculous to characterize Republicans as enemies of ‘federal law enforcement’ because they believe some within the FBI acted improperly, perhaps unlawfully.” (02/06/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/02/06/defiance/

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49) US immigration controls and Hitler’s Holocaust
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Whenever people advocate immigration controls, not surprisingly they never bring up the role that U.S. immigration controls played in Hitler’s killing of millions of German Jews. What American schoolchildren are rarely taught about the Holocaust is that long before World War II, when the Nazi death camps were established, Hitler was ready and willing to let every Jew in Germany leave the country. The problem? No nation, including the United States, was willing to let them in. Under a system of immigration controls, if people flee their country to save their lives or the lives of his spouse and children from murder, rape, or starvation, the government of the country to which they flee can arrest them and forcibly return them to the country where they are going to killed, raped, or die from starvation. Thus, at the risk of belaboring the obvious, the ability to leave a country is meaningless if every other country bars entry and forcibly repatriates people to the country they left.” (02/06/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/02/06/u-s-immigration-controls-hitlers-holocaust/

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50) A lawsuit to make rulemakers follow the rules
Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro

“Last week, the indispensable Pacific Legal Foundation added the Food and Drug Administration to the long list of alphabet-soup federal agencies it has taken on in court. In three separate lawsuits filed in three districts, PLF is challenging the ‘Deeming Rule,’ a 2016 regulation issued under the Obama FDA that made vaping devices subject to the Tobacco Control Act. … The Deeming Rule, to begin with, is terrible policy. It takes an industry that is saving lives by helping people to quit smoking and imposes heavy-handed regulations designed for the much different cigarette industry. … But the problem spotted by PLF is much more fundamental, and the precedent the organization could set with this case goes beyond vaping and to the heart of separation of powers. It turns out that the FDA has for many years been delegating its rulemaking authority to its ‘associate commissioner for policy,’ a career civil-service position two rungs below FDA Commissioner in the bureaucratic depth chart.” (02/05/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/lawsuit-make-rulemakers-follow-rules

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51) Tenther Tuesday, episode 25
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“Today is the 383rd day that the GOP has failed to repeal Obamacare. Meanwhile, the stock market took a nosedive yesterday and the much-anticipated FISA memo dominated the news cycle. In this episode of Tenther Tuesday, Michael Boldin and Michael Maharrey talk about how the Federal Reserve is behind the recent stock market temper-tantrum. They go on to explain how states are continuing to take action that gives us an opportunity to avoid some of the impacts and even undermine the Fed’s monopoly on money. They also talk about the real news the FISA memo revealed and report on some recent progress in state efforts to take on the surveillance state.” [Flash video] (02/06/18)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/02/tenther-tuesday-episode-25-the-crashing-economy-and-mass-surveillance/

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52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1088
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Per Bylund, a professor of entrepreneurship, suggests a new way of thinking about inequality, its causes (and its mitigation), and whether we should even care about it. Fun!” [various formats] (02/06/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1088-how-to-think-about-inequality-and-why-we-shouldnt-fear-it/

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53) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/06/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Killing insurgents on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan seems to end up giving us more of them. Erik Goepner comments on how that math does and doesn’t add up.” [various formats] (02/06/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/bad-math-counterinsurgency

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54) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 42
Source: Libertarianism.org

“William Leggett’s antislavery didn’t just happen spontaneous. His editorial career was spent teasing out the finer points of libertarian theory.” [various formats] (02/06/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/leggett-parttwo

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55) The Libertarian Angle, 02/06/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“What is the difference between a democratic system and a capitalist system? FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling hash it out.” [various formats] (02/06/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-democracy-capitalism-video/

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56) Mises UK Podcast, episode 16
Source: Mises UK

“Andy Duncan speaks with Austrian Economist, Swithun Dobson, about the ‘Great British Economy.’ They discuss the potential bubble in the British housing market, quantitative easing, British state deficits, the magic money tree of the Bank of England, the immediate future of the Conservative Party’s leadership, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and the economic potential of Brexit.” [various formats] (02/06/18)

https://misesuk.org/2018/02/06/the-great-british-economy-with-swithun-dobson/

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57) The Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 201
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“The crypto wars return to The Cyberlaw Podcast in episode 201, as I [Stewart Baker] interview Susan Landau about her new book on the subject, Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age. Susan and I have been debating each other for decades now, and this interview is no exception. In the news roundup, Brian Egan and Nick Weaver join me for the inevitable mastication of the Nunes memo.” [various formats] (02/05/18)

http://reason.com/volokh/2018/02/05/201-crypto-wars-2

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58) Free Talk Live, 02/05/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Super Bowl Riots :: Car Flipping :: Running Down Rioters :: Shippers Making Truckers Wait :: Immigrants and Crime :: Intentions Behind Census :: Flu Shot Vaccine :: Bitcoin Price :: Mr Know-it-All Calls In :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/05/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-02-05

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59) Unregistered, episode 43
Source: Unregistered with Thaddeus Russell

“Dave Smith is a stand-up comedian, CNN and HLN contributor, host of the podcast Part of the Problem, and co-host of the Legion of Skanks podcast. He can be seen regularly on CNN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/06/18)

http://unregistered.blubrry.net/episode43/

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60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1087
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Is the Nunes memo, which speaks of the politicization of the FBI in the service of opposing the election of Donald Trump, really a ‘nothingburger,’ or is there something there? Ray McGovern, no Trump partisan, has been blacklisted by much of the progressive media (which once loved him) because he won’t go alone with the Russiagate story, and he sharply dissents about the significance of the memo as well.” [various formats] (02/05/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1087-the-truth-about-the-fisa-memo-with-ex-cia-analyst-ray-mcgovern/

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