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Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
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In the News:

1) South Africa: ANC gives Zuma 48 hours to quit, state broadcaster says
2) Trump unveils masturbatory $4.4 trillion budget proposal
3) Study: Sea level rise is accelerating
4) Ukraine: Regime deports former Georgian president Saakashvili to Poland
5) Philippines: Duterte tells soldiers to shoot female rebels in their vaginas
6) WA: Following California’s lead, Seattle to vacate and dismiss old marijuana charges
7) Trump regime wants to punish American consumers with “reciprocal tax” on US trade partners
8) Tonga: Blackouts, flooding as cyclone batters capital
9) Gun manufacturer Remington to file for bankruptcy
10) FBI wants to tear down its headquarters — and rebuild at the same site
11) Vanessa Trump, wife of Donald Trump Jr., taken to hospital after opening envelope with suspicious substance
12) Oxfam deputy resigns over how Haiti sex claims were handled
13) WI: Milwaukee prosecutors charge jail staff in inmate’s death
14) Syed Jamal deportation: Kansas rallies behind detained teacher
15) California lawmakers boost dam checks after near disaster
16) Sony, filmmakers apologize to Society of Perpetual Victimhood for food allergy joke in “Peter Rabbit” scene
17) TN: Rutherford County businesses closed, accused of selling CBD candy
18) SpaceX set to launch first prototype Starlink satellites for global Internet
19) UK: Regime lawyers lobbied Swedes to press on with Assange extradition
20) Cambodia: Regime deports four Britons jailed for “pornographic” party
21) Report: US, UK government web sites infected withy crypto-mining malware
22) CA: Aetna under investigation after former exec admits denying care without reading patient’s records
23) UK: London airport shut down after cops find World War Two bomb in river
24) Turkey: Regime assails US over ties with Syrian Kurdish militia
25) Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Increasing abundance is a blessing, not a curse
27) E-Verify threatens us all
28) The 10 worst colleges for free speech: 2018
29) Panic attacks startle Wall Street
30) Fiscal stimulus is back, and so are bigger deficits
31) Stop saying “smart cities”
32) The right to mother and do sex work
33) The patheticism of US sanctions on North Korea
34) The “right-to-try” unproven pharmaceuticals is a right-wing scheme
35) The most basic freedom is the freedom to quit
36) From liberal media to fake news
37) White House infrastructure spending plan should refocus on maintenance for roads, water treatment
38) Stop the stall — it’s time to get energetic about energy
39) Yes, tax cuts really are the reason for your raise
40) When border searches become unreasonable
41) Reforming the bureaucracy: How Trump is taming the Leviathan
42) As China rises, the US should stand back and allow other Asians to rise too
43) A president held hostage
44) The best way to fix US diplomacy
45) Inside the chilling world of artificially intelligent drones
46) Americans in dark about today’s Russia “witchhunt” (just like during Cold War)
47) Winning too much?
48) Is the era of transhumanism a final corporate takeover of humanity?
49) The deadly rule of the oligarchs
50) This week in Bitcoin: Who do you believe?
51) America’s punishing worldwide tax scheme
52) The looming crisis in the private provision of public services close parallels with the systemic failure of banks
53) Quantum Vibe, 02/12/18
54) Freedom and the minimum wage
55) The source of terrible ideas, and great ones

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Reason Podcast, 02/12/18
57) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1092
58) The Bob Zadek Show, 02/11/18
59) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/12/18
60) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 334
61) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/12/18
62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 154
63) Intercepted, 02/12/18
64) The Anarchist Experience, episode 151
65) Free Talk Live, 02/11/18

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

1) South Africa: ANC gives Zuma 48 hours to quit, state broadcaster says
Source: Reuters

“South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) gave President Jacob Zuma 48 hours to resign as head of state on Monday after an eight-hour meeting of the party’s top leadership, the SABC state broadcaster said. Party leader Cyril Ramaphosa’s motorcade left a marathon ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at 10:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) for Zuma’s residence near the Union Buildings in Pretoria to deliver the message in person, the SABC said, citing sources. … Since Ramaphosa was elected party leader in December, Zuma has faced mounting calls from his party to end his scandal-plagued second term a year early.” (02/12/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-safrica-politics/south-africas-anc-gives-zuma-48-hours-to-quit-state-broadcaster-says-idUSKBN1FW028

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2) Trump unveils masturbatory $4.4 trillion budget proposal
Source: US News & World Report

“President Donald Trump proposed a budget on Monday that calls for cuts in domestic programs and seeks a sharp increase in military spending and funding for a wall on the Mexican border. Presidential budgets are rarely enacted by the U.S. Congress, which controls federal purse strings, but they allow the White House to lay out its priorities for the year. In a bid to show conservatives that the administration is embracing some fiscal discipline, the plan calls for deep cuts in non-military spending that would lower the federal budget deficit by more than $3 trillion over 10 years. But those cuts fly in the face of a two-year budget deal passed last week by Congress that raised spending limits on both military and domestic programs by $300 billion. That agreement makes the president’s budget request even less relevant than it would be normally because Congress has already locked in its own spending priorities.” (02/12/18)

https://money.usnews.com/investing/news/articles/2018-02-12/trump-budget-plan-to-seek-funds-for-border-wall-infrastructure-opioid-treatment

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3) Study: Sea level rise is accelerating
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Sea level rise is accelerating and could reach 26 inches (66 centimeters) by century’s end, in line with United Nations estimates and enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities, a study said Monday. The past annual rate of sea level rise — about three millimeters (0.1 inches) per year — may more than triple to 10 millimeters per year by 2100, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer-reviewed US journal. The findings are ‘roughly in agreement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report (AR5) model projections,’ said the report, based on 25 years of satellite data.” (02/12/18)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5383071/Sea-level-rise-accelerating-study.html

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4) Ukraine: Regime deports former Georgian president Saakashvili to Poland
Source: United Press International

“Ukrainian border service officials said they arrested and deported former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to Poland after months of legal challenges over his criticisms of the Ukrainian government. Saakashvili’s press secretary, Tetiana Barganovskaya, told Britain’s The Guardian that men in camouflage took the former president from a Kiev restaurant. ‘They pushed him into a white van and drove off,’ she said. ‘They didn’t show any identification.’ Poland’s border service confirmed that Saakashvili arrived in the country and had permission from Warsaw to be there.” (02/12/18)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2018/02/12/Ukraine-deports-ex-Georgian-President-Saakashvili-to-Poland/1141518466316/

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5) Philippines: Duterte tells soldiers to shoot female rebels in their vaginas
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte last week told soldiers to shoot female rebels in their genitals, the latest in a series of violent, misogynistic remarks. Addressing a group of former communist rebels on Feb. 7, Duterte, who served as a city mayor before becoming president, appeared to encourage Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to target women in conflict. ‘Tell the soldiers. ‘There’s a new order coming from the mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina,” he said. … Duterte has made headlines for ‘joking’ about the rape of a kidnapped Australian, lamenting he hadn’t been first, and for telling troops to rape women in conflict.” (02/12/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-duterte-female-rebels-20180212-story.html

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6) WA: Following California’s lead, Seattle to vacate and dismiss old marijuana charges
Source: Raw Story

“The mayor of Seattle has just announced that city officials are starting work on legislation that would vacate or dismiss charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Mayor Durkan wrote in an editorial: ‘People’s lives were ruined for misdemeanor marijuana offenses. Too many here in our community faced huge legal bills and fines, or had a harder time getting loans, apartments, and good-paying jobs.’ Vacating and dismissing the charges in Seattle will mean that thousands of city residents will be able to get a fresh start since marijuana possession was legalized in 2012. The announcement is a welcomed follow-up to California’s recent efforts to wipe the slate clean for over one million residents convicted of similar possession charges after the state legalized recreational marijuana use on January 1st.” (02/12/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/seattle-vacate-dismiss-old-marijuana-charges-following-californias-lead

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7) Trump regime wants to punish American consumers with “reciprocal tax” on US trade partners
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would push for a ‘reciprocal tax’ against countries, including U.S. allies, that levy tariffs on American products, but officials did not provide details on how such a tax would be structured or what goods it would apply to. U.S. President Donald Trump holds a meeting on his infrastructure initiative at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque During his populist 2016 presidential campaign, Republican Trump railed at countries that had trade surpluses ‘taking advantage of the United States’ and he revisited the theme on Monday. ‘We cannot continue to let people come into our country and rob us blind and charge us tremendous tariffs and taxes and we charge them nothing,’ Trump told reporters at a White House event to announce a proposed infrastructure plan.” (02/12/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-trade/u-s-to-push-for-reciprocal-tax-on-trade-partners-trump-idUSKBN1FW22Q

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8) Tonga: Blackouts, flooding as cyclone batters capital
Source: Yahoo! News

“Nuku’alofa awoke to scenes of devastation Tuesday after the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Tongan capital tore roofs off buildings, downed powerlines and caused extensive flooding, prompting a state of emergency in the tiny Pacific nation. Veteran disaster management officials were shocked at the fury of Severe Cyclone Gita as it unleashed 230 kmh (142 mph) winds on Tonga’s most populous island Tongatapu. Historic wooden buildings in the heart of Nuku’alofa, including parts of Tonga’s parliament, were reduced to matchsticks as the tempest hit overnight.” (02/12/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/blackouts-flooding-cyclone-batters-tongan-capital-190235319.html

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9) Gun manufacturer Remington to file for bankruptcy
Source: Austin American-Statesman

“The Remington Outdoor Company, one of America’s largest firearm and ammunition manufacturers, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after reaching a deal Monday with its creditors, according to multiple reports. Company officials said in a news release that a prepackaged reorganization plan will be filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The deal will give control of the company to its lenders, Bloomberg News reported. Remington seeks to lower its $950 million debt load, Reuters reported.” (02/12/18)

http://www.statesman.com/business/gun-manufacturer-remington-file-for-bankruptcy/g4noAhBMgkpHTx82rXCSjL/

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10) FBI wants to tear down its headquarters — and rebuild at the same site
Source: Los Angeles Times

“After years of trying to move, the FBI wants to tear down its vast headquarters building and construct a new command post on the same site in downtown Washington. The bureau has worked for years to replace the 45-year-old concrete behemoth, which was named for FBI founder and longtime director J. Edgar Hoover. The building is beset by crumbling concrete, outdated infrastructure to accommodate digital technology and numerous security vulnerabilities. As part of the budget and infrastructure proposals it unveiled Monday, the White House said it will ask Congress for about $2.2 billion for a new FBI headquarters, adding to about $1.1 billion already budgeted for the project, according to Justice Department officials who outlined the Trump administration’s budget proposal.” (02/12/18)

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-fbi-wants-to-tear-down-its-headquarters-1518473659-htmlstory.html

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11) Vanessa Trump, wife of Donald Trump Jr., taken to hospital after opening envelope with suspicious substance
Source: CBS News

“President Trump’s daughter-in-law was taken to the hospital Monday after opening an envelope containing a ‘suspicious’ substance addressed to her husband Donald Trump Jr. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) said initial tests did not indicate the powder was harmful but they are continuing to test the substance. Vanessa Trump and two others, including her mother, were taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution. The NYPD said officers and Secret Service agents responded to the couple’s apartment in midtown Manhattan on Monday morning around 10 a.m.” (02/12/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vanessa-trump-wife-of-donald-trump-jr-hospitalized-after-opening-envelope-with-suspicious-substance/

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12) Oxfam deputy resigns over how Haiti sex claims were handled
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Oxfam’s deputy chief executive has resigned over the handling of a sex scandal involving aid workers. The British charity is accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims staff used prostitutes while delivering aid in Haiti in 2011. Penny Lawrence said she was ‘ashamed’ and takes full responsibility. The Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into Oxfam (which denies a cover-up), but details of its scope have not yet been released. The watchdog says it has concerns the charity may not have ‘fully and frankly’ disclosed everything it knew about the claims despite previous assurances from Oxfam.” (02/12/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43027631

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13) WI: Milwaukee prosecutors charge jail staff in inmate’s death
Source: Fox News

“Three Milwaukee County jail staffers are facing criminal charges for their role in the dehydration death of a mentally ill inmate who spent a week without water, prosecutors said Monday. The charges announced by the Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office come almost a year after jurors recommended jail staff should be liable after prosecutors presented them with evidence. An investigation revealed 38-year-old Terrill Thomas had water to his cell shut off as punishment for flooding it with a mattress in April 2016. Supervisor Kashka Meadors and jail deputy James Lee Ramsey-Guy are both charged with neglect of a resident of a penal facility, a felony that punishable by up to 3 1/2 years in prison. Prosecutors say Meadors ordered Ramsey-Guy to shut off the water. Jail Cmdr. Nancy Lee Evans is charged with felony misconduct and misdemeanor obstructing an office. Prosecutors say she failed to preserve surveillance video showing the water turned off and lied to police about what the footage showed. If convicted of both charges, Evans could face more than four years in prison.” (02/12/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/12/milwaukee-prosecutors-charge-jail-staff-in-inmates-death.html

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14) Syed Jamal deportation: Kansas rallies behind detained teacher
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A chemistry professor who has been in the US for more than 30 years is facing deportation for visa infringements, sparking a desperate battle waged by his family and his community in Kansas. Almost every Sunday afternoon, 14-year-old Taseen Jamal and his two younger siblings would go to the local sports centre with their father, Syed Ahmed Jamal, to play basketball or soccer. This Sunday, the three children spent their afternoon holding placards and marching in a rally to seek his release from a west Texas detention centre, where he is locked-up facing imminent deportation. Mr Jamal, a 55-year-old Bangladeshi-born chemistry professor, was arrested on his front lawn nearly two weeks ago by immigration officials as he stepped out to drop his daughter to school in Lawrence, Kansas.” (02/12/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43034784

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15) California lawmakers boost dam checks after near disaster
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“California would beef up dam inspections under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown Monday, a year after a near disaster prompted the evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents living downstream from the tallest U.S. dam. The Assembly unanimously gave final approval to the bill requiring annual inspections for dams deemed to be high hazards. The measure also sets standards for inspections, requires inspectors to consult with independent experts to update dam safety measures every 10 years and requires that inspection reports be available to the public with certain sensitive information withheld if it creates a security risk. Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher was among those who evacuated when officials feared the collapse of both the main and emergency spillways before they were deemed safe days later.” (02/12/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/California-lawmakers-increase-dam-safeguards-12608018.php

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16) Sony, filmmakers apologize to Society of Perpetual Victimhood for food allergy joke in “Peter Rabbit” scene
Source: Mashable

“Sony Pictures and the Peter Rabbit filmmakers have apologised for making light of allergies following calls to boycott the movie, which hit U.S. cinemas over the weekend. A scene in the new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic shows character Tom McGregor, who’s allergic to blackberries, being pelted with the berries by Peter and his friends. One of the berries lands in Tom’s mouth, and he has to use an EpiPen to treat his allergic reaction. The scene prompted a massive outcry on social media, and many parents called on people to boycott the film, which they deemed to find ‘humor in bullying’ people living with allergies.” (02/12/18)

https://mashable.com/2018/02/12/peter-rabbit-movie-allergies/#3KhkFp2RIPqm

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17) TN: Rutherford County businesses closed, accused of selling CBD candy
Source: Daily News Journal

“Officers padlocked 23 Rutherford County businesses Monday accused of selling candy containing a derivative of marijuana. Authorities indicted 21 people in the investigation law enforcement officials named ‘Operation Candy Crush,’ according to a news release from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators were acting on a tip that gummy candies and vape juice containing cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, were sold in stores throughout Murfreesboro, Smyrna and La Vergne, the release said. Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh said after a news conference that the culprits are converting real candy such as gummy bears into a synthetic drug that can be dangerous for children [sic].” [editor’s note: This dumbass needs to read the lawbook again; CBD oil is legal, and an effort to use it in candy form is merely another method of delivery for a medical miracle – SAT] (02/12/18)

http://www.dnj.com/story/news/2018/02/12/operation-candy-crush-highly-therapeutic-and-non-psychoactive-compound-found-cannabis-know-cannabiod/329153002

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18) SpaceX set to launch first prototype Starlink satellites for global Internet
Source: GeekWire

“The first test satellites for SpaceX’s global internet constellation are being prepped for launch as early as this week — three years after SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the project in Seattle. … The company’s business plan calls for putting thousands of communication satellites in orbit, with limited service starting by 2020. The satellite constellation, informally known as Starlink, eventually would provide low-cost internet access on a global scale.” (02/11/18)

https://www.geekwire.com/2018/spacex-gets-set-launch-first-prototype-starlink-satellites-global-internet-access/

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19) UK: Regime lawyers lobbied Swedes to press on with Assange extradition
Source: The Times [UK]

“A lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service appeared to lobby Swedish prosecutors to keep extradition proceedings against Julian Assange active, according to an email exchange. The chief prosecutor in Stockholm was accused of ‘cold feet’ amid rumours that the sexual assault case against Mr Assange would be dropped more than four years ago, according to the emails released as part of an Information Commission tribunal.” (02/12/18)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uk-lawyers-lobbied-swedes-to-press-on-with-assange-extradition-d58tgsndg

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20) Cambodia: Regime deports four Britons jailed for “pornographic” party
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Seven of the 10 foreigners arrested on pornography charges after a pool party in the Cambodian tourist town of Siem Reap have been deported, a court official said on Monday. Police accused the group of ‘singing and dancing pornographically’ after their arrest two weeks ago at a party in a private villa in Siem Reap, the launchpad for visitors heading to Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temples. A Siem Reap court charged them with producing pornographic pictures and materials and a prosecutor said party organisers circulated obscene images online to promote the bash.” (02/12/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/12/cambodia-deports-britons-new-zealand-canadian-jpornographic-party

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21) Report: US, UK government web sites infected withy crypto-mining malware
Source: Reuters

“Thousands of websites, including ones run by U.S. and UK government agencies, were infected for several hours on Sunday with code that causes web browsers to secretly mine digital currencies …. More than 4,200 sites were infected with a malicious version of a widely used tool known as Browsealoud from British software maker Texthelp, which reads out webpages for people with vision problems, according to The Register.” (02/11/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bitcoin-cyber/u-s-uk-government-websites-infected-with-crypto-mining-malware-report-idUSKBN1FV0VO

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22) CA: Aetna under investigation after former exec admits denying care without reading patient’s records
Source: Fortune

“California is investigating Aetna, the nation’s third largest health insurance provider, after a former medical director at the company admitted under oath that he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care. First reported by CNN, Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma is now under investigation by California’s insurance commissioner Dave Jones. … Iinuma’s deposition is part of a lawsuit against Aetna filed by a college student who is claiming breach of contract and bad faith. The student, Gillen Washington, was denied coverage for an infusion of intravenous immunoglobulin, a treatment for an immune disorder from which he suffers.” (02/12/18)

http://fortune.com/2018/02/12/california-launches-investigation-aetna-medical-director/

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23) UK: London airport shut down after cops find World War Two bomb in river
Source: New York Post

“All flights to and from London’s City Airport were cancelled on Monday after an unexploded World War Two bomb was found in the River Thames at George V Dock, the airport said. Police said the ordnance was found during work at the airport on Sunday and they set up a 200-meter exclusion zone. The Metropolitan Police said properties within the exclusion zone had been evacuated and a number of roads were cordoned off.” (02/12/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/02/12/london-airport-shut-down-after-cops-find-wwii-bomb-in-river/

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24) Turkey: Regime assails US over ties with Syrian Kurdish militia
Source: Washington Post

“Turkey’s foreign minister assailed the United States on Monday, claiming that American forces in Syria are intentionally stalling the fight against Islamic State militants as an excuse not to cut ties with Syrian Kurdish militiamen as Ankara has demanded. Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Istanbul that U.S. forces are leaving ‘pockets’ with IS militants intact to justify continued cooperation with the Kurdish militia. Speaking ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later this week, Cavusoglu said Turkey’s ties with the U.S. are at a make-or-break stage and that Washington needs to take ‘concrete steps’ to regain Turkey’s trust.” [editor’s note: Step one is to withdraw all US troops and all US material support from Syria. Step two is to withdraw all US troops and all US material support, including NATO membership, from Turkey – TLK] (02/12/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/turkey-assails-us-over-ties-with-syrian-kurdish-militia/2018/02/12/bc006a88-0fde-11e8-a68c-e9374188170e_story.html

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25) Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion
Source: Los Angeles Times

“An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory’s efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history. The island’s Electric Power Authority said several municipalities were without power, including parts of the capital, San Juan, but that they were optimistic it could be restored within a day as they worked to repair a substation that controls voltage.” (02/12/18)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-puerto-rico-blackout-20180212-story.html

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

26) Increasing abundance is a blessing, not a curse
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Economists for generations have recognized that governments routinely intervene in ways that change patterns of comparative advantage and, hence, change patterns of trade. Yet most economists have also long recognized what too many non-economists miss, namely, the people who pay the price for such interventions are overwhelmingly the people whose governments so intervene, whether as ‘first movers’ or in response to similar interventions by other governments. In short, economists recognize that, say, we Americans are harmed rather than helped whenever our government obstructs or subsidizes our trade. This conclusion is not changed if such intervention is done in response to other governments obstructing or subsidizing the trade of their citizens.” (02/12/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/02/increasing-abundance-blessing-not-curse.html

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27) E-Verify threatens us all
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Some supporters of E-Verify deny the program poses any threat to civil liberties, as it will only be used to verify citizenship or legal residency. They even claim a system forcing individuals to have their identities certified by the government is not a national ID system. These individuals are ignoring the history of government programs sold as only affecting a particular group or being used for a limited purpose being expanded beyond initial targets. For example, Americans were promised that only the wealthiest Americans would ever pay income taxes. And some of the PATRIOT Act’s worst provisions that we were told would only be used against terrorists are routinely used to investigate drug crimes.” (02/12/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/e-verify-threatens-us

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28) The 10 worst colleges for free speech: 2018
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by staff

“Every year, FIRE chooses the 10 worst colleges for free speech — and unfortunately, 2017 left us with plenty of options: Campuses were rocked by violent mob censorship, monitored by bias response teams, plagued by free speech zones, and beset by far too many disinvitation attempts. Although the number of colleges with the most restrictive speech codes has continued to decline, 90 percent of schools still maintain codes that either clearly restrict or could too easily be used to restrict free speech. Today, we present our 2018 list of the 10 worst colleges for free speech. As always, our list is presented in no particular order, and it includes both public and private institutions.” (02/12/18)

https://www.thefire.org/the-10-worst-colleges-for-free-speech-2018/

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29) Panic attacks startle Wall Street
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the index that tracks a composite of stock prices of 30 major U.S. corporations, recently experienced drops of 2.5 percent, 4.6 percent and 4.1 percent in less than a week. There are partial explanations for this. But if the best investors in history, including Warren Buffett, discourage reducing stock market movements to rational explanations and prefer instead to see them as reflections of the capricious human psychology, it is probably a good idea for most of us to shy away from seeking perfect answers. Otherwise we might be tempted to support public policies aimed at superficially sustaining the stock market bonanza. Here are some partial explanations for the recent declines.” (02/12/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/02/12/panic-attacks-startle-wall-street/

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30) Fiscal stimulus is back, and so are bigger deficits
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Laurent Belsie

“In piling a huge spending bill on top of a huge tax cut without the requisite revenues to pay for either one, US policymakers are putting extraordinary faith in the economy. They’re hoping it will grow so fast that it keeps a swollen national debt from getting worse. They can point to signs of economic strength behind their faith: After nine years of expansion, business is booming and unemployment rates are near rock-bottom. But economists and investors fret that the federal government is adding stimulus at exactly the wrong time in the economic cycle, just when it is near or at the top of its expansion with nowhere to go but down. ‘The economy’s going to be running hot,’ says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, a risk-management subsidiary of Moody’s Corp. in New York.” (02/12/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0212/Fiscal-stimulus-is-back.-So-are-bigger-deficits

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31) Stop saying “smart cities”
Source: The Atlantic
by Bruce Sterling

“The term ‘smart city’ is interesting yet not important, because nobody defines it. ‘Smart’ is a snazzy political label used by a modern alliance of leftist urbanites and tech industrialists. To deem yourself ‘smart’ is to make the NIMBYites and market-force people look stupid. Smart-city devotees all over this world will agree that London is particularly smart. Why? London is a huge, ungainly beast whose cartwheeling urban life is in cranky, irrational disarray. London is a god-awful urban mess, but London does have some of the best international smart-city conferences. London also has a large urban-management bureaucracy who emit the proper smart-city buzzwords and have even invented some themselves.” (02/12/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/02/stupid-cities/553052/

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32) The right to mother and do sex work
Source: In These Times
by Carrie Weisman

“Kymberly Cutter expected an uphill battle for custody of her 8-yearold daughter. She is a sex worker and her case was being tried in a rural, conservative part of the state. Her ex-boyfriend, the child’s father, brought to court a file of photographs and advertisements for her bodywork and prostate massage business. ‘He was trying to make it seem like I was raising [our daughter] in a brothel,’ she says. ‘I wasn’t.’ Cutter’s massage studio was in an apartment separated from her main house, and her ex-boyfriend ‘was part of that world,’ she tells In These Times. ‘He was very much open to my sex work when we were together.’ Liz Afton works as a counselor at the Sex Workers Project, an initiative of New York City’s Urban Justice Center (UJC), which provides legal and social services to people involved in sex work. ‘Parents, particularly mothers, who are involved in sex work often have it used against them to separate them from their child[ren],’ Afton says.” (02/12/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20816/presumed-guilty-of-bad-mothering

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33) The patheticism of US sanctions on North Korea
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Officials of the Sheraton Hotel might be experiencing some sleepless nights as a result of what they recently did at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. A five-star Sheraton Hotel permitted Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, to stay there during her official visit to the Olympic Games. If they did that without the permission of U.S. officials, they might just find themselves the targets of severe punishment at the hands of U.S. bureaucrats. … Just ask Bert Sacks, the American citizen from Washington State who dared to violate U.S. sanctions against the Iraqi people. Horrified by the high death toll among Iraqi children from the sanctions, Sachs decided to take medicines into Iraq knowing full well that he was violating the sanctions. U.S. officials went after him with a vengeance that bordered on the pathological.” (02/12/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/02/12/patheticism-u-s-sanctions-north-korea/

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34) The “right-to-try” unproven pharmaceuticals is a right-wing scheme
Source: The Nation
by Zoe Carpenter

“The principle behind right-to-try legislation seems difficult to argue with, particularly when it’s conveyed by desperately sick people. Why shouldn’t terminally ill patients who’ve exhausted all legal treatment options be allowed to use, at their own risk, promising drugs that are still working their way through the FDA’s approval process? But the wrenching personal stories obscure a few essential facts — such as, that the FDA already has a program known as ‘compassionate use’ that offers a pathway to obtain experimental drugs. They also gloss over the history of the right-to-try movement, specifically the fact that it is driven by ideological groups interested in curtailing the FDA’s regulatory authority more broadly. Many health-care experts and patient advocates, even those who believe the terminally ill should have access to experimental medicines, argue that the right-to-try bills in Congress now would not actually help patients — rather, they crack open a door that could lead to a deeper gutting of our drug-safety system.” [editor’s note: This is so typical of “progressive” pundits; gotta keep that bureaucracy ramped up, way beyond any bounds they should have – SAT] (02/12/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-right-to-try-unproven-pharmaceuticals-is-a-right-wing-scheme

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35) The most basic freedom is the freedom to quit
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Peter Gray

“We like to think of human rights in affirmative terms, so we speak most often of our rights to move toward what we want: our rights to vote, assemble freely, speak freely, and choose our own paths to happiness. My contention here, however, is that the most basic right — the right that makes all other rights possible — is the right to quit. … Within two months after the Russian revolution of 1917, the new government enacted laws against emigration. That was the beginning of the end of any chance for democracy within the communist regime. The same thing happened in the other communist block countries, and we see it today, for example, in North Korea. Governments can brutalize people who can’t leave. When people can leave, governments have to figure out how to make people want to stay; or else there will be nobody left to govern. The first to leave are often those who are most competent and valuable.” (02/12/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-most-basic-freedom-is-the-freedom-to-quit/

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36) From liberal media to fake news
Source: The American Prospect
by Todd Gitlin

“In the past couple of years, the focus of the right-wing attack on journalists has been shifting from ‘liberal media’ to ‘fake news.’ It’s a significant but underappreciated shift that reveals a sinister truth about our historical moment. It’s nothing new to charge media ‘bias’ — usually leftward, though sometimes rightward. The charge that the media slant to the left has been a right-wing staple for more than five decades. Implied in the charge is a remedy: Liberal media need countering by conservative media. Usually, the charge has been leveled in a spirit of spiteful resentment, as, for example, in 1964, when Barry Goldwater’s press secretary passed out gold pins to reporters that read ‘Eastern Liberal Press.’ But bias per se was not (at least not consistently­) held to be taboo. During Goldwater’s campaign, for example, the newsletter Human Events, beloved of Ronald Reagan, sought to distinguish itself from mainstream journalism by proclaiming that it ‘looks at events through eyes that are biased in favor of limited constitutional government, local self-government, private enterprise, and individual freedom.’” (02/12/18)

http://prospect.org/article/liberal-media-fake-news

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37) White House infrastructure spending plan should refocus on maintenance for roads, water treatment
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by staff

“The White House is expected to announce a $200 billion infrastructure spending plan, with a focus on shortening the permitting process for construction, directing dollars to rural infrastructure, and workforce training. Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Marc Scribner says that plan misdirects money on things that won’t fix real infrastructure problems …” (02/12/18)

https://cei.org/content/white-house-infrastructure-spending-plan-should-refocus-maintenance-roads-water-treatment

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38) Stop the stall — it’s time to get energetic about energy
Source: Heartland Institute
by Steve Goreham

“Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced a decision to apply a 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells and panels. The Solar Industries Association denounced the measure, projecting job losses and cancellation of solar investments. But the solar tariff discussion hides a larger renewable energy issue. Global investment in renewables has stalled in the US, in Europe, and in many markets across the world. … European nations have the highest per person renewable investment in the world and extensive experience with renewables. Europe invested over $100 billion each year in renewable energy in 2010 and 2011. But last year Europe’s renewable investment was only $57.4 billion, down 50 percent from the record years of 2010‒2011. So why is renewable investment faltering? One answer is that renewable projects are heavily dependent upon subsidies, and subsidies are being cut. The combination of rising electricity prices and budget-busting subsidy bills is forcing nations to cut back.” (02/12/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/02/stop-the-stall-its-time-to-get-energetic-about-energy/

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39) Yes, tax cuts really are the reason for your raise
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Nathan Keeble

“Since Trump’s reduction of the corporate tax to 21%, workers across the country have been rejoicing. Companies like Wal-Mart, Apple, Bank of America, and many more have announced firm wide bonuses and minimum wage raises. To most, the tax cuts appear to be a clear success. However, some commentators, such as Dr. Veronique de Rugy at Reason, are saying not so fast. Dr. de Rugy claims that these announcements are not in line with economic theory. For wages to be affected by tax cuts takes an extended period of time. The newly freed revenue must be accumulated and invested into new capital equipment which boosts worker productivity and, consequently, their wages. Quite simply, Dr. de Rugy suggests that the tax cuts simply have not been in place long enough to be held directly responsible for these announcements, and she even ponders if they are nothing more than PR moves. In truth, these bonuses and raises are perfectly in line with what economic theory predicts.” [editor’s note: Except that there has been no tax cut since there’s been no spending cut … – TLK] (02/12/18)

https://mises.org/wire/yes-tax-cuts-really-are-reason-your-raise

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40) When border searches become unreasonable
Source: National Review
by Kyle Sammin

“Even among supporters of strict immigration-law enforcement, warrantless searches within the United States should be troubling as an infringement of our ancient freedoms. That they are occurring deep within the United States and without a reasonable connection to border crossing also means, taken in conjunction with more recent Fourth Amendment rulings, that the policy must be seen as increasingly unlikely to pass constitutional muster. Under a law passed in 1946 (now codified as 8 U.S.C. §1357), the CBP claims the right to search people and places without a warrant if the purpose of the search is to find illegal aliens and the search occurs within a ‘reasonable distance’ of an international border. In regulations passed in 1953, that ‘reasonable distance’ was defined as 100 miles from any land border or sea coast. Almost without comment, Congress made large swathes of the United States into a region where the Fourth Amendment is seriously weakened. As the ACLU has noted, roughly two-thirds of Americans live within 100 miles of the oceans or the borders.” (02/12/18)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456282/border-patrol-warrantless-searches-often-unconstitutional

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41) Reforming the bureaucracy: How Trump is taming the Leviathan
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“While our distracted national media fawn over a murderous dictator’s evil sister and pretend that the Rob Porter White House scandal means something, President Trump continues to remake our government. Quietly, Trump has begun to whittle away at the power and permanence of our nation’s bureaucratic ruling class by slashing regulations and limiting powers that Congress foolishly has allowed it to take over. It’s not merely the size of the bureaucracy that matters. It’s the increasing power that gives the anonymous men and women who toil in the U.S.’ unofficial fourth branch of government immense say over nearly every aspect of American private and commercial life — with virtually no accountability. This has long been a big issue for businesses. They often find themselves operating under federal bureaucratic “guidance documents” that, while they aren’t law, are virtually indistinguishable from law as far as businesses are concerned.” [editor’s note: This would be one of the “bugs” in the Trump regime that could easily become a “feature” – SAT] (02/12/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/reforming-the-bureaucracy-how-trump-is-taming-leviathan

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42) As China rises, the US should stand back and allow other Asians to rise too
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“How to respond to the People’s Republic of China is one of Washington’s more vexing foreign policy challenges. Not only is the PRC on the rise, but President Xi Jinping is pushing an increasingly authoritarian policy. The result looks ominous to many Americans. The strategy preferred by successive U.S. administrations, continued military dominance of East Asia, cannot last. This approach is not necessary to protect the U.S. Yet it costs far more to project power against China than to defend America from China. And it costs the PRC far less to deter Washington than for Washington to coerce the PRC. Which makes Washington’s strategy financially unsustainable.” (02/12/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/china-rises-us-should-stand-back-allow-other-asians-rise-too

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43) A president held hostage
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“As Vice President Mike Pence made a fool both of himself and the country he is supposed to be representing at the Olympic Games by refusing to stand for the athletes of any nation other than the US, back at home the Washington Post was reporting on a President Trump who appears to have nothing in common either with Pence or with the White House staff. The piece, entitled ‘Trump’s favorite general: Can Mattis check an impulsive president and still retain his trust?’ tells a story that pits a President inclined to challenge the War Party against a Praetorian Guard determined to nullify his electoral mandate to keep out of foreign wars and put ‘America first’ …” [editor’s note: Trump displayed an inclination to “challenge the War Party” for about the first 30 seconds of his presidential campaign before doing a 180 and pronouncing himself the most militaristic politician EVAH. And if he has an “electoral mandate” (he doesn’t), that mandate is not for a non-interventionist foreign policy – TLK] (02/12/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/02/11/president-held-hostage/

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44) The best way to fix US diplomacy
Source: Reuters
by Richard G Lugar & Thomas Pickering

“American foreign policy currently stands at a crossroads. There are two possible paths forward: withdrawal from the world as a result of the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the international affairs budget, or a reassertion of America’s indispensable global role led by a capable, modern State Department and an empowered, adequately-funded U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). To us, a former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a former Under Secretary of State, the choice seems clear. International engagement is in America’s economic and security interests, and we must support our civilian agencies in their unique and mutually-reinforcing missions. The national security of the United States will suffer greatly if the true purpose of the Trump administration’s reorganization of the State Department and USAID is to shrink the role of or force a merger of our civilian foreign-policy agencies.” [editor’s note: Are these two concerned citizens or just deep-state apologists? Your call – SAT] (02/12/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lugar-diplomacy-commentary/commentary-the-best-way-to-fix-u-s-diplomacy-idUSKBN1FT313

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45) Inside the chilling world of artificially intelligent drones
Source: The American Conservative
by Michael Horton

“On the night of January 5, something took place that has never happened before. A swarm of DIY drones attacked two military installations in Syria. The 13 crudely made aircraft, which were powered by small gas engines and flew on wings fashioned from laminated Styrofoam, zeroed in on their targets: the vast Russian army base at Khmeimim and the naval base at Tartus on the Syrian coast. … According to Russian military spokesmen, the drones were equipped with barometric sensors that allowed them to climb to a preselected altitude, an automatic leveling system for their control surfaces, and precision GPS guidance that would have taken them to their pre-selected targets had they not been intercepted. In short, the drones, once launched, may have required no further input from those who launched them. The incident was an ominous portent of what the world will soon face as governments race to develop smaller, more intelligent, and ultimately wholly autonomous drones.” (02/12/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/inside-the-chilling-proliferation-of-artificially-intelligent-drones/

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46) Americans in dark about today’s Russia “witchhunt” (just like during Cold War)
Source: USA Today
by Howard Blum

“The thing about witch-hunts is — well, there are no witches. It’s the dogged pursuit of something that doesn’t exist. And so the word has come to be a political metaphor, a short-hand that turns the rhetorical table: The accusers are the true villains, not the accused. During the Cold War, as the nation suffered through the pernicious belligerence of McCarthyism, ‘witchhunt’ became the utraged response from the Left to charges that traitors had penetrated the government, that spies had infiltrated the project to build the atomic bomb. While today, in the midst of what is rapidly shaping up to be a new Cold War, it’s the Right, led by the vociferous tweets of an indignant president that is labeling the investigation into Russia’s intervention in the last presidential election a ‘witchhunt.’ It’s a rebuttal, full of scorn, redolent with both history and irony, that has served well for any political persuasion. But it has little to do with the facts. While witches might not be real, there are unvarnished, objective truths that shape world historical events.” (02/11/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/02/11/trump-russia-investigation-fbi-witch-hunt-fisa-column/321432002

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47) Winning too much?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘We’re Number 17!!!’ This lacks a certain triumphant note. It is nothing like the ‘We’re Number 1!’ the Swiss are now hollering as they pump their arms into the air, waving giant #1 foam fingers against the backdrop of snow-covered Alps. Actually, knowing the Swiss, they are probably a bit more restrained. Still, you get the point. Number 1 in what, you ask? Creamy, delicious chocolate, perhaps? Banking? Skiing? Freedom.” (02/12/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/02/12/winning-too-much/

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48) Is the era of transhumanism a final corporate takeover of humanity?
Source: CounterPunch
by Nozomi Hayase

“Proponents of transhumanism envision a human that goes beyond its current biology and cognition. They are trying to move society into the next stage of human development where man achieves super-intelligence and emotional well-being. Transhumanists ask, ‘If humans can interfere with the process of evolution, is it possible for us to create a human being with greater capacities than what we are now? Can we make a human species without weakness of disease and illness, anger and sadness, and ultimately overcome death itself?’ Some see such technologically driven future as not just desirable, but a necessity.” (02/12/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/12/is-the-era-of-transhumanism-a-final-corporate-takeover-of-humanity/

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49) The deadly rule of the oligarchs
Source: OpEdNews
by Chris Hedges

“Oligarchs, though they speak of deconstructing the administrative state, actually increase deficits and the size and power of law enforcement and the military to protect their global business interests and ensure domestic social control. The parts of the state that serve the common good wither in the name of deregulation and austerity. The parts that promote the oligarchs’ power expand in the name of national security, economic growth and law and order. … Oligarchs, who do not serve in the military and who ensure their children do not serve in the military, pretend to be great patriots. They attack those who oppose them as anti-American, traitors or agents for a foreign power. They use the language of patriotism to stoke hatred against their critics and to justify their crimes. They see the world in black and white — those who are loyal to them and those who are the enemy.” (02/12/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Deadly-Rule-of-the-Oli-by-Chris-Hedges-Corruption_Economic_Issues_Oligarchy-180212-917.html

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50) This week in Bitcoin: Who do you believe?
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“The bitcoin space is a constant battle of truth versus untruth, rumor versus fact and optimism versus pessimism. With market manipulators up to their usual tricks and salty altcoiners crying FUD, it can be hard to tell what’s real and what’s fake. This week truly had it all: keks, lies, and videotape beamed live from the U.S. Senate. Throw in the obligatory multi-million dollar hack, and you’ve got all the makings of another seismic week in bitcoin.” (02/12/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/this-week-in-bitcoin-who-do-you-believe/

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51) America’s punishing worldwide tax scheme
Source: Reason
by Veronique de Rugy

“You know who’s really thrilled about American actress Meghan Markle’s engagement to Britain’s Prince Harry? Uncle Sam. Although Markle will live in the U.K., Washington will get a cut of her income, because Americans owe taxes on money earned abroad. Even if Markle becomes a British citizen, she will be required to file a tax return in the States unless she also renounces her U.S. citizenship. Depending on her levels of assets, she may have to share very private information about her holdings. There are some advantages to matrimony with a prince. If she were marrying a regular Jack, she would also find it hard to open a bank account in the United Kingdom: The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which was enacted under Obama, deputizes overseas financial institutions to snoop on and collect taxes from Americans, making banks reluctant to take on U.S. clients. But she will still suffer under a tax regime that is all but unique to the United States.” (for publication 03/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/02/12/americas-punishing-worldwide-t

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52) The looming crisis in the private provision of public services close parallels with the systemic failure of banks
Source: Cobden Centre
by Gordon Kerr

“The collapse in January of Carillion PLC, the UK’s second largest construction and outsourcing company has attracted considerable media coverage. Carillion was principally engaged in public sector contracts to build (and in some cases operate) hospitals, prisons, roads, and part of the new high-speed rail link between London and Leeds. Mainstream media rightly reported many unpalatable aspects of the collapse: aggressive accounting, suspension of pension fund contributions, the company’s rapid growth by acquisition. However, they generally missed the parallel with the story of systemically important financial institutions. The truth is that companies such as Carillion, Capita, G4S and MITIE now manage such a large slice of UK public services that the failure of more than one raises the spectre of the armed forces being deployed to keep schools open.” (02/12/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/02/the-looming-crisis-in-the-private-provision-of-public-services-close-parallels-with-the-systemic-failure-of-banks/

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53) Quantum Vibe, 02/12/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (02/12/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1757

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54) Freedom and the minimum wage
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Most of us both value and take for granted the ability to make decisions about our own lives. When busybodies put their noses and their mouths into our personal affairs, we often say or at least think, ‘Mind your own business.’ Unfortunately, we live in a world in which too frequently government won’t leave us alone, and instead, very actively tries to mind our business for us. Let us briefly look at one such instance in which Uncle Sam puts his nose in other people’s business, that being the legal hourly minimum wage.” (02/12/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/freedom-minimum-wage/

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55) The source of terrible ideas, and great ones
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“In a free society, harmony can exist between people. This is the essential claim of liberalism and it has been proven correct by the unfolding of history for hundreds of years. Liberalism built the middle class, gave us our technology, created our cities, provided new job opportunities and means of thriving, emancipated slaves and serfs, recognized the rights of women, provided growing circles of access to capital, and resulted in longer and better lives. And yet we turn against it and embrace dangerous ideologies that threaten to undermine all these gains. What’s fascinating to me is how these terrible ideas emerged from academia, which became a testing ground for identitarianism, thought control, safe spaces, and unending obsession with race, sex, and gender identity.” (02/11/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/source-terrible-ideas-and-great-ones

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56) Reason Podcast, 02/12/18
Source: Reason

“Today’s Reason Podcast, which features Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and yours truly [Matt Welch] talking news of the week, begins with an autopsy of sorts. Did we delude ourselves about the strength of the fiscal conservatism in the Tea Party? When and where did the message of limiting government overreach get diluted by tertiary concerns and culture-war bombthrowing? Also discussed: the Nork Queen media outrages at the Winter Olympics, why certain libertarians are confused by nationalism and sports, and whether we should even be talking about the initial White House mismanagement of wife-beating accusations against the now-resigned Rob Porter.” [various formats] (02/12/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/02/12/did-we-get-the-tea-party-wrong

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57) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1092
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Mark Perry joins me to discuss the recent Nuclear Posture Review, which some say represents a dramatic break with the past in terms of nuclear policy and the possibility of using nuclear weapons. How concerned should we be?” [various formats] (02/12/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1092-is-trump-changing-u-s-policy-on-nuclear-weapons/

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58) The Bob Zadek Show, 02/11/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“[Lenore Skenazy] joins Bob this Sunday — fresh off a Cato Institute symposium, titled, ‘You May Be a Sex Offender if …’ — to restore sanity to the conversation around sexual harassment, sex offenders, and over-sensitivity on college campuses.” [various formats] (02/11/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/2/8/modern-day-witch-hunts-with-lenore-skenazy

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59) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/12/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Is it unconstitutional for defense counsel to concede the defendant’s guilt over that defendant’s express objection? In McCoy v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court has an opportunity to affirm that a competent defendant may play an important role in his own defense strategy. Jay Schweikert comments.” [various formats] (02/12/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/unbelievable-case-mccoy-v-louisiana

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60) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 334
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In this BREAKING NEWS! Edition of ‘Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor,’ Marc is joined by a cast of drunken series regulars as ‘The Godfather’ Howie Snowdon, our elusive legal cousel ‘Rico,’ and J.B. Lubin enter the liberty living room! Along the way they discuss Rico’s newfound obsession with Sean Hannity, the controversy around Arvin Vohra’s role as the LNC Vice Chair, the #MeToo moment hitting the libertarian world, the re-emergence of Ben Swann, news on North Korea, cryptocurrencies, and more!” [various formats] (02/12/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/02/12/libertarians-living-rooms-drinking-liquor-breaking-news-edition/

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61) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/12/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“John Vibes, Shane Buell, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about watching your pets grow old, the FDA declaring Kratom to be an opiod, the Kratom Genome Project, John’s friend planning to go all out in court, how Baltimore cops might actually have to pay for their crimes, and an app to help people navigate the border.” [various formats] (02/12/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15601

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62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 154
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #154, I discuss the Olympics and Syria. The Koreans entered the games under a unified flag. Mike Pence and Kim Yo-jong have received a lot of attention for their appearance at the opening ceremony. John Bolton claims the sanctions against North Korea have failed and its time for the US to make ‘hard choices.’ Kim Jung Un has offered to have talks with South Korea’s President. In Syria, the Syrian Army downed an Israel F-16. Mike Huckabee responded by saying all North Koreans and Iranians are evil. Turkey continues to push into Afrin. I also break down a speech by Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on her Syria policy.” [various formats] (02/12/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-154

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63) Intercepted, 02/12/18
Source: The Intercept

“Jim Risen goes inside the NSA’s secret channel to Russia.” [various formats] (02/12/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/02/12/bonus-intercepted-podcast-jim-risen-goes-inside-the-nsas-secret-channel-to-russia/

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64) The Anarchist Experience, episode 151
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss what it could take to get Cryptos to go mainstream and why Everyone should diversify into some kind of alt-currency, Rich reads a bizarre text exchange with his Uncle as to what would happen if we all stopped paying taxes, and these Headlines: — New York Legislators Unveil Legislation Banning Tide Pods — Study Shows Kids are Born Creative Geniuses But the Education System Destroys Imagination.” [various formats] (02/12/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/the-anarchist-experience-151/

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65) Free Talk Live, 02/11/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Universal Basic Income to Begin in Stockton :: Something About the Flu :: FBI Gun Registry Lies :: Constitution :: Twitch Viewer Record? :: Republicans and UBI :: Subsidies Without Strings :: Unlicensed Salons :: Communism :: Capital :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/11/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-02-11

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