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Volume XVI, Issue #3,962
Friday, April 27th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Russia presents unharmed Syrians to OPCW, western envoys condemn “stunt”
2) PA: Cosby convicted on three counts of sexual assault
3) Pompeo confirmed, sworn in as Secretary of State
4) Special master named to review documents in Michael Cohen case
5) MI: Regime approves marijuana legalization vote for November
6) Trump to visit United Kingdom in July
7) MN: Dayton grandstands on “opioid epidemic,” unveils new medical meddling
8) Dog bites man: Trump delays release of JFK files
9) Rwandans shocked by discovery of genocide-era mass graves
10) Jackson withdraws as Veterans Affairs nominee
11) WI: At least 11 hurt in refinery explosion
12) Pakistan: Foreign minister Khawaja Asif disqualified as member of Parliament
13) MS: Democratic Senate candidate is Republican carpetbagger
14) NY: Cuomo sends ICE thugs cease-and-desist letter, calls abductions illegal
15) Alexa skill developed to eavesdrop on conversations; Amazon fixes vulnerability
16) US forces invade Russia
17) Judge: Bars are allowed to throw out Trump supporters
18) US falls in World Press Freedom Index
19) Study: Certain common medications tied to 30% higher dementia risk
20) Video game loot boxes are now considered criminal gambling in Belgium

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Your child is the property of the state
22) California secession: A good start
23) Dismantling Roosevelt’s New Deal
24) Too many foreign policy double standards hurt US credibility
25) Lab-grown meat is coming to your supermarket. Ranchers are fighting back.
26) HUD’s Carson offers tenants insults, not solutions
27) Cuba’s black elephant: Challenges to a democratic transition
28) A eulogy for Corneliu Mateescu
29) “Wants” unmoored from willingness to pay are mere fancies
30) Power to rule
31) Despite enviable safety record, Chernobyl’s ghost still haunts nuclear power industry
32) Ford serves limited-mobility patients, lifts burden on taxpayers
33) How did Trump get authorization to bomb Syria?
34) The nonredundant free press clause
35) Rand Paul, Pompeo, and the Koch connection
36) Why are our countries led by the worst people imaginable?
37) Never let anyone call you crazy for doubting establishment war narratives
38) Twirling toward freedom?
39) Germany and the perils of online censorship
40) Rent control is too damn likely
41) Trump foes seek to take away his legal rights — endangering everyone’s rights
42) Why the DNC is fighting WikiLeaks and not Wall Street
43) Economic warfare
44) Platform censorship won’t fix the Internet
45) Drug price reforms come with expensive side-effects
46) Why Keynesian multiplier is an illusion
47) In the securities era, ICOs pleading ignorance have no place to hide
48) Chappaquiddick film goes deeper than politics
49) Joe Biden, Dems and the race card: They don’t leave home without it
50) Earth Day: More about hurling tomatoes than planting them

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Scott Adams Says, 04/26/18
52) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/26/18
53) Reality Check, 04/26/18
54) Clear and Present Danger, episode 7
55) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/26/18
56) Start Making Sense, 04/26/18
57) Free Talk Live, 04/25/18
58) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 158
59) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/25/18
60) Fresh Air, 04/25/18

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

1) Russia presents unharmed Syrians to OPCW, western envoys condemn “stunt”
Source: Reuters

“Russia and Syria presented more than a dozen unharmed people from Ghouta, Syria, at the premises of the Organisation for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons on Thursday to support claims there was no chemical attack in the region this month. Britain dismissed the move as a theatrical ‘stunt,’ and said allied powers including France and the United States had boycotted the closed-door briefing. … One child, identified by Syrian government-provided translators as 11-year-old Hasan Diab from Ghouta, said he had been to a hospital after the attack. ‘They started pouring water on me in the hospital. I don’t know why,’ he said. The boy resembled the child seen in a video widely shown on Western television stations after the alleged attack. Russia’s ambassador to the Netherlands said the video was ‘staged’ by the White Helmets, a Syrian aid group that receives funding from the U.S. and other Western governments.” (04/26/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-chemicalweapons/russia-presents-unharmed-syrians-to-opcw-western-envoys-condemn-stunt-idUSKBN1HX27P

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2) PA: Cosby convicted on three counts of sexual assault
Source: Washington Post

“Iconic entertainer Bill Cosby was convicted on three counts of sexual assault, a decision that punctuates one of the most thundering falls from grace in American cultural history. Cosby faces a maximum of 10 years for each count of assault. No sentencing date has been set. The conviction comes in a retrial of a 2017 case in which a mistrial was declared. … A 7-man, 5-woman jury took less than two days to convict Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a Temple University women’s basketball operations director more than three decades his junior who the comedian lured into his home with promises of mentorship.” (04/26/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/bill-cosby-convicted-on-three-counts-of-sexual-assault/2018/04/26/d740ef22-4885-11e8-827e-190efaf1f1ee_story.html

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3) Pompeo confirmed, sworn in as Secretary of State
Source: Yahoo! News

“Former CIA director Mike Pompeo was sworn in as America’s top diplomat Thursday after a bruising battle over his hardliner image, and immediately embarked on a mission to Europe and the Middle East with a strong declaration of support from President Donald Trump. Pompeo overcame stiff opposition in the Senate from Democrats who warned he would add fuel to Trump’s aggressive foreign policy. But ultimately, the 54-year-old West Point graduate and former congressman beat back critics, easily winning Senate confirmation in a 57-42 vote. Just over one hour later, he was sworn in as secretary of state by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito at the White House.” (04/26/18)

https://au.news.yahoo.com/senate-approves-pompeo-us-secretary-state-180221125–spt.html

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4) Special master named to review documents in Michael Cohen case
Source: The Hill

“The federal judge overseeing the case against President Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, on Thursday appointed a former federal judge to review the documents seized in a raid of his office and hotel room, according to multiple reports. Judge Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York appointed Barbara Jones — who served a 16-year term on the Manhattan’s federal court and is now a partner at law firm Bracewell — to serve as the ‘special master’ and decide which of Cohen’s materials are protected by attorney-client privilege and what can be reviewed by federal prosecutors, the The New York Post reported. The quick decision came after Wood received a letter Thursday morning from federal prosecutors in Manhattan withdrawing their objection to Cohen’s request for a special master.” (04/26/18)

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/385027-special-master-named-to-review-documents-in-michael-cohen-case

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5) MI: Regime approves marijuana legalization vote for November
Source: Detroit Free Press

“The battle to free the weed officially started Thursday when the State Board of Canvassers ruled that a group pushing a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use got enough signatures to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot. The 4-0 decision by the board was met with cheers by advocates for the proposal. … Michigan voters have already weighed in on marijuana once, approving cannabis for medical use in 2008 by a 63%-37% margin.” (04/26/18)

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/04/26/michigan-recreational-marijuana-legalize/551936002/

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6) Trump to visit United Kingdom in July
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump will visit the United Kingdom in July, the White House and Downing Street announced on Thursday, finally concluding a months-long back-and-forth over when Trump would at last visit America’s closest ally. … The trip will not constitute the ‘state visit’ that Prime Minister Theresa May triumphantly announced more than a year ago from the White House. The first foreign leader to visit Trump after his inauguration, May had hoped the high honor — extended directly from Queen Elizabeth II herself — would help solidify the US-UK ‘special relationship’ at a moment of uncertainty.
Since then, however, tensions have persisted between the two governments, including over Trump’s criticism of London’s mayor, his tweets about a bombing in London, and his retweets of an extreme right-wing British group. Instead, Trump’s stopover will be categorized as a ‘working visit,’ without elaborate trappings like a horse parade or a state dinner at Buckingham Palace.” (04/26/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/26/politics/trump-uk-visit-july/index.html

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7) MN: Dayton grandstands on “opioid epidemic,” unveils new medical meddling
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday unveiled new state limits on opioid prescribing, along with grants in eight communities to educate doctors and other caregivers on how to manage patient pain with less reliance on addictive painkillers. The guidelines encourage [sic] doctors to prescribe low doses of short-acting opioids for pain following injuries or surgeries, to monitor patients for addictions after these initial prescriptions run out, and to refrain in new patients from using the drugs for the unproven treatment of long-term, chronic pain. Dayton said these limits are needed to reduce the rising number of addictions and deaths related to prescription opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone: ‘The proliferation of these narcotics is really frightening.’” [editor’s note: Just checked Dayton’s bio. Nope, not a doctor, just playing one on TV – TLK] (04/26/18)

http://www.startribune.com/gov-dayton-unveils-limits-on-prescriptions-grants-to-cut-opioids/480967871/

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8) Dog bites man: Trump delays release of JFK files
Source: CBS News

“Back in October, President Trump blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy, agreeing to appeals from the CIA and FBI. Now, Mr. Trump has accepted a recommendation from the National Archives to keep the lid closed on some records for now, more than five decades after the 35th president was killed. Mr. Trump wrote in a memo issued Thursday that some of the classified documents are ‘of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.’ Mr. Trump allowed the release of some documents, but others, the president decided, will be delayed until 2021. The FBI and CIA had said the release could jeopardize national security.” [editor’s note: It’s been 55 years. How long until the people whose asses are obviously being covered kept covered in the name of “national security” are dead? – TLK] (04/26/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-decides-remaining-jfk-files-will-remain-secret/

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9) Rwandans shocked by discovery of genocide-era mass graves
Source: ABC News

“Mass graves that authorities say could contain more than 2,000 bodies have been discovered in Rwanda nearly a quarter-century after the country’s genocide, and further graves are being sought nearby. The new discovery is being called the most significant in a long time in this East African nation that is still recovering from the 1994 killings of more than 800,000 people. Some Rwandans are shocked and dismayed that residents of the community outside the capital, Kigali, where the mass graves were found kept quiet about them for so many years. … The discovery of the graves in Gasabo district came just days after Rwanda marked 24 years since the mass killings of ethnic Tutsi and moderate ethnic Hutus.” (04/26/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/rwandans-shocked-discovery-genocide-era-mass-graves-54746162

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10) Jackson withdraws as Veterans Affairs nominee
Source: The Hill

“Navy Adm. Ronny Jackson on Thursday announced he is withdrawing as President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amid mounting accusations of misconduct. In a lengthy statement, Jackson called the allegations ‘false and fabricated,’ but said he is pulling out to allow Trump to move forward. … Trump on Thursday praised Jackson as a ‘highly respected’ doctor and blamed Democrats for sinking his nomination, even though many Republicans also wanted Jackson to pull out. … The president also threatened political retaliation against the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), for releasing the accusations against Jackson. Tester faces reelection in November.” (04/26/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/384642-trump-va-pick-withdraws-nomination

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11) WI: At least 11 hurt in refinery explosion
Source: CNBC

“A tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded at a large refinery in Wisconsin on Thursday, injuring 11 people and causing a blast that one worker described as sounding like a sonic boom. … The explosion at the Husky Energy oil refinery happened Thursday morning. Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger has said there are no known fatalities. Panger earlier said the fire was out, but Superior police tweeted that the fire has reignited but that there is no need for residents to evacuate.” (04/26/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/26/explosion-rocks-wisconsin-refinery-at-least-5-hurt.html

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12) Pakistan: Foreign minister Khawaja Asif disqualified as member of Parliament
Source: Times of India [India]

“The Islamabad High Court today disqualified Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif as a member of the parliament because he holds an ‘iqama,’ or a work permit, from the United Arab Emirates, reported Pakistani media. A petitioner of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party, who lost elections to Asif in 2013, had filed the petition against Asif last year, seeking his’ disqualification for holding the foreign permit. A three-member special bench of the Islamabad high court stated that Asif was not even qualified to contest polls in 2013.” (04/26/18)

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/pakistan-foreign-minister-khawaja-asif-disqualified-as-member-of-parliament/articleshow/63924981.cms

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13) MS: Democratic Senate candidate is Republican carpetbagger
Source: Jackson Clarion-Ledger

“More questions are being raised about the party loyalties of Howard Sherman, who is running as a Democrat for the Mississippi U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Roger Wicker. Jackson lawyer Sam Begley on Tuesday provided The Associated Press with a California voter registration document showing Sherman registered as a Republican there and voted in the 2012 and 2016 Republican presidential primaries.” (04/25/18)

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/25/document-democratic-candidate-howard-sherman-republican-california/552215002/

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14) NY: Cuomo sends ICE thugs cease-and-desist letter, calls abductions illegal
Source: Washington Post

“New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) issued a cease-and-desist letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday, accusing the agency of making illegal arrests and describing its ‘aggressive tactics’ in recent immigration raids across the state as unconstitutional and ‘un-American.’ Cuomo’s letter comes days after ICE completed an immigration raid in New York City and its surrounding counties that netted 225 suspected undocumented immigrants, 180 of whom had criminal convictions or pending charges, according to the agency. The legal status of a gubernatorial ‘cease-and-desist’ order against the United States government is unclear. At a news conference and in writing to ICE, Cuomo described multiple incidents in which he said ICE agents stormed private property without warning, without identifying themselves and without a warrant to [abduct] undocumented immigrants.” (04/26/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/04/26/that-is-un-american-new-york-gov-cuomo-sends-ice-cease-and-desist-letter-calls-arrests-illegal

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15) Alexa skill developed to eavesdrop on conversations; Amazon fixes vulnerability
Source: NDTV [India]

“Amazon has undoubtedly made our lives a little easier by letting Alexa hear what we need — whether it’s the latest news headlines or weather updates, or some random jokes — and respond accordingly. But the ability to listen to our words could become dangerous if it works in an always-on mode. This is what some security researchers have discovered by creating a ‘skill’ that enabled Echo devices to eavesdrop on conversations. The skill leveraged a reported vulnerability that made Alexa active even after ending a session. The researchers at cyber-security company Checkmarx hid the malicious application in a simple calculator skill that is meant to solve common mathematics problems. … Amazon has addressed the issue after receiving its report from the Checkmarx team and has tweaked Alexa to shut down any uncommon sessions in which the microphone receives responses for a longer-than-usual time.” (04/26/18)

https://gadgets.ndtv.com/tv/news/alexa-skill-to-eavesdrop-conversation-developed-1843160

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16) US forces invade Russia
Source: Washington Post

“U.S. State Department officials have drilled out locks to inspect the former Russian consul general’s Seattle residence, a day after Russian staff vacated the site. President Donald Trump’s administration announced last month the diplomatic outpost would be closed and 60 Russian diplomats expelled nationwide to punish Moscow for its alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain. … The Russian Embassy objected on Twitter, describing it as an invasion. The Russians own the building and the U.S. owns the land it sits on.” (04/25/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/us-officials-inspect-russian-consular-home-in-seattle/2018/04/25/921a58d2-48c8-11e8-8082-105a446d19b8_story.html

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17) Judge: Bars are allowed to throw out Trump supporters
Source: New York Post

“Cheers, Trump haters. A Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday that there’s nothing ‘outrageous’ about throwing the president’s supporters out of bars — because the law doesn’t protect against political discrimination. Philadelphia accountant Greg Piatek, 31, was bounced from a West Village watering hole in January 2017, just after Trump took the oath of office, for wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap, according to his lawsuit over the incident. … Piatek had sued for unspecified emotional damages, but the judge said the incident amounted to nothing more than a ‘petty’ slight.” (04/25/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/04/25/judge-bars-are-allowed-to-throw-out-trump-supporters/

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18) US falls in World Press Freedom Index
Source: Yahoo! News

“Urged on by influential figures such as U.S. President Donald Trump, a growing number of world leaders are openly encouraging hostility toward the news media as journalists across the globe face increasing animosity for their work, according to a report by an international press watchdog organization. That is the conclusion from the 2018 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders, or RSF. The annual ranking, released on Wednesday and which also showed a big decline in freedom of speech across the world, dropped the U.S. two positions from its 2017 position, to No. 45 overall.” (04/26/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-falls-world-press-freedom-index-040500037.html

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19) Study: Certain common medications tied to 30% higher dementia risk
Source: CNN

“Many older adults know that long-term use of certain medications can negatively affect cognition and increase one’s risk of dementia. But a new study suggests that some classes of anticholinergic drugs — particularly those used to treat depression, Parkinson’s and urinary incontinence — carry a higher risk than others. … The new study, published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal, looked at the risk of new-onset dementia among nearly 350,000 older adults in the United Kingdom. The researchers found that people who used certain types of anticholinergics, such as those used to treat depression, Parkinson’s and urinary incontinence, for a year or more had about a 30% increased risk of developing dementia down the road.” (04/25/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/25/health/anticholinergic-drugs-dementia-risk-study/index.html

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20) Video game loot boxes are now considered criminal gambling in Belgium
Source: Ars Technica

“The Belgian Gaming Commission has determined that randomized loot boxes in at least three games count as ‘games of chance,’ and publishers could therefore be subject to fines and prison sentences under the country’s gaming legislation. A statement by Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens (machine translation) identifies loot boxes in Overwatch, FIFA 18, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive as meeting the criteria for that ‘game of chance’ definition …. The three games noted above must remove their loot boxes or be in criminal violation of the country’s gaming legislation, Geens writes. That law carries penalties of up to €800,000 and five years in prison, which can be doubled if ‘minors are involved.’ But Geens says he wants to start a ‘dialogue’ with loot box providers to ‘see who should take responsibility where.’” (04/25/18)

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/04/video-game-loot-boxes-are-now-considered-criminal-gambling-in-belgium/

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

21) Your child is the property of the state
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four took place in London, which was part of the great police state of Oceania. It is only fitting then that the real Britain has turned into an Orwellian state. The latest horror story to come from that island is the one of Alfie Evans. Alfie is suffering from a condition that has put him on life support. The doctors treating him have said that his situation cannot be cured and have therefore decided to pull the plug on his life support. When it was announced that Alfie’s life support would be pulled, the Vatican stepped in and offered to care for the boy. In order to make the process of transferring the child smoother, the Italian government granted him citizenship. This situation seems pretty straight forward. Britain doesn’t have to front any additional costs for treating the boy and doctors willing to try to treat the boy can do so. Win-win, right? Wrong. The doctors in Britain are not only unwilling to treat Alfie but they have decreed that Alfie must die and the courts have backed their call …” (04/26/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/04/26/you-child-is-the-property-of-the-state/

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22) California secession: A good start
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“As an independent nation, California would boast the fifth largest economy in the world, and would rank 36th in population (by comparison to the world’s 196 existing countries) and in the top half by area (it’s larger than Hungary, Greece, or Portugal). It has its own coastline (but its secession would still leave the US with access to the west coast via Oregon and Washington). It has its own border with a country other than the US (Mexico). It relies on other states for energy and water, but making that trade international rather than merely interstate doesn’t seem like an insuperable problem. In short, California looks like an excellent test case for independence.”

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13343

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23) Dismantling Roosevelt’s New Deal
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In the midst of the congressional debate over Donald Trump’s tax bill, leftists accused Republicans of planning to dismantle Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. While the fear-mongering was baseless, given that Republicans favor the New Deal programs and philosophy as much as liberals do, the question naturally arises: Why shouldn’t Americans dismantle this almost- century-old socialist and interventionist experiment?” (04/26/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/dismantling-roosevelts-new-dea

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24) Too many foreign policy double standards hurt US credibility
Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“American leaders like to portray the United States as an exemplar of ethical conduct in the international system. The reality is far different, and it has been for decades. Throughout the Cold War, the United States embraced extremely repressive rulers, including the Shah of Iran, Nicaragua’s Somoza family, Taiwan’s Chiang Kai-shek, and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, all the while portraying them as noble members of the ‘Free World.’ Such blatant hypocrisy and double standards continue today regarding both Washington’s own dubious behavior and the U.S. attitude toward the behavior of favored allies and friends. The gap between professed values and actual policy is especially evident in the Middle East.” (04/26/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/too-many-foreign-policy-double-standards-hurt-us-credibility

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25) Lab-grown meat is coming to your supermarket. Ranchers are fighting back.
Source: Reason
by Zach Weissmueller

“JUST is one of a handful of tech companies working to disrupt the meat production industry. While many of its competitors are pursuing better plant-based meat substitutes, JUST is pushing ahead with so-called ‘clean meat,’ or lab-grown animal tissue that requires no farming, no feeding of livestock, and no slaughterhouses. Only a single sample from a single animal that’s duplicated endlessly. JUST and companies like it are poised to disrupt the livestock industry. So established players are turning to the government to help protect their turf. The United States Cattlemen’s Association, which declined to participate in this story, submitted a petition still under consideration by the United States Department of Agriculture asking that the words ‘meat’ and ‘beef’ exclude any products that ‘are neither derived from animals, nor slaughtered in the traditional manner.’” (04/26/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/04/26/just-lab-grown-clean-meat-tetrick

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26) HUD’s Carson offers tenants insults, not solutions
Source: Our Future
by Tara Raghuveer

“75 low-and moderate-income tenants and manufactured homeowners repeatedly disrupted Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson at a speech in Las Vegas on Wednesday, asking, ‘where will we go?’ Carson’s response? Instead of offering solutions, he insulted poor tenants, saying ‘This is a perfect example of what happens when the swamp gets ahold of people.’ The disruption took place on the same day as Secretary Carson announced that HUD wants the poor to pay higher rents for public housing, not receive credit for health and child care, and meet work requirements to keep their units.” [editor’s note: Where will they go? How about out job-hunting instead of heckling at political events? – TLK] (04/26/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180426/huds-carson-insults-tenants-instead-of-offering-solutions

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27) Cuba’s black elephant: Challenges to a democratic transition
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“A ‘black elephant,’ as described to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, is ‘a cross between a black swan — a rare, low probability unanticipated event with enormous ramifications — and the elephant in the room: a problem that is widely visible to everyone, yet that no one wants to address, even though we absolutely know that one day it will have vast, black-swan-like consequences.’ For me, the term ‘black elephant’ aptly describes the challenges to a democratic transition in Cuba after six decades of totalitarian rule.” (04/26/18)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2018/04/26/cubas-black-elephant-challenges-to-a-democratic-transition/

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28) A eulogy for Corneliu Mateescu
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Cornel was born in the mid-1930s. He enjoyed an idyllic childhood with his loving parents … until the war came. Before long, young Cornel became a refugee for the first — but not the last — time in his life, as his family fled Bucharest to escape the bombing. When the war ended, Cornel endured the tyranny and privation of Communist rule for decades. But he made the best life an honest man could make for himself in such a system, working as an electrician, marrying in 1968, and becoming a father in 1971. The defining period in Cornel’s life began just three years later. Maria received permission from the Communist government to travel outside the Eastern Bloc, leaving her husband and daughter behind as hostages. When Maria reached the United States, Cornel requested permission for the whole family to join her. As usual in such cases, he was not merely refused, but insulted and threatened for his counter-revolutionary request. Unlike most people in his position, however, Cornel stood firm.” (04/26/18)

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

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29) “Wants” unmoored from willingness to pay are mere fancies
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Robert Samuelson eloquently explains that opinion polls that allegedly reveal what the public wants government to do often are highly misleading (‘Who’s afraid of global warming?’ April 26). The results of any poll that asks about a single issue — say, global warming — are not reliable because respondents are denied the opportunity to rank their preference for action on that one issue along with their preferences for action on the many other issues that government might address. A related problem with such polls is that, while they always ask what people want government to do, they too seldom ask what each respondent, personally, is willing to pay for government to do.” (04/26/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/04/wants-unmoored-willingness-pay-mere-fancies.html

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30) Power to rule
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Hein

“Jurisdiction! What an important concept! My law dictionary gives a multitude of definitions, such as ‘authority, power, or right to act,’ or ‘power to subject parties to decisions and rules.’ The role of power is implicit, if not explicit, in every definition. Whence comes this power? Another definition: ‘power conferred by constitution or law.’ What is not clearly stated is who has this power, but the identity of the powerful is easily determined. To whom are you subject? Who has authority over you? Whether it is the policeman who stops you at a ‘checkpoint,’ or a local alderman, or a building inspector, such persons can be lumped together under one term: government.” (04/26/18)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/power-to-rule

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31) Despite enviable safety record, Chernobyl’s ghost still haunts nuclear power industry
Source: Independent Institute
by William Shughart & Brian Isom

“This week marks the 32nd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Modern perceptions of Chernobyl often picture a decaying Soviet landscape forever frozen in the 1980s. A quick Google search for ‘Chernobyl disaster”‘returns images of empty classrooms with peeling wallpaper and a dilapidated amusement park, full of rusted bumper cars and overgrown with weeds. They are eerie sights to behold, and it is little wonder that they capture our imaginations. While the Chernobyl meltdown truly was a disaster, the perceptions and misunderstandings that surround the accident often undermine one of the major benefits of nuclear energy: its relative safety.” [editor’s note: If it’s so safe, why can’t nuclear operators buy insurance for full potential problems instead of relying on Uncle Sugar to artificially limit their liability under Price-Anderson? – TLK] (04/26/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/04/26/despite-enviable-safety-record/

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32) Ford serves limited-mobility patients, lifts burden on taxpayers
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Nick Zaiac

“As their mobility falls as they age, elderly people face many challenges. … at some point, many elderly people face the prospect of giving up their licenses. As a result, elderly people living on their own end up with extremely limited mobility. While some trips can be avoided, especially with the advent of online shopping and grocery delivery, some trips, such as medical appointments, are necessary. Cities like Washington, DC, have seen residents employ ambulances for such trips, straining 911 resources to the point where the city now employs triage nurses to separate emergency and non-emergency calls. To help address the influx in the latter, this month Ford announced a partnership with Detroit-centered Beaumont Health to provide these rides to Beaumont patients. The company will manage a fleet of 15 transit vans to pick up mobility-impaired individuals and shuttle them to their appointments. This partnership provides a novel example of how to provide mobility for the disadvantaged without public management.” (04/26/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/ford-serves-limited-mobility-patients-lifts-burden-taxpayers

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33) How did Trump get authorization to bomb Syria?
Source: Fox News
by Andrew P Napolitano

“A popular way to begin the first day of class in constitutional law in many American law schools is to ask the students what sets the U.S. Constitution apart from all others. Usually, they answer that it’s the clauses that guarantee the freedom of speech, privacy and due process. Yes, each of those guarantees — if upheld — is vital to restraining government, but the overarching and most important unique aspect of the Constitution is the separation of powers. The constitutions of many totalitarian countries pay lip service to free speech, privacy and due process, but none has the strict separation of powers that the U.S. does. … Two weeks ago, on the basis of evidence so flimsy that his own secretary of defense rejected it — and without any legal or constitutional authority — President Donald Trump dispatched 110 missiles to bomb certain military and civilian targets in Syria …. Can the president legally use military force to attack a foreign land without a serious threat or legal obligation or a declaration of war from Congress? In a word: No.” (04/26/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/26/judge-andrew-napolitano-how-did-trump-get-authorization-to-bomb-syria.html

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34) The nonredundant free press clause
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Eugene Volokh

“Some argue that the ‘freedom of the press’ must give special rights to the press-as-industry, because otherwise it would be redundant of the ‘freedom of the speech’ — but in the Framing era, the two were complementary, not redundant.” (04/26/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/04/26/the-nonredundant-free-press-clause

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35) Rand Paul, Pompeo, and the Koch connection
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Among the least convincing explanations ever: Sen. Rand Paul’s rationalization for changing his vote on the Pompeo nomination. When pressed, the Senator admits there were no real promises made, just a ‘general’ sense that ‘we’re going to see less of these wars’ after Mike Pompeo takes the helm of State. His fans were not impressed. Adding annoyance to animadversion, it turned out that Sen. Paul’s vote wasn’t even the decisive one: two Democrats voted for Pompeo, and so his turnabout wasn’t just confusing to his base but also unnecessary. On the other hand, the Senator made a point of insisting that the man at the head of our Department of State recognized what everyone but a few neocon dead-enders admit: that the invasion and occupation of Iraq was a disastrous mistake.” (04/26/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/04/25/rand-paul-pompeo-and-the-koch-connection/

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36) Why are our countries led by the worst people imaginable?
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Kent Wennerlund

“I am asking this question since the Swedish election is quickly gathering steam and our parties have descended upon our voters like a throng of demented baboons in heat. What have we done to deserve these people? I think I just may have the answer. One of the most fundamental rules of organizational theory is: Never gather a team where everyone is too similar; you need a bit of diversity to avoid the worst effects of group think. … What is needed is generally a group of people with different points of view capable of forming a more complete picture of the issues at hand. Willing and able to come up with bold new ideas and challenging orthodox methods to avoid stagnation. But what if you did exactly the opposite of that? Where can we find an example of the worst possible assortment of people if we want to follow this rule — but in reverse? Ah, that’s right. In a political party.” (04/26/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/politics/why-are-our-countries-led-by-the-worst-people-imaginable/

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37) Never let anyone call you crazy for doubting establishment war narratives
Source: Medium
by Caitlin Johnstone

“There has still been no retraction or correction of The Guardian’s demonstrably false and completely indefensible claim that two normal antiwar Twitter accounts were controlled not by real people but by bot programs based in Russia. This is the sort of environment that has been created by the ongoing Russia panic that is plaguing the western world: one wherein mainstream news outlets can openly lie about dissenting voices and antiwar activists, refuse to retract or apologize for those lies, and suffer no consequences. And yet they still have the gall to paint anyone who expresses doubt about the narratives they advance about Russia and Syria as crazy, kooky conspiracy theorists. Google the words ‘conspiracy’ and ‘Syria’ right now and you’ll come up with countless editorials with headlines like ‘Syria war: The online activists pushing conspiracy theories’, ‘Disinformation and Conspiracy Trolling in the Wake of the Syrian Chemical Attack’ and ‘SYRIA GAS ATTACK CONSPIRACY THEORIES FUELED BY TUCKER CARLSON AND FAR-RIGHT FRINGE.’ They’re using the highly stigmatized label ‘conspiracy theories’ to paint healthy, normal skepticism of a notoriously untrustworthy power establishment as mentally unsound paranoia.” (04/25/18)

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38) Twirling toward freedom?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Does Bernie Sanders remind you of ‘Citizen Kang?’ Vermont’s [S]ocialist Senator is whipping up a new plan for America: to ‘guarantee a job with at least a $15-per-hour wage and health benefits to every adult American ‘who wants or needs one,” we are told. What was it that the slavering alien Kang promised in The Simpsons’ eighth season opening episode? Well, we know how that episode ended, with Homer Simpson revealing the ’90s’-era presidential candidates to be aliens in disguise, Kang being elected, humanity enslaved, and Homer uttering the immortal words ‘Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.’” (04/26/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/26/twirling-towards-freedom/

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39) Germany and the perils of online censorship
Source: spiked
by Steve Bremmer

“Barely a day goes by without a member of the great and the good calling for a crackdown on online hate speech. According to this narrative, social media is a Wild West needing to be tamed, ‘an unrestricted torrent of malice and hatred,’ as one Guardian columnist put it, responsible for everything from Brexit to gang violence. Yet those calling for a clampdown need only look at the situation unfolding in Germany to see the threat posed to free speech by such demands, and the chaos caused by the imposition of new forms of internet censorship. For that is what the German government’s Network Enforcement Act, or NetzDG, which came into full effect at the beginning of this year, amounts to: censorship.” (04/26/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/germany-and-the-perils-of-online-censorship/

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40) Rent control is too damn likely
Source: The American Spectator
by Steven Greenhut

“Most people believe the rent is too damn high in California. Fortunately, we don’t have candidates running under the unusual The Rent Is Too Damn High Party, as they did in New York. But thanks to California’s initiative process, the state is on the verge of unleashing rent-control ordinances in municipalities across the state. The results will be disastrous — not just for property owners but for the state’s growing pool of renters.” (04/26/18)

https://spectator.org/rent-control-is-too-damn-likely/

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41) Trump foes seek to take away his legal rights — endangering everyone’s rights
Source: Fox News Forum
by Alan Dershowitz

“Many traditional civil libertarians have allowed their intense hatred of President Trump to erase their longstanding commitment to neutral civil liberties and equal justice for all — a dangerous move that threatens the rights of us all. The anti-Trump forces are now so desperate to get the president convicted of a crime or impeached that they are prepared to compromise the most basic due process rights of the president and people associated with him who are caught up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ever-widening Russia probe and a related investigation of the president’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. The Trump opponents forget an important lesson of history: compromises that weaken the legal protections of our enemies are often used as precedents to weaken the legal protections of our friends — or of ourselves. Some of President Trump’s most vocal opponents might themselves be harmed in the future by the erosion of legal protections they are advocating for the president and his associates today.” (04/25/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/25/alan-dershowitz-trump-foes-seek-to-take-away-his-legal-rights-endangering-everyones-rights.html

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42) Why the DNC is fighting WikiLeaks and not Wall Street
Source: OpEdNews
by Norman Solomon

“Exactly 200 days before the crucial midterm election that will determine whether Republicans maintain control of Congress, the Democratic National Committee filed a 66-page lawsuit that surely cost lots of money and energy to assemble. Does the lawsuit target purveyors of racist barriers to voting that block and deflect so many people of color from casting their ballots? No. Well, perhaps this ballyhooed lawsuit aims to ensure the rights of people who don’t mainly speak English to get full access to voting information? Unfortunately, no. Maybe it’s a legal action to challenge the ridiculously sparse voting booths provided in college precincts? Not that either. Announced with a flourish by DNC Chair Tom Perez, the civil lawsuit — which reads like a partisan polemic wrapped in legalisms — sues the Russian government, the Trump campaign and operatives, as well as WikiLeaks and its founding editor, Julian Assange.” (04/25/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Why-the-DNC-Is-Fighting-Wi-by-Norman-Solomon-Democrats_Voting_Wall-Street_Wikileaks-180425-302.html

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43) Economic warfare
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Walter Block

“Pundits are accustomed to utilizing the language of war and strife to depict economic relationships. This is confusing, irrational and misleading. For the dismal science addresses mutual benefit, or positive-sum games. All participants gain whenever a trade, a purchase, sale, rental agreement, job, etc., gets consummated; necessarily so in the ex ante sense, and in the overwhelming majority of cases ex post. For example, if I purchase a newspaper for $1, it is an apodictic undeniable truth that at that moment, I ranked the periodical more highly than the money I had to pay for it. Why else, for goodness sakes, would I have been willing to engage in this commercial transaction was this not so?” (04/25/18)

https://mises.org/library/economic-warfare

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44) Platform censorship won’t fix the Internet
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Corynne McSherry & India McKinney

“We all want an Internet where we are free to meet, create, organize, share, associate, debate and learn. We want to make our voices heard in the way that technology now makes possible. No one likes being lied to or misled, or seeing hateful messages directed against them or flooded across our newsfeeds. We want our elections free from manipulation and for the speech of women and marginalized communities not to be silenced by harassment. But we won’t make the Internet fairer or safer by pushing platforms into ever more aggressive efforts to police online speech.” (04/25/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/04/platform-censorship-wont-fix-internet

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45) Drug price reforms come with expensive side-effects
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Six in 10 Americans want the federal government to reduce prescription drug prices. Congress seems to be listening. Lawmakers are advancing two pieces of legislation to accomplish this worthwhile goal. Both bills seek to bring low-cost generic drugs to market faster, thus spurring competition and driving down prices. Unfortunately, the bills are poorly worded. They could endanger patients’ lives and encourage costly, unnecessary litigation. That may be good news for trial lawyers looking for their next big settlement windfall. But for patients hoping to save money at the pharmacist counter, neither reform is cause for celebration. The Senate’s Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act and the House’s Fair Access for Safe and Timely (FAST) Generics Act would undermine patient protections embedded in our drug approval system, which is the safest in the world.” (04/25/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/drug-price-reforms-come-with-expensive-side-effects

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46) Why Keynesian multiplier is an illusion
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“John Maynard Keynes’s writings remain as influential today as they were eighty years ago. His ideas remain the driving force of economic policy makers at the Fed and Government institutions. These ideas permeate the thinking and writings of the most influential economists on Wall Street and in academia. The heart of the Keynesian philosophy is that what drives the economy is demand for goods. Economic recessions are predominantly the result of insufficient demand. In the Keynesian framework, an increase in demand not only lifts overall output but that output increases by a multiple of the initial increase in demand.” (04/26/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/04/why-keynesian-multiplier-is-an-illusion/

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47) In the securities era, ICOs pleading ignorance have no place to hide
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“ICOs seeking to crowdfund their big idea have a quandary: should they register their token as a security, complete with the expense, delays, and paperwork this entails, or should they brand it a utility and hope the SEC doesn’t come after them? Last year, virtually everything was labeled a utility and SEC-compliant crowdsales were almost unheard of. But in 2018, launching a utility token in the U.S. is fraught with risks and uncertainty. To tap into the lucrative U.S. market, the regulatory route is now the only viable path to follow.” (04/25/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/in-the-securities-era-icos-pleading-ignorance-have-no-place-to-hide/

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48) Chappaquiddick film goes deeper than politics
Source: Acton Institute
by Ray Nothstine

“It was nearly 50 years ago that an infamous incident finished off the hopes of returning another Kennedy brother to the White House. A film about ‘Chappaquiddick,’ released this month, offers more than a historical retrospective. It reminds us of important truths that lay beneath the tumultuous world of political intrigue.” (04/25/18)

https://acton.org/pub/commentary/2018/04/25/chappaquiddick-film-goes-deeper-politics

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49) Joe Biden, Dems and the race card: They don’t leave home without it
Source: Town Hall
by Larry Elder

“Former Vice President Joe Biden recently told MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton that the GOP wants voter identification laws for one reason. Racist Republicans so despise blacks and are so determined to oppress them, that they seek to prevent all blacks from voting. Biden said: ‘It’s what these guys are all about, man. These Republicans don’t want working-class people voting. They don’t want black folks voting.’ What Republicans ‘are all about,’ according to Biden, is the push in some states for voter ID laws, which Democrats call ‘voter suppression.’ Then-Attorney General Eric Holder characterized the call for voter ID laws as an example of ‘pernicious’ racism. If it is ‘pernicious’ racism, apparently a lot of people failed to get the memo. Blacks want voter ID laws, too. … This has not stopped the Democrats from turning the legitimate concern about the integrity of voting into a full-on attack against blacks.” [editor’s note: Does Elder dispute the “integrity” of the voting that elected every Republican president from Abraham Lincoln on without such laws? – TLK] (04/26/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2018/04/26/joe-biden-dems-and-the-race-card-they-dont-leave-home-without-it-n2474645

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50) Earth Day: More about hurling tomatoes than planting them
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jeff Stier

“Earth Day has changed a lot since its inception in 1970, and not for the better. In the spirit of the time, it started as a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, idealistic experience. Attendees were prototypic tree-huggers. In recent years, Earth Day has evolved into an occasion for environmental Cassandras to prophesy apocalypse, dish anti-technology dirt, and proselytize. Now there’s more heaving tomatoes than planting them. Instead of focusing on how to preserve and protect nature, many of those stumping for Earth Day on Sunday expressed opposition to environment-friendly advances in science and technology, such as agricultural biotechnology and nuclear power. Another pervasive sentiment was disdain for the capitalist system that provides the resources to expend on environmental protection and conservation. (It’s no coincidence that poor countries tend to be the most polluted.)” (04/25/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/04/earth-day-more-about-hurling-tomatoes-than-planting-them/

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51) Scott Adams Says, 04/26/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about hate versus ideas and the illusion driving hate. With coffee.” [Flash video] (04/26/18)

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

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52) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/26/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The ‘border summit’ between North and South Korea sets the stage for direct high-level talks in a few months. Eric Gomez offers his thoughts.” [various formats] (04/26/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/prelude-direct-talks-north-korea

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53) Reality Check, 04/26/18
Source: Truth In Media

“A candidate for sheriff in North Carolina has said he would confiscate guns in his county by taking them from the ‘cold, dead hands’ of the people he is supposed to protect. Now, he says he was only joking. Joking or not, the attitude of gun confiscation is raising concern about the power of law enforcement in this country. And are newly enacted gun confiscation laws violating due process and civil liberties?” [Flash video] (04/26/18)

http://truthinmedia.com/reality-check-gun-confiscation-civil-liberties/

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54) Clear and Present Danger, episode 7
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“In our second expert opinion episode, Jacob Mchangama talks with Peter Adamson, who is a professor of philosophy at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and host of the podcast ‘History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps.’ We’ll discuss medieval freethinking and freethinkers from both the Islamic world and the Latin West. Where was the soil most fertile for medieval freethinking? What was the impact of Muslim philosophers like Avicenna and Averroes on European thought? And finally, who makes Peter’s list of the top three boldest European medieval freethinkers?” [various formats] (04/26/18)

https://www.thefire.org/clear-and-present-danger-podcast-episode-7-expert-opinion-peter-adamson/

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55) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/26/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Nothing the US government tells us about Syria and the alleged chemical attack at Douma makes any sense. VA State Senator and retired US Army JAG officer Richard Black joins today’s Liberty Report to draw on his experiences traveling to Syria and following the war. He does not believe what Washington is telling us and he makes a very good case for why we are being lied to.” [Flash video] (04/26/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/the-syria-narrative-comes-apart-with-guest-sen-richard-black

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56) Start Making Sense, 04/26/18
Source: The Nation

“Jonathan Freedland on Comey, Lawrence Wright on Trump and Texas, and Margaret Atwood on The Handmaid’s Tale.” [various formats] (04/26/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/james-comeys-self-justification-is-just-not-good-enough/

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57) Free Talk Live, 04/25/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“PETA Loses Monkey Photo Case :: Animal Standing to Sue? :: Animal Rights :: Robot Rights :: Nexivm Alleged Cult Recruiting Women into Slavery? :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Conan.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/25/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-25

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58) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 158
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Government Reacharound.” [various formats] (04/25/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-158-government-reacharound/

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59) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/25/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“William R. Black (Rice University, wrblack.com) and David Walsh (Princeton University) … David’s dissertation questioning the William F. Buckley narrative … George Wallace’s 1968 appearance on Buckley’s show Firing Line … Who was more conservative, Buckley or Wallace? … Buckley’s snobbery vs. Wallace’s populism … Parallels between Wallace and Trump … David: The conservative gatekeepers are gone.” [Flash video] (04/25/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52671

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60) Fresh Air, 04/25/18
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“How America’s White Power Movement Coalesced After Vietnam: Historian Kathleen Belew says that as America’s disparate racist groups came together in the 1970s and ’80s, the movement’s goal shifted from one of ‘vigilante activism’ to something more wide-reaching. Her book is ‘Bring the War Home.’ Also, critic Ken Tucker shares some new hip-hop tracks he’s been listening to.” [Flash audio] (04/25/18)

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

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