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Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Security theater: Pentagon, pols try to resurrect “missile gap” hobgoblin
2) CA: Regime sues feds over unconstitutional census question
3) Walmart removes Cosmo from checkouts in attempt to appease neo-Puritan demagogues
4) After all that belly-aching about “hollowed out” US military, Trump wants Pentagon to pay for his border wall boondoggle
5) KY: House passes bill restricting abortion procedure
6) Judge: US illegally quarantined some Idaho potato fields
7) Teen author Jacqueline Woodson wins $600,000 Astrid Lindgren prize
8) NTSB opens probe into fatal Tesla crash, fire in California
9) Report: NYPD ignored understaffing in sex-crimes units, told detectives to ignore cases
10) NJ: Naked Donald Trump statue going up for auction
11) France: Regime to lower school starting age from six to three
12) Study: Newly discovered organ called “interstitium” may explain how cancer spreads
13) Judge shows scant patience for military transgender ban
14) Saudi terror kingpin: OPEC, Russia consider 10-20 year oil cooperation
15) CA: Orange County steps up federal ass-kissing initiative
16) UN rights body register’s political prisoner Puigdemont’s complaint over abduction in Germany
17) Snowden picks Zcash as safest cryptocurrency
18) UK: Obscure toady urges his heroic moral better to surrender
19) Turkey: Court refuses to free jailed Greek soldiers
20) TX: Woman opens fire on attackers in her driveway

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Worst … Putin puppet … ever
22) Immigration enforcement: Just as bad for Americans as it is for immigrants
23) Embracing the Darknet
24) Bill would eliminate loopholes that drug companies use to keep high prices
25) Did Facebook break the law to help Obama win in 2012?
26) Ridesharing versus public transit
27) A plague on both your tax credits!
28) A Catalan arrest too much?
29) America’s disappearing foreign policy
30) Unlovely Congress
31) Justice John Paul Stevens is wrong about the Second Amendment, again
32) The diagnosis and treatment of ideological possession
33) If Republicans rigged voting maps, why are Democrats winning so much?
34) The left’s small-minded view of small-town America
35) Against the whole concept and construction of the balance of international payments
36) After years of failed “choice” Philadelphia gets its schools back
37) Why not a job guarantee?
38) The consequences of blowing up the nuclear deal
39) No, Amnesty, women don’t need protection from words
40) Book excerpt: The untold story of MLK and RFK
41) Why we can’t give you a recommendation
42) No, Hillary Clinton, it’s the red states that are dynamic
43) It’s wishful thinking to blame Trump’s win on Cambridge Analytica
44) Now it begins — America’s state wreck gathers steam, part 1
45) The teenage demagogues
46) The conservatism of gun control
47) The march we need: A march for peace … or, at least, de-escalation
48) Abolish Radio Marti
49) We created our own data breach
50) The way markets allocate goods is truly amazing

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/27/18
52) The Libertarian Angle, 03/27/18
53) Scott Adams Says, 03/27/18
54) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 49
55) The Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 209
56) Editor’s Break, episode 69
57) Free Talk Live, 03/26/18
58) Bloggingheads.tv, 03/26/18
59) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 154
60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1121

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

1) Security theater: Pentagon, pols try to resurrect “missile gap” hobgoblin
Source: The Hill

“Russia and China are outpacing the United States in the development of super-fast missile technology, Pentagon officials and key lawmakers are warning. Russia says it successfully tested a so-called hypersonic missile this month, while China tested a similar system last year expected to enter service soon. ‘Right now, we’re helpless,’ Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in advocating for more investment in hypersonics, along with missile defense. Hypersonics are generally defined as missiles that can fly more than five times the speed of sound.” (03/27/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/380364-china-russia-eclipse-us-in-hypersonic-missiles-prompting-fears

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2) CA: Regime sues feds over unconstitutional census question
Source: The Virginian-Pilot

“The state of California sued the Trump administration Monday night, arguing that the decision to add a question about citizenship in the 2020 census violates the U.S. Constitution. The suit is just the start of what is likely to be a broader battle with enormous political stakes that pits Democratic states, which believe they may lose presidential electoral votes, seats in Congress and in state legislatures, against Republicans, who gained a significant advantage in redrawing maps after the 2010 census, as The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake reported.” (editor’s note: The “unconstitutionality” claim California’s AG is making is that including the question will skew results. The ACTUAL constitutional issue here is that the US Constitution permits the census to ask one, and only one, question: “How many people live here?” – TLK] (03/27/18)

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/nation/article_062f4afc-31b3-11e8-b47f-dfe39019f88d.html

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3) Walmart removes Cosmo from checkouts in attempt to appease neo-Puritan demagogues
Source: Bloomberg

“Walmart Inc. is pulling Cosmopolitan magazine from its checkout counters, bowing to pressure from an activist group that sees the publication’s racy covers as ‘sexploitation.’ The world’s largest retailer will now sell the Hearst Corp. publication just in its magazine aisle, spokesman Randy Hargrove said on Tuesday. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation — a group with roots in fighting pornography — said it had been working ‘behind the scenes’ with the retailer for months on the decision, which makes Walmart’s checkout aisles ‘family friendly.’” (03/27/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-27/walmart-pulls-cosmopolitan-magazine-from-checkouts-amid-pressure

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4) After all that belly-aching about “hollowed out” US military, Trump wants Pentagon to pay for his border wall boondoggle
Source: The Hill

“President Trump, who repeatedly insisted during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for a wall along the southern border, is privately pushing the U.S. military to fund construction of his signature project. Trump has told advisers that he was spurned in a large spending bill last week when lawmakers appropriated only $1.6 billion for the border wall. He has suggested to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and congressional leaders that the Pentagon could fund the sprawling project, citing a ‘national security’ risk.” (03/27/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-privately-presses-for-military-to-pay-for-border-wall/2018/03/27/d79907a2-31c9-11e8-9759-56e51591e250_story.html

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5) KY: House passes bill restricting abortion procedure
Source: Raw Story

“The Kentucky House passed legislation on Tuesday to ban a common abortion procedure once the patient reaches her 11th week of pregnancy, in what would amount to one of the strictest abortion limits in the United States. The House voted 75-13 in favor of the measure, approving a bill passed last week by the Senate. The House had previously passed a similar version of the measure but had to approve changes the Senate made. Both bodies are controlled by Republicans. The matter will now go for final approval to Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican who has described himself as ‘100 percent pro-life.’ Officials at Bevin’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.” [editor’s note: The story doesn’t even identify the procedure (dilation and evacuation), which seems to me to be an obvious five-point-lede element – TLK] (03/27/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/kentucky-house-passes-bill-restricting-abortion-procedure

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6) Judge: US illegally quarantined some Idaho potato fields
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A federal judge ruled that the U.S. government illegally quarantined some Idaho potato fields infested with a microscopic pest that could threaten the state’s $1.2 billion potato industry, but he left the restrictions in place. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge said last week that lifting the rules could lead to quarantines across a state that produces a third of the nation’s potatoes and is a major global supplier. It would likely ‘have significant immediate and long-term consequences to both the state of Idaho as well as the United States as a whole,’ he wrote. The judge decided that the federal government rolled out the quarantine and other restrictions without sufficient public input. Lodge’s order, which came in a 2015 lawsuit from farmers, makes the rules temporary until U.S. officials redo the process. ‘I’m looking for an improved result,’ said Bill Myers, an attorney representing the farmers. He declined to say whether that meant removing the quarantines.” (03/27/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/US-violated-law-in-quarantining-infected-Idaho-12785031.php

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7) Teen author Jacqueline Woodson wins $600,000 Astrid Lindgren prize
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US teen author Jacqueline Woodson said it was ‘awesome’ to win The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest prize for children’s writing. Her books include National Book Prize winner Brown Girl Dreaming, a memoir of her childhood written in verse. The writer will receive five million Swedish krona ($600,000, £430,000) at a ceremony on 28 May in Stockholm. Woodson is the 15th recipient of the prize, named after the Swedish creator of Pippi Longstocking. Brown Girl Dreaming, published in 2014, describes her childhood in South Carolina and New York in the 1960s and ’70s, decades marked by civil rights marches, inequality and violence. Woodson was happy to wake up to the news of her success and shared it on Twitter.” (03/27/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-43559909

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8) NTSB opens probe into fatal Tesla crash, fire in California
Source: Reuters

“A fatal crash and vehicle fire of a Tesla Inc Model X near Mountain View, California, last week has prompted a federal field investigation, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday, sparking a big selloff in Tesla stock. Tesla tumbled 8.2 percent, or $25 a share, to close at $279.18, the lowest close in almost a year, after news of the investigation. Shares of chipmaker Nvidia Corp closed down 7.8 percent after it disclosed it suspended self-driving tests across the globe with partners including Tesla. Late on Tuesday, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Tesla’s credit rating to B3 from B2. Moody’s said the ratings ‘reflect the significant shortfall in the production rate of the company’s Model 3 electric vehicle.’ It also ‘faces liquidity pressures due to its large negative free cash flow and the pending maturities of convertible bonds.’ Tesla has $230 million in convertible bonds maturing in November 2018 and $920 million in March 2019.” (03/27/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-crash-ntsb/u-s-opens-probe-into-fatal-tesla-crash-fire-in-california-idUSKBN1H32OT

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9) Report: NYPD ignored understaffing in sex-crimes units, told detectives to ignore cases
Source: USA Today

“The New York Police Department ignored severe understaffing in its special victims division for years and instead told detectives not to investigate every potential crime, according to a report released Tuesday. The results from a year-long investigation by a city watchdog agency found the special victims division, which is currently investigating rape allegations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein, is chronically understaffed, and despite constant pleas and warnings from the division, the department’s leadership didn’t act. ‘Victims of sexual assault deserve justice, with the full weight of law enforcement by their side,’ said Mark Peters, the commissioner of the city’s Department of Investigation, which led the probe. ‘The neglect and understaffing of NYPD’s Special Victims Division are serious and deeply troubling.’ The report found that the department prioritizes high-profile cases and rapes, while sexual assaults are not properly examined. The findings came from interviews with current and former members of the division, prosecutors, victim advocates and thousands of pages of internal documents.” (03/27/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/03/27/nypd-ignored-understaffing-sex-crimes-units-told-detectives-ignore-cases-probe-shows/462509002

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10) NJ: Naked Donald Trump statue going up for auction
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A statue of a naked Donald Trump is going on the auction block. Julien’s Auction says the sculpture is the last statue remaining that was not vandalized or destroyed when it was displayed along with others in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Cleveland in the weeks before the Republican was elected president. The auction house estimates the statue, which was created by the West Coast anarchist collective INDECLINE, will sell for $20,000 to $30,000. The auction will take place on May 2 at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey.” [editor’s note: Wonder when we can expect statuary of Stormy Daniels giving him a bare-bottom spanking? – TLK](03/27/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Naked-Donald-Trump-statue-going-up-for-auction-12783838.php

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11) France: Regime to lower school starting age from six to three
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Children in France will start school at the age of three instead of six, under new reforms announced by President Emmanuel Macron. The change will give France one of the lowest compulsory school starting ages in Europe. But it will only affect a small number of children, as the majority of French families already choose to send their children to school at three. Only 2.4% of children are not enrolled at that age, government figures show. Mr Macron said the change was intended to reduce inequality in education, as parents in poorer areas of France and in overseas territories are less likely to send their children to school at an early age. In Paris, 93% of three-year-olds are enrolled but the figure is much lower in some overseas territories, according to Le Monde.” [editor’s note: Cradle-to-grave indoctrination almost complete now -SAT] (03/27/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43562029

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12) Study: Newly discovered organ called “interstitium” may explain how cancer spreads
Source: Fox News

“A group of scientists recently discovered an organ you didn’t know you had. While performing endoscopies — a non-surgical procedure where a small camera attached to a tube is used to examine the gastrointestinal tract — scientists came across what they now call the ‘interstitium.’ The organ is a ‘previously unappreciated fluid-filled interstitial space, draining to lymph nodes and supported by a complex network of thick collagen bundles,’ according to the study’s authors. In other words, scientists found ‘interconnected compartments filled with fluid,’ Newsweek reported, which ‘act as shock absorbers,’ Neil Theise, a pathologist at New York University School of Medicine, told New Scientist. The interstitium protects the body’s organs, muscles and more from ‘bumps and shocks,’ according to Newsweek. The interstitium may help scientists better understand how cancer spreads.” (03/27/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/03/27/new-organ-called-interstitium-may-explain-how-cancer-spreads-study-says.html

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13) Judge shows scant patience for military transgender ban
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump’s move last week to tweak his ban on transgender people joining the military might not save it from being struck down, a federal judge in Seattle suggested Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman was one of four federal judges around the country who late last year temporarily blocked the president from overturning an Obama-era directive allowing transgender troops to serve openly, finding the ban likely unlawful and discriminatory. The legal challenges have been brought by transgender troops, those who aspire to serve and a range of civil rights organizations. Pechman scheduled a hearing Tuesday for arguments on whether to make her ruling permanent, but late Friday, Trump announced that he was rescinding his previous decision after a Pentagon review. Instead of barring transgender troops outright, he would allow them to serve in certain limited cases. Any who have transitioned to their preferred gender or who need medical treatment to do so would be presumed ineligible for service, though they could seek individual waivers allowing them to serve.” (03/27/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Seattle-judge-weighs-new-Trump-policy-on-12784786.php

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14) Saudi terror kingpin: OPEC, Russia consider 10-20 year oil cooperation
Source: CNBC

“OPEC is seeking a long-term deal to cooperate on oil output controls with Russia and other non-OPEC producers, said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. … Saudi Arabia recruited Russia and other producers to collaborate on oil supply curbs in 2017 after oil prices crashed and the Saudi oil minister said last week Riyadh hoped to extend that deal into 2019.” (03/27/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/27/opec-russia-consider-10-20-year-oil-cooperation-saudi-crown-prince.html

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15) CA: Orange County steps up federal ass-kissing initiative
Source: Governing

“The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, whose leadership opposes the new California sanctuary law that limits cooperation with federal immigration officials, announced Monday that it is now providing public information on when inmates are released from custody. As of Monday, March 26, an existing ‘Who’s in Jail’ online database includes the date and time of inmates’ release — a move agency officials say will enhance communication with its law enforcement partners. The release date information applies to all inmates, not just those who are suspected of being in the country illegally. But the goal is to assist agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.” (03/27/18)

http://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/tns-orange-county-sheriff-california-sanctuary.html

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16) UN rights body register’s political prisoner Puigdemont’s complaint over abduction in Germany
Source: Washington Post

“A United Nations spokeswoman says the UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint by Catalonia’s former president who alleges that Spain has violated his political rights. Carles Puigdemont is in preliminary custody in northern Germany awaiting a court’s decision on whether to proceed with an extradition request by Spain. … A group of lawyers and human rights experts launched legal action in March claiming that Spain has violated human, civil and political rights in its crackdown on Catalonia’s independence bid. The registration means that the Spanish government has now six months to respond with any information or observations to the human rights body.” (03/27/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/the-latest-un-rights-body-registers-puigdemonts-complaint/2018/03/27/d925b4ae-31af-11e8-b6bd-0084a1666987_story.html

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17) Snowden picks Zcash as safest cryptocurrency
Source: News4C

“As you may know, Edward Snowed is the famous NSA whistleblower and this makes his opinion on privacy quite important. Considering how cryptocurrencies use decentralized ledgers, Edward Snowed decided to give his opinion on this matter and let the entire world know which cryptocurrency he thinks is actually safe. Instead of going with highly popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum or Litecoin which are known for being decentralized, Edward Snowden decided to pick Zcash.” (03/26/18)

https://news4c.com/edward-snowden-picks-zcash-as-the-most-safe-cryptocurrency/

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18) UK: Obscure toady urges his heroic moral better to surrender
Source: US News & World Report

“Julian Assange was called a ‘miserable little worm’ on Tuesday by a junior British foreign affairs minister who said the WikiLeaks founder should leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London and give himself up to British justice [sic]. … ‘It’s of great regret that Julian Assange remains in the Ecuador embassy,’ junior minister Alan Duncan said during a question-and-answer session on foreign affairs in parliament’s House of Commons, in response to a question about Assange.” (03/27/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-03-27/uk-minister-miserable-little-worm-assange-should-turn-himself-in

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19) Turkey: Court refuses to free jailed Greek soldiers
Source: Yahoo! News

“A Turkish court on Tuesday ruled that two Greek soldiers charged with espionage and illegally entering the country would remain in jail, in defiance of European Union pressure for their release, reports said. The pair were arrested on March 2 for entering a military zone in the northern Turkish province of Edirne, which borders Greece. … An EU meeting in Brussels last week condemned Turkey over the soldiers’ arrest, in a show of firm support for Athens. The soldiers told prosecutors shortly after their arrest that they mistakenly crossed the border after getting lost in the fog.” (03/27/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkey-court-refuses-free-jailed-greek-soldiers-reports-102255505.html

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20) TX: Woman opens fire on attackers in her driveway
Source: KHOU 11 News

“Police are looking for three armed men who ambushed a woman in her driveway in southwest Houston early Tuesday. The crime happened around 2:30 a.m. in the 11500 block of Montverde as the woman returned home. When she got out of her Cadillac, the three men attacked and beat her. The victim’s mom was inside the home and called police as the attack continued. Somehow the victim managed to get away and get inside the home. As the men tried to break into the home, the woman grabbed her gun and opened fire, chasing the suspects away.” (03/27/18)

http://www.khou.com/article/news/crime/woman-opens-fire-on-attackers-in-her-southwest-houston-driveway/285-532391249

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

21) Worst … Putin puppet … ever
03/28/2018 Opinion, PND Opinion No comments Edit This
Caitlin Johnstone
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“In what the BBC is unironically referring to as ‘a remarkable show of solidarity,’ the US and more than 20 other countries have participated in the largest collective expulsion of Russian diplomats ever in history. The US topped them all with no less than 60 diplomats expelled, far exceeding the 23 diplomats expelled by the UK, the location of the alleged ‘Novichok’ poisoning which the expulsions are intended as a response to. This is just the latest gratuitous cold war escalation against the Russian Federation by the Trump administration, which will still remain plagued by accusations of Kremlin collusion despite this latest act and all the others preceding it. … Isn’t it weird how when you ignore the narratives being promoted by both sides and just look at the raw behavior, being a ‘Putin puppet’ looks exactly the same as being a dangerously aggressive Russia hawk?” (03/27/18)

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22) Immigration enforcement: Just as bad for Americans as it is for immigrants
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“ICE raids highlight one side of the case for for reining in (or better yet abolishing) ICE and its sister agencies, US Customs and Border Protection and the US Border patrol. That side is the human cost to immigrants: Workers yanked from factories and farms. Families torn asunder. People seeking better lives dying of dehydration in the wilderness because water caches are destroyed, or killed in crashes as they flee their would-be abductors. Those are sound reasons for bringing these organizations to heel. But for many Americans, the issue is colored by a mistaken notion that such depredations are the price we pay for protection from … well, something. Mistaken, yes, but sincerely held. So let’s look at things from the other side of the ledger: The costs ‘immigration enforcement’ imposes on non-immigrants.”

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13115

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23) Embracing the Darknet
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Big changes came to the Internet shortly after Congress passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). SESTA, like most legislation, has a name that sounds good on the surface but actually conceals some heinous provisions. One of those major provisions is holding website owners criminally liable for user generated content. … Will this rid the world of content about sex work, drugs, and guns? Of course not. It will merely push that content to anonymized servers, commonly referred to as the ‘darkweb.’” (03/27/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/03/27/embracing-the-darknet/

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24) Bill would eliminate loopholes that drug companies use to keep high prices
Source: Cato Institute
by Ike Brannon & Devorah Goldman

“When the Food and Drug Administration approves a new drug, it grants the manufacturer a patent, or the right to sell the drug exclusively for a period of time. Once it expires other companies may replicate and sell copies of the drug, known as generics. The FDA must ensure that each company’s version of a generic drug is safe and chemically identical to the original. And therein lies the rub. To produce a generic drug the company must obtain sufficient quantities of the original. However, it has become increasingly common for drug companies to try to prevent generic manufacturers from procuring their drug. As they delay, consumers in Wisconsin and elsewhere pay higher prices that result from reduced competition.” (03/27/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/bill-would-eliminate-loopholes-drug-companies-use-keep-high-prices

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25) Did Facebook break the law to help Obama win in 2012?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Facebook now faces myriad legal actions for its apparent misuse of private data on its members. But one possible legal problem that isn’t getting any attention involves whether Facebook (FB) made, and the Obama campaign accepted, illegal ‘in-kind’ contributions to Obama’s 2012 re-election effort. As we noted earlier, the Obama campaign’s use of Facebook data dwarfed anything Trump did. Cambridge Analytica purchased data from an academic, who gathered it in 2014 through an app that said the data would only be used for academic purposes. There’s no question that was misleading. But by the time the general election rolled around, the Trump campaign had dumped Cambridge as a consultant, which means the data Cambridge bought had no impact on the general election. In contrast, the Obama campaign’s use of Facebook was massive, and even more intrusive.” (03/27/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/facebook-data-scanadal-trump-obama-campaign-election-meddling

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26) Ridesharing versus public transit
Source: The American Prospect
by Steven Hill

“Many working people rely on public transportation to get to their jobs. Mass transit choices have often been entangled with racial politics as well. So not surprisingly, issues of race and class are reflected in the Uber-ization of our city streets. Even in American cities with subways, public transportation has been poorly funded and provided sketchy service, compared with the efficient and highly functional mass transit systems in most major European or Japanese cities. Taxi service also has been deficient, with a medallion system in major cities that has constrained the supply of taxis and made it difficult to keep up with demand or provide quality service. Not surprisingly, the U.S. rate of private ownership of vehicles is one of the highest in the world. Cheap gas and relatively ample parking contribute to this tilt. When Lyft, followed by Uber, provided an alternative, ridesharing quickly zoomed in popularity. The 15 percent to 20 percent of Americans who report using ride-hailing services are disproportionately urban. The impact has been mixed.” [editor’s note: Meanwhile, the possibility of using Uber/Lyft (and their “pool” versions) to augment existing mass transit … never occurs to dingbats like this one – SAT] (03/27/18)

http://prospect.org/article/ridesharing-versus-public-transit

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27) A plague on both your tax credits!
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“Economic development tax credits that, whatever their intended purpose, enrich a few at the cost of the many are simply bad policy. Such tax credits fail to deliver on their promises in a manner that is worth the public investment. For this reason, when Governor Greitens blocked the issuance of low-income tax credits — a practice that Show-Me analysts have written for years should be exposed, sunsetted, and discontinued — it appeared that the state might have begun a journey toward putting tax credits in their proper place. Likewise, analysts have written about the wastefulness of stadium subsidies, and so we read with pleasure that Lt. Governor Parson voted against tax credits to build an ice rink and practice facility for the St. Louis Blues. Unfortunately, further investigation reveals that there is less here than meets the eye.” (03/26/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/subsidies/plague-both-your-tax-credits

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28) A Catalan arrest too much?
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“Carles Puigdemont, the President of Catalonia’s generalitat who has been living in exile in Belgium since the declaration of independence from Spain last October, has been arrested in Germany, while crossing from Denmark back to Belgium, on an international arrest warrant. The charges Puigdemont is facing include sedition and rebellion. Puigdemont’s arrest is but the last in a long chain that saw most Catalan leaders ending up in jail. In a way, secessionists are by definition threatening the existing order in the most upfront way. They aim at breaking it up, making two political entities of one. In this sense, they are undoubtedly ‘seditious.’ But Puigdemont and his allies, though certainly threatening to Spain as it currently is, have never wielded a gun.” (03/27/18)

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

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29) America’s disappearing foreign policy
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“As of early March, 39 Republican members of the House and four senators had already indicated they would retire or resign before Congress begins a new session next year — and there may be more. This isn’t particularly noteworthy; waves of retirements often happen two years into a new presidency. But it is significant which Republicans are leaving, and their departure tells an important story about the state of the American right. … So the real story of the Republican resignations is that the GOP is losing some of its last few members who believe in thoughtful (if conservative) internationalism, trusting in diplomacy, arms-control deals, and alliances like NATO. It is a hollowing out that could radically reshape how foreign policy is forged in Washington.” [editor’s note: We still have no real idea where this is going, since we’ve never had a non-politician in the White House, at least since Ike – SAT][additional editor’s note: We’ve never had a non-politician in the White House and still don’t – TLK] (03/27/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147355/americas-disappearing-foreign-policy

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30) Unlovely Congress
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“If you recently tried to post a personal ad on Craigslist, the popular classified-ad site, you were in for a shock. Craigslist has suddenly discontinued all personals. You can still sell your used rototiller, but forget about telling the world you’re lost in Louisville looking for love. The company doesn’t want to be prosecuted for helping people find each other en route to becoming partners in outlawry. Congress has just passed legislation subjecting site publishers to criminal and civil liability when their users ‘misuse online personals unlawfully.’” (03/27/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/03/27/unlovely-congress/

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31) Justice John Paul Stevens is wrong about the Second Amendment, again
Source: Reason
by Damon Root

“In his 2008 dissent in District of Columbia v. Heller, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens insisted that the Second Amendment offers zero protection for what he called the ‘right to possess and use guns for nonmilitary purposes like hunting and personal self-defense.’ Writing in today’s New York Times, the retired justice reiterates that losing view. ‘For over 200 years after the adoption of the Second Amendment,’ Stevens maintains, ‘it was uniformly understood as not placing any limit on either federal or state authority to enact gun control legislation.’ To clear the path for sweeping gun control restrictions now, Stevens advises, activists should turn their energies towards passing a ‘constitutional amendment’ that would overturn Heller and ‘get rid of the Second Amendment.’ One problem with Stevens'[s] position is that he is dead wrong about the legal history. His preferred reading of the Second Amendment has never been ‘uniformly understood.’” (03/27/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/03/27/justice-john-paul-stevens-wrong-second-a

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32) The diagnosis and treatment of ideological possession
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Robin Koerner

“Ideological possession is to healthy political discourse as scientism is to science. The most important thing to know about diagnosing ideological possession is that you can’t do it by looking at the content of the possessing ideology. As I have said elsewhere, it’s not the content of your belief that makes you dangerous, it’s the way you believe it. Any ideology has the potential to be deadly when advanced by those who are so sure of their own knowledge and moral outlook that they would impose it against the protestations of those affected by it.” (03/27/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-ideological-possession/

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33) If Republicans rigged voting maps, why are Democrats winning so much?
Source: USA Today
by Christian Schneider

“When will Democrats finally shut up about gerrymandering? At the webpage of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, the banner headline announces to the reader that ‘The political system is rigged.’ The group, fronted by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, adds that ‘The gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts locks in a Republican majority and locks out the voters.’ But if Democrats have been ‘locked out’ of the polls, in the past few months, they have miraculously found the key. As it turns out, the cheat code to hack these ‘rigged’ districts may be sitting in the West Wing of the White House.” (03/27/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/03/27/republicans-rigged-voting-maps-democrats-gerrymandering-column/458505002

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34) The left’s small-minded view of small-town America
Source: Heartland Institute
by Luke Karnick

“Small towns are clearly on the decline in the United States, but instead of making a convincing case that Madison [Indian] is truly representative of the problems and identifying the factors behind the alleged pathologies, [Juliet] Macur creates a sentimental drama in which a dedicated football coach rescues his players from incipient self-degradation while the world crumbles around them. The apparent rise of suicide and drug addiction in a formerly thriving town is a dramatic backdrop, but the failure to explain the causes makes her implied solution — individuals such as Morrison deploying compassion — a dubious proposition. Without such information and lacking insights into causality, Macur’s story is just another instance of ‘redneck porn,’ in which coastal elites hold their noses long enough to observe the inmates of small-town America for a few days and predictably find them greatly wanting.” (03/27/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/03/the-lefts-small-minded-view-of-small-town-america/

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35) Against the whole concept and construction of the balance of international payments
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“The root of a great and destructive economic misunderstanding can be traced to an accounting statement known as the balance of international payments. As the name suggests, this accounting statement rests on the idea that nations (in the form of individuals, firms and other organizations, and governments) trade with other nations (similarly composed). But the aggregation of the individuals, firms and other organizations, and governments in accordance with the country in which they are located sets in motion a basic misunderstanding. In reality, individuals, firms and other organizations, and governments trade with other such entities, some of which are located in the same country and others of which are located in other countries. The location of the trading partners has no economic significance whatsoever.” (03/27/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/03/27/against-the-whole-concept-and-construction-of-the-balance-of-international-payments/

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36) After years of failed “choice” Philadelphia gets its schools back
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Despite the strong marketing for ‘school choice’ by politicians and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, communities that know firsthand what it’s like to have lots of ‘options,’ like charter schools and vouchers, have found what’s more important is to have a voice in how their schools are governed and operated. That’s the lesson to draw from Philadelphia, where the school district is about to complete a transition to local control after 16 years of governance by a state-appointed commission that emphasized cutting expenses and staff, closing neighborhood schools, and expanding charters. State control of Philadelphia’s schools came to an end in November 2017, when the state-imposed School Reform Commission (SRC), which governed the schools, voted itself out of existence. This sets the stage for the transfer of power to a local school board appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney. The transfer of governing power is expected to be completed June 30.” [editor’s note: This is Mr Bryant’s usual “bullshit” perspective; one wonders how much the teachers’ union pays him for his tyrannical propaganda – SAT] (03/27/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180327/after-years-of-failed-school-choice-philadelphia-is-getting-back-its-voice

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37) Why not a job guarantee?
Source: Niskanen Center
by Samuel Hammond

“The U.S. government could commit to full employment by offering any willing and able person a job in public service. But should it? Known as a job guarantee, the once heterodox idea went mainstream last year with the endorsement of the Center for American Progress. While the specifics of any particular plan vary, CAP proposes ‘a large-scale, permanent program of public employment and infrastructure investment — similar to the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression but modernized for the 21st century.’ Proponents argue that involuntary unemployment is a major source of social instability, and that public service employment, in particular, would help bring the country together. Nevertheless, here are three quick reasons why I don’t think a job guarantee is the way to go.” (03/27/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/not-job-guarantee/

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38) The consequences of blowing up the nuclear deal
Source: The American Conservtive
by Daniel Larison

“Opponents of the deal often claim to be against it because it isn’t ‘tough’ enough, but as Moniz explains the deal contains the ‘most robust verification measures the world has ever known.’ Withdrawing from the deal means throwing that away for no good reason. If Trump follows through on his threat to withdraw, he will confirm that his complaints about the agreement were made in bad faith.” (03/27/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-consequences-of-blowing-up-the-nuclear-deal/

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39) No, Amnesty, women don’t need protection from words
Source: spiked
by Joanna Williams

“Amnesty International, best known for campaigning against human-rights abuses abroad, is turning its attention closer to home. Alongside raising awareness of the plight of foreign prisoners of conscience, Amnesty now wants to draw the public’s attention to a new group of victims: women who use social media. With its Don’t Let #ToxicTwitter Silence Women initiative, the crusading non-governmental organisation beloved of letter-writing liberals moves from the torture of prisoners to nasty tweets in the click of a mouse. The starting point for Amnesty’s latest campaign is the assumption that women experience ‘a toxic environment online’ and are ‘subdued to silence’ as a result. … For an organisation that has traditionally campaigned around wrongful imprisonment and torture to use the word ‘violence’ to describe online comments — words — is astonishing. Elsewhere, Amnesty asks us to ‘imagine being beaten, electrocuted, having your face cut, having your fingernails pulled out.’ Surely no worse than reading a sweary, critical tweet, right?” (03/27/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/joanna-feminism-free-speech/

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40) Book excerpt: The untold story of MLK and RFK
Source: Reuters
by David Margolick

“On April 4, 1968, a single gunshot killed civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on a motel balcony in Memphis. On June 5 of that same year, Senator Robert F. Kennedy (brother of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, the former U.S. Attorney General and a presidential candidate) was fatally shot at a Los Angeles hotel after winning California’s Democratic primary. In this excerpt from ‘The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy,’ David Margolick examines the relationship between the two men who shaped the era’s struggle for civil rights in America.” (03/27/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-mlk-robertkennedy/book-excerpt-the-untold-story-of-mlk-and-rfk-idUSKBN1H326N

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41) Why we can’t give you a recommendation
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Gennie Gebhardt

“No single messaging app can perfectly meet everyone’s security and communication needs, so we can’t make a recommendation without considering the details of a particular person’s or group’s situation. Straightforward answers are rarely correct for everyone — and if they’re correct now, they might not be correct in the future. At time of writing, if we were locked in a room and told we could only leave if we gave a simple, direct answer to the question of what messenger the average person should use, the answer we at EFF would reluctantly give is, ‘Probably Signal or WhatsApp.’” (03/27/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/03/why-we-cant-give-you-recommendation

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42) No, Hillary Clinton, it’s the red states that are dynamic
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“While giving a speech in Mumbai, India, Clinton boasted that she ‘won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product.’ She went on: ‘So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward.’ As evidence, she pointed to places such as Illinois, where she won by sizable margins. Then she added that those who voted against her ‘didn’t like black people getting rights, and don’t like women … getting jobs.’ Many have commented on how her speech was offensive and arrogant — which it was. But what hasn’t been noted for the record is that Clinton had her facts wrong. For at least the last two decades, most of the dynamism and growth — as measured by population movements, income growth and job creation — has been fleeing from the once economically dominant blue states that Clinton won and relocating to the red states that Trump won.” [editor’s note: The only reason she won Illinois was the Chicago machine; without that one city, she got crushed! – SAT] (03/27/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/03/27/no-hillary-clinton-its-the-red-states-that-are-dynamic-n2464886

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43) It’s wishful thinking to blame Trump’s win on Cambridge Analytica
Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“Many people who hate and fear Donald Trump feel that only political black magic or some form of trickery can explain his election as US President. They convince themselves that we are the victims of a dark conspiracy rather than that the world we live in is changing, and changing for the worse. Cambridge Analytica has now joined Russia at the top of a list of conspirators who may have helped Trump defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016. This is satisfactory for Democrats as it shows that they ought to have won, and delegitimises Trump’s mandate. … Since Clinton lost the election by less than 1 per cent of the vote in the crucial swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, almost anything that happened in the campaign can be portrayed as decisive. But there are plenty of common-sense reasons for her defeat which are now being submerged and forgotten, as the Democrats and a largely sympathetic media look to Russian plots and such like to show that Trump won the election unfairly.” (03/27/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/27/its-wishful-thinking-to-blame-trumps-win-on-cambridge-analytica/

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44) Now it begins — America’s state wreck gathers steam, part 1
Source: Cobden Centre
by David Stockman

“Now it begins. They bought the February 8th dip just like the previous 40 odd plungelets in the stock averages since the March 2009 bottom, expecting another ka-ching in the easy money lane of the casino. But this time it didn’t work. The market had been retreating for days and then tumbled 724 Dow points yesterday allegedly on the Donald’s $50 billion tariff assault on the China trade. Not surprisingly, the overnight follow-through in Asia was downright bloody with Shanghai down 3.4%,the Nikkei lower by 4.5% and China’s NASDAQ equivalent off by more than 5%. But this isn’t just a case of nerves in the trading pits about a potential trade war, nor is it one of those pauses that refresh from the Wall Street bromide cabinet. And it’s most definitely not the shaking out of ‘weak hands’ that the talking heads of bubblevision trot out when all else fails to explain a swoon in the averages.” (03/27/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/03/stockman-now-it-begins-americas-state-wreck-gathers-steam-part-1/

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45) The teenage demagogues
Source: National Review
by Rich Lowry

“The Stoneman Douglas students experienced a horrific trauma. No one can deny their grief or blame them for being impassioned. And allowance has to be made for the fact that they are teenagers, who universally believe that they know better than their hapless elders ([David] Hogg says the problem is that their parents don’t know how to use a democracy). Yet none of that excuses their scurrilous smears of the other side in the gun debate. The student activists presume that there is a ready solution to mass shootings that everyone knows, and the only reason why someone might not act on this universally accepted policy is malice or corruption.” (03/27/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/03/march-for-our-lives-teen-activists-poison-gun-debate/

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46) The conservatism of gun control
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Paul Krane

“If ‘common sense gun control’ includes things like compromising the medical privacy of the mentally ill by sharing their information with law enforcement and further entrenching the already-excessive presence of the police in schools, as has been suggested in editorials by several prominent survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, then I have no interest in it, and neither should you. It is incredibly ironic that people who claim a reduction in gun violence in schools as one of their goals have suggested using the police as a means to that end. … It is disappointing (though not at all surprising) that the privacy of the mentally ill is treated as so disposable that March for Our Lives participants can talk about essentially revoking it without even blinking. The proposals endorsed by the average activist within this movement almost exactly mirror the sort of things proposed by Republicans in the aftermath of 9/11; both engage in a sort of reckless security culture that further empowers some of our most violent institutions while simultaneously endangering vulnerable minority groups, all in the name of ‘safety.’” (03/26/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/50606

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47) The march we need: A march for peace … or, at least, de-escalation
Source: Antiwar.com
by Major Danny Sjursen, US Army

“Students march for gun control; women march for a variety of causes, and, well, against anything Trump; but who is marching for less American war in the Greater Middle East? Why? Why isn’t there a passionate coalition willing to combat the American war machine? A machine that is, by now, on autopilot.” (03/27/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/danny_sjursen/2018/03/26/the-march-we-need-a-march-for-peace-or-at-least-de-escalation/

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48) Abolish Radio Marti
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“While we are on the subject of Russia supposedly meddling in the U.S. presidential election, wouldn’t this be a good time to abolish Radio Marti, a U.S. government radio station whose purpose is to meddle in the internal affairs of Cuba? Yes, I know that Cuba is not a democratic country. Yes, I know that it is ruled by a brutal communist regime. But why does that authorize the U.S. government to meddle in Cuban affairs? And after all, let’s be honest: The aim of the U.S. government and its socialist radio station is not to bring democracy to Cuba but rather to install a pro-U.S. dictator into power.” (03/27/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/03/27/abolish-radio-marti/

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49) We created our own data breach
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“[T]he whole model of Facebook is all about selling user data provided by the users themselves, under terms everyone understands. It’s hardly surprising, even to users. You look at a blender on Amazon and, sure enough, an ad for that blender shows up on your profile. It’s cool. But when it impacts politics in a way that the center-left doesn’t like, it becomes a huge source of controversy. Let’s look at the bigger picture, however. Facebook (and others) have fundamentally changed key features of life. You can no longer hide. Sociologically and even politically, this has huge implications. There is no going back. What’s more, we did it to ourselves.” (03/26/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/we-created-our-own-data-breach

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50) The way markets allocate goods is truly amazing
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by T Norman Van Cott

“Let’s put everything in terms of a simple product like raspberries. Buyers and sellers have conflicting objectives. Buyers want low prices; sellers want high prices. Market prices reconcile these competing objectives. Market prices will continually be gravitating towards prices where all willing buyers can find willing sellers and all willing sellers can find willing buyers. Secure property rights are key in obtaining these benefits of market exchange. Secure property rights prevent forcing sellers to sell at artificially low prices. ” (03/27/18)

https://mises.org/wire/way-markets-allocate-goods-truly-amazing

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51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/27/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Are you worried about government schools brainwashing your kids? Are you worried about them being manipulated into political protests that undermine liberty and morality? Most importantly, do you want them to actually become educated people? Tom Woods joins today’s Liberty Report to tell us why more Americans should consider homeschooling …” [Flash video] (03/27/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/dont-let-the-state-brainwash-your-kids-homeschool-with-guest-tom-woods

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52) The Libertarian Angle, 03/27/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Special guest Larry White, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and professor of economics at George Mason University, joins Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling to discuss Bitcoin and what a free market in money would look like.” [various formats] (03/27/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-free-banking-bitcoin/

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53) Scott Adams Says, 03/27/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about President Trump’s popularity, North Korea, and gullible children.” [Flash video] (03/27/18)

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

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54) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 49
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Nowhere in the world have life, LIBERTY, and property been safer than in Rhode Island.” [various formats] (03/27/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/peoples-governor

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55) The Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 209
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“It was a cyberlaw-packed week in Washington. Congress jammed the CLOUD Act into the omnibus appropriations bill, and boom, just like that, it was law, and you could wave good-bye to the Microsoft Ireland case just argued in the Supreme Court. Maury Shenk offers a view of the Act from the United Kingdom, the most likely and maybe the only beneficiary of the Act. Biggest losers? For sure the ACLU and EFF and their ilk, who were more or less rendered irrelevant without the funding and implicit backing of Silicon Valley business interests.” [various formats] (03/26/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/03/26/will-ai-replace-all-lawyers-except-for-i

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56) Editor’s Break, episode 69
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 069 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: being our child’s partner through difficult challenges, like getting pregnant at a young age; the undesirability, unnecessity, and avoidable nature of statism; how government schools indoctrinate, particularly through teaching history; the rhetorical appeal of socialism; and more.” [various formats] (03/26/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/parent-partnership-statism-historical-indoctrination-socialisms-appeal-30m-editors-break-069

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57) Free Talk Live, 03/26/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Venezuela to Lop off Three Zeroes from Currency :: Sheriffs and Gun Confiscation :: Economic Meddling :: Fairness :: Dollarizing Venezuela :: Boston Antifa :: Dave in NY Job Prospects :: Leaving Facebook :: Terrible Crankers :: Rocketman :: Excellent Crank from Otis :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/26/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-03-26

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58) Bloggingheads.tv, 03/26/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Heather Hurlburt (New America) and Daniel Drezner (PostEverything, The System Worked, The Ideas Industry) … Gary Cohn, we hardly knew ye … The incoherence of Trump’s trade policy … Why the current debate about trade is out of date … Will Mike Pompeo be better than Rex Tillerson? … Assessing James Mattis’s tenure … Heather makes the case against the CIA’s Gina Haskell … Dan is genuinely worried about John Bolton in the White House.” [Flash video] (03/26/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52010

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59) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 154
Source: The Daily Liberator

“March For Our Lives, John Bolton, Omnibus Bill, Weather controlling and more.” [various formats] (03/26/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-154-march-madness/

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60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1121
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Here’s how we learn about so-called landmark legislation in school: your wise public servants identified a problem, and then put their heads together in a disinterested, dispassionate way to solve it, and improve life for everyone. In fact, the real roots of legislation often turn out to be far more mundane. The Sherman Antitrust Act, as Patrick Newman explains, is one such example.” [various formats] (03/26/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1121-the-mundane-truth-about-the-sherman-antitrust-act/

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