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Volume XVI, Issue #3,961
Thursday, April 26th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Cohen to plead the Fifth in Stormy Daniels suit
2) Turkey: Regime court sentences journalists for not toeing Erdogan’s line
3) VA nominee Ronny Jackson faces explosive new allegations of drinking, wrecking government vehicle
4) Israel: Cop sentenced to nine months for murdering unarmed teen
5) Carson proposes higher rent for Americans receiving housing subsidies
6) Golden State Killer: DNA links ex-officer to California cold cases
7) DeLorean widow sues for “Back to the Future” payments
8) Bill Cosby retrial, Day 13: Jurors begin deliberations, ask about definition of consent
9) Chevron evacuates Venezuela executives following staff arrests
10) Amazon’s Alexa to reward kids who say “please”
11) TX: State employees kill prisoner
12) Russia: Regime says it will soon deliver new air defense systems to Syria’s Assad
13) Spain: Madrid president resigns after shoplifting and degree forgery scandals
14) Some NRA fans prove that some NRA fans are idiots
15) AZ: Lesko holds House seat for GOP in closely fought special election
16) Judge orders reopening of DACA after 90-day delay
17) China: #MeTo student activists use blockchain to fight censors
18) Israel: Regime scraps plan to expel African migrants
19) Philippines: Regime gives Australian nun 30 days to leave country
20) UK: Judge upholds NHS’s power to murder Alfie Evans

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Is the US government evil? You tell me
22) Maybe it’s time for libertarian countries
23) Rand Paul, “political libertarian”
24) These drinking age crackdowns are not helping
25) Job licensing: When hard work can earn you hard time
26) Trump’s Iran revisionism won’t help with North Korea
27) Locking up addicts won’t fix the opiate crisis
28) Unconstitutional? Extra-constitutional? What’s the difference?
29) What Trump gets right about China and trade
30) How neocons destroyed a chance for peace with Iran after 9/11
31) Democrats who vote for Pompeo will disgrace themselves and their party
32) The Hannity Rule
33) FDA issues first mandatory recall for contaminated food
34) Quantum Vibe, 04/25/18
35) The centre cannot hold
36) How Bitcoin Cash can avoid the same mistakes as Bitcoin Core, part 1
37) Moving people, not cars
38) Washington’s attack on Syria was a mockery of the world
39) Toronto van attack is all the fault of sexual libertines
40) Bremmer: “We’re going to see a lot more walls”
41) The Iran regime change crew is back
42) Closing the debt-driven fiscal gap just got a lot harder
43) The trial of Alfie Evans
44) Kanye West and the awesome power of celebrity
45) What gun control advocates can learn from London’s knife attacks
46) I predict: The CIA’s JFK cover-up will continue tomorrow
47) Are cop-assisted promposals charming or alarming?
48) How did Britain end up at number 40 on the world press-freedom rankings?
49) Let state & local governments lead infrastructure investment
50) The pretty little lies behind America’s interventions

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 04/25/18
52) Words & Numbers, 04/25/18
53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/25/18
54) Political Research Digest, episode 15
55) Scott Adams Says, 04/25/18
56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 185
57) Electric Libertyland, episode 69
58) Intercepted, 04/25/18
59) Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show, 04/25/18
60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1142
61) Free Talk Live, 04/24/18
62) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/24/18
63) Leading Liberty Podcast, 04/24/18
64) Reality Check, 04/24/18
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/24/18

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

1) Cohen to plead the Fifth in Stormy Daniels suit
Source: CBS News

“President Trump’s personal lawyer says he’ll use his Fifth Amendment rights in the lawsuit filed by adult film star Stephanie Clifford against him and Mr. Trump, citing the FBI’s ongoing criminal investigation into him. A person testifying can invoke the Fifth Amendment to protect against self-incrimination. Cohen, in a court declaration made to a California federal court Wednesday, cited the ongoing federal criminal investigation into him and FBI raids of his home, office and hotel room as the reason for his decision to plead the fifth. Cohen claimed that FBI officials ‘seized various electronic devices and documents in my possession, which contain information relating to the $130,000 payment to plaintiff Stephanie Clifford at the center of this case, and my communications with counsel, Brent Blakely, relating to this action.’ Cohen said he made the decision at the advice of his counsel.” (04/25/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/michael-cohen-fifth-amendment-stormy-daniels-lawsuit/

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2) Turkey: Regime court sentences journalists for not toeing Erdogan’s line
Source: Yahoo! News

“A Turkish court on Wednesday convicted journalists from the opposition Cumhuriyet daily for helping outlawed ‘terrorist’ organisations but editors remained defiant vowing their ‘honourable’ journalism would not stop. Cumhuriyet — which means simply ‘Republic’ — was set up in 1924 after the Turkish republic was founded in 1923. The daily has been fiercely critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and has run front-page stories that have angered the Turkish head of state. The court in Silivri, outside Istanbul, handed out multiple sentences to 13 journalists and executives for ‘aiding and abetting terror organisations without being a member’ but they remain free pending appeal.” (04/25/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkey-hands-jail-sentences-journalists-222639332.html

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3) VA nominee Ronny Jackson faces explosive new allegations of drinking, wrecking government vehicle
Source: Washington Post

“White House physician Ronny L. Jackson, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, wrecked a government vehicle after getting drunk at a Secret Service going away party, according to an explosive list of allegations released Wednesday by the Democratic staff of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. In the two-page summary of interviews conducted by the minority staff, Jackson also stands accused of a ‘pattern’ of handing out medications with no patient history, prescribing medications to himself, and contributing to a hostile work environment with ‘a constant fear of reprisal.’” (04/25/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/va-nominee-faces-explosive-new-allegations-of-drinking-wrecking-government-vehicle/2018/04/25/d1a8e0b2-48c4-11e8-8b5a-3b1697adcc2a_story.html

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4) Israel: Cop sentenced to nine months for murdering unarmed teen
Source: CNN

“Tension filled the small Jerusalem courtroom as a family sat meters away from the man who killed their son, waiting to hear the judge’s verdict. The defendant, Ben Deri, arrived accompanied by his family and girlfriend. … CNN producer Kareem Khadder had a camera in hand and was filming at the precise moment Deri aimed and fired his rifle at Nadeem Nuwara. Nearby CCTV cameras captured the 17-year-old Palestinian walking unarmed before collapsing as a bullet entered his chest. … Judge Daniel Teperberg sentenced Deri to nine months in prison, and ordered him to pay Nuwara’s family 50,000 Israeli shekels, or nearly $14,000. As the judge read the sentence, Deri’s mother cried. Nuwara’s family fumed with rage and called the decision a joke.” [editor’s note: Better than nothing, I guess. In the US, he’d almost certainly have spent a week on paid vacation before being “cleared” by his own department – TLK] (04/25/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/25/middleeast/israeli-police-officer-jailed-intl/index.html

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5) Carson proposes higher rent for Americans receiving housing subsidies
Source: Chicago Tribune

“US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday proposed raising the amount that low-income families are expected to pay for rent — tripling it for the poorest households — as well as encouraging those receiving housing subsidies to work, according to a legislative proposal obtained by The Washington Post. The move to overhaul how rental subsidies are calculated would affect 4.7 million families relying on federal housing assistance. The proposal legislation would require congressional approval. … Tenants generally pay 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent or a public housing agency minimum rent — which is capped at $50 a month for the poorest families. The administration’s proposal sets the family monthly rent contribution at 35 percent of gross income, or 35 percent of their earnings working 15 hours a week at the federal minimum wage.” (04/25/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-hud-rent-changes-20180425-story.html

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6) Golden State Killer: DNA links ex-officer to California cold cases
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“California police have arrested a former police officer for a notorious spree of murders, rapes and burglaries in the 1970s and 80s. Sacramento police say they arrested suspect Joseph James DeAngelo, 72. The suspect has been living in the Sacramento area and was identified after new efforts to solve the case, investigators say. Police blame the so-called Golden State Killer for 12 murders, 51 rapes and more than 120 burglaries. Mr DeAngelo is being held on suspicion of four counts of murder — the 1978 deaths of Brian and Katie Maggiore in Sacramento and the 1980 killings of Charlene and Lyman Smith in Ventura County. Prosecutors say additional charges are likely to follow.” (04/25/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43899483

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7) DeLorean widow sues for “Back to the Future” payments
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The widow of maverick automaker John DeLorean has alleged in a lawsuit that a Texas company illegally received money from the ‘Back to the Future’ movies that used his iconic car. The sleek, angular car with gull-wing doors known simply as ‘the DeLorean,’ was featured in the 1985 movie starring Michael J. Fox and a 1989 sequel, about a kid who travels back in time to engineer his parents’ meeting. The lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Newark includes a contract with Universal from 1989 that gave DeLorean 5 percent of net receipts for any merchandising that featured the car and logo ‘as a key component.’ According to the suit, the Texas company, called DeLorean Motor Company, represented to Universal that it had the right to the money and has already received ‘a substantial payment’ from Universal.” (04/25/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/DeLorean-widow-sues-for-Back-to-the-Future-12864747.php

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8) Bill Cosby retrial, Day 13: Jurors begin deliberations, ask about definition of consent
Source: USA Today

“Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual-assault retrial began deliberating Wednesday morning. Less than two hours later, they notified Judge Steven O’Neill that they had a question. And two hours after that, they asked to be reminded of facts in the case that both sides stipulated to, or agreed upon. Judge O’Neill answered what he could. For the first question, the judge said the jurors had asked for the legal definition of consent. But he told them the consent question could not be answered independently — only within the context of the charges. ‘You have the legal definition of the crime (aggravated indecent assault),’ he said. ‘If that definition does not contain the definition of consent, then the jury will decide what consent means to them.’” [editor’s note: Since they likely pay taxes, not surprising they have no idea what “consent” means – SAT] (04/25/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2018/04/25/bill-cosby-retrial-day-13-jury-begins-deliberations/548593002

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9) Chevron evacuates Venezuela executives following staff arrests
Source: Reuters

“U.S. oil major Chevron Corp has evacuated executives from Venezuela after two of its workers were imprisoned over a contract dispute with state-owned oil company PDVSA, according to four sources familiar with the matter. The arrests, in a raid by national intelligence officers, were the first at a foreign oil firm since Venezuela’s government launched a purge last fall that has resulted in detentions of more than 80 executives at PDVSA and business partners accused of corruption.” (04/25/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-oil-chevron-insight/chevron-evacuates-venezuela-executives-following-staff-arrests-idUSKBN1HW2BD

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10) Amazon’s Alexa to reward kids who say “please”
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa can now be made to encourage children to say: ‘Please’ and: ‘Thank you,’ when issuing it voice commands. The new function addresses some parents’ concerns that use of the technology was teaching their offspring to sound officious or even rude. In addition, parents can now set time limits on when requests are responded to, and can block some services. The move has been welcomed by one of Alexa’s critics. In January, the research company ChildWise published a report warning that youngsters that grew up accustomed to barking orders at Alexa, Google Assistant or some other virtual personality might become aggressive in later dealings with humans. ‘This is a very positive development,’ research director Simon Leggett told the BBC.” (04/25/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43897516

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11) TX: State employees kill prisoner
Source: ABC News

“Texas [sic] has [killed] a 31-year-old prisoner condemned for killing a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother in a gang-related shooting at a child’s birthday party in Fort Worth a decade ago. Erick Davila received lethal injection Wednesday evening for using a semi-automatic rifle to spray bullets at about 20 people — more than a dozen of them children. Annette Stevenson, a 48-year-old grandmother, and her granddaughter, Queshawn Stevenson, were killed in the April 2008 attack. Four others were wounded, including the girl who was celebrating her 9th birthday.” (04/25/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/latest-supreme-court-rejects-appeal-texas-inmate-54734136

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12) Russia: Regime says it will soon deliver new air defense systems to Syria’s Assad
Source: Times of Israel [Israel]

“Russia will supply the Syrian regime with new air defense systems in the near future, the RIA news agency reported Wednesday, citing the Russian Defense Ministry. The report did not specify what type of systems Moscow will give its Damascus ally. On Monday, the Russian daily Kommersant reported that Moscow was getting closer to delivering its S-300 missile defense system to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, despite Israel’s efforts to prevent it. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman responded by saying that if the powerful S-300 was used against Israeli jets, the system would be destroyed. The Russian Foreign Ministry later denied parts of the report, saying that a decision about the transfer of the S-300 had yet to be made.” [editor’s note: The obvious way to avoid Israeli jets getting shot down over Syria is for Israeli jets to stay out of Syrian airspace and stop attacking targets in Syria – TLK] (04/25/18)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-says-it-will-soon-deliver-new-air-defense-systems-to-syria/

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13) Spain: Madrid president resigns after shoplifting and degree forgery scandals
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The head of Spain’s Madrid region has stepped down amid shoplifting allegations, weeks after being accused of faking a master’s degree. A video has emerged from 2011 allegedly showing Cristina Cifuentes handing items to a supermarket security guard. It is claimed she had taken two pots of anti-ageing cream. She was then number two in the Madrid assembly. Ms Cifuentes, 53, gave up her master’s last week when it emerged that two signatures on the document were forged.” (04/25/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43891489

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14) Some NRA fans prove that some NRA fans are idiots
Source: The Oklahoman

“A woman kneels, her rifle steadied, and peers down the scope toward a white Yeti cooler — the kind that retails for $300 or more. She pulls the trigger. The cooler explodes. A hashtag displays across the screen: #SupportTheNRA. It’s one of several videos appearing online since the Texas-based Yeti ended a discount program with the National Rifle Association Foundation, the gun lobby’s charitable arm. NRA backers viewed the move as an attack on the Second Amendment, though Yeti — a company whose premium coolers became prized among hunters — claimed it wasn’t singling the lobby out. … ‘Let me get this straight,’ tweeted Jim Richman, a blogger who writes about outdoor sports and faith. ‘#Yeticoolerchallenge = fill $500 cooler with $20 of tannerite. Blow up cooler. Outcome: @Yeti keeps $500, @NRA foundation receives no benefit, and you are left with no cooler and a huge mess to clean up … seems reasonable.’” (04/24/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/04/24/nra-yeti-blow-up-video-protest-national-rifle/547001002/

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15) AZ: Lesko holds House seat for GOP in closely fought special election
Source: Newsweek

“Republican Debbie Lesko has won the special election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional district, holding off a strong challenge from Democrats, who in recent months have claimed a string of victories in GOP strongholds. The former state senator defeated Hiral Tipirneni, a former emergency room physician running for public office for the first time. … The district has a strong majority of Republican-registered voters and Donald Trump won the district by a 20 per cent margin in 2016’s presidential election. However Lesko’s margin of victory was considerably smaller than Trump’s in 2016, giving hope to Democrats. According to votes tallied late Tuesday, Lesko won by only six percentage points, claiming 53 percent of the vote to Tipirneni’s 47 percent.” (04/25/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/debbie-lesko-holds-arizona-house-seat-gop-closely-fought-special-election-900102

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16) Judge orders reopening of DACA after 90-day delay
Source: CNN

“Another federal judge has overruled the Trump administration’s efforts to end a popular immigration program — this time saying the government has to accept new applications. The ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, however, won’t take immediate effect, with the judge delaying the ruling for 90 days to allow the administration to make its case in a new memo justifying the end of the program. Similar to the other rulings, Judge John Bates concluded that the wind-down of DACA was ‘arbitrary and capricious’ because the Department of Homeland Security failed to ‘adequately explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful.’” (04/25/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/24/politics/daca-ruling-new-applications/index.html

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17) China: #MeTo student activists use blockchain to fight censors
Source: Bloomberg

“Student activists trying to ignite the #MeToo movement in China have turned to the technology behind bitcoin to battle government censorship. The rare display of dissent emerged after student Yue Xin accused prestigious Peking University of trying to silence her demands for a public airing of a sexual harassment episode more than 20 years ago. … The letter went viral on platforms including Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat and Sina Corp.’s Weibo before related posts were quickly deleted. That’s when her supporters then stamped her memo on the ethereum blockchain Monday — ensuring it could never be erased nor tampered with.” (04/24/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-24/chinese-metoo-student-activists-use-blockchain-to-fight-censors

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18) Israel: Regime scraps plan to expel African migrants
Source: Yahoo! News

“Israel announced on Tuesday it has abandoned controversial plans to expel African migrants who entered the Jewish state illegally, after failing to find a country willing to host them. The plan had targeted some 42,000 migrants of Eritrean and Sudanese origin currently living in Israel and denied refugee status. … The deportation plan has attracted a wave of criticism, including from the UN refugee agency, Holocaust survivors, and parts of Israeli civil society.” (04/24/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-scraps-plan-expel-african-migrants-191227644.html

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19) Philippines: Regime gives Australian nun 30 days to leave country
Source: Washington Post

“The Philippines on Wednesday cancelled an Australian nun’s missionary visa for engaging in political activity and gave her 30 days to leave the country, though she said she still hoped she could explain her mission and have the decision reconsidered. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered an investigation into 71-year-old Sister Patricia Fox as an ‘undesirable’ foreigner. The Bureau of Immigration’s board of commissioners had canceled Fox’s visa and ordered her to leave due to ‘her involvement in partisan political activities,’ Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement.” (04/25/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/philippines-gives-australian-nun-30-days-to-leave-country/2018/04/24/cb69c7f6-4839-11e8-8082-105a446d19b8_story.html

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20) UK: Judge upholds NHS’s power to murder Alfie Evans
Source: Time

“The parents of a[n allegedly] terminally ill British toddler have been told they cannot take him to Rome for specialized treatment, a judge ruled Tuesday, in a divisive case that has seen the involvement of Pope Francis and the Italian government. Alfie Evans is a 23-month-old baby who suffers from an unidentified degenerative neurological condition. His parents, Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, have been fighting a legal battle with doctors who say that the little boy is in a ‘semi-vegetative state,’ and that further treatment would be futile …. Pope Francis met with Tom Evans last week and expressed hope that Alfie’s needs would be ‘respected,’ according to the BBC. In addition, the Italian Foreign Ministry has granted the infant Italian citizenship in an effort to expedite his transfer, the Associated Press reports, and the Bambino Gesu hospital said it has a plane ready to transport Alfie if the courts allowed it.” [editor’s note: I wonder how the Italian regime will respond to the UK regime holding/executing one of its citizens without charge or trial? – TLK] (04/25/18)

http://time.com/5253829/alfie-evans-appeal-vatican-pope-rome/

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

21) Is the US government evil? You tell me
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“This is a government that treats its citizens like faceless statistics and economic units to be bought, sold, bartered, traded, tracked, tortured, and eventually eliminated once they’ve outgrown their usefulness. This is a government that treats human beings like lab rats to be caged, branded, experimented upon, and then discarded and left to suffer from the after-effects. This is a government that repeatedly lies, cheats, steals, spies, kills, maims, enslaves, breaks the laws, overreaches its authority, and abuses its power at almost every turn. This is a government that wages wars for profit, jails its own people for profit, and then turns a blind eye and a deaf ear while its henchmen rape and kill and pillage. … This is not a government you should trust with your life, your loved ones, your livelihood or your freedoms. This is the face of evil, disguised as a democracy, sold to the people as an institution that has their best interests at heart.” (04/25/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/u-s-government-evil-tell/

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22) Maybe it’s time for libertarian countries
Source: Eastern New Mexico Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Why have there been no libertarian countries? It’s a popular question from those skeptical of libertarianism. On the face of it, it seems a reasonable question. Until you understand what they’re asking; then it makes less sense. How can there be geographic, forced collectives based on voluntary associations and unanimous consent? Coercively voluntary? Enslaved freedom? Where one exists, the other can’t. It’s like asking why there are no frozen fires.” (04/25/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/04/25/voices/maybe-its-time-for-libertarian-countries/157348.html

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23) Rand Paul, “political libertarian”
Source: National Review
by Michael Brendan Dougherty

“Rand Paul’s vote was needed to confirm Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, and his refusal to give it was making some Republicans and conservatives upset. ‘What’s wrong with Pompeo?’ they asked. ‘He’s well-within the party mainstream, he’s competent, and he has the president’s blessing.’ For Paul and his most fervent supporters, the answer had been that Pompeo was far too hawkish. But on Monday, the junior senator from Kentucky relented. ‘Rand Paul Caves’ read one headline. ‘Rand Paul’s Pompeo switch pleases Trump, angers libertarian base’ said another. The focus, in other words, was squarely on Paul’s repeated failure to shift the Republican party’s foreign-policy orientation. And the statement his office issued explaining his change of heart seemed to offer proof that he’d gotten nothing but hot air for his trouble …” [editor’s note: Way back when, Paul insisted that he’s not a libertarian. He’s been proving it ever since. Believe it – TLK] (04/25/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/rand-paul-mike-pompeo-flip-flop-dont-blame-him/

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24) These drinking age crackdowns are not helping
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Last weekend, police raided a bar in Norwalk, Connecticut, and found 103 underage people drinking, most of whom had no ID on them. Shocking, right? Not so much. That such people frequent bars in violation of the law is not uncommon in any college town in the US today. If they didn’t, economic conditions would be very different. What’s more, such crackdowns are not only pointless. They make the real problem much worse.” (04/25/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/these-drinking-age-crackdowns-are-not-helping

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25) Job licensing: When hard work can earn you hard time
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Adam Weinberg

“Legislative debate on a bill to end job licensing for equine massage practitioners was a target for wisecracks and groans about whether the senators in Lincoln, Nebraska had anything better to do. But just before LB596 cleared its first round of voting 38-0, the conversation veered into unexpected and relevant territory: overcriminalization. That’s a long word for when too much legislation makes criminals out of honest, hardworking people. Under a compromise amendment to LB596, practitioners must register with the state and complete training at an accredited program. These courses typically run from days to weeks and are less costly and time-consuming than current requirements.” (04/25/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/job-licensing-when-hard-work-can-earn-you-hard-time

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26) Trump’s Iran revisionism won’t help with North Korea
Source: Reuters
by David E Wade

“Donald Trump may soon learn that revising history can come back to haunt him – especially as he approaches his own historic reckoning on North Korea. On Tuesday, with France’s President Emmanuel Macron looking on in the Oval Office, the U.S. president again smeared the Iran nuclear deal as ‘insane’ and ‘ridiculous’ and criticized former Secretary of State John Kerry for not wanting to address Iran’s regional misdeeds because doing so ‘was too complicated.’ Trump is wrong. Wrong about the effectiveness of the nuclear agreement, and wrong about the reasons why the deal between Iran and the world’s major powers was confined to the nuclear issue. I served as chief of staff to Kerry, whose engagement on the Iran nuclear issue began through a secret Omani backchannel while he was still a senator and concluded years later, when he played a leading role in negotiating the 2015 agreement with Tehran.” (04/25/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wade-iran-commentary/commentary-trumps-iran-revisionism-wont-help-with-north-korea-idUSKBN1HW29A

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27) Locking up addicts won’t fix the opiate crisis
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Andrea Fabian-Checkai

“Criminalization of drug use and possession has had almost no impact on actual levels of drug use. However, the criminalizing of drugs does practically ensure a cycle of criminality and greater prison sentences. As outlined in a January memo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants longer mandatory minimums despite their destructive impact on the United States. At this point, it’s evident that the War on Drugs is a frantic grasp for control in a broken system.” (04/25/18)

https://fee.org/articles/locking-up-addicts-wont-fix-the-opiate-crisis/

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28) Unconstitutional? Extra-constitutional? What’s the difference?
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson

“You often hear that an action is ‘constitutional’ or ‘unconstitutional.’ More rarely, you hear the term ‘extra-constitutional.’ Exactly how do these words differ? An action is constitutional if taken in accordance with a governing constitution. … Under the U.S. Constitution, a law that has passed the House and Senate and been signed by the president is constitutional unless it is inconsistent with some other term of the Constitution. A measure that attempted to ban free speech for all Democrats would be unconstitutional as violating the First Amendment, even if it somehow managed to win approval of Senate, House, and president. … Finally, we come to the term extra-constitutional. This refers to an action that is simply outside the purview of the governing constitutions.” (04/25/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/04/25/unconstitutional-extra-constitutional-whats-the-difference/

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29) What Trump gets right about China and trade
Source: Cato Institute
by Simon Lester & Huan Zhu

“President Trump recently called out China for claiming the special privileges of a poor country, tweeting that ‘China, which is a great economic power, is considered a Developing Nation within the World Trade Organization. They therefore get tremendous perks and advantages, especially over the U.S. Does anybody think this is fair[?]’ … If China is dominating the international economy, as you might conclude from headlines, why is it classified as ‘developing’ and why does it get special treatment? The answer is fairly simple: When China began the process of joining the WTO in 1986, it was, in fact, quite poor. … By declaring itself a developing country as part of the negotiations, China was able to take on fewer commitments at the WTO. However, 17 years into its WTO membership, China has surged to become the second largest economy in the world.” (04/25/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/what-trump-gets-right-about-china-trade

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30) How neocons destroyed a chance for peace with Iran after 9/11
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tho Bishop

“As a direct revolt to a western-backed regime, revolutionary Iran was inherently hostile to the United States. … While some attempts were made to de-thaw relations between the two countries during the H.W. Bush Administration, all progress was wiped away when the Clinton Administration ordered a full embargo of Iran in 1995. Then the attacks on 9/11 happened. The Iranian government condemned terrorism, while citizens of the country took to streets with candles to remember the victims. Then the Iran government offered military assistance to the United States in their efforts against Afghanistan and al Qaeda. … For a moment, it looked like 9/11 could have been the catalyst for a new era of relations between the US and Iran. Then in 2002, David Frum was asked by President George W. Bush to write his State of the Union address.” (04/25/18)

https://mises.org/wire/how-neocons-destroyed-chance-peace-iran-after-911

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31) Democrats who vote for Pompeo will disgrace themselves and their party
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Imagine a nominee for Secretary of State who is so bigoted that he once accused Christian organizations and houses of worship of remaining silent about crimes committed in the name of Christianity by groups like the far-right Army of God or the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army of Joseph Kony. Imagine that this nominee said that the “silence… from the best-funded Christian advocacy organizations and many churches across America is absolutely deafening,’ that it ‘casts doubt upon … adherents of the Christian faith,’ and that it made Christian leaders ‘potentially complicit’ in acts of terror like the murder of an abortion doctor or the bombing of a clinic.” (04/25/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180424/democrats-who-vote-for-pompeo-will-disgrace-themselves-and-their-party

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32) The Hannity Rule
Source: The American Spectator
by Jeffrey Lord

“So you want to be a journalist — or you are one now? In light of the news that the media finds that Sean Hannity’s friendship with Trump lawyer Michael Cohen should have been noted in every Hannity-Cohen interview, and with the news that the Guardian is now making Hannity’s private real estate dealings a news story? Now the new rules of journalism are clear — and the Trump Administration is responding quickly. Henceforth, all practicing journalists in the United States must fill out a required Form for Transparent Journalism and file with the U.S. Office of Journalism that the Trump Administration has now established by executive order within the Department of Justice, retroactive to April 1, 2018. It is known informally as ‘The Hannity Rule.’ The form is reprinted below …” [editor’s note: Fun satire if it wasn’t created in defense of Hannity’s self-dealing welfare queenism – TLK] (04/25/18)

https://spectator.org/the-hannity-rule/

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33) FDA issues first mandatory recall for contaminated food
Source: Independent Institute
by Raymond March

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a mandatory recall for Triangle Pharmanaturals, a Las Vegas-based herbal supplements company. The company’s products were linked to a shipment of kratom which tested positive for salmonella. In most cases, companies comply when the FDA recommends a product recall. Triangle Pharmanaturals, however, was not cooperative with the agency’s request, failing to return phone calls and respond to an email. This is the first time the FDA has issued a mandatory recall for a contaminated food item. While the FDA has long had the authority to order mandatory recalls for drugs, it was granted the power to issue mandatory recalls for food products under the Food, Safety, and Modernization Act of 2011. It is also the first time the FDA has exercised this power.” (04/25/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/04/25/fda-issues-first-mandatory-recall-for-contaminated-food/

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34) Quantum Vibe, 04/25/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (04/25/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1788

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35) The centre cannot hold
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The British may spell their words in funny ways, but their political problems do not seem all that foreign. Their left-of-center party has gone far left, Marxoid left; their right-of-center party has gone ultra-incompetent. A healthy majority of Brits disapprove of both parties. So, no wonder many Brits are looking to create a new one. A new centrist political party, no less.” (04/25/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/25/the-centre-cannot-hold/

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36) How Bitcoin Cash can avoid the same mistakes as Bitcoin Core, part 1
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jonald Fyookball

“The bitcoin cash (BCH) community understands key principles: Bitcoin should be a peer to peer Electronic Cash system; most users can use SPV wallets instead of running their own node; ‘second layer’ scaling solutions are often unnecessary and problematic. While important, and it places the BCH ahead of others, education isn’t only about the scaling debate.” (04/25/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/how-bitcoin-cash-can-avoid-the-same-mistakes-as-bitcoin-core-part-1/

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37) Moving people, not cars
Source: The American Prospect
by Joan Fitzgerald

“Bike rentals are popping up in every major U.S. city, a harbinger of the desire of more and more people to break the car habit. Enthusiasts have visions of Copenhagen and Amsterdam, where about 40 percent of people commute to work and do many errands by bike. Yet few American cities have separate lanes in which bikes can safely travel. Meanwhile, bus rapid transit (buses moving in their own lanes that drive up to platforms and are boarded like trains) is catching on as a lower-cost alternative to expensive subways. But here’s the catch that is slowing the shift to both bikes and modern buses: There are only so many lanes on a given street, and at some point these uses compete with each other — unless cars are given less space to hog the road.” [editor’s note: This addresses exactly the issue we are facing in Nashville – SAT] (04/25/18)

http://prospect.org/article/moving-people-not-cars

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38) Washington’s attack on Syria was a mockery of the world
Source: CounterPunch
by Manuel E Yepe

“An American friend of mine believes that when Donald Trump’s presidency ends – no matter how it ends – the best account will have to be in a comic strip book that would be the most hilarious in American history. However, the disastrous effects in terms of deaths and misfortunes that the madness of this clown is leaving on people, peoples and nations throughout the world are not compatible with a festive approach to the suffering caused by this grotesque character and his gang of hawks. In recent days, the US armed forces have made a huge fool of themselves in the name of satisfying the will of their mad president. In the process, they have made their counterparts in France and the United Kingdom look like foolish satellites.” (04/25/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/04/25/washingtons-attack-on-syria-was-a-mockery-of-the-world/

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39) Toronto van attack is all the fault of sexual libertines
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Now here is a truly interesting explanation for that ghastly killing attack in Toronto, where a guy deliberately drove a van through the crowds. We’ve a quite serious suggestion — in The Guardian no less — that this is the result of sexual liberty. Sexual libertinism even — for the way that this works out in humans is that some possibly significant group of men lose out. Please do note that I’ve no idea whether this is actually true or not and also that it’s not an excuse for the horrendous crime of multiple murder. I’m not even going to try to use it as a warning of anything. It is though an interesting explication …” (04/25/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/sex/toronto-van-attack-is-all-the-fault-of-sexual-libertines/

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40) Bremmer: “We’re going to see a lot more walls”
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, Steve Bannon, the architect of the unexpected victory, told The Hollywood Reporter that ‘the globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia.’ The last few years have seen the rise of an anti-establishment, anti-immigration politics in many Western countries. Brexit, Trump, and the new far-right strength in Europe have all been interpreted as part of this trend. In his new book Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, political scientist Ian Bremmer surveys the backlash to globalism. As president of risk consultancy firm the Eurasia Group and a foreign policy pundit writing for Time, Bremmer believes the criticism of globalization on both the left and right is largely correct.” (04/24/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148109/were-going-see-lot-walls

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41) The Iran regime change crew is back
Source: The Atlantic
by Vali Nasr

“Among the most strident critics of the nuclear deal with Iran are those who believe it furthers the survival of its leadership. By throwing Iran’s rulers an economic lifeline, they believe, the deal is an abject failure. America’s goal, they say, should never have been ‘denuclearization,’ but regime change. These days, those regime-change evangelists having shrugged off the lessons of the Iraq war, are back at the helm of U.S. foreign policy. John Bolton, Donald Trump’s new national-security adviser, has long advocated regime change in Iran, and more recently has argued that the administration should openly embrace it as a foreign-policy goal. At the same time, Bolton and his ilk are pushing for a denuclearization deal with North Korea ahead of Trump’s planned summit with Kim Jong Un, the country’s leader. Preparations for the meeting will likely be in full swing by May 12, the next deadline for extending the Iran deal. The Trump administration, in other words, could find itself in the odd situation of tearing down the nuclear deal with Iran while pursuing a similar deal with North Korea.” (04/25/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/04/iran-nuclear-deal-bolton-trump-regime-change/558785/

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42) Closing the debt-driven fiscal gap just got a lot harder
Source: Heartland Institute
by Barry Poulson & John Merrifield

“The CBO measures fiscal sustainability by estimating the fiscal gap — the change in savings required to stabilize the debt-to-GDP ratio. The most recent CBO estimate of the fiscal gap is 1.9% of GDP; at that rate, it would take 30 years to stabilize America’s debt-to-GDP ratio. The CBO concludes that fiscal policies are not sustainable under current law and that closing the fiscal gap requires the implementation of multiple fundamental fiscal reforms — most important among these, entitlement reforms. The CBO’s ‘Long Term Forecasts’ have been criticized for not using dynamic scoring to capture the positive impact on economic growth made by free-market policy reforms, such as the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. But there is a more basic problem with the CBO’s forecasts: The CBO estimates the fiscal gap based on budgeted federal spending and revenues. In our research, we simulate total federal spending based on historical data that include emergency spending as well as budgeted spending.” (04/24/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/04/closing-the-debt-driven-fiscal-gap-just-got-a-lot-harder/

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43) The trial of Alfie Evans
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Courts have sometimes intervened when parents deny their children medical treatment but, in this case, they have prevented parents from seeking care aimed, by definition, at saving a child’s life. Even if the procedure fails, it may yield breakthroughs that researchers apply to future cases of this exceedingly rare condition. One wonders how Europe arrived at the point that its courts seem willing to provoke an international incident in order to deny a child medical care.” (04/24/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/04/24/trial-alfie-evans

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44) Kanye West and the awesome power of celebrity
Source: Town Hall
by Frank Cannon

“By this point, conservatives have become accustomed to the Left’s favored tactic for dealing with opposing viewpoints. Instead of making a compelling argument with the aim of winning on its merits, the Left prefers to shame, label, and character assassinate those who dare to disagree in an attempt to silence dissent. It’s a tactic that often works to perfection, which is why they continue to use it. The threat of social or economic harm is often enough to coerce an individual to remain silent rather than publicly voice an opinion contrary to the Left’s preferred viewpoint.” (04/24/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/frankcannon/2018/04/24/kanye-west-and-the-awesome-power-of-celebrity-n2474081

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45) What gun control advocates can learn from London’s knife attacks
Source: Independent Institute
by William Watkins

“The powers in London are grappling with a rash of stabbings and wondering what to do. The statist instinct is to take knives from the people. That’s the American response to gun violence and the British response to knife attacks. Yesterday The Express ran a headline: ‘London bloodbath: 60th violent murder in London just yards from Corbyn’s home.’ Reuters reports that ‘London police investigated more murders than their New York counterparts did over the last two months, statistics show, as the British capital’s mayor vowed to fight a ‘violent scourge’ on the streets.’ But shouldn’t London be one of the safest cities in the west? According to the BBC: ‘The UK has some of the toughest gun control laws in the world.’” (04/24/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/04/24/what-gun-control-advocates-can-learn-from-londons-knife-attacks/

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46) I predict: The CIA’s JFK cover-up will continue tomorrow
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Tomorrow, April 26, is the new deadline set by President Trump for the release by the National Archives of JFK-assassination-related records of the CIA and other federal agencies. Despite all the hoopla in the mainstream press last fall about how the National Archives had released some of the records, many in redacted form, it is estimated that the National Archives is keeping more than 368,000 pages still secret from the American people. … Will President Trump and the National Archives comply with the law deadline and release those 368,000 pages of 50-year-old secret records? My prediction: It’s not going to happen. Those records have been kept secret for more than 50 years for a reason. And that reason has nothing to do with ‘national security,’ no matter what definition one puts on that nebulous term.” (04/25/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/04/25/predict-cias-jfk-cover-will-continue-tomorrow/

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47) Are cop-assisted promposals charming or alarming?
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“After a police officer pulls over a teenaged girl without any legal justification and frightens her to the verge of tears, the local press portrays the incident as charming rather than alarming. You know what that means: Prom season is upon us. The cop-assisted promposal, in which police help a teenager carry out a prank that ends with an invitation to the big dance, has become a familiar springtime ritual, documented in online videos and feel-good newspaper stories. But beneath the warm and fuzzy images of adolescent couples lurks a disturbing willingness to tolerate abuses of power by police officers as long as their motives are pure. When a cop makes a traffic stop, he is using his special powers as an armed agent of the state to forcibly detain someone. Under the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits ‘unreasonable searches and seizures,’ he needs a good reason to use those powers — typically, ‘reasonable suspicion’ of a crime or traffic violation. There is no promposal exception to the Fourth Amendment.” (04/25/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/04/25/are-cop-assisted-promposals-charming-or

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48) How did Britain end up at number 40 on the world press-freedom rankings?
Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“Britain prides itself on being an historic home of freedom and the free press. So how come we are languishing in 40th place in the international press-freedom table? Imagine the crowds singing an updated version of Rule Britannia at the Last Night of the Proms, about how Britain ‘shall flourish great and free / The dread and envy of them all / Except for the 39 freer nations, obvs.’ According to the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, published on Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the UK is now ‘one of the worst-ranked countries in Western Europe in terms of respect for press freedom.’ Its 40th place puts the UK one ahead of Burkina Faso and two clear of Taiwan, and suggests that journalists working in Britain have less freedom to hold the powerful to account than those in such liberal states as South Africa, Chile or Lithuania.” (04/25/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/mick-hume-press-freedom-rankings/

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49) Let state & local governments lead infrastructure investment
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Jay Jacobs

“In early March 2018, Congressional hearings began on the Trump Administration’s ‘Framework for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America.’ While the President’s proposals will be debated vigorously, and the approach that will finally emerge from such debate is uncertain, one fact is not in dispute: the nation’s infrastructure is in dire need of investment. Our transit, water, electric power and other systems, many of which date back to the middle of the last century, are long overdue for renewal or upgrading. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave America’s infrastructure a D+ on its quadrennial ‘Report Card’ last year. … A key part of the solution, according to ASCE, is to ‘… create incentives for state and local governments and the private sector to invest in maintenance, and to improve the efficiency and performance of existing infrastructure.’” (04/24/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/let-state-and-local-governments-lead-infrastructure-investment

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50) The pretty little lies behind America’s interventions
Source: The American Conservative
by Jon Basil Utley

“Official Washington and those associated with it have misrepresented the facts numerous times in the service of military actions that might not otherwise have taken place. In the Middle East, these interventions have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Arab civilians, brought chaos to Iraq and Libya, and led to the expulsion of a million Christians from communities where they have lived since biblical times. The most famous of these episodes, of course, was the U.S. government’s assurance to the world that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which formed the basis for the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. The government also insisted Saddam had ties to al-Qaeda, bolstering the call to war. Of course neither was true. But even before that …” (04/25/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-pretty-little-lies-behind-americas-interventions/

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51) Reason Podcast, 04/25/18
Source: Reason

“In an age of bots, trolls, and ‘fake news,’ we need to up our media-literacy game like never before, says Michael Socolow, a journalism professor at University of Maine and the author of Six Minutes in Berlin: Broadcast Spectacle and Rowing Gold at the Nazi Olympics. In a wide-ranging conversation with Reason’s Nick Gillespie, Socolow gives three easy rules that keep ‘smart people from spreading dumb ideas:’ Don’t share news that doesn’t have substantiating links, be wary of stories that perfectly confirm your pre-existing biases, and (for god’s sake!) always ask yourself why you’re talking in the first place.” [various formats] (04/25/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/04/25/michael-socolow-podcast

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52) Words & Numbers, 04/25/18
Source: Foundation for Economic Education

“In today’s strange climate of political correctness, free speech exists in a weird place. Safe spaces, First Amendment zones, the attitude of victimization, and accusations that ‘your fave is problematic’ abound. And yet, important things, challenging things, dangerous things still need to be said and are being said. One critical ‘loophole’ for dodging the would-be censors to get these ideas out into the world is comedy. Comedians live in a peculiar kind of in-between that allows for a certain audacity in messaging that doesn’t quite exist for, say, politicians or activists. Special guest Lou Perez from We The Internet joins James and Antony to talk about messaging, humor, and more on this week’s episode of Words and Numbers.” [various formats] (04/25/18)

https://fee.org/articles/can-comedy-change-the-world/

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53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/25/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“That was quick! Just a month after President Trump vowed to get US troops out of Syria ‘like, soon,’ a visit from French President Macron has him singing a different tune. Now he’s vowed to remain in Syria to prevent Iran from ‘controlling the Mediterranean.’ Macron even bragged about convincing Trump to flip flop!” [Flash video] (04/25/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/macron-changes-trumps-tune-were-staying-in-syria

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54) Political Research Digest, episode 15
Source: Niskanen Center

“We’re increasing defense spending and launching military strikes — and we’re putting it all on the national credit card. That may be no coincidence. Sarah Kreps finds that Americans are more supportive of wars when they are financed through debt rather than taxes. Across the world, Matt DiGiuseppe finds that a nation’s creditworthiness leads to more military spending, especially in response to threats. Military power and conflict used to be financed by taxes, limiting democracies’ appetites–but now that accountability has been lost.” [various formats] (04/25/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/episode-15-how-debt-finance-leads-to-war-and-defense-spending/

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55) Scott Adams Says, 04/25/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams asks Joel Pollack to explain the Iranian nuke deal. With delicious coffee.” [editor’s note: Pollack either has zero idea what the hell he’s talking about or is lying like a rug – TLK] (04/25/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/w/1vOxwAZeBVVGB

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56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 185
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #185, I give my take on the establishment’s glorification of past presidents. Then, I address the most important stories in the news. Rand Paul endorsed Pompeo to be Secretary of State. The Koreans continue to move towards peace. In Afghanistan, a voter registration drive has spurred attacks by the Taliban and ISIS-K. I update Cuba, Syria, and Yemen.” [various formats] (04/25/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-185-pompeo-korea-war-criminals

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57) Electric Libertyland, episode 69
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland host Brian McWilliams rails a bit about Rand Paul’s flipping opposition to Mike Pompeo’s Secretary of State nomination, then welcomes in journalist Ford Fischer of News2Share.com to discuss his experience on the ground in Newman, GA covering a neo nazi rally that drew far more Antifa than nazis. The Georgia event resulted in conflicts between the massive police force in attendance and counter-protesters, both of whom outnumbered event organizers many times over. Brian and Ford then move on to discuss questions of the state’s duty to protect free speech vs. simply stand back to allow it, and where that line is drawn. Finally, the pair look at a conversation Ford had with sex workers following the passing of the FOSTA Sex Trafficking bill that has curtailed free speech online and damaged sex workers’ ability to make a living, while arguably doing nothing to stop actual sex trafficking.” [various formats] (04/25/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/04/25/journalist-ford-fischer-on-georgias-neo-nazi-rally-and-more/

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58) Intercepted, 04/25/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: [Ralph] Nader analyzes the state of the Democratic Party, the DNC lawsuit against Russia, Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks, and lays out the John Bolton threat. As the CIA wages a domestic propaganda campaign to push through Gina Haspel’s nomination, Jeremy breaks down the history of the CIA and the Church Committee investigations. Whistleblower and Senate candidate Chelsea Manning talks about prison, whistleblowing, comparisons to Edward Snowden, and her campaign. And artist Ricardo Cortes (‘Go the Fuck to Sleep’) talks about the secret history of the coca and cola in your Coke, jury nullification, his post-9/11 coloring book about xenophobia, and his latest work, ‘Sea Creatures from the Sky,’ a children’s book about otherness.” [various formats] (04/25/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/25/intercepted-podcast-the-haspel-ultimatum/

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59) Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show, 04/25/18
Source: Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show

“Christine Smith our political expert analyst on Illegal Immigration.” [editor’s note: Yes, she’s gone completely over the top batshit insane. Think of it as stand-up – TLK] [Flash audio or MP3] (04/25/18)

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60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1142
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Why does politics so consistently yield perverse outcomes, of a sort it would be unthinkable to encounter in the private sector? Bob Murphy joins me for a discussion of Public Choice theory, which applies an understanding of economic incentives to the way political institutions operate.” [various formats] (04/25/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1142-why-does-politics-yield-perverse-outcomes-again-and-again/

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61) Free Talk Live, 04/24/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Overprotective College Restricts Outdoor Club :: Universal Basic Income :: Universal Basic Assets? :: Equality is False :: More Forced Wealth Distribution Discussion :: Sex :: Prison Lockdown :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/24/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-24

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62) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/24/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Administrative law judges tend to work in obscurity. In Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, the proper role of these administrators is squarely before the U.S. Supreme Court. Andrew M. Grossman comments.” [various formats] (04/24/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/lucia-v-securities-exchange-commission

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63) Leading Liberty Podcast, 04/24/18
Source: Leading Liberty

“Jeffrey Tucker Joins the Libertarian Party.” [various formats] (04/24/18)

http://heyjenngray.com/jeffrey-tucker-joins-libertarian-party/

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64) Reality Check, 04/24/18
Source: Truth in Media

“What Venezuela’s National Crypto Means for Decentralization.” [Flash video] (04/24/18)

http://truthinmedia.com/reality-check-venezuela-crypto-decentralization/

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/24/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Jonah Goldberg (National Review, L.A. Times) … Jonah’s new book, Suicide of the West … Children of the affluent who hate affluence … Jonah criticizes the Howard-Zinnified view of history … The problem with Alinskyite conservatives … Capitalism and its (white conservative) discontents … The trouble with being a measured conservative critic of Trump (i.e., being Jonah) … Jonah’s plan for Western Suicide prevention.” [Flash video] (04/24/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52658

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