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Monday, March 13th, 2017
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In the News:

1) MO: Gunfire erupts at Ferguson store protest after new Michael Brown footage surfaces
2) France: Beleaguered Fillon hit by fresh scandals
3) Bitcoin price rebounds after ETF dive
4) South Korea: Park vacates presidential palace after impeachment
5) Turkey’s Erdogan says Netherlands acting like a “banana republic”
6) Australia: Regime considers childcare ban on unvaccinated children
7) NBA player ejected, fined for making “finger-gun gesture” during game
8) “People are wide awake”: ACLU seeks to ride groundswell of anti-Trump energy
9) Sex orgies, prostitution, porn: Allegations shake Catholic Church in Italy
10) Scrubbed from textbooks — the US government’s national experiment in extermination
11) MD: Victim fights back after horrifying video shows judge torture him in court
12) Judge: Trump travel ban can’t be enforced on Syrian family
13) McCain to Trump: Retract wiretapping claim or prove it
14) US border mistake could see over 200,000 acres returned to Mexico
15) Jordan: Regime releases murderer of seven schoolgirls
16) Trump regime purges Vyshinsk … er, Bharara
17) Syria: Twin blasts kill 40 near Damascus religious sites
18) Mnuchin urges Congress to raise debt limit
19) VA psychiatrist accused of charging $200k for services he never provided
20) Venezuela: Maduro appoints his own son to investigate unfinished public works by Odebrecht

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The religion of the state
22) Trump’s Schwarzenegger problem
23) Exorcising the spooks
24) AI isn’t a problem. Human arrogance is.
25) Everyone deserves freedom to speak
26) Encountering resistance from both sides
27) A dangerous myth about trade deficits
28) “Innocent until proven guilty” should mean what it says
29) Good governance, part 1: The functions of good governance
30) Forget building our own Tea Party
31) Adam Smith’s public choice economics
32) Trump’s voters have been betrayed on healthcare, bigly
33) Q&A: Democrats must deliver an economic message
34) About those “devastating” EPA reductions
35) Fair play
36) Republicans’ war on science [sic] just got frighteningly real
37) Craig Wright wants to kill Satoshi by becoming him … again. Why? And how?
38) What matters — choice and opportunity
39) Yes, schools can improve; here’s how
40) Tax reform and the border adjusted tax
41) The GOP should listen to Rand Paul on Obamacare
42) The weight of politics
43) South Korea’s problems stem from beyond the presidency
44) The Constitution and cannabis
45) Politics without romance? Yes and no
46) Do we live in a police state?
47) The first step toward fiscal discipline: Cut up the credit card
48) “Lethal force”
49) The lynching of Lynne Stewart (1939-2017)
50) How central banks enable the money creation process

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 120
52) spiked podcast, 03/12/17
53) Thoughts from Maharrey Head, episode 83
54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 12
55) So to Speak podcast, 03/09/17
56) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 118
57) Free Talk Live, 03/11/17
58) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/11/17
59) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 178
60) Felony Friday, episode 62

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

1) MO: Gunfire erupts at Ferguson store protest after new Michael Brown footage surfaces
Source: New York Daily News

“Gunshots erupted as protesters picketed a Ferguson convenience store visited by cop shooting victim Michael Brown before his death. A lawyer representing Ferguson Market & Liquor hunkered down inside during the violent outburst as cops outside the Ferguson Market & Liquor hid behind their cruisers …. Jay Kanzler said he was meeting with his clients inside the store when he heard the gunfire. He stayed inside for several hours out of precaution. Moments before, and flanked by police officers, he faced off with irate protesters hurling profanities outside the West Florissant store. Some demanded to know why the video was never disclosed by authorities during the initial investigation. Kanzal said the surveillance footage did not ‘show anything’ newsworthy and that the documentary film ‘Stranger Fruit’ was edited and taken out of context by filmmaker Jason Pollock.” (03/13/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/gunfire-erupts-protest-ferguson-market-article-1.2996203

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2) France: Beleaguered Fillon hit by fresh scandals
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Beleaguered French presidential candidate Francois Fillon was put on the defensive again over the weekend following two fresh controversies. Mr Fillon’s party apologised on Saturday for tweeting a caricature of rival Emmanuel Macron that Mr Fillon admitted was anti-Semitic. And on Sunday it emerged that he had accepted two suits from a friend worth €13,000 (£11,500; $13,900). France sets a limit of €4,600 that any individual can donate to a candidate. … Mr Fillon was at one point the favourite to win the presidency but his campaign has been hit by a series of scandals, including an investigation into allegations that he paid his wife €831,400 (£710,000; $900,000) of public funds for work she didn’t do.” (03/12/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39250048

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3) Bitcoin price rebounds after ETF dive
Source: Bitcoin.com

“On March 10 after the closing of the New York Stock Exchange, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected the rule change for the Bitcoin ETF due to regulatory concerns. Following the announcement, the price per bitcoin dropped to a low of US$1,020. The price has since rebounded to the $1,180 mark, at the time of writing.” [editor’s note: As I post this on Sunday evening, it’s closing in on $1,240 – TLK] (03/11/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoin-price-on-quick-rebound-after-etf-dive/

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4) South Korea: Park vacates presidential palace after impeachment
Source: Toronto Star [Canada]

“Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye expressed defiance toward the corruption allegations against her as she vacated the presidential palace and returned to her home on Sunday, two days after the constitutional Court removed her from office. In her first public comments since the court’s ruling, Park said in statement, ‘Although it will take time, I believe the truth will certainly come out.’ Park will likely face a direct investigation soon by prosecutors who already consider her a criminal suspect over suspicions that she colluded with a confidante to extort money and favours from companies and allowed the friend to secretly interfere with state affairs.” (03/12/17)

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/03/12/ousted-south-korean-leader-vacates-presidential-palace-after-impeachment.html

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5) Turkey’s Erdogan says Netherlands acting like a “banana republic”
Source: Reuters

“President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday the Netherlands was acting like a “banana republic” and should face sanctions for barring Turkish ministers from speaking in Rotterdam, fuelling a row over Ankara’s political campaigning abroad. Erdogan is looking to the large number of Turks living in Europe, especially in Germany and the Netherlands, to help secure victory next month in a referendum that would give the presidency sweeping new powers. In a speech in France, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu described the Netherlands as the “capital of fascism” as it joined other European countries in stopping Turkish politicians holding rallies, due to fears that tensions in Turkey might spill over into their expatriate communities. The Dutch government barred Cavusoglu from flying to Rotterdam on Saturday and later stopped Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya from entering the Turkish consulate there, before escorting her out of the country to Germany.” (03/12/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-referendum-netherlands-idUSKBN16J0IU

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6) Australia: Regime considers childcare ban on unvaccinated children
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Unvaccinated children would be banned from childcare centres and preschools under an Australian government plan. Some Australian states already have ‘no jab, no play’ laws, but PM Malcolm Turnbull is calling for nationwide legislation. Health groups have supported the push, arguing parents and the community have an obligation to protect children. An Australian Child Health Poll survey of nearly 2,000 parents showed 5% of children were not fully vaccinated. Mr Turnbull said more needed to be done, citing the case of a baby who died from whooping cough.” (03/12/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39251585

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7) NBA player ejected, fined for making “finger-gun gesture” during game
Source: Fox News

“An NBA player was fined $35,000 and ejected from a game Tuesday after officials say he made a gun with his finger and gestured at a rival player. Washington Wizards guard Brandon Jennings was ejected and later fined for the finger-pointing after the on-court altercation during a game with the Phoenix Suns. The confrontation, between Wizards center Jason Smith and Suns guard Tyler Ulis, escalated to involve most of the players on the court. During the chaos, Jennings is seen pointing at Suns forward Jared Dudley.” [editor’s note: Well, they do it to grade-schoolers, so I guess it’s “equal treatment” – SAT] (03/12/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2017/03/12/nba-player-ejected-fined-for-making-finger-gun-gesture-during-game.html

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8) “People are wide awake”: ACLU seeks to ride groundswell of anti-Trump energy
Source: Raw Story

“The American Civil Liberties Union is launching what it bills as the first grassroots mobilization effort in its nearly 100-year history, as it seeks to harness a surge of energy among left-leaning activists since the November election of Republican Donald Trump as U.S. president. The campaign, known as PeoplePower, kicks off on Saturday with a town hall-style event in Miami featuring ‘resistance training’ that will be streamed live at more than 2,300 local gatherings nationwide. It will focus on free speech, reproductive rights and immigration and include presentations from legal experts, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero and ‘Top Chef’ television star Padma Lakshmi. Membership in the civil rights organization, which was founded in 1920, has tripled to more than 1 million since Trump’s election, the group says.” (03/11/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/people-are-wide-awake-civil-liberties-group-aclu-seeks-to-ride-groundswell-of-anti-trump-energy

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9) Sex orgies, prostitution, porn: Allegations shake Catholic Church in Italy
Source: USA Today

“Lurid accusations of priests involved in sex orgies, porn videos and prostitution have emerged from several parishes in Italy recently, sending shock waves all the way to the Vatican and challenging the high standards Pope Francis demands of clergy. In the southern city of Naples, for example, a priest was recently suspended from the parish of Santa Maria degli Angeli over claims he held gay orgies and used Internet sites to recruit potential partners whom he paid for sex. The allegations concerning the Rev. Mario D’Orlando were brought to the attention of the diocese when an anonymous letter was sent to a Naples bishop. D’Orlando denied the charges when he was summoned by the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, but is now facing a formal inquiry conducted by local church officials.” (03/09/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/09/sex-orgies-prostitution-porn-claims-shake-catholic-church-italy/98962674

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10) Scrubbed from textbooks — the US government’s national experiment in extermination
Source: Counter Current News

“In desperation to make effective the floundering Prohibition on alcohol, the U.S. government — unable to convince the public consumption of booze constituted a moral transgression — intentionally poisoned the supply in a last-ditch attempt to enforce State-mandated sobriety. This ‘chemist’s war of Prohibition’ became, as outspoken opponent and New York City chief medical examiner in the 1920s, Charles Norris, hauntingly described, ‘our national experiment in extermination.’ Rather than keep people away from bathtub gin and the constant flow of liquor in hidden speakeasies — the State-sanctioned toxic experiment killed thousands of people who simply wanted to imbibe.” (03/12/17)

http://countercurrentnews.com/2017/03/scrubbed-from-textbooks-the-us-governments-national-experiment-in-extermination/

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11) MD: Victim fights back after horrifying video shows judge torture him in court
Source: The Free Thought Project

“In 2014, a man representing himself in a Maryland court was shocked and tortured with 50,000 volts of electricity by a judge because he continued to speak when the judge ordered him to stop. Now, the victim, Delvon King is fighting back. Judge Robert Nalley pleaded guilty in February 2016 to depriving King of his civil rights and video of the horrific incident was then released.” (03/12/17)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/defendant-sues-judge-for-having-him-tortured-with-a-taser-in-the-courtroom-on-video/

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12) Judge: Trump travel ban can’t be enforced on Syrian family
Source: CBS News

“A federal judge on Friday blocked President Trump’s administration from enforcing his new travel ban against a Syrian family looking to escape their war-torn homeland by fleeing to Wisconsin. … A Syrian Muslim man who was granted asylum and settled in Wisconsin has been working since last year to win U.S. government approval for his wife and 3-year-old daughter to leave the devastated city of Aleppo and join him here. … The Syrian man filed a new complaint on Friday afternoon, alleging the new order is still an anti-Muslim ban that violates his freedom of religion and right to due process. He asked Conley to block its enforcement against his family. [US District] Judge Conley granted that request, saying there were daily threats to the Syrian man’s wife and child that could cause ‘irreparable harm.’ He issued a temporary restraining order barring enforcement against the family.” (03/11/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-travel-ban-enforced-syria-family-judge-rules/

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13) McCain to Trump: Retract wiretapping claim or prove it
Source: Washington Post

“Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) called Sunday for President Trump to either prove his claim that President Barack Obama tapped the phones in Trump Tower during last year’s election campaign or drop the accusation. ‘The president has one of two choices, either retract or provide the information that the American people deserve,’ McCain said in an interview on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’ ‘I have no reason to believe that the charge is true, but I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute.’ McCain is one of several top lawmakers in Congress to call on Trump to provide evidence of his unsubstantiated claim that Obama ordered Trump’s communications monitored.” (03/12/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/03/12/mccain-to-trump-retract-wiretapping-claim-or-prove-it/

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14) US border mistake could see over 200,000 acres returned to Mexico
Source: PanAm Post

“A mistake in the border lines between Mexico and the United States could see over 200 thousand acres returned to Mexico. Chihuahua Senator Patricio Martinez García said 214,381 acres considered US territory since the 19th century actually belongs to Mexico. So far, there has been no proposal that will lead the United States to address the territorial error, but Senator Martinez Garcia said he is looking for funds top conduct topographic and satellite studies that could confirm whether the US is trespassing on Mexican territory.” (03/10/17)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2017/03/10/us-border-mistake-could-see-over-200000-acres-returned-to-mexico/

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15) Jordan: Regime releases murderer of seven schoolgirls
Source: Daily Star [Lebanon]

“A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997 was released on Sunday after serving 20 years in prison, his family said. … Ahmad Dakamseh was released from the Bab al-Hawa prison in Irbid, 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of the capital Amman. In March 1997, he fired an automatic weapon at Israeli schoolgirls on a trip to the Jordan-Israel border, killing seven of them and wounding five others and a teacher. He had been sentenced to life imprisonment, which in Jordan is equivalent to 20 years. … His motives were never entirely clear, but he told the national security court at the time that he fired his weapon at the schoolgirls after they mocked him while he was praying. Jordan’s then ruler King Hussein condemned the attack and later traveled to Israel to offer his condolences to the families of the murdered schoolgirls. Amman also paid compensation.” (03/12/17)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2017/Mar-12/397173-jordan-releases-soldier-who-killed-7-israeli-schoolgirls.ashx

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16) Trump regime purges Vyshinsk … er, Bharara
Source: USA Today

“New York-based U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Saturday that the Trump administration fired him after he refused to its request to resign along with 45 other U.S. attorneys across the nation. ‘Today, I was fired from my position as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York,’ he said in a statement. … The surprising decision by the Trump administration late Friday to dismiss 46 federal prosecutors held over from the Obama administration, including Bharara, sent shockwaves through New York.” [editor’s note: Not sure what’s so surprising about it, given that every president since at least as far back as Ronald Reagan has replaced every, or nearly every, US attorney within the first few months of his administration – TLK] (03/11/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/11/new-york-us-attorney-refusing-step-down/99055128/

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17) Syria: Twin blasts kill 40 near Damascus religious sites
Source: Bloomberg

“Twin blasts Saturday near holy shrines frequented by Shiites in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 40 people and wounded over a hundred, most of them Iraqis, according to Syrian and Iraqi officials. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. Islamic State militants have carried out similar attacks before against Shiite shrines in the Syrian capital and elsewhere. Extremist Sunni groups, such as IS, view Shiites as apostates and consider shrines a form of idolatry.” (03/11/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-11/syria-s-assad-says-priority-is-capturing-is-capital-raqqa

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18) Mnuchin urges Congress to raise debt limit
Source: The Hill

“Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging Congress to increase the debt ceiling ‘at the first opportunity,’ in light of the fact that the U.S. will hit the limit next week. … Congress passed legislation in 2015 to suspend the limit through March 15 of this year, so it will be reinstated on March 16.” (03/10/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/323243-mnuchin-urges-congress-to-raise-debt-limit

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19) VA psychiatrist accused of charging $200k for services he never provided
Source: The Daily Caller

“A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) psychiatrist has been charged with bilking a health care provider out of $200,000 for services he did not actually provide. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rochester announced the charges Thursday, which include health care fraud, tax fraud and money laundering, Rochester First reports. Dr. Xingjia Cui, who is 52-years-old, works as a psychiatrist at the Canandaigua VA medical center in western New York. He also runs a private practice.” (03/10/17)

http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/10/va-psychiatrist-busted-for-charging-200k-in-services-he-never-provided/

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20) Venezuela: Maduro appoints his own son to investigate unfinished public works by Odebrecht
Source: PanAm Post

“Nicolas Maduro recently appointed his son as supervisor of an investigation into unfinished Odebrecht projects in Venezuela. After a year abroad, Nicolas Maduro Guerra, 26, recently returned to Venezuela. A few days later in Official Report No. 41802 he was appointed director general of Delegations and Presidential Instructions of the Vice Presidency of the Republic.” (03/10/17)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/03/10/maduro-appoints-son-investigate-unfinished-public-works/

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

21) The religion of the state
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Many objects have been turned into totems, but among the most common are flags, which are emblems signifying an association with a group and a cause taken to be larger than any individual. There’s hardly a need to point out how the flag is venerated in the United States — especially these days. People routinely pledge allegiance to it. They are willing to die for it, and they express reverence for those who ‘defend’ it. … In the United States, at least, it would be hard to distinguish the flag from the sacred objects of any traditional religion.” (03/10/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/politics/tgif-religion-state/

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22) Trump’s Schwarzenegger problem
Source: Reason
by Matt Welch

“In any B-grade action movie, this is the part where the antagonist says, ‘We are not so different, you and I.’ For in fact Trump and Schwarzenegger have even more in common than hosting the same television show, taking the same unusual career path from celebrity to executive office, and surviving the same type of sexual allegations. Each man was a rank outsider in the field he would come to dominate: the bodybuilder with a thick accent in Hollywood, the Queens hustler in Manhattan real estate and high society. Each would live their lives surrounded by liberal Democrats, including sometimes at home. And each exceeded skeptics’ expectations at nearly every step, in large part due to a conscious cultivation of consumer fan bases. It’s that last commonality, as applied to politics, that provides the cautionary tale.” (for publication 04/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/11/trumps-schwarzenegger-problem

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23) Exorcising the spooks
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“In 1977 (or thereabouts — forty years ago, anyway) as a member of the Libertarian Party’s National Platform Committee, I helped to write a plank calling for total abolition of the C.I.A. as well as the F.B.I. (which is every bit as unconstitutional). Later, lily-livered platforms extruded by cowardly ‘moderate gradualists’ backed away from that principled provision. The country deserves a Constitutional Amendment forbidding government secrets and lies — as well as spying on a single one of us. As long as we can be spied on, and lied to, we can’t be truly free.” (03/12/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle913-20170312-02.html

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24) AI isn’t a problem. Human arrogance is.
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Another day, another rant from Stephen Hawking about how we need a world government to protect us from technology, proving indisputably that not only does Hawking know nothing about capitalism and how its origins are deeply rooted in the abundance wrought by the technology of agriculture, but he also has no understanding of how the world functions or what role the state plays in it. I would not presume to tell Doctor Hawking anything about physics. I would hope that this educated, learned, and intelligent man is capable of the same humility, because Mister Hawking doesn’t seem to understand what capitalism is, the role it plays in the world, or how the state inexorably conflicts with capitalism.” (03/10/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/03/10/ai-isnt-a-problem-human-arrogance-is/

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25) Everyone deserves freedom to speak
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“On many college campuses, the students and faculty are so opposed to hearing anything other than leftist, ‘social justice’ speakers, that they’ll threaten violence to keep other speakers away. While the freedom to speak doesn’t obligate anyone to listen, nor to provide a platform, you have no right to prevent others from listening to ideas you hate. An echo chamber is a poor substitute for education.” (03/08/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/02/08/voices/everyone-deserves-freedom-to-speak/150777.html

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26) Encountering resistance from both sides
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“This should be the moment President Donald Trump cleans up Obamacare with a broad smile on his happy face. He won the Electoral College — and as his predecessor Barack Obama liked to say, ‘Elections have consequences.’ Trump’s Republican Party controls the House and the Senate, which should mean there are no sand traps or water hazards on his golf course. Problem is, Trump finds himself in the land where it’s often easier to vote no than to vote yes. Members of his own political party and conservative think tanks became standouts because of their principled opposition to Obamacare. Now their party wants them to support a plan championed by House Speaker Paul Ryan that doesn’t live up to their pre-2017 rhetoric.” (03/11/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/03/11/encountering-resistance-from-both-sides-n2297422

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27) A dangerous myth about trade deficits
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“In the long run trade must balance, in the sense that imports must ultimately be paid for with exports — plus interest. Thus if we buy a billion dollars in laptops from China, we might pay for those goods by exporting $1.5 billion in Boeing jets in the year 2030. But this true fact leads many economists to falsely assume that a country cannot run measured trade deficits forever. In previous posts I like to cite the case of Australia, which sells condos and vacations to Asians in payment for cars and TVs. The Australian government will report a trade deficit year after year, which never seems to go away. But that’s misleading. Overall trade in goods, services and assets may be balanced; it’s just that those condos are not counted as exports of ‘goods.'” (03/11/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/03/a_dangerous_myt.html

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28) “Innocent until proven guilty” should mean what it says
Source: USA Today
by Derek Draplin & Kahryn Riley

“Gerald and Royetta Ostipow had no idea what civil asset forfeiture was until sheriff’s deputies arrived at their farm in rural Michigan and seized and then sold the couple’s property. The Ostipows were required to provide a $150,000 cash bond before they could begin the legal proceedings to contest the forfeiture and get their property back. But they couldn’t afford to. An appeals court later overturned the Ostipow’s hefty bond requirement, a move the legislature has now followed in a reform signed into law in January. But the ruling didn’t stop the nightmare for the couple who were never charged with a crime. They still had to win a court case seeking the return of hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of property taken from the Ostipow’s rural Michigan home, including a cherished classic car.” (03/10/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/10/civil-asset-forfeiture-michigan-police-column/98522526

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29) Good governance, part 1: The functions of good governance
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock

“Territorial nation states and the idea of ‘sovereignty,’ as I’ve pointed out before, are rooted in a 16th-century attempt to increase the power of the French king. The idea is that the state permits a ‘sovereign’ ruling elite to do to its ‘subjects’ — that’s us human beings — whatever they reckon they can get away with. Including making bad laws to bind us, levying taxes, and starting wars. Furthermore, the sovereign isn’t bound by the laws it makes. It bears no responsibility for the results of its actions. And there is no come-back against it for anyone. I’m not sure this concept was really workable, even back then. But our human civilization has grown, changed and progressed enormously in the last 400 years and more. As a result, the state as a means of legitimizing political government is now several centuries past its last use by date.” (03/10/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/03/10/good-governance-part-1-the-functions-of-good-governance/

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30) Forget building our own Tea Party
Source: In These Times
by Jacob Swenson-Lengyel

“On February 19, 2009, just 30 days after President Obama was sworn in, Rick Santelli’s rant on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange launched the Tea Party. The conservative establishment worked together with the grassroots to fan the flames of opposition. The resulting tidal wave swept Republicans to power at the national and state level in 2010, and set the stage for Trump’s victory in 2016. Since at least 2012, I’ve worked in and with organizations that saw the Tea Party as a model for the Left. While we abhorred their politics, we admired their tactics and coveted their success. The Tea Party pioneered a strategy that enabled grassroots activists and candidates to work inside and outside of the Republican Party to advance a ‘principled’ conservative agenda. And they won — big time.” (03/10/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19962/trump-resistance-left-tea-party-protest

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31) Adam Smith’s public choice economics
Source: Cato Unbound
by Maria Pia Paganelli

“In Smith’s account, land owners were too concerned with showing off their riches to care about things other than ornaments. Farmers and workers may have known their interest but were seldom in a position to lobby. They were many, and they were spread throughout the country. Merchants and manufacturers, on the other hand, knew their interest well and tended to be concentrated in towns. They were few and lived in proximity to each other. They could more easily conspire against the public and indeed this is what they did.” (03/10/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/03/10/maria-pia-paganelli/adam-smiths-public-choice-economics

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32) Trump’s voters have been betrayed on healthcare, bigly
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“It’s now clear where this ‘repeal and replace’ thing is headed. A small cadre of the GOP House leadership hammered out a few tweaks of Obamacare in secret. All the essentials of Obamacare were left in place: the mandates, the regulations, the strictures, the entitlement expansions, the preset packages, and many taxes. The glorious reform had ‘lame’ written all over it. A mandate with penalties paid to government is replaced with a mandate to pay insurance companies plus a refundable tax credit which might actually cost more in the future than the present system.” (03/11/17)

https://fee.org/articles/politics-has-failed-to-fix-healthcare-again-bigly/

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33) Q&A: Democrats must deliver an economic message
Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney & Matt Leistra

“For years, Democratic pollsters Allan and Sheri Rivlin have been arguing that the reason their party has been losing power is that Democrats lack a clear, compelling economic message. … The Prospect: What is the problem as you see it with the Democratic Party’s economic message? Allan Rivlin: They have not been able to articulate a clear and compelling economic message for nearly a decade now. Most of the time they have been trailing Republicans on the generic measure: ‘Which party do you trust most to get the economy moving and create jobs?’ In the three elections we’ve lost out of the last four (2010, 2014, and 2016) we trailed the Republicans on that generic question.” [editor’s note: A good discussion of why the Dems continue to fail here – SAT] (03/10/17)

http://prospect.org/article/qa-democrats-must-deliver-economic-message

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34) About those “devastating” EPA reductions
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“The Trump White House wants significant reductions at the Environmental Protection Agency: two dozen or more programs, including a dozen dealing with President Obama’s climate initiatives; a 20% downsizing in EPA’s 15,000-person workforce; and a one-fourth reduction in its $8.1 billion budget. The plan requires congressional approval, and thus is hardly a ‘done deal.’ Not surprisingly, it is generating howls of outrage. Former U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the proposal would be ‘crippling,’ and ‘devastating for the agency’s ability to protect public health.'” (03/11/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/03/about-those-devastating-epa-reductions/

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35) Fair play
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“As I’ve often said, MRAs and feminists are basically the same critter. Both groups have a small fraction of thoughtful individuals who are genuinely interested in examining the ways in which society treats their gender unjustly, both have a larger minority who are bat-shit crazy and suffer from delusions of persecution, and both are mostly made up of unhappy individuals looking for something to believe in. The more unhinged members of both groups are obsessed with kindergarten notions of ‘fairness;’ for feminists this usually looks something like, ‘Waaaaah, it’s not FAIR that men tend to be bigger and stronger than women, and that women don’t usually make as much money as men merely because we actually want lives and aren’t willing to sell our souls to corporations! Waaaaaaaaaah!’ And for MRAs it usually looks something like, ‘Waaaaaaaah, why do I have to pay women to fuck me?'” (03/10/17)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/fair-play/

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36) Republicans’ war on science [sic] just got frighteningly real
Source: The New Republic
by Emily Atkin

“As many conservatives see it, environmental science is an enabler of dreaded government regulation. When enough studies show that there is no safe level of lead in water, then we have to regulate lead pollution. When scientists agree that mercury pollution can effect developmental health, then we have to regulate mercury. And when scientists agree that excessive carbon emissions threaten public health and welfare–well, you get the point. An obvious solution, for those seeking to avoid such regulation, would be to prevent that science from seeing the light of day. That’s exactly what Lamar Smith, a Republican congressman from Texas, is trying to do.” (03/09/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141227/republicans-war-science-just-got-frighteningly-real

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37) Craig Wright wants to kill Satoshi by becoming him … again. Why? And how?
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The Australian computer scientist Craig Wright, who once claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, is continuing his effort to obtain hundreds of digital currency and blockchain patents. Why: For profit. How: By some 400 patent applications on Bitcoin and blockchain-related technology. A recent Reuters report (March 2, 2017) referred to the onslaught as an unprecedented ‘land grab for intellectual property.’ It is also a desecration of the gift Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto gave to average people — economic autonomy. It is a slap at Satoshi and at his open-source masterpiece which was intended to be a weapon of independence against the very institutions to which Wright kowtows. The insult is worsened by Wright’s claim to be Satoshi.” (03/09/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/craig-wright-kill-satoshi-becoming-him/

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38) What matters — choice and opportunity
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“I Am Not Your Negro is one of the most important films of 2016, but it has received scant attention, beyond being nominated for an Oscar. It expresses the African-American experience by transcending political philosophy and social theory to engage the emotion and empathy of the viewer. Using movie clips, newsreels, television interviews, and the poignant and elegant words of James Baldwin, it guides the viewer to enter the celluloid world and experience, with the protagonist, what it has meant to be black in America. The documentary relies heavily on film artifacts from 1940–1980, yet it feels as fresh and current as if the speeches had been written last week.” (03/11/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1677

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39) Yes, schools can improve; here’s how
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“In its waning hours, the Obama administration gave conservatives poised to take the reins in Washington, DC a huge gift when it issued a highly negative report on the results of its efforts to rescue the 5,000 lowest performing public schools across the nation. ‘Obama administration spent billions to fix failing schools, and it didn’t work,’ reads the headline at the Washington Post, where education journalist Emma Brown writes, ‘One of the Obama administration’s signature efforts in education, which pumped billions of federal dollars into overhauling the nation’s worst schools, failed to produce meaningful results … Test scores, graduation rates, and college enrollment were no different in schools that received money.’ Conservatives are cashing in this gift as quickly as a winning lottery ticket, saying, as newly appointed US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos does in an op-ed for USA Today, that the Obama administration’s failure to boost typical school performance measures proves ‘throwing money at this problem’ will not work.” (03/10/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170310/yes-schools-can-improve-heres-how

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40) Tax reform and the border adjusted tax
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Pamela Villareal and Joe Barnett

“The tax reform idea that has received the most attention recently is replacing the corporate income tax with a cash-flow tax on domestic business — and imposing a tax on imports into the United States.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (03/10/17)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/tax-reform-and-the-border-adjusted-tax

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41) The GOP should listen to Rand Paul on Obamacare
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis and Jim Babka

“The official GOP Obamacare replacement proposal is a fraud. Senator Rand Paul’s bill is far better. The Paul bill should become the official GOP Obamacare replacement legislation. The Republican leadership’s proposal repeals far less of Obamacare than did previous GOP repeal bills. It’s infuriating that Republican leaders are once again betraying their promises at the very moment when they actually have the power to do something.” (03/09/17)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/oppose-obamacarelite

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42) The weight of politics
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

Folks sure go crazy over diets. And that’s without the insanity of politics a la mode. Consider the new Trump Diet — actually, several of them. Actress Lena Dunham pledged to move to Canada if Donald Trump won last November. Instead, she stayed to offer a new weight loss scheme. ‘Everyone’s been asking like, ‘What have you been doing?” she told Howard Stern. ‘And I’m like, ‘Try soul-crushing pain and devastation and hopelessness and you, too, will lose weight.” So, there is hope!” (03/10/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/10/the-weight-of-politics/

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43) South Korea’s problems stem from beyond the presidency
Source: Students For Liberty
by Nam Woong Kim

“Almost all people who are angry at President Park Geun-hye want to impeach her and replace her with a ‘better’ person. But the question is, ‘is Park Geun-hye the only one who uses her power to serve her own interest?’ Absolutely not, and history tells us that Park Geun-hye is not the only president who did something like this. Almost every president of South Korea has used his or her executive power to benefit themselves. Korean presidents have repeatedly used executive power to pressure private companies for their own benefit. If this is not just President Park Geun-hye’s problem, what is the ‘real’ problem? Well, it seems like Lord Acton has the answer: ‘Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ As Lord Acton says, the main problem of this scandal is not President Park Geun-hye herself, but the power that she has.” (03/09/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/03/09/south-koreas-problems-stem-beyond-presidency/

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44) The Constitution and cannabis
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by JD Pierce

“Take, if you will, cannabis saliva — better known as marijuana. It’s in the news because the states are continuing to legalize it for medical and recreational use, despite federal prohibition. But Donald Trump’s executive branch is making noise that it will begin more vigorous enforcement of federal laws prohibiting it. This is in the news at the same time as the issue of sanctuary cities, with some local and state governments saying they will not enforce federal law against undocumented immigrants. Could the states also choose not to enforce federal prohibitions against marijuana, particularly if the state law allows it? The Constitution is well-woven into these issues, and even admitting that the wheels of law spin slowly, it very much feels like we are in a time of change.”

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/03/12/the-constitution-and-cannabis/

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45) Politics without romance? Yes and no
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“James Buchanan, a pioneer in the development of public choice, viewed his approach to the study of government and politics as the analysis of ‘politics without romance.’ But Jim couldn’t really live without the romance, and no sooner had he expelled it out the front door than he let it in the back door, calling it ‘constitutional political economy’ and supposing that ‘constitutional level’ politics, related to the most basic rules for collective decision making, could be separated from and made more durable than the ‘rent-seeking’ decision-making related to ordinary politics. My understanding of political history led me to conclude that Jim was engaged in wishful thinking in the ‘constitutional political economy’ phase of his project.” (03/09/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/03/09/politics-without-the-romance/

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46) Do we live in a police state?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“WikiLeaks and Julian Assange would have gone down in history as the greatest enemies of government oppression of all kinds in any case, but their latest release — a comprehensive expose of the US intelligence community’s cyberwar tools and techniques — is truly the capstone of their career. And given that this release — dubbed ‘Vault 7’ — amounts to just one percent of the documents they intend to publish, one can only look forward to the coming days with a mixture of joyful anticipation and ominous fear. Fear because the power of the Deep State is even more forbidding — and seemingly invincible — than anyone knew. Joyful anticipation because, for the first time, it is dawning on the most unlikely people that we are, for all intents and purposes, living in a police state.” (03/10/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/03/09/do-we-live-in-a-police-state/

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47) The first step toward fiscal discipline: Cut up the credit card
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L. Knapp

“In 2015, Congress temporarily did away with the US government’s fictional ‘debt limit.’ I call that limit fictional because it’s not really a limit. Every time the government gets close to it, Congress raises it. It’s as if signs on the highway changed to display a number five miles higher every time you got within a mile of the existing ‘speed limit.’ So anyway, Congress decided to stop pretending the limit actually exists, through March 15 of this year. After that? The Congressional Budget Office forecasts that the government can continue to operate until this fall without busting the new debt limit, but US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is already asking Congress to raise it ASAP. I’ve got a better idea: This time, Congress should refuse to increase the debt limit, and in fact should provide for that limit to automatically decrease as the existing debt (now closing in on $20 trillion) is paid down.” (03/10/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9639

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48) “Lethal force”
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I tend to give the benefit of the doubt to people who say they felt they had no choice but to use lethal force — unless they wear a badge (for a very specific reason). I don’t usually second-guess those who use lethal force against an archator — even if others scream ‘But, proportionality!!’ I am not a strong believer in ‘proportionality’ — at least, not as strong as many others seem to be. If you don’t want to be killed in the act of archating, don’t archate! Don’t sit around trying to decide if someone would be justified in killing you, just don’t commit the violation. Simple. And, if you are killed in the act of violating someone’s life, liberty, or property, don’t expect any grief from me, nor any sympathy to your loved ones.” (03/09/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/03/lethal-force.html

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49) The lynching of Lynne Stewart (1939-2017)
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Convicted felon Lynne Stewart passed away on Tuesday. She was a noted criminal defense attorney in New York City who federal officials prosecuted, convicted, and punished for supporting terrorism. It was a bogus charge, one that perfectly reflects the extent to which the U.S. national-national security state has warped the mindsets, principles, and values of people within the federal government and also within the private sector, especially the mainstream press.” (03/09/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/03/09/lynching-lynne-stewart-1839-2017/

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50) How central banks enable the money creation process
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak

“Superficially, it does make sense to conclude that central bank policies are of a passive nature — the central bank just aims at keeping the money market in balance. A careful investigation of all this, however, reveals that the central bank’s so-called passivity is a misnomer. In reality central banks are very much active rather than passive. In fact, without the central banks’ activity it would be impossible for commercial banks to expand lending and set the multiplier process (the creation of credit out of ‘thin air’) in motion.” (03/10/17)

https://mises.org/blog/how-central-banks-enable-money-creation-process

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51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 120
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Why I Think The Switch is Nintendo’s Swan Song; Nazis on the Moon With Dinosaurs; Who does WikiLeaks Work For?; Math/Science Jokes and Vault 7); a speech I gave, re-recorded at home — local/county/state Libertarian Parties, feel free to use it if it works for you!” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/12/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-120-hey.html

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52) spiked podcast, 03/12/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast, Phil Mullan discusses the budget, Pauline Hadaway explains the crisis in Northern Ireland, and Tim Black debunks the myth that UKIP is the voice of Brexit.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/12/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/we-need-a-new-industrial-revolution1/

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53) Thoughts from Maharrey Head, episode 83
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the Republican healthcare plan and offer some state-level alternatives that can do what Congress won’t — effectively get rid of Obamacare and Obamacare 2.0, and replace it with market alternatives that serve patients, not insurance companies and politicians.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/11/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/03/podcast-obamacare-2-0/

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54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 12
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #12, I break down the complicated mess in Syria. With several different countries and groups all operating in Syria with unique motives, it is very difficult to understand what is really going on. I explain who is operating in Syria and what each group’s goals are. I also give updates on Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen.” [various formats] (03/10/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-12-understanding-the-complicated-mess-in-syria

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55) So to Speak podcast, 03/09/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On today’s episode of ‘So To Speak,’ we travel to Maryland to meet [Daryl] Davis, who is a professional musician by trade and the subject of a recently released PBS documentary called ‘Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America.’ In our profile of Davis, we take a deeper dive into his curious pastime of befriending members of the KKK — and explore how open dialogue and debate have shown him a path toward the tolerant, multicultural future he experienced as a child overseas.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/09/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-how-daryl-davis-a-black-man-defeats-the-ku-klux-klan-with-open-dialogue/

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56) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 118
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“The one and only legendary Robert P. Murphy, joins the Launch Pad crew to discuss his newest book Choice: Cooperation Enterprise, and Human Action.” [various formats] (03/11/17)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-118-robert-p-murphy/

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57) Free Talk Live, 03/11/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“CIA Wikileaks Release Controversy :: Predictive Models of Human Behavior? :: Creating Discord? :: Boston Bombing Police State :: Govt Secrets :: US Govt’s Biggest Enemy is Information :: Wikileaks’ Motivations :: Russian Connections :: Debate Role Reversal :: Email Signature Role Reversal :: Dressing to Societal Norms :: Trump to Liquidate America? :: David vs Eddy :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/11/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-03-11

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58) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/11/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Ben and Michael Dean stop dying long enough to drop some mad scientists … And in the process, get healthier, inside and out. Be careful, it’s contagious.” [various formats] (03/11/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14149

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59) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 178
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Peter Goettler joins us this week to talk about his role at the Cato Institute, Cato’s history of 40 years of advancing liberty, and what’s next for public policy organizations more generally and for Cato specifically.” [various formats] (03/10/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/cato-institute-40

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60) Felony Friday, episode 62
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday Maj Toure joins host John Odermatt. Maj is a rapper and the founder of the pro-gun group Black Guns Matter. This group educates people in urban communities on their 2nd amendment rights and responsibilities through firearms training and education.” [various formats] (03/10/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/03/10/ff62/

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