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Friday, April 6th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Germany: Court sets bail for Catalan political prisoner Puigdemont
2) IL: Chicago suburb tries to repeal Second Amendment for cheap security theater applause
3) Top Pruitt ally resigns from EPA as ethical questions mount
4) Kremlin notices that Facebook serves as censor for US regime
5) San Francisco sues Sessions over repeal of civil rights memos
6) The Atlantic surrenders editorial discretion to heckler’s veto
7) Cyclist Juli Briskman sues after losing job for Trump insult
8) NY: Nixon supports cannabis legalization
9) Patriot Julian Edelman helps stop potential school shooter via social media
10) NC: Second-grader brings home paper from school detailing white privilege
11) Biden: I’ll run in 2020, if Trump doesn’t drop out
12) Cryptocurrency: Verge forks after 51% attack
13) “Stranger Things” creators deny stealing [sic] ideas for hit show
14) GA: Body of missing CDC researcher found in Atlanta river
15) Italy: Two populist parties vie to form next government
16) Delta, Sears are part of credit card data breach at tech firm
17) Zombie raccoons terrorize Ohio!
18) Thousands of Google employees asked CEO Sundar Pichai to stop providing AI tech for the US military’s drones
19) Brazil: Lula da Silva loses fight to delay jail sentence
20) NY: “NYPD” gang-bangers shoot man, claim they don’t know the difference between a pipe and a gun

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The Atlantic is at sea
22) China’s “Social Credit System” sounds pretty dystopian, but are we far behind?
23) What Is Robert Mueller looking for?
24) Racism, materialism and militarism still reign supreme
25) Parchment and plants: What alcohol prohibition can teach us about the drug war
26) Did US & China just fire first shots in a destructive trade war?
27) Can US.win propaganda war against “Voice of China?”
28) It’s only ever the excuse for economic planning which changes
29) Whatever happened to investigative journalism?
30) A new law to reduce deadly police shootings
31) America’s kids need sleep and time to play to avoid mental health problem
32) Bitcoin blues
33) Striking a match
34) Trump vs. the permanent government
35) Modeling money as a unit of account
36) How communism survived thanks to capitalist technology
37) Trump’s attacks on migrant caravan underscore how the US outsources immigration enforcement to Mexico
38) Making the government less larcenous
39) The case for a gold currency, part 1
40) If western media were honest about Russia
41) Supreme Court: No lives matter if a cop feels threatened
42) Trump’s new opioid strategy isn’t new at all — and it has failed
43) Trump is cutting old Gordian knots
44) You’re fired!
45) The Postal Service and Amazon: Crony capitalism delivered to your door
46) Free-market parasites
47) Data privacy must empower users and innovation
48) Military law and order on the border
49) Antisocial communitarianism: The communitarian defense of tariffs
50) Trump, the anti-business president

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/05/18
52) MilLiberty, episode 75
53) Emil Gun Sirer discusses cryptocurrency academics and proof of stake
54) Scott Adams Says, 04/05/18
55) Clear and Present Danger, episode 6
56) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast , 04/05/18
57) Liberty Behind the Lines w/ Dave Smith, Jason Stapleton and the Lions of Liberty
58) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/05/18
59) Free Talk Live, 04/04/18
60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1127

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

1) Germany: Court sets bail for Catalan political prisoner Puigdemont
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A German court has ruled that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont can be released on bail pending a decision on his possible extradition to Spain. The state court in Schleswig said Thursday it is setting conditions including a 75,000-euro ($92,000) payment for the 55-year-old ex-president of Spain’s Catalonia region to leave prison. Puigdemont was detained in Germany on a Spanish arrest warrant as he attempted to drive on March 25 from Finland to Belgium, where he currently resides. The court said Thursday that Puigdemont can’t be extradited on the main charge Spain is leveling against him, that of rebellion, because the comparable German charge of treason specifies ‘violence.’ Madrid also accuses Puigdemont of misuse of public funds. The German court said it will consider his extradition on that count.” (04/05/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/The-Latest-Ex-Catalan-leader-pens-open-letter-12807471.php

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2) IL: Chicago suburb tries to repeal Second Amendment for cheap security theater applause
Source: Washington Post

“With the future of federal gun control legislation uncertain, an affluent Chicago suburb this week took the aggressive step of banning assault weapons [sic] within its borders, in what local officials said was a direct response to the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school earlier this year. Officials in Deerfield, Ill., unanimously approved the ordinance, which prohibits the possession, manufacture or sale of a range of firearms, as well as large-capacity magazines. Residents of the 19,000-person village have until June 13 to remove the guns from village limits or face up to $1,000 per day in fines.” [editor’s note: As an alternative, perhaps the local citizenry should dare those idiot pols to come try and take the guns and see what happens – TLK] (04/05/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/04/05/chicago-suburb-bans-assault-weapons-in-response-to-parkland-shooting/

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3) Top Pruitt ally resigns from EPA as ethical questions mount
Source: Bloomberg

“A longtime ally of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned, amid mounting ethical questions surrounding the agency chief, said a person familiar with the decision. Samantha Dravis left her role as an associate administrator of the EPA Office of Policy as Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general, faces scrutiny for his unorthodox rental of a bedroom from a lobbyist last year and boosting the salaries of two aides over the objections of the White House. The person describing Dravis'[s] resignation asked for anonymity to discuss a private personnel matter. Dravis came to the EPA after serving with Pruitt as general counsel of the Republican Attorneys General Association.” (04/05/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-05/top-scott-pruitt-ally-leaves-epa-as-ethical-questions-mount

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4) Kremlin notices that Facebook serves as censor for US regime
Source: Reuters

“The Kremlin on Thursday said Facebook’s removal of accounts controlled by various Russian media was a hostile move that smacked of censorship. Facebook said on Tuesday it had deleted hundreds of Russian accounts and pages associated with a ‘troll factory’ indicted by U.S. prosecutors for fake activist and political posts in the 2016 U.S. election campaign.” (04/05/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-fakenews-kremlin/kremlin-calls-facebooks-removal-of-russian-media-accounts-censorship-idUSKCN1HC122

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5) San Francisco sues Sessions over repeal of civil rights memos
Source: Reuters

“The city of San Francisco filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday, asking a federal court to overturn a December decision by Sessions to revoke legal guidance that was designed to protect minorities, the indigent and the disabled. City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement that his lawsuit focuses on six of the 25 different legal memos that Sessions rescinded, and accused the Trump administration of ‘trying to gut protections for the poor, people of color and people with disabilities under the guise of regulatory reform.’” (04/05/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-california-sessions/san-francisco-sues-u-s-attorney-general-over-repeal-of-civil-rights-memos-idUSKCN1HC2D7

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6) The Atlantic surrenders editorial discretion to heckler’s veto
Source: Politico

“The Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg said Thursday the magazine was ‘parting ways’ with newly hired conservative writer Kevin Williamson after fresh evidence emerged that he had endorsed hanging women who get abortions. Goldberg had initially defended hiring Williamson from National Review despite complaints about his previous writing, some of which critics said was racially insensitive or offensive to transgender people. … Goldberg described Williamson — who joined last month after a decade at National Review — as ‘a gifted writer.’ But Goldberg said he came to the conclusion ‘that The Atlantic is not the best fit for his talents, and so we are parting ways.’” [editor’s note: The time to supposedly reach that conclusion would have been before hiring him- TLK] (04/05/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/05/atlantic-kevin-williamson-writer-abortion-504244

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7) Cyclist Juli Briskman sues after losing job for Trump insult
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A US cyclist who was sacked over a viral photo of her making an obscene gesture to President Donald Trump’s motorcade is suing her former employer. Juli Briskman was fired by government contractor Akima LLC in November 2017 after a press photographer traveling with the president captured the image. ‘Americans should not be forced to choose between their principles and their paychecks,’ her lawsuit states. Her lawyers argue her right to free speech was violated by the firing. Ms Briskman, 50, was on a weekend bike ride in October 2017 in the Washington DC suburbs when she encountered the armored presidential motorcade. A pool photographer shared the image with journalists, and it quickly became the fodder of late-night TV comedians.” [editor’s note: A private company has the right hire or fire at will; the “govt contractor” part muddies this one – SAT] (04/05/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43659653

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8) NY: Nixon supports cannabis legalization
Source: Smell the Truth

“Cynthia Nixon would enthusiastically move to legalize marijuana if she were elected New York governor. The actress and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, best known for her role as Miranda from television’s Sex and the City, told supporters at a recent fundraiser that she plans to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in order to generate more revenue for the state, reports the New York Times. Nixon reportedly pumped her fist and said ‘Yes!’ when a guest asked her about the possibility of legalizing cannabis. Her pro-legalization stance is at odds with current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who not only opposes a legal program, but also continues to perpetuate myths about cannabis that have long been debunked.” [editor’s note: So she joins Larry Sharpe, who wants to legalize or decriminalize ALL voluntary peaceful behavior – SAT] (04/05/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/04/04/cynthia-nixon-supports-marijuana-legalization-in-new-york

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9) Patriot Julian Edelman helps stop potential school shooter via social media
Souece: ESPN News

“New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is prolific on his personal Instagram account, and his interaction with those who follow him might have prevented a potential tragedy. As first reported in The New York Times, Edelman was visiting former teammate Danny Amendola in Texas in late March when he received a direct message on Instagram that read, ‘Dude, there is a kid in your comment section says he s going to shoot up a school, I think you should alert the authority.’ In an interview with the Times, Edelman explained that he notified his assistant in Boston, who found the message that read: ‘I’m going to shoot my school up watch the news.’ Edelman’s assistant then called 911, and the message was ultimately traced to a 14-year-old boy in Port Huron, Michigan. When police arrived at the boy’s home, according to the Times, he admitted to posting the threat.” (04/04/18)

www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23030694/julian-edelman-new-england-patriots-helps-stop-potential-school-shooter

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10) NC: Second-grader brings home paper from school detailing white privilege
Source: Fox News

“A North Carolina mother is questioning her son’s elementary school after the second-grader brought home a sheet detailing white privilege. Amber Pabon said her eight-year-old brought home the paper from Hunter Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh. The school said it was sent home with students by the PTA and was not a lesson taught in class. ‘He’s 8 years old. What does he need to know about racism or white privilege?’ Pabon asked. She said her African-American son then proceeded to ask her questions about whether white people ‘are better’ than him. The PTA said the sheets were meant for parents, arguing the campaign has received positive feedback and is aimed at ‘generating awareness and empathy’ in the community. The statistics appear to have been copied from a 2017 article entitled, ‘No, I Won’t Stop Saying ‘White Supremacy.” The author points out that white people dominate U.S. institutions.” (04/05/18)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/04/05/2nd-grader-brings-home-paper-school-detailing-white-privilege

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11) Biden: I’ll run in 2020, if Trump doesn’t drop out
Source: Raw Story

“Former Vice President Joe Biden is ready to throw his hat into the 2020 president race, but only if President Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, according to a report. Fox Business correspondent Charles Gasparino reported on Thursday that Biden had told friends on Wall Street that he was preparing for a presidential bid. But according to the sources, Biden will only enter the race if President Donald Trump runs as the GOP pick. ‘He’s going to his Wall Street friends/associates, he has a lot of connections there (people that would raise money for him) and saying, ‘Listen, I am seriously considering running for president, but only if one candidate runs,” Gasparino told Fox Business host Neil Cavuto.” (04/05/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/joe-biden-tells-donors-hell-run-2020-74-year-old-trump-doesnt-drop-report

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12) Cryptocurrency: Verge forks after 51% attack
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Verge, a ‘privacy coin’ famed for the zealotry of its community, has fallen prey to a 51% attack. A malevolent miner gained majority control of the network hashrate, a feat that makes it possible for the controlling entity to modify transactions, calling the integrity of the entire blockchain into question. Around 250,000 verge were stolen by the attacker, forcing the project team to prepare a hard fork.” (04/05/15)

https://news.bitcoin.com/verge-is-forced-to-fork-after-suffering-a-51-attack/

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13) “Stranger Things” creators deny stealing [sic] ideas for hit show
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The creators of ‘Stranger Things’ have denied stealing [sic] ideas for the series. Matt and Ross Duffer are being sued by a director who says they took plotlines from one of his short films which was released in 2012. Charlie Kessler claims he pitched Montauk and feature film script The Montauk Project to the brothers in 2014, and later the ideas were used in ‘Stranger Things.’ The Duffer brothers have dismissed his claims as ‘completely meritless.’ The lawsuit claims ‘the script, ideas, story and film’ were talked about to the brothers at a party for the Tribeca Film Festival. It says Matt and Ross Duffer have made ‘huge sums of money’ from Mr Kessler’s ideas. He’s suing for breach of implied contract and is seeking damages. It is not clear which themes the show is said to copy.” (04/05/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-43651748

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14) GA: Body of missing CDC researcher found in Atlanta river
Source: The Hill

“The body of a researcher from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was pulled from a river in Atlanta, police said Thursday, nearly two months after he mysteriously went missing. According to the Atlanta Police Department, the Fulton County medical examiner positively identified a body pulled from the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta as Timothy Cunningham. … Cunningham vanished Feb. 12. after telling colleagues at CDC headquarters he was not feeling well. According to the Atlanta Police Department, he had recently spoken to a supervisor about why he was passed over for a promotion. The CDC denied that report, but Atlanta police stood by its statement. Cunningham was an epidemiologist in the CDC’s chronic disease unit.” (04/05/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/other/381826-body-of-missing-cdc-researcher-found-in-atlanta-river

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15) Italy: Two populist parties vie to form next government
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Italy’s president on Thursday set up a second round of talks to form a new government as the leaders of the two most successful parties in the last election vied to control the process despite lacking a parliamentary majority. Even as both 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio and right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini pledged to open their own coalition talks with other political groups, President Sergio Mattarella did not formally tap either yet to form a new government. After two days of talks in Rome, the Italian president said no political force had garnered enough support to sustain a stable government. He urged the country’s three main political forces — the victorious 5-Stars Movement and the center-right, as well as the defeated Democratic Party — to use the coming days ‘to responsibly evaluate the situation … and the possible solutions to give life to a government.’” (04/05/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Italian-Democrats-rule-out-govt-role-in-political-12807296.php

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16) Delta, Sears are part of credit card data breach at tech firm
Source: MarketWatch

“Delta Air Lines Inc. and Sears Holding Corp., including its Kmart stores, confirmed late Wednesday that select customer payment information may have been exposed in a cybersecurity breach at a software service provider they both use, called [24]7.ai. The tech firm found that a cybersecurity incident affected online customer payment information of its clients, it said. The incident happened on or after Sept. 26, 2017, and was found and resolved on Oct. 12 that year. Delta and Sears said they were notified of the incident last week and that certain customer payment information may have been accessed.” (04/05/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/delta-sears-are-part-of-credit-card-data-breach-at-tech-firm-2018-04-05

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17) Zombie raccoons terrorize Ohio!
Source: Live Science

“Raccoons acting like ‘zombies’ have been scaring residents of one Ohio town, according to news reports. In recent weeks, police in Youngstown, Ohio have received over a dozen calls about raccoons acting strangely in broad daylight, according to local news outlet WKBN. One resident, Robert Coggeshall, told WKBN that he spotted a raccoon behaving very oddly last week while he was playing with his dogs outside. The raccoon ‘would stand up on his hind legs, which I’ve never seen a raccoon do before, and he would show his teeth and then he would fall over backward and go into almost a comatose condition,’ Coggeshall said. The raccoons don’t seem to have rabies, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Rather, the animals likely have a disease called distemper, according to WKBN.” (04/05/18)

https://www.livescience.com/62222-zombie-raccoons-distemper.html

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18) Thousands of Google employees asked CEO Sundar Pichai to stop providing AI tech for the US military’s drones
Source: Business Insider

“Thousands of Google employees have pleaded in a letter to CEO Sundar Pichai to stop providing technology to the Pentagon that could be used to improve the accuracy of drone attacks. ‘We believe that Google should not be in the business of war,’ wrote the signers of the letter circulating within the company, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times. The signers, who represent a fraction of parent company Alphabet’s 70,000 employees, ask that Google withdraw from Project Maven, a Pentagon pilot program, and for the company to pledge to never again ‘build warfare technology.’” (04/04/18)

http://www.businessinsider.com/google-employees-letter-urges-sundar-pichai-end-pentagon-ai-contract-2018-4

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19) Brazil: Lula da Silva loses fight to delay jail sentence
Source: CNN

“Brazil’s supreme court has ruled that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva must start serving a 12-year jail sentence for corruption, a move that may end his political career. Lula da Silva, who governed Brazil from 2003 to 2011, had been considered a frontrunner in elections due in October. But the court’s decision not to grant his request to remain free while appealing the conviction has cast doubt on his bid to regain power. … His conviction stemmed from a wide-ranging corruption investigation into the state-run oil company Petrobras, dubbed ‘Operation Car Wash.’ The accusations against him emerged after he left office in 2011.” (04/05/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/05/americas/brazil-lula-ruling-corruption-election-intl/index.html

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20) NY: “NYPD” gang-bangers shoot man, claim they don’t know the difference between a pipe and a gun
Source: Patch

“A man was shot and killed by police officers at a Crown Heights intersection as they responded to reports of a person holding a gun, officials said. The weapon turned out to be a metal pipe. … the man ‘took a two-hand shooting stance’ and pointed a metal object at them, [gang shot-caller Terence] Monahan said. The cops fired 10 rounds at the suspect and he was taken to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.” (04/04/18)

https://patch.com/new-york/prospectheights/person-hurt-after-crown-heights-shooting-fdny-says

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

21) The Atlantic is at sea
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“If [Kevin D.] Williamson’s publicly stated and well-known opinions didn’t fit The Atlantic’s needs for some reason, [Jeffrey] Goldberg shouldn’t hired him in the first place. Once he was hired, for what the editor-in-chief presumably considered good reasons, that editor-in-chief should have stuck to his guns and allowed Williamson some time to show his stuff before re-evaluating the relationship. Or, to put it a different way, publications should run per the judgment of their editors, not the whims and tantrums of the Twitterati.” (04/05/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13210

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22) China’s “Social Credit System” sounds pretty dystopian, but are we far behind?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by John Miltimore

“China’s ‘Social Credit System’ literally rates its citizens. Those who score well get privileges; those who score poorly do not. A citizen with a high score is likely to enjoy various privileges — high-speed internet, the ability to travel freely, access to the best restaurants, golf courses and nightclubs — that fellow citizens do not. … It’s natural to reflexively assume that China’s ‘nightmare’ could never happen in the U.S. But the truth is, the pressure to conform to a certain set of ideas and verbiage is already intense in modern America.” (04/05/18)

https://fee.org/articles/china-s-social-credit-system-sounds-pretty-dystopian-but-are-we-far-behind/

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23) What Is Robert Mueller looking for?
Source: Fox News Forum
by Andrew P Napolitano

“Robert Mueller is the special counsel appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 to probe the nature and extent of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. The investigation began in October 2016 under President Barack Obama when the FBI took seriously the boast of Carter Page, one of candidate Donald Trump’s foreign policy advisers, that he had worked for the Kremlin. The FBI also had transcripts of telephone conversations and copies of emails and text messages of Trump campaign personnel that had been supplied to it by British intelligence. Connecting the dots, the FBI persuaded a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to issue a search warrant for the surveillance of Page, an American. Page never registered as a foreign agent, and working for the Kremlin and not registering as a foreign agent is a crime for which the FBI should have investigated Page. Such an investigation would have included surveillance, but not from the FISA court.” (04/05/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/05/judge-andrew-napolitano-what-is-robert-mueller-looking-for.html

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24) Racism, materialism and militarism still reign supreme
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“As a nation, we have a tendency to sentimentalize cultural icons in death in a way that renders them non-threatening, antiseptic and easily digested by a society with an acute intolerance for anything controversial, politically incorrect or marred by imperfection. This revisionist history — a silent censorship of sorts — has proven to be a far more effective means of neutralizing radicals such as Martin Luther King Jr. than anything the NSA, CIA or FBI could dream up. This was a man who went to jail over racial segregation laws, encouraged young children to face down police dogs and water hoses, and who urged people to turn their anger loose on the government through civil disobedience. King called for Americans to rise up against a government that was not only treating blacks unfairly but was also killing innocent civilians, impoverishing millions, and prioritizing the profits of war over human rights and dignity. King actually insisted that people have a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. This is not a message that the government wants us to heed.” (04/05/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/racism-materialism-militarism-still-reign-supreme/

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25) Parchment and plants: What alcohol prohibition can teach us about the drug war
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Suzanne Sherman

“Republicans sure do love their ‘war on drugs.’ During the Obama administration, Senator Ted Cruz (R- TX) chided the president for failing to enforce federal drug laws, even though his administration spent more on marijuana enforcement in just his first term than Bush and Clinton combined. Now that Donald Trump is president, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pledged to renew the national war on drugs and target marijuana. But according to the Constitution, does any administration have the authority wage a ‘war on drugs?’ Can the federal government, in conformance to the Constitution, prohibit the production, distribution and use of marijuana? If so, do the federal laws trump those of the states? If not, is there a means by which they can be made to supersede state regulations that may be in conflict with federal law?” (04/05/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/04/05/parchment-and-plants-what-alcohol-prohibition-can-teach-us-about-the-drug-war/

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26) Did US & China just fire first shots in a destructive trade war?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The other shoe, as the saying goes, has now dropped. China inevitably fired a salvo shortly after President Trump announced his plans to impose tariffs of as much as 25% on $50 billion of Chinese goods. There will be no clear economic winners from this, only political ones. Trump’s tariff list was wide, with 1,300 goods, intended to hit China’s economy broadly but not deeply. China went after far fewer products, about 106, but they include trophy products such as small commercial jets made by Boeing, U.S. beef, soybeans and SUVs. The Wall Street Journal reports that China’s tariff-targeting was political and strategic, aiming for high-value goods in states that voted for Trump. Clearly, they did their homework. But did either side gain anything from this, economically speaking? No. Nor did the rest of the world. ” (04/05/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/did-u-s-and-china-just-fire-first-shots-in-a-destructive-trade-war

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27) Can US win propaganda war against “Voice of China?”
Source: USA Today
by Haroon K Ullah

“President Trump has more than tariffs, trade wars and military escalation to worry about when it comes to China. Within the last few weeks, China has leaped into the front ranks of global media by launching its Voice of China super-network. The country’s new ‘sharp’ power approach is more about bylines than bombs. China’s old model repressed information via censorship, but President Xi Jinping is now doubling down on content production to flood the information battlefield. By merging the three mammoth state-run radio/TV networks, China automatically becomes a dominant content-heavy force and gives Beijing a highly robust propaganda weapon to find new audiences around the world. With over 14,000 journalists and staff employees, this Asian blitzkrieg in the information war is deployed to neutralize American influence and spread disinformation on every continent.” (04/05/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/05/voice-china-media-network-can-america-win-propaganda-war-column/486590002

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28) It’s only ever the excuse for economic planning which changes
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Time was when that scientific socialism was going to make us all richer though planning — eliminating that waste and competition of undirected free markets. That one worked so well as 1989 showed. Sadly though, the passion for planning remains, it’s only the excuses which change …” (04/05/18)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/its-only-ever-the-excuse-for-economic-planning-which-changes

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29) Whatever happened to investigative journalism?
Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“Supposedly liberal, highbrow arms of the media such as the Guardian/Observer and the BBC like to pose as the champions of ‘ethical, public-interest journalism,’, looking down with disdain upon ‘tabloid lies’ and the ‘fake news’ promoted on social media. Yet the Observer’s problems with its big story confirm that any media outlet can overstep the line and allow its agenda to get ahead of the evidence. There are no ‘independent’ angels sitting above the fray as guardians of the public interest. As much as anybody else, the Guardian and Observer pursue the ‘public interest’ as defined by their editors — which might well mean telling the public what you think they should know. Why let a few semantic concerns about ‘unclarified’ facts get in the way of a good sermon?” (04/05/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/whatever-happened-to-investigative-journalism/

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30) A new law to reduce deadly police shootings
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“Stephon Clark’s encounter with Sacramento police officers two weeks ago lasted only about 20 seconds. Body-camera footage shows a frantic, tense scene: near-total darkness, a brief chase into a backyard, the overlapping din of officers’ barked instructions. Neither of the two cops identifies themselves as police, even as one of them shouts, ‘Show me your hands! Gun, gun, gun’ Then they open fire on the 22-year-old man. Clark did not have a gun. He died in his own backyard. In its initial statement, Sacramento police said ‘the suspect turned and advanced towards the officers while holding an object which was extended in front of him. The officers believed the suspect was pointing a firearm at them. Fearing for their safety, the officers fired their duty weapons striking the suspect multiple times.’” (04/05/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147760/new-law-reduce-deadly-police-shootings

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31) America’s kids need sleep and time to play to avoid mental health problem
Source: Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland

“As debate rages over possible ways to curb school shootings such the one that occurred recently in Parkland, Florida, increased attention to the mental well-being of young people often pops up as a recommended priority. One starting place could be scrutiny of the crazy scheduling that government schools impose on students and families. In no way am I suggesting that making school days less regimented would eliminate violent attacks on students and teachers. However, reducing unnecessary stress could make school not just a happier place but one more conducive to fellowship and learning. A longing for a safer, saner, less hectic pace in the pursuit of learning no doubt helps explain why a recent national poll shows only three in 10 American parents say they would choose a governmental district school if they had a free choice.” (04/05/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/04/americas-kids-need-sleep-and-time-to-play-to-avoid-mental-health-problem/

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32) Bitcoin blues
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Leland B Yeager

“Excitement over bitcoin reminds me of the dotcom boom of the 1990s and even more so of the British South Seas bubble of 1720. For little more reason than that stocks kept going up, speculators drove prices still higher — until the crash came. Meanwhile, stock in dubious new enterprises sold readily.” (04/04/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1834

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33) Striking a match
Source: The American Prospect
by Kalena Thomhave

“What started in West Virginia has spread. This week, partly inspired by the teacher walkouts across every county in West Virginia, teachers in both Kentucky and Oklahoma have left the classroom to protest (the issues vary state to state) low pay, abysmally low school funding, and inadequate benefits–but fundamentally, the attacks on public education. As was much the case in West Virginia, the blame for these states’ defunding of public services like education can be placed on a history of tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. West Virginia saw a wave of tax cuts passed in 2006, which only grew over the next decade. Soon, the cuts were reducing West Virginia’s revenue each year by $425 million. Corey Robin, author of The Reactionary Mind, recently wrote that ‘teachers are starting a movement not only to raise their salaries and improve the schools, not only to reverse the assault on public education … but to confront the real governing order of the last 40 years: the Prop 13 order.’” [editor’s note: And so the true agenda is revealed: smashing the ceiling on local taxation – SAT] (04/05/18)

http://prospect.org/article/striking-match

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34) Trump vs. the permanent government
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The President is surrounded by his enemies — the permanent albeit unelected government that really runs the country. He ran on an ‘isolationist’ (i.e., traditional American) platform: ‘America first.’ The Iraq war was a preventable disaster, he said, promising no more regime change. Once he got into office, however, it’s not that he forgot his promises — it’s that he began to realize that the ship of state is not easily turned. The vast apparatus that is the American Empire has been set on its course since the end of World War II and the beginning of the cold war with the Soviet Union: no one person can succeed in turning it completely around. A president can announce policies, but as far as getting them implemented by underlings — well, in this case, good luck with that.” [editor’s note: Trump ran on a non-interventionist platform for about 30 seconds before turning 180 degrees, and Raimondo’s been making excuses for him ever since – TLK] (04/05/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/04/04/trump-vs-the-permanent-government/

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35) Modeling money as a unit of account
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Brian C Albrecht

“Formal monetary theory has deepened our understanding of the role of money. However, as I wrote in a different post, money’s role as a unit of account continues to be elusive to economic theorists, who have instead focused on money’s role as a medium of exchange or store of value. A recent paper in Econometrica by Matthias Doepke and Martin Schneider takes the step to model money as a standardized unit of account. By a standardized unit of account, I mean that most future payments will be denominated in a common good. The mechanism is simple, even if the math in the paper is complicated.” (04/05/18)

https://www.aier.org/sound-money-project/modeling-money-unit-account

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36) How communism survived thanks to capitalist technology
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Philip Vander Elst

“Despite the central role played by State controlled central banks and financial institutions in bringing about the conditions which led to the global credit crunch of 2008, free markets and ‘capitalism,’ rather than government failure, have taken all the blame for that complex crisis, and Marxism and other varieties of socialism are once again attracting the enthusiastic support of many young people in our universities and colleges. Unfortunately, however well intentioned, this renewed interest in hard-core socialism, and the belief that it offers relevant solutions to our existing problems, ignores the lessons taught by the many failed socialist experiments of the 20th century …” (04/05/18)

https://mises.org/wire/how-communism-survived-thanks-capitalist-technology

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37) Trump’s attacks on migrant caravan underscore how the US outsources immigration enforcement to Mexico
Source: The Intercept
by Jose Olivares

“Though the American right uses Mexico as a foil in its attacks on immigration, Mexico has, for years, been taking action to stop migration. And these measures can be seen as part of a successful bid by the U.S. to outsource immigration enforcement to its southern neighbor. The Mexican government — replete with a history of human rights violations — is staunching migrant flows before they even approach the U.S. border. … U.S. funding for Mexico’s migration enforcement goes toward surveillance and inspection technology, canine teams, training, and infrastructure. According to a report by the Congressional Research Service, U.S.-trained migration agents have worked with the Mexican military and police for enforcement purposes.” (04/05/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/05/migrant-caravan-mexico-border-immigration/

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38) Making the government less larcenous
Source: National Review
by George Will

“After two years of stonewalling about its theft of Gerardo Serrano’s 2014 Ford F-250 pickup truck, the government suddenly returned it. It sparkled from having been washed and detailed, bumper to bumper, and it had four new tires and a new battery. The government probably hoped that, mollified by the truck’s sprucing-up, Serrano would let bygones be bygones and go back to Kentucky. This was another mistake by our mistake-prone government. Assisted by litigators from the Institute for Justice (IJ), whose appearance on the West Texas horizon probably panicked the government into pretending to be law-abiding, Serrano wants to make the government less larcenous and more constitutional when it is enriching itself through civil forfeiture.” (04/05/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/civil-asset-forfeiture-gerardo-serrano-lawsuit-reform-needed/

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39) The case for a gold currency, part 1
Source: Cobden Centre
by Jay Khemani

“After WW2, the U.S established itself the dominant economic power. Thus, the Bretton Woods agreement was born. The US$ would be convertible for gold. 1 ounce was $35. Citizens and banks could not own gold. Gold could only be convertible at an international level, between central banks and foreign governments. Exchange rates were fixed but this time, the £ was convertible for US$ not gold. As a result, the whole system was pyramided on top of $, not gold like in the 1880s. The Bretton Woods system eventually collapsed, mainly because the U.S abused its position.” (04/05/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/04/the-case-for-a-gold-currency-part-1/

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40) If western media were honest about Russia
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“(Today’s Caitlin Johnstone article has been replaced with a statement from the Editorial Board of the National News Conglomerate, your trusted source for real news and authorized opinions. Obey.) … [W]e here at the NNC Editorial Board have spent the last six and a half hours sitting around the conference room table chewing on our erasers and checking our Twitter notifications, not quite sure how to continue. This is the first time we’ve ever tried being honest with our readers about this stuff … So here’s the thing, see: it isn’t our job to tell you the truth. Large media corporations like ours are all owned by powerful billionaires, all of whom have a vested interest in preserving the establishment upon which they have built their massive kingdoms. Those billionaires hire executives to direct their media empires who are loyal to establishment interests, those executives in turn hire editors who are loyal to establishment interests, and those editors hire journalists who are loyal to establishment interests, effectively creating an environment wherein the only way to get ahead is to unquestioningly promote whatever narratives are being advanced by western intelligence/defense agencies and their plutocratic allies.” (04/04/18)

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41) Supreme Court: No lives matter if a cop feels threatened
Source: The Daily Beast
by Margaret Carlson

“It’s official. Black Lives Don’t Matter — and neither do white or brown ones, male or female, if a policeman feels threatened, is rattled by the circumstances, doesn’t like the response he’s getting, or mistakes a cellphone for a Glock 17. There’s an epidemic of that. In a ruling Monday, a majority of the Supreme Court, in a review of what by all appearances is one of the least justified shootings imaginable, held that law enforcement is almost always right. … The decision Sotomayor labeled as ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ comes as police killings are roiling the country. In many cases, victims are unarmed African Americans. With body cameras widely required, it’s no longer just the word of witnesses and families against the police, but the police against what your eyes can see.” (04/05/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/supreme-court-no-lives-matter-if-a-cop-feels-threatened?source=articles&via=rss

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42) Trump’s new opioid strategy isn’t new at all — and it has failed
Source: Cato Institute
by Jeffrey A Singer

“For someone who touted himself as an agent of change, President Trump’s opioid policy announced in New Hampshire last month is profoundly disappointing. The president wants to reduce opioid prescriptions by another third over the next three years and press for longer prison sentences and death penalties for drug-related crimes. Doubling down on the same policy that has failed to work — and has made things worse — is not what one expects from a change agent. Trump’s proposals are a product of the echo chamber in policy circles that won’t rid itself of the false notion that the opioid overdose crisis is primarily a result of doctors prescribing opioids to their patients, condemning them to a life of addiction.” (04/04/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trumps-new-opioid-strategy-isnt-new-all-it-has-failed

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43) Trump is cutting old Gordian knots
Source: Town Hall
by Victor Davis Hanson

“The proverbial knot of Gordium was impossible to untie. Anyone clever enough to untie it would supposedly become the king of Asia. Many princes tried; all failed. When Alexander the Great arrived, he was challenged to unravel the impossible knot. Instead, he pulled out his sword and cut through it. Problem solved. Donald Trump inherited an array of perennial crises when he was sworn in as president in 2017. He certainly did not possess the traditional diplomatic skills and temperament to deal with any of them. In the last year of the Barack Obama administration, a lunatic North Korean regime purportedly had gained the ability to send nuclear-tipped missiles to the U.S. West Coast. China had not only been violating trade agreements, but forcing U.S. companies to hand over their technological expertise as the price of doing business in China.” (04/05/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/victordavishanson/2018/04/05/trump-is-cutting-old-gordian-knots-n2467737

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44) You’re fired!
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“If government were reality TV — and it is — this current administration would obviously be The Apprentice. Who do you most want fired?” (04/05/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/05/youre-fired/

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45) The Postal Service and Amazon: Crony capitalism delivered to your door
Source: The American Conservative
by Ross Marchand

“The United States Postal Service is deep in the red, with a dwindling list of options available to stop the bleeding. USPS officials and Congress have continually neglected to employ sound financial management, which has resulted in $15 billion in debt and more than $100 billion in unfunded liabilities for the Postal Service. Despite inept leadership, anyone bringing attention to these issues is bound to be repeatedly attacked as a corporate shill trying to harm the USPS. Over the past week, however, feathers have been particularly ruffled by President Trump, who has criticized Amazon’s agreements with the USPS as costly and unproductive. These accusations have elicited a mountain of commentary, mostly by ‘fact-checkers’ critical of the president’s Twitter blasts. But contrary to defenders of the status-quo, agreements in place do, in fact, bolster Amazon at the expense of customers and taxpayers.” (04/05/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-postal-service-amazon-crony-capitalism-delivered-to-your-door/

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46) Free-market parasites
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“The crypto economy can’t get here fast enough. In addition to writing, I manage businesses. And as I review the financial records of these businesses every year, I see corporate parasitism biting them worse and worse. But if pushed, the bosses of these outfits would claim free market justification. After all, they didn’t hold a gun to anyone’s head! But they do hold the proverbial gun. More precisely, they arrange for government guns to do their bidding. For example, one of my companies made monthly payments to an internet faxing company for years. We tried to cancel the service over and over. We changed the debit card it was being charged to. And yet the charges came through every month. And I can guarantee you that it was all very legal and that they were ‘compliant with all banking regulations.’ Such companies are simply parasites, and they know exactly what they’re doing.” (04/05/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/free-market-parasites/

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47) Data privacy must empower users and innovation
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Corynne McSherry

“As recent revelations from Grindr and Under Armour remind us, Facebook is hardly alone in its failure to protect user privacy, and we’re glad to see the issue high on the national agenda. At the same time, it’s crucial that we ensure that privacy protections for social media users reinforce, rather than undermine, equally important values like free speech and innovation. We must also be careful not to unintentionally enshrine the current tech powerhouses by making it harder for others to enter those markets. Moreover, we shouldn’t lose sight of the tools we already have for protecting user privacy. With all of this in mind, here are some guideposts for U.S. users and policymakers looking to figure out what should happen next.” (04/04/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/04/smarter-privacy-rules-what-look-what-avoid

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48) Military law and order on the border
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“mong the long-held mantras of the conservative movement are ‘law and order’ and ‘the Constitution.’ Another is ‘free enterprise, private property, and limited government.’ Unfortunately, that’s all they are — mantras. With the possible exception of aid to the arts and food stamps, conservatives endorse every statist program in the books — programs that violate the very mantras they so proudly utter in their speeches, on their websites, and on their stationery. There are, of course, countless examples of this phenomenon. Drug laws and immigration controls are among the most notable. And so is President Trump’s plan to send the U.S. military to the U.S.-Mexico border in one more desperate attempt to win the decades-old wars on drugs and immigrants.” (04/05/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/04/05/military-law-order-border/

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49) Antisocial communitarianism: The communitarian defense of tariffs
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“Suppose Bob wants to buy a car made in Munich. Tom, who makes cars in Dearborn, says, ‘I have a more spiritual view of humanity. I don’t just build mediocre trucks; I produce pride and dignity! [Unlike Bavarian workers, I guess.] So, therefore, I propose that we use violence and threats of violence to make you pay an extra 25% to the government if you insist on getting that new 340i. We’ll use that money to blow up some brown people, build some walls in Texas, pay off ADM, and, oh, maybe I’ll get a cut too. You know, ’cause I’m spiritual.’ In this case, Tom sure doesn’t seem like a spiritual person with a strong love of community. He seems like, oh, … what’s the word? … a contemptible bully and asshole. If were Bob, I’d consider Tom my enemy, not a civic friend.” (04/04/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/04/antisocial-communitarianism-the-communitarian-defense-of-tariffs/

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50) Trump, the anti-business president
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“White House economist Peter Navarro, whose boss claimed credit when the stock market was rising, now thinks it should be ignored. After Monday’s plunge, he said, ‘The market is reacting in a way which does not comport with the … unbelievable strength in President Trump’s economy.’ Rest easy, Navarro advised. ‘The economy is as strong as an ox.’ He should hope so, because its burdens are growing. Donald Trump’s trade salvos against China moved Beijing to slap new tariffs on U.S. products. He has threatened to end NAFTA, which would wreck the supply chains of U.S. manufacturers and deprive farmers of vital markets. He’s itching for a full-scale trade war, and he’s likely to get it. The tycoon who raised high hopes in the corporate sector has revealed a powerful anti-business streak. Get on his bad side and you may kiss your profits goodbye. He’s a perpetual danger to every company in America.” (04/05/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/04/05/trump-the-anti-business-president

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51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/05/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“That didn’t take long. No sooner did President Trump vow to remove US troops from Syria, when after a meeting with Defense Secretary Mattis and other advisors resulted in another flip-flop. Like with the recent omnibus budget, he complained but went along with it. Will he pull out in six months as he more recently promised? Don’t hold your breath!” [Flash video] (04/05/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trump-just-kidding-were-staying-in-syria

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52) MilLiberty, episode 75
Source: Outset Magazine

“This week on MilLiberty, Caleb is out, but the show goes on! Stephen Kent is the guest host this week and he also brings on Andrew Heaton with Reason TV to talk about politics and pop culture.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/05/18)

http://outsetnetwork.com/2018/04/05/milliberty-episode-75-stephen-kent-hosts-w-reasons-andrew-heaton/

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53) Emil Gun Sirer discusses cryptocurrency academics and proof of stake
Source: Bitcoin.com

“At the Satoshi’s Vision Conference in Tokyo, our Bitcoin.com video host Mike Malley chatted with the Cornell CS professor Emin Gun Sirer about on-chain scaling and the Bitcoin Cash network.” [Flash video] (04/05/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/emin-gun-sirer-discusses-cryptocurrency-academics-and-proof-of-stake/

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54) Scott Adams Says, 04/05/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams tells you how Trump Derangement Syndrome turns low priorities into high priorities. With delicious coffee.” [Flash video] (04/05/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/w/1mnxeXEqkqAJX

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55) Clear and Present Danger, episode 6
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“In episode 6, we get medieval! Find out why the Middle Ages were as much a period of reason and inquiry as inquisition and persecution.” [various formats] (04/05/18)

https://www.thefire.org/clear-and-present-danger-podcast-episode-6-the-not-so-dark-ages-medieval-intellectuals-and-freethinkers/

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56) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast , 04/05/18
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“In January, President Donald Trump called America’s libel laws ‘”a sham and a disgrace.’ Are they? On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we sit down with Ballard Spahr Senior Counsel Lee Levine to discuss what America’s libel “laws” really are — and are not.” [various formats] (04/05/18)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-have-you-been-defamed/

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57) Liberty Behind the Lines w/ Dave Smith, Jason Stapleton and the Lions of Liberty
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In a special Thursday bonus, we present to you a podcast recorded live in Los Angeles at our special ‘Liberty Behind the Lines’ event which included Part of the Problem’s Dave Smith, Jason Stapleton of the Jason Stapleton Program, and our own Marc Clair and Brian McWilliams. They spent an hour taking questions from fans in attendance and discussed topics including the Libertarian Party, talking to progressives about liberty, universal basic income, and so much more!” [various formats] (04/05/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/04/05/liberty-behind-the-lines-w-dave-smith-jason-stapleton-and-the-lions-of-liberty/

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58) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/05/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Phoebe Maltz Bovy (The Perils of ‘Privilege’, What Would Phoebe Do?, The New Republic) and Kat Rosenfield (Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, Vulture) … Sherman Alexie and children’s publishing’s #MeToo moment… If consent is given, can a romantic situation still be not okay? … Is romance inherently riskier for women? … How women’s agency gets lost in #MeToo media narratives … Is the skincare industry bunk?” [Flash video] (04/05/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52485

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59) Free Talk Live, 04/04/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Auto Inspection Scam :: Snow-Covered License Plates :: Taking Tickets to Court :: Conan Scofflaw :: Victim-Blaming :: CREEPER Act to Ban Child Sex Dolls :: Youtube Attacker :: Libertarian Candidate for Governor of California :: CA Defender :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Conan.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/04/18)

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

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60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1127
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Mitch Toland, once an Obama supporter, made his way into Austrian economics and libertarianism in a most unusual way: his economics professor had him write a paper on Hayekian triangles (a graphical depiction of Austrian capital theory), and this wound up leading him to Ron Paul. He shares his story, plus his venture into politics, in today’s episode.” (04/04/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1127-from-economics-class-to-libertarianism-to-politics/

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