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Monday, March 20th, 2017
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In the News:

1) India: Hardline priest sworn in as head of Uttar Pradesh state
2) Philippines: Duterte says he’s not intimidated by impeachment attempt
3) Afghanistan: Three US occupation troops shot, wounded by Afghan regime soldier
4) Israeli regime to Syrian regime: How dare you use your air defenses for air defense?!?
5) Iraq: Regime forces close on Mosul mosque as strike kills foreign militants
6) Russia: Regime cuts military budget by 25%
7) Linux Kernel gets patch for years-old serious vulnerability
8) Mexico: Video captures police handing arrested youths over to criminal group
9) Archbishop in Sicily bans mafia from being godfathers
10) UT: Push to raise income tax to help schools moving ahead
11) Japan: Regime holds first evacuation drill to heighten fear of North Korea
12) MI: Teenager to give parents most of $500,000 lottery win
13) Israel: Netanyahu threatens election over rift with finance minister
14) GA: Middle school teacher arrested in $6 million drug bust
15) G20: Top economies yield to US, drop no-protectionism pledge
16) Tasmanian blue glow may hide a deadly secret
17) France: Paris Orly airport attacker vowed to “die for Allah,” says prosecutor
18) Meals on Wheels America sees surge in donations after Trump budget proposal
19) Peru backs OAS Democratic Charter effort to sanction Venezuelan regime
20) FBI arrests man who sent seizure-inducing tweet to journalist

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Trump budget cuts bankroll new waste
22) McCain versus Paul: The new red scare masks US foreign policy insanity
23) There’s more to minimum wage jobs than wages
24) The classical liberal case against nationalist immigration restrictions
25) Twittergated: When technology turns on one of its own
26) Have populist politics reached “peak” Trump?
27) Cut it out!
28) Space: The ultimate war zone
29) I was a hardcore conservative: What changed my mind
30) Up from stereotypes
31) Only one ethical course of action
2) Negative balance of trade? So what?
33) How to end the Korean War
34) Time to put the NAP to rest?
35) Trump’s budget turns “policies into numbers”
36) Yes, humanity is more peaceful. No, it’s not because of government
37) Jeff Sessions is Rip Van Winkle on drug policy
38) What does it mean for the state to “underfund” education?
39) Trump’s new era of militarism and mendacity
40) “America First” budget unworthy of our nation
41) Things to keep in mind during the healthcare debate
42) For Donald Trump, a terror attack will be an opportunity not a curse
43) Hypocritical Free State Project invites John McAfee to headline PorcFest 2017
44) Understanding gentrification and government’s response
45) The Victorian economic sensibility
46) Propaganda masquerading as news: The incredible shrinking horse
47) Use judgment judiciously
48) Don’t let Yemen turn into Syria
49) Why are Americans searched at the border?
50) If the government can’t get domain seizures right, why would Big Pharma do better?

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 15
52) Free Talk Live, 03/18/17
53) spiked podcast, 03/18/17
54) Felony Friday, episode 63
55) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 179
56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 871
57) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 561

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

1) India: Hardline priest sworn in as head of Uttar Pradesh state
Source: Irish Times [Ireland]

“A hardline Hindu religious leader was sworn in on Sunday as head of India’s most populous and politically significant northern Uttar Pradesh state. Yogi Adityanath, facing charges of attempted murder and inciting violence against Muslims, took the oath of office in the provincial capital Lucknow after his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a landslide victory in provincial elections last week. The 44-year-old was hand-picked by prime minister Narendra Modi, who attended his swearing-in ceremony, despite protests from opposition parties and Muslims, who constitute about 20 per cent of the state’s population of more than 204 million, If it was independent, Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 members to India’s parliament, would be the world’s fifth most populous country.” (03/19/17)

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/hardline-priest-sworn-in-as-head-of-india-s-uttar-pradesh-state-1.3016442

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2) Philippines: Duterte says he’s not intimidated by impeachment attempt
Source: Washington Post

“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that he would not be intimidated by an impeachment complaint and threats of an international lawsuit for his anti-drug crackdown and added that he’d rather have criminals dead even in the ‘thousands or billions’ if they threaten law enforcers than see his men killed. Duterte said he would only stop his crackdown, which has left thousands of mostly poor drug suspects dead, if drug traffickers halt their trade. He warned anew that he has ordered policemen to shoot criminals who would threaten the lives of law enforcers.” (03/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/duterte-says-hes-not-intimidated-by-impeachment-attempt/2017/03/19/1df574c6-0c9e-11e7-aa57-2ca1b05c41b8_story.html

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3) Afghanistan: Three US occupation troops shot, wounded by Afghan regime soldier
Source: NBC News

“Three American soldiers were shot by an Afghan soldier on a base Sunday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said. Resolute Support said in a post on Twitter Sunday morning that the three U.S. soldiers were wounded after being shot by an Afghan soldier on a base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. … Col. Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, an army spokesman, told the AP that the soldier had made a ‘mistake’ and had not fired deliberately.” (03/19/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/three-u-s-soldiers-shot-wounded-afghan-soldier-nato-base-n735386

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4) Israeli regime to Syrian regime: How dare you use your air defenses for air defense?!?
Source: United Press International

“Israel’s defense minister warned it ‘will not hesitate’ to destroy Syria’s air defense systems if its fighter jets are fired at again. ‘The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our airplanes, we will destroy all of them without thinking twice,’ Avigdor Liberman said Sunday on Israeli public radio. On Friday, Syria fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli military jets. Israel says the four jets targeted a weapons shipment to Iran-backed Hezbollah but the Syrian military said the jets struck a military site near Palmyra. Israel said it was ‘absolutely untrue’ that Syria’s missiles downed one jet. Syria accused Israel of supporting the Islamic State.” (03/19/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2017/03/19/Israel-threatens-to-destroy-Syrian-air-defenses-if-attacked-again/3651489935550/

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5) Iraq: Regime forces close on Mosul mosque as strike kills foreign militants
Source: Reuters

“Iraqi army helicopters strafed and rocketed Islamic State positions inside Mosul’s Old City on Sunday as ground troops fought fierce street battles to close in on the strategic prize of the al-Nuri Mosque. An air strike by the U.S.-led coalition backing Iraq forces in their campaign to retake Mosul also killed six foreign militant commanders in the west, including a Russian who was a senior Islamic State leader, Iraq’s defense ministry said. Federal Police troops on Sunday advanced past the train station in western Mosul close to the mosque, where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in July 2014 after the hardline militants had seized swathes of Iraq and Syria.” (03/19/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-mosul-idUSKBN16Q0BZ

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6) Russia: Regime cuts military budget by 25%
Source: DefenseWorld.net

“Russian Federal Treasury released figures have confirmed that the nation’s defense budget has been cut by 25.5% for 2017, falling from RUB3.8 trillion (USD65.4 billion) to RUB2.8 trillion. The reduction is drastic cut in military expenditure of the country since the early 1990s. The reduction move follows an extended period of increases to Russian defence spending with growth having achieved an average rate of 19.8% a year since 2011 in nominal terms.” (03/17/17)

http://www.defenseworld.net/news/18745/Russia_Cuts_Military_Budget_By_25__To_US_65_Billion

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7) Linux Kernel gets patch for years-old serious vulnerability
Source: The Hacker News

“Another dangerous vulnerability has been discovered in Linux kernel that dates back to 2009 and affects a large number of Linux distros, including Red Hat, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Ubuntu. The latest Linux kernel flaw (CVE-2017-2636), which existed in the Linux kernel for the past seven years, allows a local unprivileged user to gain root privileges on affected systems or cause a denial of service (system crash). Positive Technologies researcher Alexander Popov discovered a race condition issue in the N_HLDC Linux kernel driver — which is responsible for dealing with High-Level Data Link Control (HDLC) data — that leads to double-free vulnerability.

http://thehackernews.com/2017/03/linux-kernel-vulnerability.html

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8) Mexico: Video captures police handing arrested youths over to criminal group
Source: PanAm Post

“Four municipal police were captured on video in the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa arresting eight people and handing them over to an armed group presumed to be former members of an organized crime ring. Head of Public Security Victor Hugo Sanchez Mendieta confirmed that the agents in the video are members of the Culiacan police unit, and admitted they were handing detainees over to gang members amid threats.’ (03/17/17)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2017/03/17/video-captures-mexican-police-handing-arrested-youths-over-to-criminal-group/

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9) Archbishop in Sicily bans mafia from being godfathers
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“An archbishop in Sicily has moved to reclaim the term ‘godfather’ from the mafia — by banning gangsters from taking the role at baptisms. Michele Pennisi, a vocal mafia critic, has his diocese in Monreale, near Palermo. He said he wanted to challenge the idea that crime bosses have a paternal side. ‘The mafia has always taken the term godfather from the Church to give its bosses an air of religious respectability,’ he told AFP. ‘Whereas in fact, the two worlds are completely incompatible.’ Archbishop Pennisi’s diocese includes the notorious village of Corleone, a vendetta-torn enclave made famous by Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather.” (03/18/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39313674

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10) UT: Push to raise income tax to help schools moving ahead
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A group backed by business leaders said this week they plan to move ahead with a push to get Utah voters to raise the state income tax to generate an extra $750 million annually to address a teacher shortage, crowded classrooms and other school needs. Officials with the group Our Schools Now said they appreciate an extra $120 million lawmakers put in the new budget toward enrollment growth and teacher pay this year, but said it’s not enough. They plan to start gathering signatures this summer for a ballot initiative that would ask voters in 2018 to raise the individual income tax rate 7/8ths of a percentage point. That would raise the rate to 5.785 percent, up from 5 percent.” (03/18/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Push-to-raise-Utah-income-tax-to-help-schools-11011434.php

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11) Japan: Regime holds first evacuation drill to heighten fear of North Korea
Source: CNN

“The children are playing duck-duck-goose with their teacher outside their elementary school when the siren suddenly blares. On cue, teachers and students drop to the ground and wait for further instructions. ‘This is a drill,’ a voice echoes over a loudspeaker across this small coastal town.
‘A missile has been launched.’ … This is Japan’s first evacuation exercise preparing for the scenario of a North Korean missile attack against this country.” (03/19/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/19/asia/japan-north-korea-missile-drill/

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12) MI: Teenager to give parents most of $500,000 lottery win
Source: USA Today

“A Michigan teenager who won $500,000 in an instant lottery game plans to give away most of his winnings, state lottery officials said. The 19-year-old man, who claimed his prize on Friday and asked to remain anonymous, told lottery officials he planned to invest $5,000 of the prize money and give the rest to his parents. ‘My parents have done so much for my sister and me,’ he said, in a lottery bureau release. ‘Helping them takes a big weight off of their shoulders and mine.’ {He] bought the ticket at a Sunoco gas station outside of Lansing. He said he bought the only remaining Golden Wild Time ticket and scratched it off in the store.” (03/18/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/18/mich-teenager-wins-500000-lottery-give-most-winnings-his-parents/99345946

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13) Israel: Netanyahu threatens election over rift with finance minister
Source: Bloomberg

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to call early elections after clashing with his finance minister over the fate of the nation’s public broadcaster, roiling the political landscape just hours before he headed to China on a trade trip. Netanyahu told ministers from his Likud party on Saturday that if Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon doesn’t agree to scrap plans for a new public broadcaster that has already been set up and keep the old one running, then he will dismantle the government, according to two party members who spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversation was private. … Early elections would come as police gather evidence in two criminal probes against Netanyahu that have weakened him politically and could increase pressure on him to resign should they lead to charges.” (03/19/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-19/netanyahu-threatens-elections-over-rift-with-finance-minister

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14) GA: Middle school teacher arrested in $6 million drug bust
Source: Fox News

“Georgia deputies raided a middle school teacher’s home and seized guns and $6 million in cocaine and heroin. The teacher Karla Alvarez, 28, and two others are facing drug trafficking and gun charges following Thursday’s drug bust by local authorities in Hall County. Fox 5 Atlanta reported Friday that Alvarez is a teacher at Chestatee Middle School Academy in Gainesville. She also coaches the girls soccer team. She teaches Spanish, according to the school’s website. ‘I’ve worked drugs and gangs for a long time and it was one of the larger cocaine seizures I’ve ever seen,’ Hall County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Ware said, according to the station.” [editor’s note: Hard to know where to begin on this one … Sessions, DeVos, ?? – SAT] (03/18/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/18/georgia-middle-school-teacher-arrested-in-6-million-drug-bust.html

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15) G20: Top economies yield to US, drop no-protectionism pledge
Source: Sacramento Bee

“The world’s top economic powers dropped a pledge to oppose trade protectionism amid pushback from the Trump administration, which wants trade to more clearly benefit American companies and workers. Finance ministers from the Group of 20 countries meeting in the southern German town of Baden-Baden issued a statement Saturday that said only that countries ‘are working to strengthen the contribution of trade’ to their economies. By comparison, last year’s meeting called on them to resist ‘all forms’ of protectionism, which can include border tariffs and rules that keep out imports to shield domestic companies from competition.” (03/18/17)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/article139351723.html

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16) Tasmanian blue glow may hide a deadly secret
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“An unearthly blue glow off the northwestern coast of Tasmania is enchanting locals and photographers, but may signal hungry days ahead for fish. Hordes of tiny algae are lighting up the Tasmanian coast with a phenomenon commonly known as ‘sea sparkle.’ Long observed in the waters around Sydney, the bioluminescent critters are creeping south thanks to warmer oceans and shifting food patterns, worrying local fish farmers and ecologists who suspect the invaders might disrupt the food chain. The responsibility lies with Noctiluca scintillans, small dinoflagellates taking their name from the Latin words for night and light. Normally sitting right on the cusp of naked eye visibility, when the sun goes down the creatures put on a dramatic show.” (03/18/17)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0318/Tasmanian-blue-glow-may-hide-a-deadly-secret

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17) France: Paris Orly airport attacker vowed to “die for Allah,” says prosecutor
Source: FRANCE 24 [France]

“Troops at Paris'[s] Orly airport on Saturday shot dead a man who tried to grab a female soldier’s weapon saying he was ready to die for Allah, triggering a major security alert that caused travel chaos. The incident comes as France remains on high alert following a series of jihadist attacks that have claimed more than 230 lives since January 2015. Prosecutors said they had opened an anti-terror investigation.” (03/19/17)

http://www.france24.com/en/20170318-paris-prosecutor-says-treating-orly-airport-attack-terrorism

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18) Meals on Wheels America sees surge in donations after Trump budget proposal
Source: Reuters

“Meals on Wheels America, the umbrella organization for 5,000 providers of home-delivered meals for seniors, said on Saturday that online donations have surged since the White House released a proposed budget that could lead to a big drop in its funding. The organization, which provides advocacy services for the national network, received about $50,000 on Thursday after the budget blueprint was announced, compared with $1,000 on a typical day. President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal includes a 17.9 percent cut for fiscal 2018 in funds for the Department of Health and Human Services, which provides most of the government support for Meals on Wheels, the organization said. The budget proposal did not say how the cut would affect the Administration for Community Living, the HHS agency that funds nutrition programs for the elderly, Meals on Wheels spokeswoman Jenny Bertolette said. ” [editor’s note: I call that a win-win; only 4% of its funding was under government thumb anyway – SAT] (03/18/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-budget-meals-idUSKBN16P0TR

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19) Peru backs OAS Democratic Charter effort to sanction Venezuelan regime
Source: PanAm Post

“The Peruvian government has stated that it believes that the Inter-American Democratic Charter should be invoked so that the Organization of American States (OAS) can address the crisis affecting Venezuela, Peruvian Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna said Thursday. Luna indicated that his country considers that in Venezuela there has been an alteration of the democratic order due to the non-existent separation of powers. He also said that this situation allows the executive branch to block the functioning of the National Assembly, thereby breaking the rule of law.” (03/17/17)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2017/03/17/peru-supports-invoking-democratic-charter-venezuela/

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20) FBI arrests man who sent seizure-inducing tweet to journalist
Source: United Press International

“A Maryland man was arrested by the FBI and charged with cyberstalking Friday after sending a tweet to a Texas journalist intended to induce a seizure. John Rayne Rivello, 29, of Salisbury, Md. was arrested after the FBI determined he sent a flashing image along with the message ‘You deserve a seizure for your post’ to Newsweek senior writer and Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald on Twitter on Dec 15. Eichenwald, who had previously written and spoken openly about his epilepsy diagnosis, sought to identify the person who sent the tweet after it triggered a seizure.” (03/18/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/03/18/FBI-arrests-man-who-sent-seizure-inducing-tweet-to-journalist/1321489840866/

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

21) Trump budget cuts bankroll new waste
Source: USA Today

“President Trump’s proposed budget takes a big step towards draining the swamp in Washington. This is the first time since the Reagan era that a president has sought a wholesale demolition of boondoggles. On the other hand, Trump’s defense and homeland security spending increases will squander bounties that should be reserved for taxpayers, not bureaucrats and bombs.” (03/19/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/19/trump-budget-cuts-waste-james-bovard-column/99254470/

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22) McCain versus Paul: The new red scare masks US foreign policy insanity
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Paul’s having some fun with McCain’s over-the-top theatrics, describing McCain as ‘past his prime’ and ‘unhinged’ on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. But let’s set aside the rivalry aspect and look at what McCain’s hysterical performance says about US foreign policy. Montenegro is a small country (about 600,000 people) with a small military (less than 2,000 active duty soldiers, sailors and airmen) which is nowhere near the north Atlantic (its only coastline is on the Adriatic Sea). Lest we forget, the Balkans are known for producing wars both small and large. Montenegro borders Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia. Is there any particular reason the US should commit itself by treaty to intervene in the military spats that break out in that region at the drop of a hat (or the assassination of an Archduke)? The only word I can come up with on short notice to describe the idea of bringing Montenegro into NATO is ‘nonsensical.'” (03/18/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9797

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23) There’s more to minimum wage jobs than wages
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“It’s not so much that the minimum wage is back in the news again as it’s always in the news. No matter how high it’s raised there will always be someone demanding that it be raised more. They miss the point that the minimum wage is not, was not, and never should be meant to be a ‘living wage’ and no one should ever think that it ought to be. When most people talk about the minimum wage all they actually talk about is the wage. They seldom if ever consider all of the other advantages that come with actually being gainfully employed at any wage level.” (03/18/17)

https://hubpages.com/business/Theres-More-To-Minimum-Wage-Jobs-Than-Wages

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24) The classical liberal case against nationalist immigration restrictions
Source: Niskanen Center
by Christopher Freiman

Trump, Bannon, and conservatives like King are wrong. We have overwhelming economic and cultural reasons to move toward a more open country. Indeed, some of Trump’s and Bannon’s own (professed) principles push in that direction. For instance, both tout lean government and robust capitalism. Trump says that ‘people flourish under a minimum government burden.’ Bannon claims that ‘We are strong capitalists. And we believe in the benefits of capitalism. And, particularly, the harder-nosed the capitalism, the better.’ Yet restrictive immigration controls empower the state to suppress market competition and dictate how people may spend their money and allocate their labor. This is the opposite of capitalism. Literally.” (03/17/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/liberal-case-nationalist-immigration-restrictions/

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25) Twittergated: When technology turns on one of its own
Source: Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland

“Irony is delicious when delivered in less than 140 characters. Dig it, tweet it: Technology genius Bill Gates discovers common folks have used technology to drive down support for his Common Core scheme. The Microsoft mogul supposedly found that out by paying for a high-powered team of university-based technology experts to discern why the nationalized K–12 education standards so lavishly supported by his foundation and the U.S. Department of Education have been shedding fans like autumn leaves. The University of Pennsylvania-based Consortium for Policy Research in Education found a villain for Gates by analyzing 1 million posts on Twitter between 2013 and 2016, a period of growing grassroots anger, as parents awakened to how Common Core (CC) would be radically transforming their children’s classrooms without their informed consent. In a word, the supposed culprit is the twitterbot, a device for mass-tweeting messages from Twitter accounts of consenting participants, such as anti-CC activists, even when they aren’t online.” (03/18/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/03/twittergated-when-technology-turns-on-one-of-its-own/

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26) Have populist politics reached “peak” Trump?
Source: Chicago Tribune
by Clarence Page

“Whew! That was close. I wasn’t expecting to be waiting on the edge of my seat for the outcome of this year’s Dutch parliamentary elections. But I wasn’t expecting Donald Trump to be America’s president either. After Brexit, Britain’s vote last year to leave the European Union, and Trump’s upset election victory, the whole world has been watching to see whether a wave of anti-immigrant populist upsets would seal a trifecta in the Netherlands and keep rolling through upcoming elections in France, Germany and other European nations. In the Netherlands, in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections, that movement’s champion was anti-Muslim firebrand Geert Wilders, a Trump fan with similarly interesting hair (you might even say it glows!) and xenophobic attitudes toward immigrants and refugees.” (03/18/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/ct-populism-wilders-trump-brexit-europe-perspec-0319-20170317-story.html

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27) Cut it out!
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“The goofy leftists are screaming bloody murder over President Trump’s proposed budget cuts, which even if passed by Congress (doubtful), would actually cut only a minuscule percentage of the overall bloated, unnecessary out of control give-away government largess. Thank you, Mr. President for your bold and aggressive proposals, but your priorities are skewed and it’s not nearly enough.” (03/19/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/03/cut-it-out.html

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28) Space: The ultimate war zone
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“If I were a Democratic (or Republican) politician in DC, I’d be a whole lot more worried about India, Pakistan or maybe Persia (Iran) than SpaceX. Frankly, I think that even a rogue NASA or RusSpace astronaut/cosmonaut or programmer is a more serious risk than a couple of tourists oohing and ahhing and talking to People magazine and the Today show from lunar orbit. For the time WILL come when the space around Earth and Luna WILL be the battleground. Certainly if the statists, the governments and their ambitious parasites get their way. Even if the active combat in space is not nation-versus-nation, it is still very likely. And that is probably what Ms. Wu dimly sees; having people in space who are NOT there representing some nation or government, but just themselves, is a threat to the very existence of government and nation-states.” (03/17/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/03/17/space-the-ultimate-war-zone/

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29) I was a hardcore conservative: What changed my mind
Source: Cracked
by Christina H

“I know a lot of liberal-leaning types think that backwards conservatives (especially Trump voters) can never change, because they’ve never seen such a change. They’ve never seen someone go from saying ‘ALL LIVES MATTER BETA CUCK SNOWFLAKE’ to suddenly saying, ‘Oh no, racism is systemic.’ And no public, visible conversions mean it must not happen, or it must be super rare. But wait. We all know nobody likes to admit they are wrong, but did you know nobody likes to admit they were until very recently wrong? A lot of people change quietly and play it like they were on the right side the whole time, whistling innocently. I did.” [editor’s note: I read this one eagerly, to find out she had discovered she was actually a libertarian, but the jury is still out – SAT] (03/18/17)

http://www.cracked.com/blog/what-helped-convince-me-to-stop-being-hardcore-republican

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30) Up from stereotypes
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“What’s the best genre to demonstrate the horrors of slavery? A horror film, of course! I’m not a big fan of horror movies; I avoid slasher films at all costs. But once in a while one comes along that transcends the usual cheap thrills of the genre. Get Out is one of them. A psychological thriller that makes a powerful social commentary, it will be remembered — and studied — for years to come.” (03/18/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1679

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31) Only one ethical course of action
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Imagine you land a job with the world’s most respected and beloved baby food producer. You sign an oath of confidentiality — promising to never disclose their recipes or other business secrets. Before long, however, you discover the CEO is having glass shards placed in jars the company delivers to a few families he has a grudge against. Maybe his grudge is perfectly legitimate, even if a few of the contaminated jars get lost; mixed in with shipments delivered elsewhere. The other employees who know what is going on cover for the CEO, and keep their oath, saying loyalty is what matters. Maybe they even take pride in what they are doing to those people — after all, ‘they deserve it.’ You have a choice.” (03/19/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/03/only-one-ethical-course-of-action.html

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32) Negative balance of trade? So what?
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“The tendency of the USA to have a negative balance of trade (more accurately known as a negative balance on current account) played a prominent role in the recent U.S. presidential campaign. Donald Trump criticized this tendency repeatedly and promised that if elected he would take various actions to reduce or eliminate it. Like most members of the public, Trump views this negative balance as a highly undesirable, economically damaging condition. Despite the prominence of discussions of the negative balance of trade in recent times, however, it is likely that few people really understand much if anything about the system of international payments accounts from which it derives.” (03/17/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/03/17/negative-balance-of-trade-so-what/

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33) How to end the Korean War
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The reality is that Pyongyang has a crude but workable nuclear arsenal. This means that, in a sane world, military action is off the proverbial table. The problem is that we don’t live in such a world. And as crazy as Kim Jong Un may be, the talk of a preemptive strike proves the insanity is not limited to Pyongyang. Right now, US policymakers must ask themselves two questions: how did we get here, and how do we get out?” (03/17/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/03/16/how-to-end-the-korean-war/

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34) Time to put the NAP to rest?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

“The non-aggression principle is an ethical stance which asserts that ‘aggression’ is inherently illegitimate. ‘Aggression,’ for the purposes of NAP, is defined as initiating or threatening the use of any and all forcible interference with an individual or individual’s property. The NAP is considered to be the defining axiom of the modern libertarian movement. However, there’s a problem with basing an entire political philosophy on any single axiom: especially one so poorly defined that it remains a hot topic of internal debate. If the very basis of libertarian philosophy is ill-defined and subjective, how can anything branching out of such an axiom be viewed as legitimate?” (03/17/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/48244

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35) Trump’s budget turns “policies into numbers”
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“President Donald Trump presented a radically different budget blueprint to Congress on Thursday. The new plan would increase defense spending by $54 billion and fund the increase with targeted cuts in other discretionary spending. What makes the $1.1 trillion budget truly unique, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters before the rollout, is that ‘we wrote it using the president’s own words. We went through his speeches, we went through articles that have been written about his policies, we talked to him, and we wanted to know what his policies were, and we turned those policies into numbers.’ Mulvaney called the blueprint an ‘America First’ spending plan, a ‘hard-power budget’ that moves spending from soft-power programs like foreign aid and into building up the military itself.” [editor’s note: If not for the boost in warmongering (“defense”), a good case could be made for most of these moves – SAT] (03/18/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/03/18/trumps-budget-turns-policies-into-numbers-n2300730

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36) Yes, humanity is more peaceful. No, it’s not because of government
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jason Sorens

“Humans are getting more and more peaceful. Violent deaths from all causes (murder, war, etc.) have declined massively throughout human history. But to what do we owe this increasing peace? Enlightenment philosophy? Commerce? Or the rise of governance by states? Harvard social psychologist Steven Pinker’s book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined provides a magisterial, comprehensive, and generally persuasive explanation of the peacefulness phenomena, yet the book contains a big omission. Pinker claims — but fails to prove — that early states significantly increased human welfare by reducing the rate of war death.” (03/19/17)

https://fee.org/articles/yes-humanity-is-more-peaceful-no-its-not-because-of-government/

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37) Jeff Sessions is Rip Van Winkle on drug policy
Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Lost in the brouhaha about whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied to Congress about his contacts with Russian officials is an appropriate consideration of the pernicious influence he could have on policy toward illegal drugs. At a time when America seems poised to adopt a more enlightened policy on that issue, Sessions could set back progress at least a generation. Especially when it comes to policy regarding marijuana, Sessions emulates Rip Van Winkle. He apparently went to sleep shortly after Richard Nixon declared a ‘war’ on illegal drugs in 1971 and just recently awakened from his slumber. There is little evidence that Sessions understands what havoc the war on drugs has wrought both domestically and internationally since Nixon issued his declaration.” (03/17/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/jeff-sessions-rip-van-winkle-drug-policy

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38) What does it mean for the state to “underfund” education?
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, PhD

“A new budget proposal from Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob) would fully fund Missouri’s foundation formula for K-12 education for the first time in years. … The fact that Missouri has not fully funded the formula has been a rallying cry for more education spending. Indeed, educators across the state have claimed that we are ‘underfunding public education.’ This new budget proposal has me wondering what will happen to those calls for increased spending when the state finally does fully fund the formula. Will they die down, or will they persist? To answer this question, it is important to define ‘underfunding’ public education.” (03/17/17)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/accountability/what-does-it-mean-state-%E2%80%9Cunderfund%E2%80%9D-education

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39) Trump’s new era of militarism and mendacity
Source: CounterPunch
by Melvin Goodman

“In April 1953, soon after the death of Joseph Stalin, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his ‘cross of Iron’ speech, warning against ‘destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.’ Eisenhower wanted to avoid the enormous domestic price that would accompany unwarranted military spending. And military spending, he emphasized, meant ‘spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.’ This is exactly what Trump is calling for in a federal budget that takes direct aim at scientific and medical research, the endowments for the arts and humanities, and the block grants for food and housing support. Even the Department of Energy’s tiny program to help insulate the houses of the poor would be eliminated. Meanwhile, the over-financed military will received an increase of $54 billion, which is equal to the former budget of the Department of State as well as the entire defense budget of Russia.” (03/17/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/17/trumps-new-era-of-militarism-and-mendacity/

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40) “America First” budget unworthy of our nation
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“With typical bombast, Donald Trump calls his 2018 draft budget America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again. No, it won’t make America great again. It reflects a hardness of the heart and a sickness of the spirit unworthy of the American people, Chances are, the great leaders of this country’s history wouldn’t even recognize its vision of America. … It slashes spending on diplomacy and foreign aid, while pumping up the military’s already-overinflated coffers. It boosts spending on what is already the largest military force in human history by $54 billion in a single year. … James Madison, the fourth president of the United States who helped draft both the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, once said: ‘A standing military force with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.'” [editor’s note: It is a rare day that I agree fully with Richard Eskow; this is one of them – SAT] (03/18/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170317/a-soul-sick-shock-and-awe-budget

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41) Things to keep in mind during the healthcare debate
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Despite the popular misconception, health care is not beyond economic law; it is not a free good that falls like manna from heaven. It has to be produced, which means people must mix their scarce labor with scarce resources to produce the things used to perform the medical services we want. It would be foolish to expect them to donate their labor and resources because other people need them. They have their own lives to live and livelihoods to earn. It would be wrong to compel them. They are not slaves. In other words, no one can have a right to medical care or insurance, that is, to the labor services and resources of other people — including the taxpayers.” (03/17/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/economics/tgif-things-keep-mind-health-care-debate/

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42) For Donald Trump, a terror attack will be an opportunity not a curse
Source: The Intercept
by Peter Maass

“Among the alterations in American politics since Trump’s inauguration, this may be the most frightening one: a terror attack on U.S. soil will be used by the White House as an excuse for implementing an extra-legal agenda that could only be pushed through in a time of crisis. What the courts will not allow today, what protesters will hit the streets to defend tomorrow, what even the pliant Congress would have a hard time backing — the White House is almost certainly counting on all of this changing in the wake of a domestic terrorist attack. This macabre turn, in which terrorism becomes an opportunity rather than a curse, has ample precedents that tell us one thing: be prepared.” (03/19/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/19/for-donald-trump-a-terror-attack-will-be-an-opportunity-not-a-curse/

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43) Hypocritical Free State Project invites John McAfee to headline PorcFest 2017
Source: Free Keene
by Ian Freeman

“Last year [PorcFest] became ‘family friendly,’ after years of prudish libertarians complaining about drug use and occasional female toplessness. To kick off the changes, I was banned from the FSP events because of my libertarian views on age of consent, according to their press release. It’s commonly known that my most recent girlfriend was a later-teenager and this supposedly infuriated key volunteers within the FSP, leading to my ouster. Did you know that John McAfee was in his late 50s when he had a 16 year old girlfriend? According to the same WIRED article, at age 66, one of his multiple live-in girlfriends was 17! Surely plenty of men secretly wish they could do the same, while outwardly condemning John for his attraction to young women. To be clear, I don’t want John to get banned from Porcfest, nor do I have any interest in being part of the FSP. I just want to point out the glaring, laughable hypocrisy.” (03/19/17)

http://freekeene.com/2017/03/19/hypocritical-free-state-project-invites-john-mcafee-to-headline-porcfest-2017/

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The cost of carrying debt
Source: Reason
by Peter Suderman

“Sometime in 2017, the total U.S. national debt will hit $20 trillion — more than the total gross domestic product (GDP) of the country in a year. That figure is projected to keep growing over time, thanks to rising annual deficits. Debt held by the public, a measure that counts all federal securities sold to individuals, corporations, and state and local governments, plus foreign investors, currently clocks in around $14 trillion. That figure is expected to hit $23 trillion in 2026. There are risks to carrying a debt burden this big. It increases the nation’s susceptibility to a fiscal crisis if interest rates rise, and it limits the sorts of projects government can take on in a constrained fiscal environment. The greater the debt, the greater these risks become.” (for publication 04/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/19/the-cost-of-carrying-debt

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44) Understanding gentrification and government’s response
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Dillon Rountree

“To put it simply, gentrification is the process of a poor or working class neighborhood becoming middle or upper class. This process allegedly results in rising rental prices due to increased demand. According to critics, previous residents are forced to leave, and new businesses moving into the area to serve the new consumer base. In addition to economics, gentrification has a way of reviving racial tensions. It generally involves young, educated, middle-class white people moving into neighborhoods whose residents are mostly black and working class. This influx of people and capital changes neighborhoods. Many are comparing gentrification to colonialism. It is alleged that gentrification is destroying these black neighborhoods and their unique cultures along with it. Rhetoric aside, this argument basically states that the white people don’t belong in their neighborhood because they believe and look different. They’re ruining the neighborhood. So, is there any truth to all of this? Sort of.” (03/19/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/understanding-gentrification-and-governments-response/

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45) The Victorian economic sensibility
Source: Cato Unbound
by Sarah Skwire

“There is a great deal of romance in Victorian writing about politics But as Paganelli reminds us, literary productions frequently capture a complexity that can be easily lost in theoretical constructs. Tyler Cowen has suggested elsewhere that a novel is a model. A novel is a model, however, that allows for the inclusion of all sorts of variables that would make mathematical models impossibly messy, but that make literature interesting and rich.” (03/17/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/03/17/sarah-skwire/victorian-economic-sensibility

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46) Propaganda masquerading as news: The incredible shrinking horse
Source: Ideas
by David Friedman

“I recently came across a news story which struck me as a good example of how to mislead people, probably for political purposes, without saying anything that was not actually true. The title was ‘Watch out: Mammals shrink when Earth heats up, study says.’ The story reported evidence that, at a period when global temperatures were high, a number of ancient mammals became smaller — by fourteen percent in one case, by four percent in another. There were two things wrong with the story. The first was the repeated use of the term ‘shrinking.’ … The second was the picture that accompanied the story. It shows a modern horse, a Morgan, contrasted with Sifrhippus sandrae.” (03/17/17)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2017/03/propaganda-masquerading-as-news.html

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47) Use judgment judiciously
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Gregory V Diehl

“The hallmark of true adulthood is displaying enough self-awareness to take responsibility for your life. That is when you can effectively wield judgment over your actions. With practice, you will develop confidence in your standards for how things ought to be. You will learn through practice and error the meaning of right and wrong. Though your knowledge will never be perfect, you will understand that it is sometimes necessary to take bold actions and calculated risks on perpetually imperfect data. Judgment, however, is a double-edged sword. Whenever you ascribe meaning to something, you open yourself to retaliation as other people interpret your interpretations.” (03/17/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/use-judgment-judiciously

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48) Don’t let Yemen turn into Syria
Source: USA Today
by Michael Shank

“President Trump, who promised as a candidate to ‘bomb the hell out of ISIS,’ authorized a military raid in Yemen during his first couple of weeks in office and is sending more U.S. ground troops to Syria. All indications are that he plans a hardline approach to armed extremism. He’s not the first president to lean on militarism to fight terrorists. George W. Bush with his two wars and Barack Obama with his escalating drone use and increasing involvement in Yemen are ample evidence of that. But Trump takes this aggressive hard-power approach further, with a budget that ramps up defense spending while slashing diplomacy and development programs at the State Department, the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Institute of Peace and other agencies. That is the wrong way to fight terrorism.” (03/18/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/17/dont-let-yemen-turn-into-syria-column/99124150

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49) Why are Americans searched at the border?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Whenever American citizens travel to another country, they are subjected to intrusive searches at the hands of U.S. officials upon returning to the United States. Why? What’s the justification? Since Americans living today have all been born and raised under this type of system, hardly anyone questions it. It’s just accepted, passively and submissively, as part of living in a ‘free’ society. Yet, when the government wields the authority to conduct a complete search of people without any suspicion of a crime having been committed, that is far from any free society.” (03/17/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/03/17/americans-searched-border/

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50) If the government can’t get domain seizures right, why would Big Pharma do better?
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm

“We’ve never been fans of the ICE’s domain name seizures. They have been used to violate free speech rights, without any meaningful opportunity for the owner or users of the domain to be heard before the domain is seized. But at least such seizures are issued under a warrant issued by a United States District Court judge, and there is a mechanism of redress (however slow and inconvenient) when a domain is seized wrongfully. That’s what happened to the music blog Dajaz1, whose domain was seized by ICE and kept offline for over a year while the recording industry tried and failed to come up with evidence of copyright infringement. And it’s what apparently happened today to vicodin.com If responsibility for the seizure of domain names passes to domain name registries or registrars, at the direction of Big Pharma — as the DNA proposes — all bets are off.” (03/17/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/03/if-government-cant-get-domain-seizures-right-why-should-we-expect-better-big

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51) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 15
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #15, I discuss how John McCain is becoming unhinged. McCain accused Rand Paul of working for Putin and introduced a resolution to condemn Russian actions in Syria. I review John McCain’s long history of sending US troops to die overseas. I also give updates on Syria, Yemen, Libya, and North Korea.” [various formats] (03/17/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-15-time-for-mccain-to-retire

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52) Free Talk Live, 03/18/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Conservatives, Liberals, Libertarians :: Border Searches More Invasive :: War on Drugs :: Term Limits :: Cop Block Founder Ademo Freeman Offered Plea Deal :: Libertarian Party of New Hampshire :: Immigration :: What is a libertarian? :: Flat Earth Kooks :: More on Immigration.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/18/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-03-18

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53) spiked podcast, 03/18/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast, Brendan O’Neill looks at libel laws, Ann Furedi explains the latest abortion bill, and Bruno Waterfield discusses the Dutch election results.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/18/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-abolish-all-libel-laws/

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54) Felony Friday, episode 63
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday host John Odermatt is joined by his fellow Lions of Liberty Podcast co-founders Marc Clair and Brian McWilliams. Marc, Brian and John analyze some controversial topics during this first of a kind ‘Is this a Crime’ round table discussion.” [various formats] (03/17/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/03/17/ff63/

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55) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 179
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Aaron and Trevor have a discussion about the political authority of the state. Should one obey the government? Is there a compelling reason to?” [various formats] (03/17/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/must-you-obey-government

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56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 871
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“We know the government snoops on email and other electronic communications, and yet most of us do nothing about it: we figure we’d have to be full-time techies even to begin to figure out how to protect ourselves. DigitalSafe CEO Alain Ghiai joins me today to discuss why privacy matters, and how regular people can reclaim their email and file-sharing privacy.” [various formats] (03/17/17)

http://tomwoods.com/keep-the-spooks-from-snooping/

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57) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 561
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“If you’re looking for the ‘American Dream,’ (the joy of owning your home and the idea that your children will do better than you) your odds are far better in Canada than they are here in America.” [various formats] (03/17/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/561-american-dream-move-to-canada-fed-says/

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