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Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump weighs escalation of illegal US war of aggression in Syria
2) Senators spend five hours threatening to regulate Facebook and trying to fool you into believing they give a tinker’s damn about your privacy
3) Trump believes he can fire Mueller, White House says
4) TN: Communities hold vigils for immigrants kidnapped by ICE at meatpacking plant
5) PM: Iraq to take “all necessary measures” to prevent IS attacks from Syria
6) First luxury space hotel to launch by 2022
7) China: Xi pledges to welcome imports amid trade tensions with US
8) California billionaire Steyer’s candidate guide pushes “impeachment”
9) UK: Yulia Skripal released from hospital
10) FL: New unconstitutional gun law leads to first seizure — Army veteran’s AR-15
11) Orban: Hungarian people want to “stop George Soros”
12) Pakistan: Police seek travel ban on US diplomat over crash
13) Royal wedding: May, Corbyn, Obama & Trump not among guests
14) Bolton pushes Bossert out as Heimatsicherheitsdienst adviser
15) Vanuatu: Regime denies Chinese approach to set up military base
16) IL: War on pot claims third life
17) Bitcoin schism escalates after Twitter suspends @Bitcoin account
18) CA: Federal court awards woman $6.45 million in “revenge porn” suit
19) SpaceX not to blame for lost mystery satellite, report says
20) KY: Bevin vetoes tax and budget bills

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) This means war
22) Mueller is desperate — but for what?
23) When a government declares a verdict before an investigation, it’s because there’s a preexisting agenda
24) Americans can’t stand each other, so let’s stop forcing our preferences on one another
25) As the world watches Syria, don’t forget about Yemen
26) It’s time for Trump to pull out of the Iran deal
27) How the typewriter and German brewers transformed America
28) The dissipation of moral energies
29) More than a nuisance
30) Do we care?
31) Syria shows how interventionism leads to more interventionism
32) European refugees are making it to America, but many others are not
33) The failure of the globalist fantasy
34) What makes AI dangerous? The state
35) Financial services deregulation
36) Police opposition to asset forfeiture reform reveals it’s all about the money
37) We must stop John Bolton from escalating war in Syria
38) Review: Ready Player One entertains using fear of tech oligarchy
39) The Consistent Consent Ethic, part 2
40) A startling new discovery could destroy all those global-warming doomsday forecasts
41) Back alley regulation
42) The president’s trump card for spending restraint
43) The time for a massive anti-war movement is now
44) Will Bolton and Trump start the first Sino-American war?
45) Automation, not trade with China, is our top economic challenge
46) Selling us out
47) One year in, Trump’s Gorsuch nomination may be his longest lasting legacy
48) Circle of absurdity: Killing the Islamists we create
49) Your signature no longer matters
50) How to use methodological individualism

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 87
52) Scott Adams Says, 04/10/18
53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1132
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/10/18
55) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 51
56) Free Talk Live, 04/09/18
57) Reason Podcast, 04/09/18
58) Editor’s Break, episode 73
59) Cato Podcast #2, 04/09/18
60) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 211

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

1) Trump weighs escalation of illegal US war of aggression in Syria
Source: Time

“As President Donald Trump weighs a military response [sic] to the alleged chemical weapons attack in western Syria, several nations have signaled a willingness to join retaliatory [sic] strikes. The result is expected to be a more aggressive response [sic] than last year when the U.S. Navy unilaterally launched a salvo of 59 cruise missile attack against a remote Syrian airbase. The U.S., France, Britain and Middle Eastern allies, including Saudi Arabia, have publicly acknowledged internal deliberations on how to [use] the [alleged] poison gas Saturday in the rebel-held western Syrian city of Douma [as an excuse to escalate their illegal war of aggression in Syria].” (04/10/18)

http://time.com/5235187/trump-decision-on-syria-chemical-weapons/

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2) Senators spend five hours threatening to regulate Facebook and trying to fool you into believing they give a tinker’s damn about your privacy
Source: USA Today

“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s promises to do more to protect the privacy of users’ data failed to end calls from lawmakers of both parties Tuesday to regulate the social media giant in the wake of a massive privacy breach. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said one of his main takeaways from Zuckerberg’s testimony Tuesday before two Senate committees is that ‘Facebook is a virtual monopoly and monopolies need to be regulated.’ … Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said he expects a rash of bills to regulate Facebook in the weeks ahead. … As Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., put it: ‘If Facebook or other online companies will not or cannot fix the privacy invasions, then we in Congress are going to have to.’” (04/10/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/10/zuckerberg-faces-senators-explain-facebook-data-breaches/502448002/

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3) Trump believes he can fire Mueller, White House says
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“A furious [US president] Trump, who in the past month has escalated his attacks on Mueller’s Russia investigation, said Monday from the White House that it was a ‘disgrace’ that the FBI ‘broke into’ his lawyer’s office. He called Mueller’s investigation ‘an attack on our country,’ prompting new speculation that he might seek the removal of the Justice Department’s special counsel. On Tuesday, Sanders said Trump believes the raid on [Michael] Cohen’s office went ‘too far,’ but she also said that it’s a separate investigation from Mueller’s probe. Still, Trump ‘certainly believes that he has the power’ to directly fire Mueller, she said, and he has been advised that he has that authority. She did not say where the advice came from. Justice Department guidelines say only Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last May, has the authority to fire him and only for specific cause.” (04/10/18)

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/donald-trump-calls-raid-personal-lawyer-abuse-attorney-client-privilege-michael-cohen-robert-mueller-special-counsel/

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4) TN: Communities hold vigils for immigrants kidnapped by ICE at meatpacking plant
Source: Fox News

“Hundreds of community members in Tennessee packed an elementary school gym Monday night for a vigil honoring 97 suspected illegal [sic] immigrants [abducted] by ICE officials on Friday. Some of those in attendance at Hillcrest Elementary School gave speeches and sang songs supporting those detained. ‘We’re not trying to say illegal [sic] activity is OK, we are saying that compassion needs to be shown; there’s a difference between right or wrong, and violent and nonviolent,’ one woman expressed. In nearby Knoxville, area pastors also reportedly held small vigils. The suspected illegal [sic] immigrants were arrested at the Southeastern Provision meat processing plant in eastern Tennessee. ICE spokeswoman Tammy Spicer said that 11 were arrested on criminal [sic] charges, 54 were placed in detention and 32 were released.” (04/10/18)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/04/10/hundreds-pack-tennessee-vigil-illegal-immigrants-nabbed-during-ice-raid

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5) PM: Iraq to take “all necessary measures” to prevent IS attacks from Syria
Source: Reuters

“Iraq will take ‘all the necessary measures’ to prevent cross-border attacks by Islamic State militants in Syria, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday. … An expert close to the Baghdad government told Reuters last week that Iraq may carry out special forces operations against Islamic State militants in Syria. While troops could be dropped into Syria, the plan did not at this stage involve sending ground forces over the border, Hisham al-Hashimi, who advises several governments on Islamic State, including Iraq’s, told Reuters.” (04/10/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraq-to-take-all-necessary-measures-to-prevent-is-attacks-from-syria-pm-says-idUSKBN1HH2UX

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6) First luxury space hotel to launch by 2022
Source: The Weather Channel

“Most people looking to vacation among the stars head to Hollywood, but a U.S.-based startup has announced the development of the world’s first luxury space hotel. Aerospace company Orion Span plans to begin offering stays at its Aurora Station by 2021, starting with a 12-day trip around the globe, according to the company’s website. It expects to begin hosting visitors by 2022. The station can hold up to six people at a time, including two crew members, and will float 200 miles above the Earth’s surface, allowing travelers to be close enough to take pictures of their hometowns from above, according to the site. The station completes an orbit every 90 minutes, giving the opportunity to see plenty of sunrises and sunsets, as well as a unique view of the famed aurora borealis.” (04/10/18)

https://weather.com/science/space/news/2018-04-10-space-luxury-hotel-aurora-station-orion-span

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7) China: Xi pledges to welcome imports amid trade tensions with US
Source: Politico

“President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he was ‘very thankful’ that his Chinese counterpart promised significant changes that strike at the heart of several of the American leader’s complaints about Beijing’s trade and business practices. … Trump’s Twitter praise followed a major speech Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered Tuesday morning in which he pledged to reduce tariffs on autos, strengthen protection of intellectual property and mount a drive to boost imports as part of ‘a new phase of opening up.’” (04/10/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/10/china-xi-us-trade-tariffs-473866

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8) California billionaire Steyer’s candidate guide pushes “impeachment”
Source: Fox News

“Billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer’s ‘Need to Impeach’ campaign sent out guides to more than 5,100 Democratic candidates across the country just two weeks before the first of a dozen Democratic primary debates his group, NextGen America, is bankrolling. While NextGen and Need to Impeach are separate entities, the timing indicates the California billionaire and political activist hopes ousting President Donald Trump before the end of his term will be a significant campaign issue in the 2018 midterms. ‘Tom’s impeachment campaign is run out of Need to Impeach, which is a separate entity,’ NextGen America spokeswoman Aleigha Cavalier told Fox News. ‘The topics of the debate will be on issues that matter to young people — which can definitely include impeachment — but that’s not the focus.’ Special Counsel Robert Mueller hasn’t presented findings yet on a long-running investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Nonetheless, the nine-page Steyer guide contends impeachment is good politics and says ‘making this case can boost turnout among the Democratic base.’” (04/10/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/10/california-billionaire-steyers-candidate-guide-pushes-impeachment-as-good-politics-for-midterms.html

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9) UK: Yulia Skripal released from hospital
Source: ABC News

“The poisoned daughter of a former Russian spy has reportedly been discharged from the hospital after being targeted with a suspected nerve agent, along with her father. Hospital officials said early on Tuesday morning that Yulia Skripal, 33, had left the facility. They said she had recently made a rapid recovery after spending almost a month unconscious and in critical condition. … On Monday, the Russian RIA news agency reported that Yulia is applying for asylum in the U.K. Over the weekend the British press reported the Skripals may be resettled in one of the western countries involved in the ‘five-eyes’ intelligence-sharing community — the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia or New Zealand.” (04/10/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/yulia-skripal-daughter-poisoned-russian-spy-discharged-hospital/story?id=54355849

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10) FL: New unconstitutional gun law leads to first seizure — Army veteran’s AR-15
Source: Fox News

“Florida deputies confiscated an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle from an Army veteran on Thursday, and the seizure was the first of its kind under the state’s new gun control law enacted following the Parkland school shooting. Jerron Smith, 31, of Deerfield Beach, is the first person to be arrested for running afoul of the new law since it went on the books March 9, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. A spokeswoman for the office said a SWAT team went to Smith’s home Thursday and seized the AR-15 when he refused to surrender it voluntarily. The officers also seized a .22 caliber rifle he owned, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a bump stock and numerous other weapon-related items. ‘They just raided his house, found all his weapons, or whatever, (and) they just took it,’ Smith’s neighbor Lorenzo Brown told WPLG-TV. Brown said Smith was an Army veteran who was proud of his gun collection.” [editor’s note: And so the stupid continues to deepen – SAT] (04/10/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/10/new-florida-gun-law-leads-to-first-seizure-army-veterans-ar-15.html

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11) Orban: Hungarian people want to “stop George Soros”
Source: Raw Story

“Hardline anti-immigration Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Tuesday that his resounding election victory shows that the Hungarian people want to stop US billionaire philanthropist George Soros interfering in the country. In a news conference with international media two days after the election, Orban said that his government had already drawn up a ‘Stop Soros’ package of legislation ahead of the vote. ‘The reason we submitted this package before the elections is in order to allow the Hungarian voters to cast their vote knowing our intention on this,’ said Orban, 54. ‘This has happened and we believe we are mandated by this election to pass this law.’ The election saw Orban’s Fidesz party sweep the board with almost half the vote, giving it a two-thirds majority in parliament and with it a legislative free rein. One of his main campaign promises was to stop the ‘globalist elite’ led by Soros and Brussels, undermining Europe’s security and Christian culture through mass Muslim immigration.” (04/10/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/hungarian-people-want-stop-george-soros-orban-says

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12) Pakistan: Police seek travel ban on US diplomat over crash
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Police have requested a travel ban on an American diplomat involved in a vehicle crash that killed one Pakistani man and injured another over the weekend in the capital Islamabad. The Interior Ministry on Tuesday confirmed it received the request from Islamabad police to prevent military attache Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall from leaving the country. Pakistan had lodged a formal protest with U.S. Ambassador David Hale over the death Saturday of Ateeq Baig, 22, after Hall allegedly ran a red light and hit Baig’s motorcycle. Police briefly detained the American, but did not arrest him because he has diplomatic immunity.” (04/10/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Pakistan-police-seek-travel-ban-on-US-diplomat-12820927.php

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13) Royal wedding: May, Corbyn, Obama & Trump not among guests
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not invited Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn to their wedding. The decision not to have an ‘official list’ of political leaders in attendance also means that US President Donald Trump will not be invited. The decision was made based on the church’s size and the fact Prince Harry is only fifth in line to the throne. It has also been confirmed that Barack and Michelle Obama, who are friends of the prince, have not been invited. Among the 1,200 members of the public who will be allowed into the grounds of Windsor Castle on 19 May will be a 12-year-old girl injured in the Manchester Arena attack. Amelia Thompson, from Dronfield Woodhouse, near Sheffield, was left traumatised after witnessing the bomb blow up after the Ariana Grande concert in May 2017. She also damaged her vocal chords from screaming in horror.” (04/10/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43714329

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14) Bolton pushes Bossert out as Heimatsicherheitsdienst adviser
Source: CNN

“White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert was pushed out of his position by the newly installed national security adviser John Bolton, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN on Tuesday. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed his departure in a statement, saying President Donald Trump ‘is grateful for Tom’s commitment to the safety and security of our great country.’ … Two sources familiar with Bossert’s departure said while Bolton did not have a personal problem with Bossert, he wanted to put his own team in place.” (04/0/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/10/politics/tom-bossert-homeland-security-adviser/index.html

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15) Vanuatu: Regime denies Chinese approach to set up military base
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“Vanuatu’s foreign minister has denied a media report that China wanted to establish a permanent military presence on the Pacific island nation, easing fears about Beijing’s rising assertiveness. Australia’s Fairfax Media, citing unnamed sources, reported that preliminary discussions to locate a full military base on Vanuatu had been held. … today Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu rejected the report. ‘No one in the Vanuatu government has ever talked about a Chinese military base in Vanuatu of any sort,’ he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ‘We are a non-aligned country. We are not interested in militarisation, we are just not interested in any sort of military base in our country.’” (04/10/18)

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2141065/vanuatu-denies-chinese-approach-set-future-military

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16) IL: War on pot claims third life
Source: Chicago Tribune

“A third person has died and more than 100 people have been sickened by tainted synthetic pot that has caused symptoms of severe bleeding, state health officials announced Monday. The third person to die was a man in his 40s in central Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. More than half of the people who have been sickened in the outbreak are from the Peoria area.” [editor’s note: If use of real marijuana wasn’t persecuted, no one would be selling, or buying, this poison – TLK] (04/09/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-synthetic-marijuana-tainted-update-20180409-story.html

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17) Bitcoin schism escalates after Twitter suspends @Bitcoin account
Source: Malay Mail [Malaysia]

“Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash’s most fervent supporters are at it again and Twitter has become a bitter battlefield. The latest victim? The @Bitcoin Twitter account was suspended. @Bitcoin carries the name of the largest cryptocurrency but, just like Bitcoin.com, frequently issued statements supporting Bitcoin Cash, which split from Bitcoin last year over a disagreement on how the technology should scale. These posts don’t sit well with supporters of the original Bitcoin blockchain, including a group of developers called Bitcoin Core. The fight between the two groups prompted prominent blockchain developer Jeff Garzik and others, to attribute the suspension to the endless complaints about @Bitcoin that Twitter was likely getting from Bitcoin Core supporters. Twitter didn’t state reasons for the suspension.” [editor’s note: The account has been restored according to Bitcoin.com – TLK] (04/09/18)

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/bitcoin-schism-escalates-after-twitter-suspends-bitcoin-account

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18) CA: Federal court awards woman $6.45 million in “revenge porn” suit
Source: Gizmodo

“A California federal district court has awarded a woman, identified in court documents as Jane Doe, who claimed a man named David K. Elam II posted revenge porn of her online $6.45 million in damages. According to CNN Tech, Doe’s lawyers say it is the second-largest payout ever awared in a revenge porn case not involving a celebrity. … There remains no federal law against revenge porn, and though California is one of the states that have already passed their own laws criminalizing the practice, federal prosecutors dropped a case against Elam in 2014. In order to stop other sites from hosting the photos, according to CNN Doe resorted to copyrighting her breasts.” (04/10/18)

https://gizmodo.com/federal-court-awards-california-woman-6-45-million-in-1825134719

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19) SpaceX not to blame for lost mystery satellite, report says
Source: CNet News

“A super secretive US government satellite SpaceX launched in January never made it to orbit after it failed to separate from the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket. Three months later, it still appears the satellite manufacturer Northrop Grumman may be to blame for the loss and not SpaceX. A new report from The Wall Street Journal published late Sunday says two teams of investigators have found that a payload adapter, which was modified by Northrop Grumman to accommodate the reportedly sensitive spy satellite, is the culprit behind the loss of the $3.5 billion craft.” (04/09/18)

https://www.cnet.com/news/spacex-falcon-9-not-to-blame-for-northrop-grumman-zuma-satellite/

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20) KY: Bevin vetoes tax and budget bills
Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

“Gov. Matt Bevin on Monday vetoed both the state budget bill and the tax bill that his fellow Republicans in control of the Kentucky House and Senate passed a week ago. ‘The budget has hundreds of millions of dollars in spending that we really can’t afford to spend,’ Bevin said at a news conference at the Capitol Monday morning. ‘… Sure, it feels good. Sure, it quiets people down. But the reality is the money’s not there and we’re kicking the can down the road. And that is not responsible.’ In his formal veto messages issued later Monday, Bevin said that the tax bill contains some ‘positive elements’ but that it falls far short of comprehensive reform and that it overestimates how much new revenue it will generate.” (04/09/18)

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/09/matt-bevin-vetoes-kentucky-tax-reform-and-budget-bills/498413002/

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

21) This means war
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“So it’s finally happened; after seven and a half years of illegal persecution, the federal government finally wiped its fat, disgusting arse with the last remaining shreds of the Constitution and seized Backpage on a number of trumped-up charges, meaning the usual no-evidence-needed ‘money laundering’ and ‘conspiracy’ to ensure they can still loot the corpse of the victim even after repeated attempts on ridiculous ‘sex trafficking’ charges fell flat. … In order to increase the melodrama and drag out their victims’ torture, officials intentionally staged the raid on Friday afternoon, then lied about the time they would release a statement so as to push it past the weekend; all the ‘authorities’ would say is that their Star Chamber Court had charged Lacey with 93 counts of something, but didn’t think it was necessary to tell their victim, his attorney or the public what any of those somethings are until yesterday.” (04/10/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/this-means-war/

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22) Mueller is desperate — but for what?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“So far Mueller’s secured indictments of a few Trump associates on charges having little or nothing to do with his overt mission, and of a few Russians for running an Internet ‘troll farm’ that posted some cheesy social media ads. But he has yet to put real meat on his mandate and doesn’t seem to be getting much closer to Trump himself than when he started. Now he’s hitching his wagon to Stormy Daniels’s star. Why? There are two plausible reasons.” (04/10/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13241

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23) When a government declares a verdict before an investigation, it’s because there’s a preexisting agenda
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Hours after an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria, long before any investigation into the matter could have possibly even begun much less been completed, the US State Department declared that ‘the Assad regime must be held accountable’ and Russia ‘ultimately bears responsibility’ for it. Anyone who questioned such proclamations was branded a delusional conspiracy theorist. Days after an alleged poisoning of an ex-spy in Salisbury, the UK’s Foreign Office was telling reporters that the Kremlin would be held responsible. Anyone who questioned such proclamations was branded a delusional conspiracy theorist. Weeks later, we learned that laboratory forensics had still determined no such culpability, and crime-scene forensics were all over the map. … Isn’t it interesting how just as its data begins warning that the western empire is approaching post-primacy, and will likely lose its dominant position in the world if it doesn’t take drastic action, all this information begins pouring out about a longtime rival of that very empire?” (04/10/18)

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24) Americans can’t stand each other, so let’s stop forcing our preferences on one another
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“If you increasingly disagree with your political opponents, don’t like them, rarely encounter them, get your information from different sources, and can barely speak with them during scarce meetings, it really does become tempting to treat them as the ‘other.’ In the modern context, that means shaming, muzzling, punishing, and trying to side-line them completely so you can force your preferences down their throats. But why treat every political preference as a collective endeavor that must be imposed on the unwilling? This country started as a federal system, with most decisions devolved downwards on the premise that each state should be entitled to indulge in stupid political experiments without dragging in the neighbors. Reviving federalism would continue to give dissenters to California’s experiment in one-party rule borders to run across if it turns out to be something of a mistake. We could devolve decisions down even further.” (04/10/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/04/10/americans-cant-stand-each-other-so-lets

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25) As the world watches Syria, don’t forget about Yemen
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“In the time it takes to read these words, a child under the age of five will probably die in Yemen. And, as this is being written, the U.N. Security Council is meeting to discuss a gas attack in Syria. President Trump, with newly-appointed National Security Advisor John Bolton at his side, says he will decide on his course of action within 24 to 48 hours. The Syrian people’s tragedy is enormous. So is the possibility for military confrontation between two nuclear powers. But while the headlines focus on Syria, and as a multitude of voices call for increased military involvement there, don’t forget the tragedy in Yemen. We can save lives much more easily there. We don’t have to send troops or launch missiles. All we have to do is leave.” [editor’s note: It still amazes me how spot-on some “progressives” can be about foreign policy (don’t start wars, and end them quickly if you do), and so wrong on so much else – SAT] (04/10/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180410/as-the-world-watches-syria-dont-forget-about-yemen

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26) It’s time for Trump to pull out of the Iran deal
Source: Reuters
by Michael Makovsky

“President Donald Trump recently made clear his eagerness to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, effectively ceding the country to Iran, more chemical attacks and further conflict. However mistaken that would be, he is inclined to confront Iran through a different withdrawal — from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, unless it is ‘fixed’ by May 12. Since the fundamentally flawed agreement cannot be truly rectified, and U.S. credibility is at stake, that would be the right policy. The Iran nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), all but guaranteed a nuclear Iran no later than 2030, necessitating U.S. withdrawal at some point to prevent a critical threat to American national security interests. But there was no urgency for Washington to do so. What was pressing, following the Iran-Russia alliance with Bashar al-Assad gaining the upper hand in Syria’s civil war in 2016-17, was to roll back Tehran’s growing regional hegemony. Addressing this first would also have offered Trump more leverage with Iran in correcting the nuclear deal’s deep flaws.” [editor’s note: This guy is nuts. It’s time for the US to drop ALL sanctions on Iran, not renege on its agreements – TLK] (04/10/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-makovsky-iran-commentary/commentary-its-time-for-trump-to-pull-out-of-the-iran-deal-idUSKBN1HH2HD

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27) How the typewriter and German brewers transformed America
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Bhu Srinivasan

“In the years after the Civil War, even as the economy boomed, E. Remington & Sons saw its fortunes decline. The company made guns. Soldiers needed them and then, at war’s end, they didn’t. Based in the small town of Ilion, New York, Remington was one of many well-known gunmakers in the North. Following in the footsteps of Eli Whitney — who after his endless frustration in monetizing his cotton gin turned his mechanical genius to gun making — manufacturers in New England, including Samuel Colt, Smith & Wesson, and Remington gave the Union Army a decided advantage in arms. To meet the demands of war, the gunmakers became especially skilled machinists, using the latest in tooling techniques to make precision weapons. Seeing some synergy, an inventor approached E. Remington & Sons with a functional prototype of a new kind of machine for the written word. Rather than propelling bullets through the air, the typewriter fired letters at paper.” (04/10/18)

https://fee.org/articles/how-the-typewriter-and-german-brewers-transformed-america/

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28) The dissipation of moral energies
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Roughly 98% of us have a deep-rooted connection to morality. Even confirmed criminals routinely say things like, ‘That ain’t right,’ which is purely a moral judgment. However well or poorly we use it, nearly all of us hold morality as a central reference. … Nearly everyone thinks in moral terms: what’s fair, whether or not others keep their word, who has a right to what, and so on. All of these are moral judgments, and they reveal the inherent moral focus of our race. We are morally-focused creatures by nature. Our present world, however, is an adverse environment for morality.” (04/10/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/dissipation-moral-energies/

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29) More than a nuisance
Source: The New Republic
by Peter Edelman

“In the four years since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, countless stories have come to light about the fees and fines imposed by courts for minor violations; about driver’s license suspensions that push people into unemployment; and the ways in which money bail often traps the innocent, forcing guilty pleas from people who can’t raise the cash. But it extends further than that. Today, in the United States, the poor are often punished simply because they are poor, and especially if they are people of color. Low-income children are arrested for minor schoolyard scuffles instead of being sent to the principal’s office. Recipients of public benefits are charged with fraud because they made mistakes filling out government forms. Cities use vagrancy laws to banish the homeless. And in an estimated 2,000 local municipalities across 44 states, police can order landlords to evict people they consider ‘chronic nuisances’ because they rack up a certain number of petty infractions as small as forgetting to cut their grass, leaving garbage out on their property, or having practically any arrest on their record.” (04/10/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147359/nuisance-laws-making-poverty-crime

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30) Do we care?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The useful content of calls, radio shows, and printed matter seems to constantly shrink. But how many people really notice? Not enough. We’ve all slipped deep into the Matrix. Into accepting less and less value for the time we spend trying to sort things out from what used to be dependable and useful means of communications.” (04/10/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/04/10/do-we-care/

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31) Syria shows how interventionism leads to more interventionism
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The Syrian intervention is a classic example of how interventionism leads to more interventionism, which brings more death and destruction, which then leads to expanded government power, more out-of-control federal spending, and the loss of liberty and privacy here at home. To understand how this process works, it’s helpful to place the Syrian intervention in a much wider context of national-security statism, empire, and foreign interventionism.” (04/10/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/04/10/syria-shows-interventionism-leads-interventionism/

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32) European refugees are making it to America, but many others are not
Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew La Corte

“At the halfway point of fiscal year 2018, the Trump administration has resettled 87 percent of the European refugee cap, but other regions are lagging far behind. Just 21 percent is filled for Africa, 20 percent for Latin America and the Caribbean, and 16 percent for the Near East and South Asia, according to data from the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center. The U.S. has resettled just 23 percent of the overall refugee cap after six months. … The U.S. has resettled so few refugees from regions other than Europe because the administration has slowly — but deliberately — depleted resources away from certain regions. The situation is further exacerbated by the implementation of ‘extreme vetting’ procedures for 11 mostly Middle Eastern and African countries alleged to be ‘high-risk nations.’” (04/10/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/european-refugees-are-making-it-to-america-but-many-others-are-not/

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33) The failure of the globalist fantasy
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“What does the sweeping re-election victory of the neo-fascist Viktor Orban in Hungary have to with the escalation of trade conflicts between the West and China? Both are disastrous byproducts of a naive faith that a push for free-market global capitalism would somehow increase the appeal of liberal democracy. This was the hope in 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down and communism fell — a grand convergence of ever-freer markets and ever-stronger democratic institutions. This was also the hope when China was allowed to join the World Trade Organization in 2001, pretty much on in its own terms. China would become less totalitarian in its government and less statist in its economy. No less than Tom Friedman proclaimed, ‘China’s going to have a free press. Globalization will drive it.’ Neither fantasy has come true.” (04/10/18)

http://prospect.org/article/failure-globalist-fantasy

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34) What makes AI dangerous? The state
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Per Bylund

“So I watched ‘Do you trust this computer?’, a film that ‘explores the promises and perils’ of artificial intelligence. While it notes both the good and the bad, it has an obvious focus on how AI might bring about ‘the end of the world as we know it’ (TEOTWAWKI.) That is, if it is left unregulated. It’s strange, however, that the examples of TEOTWAWKI AI were ‘autonomous weapons’ and ‘fake news,’ the latter because of how it can provide a path for a minority-supported dictator to ‘take over.’ While I understand (and fear) both, the examples have one thing in common — but it is not AI. That one thing is the State.” (04/09/18)

https://mises.org/power-market/what-makes-ai-dangerous-state

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35) Financial services deregulation
Source: Cato Institute
by Diego Zuluaga

“Not eight years have passed since the Dodd-Frank Act became law. But Sen. Christopher Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank, whose names headlined the gargantuan package of post-crisis financial regulations, have retired from Congress. Soon their signature legislative achievement may also become a thing of the past, as policymakers turn their attention to the barriers hampering credit and investment markets.” (04/10/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/financial-services-deregulation

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36) Police opposition to asset forfeiture reform reveals it’s all about the money
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Heavy police opposition to asset forfeiture restrictions in Minnesota is revealing, and shows the kind of pushback that happens in every state considering reform. … the arguments being used by Minnesota police lobbyists feature the same twisted logic and duplicity we see across the country. Several law enforcement officers representing various lobbying groups testified during the House committee hearing on HF3725. They swore asset forfeiture wasn’t about the money, but virtually all of their reasons for opposing reform revolved around the money. Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate testified representing the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. His argument against the bill principally focused on the potential loss of funding police departments would experience if the bill passes. … Wright County Sheriff Joe Haggerty testified on behalf of the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association. He echoed a similar theme, ticking off important programs funded by asset forfeiture money. Then he swore it wasn’t about the money.” (04/09/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/04/09/police-opposition-to-asset-forfeiture-reform-reveals-its-all-about-the-money/

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37) We must stop John Bolton from escalating war in Syria
Source: In These Times
by Phyllis Bennis

“Today, fanatic war proponent John Bolton is taking office as President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser — and it comes at a perilous moment for international security. The volatile situation in Syria significantly raises the danger of a major intensification of direct U.S. military involvement. Over the weekend, the opposition’s extremist Jaish al-Islam group reached a deal with the government to leave its territory, paving the way for the Damascus regime to reclaim control over Douma, the last opposition-held area in the capital’s suburbs. Following Saturday’s alleged deadly chemical attack on civilians, which Trump immediately blamed on Assad backed by Russia and Iran, Trump said his administration is considering military retaliation, which could come within 24 hours.” (04/10/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21050/John-bolton-donald-trump-war-syria-russia-iran-chemical-weapons

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38) Review: Ready Player One entertains using fear of tech oligarchy
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“Ready Player One seems destined to become another Steven Spielberg classic, serving up a movie that appeals to a wide range of audiences with a solid story, well-crafted characters and engaging adventure from beginning to end. Along the way, viewers also get a good dose of ethics, with an emphasis on empowering the individual over a centralized authority.” (04/09/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/04/09/movie-review-ready-player-one/

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39) The Consistent Consent Ethic, part 2
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“A couple weeks ago I laid down the basic principles for a voluntaryist philosophy of law and order called the Consistent Consent Ethic. The theory goes that the notion of criminality should be based on consent and consent alone. Any ‘crime’ committed with the consent of the ‘victim’ is not a crime at all and should thus be left to the teachers and philosophers to govern through education rather than by the government through coercion. I specifically chose the morally challenging examples of abortion and statutory rape in order to underscore the fact that legal doesn’t always mean right and that the law isn’t always the best way to handle moral dilemmas. This week I want to take my philosophy a step further and explore a right that I have come to believe is every bit as fundamental as the right to life; the right to die.” (04/09/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-consistent-consent-ethic-volume-2.html

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40) A startling new discovery could destroy all those global-warming doomsday forecasts
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Scientists just discovered a massive, heretofore unknown, source of nitrogen. Why does this matter? Because it could dramatically change those dire global warming forecasts that everybody claims are based on ‘settled science.’ The researchers, whose findings were published in the prestigious journal Science, say they’ve determined that the idea that the only source of nitrogen for plant life came from the air is wrong. There are vast storehouses in the planet’s bedrock that plants also feed on. This is potentially huge news, since what it means is that there is a vastly larger supply of nitrogen than previously believed. University of California at Davis environmental scientist and co-author of the study, Ben Houlton, says that ‘This runs counter the centuries-long paradigm that has laid the foundation for the environmental sciences.’ Pay close attention to the word ‘paradigm.’ If Houlton’s finding about these vast, previously unknown nitrogen stores holds true, then it would have an enormous impact on global warming predictions.” (04/09/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/global-warming-computer-model-nitrogen-rocks

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41) Back alley regulation
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Before Roe vs. Wade, pregnant women were almost never prosecuted for breaking anti-abortion laws. Instead, enforcement focused single-mindedly on the sellers of abortion services. … [S]uppose you actually care about a woman’s effective right to choose. If so, the target of the punishment is far less important than the probability and severity of punishment. If you had an unwanted pregnancy, would you rather live in a world where anti-abortion laws imposed a $50 fine on the mother with 1% probability? Or a world where anti-abortion laws imposed the death penalty on the doctor with 100% probability? Obviously the former. In the topsy-turvy world of political debate, however, the target is what matters.” (04/09/18)

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

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42) The president’s trump card for spending restraint
Source: Town Hall
by James Carter

“The White House is seriously considering a strategy to cancel tens of billions of dollars of wasteful spending in the $1.3 trillion budget signed by President Donald Trump last month. It’s a great idea, and Republicans should welcome a high-stakes budget showdown with congressional Democrats, given the unpopularity of the omnibus budget. Trump has a potent tool at his disposal to not spend money. It is called rescission authority — a power created by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. Here’s how it works: The president submits a proposal to cancel unnecessary funds. Both chambers of Congress must affirmatively agree to the proposal within 45 days; otherwise, the funds must be spent as appropriated. Because rescission requires affirmative consent from Congress, the House or Senate can ignore the request without a vote.” (04/10/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/04/10/the-presidents-trump-card-for-spending-restraint-n2469311

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43) The time for a massive anti-war movement is now
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“If you’re genuinely against U.S. wars for profit, power and empire the current moment represents our best opportunity to push back aggressively and launch a real grassroots anti-war movement. The entrenched forces who’ll stop at nothing to get their war with Iran and Russia going seem to believe that time’s running out. As such, they’re resorting to increasingly comical and preposterous interpretations of ‘events’ to get their conflagration going. The war sales-pitch has become increasingly desperate and nonsensical, which provides us with a window of opportunity to push back.” (04/09/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/04/09/the-time-for-a-massive-anti-war-movement-is-now/

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44) Will Bolton and Trump start the first Sino-American war?
Source: CounterPunch
by Charles Pierson

“When America launches a preemptive attack on North Korea, will the US find itself at war with China? This is not an idle question. On Monday, the fiercest advocate of a preemptive attack on North Korea, John R. Bolton, joined the Trump Administration. Bolton, a former US Ambassador to the UN, replaces H. R. McMaster as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser. Bolton is the gold standard against which all other hawks are measured.” [editor’s note: Unless Bolton and Trump have a time machine to go back to 1950, replace Truman and MacArthur, and then do exactly what Truman and MacArthur did anyway, no, they won’t start the first Sino-American war – TLK] (04/10/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/10/will-bolton-and-trump-start-the-first-sino-american-war/

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45) Automation, not trade with China, is our top economic challenge
Source: USA Today
by Penny Pritzker & John Engler

“The Trump administration has threatened massive new tariffs against China, promising that protection against imports will bring greater fairness and prosperity to our economy. But these actions will harm more Americans than they help — driving up consumer prices, increasing costs for manufacturers, and threatening to trigger a still more damaging trade war. On top of that, this approach misses the mark. The nation’s central economic challenge is not trade. It is the rapid pace of technological change (through automation, robotics and digitization) that is changing millions of jobs and has left too many Americans on the margins. We believe there is a better way. In our new Council on Foreign Relations report on the future of the U.S. workforce, we argue that for more than 30 years our leading institutions (governments, companies, and educational and training systems) have failed to equip many Americans with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.” (04/10/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/10/trump-china-tariffs-miss-mark-automation-real-challenge-column/499906002

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46) Selling us out
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Last week, Maryland’s Legislature enacted an $8.5 billion package of tax breaks and infrastructure improvements to lure Amazon into building its second corporate headquarters in Montgomery County, Maryland, bordering Washington, D.C. State Senator Roger Manno, the only legislator from the county to vote against the subsidy, dubbed it ‘a $5 billion tax break for the richest man in the world. …’” (04/10/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/10/selling-us-out/

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47) One year in, Trump’s Gorsuch nomination may be his longest lasting legacy
Source: Fox News Forum
by Carrie Severino

“April 10 marks one year since Justice Neil Gorsuch was officially sworn in as the 101st associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s been a year of fulfilled promises. We now know that President Trump kept perhaps his most important campaign promise by nominating a successor to Justice Scalia who would carry on his legacy. And for Justice Gorsuch himself, it has been a year of fulfilling the promise of his confirmation hearings: that he would be a judge committed to fairness and independence, deciding cases on the basis of the law and the Constitution rather than politics or personal feelings. One of the most striking features of Gorsuch’s first year on the Court is his demonstrated commitment to the constitutional principles he articulated during his confirmation hearings.” (04/10/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/10/one-year-in-trumps-gorsuch-nomination-may-be-his-longest-lasting-legacy.html

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48) Circle of absurdity: Killing the Islamists we create
Source: Antiwar.com
by Major Danny Sjursen, US Army

“The US spent most of the Cold War backing religious kingdoms and organizations against the very, albeit authoritarian, secular movements we now purport to favor. Furthermore, the Saudis — second only to Israel among America’s regional allies — were busy spreading the toxic Islamism we’ve spent the last 17 years combating. Worse still, since 9/11 (and remember 15/19 of those hijackers were Saudis) the US track record is just as dismal, with America’s military all too often battling Islamists we once armed or helped create. In 2001, there existed only one truly transnational terror threat group with the aspiration and capability to attack the US homeland: Al Qaeda. More than a decade and a half later, such Islamist groups have only proliferated in response to US military interventions.” (04/10/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/danny_sjursen/2018/04/09/circle-of-absurdity-killing-the-islamists-we-create/

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49) Your signature no longer matters
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“All the major credit card companies have announced that they will no longer be requiring signatures at the point of purchase. ‘Later this month, four of the largest networks — American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa — will stop requiring them to complete card transactions,’ reports the New York Times. This is to confirm what you have probably already discerned: your signature is no longer a useful guarantor of your identity. What is? Well, the other day at the airport, I had the creepy experience of having my personal identity at the airport confirmed by Delta’s Clear system via a retina scan. … In other cases, it is all about what we know: last four digits of the social security number, the zip code, a passphrase or PIN number, mother’s maiden name, and so on.” (04/09/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/your-signature-no-longer-matters

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50) How to use methodological individualism
Source: Cobden Centre
by Jorg Guido Hulsmann

“I first met Professor Salin in late 1997, in his office at the University of Paris-Dauphine. When I mentioned that I had been drawn to the Austrian School not least of all because of Mises’s epistemology, he raised his eyebrows and put on a skeptical face. I stopped talking and he threw in with amusement, ‘And all of economics is for you nothing but applied epistemology.’ I protested that this was not my opinion, but the point was well taken. Economics is not a branch of epistemology; and one cannot say anything meaningful about its epistemology before one is perfectly familiar with its contents. My interest in the logical and epistemological problems of economics has remained unshaken, but I took Pascal Salin’s reproach to heart and over the following years focused on economic theory proper. Now is the time to make an exception. The present paper is an epistemological bouquet for my dear mentor, thankfully remembering that he admonished me not to confuse the florist’s job with that of the gardener.” (04/10/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/04/how-to-use-methodological-individualism/

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51) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 87
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“There is a massive assault on ‘assault’ weapons by the left lately. Let’s get to the bottom of this. What’s in the News with stories on free-range kids, cigarette smuggling, prison state costs, American GIs killing for sport, and jaywalkers fined by text. And, finally, an Ask Me Anything segment where I answer your burning questions!” [various formats] (04/10/18)

http://thelavaflow.com/assault-on-assault-weapons-tlf087/

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52) Scott Adams Says, 04/10/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Cohen, North Korea, China, and Syria. But the good part is the coffee.” [Flash video] (04/10/18)

https://www.pscp.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1nAKERekEyAGL

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53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1132
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Historian Kevin Gutzman joins me to take on a recent article by a conventional conservative in favor of ‘originalism’ in constitutional interpretation. Fair enough, but as with most conservative discussions of the Constitution, it comes down on the centralist, Marshallian side of the key issues — and then conservatives scratch their heads about what could have gone wrong.” [various formats] (04/10/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1132-conservatives-who-yield-everything-to-the-other-side/

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/10/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Military attacks are historically a tool employed by leaders to distract from troubles at home. With Mueller’s raid on Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, will Trump make good on threats to attack Syria to divert attention? And … what will Russia (and China) do?” [Flash video] (04/10/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/will-cohen-raid-lead-trump-to-attack-syria

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55) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 51
Source: Libertarianism.org

“In July 1842, Rhode Island had two state governments. The rest of New England watched, wondering if they would spill into a civil war.” [various formats] (04/10/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/clambakarians

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56) Free Talk Live, 04/09/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“FBI Raids Trump’s Attorney’s Office :: FBI Doesn’t Record Interviews :: FBI Investigations of NH Liberty Movement :: Ian Under Active Investigation for Bitcoin Sales :: Avoiding Taxes on Cryptocurrency :: Feds Prosecuting Another Bitcoiner :: Money Services Businesses :: Zencash in Cryptocurrency Vending Machines? :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/09/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-09

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57) Reason Podcast, 04/09/18
Source: Reason

“The president said this morning that he would make a decision on responding to the [alleged chemical attack in Syria] within the next 24-48 hours, adding that such a ‘barbaric attack … can’t be allowed to happen.’ As he was making that announcement, the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and [Matt Welch], was wrapping up its Monday episode. In addition to wargaming Syria, assessing new National Security Adviser John Bolton, and wondering what this all does to Trump’s favored policy of troop withdrawal, the editorial quartet discussed refugee policy, the president’s deployment of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, our burgeoning trade war with China, and Facebook honcho Mark Zuckerberg’s coming perp walk on Capitol Hill.” [various formats] (04/09/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/04/09/bombs-away-in-syria

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58) Editor’s Break, episode 73
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 073 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: what good parenting is; why it’s important to mind your own business and how to balance that with community vigilance; how to deal with misbehavior, such as a toddler spitting on your face; the courage in sticking with your principles, especially when it means standing alone; whether or not we should be concerned with Russian propaganda and election meddling; and more.” [various formats] (04/09/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/good-parenting-myob-spitting-toddlers-russian-propaganda-28m-editors-break-073

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59) Cato Podcast #2, 04/09/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The President lacks the authority necessary to undertake hostilities in the Syrian conflict. John Glaser explains.” [various formats] (04/09/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/potus-lacks-authority-strike-syrian-quagmire

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60) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 211
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“Our interview is with Chris Bing and Patrick Howell O’Neill of Cyberscoop. They’ve broken two cyberscoops in the last week or so. First, an in-depth look at Kaspersky’s outing of a US cyberespionage program aimed at foreign terrorists. Hint to Kaspersky: Bringing out a brass band to warn terrorists that are being tracked by the US government is not likely to help you win your PR and legal battles in the United States. Chris Bing also covers his other scoop — the surprisingly advanced talks among the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bill to address the FBI’s ‘going dark’ problem.” [editor’s note: The claim that the US government program was “aimed at foreign terrorists” is supported only by the claims of the US government, which is not a credible source – TLK] (04/09/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/04/09/senators-markey-and-blumenthal-bury-the

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