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Volume XVI, Issue #3,920
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US House passes FOSTA Internet censorship bill
2) Germany: Merkel’s party backs deal to form new government
3) South Korea: Prosecutors request 30 year sentence for disgraced former president Park
4) Report: Kushner loses access to top intelligence briefing
5) Curiel rules against challenge to Trump border wall
6) In free speech case, SCOTUS justices troubled by Florida man’s arrest
7) California bill would require cap leashes on plastic bottles
8) Monica Lewinsky: Clinton affair was a gross abuse of power
9) Ex-FBI agent runs to become Illinois’s first “cannabis Congressman”
10) Rhode Island: Raimondo signs executive order to appease victim disarmament advocates
11) Four more Trump administration employees lose jobs for failed background checks
12) Embattled Shulkin says he’s focusing on improving vets care
13) Victim disarmament advocates seize opportunity to exploit domestic violence victims
14) Google has received 2.4 million URL removal requests under EU’s “right to be forgotten” Internet censorship scheme
15) KY: Men accused of satanic murder cleared after 26 years
16) Haley throws tantrum, threatens US action against Iran after Russia UN veto
17) Norway: Regime will spend $13 million to upgrade its doomsday seed vault
18) German: Court rules that cities can impose driving bans on diesel cars to combat pollution
19) Saudi Arabia: Salman fires top army chiefs in military shake-up
20) NC: Facebook Live shooting victim bragged about being a police informant

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Do good fences make bitter neighbors?
22) America’s democracy hypocrisy
23) Congress should make tax relief permanent
24) Culture war is all that’s left when gun policy battles become pointless
25) Brexit — salt and vinegar please, not the three course meal
26) What keeping Xi in power means for China, and the world
27) Another tragedy, another scapegoat
28) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 21
29) Deficient Trump
30) I’m forced to pay union fees as a government employee and I want out
31) Democrat governors to sue over tax law; seek to challenge $10,000 tax deduction cap
32) See the unseen: How to view the world like an economist
33) Bitcoin is not a product
34) What Italy’s “Potere al Popolo” can teach us about building a popular party of the Left
35) Defensive gun use is more than shooting bad guys
36) Trump’s tariffs, Fannie’s funding: How high can rents climb?
37) Picture the United States without student debt
38) Gun rights don’t come from the Second Amendment
39) The botched tax bill and Democrats’ good-government dilemma
40) Cornucopian renewable energy claims leave poor nations in the dark
41) Are we at a “turning point” on gun control? Don’t believe the hype
42) What has $49 billion in foreign military aid bought us? Not much
43) Cornered by bigots
44) Why the Russia investigation could be more like Iran-Contra than Watergate
45) The problems with FISA, secrecy, and automatically classified information
46) If the police are there to protect us …
47) Dictatorship with the usual characteristics
48) These anti-democratic youths don’t speak for me
49) Worse than Watergate, part 3
50) Americans are richer and happier* than Europeans

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51) The Stosscars!
52) Tenther Tuesday, episode 28
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55) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/26/18
56) Free Talk Live, 02/26/18
57) Cyberlaw Podcast, 02/26/18
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1102
59) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 150
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***** In the News *****

1) US House passes FOSTA Internet censorship bill
Source: The Verge

“The House of Representatives passed the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (or FOSTA), a measure closely related to the SESTA bill introduced in the Senate last year. The measure passed on a 388-25 vote, with 14 Republicans and 11 Democrats voting in opposition. The bill would make websites criminally liable for hosting ads and other content linked to a sex-trafficking enterprise. The result would be a major exception to existing Safe Harbor provisions, and has been opposed by groups like the EFF and ACLU for its potential impact on online speech.” (02/27/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/27/17057754/sesta-fosta-passes-congress-cda-230-house-of-representatives

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2) Germany: Merkel’s party backs deal to form new government
Source: Philadelphia Tribune

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel rallied her party Monday behind a proposed new government with the center-left Social Democrats, receiving overwhelming support from delegates for a coalition deal she said speaks directly to her Christian Democratic Union’s core themes of family, security and economic growth. Of some 1,000 delegates at a convention in Berlin, only 27 voted against the agreement, which had drawn criticism from some conservatives in the party. The convention also saw delegates approve Merkel ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a longtime governor in the tiny western state of Saarland, to take over the party’s day-to-day management as general secretary.” (02/27/18)

http://www.phillytrib.com/news/merkel-s-party-backs-deal-to-form-new-german-government/article_5a5b602d-fb29-50a4-97a2-857a5138b190.html

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3) South Korea: Prosecutors request 30 year sentence for disgraced former president Park
Source: Washington Post

“South Korean prosecutors requested on Tuesday a 30-year prison sentence for disgraced former South Korean president Park Geun-hye, who was impeached last year in a sensational corruption scandal. The requested term, if granted, would be tantamount to a life sentence for Park, who is 66. Prosecutors also asked the Seoul Central District Court to fine her $110 million for her alleged crimes. The court is expected to deliver its verdict and impose a sentence in late March or early April. … Park is facing 18 charges including bribery, coercion and abuse of power for her role in a plan to extort millions of dollars from South Korea’s biggest businesses for her personal gain. Her confidante Choi Soon-sil, the woman who carried out their extortion plans, was found guilty earlier this month and sentenced to 20 years in prison.” (02/27/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-korean-prosecutors-request-30-years-jail-for-disgraced-former-president-park/2018/02/27/24d0c74c-1b5b-11e8-8a2c-1a6665f59e95_story.html

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4) Report: Kushner loses access to top intelligence briefing
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, has lost access to the most valued U.S. intelligence report, the President’s Daily Brief, as the White House imposes greater discipline on access to secrets, two U.S. officials familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Kushner, who has been operating under an interim security clearance for about a year, had his access to the highly classified briefing cut off in the past few weeks, said the sources. A third official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently passed new information to White House Counsel Don McGahn that led to the slowing or stopping of Kushner’s pending clearance application. The nature of that information was not clear. It also is unclear if and when Kushner’s access to the briefing, known as the PDB, which requires clearance higher than the Top Secret level, would be reinstated.” (02/27/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-kushner/kushner-loses-access-to-top-intelligence-briefing-sources-idUSKCN1GB2VE

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5) Curiel rules against challenge to Trump border wall
Source: Fox News

“A federal judge on Tuesday ruled against an environmental challenge to President Trump’s border wall, delivering a win to the Trump administration in a decision that allows construction plans to move forward. In a 101-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel wrote that both Congress and the executive branch ‘share responsibilities in protecting the country from terrorists and contraband illegally entering at the borders.’ The case involved the Trump administration’s ability to ignore environmental laws in the construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The project had been challenged by several environmental groups and the state of California. The ruling will now allow the administration to issue waivers on environmental laws and build sections of the border wall.” [editor’s note: I guess Curiel didn’t hold Trump’s slur concerning his ancestry against him – TLK] (02/27/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/27/federal-judge-rules-against-challenge-to-trump-border-wall.html

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6) In free speech case, SCOTUS justices troubled by Florida man’s arrest
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Supreme Court justices seemed troubled Tuesday by the arrest of a Florida man during a city council meeting in Florida, an arrest he says was retaliation for being an outspoken critic of the city. The justices were hearing arguments in a case brought by Fane Lozman over his arrest at a 2006 city council meeting in south Florida’s City of Riviera Beach. Lozman was arrested after he began using the meeting’s public comment time to talk about government corruption in the county and kept speaking after a member of the council warned him not to continue with the topic. The charges against him were ultimately dropped, but Lozman then turned around and sued the city. Lozman claimed the city violated the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee by arresting him in retaliation for his criticism of city officials and policies and a separate lawsuit he’d filed against the city. A lower court ruled that because a jury found a police officer had probable cause to arrest Lozman for disturbing a lawful assembly, he couldn’t bring a retaliation claim.” (02/27/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/In-free-speech-case-justices-troubled-by-Fla-12714575.php

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7) California bill would require cap leashes on plastic bottles
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Plastic bottles in California would have to come with caps that don’t detach from bottle necks under legislation proposed by a Santa Cruz-area politician. Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, noticed many people recycle single-use plastic bottles, but the caps often don’t follow the bottles to the recycling center. Instead they are discarded in landfill waste containers or worse, dumped as litter. Under legislation proposed by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, single-use plastic bottles in California would be required to have caps that remain affixed to their containers after being opened. Many bottle caps end up on California beaches, he says, eventually decomposing into plastic particles that can end up in the food chain, consumed by birds and fish. Stone’s measure, AB 2779, would prohibit retailers from selling plastic bottles without the cap being tethered or ‘contiguously affixed’ to the beverage container.” (02/27/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/California-bill-cap-leashes-on-plastic-bottles-12714526.php

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8) Monica Lewinsky: Clinton affair was a gross abuse of power
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern who had an affair with former president Bill Clinton, has said their relationship constituted a ‘gross abuse of power’ on his part. Ms Lewinsky was 22 when she became romantically involved with the then president, who was 27 years her senior. She has written an article for Vanity Fair magazine, reflecting on events after the #MeToo movement. She also revealed that she was diagnosed with PTSD after the scandal. The condition was caused by being ‘publicly outed and ostracised’ as the affair unravelled in the press and courts, she says.” [editor’s note: Boy it sure took her long enough to figure that out – SAT] (02/27/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43218355

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9) Ex-FBI agent runs to become Illinois’s first “cannabis Congressman”
Source: Smell the Truth

“Benjamin Thomas Wolf wants to become the first open cannabis user to become an Illinois congressman. Wolf, a former FBI national security official, released a campaign ad on Monday featuring him holding a lit joint, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The 42-year-old Wolf, who currently works as an adjunct professor at Chicago’s Roosevelt University, is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley for the 5th Congressional District of Illinois, which includes Chicago’s North and Northwest neighborhoods. Now on his official campaign website, the self-proclaimed ‘cannabis candidate’ is seen in a photograph of Wolf holding a lit joint while sitting in front of an American Flag painting, as marijuana smoke wafts in the air.” (02/27/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/02/27/former-fbi-agent-runs-to-become-illinois-first-cannabis-congressman

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10) Rhode Island: Raimondo signs executive order to appease victim disarmament advocates
Source: USA Today

“Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order Monday establishing a statewide ‘red flag’ policy to help keep guns away from people ‘who pose a danger to themselves and others.’ Rhode Island becomes the sixth state to take the action and the first since the Feb. 14 shooting rampage at a Florida high school that claimed the lives of 17 students and staff. Other states may soon follow. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has proposed measures to ensure that mentally ill or violent people from purchasing guns. Vermont Gov. Gov. Phil Scott asked his Legislature to fast-track a bill to temporarily remove guns from people deemed dangerous.” (02/27/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/02/27/rhode-island-red-flag-dangerous-gun-owners/376158002

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11) Four more Trump administration employees lose jobs for failed background checks
Source: Raw Story

“Four employees of the Trump Administration’s Commerce Department lost their jobs Tuesday because they couldn’t pass background checks to attain permanent security clearance. The Washington Post reported that one of the men terminated, Fred Volcansek, was not informed as to why he was being fired prior to his ouster. ‘What’s interesting is that my investigation went on for 13 months,’ he told the Post. ‘If they found something … why didn’t they bring it up before?’ Though there are a wide array of reasons for people being denied security clearance, among the most common, the Post’s report continued, includes ‘withholding information from a government disclosure form, past criminal convictions, compromising contacts or being the subject of an investigation.’ The causes for the four staffers terminated today to be barred from permanent clearance is currently unclear.” (02/27/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/four-trump-administration-employees-just-lost-jobs-couldnt-pass-background-checks

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12) Embattled Shulkin says he’s focusing on improving vets care
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Seeking to put a blistering travel controversy behind him, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Tuesday he is focused on expanding medical care for veterans, even as he hints that rebellious VA staff remaining opposed to him may soon leave the department. Speaking to reporters at an American Legion event, Shulkin said he had delivered a clear message to department employees that he was in charge and that bad behavior wouldn’t be tolerated. Recent news reports have focused on a handful of department advisers and press officials who had refused to serve him, and Shulkin said Tuesday those people were now reassessing their futures with VA. ‘I’m moving forward,’ Shulkin said, indicating he planned no immediate firings but that departures may be in the offing. ‘I’m not spending my time looking for subversion or doing investigations. When it becomes clear to me when people are pursuing different agendas, then I’m going to address that.’” (02/27/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Embattled-Shulkin-says-he-s-focusing-on-improving-12713789.php

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13) Victim disarmament advocates seize opportunity to exploit domestic violence victims
Source: USA Today

“Supporters of tighter gun restrictions for those with a history of domestic violence hope Florida’s school shooting will bolster the chance of passage for bills to make state laws more uniform and enforceable. Accused Florida gunman Nikolas Cruz had abused his ex-girlfriend, just as 54% of the mass shooters before him had committed domestic or family abuse, according to an analysis of mass shootings by the group Everytown for Gun Safety. The risk of death for abused partners is five times greater if guns are present, says Everytown policy and legal director Elizabeth Avore. The group has worked on domestic violence and gun legislation in about two dozen states since 2013. The NRA has promoted the idea of women buying guns to protect themselves and their children from domestic abusers and generally toned down its opposition to bills that restrict guns for those found guilty of domestic abuse. In a 2015 ad, spokeswoman Dana Loesch warned ‘every rapist, domestic abuser, violent criminal thug and every other monster who preys upon women’ that their ‘life expectancy just got shorter’ thanks to the millions of women buying guns.” (02/27/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/27/advocates-see-opening-tougher-gun-control-laws-those-guilty-domestic-violence/361226002

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14) Google has received 2.4 million URL removal requests under EU’s “right to be forgotten” Internet censorship scheme
Source: The Verge

“Google has received over 2.4 million requests to remove URLs from its search engine under Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ laws since they were introduced in May 2014. The new data comes from Google’s move to expand its transparency reports, and starting today, it will also add new data dating back to January 2016 (when Google’s reviewers started manually annotating URL submissions). … The European Court of Justice established the ‘right to be forgotten’ laws in May 2014, which allows Europeans to request search engines like Google to delist information about themselves from results. The search engine would then have to review whether that information is ‘inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant, or excessive,’ and whether the public interest in it remains.” (02/27/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/27/17057356/google-eu-url-removal-requests-right-to-be-forgotten-laws-europe

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15) KY: Men accused of satanic murder cleared after 26 years
Source: Newser

“An Innocence Project lawyer says it’s the worst miscarriage of justice she has ever seen — and it’s one that kept two men behind bars for more than half their lives. Garr Keith Hardin and Jeffrey Dewayne Clark, who spent 24 years in prison in Kentucky after being accused of a satanic murder, had their convictions vacated after a brief hearing Monday in which a judge decided no credible evidence remained against them, the Louisville Courier Journal reports. … The men were released from prison in 2016 because of new forensic testing and evidence of police misconduct, the AP reports. Detective Mark Handy, who’s accused of fabricating witness statements, is already being sued in connection with several other cases.” (02/27/18)

http://www.newser.com/story/255892/men-accused-of-satanic-murder-cleared-after-26-years.html

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16) Haley throws tantrum, threatens US action against Iran after Russia UN veto
Source: Reuters

“The United States threatened unilateral action against Iran on Monday after Russia vetoed a western bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group. … ‘If Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran then the U.S. and our partners need to take action on our own. If we’re not going to get action on the council then we have to take our own actions,’ U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told reporters during a visit to Honduran capital Tegucigalpa. Haley did not specify what kind of action could be taken.” (02/26/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-un/u-s-threatens-action-against-iran-after-russia-u-n-veto-idUSKCN1GA2QT

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17) Norway: Regime will spend $13 million to upgrade its doomsday seed vault
Source: The Oklahoman

“Norway will spend 100 million Norwegian Crowns ($12.7 million) to upgrade the doomsday seed vault it built 10 years ago. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was constructed in an abandoned Arctic coal mine to store and safeguard the world’s crops and plants from global natural or man-made disaster. If nuclear war or global warming kills certain crops, governments will be able to request seeds from the vault to restart their agricultural industries.” (02/27/18)

http://newsok.com/article/5584920

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18) German: Court rules that cities can impose driving bans on diesel cars to combat pollution
Source: Bradford Telegraph & Argus

“A German court has ruled that cities can impose driving bans on diesel cars to combat air pollution, according to reports. The ruling could see millions of drivers across Germany forced to leave their cars at home on days when harmful emissions are particularly high. … Environmental campaigners had sued dozens of German cities, arguing that they have a duty to cut excessive air pollution to protect people’s health.” (02/27/18)

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/national/16051358.German_cities_can_impose_driving_bans_on_diesel_cars_to_combat_pollution/

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19) Saudi Arabia: Salman fires top army chiefs in military shake-up
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has fired his top military commanders and reshuffled his cabinet in a shake-up of key security and government ministries. Those dismissed include the Saudi army’s chief of staff, and the heads of the ground and air defence forces. … No official reason has been given for Tuesday’s overhaul, but it comes as Saudi Arabia faces growing criticism against the military coalition it leads in the Yemen war.” (02/27/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/saudi-arabia-fires-top-army-chiefs-military-shake-180227054218368.html

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20) NC: Facebook Live shooting victim bragged about being a police informant
Source: New York Daily News

“The North Carolina man killed on Facebook Live left a trail of evidence behind for investigators, including videos where he threatened to call the police on those around him. ‘You’re on live,’ Prentis Robinson said on his video Monday, before he was shot and killed by an unknown assailant caught on camera near Wingate University outside Charlotte. Police later put out murder warrants for Douglas Colson. … Local station WJZY cited sources that said Robinson was known for using Facebook Live to ‘out’ suspected drug dealers, and that he was known as a ‘vigilante.’” (02/27/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/facebook-live-shooting-victim-spoke-calling-cops-article-1.3844069

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

21) Do good fences make bitter neighbors?
Source: Libertarian Party
by Starchild

“When I flew to Kansas City for [a Libertarian National Committee] meeting in August, I stayed at the home of another LNC member, regional alternate representative Sean O’Toole. He and his wife, former Missouri Libertarian Party Chair Cisse Spragins, were kind enough to put me up in their impressive, painstakingly period-decorated Italianate home, where they hosted a successful fundraising event for the national LP the evening prior to our meeting. The following morning, as Sean and I were leaving to drive to the meeting location, he shared some unpleasant news: he’d just gotten a citation in the mail from the Kansas City Municipal Court, which he estimated was likely to cost him $1,000 or more. Across his relatively tidy front yard, Sean O’Toole glances toward the stack of fencing materials for which he was cited, visible from the street only as a dark mass lost in the shadows of a healthy tree. It wasn’t the fundraising party that was the problem. City officials had taken umbrage at some iron fencing leaning against the side of the house, and now they intended to make O’Toole pay.” (02/27/18)

https://www.lp.org/sean-otoole-fences-make-bitter-neighbors/

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22) America’s democracy hypocrisy
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“In late February, Venezuela’s government began accepting presidential candidate registrations and announced a snap legislative election for April. The country’s opposition denounces the process as a sham and Maduro as a dictator, both of which may be true. Oddly, a third voice — the US government — also weighed in. Per US state media outlet Voice of America, ‘the United States, which under President Donald Trump has been deeply critical of Maduro’s leadership in crisis-torn and economically suffering Venezuela, on Saturday rejected the call for an early legislative vote.’ Given the perpetual public pearl-clutching over alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, that’s some major league chutzpah.” (02/27/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12962

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23) Congress should make tax relief permanent
by Phil Kerpen
Source: Town Hall

“The first year of the Trump administration saw remarkable accomplishments on both tax and regulatory relief, with fundamental tax reform for the first time in decades and the massive regulatory onslaught of the Obama years stopped and reversed. With wages rising and the economy strengthening, the most important priority for Congress in 2018 should be to lock in these historic accomplishments. As it stands now, nearly all of the tax relief for individuals is scheduled to expire in 2025, due to Senate rules that imposed a procedural constraint on the process to avoid a Democratic filibuster. … Republicans need to make crystal clear to the American people that the tax cut expiration exists only because of Democratic intransigence. A vote on making the tax cuts permanent this year would deny the media and Democrats the criticism of the tax reform bill that the relief is temporary.” [editor’s note: Unless there’s a spending cut, any alleged “tax cut” is a con job – TLK] (02/26/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/philkerpen/2018/02/26/congress-should-make-relief-permanent-n2454432

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24) Culture war is all that’s left when gun policy battles become pointless
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Last year, I noted the growing tendency of the ‘dominant political tribes to effortlessly taunt each other by waving cultural flags — or putting the legal screws to lifestyle choices that aren’t overtly partisan.’ Since then, the escalating strife between political and cultural factions has turned into economic warfare, as opponents of private ownership of guns pressure businesses to end relations with the National Rifle Association. The culture war is almost guaranteed to harden the sides rather than hand anybody victory. It’s also unlikely to go away, since posturing and stigmatizing is all the combatants have as debate over actual policy slides toward irrelevance.” (02/27/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/02/27/culture-war-is-all-thats-left-when-gun-p

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25) Brexit — salt and vinegar please, not the three course meal
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Liam Fox and Sir Martin Donnelly are having a little spat over Brexit and trade. It should be said that Fox is correct here — not something we’ll always say — and the civil servant wrong. The reason isn’t just about their negotiating stances, whether we should go for the salt and vinegar of a packet of crisps or the full three courser the EU might offer. The actual reason is because our civil servant — you know, the knighted brightest of his generation and all that guff — entirely misunderstands the very point of trade itself. It ain’t about exports, imports are the purpose of the whole trade game. Fail to grasp that and you’ll forever be pissing down peoples’ legs and telling ’em it’s raining. But that is the mistake that’s being made.” (02/27/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2018/02/27/brexit-salt-and-vinegar-please-not-the-three-course-meal/

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26) What keeping Xi in power means for China, and the world
Source: Reuters
by Peter Marino

“On February 9, 1796, Qianlong, the sixth emperor of the Qing dynasty and the leader of China at its pre-modern peak of power, size, and prestige, abdicated in the 61st year of his reign in favor of his 35-year-old son. Though, until his death three years later, Qianlong continued to exercise power from behind the scenes, the fact of his abdication was crucial to his subjects’ understanding of his dynasty’s legitimacy. Qianlong chose to abdicate one day before the length of his reign would have matched that of his illustrious grandfather, Emperor Kangxi. Kangxi’s unprecedentedly long reign was viewed as a kind of golden age, and Kangxi was still held in high regard. For Qianlong to outshine his grandfather would have been viewed as immodest, reflecting poorly on the House of Aisin Goro, as well as on the throne itself; his abdication helped to preserve public respect for the imperial office. Sometimes politics requires compromise, even when you’re the emperor.” (02/27/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-marino-xi-commentary/commentary-what-keeping-xi-in-power-means-for-china-and-the-world-idUSKCN1GB2BH

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27) Another tragedy, another scapegoat
Source: The American Prospect
by Ari Ne’eman

“In the wake of the Florida shooting, a growing number of elected officials, including President Donald Trump, have made the curious decision to blame people with mental illness for gun violence, rather than guns. In a country whose leaders are unwilling to confront a powerful gun lobby, mental health makes an easier scapegoat. Years ago, we had mental hospitals, mental institutions, we had a lot of them and a lot of them have closed. Some people thought it was a stigma. … Legislators thought it was too expensive,’ said the president in remarks at his ‘listening session’ last Wednesday with shooting survivors. ‘Today, if you catch somebody, they don’t know what to do with them. He hasn’t committed the crime, but he may very well and there’s no mental institution, there’s no place to bring them. And we have that a lot.’ Trump reiterated his push to expand institutionalization yesterday at a meeting with the nation’s governors, making it a central part of his administration’s response to mass shootings.” (02/27/18)

http://prospect.org/article/another-tragedy-another-scapegoat

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28) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 21
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Once you know a storm is coming, the only sensible actions are to either protect yourself or to get out of the way. And so it has become time to roll up the Jay’s Bar show and move along. If we simply vanish from view now, there won’t be much in the way of targets to destroy. None of us, however, are about to deny ourselves: what we are, what we love. We’re still going to live our lives our way. But neither do any of us want to be locked into cages; that helps no one, save self-righteous enforcers.” (02/27/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/rosc-21-roll-move-along/

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29) Deficient Trump
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Mr. Trump repeatedly insists that America’s trade deficit with China is evidence of Beijing’s nefariousness combined with official Washington’s spinelessness. Yet what really is on display here is Mr. Trump’s cluelessness. First, in a world of more than two countries, any bilateral trade deficit or surplus is as absolutely and indisputably meaningless as is, say, my trade deficit with my grocer and my grocer’s trade surplus with me. The Wall Street Journal should not be party to allowing talk of such ‘deficits’ or ‘surpluses’ to pass as if such gibberish makes economic sense. Second, while the U.S. has for decades consistently run trade deficits with the rest of the world, China has, since its 2001 entry into the WTO, overwhelmingly run trade surpluses with the rest of the world — a reality that means exactly the opposite of what Mr. Trump believes it to mean.” (02/27/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/02/deficient-trump.html

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30) I’m forced to pay union fees as a government employee and I want out
Source: USA Today
by Mark Janus

“I work as a child support specialist for state government in Illinois. I enjoy my job and want to serve my state; public service is part of who I am. But I don’t want to pay a union to do so. That’s why I’ve asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the practice of forcing government workers to pay mandatory union fees. My case, Janus v. AFSCME, will be heard by the court on Feb. 26. Every month, part of my paycheck goes to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. This is because long before I worked in this role, AFSCME was selected to represent the majority of state government employees in Illinois. When I was hired, no one asked me whether I wanted union representation. I only found out when the money started coming out of my paycheck.” [editor’s note: If this ruling puts “public unions” in perspective (as theft of taxpayer money, not bargaining with private firms) it will have done its job – SAT] [editor’s note: Janus isn’t “forced” to pay union dues. He wasn’t conscripted. He can quit his union job any time – TLK] (02/26/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/02/26/unions-dont-represent-me-shouldnt-pay-their-fees-mark-janus-supreme-court-column/352460002

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31) Democrat governors to sue over tax law; seek to challenge $10,000 tax deduction cap
Source: Heartland Institute
by Dan Pilla

“Democratic governors from New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Connecticut claim they will sue the federal government over the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. They claim that the provision capping the deductibility of state and local taxes at $10,000 is unconstitutional. They claim the provision is based on politics, not fiscal policy. Specifically, they allege that the law retaliates against Democrats for not voting for Donald Trump. Apparently, the suit will be filed in the coming weeks. Because Democrat controlled states have much higher state taxes than other states, the new limit on deducting state and local taxes may negatively impact those living in such states. … There is little doubt but that the suit is destined to fail. First, as a matter of settled tax law, the courts have ruled thousands of times over the many decades that we’ve been burdened with the income tax that deductions ‘are a matter of legislative grace.’” (02/27/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/02/democrat-governors-to-sue-over-jobs-act-seek-to-challenge-10000-tax-deduction-cap/

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32) See the unseen: How to view the world like an economist
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“Have you ever wondered why economists hold seemingly counter-intuitive opinions on issue after issue? It certainly perturbs friends (and my girlfriend in particular). To the non-economist, those of us trained in the dismal science have a frustrating, sometimes inhuman, ability to detach ourselves from emotive arguments, all the while trying to poke holes in popular ideas. Where does this desensitisation come from? The best answer was articulated by Russ Roberts on Twitter last week, and originates from an under-appreciated nineteenth century French economist called Frederic Bastiat.” (02/27/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/see-unseen-how-view-world-economist

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33) Bitcoin is not a product
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“It is absolutely essential to understand the distributed model even to have a first-level conception of what cryptocurrency really is. It is not a proprietary product. It is not a company. It is not even a brand. It is a technology. It is a technology that, by design and structure, doesn’t have an owner — or, more accurately, it is owned by anyone and everyone. It is a distributed ledger. The purpose of it is to carefully delineate ownership claims and provide a chronological and immunity audit trail of changes in ownership rights. Bitcoin is a token that provides evidence of authority and access to make changes in the ledger, and thereby absorbs and reflects the value of the services provided by the ledger itself. That realization took me several years.” (02/26/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/bitcoin-not-product

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34) What Italy’s “Potere al Popolo” can teach us about building a popular party of the Left
Source: In These Times
by Valentina Dallona

“On March 4, the Italian people will walk to the ballots to choose their government for the next five years. During the past few weeks, the TV schedule has been filled with representatives from each running party clashing over the best ways to get the country out of the lingering economic recession: structural reforms, innovation, job creation, more cuts, less cuts and, of course, stopping immigration. The regular pre-election spectacle is charged with a sense of gravity, as this will be the first time Italian citizens will have the chance to elect their government since the fall of Berlusconi in 2011. After the defeat of Le Pen’s far-right party by the liberal, pro-austerity party of Macron in France, lawmakers, international organizations and investors across Europe are watching with bated breath to see whether Italian voters reject the far Right and its anti-Europe discourse. On the other hand, some observers worry that the elections could result in a hung parliament that will yet again be resolved by the formation of a government of technocrats in charge of carrying forward the austerity mandate as their predecessors did.” (02/27/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20945/Italy-Potere-al-Popolo-popular-party-left-elections-democratic-party

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35) Defensive gun use is more than shooting bad guys
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by James Agresti

“In a New York Times column entitled ‘How to Reduce Shootings,’ Nicholas Kristof writes, ‘It is true that guns are occasionally used to stop violence. But contrary to what the National Rifle Association suggests, this is rare. One study by the Violence Policy Center found that in 2012 there were 259 justifiable homicides by a private citizen using a firearm.’ That statement grossly misleads by pretending that firearms only stop violence when they are used to kill criminals. As explained by the National Academies of Sciences in a 300+ page analysis of firearms studies, ‘Effective defensive gun use need not ever lead the perpetrator to be wounded or killed. Rather, to assess the benefits of self-defense, one needs to measure crime and injury averted. The particular outcome of an offender is of little relevance.’” (02/27/18)

https://fee.org/articles/defensive-gun-use-is-more-than-shooting-bad-guys/

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36) Trump’s tariffs, Fannie’s funding: How high can rents climb?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Doug French

“Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is recommending ‘a 24 percent tariff on all steel imports from all countries,’ the NY Times reports. Ana Swanson writes that the tariffs, ‘are aimed at saving American steel and aluminum producers, who have struggled to compete with a flood of cheap metals from abroad, particularly from China.’ Ironically, Diana Olick reports for CNBC, in a piece about multi-family housing, ‘The cost of that two-by-four, lumber, is now at a record high. Other products like steel and concrete are more expensive, but the real cost spikes are in land and labor. Skilled construction labor is not only expensive, it is extremely difficult to find.’ The boom in construction of upscale apartments is not a new story, but perhaps a few developers are finally smelling danger.” (02/27/18)

https://mises.org/wire/trumps-tariffs-fannies-funding-how-high-can-rents-climb

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37) Picture the United States without student debt
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Picture the United States without student debt. It’s a country with a larger, more vibrant economy than the one we have today. It’s a country where more than a million people, including many people who never went to college, have jobs they would not otherwise have. A new report from Bard College’s Levy Economics Institute concludes that this bold idea — cancelling all outstanding student debt — would help the entire economy and create more than a million jobs. To those who say we can’t afford to cancel this debt, the report poses a new and different question: Can we afford not to? Using widely-accepted economic tools, the report’s authors (Scott Fullwiler, Stephanie Kelton, Catherine Ruetschlin, and Marshall Steinbaum) found that cancelling all student debt this country would create between 1.2 and 1.5 million new jobs. It would also increase the nation’s GDP by $86 billion to $108 billion per year over the next ten years.” (02/27/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180227/picture-the-united-states-without-student-debt

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38) Gun rights don’t come from the Second Amendment
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Whenever there is a gun massacre, statists inevitably respond that it’s time to repeal the Second Amendment. The idea is that if the Second Amendment is gone, so will be the right to own guns in the United States. There is just one big problem with that position: It’s wrong. The Second Amendment, like the First Amendment, doesn’t give anyone any rights. Instead, it prohibits the federal government from infringing on rights that are natural and God-given and that preexist government.” (02/27/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/02/27/gun-rights-dont-come-second-amendment/

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39) The botched tax bill and Democrats’ good-government dilemma
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“There’s a long-running children’s comic strip called Goofus and Gallant, about one selfish boy and one virtuous one, that resembles a long-running political problem in Washington. Republicans (Goofus) act rashly and screw things up, and Democrats (Gallant) are supposed to be the upstanding citizens that fix everything. This creates an imbalance, giving anti-government Republicans carte blanche to savage the bureaucracy, on the expectation that Democrats will quietly make it right. We’re seeing this Goofus and Gallant problem in action with the tax law passed at the end of the last year. All large bills inevitably contain drafting errors, typos, and glitches that cause unintended consequences. But a bill passed as swiftly and without deliberation as the tax plan was sure to multiply those problems, and that expectation has come true. As Politico reports, within the first two months of the tax law taking effect, dozens of mistakes have cropped up, some which could either assist or harm entire classes of taxpayers.” [editor’s note: And in other situations, we could call the Dems the “Goofuses;” better to just call all politicians that – SAT] (02/27/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147212/botched-tax-bill-democrats-good-government-dilemma

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40) Cornucopian renewable energy claims leave poor nations in the dark
Source: CounterPunch
by Stan Cox

“The Stanford professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues have written another paper purporting to show that 100 percent of energy demand can be fulfilled by wind, solar, and hydroelectric generation. This latest study, which comes in the form of a manuscript accepted but not yet published by the journal Renewable Energy, seeks to show how that goal can be met in 139 nations. Jacobson’s previous ‘100 percent renewable’ papers have prompted other researchers to publish their own studies pointing out faulty technical assumptions and analyses that cast a shadow over his claims. I expect that we will see technical critiques of Jacobson’s latest study as well published in coming weeks or months (if, that is, there are experts out there who are willing to risk being sued by Jacobson for questioning his results. He’s got one such sketchy lawsuit in the courts already.)” (02/27/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/27/cornucopian-renewable-energy-claims-leave-poor-nations-in-the-dark/

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41) Are we at a “turning point” on gun control? Don’t believe the hype
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“In the wake of the Florida school shooting, gun control advocates say horrible tragedy marks a fundamental shift in the nation’s debate over gun ownership. But that’s what they say after every shooting tragedy, and it never happens. Look at the headlines in the major news media and you’d think that the nation is finally ready to accept strict controls on the sale and ownership of guns. ‘Parkland school shooting seen as turning point for gun control debate,’ says USA Today. ‘Why Parkland could be a turning point for gun control,’ says Vox.com. ‘Sen. Nelson Hopes FL Shooting Is the ‘Turning Point’ on Gun Control,’ says Fox News. On and on it goes. The problem is that these same predictions have been made by the same gun control advocates time again. Yet that turning point never arrives.” (02/27/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/are-we-at-a-turning-point-on-gun-control-dont-believe-the-hype

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42) What has $49 billion in foreign military aid bought us? Not much
Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew Miller & Richard Sokolsky

“It’s a scene right out of the movie Groundhog Day. Every year around this time, the administration submits its annual request to Congress to appropriate billions of dollars for America’s allies and partners in the Middle East to finance their purchase of U.S. military training and equipment. Congress rubber stamps these requests with little regard for whether this assistance achieves U.S. foreign policy objectives. It does the same when the executive branch requests congressional approval of arms sales for cold hard cash. Such docility might be good industrial policy — after all, it creates jobs in key congressional districts, provides corporate welfare for America’s defense companies, and helps maintain the defense industrial base. But it makes for lousy foreign policy.” (02/27/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/what-has-49-billion-in-foreign-military-aid-bought-us-not-much/

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43) Cornered by bigots
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“When someone threatens me, personally, I get angry. If they are within striking distance I may violently defend myself from them. And, make no mistake, those demanding more anti-gun ‘laws’ are threatening me personally. They are threatening to violently attack, rob, and enslave me … and murder me if I resist. That’s what ‘laws’ are: a threat. But no one has had the guts to do it to my face, even when directed at me. As is the nature of these anti-liberty cowards, they do it while hiding behind screens, hundreds of miles away.” (02/27/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/02/cornered-by-bigots.html

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44) Why the Russia investigation could be more like Iran-Contra than Watergate
Source: The Atlantic
by Julian E Zelizer

“As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election heats up with guilty pleas and plea bargains, there is growing speculation about where this will all end. It might be time to start thinking more about Ronald Reagan than Richard Nixon, and that should give Democrats some pause. Although Watergate culminated with a dramatic ‘smoking gun’ tape that exposed the guilt of the president in obstructing justice, with a bipartisan consensus quickly forming that President Nixon needed to step down, the Iran-Contra scandal, which involved illegally selling arms to Iran to finance right-wing militias in Nicaragua, fizzled despite shocking revelations about the conduct of the Reagan administration. Complexity, partisanship, and a strong presidential narrative insulated Reagan from the long-term effects that could come with a scandal as large as Iran Contra. Will the same thing happen again?” (02/27/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/why-the-russia-investigation-could-end-more-like-iran-contra-than-watergate/554345/

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45) The problems with FISA, secrecy, and automatically classified information
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by David Ruiz

“It’s time to talk about FISA again, and the problems with its multi-layered secrecy regime. We’re going to talk about a surveillance law that, when passed, installed secrecy both in a court system and in Congress, barring the public and their representatives from accessing important information. When that information is partially revealed, it’s near impossible for the public to trust it.” (02/26/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/problems-fisa-secrecy-and-automatically-classified-information

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46) If the police are there to protect us …
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

” … which they are not, per court ruling … Then let’s give them some incentive to do the job they’re being paid by taxpayers to claim they do. This can be done with federal law enforcement easily enough. Any Congress that can pass Obamacare can easily pass a law to * Make the pay rate for all personnel with law enforcement powers equal to the federal minimum wage. Across the board. Every single one. At any level, supervision or management. … Any unarmed LEO who goes into harm’s way (as anti-exemplified by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office) to protect a citizen(s) earns a cash bonus for that action. … Any armed LEO who goes into harm’s way earns a lesser cash bonus for that action. … Any armed LEO who fails to go into harm’s way to protect a citizen(s) will lose all armed-officer pay and bonuses perpetually.” (02/27/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4906

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47) Dictatorship with the usual characteristics
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘Argh, we’re going to become North Korea,’ a dejected Chinese citizen wrote on his country’s social media site, Weibo. His comment, later removed by China’s ‘safe space’ police, responded to the Communist Party’s announcement that it would soon remove term limits on President Xi Jinping. While neighboring North Korea has been ruled in totalitarian dynastic fashion by the Kim family since 1948, the Chinese have had their own experience with extended one-man rule, 33 years of Mao Zedong.” (02/27/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/02/27/dictatorship-with-the-usual-characteristics/

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48) These anti-democratic youths don’t speak for me
Source: spiked
by Emily Dinsmore

“Everyone in the media is talking about the new anti-Brexit youth group, ‘Our Future, Our Choice.’ OFOC is a group of ‘angry, determined young people’ with one aim: to stop Brexit. Its members argue that as we young people will have to live longer with the consequences of Brexit, and young people tend to back Remain, then Brexit should be junked. … Despite its claims to speak for young people, OFOC seems to stir the feelings more of greying anti-democrats than the mass of young people. The likes of AC Grayling and Alastair Campbell are enthusiastic supporters, delighted that they have a youthful, PR-friendly stage army to push their anti-Brexit rhetoric. Campbell says ‘it’s time the youth was heard on Brexit.’ But it’s clear he only cares about the opinions of those young people who happen to agree with him.” (02/27/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/these-anti-democratic-youths-dont-speak-for-me/

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49) Worse than Watergate, part 3
Source: The American Spectator
by Jed Babbin

“On Saturday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released his memorandum in an attempt to rebut the Republican memorandum that HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) released on February 2. As I wrote on February 5, the Nunes memo describes the FBI’s and the Department of Justice’s abuses of their law enforcement powers to spy on the Trump campaign and its advisors during and after the 2016 election. The Schiff memo is cleverly written, making several assertions by which it attempts to confuse and misinform on the issues. It flails and fails in Schiff’s effort to discredit the principal findings of the Nunes memo.” (02/26/18)

https://spectator.org/worse-than-watergate-part-3-the-schiff-memo/

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50) Americans are richer and happier* than Europeans
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“The asterisk refers to my skepticism about happiness surveys. But other people cite and believe this data, so I’ll play along and show the implications of the actual survey data. … In my view it’s a mistake for progressives to cite Denmark’s high levels of happiness. If you compare the US to Europe as a whole, America is happier than more than 90% of Europe, weighted by population. Indeed the Netherlands is the largest European country that rates happier than America. And yet Europe as a whole has a much more extensive welfare state than America. And Europe as a whole is a far better comparison than Denmark — much more similar to America in terms of size and diversity of population. Unfortunately for progressives, Europe is much poorer and less happy than Denmark. Indeed the US is roughly 40% to 50% richer than the EU on a PPP basis.” (02/26/18)

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

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51) The Stosscars!
Source: Reason

“It’s time for the Oscars. Hollywood will give actors awards ­for what Hollywood thinks are the best performances. But they leave out a most important category: political actors. John Stossel says that’s wrong: Politicians deceive people just as much actors do, so some of their performances deserve recognition. So Stossel created the Stosscars.” [Flash video] (02/27/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/02/27/stossel-the-stosscars

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52) Tenther Tuesday, episode 28
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“Today is the 404th day that the GOP has failed to repeal Obamacare, but states are continuing to make moves against unconstitutional federal control. In this episode of Tenther Tuesday, Michael Boldin and Michael Maharrey talk about a bill that went to the Alabama governor’s desk this week. If she signs it into law, it will encourage the use of gold a silver, and take an important step toward breaking the Fed’s monopoly on money. They also talk about several other sound money bills moving forward in other states, along with legislation to promote food and health freedom and limit government surveillance.” [Flash video] (02/27/18)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/02/tenther-tuesday-episode-28-sound-money-health-freedom-and-drone-surveillance/

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53) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 83
Source: The LAVA Flow

“A cowardly cop really has my jimmies rustled this week, and my blood is boiling. What’s in the News with stories on crypto deregulation, taxation is theft, porn is a health risk but apparently, alcohol for fetuses is not, and homelessness is not a crime! And, another Ask Me Anything where I get caught up on your questions.” [various formats] (02/27/18)

http://thelavaflow.com/coward-cop-tlf083/

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54) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 45
Source: Libertarianism.org

“By the Fall of 1837, both Tammany Hall Democrats and the Locofocos loved Van Buren’s administration so a reunion was now a real possibility.” [various formats] (02/27/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/43

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55) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/26/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Can the state ban you from wearing any political message at the polling place? Wen Fa is an attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation. We discussed his case before the Supreme Court, Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky.” [various formats] (02/26/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/minnesota-voters-alliance-v-mansky

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56) Free Talk Live, 02/26/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Supreme Court Rejects Trump DACA Case :: NH House Votes to Abolish DUI Checkpoints :: Trump Says He’d Rush In on Active Shooter With or Without Weapon :: Interrupting :: Michael Savage to Run for Senate? :: Stefan Molyneux’s Fall from Liberty :: Closing Borders :: Cops Giving Away Free Pizza :: Libertarians Getting Things Accomplished :: Sarah and Highschoolers :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/26/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-02-26

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57) Cyberlaw Podcast, 02/26/18
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“Today’s news roundup begins with Maury Shenk and Brian Egan offering their views about the Supreme Court oral argument in the Microsoft Ireland case. We highlight some of the questions that may tip the Justices’ hand. Brian and I dig into the Dems’ reply memo on the Carter Page FISA application.” [MP3] (02/26/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/02/26/the-scandularity-is-near

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1102
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Johnny Rocket, host of the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad (on which I’ve been a guest, in one of my favorite interviews ever), joins me to discuss his Liberty Force Comic as well as other, unconventional ways we might bring our unorthodox message to the masses.” [various formats] (02/26/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1102-can-liberty-go-mainstream-a-comic-creator-says-yes/

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59) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 150
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Cowardly police, crisis actors, gun control and Kyle defends himself.” [various formats] (02/26/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-150-scared-pigs/

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60) Bloggingheads.tv, 02/26/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Bill Scher (Real Clear Politics, Politico) and Matt K. Lewis (The Daily Beast, MattLewis.org) … Why Matt didn’t go to CPAC … Are the NeverTrumpers kaput? … Signs of a Democratic Party realignment … Court ruling proves Bill’s prescience about DACA … Why the NRA’s power isn’t about money … What steps could materially decrease gun violence?” [Flash video] (02/26/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/50750

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