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Monday, April 30th, 2018
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In the News:

1) North Korea: Kim invites outsiders to nuke test site
2) UK: Rudd quits as Home Secretary
3) Blue Origin launches New Shepard space capsule on highest test flight yet
4) Syria: US-backed forces say they regain villages taken by regime troops
5) Bangladesh: UN Security Council team meets Rohingya refugees
6) Tangled up in booze: Bob Dylan launches his own brand of whiskey
7) T-Mobile, Sprint agree to merge
8) Border gang shot-callers claim crossing is “full” before caravaners try to seek asylum
9) Slow news week, perpetually outraged can’t find anything more important to whine about than Whole Foods/Yellow Fever partnership
10) Trump says Democrat should quit over VA nomination brouhaha
11) Parkland survivor calls out NRA for banning guns at convention
12) UK: Italian citizen dies after regime refuses to let him leave for medical care
13) Philippines: Regime makes ban on workers going to Kuwait permanent
14) MD: Christians object to this school’s yoga “mindfulness” routine
15) Legislators bicker over chaplain’s ouster by Paul Ryan
16) Illinois legislators vote to allow medical cannabis as an opioid alternative
17) Kanye West releases new song, doubling down on support for Trump
18) Trump threatens faux “government shutdown” in September if no funding for wall
19) Armenia: Ruling party quits PM race
20) MSNBC’s Reid: “I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things”

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Republicans love federal snooping
22) Social Security is the Titanic. 2022 is the iceberg. Anybody see a lifeboat?
23) Note to the Times: Fuck you, actually
24) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 7, part 3
25) Trump and Syria
26) Carbon tax: A bad idea whose time should never come
27) Billions have suffered “the Handmaid’s tale” in reverse thanks to overpopulation myths
28) Open borders: Trade, migration, entrepreneurship, and property
29) Leland B. Yeager: 1924-2018
30) Five facts about mass shootings gun control fanatics don’t want you to see
31) Bitcoin: One cryptocurrency to rule them all
32) Deniers and critics of AI will only be left behind
33) Corporate social responsibility vs laissez-faire?
34) Don’t penalize law-abiding gun owners
35) How Bernie’s like Trump
36) Quantum Vibe, 04/27/18
37) Macron’s speech offers thin gruel on Western “values”
38) Macron’s surprise gift to Trump
39) The effects of roughly free market capitalism on Maoist idiocy
40) Fake news and despotism: Ours and theirs
41) The danger of a distorted view of the right
42) The tragic battle over Alfie Evans
43) Cannabis, the ultimate cash crop
44) Manual for destroying a country: Ten steps to follow for any tyrant in power
45) What’s a “website,” anyway?
46) It’s impossible to prove your laptop hasn’t been hacked. I spent two years finding out.
47) Kentucky teachers’ walkout catalyzes more advocacy
48) Steven Pinker on reason
49) Your privacy at risk when government drives your car?
50) The unstoppable deep state bully
51) Can we do without government?
52) The JFK cover-up continues
53) Universal health care in Canada: A colossal government failure
54) Why Trump should stop the growing trade war with China
55) Economics 101: Who sets prices?

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 143
57) Free Talk Live, 04/28/18
58) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/28/18
59) The LAVA Flow, episode 89
60) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/27/18
61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 186
62) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 237
63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1144
64) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/27/18
65) Felony Friday, episode 121

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

1) North Korea: Kim invites outsiders to nuke test site
Source: JongAng Daily [South Korea]

“North Korean leader Kim Jong-un promised President Moon Jae-in at their summit Friday he would shut down the Punggye-ri nuclear site next month and invite American and South Korean experts and journalists to inspect the demolition, according to the Blue House on Sunday. Kim’s pledges raised the stakes for the upcoming meeting between him and U.S. President Donald Trump. At last week’s summit, Moon and Kim avoided detailed discussions on how to dismantle the North’s nuclear arsenal, which means that will have to be worked out between Pyongyang and Washington, with Moon playing go-between.” (04/30/18)

http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3047541

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2) UK: Rudd quits as Home Secretary
Source: Bloomberg

“Amber Rudd quit as U.K. Home Secretary after an immigration scandal, stripping Prime Minister Theresa May of a pro-European ally and destabilizing her government just as internal battles over Brexit come to a head. Rudd, 54, was due to address lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday to defend herself against allegations that she misled Parliament over targets for deporting illegal immigrants. May’s office confirmed she had resigned late on Sunday. No successor has been named yet.” [editor’s note: Rudd is a leader in the UK’s anti-encryption crusade. Good riddance – TLK] (04/29/16)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-29/british-home-secretary-rudd-quits-cabinet-downing-street-says

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3) Blue Origin launches New Shepard space capsule on highest test flight yet
Source: Space.com

“Blue Origin, the private space company founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, launched its passenger spaceship New Shepard on a test flight Sunday (April 29), carrying a dummy astronaut and experiments on their highest spaceflight yet. … Despite several hours of delays (thunderstorms thwarted a 9:45 a.m. EDT launch target) and countdown holds for last-minute checks, the flight appeared to go flawlessly. ‘Another spectacular test mission,’ Ariane Cornell of Blue Origin said during a launch webcast. ‘Everything looks nominal from here.’ Blue Origin launched New Shepard to a target altitude of 347,485 feet (105,913 meters), Cornell said after the launch. That’s almost 66 miles (106 km), slightly higher than the company’s typical target of 62 miles (100 km) — the altitude widely accepted as the boundary line for space, Cornell said.” (04/29/18)

https://www.space.com/40439-blue-origin-launches-new-shepard-2018-test-flight.html

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4) Syria: US-backed forces say they regain villages taken by regime troops
Source: Yahoo! News

“U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said they expelled had Syrian troops that briefly took control of a string of villages in oil rich areas east of the Euphrates river near the Iraqi border on Sunday. SDF forces led by the Kurdish YPG militia said they had waged a counter-attack against Syrian troops it said were backed by Russian forces, adding they were driven ‘far away’ from four villages they had seized earlier in the day. ‘Our forces regained the initiative,’ they said in a statement. It did not say if the U.S. coalition took part in the operation.” (04/29/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-backed-forces-regain-villages-seized-syrian-army-164751772.html

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5) Bangladesh: UN Security Council team meets Rohingya refugees
Source: US News & World Report

“A U.N. Security Council delegation is in Bangladesh for a firsthand look at the plight of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to escape military-led violence and are seeking U.N. protection to return home. The team will meet some of the refugees, including victims of rape and torture, on Sunday. The delegation will also visit Myanmar after concluding its three-day visit on Monday. Representatives from the five permanent Security Council members — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States — and 10 non-permanent member states have joined the delegation in the coastal town of Cox’s Bazar, where the camps are located.” (04/29/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-04-28/un-security-council-team-visits-bangladesh-to-meet-rohingya

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6) Tangled up in booze: Bob Dylan launches his own brand of whiskey
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Bob Dylan will next month launch a range of whiskeys, hoping to capitalize on growing demand for all things celebrity-tagged. The 76-year-old singer and Nobel laureate has joined with liquor entrepreneur Marc Bushala to turn a deconsecrated church in Tennessee into a distillery. Their Heaven’s Door Spirits — a Tennessee straight bourbon, a double barrel whiskey and a straight rye — will first be available in Tennessee, Florida, California, Illinois, New York and Texas. A wider rollout will follow.” [editor’s note: Gonna have to find a way to get some of that bourbon, although I wish they were making it in Kentucky – TLK] (04/29/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/apr/29/bob-dylan-whiskey-heavens-door

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7) T-Mobile, Sprint agree to merge
Source: USA Today

“T-Mobile and Sprint are combining in a deal that would create a bigger No. 3 cellular carrier in the U.S., but could also signal the end of an era of aggressive competition for customers. The merger, in an all-stock deal announced Sunday after years of on-again-off-again courting, would create a company using the name T-Mobile. It would value Sprint at $59 billion and the combined companies at $146 billion, including debt. Excluding debt, the deal would value Sprint at about $26 billion. T-Mobile and Sprint say their merger, if approved by regulators, would mean lower customer prices, greater innovation, more jobs and better wireless service, especially in the rural U.S. They also tout the deal as a way to best position the companies to compete in the forthcoming 5G race for faster mobile Internet. But [people who think everything is their business whether they’re the ones with skin in the game or not] worry that the merger will curb competition and results [sic] in job losses.” (04/29/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2018/04/29/t-mobile-sprint-agree-merger-americas-national-wireless-carriers-shrink-4-3/798608001/

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8) Border gang shot-callers claim crossing is “full” before caravaners try to seek asylum
Source: Chicago Tribune

“A group of Central Americans who journeyed in a caravan to the U.S. border resolved to turn themselves in and ask for asylum Sunday in a direct challenge to the Trump administration — only to have U.S. immigration officials announce that the San Diego crossing was already at capacity. Nearly 200 migrants, many traveling with children, had decided to apply for protection at the nation’s busiest border crossing after many fled violence in their home countries, organizers said. The caravan got attention after President Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet called it a threat to the United States. Shortly before the migrants were expected to arrive, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said San Diego’s San Ysidro crossing would not immediately be able to handle more asylum seekers.” [editor’s note: Well, that’s an easy fix — just open the gates and look the other way – TLK] (04/29/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-central-american-migrant-caravan-20180429-story.html

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9) Slow news week, perpetually outraged can’t find anything more important to whine about than Whole Foods/Yellow Fever partnership
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Kelly Kim and her husband wanted the name of their new pan-Asian restaurant to stand out, eschewing bland or stereotypical phrases, like bamboo, dragon and lotus. Then it hit them. Yellow Fever. ‘That’s memorable,’ Kim recalls saying to her husband Michael before they opened their first location in late 2013, in a Saturday interview with The Washington Post. After Wednesday’s opening of a third location in a Whole Foods 365 store in Long Beach, California, it may be memorable in a different away. The announcement triggered a national outcry on social media, with many criticizing the name’s racist undertones. Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne infection that kills thousands every year, mostly in Africa, and named for the jaundice hemorrhage that the virus produces. But the phrase is also a common reference to a term associated with a white man’s sexual fascination with Asian women.” (04/29/18)

http://www.nola.com/national_politics/2018/04/whole_foods_yellow_fever_racis.html

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10) Trump says Democrat should quit over VA nomination brouhaha
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A furious President Donald Trump on Saturday called for the resignation of the Democratic senator who assembled and released what he called ‘false’ allegations that scuttled the nomination of the White House doctor who’d been in line to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump stepped up his criticism of Montana’s Jon Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans’ Committee, in two tweets days after asserting that Tester ‘has to have a big price to pay’ politically in the GOP friendly state for his leading role in Ronny Jackson’s failed VA bid. Tester faces a competitive re-election race this year. Tester, in a statement, didn’t directly respond to Trump but said he was committed to aiding veterans. At issue are allegations that Tester has said were brought to his attention by more than 20 military and retired military personnel who’ve worked with Jackson. Tester said not investigating would have been ‘a dereliction of duty’ and said making them public was important for the sake of transparency.” (04/28/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/White-House-Jackson-allegations-not-backed-up-by-12871116.php

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11) Parkland survivor calls out NRA for banning guns at convention
Source: The Hill

“One of the student survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting called out the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Sunday for banning firearms from its upcoming convention. The student, Cameron Kasky, posted a photo on Twitter of an NRA notice stating that firearms won’t be allowed at the convention because of Vice President Pence’s attendance. Kasky is one of the students who began to organize in favor of [victim disarmament] after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead. The Hill has reached out to the NRA for comment.” (04/29/18)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/385414-parkland-survivor-calls-out-nra-for-banning-guns-at-convention

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12) UK: Italian citizen dies after regime refuses to let him leave for medical care
Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

“Alfie Evans, a British toddler with a degenerative brain condition whose parents lost a legal battle to [have him treated] at a Vatican hospital died Saturday weeks shy of his second birthday. Kate James and Tom Evans said their son’s death overnight in Liverpool, England, had left them ‘heartbroken.’ Alfie’s condition left him with almost no brain function, and multiple courts ruled that keeping him alive was not in his best interests before doctors removed his ventilator five days ago.” [editor’s note: The story characterizes the argument as being about “keeping him on life support.” In fact, it was about whether or not his parents could seek treatment outside of the UK. Italy granted him citizenship to facilitate them doing so, but the UK regime insisted on holding him prisoner and withholding care to kill him – TLK] (04/29/18)

http://www.journalgazette.net/news/world/20180429/uk-toddler-at-center-of-life-support-battle-dies

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13) Philippines: Regime makes ban on workers going to Kuwait permanent
Source: Washington Post

“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that a ban on Filipino workers from heading to Kuwait that’s been in effect since February would now be permanent, inflaming a dispute sparked by complaints of the abuse of Filipina housemaids and workers in the Gulf country. Kuwait on Wednesday expelled the Philippine ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Manila over the dispute. … The two nations had been negotiating an end to the ban, which was imposed following the shocking discovery in February of a Filipina stuffed into a freezer in Kuwait City for over a year. But the arrest of two Filipinos associated with the embassy last week over allegedly convincing maids to flee their employers’ homes and Ambassador Renato Villa’s comments reported in Kuwaiti media over the effort appears to have been too much for Kuwait to accept.” (04/29/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/philippines-makes-ban-on-workers-going-to-kuwait-permanent/2018/04/29/fd3bcf10-4b98-11e8-85c1-9326c4511033_story.html

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14) MD: Christians object to this school’s yoga “mindfulness” routine
Source: USA Today

“An effort by a Maryland elementary school to provide its students with coping mechanisms by incorporating a daily yoga-based program has evoked an outcry by some residents on religious grounds. Buckingham Elementary School in Berlin, Maryland, announced in early March the addition of a daily ‘Mindfulness Moment,’ a locally produced program in recorded video format to help its young students calm themselves both physically and mentally, and thereby help them focus on their schoolwork. Each morning, according to a March 5 post on the school’s Facebook page, ‘as an extension of our announcements, students participate in a mini 6-10 minute mindfulness and yoga session to help them positively start off their day.’ The program has drawn praise, but some were upset. ‘THIS IS COMPLETE LAST DAYS DECEPTION! There is nothing wrong with stretching, or being still to focus on your day, but yoga takes it another step further,’ wrote Linda Hostelley on the school’s Facebook page. ‘There are spirits invited in by focusing on things not of God … there is an unholy Spirit behind it. If this is allowed in school, than [sic] Jesus must be allowed to be enjoyed in school also.’” (04/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/28/christians-object-maryland-schools-yoga-mindfulness-routine/561145002

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15) Legislators bicker over chaplain’s ouster by Paul Ryan
Source: Raw Story

“Members of the U.S. Congress find little to agree on these days, not even who should lead them in prayer. Democrats protested loudly on Friday after the House of Representatives chaplain, Reverend Patrick Conroy, said he had been asked to resign by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. Both men are Roman Catholics; Conroy is a Jesuit priest who has been House chaplain since 2011, when he was nominated to the job by former Republican Speaker John Boehner. Ryan explained to Republicans Friday that the decision to let Conroy go was based on complaints about insufficient spiritual guidance from the priest, several Republican lawmakers told reporters after the closed-door meeting. ‘He (Ryan) had heard from a number of different members they wanted more in the way of pastoral care,’ said Representative Mark Sanford, a South Carolina Republican. But Democrats charged the real reason for Conroy’s departure was a prayer the chaplain gave on the House floor during last autumn’s debate on Republican tax cut legislation, in which he prayed for lawmakers to ‘guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.’” (04/28/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/us-lawmakers-bicker-chaplains-ouster

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16) Illinois legislators vote to allow medical cannabis as an opioid alternative
Source: Smell the Truth

“A proposed law approved by the Illinois Senate would allow the state to medicate with marijuana instead of prescription opioids. Senate Bill 336 was passed on Thursday with a 44-6 bipartisan vote, which would allow patients on prescription opioids to use cannabis as a safer alternative, the AP reports. Under the proposal, patients would be allowed to purchase cannabis at medical dispensaries if they provide an opioid prescription and written approval from a doctor. Patients would then receive a temporary 12-month permit to use no more than 2.5 ounces every two weeks, with the possibility to apply for a permanent card for persisting conditions.” (04/27/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/04/27/illinois-lawmakers-vote-to-allow-medical-marijuana-as-an-opioid-alternative

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17) Kanye West releases new song, doubling down on support for Trump
Source: Fox News

“Kanye West has made headlines again, after he released a new song on Friday which looked to double down on comments he made this week on Twitter in support of Donald Trump’s presidency. ‘Ye vs. the People’ was first played Friday night on a Los Angeles hip-hop radio station, The Washington Post reported. The lyrics seemed to obviously depict the ongoing twitter battle West, aka ‘Ye,’ has engaged in with his fans and Hollywood, most likely ‘the People,’ since first enthusiastically voicing his support for Trump. The song illustrates a back-and-forth between the rapper and fellow artist T.I., who attempts to criticize West for his comments ‘that go against the teachings’ that he initially ‘taught.’ … ‘But ain’t goin’ against the grain everything I fought for,’ he rebukes.” (04/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/04/28/kanye-west-releases-new-song-doubling-down-on-support-for-trump.html

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18) Trump threatens faux “government shutdown” in September if no funding for wall
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald on Saturday threatened to shut down the federal government in September if Congress did not provide more funding to build a wall on the border with Mexico. ‘That wall has started, we have 1.6 billion (dollars),’ Trump said at a campaign rally in Washington, Michigan. ‘We come up again on September 28th and if we don’t get border security we will have no choice, we will close down the country because we need border security.’ Trump made a similar threat in March to push for changes in immigration law that he says would prevent criminals from entering the country. The government briefly shut down in January over immigration.” (04/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-government/trump-threatens-govt-shutdown-in-sept-if-no-funding-for-wall-idUSKBN1I0018

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19) Armenia: Ruling party quits PM race
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“It means the new prime minister will not come from the dominant Republican Party, for the first time since 1999. The party said it would back another candidate on the day of the vote. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan, who has led mass protests that forced the last prime minister to resign, says he should be the country’s new leader. Serzh Sargsyan resigned on 23 April. He had been accused of trying to cling to power. Mr Sargsyan, who had served 10 years as president, had to step down just days after being sworn in as PM.” (04/28/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43938534

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20) MSNBC’s Reid: “I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things”
Source: USA Today

“MSNBC host Joy Reid opened her show Saturday with an apology, explaining that even though she truly doesn’t believe she authored a series of homophobic blog posts, she has no proof the site was hacked or altered. Reid has been wrapped up in controversy after a Twitter user published screenshots from the blog, which had been taken down but was still archived on the Web. The posts mentioned opposition to gay marriage and cringing ‘at the sight of two men kissing.’ Reid claimed the posts on her old blog, which she wrote in the mid-2000s during her time as a Florida talk show host, were the result of someone hacking her account. Her attorney John Reichman, in a statement, told reporters the FBI had opened an investigation examining any ‘potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid.’ Her team also hired cyber-security experts to trace any potential hacking. But on Saturday, Reid told her viewers that so far there’s no proof of any online infiltration and used the first few minutes of her show to apologize and talk about the controversy.” (04/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/28/joy-reid-apology-no-evidence-hacking-msnbc/561244002

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

21) Republicans love federal snooping
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“President Donald Trump and some Republican lawmakers in Congress insist that the president and his aides were inappropriately snooped on by politically motivated federal intelligence officials during the 2016 election. Yet when given the opportunity to scale back the FBI’s power to secretly engage in domestic surveillance of American citizens, the president and the GOP did not take advantage of it. In fact, they did the opposite.” (for publication 05/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/04/29/republicans-love-federal-snoo

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22) Social Security is the Titanic. 2022 is the iceberg. Anybody see a lifeboat?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“[M]ost politicians aren’t even willing to re-arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. Too risky career-wise. Older voters guard their retirement benefits jealously. Younger voters already consider themselves over-taxed. Better to just pretend the iceberg isn’t there, maintain full speed ahead, and hope to be voluntarily retired (with a sweet congressional pension, of course) before Social Security sinks beneath the cold waves. Whether or not one supports the original logic of Social Security (I don’t), American demographics since the end of the Baby Boom boil down to fewer children per family combined with longer life expectancy. Or, to put differently, fewer young workers paying Social Security taxes to support more retirees for longer. That can’t and won’t continue in the same direction forever.”

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13359

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23) Note to the Times: Fuck you, actually
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“For months leftist analysts have been warning that the increasingly hysterical anti-Russia narratives being aggressively promoted by the western media would eventually be used to target the political left. Those warnings went largely unheeded in the United States where the Russiagate narrative was being ostensibly used to undermine the Trump administration, and the McCarthyite feeding frenzies which have become normalized for American audiences have now metastasized across the pond to the UK. As a result, the Poms have now quickly found themselves in a political environment where anyone who remembers the Blair government’s lies about Iraq is smeared as a ‘useful idiot,’ a private British citizen can be falsely labeled a Kremlin bot by a mainstream publication without retraction or apology, and a BBC reporter can admonish a veteran military analyst for giving a truthful analysis about the alleged Douma chemical attacks on the grounds that it could hurt the ‘information war’ against Russia. And now, in what is undeniably a whole new level of Russophobic shrillness, Russia is being blamed for the gains made last year by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.” (04/28/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/04/29/fuck-you-actually

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24) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 7, part 3
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Revolution and war are polar opposites. Revolution is the decentralization of power from a concentrated authority down to the level of individuals who demand control of their own lives. War is the centralization of power into a coerced and coordinated effort by elites who hold individuals in such contempt as to call them cannon fodder. A war on cryptocurrency has been declared. It comes from government and from those who believe crypto must be made ‘respectable,’ which always translates to regulation, which always translates to people going to prison for making decisions about their own lives.” (04/28/128)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-are-you-part-of-the-revolution-or-part-of-the-war/

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25) Trump and Syria
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Let’s face it: no one knows what Donald Trump really wants to do in Syria. On a couple of occasions he’s said he intends to withdraw U.S. military forces. Does he mean it? Or does he say such a thing only when he’s in the mood to strike a populist pose? Who knows? (We know where his national-security staff and his new secretary of state stand: they want to stay in Syria in order to overthrow Bashar Assad and strike out at Iran and Russia. So why does Trump appoint keep them on if he really wants to withdraw?) In true Trumpian fashion, after saying he wants out, he has contradicted himself.” (04/27/18)

https://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2018/04/tgif-trump-and-syria.html

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26) Carbon tax: A bad idea whose time should never come
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The temptation of a carbon tax these days seems great, even to some Republicans. But it’s a bad idea. Now two GOP lawmakers want to put people on the record opposing it, in the hopes of keeping it from becoming a reality. The resolution, proposed by Republican Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and David McKinley of West Virginia, is simple, ‘expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy.’ Yes, we know. A resolution does nothing. Similar anti-carbon tax resolutions passed the House in 2013 and 2016, and meant nothing. Yet a resolution does one thing that matters: It puts people on the record. What Scalise and McKinley say in their resolution, while simple, is almost a truism, economically speaking. But to hear its advocates speak, you’d think the carbon tax was manna from heaven. Not only will it cut fossil-fuel use and cool the planet, but it will instantly fill America’s pockets with a near-endless supply of money, making all things desirable possible.” (04/27/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/carbon-tax-a-bad-idea-whose-time-should-never-come

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27) Billions have suffered “the Handmaid’s tale” in reverse thanks to overpopulation myths
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Chelsea Follett

“This week, viewers will get another chance to submerge themselves in the dystopian future created by Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the novel about the government forcing women to bear children to counter a declining population, resonated with audiences across the world. However, the reverse Handmaid’s Tale — the idea of coercing people to have fewer children — ought to generate just as much outrage. Particularly when that coercion is justified by baseless fears.” (04/29/18)

https://fee.org/articles/billions-have-suffered-the-handmaids-tale-in-reverse-thanks-to-overpopulation-myths/

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28) Open borders: Trade, migration, entrepreneurship, and property
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Ken Schoolland

“[W]hy do nations of the world fear migrants? Nearly every nation welcomes, encourages, and even battles for the import of barrels of oil. Yet every nation obstructs the ‘import’ of labor — the in-migration of human beings. Surely people are more valuable than barrels of oil. People have arms and legs and brains. They can do so much more than barrels of oil. Not only can people create wealth, but people can also reproduce to make more people. Would that barrels of oil could do that! If barrels of oil could reproduce, it would be considered the energy miracle of the century — of the millennium! But when people reproduce more people with arms, legs, and brains, it is too often viewed as calamity.” (04/27/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/open-borders-trade-migration-entrepreneurship-property/

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29) Leland B. Yeager: 1924-2018
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“Leland Yeager, who was an economics professor at the University of Virginia and at Auburn University, passed away April 23 at the age of 93. Yeager’s best-known academic work was in monetary economics and international economics. Defenders of freedom have lost one of their sharpest minds.” (04/28/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/04/28/leland-b-yeager-1924-2018/

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30) Five facts about mass shootings gun control fanatics don’t want you to see
Source: Town Hall
by John Hawkins

“Every time there is a mass shooting we get the same old song and dance from the gun control fanatics. You’re sorry this happened? Then you must institute gun control. Oh, you don’t want to do that? Then it’s your fault that it happened. The NRA is bad. They kill people. We must have gun control. Innocent law-abiding Americans are responsible. Don’t you feel bad for the victims? Then institute our gun control agenda that will do nothing to stop the killings. It’s hamhanded, relentless propaganda peddled by smug, self-righteous anti-gun zealots. Well, here are some things you don’t typically see those anti-gun nuts mention when they demand that we disarm the whole country because some crazy murdered people.” (04/27/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2018/04/28/5-facts-about-mass-shootings-that-the-gun-control-fanatics-dont-want-you-to-see-n2475466

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31) Bitcoin: One cryptocurrency to rule them all
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jose Nino

“Like any revolutionary technological development, bitcoin has attracted significant competition from other cryptocurrencies that attempt to dethrone it. With the rise of an industry consisting of hundreds of competitors, newcomers naturally feel overwhelmed by such a vast array of options. But they won’t if they read economist Saifedean Ammous’s The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking. Taking a back-to-basics approach, Ammous does not beat around the bush in showing how bitcoin is the one cryptocurrency to rule them all.” (04/27/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/bitcoin-one-cryptocurrency-rule-them-all

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32) Deniers and critics of AI will only be left behind
Source: Cato Unbound
by Zoltan Istvan

“Professor David D. Friedman sweeps aside my belief that religion may well dictate the development of AI and other radical transhumanist tech in the future. However, at the core of a broad swath of American society lies a fearful luddite tradition. Americans — including the U.S. Congress, where every member is religious — often base their life philosophies and work ethics on their faiths. Furthermore, a recent Pew study showed 7 in 10 Americans were worried about technology in people’s bodies and brains, even if it offered health benefits. It rarely matters what point in American history innovation has come out. Anesthesia, vaccines, stem cells, and other breakthroughs have historically all battled to survive under pressure from conservatives and Christians. I believe that if formal religion had not impeded our natural secular progress as a nation over the last 250 years, we would have been much further along in terms of human evolution. Instead of discussing and arguing about our coming transhumanist future, we’d be living in it.” (04/27/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/04/27/zoltan-istvan/deniers-critics-ai-will-only-be-left-behind

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33) Corporate social responsibility vs laissez-faire?
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“The idea that ‘the business of business is business’ implies, for Stiglitz and/or Mr Feloni, who summarises Stiglitz’s thoughts, a belief in the ‘invisible hand,’ meaning by it both a tendency towards equilibrium and the happy coincidence of private and public interests. Leaving aside long standing controversies on the real importance of the metaphor in Adam Smith’s thought (for a summary of the previous instalments, see this paper by Gavin Kennedy), is it really so? Does thinking that companies should focus on shareholder interest require a faith in unfettered competition, and vice versa? I am not persuaded.” (04/28/18)

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

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34) Don’t penalize law-abiding gun owners
Source: USA Today
by Alan Gottlieb

“In the wake of the horrible shooting in Nashville, gun prohibition advocates wasted no time calling for expansion of gun control laws, not to punish offenders but to penalize law-abiding firearms owners for a crime they didn’t commit. The suspect, Travis Reinking, had been legally barred from possessing firearms following his arrest near the White House by the Secret Service. The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office seized his Firearm Owner’s Identification card after the FBI told the Illinois State Police to revoke it. The card is needed to own guns in that state. The guns were released to the suspect’s father, who said he would keep them away from his son, according to a police report. If the elder Reinking did give the guns back to his son, he could be in trouble. But was anyone else involved in whatever happened between father and son?” (04/27/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/27/second-amendment-foundation-scrutinize-gun-confiscation-editorials-debates/34307357

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35) How Bernie’s like Trump
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Yesterday I made fun of Bernie Sanders’ jobs guarantee idea. Today, let’s take it seriously. Not as policy, mind you. As propaganda. It’s not worth talking about as a policy because there is no policy yet. ‘It is not clear when Sanders will announce the plan,’ Fox News relates, ‘and a Sanders spokesperson told the Post that it was still being crafted.’ It is mere advocacy. A press release. Vaporware. But that’s the key to it, really. The jobs guarantee isn’t policy. It’s a ploy.” (04/27/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/04/27/how-bernies-like-trump/

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36) Quantum Vibe, 04/27/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (04/27/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/04/26/macron-offers-thin-gruel-western-values

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37) Macron’s speech offers thin gruel on Western “values”
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“For one fleeting moment in Emmanuel Macron’s speech to Congress, it seemed as though he would connect the transatlantic alliance on the firm basis of its common values. ‘The strength of our bonds is the source of our shared ideals,’ he told lawmakers. … Macron couched government action to suppress certain media narratives as democracy’s self-defense mechanism. … Censorship contravenes America’s most fundamental founding ideals. Thomas Jefferson, whom Macron praised during his speech, wrote that he opposed all efforts ‘to silence by force & not by reason’ the ‘complaints or criticisms’ of the press — whether the stories in question were ‘just or unjust.’ Jefferson’s day saw more fake news than our own; however, he relished waging ideological battle in the certainty that truth would prevail.” (04/26/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/04/26/macron-offers-thin-gruel-western-values

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38) Macron’s surprise gift to Trump
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Emmanuel Macron, the 40-year-old president of France, came to the United States this week to cement his relationship with Donald Trump, the 71-year-old U.S. president he calls his good friend. He came, too, to save the Iran nuclear deal. The three-day state visit was a vivid display of Macron’s political showmanship, a kind not seen since Britain’s Tony Blair left the political scene more than a decade ago. During a joint press conference, Macron kissed Trump on the cheek, a Gallic gesture which seemed to embarrass the American a little. Trump’s recovery line: ‘I like this guy a lot!’ Politics at that level must be a show, in which Trump, the ex-reality TV show star, should dominate. But he’s often clumsy in public, showing ignorance of detail, resorting to lame phrases. Macron, who attended the Ecole nationale d’administration (since 1945 charged with creating the country’s governing and business elite) shows all that finishing school’s easy mastery, along with his own self-confidence.” [editor’s note: “Ignorance of detail” can be an asset when the bigger picture is made clearer in the process – SAT] (04/27/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-macron-commentary/commentary-macrons-surprise-gift-to-trump-idUSKBN1HY275

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39) The effects of roughly free market capitalism on Maoist idiocy
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Amazingly there are still those out there who think that Mao had an idea or two about how to run an economy. Well, obviously, Mao did have an idea or two it’s just that they were horribly, no good, bad ones. The amazement comes from realising that some people thought that Mao had some good ideas about how to run an economy. That amazement rather turning to disgust when I realise that John McDonnell, someone with a greater than zero chance of becoming the next Chancellor of the Exchequer in the United Kingdom, is one of those people. Sure, Osborne was bad, but really, Maoism?” (04/28/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/economy/the-effects-of-roughly-free-market-capitalism-on-maoist-idiocy/

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40) Fake news and despotism: Ours and theirs
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Putin may be a cold blooded, fag-bashing, autocrat but he also mopped up a lot of Yeltsin’s mess and refused to take orders from his former handlers back in Brussels and Washington. This is the real reason why he gets blamed for everything from Hillary’s biological unelectability to those meddling kids in Black Lives Matter. I could care less about Putin but when the mass media becomes an echo chamber for our own derelict government’s lies about the motherfucker I’m gonna fucking say something. The one thing that Russiagate, the assassination of Boris Nemtsov and the Skripal poisonings have in common is that there remains zero proof connecting these dirty deeds to Vlad the Terrible.” (04/29/18)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/04/fake-news-and-despotism-theirs-and-ours.html

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41) The danger of a distorted view of the right
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“In my estimation, few things divide the right as much as traditional gender roles. The divide is not just ideological, pitting traditionalist social conservatives against right-leaning libertarians, but also generational. As the gay marriage debate showed, a typical Baby Boomer and a typical Millennial, right or left, hold vastly different views about the shifting norms of gender and sexuality. Polls strongly suggest that the right has achieved nothing like consensus on these issues. Of course, public-opinion data typically measure the beliefs of Americans as a whole, not those of intellectuals in particular. Still, it is telling that 55 percent of Republicans favor women taking on combat roles in the military, one of the starkest departures from traditional gender roles in our society. Lots of other survey data reveal similar lacks of consensus.” (04/27/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/the-danger-of-a-distorted-view-of-the-right/558971/

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42) The tragic battle over Alfie Evans
Source: spiked
by Kevin Yuill

“The desperately sad case of Alfie Evans, the critically ill toddler in Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool who has just had his ventilator turned off, stirs passionate discussion not just in Britain but throughout the world. Across social media, from Poland to Italy to the United States, around office water-coolers and in pubs and coffee shops, a widening gulf separates two sides: do you support the wishes of Alfie’s parents or those of the hospital and courts? At root is a conflict and confusion about what human life and living means.” (04/27/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-tragic-battle-over-alfie-evans/

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43) Cannabis, the ultimate cash crop
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“In January, days after Californians were first allowed to buy recreational marijuana in the state, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to federal prosecutors instructing them not to shy away from enforcing federal pot laws. ‘Marijuana is a dangerous drug,’ Sessions wrote. ‘Marijuana activity is a serious crime.’ The memo, which overturned the official stance of Barack Obama’s Department of Justice on the issue, added confusion to an already puzzling situation. Under the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is an illegal drug at the federal level, with possession and distribution prohibited. But it has been approved in numerous states for medical and recreational use. That creates problems for businesses regulated at the federal level, particularly banks.” (04/27/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147800/legal-weed-change-banking-america

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44) Manual for destroying a country: Ten steps to follow for any tyrant in power
Source: PanAm Post
by Victor Maldonado

“It is not only wars and catastrophes that are capable of destroying a country. It can also be a responsibility shared between a nation’s leaders population’s disposition to plunder. The fundamentalist adhesion to populism and the accompanying submission to the ‘caudillo’ can not be deemed otherwise. A dumbed down people, deeply ignorant and covetous middle classes, and a autocratic leader, are three crucial characteristics to destroy any country. These are the factors that then allows a nation to proceed without major problems towards a fatal disintegration. But what could be the sequence that brought us here? What would be the ten steps that any tyrant should consider to rule over the ruins of his republic?” (04/27/18)

https://panampost.com/editor/2018/04/28/manual-for-destroying-a-country-10-steps-to-follow-for-any-tyrant-in-power/

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45) What’s a “website,” anyway?
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by David Post

“There are many strange things about the Internet and the manner in which it operates. On occasion, our law-makers — legislators and judges — have managed to make law that adapts and conforms, more-or-less, to the new landscape. Other times, not so much; some features of Internet communication continue to mystify them, and terrible law gets made because of those misunderstandings.” (04/27/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/04/27/whats-a-website-anyway

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46) It’s impossible to prove your laptop hasn’t been hacked. I spent two years finding out.
Source: The Intercept
by Micah Lee

“If you don’t use full disk encryption on your laptop, anyone who gains physical access to it, even for just a few minutes, can access all of your data and even implant malware on your computer to spy on you in the future. It doesn’t matter how good your password is because without encryption, the attacker can simply unscrew the case on your laptop, remove your hard disk, and access it from another computer. Disk encryption does a great job of protecting your data in case you lose your laptop or someone steals it from you. When this person tries accessing your data, they should be completely locked out, so long as the passphrase you use to unlock your laptop is strong enough that they can’t guess it. But there is a sneaky class of attack, called ‘evil maid’ attacks, that disk encryption alone cannot protect against.” (04/28/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/28/computer-malware-tampering/

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47) Kentucky teachers’ walkout catalyzes more advocacy
Source: USA Today
by Jeff Bryant

“Headlines about teachers’ strikes may have moved on from Kentucky and Oklahoma to Arizona and Colorado, but the uprisings these wildcat teachers started have not, according to numerous sources I’ve spoken with in Louisville – Kentucky’s largest school district, with over 100,000 students. Kentucky is where teachers staged widespread “sick-outs” to protest state lawmakers’ handling of pension reform and school funding. After teachers won record new spending for public education in the state and then pushed legislators to override the governor’s veto of the bill, there were still plenty of vows from teachers to ‘keep fighting’ for a permanent pension fix and more new revenue sources for schools. But will they?” (04/27/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180427/the-kentucky-teachers-walkout-was-a-catalyst-for-more-advocacy

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48) Steven Pinker on reason
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“Steven Pinker’s book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, spends most of the book looking at the progress the human race has made in virtually every category of human flourishing, including longevity, health, wealth, peace, safety, rights, knowledge, quality of life, happiness and the environment. The last three chapters are devoted to reason, science and humanism respectively.” (04/28/18)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2018/04/steven-pinker-on-reason.html

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49) Your privacy at risk when government drives your car?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Bartlett Cleland

“The sudden outrage expressed leading up to the Facebook hearings was more than a little surprising. After decades of talk about privacy and that consumers were giving away volumes of information online for very little in return, they suddenly seem to have come to understand that when one makes information ‘public’ on social media or other websites that the information is in fact public. Perhaps the silver lining will be a heightened sense of individual ownership in details about themselves, a turn to good old individual responsibility. But while the country is distracted by the current outrage, other security and privacy challenges lurk nearby as our cars may start reporting on us.” (04/27/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/04/your-privacy-at-risk-when-government-drives-your-car/

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50) The unstoppable deep state bully
Source: Aim4Truth
by US Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

“Robert Mueller has a long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people that is a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence. He lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the prosecution of anyone. I do not make these statements lightly. Each time I prepared to question Mueller during Congressional hearings, the more concerned I became about his work ethic. Then as I went back to begin compiling all that information in order to recount personal interactions with Mueller, the more clearly the big picture began to come into focus. At one point I had to make the decision to stop adding to this or it would turn into a far too lengthy project. My goal was to share some first-hand information as other Republican Members of Congress had requested, adding, ‘You seem to know so much about him.’ This article is prepared from my viewpoint to help better inform the reader about the Special Prosecutor leading the effort to railroad President Donald J. Trump through whatever manufactured charge he can allege.” (04/26/18)

https://aim4truth.org/2018/04/26/robert-mueller-the-unstoppable-deep-state-bully/

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51) Can we do without government?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Modern advertising, as we know it today, did not exist until sometime in the 1700s, well after the invention of printing. Today, in print and electronic media, it is pervasive — and invasive. We cannot do anything without seeing advertising of some sort. The advertising wants us to DO something — especially to BUY something. It reminds us of the benefits (real or imagined) of doing or using or owning something. Sometimes it is negative: it warns us of the problems because we do NOT do or use or own something. Of course, the majority of the advertising we think of (and perhaps have) today is commercial in nature: products and services. They are trying to get us to voluntarily buy something that we cannot do without. In the past, the world did have advertising, but of a much different sort. In an era where most products were made and most services provided at home, there were no big commercial enterprises — private or public — trying to sell the goods and services that they provided. With one exception: government.” (04/28/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/04/28/can-we-do-without-government/

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52) The JFK cover-up continues
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Just as I repeatedly predicted, President Trump, the CIA, and the National Archives decided to continue keeping those 50-year-old JFK-assassination records of the CIA and other elements of the U.S. national-security establishment secret from the American people. On yesterday’s deadline, Trump dutifully issued an executive decree ordering at least three more years of official secrecy. My new prediction: When the new deadline arrives on October 26, 2021, it will be extended again. The American people will never — repeat never — be permitted to see those records.” (04/27/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/04/27/jfk-cover-continues-2/

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53) Universal health care in Canada: A colossal government failure
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Lee Friday

“Tom Kent was the senior government policy person in Canada when the Medical Care Act was passed in 1966. He described the government’s objective: ‘The aim of public policy was quite clearly and simply … to make sure that people could get care when it was needed without regard to other considerations.’ After half a century, the government has still not honoured its commitment, and its performance declines with each passing year, despite increased spending. Furthermore, the government made it illegal for citizens to pay private parties for the health care which the government fails to provide.” (04/28/18)

https://mises.org/wire/universal-health-care-canada-colossal-government-failure

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54) Why Trump should stop the growing trade war with China
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Gary Shapiro

“President Donald Trump has cut burdensome rules, introduced lower tax rates and used the bully pulpit of the presidency to encourage economic growth. The result is a fast-growing economy, record-breaking job growth and corporate boardrooms planning U.S. business expansion. Despite all these achievements, however, the president has reversed course. By introducing potential tariffs, half of which are on the consumer technology industry, he has created uncertainty that may harm economic growth and American jobs. As the U.S. faces this important fight against longtime unfair trade practices by China, the American economy is in danger as threats of tariffs and retaliation continue to escalate quickly. Rather than impose tariffs, we should coordinate with other developed nations who face the same trade challenges with China. Even without an outright trade war, American businesses are already suffering.” (04/27/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/why-trump-should-stop-the-growing-trade-war-with-china

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55) Economics 101: Who sets prices?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair Macleod

“Since the advent of nineteenth century socialism, politicians and economists in the centre ground have argued for a balanced approach, where vital services are provided by the state, and capitalism is left to provide the rest. Vital services in a modern economy are taken to include pensions, unemployment and disability benefits, healthcare and education. Most states also provide communications, such as rail and road infrastructure, electrical grids and perhaps telecommunications. They often own and operate on behalf of the people utilities, such as the railways, ports, electricity and water. The rest they regulate. There is hardly a product or service in the private sector unregulated by government. So far as the public is concerned, they see the benefit of a state acting in its behalf, protecting it from the uncertainties in life, and from unscrupulous profit-seeking businessmen. People do not stop to consider that the state and its necessary bureaucracy is less efficient at protecting individuals than the individuals protecting themselves.” (04/27/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/04/economics-101-who-sets-prices/

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

56) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 143
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“As Murray Rothbard said, ‘History necessarily means narrative, discussion of real persons as well as their abstract theories, and includes triumphs, tragedies, and conflicts, conflicts which are often moral as well as purely theoretical.’ This week we rock out with Chris Calton host of the Historical Controversies podcast were we explore history from a different point of view. Is what we’re taught in school wrong?” (04/28/18)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-143-historical-controversies-interview-w-chris-calton/

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57) Free Talk Live, 04/28/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Banning guns won’t stop mass shootings :: Me Too Movement :: Corporate Welfare :: FBI Conspiracy :: Moving to New Hampshire :: Gun crimes vs gun banning :: HOSTS — Mark and Chris R.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/28/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-28

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58) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/28/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Jeremy explains the liberty behind his reaction to what the state has done to him by touching him in bad places. But he rises above with a slam dunk of liberty.” [various formats] (04/28/178)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15808

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59) The LAVA Flow, episode 89
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Bill Weld is back and is schmoozing the LP. Let’s not forget how toxic this statist is. What’s in the News with stories on 800 percent tax increase, government forced indoctrination, communism is bad, speech stopped in preschool, and a cop trolling for dates. Finally, an Ask Me Anything segment where I answer your burning questions.” [various formats] (04/27/18)

http://thelavaflow.com/bill-weld-is-back-tlf089/

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60) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/27/18
Source: Cato Institute

“What does ‘American decline’ look like? Chris Preble comments.” [various formats] (04/27/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/putting-american-decline-perspective

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61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 186
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #186, I talk current events from the fronts of the American empire. At home, the US has introduced a new drone warship. In Libya, chaos continues to thrive as General Haftar returns to the country. Assad continues to reclaim territory in Syria. The Taliban have announced the start of their spring offensive. I also explain how war hawks will look to exploit the war in Yemen to demonize Iran.” [various formats] (04/27/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-186-the-empire-is-huge

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62) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 237
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Peter Van Doren joins us again to discuss his time on jury duty.” [various formats] (04/27/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/ft-236

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63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1144
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“In something of a potpourri episode, Scott Horton and I discuss the real truth about presidential war powers under the Constitution, plus the empire’s highly successful propaganda apparatus, the military-industrial complex’s tactics, and much more.” [various formats] (04/27/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1144-the-truth-about-war-powers-the-military-industrial-complex-and-militarism-in-american-culture/

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64) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/27/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The U.S. government is in debt $21 Trillion, an amount that can never be paid. Yet Moody’s and Fitch reaffirmed their top AAA rating on U.S. debt. Why do they do this? Do they have to? Why can’t politicians, the media, CEO’s, or anyone else, ever tell Americans the truth?” [Flash video] (04/27/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/are-us-government-bonds-aaa-or-junkand-whos-lying

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65) Felony Friday, episode 121
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Adam Kokesh joins Felony Friday host John Odermatt to talk about his past run-ins with the law and his unique campaign for President, which if elected he will execute a peaceful dissolution of the federal government.” (04/27/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/04/27/adam-kokesh-libertarian-felon-and-candidate-for-not-president/

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