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Monday, April 16th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Putin predicts global “chaos” if US and friends continue war of aggression in Syria
2) Comey: Trump “morally unfit to be president”
3) Saudi king rejects US Jerusalem embassy move
4) Hungary: 100,000 rally to denounce “Viktator” Orban’s rule
5) IRS says fewer than 100 people have reported Bitcoin holdings so far
6) Starbucks CEO apologizes after employee calls police on black men waiting at a table
7) NY: Famed gay rights lawyer sets himself on fire in protest suicide against fossil fuels
8) FL: Miami Dolphins ex-cheerleader claims she was “bullied for being a virgin”
9) Canada: Regime backs Syria strikes but others at America’s summit concerned
10) Something weird is happening to the Gulf Stream current
11) No, the world isn’t ending later this month
12) John Boehner explains why he changed his mind on cannabis
13) MI: Teen misses bus, gets shot at after asking for directions
14) NY: Creep gets ten years in prison for raping unconscious women
15) NY: Police, fed up with lingering cold weather, “arrest” winter
16) Nazi legacy found in Norwegian trees
17) Worker: Fukushima was supposed to have massive seawall
18) CT: Police say high school sub teacher started a classroom “fight club”
19) GOP commits $250 million to keep control of the House
20) Report: Pence didn’t talk about wall with Nieto

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Becoming transhuman: The complicated future of robot and advanced sapient rights
22) Trump isn’t the first war criminal president. He should be the last.
23) Americans have a dangerous deficit in trade understanding
24) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 7, part 1
25) In Syria strike, the real danger is Russia
26) Mark Zuckerberg and the crossing of Silicon Valley’s rubicon
27) While the clock ticks
28) Should those who gain from women entering the workforce compensate the “losers?”
29) Freedom and income taxation are opposites
30) “Mine is bigger!” President Trump’s war crime is worse than the one he accuses Assad of committing
31) Syria: The bloody price of western narcissism
32) Do we need a “do no economic harm” rule for presidents?
33) Dirty magazines in Vermont
34) The NSA wants a skeleton key to everyone’s encrypted data
35) Trump tramples on the Constitution, again
36) My epiphany about the problem with Apu
37) Quantum Vibe, 04/13/18
38) The unconstitutional strike on Syria
39) Useful intellectual idiots
40) A tough week for the social safety net [sic] 41) Guilty statists?
42) Thus does the crypto winter endeth
43) Stay out of Syria and other impulsive wars
44) Now watch Republicans blame Obama for test scores
45) The enduring mojo of “Roseanne”
46) Trump’s airstrikes are unconstitutional
47) Trump surrenders to the foreign policy Blob
48) Krugman dismisses that an increase in money supply causes inflation
49) Trump’s deregulation binge shows no signs of ending
50) Alchemical reactions: Transmuting death-dealing dung into PR gold

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Free Talk Live, 04/14/18
52) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/14/18
53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 180
54) What should have happened at the Facebook hearing
55) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 103
56) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 141
57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/13/18
58) FIREside Chats, episode 12
59) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/13/18
60) Editors Break, episode 75
61) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1135
62) In The Tank Podcast, episode 135
63) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 235
64) Felony Friday, episode 119
65) Scott Adams Says, 04/14/18

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

1) Putin predicts global “chaos” if US and friends continue war of aggression in Syria
Source: Reuters

“Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions. In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the seven-year Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement. ‘Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the U.N. Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations,’ the Kremlin statement said.” (04/15/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/russias-putin-predicts-global-chaos-if-west-hits-syria-again-idUSKBN1HM0BK

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2) Comey: Trump “morally unfit to be president”
Source: MarketWatch

“Former FBI Director James Comey said President Donald Trump is not fit for the Oval Office, and can’t rule out that the Russians may have blackmail material that they’re holding against him. In a wide-ranging interview with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos that aired in a primetime special Sunday night, Comey went into great detail about the investigation into Hilary Clinton’s emails that led up to the election, and his dealings with Trump after he took office. It was his first televised interview since Trump fired him last May. Many of Comey’s comments — such as calling Trump a habitual liar and comparing him to a mob boss — were consistent with excerpts released last week from Comey’s upcoming tell-all book …” [editor’s note: I’m not sure which one of those yo-yos I dislike more – TLK] (04/16/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/comey-in-abc-interview-trump-is-morally-unfit-to-be-president-2018-04-15

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3) Saudi king rejects US Jerusalem embassy move
Source: NDTV [India]

“Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday opened an Arab League summit by criticising US President Donald Trump’s decision to transfer the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. ‘We reiterate our rejection of the US decision on Jerusalem,’ the king said in a speech in Dhahran in eastern Saudi Arabia. ‘East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Palestinian territories,’ he added. … King Salman also announced a $150-million (120 million euro) donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem.” (04/15/18)

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/saudi-king-rejects-us-jerusalem-embassy-move-1837887

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4) Hungary: 100,000 rally to denounce “Viktator” Orban’s rule
Source: Irish Times [Ireland]

“About 100,000 Hungarians have rallied in Budapest to denounce the Eurosceptic, anti-immigration rule of nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban, a week after a crushing election victory gave him a third consecutive term in office. … After a campaign dominated by Mr Orban’s claims that immigrants from the Middle East and Africa are a danger to Hungary and Europe, and that liberal philanthropist George Soros was plotting to oust him, his Fidesz party again took two-thirds of seats in parliament. Marchers on Saturday said the electoral system was rigged in favour of Fidesz, however, and called for alleged voting violations to be investigated and for freedom to be restored to a Hungarian media scene that now largely parrots Mr Orban’s views.” (04/15/18)

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/100-000-hungarians-rally-to-denounce-viktator-orban-s-rule-1.3462411

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5) IRS says fewer than 100 people have reported Bitcoin holdings so far
Source: Investopedia

“One of the biggest questions this tax season has been the impact that last year’s cryptocurrency boom would have on filers across the U.S. In 2017, cryptocurrencies became among the very trendiest investment (or speculation, depending upon your perspective) opportunities. Now, after months of debate and questions about exactly what the implications of digital currencies are for U.S. tax filers, tax day is approaching. The IRS suggested that fewer than 100 individuals have reported capital gains investments associated with cryptocurrency holdings as of April 13.” (04/14/18)

https://www.investopedia.com/news/irs-says-fewer-100-people-have-reported-bitcoin-holdings-so-far/

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6) Starbucks CEO apologizes after employee calls police on black men waiting at a table
Source: Washington Post

“The chief executive of Starbucks apologized Saturday to two black men arrested at a Philadelphia store in an incident that has led to accusations of racial profiling by the company and police. In a statement to Starbucks customers and employees Saturday, CEO Kevin Johnson acknowledged ‘a disheartening situation in one of our Philadelphia-area stores this past Thursday, that led to a reprehensible outcome.’ Cellphone videos captured the tense moment Thursday afternoon when at least six Philadelphia Police Department officers stood over two seated black men, asking [sic] them to leave. A man named Andrew Yaffe arrives to tell police that the two men were waiting for him. The officer says that they were not complying and were being arrested for trespassing.” (04/14/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/04/14/starbucks-apologizes-after-employee-calls-police-on-black-men-waiting-at-a-table/

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7) NY: Famed gay rights lawyer sets himself on fire in protest suicide against fossil fuels
Source: New York Daily News

“A nationally known advocate for gay rights and the environment died Saturday in a fiery Prospect Park suicide, with his self-immolation meant as a wake-up call to save the planet. The charred remains of David Buckel, 60, were discovered shortly after sunrise when firefighters responded to a 6:40 a.m. blaze in the southwest corner of the sprawling Brooklyn park. ‘I am David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide,’ read a hand-written suicide note left near the blackened circle of burned grass. ‘I apologize to you for the mess.’” (04/14/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/charred-body-found-prospect-park-walking-path-article-1.3933598

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8) FL: Miami Dolphins ex-cheerleader claims she was “bullied for being a virgin”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A former cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins has filed a formal complaint against the team, claiming she was bullied due to her faith and virginity. Kristan Ann Ware, 27, says she quit the dance squad after a 2016 interview with the team director during which her sexual history was discussed. She is not the first cheerleader to complain of a hostile work environment. A former New Orleans Saints cheerleader claims that she was fired for a social media post of herself wearing lingerie. Ms Ware told the BBC her complaint, which was submitted to the Florida Commission on Human Relations on Wednesday, should not be misconstrued as an attack on the American football team. ‘I am not against them. I just want to make it a better place for the cheerleaders,’ she said in a telephone interview on Friday.” (04/13/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43761310

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9) Canada: Regime backs Syria strikes but others at America’s summit concerned
Source: Reuters

“Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday backed air strikes by the United States and its allies on Syria’s chemical weapons program but Argentina, Brazil and Peru voiced caution during a regional summit about the escalating military action. Speaking at the Summit of the Americas in Peru, Trudeau and several other Western Hemisphere leaders forcefully condemned the use of chemical weapons, following a suspected poison gas attack last week in a Damascus suburb that killed up to 75 people and sparked international outcry. Washington blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government for the attack and, together with Britain and France, launched missile strikes overnight on what it said were Syrian chemical weapons facilities.” (04/14/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amers-summit/canada-backs-syria-strikes-but-others-at-americas-summit-concerned-idUSKBN1HL134

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10) Something weird is happening to the Gulf Stream current
Source: Raw Story

“The ocean currents that help warm the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America have significantly slowed since the 1800s and are at their weakest in 1,600 years, according to new research my colleagues and I have conducted. As we’ve set out in a new study in Nature, the weakening of this ocean circulation system may have begun naturally but is probably being continued by climate change related to greenhouse gas emissions. This circulation is a key player in the Earth’s climate system and a large or abrupt slowdown could have global repercussions. It could cause sea levels on the U.S. East Coast to rise, alter European weather patterns or rain patterns more globally, and hurt marine wildlife. We know that at the end of the last major ice age, rapid fluctuations in the circulation led to extreme climate shifts on a global scale. An exaggerated (but terrifying) example of such a sudden event was portrayed in the 2004 blockbuster film ‘The Day After Tomorrow’.” [editor’s note: So nice to see a non-hysterical news story on this – SAT] (04/14/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/something-weird-happening-gulf-stream-current

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11) No, the world isn’t ending later this month
Source: USA Today

“Despite wild claims from the Daily Express, the world isn’t going to come to an end on April 23. Quoting conspiracy theorist David Meade, the Express said a passage in the Bible, Revelations 12:1-2, ‘suggests the end of the world is imminent, with Earth set to be destroyed on April 23.’ Right in the middle of the NBA playoffs? How rude. The Bible passage also signals the start of the Rapture and the second coming of Jesus Christ, Meade said. He also said the position of the planets and constellations is another harbinger of doom, but Space.com said Meade’s predicted sky arrangement is totally wrong. The wild theory mentions the planet Nibiru, aka Planet X, will appear on April 23. Meade claims it will then pass the Earth in October, causing the start of the Rapture with huge volcanoes and volcanic eruptions due to its gravitational force.” (04/13/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/13/no-world-isnt-ending-later-month-we-hope/515516002

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12) John Boehner explains why he changed his mind on cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“John Boehner appeared on the Today show to explain why he’s gone to pot. The Republican and former Speaker of the House sat in with host Savannah Guthrie on Friday to discuss why he made the decision to join the advisory board of the legal cannabis company Acreage Holdings earlier this week. ‘I found myself, like a lot of Americans over the last 10 years or so, beginning to look at this issue a little differently,’ Boehner said in the interview with Guthrie. ‘When I began to sit down Kevin Murphy, the founder of Acreage Holdings. I began to learn more. And I had conversations with my friends, and I found myself in a position where I thought I could lend my voice to this discussion about the medical use of marijuana.’” [editor’s translation: I found a corporate-lobbying wing that would pay me more than the tobacco industry, but I still don’t want it legal, just for “medicine” – SAT] (04/13/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/04/13/john-boehner-explains-why-he-changed-his-mind-on-marijuana

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13) MI: Teen misses bus, gets shot at after asking for directions
Source: Fox News

“A Michigan teenager said he was almost killed Thursday after he knocked on a homeowner’s door asking for directions after he missed the bus. Brennan Walker, 14, woke up late Thursday morning and missed his bus to Rochester High School. The teen, without a phone after his mother took it away, decided to knock on a person’s door in Rochester Hills for help, FOX 2 Detroit reported. ‘I got to the house, and I knocked on the lady’s door. Then she started yelling at me and she was like, ‘Why are you trying to break into my house?’ I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions …. Then the guy came downstairs, and he grabbed the gun, I saw it and started to run. And that’s when I heard the gunshot,’ Walker told FOX 2 Detroit.” [editor’s note: This is the true sadness of where we have gotten to, in part because of the current POTUS, but mostly because of his predecessors, going back generations – SAT] [additional editor’s note: What does any POTUS have to do with it? – TLK] (04/14/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/14/michigan-teen-misses-bus-gets-shot-at-after-asking-for-directions.html

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14) NY: Creep gets ten years in prison for raping unconscious women
Source: New York Post

“The cross-dressing trust-fund creep convicted of repeatedly raping two unconscious women was sentenced Friday to 10 years in the slammer. Cameron McDermott, 32, tearfully apologized to his family and said he takes ‘responsibility for his actions’ before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer meted out the sentence. ‘I am ashamed to be standing here today. I want to apologize to all of those affected by my crimes. First and foremost, I want to apologize to the victims,’ McDermott said in a low voice. ‘I am truly and deeply sorry for what I did.’ His parents, Rich and Laura (who hid behind a pair of sunglasses) were expressionless as they sat in the back row of the courtroom. McDermott, of Hempstead, copped a plea deal in February that gave him prison time in exchange for pleading guilty to rape and sexual abuse, both in the first degree. He’ll serve the 10-year and a seven-year sentence concurrently.” (04/14/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/04/13/trust-fund-creep-sent-to-prison-for-raping-unconscious-women/

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15) NY: Police, fed up with lingering cold weather, “arrest” winter
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“An upstate New York police department fed up with lingering cold weather has placed winter under arrest. The Post-Standard reports the Depew Police Department wrote Friday in a humorous Facebook post that it had arrested the season. Police said any more snow winter produces would be held against it in court. The department also called for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil to turn himself in for predicting six more weeks of winter. Police joke that they’re willing to look past winter’s ‘most recent transgressions’ if it works with the department. New York has experienced wintry weather this month and high winds that caused power outages.” (04/14/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Upstate-New-York-police-department-arrests-12816932.php

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16) Nazi legacy found in Norwegian trees
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The relentless campaign to find and sink Germany’s WWII battleship, the Tirpitz, left its mark on the landscape that is evident even today. The largest vessel in Hitler’s Kriegsmarine, it was stationed for much of the war along the Norwegian coast to deter an Allied invasion. The German navy would hide the ship in fjords and screen it with chemical fog. This ‘smoke’ did enormous damage to the surrounding trees which is recorded in their growth rings. Claudia Hartl, from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, stumbled across the impact while examining pines at Kafjord near Alta. The dendrochronologist was collecting wood cores to build up a picture of past climate in the area. Severe cold and even infestation from insects can severely stunt annual growth in a stand, but neither of these causes could explain the total absence of rings seen in some trees dated to 1945.” (04/14/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43727547

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17) Worker: Fukushima was supposed to have massive seawall
Source: Raw Story

“A worker for the plant involved the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster said in a Japanese court Wednesday that his former boss was warned that a massive tsunami could strike the site, but delayed measures to build a protective wall to prevent it. An unnamed employee of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) that owns the ruined Fukushima Daiichi or No.1, Nuclear Power Plant testified during a trial this week that a 2008 safety test showed an earthquake could cause a tsunami as high as 52 feet capable of pounding the coastal facility, according to The Asahi Shimbun. The company was initially set to build a seawall, but the employee told the court that former TEPCO Vice President Sakae Muto suddenly dismissed the idea. The potentially catastrophic scenario was brought up again during a meeting on March 7, 2011, compelling shocked regulators to again recommend a wall to shield the facility, The Japan Times reported. But it was too late already: A magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck only four days later on March 11, 2011, leaving up to 18,500 people dead or missing and destroying the facility.” (04/14/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/worker-fukushima-supposed-massive-seawall

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18) CT: Police say high school sub teacher started a classroom “fight club”
Source: USA Today

“A former substitute teacher at a Connecticut high school faces multiple charges after he was accused of running a ‘fight club’ among students in his classroom, police said. Ryan Fish, 23, encouraged Montville High School students to battle it out while other students recorded on their cellphones and cheered, police said. Fish was charged Thursday with two counts of risk of injury to a child, four counts of reckless endangerment and one count of breach of peace, according to the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch. ‘The truth is, I’m an idiot and wanted to befriend them,’ Fish told investigators, according to his arrest affidavit. The Montville Police Department started investigating the alleged ‘fight club’ last December when a social worker reported a 15-year-old student was traumatized after being robbed and beaten by his classmates.” [editor’s note: Umm, wait … so the guy who was trying to help contain school violence, attempting a “supervised fight scene” to release the aggressions and maybe even lower “being robbed and beaten by his classmates” rates … is blamed for someone “being robbed and beaten by his classmates?” Sounds like a Teacher of the Year candidate – SAT] (04/14/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/14/connecticut-high-school-teacher-started-classroom-fight-club-police-say/517144002/

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19) GOP commits $250 million to keep control of the House
Source: Fox News

“The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all else: Preserve the party’s House majority for the rest of President Donald Trump’s first term. Facing the prospect of a blue wave this fall, the White House’s political arm is devoting unprecedented resources to building an army of paid staff and trained volunteers across more than two dozen states. The RNC is taking the fight to Senate Democrats in Republican-leaning states, but much of the national GOP’s resources are focused on protecting Republican-held House seats in states including Florida, California and New York. ‘Our No. 1 priority is keeping the House. We have to win the House,’ RNC political director Juston Johnson said. ‘That is the approach we took to put the budget together.’” [editor’s note: As both war party wings implode, will there be a real challenge this time to the duopoly? – SAT] (04/14/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/14/gop-commits-250-million-to-keep-control-house.html

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20) Report: Pence didn’t talk about wall with Nieto
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Vice President Mike Pence says the topic of funding President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall did not come up in his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at an international summit in Peru. President Donald Trump promised to build a wall along the southern border and insisted Mexico would pay for it. Mexico has refused. Pence met with Pena Nieto on Saturday. He acknowledged that the two have a difference of and said that some issues were ‘set aside, for a later date.’ He says they discussed the fact that both countries have strong presidents with strong personalities who are bound to have strong differences at times. But he says their meeting focused on issues the countries can work together on, including immigration, the North American Free Trade Agreement and combating drugs.” (04/14/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/The-Latest-Pence-praises-Peru-s-stand-on-12834305.php

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

21) Becoming transhuman: The complicated future of robot and advanced sapient rights
Source: Cato Unbound
by Zoltan Istvan

“I have young daughters — aged four and seven. For them, the future is not just brave, but dangerous. Sophia, designer babies, and other advanced sapient life forms that may or may not resemble monsters will indubitably be superior to humans within their lifetimes — and probably mine. This both delights me and frightens me. I don’t mind Sophia beating me in chess, but the day she can best my 20 years as a journalist challenges not only how I earn my living, but also how economies around the world operate. Probably no one or their careers will be spared the onslaught of coming automation and radical genetics in our lives. Robotically or biologically superior, these new entities will challenge the very means of our existence — made more complicated by the fact that the owners of this technology will likely be mega-corporations and very rich individuals. For the masses to survive and thrive, there’s really only one thing to do: merge with this radical tech and science.” (04/13/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/04/13/zoltan-istvan/becoming-transhuman-complicated-future-robot-advanced-sapient-rights

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22) Trump isn’t the first war criminal president. He should be the last.
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The strikes on Syria constitute war of aggression. The Syrian regime has never attacked, nor threatened to attack, any of the three countries which just attacked it, nor are its alleged domestic crimes, however horrible, the bailiwick of those three governments. And as the Nuremberg Tribunal noted, ‘To initiate a war of aggression … is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.’ Donald Trump, Theresa May, and Emmanuel Macron are war criminals.” (04/15/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13288

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23) Americans have a dangerous deficit in trade understanding
Source: Reason
by Sheldon Richman

“I was chatting with my tobacconist the other day — I have no rabbi, no priest, no minister, no imam, no chiropractor, and no lawyer, but I do have a tobacconist — when it struck me that my trade deficit with him is astronomical. How could I have let this happen? For the nearly 20 years I have been patronizing his venerable establishment — nay, institution — it is I who has pushed money (make that plastic) across the counter. But not once has he pushed even a red cent to me. Come to think of it, this is also the case with Kroger, Walmart, McDonald’s, and a variety of gas stations. See the pattern? The money moves in one direction only. What the hell is going on?!” (04/15/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/04/15/dangerous-deficit-in-trade-understanding

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24) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 7, part 1
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“In 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto offered the first digital, decentralized currency that was based on algorithms rather than trust. The decentralization is key. No one person controls the operation of bitcoin; everyone can participate on an equal peer-to-peer basis. The system uses a distributed network of nodes to verify transactions that are publicly visible in an open ledger. It was something new under the sun.” (04/14/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-on-decentralization-give-power-back-to-the-individual/

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25) In Syria strike, the real danger is Russia
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“In deciding whether and how to strike Syrian government installations following last week’s chemical weapons attack, the U.S. military might once have focused on inflicting real damage on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. Instead, through simple but ruthless plotting, Vladimir Putin has made this crisis (like so many others these days) all about Russia. Much like President Barack Obama after an earlier, larger chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs in August 2013, President Donald Trump’s administration finds itself trapped by its own rhetoric. Like their predecessors, Trump administration officials are learning that prolonging their deliberations over a course of action makes physically taking it politically and militarily harder — and perhaps even pointless. Predictably, Syrian government forces have reportedly moved into positions as close as possible to their Russian counterparts, betting (probably correctly) that the United States will be desperate to avoid hitting them. Even a significantly larger strike than the one Trump launched last year will do little to change the war on the ground. Assad has already all but won the six-year war, and has continued to entrench his position this week.” (04/13/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-russia-commentary/commentary-in-syria-strike-the-real-danger-is-russia-idUSKBN1HK2JI

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26) Mark Zuckerberg and the crossing of Silicon Valley’s rubicon
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ryan Hagemann

“In a blog post from early 2017, I argued that we were ‘witnessing the passing of the Internet’s wilderness frontier days,’ and that the ‘vast, untamed Wild West’ of online life wouldn’t be free of government regulation for much longer. In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony this past week, that time seems to have finally arrived, as ‘demands for censorship, control, security, and certainty have replaced an ecosystem birthed, as all frontiers are, in an unbounded individualism.’ While the arrival of this inflection point was probably inevitable, it was almost certainly accelerated by a number of trends that converged in the aftermath of the 2016 election.” (04/13/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/mark-zuckerberg-and-the-crossing-of-silicon-valleys-rubicon/

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27) While the clock ticks
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Pushing annual federal spending over a trillion bucks into the red? It has consequences.” (04/13/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/13/while-the-clock-ticks/

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28) Should those who gain from women entering the workforce compensate the “losers?”
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“You continue to insist that a policy of free trade is justified only if the ‘winners’ compensate the ‘losers’ — the latter of whom you suppose are those suppliers and workers who lose business and jobs to imports. But because no producer has any property right in consumer patronage, you are mistaken. … As more and more women enter the workforce they necessarily compete with men (and other women) who have been in the workforce for some time. In many particular instances, then, the increased competition from women entering the workforce produces what you describe as ‘losers.’ Do you, then, believe that government should prevent women from entering the workforce only if and for as long as the ‘winners’ actually compensate those business owners and workers who, as a result, must compete harder for consumer patronage and who, in some cases, actually suffer decreases in their incomes or even lost jobs?” (04/14/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/04/gain-women-entering-workforce-compensate-losers.html

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29) Freedom and income taxation are opposites
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“As the April 17 deadline for filing income tax returns and paying federal income taxes approaches, it is important that we all remind ourselves of an important point: Income taxation and the Internal Revenue Service are irreconcilable with the principles of a free society. Another way to put it is this: If you’re living in a society in which the government wields the power to seize the fruits of your earnings, you are not living in a free society, no matter how convinced you are.” (04/13/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/04/13/income-taxation-free-society/

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30) “Mine is bigger!” President Trump’s war crime is worse than the one he accuses Assad of committing
Source: OpEdNews
by Dave Lindorff

“The single most important thing that happened last night when the US military on President Trump’s orders launched a wave of over 100 cruise missiles against Syria was that once again the US violated the most profound international law of war: initiating a war of aggression against a nation that posed no threat, imminent or otherwise, to the US or its allies. Called a ‘Crime against Peace,’ this violation (whose perpetrators, under the precedent set in the Nuremberg Trials that followed World War II, can face capital punishment), is considered worse than any other war crime because, as US Nuremberg prosecutor Robert Jackson explained in his argument at the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals, a war of aggression is ‘not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.’” (04/14/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Mine-is-bigger–Preside-by-Dave-Lindorff-Crimes-Against-Humanity_Hague_President-Trump_Trump-And-Bolton-180414-125.html

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31) Syria: The bloody price of western narcissism
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“It is the casualness, the thoughtlessness, with which Western leaders promised to bomb Syria that has been most horrifying. War, you might think, is a serious endeavour. One that requires thought, discussion, a weighing-up of consequences. There has been none of that in Theresa May’s media-trumpeted promise to avenge the victims of the alleged chemical attack in Douma, or Donald Trump’s Twitter-blasts against ‘the animal Assad’ and his hints that he will punish Russia and Iran for supporting him, or in commentators’ demands that we bomb Syria because it is our ‘moral imperative.’ On the contrary, these Twitter bombardiers, these iPad imperialists, openly eschew thought. Thought is for cowards. We must simply act and act now to show that we are good, they cry.” (04/13/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/syria-the-bloody-price-of-western-narcissism/

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32) Do we need a “do no economic harm” rule for presidents?
Source: USA Today
by Cheri Jacobus

“Many physicians take a solemn oath attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher, Hippocrates: ‘First, do no harm’ (or ‘primum non nocere,’ the Latin translation from the original Greek.) It would be helpful if our elected officials (especially President Trump) would take such an oath regarding actions that affect the U.S. economy. It would be even better if dedication to a healthy economy was a given with our public servants, rather than something that required an oath. While policy measures often have unintended negative consequences, these days Trump’s personal irresponsibility is what’s sending tremors and worse through the economy. His tweets Wednesday morning warning Russia of airstrikes on Syria caused stocks to drop 200 points on opening. His careless abuse of his position, to stir the pot or to impose his own brand of personal and political vengeance on critics, has reached unfathomable proportions.” (04/12/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/12/donald-trump-amazon-jeff-bezos-china-tariffs-do-no-harm-column/497433002

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33) Dirty magazines in Vermont
Source: Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III

“When I was a kid, my mother (or more likely, one of her boyfriends) kept a stack of dirty magazines hidden in a closet. Of course, always the curious type, I found them one day, said nothing about it, and then sometime later, shared them with my friends. Being about six or seven years old at the time, I eventually got caught, was to some degree reprimanded for this premature incursion into the realm of adults, and the magazines disappeared after that. But that wasn’t a problem. In those long-ago days of yesteryear before there was an Internet, my buddies and I still got our hands on any number of Playboys, Penthouses, Hustlers …. the immediate point we can take away from this, of course, is that prohibition, in any form, doesn’t work — not then, and not now. And it won’t ever, in fact. … Thus it is that I and at least a few hundred thousand others — millions, really, in all likelihood — look upon recent Vermont (of all places!) anti-gun legislation with disgust, and not a bit of sardonic humor, as well.” (04/13/18)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/dirty-magazines-in-vermont

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34) The NSA wants a skeleton key to everyone’s encrypted data
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Gavin Hanson

“If the executive agencies have their way, the NSA will have a record of every lock combination in use by every company — a skeleton key, if you will, to gain access to your digital home, papers, effects, and aspects of your person without warrant or probable cause — effectively mandating that companies hand over skeleton keys to the locks that they provide to their users, at any time: what they call ‘exceptional access.’ Inherently, these central repositories for lock combinations are far more susceptible to brute force hacking than a distributed system wherein every individual secures their own lock combinations. Skeleton keys can be handy or, if they fall into the wrong hands, devastating. This is the Trojan horse the NSA means to use to gain access to your private data even when it is encrypted.” (04/14/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-nsa-wants-a-skeleton-key-to-everyones-encrypted-data/

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35) Trump tramples on the Constitution, again
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The U.S. and its allies have committed a flagrant violation of international law, and Trump has trampled on the Constitution once again. This attack probably won’t succeed on its own terms, and it risks a larger conflagration. It remains to be seen how large and prolonged the latest intervention turns out to be, but whatever happens next it was wholly unnecessary for U.S. security, a breach of the U.N. Charter, and completely illegal according to U.S. law. If Congress does nothing to challenge the president’s illegal attack, they will be accepting own irrelevance in matters of war from now on.” (04/13/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-illegal-attack-on-syria-has-started/

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36) My epiphany about the problem with Apu
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“On last Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons, Marge and Lisa had an awkward mother-daughter conversation about a children’s book that Marge loved as a child, but which, upon revisiting, turns out to have an embarrassing colonial subtext. ‘Well what am I supposed to do?’ Marge asked. ‘It’s hard to say,’ Lisa said. ‘Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?’ Then Lisa looks at a framed picture on her nightstand of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, an Indian-American character at the center of a debate over racist stereotyping on the nearly 30-year-old show. Apu has been a Simpsons fixture from the start, and is far and away the most famous Indian-American character in popular culture. … There have been murmurs of criticism about Apu since his appearance in the first season, but he’s more controversial than ever due to The Problem With Apu, a documentary last year by Hari Kondabolu, a New York–born comedian who is the child of Indian-American immigrants.” (04/14/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147980/epiphany-problem-apu-simpsons

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37) Quantum Vibe, 04/13/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (04/13/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1783

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38) The unconstitutional strike on Syria
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“Trump did not have the authority to order any kind of strike on Syria. Congressional authorization was needed before any use of force against Syria; Friday’s attack was unconstitutional. And his pledge that the United States ‘is prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents’ — that is, a unilateral declaration of long-range war aims and a pledge of long-term military involvement — is about as gross a violation of the Constitution as I can think of. The fact that Trump ordered a one-off missile strike a year ago doesn’t change that calculation. The fact that almost no one in Congress spoke up when he did doesn’t change that calculation. The fact that foreign policy commentators fawned on that decision doesn’t change that calculation. The Constitution still requires congressional authorization for an attack on another country. The requirement is not a formality.” [editor’s note: It doesn’t just require “congressional authorization,” it requires a declaration of war, which hasn’t happened in nearly 80 years – TLK] (04/14/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/the-unconstitutional-strike-on-syria/558044/

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39) Useful intellectual idiots
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Alex Noble

“When your average conniving politician and power player needs intellectual cover for his latest wheeze, where does he look for it? I mean, he can’t use his own intellectual credibility — the average politician is at best not known for his intelligence, and at worst is perceived to be as thick as curdled yoghurt. Even those that are quite bright are assumed to be craven imbeciles because … well, they’re politicians. So how do they get expert backing for their bullshit? There are three ways, I would suggest.” (04/14/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2018/04/14/useful-intellectual-idiots/

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40) A tough week for the social safety net [sic] Source: The American Prospect
by Kalena Thomhave

“The past few days have been difficult, on both the state and federal level, for the country’s already frayed social safety net. Several states, taking their cues from the Trump administration, have restricted and made cuts to anti-poverty programs, and this week, too, the federal government has joined in the shredding of welfare assistance. The week began with the tiniest of hopes, as the Republican-dominated Tennessee State Legislature voted Monday to raise cash assistance levels for the first time in 22 years. But the abysmal increase brings total benefits for a family of three to just 16 percent of the poverty line, and that same state legislature is moving forward with Medicaid work requirements that could strip health care from thousands of adults with children. In Wisconsin on Tuesday, Republican Governor Scott Walker signed into law nine bills that limit welfare assistance in new ways …” [editor’s note: Some would call this a good thing, promoting personal responsibility, focusing on helping those truly unable to fend for themselves – SAT] (04/13/18)

http://prospect.org/article/tough-week-social-safety-net

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41) Guilty statists?
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“How much guilt does the ‘average statist’ have for their beliefs, and how much slack should we cut them? I’ve been having an interesting discussion with Jim Henshaw, the former Chair of the Hawaiian LP, recently of regions closer. He says I ‘come across as a bit unforgiving at times.’ And, I can see that. I’m pretty sure this has caused me to lose followers and financial supporters. So, I asked his advice.” (04/14/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/04/guilty-statists.html

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42) Thus does the crypto winter endeth
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Bitcoin might have just emerged from one of its many winters looking stronger before. Admittedly, this most recent crash from $17.7K on December 18, 2017, to $6.8K on February 4, 2018, was especially traumatic. The sheer scale has rocked businesses the world over. As a proportional fall, the most recent slide was not especially notable. But as the valuations increase, so do the stakes. … Bitcoin has been declared dead 278 times. And so it was this time around. But enough experience in this realm increases the confidence that spring follows winter. If you understand and believe in the technology, the price is intellectually incidental. We should have all seen, even from October 5, 2009, when the first price of Bitcoin was born, that a new chapter in history had emerged: magic Internet money was born, not of the government or of the Federal Reserve but of pure code. It was not supposed to be possible. Then it happened.” (04/13/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/thus-does-crypto-winter-endeth

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43) Stay out of Syria and other impulsive wars
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“One of the reasons that the U.S. Constitution gave Congress the sole authority to declare war was to prevent precisely this kind of impulsive warfare. The ‘Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists’ (AUMF) passed by Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, gave the executive branch power to use the military against those who ‘planned, authorized, committed or aided’ the 9/11 tragedy, or harbored them. The Barack Obama administration interpreted that authorization to apply to terrorist groups that had nothing to do with 9/11, and that interpretation continues in the Trump administration. By allowing this extension of power, Congress is derelict in its duty to assume responsibility for authorizing the waging of war.” (04/14/18)

https://www.lp.org/stay-syria-impulsive-wars/

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44) Now watch Republicans blame Obama for test scores
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“One of the more interesting stories about the recent release of scores on the 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress (aka. The Nation’s Report Card) is not about the scores themselves but the way conservative education policy operatives are spinning them. The scores themselves were disappointing. As US News reports, fourth- and eighth-graders, the only two grades tested, ‘made little to no gains in math and reading since 2015,’ the last year the NAEP was conducted. ‘While the average reading scores for eighth-graders increased compared with 2015, there were no changes for reading at fourth grade or for math at either grade.’ Not only were scores flat, as they have mostly been since 2009, but ‘the latest results reveal a disturbing trend in which the country’s poorest-performing students scored worse in both subjects.’” [editor’s note: Here’s a time I am in complete agreement with Mr. Bryant; this goes back a lot further than 2008, maybe even before Dubya (and I have specific expertise in this, having scored these silly student papers for almost 20 years now – SAT] (04/14/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180412/now-watch-republicans-blame-obama-for-failed-education-reform

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45) The enduring mojo of “Roseanne”
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“I have always loved Roseanne. It binds me pleasantly to a very important time in my life: my last year of college and the years immediately thereafter. Long before I knew there would be a reboot — something practically unheard-of in prime-time television — I liked to go to YouTube and revisit my favorite scenes from the original, nine-season run of the program. … Nothing even remotely like it ever came along, until it came back. I would have eagerly greeted the reboot, regardless of how the real Roseanne Barr felt about President Trump. Discovering that its reincarnation is every bit as funny and thought-provoking as the original has been an added bonus.” (04/13/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1837

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46) Trump’s airstrikes are unconstitutional
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“The Constitution imposes rules about how the United States is to enter a war, and the Trump administration has violated those rules in Syria.” (04/14/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/04/14/trumps-syria-airstrikes-are-unconstitutional/

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47) Trump surrenders to the foreign policy Blob
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“President Trump recently spoke an essential truth on foreign policy when he stated that American troops should come home from Syria. The Islamic State has been defeated and Washington has no business trying to overthrow Assad, dismember Syria, get between the Turks and Kurds, confront Russia and Iran, and whatever other inane quests the neocon think tanks have come up with. However, the Blob — as the foreign policy establishment and its extensive network of analysts, pundits, and officials is known — also dominates the president’s staff. Indeed, it is not clear he has anyone working for him, at least at the State Department, Pentagon, and National Security Council, who is not a card-carrying member of the Blob. That means his foreign policy aides spend most of their time trying to talk him out of his most sensible ideas.” (04/13/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-surrenders-foreign-policy-blob

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48) Krugman dismisses that an increase in money supply causes inflation
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“In the New York Times article on March 27, 2018 — Immaculate inflation strikes again — Paul Krugman argues that those economists who are of the opinion that the key factor that causes inflation is increases in money supply are very wrong. According to Krugman, the key factor that sets in motion inflation is unemployment. Whilst a decline in the unemployment rate is associated with a strengthening in the rate of inflation an increase in the unemployment rate is associated with a decline in the rate of inflation. Note that for Krugman inflation is about general increases in the prices of goods and services, which we suggest is a flawed definition. To ascertain what inflation is all about we have to establish how this phenomenon emerged. We have to trace it back to its historical origin.” (04/13/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/04/krugman-dismisses-that-an-increase-in-money-supply-causes-inflation/

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49) Trump’s deregulation binge shows no signs of ending
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“While the media-driven scandals du jour roll on, President Trump quietly goes about reshaping the U.S. economy. Case in point: Last week, Trump directed the EPA to cut even more red tape for manufacturers. And he’s not done yet. The idea is not to get rid of air quality standards, but to make sure that the science behind them is transparent and reliable — and not just part of someone’s political agenda, as has often been the case in the past. The White House says that U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards constitute ‘outdated and unnecessary barriers to growth.’ Under the new standards, EPA will process state-submitted plans within 18 months, for instance, giving regulated industries a clearer idea of what they can and can’t do, quickly. And the permitting process for individual projects will eventually be limited to a year. We’ve heard for years now that ‘nothing can be done’ for manufacturing, it’s a lost cause. While it’s true automation is an ongoing part of manufacturing, that doesn’t mean more jobs can’t be created. Quite the contrary.” (04/14/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trumps-deregulation-binge-shows-no-signs-of-ending

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50) Alchemical reactions: Transmuting death-dealing dung into PR gold
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“One simple point: if the US/UK/France really believed the building they targeted (and hit) in a heavily populated civilian area of Damascus was actually making chemical weapons, what do they think would have happened if all that toxic material had been dispersed by explosions throughout the surrounding neighborhoods? Hundreds if not thousands of civilians would have died. So either the ‘Western powers’ knowingly risked killing thousands of innocent people — or else they knew the building was not actually a chemical weapons facility. Thus we are left with two possible conclusions: either they are ‘gas-killing animals’ happy to murder untold numbers of innocent people in a military action (the very crime of which they accuse Asad); or they are deeply cynical liars using entirely bogus ‘humanitarian’ concerns to advance a geopolitical agenda of domination in the Middle East that has already killed more than a million innocent human beings, displaced millions more, destroyed several countries and destabilized the entire world. There really are no other options.” (04/14/18)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/mobile/articles/alchemical-reactions-transmuting-death-dealing-dung-into-pr-gold-14042018.html

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51) Free Talk Live, 04/14/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Trump Announces Mission Accomplished in Syria :: Libertarian Military Policy :: Old Trump Tweets :: Islam Fearmongering :: Bankers and Trump :: ISIS :: Melting Pot :: Mind-Changing :: Otto Warmbier :: North Korea Escapee :: Military Chaplain Advocates Violence :: Immigration :: United Nations :: Regulations :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/14/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-14

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52) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/14/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Jeremy and Paul talk about working in fast food, DMTElves and other fun things, talking about cars while not knowing much, memes, and the fall of Facebook.” [various formats] (04/14/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15768

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53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 180
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #180, I discuss the geopolitical fallout from the Western accusation that Assad used chemical weapons in Douma, Syria. The US has floated forming a coalition for military actions against Assad, with France and the UK suggesting they would be participants. Trump is looking to end the Gulf Corporation Council split between Saudi Arabia in Qatar signaling the US may be trying to align its Arab allies for an attack. I examine what the possible US military actions against Assad may be and the possible responses from Russia. I also break down some highlights of Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearing and the coming protests in Gaza.” [various formats] (04/13/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-180-chemical-weapon-lies-cause-geopolitical-chaos

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54) What should have happened at the Facebook hearing
Source: Reason

“Whether or not you like Facebook, it was hard to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearing without liking congress a lot less. In between the rampant showboating and clumsy soundbites, it became clear that a lot of legislators don’t know enough about technology to competently regulate it. And even if they did, the federal government’s track record on surveillance and privacy rights is less than sterling. In the latest Reason video, we explore what we would have liked to see during Facebook’s congressional hearing.” [Flash video] (04/14/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/04/14/what-wanted-to-see-at-facebooks-congress

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55) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 103
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Hemp Bill, Militarized America, Marijuana Disinfo, Utah Marijuana, Pain Killers.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/14/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/april/14/five-minutes-five-issues-hemp-bill-militarized-america-marijuana-disinfo-utah-marijuana-pain-killers/

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56) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 141
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“Is the left destroying this country? Is the left trying to take our guns, and our right to free speech? This week we challenge the left ideology with rising star in the liberty movement Steven Clyde! Steven shares his experience being an Austro-libertarian in a predominantly liberal college, and the monstrosities he has seen first-hand. So buckle up, and don’t have a sensitivity attack.” [various formats] (04/14/18)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-141-actual-anarchy-w-steven-clyde/

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57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/13/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“What if, back in 2008, when Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch and many others were toppling like dominoes, someone said to you: ‘If you think this is bad, wait another decade, and an even bigger financial crisis will loom.’ It would have been hard to believe, but it would have been correct. The same policies that created the 2008 crash were adopted and an even bigger bubble is now here. Ron Paul discusses.” [Flash video] (04/13/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/another-subprime-bubble-the-fed-never-learns

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58) FIREside Chats, episode 12
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“‘Sex Week’ at UT Knoxville.” [Flash video] (04/13/18)

https://www.thefire.org/fireside-chats-12-sex-week-at-ut-knoxville/

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59) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/13/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Why is the public so fearful about terrorism more than a decade after 9/11? John Mueller is coauthor of a new Cato paper, ‘Public Opinion and Counterterrorism Policy.’” [various formats] (04/13/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/public-opinion-counterterrorism-policy

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60) Editors Break, episode 75
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 075 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: what philosophy is, what wisdom is, what politics is; who Robin Hood was and why we need more ethical outlaws; why calling for gun control is not engaging in civilized behavior; the legitimacy of Facebook creating and maintaining ‘shadow profiles’ in their database; and more.” [various formats] (04/13/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/love-of-wisdom-robin-hood-civilized-behavior-shadow-profiles-34m-editors-break-075

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61) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1135
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Libertarians often point out that war has consequences at home as well. The co-author of a new book on precisely this subject joins me to fill in the details.” [various formats] (04/14/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1135-domestic-consequences-of-u-s-militarism/

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62) In The Tank Podcast, episode 135
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #135 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Cato Institute, the Goldwater Institute, and the Heartland Institute.” [Flash audio] (04/13/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/04/in-the-tank-ep135-sugar-cartel-right-to-earn-a-living-trump-work-requirements/

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63) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 235
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Keith E. Whittington joins us to discuss his book Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech.” [various formats] (04//13/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/speak-freely-keith-e-whittington

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64) Felony Friday, episode 119
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s show Felony Friday host John Odermatt is joined by John Koufos. John holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, as well as a law degree from the Fordham University School of Law. John served on the Governor Chris Christie’s Opiate Task Force, and built the New Jersey Reentry Corporation.” [various formats] (04/13/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/04/13/why-conservatives-care-about-criminal-justice-reform/

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65) Scott Adams Says, 04/14/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Watch the Syrian ambassador lie with me live.” [Flash video] (04/14/18)

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

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