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Volume XVI, Issue #3,954
Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Syria: Investigators to visit alleged chemical attack site
2) Cohen names Fox talking head Sean Hannity as client in court; Hannity denies it
3) Watchdog finds EPA broke law by spending $43k on Scott Pruitt’s soundproof booth and not telling Congress
4) Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley’s announcement
5) Trump regime bans American exports to Chinese phone maker ZTE
6) Harry Anderson: 1952-2018
7) Airline cancels Mexico flights, tells fliers to find another way home
8) Recycling hope from plastic-hungry enzyme
9) AZ: Questions linger in education funding suit
10) Judge: Facebook must face class action over facial recognition
11) NYT, New Yorker win joint Pulitzer for Weinstein expose
12) CO: Teachers rally at Capitol for school funding
13) Japan: Abe’s woes deepen as ratings drop, predecessor predicts resignation
14) Canada: Couple ambush and zip-tie “predator who had targeted their 13-year-old girl” — but could be charged themselves
15) A 150-foot asteroid flew alarmingly close to Earth just hours after being spotted
16) Russia: Regime starts attempting to block Telegram message app
17) SC: Seven inmates dead, 17 injured after hours of rioting at prison
18) Turkey: US pastor stands trial on charges he aided 2016 coup attempt
19) SCOTUS again rejects Blagojevich appeal
20) Germany: Former Auschwitz guard charged

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The bogus “credibility” argument returns
22) We are (probably) not in the “end stages” of Trump’s presidency
23) Hard-won homeschooling freedoms are under threat and must be defended
24) Trump’s disastrous Syria attack
25) Smart contracts may be revolutionary, but we’ll still need lawyers
26) The “Little Pink House” was worth fighting for
27) Is this database a bigger threat than Facebook?
28) Another hanging judge
29) Seven questions about the Syria airstrikes that aren’t being asked
30) As it relates to Syria: Is it 2013 all over again?
31) Thinking about war
32) Trump administration’s missile strikes against Syria break international law
33) Bankrupt public-employee pensions: The next big financial crisis?
34) The miseducation of our children should be of great concern
35) Israel: It doesn’t add up
36) The west’s virtue-bombing of Syria is a disastrous mistake
37) Nikki Haley seems to be saying US will remain in Syria as long as Iran exists
38) On war matters, where is Congress? Shirking its duty.
39) Senate Dems offer little to no opposition to Trump’s expansion of Syria bombings
40) A common misunderstanding of economic development
41) Showdown in November: Fearsome blue wave or flaccid Democrat failure?
42) Are Australians ready to embrace the freedom philosophy
43) Syria and the revolt of the “deplorables”
44) Buzzfeed is publishing NYPD disciplinary records, and that’s a very big deal
45) Britain’s NHS holds another baby hostage
46) Comey reveals he is neither sinner nor saint … he’s a fraud
47) Tax reform won’t grow the economy without spending cuts
48) Missile attack on Syria is a salute to “Russiagate” enthusiasts, whether they like it or not
49) That something you do
50) Quantum Vibe, 04/16/18
51) I still oppose the temporary enslavement of young men and women
52) Greedy Facebook versus ideological Telegram: Why principles matter
53) His father was killed because he helped American troops in Iraq. After eight years, he hasn’t received a US visa
54) Gun control in Britain has failed
55) On the rift between economics and everything else

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Scott Adams Says, 04/16/18
57) Reason Podcast, 04/16/18
58) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/16/18
59) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/16/18
60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1136
61) Anarcho Agenda, episode 64
62) A civil rights movement for corporations?
63) One Free Family, episode 13
64) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/16/18
65) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 343
66) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 181
67) Editor’s Break, episode 76
68) Free Talk Live, 04/15/18
69) The Anarchist Experience, episode 160
70) The Bob Zadek Show, 04/15/18

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

1) The bogus “credibility” argument returns
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Hawks invoke ‘credibility’ when they want to attack someone, and then even when the attack happens they will claim that it undermines ‘credibility’ because it wasn’t big enough. Following through on unnecessary threats with illegal military action isn’t enough for the ‘credibility’-obsessed, because they are simply using ‘credibility’ as an excuse to plunge the U.S. into more conflicts. If a limited U.S. military action doesn’t get them that, they will insist on more and bigger attacks until they get the war they want. While sane people everywhere were relieved that last week’s attack was small and didn’t provoke retaliation, quite a few hawks were dismayed for the same reasons.” (04/16/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-bogus-credibility-argument-returns/

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2) Cohen names Fox talking head Sean Hannity as client in court; Hannity denies it
Source: Yahoo! News

“A federal judge today ordered Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen to identify his third client — alongside the president and Elliott Broidy — and the name is one familiar to cable news watchers: Sean Hannity. The Fox News Channel host had wanted to remain anonymous. Hannity, who is one of Trump’s most fervent backers and defenders and has been hammering Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation for weeks, tweeted this just before 1 PM PT: ‘Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective. I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party.’” (04/16/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/sean-hannity-named-donald-trump-191235368.html

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3) Watchdog finds EPA broke law by spending $43k on Scott Pruitt’s soundproof booth and not telling Congress
Source: USA Today

“The EPA broke the law when it failed to tell lawmakers on House and Senate spending committees that it was allocating more than $43,000 to install a soundproof phone booth in Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office last year, according to a congressional watchdog agency. In a report issued Monday, the Government Accountability Office said the agency violated the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2017 when it failed to notify both House and Senate appropriations committees prior to obligating the money to install a soundproof privacy booth in Pruitt’s office.” ()4/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/16/watchdog-finds-epa-broke-law-spending-43-k-scott-pruitts-soundproof-booth-and-not-telling-congress/520614002/

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4) Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley’s announcement
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as ‘international economic raiding.’ Preparations to punish Russia anew for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government over an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria caused consternation at the White House. Haley had said on CBS News’s ‘Face the Nation’ that sanctions on Russian companies behind the equipment related to Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attack would be announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. But Trump conferred with his national security advisers later Sunday and told them he was upset the sanctions were being officially rolled out because he was not yet comfortable executing them, according to several people familiar with the plan.” (04/16/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-puts-the-brake-on-new-russian-sanctions-reversing-haleys-announcement/2018/04/16/ac3ad4f8-417f-11e8-8569-26fda6b404c7_story.html

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5) Trump regime bans American exports to Chinese phone maker ZTE
Source: CNet News

“American companies like Qualcomm and Dolby will not be able to sell their components to ZTE for up to seven years, after the Chinese phone maker allegedly violated terms of a sanctions agreement from last March, Bureau of Industry and Security officials told CNET. The ban comes after ZTE pleaded guilty in 2017 for illegally shipping US equipment to Iran and North Korea and agreed to pay up to $1.2 billion in penalties. Part of the settlement required ZTE to take actions against employees who were a part of the violations. The Department of Commerce said ZTE officials lied about reprimanding the employees, and even gave some of them full bonuses.” [editor’s note: The real reason, of course, is to drive component prices down for American crony capitalists by closing off a market – TLK] (04/16/18)

https://www.cnet.com/news/us-bans-american-exports-to-chinese-phone-company-zte/

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6) Harry Anderson: 1952-2018
Source: Fox News

“Harry Anderson, famed 80s sitcom star best known for his work as judge Harry T. Stone on ‘Night Court,’ has died at age 65. The star was found dead in his Asheville, N.C., home on Monday morning at 6:41 a.m. an Asheville Police spokeswoman told Fox News. At this time, there is no official cause of death, and no foul play is suspected. According to TMZ, Anderson’s son, Dashiell, says his father died of natural causes. The actor is survived by his wife and two children. Fans may remember Anderson for his role in ‘Night Court,’ but it was hardly his only acting job. After making a splash with numerous appearances on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ he had a lengthy recurring role on ‘Cheers’ as Harry ‘The Hat’ Gittes. He later appeared as the original Richie character in the made-for-TV adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It,’ which was recently remade into a movie. In addition, he was an accomplished magician, even opening a magic shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans.” (04/16/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/04/16/night-court-star-harry-anderson-dead-at-65.html

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7) Airline cancels Mexico flights, tells fliers to find another way home
Source: USA Today

“Dozens of stranded Sun Country Airlines passengers are fuming after the carrier canceled their flights home from Mexico and then told them they’re on their own to find a new way back. The unusual situation unfolded after a potent late-season blizzard forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport this weekend. Among those weather-related cancellations were two Minneapolis-bound Sun Country flights that had been scheduled to depart the Mexican resort cities of Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlán. But the big problem for customers was that the flights were the last on the schedule for Sun County’s wintertime-only service from those destinations. Once the flights were canceled, Sun Country decided it could not spare additional aircraft to fly and retrieve the stranded passengers there. That, the company said, would force it to cancel other flights where those aircraft were scheduled to be deployed next.” (04/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2018/04/16/airline-cancels-mexico-flights-tells-fliers-find-another-way-home/521587002

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8) Recycling hope from plastic-hungry enzyme
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. PET, the strong plastic commonly used in bottles, takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment. The modified enzyme, known as PETase, can start breaking down the same material in just a few days. This could revolutionise the recycling process, allowing plastics to be re-used more effectively. UK consumers use around 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year but more than three billion are not recycled. Originally discovered in Japan, the enzyme is produced by a bacterium which ‘eats’ PET. Ideonella sakaiensis uses the plastic as its major energy source.” (04/16/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43783631

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9) AZ: Questions linger in education funding suit
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Phoenix man who won a federal court ruling finding Arizona distributed more than $344 million to schools since 2016 without Congressional approval might seek hundreds of millions of additional dollars for education funding. Michael Pierce’s attorney Andrew Jacob on Monday told U.S. District Judge Neil Wake that he believes about $300 million dollars would’ve gone to schools from the state land trust prior to voter-approved changes to a funding formula that the judge since found were made without requisite Congressional approval. ‘If the state had followed the law and been held to it, that money would’ve come out of fiscal year 2013 to 2014, 2015, and we believe it should come out now,’ Jacob said. But since federal courts are barred from telling states what to do with their money in most cases, a state court action might need to filed seeking such relief. Jacob also wants Wake to issue a formal judgment that says any changes to distributions require Congressional approval.” (04/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Man-won-t-seek-Prop-123-repayment-but-may-seek-12836642.php

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10) Judge: Facebook must face class action over facial recognition
Source: Reuters

“A U.S. federal judge ruled on Monday that Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully used a facial recognition process on photos without user permission. The ruling adds to the privacy woes that have been mounting against Facebook for weeks, since it was disclosed that the personal information of millions of users was harvested by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. U.S. District Judge James Donato ruled in San Francisco federal court that a class action was the most efficient way to resolve the dispute over facial templates.” [editor’s note: Why would Facebook need anyone’s permission to use facial recognition on photos? – TLK] (04/16/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-privacy-classaction/facebook-must-face-class-action-over-facial-recognition-u-s-judge-idUSKBN1HN35G

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11) NYT, New Yorker win joint Pulitzer for Weinstein expose
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The New York Times and New Yorker magazine have won a joint Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood. The reports brought down film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct and rape (he says all sexual encounters were consensual). The investigations sparked the #MeToo movement, a broad pushback against sexual harassment in many industries. Pulitzers are the most prestigious honour in American journalism. The Pulitzer Prize Board also awards prizes in other literary and artistic categories. This year, rapper Kendrick Lamar becomes the first non-classical or jazz artist to be given the prize for music. The Washington Post won the investigative reporting prize for revealing decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct against Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama. The Republican former judge denied the accusations, but they factored heavily in the special election that the Democratic candidate Doug Jones went on to win.” (04/16/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43790151

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12) CO: Teachers rally at Capitol for school funding
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Hundreds of public school teachers swarmed the Colorado state Capitol on Monday, shuttering one suburban Denver school district to demand better salaries, as lawmakers were set to debate a pension reform measure that would cut retirement benefits and take-home pay. With the demonstrations, Colorado educators join peers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona who have staged strikes or high-profile protests in recent weeks to draw attention to what teachers unions see as a growing crisis in the profession. In Colorado the need is especially stark — and apparently at odds with a state economy that ranks among the nation’s best. The average teacher salary ($46,155 in 2016) ranks 46th among states and Washington, D.C., according to the latest figures from the National Education Association.” (04/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Colorado-teachers-to-rally-at-Capitol-for-school-12837337.php

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13) Japan: Abe’s woes deepen as ratings drop, predecessor predicts resignation
Source: Reuters

“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s political crisis deepened on Monday after polls showed that suspected cronyism scandals have pushed his support to record lows and a popular predecessor said Abe would probably resign in June. In another headache for the conservative premier, the finance ministry’s top bureaucrat has come under fire after a weekly magazine reported he had sexually harassed several female journalists. The bureaucrat on Monday denied the accusations and said he would file a lawsuit against the magazine’s publisher. Abe’s sliding ratings raise doubts about whether he can win a third three-year term as ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader in a September vote, that he needs to win to stay in office, or whether he might resign before the party vote.” (04/16/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-politics/japan-pm-abes-woes-deepen-as-ratings-drop-predecessor-predicts-resignation-idUSKBN1HN05Y

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14) Canada: Couple ambush and zip-tie “predator who had targeted their 13-year-old girl” — but could be charged themselves
Source: The Mirror [UK]

“A couple could be charged with assault for ambushing and zip-tying a ‘predator’ they believed was trying to meet their 13-year-old daughter for sex. The Canadian pair recorded the moment they tackled the 28-year-old man and tied his hands behind his back with zip ties while making him lie face down on the floor. But although they say they were trying to protect their child from the alleged predator — they could be charged with assault and forcible confinement. In the footage posted on Facebook Live and obtained by CTV, the girl’s mother can be heard shaming the man while filming him. She says: ‘He comes to my house to meet my 13-year-old f****** daughter to f*** her. He wanted to be her first. We f****** tackled him, and zap strapped him and called the police.’ The woman said she had asked the police to be there when the man arrived — but when they did not come she and her partner took matters into their own hands.” (04/16/18)

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/couple-ambush-zip-tie-predator-12372368

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15) A 150-foot asteroid flew alarmingly close to Earth just hours after being spotted
Source: Time

“An asteroid estimated to be at least 150 feet in diameter made an alarmingly close pass to Earth on Sunday morning just hours after it was first observed by astronomers. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2018 GE3, was closest to Earth at around 2.41 a.m. ET on April 15 when it was spotted about 119,500 miles away, EarthSky.org reports. That’s closer than the moon, which orbits Earth at an average distance of 238,900 miles. GE3 also passed close to the moon later that morning on its journey around the sun.” (04/16/18)

http://time.com/5241352/asteroid-earth-ge3/

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16) Russia: Regime starts attempting to block Telegram message app
Source: US News & World Report

“Russia’s state telecommunications regulator said on Monday it had begun blocking access to Telegram messenger after the company refused to comply with an order to give Russian state security access to its users’ secret messages. The watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said in a statement on its website that it had sent telecoms operators a notification about blocking access to Telegram inside Russia. … A Roskomnadzor official said it would take several hours to complete the operation to block access, Interfax news agency said. In Moscow, the Telegram app was still functioning as normal by mid-afternoon on Monday, but the company’s website had been blocked by two of Russia’s biggest service providers, MTS and Megafon.” [editor’s note: Workarounds coming in 3, 2, 1 … – TLK] (04/16/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/technology/articles/2018-04-16/russia-starts-blocking-telegram-messenger-regulator

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17) SC: Seven inmates dead, 17 injured after hours of rioting at prison
Source: Washington Post

“At least seven inmates are dead and 17 other people are injured after hours-long rioting at a maximum-security prison in South Carolina, according to the state’s corrections department. Several fights broke out among inmates in three separate housing units at the Lee Correctional Institution around 7:15 p.m. Sunday, and it took authorities more than 7 1/2 hours, until 2:55 a.m. Monday, to secure the prison, officials said. No officers or staff members were among those killed or harmed, the corrections department added.” (04/16/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/04/16/south-carolina-prison-riot-at-least-7-inmates-dead-at-lee-correctional-institution

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18) Turkey: US pastor stands trial on charges he aided 2016 coup attempt
Source: United Press International

“A U.S. pastor began trial in Turkey Monday on charges he aided in the military coup attempt nearly two years ago. Andrew Brunson, of Black Mountain, N.C., has spent 23 years living in Turkey with his wife, daughter and two sons. He was arrested in October 2016 while running the Resurrection Church in the western city of Izmir. The 50-year-old Evangelical pastor is accused of helping the group led by Fethullah Gulen — an exiled Muslim preacher living in the United States, who Turkish officials say orchestrated the failed July 2016 coup.” (04/16/18)

https://www.upi.com/US-pastor-stands-trial-in-Turkey-on-charges-he-aided-2016-coup-attempt/7211523877493/

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19) SCOTUS again rejects Blagojevich appeal
Source: Chicago Tribune

“The Supreme Court has for the second time rejected an appeal by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his convictions on corruption charges. The justices did not comment Monday in letting stand the convictions and 14-year prison term that Blagojevich is serving. He’s scheduled to be released in 2024. Blagojevich’s lawyers had wanted the high court to take up his case to make clear what constitutes illegal political fundraising. They argued that politicians are vulnerable to prosecution because the line between what’s allowed and what’s illegal is blurry. His convictions included trying to extort a children’s hospital for contributions and seeking to trade an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated when he was elected president for campaign cash.” (04/16/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-rod-blagojevich-supreme-court-appeal-20180414-story.html

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20) Germany: Former Auschwitz guard charged
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“German prosecutors have charged a 94-year-old former SS guard with aiding and abetting mass murder at the Nazis’ Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The case against the German man — not yet named — has gone to a court in Mannheim, western Germany. He was 19 when, in December 1942-January 1943, he assisted in the murder of some 13,335 people, it is alleged. He has denied knowing that mass murder was going on.” (04/16/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43782035

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

21) The bogus “credibility” argument returns
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Hawks invoke ‘credibility’ when they want to attack someone, and then even when the attack happens they will claim that it undermines ‘credibility’ because it wasn’t big enough. Following through on unnecessary threats with illegal military action isn’t enough for the ‘credibility’-obsessed, because they are simply using ‘credibility’ as an excuse to plunge the U.S. into more conflicts. If a limited U.S. military action doesn’t get them that, they will insist on more and bigger attacks until they get the war they want. While sane people everywhere were relieved that last week’s attack was small and didn’t provoke retaliation, quite a few hawks were dismayed for the same reasons.” (04/16/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-bogus-credibility-argument-returns/

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22) We are (probably) not in the “end stages” of Trump’s presidency
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“For more than a year now … the expectation of a foreshortened presidency has been driven largely by special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Every new development is treated like a bombshell, collapsing the distinction between routine investigative procedure and legitimate revelations. The public could not be faulted for assuming that Mueller’s conclusions, whenever he comes to them and releases them to the public, will mark the beginning of the end for Trump — that it’s only a matter of when, not if, he leaves the White House prematurely. And yet, there remains no publicly available evidence that Trump colluded with Russia to defeat Clinton in 2016. Mueller may have such evidence, but it’s just as likely (if not more so) that he does not.” (04/16/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148005/probably-not-end-stages-trumps-presidency

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23) Hard-won homeschooling freedoms are under threat and must be defended
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Kerry McDonald

“As homeschooling has become widely accepted and more reflective of our pluralistic society, it is easy to become complacent. Most of us no longer worry about truancy officers knocking on our doors or wonder where we will need to move next to find a community more accepting of family-centered education. We happily play outside on a spring weekday morning without fear that passersby will worry why our children aren’t in school. We choose from a vast assortment of pedagogical approaches, selecting styles that best suit the needs of our children — not school personnel. … Our modern homeschooling freedoms also come with the responsibility to protect those freedoms. While we may not have had to fight to secure our homeschooling rights, we should certainly fight to keep them. As homeschooling moves from the marginal to the mainstream, it can trigger state efforts to curb freedoms, heighten regulations, and increase oversight.” (04/16/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/hard-won-homeschooling-freedoms-are-under-threat-and-must-be-defended

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24) Trump’s disastrous Syria attack
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Over the weekend, President Trump celebrated firing more than 100 missiles into Syria by Tweeting, ‘Mission Accomplished!’ They say if you cannot learn from history you are condemned to repeat it. So I guess we are repeating it. We all remember that ‘Mission Accomplished’ was the banner behind then-President Bush as he gloated aboard a US navy ship that the war in Iraq had been won. After his ‘victory,’ however, some 4,000 US military personnel were killed, perhaps a million Iraqis were killed, and the country’s infrastructure and social fabric were so badly destroyed that they probably can never be repaired. Actually, there is much about the US attack on Syria that reminds us of Iraq.” (04/16/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/trumps-disastrous-syria-attack

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25) Smart contracts may be revolutionary, but we’ll still need lawyers
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Max Gulker, PhD

“Many people who are bullish on blockchain make grandiose claims that the technology will completely overhaul industries and institutions. But these claims often ignore the complexity of the real world and misunderstand what revolutionary technologies actually do. Take blockchain-enabled smart contracts and the legal profession. Smart contracts are pieces of computer code that allow assets to be automatically transferred on a blockchain when certain conditions are met. They show a great deal of promise, especially for relatively simple and repeated transactions …. Smart contracts are indeed poised to become a staple of our economy, but for better or worse, most lawyers’ jobs are safe. This is because smart contracts face the same fundamental challenge as the old-fashioned paper ones: it’s impossible when writing a contract to anticipate every possible future state of the world.” (04/16/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/smart-contracts-may-be-revolutionary-well-still-need-lawyers

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26) The “Little Pink House” was worth fighting for
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Like some sort of HGTV dream, Susette Kelo found a house in the perfect location and within her budget. She lovingly restored and updated it, and lived there happily ever after. Well, until she was thrown out, to be precise. Because it wasn’t an HGTV dream, but an eminent domain nightmare. Her ‘little pink house’ (the color was actually called ‘Odessa Rose’) was condemned to make space for an industrial development project. She fought the condemnation all the way to the Supreme Court but (in what was something less than the usual rosy Hollywood ending) she lost. Her home was taken, her neighborhood was demolished, and then, adding insult to injury, the industrial redevelopment fell through and it turned out to have all been for nothing.” (04/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/16/little-pink-house-susette-kelo-pfizer-supreme-court-column/519093002

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27) Is this database a bigger threat than Facebook?
Source: Reuters
by Matt Laslo

“The use of algorithms to track people’s online movements has generated lots of discussion in Washington in recent days. But while the headlines have focused on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and just what his platform knows about us, a lesser-known tracking story could prove an even greater threat to the bedrock principles of the nation’s constitutionally mandated free press. As Zuckerberg argued, no one should rush to judgment while we’re figuring much of this out in real time. However, the early signs are alarming. On April 3, a solicitation on the government web site fedbizopps.gov suggested that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is on its own fishing expedition. Only the fish in this case wouldn’t be you, your family and neighbors, they’re hundreds of thousands of news sources: 290,000 to be exact.” (04/16/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-laslo-media-commentary/commentary-is-this-database-a-bigger-threat-than-facebook-idUSKBN1HN24C

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28) Another hanging judge
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“A federal judge has just ruled that a recent Massachusetts ban on ‘assault weapons’ (undefined, as always) and on large-capacity magazines doesn’t violate the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution Once again, we are left to wonder, whether U.S. District Judge William Young, who issued the ruling, is simply dim-witted, or deliberately ignorant of the history and utility of the uniquely American right of the individual to own and carry weapons. Stupid or incompetent, judgie-wudgie, make a choice; you are clearly one or both of them. … I’ll remind the good people of Boston (where he holds forth) that a city lamppost is a multi-use device.” (04/15/18)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle969-20180415-02.html

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29) Seven questions about the Syria airstrikes that aren’t being asked
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“‘Mission accomplished,’ says the President. What, exactly, was the mission? And what exactly was accomplished? Donald Trump is being mocked for using this phrase in a tweet to praise what he claims was a ‘perfectly executed’ airstrike against chemical weapons facilities in Syria. This recalls George W. Bush’s egregious evocation of the phrase in 2003 to claim an early end to the U.S. entanglement in Iraq, which is still ongoing fifteen years later. … But Bush’s foolish and lethal incursion to Iraq had the backing of virtually the entire national-security establishment. So did Donald Trump’s bombing attack on Syria, as did the bombing attack he ordered last year. … If Trump lacks a coherent Syria policy, he has company. … When it comes to foreign policy, we need a real opposition party. What will it take to develop one?” (04/16/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180416/7-questions-about-the-syria-airstrikes-that-arent-being-asked

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30) As it relates to Syria: Is it 2013 all over again?
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Once again, the US military is ramping up the rate of air strikes against Syria. Some outlets have reported this as something along the lines of ‘Trump starts war with Syria,’ which is a misrepresentation of facts as the US military has been involved in the Syrian Civil War for many years. There are striking similarities between recent actions and those taken back in 2013.” (04/15/18)

http://fpp.cc/as-it-relates-to-syria-is-it-2013-all-over-again/

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31) Thinking about war
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“As the scientific study of the social consequences of rational or incentivized individual actions, economics can help us think about war and even about the morality of war. Here are a few ideas.” (04/16/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/04/thinking_about_2.html

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32) Trump administration’s missile strikes against Syria break international law
Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

“The Trump administration’s missile strikes against Syria targeted three sites reportedly fundamental to the Assad regime’s chemical weapons infrastructure. The idea, we’re told, is to degrade the regime’s ability to use chemical weapons and deter Assad from using them on his own people in the future, and thereby enforce the international norm prohibiting chemical weapons warfare. But the only norm we’re really enforcing is the one that says the United States is exempt from the laws and norms by which our adversaries must abide. One of the core tenets of the post-World War II ‘liberal world order’ that America supposedly leads is that the use of force against another country is prohibited unless it is taken in self-defense or it has the support of the United Nations Security Council. By bombing the Assad regime in the absence of these prerequisites, the Trump administration is acting unlawfully.” (04/16/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-administrations-missile-strikes-against-syria-break-international-law

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33) Bankrupt public-employee pensions: The next big financial crisis?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“As the media relentlessly focus on the federal government’s burgeoning debt, a new report says that states face their own ticking debt bomb: the exploding liabilities for lavish state and local public-employee pensions. Reform won’t be easy, but there is no choice. A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that the problem is getting out of hand. In 2016, the most recent full year for which data are available, states were more than $1.4 trillion in the red. Pension debt has increased for 15 straight years, and shows no signs of abating. Indeed, as Reason blogger Eric Boehm notes, ‘The really scary part is that pension debt keeps increasing despite the fact that taxpayers’ contributions to state-level pension plans have doubled as a share of state revenue in the past decade.’ Worse still, as performance lags expectations, desperate pension fund managers have gone in for increasingly risky investments — meaning that workers’ pensions might not be as safe as they think.” (04/16/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/bankrupt-public-employee-pensions-the-next-big-financial-crisis/

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34) The miseducation of our children should be of great concern
Source: Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner

“Our public schools went through a significant change during the Obama years, a change that was met with an unusual amount of criticism from the public, parents, and concerned education professionals. Among the most frequently repeated complaint was that the new program, Common Core, had not been sufficiently tested before being released and implemented in classrooms throughout the United States, despite pleas from education professionals and parents that it needed further studies. Parents, teachers, and education professionals who identified problems were ignored by the Obama administration and the NEA (National Education Association), both of which were strong advocates of the new system. Hence, Common Core was inserted in classrooms across America.” [editor’s note: Naturally, Republican activist Thorner omits the fact that Common Core was developed by the Republican-dominated National Governors Association – TLK] (04/16/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/04/the-miseducation-of-our-children-should-be-of-great-concern/

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35) Israel: It doesn’t add up
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“How many Jews live between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean? How many Palestinians live in that same small strip of land? The question erupts irregularly, repeatedly, and inevitably in Israeli politics, like symptoms of a serious, misdiagnosed disease. The latest outbreak came when a meeting of a Knesset committee veered off-topic. The session was devoted to a labor dispute in Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank, which is responsible for all sorts of government services, both to Palestinians living under occupation and to Israeli settlers. The small size of the overworked, underpaid Civil Administration staff led a committee member to ask how many Palestinians live in the West Bank. ‘We estimate 2.5 to 2.7 million,’ responded Colonel Uri Mendes, No. 2 in the military office, known as the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, responsible for civilian aspects of occupation. The Palestinian Authority, Mendes said, has three million people listed in its population registry, but that includes people who are living abroad, or who have died abroad, but are still on the books.” (04/16/18)

http://prospect.org/article/it-doesnt-add

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36) The west’s virtue-bombing of Syria is a disastrous mistake
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“We’ve had virtue-signalling — now we have virtue-bombing. A military strike designed not to defeat an enemy, or take territory, or achieve any kind of tangible political goal, but rather to make a showy statement about our presumed moral decency. … The American, British and French assault on targets in Damascus at the weekend is an example of virtue-bombing. spiked is not a pacifist publication, but it is very clear to us that this is an act of war unanchored from geopolitical reason and ungoverned by the very basics of political judgement.” (04/16/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-wests-virtue-bombing-of-syria-is-a-disastrous-mistake/

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37) Nikki Haley seems to be saying US will remain in Syria as long as Iran exists
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Quick recap: One year ago, the Trump administration transgressed establishment Washington orthodoxy by asserting that it was no longer pursuing regime change in Syria as a priority. Days later, there were contested reports of a sarin gas attack in Idlib province which killed dozens of civilians. This was immediately responded to by a missile strike on a Syrian airbase without any investigation. After the strike, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was trotted out, saying that removal of Assad had just become a US priority. Flash forward to this year. Two weeks ago, Trump was openly talking about wanting to get US troops out of Syria ‘like, very soon,’ as soon as 48 hours by some reports. As we all know, this was followed by another disputed report of a chemical attack on civilians, which was followed by another military strike on the Syrian government. And, just today, none other than Nikki Haley was trotted out to inform us that US troops will be staying in Syria for the foreseeable future.” (04/16/18)

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38) On war matters, where is Congress? Shirking its duty.
Source: National Review
by Jay Cost

“The Framers were very careful in how they organized the war-making power, as is illustrated by the various mechanisms employed. The president, for instance, is the sole commander in chief, meaning that he has discretion in how any given conduct is carried out. This was in keeping with the Framers’ decision to have a unitary executive — too many cooks spoil the broth. But the power to negotiate peace is held by both the executive and the legislative. The president negotiates treaties, but they must be approved by two-thirds of the Senate. Again, this was in keeping with their experiences during the 1780s, when foreign ministers had broad discretion to negotiate treaties, which often worked against the interests of some of the states. And what about the power to declare war? It belongs to Congress alone.” (04/16/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/syria-strikes-congress-avoiding-war-making-powers/

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39) Senate Dems offer little to no opposition to Trump’s expansion of Syria bombings
Source: In These Times
by Sarah Lazare

“Senate Democrats and Independents are registering little opposition to President Donald Trump’s April 13 airstrikes on Syrian government targets, with 92 percent declining to strongly oppose the bombings on principle and just three voicing unequivocal objections to the strikes before they were carried out. Where objections are raised by Democrats and Independents, they most frequently take the form of procedural and legal complaints, which fall short of making a judgement on whether the military intervention itself is good or bad. The lack of dissent follows four years of congressional failure to stop (or even question) U.S. bombings in Iraq and Syria allegedly targeting ISIS and Al Nusra. Since 2014, a minimum of 6,259 civilians have been killed by U.S. coalition bombings in both countries, according to the British monitoring organization Airwars. It is not immediately clear how many civilians were killed or wounded in the April 13 attack.” (04/16/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21072/senate_democrats_Donald_Trump_Syria_airstrikes_war_Chuck_Schumer

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40) A common misunderstanding of economic development
Source: Mises Canada
by George Balabanian

“So how did mankind finally escape the horrors of living constantly near subsistence level? Through the very slow accumulation of civilizing cultural norms, constantly testing and tinkering with ideas (i.e., through a Darwinian process, the slow emergence of norms which protected property versus the disappearance of those that did not), time preference slowly became low enough to allow for production of capital goods which further enhanced the process of civilization — a positive feedback loop where time preferences perpetually decrease due to the accumulation of capital, the increase of the relative value of future goods, the further division of labour, and a temporal lengthening of one’s considerations and family affairs.” (04/16/18)

https://www.mises.ca/a-common-misunderstanding-of-economic-development/

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41) Showdown in November: Fearsome blue wave or flaccid Democrat failure?
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“Well, we’re doomed. But maybe not. There’s always hope for an upset — just ask President Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit. First, the bad news. The liberals are angry and motivated and they are clearly going to vote. The big question is whether they are going to manifest in much higher than usual numbers in patriotic districts now held by Republicans instead of merely running up the score in places the like the shooting gallery districts of Chicago or the feces n’ syringe districts of San Francisco that already go 70% Democrat. So those hellholes double the number of voters and go 80% Democrat? Big whoop.” (04/16/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2018/04/16/showdown-in-november-fearsome-blue-wave-or-flaccid-democrat-failure-n2471191

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42) Are Australians ready to embrace the freedom philosophy
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Chris Berg

“How much influence does libertarianism have on Australian politics? The first thing to know is that the Australian political system has very few libertarians in it. The only federal member of parliament to self-describe as a libertarian is Senator David Leyonhjelm of the Liberal Democratic Party. Other candidates — like my former colleagues at the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), Senator James Paterson and Tim Wilson — describe themselves as classical liberals. Ideological classifications can get very tedious very quickly, but generally libertarianism is a variety of classical liberalism. … A 2007 study published by the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) estimated that three to six percent of the Australian electorate were classical liberals. So it is unsurprising they have little electoral influence on Australian politics. The reason libertarians and classical liberals exercise some degree of influence is that they make up a disproportionate share of Australia’s policy wonks, think tank staff (especially at the IPA and CIS), and political commentators.” (04/16/18)

https://fee.org/articles/are-australians-ready-to-embrace-the-freedom-philosophy/

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43) Syria and the revolt of the “deplorables”
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“While the left hails the Trumpist turn toward ‘humanitarian intervention,’ the right is increasingly ‘isolationist,’ i.e., committed to a policy of minding our own damned business and solving our many problems right here at home. This is the opening I’ve been talking about for many years, the great switching of polarities that occurs every 40 years or so: and now it is upon us, brought about by an accidental figure — Trump — who nevertheless unleashed forces he neither understands nor controls. … That’s why all the sectarians who flew into a rage when I pointed out Trump’s value to the anti-interventionist movement were dead wrong and are still wrong.” [editor’s note: Every time it looks like Justin might be starting to try do dig himself out of the hole he dug himself into with his pathetic defenses of Trump, he turns around and doubles down instead. Caution: This is your brain on Rothbard’s idiotic “paleo strategy” – TLK] (04/16/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/04/15/syria-and-the-revolt-of-the-deplorables/

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44) Buzzfeed is publishing NYPD disciplinary records, and that’s a very big deal
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“The BuzzFeed files feature NYPD misconduct records from the years 2011 to 2015. The media outlet received the records through an anonymous source, and it worked painstakingly to verify their authenticity before publishing them. The publication of the database is itself a follow-up to a heavily investigated March article about 319 NYPD officers who had committed offenses serious enough to justify firing but were still on the job. Subsequent to BuzzFeed’s story, the city’s police commissioner said he would start releasing disciplinary reports with the officers’ names redacted, but the Police Benevolent Association of New York went to court to block even that much transparency. … A week before BuzzFeed published the database, the Police Benevolent Association’s lawyers sent the website a threatening letter trying to stop them, complaining that ‘police officers have recently been intentionally targeted for violence, including murder, for nothing more than being police officers.’” (04/16/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/04/16/buzzfeeds-publishing-of-nypd-disciplinar

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45) Britain’s NHS holds another baby hostage
Source: The American Spectator
by David Catron

“In most hostage situations involving a child, the police surround the building in which the victim is being held and try to convince the kidnapper not to carry out his death threats. In the case of Alfie Evans, a toddler being held captive by Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), the situation is perversely reversed. The police are standing guard outside Alfie’s room so the child’s parents cannot take him to another hospital. Alfie’s captors, the administrators of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, have obtained a court order allowing them to withdraw life support — though he hasn’t been diagnosed as terminally ill. That’s the crucial difference between Alfie’s case and the Charlie Gard tragedy. Charlie’s condition was known all too well and it is always fatal. … In Alfie’s case, the Vatican-affiliated Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital in Rome has agreed to admit him, again at no cost to the NHS, and try to diagnosis his condition before pronouncing it untreatable.” (04/16/18)

https://spectator.org/britains-nhs-holds-another-baby-hostage/

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46) Comey reveals he is neither sinner nor saint … he’s a fraud
Source: Fox News Forum
by Liz Peek

“Who is James Comey? Is he the world’s tallest Boy Scout, as he tries to convince us through five hours of insufferable earnestness with ABC News'[s] George Stephanopoulos? Or is he a self-promoter who has lied on several occasions, leaked information to the press, and who conducted a sham investigation of Hillary Clinton, whom he expected to be the next president? James Comey is a fraud. Far from being the last honorable man standing, as he surely pretends to be, the former FBI Director has shown his true colors by writing a book that does not serve the best interests of the country or his colleagues at the Department of Justice, but that only serves the best interests of James Comey.” (04/16/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/16/liz-peek-abc-interviews-big-bombshell-james-comey-reveals-is-neither-sinner-nor-saint-hes-fraud.html

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47) Tax reform won’t grow the economy without spending cuts
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“One of the favorite Republican talking points is that tax cuts will ‘pay for themselves’ by spurring economic growth. This seems plausible. But GOP talking heads underestimate just how much growth would be necessary to pay for the massive tax cuts and spending increases recently passed by Congress. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis last week and said that the tax cut plan will ‘balloon’ the deficit over the next several years. And the deficit was already huge to begin with.” (04/16/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/04/16/tax-reform-wont-grow-the-economy-without-spending-cuts/

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48) Missile attack on Syria is a salute to “Russiagate” enthusiasts, whether they like it or not
Source: CounterPunch
by Norman Solomon

“Heavyweights of U.S. media — whether outlets such as CNN and MSNBC or key newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post — spent most of the last week clamoring for Trump to order air strikes on Syria. Powerful news organizations have led the way in goading Trump to prove that he’s not a Putin lackey after all. One of the clearest ways that Trump can offer such proof is to recklessly show he’s willing to risk a catastrophic military confrontation with Russia.” (04/16/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/16/missile-attack-on-syria-is-a-salute-to-russiagate-enthusiasts-whether-they-like-it-or-not/

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49) That something you do
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Congress grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, last week, and as usual ended up roasting itself. … Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, retiring after his 42nd consecutive year in Washington, asked, ‘How do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?’ ‘Senator,’ Zuckerberg incredulously replied, ‘we run ads.’ Inc. magazine reported the obvious: ‘several of our elected leaders asked questions that were highly uninformed, or in some cases just plain weird.’ Uninformed. Weird. That’s them, alright. Still, the Washington establishment seems to seriously think these same congressmen ought to be re-writing privacy rules.” (04/16/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/16/that-something-you-do/

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50) Quantum Vibe, 04/16/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (04/16/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1784

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51) I still oppose the temporary enslavement of young men and women
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I agree that the provision of military services is not free — which is one reason why I oppose conscription. Conscription imposes a disproportionate share of the costs of military preparedness and operation on conscripts, thereby allowing citizens as taxpayers to free ride on whatever services conscripts are forced to render. This arrangement is unfair to conscripts. Worse, because conscription helps to shield taxpayers from the full costs of the uses of their military, it encourages the careless and excessive use of the military — carelessness and excess that increases the prospects of all men and women in uniform being injured or killed in battle.” (04/15/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/04/still-oppose-temporary-enslavement-young-men-women.html

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52) Greedy Facebook versus ideological Telegram: Why principles matter
Source: Bitcoin.com
by C Edward Kelso

“Something happened this week that rarely occurs, history offered up a side-by-side comparison with a control. Heads of respective social network and messaging platforms Facebook and Telegram were each brought before their home governments, the United States for Mark Zuckerberg, Russia for Pavel Durov. How the two men responded is telling, and should inform everyone concerned with privacy, especially cryptocurrency enthusiasts.” (04/16/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/facebook-versus-telegram-why-principles-matter/

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53) His father was killed because he helped American troops in Iraq. After eight years, he hasn’t received a US visa
Source: The Intercept
by Sarah Aziza

“Ali was in 10th grade when an older family friend told him about his work as an interpreter for the U.S. military. … At 16, Ali quit school and left home for the front lines of a rapidly deteriorating conflict. Ali left quietly, hopefully, bidding his nervous family farewell. When he next saw them, years later, it would be as a fugitive, in hiding from Iraqi militias seeking vengeance for his ‘betrayal’ as an American ally. … Today, 12 years after beginning his work with U.S. troops, Ali is stranded in Iraq, where threats against his life persist. His hopes are set on a sliver of American visas set aside for people like him, who, after risking their lives to help the United States, now face threats of violence, kidnapping, and death for their efforts. Yet even this tenuous lifeline may be out of reach under a new U.S. president who has shown hostility to refugees at every turn.” (04/16/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/15/iraq-war-translators-trump-refugee-visa/

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54) Gun control in Britain has failed
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Scott McPherson

“Around 1920, the British Parliament in London began whittling away at the right to own firearms. … New ‘common sense’ restrictions were steadily adopted until little gun-ownership existed in practice. Then a mass shooting in Scotland, in 1996, brought celebrities, media elites, leftist politicians, and concerned citizens together in a nationwide campaign to finally ban all handguns. In a desperate bid to save his Conservative party in the coming election, prime minister John Major sold out Britain’s one million remaining legal gun owners and delivered legislation banning all private possession of handguns with the exception of those chambered in .22 caliber. The Labour party still won a large majority in the House of Commons, and quickly delivered on its promise to finish the job. But within a couple of years prime minister Tony Blair’s smug grin would fade. Murders shot up fifty percent. Rapes, assaults, and muggings all increased. Crime in the UK reached the highest level of any country in Western Europe in 2003. Crimes committed with firearms also increased.” (04/16/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/gun-control-britain-failed/

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55) On the rift between economics and everything else
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Vincent Geloso

“The line is often heard: economists are ‘scientific imperialists’ (i.e. they seek to invade other fields of social science) jerks. All they try to do is ‘fit everything inside the model.’ I have this derisive sneer at economists very often. I have also heard economists say ‘who cares, they’re a bunch of historians’ (this is the one I hear most often given my particular field of research, but I have heard variations involving sociologists and anthropologists). … something that annoys me: the contempt appears to be self-reinforcing.” (04/15/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/04/15/on-the-rift-between-economics-and-everything-else/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

56) Scott Adams Says, 04/16/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Comey, Stormy, and Dopey. Bring coffee.” [Flash video] (04/16/18)

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

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57) Reason Podcast, 04/16/18
Source: Reason

“Another week, another volley of American bombs on a Middle Eastern country that wasn’t remotely posing a direct threat to the United States. By letter of the law, Congress is supposed to provide the necessary authorization to use force, but if any single pathology marks our crappily governed 21st century it’s the legislative branch’s full-scale retreat from anything that even resembles performing its basic duties. So we maintain on the latest editors’ roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and [Matt Welch] chewing on the news of the day/week. In this episode, that also includes James Comey’s ABC interview on Sunday night, the latest in the Mueller investigation, President Donald Trump’s caliber of insult comedy, Paul Ryan’s failures, horror stories in advance of tax day, and a look at what cultural products the editors are binging on these days.” [various formats] (04/16/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/04/16/the-real-constitutional-crisis

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58) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/16/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Michael W. Dean points out that it’s tax day and mourns Art Bell by doing Michael’s first-ever SOLO Freedom Feens show ….And he likes it.” [various formats] (04/16/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15773

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59) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/16/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Frequent Liberty Report guest Vanessa Beeley joins us today for a live update on the ground in Syria. What was the US attack like? The aftermath? What to expect next.” [Flash video] (04/16/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/on-the-ground-in-syria-with-special-guest-vanessa-beeley

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60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1136
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Dave Smith, the libertarian comedian whose comedy special Libertas spent three weeks as the #1 comedy album on iTunes last year, joins me to discuss his wonderful CNN gig, where he gets away with telling truths you’d be hard-pressed to find on any network. Plus: the awful state of comedy, whether liberty will come via a series of small changes or a handful of major ones, and more.” [various formats] (04/16/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1136-dave-smith-on-speaking-forbidden-truths-on-cnn-plus-the-rotten-state-of-comedy-and-more/

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61) Anarcho Agenda, episode 64
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Discussing the battle of Culloden, political saviors, Syria, and much more.” [various formats] (04/16/18)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-64-2018-04-16

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62) A civil rights movement for corporations?
Source: Reason

“‘The movement and struggle to win rights for corporations,’ says UCLA Law School Professor Adam Winkler, is ‘one of the least well-known yet most successful civil rights movements in American history.’ An important chapter in that history came in 2010, when the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to keep corporations from spending money on political ads right before an election. Many liberal advocacy groups were outraged over Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Last year, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D–N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D–N.M.) introduced a constitutional amendment that would overturn the decision. In a new book, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, Winkler challenges the conventional wisdom about Citizens United. He complicates the narrative about America’s founding, too.” [Flash video] (04/16/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/04/16/adam-winkler-we-the-corporations-law

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63) One Free Family, episode 13
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Parenting is rewarding, but requires hard work, especially when things change. James and Taylor talk about dealing with changes in your everyday routine and sleepless nights, as parenting can take lots of energy, emotional commitment, and patience.” [Flash audio] (04/16/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/strategies-for-changing-things-when-change-is-hard-off013/

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64) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/16/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The pull to ‘do something’ about Syria is one that the current President did not resist, despite his warnings for years about the folly of engaging more directly in the Syrian conflict. Emma Ashford comments.” [various formats] (04/16/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/bias-action-airstrikes-syria

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65) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 343
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc welcomes in an often-requested guest, the lunatic libertarian farmer himself, Joel Salatin! Joel was featured in the book Omnivore’s Dilemma as well as the film Food, Inc. for his unique approach to farming. Joel explains why he considers himself libertarian, describes how government agencies have routinely interfere in his farming business, and addresses subjects such as GMOs and factory farming.” [various formats] (04/16/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/04/16/joel-salatin-on-being-a-lunatic-libertarian-farmer/

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66) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 181
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #181, Will Porter joins the show to discuss Trump ordering an attack on the Syrian government. Will and I breakdown speeches by Trump, Secretary of Defense Mattis, Pentagon spokesperson Dana White, and General McKenzie to explain the attack and give our analysis.” [various formats] (04/16/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-182-trump-attacks-assad-guest-will-porter

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67) Editor’s Break, episode 76
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 076 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: the choices we make along the way in becoming a libertarian, anarchist, or voluntaryist; does he claim the label feminist or masculinist?; why neither of those hold a candle to the way children are treated in many societies, including his own; and more.” [various formats] (04/16/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/becoming-libertarian-feminism-or-masculinism-childism-26m-editors-break-076

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68) Free Talk Live, 04/15/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Black fellas arrested for sitting at Starbucks :: Smoking doesn’t cost society :: Maybe NATO poisoned Sergei Skripal :: Everything is made of magnets :: Russian Poisoning :: Hippies are really Libertarian :: Global Warming :: Mark, Jonny Ray and Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/15/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-15

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69) The Anarchist Experience, episode 160
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss the motivations and incentives of Trump’s recent attacks on Syria, having integrity with yourself when it comes to your beliefs and actions, and this HEADLINE: Supreme Court Rules Cops Can Kill Non-Threatening People As Long As They Say They Were Scared.” [various formats] (04/15/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/the-anarchist-experience-160/

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70) The Bob Zadek Show, 04/15/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Joe Bishop-Henchman, Executive Vice President of The Tax Foundation, joins the show to get both practical and philosophical about the tax system.” [various formats] (04/15/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/4/15/as-tax-day-approaches-so-does-tax-freedom-day

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