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Thursday, April 5th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Stocks climb higher after early plunge on trade war fears
2) Facebook launches feature to let you know you’re a moron who can’t evaluate news by yourself
3) Egypt: Regime forces arrest news website’s editor-in-chief amid media crackdown
4) EPA’s Pruitt pushes back on pay raise, condo controversy
5) Shooter hated YouTube, had vendetta against “dictatorial” site for censoring her videos
6) Facebook says Cambridge Analytica may have had data on 87 million people
7) MA: Boston sued over 2016 police shooting of mentally ill man
8) Family sues doctor who “used his sperm” to impregnate patient
9) Israel: Trove of ancient “freedom coins” unearthed in Jerusalem
10) Stone, on day he sent Assange dinner email, also said “devastating” WikiLeaks were forthcoming
11) Study: Climate change makes mountain tops bloom, for now
12) Mueller team reportedly questioning Russian oligarchs
13) FL: Gainesville police release statement noting that snitching to ICE isn’t their job
14) UK: Regime rejects investigation of “spy poisoning” case in favor of continuing propaganda
15) Yemen: Houthis hit Saudi tanker off coast
16) DC: US Heimatsicherheitsdienst fears someone else may be competing with it
17) UK: Man arrested for defending himself from intruder
18) SpaceX capsule arrives at space station
19) CA: Four dead in Marine Corps helicopter crash
20) WI: Walker warns of “Blue Wave” as liberal wins court seat

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Immigration militarism
22) The ’80s called — they want their trade policy back
23) FARA: Freedom of the press, but on the government’s terms
24) Tolerance cuts both ways: Freedom for the speech we hate
25) Citizenship question won’t be most pernicious aspect of US Census
26) Trump is right to want to leave Syria
27) More evidence that the UK’s Russia narrative is a verdict in search of a crime
28) Marxism, the classless society and history
29) Americans need more Robin Hoods
30) Poisonous taxes
31) The illegal war in Syria isn’t ending anytime soon
32) We rule: A Socratic dialogue
33) Russia’s “Satan 2” and the new missile race
34) Why Americans love Amazon, and why Trump is wrong to attack it
35) We take so many modern marvels for granted
36) The sitcom society
37) Next up for Trump White House: Judge Jeanine and Lou Dobbs?
38) Let Tommy tweet
39) How Amazon wins if Internet sales tax goes into effect
40) Trump dismantles another Obama “achievement;” one more to go
41) Sick temper tyrannis
42) Control
43) The strange online aesthetic of the YouTube shooting suspect
44) Quantum Vibe, 04/04/18
45) Shoot first and think later
46) Our love and hate relationship with Bitcoin miners
47) Remember the Apple-FBI fight?
48) Are parents to blame for distressed state of American youth?
49) Gambling madness
50) How economic freedom indices misunderstand sound money and inflation

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Is there a “rape culture” on college campuses?
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/04/18
53) Scott Adams Says, 04/04/18
54) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/04/18
55) Essential Libertarianism, episode 29
56) Electric Libertyland, episode 66
57) Intercepted Podcast, 04/04/18
58) Free Talk Live, 04/03/18
59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1126
60) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/03/18

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

1) Stocks climb higher after early plunge on trade war fears
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“After an early jolt, stocks have rallied back and moved higher Wednesday as investors weighed whether back-and-forth tariff threats between the U.S. and China could escalate into full-fledged trade hostilities, or if the two sides could eventually settle their differences. The S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average erased early losses — the Dow fell as much as 501 points. While industrial and chemical companies remain sharply lower, consumer goods makers and some retailers are up. Technology stocks have turned higher. The early declines followed an announcement by the Chinese government that it plans to impose tariffs of 25 percent on a list of more than 100 U.S. goods worth $50 billion, including soybeans and aircraft. The duties are in retaliation for U.S. plans to raise duties on a similar amount of Chinese goods. But none of the tariffs have taken effect yet, and Trump administration officials including National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow suggested the U.S. tariffs won’t be implemented if China lowers barriers to trade.” [editor’s note: That last sentence is the key here; a threat to do something isn’t always an act of aggression – SAT] [additional editor’s note: The threat to tax IS always an act of aggression – TLK] (04/04/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Stocks-drop-again-as-US-and-China-trade-dispute-12804665.php

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2) Facebook launches feature to let you know you’re a moron who can’t evaluate news by yourself
Source: South China Morning Post

“Your News Feed will soon help you spot which stories are from reliable sources, and which articles are fake news, Facebook announced. People in the United States will soon see a change in Facebook that adds additional information to news stories in Facebook. Specifically, the additional information includes a Wikipedia link, information about the publication, related stories, and the total number of shares across Facebook. … Facebook’s design team started with recent research and internal surveys that said people had issues [swallowing the establishment line if alternatives were presented without comment].” (04/04/18)

http://www.scmp.com/tech/article/2140258/facebook-finally-launching-new-feature-combat-fake-news-after-six-months

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3) Egypt: Regime forces arrest news website’s editor-in-chief amid media crackdown
Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“Egyptian police raided the office of a news website late on Tuesday and arrested its editor-in-chief, according to three of its journalists, including its managing editor. The raid came two days after the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, an official oversight body, told the website, Masr al-Arabia, to pay 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,849) as a fine for republishing a New York Times article on alleged irregularities during last week’s presidential election. … A security source at the police station said [Adel] Sabry was being held prior to appearing before a prosecutor. Sabry is accused of running a news website without a permit, the source added.” (04/04/18)

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/egypt-arrests-news-website-s-editor-in-chief-amid-media-crackdown-1.5975896

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4) EPA’s Pruitt pushes back on pay raise, condo controversy
Source: Fox News

“Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt fired back at critics Wednesday, defending his decision to take a $50 a day condo rental from the wife of a lobbyist and claiming he just found out about a controversial pay raise for two of his staff members. ‘My staff and I found out about it yesterday and I changed it,’ Pruitt told Fox News in an exclusive wide-ranging interview. When pressed to provide specifics, Pruitt said he wasn’t sure who would be held accountable or if the person who authorized the raise was a career EPA employee or a political appointee. ‘You don’t know? You run the agency. You don’t know who did it?’ Fox News’ Ed Henry asked. ‘I found out this yesterday and I corrected the action and we are in the process of finding out how it took place and correcting it,’ Pruitt responded, though he didn’t say if anyone would be fired.” (04/04/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/04/epas-scott-pruitt-pushes-back-on-pay-raise-condo-controversy-in-fox-exclusive.html

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5) Shooter hated YouTube, had vendetta against “dictatorial” site for censoring her videos
Source: The Daily Mail [UK]

“The woman who opened fire on three people before killing herself at YouTube’s California headquarters has been identified as a frequent user of the site who was furious with the company for their ‘dictatorial’ new policies. Nasim Aghdam, 39, shot a man and two women with a handgun when she stormed YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno on Tuesday afternoon. Aghdam was a prolific YouTuber who had ranted online against the company’s new policies and accused them of censoring her videos. Witnesses say Aghdam was wearing glasses and a scarf when she managed to walk onto the YouTube campus and open fire on employees in what police believe is a random shooting. Law enforcement officials had initially said the shooting was being investigated as a domestic dispute after early indications suggested she had shot her boyfriend.” (04/04/18)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5575105/Active-shooter-reported-YouTube-HQ-California.html

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6) Facebook says Cambridge Analytica may have had data on 87 million people
Source: Reuters [UK]

“Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous news media estimate of more than 50 million. Most of the 87 million people whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, which worked on U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, were in the United States, Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer wrote in a blog post. Facebook said it was taking steps to restrict the personal data available to third-party app developers. The world’s largest social media company has been hammered by investors and faces anger from users, advertisers and lawmakers after a series of scandals about fake news stories, election-meddling and privacy.” [editor’s note: Okay, let’s review … Nobody gave a damn this “data mining” was happening, as long as it was not being used for “political purposes” (yeah, right!) – SAT] (04/04/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-privacy/facebook-says-cambridge-analytica-may-have-had-data-on-87-million-people-idUSKCN1HB2CM

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7) MA: Boston sued over 2016 police shooting of mentally ill man
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The mother of a black man fatally shot by Boston police filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that seeks to force a change in how first responders deal with people with mental illnesses. Terrence Coleman, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was killed in 2016 after his mother called for an ambulance to take him to the hospital. Police and prosecutors say he attacked emergency medical technicians with a large knife, but his mother denies her son was armed or posed any danger. Hope Coleman said Wednesday that she never imagined that calling for medical help would end in her son’s death. ‘I was just trying to help my son,’ she said through sobs at her lawyers’ office. ‘I brought him into the world. The police shouldn’t have took him out.’ Spokeswomen for the city and the police department declined to comment.” (04/04/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Boston-sued-over-2016-police-shooting-of-mentally-12804702.php

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8) Family sues doctor who “used his sperm” to impregnate patient
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A US woman is suing her parents’ former fertility doctor after claiming her DNA test results showed he secretly used his own sperm to help conceive her. Kelli Rowlette sent a DNA sample to genealogy website Ancestry.com, and was surprised to receive results that did not match her to her father. The 36-year-old thought the test was flawed before discovering the match was the doctor who delivered her. Her parents consulted the Idaho fertility doctor before her birth. Ms Rowlette’s lawsuit accuses now-retired obstetrician gynaecologist Gerald Mortimer of fraud, medical negligence, battery, emotional distress and breach of contract. According to the lawsuit, Ms Rowlette was never told that her now-divorced parents ever had trouble conceiving her until she confronted them with the results of her DNA exam.” (04/04/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43635982

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9) Israel: Trove of ancient “freedom coins” unearthed in Jerusalem
Source: Fox News

“A trove of bronze coins, the last remnants of an ancient Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, have been discovered near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The coins were discovered by Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar during excavations below the Temple Mount’s southern Wall. The coins were left behind by people hiding in a large cave between 66 A.D. and 70 A.D. The tumultuous four-year period spanned the Roman siege of Jerusalem to the destruction of the Second Temple and the city. ‘While several of the coins date to the early years of the revolt, the great majority are from its final year, otherwise known as ‘Year Four’ (69-70 CE),’ explained Hebrew University, in a statement. ‘Significantly, during the final year, the Hebrew inscription on the coins was changed from ‘For the Freedom of Zion’ to ‘For the Redemption of Zion,’ a shift which reflects the changing mood of the rebels during this period of horror and famine.’” (04/04/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/04/04/trove-ancient-freedom-coins-unearthed-in-jerusalem.html

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10) Stone, on day he sent Assange dinner email, also said “devastating” WikiLeaks were forthcoming
Source: CNN

“Roger Stone appeared on the InfoWars radio show the same day he sent an email claiming he dined with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — and he predicted ‘devastating’ upcoming disclosures about the Clinton Foundation. Stone’s comments in his August 4, 2016, appearance are the earliest known time he claimed to know of forthcoming WikiLeaks documents. A CNN KFile timeline shows that on August 10, 2016, Stone claimed to have ‘actually communicated with Julian Assange.’” (04/04/18)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/381637-roger-stone-predicted-devastating-leaks-about-clinton-on-day-of

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11) Study: Climate change makes mountain tops bloom, for now
Source: Raw Story

“Europe’s mountain summits are flush with new plant species, a greening that has increased in lock-step with the acceleration of global warming since the mid-20th century, researchers said Wednesday. Looking at more than 300 summits scattered across the continent, they found that five times as many plant types migrated to higher ground over the last decade than did 50 years ago, from 1957 to 1966. High mountain areas have warmed nearly twice as much as the planet as a whole, which has seen an increase of one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since the mid-19th century. ‘Across all summits, the increase in plant species richness has accelerated,’ a team of 53 scientists led by Sonja Wipf from the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos, Switzerland reported in the journal Nature.” (04/04/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/climate-change-makes-mountain-tops-bloom-now

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12) Mueller team reportedly questioning Russian oligarchs
Source: The Week

“In recent weeks, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has questioned Russian oligarchs traveling in the United States, and in at least one case searched a man’s electronic devices after he got off his private jet in the New York City area, several people familiar with the matter told CNN on Wednesday. Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and by showing interest in Russian oligarchs, it reveals his team is focusing on the possible flow of foreign money to President Trump’s campaign and inauguration fund, CNN reports. Under campaign finance laws, foreign nationals are not allowed to donate to U.S. political campaigns.” (04/04/18)

http://theweek.com/speedreads/765207/muellers-team-reportedly-questioning-russian-oligarchs

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13) FL: Gainesville police release statement noting that snitching to ICE isn’t their job
Source: WCJB 20 News

“Gainesville Police released a statement Tuesday morning about their policy on undocumented immigrants. Following a domestic violence incident that involved Guatemalan nationals and reports of them now being detained by ICE, GPD has released a statement saying that they will not be reporting or begin deportation proceedings for any of the immigrants involved. … They say there are currently no federal regulations that require local law enforcement to report.” [editor’s note: I live just outside Gainesville in Alachua County, which is itself a “sanctuary county.” I’m glad that GPD isn’t involving itself with the ICE gang, and to have a nice local story to pass on! – TLK] (04/03/18)

http://www.wcjb.com/content/news/Gainesville-Police-release-statement-about-their-undocumented-immigrants-policy-478641513.html

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14) UK: Regime rejects investigation of “spy poisoning” case in favor of continuing propaganda
Source: Washington Post

“Britain and Russia accused each other of duplicity and untrustworthiness Wednesday, with London rejecting any possibility of a joint probe involving Moscow into the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in England. At a special meeting to discuss the case at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, the Netherlands, the British envoy said that a joint investigation, as proposed by Russia, would force ‘a victim to engage the likely perpetrator.’ … Britain, backed by its European and U.S. partners, has blamed Russia for the March 4 nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the city of Salisbury, an accusation that Russia vehemently denies. Wednesday’s meeting at the international chemical weapons control body was called at the request of Moscow, which has pushed for Britain to provide evidence backing its claim that Russia was responsible.” (04/04/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-points-finger-at-uk-and-us-agencies-over-poisoning/2018/04/04/94f984ea-37e0-11e8-af3c-2123715f78df_story.html

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15) Yemen: Houthis hit Saudi tanker off coast
Source: Antiwar.com

“One day after Saudi warplanes bombed the northern Yemen port city of Hodeidah, Houthi rebels from the city have fired a missile at a Saudi oil tanker that was heading northward through the Red Sea. The Houthis said the missile was retaliation for the bombing. It doesn’t appear to have amounted to much, however, as a Saudi warship arrived at the site and quickly escorted the oil tanker northward, out of the line of fire.” (04/03/18)

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/04/03/yemens-houthis-hit-saudi-oil-tanker-off-coast/

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16) DC: US Heimatsicherheitsdienst fears someone else may be competing with it
Source: ABC News

“The U.S. government is publicly acknowledging for the first time that it picked up on what appears to be unusual and unauthorized surveillance activity in the nation’s capital last year from cellphone-site simulators — devices that can be used to intercept calls and text messages covertly. But the Department of Homeland Security says it had not determined the type of any devices possibly used or who might have used them, although it says their use by ‘foreign governments may threaten U.S. national and economic security.’ … The surveillance technology, also referred to as International Mobile Subscriber Identity catchers or ‘Stingrays,’ can be used to impersonate cell phone towers to locate and identify nearby phones. This means a mobile phone can be tricked into locking onto the surveillance device instead of a legitimate cell tower, thus revealing the exact location of a particular cellphone.” (04/04/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/dhs-observes-cellphone-site-simulators-washington-area/story?id=54214562

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17) UK: Man arrested for defending himself from intruder
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A 78-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a suspected burglar was fatally stabbed at his home in London. The pensioner discovered two intruders at this house in Hither Green, south-east London, late on Tuesday night and was forced into his kitchen by one armed with a screwdriver, according to Scotland Yard. While the second man was upstairs, detectives believe that a struggle ensued and the 38-year-old intruder was stabbed in the upper body. He was taken by an ambulance to a central London hospital where he was pronounced dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The homeowner sustained bruising to his arms and has injuries that are said not to be life-threatening. He was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and subsequently on suspicion of murder and was being questioned at a London police station on Wednesday.” [editor’s note: Yes, I agree that’s just insane – TLK] (04/04/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/04/man-arrested-fatal-stabbing-suspected-burglar-london

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18) SpaceX capsule arrives at space station
Source: Space.com

“A SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule carrying nearly 3 tons of supplies and science gear has arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) after a two-day orbital chase. Astronauts aboard the ISS snagged the uncrewed Dragon … using the orbiting lab’s huge Canadarm2 robotic arm. The cargo vehicle had launched Monday afternoon (April 2) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, on a contracted mission for NASA. That liftoff initiated the second mission for both the rocket’s first stage and the Dragon. The booster helped launch another SpaceX cargo mission in August 2017, and this same capsule previously visited the ISS in April 2016. Such reuse is part of SpaceX’s plan to slash the cost of spaceflight, thereby opening the heavens to exploration.” (04/04/18)

https://www.space.com/40193-spacex-dragon-cargo-capsule-arrives-iss.html

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19) CA: Four dead in Marine Corps helicopter crash
Source: WPSD Local 6

“A Marine Corps helicopter crashed Tuesday in California during a routine training mission and all four crew members aboard are presumed dead. The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed near the city of El Centro, which is near the Mexico border, around 2:35 p.m., according to a statement from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.” [editor’s note: I’m always surprised to hear the CH-53 is still in service. It was old when I got out of the Corps more than 20 years ago. My only helicopter crash (fortunately from low altitude and without any deaths or major injuries) was in a CH-53 – TLK] (04/04/18)

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/2018/04/04/marine-helicopter-crashes-california-kills-4/

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20) WI: Walker warns of “Blue Wave” as liberal wins court seat
Source: Fox News

“With a liberal judge from Milwaukee winning Wisconsin’s Supreme Court election Tuesday, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, warned in a series of tweets that a ‘Blue Wave’ fueled by ‘outside special interest money’ could hit the state in November. … On Tuesday, Judge Rebecca Dallet of Milwaukee easily defeated another circuit judge, Michael Screnock, for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Dallet, 48, will become the sixth woman on the court. And because she is viewed as liberal, her victory is expected to narrow the conservatives’ control of the court to 4-3 from the current 5-2.” (04/04/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/04/wisconsins-gop-governor-warns-blue-wave-as-liberal-wins-court-seat.html

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

21) Immigration militarism
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Notice something important about conservatives, as reflected by the mantra on Viguerie’s website: They call themselves proponents of ‘limited government,’ convincing themselves that a massive warfare state, including the militarization of the border, constitutes ‘limited government.’ Check out North Korea’s southern border. It is fully and totally militarized, just like Trump intends to do to America’s southern border. At the risk of belaboring the obvious, the North Korean regime is not exactly a ‘limited government.’ Of course, the North Korean communist regime takes the same position as American conservatives: That it has the legitimate authority to ‘control its borders’ by preventing people from freely entering or freely leaving the country. It’s the same position that the East German regime took when they had their version of Trump’s Wall during the Cold War.” (04/04/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/04/04/immigration-militarism/

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22) The ’80s called — they want their trade policy back
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Matthew Rooney

“Remember the ’80s? I do: Fanny packs. Big hair. Renting movies to watch at home that you had to rewind. In the beginning, we were still using rotary telephones; by the end, we had the first cell phone — commonly known as brick phones offering a whopping 30 minutes of talk time. Cameras with film you had to wait a week to get developed into paper prints. Who still remembers having to turn a crank to open your car window? And those awful tight bike shorts. Add to this list of things we don’t miss from the ’80s an experiment with protectionist, government-managed trade.” (04/04/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-80s-called-they-want-their-trade-policy-back/

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23) FARA: Freedom of the press, but on the government’s terms
Source: Antiwar.com
by Peter Van Buren

“Subjecting journalists to [the Foreign Agents Registration Act] sends a message about America. It encourages foreign governments to impose restrictions (Russia has already passed a law requiring outlets like CNN to register as foreign agents.) It uses the full authority of the American government to declare Al Jazeera, a network which reaches 310 million people in more than 160 countries, has no equal place within a free press because its broadcasts are ‘anti-American, anti-Semitic, and anti-Israel.’ In the specific case of Al Jazeera, it seemingly extends America law to cover anti-Israeli propaganda as well. As with attempts to claim WikiLeaks is espionage and not journalism, this use of FARA says the US will use its laws to harass those with ‘un-American’ opinions. The use of FARA to restrict foreign journalists also adds to rising sense among too many already frightened Americans that our freedoms are being used against us.” (04/04/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/peter_van_buren/2018/04/03/fara-freedom-of-the-press-but-on-the-governments-terms/

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24) Tolerance cuts both ways: Freedom for the speech we hate
Source: OpEdNews
by John W Whitehead

“Tolerance cuts both ways. This isn’t an easy pill to swallow, I know, but that’s the way free speech works, especially when it comes to tolerating speech that we hate. The most controversial issues of our day — gay rights, abortion, race, religion, sexuality, political correctness, police brutality, et al. — have become battlegrounds for those who claim to believe in freedom of speech but only when it favors the views and positions they support. ‘Free speech for me but not for thee’ is how my good friend and free speech purist Nat Hentoff used to sum up this double standard. This haphazard approach to the First Amendment has so muddied the waters that even First Amendment scholars are finding it hard to navigate at times. It’s really not that hard.” (04/04/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Tolerance-Cuts-Both-Ways–by-John-Whitehead-Bullying_Censorship_Dissent_Freedom-Of-Speech-180404-903.html

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25) Citizenship question won’t be most pernicious aspect of US Census
Source: The Hill
by James Bovard

“Regardless of whether the citizenship question is included in the 2020 Census, respondents will be assured that they have nothing to fear because the information they provide will never be used against them. In 2010, the House of Representatives passed a resolution assuring Americans that ‘the data obtained from the Census are protected under United States privacy laws.’ But the Census Bureau has a long history of betraying respondents. In the early 1940s, the Census brazenly violated federal law by providing key information on 120,000 Japanese Americans so that the Army could round them up for internment camps. The detentions were among the worst civil liberties violations in modern U.S. history.” (04/04/18)

http://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/381549-citizenship-question-wont-be-the-most-pernicious-aspect-of-us-census

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26) Trump is right to want to leave Syria
Source: Fox News Forum
by Harry J Kazianis

“The announcement by the White House on Wednesday that ‘the military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end’ is the right approach to take. President Trump understands that the last thing we need is to get sucked into another Middle East war that could go on for decades. The White House announcement came shortly after the Washington Post reported: ‘President Trump has instructed military leaders to prepare to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria but has not set a date for them to do so, according to a senior administration official.’ But exactly when U.S. troops will withdraw completely from Syria remains unclear, with some comments from the White House contradicting others.” (04/04/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/04/trump-is-right-to-want-to-leave-syria.html

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27) More evidence that the UK’s Russia narrative is a verdict in search of a crime
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Two weeks ago, the Right Honourable Boris Johnson was asked by a German journalist how the UK government could be so very certain so very early on that the Kremlin was behind the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Salisbury. ‘When I look at the evidence, the people from Porton Down, the laboratory, they were absolutely categorical,’ Johnson replied. ‘I asked the guy myself, I said: ‘Are you sure?’ And he said: ‘There’s no doubt.’ So we have very little alternative but to take the action that we have taken.’ The ‘action that we have taken’ include the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the United Kingdom, a cold war escalation in which they were joined by many allied governments around the world in the largest collective ejection of Russian diplomats in world history. It would also include Johnson’s personal campaign to unite the EU behind a more aggressive stance against Russia.” [editor’s note: I’ve been calling this “Deflategate III” for months now; accusations without a shred of evidence, treated as conviction – SAT] (04/03/18)

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28) Marxism, the classless society and history
Source: Acton Institute
by Lester DeKoster

“Marx always insisted that he derived his system from a careful study of history. Marxists are fond of insisting that they think ‘concretely,’ which means they always stick to the facts. That this is not really the case may be shown by an illustration. Let us suppose that a student of Marxism grasps the truth that the concept of the classless society, the earthly paradise, is not only the capstone of Marxist theory but is also the capstone of Marxist propaganda. It is this vision which distinguishes Marxism from other forms of violent social criticism, like, say, anarchism, which has never been a serious contender for men’s allegiance. Sensing, then, that Marxism draws much of its propa­ganda appeal, both consciously and unconsciously, from the concept of a perfect society, the critic begins to examine that idea in some detail. He finds, first of all, as we have noted, that the Marxist is very vague about the whole notion of the classless society.” (04/04/18)

https://acton.org/pub/commentary/2018/04/04/marxism-classless-society-and-history

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29) Americans need more Robin Hoods
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“The middle of April is approaching fast; the time of the year when I hear a lot about taxes. Mention of taxes brings Robin Hood to my mind. I don’t think of him with the more recent spin that has been put on the legend, but in the original spirit of the tales. Robin Hood is a model of an ethical outlaw. He broke bad laws by doing what was right for the right reasons. His story has been misrepresented. In the original tellings he didn’t ‘rob from the rich and give to the poor,’ but took back property that had been stolen through taxation and returned it to its rightful owners.” (04/04/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/04/04/voices/americans-need-more-robin-hoods/157021.html

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30) Poisonous taxes
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“Soda will cost you more in Philadelphia, Seattle, Boulder, Colorado, and a bunch of California cities because politicians in those places voted to tax it. The social engineers claim soda taxes will ‘reduce obesity,’ ‘lower diabetes rates,’ ‘reduce medical costs,’ etc. But the politicians’ main goal is to bring in money. Philadelphia city council members applauded wildly when their tax passed. But store owner Melvin Robinson says, ‘It’s a bad tax.’ Robinson, who runs Bruno’s Pizza, says the soda tax punishes his business. His customers quickly agreed. One I interviewed for my new YouTube/Facebook/Twitter video angrily said, ‘Who should pay $3 for a drink that they used to get for 99 cents?’ Now, instead of buying soda at Bruno’s, she buys from a store in the next town. That’s easy to do because Bruno’s is located right on an outer edge of Philadelphia. Customers just cross the street to save money.” (04/04/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/04/04/poisonous-taxes-n2467410

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31) The illegal war in Syria isn’t ending anytime soon
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“When U.S. forces are going to stay in a place ‘a little longer,’ we know that means that they won’t leave that place for years or decades. If there is no timetable for withdrawal and Trump is agreeing to keep U.S. forces in Syria for the time being, that means that the U.S. will continue to have an illegal, unauthorized military presence in Syria for the foreseeable future. That is consistent with previous statements from administration officials that said that the U.S. forces would be there indefinitely. As I feared, Pompeo and Bolton are going to use the president’s Iran obsession to make sure that U.S. forces stay in Syria for a long time.” (04/04/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-illegal-war-in-syria-isnt-ending-anytime-soon/

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32) We rule: A Socratic dialogue
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Socrates: You look troubled, Glaucon. Glaucon: [sighs] I’m tired of all the lies, Socrates. Socrates: What lies do you have in mind? Glaucon: Did you witness the Festival of Barbaric Thought? Socrates: No. Did I miss anything? Glaucon: Hardly. But the whole Athenian elite was there, oohing and aahing over the paltry ‘achievements’ of mere barbarians. Socrates: Did you criticize them for their lack of discernment? Glaucon: How I wanted to! But they’d have called me a Son of Hades if I’d spoken the truth. Socrates: The truth that their festival was a farce? Glaucon: I suppose that would have galled them, too. But I have a far greater truth in mind. Socrates: Namely? Glaucon: [whispering] That civilization rests upon Athenian achievements. Objectively speaking, we Athenians rule. Whatever the barbarians have, they owe to us.” (04/04/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/04/we_rule_a_socra.html

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33) Russia’s “Satan 2” and the new missile race
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“On Friday, Russia launched the largest ballistic missile in history. Weighing in at 200 tons, Moscow says the Sarmat rocket (dubbed ‘Satan 2’ by Western defense analysts) is the first with sufficient range to hit any location on earth from a single launch point. The test (announced by President Vladimir Putin, who also referenced the missile in his key pre-election speech last month) was an unambiguous threat to Russia’s enemies, particularly the United States. Since the end of the Cold War three decades ago, the U.S. military has been the undisputed leader when it comes to missiles and the technology to strike anywhere on the planet. Suddenly, however, Washington faces a world where its greatest potential foes have made dramatic investments in long-range weapons.” (04/04/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-missiles-commentary/commentary-russias-satan-2-and-the-new-missile-race-idUSKCN1HB233

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34) Why Americans love Amazon, and why Trump is wrong to attack it
Source: National Review
by Michael D Tanner

“Many commentators have noted that the president was wrong about almost everything he said in attacking Amazon. For instance, the president says that ‘only fools’ believe that Amazon doesn’t cost the postal service money. However, the Post Office is losing money because of sweetheart labor deals, rising health and pension costs, and the decline in first-class mail. Delivering packages, like those for Amazon, is actually one of the few bright spots for the Post Office. Revenue from package delivery was up $2.1 billion last year, nearly a 12 percent hike. There’s even evidence suggesting that Amazon, through practices such as its Sunday delivery, may be driving an increase in postal customers. Yes, Amazon does receive a bulk discount because it ships so many packages, but, by law, that deal cannot reduce Amazon’s payments below the postal service’s costs. Similarly, the president is wrong about whether Amazon pays taxes.” (04/04/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/trump-attacks-amazon-wrong-online-retailer-popular/

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35) We take so many modern marvels for granted
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux

“Those of us alive today in the modern world are lucky to have so much that we take for granted. We take for granted many big advantages, such as the comfort of knowing we will escape the fate of many of our ancestors by never starving to death. Another huge advantage of modern life, compared to life before the industrial age, is the very low chance of outliving any of our children. I can imagine no horror worse than having to bury one’s child, yet that horror was commonplace before the modern age. A striking example is Great Britain’s Queen Anne. When she died in 1714 at age 49, Anne had outlived all five of her children. Today, thankfully, this horror is rare. And among the marvels making it rare is another huge advantage that we today take for granted: antibiotics. But most of what we moderns enjoy the luxury of taking for granted are, for us, relatively small things — but things, nevertheless, that we ought to pause to be thankful for, from time to time.” (04/03/18)

http://triblive.com/opinion/donaldboudreaux/13490407-74/donald-j-boudreaux-we-take-so-many-modern-marvels-for-granted

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36) The sitcom society
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“If we are entering a new Golden Age of television, it is for the most part passing the legacy TV networks by. So, Roseanne Barr to the rescue! The reboot of ABC’s Roseanne — a hit situation comedy of the late 1980s and much of the 1990s — should put the network and the art form back in the spotlight. But though it is very popular, the show is not without … its political controversy.” (04/04/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/04/the-sitcom-society/

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37) Next up for Trump White House: Judge Jeanine and Lou Dobbs?
Source: USA Today
by Jill Lawrence

“Remember when Al Gore smashed an ashtray with a hammer on the David Letterman Show? If you’re under 30, here’s a recap: The youthful vice president tried to explain the absurdly expensive way the Pentagon was ordering and testing ashtrays, which the agency called ash receivers: designed to ridiculous specifications, tested by someone in a certain type of safety goggles using a certain type of expensive hammer to smash it, and it failed the test if it broke into more than 35 pieces. This was apparently how Gore, Bill Clinton and their wonk corps felt they could get the public interested in ‘reinventing government’ — their project to make the government more efficient and less costly. They were neck-deep in the fine print, nerdy and numerical and easy to mock. And how we should miss those days.” (04/04/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/04/trump-tap-judge-jeanine-lou-dobbs-nothing-should-surprise-us-column/481426002

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38) Let Tommy tweet
Source: spiked
by Fraser Myers

“Twitter once declared itself to be on ‘the free-speech wing of the free-speech party.’ But it now decrees that tweets by certain individuals are so dangerous and ‘hateful’ that Twitter-users must be shielded from them. How’s that for social-media manipulation? You don’t have to agree with a single word Tommy Robinson says, or buy into his attempts to rebrand himself as a journalist or an expert on the Koran, to defend his right to speak and tweet freely. It doesn’t matter that he is an ex-con, jailed for mortgage fraud and for attempting to enter the US with someone else’s passport. Nor does it matter that Robinson is himself not really a fan of unfettered speech — his branding of the Koran as inherently dangerous betrays his own censorious instincts. I can certainly think of more deserving free-speech martyrs. But free speech must be an indivisible right if it is to have any meaning.” (04/04/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/let-tommy-tweet/

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39) How Amazon wins if Internet sales tax goes into effect
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Jessica Melugin

“The problem with Internet sales taxes is that they’re anti-competitive and would likely be experienced as a tax hike on consumers. They also give states the opportunity to create a makeshift tax cartel, something that’s prohibited by the Constitution. … An Internet sales tax would also drown small, online businesses and entrepreneurs, like those on eBay and Etsy, with compliance costs since they’d have to deal with the costs and complications of figuring out approximately 10,000 distinct sales tax jurisdictions. These independent sellers would also be subject to audits from up to 46 states, the current number of states that impose a sales tax. Big box retail stores, like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart, support this new tax because it’s a way to burden small competitors, potentially putting some out of business. Even Amazon, who used to oppose these tax expansion efforts, has switched sides now that it owns warehouses across the country to improve delivery times, which also happens to trigger sales tax compliance in many states.” (04/04/18)

https://cei.org/content/how-amazon-wins-if-internet-sales-tax-goes-effect

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40) Trump dismantles another Obama “achievement;” one more to go
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“This week, the Trump administration announced that it would revise President Obama’s draconian auto fuel economy mandates. That alone is big news. But it marks the near total reversal of Obama’s anti-growth domestic policies. That’s bigger news. EPA head Scott Pruitt said Tuesday that the administration would rewrite Obama’s fuel economy standards starting with model year 2022. Obama’s plan was to mandate that all cars sold average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, up from 38.3 mpg this year. As we have repeatedly explained in this space, Obama’s fuel economy mandate was little more than a thinly disguised electric car mandate, since hitting that level would have required a substantial increase in plug-in sales. As it stands, there are only a handful of powered cars that can go more than 54 miles on a gallon of gas.” (04/03/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/fuel-economy-mandate-obama-legacy

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41) Sick temper tyrannis
Source: CounterPunch
by Paul Edwards

“Tyranny … What is it? Does the word mean anything any more? Like so many terms it has been distorted to serve the ends of powerful interests until its meaning has been blurred. In its dictionary definitions the common element is the exercise of power without accountability to the ruled. High-powered academic research has established beyond debate that Americans have nothing to say about what is done in their name by the State. Their opus wasn’t needed. It’s painfully clear by now that we are ruled tyrannically and if you’re not flaming furious about that, you’re dead. Or maybe you’re like The Marchers. Maybe you are a Marcher. Marchers are good people, pushed to the streets by outrage and pain they have no effective way to express. They assemble in great numbers for unity and impact but tyranny ignores them. Their outrage — in the huge rally against the Iraq invasion, say — has no effect. It’s permitted for exactly that reason.” (04/04/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/04/sick-temper-tyrannis/

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42) Control
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“[W]hen I state that ‘gun control’ isn’t about guns but about control, I’m arguing that who is armed is the defining question of all politics. A country in which arms are the monopoly of the State and only the State’s favored few may be armed is a monarchy, empire, dictatorship, aristocracy, plutocracy, bureaucracy, junta, gang, or cult. Its anthems, television, and parades may represent itself as democratic but those of its people who are unarmed exist according to the decisions of bullies who are armed.” (04/03/18)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2018/04/control/

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43) The strange online aesthetic of the YouTube shooting suspect
Source: The New Republic
by Josephine Livingstone

“‘Speculation’ has meant close, contemplative attention to a matter since the fourteenth century. In the negative sense of conjecture, the sixteenth century. In the sense of gambling on markets, the eighteenth. Since the police identified Nasim Najafi Aghdam as the woman who shot three people and then herself at YouTube’s San Bruno, California, offices on Tuesday, the court of speculation has been open. Aghdam had a significant presence on the internet, and that presence had a very distinctive look and feel. What appears to be her personal website (http://nasimesabz.com) directs readers to Farsi, Turkish, and English-language YouTube channels, all of which have been disabled, as well as a now-unavailable Facebook page. She maintained Farsi and English Instagram accounts, and a Telegram channel. Those accounts are easily shut down by the service providers she used, including the one she literally shot at, but a personal website is harder to destroy. Her post-mortem internet presence gives rise to many questions. What motivated her to post these videos and to style them the way she did? More importantly, what motivated her to shoot people and then to end her life?” (04/04/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147753/strange-online-aesthetic-youtube-shooting-suspect

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44) Quantum Vibe, 04/04/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (04/04/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1779

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45) Shoot first and think later
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“‘Why’d you shoot me?’ Amy Hughes, screaming and bleeding, asked Officer Andrew Kisela after he fired four rounds at her through a chain link fence. Thanks to the Supreme Court, a jury will not get a chance to consider that question. In a case that illustrates how hard it is to hold police officers responsible for using excessive force, the Court on Monday ruled that Kisela is protected by ‘qualified immunity’ from civil liability for the injuries he inflicted on Hughes in May 2010. The decision, as Justice Sonia Sotomayor observed in a dissent joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ‘tells officers that they can shoot first and think later.’” (04/04/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/04/04/shoot-first-and-think-later

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46) Our love and hate relationship with Bitcoin miners
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“The cryptocurrency ecosystem is made up of a diverse group of people, but some specific ‘pools of individuals’ offer a great resource by securing the crypto economy for an incentive. Love them or hate them, bitcoin miners have been processing our blocks for years, the very blocks that hold the millions of transactions broadcast throughout the network. Even though miners have been simply following the protocol as it was written, these individuals have always been deemed ‘tendentious’ by certain groups and social figures within the cryptocurrency industry. Mining pools have suddenly become ‘evil groups’ who are allegedly planning malicious attacks on the network.” (04/03/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/our-love-and-hate-relationship-with-bitcoin-miners/

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47) Remember the Apple-FBI fight?
Source: Cato Institute
by Julian Sanchez

“As the Department of Justice relaunches its perennial campaign to demand backdoor access to encrypted data and communications, a new report from the Department of Justice’s inspector general has shed unflattering light on the most famous recent battle of the long-running Crypto Wars: the FBI’s aborted 2016 effort to compel Apple’s assistance to unlock an encrypted iPhone. … As the IG explains, the head of FBI’s Remote Operations Unit, another part of the bureau’s Technical Surveillance section, had known all long that one of its outside vendors was 90 percent done with an exploit that would have obviated the need to compel help from Apple. In response to this final request for “any” method, the ROU chief finally requested that the outside vendor prioritize work on that exploit–which they finished in just a few weeks. And yet, far from celebrating this development, the ROU chief described the head of FBI’s cryptanalysis unit as ‘definitely not happy’ that its perfect test case — the lawsuit Hess had described as the ‘poster child’ in the FBI’s legal fight against unbreakable encryption — had to be abandoned.” (04/03/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/remember-apple-fbi-fight

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48) Are parents to blame for distressed state of American youth?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Alexandra York

“We read about teenage killers, we acquiesce to college students by establishing free speech ‘Safe zones’ lest feelings are bruised by politically-incorrect opinions elsewhere, we hear about high-school teachers imposing personal and political agendas in classrooms, we accept ‘Gun-free zones’ in schools that invite invasive violence, we watch our youth — taught to abandon the tool of survival (reason) now demanding a ban on the tool of defense (guns) — march to the drumbeat of well-funded political manipulators, and we shake in our souls to recognize that kindergarten children are being drugged into docility and confused about their sexuality. We blame police, politicians, the education system, the internet, and mass media for the violent, fragile, and/or twisted condition of too many children today. And all of these surely do contribute to the disorder we witness across the land. But we seem never to consider the role of parents. What is their culpability in the distressed state of so many American youths?” (04/03/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/04/are-parents-to-blame-for-distressed-state-of-american-youth/

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49) Gambling madness
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“[S]tate governments, sports leagues, and the federal government all oppose the freedom of Americans to gamble on sports, that is, to spend their own money as they choose, except in limited instances under state supervision. But, of course, it’s not just sports betting that is illegal in most states. The federal and state governments have many laws that prohibit or restrict gambling. Basically, most forms of gambling are illegal except at Indian casinos, state-approved casinos, or horse-racing tracks unless you are playing a state lottery or are on a cruise ship in international waters. And you thought Americans lived in a free society?” (04/04/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/gambling-madness/

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50) How economic freedom indices misunderstand sound money and inflation
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

“The purpose of an economic freedom index, according to Heritage, is to ‘document the positive relationship between economic freedom and a variety of positive social and economic goals.’ Many studies support that claim, finding that countries with high economic freedom scores are, in fact, more prosperous and dynamic than those that are less free. However, not all aspects of economic freedom turn out to be equally important. In earlier posts, I have been critical of the components of the economic freedom indexes that focus on the size of government and regulation. Here, I take on those that focus on price stability — the Fraser ‘Sound Money’ component and the Heritage ‘Monetary Freedom’ component. I find that these price stability components add little to our understanding of economic freedom.” (04/03/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/how-economic-freedom-indexes-misunderstand-sound-money-and-inflation/

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51) Is there a “rape culture” on college campuses?
Source: Reason

“‘There is a rape culture on college campuses that creates an unsafe environment for female students.’ That was the resolution for the Reason-Soho Forum debate at the Subculture Theater in New York’s East Village. Arguing in the affirmative was Michael Kimmel, the SUNY distinguished professor of sociology and gender studies at Stony Brook University and author of multiple books, including the best-selling Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2009). Taking the negative position was Cathy Young, a contributing editor at Reason magazine, a weekly columnist at Newsday, and a regular contributor to the Jewish Daily Forward and The Weekly Standard.” [Flash video] (04/04/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/04/04/rape-culture-college-campus

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/04/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Successful businessman Gary Heavin has first-hand experience with the world of government versus private philanthropy. His experiences in Haiti are shocking. But his vision for a future peaceful, non-interventionist foreign policy is inspirational. What’s wrong with our foreign policy? Are non-interventionists unpatriotic? Are the neocons taking over? Who’s behind ISIS? Tune in for a very unique episode!” [Flash video] (04/04/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/a-pro-life-libertarian-looks-at-foreign-policy-with-guest-gary-heavin

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53) Scott Adams Says, 04/04/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the YouTube shooter, Amazon.com, and trade war. With coffee.” [Flash video] (04/04/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1lDxLaRLwNaKm

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54) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/04/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The Supreme Court has told a woman that despite being shot by police eight times under questionable circumstances, no civil jury should ever hear her case. Clark Neily comments.” [various formats] (04/04/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/cops-shoot-woman-scotus-tells-her-she-may-not-sue

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55) Essential Libertarianism, episode 29
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Is Voting an Act of Violence? by Carl Watner.” [various formats] (04/04/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/04/04/is-voting-an-act-of-violence-el029/

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56) Electric Libertyland, episode 66
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s (very truncated) Electric Libertyland, Brian looks at some confusion from writers at Gamespot, who can’t deal with conservative characters in ‘Far Cry 5’ not being evil stereotypes, a possible exit for US Troops in Syria, a 9th Circuit Court Judge dies, Hillary Clinton’s latest embarrassment, and rapper Cardi B goes libertarian.” (04/04/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/04/04/coincidence-or-did-cardi-b-going-libertarian-kill-a-9th-circuit-court-judge/

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57) Intercepted Podcast, 04/04/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Yousef Mema, a 24-year-old nursing student in Gaza who witnessed the massacre, describes the killings and the aftermath, and he has a message for U.S. lawmakers. Then, key narratives about the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen, and his motives and alleged accomplices are falling apart. The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald talks about the new information …. While Jeff Sessions may be turning back the clock to ’80s-era ‘tough on crime,’ a national insurgency is steadily aiming its sights at winning elections for district attorney. If successful, these new, progressive DAs could shake the criminal justice industry to its core and find themselves at war with the Trump White House. We speak to two DA candidates in California: Genevieve Jones-Wright of San Diego and Pamela Price of Alameda County. These two women say they will take on out-of-control police, end cash bail, stop prosecuting nonviolent drug crimes, protect undocumented immigrants, and challenge mass incarceration.” [various formats] (04/04/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/04/intercepted-podcast-injustice-league/

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58) Free Talk Live, 04/03/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Teens are Bored With the Internet :: Depression Naps :: Imgur Community :: Internet Addiction :: Powell Family :: Transhumanism :: Replacing Nature with Technology? :: Mark a Christian? :: Christian Anarchy :: Augmenting our Bodies with Machines :: State Legislative Pay :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Brian.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/03/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-03

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59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1126
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Titus Gebel, founder and CEO of Free Private Cities, Inc., discusses how private enterprise can provide services traditionally associated with governments, and why this approach holds promise for the future.” [various formats] (04/03/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1126-private-cities-another-path-to-a-free-society/

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60) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/03/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Yousef Munayyer (US Campaign for Palestinian Rights) … The historical backdrop of last week’s protest in Gaza … Yousef: Israel had no justification for the use of lethal force … What were the Israelis thinking? … How Israel undermines non-violent Palestinian resistance … Next steps for the protest movement … If it is too late for two states, what’s next?” [Flash video] (04/03/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52471

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