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Friday, March 17th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Trump’s budget proposal makes dramatic cuts (a whopping 1/3 of 1% of discretionary spending!) to federal government
2) Trump regime to appeal travel ban rulings “soon”
3) Somalia: Pirates release hijacked vessel without ransom
4) Paul: “Unhinged” McCain makes “strong case for term limits”
5) White House resists GOP pressure, stands by wiretap claim
6) Cuba: Regime offers former Colombian FARC guerrilla 500 medical school
7) Google launches new tool to weed out “upsetting” content
8) FL: Scott removes prosecutor from case for insufficient blood thirst
9) Venezuela: Regime rejects both humanitarian aid and UN recommendations
10) ICE thugs now using courthouses as abduction traps
11) Ukraine: Regime imposes sanctions on Russian banks
12) Yahoo! Hack! How it took just one click to execute biggest data breach in history
13) France: One hurt in letter bomb blast at IMF’s Paris office
14) SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket boosts EchoStar communications satellite into orbit
15) Mexican officials aim to block contracts for companies building Trump’s border wall

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Should libertarians support a police state?
17) Did Obama spy on Trump?
18) Does constitutional law exist?
19) Let’s have a [trade] war
20) Dismantling America’s destructive “fourth branch” of government
21) Trump and the GOP want to make it even easier for police to get military gear
22) Maybe education cuts wouldn’t be so bad
23) If you want to know where Donald Trump came from, look to Iraq
24) What my patients want to know about ObamaCare’s replacement
25) A White House without rules
26) How to stop a populist
27) Is God a macro- or micro-economist?
28) The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is approaching a “point of no return”
29) Why Trump’s budget blueprint loses libertarians
30) Key Democratic officials now warning base not to expect evidence of Trump/Russia collusion
31) Left-wing economics is no match for alt-right resentment
32) What does it mean to be pro-choice?
33) Transforming National Insurance
34) School choice hypocrisy
35) Censorship in Catalonia
36) Trump versus the Deep State
37) Land use restrictions, agricultural subsidies and free trade
38) The mindset of a corrections officer
39) How Ray Kroc of McDonald’s built an entrepreneurial empire
40) Basic income as a system of control
41) RepubliCare
42) Why is Donald Trump lunching with a Saudi war criminal while Yemenis are starving?
43) DumpCare
44) Good governance, part 2: The area of good governance
45) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #31: Select the lucky and avoid the unlucky.

The Sound and the Fury:

46) Free Talk Live, 03/15/17
47) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/15/17
48) The Jason Stapleton Program, 03/15/17

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

1) Trump’s budget proposal makes dramatic cuts (a whopping 1/3 of 1% of discretionary spending!) to federal government
Source: NBC News

“The White House is putting its ‘America First’ agenda front and center, unveiling a budget Thursday that pumps $54 billion more into the Pentagon and protecting [sic] the nation’s borders, while sharply slashing domestic and discretionary spending. The $1.1 trillion budget proposal sent to Congress represents a significant rollback of the federal workforce and imposes deep and dramatic cuts in order to offset the additional defense spending. The axe falls heavily on the Environmental Protection Agency, the Agriculture Department and the State Department.” [editor’s note: Yes, you read the headline correctly. The proposal would cut 1/3 of 1% of discretionary spending. Which means more like 1/10th of 1% of the total federal budget. Which means that by the time Congress gets done tweaking it, federal spending will go up, not down. Business as usual. Yawn – TLK] (03/16/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-s-1-1-trillion-budget-makes-dramatic-cuts-federal-n734271

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2) Trump regime to appeal travel ban rulings “soon”
Source: CNN

“White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Thursday that the Trump administration plans to appeal rulings from two federal judges that have temporarily blocked the revised travel ban. ‘The danger is real and the law is clear,’ Spicer said. A ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii Wednesday resulted in a temporary restraining order nationwide, hours before it was set to go into effect. In a decision published Thursday morning, another federal judge in Maryland specifically blocked the 90-day ban on immigration for citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.” (03/16/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/15/politics/travel-ban-blocked/

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3) Somalia: Pirates release hijacked vessel without ransom
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker have released it without condition, according to officials. The announcement came hours after the pirates and naval forces exchanged gunfire over a boat believed to be carrying supplies to the hijackers. The tanker, which was en route from Djibouti to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, was seized on Monday with eight Sri Lankan crew members on board. It is the first hijack off Somalia’s coast since 2012.” (03/16/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39295936

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4) Paul: “Unhinged” McCain makes “strong case for term limits”
Source: The Hill

“Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday shot back at Sen. John McCain after the Arizona Republican accused Paul of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin. ‘I think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits,’ Paul said on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’ ‘I think maybe he’s past his prime; I think maybe he’s gotten a little bit unhinged.’ McCain made the claims Wednesday from the Senate floor. … McCain asked for unanimous consent to set up a vote on a treaty on Montenegro joining NATO, but Paul objected. Under Senate rules, any one senator can object to a unanimous consent request. McCain warned before asking for consent that any senator who objected was ‘carrying out the desires and ambitions of Putin.’ Paul said the U.S. military is already stretched thin.” (03/16/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/324265-rand-paul-unhinged-mccain-makes-strong-case-for-term-limits

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5) White House resists GOP pressure, stands by wiretap claim
Source: WLWT 5 News

“The White House on Thursday stood by President Donald Trump’s unproven accusations that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper, despite growing bipartisan agreement that there’s no evidence to back up the claim and mounting pressure to retract the statement. Angrily defending the president’s statement, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Trump ‘stands by’ the four tweets that sparked a firestorm that has threatened Trump’s credibility with lawmakers. Spicer denounced reporters for taking the president’s words too literally and suggested lawmakers were basing their assessments on incomplete information.” (03/16/17)

http://www.wlwt.com/article/white-house-resists-gop-pressure-stands-by-wiretap-claim/9144097

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6) Cuba: Regime offers former Colombian FARC guerrilla 500 medical school scholarships
Source: PanAm Post

“Cuba has offered both the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas one thousand scholarships to study medicine in the island — their way of ‘contributing’ to the peace agreement. Jose Luis Ponce, Cuban ambassador in Bogota, made the offer in a letter addressed to Chief Guerrilla Negotiator Ivan Marquez.” (03/16/17)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/03/16/cuba-offers-former-colombian-farc-guerrilla-500-medical-school-scholarships/

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7) Google launches new tool to weed out “upsetting” content
Source: WBAL TV 11

“Google is adding a tool that will flag inappropriate or offensive search results. The Menlo Park, California-based company’s review teams will identify web sites with ‘racial slurs or extremely offensive terminology.’ Members of review teams already sift through sites to flag content like pornography. The new category, dubbed ‘upsetting-offensive,’ will be used to improve Google’s search function so that quality content ranks higher.” [editor’s note: In English, Google is dedicated to making its public-facing search function as useless (and therefore as unused) as possible so that the cost of maintaining it stops cutting into the advertising profits – TLK] (03/16/17)

http://www.wbaltv.com/article/man-finds-alligator-in-his-garage/9142211

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8) FL: Scott removes prosecutor from case for insufficient blood thirst
Source: US News & World Report

“Florida Governor Rick Scott on Thursday replaced a local prosecutor who declared she would not seek the death penalty in a case against a man accused of killing an Orlando police officer and refused to recuse herself. In an executive order, Scott removed State Attorney Aramis Ayala, the elected prosecutor in central Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit, and reassigned the murder case to State Attorney Brad King of the nearby Fifth Judicial Circuit. Ayala, at a news conference earlier on Thursday, said Florida’s death penalty system was the cause of ‘legal chaos’ and said she would not seek the death penalty against Markeith Loyd, charged in the Jan. 9 shooting of the policewoman.” (03/16/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-03-16/florida-governor-replaces-anti-death-penalty-prosecutor

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9) Venezuela: Regime rejects both humanitarian aid and UN recommendations
Source: PanAm Post

“Once again, Nicolas Maduro’s regime rejected international aid to help resolve the crisis the nation faces, as significant food and medicine shortages in Venezuela are crippling the nation’s people. According to the report that Venezuela presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Maduro’s government made it clear that it will only implement three of the 274 recommendations made by the organization in the II Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights.” (03/16/17)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/03/16/venezuelan-regime-rejects-humanitarian-aid-un-recommendations/

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10) ICE thugs now using courthouses as abduction traps
Source: CBS Los Angeles

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been going to courthouses and [abducting] people in America [without permission from the dominant street gang], sparking outrage from prosecutors and attorneys. They worry such tactic will discourage undocumented immigrants from appearing in court to testify as witnesses for prosecutors. Criminal defense lawyer Octavio Chaidez said his client is among those taken into custody by ICE agents, who [abducted] him at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Pasadena. He said he had just finished a criminal court appearance with his client when four agents swooped in, confirmed his name and took his client away.” (03/16/17)

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/03/15/ice-agents-now-going-to-courthouses-to-arrest-undocumented-immigrants/

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11) Ukraine: Regime imposes sanctions on Russian banks
Source: Statesville Record & Landmark

“Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed an order Thursday imposing sanctions on Russian-owned banks in Kiev’s latest protest against Russian support for separatists in the east of the country. The move will stop Ukrainian affiliates of three Russian financial institutions from moving capital abroad, according to a statement on the Ukraine presidency website.” (03/16/17)

http://www.statesville.com/news/world/ap/ukraine-imposes-sanctions-on-russian-banks/article_3eb27969-6245-574a-8023-2baef822882d.html

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12) Yahoo! Hack! How it took just one click to execute biggest data breach in history
Source: The Hacker News

“In the digital world, it just takes one click to get the keys to the kingdom. Do you know spear-phishing was the only secret weapon behind the biggest data breach in the history? It’s true, as one of the Yahoo employees fell victim to a simple phishing attack and clicked one wrong link that let the hackers gain a foothold in the company’s internal networks.” (03/15/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/03/yahoo-data-breach-hack.html

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13) France: One hurt in letter bomb blast at IMF’s Paris office
Source: The Guardian [Nigeria]

“An employee at the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund suffered injuries to her hands and face after opening a letter which exploded on Thursday, police said. Several people were evacuated from the building near the Arc de Triomphe monument ‘as a precaution,’ a police source said. Although no link has been established at this stage, a Greek far-left group claimed Thursday that it had sent a parcel bomb to the German finance ministry in Berlin, more than six years after waging a similar campaign against European officials.” (03/16/17)

https://guardian.ng/news/one-hurt-in-letter-bomb-blast-at-imfs-paris-office/

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14) SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket boosts EchoStar communications satellite into orbit
Source: CBS News

“By the light of a waning moon, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flashed to life and streaked away through a deep overnight sky Thursday, boosting an EchoStar communications satellite into orbit to chalk up the California rocket builder’s third successful flight in a row, its second from historic launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Running two days late because of high winds that scrubbed a launch try Tuesday, the nine Merlin 1D engines in the rocket’s first stage ignited with a rush of fiery exhaust at 2 a.m. EDT (GMT-4), quickly pushing the 229-foot-tall rocket away from the pad.” (03/15/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-boosts-echostar-communications-satellite-into-orbit/

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15) Mexican officials aim to block contracts for companies building Trump’s border wall
Source: PanAm Post

“Some Mexican officials are lobbying hard to prevent United States-based companies assisting in US President Donald Trump’s border wall from working in the country. National Action Party Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barron told the country’s senate they should urge the federal government to deny contracts and awards of goods and services to companies that also participate directly or indirectly in the construction of the border wall.” (03/15/17)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2017/03/15/mexican-officials-aim-to-block-contracts-for-companies-building-trumps-border-wall/

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

16) Should libertarians support a police state?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“When libertarians defend immigration controls, they are necessarily endorsing, at the same time, the police state that the enforcement of immigration controls brings into existence. That raises an important question on methodology: Will people seriously consider libertarian ideas and philosophy if libertarians are simultaneously defending liberty and a police state?” (03/16/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/03/16/libertarians-support-police-state/

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17) Did Obama spy on Trump?
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“[I]n 2016, when Trump says the surveillance of him took place, Obama needed only to ask the NSA for a transcript of Trump’s telephone conversations to be prepared from the digital versions that the NSA already possessed. … But if Obama did order the NSA to prepare transcripts of Trump’s conversations last fall under the pretext of national security — to find out whether Trump was communicating with the Russians would have been a good excuse — there would exist somewhere a record of such an order. For that reason, if Obama did this, he no doubt used a source on which he’d leave no fingerprints. Enter James Bond. Sources have told Fox News that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s calls.” (03/16/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/03/andrew-p-napolitano/obama-spy-trump/

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18) Does constitutional law exist?
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Fernando Teson

“A federal judge in Hawaii has temporarily blocked the government’s revised Executive Order on immigration. I’m glad he did this, because I regard the EO as wrong and counterproductive. But I am worried about a larger issue. I have taught Foreign Relations law for many years (even though it is not one my research areas). There is little question in my mind that legal precedent supports the constitutionality of this order. I will not bore readers with legal technicalities, but it is clear to me that, under those precedents, many equal-protection restraints that apply to governmental acts in most areas do not apply to immigration.” [editor’s note: Actually, the constitutional constraint on the federal government vis a vis immigration is total — it specifically reserves the matter to the states – TLK] (03/16/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/03/constitutional-law-exist/

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19) Let’s have a [trade] war
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Recently, a Chinese official warned that they don’t want a Trade War but, if there is one, then the United States would lose. I think this shows a lot of confusion about what is meant by ‘trade war,’ because there isn’t a winner or loser in a trade war. Well, at least not in the sense that the Chinese government can win a trade war and the American corporations can lose one. In fact, the winners of a trade war are consumers, and the losers are producers. A trade war would be a good thing for the American People.” (03/16/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/03/16/lets-have-a-trade-war/

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20) Dismantling America’s destructive “fourth branch” of government
Source: Heartland Institute
by David S D’Amato

“The Constitution — at least, in theory — forbids any one of the three branches from delegating its powers or duties to another branch. But the Constitution has effectively been amended, albeit quite outside of the prescribed process. Today, a fourth branch of government, nowhere authorized in the Constitution, has, as legal scholar Philip Hamburger observes, ‘transformed American government and society’ and ‘become the government’s primary mode of controlling Americans.’ … As a matter of practice, the Chevron doctrine completely precludes judicial review of an administrative agency rule. The rule thus perverts the constitutional order by allowing the federal government to interpret the meaning of the law for itself, without any material check on its interpretations and, therefore, its power.” (03/16/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/03/dismantling-americas-destructive-fourth-branch-of-government/

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21) Trump and the GOP want to make it even easier for police to get military gear
Source: In These Times
by Seth Kershner

“Since the 1990s, the Department of Defense (DOD) has been giving away excess gear through a federal program known as 1033. Most of the equipment is fairly mundane — office computers, treadmills and the like — but 1033 also makes weapons and tactical vehicles available to local police at little or no cost. The program became the subject of nationwide scrutiny in 2014, when police used rifles and armored vehicles to confront protesters in Ferguson, Missouri following the killing of Black teenager Michael Brown. Growing concern over police militarization led President Obama to announce, the following year, that law enforcement agencies would no longer receive certain items — including armed helicopters, grenade launchers and tracked armored vehicles — through the program. … The ‘Protecting Lives Using Surplus Equipment (PLUS) Act’ would essentially undo Obama’s 2015 executive order, which is deeply unpopular among law enforcement associations and police unions.” (03/16/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19976/trump-GOP-police-militarization/

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22) Maybe education cuts wouldn’t be so bad
Source: Cato Institute
by Meal McCluskey

“With the release of today’s ‘skinny budget’ we are likely to hear the usual coverage: ‘Good-Sounding Program X is being cut by Y million dollars. ‘These cuts will be devastating,’ said someone who gets money through X.’ Cuts to education programs, which instinctively sound awful because education is generally a good thing, are especially susceptible to this. But focusing on the immediate recipients of the money, and maybe the good intentions behind the programs, is a terrible way to approach government spending.” (03/16/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/maybe-education-cuts-wouldnt-be-so-bad

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23) If you want to know where Donald Trump came from, look to Iraq
Source: The Nation
by Tom Engelhardt

“Donald Trump may have been born in New York City. He may have grown to manhood amid his hometown’s real-estate wars. He may have gone no further than Atlantic City, New Jersey, to casino-ize the world and create those magical golden letters that would become the essence of his brand. He may have made an even more magical leap to television without leaving home, turning ‘You’re fired!’ into a household phrase. Still, his presidency is another matter entirely. It’s an immigrant. It arrived, fully radicalized, with its bouffant over-comb and eternal tan, from Iraq. Despite his denials that he was ever in favor of the 2003 invasion of that country, Donald Trump is a president made by war.” (03/16/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/if-you-want-to-know-where-donald-trump-came-from-look-to-iraq/

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24) What my patients want to know about ObamaCare’s replacement
Source: Fox News
by Dr. Marc Siegel

“Here’s what my patients want to know: If I get sick, will someone take care of me, and will I get better? If I have health insurance, will it get me the tests and treatment I need? If I pay a high premium, can it go toward lowering my deductible? If I choose a high deductible, will my premiums be lower? If I have pneumonia, will I have to wait to see my doctor behind someone who has a cold? Will I have coverage but not access to the health care I need? ObamaCare has failed on all fronts.” (03/16/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/03/16/dr-marc-siegel-what-my-patients-want-to-know-about-obamacares-replacement.html

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25) A White House without rules
Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“So many ethics complaints have now been lodged against the Trump administration that it’s getting hard to keep track. The billionaires running cabinet agencies, the White House advisers accused of self-dealing, and the president’s own failure to divest from his increasingly lucrative business holdings have all drawn so much notice that Americans may be tempted to tune out. But the story of Trump administration ethics conflicts is not going away, and every new revelation sheds disturbing light on a White House culture that celebrates self-enrichment, and that treats the president’s inner circle as literally exempt from the rules that lay out a precise code of conduct for executive branch officials.” (03/16/17)

http://prospect.org/article/white-house-without-rules

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26) How to stop a populist
Source: The Atlantic
by Shadi Hamid

“To the relief of most everyone (except his supporters), the far-right politician Geert Wilders lost in the Dutch elections. Or at least he didn’t win, which, by the world’s increasingly low standards for celebration, was seemingly good enough. Wilders’s Party for Freedom, which had made anti-Muslim bigotry its defining message, won around 13 percent of the seats, making it the second-largest party in parliament. The populists may be losing steam, but the bigger, and rather unsexy, lesson is that one of the most effective bulwarks against ethno-nationalists holding power is having the right kind of electoral system.” (03/16/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/03/dutch-elections-geert-wilders/519873/

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27) Is God a macro- or micro-economist?
Source: EconLog
by G Patrick Lynch

“To my way of thinking the discussion over ‘Laudato Si’ shows how Catholic thinking, like economics, is divided into macro and micro level concerns. Roberts and Whaples obviously have a lot of aggregate level data to support the notion that much of the empirics in the encyclical are not nearly rich enough to address issues as broad as environmental degradation, economic development, the morality of markets, and ultimately the nature of the good life. And from a micro perspective as they point out, people do tend to act in ways that generally, although not always, enhance their material well-being. However ‘Laudato Si’ challenges these simplistic notions of whether growth alone is sufficient to provide for human flourishing, although it might be close to necessary, and how individuals at the micro level view work as self-affirming and relationships that are non-economic as more fundamental and profound than are market interactions.” (03/16/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/03/is_god_a_macro-.html

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28) The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is approaching a “point of no return”
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The U.S. and Britain have helped bring Yemen to this awful state with their support for the Saudi-led coalition, and they could now make some reparations by reining in the coalition and insisting that they lift their sea and air blockades. Barbara Bodine, a former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, recently suggested an emergency airlift as a way to bring food into the country, but that would require Saudi agreement. Unfortunately, neither May’s government nor the Trump administration seems the least bit inclined to put pressure on the Saudis and their allies. Neither government has an incentive to draw attention to the disaster they have helped create. There are a few outspoken critics of this policy, but there aren’t many in Parliament or Congress calling them out for this.” (03/16/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-humanitarian-crisis-in-yemen-is-approaching-a-point-of-no-return/

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29) Why Trump’s budget blueprint loses libertarians
Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“President Donald Trump has released what was being touted as a ‘skinny’ budget, meaning that it would put federal spending on a diet. Would that that were true. The blueprint, which doesn’t engage with entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security and other forms of ‘mandatory’ spending at all, simply balances cuts to various parts of the government with increases to the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. In fiscal 2017, the government plans to spend around $1.1 trillion in discretionary spending (this is spending that is voted on every year; the rest of the federal budget is essentially on autopilot). Under Trump’s plan, it will spend that much again in 2018. Overall federal spending will still come in around $4 trillion. Let’s call this what it is: Unacceptable.” (03/16/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/03/16/trumps-budget-blueprint-is-decadent-and

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30) Key Democratic officials now warning base not to expect evidence of Trump/Russia collusion
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“From MSNBC Politics shows to town hall meetings across the country, the overarching issue for the Democratic Party’s base since Trump’s victory has been Russia, often suffocating attention for other issues. This fixation has persisted even though it has no chance to sink the Trump presidency unless it is proven that high levels of the Trump campaign actively colluded with the Kremlin to manipulate the outcome of the U.S. election — a claim for which absolutely no evidence has thus far been presented. The principal problem for Democrats is that so many media figures and online charlatans are personally benefiting from feeding the base increasingly unhinged, fact-free conspiracies — just as right-wing media polemicists did after both Bill Clinton and Obama were elected — that there are now millions of partisan soldiers absolutely convinced of a Trump/Russia conspiracy for which, at least as of now, there is no evidence. And they are all waiting for the day, which they regard as inevitable and imminent, when this theory will be proven and Trump will be removed.” (03/16/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/16/key-democratic-officials-now-warning-base-not-to-expect-evidence-of-trumprussia-collusion/

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31) Left-wing economics is no match for alt-right resentment
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

“The Democratic leadership, and its leftwing intellectual base, are feeling implausibly smug these days. They figure it this way: the Trump era is going to inspire a blowback. Trump will make a terrible mess, destabilize income security and health care access, and skew social power in favor of fat cats, and all of this will make people angry. Then the Left will hold all the cards. They will say: told ya so. They will tap into populist impulses with their own plan for greatness, tacking further Left than Obama was willing to go. They offer up vast income guarantees, expanded economic regulation, a puffed-up welfare state, universal health care, a war on rich people like Trump, and then they rule, forever and ever, saecula saeculorum, amen. They should rethink this. It’s probably not going to work.” (03/16/17)

https://fee.org/articles/left-wing-economics-is-no-match-for-alt-right-resentment/

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32) What does it mean to be pro-choice?
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Kenny Kelly

“On March 7th, 2017, the U.S. Libertarian Party asked the public to vote, via donation, for the theme of the 2018 Libertarian National Convention. Among them is one that is causing quite a commotion in the party. ‘Pro Choice on Everything!'” (03/16/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/mean-pro-choice

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33) Transforming National Insurance
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Madsen Pirie

“The now-withdrawn proposal to raise National Insurance rates for self-employed people from 9% to first 10% and then 11% has achieved one positive thing. It has drawn attention to the absurdity of the dual system of income tax and national insurance. Dan Hannan’s piece in the International Business Times makes the point that the retention of National Insurance is done to conceal how much tax people are paying. He says people would be very angry if they knew that in addition to their basic rate of income tax at 20%, their National Insurance payments took it to a very much higher level. He is correct, but an honest government should let people know what tax they are paying, even if it changes their readiness to submit to tax increases.” (03/15/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/transforming-national-insurance

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34) School choice hypocrisy
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“There should be no public taxpayer supported schools. All education programs should be voluntary. There should be no government compulsory education schemes. All education should be a matter of choice. And taxpayers should not be obligated to pay for those choices. But some education statists want to make the choices for their own children while denying education choice for others. They seek to force most children to attend public schools where they’ll be indoctrinated with the government agenda, while they send their own children to private schools of their choice. They practice school choice hypocrisy. Sen. Al Franken, a statist Democrat from Minnesota, is one of them.” (03/16/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/03/school-choice-hypocrisy.html

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35) Censorship in Catalonia
Source: spiked
by Jacob Furedi

“When Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention this week to hold another referendum on Scottish independence, it was met by many with a sigh and a roll of the eyes. Whether or not indyref2 actually happens, we know that, at the very least, we’ll be talking about it for years to come. Mention independence in Catalonia, however, and you could be arrested. This was the fate of Joan Coma, a pro-independence Catalan councillor from a small village an hour’s drive north of Barcelona. He faces an eight-year prison sentence for saying, ‘To make an omelette you must break some eggs,’ while discussing Catalan independence from Spain. The Spanish authorities claim this could be interpreted as a call for political violence.” (03/16/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/censorship-in-catalonia/

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36) Trump versus the Deep State
Source: CounterPunch
by David A Schultz

“The Trump presidency is fraught with contradictions. Among the most notable is the degree to which the Steve Bannon war on the ‘deep administrative state’ is at odds with a presidency aimed at making America great again. To achieve that goal — whatever it means — it requires the Trump administration to take control of the political machinery of the state to secure policy goals, not seek to destroy it as Bannon and many Republicans aspire.” (03/16/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/16/trump-versus-the-deep-state/

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37) Land use restrictions, agricultural subsidies and free trade
Source: Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

“One of the greatest barriers to free trade is agricultural subsidies since they are politically venomous to remove due to the perception that their removal could leave many farmers with lower incomes, lead to a general increase in domestic food prices and endanger the nationalistic conception of food security that is predicated upon the perpetual threat of war (which simultaneously reduces the potential cost of war and makes it more likely). Agricultural subsidies and agricultural trade are routinely amongst the most contentious talking points in ‘trade deals.’ However, agricultural subsidies can be feasibly phased out if land-use restrictions are lifted; indeed, this would benefit all the parties involved.” (03/16/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/03/land-use-restrictions-agricultural-subsidies-and-free-trade/

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38) The mindset of a corrections officer
Source: Cop Block
by Ademo Freeman

“The idea for this post/letter came to me after I had a conversation with one of my ‘MASTERS’ (what I call the CO’s her[e], since they clearly don’t believe I, or anyone else, owns themselves). Master Smith’s only justification for me being here that it’s against the law. Though she knows [it] hasn’t directly killed anyone — yep, no-one has died by smoking or putting marijuana into their bodies — she stated to me that it’s a gateway drug (something that was debunked decades ago) that the Ohio Revised Code does not allow here. Therefore, she’ll do her job and keep me here, even though my bed/state resources could be allocated to far better use. … How do the Masters here allow a man accused of stealing cars to be ‘OR’ed’ (released on their own recognizance — i.e. without bond), but leave the guys with caught with plants in a cage? How can a person come to work at such a place and disconnect themselves from all ability to think logically?” (03/15/17)

http://www.copblock.org/171993/ademo-freeman-speaks-from-jail-mindset-of-corrections-officer/

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39) How Ray Kroc of McDonald’s built an entrepreneurial empire
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Gordon

“The Founder, a movie based on the life of Ray Kroc, vividly illustrates crucial points about entrepreneurship and the market stressed by Mises. In the film, Kroc, played by Michael Keaton, begins as a salesman selling milkshake machines. He meets the McDonald brothers, the owners of a small diner in San Bernardino, California. Kroc has come to investigate because the brothers, Dick and Mac, had purchased six of his machines. He finds a thriving business. The brothers offer a plain hamburger at very low cost. People can obtain their food in minutes, but silverware and plates are nowhere to be found. Instead, customers get their hamburgers wrapped in paper. Kroc immediately sees the profit opportunities available in franchising the business.” (03/16/17)

https://mises.org/blog/how-ray-kroc-mcdonalds-built-entrepreneurial-empire

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40) Basic income as a system of control
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Chris Shaw

“It is easy to be swayed by the idea of UBI in a world of sticky labor markets; persistently low wages are stubbornly refusing to match recent productivity growth. A Universal Basic Income could also tackle the spectre of technological unemployment. It presents policymakers with a potential means of averting a dystopia in which machines are controlled by a transnational capitalist class of international investors and corporate megaliths: further monopolizing the economy and entrenching an ever more precarious form of wage labor. To a political class that generally wishes to maintain the status quo, UBI represents a more palatable mix of utopian thought and realistic, technocratic policy.” (03/15/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/48127

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41) RepubliCare
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Republicans don’t believe in the free market when it comes to health care. Although they talk about their desire for a smaller, less-intrusive government with fewer regulations and the glories of the free market, they believe nothing of the kind when it comes to the subject of medicine. They differ from Democrats only on the details of the federal laws, rules, regulations, and mandates regarding health care and health insurance. The Republican argument against Obamacare was never about advancing medical freedom. They may not believe that the federal government should force Americans to purchase health insurance for themselves (the Obamacare mandate), but they certainly do believe in forcing some Americans to pay for the health insurance or health care of other Americans through socialized medicine programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.” (03/16/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/republicare/

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42) Why is Donald Trump lunching with a Saudi war criminal while Yemenis are starving?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Medea Benjamin

“While President Trump sat down for a sumptuous meal at the White House on Tuesday, March 14 with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, millions of Yemenis are going hungry thanks to Trump’s lunch guest. Prince Salman is only 31 years old, but as the king’s favorite son, he was put in charge of the nation’s two most critical sectors: the economy and the military. A brash defense minister, the young prince made the disastrous decision to interfere in an internal conflict in neighboring Yemen.” (03/16/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/mbenjamin/2017/03/15/why-is-donald-trump-lunching-with-a-saudi-war-criminal-while-yemenis-are-starving/

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43) DumpCare
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Speaker of the House Paul Ryan insists that his ‘TrumpCare’ plan to replace ObamaCare will decrease medical insurance rates. Others argue that his American Health Care Act will increase those rates. Likewise, he expects it to reduce strain on federal budgets; others deny this outright. The ‘coverage’ issue is just as contentious. TrumpCare is a mess because it is isn’t ‘DumpCare.’ What’s needed is not yet another regulation-plus-subsidy system. We need repeal and then … more repeals.” (03/16/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/16/dumpcare/

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44) Good governance, part 2: The area of good governance
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock

“I don’t want to spend a lot of words on what a mess world politics is today. We all know that. Nor do I want to talk too much of the anger and disdain, which good people are more and more feeling for the political system and its ruling classes. Except to say that the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump are, I think, signs of a growing dissatisfaction that goes far deeper than any day to day politics, and well beyond differences of ‘left’ or ‘right.’ Early signs of a resurgence of the human spirit after a period of recession, perhaps? So, I’m going to start from a situation in which many, many people in an area are ready for a shift to a better kind of government.” (03/15/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/03/15/good-governance-part-2-the-area-of-good-governance/

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45) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #31: Select the lucky and avoid the unlucky.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“I would rephrase this aphorism to begin with ‘Generally speaking, ill-luck is the penalty of folly’ because I’ve known unlucky people who did nothing foolish or wrong. An example is someone who is hit by a drunken driver and suffers intense injuries from which he does not fully recover but must live in pain or on medication. His continuing medical condition could make him less adaptable, less aware, less able to assess situations — in short, less open to luck and more so to misfortune.” (03/16/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7835

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46) Free Talk Live, 03/15/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Britain Begins Exiting the EU :: Aura of Legitimacy :: Scotland to Vote on Secession from UK Again? :: Flat Earth Lunatic :: Poaching Rhinos :: Rhino Horn Market :: Love, Libertarianism, and Objectivism :: Liberty Lobby Update :: Legalize Firecrackers :: Creepy Listening Devices :: US VISA Application Fees :: Explaining Freedom to the Unfree :: Creepy Police Surveillance Cams :: Red Light Robin Hood :: Garage Sale Permit :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/15/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-03-15

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47) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/15/17
Source: Cato Institute

“The successful spending reforms of other countries may not yet be on the President’s radar. They should be. Dan Mitchell explains.” [various formats] (03/15/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/does-trump-care-about-spending-reform

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48) The Jason Stapleton Program, 03/15/17
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I was watching TV last night when Twitter started blowing up with claims that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow had secured Trump’s tax returns. But instead of cutting into regularly scheduled programming to drop this bombshell on the world MSNBC instead decided to wait and reveal them on Maddow’s show. … It turns out Maddow’s ‘scoop’ debunked what progressives have been claiming for months, namely, that Trump had paid no taxes in years due to creative accounting.” [various formats] (03/15/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/trump-tax-returns-make-rachel-maddow-look-foolish/

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