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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Trump’s proposed budget would throw $54 billion extra down the “defense” corporate welfare rathole
2) SpaceX to fly two tourists around Moon in 2018
3) Turkey: Regime orders German newspaper journalist jailed until trial
4) Mexican negotiator: We’ll walk away from NAFTA talks over tariffs
5) Warplanes pound northwest Syria as Geneva meetings continue
6) Santorum: “Millions of Americans” with preexisting conditions are scammers stealing healthcare
7) WA: “Trans-black” woman Dolezal “nearly homeless” after turning down porno gigs
8) Trump seeks Big Insurance help in smoothing Obamacare transition
9) Clueless AG Sessions: “More violence around [cannabis] than one would think”
10) Venezuela: New Supreme Court president is a convicted felon with a shady past
11) Palestinian Arab envoy warns against moving US embassy in Israel
12) Google does it again: Discloses unpatched Microsoft Edge and IE vulnerability
13) SCOTUS may strike down idiotic fascist censorship law
14) US pending home sales slow to lowest rate in a year
15) China: Regime forces abduct 800 in crackdown on underground banking
16) White House official says Trump likely to support probe into death of Navy SEAL
17) Gaza: IDF strikes several targets after alleged rocket attack
18) Philippines: Abu Sayyaf gang murders German abductee
19) US Customs thugs abduct, harass French historian for 10 hours
20) South Korea: Opposition parties seek interim president’s impeachment

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The USA — best not to go there unless you have an urgent reason to do so
22) The ICEmen cometh: Madness, blindness and the anti-immigrant cargo cult
23) On military and spending, it’s Trump versus Trump
24) A Universal Basic Income in Africa
25) Muhammad Ali and America’s slave society
26) Trump’s ascent possible only in an America already run by billionaires
27) The transgender male wrestler
28) The crisis of conservative convictions
29) Some conservative arguments against the Border Adjustment Tax are pretty weak
30) Should DIY pursuits be punitively tariffed?
31) Higher ed’s prejudice problem
32) Dealing with Princess Snowflake, a government employee
33) Policing America’s plutocracy
34) No, Hitler was not democratically elected
35) A review of Vlad Tarko’s Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography
36) Oscar rants
37) The welcome and long overdue death of the cult of the NHS
38) Trump and the institutional quandary
39) Hidden racism
40) What does “freedom” actually mean? Self-indulgent Libertarian hypocrisy knows no bounds
41) Liberty: Enemy of crony capitalism
42) This state wants protesters prosecuted as organized criminals
43) Trump’s $166 billion immigration bill
44) Repealnreplace
45) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #288: Live for the moment
46) Deep dark truthful mirror
47) Papers, please
48) Is Trump moderating US foreign policy? Hardly
49) Debt ceiling deja vu
50) Economic globalization is not political globalization

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Tom Woods Show, episode 858
52) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/27/17
53) The Bob Zadek Show, 02/26/17
54) Citizen Cain, episode 27
55) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 549
56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 7
57) Free Talk Live, 02/26/17
58) Liberty Beat Podcast, episode 83
59) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 284
60) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/27/17

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

1) Trump’s proposed budget would throw $54 billion extra down the “defense” corporate welfare rathole
Source: CNBC

“President Donald Trump’s first budget will call for a $54 billion increase to defense [sic] spending and an equal cut in what his administration deems lower priority programs, White House budget officials told reporters Monday. The defense buildup that Trump repeatedly promised on the campaign trail would mark about a 10 percent spending boost. Under Trump’s proposal, most federal agencies would face budget reductions, an Office of Management and Budget official said. Foreign aid spending would also drop. … Trump will give more details on his budget priorities in an address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.” (02/27/17)

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/27/trumps-first-budget-proposal-will-call-for-54-billion-increase-in-defense-spending.html

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2) SpaceX to fly two tourists around Moon in 2018
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“US private rocket company SpaceX has announced that two private citizens have paid to be sent around the Moon. The mission is planned for late 2018, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said, adding that the tourists ‘have already paid a significant deposit.’ ‘This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years,’ he said. The two unnamed people will fly aboard a spaceship which is set for its first unmanned test flight later this year. Mr Musk said the co-operation of America’s Nasa space agency had made the plan possible.” (02/27/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39111030

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3) Turkey: Regime orders German newspaper journalist jailed until trial
Source: Lakeland Ledger

“A Turkish court ordered a journalist for Germany’s Die Welt newspaper jailed on Monday pending a trial on charges of terrorist propaganda and inciting hatred, media reports said. The action came amid a continuing crackdown on journalists and press freedom in Turkey. Deniz Yucel, who has both Turkish and German citizenship, was detained on Feb. 14 following his reports about a hacker attack on the email account of Turkey’s energy minister, the newspaper said.” (02/27/17)

http://www.theledger.com/news/20170227/turkey-orders-german-newspaper-journalist-jailed-until-trial

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4) Mexican negotiator: We’ll walk away from NAFTA talks over tariffs
Source: Financial Post [Canada]

“Mexico’s top trade negotiator doubled down on threats to break off talks to rework NAFTA, saying his country will walk away if the U.S. insists on slapping duties or quotas on any products from south of the border. ‘The moment that they say, ‘We’re going to put a 20 per cent tariff on cars,’ I get up from the table,’ Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said in an interview. ‘Bye-bye.’ This doesn’t mean, Guajardo emphasized, that Mexico would be looking to scrap NAFTA. But by saying it refuses to even discuss the kind of tariffs President Donald Trump has long trumpeted, the country is ratcheting up the pressure on U.S. negotiators and effectively daring them to pull out of the 23-year-old pact.” (02/27/17)

http://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/mexico-warns-u-s-that-it-will-walk-out-of-nafta-talks-if-tariffs-put-on-table

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5) Warplanes pound northwest Syria as Geneva meetings continue
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Airstrikes on Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 11 people on Monday, opposition activists said, in the latest spasm of violence to mar U.N.-brokered talks in Geneva between the government and the opposition. Separately, there were unconfirmed reports that a top al-Qaeda official was killed in an airstrike, also in Idlib.” (02/27/17)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/warplanes-pound-northwest-syria-as-geneva-meetings-continue/article_fa7f5075-b90c-5903-a081-13962184992f.html

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6) Santorum: “Millions of Americans” with preexisting conditions are scammers stealing healthcare
Source: Raw Story

“CNN contributor Rick Santorum suggested on Sunday that it was a mistake to guarantee health care coverage for people with preexisting conditions because ‘millions’ of them were scamming insurance companies. During a panel discussion about health care reform, Santorum argued that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law had damaged the health care system to the point that the Republican lawmakers could not ‘repeal and replace’ it at the same time. ‘Pre-existing conditions, though it’s very popular,’ the former GOP senator opined, ‘when the reality is today that thousands, maybe approaching millions of Americans, are paying nine months for insurance. Why? Because if you pay for your insurance for nine months, there’s a provision in Obamacare that says you can’t be thrown off your plan for three months.’ … Santorum, however, offered no evidence that ‘millions of Americans’ were using Obamacare’s protections for people with preexisting conditions to scam health insurance companies.” (02/27/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/rick-santorum-millions-of-americans-with-preexisting-conditions-are-scammers-stealing-health-care

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7) WA: “Trans-black” woman Dolezal “nearly homeless” after turning down porno gigs
Source: USA Today

“Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader from Spokane, Wash., who resigned after it came to light that she was falsely presenting herself as black, is jobless and may soon be homeless. In an interview with The Guardian, Dolezal said the only work she’s been offered is in reality TV and pornography. Although she’s applied for 100 jobs, she told The Guardian that no one will hire her and she’s currently on food stamps and may soon be homeless. ‘Right now the only place that I feel understood and completely accepted is with my kids and my sister,’ she told The Guardian.” (02/27/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/27/rachel-dolezal-former-naacp-leader-who-claimed-white-food-stamps/98469292

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8) Trump seeks Big Insurance help in smoothing Obamacare transition
Source: Reuters

“President Donald Trump sought on Monday to bring the nation’s largest insurance companies on board with his plans to overhaul Obamacare, saying their help was needed to deliver a smooth transition to the Republicans’ new plan. ‘We must work together to save Americans from Obamacare (you people know that and everyone knows that) to create more competition and to bring down prices substantially,’ Trump told insurers at a meeting at the White House. The gathering took place a day before Trump was to deliver a major policy speech to the U.S. Congress. In attendance at the meeting were insurers who participate in the Obamacare health insurance exchanges as well as some that have pulled most or all of their Obamacare individual insurance offerings. The president needs insurers to participate in the individual insurance market to keep up competition and keep costs in check.” (02/27/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-obamacare-idUSKBN16629S

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9) Clueless AG Sessions: “More violence around [cannabis] than one would think”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Justice Department will try to adopt ‘responsible policies’ for enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday, adding that he believes violence surrounds sales and use of the drug in the U.S. In a meeting with reporters, Sessions said the department was reviewing an Obama administration Justice Department memo that gave states flexibility in passing marijuana laws. ‘Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think … ‘You can’t sue somebody for a drug debt. The only way to get your money is through strong-arm tactics, and violence tends to follow that,’ Sessions said. [editor’s note: Violence by black marketeers for non-payment for drugs … Look, idiot, that’s a function of Prohibition II, that war on some drugs you love so much! – SAT] (02/27/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/Sessions-More-violence-around-pot-than-one-10963611.php

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10) Venezuela: New Supreme Court president is a convicted felon with a shady past
Source: PanAm Post

“Venezuela’s new Supreme Court President is Judge Maikel Jose Moreno Perez, a convicted felon. Moreno, who was previously Vice President, was convicted of the murder of Ruben Gil Marquez in 1989 while serving as a Director of Intelligence and Prevention Services official. He said he will work ’24 hours a day’ to end impunity and corruption in the country.” (02/27/17)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/02/27/venezuelas-new-supreme-court-president-is-a-convicted-felon-with-a-shady-past/

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11) Palestinian Arab envoy warns against moving US embassy in Israel
Source: Akron Beacon Journal

“The Palestinian[ Arabs’] top envoy to the United States is warning that moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could disrupt efforts to secure peace in the Middle East. Maen Areikat says an ’emotional decision’ to shift the embassy’s location ‘is going to have very, very negative repercussions’ and could seriously complicate and undermine any future efforts to resolve the conflict between the Palestinian[ Arab]s and the Israelis.” (02/27/17)

http://www.ohio.com/news/world/palestinian-envoy-warns-against-moving-u-s-embassy-in-israel-1.750087

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12) Google does it again: Discloses unpatched Microsoft Edge and IE vulnerability
Source: The Hacker News

“This month has yet been kind of interesting for cyber security researchers, with Google successfully cracked SHA1 and the discovery of Cloudbleed bug in Cloudflare that caused the leakage of sensitive information across sites hosted behind Cloudflare. Besides this, Google last week disclosed an unpatched vulnerability in Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI) library, which affects Microsoft’s Windows operating systems ranging from Windows Vista Service Pack 2 to the latest Windows 10.” (02/25/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/02/google-microsoft-edge-bug.html

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13) SCOTUS may strike down idiotic fascist censorship law
Source: Washington Post

“Lester Gerard Packingham praised Jesus on his Facebook page and simultaneously committed a felony. But his conviction may not stand for long. A majority of the Supreme Court on Monday seemed prepared to strike down a North Carolina law that makes it a crime for a registered sex offender such as Packingham to access social media sites even years after they have served their sentences or completed probation. … Justice Elena Kagan was perhaps the most outspoken of the justices who indicated North Carolina had gone so far in restricting sex offenders’ use of the Internet that the state was violating First Amendment rights.” (02/27/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/law-to-keep-sex-offenders-off-social-media-may-be-struck-down/2017/02/27/d02abb46-fd27-11e6-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html

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14) US pending home sales slow to lowest rate in a year
Source: Barron’s

“Pending home sales stumbled in January as inventory levels remain low and mortgage rates tick higher. A reading on monthly contracts signed to purchase a home fell 2.8% in January, according to The National Association of Realtors. Their index fell to 106.4, the lowest level in a year. It was just 0.4% higher in January of 2016. In December, the only recent month when it climbed, the index was at 109.5%. Economists had expected the index to rise in January.” (02/27/17)

http://blogs.barrons.com/incomeinvesting/2017/02/27/pending-home-sales-slow-to-lowest-rate-in-a-year/

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15) China: Regime forces abduct 800 in crackdown on underground banking
Source: Washington Post

“More than 800 people have been arrested in a crackdown on unlicensed banking operations as Beijing tries to stem outflows of money from the country, the police ministry says. More than 380 underground banks that handled transactions totaling more than 900 billion yuan ($130 billion) were broken up in the crackdown launched last year, according to the ministry. Communist leaders allow unlicensed financing activity to support entrepreneurs but try to stop activity they say threatens the state-run banking system, supports crime or helps people violate foreign exchange controls or other regulations.” (02/27/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-arrests-800-in-crackdown-on-underground-banking/2017/02/27/c57cb914-fcce-11e6-9b78-824ccab94435_story.html

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16) White House official says Trump likely to support probe into death of Navy SEAL
Source: CBS News

“The White House deputy press secretary said Sunday that she thinks President Trump would support an investigation into the raid he authorized in Yemen last month that resulted in the death of a Navy SEAL as well as some civilians. … [Ryan Owens’s] father revealed in an interview published over the weekend in The Miami Herald that he refused to meet with the president when his son’s body was returned home to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.” [editor’s note: The headline and the story differ a bit — a probe into the raid would necessarily include other deaths involved, including the murder of 8-year-old Nawar Anwar al-Awlaki – TLK] (02/27/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-official-trump-likely-to-support-probe-death-navy-seal-ryan-owens/

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17) Gaza: IDF strikes several targets after alleged rocket attack
Source: Jerusalem Post [Israel]

“IDF jets and tanks reportedly struck five Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon in retaliation to a rocket launching that landed in southern Israeli territory overnight, the army confirmed Monday afternoon. … According to Palestinian reports, at least eight airstrikes are said to have hit Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip …. Hamas on Twitter denied responsibility for the rocket launching and accused the IDF of escalating tensions with Gaza.” (02/27/17)

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Rocket-lands-near-Gaza-border-no-injuries-482698

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18) Philippines: Abu Sayyaf gang murders German abductee
Source: CNN

“A German man has been beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines after a deadline to pay his ransom passed, the Philippine government has said. A video posted by the Philippines-based Islamist extremist group Abu Sayyaf and distributed by SITE Intelligence Group identifies the man as Jurgen Kantner, who has been held captive since November. It was the second time Kantner, 70, had been abducted. He was held along with his partner, Sabine Merz, by Somali pirates for nearly two months in 2008.” (02/27/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/27/asia/philippines-german-behead-abu-sayyaf/

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19) US Customs thugs abduct, harass French historian for 10 hours
Source: United Press International

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Houston detained a French historian for 10 hours while on his way to speak at a symposium at Texas A&M University in College Station, the school said. Henry Rousso, 62, a specialist in World War II history, was questioned Wednesday at Houston’s George Bush International Airport after an 11-hour flight from Paris. Rousso was on his way to speak at the Hagler Institute Symposium at Texas A&M. Because he was going to be paid for his participation at the conference, an immigration official felt that he should have a working visa, not a tourist visa, when entering the United States and ordered him deported.” (02/26/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/02/26/US-customs-detains-French-historian-for-10-hours/3021488136445/

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20) South Korea: Opposition parties seek interim president’s impeachment
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Opposition parties in South Korea say they will seek the impeachment of the acting president over his decisions on the country’s corruption scandal. Hwang Kyo-ahn decided not to extend a special prosecutor’s investigation which involves his predecessor, President Park Geun-hye. Prosecutors want more time to question her over the scandal. Ms Park is awaiting a separate ruling on her December impeachment from the country’s constitutional court. She is still technically president, though she has been stripped of her powers while the constitutional court decides her fate. As long as she remains president, she is immune from prosecution.” (02/27/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39103769

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

21) The USA — best not to go there unless you have an urgent reason to do so
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“I am a consistent defender of allowing free passage of peaceful people across national borders. I understand full well why someone from an impoverished Mexican village or a violent hellhole such as Tegucigalpa might wish to migrate to the USA, where wage rates are 5-10 times greater for unskilled labor and, for Hondurans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and many people from the Middle East, physical security is better. However, if you are not in such desperate straits, I would strongly suggest that you avoid attempting to enter the USA …. The USA is simply not a welcoming place. It is a police state, and a hostile one at that.” (02/27/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/02/27/the-usa-best-not-to-go-there-unless-you-have-an-urgent-reason-to-do-so/

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22) The ICEmen cometh: Madness, blindness and the anti-immigrant cargo cult
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

Many Americans seem to believe that if you just got rid of Mexican restaurant owners and all the ‘illegals’ who clean hotels and offices and do other grunt work for peanuts, then somehow, magically, a cornucopia of secure, high-paying jobs will suddenly appear. How this will happen is never made clear; undocumented immigrants aren’t holding such jobs, they never ‘took away’ those jobs in the first place — and their absence won’t bring them back. … somehow, these Trump voters believe that sending armed goons into homes and restaurants — even hospitals — to drag immigrants away is going to solve all this. Meanwhile, those same New Democrats will tell you that it’s all Putin’s fault, and if only the good guys of the CIA will step in, we can get back to having leaders who make pretty speeches while drone-bombing weddings, bailing out Wall Street, overthrowing governments, raising military budgets and, er, deporting millions of people, and everything will be OK.” (02/27/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/the-icemen-cometh-madness-blindness-and-the-anti-immigrant-cargo-cult-27022017.html

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23) On military and spending, it’s Trump versus Trump
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“President Trump correctly pointed out that the last 15 years of US military action in the Middle East has been an almost incomprehensible waste of money — six trillion dollars, he said — and that after all that US war and meddling the region was actually in worse shape than before we started. It would have been better for US Presidents to have spent the last 15 years at the beach than to have pursued its Middle East war policy, he added, stating that the US infrastructure could have been rebuilt several times over with the money wasted on such militarism. All good points from the President. But then minutes later in the same speech he seemed to forget what he just said about wasting money on militarism. He promised he would be ‘upgrading all of our military, all of our military, offensive, defensive, everything,’ in what would be ‘one of the greatest military buildups in American history.'” (02/27/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/military-spending-trump-versus-trump

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24) A Universal Basic Income in Africa
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“Foreign aid has traditionally taken the form of in-kind assistance: sending meals or medicine, helping build houses or schools, and so on. This can lead to all kinds of unfortunate side effects, as when free food from abroad undercuts local farmers. There is also a recurring mismatch between what the planners in aid agencies think a community needs and what the people on the ground actually want. And so a small group of forward-looking aid workers has embraced a cheaper, more flexible, and less paternalistic approach: Just send people cash instead. The leading player here is GiveDirectly, a U.S.-based charity buoyed by the rise of mobile payments, which have made it much easier to send people money without passing through political or bureaucratic middlemen. The group has been sending conditionless cash aid to East Africa for several years, with encouraging results. It is now preparing an ambitious experiment in a universal basic income. In this setup, everyone in several Kenyan villages, not just the neediest citizens, will get money.” (02/27/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/02/27/a-universal-basic-income-in-africa

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25) Muhammad Ali and America’s slave society
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In an era in which vilification of Islam and Muslims has become a popular activity for many, it was ironic and somewhat humorous to see nearly everyone in American celebrating the life of Muhammad Ali, who was undoubtedly the most famous American Muslim in U.S. history. As most people know, it wasn’t always like that. When Ali refused to comply with a U.S. government draft order in 1964, he was vilified for being a draft dodger and, even worse, a communist sympathizer.” (02/27/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/muhammad-ali-americas-slave-society/

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26) Trump’s ascent possible only in an America already run by billionaires
Source: The Nation
by Tom Engelhardt

“It’s been epic! A cast of thousands! (Hundreds? Tens?) A spectacular production that, five weeks after opening on every screen of any sort in America (and possibly the world), shows no sign of ending. What a hit it’s been! It’s driving people back to newspapers (online, if not in print) and ensuring that our everyday companions, the 24/7 cable news shows, never lack for ‘breaking news’ or audiences. It’s a smash in both the Hollywood and car accident sense of the term, a phenomenon the likes of which we’ve simply never experienced. Think of Nero fiddling while Rome burned and the cameras rolled. It’s proved, in every way, to be a giant leak. A faucet. A spigot. An absolute flood of non-news, quarter-news, half-news, crazed news, fake news, and over-the-top actual news.” (02/27/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-ascent-was-only-possible-in-an-america-already-run-by-billionaires

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27) The transgender male wrestler
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“I don’t know who is to blame for this situation. Given that it’s Texas, it’s probably Texas’s fault, for not allowing him to wrestle against other boys. And I’m sorry to say this, but … then do something else. Find something else to do. Don’t cheat all these girls out of their victories and championships because the state’s decree of your gender has screwed you and prevented you from competing in the proper category. Sometimes life sucks. When that happens, you have two options: let it go and move on, or pay it forward. You paid it forward, man. Because the state cheated you, you in turn cheated these girls.” (02/27/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/02/27/the-transgender-male-wrestler/

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28) The crisis of conservative convictions
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“Nine months ago, when the Obama administration first issued guidance for public schools to accommodate–and end discrimination against–transgender students, National Review staff writer David French argued that then-President Barack Obama “just destroyed the traditional American public school” by ‘drafting every single public educational institution in the country to implement the extreme edge of the sexual revolution.’ French spoke for many conservatives, especially social conservatives, who deduce the need for sex-segregated bathrooms from ‘the existence of the two sexes.’ To French’s credit, he is ideologically consistent: Today he celebrates the Trump administration’s withdrawal of that guidance. He points to no instances of transgender children trampling on the freedoms of their classmates, and is silent about the fact that this move will make life harder for those children. Nevertheless, he concludes, ‘given the letter’s radicalism, breadth, and lawlessness, repealing it should have been an easy administrative call.'” (02/27/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/140909/crisis-conservative-convictions

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29) Some conservative arguments against the Border Adjustment Tax are pretty weak
Source: Niskanen Center
by Karl Smith

“Like a number of commentators on the right, Veronique de Rugy is not a fan of the border adjustment tax, and her concerns are fairly representative of conservative and libertarian resistance to the proposal. She offers three related grounds for opposition. First, the border adjustment tax raises revenue in the short term and, de Rugy suggests, this gives away the game.” [editor’s note: Pretty typical piece pushing the establishment “liberaltarian” idea that the goal should be to make the system “work better” rather than to actually abolish it (or let it destroy itself) so that something entirely different can replace it – TLK] (02/27/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/weak-arguments-against-border-adjustment-tax/

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30) Should DIY pursuits be punitively tariffed?
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Recently I was in a Sherwin-Williams store to buy paint. The customer ahead of me was a professional painter complaining about a slowdown in his work. It occurred to me that, by doing the painting as a do-it-yourself household project, I denied this painter an opportunity to earn income from my household. Do you believe that the state, to help keep some of this painter’s time and talent from becoming ‘superfluous,’ should prevent me from doing my own painting? Do you believe that this painter is entitled to have government impose punitive taxes on me and others whenever we do-it-yourselfers paint rooms in our own homes rather than hire professional painters to perform these jobs? If you understand that government shouldn’t interfere with individuals’ decisions to save money by doing household projects themselves (rather than hire professionals), why do you suppose that government should interfere with individuals’ decisions to save money by buying foreign-assembled goods rather than domestically assembled goods?” (02/27/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/02/42316.html

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31) Higher ed’s prejudice problem
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Higher education has a problem with prejudice. It’s not the usual racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia that colleges are always denouncing. It’s prejudice (sometimes expressed in an ugly and open fashion) against Republicans, conservatives and libertarians. And people are starting to notice. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told conservative students to keep talking, even if faculty and administrators insult them, or treat the expression of politically incorrect views as some sort of ‘threat.’ Her advice: ‘Don’t shut up. Keep talking. Keep making your arguments. You can do so respectfully and with civility, but I think you need to do so with confidence.’ She’s certainly right that many campuses have pretty openly taken sides in American politics, marginalizing campus Trump supporters and treating Trump’s election more like a terrorist attack (with safe spaces, therapy dogs, and canceled exams) than like the exercise of democracy that it was. And even some professors are noticing the problem.” (02/27/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/27/college-conservatives-need-to-be-heard-devos-glenn-reynolds-column/98384458

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32) Dealing with Princess Snowflake, a government employee
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“As I have mentioned before, against my wishes, my 9 year-old daughter is stuck in ‘public school.’ I do my best to not make it worse for her. I need to do better. This year she has a very young, inexperienced ‘teacher’ who is very brittle and delicate. My daughter likes her, and I try to keep it that way. No need to make her more unhappy than she is. A few weeks ago, the woman sent out a message saying that the students were having trouble with the math vocabulary words. I nicely mentioned that I would have trouble learning them the way they were being ‘taught’ (but I didn’t use sarcastiquotes).” (02/27/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/02/dealing-with-princess-snowflake.html

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33) Policing America’s plutocracy
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“Law enforcement officers should enforce the law. America’s hardliners on immigration really believe that, and so does President Trump. They want local police out looking for illegal immigrants and actively helping ‘the feds’ deport them. Local police officials (in many communities) would much rather not. Kansas City chief of police Terry Zeigler, for one, doesn’t see deporting immigrants as part of his job description. ‘Everybody wants to live the American Dream, that’s why they come here,’ Zeigler just observed, ‘and as long as they’re not committing crimes, we’re okay with that.’ Zeigler’s perspective (shared by many big-city police chiefs) frustrates the officials that President Donald Trump now has running U.S. immigration policy. And new polling shows that hefty swatches of the public share that frustration.” (02/27/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170227/policing-in-americas-plutocracy

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34) No, Hitler was not democratically elected
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“‘Hitler was democratically elected, you know’ has been the favoured cry of both Brexit-bashers and the Trump meltdown lobby in recent months. ‘Adolf Hitler was elected too,’ as one headline about Trump puts it. ‘Hitler was democratically elected … a la Trump,’ says one left-wing columnist, claiming ‘the trouble [in Germany in 1933] was not enough people saw the monstrosity of [Hitler’s] hate-fuelled politics.’ The dumb electorate, then and now. ‘Democracy often brings fascists to power — it did in Germany in the 1930s,’, says British historian Simon Schama of Trump. But democracy didn’t bring Hitler to power: a war on democracy did. It was the use of terror against democracy, against free, open, democratic debate, that ensured Hitler’s victory. It was the violent suspension of the means of democracy — freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and the right to vote (denied to the vast numbers who were arrested) — that enabled Hitler to win.” (02/27/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/no-hitler-was-not-democratically-elected/

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35) A review of Vlad Tarko’s Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography
Source: Libertarianism.org
by David S D’Amato

“Elinor Ostrom’s scholarship is distinctive in its transcendence of stifling ideological and disciplinary boundaries. Though she was the first woman ever to win a Nobel Prize in economics, her Ph.D. work at UCLA was in the Department of Political Science, where she first became interested in studying the systems that govern common pool resources. Ostrom’s pioneering approach to thinking about these systems emphasizes the importance of decentralized self-government, participants choosing the rules and relationships that suit their needs. Ostrom wanted to explore the disconnects between formal rules, administered by bureaucrats and planners of various kinds, and ‘rules-in-use’ — to more deeply understand how individuals work within institutions.” (02/27/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/review-vlad-tarkos-elinor-ostrom-intellectual-biography

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36) Oscar rants
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Actress Meryl Streep likely set the stage for a very political Academy Award ceremony Sunday night when she accepted a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes in January. Now the question is, will President Donald Trump be watching what is likely to be a four-hour verbal pounding of his person and policies? Streep indirectly panned Trump’s immigration policies as she warned about kicking out people from diverse backgrounds out of the country.” [editor’s note: Fortunately this was less the case than expected, altho the nature of some of the winners made it politically correct anyway – SAT] (02/26/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/02/26/oscar-rants-n2290413

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37) The welcome and long overdue death of the cult of the NHS
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Emile Yusupoff

“The state of the healthcare debate in this country is testament to the absurd pedestal the NHS has been placed on, as is illustrated by the hysterical cries of ‘privatisation’ induced by any reforms, no matter how minor or cosmetic. That universal healthcare can be delivered without a monolithic bureaucracy is apparently specialist knowledge. The debate has been skewed into the holy calling of defending ‘OUR-NHSTM’ on the one-hand and ‘selling it to Richard Branson and leaving poor people to die’ on the other. This orthodoxy appears, however, to be being slowly eroded. In spite of Labour having run a campaign that was literally based on claiming that Conservative health policy would kill babies, the Tories managed to win the first government by-election victory since 1982 in a seat that Labour have held since the 1930s.” (02/27/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-welcome-and-long-overdue-death-of-the-cult-of-the-nhs

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38) Trump and the institutional quandary
Source: Cato Institute
by Christine Guluzian

“For those familiar with political science, and with institutional theory in particular, Trump could be considered something of an anomaly. Institutional theory holds that institutions over time will help shape a politician’s preferences, agenda, or actions. In other words, a politician might come into office with his or her own expectations and agenda, but the construct and constraints of government — including partisan divisions, bureaucratic encumbrances, constitutional limitations, and even shared norms and values — will likely alter their capacity to push through a political agenda. President Trump is putting this theory to the test. The rapidity of his issuance of executive orders, coupled with an insular policymaking process confined largely to his inner circle, allows little room for institutional settings and norms to come into play.” (02/27/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-institutional-quandary

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39) Hidden racism
Source: Sojourners
by Da’Shawn Mosley

“Even if you haven’t seen ‘Hidden Figures,’ the biopic about black women who worked at NASA in 1961 and this award season’s highest-grossing nominee for the Oscar for Best Picture, odds are you have watched, or heard about, the film’s bathroom scenes. One sequence acts as a pivotal moment: black mathematician Katherine Johnson, the main character, reveals to her boss why she takes 40-minute-long breaks: The nearest bathroom for ‘colored ladies’ is more than a mile away. … Another bathroom scene, just moments later in the film, has garnered a similar level of attention, this time for its inaccuracy. In the scene, Katherine Johnson’s boss Al Harrison, played by Kevin Costner, uses a crowbar to tear down the sign hanging above one of the colored ladies’ restrooms on NASA’s campus, in response to Johnson’s earlier confession. ‘Here at NASA, we all pee the same color,’ says Harrison. But this scene never happened. Harrison never took a crowbar to a ‘Colored Ladies Room’ sign. He never solved Johnson’s dilemma of having limited accessibility to a legal bathroom.” (02/26/17)

https://sojo.net/articles/hidden-racism

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40) What does “freedom” actually mean? Self-indulgent Libertarian hypocrisy knows no bounds
Source: Salon
by Jeremy Sherman

[editor’s note: I’m not even going to try to excerpt this. It’s like someone challenged the guy to come up with an answer to the question “what would it look like if someone without the slightest idea what libertarianism is or where it came from had to demonstrate what it takes to get an F on a high school freshman composition exercise?” Yes. That bad. Really. – TLK] (02/27/17)

http://www.salon.com/2017/02/27/what-does-freedom-actually-mean-self-indulgent-libertarian-hypocrisy-knows-no-bounds_partner/

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41) Liberty: Enemy of crony capitalism
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Papa Libertarian

“The opposite of crony capitalism is not more crony capitalism; it is not the use of force to (allegedly) stack the deck in your favor. The opposite of crony capitalism is liberty. And you benefit inestimably from liberty, despite the warnings of politicians to the contrary. Economists speak of a ‘tax wedge’ — taxes, by raising the cost to you of whatever you desire, incentivize you to obtain less of what you value. The same is true for all trade and immigration restrictions. Selling these on ‘national security’ grounds does not change the basic economic principles; it’s just a gimmick to win your political support. In short, government intervention is the blade by which crony capitalists shear the sheep.” (02/27/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/liberty-enemy-crony-capitalism

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42) This state wants protesters prosecuted as organized criminals
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“Thanks to Republican state legislators, organizing protests in Arizona might soon be enough to land residents in jail. Under the recently proposed SB 1142, any protest or rally found to be disruptive in the eyes of local law enforcement will be stripped of its First Amendment protections. Instead, rowdy protests and riots will be lumped into the same criminal classification as racketeering. Traditionally, racketeering laws have been used specifically to take down organized criminals. However, according to certain Republican leaders in Arizona, protests against President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders are ‘paid’ and ‘planned’ efforts, making these rallies ‘similar’ to mafia-related activity.” (02/27/17)

https://fee.org/articles/this-state-wants-protestors-prosecuted-as-organized-criminals/

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43) Trump’s $166 billion immigration bill
Source: OpEdNews
by Michael Roberts

“From all projections and conservative analyses the cost of Trump’s mass deportation plan will be in the vicinity of $143.3 billion. In January 2011, Kumar Kibble — then the deputy director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Obama Administration — told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that it costs approximately $12,500 to deport one individual immigrant from the United States. So you do the math — multiply that by 11.3 million — the projected size of the undocumented immigrant population in 2014 — and you get $141.3 billion. [Source: the Pew Research Center www.pewresearch.org ]. But the Center for American Progress [www.americanprogress.org] pegs the per-person rate a little bit lower, at $10,070 — giving Trump’s deportation plan a bit of a discount, at $114 billion. Still, that’s just the estimated costs for the physical removal process. Unaccounted for are bigger enforcement costs that go beyond the actual deportation program.” (02/27/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Trump-s-166-Billion-Immig-by-Michael-Roberts-Deportation_E-verify_Immigration-Control_Immigration-Customs-And-Enforcement-170227-370.html

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44) Repealnreplace
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“We are being conned, once again, by the same old fat-assed, power-drunken establishment that is no more interested in listening to what the people really want than they were before the election that should have changed their minds about everything. And why should they be? There’s gold in them thar ills! A health market based on privacy and freedom, as it should be, offers nothing in terms of money and power to politicians, bureaucrats, and corporatists. It is the dreaded ‘solved problem’ that they fear and loathe so much. The most personal, the most individual, the most intimate relationship in the world short of marriage — that of a doctor and a patient — must be twisted around and tortured, at all costs in their view, into some sort of mass-produced, regimented, one-size- fits-all ant-dance.” (02/26/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle911-20170226-11.html

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45) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #288: Live for the moment
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Although Gracian stresses the need to cultivate and express virtues — e.g. honesty, integrity, benevolence, reason, moderation — he also acknowledges the extraordinary importance of adapting virtue-neutral behavior to the circumstances that present themselves. Many people treat such neutral behavior as though it were virtue laden. For example, a person who refuses to lower his ‘standards’ by buying X rather than Y or refuses to consider employment that is beneath his station/education, such as flipping burgers at McDonald’s. The circumstances are not the source of offense in these situations; the person is … by cleaving to fixed reactions and blaming reality instead of doing what is possible to improve his own condition.” (02/27/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7790

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46) Deep dark truthful mirror
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Another seeming Hollywood double-standard strolls down the red carpet unimpeded: the gender pay gap. ‘Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar,’ actress Natalie Portman said last month. ‘In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.’ Much ballyhooed and largely erroneous, the national gender wage gap compares the median male income against the median female income out of hundreds of millions of workers, without regard to jobs done, hours worked, or levels of experience. Conversely, leading roles in a movie can more fairly be compared. The North Korean hack of Sony Pictures revealed numerous cases where female stars were paid far less than their male counterparts.” (02/27/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/02/27/deep-dark-truthful-mirror/

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47) Papers, please
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“Passengers on a domestic flight deplaning in New York were asked to present ID by Customs and Border Protection agents — a likely unenforceable demand that nevertheless diminishes freedom.” (02/27/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/papers-please/517887/

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48) Is Trump moderating US foreign policy? Hardly
Source: CounterPunch
by Conn Hallinan

“[T]his is an administration that thrives on turmoil, always an easier place to rule from than order. What it says and does one day may be, or may not be, what it says or does another. And because there are a number of foreign policy crises that have stepped up to the plate, we should all find out fairly soon whether the berserkers or the calmer heads are running things. The most dangerous of these looming crises is Iran, which the White House says is ‘playing with fire’ and has been ‘put on notice’ for launching a Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile.” (02/27/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/27/is-trump-moderating-us-foreign-policy-hardly/

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49) Debt ceiling deja vu
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Two days ago, President Trump sent out a tweet crowing that the national debt went down by $12 billion in the first month of his administration, as compared to the first month of the Obama regime, when it went up by $200 billion. If Trump really believes that he is responsible for that reduction in the amount of the national debt, we are in much bigger trouble than everyone thinks we are. But if he didn’t really believe it, why would he say it? The debt ceiling debate is upon us once again.” (02/27/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/02/27/debt-ceiling-deja-vu/

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50) Economic globalization is not political globalization
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thorsten Polleit

“Globalization has fallen into disrepute. More and more people are rejecting it outright as unfair and as a source of all sorts of evil — including economic crises and migration. This kind of blanket condemnation of globalization however is a huge problem. The reason for this becomes apparent if one considers the fact that globalization has two dimensions, an economic and a political one.” (02/27/17)

https://mises.org/blog/economic-globalization-not-political-globalization

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51) The Tom Woods Show, episode 858
Source: Tom Woods Show

“Basing myself on the Harry Browne book of the same name, I discuss how in my own life I’ve found freedom: from neoconservatism, from academia, and from povertarianism. Fun!” [various formats] (02/27/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-858-how-i-found-freedom-in-an-unfree-world/

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52) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/27/17
Source: Cato Institute

SpendingTracker.org is a project aimed at giving citizens a clear idea about how much individual members of Congress vote to spend. Jonathan Bydlak of the Coalition to Reduce Spending discusses the project.” [various formats] (02/27/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/how-much-does-congress-critter-vote-spend

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53) The Bob Zadek Show, 02/26/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Ed Conard — founding partner at Bain Capital and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute — takes aim at what he sees as a wrong-headed redistributionist mindset in his latest best-selling book, The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class (Penguin). Conard goes beyond an apology for ‘the 1%’ in explaining the real drivers of persistent poverty and relative stagnation of the American middle class. Though counter-intuitive, his insights are essential to improving policy, and the uncertain economic outlook. Conard joins to the show to help listeners understand the economic landscape like never before.” [various formats] (02/26/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/2/26/debunking-inequality-myths-with-ed-conard

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54) Citizen Cain, episode 27
Source: Citizen Cain

“Keene Economic Development Action Plan = Bring on the cronyism; SB 193 – School choice — Moving forward; HR 7 — Real Reform Amendment — Campaign contribution reform.” [Flash video or MP3] (02/27/17)

https://citizencainshow.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/27-something-to-shoot-for/

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55) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 549
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Do you ever wonder why government inefficiencies never seem to get fixed? The TSA has, from its inception, been plagued with problems. From long lines and employee, malfeasance to cost overruns. Everyone hates the TSA. Even if you’re sympathetic to the workers, you can’t help but curse under your breath every time you’re forced to stand in a 30-minute line before being stripped and scanned. Why don’t these problems get solved? It has to do with incentives.” [various formats] (02/27/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/549-deltas-profit-motive-beats-government-good-intentions/

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56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 7
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #7, I explain what Americans do not understand about our foreign policy. I go into detail about a father’s reaction to learning his son has been killed overseas and how people in other countries feel the same way when their family members are killed. I also give news updates on the Mosul invasion, the Iraqi Kurd’s plans for independence, Nikki Haley’s new sanctions proposal, ISIS actions in Syria, Famine in Yemen, Iran following the nuke deal, the Pentagon’s push for more war in Somalia, and Trump blocking the North Korean delegation from coming to the US.” [various formats] (02/27/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/foreign-policy-focus-7

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57) Free Talk Live, 02/26/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“FTL Broadcasts from Anarchapulco Day Two of Four :: Tone Vays :: Amanda Johnson :: Matt Phillips :: Amanda Rachwitz :: Stephanie Murphy :: HOSTS — Ian & Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/26/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-02-26

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58) Liberty Beat Podcast, episode 83
Source: Liberty Beat Podcast

“In this episode we talk about the mainstream media smear campaigns against PewDiePie, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Jordan Peterson, and we catch up on all the crazy stuff that’s happened since our previous episode.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/27/17)

https://www.libertybeat.ca/episode-83-pewdiepie-antifa-libertarian/

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59) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 284
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode of Lions of Liberty, Marc welcomes in political columnist, pundit and author, Kristin Tate, aka ‘The Libertarian Chick!’ Kristin currently writes for The Hill, appears frequently on cable news outlets like Fox News and MSNBC, and is the author of the book ‘Government Gone Wild: How DC Politicians Are Taking You For a Ride — And What You Can Do About It.'” [various formats] (02/27/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/02/27/284/

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60) Freedom Feens Radio, 02/27/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Bradon Jasmine, Phil Pollard, Jeremy Hesienburglar, and Michael W. Dean yak about threats from the White House to still mess with states that have legalized recreational cannabis, the real Wyoming state slogan: actuaries vs statisticians, standing in solidarity with Miller-Miller, and Cash Newmann. In the second hour, there is talk about nanobot protection from and running naked on treadmills to power the State, the Cornell ‘Cry In,’ the 180 rule, and the movie ‘Hardcore Henry.'” [various formats] (02/27/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14022

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