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Thursday, April 12th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump signs Internet censorship bill
2) Ryan retirement announcement sets off scramble for his job
3) MoveOn plans nationwide protests if Trump fires Mueller or Rosenstein
4) Schadlow resigns as deputy national security adviser
5) Video shows US Border Patrol thugs trying to dump injured man over Mexican border
6) JRR Tolkien’s first Middle Earth story, “The Fall of Gondolin,” to be published
7) CA: Brown to give Trump National Guard patrols at Mexican border
8) CT: Gubernatorial candidate arrested after being dragged off debate stage
9) Brazil: Worker’s Party legislators adopt Lula’s name
10) Reassigned Interior employees blame politics, climate work
11) ACLU sues Trump administration for separating immigrant couples
12) House pols take their turn using Zuckerberg to call attention to their grandstanding
13) Banning Chinese network gear is a really bad idea, small ISPs tell FCC
14) Israel: Army vows disciplinary action against soldier who filmed shooting of protester
15) Jury to Apple: You owe patent troll VirnetX half a BEEELLION buckaroos
16) US FTC: “Warranty void if removed” stickers are illegal
17) Trump signs order calling for work requirements in welfare programs
18) Myanmar: Regime presses ahead with bogus charges against journalists
19) Algeria: More than 250 dead in military plane crash
20) Reddit joins in New Red Scare circus antics

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Why the FBI raid on Trump’s lawyer hurts all of us
22) Facebook hearings reveal how government regulations work
23) Science vs. politics: Vaping, eugenics, and other policy questions
24) Before people fretted about fake videos, people fretted about fake photographs
25) John Kelly, presidential babysitter
26) Hating Facebook won’t stop us from using it
27) Starvation issues in universities? The real college problem is obesity.
28) Drug companies get tax windfall, but not reducing prescription prices
29) Three government “solutions” that harm minority communities
30) Another year of overwhelming demand for H-1Bs
31) How Trump schooled Xi in “art of the (trade) deal”
32) Public reason and idealization
33) Revisiting monopsony power
34) Government involvement not helping
35) Lots of Mueller action, but what about collusion?
36) Quantum Vibe, 04/11/18
37) Here’s why teachers are prepared to defy Arizona’s anti-strike laws
38) Here’s why robots aren’t ready for the robot republic
39) Taking the world to the brink of annihilation
40) The invisible free speech crisis
41) Kevin Williamson and our fractured media landscape
42) An attack on our country, by Trump and McConnell
43) A quick thought on UBI
44) Apparently Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit — we must remain as poor as the EU
45) We all need to unite against war in Syria, regardless of ideology
46) The US CLOUD Act and the EU: A privacy protection race to the bottom
47) Russian Roulette: No smoking gun, six key flaws
48) Wag the wolf
49) Trump’s instincts are right: We’ve got to get out of Syria. Will he stick to his gut?
50) Donald Trump’s strange justice
51) On Kevin Williamson and cowardice
52) The philosophical toolbox
54) A welcome respite for autonomous vehicles
54) April 26: The CIA has something to hide
55) Horror — and more

The Sound and the Fury:

56) US government to Facebook: “Americans don’t like to be spied on”
57) Fresh Air, 04/11/18
58) The Libertarian Angle, 04/11/18
59) Scott Adams Says, episode 24
60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 179
61) Electric Libertyland, episode 67
62) Essential Libertarianism, episode 30
63) Intercepted, 04/11/18
64) Free Talk Live, 04/10/18
65) Cato Podcast, 04/10/18

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

1) Trump signs Internet censorship bill
Source: Ars Technica

“President Donald Trump today signed the controversial FOSTA/SESTA bill into law, paving the way for more law enforcement actions against websites that [allegedly] facilitate prostitution. Websites started shutting down sex-work forums even before Trump signed the bill. Craigslist removed its ‘Personals’ section, Reddit removed some sex-related subreddits, and the Erotic Review blocked any user who appears to be visiting the website from the United States. The bill becoming law will likely lead to more ‘voluntary’ site shutdowns or law enforcement actions against sites that [are conveniently accused of being] used for prostitution.” [editor’s note: Even if prostitution should be illegal — and it shouldn’t — it’s just the shiny object here. Congress and Trump are announcing the repeal of the First Amendment, and without even bothering to go through the motions of getting ratification by 3/4 of the state legislatures – TLK] (04/11/18)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/04/trump-signs-bill-to-shut-down-websites-that-facilitate-prostitution/

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2) Ryan retirement announcement sets off scramble for his job
Source: Politico

“Kevin McCarthy will have to defy history, beat back a possible Democratic wave and win over a skeptical House Freedom Caucus to become the 55th speaker of the House. That, and watch out for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, too. Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement instantly thrust McCarthy and Scalise into a race for speaker that will unfold as the GOP battles to hold onto control of the House. … On Wednesday, as Ryan’s bombshell announcement rippled through Washington, McCarthy and Scalise both paid tribute to Ryan without mentioning their own ambitions. But it’s obvious to everyone in the House Republican Conference that they want his job.” (04/11/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/11/scalise-mccarthy-ryan-house-republicans-515526

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3) MoveOn plans nationwide protests if Trump fires Mueller or Rosenstein
Source: Reuters

“U.S. progressive groups are gearing up for nationwide protests if President Donald Trump fires the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, or replaces the Justice Department official overseeing the probe. An ouster of Special Counsel Robert Mueller would signal that Trump was acting as if he was above the law, said MoveOn.org, which is planning 800 demonstrations across the country. Every state will have at least one ‘Nobody Is Above The Law’ rally and at least 320,000 people have pledged to attend so far, according to MoveOn’s website. Trump would also trigger protests if he fired Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is responsible for overseeing the Russia probe, or if he pardoned associates targeted in the investigation, such as former Trump campaign director Paul Manafort, MoveOn said.” [editor’s note: Umm, a questionable raid on his personal lawyer’s premises; why wasn’t the DOJ this diligent with Hillary’s far more demonstrable crimes, MoveOn? – SAT] (04/11/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-protests/nationwide-u-s-protests-planned-if-trump-fires-mueller-or-rosenstein-idUSKBN1HI2G3

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4) Schadlow resigns as deputy national security adviser
Source: The Hill

“Deputy national security adviser Nadia Schadlow has resigned, as new national security adviser John Bolton seeks to reshape his team. Schadlow is the third high-ranking national security official to exit or be pushed out of the White House since Bolton took over on Monday. … National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton and homeland security adviser Tom Bossert are the other two officials who have left following Bolton’s start.” (04/11/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/382704-third-top-national-security-aide-to-leave-white-house

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5) Video shows US Border Patrol thugs trying to dump injured man over Mexican border
Source: NBC News

“A video obtained by NBC News shows U.S. Border Patrol agents attempting to break international law by forcing an injured and mentally unstable man back into Mexico by falsely claiming that he is not in their custody, failing to identify him and assuming he is Mexican because ‘he looks like it.’ U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provided the video after a whistleblower first alerted NBC News to the existence of the footage. The anonymous videographer was ready to film the encounter because Mexican agents had identified the area as a place where American agents frequently tried to deport migrants covertly, according to a source close to the Mexican government.” (04/11/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/immigration-border-crisis/video-shows-u-s-agents-trying-dump-injured-man-over-n861146

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6) JRR Tolkien’s first Middle Earth story, “The Fall of Gondolin,” to be published
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“JRR Tolkien’s The Fall of Gondolin, which the author described as ‘the first real story’ set in Middle-earth, is to be published as a stand-alone book for the first time. The book charts the story of an elven city sacked by the Dark Lord, Morgoth. The author started writing it in 1917, before returning to Middle-earth for ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Tolkien Society chair Shaun Gunner said many fans regarded The Fall of Gondolin as ‘the Holy Grail of Tolkien texts.’ The Fall of Gondolin is the second ‘new’ work to be edited and released by Tolkien’s son Christopher Tolkien in two years.” (04/11/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-43726236

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7) CA: Brown to give Trump National Guard patrols at Mexican border
Source: USA Today

“After days of speculation, California decided Wednesday that it will comply with federal requests to deploy National Guard personnel to the border California shares with Mexico. The California National Guard will accept federal money to beef up border security, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement published Wednesday morning. But he attached a disclaimer and made it clear that his acceptance of money didn’t indicate he agreed with the federal government’s agenda on immigration and borders. ‘Let’s be crystal clear on the scope of the mission,’ he wrote. ‘This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws.’ The deployment’s purpose is to supplement California’s existing efforts to ‘combat transnational crime,’ Brown said. Already at the state’s 140.4-mile border with Mexico are 55 servicemembers on that mission.” (04/11/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/11/california-national-guard-mexico-border/508277002

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8) CT: Gubernatorial candidate arrested after being dragged off debate stage
Source: Fox News

“A candidate in the race for Connecticut governor was dragged out of a forum she wasn’t invited to and then subsequently charged by police. Lee Whitnum (D) was not among seven other candidates invited to participate in the Democratic gubernatorial forum at Brookfield High School. According to News 12 Connecticut, Whitnum arrived and sat down on stage, saying, ‘I am a declared Democratic candidate, I have a right to be here. My paper has been filed.’ After police intervened, Whitnum didn’t comply, after which they tried to forcibly remove her from the stage. ‘How dare you,’ she said of not being able to participate. Whitnum then proceeded to lay down on the stage and was thereafter dragged off by police.” [editor’s note: Sometimes, they even do it to their own tribe, I guess – SAT] (04/11/18)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/04/11/connecticut-candidate-governor-lee-whitnum-dragged-out-debate-police

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9) Brazil: Worker’s Party legislators adopt Lula’s name
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“More than 60 Brazilian members of congress from the opposition Worker’s Party have formally changed their names. They have added the name ‘Lula’, after Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was jailed last weekend. The move, in tribute to the former president, was led by the head of the party, Gleisi Hoffman. She will now be known as Gleisi Lula Hoffman in official Congress documents and on the electronic voting board. The party’s leader in the lower house, Paulo Pimenta, followed her example and is now called Paulo Lula Pimenta. Party colleagues followed their lead in droves, but so did some legislators from right-wing parties. They are adding Judge Sergio Moro (who convicted Lula) to their names.” (04/11/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43734354

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10) Reassigned Interior employees blame politics, climate work
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Sixteen senior employees at the U.S. Department of Interior reassigned to new duties under President Donald Trump’s administration viewed their moves as political retribution or punishment for their work on climate change, energy or conservation, according to the results of an internal investigation released Wednesday. However, investigators said they were unable to determine if anything illegal occurred because the agency leaders did not document their rationale for the reassignments. The findings by the Office of Inspector General follow a backlash over new jobs assigned to almost three dozen senior employees in the months after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took office last year. Critics charged that the personnel changes were an attempt to squelch dissenting voices within an administration that has promoted energy development and downplayed climate change.” (04/11/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Reassigned-Interior-employees-blame-politics-12826075.php

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11) ACLU sues Trump administration for separating immigrant couples
Source: Raw Story

“The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging what it calls a pattern by President Donald Trump’s administration of detaining illegal immigrants seeking to legalize their status based on marriages to U.S. citizens. The proposed class action was filed late on Tuesday in federal court in Boston and alleges that immigration officials have been illegally separating families while a noncitizen spouse was seeking lawful immigration status. ‘These actions are not only inhumane, but are unlawful,’ Adriana Lafaille, a lawyer with the ACLU of Massachusetts, said at a press conference. The lawsuit came amid calls by the Republican president for the U.S. Congress to stop legal immigrants from sponsoring extended family members who want to move to the United States through what he has characterized as ‘chain migration.’ The lawsuit centers on regulations the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) enacted during former Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration aimed at encouraging people living illegally in the country to seek lawful status.” (04/11/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/aclu-sues-trump-administration-separating-immigrant-couples

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12) House pols take their turn using Zuckerberg to call attention to their grandstanding
Source: Fox News

“House members took turns Wednesday grilling Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the social-networking site’s failure to protect the personal information of 87 million users — calling on the billionaire to explain the ‘alarming reports’ about data-security issues and urging him to help fix the industry’s problems. … The 33-year-old tech tycoon came to Washington this week to explain a series of recent problems for the social media behemoth — foremost how political data company Cambridge Analytica, associated with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, got its hands of the personal information of the 87 million Facebook users.” (04/11/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/11/house-lawmakers-take-their-turn-grilling-facebooks-zuckerberg.html

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13) Banning Chinese network gear is a really bad idea, small ISPs tell FCC
Source: Ars Technica

“The Federal Communications Commission’s proposed ban on Huawei and ZTE gear in government-funded projects will hurt small Internet providers’ efforts to deploy broadband, according to a lobby group for rural ISPs. As previously reported, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal would prevent Universal Service Fund (USF) money from being used to buy equipment or services from companies that ‘pos[e] a national security risk.’ If the FCC approves the proposal, the ban is most likely to prevent the purchase of equipment from Chinese technology vendors Huawei and ZTE. … ISPs who use federal money to build or expand broadband service would end up with fewer options for buying network gear. This would ‘irreparably damage broadband networks (and limit future deployment) in many rural and remote areas throughout the country,’ the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) told the FCC in a filing yesterday.” (04/10/18)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/04/banning-chinese-network-gear-is-a-really-bad-idea-small-isps-tell-fcc/

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14) Israel: Army vows disciplinary action against soldier who filmed shooting of protester
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“Israel has pledged disciplinary action over a soldier’s leaked video showing an army sniper targeting a Palestinian across the Gaza border fence to profane praise from an onlooker, but deemed the shooting itself to have been exemplary. The 81-second clip surfaced on social media on Monday and led Israeli TV news, with one host calling it ‘disturbing.’ Its release followed a surge in Palestinian protests at the Gaza border in which 30 demonstrators have been killed by the army. In a statement summarising a preliminary investigation, the military spokesman said the incident took place took place on December 22, amid Palestinian unrest at US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. … Remarking on the video on Tuesday, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said: ‘The Gaza sniper deserves a decoration, and the photographer a demerit.’” (04/11/18)

http://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/2141223/israeli-army-vows-disciplinary-action-after-video-shows

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15) Jury to Apple: You owe patent troll VirnetX half a BEEELLION buckaroos
Source: The Register [UK]

“Intellectual property hoarder VirnetX has had another win, probably to be short-lived, against Apple in the two companies’ everlasting patent spat. A jury in an eastern Texas US district court has decided that the fruity firm infringed four patents held by the alleged patent troll, and awarded the plaintiff damages of US$502.6 million. As followers of the trial will know, VirnetX has pursued Apple since 2010 when the first sueballs landed alleging Cupertino’s VPN on Demand, FaceTime, and iMessage infringed secure communications patents. The plaintiff has since enjoyed occasional wins against Apple, each time overturned by a later decision …” (04/11/18)

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/11/apple_virnetx/

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16) US FTC: “Warranty void if removed” stickers are illegal
Source: Engadget

“Those stickers on gadgets that say you’ll void your warranty if they’re removed? You’ve probably come to expect them whenever you purchase a new device. The FTC has just made clear, however, that those warranty notices are illegal when it fired off warning letters to six companies that market and sell automobiles, mobile devices and video game consoles in the US. It didn’t mention which automakers and tech corporations they are, but since the list includes companies that make video game consoles, Sony and Microsoft could be two of them. Under the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which the commission cited in its letter, companies can’t put repair restrictions on their products unless they provide the parts or services for free or receive a waiver from the FTC.” (04/11/18)

https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/11/ftc-warranty-warning/

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17) Trump signs order calling for work requirements in welfare programs
Source: The Hill

“President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order calling for federal agencies to establish or strengthen existing work requirements for certain individuals who benefit from federal welfare programs. The White House issued a memo that argued those who rely on welfare would have an easier time achieving economic mobility through strengthened work requirements where they already exist, and the creation of new ones where applicable. … The order does not detail which specific programs will be subject to such requirements.” (04/10/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/382557-trump-signs-order-calling-for-work-requirements-in-welfare-programs

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18) Myanmar: Regime presses ahead with bogus charges against journalists
Source: Time

“A Myanmar court on Wednesday refused to dismiss a case against two Reuters journalists after the reporters’ lawyers insisted last week that the evidence doesn’t support the charges. The case against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo has been strongly criticized internationally as an effort by authorities to intimidate the press, especially its coverage of the sensitive situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where the military is accused of massive human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya minority. The two journalists were arrested Dec. 12, with police accusing them of violating the Official Secrets Act, a law dating from British colonial times, by acquiring ‘important secret papers’ handed to them by two policemen who worked in Rakhine. If convicted, they could get up to 14 years in prison.” (04/11/18)

http://time.com/5235953/myanmar-court-reuters-journalists/

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19) Algeria: More than 250 dead in military plane crash
Source: CNN

“At least 257 people have been killed in a military plane crash near Algeria’s capital, Algiers, state media reported. The aircraft crashed near the Boufarik air base, between Algiers and the city of Bilda. Ten of those killed were the plane crew, according to state-run Radio Algerie. It was not immediately clear whether there were any survivors. TV station Ennahar showed images of smoke rising from the plane’s fuselage, tilted to one side, with part of the aircraft sticking out above olive trees. Dozens of bodies were seen in numbered bags as paramedics and firefighters worked at the crash site.” (04/11/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/11/africa/algeria-plane-crash-intl/index.html

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20) Reddit joins in New Red Scare circus antics
Source: CNBC

“Reddit has banned almost 1,000 accounts linked to a controversial Russian firm accused of using online propaganda to influence the U.S. presidential election. The firm found 944 accounts on the platform with ties to Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA), a so-called ‘troll farm’ based in St. Petersburg, CEO Steve Huffman said in an announcement Tuesday.” (04/11/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/11/reddit-bans-accounts-linked-to-russia-internet-research-agency.html

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

21) Why the FBI raid on Trump’s lawyer hurts all of us
Source: Fox News Forum
by Alan Dershowitz

“Many TV pundits are telling viewers not to worry about the government’s intrusion into possible lawyer-client privileged communications between President Trump and his lawyer, Michael Cohen. The pundits say that since prosecutors won’t get to see or use any privileged material taken when FBI agents raided and searched Cohen’s law office, home and hotel room Monday the intrusion will not be a problem. This is because prosecutors and FBI agents create firewalls and taint teams to preclude privileged information from being used against the client in a criminal case. But this analysis completely misses the point and ignores the distinction between the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution on the one hand, and the Fourth and Sixth Amendments on the other.” (04/11/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/11/alan-dershowitz-why-fbi-raid-on-trumps-lawyer-hurts-all-us.html

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22) Facebook hearings reveal how government regulations work
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“A commentator on Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before the Senate observed that the event seemed like a 5-hour tech-support call. Truth. If you have ever had to do tech support, you know the way it happens. The user is hopeless, frustrated, and essentially ignorant of the product. That’s the Senate. The support employee tries to organize tasks and stay patient. That’s Zuckerberg. … Do you see what has happened here? We have a transcript from the Senate that Facebook will be the consulting author of the regulations. How does that strike you? Conflict of interest? Welcome to regulatory politics. The large-scale stakeholders are always and everywhere involved in crafting regulations, and they do so in a way that benefits them, precisely as one might expect.” (04/11/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/facebook-hearings-reveal-how-government-regulations-work

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23) Science vs. politics: Vaping, eugenics, and other policy questions
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Helen Dale

“At the end of March, Senator David Leyonhjelm announced he would not support any legislation proposed by Australia’s health minister until the country’s current ban on nicotine e-cigarettes was lifted. In Australia’s political system, this amounts to a single senator — one with a crucial vote — holding the health portfolio to ransom. It’s serious. It also provides a clear and useful case study of how a politician does ethical reckoning in response to scientific evidence.” (04/11/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/science-vs-politics-vaping-eugenics-other-policy-questions

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24) Before people fretted about fake videos, people fretted about fake photographs
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“Franklin Foer has heard about deepfake videos, and he’s worried. His latest chin-stroker in The Atlantic, headlined ‘The Era of Fake Video Begins,’ warns that in a world of ‘almost seamlessly stitched’ visual fakery, our eyes will ‘routinely deceive us.’ Video manipulations ‘will create new and understandable suspicions about everything we watch,’ and figures in the news ‘will exploit those doubts.’ Our ‘strongest remaining tether to the idea of common reality’ will fray, and ‘the collapse of reality’ will follow. The whole thing gave me deja vu, because I’m old enough to remember when this magazine came out in 1985 …. Come for the faked photo of saucers over San Francisco; stay for the story headlined ‘Digital Retouching: The End of Photography as Evidence of Anything.’” (04/11/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/04/11/fake-videos-fake-photographs

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25) John Kelly, presidential babysitter
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel R DePetris

“If the press reporting is even slightly accurate, John Kelly’s influence on the West Wing has tumbled to its nadir. Kelly, a strong-willed personality who was transferred from the Department of Homeland Security to undertake the most thankless tasks in Washington, is allegedly screaming at subordinates for incompetence and getting into verbal spats with President Trump that are so loud staffers outside the Oval Office can hear the commotion. Kelly has threatened to walk from his job several times and has reminded Trump that the president can always dismiss him if he believes the White House staff is not performing up to par. Trump, who admires Kelly’s four decades in the Marine Corps, has rejected these allegations as typical ‘fake news’ from biased journalists. But all of these accounts are perfectly in line with how Trump operated for decades as a real estate tycoon in Manhattan: unmoored from any principles, relishing chaos, causing mischief between employees to separate the wheat from the chaff, and immune to any and all structural restraints placed upon him.” (04/11/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/john-kelly-presidential-babysitter/

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26) Hating Facebook won’t stop us from using it
Source: Reuters
by Jess Kimball Leslie

“Mark Zuckerberg is under fire from Congress for failing to protect Facebook users’ personal information and for its inability to prevent Russia from using the social network to influence the 2016 presidential election. While the site’s privacy troubles are recent, users have known about its other shortcomings for years. That Facebook can make us miserable is old news: so many research studies have concluded that it negatively affects our well-being, last year the company conducted its own such study and largely agreed. ‘I’ve been impressed by the consistency with which the scientific literature has uncovered negative links,’ said Ethan Kross, director of the Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory at the University of Michigan, whose oft-cited 2013 research concluded that Facebook use predicts a decline in users’ well-being. So why are we all still using the service, really? What do the experts studying our behavior on Facebook have to say?” (04/11/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-leslie-facebook-commentary/commentary-why-hating-facebook-wont-stop-us-from-using-it-idUSKBN1HI2KM

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27) Starvation issues in universities? The real college problem is obesity.
Source: USA Today

“Starvation might be stalking among college students, according to shocking headlines in Newsweek and elsewhere, and The Washington Post warns of ‘The hidden crisis on college campuses.’ In reality, last week’s report from Temple University and Wisconsin HOPE Lab is typical of the baloney that spawns policy hysteria nowadays. Temple University/HOPE researchers assert that 36% of four-year college students and 42% of community college students are ‘food insecure’ a vaporous term beloved by pro-welfare advocates. … In lieu of this statistical charade, far more solid data exist on college students’ health and diets. Rather than being perpetually famished, 70% of college students gain weight during their undergrad years.” (04/11/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/11/obesity-not-starvation-real-problem-universities-column/500855002/

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28) Drug companies get tax windfall, but not reducing prescription prices
Source: USA Today
by Andy Slavitt

“Drug prices are a top pocketbook issue for Americans. President Trump understood that and campaigned on promises to bring down the cost of prescriptions. You’d think the massive tax cut he signed into law in December would be the perfect opportunity for drug companies to take some of their windfall and bring down those prices. But a new analysis shows that so far, you’d be wrong. … Since Trump took office in January 2017, the prices of over 2,500 drugs have increased by at least double digits and almost 40 have increased by triple digits or more, according to the new analysis released by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.” (04/11/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/11/drug-companies-arent-using-tax-windfall-cut-prescription-prices-column/499230002

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29) Three government “solutions” that harm minority communities
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jordan Setayesh

“Many politicians often cite their motives as focused on protecting historically marginalized groups from exploitation and oppression. I don’t think anyone objects to this goal. The question is not if we should attempt to maximize opportunities for minorities, but rather if government is a suitable mechanism for achieving those aims. It is no coincidence that minorities often struggle the most in domains of social and economic life where the government is most involved.” (04/11/18)

https://fee.org/articles/3-government-solutions-that-harm-minority-communities/

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30) Another year of overwhelming demand for H-1Bs
Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeremy L Neufeld

“Last Friday, April 6, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it had closed the annual window for H-1B petitions after only five days because total petitions had already surpassed the caps. For the sixth year in a row, the window was closed on the earliest possible date allowed by law due to overwhelming demand. While USCIS has not yet announced it, we can safely assume that a lottery will be conducted in the coming week to determine which petitions will be approved. And if the last few years are any indication, cap-restricted petitions likely number more than two or three times the cap. By turning away productive workers as well as creating uncertainty for employers who now have to win the lottery to hire their workers, the program’s shortcomings impose costs on the U.S. economy.” (04/10/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/another-year-of-overwhelming-demand-for-h-1bs/

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31) How Trump schooled Xi in “art of the (trade) deal”
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“If you really want to understand President Trump’s trade policies, don’t read an economic text. Instead, you should read his 2004 bestseller, ‘The Art of the Deal.’ Trump’s trade-negotiating tactics are straight from his book. Many people on both sides of the political spectrum have expressed anger with Donald Trump over his trade policies, which have leaned hard toward the protectionist side of things. For the record, IBD has always advocated free trade as the best means to ensure that both sides of the economic equation, production and consumption, remain healthy. We still do. That said, while we have been consistent in our advocacy of free trade, we don’t get apoplectic over Trump’s protectionism. You see, for Trump, protectionism isn’t an economic idea or a philosophy. It’s a tool, a weapon for him to use in trade negotiations. And, in the case of China, as hard as it is to admit, it might be working.” (04/10/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/how-trump-schooled-xi-in-art-of-the-trade-deal

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32) Public reason and idealization
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“Public reason theorists do not think actual consent is necessary for coercive government policies. But they also deny that ‘The correct theory of justice says we should do P’ is good enough. They want something in between. But they face a number of problems, including how to deal with real-life citizens, who are often quite unreasonable (according to their theory of what counts as ‘reasonable’), who might lack any potential to converge on or have consensus on policies, and so on. … Public reason liberals often end up saying that people would have reason to accept certain principles or policies if only those people were, well, different from how they are.” (04/10/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/04/public-reason-and-idealization/

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33) Revisiting monopsony power
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Suppose that Acme, Inc., competes for workers by offering unusually attractive fringe benefits and work conditions. And suppose that Acme, Inc., has a differential advantage over other employers at supplying to its workers such non-wage amenities, or that for Acme, Inc., the marginal cost of attracting X number of workers by supplying non-wage amenities is lower than is its cost of attracting X number of workers by increasing the wages it pays. Under such conditions, Acme, Inc., gains the power to lower its workers wages by some amount without losing all, or perhaps even any, of its workers. An empirical study of this firm would conclude that Acme, Inc., has monopsony power. But this conclusion would be incorrect, for the ‘power’ that Acme, Inc., is detected to have over its workers is ‘power’ that Acme, Inc., purchased from its workers — workers who voluntarily agreed to Acme’s employment terms.” (04/11/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/04/revisiting-monopsony-power.html

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34) Government involvement not helping
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“It’s a wonderful thing when someone decides to help the community. I might even join them if their efforts align with my values. I’m somewhat less thrilled when someone mistakes running for office, getting a government job, or passing a law for helping. A government position or job is nothing to be proud of. It’s not honorable or praiseworthy. Everything is better without the threat of law or punishment, and when funded voluntarily. Worthwhile ideas don’t require arm twisting. Lampreys aren’t helping the fish they latch on to, nor is government helping the society it feeds on.” (04/11/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/04/11/voices/government-involvement-not-helping/157127.html

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35) Lots of Mueller action, but what about collusion?
Source: Town Hall
by Byron York

“Remember collusion? The allegation that Donald Trump and his aides coordinated or conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 presidential election is the heart of the Trump-Russia investigation. Yet Monday saw two developments in the Trump investigation — one discussed widely in the press, the other not as much — and neither pointed toward collusion. In the development that set off a press firestorm, FBI agents raided the office and hotel room of longtime Trump lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen, apparently looking for evidence concerning Cohen’s role in paying off the porn star Stormy Daniels, who once denied but now says she had a one-night-stand with Trump more than a decade ago. Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said he was told the raid was ‘in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.’ The less-noted development was the release of a heavily redacted search warrant from the tax evasion, bank fraud and money laundering case against one-time Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.” (04/11/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/byronyork/2018/04/11/lots-of-mueller-action-but-what-about-collusion-n2469638

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36) Quantum Vibe, 04/11/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (04/11/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1782

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37) Here’s why teachers are prepared to defy Arizona’s anti-strike laws
Source: In These Times
by Sarah Lahm

“Teachers and school support staff in Arizona are gearing up for a possible walkout, saying Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and state legislators are ignoring workers’ demands for better conditions for educators and students alike. The rank-and-file group Arizona Educators United is calling for a 20 percent increase in teacher pay, a competitive salary for non-licensed school positions and a moratorium on tax cuts ‘until Arizona per-pupil funding reaches [the] national average.’ In a March 28 statement, Ducey expressed his support for teachers but also stated his preference for a smaller increase in educators’ salaries. Arizona student funding allocations are among the lowest in the nation, according to a recent report. The national average is around $11,000 per pupil, Governing magazine determines Arizona sits near the bottom of the pack, spending, on average, just under $7,500 per public school student. This environment is creating unconscionable working and learning conditions, says Noah Karvelis, a music teacher at a high-poverty school in the Phoenix area and a lead organizer of the grassroots group, Arizona Educators United.” (04/11/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21062/Arizona-teachers-West-Virginia-Doug-Ducey-Educators-United-privatization

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38) Here’s why robots aren’t ready for the robot republic
Source: Cato Unbound
by Rachel Lomasky

“While it is quite premature to have a concrete discussion about robots as full members of society, we can speculate about a robot citizenry. However, it will be closer to speculative fiction than political science, akin to futurists in the 1970s talking about smart phones. But in the near term, there is benefit to be had from a conversation on which decisions should be made by artificial intelligence. As a machine learning researcher and practitioner, I worry less about catastrophic situations, such as those that would threaten the existence of humanity, and more about how important decisions are increasingly offloaded to artificial intelligences.” (04/11/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/node/2343

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39) Taking the world to the brink of annihilation
Source: Antiwar.com
by Rick Sterling

“Western neoconservatives and hawks are driving the international situation to increasing tension and danger. Not content with the destruction of Iraq and Libya based on false claims, they are now pressing for a direct US attack on Syria. As a dangerous prelude, Israeli jets flying over Lebanese airspace fired missiles against the T4/Tiyas Airbase west of Palmyra. … The situation is clearly dangerous with risk of sliding into international conflict and even WW3. If that happens, it would mean the demise of civilization. All of this so that the West can continue supporting the sectarian armed groups seeking to overthrow the Assad government … in violation of international law and the UN Charter.” (04/11/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/rick_sterling/2018/04/10/taking-the-world-to-the-brink-of-annihilation/

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40) The invisible free speech crisis
Source: The New Republic
by Sarah Jones

“Shane Claiborne is not an imposing presence. A Christian pacifist, he’s known within evangelical circles for his opposition to the death penalty, for his embrace of immigrants and refugees, and for helping found an intentional community in Philadelphia called the Simple Way. He’s a regular visitor to Christian college campuses. On Friday, Claiborne, working alongside a prominent roster of Christian leaders that included the Rev. William J. Barber, held a revival in Lynchburg, Virginia. Lynchburg being the home of Liberty University, Claiborne reached out to Liberty’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., to invite him to come pray with fellow Christians. But this weekend, Claiborne reported that Falwell had refused his invitation. Further, Liberty’s campus police department threatened him with arrest if he set a toe on campus. What’s so dangerous about a Christian pacifist? … It appears that Falwell’s objection to Claiborne stems from the latter’s commitment to non-violence; he is set to publish a new book making the Christian case for gun control.” [editor’s note: Pacifism and gun control are opposites, since the latter is both a threat of and an incitement to violence – TLK] (04/10/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147908/invisible-free-speech-crisis

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41) Kevin Williamson and our fractured media landscape
Source: National Review
by Gabriel Rossman

“Through most of the 20th century and going strong in the late 1980s, there was a robust tendency in American media to strive for news and opinion of broad appeal, either by presenting news that was as blandly non-ideological as possible or by presenting a wide and balanced spectrum of opinion. The 1980s had opinion magazines, such as this magazine on the right and The Nation on the left, but the broad tendency, including essentially all broadcasting and daily newspapers, was to have content that was either non-ideological or balanced. Over the past 30 years, though, this model has broken down. Conservatives led this flight from objectivity, owing to their long-standing objections that the centrist consensus was really a center-left consensus, and adopted new models of explicitly right-wing media, especially broadcasting, as legal and technological changes made ideological media more feasible. Hence the common left-wing rebuttal to right-wing objections to Williamson’s firing: We would not expect National Review to hire a liberal or Reason a socialist, so why should we be shocked that The Atlantic regretted its decision to hire an outspoken conservative?” (04/11/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/kevin-williamson-the-atlantic-controversy-fractured-media-landscape/

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42) An attack on our country, by Trump and McConnell
Source: The American Prospect
Adele M Stan

“President Donald J. Trump is under the impression that he is the United States of America, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is only too happy to feed Trump’s delusion. On Monday, April 9, Trump told reporters that the FBI raid of his attorney’s office — part of the special counsel’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election — was ‘an attack on our country.’ Trump is said to be fuming and unhinged. Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times report that White House aides are worried. … McConnell, in fact, has aided and abetted Trump since the moment the power-crazed narcissist moved into the Oval Office. For months, legislation crafted to protect Mueller’s position from any attempt by the president to fire him has floated around the Senate; now two bipartisan bills have been combined to do just that. But McConnell (whose wife, Elaine Chao, serves as Trump’s transportation secretary) has indicated that the bill will never make it to the Senate floor.” (04/11/18)

http://prospect.org/article/attack-on-our-country-trump-and-mcconnell

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43) A quick thought on UBI
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Rick Weber

“A UBI system’s appeal stems from the fact that it’s a minimal welfare state (kinda sorta). We all know the old debate between proponents of a minimal state — and the debates about what exactly that constitutes — and those of a welfare state — and again, there’s plenty of disagreement on what that actually means. On a 0-10 spectrum of ‘how important should the government be? / how important is the government currently’ a UBI is a lateral move with obvious efficiency gains. … No cookie cutter solutions, no lines, just a modest check in the mail and an entire population looking for good ways to use it. On the other hand, it lays bare some of the worst case scenarios of a maximal welfare state. Subsidizing sloth and dependency, enormous costs, reduction in savings, net negative cultural effects, and who knows what else!” (04/11/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/04/11/a-quick-thought-on-ubi/

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44) Apparently Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit — we must remain as poor as the EU
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“There are EU regulations about what portion of waste is recycled and what is landfilled, or what can be allowed to be landfilled. The initial justification for these was that low lying and muddy places like Holland don’t have any places where they can landfill, thus using this cheaper method in those places which did was unfair competition. … The insistence is that as we leave we must sign up to continuing these standards. That is, to continuing to make ourselves poorer by following these economically silly ideas. The same is then true of tax rates, social standards (by which is meant unemployment, maternity, paternity, pay etc) and so on and on. But why is there this insistence? Because the EU itself recognises that these things make everyone poorer.” (04/11/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2018/04/11/apparently-brexit-doesnt-mean-brexit-we-must-remain-as-poor-as-the-eu/

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45) We all need to unite against war in Syria, regardless of ideology
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Last night Fox’s Tucker Carlson did what may have been the most amazing thing that has ever happened on American television. As the drums of war beat louder than they have in years, Carlson stared right into the camera and did the exact opposite of what every mainstream US pundit is doing right now: he told the truth. He told the truth about Syria. He told the truth about Yemen. He told the truth about the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma. He told the truth about the bipartisan war machine which drops all pretense of opposition the instant it’s time for bloodshed. He told the truth about what war is, what it costs, and what it does to our world. He stood in stark, unequivocal opposition to the trajectory the Trump administration appears to be moving along. And he did it on Fox News. … [I]f I’d held a reflexive rejection of anything with the Fox News logo in the corner, I never would have seen Carlson’s epic monologue… and this bright flash of truth would have been diminished by that much in the impact it was able to have on public consciousness.” (04/10/18)

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46) The US CLOUD Act and the EU: A privacy protection race to the bottom
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Katitza Rodriguez

“U.S. President Donald Trump’s $1.3 trillion government spending bill, signed March 23rd, offered 2,323 pages of budgeting on issues ranging from domestic drug policy to defense. The last-minute rush to fund the U.S. government through this all-or-nothing ‘omnibus’ presented legislators with a golden opportunity to insert policies that would escape deep public scrutiny. Case in point: the Clarifying Lawful Use of Overseas Data (CLOUD) Act, whose broad ramifications for undermining global privacy should not be underestimated, was snuck into the final pages of the bill before the vote.” [editor’s note: It should be mentioned that the same bad actors who passed this piece of crap are the ones with the gall and temerity to lecture Facebook on privacy protections in hearings this week – TLK] (04/10/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/04/us-cloud-act-and-eu-privacy-protection-race-bottom

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47) Russian Roulette: No smoking gun, six key flaws
Source: CounterPunch
by Paul Street

“Do you like complicated mystery novels that make you keep a list of names and dates so as not to get overwhelmed by clues and complex chronologies (unless you have a super-strong memory)? Are you prone to conspiratorialism? Do you blame Donald Trump’s presence in the White House on Russia and particularly on Vladimir Putin? Do you like to jump to conclusions before all the facts are in? Do you like to get mad at other countries for the nasty things they do (or may have done) while turning a blind eye to the nasty things the United States does? Are you a ‘progressive’ fan of the U.S. ‘intelligence community’ — the FBI, the CIA, NSA and the rest? If you answered yes to all these questions, then boy, do I have a book for you: Democratic Party journalists Michael Isikoff (Yahoo News) and David Corn’s (The Nation) new volume Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.” (04/11/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/11/russian-roulette-no-smoking-gun-six-key-flaws/

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48) Wag the wolf
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“In the 1990s, we called Bill Clinton’s bombing of a ‘chemical weapons’ factory in Africa — on the very same day that Monica Lewinsky testified before a grand jury about her affair with the president — ‘wag the dog.’ Trump cries ‘witch hunt!’ but I wonder if the Deep State may not be trying to wag the wolf this time around.” (04/11/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/11/wag-the-wolf/

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49) Trump’s instincts are right: We’ve got to get out of Syria. Will he stick to his gut?
Source: Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall

“Syria represents a test of President Trump’s foreign policy leadership. Although the Trump administration had originally planned on keeping U.S. troops in Syria indefinitely, last week Trump surprised his own security advisers, telling them that he wants ISIS defeated and a full withdrawal by 2018, ordering the State Department to suspend $200 million in recovery and humanitarian assistance to Syria, and telling reporters that the troops would be pulling out of Syria ‘very soon.’ If recent American experience is any guide, however, the United States will wind up stuck in Syria despite Trump’s instincts and best efforts. Now, after another chemical weapon attack, the United States may even find itself escalating its efforts in Syria. Trump is correct to want a speedy withdrawal.” (04/10/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trumps-instincts-are-right-weve-got-get-out-syria-will-he-stick-gut

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50) Donald Trump’s strange justice
Source: The Atlantic
by Adam Serwer

“How President Trump feels about due process appears to depend on whether he or his associates are the ones being investigated. Monday, after the news broke that federal investigators had raided the office, hotel room, and home of Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, the president called it ‘an attack on our country, in a true sense,’ and ‘an attack on what we all stand for.’ It was a curious reversal for a politician who, from the start of his campaign, has ridiculed due process protections as mere ‘political correctness,’ but one that has become so common over the first two years of his presidency that it now goes practically unremarked. … For those outside Trump’s privileged circle, the law bars no cruelty, brutality, or injustice. For Trump and those he considers his allies, no scrupulous adherence to due process is sufficient, and no crime can justify prosecution.” (04/10/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/donald-trumps-strange-justice/557708/

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51) On Kevin Williamson and cowardice
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“Yes, editorial decisions are complex and a question of individual judgement. Another Atlantic editor might never have thought to take a chance on Williamson. But Goldberg did. He said he admires his writing, even if he disagrees with most of it, and thought he’d boost the Atlantic’s intellectual diversity. Goldberg just lost his bottle, reneging over what can best be described as a technicality, after the perma-outraged were unsurprisingly outraged. This is yet another case of the febrile intolerance of some readers and commentators colliding with institutional cowardice. It’s naive to suggest otherwise.” (04/10/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/on-kevin-williamson-and-cowardice/

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52) The philosophical toolbox
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Jared Nordin

“I’m not saying that philosophy as a whole is without contradiction, however through years of weeding through different philosophies and theories I was able to find what works best for me. A collection of tools with which anyone can use to truly test whether an idea, concept, law, or edict is just, fair, and equitable. In no particular order I’d like to present a few of the tools I use use when trying to make a consistent, rational, and logical judgement or claim.” (04/10/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/the-philosophical-toolbox

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53) A welcome respite for autonomous vehicles
Source: Heartland Institute
by Thomas Hemphill

“The Society of Automotive Engineers has developed a five-level progression of self-driving features (subsequently adopted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), ranging from Level 1 (requires driver assistance) to Level 5 (full automation). Today, Level 2 vehicles manufactured by Tesla, Volvo, Mercedes Benz and Cadillac are available to manage both your speed and steering under certain conditions, such as highway driving. Recently Audi announced that its new A8 model is the first production vehicle to attain Level 3 status, where the car (when the system is engaged), rather than the driver, actively monitors the vehicle’s environment. The autonomous vehicle companies have a reputation for hyperbole regarding the advent of the commercially available driverless vehicle, effectively a Level 4 (high automation) autonomous vehicle production model that generally does the driving, but will have a steering wheel and pedals for a human driver. The next few years, however, will require companies to focus on safely implementing Level 3 technology into production vehicles.” (04/10/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/04/a-welcome-respite-for-autonomous-vehicles/

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54) April 26: The CIA has something to hide
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Referring to President Trump’s condemnation of the Justice Department’s violation of attorney-client privilege with its subpoena on Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, the New York Times writes in an editorial today, ‘Anyway, one might ask, if … Mr. Trump has nothing illegal or untoward to hide, why does he care about the privilege in the first place?. Of course, one has to ask why the Times doesn’t address the same question to the CIA with respect to the upcoming April 26 deadline for the release of official records relating to the JFK assassination: If the CIA has nothing illegal or untoward to hide, why does it care whether the National Archives releases the records that the CIA has been keeping secret for more than 50 years? Why does it continue fighting the release of those long secret records?” (04/11/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/04/11/april-26-cia-something-hide/

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55) Horror — and more
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“A Quiet Place is the best kind of horror film, relying on tension, foreshadowing, and misdirection rather than blood and gore to create panic in the audience. The family members communicate through sign language, walk barefoot, identify creaky floorboards with paint, cover hard surfaces with cloth to muffle their noise, and widen their eyes in terror with every misplaced movement that might elicit a sound. Shadowy lighting, a suspenseful musical score by Michael Beltrami, sudden noises, incomplete information, and brief sightings of the monsters are enough to make us curl our toes and grab the hand beside us. But this is more than a horror movie. It’s a movie about how to exist as a family when everything around you has turned upside down, when silence is essential to survival, and when each family member has the potential to put all the others at risk through something as simple as a sneeze, a cough, or a slip of the fingers.” (04/10/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1836

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56) US government to Facebook: “Americans don’t like to be spied on”
Source: Reason

“‘Americans do not like to be manipulated,’ Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his appearance before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. ‘They do not like to be spied on.’ We can think of at least one whistleblower who agrees.” [Flash video] (04/11/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/04/11/congress-facebook-and-privacy

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57) Fresh Air, 04/11/18
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Can democracy survive global capitalism?’ Author Robert Kuttner talks about the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China and the possible consequences. Kuttner also discusses the connection he sees between global capitalism and the rise of the far right in Europe and the U.S. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘The Female Persuasion’ by Meg Wolitzer, and jazz critic Kevin Whitehead remembers late pianist and composer Cecil Taylor.” [podcast] (04/11/18)

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

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58) The Libertarian Angle, 04/11/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Join Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling as they explore the benefits of free trade and the folly of tariffs and protectionism.” [various formats] (04/11/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-trumps-trade-war-folly-video/

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59) Scott Adams Says, episode 24
Source: Scott Adams Says

“President Trump’s tweet war against Russia.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/11/18)

http://blog.dilbert.com/2018/04/11/episode-24-president-trumps-tweet-war-with-russia/

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60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 179
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #179, journalist Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Syria. Allegations that Assad used chemical weapons have presented the hawks with an opportunity to push Trump deeper into the Syrian quagmire. Trump seems to be taking the bait, as he says he believes Assad carried out the attack. Will breaks down Trump’s statement and explains the flaws in the president’s argument. Will helps debunk common lies about the Syrian Civil War and chemical weapons by dissecting Nikki Haley’s speech at the UN. Will and Kyle also discuss Tucker Carlson’s recent heroic monolog.”

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-179-trump-beats-the-syria-war-drum-with-will-porter

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61) Electric Libertyland, episode 67
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian brings in the ‘Godfather’ of the Lions, Howie Snowdon, and the Philly Connection, J.B. Lubin, for a rousing Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor!” [various formats] (04/11/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/04/11/electric-libertarians-in-living-rooms-drinking-liquor/

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62) Essential Libertarianism, episode 30
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Non-Voting as an Act of Secession by Hans Sherrer.” [various formats] (04/11/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/04/11/non-voting-as-an-act-of-secession-el030/

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63) Intercepted, 04/11/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: UN inspectors have not even arrived on the ground in Syria to investigate the latest reported use of chemical weapons, but Trump has already threatened Syria, Russia, Iran that they will pay a ‘big price’ and ‘nothing is off the table.’ Historian Andrew Bacevich and Jeremy make the case against escalating U.S. military action in Syria even if Assad’s forces were behind the attack. The acclaimed novelist Arundhati Roy talks about her new novel, ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,’ and offers insights on Kashmir, Narendra Modi, Trump, and more. Roy also dismantles some widely-held beliefs about Mahatma Gandhi’s politics. Actor and writer Wallace Shawn (My Dinner with Andre, The Princess Bride) talks about the U.S. assassination program, imperial wars and collective responsibility.” [various formats] (04/11/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/11/a-nation-addicted-to-war-syria-trump/

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64) Free Talk Live, 04/10/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cosby Trial Topless Protestor :: ISPs vs Silicon Valley :: Syria and Trump :: Changing the Fed Gov :: Former Law Enforcement Caller :: Keene State Cracks Down on Ridley :: ISP Monopolies? :: ISPs vs Silicon Valley in Demanding Fed Regulations :: Govt Won’t Protect Privacy :: Silicon Valley Star Facing Five Years in Prison For Fake Bomb Threat :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/10/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-10

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65) Cato Podcast, 04/10/18
Source: Cato Institute

“When Congress passed that big spending plan, an anticipated reform to civil forfeiture had been curiously abandoned. Darpana Sheth of the Institute for Justice comments.” [various formats] (04/10/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/congress-whiffs-curbing-civil-forfeiture

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