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In the News:

1) Comey confirms Russia inquiry, rejects Trump wiretap claims
2) TSA, DHS introduce new security theater measure
3) Gorsuch tries to bridge partisan divide in start of confirmation hearings
4) “Homeland Security” gang publishes list of jurisdictions that rejected ICE thugs’ demands
5) Bitcoin takes a beating while rivals soar to all-time highs
6) NE: Secretary of State Gale will not seek re-election
7) Medicine: Spider venom may offer stroke therapy
8) Ivanka Trump will receive security clearance, government communications devices
9) Nevada set to be first state to ratify ERA since 1982 deadline
10) Mexico drug war investigators unearth 47 more skulls in mass graves
11) Uruguay pulling troops out of UN mission in Haiti
12) Greece: Police find eight parcel bombs headed to EU countries
13) US regime says Canadian accused in Yahoo hack poses flight risk
14) KY: Mayor calls in FBI after local cops are accused of raping children
15) Report: IRS granted tax-exempt status to Satanic cult in 10 days
16) WikiLeaks won’t disclose CIA exploits to companies until certain demands are met
17) Bolivia files complaint against Chile after nine officials arrested on the border
18) US Marine Corps issues new social media policy amid nude photo scandal
19) Paul calls for jail time for leakers
20) UK: May to trigger Article 50 for “Brexit” next week
21) AZ: Artist receives death threats over anti-Trump billboard
22) North Korea engine test may be prelude to partial ICBM flight
23) Trump takes Muslim ban appeal to Maryland court
24) Uber president Jeff Jones is latest exec to quit controversy-riddled ride-hailing service
25) Former police chief says he was profiled, detained at New York airport

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Is immigration a basic human right? My opening statement
27) Risk, reward, regulation and space tourism
28) The brief, half-serious, and sort of visionary political career of Jimmy Breslin
29) ObamaCare Repeal or ObamaCare 2.0?
30) How to achieve omnipotent government
31) France: Some versions of Utopia
32) The “Amazon Effect” is creative destruction at its finest
33) Does Neil Gorsuch believe in liberty and equality for all?
34) Veterans Health Administration realizes it should buy, not build software
35) The suicide of expertise
36) Inside Trump’s border crackdown on women and kids
37) The return of the railroad robber baron
38) The social cost of carbon regulations
39) Justice, punishment, and ancap principles
40) Individualism versus collectivism
41) Trump counters media narrative with “victims” of Obamacare
42) Tillerson, China and the North Korea question
43) Hollywood is addicted to politics
44) What Trump’s budget blueprint gets right
45) Virtue signaling does not help the poor
46) Is this aggression? Do we need government to protect us from this?
47) McCain and Montenegro: The anatomy of a conspiracy theory
48) The limits of citizenship
49) The importance of libertarian science fiction
50) America is hardly a bastion of free trade
51) Is Trump the new Teddy Roosevelt?
52) Three, three, three mints in one!
53) Trump’s budgetary blueprint retains America’s welfare state
54) Reactionaries have always been “post-truth”
55) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #167: Know how to take your own part.

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 121
57) The Bob Zadek Show, 03/19/17
58) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/20/17
59) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 287
60) Free Talk Live, 03/19/17

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

1) Comey confirms Russia inquiry, rejects Trump wiretap claims
Source: Bloomberg

“FBI Director James Comey confirmed the bureau is probing potential ties between President Donald Trump’s associates and Russia during the 2016 campaign and said there’s no evidence to support the president’s allegation that his predecessor ‘wiretapped’ Trump Tower last year. ‘I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,’ Comey told the House Intelligence Committee during a hearing Monday that lasted more than five hours. … Comey cautioned he wouldn’t be able to discuss many details of what remains a classified probe and said that his refusal to answer a question shouldn’t be taken as a tacit confirmation. ‘Please don’t draw any conclusions from the fact that I may not be able to comment on certain topics,’ he said, adding it ‘really isn’t fair to draw conclusions.’ Nonetheless, Trump tweeted during the hearing: ‘FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russia.'” (03/20/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-20/trump-denies-russia-collusion-as-fbi-s-comey-to-testify-in-house

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2) TSA, DHS introduce new security theater measure
Source: NBC News

“On Tuesday the TSA and DHS will announce temporary restrictions on the type of electronic devices that can be carried on-board certain flights from some overseas airports to the U.S. The restrictions, a federal official said, are an adjustment based on threat intelligence. … The restrictions will not apply to U.S.-based airlines but only to foreign carriers that operate flights from certain countries directly to U.S. airports, according to officials, and will not apply on purely domestic flights.” (03/20/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tsa-dhs-will-bar-electronic-devices-some-overseas-flights-n736086

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3) Gorsuch tries to bridge partisan divide in start of confirmation hearings
Source: Fox News

“Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch vowed Monday to be a ‘faithful servant of the Constitution’ and ‘apply the law impartially,’ during the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings that repeatedly exposed the partisan divide in Washington. … Gorsuch, a respected, highly-credentialed judge and conservative member of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, attempted in his remarks to bridge the political divide and become President Trump’s replacement for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.” (03/20/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/20/gorsuch-supreme-court-hearings-open-to-partisan-clashes.html

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4) “Homeland Security” gang publishes list of jurisdictions that rejected ICE thugs’ demands
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The Department of Homeland Security made good Monday on a Trump administration promise to publicly shame cities and counties that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released its first weekly list of local jails and jurisdictions that haven’t honored so-called immigrant detainer requests. Such requests on behalf of immigrations officials go to cities and counties asking that local law enforcement hold an inmate who is in the country illegally [sic] and has been arrested or charged with a crime. The intent is to have such prisoners detained for up to 48 hours so that federal officials can decide whether to [abduct] and deport them.” (03/20/17)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/20/520851267/dhs-publishes-list-of-jurisdictions-that-rejected-immigrant-detainer-requests

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5) Bitcoin takes a beating while rivals soar to all-time highs
Source: MarketWatch

“Call it the schadenfreude trade. Bitcoin’s price is taking a beating, having shed about one-fifth of its value over the weekend. At the same time, its biggest rivals in the cryptocurrency space are ascendent: The price of a single ethereum token, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, touched an all-time high above $50 over the weekend just as bitcoin’s losses were beginning to accelerate. … Ethereum isn’t the only cryptocurrency benefiting from bitcoin’s selloff: Dash, the third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, broke to an all-time high above $100 a coin on Monday. Monero, the fourth-largest digital currency, touched an all-time high above $20. The bitcoin selloff started around the time that AntPool, the largest collective of bitcoin miners, on Friday adopted a controversial software update known as bitcoin unlimited.” (03/20/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bitcoin-takes-a-beating-while-rivals-soar-to-all-time-highs-2017-03-20

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6) NE: Secretary of State Gale will not seek re-election
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2018, ending a career that focused on expanding voter participation and upgrading election equipment. Gale has served as the state’s top elections official since 2000, when he was appointed by then-Gov. Mike Johanns. His decision sets the stage for a potentially competitive race to replace him. ‘Being Secretary of State has been one of the most fulfilling, exciting and memorable experiences of my career,’ Gale said in a statement. ‘I feel very lucky to have been able to offer my public service as a constitutional officer to Nebraska and its citizens.’ Gale, a Republican, spent much of his tenure working to expand ballot access through early voting and voting by mail, although he has supported controversial bills to require that voters show a government-issued ID at polling sites. In 2015, his office launched an online voter registration system.” (03/20/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Nebraska-Secretary-of-State-Gale-will-not-seek-11015081.php

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7) Medicine: Spider venom may offer stroke therapy
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A protein in spider venom may help protect the brain from injury after a stroke, according to research. Scientists found a single dose of the protein Hi1a worked on lab rats. They said it showed ‘great promise as a future stroke treatment’ but had not yet been tested in human trials. The Stroke Association said the research was at its early stages but it would ‘welcome any treatment that has the potential to reduce the damage caused by stroke.’ The researchers, from the University of Queensland and Monash University, travelled to Fraser Island in Australia to hunt for and capture three potentially deadly Australian funnel web spiders.” (03/20/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39335367

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8) Ivanka Trump will receive security clearance, government communications devices
Source: Raw Story

“Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter and wife of Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner, is in the process of obtaining a security clearance, Politico reports. According to Trump attorney Jamie Gorelick, Ivanka Trump will serve as her father’s ‘eyes and ears,’ while advising the president on a range of issues. She recently obtained an office on second floor of the West Wing, and will receive government communications devices this week. The news comes after a Trump transition team member last November said neither Ivanka Trump nor Kushner were eyeing security clearances in preparation for serving with the Trump administration. Kushner was named senior adviser to Trump on Jan. 9, 2017, and was given security clearance through that role. Gorelick said the first daughter will take whatever steps necessary to avoid conflicts of interest between her role in the Trump administration and her global Ivanka Trump brand.” [editor’s note: Still not sure why this is a big deal, given that Bobby was JFK’s Attorney General – SAT] (03/20/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/ivanka-trump-will-receive-security-clearance-government-communications-devices

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9) Nevada set to be first state to ratify ERA since 1982 deadline
Source: USA Today

“Nevada is on the cusp of being the first state since Indiana to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment more than three decades after the 1982 deadline imposed by Congress. The Senate passed the resolution on March 1, the first day of women’s history month. On Monday, the Assembly joined them by a 28-14 party-line vote, with Democrats favoring. Assemblywoman Jill Tolles, R-Reno, was the lone Republican in favor. The bill still needs to go to the Senate for concurrence after a technical amendment was added, though that chamber already voted to ratify mostly on a party line vote as well. State Sen. Heidi Gansert, a Republican from Reno and Tolles’ senator, was the lone Republican to vote for the ERA in that chamber. The resolution does not need to go to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s desk, but the Republican governor said he was in favor of its passage.” (03/20/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/20/equal-rights-amendment-passes-nevada/99430102

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10) Mexico drug war investigators unearth 47 more skulls in mass graves
Source: Reuters

“Investigators unearthed the skulls of 47 more suspected victims of Mexico’s drug war in Veracruz state, just days after uncovering 250 skulls at a separate mass grave used by drug cartels, the state’s attorney general said on Sunday. Veracruz, on Mexico’s Gulf coast, has long been a stomping ground for criminal gangs, who fight over lucrative drug and migrant smuggling routes. Giving details on the latest grisly find, Jorge Winckler said the skulls and remains of multiple body parts were unearthed from eight unmarked graves, clustered in a 120 sq meter area, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the town of Alvarado. So far, Winckler said, investigators had positively identified one three-person family, missing since September 2016, and the remains of two other men.” (03/20/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-violence-idUSKBN16R07X

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11) Uruguay pulling troops out of UN mission in Haiti
Source: Sacramento Bee

“Uruguay will soon pull its soldiers out of a United Nations stabilization mission in Haiti that began operations in 2004 and is facing sharp cutbacks, the leader of the South American country announced Monday. President Tabare Vazquez said at a public event that his country’s troop contributions to the Haiti mission will end this month and the roughly 250 Uruguayan peacekeepers will return home in early April. The country had as many as 1,000 forces deployed in Haiti at the height of the mission.” (03/20/17)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/article139600503.html

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12) Greece: Police find eight parcel bombs headed to EU countries
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Police in Greece have discovered and neutralized eight parcel bombs, addressed to European Union finance officials and businesses in various European countries, at a postal sorting office near Athens. The discovery Monday came after letter bombs were sent last week to the German Finance Ministry and the Paris office of the International Monetary Fund, where a small explosion injured a member of staff.” (03/20/17)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/greece-police-find-parcel-bombs-headed-to-eu-countries/article_1f25fdcd-730e-5ade-ab39-f7e14e63fcb4.html

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13) US regime says Canadian accused in Yahoo hack poses flight risk
Source: Bristol Herald Courier

“A Canadian man accused of breaking into hundreds of millions of Yahoo email accounts poses an ‘extremely high flight risk’ due to alleged ties to Russian intelligence agents, U.S. authorities say. U.S. law enforcement officials call Karim Baratov a ‘hacker-for-hire’ paid by members of the Russian Federal Security Service. In an application for arrest filed with an Ontario court, they say Baratov has the money to leave Canada and the ability to destroy evidence related to his alleged activities while on the run.” (03/20/17)

http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/business/us-says-canadian-accused-in-yahoo-hack-poses-flight-risk/article_57ab0855-8523-548f-a7ac-48aad7f95839.html

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14) KY: Mayor calls in FBI after local cops are accused of raping children
Source: The Free Thought Project

“Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called allegations of sexual abuse and rape by police officers of children in the department’s Youth Explorer program ‘our worst nightmare’ — and has now appealed to the FBI to open an investigation. ‘If there has been an injustice,’ asserted the mayor, ‘it will be remedied.’ A previous probe into the accusations by the Louisville Metro Police will also be subject to inquiry by former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey, whom Fischer hired to determine whether ‘errors were made’ — including by top cop, Police Chief Steve Conrad.” (03/19/17)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-child-rape-fbi/

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15) Report: IRS granted tax-exempt status to Satanic cult in 10 days
Source: Fox News

“While some conservative groups may wait years for tax-exempt status, the IRS swiftly gave approval for a Satanic cult that sponsored an ‘After School Satan Club,’ according to records obtained by a watchdog group. Documents posted by the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch late last week show the nonprofit called Reason Alliance, based in Somerville, Mass., operates in the state of Washington as the Satanic Temple of Seattle. The group appeared to have the goal of establishing Satan clubs in public schools throughout Washington in districts which had similar clubs operated by a Christian-based group. Documents obtained by Judicial Watch included the process of establishing an after-school Satan club at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma.” (03/20/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/20/irs-granted-satanic-cult-tax-exempt-status-in-10-days-report-says.html

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16) WikiLeaks won’t disclose CIA exploits to companies until certain demands are met
Source: The Hacker News

“It’s been over a week since Wikileaks promised to hand over more information on hacking tools and tactics of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to the affected tech companies, following a leak of a roughly 8,761 documents that Wikileaks claimed belonged to CIA hacking units. … After days of waiting, Assange made its first contact with Apple, Microsoft, and Google this week and finally made his intentions clear — no sharing of bugs and vulnerabilities the CIA is or was allegedly taking advantage of until certain demands are met. … Although the exact conditions are still unclear, one of the sources mentioned a 90-day disclosure deadline, which would require tech companies to issue a patch for the vulnerabilities within a three-month timeframe.” (03/17/17)

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

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17) Bolivia files complaint against Chile after nine officials arrested on the border
Source: PanAm Post

“Bolivia’s President Evo Morales accused Chile of assaulting Bolivian people during the arrest of two military personnel and seven customs officials at the border. ‘Using and defending smuggling, assaulting the Bolivian people just a few hours before a response in The Hague,’ he tweeted. According to Morales, the situation occurred on Bolivian soil on Sunday, March 19.” (03/20/17)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2017/03/20/bolivia-files-complaint-against-chile/

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18) US Marine Corps issues new social media policy amid nude photo scandal
Source: New York Post

“Battered by a nude photo-sharing scandal, the Marine Corps has issued a longer and more detailed social media policy that lays out the professional and legal ramifications for service members culpable of online misconduct. Among the coming changes: a requirement that all Marines sign a statement acknowledging they have read and understand the new guidelines. … The new policy makes it clear how existing rules and the Uniform Code of Military Justice can be used to prosecute offensive, indecent or disrespectful online activities. But it creates no new laws, underscoring the legal quagmire posed by the internet and the constraints on military leaders posed by privacy laws and the First Amendment right of free speech.” (03/20/17)

http://nypost.com/2017/03/20/marines-issue-new-social-media-policy-amid-nude-photo-scandal/

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19) Paul calls for jail time for leakers
Source: Mediaite

“During an appearance on ABC’s This Week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) expressed deep concern about government surveillance and the intelligence community leaking information to the press. With discussion among conservatives shifting more and more towards the ‘deep state’ in recent weeks, Paul told host George Stephanopoulos that it’s known that the Obama administration spied on former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. He was referring to transcripts of pre-inauguration phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador being discussed with the press, as the envoy was being surveilled by the U.S. Those calls led to Flynn’s resignation. ‘It is very, very important that whoever released that go to jail,’ Paul said. ‘Because you cannot have members of the intelligence community listening to the most private and highly classified information and then releasing that to The New York Times.'” (03/19/17)

http://www.mediaite.com/online/rand-paul-it-is-very-important-that-whoever-released-flynnrussia-call-transcripts-go-to-jail/

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20) UK: May to trigger Article 50 for “Brexit” next week
Source: CNN

“British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger the UK’s exit from the European Union on Wednesday, March 29, a spokesperson has confirmed to CNN. Other member states will ‘realize it’s not worth leaving’ the European Union after they see the deal the UK gets, the European Commission President has warned. The loss of Britain to the bloc, which celebrates its 60th anniversary next week, has created speculation that other states might decide to follow suit, something President Jean-Claude Juncker strongly disagreed with in an interview published on Sunday.” (03/20/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/20/europe/brexit-eu-juncker-uk/

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21) AZ: Artist receives death threats over anti-Trump billboard
Source: Raw Story

“The artist behind an Arizona billboard attacking President Donald Trump claims she is now the subject of death threats after news and photos of her creation went national. According to AzCentral, artist Karen Fiorito knew she would get a strong reaction for her work which went up of Friday and depicts Trump accompanied by mushroom clouds and stylized Nazi swastikas combined with dollar signs. On the reverse side, the billboard displays the word ‘Unity’ with five hands spelling out the word in sign language. … she was commissioned by a local art gallery to create the artwork that was blown up to billboard size and displayed in downtown Phoenix during an art festival.” (03/19/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/arizona-artist-receiving-death-threats-over-controversial-anti-trump-billboard/

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22) North Korea engine test may be prelude to partial ICBM flight
Source: Reuters

“North Korea has likely mastered the technology to power the different stages of an intercontinental ballistic missile and may show it off soon, analysts say, but is likely still a long way from being able to hit the mainland United States. North Korean state media announced its latest rocket-engine test on Sunday, saying it would help North Korea achieve world-class satellite-launch capability, indicating a new type of rocket engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The test showed ‘meaningful’ progress, a spokesman for South Korea’s Defence Ministry said on Monday, with the firing of a main engine and four auxiliary engines as part of the development of a new rocket booster.” (03/20/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN16R02P

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23) Trump takes Muslim ban appeal to Maryland court
Source: WCBM 680 News

“The Trump administration filed court papers Friday hoping to salvage its second version of a travel ban, after two judges in separate cases this week found it likely violated the Constitution. The Justice Department filed legal notice of its intent to appeal in federal court in Maryland, setting up a new appeals court showdown in Richmond, Va. Earlier this week, federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland issued orders against the travel ban, finding it likely violated the First Amendment by disfavoring a particular religion. If the Justice Department had appealed the Hawaii order, the case would have gone to the same San Francisco-based appeals court that rejected an earlier version of the travel ban.” (03/19/17)

http://www.wcbm.com/2017/03/19/trump-takes-travel-ban-appeal-to-maryland-court/

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24) Uber president Jeff Jones is latest exec to quit controversy-riddled ride-hailing service
Source: CBS News

“Jeff Jones, president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job, the company confirmed Sunday. … Jones is the latest of several high-level executives to leave the San Francisco-based company. The New York Times reports Brian McClendon, Uber’s vice president of maps and business platform, also plans to exit, at month’s end.” (03/20/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/uber-president-jeff-jones-is-latest-exec-to-quit-controversy-riddled-ride-hailing-service/

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25) Former police chief says he was profiled, detained at New York airport
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Hassan Aden, the former police chief of Greenville, North Carolina, a veteran law enforcement official and a regular overseas traveler, said he is accustomed to being welcomed back into the United States by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers ‘with a warm smile and the usual, ‘Welcome home sir.” But, he says, when he flew back from his mother’s 80th birthday party in Paris, the officer instead asked whether he was traveling alone and then said, ‘Let’s take a walk.’ Aden says customs officers detained him for an hour and a half after he landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport this past Monday.” [editor’s note: So a long-time gang member is upset that he got treated like he was just a regular guy. World’s smallest violin time … – TLK] (03/19/17)

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article139552223.html

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

26) Is immigration a basic human right? My opening statement
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Since we’re in San Diego, we’ve seen illegal immigrants. What are the vast majority of them doing? Working for willing employers. Renting apartments from willing landlords. Buying stuff from willing merchants. Sending money home to their families. Maybe even sitting next to you in class. They sure look innocent — even admirable. But the U.S. government can and does forcibly arrest and exile them to the Third World. Why can’t they all just come legally? Because exile is the default; they’re all exiled unless the U.S. government makes a rare exception. This is far less bad than killing or imprisoning them, but it sure looks like a severe human rights violation. If the U.S. government forbade you to live and work here, wouldn’t that be a severe violation of your human rights?” (03/20/17)

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

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27) Risk, reward, regulation and space tourism
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Space travel is dangerous. It will remain dangerous for the foreseeable future. Those considering paying big money to be flung into space know the risks and are okay with them. To date, 18 US astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have been killed in space flight while a number of astronauts and workers have been killed in non-flight accidents. As we revisit the moon, then turn our attention to more distant destinations, more will die. Mars is 46.8 million miles away at its closest point to Earth, with no tow trucks nearby should anything break down, and a not especially hospitable environment at the other end. Space is the final frontier and frontier life is dangerous. Just ask those who explored Earth’s seas or settled the American west. Despite the dangers, they did those things.” (03/20/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9827

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28) The brief, half-serious, and sort of visionary political career of Jimmy Breslin
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“‘Good day to you,’ Jimmy Breslin told the crowd of cops. ‘I’d like the record to state that I’m here without a lawyer.’ It was 1969. By this time Breslin, who died yesterday, was already a well-known newspaper columnist, but he wasn’t giving a talk about journalism. He was campaigning to be president of the New York City Council. Also on the bill was Breslin’s running mate, Norman Mailer, who was aiming to be mayor. The place was the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Breslin was about to give what Mailer’s campaign manager, Joe Flaherty, later described as ‘the best speech he would deliver during the campaign.’ (It went over better than Mailer’s turn with the crowd, which featured lines like ‘there were years when I hated some of you guys so much it wasn’t funny’ and ‘I’m as yellow as any good cop.’) After some opening jokes, Breslin got down to the heart of his pitch — elect his ticket, and ‘there will be no more New York Police Department as we know it’ …” (03/20/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/03/20/the-brief-half-serious-and-sort-of-visio

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29) ObamaCare Repeal or ObamaCare 2.0?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“This Thursday, the House of Representatives will vote on a Republican bill that supposedly repeals Obamacare. However, the bill retains Obamacare’s most destructive features. That is not to say this legislation is entirely without merit. For example, the bill expands the amount individuals can contribute to a health savings account (HSA). HSAs allow individuals to save money tax-free to pay for routine medical expenses. By restoring individuals’ control over healthcare dollars, HSAs remove the distortions introduced in the healthcare market by government policies encouraging over-reliance on third-party payers. … Unfortunately the bill’s positive aspects are more than outweighed by its failure to repeal Obamacare’s regulations and price controls.” (03/20/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/obamacare-repeal-obamacare-2-0

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30) How to achieve omnipotent government
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Ludwig von Mises explained how government interventionism into economic activity ultimately leads to omnipotent government. It’s because the first intervention inevitably creates problems or crises. Rather than repeal the original intervention, which would constitute an acknowledgement that the intervention had failed, government planners double down by introducing a new intervention to fix the problems or crises of the original intervention. But then this new intervention creates new problems or new crises, which then lead to another intervention. Gradually, through this process of never-ending interventions and crises, people end up with omnipotent government, or a police state.” (03/20/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/03/20/achieve-omnipotent-government/

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31) France: Some versions of Utopia
Source: The American Prospect
by Arthur Goldhammer

“The literary critic William Empson wrote a book called Some Versions of Pastoral. The French presidential election this year might be called ‘some versions of utopia.’ Each of the five principal candidates offers his own. ‘If you want to build superhighways for the French,’ Charles de Gaulle said, ‘you’ve got to give them poetry.’ Start with the most pastoral of the lot, Benoît Hamon. Hamon conjures up a future of diminished toil, mutual succor, and harmony with nature. Although he proposes a dose of Keynesian stimulus to put the unemployed back to work, he simultaneously adheres to an explanation of persistent French unemployment that has nothing to do with chronic underinvestment. Technology has made mankind too productive, Hamon’s program insinuates. We don’t need to work as much as we currently do to meet all our needs. Hence workers should be encouraged to negotiate with employers to reduce the number of hours they work. The legal work week in France is currently 35 hours. Why not pare this back by 10 percent to 32?” (03/20/17)

http://prospect.org/article/some-versions-utopia

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32) The “Amazon Effect” is creative destruction at its finest
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Mark J Perry

“The forces of creative destruction, including the destruction of jobs, are unstoppable and beneficial to the economy. Economic progress and job destruction go hand in hand, as economist Richard McKenzie explained in the Wall Street Journal 25 years ago. This recent wave of job destruction in the retail sector is a good thing, and should not be impeded or stopped. That is something that Team Trump should keep in mind as they pursue their misguided public-policy philosophy of jobism, which mistakenly makes the count of jobs the key measure of a country’s economic success or failure.” (03/20/17)

https://fee.org/articles/the-amazon-effect-is-creative-destruction-at-its-finest/

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33) Does Neil Gorsuch believe in liberty and equality for all?
Source: The New Republic
by David H. Gans

“Conservatives have championed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as an originalist in the mold of his mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. ‘Judge Gorsuch is a longstanding proponent of the view that the Constitution must be interpreted according to its text as it was understood by those with authority to enact it,’ explained Michael McConnell, who served with Gorsuch on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. By nominating him, ‘President Trump may have done more for originalism than any President since Ronald Reagan,’ wrote John O. McGinnis, a constitutional law professor at Northwestern University, adding that originalism ‘holds the most promise for maintaining a beneficent Constitution and a constrained judiciary.’ Not since the failed nomination of Judge Robert Bork in 1987 has a nominee been advanced because of his commitment to originalism.” (03/20/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141447/neil-gorsuch-believe-liberty-equality-all

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34) Veterans Health Administration realizes it should buy, not build software
Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

“Imagine that you learned a government agency built its own office furniture, HVAC, or telephones. Even if there were a massive amount of corruption in government purchasing, it would be remarkable if a bureaucracy could do a better job building than buying. Yet, for decades, the Veterans Health Administration has tried to do that with its Electronic Health Record (EHR). I cannot think of another health system that has built its own EHR, rather than buy it from a vendor. It makes as little sense as a health system manufacturing its own MRI machines.” (03/20/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/03/20/veterans-health-administration-realizes-it-should-buy-not-build-software/

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35) The suicide of expertise
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“According to Foreign Affairs magazine, Americans reject the advice of experts so as ‘to insulate their fragile egos from ever being told they’re wrong.’ That’s in support of a book by Tom Nichols called The Death of Expertise, which essentially advances that thesis. Well, it’s certainly true that the ‘experts’ don’t have the kind of authority that they possessed in the decade or two following World War II. Back then, the experts had given us vaccines, antibiotics, jet airplanes, nuclear power and space flight. The idea that they might really know best seemed pretty plausible. But it also seems pretty plausible that Americans might look back on the last 50 years and say, ‘What have experts done for us lately?’ Not only have the experts failed to deliver on the moon bases and flying cars they promised back in the day, but their track record in general is looking a lot spottier than it was in, say, 1965.” (03/20/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/20/americans-reject-experts-failure-history-glenn-reynolds-column/99381952

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36) Inside Trump’s border crackdown on women and kids
Source: Mother Jones
by Ian Gordon

“Despite President Donald Trump’s dire warnings of ‘bad hombres’ and drugs flooding into the United States from Mexico, the most urgent issue along the border has been the influx of Central American families and unaccompanied children, many of whom are fleeing gang-fueled violence in their home countries. And the latest statistics from the border show that one of the main goals of the White House’s immigration crackdown is being realized: targeting and deterring these asylum seekers from heading to the United States in the first place.” (03/19/17)

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/central-america-asylum-seekers-trump-deportation

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37) The return of the railroad robber baron
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“Mirror, mirror on the boardroom wall, who’s the greediest CEO of them all? This spring, as always, that’s going to be a tough call. We have so many worthy candidates. How about, for instance, the outgoing CEO at Coca-Cola? Muhtar Kent will be stepping down as Coke’s chief exec the end of this April. But apparently he needed some extra incentive for his last full year on the job. In 2016, Coke upped his take-home by 20 percent — to $17.6 million. Not bad for a fellow whose company saw its earnings plunge 11 percent. And we certainly can’t overlook Bruce Broussard, the chief exec at the heath insurer Humana. In 2016, his pay more than tripled, soaring from $4.8 to $17 million. What did CEO Broussard do to deserve this princely little windfall? Hard to say. We do know that Humana’s pretax income plummeted 36 percent in 2016.” (03/20/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170320/the-return-of-the-railroad-robber-baron

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38) The social cost of carbon regulations
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Fossil fuels created the modern world and lifted billions out of destitution and disease. They supply over 80% of the energy that powers United States and other modern civilizations; they will continue doing so for decades to come. They generate up to $70 trillion in annual global GDP. Using readily available data on global living standards, economies, disease, nutrition, life spans and other benefits — and the government’s own SCC cost figures and methodologies — we estimate that carbon benefits exceed costs by orders of magnitude: at least 50 to 1 and as much as 500 to 1!” (03/20/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/03/the-social-cost-of-carbon-regulations/

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39) Justice, punishment, and ancap principles
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“This is the conceit that is breaking modern society: there’s no such thing as justice. It’s an imaginary idea. What we mean when we say ‘justice’ is ‘This person did something wrong, so we’re going to get revenge, but we’re going to call it something else because we want to convince ourselves that our wrongful act against him is somehow different than the wrongful act he committed.’ But it isn’t, because two wrongs don’t make a right. It’s wrong to kidnap people at gunpoint, hold them against their will, and force them into slave labor, to force them into situations where they live in concrete jungles and have to fight for their lives or be raped. That’s morally wrong. There are no exceptions.” (03/20/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/03/20/justice-punishment-and-ancap-principles/

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40) Individualism versus collectivism
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“A society or community is composed of individuals, just as a forest is composed of individual trees, or a flock of sheep is composed of individual sheep. And the relationship between the individual and the society of which he is a member has been a continuing source of contention with philosophers and politicians. Is an individual person a mere cog in society? A replaceable part whose value is determined by his usefulness to the society? Can he be disposed of or punished by society should he displease it? Is the individual expendable? Is he a sheep who needs a shepherd to tell him how to live his life and what to do? Or is the individual human being something more; a living, breathing, thinking entity with goals and aspirations uniquely his own?” (03/19/17)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/03/individualism-versus-collectivism.html

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41) Trump counters media narrative with “victims” of Obamacare
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“President Donald Trump is angry at all the news coverage about the people who stand to be hurt because of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. ‘The press is making it look so wonderful,’ Trump complained Monday at an event at the White House arranged to counter the usual media narrative — a listening session with ‘victims’ of the ACA, or Obamacare. Open a newspaper and you can read all about it. The Congressional Budget Office predicted that in just one year, 14 million fewer people likely would be insured if the GOP’s American Health Care Act becomes law. There is little mention of CBO’s past faulty predictions. In 2010, it said there would be 21 million Americans buying policies through Affordable Care Act exchanges by 2016. The actual number was 11.5 million.” (03/20/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/03/20/trump-counters-media-narrative-with-victims-of-obamacare-n2301598

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42) Tillerson, China and the North Korea question
Source: Cato Institute
by Christine Guluzian

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first visit to China came to a conclusion this weekend, having visited South Korea and Japan earlier in the week as part of his East Asia tour. As expected, policy options regarding North Korea were a top focus. Pyongyang’s recent set of missile launches, including a more advanced ballistic missile which landed in the Sea of Japan, tested not only Washington’s patience but also that of Beijing. Indeed, just hours prior to Tillerson’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, North Korea’s state media reported the testing of a new high-thrust rocket engine, overseen by Kim Jong-un himself who declared it ‘a new birth’ for the isolated country’s rocket industry. So what is the likelihood of China supporting changes in U.S. policy toward North Korea?” (03/20/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/tillerson-china-north-korea-question

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43) Hollywood is addicted to politics
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“‘The thing you have to understand is the extent to which politics has come to dominate social life here,’ says my lunch companion. ‘This isn’t a night-life city anymore. You’re expected to attend breakfast meetings. You’re not up late partying. And politics fills that role. You go to fundraisers and dinners. It has become central to how you live here now.’ Constant politics means the constant use of politics for status-seeking, showing oneself to be the most sensitive, insightful, confrontational, etc. Everyone appreciates how well Meryl Streep’s political grandstanding at the Golden Globes went over. Harvey Weinstein took out a cynical ad in his Oscar campaign for Lion lamenting that, if Donald Trump has his way, child actors such as Sunny Pawar, star of that film, might not be able to get visas, because obviously what this is all about is the plight of child actors.” (03/20/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445908/liberal-hollywood-politics-unhealthy-addiction

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44) What Trump’s budget blueprint gets right
Source: Chicago Tribune
by staff

“When the White House put out its blueprint for the federal budget, which is notable for outlining $54 billion in cuts for domestic programs, shrieks of outrage went up on Capitol Hill. ‘Draconian’ and ‘counterproductive’ were some of the words used to describe the plan. ‘Not realistic’ and ‘unfair’ were also heard. And those responses came from Republicans. Democrats were even less impressed. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said it ‘would be a disaster for America.’ Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont called the plan ‘morally obscene.’ From the lamentations, you might not guess that the reductions amount to just 1.5 percent of federal outlays. Nor would you realize that as a share of gross domestic product, spending would remain one-fifth higher than it was in 2000. If these cuts are ‘draconian,’ Lake Calumet is an ocean.” (03/20/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-trump-budget-edit-20170319-story.html

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45) Virtue signaling does not help the poor
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Madsen Pirie

“Eleven years ago people were wearing wristbands that said, ‘Make Poverty History.’ It was a popular virtue-signalling slogan partly because it did not involve actually doing anything. The Adam Smith Institute produced its own wristbands for the first and only time. They said, ‘I buy goods from poorer countries,’ expressing something people can actually do about relieving poverty. Of course the wristbands were made in poorer countries, and we sent a free one to anyone who gave us a mailing address. We had thousands made and they went all over the world. A second batch was made, then a third. Having made our point, we stopped. Our point was that poor countries don’t become rich because of pious sentiments, or even by receiving development aid. They grow richer through trade, through selling their goods on world markets.” (03/20/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/virtue-signalling-does-not-help-the-poor

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46) Is this aggression? Do we need government to protect us from this?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“If someone 2,000 miles a way sends you something that he thinks will harm or even kill you, do you have the right to get government to go after him and try and punish him, or at least stop him from doing it? Assuming that ANY government is legitimate, one of the few ‘legitimate’ functions is to protect people from other people (and organizations, like governments) who what to kill, harm, steal, or otherwise deny them rights (you know, like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (which includes the right to own things!). Even most libertarians would say yes. But where do you draw the line?” (03/20/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/03/19/is-this-aggression-do-we-need-government-to-protect-us-from-this/

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47) McCain and Montenegro: The anatomy of a conspiracy theory
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Just in case you thought the conspiracy theory that Russia secretly controls the US government is exclusively an affliction affecting the Democratic party, Sen. John McCain’s recent performance on the floor of the US Senate should disabuse you of this optimistic notion. Responding to Sen. Rand Paul’s blocking of a vote in favor of the accession of Montenegro to NATO, the failed former GOP presidential candidate let it all hang out …. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was rebuked — and silenced — by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell because she read a letter from Coretta Scott King that called into question the motives of Jeff Sessions, then a Senator and a candidate for the office of Attorney General. Surely McCain’s outburst was an even more egregious violation of the rules than Warren’s, and yet McCain was allowed to proceed uninterrupted. Perhaps this is an example of ‘warmonger’s privilege.'” (03/20/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/03/19/mccain-and-montenegro-the-anatomy-of-a-conspiracy-theory/

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48) The limits of citizenship
Source: CounterPunch
by Julian Vigo

“In January 2013 after a lengthy dispute with the French government over taxes on the wealthy, Gerard Depardieu famously invoked rage amongst some of his fellow French nationals when he first moved to Belgium and then dropped his French citizenship for a Russian passport. More specifically, Depardieu’s departure was in defiance of President Francois Hollande’s Socialist party which imposes a 75 percent tax rate on incomes above one million Euros ($1.3 million). This move divided France as many celebrities lined up to critique Depardieu, there were just as many who defended his actions. Since then, there has been a media focus upon such cases where taxes have become the primary reason for people to drop their citizenship in one country in favour of another. And today the country which is forcefully going after its citizens who live abroad is the United States, one of only two countries in the world which has citizenship-based taxation. The only other country that has citizenship-based taxation is Eritrea.” (03/20/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/20/the-limits-of-citizenship/

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49) The importance of libertarian science fiction
Source: Students For Liberty
by Nicholas Woode-Smith

Theory inspires action, action leads to change. It is taken for granted by many that philosophy and political theory is integral to any movement. Movements, to inspire change, need an ideology to determine what form that change should take. Libertarianism is no different. We have a broad range of academic theorists who have written and lectured on an expansive array of Libertarian theory and principles. These principles allow us not only to shape what change we want to see in the world, but keep them consistent so that we do not stray from that set path. Theory is integral to any movement, but is often inaccessible to the majority of people. It tends to be boring for most, or too complicated. It is true that the vast majority of people have not and will never read Road to Serfdom or The Law, but many people have and will read The Hunger Games, 1984, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Fahrenheit 451 and other popular works of fiction.” (03/20/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/03/20/importance-libertarian-science-fiction/

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50) America is hardly a bastion of free trade
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Andrew N Smith

“Rhetoric has recently trumped reality. It has become a misconceived bit of common ‘knowledge’ that the United States of America is a bastion of free trade. Little could be further from the truth. The ‘freest’ nation on earth, as we are taught to believe, imposes a staggering number of tariffs, import and export bans, sanctions and embargoes. Yet somehow ‘free trade’ is blamed for the financial ills of the unemployed in the formerly industrial Midwest.” (03/20/17)

https://mises.org/blog/america-hardly-bastion-free-trade

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51) Is Trump the new Teddy Roosevelt?
Source: The American Conservative
by Stephen Beale

“Forget Reagan, Nixon, and Jackson. Trump’s real presidential forbearer is Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt — a career politician who sought military service, an avid outdoorsman who hunted elephants and explored the Amazon, and an intellectually curious historian who dabbled in anthropology and zoology — might seem an unlikely model for Trump. But in terms of policy, the parallels are legion.” (03/20/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/is-trump-the-new-teddy-roosevelt/

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52) Three, three, three mints in one!
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Most folks’ worries about monopoly come down to fear of out-of-control competition. In many industries, for the industry to work, there must be general cooperation among competitors. (Think of telephones and electricity distribution, etc.) The reason many people want to regulate ‘natural monopolies’ is that it seems only natural that businesses would balk at working together on shared standards — they would balk at any form of cooperation … they’re competitors, dagnabbit! But evidence of competitors cooperating for consumer good is all around us.” (03/20/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/20/three-three-three-mints-in-one/

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53) Trump’s budgetary blueprint retains America’s welfare state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“[A] cursory or a detailed look at President Trump’s budgetary proposals reveals that he plans to leave the ‘entitlement programs’ — Social Security, Medicare and related spending — untouched while merely reallocating the approximately 30 percent of the federal budget’s ‘discretionary’ expenditures from one set of activities to another. Neither the total amount of government spending nor the likely budget deficit is threatened with meaningful reduction.” (03/20/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/trumps-budgetary-blueprint-retains-americas-welfare-state/

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54) Reactionaries have always been “post-truth”
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun

“Nationalism and all other forms of traditionalism have always been ‘post-truth.’ One might think that this is an odd statement, since reactionary movements are so often characterized by a kind of absolutism. Liberals and leftists have always been the ones who are accused of vacuous relativism; many on the left mistake their commitment to pluralism for a refusal to defend the objectivity of their beliefs. Traditionalists’ sharp distinction between right and wrong makes them appear to be defenders of objective fact, unconcerned with matters of circumstance or emotion. This absolutism is not the hallmark of a truth-sayer. For reactionaries, truth is a facade: manufactured in order to mask a host of dead cultural gods they are terrified to let go of.” (03/19/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/48237

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55) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #167: Know how to take your own part.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“This aphorism is deceptive because it seems so simple and yet it is very difficult to implement the advice. How exactly can you help yourself in times of stress and trouble? Every person’s answer will be different, of course, but it is not intuitively obvious to me which behaviors are best. For example, complaining to others can give you a sense of temporary relief but it usually changes nothing; moreover, the person listening may use the information against you in some manner — e.g. as gossip.” (03/20/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7843

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56) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 121
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (video games, I was probably wrong about Yemen, and superpowers) :: Four prison guards boil a prisoner alive then skate.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/20/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-121-in.html

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57) The Bob Zadek Show, 03/19/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Lisa Snell, director of education and child welfare for Reason Foundation, joins the show to give an update on state-based experiments in educational choice. Bob will also discuss the surprisingly bipartisan argument for ending the $70 billion a year behemoth. Do you or a loved one have children trapped in government schools, with nowhere else to turn?” [various formats] (03/19/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/3/19/lisa-snell-on-school-choice-experiments

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58) Freedom Feens Radio, 03/20/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Phil Pollard, Jeremy Hesienburglar, and Michael W. Dean listen to MWD’s new ‘Feeny McLachlan’ ad, netiquette, MWD performs a live FB block, Jeremy jokes about the BipTots’ mannerisms, and Phil learns about good radio. In the second hour, MWD preaches about The Prime Directive of the Feens, the history of AA, old-school party lines, and Ma Bell, while Jeremy and Phil go along for the ride.” [various formats] (03/20/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14205

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59) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 287
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode of Lions of Liberty, Marc welcomes in the founder of the Transhumanist Party and 2018 Libertarian candidate for the California Governorship, Zoltan Istvan!” [various formats] (03/20/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/03/20/287/

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60) Free Talk Live, 03/19/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Satanic Temple Against Corporal Punishment :: Spanking vs Restraint :: Peaceful Parenting :: Alternatives to Spanking :: NM Legislative Pay :: Shopping Bag Fees in China :: Shopping Bag Minimum Price Floor :: Price-Setting :: Obedience :: California Bag Scene :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Jonny Ray.” [various formats] (03/19/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-03-19

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