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Volume XVI, Issue #3,943
Monday, April 2nd, 2018
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In the News:

1) China: Regime attacks Chinese consumers with new tariffs on 128 US imports
2) Trump on deal for Dreamer immigrants: “NO MORE”
3) Saks, Lord & Taylor data breach may affect five million customers
4) Former Trump adviser says he was detained at Logan as part of Mueller investigation
5) Efrain Rios Montt, 1926-2018
6) CT: Pressure mounts for Esty to resign
7) Alvarado v Alvarado: Costa Rica’s election explained
8) Pelosi targeted in more than a third of GOP House commercials
9) Issa thinks special counsel ultimately will lead FBI-Justice probe
10) As corporate-government tax pacts falter, Coca-Cola challenges huge US bill
11) Russia Kemerovo fire: Aman Tuleyev quits as governor
12) Trump whines about Brown’s pardons
13) Israel: Regime rejects calls for inquiry into Gaza violence
14) White House and Shulkin at odds over whether he resigned
15) Kashmir: At least 19 killed in fighting
16) CA: Judge rules that coffee shops must display cancer warnings
17) TX: Woman sentenced to five year in prison for voting while on probation
18) US FCC approves SpaceX plan for 4,425-satellite broadband network
19) EPA chief Pruitt lived in DC townhouse owned by lobbyist family for $50 per night
20) IL: Fake marijuana linked to 22 cases of severe bleeding

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Justice schmustice
22) Social media firms want us addicted, not informed
23) Why California’s lawsuit industry wants you to think coffee causes cancer
24) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 6, part 6
25) A view from the right: Pro-Civilization
26) Getting granular on America’s income distribution
27) Is the war on guns the next war on terror?
28) The War Powers Resolution fraud
29) Corbyn can’t bat away anti-Semitism charges
30) The “weaker” sex
31) Pompeo foreshadows problems with Europe
32) Trump’s dark reflection in WV
33) A(nother) neglected anniversary
34) Let’s tackle poverty in the US and UK by making sure policies don’t hit poor in the pocket
35) With Shulkin out, there’s little to stop VA privatization
36) Quantum Vibe, 03/30/18
37) Don’t deport non-veterans either, unless it’s Donald Trump
38) Ignore the words of US presidents, watch their actions instead
39) The power of positive is not always possible (but neither does it have to be)
40) Pinochet’s Chicago Boys versus freedom
41) How tariffs are playing into Trump’s xenophobic agenda
42) Market money and the rationale for central banks
43) Immigrants give America a foreign policy advantage
44) Evil weed or good cash crop?
45) How stupid is THIS narrative?
46) ICE’s tyrannical campaign to silence dissent
47) Cambridge Analytica — Bogey of the Week
48) Why the line item veto is not an idea we should be resurrecting
49) “The right to not be shot”
50) President Trump’s bad foundation will lead to even more spending

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/01/18
52) Free Talk Live, 03/31/18
53) Reason Podcast, 03/31/18
54) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/30/18
55) FIREside Chats, episode 11
56) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 139
57) Free Thoughts Podcast, 03/30/18
58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/30/18
59) Felony Friday, episode 117
60) In The Tank Podcast, 03/29/18

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

1) China: Regime attacks Chinese consumers with new tariffs on 128 US imports
Source: The Hill

“China announced Sunday that it is implementing new tariffs on more than 120 U.S. imports in response to President Trump’s recent decision to increase taxes on imported steel and aluminum. The Chinese Ministry of Finance announced that it will impose a 15 percent tariff on 120 products, including fruits and other commodities, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua. It will also impose a 25 percent tariff on pork and related products. The tariffs will reportedly go into effect starting Monday.” (04/01/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/381196-china-hits-us-with-new-tariffs-on-128-imports

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2) Trump on deal for Dreamer immigrants: “NO MORE”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump on Sunday declared ‘NO MORE’ to a deal to help ‘Dreamer’ immigrants and threatened to pull out of a free trade agreement with Mexico unless it does more to stop people from crossing into the U.S. He claimed they’re coming to take advantage of protections granted certain immigrants. ‘NO MORE DACA DEAL!’ Trump tweeted one hour after he began the day by wishing his followers a ‘HAPPY EASTER!’ He said Mexico must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!’ The U.S., Canada and Mexico are participating in tense negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement at Trump’s insistence. Trump says NAFTA is bad for the U.S.” (04/01/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-ridiculous-laws-make-Border-Patrol-more-12797245.php

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3) Saks, Lord & Taylor data breach may affect five million customers
Source: MarketWatch

“Hackers have apparently stolen the credit- and debit-card data of more than 5 million customers from the parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor stores. Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co., which owns the retail brands, confirmed the breach Sunday and said it was investigating it. ‘Once the Company has more clarity around the facts, it will notify customers quickly and will offer those impacted free identity protection services, including credit and web monitorin’ Hudson’s Bay said in a statement. The luxury retailer said the thieves apparently used software in cash registers to steal card numbers between May 2017 and March 2018.” (04/01/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/saks-lord-taylor-data-breach-may-affect-5-million-customers-2018-04-01

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4) Former Trump adviser says he was detained at Logan as part of Mueller investigation
Source: Boston Globe

“An academic and author who was involved with the Trump campaign said he was interrogated by FBI agents at Logan International Airport Tuesday and issued a subpoena to testify in front of a grand jury as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. The agents questioned Ted Malloch about topics including his involvement with the campaign, former Trump advisor Roger Stone, and WikiLeaks, Malloch said in a statement provided to the Globe by representatives of Skyhorse Publishing, the publisher of Malloch’s forthcoming book. The Special Counsel’s Office and the FBI declined to comment, according to spokesmen for the agencies.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (03/31/18)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/03/31/former-trump-advisor-says-was-detained-logan-part-mueller-investigation/7c8wGxKQINEeWtEKMfZXqO/story.html

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5) Efrain Rios Montt, 1926-2018
Source: New York Times

“Gen. Efrain Rios Montt, who as dictator of Guatemala in the 1980s ordered fierce tactics to suppress a guerrilla insurgency and was later convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, died on Sunday in Guatemala City. He was 91. The cause was a heart attack, according to his lawyers, Jaime Hernandez and Luis Rosales. The general had dementia and had suffered lung and heart problems in recent years. In the panoply of commanders who turned much of Central America into a killing field in the 1980s, General Rios Montt was one of the most murderous. He was convicted in 2013 of trying to exterminate the Ixil ethnic group, a Mayan Indian community whose villages were wiped out by his forces.” (04/01/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/01/obituaries/efrain-rios-montt-guatemala-dead.html

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6) CT: Pressure mounts for Esty to resign
Source: Fox News

“The pressure on Connecticut Rep. Elizabeth Esty to resign over her handling of harassment and abuse claims against a top staffer mounted this weekend, with fellow Democrats calling on her to leave office. The three-term House member has been under fire since Thursday, following reports in The Connecticut Post and the Washington Post that state Esty allowed a chief of staff to remain employed despite knowledge of allegations that he physically harmed and threatened to ‘kill’ another staffer. According to the allegations, then-Chief of Staff Tony Baker called a female staffer with whom he had a romantic relationship nearly 50 times on May 5, 2016, and once punched the woman while in Esty’s Washington office. In addition, the woman, Anna Kain, provided a voicemail tape to The Washington Post in which Baker purportedly said: ‘You better f––g reply to me or I will f––g kill you.’” (04/01/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/01/pressure-mounts-for-democratic-rep-esty-to-resign-over-violent-abuse-accusations-against-top-staffer.html

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7) Alvarado v Alvarado: Costa Rica’s election explained
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Costa Ricans have two choices in the presidential elections on Sunday: Alvarado or Alvarado. Conservative evangelical Fabricio Alvarado is running against centre-left Carlos Alvarado, who is no relation. The candidates have been neck and neck throughout the campaign, which has been dominated by debate over legalising same-sex marriage. Here is what you need to know about the two candidates and the election. Costa Rica has a presidential election every four years. The current president, Luis Guillermo Solís of the centre-left Citizens’ Action Party (PAC), is banned under law from running for a second consecutive term. In February’s first round, no candidate won more than 40% of the vote, which means the two best-performing candidates went through to a head-to-head second round. Fabricio Alvarado won 24.8% of the vote in February, while Carlos Alvarado gained 21.8%.” (04/01/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43610095

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8) Pelosi targeted in more than a third of GOP House commercials
Source: USA Today

“Nancy Pelosi has long been a favorite target of GOP attack ads. But Republicans seem to be taking it to another level in this election cycle. The House Democratic leader has been featured in roughly one-third (34%) of all GOP broadcast ads aired in House races this year, according to data provided to the USA TODAY NETWORK by Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG), which tracks political advertising. That compares with 9% in all of 2016 and 13% in 2014. ‘Obama’s departure and the lack of a Clinton presidency has left Pelosi as the de facto stand-in as head of the Democratic Party’ and shorthand to Republican voters for ‘liberal big government,’ said Erika Franklin Fowler, a Wesleyan University political scientist who co-directs the Wesleyan Media Project, which analyzes broadcast advertising in federal elections.” (04/01/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/01/nancy-pelosi-targeted-republican-2018-midterm-congressional-commercials/469453002

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9) Issa thinks special counsel ultimately will lead FBI-Justice probe
Source: Fox News

“California Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday that existing probes into the Obama administration’s FBI and Justice Department ‘could and will likely lead’ to a special investigator, while fellow Republican and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested the time is now for a special counsel to lead such an investigation. Issa, a member and former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, the chamber’s top investigative panel, made his comments to Fox News’ ‘Sunday Morning Futures,’ after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week he would not immediately appoint a new special counsel to investigate Republican concerns involving the FBI and Justice Department. Sessions instead directed U.S. attorney John W. Huber, a senior federal prosecutor from Utah, to evaluate ‘certain issues’ including whether a special counsel appointment was necessary.” (04/01/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/01/issa-thinks-special-counsel-ultimately-will-lead-fbi-justice-probe.html

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10) As corporate-government tax pacts falter, Coca-Cola challenges huge US bill
Source: Reuters

“Coca-Cola Co thought it had a deal with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on how much the company charged foreign affiliates for the rights to make and sell Coke products abroad. Then in September 2015 a letter from the IRS arrived at Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters with a bill for back taxes whose amount, $3.3 billion, stunned the world’s No. 1 soft drinks maker. Coca-Cola sued the IRS, disputing the bill. The case is being tried now in U.S. Tax Court in Washington. A verdict is not expected for some time after the trial ends, expected in mid-April.” (04/01/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax-corporate/as-corporate-government-tax-pacts-falter-coca-cola-challenges-huge-u-s-bill-idUSKCN1H8191

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11) Russia Kemerovo fire: Aman Tuleyev quits as governor
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The long-serving governor of the Russian region where a shopping mall fire left dozens of people dead has resigned. Aman Tuleyev said stepping aside from governing Kemerovo was ‘the right, conscious and only true decision’ following the disaster. He announced the move in a video address posted on the regional administration’s website. Last month’s fire killed more than 60 people, most of them children.” (04/01/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43610306

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12) Trump whines about Brown’s pardons
Source: New Jersey Herald

“President Donald Trump blasted California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday for his pardon of five ex-convicts facing deportation, including two who fled the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia with their families four decades ago. In a tweet , Trump referred to Brown as ‘Moonbeam,’ referencing a nickname a newspaper columnist coined for him in the 1970s. Trump then listed the ex-convicts’ crimes before they were pardoned Friday. They include misdemeanor domestic violence, drug possession, and kidnapping and robbery. … Brown’s pardons don’t automatically stop deportation proceedings, but eliminate the convictions on which authorities based their deportation.” (03/31/18)

http://www.njherald.com/article/20180331/AP/303319855#//

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13) Israel: Regime rejects calls for inquiry into Gaza violence
Source: Miami Herald

“Israel’s defense minister on Sunday rejected international calls for an investigation into deadly violence along Gaza’s border with Israel, saying troops acted appropriately and fired only at Palestinian protesters who posed a threat. Fifteen Palestinians were killed and over 700 wounded in Friday’s violence near the Israeli border, according to Palestinian health officials. It was the area’s deadliest violence since a war four years ago. Human rights groups have accused the army of using excessive force, and both the U.N. secretary-general and the European Union’s foreign policy chief have urged an investigation. In an interview, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel would not cooperate with a U.N. inquiry if there were one.” [editor’s note: Israel needs to either withdraw from the UN or start cooperating with it instead of demanding the advantages of membership while repudiating the obligations involved. No, they are not the only regime which should make up its mind in that regard – TLK] (04/01/18)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article207612559.html

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14) White House and Shulkin at odds over whether he resigned
Source: The Hill

“The White House and former Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin are at odds over the narrative of his departure. Shulkin on Sunday pushed back against the White House’s claim that he resigned, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that he was ‘committed to making sure this job was seen through to the very end.’ But a West Wing spokesperson maintains that the former Cabinet secretary stepped down from his post. Shulkin’s departure came amid a round of staff and Cabinet shake-ups within the Trump administration, including the ousting of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the resignation of White House communications director Hope Hicks.” (04/01/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/381182-white-house-and-shulkin-quarrel-over-claim-he-resigned

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15) Kashmir: At least 19 killed in fighting
Source: United Press International

“An Indian Army operation against militants in the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley resulted in the deaths of 12 insurgents, three soldiers and four civilians Sunday, according to the Kashmir authorities. Also about 70 other people were wounded in South Kashmir’s Shopian and Anantnag districts as the armed forces cracked down on insurgents, authorities said. … In the village of Draged-Sugan at least seven of the militants were killed. Director General of Police SP Vaid said all those killed have been been identified as locals and their bodies have been claimed by their kin. Protesters demonstrated against Indian security forces. That included thorwing [sic] stones at the security personnel to back the militants, members of the Hizbul Mujahedeen and Lashkar-e-Taiba groups.” (04/01/18)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2018/04/01/12-militants-3-soldiers-4-civilians-die-in-Kashmir-fighting/4531522602558/

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16) CA: Judge rules that coffee shops must display cancer warnings
Source: The Hill

“A California judge ruled that Starbucks and other coffee sellers in the state will be required to warn customers that their coffees carry a cancer risk, according to the Associated Press. In his decision, Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said the companies failed to comply with a state law that requires businesses to warn customers about chemicals that could have negative health effects. At issue is a chemical, acrylamide, which is produced while roasting coffee beans. It is classified as a weak carcinogen.” [editor’s note: I’m surprised to hear that this wasn’t already the case. Pretty much everything in California had a “known the state of California to cause cancer” sticker on it the last time I was there nearly two decades ago – TLK] (03/29/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/380925-judge-rules-coffee-sellers-must-include-cancer-warnings-in-california

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17) TX: Woman sentenced to five year in prison for voting while on probation
Source: Washington Post

“If she had known it was illegal, Crystal Mason said she would have never cast a vote in the 2016 presidential election. The 43-year-old former tax preparer hadn’t even planned on voting until her mother encouraged her to do it. She had only recently been released from federal prison for a 2012 tax fraud conviction …. She was still on community supervision at the time of the election — but no one, including her probation officer, St. John said, ever told her that being a felon on supervision meant she couldn’t vote under Texas law. … Now, she’s going back to prison for casting a ballot illegally — for five years.” (03/30/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/03/30/texas-woman-sentenced-to-5-years-in-prison-for-voting-while-on-probation

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18) US FCC approves SpaceX plan for 4,425-satellite broadband network
Source: TechCrunch

“SpaceX has a green light from the FCC to launch a network of thousands of satellites blanketing the globe with broadband. And you won’t have too long to wait — on a cosmic scale, anyway. Part of the agreement is that SpaceX launch half of its proposed satellites within six years. … The proposed service, which will be called Starlink, was opposed by several existing satellite operators like OneWeb and Spire. They’re rightly concerned that another operator in space — especially one that wants to launch thousands of satellites — will crowd both spectrum and orbit. … SpaceX eventually plans to launch 12,000 of the things, but this authorization is for the high-altitude group of 4,425; a separate authorization is necessary for the remaining number, since they’ll be operating at a different altitude and radio frequency.” [editor’s note: What makes a US regulatory agency like the FCC think it has jurisdiction over space? – TLK] (03/29/18)

https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/29/fcc-approves-spacex-plan-for-4425-satellite-broadband-network/

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19) EPA chief Pruitt lived in DC townhouse owned by lobbyist family for $50 per night
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s lease at a Washington townhouse owned by a lobbyist friend allowed him to pay $50 a night for a single bedroom — but only on the nights when he actually slept there. White House officials are growing dismayed about the questions surrounding Pruitt’s living arrangement, including his initial inability to produce any documentation about his lease or his actual payments, according to three officials. The landlord provided EPA officials with a copy of the lease and proof of the payments Pruitt made. … The disclosure follows revelations about Pruitt’s reliance on first-class flights to travel around the globe and a series of pricey trips, including a visit by Pruitt and agency staff to Italy that cost $120,249. EPA officials have defended Pruitt’s use of first-class flights on security grounds, but after a series of reports, he shifted to coach.” (03/30/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-scott-pruitt-townhouse-20180330-story.html

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20) IL: Fake marijuana linked to 22 cases of severe bleeding
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“State public health officials have linked the use of synthetic cannabinoids to more than twenty cases of severe bleeding this month in northeast Illinois. As of Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health had received reports of 22 hospitalizations related to the outbreak since March 7. Each patient reported suffering severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids, which include chemicals similar to those found in the marijuana plant. Some of the patients have experienced bleeding from their eyes and ears, while others have reported unusually heavy bleeding from cuts and wounds, according to IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold.” [editor’s note: Of course the drug warriors will blame the sellers, the users, everyone but themselves, but if real cannabis was legal nobody would be buying this crap – TLK] (03/30/18)

https://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/synthetic-cannabinoids-linked-to-22-cases-of-severe-bleeding-in-ne-illinois/

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

21) Justice schmustice
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Last week, in the wake of the widely-misrepresented ‘children’s march’ for gun control — the average participant of which was a 49-year-old woman — 97-year-old former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens embarrassed himself by writing a New York Times editorial in which he urged the ‘children’ to demand outright repeal of the Second Amendment, a bitter betrayal of the spirit, if not the letter, of the oath of office from which he has never been released. This is a lawyer we’re talking about, here, who was appointed to the Court in 1975 by Jerry Ford, hardly the greatest advocate of individual liberty who ever occupied the White House. Stevens held his position for an astonishing 35 years with an unpredictable and irrational mixture of principled and unprincipled notions, among them that citizens arming themselves as a reasonable precaution against possible government overreach is an obsolete concern in the 20th and 21st centuries, despite ample evidence that World War II — a titanic struggle against perhaps the most overreaching government in history — appears to have been the big moment of his life.” (04/0/18)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle967-20180401-02.html

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22) Social media firms want us addicted, not informed
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“A rather profound tweet by a Twitter user called The Stoic Emperor reads: ‘Almost all Americans own a smartphone or a computer. Each device contains the library of Alexandria. The sum total of all world knowledge. You can learn anything. Why don’t you? Too busy tracking social status. Too enthralled by imagery your evolution can’t resist.’ Sadly, this seems about right. Years ago I wrote about how the arrival of pervasive WiFi and smart devices meant that human knowledge was available like never before: ‘I’m writing this in a bar right now, and I have most of human knowledge at my fingertips. … If I’m curious about the Hephthalite huns or the rocket equation or how much money Fritz Hollings has gotten from the entertainment industry, I can have it in less time than it takes the barmaid to draw me a beer.’” (03/31/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/01/social-media-business-model-addicts-us-approval-not-information-column/476719002

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23) Why California’s lawsuit industry wants you to think coffee causes cancer
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Walter Olson

“A judge in Los Angeles ruled Wednesday that Starbuck’s, Peet’s, and many other retailers face potentially massive liability under California law for not warning consumers that naturally occurring substances in roasted coffee beans can cause cancer, at least in lab animals. Absurd? Outrageous? Yes. But the scorn and outrage should be directed not at the judge but at the law whose terms he was required to enforce — Proposition 65, adopted by state voters through the initiative process in 1986 — as well as the lawyer-swayed California political system that still, more than 30 years later, is unwilling to address the measure’s gross flaws.” (04/01/18)

https://fee.org/articles/why-californias-lawsuit-industry-wants-you-to-think-coffee-causes-cancer/

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24) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 6, part 6
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Satoshi never envisioned centralized exchanges. The spectacle would have appalled him. Bitcoin was forged to avoid centralized third parties, such as banks and centralized exchanges, that require users to trust them with wealth and privacy. Peer-to-peer transfers based on cryptographic proof were supposed to replace the need for a middleman who demanded trust. They were designed to give financial power back to the individual. The problem: there is a market demand to speculate, to trade in currencies, and to perform sophisticated financial transactions for which peer-to-peer (as it currently exists) can be ill-equipped. There is also a demand for convenience and access that does not require technical knowledge or effort. Centralized exchanges may be the polar opposite of what Satoshi envisioned, but centralized exchanges fill a niche, or else they would not be popular.” (03/31/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-how-centralized-exchanges-intend-to-devastate-you/

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25) A view from the right: Pro-Civilization
Source: Jacob ex Machina
by Jacob Lyles

“Political blogging is a dead genre. Its corpse is kept animated by ancient thirty-somethings left behind by a snapchat world. It’s fine whisky in an age of vodka and gatorade. Yet I have the stubborn impulse to keep alive this tradition of my people. I can’t help myself. Left idle, my hands start typing up new political ideologies. Blogspot.com: it’s a gen X thing. The purpose of this post is to identify and define a new ideology: Pro-Civilization.” (03/31/18)

https://jacobexmachina.blogspot.com/2018/03/pro-civilization-and-new-right.html

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26) Getting granular on America’s income distribution
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“Back in the 1980s, the decade that saw researchers start detailing America’s increasing concentration of income and wealth, flacks for the emerging Reagan economic order disdainfully dismissed the significance of the alarming new data. The United States isn’t getting more unequal, the Reaganites pronounced, and the middle class isn’t shrinking. Those economists claiming otherwise, the conservative pushback went, weren’t taking government welfare programs into account. Add in safety-net benefits, conservatives continued, and the increased inequality would disappear. Over on Capitol Hill, researchers at the Congressional Budget Office would eventually put that conservative case to the test. They started producing periodic reports that took all sources of income into account, everything from wages and salaries to food stamps and unemployment benefits, and then totaled up all these numbers, by income level, before and after taxes. What did the CBO’s statistical sleuths end up finding? Plenty of growing inequality.” (03/30/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180330/getting-granular-on-americas-income-distribution

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27) Is the war on guns the next war on terror?
Source: CounterPunch
by Nick Pemberton

“Remember how the war on terror began. It was spurred by a violent attack. An image that stuck in our minds. When 9/11 happened we couldn’t believe it. Who could do this to us we asked? Who haven’t we done it to? The innocence in America is astounding. And it is dangerous. Americans are obsessed with violence. The shooters, the critics, everybody. When a violent attack happens we replay it over and over again. We say ‘Never Forget.’ The catch phrase for March For Our Lives is ‘Never Again.’ Never is used both times. When you say never what do you mean? Do you mean that this will stop no matter what? At no matter what cost? Look at the cost of ‘ending’ terrorism. Not that it worked, but even if it had.” (03/30/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/30/is-the-war-on-guns-the-next-war-on-terror-2/

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28) The War Powers Resolution fraud
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thomas E Woods, Jr.

“n the wake of the Vietnam War Congress passed the War Powers Resolution of 1973. As the history books would have it, Congress thereby restrained presidential war powers and reasserted traditional congressional prerogatives in foreign policy as envisioned by the Constitution. Not so. Not even close to being so. Congress did pass the War Powers Resolution, to be sure. But if anything, the Resolution — sympathetic mythology to the contrary notwithstanding — actually emboldened the president and codified executive warmaking powers that would have astonished the framers of the Constitution.” (03/31/18)

https://mises.org/wire/war-powers-resolution-fraud

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29) Corbyn can’t bat away anti-Semitism charges
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Is it possible to be an anti-Semite without being conscious of it? To take an active part in one of the world’s oldest and most fatal hatreds, yet to be able to say, with sincerity, that anti-Semitism is odious, not to be tolerated? This isn’t a matter of keeping one’s prejudices so deeply buried that they are largely unknown to oneself. It is a case of being involved in discussions, movements and protests which use anti-Semitic tropes, seeing and reading these and yet not admitting to one’s own conscious mind (or conscience) what they say and what they mean. It is this mystery which surrounds the actions and evasions of Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour Party.” (03/30/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-antisemitism-commentary/commentary-corbyn-cant-bat-away-anti-semitism-charges-idUSKBN1H61A8

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30) The “weaker” sex
Source: Reason
by Peter Bagge

Cartoon. (04/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/04/01/the-weaker-sex#slide1

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31) Pompeo foreshadows problems with Europe
Source: Niskanen Center
by Stefan Shover

“Europe would face an interesting economic situation if the president and Pompeo pressured them to renegotiate the Iran deal. Prior to the 2012 sanctions, European-Iranian trade was valued up to $32 billion. The sanctions brought this number down to just $8.4 billion, marking a net loss of over $20 billion in annual trade. Added on to this economic opportunity cost is an estimated $120 billion in potential trade losses from strong, U.S.-backed sanctions against Russia imposed following the 2014 Crimea crisis. Against the European Union’s current levels of global trade, these two largely American-driven policies would account for over a four percent (up to $200 billion total) loss in potential trade revenue. Given this economic burden, European countries have a strong incentive to resist pressure from the Trump administration to impose new sanctions.” (03/30/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/pompeo-foreshadows-problems-with-europe/

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32) Trump’s dark reflection in WV
Source: The New Republic
by Mason Adams

“There are a lot of people who loathe Don Blankenship, the former head of Massey Energy. Start with the coal miners, 29 of whom were killed in 2010 when an explosion ripped through Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. Then there are the employees who have accused him of verbal and physical harassment; neighbors whose drinking water was poisoned by Massey’s improper disposal of hazardous waste; rival businessmen Blankenship squeezed into bankruptcy; and Appalachians whose health has been impaired by the disastrous environmental effects of mountaintop removal, an extractive technique Blankenship helped pioneer. But five weeks out from West Virginia’s May 8 primary, Blankenship, who has been dubbed ‘The Dark Lord of Coal Country,’ and whose own lawyer argued three years ago that he couldn’t get a fair trial in West Virginia, is within striking range of winning the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. More than that, he’s got momentum.” (03/30/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147698/donald-trump-man-west-virginia

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33) A(nother) neglected anniversary
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Anthony Comegna

“Mencken writes that ‘Bathtubs are so common today that it is almost impossible to imagine a world without them.’ If they’re so ubiquitous, though, one might wonder where exactly the story is here. More often than not, serious students of history do their readings on the past for critical purposes. Since most of the historical record is a train of horrifying errors; since most great rulers have in fact been mass murderers and slaveholders; since most history has always been written to justify existing regimes — we have a great deal of room for growth. One could easily be swept away in the endless centuries of exploitation, torture, misery, and ignorance. But Mencken’s revolutionary contribution was to show that our actual daily lived experience is not governed by politics, nor any other force from above. The things that make the most significant contributions to our daily lives are the un-historied people and things.” [editor’s note: Yes, I read the postscript – TLK] (04/01/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/microhistory-you-remembering-mencken

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34) Let’s tackle poverty in the US and UK by making sure policies don’t hit poor in the pocket
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“The poorest 20pc of households in the UK see close to 60pc of their spending go on housing, food, clothing, transport and utilities; in the US, on slightly different definitions, it’s 68pc. Those with children see higher spending on clothing and footwear, and childcare for those with infants can be hugely expensive too. Families in inner-successful cities face much higher rents (and often receive higher housing benefit or subsidies). In all these sectors, government policies push prices structurally higher.” (03/30/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/lets-tackle-poverty-us-uk-making-sure-policies-dont-hit-poor-pocket

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35) With Shulkin out, there’s little to stop VA privatization
Source: The American Prospect
by Suzanne Gordon

“On March 28, the day after President Trump fired him, David Shulkin, the outgoing secretary of veterans affairs, took to The New York Times to warn of the creeping privatization that has long plagued the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The Prospect has lamented Shulkin’s efforts to outsource more care to the private sector as well as his failure to strongly and effectively defend the VHA in the media and congressional hearings. Nonetheless, Shulkin is to be commended for now warning that ‘privatization is a political issue aimed at rewarding select people and companies with profits, even if it undermines care for veterans.’ After getting rid of Shulkin, Trump’s new appointees to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will certainly not oppose — and may actively promote — the dismantling of the agency.” (03/30/18)

http://prospect.org/article/shulkin-out-theres-little-stop-va-privatization

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36) Quantum Vibe, 03/30/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (03/30/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1777

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37) Don’t deport non-veterans either, unless it’s Donald Trump
Source: OpEdNews
by David Swanson

“We’re hearing a lot about U.S. veterans being deported, just as we hear about healthcare and retirement and homelessness and countless other topics as impacting veterans in particular. The implication, and often the explicit assertion, is that we should especially care about injustice when it hurts veterans, because they’ve especially earned the right to be treated decently, by participating in the greatest mass-murdering crime sprees of recent decades — the wars that most of us (and may veterans too) say we oppose. You’ll be shocked to learn that I disagree, that I’m opposed to special veterans parking places closer to the grocery store and special airplane bording privileges for military members, and that I want to block the Trump weapons parade on so-called Veterans Day with a massive celebration of Armistice Day.” (04/01/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Don-t-Deport-Non-Veterans-by-David-Swanson-Donald-Tenn_Donald-Trump_Donald-Trump-Dictator_Donald-Trump-In-Paris-180401-290.html

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38) Ignore the words of US presidents, watch their actions instead
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“President Trump has publicly announced that he is planning to withdraw US troops from Syria ‘like, very soon,’ something he has reportedly been saying in private for weeks now. Predictably, partisan propaganda firms like CNN and the Washington Post have been reacting with horror to these sentiments, calling a US exit from Syria a ‘win for Russia,’ as though Syria is America’s property that it would be signing over to someone else by the cessation of its illegal civilian-slaughtering occupation. The amazingly sycophantic Josh Rogin even went so far as to pen a screed saying that supporters of US interventionism in Syria should use the fact that withdrawal would hurt US oil interests to try and manipulate Trump into keeping troops there.” (03/31/18)

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39) The power of positive is not always possible (but neither does it have to be)
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Alex R Knight III

“We always hear a lot about being positive in one’s outlook — the ‘power of positive thinking,’ we’re told, is all important. Keep a bright outlook, and wonders will occur in your life. I want to begin by clearing the obvious out of the way: When things are going well and the sun is shining on your particular little microcosm, then there is no need for this advice in the first place. Bask in those blessings and enjoy. But when things take a turn for the worse, as they do so often in the course of any average person’s life, I want to ask how it is even possible to expect anyone to be bright, sunny, and cheery when all around them dark and negative things are occurring?” (03/31/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/the-power-of-positive-is-not-always-possible-but-neither-does-it-have-to-be

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40) Pinochet’s Chicago Boys versus freedom
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Ever since the U.S.-supported military coup in Chile that brought Gen. Augusto Pinochet to power in 1973, American and Chilean conservatives have extolled the economic policies that the Pinochet regime brought to Chile. The policies, which conservatives have long described as ‘free-market,’ originated within a group of Chilean economists known as the Chicago Boys, who accepted governmental positions in the Pinochet regime. The economic policies introduced by the Chicago Boys helped revitalize the Chilean economy, which has long been a source of pride for the conservative movement in general and the Chicago Boys in particular. However, there are problematic aspects of what the Chicago Boys did, not only with respect to their service to one of the most brutal dictatorships in history but also with respect to what they describe as the free-market policies that the Pinochet dictatorship introduced into Chile.” (03/30/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/pinochets-chicago-boys-versus-freedom/

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41) How tariffs are playing into Trump’s xenophobic agenda
Source: In These Times
by Tobita Chow

“In early March, President Trump announced steel tariffs as part of a protectionist, anti-China economic strategy. More recently, Trump escalated to target $60 billion of imports from the Chinese tech industry with additional tariffs. Some progressives are supportive of these tariffs on the grounds that they protect workers in the United States. For example, United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard argues that steel tariffs may give a badly needed boost to employment in the steel industry and the communities that depend on it. Nonetheless, it is strategically disastrous to offer support to Trump’s tariffs, and the strategy that underlies them.” (03/30/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21021/tariffs_trump_steel_china_racism_labor_unions

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42) Market money and the rationale for central banks
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by James L Caton, PhD

“In the discussion of central banking policy guided by either rules or discretion, one must wonder why policy makers are attempting to reinvent the wheel. At their best, central banks attempt to emulate the functions of financial markets. These markets work to promote monetary equilibrium, offsetting any excess demand for or supply of money, and thus reducing the variance of the price level. It is not clear that a central bank can be more effective than financial markets in determining the appropriate quantity of money and in sustaining the health of credit markets and robust economic growth. Without being subject to competition and profit and loss, we cannot expect that monetary policy will generate superior results.” (03/31/18)

https://www.aier.org/sound-money-project/market-money-and-rationale-central-banks

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43) Immigrants give America a foreign policy advantage
Source: The Atlantic
by Kori Schake

“It has often been thought that the composition of the American public, consisting as it does of immigrants from so many lands, is a vulnerability in foreign policy–that, for example, German immigrants would harbor affinities for their land of origin and become disloyal during the world wars. The argument was taken to a shameful extreme with the internment of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor. What has received less attention is the extent to which America’s immigrant fabric can be a foreign-policy advantage, even a threat to other countries. That is what British Prime Minister Palmerston feared, and what President Lincoln stoked, to forestall British recognition of the Confederacy during the Civil War. The result was an important inhibition on Great Britain, then the most powerful state of the international order.” (03/31/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/03/immigrants-america-foreign-policy-advantage/557018/

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44) Evil weed or good cash crop?
Source: Town Hall
by Paul Jacob

“Hemp is not marijuana. And yet it is. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he will introduce legislation to legalize industrial hemp. He is not concerning himself with marijuana, which is what we call the plant Cannabis sativa when cultivated for its Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, the principal chemical in the plant that makes it ideal for ‘recreational’ (and other) uses. Industrial hemp is Cannabis sativa, too, just with minuscule THC. Actually, he insists that ‘hemp’ and ‘marijuana’ are more than merely distinct: ‘I think we’ve worked our way through the education process of making sure everybody understands this is really a different plant,’ he said. Well, I guess that is one way to sell a bill. But it is not quite believable. While ‘hemp’ as an industrial product is not the same as ‘marijuana’ as a recreational-medicinal drug, the two are not separate species. You cannot tell them apart without some chemical analysis. Or a bong hit.” (04/01/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/pauljacob/2018/04/01/evil-weed-or-good-cash-crop-n2466727

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45) How stupid is THIS narrative?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by L Reichard White

“Facts and evidence don’t matter anymore. It’s only the narrative that counts. Which is the main reason the inept British scripting of the recent alleged attempt on the life of ex double-agent Sergei Skripal is seriously troubling. It isn’t that the facts don’t match the Official Narrative — that’s now expected and the standard, especially when scripting our current essential villain, Russia. No, it’s the deteriorating quality of Official Narratives in general, and, in this case, the James Bond plot line.” (04/01/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/04/01/how-stupid-is-this-narrative/

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46) ICE’s tyrannical campaign to silence dissent
Source: The Week
by Shikha Dalmia

“The Trump administration has opened a whole new front in its war on immigration. In a bid to stifle the backlash against its harsh enforcement policies, federal agents are now targeting high-profile immigration activists in addition to the immigrants themselves. This is an affront to the First Amendment; by targeting lawful citizens for speaking out, the administration shows that in its zeal to uphold the ‘rule of law,’ it is willing to degenerate into lawlessness itself.” (03/30/18)

http://theweek.com/articles/761747/ices-tyrannical-campaign-silence-dissent

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47) Cambridge Analytica — Bogey of the Week
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“The panic over Cambridge Analytica looks like an acknowledgment that Russiagate is a losing horse. CA is the latest excuse for Hillary Clinton’s ignominious loss to Donald Trump, following ‘the Russians’ and former FBI Director James Comey. Since those others haven’t exactly carried the day — still no evidence given against Russia and plenty of unflattering stuff came out about Trump when Comey was grandstanding — it must have been time for a new tack. CA’s psychographic microtargeting appeared to fill the bill.” (03/30/18)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-cambridge-analytica/

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48) Why the line item veto is not an idea we should be resurrecting
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary M Galles

“President Trump’s signature on the latest budget-busting spending agreement came with a litany of complaints. It also came with the desire for a line-item veto, echoing predecessors from both parties, since a Democratic Congress slapped down Nixon for his use of impoundments (not spending $6 billion of budgeted pork-barrel sewer appropriations) in the 1974 Impoundment Control Act. However, while presidents love the idea of a line-item veto, which sounds like a good-government improvement, it is not clear Americans would benefit from it.” (03/29/18)

https://fee.org/articles/why-the-line-item-veto-is-not-an-idea-we-should-be-resurrecting/

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49) “The right to not be shot”
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“The anti-gun bigots are busy trying to portray their activism as support for ‘the right to not get shot.’ They lie. Yes, you have a right to not get shot (as long as you aren’t archating, anyway) because no one has a right to shoot the innocent. That’s not being disputed. The thing is, your right to not be shot doesn’t give you the right to violate other people’s rights, and when you do, they have the right to shoot you. They may choose not to, but you’re a fool to count on it.” (03/30/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/03/the-right-to-not-be-shot.html

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50) President Trump’s bad foundation will lead to even more spending
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“A $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. More military spending than any time in history. How did things get to this point? Even some of the most loyal supporters of Pres. Trump have expressed both frustration and dismay that he signed an omnibus spending bill larger than all but one signed by former Pres. Obama. … Many people may have been stunned by the President signing such a bill, especially if they were only paying attention to the claims of mainstream politicians and pundits the last two years. On the left, the great fear was that Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress would slash and burn all kinds of federal programs. On the right, and in some libertarian circles, the great hope was pretty much the same. But no one should be surprised at how things have turned out so far.” (03/30/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/03/30/pres-trumps-bad-foundation-will-lead-to-even-more-spending/

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51) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/01/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou Feen and Michael W. Dean talk about how Mark Zuckerberg is creepy, and his algorithms more or less peer into the bedrooms of your children. Basically, the social networks are spying on everyone. Check out your Google Travel Log, then learn to delete same … Find out if you’re unique in a way you don’t want to be, then put on your Facebook Condom. Also, In Venezuela, hungry child gangs use machetes to fight for ‘quality’ garbage, because government. And that is NOT an April fool’s day joke.” [various formats] (04/01/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15752

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52) Free Talk Live, 03/31/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“PC Statue Takedowns :: Private Property :: Culture vs Culture :: Harvard Slavers :: First Draft of Declaration of Independence :: Anon Caller Advocates Takedown of Statues :: Tyrant Lincoln :: Washington’s Church Takes Down Plaque :: Black Caller Supports Slavery? :: Jefferson and Slavery :: Pope Speaks Against Hell? :: Constitution :: Proposal to Outlaw Child Sex Dolls :: There is No Hell :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/31/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-03-31

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53) Reason Podcast, 03/31/18
Source: Reason

“Reason’s Nick Gillespie caught up with [John Mackey] at LibertyCon, the annual conference of Students for Liberty, and talked with him about Whole Foods'[s] recent, controversial merger with the online retailer Amazon, his belief that young Americans are more ‘conscious’ about life and morality than past generations were, and his take on Donald Trump’s presidency so far.” [various formats] (03/3/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/03/31/theyre-more-conscious-and-more-awake-tha

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54) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/30/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Is there any way out of the federal spending binge? Jonathan Bydlak is creator of SpendingTracker.org.” [various formats] (03/30/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/big-spending-big-borrowing-week-washington

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55) FIREside Chats, episode 11
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Victory for Iowa State University students, SUFS updates.” [Flash video] (03/30/18)

https://www.thefire.org/fireside-chats-11-victory-for-iowa-state-university-students-sufs-updates/

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56) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 139
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“Since all these school shootings have occurred I think it’s paramount that we talk about guns. Are guns bad? Do we need to ban them or is all this a way for the state to take advantage of a good tragedy? This week I am speaking to the producer of The Sherry Voluntary Podcast, Daniel Blanchat! Daniel is a gun expert, libertarian, and former Drill Sergeant. If that isn’t a qualifier than what is?” [various formats] (03/30/18)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-139-semi-idiotic-w-daniel-blanchat/

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57) Free Thoughts Podcast, 03/30/18
Source: Libertarianism.org

“John Hasnas joins us this week to discuss the evolutionary process of common law.” [various formats] (03/30/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/understanding-common-law

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58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/30/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Today we are joined by Dr. Mary J. Ruwart, a biomedical researcher, ethicist and author of a new book called Death by Regulation — How We Were Robbed of a Golden Age of Health and How We Can Reclaim It.” [Flash video] (03/30/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/death-by-regulation-with-special-guest-mary-ruwart

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59) Felony Friday, episode 117
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today on Felony Friday Gracie Walker joins host John Odermatt to share how she spent more than a decade in prison for the ‘crime’ of introducing two people.” [various formats] (03/30/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/03/30/ff-117-a-mother-spent-decade-in-prison-for-an-introduction/

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60) In The Tank Podcast, 03/29/18
Source: Heartland Institute

“With John Nothdurft out, Government Relations employees Arianna Wilkerson and Charlie Katebi join Donny Kendal to present episode #133 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from The Heartland Institute.” [Flash audio] (03/29/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/03/in-the-tank-ep133-the-state-of-health-care-freedom-and-firearms-and-the-first-amendment/

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