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Volume XVI, Issue #3,934
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
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In the News:

1) SCOTUS refuses to stop new congressional maps in Pennsylvania
2) Brexit: EU and UK agree deal on transition period
3) AZ: Self-driving Uber kills Arizona woman in first fatal crash involving pedestrian
4) MS: Bryant signs abortion law
5) JFK files: 15-year lawsuit over mysterious CIA agent drags as final files await release
6) Joseph diGenova, who alleges FBI plot to frame Trump, joins president’s legal team
7) UK: Regime will seek warrant to inspect Cambridge Analytica
8) FL: Teacher arrested after she threatened to “blow everyone up” at school
9) Palestinian president calls US ambassador to Israel “son of a dog”
10) NY: Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to run for governor
11) HI: Former congressman quits GOP, citing Trump
12) Pussy Riot slams Putin re-election at Mexico show
13) Movement grows to allow sections of states to break away
14) DC: Pol apologizes for claiming Jews control weather
15) Russia: Snowden slams Putin for “stealing influence” at “rigged” elections
16) Congress races [sic] to finish $1.2 trillion spending bill
17) South Korea: Prosecutors seek arrest of former president Lee
18) Afghanistan: Bombs attached to motorbikes kill four
19) Israel: French consulate worker abducted, accused of moving stuff from one non-Israeli area to another
20) Do we live in a multiverse? Stephen Hawking submitted a final paper days before his death

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Gina Haspel: As if Nuremberg never happened
22) The long life of the mercantile state
23) Pompeo and Haspel are symptoms of a deeper problem
24) Benjamin Tucker, libertarian
25) Two-party system facing its biggest challenge in 70 years
26) The Resistance needs better heroes
27) Facebook is a parasite … even the New York Times is admitting it
28) Lift the Cuban embargo
29) Ukraine’s neo-Nazi problem
30) All Trump all the time
31) This is a chance to turn a past victory into a new victory
32) Trump’s war on the US intelligence community
33) In defense of Betsy DeVos
34) New Florida gun law makes Florida less safe
35) How the globalists ceded the field to Donald Trump
36) It isn’t Russia that destroyed British sovereignty
37) Facebook’s power over our data — who would you prefer to have it?
38) Trump is the Great Disruptor
39) How the Internet conquered the right, killed the Tea Party, and elected Donald Trump
40) Trump’s pollster finds overwhelming support for medical marijuana
41) Quantum Vibe, 03/19/18
42) Give peace a chance
43) Trump the wuss
44) US empire on decline
45) New-fangled vote counting
46) How Russia meddled in its own elections
47) A baker’s dozen dealing with school murders
48) Why Grover Cleveland might be America’s most underrated president
49) Collectivism’s progress: From Marxism to race and gender intersectionality
50) Honest liberals vs. climate alarmism

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 03/19/18
52) Scott Adams Says, 03/19/18
53) One Free Family, episode 9
54) The Bob Zadek Show, 03/18/18
55) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/19/18
56) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 339
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 169
58) The Anarchist Experience, episode 156
59) Free Talk Live, 03/18/18
60) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/18/18

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

1) SCOTUS refuses to stop new congressional maps in Pennsylvania
Source: Washington Post

“The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request from Republican legislative leaders in Pennsylvania to block the implementation of a redrawn congressional map that creates more parity between the political parties in the state. The practical impact is the 2018 elections are likely to be held under a map much more favorable to Democrats, who scored an apparent victory last week in a special election in a strongly Republican state district. The 2011 map that has been used this decade has resulted in Republicans consistently winning 13 of the state’s 18 congressional seats. Monday’s action was the second time that the court declined to get involved in the partisan battle that has roiled Pennsylvania politics. The commonwealth’s highest court earlier this year ruled that a map drawn by Republican leaders in 2011 ‘clearly, plainly and palpably’ violated the free-and-equal-elections clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution.” (03/19/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-refuses-to-stop-new-congressional-maps-in-pennsylvania/2018/03/19/128d9656-215e-11e8-badd-7c9f29a55815_story.html

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2) Brexit: EU and UK agree deal on transition period
Source: Independent [UK]

“Britain and the European Union have agreed the terms of the Brexit transition period during which the UK will temporarily remain in Brussels’ orbit after leaving the EU. The two sides reached a compromise, with the EU saying it would allow Britain to sign its own trade deals during the transition, and the UK caving in on full free movement rights for EU citizens who arrive during the period, as well as automatically implementing new EU rules drawn up without UK input. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the deal was a ‘decisive step’ towards an overall deal on an orderly withdrawal but that it remained only a step in a longer process.” (03/19/18)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-transition-period-deal-agreement-eu-uk-david-davis-barnier-latest-updates-a8263211.html

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3) AZ: Self-driving Uber kills Arizona woman in first fatal crash involving pedestrian
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“An autonomous Uber car killed a woman in the street in Arizona, police said, in what appears to be the first reported fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian in the US. Tempe police said the self-driving car was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash and that the vehicle hit a woman, who was walking outside of the crosswalk and later died at a hospital. There was a vehicle operator inside the car at the time of the crash. … Police identified the victim as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg and said she was not in a crosswalk during the crash, but did not provide further details. Uber is assisting in the ‘active investigation’ the statement added. The self-driving technology is supposed to detect pedestrians, cyclists and others and prevent crashes.” (03/19/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/mar/19/uber-self-driving-car-kills-woman-arizona-tempe

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4) MS: Bryant signs abortion law
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Mississippi’s governor has just signed into law the tightest abortion restrictions in the US. The bill bans most abortions after 15 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest. The only exemptions are in cases where there is a foetal abnormality that is ‘incompatible with life,’ or the mother’s life is in danger. Mississippi previously banned abortions from 20 weeks. Critics say the new law is unconstitutional. The measure was enacted on Monday by Republican Governor Phil Bryant, who says he wants the southern state to be ‘the safest place in America for an unborn child.’ Diane Derzis, who runs the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, has previously threatened a legal challenge if the bill was signed into law.” (03/19/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43465234

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5) JFK files: 15-year lawsuit over mysterious CIA agent drags as final files await release
Source: USA Today

“For 15 years, journalist, author and assassination expert Jefferson Morley has fought to compel the CIA to produce records about longtime spy George Joannides, who worked with a group associated with President John F. Kennedy’s acknowledged assassin and then aided the committee that tried to investigate that killing. Morley returned to federal court again Monday, this time before a three-judge appeals court panel to get the government to pay legal fees that have climbed to more than $500,000, said Morley’s attorney, James Lesar. Circumstances around Kennedy’s murder and the various theories over the decades that reject the idea that the lone assassin was Oswald (who himself was murdered during a jail transfer two days after Kennedy was killed) can get pretty complicated. Morley, however, says his case is simple: The government needs to inform the public of its activities. Morley wants the appeals court in Washington to force the government to pay his legal fees and to get the CIA to reveal some of Joannides’ records.” (03/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/19/jfk-files-15-year-lawsuit-over-mysterious-cia-agent-drags-final-files-await-release/435989002

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6) Joseph diGenova, who alleges FBI plot to frame Trump, joins president’s legal team
Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump has added a longtime Washington lawyer to his legal team who has publicly promoted a conspiracy theory that officials in the FBI and Justice Department are plotting to frame the president with a ‘false crime’ in the Russia investigation. Joseph diGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, recently joined Trump’s legal team, Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s lawyers, confirmed to NBC News Monday. … DiGenova has strongly touted Trump’s claim that the Russia investigation is tainted by bias, with the lawyer telling Fox News in January that there is a secret ‘brazen plot’ by the FBI to ‘illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and, if she didn’t win the election, to then frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime.’” (03/19/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/joseph-digenova-who-alleges-fbi-plot-frame-trump-joins-president-n857966

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7) UK: Regime will seek warrant to inspect Cambridge Analytica
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The UK’s Information Commissioner says she will seek a warrant to look at the databases and servers used by British firm Cambridge Analytica. The company is accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the US presidential election in 2016. Its executives have also been filmed by Channel 4 News suggesting it could use honey traps and potentially bribery to discredit politicians. The company denies any wrongdoing. On Monday, Channel 4 News broadcast hidden camera footage in which Cambridge Analytica chief executive Alexander Nix appears to suggest tactics his company could use to discredit politicians online. In the footage, asked what ‘deep digging’ could be done, Mr Nix told an undercover reporter: ‘Oh, we do a lot more than that.’ He suggested one way to target an individual was to ‘offer them a deal that’s too good to be true and make sure that’s video recorded.’” (03/19/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43465700

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8) FL: Teacher arrested after she threatened to “blow everyone up” at school
Source: Fox News

“A Florida woman has been arrested for posting on Facebook she was ‘going to blow everyone up’ during an elementary school teacher planning day, police said. Christina Marie Maddox, 33, of Yulee, allegedly posted the statement Thursday night and now faces a felony charge of written threats to kill, First Coast News reported. ‘They have teaching planning day tomorrow and I’ll def be there going to blow everyone up,’ she was reported by police as saying. Maddox was contacted by the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office and arrested the next day. She reportedly told police the post was taken out of context and she had no intentions to hurt anyone.” (03/19/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/19/florida-teacher-arrested-after-threatened-to-blow-everyone-up-at-school-cops-say.html

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9) Palestinian president calls US ambassador to Israel “son of a dog”
Source: Raw Story

“Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas labeled the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman a ‘son of a dog’ on Monday during an attack on Donald Trump’s policies. The scathing comments come with US President Trump still expected to launch a plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians despite Abbas boycotting his administration over his controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. ‘The US ambassador in Tel Aviv is a settler and a son of a dog,’ Abbas said in comments to Palestinian leaders in Ramallah. Relations between Abbas’s government and Trump’s administration have broken down since the White House recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. The Palestinians also see the disputed city as the capital of their future state and have refused to meet with Trump’s envoys since.” (03/19/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/palestinian-president-calls-us-ambassador-israel-son-dog

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10) NY: Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to run for governor
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon has announced she is launching a bid for New York governor. Nixon, who played Miranda Hobbs on the HBO series, plans to challenge incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic party nomination. The actress announced her plans to challenge the incumbent governor on Twitter on Monday. The 51-year-old liberal activist, who had long been tipped to run, has never held elected office. Ms Nixon played a career-oriented lawyer from 1998-2004 on the television show ‘Sex and the City.’ She won an Emmy for her work in 2004. It was presented to her by another television celebrity — Donald Trump, whose presidency she has recently railed against.” [editor’s note: I have to wonder how Larry Sharpe can do if she gets the Dem party’s nod – SAT] (03/19/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43465169

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11) HI: Former congressman quits GOP, citing Trump
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A former congressman from Hawaii said Monday he’s leaving the Republican Party because of President Donald Trump and the failure of fellow party members to stand up to him. Charles Djou, who represented Honolulu in the U.S. House from 2010 to 2011, wrote in an opinion piece published in Civil Beat on Monday he’s disturbed that the Republican Party under Trump has become hostile to immigration. Djou lamented Trump’s desire to launch a trade war, his treatment of veterans like Sen. John McCain, his belittling of lawmakers and his recitation of conspiracy theories. ‘I can no longer stand with a Republican Party that is led by a man I firmly believe is taking the party of Lincoln in a direction I fundamentally disagree with, and a party that is unwilling to stand up to him,’ Djou wrote.” (03/19/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Former-congressman-from-Hawaii-quits-GOP-citing-12765194.php

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12) Pussy Riot slams Putin re-election at Mexico show
Source: Raw Story

“The Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot (whose members served time in prison camps after criticizing the Moscow government) is rejecting President Vladimir Putin’s re-election. ‘Today, Vladimir Putin won Russian elections for the fourth time, so we created this fucking music band because we didn’t want him to be our president, but then, literally, it became an international movement,” Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the group’s frontwoman, said Sunday during a show at a Mexican music festival. ‘And actually, anybody can be a Pussy Riot, all of you can be a Pussy Riot.’ Shortly before taking to the stage at the Vive Latino festival, the group also launched their latest single, ‘Elections.’ … ‘it’s the election day in Russia (guess who’ll win??)’ they wrote on Twitter. The group also slammed the wave of violence against women gripping Mexico, where, according to the UN, more than seven women are killed every day.” (03/19/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/pussy-riot-slams-putin-re-election-mexico-show

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13) Movement grows to allow sections of states to break away
Source: Fox News

“When Donald Trump was elected, a lot of people in California signed a petition supporting the state’s secession from the U.S. It was hard to take the movement seriously — didn’t we fight a war over this? But there is another secession movement in California, and elsewhere in America, that is getting genuine attention from political pundits. While it may be unlikely to succeed, the idea of intra-state secession (a section of a state splitting off to form its own state) has been growing in popularity. And there’s even a Constitutional procedure for doing it. In recent decades, the political differences between rural areas and metropolitan areas seem to have become more severe. This has caused political splits in certain states, where, often, those rural areas, with lower populations, feel stifled by their city brethren.” (03/19/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/19/are-some-states-headed-for-splitsville-movement-grows-to-allow-sections-states-to-break-away.html

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14) DC: Pol apologizes for claiming Jews control weather
Source: Jerusalem Post [Israel]

“On Friday, a few snowflakes fell in Washington, DC. It wasn’t particularly out of the ordinary for March, but one local councilman posted a video blaming the surprise weather on — you guessed it — the Jews. ‘It’s climate manipulation,’ said Trayon White, a councilman for DC Ward 8 in the now-deleted video. ‘DC keep talking about ‘We are a resilient city,’ and that’s a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful.’ … After the controversy picked up steam, White deleted the post Sunday night and posted an apology. ” (03/19/18)

http://www.jpost.com/OMG/DC-councilman-apologizes-for-saying-Jews-control-weather-545458

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15) Russia: Snowden slams Putin for “stealing influence” at “rigged” elections
Source: The Sun [UK]

“CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden has hit out the ‘rigged Russian election’ and accused Vladimir Putin of stealing power with ‘fake votes.’ The former National Security Agency contractor and CIA employee criticised the integrity of the poll which saw Putin romp to a fourth term in office. … ‘The ballot stuffing seen today in Moscow and elsewhere in the Russian election is an effort to steal the influence of 140+ million people,’ Snowden said in a tweet. ‘Demand justice; demand laws and courts that matter. Take your future back.’ Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in 2013 after he leaked secret information from America’s secret surveillance programs and has been there ever since.” [editor’s note: The story omits the fact that Snowden was trapped in Russia by the US government’s suspension of his passport while was en route elsewhere. He’s there because Barack Obama wanted him there, not because he wanted to be there – TLK] (03/19/18)

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5844292/cia-whistleblower-edward-snowden-blasts-rigged-russian-election-and-accuses-putin-of-stealing-the-influence-of-millions-with-fake-votes/

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16) Congress races [sic] to finish $1.2 trillion spending bill
Source: The Hill

“Congress is on the verge of unveiling a $1.2 trillion government funding package that would provide the biggest increase to federal spending in years. But some conservatives have balked at the price tag of the omnibus, while members from both parties are worried that leaders will attach controversial ‘poison pill’ riders to the funding measure at the last minute. Still, appropriators are hopeful that they will be able to resolve any outstanding issues and attract enough bipartisan support to avoid a government shutdown by Friday’s deadline.” [editor’s note: The only time Congress “races” anywhere is when they hear the Capitol cafeteria is serving bread pudding – TLK] (03/19/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/378862-congress-races-to-finish-12-trillion-funding-bill

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17) South Korea: Prosecutors seek arrest of former president Lee
Source: Business Standard [India]

“Seoul prosecutors said today they are seeking the arrest of former President Lee Myung-bak over corruption allegations, on the grounds he might destroy evidence if not detained. Lee, the latest of several ex-leaders to be embroiled in a criminal inquiry, is being investigated for multiple cases of bribery amounting to millions of dollars. The 76-year-old, who served from 2008 to 2013, faced a marathon interrogation by prosecutors last week, during which he denied most of the accusations he faced.” (03/19/18)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/s-korea-prosecutors-seek-arrest-of-ex-president-lee-118031900507_1.html

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18) Afghanistan: Bombs attached to motorbikes kill four
Source: Washington Post

“Afghan officials say bombs attached to motorcycles have killed four people in separate attacks. One struck outside a sports stadium in eastern Nangarhar province, killing three on Monday. Akramuddin, a provincial police official, says the explosion occurred as former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was holding a rally at the stadium in Jalalabad, the province'[s] capital. … The second motorcycle bomb exploded in western Herat province. Spokesman Jelani Farhad says one person was killed and seven were wounded.” (03/19/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghan-officials-bombs-attached-to-motorbikes-kill-4-people/2018/03/19/84a8fcc8-2b66-11e8-8dc9-3b51e028b845_story.html

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19) Israel: French consulate worker abducted, accused of moving stuff from one non-Israeli area to another
Source: CNN

“A worker at the French Consulate in Jerusalem has been arrested for smuggling weapons from Gaza into East Jerusalem and the West Bank using his diplomatic immunity, the Israel Security Agency (ISA) announced Monday after a joint investigation with Israeli police. According to the ISA, Romain Franck, a 24-year-old French citizen, smuggled 70 guns and two assault rifles through the Erez Border Crossing between Gaza and Israel using a consular vehicle, which goes through reduced security checks because of its diplomatic status.” (03/19/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/19/middleeast/french-consulate-israel-gaza-weapons-intl/index.html

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20) Do we live in a multiverse? Stephen Hawking submitted a final paper days before his death
Source: USA Today

“Stephen Hawking submitted a final paper days before his death that could lead to the discovery of a parallel universes. Hawking, who died last week at 76, was listed as a co-author on the paper, which lays the framework for how researchers could someday test the ‘multiverse’ theory, or the existence of an infinite number of universes in addition to our own …. Arxiv.org, an online distribution system for research papers owned by Cornell University, shows the paper, titled A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation, was first submitted by Hawking’s fellow co-author Thomas Hertog in July 2017. The latest version of the paper was submitted on March 4, just days before Hawking’s death.” (03/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2018/03/19/stephen-hawking-submitted-final-paper-days-before-his-death-and-could-lead-discover-parallel-univers/437237002/

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

21) Gina Haspel: As if Nuremberg never happened
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“Nothing will say more about who we are, across three American administrations — one that demanded torture, one that covered it up, and one that seeks to promote its bloody participants — than whether Gina Haspel becomes director of the CIA. Haspel oversaw the torture of human beings in Thailand as the chief of a CIA black site in 2002. Since then, she’s worked her way up to deputy director at the CIA. With current director Mike Pompeo slated to move to Foggy Bottom, President Donald Trump has proposed Haspel as the Agency’s new head. Haspel’s victims waiting for death in Guantanamo cannot speak to us, though they no doubt remember their own screams as they were waterboarded. And we can still hear former CIA officer John Kiriakou say: ‘We did call her Bloody Gina.’” (03/19/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/gina-haspel-as-if-nuremberg-never-happened/

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22) The long life of the mercantile state
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The general goal of free trade as a guarantor of peace and prosperity has been one of the few consensus points of politics that has been consistent since the end of World War Two. Now, we suddenly find that we can no longer take this for granted, not when the President of the US is tweeting that he would love to start a trade war. And thus does the world now find itself embroiled in the chaotic politics of protectionism, complete with panicked lobbying, retaliation threats, and shock and awe from anyone who posses even the slightest knowledge of the history of mercantilism.” (03/19/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/long-life-mercantile-state

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23) Pompeo and Haspel are symptoms of a deeper problem
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“While it may be disappointing to see people like Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State and Gina Haspel as the head of the CIA, it shouldn’t be all that surprising. The few areas where President Trump’s actions are consistent with candidate Trump’s promises are ripping up the nuclear deal with Iran and embracing the torture policies of President George W. Bush. Candidate Trump in late 2015 promised to bring back waterboarding ‘and a whole lot worse’ if he became president. It seems that is his intention with the elevation of Pompeo and Haspel to the most senior positions in his Administration. We should be concerned, of course, but the real problem is not really Mike Pompeo or Gina Haspel.” (03/19/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/pompeo-haspel-symptoms-deeper-problem

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24) Benjamin Tucker, libertarian
Source: Libertarianism.org
by David S D’Amato

“There existed, for a time, an alignment between labor reform and socialism on the one hand and individualism and free-market libertarianism on the other. Benjamin Tucker famously called socialists and anarchists ‘armies that overlap.’ Today, however, the idea that anti-statism and socialism are somehow related is likely to strike most readers as deeply confused, for government ownership and management seem to be at the heart of socialism. We have examined Tucker’s voluntary or libertarian socialism, which explains this idea of ‘armies that overlap;’ the unique case of Tucker is also of interest in our consideration of the relationship between anarchism and libertarianism as historical phenomena and movements. The question naturally arises: were Tucker alive today, would we find him at libertarian conferences or anarchist book fairs? While we will never know for sure, Tucker’s words offer clues, many of them quite clear, given his deliberate style of communication.” (03/19/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/benjamin-tucker-libertarian

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25) Two-party system facing its biggest challenge in 70 years
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“We are in a moment of nervous, semi-panicked reflection about the health and prospects of the American political system. Take The Atlantic’s March essay, ‘America Is Not a Democracy.’ It begins with the story of how a private water company in Oxford, Mass., apparently derailed a public buyout pushed by locals who were angry about high rates and poor service. The plan was voted down at a town hall meeting mysteriously packed with people who had shown little previous interest. ‘Even in this bastion of deliberation and direct democracy,’ writes Yascha Mounk, ‘a nasty suspicion had taken hold: that the levers of power are not controlled by the people.’ With good reason. Polling shows that Congress is profoundly out of tune with the will of the people on almost every issue, from gun control to single-payer healthcare to action on climate change. In a Gallup poll released this past fall, only a third of respondents said the two major parties ‘do an adequate job of representing the American people.’ Sixty-one percent thought a third party was needed — the highest number in eight polls taken over 15 years.” (03/19/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/two_party_system_election_reform_proportional_representation.html

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26) The Resistance needs better heroes
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“A movement without memory is adrift. And a movement that picks the wrong heroes is lost. Two milestones should serve as reminders to self-styled members of the Resistance. One marks a turning point in the life of an ill-chosen hero. The other is a reminder that true heroism calls for self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-sacrifice. We’ll get to those milestones. But first there’s the matter of torture. Donald Trump has nominated Gina Haspel to run the Central Intelligence Agency. Haspel, a career intelligence operative, led torture operations and ran a CIA ‘black site’ in Thailand which was used to interrogate suspected Al Quaeda members after 9/11. She also signed the order to destroy the videotaped evidence of the agency’s illegal acts, which itself appears to have been illegal. Haspel was apparently present for the torture of a detainee named Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, (It was incorrectly reported that she was also present for the torture of Abu Zubaydah, a more famous prisoner.) There have even been calls for Haspel’s arrest.” (03/19/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180319/the-resistance-needs-better-heroes

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27) Facebook is a parasite … even the New York Times is admitting it
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Facebook, Google, and all the free services operate as parasites. So do the ‘discount with card’ groceries, etc., etc. All of these operations are pushing you to give them your information, which they will use to manipulate you. And when they’re done manipulating you, they’ll sell your information to others, so they can do the same. Regardless of how creatively this is justified, it is plainly parasitic.” [editor’s note: Odd definition of “parasitic.” It’s a mutually agreed upon arrangement in which valuable considerations are exchanged. If it’s “parasitic” so is every other transaction on Earth – TLK] (03/19/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/facebook-is-a-parasite-even-the-new-york-times-is-admitting-it/

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28) Lift the Cuban embargo
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Why does the U.S. government insist on maintaining its half-century old economic embargo against Cuba? What’s its justification for intentionally inflicting economic harm on the Cuban people? Is it because Cuba is ruled by a communist regime? So what if it is? Why should that be a justification for intentionally inflicting harm on the Cuban populace? After all, does the U.S. government maintain an economic embargo against Vietnam? Against China? Those two nations are also ruled by communist regimes. Why no economic embargo against them? Is it because Cuban government is run by a dictatorial regime? So what if it is? Why should that be a justification for intentionally inflicting economic harm on the Cuban populace?” (03/19/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/03/19/lift-cuban-embargo/

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29) Ukraine’s neo-Nazi problem
Source: Reuters
by Josh Cohen

“As Ukraine’s struggle against Russia and its proxies continues, Kiev must also contend with a growing problem behind the front lines: far-right vigilantes who are willing to use intimidation and even violence to advance their agendas, and who often do so with the tacit approval of law enforcement agencies. A January 28 demonstration, in Kiev, by 600 members of the so-called ‘National Militia,’ a newly-formed ultranationalist group that vows ‘to use force to establish order,’ illustrates this threat. While the group’s Kiev launch was peaceful, National Militia members in balaclavas stormed a city council meeting in the central Ukrainian town of Cherkasy the following day, skirmishing with deputies and forcing them to pass a new budget. Many of the National Militia’s members come from the Azov movement, one of the 30-odd privately-funded ‘volunteer battalions’ that, in the early days of the war, helped the regular army to defend Ukrainian territory against Russia’s separatist proxies.” (03/19/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cohen-ukraine-commentary/commentary-ukraines-neo-nazi-problem-idUSKBN1GV2TY

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30) All Trump all the time
Source: National Review
by Jay Cost

“Temperamentally, the American people have often tended to millenarianism — a great hope that the world is on the cusp of some massive transformation, which hinges on this generation. It is amazing that this predominantly Protestant expectation has managed to remain part of the civic consciousness, even while the United States has become less and less religious. Trump brings this impulse to the forefront in the way he communicates with the nation. He frames just about everything in hyperbolic terms, and those who disagree with him seem compelled to do likewise. This has long been Trump’s rhetorical strategy. … This is a great way to become the main character, be it the hero or villain, which is exactly what Trump has managed to do. But if we move outside his orbit for a moment, it’s easier to appreciate how we have become detached from reality.” (03/19/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/03/all-trump-all-the-time/

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31) This is a chance to turn a past victory into a new victory
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka & Perry Willis

“Do you own your emails? Can your email provider waive your Fourth Amendment rights, thereby permitting the government to seize and search your emails without a warrant? This is the issue in U.S. v. Ackerman. We believe you own your emails, and we want to defend your property rights. But if we’re not involved in this case these property rights questions may not be asked.” (03/19/18)

https://downsizedc.org/ackerman-appeals-court

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32) Trump’s war on the US intelligence community
Source: The New Republic
by James Bamford

“Shortly after dawn on a July morning in 2007, a convoy of black FBI utility vehicles snaked down Ridge Road … in the Maryland suburb of Severn. After a few twists and turns, they came to a stop at the end of a cul-de-sac. Seconds later, a dozen agents, weapons pulled from their holsters, burst into the house. Upstairs was William E. Binney, a former senior employee of the National Security Agency headquartered at nearby Fort Meade. ‘They shoved my son out of the way as they rushed in with their guns drawn and charged upstairs, where my wife was getting dressed and I was in the shower,’ Binney told me. ‘After pointing their guns at her, one of the agents came into the shower and pointed a gun directly at my head as he forcibly pulled me out. Then they took me out to the back porch and began interrogating me, attempting to implicate me in a crime.’” [editor’s note: Why anyone finds this a horror is beyond me, given the continually mounting evidence of how deep the Deep State runs in maintaining the empire’s statist quo – SAT] [(03/19/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147366/anti-intelligence

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33) In defense of Betsy DeVos
Source: Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey

“Other than maybe the highly voluble William Bennett, Ronald Reagan’s second education chief (who still has a radio show), it is difficult to think of a U.S. Secretary of Education who has garnered as much attention as Betsy DeVos. But not in a good way. As exemplified by her much-lambasted interview on ’60 Minutes’ recently, from basically the day her nomination was announced she has been condemned as dangerous and unprepared for the job. And it can be difficult to disagree with the latter. Perhaps, that is, unless you think the job should not exist.” (03/18/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/defense-betsy-devos

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34) New Florida gun law makes Florida less safe
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Justin Murray

“On March 9, 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act into law. As is common with quickly written legislation motivated by emotional events, the law is rife with errors, contradictions, fails to address the underlying issue at hand, is filled with pages upon pages of text that have nothing to do with the bill’s title and, ultimately, will only make the problem it seeks to address worse. In other words, par for the course for our government officials.” (03/19/18)

https://mises.org/wire/new-florida-gun-law-makes-florida-less-safe

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35) How the globalists ceded the field to Donald Trump
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“When it comes to grasping the dynamics of globalization and the backlash against it, the media depiction of Donald Trump’s tariff wars revealed that the trade mainstream is as crackpot in its own way as Trump is — and that Trump is the beneficiary of their myopia. Let me explain. For three decades, the presidential wing of both U.S. parties, cheered on by orthodox economists and financial elites, has sponsored a brand of globalization that serves corporations and bankers but ignores the impact on regular people. This disparate impact is invariably swept aside with the usual platitudes about free trade being efficient and protectionism being narrow-minded and economically irrational. We were treated to those homilies, ad nauseam, after Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum. What’s forgotten is the fact that there is more than one form of globalism.” (03/19/18)

http://prospect.org/article/how-globalists-ceded-field-donald-trump

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36) It isn’t Russia that destroyed British sovereignty
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Something extraordinary has happened in British politics over the past week: everyone suddenly wants to stand up for British sovereignty. Even those sections of the political and media class that have spent the past 20 months since the Brexit vote mocking the little people and their apparently archaic attachment to the idea of national sovereignty have started talking about the importance of the S-word. What has caused this eye-swivelling turnaround? The poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, which the overnight converts to the cause of national integrity inform us i[s] an assault on our sovereignty and we must come together as a nation against it. To describe this post-Salisbury defence of national sovereignty as a little late, and unconvincing, would be the political understatement of this young millennium so far.” (03/19/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/it-isnt-russia-that-destroyed-british-sovereignty/

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37) Facebook’s power over our data — who would you prefer to have it?
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Ellie May O’Hagan makes what she thinks is an entirely uncontroversial statement. One that should in fact set us all thinking because it’s is in fact highly controversial. Sure, Facebook — and others — have vast amounts of data on and about us. Given the technological stage we’re at right now someone, somewhere, is going to have that information. So, who do we want to have it and who do we want to control said data?” (03/19/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2018/03/19/facebooks-power-over-our-data-who-would-you-prefer-to-have-it/

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38) Trump is the Great Disruptor
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The self-appointed guardians of the ‘international order’ are not going to allow this White House to dismantle what they have spent so many years, so many tax dollars, and so many lives building up: an empire that limns the old British imperium. They simply cannot tolerate a US President who is capable of even raising the possibility of withdrawing from the Korean peninsula: that is beyond the pale as far as they are concerned. That’s the reason why we are seeing this unprecedented campaign against a sitting President. Trump threatens their whole system and the worldview it is based on.” (03/19/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/03/18/trump-is-the-great-disruptor/

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39) How the Internet conquered the right, killed the Tea Party, and elected Donald Trump
Source: The Daily Beast
by James Poulos

“Here’s a glaring sign of the turbulence of our political times: No sooner has the Tea Party been pronounced dead than we’re hearing of liberal or progressive Tea Parties on the rise. Fearing his primary challenger is setting a trend, Rep. Dan Lipinski, (D-IL), now warns of a ‘”tea party of the left.’ At least one movement analyst proclaims the arrival of a new ‘tea party of the pragmatic center-left.’ Democrats may take inspiration from the idea that the conservative Tea Party died a particularly ideological death, obsolesced by a pendulum swing in popular opinion toward Trumpian deficit spending on the right and social justice on the left. But if the relatively sudden extinction of the Don’t-Tread-On-Me brigades has a deeper, more serious root, political faith in a follow-on grassroots lurch leftward may be misplaced. And, as it turns out, there’s reason to believe that the Tea Party fizzled out because it fell victim to the same inexorable force that’s plowing under so many institutions large and small: the internet.” (03/19/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-internet-conquered-the-right-killed-the-tea-party-and-elected-donald-trump-5

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40) Trump’s pollster finds overwhelming support for medical marijuana
Source: Town Hall
by Brian Darling

“A poll was released on Monday that indicates strong support by Republicans and in swing states for medical marijuana. So why is Attorney General Jeff Sessions trying so hard to cross voters who relied on President Trump’s repeated campaign promises to protect medical marijuana states? Seems like Republicans in tough races are doing everything they can to lose control of both the House and the Senate. … [A] poll conducted by Tony Fabrizio, David Lee and Travis Tunis of Fabrizio, Lee and Associates concluded that 77% of likely 2018 voters had favorable opinions of medical marijuana. This broke down to 74% in key Senate states and 76% in competitive House races. Digging deeper you see that 68% of Republicans support medical marijuana. This seems like a no-brainer for candidates who worry about polling on specific issues.” (03/19/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/briandarling/2018/03/19/trumps-pollster-finds-overwhelming-support-for-medical-marijuana-n2462455

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41) Quantum Vibe, 03/19/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (03/19/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1772

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42) Give peace a chance
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“It’s pretty rare for me to have good news to report on American foreign policy for this post. So rare that I’m not really sure how to fucking do it. But I have a hard time reporting on the recent advances in the Korean peace process without being cautiously optimistic. Not only are the North and South talking disarmament but our typically petulant Man-Child-in-Chief has pulled a fucking 180 and decided to join them.” (03/19/18)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/03/give-peace-chance.html

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43) Trump the wuss
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“There are all sorts of possible reasons to admire Donald Trump, but none more imaginative than one offered by a fan attending his Pennsylvania rally before Tuesday’s congressional election. Trump’s planned meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, said retiree Paul Ambrose, was the product of his unflinching toughness. ‘To me, Obama was a butt-kissing liberal,’ he told a Washington Post reporter. ‘Trump is Teddy Roosevelt. He just might go in there and kick some ass.’ … Teddy Roosevelt led a cavalry unit in the Spanish-American War and tried to get permission to fight in World War I — at age 58. Trump, given the chance to fight in Vietnam, got student deferments and a medical one — for bone spurs on his heels. He has tweeted out threats against Kim, but when South Korean officials came to the White House to relay an invitation to meet with him, Trump melted like a chocolate bar on a hot sidewalk.” (03/19/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/03/19/trump-the-wuss

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44) US empire on decline
Source: CounterPunch
by Kevin Zeese & Margaret Flowers

“US empire is in decline. Reports of the end of the US being the unitary power in world affairs are common, as are predictions of the end of US empire. China surpassed the United States as the world economic leader, according to Purchasing Power Parity Gross National Product, and Russia announced new weapons that can overcome the US'[s] defense systems. What is happening in the United States, in response, is to do more of what has been causing the decline.” (03/19/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/19/us-empire-on-decline/

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45) New-fangled vote counting
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Call me old-fashioned, but when you go to the polls to cast your vote on a ballot measure, your Yes vote should count for yes and your No vote for no. And if you choose not to vote, your non-vote should count for neither yes nor no. That’s just common sense. Right? Well, meet its antithesis: Proposal 97, now being considered by Florida’s powerful Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). Proposal 97 would count all those who do not cast a vote for or against a ballot measure as a No vote against it.” [editor’s note: Actually, sounds like a great idea — and apply it to elections of candidates, too, where a non-vote is counted as “None of the Above” – TLK] (03/19/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/03/19/new-fangled-vote-counting/

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46) How Russia meddled in its own elections
Source: The Atlantic
by Alina Polyakova

“Vladimir Putin, Russia’s longest-serving ruler since Joseph Stalin, surprised no one with his landslide re-election on Sunday. While his victory, in which he claimed 73.9 percent of the vote according to state-run exit polls, was a foregone conclusion, the Kremlin was reportedly anxious about turnout, and conducted an elaborate, well-financed get-out-the-vote campaign. For an authoritarian regime in which election results and turnout are pre-ordained, such concerns may seem odd. But even in Russia’s ‘managed democracy,’ appearances still matter, and the Kremlin needed to present believably high levels of support to ensure Putin’s mandate. Shortly after polling centers closed on Sunday night, Putin appeared to be on target to achieve the desired 65 percent turnout. But even more important for Putin is that this election marked the culmination of his nearly two-decades-long project to control information in Russia and manipulate Russian society. Now, Putin has proven beyond any doubt that the Russia he has built is his and his alone.” (03/18/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/03/russia-putin-election-disinformation-troll/555878/

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47) A baker’s dozen dealing with school murders
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“There are constant screams about ‘banning guns’ and raising the age, increasing screening of gun-buyers, and many other measures to ‘prevent’ armed attacks (or at least attacks using guns) in schools. Most of us (and anyone able to reason moderately well without excessive emotion) knows that these will not work. These ‘solutions’ have risen to a crescendo since the Valentine’s Day killing spree in Florida, punctuated by the March 14th nationwide children’s crusade. However, there are some things which could reduce the threat of armed attacks on and murder in the public schools.” (03/18/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/03/18/a-bakers-dozen-tm-dealing-with-school-murders/

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48) Why Grover Cleveland might be America’s most underrated president
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary M Galles

“Cleveland was unique. He was the first Democratic President after the Civil War, and the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms (also winning the popular vote in the intervening election), to be single when elected and marry in the White House, or to have a candy bar named after his daughter (Baby Ruth). His character, however, was his most important attribute. For him, ‘honest politician’ was not an oxymoron. His reputation was so stellar that he was elected Governor of New York without having to make a single campaign speech. Accused of fathering an illegitimate child in one campaign, his instructions to his staff were, ‘Tell the truth.’ But most important for America, rather than ignoring the Constitution’s limitations on federal government power, he took his oath to defend it seriously.” (03/18/18)

https://fee.org/articles/why-grover-cleveland-might-be-americas-most-underrated-president/

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49) Collectivism’s progress: From Marxism to race and gender intersectionality
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“By many objective signs and indicators the world is becoming a far more materially comfortable place. Over the last thirty years, tens of billions of people have been raised out of poverty in various parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America. At the same time, new technologies have been transforming communications and conveniences of everyday life. Yet, present political trends in America and other places in the world seem to be suggesting a far different story. Wherever degrees of market freedom exist anywhere around the globe there are amazing successes in creating wealth, opportunity and personal choice. But among many intellectuals and paternalistic ideologues every such improvement in the human condition is matched with condemnations and attempts to smother personal and economic liberty.” (03/19/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/collectivisms-progress-marxism-race-gender-intersectionality/

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50) Honest liberals vs. climate alarmism
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“Recent articles in Scientific American and elsewhere acknowledge what many climate realists have long said: climate change, whether human-caused or not, does not mean the end of human civilization or life on Earth. Instead, human life is getting better.” (03/18/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/03/liberals-starting-to-get-it-industrialization-fossil-fuels-human-blessing-not-a-climate-catastrophe/

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51) Reason Podcast, 03/19/18
Source: Reason

“‘On what level could torture ever be acceptable?’ This weekend, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) declared that he would do everything in his power to block President Danald Trump’s pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel, because of her role running a torture program at a secret detention facility during George W. Bush’s administration. ‘There are a few things in life where it is worth standing up and saying, ‘Enough is enough. This is wrong. This is, you know, this is beneath contempt,” Paul said. On today’s Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and special guest Elizabeth Nolan Brown discuss Paul’s filibuster threat, which also extends to Trump’s secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo; the emerging controversy over Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, a social media analytics firm that worked for Trump’s campaign; and Trump’s push for ‘reciprocal’ tariffs with rival nations and whether it threatens the existence of the World Trade Organization.” (03/19/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/03/19/rand-paul-cia-torture-filibuster-podcast

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52) Scott Adams Says, 03/19/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about dictators, guns, and The Batchelor. Bring coffee.” [Flash video]

https://www.periscope.tv/w/1mnGeXkVkvYKX

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53) One Free Family, episode 9
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Another question from our listeners this week! It revolves around how we use our positions as parents to help our children be better people Can we influence this, and if we can, what are the best ways to do that? Do our kids already come into this world good?” [Flash audio] (03/19/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/how-do-we-raise-good-people-off009/

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54) The Bob Zadek Show, 03/18/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

Dr. Jeff Singer on the Dangers of Opiophobia. [various formats] (03/18/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/3/17/dr-jeff-singer-on-the-dangers-of-opiophobia

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55) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/19/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Did Russian president Vladimir Putin order a hit on a former double agent that he allowed to retire in London rather than remain in a Russian prison? It seems like a stretch, but the UK government is using the attack to ratchet up anti-Russia sentiment. Who may have done it? Why?” [Flash video] (03/19/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/russian-double-agent-poisoned-who-did-itand-why

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56) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 339
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc is joined by Libertarian candidate for U.S Senate, Dale Kerns! Dale explains how he became a libertarian, why he decided to run for U.S. Senate under the Libertarian Party banner, and why he has made the concept ‘Addiction is not a crime’ a centerpiece of his campaign.” [various formats] (03/19/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/03/19/addiction-is-not-a-crime-with-u-s-senate-candidate-dale-kerns/

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57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 169
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #169, I discuss the Syrian Civil War. Turkey has taken control of Afrin City after it was evacuated by the Syrian Kurds. The Turkish Forces immediately announced their occupation by tearing down statues and flying Turkish flags. Assad Forces continue to make progress against the Syrian Rebels in Eastern Ghouta and civilians in the area continue to suffer. I examine the possibility of a US attack on Assad and a possible Russian response. I correct my previous statements on Gina Haspel’s role in the torture program. I look at the status of the Yemen War Powers Act. The Pentagon and Establishment Senate Leadership are seeking methods to prevent the bill from being passed. I also update Iraq, Philippines, South Africa, and Mali.” [various formats] (03/19/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-169-turkeys-occupation-of-afrin

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58) The Anarchist Experience, episode 156
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss labels, labels, and more labels — what are our labels, why we need labels, what your label tells us about you. We also discuss the best places to set up Ancapistan and what will happen when we do, as well as why Everyone outside of that label is afraid to call in and challenge us on our positions, and what we can do to change that.” [various formats] (03/19/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/the-anarchist-experience-156/

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59) Free Talk Live, 03/18/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Snowden tweets about possible corruption in Russian election :: Pair of AZ women arrested after trespassing onto Mosque property :: Racism & bigotry :: Compelled speech case goes to SCOTUS :: Kansas Gubernatorial election :: Kansas Death Penalty referendum :: Facebook meddling in MO Senate election? :: Death penalty and prosecutorial incentives :: Romanian man declared ‘legally dead’ must remain so :: HOSTS — Darryl, Jonny, Will.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/18/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-03-18

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60) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/18/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Darrell Becker and Michael W. Dean explain to you what’s wrong with the world, and also what’s right. Worms.” [various formats] (03/18/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15717

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