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Volume XVI, Issue #3,917
Friday, February 23rd, 2018
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In the News:

1) UN Security Council delays vote on Syria ceasefire
2) Mueller files new charges against Manafort and Gates
3) SpaceX’s prototype Internet satellites are up and running
4) MO: Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy
5) Trump “threatens” to throw Br’er Rabbit into the briar patch … er, pull ICE thugs out of California
6) FDA oversees kratom purge after salmonella outbreak
7) Usual suspects sue FCC in bid to save “Net Neutrality” corporate welfare/Internet censorship scheme
8) UK: Ministers conclude crunch Brexit talks at Chequers
9) Germany: Court delays ruling on diesel ban to next week
10) Report: Trump on verge of firing McMaster for throwing in with Russiagate demagogues
11) Major biblical discovery: Archaeologists may have found the Prophet Isaiah’s “signature”
12) Iran: Regime says it could leave nuclear deal if US regime doesn’t cut back on being such a bunch of jackasses
13) “Rick and Morty” fans: McDonald’s is again bringing back famed Szechuan sauce
14) UK: MPs to pretend they could control cryptocurrencies if they really wanted to
15) Google frivolously sued by former employee for allegedly firing him over pro-diversity posts
16) CA: Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy charged with sexually assaulting inmates
17) West Bank: Israeli occupation troops murder Jericho man
18) White House wants to create a commercial space czar to ruin SpaceX and others
19) FL: Rubio gets on all fours, waggles ass enticingly at pro-victim-disarmament mob
20) Montenegro: Man throws grenade at US embassy then blows himself up

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) A letter to Students Demand Action from a gun owner
22) Mueller’s Russian indictments are only the beginning — Americans could be next
23) A Universal Basic income would engorge the paternal state
24) California’s real impact on the battle to legalize marijuana
25) Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security
26) Not guilty / guilty
27) Trump’s absurd defense of the illegal war in Syria
28) Congress, follow the White House’s lead on CFPB reform
29) Medicaid waivers a path to reform
30) How compromises work
31) The paradoxes of the Mueller investigation
32) How long will gerrymandered GOP congressional maps stand?
33) Do public unions make police more dangerous?
34) Margin of error
35) What if Putin supports Nancy Pelosi in 2018?
36) When will it end?
37) How “slaving away for the government” gave birth to Africa’s largest libertarian student movement
38) Border wall delusions
39) “Sex invades the schoolhouse”
40) Government — a deadly dead end
41) Don’t forget small businesses, we’re booming under Trump tax cuts, too
42) Graceless Memphis politicians
43) Should infrastructure spending be state, local or federal?
44) The collusionists are dead
45) Australia’s neo-Victorian “bonking ban”
46) Your most basic right
47) Do deficits matter?
48) Teachers’ unions profit while kids pick up the tab
49) Mueller’s fraudulent indictment
50) The FBI questioned a black man about racists in Charlottesville, now he could go to prison

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/22/18
52) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 02/22/18
53) MilLiberty, episode 69
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 02/22/18
55) The Libertarian Angle, 02/22/18
56) Leading Liberty Podcast, 02/22/18
57) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/22/18
58) Editor’s Break, episode 62
59) Free Talk Live, 02/21/18
60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1099

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

1) UN Security Council delays vote on Syria ceasefire
Source: Washington Post

“A United Nations Security Council vote to halt the Syrian army’s furious blitz on a rebel-held Damascus suburb was delayed Thursday as Russia described civilian testimonies from the battered enclave as ‘mass psychosis.’ More than 350 people have been killed in Eastern Ghouta since Sunday, according to local doctors and monitoring groups, marking one of the bloodiest periods of Syria’s six-year war. The vote at the Security Council would have imposed a 30-day pause in the fighting and allowed humanitarian supplies to be delivered to an area exhausted by five years of siege.” [editor’s note: The UN Security Council can’t “impose” anything by a mere vote. The belligerents might go along with it, or they might not – TLK] (02/22/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/as-syria-bloodshed-continues-security-council-will-consider-emergency-cease-fire/2018/02/22/07bbddf2-17d9-11e8-930c-45838ad0d77a_story.html

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2) Mueller files new charges against Manafort and Gates
Source: CNN

“Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed new charges against former Donald Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. In the 37-page indictment, prosecutors describe a ‘scheme’ in which the two longtime business partners allegedly laundered $30 million, failed to pay taxes for almost 10 years and used real estate they owned to fraudulently secure more than $20 million in loans. … Already, the pair face a combined 12 criminal charges in federal court in Washington for alleged money laundering and failing to disclose banking information and foreign lobbying work they did prior to 2015. Those charges are also connected to the offshore accounts in the new indictment.” [editor’s note: In other words, still no charges connected to the supposed subject of Mueller’s investigation … – TLK] (02/22/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/22/politics/new-charges-manafort-and-gates/index.html

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3) SpaceX’s prototype Internet satellites are up and running
Source: Space.com

“SpaceX’s huge internet-satellite constellation is one big step closer to reality. The company launched two experimental satellites today (Feb. 22) designed to help lay the foundation for Starlink, a network that, if all goes according to plan, will consist of thousands of spacecraft providing broadband internet service to people around the world. ‘First two Starlink demo satellites, called Tintin A & B, deployed and communicating to Earth stations,’ SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted today.” (02/22/18)

https://www.space.com/39785-spacex-internet-satellites-starlink-constellation.html

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4) MO: Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted and taken into custody Thursday for felony invasion of privacy, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner’s office announced Thursday afternoon. … Judge Rex. M Burlison allowed Greitens released on a personal recognizance bond …. Gardner’s statement said a grand jury found probable cause to believe Greitens violated a Missouri statute that makes it a felony if a person transmits the image contained in the photograph or film in a manner that allows access to that image via a computer. The indictment apparently stems from allegations made in media reports last month that, during the course of an extramarital affair, he took a photograph of his bound and partially nude lover and threatened to publicize it if she exposed the affair. Greitens has admitted the affair but has denied the alleged threat.” (02/22/18)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/missouri-gov-eric-greitens-indicted-for-felony-invasion-of-privacy/article_3599554f-fcc4-551e-a0ae-b83368208a30.html

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5) Trump “threatens” to throw Br’er Rabbit into the briar patch … er, pull ICE thugs out of California
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump declared on Thursday he was considering withdrawing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from California as punishment [sic] for what he claimed was a ‘lousy management job’ in patrolling illegal immigration [sic]. ‘You know what, I’m thinking about doing it,’ Trump said at a roundtable with state and local officials to address ideas to stop gun violence in the wake of the Parkland school massacre. His comments came after he decried the state of law enforcement in the Golden State.” [editor’s note: Florida too! Puh-leeeeeeze! – TLK] (02/22/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/22/politics/ice-california-donald-trump/index.html

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6) FDA oversees kratom purge after salmonella outbreak
Source: Gizmodo

“It’s no secret that the Food Drug Administration isn’t a fan of kratom, a popular herb purported to help people with digestive problems, chronic pain, and most prominently, opioid withdrawal. So I can only assume the FDA got a small bit of pleasure when it announced it would oversee the destruction of a ‘large volume’ of kratom after an outbreak of Salmonella was linked to the supplement. However, the agency says the timing of destruction is coincidental and that it was planned ahead of the recall. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least 28 people across 20 states have become infected with a similar strain of Salmonella since October. None have died, but 11 have been hospitalized. Eight of the 11 victims interviewed by the CDC so far said they took kratom shortly before they became sick, either as a pill, powder, or mixed in tea.” ()2/22/18)

https://gizmodo.com/fda-oversees-kratom-purge-after-salmonella-outbreak-1823206795

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7) Usual suspects sue FCC in bid to save “Net Neutrality” corporate welfare/Internet censorship scheme
Source: Ad Age

“Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have joined the legal battle started by Mozilla and Vimeo to reverse the Federal Communications Commission repeal of net neutrality. The Obama-era prohibitions, meant to prevent broadband service providers from slowing or blocking web traffic or demanding payment for faster speed across their networks, were rescinded by the FCC in December on a 3-2 party-line vote. Over objections from Democrats, the FCC gave up most of its authority over broadband providers such as AT&T and Comcast Corp. and handed enforcement to other agencies. While the new regime, dubbed ‘Restoring Internet Freedom,’ was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, the ensuing lawsuits cast a shadow on when it will take effect.” (02/22/18)

http://adage.com/article/digital/mozilla-vimeo-states-sue-fcc-bid-save-net-neutrality/312490/

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8) UK: Ministers conclude crunch Brexit talks at Chequers
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Theresa May and her senior ministers met for eight hours at the PM’s country retreat in the latest attempt to settle the government’s approach to Brexit. The group of 11 were at Chequers to decide how closely the EU and UK should align after exit day in March 2019. Downing Street said the prime minister would ‘set out the way forward’ in a speech next week, after a discussion by the full cabinet.” (02/22/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43136076

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9) Germany: Court delays ruling on diesel ban to next week
Source: Reuters

“A German court on Thursday delayed a ruling on whether major cities can ban heavily polluting diesel cars, which could hit the resale value of 15 million vehicles in Europe’s largest car market and force automakers to pay for costly modifications. Judge Andreas Korbmacher said the country’s highest federal administrative court would rule on Feb. 27 on an appeal brought by German states against bans imposed by local courts in Stuttgart and Duesseldorf over poor air quality. There has been a global backlash against diesel-engine cars since Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating U.S. exhaust tests, meant to limit emissions of particulate matter and nitrogen oxide (NOx), known to cause respiratory disease.” (02/22/18)

https://in.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-ruling/german-court-delays-ruling-on-diesel-ban-to-next-week-idINKCN1G60LC

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10) Report: Trump on verge of firing McMaster for throwing in with Russiagate demagogues
Source: Raw Story

“President Donald Trump could fire his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, after he said that evidence of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election was ‘incontrovertible.’ Sources close to the White House told CNN that Pentagon officials were ‘quietly’ trying to find a job for McMaster in the Pentagon.” (02/22/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/trump-verge-firing-national-security-adviser-admitted-russias-role-us-election-report/

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11) Major biblical discovery: Archaeologists may have found the Prophet Isaiah’s “signature”
Source: Fox News

“Archaeologists in Israel say that they have found a clay seal mark that may bear the signature of the Biblical Prophet Isaiah. The 2,700-year-old stamped clay artifact was found during an excavation at the foot of the southern wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. In ancient times a seal stamp, or bulla, was used to authenticate documents or items.” (02/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/02/22/major-biblical-discovery-archaeologists-may-have-found-prophet-isaiahs-signature.html

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12) Iran: Regime says it could leave nuclear deal if US regime doesn’t cut back on being such a bunch of jackasses
Source: Bloomberg

“Iran may abandon its nuclear accord with world powers if the U.S. maintains a ‘policy of confusion and uncertainty’ that’s scaring foreign businesses away from the Islamic Republic, a senior official said. Iran doesn’t see the agreement as a ‘success story’ as it isn’t benefiting sufficiently from the lifting of sanctions, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said in a speech in London. The U.S. has created a ‘destructive atmosphere’ that’s dissuading foreign companies and banks from engaging with Iran, he said on Thursday.” (02/22/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-22/iran-says-could-leave-nuclear-deal-if-it-fails-to-reap-benefit

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13) “Rick and Morty” fans: McDonald’s is again bringing back famed Szechuan sauce
Source: USA Today

“Attention ‘Rick and Morty’ fans. McDonald’s is bringing back its famously discontinued Szechuan sauce — again. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based fast-food chain has been teasing on Twitter about the return of the sauce, which became a bit of a pop-culture sensation thanks to being mentioned on ‘Rick and Morty,’ a popular adult-oriented cartoon. Drumroll, please. According to a company spokesman, the sauce will be available at select locations starting at lunchtime Monday — hundreds of packets at each store. Nationwide, 20 million packets will be available. … Fans are no doubt hoping that Monday’s release goes smoother than what happened in October, when a small number of packets was made available at a select number of McDonald’s locations. During that release, a store in Detroit had only 40 packets; only 200 packets were given out statewide. Customers lined up and many left angry or disappointed, according to a Free Press report. There were reports of riot-like conditions at some stores.” (02/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/02/22/rick-and-morty-fans-mcdonalds-again-bringing-back-famed-szechuan-sauce/362793002/

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14) UK: MPs to pretend they could control cryptocurrencies if they really wanted to
Source: Independent [UK]

“The Treasury Committee is launching an inquiry into digital currencies, which are attracting a great deal of interest after the spectacular rise of bitcoin last year. It will assess the potential risks and benefits bitcoin and alternative cryptocurrencies could bring to individuals, businesses and the Government. It will also consider the impact regulation could have, and whether or not it could protect people and organisations without stifling innovation.” (02/22/18)

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/bitcoin-regulation-ethereum-ripple-xrp-cryptocurrency-nicky-morgan-treasury-committee-inquiry-a8223091.html

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15) Google frivolously sued by former employee for allegedly firing him over pro-diversity posts
Source: FirstPost [India]

“A former employee has sued Google for ‘discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination, alleging that the company fired him over writing pro-diversity internal posts. According to a report in Gizmodo late 21 February, Tim Chevalier, a software developer and former site-reliability engineer at Google, was fired in November 2017 after he made several internal posts against racism and sexism. Chevalier had responded to the anti-diversity memo written by James Damore, another employee who was ousted from the company last year for criticising the tech giant for its diversity policy.” [editor’s note: Where does this notion come from that whining at work is some kind of right? – TLK] (02/22/18)

http://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/google-sued-by-former-employee-for-allegedly-firing-him-over-pro-diversity-posts-4362023.html

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16) CA: Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy charged with sexually assaulting inmates
Source: Newsweek

“A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with sexually assaulting six female inmates over a six-month period in 2017 at a women’s facility. In a press conference, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Giancarlo Scotti, 31, is facing two criminal counts of rape and two counts of oral copulation–both under color of authority. Scotti is suspected of ordering inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California to perform sex acts on him before having unlawful sexual intercourse with them.” (02/22/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/los-angeles-sheriffs-deputy-charged-sexually-assaulting-6-female-inmates-815404

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17) West Bank: Israeli occupation troops murder Jericho man
Source: Washington Post

“A 33-year-old Palestinian man has been killed in disputed circumstances during an arrest raid by Israeli troops in the West Bank. The Israeli military says Palestinians attacked troops during Thursday’s raid in the town of Jericho. A statement says an armed man tried to grab a soldier’s gun. It says the man ‘was injured and received medical treatment’ from troops at the scene and that his ‘death was later announced.’ The army did not say how the man was injured or what weapon he allegedly carried.” (02/22/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/palestinian-killed-in-israeli-army-arrest-raid-in-west-bank/2018/02/22/d056f542-17c2-11e8-930c-45838ad0d77a_story.html

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18) White House wants to create a commercial space czar to ruin SpaceX and others
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The National Space Council on Wednesday, headed by Vice President Mike Pence, announced a recommendation to consolidate space commerce responsibilities under the Commerce Department, while creating a sort of space czar — an undersecretary of space commerce to oversee ‘all commercial space regulatory functions.’ The recommendation was just one part of the space council’s view Wednesday that ‘New Space’ requires new rules. In a speech at the Kennedy Space Center Pence also announced a plan to streamline licensing requirements for rockets that launch and then return, which the industry has been pushing for.” (02/21/18)

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/science/2018/02/21/Trump-s-White-House-wants-to-create-a-commercial-space-czar-to-oversee-SpaceX-and-others/stories/201802210183

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19) FL: Rubio gets on all fours, waggles ass enticingly at pro-victim-disarmament mob
Source: The Hill

“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Wednesday announced said he supports a law that would raise the age requirement to purchase a rifle, and would consider a ban of large-capacity magazines. The father of a victim in last week’s Florida school shooting asked Rubio during a CNN town hall event what he would do to work with parents, students and gun control advocates to prevent future violence [sic]. ‘I absolutely believe that in this country, if you are 18 years of age you should not be able to buy a rifle. I will support a law that takes that right away,’ Rubio said. He added that he supports banning bump stocks and improving [sic] the country’s background check system, measures that have received support from the Trump administration and other lawmakers. Later in the town hall, Rubio also announced he is rethinking his past support for large-capacity magazines.” (02/21/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/374997-rubio-says-he-supports-raising-age-limit-to-buy-a-gun

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20) Montenegro: Man throws grenade at US embassy then blows himself up
Source: Reuters

“An unidentified man threw an explosive device, probably a hand grenade, at the U.S. embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, around midnight before blowing himself up, the government said on Thursday. No casualties were reported from the embassy which confirmed a small explosion near its compound. The U.S. State Department said checks were being carried out to ensure all staff were safe.” (02/21/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-montenegro-usa-attacks/man-throws-grenade-at-u-s-embassy-in-montenegro-then-blows-himself-up-idUSKCN1G609X

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

21) A letter to Students Demand Action from a gun owner
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“I understand. You’ve witnessed — far too often at first hand and in the most terrifying circumstances — the violent deaths of your fellow students. You refuse to accept that that’s just how it has to be. You’re organizing for change. You deserve to be heard. Don’t let anyone talk down to you or minimize your concerns. You want action. I don’t blame you. But it’s important to consider what kind of action you want, how to go about getting it, and what it will accomplish.” (02/22/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12937

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22) Mueller’s Russian indictments are only the beginning — Americans could be next
Source: Fox News Forum

“The joke in the D.C. legal community this week is, ‘We all want a front-row seat at the arraignments of the Russians.’ That’s a joke because a defendant must be physically present at his arraignment, meaning — since the Kremlin will surely not send its indicted spies here — no arraignments will occur. And no trials will occur. These folks the grand jury indicted could be lured to other countries and arrested or even kidnapped there, but that would be very dangerous and would most likely invite violent retaliation. Even if these defendants ended up in a federal courtroom by murky or illegal means, that would not impair their prosecution. However, because the American intelligence community has done similar ‘disinformation’ projects in foreign countries (though not on this scale), these defendants and these indictments will go nowhere. That leaves a question: Why would Mueller seek indictments of folks he knows he cannot prosecute?” (02/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/22/judge-andrew-napolitano-mueller-s-russian-indictments-are-only-beginning-americans-could-be-next.html

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23) A Universal Basic income would engorge the paternal state
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Max Borders

“As every economist will tell you, incentives matter. The basic idea is that if you subsidize some activity you’ll get more of it, and if you tax some activity you’ll get less of it. So when you pay people to be relatively poorer, they are more likely to remain relatively poorer. Some UBI proponents are convinced that incentive effects will go away. People who are less stressed about meeting their basic needs will actually be more productive, proponents argue, because they will have the financial freedom to experiment with different career options. And one might find anecdotal cases where that could be true. But for the vast majority, a UBI will create legions of human house cats.” (02/22/18)

https://fee.org/articles/a-universal-basic-income-would-engorge-the-paternal-state/

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24) California’s real impact on the battle to legalize marijuana
Source: CNBC

“When California legalized recreational marijuana in January, it sparked a national conversation on the future of the drug. Seeking to highlight the relevance of this event, the media quoted the state’s large population — comparable to Canada’s; the potential sales and taxes; the jobs that will be created there; and the size of its economy which, ranking sixth in the world, comes in ahead of France’s and India’s. Despite California’s impressive numbers, however, economic factors won’t be the state’s critical contribution in moving the legalization debate forward. Ultimately, California’s cultural reach and influence are what will make it a turning point in the battle to legalize marijuana nationwide. This is where California’s so-called soft-power kicks in.” (02/22/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/22/californias-real-impact-on-legal-weed-commentary.html

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25) Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“The Department of Homeland Security’s first problem is its name. Mainstream American political thought long celebrated the United States as a multicultural nation, one that forged a common civic identity among people from disparate cultures. Except for the Native Americans, this country is no one’s “homeland,” a word that evokes the blood-and-soil ethno-nationalism of the Old World. ‘The word “homeland” is a strange word,’ Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld mused to his staff in one of his infamous ‘snowflake’ memos in February 2001. “Homeland’ Defense sounds more German than American. Also, it smacks of isolationism, which I am uncomfortable with.’ … It’s now been more than 15 years since the U.S. government reorganized itself in response to a terrorist attack committed by 19 people. International terrorism’s threat to the United States has largely receded: Al-Qaeda is a remnant of its former self, and the Islamic State has been largely defeated in Iraq and Syria. At the same time, the bloated Department of Homeland Security turned into a boondoggle — an opinion shared across the political spectrum for years.” (02/21/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147099/dismantle-department-homeland-security

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26) Not guilty / guilty
Source: Town Hall
by Bob Gorrell

Cartoon. (02/22/18)

https://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2018/02/22/155907

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27) Trump’s absurd defense of the illegal war in Syria
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The Trump administration confirms that it has nothing but contempt for the Constitution and international law: ‘The Trump administration has decided that it needs no new legal authority from Congress to indefinitely keep American military forces deployed in Syria and Iraq, even in territory that has been cleared of Islamic State fighters, according to Pentagon and State Department officials.’ It is not new for a president to ignore the law in matters of war, but this is an especially egregious example of it. Not only is there no authorization for U.S. forces to be in Syria for any reason, but our military presence there has absolutely no legal justification of any kind. There is no U.N. resolution that authorizes U.S. forces to be there, the local government expressly opposes our military presence on its territory, and there is no remotely plausible self-defense justification for having U.S. military personnel in Syria.” (02/22/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-absurd-defense-of-the-illegal-war-in-syria/

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28) Congress, follow the White House’s lead on CFPB reform
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Daniel Press

“Hidden within a single line of a statistical table in President Trump’s 2019 budget is one of the most drastic reform proposals offered up in years. While all the focus has been on infrastructure and military spending, page 140 of the FY19 budget casually outlines the potential quashing of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one of the most controversial government agencies. Under the proposal, the CFPB would be put under congressional appropriations and then have its funding ratcheted down over the next few years. By fiscal year 2022, Trump’s budget estimates a savings of $672 million from the bureau — more than the CFPB’s entire budget for this year. While only a proposal, the president’s budget is one of the strongest indications yet that the White House is serious about reforming the CFPB. This is a good sign.” (02/22/18)

https://cei.org/content/congress-follow-white-houses-lead-cfpb-reform

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29) Medicaid waivers a path to reform
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jesse Hathaway

“As Congress continues to dither and delay entitlement reform, the Trump administration has empowered state lawmakers to take charge and do what Washington either can’t or won’t do: reform government spending and health care. Section 1115 of the Social Security Act authorizes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to approve state governments’ requests for Medicaid waivers, allowing states to tailor the program’s implementation to their respective needs. … Many states have already started to take advantage of this go-ahead because they know it will help get people back to work. But there’s another important reason to apply work requirements to Medicaid: the government’s massive debt time-bomb.” (02/22/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/02/medicaid-waivers-a-path-to-reform/

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30) How compromises work
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“In the aftermath of every mass shooting perpetrated by a nongovernmental individual, gun control advocates demand new restrictions be placed on gun owners. When gun rights activists refuse to roll over, gun control advocates claim that the gun rights activists are unwilling to compromise. I’m left to believe that the gun control advocates making that claim don’t understand what the word compromise means.” (02/22/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/02/22/how-compromises-work/

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31) The paradoxes of the Mueller investigation
Source: National Review
by Victor Davis Hanson

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals for allegedly conspiring to sow confusion in the 2016 presidential election. The chance of extraditing any of the accused from Vladimir Putin’s Russia is zero. Some of the Russians’ Keystone Cops efforts to disrupt the election favored Donald Trump (as well as Bernie Sanders). Yet Mueller’s team made it clear that the Russians neither colluded with any U.S. citizens nor had any material effect on the election’s outcome. But from here on out, there will be ironies, paradoxes, and unintended consequences with just about everything Mueller does. Is it now time to prosecute foreigners for attempting to interfere with a U.S. election? If so, then surely Christopher Steele, the author of the Fusion GPS dossier, is far more culpable and vulnerable than the 13 bumbling Russians.” (02/22/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/02/mueller-investigation-indictments-paradoxes-christopher-steele/

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32) How long will gerrymandered GOP congressional maps stand?
Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“If Republican strategist Karl Rove was right when he predicted in 2010 that ‘he who controls redistricting can control Congress,’ then the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s newly drawn congressional district map spells very bad news for the GOP. It’s not just that the new map, which Republicans fought tooth and nail and continue to challenge in court, gives Democrats a shot at winning up to six additional seats in the 2018 midterms. The problem for Republicans is that their failure to block the Pennsylvania map may signal a turning point in the redistricting wars, and in the GOP’s eight-year campaign to manipulate district lines to keep their seats.” (02/22/18)

http://prospect.org/article/how-long-will-gerrymandered-gop-congressional-maps-stand

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33) Do public unions make police more dangerous?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tate Fegley

“Of all the factors that contribute to police brutality and misconduct, one that has been relatively neglected but has received a growing amount of attention is police unions. Their influence became harder to ignore after all of the anecdotes of police unions making it more difficult to investigate and discipline misconduct.” (02/22/18)

https://mises.org/wire/do-public-unions-make-police-more-dangerous

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34) Margin of error
Source: Cobden Centre
by Tim Price

“Challenged to distil the secret of investing into just three words, Benjamin Graham offered the phrase MARGIN OF SAFETY. The adjectives ‘value’ and ‘growth’ are routinely butchered, manipulated, stretched and abused by fund managers, but the defining difference between the two is that ‘value’ stocks possess a margin of safety, and ‘growth’ stocks invariably don’t. When a genuine ‘value’ stock — listed shares of a high quality company with disciplined, shareholder-friendly management and generating high and sustainable levels of cash — gets cheaper, the logical response is to buy more. When a ‘growth’ stocks gets cheaper, it may simply mean that the tide is going out.” (02/22/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/02/margin-of-error/

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35) What if Putin supports Nancy Pelosi in 2018?
Source: The Hill
by Kristofer Harrison

“So, we’re finally all in agreement that Russia meddled in our elections. Now, we must come to an agreement about Vladimir Putin’s motivation. William F. Buckley had a rule to boil down complicated electoral calculations: Support the most viable, conservative candidate. Putin has one, too. Support whomever will distract America the most. Call it the Putin Rule. If we use that lens to view Putin’s actions, then lurking in Robert Mueller’s blockbuster indictment last week is an obvious question. What if Putin supports Nancy Pelosi in 2018?” (02/22/18)

http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/375091-what-if-putin-supports-nancy-pelosi-in-2018

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36) When will it end?
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Hein

“The public schools are dangerous places. I’ve lost count of the number of shootings in those schools, and the number of students killed or injured. It reminds me of space exploration. We were glued to our TV sets when the first Americans went into space, even if only for a suborbital trip. After a while, the fascination waned. Do you remember the most recent space launch? I don’t. The identity of the latest astronauts? Beats me. Ho hum. Will school shootings eventually become so ordinary they don’t merit more than a brief mention on the evening news? Yes, I think it’s possible.” (02/22/18)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/when-will-it-end

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37) How “slaving away for the government” gave birth to Africa’s largest libertarian student movement
Source: Students For Liberty
by Oluwafemi Ogunjobi

“Olumayowa Okediran was ‘slaving away for the government’ in a poultry farm housed in small a village, Fashola, during his National Youths Service Corps — a compulsory one year scheme by Nigerian government where graduates are deployed to various states for work — when he thought of launching forth African Liberty Students Association (ALSO), an organisation he founded in college, to a large audience.” (02/22/18)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2018/02/22/slaving-away-government-gave-birth-africas-largest-libertarian-student-movement/

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38) Border wall delusions
Source: CounterPunch
by George Wuerthner

“One of the only good things about the failure of Congress to agree upon the future of DACA recipients (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is that Trump’s fantasy about a border wall was not funded yet (which you may remember Mexico was going to pay for). Many see the Border Wall controversy as a humanitarian issue and a financial folly. Worse, according to many experts, a border wall would be ineffective in preventing illegal immigration. However, yet another lesser known aspect of the Border Wall controversy is the recent introduction of legislation designed to facilitate construction of infrastructure, roading, surveillance stations, and more within 100 miles of any American border without any environmental or other regulatory laws.” (02/22/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/22/border-wall-delusions/

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39) “Sex invades the schoolhouse”
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Earlier this month, The New York Times Magazine published ‘What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn,’ a feature that probed the frontier of sex education: a 10-hour course for high schoolers titled, ‘The Truth About Pornography.’ The course aims to make teens in this age of ubiquitous porn ‘savvier, more critical consumers of porn by examining how gender, sexuality, aggression, consent, race, queer sex, relationships and body images are portrayed (or, in the case of consent, not portrayed) in porn,’ the Times reports. … While the conversation that ensued focused on porn’s place in American life, the story struck me as a useful point of comparison for a look back at sex-ed 50 years ago. In 1968, The Saturday Evening Post ran its own feature on the frontiers of the subject, billed as ‘The Truth About Sex Education’ on the cover and ‘Sex Invades the Schoolhouse’ on the page. The story documented a rapid shift in attitudes.” (02/22/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/sex-invades-the-schoolhouse-a-retrospective/553826/

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40) Government — a deadly dead end
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Government occupies what is known as a ‘fitness peak;’ a local area of ‘good enough’ (for now) in a range of possibilities. Following the path up the mountain that signifies government leads to a dead end. You get to the peak, and you think it works, but you can’t go any higher. You can’t do better by doing more of the same. Maybe it even worked better than where you were. But as the sea rises, you realize you are trapped on an island that will soon vanish beneath the waves. You need to abandon your disappearing peak. And you can, but not without doing something which fearful, cowardly statists refuse to do.” (02/22/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/02/government-deadly-dead-end.html

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41) Don’t forget small businesses, we’re booming under Trump tax cuts, too
Source: USA Today
by Gary Rabine

“Big businesses are receiving uncommonly excellent press lately. For good reason. Dozens of major American employers are giving their employees significant pay raises or bonuses because of the new tax law that lowered the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%.This will help millions of hard working Americans pay their bills and enjoy their lives. … But don’t forget about small businesses, which under the new law receive a 20% tax deduction and the ability to immediately expense their business investments. Our actions may not generate headlines, but they are also giving pay increases to their employees and expanding their businesses as a result of the new tax law.” [editor’s note: There aren’t any tax cuts to “boom under.” Unless spending is being cut, taxes aren’t being cut – TLK] (02/21/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/02/21/small-businesses-booming-under-trump-tax-cuts-gary-rabine-column/340627002

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42) Graceless Memphis politicians
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘We could care less about instant runoff voting,’ fibbed Allan Wade, the city attorney for Memphis, Tennessee. Wade was rebutting the recent Commercial Appeal revelation that Memphis’s ‘City Council worked behind the scenes to find a sponsor for legislation this year that could ban instant-runoff elections statewide.’ After long relying on the mayor’s lobbyists, was it purely coincidental that the council suddenly spent $120,000 on its own Nashville lobbyists?” (02/22/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/02/22/graceless-memphis-politicians/

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43) Should infrastructure spending be state, local or federal?
Source: Reason
by Veronique de Rugy

“With the Trump administration’s proposal to add $200 billion of federal funding for transportation projects over the next decade, there’s a renewed debate about whether we should raise the federal gas tax. One side makes the argument that a 25-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax is needed and long overdue; the other side says the hike would cost consumers $71 billion, or 60 percent of the expected gains from the recent tax cuts. But neither side is asking a more fundamental question: Should the federal government be involved in infrastructure spending at all? … A better solution would be to return all public funding to state and local governments, where it belongs anyway.” [editor’s note: Where infrastructure spending “belongs” is in the private sector. One level of government might be worse than another, but they’re all bad – TLK] (02/22/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/02/22/should-infrastructure-spending-be-state

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44) The collusionists are dead
Source: The American Spectator
by James Black

“The fitful desperation of the true-believers to buttress the crumbling collusion facade has dislodged the tinfoil hats from their sweaty brows over their wild eyes, blinding and reducing them to raving about the Manafort and Gates indictments, the Flynn and Papadopoulos pleas, and the nothingburger Don Jr. meeting. The infirmity of this last stand quickly becomes obvious. Manafort and Gates were indicted for alleged offenses occurring before they met Trump. … The FBI determined Flynn’s suggestion to Ambassador Kislyak that the incoming administration might use sanctions as a bargaining chip (as Obama had) was neither unusual nor illegal, but, when questioned (by Peter Strzok), Flynn purportedly lied. … Papadopoulos'[s] plea is even thinner gruel. … Lastly (and least) is Don Jr.’s meeting with Putin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, which, coincidentally but of seemingly little interest to the media, was bookended by meetings she took with Steele’s boss, Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS. … This is an amateurish reenactment of the Red Scare, where, as Kimberley Strassel joked, ‘one risks a subpoena merely for ordering a salad with Russian dressing.’” (02/21/18)

https://spectator.org/the-collusionists-are-dead/

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45) Australia’s neo-Victorian “bonking ban”
Source: spiked
by John Slater

“The Pestminster moral panic that last year swept British politics seems to have reached Australia, with the priggish PM Malcolm Turnbull issuing a ‘bonking ban’ between ministers and political staff. Turnbull claims the change is needed to root out ‘serious cultural issues’ in Australian politics and ensure parliament is a ‘respectful workplace’ for women. This follows revelations that his deputy, Barnaby Joyce, had deserted his family after impregnating his media adviser, 20 years his junior. But contrary to Turnbull’s grandstanding, the bonking ban is a Victorian throwback to a time when society didn’t trust men and women to make their own choices.” (02/22/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/australias-neo-victorian-bonking-ban/

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46) Your most basic right
Source: According to Hoyt
by Sarah Hoyt

“Your most basic right is the ability to defend yourself, the ability in fact, to preserve your life. Every animal fights to preserve itself. And every human does too, whether it’s legal or illegal. Any society that violates that right is prioritizing savagery over civilization, and lawlessness over law. Why? Because criminals don’t obey the law. So while it’s illegal to attack you, the criminal will still do it, and if you don’t have the right to defend yourself (as is true in many places in Europe) then you’re devolving to the criminals having power of life and death over law abiding citizens. This is a recipe for the law to become dead letter and for everyone ignoring it. I know this is not the reason that the founders gave us the second amendment. Or it mostly isn’t. So much of the Constitution is defined as ‘protecting yourself from the government’ and of course, that’s just one form of protecting yourself from the government. The horror-regimes of the 20th century would have fared very differently with an armed populace.” [HT – Oleg Volk] (02/21/18)

https://accordingtohoyt.com/2018/02/21/your-most-basic-right

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47) Do deficits matter?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“I am seeing a disturbing rise in ‘free lunch’ thinking. One place this increasingly shows up is in the case of ‘deficits.’ People seem to have trouble grasping that deficit spending implies future austerity. … Some might argue that if the growth rate of the economy exceeds the interest on debt, then there is a free lunch. Governments can simply issue more debt to pay interest on existing debt. That may work for a brief period, but beyond some point additional debt will push up interest rates, and the marginal cost of the new debt will exceed the growth rate of the economy. Indeed this may well have happened in the US in recent months, as some people believe that rising fiscal deficits partly explain the recent increase in interest rates on Treasury debt.” (02/21/18)

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

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48) Teachers’ unions profit while kids pick up the tab
Source: Cato Institute
by Corey A DeAngelis & Ben DeGrow

“This month’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing of Illinois state employee Mark Janus’s case — questioning the constitutionality of mandatory [sic] teachers union dues — could very well lead to a healthier relationship between labor unions and government workers. And what’s more, a growing body of research suggests many states could also help their students in the long-run by making further adjustments to labor union policy. At stake in the upcoming Janus v. AFSCME case is a 40-year-old precedent that allows governments to force [sic] state, municipal, and school district employees to pay union agency fees as part of their jobs. This is problematic when the values and priorities of union leaders and individual members clash. Yet these forced payments are the reality for government workers in 22 states, who could gain the freedom to decide how to spend hundreds of dollars of their own earnings each year.” [editor’s note: They already have that freedom. If they don’t want to pay union fees, they’re completely free to not accept union jobs – TLK] (02/21/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/teachers-unions-profit-while-kids-pick-tab

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49) Mueller’s fraudulent indictment
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The indictment handed down by Robert Mueller against 13 Russians connected to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian-owned- and- operated clickbait farm, is the capstone of my case that we have indeed entered Bizarro World, an alternate universe where up is down, black is white and truth is a ridiculous falsehood. Yes, I said clickbait farm — because that’s precisely what the Internet Research Agency (IRA) is: founded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a former Russian chef who wanted to figure out a new way to make money, the IRA, as pointed out here, is a money-making operation. … This business model has been widely utilized by enterprising Macedonian teenagers and others out to make a quick buck, and it works quite effectively if you know what you’re doing. The IRA, like other clickbait operations, isn’t really about politics, although it deals with political subjects: it’s about making money for it owners. Period.” (02/22/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/02/21/muellers-fraudulent-indictment/

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50) The FBI questioned a black man about racists in Charlottesville, now he could go to prison
Source: In These Times
by Michael Arria

“Last summer, white nationalists infamously descended on Charlottesville, Va., holding an armed march and rally where neo-nazi James Fields Jr. allegedly killed anti-racist demonstrator Heather Heyer with a vehicle. Months later, black counter-protesters continue to be arrested on charges connected to the rally, even though it was the racists who unleashed violence on the town. At least one anti-racist protester was arrested after the local police department and FBI questioned him under the pretext of an ongoing investigation into right-wing violence, according to legal advocates. On Jan. 19, the Charlottesville police arrested Donald Blakney, a 51-year-old black man, and charged him with malicious wounding. … The complaint states that Blakney hit a man in the head with a stick who he believed to be associated with the white nationalists. This event allegedly occurred shortly after Blakney was hit in the face and called a racial slur by a different man. Blakney is the third counter-protester to be arrested and charged for events connected to the rally. All three of these individuals are black, and all three were attacked at the rally.” (02/21/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20935/Charlottesville-unite-the-right-white-nationalists-anti-racist-protesters

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51) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/22/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The struggle over ideas needs people to tell stories to make real the costs and benefits of putting those ideas into practice. Bob Chitester of the Free to Choose Network has spent decades working on this broad project. We spoke this weekend in Chicago.” [various formats] (02/22/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/realizing-freedom-philosophy

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52) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 02/22/18
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Most Americans are familiar with The Great Wall of China. Fewer are familiar with the Great Firewall of China. The Firewall blocks vast expanses of the world’s web content — and it’s just one of the tools the Chinese government uses to monitor, censor, and even manipulate what its approximately 1.4 billion citizens see online. On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we explore one of the most extensive and effective censorship systems ever devised by a government. How does the Chinese government do it? And why?” [various formats] (02/22/18)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-the-great-firewall-of-china/

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53) MilLiberty, episode 69
Source: Outset Magazine

“This week, Dr. Norman Horn of the Libertarian Christian Institute joins the show. Norman is the Founder of LCI and joins Caleb in a discussion about the philosophies of both libertarianism and Christianity. It is often thought that the two ideologies are inherently opposed to each other. This is mistaken believe that both Norman and Caleb deconstruct during the episode. In fact, Libertarianism and Christianity are more similar than they different.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/22/18)

http://outsetnetwork.com/2018/02/22/milliberty-episode-69-can-christianity-libertarianism-coexist/

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 02/22/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“From taking away private guns, to more government guns to making public schools even more like prisons, the recent Florida school shooting has everyone offering solutions — and demanding government action. Will taking away more liberty make us safer?” [Flash video] (02/22/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/will-extreme-security-solve-the-school-shooting-problem

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55) The Libertarian Angle, 02/22/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“How much value should be placed on a bachelor’s degree? Special guest Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, joins Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling to discuss his new book The Case against Education. Due to a technical glitch, the video quality of this episode is poor, but we did not want to pass this chance to have Bryan on the show.” [various formats] (02/22/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-case-education-video/

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56) Leading Liberty Podcast, 02/22/18
Source: Leading Liberty

“Charitable Liberty: An Honest Word with Bo Brown, Libertarian 2.0.” [various formats] (02/22/18)

http://heyjenngray.com/charitable-liberty-honest-word-bo-brown-libertarian-2-0/

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57) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/22/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Michael W. Dean spends 45 minutes dancing on the grave of someone who slighted him 35 years ago. Then Lousander Feen and Kal Molinet drop mad scientists about The District of Criminals, and how gun control is not the answer. And what was the question again? Or to put it another way, Lou and Kal are joined by MWD to talk about Karma for nasty radio show hosts and how Libertarians turn people away from Libertarianism. In the second hour, Lou and Kal talked about Kal’s recent outreach in Mordor on the Potomac to talk about guns with lefties.” [various formats] (02/22/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15661

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58) Editor’s Break, episode 62
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 062 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: having a foundation in principle, whether he’s a conservative or a liberal, the importance of disarming society toward an authoritarian agenda, what feminism is and if he wears that label, childism, why we quit things and why the desire for children to quit things should be respected, and more.” [various formats] (02/21/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/conservative-liberal-guns-feminism-quitting-things-34m-editors-break-062

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59) Free Talk Live, 02/21/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Porcfest Bested By Anarchapulco :: North Koreans to be Deported from Canada? :: School Shooting :: Ricky Thrown Out of Democrat Meeting Over Rebel Flag :: Lies About Mexico Dangers :: Venezuelans Lose Average of 24 Pounds in 2017 :: Venezuela Petro Launches ICO :: Proof of Importance :: NEM and Digibyte :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/21/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-02-21

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60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1099
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Steven Slate, who once struggled with drug use himself, joins me to talk about whether what we think we know about addiction is really true. Is addiction a ‘disease?’ Is ‘treatment’ the only way to deal with it? Are people who believe that don’t need treatment ‘in denial?’ Is moderate consumption always off limits for people who have had problems?” [various formats] (02/21/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1099-myths-of-the-addiction-industry/

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