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Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump regime sues California in bid to end federalism
2) Gowdy, Goodlatte call for special prosecutor to look into surveillance of Carter Page
3) TN: Nashville mayor resigns and pleads guilty to felony theft
4) Venezuela to sell petro cryptocurrency via Dicom forex system
5) Daniels sues Trump over alleged affair and “hush” agreement
6) MD: Senate passes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
7) VT: Sanders’s stepdaughter loses Burlington mayor’s race
8) US State Department: North Korea used VX nerve agent to kill leader’s brother
9) International Women’s Day poll shows half think sexual harassment reports are ignored
10) WA: State housing discrimination bill advances
11) US opioid overdose rates jump 30% in one year
12) Investor “terminates” Weinstein Company assets deal
13) WA: Inslee signs state version of corporate welfare / Internet censorship “Net Neutrality” scam
14) Microsoft co-founder finds lost World War Two aircraft carrier near Australia
15) France: Regime to fix age of deeming sex rape whether or not it actually was at 15
16) UN claims US, Russian, Islamic State and domestic regime war crimes in Syria
17) SpaceX Falcon 9 boosts Spanish communications satellite into space
18) FL: Senate OKs pro-murder victim disarmament bill
19) Sri Lanka: Muslim shops, mosques targeted by Buddhist hardliners
20) UK: Woman, 33, fighting for life alongside Russian spy after “poisoning” named as his daughter

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) A straightforward view of morality and the government
22) Capitol punishment: Or, keeping House is too expensive
23) The dream of the ’90s is alive in cryptocurrency
24) In defense of “gunsplaining”
25) The latest conservative argument for the drug war
26) Tax cut offers long lasting economic benefits
27) Casears non-August
28) Capitalism vs. socialism: Reply to Bruenig
29) Dodd-Frank: Taking a chisel (not a hammer) to this awful law not enough … but it’s a start
30) Gone gun crazy (again)
31) Promoting liberty or provoking the left
32) Why government schools are unsustainable
33) Will NRA follow the path of Big Tobacco?
34) How crypto mining could change Internet economics
35) The rise of corporate social responsibility
36) The Kerner Report at 50: Still separate, more unequal
37) Without consequences for failing schools, students lose
38) Western civilization, seen from 2150 AD, part 1
39) When you relax accountability, bad things happen
40) Shopping is voting
41) Currency exchange value dynamics
42) Why banking is no ordinary industry
43) Now is America’s chance to stop waging brutal war on Yemen
44) And the Oscar goes to: Petty Russian crimes
45) Saudis find out hard way: Yemen is another graveyard of empires
46) Extremism
47) It isn’t only Trump who loves a trade war
48) A market-regulated economy is far from a “Mad Max” dystopia
49) The New York Times’s democracy fairy tale
50) How “Operation Merlin” poisoned US intelligence on Iran

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/06/18
52) Fresh Air, 03/06/18
53) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 46
54) Free Talk Live, 03/05/18
55) Bloggingheads.tv, 03/05/18

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

1) Trump regime sues California in bid to end federalism
Source: NBC News

“The Justice Department sued California late Tuesday, escalating the battle between the Trump administration and local governments over the issue of providing sanctuaries from a crackdown on immigration enforcement. The lawsuit, which also names Gov. Jerry Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, challenges three recently passed state laws that the Trump administration says hinder enforcement of federal immigration law and endanger federal agents. … Supporters of the laws argue they make communities safer by encouraging undocumented victims of crime to come forward without fear of being detained. But the Justice Department has questioned why California, after arresting someone for violating a state law, then hinders [sic] federal efforts to deport the offender.” [editor’s note: Refusal to assist the ICE gang (especially in the absence of a warrant as required by the Constitution) is not “hindering” them; nor is it state and local law enforcement’s job to enforce federal law – TLK] (03/06/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/trump-s-justice-department-sues-california-over-immigration-enforcement-n854331/

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2) Gowdy, Goodlatte call for special prosecutor to look into surveillance of Carter Page
Source: Raw Story

“Two Republican chairmen in the House of Representatives are calling for a special prosecutor to look into alleged surveillance abuses within the Justice Department after one of their colleagues pushed to declassify a memo on the subject. CNN reported Tuesday that House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) sent a letter to the attorney general’s office asking them to investigate alleged abuses at the DOJ and FBI. The argument that the department abused their power when acquiring Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page stems from a memo authored by the GOP-controlled House Intelligence Committee. The memo, pushed by committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), claims the Obama-era Justice Department relied primarily on the salacious Fusion GPS ‘golden showers’ dossier to acquire the warrants for Page in the secretive FISA court. Previous reporting, however, suggests that Page has likely been under FISA surveillance since 2014 for his ties to Russia.” (03/06/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/high-ranking-gop-congressmen-call-special-prosecutor-look-surveillance-carter-page

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3) TN: Nashville mayor resigns and pleads guilty to felony theft
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The mayor of Nashville, Tennessee has resigned and pleaded guilty to theft from the city during a two-year affair with her police bodyguard. Democrat Megan Barry, 54, had been seen as a rising star before she admitted to an extramarital affair last month. Prosecutors say she racked up thousands of dollars in expenses with her head of security Sgt Rob Forrest. She initially denied abuse of taxpayer money. Barry has promised to repay the city and serve three years’ probation. ‘While my time today as your mayor concludes, my unwavering love and sincere affection for this wonderful city and its great people will never come to an end,’ Barry said on Tuesday shortly after a court appearance. District Attorney Glenn Funk argued that she had improperly used between $10,000 (£7,000) and $60,000 (£43,000) in city funds while carrying out an affair with the head of her security detail. Forrest’s overtime pay more than doubled from 2014-15 to the 2016-17 budget year, according to Metro Nashville Police records.” (03/06/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43307794

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4) Venezuela: Regime to sell petro cryptocurrency via Dicom forex system
Source: Reuters

“The Venezuela government will start auctioning its new petro cryptocurrency to private companies via its Dicom foreign exchange platform in a few weeks, Vice President Tareck El Aissami said on Tuesday. The OPEC country last month began selling the new digital token, which President Nicolas Maduro has said will be backed by oil reserves, in a private sale to investors. Maduro says the petro will help skirt U.S. financial sanctions. Opposition critics call the petro an illegal debt issue, and the U.S. Treasury Department has warned that it may violate sanctions and thus constitutes a legal risk for investors.” (03/06/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crypto-currencies-venezuela/venezuela-to-sell-petro-cryptocurrency-via-dicom-forex-system-idUSKCN1GI330

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5) Daniels sues Trump over alleged affair and “hush” agreement
Source: CNN

“A new lawsuit filed by the porn star known as Stormy Daniels claims President Donald Trump never signed a hush agreement regarding an alleged sexual encounter between the two and therefore the agreement is void. According to the legal complaint filed in California state court and tweeted out by her lawyer on Tuesday, Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, signed the document on behalf of the President instead. The porn star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims in the lawsuit to have had an affair with Trump several years prior to his presidency. However, the lawsuit claims that when he was running for office and multiple women were coming forward to share stories of their own alleged encounters with the then-Republican presidential candidate, Cohen intervened in an attempt to keep Clifford from coming forward as well.” (03/06/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/06/politics/stormy-daniels-donald-trump-lawsuit/index.html

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6) MD: Senate passes bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns
Source: Baltimore Sun

“The Maryland Senate on Monday night passed a bill to require president and vice presidential candidates to release their tax returns if they wish to appear on the state’s ballots. The move, a direct assault on President Donald Trump, drew harsh criticism from Republicans and some Democrats. ‘Show me in the Constitution where it says that’s a qualification for being president of the United States,’ said Sen. James Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat. ‘We can’t go along and make up rules when we don’t like the president of the United States. … Maryland would be the first state to enact such a law, which would require candidates to share tax returns going back at least five years. The governors of California and New Jersey vetoed similar measures.” [hat tip — Ballot Access News] (03/06/18)

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-president-tax-returns-20180305-story.html

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7) VT: Sanders’s stepdaughter loses Burlington mayor’s race
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ stepdaughter has lost her bid for mayor of Vermont’s largest city, where Sanders got his political start. Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro (ma-ROW) Weinberger won re-election to a third, three-year term on Tuesday. He beat Carina Driscoll and fellow independent candidate Infinite Culcleasure. Driscoll says the city under Weinberger has catered to private investment rather than advocate for residents’ vision of the municipality. Weinberger says voters have had the ultimate say in most major initiatives. He also says his office has turned around Burlington’s troubled financial past, worked to rebuild public trust and made improvements to the northern waterfront and other projects.” (03/06/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/The-Latest-Sanders-stepdaughter-loses-mayor-s-12733296.php

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8) US State Department: North Korea used VX nerve agent to kill leader’s brother
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The half-brother of Kim Jong-un was killed by a chemical attack in Malaysia on the orders of the North Korean government, the US has concluded. Kim Jong-nam died after a bizarre encounter at Kuala Lumpur airport in 2017, when two women smeared his face with VX nerve agent. The women, who say they believed they were carrying out a prank for a TV show, are on trial for murder. The US said it would impose new sanctions on North Korea in response. ‘This public display of contempt for universal norms against chemical weapons use further demonstrates the reckless nature of North Korea and underscores that we cannot afford to tolerate a North Korean WMD program of any kind,’ said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. The US has consistently accused North Korea of being behind the attack on Kim Jong-nam.” (03/06/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43312052

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9) International Women’s Day poll shows half think sexual harassment reports are ignored
Source: USA Today

“They are women, hear them roar. And for the past 14 months (through two Januaries of vigorous rallies and months of surging #MeToo and #TimesUp movements) that roar has turned into a global outcry. On Thursday, organizers of International Women’s Day 2018 hope to capitalize on that momentum and crank up the equality meter even more with #PressforProgress — a push for gender parity worldwide. Women’s voices first rang out at marches on President Trump’s first full day in office in 2017 and again a year later. But they’ve taken on added potency as public revelations about sexual harassment and assault galvanized countries last fall. A World Economic Forum Gender Gap report that showed parity more than 200 years away further fueled the fire. Women’s Day organizers see the wave of activism as a critical moment. Gender parity is under an intense spotlight, Glenda Stone, partnerships director for International Women’s Day, told USA TODAY.” (03/06/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/03/06/international-womens-day-thursday-heres-what-you-need-know/396281002

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10) WA: State housing discrimination bill advances
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Legislators in Washington state have passed a bill that bars landlords from turning away tenants who rely on Social Security income, veterans benefits and federally funded Section 8 vouchers that help low-income people pay rent. The measure that passed Tuesday is one of several efforts by politicians and low-income housing advocates aimed at curbing one of the highest homeless rates in the nation. It now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 11 other states and Washington, D.C., have enacted similar laws. While Washington boasts one of the country’s fastest-growing economies, the flip side is a housing market where rents have surged and vacancy rates are the country’s lowest.” (03/06/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/The-Latest-Washington-housing-discrimination-12733295.php

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11) US opioid overdose rates jump 30% in one year
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Opioid overdoses were up 30% in the last year across the United States, a study by a federal agency has found. The US Midwest was worst hit with overdoses surging by 70%, according to the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Vital Signs study tracked emergency room visits due to an opioid overdose between 2016 June and September 2017. The US opioid crisis claimed 63,600 lives in 2016, the National Center for Health Statistics has previously said. The CDC said tracking hospital visits was more comprehensive than counting overdose related deaths. ‘Long before we receive data from death certificates, emergency department data can point to alarming increases in opioid overdoses,’ said acting director Anne Schuchat.” (03/06/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43305340

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12) Investor “terminates” Weinstein Company assets deal
Source: Raw Story

“The deal to buy assets from Harvey Weinstein’s former production company hit another roadblock Tuesday as former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet said her investor group was abandoning the venture — for now. ‘After signing and entering into the confirmatory diligence phase, we have received disappointing information about the viability of completing this transaction. As a result, we have decided to terminate this transaction,’ she said in a statement. It was the latest dramatic twist in a long-running saga over the future of the New York-headquartered film studio, which has teetered on the brink of bankruptcy since Weinstein was hit by bombshell allegations, torpedoing his career last October. But Contreras-Sweet did not exclude future attempts to create a new firm from the ashes of Hollywood mogul Weinstein’s downfall for alleged sexual misconduct. ‘I believe that our vision to create a women-led film studio is still the correct course of action,’ she said.” (03/06/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/investor-terminates-weinstein-company-assets-deal

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13) WA: Inslee signs state version of corporate welfare / Internet censorship “Net Neutrality” scam
Source: Wired

“Washington state governor Jay Inslee Monday signed the nation’s first state law intended to protect net neutrality, setting up a potential legal battle with the Federal Communications Commission. The law bans broadband providers offering service in the state from blocking or throttling legal content, or from offering fast-lane access to companies willing to pay extra.” (03/06/18)

https://www.wired.com/story/washington-state-enacts-net-neutrality-law-in-clash-with-fcc/

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14) Microsoft co-founder finds lost World War Two aircraft carrier near Australia
Source: ABC News

“An expedition team led by Paul Allen, the billionaire explorer and the co-founder of Microsoft, said it’s discovered the missing wreckage of an American aircraft carrier that went down during World War II. Allen and his team located the long-lost USS Lexington, one of the first American carriers, about 500 miles northeast of Australia in the Coral Sea, he said in a post on his website. Using Allen’s personal vessel, the R/V Petrel, the team on Sunday discovered the wrecked ship about 2 miles deep, along with 11 of the 35 planes that went down with it, according to the post. The carrier, nicknamed ‘Lady Lex,’ went down in 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea.” (03/06/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/microsoft-founder-finds-lost-world-war-ii-aircraft/story?id=53546780

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15) France: Regime to fix age of deeming sex rape whether or not it actually was at 15
Source: Business Standard [India]

“France plans to set the legal age of sexual consent as 15 after two-high profile cases involving 11-year-old girls, according to the country’s Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa. Schiappa said the government ‘decided to set the age at 15’ after consultations with doctors and legal experts. … Current laws in France criminalize sex with children under the age of 15 but prosecutors must prove that the sexual act was forced, the BBC reported. Under the existing legislation, if there is no violence or coercion proved, offenders may only be charged with sexual abuse of a minor and not rape.” (03/06/18)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/france-to-fix-age-of-sexual-consent-at-15-118030600900_1.html

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16) UN claims US, Russian, Islamic State and domestic regime war crimes in Syria
Source: US News & World Report

“Air strikes by Russia and a U.S.-led coalition killed civilians in Syria on a large scale last year, while the Assad government carried out unlawful chemical weapon attacks in rebel-held eastern Ghouta, U.N. war crimes investigators said on Tuesday. Islamic State fighters and other insurgent groups committed war crimes including deadly attacks on civilians and using them as human shields, the investigators said in their latest report covering six months through January 15.” [editor’s note: Speaking of war crimes, the “human shield” and “collateral damage” excuses always trotted out to explain them away. No dice. If you drop a bomb, who it lands on is YOUR responsibility – TLK] (03/06/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2018-03-06/russia-and-us-air-strikes-caused-mass-civilian-deaths-in-syria-un

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17) SpaceX Falcon 9 boosts Spanish communications satellite into space
Source: CBS News

“Lighting up the night sky, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket making the program’s 50th flight thundered away from Cape Canaveral early Tuesday, shattering the overnight calm with a crackling roar as it boosted a Spanish communications satellite toward orbit in the California rocket builder’s fifth flight so far this year.” (03/06/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-falcon-9-boosts-spanish-comsat-into-space/

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18) FL: Senate OKs pro-murder victim disarmament bill
Source: CNN

“The Florida State Senate narrowly passed a bill Monday that would raise the age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21, require a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases and ban the sale or possession of bump fire stocks, which can make it easier for a semi-automatic weapon to function like an automatic rifle. The ‘Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act’ (SB 7026) would also give law enforcement more power to seize weapons and ammunition from those deemed mentally unfit or otherwise a threat, and provide additional funding for armed school resource officers and for mental health services. The Senate narrowed a controversial provision in the bill that would allow teachers to be armed. The measure in its entirety still must pass the Florida House.” (03/05/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/05/us/urgent-gun-measures-florida-state-legislatures/index.html

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19) Sri Lanka: Muslim shops, mosques targeted by Buddhist hardliners
Source: Malaysian Digest [Malaysia]

“Sri Lanka imposed a curfew in a central town popular with tourists after days of unrest between religious communities with a Buddhist man killed and Muslim businesses set ablaze. Police said on Monday there had been riots and arson attacks since the weekend in Kandy district, while sources told Al Jazeera the violence was spreading throughout the South Asian island nation. ‘The curfew was imposed to control the situation in the area,’ said police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera. Police officers were placed on heightened alert in Kandy to ensure the ‘situation does not spiral into inter-communal conflagration,’ the government said in a statement. Mobs set fire to Muslim-owned businesses and attacked a mosque in the east of the country.” (03/06/18)

http://www.malaysiandigest.com/world/726367-sri-lanka-muslim-shops-mosques-targeted-by-buddhist-hardliners.html

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20) UK: Woman, 33, fighting for life alongside Russian spy after “poisoning” named as his daughter
Source: The Daily Mirror [UK]

“The woman suspected to have been poisoned alongside former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal has been named as his daughter. Yulia Skripal, 33, was discovered slumped on a bench near a shopping centre alongside her dad on Sunday afternoon, according to the BBC. She is understood to have been visiting Britain from her Russian home. Today, she and Skripal, 66, both remain critically ill in hospital after being exposed to what police described as ‘an unknown substance.’ It follows reports that ex-spy Skripal had been in fear of his life after both his wife and son were killed in car crashes in recent years.” (03/06/18)

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-fighting-life-alongside-russian-12135061

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

21) A straightforward view of morality and the government
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“If an action is immoral for me and you, it is also immoral for others, including those who constitute the government. Election to public office is not a licence to lie, defraud, extort, rob, kidnap, or murder. Those who believe that government officials, employees, and contractors may morally do what other individuals may not do are morally bankrupt. The government has the power to act immorally — and does so as its standard operating procedure — but power and just right are completely different things.” (03/06/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/03/06/a-straightforward-view-of-morality-and-the-government/

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22) Capitol punishment: Or, keeping House is too expensive
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Politico reports on a letter to US Representative and House Ethics Committee chairwoman Susan Brooks (R-IN), from more than two dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus, requesting an investigation into ‘the legality and propriety’ of lawmakers sleeping in their offices. Among their complaints are that the free lodging and associated perqs constitute a ‘direct violation of the ethics rules which prohibit official resources from being used for personal purposes,’ and that the risk of seeing a naked politician creates a ‘hostile work environment’ for House, um, housekeepers. It’s hard to disagree with the latter, but before unpacking this let’s observe a moment of grief-laden silence for those poor underpaid members of Congress (base salary: $174,000 per year plus a quarter of a million for “office expenses” including travel) and their need to maintain two residences (one back home and one in Washington while Congress is in session). Before leaving Congress last year, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) proposed an additional ‘housing allowance’ of $2,500 per month to help cover the costs of that second residence. I have a better idea.” (03/06/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12977

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23) The dream of the ’90s is alive in cryptocurrency
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Kate Sills

“[A] subset of early Internet adopters (who go by many names: cypherpunks, crypto anarchists, and Internet Exceptionalists, to name a few) thought the Internet would go further. They thought we would have an Internet revolution in economics and in law. Instead of relying on government-issued money, we would have digital cash, the ability to pay any person on the Internet instantly and anonymously. Instead of being regulated by our brick-and-mortar governments, we, the new settlers of the Electronic Frontier, would make our own rules. These were the expectations of the Internet as of 1994 or so. What happened? Life has changed, certainly, but in the United States, we still use US dollars and US law. Perhaps these ideas were only fantasies. But maybe these ideas were merely ahead of their time.” (03/06/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/dream-90s-is-alive-cryptocurrencies

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24) In defense of “gunsplaining”
Source: Reason
by Christian Britschgi

“Pointing out inaccuracies in your opponent’s arguments is a cynical ploy to stop discussion. Or so I gather from Adam Weinstein, who just published a Washington Post op-ed taking gun control critics to task for ‘gunsplaining’ — Weinstein’s name for when one is ‘harangued with the pedantry of the more-credible-than-thou firearms owner’ after one makes some incidental factual error about guns, such as calling AR-15s ‘high-powered’ or confusing clips with magazines. ‘Gunsplaining,’ Weinstein declares, ‘is always done in bad faith. Like mansplaining, it’s less about adding to the discourse than smothering it.’ Were it not for those condescending gun snobs picking apart every rhetorical misstep, we would spend less time arguing over little details and more time having reasoned discussions over just which firearms restrictions we should implement next.” (03/06/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/03/06/in-defense-of-gunsplaining

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25) The latest conservative argument for the drug war
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“There are many reasons why most conservatives support the government’s war on drugs — tradition, culture, society, religion, politics, safety, ethics, morality, science, health, propaganda, misinformation — but now we need to add one more thing to the list. The latest conservative argument for the drug war is that since drugs interfere with ‘clear thinking,’ government has a responsibility to restrict their use.” (03/06/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/latest-conservative-argument-drug-war/

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26) Tax cut offers long lasting economic benefits
Source: USA Today
by Alan D Viard

“Critics of the new tax law see the recent surge in stock buybacks as proof that the law is failing to boost the economy. Their argument is flawed. But it’s an understandable response to flawed arguments made by the law’s supporters about the effects of bringing foreign profits home. The real benefits of the corporate tax rate cut are getting lost in the confusion. The tax law’s repatriation provision is encouraging foreign subsidiaries, which hold $2 trillion of accumulated overseas profits, to return much of that money to their U.S. parent companies. Some of the law’s supporters claimed that the parent companies would use this money to invest at home. Economists (including this author) have steadfastly rejected such claims. A self-interested company’s investment decisions are based on the profitability of potential investments. Moving money from subsidiaries’ bank accounts to parent companies’ bank accounts doesn’t make potential investments more profitable. The repatriated profits are being used for stock buybacks, just as they were during a 2004 repatriation holiday.” (03/05/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/03/05/tax-cut-long-lasting-economic-benefits-editorials-debates/111119270

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27) Casears non-August
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“I should have known. The first time I saw Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on TV, he was wearing four gold stars on each side of his collar. The highest rank that anyone can hope to achieve in the US Army is the rank of four-star general. It is difficult — no, ridiculous — to equate a four-star general with an elected cop in a county in Florida. I should have known that a person who would parade around that way would have lots more blustering incompetence to show us. And he did.” (03/06/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1825

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28) Capitalism vs. socialism: Reply to Bruenig
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“I spent many years studying intellectual history. Still, my honest reaction: While these ‘luminaries’ were smart, most were also profoundly ignorant and dogmatic — and apologists for the brutal societies in which they lived. Most had near-zero knowledge of what actually sustains the true and beautiful in our culture, namely: science, tolerance, and markets. They have far more to learn from us — both factually and morally — than we do from them. That said, I suspect the large majority of these luminaries would look at us with amazement. Indeed, when they exited of the time machine, they’d wonder if they’d died and gone to heaven. After all, they’d witness amazingly well-fed, healthy people enjoying a cornucopia of technology and art beyond their wildest dreams. Then they’d learn about the abolition of slavery and serfdom, the amazing progress of women, and the peaceful co-existence of conflicting religions and philosophies. And hygiene. And Netflix. Would any of the luminaries till have the nerve to call us ‘unfree?’” (03/06/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/03/capitalism_vs_s_1.html

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29) Dodd-Frank: Taking a chisel (not a hammer) to this awful law not enough … but it’s a start
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“After nearly a decade of failure, the banking regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis are about to get a rewrite in Congress. And, surprisingly, the reform will be truly bipartisan, with some 12 Democrats supporting the changes. The 2010 Dodd-Frank bill has been a disaster. Not only did it fail to address the true cause of the financial crisis, which was federal meddling in the housing market, but it blamed all banks equally for the economy’s wreckage following the housing market meltdown. The result has been devastation. The new bill tries to fix the problem. As the Washington Post reports, ‘The core of the new bill exempts about two dozen financial companies with assets between $50 billion and $250 billion from the highest levels of scrutiny’ by the Fed. Not surprisingly, the godmother of Dodd-Frank, Elizabeth Warren, was scathing in her criticism of the proposed reforms. ‘On the 10th anniversary of an enormous financial crash, Congress should not be passing laws to roll back regulations on Wall Street banks,’ she said.” (03/06/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/dodd-frank-taking-a-chisel-not-a-hammer-to-this-awful-law-isnt-enough-but-its-a-start/

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30) Gone gun crazy (again)
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“One of this country’s major flaws on firearms is the chasm of ignorance that exists between hunting country and the suburbs. I don’t even own a damn gun but having grown up in the sticks of a purple state, I have a full appreciation for the fact that the only real assault weapons in this country are in the hands of those tax-funded gangsters in law enforcement. An assault weapon is a fully automatic firearm designed for state sanctioned mass shootings like Waco. AR-15’s are not assault weapons, they just look like them. Calling an AR-15 an assault weapon is like calling the Texas Chainsaw Massacre a snuff film. The total absurdity of assault weapons bans can be revealed by the fact that, under Clinton’s post-Waco regime, you couldn’t buy an AR but it was practically fucking raining Mini-14’s, another high-capacity hunting rifle chambered at the same damn caliber, but it wasn’t frightening enough to gives the Jones’ nightmares so it got a pass. Assault weapons bans are a joke, arbitrary political theater designed to massage the fears of the ignorant.” (03/05/18)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/03/gone-gun-crazy-again.html

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31) Promoting liberty or provoking the left
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Steve Horwitz

“Here are a few thoughts for college libertarians who are able to invite speakers to campus and how they might do so in the most productive ways. Let me start by saying that the sort of interruptions we’ve seen this week with Yaron Brook and Christina Hoff Sommers are utterly unacceptable. Those who disrupt planned presentations with official permission to use space and students expecting a talk should be forcibly removed from the room and subject to the relevant disciplinary consequences. There should be no negotiating with anti-intellectual terrorists. They should feel free to ask questions when the time comes or protest outside the building in ways that do not prevent those who wish to attend from attending. No excuses. … Of course, the reality is that universities will continue to capitulate to protestors, so what should libertarian student groups do? Here’s some suggestions.” (03/06/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/03/promoting-liberty-provoking-left/

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32) Why government schools are unsustainable
Source: Heartland Institute
by Teresa Mull

“The private school-charter school debate is complex, but it’s obvious that the traditional government school system is broken. The very way it has been set up makes its demise inevitable. Its doom is a matter of not ‘if,’ but ‘when.’ How many students have to suffer and fail before its ultimate downfall becomes reality?” (03/06/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/03/why-government-schools-are-unsustainable/

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33) Will NRA follow the path of Big Tobacco?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Peter Grier

“A big industry defended by powerful lobbyists. A product popular with grassroots supporters but reviled by critics as lethal. A nationwide debate that touches on deep aspects of American culture. Guns in 2018? No, tobacco in 1998. Twenty years ago, a historic settlement between tobacco firms and 46 states shackled the smoking trade in the United States. The industry agreed to pay states billions of dollars in damages, and to curtail much of its marketing. Tobacco dollars funded a new national anti-smoking advocacy campaign. Smoking rates in the US declined — and continue to go down. Could that public health success be a template for anti-gun action? … But there’s a flaw in this chain of logic: Guns and tobacco occupy very different positions in American law. The Second Amendment to the Constitution is silent on the right to possess cigars. And firearms are symbolic in a way that tobacco is not. To many owners, they are about freedom, as well as shooting. They are emblems of a traditionalist vision for the country, plus a way to plink cans off the fence.” (03/06/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0306/Will-NRA-follow-the-path-of-Big-Tobacco

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34) How crypto mining could change Internet economics
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“There is no shortage of alarmism over the rising costs of mining cryptoassets, most famously Bitcoin but also thousands of others. But there is another way of looking at the problem: mining could provide the answer to rising problems in Internet economics, social media, and the commodification of information toward actual profitability. The height of ironies, one of the world’s leading ‘progressive’ (i.e. left-wing) websites is pioneering the new direction.” (03/05/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/how-cryptomining-could-change-internet-economics

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35) The rise of corporate social responsibility
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“In late October, as the post-Weinstein reckoning swept across practically every sector of the American economy, Axios’s Mike Allen wrote, ‘Forget politics. The culture wars are raging in corporate America, and many CEOs and businesses are grossly unprepared.’ … But just four months later, Allen marveled at the degree to which ‘corporations, under intense social pressure, are filling a void left by governmental gridlock or avoidance.’ Companies may still be run by old, out-of-touch white guys, Allen argued, but corporate social responsibility is in fashion right now. In this telling, corporate America has taken action on gay rights, gun control, climate change, and the minimum wage–all while Congress dithers. The response to the Parkland shooting has been emblematic. A number of corporations have cut ties with the NRA, and Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart both raised the minimum age for purchasing guns to 21. Furthermore, Dick’s announced that it would no longer sell assault rifles. So Allen’s not wrong: Corporations are stepping into a space that’s been left open by government inaction. People want to see movement on issues like gun control, and pressuring corporations is one way to accomplish that.” (03/06/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147293/rise-corporate-social-responsibility

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36) The Kerner Report at 50: Still separate, more unequal
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Every four years, we add an extra day to our calendars to make up for the fact that they don’t accurately reflect the movement of the planet. The Kerner Commission report was released on just such a day, fifty years ago. Unfortunately, too little has changed since February 29, 1968. We’re still out of alignment with the reality all around us. This report, officially called the ‘Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders,’ was commissioned by President Johnson to investigate the causes of the riots that rocked Detroit and other U.S. cities in the summer of 1967. The report identified the forces behind these riots with uncanny precision. Racism, economic inequality, police violence, and media bias: these were the instrumentalities of oppression the commissioners found fifty years ago. They are still with us today.” (03/06/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180306/fifty-years-later-the-kerner-report-indicts-us-for-our-inaction

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37) Without consequences for failing schools, students lose
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Emily Stahly

“A high-school diploma is supposed to mean something. A student who earns one should be ready to attend college or a trade school, or to start working right away. But a diploma’s value depends on the quality of the school that stands behind it. And down in the bootheel of Missouri, Hayti High School’s class of 2019 has gone all the way from kindergarten to its junior year in high school without ever attending a good school by the standards set by the State Board of Education’s (SBE). In statewide testing, less than half of the students in the district scored proficient or advanced in English and only about a third scored proficient or advanced in math. The latest average ACT score was 16.5, nearly five points below the national average of 21. Has the Hayti School District sufficiently prepared the class of 2019 to succeed after graduation? Hayti has been provisionally accredited for over a decade, but that does not necessarily mean the state has taken adequate steps to make sure the district improves.” (03/06/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/accountability/without-consequences-failing-schools-students-lose

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38) Western civilization, seen from 2150 AD, part 1
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“What decentralized economics slowly taught the world was that their parasitic structures had been unnecessary. People had, from what seemed time immemorial, believed that violence-based hierarchies were necessary for cooperation … that without them, human life would become, as was proclaimed by a very famous author, ‘nasty, solitary, poor, brutish, and short.’ The world’s historical record didn’t support that statement of course, but nearly all history books after 1900 AD were written for and purchased by parasitic systems, and so those portions were left out. Nonetheless, once decentralized systems were part of everyday life for the bulk of the populace (by 2050 or so), it became clearer and clearer that parasitic systems weren’t actually necessary.” (03/06/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/western-civilization-seen-2150-ad-part-1/

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39) When you relax accountability, bad things happen
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“It is hard to publicly criticize firefighting operations for many of the same reasons that it is hard to criticize the police — people will say that they are so brave and perform an indispensible service. Granted. But the [US Forest Service] process for managing and funding firefighting is totally broken. This is not solely the agency’s fault — Congress shares a lot of the blame. But whatever the cause, firefighting has become (in my observation of the agency) a financial accountability-free zone. There are no budgets for fire. No competitive bidding for services and products. All the rules are lifted, and the agency simply spends like crazy. People have made small fortunes inventing things fire crews might need (e.g. portable shower buildings) and selling or renting them to the USFS for huge sums of money. And USFS employees don’t care because they understand it to be an environment where the normal rules do not apply.” (03/05/18)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/03/when-you-relax-accountability-bad-things-happen.html

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40) Shopping is voting
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Alex Noble

“I dream of a world where coffeemongers who refuse to pay their [sic] taxes are boycotted by outraged liberals. Where comedians who tell unfunny and offensive jokes struggle to sell tickets for their gigs. Where debauched CEOs find their bottom line drifting, and tax-evading chatshow hosts find their viewer numbers suffering. This is a world where information is king — the consumer gets to know things and they act upon that information by voting with their wallet. What they do NOT do is demand that their indignation alone should be enough to ‘shut it off’ — they instead take responsibility for their own beliefs and make the sacrifice by changing their behaviour. Tyrannically demanding that a shop be shut completely just because you and your small circle of like-minded friends don’t like it? Sorry, no.” (03/06/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2018/03/06/shopping-is-voting/

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41) Currency exchange value dynamics
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair Macleod

“In a recent article I postulated that the dollar could lose all its purchasing power with a rapidity that will come as an unpleasant bombshell, even to those who already see inflation as society’s greatest problem in the future. The key to understanding why this may be so lies in human reactions to the monetary consequences of the next credit crisis. The undermining of the dollar as a currency affects all other fiat currencies, because it is the reserve currency and all financial markets use it as the pricing medium for commodities and for much of international trade. A comprehensible analysis of currency exchange dynamics must therefore concentrate on the dollar, only bringing in the broader picture when appropriate. In this article’s context, currency exchange dynamics refers primarily to events that lead to a change in the dollar’s purchasing power.” (03/06/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/03/currency-exchange-value-dynamics/

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42) Why banking is no ordinary industry
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan Griggs

“In your work, do you have a colleague, boss, or client who just ‘makes your life easy?’ Society’s financial focus on the investment trees at the expense of the economic forest makes the lives of those in a particular industry especially easy. That industry is banking. A banker’s life is made pleasant almost to the point of effortlessness. The language and form of conversations about money facilitate this ease of existence. You see, the foundation of a bank’s profitability consists in the deposits folks like you and I grant to them.” (03/06/18)

https://mises.org/wire/why-banking-no-ordinary-industry

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43) Now is America’s chance to stop waging brutal war on Yemen
Source: In These Times
by Shireen Al-Adeimi

“Yemen continues to suffer in silence as the world turns away from its ongoing misery. Despite two and a half years of brutal war, the average American remains oblivious to the inconvenient truth that the United States has been helping Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates destroy a sovereign country that posed a threat to no one. While rich Arab states bombard the Middle East’s poorest country, creating the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and an unprecedented cholera outbreak, our government (starting with the Obama administration and continuing with Trump’s) has continued to support them not only through the sale of weapons, but also through mid-air refueling, targeting intelligence, and other logistical support. The international community has betrayed Yemenis over and over again; examples include the United Nations’ capitulation to Saudi pressure by removing it from the list of child killers and allowing the Saudi-led Coalition to investigate (and clear) itself from any wrongdoing. … But have we, the American people, turned our backs to our government’s involvement in Yemen’s destruction?” (03/06/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20959/only-americans-can-stop-americas-war-on-yemen

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44) And the Oscar goes to: Petty Russian crimes
Source: CounterPunch
by Nick Pemberton

“WOKE: Hello viewer. I imagine you thought tonight wouldn’t be about politics. Hey, this is just the movies after all, you thought. Or is it? What if I told you that Vladimir Putin not only interferes in our elections, but he interferes in our very way of life. DEPLOR: Did he steal my health care? WOKE: No, not exactly, but he is a threat to American democracy and the health of this great nation. By the way have you remembered to thank Barack for your healthcare this week? DEPLOR: Oh, uh, I can’t afford health insurance. ObamaCare is too expensive for me. WOKE: Sure, yeah, back to the point. Russia is threatening this great democratic nation …” (03/06/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/06/and-the-oscar-goes-to-petty-russian-crimes/

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45) Saudis find out hard way: Yemen is another graveyard of empires
Source: The American Conservative
by Michael Horton

“The war will enter its fourth year this month. Its primary supporter, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, boasted that it would last weeks or perhaps a few months. The campaign, which was christened ‘Operation Decisive Storm,’ was meant to show off Saudi Arabia’s military might by rapidly defeating the Houthi rebels [sic] — who enjoy limited Iranian support — and reinstalling Yemen’s exiled president, Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi. The war, which is commonly referred to in Saudi Arabia as Muhammad bin Salman’s war, was meant to mark the ambitious young prince’s debut on both the national and international stages. It was also supposed to check what Saudi Arabia views as growing Iranian influence in the region. Instead, it’s shown Saudi Arabia’s lavishly funded and equipped army to be a paper tiger incapable of even defending the Kingdom’s southern border from sandal-clad rebels equipped with nothing more than light and medium arms.” (03/06/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/saudis-find-out-hard-way-yemen-is-another-graveyard-of-empires/

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46) Extremism
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“One Henry Blodgett, editor-in-chief of Business Insider, thinks the NRA are a bunch of extremists. … The NRA has backed firearms registration, background checks, nonresident sales bans, mail order sales bans, new machinegun bans, gun-free zones, ‘assault weapons’ bans, due process-free ‘no-fly/no-buy,’ bump-fire stock bans, and enforcement of all unconstitutional anti-firearms laws (3 strikes), and CCW licensing. They opposed constitutional carry. How ‘extreme.’” (03/06/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4938

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47) It isn’t only Trump who loves a trade war
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“[C]ritics on both sides of the Atlantic, as always, overplay their hand. They act as if Trump’s arch-protectionist posture was somehow exceptional. They present it as almost uniquely stupid, a testament to the sheer idiocy of the man, the asininity of his White House team, and, always in background of mainstream anti-Trumpism, the folly of those who voted for him. If they peered beyond their own loathing for Trump and Trump voters, and the blow to their privileged, ruling position that Trump represents, they’d see that Trump is not so much breaking with as continuing the trajectory of US and Western policymaking. His protectionist move is certainly, as you’d expect, more clumsily and tactlessly presented, and more buffoonish in intent. But it’s of a piece with the protectionist direction of US and Western economic management.” (03/06/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/it-isnt-only-trump-who-loves-a-trade-war/

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48) A market-regulated economy is far from a “Mad Max” dystopia
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“Why are even supporters of free markets so apologetic about them? I ask after coming late to Brexit Secretary David Davis’s speech in Vienna 10 days ago, which sadly amplified Left-wing stereotypes about a market economy. The purpose of Davis’s intervention, of course, was to signal that post-Brexit Britain would dovetail with EU regulations and competition law to facilitate a ‘deep’ and ‘comprehensive’ new partnership. Yet Davis actually went much further, seemingly making a virtue of more state regulation under the synonym of ‘high standards.’” (03/05/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/market-regulated-economy-far-mad-max-dystopia

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49) The New York Times’s democracy fairy tale
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“One of the consequences of growing up is being struck by the reality that fairy tales that we are taught as children are exactly that — fairy tales. Unfortunately, however, in some cases people continue hewing to fairy tales far into adulthood. A good example of this phenomenon appeared in Sunday’s New York Times in an editorial entitled ‘Donald Trump Sure Has a Democracy Problem.’ The editorial criticized President Trump for praising dictatorial and authoritarian political leaders, like Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Russia, Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. And then the fairy tale begins.” (03/06/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/03/06/new-york-timess-democracy-fairy-tale/

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50) How “Operation Merlin” poisoned US intelligence on Iran
Source: Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter

“Jeffrey Sterling, the case officer for the CIA’s covert ‘Operation Merlin,’ who was convicted in May 2015 for allegedly revealing details of that operation to James Risen of the New York Times, was released from prison in January after serving more than two years of a 42-month sentence. He had been tried and convicted on the premise that the revelation of the operation had harmed U.S. security. The entire case against him assumed a solid intelligence case that Iran had indeed been working on a nuclear weapon that justified that covert operation. But the accumulate evidence shows that the intelligence not only did not support the need for Operation Merlin, but that the existence of the CIA’s planned covert operation itself had a profound distorting impact on intelligence assessment of the issue.” (03/06/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/porter/2018/03/05/operation-merlin-poisoned-us-intelligence-iran/

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51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/06/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Administration’s foreign policy is that it is consistently chaotic. One minute there is talk of peace, the next minute there are threats of war. Is there any benefit to such a seemingly incoherent approach to the world? What about the dangers?” [Flash video] (03/06/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trumps-foreign-policy-who-benefits-from-chaos

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52) Fresh Air, 03/06/18
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

‘New Yorker’ staff writer Jane Mayer tells the story of ex-spy Christopher Steele, the man behind the unverified dossier detailing Trump’s ties with Russia. We’ll talk about how the dossier was compiled, and why so little was done about its findings during the campaign — even after Steele told the FBI. Steele also wrote a memo after the election about the possibility that Russians blocked Trump’s first choice for Secretary of State, Mitt Romney.” [Flash audio] (03/06/18)

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

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53) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 46
Source: Libertarianism.org

“The Young Americans were New York’s next generation of artists, intellectuals, and activists; many of whom were inspired by the Loco-Foco movement.” [various formats] (03/06/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/make-america-young-again

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54) Free Talk Live, 03/05/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Anonymous Artist Chalking Penises Around Potholes :: Dicks Restricting Gun Sales :: Buycott vs Boycott :: Chik-fil-a :: War on Chalk :: Cokeheads Mad About Plastic Bills in UK :: Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Release With Zero Compensation after Two Decades :: Taxing Violent Video Games? :: Government Road Lover :: Government Monopoly :: Edgington Post — Mike Cobb :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/05/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-03-05

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55) Bloggingheads.tv, 03/05/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Aryeh Cohen-Wade (Joking on the Square, @AryehCW) and Parallax (Disqus) … Parallax’s critique of critiques of Trump … Aryeh: Trump is just a con artist … Is Obama to blame for Trump? … Imagining a true populist demagogue taking power … Aryeh: Trump’s win shows that the Constitution kinda sucks … Does Trump have a consistent ideology? … Should the American media forget about objectivity?” [Flash video] (03/05/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/50816

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