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Thursday, February 16th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Pentagon may recommend deployment of US regulars in Syria
2) Bucking Trump’s anti-trade trend, EU clears deal with Canada
3) MN: Yanez to be tried in Castile murder
4) Puzder withdraws as Labor nominee
5) Mattis: NATO members must boost defense spending or US will “moderate its commitment”
6) Trump says he “can live” with one-state solution between Israel, Palestine
7) Colombia: Lizcano under fire for trying to censor free press
8) OH: Kasich wants to require factory internships for teachers to promote jobs for students
9) Border police discover drug catapult on US-Mexico border
10) Pipeline exec compares Dakota protesters to “terrorists”
11) Russia denies undertaking flyby encounters in Black Sea
12) Websites can now track you online across multiple web browsers
13) Navy missile test creates bright light across California sky
14) Venezuela: CNN officially off the air after Maduro decree
15) Indonesia: On Valentine’s Day, authorities carried out raids against stores selling condoms
16) India: Regime launches record-breaking 104 satellites on a single rocket
17) Germany: Paper apologizes for false story that gave alt-right multiple orgasms
18) Congress blocks rule violating 2nd Amendment
19) Malaysia: Woman arrested in death of Kim Jong Un’s half brother
20) Russia: Regime denies flouting key Cold War treaty with new missiles

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Must we have a “melting pot?”
22) Sanctuary! Sanctuary!
23) To those who kept me alive all these years, thank you
24) Interview: Wendy McElroy
25) Trump and Duterte: Birds of a feather
26) What does Flynn know about Trump?
27) Bad news: The government wants to “help” driverless car companies
28) DeVos’s stumbles right out of the gate nothing to laugh about
29) Beached
30) The impact of household debt and saving on long run GDP growth
31) Thousands protest against returning cathedral to Russian Orthodox Church
32) Pawns of liberals
33) The many ways you can book your travels using Bitcoin
34) Is Donald Trump a cancer? Or …
35) The problem with conservatives in Latin America
36) Staff shake-up won’t save Trump’s flailing presidency
37) The honeymoon is over
38) Unintended consequences
39) Free markets at home are the solution to companies moving abroad
40) Skyrocketing prescription drug prices are a more intractable problem than the White House realizes
41) Let’s abandon sex education
42) Union throws stones at Puzder from glass house
43) The politics of plunder
44) The Psychiatry Museum vs. the reasonable radical
45) Watcha gonna do?
46) The Progressive Stack
47) A win for the Deep State
48) How today’s white middle class was made possible by welfare
49) Are Deep State leakers defending democracy or corroding it?
50) Colleges are creating a generation of bigots
51) Republicans are already trying to raise taxes
52) Will Ecuador’s voters reject failed populism?
53) Three words you must remember
54) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #105: Don’t be a bore.
55) Hungary 1956

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56) Electric Libertyland, episode 7
57) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/15/17
58) Free Talk Live, 02/14/17
59) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 540
60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 848

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

1) Pentagon may recommend deployment of US regulars in Syria
Source: Aol News

“The U.S. Defense Department may recommend that the United States deploy regular combat troops to Syria for the first time to fight Islamic State militants, CNN reported on Wednesday. The idea is one of several ideas the Pentagon is considering after President Donald Trump gave defense officials until the end of the month to come up with proposals to speed up the war against Islamic State.” (02/15/17)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/02/15/pentagon-may-recommend-u-s-deploy-combat-troops-in-syria/21714949/

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2) Bucking Trump’s anti-trade trend, EU clears deal with Canada
Source: Washington Post

“The European Union and Canada on Wednesday cast their newly-approved trade deal as a much-needed beacon for cooperation, with the EU criticizing President Donald Trump’s protectionist bent as a threat to the continent’s prosperity. After about seven years of negotiations, the EU parliament approved on Wednesday a deal with Canada that will eliminate most tariffs for business between the EU’s economy of half a billion people and Canada’s 35 million. Though critics claim it will mainly help large companies, proponents say it will create jobs and wealth.” (02/15/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/eu-on-the-verge-of-approving-trade-deal-with-canada/2017/02/15/e7ed2d60-f361-11e6-9fb1-2d8f3fc9c0ed_story.html

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3) MN: Yanez to be tried in Castile murder
Source: CBS News

“A Minnesota judge on Wednesday declined to dismiss charges against a police officer who shot and killed a black man during a July traffic stop, saying it’s fair and reasonable for the case to go to trial. Ramsey County District Court Judge William Leary III said St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez will enter a plea at a Feb. 27 hearing. His attorneys have indicated he will plead not guilty to manslaughter and other counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile. Castile was killed July 6 after he was pulled over in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. The shooting’s gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by his girlfriend, who was in the car along with her young daughter. Prosecutors said the 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker told Yanez he was armed and then was shot seven times. Authorities later discovered Castile had a permit to carry a weapon.” (02/15/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/philando-castile-case-cop-to-be-tried-in-minn-traffic-stop-shooting/

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4) Puzder withdraws as Labor nominee
Source: Independent [UK]

“Andy Puzder has withdrawn his nomination for consideration in Donald Trump’s Cabinet. He was expected to be confirmed on Thursday as Labour Secretary and the withdrawal of his nomination would mean he is the first casualty of Mr Trump’s cabinet. Mr Puzder, a fast food chain CEO, has faced allegations of domestic abuse and of mistreating his workers, several of whom testified against him last month before the Senate. … Republican support for the candidate quickly evaporated due to his allegations of workplace abuses and his support of increased immigration.” [editor’s note: Note that last — if you’re sane on that one issue, the GOP doesn’t want you these days – TLK] (02/15/17)

http://time.com/4672325/andy-puzder-labor-withdraw-donald-trump/

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5) Mattis: NATO members must boost defense spending or US will “moderate its commitment”
Source: Fox News

“U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will ‘moderate its commitment’ to them. He did not detail what the United States might do if NATO members failed to fall in line. Echoing a demand made repeatedly by President Donald Trump, Mattis said NATO must adopt a plan this year that sets milestone dates for governments to meet a military funding goal of 2 percent of gross domestic product. The Pentagon chief called it a ‘fair demand’ based on the ‘political reality’ in Washington.” [editor’s note: Should this bear watching, as part of a withdrawal of troops?- SAT] (02/15/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/15/mattis-nato-members-must-boost-defense-spending-or-us-will-moderate-its-commitment.html

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6) Trump says he “can live” with one-state solution between Israel, Palestine
Source: Boston Globe

“President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States would no longer insist on a Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, backing away from a policy that has underpinned the U.S. role in Middle East peacemaking since the Clinton administration. ‘I’m looking at two states and one state,’ Trump said, appearing in a joint news conference at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. ‘I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.'” (02/15/17)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2017/02/15/ahead-netanyahu-visit-white-house-says-peace-may-not-include-two-state-solution/ejvrVNYSukvktvqFYKXYtN/story.html

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7) Colombia: Lizcano under fire for trying to censor free press
Source: PanAm Post

“One Colombian journalist has Congress President Mauricio Lizcano in hot water. Guillermo Arturo Prieto La Rotta, also known as Pirry, said the congressman pressured local media outlet RCN into canceling a program because it was planning to publicize a report related to disputed land owned by his family.” (02/15/17)

https://panampost.com/panam-staff/2017/02/15/colombian-senate-leader-under-fire-for-trying-to-censor-free-press/

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8) OH: Kasich wants to require factory internships for teachers to promote jobs for students
Source: Raw Story

“Ohio teachers could be required to serve internships with local businesses to renew their licenses under a new budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich. These ‘externships’ (or, in other words, job shadowing) would require teachers to gain ‘on-site work experience’ with a business or chamber of commerce as part of their continuing education requirement for license renewal, reported the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The internships were suggested late last year by the governor’s Executive Workforce Board in hopes of establishing better ties between schools and their local business communities. The director of Kasich’s Office of Workforce Transformation said businesses often are unable to find qualified workers, and the externships are intended to show teachers what skills are needed in the job market.” [editor’s note: A better idea might be offering STUDENTS such “externships” (aka true “apprenticeships”) in said businesses, as part of a “life skills” training – SAT] (02/15/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/ohios-gov-john-kasich-wants-to-require-factory-internships-for-teachers-to-promote-jobs-for-students

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9) Border police discover drug catapult on US-Mexico border
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“US border patrol agents have found a medieval-style catapult mounted on the border wall with Mexico, designed to launch bundles of drugs into the US. The device was discovered last week, southeast of Tucson, Arizona, when agents spotted a group of men scattering as they approached. A closer look turned up two bundles of cannabis weighing a combined 47lb (21kg), which had yet to be launched. The catapult was dismantled on the Mexican side. No arrests were made.” [editor’s note: We don’ need no steenkin’ ladders! – SAT] (02/15/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38986804

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10) Pipeline exec compares Dakota protesters to “terrorists”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A top executive at the company building the controversial Dakota Access pipeline is comparing pipeline opponents to terrorists. Joey Mahmoud, executive vice president of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, says protesters have ‘assaulted numerous pipeline personnel,’ destroyed millions of dollars’ worth of construction equipment and even fired a pistol at law enforcement during months of demonstrations against the 1,200-mile pipeline, which will carry North Dakota oil to an Illinois terminal. Mahmoud tells Congress that the protest movement ‘induced individuals to break into and shut down pump stations on four operational pipelines. Had these actions been undertaken by foreign nationals, they could only be described as acts of terrorism.’ The chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux, one of two tribes suing to stop the project, called Mahmoud’s comments unfair to project opponents.” [editor’s note: Is this idiot really this clueless? sheesh! – SAT] (02/15/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Pipeline-exec-compares-Dakota-protesters-to-10934653.php

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11) Russia denies undertaking flyby encounters in Black Sea
Source: Baton Rouge Post

“In response to claims by Captain Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for the U.S. European Command, that Russian jets had come too close to U.S. warships as they patrolled the Black Sea last Friday, the Russian Ministry of Defense denied the encounters. According to the U.S. spokesperson, three separate incidents occurred on February 10. The encounters, he claimed involved two Russian supersonic Su-24 attack jets along with an IL-38 maritime patrol aircraft and the U.S. destroyer USS Porter.” (02/15/17)

http://www.batonrougepost.com/index.php/sid/251741163

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12) Websites can now track you online across multiple web browsers
Source: The Hacker News

“You might be aware of websites, banks, retailers, and advertisers tracking your online activities using different Web ‘fingerprinting’ techniques even in incognito/private mode, but now sites can track you anywhere online — even if you switch browsers. A team of researchers has recently developed a cross-browser fingerprinting technique — the first reliable technique to accurately track users across multiple browsers based on information like extensions, plugins, time zone and whether or not an ad blocker is installed.” (02/14/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/02/cross-browser-tracking.html

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13) Navy missile test creates bright light across California sky
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A U.S. Navy submarine launched two unarmed missiles off the coast of California early Tuesday morning as part of a scheduled test, Navy Strategic Systems Programs spokesman John Daniels said. The two Trident II (D5) missiles were launched from an Ohio Class submarine off the coast of California, causing a bright light to streak across the California sky.” [editor’s note: The Trident II (D5) has a range of 4,600 miles — more than 15 times the missile range treaty limit the US is accusing the Russians of breaking last month – TLK] (02/15/17)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-bright-light-missile-20170214-story.html

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14) Venezuela: CNN officially off the air after Maduro decree
Source: PanAm Post

“CNN was taken off of the air in Venezuela this Wednesday, February 15 per President Nicolas Maduro[‘s] decree. Though the government body responsible for regulating communications and the media, Conatel, has not released a statement, Chancellor of the Republic Delcy Rodriguez said that she ordered action against the media outlet ‘in response to the damage’ it caused in the country.” (02/15/17)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/02/15/cnn-officially-off-the-air-in-venezuela-after-maduro-decree/

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15) Indonesia: On Valentine’s Day, authorities carried out raids against stores selling condoms
Source: Cincinnati Sun

“In a dramatic anti-Valentine’s Day campaign, Indonesian authorities raided convenience stores and seized condoms in Makassar city. The raid was reportedly carried out on February 14 in a bid to prevent teenagers from indulging in casual sex on a day dedicated to those in love. Mohammad Ramdhan Pomanto, Mayor of Makassar city, led public order officers in the operation and said that he was not against the sale of condoms but he wanted to ensure outlets exercise care in who they were sold to.” (02/15/17)

http://www.cincinnatisun.com/index.php/sid/251741377

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16) India: Regime launches record-breaking 104 satellites on a single rocket
Source: Space.com

“The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) achieved a major milestone last night (Feb. 14) with a successful record-setting launch of 104 satellites on a single rocket. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 GMT on Feb. 15) with three satellites from India and 101 smaller nano satellites (also called nanosats) from five other countries: the U.S., the Netherlands, Israel, Kazakhstan and Switzerland. This number crushes the previous record of 37 satellites sent into orbit aboard a single Russian Dnepr rocket in June 2014.” (02/15/17)

http://www.space.com/35709-india-rocket-launches-record-104-satellites.html

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17) Germany: Paper apologizes for false story that gave alt-right multiple orgasms
Source: Roanoke Times

“German daily paper Bild apologized to its readers Tuesday for falsely reporting about a group of migrants allegedly assaulting women on New Year’s Eve in the city of Frankfurt. The paper wrote in a statement it regrets a report published earlier this month which quoted a waitress, a restaurant owner and his staff saying they witnessed ‘massive attacks by a mob of drunken foreigners’ in downtown Frankfurt. ‘Bild explicitly apologizes for the untruthful reporting,’ the paper said. ‘This kind of reporting is not up to our own journalistic standards.’ Bild said neither police reports of that night nor an investigation following the paper’s report could confirm any of the allegations.” (02/15/17)

http://www.roanoke.com/news/wire_headlines/german-paper-apologizes-for-false-story-on-migrant-attacks/article_5822bb13-7b41-5dbc-b58d-b914a9e01f45.html

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18) Congress blocks rule violating 2nd Amendment
Source: Washington Post

“The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it. The regulation was crafted as part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to [dance on the victims’ graves and score political points] in the wake of the 2012 massacre of 20 young students and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.” (02/15/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/senate-votes-to-block-rule-on-guns-and-mentally-impaired/2017/02/15/f3e233b8-f398-11e6-9fb1-2d8f3fc9c0ed_story.html

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19) Malaysia: Woman arrested in death of Kim Jong Un’s half brother
Source: CNN

“A woman has been arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong Un’s half brother, Malaysian police said. She was detained Wednesday at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport carrying a Vietnamese travel document. Earlier, South Korea’s intelligence committee said two Asian women were suspected of killing Kim Jong Nam, who died soon after being attacked Monday at the same airport.” (02/15/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/15/asia/kim-jong-nam-murder-malaysia/

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20) Russia: Regime denies flouting key Cold War treaty with new missiles
Source: CBS News

“Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman denied Wednesday allegations from U.S. officials that Moscow is violating a decades-old arms control treaty with the deployment of a new nuclear-capable cruise missile. The treaty in question was signed between President Ronald Reagan and Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev in the final years of the Cold War and is still in effect. It bars missiles with a range greater than 300 miles. U.S. officials tell CBS News'[s] David Martin that they have monitored flight tests in which the missile, known as the SSC-8, flew farther than 300 miles. It happened secretly in December during the Obama administration, says Martin, but it is now up to President Trump to respond.” [editor’s note: In other words, it wouldn’t have been brought up if Trump hadn’t won the election, but since he did and since it’s the Russians, it might make for good War Party propaganda – TLK] (02/15/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-denies-cruise-missile-violating-inf-treaty-trump/

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

21) Must we have a “melting pot?”
Source: The American Conservative
by Akhilesh Pillamarri

“If humanity has a predilection for multiculturalism and diversity, this is something we should make the most of, while also trying to find virtue and joy in it. Yet despite the weight of historical evidence, both the conservative right and the progressive left seek their own forms of assimilation and homogeneity, in an attempt to create the elusive uniform society. The right’s desire for assimilation and linguistic and ethnic convergence is relatively recent; it is the byproduct of the originally liberal romantic nationalism that swept Europe in the 19th century. Prior to this, bonds of kinship, religion, or political institutions, or social arrangements understood by everyone, held societies together. There was no need for the flattening power of homogeneity.” (02/15/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/must-we-have-a-melting-pot/

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22) Sanctuary! Sanctuary!
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Will Grigg

“However intolerable ‘sanctuary’ cities and counties may be to Trumpians, they are the outgrowth of a constitutional tradition going back to 1798. The concept of ‘interposition’ or ‘nullification’ was employed by state and local governments to defy the Alien and Sedition Acts, which were widely understood to be tyrannical and constitutionally indefensible enactments. The moral and legal basis for that defiance was expressed in the Virginia and Kentucky Resolves, which were written by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, who invoked the principles of un-enumerated rights and reserved state powers found in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.” (02/14/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/2017/02/sanctuary-sanctuary/

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23) To those who kept me alive all these years, thank you
Source: OpEdNews
by Chelsea Manning

“To those who have kept me alive for the past six years: minutes after President Obama announced the commutation of my sentence, the prison quickly moved me out of general population and into the restrictive housing unit where I am now held. I know that we are now physically separated, but we will never be apart and we are not alone. Recently, one of you asked me ‘Will you remember me?’ I will remember you. How could I possibly forget? You taught me lessons I would have never learned otherwise. When I was afraid, you taught me how to keep going. When I was lost, you showed me the way. When I was numb, you taught me how to feel. When I was angry, you taught me how to chill out. When I was hateful, you taught me how to be compassionate. When I was distant, you taught me how to be close. When I was selfish, you taught me how to share.” (02/15/17)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Chelsea-Manning-to-those-by-Chelsea-Manning-Chelsea-Manning_Message-170215-500.html

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24) Interview: Wendy McElroy
Source: San Francisco Review of Books
by Joseph Ford Cotto

“An ardent opponent of sex-negative propaganda, third-wave feminism, and social justice warrior culture, McElroy is one of the few people who can say she has gotten a rise out of religious rightists — she vociferously supported the right to watch pornography in the 1980s, when Los Angeles County considered legislation which countered this — and movement progressives — she praises free enterprise and dislikes the trigger warning-prone nature of modern liberalism — alike. I like her already! She recently spoke with me about several issues of the day.” (02/14/17)

http://www.sanfranciscoreviewofbooks.com/2017/02/interview-wendy-mcelroy-says-donald.html

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25) Trump and Duterte: Birds of a feather
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What about the concept of freedom in all this? Under what moral authority do Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte (or officials in communist China and Russia) jail or kill people who have done nothing more than ingest, possess, or distribute drugs? It’s actually none of Trump’s and Duterte’s business what people do in their private lives, so long as their choices and conduct are peaceful. Trump and Duterte, like other drug-warriors, are nothing more than deadly and destructive busybodies who use force to control, manage, and direct the peaceful and consensual activities of ‘their people.'” (02/15/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/02/15/trump-duterte-birds-feather/

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26) What does Flynn know about Trump?
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“In January, President Donald J. Trump learned that, before he ever took office, the man he picked as his national security adviser was making promises to a Russian diplomat, promises that intimated a lifting of U.S. sanctions against Russia in return for its apparent attempts to sway the outcome of the U.S. election. This was at worst dangerous and illegal behavior; at best, it was staggeringly unpatriotic. But it wasn’t until weeks later, after The Washington Post broke the story of Michael T. Flynn’s intercepted conversation with Sergey I. Kislyak, Russia’s U.S. ambassador, that Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation. Had Flynn’s friendly convo with Kislyak been a rogue operation, don’t you think Trump would have dumped Flynn sooner? The question here isn’t simply: What did Trump know and when did he know it? It’s more like: What does Flynn know about Trump?” [editor’s note: Apparently not enough, since he’s the one falling on his sword – SAAT] (02/15/17)

http://prospect.org/article/what-does-flynn-know-about-trump

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27) Bad news: The government wants to “help” driverless car companies
Source: Reason
by Ronald Bailey

“Google’s parent company, Alphabet, revealed in December that an unaccompanied blind man had successfully traveled around Austin, Texas, in one of the company’s cars, which had neither a steering wheel nor floor pedals. That same month, Alphabet announced that it is spinning off its self-driving vehicle technology into a new division called Waymo. Also in December, Uber launched an experimental self-driving ride-sharing service in San Francisco. The future is rushing toward us. Unfortunately, the government wants to help.” (for publication 03/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/02/15/bad-news-the-government-wants

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28) DeVos’s stumbles right out of the gate nothing to laugh about
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“The Trump administration’s national security scandals may have obscured Betsy DeVos’s rough start as the new Secretary of Education, but her stumbles right out the gate reveal disturbing characteristics of her leadership. Unfortunately, the least significant gaffe is the one that has gotten the most notoriety so far. As Politico reports, ‘In quoting civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois, the Department of Education on Sunday sent out a tweet misspelling his name as ‘DeBois.’ And then it sent out an apology that misspelled the word ‘apologies’ as ‘apologizes.” … Nevertheless, there are gaffes, and then there are disturbing omens of what may be in store for the nation’s schools under the Trump-DeVos regime.” (02/15/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170215/devoss-stumbles-at-the-start-are-nothing-to-laugh-about

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29) Beached
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Hundreds of whales have died after beaching themselves at a remote beach in New Zealand recently. It happens all the time. Human volunteers often try to save the whales by attempting to refloat them into deeper water only to watch them swim right back to the beach. Eventually they have to be euthanized. Scientists are baffled by the phenomenon. We’re equally baffled by the same phenomenon occurring in the ‘Golden State’ of California where goofy leftist politicians are hell bent on beaching the paradise into bankruptcy with ever higher taxes and regulations. ” (02/15/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/02/beached.html

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30) The impact of household debt and saving on long run GDP growth
Source: Cobden Centre
by Colin Lloyd

“Part of the reason for lower household debt in emerging economies is the collective market memory of the Asian financial crisis of 1997. Another factor is the higher savings rate among many emerging economies. The table below is incomplete, the data has been gathered from multiple sources and over differing time periods, but it is still quite instructive. It is ranked by highest household savings rate as a percentage of GDP. On this basis, I remain bullish on the prospects for growth in the Philippines and Indonesia, but also in India and Vietnam, notwithstanding the Indian Government debt to GDP ratio of 69% and Vietnam’s budget deficit of -5.4% of GDP …” (02/15/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/02/the-impact-of-household-debt-and-saving-on-long-run-gdp-growth/

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31) Thousands protest against returning cathedral to Russian Orthodox Church
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg is one of the tens of thousands of churches seized, shuttered, or destroyed following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Instead of leveling it — the fate of so many other houses of worship — the communists turned the architectural wonder into a Museum of Atheism, then a museum in its own right. It has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site visited by 3.5 million people last year. In January, Governor Georgy Poltavchenko announced that he would transfer ownership of the cathedral from the state to the Russian Orthodox Church, a seemingly commonsense move that has drawn massive backlash from those who hope the government will refuse to relinquish the holy site. More than 200,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the government retain control of ‘its’ property.” (02/15/17)

http://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/02/15/thousands-protest-against-returning-cathedral-russian

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32) Pawns of liberals
Source: Town Hall
by Walter E Williams

“Ordinary black people cannot afford to go along with the liberal agenda that calls for undermining police authority. That agenda makes for more black crime victims. Let’s look at what works and what doesn’t work. In 1990, New York City adopted the practice in which its police officers might stop and question a pedestrian. If there was suspicion, they would frisk the person for weapons and other contraband. This practice, well within the law, is known as a Terry stop. After two decades of this proactive police program, New York City’s homicides fell from over 2,200 per year to about 300. Blacks were the major beneficiaries of proactive policing. According to Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald — author of ‘The War on Cops’ — seeing as black males are the majority of New York City’s homicide victims, more than 10,000 blacks are alive today who would not be had it not been for proactive policing.” (02/15/17)

http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2017/02/15/pawns-of-liberals-n2285267

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33) The many ways you can book your travels using Bitcoin
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“Many bitcoiners like to travel. In 2017 there are ways for people to use their bitcoins to book flights, car rentals, and hotels. Indeed, there are many options available to purchase any travel amenities imaginable without having to convert bitcoin to fiat.” (02/15/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/many-ways-book-travels-using-bitcoin/

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34) Is Donald Trump a cancer? Or …
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“On February 1, we sent a message opposing the Trump immigration ban against the citizens of seven nations. Since then, we’ve actually received messages telling us things like … You never criticized President Obama when ‘he did unconstitutional things.’ Really! Someone actually wrote that when 5 minutes at our blog would’ve turned up hundreds of such items! We’ve also been called Democrats, and we’ve been told that we ‘are endangering our country … with partisan hate, fear mongering and outright lies!’ Amazing. Late last year, we indicated we’d do what we’d done for both Presidents Bush and Obama. We’d support what the President got right and oppose what he got wrong. … this wasn’t about Trump. This was about a policy. Therefore … Let’s discuss this immigration ban.” (02/14/17)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/trump-immigration-cancer

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35) The problem with conservatives in Latin America
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Bruno Goncalves Rosi

“One problem with Latin American conservatism lies in what it retains in trying to avoid liberal radicalization. There is a conservative Anglo-Saxon tradition identified primarily with Edmund Burke. As in Latin America, Burke was critical of the radicalization of the French Revolution (with the advantage that Burke predicted radicalization before it actually occurred). However, Burke had an already liberal country to conserve. In his case, conservatism was a liberal conservatism. In the case of Latin Americans, preserving meant maintaining mercantilism and absolutism, or at least avoiding a more rapid advance of liberalism.” (02/14/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/02/14/the-problem-with-conservatives-in-latin-america/

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36) Staff shake-up won’t save Trump’s flailing presidency
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“These are dark days inside the White House. The fledgling administration has sprung innumerable leaks, evidence not just of a government riven by infighting, but also President Donald Trump’s deliberately chaotic management style. … In the popular imagination, Trump is the boss behind the big desk who chews out failing employees and yells, ‘You’re fired.’ There has been real continuity between the Trump of Celebrity Apprentice and the president who keeps his underlings in a state of permanent insecurity. The main difference is that he hasn’t fired anyone of importance — not explicitly, anyway. National security advisor Michael Flynn resigned on Monday night after it became clear he had misled the White House about phone calls with the Russian ambassador late last year.” (02/14/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/140608/staff-shake-up-wont-save-trumps-flailing-presidency

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37) The honeymoon is over
Source: CounterPunch
by Mel Gurtov

“President Trump is often depicted as ‘unconventional’ and his actions ‘unprecedented.’ But his novelty exposes him and his administration to closer scrutiny than any previous presidency. Turns out the emperor has no clothes; his ‘unconventional’ behavior is often criminal, corrupt, duplicitous, unreliable, and incompetent. Across the spectrum of professions — from art museums and lawyers to actors, federal and local government employees, athletes, and NGOs — the outpouring of criticism is unprecedented. So is the number of negative votes cast by Democrats against every one of Trump’s cabinet nominees. Trump has been denied a honeymoon.” (02/15/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/15/the-honeymoon-is-over/

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38) Unintended consequences
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Whenever the State involves itself in an issue there are unintended consequences (okay, the consequences could be intended but I’ll give the politicians the benefit of the doubt in this case). When the State involved itself in the alcohol market by prohibiting its manufacture, sale, and consumption criminal organizations arose to provide the prohibited good. Today we’e seeing the same thing happen again as the State has involved itself in the markets of several other substances. When the State further involved itself in the healthcare market health insurance premiums skyrocketed. What happens when the State involves itself in immigration? Unintended consequences …” (02/14/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/02/14/unintended-consequences-2/

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39) Free markets at home are the solution to companies moving abroad
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by John Sulzer

“A country can only benefit from free trade if the country allows businesses economic freedom within their own lands. Free trade isn’t making American businesses non-competitive in the global market — government interventionism is. The case for free trade is simple. Businesses should be able to locate where they want and import what they want. International free market activity is fundamentally parallel to that which occurs within US borders. Thus, when everyone is doing what they are most efficient at, all benefit.” (02/15/17)

https://mises.org/blog/free-markets-home-are-solution-companies-moving-abroad

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40) Skyrocketing prescription drug prices are a more intractable problem than the White House realizes
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“Keeping track of Donald Trump’s shifting policy positions could make even the most balanced of observers dizzy. Take, for example, the president’s position on prescription-drug prices. Candidate Trump garnered bipartisan plaudits by criticizing the pharmaceutical industry for the high cost of prescription drugs. Shortly after becoming president, he reached out to Democrats such as Representative Elijah Cummings with a promise to lower drug costs. But not long after that, he met with drug company CEOs and backed away from that promise. (02/15/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/skyrocketing-prescription-drug-prices-are-more-intractable-problem-white

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41) Let’s abandon sex education
Source: spiked
by Joanna Williams

“Any attempt at teaching more than the biology of sex necessarily involves imparting values and moral judgements. This is precisely why campaigns around sex education are such a big deal at the moment. … The focus on consent teaches that sex without the incantation of pre-rehearsed scripts learnt in the safety of the classroom is rape. They are taught that they will be emotionally damaged from such an experience. The subtext here, although rarely acknowledged, is that boys will grow up to be potential rapists and girls to be victims.” (02/15/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-abandon-sex-education/

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42) Union throws stones at Puzder from glass house
Source: USA Today
by Richard Berman

“The Service Employees International Union, one of America’s most powerful unions and the financial backer of the Fight for $15 campaign to increase the minimum wage, is leaving nothing in the tank in its battle to block the confirmation of Labor secretary nominee Andy Puzder. ‘Puzder would serve the interest of corporations, not working people,’ the union recently tweeted. SEIU President Mary Kay Henry goes further, claiming Puzder ‘does not believe in the dignity of all work’ and represents a vision of ‘anti-worker extremism.’ She could use some introspection. Employees have filed thousands of unfair labor charges against the SEIU and its affiliated locals. They range from bad faith collective bargaining to coercion and illegal surveillance — unionization at any cost. The union has been sued for millions of dollars in damages due to its aggressive tactics.” [editor’s note: Hardly a surprise here – SAT] (02/15/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/15/seiu-puzder-fight-labor-column/97862706

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43) The politics of plunder
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Bradley Harrington

“We take the Constitution of the United States for granted, as a general rule; a given that has been there for centuries and always will be. And, to the extent we consider the concepts of ‘federal overreach’ or ‘concentration of national power’ as evil at all, a few of us assume that we need merely roll ourselves back to the time when our national government had greater restrictions on its ability to ransack its way through our civilization. This supposition, however, completely evades a singular, fundamental reality: Where did the ‘federal overreach’ come from in the first place? Unbeknownst to most Americans today — because it’s rarely, if ever, taught in our schools any longer — is the fact that the development and ratification of the Constitution was opposed by a great many citizens at the time, on the basis that it gave the federal government far too much power.” (02/15/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/02/15/the-politics-of-plunder/

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44) The Psychiatry Museum vs. the reasonable radical
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“During my last visit to LA, I visited the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum. Though I knew the Church of Scientology was heavily involved, I was still favorably predisposed. I reject the philosophy of mind that underlies modern psychiatry, and I’m very skeptical about the net long-run benefits of psychiatric treatment. I’m not just an explicit Szaszian; I won the 2005 Szasz Prize. If I wouldn’t appreciate this aggressively-named museum, who would? Unfortunately, Psychiatry: An Industry of Death was a big disappointment. I was pleased to see multiple video clips of the great Thomas Szasz. I was fascinated by the gruesome tools of early psychiatry. But I can’t imagine any normal American finding the museum remotely persuasive. Why not? First and foremost, because the museum defends a radical position without admitting that it’s radical!” (02/14/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/02/the_psychiatry.html

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45) Watcha gonna do?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Civil asset forfeiture, as we’ve discussed, allows police to take people’s cash, cars, houses and other stuff without ever convicting anyone of a crime — or even bringing charges. The person must sue to regain their property. Lawyers aren’t free. Two bedrock principles are at stake: 1) that innocent-until-proven-guilty thing, and 2) Our right to property. Since police departments can keep the proceeds of their seizures, they’re incentivized to take a break from protecting us — to, instead, rob us.” (02/15/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/02/15/watcha-gonna-do/

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46) The Progressive Stack
Source: Ayn R Key
by Ayn R Key

“During Occupy Wall Street, and one of the reasons it eventually fizzled out, to determine who would get priority to speak a technique known as the Progressive Stack was used. This was to give ‘underprivileged’ voices a greater voice. … as much as this was done for progressive purposes it is ultimately divisive. Every person is judged not on individual merit but on innate characteristics of the person. People are not judged as people, but are judged entirely by their demographic. This is what ultimately drove many white men away from Occupy, to the detriment of the safety of those remaining at the Occupy locations. This also contributes to why Hillary Clinton eventually lost the 2016 election.” (02/15/17)

http://aynrkey.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-progreeisve-stack.html

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47) A win for the Deep State
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Let’s be clear about how and why former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn was ousted from his post: a cabal of current and former members of the ‘intelligence community,’ fanatically opposed to Donald Trump’s stated desire to ‘get along with the Russians,’ leaked the top secret transcript of Flynn’s conversation with Russian ambassador Sergay Kislyak. Although we don’t yet know exactly what transpired — as of this writing, BuzzFeed hasn’t gotten their hot little hands on the transcript — there was apparently some discussion of lifting sanctions on Russia, which is something the cabal and its collaborators in Congress and the media are determined to prevent at all costs.” (02/15/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/02/14/a-win-for-the-deep-state/

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48) How today’s white middle class was made possible by welfare
Source: In These Times
by Margaret Garb

“Between 2001 and 2010, Westmoreland County, Pa., lost at least 8,000 manufacturing jobs. That’s one explanation for why this once-blue region gave more votes to Donald Trump than did any other Pennsylvania county, helping swing the state in his favor and propelling him to a surprise victory. ‘We want our jobs back,’ John Golomb, a retired steelworker in Westmoreland County and lifelong Democrat who voted for Trump, told the Wall Street Journal, adding that previous presidents from both parties ‘forgot us.’ A form of historical amnesia also afflicts Westmoreland County. Largely absent from discussions of its decline are the ambitious social welfare programs that once helped its residents climb out of poverty.” (02/14/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19891/middle-class-white-welfare-new-deal

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49) Are Deep State leakers defending democracy or corroding it?
Source: The Atlantic
by David A Graham

“As a general rule, it’s probably unwise to pick a fight with spies, a point Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer made in early January. ‘Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,’ he said. ‘So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.’ Yet Schumer’s warning, even if realistic, is chilling: Not only does it raise the possibility of unelected, faceless bureaucrats using classified information to retaliate against a duly elected president. That would be true even if it didn’t come after the intelligence scandals of the Obama years, in which revelations from Edward Snowden showed the vast powers that the NSA had accrued and could use, even on American citizens, with little or no oversight.” (02/15/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/american-deep-state-trump/516780/

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50) Colleges are creating a generation of bigots
Source: Heartland Institute
by Teresa Mull

“UC Berkeley is a public university, which means it receives loads of taxpayer money. Why then does the university profess it has ‘views, tactics, and rhetoric’ contrary to Yiannopoulos or in keeping with anyone else? College campuses, especially those financed by the public, are supposed to be places that promote the free expression of ideas and encourage new, diverse, interesting, challenging, and/or unique thought. UC Berkeley basically said, ‘Yiannopoulos isn’t liberal. We don’t like him, but I guess we should have let him speak to keep up the illusion of diversity because someone was pepper-sprayed in the face and it made the news.'” (02/14/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/02/colleges-are-creating-a-generation-of-bigots/

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51) Republicans are already trying to raise taxes
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steve Forbes

“Republicans in the House of Representatives are inadvertently setting a nasty political and economic trap for Donald Trump. Yes, it’s the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are ready to administer an unnecessary black eye to the new President. That’s not their intention, but it manifestly will be the result. The vehicle for this unwitting GOP punch is a new exaction called the border adjustability tax. This levy will cost American consumers at least a trillion dollars over the next ten years. Knowing how Washington politicians calculate these things, you can bet the amount will end up being considerably more.” (02/15/17)

https://fee.org/articles/republicans-are-already-trying-to-raise-taxes/

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52) Will Ecuador’s voters reject failed populism?
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“It is a pity that Ecuador’s presidential election, which will be held this coming Sunday, is not attracting more international attention. It should, now that the world is witnessing the rise of populist nationalism. For the past decade Ecuador has been governed by Rafael Correa. Like other Latin American populists, he won free elections but changed the constitutional rules so he could remain in power indefinitely through a combination of authoritarianism, fiscal profligacy, and demagoguery. However, the backlash against populism in the region and his increasing unpopularity at home forced Correa to give up his plans to run for yet another term this year. Which is why this election marks the beginning of the end of his rule.” (02/14/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/02/14/will-ecuadors-voters-reject-failed-populism/

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53) Three words you must remember
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“The statement I’ll be making today is simple … very simple. Nonetheless, I think it’s of tremendous importance. It’s the type of thing that, if kept sufficiently in mind, can slowly revise your mental universe. It’s also the type of thing that makes me want to write, ‘Repeat this every morning, noon, and night for at least one month, then meditate on it for a few years.’ And I’m not entirely unserious about this; I think that would be an immensely valuable thing for you to do. This concept can not only revamp you, but could revamp humanity.” (02/14/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/three-words-must-remember/

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54) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #105: Don’t be a bore.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Again, this is a transparent aphorism. It is very much in line with other advice offered by Gracian in how to deal with the public or with acquaintances: never speak of the details of your life, do not be overly personal, do not dwell on trivia, neither brag nor demean yourself, listen, do not monopolize the conversation, be cautious, be aware of the other person’s reaction.” (02/15/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7738

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55) Hungary 1956
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Robert Watts Lamon

“The events leading up to the Revolution, and the characters involved, all read like Tolstoy inventions. The key event was the Soviet ‘liberation’ of Hungary in 1945. Russian soldiers raped and looted their way across the country, making enemies instead of friends. Under the Horthy Regency, Hungary had allied itself with Germany. It did so not so much from shared convictions as from a desire to recover territories lost in the previous world war. Stalin’s chosen leader for Hungary was Matayas Rakosi, who proceeded to move Hungary step by step toward a Stalinist dictatorship, a regime of murder and exceptional cruelty.” (02/14/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1665

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56) Electric Libertyland, episode 7
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland host Brian McWilliams takes umbrage with several top of mind topics, including Meryl Streep’s new Trumpian Martyr Complex, the newest anti-smoking Truth.org campaign titled #StopProfiling, the government’s handling of the Oroville Dam problem in Northern CA, and a Georgia bill that would limit prescriptions to 5 day increments. Brian then welcomes friend in liberty J.B. Lubin to discuss a new wrinkle in the ‘can protesters block traffic?’ discussion, and then boogie into some ‘Trump or Dumps’ touching on illegal immigration, North Korea and asset forfeiture, and a Jeff Sessions inspired editions of ‘Rand Pauluses and Minuses.'” [various formats] (02/15/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/02/15/electric-libertyland-ep-7-trump-makes-asset-forfeiture/

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57) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/15/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Architectural abdabs, MWD, Bradon X and Chandler discuss the burning questions of the day: Will Your Robots Comply With the Non-Aggression Principle? How soon will Bradon (and everyone) have their job replaced by a robot? Is it true that Mitch Hedberg faked his death and he’s now doing a late-night call-in radio show about architecture? How soon will reasonably-priced Turing-complete sex bots be available at WalMart? And of course, how many newly-minted libertarians can dance on the head of a pin in their mom’s basement until she dies and for a few weeks after?” [various formats] (02/15/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13830

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58) Free Talk Live, 02/14/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Trump to Ramp Up War on Drugs? :: Consequences of Prohibition :: Legalization :: Massive Drug Use :: Straight Edge :: Liberty Forum in New Hampshire :: 1.3 Billion Dollars in Cannabis Sales :: Trump Guy Resigns :: Mexico Visit Risky? :: Legalize African Hair Braiding :: Russia to Turn Over Snowden? :: Cop Block Founder Ademo Freeman Appears in Court for Arraignment on Felony Drug Possession and Trafficking :: Virgil Vaduva Sues Xenia Ohio over Panhandling Ordinance :: HOSTS — Ian, Vincent.” [Flash video or MP3] (02/14/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-02-14

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59) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 540
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Michael Flynn resigns as media sharks smell blood in the water.” [various formats] (02/14/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/540-michael-flynn-resigns-as-media-sharks-smell-blood-in-the-water/

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60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 848
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Comedian, podcaster and television personality Dave Smith offers another perspective on my ‘leftists are hopeless’ position.” [various formats] (02/14/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-848-i-shouldnt-write-off-the-left-altogether/

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