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Thursday, April 19th, 2018
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In the News:

1) UK: May loses key Brexit vote
2) Turkey: Erdogan calls early elections
3) Eleven House Republicans sign letter demanding prosecutions for Clinton, Comey, McCabe, et alia
4) Former Playboy model released from tabloid agreement, can discuss alleged Trump affair
5) DC: House Freedom Caucus [sic] pushes for leadership post in exchange for speaker votes
6) MN: Prosecutor deciding whether to file charges on Prince’s death
7) 4/20’s long, strange trip to pot holiday began in California
8) New York: Cuomo to restore 35,000 paroled felons’ voting rights
9) “Total con job”: Trump lashes out over Stormy Daniels sketch
10) AZ: Jury in cross-border killing by Border Patrol thug ends day of deliberations
11) Investigators say crack in engine led to failure on Southwest Airlines flight
12) KS: Three convicted in plot to bomb Somali refugees
13) Nigeria: Mace theft in Senate signals turmoil ahead of 2019 election
14) Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout
15) Telegram founder pledges millions for “VPNs and Digital Resistance”
16) NY: Farmer says ICE thugs stormed his farm without a warrant, abducted worker
17) “Weed 4” documentary explores how cannabis could solve the opioid crisis
18) Trump Confirms CIA Chief Pompeo Met North Korea’s Kim Last Week
19) Wrecked Bitcoin whales dump $100 million of digital currency in 24 hours
20) Facebook agrees to follow new European data law
21) India: Minister ridiculed for claiming Internet was invented by ancient Indians
22) After boosting Ingraham’s ratings, teen demagogue Hogg turns eyes to strengthening investment funds
23) MO: Greitens, still defiant amid calls for his resignation, faces new accusations
24) Bolton dealing to build an Arab military force in Syria
25) Starbucks to close all US stores for “anti-racial bias training”

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Technophobia in one lesson
27) Trump and the right to #Resist
28) Americans don’t need another war
29) The great American tax rip-off
30) We need a housing revolution now
31) Do you dare call DC politicians murderers?
32) ICE doesn’t want you to read its manuals — for no good reason whatsoever
33) Veterans say marijuana eases their pain. Why won’t Jeff Sessions and VA help them get it?
34) Alarmism will not prevent refugee resettlement in Tennessee
35) US energy markets: The real Russian meddling the media ignores
36) Syria strike leaves murky, risky aftermath
37) The wages of recycling
38) Surprised by Neil Gorsuch’s ruling? You weren’t paying attention.
39) Perpetuating the cycle of poverty
40) New York City ideologues get indigestion over Chick-fil-A
41) Are the GOP tax cuts actually becoming less popular?
42) Can freedom survive without the state?
43) Our media problem is bigger than Sean Hannity
44) Money as a social institution
45) Time to thaw out support for free enterprise in Iceland
46) Free speech: Use it or lose it
47) Comey and Brennan, leaders of the coup
48) Quantum Vibe, 04/18/18
49) America First — RIP
50) Abolish the FBI, America’s KGB
51) The Shallow State
52) Trump wages war wherever and whenever he wants
53) Facebook: This is where I leave you
54) Venezuelan parliament approves trial against Maduro: What’s next?
55) Congressmembers raise doubts about the “going dark” problem

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/18/18
57) Essential Libertarianism, episode 31
58) Scott Adams Says, 04/18/18
59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode182
60) Electric Libertyland, episode 68
61) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/18/18
62) Dr. Helen Fisher on how brain chemistry determines personality and politics
63) Intercepted Podcast: Evening at the Talk House
64) Free Talk Live, 04/17/18
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/17/18

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

1) UK: May loses key Brexit vote
Source: CNN

“The UK Government has lost a key Brexit vote, with the upper House of Parliament backing calls to remain in the EU customs union after Brexit. The House of Lords voted 348 to 225 to amend the government’s EU Withdrawal Bill, which will now return to the House of Commons where the defeat is likely to spur renewed opposition. The amendment requires the government to report to Parliament by October 31 on what steps it has taken to remain in the customs union, which allows goods to flow freely across the European Union. The government opposed the amendment. Prime Minister May had previously said Britain will not remain in the customs union after Brexit takes effect. The House of Lords is now considering other amendments to the proposed legislation.” (04/18/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/18/europe/uk-brexit-vote-defeat-intl/index.html

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2) Turkey: Erdogan calls early elections
Source: US News & World Report

“President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caught Turkey off guard on Wednesday by calling early elections for June, in a move that could cement his grip on power a year ahead of schedule. Erdogan announced that parliamentary and presidential elections, originally scheduled for November 2019 will now be held June 24, meaning that a new political system that will increase the powers of the president will take effect a year early. Turkey is switching from a parliamentary system to a presidential one, abolishing the office of the prime minister and decreasing the powers of the parliament, following a narrowly approved referendum last year. The changes take effect with the next election. Erdogan would be able to run for two five-year terms on top of his current term.” (04/18/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-04-18/turkish-president-surprised-as-ally-calls-for-an-early-vote

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3) Eleven House Republicans sign letter demanding prosecutions for Clinton, Comey, McCabe, et alia
Source: Washington Examiner

“Eleven House Republicans are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prosecute a handful of individuals, including former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, ex-FBI Director James Comey, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. In a Wednesday letter to Sessions, FBI Director Chris Wray, and U.S. Attorney John Huber (who was appointed to investigate GOP claims of FBI misconduct) the lawmakers refer Comey and McCabe for ‘investigation of potential violation(s) of federal statutes.’ Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and FBI General Counsel Dana Boente are also named in the letter.” (04/18/18)

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/gop-lawmakers-want-hillary-clinton-and-james-comey-prosecuted

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4) Former Playboy model released from tabloid agreement, can discuss alleged Trump affair
Source: The Hill

“Former Playboy model Karen McDougal has reportedly been let out of a contract with the parent company of The National Enquirer and can now freely discuss her alleged affair with President Trump. McDougal reached a settlement Wednesday with American Media Inc. (AMI), freeing her from the deal for the exclusive rights to her story, The New York Times reported. McDougal had sued to be released from the agreement, claiming she was misled about the terms. She also claimed that Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, inappropriately intervened in the deal. The publisher, whose chairman, David Pecker, is a friend of Trump’s, purchased the rights to her story for $150,000 ahead of the 2016 election but never ran any pieces on it, using a tabloid ‘catch and kill’ maneuver.” (04/18/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/383825-former-playboy-model-let-out-of-agreement-can-discuss-alleged-trump-affair

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5) DC: House Freedom Caucus [sic] pushes for leadership post in exchange for speaker votes
Source: USA Today

“The House Freedom Caucus may be willing to support Rep. Kevin McCarthy for speaker — if the California Republican agrees to help one of their members become House majority leader or GOP whip. Freedom Caucus members say they would like McCarthy, or whoever runs for speaker, to endorse a strong conservative for a top leadership position in the next Congress. That could help sway Freedom Caucus members to support McCarthy’s anticipated bid to become the next speaker, according to two sources close to the conservative faction. McCarthy is expected to woo the influential conservative bloc as he quietly builds support to replace retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Members of the Freedom Caucus intend to spell out this request to McCarthy in the coming days. The sources declined to speak on the record because they did not want to publicly disclose sensitive negotiations. McCarthy’s office declined to comment.” (04/18/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/18/freedom-caucus-pushing-leadership-post-exchange-speaker-votes/528797002

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6) MN: Prosecutor deciding whether to file charges on Prince’s death
Source: Raw Story

“A Minnesota prosecutor will on Thursday announce whether anyone will be criminally charged in the death of pop star Prince, who died two years ago from an opioid overdose, authorities said. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz will hold a news conference to announce his charging decision following an investigation, the Carver County Attorney’s office said in a statement on Wednesday. Prince, 57, was found dead at his Paisley Park complex near Minneapolis on April 21, 2016. The official cause of death was a self-administered overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, but no prescriptions were found for the powerful drug which is 50 times stronger than heroin. Police investigating Prince’s death found numerous opioids in the singer’s home. According to court documents released in April 2017, they had not identified where or who supplied the dose of fentanyl that caused his death.” [editor’s note: Unless they can prove Prince knew he was doing fentanyl instead of heroin, this should get someone the death penalty for first-degree murder – SAT] (04/18/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/princes-death-minnesota-prosecutor-decides-whether-file-charges

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7) 4/20’s long, strange trip to pot holiday began in California
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That’s the numerical code for marijuana’s high holiday, a homage to pot’s enduring appeal and universal slang for smoking. Festivities are planned worldwide, culminating with a synchronized smoke at 4:20 p.m. How the marijuana-loving world came to mark the occasion is believed traceable to five Northern California men now in their 60s with bad backs and graying hair. They are the unofficial grandmasters by virtue of the code they created nearly 50 years ago as students at a suburban San Francisco high school in 1971. ‘We thought it was a joke then,’ said David Reddix, a filmmaker and retired CNN cameraman. ‘We still do.’ Reddix and his four buddies (Steve Capper, Larry Schwartz, Jeff Noel and Mark Gravich) were a stoner clique who hung out at a particular wall between classes at San Rafael High School. They dubbed themselves ‘The Waldos,’ a term coined by comedian Buddy Hackett to describe odd people.” (04/18/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Pot-holiday-traces-roots-to-California-high-12843355.php

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8) New York: Cuomo to restore 35,000 paroled felons’ voting rights
Source: Raw Story

“New York State plans to restore voting rights to about 35,000 New York felons on parole who previously were barred from casting a ballot until they completed their parole, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday. Cuomo will issue an executive order to restore voting rights to those felons already on parole as well as those who enter the parole system each month, a spokesman said. Most convicted felons in the United States face hurdles and roadblocks to voting, which vary by state. Two states, Maine and Vermont, have no felony disenfranchisement laws and even allow felons to vote while in prison, said Morgan McLeod, spokeswoman for The Sentencing Project, a non-profit advocacy group for criminal justice reform. Four states (Florida, Kentucky, Iowa and Virginia) ban felons from voting for life, unless their rights are restored by their governor, as Cuomo has vowed to do, said Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project.” (04/18/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/new-york-governor-allow-35000-paroled-felons-vote

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9) “Total con job”: Trump lashes out over Stormy Daniels sketch
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Donald Trump has tweeted to dismiss a sketch of a man who the adult film actress Stormy Daniels said threatened her on the president’s behalf. President Trump claimed the man was ‘nonexistent’ and called the sketch ‘a total con job.’ The reference is his first on Twitter to the Stormy Daniels affair, following a long and uncharacteristic silence. Ms Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, alleges that she had a sexual relationship with Mr Trump in 2006. During a recent television interview, she said she was threatened in 2011 in a Las Vegas car park, while she was with her infant daughter, and told to keep quiet about the alleged affair.” [editor’s note: The funniest thing is that the sketch allegedly resembles her ex-husband – SAT] (04/18/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43808752

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10) AZ: Jury in cross-border killing by Border Patrol thug ends day of deliberations
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Jurors in the trial of a U.S. Border Patrol agent facing a murder charge in the cross-border shooting of a teenager have wrapped up deliberations for the day and will be off Thursday. U.S. District Judge Raner Collins dismissed jurors Wednesday after a second day of deliberations and ordered them back in court Friday. … Jurors are weighing the case against Agent Lonnie Swartz, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. The prosecution has argued that Swartz used an unreasonable amount of force when he responded to rock throwing while shooting from Nogales, Arizona, into Mexico.” (04/18/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/The-Latest-Jury-in-border-shooting-back-for-12844941.php

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11) Investigators say crack in engine led to failure on Southwest Airlines flight
Source: ABC News

“A federal investigator says that a crack on the interior of a jet engine is what led to the failure that shot debris at the plane, leading to the death of a passenger. National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt said at a news conference Wednesday that one of the 24 blades in the Southwest Airlines 737’s engine fractured from metal fatigue. Sumwalt says he is very concerned about Tuesday’s engine failure, but would not extrapolate that to the CFM56 engines or the entire fleet of Boeing 737s. The plane is the most popular airliner ever built.” (04/18/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/latest-nurse-gave-cpr-injured-woman-landing-54555455

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12) KS: Three convicted in plot to bomb Somali refugees
Source: NBC News

“A federal jury on Wednesday found three men guilty of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees in Kansas. Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen were convicted of one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of conspiracy against civil rights. Wright was convicted of a charge of lying to the FBI. Sentencing is set for June 27. … Prosecutors have said that a fellow militia member, Dan Day, tipped off federal authorities after becoming alarmed by the escalating talk of violence and later agreed to wear a wire as a paid informant. The government’s case featured months of profanity-laced recordings in which militia members discussed plans and referred to the Somalis as ‘cockroaches.’ Wright is captured in one recording saying he hoped an attack on the Somalis would “wake people up” and inspire others to take similar action against Muslims.” (04/18/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/3-men-convicted-kansas-plot-bomb-somali-refugees-n867201

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13) Nigeria: Mace theft in Senate signals turmoil ahead of 2019 election
Source: Bloomberg

“A suspended senator led armed men into Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber in a plenary session Wednesday, stealing the mace in a dramatic twist that signals political turmoil ahead of presidential polls in 2019. Security agencies should retrieve the symbol of authority, which usually lies on the table before the senate president, and apprehend Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and the other perpetrators, senate spokesman Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said in an emailed statement.” (04/18/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-18/armed-men-walk-into-nigerian-senate-in-session-steal-mace

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14) Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout
Source: Yahoo! News

“A power line failure in southern Puerto Rico cut electricity to almost all 3.4 million residents on Wednesday, the latest in a string of operational and political headaches for the U.S. territory’s bankrupt, storm-ravaged power utility. In a statement, the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, said ‘technical personnel’ were working to determine a cause and expected to restore service in 24 to 36 hours.Puerto Rico’s smaller islands of Culebra and Vieques, as well as a pair of microgrids on the main island, were unaffected.” (04/18/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/puerto-rico-hit-island-wide-power-blackout-182037449–finance.html

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15) Telegram founder pledges millions for “VPNs and Digital Resistance”
Source: TechNadu [India]

“With a recent ban on Telegram in Russia by authorities leading to millions of IP addresses being blocked across the country, Telegram founder Pavel Durov has not given up yet. Durov pledged to donate millions of dollars in bitcoin to any VPN provider who becomes a part of his ‘Digital Resistance.’ Russia started its war against free cross-platform messaging apps yesterday after Telegram refused to hand over encryption keys of its users to the FSB. Following the refusal, a Moscow court ruled against the messaging app which had 200,000,000 users as of March and asked ISPs in Russia to block IP-addresses linked with the service. … Despite the efforts, Telegram remained available for most Russian users through the use of VPNs. The ban also backfired against several Russian ISPs as other unrelated services have also been disrupted due to the ban.” (04/18/18)

https://www.technadu.com/telegram-founder-pledges-millions-in-bitcoin-for-vpns-and-digital-resistance/26351/

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16) NY: Farmer says ICE thugs stormed his farm without a warrant, abducted worker
Source: Syracuse Post-Standard

“John Collins was standing outside the milk house at his dairy farm this morning when he heard yelling coming from inside. He ran in, he says, and saw his worker, Marcial de Leon Aguilar, pinned up against the window by armed men. The men did not identify themselves and were screaming at Aguilar, Collins said. ‘I run and say, ‘What the hell is going on in here?” Collins said. Then the men told Collins they were officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He asked them for a warrant or some paperwork to explain what they were doing. They had none, he said, so he ordered them to get off his property and leave Aguilar alone. … Collins said the officers put Aguilar in handcuffs and took him across the rural road to their vehicles. At least seven officers had come onto the small farm, Collins said.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (04/18/18)

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2018/04/upstate_ny_farmer_says_ice_officers_stormed_his_farm_without_a_warrant_cuffed_hi.html

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17) “Weed 4” documentary explores how cannabis could solve the opioid crisis
Source: Smell the Truth

“Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s latest report will take a look at marijuana’s potential to save lives from opioid addiction. CNN’s chief medical correspondent examines marijuana’s possible role in ending America’s painkiller problem in the upcoming special report, ‘Weed 4: Pot Versus Pills.’ In the latest installment of his Weed documentary series, Gupta will meet with addiction researchers and pain management specialists who believe that cannabis could help wean patients from prescription opioids. ‘Not only do I think that medical marijuana can be helpful in reducing opioid dependence and aiding first time users, but I also think it can actually be helpful in treating a type of pain that opioids just aren’t that good at treating,’ Gupta told Marijuana.com. ‘It’s doing something that the existing ladder of treatments doesn’t do very well.’ Weed 4 will also feature an exclusive interview with NFL running back Mike James, who holds the distinction as the league’s first player to file for a therapeutic use exemption for marijuana.” (04/18/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/04/18/sanjay-guptas-weed-4-documentary-explores-how-marijuana-could-solve-the-opioid-crisis

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18) Trump Confirms CIA Chief Pompeo Met North Korea’s Kim Last Week
Source: Bloomberg

“CIA Director Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea last week to meet with Kim Jong Un in advance of a possible summit on denuclearization, President Donald Trump said. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed,’ Trump said in a Twitter posting Wednesday morning. ‘Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!’ Pompeo — who’s awaiting confirmation as secretary of state — is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the isolated nation since former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2000.” (04/18/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-17/trump-says-south-korea-has-his-blessing-for-north-korea-peace

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19) Wrecked Bitcoin whales dump $100 million of digital currency in 24 hours
Source: MarketWatch

“The price of bitcoin took a dive Tuesday, falling by more than $200 in under 20 minutes, a move that could have been the result of a single seller unloading a sizeable amount of the digital currency. The balance of wallet 3D2oetdNuZUqQHPJmcMDDHYoqkyNVsFk9r — an anonymous digital account which is valued at $1.49 billion — fell by 6,500 bitcoin Tuesday, with the average sale price sale being $8,146.70, a total value of just over $50 million, according to bitinfocharts. The sale comes a day after the third-largest wallet, which famously purchased over $400 million in bitcoin in February, let go of 6,600 bitcoin at an average price of $8,026. All told, the two whales dumped over $100 million of bitcoin within 24 hours.” (04/18/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bitcoin-whales-dump-100-million-of-digital-currency-in-24-hours-2018-04-17

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20) Facebook agrees to follow new European data law
Source: CNet News

“Facebook will comply with strict new European data privacy laws set to come into force in May, the company said on Wednesday, but it will also continue to serve targeted ads based on user data. The social network will first roll out changes within Europe, and will later extend the same protections to all of its other users around the world, it said in a blog post. … The law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), comes into force on May 25 and will compel companies operating online in Europe to overhaul the way they treat people’s personal data. Those that do not comply with the law face huge fines.” (04/18/18)

https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-agrees-to-follow-gdpr-strict-new-european-privacy-law/

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21) India: Minister ridiculed for claiming Internet was invented by ancient Indians
Source: Straits Times [Singapore]

“Netizens are mocking an Indian minister who claimed that the Internet and satellite were invented hundreds of thousands of years ago by ancient Indians. Mr Biplab Deb, 46, who is the chief minister of the north-eastern state of Tripura, had made the comments at a public function on Tuesday (April 17). ‘Internet and satellite communication had existed in the days of Mahabharata. How could Sanjaya (the charioteer of King Dhritarashtra) give a detailed account and description to the blind king about the battle of Kurukshetra? It means Internet was there, the satellites and that technology was there in this country at that time,’ he said, according to Times of India. Mr Deb, who is from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that European nations and the United States may claim that the Internet is their invention, but it is actually India’s technology.” (04/18/18)

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indian-minister-ridiculed-for-claiming-internet-was-invented-by-ancient-indians

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22) After boosting Ingraham’s ratings, teen demagogue Hogg turns eyes to strengthening investment funds
Source: CNBC

“One of Parkland, Fla.’s most prominent student activists on stopping gun violence [sic] has called for a boycott of Vanguard and BlackRock, two of the world’s biggest investors in gunmakers. In a post on Twitter on Tuesday, David Hogg remarked on the firms’ ownership of gun maker stocks, adding ‘if you use them, feel free to let them know.’ Then he added two tags: BoycottVanguard BoycottBlackrock. Hogg led a successful [sic] advertiser boycott of Fox television’s Laura Ingraham’s show last month after Ingraham publicly mocked his college acceptances.” [editor’s note: Hogg’s boycott call put Ingraham’s ratings through the roof, and the advertisers just temporarily moved their commercials to other Fox shows. Some “success” – TLK] (04/17/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/17/student-activist-david-hogg-calls-for-boycott-of-vanguard-and-blackrock-over-gunmaker-ownership.html

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23) MO: Greitens, still defiant amid calls for his resignation, faces new accusations
Source: Washington Post

“Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said Tuesday that his office had evidence of a probable felony related to a donor list for a charity founded by Gov. Eric Greitens, who remained defiant despite earlier accusations and widespread calls for his resignation. Hawley said Tuesday that he turned over evidence on Greitens, a Republican, to the St. Louis circuit attorney. His actions come a week after lawmakers released a report saying Greitens initiated unwanted sexual contact with a woman who worked as his hairdresser, allegations that intensified calls for him to resign. The allegations in that report are related to an invasion-of-privacy charge that had been brought against Greitens by Kim Gardner, the St. Louis circuit attorney. Hawley said Tuesday that he found evidence that Greitens, during his run for governor, had ‘obtained, transmitted and used’ the donor list of his charity for the purpose of political fundraising without the organization’s knowledge. … Greitens blasted back at Hawley on Tuesday, saying he’s ‘better at press conferences than the law.’” (04/17/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/missouri-governor-faces-new-accusations-this-time-related-to-his-veterans-charity/2018/04/17/c88f6402-4256-11e8-ad8f-27a8c409298b_story.html

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24) Bolton dealing to build an Arab military force in Syria
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump’s newly minted national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo are among those spearheading a push to build a coalition of Arab military forces that could replace US troops in Syria and serve as a stabilizing force in the region once ISIS is defeated, according to sources familiar with internal discussions.” [editor’s note: There’s already an Arab military force in Syria. It’s called the Syrian Arab Army – TLK] (04/18/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/18/politics/trump-us-syria-strategy-arab-force-pompeo-bolton/index.html

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25) Starbucks to close all US stores for “anti-racial bias training”
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Starbucks has announced plans to close all U.S. stores and corporate offices on the afternoon of May 29 to train employees against racial bias after the arrest last week of two black men waiting at one of the company’s Philadelphia stores. The training, which will close the more than 8,000 company-owned stores in the U.S., is designed to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion and prevent discrimination, the company said.” [editor’s note: Corporate virtue signaling to mollify the perpetually outraged. Real “anti-racial bias training” takes about five seconds — “treat every customer with respect or you’re fired; OK, we’re done here” – TLK] (04/17/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-starbucks-chicago-boycott-philadelphia-arrests-0418-story.html

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

26) Technophobia in one lesson
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“[N]o matter how applicable Hazlitt’s words of wisdom may be in our modern world, there are still those who fear technological progress, rather than celebrate it. Unfortunately for the naysayers, automation is likely to play a greater role in our lives in the very near future. Already, several fast food companies have begun replacing human cashiers with automated kiosks in order to cut back on costs. Additionally, Uber began piloting its fleet of self-driving cars last year and plans to eventually use these autonomous vehicles to replace its human drivers. However, there is no need to fear this change.” (04/18/18)

https://fee.org/articles/technophobia-in-one-lesson/

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27) Trump and the right to #Resist
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“Trump, like recent presidents commanding armies of enforcement agents with sweeping prerogatives, is a threat to our rights and liberties. His comments in a New York speech in July endorsing the roughing up arrestees by police were appalling by any standard. Luckily, his blather cannot negate local, state, and federal laws against such abuses. On the other hand, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s campaign to revive the drug war and asset forfeiture poses a far more direct peril. But there is a paradox in the anti-Trump ‘resistance.’ Many of the liberals [sic] who are most vehemently opposed to Trump also support government confiscation of private firearms. Perhaps they believe that as long as they still have their Twitter hashtags, their rights will be safe from government oppression.” (04/18/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/trump-right-resist/

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28) Americans don’t need another war
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Is Syria worth dying over? No. It would be a tragedy for you to die — or to kill — over Syria, North Korea, Russia, or any other country the U.S. government is trying to goad into war. Americans don’t need another war in some country that can never be a credible threat to Americans at home.” ()4/18/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/04/18/voices/americans-dont-need-another-war/157239.html

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29) The great American tax rip-off
Source: Fox News Forum
by John Stossel

“‘The cable bill was the last straw,’ says Kristin Tate. ‘That’s the one that really made me mad.’ Comcast included $36 in charges for mysterious things like ‘utility tax’ and ‘government access fee.’ That motivated her to research obscure taxes and put what she learned in a new book, ‘How Do I Tax Thee? A Field Guide to the Great American Rip-Off.’ Rip-off? Even limited government needs some taxes to fund basic functions. ‘Yes,’ says Tate. ‘But politicians are cowards. Instead of creating a tax, they magically create these little fees (so) they don’t have to tell their voters they raised taxes.’ Voters don’t often notice the sneaky taxes. Tuesday was ‘Tax Day.’ It was April 17 this year because April 15 fell on Sunday and Monday was Emancipation Day. But by calling April 17 ‘Tax Day,’ the media miss the big picture. Income taxes make up less than half the tax most of us pay.” (04/18/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/18/john-stossel-great-american-tax-rip-off.html

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30) We need a housing revolution now
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Here’s an experiment: If you’re not downtown as you read this, go there now and find some homeless people. They probably won’t be hard to find. Now, look at their faces. Now, imagine these same faces — just the faces — without anything to tell you that they’re homeless. They’re not that different than anyone else, are they? Still, you may notice some differences. There may be more signs of ill health than you would find in a random sampling. There will definitely be more people of color. Homeless people are, in fact, nearly four times more likely to be African American. They are eight times as likely to be Native American. Half a century ago, the United States committed itself to housing justice. We’re not even close.” (04/18/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180418/we-need-a-housing-revolution

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31) Do you dare call DC politicians murderers?
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis & Jim Babka

“Killing innocent people is murder, even when the President does it. Nixon infamously suggested wrong could become right if the President was the person committing the act. By bombing Syria, President Trump seems to be tapping into his inner-Nixon. Meanwhile, Congress stands by, guilty of criminal negligence. Tell President Trump that he has no constitutional authority to commit acts of aggression against foreign countries absent a congressional declaration of war.” (04/18/18)

https://downsizedc.org/politicians-murderers-syria/

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32) ICE doesn’t want you to read its manuals — for no good reason whatsoever
Source: The Intercept
by Eoin Higgins

“Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, is the nation’s second-largest federal investigative agency — yet few Americans have ever heard of it. Housed within the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, HSI has operated largely out of the public spotlight for over a decade, even as its agents’ cases have led to multimillion-dollar seizures and high-profile arrests. Over the last year, however, HSI has begun to attract more public attention …. In February, another layer was peeled back when the independent media website Unicorn Riot began publishing internal policy handbooks for HSI agents from a 2012 manual outlining how HSI operates on the ground level.” (04/18/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/18/ice-hsi-special-agent-training-manuals/

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33) Veterans say marijuana eases their pain. Why won’t Jeff Sessions and VA help them get it?
Source: USA Today
by Roger Stone & Christopher Neiweem

“The American public’s perception of veterans is well reflected in the bipartisanship Congress has shown in enhancing veterans benefits over the past decade, as a generation of war fighters returned from Iraq and Afghanistan and reintegrated into society. The current buffet of federal benefits veterans have earned under federal law is broader than ever, yet many continue to suffer from conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), at times and too often dying tragically from suicide because available medical treatments are ineffective. We must do all we can to make sure our veterans aren’t barred from the health care treatments that work for them. The use of medical marijuana has entered the national discussion as a viable treatment option and a growing number of voices are calling for it to become available to veterans for medical use.” (04/18/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/18/medical-marijuana-eases-veterans-pain-legalize-column/525284002

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34) Alarmism will not prevent refugee resettlement in Tennessee
Source: Niskanen Center
by Randy Loayza

“Certain political actors in Tennessee have since vociferously fought against welcoming refugees. In March 2018, a U.S. district judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Thomas More Law Center — on behalf of the Tennessee General Assembly — contending that the refugee resettlement program violated the Spending Clause of the Tenth Amendment by imposing refugees’ Medicaid costs onto the state. … The failed lawsuit ultimately ignores the state’s commitments to all its residents in service of anti-refugee sentiments. The Tennessee lawsuit also attempts to distort and imperil the adjustment costs necessary to resettle refugees. Those worried about the fiscal costs of increasing numbers of refugees stand on scant empirical evidence while overlooking Tennessee’s role in the American humanitarian project of refugee resettlement. Nevertheless, the most recent data on refugee resettlement in Tennessee demonstrates neither a disproportionate allotment nor an increasing inflow of refugees.” (04/18/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/alarmism-will-not-prevent-refugee-resettlement-in-tennessee/

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35) US energy markets: The real Russian meddling the media ignores
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“Who is actively fighting to ensure government policies shutter U.S. nuclear energy facilities; keep domestic coal, natural gas, and oil in the ground; force up energy prices through taxes and regulations; and endanger national security by installing wind farms near military bases? If you answered, ‘the Sierra Club and its allies,’ you’re correct, though you might be surprised to find that one of the latter is the Russian government. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology recently issued a report detailing attempts by the Russian government to disrupt U.S. energy markets through social media.” [editor’s note: How in the world does installing wind farms near military bases “endanger national security?” – TLK] (04/18/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/04/u-s-energy-markets-the-real-russian-meddling-the-media-ignores/

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36) Syria strike leaves murky, risky aftermath
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“The U.S.-led strikes on Syria may be over, at least for now, but the war that produced them (as well as the wider international confrontations that fueled it) is only getting more complex. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Syrian media reported a second suspected Israeli air strike within the country in little more than a week. In the West, speculation continued as to how Russia (which promised ‘consequences’ for the weekend’s U.S., French and British launch of 105 missiles against chemical-weapons plants in Syria) might respond, with Western officials particularly nervous about whether Moscow was planning any cyber attacks. Western states and their Gulf allies, meanwhile, are still struggling to hammer out their next steps. President Donald Trump is sending contradictory messages, saying that he wants to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, but also promising to continue actions to stop the use of chemical weapons by the Bashar al-Assad regime. (Adding to the confusion: French President Emmanuel Macron’s backing off of claims that he persuaded Trump to keep U.S. forces in Syria.)” (04/18/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-syria-commentary/commentary-syria-strike-leaves-murky-risky-aftermath-idUSKBN1HP28S

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37) The wages of recycling
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I’m sorry that you’re ‘sickened’ by what you describe as my ‘opposition’ to the recycling of low-value items such as newsprint and soup cans. But you mistake me: I do not oppose such recycling. If you or anyone else chooses to recycle such things, I’ve no wish to stop you from doing so. I do, however, oppose the spread of misinformation that the recycling of low-value items is worthwhile for humanity; I oppose also any government efforts to compel or to subsidize such recycling. Recycling itself consumes resources. Therefore, if no private markets exist to encourage the recycling of the likes of cans and plastic bags, a good presumption is that the value of the resources consumed in the recycling of such items is greater than is the value of the recycled outputs.” (04/18/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/04/the-wages-of-recycling.html

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38) Surprised by Neil Gorsuch’s ruling? You weren’t paying attention.
Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro

“According to many on the Left, Neil Gorsuch can do no right. Not only did he take a Supreme Court seat that rightfully belonged to Merrick Garland, but he’s an anti-little-guy grinch who can’t stop waxing historical and insisting on oh-so-clever legal interpretations that always seem to help some ur-Trumpian cause. On the flip side, those on the populist right have been crowing about how President Trump put one over on the globalist elites by appointing a white guy with stellar credentials who knows where his MAGA bread is buttered and makes the splodey heads keep sploding. Well, both camps must be scratching their heads — those that haven’t sploded — at Gorsuch’s deciding vote in Sessions v. Dimaya, the closely watched criminal immigration (‘crimmigration’) case that was reargued this term after the short-handed Supreme Court split 4-4.” (04/18/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/surprised-neil-gorsuchs-ruling-you-werent-paying-attention

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39) Perpetuating the cycle of poverty
Source: The New Republic
by Sarah Jones

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka food stamps, keeps food in the pantries of 42 million Americans. But that number may soon shrink if House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway’s proposed farm bill becomes law. An analysis produced by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that about two million people will lose benefits if Congress enacts stringent new work requirements outlined by Conaway. Able-bodied SNAP recipients ages 18 to 59 with no children under the age of 6 would have to prove every month that they are working at least 20 hours a week or are enrolled in school, a requirement that adds hours of unpaid labor to an individual’s existing workload. The bill, which Conaway will bring before the committee on April 18, also implements harsh penalties for families who make simple paperwork errors. The first error costs a household one year of aid. A second offense costs them a full 36 months of aid. The result would be more hungry families, on top of the 13.1 million households that already regularly experience food insecurity. This is, of course, an artificial scarcity; America is not in famine. Hunger is a political crisis.” (04/18/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148019/perpetuating-cycle-poverty

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40) New York City ideologues get indigestion over Chick-fil-A
Source: Acton Institute
by Hunter Baker

“America’s fastest-growing food chain has taken its customer-pleasing brand of savory deliciousness and rapid, polite service to New York City where it is proving that northern city dwellers enjoy the same thing that has captivated southerners for decades. Chick-fil-A Inc. is meeting the primary test of acceptance, which is the market test. Lines are long. Business is booming. If the Atlanta-based company with $9 billion in sales last year were traded publicly (it remains privately held), the city’s Wall Street community would be bidding the stock up to stratospheric levels. But the company’s success sticks in the craw of some who find it to be an alien presence due to the Christianity of the family who owns the company and their traditional values.” (04/18/18)

https://acton.org/pub/commentary/2018/04/18/new-york-city-ideologues-get-indigestion-over-chick-fil

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41) Are the GOP tax cuts actually becoming less popular?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The good news about the GOP’s tax cuts keeps rolling in, yet they seem to be losing support among the public. Are they? Or is this just more wishful thinking on the part of Democrats and the liberal press? Just the past week saw three more examples of the tax cuts’ benefits: Item 1: Kroger announced that it was accelerating wage hikes, increasing the company’s 401(k) match, enhancing benefits, and expanding employee discounts. All, it said, thanks to the Republican tax reforms. Kroger joins more than 500 other companies who’ve extended bonuses, wage hikes, or improved benefits to more than 4 million workers in the wake of the law’s sharp reduction in corporate tax rates. Item 2: A Gallup poll found that the public thinks the tax code is more fair today than it was before the Republican tax cuts took effect.” (04/18/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/gop-tax-cuts-polls-public-support-slipping

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42) Can freedom survive without the state?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Gordon

“Niall Ferguson has impeccable credentials as a member of the ‘Establishment’ (a word that comes, he tells us, from the historian A.J.P. Taylor). He has taught history at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and NYU and is also a consultant to a global hedge fund. As one might expect, he is not a libertarian. Nevertheless, he has often challenged conventional opinion in a way libertarians will find congenial. In The Pity of War, for example, he argued that the British ought to have stayed out of World War I, despite the prevailing orthodoxy that the Crusade against Kaiser Bill was a ‘good thing.’ In The Square and the Tower, he continues and expands his challenge to prevailing leftist dogmas.” (04/18/18)

https://mises.org/library/can-freedom-survive-without-state

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43) Our media problem is bigger than Sean Hannity
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“Since news broke on April 16 of the attorney-client relationship between Fox News star Sean Hannity and Michael Cohen, the lawyer known as the personal ‘fixer’ for President Donald J. Trump, stories questioning Hannity’s journalistic ethics proliferate. In a moment of high courtroom drama, news of the Hannity-Cohen relationship was revealed during an appearance by Cohen before Judge Kimba Wood. Cohen’s court appearance resulted from an FBI raid on his office as part of an investigation by prosecutors for the Southern District of New York, who are zeroing in Cohen’s business dealings–particularly, it’s said, Cohen’s hush-money payment of $130,000 to an adult-film performer who says she had sexual relations with Trump. Hannity, who has large audiences for both his nightly cable television program and his daily radio show, is among the president’s most ardent defenders and, more importantly, an on-air attacker of anyone perceived to be a threat to the Trump presidency.” (04/18/18)

http://prospect.org/article/our-media-problem-bigger-sean-hannity

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44) Money as a social institution
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Alexander W Salter, PhD

“We’ve seen how money has developed historically, and we’ve seen how modern monetary institutions have failed to manage money for the common good. Now it’s time to explore what a functional and lawful monetary institution, or set of institutions, would look like. But to do that, we need to understand a little more about what money is and what social roles it plays.” (04/18/18)

https://www.aier.org/sound-money-project/money-social-institution

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45) Time to thaw out support for free enterprise in Iceland
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Dr. Eamonn Butler

“I’m just back from Iceland, which is (as always) an interesting place. It had more difficulties than most after the 2008 financial crash, largely as a result of Gordon Brown’s outrageous use of anti-terrorist legislation to freeze the assets of Icelandic banks — no way to treat a country that was our best friend in Europe, and something that still rankles. As it turns out, Icelanders grudgingly admit, Brown did them a favour. Iceland’s banks had grown beyond financial reason, thanks to policies of cheap credit and easy money … Brown’s shock therapy forced the sector to restructure, and today it is much healthier. … it’s time for a really serious zero-based review of all government activities. Does Iceland’s government do things it doesn’t need to? Yes. Could other people deliver some services better? Yes. Can the essential government functions be done better? Yes. But in small countries, the cronyism between business and politics is hard to break.” (04/18/18)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/time-to-thaw-out-support-for-free-enterprise-in-iceland

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46) Free speech: Use it or lose it
Source: Town Hall
by Michael Brown

“For many years I’ve said that, when it comes to America, I’m more concerned with the absence of light than with the presence of darkness. In the same way, I’m more concerned with our failure to speak freely than with those who are trying to silence us. This, of course, is not to deny that there is a frontal assault on our most fundamental freedoms. I’ve witnessed this firsthand and documented it for years. Just this week, media researcher Brent Bozell sounded the alarm about this concerted attack. He said, ‘This is the emerging of the greatest censorship of free speech worldwide in the history of man. Now, let me explain this, the left is on a jihad against conservative thought. It’s happening in academia, entertainment, business, religion, everywhere.’ His warning follows on the heels of the release of a major study done by Bozell’s Media Research Center (MRC) titled, ‘CENSORED! How Online Media Companies Are Suppressing Conservative Speech.’” (04/18/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2018/04/18/free-speech-use-it-or-lose-it-n2472160

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47) Comey and Brennan, leaders of the coup
Source: The American Spectator
by George Neumayr

“Even as Jim Comey and John Brennan lecture the American people on what is ‘normal,’ they adopt an astonishingly abnormal role for former heads of the CIA and FBI — the role of coup leaders whose partisanship grows more reckless by the day. ‘This is not a tin-pot dictatorship,’ says Comey. But aren’t Brennan and Comey acting like officials of a displaced one? They are trying to claw back to power by spreading unverified charges against a duly elected president. Brennan says without evidence that the Russians have ‘something’ on Trump. Comey says without evidence that it is ‘possible’ Trump paid prostitutes in Moscow to urinate on each other. Here we have the two former guardians of the nation’s secrets showing less restraint than gossip columnists at TMZ.” (04/18/18)

https://spectator.org/comey-and-brennan-leaders-of-the-coup/

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

Cartoon. (04/18/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1785

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49) America First — RIP
Source: Antiwar.com
by David Stockman

“When the Cold War officially ended in 1991, Washington could have pivoted back to the pre-1914 status quo ante. That is, to a national security policy of America First because there was literally no significant military threat left on the planet. … Instead, the Imperial City went in an opposite direction and ended up embracing a de facto policy of Empire First. The latter will cost $700 billion during the current year and is heading for $900 billion annually a few years down the road.” (04/17/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/david_stockman/2018/04/17/america-first-r-i-p/

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50) Abolish the FBI, America’s KGB
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In his ongoing fight with President Trump, former FBI Director James Comey is now speculating that the reason that President Trump hasn’t adopted the fierce anti-Russia mindset of the U.S. national-security establishment is because the Russians might have secret dirt on the president and are blackmailing him into establishing normal relations between the United States and Russia. There is another possibility — one also involving blackmail of the president — that unfortunately Comey doesn’t seem to consider: that the U.S. national-security establishment, including the FBI, has acquired secret dirt on the president and has blackmailed him into embracing and supporting their forever wars and their permanent control over the U.S. government and the American people. Before one cries ‘Conspiracy theory, Jacob!’ let us keep in mind two things …” (04/18/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/04/18/abolish-fbi-americas-kgb/

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51) The Shallow State
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Amidst all the talk of The Deep State, we are in danger of losing track of a parallel problem: the Shallow State — which, despite lack of depth, is very wide. I am referring to government employees who increasingly abandon any pretense of impartiality. And the public institutions that protect them.” (04/18/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/18/the-shallow-state/

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52) Trump wages war wherever and whenever he wants
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“The day before Donald Trump ordered a missile attack on three sites tied to chemical weapons production in Syria, House Speaker Paul Ryan made it clear that the president needn’t worry about getting permission from Congress. ‘He has the authority under the existing AUMF,’ Ryan said, referring to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the perpetrators of ‘the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.’ That eyebrow-raising assertion — which seemed to suggest that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had helped Al Qaeda, his archenemy, crash jetliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon — was striking evidence of Ryan’s cognitive dissonance. He and most of his colleagues are happy to let the president do whatever he wants with the country’s armed forces, as long as they can pretend that Congress is still ultimately in charge.” (04/18/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/04/18/can-trump-wage-war-wherever-and-whenever

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53) Facebook: This is where I leave you
Source: CounterPunch
by Robby Sherwin

“It has been four full days since I officially pulled the plug on the life-support system that was and is Facebook. A few things are immediately apparent; we as a human population will definitely need thousands of chapters of Facebook Anonymous if we are to truly move into a new modality of style and substance in our daily lives. Facebook is too deeply entrenched into the fabric of humanness worldwide to simply go away as so many wish it would. If Facebook vanished tomorrow, by their own implosive hand or by some external overseer-ship, millions if not billions of beings would be in sad, sad, shape.” (04/18/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/18/facebook-this-is-where-i-leave-you/

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54) Venezuelan parliament approves trial against Maduro: What’s next?
Source: PanAm Post
by Sabrina Martin

“The Venezuelan National Assembly approved preliminary impeachment proceedings against Nicolas Maduro with 105 votes in favor (and 2 against), citing enough evidence linking him to acts of corruption regarding the Odebrecht scandal. Although this is a step forward in the struggle against the dictatorship, there will not be immediate effects at a national level — the country’s legitimate Supreme Court (TSJ) is exiled in Bogota, Colombia. Yet it will give further leverage to foreign governments to disavow Maduro as president of Venezuela; and if he is found guilty, he could be officially be labeled a criminal. During Tuesday’s parliamentary session, the opposition congressmen denounced that the regime shut down the Internet to prevent live transmissions, while State Security forces prevented the media from entering the building. … After Tuesday’s vote, the legitimate Supreme Court in exile will continue with the investigations of corruption. It is a process that could lead to an international arrest warrant against the dictator of the South American country.” (04/17/18)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2018/04/17/venezuelan-parliament-approves-trial-against-nicolas-maduro-whats-next/

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55) Congressmembers raise doubts about the “going dark” problem
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by David Ruiz

“In the wake of a damning report by the DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG), Congress is asking questions about the FBI’s handling of the locked iPhone in the San Bernardino case and its repeated claims that widespread encryption is leading to a ‘Going Dark’ problem. For years, DOJ and FBI officials have claimed that encryption is thwarting law enforcement and intelligence operations, pointing to large numbers of encrypted phones that the government allegedly cannot access as part of its investigations. In the San Bernardino case specifically, the FBI maintained that only Apple could assist with unlocking the shooter’s phone. But the OIG report revealed that the Bureau had other resources at its disposal, and on Friday members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray that included several questions to put the FBI’s talking points to the test.” (04/17/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/04/congressmembers-raise-doubts-about-going-dark-problem

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56) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/18/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The Constitution is supposed to make it difficult for a President to take the U.S. to war. Why would Congress want to make it easier? Gene Healy and John Glaser comment.” [various formats] (04/18/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/repeal-dont-replace-trumps-war-powers

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57) Essential Libertarianism, episode 31
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

Introduction to Dissenting Electorate by Carl Watner. [various formats] (04/18/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/04/18/introduction-to-dissenting-electorate-el031/

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58) Scott Adams Says, 04/18/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about IQ, North Korea, Russia, and the coming Golden Age. Goes well with delicious coffee.” [Flash video] (04/18/18)

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

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59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode182
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #182, I discuss a new AUMF that has been proposed in the Senate. The AUMF increase Trump’s powers to wage expansive and endless war. The AUMF authorizes war against the Taliban, al-Qaeda, ISIS, and those associated groups. The AUMF authorizes war in Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. However, the President is not limited to only fighting war in those countries and against those groups. The President will be able to add any group or expand the war to any country just by notifying Congress. The AUMF has no sunset, and the power to wage war will only end if Congress passes a resolution ending it.” [various formats] (04/18/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-182-expanding-trumps-war-powers

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60) Electric Libertyland, episode 68
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams starts off sharing some observations about his recent trip to Japan and the harrowing tale of his imprisonment in a celebrity’s driveway in Hollywood. He then voices concerns about Trump bombing Syria and asks if US military members’ lives are simply exchangeable for any life across the globe that happens to be in jeopardy? Finally, Brian wraps up hitting London’s murder rate, ridiculous Pulitzer prizes for ‘collusion’ reporting and the travesty of the FOSTA Act.” [various formats] (04/18/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/04/18/are-military-members-lives-exchangeable-for-any-life-the-us-sees-fit/

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61) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/18/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The longest war in US history keeps going on and on. No end in sight. No end-goal in sight. How did we get to this point? Scott Horton, author of Fool’s Errand — Time to End the War in Afghanistan, joins today’s Liberty Report in-studio to discuss this and the many other wars of the US empire.” [Flash video] (04/18/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/fools-errand-17-years-in-afghanistan

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62) Dr. Helen Fisher on how brain chemistry determines personality and politics
Source: Reason
by Ian Keyser & Todd Krainin

“If libertarians are bold, impulsive, quick witted, adventurous, analytical, and willing to ignore social norms, is that because we have especially active dopamine and testosterone systems in our brains? That’s the hypothesis of the biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, who has developed a pioneering framework for classifying human temperaments.” [Flash video] ()4/18/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/04/18/helen-fisher-neurochemistry-libertarian

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63) Intercepted Podcast: Evening at the Talk House
Source: The Intercept

“The Intercepted Podcast presents ‘Evening at the Talk House’ — a darkly comic audio drama about the insidious dangers of an authoritarian society, written by and starring Wallace Shawn.” [various formats] (04/18/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/18/intercepted-podcast-evening-at-the-talk-house/

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64) Free Talk Live, 04/17/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Police Buying Iphone Hack Boxes :: Phone Security :: Anarchism and Capitalism :: What Women Want in Men :: Talking About Libertarianism in Other Countries :: Tax Day :: Environmentalists :: Antiwar Protest :: Government :: Libertarian Documentaries :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/17/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-17

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/17/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Mark Kleiman (The Reality-Based Community, NYU, When Brute Force Fails) and Megan McArdle (Bloomberg View, The Up Side of Down) … Megan’s column on prejudice against conservatives … Why conservatives get the ‘out-group’ treatment in academia … Is creationism incompatible with academic research? … Is there an argument for affirmative action for conservatives? … Politics and the defunding of the humanities.” [Flash video] (04/17/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52598

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