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Volume XVI, Issue #3,921
Thursday, March 1st, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump: “Take the guns first, go through due process second”
2) ICE shot-caller whines, threatens Oakland’s mayor for warning gang’s intended victims
3) Germany: Regime investigates alleged cyber-attack by Fancy Bear “Russians”
4) Report: Senators will try to pull US from Yemen war
5) FL: Dad of school shooting victim slams “fake news” media on gun control focus, ignoring school safety calls
6) Walmart tries to appease anti-gun lobby, raises minimum age for buying firearms
7) MA: Red Sox ask Boston to change name of controversial street
8) Signals received from “cosmic dawn” nearly 14 billion years ago
9) GA: Teacher in custody after allegedly opening fire in classroom
10) MI: Snyder OKs bills to keep intact, raise income tax exemption
11) US Olympics chief resigns in wake of abuse scandal
12) Hicks to resign as White House communications director
13) Business as usual: Trump taunts Sessions, Sessions taunts Trump
14) VA: Marines released from hospital after “suspicious letter” incident
15) Gates babbles complete nonsense on cryptocurrency, drugs
16) Panama: Trump hotel standoff escalates
17) UK: May rejects EU’s draft option for Ireland’s British-occupied counties
18) Dick’s Sporting Goods capitulates to idiots, won’t sell scary-looking but otherwise perfectly ordinary guns anymore
19) Papa John’s, NFL make “mutual decision” to end sponsorship deal
20) Afghanistan: Ghani offers Taliban political recognition, talks

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Common sense gun deregulation needed
22) Judge’s instructions raise new questions in Michael Flynn case
23) Be careful what you wish for: Marginalized people would bear the brunt of stricter gun control
24) Red-green delusions on Soviet Bloc history
25) On the “epidemic” of “gun violence”
26) Survey: GOP tax cuts benefit blacks, hispanics and women most
27) Trump’s Harvest Box replacement for food stamps is a deliriously stupid idea
28) Anti-trafficking bill also endangers safety of sex workers
29) Quantum Vibe, 02/28/18
30) Revoking work licenses over student debt is cruel and senseless
31) If you want to preserve your freedom, you need to be armed
32) Creative solutions for Middle East peace
33) If Democrats run in 2018 like they’re running in California, they’re in big trouble
34) For-profit government?
35) What Mueller has and what he’s missing
36) The real reason to worry about Italy’s election
37) How lenders are turning low-level courts into Dickensian “debt collection mills”
38) Labor markets work when they are free
39) State lawmakers want to block pornography at the expense of your free speech, privacy, and hard-earned cash
40) The Court and the Cloud
41) Supreme Court’s silence clouds gun control debate
42) Answering the wrong question
43) How a small city in Pennsylvania became a white nationalist target
44) Steeling
45) Tread carefully on mental health reform
46) Charter Schools 101: Are charter schools public or private?
47) List of eight ridiculously absurd laws in India
48) Review: Black Panther’s box office success is well earned
49) Back to killing North Koreans with sanctions
50) How to seize the moral high ground

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Electric Libertyland, episode 61
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 02/28/18
53) Political Research Digest, episode 11
54) Essential Libertarianism, episode 24
55) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/28/18
56) Balaji Srinivasan: Technology will lead to a borderless world
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 161
58) Free Talk Live, 02/27/18
59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1103
60) Bloggingheads.tv, 02/27/18

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

1) Trump: “Take the guns first, go through due process second”
Source: The Hill

“President Trump on Wednesday voiced support for confiscating guns from certain dangerous individuals, even if it violates due process rights. ‘I like taking the guns early like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time,’ Trump said at a meeting with lawmakers on school safety and gun violence. ‘Take the guns first, go through due process second,’ Trump said. … Trump met with lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss gun laws and school safety in the aftermath of a Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead.” [editor’s note: Are the supposed libertarians who let themselves get conned into supporting this shambling human-shaped pile of feces ready to admit their error yet? – TLK] (02/28/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/376097-trump-take-the-guns-first-go-through-due-process-second

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2) ICE shot-caller whines, threatens Oakland’s mayor for warning gang’s intended victims
Source: ABC News

“A federal official said Wednesday that about 800 ‘criminals’ avoided immigration [abductions] because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf alerted the public to the surprise operation, an extraordinarily high number of missed targets. Thomas Homan, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s acting director, told Fox News that the mayor’s warning on Twitter was ‘beyond the pale’ and compared her to a gang lookout who tells people when a police car is arriving. Homan said the Justice Department is looking into whether Schaaf obstructed justice. The mayor’s unusual public warning last weekend came hours before the agency launched an operation in Northern California that resulted in more than 150 [abductions] as of Tuesday, according to the agency.” [editor’s note: Homan has a lot of nerve comparing anyone ELSE to a gang thug – TLK] (02/28/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/immigration-chief-800-avoid-arrest-due-mayors-warning-53415331

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3) Germany: Regime investigates alleged cyber-attack by Fancy Bear “Russians”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Germany is investigating a security breach to its defence and interior ministries’ private networks, a government spokesman has confirmed. A notorious Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear, or APT28, is being widely blamed in German media. They are thought to be behind a number of cyber-attacks on the West, including breaches in the 2016 US election. The hack was first realised in December and may have lasted up to a year, the DPA news agency reported. The group is reported to have targeted the federal government’s internal communications network with malware.” (02/28/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43232520

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4) Report: Senators will try to pull US from Yemen war
Source: Raw Story

“U.S. lawmakers unveiled plans on Wednesday to use a decades-old law to force a Senate vote on whether to pull the country out of a foreign conflict, in this case the civil war in Yemen. Republican Senator Mike Lee, independent Bernie Sanders and Democrat Chris Murphy said they would make the first attempt to take advantage of a provision in the 1973 War Powers Act that allows any senator to introduce a resolution on whether to withdraw U.S. armed forces from a conflict not authorized by Congress Their action was the latest salvo in an ongoing battle between the U.S. Congress and the White House over control of military conflicts. ‘We believe that, as Congress has not declared war or authorized military force, this conflict (in Yemen) is unconstitutional and unauthorized,’ Sanders told a news conference. [Some] lawmakers have argued for years that Congress has ceded too much authority over the military to the White House.” [editor’s note: Most of these “lawmakers” turned a blind eye while Obombya was escalating wars in seven lands; only the jersey-color has changed – SAT] (02/28/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/senators-will-try-pull-us-yemen-war

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5) FL: Dad of school shooting victim slams “fake news” media on gun control focus, ignoring school safety calls
Source: Fox News

“The father of Florida school shooting victim Meadow Pollack slammed the ‘fake news’ media for focusing on gun control rather than calling for an increase in school security — including backing President Trump’s call for arming teachers in classrooms. Speaking to Fox News after a news conference with Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday, Andrew Pollack said the primary focus is not about gun control, but about the safety of students at schools. Pollack specifically drew focus to CNN when a reporter interjected and placed a mic with the CNN logo in Pollack’s face during the interview. ‘If you turn this channel (CNN) all they’re talking about is gun control,’ Pollack told Fox News while pointing to CNN’s mic. ‘It’s this fake news here that’s in my mouth here. All they want to do is ratings, gun control.’ He added: ‘Right now it’s not about the control. It’s about the kids [who] are going to school Monday — we want them safe.’” (02/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/28/dad-florida-school-shooting-victim-slams-fake-news-media-on-gun-control-focus-ignoring-school-safety-calls.html

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6) Walmart tries to appease anti-gun lobby, raises minimum age for buying firearms
Source: Reuters

“Walmart Inc said on Wednesday that it was raising the minimum age at which customers could buy firearms and ammunition to 21 years. The U.S. retailer is also removing items from its website resembling assault-style rifles, including non-lethal airsoft guns and toys, it said in a statement. A massacre at a Florida high school two weeks ago has reopened a fierce debate over gun control in the United States. ” (02/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-gun-walmart/walmart-raises-minimum-age-for-buying-firearms-idUSKCN1GC3CL

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7) MA: Red Sox ask Boston to change name of controversial street
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Boston Red Sox are asking the city of Boston to change Yawkey Way back to its original name, Jersey Street. The name has been under fire for years for its connection to what the team’s principal owner has said is the franchise’s complicated racial past under former owner Tom Yawkey. The Red Sox filed the petition Wednesday with the City of Boston Public improvement Commission. Yawkey Way is the street Fenway Park is on. Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933 to 1976 and presided over the last franchise in Major League Baseball to field a black player. That was in 1959, more than a decade after Jackie Robinson played for the Dodgers. The team said Wednesday in a statement that ‘restoring the Jersey Street name is intended to reinforce that Fenway Park is inclusive and welcoming to all.’ Philanthropic group Yawkey Foundations calls the move disappointing, saying ‘Yawkey treated every player the same, regardless of their race.’ The group urges the commission to reject the proposal.” [editor’s note: Funny, I have a song I wrote about my father “… holding my hand / Walking down Jersey Street” from back in those days – SAT] (02/28/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Red-Sox-asks-Boston-to-change-name-of-12717673.php

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8) Signals received from “cosmic dawn” nearly 14 billion years ago
Source: USA Today

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away … For the first time, astronomers have detected a signal from stars emerging in the early universe some 14 billion years ago. They may also have detected mysterious ‘dark matter’ at work. Using a radio antenna not much bigger than a refrigerator, astronomers discovered that primordial suns began to shine about 180 million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was created. ‘Finding this minuscule signal has opened a new window on the early universe,’ said astronomer Judd Bowman of the University of Arizona, the lead author of a study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed British journal Nature. Telescopes cannot see far enough to directly ‘see’ such ancient stars, Bowman said, but the stars can be detected by the faint radio waves they emitted.” (02/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/02/28/signals-received-cosmic-dawn-nearly-14-billion-years-ago/382367002

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9) GA: Teacher in custody after allegedly opening fire in classroom
Source: Fox News

“A teacher has been taken into custody after allegedly firing at least one shot inside a Georgia high school classroom Wednesday, police said. The Dalton Police Department identifed the teacher as Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, a social studies teacher who also does play-by-play announcements during the school’s football games. He has been employed with the school since 2004. Davidson was charged with aggravated assault, carrying a weapon on school grounds, terroristic threats, reckless conduct, possession of a gun during commission of a crime and disrupting public school, police said in a tweet. The department earlier tweeted a person, believed to be a teacher, was barricaded inside a classroom. The person allegedly would not allow students into the room, police said.” [editor’s note: Oops, now the “no teachers with guns” folks have their poster boy! – SAT] (02/28/18)

www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/28/georgia-teacher-in-custody-after-reports-shots-fired-at-high-school.html

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10) MI: Snyder OKs bills to keep intact, raise income tax exemption
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday signed legislation to keep intact and raise Michigan’s personal income tax exemption, which will save an individual roughly $25 and a family of four more than $100 annually within a few years. ‘Let’s give some dollars back to our citizens. They work hard for it,’ the Republican governor said before enacting the bills in his Capitol office, where he was joined by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and GOP lawmakers. The legislation was spurred by concerns that the federal tax cuts enacted by Congress and President Donald Trump could eliminate the state’s personal exemption due to how the state code is linked to U.S. law. The laws clarify that the exemption continues, but they also boost the exemption until it gets to $4,900 in the 2021 tax year — $600 higher than what it was scheduled to reach. That is a $25.50 tax cut per individual, $51 for a couple or $102 per family of four. In 2022 and after, there will be annual inflationary increases to the exemption.” (02/28/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Snyder-OKs-bills-to-keep-intact-raise-income-tax-12717481.php

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11) US Olympics chief resigns in wake of abuse scandal
Source: Raw Story

“United States Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun has stepped down following calls for his resignation in the wake of the USA gymnastics abuse scandal, it was confirmed on Wednesday. Blackmun, who faced stinging criticism for his handling of the case involving team doctor Larry Nassar which rocked the sport, departs after eight years in the role. The 60-year-old administrator had recently disclosed he was battling prostate cancer. ‘Given Scott’s current health situation, we have mutually agreed it is in the best interest of both Scott and the USOC that we identify new leadership so that we can immediately address the urgent initiatives ahead of us,’ USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in a statement. ‘The USOC is at a critical point in its history. The important work that Scott started needs to continue and will require especially vigorous attention in light of Larry Nassar’s decades-long abuse of athletes affiliated with USA Gymnastics.’” (02/28/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/us-olympics-chief-resigns-wake-abuse-scandal

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12) Hicks to resign as White House communications director
Source: Variety

“Hope Hicks, one of President Trump’s most trusted advisers, plans to resign from her post as White House communications director. … The news comes a day after she appeared before the House Intelligence Committee in its Russia investigation. She reportedly testified for eight hours, and in closed door testimony acknowledged that she occasionally told white lies on behalf of Trump, but not on substantive issues. Hicks, 29, worked as spokeswoman for the Trump Organization before she was tapped to join Trump’s presidential campaign at its start. She later joined the White House as a communications adviser, but took the top communications job after the departure of Anthony Scaramucci last year.” (02/28/18)

http://variety.com/2018/politics/news/hope-hicks-resigns-white-house-trump-1202713537/

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13) Business as usual: Trump taunts Sessions, Sessions taunts Trump
Source: ABC News

“President Donald Trump renewed his verbal attacks on his attorney general Wednesday, describing as ‘disgraceful’ his handling of Republican complaints that the FBI abused its surveillance power during the early stages of the Russia investigation. Jeff Sessions, who rarely responds publicly to criticism from his boss, didn’t keep quiet this time and said the Justice Department he leads had acted appropriately. ‘As long as I am the attorney general, I will continue [sic] to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution,’ Sessions said.” (02/28/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/trump-attacks-sessions-russian-probe-methods-53414195

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14) VA: Marines released from hospital after “suspicious letter” incident
Source: Yahoo! News

“The Marine Corps confirmed Wednesday that Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall has been cleared after 11 people showed symptoms after opening a suspicious letter. Three Marines that were hospitalized were released late Tuesday night. ‘The building is cleared and it is operational today,’ a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps told Business Insider. ‘We are waiting on the FBI and the NCIS for further information.’ The incident happened Tuesday when a Marine at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, which is located near the Pentagon in Virginia, opened a letter which contained an unknown substance. … Eleven people reported feeling ill after the letter was opened. The symptoms reportedly included burning sensations on their hands and face, and at least one person had a nosebleed.” (02/28/18)

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/marines-released-hospital-11-people-165809418.html

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15) Gates babbles complete nonsense on cryptocurrency, drugs
Source: ZDNet

“Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has again criticized the tech world’s enthusiasm for encryption for anonymous communications and transactions, warning that cryptocurrencies are contributing directly to deaths. Gates was asked for his opinion on cryptocurrencies in a Reddit Ask Me Anything chat on Tuesday to promote the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s 10th annual letter. ‘The main feature of cryptocurrencies is their anonymity. I don’t think this is a good thing. The government’s ability to find money laundering and tax evasion and terrorist funding is a good thing,’ he wrote. Gates also said cryptocurrencies had ’caused deaths in a fairly direct way,’ since they enabled anonymous trading in drugs online.” [editor’s note: In point of fact, well-constructed dark web drug markets REDUCE deaths from drugs by enabling customer reviews of quality and purity. And tax evasion is an unalloyed good – TLK] (02/28/18)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/bill-gates-cryptocurrency-has-caused-deaths-in-a-fairly-direct-way/

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16) Panama: Trump hotel standoff escalates
Source: Mercury News

“Panamanian police on Tuesday handcuffed a security guard working for President Donald Trump’s hotel here, in the midst of a dispute in which the hotel’s majority owner has tried to fire the Trump Organization — and Trump employees have refused to leave. The security guard was brought down an elevator by a contingent of police who arrived at the luxury hotel on Monday morning. The police then drove him away in a patrol car. A police commander at the scene said the guard had been detained for denying officers access to an area of the hotel. … there been yelling matches, barricaded offices and some shoving in a hotel backroom. The two sides have accused each other of lying and ‘mob-style’ tactics. And Fintiklis has sought to draw the Panamanian government into the dispute — raising questions about how the leadership of a U.S. ally would handle a confrontation with the American president’s private business.” (02/27/18)

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/27/trump-hotel-standoff-escalates-in-panama-city/

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17) UK: May rejects EU’s draft option for Ireland’s British-occupied counties
Source: EU Reporter [Belgium]

“A draft legal agreement published by the EU proposes a ‘common regulatory area’ on the island of Ireland after Brexit, if solutions cannot be found. May said ‘no UK prime minister could ever agree’ to this. The EU says the controversial ‘backstop’ option is not intended to ‘provoke’ the UK. Unveiling the draft agreement, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier called on the UK to come up with alternatives. … Barnier said the document contained ‘concrete and realistic solutions’ in relation to the question of how to avoid a hard border once the UK leaves the EU’s customs union.” (02/28/18)

https://www.eureporter.co/frontpage/2018/02/28/theresa-may-rejects-eus-draft-option-for-northernireland/

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18) Dick’s Sporting Goods capitulates to idiots, won’t sell scary-looking but otherwise perfectly ordinary guns anymore
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Dick’s Sporting Goods will immediately end sales of assault-style rifles in its stores and won’t sell guns to anyone under 21 years old following the school massacre in Parkland, Florida. Dick’s Chairman and CEO Edward Stack said on ‘Good Morning America’ Wednesday that after the shooting the company ‘felt it needed to do something.’” [editor’s note: But apparently not anything either sensible or profitable – TLK] (02/28/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-dicks-sporting-goods-assault-rifles-20180228-story.html

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19) Papa John’s, NFL make “mutual decision” to end sponsorship deal
Source: ESPN

“Papa John’s is no longer the official pizza of the NFL. CEO Steve Ritchie said on the company’s earnings conference call that the league and the company mutually decided it was in their best interests for Papa John’s, which became the official pizza of the league in 2010, to give up the designation. … It was nearly four months ago that Papa John’s founder John Schnatter, then also the CEO, said players who staged protests during the national anthem hurt business. The company pulled the NFL shield off its commercials during game broadcasts and took the shield off its pizza boxes.” [editor’s note: I don’t care much for Papa John’s pizza, but it’s a shame Schnatter went all special snowflake on the NFL and ruined what was probably a very profitable relationship – TLK] (02/27/18)

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22597858/papa-johns-nfl-end-sponsorship-deal

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20) Afghanistan: Ghani offers Taliban political recognition, talks
Source: Bloomberg

“Afghan President Ashraf Ghani presented his most comprehensive peace plan to the Taliban in a bid to bring them to the negotiating table and end the nation’s near 17-year war. Ghani said he would recognize the Taliban as a political group and would initiate talks if they agreed to a cease-fire, he told delegates at a peace conference in the capital, Kabul, on Wednesday. He also suggested a constitutional review as a confidence-building measure for both sides. Ghani said he would help release Taliban prisoners, remove international sanctions on the group and assist them with passports and visas.” (02/28/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-28/afghan-president-offers-taliban-political-recognition-talks

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

21) Common sense gun deregulation needed
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“It’s time to take a hard look at America’s gun laws. In fact, it’s over a century past due. How many more innocent lives will be snuffed out before people demand change? Before they demand politicians stand up and do what’s right? I’m talking about common-sense gun deregulation. Anti-gun ‘laws’ can’t make anyone safer — except those who prefer victims who can’t fight back effectively. Every gun regulation is a violation of the rights to life, liberty, and property. America has compromised its way into this problem.” (02/28/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/02/28/voices/common-sense-gun-deregulation-needed/156424.html

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22) Judge’s instructions raise new questions in Michael Flynn case
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Behind the front-page indictments issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, there have been quiet movements in the courts on another front. These developments have led supporters of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to call on President Donald Trump to pardon Flynn, or on Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea for making ‘materially false statements and omissions’ to the FBI in 2017. The developments are: * Rudolph Contreras, the federal judge who accepted Flynn’s guilty plea on Dec. 1, took himself off or was taken off the case for undisclosed reasons. * His replacement is Emmet Sullivan, a crusading federal jurist who in 2009 famously lambasted federal prosecutors who had won a conviction against U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, for repeatedly withholding exculpatory evidence from Stevens'[s] legal team. (Later, newly installed Attorney General Eric Holder asked that all charges against Stevens, who was convicted in October 2008, be dismissed. Stevens'[s] conviction was overturned, but only after the scandal-soiled senator narrowly lost his bid for re-election.)” (02/28/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2018/02/28/judges-instructions-raise-new-questions-in-michael-flynn-case-n2455745

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23) Be careful what you wish for: Marginalized people would bear the brunt of stricter gun control
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Aeon Skoble

“If your response to a school shooting is ‘we need stricter laws and heavier enforcement and more surveillance,’ who do you think is going to bear the brunt of that? The very minorities who already have to deal with disproportionate levels of harassment and abuse. If you think it’s true that this is a problem in general, why wouldn’t it continue to be a problem now? The New York state legislature didn’t write that selling loose cigarettes shall be punished with summary execution. It’s just that all laws are ultimately backed up by the threat of physical violence, and there’s some evidence that this comes to pass more frequently when the suspect is black. So if you think that we need more laws and stricter enforcement — not just regarding guns but regarding anything — you need to realize that this means increased harassment of minorities and more opportunities for abusive treatment.” (02/27/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/be-careful-what-you-wish-marginalized-people-would-bear-brunt-stricter-gun-control

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24) Red-green delusions on Soviet Bloc history
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“The Soviets long enjoyed good PR in the West for environmental policy. This had nothing to do with the actual facts on the ground; instead, communism was presumed benevolent because capitalist regimes presumably cared for nothing but profits. According to Marxist theory, environmental problems could not occur in socialist countries because man and nature were inherently in harmony. But that was one of the biggest pro-communist delusions fostered by the Western media. When I roamed in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, and East Germany in 1987, I saw environmental ravages that made northern New Jersey look almost bucolic.” (02/28/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/red-green-delusions-soviet-bloc-history/

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25) On the “epidemic” of “gun violence”
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Peter G Klein

“If person A robs person B, we don’t say that B ‘succumbed to the theft epidemic,’ like catching the flu. Rather, we focus on the perpetrator A and the causal effect of A’s action on B’s person or property. In general, epidemiological models of crime, terrorism, or other social problems are misleading because they treat the acts in question as things that just ‘happen’ to some people, rather than being the conscious, deliberate, and often systematic acts of particular perpetrators against particular victims.” (02/28/18)

https://mises.org/power-market/epidemic-gun-violence

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26) Survey: GOP tax cuts benefit blacks, hispanics and women most
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“A new survey shows that not only are most people (including minorities and women) seeing extra money in their paychecks thanks to the GOP tax cuts, but Trump is benefiting as well. What will Nancy ‘Crumbs’ Pelosi have to say about that? The survey, conducted by LendEDU, found that among those who have seen an increase in take-home pay, the average is $130.76 a month — or nearly $1,600 for the year. That might look like crumbs to multi-millionaire liberals like Pelosi, but it’s real money to middle class families. In fact, the survey found that 55% feel more confident about their financial situation as a result of the tax cuts. And fully 70% say they are either very or somewhat happy about the tax reforms that Republicans passed. What’s more, 61% say the tax cuts will strengthen the economy. All of this runs directly contrary to what Democrats told the country when they attacked and uniformly opposed the Republican tax plan.” (02/28/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/the-gop-tax-cuts-are-benefitting-blacks-hispanics-and-women-most-survey-finds

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27) Trump’s Harvest Box replacement for food stamps is a deliriously stupid idea
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“People, yes even poor people, value agency. A dollar to be spent as we wish is worth more to us than a dollar of goods or services that people think we should have. Thus it is economically efficient to give people money if they’re poor, not things. Give them money to buy food, not what food you think they ought to have. If this means a nation on Pop Tarts then so be it — it is supposed to be the land of the free after all. An underlying meaning of that being obese and free is better than slim and slaves. The importance here being that if we distribute food instead of money then what is received is worth less than what is sent. Value just disappears into the ether, we’re all poorer. That’s before we even consider the expertise and efficiency which government will bring to distribution.” (02/28/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2018/02/28/trumps-harvest-box-replacement-for-food-stamps-is-a-deliriously-stupid-idea/

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28) Anti-trafficking bill also endangers safety of sex workers
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“A new bill intended to combat sex trafficking also outlaws online speech and information designed to protect the health and safety of sex workers. On Feb. 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1865, titled the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), a bill that paints with such a broad brush that anybody who provides online information promoting the well-being of sex workers could be subject to criminal prosecution.” (02/28/18)

https://www.lp.org/anti-trafficking-bill-also-endangers-safety-sex-workers/

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29) Quantum Vibe, 02/28/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (02/28/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1764

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30) Revoking work licenses over student debt is cruel and senseless
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Caleb Trotter

“Nearly one-third of Americans today must be licensed by the government in order to do their jobs. Many of those people are among the 44 million Americans who have outstanding student loans. For that group of people, falling behind on student loan payments can mean that the state will strip them of their occupational license and their ability to earn a living in the job they were trained to do. This shocking policy kicks people while they are down and is an abuse of the government’s licensing authority.” (02/28/18)

https://fee.org/articles/revoking-work-licenses-over-student-debt-is-cruel-and-senseless/

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31) If you want to preserve your freedom, you need to be armed
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Parrish Miller

“An armed society is a polite society. Our society doesn’t need fewer or less powerful firearms; it actually needs more weapons in the hands of a greater number of individuals. Learning how to use a gun should be as much a part of one’s education as learning to read or memorizing multiplication tables. All people — kids very much included — should possess the equipment, skills, and knowledge necessary to defend themselves and others should the necessity arise. The gun grabbers would turn everyone — except for the politicians and their enforcers — into supplicant serfs, entirely at the mercy of their masters’ demands.” (02/28/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/want-preserve-freedom-need-armed

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32) Creative solutions for Middle East peace
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Iraq and Syria are bubbling bathtubs of blood because the Limeys essentially locked a bunch of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds into a single prison cell, threw them a single loaf of bread and a hammer, slammed the cell door shut and said ‘Good luck, motherfuckers!’ Israel-Palestine was essentially the same idea only with Arabs and Jews and (slightly)more genocide. This fucked up reality has presented the universe with two colossal questions; Is peace in the Middle East even possible? And, if so, then how? My answer to the first question is a cautiously enthusiastic yes. Peace is always possible.” (02/27/18)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/02/creative-solutions-for-middle-east-peace.html

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33) If Democrats run in 2018 like they’re running in California, they’re in big trouble
Source: USA Today
by Kurt Bardella

“If you’ve been in politics long enough, you’ve heard the phrase, ‘As goes California, so goes the nation.’ In the case of the 2018 midterm elections, this could spell bad news for Democrats and good news for Republicans. It wasn’t long ago that Democrats openly and almost giddily mused about a potential 40-seat pickup in the House, nearly double the 24 seats they need to flip in order to retake the majority. However, recent weeks have given Democrats reason to think twice about their lofty expectations. Their advantage on the generic ballot preference goes up and down and often falls to single digits. Even more troubling for their congressional takeover prospects, however, is the state of the Democratic Party in California. California Democrats hosted their party convention in San Diego last weekend and made some absolutely puzzling decisions.” (02/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/02/28/democrats-cant-get-their-act-together-california-theyll-lose-2018-all-together-kurt-bardella-column/376749002

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34) For-profit government?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Daniel Sutter

“I recently wrote about some of the problems with civil asset forfeiture, under which our governments seize money or assets allegedly involved in criminal activity without securing a conviction. An Institute for Justice report detailing forfeiture abuses, ‘Policing for Profit,’ suggests that there is an inconsistency between proper policing and profit. And yet politicians from Al Gore to Donald Trump have wanted to make government more business-like. Is there a conflict between good government and profit?” (02/28/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/02/for-profit-government/

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35) What Mueller has and what he’s missing
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“Some Russians somewhere may have somehow meddled in the 2016 presidential election. But what Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller really has to answer, some 16 months after the voting, is whether Donald Trump knowingly worked with a foreign government to get elected in return for some quid pro quo — Russiagate. So where’s the proverbial beef? … here’s what Mueller has: evidence of unrelated-to-Trump financial crimes by Paul Manafort and others, based mostly from FISA surveillance on Manafort dating back to 2014. The FBI’s earlier investigation was dropped for lack of evidence, and it appears Mueller revived it now in part so the information could be repurposed to press Manafort to testify. The role pervasive surveillance has played in setting perjury traps to manufacture indictments to pressure people to testify against others has been grossly underreported. We’ll see more of it, unfortunately, a new tool of justice in a surveillance state.” (02/28/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/russia-investigation-fbi-what-mueller-has-and-what-hes-missing/

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36) The real reason to worry about Italy’s election
Source: Reuters
by Paul Wallace

“Ahead of Italy’s election on March 4, investors are most afraid of political change. They worry that the government may succumb to the populist forces that France and the Netherlands dodged last year. Such fears are misplaced. Italian political risk is overhyped. By contrast there is undue complacency about Italy’s vulnerable economy, the third biggest in the euro area. It is possible to predict a political horror story because the ruling center-left Democratic Party, which is pro-European and broadly reformist, has fallen out of favor. One rising force in Italian politics promises disruption. Many Italians will back the insurgent Five Star Movement, which is noisily anti-establishment. A reviving political force will be scarcely more palatable, as Silvio Berlusconi, forced out as prime minister in 2011, makes an unexpected comeback. Though Berlusconi is currently barred from seeking public office, his party is part of an alliance that includes the Northern League, a euroskeptic group. This right-of-center coalition has been polling strongly on a program that would loosen the budgetary reins and dial back on reforms.” (02/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wallace-italy-commentary/commentary-the-real-reason-to-worry-about-italys-election-idUSKCN1GC2D9

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37) How lenders are turning low-level courts into Dickensian “debt collection mills”
Source: The Intercept
by Rebecca Burns

“Federal law outlawed debt prisons in 1833, but lenders, landlords and even gyms and other businesses have found a way to resurrect the Dickensian practice. With the aid of private collection agencies, they file millions of lawsuits in state and local courts each year, winning 95 percent of the time. If a defendant fails to appear at post-judgement hearings known as ‘debtors’ examinations,’ collectors can seek a warrant for contempt of court — even if the debtor didn’t realize they were being sued.” (02/28/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/02/28/criminalization-of-debt-imprisonment-aclu-report/

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38) Labor markets work when they are free
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The leading cause of job lock is unbearably obvious: health care. In the decades following World War II, its provision came to be attached to the workplace, through a series of tax changes, mandates, and corporate expectations. Every change in health care regulation (until very recently) has tended to cement this relationship. Obamacare did terrible damage by making affordable independent health care (that actually functions in real life) far more difficult to get. What this means for workers is that many hold on to jobs solely to stay on their health plans. Yes, all this was done in the name of worker rights. The result has been the opposite.” (02/28/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/labor-markets-work-when-they-are-free

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39) State lawmakers want to block pornography at the expense of your free speech, privacy, and hard-earned cash
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Gennie Gebhart

“More than 15 state legislatures are considering the ‘Human Trafficking Prevention Act’ (HTPA). But don’t let the name fool you: this bill would do nothing to address human trafficking. Instead, it would only threaten your free speech and privacy in a misguided attempt to block and tax online pornography.” (02/28/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/state-lawmakers-want-block-pornography-expense-your-free-speech-privacy-and-hard

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40) The Court and the Cloud
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

Most people consider the internet’s global reach an advantage. But for the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, it was more of a headache. The justices heard oral arguments in United States v. Microsoft, a high-profile case about digital privacy and law enforcement. At issue are dueling interpretations of an outdated federal statute that still governs how tech companies store and release private information to law-enforcement agencies. Those arguments took place against the backdrop of a broader debate about how to apply U.S. law to a supranational network of computers. The underlying legal dispute began in 2013 when federal investigators obtained a warrant under the Stored Communications Act of 1986 for a Microsoft customer’s email account as part of a drug investigation. Some of the email account’s data are stored in the United States. But the emails themselves reside separately on servers inside a Microsoft data center in Dublin, Ireland.” (02/28/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147227/court-cloud

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41) Supreme Court’s silence clouds gun control debate
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“This month’s mass shooting at a high school in Florida has predictably provoked demands for new restrictions on guns, most of which are dubious on practical grounds, constitutional grounds, or both. But while logic and experience can help us figure out which measures are likely to be effective, the debate about which ones are consistent with the Second Amendment occurs in a shadowland only partly illuminated by the Supreme Court. In the decade since the Court officially recognized the individual right to armed self-defense, it has passed up one opportunity after another to clarify the boundaries of that right.” (02/28/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/02/28/supreme-courts-silence-clouds-gun-contro

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42) Answering the wrong question
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“A number of people have directed me to a recent paper that looked at the impact of QE on long-term bond yields. Previous research by Joe Gagnon, and others, suggests that QE reduced long-term interest rates. An excellent new paper by David Greenlaw (Morgan Stanley), James D. Hamilton (UC San Diego and NBER), Ethan S. Harris (Bank of America Merrill Lynch) and Kenneth D. West (University of Wisconsin and NBER) has a more skeptical take. Some of the difference seems to hinge on how much weight to put on the immediate impact of QE announcements (when long-term rates tended to fall) and subsequent movements during the QE program (when rates tended to rise, sometimes after Fed announcements).” (02/27/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/02/answering_the_w.html

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43) How a small city in Pennsylvania became a white nationalist target
Source: In These Times
by Michael Deibert

“One night this past October in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a lovely old city of around 60,000 about 90 minutes west of Philadelphia, a handful of protesters strode to the middle of the nearly-deserted Penn Square and unfurled a banner next to a memorial to U.S. soldiers who died fighting the forces of fascism and racial supremacy. ‘Import the third world, become the third world,’ it read. After the small group chanted ‘You will not replace us,’ a speaker declaimed into the night that ‘everyone loves Lancaster,’ before inveighing against the place, assailing the city’s welcoming attitude towards refugees (the town takes in up to 20 times more refugees per capita than the rest of the US) and accusing it of allowing ‘Syrian invaders’ into the United States. In a subsequent video Tweet of the protest (backed by amateurish synthesizer music and with the face of one participant strategically blurred), Identity Evropa, the group that said it was behind the banner-unfurling, claimed that it was protesting ‘immigration and the demographic displacement of White Americans.’” (02/28/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20949/Lancaster-Pennsylvania-racism-white-nationalism-Donald-Trump

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44) Steeling
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“By offering not one justification, but two, for punitive taxes on Americans who buy imported steel, U.S. Steel’s David Burritt reveals the shallowness and shadiness of the steel-industry’s case for protection from foreign competition (Letters, Feb. 28). In one argument, Mr. Burritt insists that a thriving domestic steel industry is vital for U.S. national defense. If this argument is valid, it renders irrelevant Mr. Burritt’s second argument for high tariffs — namely, the allegation that the only reason U.S. steelmaking capacity is threatened is that foreign governments subsidize and ‘dump’ steel in the U.S.” (02/28/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/02/steeling-2.html

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45) Tread carefully on mental health reform
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“[W]e should be every bit as cautious in giving the government more power to deal with mental-health issues as we are in giving it more power to regulate gun ownership.” (02/28/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/tread-carefully-mental-health-reform

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46) Charter Schools 101: Are charter schools public or private?
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Susan Pendergrass

“Charter schools have much more in common with traditional public schools than many people realize. Charters receive the same state and federal funding that any public school receives. In most cases, they also receive the local funding per student for the students who attend. Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools must pay all of their costs, including the cost of buying or building the school, from their annual revenue. The students in charter schools are public school students whose parents have chosen to send them to a charter school rather than send them to the public school to which they are assigned based on their address. They participate in all state testing and have all of the same rights and responsibilities of all public school students. It is illegal for charter schools to discriminate against any student who chooses them, to charge tuition, or to teach religion.” [editor’s note: In other words, the only difference between a charter school and a regular government school is the branding – TLK] (02/27/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/charter-schools-101-are-charter-schools-public-or-private

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47) List of eight ridiculously absurd laws in India
Source: Students For Liberty
by Avadhoot Potnis

“India is the land of organized, orchestrated chaos. Its multifarious angles, inherent contradictions, and a penchant for bypassing the establishment in the name of ‘Jugaad’ make the ever-present even more bolder. In this context, for a proper functioning society, a sound and coherent legal system are imperative. Although, most of the problems which we see in our daily lives are caused by a misapplication of law, rather than by the absurdity of law themselves. But, due to some artifacts of our colonial past, and some mind-boggling reasoning of our very efficient legislature, their vigor and enthusiasm (or perhaps the lack of it), we are left with some very absurd laws.” (02/27/18)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2018/02/20/eight-ridiculous-laws-in-india/

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48) Review: Black Panther’s box office success is well earned
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“Black Panther is sprinting toward the 1 billion dollar mark in revenues after just two weekends, and its box-office success is well-earned. As a film, Black Panther is excellent in most elements, from its casting, to the studio’s investment in a well-rounded story, to the progression of the movie’s characters, to the commitment to high production values. The director and screenwriters more than compensate for the few plot holes through their compelling story, well-crafted action, superb direction and acting, and top-notch visual and digital effects.” (02/27/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/02/27/black-panthers-box-office-success-is-well-earned/

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49) Back to killing North Koreans with sanctions
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Although 19-year-old Ryom Tae Ok and 25-year-old Kim Ju Sik didn’t medal at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, they wowed the crowd with their personalities and their figure-skating performance. They are have now returned to North Korea, where President Trump and the U.S. national-security establishment are trying to kill them. That’s what U.S. sanctions against North Korea are designed to do — to kill the North Korean citizenry through starvation or illness as a way to get regime change, one that will oust the communist regime headed by Kim Jong-un and replaced it with a pro-U.S. dictatorship.” (02/28/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/02/28/back-killing-north-koreans-sanctions/

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50) How to seize the moral high ground
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Wayland Hunter

“I was never a fan of Billy Graham. I considered him a raving bore and a probable nitwit. But I was disturbed to read that his death was greeted by a torrent of abuse from leftwing and ‘moderate’ media, as if hundreds of pundits had been storing up rage against him for the past 30 or 40 years. … I have never been a fan of Quentin Tarantino, at all. I think his films are vulgar and obvious. I am aware that he has recently become a politically controversial figure, not because of his ‘art’ but because of his alleged countenancing of his friend Harvey Weinstein’s alleged crimes. But I gasped at the weird screed about Tarantino that appeared on a widely read rightwing site that sometimes publishes good things …. This is not H.L. Mencken. It’s not Lord Byron. It’s not Zola. It’s not Mr. Dooley or Sinclair Lewis. It’s not anyone who ever attacked an enemy with wit and insight. It’s not even the vicious polemics of the American revolutionary period, of the Jackson and anti-Jackson movements, or of the Crisis of the Union in the 1850s. It’s garbage.” (02/26/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1822

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

51) Electric Libertyland, episode 61
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, host Brian McWilliams welcomes back comedian and We The Internet TV executive producer & head writer Lou Perez to the show to discuss the Parkland school shooting and the survivors’ media tour. Brian and Lou discuss life imitating comedy courtesy of a particularly unaware Vice News segment, and parody being harder to come by in a world gone mad.” [various formats] (02/28/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/02/28/ell-61-internet-tvs-lou-perez/

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 02/28/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The Pentagon announced last week that it was sending $40 million to the State Department’s ‘Global Engagement Center’ to ‘counter foreign disinformation.’ Much of the money will go to creating US disinformation, to meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, and to more jobs at neocon NGOs pushing pro-war propaganda. It’s a massive rip-off and worse — we are the targets.” [Flash video] (02/28/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/behind-the-state-departments-40-million-troll-farm

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53) Political Research Digest, episode 11
Source: Niskanen Center

“Trust in government is low and declining after another polarized election and in a polarizing administration. We’re frustrated, even angry, but maybe we still hold some underlying pride in our government. Steven Webster finds that anger decreases trust, whether it’s directed toward the candidates or life in general. But Stephen Nicholson says we still hold implicit trust in government that can be drawn upon in a crisis. We discuss the two sides of trust in government.” [Flash audio] (02/28/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/episode-11-americans-implicitly-trust-government-despite-public-anger/

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54) Essential Libertarianism, episode 24
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

Voluntaryist Critiques of State Education, by George H. Smith. [various formats] (02/28/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/02/28/voluntaryist-critics-of-state-education-part-1-el024/

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55) Cato Daily Podcast, 02/28/18
Source: Cato Institute

“‘Qualified immunity’ is a doctrine that protects police from misconduct that would send someone without a badge to jail. Clark Neily and Jay Schweikert discuss the controversy.” [various formats] (02/28/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/case-against-qualified-immunity

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56) Balaji Srinivasan: Technology will lead to a borderless world
Source: Reason

“‘Soon you’ll be able to join a VR world, and earn virtual currency in virtual reality,’ says Silicon Valley entrepreneur Balaji Srinivasan. ‘Which means that, for a good chunk of people in the world, the majority of their waking hours are going to be spent in the Matrix.’ Srinivasan believes that new technologies — mobile devices, cloud computing, cryptocurrencies — are rapidly taking us into an era when geography, nationality, and other limitations on our labor and freedom fade away. He says that this evolution will empower individuals and erode the authoritarian capabilities of the state.” [Flash video] (02/28/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/02/28/balaji-srinivasan-tech-borderless-world

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57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 161
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“I discuss the failures and evils of the United Nations. In Syria, the UN imposed a ceasefire that no one is listening too and UN aid workers forcing women to have sex for aid. In Yemen, the UN targets Iran while the war crimes of Saudi Arabia get ignored and covered up. The UN also provides the US with an opportunity to demonize Russia and China. I also update Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia.” [various formats] (02/28/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-161-why-the-un-is-horrible

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58) Free Talk Live, 02/27/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Schools Safer These Days :: Gun Owners and Self Defense :: Private Schools Safer? :: Stanford Prison Experiment :: Mark’s Minarchist School Proposal :: Generation Z :: Confirmation Bias :: Collectivism :: Network Marketing Sarah :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/27/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-02-27

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59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1103
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“David Gordon, whose knowledge the late historian Ralph Raico compared to the Library of Congress, joins me for a potpourri episode in which all kinds of wicked errors are delightfully smashed.” [various formats] (02/27/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1103-marx-rawls-and-other-fonts-of-error/

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60) Bloggingheads.tv, 02/27/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Phoebe Maltz Bovy (The Perils of ‘Privilege,’ What Would Phoebe Do?, The New Republic) and Katie Herzog (The Stranger, katieherzog.org) …Katie: Stop calling people trash’ on social media … How online rumors can escalate into real-life drama … Bari Weiss and the social-media outrage backlash cycle … The uproar over Katie’s piece on detransitioning … Why Katie gets mislabeled as a conservative … Trying to be less of an asshole on Twitter … #MeToo and changing cultural mores.” [Flash video] (02/27/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/50759

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Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

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Mary Lou Seymour
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