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Monday, February 12th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Raila Odinga slams foreign envoys “for meddling in Kenya politics”
2) Dog bites man: Trump tells Democrats “memo for me but not for thee”
3) Trump regime wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially run venture, NASA document shows
4) Uber settles with Waymo/Google for $245 million in stock
5) Trump regime to propose $1.5 trillion “infrastructure” boondoggle
6) NY: Schneiderman sues Weinstein Co. as sales talks stall
7) Harvard names veteran academic administrator as new president
8) New malleable “electronic skin” self-healable, recyclable
9) Nunes launches his own site to counter “fake news”
10) Russia: Plane crashes shortly after takeoff in Moscow, killing all 71 on board
11) NYC: Idiot pols seek to make Tide Pods look less tasty
12) OxyContin maker says it will stop promoting drug to doctors amid frivolous lawsuits, political “opioid epidemic” hysterics
13) Equifax says more private data was stolen in 2017 breach than first revealed
14) Top US government railroad bureaucrat resigns after moonlighting reports surface
15) Egypt: Regime forces hit Sinai targets, killing 16 and arresting dozens
16) Kashmir: Indian army confirms nine fatalities in attack on camp
17) Oxfam condemns staff over sex reports in earthquake-hit Haiti
18) Syria: Israeli forces carry out “large-scale attack” after losing jet
19) FBI might keep more secrets from Congress after Nunes memo release
20) Study: Elderly patients could benefit significantly from using medical cannabis

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The Applied Theory of Bossing People Around
22) A better way to look at most every political issue
23) How fake economics perpetuates itself
24) What Henry George could teach today’s protectionists
25) Guilt by musical association
26) What Trump gets wrong about Mexico
27) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 5, part 2
28) Constitution 101: The judiciary and judicial review
29) Winter Olympics: Forging peace or false dawn?
30) Anti-democratic populism caused the Dreamer impasse
31) The best work/family arrangements come from families, not governments
32) Quantum Vibe, 02/09/18
33) One reason why economics is challenging
34) The unacceptable cost of “taming” Trump
35) Electronic money will only save central banks from subjugation if it is anonymous
36) Sex neutral
37) Why “Russian meddling” is a Trojan horse
38) Sex work hysteria is squashing the Mardi Gras spirit
39) The Senate budget deal: Bipartisanship at its worst
40) The delusions of Oxfam
41) The winds of regulation
42) Military parade is a dumb idea
43) The crash
44) It’s time to ban stock buybacks
45) Gustave de Molinari and the anti-statist liberal tradition, part 2
46) Raining on the parade
47) The Grassley letter everyone is ignoring is way more important than the Nunes memo
48) The case for freedom does not rest on the assumption of perfection
49) The scope of the Second Amendment
50) The case for nationalizing Elon Musk
51) No voting rights for felons: Unfair, anti-democratic, and, yes, “nonsensical”
52) If you can keep your head
53) Elections and fraud and meddling
54) Why the Korea crisis matters
55) Battle of Gettysburg lessons for Trump’s GOP: Quit mud wrestling and stand your ground

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Unregistered Podcast, episode 44
57) AnarchoChristian, episode 3
58) Free Talk Live, 02/10/18
59) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/10/18
60) Felony Friday, episode 110
61) In The Tank Podcast, episode 126
62) spiked podcast, 02/09/18
63) Reason Podcast, 02/09/18
64) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 226
65) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 153
66) Anarcho Agenda, episode 56
67) FIREside Chats, episode 8
68) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 147
69) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1091
70) Jeff Kanter on the Dr. Alveda King and Emmanuel Boose Show

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

1) Raila Odinga slams foreign envoys “for meddling in Kenya politics”
Source: Capital FM [Kenya]

“National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has castigated the United States and other Western nations over their remarks on the country’s political situation. He told them to stop meddling in country’s affairs and respect Kenya’s sovereignty. ‘We are telling these diplomats that they must stop being hypocritical. They have no regard for democracy in our country; they are only interested in pursuing business avenues that will exploit our people but benefit their respective countries and economies.’ ‘No Kenyan has ever told America who their President is, neither have we ever told the UK or Germany who its Prime Minister is. Why should they tell Kenyans who their President is? Kenyans know who their President is,’ the Opposition chief said. … The Opposition leader’s comment comes a day after diplomats from 11 countries piled pressure on him urging him to recognise Uhuru Kenyatta as the legitimate President of Kenya as a pre-condition for dialogue to end the political unease in the country.” (02/11/18)

https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2018/02/raila-slams-foreign-envoys-meddling-kenya-politics/

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2) Dog bites man: Trump tells Democrats “memo for me but not for thee”
Source: US News & World Report

“A classified memo by congressional Democrats related to investigations of Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is ‘very political and long’ and must be ‘heavily redacted’ before it could be released, President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Saturday. The release of the memo was blocked by Trump on Friday, kicking off a new skirmish between Democrats and the White House. Written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, is was intended to rebut a Republican document made public last week with Trump’s consent.” [editor’s note: One or more Democrats should simply release the memo without anyone’s permission. Problem solved – TLK] (02/10/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2018-02-10/trump-says-democratic-memo-on-russia-is-very-political-needs-redactions

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3) Trump regime wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially run venture, NASA document shows
Source: Washington Post

“The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a kind of orbiting real estate venture run not by the government, but by private industry. The White House plans to stop funding the station after 2024, ending direct federal support of the orbiting laboratory. But it does not intend to abandon the orbiting laboratory altogether and is working on a transition plan that could turn the station over to the private sector, according to an internal NASA document obtained by The Washington Post. … The internal NASA document has scant details over how the privatization of the station would work. As it prepares a transition plan, the White House said it ‘will request market analysis and business plans from the commercial sector and solicit plans from commercial industry.’” (02/11/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/02/11/the-trump-administration-wants-to-turn-the-international-space-station-into-a-commercially-run-venture/

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4) Uber settles with Waymo/Google for $245 million in stock
Source: CleanTechnica

“The lawsuit that Waymo/Google/Alphabet filed against Uber last year — alleging the theft of trade secrets relating to the company’s LiDAR tech for use in self-driving vehicles — has now ended, following a settlement. Uber execs have reportedly agreed to pay Waymo $245 million (via shares of its stock) in order to bring the lawsuit to a close — with the announcement coming just before the fifth day of testimony was set to begin on Friday in San Francisco.” (02/10/18)

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/02/10/uber-settles-waymo-google-245-million-stock/

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5) Trump regime to propose $1.5 trillion “infrastructure” boondoggle
Source: The Hill

“The White House on Monday will propose its long-awaited $1.5 trillion infrastructure package aimed at overhauling U.S. public works. The plan is structured around four goals: to generate $1.5 trillion for an infrastructure proposal, streamline the permitting process down to two years, invest in rural infrastructure projects and advance workforce training. … The Trump administration confirmed a $200 billion direct federal investment for the package, which will be included in the White House’s Monday spending blueprint for fiscal 2019. Half of the federal seed money would go toward an incentive program to match financing from state and local governments, while a quarter of the appropriations would be used for rural projects in the form of block grants to states so governors may decide where to invest.” (02/11/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/373357-white-house-to-propose-15-trillion-infrastructure-proposal

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6) NY: Schneiderman sues Weinstein Co. as sales talks stall
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

“The sale of the embattled Weinstein Co. to an investor group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, which was expected to wrap up Sunday, has stalled, as New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office filed a lawsuit against TWC and founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein alleging the company violated the state’s civil rights, human rights and business laws. … The lawsuit does not try to block the sale. However, once the sale contract is signed, the AG’s office would have 30 days to file a temporary restraining order in an attempt to block the transfer. In a statement regarding the suit, Schneiderman said, ‘Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched.’” [editor’s translation: Now that a bunch of women have done his job for him, Schneiderman wants to run to the head of the parade – TLK] (02/11/18)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/weinstein-sale-talks-stall-as-new-york-attorney-general-prepares-file-suit-1083678

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7) Harvard names veteran academic administrator as new president
Source: US News & World Report

“Harvard University on Sunday announced that Lawrence Bacow from its Kennedy School of Government would be its 29th president starting on July 1, calling him one of the most experienced and respected leaders in U.S. higher education. Bacow, 66, previously served as president of Tufts University for a decade. He replaces Drew Faust, the first woman to hold Harvard’s top job. … Bacow, who was born in Michigan the son of immigrant parents, attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds three degrees from Harvard. He spent 24 years on the MIT faculty before being named president of Tufts.” (02/11/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2018-02-11/harvard-names-veteran-academic-administrator-as-new-president

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8) New malleable “electronic skin” self-healable, recyclable
Source: Science Daily

“University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed a new type of malleable, self-healing and fully recyclable ‘electronic skin’ that has applications ranging from robotics and prosthetic development to better biomedical devices. Electronic skin, known as e-skin, is a thin, translucent material that can mimic the function and mechanical properties of human skin. A number of different types and sizes of wearable e-skins are now being developed in labs around the world as researchers recognize their value in diverse medical, scientific and engineering fields.” (02/09/18)

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180209170717.htm

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9) Nunes launches his own site to counter “fake news”
Source: New York Post

“GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, a frequent critic of the media and a diehard supporter of President Trump, created his own news site to promote pet issues and take shots at his detractors. The lawmaker’s online publication, found on Facebook as ‘The California Republican’ and bankrolled by his campaign committee, promises ‘the best of US, California, and Central Valley news, sports and analysis’ …. Nunes, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, wrote a memo with other Republican members of the panel that alleges the FBI abused surveillance rules to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. It was released earlier this month.” (02/11/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/02/11/nunes-launches-his-own-site-to-counter-fake-news/

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10) Russia: Plane crashes shortly after takeoff in Moscow, killing all 71 on board
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A Russian passenger jet crashed shortly after taking off from one of Moscow’s major airports Sunday, killing all 71 people aboard. The plane, an Antonov 148 passenger airliner operated by Saratov Airlines, was carrying 65 passengers and six crew members when it left Moscow’s Domodedovo airport for Orsk, a city about 1,000 miles southeast of the capital near the Kazakhstan border.” (02/11/18)

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-airliner-20180211-story.html

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11) NYC: Idiot pols seek to make Tide Pods look less tasty
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer [Philippines]

“The alarming number of children accidentally ingesting tide pods and of teenagers posting videos of themselves biting into the tiny packets for the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ have prompted New York City lawmakers to propose a bill that seeks to make the product look less tasty. Sponsored by State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, the proposed legislation would require companies to use a ‘uniform color that is not attractive to children’ and an opaque wrapper that is ‘not easily permeated by a child’s bite,’ the New York Post reported.” (02/10/18)

https://pop.inquirer.net/2018/02/nyc-lawmakers-seek-make-tide-pods-look-less-tasty/

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12) OxyContin maker says it will stop promoting drug to doctors amid frivolous lawsuits, political “opioid epidemic” hysterics
Source: CBS News

“The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic. Purdue’s statement said it eliminated more than half its sales staff this week and will no longer send sales representatives to doctors’ offices to discuss opioid drugs.” (02/11/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/purdue-oxycontin-maker-to-stop-promoting-drug-to-doctors-amid-opioid-epidemic/

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13) Equifax says more private data was stolen in 2017 breach than first revealed
Source: ZDNet

“Hackers stole more data from Equifax in a breach last year than initially thought. In September, the Atlanta, GA-based credit giant revealed a huge data breach, including names, social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses, and in some cases driver’s license numbers. It was later confirmed over 145 million were affected, primarily Americans, but also some Canadians and British citizens. The hack became the largest single data breach reported in 2017. But documents seen by members of the Senate Banking Committee suggest the types of data stolen were wider than the company first reported.” (02/10/18)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/hackers-stole-more-equifax-data-than-first-thought/

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14) Top US government railroad bureaucrat resigns after moonlighting reports surface
Source: United Press International

“Heath Hall left his position with the Federal Railroad Administration after reports surface that he also was working as a public-relations consultant for the Madison County, Miss., sheriff’s office. Hall, appointed to the FRA in June, had pledged on a federal ethics form that his firm wouldn’t be active while he worked at the department, yet the firm continued to collect payments from Madison County between July and December. Hall became the FRA’s acting chief after being appointed deputy administrator in June, overseeing a $1.7 billion budget and 760 railroads. Last summer, he was seen twice in local media reports as a Madison County, Miss., sheriff’s department spokesman. Last month, Hall took an extended leave of absence for a family emergency, but DOT officials said his departure is now permanent.” (02/10/18)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/02/10/Top-US-railroad-official-resigns-after-moonlighting-reports-surface/1051518310334/

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15) Egypt: Regime forces hit Sinai targets, killing 16 and arresting dozens
Source: Washington Post

“Egypt’s military has destroyed dozens of targets, killed 16 militants and detained over 30 suspects as part of its latest operation against Islamic militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, the army said on Sunday. Army spokesman Col. Tamer el-Rifai said that airstrikes hit vehicles, weapons caches, communications centers and illegal opium fields in the sweep, which began on Friday and comes as a response to a pickup in extremist violence in Egypt.” (02/11/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-reports-successes-in-sinai-operation-against-militants/2018/02/11/72a4845a-0f02-11e8-998c-96deb18cca19_story.html

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16) Kashmir: Indian army confirms nine fatalities in attack on camp
Source: The Statesman [India]

“A view of an ambulance parked outside Sunjuwan Military Station after a group of four-to-five heavily armed militants stormed an army camp; in Jammu on Feb 10, 2018. A JCO was critically injured and his daughter also suffered injuries when the militants entered the Sunjuwan Military Station around 4.45 a.m. hurling grenades and heavy volume of automatic gunfire early on Saturday. A Defence Ministry spokesman on Sunday confirmed that nine people were killed in the ongoing anti-terror [sic] operation in an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking to media persons here, Colonel Devendra Anand said three terrorists [sic] have been killed in the operation that has been going on since Saturday inside the Sunjuwan army station in Jammu city.” (02/11/18)

https://www.thestatesman.com/india/army-confirms-9-fatalities-in-sunjuwan-camp-attack-in-jammu-1502583720.html

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17) Oxfam condemns staff over sex reports in earthquake-hit Haiti
Source: Reuters

“Oxfam, one of Britain’s biggest charities, on Friday condemned the behaviour of some former staff in Haiti after a newspaper report said aid workers had paid for sex while on a mission to help those affected by the devastating 2010 earthquake. ‘The behaviour of some members of Oxfam staff uncovered in Haiti in 2011 was totally unacceptable, contrary to our values and the high standards we expect of our staff,’ Oxfam said in a statement. ‘As soon as we became aware of the allegations we immediately launched an internal investigation,’ Oxfam said when asked to comment on a report in The Times newspaper that aid workers had paid prostitutes for sex.” [editor’s note: Next, Oxfam gets to condemn aid workers who are found to have paid bakers for bread or service stations for gasoline … – TLK] (02/09/18)

https://in.reuters.com/article/britain-oxfam-haiti/oxfam-condemns-staff-over-sex-reports-in-earthquake-hit-haiti-idINKBN1FT2LF

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18) Syria: Israeli forces carry out “large-scale attack” after losing jet
Source: The Age [Australia]

“Israel carried out extensive airstrikes inside Syria on Saturday, targeting what the Israeli military said were air defence batteries and army bases as well as Iranian positions, in a day of dramatic cross-border confrontations as the threat of a wider regional conflict looms. The Israeli military said it launched the ‘large scale attack’ after one of its F-16 fighter jets crashed under Syrian antiaircraft fire. Eight Israeli jets had been responding to an incursion by an Iranian drone launched from Syrian territory by bombing a Syrian air base, Israel said. Seeking to contain Iran and its proxies, Israel has regularly carried out airstrikes inside Syria, though not on this scale. If a direct hit on the Israeli aircraft is confirmed, it would be the first time an Israeli jet has been brought down by enemy fire since 1982.” (02/10/18)

https://www.theage.com.au/world/middle-east/israel-carries-out-large-scale-attack-in-syria-after-israeli-jet-crashes-under-anti-aircraft-fire-20180210-p4yzwy.html

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19) FBI might keep more secrets from Congress after Nunes memo release
Source: USA Today

“The House Intelligence Committee’s dueling partisan memos about FBI surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser will result in federal agents keeping secrets to themselves because they no longer trust Congress, experts warn. ‘It’s already having an impact,’ said Mike Rogers, a retired Michigan Republican congressman and ex-FBI agent who chaired the committee from 2011-2014. ‘The intelligence community isn’t going to lie to the committees. But they’ll go into the 100-question mode: if a committee only asks three questions, they’ll leave the other 97 on the table. They’re not going to volunteer information any more.’ Andy Arena, former FBI agent in charge of the Detroit field office, calls it giving the ‘Reader’s Digest version’ of a classified briefing to Congress.” [editor’s note: All the more reason to de-fund and disband the “intelligence community” – TLK] (02/10/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/10/partisan-sniping-intel-panels-could-mean-experts-intel-officials-may-share-less-info-congress-wake-n/315604002

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20) Study: Elderly patients could benefit significantly from using medical cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“Adults over the age of 65 could experience a number of health benefits by using cannabis, according to new research. In new clinical data published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, researchers from Hebrew University and the Ben Gurion University of Negrev in Israel found that ‘therapeutic use of cannabis is safe and efficacious in the elderly population.’ The Israeli team of researchers studied 2,736 patients over the age of 65 that began to use cannabis as treatment for any sort of health problems, and found that a great majority found remarkable benefits.” (02/09/18)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/02/09/elderly-patients-could-benefit-significantly-from-using-medical-marijuana-study-finds

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

21) The Applied Theory of Bossing People Around
Source: Reason
by Deirdre Nansen McCloskey

“Richard Thaler won the 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. It’s not an original Nobel prize, as recipients in the other fields will be glad to inform you. Alfred Nobel detested economics. Nonetheless, since 1969, some 79 prizes have been given by the Swedish National Bank to economists, and one to a psychologist in economists’ clothing. Thaler is distinguished but not brilliant, which is par for the course. He works on ‘behavioral finance,’ the study of mistakes people make when they talk to their stock broker. … Once Thaler has established that you are in myriad ways irrational it’s much easier to argue, as he has, vigorously — in his academic research, in popular books, and now in a column for The New York Times — that you are too stupid to be treated as a free adult. You need, in the coinage of Thaler’s book, co-authored with the law professor and Obama adviser Cass Sunstein, to be ‘nudged.’ Thaler and Sunstein call it ‘paternalistic libertarianism.’” (for publication 03/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/02/11/the-applied-theory-of-bossing

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22) A better way to look at most every political issue
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Most political stances can be understood in terms of an equilibrium. For instance, some people might believe that access to abortion in a conservative state is too restricted under the status quo, and favor relaxing the rules regulating abortion clinics. That is, they might favor shifting the equilibrium in a ‘pro-choice’ direction. But ask those same voters, ‘Should there be any limits on legal abortion?’ and they might declare that the procedure should be banned in the last trimester of pregnancy unless the mother’s health is threatened. Insofar as the abortion debate is framed around the equilibrium, they will align with the pro-choice movement; but insofar as it is framed around limits, they will align with the pro-life movement. On abortion and scores of other political issues, there are people who tend to focus on equilibriums, other people who tend to focus on limits, and still others who vary in their focus.” (02/11/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/a-better-way-to-look-at-most-every-political-issue/552752/

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23) How fake economics perpetuates itself
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Journalists have to say something about the stock market correction. I get that. But it would be helpful if they didn’t drag old, discredited theories out from the trash bin of history in the process. The news has been packed with fake economics for the weeks since the correction in stocks began. Story after story has claimed that rising wages could translate into higher inflation, setting off fear and trembling on Wall Street. These claims have caused anyone with contemporary economics knowledge to slap their heads with exasperation. This is precisely how fallacy lives on and on: it keeps being reported by journalists who don’t know better.” (02/10/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/how-fake-economics-perpetuates-itself

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24) What Henry George could teach today’s protectionists
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary M Galles

“Americans have heard a great deal of protectionist rhetoric from Donald Trump. Now, with tariffs on Chinese solar panels and Korean washing machines making it clearer how such acts will compare with his words, we are about to see how the consequences compare with the hype. That is reason for trepidation, as economists’ centuries-old understanding of gains from voluntary arrangements is sharply at odds with the President’s views. To see this in a way that avoids some of the complexities in which economics is often presented, it might be beneficial to go back to older explanations, that lack some of our modern barriers to understanding. A good person to turn to is Henry George, considered by some the most important economist of 19th century America.” (02/11/18)

https://fee.org/articles/what-henry-george-could-teach-todays-protectionists/

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25) Guilt by musical association
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“Should the feds be permitted to treat anyone who is not a choirboy like a criminal suspect? Unfortunately, local, state, and federal agencies have a long history of targeting, harassing, and entrapping fans of untraditional music. Because so many innocuous activities have become criminalized in recent decades, it has never been easier for the feds to tar any group they please. Precedents established against devotees of unruly music could be used in the future against peaceful libertarians.” (02/09/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/guilt-musical-association/

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26) What Trump gets wrong about Mexico
Source: Reuters
by Andres Martinez

“Mexico has long been a good neighbor to the United States, and in more recent years a good ally — which is why it’s more than a little absurd that a false narrative about our relationship with Mexico contributed to shutting down the federal government last month, and threatened to do so again this week. The two crucial unresolved issues in the partisan brinksmanship of the moment (quarrels over whether to provide permanent relief to the ‘Dreamer’ young immigrants covered by DACA, and whether to fund the building of a border wall) reflect an underlying anxiety about trends in Mexico and along the border. So too, for that matter, does the ongoing renegotiation of the NAFTA trade agreement. President Donald Trump is not known for the constancy or coherence of his positions, but sadly, when it comes to Mexico, he has been remarkably clear and consistent in the story he tells about our almost 2,000-mile southern border — and our neighbor on the other side of it.” (02/09/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-martinez-mexico-commentary/commentary-what-trump-gets-wrong-about-mexico-idUSKBN1FS2G4

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27) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 5, part 2
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Crypto advocates differ dramatically on the impact of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). They are a valuable dynamic that financed Ethereum’s smart contract; they are a blank cheque for scammers; they give government a wedge with which to separate cryptocurrency from freedom. The damnable thing is that all the assessments may be correct. What does this have to do with privacy? In my opinion, current ICOs are regulation bait. The bad behavior of some ICOs and the recent hacks of others provide the perfect justification for governments to clamp down, not only on ICOs but, perhaps, on all cryptocurrency.” (02/10/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-satoshi-revolution-chapter-5-icos-peril-or-menace-or-expression-of-satoshi-spirit-part-2/

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28) Constitution 101: The judiciary and judicial review
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The federal judiciary has arguably become the most powerful branch of the general government. Opinions issued by nine politically connected lawyers have redefined marriage throughout the entire United States, authorized the internment of American citizens and dictated what kinds of decorations cities can display in their parks. Federal courts were never intended to wield this kind of power and control.” (02/09/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/02/09/constitution-101-the-judiciary-and-judicial-review/

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29) Winter Olympics: Forging peace or false dawn?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Christa Case Bryant & Michael Holtz

“If US threats of ‘fire and fury’ do not stop them, try Olympic ice skates. That seems to be the thinking behind South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s eagerness to welcome North Korea to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics — and share the global stage that Seoul has been seeking for more than 15 years. But he is taking a big gamble. Mr. Moon has dubbed the Games that open today the ‘Peace Olympics,’ and expressed hope that they might pave the way for more substantive efforts to end the North’s nuclear program after two years of rising tensions. If they fail to do so, however, the Olympics could mark the end of the road for peaceful diplomacy. When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signaled his willingness last month to send a delegation to the Games, Mr. Moon warmly welcomed the 22 athletes, including skiers, hockey players, and a pairs figure skating couple who skated their Olympic qualifying performance to the Beatles’ ‘A Day in the Life.’” (02/09/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2018/0209/Winter-Olympics-forging-peace-or-false-dawn

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30) Anti-democratic populism caused the Dreamer impasse
Source: Niskanen Center
by Will Wilkinson

“Trump planted a ticking DACA time-bomb in September and announced that Congress had six months to defuse it with a permanent legislative fix. Americans overwhelmingly want a fix. 87 percent think Dreamers should be allowed to stay in the U.S. Among Republicans, two-thirds support a path to citizenship. In an era of extreme partisan polarization, this level of cross-party consensus is exceedingly rare. A straight-up vote on a bipartisan bill limited to the terms for legalizing Dreamers would easily pass both houses of Congress. Moderate Republicans have offered multiple proposals capable of getting to the president’s desk with bipartisan support. So why don’t we have a fix already?” (02/09/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/anti-democratic-populism-caused-dreamer-impasse/

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31) The best work/family arrangements come from families, not governments
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Steven Horwitz

“Parental leave policies, like many government mandates, often fail to produce the good outcomes hoped for or even have negative unintended consequences.” (02/09/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/best-workfamily-arrangements-come-families-not-governments

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32) Quantum Vibe, 02/09/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (02/09/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1756

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33) One reason why economics is challenging
Source: Heartland Institute
by Daniel Sutter

“Nineteenth Century poet Christina Rossetti asked, ‘Who has seen the wind?’ Neither you nor I have, but we know that the wind can blow down trees and buildings. Transaction costs in economics are similarly invisible and probably impact our lives even more than the wind.” (02/10/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/02/one-reason-why-economics-is-challenging/

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34) The unacceptable cost of “taming” Trump
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“President Donald Trump has enjoyed a small bump in the polls since December, hitting a 40 percent in Gallup’s weekly approval rating for the first time since May 2017. But Trump’s improved numbers are still a testament to how polarizing his presidency is, since this slight rise is due to rallying Republicans. As Gallup notes, Trump’s approval among Republicans rose to 90 percent after the State of the Union speech, but Democrats’ approval of Trump ‘remained extremely low at 6% last week, while independents’ 33% approval was unchanged.’ These numbers illustrate one of the most defining features of the current political era: the durability and intensification of Trump’s bond with the Republican Party. Over the course of his first year, Trump and the GOP have become one. Abandoning his many unorthodox stances as a candidate, Trump has adopted the policy agenda of conventional conservative Republicans, and in turn he’s been rewarded with the nearly unwavering support of the Republican base and the congressional GOP.” (02/08/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146990/unacceptable-cost-taming-trump

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35) Electronic money will only save central banks from subjugation if it is anonymous
Source: Cobden Centre
by JP Koning

“‘Do we need an eKrona?’ asks Stefan Ingves, the Governor of the Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank. The Riksbank is probably the central bank that has advanced the furthest in discussions surrounding the introduction of a central bank-issued digital currency (CBDC) — a new form of risk-free digital money for use by the public. Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the ECB, and China are also dissecting the idea, with more central banks to come in 2018. Sweden is approaching the issue from a unique angle, says Ingves. It is the only country in the world showing a consistent decline in cash and coin usage.” (02/09/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/02/from-the-moneyness-blog-electronic-money-will-only-save-central-banks-from-subjugation-if-it-is-anonymous/

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36) Sex neutral
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Many if not most people who oppose laws against private, consensual, sexual behavior describe themselves as ‘sex-positive;’ I am not among them. You may find this surprising, given that I had an essentially-uncountable number of sex partners even before I started making my living from sex more than 20 years ago. But it isn’t necessary to imagine sex as a positive good in order to oppose its violent suppression by ‘authorities,’ nor to oppose those who consider it an evil to be controlled, nor to make a living from it; in fact, I think the naive and idealistic idea of sex as an actual good is just as harmful, and causes nearly as much societal ill, as the primitive and warped notion that it’s an active evil.” (02/09/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/sex-neutral/

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37) Why “Russian meddling” is a Trojan horse
Source: CounterPunch
by Rob Urie

“The decision to blame Russian meddling for Hillary Clinton’s electoral loss was made in the immediate aftermath of the election by her senior campaign staff. Within days the received wisdom amongst Clinton supporters was that the election had been stolen and that Donald Trump was set to enter the White House as a pawn of the Russian political leadership. Left out was the history of U.S.–Russian relations; that the largest voting bloc in the 2016 election was eligible voters who didn’t vote and that domestic business interests substantially control the American electoral process. … More than a year later, no credible evidence has been put forward to establish that any votes were changed due to ‘external’ meddling.” (02/09/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/09/why-russian-meddling-is-a-trojan-horse/

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38) Sex work hysteria is squashing the Mardi Gras spirit
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

“Mardi Gras in New Orleans is known as a time of pure indulgence. Chasing down floats for beads, drinking until you puke, dancing your ass off, and flashing your tits are pretty much expected. So why, at a time when the rest of the community is partying in the streets, are there strippers marching through the French Quarter in protest? Every year, Carnival brings in plenty of business for the tourist industries, with the French Quarter being at the heart of it all. For many businesses in the area, this is their most profitable season of the year. This is true especially for strip clubs which cater to the wild spirit folks have come to expect from Mardi Gras. Drunk tourists flood in from all over the world, throwing money at these hard-working girls who willingly provide them entertainment. This Carnival season, however, many sex workers aren’t celebrating a much-needed boost in income. Rather they are out of work altogether thanks to crackdowns from the state.” (02/11/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/50486

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39) The Senate budget deal: Bipartisanship at its worst
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Nothing brings together the two political parties in Washington like a bill that lets them spend more taxpayer money. Just look at the back slapping going on after the Senate agreed to a budget-busting bill. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell crowed about how the Senate leadership ‘worked hard to find common ground.’ Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer added that ‘I believe we have reached a budget deal that neither side loves but both sides can be proud of. That’s compromise. That’s governing.’ If this budget agreement is what passes for governing in Washington, we’d like to see less of it, not more. Mainly what this bill does is blow up the 2011 spending caps (imposed by Republicans in Congress in exchange for lifting the debt ceiling) that have served as an effective check on lawmakers’ unquenchable desire to spend more money, a desire equally shared on both sides of the aisle.” (02/09/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/senate-budget-agreement-new-spending-deficits

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40) The delusions of Oxfam
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Buried in Oxfam’s latest report about how disastrously unequal the world is we’ve got an assumption which is so breathtakingly foolish as to kill off any belief in the sense or sensibility of the organisation’s mindset. They’re trying to insist that the minimum wage in a place should be very much higher than GDP per capita in that same place. Something which simply cannot be done.” (02/11/18)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-delusions-of-oxfam

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41) The winds of regulation
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Among the many goofy occupational licensing laws in these United States, Arizona’s licensing for professional blow-drying services is up there with the silliest. ‘Under current law, using a blow-dryer on someone else’s hair, for money, requires more than 1,000 hours of training and an expensive state-issued license’ … This came into the news because of a campaign to deregulate the cosmetology industry — just a bit, anyway. Gov. Doug Ducey, in his recent State of the State address, ‘mocked the state agency that licenses stylists, barbers, nail technicians and affiliated professionals in Arizona, and endorsed legislation to remove training requirements for those who simply wash, brush and blow-dry customers’ hair.’ Licensed cosmetologists — well, at least some organized ones — have gone into a tizzy.” (02/09/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/02/09/the-winds-of-regulation/

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42) Military parade is a dumb idea
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“I support much of President Trump’s agenda. I’m grateful for his service and personal sacrifice to the nation. But I must confess that his desire for a military parade is a dumb idea. He watched a big flashy military a parade in France last July during a Bastille Day celebration in Paris. After he returned home, Mr. Trump recalled that he told French President Emmanuel Macron that he was considering the idea of a similar spectacle in the United States.” [editor’s note: The next useful service or personal sacrifice Trump performs will be the first – TLK] (02/11/18)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2018/02/military-parade-is-dumb-idea.html

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43) The crash
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Senator Rand Paul, the fantastically bitchy Kentucky Republican, kept Washington up late Thursday night, briefly forcing a technical shutdown of the federal government while he delayed a spending bill that will add another half-trillion or so to the national debt. He wanted 15 minutes for a vote on whether to repeal spending caps agreed to a few years ago, one of the important reforms of the much maligned John Boehner, who, while the talk-radio guys were calling him a weakling and a sellout, managed to knock about $5 trillion off future projected deficits. The same talk-radio guys were celebrating Senator Paul’s theatrical maneuvers on Friday, having rediscovered the national debt only a few weeks after breathlessly celebrating a tax bill that will add $1.5 trillion to it. Senator Paul is a politician, and to be a politician is to maneuver. He may be endlessly irritated by politics, but he is not above it. But he is also a true believer. There isn’t any question about why he is in politics. He is attempting to conduct a political career that he will not regret on his deathbed.” (02/11/18)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456293/united-states-national-debt-spending-bill-shutdown-federal-government-senator-rand-paul

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44) It’s time to ban stock buybacks
Source: The American Prospect
by Justin Miller

“In the aftermath of the Trump tax cuts, Republicans have endlessly crowed about how corporations are using their newfound savings to give their employees wage hikes and bonuses. Paul Ryan even boasted on Twitter about a high school secretary who was surprised to find an extra $1.50 in her weekly paycheck, which could more than cover her annual Costco membership fee. The tweet was quietly deleted a few hours later. But not before critics pounced on the absurdity of bragging about such meager benefits, considering that the entire tax cut came to roughly $1.5 trillion.” (02/08/18)

http://prospect.org/article/time-to-ban-stock-buybacks

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45) Gustave de Molinari and the anti-statist liberal tradition, part 2
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David M Hart

“Molinari’s most original contribution to political and economic thought is his thesis that the market can provide more cheaply and more efficiently the service of police protection of life, liberty and property. Hitherto, this had been considered to be the monopoly of the state, and it was Molinari’s insight that the laws of political economy could and should be applied to the management of state functions.His attempt to apply economic laws to the state led him to conclude that the market could in fact replace the state monopoly of police as well as the provision of roads, lighting, garbage collection, sewerage and education. Molinari argued, in summary, that if the market was more efficient in providing people with shoes or bread then, for exactly the same reasons, it would be better to hand over all monopoly state functions to the market.” (02/10/18)

https://mises.org/library/gustave-de-molinari-and-anti-statist-liberal-tradition-part-2-0

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46) Raining on the parade
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Of course Donald Trump wants a military parade. I’d be surprised if he didn’t. It’s just what an insecure narcissist would want. A parade would be the national equivalent of his strutting around like a peacock, dying to turn heads. Even a politician can see that: ‘I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud,’ Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy said. ‘America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don’t need to show it off.’ But harbor no doubts: Trump’s parade will be the biggest, best, and most-watched military parade in history — guaranteed. And I don’t mean just American history.” (02/09/18)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-raining-parade/

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47) The Grassley letter everyone is ignoring is way more important than the Nunes memo
Source: Cato Institute
by Julian Sanchez

“It hasn’t been built up by weeks of hype or a fevered social media campaign, but a letter from Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham — sent to the Justice Department in January, and released in declassified form this week — may be more significant than the now-infamous #memo #released by Rep. Devin Nunes earlier this month. The Grassley letter and the Nunes memo both deal with the same thing: The FBI’s surveillance of former Donald Trump adviser Carter Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the role of a controversial dossier on links between Trump and the Russian government compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. But while the Nunes memo has largely been greeted with justified ridicule, the Grassley letter makes a more direct and serious case that the FISA warrant targeting Page may have been issued on insufficient grounds — while at the same time undermining key aspects of Nunes’ argument.” (02/09/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/grassley-letter-everyone-ignoring-way-more-important-nunes-memo

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48) The case for freedom does not rest on the assumption of perfection
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Reading [Deirdre McCloskey’s] column … prompted me to wonder why the case for economic freedom is held to a much higher standard than is the case for other freedoms, such as freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Clever theoreticians could describe (and perhaps in the bowels of some obscure academic journals actually have described) what a ‘perfect’ system of freedom of the press or of freedom of speech looks like. No doubt the features of such perfection would include the absence of any misunderstood written or spoken words, the absence of words written or spoken in haste or in anger and that are later regretted, and the absence of any conflicting communiques. Were such a description of ‘perfection’ offered, would the case for freedom of the press or of freedom of speech then be held suspect if someone — say, a Professor Thalitz or a Dr. Samuelof — pointed out that in the real world people often write and speak in ways that deviate from the ways that they are assumed to write and speak in the models of ‘perfect press’ and ‘perfect speech?’” (02/10/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/02/case-freedom-not-rest-assumption-perfection.html

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49) The scope of the Second Amendment
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“The Second Amendment says ‘arms.’ The crats want that to be as narrow as possible. I’m a libertarian who insists that the interpretation be as broad as possible. Here’s where I stretch out my arms and literally reach for the stars. The Second Amendment protects anything the human mind can devise to expand and protect human liberty. Anything. The rest of this essay will give some examples but — like the Ninth Amendment which reads ‘The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people’ — is not to be considered exhaustive.” (02/08/18)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2018/02/the-scope-of-the-second-amendment/

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50) The case for nationalizing Elon Musk
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“On Tuesday, Elon Musk launched some stuff into space. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket was shot into the Solar System, tailed by a Tesla Roadster blasting David Bowie songs, reportedly the fastest car ever to be released into orbit. Each Falcon launch is only expected to cost around $90 million–a bargain in the world of extraterrestrial exploration. Scientific American gawked, ‘Elon Musk Does It Again,’ praising the ‘bold technological innovations and newfound operational efficiencies that allow SpaceX to not only build its rockets for less money, but also reuse them.’ That view — shared by several other outlets — fits comfortably with the Tony Stark-like image Musk has crafted for himself over the years: a quirky and slightly off-kilter playboy genius inventor capable of conquering everything from outer space to the climate crisis with the sheer force of his imagination. … But why should Americans keep footing the bill for projects where only Musk and his wealthy friends can reap the rewards? Enter: the case for nationalizing Elon Musk, and making the U.S. government a major stakeholder in his companies.”

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20899/elon-musk-spacex-tesla-falcon-heavy-launch

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51) No voting rights for felons: Unfair, anti-democratic, and, yes, “nonsensical”
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Only four states (Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, and Virginia) fail to automatically restore the vote to convicts at the ends of their sentences. Maine, Vermont, and the US territory of Puerto Rico don’t just restore voting rights at end of sentence — they allow prisoners to vote. The Declaration of Independence lays out a clear bottom line standard for the legitimacy of government: The consent of the governed. We could argue about what consent really means, but where democracy is the form of government, the vote is traditionally deemed the instrument of that consent, and in America expanding the franchise — to former slaves, then to women, then to all citizens down to the age of 18 — has been the trend for 150 years. Prisoners are certainly ‘governed,’ and to a far greater degree than most of us.” (02/11/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12829

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52) If you can keep your head
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Wayland Hunter

“If you’re a libertarian, as I am, you may hail or detest Donald Trump because of his positions on taxes or immigration or trade or ‘infrastructure’ or his lack of traditional gravitas … You can expand this list pretty far, and it’s unlikely that you will hail or detest him on every available front. But you get to choose which of them are most important, and you get to change your mind later on. You may, for instance, like his financial policies, and if enough of them are implemented, you may not like him so well afterwards. He gave you your way on your most important issue, so fine; but now you’re looking at his other ideas. This messy way of thinking operates throughout life, not just in politics, although many true and upright people do not realize that it does.” (02/09/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1812

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53) Elections and fraud and meddling
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“I, like many others, have been hearing all this accusation about meddling in elections back and forth. My early morning newsfeed included this story (Las Vegas Review Journal) reporting that George W Bush is certain that Russia interfered with the 2016 Presidential election — with the story insinuating that this was yet another attack on Trump by the Bush Family. (Actually, based on that memo and other reports, it could also be that he believes that Russians aided the CLINTON Campaign in trying to interfere with the election.) But whether it was Republicans or Democrats that were cats’ paws of the Russians, just as whether or not it is GOP or Dems that ‘corrupted’ and ‘politicized’ (or want to politicize) the FBI, DOJ, DEA, and no doubt DARPA and NTSB, they BOTH agree that the good old FedGov can do whatever it wants, even while attacking OTHER nations and OTHER governments, often for doing the exact same thing. This is, of course nothing new.” (02/10/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/02/10/elections-and-fraud-and-meddling/

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54) Why the Korea crisis matters
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“If war breaks out in Korea, it will not be anything like the U.S. wars on Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Panama, or Grenada. It will instead be a pivotal and devastating event in U.S. history and world history. Hundreds of thousands of people will be killed in both North and South Korea, including many, if not most, of the 28,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea as sacrificial pawns to ensure that the U.S. will automatically be part of the conflict. The two nations would be totally devastated and would remain so for many years, if not decades, into the future. Americans would not be immune from this one. It is a virtual certainty that the draft would be immediately implemented, especially if Chinese troops enter North Korea and oppose U.S. invading troops, as they did in the Korean War.” (02/09/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/02/09/korea-crisis-matters/

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55) Battle of Gettysburg lessons for Trump’s GOP: Quit mud wrestling and stand your ground
Source: USA Today
by Michael Medved

“President Trump and his key Congressional allies are making a disastrous mistake in letting their Democratic opponents select the field of engagement for this year’s struggle for control of Capitol Hill. In so doing, they ignore the crucial lessons of history provided by a noble hero of the Battle of Gettysburg 155 years ago. General John Buford helped deliver a decisive Union victory by grasping the crucial importance of seizing, and holding, the right ground in fighting off an advancing enemy. In the first day of the great battle, the gallant Buford deployed his badly outnumbered cavalry division along the ridges and hills near the village of Gettysburg, resisting the Confederates for crucial hours until Federal re-enforcements could arrive. His insight enabled the Union to hold the high ground that gave them a decisive edge in the three-day battle that determined the outcome of the entire war.”

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/02/08/battle-gettysburg-lessons-trumps-gop-quit-mud-wrestling-and-stand-your-ground-michael-medved-column/310571002

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56) Unregistered Podcast, episode 44
Source: Unregistered Podcast with Thaddeus Russell

“Angela Nagle is the author of Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Jacobin, Current Affairs, and the Irish Times. She’s the co-editor of Ireland Under Austerity from Manchester University Press.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/12/18)

http://unregistered.blubrry.net/episode44/

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57) AnarchoChristian, episode 3
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“In this episode, we’ll get into what happened when Israel demanded a king, and see that it looks alarmingly familiar to events today.” [various formats] (02/11/18)

https://www.anarchochristian.com/israel-demands-king-ac003/

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58) Free Talk Live, 02/10/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Racial Tensions :: Black Guy Says Segregation Was Good? :: Forced Integration :: Fed Gov Hurt Blacks :: Big Think with John Mackie :: Sweatshops :: Gasses and Manufactured Housing :: Trump and Russia :: Microsoft Standing Up for Privacy? :: DOXing :: Internet Spat Goes Global :: Edgington Post — Doron Wesly and Jeremy Harkness :: HOSTS — Ian, Chris R.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/10/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-02-10

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59) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/10/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Politicians testing the credulity of Americans with outlandish statements is far from unprecedented. Anthony Comegna is editor of the new volume, Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin.” [various formats] (02/10/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/lives-necromancers

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60) Felony Friday, episode 110
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s show Lynn Espejo joins Felony Friday host John Odermatt to share a shocking story of injustice. Lynn was indicted on wire fraud in 2011 and the charges were dismissed in 2012. She was indicted again in 2014 for wire fraud, money laundering, and tax fraud. During pre-trial a US Attorney was caught hiding evidence and an IRS agent was caught sharing Lynn’s tax returns illegally with her husband’s employer.” [various formats] (02/09/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/02/09/felony-friday-110-federal-prosecutors-gone-wild/

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61) In The Tank Podcast, episode 126
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #126 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [Flash audio] (02/09/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/02/in-the-tank-ep126-medicaid-waivers-maine-welfare-reform-universal-basic-income-tide-pods/

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62) spiked podcast, 02/09/18
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast: Brendan O’Neill discusses the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, Linda Bellos talks about university censorship and the trans issue, and Wendy Kaminer says #MeToo is failing feminists.” [various formats] (02/09/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/they-celebrate-the-vote-but-they-wish-we-didnt-have-it/

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63) Reason Podcast, 02/09/18
Source: Reason

“Reason’s Nick Gillespie spoke to senior editor Damon Root, whose new article on [Frederick] Douglass is available at Reason.com, about the historical figure and his broader impact on American thinking.” [various formats] (02/09/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/02/09/frederick-douglass-classical-liberal

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64) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 226
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Kate Sills joins us for a conversation on smart contracts and the future of blockchain technology.” [various formats] (02/09/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/contracts-cryptography

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65) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 153
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #153, I discuss Trump’s plan to have a military parade. The Left reacted in a hysteria, claiming Trump is now a dictator. However, this ignores that past presidents have given Trump dictatorial powers. Bush tortured people, Obama had secrete kill lists, both presidents waged endless and unauthorized wars. I also update Operation Olive Branch, Syrian allied troops being killed by the US, and the war in Yemen.” [various formats] (02/09/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-153-trumps-military-parade

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66) Anarcho Agenda, episode 56
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“One of my former radio production professors joins me to discuss his broadcasting career, the media, and much more.” [various formats] (02/10/18)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-56-02-09-2018

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67) FIREside Chats, episode 8
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Academic freedom & hate speech at Stanford.” [Flash video] (02/09/18)

https://www.thefire.org/fireside-chats-08-academic-freedom-hate-speech-at-stanford/

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68) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 147
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Professional sports, Ron Paul/LP controversy, Nexus, State of the Union and more.” [editor’s note: This is a podcast I really WANT to like, but whenever it turns its attention to the Libertarian Party specifically it instantly becomes about 90% disinformation – TLK] [various formats]

http://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-147-fuck-super-bowl/

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69) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1091
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The great comedian and brilliant libertarian Dave Smith and I talk about pretty much everything: what libertarianism is really all about, why Ben Shapiro’s attack on Ron Paul is dumb, how I changed my mind on war, and a lot more.” [various formats] (02/09/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1091-potpourri-with-dave-smith-ben-shapiro-attacks-ron-paul-plus-trump-immigration-and-more/

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70) Jeff Kanter on the Dr. Alveda King and Emmanuel Boose Show
Source: Health Excellence Plus

“Jeff Kanter appearing on the Dr. Alveda King — Emmanuel Boose Show to discuss health care in America today and where Health Excellence Plus fits in.” [editor’s note: This is NOT a paid advertisement, although it tends to function as an infomercial. I find the product/company interesting and apropos of the current government-driven “healthcare crisis” and happen to know that there are libertarians involved in it, so I thought our readers might find it interesting as well – TLK] [Flash video] (02/09/18)

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