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Volume XVI, Issue #3,948
Monday, April 9th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US denies missile strike in Syria, Russia says Israel did it
2) Federal thugs steal Backpage domains, abduct co-founder
3) France: Travel chaos as rail workers hold renewed strike against Macron’s reforms
4) Buzz Aldrin, other astronauts pass “lie detector tests” on UFO sightings
5) SpaceX cannot broadcast video from space due to obsolete law
6) Vatican: Former diplomat arrested after child porn probe
7) Germany: Police seek motive after van crashes into crowd, killing two
8) SD: Keystone spill twice as big a first thought
9) Fire at Trump Tower leaves man dead and six firefighters injured
10) Arizona: Teacher doubled his salary by getting a teaching job in California
11) Kansas: Pol pitches prayer, Bible as school fix
12) Parkland shooting hero blames sheriff and superintendent for failing to prevent massacre
13) Israel: Regime to investigate killing of Palestinian journalist
14) OK: Regime approves tax deal but teachers vow to extend strike
15) Brazil: Lula turns himself in to police, ending standoff
16) SC: Congressman draws gun in meeting with constituents
17) Texas: Regime sends National Guard to Mexico border
18) Germany to rely on Canadian-exported cannabis after judge halts licensing process
19) EPA says “unprecedented” number of death threats against Pruitt
20) DOJ says it might enter Harvard affirmative action court battle

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Who’s afraid of Russian propaganda?
22) First they came for Backpage
23) The radical freedom of Dungeons & Dragons
24) Trade wars have no winners, only badly damaged survivors
25) A powerful government, a weak nation
26) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 6, part 7
27) The sexualization of children
28) New Syrian chemical weapons attack being reported by all the usual suspects
29) Universal Basic Income: Left or right?
30) The movie of the multipliers
31) Shifting standards for acceptable candidates
32) Hanging women who have an abortion is not pro-life
33) One year later, America’s airstrike on Syria is still illegal
34) Stuck in a regulatory ditch
35) Robots are coming for our jobs. Thank Goodness.
36) Could Brexit revive Ireland’s “Troubles?”
37) Why do Maryland labor unions want workers’ private data?
38) The myth of the monoliths
39) Don’t protect their secrets! Whisper networks and manipulation
40) National Review’s own struggle with “ideological diversity”
41) The Second Amendment
42) The case for a gold currency, part 2
43) No shit, Sherlock: What pro-life people think
44) What’s the matter with Oklahoma?
45) Quantum Vibe, 04/06/18
46) Land confiscation is South Africa’s nail in the coffin
47) Violence Against Women Act is a true product of Washington’s swamp
48) Cronyism fueled the murder of a Slovak journalist
49) Barbara Ehrenreich calls BS on the immortality industry
50) The tragedy of the Cheslatta T’en

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 140
52) AnarchoChristian, episode 7
53) Free Talk Live, 04/07/18
54) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/07/18
55) Scott Adams Says, 04/07/18
56) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 234
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 177
58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/06/18
59) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/06/18
60) In The Tank Podcast, 04/06/18
61) AnCap Barber Shop, episode 39
62) Deconstructed, episode 3
63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1129
64) Felony Friday, episode 118
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/06/18

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

1) US denies missile strike in Syria, Russia says Israel did it
Source: CBS News

“Missiles struck an air base in central Syria early Monday, but the Pentagon quickly denied claims from Syrian state media that the strikes were ‘an American aggression.’ As a war monitoring group said Iranian-backed militia members were killed in the strikes, Russia accused Israeli jets of firing the missiles. Syria’s state-run SANA news agency said the missile attack on the T4 military air base in Homs province had resulted in a number of casualties. … Russia’s allegation that two Israeli F-15s had fired a total of eight missiles at the T4 base came several hours after Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood said in a statement that the ‘Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria.’ … The missile attack followed a suspected poison gas attack Saturday on the last remaining foothold for the Syrian opposition in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. … Reports of the latest chemical attack, which appeared to target civilians and young children, could not be independently verified. The Syrian government denied the allegations, calling them fabrications.” (04/09/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/syria-air-strikes-no-us-involvement-t4-military-airbase-homs-province-chemical-attack-today-2018-04-08/

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2) Federal thugs steal Backpage domains, abduct co-founder
Source: New York Daily News

“The founder of sex-ad platform [sic] Backpage.com was slapped with federal charges on Friday after officials seized control of the website and raided his Phoenix-area home. Visitors hoping to browse the site’s licentious listings were instead greeted by a Department of Justice takedown notice. FBI agents, meanwhile, descended on Backpage co-founder Michael Lacey’s Sedona home, according to Evan Wyloge of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting. Specific charges against Lacey were not disclosed because a judge ordered the case sealed, the Arizona Republic reported.” [editor’s note: Backpage is an advertising site, not specifically a sex ad platform – TLK] (04/07/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/backpage-seized-founder-hit-charges-fbi-raid-article-1.3919071

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3) France: Travel chaos as rail workers hold renewed strike against Macron’s reforms
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“French commuters and holidaymakers were facing another day of disruptions to train services on Sunday as rail workers laid down their work in protest at President Emmanuel Macron’s planned overhaul of state-run railway company SNCF. The company has said, however, that fewer trains were to be cancelled than during strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday. One out of every five high-speed TGV services was still running on Sunday, while in the regional network, two-thirds of trains were to be cancelled. … Train staff last week launched three months of nationwide rolling strikes in protest at the planned overhaul, with unions calling walkouts for two days out of every five until the end of June. The planned reforms would include ending job-for-life guarantees and early retirement for rail workers.” (04/08/18)

http://www.dw.com/en/france-travel-chaos-as-rail-workers-hold-renewed-strike-against-macrons-reforms/a-43297913

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4) Buzz Aldrin, other astronauts pass “lie detector tests” on UFO sightings
Source: The Daily Star [UK]

“Moon walker Buzz Aldrin and three other astronauts have passed lie detector tests over claims they experienced alien encounters. The space travellers’ accounts of strange space sightings were examined under laboratory conditions. All four astronauts taking part passed the test, carried out using the latest technology. Experts say the results prove they were ‘completely convinced’ signs of alien life they claimed to have witnessed during historic missions were genuine. Aldrin, Al Worden, Edgar Mitchell and Gordon Cooper all took part in the study.” [editor’s note: Actually, none of them took part in the “study,” which was not a live lie detector test but an analysis of recorded statements. Still interesting, though – TLK] (04/08/18)

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/694430/news-ufo-aliens-lie-detector-test-buzz-aldrin-astronauts

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5) SpaceX cannot broadcast video from space due to obsolete law
Source: Spaceflight News

“Restrictions from the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) have forced SpaceX officials to end the live video coverage of the rocket’s launch on March 30. SpaceX is working with NOAA to lift these restrictions in order to bring live views from the space in the future. These restrictions are a reference to a 1992 rule defined in the National and Commercial Space Program Act that requires private space companies that want to broadcast videos and images gathered from space to obtain a license. NOAA suddenly decided to implement this rule for the Falcon 9 launch on March 30. According to NOAA, the cameras on the second stage of SpaceX are considered as a remote sensing space system and so, SpaceX should get a provisional license.” [editor’s note: In addition to this being unconstitutional censorship, space is not in the US and therefore not subject to US law. About time for some pushback on that point – TLK]

https://newsspaceflight.com/spacex-cannot-broadcast-videos-from-space-due-to-an-obsolete-law/

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6) Vatican: Former diplomat arrested after child porn probe
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“The Vatican said its police had arrested a monsignor who worked as a diplomat at its embassy in Washington and is suspected of possessing child pornography in the United States and Canada. A statement identified the accused as Carlo Alberto Capella and said he was arrested earlier on Saturday in the Vatican after a warrant was issued by the Holy See’s chief magistrate at the end of an investigation. The Vatican statement said Capella, who was recalled from the Vatican embassy in Washington last August, was arrested according to articles of a 2013 law signed by Pope Francis. The articles cited by the statement related to child pornography. If indicted, the monsignor will have to stand trial in the Vatican and faces up to 12 years in jail.” (04/08/18)

http://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/2140767/vatican-arrests-ex-diplomat-who-held-posts-washington-and-hong

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7) Germany: Police seek motive after van crashes into crowd, killing two
Source: Pierce County Tribune

“A gray van crashed into tables of people drinking outside a popular bar Saturday in the German city of Muenster, killing two people and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle killed himself, police said. A top German security official said there was no indication of an Islamic extremist motive but officials were investigating all possibilities in the deadly crash that took place at 3:27 p.m. on a warm spring day. Witnesses said people ran away screaming from the city square after the crash. Police quickly set up a large cordoned-off area for their investigation and ambulances rushed to the site. Herbert Reul, the interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, where Muenster is located, said the driver of the van was a German citizen. He stressed that the investigation was at an early stage but said ‘at the moment, nothing speaks for there being any Islamist background.’” (04/07/18)

http://www.thepiercecountytribune.com/page/content.detail/id/2444701/Germany-seeks-motive-after-van-crashes-into-crowd–killing-2.html?isap=1&nav=5040

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8) SD: Keystone spill twice as big a first thought
Source: Northwest Herald

“A crude oil spill from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota last November has turned out to be nearly twice as big as first reported. Around 407,000 gallons spilled onto farmland when the pipeline broke near Amherst in Marshall County on Nov. 16, a spokeswoman for pipeline owner TransCanada Corp., told the Aberdeen American News. TransCanada had originally put the spill at 210,000 gallons.” [editor’s note: Corporate welfare boondoggles like Keystone always have to cover up bad results afterward, so as to justify the next welfare check or eminent domain demand – TLK] (04/06/18)

http://www.nwherald.com/2018/04/08/s-d-pipeline-spill-twice-as-big-as-first-thought/apfdxfi/

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9) Fire at Trump Tower leaves man dead and six firefighters injured
Source: CNN

“A fire broke out at Trump Tower on Saturday, leaving one man dead and six firefighters injured, the New York City Fire Department said. Police identified the man killed as Todd Brassner, 67, a resident of the building’s 50th floor. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died, said spokeswoman Angelica Conroy of the Fire Department. … The fire was contained to the 50th floor of the tower, located on Fifth Avenue in New York. It was ruled under control around 9 p.m., two hours after it was originally reported, the FDNY tweeted. Six firefighters suffered injuries that are not life threatening, Conroy said.” (04/08/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/07/us/trump-tower-fire/index.html

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10) Arizona: Teacher doubled his salary by getting a teaching job in California
Source: USA Today

“It’s inching toward 6:30 a.m. as Rene Castillo steers his Honda Accord onto Interstate 8, a radiant sunrise in his rearview mirror as he begins his daily commute. Castillo grew up here. Graduated from Yuma High School. And after earning his degree, he came home to teach at San Luis High School. He expected to spend his career there. But after going six years in the Yuma Union High School District without a pay raise and only minor salary increases in other years, Castillo, 34, began to look elsewhere. He found that with a one-hour commute he could double his pay, to nearly $80,000. So each morning Castillo’s 12-year-old Honda, with 195,000 miles and shaky brakes, rolls across the Arizona state line, past vegetable and alfalfa crops, through the tiny communities of Felicity and Holtville, to El Centro, Calif., where he teaches history at Southwest High School.” (04/07/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/07/arizona-teachers-leave-other-states-educators-rally-more-pay/495975002

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11) Kansas: Pol pitches prayer, Bible as school fix
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A conservative Kansas lawmaker is suggesting that problems facing public schools aren’t a matter of money but a shift away from God in recent decades. Republican Rep. Randy Garber, of Sabetha, argued Saturday during a 13-minute speech on a school funding bill that problems with society and public education stem from U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the early 1960s declaring school-sponsored prayer and Bible reading unconstitutional. Garber concluded his speech by telling his colleagues: ‘If we don’t fix society, we won’t fix our schools.’ He added, ‘I say the way to fix our schools is to put prayer and the Bible back and give it a chance.’ House Democratic Leader Jim Ward of Wichita called Garber’s remarks ‘disappointing’ and that providing a good public education is ‘hard work.’” (04/07/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/The-Latest-Kansas-lawmakers-try-to-break-schools-12814521.php

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12) Parkland shooting hero blames sheriff and superintendent for failing to prevent massacre
Source: Fox News

“A student who was gravely wounded after being shot five times while shielding classmates during the Florida high school shooting in February criticized the county sheriff and school superintendent Friday saying they failed the victims by not arresting the shooter before the massacre. Anthony Borges, 15, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was hailed a hero after he used his body to protect the lives of 20 others students after accused gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the school on Feb. 14, 2018, killing 17 people. He was released from the hospital Wednesday after suffering wounds to the lungs, abdomen and legs. Borges’ attorney read a statement from the teen during a news conference criticizing Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Superintendent Robert Runcie for the massacre.” (04/07/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/07/parkland-shooting-hero-blames-sheriff-and-superintendent-for-failing-to-prevent-massacre.html

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13) Israel: Regime to investigate killing of Palestinian journalist
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Israel’s army says it will investigate the death of a Palestinian journalist shot during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces on Gaza’s border with Israel, local media report. Yasser Murtaja, a photographer with a Gaza-based agency, was wearing a clearly marked press vest when wounded on Friday, multiple sources confirmed. He died from his injuries in hospital — the 28th Palestinian killed in a week. An Israeli military spokeswoman said it was reviewing the incident. ‘The IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] does not intentionally fire on journalists,’ a statement said according to Israeli website Ynet News. ‘The circumstances in which journalists were hit, allegedly by IDF fire, are unknown to us and are being examined.’” (04/07/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43683184

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14) OK: Regime approves tax deal but teachers vow to extend strike
Source: Raw Story

“The Oklahoma Senate passed a $44 million revenue and tax package on Friday to fund the state’s public schools, but the amount fell short of new spending sought by teachers who walked out in protest of a decade of education budget cuts and low salaries. Teachers vowed to extend into next week their already five-day-old strike, which has affected more than 500,000 students statewide. They are seeking $200 million in increased annual education funding. ‘Educators have been passionately advocating for their students and asking the legislature to provide more funding for our classrooms after a decade of neglect of Oklahoma’s public schools. Today the legislature started to hear us,’ said Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union with about 40,000 members. Priest told the Republican-dominated legislature they could end the walkout if they removed capital gains exemptions, saying the move could bring in an additional $100 million in revenue.” (04/07/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/oklahoma-approves-tax-deal-teachers-vow-extend-strike

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15) Brazil: Lula turns himself in to police, ending standoff
Source: Reuters

“Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva turned himself in to police on Saturday, ending a day-long standoff to begin serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption that derails his bid to return to power. Lula was flown by police to the southern city of Curitiba, where he was tried and convicted late last year, and taken to the federal police headquarters there to serve his sentence. Protesters supporting Lula clashed with police outside the walls of the building. Officers used stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.” (04/07/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-politics-lula/lula-turns-himself-in-to-brazil-police-ending-standoff-idUSKCN1HD1JI

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16) SC: Congressman draws gun in meeting with constituents
Source: USA Today

“Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., pulled out his loaded .38-caliber handgun and placed it on a table for several minutes while making a point about gun rights during a meeting with constituents Friday. ‘I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords,’ Norman said, during the ‘coffee with constituents’ meeting at a Rock Hill, S.C., restaurant. Giffords, a former Arizona congresswoman, was shot outside a grocery store during a constituent gathering in 2011. ‘I don’t mind dying, but whoever shoots me better shoot well or I’m shooting back,’ Norman told The Post and Courier. Giffords’ husband, retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, said in a statement that Norman is ‘no Gabby Giffords.’ … ‘Americans are increasingly faced with a stark choice: leaders like Gabby, who work hard together to find solutions to problems, or extremists like the NRA and Congressman Norman, who rely on intimidation tactics and perpetuating fear,’ Kelly said. Norman vowed to continue to display his gun at future constituent meetings.” [editor’s note: The only problem here is that Norman would see a need to explain something so obvious – TLK] (04/07/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/04/07/congressman-draws-gun-meeting-constituents/495736002

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17) Texas: Regime sends National Guard to Mexico border
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The US state of Texas is deploying National Guard members to the border with Mexico following a call from President Donald Trump. A Guard spokesman said 250 personnel would be sent to patrol the area within the next 72 hours. Arizona is also planning to deploy 150 troops there next week. President Trump says he wants to send up to 4,000 National Guard members to secure the border with Mexico, until his proposed border wall is built. The states of New Mexico and California have been asked to take similar action to Texas and Arizona.” (04/07/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43678961

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18) Germany to rely on Canadian-exported cannabis after judge halts licensing process
Source: Smell the Truth

“Germany’s burgeoning medical marijuana program will continue to rely on exported cannabis following a court decision to delay the country’s cultivation licensing process, the Financial Post reports. The country was in the process of tendering 10 licenses to grow cannabis domestically, with a 6,600 kilogram supply agreement for the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices running from 2019 to 2022. Those licenses would have become the first to grow in Germany since the country passed one of the world’s most progressive medical marijuana programs in 2017. That process is now in limbo after a Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court judge ordered a halt, arguing that it’s unfair and rushed. ‘Initial domestic supply was slated for the start of next year; however, we now expect German production will be delayed by 6-12 months,’ wrote Canaccord Genuity Corp. analyst Neil Maruoka in a note to clients.” (04/06/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/04/05/germany-to-rely-on-canadian-exported-marijuana-after-judge-halts-licensing-process

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19) EPA says “unprecedented” number of death threats against Pruitt
Source: Fox News

“EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has faced an ‘unprecedented’ number of death threats, according to an agency spokesman. … The statement was obtained Saturday by Fox News and included a list of several published reports about such incidents. A nationwide search of state and federal court records by the Associated Press found no case in which anyone was arrested or charged with threatening Pruitt, the wire service said Friday. The agency has spent millions of dollars for a 20-member, full-time detail for Pruitt, which is roughly three times the size of his predecessor’s part-time security contingent.” [editor’s note: Either this is a money-laundering scam that needs unveiling, or “the left” has far more violent people among it than we had suspected; either way, the truth needs to be found – SAT] (04/07/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/07/epa-says-unprecedented-number-death-threats-against-pruitt.html

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20) DOJ says it might enter Harvard affirmative action court battle
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it might formally enter a lawsuit accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-American applicants as the agency probes its admissions policies for potential civil rights violations. The department disclosed its plan in a brief urging a federal judge in Boston to not allow the Ivy League school to file pre-trial court papers and documents provisionally under seal. Harvard had cited the need to protect the privacy of applicants and students as well as the inner workings of its admissions process, arguing that various documents should be initially filed under seal pending the judge’s review. The Justice Department said it opposed Harvard’s request, joining Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), the group behind the case, which has urged the disclosure of ‘powerful’ evidence showing Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Harvard is violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.” (04/07/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/us-says-might-enter-harvard-affirmative-action-court-battle/

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

21) Who’s afraid of Russian propaganda?
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Nothing exemplifies the divide between the intelligentsia and regular people than the apparent divergent reaction to the phrase ‘exposed to Russian propaganda.’ For most politicians and pundits, no words should strike greater fear in our hearts than those words. Nothing — perhaps not even climate change — could be worse. Yet I have the impression that most other people don’t feel that way. I don’t find it coming up in everyday conversation. From that, I infer that regular people have more good sense than most card-carrying members of the intelligentsia (again taking those members at their word and not as mere H. Clinton supporters bent on retribution for the theft of her birthright). … If we believe the people who claim to be so concerned about Russian Facebook activity, we really ought to be concerned about something much deeper: the apparent fragility of American society.” (04/06/18)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-russian-propaganda/

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22) First they came for Backpage
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The ringleaders of the Backpage crackdown — legislators, prosecutors and law enforcement chiefs — need to be charged with conspiracy against rights under United States Code, Title 18, Chapter 242 …. These bad actors have completely abandoned rule of law, and they’ve done so for the express purpose of violating the First Amendment. If they are not brought to bay and severely punished, Backpage will merely be their first, not their final, victim.” (04/08/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13238

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23) The radical freedom of Dungeons & Dragons
Source: Reason
by CJ Ciaramella

“You might not recognize the name Gary Gygax. But even if you’ve never rolled a critical fail on a d20, you have almost certainly consumed some movie, TV show, book, comic, computer game, or music influenced by Gygax’s most famous creation: Dungeons & Dragons, the world’s first and most popular role-playing game. The FBI certainly knew who he was. Between 1980 and 1995, agents compiled a dossier on the gaming company TSR Inc. and Gygax, its founder. … The sinister-sounding allegations in Gygax’s FBI dossier (obtained by Reason via a Freedom of Information Act request) hint at an explanation. It’s not a surprise the game’s creator was a self-declared libertarian or a proud pen pal of prison inmates. He was an individualist at heart who had always chafed against discipline.” (for publication 05/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/04/07/the-radical-freedom-of-dungeon

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24) Trade wars have no winners, only badly damaged survivors
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“In the tit-for-tat trade war between the U.S. and China, pain is a major theme. The idea is to ratchet up the pain, through tariffs and other punishments, until one side says ‘uncle.’ But what if no one says ‘uncle’? On Friday, President Trump doubled down, proposing $100 billion in added tariffs on Chinese goods, in addition to the $50 billion or so already imposed. That pretty much exceeds what China imports from the U.S. in any given year. ‘I’m not saying there won’t be a little pain so we might lose a little of it, but we’re going to have a much stronger country when we’re finished, and that’s what I’m all about,’ President Trump told WABC radio. China, meanwhile, on Friday withdrew from trade talks and promised to ‘fight back with a major response,’ calling Friday’s U.S. move ‘arrogant.’ A piece in China’s government-run Xinhua news agency was blunt: ‘As the tensions escalate, we want to expand the trade war to all Americans so that they have to choose whether to support Trump’s unscrupulous move or to hold the president accountable.’” (04/06/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trade-wars-have-no-winners-only-badly-damaged-survivors

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25) A powerful government, a weak nation
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The common perception among American conservatives has long been that a powerful government equals a powerful nation. Actually, it’s the exact opposite. The more powerful the government, the weaker the nation. Contrariwise, the weaker the government, the more powerful the nation. Of course, we see this economically and financially. The bigger, more powerful the government, the higher the federal spending, taxes, and debt, all of which inevitably weaken a nation. Spending, taxes, and debt are what have brought down governments and nations throughout history. But there is another factor that needs to be taken into account: The more powerful the government, the weaker, the more frightened the citizenry.” (04/06/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/04/06/powerful-government-weak-nation-2/

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26) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 6, part 7
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Government ‘reality’ inverts the truth. Privacy is dead, government declares with the certainty of a slamming door. Only, it isn’t. Privacy is entering a golden age — or it is for individuals who privatize their own data instead of allowing their identities to be nationalized. Nationalization of identity occurs when the government claims the ownership and use of everyone’s personal information, which individuals have no right to withhold. The government owns birth certificates, medical records, school transcripts, surveillance reports, police and court files, financial information … It possesses data that individuals themselves cannot access. The fact that privacy is alive and kicking is demonstrated by the adamance with which bureaucrats and their allies try to convince people of the contrary.” (04/07/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-do-not-passively-nationalize-your-privacy/

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27) The sexualization of children
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Aaron White

“Our society is normalizing the sexualization of children and de-normalizing a rational view of childhood. All of this because we fear/hate pedophilia … and are perversely looking at children sexually. If we saw a picture or video of a child in a bath the natural thoughts of the vast majority of people 100 years ago, or from someone not influenced by our culture would be incredibly indifferent. Now, our modern culture has trained people to immediately think of sex. The video turns into a test of pedophilia and how we ought to regard this video in response to pedophilia. Think about that for a second … our society has trained you to view child nudity, child interests, and child activities first through the prism of sex.” (04/07/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/the-sexualization-of-children

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28) New Syrian chemical weapons attack being reported by all the usual suspects
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“The western propaganda machine is endlessly impressive. People are so pervasively brainwashed by mass media psyops that they now find it easier to believe that Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin are deliberately killing civilians with poisonous gas for no reason whatsoever than to believe that the same empire which deceived us into Iraq is deceiving us into Iraq’s next-door neighbor Syria. There are early reports of another mass casualty chemical weapons attack in Syria, as usual in a region crawling with known terrorist forces, and as usual just as those terrorists are suffering critical defeats. As usual, the attack is placed in a location replete with children and cameras. As usual, all the expected high-profile pro-regime change propagandists are all over it, from the White Helmets to Charles Lister to Eliot Higgins to Julian Ropcke. Details are sketchy and unconfirmed, but the early narrative being promulgated is clear.” (04/07/18)

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29) Universal Basic Income: Left or right?
Source: CounterPunch
by Daniel Raventos & Julie Wark

“Universal basic income, a regular unconditional cash payment to the whole population is increasingly being discussed in social, political, academic circles and among citizens in general. People are championing it from right and left. But, if it’s being pushed from both ends of the political spectrum, what’s its secret? Is it so amazingly convincing that all differences between political extremes are abolished? Hardly. More like it, the fact that basic income is being hailed from such different political positions muddies serious debate and is downright bewildering for a lot of people. And, on the left, a lot of other people, saying that they’re no suckers, opt for a knee-jerk, total rejection of basic income because they see it as just another right-wing con.” (04/06/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/06/universal-basic-income-left-or-right/

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30) The movie of the multipliers
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“The multipliers. These are some of the most dangerous elements of political life. Intelligence, knowledge, persuasiveness, experience in political affairs — all these good things may add much to a politician’s ability to succeed. The lack of such qualities may subtract from it. But you can be possessed of all of them and still be only half as likely to win public office as a person who lacks them completely, but has real money, or one-quarter as likely as a person whose father happened to be a noted politician, or one-tenth as likely as a person who happens to possess the right age, color, or creed. Wealth, unearned prestige, the accidents of demographics — these are multipliers, and there are many others.” (04/07/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1835

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31) Shifting standards for acceptable candidates
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Spike

“In the last week, two things happened in America that remind us of the criteria the public uses to evaluate candidates — namely, none. Mid-week, Vice President Joe Biden made more rumblings about trying for the Democratic Party nomination for President in 2020. And on Friday, Chappaquiddick: The Movie was released in theaters. … Obviously, the American public’s standard for candidates is not cast in stone, and is re-invented every biennium explicitly to fit the fallible mortals running for office. Does character matter? Ask me again after the primary.” (04/07/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2018/04/07/shifting-standards-for-acceptable-candidates/

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32) Hanging women who have an abortion is not pro-life
Source: USA Today
by Kirsten Powers

“Is it out of bounds to argue that women should be hanged for having an abortion? An actual debate is raging over this question following yesterday’s firing of conservative writer Kevin Williamson from The Atlantic for expressing this view on multiple occasions. Williamson apparently believes this is ‘pro-life.’ Conservatives [sic] fanned out to attack The Atlantic and ‘the Left’ for their closed-mindedness in not embracing a view that calls for the humiliating, torturous killing by the state of women who have had an abortion. Commentary’s Noah Rothman called Williamson’s firing ‘chilling’ and The Resurgent’s Eric Erickson said that it was all ‘about the left wanting a monopoly on the public square so none can be exposed to competing ideas.’” [editor’s note: Calling KMW a “conservative” undercuts the point of this column, but otherwise … – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Williamson’s publicly stated views were known when he was hired. It wasn’t his views that got him fired, it was The Atlantic bowing to the mob howl – TLK] (04/06/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/06/kevin-williamson-atlantic-fired-hanging-women-who-have-abortion-column/491590002

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33) One year later, America’s airstrike on Syria is still illegal
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Zigismund

“On April 6, 2017, the United States bombed a Syrian airbase. The bombing was in response to a chemical attack immediately thought to be ordered at the behest of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad just two days before. This bombing was illegal. Even the U.S. government has since repeatedly failed to legally justify it. With the war in Syria now in a new phase, understanding why is more important than ever.” (04/06/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/04/06/one-year-later-americas-airstrike-on-syria-is-still-illegal/

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34) Stuck in a regulatory ditch
Source: Niskanen Center
by Joseph Majkut

“To say that we could do more to cut carbon emissions is an understatement, especially for transportation emissions. The transportation sector is now the largest single contributor to U.S. greenhouse gas pollution; it surpassed the power sector in 2016 and amounts to almost 30 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. But cutting emissions from transportation poses unique challenges, because cars and trucks are owned by individuals with diverse needs, who are constrained by existing infrastructure and limited fuel options. Any economist will tell you that regulating the efficiency of cars and trucks is an inefficient way to go about putting a dent in transportation emissions. It’s all in the price signals that are being sent.” (04/06/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/stuck-in-a-regulatory-ditch/

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35) Robots are coming for our jobs. Thank Goodness.
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Andrew Lilico

“Technological progress has frequently resulted in changes in the nature of work, sometimes affecting skilled workers more and sometimes affecting unskilled workers more. But whichever categories of worker were affected, such changes have almost universally been to the benefit of workers of all skill levels. Let’s consider two or three professions of the past.” (04/06/18)

https://fee.org/articles/robots-are-coming-for-our-jobs-thank-goodness/

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36) Could Brexit revive Ireland’s “Troubles?”
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Will Northern Ireland, otherwise known as Ulster, return to the civil strife which roiled it for much of the 20th century? In the decades after Ireland gained independence in the early 1920s, the Irish Republican Army, which never reconciled itself to the division of the island, mounted attacks on police and civilians in the province with the aim of forcing out the British. It had seemed, on the conclusion of an agreement to share power and end terrorist acts signed 20 years ago next week between the British and Irish governments, the pro-British Unionists and Republican Sinn Fein (the political expression of the IRA) that a kind of peace had come. Yet now, as collateral damage of Britain’s planned departure from the European Union, a new conflict threatens. With both Britain and Ireland in the EU, the border between them (separating 4.7 million Irish citizens in the south and west from over 1.8 million British citizens in the northeast of the island) became invisible. But on Britain’s exit, it will reappear.” (04/06/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-ireland-commentary/commentary-could-brexit-revive-irelands-troubles-idUSKCN1HD2CY

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37) Why do Maryland labor unions want workers’ private data?
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Trey Kovacs

“Maryland public-sector unions are lobbying the state legislature to undermine a Supreme Court case that could end their power to make workers pay union fees as a condition of employment. The lobbyists pushed a set of bills to require public universities and school districts to hand over employees’ private information — names, position titles, home and work addresses, personal telephone numbers, and work and personal email addresses — to unions and to require captive-audience meetings at which the union can lobby new hires to join. … Clearly, the union fears a loss this year in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, a case in which Illinois child-support specialist Mark Janus argues that he should not be forced [sic] to pay dues to a union that does not represent his values and interests. In more than 20 states, including Maryland, workers are forced [sic] to pay a union for representation, whether they like it or not.” [editor’s note: No, they are not “forced” to do anything. If they don’t want to belong to a union or pay union dues, they are free to find non-union jobs. State involvement is the only real issue here – TLK] (04/06/18)

https://cei.org/content/why-do-maryland-labor-unions-want-workers%E2%80%99-private-data

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38) The myth of the monoliths
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“According to organizers of the ‘March for Our lives,’ the National Rifle Association is wholly evil, a corrupter of democracy, a malign presence straight out of Mordor, bent upon murder — a monolithic influence responsible for every mass shooting event. The clearest expression of this is by young David Hogg …. What Hogg and his friends in the media elide is a simple little fact: the NRA is a membership organization. When critics of the Second Amendment point at the NRA and shout ‘evil!’ they are really pointing at the organization’s millions of members. … as near as I can make out, not one NRA member has mown down students in any school or church in America. Instead, at least one civilian NRA member took out his AR-15 to bring down one such mass-murdering shooter.” (04/06/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/06/the-myth-of-the-monoliths/

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39) Don’t protect their secrets! Whisper networks and manipulation
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Emmi Bevensee

“By hand-wringing about whether to discuss the behavior of someone who is recurrently causing harm, we are protecting them. This doesn’t mean that we’re responsible for their shitty behavior. The cause of their bullshit is generally a wormhole of speculation and the responsibility is theirs alone. It’s not that it’s our job to expose toxicity, but rather that, we can if we want to and feel able, and it may even save someone else the pain we endured.” (04/06/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/50646

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40) National Review’s own struggle with “ideological diversity”
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“The Atlantic’s firing of writer Kevin Williamson, just two weeks after he joined the magazine from National Review, has triggered outrage throughout conservative media. Reason magazine editor in chief Katherine Mangu-Ward argued that the firing shows The Atlantic ‘can’t handle real ideological diversity,’ while National Review’s David French lamented, ‘The Atlantic has caved to the intolerant mob and fired Kevin Williamson, and in so doing has contributed to a slanderous fiction — that Kevin is so beyond the pale that he has no place at one of the nation’s premiere mainstream publications.’ These arguments shy away from an important question: Do magazines of opinion have the right to fire writers of extremist views? Williamson was fired over his belief, expressed in a 2014 tweet, that women who have abortions should be punished by ‘hanging.’ (This was known before he was hired, but Media Matters this week surfaced a 2014 podcast in which Williamson articulated the same view, which proved too much for Atlantic editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg.) Few of Williamson’s defenders agree with that view.” (04/06/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147826/national-reviews-struggle-ideological-diversity

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41) The Second Amendment
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“The hysterical media hype of the ‘progressive’ marching children has faded some the last week, though the anti-gun — anti liberty — crowd continues to make the news daily. Some important counter measures have been publicized as well, for a wonder, and how it will all come out in the wash is anyone’s guess. But most ‘people of the gun’ continue to talk about and rely on the second amendment to the constitution, and worry that their rights will be eliminated by those in control of government. Too bad they’ve been misinformed. It is not possible for anyone — or even a super majority — to eliminate the natural right of all living things to defend themselves.” (04/07/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/04/07/the-second-amendment/

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42) The case for a gold currency, part 2
Source: Cobden Centre
by Jai Khemani

“When the world was on the gold standard, the fastest rate of economic growth happened between 1870 and 1914, when the gold standard was suspended in Europe because of WWI. Not only that, but blue collared workers then saw vast increases in their purchasing power. Had we stayed on the classical gold standard, wages would be higher and the middle class would continue to grow.” (04/06/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/04/the-case-for-a-gold-currency-part-2-wages-and-growth-higher-under-classical-gold-standard/

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43) No shit, Sherlock: What pro-life people think
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“Roughly half the country apparently believes that abortion = baby murder. Pro-choice people (including me): ‘Oh, yeah, we know that. We disagree. But we understand that they think killing a fetus = killing a baby.’ So, believe it or not, some people think that baby murderers should be punished severely for murdering babies. For instance, if you found out I murdered my infant nephew, you’d probably want me to be punished a certain way. Well, since some people think abortion = baby murder, they want to impose those same punishments on people who have or administer abortions. They share your view of how to punish baby murderers, but not your view of which things count as babies. A bunch of pro-choice people (not including me): ‘Holy shit, that is beyond the pale! People like that are monsters! We can’t debate them or even read them!’ I don’t get why people would be surprised by that.” (04/05/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/04/no-shit-sherlock-what-pro-life-people-think/

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44) What’s the matter with Oklahoma?
Source: The American Prospect
by Orli Avi-Yonah & Reuven Avi-Yonah

“The teacher’s strike in Oklahoma has been a long time coming. When we traveled through the state in February as part of a research project, everyone we spoke with was concerned about education. We talked with parents of children in both public and private schools, and with recent high school graduates. They all agreed the situation was abysmal. Teacher salaries were among the lowest in the country and teachers were moving across the state line to Texas, where they could earn tens of thousands more. Children were graduating without knowing basic facts of American history and politics. When we visited the moving memorial to the Oklahoma City bombing victims, we learned that most school children in the state cannot come and visit it because of lack of funding for buses. In Tulsa, people told us that the most important reason businesses are reluctant to move there, despite the city’s storied history and magnificent cultural institutions, was concern about providing high-quality public education for their employees’ families.” (04/06/18)

http://prospect.org/article/whats-matter-oklahoma

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45) Quantum Vibe, 04/06/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (04/06/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1780

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46) Land confiscation is South Africa’s nail in the coffin
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jose Nino

“Is South Africa taking the first steps in becoming a basket case? In a troubling move, the South African National Assembly recently voted 241-83 to move forward a proposal to amend the constitution and allow for land expropriation without compensation. The socialist-leaning African National Congress (ANC) and the (ironically named) Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) parties are spearheading the initiative, claiming it will help address racial disparities that have supposedly lingered since the end of apartheid in 1994. Though not officially finalized, such an amendment to South Africa’s constitution could open the floodgates to massive property-rights violations and put the country on the sure path to economic decline.” (04/05/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/land-confiscation-south-africas-nail-coffin

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47) Violence Against Women Act is a true product of Washington’s swamp
Source: The Hill
by Wendy McElroy

“The ‘deep state’ is commonly defined as ‘a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy.’ The grassroots is commonly defined as an organization in which ordinary people are the main body of membership. Throughout America, the deep state and the grassroots are in conflict. The current push to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) illustrates the standard deep state tactic of blocking grassroots voices from hearings and the other preliminaries that define law. The tactic also omits the grassroots concerns, such as due process for those accused of sexual violence.” (04/05/18)

http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/381670-violence-against-womens-act-is-a-true-product-of-washingtons-swamp

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48) Cronyism fueled the murder of a Slovak journalist
Source: Acton Institute
by Martina Bobulova

“Slovakia has been living through one of the most turbulent times in its young history. It has been almost a month since the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kusnirova, which have put these events in motion. Much has changed in past four weeks — the nation went to the streets and the country experienced the biggest public protests since the Velvet Revolution in 1989. … The murder was immediately understood as an attack on the important role journalists play in a democratic society and the freedom of speech. No journalist has ever been the victim of such a horrific crime during Slovakia’s short, 25-year existence as an independent nation. Jan’s article was released three days after he was found dead. It was an extensive report on business activities and influence of the ‘Ndrangheta, Calabria’s organized crime syndicate, and its connections to senior government officials close to Prime Minister Robert Fico.” (04/06/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/04/06/cronyism-fueled-murder-slovak-journalist

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49) Barbara Ehrenreich calls BS on the immortality industry
Source: In These Times
by Jane Miller

“It seems that staying alive and young and active has become a duty and a responsibility each of us ignores at our peril. In her new book, Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying and Our Illusion of Control, Barbara Ehrenreich reminds us that once we are over 70 we are ‘old enough to die’ and should not make strenuous or unseemly efforts to stay alive. As a young woman, she wanted to be a scientist and wrote her Ph.D. about certain cells that are, apparently, vital to the immune system. Macrophages, she tells us: help sculpt the embryo into a human fetus; they defend the body against microbial invasions; they participate in the process of antigen presentation; they keep the body clear of dead and damaged cells. On the destructive side, they participate in the growth and spread of tumors; they launch the catastrophe of inflammaging; they are frontline killers in autoimmune diseases.” (04/06/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21042/Barbara-Ehrenreich-natural-causes-nickel-and-dimed-imortality-dying

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50) The tragedy of the Cheslatta T’en
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“Imagine you and your neighbours living peacefully in a small village in a valley in the Central Interior of British Columbia. You fish, you hunt, you farm the land, you raise livestock and you raise your families here. There is a community church. And a community graveyard. Your town is self-sufficient. No one depends on the government. Problems are few. Until one day government agents show up and tell you they’ve just finished building a dam down the valley a few miles. What? No one told you about that. Apparently they’ve been building it for two years. They just plugged the last gap and the river will be rising steadily. You’re told you better get out before you’re flooded out. Oh yeah … they do offer some compensation and will help you relocate. They ask you to sign on the dotted line to cede your property. You refuse. However you have no choice but to move. The justification for this? The dam is for the common good.” (04/07/18)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-tragedy-of-cheslatta-ten.html

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51) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 140
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“What is transhumanism? Can transhumanism and libertarian philosophy be compatible? Well, Zoltan Istvan thinks so! This week we launch ideas with Zoltan Istvan! Zoltan Istvan Gyurko, professionally known as Zoltan Istvan, is an American transhumanist, journalist, entrepreneur and Libertarian futurist who is currently running for California Governor.” [various formats] (04/08/18)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-140-the-transhumanist-wager-w-zolton-istvan/

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52) AnarchoChristian, episode 7
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“In this episode, we will look to Lawrence Vance’s essay addressing the very important question, ‘Should Christians Support the War on Drugs?’” [various formats] (04/08/18)

https://www.anarchochristian.com/should-christians-support-the-war-on-drugs-ac007/

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53) Free Talk Live, 04/07/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Media Reactions to Free Speech Oppressing SESTA/FOSTA :: Prostitution vs Sex Trafficking :: Media vs Free Speech :: Legalizing Prostitution :: Mile High Club :: Anti-Prostitution Caller :: Christianity :: Bitcoin :: Prostitution Against God? :: Undercover Stings :: Lying :: Abolish Fed Gov :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/07/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-07

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54) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/07/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Randy England and MWD explain the finer points of freedom without going blue, unlike some Argentinians.” [various formats] (04/07/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15758

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55) Scott Adams Says, 04/07/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams teaches you the CNN method for making news with nothing but your face. Bring coffee.” [Flash video] (04/07/18)

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

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56) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 234
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Peter T. Leeson joins us to talk about his new book WTF?!: An Economic Tour of the Weird. Peter T. Leeson is the Duncan Black Professor of Economics and Law at George Mason University. We discuss some of the world’s strangest customs and behaviors; everything from convicting insects of crimes in a court of law to wife sales. How can this be rational economic behavior?” [various formats] (04/06/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/wtf-economics

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57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 177
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #177, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Syria, Russia, and North Korea. In an Ohio speech, Trump suggested the US should remove troops from Syria. Trump has since said US troops will remain in Syria for now. On a March 20th phone call, Trump suggested to Putin a arms control summit at the White House. Trump has committed to talks with North Korea. Will discusses how the appointment of John Bolton as NSA will impact Trump’s instincts to do the right thing.” [various formats] (04/06/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-177-will-bolton-scuttle-potential-peace-with-will-porter

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58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/06/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“We’re told that the U.S. has trade deficits with many nations. Many people believe that this is a bad thing that cannot continue. But are they right?” [Flash video] (04/06/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/are-trade-deficits-dangerous-should-we-panic-or-ignore

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59) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/06/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Proposed tariffs are the responses that both China and the United States have chosen as the battle lines are being drawn in this trade war. Simon Lester and Inu Manak comment.” [various formats] (04/06/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/nobody-wins-trade-war

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60) In The Tank Podcast, 04/06/18
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #134 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Illinois Policy Institute, the Manhattan Institute, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.” [Flash audio] (04/06/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/04/in-the-tank-ep134-illinois-progressive-income-tax-line-item-veto-cafe-standards/

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61) AnCap Barber Shop, episode 39
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“#Bottomunity and Argumentation Ethics.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/06/18)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/bottomunity-and-argumentation-ethics-abs39/

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62) Deconstructed, episode 3
Source: The Intercept

“On the evening of March 18, Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old African-American man, was returning to his home in Sacramento, California, when the police mistook him for a vandalism suspect — and his cell phone for a gun. They fired 20 rounds, eight of which hit and killed him. On episode 3 of ‘Deconstructed,’ Clark’s fiancee Salena Manni — the mother of his two children — speaks out on Clark’s death.” (04/06/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/06/deconstructed-podcast-stephon-clarks-fiancee-speaks-out-on-police-shooting/

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63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1129
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The indoctrination aspect of ‘public education’ has become more pronounced and obvious in recent months. Ron Paul and I discuss that and other outrages with a system everyone defends and takes for granted, and say a few words in defense of the homeschooling alternative.” [various formats] (04/06/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1129-ron-paul-and-i-on-public-schools-indoctrination-and-homeschooling/

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64) Felony Friday, episode 118
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday Ta’Rell Burton Sr. joins host John Odermatt to discuss his journey from convicted murderer to becoming a positive force for change in the community.” [various formats] (04/06/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/04/06/convicted-murderer-takes-advantage-of-a-second-chance/

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/06/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Michael Brendan Dougherty (The Slurve, National Review) … How Michael landed at National Review … Are there any upsides to Trump? … Michael: The ‘decline of the liberal world order’ narrative is BS … What surprised Bob about Trump … Might we some day look back on the culture war with nostalgia? … Michael throws cold water on the Cambridge Analytica uproar … The era of disbelief and universal grievance.” [Flash video] (04/06/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52513

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