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Volume XVI, Issue #3,935
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
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In the News:

1) 55 US Senators vote to continue US/Saudi war crimes in Yemen
2) NY: Trump, deemed not “above the law,” must face defamation lawsuit
3) US, South Korea regimes announce latest plan to scuttle North Korea talks
4) Judge blocks Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban from going into effect
5) MN: Cop charged with second-degree murder in Australian woman’s killing
6) Snowden docs: NSA worked to “track down” Bitcoin users
7) NY: Lawmakers push to allow medical cannabis for pets
8) Operator of self-driving Uber vehicle that killed pedestrian was felon
9) Russian diplomats leave UK
10) DC: Senators push for more security theater for 2018 election season
11) How would we react to extraterrestrial life? “Rather well,” study shows
12) Canada: Regime introduces new victim disarmament measures
13) US Senate confirms new shot-caller for CBP gang
14) SCOTUS skeptical toward California law on anti-abortion centers
15) France: Sarkozy in police custody over campaign funding
16) Boy Scouts rejects Down Syndrome teens application for higher rank, strips merit badges
17) NYC: Council member launches investigation into Kushner Company’s filings
18) TX: Investigators believe FedEx bomb is tied to Austin attacks
19) Palestine: Abbas blames Hamas for Gaza attack on PM’s convoy
20) Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy, voids NDAs

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Death penalty for drug dealers? Be careful what you wish for, President Trump
22) The sad hysteria of the Southern Poverty Law Center
23) The choice is voice or violence
24) Congress is still ignoring its spending problem as deadline looms for $1.3 trillion spending bill
25) Millennials support gay marriage … and the Second Amendment!
26) A chance to really end welfare as we know it
27) Yet another lesson from the Cambridge Analytica fiasco: Remove the barriers to user privacy control
28) Why giving families a choice will always make them happier
29) Parkland shooting spurs information-age solutions for gun violence
30) Hillary should just admit she hates half of America
31) Why Putin is still (genuinely) popular in Russia
32) Stephen Hawking’s final warning: Why his worries were unwarranted
33) The responsibility of gun ownership
34) Putin, Trump, and Cold War II
35) Unmitigated failure: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 15 years later
36) For Democrats, all that enthusiasm comes with risks
37) The Iraq War was a crime, so why don’t we treat it as one?
38) On the 50th anniversary of MLK’s death, remember that the FBI are pure scum
39) Steelmanning the Iraq War
40) Clinton tumbles down the “marriage gap”
41) The US ban on Venezuela’s petro is a bad, bad idea — let it fail alone
42) Trump isn’t an army of one
43) A battle over abortion and free speech
44) Afrin: The shame of the west
45) How they sold the Iraq war
46) Capitalist technology sustained the failed economic experiment of Soviet communism
47) Why (most) children shouldn’t vote
48) Why president Trump’s banning the petro matters for real cryptocurrencies
49) What you need to know: Today’s new Brexit transition agreement
50) An open letter to a state legislator on marijuana and federal supremacy

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Stossel: China’s freedom-crushing “social credit score”
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/20/18
53) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/20/18
54) Scott Adams Says, 03/20/18
55) The Post-Statist Review, episode 3
56) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 48
57) The Scott Horton Show, 03/19/18
58) Free Talk Live, 03/19/18
59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1115
60) Bloggingheads.tv, 03/19/18

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

1) 55 US Senators vote to continue US/Saudi war crimes in Yemen
Source: CNN

“The Senate blocked a war powers resolution Tuesday that called for an end to US involvement in the Yemen conflict. By a vote of 55 to 44, senators voted against a procedural motion that would have advanced the measure. Three senators — Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, and Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat — pushed for the vote, complaining the US military was assisting Saudi Arabia and other countries in their ongoing conflict with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels [sic] in Yemen without congressional authorization. … The Trump administration and GOP leaders opposed the move, arguing the limited military support did not require congressional signoff. They also said US involvement in Yemen was needed to counter the threat from Iran.” (03/20/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/20/politics/yemen-war-powers-vote/index.html

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2) NY: Trump, deemed not “above the law,” must face defamation lawsuit
Source: Reuters

“A New York state judge on Tuesday said U.S. President Donald Trump must face a defamation lawsuit by a woman who accused him of sexually harassing her after she appeared on his former reality TV show. The decision by Justice Jennifer Schecter of the New York state court in Manhattan in favor of California restaurateur Summer Zervos, a former contestant on NBC’s ‘The Apprentice,’ raises the prospect that Trump might have to answer embarrassing questions in court about his behavior toward women. She rejected Trump’s claim that he was immune from being sued, finding ‘absolutely no authority’ to dismiss litigation related ‘purely to unofficial conduct’ solely because he occupied the White House. ‘No one is above the law,’ the judge wrote.” (03/20/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-apprentice-lawsuit/trump-deemed-not-above-the-law-must-face-defamation-lawsuit-idUSKBN1GW2MV

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3) US, South Korea regimes announce latest plan to scuttle North Korea talks
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Military chiefs from the United States and South Korea announced plans Tuesday to resume the annual military exercises that were delayed by the Winter Olympics. The resumption of the drills, known as Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, had been a subject of speculation in recent weeks amid the post-Olympics diplomacy between South Korea, a key United States ally, and North Korea. … The Pentagon said the exercises, which have angered the North in the past, would proceed at a ‘scale similar’ to previous years. The drills involve live-fire preparations for a possible war with the North, but American and South Korean leaders say they have always been defensive. The North sees them as practice for an invasion. The North has been notified of the plans, according to the statement.” (03/19/18)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-korea-us-military-20180320-story.html

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4) Judge blocks Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban from going into effect
Source: USA Today

“A federal judge Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order to stop Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, the most restrictive in the nation, from going into effect. On Monday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1510 into law, making it immediately illegal for a woman to obtain an abortion after 15 weeks gestation. Mississippi’s previous law restricted abortion access within the state to 20 weeks. The state’s sole abortion clinic, Women’s Health Organization, located in Jackson, does not perform abortions past 16 weeks. In response to the new law, lawyer Rob McDuff filed a hearing request for a temporary restraining order on behalf of Women’s Health Organization. Appearing via conference call in front of federal District Judge Carlton Reeves, McDuff said the state’s ban was unconstitutional, citing case law that included the landmark 1972 case of Roe v. Wade. A woman at 15 weeks gestation is scheduled to have an abortion at 2 p.m. CT Tuesday at Women’s Health Organization, McDuff said. The new law would make that abortion impossible.” (03/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/20/mississippi-15-week-abortion-ban-blocked/442263002

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5) MN: Cop charged with second-degree murder in Australian woman’s killing
Source: Raw Story

“The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman last July was arrested on Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder and third-degree manslaughter, according to county records. Mohamed Noor was arrested by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and his bail was set at $500,000, according to county jail records. Minneapolis'[s] top prosecutor Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is expected to announce the charges at a news conference at 2:30 p.m. local time in the July 2017 death of Justine Damond, 40, who was shot by Noor from his patrol car. Freeman had delayed his decision in December, saying his office needed more time and he did not have enough evidence to charge Noor. The county attorney’s office declined to comment beyond the statement on Tuesday.” (03/20/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/minnesota-officer-charged-second-degree-murder-australians-death

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6) Snowden docs: NSA worked to “track down” Bitcoin users
Source: The Intercept

“Internet paranoiacs drawn to Bitcoin have long indulged fantasies of American spies subverting the booming, controversial digital currency. Increasingly popular among get-rich-quick speculators, Bitcoin started out as a high-minded project to make financial transactions public and mathematically verifiable — while also offering discretion. Governments, with a vested interest in controlling how money moves, would, some of Bitcoin’s fierce advocates believed, naturally try and thwart the coming techno-libertarian financial order. It turns out the conspiracy theorists were onto something. Classified documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the National Security Agency indeed worked urgently to target Bitcoin users around the world — and wielded at least one mysterious source of information to ‘help track down senders and receivers of Bitcoins,’ according to a top-secret passage in an internal NSA report dating to March 2013.” (03/20/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/03/20/the-nsa-worked-to-track-down-bitcoin-users-snowden-documents-reveal/

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7) NY: Lawmakers push to allow medical cannabis for pets
Source: Smell the Truth

“New York pets could soon be able to use cannabis as medicine, thanks to a state lawmaker. Democratic Assemblywoman Amy Paulin introduced legislation on Thursday that would allow veterinarians to prescribe medical marijuana for animals, reports USA Today. ‘Medical marijuana has helped countless people in the management and treatment of chronic and debilitating illnesses,’ Paulin’s bill states. ‘Research suggests that animals can also benefit from cannabis use to similarly treat their ailments.’ Some animal experts believe that pets could receive the same benefits from using medical marijuana as humans do. ‘Every animal with a spinal column also has an endocannabinoid system, so it stands to reason that cannabis can help many species,’ said Liz Hughston, a 47-year-old Registered Veterinary Tech in San Jose, in an interview with GreenState. According to the state’s Health Department, New York’s medical cannabis program has 1,500 registered practitioners and about 47,600 patients.” [editor’s note: I’m reminded of when we thought smoking catnip might be a pleasant high, but I hope this leads to more advances for humans as well – SAT] (03/20/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/03/19/new-york-lawmakers-push-to-allow-medical-marijuana-for-pets

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8) Operator of self-driving Uber vehicle that killed pedestrian was felon
Source: USA Today

“The operator behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber vehicle that hit and killed a 49-year-old woman Sunday night had served almost four years in an Arizona prison in the early 2000s on an attempted armed robbery conviction. A representative for Uber declined to comment on the conviction and the company’s hiring policies, citing an active investigation. Elaine Herzberg was walking a bike across a street outside a crosswalk in Tempe, Ariz., at about 10 p.m. when she was hit, police said. Police said the vehicle was in autonomous mode with an operator, who has been identified as 44-year-old Rafaela Vasquez, behind the wheel at the time of the crash. Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Ronald Elcock said impairment did not initially appear to be a factor for either Vasquez or Herzberg. He added it was not apparent that the vehicle attempted to slow down while it approached Herzberg. Court records show Vasquez has a criminal record in Arizona under a different legal name.” (03/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/03/20/operator-self-driving-uber-vehicle-killed-pedestrian-felon/441051002

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9) Russian diplomats leave UK
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Russian diplomats and their families have left the UK in an expulsion following the Salisbury spy attack. Diplomatic vehicles drove them from the embassy in London to Stansted Airport, where they boarded a plane to Moscow. The UK expelled 23 diplomats after Prime Minister Theresa May said Russia was ‘culpable’ for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The government decided on Tuesday not to impose further sanctions on Russia for now. However, at a meeting of the National Security Council, Mrs May said: ‘There are other measures that government and security officials are actively considering and stand ready to deploy at any time.’ Strict checks by border officials on private flights have been introduced as the UK increases efforts to monitor and track those entering the country, Mrs May’s spokesman added.” (03/20/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43470069

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10) DC: Senators push for more security theater for 2018 election season
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Government efforts to protect state and local elections from Russian cyberattacks in 2016 didn’t go far enough, leaders of the Senate intelligence committee said Tuesday as the panel released recommendations to safeguard against foreign meddling in the 2018 primary season that’s already underway. Federal warnings last time did not provide enough information or in some cases go to the right people in state and local governments, the committee’s leaders said, though they reiterated that there was no evidence votes were changed. … The committee’s recommendations include urging states to make sure voting machines have paper audit trails and aren’t capable of being connected to the internet. Senators also are pushing for better communication among the various U.S. intelligence agencies and federal, state and local governments about cyber threats and vulnerabilities in computer systems.” (03/20/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Senate-intelligence-leaders-aim-to-prevent-12765982.php

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11) How would we react to extraterrestrial life? “Rather well,” study shows
Source: USA Today

“The possibility of life existing beyond Earth captivates many. But how would humans react to the discovery of extraterrestrial life? Panic? Chaos? Reverence? More positively than some might expect, according to an Arizona State University study. How humans might react has been the topic of a great deal of speculation in fiction, policy circles and academia, said Michael Varnum, assistant professor of psychology at ASU. Varnum has been interested in answering the question for years. Before the study, there was not enough information that could lead to reasonable predictions of humans’ reactions, he said: ‘But until now, it was all speculation essentially. This set of studies for the first time tackles the question empirically and the resounding conclusion is that we will take the news rather well.’ Varnum is a lifelong science-fiction fan and a member of the university’s Interplanetary Initiative, a pan-university effort aiming to ‘pave the way for the future of humans in space,’ according to the center.” (03/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/03/20/how-would-we-react-extraterrestrial-life-rather-well-study-shows/442699002

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12) Canada: Regime introduces new victim disarmament measures
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Canada’s federal Liberals have unveiled long-awaited gun control measures. They include tougher background checks, including screening people with a history of violence. Proposed measures also include making retailers keep records of gun inventories and sales and giving police access to the records when warranted. Crime rates in Canada have been on a long decline but gun-related homicides and gun violence have increased. The party campaigned in 2015 on a promise to make it harder to procure and use handguns and assault weapons. Gun violence in Canada is much lower than in the United States, but higher than in Europe and other many Western countries. Firearm offences have also been on the rise in Canada in recent years.” (03/20/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43475403

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13) US Senate confirms new shot-caller for CBP gang
Source: Homeland Security Today

“The Senate today confirmed Kevin K. McAleenan to be commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, a role that he has held in an acting capacity since Jan. 20, 2017. The vote was 77-19, with four GOP senators not present. … Senate opponents to McAleenan’s confirmation generally cited the current administration’s border policy as the reason. ‘Mr. McAleenan & Pres. Trump have prioritized a southern border wall that New Mexicans don’t want or need,’ tweeted Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).” (03/19/18)

https://www.hstoday.us/federal-pages/dhs/cbp/senate-confirms-mcaleenan-cbp-commissioner/

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14) SCOTUS skeptical toward California law on anti-abortion centers
Source: Raw Story

“Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled sympathy toward Christian-based facilities that argued that a California law requiring them to post signs disclosing the availability of state-subsidized abortions and birth control violates their right to free speech. Several of the justices on a court that has a 5-4 conservative majority expressed concerns that the law was fashioned in order to specifically target the centers, which are staunchly opposed to abortion. Even some of the liberal justices voiced concern over parts of the law during an hour-long argument in an appeal by a group of non-profit facilities called crisis pregnancy centers of a lower court ruling upholding the Democratic-backed 2015 law. Conservative Justice Samuel Alito said that even if the law is neutral on its face, it contains so many exemptions that it appears to target only those with anti-abortion views.” (03/20/.18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/us-supreme-court-skeptical-toward-california-law-anti-abortion-centers

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15) France: Sarkozy in police custody over campaign funding
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into police custody to be questioned over allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal election campaign funding from the regime of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Sarkozy, who was France’s rightwing president from 2007 to 2012, was being questioned early on Tuesday morning at a police station in Nanterre, north-west Paris, as part of an inquiry into whether Gaddafi and others in Libya illegally financed his winning election campaign in 2007. The investigation is potentially France’s most explosive political financing scandal in decades. Sarkozy has repeatedly denied the allegations, dismissing the claims as ‘grotesque.’” (03/20/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/20/nicolas-sarkozy-police-custody-french-president-campaign-funding-libya

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16) Boy Scouts rejects Down Syndrome teens application for higher rank, strips merit badges
Source: International Business Times

“The father of a teen has sued the Boy Scouts of America after they refused to let his son, who is autistic and has Down syndrome, to progress into higher ranks. Logan Blyth, 15, of Payson, Utah, was barred from climbing up the Boy Scouts ranks, which would have made him an Eagle Scout. He was also stripped of the merit badges that he had earned over the span of three years after performing tasks such as cooking, swimming and working with horses. The reason Logan’s badges were taken away was because the state’s National Parks Council discovered that the teenager received external help from some local leaders to complete the tasks that badges were awarded for. Chad Blyth, Logan’s father, said that his son had the mental age of a 4-year-old kid and hence needed some assistance in completing complicated tasks like cooking or diving under water to retrieve an object.” [editor’s note: The suit is wrong (freedom of association, etc.). But that doesn’t mean BSA isn’t a douchenozzle organization – TLK] (03/20/18)

http://www.ibtimes.com/boy-scouts-rejects-autistic-teens-application-higher-rank-strips-merit-badges-2664184

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17) NYC: Council member launches investigation into Kushner Company’s filings
Source: Portland Press Herald

“A New York City council member launched an investigation Monday into the Kushner Cos.’ routine filing of paperwork falsely claiming zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings, saying that the deception should have been uncovered long ago because the documents are online for all to see. Councilman Ritchie Torres said the city’s buildings department should have spotted the wrong numbers because they were contradicted by tax documents filed with another city agency. … The false documents allowed the Kushner Cos. to escape extra scrutiny during construction projects, when the family real estate development firm was run by Jared Kushner, who is now senior adviser to his father-in-law, President Trump. Housing Rights Initiative, a watchdog group, said the false documents made it easier for the Kushner Cos. to harass rent-regulated tenants so that it could push out low-paying tenants and replace them with higher paying ones.” (03/20/18)

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/03/19/nyc-launches-investigation-into-kushner-cos-filings/

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18) TX: Investigators believe FedEx bomb is tied to Austin attacks
Source: Houston Chronicle

“Federal investigators say a package that exploded at a FedEx facility near San Antonio is believed to be linked to the string of bombings that has terrified the Texas capital this month. Special Agent Michelle Lee of the FBI in San Antonio says she has no confirmed reports of any injuries in the blast. But the police department in Schertz, where the FedEx facility is located, issued a statement saying one person was treated at the scene and released. Lee says it is still early in the investigation, but ‘it would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it’s related’ to the four Austin bombings that have killed two people and injured four others since March 2. The latest bombing in Austin injured two men on Sunday.” (03/20/18)

https://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/The-Latest-Package-bomb-explodes-at-FedEx-in-12766398.php

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19) Palestine: Abbas blames Hamas for Gaza attack on PM’s convoy
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has accused Hamas of orchestrating the explosion that targeted the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah as he entered the Gaza Strip last week. ‘We do not want them to investigate, we do not want information from them, we do not want anything from them because we know exactly that they, the Hamas movement, were the ones who committed this incident,’ Abbas said at a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah late on Monday. Hamdallah’s convoy, which included the Palestinian Authority’s intelligence chief Majed Faraj, was attacked just after the delegation crossed through the Israeli-controlled Erez checkpoint, known to Palestinians as Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza.” (03/20/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/mahmoud-abbas-blames-hamas-gaza-attack-pm-convoy-180320055826397.html

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20) Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy, voids NDAs
Source: Yahoo! News

“U.S. film and TV studio The Weinstein Company, whose ex-Chairman Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault, said on Monday it filed for bankruptcy and was ending all non-disclosure agreements that may have silenced some women. The Weinstein Company filed for bankruptcy in the Delaware court, listing $500 million to $1 billion in liabilities and $500 million to $1 billion in assets, and said it struck a deal with an affiliate of private equity firm Lantern Capital Partners to acquire its assets.” (03/20/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/weinstein-company-files-bankruptcy-023130900.html

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

21) Death penalty for drug dealers? Be careful what you wish for, President Trump
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“In his first 2020 re-election campaign appearance in New Hampshire, US president Donald Trump addressed some of his typical bombast to the so-called ‘opioid crisis.’ ‘If we don’t get tough on the drug dealers,’ said Trump, ‘we’re wasting our time. That toughness includes the death penalty.’ An odd take, considering that one of Trump’s few worthwhile campaign promises was to leave the legal status of marijuana up to the states. That promise should have been kept, and extended to other drugs as well. Instead, he turned Jeff ‘good people don’t smoke marijuana’ Sessions loose as Attorney General, to the country’s injury. Even more odd, coming as it does from a high-level drug dealer like Donald Trump.” (03/20/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13087

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22) The sad hysteria of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Source: The Week
by Shikha Dalmia

“With America’s president casually stirring racial and other hatreds, it would be helpful for our civic good to have an organization that tracks with honesty and precision what rabble his rhetoric is rousing. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the nation’s largest (and richest) watchdog of hate groups, has long sought to fill that role. Unfortunately, the SPLC is not up to the task. It is too busy enforcing liberal [sic] orthodoxy against its intellectual opponents.” (03/20/18)

http://theweek.com/articles/759498/sad-hysteria-southern-poverty-law-center

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23) The choice is voice or violence
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“It’s so incredibly bizarre to me to see college students chanting or yelling in order to prevent someone they disagree with from speaking. What in the world is going on at the university these days?! Isn’t college where you are supposed to have your preconceived and prejudiced ideas challenged? As much as capitalistic tendencies have done for humanity over the last two hundred years, children in large measure are raised in socialism. They only get bits and pieces of capitalism as it falls from the adults’ table. Children are regularly silenced, coerced, and traumatized, so is it any wonder that some might not internalize the importance of allowing everybody a chance to voice their opinions? Not really.” (03/20/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/the-choice-is-voice-or-violence

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24) Congress is still ignoring its spending problem as deadline looms for $1.3 trillion spending bill
Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“Congressional leaders hope to vote on a new spending bill by the end of Thursday, a day before the deadline to avoid another government shutdown [sic]. The $1.3 trillion bill will fund the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year on September 30. According to reports from Politico, CNBC, and other outlets, big ticket items still being negotiated include how much to spend on President Donald Trump’s border-wall pet project, how much to spend on a new train tunnel linking New Jersey with New York City, and whether to include protections for immigrants who came to America illegally as children. You know what’s almost entirely absent from the discussion? Any concern for America’s long-term fiscal health.” (03/20/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/03/20/its-a-spending-problem-you-idiots

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25) Millennials support gay marriage … and the Second Amendment!
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“What do gun rights and gay marriage have in common among millennials? Surging support. A recent NPR article notes that people younger than 30 in the United States ‘are no more liberal [sic] on gun control’ than earlier generations, ‘despite diverging from their elders on the legalization of marijuana, same-sex marriage and other social issues.’ The article seems to view this as a puzzling anomaly — why are American youth more liberal in some areas but not in others? The answer, though, is simple. Even if they don’t know or embrace the label, millennials increasingly hold libertarian views.” (03/20/18)

https://www.lp.org/millennials-support-gay-marriage-second-amendment/

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26) A chance to really end welfare as we know it
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Thanks to a revived economy spinning out jobs, the number of people on food stamps dropped by 2 million people last year, according to a new report. That’s great news, both for those who are leaving food stamps and for taxpayers. And more can (and should) be done. Those who get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits declined from 44.219 million in 2016 to 42.182 million by the end of last year, a drop of just over 2 million or about 4.6% in one year, the Washington Free Beacon reports. In a back of the envelope calculation, the Beacon estimates the decline will save U.S. taxpayers around $3 billion a year. … It won’t be easy. The left has every intention of keeping as many people as possible on welfare. Why? They’re a ready voting bloc for the party of the welfare state, the Democrats. And they will do anything to keep it that way, even demonize those who disagree.” (03/20/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/a-chance-to-really-end-welfare-as-we-know-it

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27) Yet another lesson from the Cambridge Analytica fiasco: Remove the barriers to user privacy control
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cory Doctorow

“This week, we made you a tutorial explaining the torturous process by which you can change your Facebook preferences to keep the company’s ‘partners’ from seeing all your friends’ data. But what many folks would really like to do is give you a tool that does it for you: go through the tedious work of figuring out Facebook’s inscrutable privacy dashboard, and roll that expertise up in a self-executing recipe–a piece of computer code that autopiloted your browser to login to Facebook on your behalf and ticked all the right boxes for you, with no need for you to do the fiddly work. But they can’t. Not without risking serious legal consequences, at least. A series of court decisions — often stemming from the online gaming world, sometimes about Facebook itself — has made fielding code that fights for the user into a legal risk that all too few programmers are willing to take. That’s a serious problem.” (03/20/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/03/yet-another-lesson-from-the-cambridge-analytica-fiasco

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28) Why giving families a choice will always make them happier
Source: Heartland Institute
by Teresa Mull

“‘Homeschooling was for hippies, now it’s for hipsters,’ Manisha Snoyer, CEO and founder of CottageClass, told me in an email. Hippies? But hasn’t homeschooling traditionally and stereotypically been for strict, conservative Christian families? Snoyer and I connected for a podcast and talked about CottageClass, her startup business that aims to connect parents, children, and educators in communities for personalized learning experiences. The company works sort of like Airbnb, enabling families to search in their region for ‘preschools, playgrounds, co-ops, micro-schools, and other educational experiences.’ It seems like a pretty neat concept, and one that Snoyer says has really taken off. Parents are tired of a one-size-fits-all approach to education, and they are eager to work together with fellow parents to ensure their children have access to every learning resource available.” (03/20/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/03/why-giving-families-a-choice-will-always-make-them-happier/

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29) Parkland shooting spurs information-age solutions for gun violence
Source: USA Today
by Charlie Kirk & John Chachas

“When you call your favorite Chinese take-out today you usually are addressed by name; asked if you have the same address when you placed your last order in November and if you want ‘the usual with extra soy sauce and four spring rolls?’ Similar questions from your favorite pizza joint. When you dial into your airline from your mobile phone, the automated system asks, ‘Welcome back, John, where are you traveling today?’ Virtually every piece of your personal, health, financial and travel data, even beer preferences are available to somebody somewhere. So much for the individual right of privacy and personal freedom, the erosion of which essentially began in 1946 with the invention of the ENIAC computer. And given the national gun debate raging in America with all manner of suggestions such as armed teachers, metal detectors in schools and churches (can metal detectors and armed guards at McDonald’s be far behind?), it is time for Congress to move into the 21st century and require the harnessing of integrated data to better equip American law enforcement.” (03/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/03/20/parkland-shooting-nikolas-cruz-digital-solutions-gun-violence-column/426345002

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30) Hillary should just admit she hates half of America
Source: National Review
by Katherine Timpf

“All of the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s comments during her speech in India has left me feeling nothing — because, let’s be honest, there’s nothing shocking about them. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Clinton spoke in India and described Trump voters as people who ‘didn’t like black people getting rights’ and ‘don’t like women getting jobs,’ before stating that white women voted for Trump not because they wanted to, but because they were pressured by their husbands. Yes, she basically called half the country racist. Yes, she basically characterized women who voted for Trump as thoughtless vacuums for their husband’s opinions rather than as actual human beings. But I’m still kind of shocked that the comments made the news. Why? Because she has said these things before; we already know that she thinks this way.” (03/20/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/03/hillary-clinton-trump-voter-comments-show-contempt-for-millions/

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31) Why Putin is still (genuinely) popular in Russia
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Vladimir Putin won big on Sunday. According to the central election commission, the Russian president glides into his fourth term after winning his biggest ever election victory, with nearly 77 percent favoring him. His nearest rival was an affluent multi-millionaire communist who got more than 11 percent by presenting himself as a Putin-plus, with a program of nationalizing the oligarchs’ property instead of merely controlling it. Ksenia Sobchak, the nearest candidate to a liberal, had less than 2 percent support. Alexei Navalny, the boldest agitator against corruption, banned from standing, advised Russians not to vote. But they did. Reports of ballot stuffing, harassment of observers and people coerced to go to the polls by their employers abound. We can be sure they will not render the result void. This was a coronation.” (03/20/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-putin-commentary/commentary-why-putin-is-still-genuinely-popular-in-russia-idUSKBN1GV25D

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32) Stephen Hawking’s final warning: Why his worries were unwarranted
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Barry Brownstein

“Stephen Hawking’s work in physics was revolutionary. He is the one person who could write ‘the most beautiful paper in the history of physics.’ Unimaginable brilliance in one area of endeavor does not translate into brilliance in all things. Because of Hawking’s celebrity status, many treat his opinions as important commentary on subjects outside his expertise. With his death, some of his comments are resurfacing, especially a two-year-old exchange about technology on Reddit that has now gone viral …” (03/20/18)

https://fee.org/articles/stephen-hawkings-final-warning-why-his-worries-were-unwarranted/

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33) The responsibility of gun ownership
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“The human right to own and to carry weapons is absolute. No one has the right, and certainly not the imaginary quality called ‘authority,’ to violate that right. Anyone who advocates violating that right, whatever weasel-words they use, is an evil monster. Of course, that right comes with an iron-clad responsibility: you are responsible for not harming the innocent or their property. … All anti-liberty bigots reject their own responsibility to respect the rights of others; they reject and ignore their primary human responsibility.” (03/20/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/03/the-responsibility-of-gun-ownership.html

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34) Putin, Trump, and Cold War II
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“In the past month, we’ve learned that 13 Russian officials and three Kremlin-linked agencies were involved in 2016 election trolling and hacking, to a sufficient degree to indict them; that the Kremlin was almost certainly behind the assassination attempt on a Russian former double agent living in Britain; and that Russian cyber-war agencies penetrated vital US electrical and other infrastructure systems, and could have shut them down. … Three things are now clear. First, Vladimir Putin has crossed a bright red line and is waging an aggressive Cold War II against the U.S. and the West, using multiple forms cyber-warfare as well as assassinations using nerve agents banned by treaties. Secondly, counter-measures within the cyber-realm are not sufficient. There are simply too many ways to penetrate, too many constantly mutating strategies to try out.” [editor’s note: So far, the publicly revealed credible evidence for the assassination attempt or the grid allegations is zero, zip, zilch nada. All we have to go on there are the claims of people and agencies primarily known for lying their asses off. Also, an indictment is not a verdict – TLK] (03/20/18)

http://prospect.org/article/putin-trump-and-cold-war-ii

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35) Unmitigated failure: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 15 years later
Source: Antiwar.com
by Major Danny Sjursen, USA

“The story has been told so many times, that the tragedy doesn’t warrant a full recounting. Here’s the short version: poor intelligence and dubious evidence was used by gang of neocon ideologues to sell Americans on the need for regime change in Iraq (a country that had not been involved in the 9/11 attacks). Frightened, naive, and ill-informed, the American people — and esteemed outlets like the New York Times — went along for the ride. We were told it’d be easy (a ‘cakewalk’) and self-financing. It was neither.” (03/20/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/danny_sjursen/2018/03/19/unmitigated-failure-operation-iraqi-freedom-15-years-later/

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36) For Democrats, all that enthusiasm comes with risks
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Jessica Mendoza

“When Conor Lamb won the special House election in Pennsylvania’s 18th district last week, William Bondshu cheered. Like many Democrats across the country, Mr. Bondshu saw the win as a sign that voters in the party could transform their grievances against the Trump administration into political change — and retake the majority in the House of Representatives in November’s midterm elections. ‘It was so invigorating,’ says Bondshu, a sales manager and community volunteer in Carlsbad, Calif. ‘That you can get a Democrat into a seat despite the demographics of that seat is a mountain moved.’ (Pennsylvania’s 18th voted overwhelmingly for President Trump in 2016.) Mr. Trump’s effect on energizing liberals has been widely documented. People who’d never given politics a second thought (including thousands of women, minorities, and scientists) began taking to the streets, calling their representatives, and running for office. Elections that have taken place since 2016 have favored Democrats. The frenzy has led to forecasts of a ‘blue wave’ in November that could hand Democrats the House.” (03/20/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0320/For-Democrats-all-that-enthusiasm-comes-with-risks

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37) The Iraq War was a crime, so why don’t we treat it as one?
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“I have often called the Iraq war a blunder, and I have sometimes called it an enormous crime, and it was both. It was a crime against international law and the people of Iraq, and it was a grievous blunder for American interests. … Iraq war opponents often complain that there is no accountability for supporters of the war, and this complaint is a legitimate one. It is frustrating that the pundits, analysts, and politicians that backed the worst foreign policy decision of the last generation have paid almost no price for getting the biggest question in decades completely wrong. The bigger problem is that the architects of an illegal war have been allowed to get away with it without any penalty.” (03/20/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-iraq-war-was-a-crime-so-why-dont-we-treat-it-as-one/

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38) On the 50th anniversary of MLK’s death, remember that the FBI are pure scum
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“A new Intercept article by George Joseph and Murtaza Hussain reports on never-before-seen documents obtained from the FBI via Freedom of Information Act by the civil rights groups Color of Change and the Center for Constitutional Rights. The FOIA request for FBI files pertaining to Black Lives Matter activism was answered with a stack of heavily-redacted documents revealing evidence of police stakeouts at the homes and vehicles of activists, as well as the use of police informants, with no mention of any potential crimes suspected of the people they were monitoring. One such document is a report provided ‘for coordination with Monsanto’ describing a single Black Lives Matter activist’s plans to fly from New York City to Ferguson for a 2014 protest against racially motivated police brutality. The document covers the protesters’ plans to begin their demonstration at a Monsanto factory, as well as money raised for protest materials and bail money, without a single visible mention of potential crimes or violence. ‘Coordination with Monsanto.’ To protect them from Black Lives Matter protesters. Welcome to the real face of the FBI.” (03/19/18)

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39) Steelmanning the Iraq War
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“The Iraq War started 15 years ago today. I always opposed it, for my standard pacifist reasons. But here is a case for the Iraq War that would have intellectually and morally impressed me at the time. To be clear: Though I’m the author, I strongly disagree with this speech. Still, I’d enjoy talking to someone who sincerely believed it. You can treat what follows as a steelmanning exercise. (It’s not really an Ideological Turing Test because as far as I know, no prominent advocate of the Iraq War would agree with it). Alternately, you can treat it as mirror: Actual war-makers are blameworthy insofar as they fall short of the standards it exemplifies.” (03/20/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/03/how_i_would_hav_1.html

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40) Clinton tumbles down the “marriage gap”
Source: Town Hall
by Jeff Jacoby

“Clinton is a former law partner, US senator, and secretary of state. She was the first woman to be a major-party nominee for president. She is an outspoken feminist who, even as she lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, boasted of having put ‘about 18 million cracks’ in the ‘highest, hardest glass ceiling.’ She acknowledged then that the prospect of a woman becoming president of the United States had become’unremarkable.’ In last year’s election, she received 65,844,954 votes (millions more than her opponent) and the majority of those who voted for her were women. Yet now she claims she lost the election because women were arm-twisted into backing Trump? Is her feminism really that shallow?” (03/19/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/jeffjacoby/2018/03/19/clinton-tumbles-down-the-marriage-gap-n2462416

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41) The US ban on Venezuela’s petro is a bad, bad idea — let it fail alone
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“The United States has decided to ban — in the form of sanctions — transactions in Venezuela’s new cryptocurrency, the Petro. This is a bad, bad, idea. For it plays right into the hands of the usual idiots who insist that the only reason the socialist revolution has never worked in Latin America is because of the Damn Yanquis. This not actually being the cause, rather, Latin American socialism has always been destined for failure on the grounds that Latin American socialism is never going to work, Damn Yanquis or not. Better to leave well alone and allow them to fall flat on their faces than to intervene and grant yet another excuse …” (03/20/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2018/03/20/the-us-ban-on-venezuelas-petro-is-a-bad-bad-idea-let-it-fail-alone/

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42) Trump isn’t an army of one
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“Will President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress let special counsel Robert Mueller complete the Russia investigation? That’s long been a legitimate, unanswered question in Washington. Over the weekend, the balance of probability leaned toward ‘no,’ as a constitutional crisis looks likelier by the day. It began late Friday night when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he had fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, citing an alleged lack of candor by McCabe when speaking to internal investigators about his role in the bureau’s activities during the 2016 election. McCabe immediately shot back at the accusations. ‘This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally,’ he said in the statement. ‘It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.’” (03/19/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147548/trump-isnt-army-one

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43) A battle over abortion and free speech
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“Anyone who wants to understand National Institute of Family Life Advocates v. Becerra, which the Supreme Court will hear Tuesday, would do well to start with a viewing of Jackson, Maisie Crow’s 2016 documentary about the abortion battle in Mississippi. In one memorable scene in the film, Barbara Beavers, director of the pro-life Center for Pregnancy Choices, asks donors to fund a ‘crisis pregnancy center’ across the street from the state’s only abortion clinic: ‘The closer you can get the CPC to the abortion clinic,’ she explains, ‘then the closer you can get a woman to choose life for her child. Having a place that’s walking distance, that’s huge, because a lot of times these women are dropped off. That’s the greatest need, for the CPC to be as close to the abortion clinic was we can get it.’ … The Supreme Court case to be argued this week comes from California, and concerns regulation of ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ like CPC.” (03/20/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/03/how-would-eliminating-misleading-speech-effect-the-abortion-debate/555920/

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44) Afrin: The shame of the west
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“[W]hen the United Nations described the situation in Ghouta has ‘hell on Earth,’ Western heads eagerly nodded in agreement. After all, why wouldn’t they? The brutal siege of and now attack on eastern Ghouta fits the West’s persistent, simple-minded narrative on Syria. This, so the story goes, is the longstanding tale of a yet another Middle Eastern dictator, struggling to maintain his grip on power except by means of military force, a tale of a bad man doing bad things to his own people. … Yet there has been no condemnation of what has just happened in Afrin. The assault was just as merciless as the Syrian government’s on Ghouta. And the results have been just as dismaying, with countless Syrians losing their lives, and many, many more joining the hundreds of thousands of Syria’s displaced peoples. But the assault on Afrin has barely raised one of Boris Johnson’s befringed eyebrows. And that is because it just does not fit the Western narrative.” (03/20/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/afrin-the-shame-of-the-west/

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45) How they sold the Iraq war
Source: CounterPunch
by Jeffrey St Clair

“The war on Iraq won’t be remembered for how it was waged so much as for how it was sold. It was a propaganda war, a war of perception management, where loaded phrases, such as ‘weapons of mass destruction’ and ‘rogue state’ were hurled like precision weapons at the target audience: us. To understand the Iraq war you don’t need to consult generals, but the spin doctors and PR flacks who stage-managed the countdown to war from the murky corridors of Washington where politics, corporate spin and psy-ops spooks cohabit. Consider the picaresque journey of Tony Blair’s plagiarized dossier on Iraq, from a grad student’s website to a cut-and-paste job in the prime minister’s bombastic speech to the House of Commons.” (03/20/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/20/how-they-sold-the-iraq-war/

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46) Capitalist technology sustained the failed economic experiment of Soviet communism
Source: Cobden Centre
by Philip Vander Elst

“Despite the central role played by State controlled central banks and financial institutions in bringing about the conditions which led to the global credit crunch of 2008, free markets and ‘capitalism,’ rather than government failure, have taken all the blame for that complex crisis, and Marxism and other varieties of socialism are once again attracting the enthusiastic support of many young people in our universities and colleges. Unfortunately, however well intentioned, this renewed interest in hard-core socialism, and the belief that it offers relevant solutions to our existing problems, ignores the lessons taught by the many failed socialist experiments of the 20th century …” (03/20/18)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/03/capitalist-technology-sustained-the-failed-economic-experiment-of-soviet-communism/

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47) Why (most) children shouldn’t vote
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“[I]f some activists believe that youth voting is the key to ushering in a utopia of kindler, gentler, more peaceful public policy, they may be very wrong. After all, objectionable views held by young people aren’t exactly a new thing. As one young young female abolitionist explained in nineteenth century America, there were no eligible bachelors in her community because ‘there is [sic] no young men here except Copperheads, and they are beneath our notice.’ But, whether or not young people right now happen to agree with one’s opinions is not a terribly good reason to either limit or extend the franchise for younger voters. While it might be tempting to simply deny the vote to anyone we find annoying or beholden to objectionable politics, a more reasonable approach is to establish an objective measure by which people can be found qualified to participate in elections.” (03/20/18)

https://mises.org/wire/why-most-children-shouldnt-vote

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48) Why president Trump’s banning the petro matters for real cryptocurrencies
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Max Gulker, PhD

“With the stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump may have just accomplished what most observers thought impossible: he’s made the Petro relevant. The Petro is the Venezuelan government’s ‘cryptocurrency,’ rolled out in February of this year and replacing the radically decentralized governance structure of Bitcoin and Ethereum with the radically centralized guidance of President Nicolas Maduro’s regime. … President Trump’s executive order states that … ‘all transactions related to, provision of financing for, and other dealings in, by a United States person or within the United States, any digital currency, digital coin, or digital token, that was issued by, for, or on behalf of the Government of Venezuela on or after January 9, 2018, are prohibited as of the effective date of this order.’ The initial response of the crypto community to the executive order is rightfully focused not on the Petro itself, but on what it says for the likelihood and viability of potential future bans on cryptocurrencies that people actually want.” (03/19/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/why-president-trumps-banning-petro-matters-real-cryptocurrencies

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49) What you need to know: Today’s new Brexit transition agreement
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“On Monday afternoon, David Davis of the UK and Michel Barnier of the EU revealed that their governments had agreed on the shape of their relationship during the first two years after Brexit. Here’s what it will look like …” (03/19/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/03/19/what-you-need-know-todays-new-brexit-transition-agreement

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50) An open letter to a state legislator on marijuana and federal supremacy
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Dear Sen. Robinson, As the debate on legalizing medical marijuana has unfolded here in Kentucky, you have invoked the Constitution’s ‘supremacy clause’ to argue the state cannot legalize cannabis. I appreciate your fidelity to the Constitution, but in this case, you are operating out of a fundamental misunderstanding of federal supremacy. During a speech on the Senate floor, you read from a letter you wrote to Sen. Rand Paul stating, ‘According to Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, the Constitution and federal law are superior and supersede all other state constitution, laws and regulations.’ But supremacy clause does not say this.” (03/19/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/03/19/an-open-letter-to-a-state-legislator-on-marijuana-and-federal-supremacy/

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51) Stossel: China’s freedom-crushing “social credit score”
Source: Reason

“In America, tech giants know a lot about us. John Stossel says that’s fine with him. He knows what information he’s handing over and he does it voluntarily. But he says we should worry about becoming like China, where the government is starting to use online data to create 1984 in the real world. China’s government has announced that they’ll assign a mandatory government ‘social credit score’ to everyone in the country by 2020. It will be based largely on what you do online. Say something that gets censored, you lose points. Same if you watch porn, or are late in returning a rented bike, or buy lots of alcohol.” [Flash video] (03/20/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/03/20/chinas-freedom-crushing-social-credit-sc

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/20/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Fifteen years ago today, the US launched its ‘shock and awe’ attack against Iraq. The war was based on lies and propaganda, it cost trillions, and it left perhaps a million dead. To date no one has been punished for this disaster. Have we learned our lesson not to listen to neocon lies? Hardly!” [Flash audio] (03/20/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/unhappy-anniversary-iraq-war-at-15

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53) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/20/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Donald Trump rolled out his approach to handling the opioid problem in the United States: treatment for addicts and execution for drug dealers. Cato’s Jeffrey Singer says it’s disappointing and almost entirely the wrong approach.” [various formats] (03/20/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/trumps-disappointing-approach-opioids

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54) Scott Adams Says, 03/20/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams tells you how to use persuasion to reduce opioid use.” [editor’s note: He did three other Periscopes today; this was by far the most interesting, but the other are also worth a look – SAT] [Flash video] (03/20/18)

https://www.pscp.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1ZkKzVpedXdKv

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55) The Post-Statist Review, episode 3
Source: Downsize DC

“Episode #3, How Downsize DC is restoring your property rights vis-a-vis the Fourth Amendment. Also, analysis of why John Bolton would be a dangerous appointment to the Trump administration. Finally, Howard asks whether or not libertarians are isolationists, and Jim comes back with a surprising perspective that demonstrates how libertarians can actually be interventionists!” [various formats] (03/20/18)

https://downsizedc.org/john-bolton-episode-03/

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56) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 48
Source: Libertarianism.org

“1840 was the Locofoco year — their chance to permanently change America.” [various formats] (03/20/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/most-important-election-ever

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57) The Scott Horton Show, 03/19/18
Source: Libertarian Institute

“John Kiriakou returns to the show to discuss Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel as the new head of the CIA.” [various formats] (03/19/18)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/3-19-18-john-kiriakou-gina-haspels-nomination-cia-director/

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58) Free Talk Live, 03/19/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Trump Wants Death Penalty For Drug Dealing :: Schedule One and Two Drugs :: Blaming Opiates and Manufacturers for Drug Addiction? :: Melanie is Against Empathy? :: Empathy vs Facts :: Cognitive vs Emotional Empathy :: Forkfest.Party :: Pan-Romantic :: Christian Anarchy :: Empathy Gene :: Self-Driving Car Kills Pedestrian :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/19/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-03-19

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59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1115
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Claes Ryn, professor of politics at the Catholic University of America and director of its Center for the Study of Statesmanship, joins me to discuss how a real statesman would conduct American affairs on the world stage and how, by contrast, the present American establishment does so. We also discuss how we got here (and the problem goes way beyond Woodrow Wilson).” [various formats] (03/19/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1115-neocons-and-messianism-make-for-lousy-statesmanship/

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60) Bloggingheads.tv, 03/19/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Glenn Loury (Brown University) and Aryeh Cohen-Wade (Joking on the Square, @AryehCW) … Aryeh claims he has definitive proof that Trump is a moron … Glenn: Trump has unique insight into voters’ dissatisfactions … Does Trump, as president, deserve our respect? … Assimilation vs. alienation in Black Panther (contains spoilers) … Amy Wax gets in trouble for something she said on The Glenn Show … Making an implicit prejudice explicit.” [Flash video] (03/19/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/51586

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