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In the News:

1) Yemen: Saudi invaders murder funeral attendees
2) Malaysia: Two more arrested in Kim assassination
3) Germany: Merkel testifies on alleged US eavesdropping
4) US Senate confirms Mulvaney as budget czar
5) Trump names Alex Acosta as new Labor secretary nominee
6) New MacOS malware linked to Russian hackers can steal passwords & iPhone backups
7) Ford not leaving Mexico any time soon, denies political motives behind plant closure
8) Russian spy ship patrols 30 miles off the coast of Connecticut
9) Yahoo hacked once again! Quietly warns affected users about new attack
10) Stoltenberg: NATO agrees increased presence in Black Sea
11) Tax-funded Harvard/MIT outfit wins versus tax-funded Berkeley outfit in CRISPR fake property rights case
12) Ukraine: Poroshenko vows to resume coal deliveries from neighboring states
13) CO: Mother of four fears abduction, deportation, takes sanctuary at Denver church
14) US House votes to block California retirement scheme
15) Report: Trump has executive orders planned for EPA once his nominee is confirmed

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) The wretched beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency
17) Trump: Triumph of the Permanent Campaign
18) The Southern Poverty Law Center is counting extremists again
19) Why our judicial system is meant to be anti-democratic
20) It’s either bullies or balance sheets
21) Coming soon to a city near you: The US military’s plan to take over America
22) Resisting Trump is not enough
23) Individual liberty and the power to exclude
24) Even Choudary’s friends must have free speech
25) More about Russia and less about Flynn?
26) Bribes, catapults, and corruption trump Trump’s wall
27) The people fired Puzder
28) Before Trump, the media loved “alternative facts”
29) Healthcare proposal #1: Restore natural prices & make them visible
30) The Davos plan for your cash and Bitcoin
31) The clash of Asian civilizations?
32) Borders != Doors
33) The great hypocrisy of libertarians and conservatives
34) Jeb Hensarling: Trickle Downer of the Week
35) Advice to Bill McKibben: Nuke up or shut up
36) Make the Flynn tape public
37) Nato is not “obsolete.” Working with Mattis, it is clearing the ground for more wars
38) The economics of insider trading: A puzzle
39) Brexit is the greatest opportunity for free trade and prosperity since the repeal of the Corn Laws
40) Tough luck, chumps
41) Decriminalize prostitution
42) The public should demand to see the Michael Flynn transcript
43) The precariatisation of work
44) Is Russia a red herring?
45) Healthcare: Government — not technology — is driving prices up

The Sound and the Fury:

46) The Fifth Column, episode 46
47) Interview: Rik Storey
48) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/16/17
49) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 2
50) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/15/17
51) Free Talk Live, 02/15/17
52) The Libertarian Angle, 02/16/17
53) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 541
54) The Tom Woods Show, episode 849
55) David Boaz: Time to end the war on drugs

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

1) Yemen: Saudi invaders murder funeral attendees
Source: Newsweek

“[The Houthi government] in Yemen said Thursday that an overnight airstrike has killed eight women and a child at a funeral reception near the capital, Sanaa. A spokesman for the [government], Abdel-Rahman al-Ahnomi, said that there was a second airstrike that hit emergency responders in Arhab, which lies southwest of Sanaa, the BBC reported. The Houthis have taken control of swathes of the country since 2015, when they forced Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi into exile. A coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched a campaign of airstrikes in March 2015 against the Houthis. At least 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict.” (02/16/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/yemen-airstrikes-kill-8-women-child-funeral-say-houthis-557352

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2) Malaysia: Two more arrested in Kim assassination
Source: CNN

“Two more people have been arrested in connection with the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother, Malaysian authorities said. News of the arrests come a day after South Korean’s National Assembly Intelligence Committee chairman said Kim Jong Nam died Monday morning after being poisoned at the airport. A 26-year-old Malaysian man, who is the boyfriend of another suspect, was arrested Wednesday in the city of Anpang, Selangor State Police Chief Abdul Samah Mat said. He helped lead police to his girlfriend, Mat said. … The first arrest was made on Wednesday when a woman carrying a Vietnamese travel document was taken into custody by police at the airport.” (02/16/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/asia/kim-jong-nam-arrests-autopsy/

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3) Germany: Merkel testifies on alleged US eavesdropping
Source: Willoughby News-Herald

“Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers she stands by her 2013 complaint that ‘spying among friends’ is unacceptable as she testified Thursday to a committee examining alleged U.S. surveillance in Germany, as well as questionable activities by German intelligence — which she said she heard about only much later. The parliamentary panel is investigating alleged eavesdropping in Germany by the U.S. National Security Agency and its relationship with German counterparts.” (02/16/17)

http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20170216/germanys-merkel-testifies-on-alleged-us-eavesdropping

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4) US Senate confirms Mulvaney as budget czar
Source: The State

“The U.S. Senate voted 51-49 to confirm U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina as President Trump’s new budget chief Thursday, less than two weeks before the president is expected to present a pared-down ‘skinny’ budget to Congress. Mulvaney, known as a fiscal hard-liner, was confirmed despite the opposition of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who cited the S.C. Republican’s inability to remember voting for a defense spending cut when questioned at his confirmation hearing. ‘Mulvaney has spent his last six years in the House of Representatives pitting the national debt against our military,’ said McCain, the Armed Services Committee chairman.” [editor’s note: McCain says that like it’s something other than a sterling recommendation … – TLK] (02/16/17)

http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article133192239.html

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5) Trump names Alex Acosta as new Labor secretary nominee
Source: USA Today

“The day after his first choice withdrew, President Trump on Thursday nominated Alexander Acosta, the dean of the Florida International University law school, to become his new Labor secretary. ‘I think he’ll make a tremendous secretary of Labor,’ Trump said at a White House news conference. Acosta, a Miami native who is Cuban-American, did not attend the East Room event. If confirmed, he would be the first Latino in Trump’s cabinet.” (02/16/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/16/president-trump-hold-press-conference/97992390/

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6) New MacOS malware linked to Russian hackers can steal passwords & iPhone backups
Source: The Hacker News

“Security researchers have discovered a new Mac malware allegedly developed by APT28 Russian cyber espionage group who is believed to be responsible for 2016 presidential election hacking scandal. A new variant of the X-Agent spyware is now targeting Apple macOS system that has previously been used in cyber attacks against Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux devices. The malware is designed to steal web browser passwords, take screenshots of the display, detect system configurations, execute files and exfiltrate iPhone backups stored on the computer.” (02/15/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/02/xagent-malware-apt28.html

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7) Ford not leaving Mexico any time soon, denies political motives behind plant closure
Source: PanAm Post

“Ford President and CEO in Mexico Gabriel Lopez made it clear this week that the automotive company has no plans to stop its activity in the nation despite threats by President Donald Trump. During the announcement, Lopez said the company will be opening two new plants in 2017 that amount to US $2.5 billion in investment. Despite the company’s San Luis Potosi plant being canceled, Ford will push ahead with a new one in Irapauto, which will export transmission parts to the United States, India, China and countries in Europe as well as to existing plants in Hermosillo and Cuautitla.” (02/16/17)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2017/02/16/ford-not-leaving-mexico-anytime-soon-denies-political-motives-behind-plant-closure/

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8) Russian spy ship patrols 30 miles off the coast of Connecticut
Source: USA Today

“A Russian spy ship patrolled 30 miles offshore a U.S. Navy submarine base in Connecticut on Wednesday in what that state’s congressman called an effort to test the resolve of the new Trump administration. A U.S. defense official told CNN the SSV-175 Viktor Leonov sailing in international waters is outfitted with a variety of high-tech spying equipment designed to intercept signals intelligence. Fox News first reported the ship’s location. The official noted it is not the first time the ship has been deployed off the coast of the U.S.” [editor’s note: How does sailing in international waters “test the resolve” of anyone? – TLK] (02/16/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/02/15/russian-spy-ship-spotted-near-us/97939010/

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9) Yahoo hacked once again! Quietly warns affected users about new attack
Source: The Hacker News

“Has Yahoo rebuilt your trust again? If yes, then you need to think once again, as the company is warning its users of another hack. Last year, Yahoo admitted two of the largest data breaches on record. One of which that took place in 2013 disclosed personal details associated with more than 1 Billion Yahoo user accounts. Well, it’s happened yet again.” (02/15/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/02/yahoo-hack.html

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10) Stoltenberg: NATO agrees increased presence in Black Sea
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“NATO nations have agreed to increase the alliance’s presence in the Black Sea, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after a ministerial meeting of the bloc. ‘Today, we agreed on two additional maritime measures: an increased NATO naval presence in the Black Sea for enhanced training, exercises and situational awareness, and a maritime coordination function for our Standing Naval Forces when operating with other Allied forces in the Black Sea region,’ the secretary general told journalists. ‘Allies stand together, united and strong,’ he added.” (02/16/17)

https://www.rt.com/news/377580-nato-black-sea-stoltenberg/

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11) Tax-funded Harvard/MIT outfit wins versus tax-funded Berkeley outfit in CRISPR fake property rights case
Source: Nature

“The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has upheld a series of patents granted for the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The hotly anticipated decision could conclude a contentious battle between the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the University of California over intellectual-property rights to the potentially lucrative technology. Although the Broad was awarded its patents first, the University of California was the first of the two to apply for a patent on the technology. The California contingent also argues that its team in Berkeley invented the technique before investigators at the Broad.” [editor’s note: Even if “intellectual property” was actual property, the Broad Institute gets more than half its funding from the federal government, and the University of California is government funded as well — which makes any patents rightfully “public property” – TLK] (02/15/17)

http://www.nature.com/news/broad-institute-wins-bitter-battle-over-crispr-patents-1.21502

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12) Ukraine: Poroshenko vows to resume coal deliveries from neighboring states
Source: US News & World Report

“Ukraine’s president on Thursday pledged to resume coal supplies from [seceded republics formerly part of Ukraine] after it was blocked by volunteer battalions, threatening to disrupt the country’s power supply. Fighting in Ukraine’s [former] industrial east between government troops and Russia-backed [forces of the new states] has killed more than 9,800 people since April 2014. Despite the hostilities, Kiev continued to buy coal from areas controlled by separatists as power stations in Ukraine are mostly designed to run on the specific type of coal that is produced there. Sales were suspended when Ukraine’s unruly volunteer battalions and some lawmakers blocked a railroad that brings coal across the front line late last month.” (02/16/17)

http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2017-02-16/ukraines-president-vows-to-resume-coal-supply-from-east

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13) CO: Mother of four fears abduction, deportation, takes sanctuary at Denver church
Source: Denver Post

“A mother of four facing impending deportation from the United States has taken sanctuary in a Denver church in hope of gaining a ‘stay of deportation.’ Jeanette Vizguerra, who is in the country illegally [sic], avoided a scheduled meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officials and instead declared sanctuary at the First Unitarian Society of Denver. Vizguerra’s declaration of sanctuary came after her ‘stay of removal expired’ and she feared a scheduled meeting with ICE on Wednesday would have resulted in immediate [abduction] and quick deportation.” (02/15/17)

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/15/mother-deportation-sanctuary-at-denver-church/

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14) US House votes to block California retirement scheme
Source: San Jose Mercury News

“Despite a plea from California Gov. Jerry Brown, the state’s GOP representatives voted unanimously Wednesday on a resolution to block California and other states from setting up 401-K-type plans for private-sector workers who lack retirement benefits — a measure that sailed through the U.S. House of Representatives on a party-line vote. The resolution, which now moves to the U.S. Senate, could jeopardize a program that Brown signed into law last fall to set up retirement savings accounts with automatic payroll deductions for as many as 7 million low- and middle-income workers whose employers don’t offer 401-k plans or other benefits. Illinois, Connecticut, Maryland and Oregon have passed similar initiatives.” (02/15/17)

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/15/jerry-brown-urges-california-delegation-to-vote-no-on-gop-attempt-to-block-state-auto-iras/

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15) Report: Trump has executive orders planned for EPA once his nominee is confirmed
Source: The Hill

“President Trump aims to sign executive orders cutting into the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) climate work shortly after his nominee to lead the agency is confirmed by the Senate, according to a report. Trump will attend a swearing-in ceremony for EPA Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt at agency headquarters after the Senate confirms Pruitt, Inside EPA reported this week. At that event, an administration source told Inside EPA that Trump will sign executive orders related to the agency’s climate work and that they could ‘suck the air out of the room,’ according to the report. The official did not say how many orders Trump will sign or what they will address. But the planned event could be similar to one Trump held at the Pentagon after Defense Secretary James Mattis was sworn in.” (02/16/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/319667-report-trump-aiming-to-sign-sweeping-epa-executive-orders

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

16) The wretched beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“Maybe Donald Trump is a different kind of politician. Maybe he will keep his promises. Unfortunately, since January 20, Trump has pursued a nasty collection of priorities. Any hope that the political newbie would be dazed and timid in his first 100 days went out the window after his clunky, legally-dubious executive order stopping immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries — all of which have been messed up by the US — turned airports across the US into chaotic scenes of protest, and brought about multiple lawsuits. But Trump didn’t just declare his intention to deport and ban wide swaths of people. He also has a wall to build. There’s still time to stop that, and Trump won’t be bringing steel back to Pittsburgh, or any of the other time-traveling protectionist economic promises he made. Trump may well be able to stop the progress of criminal justice reform, however, and make our immigration system even more cruel.” (02/16/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2017/02/15/the-wretched-beginning-of-donald-trumps-presidency/

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17) Trump: Triumph of the Permanent Campaign
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Trump is well-known for his hyper-sensitivity to being perceived as anything less than top dog in every respect. He decries negative press and polling as biased and can’t wait to tout his latest triumph, even if he has to invent it himself (see, for example ‘inaugural attendance figures’). It’s time to stop thinking of that as a character defect and recognize it for what it is. Donald J. Trump represents the pinnacle of the ‘permanent campaign’ ethos. He’s all politician, all the time.” (02/16/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9472

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18) The Southern Poverty Law Center is counting extremists again
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“The Southern Poverty Law Center has released its 2017 report on the ‘The Year in Hate and Extremism.’ This is the annual study, inevitably covered heavily in the press, in which the SPLC tries to count the number of hate groups and anti-government ‘Patriot’ groups that were active in the U.S. in the prior year. This edition’s numbers are interesting, to the extent that they’re reliable; but as always, I have questions about their reliability. … On top of that, there are all sorts of questions about how certain items end up on these lists in the first place. ” (02/16/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/02/16/the-southern-poverty-law-center-is-count

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19) Why our judicial system is meant to be anti-democratic
Source: Fox News
by Andrew P Napolitano

“In our democracy, the president and members of Congress make promises and then convince us that they have kept them so we will re-elect them. The whole purpose of an independent judiciary is to be anti-democratic — to protect the life, liberty and property of all people from the unconstitutional behavior of the two political branches of the government. When the judiciary does this, it is not being imperial; it is doing what the Constitution requires. If this were not the case, then nothing would prevent the political branches from trampling the rights of an unpopular minority.” (02/16/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/02/16/andrew-napolitano-why-our-judicial-system-is-meant-to-be-anti-democratic.html

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20) It’s either bullies or balance sheets
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

“We have every right to declare what is or isn’t the right price for us to part with our own money or goods. But there is no standard beyond that to know the right price of anything. We think we know, but we do not. Prices emerge from markets to tell us something about the world around us. They enable rational calculation. They give rise to profit-and-loss statements that signal to businesses whether they are going about things the right way. They are a social tool to minimize waste and maximize opportunities for living a better life. A wise man once told me that in this life, you can obey balance sheets or bullies. In the end, those are the only two paths.” (02/16/17)

https://fee.org/articles/it-s-either-bullies-or-balance-sheets/

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21) Coming soon to a city near you: The US military’s plan to take over America
Source: LewRockwell.com
by John W Whitehead

The U.S. military plans to take over America by 2030. No, this is not another conspiracy theory. Although it easily could be. Nor is it a Hollywood political thriller in the vein of John Frankenheimer’s 1964 political thriller Seven Days in May about a military coup d’etat. Although it certainly has all the makings of a good thriller. No, this is the real deal, coming at us straight from the horse’s mouth. According to ‘Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,’ a Pentagon training video created by the Army for U.S. Special Operations Command, the U.S. military plans to use armed forces to solve future domestic political and social problems. What they’re really talking about is martial law, packaged as a well-meaning and overriding concern for the nation’s security.” (02/16/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/02/john-w-whitehead/coming-soon-city-near/

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22) Resisting Trump is not enough
Source: The Nation
by Robert L Borosage

“Donald Trump’s provocations have stirred a resistance that is ferocious, diverse, and growing, shaking Republicans and stiffening Democratic spines. Raucous town-hall meetings targeting members of Congress in their home districts are making the fabled Tea Party protests of old look like, well, tea parties. This resistance is vital but not sufficient. While it dramatizes what we are against, our challenge is to integrate it into a demand for all the progressive changes we are for.” (02/16/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/beyond-resistance/

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23) Individual liberty and the power to exclude
Source: Niskanen Center
by Mark S Weiner

“In a recent Niskanen Center post, Matthew Fay provided some stimulating ‘preliminary thoughts’ about libertarian approaches to foreign policy. In particular, and perhaps ironically for a libertarian, he advocates for a libertarian foreign relations in which skepticism of state power and support for individual liberty would be closely linked with robust international political institutions. In the spirit of such unfashionable theorizing, I’d like to offer some preliminary thoughts of my own about an aspect of American foreign affairs implicated by the President’s executive order about immigration and refugees. In my view, the President’s executive order highlights a larger jurisprudential tension with which all inheritors of the liberal tradition should be concerned. Call it the conflict between the foreign affairs power and individual liberty.” (02/16/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/individual-liberty-power-exclude/

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24) Even Choudary’s friends must have free speech
Source: spiked
by Candice Holdsworth

“A group of Anjem Choudary’s supporters have been imprisoned for talks they gave encouraging support for terrorism and ISIS. … Detective superintendent Glen Channer, from the Eastern Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit, made a statement after the men were sentenced at the Old Bailey: ‘This was a complex investigation which was launched to target those who seek to influence others with their poisonous rhetoric. This case is another example to show that we simply will not tolerate those who spread fear and hate in our communities and will continue to target, arrest and disrupt anyone with extreme views.’ Yes, these men are despicable, but the fact remains that they have been imprisoned not for what they did, or were planning to do, but for what they said.” (02/16/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/even-choudarys-friends-must-have-free-speech/

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25) More about Russia and less about Flynn?
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“The story on the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is somewhat like peeling an onion, with each layer revealing something new. To be sure, I am delighted to see Flynn gone, both because of his clearly expressed desire to confront Iran and his inaccurate characterization of Islam. But Flynn’s departure will no doubt be exploited by many to justify increased hostility toward Russia, which is neither justified by circumstances nor in America’s long-term interests.” (02/16/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/more-about-russia-and-less-about-flynn/

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26) Bribes, catapults, and corruption trump Trump’s wall
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Donald Trump is obviously a smart man. One cannot build up a billion-dollar financial empire without being smart. Unfortunately, however, Trump is not so smart when it comes to some things, like the drug war. He thinks that simply by cracking down in the drug war and becoming more ruthless than previous presidents, he’s going to be the one who finally wins the war on drugs. It’s not going to happen.” (02/16/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/02/16/bribes-catapults-corruption-trump-trumps-wall/

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27) The people fired Puzder
Source: Our Future
by Libero Della Plana

“Andy Puzder, President Trump’s pick to run the Labor Department, didn’t really bow out. He was fired. But even though Trump made the phrase ‘you’re fired’ his motto, he didn’t force Puzder out. We did. Working people sent him the pink slip.” (02/16/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170216/the-people-fired-puzder

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28) Before Trump, the media loved “alternative facts”
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“Most of the news media is at war with Donald Trump, and rightly so. First, journalists should always be at war with the governments they cover. Nonadversarial journalism isn’t journalism — it’s stenography. Second, Trump Administration officials’ refusal to even pretend to be interested in the truth, immortalized by Kellyanne Conway’s notorious praise of ‘alternative facts,’ demands highly caffeinated contempt. But let’s not forget an inconvenient truth. Pre-Trump, the watchdogs of democracy were mostly lapdogs, gently licking the blood-soaked hands of those who fed them: America’s political and corporate elites.” (02/16/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/16/before-trump-the-media-loved-alternative-facts/

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29) Healthcare proposal #1: Restore natural prices & make them visible
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis & Jim Babka

“Downsize DC is promoting 20 proposals designed to replace Obamacare with consumer controlled, free market medicine. A major effect of these proposals would be to make healthcare costs visible to patients. And that’s because restoring natural prices is the most important issue in healthcare reform.” (02/16/17)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/natural-prices-action

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30) The Davos plan for your cash and Bitcoin
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The war on cash is a war to eliminate physical money and drive all currency exchanges into the digital realm. For some bitcoin enthusiasts, this signals greater legitimacy and wider adoption. But for the war on cash to achieve the goals desired by states and central banks, the digital realm must be under state control and tightly monitored by authorities. Bitcoin, as a vehicle of personal freedom and independence, will be driven underground or gutted by regulation. To the extent it can, the EU will cripple its competitors — the free market and dissident individuals — even if it needs to co-opt internet access in the manner of an emerging nation.” (02/15/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/davos-plan-cash-bitcoin/

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31) The clash of Asian civilizations?
Source: Cato Unbound
by Zack Cooper

“Emma Ashford, Paul Musgrave, and Alina Polyakova have written important critiques of Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations — exploring its many theoretical, empirical, and ethical weaknesses. Ashford and Musgrave worry that some in the new administration might embrace Huntington’s thesis and thereby draw the United States deeper into military and ideological conflicts in the Middle East. Polyakova warns against those that might see Huntingon’s logic as an argument for embracing Russia, despite the threat it poses to U.S. interests and values. These are serious concerns, some of which Michael Hirsh has also explored in an article entitled that warned: ‘The Clash of Civilizations is Back.’ This essay builds upon those critiques by arguing that Huntington’s theory, if taken seriously, should imply a U.S. focus not on the Middle East, but on Asia.” (02/16/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/02/16/zack-cooper/clash-asian-civilizations

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32) Borders != Doors
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Papa Libertarian

“Having locks on some doors does not mean that every door, every road, every shopping mall, every border should be locked and should require ID checks. I say this in response to BCFs (Border Control Freaks) who constantly draw a false analogy between sealed borders and a locked door. The analogy is doubly false. First off, in a free country, access is valuable to many property owners; this is why shopping malls are usually open on the outside, closed at specific points, such as the employee break area, the manager’s office, the bank vault. Second, border controls are not just about the border itself; they restrict the property rights of everybody inside the border; if you happen to hire a person who does not have the right paperwork, your front door will be broken down by BCFs; your private property rights will be destroyed. BCFs, despite their analogy, are not the least bit interested in respecting your private property rights.” (02/15/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/borders-doors

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33) The great hypocrisy of libertarians and conservatives
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni

“It’s nearly impossible in the modern social-welfare state for a believer in limited government (aka limited coercion and theft) not to be a hypocrite. Take Social Security and Medicare. After being forced to pay into the programs over a working life, most people can’t afford to walk away from program benefits upon retirement, even if they disagree with the entitlement programs on principle. Besides, walking away would not result in the demise of the programs. Or take taxes. Even if taxes are used for immoral or nefarious purposes, sticking to principles by not paying taxes would only result in imprisonment. But there is one arena of big government where it is easy to stick to principles and not be a hypocrite: the arena of government-subsidized sports arenas. … Yet most libertarians and conservatives patronize pro sports, by either attending games or watching on TV.” (02/16/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/2017/02/great-hypocrisy-libertarians-conservatives/

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34) Jeb Hensarling: Trickle Downer of the Week
Source: The American Prospect
by Justin Miller

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s aggressive regulatory and enforcement mission, crafted as a part of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms, has long drawn the ire of congressional Republicans who are eager undermine its power and independence — and with a deregulatory fanatic as president, they may now have their best shot. Leading that charge is House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, whose Wall Street deregulation bill — the Financial CHOICE Act — forms the GOP’s blueprint for winding back Dodd-Frank. In a memo obtained by The New York Times last week, Hensarling outlined his plan to eviscerate the CFPB’s power.” (02/16/17)

http://prospect.org/article/jeb-hensarling-trickle-downer-week

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35) Advice to Bill McKibben: Nuke up or shut up
Source: Heartland Institute
by Isaac Orr

“In a recent article titled ‘The New Battle Plan for the Planet’s Climate Crisis,’ Bill McKibben, a radical climate activist and founder of 350.org, argued Earth is rapidly warming and immediate action must be taken to reduce human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions. To do so, McKibben advocates a massive build-out of wind and solar power, but he never mentions one of the most obvious and efficient energy sources available: nuclear. The omission is no mistake; McKibben and his environmental pals have made a concerted effort to reject nuclear energy, even though it’s the only way to immediately reduce carbon-dioxide emissions.” (02/16/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/02/advice-to-bill-mckibben-nuke-up-or-shut-up/

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36) Make the Flynn tape public
Source: National Review
by Andrew C McCarthy

“The Flynn affair is a tale of intrigue, with head-spinning twists and turns, manipulative spies, narrative-weaving pols, and strategists who mostly outsmart themselves. It is easy to get lost in the weeds. There is one easy way to get to the bottom of it, though …. For now, the so-called deep state — the intelligence operatives and highly placed officials who run the United States government because they have the power to ruin their opposition — would apparently prefer that we not hear the tape. Many of them are Obama functionaries who are content to shape opinion by leaking their edited version of events to media allies. Some of them are Trump functionaries whose mishandling of what may be a tempest in a teapot has made them vulnerable less than four weeks into the new administration. Perhaps, they calculate, handing up Flynn’s scalp makes their problem go away. In reality, it is just whetting the opposition’s appetite. Let’s end the intrigue and go to the tape.” (02/16/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444934/michal-flynn-russia-release-tape-call-russian-ambassador

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37) Nato is not “obsolete.” Working with Mattis, it is clearing the ground for more wars
Source: Voltaire Network
by Manlio Dinucci

“At the meeting of the North Atlantic Council that kicked off yesterday in Brussels, Minister Pinotti and the other European Defense Ministers exhaled a long sigh of relief: Nato is not, as President Trump had said, ‘obsolete.’ In his first official declaration at Brussels, the new US Defence Secretary, Jim Mattis, pledged that Nato is still ‘the fundamental base of the United States.’ It is the ‘most successful military alliance in history,’ he told journalists while flying to Brussels. The US commitment to the Alliance is evidenced by the fact that the only Nato command headquartered in the United States is the Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation (Sact), a role that Mattis himself has already taken on. Sact, responsible for the Military Committee (the highest military authority in Nato), ‘promotes and controls the perpetual transformation of the Alliance’s forces and capabilities.’” (02/16/17)

http://www.voltairenet.org/article195303.html

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38) The economics of insider trading: A puzzle
Source: Ideas
by David Friedman

“The standard story on insider trading is straightforward. I have knowledge that implies that a stock is going to go up, so I buy it. The seller sells because, absent that knowledge, my offer is more than he, and presumably most of the rest of the market, thinks the stock is worth. There is a problem for this story if we assume that all the players are rational. If there are a significant number of insider traders in the market, the fact that I offered more for the stock than the owner thought it was worth should be evidence to him that I know something about it he doesn’t, and so a reason not to sell.” (02/16/17)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-economics-of-insider-trading-puzzle.html

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39) Brexit is the greatest opportunity for free trade and prosperity since the repeal of the Corn Laws
Source: Cobden Centre
by Michael Tomlinson MP

“I grant you that it is an unusual anniversary, and I have as yet failed to invent a suitable soubriquet. But 171 years ago precisely (well, almost), a speech was delivered which bore fruit in the shape of globalisation and free trade. At about half past eleven o’clock in the evening of February 16, 1846, Robert Peel stood up and moved the Second Reading of his bill to repeal the Corn Laws. His speech was given on the fifth day of a 12 day debate (they clearly knew how to do things properly back then), during which a battle between the ideals of free trade and against protectionism was waged. As we seek to persuade the EU and rest of the world of the benefits of free trade, this same fight is as relevant for us today as it was for Peel.” (02/16/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/02/michael-tomlinson-mp-brexit-is-the-greatest-opportunity-for-free-trade-and-prosperity-since-the-repeal-of-the-corn-laws/

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40) Tough luck, chumps
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Advertised as a big deal ahead of time, the debate didn’t get much play afterwards. Especially from the Left blogosphere. Why? Billed as about the ‘future of ObamaCare,’ it was really about what should replace ObamaCare.” (02/16/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/02/16/no-debate-for-old-men/

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41) Decriminalize prostitution
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco

“People argue for continued prohibition of sex work on grounds of exploitation, human trafficking and the general degradation of women. (Most but not all sex workers are women.) Prohibitionists look at sex workers’ rates of disease and likelihood of being sexually assaulted — and, understandably, want to help. As a woman, such issues are close to my heart. As an economist I look to the economic way of thinking and the data when analyzing government policy. It’s with these two things in mind I suggest it’s time to consider legalizing sex work.” (02/15/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8998

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42) The public should demand to see the Michael Flynn transcript
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Yes, Flynn was a private citizen, but he was less than a month away from being a high-level government official, and the Obama administration was doing everything it possibly could to antagonize Russia during its last few weeks in office. I’m not justifying what Flynn said in those conversations, or the lies he told about it, but there’s a key problem with this whole leak. It wasn’t really a leak meant to inform the public. It was a leak to specific journalists, at specific papers, with a clear intent of political assassination through the manipulation of public opinion via cryptic releases of filtered information.” (02/15/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/02/15/the-public-should-demand-to-see-the-michael-flynn-transcript/

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43) The precariatisation of work
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Chris Shaw

“With changes in work and employment patterns in 21st century there has been a precariatisation of work, where employment contracts are de-securitised, low-pay dominates and there is an increasing individuation of work-life, alongside a blurring of work and leisure. Developments like the sharing economy and the move toward a self-employment in-name-only represent a significant economic reorganisation of work. While this precariatisation has certain elements that have become universalisable amongst developed and developing nations, this essay will focus primarily on workforces in the post-industrial West.” (02/16/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/47925

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44) Is Russia a red herring?
Source: In These Times
by Chris Edelson and Bhaskar Sunkara

“Donald Trump’s unconventionally pro-Russian foreign policy views and his brand of authoritarian far-right politics lined up with Vladimir Putin’s interests. Many in the media — and many Democrats — have … leapt on the narrative of a meddling Putin installing a puppet in the White House. On January 6, the intelligence community released a report on the hacking to the public, concluding that Putin directly ordered cyber-espionage aimed at helping Donald Trump. The circumstantial evidence is compelling, but many, understandably skeptical of the CIA, demand more proof. … In These Times asked Chris Edelson, an assistant professor of government at American University, and Bhaskar Sunkara, founding editor of Jacobin magazine, to weigh in on how seriously we should take the Russia allegations — and whether it’s a distraction from the political battles ahead.” (02/15/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19892/russia-red-herring-michael-flynn-trump-cia/

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45) Healthcare: Government — not technology — is driving prices up
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Michel Accad

“Should we blame technology for the growth in healthcare spending? Austin Frakt, a healthcare economist who writes for the New York Times, thinks so. Citing several studies conducted over the last several years, he claims that technology could account for up to two-thirds of per capita healthcare spending growth. … should we accept the proposition that technology is the culprit for healthcare spending growth?” (02/16/17)

https://mises.org/blog/healthcare-government-%E2%80%94-not-technology-%E2%80%94-driving-prices

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46) The Fifth Column, episode 46
Source: Reason

“On the previous episode of The Fifth Column, your weekly three-headed podcast helmed by Kmele Foster, Michael C. Moynihan made the brave prediction that Mike Flynn was a goner. So proud was Kmele that Hollywood finally got something right that he gave him his very own certificate of merit …. This week’s version drills into more of the Flynn fallout — the deep state anxieties, surveillance/leaking hypocrisy, and this absolutely hysterical column from Simpleton Thomas L. ‘Suck. On. This.’ Friedman. We also talk about the stupid media preening and self-delusion about banning Kellyanne Conway from cable news shows, the fecklessness of Republicans on Capitol Hill, and the comparative arguments for covering Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Richard Spencer.” [various formats] (02/16/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/02/16/fables-of-the-deflynnestration-the-new-f

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47) Interview: Rik Storey
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Rik Storey, founder of That Libertarian Chap. Herein we discuss being a fledgling That Libertarian Chap YouTube channel, Walter Block, Milton Friedman, The Ethics of Liberty, his path to Voluntaryism, Myth of Natural Monopoly, Free Markets save lives, Adam Smith invisible hand, Eastern Border podcast, why some people defend Communism, living in and trying to escape East Berlin, prison is Leftist/Socialist paradise, human livestock, what would kids ask for, Soviet Union, Tragedy of the Commons, the real class war, universal principles, positive vs. negative rights, Stephan Kinsella, being pro-Western civilization, Defending the Undefendable, legality and morality, evolution of private law, the importance of contracts, defining terms, A Spontaneous Order, peaceful parenting, the consequences of corporal punishment, reasoning with children, appeal to force, encouraging skepticism and more!” [various formats] (02/16/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/rik-storey-peaceful-parent-and-founder-of-that-libertarian-chap/

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48) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/16/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou, James and MWD do a show that will be a great show for experienced Feens that might be a confusing show for new Feens. Topics include Pocket Alibi, cops hurt by needless raid, going through border checkpoints and how to secure your electronic devices.” [various formats] (02/16/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13848

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49) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 2
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“In the second FPF episode, I cover the resignation on General Flynn, Russia and US relations, the Iran nuke deal, Israel, Yemen, and Syria.” [various formats] (02/15/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/foreign-policy-focus-2-goodbye-flynn

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50) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/15/17
Source: Cato Institute

“The departure of Michael Flynn from the Trump Administration reveals more than just the problems of poorly timed phone calls to foreign officials. Julian Sanchez comments.” [various formats] (02/15/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/michael-flynn-valuedanger-selective-intelligence-leaks

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51) Free Talk Live, 02/15/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Working for a Check Cashing Service :: Banks, Fees, and Hassles :: Cash and China :: Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme :: Man Hating Hoedown :: Jury Rights Expanding in NH? :: Greg in NY Wants Massive Welfare :: Non Aggression and Morality :: Persuading People to Liberty :: Banking Alternatives :: Amazon Prime :: Invading Iraq :: Sidewalk Clearing :: Texting While Driving :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Jay.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/15/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-02-15

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52) The Libertarian Angle, 02/16/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling talk about what it means to be free, what it means to live in a free society.” [various formats] (02/16/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-meaning-freedom/

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53) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 541
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“We’ve fallen again. The Heritage Foundation now ranks America 17th on its list of 180 freest countries on earth. America is now less free than countries like Estonia and the UAE. Canada ranks 7th, a full ten countries above us. I’m disheartened every time I see these rankings come out. How can we still call ourselves the land of the free and home of the brave? We’re not even brave enough to stand up to our own elected representatives.” [various formats] (02/15/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/541-american-freedom-and-healthcare-on-life-support/

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54) The Tom Woods Show, episode 849
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Dedra and Brad Birzer, who teach at Hillsdale College, join Tom to discuss the various guidelines issued to teachers of Advanced Placement history, in order to help students prepare for the Advanced Placement exam. It’s the usual controversy: two options, neither of which reflects our outlook, are presented as the exhaustive set of possibilities for teaching and interpreting American history.” [various formats] (02/15/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-849-the-perils-of-a-national-history-curriculum/

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55) David Boaz: Time to end the war on drugs
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Watch David Boaz present his perspectives on why America needs to end the war on drugs. This presentation is part of FFF’s Drug War Video Project, whose aim is to accelerate the end of this immoral and destructive government program.” [Flash video] (02/15/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/david-boaz-time-end-war-drugs/

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