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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
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In the News:

1) UK: Commons clears way for Brexit talks with EU
2) CBO: GOP’s ObamaCare replacement would leave 14 million more without prepaid care
3) Justice Department seeks more time on Trump wiretap evidence
4) Senate confirms Trump’s pick to run Medicare, Medicaid
5) Mexico: Torture complaints spike 400 percent for army, federal police
6) PA: Backyard ice rink must come down, idiot town bureaucrat decides
7) MI lawsuit: $900k home must go, and owner must pay
8) TX: Pol files satirical bill to fine men for masturbating
9) Tennessee: Regime sues federal government over refugees
10) Trump plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping
11) Seven things that happened after WikiLeaks dumped the CIA hacking files
12) Report: Japanese warship to tour South China Sea; what could possibly go wrong?
13) King defends idiotic tweet: “I mean exactly what I said”
14) Turkey-Netherlands row: Dutch regime warns citizens after Erdogan threat
15) Oil steadies below $49 as US drilling threatens longer glut
16) Harvard theorists: How sailing aliens could have caused fast radio bursts
17) Pre-installed Android malware found on 36 high-end smartphones
18) Scotland: Sturgeon calls for fresh independence referendum due to Brexit
19) France: “Carlos the Jackal” on trial for 1974 Paris grenade bombing
20) FL: Miami cop charged with freelance stealing from pulled-over drivers

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Building casual libertarianism
22) Sorry, non-interventionists: Donald Trump is a war president
23) How the black market is saving two countries from their governments
24) Why Trump’s Syria “surge” will fail
25) The Bill of Rights is worthless
26) Trump’s China trademarks violate the Constitution
27) MSU bullies First Amendment
28) Cold, not heat is the civilization killer
29) The real lessons of Middlebury College
30) Revolting against the tyranny of the English language
31) Rand Paul is right: NSA routinely monitors Americans’ communications without warrants
32) How the Democratic establishment beat back Keith Ellison’s DNC bid
33) Mark Twain, meet Gordon Tullock
34) Why is Trump abandoning the foreign policy that brought him victory?
35) GOP: Americans must liberate themselves from the oppression of health coverage
36) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #213: Know how to contradict.
37) End the madness: Let adults bet on sports
38) Republicans should fear what Democrats will do when they return to power
39) An ideology is a shelter
40) Whistle-blowers are heroic, patriotic
41) The Mullibuster option
42) Let’s decriminalise abortion once and for all
43) A guide to the climate debate
44) Seven steps toward a more sensible foreign policy
45) Almost right
46) Trump’s war on dangerous memory and critical thought
47) The national debt limit equals a balanced budget
48) College students should resist — not silence — their political foes
49) In Chicago, bad policing doesn’t stop crime
50) In defense of Bitter Harvest

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 03/13/17
52) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 66
53) The Bob Zadek Show, 03/12/17
54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 13
55) Citizen Cain, episode 29
56) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/13/17
57) Asset Forfeiture reform gets unlikely allies
58) Free Talk Live, 03/12/17
59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 867
60) Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show

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

1) UK: Commons clears way for Brexit talks with EU
Source: BBC News [UK]

“Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving the way for the government to trigger Article 50 so the UK can leave the European Union. Peers backed down over the issues of EU residency rights and a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal after their objections were overturned by MPs. The bill is expected to receive Royal Assent and become law on Tuesday. This means Theresa May is free to push the button on withdrawal talks — now expected in the last week of March.” (03/14/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-39262081

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2) CBO: GOP’s ObamaCare replacement would leave 14 million more without prepaid care
Source: CBS News

“The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the Republican health-care bill Monday. CBO says that by 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured [sic] under the legilation than under current law. According to the CBO analysis, the legislation would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the next decade, with the largest savings coming from reductions in Medicaid outlays and the reduction of Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies. … Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama’s health care law had been bracing for a CBO analysis that was widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President Donald Trump’s promise of ‘insurance for everybody.'” [editor’s note: Health coverage today is not, for the most part, “insurance” (a hedged bet against catastrophic illness or injury). It’s just prepaid health care – TLK] (03/13/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbo-report-says-14-million-more-would-be-uninsured-by-2018/

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3) Justice Department seeks more time on Trump wiretap evidence
Source: Reuters

“The Department of Justice said on Monday it had requested more time to respond to a request from lawmakers on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee for evidence about President Donald Trump’s allegation that then-President Barack Obama wiretapped him. Earlier this month, without evidence, Trump accused his predecessor of wiretapping him during the 2016 election campaign. A spokesman for Obama said the charge was ‘simply false.’ In response, the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee sent a letter to the Justice Department requesting proof for the allegation by Monday. A department spokeswoman said it had requested ‘additional time to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities and to determine what if any responsive documents may exist.’ The committee said in a statement it wanted a response by the time of a planned hearing on March 20, suggesting it would use a subpoena if that did not happen.” (03/13/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-wiretap-idUSKBN16K2RJ

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4) Senate confirms Trump’s pick to run Medicare, Medicaid
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to run the government health program for the elderly, poor and disabled on Monday, filling a critical role as Republicans fight to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Senate voted 55-43 to approve Seema Verma to run the $1 trillion Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Verma is the owner of SVC Inc, a healthcare consulting firm, and has helped redesign Medicaid programs in several states, including Indiana when Vice President Mike Pence was governor. Verma will report to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Price and Verma are expected to make changes to many of the Medicaid and Medicare programs that were implemented under the signature legislation of former Democratic President Barack Obama, the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.” (03/13/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/senate-confirms-trumps-pick-to-run-medicare-medicaid

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5) Mexico: Torture complaints spike 400 percent for army, federal police
Source: PanAm Post

“The Mexican Army received more complaints of torture in 2016 than in the last six years combined. Both lawmakers and activists spoke out against the disregard President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration showed toward proposals to improve internal security law protecting human rights. According to official data from the National Human Rights Commission, in 2016, there were 15 complaints of torture linked to the army — a 400-percent increase compared to 2015.” (03/13/17)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2017/03/13/torture-complaints-spike-400-percent-for-mexicos-army-federal-police/

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6) PA: Backyard ice rink must come down, idiot town bureaucrat decides
Source: Fox News

“A Pennsylvania family thought building a hockey rink in the backyard was the solution for keeping the kids active during the winter — until town officials told them to tear it down. ‘We want a space for them to just get outside and get some exercise and kind of bring back the old school fun that we had when we were kids,’ Terry Beam told Fox News. This is the second winter the Beam family made a hockey rink Beam says, but it didn’t sit well with South Middleton Township authorities this year. In a letter to the family, the township engineer said the rink was a violation.” (03/13/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/13/backyard-ice-rink-must-come-down-pennsylvania-town-decides.html

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7) MI lawsuit: $900k home must go, and owner must pay
Source: USA Today

“A $900,000 home in Farmington Hills, Mich., must be bulldozed, at the owners’ expense, because it sits on top of a leaking sewer pipe that could cause a sinkhole and disrupt sewer service to thousands of homes and businesses, according to a lawsuit filed in Oakland County Circuit Court. Not so fast, say the homeowners, who note the house and its sewer connections were inspected and approved by both the City of Farmington Hills and the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office. They have countersued, asking to keep their home and to be shielded from any damage claims stemming from what they call ‘faulty municipal work.’ They also are seeking to sue Farmington Hills and Flagstar Bank, which sold them the home as a foreclosure.” (03/13/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/13/sinkhole-home-owner-must-pay/99144108

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8) TX: Pol files satirical bill to fine men for masturbating
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A female politician in Texas is taking an unusual swipe at what she sees as restrictive abortion laws by targeting men — more precisely male masturbation. Her unlikely draft law has a simple aim, she says: to protect unborn children everywhere. Which is why it wants all ’emissions outside of a woman’s vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility’ to carry a $100 fine. If a man made such an emission it would ‘be considered an act against an unborn child.’ If it sounds like something out of a dystopian novel, that is because it is meant to. Jessica Farrar, a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, submitted House Bill number 4260 last week. She knows it will never become law. Indeed, it is unlikely to make it far at all. But she argues it is no more extreme than the restrictions put on women by the state of Texas when it comes to choosing whether or not to end their pregnancy.” [editor’s note: Now this would be funny – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Kind of funny, I guess. It would be funnier if it wasn’t a massive category error – TLK] (03/13/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39251655

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9) Tennessee: Regime sues federal government over refugees
Source: The Tennessean

“Tennessee became the first state in the nation on Monday to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement on the grounds of the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of several state lawmakers Monday morning in the western district of Tennessee, contends that the federal government has violated the Tenth Amendment, which says the federal government possesses only the powers delegated to it by the U.S. Constitution and that all other powers are reserved for the states.” (03/13/17)

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/13/tennessee-sues-federal-government-over-refugees/99123670/

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10) Trump plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping
Source: USA Today

“President Trump, who spent months on the campaign trail criticizing China’s trade practices, is planning to host Chinese President Xi Jinping soon, a White House spokesman said Monday. ‘Planning is ongoing’ with respect to the timing and location, press secretary Sean Spicer said. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will discuss plans for a Trump-Xi during his visit to China this week, Spicer added.” (03/13/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/13/donald-trump-xi-jinping-china-mar-a-lago/99114020/

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11) Seven things that happened after WikiLeaks dumped the CIA hacking files
Source: The Hacker News

“We believe the US intelligence agencies have access to much bigger technical resources and cyber capabilities than the leak exposed in the leak. The dump so far just shows that the agency gathered and purchased tools to target devices, but nothing in the leak specifies that was actually spying on people. Also, the nature of those tools suggests that they’re designed for targeted operations, rather than mass surveillance.” (03/10/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/03/cia-wikileaks-hacking.html

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12) Report: Japanese warship to tour South China Sea; what could possibly go wrong?
Source: Yahoo! News

“Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two. China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fueled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation. The Izumo helicopter carrier, commissioned only two years ago, will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Sri Lanka before joining the Malabar joint naval exercise with Indian and US naval vessels in the Indian Ocean in July.” (03/13/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/report-japan-send-largest-warship-122944069.html

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13) King defends idiotic tweet: “I mean exactly what I said”
Source: The Hill

“Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Monday defended a weekend tweet endorsing the views of a far-right Dutch politician. ‘Well, of course I meant exactly what I said,’ King told CNN’s ‘New Day.’ King in a tweet praised Geert Wilders, including a cartoon depicting Wilders plugging a hole in a wall that reads ‘Western civilization.’ ‘Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,’ the congressman wrote.” [editor’s note: The bet, of course, is always on whether King is really a calculatedly evil douchenozzle/demagogue, or just a moron. I’m going with moron – TLK] (03/13/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/323633-king-says-he-meant-tweet-endorsing-far-right-dutch-politician

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14) Turkey-Netherlands row: Dutch regime warns citizens after Erdogan threat
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Netherlands has warned its citizens over travel to Turkey as a row between the countries shows no sign of abating. Germany, Austria and the Netherlands blocked Turkish attempts to hold rallies in those countries. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed retaliation, accusing them of ‘Nazism.’ … The proposed rallies aimed to encourage a large number of Turks living in Europe to vote Yes in a referendum on 16 April on expanding the president’s powers. The plans were criticised by senior EU officials on Monday.” (03/13/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39254556

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15) Oil steadies below $49 as US drilling threatens longer glut
Source: Bloomberg

“Oil steadied below $49 a barrel as U.S. drillers continued to boost activity, countering OPEC’s efforts to drain a global glut. Futures were little changed in New York after falling 9.1 percent last week, the biggest weekly loss since November. Rigs targeting crude in the U.S. rose to the most since September 2015, according to Baker Hughes Inc. In Libya, crude production dropped 11 percent as clashes among rival armed groups led to the closure of some of the OPEC nation’s biggest oil-export terminals.” (03/13/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-12/oil-holds-losses-as-u-s-supply-glut-expands-amid-libya-clashes

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16) Harvard theorists: How sailing aliens could have caused fast radio bursts
Source: Orlando Sentinel

“In 2007, a West Virginia University astrophysicist named Duncan Lorimer detected a brief yet intense signal while combing through archival data from the Parkes Observatory telescope in Australia. The signal was quick. The spurt of radio activity, originating from a source other than our galaxy, lasted fewer than 5 milliseconds. And it was furious. To generate such a burst would require 500 million times the power of our solar system’s sun. The unknown source of the signal prompted intense speculation. One proposal, to be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, may be the wildest yet: Sailing aliens. … The new hypothesis put forth by a pair of theorists at the Center for Astrophysics was even more exotic. [Avi] Loeb and his co-author, Manasvi Lingam, ditched natural sources entirely. They speculated that FRBs could, in theory, be traced back to extragalactic civilizations. Specifically, aliens who flashed superpowered beacons or cruised through space on the wings of giant light sail technology.” (03/10/17)

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/space/go-for-launch/os-harvard-theorists-how-sailing-aliens-could-have-caused-fast-radio-bursts-20170310-story.html

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17) Pre-installed Android malware found on 36 high-end smartphones
Source: The Hacker News

“At least 36 high-end smartphone models belonging to popular manufacturing companies such as Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, Asus, Nexus, Oppo, and Lenovo, which are being distributed by two unidentified companies have been found pre-loaded with malware programs. These malware infected devices were identified after a Check Point malware scan was performed on Android devices. Two malware families were detected on the infected devices: Loki and SLocker.” (03/10/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/03/android-malware-apps.html

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18) Scotland: Sturgeon calls for fresh independence referendum due to Brexit
Source: CNBC

“Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister Of Scotland has announced that she will start proceedings for a second Scottish referendum on independence. The Scottish leader said she expected a referendum to take place sometime between fall next year and spring 2019. In a speech in Edinburgh, the First Minister said that the language of partnership from the United Kingdom had ‘gone completely’ in relation to Scotland’s view on Brexit.” (03/13/17)

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/13/scotlands-first-minister-nicola-sturgeon-calls-for-fresh-independence-referendum-due-to-brexit.html

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19) France: “Carlos the Jackal” on trial for 1974 Paris grenade bombing
Source: United Press International

“Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the Venezuelan terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal, is facing a trial Monday for allegedly throwing a grenade in a Paris shopping center in 1974. Ramirez Sanchez, 67, was once one of the world’s most wanted terror suspects for carrying out several killings in the name of Palestinian and communist causes, including a bombing on a train traveling between Paris and Toulouse in 1982 that killed five people. He is serving two life terms. In his latest trial, prosecutors accuse Ramirez Sanchez of throwing a hand grenade into a shopping center in Paris'[s] Latin Quarter in September 1974, killing two people and injuring 34.” (03/13/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/03/13/Carlos-the-Jackal-on-trial-for-1974-Paris-grenade-bombing/1511489401506/

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20) FL: Miami cop charged with freelance stealing from pulled-over drivers
Source: ABC News

“A rookie Miami police officer was relieved of his duties after being arrested on robbery charges, the Miami Police Department said on Saturday. Officer Jose Acosta, 21, was arrested and charged following an internal investigation. Acosta, who had been with the department for about six months, was charged with one count of armed robbery of a conveyance and one count of armed grand theft, the department said. The probe began following accusations that he allegedly robbed victims during traffic stops, ABC News affiliate WPLG reported.” [editor’s note: A cop on traffic duty’s JOB is to rob drivers. He’s just in trouble for going freelance instead of passing the proceeds on to his gang – TLK] (03/13/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/miami-police-officer-arrested-allegedly-robbing-people-pulled/story?id=46046931

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

21) Building casual libertarianism
Source: Students For Liberty
by John Zaleski

“There are probably multiple reasons why people don’t identify with libertarianism, starting with people not knowing what libertarianism is. But the big issue that lies at the root of the problem is the comfort people have with an ideology. It can be easy for activists to forget sometimes, but most people aren’t very political. … This is where conservatism and progressivism gain the upper-hand in the broader scheme. It is likely for someone to be a casual conservative or a casual progressive, where it isn’t likely for someone to be a casual libertarian. And this is where the respective movements get a lot of their strength. The number of conservatives who have read Burke, Kirk or Buckley is probably less than (even in absolute terms!) than the number of libertarians who have read Mises, Hayek or Rand. But conservatives simply aren’t expected to be so invested, because there is a casual variant of conservatism to identify with.” (03/13/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/03/13/building-casual-libertarianism/

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22) Sorry, non-interventionists: Donald Trump is a war president
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Clearly candidate Trump was a mixed bag on foreign policy, but he was marginally better than most of his opponents. Some antiwar activists took heart at the possibility that he might, as president, cut back on US military adventurism. No such luck. … Apart from a few bitter-enders still trying and failing to get the words ‘I was wrong’ out of their mouths like Fonzie in Happy Days, antiwar Trump supporters seem to understand that they got played.” (03/13/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9683

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23) How the black market is saving two countries from their governments
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Shaun Bradley

“Ever since governments began banning and licensing different parts of the economy, the black market has made sure people still have access to the things they need. Unstable governments always turn on their own citizens using price controls, heavy taxes, and even the threat of imprisonment to prop up their failing systems. As conditions inevitably deteriorate, as they have in Venezuela and Greece, the underground economy becomes invaluable to those living through the crisis.” (03/13/17)

https://fee.org/articles/how-the-black-market-is-saving-two-countries-from-their-governments/

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24) Why Trump’s Syria “surge” will fail
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Last week President Trump significantly escalated the US military presence in Syria, sending some 400 Marines to the ISIS-controlled Raqqa, and several dozen Army Rangers to the contested area around Manbij. According to press reports he will also station some 2,500 more US troops in Kuwait to be used as he wishes in Iraq and Syria. Not only is it illegal under international law to send troops into another country without permission, it is also against US law for President Trump to take the country to war without a declaration. But not only is Trump’s first big war illegal: it is doomed to failure because it makes no sense.” (03/13/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/trumps-syria-surge-will-fail

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25) The Bill of Rights is worthless
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Larken Rose

“Without a specific ‘or else’ part, a ‘law’ would just be a suggestion. ‘You’re not allowed to do that! But if you do, we’re not going to do anything to you anyway.’ What would that deter? Nothing. And that is why the ‘Bill of Rights’ is essentially worthless: there is no ‘or else’ built into it. A piece of parchment says that the Feds aren’t supposed to violate various individual rights. So what? It prescribes no actual punishment for those who disobey, so why would that be a deterrent?” (03/13/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/bill-rights-worthless

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26) Trump’s China trademarks violate the Constitution
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“During the campaign Donald Trump pledged that ‘on day one’ as president, he would label China a currency manipulator. Then he didn’t. Then China granted Trump’s businesses lucrative trademarks he has been seeking. Coincidence? On the campaign trail, Trump repeated again and again that if elected president he would label China a currency manipulator ‘on day one.’ For example, in an August, 2016 speech in Tampa, he outlined a seven-point plan that included this promise: ‘I am going to instruct my Treasury Secretary to label China a currency manipulator … Any country that devalues their currency in order to take unfair advantage of the United States will face tariffs to stop the cheating.’ China’s currency manipulation has often brought the “price” of their currency down, which means things made in China cost less in international markets than things made in the U.S. Of course, the U.S. has a Wall Street-favoring ‘strong dollar policy,’ which doesn’t help. either.” (03/13/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170313/trumps-china-trademarks-scandal

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27) MSU bullies First Amendment
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Question: What do Michigan State University statist administrators officials do to prevent bullying on campus? Answer: They violate the First Amendment rights of all students on campus. That’s right. Many MSU students like to mount whiteboards on their dormitory room doors as a means to communicate with other students. Some of the messages left anonymously by some of the students on some of those whiteboards might be interpreted by some individuals as offensive. So the MSU officials have decided to ban all messages on all whiteboards on all dormitory room doors — because they might possibly be used for bullying.” (03/13/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/03/msu-bullies-first-amendment.html

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28) Cold, not heat is the civilization killer
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“History has shown, time and again, it is the earth’s periods of cold, even modestly colder climate periods, not warmer periods that are the true threat to human flourishing and environmental abundance. Colder periods correspond to more chaotic weather, longer periods of drought, crop failures and glacial expansion. Recent research studying the collapse of large native civilizations in the eastern heartland of North America reinforce this truth. Truck and home covered in deep snow during a blizzard. Researchers reconstructed and analyzed 2,100 years of temperature and precipitation proxy data, as captured in finely layered lake sediments. The evidence indicates catastrophic climate change, in the form of colder conditions and extended droughts, doomed food production, resulting in the civilization’s decline.” (03/12/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/03/cold-not-heat-is-the-civilization-killer/

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29) The real lessons of Middlebury College
Source: Town Hall
by Thomas Sowell

“Many people seem shocked at the recent savagery of a mob of students at Middlebury College, who rioted to prevent Charles Murray from addressing a student group who had invited him to speak. They also inflicted injuries requiring hospitalization on a woman from the faculty who was with him. Where have all these shocked people been all these years? What happened at Middlebury College has been happening for decades, all across the country, from Berkeley to Harvard. Moreover, even critics of the Middlebury College rioters betray some of the same irresponsible mindset as that of the young rioters. The moral dry rot in academia (and beyond) goes far deeper than student storm troopers at one college.” (03/13/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2017/03/13/the-real-lessons-of-middlebury-college-n2298198

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30) Revolting against the tyranny of the English language
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“There is tyranny and then there is tyranny. The laws of motion, for example, are incredibly tyrannical. As is the law of gravity. Who would object to its repeal, or at least ignoring it? But to do so is both foolish and irrational. Wise people learn to live with action and reaction, force and momentum, and yes, even gravity. Indeed, there is good reason, even for lovers of liberty, even for anarchists (the true ones, not the nihilists that claim the title nowadays), to accept the tyranny of language — of words that are precise in meaning and distinguish subtly between different people and situations and objects. It ensures that we are able to communicate effectively and efficiently between ourselves And good communications usually (if not always) is an encouragement and a means of promoting liberty. To say nothing of just being able to live.” (03/13/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/03/13/revolting-against-the-tyranny-of-the-english-language/

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31) Rand Paul is right: NSA routinely monitors Americans’ communications without warrants
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“Because warrantless spying on Americans is so anathema to how citizens are taught to think about their government — that’s what Obama was invoking when he falsely told Rose that it’s ‘the same way when we were growing up and we were watching movies, you want to go set up a wiretap, you got to go to a judge, show probable cause’ — the U.S. government has long been desperate to hide from Americans the truth about NSA’s warrantless powers. U.S. officials and their media spokespeople reflexively mislead the U.S. public on this critical point. It’s no surprise, then, that as soon as Rand Paul was done uttering the unpleasant, usually hidden truth about NSA’s domestic warrantless eavesdropping, the cavalcade of ex-intelligence-community officials who are now heavily embedded in American punditry rushed forward to attack him. ” (03/13/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/13/rand-paul-is-right-nsa-routinely-monitors-americans-communications-without-warrants/

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32) How the Democratic establishment beat back Keith Ellison’s DNC bid
Source: In These Times
by Cole Stangler

“Under normal circumstances, the accession of someone like former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) might be cheered by the U.S. Left. But not in 2017–and not like this. In the aftermath of the catastrophic 2016 elections, progressives rallied behind the candidacy of Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), a Bernie Sanders ally and former civil rights lawyer who vowed to shake up the Democratic Party. The DNC balked: At its meeting in Atlanta in February, members opted for Perez over Ellison 235–200 in a second vote after neither secured a first-round majority. In his victory speech, Perez named Ellison as his deputy chair, though the newly created position remains undefined. The outcome has progressives feeling uneasy at best and downright disgusted at worst.” (03/13/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19958/keith-ellison-dnc-chair-tom-perez-political-revolution

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33) Mark Twain, meet Gordon Tullock
Source: Cato Unbound
by Michelle Vachris

“As Cecil Bohanon and I have argued elsewhere, despite the vast chasm between the economics and literature disciplines, there exist gains from trade between the two. Tyler Cowen has explained that novels are similar to economic models in that the stories usually trace through shocks to the system of the characters. Therefore we and our students can learn a lot about the economy and economic theories by reading works of literature, and vice versa. In particular there are plenty of examples of what Skwire calls ‘public choice sensibility’ in literature that predates the development of public choice theory. To get us started, Skwire provides us with an introduction to Shakespearean coverage of public choice sensibility. I’d like to extend this train of thought by offering up Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner’s book A Gilded Age, A Tale of Today.” (03/13/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/03/13/michelle-vachris/mark-twain-meet-gordon-tullock

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34) Why is Trump abandoning the foreign policy that brought him victory?
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“Substantively candidate Trump appeared to offer not so much a philosophy as an inclination. Practical if not exactly realist, he cared more for consequences than his three immediate predecessors, who had treated wars as moral crusades in Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. In contrast, Trump promised: ‘unlike other candidates for the presidency, war and aggression will not be my first instinct.’ Yet so far the Trump administration is shaping up as a disappointment for those who hoped for a break from the liberal interventionist/neoconservative synthesis.” (03/10/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-trump-abandoning-foreign-policy-brought-him-victory

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35) GOP: Americans must liberate themselves from the oppression of health coverage
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“As they try to win Americans over to their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Republican Party is like a salesman trying to get you to buy one of those hoverboards. You ask, ‘But don’t these burst into flames? That seems like a problem.’ The salesman waves his hand. ‘Pshaw,’ he says. ‘It’s not about who is or isn’t on fire. It’s about freedom!’ Keep that idea in mind while we proceed. Early this week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release its assessment of the bill currently moving through the House, and the CBO’s ‘score’ will almost certainly say that the bill will cause millions (if not tens of millions) to lose their health coverage, in perhaps the most catastrophic event to hit the American health-care system in modern times. It may also predict that premiums will rise, out-of-pocket costs will rise, and the individual health-care market will destabilize, perhaps even tumbling into a ‘death spiral’ once healthy people start foregoing coverage while sicker people stay in the risk pool, costing insurers more money and leading them to either raise premiums drastically or pull out of the market entirely.” (03/13/17)

http://prospect.org/article/americans-must-liberate-themselves-oppression-health-coverage-say-republicans

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36) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #213: Know how to contradict.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“I have a horror of embarrassing other people; I seem to embarrass myself regularly and easily enough but it causes me genuine discomfort to realize I’ve humiliated anyone else. This makes humiliation a poor ‘strategy’ for me … but happily, to receive full value from this aphorism, I don’t think embarrassing anyone is necessary. After all, I have no similar reluctance to contradict other people, especially when it is done in a moderate tone. ” (03/13/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7822

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37) End the madness: Let adults bet on sports
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Michelle Minton

“This month, millions of Americans will participate in March Madness — friendly betting pools on the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Men’s Basketball Championship. People from diverse backgrounds and political ideologies will collectively fill out an estimated 70 million brackets. What they share in common is not only a fun pastime, but violating a federal law. A little known statute, enacted by Congress in the early 1990s, bans states from sanctioning sports betting in any way. Clearly, this has not stopped Americans, from the office janitor to a sitting U.S. President, from spending billions of dollars on illegal sports gambling each year. What it has done is prevent states like New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware from regulating the activity, enacting consumer protections, and collecting the potential millions of dollars in tax revenue from licensed bookmakers.” [editor’s note: She says that last bit like it’s a bad thing – TLK] (03/12/17)

https://cei.org/content/end-madness-let-adults-bet-sports

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38) Republicans should fear what Democrats will do when they return to power
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“The unexpected transition from a Washington defined by Republican opposition to President Barack Obama to a Washington in which the Republican Party is the sole shaper of the national agenda has served as a kind of natural experiment for identifying root sources of political dysfunction. The through-line connecting the Obama and Trump eras is a presumption that only Republicans are entitled to maximal demonstrations of power. Norms are meant to constrict Democrats; rules are for them to follow. This double standard creates a number of jarring discontinuities, the most abrupt of which was an overnight whipsaw from the indiscriminate denial of Obama’s power to fill a Supreme Court vacancy to the scowling demand that President Donald Trump’s nominee receive a fair hearing.” [editor’s note: So should voters of all persuasions – SAT] (03/134/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141286/republicans-fear-democrats-will-return-power

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39) An ideology is a shelter
Source: La Bocca della Verita
by Gene Callahan

“Traditional cultures differ from ideologies in that, while they are a way of viewing reality, they are not theories. (Of course, a traditional culture may contain some theories, but it itself isn’t one, unlike, say, Marxism.) We eat meat with our fork (or with our hands) because that’s the way things are done, not because of some high theory about how meat ought to be eaten. And people living within a traditional culture are comfortable, because that is the way life is. … A traditional culture provides a shelter, within which one can live one’s life in the comfort of knowing it fits into a pattern of birth, life, death, and renewal. But in the wake of the destruction of traditional cultures, most often by invasion, people are left without the shelter that traditional ways of living provided. And of course, a new tradition cannot be created ‘on the fly,’ so the most plausible substitutes for a tradition that has been destroyed are theories.” (03/11/17)

http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2017/03/an-ideology-is-shelter.html

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40) Whistle-blowers are heroic, patriotic
Source: USA Today
by Ron Paul

“It’s deeply troubling that so many in the news media and in both political parties attack the efforts of whistle-blowers and those who publish their revelations. These individuals risk it all, not for their own wealth and glory, but to inform us of what is being done to us and in our name. Their releases are both heroic and pro-American. We are told that the government must be allowed to operate in secret in order to keep us safe, but how much security do we really have if we allow the government to deprive us of our liberty? What have we learned from whistle-blowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning or WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and others? We now know that our government views the Fourth Amendment as a mere suggestion, rather than a constraint on its actions.” (03/13/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/13/ron-paul-whistle-blowers-heroic-patriotic-editorials-debates/99138152

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41) The Mullibuster option
Source: Independent Institute
by J Huston McCulloch

“[T]here is a third option between the fillibuster and immediately passing unread bills with a simple majority, that allows the Senate to mull over contentious bills and appointments without blocking its business entirely. Under this ‘Mullibuster’ option, any bill or confirmation that failed to pass by a 3/5 margin would be subject to tabling for a period of say 2 weeks, at which time it would come back for a new vote. If at that time the bill was exactly the same, it would require only a simple majority to pass. But if it has been amended in the meantime, the revision would be subject to the same Mullibuster rule.” (03/12/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/03/12/the-mullibuster-option/

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42) Let’s decriminalise abortion once and for all
Source: spiked
by Ann Furedi

“Today at about 3pm in the House of Commons, Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull North, will introduce a 10-minute rule bill to decriminalise abortion. More specifically, the bill will call for the scrapping of Sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act, which make it a criminal offence wilfully to cause a miscarriage or to supply a woman with the means to do so. The law has been sitting on the statute book since 1861, which was before women could vote, own property or receive a university degree. It was the year Italy became a country and horse-drawn trams first appeared on the streets of London. In short, things were very different back then, except in one respect. Then, as now, women were determined to control their fertility and used whatever means available to do so, and politicians felt the need to butt in and control women’s lives.” (03/13/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-decriminalise-abortion-once-and-for-all/

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43) A guide to the climate debate
Source: Niskanen Center
by Joseph Majkut

“In a new paper, I examine the contemporary debate around climate science that we see in public. Mainstream climate science offers a strong set of conclusions: climate is changing; human activities are the leading cause of recent changes; the future climate will strongly depend on the extent of greenhouse gas emissions; and dangerous change is right around the corner if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced. This paper examines some of the common objections to that narrative and provides context for what is known about the current state of the climate and what remains to be discovered.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (03/13/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/guide-climate-debate/

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44) Seven steps toward a more sensible foreign policy
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Patrick Barron

“For the sake of peace and prosperity in the world, the US should take the true leadership role in proving to the world that free trade and non-interventionism are all that is required. In other words, all nations should simply mind their own business and set good examples. Just as laissez faire policies work within a nation’s boundaries, free cooperation between individuals of different nations will quickly reveal which policies work and which do not.” (03/13/17)

https://mises.org/blog/7-steps-toward-more-sensible-foreign-policy

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45) Almost right
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The popular fact-checking sites, such as Snopes and Politifact, cannot stick to the facts. When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) predicted that a recent repeal of ‘three regulations’ would save ‘hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs,’ Politifact rated the statement ‘Half True,’ on the grounds that, well, not all experts agreed. In 2015, objecting to a reported low figure for the Clinton Foundation’s grants to other groups that actually did things, PunditFact gave a ‘Mostly false’ judgment despite admitting that the statement was ‘technically true.'” (03/13/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/13/almost-right/

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46) Trump’s war on dangerous memory and critical thought
Source: CounterPunch
by Henry Giroux

“Trump is the fascist shadow that has been lurking in the dark since Nixon’s Southern Strategy. Authoritarianism has now become viral in America, pursuing new avenues to spread its toxic ideology of bigotry, cruelty, and greed into every facet of society. Its legions of ‘alt-right’ racists, misogynists, and xenophobic hate-mongers now expose themselves, without apology, knowing full well that they no longer have to use code or apologize for their hatred of all those who do not fit into their white-supremacist and ultra-nationalist script. Trump’s victory makes clear that the economic crisis and the misery it has spurned has not been matched by an ideological crisis, a crisis of ideas, education, and values. Critical analysis and historical memory have given way to a culture of spectacles, sensationalism, and immediacy.” (03/13/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/13/trumps-war-on-dangerous-memory-and-critical-thought/

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47) The national debt limit equals a balanced budget
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“If the President and the Treasury keep asking for increases in the national debt limit, and if Congress, in turn, after handwringing and gnashing of teeth about fiscal irresponsibility, continues to raise that debt limit there will clearly be no end to deficit spending. But there is a simple and straightforward way to bring the fiscal hemorrhaging to an end. Don’t raise the debt limit. In one legislative act, in this case, a non-action, the federal government will have to operate within the confines of a balanced budget.” (03/13/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/national-debt-limit-equals-balanced-budget/

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48) College students should resist — not silence — their political foes
Source: OpEdNews
by Bill McKibben

“It began when conservative students at the college invited a man named Charles Murray to speak on campus. Murray is a professional troll — ‘Milo with a doctorate,’ as one observer described him — who made his bones a quarter century ago with a vile book, The Bell Curve, arguing that intelligence tests showed black people less able. Academics of all stripes have savaged the book’s methodology and conclusions, but back in the day it was one of the many bulwarks of the nation’s ugly rightward and racist shift. So, many students and faculty at Middlebury were mad that he was coming, as they should have been — it’s gross, in particular, that students of color should have to deal with this kind of aggressive insult to their legitimacy. But of course, that was the point for Murray and his enablers at the American Enterprise Institute: they’re trolls. They want these kinds of fights, over and over, as part of their campaign to discredit academia and multiculturalism.” (03/13/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/College-students-should-re-by-Bill-McKibben-Political-Activism_Political-Values_Protest_Resistance-170313-326.html

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49) In Chicago, bad policing doesn’t stop crime
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“It’s not only the Justice Department that has found that Chicago police engage in needless brutality. Crain’s Chicago Business reported last year that misconduct cases have cost the city $662 million in judgments, settlements and outside legal fees since 2004. If ferocious methods were the solution to crime, Chicago would be suffering a shortage of criminals. Even before last year’s jump, though, its homicide rate far surpassed those of New York and Los Angeles. But when cops misuse their authority, residents of high-crime areas regard them as an occupying force they should fear, not an ally they should assist.” (03/13/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/13/in-chicago-bad-policing-doesnt-stop-crim

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50) In defense of Bitter Harvest
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Brad Linaweaver

“I’ve waited a lifetime to see this movie. Shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, I made a typical pest of myself in Hollywood. Seemed to me that the time had come for a commercial dramatic film about Stalin’s Holocaust in Ukraine. Despite many sudden productions in that part of the world (taking advantage of the cheap prices in a collapsed economy), there was no interest in a movie about what happened to the Kulaks. Russia even cooperated with a movie that was anti-Stalin, starring Robert Duvall. It was a good movie, and told the truth about the Show Trials. But no Ukraine. It’s like doing a movie about Hitler, and showing everything bad about him, except there’s no mention of the Jews.” (03/12/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle913-20170312-03.html

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51) Reason Podcast, 03/13/17
Source: Reason

“In the newest Reason Podcast, Reason mag Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward, Editor at Large Matt Welch, and I discuss Donald Trump’s evidence-free accusation that Barack Obama ‘tapped’ his phones, why his presidential transition is taking so long, and whether his deregulatory moves will come to fruition. Also in the mix: What is wrong with former Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who can barely go a few days without insulting the children of immigrants (‘other people’s babies,’ in King-ese), why libertarian-leaning Republican Justin Amash finally missed his first vote in 4,000-plus votes, and why privacy is probably gone for good (and why that’s not always such a bad thing).” [various formats] (03/13/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/03/13/reason-podcast-talkshow-march-13-2017

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52) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 66
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 066 features a recording from the internet show ‘For the Love of Learning’ of a panel of unschooling dads, hosted by Laini Liberti. The panel includes Robert Gottlieb, Hamilton Carter, Skyler Collins, and Kevin Sabourin. The topics discusses range from how each dad found unschooling to what unschooling looks like in their home.” [various formats] (03/13/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/episode-066-unschooling-dads-panel-2h11m

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53) The Bob Zadek Show, 03/12/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Taxation watchdogs like Grover Norquist have sought to hold politicians accountable to small-government philosophy using ‘starve the beast’ logic, i.e., assuming that a lower level of taxation will force government to shrink its big-spending agenda. However, in an age of money printing and short-sighted thinking, merely arithmetic constraints like a balanced budget have been brushed aside. Jonathan Bydlak of the Institute to Reduce Spending and the Coalition to Reduce Spending takes a different approach to accountability, channelling Milton Friedman’s aphorism, ‘To spend is to tax.’ Want to know who’s really responsible for your looming IRS bill? Bydlak urges citizens to look at how much spending their representatives are voting for.” [various formats] (03/12/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/3/12/jonathan-bydlak-on-spending-tracker

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54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 13
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #13, I discuss several stories regarding Trump’s foreign policy. Trump is looking to loosen restrictions on the Terror War, is planning to use Gitmo more, is hoping to collect on debt from Cambodia, and he does not know what the plan for Raqqa is. I also give updates on Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and the South China Sea.” [various formats] (03/13/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-13-trumps-confused-foreign-policy

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55) Citizen Cain, episode 29
Source: Citizen Cain

“New Economic Development Action Plan moves forward. Keene elites believe it will solve all our problems :: City leaders sign letter against intolerance and bigotry. Report all displays of intolerance to your local law enforcement officer :: The letter.” [Flash video] (03/13/17)

https://citizencainshow.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/29-not-my-job/

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56) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/13/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Phil Pollard, Jeremy Heisen-n-word, and MWD yak about about government stealing your soul, your phone knowing everything about you, how selling radio ads blows,how much we love purse.io. Also, poking fun at and Shia Lebeouf having the undisclosed location of his ‘He shall no divide us!’ livestream discovered by creative 4chan users. In the second hour, Phil, Jeremy and MWD are heard by thousands of people on on 32 licensed commercial stations in order to mock an cranky SOB who thinks unused radio frequencies belong to him, and the gub’mint isn’t tyrannizing homesteaders of un-allocated frequencies fast enough.” [various formats] (03/13/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14158

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57) Asset Forfeiture reform gets unlikely allies
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“It’s safe to say that asset forfeiture is in need of serious reform, and the idea seems to be getting some support from unlikely individuals. Reason reports that when Ted Cruz was asked at CPAC ‘specifically about asset forfeiture reform, [he] stressed that it was a ‘property rights issue’ and [something] Republicans ought to support.’ Reason reports Cruz also said he had seen too many violent offenders to back more comprehensive reform. At least it’s a start in the right direction. Another unlikely supporter of asset forfeiture reform, Clarence Thomas, sits on the US Supreme Court.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (03/12/17)

http://fpp.cc/asset-forfeiture-reform-gets-unlikely-allies/

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58) Free Talk Live, 03/12/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Supermajority Against Daylight Saving Time? :: Changing Government :: Fukushima Robots Dying :: DST Myths :: China and Religion :: Economics in One Lesson :: Anti-Facists :: Garbage Collection :: Corruption :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/12/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-03-12

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59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 867
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Historians will be discussing and debating the election of 2016 for a long time to come. Doug Wead’s new book takes us through the history of the Clintons and the Trumps, all the way through the election season and its unlikely outcome. You’ll enjoy this conversation.” [various formats] (03/12/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-867-the-trump-win-and-the-hillary-loss-presidential-historian-doug-wead-breaks-it-all-down/

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60) Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Jason Ditz, news editor for Antiwar.com, discusses why a few thousand more US troops in Afghanistan won’t stop the steady loss of ground to the Taliban; President Trump’s deployment of troops all over the Middle East/North Africa to fight ISIS; and the official understatement of civilian casualties from US air strikes in Iraq and Syria.” [various formats] (03/10/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/31017-jason-ditz-latest-us-troop-deployments-afghanistan-middle-east-north-africa/

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