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Friday, February 10th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Trump gives America’s police a state steroid injection with new executive orders
2) Appeals court panel unanimously rejects Trump on travel ban; Trump throws usual Twitter tantrum
3) NH: State representative defects to Libertarian Party
4) South Africa: Lawmakers brawl during anti-Zuma protest
5) Afghanistan: Top US commander seeks “few thousand” more troops
6) Ecuador: Presidential candidate vows to oust Julian Assange from London embassy
7) Bigger in Texas: $4 billion bond set in murder case
8) New pharmaceutical drug uses cannabis to treat brain cancer
9) Despite Trump, several American companies plan Mexico expansion
10) Report: Trump border “wall” to cost $21.6 billion, take 3.5 years to build
11) Judge blocks Anthem-Cigna healthcare merger
12) Boeing wins $13.8 billion wide-body jet order from Singapore Air
13) Syria: Russian airstrike kills Turkish troops
14) New “Fileless malware” targets banks and organizations spotted in the wild
15) AZ: Several arrested after attempting to intervene in ICE gang’s abduction of woman
16) Egypt: Islamic State claims rocket fire at Israel resort
17) Kenya: Court nullifies order to close refugee camp
18) Myanmar: Aid ship to help Rohingyas arrives, greeted by protest
19) UK: Foreign secretary Boris Johnson renounced US citizenship last year
20) France: Explosion at nuclear power station “not a nuclear accident”

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Foreign policy is not for the courts to determine
22) Sorry, Judge Napolitano: Immigration isn’t “foreign policy”
23) The FBI: The silent terror of the Fourth Reich
24) Sex crazy
25) Why food stamps don’t promote healthy eating
26) Short circuit: Bill aims to deep-six 9th
27) Progressives lost vote on DeVos, but won something valuable
28) Liberals should learn from Lady Gaga
29) Comedy won’t defeat Trump, but that’s not the point
30) Lessons from Odebrecht
31) Housing’s drag on the economy
32) Obama’s lost army
33) Blood will tell: Trump and Sessions strike historic blow for civil rights
34) Calling Trump a Nazi is its own kind of Holocaust denial
35) This group of black women is taking up arms to fight racism and misogyny
36) Cut off government funds to universities? Of course
37) Letter from alleged 9/11 mastermind shows our own foreign policy makes America unsafe
38) The advertising hypocrisy gap
39) Trump’s fake populism on military spending
40) Open borders and private property after the state
41) The Austrian prescription
42) Iran hawks take the White House
43) There’s a reason we use prices to ration things you know
44) Fear and loathing in the redneck police state
45) Trump’s hard line on Iran will give Saudis free hand in Yemen
46) The grim fantasia of a civilizational war
47) Why Republicans should want to expand protection from deportation
48) The religion of national security statism
49) A moral challenge
50) Socialized medicine created a “humanitarian crisis” in the NHS?

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

1) Trump gives America’s police a state steroid injection with new executive orders
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump signed three new executive orders Thursday that he said are ‘designed to restore safety in America.’ … One of the orders, aimed at ‘reduc(ing) crime and restor(ing) public safety,’ directs [US Attorney General Jeff] Sessions to establish a new Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. The Task Force will develop ‘strategies to reduce crime, including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and violent crime’ …. A second executive order, aimed at combating transnational drug cartels, proscribes steps for various federal agencies to ‘increase intelligence’ sharing among law enforcement partners. … Finally, Trump signed an executive order directing the Justice Department to use existing federal law to prosecute those who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.” (02/09/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/09/politics/trump-executive-orders-crime-reduction/

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2) Appeals court panel unanimously rejects Trump on travel ban; Trump throws usual Twitter tantrum
Source: The Hill

“A San Francisco-based appeals court on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s request to resume his executive action on immigration and refugees, setting up a potential showdown in the Supreme Court. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled unanimously [sic] that a nationwide restraining order against President Trump’s temporary travel ban may continue while a federal judge considers a lawsuit over the policy. … [Trump] tweeted about the decision, declaring: ‘SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!'” [editor’s note: No, the court did not rule unanimously. The court has 29 active judgeships, and its version of a full “en banc” review usually consists of 11 of those judges. THIS decision was the unanimous decision of a three-judge panel, not of the court proper – TLK] (02/09/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/318327-appeals-court-rejects-trump-on-travel-ban

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3) NH: State representative defects to Libertarian Party
Source: Free Keene

“For the first time in two decades, the Libertarian Party of NH (LPNH) has a sitting state representative in the legislature who is just beginning his first term in office. Caleb Dyer, state representative for Hudson and Pelham, announced today at a press conference in Concord’s Legislative Office Building that he has switched his voter registration from republican to libertarian and has also joined the state party as a dues-paying member. Dyer is a New Hampshire native who knocked on 2,000 doors in his district, Hillsborough 37, to win his election in November of 2016.” (02/09/17)

http://freekeene.com/2017/02/09/breaking-nh-state-representative-joins-libertarian-party-full-press-conference-video/

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4) South Africa: Lawmakers brawl during anti-Zuma protest
Source: Albany Democrat-Herald

“South Africa’s parliament descended into chaos on Thursday, with opposition lawmakers denouncing President Jacob Zuma as a ‘scoundrel’ and ‘rotten to the core’ because of corruption allegations and then brawling with guards who dragged them out of the chamber. The raucous scenes unfolded on national television as opposition legislators tried to stop Zuma from addressing the chamber, repeatedly insulting the president and declaring him unfit for office.” (02/09/17)

http://democratherald.com/news/world/south-african-lawmakers-brawl-during-protest-of-president/article_18da28d5-5523-5baf-9ecc-0d7a197f7308.html

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5) Afghanistan: Top US commander seeks “few thousand” more troops
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“The top U.S. general overseeing coalition military operations in Afghanistan said Thursday he has a ‘shortfall of a few thousand’ coalition troops, opening the door to more U.S. military advisers deploying to bolster training and advise Afghan security forces. Army Gen. John Nicholson told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the additional advisers would be part of Operation Resolute Support, the coalition’s advising mission.” (02/09/17)

http://www.startribune.com/top-u-s-commander-in-afghanistan-seeks-few-thousand-more-troops/413311103/

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6) Ecuador: Presidential candidate vows to oust Julian Assange from London embassy
Source: Raw Story

“Julian Assange could be evicted from the Ecuadorean embassy in London by the start of Spring if opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso comes out on top in next month’s Ecuadorean presidential election. Assange has been housed at the embassy since June 2012. Ecuador granted the WikiLeaks founder asylum after Sweden sought his extradition to face questioning over an accusation of sexual assault. Assange claimed that he could face extradition to the United States and be prosecuted over the leaking of documents, videos and diplomatic cables obtained by Chelsea Manning. Those leaked materials would lead to the founding of WikiLeaks. But Lasso, of the right-wing Creo-Suma Alliance, has argued that it’s time for Assange’s stay to come to an end.” (02/09/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/ecuadorean-presidential-candidate-vows-to-oust-julian-assange-from-embassy-in-london

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7) Bigger in Texas: $4 billion bond set in murder case
Source: USA Today

“A Texas justice of the peace has set a $4 billion bond for a man accused of murder, records show. Newly elected Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown set the bond, the largest in Bell County history and possibly the U.S. County sheriff’s Deputy Chief Chuck Cox said he’s never heard of such a high bond, the Temple Daily Telegram reported. The highest amount he had previously seen was $1 million. Due to the high number, the Bell County jail’s booking software could only set the total bond amount at $1,000,000,999. Brown posted a series of updates on her Facebook profile about the number being so big that a broken system cannot even compute it. Antonio Willis, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Donte Samuels, who was found dead in the yard of a home in Killeen, about 70 miles north of Austin.” (02/09/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/09/bigger-texas-4-billion-bond-set-murder-case/97714480

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8) New pharmaceutical drug uses cannabis to treat brain cancer
Source: Smell the Truth

“A new prescription drug aims to help treat various forms of brain cancer with the help of cannabis. GW Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday presented data from a study on an experimental drug containing cannabidiol and THC, two compounds commonly found in marijuana, reports Forbes. The U.K.-based company found that the drug extended the median survival rate of brain cancer patients by up to six months when compared to a placebo medication. In the drug’s most recent trial phase, patients were given the THC/CBD concoction in addition to the oral chemotherapy drug, Temozolomide. Those patients displayed a one-year survival rate of 83 percent, compared to only 53 percent of patients given the placebo.” [editor’s note: Now watch Pharma race to “legalization” – SAT] (02/09/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/02/09/new-pharmaceutical-drug-uses-marijuana-to-treat-brain-cancer

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9) Despite Trump, several American companies plan Mexico expansion
Source: PanAm Post

“Several US companies are planning expansion into Mexico despite warnings from President Donald Trump to impose taxes according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper said that Rexnord, a company dedicated to the manufacture of industrial bearings, plans to close one of its factories in Indiana where it employs 350 people and transplants those operations to Mexico. This decision has been taken despite Donald Trump criticizing this company last December for ‘insensitive dismissal’ of American workers.” (02/09/17)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2017/02/09/despite-trump-several-american-companies-plan-mexico-expansion/

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10) Report: Trump border “wall” to cost $21.6 billion, take 3.5 years to build
Source: Reuters

“President Donald Trump’s ‘wall’ along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct, based on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters on Thursday. The report’s estimated price-tag is much higher than a $12-billion figure cited by Trump in his campaign and estimates as high as $15 billion from Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The report is expected to be presented to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly in coming days, although the administration will not necessarily take actions it recommends. The plan lays out what it would take to seal the border in three phases of construction of fences and walls covering just over 1,250 miles (2,000 km) by the end of 2020.” [editor’s note: So it woiuld be built just in time for the re-election campaign? Clever – SAT] (02/09/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-wall-exclusive-idUSKBN15O2ZN

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11) Judge blocks Anthem-Cigna healthcare merger
Source: US News & World Report

“A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Anthem Inc.’s proposed $54 billion bid to buy rival insurance company Cigna Corp. would result in higher prices and reduced competition, effectively blocking a merger between the nation’s second- and third-largest health insurers. … Anthem and Cigna are among four health insurance companies competing for business in multiple states and specializing in health plans for businesses with 5,000 employees.” (02/09/17)

http://www.usnews.com/news/health-care-news/articles/2017-02-09/judge-blocks-anthem-cigna-merger

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12) Boeing wins $13.8 billion wide-body jet order from Singapore Air
Source: Bloomberg

“Boeing Co. won orders for 39 wide-body aircraft from Singapore Airlines Ltd. as Southeast Asia’s biggest long-distance carrier upgrades its fleet over the next decade with more fuel-efficient models in an effort to cut costs. The airline agreed to buy 20 777-9s, which are set to debut at the decade’s end, and 19 787-10s, the longest Dreamliner model, for $13.8 billion at list prices that don’t reflect customary discounts, Singapore said in a statement Thursday. Deliveries of the jets will start as early as in the financial year ending March 2021, the carrier said, adding that it also has options to buy six more of each of the two models.” (02/09/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-08/boeing-said-front-runner-for-13-8-billion-singapore-air-order

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13) Syria: Russian airstrike kills Turkish troops
Source: Guardian [UK]

“Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and 11 injured after a Russian fighter jet accidentally bombed their location outside an Islamic State-held town in northern Syria. … The Turkish military said in a statement that a Russian warplane struck a building where Turkish personnel were present at 8.40am on Thursday as it was targeting Isis. It said the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, called his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to express his condolences.” (02/09/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/09/russian-airstrikes-accidentally-kill-three-turkish-soldiers

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14) New “Fileless malware” targets banks and organizations spotted in the wild
Source: The Hacker News

“More than a hundred banks and financial institutions across the world have been infected with a dangerous sophisticated, memory-based malware that’s almost undetectable, researchers warned. Newly published report by the Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab indicates that hackers are targeting banks, telecommunication companies, and government organizations in 40 countries, including the US, South America, Europe and Africa, with Fileless malware that resides solely in the memory of the compromised computers.” (02/08/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/02/fileless-malware-bank.html

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15) AZ: Several arrested after attempting to intervene in ICE gang’s abduction of woman
Source: Fox News

“The [abduction] of an illegal [sic] immigrant sparked a protest Wednesday outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs office in Phoenix that resulted in seven arrests as crowds blocked ICE buses on nearby streets. Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, arrived at the office for her routine check in, but instead of being released — under President Trump’s illegal [sic] immigration crackdown — she was [abducted]. Garcia de Rayos, 36, was considered a ‘low priority’ for deportation under the Obama administration and had to check in with ICE officials every six months following a 2008 conviction for felony identity theft for having false papers, The Los Angeles Times reported.” (0209/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/02/09/protests-erupt-outside-phoenix-ice-office-after-arrest-illegal-immigrant.html

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16) Egypt: Islamic State claims rocket fire at Israel resort
Source: Yahoo! News

“The Islamic State group said Thursday that it fired rockets at the Israeli resort of Eilat from the Sinai Peninsula in a rare attack on the Jewish state from Egyptian territory. The Israeli army said there were no casualties from Wednesday evening’s rocket fire — three of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system and a fourth fell short of the town. A few hours later, two Palestinians were killed elsewhere in the Sinai. The Islamist Hamas movement which rules Gaza said it was an Israeli air strike. The Israeli army denied carrying out any such action.” (02/09/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/confirms-fired-rockets-israels-eilat-egypt-004134014.html

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17) Kenya: Court nullifies order to close refugee camp
Source: The Star [Kenya]

“The High Court has stopped the closure of Dadaab refugee camp saying Interior ministry officials acted in excess of their powers. Justice John Mativo said on Thursday that the directive by CS Interior Joseph Nkaissery and PS Karanja Kibicho was arbitrary, null and void. Mativo also ruled that the decision by the government to collectively repatriate all refugees was wrong. He said there was no evidence of the people’s involvement in crime, or a single arrest or conviction that has been sighted as proof of risk at the camp, or the presence of al Shabaab members.” (02/09/17)

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/02/09/court-nullifies-nkaissery-order-to-close-dadaab-refugee-camp_c1503490

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18) Myanmar: Aid ship to help Rohingyas arrives, greeted by protest
Source: Reuters

“A small group of protesters greeted a ship from Malaysia when it docked in Myanmar on Thursday carrying aid bound for the troubled state of Rakhine, where many members of the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority live. The ship docked on the outskirts of the commercial hub, Yangon, where it was due to unload 500 tonnes of food and emergency supplies …. The aid shipment from mostly Muslim Malaysia has stirred opposition in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where many see the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.” (02/09/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-rohingya-malaysia-idUSKBN15O1II

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19) UK: Foreign secretary Boris Johnson renounced US citizenship last year
Source: USA Today

“Boris Johnson, the New York-born British foreign secretary and former mayor of London, renounced his U.S. citizenship last year, it has emerged. A list from the U.S. Treasury Department showed Johnson was one of more than 5,000 people who gave up their American citizenship in 2016. Johnson has called his dual British-American nationality an accident of birth — his parents were living in New York City at the time. He left the U.S. when he was five years old. His decision could be linked to tax — Americans living outside the country are still liable. Johnson said in 2014 that he thought it was ‘absolutely outrageous’ that the U.S. government wanted him to pay capital gains tax from the sale of his London home.” (02/09/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/02/09/uk-foreign-secretary-boris-johnson-renounces-us-citizenship/97684442/

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20) France: Explosion at nuclear power station “not a nuclear accident”
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“An explosion at the compound of the Flamanville nuclear power plant was ‘a significant technical event but it is not a nuclear accident,’ an official tells local media. A fire that was also reported in the engine room where the explosion hit is now reportedly under control. The plant has two reactors; the fire and explosion took place in the engine room of reactor No. 1, which was automatically shut down, France Info reports. The outlet adds that while there were no serious injuries, five people suffered slight intoxication, evidently from the fumes.” (02/09/17)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/09/514271050/explosion-hits-nuclear-power-station-in-northwest-france

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

21) Foreign policy is not for the courts to determine
Source: Reason
by Andrew P Napolitano

“Last week, in a public courtroom in the federal courthouse in Seattle, the states of Washington and Minnesota — after suing President Donald Trump, alleging injury caused by his executive order that suspended the immigration of all people from seven foreign countries — asked a federal judge to compel the president and all those who work for him to cease enforcing the order immediately. After a brief emergency oral argument, the judge signed a temporary restraining order, which barred the enforcement of the president’s order everywhere in the United States. … A 1952 federal statute permits the president to suspend the immigration status of any person or group whose entry into the United States might impair public health or safety or national security. Trump exercised that authority in accordance with the 1952 law when he signed his Jan. 27 order banning all immigration from the seven named countries.” (02/09/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/02/09/the-president-and-the-courts

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22) Sorry, Judge Napolitano: Immigration isn’t “foreign policy”
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“By the time you read this, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit may have handed down a ruling for or against president Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel and immigration from seven countries. Two states (Washington and Minnesota) are suing to kill that order. Andrew Napolitano — a prominent constitutionalist and libertarian commentator, not to mention a former New Jersey Superior Court judge — writes in Reason that the states don’t have legitimate standing to sue. Why? Because the Constitution provides for quite a bit of presidential latitude on foreign policy. I’ll explain why Judge Napolitano is wrong on the details momentarily, but first let’s get one thing out of the way: Immigration is not a foreign policy matter.” (02/09/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9386

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23) The FBI: The silent terror of the Fourth Reich
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Lately, there’s been a lot of rhetoric comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. The concern is that a Nazi-type regime may be rising in America. That process, however, began a long time ago. In fact, following the second World War, the U.S. government recruited Hitler’s employees, adopted his protocols, embraced his mindset about law and order, implemented his tactics in incremental steps, and began to lay the foundations for the rise of the Fourth Reich. Sounds far-fetched? Read on. It’s all documented.” (02/09/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/fbi-silent-terror-fourth-reich/

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24) Sex crazy
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“What is it about the subject of sex that makes some judges get the crazy notion that donning a black robe and ascending the bench gives them a license to exceed their legal judicial and constitutional authority? Twin Falls, Idaho Judge Randy Stoker, for example, thinks he has the authority to order defendants on probation in his court to either get married or remain completely celibate. The problem with that, however, is that there are absolutely no provisions in the Constitution or the laws in the United States of America which grant him that authority.” (02/09/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/02/sex-crazy.html

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25) Why food stamps don’t promote healthy eating
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“Despite SNAP’s $70-some billion annual price tag, backed by logically confused support and misleading evidence of increased food purchases, what does it do about hunger and nutrition, its main targets? After all, as Senator Hubert Humphrey claimed in a hearing over four decades ago, ‘The food stamp program plays a very critical role in enabling millions of low-income families to have a better diet.’ Unfortunately, a 2010 GAO report concluded that, ‘the literature is inconclusive regarding whether SNAP alleviates hunger and nutrition in low-income households.’ In other words, we get very little nutrition bang for a great many bucks. Nutrition and hunger advocates have noticed SNAP’s limited effectiveness in those dimensions and advocated changes in the system. However, despite their understanding that SNAP achieves far less than proponents claim, their suggested ‘reforms’ also fail to incorporate a recognition of the fungibility of money.” (02/09/17)

https://mises.org/blog/why-food-stamps-dont-promote-healthy-eating

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26) Short circuit: Bill aims to deep-six 9th
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“How big is the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals? The San-Francisco-based circuit is so big that it represents nine states, including Nevada, 20 percent of the U.S. population and 40 percent of the nation’s land mass. It’s so big that Congress has looked at bills to split the circuit since 1941, and it’s so big that none of those measures have succeeded. This year, however, Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, both R-Ariz., see the possibility of success. They’ve introduced legislation to create a new 12th Circuit by peeling away six states: Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Arizona and Alaska. The slimmed-down 9th Circuit would continue to hear appeals from California, Oregon and Hawaii as well as Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.” (02/09/17)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/02/09/ra-j-saunders-n2283254

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27) Progressives lost vote on DeVos, but won something valuable
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Betsy DeVos may have won her contest in the Senate to become the new U.S. Secretary of Education, but her opposition wasn’t the only thing that went down to defeat that day. For decades, federal education policies have been governed by a ‘Washington consensus’ that public schools are effectively broken, especially in low-income communities of color, and the only way to fix them is to apply a dose of tough love, and a business philosophy of competition from charter schools and performance measurements based on standardized tests. Since the 1990s, this consensus among Democrats and Republicans has enforced all kinds of unproven ‘reform’ mandates on schools. By 2012, as veteran education reporter Jay Mathews of The Washington Post noted that year, the two parties were ‘happily copying each other’ on education.” [editor’s note: Mr Bryant may have inadvertently stumbled onto a truth here; so far of all the cabinet appointees, DeVos might be the most likely to buck that “Washington consensus” – SAT] (02/09/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170209/progressives-lost-the-vote-on-devos-but-won-something-else

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28) Liberals should learn from Lady Gaga
Source: USA Today
by Tom Krattenmaker

“‘And a sequin-bedecked pop star will show them the way.’ Not exactly holy writ. Yet in addition to a wildly entertaining performance at the Super Bowl, Lady Gaga has handed progressives the unifying principle they’ve struggled to identify and articulate. As Gaga demonstrated in her uniquely fabulous way, it’s time for progressives to reclaim patriotism. Speculation was rampant that Gaga might use her halftime spotlight to make a pointed political statement a la Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes. What a surprise — and head-scratcher, initially — to find her starting the show with ‘God Bless America.’ Liberals would have rolled their eyes out of their sockets had it been a country star singing it. But Gaga being Gaga, they probably trusted she was up to something. When she segued into ‘This Land is Your Land’ and then her catchy hits, including the anthem of acceptance ‘Born This Way,’ it was obvious what she was doing: connecting progressives’ zeal for inclusion to the nation’s founding ideals.” (02/09/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/09/lady-gaga-liberals-riots-protests-women-march-tom-krattenmaker-column/97644608

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29) Comedy won’t defeat Trump, but that’s not the point
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump rose to the top by needling his opponents with crude but effective nicknames: Lyin’ Ted, Little Marco, Low-Energy Jeb, and Crooked Hillary. His stage persona resembled a blustery, bullying stand-up comedian. ‘Trump was a hot comic, a classic Howard Stern guest,’ New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum recently wrote. ‘He was the insult comic, the stadium act, the ratings-obsessed headliner who shouted down hecklers. His rallies boiled with rage and laughter, which were hard to tell apart.’ But in comedy, as in so many other areas, Trump believes in a double standard: He’s allowed to make fun of you, but don’t you dare make fun of him or his stack.” (02/09/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/140510/comedy-wont-defeat-trump-thats-not-point

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30) Lessons from Odebrecht
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“It was recently revealed that Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant, paid $788 million in bribes to obtain government contracts and/or ensure the passage of friendly legislation in 12 countries. The disclosure is part of a settlement with the authorities of Brazil, the United States, and Switzerland by which Odebrecht will pay $3.5 billion in fines. Odebrecht partook in the corruption scheme known as ‘Lava Jato’ (Car Wash) involving Petrobras, Brazil’s state-owned energy giant, which colluded with Brazilian corporations to inflate contracts, manipulate or avoid bidding processes, and dish out money to politicians and government bureaucrats to secure business. It’s a colossal case of old-style cronyism that has sent business tycoons and some politicians to jail, and has former president Lula da Silva in serious trouble.” (02/08/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8992

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31) Housing’s drag on the economy
Source: Cato Institute
by Ike Brannon

“Nearly every household in the country spends a sizable proportion of its income on housing. The median household allots over one-third of its income to keeping a roof over its head, and the annual expenditure of the median earner’s income on housing has increased by 35 percent since 2000. People for the most part aren’t spending more on housing because they are buying bigger or nicer houses, although some of that obviously has taken place. But most of this growth has been driven by an increase in cost. Housing prices have grown steadily in recent decades and are nearly twice as high today as they were 25 years ago, on average — a pace that far exceeds gains in income for the average household.” (02/08/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/housings-drag-economy

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32) Obama’s lost army
Source: The New Republic
by Micah L Sifry

“On July 20, 2008, Mitch Kapor, the creator of Lotus 1-2-3 and a longtime denizen of Silicon Valley’s intellectual elite, dialed in to a conference call hosted by Christopher Edley Jr., a senior policy adviser to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Joining them on the line were some of the world’s top experts in crowdsourcing and online engagement, including Reid Hoffman, the billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn, and Mitchell Baker, the chairman of Mozilla. Drawing on Kapor’s influence, Edley had invited them to join a ‘Movement 2.0 Brainstorming Group.’ Together, they would ponder a crucial question: how to ‘sustain the movement’ should Obama, who was still a month away from accepting the Democratic nomination, go on to win the White House.” (02/09/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/140245/obamas-lost-army-inside-fall-grassroots-machine

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33) Blood will tell: Trump and Sessions strike historic blow for civil rights
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order today overturning the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, saying former President Abraham Lincoln’s action had been ‘hugely unfair’ to Southern property owners. ‘Free enterprise more important than political correctness!’ Mr. Trump tweeted immediately after signing the executive order. ‘Beanpole Abe should know better! Sad!’ … When asked how the reparation program would be funded, Mr. Trump suddenly shouted, ‘Mexicans!’ But after a whispered word from Vizier Bannon, the President deferred to Attorney General Sessions. ‘This guy, him, the guy standing over there, white hair guy, he knows all about it,’ said the president.” (02/09/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/blood-will-tell-trump-and-sessions-strike-historic-blow-for-civil-rights-09022017.html

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34) Calling Trump a Nazi is its own kind of Holocaust denial
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“President Trump has done some rash, bad things since he took power three weeks ago. But his critics have done something rasher. Something even more bereft of reason than Trump’s orders and tweets. Something more likely to stoke prejudice. They’ve reduced the Holocaust to a meme. They have used and abused the greatest crime in history to underscore their contempt for Trump, comparing him to Hitler, talking of his travel ban in the same breath as the Nazis’ persecution of Jews, warning darkly that ‘we know how this ends.’ And in the process they’ve relativised the Holocaust. They’ve normalised it. They have dented its gravity and uniqueness by presenting it as a routine, recurring feeling in history that currently finds expression in ‘Trumpism.’ They have turned the extermination of Europe’s Jews into an exclamation mark to their angst over Trump, and that is unforgivable. Morally, politically and historically, it is worse than anything Trump has done so far.” (02/09/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/calling-trump-a-nazi-is-its-own-kind-of-holocaust-denial/

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35) This group of black women is taking up arms to fight racism and misogyny
Source: VICE
by Wilbert L Cooper

“There was no wild rhetoric about ‘killing whitey’ or clandestine plots to ambush and torture cops when I attended a political education class hosted by Dallas’s Black Women’s Defense League last year. Instead, there were a lot of women of color speaking from the heart, telling one another how they felt when they walk down the street alone, sharing the fears they had for their children growing up in America today. Some of these sisters rocked kente cloth with dreads, while others had weaves and perms and wore skirts and heels. A few of the women were decidedly old school: They were alive when the original Black Panthers stormed the California State Capitol building with shotguns in 1967. But there were millennials on hand, too — ladies with hip-hop songs paused on their iPhones and books like The New Jim Crow tucked into their purses.” [hat tip — Angela Keaton] (02/08/17)

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/this-group-of-black-women-is-taking-up-arms-to-fight-racism-and-misogyny

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36) Cut off government funds to universities? Of course
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“One of the many problematic issues with federal funding is the tendency of politicians to use it as a bargaining chip against the opposition. Partisan politics can turn ugly rather quickly, which is why budget cuts are often perceived as punishments rather than sensible economic decisions. As the saying goes, ‘he who holds the purse strings holds the power.’ Unfortunately, federal funding is almost always used as a means to force compliance from those receiving the financial aid. Institutions that choose to accept this money are soon likely to discover that they are required to adhere to certain stipulations that might not otherwise have been agreed to.” (02/09/17)

https://fee.org/articles/cut-off-government-funds-to-universities-of-course/

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37) Letter from alleged 9/11 mastermind shows our own foreign policy makes America unsafe
Source: In These Times
by Branko Marcetic

“What makes America unsafe? Is it a welcoming attitude towards ordinary law-abiding Muslims and other disparate peoples scattered across the globe? Or is it the enactment of policies that indiscriminately and unfairly harm average people? If you’re President Trump, it’s undoubtedly the former. Trump has spent the last few days attacking the judge who stayed his Muslim ban, claiming it ‘put our country in such peril’ and that without the ban ‘we can never have the security and safety to which we are entitled.’ But a recently released letter to President Obama written by alleged September 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammad suggests a different conclusion.” [editor’s note: As Ron Paul has been telling people for decades, and libertarians have known … like, forever? SAT] (02/09/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19886/letter-shows-our-own-foreign-policy-makes-america-unsafe

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38) The advertising hypocrisy gap
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘What do I tell my daughter?’ So begins the Audi advertisement millions of Americans saw last Sunday during the yearly super celebration of commercials that, sandwiched in between them, included one of the most exciting football championship games ever. The ad shows a father watching his young girl racing go-carts against young boys, and his thoughts continue: ‘Do I tell her that her grandpa’s worth more than her grandma?’ She won’t believe that. ‘That her dad is worth more than her mom?’ Not unless you want to sleep on the couch. … he’s fallen hook, line and sinker for the canard of the ‘gender pay gap.'” (02/09/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/02/09/the-advertising-hypocrisy-gap/

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39) Trump’s fake populism on military spending
Source: CounterPunch
by Miriam Pemberton

“Trump wants to impress us with his tough talk about hard bargaining with the crony capitalist Pentagon contractors. But we shouldn’t be impressed. Trump’s plans for boosting the defense budget will be the biggest boon those folks have had in years. For the record, we already give the Pentagon more money to spread around than it’s had since World War II. More than the next seven or eight countries put together, depending on whose numbers you use. Increases to the Pentagon budget have been kept modest in recent years because of 10-year spending caps Congress set a few years ago on Pentagon spending and on things like transportation, education, and clean air and water — the works, basically. The new administration wants to get rid of these caps, but only for the Pentagon.” (02/09/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/09/trumps-fake-populism-on-military-spending/

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40) Open borders and private property after the state
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Zach Foster

“Open borders is still a touchy subject in libertarian and conservative circles. Many see the concept of open borders as a threat to the nation. Nationalism isn’t dead, but it’s definitely evolving. More and more people are coming to the idea that culture and people make a nation, not lines on a map. The alt-right intellectuals have become extreme nationalists in how they justify strict immigration enforcement by the federal government on the notion that illegal immigration is a bigger threat to private property than the state. Many on the Right advance the myth that national borders are necessary to create state borders, and that state borders make possible county and city borders. They argue that city borders make it possible to define the borders of one’s private property. This idea cooked up against open borders is grossly wrong.” (02/09/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/open-borders-private-property-state/

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41) The Austrian prescription
Source: Cobden Centre
by Sean Corrigan

“Philosophically, we Austrians are believers in the idea that each and every man is best placed to know both the ordering and intensity of his own wants. We hold, too, that from his own efforts to satisfy them — through what is usually a mutually self-enriching interaction with his fellows as they in turn try to satisfy theirs — emerges all the rich order of the economy. That being the case, that economy is something which is not to be thought of either as emerging by conscious design from on high, nor as best being described by a set of disembodied aggregates, each of them operating in some kind of ghostly, yet quasi-mechanical independence from the actions of the myriad of individuals which comprise them.” (02/09/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/02/the-austrian-prescription/

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42) Iran hawks take the White House
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“I believe that [National Security Adviser Michael] Flynn is a dangerous man, possibly even mentally unhinged on some issues. He thinks that the United States has the preemptive right to tell countries in the Middle East what is acceptable and what is not and is willing to exercise various repressive measures to compel good behavior. Iran, as a designated ‘problem state,’ is consequently not allowed to act in support of its own national-security interests. Flynn justifies his hostility by claiming that Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and instability, which is a self-serving lie. Absent diplomacy to resolve differences, the only interaction with Tehran from Washington has become the threat of economic sanctions backed up by military force.” (02/09/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/iran-hawks-take-the-white-house/

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43) There’s a reason we use prices to ration things you know
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“The intricacies of how supply, demand and prices interact seem to be a mystery to all too many people. Unfortunately, those who are so flummoxed appear to include large numbers of those who have the statutory right to reach into our wallets: ‘Introduction of 30 hours free childcare could mean shortage of places’ Well, yes, thanks to The Guardian for that headline. We’d go so far as to insist that when something formerly paid for becomes ‘free,’ free at the point of use at least, then demand is really very likely to outstrip supply. Because, you know, that balancing act performed by prices.” (02/09/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/theres-a-reason-we-use-prices-to-ration-things-you-know

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44) Fear and loathing in the redneck police state
Source: Cop Block
by Bartholomew Jenkins

“Welcome to America’s Redneck Renaissance. The great cleansing of class and culture in favor of a return to the roots of our most incestuous ways of life. A time to put down all those faggy fucking books and crank some Hank Jr. while split-screening WWE and NASCAR and smacking your family up in a fit of drunken hillbilly rage during commercial breaks. This is what we have come to. At the precipice of a new post-industrial era we somehow intellectually nosedived a hundred years back into the hills of West Virginia. Thanks, Trump. Rest assured, though, this is not a return to roots. This is not the rugged individualism of hill people and cousin-fuckers. This is an authoritarian daycare where the children are playacting at a past they have no real connection to. This is the virtue signalling of bullies wearing cheap plastic replicas of their shameful history. And through it all the police state shines.” (02/08/17)

http://www.copblock.org/171235/fear-loathing-redneck-police-state/

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45) Trump’s hard line on Iran will give Saudis free hand in Yemen
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Gareth Porter

“The Trump administration’s truculent warning last week that it was putting Iran ‘on notice’ over its recent missile test and a missile strike on a Saudi warship off the coast of Yemen appears calculated to convince the American public that the current administration is going to be tougher on Iran than the Obama administration was. However, despite the tough talk from National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and other senior officials, the new administration appears to be focused primarily on aligning US policy more closely with that of Saudi Arabia — especially in its war in Yemen and its broader conflict with Iran. The Saudis have been leading a coalition of Sunni Gulf regimes in bombing most of the Yemeni territory controlled by Houthi rebels since March 2015, with US support.” (02/08/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/2017/02/trumps-hard-line-iran-will-give-saudis-free-hand-yemen/

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46) The grim fantasia of a civilizational war
Source: Cato Unbound
by Paul Musgrave

“Emma Ashford lays out Samuel Huntington’s work, its flaws, and its relevance to the current moment. But a puzzle remains. Ashford shows that, despite having been repeatedly debunked, fact-checked, and picked apart, the clash of civilizations and cognate ideas remain more influential than ever. Put another way, ‘Clash’ is the thesis that just won’t die. Given that Clash is bad history and worse social science, why are we still talking about it? The longevity of Huntington’s thesis becomes more explicable when we treat it not as scholarship aimed at skeptics but as a sermon preached to the faithful.” (02/08/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/02/08/paul-musgrave/grim-fantasia-civilizational-war

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47) Why Republicans should want to expand protection from deportation
Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeremy L Neufeld

“There are compelling conservative reasons to expand the offer for provisional protected status to the parents of Dreamers, veterans, long-term law-abiding immigrants, and community leaders. The economic case practically explains itself. Undocumented status makes it dangerous for people to work. Granting more people protected status and work authorization means they can participate in the formal economy and provide for themselves, subject to the regulations and taxes associated with legal employment. And, the best economic evidence shows the American labor market can easily accommodate more labor without decreasing wages.” (02/08/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/expand-deportation-protection/

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48) The religion of national security statism
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“[Joseph] Schreiber undoubtedly believed that since ‘we’ are at war with Islam and Muslims, it would be okay, under international law, for him to destroy enemy targets, including a mosque, where Muslims were presumably, in his mind, getting their marching orders in their supposed war against the West. He undoubtedly convinced himself that the mosque’s Imam Syed Shafeeq Rahman was lying when he said, ‘So far, as we here in Fort Pierce are concerned, we are always very conscious — consciously speaking about peace, about love, about unity.’ So, what is it about Schreiber and others in the anti-Islam fringe? The answer is that they’ve got their own religion, which is national-security statism.” (02/09/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/02/09/religion-national-security-statism/

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49) A moral challenge
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Carl Watner

“Most of the people I have spoken to over the years think that government taxation is not theft because government is a necessary social institution. The attainment of the common good requires taxes to support government. Thus, those who evade paying their proper share or those who object to how their tax money is spent (the pacifist — on war; the Catholic — on abortion; the anarchist — in general) must be threatened with force beforehand. If they refuse to pay they will ultimately have their property confiscated and sold at auction or they will find themselves imprisoned (either after a conviction for violating the tax laws or for contempt of court [for refusing to obey a judge’s orders to cooperate]). If they violently refuse to cooperate with the marshals that come to take their property or arrest them, they will be subdued or killed. These actions by government agents are ‘stealing’ and/or ‘killing’ by any commonly accepted definition of those terms.” (02/08/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/a-moral-challenge-2

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50) Socialized medicine created a “humanitarian crisis” in the NHS?
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“For months, the UK’s National Health Service has set new records of delay, overcrowding, and denial of service. Within just hours of each other this week, national leaders on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean — the U.S. and the UK — both cited the NHS as a looming disaster. During Wednesday’s Parliament question and answer session with Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn recited anecdotes of declining service, and his followers tweeted that ‘only Labour can be trusted to protect the NHS.’ That came one day after Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders debated healthcare reform for two hours on CNN. Sen. Cruz warned viewers about the dangers of European national healthcare systems, while Sen. Sanders lauded interventionist economic policies that treated health care as a ‘right.'” (02/08/17)

http://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/02/08/socialized-medicine-created-humanitarian-crisis-nhs

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51) The Tom Woods Show, episode 844
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“In the aftermath of the 2016 election, I thought it might be worthwhile to discuss the present (and future?) state of the Libertarian Party with a member of the Party’s Radical Caucus, Caryn Ann Harlos.” [various formats] (02/09/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-844-after-2016-where-is-the-libertarian-party-today-and-where-is-it-going/

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52) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/09/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Full-auto jerky boys Lou, James and MWD tell it like it is.” [various formats] (02/09/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13744

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53) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 02/09/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Flemming Rose is our guest on today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast. During the show, we discuss the cartoon controversy and how his thoughts on free speech are informed by his background as a western journalist in the Soviet Union. We also talk about his 2014 book on the cartoon controversy, The Tyranny of Silence.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/09/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-flemming-rose-and-the-tyranny-of-silence/

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54) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/08/17
Source: Cato Institute

“As a federal court considers the travel ban on people from several majority Muslim countries, how many people have been affected? The figures presented by the White House seem to be way off. Alex Nowrasteh comments.” [various formats] (02/08/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/trump-travel-ban-heads-court

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55) Free Talk Live, 02/08/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Venezuela Can No Longer Afford to Sell Oil :: Dolphin Girl :: Whaling and Abusing Animals :: Bitcoin Crackdown in Venezuela :: Obama and Democrats :: Party Factions :: Secession and Government Force :: Soft Drink Tax and the Children :: Jay Noone Property Tax Update :: Trespassing.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/08/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-02-08

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