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Volume XVI, Issue #3,936
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
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In the News:

1) US Senate passes SESTA/FOSTA Internet censorship bill
2) Peru: Kuczynski, facing allegations of corruption, resigns
3) Sources: McCabe authorized criminal probe of Sessions
4) Palestine: Teen political prisoner sentenced to eight months in plea deal with occupation regime
5) Facebook’s Zuckerberg admits mistakes, but no apology
6) Fed raises key rate and foresees two more hikes this year
7) Trump to level new round of tariffs, investment restrictions against China
8) Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Russia’s Putin
9) Paul on last-minute federal budget: “A rotten, terrible” way to govern
10) Tesla boss Elon Musk gets $2.6 billion payday
11) Kazakhstan: Soyuz launches Russian-US crew to International Space Station
12) GA: Loch Ness Monster-like creature washes up
13) ID: Authorities investigate claims teacher fed puppy to turtle
14) Nigeria: Kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls freed
15) IL: Holocaust-denying racist becomes GOP Congressional candidate
16) GA: Fired Atlanta Hawks worker sues, claiming discrimination against white employees
17) Kaspersky’s “Slingshot” report burned a US spy op
18) CA: School board fires teacher for unacceptable political opinions
19) UK: YouTuber convicted of hate speech for “Nazi salute” dog video
20) IL: Billionaire Pritzker, incumbent Rauner to face off in gubernatorial race
21) Russia: Court orders Telegram to hand its encryption keys to the regime
22) Whackjob Fox propagandist quits, finally notices that Fox is a “propaganda machine”
23) TX: Police say suspect in Austin bombing attacks blows himself up
24) Israel: Regime confirms bombing “Syria nuclear reactor” in 2007
25) Kenya: World’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) How Congress censored the Internet
27) No, there isn’t child porn on the Bitcoin blockchain
28) Truth the first casualty in war, especially in Cold War
29) Anti-gun laws good for criminals
30) Are “sanctuary cities” doing enough? A new report shows how to really fight Trump’s deportation machine.
31) The Democrats’ elitist obsession with “qualifications”
32) NA MSD: The cowardice of their conviction
33) Calculation and the question of arithmetic
34) Trump not the problem, he’s the figurehead
35) Why 55 US Senators voted for genocide in Yemen
36) Alarmist climate researchers abandon scientific method
37) Four conclusions you can’t draw from data on school shootings
38) Saudi Arabia has become a geopolitical loose cannon
39) Dear Facebook, I think it’s time to quit you
40) Cambridge Analytica’s marketers weren’t mind-readers or brain-washers
41) There’s fake news on your television, too
42) Trump’s “tough” drug policies are not smart
43) Scared of AI? You really shouldn’t be …
44) ObamaCare bailout: Will Republicans betray their voters?
45) Free Count Dankula
46) Xi’s power boost raises new risks for Silicon Valley
47) Profligacy still carries the day in Washington, DC
48) Are voting ages still democratic?
49) The public school myth
50) A left critique of Russiagate
51) Why do Russian oligarchs hide their money in London?
52) Quantum Vibe, 03/21/18
53) Are we headed for a bourbon trade war?
54) A violently dysfunctional society
55) If we’re going to administer standardized tests, let’s make them useful

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Power Problems, 03/21/18
57) Scott Adams Says, 03/21/18
58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/21/18
59) The Libertarian Angle, 03/21/18
60) Essential Libertarianism, episode 27
61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 170
62) Intercepted, 03/21/18
63) Free Talk Live, 03/20/18
64) The Scott Horton Show, 03/19/18
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 03/20/18

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

1) US Senate passes SESTA/FOSTA Internet censorship bill
Source: The Hill

“The Senate on Wednesday passed a controversial online sex trafficking [sic] bill, sending it to President Trump’s desk over concerns from the tech industry, capping off a months-long legislative fight. The bill was approved overwhelmingly in a 97-2 vote. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) were the only votes against the bill. The legislation, called the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), but also referred to as SESTA after the original Senate bill, would cut into the broad protections websites have from legal liability for content posted by their users. …The House overwhelmingly passed the bill last month, and President Trump is expected to sign it.” [editor’s note: It’s not a “sex trafficking bill.” It’s an Internet censorship bill and it’s an open declaration of war on the First Amendment. Now the question becomes “how do we harden the web to defend against it, and how do we punish the aggressors in Congress?” – TLK] (03/21/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/379553-senate-passes-controversial-online-sex-trafficking-bill

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2) Peru: Kuczynski, facing allegations of corruption, resigns
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

“Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned Wednesday after political opponents released video and audio recordings that they say implicate the 79-year-old leader in a vote-buying scheme to avoid impeachment. Kuczynski’s departure ends a long-running political battle with Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of disgraced former President Alberto Fujimori and the leader of the Popular Force majority faction in Congress. Kuczynski defeated her in the 2016 presidential race. A former World Bank economist and Wall Street banker who had never run for public office, Kuczynski ran a campaign based on promises to clean up a government beset by corruption.” (03/21/18)

http://gazette.com/president-of-peru-facing-allegations-of-corruption-resigns/article/feed/550327

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3) Sources: McCabe authorized criminal probe of Sessions
Source: ABC News

“Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a ‘lack of candor,’ McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News. Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly accused Sessions of misleading them in congressional testimony and called on federal authorities to investigate, but McCabe’s previously-unreported decision to actually put the attorney general in the crosshairs of an FBI probe was an exceptional move. One source told ABC News that Sessions was not aware of the investigation when he decided to fire McCabe last Friday less than 48 hours before McCabe, a former FBI deputy director, was due to retire from government and obtain a full pension, but an attorney representing Sessions declined to confirm that.” (03/21/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/exclusive-fired-fbi-official-authorized-criminal-probe-sessions/story?id=53914006

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4) Palestine: Teen political prisoner sentenced to eight months in plea deal with occupation regime
Source: Washington Post

“Palestinian teenage protest icon Ahed Tamimi on Wednesday was sentenced to eight months in prison for slapping and kicking a pair of Israeli soldiers outside her West Bank home, capping a case that sparked uproar in Israel, turned the 17-year-old girl into a Palestinian hero and attracted international attention. Tamimi’s lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said Tamimi agreed to the sentence as part of a plea deal with prosecutors that allowed her to avoid more serious charges that could have imprisoned her for years.” (03/21/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/teen-palestinian-protester-could-serve-8-months-under-deal/2018/03/21/d62331e4-2d1f-11e8-8dc9-3b51e028b845_story.html

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5) Facebook’s Zuckerberg admits mistakes, but no apology
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Breaking five days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm. Zuckerberg said Wednesday that Facebook has a ‘responsibility’ to protect its users’ data and if it fails, ‘we don’t deserve to serve you.’ But Zuckerberg stopped short of apologizing. And he wrote ‘what happened’ instead of ‘what we did,’ leaving Facebook one step removed from responsibility. Richard Levick, chairman of the crisis-management firm Levick, gave Zuckerberg’s response a ‘B-minus’ grade, in part because of how late it came.” (03/21/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/business/technology/article/Zuckerberg-asked-to-testify-data-firm-s-CEO-12769126.php

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6) Fed raises key rate and foresees two more hikes this year
Source: Albuquerque Journal

“The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate Wednesday in a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy’s durability while signaling that it plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell. The Fed said it expects to raise rates twice more this year. And it increased its estimate for rate hikes in 2019 from two to three, reflecting more optimistic expectations for growth and low unemployment.” (03/21/18)

https://www.abqjournal.com/1148738/fed-raises-key-rate-and-foresees-2-more-hikes-this-year.html

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7) Trump to level new round of tariffs, investment restrictions against China
Source: Fox News

“President Trump is expected to level a new round of ‘protective’ tariffs and ‘investment restrictions’ against China on Thursday, White House officials told Fox News. Last August, the president instructed U.S. Trade Representative Amb. Robert Lighthizer to consider an investigation of Chinese laws, policies, and practices which ‘may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development.’ Lighthizer determined that an investigation was warranted, and it began under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. …. An administration official told Fox News on Wednesday that the tariffs, which could amount to $30 billion or more, are not meant to ‘punish’ China, but rather designed to ‘recover damages’ from China’s unfair trade practices.” (03/21/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/21/president-trump-to-level-new-round-tariffs-investment-restrictions-against-china.html

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8) Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Russia’s Putin
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian president’s disputed re-election victory on Wednesday, saying he wants Putin’s help in solving crises from North Korea to Syria and beyond. Trump drew fire from Republicans and Democrats alike for telling reporters on Tuesday that he had congratulated Putin on his re-election and that the two leaders had made tentative plans to meet in the ‘not too distant future.’ The Washington Post reported that Trump, in his briefing papers to prepare for the phone call with Putin on Tuesday, was specifically warned ‘DO NOT CONGRATULATE’ the Russian president. … In a pair of tweets on his call with Putin, Trump said U.S. news organizations ‘wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing.’” (03/21/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-kelly/trump-defends-congratulatory-phone-call-to-russias-putin-idUSKBN1GX2N9

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9) Paul on last-minute federal budget: “A rotten, terrible” way to govern
Source: Raw Story

“With Congress teetering on the brink of its third government shutdown in three months, Sen. Rand Paul still hasn’t seen the details of a new budget bill that’s likely to be 1,000 pages long — and he’s not pleased. That matters because it was Paul, R-Ky., who last month single-handedly prevented Congress from speedily moving ahead on a sweeping budget deal, triggering a short government shutdown as he protested his own Republican Party’s deficit spending. This time, Paul hasn’t yet decided on whether he’ll seek to slow the measure, but he’s clearly unhappy with the closed door talks, telling McClatchy in an interview this is a ‘rotten, terrible, no good way to run your government.’ In two conversations with McClatchy, Paul said he’d make up his mind after he sees the $1.3 trillion spending plan, which Republican leaders had hoped to produce last week but were working round the clock with Democrats to finish Wednesday. Details are expected to be finalized later in the day.” (03/21/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/rand-paul-last-minute-federal-budget-rotten-terrible-way-govern

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10) Tesla boss Elon Musk gets $2.6 billion payday
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Tesla shareholders have approved a huge pay deal for its chief executive, Elon Musk, worth an estimated $2.6bn (£1.85bn). It is believed to be the biggest share-based pay deal in US corporate history. Mr Musk will only get the shares if Tesla hits certain targets related to metrics such as sales and share price. The vote was seen as a key test of support for Mr Musk’s leadership of the loss-making car maker, which is struggling to increase production. Some big shareholders had said they would back the proposal, but prominent advisory groups argued it was too generous. Mr Musk, who owns about a fifth of the electric car company, did not take part in the vote. Tesla shares rose about 3% after the vote was reported. The vote breakdown was not immediately available.” (03/21/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43489665

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11) Kazakhstan: Soyuz launches Russian-US crew to International Space Station
Source: Space.com

“Two NASA astronauts and a cosmonaut are on their way to the International Space Station (ISS). Americans Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Russian Oleg Artemyev launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today (March 21). The craft was carried skyward by a Soyuz rocket, which lifted off at 1:44 p.m. EDT (1744 GMT; 11:44 p.m. local Kazakhstan time). Feustel, Arnold and Artemyev are scheduled to arrive at the orbiting lab Friday afternoon (March 23).” (03/21/18)

https://www.space.com/40050-soyuz-rocket-launches-space-crew-expedition-55.html

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12) GA: Loch Ness Monster-like creature washes up
Source: USA Today

“Jeff Warren sent a photo of the creature to the Savannah Morning News with a note: ‘This isn’t a joke.’ When he found the carcass on the shore of Georgia’s Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge last week, he said, Warren first thought it a dead seal. But after photographing the remains of the sea creature that washed up upon the beach, he described it to station WJAX as a ‘Loch Ness-type thing.’ Indeed, the body’s long neck and small head reminded locals of the Altamaha-ha — Georgia’s own version of the aquatic monster steeped in Southern lore. Warren spotted the creature during a boat ride with his son near Georgia’s Barrier Islands, according to First Coast News. A large heron was pecking at its carcass, he said.” (03/21/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/03/20/loch-ness-monster-nessie-creature-washes-up-georgia-shore-lamprey/443038002

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13) ID: Authorities investigate claims teacher fed puppy to turtle
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Authorities are investigating reports a teacher fed a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in a rural Idaho town that was the setting for the teenage cult classic film ‘Napoleon Dynamite.’ The uproar has forced police to step up security amid threats at Preston Junior High School and other schools in the district following the incident that reportedly occurred on March 7 in front of several students after school. Investigators are looking into possible animal cruelty charges. The teacher has not been named by authorities. Preston Police Chief Mike Peterson said Friday the threats were vague but linked to the allegation that the reportedly ailing puppy was fed to the turtle March 7. ‘It was enough of a threat that our parents thought we ought to have a bit of a presence over there,’ Peterson said.” (03/21/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Threats-made-at-Idaho-school-where-puppy-was-fed-12758988.php

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14) Nigeria: Kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls freed
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Nearly all of the 110 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants in the town of Dapchi last month have been returned, the government says. Officials said at least 101 girls were reunited with their families after being brought back to the town. It was later reported that the girls were being flown to meet President Muhammadu Buhari in the capital, Abuja. However, reports suggest at least five girls died during their ordeal, and that a Christian girl remains captive. One of the freed girls, in a phone conversation with a relative, said the five had been crushed to death as they were herded into vehicles and driven away. The girl said she and the others were taken into the bush, to an “enclosed place”. When asked whether they were well fed, she said they had to cook their own food. The government did not make any mention of deaths, or otherwise explain the discrepancy between the 110 abducted and the 101 returned.” (03/21/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-43484146

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15) IL: Holocaust-denying racist becomes GOP Congressional candidate
Source: Raw Story

“A Holocaust-denying white supremacist has become the Republican party nominee for a US Congressional seat representing portions of Chicago and neighboring suburbs. Art Jones, an advocate of racial segregation whose campaign website includes a section called ‘The Holocaust Racket,’ won an uncontested race for the GOP nomination during Illinois state’s primary election Tuesday. He will now compete for the US House seat in a heavily Democratic district of the Midwestern state. The Illinois Republican party had not recruited a challenger in the district, because a GOP candidate was unlikely to succeed in a general election matchup against the Democratic incumbent Dan Lipinski, who has held the seat since 2005. The party also had condemned Jones’s candidacy and urged voters to disavow him. ‘The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office,’ the state party’s chairman Tim Schneider said in a February statement.” (03/21/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/holocaust-denier-becomes-republican-candidate-us-congress

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16) GA: Fired Atlanta Hawks worker sues, claiming discrimination against white employees
Source: Fox News

“A former employee of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks has sued the organization, claiming that she was fired after she complained about discrimination against white employees. The lawsuit by Margo Kline was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She claims that Hawks external affairs director David Lee, who is black, promoted a culture of discrimination against white people, and especially white women. According to the Journal-Constitution, Kline claims that Lee was dismissive of white employees and promoted less qualified black employees over their white colleagues. According to Kline, her superiors responded to her complaints by ridiculing and gossiping about her. She also claims that other white employees were told not to speak with her or they could lose their job.” (03/21/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/03/21/fired-atlanta-hawks-worker-sues-claims-discrimination-against-white-employees.html

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17) Kaspersky’s “Slingshot” report burned a US spy op
Source: CyberScoop

“The U.S. government and Russian cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab are currently in the throes of a nasty legal fight that comes on top of a long-running feud over how the company has conducted itself with regard to U.S. intelligence-gathering operations. A recent Kaspersky discovery may keep the feud alive for years to come. CyberScoop has learned that Kaspersky research recently exposed an active, U.S.-led counterterrorism cyber-espionage operation. According to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, the operation was used to target ISIS and al-Qaeda members.” [editor’s note: As if those guys would limit their use of effective malware to one target set. It’s important to remember that the “US intelligence community” is FAR more dangerous to Americans on a daily basis than the Islamic State or al Qaeda could aspire to become in a million years – TLK] (03/20/18)

https://www.cyberscoop.com/kaspersky-slingshot-isis-operation-socom-five-eyes/

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18) CA: School board fires teacher for unacceptable political opinions
Source: Fox News

“A Southern California teacher who was recorded bashing the U.S. military in a profane classroom rant was fired Tuesday evening. Board of Education President Aurora Villon said the El Rancho Unified School District reached a unanimous decision to fire Gregory Salcido, a history teacher at El Rancho High School and elected Pico Rivera city councilman, the Los Angeles Times reported.” (03/21/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/21/teacher-who-called-military-lowest-low-is-fired.html

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19) UK: YouTuber convicted of hate speech for “Nazi salute” dog video
Source: The Daily Dot

“Scottish YouTuber Mark Meechan, known as Count Dankula, was convicted on Tuesday for posting a ‘grossly offensive’ video of his girlfriend’s pug doing a Nazi salute. ‘I think it’s a very, very dark day in regards to freedom of speech and freedom of expression,’ said Meechan, 29, according to Yahoo News U.K. He also warned British comedians against making jokes ‘because your context and intent behind them apparently don’t matter anymore.’ Meechan posted the video titled “M8 yer dugs a Nazi” in April 2016 and was arrested last year. He now faces jail time under the Communications Act 2003 …” (03/20/18)

https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/youtuber-count-dankula-hate-speech-nazi-pug/

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20) IL: Billionaire Pritzker, incumbent Rauner to face off in gubernatorial race
Source: CNN

“The big money favorites prevailed on Tuesday in the Illinois gubernatorial primaries, CNN projects, setting the stage for what could be the most expensive governor’s race in US history. Billionaire J.B. Pritzker outlasted and outspent the Democratic field, while Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, a multimillionaire himself, narrowly beat back an insurgent conservative challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives. Pritzker poured about $70 million into the primary contest, while businessman Chris Kennedy, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, put up about $2 million of his own cash. … Rauner’s road to victory in the primary, paved in December 2016 with an initial investment of $50 million from his own coffers, turned rocky toward the finish, as Ives, questioning his bona fides on social issues, made a strong push for conservative voters.” (03/21/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/20/politics/illinois-governor-pritzker-wins-rauner-ives-close/index.html

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21) Russia: Court orders Telegram to hand its encryption keys to the regime
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Supreme Court Judge Alla Nazarova today rejected an appeal filed by Telegram, objecting to Russia’s Federal Security Services (FSB) obtaining the encryption keys to its platform. As a result, Telegram will be legally obligated to grant security forces access to the private messages and other data of its users, unless it can convince an appellate court to reverse the decision. … The company finds itself in a difficult position. With the pre-sale for its own cryptocurrency underway, Telegram is seen as a flagbearer for a movement that prides itself on respecting user privacy, deploying encryption, and thwarting attempts at government interference. But as a Russian enterprise, Telegram is bound by the draconian laws that give the country’s security forces extensive surveillance powers.” (03/20/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/court-orders-telegram-hand-russia-encryption-keys/

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22) Whackjob Fox propagandist quits, finally notices that Fox is a “propaganda machine”
Source: Time

“Lt. Col. Ralph Peters is leaving his post at Fox News, saying he’s ‘ashamed’ to be part of a ‘propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.’ … Peters, who was suspended in 2015 for calling then-President Barack Obama a ‘total p–y,’ also criticized the network for ‘advancing’ Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agenda.” [editor’s note: Peters wrote a couple of interesting military novels, then apparently lost his mind, talked himself into believing those novels were non-fiction, and has subsequently spent most of his time whining for the US government to bring them to life – TLK] (03/20/18)

http://time.com/5208428/fox-news-ralph-peters-quits/

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23) TX: Police say suspect in Austin bombing attacks blows himself up
Source: ABC News

“The suspect in a spate of bombing attacks that have terrorized Austin over the past month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in, the police said early Wednesday. Authorities had zeroed in on the suspect in the last 24 to 36 hours and located him at a hotel on Interstate 35 in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference. They were waiting for ballistic vehicles to arrive when his vehicle began to drive away, Manley said. Authorities followed the vehicle, which stopped in a ditch on the side of the road, the police chief said. When members of the SWAT team approached, the suspect detonated an explosive device inside the vehicle, the police chief said.” (03/21/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/officer-involved-shooting-texas-unclear-bomb-related-53897485

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24) Israel: Regime confirms bombing “Syria nuclear reactor” in 2007
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“After more than a decade of secrecy, Israel has confirmed it has conducted a 2007 military raid on what was believed to be a Syrian nuclear reactor. The Israeli army said a total of eight F-16 and F-15 fighter jets bombed a Syrian nuclear facility in Deir Az Zor, 450km north of Damascus, in a stealth operation that lasted four hours overnight on September 5 to 6, 2007. The attack, dubbed ‘Out of the Box’ by Israel’s military command, was long known to have occurred but was kept under an 11-year gag order forbidding Israeli media to publish details on the operation.” (03/21/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/israel-confirms-bombing-syria-nuclear-reactor-2007-180321073115879.html

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25) Kenya: World’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies
Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

“The death of the world’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, doesn’t end efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world’s most recognizable animals. The focus now turns to his stored semen and that of four other dead rhinos, as well as the perfection of in vitro fertilization techniques and the critical need to keep the remaining two females alive. Whatever happens, conservationists hope the lessons learned in the endeavor can be applied to other critically endangered species. The 45-year-old Sudan, who won widespread affection last year with his listing as ‘The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World’ on the Tinder dating app in a fundraising effort, was euthanized on Monday after ‘age-related complications,’ researchers said Tuesday.” (03/20/18)

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/world-s-last-male-northern-white-rhino-sudan-dies/article_df23b8c2-68dc-52e4-865b-63b7e2de88d0.html

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

26) How Congress censored the Internet
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Elliot Harmon

“Today was a dark day for the Internet. The U.S. Senate just voted 97-2 to pass the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865), a bill that silences online speech by forcing Internet platforms to censor their users. As lobbyists and members of Congress applaud themselves for enacting a law tackling the problem of trafficking, let’s be clear: Congress just made trafficking victims less safe, not more.” (03/21/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/03/how-congress-censored-internet

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27) No, there isn’t child porn on the Bitcoin blockchain
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“Anyone swiping through the tech news on their tablet this week may have been startled by an unsavory story. Child pornography (CP) is permanently encoded in the bitcoin blockchain accoriding to mainstream media reports, making anyone who downloads the blockchain guilty of accessing CP. Not only is this old news, but it’s fake news. Understanding why calls for taking a quick dip into bitcoin’s code. … Asserting that there is child pornography on the blockchain would be like strolling through the U.S. Capitol Building, dropping a scrap of paper containing a deep web address, and then claiming that the American government is storing obscene content.” (03/21/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/no-isnt-child-porn-bitcoin-blockchain/

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28) Truth the first casualty in war, especially in Cold War
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“I don’t know why everyone’s so hard on Putin these days. I mean, the Russian president is so kind and considerate that he waited until ex-spy Sergei Skripal had been strategically irrelevant for many years before poisoning him, and did so in a way that both failed to kill the target and strongly indicated that Russia was responsible for the attack. While other nations use highly trained killers to assassinate critical targets and make it look like a suicide, the Kremlin had the decency to use an attack that was simultaneously both ineffectual and the forensic equivalent of issuing a press release on RT saying, ‘Yeah we totally poisoned that guy’ for no conceivable benefit to itself. You can’t buy that kind of charity from other western regime change targets. This is why Australians don’t like Brits; they’re such ungrateful whingers.” (03/21/18)

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29) Anti-gun laws good for criminals
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“How much do you respect self-destructive people? Do you honor those who engage in self-harm such as ‘cutting?’ Do you celebrate those who burn up their mind and body by abusing drugs and alcohol? Do you respect those who commit suicide as soon as life doesn’t go their way? Then why praise teenagers (or anyone else) who protest for more anti-gun laws? Just because they are ‘doing something’ with conviction? If that’s all it takes, young ISIS recruits deserve your respect, too.” (03/21/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/03/21/voices/anti-gun-laws-good-for-criminals/156800.html

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30) Are “sanctuary cities” doing enough? A new report shows how to really fight Trump’s deportation machine.
Source: The Intercept
by Jose Olivares

“When Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf warned activists about an impending immigration enforcement operation in her city, she was praised for her defiance of the Trump administration’s deportation agenda, and proudly claimed as a hero in the so-called resistance. Schaaf is not the only local elected official that has stood up in opposition to President Donald Trump. Since the 2016 election, many mayors and state governors have begun implementing efforts to slow down the federal government’s attacks on immigrants and other vulnerable communities. In particular, ‘sanctuary cities’ have committed to limiting their cooperation with federal immigration officials. But do these gestures of resistance go far enough? Maybe not, according to a report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and the Century Foundation. … The best way to stop ICE, the report argues, is to stop aggressive policing for small offenses.” (03/21/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/03/21/sanctuary-cities-deportation-ice-trump/

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31) The Democrats’ elitist obsession with “qualifications”
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“The moment actress Cynthia Nixon announced on Monday that she would challenge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary this fall, she was mocked by establishmentarians. Best known for playing lawyer Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City, Nixon has no experience in elected office, although she’s been a longtime activist on public education and LGBT rights. ‘Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City,’ former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told The New York Post, a reference to Nixon’s endorsement of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio over Quinn in the 2013 mayoral election. ‘Now she wants an unqualified lesbian to be the governor of New York. You have to be qualified and have experience. She isn’t qualified to be the governor.’ Quinn added, ‘Being an actress and celebrity doesn’t make you qualified for public office. This is a time to move away from celebrity and toward progressive leadership.’ The phrase ‘unqualified lesbian’ drew scrutiny for several reasons, not least because Nixon is a bisexual. Still, the essence of Quinn’s argument has been widely echoed.” (03/21/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147588/democrats-elitist-obsession-qualifications

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32) NA MSD: The cowardice of their conviction
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“These students do have time for interviews, or to pen a column outlining their … beliefs. But somehow they will only spend that time with over-friendly venues that won’t point out their empirical lack of clothes. Venues and ‘journalists’ who enable their ignorance. They’re afraid of being questioned, of being called out on facts. Afraid of anything but basking in their 15 minutes of lamestream media adoration. That they won’t even try to state their goals with clarity and specificity indicates that they know they are pushing bullshit. They even refuse to name a spokesman who can be held to account.” (03/21/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5004

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33) Calculation and the question of arithmetic
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jeffrey M Herbener

“The view that Ludwig von Mises had more in mind in his calculation critique of socialism than the Hayekian knowledge problem has recently been attacked by Leland Yeager. This article addresses Yeager’s central claim that, ‘I cannot believe Mises was merely saying that if the socialist planners possessed in some remarkable way all the information normally conveyed by genuine market prices, they still would be stymied by inability to perform calculations in the narrow arithmetical sense, an inability that advances in supercomputers might conceivably overcome.’ Yeager then asserts that Joseph Salerno, Murray Rothbard, and I (SRH) claim that this is what Mises meant.” (03/21/18)

https://mises.org/library/calculation-and-question-arithmetic

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34) Trump not the problem, he’s the figurehead
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“Don’t get me wrong — Donald J. Trump is a noxious gasbag, a flouter of the Constitution, and president of the United States. But he’s not the problem; he’s the symptom. Before Cambridge Analytica was plying its ‘psychographic’ wizardry on Trump’s behalf, it did so for Ted Cruz, the U.S. senator from Texas and would-be U.S. president, and Ken Cuccinelli, the would-be governor of Virginia. Before Trump spoke of ‘my African American there’ at a rally or tweeted out false statistics about black crime, Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted ‘You lie!’ at a sitting U.S. president as he addressed a joint session of Congress. That president, of course, was Barack Obama, the nation’s first black commander-in-chief. You might recall that the source of Wilson’s ire was the prospect of free health care that he said Obama would deliver to undocumented immigrants, despite the president’s assertions to the contrary. The base loved Wilson’s antics. Sound familiar?” [editor’s note: Just as his predecessors were for their constituencies; dog bites man once again – SAT] (03/21/18)

http://prospect.org/article/trump-not-problem-hes-figurehead

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35) Why 55 US Senators voted for genocide in Yemen
Source: OpEdNews
by David Swanson

“Tuesday’s debate and vote in the U.S. Senate on whether to end (technically whether or not to vote on whether to end) U.S. participation in the war on Yemen can certainly be presented as a step forward. While 55 U.S. Senators voted to keep the war rolling along, 44 voted not to table the resolution to end it. Of those 44, some, including ‘leaders’ like Senator Chuck Schumer, said not a word in the debate and only voted the right way once the wrong way had won. And conceivably some could say they were voting in favor of having a vote, upon which they would have voted for more war. But it’s safe to say that at least most of the 44 were voting to end a war — and many of them explicitly said so. … no senator from anywhere had ever voted on a resolution raised under the War Powers Act before, because this was the first time any senator had bothered to try such a thing.” (03/21/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Why-55-U-S-Senators-Voted-by-David-Swanson-Genocide_Genocide_Genocide-In-Old-Testament_Senator-Republicans-GOP-180321-836.html

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36) Alarmist climate researchers abandon scientific method
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“So-called ‘consensus’ climate science reaches new lows nearly every day, with many researchers now better resembling dogmatic, fire-and-brimstone preachers — the kind of people who burnt heretics at the stake during the Middle Ages and suppressed scientific discovery — than scientists engaged in the pursuit of knowledge. I don’t begrudge scientists who either believe their own research shows, or who believe the dominant number of peer-reviewed papers indicate, humans are causing climate change and the changes will be dangerous. But I do disagree with many of the assumptions made by proponents of the theory of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). Data and evidence show most of their projections concerning temperatures, ice, hurricanes, species extinction, etc. have failed. … Making matters worse, AGW proponents discount, or ignore entirely, powerful studies that seem to undermine many of their assumptions and refute most of their conclusions.” (03/21/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/03/alarmist-climate-researchers-abandon-scientific-method/

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37) Four conclusions you can’t draw from data on school shootings
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Max Gulker, PhD

“Confirmation bias, the ‘tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s preexisting beliefs or hypotheses,’ is extremely well-documented. It can increase the noise but decrease the substance in policy debates on any number of issues. The 2008 financial crisis, for example, seemed to make most economists simply double down on whatever position they already held on government regulation of financial markets. The role of recent school shootings in our debate over gun rights and policy casts confirmation bias in a tragic light.” (03/21/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/four-conclusions-you-cant-draw-data-school-shootings

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38) Saudi Arabia has become a geopolitical loose cannon
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“Saudi Arabia’s thirty-two-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is touring the West seeking to buy arms and encourage investment. A stop in Washington was mandatory. The de facto ruler of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, known as MbS, has been busy wreaking havoc internationally, punishing political enemies domestically, loosening social controls at home, and burnishing his image abroad. Amid rising opposition to Saudi-generated carnage in Yemen, the Trump administration appears to be abandoning proliferation concerns in seeking to sell nuclear reactors-even as it complains about Iran’s presumed nuclear ambitions. MbS presides over a virulently intolerant authoritarian theocracy, but no matter. His modest social innovations — most notably allowing women to drive and opening cinemas for everyone — have created the image of a Western modernizer, allowing him to accumulate a host of besotted liberal groupies, such as New York Times columnist Tom Friedman.” (03/21/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/saudi-arabia-has-become-geopolitical-loose-cannon

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39) Dear Facebook, I think it’s time to quit you
Source: Fox News Forum
by Scott Gunn

“Is it time to quit Facebook? I’ve been wondering about that lately and I’m not the only one. For me, there are a couple of reasons why I have begun to wonder if it’s time to say goodbye to a social network that, over the last few years, has been fun and sometimes informative. At its best, Facebook is a delightful way to stay in touch with friends around the globe. I work at an organization that serves people all over the world, and Facebook is an ideal way for me to learn what’s important to the people we serve to share the work we’re doing. But there’s a seamy underbelly to all this. The very data that make all that magic happen have power. And we all know that power can be used for good or evil. This gets me to the idea of closing down my Facebook account.” (03/21/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/03/21/dear-facebook-think-its-time-to-quit.html

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40) Cambridge Analytica’s marketers weren’t mind-readers or brain-washers
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Andrew Mckie

“Modern data analytics is no doubt a powerful marketing tool. But it doesn’t turn firms like Cambridge Analytics or Facebook into a combination of the Illuminati and Derren Brown. I’m sure it is interesting to discover, for example, that people who watch Chuck Norris movies and own a goldfish are, on the whole, more receptive to Trump’s messages (or whatever claim is being made), but it’s hardly witchcraft or mind-control.” (03/21/18)

https://fee.org/articles/cambridge-analyticas-marketers-werent-mind-readers-or-brain-washers/

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41) There’s fake news on your television, too
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“There is increasing public concern about the political manipulation of Facebook and Twitter by private corporations and foreign actors, and it’s certainly warranted. Social media, especially Facebook, are increasingly mediating their users’ realities in ways that traditional broadcasters can only dream about. But millions of Americans still rely on television news, and they probably give it more credence than they do to random strangers on the internet. That’s bad news, because there’s fake news on your television, too. And there’s about to be more of it, unless something is done to stop an upcoming merger. Sinclair Broadcast Group is a hard-right (perhaps even ‘alt-right’) corporation that imposes its views on the local television stations it owns. It is closely allied with Donald Trump, whose administration has loosened the rules governing media conglomerates like Sinclair.” [editor’s note: Until Mr Eskow cops to the fact that CNN, MSDNC and the “major networks” have also been manufacturing halftruths and presenting opinions and mind-reading as “news” for years, his view on this is suspect at best – SAT] (03/21/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180321/theres-fake-news-on-your-television-too

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42) Trump’s “tough” drug policies are not smart
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“During a visit to New Hampshire on Monday, Donald Trump gave a 19-minute speech about opioid abuse in which he used the word tough or variations on it 19 times, more than four times as often as he used the word smart. That ratio seems about right, given the details of the president’s plan to end ‘this scourge of drug addiction in America’ and ‘raise a drug-free generation of American children.’ Trump’s plan is heavy on tactics that have already failed. For instance, he favors ‘spending a lot of money’ on ‘very, very bad commercials’ that will ‘scare’ kids away from drugs by depicting ‘pretty unsavory situations.’ Trump does not seem to realize that the federal government already tried that, and the results were disappointing.” (03/21/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/03/21/trumps-tough-drug-policies-are-not-smart

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43) Scared of AI? You really shouldn’t be …
Source: Continental Telegraph
by David Bolton

“Let’s face it, AIs have got a bad reputation and it just got worse a few days because a driverless Uber car injured a woman so badly that she died. This isn’t a real life version of Stephen King’s Christine, just a very unpleasant accident. Apparently if you walk in front of a 38 MPH car from the median (translation — central reservation) when it’s dark, the laws of physics aren’t magically suspended. It was quite likely that even the best AI equipped with state of the arts sensors would sooner or later find an edge case as this one did and there will be others. The engineers who develop these learn from each one to improve the overall safety but it’s foolish to expect 100% safety.” (03/21/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2018/03/21/scared-of-ai-you-really-shouldnt-be/

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44) ObamaCare bailout: Will Republicans betray their voters?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“After promising voters for eight years that they’d get rid of ObamaCare at their first opportunity, why would Republicans even consider dumping tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to bail it out? This week, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray made another attempt to get their bipartisan ObamaCare ‘stability’ bill tacked on to a massive spending bill Congress must approve by the end of the week to keep government operating. The details of the bill are shocking, given that they amount to a wholesale surrender on ObamaCare. Among them: It would resuscitate ObamaCare’s temporary ‘reinsurance’ program for at least three more years. When Democrats created ObamaCare, they included this ‘reinsurance’ subsidy for three years, claiming it would take that long for the new ObamaCare markets to stabilize, after which the industry subsidies would no longer be needed.” (03/21/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obamacare-bailout-republicans-65-billion-bailout-would-betray-their-voters

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45) Free Count Dankula
Source: spiked
by Andrew Doyle

“It’s official: jokes can now land you in prison. Markus Meechan — known on YouTube as Count Dankula — has been found guilty in a Scottish court of law for the crime of hate speech and breaching the electronic communications act. His arrest followed a viral online video in which Meechan can be seen encouraging his girlfriend’s pug to give a Nazi salute and to respond enthusiastically to the phrase ‘gas the Jews.’ His sentence will be passed at Airdrie Sheriff Court on 23 April. The intention behind the video is unambiguously comedic; the very concept of a Nazi pug could hardly be interpreted otherwise. This has not stopped Sheriff Derek O’Carroll, the judge presiding over this case, from finding Meechan guilty and declaring that ‘the description of the video as humorous is no magic wand.’ Without wishing to resort to stereotypes, I can think of no one less qualified to assess the merits of comedy than the Scottish judiciary.” (03/21/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/fee-count-dankula/

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46) Xi’s power boost raises new risks for Silicon Valley
Source: Reuters
by Kent Harrington

“With the end of constitutional limits on his presidential term, Xi Jinping’s decision to opt for unlimited tenure should eliminate any doubt that Beijing will ease up on its use of high-tech tools to maintain political control. That means it’s time for the U.S. technology industry to make some difficult decisions. China is building a 21st-century surveillance state and, wittingly or not, Silicon Valley’s leaders are playing a part. Their business rationale for pursuing opportunities in China has long been clear. The ethical issue facing them today (whether they should continue according to plan) is now anything but. Tech industry leaders, of course, aren’t alone in being caught out by China’s intensifying shift towards authoritarianism. For Washington, China’s increasingly protectionist trade policies and sweeping territorial claims (backed up by militarized manufactured islands in the South China Sea) have dispelled the notion that Xi intends to settle into an assigned role in the Western world order, or even play by its rules.” (03/20/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-harrington-china-commentary/commentary-xis-power-boost-raises-new-risks-for-silicon-valley-idUSKBN1GW2BB

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47) Profligacy still carries the day in Washington, DC
Source: National Review
by Michael D Tanner

“It probably won’t be celebrated at the White House, but the Trump administration passed a major milestone last week: It added its first $1 trillion to the national debt. Of course, the administration can take solace in the fact that it took President Trump 14 months to reach this dubious mark, while President Obama hit it in just seven months. But then again, President Obama was in the middle of a recession as opposed to an economic boom. President George W. Bush, hardly an exemplar of budgetary restraint, took nearly five times as long to run up his first trillion dollars of red ink. We [sic] now owe more than $21 trillion in debt, more than 100 percent of GDP, and roughly $65,000 for every man, woman, and child in this country.” [editor’s note: Not sure who this “we” is that Tanner refers to. I never consented to cover politicians’ bad checks – TLK] (03/21/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/03/federal-budget-spending-growing-national-debt/

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48) Are voting ages still democratic?
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Bill Rein

“The most recent American gun debate, kicked off last month and reaching its zenith in a school walkout, has been dominated by an unusual group: children. I’m using ‘children’ only in the sense that they are not legally adults, hovering just under the age of eighteen. They are not children in a sense of being necessarily mentally underdeveloped, or necessarily inexperienced, or even very young. They are, from a semantics standpoint, still teenagers, but they are not necessarily short-sighted or reckless or uneducated. Our category ‘children’ is somewhat fuzzy. And so are our judgments about their political participation. For instance, we consider ourselves, roughly, a democracy, but we do not let children vote. Is restricting children from voting still democratic?” (03/20/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/03/20/are-voting-ages-still-democratic/

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49) The public school myth
Source: Heartland Institute
by David S D’Amato

“Opponents of education choice like to prophesize doom when the subject is raised for debate. Their principal argument seems to be that if alternatives to traditional government schools (e.g. charter schools) are permitted to exist and to compete, they will ‘rob’ those traditional schools of needed funds. Put aside the fact that this argument admits there is a natural demand for such alternatives. It suggests — if indeed it doesn’t say so outright — that certain schools are simply and arbitrarily entitled to a given community’s resources, legally privileged to be exempt from competing or improving. Justification for this legal privilege is conspicuously absent, apart from the baseless charge that introducing parental choice and competition are bad for public education.” (03/20/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/03/the-public-school-myth/

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50) A left critique of Russiagate
Source: CounterPunch
by Isaac Christiansen

“As Democrats seek to shift blame away from the discontent with our economic system, their party and their chosen neo-liberal candidate, we are told that Trump came to power almost solely due to Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 election. Yet, many are not convinced. As Julian Assange of Wikileaks and Brian Murray cast doubt over the veracity of Russia’s involvement in hacking Clinton’s emails, an investigative reporter, Masha Gessen, pondered that even if Russia spent up to $15 million on the U.S. election, how could this figure or Russia’s clumsy Facebook ads be able to sway a presidential election in which ‘one side spent a billion dollars.’ Thus, there are several reasons that I (and others) would suggest that focusing on Russia’s interference in the U.S. 2016 presidential election is misplaced. Instead, we should concentrate on the underlying causes of the rise of a lying demagogue using fascistic forms of appeal, past and present U.S. imperialism, and the danger of breathing new life into a modified form of McCarthyism.” (03/21/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/21/a-left-critique-of-russiagate/

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51) Why do Russian oligarchs hide their money in London?
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are clinging to life after being attacked with nerve gas in Salisbury. British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson plan to target the finances of Russian oligarchs in retaliation. Russian elites have spirited their cash to the UK via a dizzying array of British banks, businesses, and luxury properties …. If the oligarchs enjoy Vladimir Putin’s favor, why would they store their wealth on the other side of the continent? First, a command economy sows the seeds of its own destruction.” (03/20/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/03/20/why-do-russian-oligarchs-hide-their-money-london

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52) Quantum Vibe, 03/21/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (03/21/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1773

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53) Are we headed for a bourbon trade war?
Source: The Daily Beast
by Lew Bryson

“What does it take to get a whiskey drinker seriously interested in global economics? Talk of a bourbon tariff. Add in the threat of a price hike for aluminum beer cans, and you’re talking about a real drinking crisis. … President Donald Trump surprised the nation on March 1 by saying he was instituting tariffs on the importation on steel (25 percent) and on aluminum (10 percent). … Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, warned that the EU might have to retaliate by instituting tariffs of its own on American products, including Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Levi jeans, and, you guessed it, bourbon. That got my attention and I decided I’d better look into this trade war thing.” (03/21/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/are-we-headed-for-a-bourbon-trade-war

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54) A violently dysfunctional society
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“After killing two people and injuring at least 5 others, a 24-year-old suspected serial bomb murderer in Texas is now dead, having killed himself yesterday while being pursued by police. Also yesterday, police shot and killed a 17-year-old Maryland student who had apparently shot and injured two students. The motives are still unknown. But one thing is for certain: These dysfunctional acts of violence are occurring with increasing regularity here in the United States.” (03/21/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/03/21/violently-dysfunctional-society/

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55) If we’re going to administer standardized tests, let’s make them useful
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, PhD

“In 1988, kids enjoyed their video games on an 8-bit Nintendo, people listened to music on cassettes, and the World Wide Web did not yet exist. Things have changed a lot in the past 30 years. Indeed, the rapid development of technology has improved almost every aspect of our lives. Yet, something strange has happened in Missouri when it comes to educational assessment. Despite three decades of unprecedented growth in technology and our understanding of testing, the standardized tests we administer today are worse than they were in 1988. That’s right. After 30 years and millions of dollars in research and development (maybe billions if you include what has been spent nationwide), our tests tell us less than they used to.” (03/20/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/accountability/if-we%E2%80%99re-going-administer-standardized-tests-let%E2%80%99s-make-them-useful

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56) Power Problems, 03/21/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Vladimir Putin won re-election handily, but the future of U.S.-Russia relations is a tougher question. We chat with Matthew Rojanksy of the Woodrow Wilson Center. * Guest Bio: Matthew Rojansky * ‘U.S. Russia Policy’ in Our Foreign Policy Choices * ‘Why New Russia Sanctions Won’t Change Moscow’s Behavior’ in Foreign Affairs * The Legacy of George Kennan Conference.” [various formats] (03/21/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/power-problems/here-comes-new-russia-same-old-russia

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57) Scott Adams Says, 03/21/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Putin, stalkers, FaceBook, and Switzerland. With coffee.” [Flash video] (03/21/18)

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1nAKERDOwylGL

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58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/21/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“With the impending fall of East Ghouta to Syrian government forces, former President Obama’s project of supporting jihadist rebels in hopes of overthrowing Assad seems to be near death. Will Trump be wise enough to finally change Obama’s disastrous policy?” [Flash video] (03/21/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/east-ghouta-obamas-last-stand-in-syria

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59) The Libertarian Angle, 03/21/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss the upcoming conference in Charleston, SC, co-hosted by the Ron Paul Institute and FFF.” [various formats] (03/21/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-come-charleston-conference-video/

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60) Essential Libertarianism, episode 27
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Why I would not vote against Hitler,” by Wendy McElroy. [various formats] (03/21/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/03/21/why-i-would-not-vote-against-hitler-el027/

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61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 170
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #170, I discuss the Senate killing the Yemen War Powers Act. The Senate voted 55-44 to table the bill. The bill was killed by a lie from the War State. By tabling the bill, the Senate continues to allow the US to aid the genocide of the people of Yemen. I address the reelection of Putin in Russia. Russia is facing condemnation from the EU and NATO for the evidenceless allegations by the UK government. I also update the Syrian Civil War.” [various formats] (03/21/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-170-senate-kills-yemen-war-powers-act

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62) Intercepted, 03/21/18
Source: The Intercept

“Mehdi Hasan, host of the new Intercept podcast ‘Deconstructed,’ talks about the commercial that 60 Minutes ran for the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and the war in Syria. Matthew Cole talks about how, before becoming FBI director, Chris Wray supervised an investigation that found that Blackwater founder Erik Prince likely broke U.S. laws. What happens now to the Prince investigations? The Intercept’s Sam Biddle takes us inside the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the chaos at Facebook. And artist, writer, and educator Eve Ewing talks about her new book ‘Electric Arches,’ how Trump talks about Chicago, and she imagines LeBron James journeying through time to meet his teenage self.” [various formats] (03/21/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/03/21/us-war-iraq-legacy-of-blood/

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63) Free Talk Live, 03/20/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cannabis Lounges in California :: Thomas ‘Morpheus’ Costanzo Bitcoin Selling Trial Begins :: Money Services Business Accusations :: Don’t Sell Bitcoin to People Claiming to Sell Drugs :: Facebook Killing Valuable Communications :: Genie Oil :: Political Channels Suspended on Youtube :: Youtube Alternatives :: NAZI Pug? :: Bernie Sanders and Chilean College :: Sodom and Gomorrah :: HOSTS — Ian, Vincent, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/20/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-03-20

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

“Christian Appy, author of ‘American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity,’ joins Scott to reflect on 50 years since the Mai Lai Massacre.” [various formats] (03/19/18)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/3-19-18-christian-appy-50th-anniversary-lai-massacre/

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 03/20/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Elizabeth Spiers (www.elizabethspiers.com, The Insurrection) … Elizabeth’s time working for Jared Kushner as editor of the New York Observer … Is there more to Kushner than family loyalty? … The Kushner family’s looming financing deadline for 666 Fifth Avenue … Why Elizabeth resigned as editor of the Observer … Elizabeth, founding editor of Gawker, talks about Peter Thiel’s destruction of it … What Gawker got about politics and the lowbrow.” [Flash video] (03/20/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/51599

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