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Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump moves to ban devices that make killers’ fire less accurate
2) FCC’s reversal of Net Neutrality scheme expected Thursday
3) Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials during the Olympics before last minute cancellation
4) SCOTUS won’t hear challenge to California’s waiting period for gun purchases
5) PA: Republicans will sue to block court-drawn congressional map
6) Trump administration sued over detention of immigrant children
7) Trump Jr.’s passage to India causes a stir
8) Positive she saw Bigfoot, she’s suing California
9) West Point posthumously admits Florida shooting victim Peter Wang to Class of 2025
10) Oprah to donate $500,000 to students marching in support of victim disarmament
11) CA: Hypocrite #metoo legislator accused of firing aide who refused her “kissing game”
12) Pelosi heckled at town hall while slamming Trump tax law
13) Dems fume as Trump pushes low-cost, ObamaCare alternative health plans
14) Report: Hawaii wasn’t ready to handle missile threat alert
15) MI: Potholes cause multiple crashes, killing one man
16) Israel: Netanyahu aide suspected of offering AG post to judge to let PM’s wife off hook
17) Attorney admits he lied to Mueller’s federal agents
18) Google AI can predict your heart disease risk from eye scans
19) Mexican cartels pushing more heroin after US states relax marijuana laws
20) Walmart earnings miss estimates as e-commerce growth slows, shares tumble
21) US, South Korean regimes to resume saber rattling after Olympics
22) WA: Psychologist accused of sexual assault found dead in jail
23) NC: Substitute teacher fired after body-slamming a student over a box of chocolates
24) Israel: US ambassador says removing West Bank squatters could spark civil war
25) Syria: Death toll soars as regime troops bombard rebel-held city

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) End ICE
27) Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Russiagate
28) The mass conspiracy of blame avoidance
29) Dopey Russian ads didn’t swing voters — federal coverups did
30) America’s toxic cult of violence turns deadly
31) The Muslim “Bernie clone” running for Governor in Trump country
32) Don’t be so quick to dismiss public choice (but stop caricaturing autism)
33) Commonsense firearm regulation
34) Israel and Iran: A long-running rivalry moves to center stage
35) Stop inflating the Russia threat
36) Laws are irrelevant
37) Munich did nothing to appease Cold War 2.0 fears
38) Obama’s real debt and deficit legacy
39) “Too controversial”: Polk State College rejects professor’s anti-Trump artwork
40) A basic income need not reduce employment
41) Mueller’s potential investigation options are increasing, but they’re still “potential”
42) Italian elections update
43) Pennsylvania’s new congressional districts are gerrymander-free — and Republicans are angry
44) Mueller indictments reveal Russia’s real goal
45) The FDA’s regenerative medicine framework is a big win for gene therapies
46) When “charity” is actually a power play
47) St. Paul teachers score win for kids [sic] over big money
48) Banning porn is a bad idea. Half a decade of science shows it.
49) Good riddance! How “Opioid Jane” got Wall Street hooked on monetary heroin, part 2
50) End the drug war for these very practical reasons
51) Will the US go to war with China over Taiwan?
52) Billionaire theater
53) America v. Russia: Blundering into a hot war
54) The conservative creed
55) Fake news fracas

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Essential Libertarianism, episode 23
57) Tenther Tuesday, episode 27
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1098
59) Reason Podcast, 02/20/18
60) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 82
61) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 44
62) bloggingheads.tv, 02/20/18
63) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/20/18
64) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/20/18
65) Free Talk Live, 02/19/18

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

1) Trump moves to ban devices that make killers’ fire less accurate
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he has directed his attorney general to propose changes that would ban bump fire stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly. The move adds his voice to a process that began in December, two months after a gunman used the device in a shooting that left scores dead at a concert in Las Vegas. ‘Just a few moments ago I signed a memo directing the attorney general to propose regulations that ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,’ Trump said at a Medal of Valor event at the White House, addressing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.” [editor’s note: Of course, “bump stocks” do no such thing. Not that I’ve ever heard of a gun-grabber letting trivial things like facts get in the way of the desire to oppress – TLK] (02/20/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/20/politics/donald-trump-bump-stocks/index.html

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2) FCC’s reversal of Net Neutrality scheme expected Thursday
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The formal publication in the Federal Register, a government website, means state attorneys general and advocacy groups will be able to sue in a bid to block the order from taking effect. The Republican-led FCC in December voted 3-2 to overturn rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content. The White House Office of Management and Budget still must sign off on some aspects of the FCC reversal before it takes legal effect.” (02/20/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-internet/fcc-reversal-of-net-neutrality-rules-expected-to-be-published-thursday-sources-idUSKCN1G42TO

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3) Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials during the Olympics before last minute cancellation
Source: Washington Post

“Vice President Pence departed for a five-day, two country swing through Asia earlier this month having agreed to a secret meeting with North Korean officials while in South Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. But on Saturday Feb. 10, less than two hours before Pence and his team were set to meet with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, the regime’s nominal head of state, the North Koreans pulled out of the scheduled meeting, according to Pence’s office. The North Korean decision to withdraw from the meeting came after Pence had used his trip to denounce their nuclear ambitions and announce the ‘toughest and most aggressive’ sanctions against the regime yet, while also taking steps to further solidify the U.S. alliance with both Japan and South Korea.” (02/20/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pence-was-set-to-meet-with-north-korean-officials-during-the-olympics-before-last-minute-cancellation/2018/02/20/89392dfe-1684-11e8-942d-16a950029788_story.html

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4) SCOTUS won’t hear challenge to California’s waiting period for gun purchases
Source: USA Today

“The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to hear a challenge to California’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases, the second longest in the nation. As the national debate over guns intensified following last week’s school shooting in Florida that killed 17 students and teachers, the high court continued to resist inserting itself — a path it has followed for several years. Justice Clarence Thomas issued an angry, 14-page dissent in which he complained that lower courts have failed to give the Second Amendment ‘the respect due an enumerated constitutional right.’ But none of the court’s other conservatives joined him. Since its landmark rulings in 2008 and 2010 upheld the right to keep and bear firearms for self-defense, the Supreme Court has declined to hear challenges from gun rights or gun control groups. That has left issues such as assault weapons bans, trigger locks and the right to carry guns in public up to the states.” (02/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/20/supreme-court-wont-hear-challenge-californias-waiting-period-gun-purchases/354376002

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5) PA: Republicans will sue to block court-drawn congressional map
Source: Reuters

“State and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the state’s high court, the party’s congressional campaign arm said on Tuesday. The new map would give Democrats better odds of capturing as many as half a dozen U.S. House of Representatives seats in Pennsylvania, where Republicans currently hold 13 of the 18 seats. The Democrats need to flip 24 seats nationally in November’s mid-term elections to retake control of the House. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court drew a new map for the state’s 18 congressional districts after previously invalidating the existing lines as an unconstitutional gerrymander, finding the Republican-controlled legislature drew them to marginalize Democratic voters.” (02/20/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-politics-pennsylvania-republicans/republicans-will-sue-to-block-court-drawn-pennsylvania-congressional-map-idUSKCN1G42H7

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6) Trump administration sued over detention of immigrant children
Source: Raw Story

“A New York civil rights group on Tuesday sued Trump administration officials over what it called prolonged detention of immigrant children, blaming recent shifts in U.S. government policy for keeping children locked up without cause. The New York Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, is seeking to represent a class of children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a federal agency, in New York. The group said there were likely at least 40 such children. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ORR’s parent agency, declined to comment. … Under federal law, children with relatives or other adults in the United States who are qualified to take care of them are supposed to be released from custody while their immigration cases are adjudicated. The lead plaintiff in the case is a 17-year-old boy, identified in the lawsuit as L.V.M. The boy came to the United States from El Salvador with his mother and brother in 2016 fleeing gang violence, and the family has applied for asylum, according to the NYCLU.” (02/20/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/trump-administration-sued-detention-immigrant-children

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7) Trump Jr.’s passage to India causes a stir
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Why is the US president’s son delivering a foreign policy-type speech in India while selling flats?” (02/20/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-43135207/donald-trump-jr-s-passage-to-india-causes-a-stir

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8) Positive she saw Bigfoot, she’s suing California
Source: Fox News

“Claudia Ackley is positive that she and her two daughters came across Bigfoot in a tree in southern California last year, but when she called different state authorities to report the sighting, she got the same response. Nope, they told her, you saw a bear. As a result, the 46-year-old has filed a lawsuit against the state for failing to recognize Sasquatch as a distinct species, reports the Press-Enterprise. In this case, you can judge for yourself: An ABC 30 report on Ackley’s sighting includes phone video shot by her daughter near Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino mountains. (It was shot around dusk and is pretty dark.) Ackley filed her suit with documentary filmmaker Todd Standing, who made the Netflix film “Discovering Bigfoot” and who believes the sighting is legit.” (02/20/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/02/20/positive-saw-bigfoot-shes-suing-california.html

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9) West Point posthumously admits Florida shooting victim Peter Wang to Class of 2025
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. Military Academy West Point is posthumously admitting Florida school shooting victim Peter Wang, who dreamed of attending the prestigious academy. Wang could have been in the Class of 2025. The 15-year-old’s funeral is today. West Point will confer a letter of admission, along with honorarium tokens, to his family, local West Point alumni Chad Maxey said. Wang died in his JROTC uniform on Wednesday, holding the door open to allow others to escape, as gunman Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, authorities and witnesses said. Wang’s funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kraeer Funeral Home, 1655 N. University Drive in Coral Springs. He will be laid to rest at Bailey Memorial Gardens in North Lauderdale.” (02/20/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/west-point-posthumously-admits-florida-shooting-victim-peter-wang-class-2025

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10) Oprah to donate $500,000 to students marching in support of victim disarmament
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Oprah Winfrey says she will match George and Amal Clooney’s $500,000 donation to students organizing marches against gun violence after a mass shooting in Florida. The media mogul tweeted from her verified account Tuesday night that the student organizers remind her of civil rights activists in the 1960s ‘who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.’ In a statement earlier Tuesday, the Clooneys say they’re inspired by the ‘courage and eloquence’ of the survivors-turned-activists from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed at the school and others wounded when a gunman went on a rampage with an assault rifle. Students are mobilizing a March 24 march in Washington and elsewhere to urge lawmakers to enact tougher gun control.” (02/20/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/The-Latest-Florida-students-walk-out-in-show-of-12627272.php

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11) CA: Hypocrite #metoo legislator accused of firing aide who refused her “kissing game”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A state lawmaker who rose to national prominence as a campaigner against sexual assault is accused of firing an aide who refused to play ‘spin the bottle,’ according to court papers. David John Kernick filed a complaint against California Democrat Cristina Garcia about the alleged 2014 incident. He claims she wrote him up for insubordination and fired him two days after he refused to play the game. Ms Garcia has denied previous allegations against her. Mr Kernick said in the complaint that Ms Garcia, who was featured in a Time magazine profile of #MeToo victims last year, approached him at a fundraiser at a whiskey bar and invited him to sit on her hotel room floor to play the kissing game. The latest complaint against Ms Garcia accuses her of disciplining Mr Kernick ‘with a write up for insubordination’ before firing him two days later.” (02/20/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43130890

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12) Pelosi heckled at town hall while slamming Trump tax law
Source: Fox News

“Rep. Nancy Pelosi was heckled by a woman at a town hall event Tuesday after she continued blasting President Trump and Republicans’ tax cuts. ‘God never intended one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth while others live in abject deadening poverty,’ the House minority leader said, adding that the quote was from Dr. Martin Luther King. As she finished her sentence, Pelosi was interrupted by a woman in the Phoenix, Arizona, audience who asked ‘how much are you worth, Nancy? Are you in abject poverty?’ the woman shouted at Pelosi, who is routinely listed among the wealthiest members of Congress. Pelosi and her husband Paul Sr., a Georgetown-educated businessman who runs a venture capital firm, are worth about $100 million.” [editor’s note: And since much of that gelt has come directly from her stint in Congress, the question is a fair one – SAT] (02/20/18)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/02/20/pelosi-heckled-town-hall-about-trump-tax-law-how-much-you-worth

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13) Dems fume as Trump pushes low-cost, ObamaCare alternative health plans
Source: Fox News

“The Trump administration moved Tuesday to allow health insurers to sell lower-cost, less-comprehensive medical plans as an alternative to those required under ObamaCare — in a plan that drew swift protest from congressional Democrats. The proposed regulations would allow insurers to sell individual consumers ‘short-term’ policies that can last up to 12 months, have fewer benefits, and come with lower premiums. The plans also would come with a disclaimer that they don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protection requirements, such as guaranteed coverage. Insurers could also charge consumers more if an individual’s medical history discloses health problems. But at a time of rising premiums, Trump administration officials touted the option as a boost for those who need coverage but don’t qualify for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies and would otherwise face paying the full premium cost.” (02/20/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/20/dems-fume-as-trump-pushes-low-cost-obamacare-alternative-health-plans.html

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14) Report: Hawaii wasn’t ready to handle missile threat alert
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Hawaii’s nuclear missile scare showed that the state began testing alerts before fully developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat and that a public outreach campaign months earlier wasn’t effective, said a report released Tuesday. The state Department of Defense, the agency that oversees Hawaii’s emergency management, released the internal review after an alert was sent to cellphones, televisions and radio stations across the state last month. The notification, which read ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,’ triggered widespread panic as more than a million residents and visitors feared they were about to face a ballistic missile strike. Gov. David Ige assigned Brig. Gen. Kenneth Hara, the second in command at the Department of Defense, to conduct a comprehensive review of the agency’s operations.” [editor’s note: In a sane world, there is no reason they should have been – SAT] (02/20/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Hawaii-report-Missile-alert-drills-began-12628096.php

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15) MI: Potholes cause multiple crashes, killing one man
Source: USA Today

“A 22-year-old passenger was killed Tuesday after the car in which he was riding hit a pothole, lost control and crashed into a utility pole, according to Detroit police. The driver of the Ford Focus, a 22-year-old woman, is in serious condition at a Detroit area hospital, police said. Neither victim’s name in the 12:11 a.m. ET accident on the city’s west side was released. About 200 miles to the southwest in Daleville, Ind., a collection of deep potholes on Interstate 69 caused a multi-vehicle crash as drivers swerved to miss the craters. Emergency responders were called to the area at about 9:30 a.m. ET Tuesday in the southbound lanes near the Daleville exit, about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis, for a three-vehicle crash. No one was injured, according to Indiana State Police. But emergency scanner traffic noted other accidents or cars left with flat tires along the same stretch of I-69.” [editor’s note: I am finding new commuting-routes here in Tennessee for the same reason – SAT] (02/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/02/20/potholes-cause-crashes-kill-man/354632002

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16) Israel: Netanyahu aide suspected of offering AG post to judge to let PM’s wife off hook
Source: Times of Israel [Israel]

“A former spokesperson for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family is suspected of promoting a deal to give a judge the post of attorney general if she agreed to halt an investigation into Netanyahu’s wife Sara police confirmed Tuesday. Police confirmed the details without naming those involved shortly after Maariv journalist Ben Caspit broke the news of the suspected late-2015 offer conveyed from Nir Hefetz, longtime confidant of the Netanyahu family, to the since-retired judge Hila Gerstel. Hefetz and Communications Ministry Director-General Shlomo Filber, who have been in custody since Sunday in connection with the so-called Case 4000 involving suspected corruption involving the Bezeq telecommunications company and possibly Netanyahu himself, are in talks with police about prospective agreements to turn state witnesses.” (02/20/18)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-suspect-netanyahu-adviser-offered-judge-ag-post-to-let-pms-wife-off-hook/

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17) Attorney admits he lied to Mueller’s federal agents
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A 33-year-old attorney fired last year by a prominent international law firm became the fourth person to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, admitting Tuesday that he lied to federal investigators about his contacts with a Trump campaign official. Alex van der Zwaan, who worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, admitted in Washington’s federal court Tuesday to making false statements about his interactions with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates. His plea deal may allow him to avoid prison. Van der Zwaan’s plea comes on the heels of an extraordinary indictment from Mueller last week that charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a hidden but robust social media effort that provoked on-the-ground rallies and sought to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and boosting the successful campaign of Republican Donald Trump.” (02/20/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-Dems-defended-election-integrity-until-12626683.php

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18) Google AI can predict your heart disease risk from eye scans
Source: ZDNet

“A new study by Google and its health-focused Alphabet-sibling, Verily Life Sciences, has shown that deep-learning algorithms can accurately predict heart disease by analyzing photographs of an individual’s retina. Scientists from the firms detail their findings in a new paper published in Nature Biomedical Engineering: ‘Prediction of cardiovascular risk factors from retinal fundus photographs via deep learning.’ The retinal fundus image includes blood vessels of the eye, which the paper shows can be used to accurately predict cardiovascular risk factors, including whether a person is smoker, blood pressure, age, gender, and whether a person has had a heart attack.” (02/20/18)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-ai-can-predict-your-heart-disease-risk-from-eye-scans/

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19) Mexican cartels pushing more heroin after US states relax marijuana laws
Source: USA Today

“As more U.S. states legalize the use of marijuana, Mexico’s violent drug cartels are turning to the basic law of supply and demand. That means small farmers, or campesinos, in this border state’s rugged Sierra Madre who long planted marijuana to be smuggled into the United States are switching to opium poppies, which bring a higher price. The opium gum harvested is processed into heroin to feed the ravaging U.S. opioid crisis. ‘Marijuana isn’t as valuable, so they switched to a more profitable product,’ said Javier Avila, a Jesuit priest in this region rife with drug cartel activities. Laws allowing marijuana in states like Colorado, Washington and California are causing shifts in the Mexican underworld that have also led to increased violence as the cartels move away from its cash cow of marijuana to traffic more heroin and methamphetamines.” (02/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/02/20/mexican-cartels-switch-gears-after-u-s-states-relax-u-s-states-legalize-marijuana-mexicos-cartels-sw/343389002

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20) Walmart earnings miss estimates as e-commerce growth slows, shares tumble
Source: CNBC

“Walmart on Tuesday reported earnings that missed analysts’ expectations for the holiday period, though revenue and same-store sales surpassed predictions as the big-box retailer attracted more shoppers with its expanded merchandise mix and achieved bigger tickets. The company’s gross margins took a hit during the quarter due to promotional activity and its ongoing war with Amazon to win a larger share of the grocery and apparel industries. … Shares of Walmart fell more than 7 percent in premarket trading Tuesday on the news.” (02/20/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/20/walmart-q4-2017-earnings.html

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21) US, South Korean regimes to resume saber rattling after Olympics
Source: Military.com

“The U.S. and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills after the Paralympics, both of them confirmed Tuesday, despite the exercises always infuriating Pyongyang and the Olympics having driven a rapprochement on the peninsula. Washington previously agreed to a request from Seoul to delay the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises — which usually begin in late February or early March — until after the Pyeongchang Games in the South, to try to avoid stoking tensions. The Olympics have since seen a charm offensive by Pyongyang, which dispatched athletes, cheerleaders and its leader’s sister Kim Yo Jong to attend the Games.” (02/20/18)

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/02/20/us-south-korea-go-ahead-joint-war-games-after-olympics.html

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22) WA: Psychologist accused of sexual assault found dead in jail
Source: Spokane Spokesman-Review

“A Pullman therapist and psychologist arrested last week on suspicion of sexual assault was found dead in his Whitman County Jail cell Sunday night. Sheriff Brett Myers said a corrections officer found Dean Funabiki in his cell about 11:30 p.m. Life-saving measures were taken at the jail, and he was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Funabiki, 67, was accused of sexually assaulting a patient in her 40s during a therapy session in January, according to the Pullman Police Department. Myers said Funabiki used a sheet to hang himself.” (02/19/18)

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/feb/19/pullman-psychologist-accused-of-sexual-assault-kil/

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23) NC: Substitute teacher fired after body-slamming a student over a box of chocolates
Source: New York Daily News

“A substitute teacher was fired after he body-slammed a middle-school student in a shocking confrontation captured on video. Mayo Corrales shared the video on Facebook, calling for justice on behalf of her son Jose Escudero, who was thrown to the ground and left with a bruised elbow, shoulder and back, WGHP reported. School officials called the behavior ‘unacceptable’ and the teacher is no longer working for the Guilford County Schools district in North Carolina. … Escudero told the local news station that the substitute teacher confiscated a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day and threw it in the sink. When he retrieved the box at the end of class, the substitute teacher tried to grab it from his backpack before gripping his shirt and pinning him against the wall, he said.” (02/20/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/substitute-teacher-fired-body-slamming-student-article-1.3830530

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24) Israel: US ambassador says removing West Bank squatters could spark civil war
Source: Jerusalem Post [Israel]

“A forced evacuation of West Bank [squats] could spark a civil war in Israel, US Ambassador David Friedman told Jewish American leaders in Jerusalem, according to a report on Channel 10 news. The ambassador spoke on Tuesday at a private off the record briefing to a mission to Israel by the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations. Friedman’s comments about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were reported in Hebrew by journalist Barak Ravid, both on air and on his twitter feed. Portions of the Israeli right-wing public have long feared that a large scale [squat] evacuation could lead to a civil war. Friedman told the Jewish mission that this was his personal belief as well, particularly given the increasing number of national-religious officers who hold command positions in the IDF.” (02/20/18)

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Report-US-ambassador-warns-settlement-evacuation-could-spark-civil-war-543084

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25) Syria: Death toll soars as regime troops bombard rebel-held city
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Syrian pro-regime troops have launched a large-scale attack on the rebel-held eastern Ghouta, with death toll rising rapidly due to heavy bombing. Rebels claim the attack is a precursor to a ground invasion. Nearly 200 people were killed since the regime started its attack on the rebel stronghold of Ghouta on Sunday evening, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [claimed] on Tuesday. … Syrian state media said that rebels in Ghouta had fired mortars at districts of Damascus, killing a child and wounding eight others. In response, troops and allied forces struck militant targets there in response, said SANA, the state news agency.” (02/20/18)

http://www.dw.com/en/ghouta-death-toll-soars-as-syrian-government-bombards-rebel-held-city/a-42651255

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

26) End ICE
Source: The Week
by Ryan Cooper

“The most notorious government agency under the Trump presidency is surely U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The president may not be able to build his wall, but he can turn a horde of goons loose on America’s schools, churches, and homes. In the spirit of bold policy ideas, allow me to propose a reform of ICE: Just get rid of it. There is simply no need to have an agency whose major task is rounding up and deporting otherwise law-abiding immigrants.” [hat tip — Shikha Dalmia] (02/20/18)

http://theweek.com/articles/755454/end-ice

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27) Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Russiagate
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“[T]he same public figures who drummed up ‘Russiagate’ in the first place to explain why their candidate lost in 2016 are attempting to escalate the matter to the level of Mackay’s ‘epidemic terror.’ They’re comparing ‘Russiagate’ to Pearl Harbor and 9/11, calling it an ‘act of war,’ and publicly baiting US president Donald Trump to respond accordingly. In case anyone’s forgotten, Russia is a nuclear power. Throwing around the phrase ‘act of war’ is over-the-top insanity. It’s a call for the transformation of some Facebook ads into burning cities and piles of body bags, all because an election didn’t come out the way some people wanted and expected it to.” (02/20/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12905

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28) The mass conspiracy of blame avoidance
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“If you can ever get far enough from the status quo, one of the most shocking sights you’ll see is the mass conspiracy of blame avoidance. This phenomenon is so pervasive that most people go their entire lives without taking serious notice of it. It simply is, and the possibility of another way has never occurred to them. People do see this from time to time of course, but only as it intrudes on them personally. And even then, they generally wander away from the conflict and slide back into the conspiracy, wondering what just happened. I call this a mass conspiracy because it’s something all of us enforce upon each other. I’m sure there must be a few people who’ve been immune to it since birth, but I can’t really point to anyone.” (02/20/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/mass-conspiracy-blame-avoidance/

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29) Dopey Russian ads didn’t swing voters — federal coverups did
Source: The Hill
by James Bovard

“Much of the media response to the Mueller indictments implies that the 2016 election would have been relatively clean except for Russian trolls. But no foreign intervention was necessary to make the race the most tawdry affair in modern American history. Only a third of the voters trusted either Trump or Clinton — not surprisingly, since both campaigns deluged the nation with misleading advertisements and false claims. The 2016 election was in large part a referendum on the record and character of Hillary Clinton. President Obama touted Clinton as the most qualified presidential candidate in history, but voters had to take Obama’s word because his administration brazenly violated federal disclosure law by refusing to reveal Clinton’s emails and other key information prior to the election.” (02/20/18)

http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/374611-dopey-russian-ads-didnt-swing-voters-federal-coverups-did

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30) America’s toxic cult of violence turns deadly
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Ask yourself: Why do these mass shootings keep happening? Who are these shooters modelling themselves after? Where are they finding the inspiration for their weaponry and tactics? Whose stance and techniques are they mirroring? Mass shootings have taken place at churches, in nightclubs, on college campuses, on military bases, in elementary schools, in government offices, and at concerts. In almost every instance, you can connect the dots back to the military-industrial complex, which continues to dominate, dictate and shape almost every aspect of our lives. We are a military culture engaged in continuous warfare. We have been a nation at war for most of our existence. We are a nation that makes a living from killing through defense contracts, weapons manufacturing and endless wars. We are being fed a steady diet of violence through our entertainment, news and politics.” (02/20/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/americas-toxic-cult-violence-turns-deadly/

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31) The Muslim “Bernie clone” running for Governor in Trump country
Source: In These Times
by Darren A Nichols

“On a wet, wintry January night, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed addresses a packed room at the Lenawee County Courthouse Commons. The 33-year-old son of Egyptian immigrants intends to become his state’s first Muslim governor. He launches into a speech on the challenges facing the state: pollution, high-cost healthcare, a tough job market, a gig economy and a broken political system. It’s a talk he’s given in more than 90 cities and 40 counties. Then he comes to his diagnosis: ‘The reason why our politics feels so broken is because the people oftentimes whom we’ve elected to represent us, well, this system kind of benefits them. They’re eating at the same corporate trough.’ As a Muslim candidate, ElSayed might have expected a tough crowd. Eighty-four percent of Adrian’s 20,000 residents are white, and Lenawee County went for Donald Trump by a 21 percent margin. Yet the roughly 100 attendees appear impressed.” (02/20/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20927/the-muslim-bernie-clone-running-for-governor-in-trump-country

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32) Don’t be so quick to dismiss public choice (but stop caricaturing autism)
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Aeon Skoble

“On February 7th, 2018, Duke University historian Nancy MacLean said that classical liberal must be on the autism spectrum to have so little empathy or solidarity with others. Never mind that these claims are as ludicrous as they are easily disproven, one thing about this incident that stuck in my mind was what a great illustration it was of the dictum that politics degrades the character. For one thing, if a prominent academic had disparaged people with autism in any other context than bashing libertarians, the vast majority of the intelligentsia would (rightly) be outraged, demanding that she apologize and that she learn something about autism. She seems to think libertarians are evil because they lack empathy (which is false), and people with autism lack empathy (also false), so there must be a connection (which doesn’t follow anyway). But since it had the context it had, the incident has been entirely ignored by mainstream outlets. She gets a free pass on abhorrent and mendacious behavior because she’s perceived to be on the ‘right team.’” (02/20/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/dont-be-so-quick-dismiss-public-choice-stop-caricaturing-autism

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33) Commonsense firearm regulation
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“Since the tragic school shooting in Florida (my home state) last week, I’ve read countless articles arguing that now is the time to enact commonsense firearm regulation. At the same time, those who argue for increased regulation do not suggest any specific regulations. My response is: Give me an example of a commonsense firearm regulation that will actually reduce the illegal use of firearms. It’s easy at a time like this to appeal to emotions and say we have to do something to stop these shootings. It is more difficult to suggest regulatory changes that will actually reduce those shootings.” (02/20/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/02/20/commonsense-firearm-regulation/

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34) Israel and Iran: A long-running rivalry moves to center stage
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Ned Temko

“It was, as intended, a moment of high drama at last weekend’s international security conference in Munich. Holding up a fragment from an Iranian military drone shot down by his air force, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked out at Iran’s foreign minister and warned: ‘Do not test Israel’s resolve.’ The conflict between these rival powers is not new — with roots going back to the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the Shah of Iran, a key United States ally and the only Middle East leader at the time with close ties to the Israelis. But it is taking on new importance, with new potential perils, as a result of the war across Israel’s border in Syria, and the web of international tensions now surrounding that country’s future. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the military clash that followed the drone incident of a week ago was that it took so long to happen.” (02/20/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/2018/0220/Israel-and-Iran-A-long-running-rivalry-moves-to-center-stage

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35) Stop inflating the Russia threat
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of thirteen Russians last week for meddling in the 2016 election has incited hysterical threat inflation among many pundits and foreign policy experts. For Washington Post columnist Max Boot, the unfolding Russiagate story is ‘the second-worst foreign attack on America in the past two decades,’ after 9/11. … Interviewed by Politico, Ash Carter, who served as secretary of defense under President Barack Obama, called for a new ‘Cold War containment’ policy to deal with Russia. But Russia’s interference in the election, at least what’s known thus far, is hardly enough to justify a global struggle comparable to the Cold War or the war on terror. These earlier conflicts consumed trillions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives. The details in the Mueller indictment are troubling, but not an existential threat worth losing a single life over.” [editor’s note: Fascinating to see this from someone who was once calling for Trump’s head for “collusion” with these same “Russians;” I guess he must have realized the only “collusion” was between Hillary and the DNC – SAT] (02/20/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147122/stop-inflating-russia-threat

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36) Laws are irrelevant
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Whenever an act of violence makes it to the front pages of news sites, a lot of people start demanding laws be passed to protect people. When I see such demands being made in comment sections on the websites I frequent, I like to point out that laws are just words on pieces of paper and have no power to protect anybody. The believers in law then point out, as if I was unaware, that my argument should apply to all laws. They mistakenly believe that I’m only talking about whatever law they’re proposing but their rebuttal is correct, as I point out, I am talking about all laws. After that the believers in law tend to have a psychological breakdown and start screaming about how laws are what makes society possible. Laws are not what make society possible.” (02/20/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/02/20/laws-are-irrelevant/

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37) Munich did nothing to appease Cold War 2.0 fears
Source: OpEdNews
by Pepe Escobar

“The Munich Security Conference is supposed to be an annual lofty gathering of global politicians, and military and intelligence experts. Theoretically, they discuss serious security matters under a cool professional eye in an informed setting. Yet, in these times of doom and gloom, what the 54th conference yielded was another Russophobia show — a direct connection to the ‘Russiagate’ soap opera in Washington In fact, the 2018 Munich Security Report was entitled, To The Brink — And Back? In it, the Conference Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger did not mince his words. ‘The world has gotten closer — much too close! — to the brink of a significant conflict,’ he said. That was not a particularly subtle code for Cold War 2.0, which could fast develop into a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia.” (02/20/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Munich-did-nothing-to-appe-by-Pepe-Escobar-Cold-War-II_Iran_Israel_NATO-180220-942.html

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38) Obama’s real debt and deficit legacy
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“Congressional Republicans have been raked over the coals in the last two weeks for slamming through budget caps and inflating government spending and debt by another $300 billion. The criticisms are well-deserved. It’s a historical truism that Republicans are much more fiscally conscientious when they are in the minority than when they run Congress. And Republicans tend to be much bigger fiscal hawks when there is a Democratic president than a Republican president — as we are now witnessing. The only time in half a century that the budget has been balanced was in the late 1990s, when Bill Clinton was president and the Republicans ran Congress. It was a good combination. We ran four straight budget surpluses from 1998 to 2001, and government spending dropped gloriously, from about 20 percent of GDP to 17.6 percent. No wonder the economy boomed in those years. Government was less of a drag.” (02/20/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/02/20/obamas-real-debt-and-deficit-legacy-n2451320

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39) “Too controversial”: Polk State College rejects professor’s anti-Trump artwork
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by staff

“Free expression on campus isn’t childproofe d– except at Polk State College, where part-time faculty member Serhat Tanyolacar’s artwork was rejected from a faculty art exhibition for being ‘too controversial.’ In early January, Polk State encouraged all faculty members in its arts program, including Tanyolacar, to submit artwork to a faculty exhibition scheduled to begin on Feb. 12. Tanyolacar submitted a piece titled ‘Death of Innocence,’ which depicts several poets and writers juxtaposed with a number of pictures of President Donald Trump and other political figures engaging in sexual activity. Tanyolacar said the art is intended to highlight ‘moral corruption and moral dichotomy’ and provoke debate. In response to his submission, Polk State Program Coordinator Nancy Lozell informed Tanyolacar on Feb. 6 that his artwork would not be displayed.” (02/20/18)

https://www.thefire.org/too-controversial-polk-state-college-rejects-professors-anti-trump-artwork/

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40) A basic income need not reduce employment
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“Suppose the government redistributed to every adult Briton a basic, unconditional income of £10,000 from tax revenues. Would aggregate employment levels a) rise, b) fall, or c) stay the same? This is the blue-sky policy question that former Labour leader Ed Miliband has been toying with. He’s not alone. Ideologically-diverse bedfellows from the neoliberal Adam Smith Institute through to the Green Party have weighed up the merits of giving everyone cold hard cash as insurance against fears of automation and lack of job security in the labour market. There are legion concerns, trade-offs, and practical difficulties with such a policy. Yet the employment question arguably resonates most, and both proponents and opponents seem confused about it.” (02/20/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/basic-income-need-not-reduce-employment

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41) Mueller’s potential investigation options are increasing, but they’re still “potential”
Source: USA Today
by Jonathan Turley

“The special counsel’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals was most notable for what it didn’t include: any allegations of knowing cooperation or collusion with Trump campaign officials. Despite the creative spins of President Trump’s critics, it is clearly a significant admission. After a year of investigation, multiple plea agreements and multiple indictments, there is still no direct evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian operation. The Russian investigation will continue, including the investigation of any collusion or conspiracy by Trump officials. Yet, absent new evidence, there is a growing chance that collusion theories will not pan out. For the Trump White House, however, there remain a number of live torpedoes in the water — any one of which could present a serious if not existential threat for this administration. Robert Mueller has not incorporated the infamous Trump Tower meeting as a form of collusion. The reason could be that it is not. Donald Trump Jr. was allegedly looking for evidence of illegal contributions to the Clinton Foundation.” (02/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/02/20/muellers-potential-investigation-options-increasing-but-theyre-still-potential-jonathan-turley-colum/350954002

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42) Italian elections update
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“Italian elecions are fast approaching: they’ll be held on March 4. I think there is so far an unnatural/uncanny sense of composure surrounding the ballot. I think many assume that, since France ultimately didn’t vote for Marine Le Pen last year and stayed on the safe course with Emmanuel Macron, the same is going to happen in Italy: another big country (60 million people, the third largest economy in the Eurozone) whose stability is fundamental for the future of the European project. I am far more doubtful. The latest polls (for the rest of the campaign polls cannot be made public) tend to confirm the scenario which international observers prefer: due to the intricacies of the electoral law, nobody wins and the ‘moderates’ of the right and of the left end up in another grand coalition government that certainly won’t be able to profoundly reform the country, but neither will send it in the direction of Athens or Caracas. I think the very fact everybody is talking about this scenario makes it less likely to happen.” (02/20/18)

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

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43) Pennsylvania’s new congressional districts are gerrymander-free — and Republicans are angry
Source: Salon
by Matthew Rozsa

“A new map for Pennsylvania’s congressional districts produced by the state Supreme Court is nullifying Republican gerrymandering efforts. It’s a fair map, and it’s helping Democrats because it’s not tilted to help the GOP. Needless to say, Republicans are angry. The redistricting map was drawn with the help of Stanford University law professor Nathaniel Persily, who has helped with the development of other maps used to determine House of Representatives districts elsewhere in the country, according to Politico. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court took it upon itself to impose new districts on the state after Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, was unable to agree upon a new map with the state’s Republican leaders, who control the legislature.” (02/20/18)

https://www.salon.com/2018/02/20/pennsylvanias-new-congressional-districts-are-gerrymander-free-and-republicans-are-angry/

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44) Mueller indictments reveal Russia’s real goal
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“For more than a year, Democrats have been pushing the story that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. But the evidence keeps piling up indicating that it was Democrats, wittingly or not, who’ve been helping Russia achieve in real meddling goals. The latest comes from the indictments issued Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against 13 Russians accused of illegally meddling in the U.S. political system. This has been taken by Trump critics as proof that Russia did, indeed, conspire to meddle in the election. But if you read the indictments, and look at the Facebook ads, the Trump ‘dossier’ and other evidence, it becomes clear that the goal of this meddling wasn’t to elect Trump, but to create anger, hostility, bitterness, and discord in the U.S.” [editor’s note: Or to stop Hillary at all costs, no matter her opponent? – SAT] (02/20/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/mueller-investigation-13-indictments-trump-russia-collusion

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45) The FDA’s regenerative medicine framework is a big win for gene therapies
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ryan Hagemann

“Last week, the Niskanen Center joined with the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation in filing comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), offering our support for the agency’s new regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation draft guidance for industry. Although there are opportunities for marginal improvements to the guidance, and FDA approval processes more generally, we are happy to see that the agency chose to include gene therapies in its interpretation of what qualifies as a regenerative medicine therapy.” (02/20/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/fdas-regenerative-medicine-framework-big-win-gene-therapies/

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46) When “charity” is actually a power play
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Logan Albright

“It is widely assumed that do-gooders — and they do nothing to contradict this assumption — engage in acts of charity, not just because they want to help, but because they want others to be helped. In other words, that the object of their actions is to affect an improvement on the status quo. Logically, the altruist who gives blood or money or time to a cause should be overjoyed when there comes a point when such gifts are no longer necessary. Experience — and I’m sure we can all point to people in our own lives who bear this out — proves otherwise. For many people, giving itself is an end, not a means to an end, and nothing is more galling than being deprived of an opportunity to give.” (02/20/18)

https://fee.org/articles/when-charity-is-actually-a-power-play/

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47) St. Paul teachers score win for kids [sic] over big money
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“St. Paul teachers want to do ‘phenomenal things’ for their students. At least that’s what Nick Faber of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers tells me. But what’s been holding back him and his fellow educators are the same obstacles to progress in many of our communities: a culture of financial austerity combined with a political lack of will to tax corporations and the wealthy. But Faber and his union brothers and sisters may have just taught progressives a valuable lesson in how to take on those impediments and win, not just for students and schools but for the common good of our communities. On the verge of a potential strike, Faber’s union reached a negotiated settlement with the school district administration less than 24 hours before teachers were to walk off the job.” (02/20/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180220/st-paul-teachers-pit-common-good-vs-corporations-and-win

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48) Banning porn is a bad idea. Half a decade of science shows it.
Source: Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“Is porn fueling a ‘public health crisis?’ That’s the breathless and baseless worry spreading from Utah’s legislature to other statehouses (most recently, Florida and Kansas) and the pages of papers like The New York Times. These latest legislative freakouts are part of a rich history of government ignoring science and common sense in an emotional crusade against pornography, be it in the form of photos or cable movies or internet clips.” (02/20/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/02/20/porn-panic-is-back

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49) Good riddance! How “Opioid Jane” got Wall Street hooked on monetary heroin, part 2
Source: Cobden Centre
by David Stockman

“Janet Yellen deserves exactly none of the adulation being conferred upon her tenure by the mainstream financial press. In fact, her reign will be judged by history as a spectacular failure that left main street high and dry — even as it finally and completely addicted Wall Street to the toxic monetary heroin that is the specialty of Keynesian central bankers. Accordingly, it may take a dozen or more episodes like the 12% crash of the last few days to finally purge the ‘buy the dips’ addiction that is rampant in the casinos. Pending that day of deliverance, however, the soon-to-be shaking and shivering cold turkeys of Wall Street will surely come to see that Opioid Janet was not their friend at all, but their very worst nightmare.” (02/20/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/02/stockman-good-riddance-how-opioid-janet-got-wall-street-hooked-on-monetary-heroin-part-2/

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50) End the drug war for these very practical reasons
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton

“Timothy Hsiao recently made the rather startling case that libertarians should support the War on Drugs by claiming that recreational drug use undermines a critical precondition for freedom, namely, the ability to think clearly and to choose wisely. Hsiao notes that: ‘Accordingly, since the government has a responsibility to protect personal freedom, it must also protect and promote a culture that is conducive to clear thinking and discourages impaired thinking. The government, therefore, has a responsibility to restrict activities that impair, destroy, or otherwise undermine clear thinking.’ … The two objections that I wish to raise to his libertarian case for drug prohibition are pragmatic, not libertarian per se.” (02/20/18)

https://mises.org/wire/end-drug-war-these-very-practical-reasons

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51) Will the US go to war with China over Taiwan?
Source: The American Conservative
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“While America’s attention has been focused on the North Korea crisis, diverted occasionally to developments in the South China Sea, another volatile East Asia confrontation has reemerged. China is adopting a growing number of measures to intimidate Taiwan, including emphasizing that any hopes the Taiwanese people and government have to perpetuate the island’s de facto independence are unrealistic and unacceptable. Hostile actions include a renewed effort to cajole and bribe the small number of nations that still maintain diplomatic relations with Taipei to switch ties to Beijing, extremely explicit warnings that China will use force if necessary to prevent any ‘separatist’ moves by Taiwan, and a sharp increase in the number and scope of military exercises in the Taiwan Strait and other nearby areas.” (02/20/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/will-the-u-s-go-to-war-with-china-over-taiwan/

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52) Billionaire theater
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘I need to pay higher taxes,’ Bill Gates told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday. He was making a case against Republican tax cuts, but his actual argument? Insignificant. It’s just another unlearned, narrow-perspective ‘growing inequality’ farrago. But his conclusion intrigues … as a man-bites-dog story, because people have this goofy idea that rich people are somehow against government and for reduced taxes. They aren’t. Not even most of the richest.” (02/20/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/02/20/billionaire-theater/

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53) America v. Russia: Blundering into a hot war
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“ISIS may have retreated to the insurgent fringes of Syrian life, but the chaos and the conflict in Syria show no sign of approaching a resolution. If anything, it looks more chaotic now than before, when ISIS, as the enemy of both Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government and the US-led coalition, provided a common enemy. And now? The conflict still rages, but more chaotically, more confusingly. Yet it’s a chaos with definite shapes emerging, a chaos out of which is emerging ever clearer and often overlapping lines of conflict, between proxy forces, and between their international backers, sometimes alongside each other, sometimes against each other. The fatally internationalised nature of the Syrian conflict, dragging myriad external actors into play, is no longer latent; it is manifest, and it is dangerous, lacking geopolitical coherence (what is the US doing there?), making it even more unpredictable.” (02/20/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/america-v-russia-blundering-into-a-hot-war/

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54) The conservative creed
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“We, the conservatives of America, hold that government should just leave us alone … and (1) Should enforce school-compulsory attendance laws that force us to send our children to state-approved schools; and (2) Should force us through income taxation, Social Security, Medicare, farm subsidies, and other mandatory charity programs to help seniors, the poor, and others, and (3) Should incarcerate and fine us for ingesting non-approved substances; and …” (02/20/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/02/20/the-conservative-creed/

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55) Fake news fracas
Source: National Review
by Reihan Salam

“Over at the New York Times, Scott Shane has a report detailing how Russian operatives tried to influence the U.S. political scene through the use of social media (‘How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online’). I was struck by the slapdash and amateurish nature of these efforts. Even at the time, many speculated that the legions of social-media trolls who came out to play in 2016 were part of a coordinated effort, with bots playing a central role. But that leaves us with a more troubling question: If such a pathetic, shambolic campaign of mischief-making has managed to cause so much panic, what could a truly determined outsider pull off? … It might be that, once the hysteria about fake news subsides, Americans will come to terms with the fact that the United States is a country like any other: open to influence from abroad.” (02/19/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/blog/corner/russia-fake-news-hysteria-america-open-foreign-influence/

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56) Essential Libertarianism, episode 23
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

A Definition of Freedom, by Julie Watner. [various formats] (02/21/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/02/21/a-definition-of-freedom-el23/

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57) Tenther Tuesday, episode 27
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“Today is the 397th day that the GOP has failed to repeal Obamacare. But several states are taking steps to withdraw from a federal asset forfeiture program recently promoted by Jeff Sessions that police use to circumvent more stringent state forfeiture laws. In this episode of Tenther Tuesday, Michael Boldin and Michael Maharrey talk about asset forfeiture bills moving forward in three states. They also talk about legislation that helps expand healthcare freedom and an effort in Wyoming to increase currency competition by exempting cryptocurrency from property taxes.” [Flash video] (02/20/18)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/02/tenther-tuesday-episode-27-asset-forfeiture-health-freedom-monetary-competition/

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1098
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“According to stakeholder theory and the Corporate Social Responsibility movement, it’s not enough for a corporation to create products that satisfy consumer preferences and please their stockholders. A much wider range of people, or ‘stakeholders,’ should also have a say in the firm’s activities — which should take into account not just the interests of shareholders, but also employees, the community, even society as a whole. Peter Klein joins me to assess and critique all this.” [various formats] (02/20/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1098-capitalism-stakeholders-and-corporate-social-responsibility/

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59) Reason Podcast, 02/20/18
Source: Reason

“In today’s Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Robby Soave, and Nick Gillespie discuss what if any policies might mitigate the frequency and casualties of mass shootings. They also talk about how Rush Limbaugh, of all people, has advanced the most progressive immigration policy heard in several months, whether the investigation of Russian influence into the 2016 election will undermine belief in American politics, and the deeper meanings of Black Panther, the latest Marvel superhero movie that is setting box-office records.” [various formats]

https://reason.com/blog/2018/02/20/talk-show-2-20-podcast

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60) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 82
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Happy President’s Day! Here’s what we should really be celebrating for this, and every, President’s Day. What’s in the News with stories on IRS denying passports, guard dogs, civil forfeiture reforms, zero tolerance, and FBI failure. Also, an Ask Me Anything segment where I answer your tough questions.” [various formats] (02/20/18)

http://thelavaflow.com/presidents-day-tlf082/

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61) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 44
Source: Libertarianism.org

“During a state convention in Utica on September 1836, 93 delegates unanimously adopted a resolution to officially establish the Equal Rights Party.” [various formats] (02/20/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/candlelight-conspiracy

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62) bloggingheads.tv, 02/20/18
Source: bloggingheads.tv

“William R. Black (Rice University, wrblack.com) and Edward Miller (Northeastern University, Nut Country) … Bill and Ted’s (excellent) disclaimer: ‘We are not conspiracy theorists!’ … Ted’s brief stint as a conspiracy-curious teenager … Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? … How a botched autopsy bred alt-narratives about JFK’s death … Bill: The world of JFK assassination theories has a left and right wing … John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson’s shifting legacies.” [Flash video] (02/20/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/50721

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63) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/20/18
Source: Cato Institute

“You should be able to try any drug you want to save your own life. And doctors and drug companies should be allowed to converse honestly about potential drug benefits without the fear of jail. Christina Sandefur of the Goldwater Institute comments.” [various formats] (02/20/18

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/right-try-unapproved-drugs-prohibition-truth-marketing

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64) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/20/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Darrell and MWD talk about liars, crypto muggers, Bob Dylan, GERD and the ex-Feens that remind us of it, charities, Cell411, Puppy Linux, Facebook’s crappy algos, https vs http and how Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’ starting in July, and that time Bob Dylan went electric and some Luddite yelled ‘Judas!’ and Dylan replied ‘I don’t believe you …. you’re a liar.’” [various formats] (02/20/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15633

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65) Free Talk Live, 02/19/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Best and worst Presidents :: Tyrants Lincoln rated best President by group of scholars :: Breaking myths about Washington & FDR :: Debunking Teddy Roosevelt & Thomsa Jefferson :: Few cryptocurrency holders are reporting capital gains :: Cryptocurrencies & taxes :: Sarah’s traffic report :: HOSTS — Darryl, Chris R, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/19/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-02-19

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