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Monday, February 27th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Argentina: Officials feeling the pressure from taxi “allies” authorize raid of Uber offices
2) Experts: African hunger crisis is largely man-made
3) Dow posts 11th straight record; S&P 500 sees fifth straight weekly gain
4) Afghanistan: Taliban leader urges planting more trees
5) Bilden withdraws as nominee for US Secretary of the Navy
6) Treason charges against Russian cyber experts linked to seven-year-old accusations
7) Report: Trump not cutting Medicare or Social Security
8) Spicer (wrongly) correlates marijuana use with opioid addiction
9) Kasich: House Republicans could foil Obamacare replacement
10) VA: McAuliffe quashes rumors he’ll run against Trump in 2020
11) UK: Suspect in knocking a million routers offline using MIRAI arrested at London airport
12) Maduro spent over USD $5 million to lobby its own “nemesis,” the US government
13) Russian cargo ship docks at space station
14) Serious Cloudflare bug exposed a potpourri of secret customer data
15) Santa Cruz (California) police: ICE gangsters lied to us about immigration abductions

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Believing that war has consequences
17) Welcome aboard, but first US marshals will scan your retina
18) In defense of extreme cosmopolitanism
19) The immigration enforcement police state is here
20) Universal Basic Income is Universal Basic Theft
21) Will the Trump Era finally kill Paul Ryan’s wonkish cred?
22) Cities go rogue against Trump and the radical right
23) Italy, splitting into oblivion
24) Copyright law versus Internet culture
25) Maine inches closer to expanding Medicaid
26) Trump’s policies are authoritarian, not populist
27) So now you’re shunned for voting Trump?
28) The enforcement costs of immigration laws are greater than alleged welfare costs
29) The culture war over Sweden
30) Hate Trump? You should have voted for Ron Paul
31) The perils of Milo
32) Don’t jeopardize retirement plans
33) Teaching kids to trust the police is child abuse
34) Five ways to react to speech you don’t like (besides censorship)
35) Why Title II Net Neutrality Defenders fear a pro-consumer Ajit Pai FCC
36) Trump vs. leaks may be more important than Trump vs. press
37) Trump and DeVos hatch deceptive scheme to push school vouchers
38) Your concealed license is not a draft card, don’t burn it: New Hampshire becomes a constitutional carry state
39) Question authority
40) The creative renewal of the steel industry
41) Defending a free society
42) How specifically the EU & US intend to tax your Bitcoin
43) Public school food Nazis
44) Adios, California?
45) Why are switchblades illegal?
46) A veteran asks: Thanks for what? — revisited
47) Faking it
48) When scientists become pimps
49) The gruesome reality of statism
50) What part of “obsolete” does Trump not understand?

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 118
52) White House out of touch with the rest of the country in regards to cannabis
53) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 117
54) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/24/17
55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 6
56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 857
57) Felony Friday, episode 60
58) Free Talk Live, 02/25/17
59) In The Tank, episode 77
60) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 176

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

1) Argentina: Officials feeling the pressure from taxi “allies” authorize raid of Uber offices
Source: PanAm Post

“Uber’s offices across Buenos Aires faced heavy raids last week, a measure taken in response to pressure from taxi unions, many officials claim. ‘They were allies when we won the city elections, we can not fight with them,’ a congresswoman from the ruling party in Buenos Aires, who asked not to be identified, said.” (02/24/17)

https://panampost.com/marcelo-duclos/2017/02/24/argentine-minister-admits-that-persecuting-uber-is-embarrasing-but-cab-drivers-are-allies/

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2) Experts: African hunger crisis is largely man-made
Source: Raw Story

“This year, more so than usual, hunger is stalking Africa. The United Nations has declared a famine in parts of South Sudan and food insecurity is affecting tens of millions in nearly every geographic region of the continent. The causes vary, as do the proposed solutions. But, experts say the worst crises are being fueled by war. ‘Drought is an exacerbating factor in some context but conflict is really, really the major driver in the biggest emergencies,’ said Chris Hillbruner, a senior official for the U.S.-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).” (02/26/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/african-hunger-crisis-is-largely-man-made-experts

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3) Dow posts 11th straight record; S&P 500 sees fifth straight weekly gain
Source: MarketWatch

“U.S. stocks staged a last-minute rally on Friday, with major indexes turning positive ahead of the closing bell and the Dow extended its record-setting streak as investors shrugged off concerns the rally was overdone. Both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq rose for a fifth straight week, while the Dow brought its string of weekly gains to three. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 9.1 points, or less than 0.1%, to end at 20,819.84. The blue-chip average rose for an 11th straight day for the first time since 1992, as well as its 11th straight record closing high — the longest such streak since 1987.” (02/24/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-poised-to-break-10-day-string-of-record-closes-2017-02-24

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4) Afghanistan: Taliban leader urges planting more trees
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“The leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Hibatullah Akhundzada, has urged Afghans to plant more trees. In a statement, he called on civilians and fighters to ‘plant one or several fruit or non-fruit trees for the beautification of Earth and the benefit of almighty Allah’s creations.’ Afghanistan has a severe problem of deforestation. Trees are cut down for heating and illegal timber sales. Statements from the Taliban on environmental issues are rare. Akhundzada, who became leader of the Taliban last May, has a stronger reputation as a religious leader than a military chief.” (02/26/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39094578

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5) Bilden withdraws as nominee for US Secretary of the Navy
Source: CNN

“President Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden, has withdrawn his name from consideration, Bilden and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Sunday in statements. Both Bilden’s and Mattis'[s] statements said Bilden’s business interests created complications. He recently retired from a private equity investment management firm, according to a White House statement.” (02/26/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/26/politics/navy-secretary-nominee-bilden-withdraws/

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6) Treason charges against Russian cyber experts linked to seven-year-old accusations
Source: Reuters

“Treason charges brought in December against two Russian state security officers and a cyber-security expert in Moscow relate to allegations made by a Russian businessman seven years ago, according to the businessman and a source connected with the investigation. They said the arrests concern allegations that the suspects passed secrets to U.S. firm Verisign and other unidentified American companies, which in turn shared them with U.S. intelligence agencies. Ruslan Stoyanov, head of the computer incidents investigation team at Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab, was arrested and charged with treason in December along with two officers of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), since identified as Sergei Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchayev. Authorities have given no public explanation for the arrests, which, as Reuters has previously reported, caused a chill in cooperation between Russians and U.S. researchers in the cyber crime-fighting field.” (02/26/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-cyber-insight-idUSKBN1650MA

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7) Report: Trump not cutting Medicare or Social Security
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Administration officials say President Donald Trump has no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News Channel’s ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ that ‘we are not touching those now.’ He says people should not ‘expect to see that as part’ of the administration’s first budget. Mnuchin says Trump’s priority was passing legislation to reduce middle-class and corporate taxes. Asked about potential cuts to the programs on ABC’s ‘This Week,’ Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was ‘committed’ to keeping his campaign promise to leave Medicare and Social Security alone. ‘I don’t see any reason to start thinking differently.'” [editor’s note: Tiume will tell whether this “horror” transpires, or if it’s one more media fear campaign – SAT] (02/26/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Officials-Trump-isn-t-cutting-Medicare-Social-10960625.php

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8) Spicer (wrongly) correlates marijuana use with opioid addiction
Source: Smell the Truth

“White House press secretary Sean Spicer sent a chilling message to the legal cannabis community at large on Thursday when he said that states should expect to see ‘greater enforcement’ of federal marijuana laws under President Trump’s Justice Department. But that was just the beginning of troubling comments Spicer made about pot. He then went on to link the country’s opioid abuse epidemic with the availability of legal marijuana.” (02/24/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/02/24/sean-spicer-is-wrong-to-correlate-marijuana-use-with-opioid-addiction

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9) Kasich: House Republicans could foil Obamacare replacement
Source: USA Today

“Longtime Trump critic and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, two days after trying to mend fences at the White House, turned on Sunday to Republicans on Capitol Hill, saying that hard-line members of his own party in the House could be the biggest obstacle to passing an Obamacare replacement law. During an appearance on CBS News’ ‘Face the Nation,’ Kasich said they would probably push to ‘just get rid of the whole thing,’ even if that resulted in 20 million people losing their insurance. ‘I think there are some very conservative Republicans in the House who are going to say just get rid of the whole thing,” Kasich said during the interview.” (02/26/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/02/26/ohio-gov-john-kasich-house-republicans-could-foil-obamacare-replacement/98443816

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10) VA: McAuliffe quashes rumors he’ll run against Trump in 2020
Source: Fox News

“Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a high-profile Democrat and Clinton family supporter, is an outspoken Donald Trump critic but said Sunday that he has ‘no intentions’ of challenging the Republican president for the White House in 2020. ‘I am going to finish up strong. I have no intentions of running against Donald Trump,’ McAuliffe, whose term ends next year, told ‘Fox News Sunday.’ McAuliffe made the comment after sparring with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, over key points of Trump’s agenda. ‘It’s not good for Virginia,’ said McAuliffe, a first-time elected official who rose to national prominence as leader of the Democratic National Committee. McAuliffe argued that Trump’s effort to reduce government (including dismantling ObamaCare and ordering a hiring freeze on many federal jobs) is hurting his state’s economy.” (02/26/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/26/virginia-gov-mcauliffe-quashes-rumors-hell-run-against-trump-in-2020.html

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11) UK: Suspect in knocking a million routers offline using MIRAI arrested at London airport
Source: The Hacker News

“British police have arrested a suspect in connection with the massive attack on Deutsche Telekom that hit nearly 1 Million routers last November. Late last year, someone knocked down more than 900,000 broadband routers belonging to Deutsche Telekom users in Germany, which affected the telephony, television, and internet service in the country. Now, Germany’s federal criminal police force (BKA) revealed today that the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) reportedly arrested a 29-year-old British suspect at Luton airport in London on Wednesday, who is accused of being the mastermind behind the last year’s attack.” (02/24/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/02/mirai-router-hacking.html

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12) Maduro spent over USD $5 million to lobby its own “nemesis,” the US government
Source: PanAm Post

“More than five million dollars has been invested by the government of Nicolas Maduro in political lobbying in the United States, a country that has been accused on several occasions of trying to overthrow him. Despite the fact that since Maduro took over, he spent much of his time antagonizing Barack Obama, the reality is that at the same time he had millions of dollars at his disposal to improve relations between the two countries.” (02/24/17)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/02/24/maduro-spent-million-lobby-own-nemesis/

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13) Russian cargo ship docks at space station
Source: Space.com

“A robotic Russian cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station early Friday (Feb. 24) to deliver nearly 3 tons of supplies to the orbiting laboratory. The automated Progress 66 supply ship docked at the space station at 3:30 a.m. EST (0830 GMT), parking itself at the station’s Russian-built Pirs docking module. It is the second cargo ship to arrive at the station in as many days after a SpaceX Dragon capsule made its own delivery of 5,500 lbs. of supplies on Thursday. Russia’s space agency Roscosmos launched Progress 66 into orbit Wednesday (Feb. 22) using a Soyuz rocket that lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.” (02/24/17)

http://www.space.com/35823-progress-66-cargo-ship-space-station-arrival.html

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14) Serious Cloudflare bug exposed a potpourri of secret customer data
Source: Ars Technica

“Cloudflare, a service that helps optimize the security and performance of more than 5.5 million websites, warned customers today that a recently fixed software bug exposed a range of sensitive information that could have included passwords and cookies and tokens used to authenticate users. A combination of factors made the bug particularly severe. First, the leakage may have been active since September 22, nearly five months before it was discovered, although the greatest period of impact was from February 13 and February 18. Second, some of the highly sensitive data that was leaked was cached by Google and other search engines.” (02/23/17)

https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/02/serious-cloudflare-bug-exposed-a-potpourri-of-secret-customer-data/

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15) Santa Cruz (California) police: ICE gangsters lied to us about immigration abductions
Source: KQED News

“Santa Cruz police say they were misled by the Department of Homeland Security into helping make immigration arrests during a raid on suspected gang members. Police Chief Kevin Vogel and Assistant Chief Dan Flippo said at a news conference on Thursday that federal officials lied when they assured them a Feb. 13 joint operation would not include immigration-related arrests during a raid on the El Salvador-based gang known by the names MS-13 and Mara Salvatrucha. … Vogel said the department no longer trusts the Department of Homeland Security, which includes Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and will no longer work with the agency.” (02/24/17)

https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/02/24/santa-cruz-police-ice-lied-to-us-about-immigration-arrests/

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

16) Believing that war has consequences
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“The only thing that can change America’s mindset is Americans themselves. That never feels likely, no matter how war-tired or war-worried we are supposed to be. Indeed, perhaps the best possible solution to hope for is that we will be too distracted by mass deportation of immigrants, and a reinvigorated drug war to bother being pushed into a fresh conflict. Or Trump will just stick with child-killing Yemen raids, thereby keeping his wars at a low simmer. Anyone who has spent time arguing the case for peace has probably encountered the loop that develops: they hurt us, we hurt them, sure they hurt us, but how can we just … not respond? It’s an uncomfortable question, with a somewhat unsatisfying answer: we have to stop sometime.” (02/24/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2017/02/23/believing-that-war-has-consequences/

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17) Welcome aboard, but first US marshals will scan your retina
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

“We had already been through boarding pass checks, passport checks, scanners, and pat downs. At the gate, each passenger had already had their tickets scanned and we were all walking on the jet bridge to board. It’s at this point that most people assume that it is all done: finally we can enjoy some sense of normalcy. This time was different. Halfway down the jetbridge, there was a new layer of security. Two US Marshals, heavily armed and dressed in dystopian-style black regalia, stood next to an upright machine with a glowing green eye. Every passenger, one by one, was told to step on a mat and look into the green scanner. It was scanning our eyes and matching that scan with the passport, which was also scanned (yet again). … What people don’t often consider is that every rule that pertains to immigration ultimately applies to emigration as well. Every rule that government has to treat immigrants a certain way also necessarily applies to citizens as well. Chandran Kukathas is right when he says that ‘controlling immigration means controlling everyone.'” (02/25/17)

https://fee.org/articles/welcome-aboard-but-first-us-marshals-will-scan-your-retina/

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18) In defense of extreme cosmopolitanism
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Sheldon Richman

“Cosmopolitanism is under assault from across the political spectrum, both in the United States and abroad. Just yesterday President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, alt-right leader and self-described economic nationalist Steve Bannon, told the Conservative Political Action Conference that ‘the center core of what we believe [is] that we’re a nation with an economy, not an economy in some global marketplace with open borders, but we’re a nation with a culture and a reason for being.’ This is a false alternative of course, but Bannon’s preference for nationalist tribalism is revealing. The rejection of cosmopolitanism is bad for liberty, peace, and prosperity because they all go hand in hand.” (02/24/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/48011

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19) The immigration enforcement police state is here
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“When advocating for the libertarian position on immigration (‘open borders,’ which also happens to have been the position Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush both took in the 1980 Republican presidential primary debates) I usually prefer to stick to the moral argument. That argument, put simply, is that where peaceful people move to, settle or work is nobody’s business but theirs. But there are practical arguments against America’s increasingly draconian immigration laws too. Enforcement is expensive but, fortunately, almost certain to be ineffectual (if it worked, severe economic downturn would be the result). The most important of the practical arguments, in my opinion, is that a police state built to persecute immigrants will necessarily persecute everyone else as well.” (02/26/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9534

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20) Universal Basic Income is Universal Basic Theft
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“Dueling libertarian economists: When one asks why any libertarian would take Universal Basic Income (UBI) seriously another sarcastically explains why certain types of libertarians actually will. By now virtually everyone is aware of UBI under its various names and implementations. The premise is that unlike previous industrial revolutions the robotic revolution will somehow destroy more jobs than it will create and massive permanent unemployment will result. The ‘solution’ is to give all human beings regardless of any other income a specified amount of money for life to do with as they wish. The true agenda is yet another justification for establishing the universal two-tier collectivist society with a majority of ‘marginals’ at the bottom ruled by a lavishly wealthy technocratic political cadre with taxing and redistributive powers at the top.” (02/25/17)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Universal-Basic-Income-is-Universal-Basic-Theft

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21) Will the Trump Era finally kill Paul Ryan’s wonkish cred?
Source: The New Republic
by Scott Lemieux

“Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, has long had a reputation as the Serious Republican. He is an alleged policy wonk who, whether you agree with his politics or not, is knowledgeable and committed to generating innovative policy proposals. In many quarters, this reputation appears to be intact–the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, a reliable barometer of Beltway conventional wisdom, gushed over Ryan’s “very impressive” town hall appearance in January. But Ryan’s reputation has always been a complete fraud. He has consistently offered extreme versions of well-worn Republican proposals to take from the poor and give to the very wealthy. He has not even defended these proposals honestly. And nowhere is the gap between myth and reality more evident than when Ryan tries to defend the GOP’s position on health care.” (02/24/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/140869/will-trump-era-finally-kill-paul-ryans-wonkish-cred

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22) Cities go rogue against Trump and the radical right
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“On January 25, President Donald Trump signed an executive order promising to strip funding from the so-called sanctuary cities that have vowed to defy his plan to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. Whether and how the order can be enforced is yet unclear, but it sent an unsubtle message to cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles: Resistance will not be tolerated. In Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is already waging a proxy battle over immigration with the city of Austin. Sally Hernandez, the sheriff of Travis County, which includes Austin, announced on inauguration day that her department would cooperate minimally with federal officials on deportations. Abbott responded by cancelling $1.5 million in criminal justice grants to the county.” (02/23/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19895/sanctuary-cities-resistance-trump

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23) Italy, splitting into oblivion
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“As an attention-commanding headline, ‘Italian Left Party Splits’ ranks with ‘Showers expected in London.’ Splitting is what left parties in Italy do. Their leading figures find a point of principle, or a personal grudge masquerading as one, and use it as a way to leave comrades they have come to hate, to found a party composed of other comrades they have not come to hate yet. Hence the split in the center-left Democratic Party of Italy last weekend might have passed with little interest. But that would be wrong. It was a blow to an already disheartened citizenry, who know from experience how hard times are. However badly it goes for Italians, its consequences could be as malign for Europe, and beyond. Italy is in a parlous situation, economically and politically. In the midst of the splits and the spilling of bile, the European Commission warned the government on Wednesday that it must reduce its huge and still rising public debt – now at over 133 per cent of GDP. Under the two-year premiership of Matteo Renzi, reforms were made, especially in labour law, but they were judged too little, and produced anemic growth.” (02/24/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-eu-commmentary-idUSKBN1631QK

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24) Copyright law versus Internet culture
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Kit Walsh

“Fair use, unfortunately, places the burden of justifying speech on the speaker, rather than presuming speech to be permissible unless proven otherwise by the would-be censor. This is one of many reasons that copyright is an aberration in the realm of speech regulation. Copyright is also unusual in that a rightsholder can sue for extraordinary damages even if they have not suffered any actual harm from your activities. When the law assigns some people the power to control what stories others tell, it distorts culture.” (02/24/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/02/copyright-law-versus-internet-culture

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25) Maine inches closer to expanding Medicaid
Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“Maine Governor Paul LePage has been never a fan of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provisions, which he has long criticized as too costly. State lawmakers have disagreed, passing bills to expand Medicaid five times during LePage’s six-year tenure. The cranky Republican vetoed every one, and despite bipartisan support for the original proposals, the legislature has never mustered the votes to override his vetoes. Maine remains one of 19 states that have declined to accept new federal dollars to extend health insurance to more low-income people. Exasperated by LePage’s opposition and the obstinacy of a small group of House Republicans, Mainers for Health Care, a statewide coalition of more than 100 health care, social services, and other organizations, has decided to bypass Augusta.” (02/24/17)

http://prospect.org/article/amid-aca-debate-maine-inches-closer-expanding-medicaid

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26) Trump’s policies are authoritarian, not populist
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“I’m not a cheerleader for political figures and I find cult of personality worship to be an extraordinarily grotesque and destructive practice. We all have issues we care about. The things that matter to me may not be what matter to you, but it’s important that we remain consistent in whatever principles we hold dear, irrespective of who happens to be in power at any given moment. One of the reasons Obama was able to do so much harm is because he was given a pass by millions of phony liberals who suddenly didn’t care about war crimes once Mr. Hope & Change became President. If you’re a Trump supporter who wants to see him succeed, it’s your job to hold him to account on these issues, otherwise he will go down in flames.” (02/24/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/02/24/trumps-policies-are-authoritarian-not-populist/

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27) So now you’re shunned for voting Trump?
Source: OpEdNews
by Max Clow

“The news that a wide swath of Trump supporters don’t understand why some people shun them is not surprising. Many of those supporters go through their days with no awareness of the people around them, not realizing when they’ve hurt, insulted, or denigrated their neighbors, wives, or co-workers until there is a pushback, then they ask ‘what,’ why, what did I do. In this case you’ve taken either a single issue, like abortion or mechanization, or a broad disdain for minorities, or a marked tendency toward isolationism, and turned it into a vote against consumers, the poor, women, endangered species, clean air, clean water, native Americans, other cultures, fairness, truth, facts, the rule of law, thoughtful regulation of things like food safety and guns, as well as global maturity and leadership, and, guess what, now you are being held responsible. Don’t like that characterization? Too late, you ‘won.'” (02/26/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/So-now-you-re-shunned-for-by-Max-Clow-Agenda_Consumer_Disregard_Fairness-170226-134.html

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28) The enforcement costs of immigration laws are greater than alleged welfare costs
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Zachary Woodman

“As I mentioned in my note yesterday, the common argument that immigration is significantly costly through welfare is mostly empirically falsified. The fact of the matter is immigrants usually aren’t qualified for such programs, illegal immigrants mostly cannot and do not receive them, and immigrants as a whole wind up contributing more to the government’s balance sheet through economic growth and tax receipts than they take through welfare transfer payments. However, there is one fact I neglected to mention yesterday worthy of its own post: if those opposed to immigration on the grounds of welfare costs were really sincere in that argument, they also need to consider the fiscal costs of enforcing their beloved immigration laws.” (02/26/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/02/26/the-enforcement-costs-of-immigration-laws-matter-more-than-alleged-welfare-costs/

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29) The culture war over Sweden
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“On one side we have the deflective politics of fear of the right-leaning set in the Culture War, of those lining up behind Trump and Le Pen and others, who shallowly and wrongly view the malaise in Western values as something brought about by foreigners, by Them, by cocky young blokes from Syria. And on the other side we have something that’s possibly even worse: the fatal evasion of the more leftish side in the Culture War. The refusal of those who profess to be liberal and progressive to confront, far less address, some pretty indisputable cultural tensions in the 21st-century West, some of which are indeed related to Muslim migration.” (02/24/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-culture-war-over-sweden

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30) Hate Trump? You should have voted for Ron Paul
Source: Counterpunch
by Jonathan Taylor

“I see a lot of angry and depressed liberals these days despairing about what has happened to their world. The promised coronation of the Queen of Chaos was cancelled and we got (insert insulting nickname of choice) instead. Just the other day I saw a spokesperson from Resist Fascism! or some similarly named group screaming at Fox News viewers that Trump is not only Hitler (old news) but that he will in fact be worse than Hitler. Worse than Hitler? Do we even have a threat level color for that? As I puzzle to make sense of the daily media hyperventilating, I think back a few years to the relatively tranquil Republican primaries of 2008 and 2012. At the time I was not making myself many friends. I’d harangue anyone who would listen that we had a unique occasion to — if we could just get together, man! — put someone in the White House who would permanently dismantle the American War Machine. I’m talking of course about perennial libertarian hopeful, Ron Paul. In his 2012 primary run in particular Paul made some astonishing promises that I’m pretty sure he meant to at least try to keep.” [editor’s note: The pundit shows how by overrating the importance of “the newsletters” relative to Paul’s actual words and actions, the peace movement missed a chance to win a lot of ground against the Deep State – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Hands down the dumbest thing I’ve read this week. It makes a mockery out of Paul’s campaigns, attributing bizarre powers and motives to the presidency in general and Paul in particular – TLK] (02/24/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/24/hate-trump-you-should-have-voted-for-ron-paul

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31) The perils of Milo
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith and Giovanni Martelli

“Milo Yiannopoulos is a young man of parts. He is decidedly British. His name is decidedly Greek. His mother was Jewish. He was brought up Roman Catholic. He is flamboyantly, explosively gay, a Second Amendment enthusiast, and a libertarian-leaning conservative (or a conservative-leaning libertarian; the situation seems to be fluid) in the best American sense. He is a remarkably well-educated and articulate former editor at Breitbart.com., and a passionate supporter of Donald Trump (whom he calls ‘Daddy’). Big, straight guys write kiddingly that they want to have his baby. (He had me when he told a young snowflake in the audience that he didn’t give a damn about her feelings.) He is also the best standup comedian and social critic — a worthy successor to Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and George Carlin — that I have seen in a long time. I would probably have written about him eventually, simply as a nifty phenomenon. … Lately, however, circumstances have made writing about Milo necessary to the defense of free speech.” (02/26/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle911-20170226-02.html

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32) Don’t jeopardize retirement plans
Source: USA Today
by David Hirschmann & Randel K Johnson

“We can all agree we need more Americans saving for retirement, and having access to good plans and sound investment advice will help accomplish that goal. However, the Labor Department’s well-intentioned, but poorly designed, fiduciary rule threatens both. It jeopardizes the retirement security of millions of Americans with new restrictions and unworkable requirements on financial advisers. In fact, some companies will decrease the number of investment products available by as much as 80% while others will raise account minimums. The rule’s rushed compliance period, severe consequences and compliance burdens will make it difficult for small businesses to offer retirement plans. Those who need investment advice the most will find it harder and costlier to get. Moreover, the enforcement mechanism will encourage frivolous lawsuits.” (02/23/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/23/retirement-fiduciary-rule-chamber-of-commerce-editorials-debates/98321526

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33) Teaching kids to trust the police is child abuse
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Will Grigg

“Integral to the American concept of liberty is the right to hold the state at bay, which is why children are never too young to be taught to regard government employees with suspicion and defensive hostility. Some conscientious parents in Northampton, Massachusetts acted on that principle by demanding an end to a program intended to habituate public school inmates to the presence of police officers. … That program was ‘paused’ following complaints from a handful of parents who believe that it is the better part of wisdom to teach their children to avoid contact with the police, rather than seeking it out.” (02/26/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/2017/02/teaching-kids-trust-police-child-abuse/

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34) Five ways to react to speech you don’t like (besides censorship)
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Theresa Glinski

“Working in the business of free speech can be tough sometimes. I’ve read and heard opinions that have befuddled me, disgusted me, and everything in between. But even the speech that makes me the angriest and most frustrated is usually protected by the United States Constitution. While it can put me in an intellectual tailspin some days, it is ultimately much more important that I put any personal feelings aside and make sure the broad protections of the First Amendment and the principles of free speech are protected for everyone on college campuses.” (02/24/17)

https://www.thefire.org/five-ways-to-react-to-speech-you-dont-like-besides-censorship/

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35) Why Title II Net Neutrality Defenders fear a pro-consumer Ajit Pai FCC
Source: Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland

“Defenders of the previous FCC’s Title II Open Internet Order appear afraid to have a free and open discussion about how Title II net neutrality affects American consumers. Like a poker player’s ‘tell,’ leading Title II net neutrality defenders tellingly resort first to ad hominem attacks in challenging the financial motives of most everyone that is making the pro-consumer case for overturning the previous FCC’s Open Internet order. Why are they leading with ad hominem attacks? As most understand, ad hominem attacks are the refuge of those who know the facts are not on their side of the argument.” (02/26/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/02/why-title-ii-net-neutrality-defenders-fear-a-pro-consumer-ajit-pai-fcc/

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36) Trump vs. leaks may be more important than Trump vs. press
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“Trump certainly isn’t the first president whose administration conflates info that makes them look bad or to have possibly engaged in illegal or unethical behavior with information whose exposure has a ‘devastating effect on the U.S.’ Similar claims have been made under Barack Obama’s administration against whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning with little evidence they’re true. Trump is only different here for his crass way of openly berating people on social media in ways that most politicians tend to do behind closed doors. Looking at this three-way fight, maybe the takeaway here is to pay closer attention to what the administration might do to leakers if they find them and maybe a little less about the media conflict.” (02/24/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/02/24/trump-vs-leaks-may-be-more-important-tha

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37) Trump and DeVos hatch deceptive scheme to push school vouchers
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Since President Donald Trump picked Betsy DeVos to be his new Education secretary, there’s been lots of talk in the media that his administration, with his secretary out front, will push for vouchers so parents can withdraw their children from public schools and get money to pay for tuition at private schools, even religious ones. Others scoff at this notion, arguing it will prove too difficult to get a voucher program through Congress. But if new reports are credible, and they appear to be, a school voucher program is indeed on the president’s agenda — only it’s not being called that. There are reasons for the deception, and it’s important for progressives to get out front of this issue and understand how to frame Trump’s scheme before the public debate gets started.” [editor’s note: Horror to the teachers’ unions, a blessing to students and parents? – SAT] [editor’s note: I guess if infecting private schools with government control is a “blessing,” the latter – TLK] (02/24/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170224/trump-and-devos-have-a-deceptive-scheme-to-push-school-vouchers

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38) Your concealed license is not a draft card, don’t burn it: New Hampshire becomes a constitutional carry state
Source: Free Keene
by melanie

“Obviously as an anarchist, I believe that you can do whatever you want as long as it does not infringe on anyone else’s right to non-aggression, but it is a bad idea to burn or otherwise dispose of your concealed carry license issued to you by the gang of New Hampshire as I have seen people doing the past few days. … As unpleasant as it is for an anarchist to advise obtaining government documents, I believe that that is what I have to do here. There are several reasons why it is a good idea to maintain a current concealed carry license.” (02/25/17)

http://freekeene.com/2017/02/25/your-concealed-license-is-not-a-draft-card-dont-burn-it-new-hampshire-becomes-a-constitutional-carry-state/

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39) Question authority
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Marco den Ouden

“While acknowledging that parents need to set limits, communicating such limits requires respect for the child’s feelings, a focus on behaviours rather than the child’s character, and a fostering of independent decision making. As we mature, we become more independent, eventually making our way in the world. This involves rejecting authority to some extent. For some, this independence breeds an hostility to authority well captured in a slogan popularized in posters in the radical sixties — Question Authority.” (02/25/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/question-authority

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40) The creative renewal of the steel industry
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marconius7

“The steel industry played a huge role in the Second World War as women went to work in factories building ships and planes and tanks. These women were celebrated in song and film as the iconic Rosie the Riveter. But shortly after the war, in 1948, a Swiss engineer named Robert Durrer successfully tested a new steel-making process that would revolutionize the industry — the oxygen furnace. … It takes ten to twelve hours to turn 400 tons of iron ore into steel with the old blast furnaces. It takes only forty minutes with the LD Converter (the modern oxygen furnace named after the towns of Linz and Donawitz in Austria). … Steel making is a capital intensive business and the cost of a blast furnace is high. So adoption of the new process was resisted in both Britain and the United States. The British Labour government took the industry out of the hands of greedy capitalists in 1967.” (02/25/17)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-creative-renewal-of-steel-industry.html

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41) Defending a free society
Source: Students For Liberty
by John Zaleski

“A realistic and liberal approach to foreign policy would seek to optimize the defense of our liberty by combating forces which explicitly want to take it away, and by allying ourselves with other liberal nations which have the same goals for themselves. Creating a robust defensive network that improves our own defense and allows smaller nations to choose to be free. To start with, we ought to establish what the ends of a liberal society are with regards to foreign policy. This is the biggest point which differentiates a classical liberal’s Realpolitik, and neoconservatism or other forms of Realpolitik. The ends of our foreign policy is not to promote American interests, or even to keep us safe — it is to keep us free. As such, the foreign policy we use cannot restrict our liberty, or it would be a violation of its own ends. Thus, constitutional restraints are a pivotal part of a realistic foreign policy.” (02/24/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/02/24/defending-free-society/

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42) How specifically the EU & US intend to tax your Bitcoin
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The bad news: Central bankers want private, centralized blockchains to facilitate all movement of wealth so they can skim the top. Complicit governments intend to regulate competitors, including individual wallet holders, and then collect a ‘fee’ in the form of taxes. The good news: Bitcoin cannot be regulated without disabling the internet or the bitcoin network, which is arguably the largest and most diverse network in the world.” (02/24/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/specifically-eu-us-intend-tax-bitcoin/

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43) Public school food Nazis
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Welcome to twenty-first century public school where compulsory education statists rifle through the lunch boxes of hapless captive children looking for contraband in the form of forbidden foods. Mind you, not illegal recreational drugs, but ordinary des[s]ert. This particular horror story comes to us from Australia but could just as well from the heartland of America. Public school food Nazis everywhere are claiming the right to dictate what mothers can pack their kids for lunch. That’s right. They’re telling us what your child can and cannot eat.” (02/26/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/02/public-school-food-nazis.html

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44) Adios, California?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Californians account for more than one of every ten Americans. For now. Three years ago, an initiative sought to split the mega-state up. Had that measure succeeded, the U.S. Congress would have decided whether to permit the Golden State to become six separate states — with ten more U.S. Senators. Now, a group called ‘Yes California’ is petitioning for a 2018 ballot measure on leaving these United States altogether: Secession.” (02/24/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/02/24/adios-california/

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45) Why are switchblades illegal?
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“Laws don’t protect you. Police don’t protect you. Only you can protect you. And you’re victimized twice. First by the ‘government’ that tells you you’ll be in trouble if you acquire the weapons you think you need. Then you’re victimized by the criminal precisely because you didn’t have those weapons.” (02/25/17)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2017/02/why-are-switchblades-illegal.html

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46) A veteran asks: Thanks for what? — revisited
Source: OpEdNews
by Don Scotten

“Within most of our living history, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan are the nations we’ve invaded and killed their citizens, and we receive ‘thanks’ for that service. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews calls Senator McCain a war hero even though the service he provided was dropping bombs on men women and children from 20,000 feet. Does Matthews think McCain was defending America from a tiny war-ravaged nation with no planes, ships or missiles capable of threatening us? Does he care? The point is that we have been trained not to question what those who serve in war were actually doing. Matthews and his ilk don’t ask. However, the 12,000 American vets who attempt suicide each year because they cannot live with the behavior their service required of them do ask.” [editor’s note: That last sentence begs the question — there are all kinds of reasons for suicide and I’m aware of no particular evidence that that’s the prevalent one among veterans – TLK] (02/24/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/A-veteran-asks-thanks-for-by-Don-Scotten-Betrayal_Consciousness_Drugs_Families-170224-522.html

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47) Faking it
Source: Cobden Centre
by Sean Corrigan

“Thanks to the election of President Trump and his uncompromising attitude to the establishment media, much hot air is being expended on the subject of ‘fake news.’ Those being so exercised seem unable to stop and wonder when such news has NOT been, shall we say, ‘nuanced.’ In Napoleon’s day, a well-worn figure of speech was ‘to lie like a bulletin’ while there was always much rather at hollow hilarity in the West over the fact that one of the Soviet Union’s main organs of the press was call ‘Pravda’ or, in English, ‘The Truth.’ What we should, of course, be getting worked up about is ‘fake economics,’ for this is a much more pervasive evil, as well as a much more persistent one.” (02/24/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/02/fake-economists/

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48) When scientists become pimps
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Michio Kaku, Stephen Hawking, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye — I’m looking at you.I see you; I see what you’re doing, and it needs to stop. Your scientific credibility isn’t a whore for you to pimp to lend weight to your political positions. There is no correlation between physics and immigration, yet that hasn’t stopped Michio Kaku from coming out and discussing how Trump is wrong about immigration. The headline for the article? Why, of course! ‘This celebrated scientist says Trump is wrong!’ And? This celebrated scientist knows no more about immigration than any layperson who has read a few articles or books on the subject.” (02/24/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/02/24/when-scientists-become-pimps/

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49) The gruesome reality of statism
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Parrish Miller

“It is nearly impossible to calculate the amount of harm for which the state is responsible. Sure, you can theoretically count the dollars stolen, the people kidnapped and locked in state cages, and the individuals killed directly, but what is much more difficult to grasp is the scale of the harm caused indirectly by statism. Here are just a few examples …” (02/24/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/gruesome-reality-statism

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50) What part of “obsolete” does Trump not understand?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Throughout his campaign for president, [Donald Trump] told audiences that NATO was ‘obsolete.’ That’s the word he used. Indeed, at least once since he was elected president, he again referred to this old Cold War-era apparatus as ‘obsolete.’ Yet, speaking for the national-security branch of the federal government, which is the most powerful branch of the federal government, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps. Gen. Joe Dunford, told an audience this week that the United States remains firmly committed to NATO.” (02/24/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/02/24/part-obsolete-trump-not-understand/

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51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 118
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Smells Like Oscar; The Three-Tweet Challenge; Buck Naked Electioneering) :: Watching Sean Spicer Take a Leak.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/26/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-118-why.html

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52) White House out of touch with the rest of the country in regards to cannabis
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“On the one hand it’s a good thing that laws are not made based on popular opinion, as some horrible things have previously been popularly supported. However when popular opinion reflects a desire for government officials to stop enforcing unjust laws, government officials are the last people to want a change.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (02/26/17)

http://fpp.cc/white-house-out-of-touch-with-the-rest-of-the-country-in-regards-to-cannabis/

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53) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 117
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“Jamie Sherman is a lawyer during the day, and at night he is the producer, creator, and writer for the crowd funded comic book series ‘The Voluntaryist.’ This week we learn about Jamie Sherman, his beliefs, and the future of his comic book series! So get your mask, cape, and a six pack and let’s fight for Liberty!” [various formats] (02/25/17)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-117-jamie-sherman/

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54) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/24/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Feds often condition federal funds on state government behavior. But how much can the feds withhold if states don’t play ball? That may be a critical question as President Trump seeks state help with his immigration plans. Josh Blackman comments.” [various formats] (02/24/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/states-dont-play-ball-how-much-cash-can-feds-withhold

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55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 6
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #6, I talk about the US foreign policy under our previous four presidents and how they created the environment for Trump’s travel ban. I also give updates on Israel, Iraq, Syria, US ships in the South China Sea, fake terrorists created by the FBI, and Germany’s military buildup.” [various formats] (02/24/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/foreign-policy-focus-6-obamabushclintonbush-caused-the-travel-ban

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56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 857
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“We hear a lot about the opposition of the ‘deep state’” to Trump, and that there’s an effort at work to undermine him from within. What is the deep state, and is there anything to this?” [various formats] (02/24/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-857-trump-and-the-deep-state/

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57) Felony Friday, episode 60
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today on Felony Friday Trey Weaver joins host John Odermatt to share stories of personal injustice he’s experienced growing up in a small Iowa town. Trey is a libertarian and a dedicated listener of the Lions of Liberty Podcast. A few weeks ago Trey contacted the show to express an interest in sharing some unbelievable stories of profiling, targeting and entrapment that he experienced at the hands of a small town Iowa police force.” [various formats] (02/24/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/02/24/ff60/

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58) Free Talk Live, 02/25/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“FTL Broadcasts from Anarchapulco Day One of Four :: Jeff Berwick :: G. Edward Griffin :: Roger Ver :: Jeffrey Tucker :: HOSTS — Ian & Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/25/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-02-25

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59) In The Tank, episode 77
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #77 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Cato Institute, Reason, and the Pacific Research Institute.” [Flash audio] (02/24/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/02/in-the-tank-ep77-cato-lawmaker-handbook-philly-soda-sin-tax-fail-and-affirmative-action-for-conservative-profs/

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60) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 176
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Mustafa Akyol joins us to talk about Islam. Is there a Muslim case for liberty? How has Islam traditionally treated the principles of political liberalism?” [various format] (02/24/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/muslim-case-liberty

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