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Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Armenia: Sarksyan resigns as prime minister after mass protests
2) Canada: Ten dead in Toronto van attack
3) “Net Neutrality” corporate welfare scam officially ends, sort of
4) Voter redistricting: SCOTUS to hear third key case of term
5) Court: Monkey in selfie case has no right to sue for copyright infringement
6) Pompeo confirmation advances after Paul turns coat
7) Peru: Judge orders two arrested for allegedly lynching Canadian
8) Man who stole $1.2 million in fajitas sentenced to 50 years in prison
9) TN: Waffle House shooting suspect jailed on $2 million bond
10) ND: Judge asked to reject pipeline protester’s evidence request
11) World’s first penis, scrotum transplant done in US
12) Rotten egg gas around (planet) Uranus
13) Hackers may have used your Gmail address for spam, but they didn’t hack your account
14) China’s first homemade carrier out for maiden sea trial
15) World stocks stumble as US Treasury yields near 3%
16) Lavrov: Russia, China will resist US attempts to sabotage Iran nuclear deal
17) TX: 11-year-old hit, killed by truck during anti-gun virtue signaling exercise
18) US customs thug demands $500 bribe from woman for saving airplane snack
19) Cohen case spotlights welfare queen Sean Hannity
20) Afghanistan: Taliban attacks kill 14 regime troops, policemen

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) What happened to that “invasion” of America?
22) Schumer & Warren all for state autonomy … when the GOP’s in charge
23) Net neutrality is officially dead. That’s a victory for free speech.
24) What will weapons inspectors find in Syria — and does it matter?
25) Predictions aren’t very reliable, including about AI
26) Interview: Kim Stanley Robinson makes the socialist [sic] case for space exploration
27) Pick one: Constitutional principles or your policy preferences
28) What happened to Alan Dershowitz?
29) Principle and compromise
30) Three big questions for the two North Korea summits
31) The fake frugality of the fabulously rich
32) The amazing influence of Henry George (on EC Harwood)
33) Her “Little Pink House” was her castle — until the government said it wasn’t
34) Democrats’ last big-government idea: Guaranteed jobs for everyone!
35) Quantum Vibe, 04/23/18
36) Rebellion? Revolution?
37) Dredging the welfare swamp — a very good start!
37) Automation will not make Marx “relevant again”
38) Unemployment low, wage growth … meh
39) Korean summit: It’s not about us
40) Here are four ways Republicans can guarantee they lose Congress in November
41) A country is not a purposeful economic entity
43) Five reasons why Bitcoin Cash is about to win big
44) After mass shootings: They’re not just coming for guns, they’re coming for brains
45) State Department report whitewashes Saudi war crimes in Yemen
46) Why the OECD should think again on Colombian membership
47) On rising seas: Groundwater discharge, the missing factor
48) How North Korea learned to live with “fire and fury”
49) Building more highways will reduce traffic congestion
50) Neil Gorsuch strikes a blow against the administrative state

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Scott Adams Says, 04/23/18
52) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/23/218
53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 184
54) Free Talk Live, 04/22/18
55) The Anarchist Experience, episode 161

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

1) Armenia: Sarksyan resigns as prime minister after mass protests
Source: The Daily Star [Lebanon]

“Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan said Monday he was resigning to help safeguard civic peace following almost two weeks of mass street protests that have plunged the impoverished ex-Soviet republic into political crisis. Sarksyan, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, had served as Armenia’s president for a decade until this month and had faced accusations of clinging to power when Parliament elected him as prime minister last week. Under a revised constitution, the prime minister now holds most power in the tiny southern Caucasus nation, while the presidency has become largely ceremonial. Pressure on the 63-year-old to quit had increased sharply Monday when unarmed soldiers in the capital Yerevan joined the anti-government protests, which first erupted on April 13.” (04/23/18)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2018/Apr-24/446487-armenian-pm-quits-after-mass-protests.ashx

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2) Canada: Ten dead in Toronto van attack
Source: The Australian [Australia]

“A driver has ploughed his white rental van into a crowd in Toronto, killing at least 10 people and injuring 16 along a sidewalk thronged with lunch-hour pedestrians, police say. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) identified the suspect as Alek Minassian, 25, without identifying its source for that information. Citing government officials, it said Minassian was not associated with any organised militant group.” (04/24/18)

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/van-hits-multiple-pedestrians-in-toronto/news-story/f0d6e78c16fe1542edf37e2c80424e7b?nk=d6206f24015d907aaea9b36356abfea9-1524531824

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3) “Net Neutrality” corporate welfare scam officially ends, sort of
Source: CNet News

“The Obama-era net neutrality rules, passed in 2015, are pretty much dead. As of Monday, some of the proposals regarding the Republican-led FCC’s oversight of the internet, known as ‘Restoring Internet Freedom,’ will go into effect. Because this is Washington, DC, and nothing is simple, key parts of the proposal, which include the changes to net neutrality, don’t go into effect until a vote by the Office of Management and Budget. The OMB wasn’t available to comment on when the vote would take place. But this is just a procedural step. The net neutrality rules as we knew them will be no more.” (04/23/18)

https://www.cnet.com/news/net-neutrality-is-officially-dead-fcc-ajit-pai-now-what/

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4) Voter redistricting: SCOTUS to hear third key case of term
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“For as long as the 27th Congressional District in Texas has been embroiled in litigation over whether it was racially gerrymandered, Nick Gilby has been working on Democratic Party campaigns there. Those seven years, he says, have been ‘like banging your head against a wall to see if you can move it.’ ‘He wins 60 percent of the vote or more every time, regardless of who the candidate is,’ he adds, referring to former Rep. Blake Farenthold, the Republican who held the seat from 2010 until he resigned earlier this month amid sexual harassment allegations and an ongoing ethics investigation. Gilby’s frustrations are shared by William Whitford, a Democratic voter in Wisconsin, and John Benisek, a Republican voter in Maryland. There’s also Lorraine Petrosky, a Democratic voter in Pennsylvania, and Ersla Phelps, a Democratic voter in North Carolina. All four have told the United States Supreme Court this year that they feel, for various reasons, disenfranchised.” (04/23/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2018/0423/Voter-redistricting-US-Supreme-Court-to-hear-third-key-case-of-term

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5) Court: Monkey in selfie case has no right to sue for copyright infringement
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Copyrights are for humans, not for monkeys, even the creature that used a wildlife photographer’s camera to take selfie photos that soon circulated worldwide, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Monday. The case stems from an incident in 2011, when British photographer David Slater, on a visit to the Tangkoko Reserve in Sulawesi, Indonesia, put down his camera and walked away. When he looked back, a crested black macaque monkey was examining the camera, looking at a reflection in the lens, and, as Slater described it, making funny faces before snapping the shutter. The photos became a hit on social media, while Slater went on to publish them in a 2014 book, ‘Wildlife Personalities.’ That prompted the nonprofit People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to file suit on behalf of the monkey, whom they named Naruto, claiming the right of a thinking nonhuman to legal ownership of the creature’s own creative work.” (04/23/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Monkey-in-selfie-copyright-lawsuit-david-slater-12858227.php

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6) Pompeo confirmation advances after Paul turns coat
Source: CNN

“Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, advanced out of committee Monday with a favorable recommendation, following a last minute reversal from Sen. Rand Paul that averted a historic rebuke of the President’s pick to be the country’s top diplomat. The Senate committee voted 11 to 9 with Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware voting present and Sen. Isakson voting by proxy.” [editor’s note: Shame on Paul – TLK] (04/23/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/23/politics/pompeo-committee-vote-separate/index.html

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7) Peru: Judge orders two arrested for allegedly lynching Canadian
Source: Reuters

“A Peruvian judge on Monday ordered the arrests of two men accused of lynching a Canadian man last week in a remote Amazonian village as retribution. The Canadian, 41-year-old Sebastian Woodroffe, had been accused by villagers of murdering an indigenous medicine woman in the region of Ucayali and was killed in revenge by a ‘mob,’ according to Peru’s interior ministry. A minute-and-a-half-long cellphone recording of the lynching, which was posted on Facebook, showed two men dragging Woodroffe by a noose around his neck as others looked on. His body was later found buried nearby.” (04/23/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-crime/peru-judge-orders-two-arrested-for-allegedly-lynching-canadian-idUSKBN1HU2EG

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8) Man who stole $1.2 million in fajitas sentenced to 50 years in prison
Source: USA Today

“A former Texas juvenile center employee who confessed to stealing $1.2 million in fajitas received a 50-year prison sentence last week. Officers last summer found fajitas in the fridge of Gilberto Escamilla, a then-employee of the the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department who later admitted to stealing and reselling the marinated meat over years. ‘It was selfish. It started small and got bigger and out of control,’ Escamilla said during his testimony, according to the Brownsville Herald. ‘It got to the point where I couldn’t control it anymore.’ An 800-pound fajita delivery sparked confusion last summer when it arrived at the juvenile center in San Benito, about 10 miles north of the Mexico border. That’s because the center didn’t serve fajitas. Escamilla, the employee who usually received such orders, had taken the day off. A trail of invoices and vouchers eventually led investigators to Escamilla, totaling a theft of $1,251,578.” (04/23/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/23/man-stole-million-dollars-fajitas-sentenced-50-years-prison/543055002

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9) TN: Waffle House shooting suspect jailed on $2 million bond
Source: USA Today

“The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Waffle House was arrested Monday, more than a day after four people died and others were injured at the 24-hour restaurant in the southeast Nashville neighborhood of Antioch, police said. A tip from a construction worker led police to Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Ill., and an end to a 34-hour manhunt. Reinking was taken into custody peacefully but was carrying a loaded silver handgun and a flashlight in a black backpack. He was less than a mile from the shooting scene and close to an elementary school. Reinking was taken to a nearby police station, where he requested a lawyer and refused to give a statement, police spokesman Don Aaron said. He was taken to Nashville General Hospital before being booked into jail downtown on four counts of homicide. His bond was set at $2 million, $500,000 for each of the people slain.” (04/23/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/23/waffle-house-shooting-what-we-know/541246002

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10) ND: Judge asked to reject pipeline protester’s evidence request
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The government is asking a federal judge to reject a request for evidence to be returned to a New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury in an explosion while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Prosecutors contend authorities properly obtained the shrapnel and clothing from Sophia Wilansky while she was hospitalized in Minnesota following her November 2016 injury. They also said the evidence could be key to a criminal investigation into a violent clash between demonstrators and police that’s become the emblematic skirmish of the protest. The $3.8 billion pipeline began carrying North Dakota oil to Illinois last June, though American Indian tribes who fear environmental harm are still fighting in court. On-the-ground demonstrations in 2016 and 2017 resulted in 761 arrests in a six-month span. Wilansky was hurt in a clash that began when protesters tried to push past a blocked highway bridge near their main encampment but were turned back by authorities using tear gas, rubber bullets and water sprays. Police said protesters threw objects including rocks, asphalt and water bottles.” (04/23/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Judge-asked-to-reject-pipeline-protester-s-12857802.php

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11) World’s first penis, scrotum transplant done in US
Source: Raw Story

“Doctors at Johns Hopkins University said Monday they have performed the world’s first total penis and scrotum transplant on a US military serviceman who was wounded in Afghanistan. The 14-hour operation took place on March 26, and was performed by a team of nine. ‘We are optimistic that he will regain near-normal urinary and sexual functions following a full recovery,’ W.P. Andrew Lee, professor and director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told reporters on a conference call. The patient was severely injured by a blast from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan several years ago, Lee said. The entire penis, scrotum without testicles and partial abdominal wall came from a deceased donor. ‘It’s a real mind-boggling injury to suffer; it is not an easy one to accept,’ said a statement from the recipient, who asked to remain anonymous.” (04/23/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/worlds-first-penis-scrotum-transplant-done-us

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12) Rotten egg gas around (planet) Uranus
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The planet Uranus has clouds made up of hydrogen sulphide, the gas that gives rotten eggs their unpleasant smell. The possibility of this gas being present in the atmosphere of the seventh planet had long been debated, but has now been confirmed for the first time by observations at a telescope on Hawaii. The malodorous gas was detected high above the giant planet’s cloud tops. The findings could shed important new light on how the outer planets formed. A team of researchers have published their results in the journal Nature Astronomy. Despite previous observations by ground telescopes and the Voyager 2 spacecraft, the composition of Uranus’ atmosphere had remained unclear.” (04/23/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43871497

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13) Hackers may have used your Gmail address for spam, but they didn’t hack your account
Source: BGR

“Some Gmail users discovered spam messages for things like ‘growth supplements’ in their ‘Sent’ folders, with the emails being delivered to email addresses they did not recognize. To many, this was a signal that hackers obtained access to their Google account and used it for spam campaigns. However, it turns out this wasn’t the case, and Google already fixed the security issue.” (04/23/18)

http://bgr.com/2018/04/23/gmail-spam-in-sent-hackers-email/

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14) China’s first homemade carrier out for maiden sea trial
Source: Asia Times [Hong Kong]

“Photos and video clips appearing online since Monday morning confirm that China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier has started its maiden voyage. The date of the launch was no surprise — Monday is the day the People’s Liberation Army Navy was established. The yet-to-be-named vessel set off from its berth at Dalian Shipyard in northeast China, where Liaoning, the country’s first carrier, underwent a seven-year retrofit after a hulk was bought from Ukraine. The latter has now begun service as China’s first seagoing airbase. Liaoning provincial maritime department gazetted a no-entry zone last Friday, barring ships from entering roughly 1,500 square kilometers of water in the Yellow Sea, off the coast of Dalian from April 20 to 28.” (04/23/18)

http://www.atimes.com/article/chinas-first-homemade-carrier-maiden-sea-trial/

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15) World stocks stumble as US Treasury yields near 3%
Source: CNBC

“World stocks slipped on Monday ahead of a blizzard of earnings from the world’s biggest firms and as wary investors watched U.S. bond yields approach peaks that have triggered market spasms in the past. The on 10-year U.S. Treasurys hit its highest level since January 2014 at 2.99 percent, pushing the gap — or spread — to German bonds to the widest in 29 years and the dollar higher in the process. … Oil prices edged down in the cross-currents but were not far from their highest since late 2014.” (04/23/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/23/world-stocks-stumble-as-us-treasury-yields-near-3-percent.html

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16) Lavrov: Russia, China will resist US attempts to sabotage Iran nuclear deal
Source: Yahoo! News

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any U.S. attempt to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal, Russian state news agency TASS reported. … ‘We will obstruct attempts to sabotage these agreements which were enshrined in a U.N. Security Council resolution,’ Lavrov was cited as saying.” (04/23/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/russia-china-obstruct-u-attempt-sabotage-iran-nuclear-092224722.html

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17) TX: 11-year-old hit, killed by truck during anti-gun virtue signaling exercise
Source: United Press International

“An 11-year-old Texas boy died Friday after getting hit by a truck during a school walkout to protest gun violence. Jonathan Benko was not participating in the walkout at Parkland Middle School in El Paso, but was with a group of 12 to 15 students that went to a nearby park as the walkout took place. The students were crossing a highway in front of the school when Jonathan was hit by a Ford F-150. He was taken to the University Medical Center of El Paso where he died from his injuries. Jonathan’s mother, Ashley, works as a registered nurse in UMC’s Emergency Department. Sgt. Robert Gomez of the El Paso Police Department said the driver was not charged in the incident. ‘It is illegal to walk on a highway,’ Gomez said at a news conference.” (04/23/18)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/04/22/Texas-boy-11-fatally-hit-by-truck-as-students-hold-walkout-to-protest-gun-violence/3051524453665/

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18) US customs thug demands $500 bribe from woman for saving airplane snack
Source: Fox News

“A Colorado woman is facing a $500 fine from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for saving a free apple she received as a snack from Delta Air Lines on her way back to the United States from Paris, France. Crystal Tadlock told Fox 31 Denver, toward the end of her flight from Paris, flight attendants passed out apples in plastic bags as a snack. Tadlock put the fruit in her carry-on to save for when she was hungry during the second leg of her trip. Once Tadlock arrived in the U.S., she went through Customs and her bag was chosen to be randomly searched, Fox 31 reported. Tadlock says a Customs agent pulled out the apple in the plastic bag with Delta’s logo on it. When questioned about the snack, Tadlock explained she received the apple from the airline and asked if she could throw it away or eat it, Fox 31 reported. The Customs agent allegedly told her no and fined her $500 for carrying the undeclared fruit.” (04/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/04/22/woman-fined-500-for-saving-free-delta-air-lines-snack.html

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19) Cohen case spotlights welfare queen Sean Hannity
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“When Sean Hannity was named in court this week as a client of Donald Trump’s embattled legal fixer Michael Cohen, the Fox News host insisted their discussions had been limited to the subject of buying property. … Hannity’s chosen investment strategy is confirmed by thousands of pages of public records reviewed by the Guardian, which detail a real estate portfolio of remarkable scale that has not previously been reported. The records link Hannity to a group of shell companies that spent at least $90m on more than 870 homes in seven states over the past decade. The properties range from luxurious mansions to rentals for low-income families. … Dozens of the properties were bought at a discount in 2013, after banks foreclosed on their previous owners for defaulting on mortgages. Before and after then, Hannity sharply criticised Barack Obama for the US foreclosure rate. … Hannity, 56, also amassed part of his property collection with support from the US Department for Housing and Urban Development (Hud), a fact he did not disclose when praising Ben Carson, the Hud secretary, on his television show last year.” (04/23/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/apr/22/michael-cohen-sean-hannity-property-real-estate-ben-carson-hud

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20) Afghanistan: Taliban attacks kill 14 regime troops, policemen
Source: ABC News

“Taliban attacks in western Afghanistan killed 14 soldiers and policemen on Monday as Kabul residents prepared to bury their loved ones slain in a horrific bombing by the Islamic State group that targeted a voter registration center the day before, killing 57. … The first of Monday’s near-simultaneous attacks in western Badghis province hit army units in the district of Ab Kamari, killing nine soldiers, said Ghulam Sarwar Haidari, the deputy provincial police chief. Moments later, another large group of insurgents struck police in Qadis district, killing five policemen.” (04/23/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/afghan-officials-taliban-attacks-kill-14-troops-policemen-54656436

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

21) What happened to that “invasion” of America?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Two weeks ago, right-wing groups were filled with fear over an impending invasion of the United States. The invaders, they said, consisted of hundreds of immigrants who, they said, were planning to illegally invade the United States from Mexico. … Today? Well, if the invasion happened, I certainly haven’t heard about it. There certainly have been no reports of bombs being dropped on Brownsville, Texas, or skirmishes near Laredo, Texas, or anyone being taken as a prisoner of war. In fact, from what I can tell, there hasn’t been one single casualty — not one death or even one minor injury from the invasion.” (04/23/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/04/23/happened-invasion-america/

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22) Schumer & Warren all for state autonomy … when the GOP’s in charge
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

If hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue, then Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has delivered a whopping tribute to the constitutional doctrine of federalism. In a series of tweets, he announced: ‘Today, I am formally announcing my plan to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. It’s time we allow states, once and for all, to have the power to decide what works best for them. I have long believed that states should function as their own laboratories of democracy. My bill is a step in the right direction aimed at removing the barriers to state legalization efforts.’ Schumer was joined by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who said: ‘The federal government needs to get out of the business of outlawing marijuana. States should make their own decisions about enforcing marijuana laws.’ The hypocrisy of these positions was quickly revealed by journalist John Pitts, who replied, ‘Now do guns. And abortion.’ Schumer and Warren’s interest in federalism would be welcome if it were general and sincere, but it is limited and insincere.” [editor’s note: Short version — Democrats are just like Republicans – TLK] (04/23/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/23/chuck-schumer-elizabeth-warren-marijuana-federalism-column/540253002

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23) Net neutrality is officially dead. That’s a victory for free speech.
Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“Whatever side of the debate you’re on, net neutrality is, at least for now, a dead letter. Supporters will continue to push for its return and could ultimately prevail. All of this sets up a powerful and, I hope, illuminating natural experiment. Before 2015, we had an internet that was lightly regulated. From 2015 til now, the net was governed by stricter rules. From now until the rules may be reinstated, we’ll be back to a light-touch regime. Let’s see if anyone notices a real difference in his or her online experience.” (04/23/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/04/23/net-neutrality-is-officially-dead-dont-e

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24) What will weapons inspectors find in Syria — and does it matter?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“We are told that even after the OPCW inspectors collect samples from the alleged attack sites, it will take weeks to determine whether there was any gas or other chemicals released. That means there is very little chance President Trump had ‘slam dunk’ evidence that Assad used gas in Douma earlier this month when he decided to launch a military attack on Syria. To date, the US has presented no evidence of who was responsible or even whether an attack took place at all. Even right up to the US missile strike, Defense Secretary Mattis said he was still looking for evidence.” (04/23/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/will-weapons-inspectors-find-syriaand-matter

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25) Predictions aren’t very reliable, including about AI
Source: Cato Unbound
by David D Friedman

“I agree with Rachel Lomasky and Ryan Calo about two things: that Sophia the robot is a fake, and that we are unlikely to get human level artificial intelligence in the next decade or two. But Calo’s claim that ‘Artificial intelligence is somewhere between a century and infinity away from approximating all aspects of human cognition,’ supported by a footnote asserting ‘overwhelming scientific consensus,’ betrays a confidence about his ability to predict the distant future that I regard as wholly unjustified.” (04/23/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/04/23/david-d-friedman/predictions-arent-very-reliable-including-about-ai

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26) Interview: Kim Stanley Robinson makes the socialist [sic] case for space exploration
Source: In These Times
by Dayton Martindale

“There’s something about Mars. It tickles the imagination like no other planet; in our stories about it, fact and fiction tend to blur. Nineteenth-century astronomers believed they saw canals on Mars, proof of intelligent life. In 1938, an Orson Welles radio play convinced some listeners that a Martian invasion had kicked off a war of the worlds. NASA and its robots feed us tantalizing tidbits suggesting liquid water in some distant past, and the public runs with it: In 1999, 35 percent of respondents told Gallup they believe there’s currently life on Mars. And now, a billionaire intends to settle the red planet within a decade. On February 6, Elon Musk’s SpaceX corporation blasted a Tesla Roadster into orbit, a test of the Falcon Heavy rocket — the most powerful on the market. The launch became the second-most livestreamed video in YouTube history, and the rocket’s success (alongside Musk’s subsequent publicity tour) set off renewed excitement about space travel.” (04/23/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/kim_stanley_robinson_red_mars_socialism_elon_musk.html

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27) Pick one: Constitutional principles or your policy preferences
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The anti-commandeering doctrine stands as one of the last bastions of America’s original federated system. The federal government has trampled the sovereignty of the states and morphed into a consolidated national government with virtually unlimited power. It even claims the authority to tell you what kind of lightbulbs you can screw into your fixures. The Supreme Court has largely driven this usurpation of power, but it got one thing right. The anti-commandeering doctrine remains in place and gives states a powerful tool to keep the federal government in check by implementing Madison’s blueprint and refusing to cooperate with its laws, regulations and mandates.” (04/234/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/04/23/pick-one-constitutional-principles-or-your-policy-preferences/

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28) What happened to Alan Dershowitz?
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

In Alan Dershowitz’s telling, he’s stayed the same. It’s everyone else who’s changed. The retired Harvard law professor, whose decades-long career made him one of the nation’s most recognizable liberal advocates, is now playing a surprising role: one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest defenders. In an interview on Friday, I began to ask him about his newfound role as an ‘advocate’ for Trump. He quickly interrupted me. ‘I’m not an advocate for President Trump, let’s be clear,’ he told me. ‘I’m an advocate for civil liberties. I’d be making the exact same point for Hillary Clinton if she were elected president.’ Dershowitz isn’t alone among legal scholars in questioning aspects of the Russia investigation. There’s debate over whether it would be constitutional to indict a sitting president and whether Trump committed obstruction of justice. But few law professors can match Dershowitz’s name recognition, his long history of supporting Democrats, or his frequent appearances on cable television.” [editor’s note: Funny how being a consistent CIVIL libertarian has the same effect on “progressives” as we “full-l” folks do! – SAT] (04/23/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148080/happened-alan-dershowitz

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29) Principle and compromise
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“De-Escalate Washington got the required signatures, sending this “indirect initiative” to Olympia. The Legislature was faced with three choices: *approve the initiative as written; *not act, letting the measure go to the ballot; or *approve an alternative and place both proposals on the ballot. The Legislature tried to ‘create a fourth option’: it passed the measure with amendments. And that’s what Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller found unconstitutional. ” (04/23/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/23/principle-and-compromise/

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30) Three big questions for the two North Korea summits
Source: Cato Institute
by Eric Gomez

“The most important issue up for discussion at the two summits is the denuclearization of North Korea. Kim indicated a general willingness to discuss denuclearization in talks with South Korean officials after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, but he has not provided many details about what denuclearization means for the North in the context of the upcoming summits. Getting more details from Kim about what he is willing to give up should be Moon and Trump’s first priority.” (04/23/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/3-big-questions-two-north-korea-summits

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31) The fake frugality of the fabulously rich
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“The Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, a prime American source for advice on all matters money related, has just published a piece fetchingly entitled ‘Frugal Habits of the Super Rich.’ The piece graciously invites readers to meet ten people of substantial means ‘whose modest lifestyle habits (from clipping coupons to clipping their own hair) ha[ve] helped them maintain vast fortunes.’ The spending discipline the 10 all model, Kiplinger’s promises, can help the rest of us ‘learn more about the cost-cutting moves that help make these successful millionaires and billionaires who they are.’ Kiplinger’s has actually been promoting frugality as a freeway to grand fortune for some time now. Knight Kiplinger, the magazine’s editor in chief, a dozen years ago penned a column that declared that the ‘biggest barrier to becoming rich is living like you’re rich before you are.’” [editor’s note: Personally, I began to “feel rich” (and mostly maintain bank balances above the redline) when I stopped worrying about the small stuff (bar ‘tips,’ donations, etc.), and started affirming my cashflow was as much as I wished it to be – SAT] (04/23/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180423/the-fake-frugality-of-the-fabulously-fortunate

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32) The amazing influence of Henry George (on EC Harwood)
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“If you read the history of American political economy, particularly from the 1880s through the 1930s, Henry George (1839-1897) is a name you can’t miss. His influence was profound, and especially notable on the thinking of two of my favorites: Albert Jay Nock and Frank Chodorov. Another scholar who was so influenced: E.C. Harwood, founder of the American Institute for Economic Research. From my reading, he could rightly be considered within the broad umbrella of free-market Georgists.” (04/23/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/amazing-influence-henry-george-ec-harwood

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33) Her “Little Pink House” was her castle — until the government said it wasn’t
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeff Jacoby

“If Little Pink House, a new movie starring Catherine Keener and directed by Courtney Balaker, were the usual Hollywood tale of humble citizens abused by a mighty corporation and its political allies, you could expect it to find its way to a happy ending, with the little guys prevailing and their powerful antagonists getting their comeuppance. Little Pink House isn’t that kind of film.” (04/23/18)

https://fee.org/articles/her-little-pink-house-was-her-castle-until-the-government-said-it-wasnt/

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34) Democrats’ last big-government idea: Guaranteed jobs for everyone!
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“If you want an indication of how far out into left field the Democratic party has moved, look no further than the briefing book distributed at a Democratic confab in Atlanta last week. One of the ideas: a guaranteed job, courtesy of the government. Attendees at the closed-to-the-press ‘Democracy Alliance’ conference each received copies of a 187-page briefing book titled ‘Everyone’s Economy,’ according to the Washington Free Beacon. It’s published by liberal think tank Demos, among whose founding board members was then-Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama. The book contains an enormous laundry list of far-left policies: a $1.4 trillion a year single-payer health care plan, $2 trillion in spending on infrastructure, a $15 minimum wage, a raft of new mandatory worker benefits, amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants, repeal of most of the Trump tax cuts, increases in Social Security and welfare benefits, free college, student loan forgiveness, a ban on fracking, a $35/ton carbon tax, subsidized day care, etc. If you think this is the wish list of a fringe-left group, think again.” (04/23/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/government-jobs-democrats-policy-ideas

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35) Quantum Vibe, 04/23/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (04/23/28)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1787

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36) Rebellion? Revolution?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“I am hearing more and more signs of rebellion in many parts of the West – especially the rural farming and ranching areas. People are sick of being told what to do in the minutest detail by the people in their State Capitols. Add this to resentment of the Federal Congress and bureaucracy and THEIR micromanagement (directly through the alphabet agencies and indirectly through state government agencies), and the anger grows.” (04/23/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/04/23/rebellion-revolution/

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37) Dredging the welfare swamp — a very good start!
Source: Town Hall
by Susan Carleson

“Donald Trump’s presidency has been marked by action. He focused on the nation’s problems immediately upon taking office and his economic deregulation and tax reform measures have set America back on track to prosperity and job creation. Now he is addressing the important task of advancing work over welfare and opportunity over poverty. On April 10th, the president issued an executive order to reverse the Obama-era promotion of dependence as a way of life and instead direct government aid to those most in need. America is a generous country full of charitable people. Helping those in need is one of the most obvious outworking of the Christian faith and those who practice genuine compassion know it transforms the giver as well as the receiver. But over the past half century, government has taken over as the dominate provider for America’s poor. Clever politicians knew the promises of the New Deal and Great Society would win them votes. Their successors continued to profit by making dependence on government socially acceptable, and today anyone who suggests otherwise is cast as a racist Scrooge.” (04/23/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/susancarleson/2018/04/23/dredging-the-welfare-swamp–a-very-good-start-n2473679

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38) Automation will not make Marx “relevant again”
Source: Acton Institute
by Philip Booth

“The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, recently hit the headlines for his predictions of what might happen when robots take over many labour market tasks from humans. Carney argued that, if mechanisation led to lower living standards and greater inequality, ‘Marx and Engels may again become relevant.’ There are quite a few conditional statements in that analysis, but it is not clear why the governor would want to stir up fears when deeper consideration would raise different but more important questions.” (04/23/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/04/23/automation-will-not-make-marx-relevant-again

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39) Unemployment low, wage growth … meh
Source: The American Prospect
by Jared Bernstein

“The unemployment rate has been stuck at a low level of 4.1 percent for the last six months. The papers are replete with stories of labor shortages, of companies fighting over high-school students and hiring folks right out of prison. While pockets of labor-market weakness always exist somewhere, there’s little question that in broad terms, the U.S. job market is closing in on full employment. And yet, wage growth has been underwhelming. I’ll lay out the facts of that case in a moment — but how can that be? Don’t tight labor markets boost workers’ bargaining clout? Don’t employers have to bid up paychecks to keep their workers from just going around the corner to better jobs? Isn’t one of the key benefits of full employment that employers must compete for workers? What’s blocking that crucial economic dynamic? Here’s what I think is going on.” (04/23/18)

http://prospect.org/article/unemployment-low-wage-growth-meh

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40) Korean summit: It’s not about us
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Moon and Kim will meet this week in a preliminary summit leading up to the supposedly bigger event, the Trump-Kim super-summit. Or so the conventional wisdom would have it: after all, isn’t everything in the world really about us? Well, no, but you’ll have a hard time telling the pundits and policy wonks that. They don’t realize that the real summit is taking place this week in Korea, as the two leaders form a united front against Washington’s War Party — hoping to enlist Trump on their side.” (04/23/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/04/22/korean-summit-its-not-about-us/

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41) Here are four ways Republicans can guarantee they lose Congress in November
Source: Fox News Forum
by Noah Wall

“Although it’s not their intent, Republicans are on a fast track to handing the November midterm congressional election to the Democrats. The real canary in the coal mine was the March special election surprise in Pennsylvania’s 18th District, where underdog Democrat Conor Lamb upset Republican Rick Saccone in a district Donald Trump won by 20 points in 2016. This electoral outcome would have been unthinkable a few short years ago. This district was so historically red that the previous GOP incumbent, Tim Murphy, didn’t even face a Democratic opponent in 2014 or 2016. So, what happened? Republicans stayed home and Democrats showed up. A lot of them. According to a Cook Political Report, Democratic stronghold Allegheny County saw a voter turnout at 67 percent of 2016 levels. But Republican-leaning Westmoreland County saw turnout at only 60 percent of 2016 levels.” (04/23/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/23/here-are-four-ways-republicans-can-guarantee-lose-congress-in-november.html

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42) A country is not a purposeful economic entity
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“A household is an economic entity with a budget and with something that can sensibly be described as a well-ordered set of preferences, much like an individual. Much like a firm whose owners organize and run the firm with a plan to earn profits. Much like a club. Much like a government. A country (or what we generally mean today by an ‘economy’), however, is no such entity. Unlike a household (or an individual, or a firm, or a government), it makes no sense to talk about a country’s ‘preferences,’ ‘goals,’ ‘ends,’ ‘wants,’ or ‘purposes.’ Unlike a household — or an individual, a firm, or a government — a country doesn’t maximize anything, for a country has no set of preferences — and without a set of preferences, all talk of maximizing is meaningless.” (04/22/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/04/country-not-purposeful-economic-entity.html

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43) Five reasons why Bitcoin Cash is about to win big
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“Cryptocurrency markets have started to rebound in value as the spring begins in 2018, but one particular cryptocurrency — bitcoin cash — has been on a relentless upswing as the network approaches another hard fork this May. This year traders and bitcoin cash (BCH) proponents believe the decentralized digital currency and the BCH network has a lot of innovation forthcoming which will propel its adoption to new heights.” (04/22/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/five-reasons-why-bitcoin-cash-is-about-to-win-big/

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44) After mass shootings: They’re not just coming for guns, they’re coming for brains
Source: OpEdNews
by Jon Rappoport

“In the aftermath of mass shootings, it’s about guns. But hidden in the background is the notion that the bigger target is the brain. … Organized globalists are selling altruism like hotcakes, and they’re using brain research to justify it. And they’re intent on rewiring brains to force it. They’re not only focused on violent psychopaths. They’re focused on the human race. They pretend that the independent individual is too close to the edge of psychopathy. Therefore — experiment on the brain until he is radically diminished and weakened, and becomes a card-carrying member of the share-and-care ‘human community.’ On that day, all will be well. Amen.” (04/22/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/After-mass-shootings-they-by-Jon-Rappoport-Brain_Brainwashing_Empathy_Guns-180422-407.html

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45) State Department report whitewashes Saudi war crimes in Yemen
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The Trump administration is not the first to indulge the Saudis and their allies in the war on Yemen, but U.S. support for the war has increased and criticism of the coalition has waned since Trump took office. Unfortunately, the administration has every incentive to minimize or deny Saudi coalition crimes in Yemen …. Our government has been aiding and abetting Saudi coalition war crimes for three years straight. The administration doesn’t want people knowing that, and that is why the State Department’s report says nothing about these crimes.” (04/22/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/state-department-report-whitewashes-saudi-war-crimes-in-yemen/

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46) Why the OECD should think again on Colombian membership
Source: PanAm Post
by Philip Stevens

“Colombia has spent the last five years overhauling its laws and regulations in order to conform to the high standards demanded by the OECD. Next week, Colombia will go before the final OECD expert committee, the trade committee, to demonstrate it meets the organization’s high standards for trade and market access policies. Succeed here and the five-year accession journey will be complete, bar the formalities. Although the decision to open the accession process to new, non-European countries such as Colombia is a sensible recognition by the OECD that it must reflect global economic changes if it is to retain its legitimacy, that does not mean that standards for accession should be diluted in order to meet this political objective.” (04/22/18)

https://panampost.com/editor/2018/04/22/oecd-should-think-again-on-colombian-membership/

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47) On rising seas: Groundwater discharge, the missing factor
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“Jim Steele, author of Landscapes and Cycles, published a new paper on Climate Etc. arguing groundwater discharge into the oceans is contributing to sea level rise. This is a missing factor unaccounted for by climate models. Once properly accounted for, the amount of sea level rise attributable to anthropogenic warming is much less than climate models estimate. … Groundwater slowly discharges into the oceans over time, with the rate and amount varying dependent on periodic shifts in ocean currents, rainfall amounts, and rates of aquifer recharge, among other factors. Climate models do not take into account groundwater discharge into the world’s oceans, yet the volume of fresh water stored as groundwater is second only to the amount of water frozen in Antarctica’s icy expanse, and it is three to eight times the amount of water contained in Greenland’s glaciers.” (04/22/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/04/on-rising-seas-groundwater-discharge-the-missing-factor/

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48) How North Korea learned to live with “fire and fury”
Source: The Atlantic
by Andrei Lankov

“Only a year ago, the Kim regime had reasons to be happy. In 2017, it tested two long-range missile prototypes capable of hitting the continental United States with a nuclear warhead, and also exploded its first hydrogen bomb. But Kim soon found himself contending with a rather unconventional U.S. president in Donald Trump, who promised to use armed force if the North Koreans did not agree to abandon their nuclear program. This was new. For decades, North Korea has been certain that the United States would never strike first: Seoul, the capital of South Korea, the closest U.S. ally in the region, lies within range of North Korean heavy artillery. If the North retaliated, hundreds of guns would transform downtown Seoul into an inferno. Such a crisis would be followed by a war of immense destruction. But Trump has altered this calculus.” (04/22/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/north-korea-trump-kim-jong-un-nuclear-weapons-summit/558644/

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49) Building more highways will reduce traffic congestion
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“It’s true that there are examples of cities that both built more highways and suffered increased traffic congestion. But even in those cases, the highway construction reduced congestion, ceteris paribus. … Think of traffic congestion as the cost of using a freeway. Now think about the forces of supply and demand in a normal market. If you increase the supply of product X, more people will consume product X. But that’s only because the price is now lower. It would be wrong to claim that the increased supply of product X caused so much more demand that the price rose right back up to the original level.” (04/22/18)

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

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50) Neil Gorsuch strikes a blow against the administrative state
Source: National Review
by George Will

“Vague laws ‘invite the exercise of arbitrary power’ by ‘leaving the people in the dark about what the law demands and allowing prosecutors and courts to make it up.’ The lack of ‘precise and sufficient certainty’ (criteria stipulated by the English jurist William Blackstone, whose writings influenced the Constitution’s Framers) invites ‘more unpredictability and arbitrariness’ than is constitutional. Furthermore, the crux of America’s constitutional architecture, the separation of powers, is implicated. All legislative power is vested in Congress. The judicial power, Gorsuch wrote, ‘does not license judges to craft new laws’ but only to discern and follow an existing law’s prescribed course. With the fuzzy ‘crime of violence’ category, Congress abdicated its ‘responsibilities for setting the standards of the criminal law.’ So, allowing vague laws would allow Congress ‘to hand off the job of lawmaking.’ Hence such laws not only illegitimately transfer power to police and prosecutors but also would ‘leave it all to a judicial hunch.’” (04/22/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/neil-gorsuch-supreme-court-decision-against-administrative-state/

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51) Scott Adams Says, 04/23/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“BREAKING: presidential spelling errors doom humanity. Featuring coffee and Dale.” [Flash video] (04/23/18)

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

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52) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/23/218
Source: Cato Institute

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is still a bureaucracy that is not accountable to Congress, and largely unaccountable to the President. Mick Mulvaney made that point before Congress. Cato’s Diego Zuluaga discusses Mulvaney’s appearance.” [various formats] (04/23/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-its-still-unaccountable

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53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 184
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #184, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss his recent articles. Will published Ukraine’s NATO Bid Risks Even Worse US Russian Ties at Consortium News. He explains the history of NATO’s expansion to the Russian border and reviews the events in Ukraine in 2014. Now Ukraine is on the path to NATO membership; Will explains what this could mean for the US/Russian relationship.” [various formats] (04/23/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-184-nato-expanding-to-ukraine-guest-will-porter

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54) Free Talk Live, 04/22/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Earth Day Predictions from 1970 :: Drinking and driving :: Immaculate Conception :: Christians and government :: Chinese pollution :: Inconvenient Fact :: Waco reflections :: Mark, Jonny Ray and Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/22/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-22

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55) The Anarchist Experience, episode 161
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“With Special Guest, Bronsonto. A full show devoted to our Adventures in LegalLand, how you are set up to fail in that system, and some strategies that probably won’t work but are fun to try.” [various formats] (04/22/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/the-anarchist-experience-161/

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