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In the News:

1) US police chiefs’ immigration task force: Enforcing federal law isn’t our job
2) UN: Both sides committed war crimes in Aleppo
3) FCC halts rule imposing data security requirements on broadband providers
4) Trump administration has found only $20 million in existing funds for wall
5) Executive order takes aim at Obama-era water rule
6) Study: Hundreds of North American bee species face extinction
7) Debt-plagued Postal Service eyes bipartisan bill to solve woes
8) Science: Earliest evidence of life on Earth “found”
9) Egypt : Regime arrests nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders
10) High tax, big spending states are out of money
11) Venezuela: Army enlisted to crack down on independent media
12) Dridex banking Trojan gains “AtomBombing” code injection ability to evade detection
13) Chinese regime threatens South Korean regime over deployment of US regime’s missile defense system
14) Auction brings $20-million-plus book deal for Obamas
15) Twitter adds more anti-user measures
16) Facebook turns to AI to help prevent suicides
17) Rouhan, Erdogan meet to defuse tensions
18) France: Fillon “won’t surrender” presidential candidacy despite charges
19) US Attorney believes judge heroically helped man evade ICE gangsters
20) US consumers spend less than forecast as inflation bites

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Donald Trump, standard conservative
22) Law becoming justification for violation
23) Goodbye, Obama
24) Trump’s use of Navy SEAL’s wife highlights all the key ingredients of US war propaganda
25) Is our president really bonkers?
26) Revitalizing liberalism means revitalizing civic norms
27) Belshazzar’s Feast: The Retrospect
28) Is Beijing outflanking the United States in the South China Sea?
29) Time, gentlemen please: Last calls for the nanny state
30) Change is needed as a chilling effect sweeps college classrooms
31) Trump’s all-too-powerful surveillance infrastructure
32) Has Van Jones lost his mind, or are sane people missing the point?
33) Evolution of my political thinking, part 1 — past
34) The worst performance of Trump’s presidency now belongs to the press corps
35) Trump scapegoats unauthorized immigrants for crime
36) Jews as the enemies of the enemies of liberty
37) Recognizing honor isn’t always honorable
38) Florida’s government built a train — and it didn’t go well
39) Small Target, big subsidy
40) Whoppers big and small in Trump’s speech
41) Enemy of the year: Why Russia?
42) Liquidating federal assets
43) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #27: Prize intensity more than extent.
44) Replacing ObamaCare made easy: The case for the Universal Health Insurance Tax Credit
45) Private prisons slam the door on justice
46) Bill Nye: Fake scientist and genuine schmuck
47) The marijuana exception to federalism
48) War of the warlords
49) States’ rights and the war on drugs
50) The American founders as neo-Romans

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Electric Libertyland, episode 9
52) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/01/17
53) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/01/17
54) Tenther Tuesday, episode 11
55) Free Talk Live, 02/28/17

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

1) US police chiefs’ immigration task force: Enforcing federal law isn’t our job
Source: Washington Post

“A group of 63 police chiefs and sheriffs from around the country, who formed a Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force in 2015, has issued a letter saying they do not want their officers acting as federal immigration officers and they do not want to lose federal funding if their cities and counties are defined as immigrant ‘sanctuaries.’ … The letter, first reported by the Guardian, is not addressed to the president but rather to members of the Senate, and is signed by the chiefs of Orlando, Houston, Boston, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles County as well as smaller jurisdictions such as Marshalltown, Iowa, and Garden City, Kan. ‘We believe,’ the letter states, ‘that we can best serve our communities by leaving the enforcement of immigration laws to the federal government. Threatening the removal of valuable grant funding from jurisdictions that choose not to spend limited resources enforcing federal immigration law is extremely problematic. Removing these funds … would not fix any part of our broken immigration system.'” (03/01/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/03/01/police-chiefs-immigration-task-force-outlines-opposition-to-trump-policy/

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2) UN: Both sides committed war crimes in Aleppo
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Both sides in last year’s battle for Syria’s Aleppo city committed war crimes, including a ‘deliberate’ bombing of a humanitarian convoy by the Syrian government, according to a new United Nations investigation. The UN Commission of Inquiry’s report released on Wednesday said Syrian government and allied Russian forces ‘pervasively used’ unguided munitions to bomb densely populated areas in rebel-held eastern Aleppo between July and its fall on December 22, amounting to the war crime of indiscriminate attacks. … According to the report, opposition groups shelled government-controlled western Aleppo, indiscriminately firing with no clear military target. As the opposition resistance was crumbling and civilians tried to escape, some rebel armed groups prevented civilians from fleeing eastern Aleppo, using them as ‘human shields,’ and attacked the residential Kurdish district of Sheikh Maqsoud — both war crimes.” (03/01/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/sides-committed-war-crimes-syria-aleppo-170301131256205.html

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3) FCC halts rule imposing data security requirements on broadband providers
Source: Los Angeles Times

“The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday voted to halt an Internet privacy rule that would have imposed data security requirements on broadband providers. The move, by a 2-1 vote, came after the agency’s new Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, indicated last week that he opposed the provision and broader privacy rules because they imposed tougher restrictions on high-speed Internet providers than on websites and social networks.” (03/01/17)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-fcc-privacy-delay-20170301-story.html

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4) Trump administration has found only $20 million in existing funds for wall
Source: Reuters

“President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock, according to a document seen by Reuters. The rapid start of construction, promised throughout Trump’s campaign and in an executive order issued in January on border security, was to be financed, according to the White House, with ‘existing funds and resources’ of the Department of Homeland Security. But so far, the DHS has identified only $20 million that can be re-directed to the multi-billion-dollar project, according to a document prepared by the agency and distributed to congressional budget staff last week. The document said the funds would be enough to cover a handful of contracts for wall prototypes, but not enough to begin construction of an actual barrier. This means that for the wall to move forward, the White House will need to convince Congress to appropriate funds.” (03/01/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-funds-idUSKBN1685SY

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5) Executive order takes aim at Obama-era water rule
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to review federal water regulations aimed to protect 60 percent of the bodies of water in the United States from pollution, including wetlands and rivers. ‘I am directing the EPA to take action paving the way for the elimination of this very destructive and horrible rule,’ Trump said Tuesday as he signed the executive order. The president’s order instructs the EPA, headed by former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, and the Army Corps of Engineers to determine whether the water regulations, imposed under the Obama administration, stymie economic growth and gives the EPA power to revise aspects of the law. Any changes to the regulations will undergo a lengthy legal process.” [editor’s note: Anytime you enocuintere someone whining about the cutting back of the EPA’s powersm, remind them of how this one has been abused – SAT] (03/01/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Trump-Today-Executive-order-takes-aim-at-10965653.php

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6) Study: Hundreds of North American bee species face extinction
Source: Raw Story

“More than 700 of the 4,000 native bee species in North America and Hawaii are believed to be inching toward extinction due to increased pesticide use leading to habitat loss, a scientific study showed on Wednesday. The Center for Biological Diversity’s report concluded that of the 1,437 native bee species for which there was sufficient data to evaluate, about 749 of them were declining. Some 347 of the species, which play a vital role in plant pollination, are imperiled and at risk of extinction, the study found. ‘It’s a quiet but staggering crisis unfolding right under our noses that illuminates the unacceptably high cost of our careless addiction to pesticides and monoculture farming,’ its author, Kelsey Kopec, said in a statement. Habitat loss, along with heavy pesticide use, climate change and increasing urbanization are the main causes for declining bee populations, the study found.” (03/01/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/hundreds-of-north-american-bee-species-face-extinction-study

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7) Debt-plagued Postal Service eyes bipartisan bill to solve woes
Source: USA Today

“One of its stamps lasts forever, but the future of the U.S. Postal Service? Less clear. The ‘Forever’ stamp turns 10 years old in March. That’s about how long the postal service has faced declining mail volumes and a growing mountain of debt. Mail volume is now at a 29-year low, and for the past 10 years, USPS recorded annual losses as high as $15.9 billion. Last year, it tallied a $5.6 billion loss. The beleaguered service, its regulatory agency and members of Congress hope 2017 will mark a turning point. The postal service operates under a 2006 law that governs what it can charge for stamps, how much it must pay into retiree health funds and how it operates its business. Some provisions of the law expired last year, including the provision that forced the postal service to pay a staggering $5.4 billion to $5.8 billion annually to the health fund.” (03/01/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/03/01/debt-plagued-us-postal-service-eyes-bipartisan-bill-solve-woes/97944594

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8) Science: Earliest evidence of life on Earth “found”
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Scientists have discovered what they say could be fossils of some of the earliest living organisms on Earth. They are represented by tiny filaments, knobs and tubes in Canadian rocks dated to be up to 4.28 billion years old. That is a time not long after the planet’s formation and hundreds of millions of years before what is currently accepted as evidence for the most ancient life yet found on Earth. The researchers report their investigation in the journal Nature. As with all such claims about ancient life, the study is contentious. But the team believes it can answer any doubts. ” (03/01/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39117523

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9) Egypt : Regime arrests nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders
Source: Epoch Times

“Egyptian authorities have arrested nine leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group pending investigation into charges of belonging to a terrorist organization and plotting to overthrow the government. The Supreme State Security Prosecution said Tuesday that those detained include Abdul-Rahman el-Morsi, a Brotherhood leader and member of the group’s Guidance Office.” (02/28/17)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2228239-egypt-arrests-9-muslim-brotherhood-leaders/

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10) High tax, big spending states are out of money
Source: Free Market Central

“Governors and state legislators say they are running out of money again, and many are demanding tax hikes to close budget gaps. Here we go again. The cycle in state capitals from Albany to Sacramento is always the same: spend when times are good, tax when times are bad, and repeat. More than half the states are facing big deficits this year, and they are mostly blue states like California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, New York, and Oregon. Wait. These are the highest tax states with some of the deepest pools of red ink. There’s got to be a message here. But some red states have money woes too.” (03/01/17)

http://www.freemarketcentral.com/post/5599/high-tax-big-spending-states-are-out-of-money

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11) Venezuela: Army enlisted to crack down on independent media
Source: PanAm Post

“A new report in Venezuela details the government’s plan to increase censorship of the media through various tactics, including the use of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces. According to Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez, a report was drafted in an effort to not only defend chavismo and its leaders, but also to combat ‘possible internal and external enemies,’ which includes the media.” (02/28/17)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/02/28/venezuelan-army-enlisted-to-crack-down-on-independent-media/

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12) Dridex banking Trojan gains “AtomBombing” code injection ability to evade detection
Source: The Hacker News

“Security researchers have discovered a new variant of Dridex — one of the most nefarious banking Trojans actively targeting financial sector — with a new, sophisticated code injection technique and evasive capabilities called ‘AtomBombing.’ On Tuesday, Magal Baz, security researcher at Trusteer IBM disclosed new research, exposing the new Dridex version 4, which is the latest version of the infamous financial Trojan and its new capabilities.” (03/01/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/03/dridex-atombombing-malware.html

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13) Chinese regime threatens South Korean regime over deployment of US regime’s missile defense system
Source: Korea JoonAng Daily [South Korea]

“As Korea speeds along with the deployment of the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system by sealing a land deal with Lotte Group to acquire a golf course in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang, Beijing is threatening diplomatic, economic and possibly military retaliation. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said through a press briefing Tuesday that Beijing is ‘firmly opposed to and strongly dissatisfied with the fact that’ Seoul is working with Washington to accelerate the deployment process of a Thaad battery and ‘ignoring China’s interests and concerns.’ He added Beijing will ‘resolutely take necessary actions to safeguard its own security interests,’ without specifying what measures it will take.” (03/01/17)

http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3030465&cloc=joongangdaily%7Chome%7Cnewslist1

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14) Auction brings $20-million-plus book deal for Obamas
Source: United Press International

“Penguin Random House announced it will publish the memoirs of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. The announcement Tuesday came at the end of an auction among multiple publishers bidding for the right to publish the books. Although financial terms were not disclosed, the New York Times, citing industry executives with knowledge of the bidding, said the opening offers for Barack Obama’s book alone were between $18 million and $20 million.” (03/01/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/03/01/Obama-to-be-paid-more-than-20-million-in-book-deal-with-Penguin-Random-House/8401488377050/

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15) Twitter adds more anti-user measures
Source: TechCrunch

“Making good on its promises to more seriously tackle [speech Anita Sarkeesian doesn’t like] on its network, Twitter this morning announced several more updates to its service aimed at silencing [people Anita Sarkeesian doesn’t like], helping [Anita Sarkeesian] better filter Twitter’s content, as well as making the [‘Anita Sarkeesian might not like this’] reporting process more transparent.” (03/01/17)

https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/01/twitter-adds-more-anti-abuse-measures-focused-on-banning-accounts-silencing-bullying/

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16) Facebook turns to AI to help prevent suicides
Source: PC World

“Facebook is using a combination of pattern recognition, live chat support from crisis support organizations and other tools to prevent suicide, with a focus on its Live service. … The move by Facebook appears to aim to prevent the live-streaming of suicides on the Live platform, which was launched in April last year, and allows people, public figures and pages to share live videos with friends and followers. In January, a 14-year-old-girl in Miami live-streamed her suicide on the platform. The company said that its suicide prevention tools for Facebook posts will now be integrated into Live, giving people watching a live video the option to reach out to the person directly and to report the video to the company.” [editor’s note: How long before police start banging on doors because Facebook told them it thought someone was suicidal? – TLK] (03/01/17)

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3175723/internet/facebook-uses-artificial-intelligence-to-help-prevent-suicides.html

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17) Rouhan, Erdogan meet to defuse tensions
Source: Reuters

“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Wednesday to improve ties, including in the fight against terrorism, Iran’s state news agency IRNA said, following some angry exchanges between the regional rivals. Tehran and Ankara support opposite sides in the conflict in Syria. Largely Shi’ite Muslim Iran backs the government of President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey, which is majority Sunni, has backed elements of the Syrian opposition. … Erdogan and Rouhani met on the sideline of an economic cooperation summit in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, IRNA said, though it gave no details of their talks.” (03/01/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-turkey-diplomacy-idUSKBN1684K6

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18) France: Fillon “won’t surrender” presidential candidacy despite charges
Source: ABC News

“French conservative candidate Francois Fillon is refusing to quit the presidential race despite receiving a summons Wednesday to face charges of faking parliamentary jobs for his family. Calling the investigation a ‘political assassination,’ Fillon called on his supporters to ‘resist’ and said he would leave it up to voters to decide his fate. Once a front-runner in the race for the April-May two-round election, Fillon’s chances have slipped since the probe was opened in January. Fillon abruptly canceled a campaign stop Wednesday after receiving the legal summons, prompting media speculation that he would quit the race. ‘I will not surrender,’ he told reporters at his headquarters later. ‘I will not withdraw.'” (03/01/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/france-fillon-cancels-campaign-stop-amid-investigation-45824999

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19) US Attorney believes judge heroically helped man evade ICE gangsters
Source: KOIN 6 News

“Oregon’s top federal prosecutor says a Multnomah County judge helped an illegal immigrant [sic] elude ICE agents waiting to [abduct] him. It happened at the Multnomah County Justice Center on January 27 when Diddier Pancheco entered a change of plea for a DUI case, KOIN 6 News learned. ICE agents were reportedly there waiting for him at their usual spots. But he left through a different door typically used only by court officials. U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said he believes someone helped him get through that door. … Monica Herranz was on the bench acting as a court referee at the time. Williams said he”s unsure whether Herranz instructed Pancheco to leave through that door.” [editor’s note: If so, good on her! – TLK] (02/28/17)

http://koin.com/2017/02/28/us-attorney-judge-helped-man-evade-ice-agents/

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20) US consumers spend less than forecast as inflation bites
Source: Bloomberg

“Consumer spending rose less than projected in January as rising prices pinched Americans’ wallets, leading inflation-adjusted purchases to fall by the most since 2009. The 0.2 percent advance in spending followed a 0.5 percent increase in the prior month, the Commerce Department reported on Wednesday in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for a 0.3 percent gain. Incomes rose 0.4 percent, though inflation-adjusted disposable incomes had the biggest drop since 2013. The results indicate less momentum at the start of the quarter, and a pickup in inflation may further limit any acceleration in household spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy.” (03/01/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-01/u-s-consumers-spend-less-than-forecast-as-inflation-bites

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

21) Donald Trump, standard conservative
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In the second month of Donald Trump’s presidency, it is crystal clear that he is nothing more than a standard conservative, one with a unique personality but a standard conservative nonetheless. Consider the drug war. After decades of manifest failure, death, destructiveness, and loss of liberty among the American people, what does Trump want to do with the drug war? Why, he wants to ramp it up and wage it even more fiercely. What conservative doesn’t love that?” (03/01/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/03/01/donald-trump-standard-conservative/

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22) Law becoming justification for violation
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“You might be shocked to learn how little regard I have for the law. Or, maybe you wouldn’t. This doesn’t mean I approve of harming others, their property, or their rights; quite the opposite. It just means I recognize the law for what it is. Instead of being protective, the law has become the most common excuse used to violate people. Laws, and the state that imposes them, are the opposite of civilization; they are anti-social.” (03/01/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/03/01/voices/law-becoming-justification-for-violation/151117.html

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23) Goodbye, Obama
Source: Cato Institute
by Gene Healy

“As Obama’s tenure comes to a close, it’s clear his has been a presidency of enormous consequence. But his most lasting legacy will be one few — perhaps least of all Obama himself — expected. He will leave to his successor a presidency even more powerful and dangerous than the one he inherited from Bush. The new powers he’s forged now pass on to celebreality billionaire Donald J. Trump, a man Obama considers ‘unfit to serve as president’ — someone who can’t be trusted with his own Twitter account, let alone the nuclear launch codes. Perhaps only those incorrigible ‘cynics’ Obama regularly chides from the bully pulpit could have predicted this would come to pass.” (03/01/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/goodbye-obama

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24) Trump’s use of Navy SEAL’s wife highlights all the key ingredients of US war propaganda
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“During his Tuesday night address to the U.S. Congress, President Trump paid tribute to Ryan Owens, the Navy SEAL killed in the January commando raid in Yemen that Trump ordered. As he did so, television cameras focused for almost four full minutes on Owens'[s] grieving wife, Carryn, as she wept and applauded while sitting next to and being periodically touched by Trump’s glamorous daughter, Ivanka. The entire chamber stood together in sustained applause, with Trump interjecting scripted, lyrical expressions of support and gratitude for her husband’s sacrifice. … Media commentators predictably gushed that this was the moment Trump became ‘presidential.’ Meanwhile, the U.S. media’s most reliable partisan warriors, horrified that the moment might benefit Trump, instantly accused him of exploiting these emotions, and exploiting Carryn Owens herself, for his own political benefit. While there is certainly truth in their claim that Trump’s use of the suffering of soldiers is politically opportunistic, even exploitative, this tactic was hardly one Trump pioneered. In fact, it is completely standard for U.S. presidents.” (03/01/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/01/trumps-use-of-navy-seals-wife-highlights-all-the-key-ingredients-of-u-s-war-propaganda/

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25) Is our president really bonkers?
Source: The Nation
by William Greider

“The New Yorker has rendered its solemn judgment: ‘After a month in office, Donald Trump has already proved himself unable to discharge his duties.’ The magazine recommends his removal from office under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which provides the procedure for replacing an impaired president. Donald Trump is described as dangerously unfit. … Here is my advice to New Yorker writers and readers. Take a couple of Xanax. Drink a cup of warm cocoa. The American Republic has survived a lot worse than Donald Trump. People should have a little more faith in the common sense of ordinary folks.” (03/01/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/is-our-president-bonkers

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26) Revitalizing liberalism means revitalizing civic norms
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ryan Muldoon

“In my previous essay, I wrote about the value of factions, and how liberalism’s strengths come from diversity and disagreement. I mentioned that diversity is hard because it asks us to tolerate views that we abhor. As Will Wilkinson has argued, the United States has been slowly sorting itself into two competing tribes that come with rather different sets of values. A stark challenge for liberalism is managing this level of disagreement. Of course, we have a set of procedures that are designed for just that — they are embodied in the Constitution. The liberal order is built upon the rule of law, and so we might expect the Constitution to carry us through potential dark times and see us through to the other side. I want to suggest that a reliance on the law won’t be good enough.” (03/01/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/revitalizing-civic-norms/

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27) Belshazzar’s Feast: The Retrospect
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“If I were more cynical, I might think that the producers [of the Academy Awards] borrowed a page from the free advertising the Miss Universe pageant received after Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner in 2015. Certainly the fiasco kept the drab awards show, whose Nielsen ratings have steadily declined for the past nine years, in the news all day. Let’s just look at how irrelevant, arrogant, and condescending Hollywood has become. Moonlight might be a wonderful movie (I wouldn’t know, because I haven’t been able to see it), but best picture of the year? Why would they choose a film whose global box office was a mere $22 million? Compare that to $184 million for the wonderful Hidden Figures and $340 million for La La Land! Not that box office receipts should be the major consideration in determining best picture, lest superhero movies take over the awards, but come on — at least choose a film that people outside of the Academy voters have seen!” (02/28/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1673

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28) Is Beijing outflanking the United States in the South China Sea?
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“For much of the last week, the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson has been patrolling the South China Sea. It is just the kind of display of Washington’s power and global reach that the U.S. Navy excels at — both to reassure allies and, in this case, send a message to potential foes. How much longer Washington will be able to perform such operations unchallenged, however, is an increasingly open question. Some military experts project that within a little more than a decade, China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy may have more warships than Washington under its command. Beijing’s military buildup is part of its strategy to dominate many disputed territories in the South China Sea – and push America back.” (03/01/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-military-commentary-idUSKBN1684OW

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29) Time, gentlemen please: Last calls for the nanny state
Source: Students For Liberty
by Richard Mason

“Having grown up in suburban South-East England, I’ve seen my share of trashy nights out drinking cut-price vodka in a park, which was probably bought by someone’s older brother or swiped from parents’ liquor cabinets after we all failed to get served. That was what constituted a good night out for a 15 year old in Cambridgeshire, and indeed the rest of the UK. Heavy drinking has become a part of British culture, which is why we have some of the highest rates of binge drinking worldwide. But why is this the case? Why do Brits start drinking so much so early? I believe it has something to do with the strict controls placed on pubs and corner shops in the UK: while these laws intend to prevent underage drinking, all they seem to do is drive the culture underground, making kids drink far more, considerably faster, and with substantially less supervision.” (03/01/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/03/01/time-gentlemen-please-last-calls-nanny-state/

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30) Change is needed as a chilling effect sweeps college classrooms
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Samantha Harris

“College faculty are increasingly designing their courses not to maximize the degree to which they engage and challenge their students, but to minimize the risk of offending them, the Wall Street Journal reports. FIRE has also observed worrisome signs of this phenomenon, as have other faculty members, such as Harvard law professor Jeannie Suk Gersen, who wrote for The New Yorker back in 2014 about ‘The trouble with teaching rape law’ in such an environment. This is a threat not only to the core educational mission of universities, but also to the well-being of our nation, whose leaders are products of these institutions.” (03/01/17)

https://www.thefire.org/change-is-needed-as-a-chilling-effect-sweeps-college-classrooms/

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31) Trump’s all-too-powerful surveillance infrastructure
Source: The American Prospect
by Rachel Levinson-Waldman

“Thanks to capacity-building programs begun under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, President Trump now holds the keys to a massive surveillance operation. Indeed, Trump will face few if any technological barriers to monitoring whomever he wants, whenever he wants, for whatever purpose he chooses. To be sure, Trump does not enjoy legal carte blanche. The constitutionality of one of the government’s most significant surveillance programs has been called into question by commentators, and courts have declared that using characteristics like race and religion as the basis for surveillance is unconstitutional. But the Trump White House so far has shown an unsettling willingness to flout its legal obligations.” (03/01/17)

http://prospect.org/article/trump%E2%80%99s-all-too-powerful-surveillance-infrastructure

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32) Has Van Jones lost his mind, or are sane people missing the point?
Source: OpEdNews
by David Swanson

“A rational and moral person might think of the recent U.S. raid in Yemen this way. Here’s one small incident out of a war consisting primarily of a massive bombing campaign that has slaughtered innocents by the thousands and is threatening to lead to the starvation of hundreds of thousands. In this one incident some 30 people were murdered, some 10 of them women and children, one of them the 8-year-old sister of a 16-year-old American boy whom President Obama had earlier murdered just after having murdered his father. There wasn’t some Very Important Thing accomplished, such as learning the cell phone number of someone suspiciously Muslim or whatever, that an immoral hack could try to claim justified this incident. This was mass murder. In the course of this mass murder, one American taking part in it was killed. The first paragraph above is of virtually no interest to the U.S. media. The second paragraph above is of intense and passionate interest.” (03/01/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Has-Van-Jones-Lost-His-Min-by-David-Swanson-Bombing_Insanity_Insanity_Killed-170301-341.html

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33) Evolution of my political thinking, part 1 — past
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“When I entered McGill University in 1968 I had no interest in politics and no political philosophy. My days in university were checkered, with no clear direction. I started in Science with a focus on mathematics, but poor grades led me to visit a counsellor where an aptitude test showed I was best suited to be, hang on to your hats folks, an accountant. I was flabbergasted. Accounting? How dull was that? Nevertheless, I switched to the Faculty of Commerce working towards a B.Comm. This was the late sixties, a time of radical ferment on campuses across the continent. McGill was no different. The Viet Nam War was a focal point for much of the campus politics. The McGill Daily publicized various activities and groups and I was somewhat attracted to the Maoist faction. I went to one of their meetings. Chatting with the Vice President of the Commerce Undergraduate Society, he thought this was a horrible idea and recommended reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.” (03/01/17)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/03/evolution-of-my-political-thinking-part.html

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34) The worst performance of Trump’s presidency now belongs to the press corps
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“By the time Mitt Romney selected him to be his running mate in 2012, Paul Ryan (then chairman of the House Budget Committee) had already cultivated the reputation within the political press corps of an earnest, well-meaning numbers guy. Ideological? Sure, maybe, but not at the expense of numerical and analytic truth. … Yet for a brief moment that election summer, the Ryan mythos fell into doubt. In accepting his party’s nomination to seek the vice presidency, Ryan delivered a speech riddled with easily checked falsehoods and exaggerations. … Obviously the damage Ryan did to himself with his most powerful fanbase wasn’t permanent. It didn’t even last very long. But at least the political press corps took notice, and said something. President Donald Trump has discovered, perhaps unwittingly, how to hack the Ryan problem. Where Ryan has built himself up as an honest, poised man of substance, Trump not only has never pretended to these particular virtues, he has delighted in demonstrating their political uselessness.” (03/01/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141053/worst-performance-trumps-presidency-now-belongs-press-corps

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35) Trump scapegoats unauthorized immigrants for crime
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“Trump’s allies may believe that sneaking into the United States, or using a fake social security number to get a job, predisposes people to rob, rape, or kill. But the evidence does not bear this out. So if Trump’s goal is increasing public safety, publishing a list of crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants is irrational. It’s like publishing a list of crimes committed by people with red-hair. If, however, Trump’s goal is stigmatizing a vulnerable class of people, then publicizing their crimes — and their crimes alone — makes sense. It’s been a tactic bigots have used more than a century.” (03/01/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/trump-scapegoats-unauthorized-immigrants-for-crime/518238/

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36) Jews as the enemies of the enemies of liberty
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz

“The sources of anti-Semitism on both Right and Left are complicated, but one element on both sides is that Jews have historically been associated with important liberal ideas such as capitalism, entrepreneurship, cosmopolitanism, and free migration. These institutions have enabled massive social, cultural, and economic change, empowering the previously powerless all over the world, and threatening the old order. The enemies of liberalism have problems with all of these, though the Right and Left differ on which bothers them the most. But for both, Jews can be easily seen as the enemies of those who find deep flaws with the classical liberal social order. When Jews are being threatened, it is usually a good sign that the foundations of liberalism are as well.” (03/01/17)

https://fee.org/articles/jews-as-the-enemies-of-the-enemies-of-liberty/

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37) Recognizing honor isn’t always honorable
Source: USA Today
by Christian Schneider

“Carryn Owens is a brave woman. Her late husband, Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, who was killed during a January commando raid ordered by President Trump, is an American hero. The widow’s willingness to stand and be recognized while fighting back tears at Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress is a testament to her strength. She was also taken advantage of by a politician starving to appear presidential during the most important speech of his life. … Both these preceding characterizations of his recognition of Carryn Owens can be — and are — true. By praising her husband, Trump cemented the soldier’s legacy for all of history. But Trump clearly sought to wrap himself in the heroism the soldier displayed,a ploy to protect himself from further criticism over the unsuccessful mission.” (03/01/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/01/recognizing-honor-ryan-owens-trump-congress-christian-schneider/98589312

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38) Florida’s government built a train — and it didn’t go well
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tho Bishop

“The state of Florida is well known for many things: beautiful beaches, outrageous headlines, and being the setting for the wacky antics of the Golden Girls. In Florida’s fascinating history, perhaps no figure stands taller than the great Walt Disney, who transformed unwanted swampland into Disney World, forever changing central Florida from swamp and farmland into one of the premier vacation destinations in the world. Disney’s example is an incredible demonstration of what a man can accomplish with vision, work-ethic, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Unfortunately too many politicians have all sorts of great visions, but think government power is a fine substitute for the other personal qualities Disney possessed. Just like mosquitos, sinkholes, and under-performing sports franchises, Florida has too many such politicians for its own good. A great example is SunRail, a train so bad that it actually loses money issuing tickets.” (03/01/17)

https://mises.org/blog/floridas-government-built-train-%E2%80%94-and-it-didn%E2%80%99t-go-well

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39) Small Target, big subsidy
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Something has gone wrong when, to get a tenant to move into an empty space in your prime-location building, you need a $4 million subsidy. And when I say ‘prime location,’ I’m not engaging in Trumpian over-statement. The downtown Denver, Colorado, property location sees over 35,000 pedestrians per day … and that’s with the primo slot empty. But to get that slot filled, the owners have negotiated with the city government to nab a $2 million ‘incentive’ to fix the place up for Target …. Oh, and another $2 million for ‘operational’ costs, which seems to be some kind of a loan to be paid back from taxes to be collected — and shared by the city for 20 years with the owners.” (03/01/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/01/small-target-big-subsidy/

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40) Whoppers big and small in Trump’s speech
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Donald Trump just gave a fact-free, and detail-free, speech to a joint session of Congress. Early on in the evening, the president (who has loaded his cabinet with billionaires and his administration with former Goldman Sachs executives) earned audible guffaws from the assembled lawmakers when he declared, in all seriousness, ‘We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption …’ With illegal border crossings at the lowest level since 1972, Trump devoted a good portion of his speech to spreading fear of undocumented immigrants. But only those from the south. There are twice as many immigrant visa ‘overstays’ by Canadians as Mexicans. Meanwhile back in the real world, net migration from Mexico is below zero — more are leaving than coming.” (03/01/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170301/lies-and-bamboozlements-in-the-trump-speech

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41) Enemy of the year: Why Russia?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“In May of last year, I wrote about the war breaking out between the various components of the US military, a battle over budgets …. A war with Russia would require land forces in huge numbers, more tanks, more artillery, and much more money for the Army. If the Russian Threat is what they say it is, then the Army will devour a glutton’s share of the military budget, leaving the Navy and the Air Force to starve. It would also require complementary upgrades for the militaries of all the NATO nations — a gold mine for the US weapons industry. So one answer to the ‘Why Russia?’ question is simple: follow the money.” (03/01/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/02/28/enemy-of-the-year-why-russia/

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42) Liquidating federal assets
Source: Independent Institute
by William F Shughart II and Carl P Close

“The sale of federal assets for the purpose of debt-reduction warrants serious consideration mostly because of one fundamental issue: America’s debt obligations are so huge that traditional methods for improving the government’s fiscal stance — namely, by raising more tax revenue, printing more money, or refinancing/reissuing government debt — are inadequate to the task and would create a host of major problems. Raising the necessary tax revenue would, for example, siphon off significant funds from businesses and households, thereby slowing the wheels of commerce and reducing household wealth.” (03/01/17)

http://www.independent.org/publications/article.asp?id=9008

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43) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #27: Prize intensity more than extent.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“[T]his is similar to the saying ‘familiarity breeds contempt’ in that things or people — in terms of how often they are encountered — cease to be highly valued because they seem commonplace. Even excellent authors (like Stephen King) sometimes write under pseudonyms not only because publishers resist putting out too many titles by the same writer but also because quickly-executed projects prompt criticisms (merited or not) of carelessness, lack of caring or factory-production.” (03/01/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7794

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44) Replacing ObamaCare made easy: The case for the Universal Health Insurance Tax Credit
Source: Heartland Institute
by Peter Ferrara

“Replacing the arbitrary, widely varying credits and subsidies of Obamacare, the Universal Health Insurance Tax Credit would provide the same, equal, tax benefit to everyone, regardless of income. Requiring workers to guess their income for the year, pay a penalty if they guess wrong, and bureaucrats to verify income for each worker, has been the source of much of the unworkable complication of Obamacare. The amount of the Goodman credit is tied to the cost of Medicaid, ensuring that everyone has access to a basic amount of health insurance. And that we are not encouraging people to choose government insurance over private insurance. For 2017, the credit would be $2,500 for each person, and $8,000 per family.” [editor’s note: Hey, I’ve got an even easier idea than replacing one wonky nose-in-your-biz scheme with another– repeal all federal laws relating to healthcare and GET OUT OF THE WAY. Problem solved – TLK] (03/01/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/03/replacing-obamacare-made-easy-the-case-for-the-universal-health-insurance-tax-credit/

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45) Private prisons slam the door on justice
Source: CounterPunch
by Jesse Jackson

“Next week, March 7, will mark the 52nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the historic march and shocking police riot in Selma, Alabama, that helped build public support for passage of the Voting Rights Act. Now, a half-century later, an avowed critic of that law — former Alabama Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, who was born in Selma — has been confirmed as attorney general of the United States. In one of his first acts in office — reversing Obama’s order to phase out the federal government’s use of private prisons — he has begun to weaken civil rights protections.” (03/01/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/01/private-prisons-slam-the-door-on-justice/

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46) Bill Nye: Fake scientist and genuine schmuck
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Joshua Dietz

“Bill Nye, while an incredibly intelligent and capable gentleman is not a scientist, certainly not of climatology, nor psychology. And although he was born in D.C. he is no politician either. The scientific method is a tool, not an institution. It is a technique that we use to evaluate information, not a monolithic vanguard of moral righteousness. Fundamentally consensus does not exist in science, nor is it the determinant when drawing scientific conclusions. When applying the scientific method it is common to dispense with the scientific facts of yesterday in favor of innovative paths today. Not only is this the natural order within the scientific realm, it is precisely what captivates scientists at all. The thrill of new discovery coupled with the bold reimagining of the commonly accepted truth sends scientists all over the world seeking new adventures. To find such intellectual horizons requires curiosity and skepticism, which is the true essence of science. Mr. Nye’s advocacy is attempting to achieve through coercion that which it cannot accomplish with legitimate data — it is as tyrannical as it is baseless.” (03/01/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/climate-science-cognitive-dissonance/

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47) The marijuana exception to federalism
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Last week White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer predicted ‘greater enforcement’ of the federal ban on marijuana in the eight states that have legalized the drug for recreational use. This week Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an old-fashioned drug warrior who thinks ‘good people don’t smoke marijuana,’ seemed to confirm Spicer’s warning, telling reporters, ‘We’re going to look at it … and try to adopt responsible policies.’ If those ‘responsible policies’ involve legal action aimed at shutting down state-licensed marijuana businesses, they will be contrary to public opinion, President Trump’s campaign promises, and Sessions'[s] own avowed support for federalism. As most Republicans seem to recognize, attempts to force marijuana prohibition on states that have opted out of it are inconsistent with the decentralized system of government established by the Constitution.” (03/01/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/01/the-marijuana-exception-to-federalism

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48) War of the warlords
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“The first two months of Trump have been defined almost exclusively by chaos. So much so that it’s been damn near impossible for even the most astute tranny wonk to keep up with. Secret Russian agents. Fake news. Jammed up airports. Incoherent executive orders. Jackbooted ICE-men. Swarms of locusts. Witch trials. Human sacrifices. And, of coarse, lies, lies and more goddamn lies, coming from all directions. Much of this chaos has been chalked up to the utter ineptitude of Trump and his rogues gallery of bush league morons. There’s a grain of truth to this. Others have chalked it up to that mad maestro of mania, Steven Ilyich Bannon. All part of some finely constructed campaign to bring on the apocalypse. And there’s probably a grain of truth to that too. But mostly I see this madness as a toxic byproduct of Trump’s war on the establishment and the establishment’s war on Trump. A civil war between two tribes of bloodthirsty imperialists, grappling for the future of Manifest Destiny.” (02/28/17)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2017/02/war-of-warlords.html

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49) States’ rights and the war on drugs
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The principle of states’ rights embodied in the Tenth Amendment is an important one when it comes to the drug war. The United States was set up as a federal system of government where the states, through the Constitution, granted a limited number of powers to a central government — not the other way around.” [editor’s note: Actually, the Constitution claims to be a grant of powers to the federal government by “the people,” not “the states;” in actuality it, of course, it was just a grant of powers by the pre-revolutionary planter and merchant aristocracies to themselves – TLK] (03/01/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/states-rights-war-drugs/

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50) The American founders as neo-Romans
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Dave Benner

“In the United States, founding-era republicanism has often been described by historians as something of a whimsical experiment, wherein those who imparting [sic] the American political systems drew no inspiration from historical happenstance. This view, I believe, does not properly account for the visible impact of Roman history on early American republicanism.” (02/28/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/02/28/the-american-founders-as-neo-romans/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

51) Electric Libertyland, episode 9
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams gives a little extra love to our listeners to make up for last week’s shortened show, taking on a variety of topics solo before welcoming in Lions of Liberty’s touted legal expert ‘Rico’ to break down the puzzling and infuriating decision from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that ‘military style’ weaponry may not be owned by private citizens. Other topics on today’s lineup include: the Day Without a Woman Strike and the terrorists behind it, the Oscars, CPAC, Jewish cemetery vandalism, Trump’s speech to Congress, French whining about their democratic system, and the confusing state of affairs regarding states’ rights and marijuana.” [various formats] (03/01/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/03/01/ell9/

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52) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/01/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD, James and Veloschka lay it down hard about what’s real and why you’re wrong. Topics include ‘#StopSnitchingV!,’ Is MWD V’s dad? (it’s possible if not likely), V’s mom enjoyed music, evidence that Facebook invented the current rash of Flat-Earth conspiracy belief (allegedly), the Casper, Wyoming Taco Bell order box guy who’s ‘Livin’ the dream,’ and the amazing book that you should buy RIGHT NOW, Hardcore Self-Defense.” [various formats] (03/01/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14049

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53) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/01/17
Source: Cato Institute

“The Pentagon has never really been audited and the strategic focus of our military is scattered, at best. So why increase the military budget? Ben Friedman comments.” [various formats] (03/01/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/trump-proposes-big-spending-pentagon

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54) Tenther Tuesday, episode 11
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“On this episode of Tenther Tuesday, Mike Maharrey and Michael Boldin talk about state bills moving forward to limit asset forfeiture, stop spying at both the state and federal level — and to encourage the use of gold and silver as money.” [various formats] (02/28/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/02/tenther-tuesday-episode-11-asset-forfeiture-spying-and-sound-money/

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55) Free Talk Live, 02/28/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“FTL Broadcasts from Anarchapulco Day Four of Four :: Pete Eyre :: Lyn Ulbricht :: Vin Armani :: Nathan Freeman :: Doug Scribner :: Rick Falkvinge :: AFTERSHOW With Paul Puey :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/28/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-02-28

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