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Volume XVI, Issue #3,918
Monday, February 26th, 2018
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In the News:

1) White House: Talks with North Korea must lead to ending nuclear program (theirs, not ours)
2) Ecuador regime blames UK regime as talks to free Assange break down
3) Syria: Fighting continues despite UN ceasefire resolution
4) NRA comes out against Trump’s proposal to raise gun-buying age
5) Russian regime sets stage for UN Security Council veto of US Iran-bashing stunt
6) FL: Broward sheriff probes claim that more deputies did not immediately enter school
7) FL: Pols call for suspension of Broward sheriff after Parkland massacre as he defends “amazing leadership”
8) Myanmar: Rohingya see no end in sight, six months after attacks began
9) UK: Labour seeks customs union with EU, piling pressure on May
10) Gaza: Pirates murder fisherman
11) MS: Gay pride parade permit denied, but aldermen won’t say why
12) Czech Republic: Syrian Kurdish leader abducted at request of Turkey’s regime
13) Russia: Thousands march in memory of slain opposition leader
14) Jerusalem: Church where Jesus was allegedly buried closed after tax dispute with Israeli regime
15) CA: Democratic Party declines to endorse Feinstein in re-election bid
16) China: Communist Party proposes eliminating two-term limit for president
17) Pena Nieto’s visit to the White House is on hold after a testy phone call over the border wall
18) Blue team memo charges red team trying to undermine Russia probes
19) Egypt: Ancient necropolis uncovered south of Cairo
20) NV: Vegas airport allows travelers to ditch weed stash before flying

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) A simplistic model of public policy
22) When cops lie under oath, prosecutors must take some blame
23) Centrally planned security doesn’t work either
24) The tragicomedy of Russiagate
25) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 6, part 2
26) Who’s on third? Not John Kasich
27) Can humans and computers mate and have babies?
28) Guns or grenades
29) No explanations needed to exercise our right to keep and bear arms
30) Paycheck plus welfare
31) The International Space Station would be better off in private hands
32) Psychiatrists baffled by mental disorder only afflicting leaders refusing to bow to US interests
33) Your tattoos are problematic
34) Why a carbon tax does not work
35) When will the next credit crisis occur?
36) Trump throws a lifeline to millions of ObamaCare victims
37) The Mueller indictments: The day the music died
38) Pakistan is back on anti-terrorism financial watchlist
39) The “conservative” label is a misnomer
40) Where’s the beef stroganoff? Eight sacrilegious reflections on Russiagate
41) NRA turning toxic overnight
42) The Federal Circuit should not allow patents on inventions that should belong to the public
43) Liberal campuses, conservative media & the First Amendment
44) Do trade deficits have to eventually be repaid?
45) Vibranium victorious
46) The American right’s deep ties to reactionary Europe
47) Blasphemy: 21st century witch hunting Islamic style
48) “Converting” someone to self-government
49) A heroic lawsuit against the Border Patrol in my hometown
50) Democrats: Gun control at home, deadly arms deals abroad

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Privacy rights at stake in SCOTUS case
52) Praise of Folly Podcast, 02/25/18
53) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 96
54) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 204
55) AnarchoChristian, episode 4
56) Anarcho Agenda, episode 58
57) Free Talk Live, 02/24/18
58) Felony Friday, episode 112
59) Jim Babka’s Post-statist Review, 02/23/18
60) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/23/18
61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 159
62) Reason Podcast, 02/23/18
63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1101
64) In The Tank Podcast, episode 128
65) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 02/23/18

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

1) White House: Talks with North Korea must lead to ending nuclear program (theirs, not ours)
Source: CNBC

“The White House said any talks with North Korea must lead to an end to its nuclear program after senior officials from Pyongyang visiting South Korea said on Sunday their government was open to talks with the United States. The North Korean delegation, in Pyeongchang for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, met at an undisclosed location with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and expressed a willingness to meet with the United States, Moon’s office said in a statement.” [editor’s note: No word on the US getting rid of its nukes – TLK] (02/25/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/25/north-korea-condemns-sanctions-but-is-seen-open-to-talks-with-us.html

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2) Ecuador regime blames UK regime as talks to free Assange break down
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Talks between the UK and Ecuador over the future of Julian Assange at its London embassy have broken down, the South American country’s foreign minister has said. Maria Fernanda Espinosa suggested British officials had been unwilling to negotiate over the Wikileaks founder’s potential release. Earlier this month, a judge upheld an arrest warrant issued when Assange skipped bail as he fought extradition to Sweden in 2012. The 46-year-old has been at the embassy ever since because he fears extradition to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks if he leaves. Espinosa said of the failed talks: ‘To mediate you need two parties, Ecuador is willing, but not necessarily the other party.’” (02/24/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/feb/24/julian-assange-ecuador-blames-uk-talks-break-down

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3) Syria: Fighting continues despite UN ceasefire resolution
Source: CBC [Canadian state media]

“Calls for a ceasefire in Syria, outlined in a UN Security Council resolution urging a 30-day truce, were apparently being ignored Sunday in the besieged suburbs of Damascus. … Iran said pro-Damascus forces would press ahead with attacks on eastern Ghouta, an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital, as ground fighting continued. Turkey, too, said its military operations in another theatre of war in the north of Syria would not be affected by the unanimous Security Council vote demanding the truce to allow for aid access and medical evacuations. Anti-government rebels said they clashed with pro-government forces near Damascus on Sunday, as rescuers and residents said warplanes struck some towns in the eastern Ghouta pocket, with two airstrikes late Saturday, shortly after the resolution was adopted.” (02/25/18)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/un-ceasefire-syria-ghouta-sunday-damascus-1.4551210

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4) NRA comes out against Trump’s proposal to raise gun-buying age
Source: New York Post

“The spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association pushed back at proposals by President Trump and the Florida governor to raise the age to buy semiautomatic firearms to 21 after the horrific rampage at a Florida school killed 17 people. ‘I think that it’s great that as president he had … this listening session. He’s really looking for solutions. He wanted to hear what they had to say, that’s what he’s doing,’ Dana Loesch said on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ ‘So far nothing’s been proposed yet, the NRA made their position clear.’ Asked if the powerful gun lobby group is against increasing the age, she said it is.” [editor’s note: Any bets on how long before the NRA flip-flops and sells out as usual? – TLK] (02/25/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/02/25/nra-comes-out-against-trumps-proposals-to-raise-gun-buying-age/

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5) Russian regime sets stage for UN Security Council veto of US Iran-bashing stunt
Source: Reuters

“Russia has laid the groundwork for a likely veto on Monday of a British, U.S. and French bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Iran over its weapons falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group. The 15-member Security Council has to renew its targeted sanctions on Yemen on Monday. Russia has proposed a rival resolution that would simply extend the mandate of the regime for one year and not mention Iran. The United States has been lobbying for months for Iran to be held accountable at the United Nations, while at the same time threatening to quit a 2015 deal among world powers to curb Iran’s nuclear program if ‘disastrous flaws’ are not fixed.” (02/25/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-un/russia-sets-stage-for-u-n-veto-of-western-bid-to-call-out-iran-idUSKCN1G90VW

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6) FL: Broward sheriff probes claim that more deputies did not immediately enter school
Source: USA Today

“More Broward County deputies are under investigation for their response to the high school shooting in South Florida that left 17 dead, and it’s leaving the department on the defensive as more accusations are made public. The department is investigating a claim that several deputies stayed outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during the response to the mass shooting instead of immediately going inside. Already, Sheriff Scott Israel has said the first deputy there, the school’s resource officer, did not go inside even though the gunman was actively shooting. The investigation became public after several media reports, citing unnamed officials in the nearby Coral Springs Police Department, said officers who responded to the Feb. 14 shooting were concerned because Broward deputies did not immediately enter the building to help those who had been injured inside. The department released a defensive statement late Saturday and a letter by Israel, trying to right what they say are inaccuracies and quell one lawmaker’s call to have Israel removed from office.” (02/24/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/02/24/florida-high-school-shooting-more-deputies-under-investigation-response-report-says/370253002

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7) FL: Pols call for suspension of Broward sheriff after Parkland massacre as he defends “amazing leadership”
Source: Washington Post

“Republican state lawmakers in Florida called on Sunday for the suspension of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, accusing him of ‘incompetence and neglect of duty’ in the months before the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and 73 Republican colleagues urged Gov. Rick Scott (R) to suspend Israel, a Democrat who was reelected in 2016 and has said he would not resign over his agency’s handling of one of the country’s deadliest school shootings.” (02/25/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/02/25/sheriff-facing-questions-about-school-shooting-response-says-he-has-given-amazing-leadership/?utm_term=.c79763272573

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8) Myanmar: Rohingya see no end in sight, six months after attacks began
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Their houses are often made of plastic sheets. Much of their food comes from aid agencies. Jobs are few, and there is painfully little to do. The nightmares are relentless. But six months after their horrors began, the Rohingya Muslims who fled army attacks in Myanmar for refuge in Bangladesh feel immense consolation. ‘Nobody is coming to kill us, that’s for sure,’ said Mohammed Amanullah, whose village was destroyed last year just before he left for Bangladesh with his wife and three children. They now live in the Kutupalong refugee camp outside the coastal city of Cox’s Bazar. ‘We have peace here,’ Amanullah said.” (02/25/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/6-months-after-attacks-began-Rohingya-see-no-end-12706800.php

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9) UK: Labour seeks customs union with EU, piling pressure on May
Source: Bloomberg

“The U.K. Labour Party said it wants Britain to seek a new customs agreement with the European Union after Brexit, piling pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May by leaving her at the mercy of rebels in her own Conservative Party who also want such a deal with the bloc. After weeks of discussions, the party’s leadership has ‘unanimously’ agreed on a policy backing a customs deal and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn will flesh out the details in a speech on Monday, his spokesman on Brexit, Keir Starmer, said. The party previously said it was open to the option of staying in a customs union with the bloc.” (02/25/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-25/u-k-labour-seeks-customs-union-with-eu-piling-pressure-on-may

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10) Gaza: Pirates murder fisherman
Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“A Palestinian man was shot to death by Israel Navy forces Sunday after the vessel he was on sailed past the authorized fishing zone off the northern Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces said. According to an IDF spokesman, the boat, which was carrying three men, did not respond to calls from the Israeli military before the latter opened fire. The two other men on board were detained for interrogation.” (02/25/18)

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-navy-shoots-palestinian-to-death-off-gaza-coast-1.5847893

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11) MS: Gay pride parade permit denied, but aldermen won’t say why
Source: Fox News

“A municipal assembly’s vote to deny a request to hold a gay pride parade in northeastern Mississippi has drawn backlash from a civil liberties group. A group of elected city leaders, known as the Starkville Board of Alderman, voted 4-3 Tuesday against a permit application by Starkville Pride to host the first Pride Parade in the city’s history. The Mississippi chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has criticized the vote. In a statement on its website, the group said the alderman’s denial ‘potentially violates the First Amendment and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.’ The statement also urged the board to ‘reconsider their decision and approve the request.’” (02/24/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/24/gay-pride-parade-permit-denied-but-mississippi-aldermen-wont-say-why-report.html

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12) Czech Republic: Syrian Kurdish leader abducted at request of Turkey’s regime
Source: US News & World Report

“The main Syrian Kurdish political party said on Sunday that one of its leaders had been arrested in Prague at the behest of Turkey, where a court has charged him with sedition. Saleh Muslim, a top Kurdish politician, has ‘full citizenship rights’ as a Syrian national and was visiting Europe in an official capacity, the PYD party said. In a statement, the party accused the Turkish state of ‘demanding the arrest of individuals who are not its citizens … without any legal justifications.’ Turkey launched a military offensive last month in Syria’s Afrin region against the Kurdish YPG militia, the PYD’s armed affiliate, which it deems a menace on its border.” (02/25/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-02-25/syrian-kurdish-leader-arrested-in-prague-kurdish-led-authority

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13) Russia: Thousands march in memory of slain opposition leader
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Thousands of people have marched down a central Moscow boulevard to mark the third anniversary of the slaying of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov was shot and killed on Feb. 27, 2015 while walking on a bridge near the Kremlin. His death sent shock waves through Russia’s beleaguered opposition. … An officer in the security forces of Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov was convicted of firing the shots that killed Nemtsov and received a 20-year prison term. ” (02/25/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-boris-nemtsov-march-russia-20180225-story.html

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14) Jerusalem: Church where Jesus was allegedly buried closed after tax dispute with Israeli regime
Source: Newsweek

“Christian leaders have closed the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, said to be built on the site of Jesus’s crucifixion and burial, in a protest at Israeli tax policy which they say unfairly targets Christians. In a rare move, leaders from the Greek, Armenian and Catholic denominations said they were indefinitely closing the church because of a ‘systematic campaign’ by Israeli authorities. … The statement criticized a recent bill passed by the Israeli parliament that allowed the Israeli state to take over Christian buildings leased to private companies, and plans to begin imposing taxes on Christian church properties.” (02/25/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/jerusalem-church-where-jesus-said-be-buried-closed-after-tax-dispute-israeli-819146

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15) CA: Democratic Party declines to endorse Feinstein in re-election bid
Source: Mercury News

“The California Democratic Party declined to make an endorsement in this year’s U.S. Senate race early Sunday morning, snubbing Sen. Dianne Feinstein in her bid for a fifth full term. Her main challenger, State Senate leader Kevin de Leon, won the support of 54 percent of the delegates at the state party convention here this weekend, short of the 60 percent needed to secure the party endorsement. Feinstein received only 37 percent of the votes. The rebuke of Feinstein by the party delegates comes even though the 25-year incumbent has led polls by wide margins and has received broad support from state party luminaries like Sen. Kamala Harris and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.” (02/25/18)

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/25/california-democratic-party-declines-to-endorse-dianne-feinstein-in-re-election-bid/

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16) China: Communist Party proposes eliminating two-term limit for president
Source: New York Daily News

“China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed removing a limit of two consecutive terms for the country’s president, the official news agency said Sunday, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. The party’s Central Committee proposed to remove from the constitution the expression that China’s president and vice president ‘shall serve no more than two consecutive terms,’ the Xinhua News Agency said in a brief report. It provided no further details. The announcement came before the Central Committee was to begin a three-day meeting in Beijing on Monday to discuss major personnel appointments and other issues.” (02/25/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/china-proposes-eliminating-two-term-limit-president-article-1.3840791

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17) Pena Nieto’s visit to the White House is on hold after a testy phone call over the border wall
Source: CNBC

“A tentative plan for President Donald Trump to host his Mexican counterpart in Washington has been put on hold, the White House confirmed Saturday. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto have agreed that now is not the right time for Pena Nieto to make his first visit since Trump took office more than a year ago, according to a White House official who insisted on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. U.S. and Mexican officials will continue to talk and work together, the official said. The Washington Post cited U.S. and Mexican officials in reporting late Saturday that the plan was shelved last week after a testy telephone call between the leaders ended in an impasse over the wall Trump has pledged to build on the U.S.-Mexico border to [pretend to] stem the flow of immigrants and drugs.” (02/25/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/25/2-mexican-presidents-visit-to-white-house-is-on-ice-reportedly-due-to-testy-phone-call.html

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18) Blue team memo charges red team trying to undermine Russia probes
Source: Reuters

“The Democratic minority on the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Saturday released a response to Republican charges that the FBI and Justice Department have abused the law in their investigation of possible ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The Democrats’ 10-page memo, released on Saturday in partially redacted form, calls an earlier Republican version ‘a transparent effort to undermine’ the FBI, the Justice Department, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and congressional probes into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. The Republican memo, the Democrats allege, ‘also risks public exposure of sensitive sources and methods for no legitimate purpose.’” (02/24/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-memo/democrats-memo-charges-republicans-trying-to-undermine-russia-probes-idUSKCN1G80XS

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19) Egypt: Ancient necropolis uncovered south of Cairo
Source: Raw Story

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered an ancient necropolis containing 40 stone sarcophagi, about 1,000 small statues and a necklace charm bearing the hieroglyphic inscription ‘happy new year.’ Antiquities minister Khaled El-Enany said on Saturday the discovery near Tuna al-Gabal, south of Cairo, consisted of a large number of burial shafts dating from the late Pharaonic period to the early Ptolomaic era. The site, which is more than 2,000 years old, is expected to take another five years to excavate. ‘It’s only the beginning,’ said Enany. ‘We are very soon going to add a new archaeological attraction to Middle Egypt.’ Egypt’s relics are a draw for foreign visitors and authorities hope new finds can help attract more as a way to help revive tourism hit by the unrest that followed the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The number of tourists visiting the country rose 54 percent to 8.3 million last year, still below the 14.7 million who came in 2010.” (0-2/24/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/egypt-uncovers-ancient-necropolis-south-cairo/

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20) NV: Vegas airport allows travelers to ditch weed stash before flying
Source: Smell the Truth

“Las Vegas tourists are now encouraged to dump their legally purchased pot before catching a flight. The McCarran International Airport has installed 13 amnesty drop boxes to let travelers legally get rid of any marijuana products before entering a security screening, reports the Las Vegas Sun. ‘The drawer pulls out; you drop your stuff in and you close it. You can’t really get your hand in there,’ said McCarran spokesperson Christine Crews to the Sun. ‘If you start tampering with them, you’d be detected pretty quickly.’ The stash boxes are emblazoned with Clark County’s ordinance and are clearly marked in a black, bold font stating: ‘Disposal for Prescription and Recreational Drugs.’ Nevada legalized adult use and possession of marijuana in 2017, although a separate law bans possession in airports. Adults the age of 21 and over can legally carry up to an ounce of flower or an eighth of an ounce of concentrates, but Transportation Security Administration agents can summon local police if marijuana is found during a security checkpoint screening.” (02/23/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/02/23/las-vegas-airport-allows-travelers-to-ditch-weed-stash-before-flying

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

21) A simplistic model of public policy
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“39% of all murders (counting only those where the murderer’s age is known) are committed by young males aged 17 to 24. These murders impose great costs on the victims and, perhaps even more, on their parents, children, and other loved ones. The internment of all young males from their 17th birthday until they turn 25 would prevent these murders. Therefore, this public policy should be implemented. Many people seem to believe that public policy should be based on this sort of reasoning, which can be expressed under the form of a syllogism: X imposes great costs on some people; Z would reduce the occurrence of X;
Therefore, Z must be done. Call this the simplistic public-policy syllogism.” (02/24/18)

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

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22) When cops lie under oath, prosecutors must take some blame
Source: USA Today
by Michael Bloch

“Decorated New York police detective Kevin Desormeau was convicted last month of perjury for arresting a man on drug charges and then lying about it under oath. That man, Roosevelt McCoy, spent more than six weeks on Rikers Island because of Desormeau’s deception. While officers like Desormeau should be held accountable when they fabricate charges, police do not go straight from the street to the witness stand. They must share responsibility with the gatekeepers who usher them through the criminal justice system: prosecutors. As a public defender, I have seen innocent people’s lives devastated by charges resulting from lies by police. Prosecutors can help mitigate the harm caused by such misconduct. With virtually unlimited charging discretion, prosecutors are well-positioned to serve as the first line of defense against trumped up charges by police.” (02/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/policing/2018/02/22/when-cops-lie-under-oath-prosecutors-must-take-some-blame/360414002

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23) Centrally planned security doesn’t work either
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The mainstream narrative on the shooting at the Florida school shooting has been reduced to absurdity. It comes down to the claim that people have too much access to weapons in the United States, and this is due to the lobbying power of the National Rifle Association, which pays off politicians with money donated by gun manufacturers. Believing that this message is starting to stick, and fearing a consumer backlash, many large companies (United, Delta, Enterprise, and TrueCar) have pulled out of deals they had with the NRA. A casual observer would come to believe that NRA is directly responsible for the murder of the school kids. It’s hard to know where to begin showing where this narrative goes wrong. It might as well be structured to evade all the real issues. Contrary to what many commentaries are implying, it is not enough merely to be outraged to cause one’s brain to generate correct solutions to the problem of school violence. You have actually to look at facts.” (02/25/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/centrally-planned-security-doesnt-work-either

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24) The tragicomedy of Russiagate
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Of course, removing Trump from office would be a cherry on top. If the drivers of Russiagate can’t have that, at least they can leave the impression that Hillary Clinton would be president today were it not for the diabolically cunning Vladimir Putin and the inherently depraved Russia in cahoots with their tool, Donald Trump. (Putin’s opponents in Russia are irritated that Americans portray Putin as virtually omnipotent.) Russiagate promoters in the Democratic Party deny they intend to right the wrong of 2016, but I don’t believe them. Surely they are trying to delegitimate the election on the grounds that Trump and Putin stole it from its rightful owner. (For the record, I think all elections are illegitimate but not because of foreign involvement.) The anti-Russia campaign has certainly gone well beyond overboard.” (02/23/18)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/sheldon/tgif-tragicomedy-russiagate/

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25) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 6, part 2
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Many people are under attack from an internal invader: their government. Fortunately, history reveals a powerful weapon against the invasion.” (02/24/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-privacy-is-the-virtue-that-sparked-the-american-revolution/

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26) Who’s on third? Not John Kasich
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The only reason John Kasich suddenly thinks fondly of third parties is because he fell short of his own party’s top slot. Back when he thought the sky was the limit for himself, he couldn’t stand the idea. Sore loser much? He may be right that a third party is coming, but not for the reasons he wants one. He’s enamored of the notion that what Americans REALLY want in a political candidate is a ‘centrist’ like John Kasich, Mitt Romney, or John McCain, or, for that matter, Hillary Clinton. In other words, a candidate like those who keep losing presidential elections.” (02/25/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12942

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27) Can humans and computers mate and have babies?
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“Can humans have sex with machines and create digital offspring? Almost. Here are the components you need: * The computer needs artificial sex organs to serve as the ‘input’ from a human male. We have that technology already. There are artificial male and female sex toys that seem to get the job done. * The computer needs to analyze the DNA of the human mate. That technology exists, but it will get more advanced in terms of figuring out what kind of humans come from what kinds of DNA. * Once the computer has analyzed the DNA sample, it adds its own digital DNA (conceptually speaking) and creates a simulated baby that lives in the ‘mother’s’ computer software while it continues to learn from outside sources. * Someday, when the simulated baby is sufficiently educated, it can be freed from the mother computer’s ‘womb’ and be ported to an actual robot that represents the mother’s ‘DNA,’ in a conceptual sense, combined with the father’s human DNA. Remember, computers ‘evolved’ as did humans. Any robot will be the result of that human-aided evolution.” [editor’s note: Not sure if Scott got the mix right this time – SAT] (02/23/18)

http://blog.dilbert.com/2018/02/23/can-humans-computers-mate-babies

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28) Guns or grenades
Source: The Racinian
by David Kristopeit

“In 2014, Rashad Owens of Kileen, Texas, drove his car into a crowd of people killing 2 and injuring 23 more, 5 critically. Also in 2014 in the city of Kunming, Yunnan China, 8 knife wielding perpetrators killed 29 civilians and left 140 more seriously injured. Timothy McVeigh killed 168 and injured 600 in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. And on 9/11/2001, 2,996 people were killed when terrorists used airplanes to attack the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Would we ban cars, knives, fertilizer and planes because of their potential to be used for harm?” (02/23/18)

https://racinian.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/guns-or-genades/

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29) No explanations needed to exercise our right to keep and bear arms
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“Do we have to justify our rights? In response to one of my Second Amendment articles posted on the Tenth Amendment Center’s Facebook page, some commenters asked: ‘What is your position on school shootings,’ and ‘How do we stop kids from shooting each other?’ It’s easy to see what they are getting at, but my response is this: Are you implying that my rights are contingent on my answer? Do I even have to give an answer at all if, in your eyes, I want to keep these rights? If that is the case, are we going to start asking a free speech advocate how they intend to stop news publications from committing libel or people from spreading lies about each other on social media? Libel and defamation of character are both wrong, but that doesn’t change the fact that people have a right to speak and write what they wish, and it is not their duty to explain how they intend to prevent the misuse of those rights by others.” (02/23/18)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/02/no-explanations-needed-to-exercise-our-right-to-keep-and-bear-arms/

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30) Paycheck plus welfare
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Just as a rose by any other name would still smell just as sweet, so welfare by any other name still reeks of dependency, taxation, wealth redistribution, fraud, redundancy, inefficiency, and income- transfer payments. Yet, pleas to maintain the welfare state never cease. And some even want to expand it.” (02/23/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/paycheck-plus-welfare/

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31) The International Space Station would be better off in private hands
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Ross Marchand

“The nation’s space program often entails sucking billions of taxpayer dollars into black holes. The President’s FY 2019 Budget, released on February 12, gives taxpayers a pleasant break from space oddities. The Budget proposes the removal of government funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2024, turning the project over to the private sector. Already this proposal is receiving criticism from some fiscal hawks blindsided by their love for federal forays into space.” (02/25/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-international-space-station-would-be-better-off-in-private-hands/

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32) Psychiatrists baffled by mental disorder only afflicting leaders refusing to bow to US interests
Source: Steemit
by Caitlin Johnstone

“[Editor’s note: In order to avoid online censorship for publishing dissenting narratives, today’s Caitlin Johnstone column has been replaced with a report from the National News Conglomerate, your trusted source for real news and authorized opinions. Obey…] BREAKING: Psychiatrists around the world are baffled by an emerging mental disorder that only seems to afflict the leaders of governments which refuse to capitulate to US interests, sources in the American Psychiatric Organization (APO) reported Saturday. Early reports indicate that this strange new disorder, as yet unlisted in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), exclusively impacts world leaders who refuse to help the US and its growing body of client states advance American economic and geopolitical influence with their nations’ land, resources and people. Leaders who once exhibited behavior that is unremarkable for their regional, cultural and political environment suddenly transform into bloodthirsty tyrants who receive sexual gratification from the gratuitous murder of civilians as soon as their wish to retain national sovereignty becomes evident.” (02/24/18)

https://steemit.com/satire/@caitlinjohnstone/psychiatrists-baffled-by-mental-disorder-which-only-afflicts-leaders-who-refuse-to-bow-to-us-interests

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33) Your tattoos are problematic
Source: Reason
by Liz Wolfe

“According to some figures on the activist left, hoop earrings should only be worn by black and Latina women. Don’t even think about donning a feathered headdress at a music festival — those don’t belong to you. And if your child wants to dress up as the Disney character Moana for Halloween, beware, unless she’s of Polynesian descent. Cultural appropriation — co-opting specific elements of a culture that is not your own — is the term used to condemn these offenses. It has become a major battleground for the social justice movement. But what happens when the ink embedded in your skin is unacceptable to polite society? As a form of public art and personal adornment, tattooing has a long history of cultural borrowing.” (for publication 03/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/02/24/your-tattoos-are-problematic

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34) Why a carbon tax does not work
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“Energy is the lifeblood of any economy. A carbon tax would increase energy prices and thus cost jobs, making it difficult for U.S. companies to compete with foreign rivals and punishing the poor. Aside from these vital facts, neither federal nor state governments should impose a carbon tax because they would be utterly ineffective.” (02/24/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/02/why-a-carbon-tax-does-not-work/

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35) When will the next credit crisis occur?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“The timing of any credit crisis is set by the rate at which the credit cycle progresses. People don’t think in terms of the credit cycle, wrongly believing it is a business cycle. The distinction is important, because a business cycle by its name suggests it emanates from business. In other words, the cycle of growth and recessions is due to instability in the private sector and this is generally believed by state planners and central bankers. This is untrue, because cycles of business activity have their origin in the expansion and contraction of credit, whose origin in turn is in central banks’ monetary policy and fractional reserve banking.” (02/23/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/02/when-will-the-next-credit-crisis-occur/

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36) Trump throws a lifeline to millions of ObamaCare victims
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Middle class families who no longer can afford health insurance thanks to the ‘Affordable Care Act’ (aka ObamaCare) are one step closer to getting some relief, courtesy of the Trump administration, in the form of a new, low-cost, short-term insurance option. Naturally, Democrats are furious. This week, Trump’s Health and Human Services department issued regulations that will let insurers sell short-term insurance plans that don’t have to comply with ObamaCare’s onerous market regulations and benefit mandates. To prevent people from escaping ObamaCare, President Obama limited these plans to just three months. Trump would let them last just shy of one year. ‘Americans need more choices in health insurance so they can find coverage that meets their needs,’ HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. What could be wrong with that? Democrats (along with the know-nothing liberal press) see it as a terrible idea because giving an affordable health care choice would, they say, jeopardize ObamaCare. Healthy people, they say, would drop out in favor of this new low-cost option. But this argument fails on several levels.” (02/22/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-throws-a-lifeline-to-millions-of-obamacare-victims

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37) The Mueller indictments: The day the music died
Source: OpEdNews
by Daniel Lazare

“Fads and scandals often follow a set trajectory. They grow big, bigger, and then, finally, too big, at which point they topple over and collapse under the weight of their own internal contradictions. This was the fate of the ‘Me too’ campaign, which started out as an expose’ of serial abuser Harvey Weinstein but then went too far when Babe.net published a story about one woman’s bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari. Suddenly, it became clear that different types of behavior were being lumped together in a dangerous way, and a once-explosive movement began to fizzle. So, too, with Russiagate. After dominating the news for more than a year, the scandal may have at last reached a tipping point with last week’s indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three Russian corporations on charges of illegal interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. But the indictment landed with a decided thud for three reasons …” (02/24/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Mueller-Indictments-T-by-Daniel-Lazare-metoo_Democrats_FBI_Impeachment-180224-514.html

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38) Pakistan is back on anti-terrorism financial watchlist
Source: Cato Institute
by Sahar Khan

“After days of speculation, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which tracks countries suspected of engaging in terrorist financing and money laundering, added Pakistan to its terrorist financing watch list. Why it matters: Adding Pakistan to the list is a more effective way of urging the state to change its policy of sponsoring terrorist groups than cutting off aid immediately. And Pakistan has until June to improve on its anti-money laundering activities.” (02/23/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/pakistan-back-anti-terrorism-financial-watchlist

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39) The “conservative” label is a misnomer
Sourcve: History News Network
by Jeffrey P Kimball

“Modern Western conservatism came into being in response to the American and French Revolutions. Like liberalism, it has waxed and waned as a political movement during the decades since. According to some historians, the origins of contemporary American conservatism can be traced to the 1920s, only to fade during the New Deal. Its subsequent resuscitation is probably best dated to 1950s and 1960s. … But what is political ‘conservatism?’ And are self-styled conservatives really conservative? … These definitions are unhelpful and misleading. Self-proclaimed political and social conservatives are not necessarily inclined to support or maintain the ‘traditional’ social order — that is, long-standing majority views, conditions, institutions, or legislation. These include government regulation of corporations, banks, and Wall Street, progressive income taxes, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education, civil rights, voting rights, environmental regulations, and public-lands conservation.” [editor’s note: I eagerly await a rebuttal of this, showing how “progressives” have been similarly misnamed – SAT] (02/18/18)

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/168094

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40) Where’s the beef stroganoff? Eight sacrilegious reflections on Russiagate
Source: CounterPunch
by Paul Street

“Neo-McCarthyite liberals and other dismal Democrats are clucking about how Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 untouchable Russians for ‘defrauding’ the U.S. by buying some Facebook ads and employing some Internet trolls to ‘say horrible things’ (imagine!) about Hillary Clinton (a horrifically bad politician who was accurately described as a ‘lying neoliberal warmonger’ by a leading U.S. left intellectual trying to get leftists to hold their noses and vote ‘for’ her as the lesser evil) ‘proves’ that Russia engaged in relevant meddling to undermine U.S. ‘democracy’ on Donald Trump’s behalf during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Please note eight things you will not hear from the Russia-mad Democrats and their many media allies …” (02/23/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/23/wheres-the-beef-stroganoff-eight-sacrilegious-reflections-on-russiagate/

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41) NRA turning toxic overnight
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“Me, I don’t care one way or another whether or not people choose to boycott the NRA, and those that do business with it. Of course it is their right to boycott. Still, it’s chilling to see how quickly this kind of thing happens, owing to social media. ‘Chilling’ because of the herd mentality that develops overnight when a social media mob gets started on a subject. A business or a cause can be ruined overnight.” (02/24/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/nra-turning-toxic-overnight/

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42) The Federal Circuit should not allow patents on inventions that should belong to the public
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Vera Ranieri

“[P]atents are an artificial restraint on trade. They work to increase costs (the patent owner is rewarded with higher prices) and can impede follow-on innovation. Policy makers generally try to justify what would otherwise be considered a monopoly through the argument that without patents, inventors may never have invested in research or might not want to make their inventions public. Thus, the story goes, we should give people limited monopolies in the hopes that overall, we end up with more innovation (whether this is actually true, particularly for software, is debatable). A U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rule, however, upends the patent bargain and allows a second-comer — someone who wasn’t the first inventor — to get a patent under a particular, albeit fairly limited, circumstance.” (02/23/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/federal-circuit-should-not-allow-patents-inventions-should-belong-public

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43) Liberal campuses, conservative media & the First Amendment
Source: The American Prospect
by Charles Dunst

“Last summer, a Gallup poll found that 67 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning individuals have only ‘some’ or ‘very little’ confidence in colleges and universities. Their chief complaint: Institutions of higher education are ‘too liberal and political’ and ‘don’t allow students to think for themselves and are pushing their own agenda.’ It’s an article of faith among many conservatives that most of the agents of higher education (administrators, faculty, and students) are politically correct automatons and that campus conservatives are besieged truth tellers. Case after case after case of liberal intolerance is presented as evidence of entrenched anti-intellectual, anti-conservative dogma. If campuses are so liberal, why would conservative media outlets need to embellish news reports and propagate falsehoods about how students at one college reacted to an appearance by a conservative thinker? Yet, that’s precisely what National Review and others did when they weighed in on talks given by a conservative firebrand at Hamilton College, a small liberal arts school in the town of Clinton in upstate New York.” (02/23/18)

http://prospect.org/article/%E2%80%98liberal%E2%80%99-campuses-conservative-media-and-first-amendment

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44) Do trade deficits have to eventually be repaid?
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Scott Sumner thinks that trade deficits have eventually to be repaid. I think he’s mistaken — at least on any meaningful definition of the word ‘repaid.’ In practice some portion of a trade — or, current-account — deficit must be repaid. For example, the $1,000,000 that Mr. Nonamerican lends to Uncle Sam when Mr. Nonamerican buys U.S. Treasury notes instead of buying American exports must be repaid — and when it is repaid Mr. Nonamerican will use the proceeds to buy American exports (or he’ll push the transaction forward one more ‘period’ by reinvesting the proceeds in dollar-denominated assets). But suppose instead that Mr. Nonamerican uses the $1,000,000 that he earned on sales of goods to Americans, not to buy U.S. Treasury notes, but to open a restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia. What is there here to repay? Repay to whom? And repay for what?” (02/23/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/02/trade-deficits-eventually-repaid.html

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45) Vibranium victorious
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“Certain films create a cultural footprint that transcends the films themselves. Black Panther is one of them. As a piece of entertainment, it’s just one more in a growing list of superhero movies based on the comic-book world of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The story is fairly familiar –– the superhero, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) must save the world by preventing a new weapon from falling into the hands of an arms dealer, Klaue (Andy Serkis), who is aided by the supervillain, Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Along the way there are ample badass battles to satisfy the superhero fans in the audience. What makes this film significant is that T’Challa is the first black superhero who’s more than a sidekick to the real superhero. As such, Black Panther is having an impact across the nation.” (02/23/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1821

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46) The American right’s deep ties to reactionary Europe
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has often served as an acute barometer for the state the American political right, which is why the invitation of European extremists Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, of France, and Nigel Farage, of England, is provoking fear among centrists and conservatives in the U.S. Marechal-Le Pen is a particularly divisive figure because she does little to distance herself from her grandfather, National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, who was an anti-Semite and Holocaust denier. … He was also an unabashed fascist. Marechal-Le Pen’s appearance at CPAC on Thursday ‘dismayed some establishment Republicans, who were not eager to associate with a political faction linked to the dark remnants of European fascism,’ reported the Post’s Ishaan Tharoor. The ‘acceptance’ of her and Farage, who is speaking on Friday, ‘seemed to underscore the hard-rightward drift of the Republican Party.’ Conservative columnist Matt Lewis complained on NBC News that ‘these are not conservatives. These are members of an international ethno-nationalist populist movement.’” (02/23/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147187/american-rights-deep-ties-reactionary-europe

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47) Blasphemy: 21st century witch hunting Islamic style
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“What do you think about mobs of human beings inhabiting this Earth in the 21st century who seriously believe that they enjoy a license to murder anyone else who criticizes their religion? Uncivilized mentally deranged barbarians — that’s what I think. Obviously, these folks aren’t very secure in their religious beliefs if they feel the need to murder others who don’t believe exactly as they do. They’re out to kill people who don’t believe in their imaginary god. It’s a great method of getting rid of people they don’t like. Christians did it by hunting witches in 17th century Salem Massachusetts. Muslims are doing it today to Christians and other minorities in Pakistan.” [editor’s note: And atheists did it in the Soviet Union, Red China, etc. – TLK] (02/24/18)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2018/02/blasphemy-21st-century-witch-hunting.html

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48) “Converting” someone to self-government
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Understandably, you, dear reader, may think I’m being needlessly (or even brashly or offensively) spiritual (religious) by using this term. Yet, in reality, in today’s world we find it necessary to treat statists in a way very similar to how christians treat (or should treat) those who are not. So whether or not you are ‘converting’ them or ‘persuading’ them or ‘liberating’ them, the process is very similar, and very essential. Let’s discuss it.” (02/25/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/02/25/converting-someone-to-self-government/

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49) A heroic lawsuit against the Border Patrol in my hometown
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“According to an article at CourthouseNews.com, a South Texas rancher named Richard Palacios has just filed a lawsuit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection in U.S. District Court in Laredo. The lawsuit alleges that the Border Patrol repeatedly trespassed onto his ranch without a warrant and over Palacios’ repeated objections. The matter finally came to a head when Palacios discovered a camera that the Border Patrol had installed on his ranch, without his knowledge or consent, to assist them in catching illegal immigrants heading north. Palacios seized the camera and refused demands by the Border Patrol to return it. When the Border Patrol threatened to criminally charge Palacios with theft, he filed his lawsuit.” (02/23/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/02/23/heroic-lawsuit-border-patrol-hometown/

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50) Democrats: Gun control at home, deadly arms deals abroad
Source: In These Times
by Adam Johnson

“In the aftermath of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead, many Democrats in Congress are once again calling for gun control, as they have for decades. But all too often, this concern for the unchecked spread of weapons ends at America’s shores. Last week, top Democratic senators, such as Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), expressed outrage over the lack of action by Congress to stop gun violence in America. However these same senators voted against an effort in 2017 to end the U.S. arming of the Saudi Arabian government — a flagrant human rights abuser that has killed more than 10,000 civilians in its three-year siege of Yemen. Virtually all Democratic senators also support arming Israel every year, a country that routinely bombs and subjugates the 4.5 million Palestinians under its charge — 46 percent of whom are children. The United States consistently ranks as the number one arms dealer in the world, with support from Republicans and Democrats alike.” (02/22/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20937/parkland-shooting-gun-control-democrats

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51) Privacy rights at stake in SCOTUS case
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“The US Supreme Court will, in the next couple of months, issue a ruling in a case that could have broad consequences. The case is United States v. Microsoft Corp. and according to SCOTUSblog, the issue before the Court is ‘Whether a United States provider of email services must comply with a probable-cause-based warrant … by making disclosure in the United States of electronic communications within that provider’s control, even if the provider has decided to store that material abroad.’ In other words, the Court will decide whether or not the US government can compel a company to provide data that is physically located in a different legal jurisdiction.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (02/25/18)

http://fpp.cc/privacy-rights-at-stake-in-scotus-case/

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52) Praise of Folly Podcast, 02/25/18
Source: Attack The System

“Todd Lewis is joined by Keith Preston and Anarcho Reign to discuss why the Altright is actually left wing.” [Flash video] (02/25/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/02/25/contra-the-altright-part-1-altright-or-old-left/

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53) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 96
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“School Shootings, Korean War II, Sessions Nonsense, Syria Missions, Liberland.” [Flash audio] (02/25/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/february/25/five-minutes-five-issues-school-shootings-korean-war-ii-sessions-nonsense-syria-missions-liberland/

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54) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 204
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“Looking for a Baker-free episode of The Cyberlaw Podcast? This is your week; I miss the podcast to teach grandchildren how to ski cross country. Brian Egan and Jamil Jaffer hold the fort, covering a few implications of Special Counsel Mueller’s indictment from Friday — the legal theories of the case and what the indictment does and doesn’t cover — as well as the follow-on false statement indictment against a former associate of a major law firm.” [MP3] (02/24/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/02/24/russians-and-more-russians-but-no-baker

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55) AnarchoChristian, episode 4
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Episode 4 is a special episode for AnarchoChristian. Patrick with Liberty Weekly asked me to join him for a YouTube livestream to talk about AnarchoChristian, Liberty, and Morality. If you didn’t catch it live, I’m happy to include it on the podcast.” [various formats] (02/25/18)

https://www.anarchochristian.com/conversation-liberty-weekly-ac004/

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56) Anarcho Agenda, episode 58
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Digging down to the roots of gun violence, and government pensions are discussed on this episode of Anarcho Agenda.” [various formats] (02/25/18)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-58-2018-02-24

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57) Free Talk Live, 02/24/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Armed Deputies Wait it Out :: Cops Carrying Rifles on Campus :: Teachers With Guns :: Government Schools :: Pro-Government Teacher Calls In :: Anarchist Rescue :: Educating Underachievers in the Market :: Teacher Says System Sucks :: Abolish Military :: ISIS Fearmongering :: Monopolies :: Education Success :: Student Held Against His Will :: Beat Your Own Path :: Debasing Currency :: Reigns of Power :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/24/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-02-24

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58) Felony Friday, episode 112
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode Felony Friday host John Odermatt is joined by author Brian Saady. Brian is a politically-independent author who writes about corruption, crony capitalism, human rights, and civil liberties.” [various formats] (02/23/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/02/23/felony-friday-112-shining-light-con-game-drug-war-brian-saady/

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59) Jim Babka’s Post-statist Review, 02/23/18
Source: Downsize DC

“In this episode, Jim and co-host Howard take on some topics near and dear to the heart of millions of Americans. ” [Flash audio] (02/23/18)

https://downsizedc.org/jim-babkas-post-statist-review/

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60) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/23/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Trade plays a huge role in the wealth that Americans enjoy, so why has it been so controversial? Douglas A. Irwin is author of Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy.” [various formats] (02/23/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/clashing-over-commerce-history-us-trade-policy

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61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 159
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #159, I discuss a Bloomberg article claiming to be a summary of the Yemen Humanitarian Crisis. I break down who all the players in the Yemen Civil War. I debunk some of the most common myths from the US media and government about Yemen. I explain why the humanitarian crisis in Yemen has gotten so bad. I also update the Assad bombing of East Gouta and Operation Olive Branch.” [various formats] (02/23/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-159-yemen-cheat-sheet

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62) Reason Podcast, 02/23/18
Source: Reason

“In 22 states, public-sector unions can force [sic] non-members to pay for costs related to collective bargaining and workplace representation. [Mark] Janus tells Reason’s Nick Gillespie he was never told about that arrangement until he saw dues being deducted from his first paycheck. He argues that forcing him to pay for a service he doesn’t want from a group he doesn’t belong to violates his First Amendment guarantees of voluntary association and free speech.” [editor’s note: Nobody’s forcing him to associate with the union. He can quit the job for which the union is the exclusive bargaining agent any time he wants to – TLK] [various formats] (02/23/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/02/23/mark-janus-podcast

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63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1101
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“In the wake of the recent school shooting in Florida, New York Times bestselling novelist and former firearms instructor Larry Correia joins me to respond to the barrage of demonstrations against guns. If you oppose gun control, you value guns more than your own children, they say. That’s the intellectual level of the discussion so far. Larry and I raise it by 50 points in this episode.” [various formats] (02/23/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1101-how-to-respond-to-school-shootings/

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64) In The Tank Podcast, episode 128
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #128 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, the Mississippi State University’s Institute for Market Studies, The Heartland Institute, and the Washington Policy Center. Before moving on to think tank and policy related topics, Donny and John talk about the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Donny’s recent decision to become a firearm owner.” [Flash audio] (02/23/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/02/in-the-tank-ep128-universal-esa-program-state-carbon-tax-and-americas-harvest-box/

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65) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 02/23/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The Fed has created a mountain of problems. Every solution (of theirs) leads to even more problems. Ron Paul talks about the what the Fed has done, how it tries to keep things going, and the inevitable economic crisis that is coming.” [Flash video] (02/23/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/the-fed-is-at-a-crossroads-crisis-coming

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