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In the News:

1) Trump smack talks China, North Korea
2) Brexit: Lord Howard accused of “sabre-rattling” over Gibraltar
3) Flynn initially failed to disclose Russia-linked payments on ethics form
4) Colombia: More than 200 dead, many missing in mudslides
5) South Atlantic: Hunt for crew after massive ore carrier goes down
6) TX: Ex-punk rocker challenges Ted Cruz for Senate
7) Congressmen introduce bills to regulate marijuana on federal level
8) New South Africa finance minister Gigaba calls for radical reform
9) Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to take flight with Thunderbirds
10) UT: GOP congressman booed at Salt Lake City town hall
11) Some call TSA pat-down techniques “legalized groping”
12) Telegram messenger adds AI-powered encrypted voice calls
13) Judge to Trump: No protection for speech inciting violence
14) Pakistan: Shrine custodian kills 20 in apparent cult ritual
15) Verizon to pre-install a spyware app on its Android phones to collect user data

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) People are motivated not only by narrow material considerations
17) SCOTUS: The nuclear option is not enough
18) Trump never was a noninterventionist
19) Why the wall won’t work
20) Kids learn naturally: Why compulsory schooling is unnecessary and even harmful, a case study
21) Neil Gorsuch must be a bad man
22) Max Stirner: The dissolute life of an egoist
23) Could the Uber model reduce health care costs?
24) On economic patriotism: Capitalist nationalism and the making of American political identity
25) Trump doesn’t have the balls
26) A strong government equals a weak nation
27) UBI 2: Technological recessions and Elon Musk
28) Democrats will lose a war of obstruction with Republicans
29) The problem with the “Loonies,” part 1
30) Bombing on stage: Comedy as political resistance
31) State Department cuts too small
32) Some problems with postmodernism
33) Play ball!
34) Stupid mandates to the DC degree
35) Five ways Trump’s anti-sanctuary city orders are unconstitutional
36) Trade is Trump’s biggest broken promise
37) Land of nightmares
38) More war in space
39) Terry McAuliffe’s binders full of women
40) Abolishing the CFPB will be good for consumers — and the Constitution
41) Fake news
42) A cyber-Gulf of Tonkin
43) The root cause of health care dysfunction
44) The right to try to live
45) Can reusable rockets land enough customers?

The Sound and the Fury:

46) The tyranny of occupational licensing
47) Free Talk Live, 04/01/17
48) spiked podcast, 03/31/17
49) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 181
50) Arnaldo Claudio on The Scott Horton Show
51) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/31/17
52) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 21
53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 881
54) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 571
55) Felony Friday, episode 65

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

1) Trump smack talks China, North Korea
Source: CBS News

“President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher stand against North Korea’s nuclear program. Mr. Trump’s comments — in an interview with the Financial Times — come just days before he is set to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate in South Florida. … Mr. Trump said trade was the incentive for China to work with the United States. Still, he said the United States could ‘totally’ handle the situation in North Korea without China’s help. Asked how he would tackle North Korea, Trump said: ‘I’m not going to tell you.'” (04/02/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-china-north-korea-us-ready-to-act-alone/

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2) Brexit: Lord Howard accused of “sabre-rattling” over Gibraltar
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A senior Tory has been criticised for saying the prime minister would defend Gibraltar in the same way as Margaret Thatcher defended the Falklands. … In its draft negotiating guidelines, published last week, the EU said decisions affecting Gibraltar — a British territory — would be run past the Spanish government. Speaking on BBC One’s Sunday Politics, Lord Howard said that 35 years ago, ‘another woman prime minister sent a taskforce halfway across the world to protect another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country. And I’m absolutely clear that our current woman prime minister will show the same resolve in relation to Gibraltar as he predecessor did.’ … Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the UK would protect Gibraltar ‘all the way’ because its residents had ‘made it very clear they do not want to live under Spanish rule.'” (04/02/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-39472207

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3) Flynn initially failed to disclose Russia-linked payments on ethics form
Source: Fox News

“Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, did not reveal payments he received from three Russia-connected entities on a financial disclosure form he filed upon joining the Trump administration. … One of the companies was RT, a media outlet funded by the Russian government. Documents released by a congressional committee show that Flynn was paid $45,000 for that appearance. The other two companies were the Volga-Dnepr Group, a Russian air-cargo company; and Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, a U.S. subsidiary of a leading Russian cybersecurity firm. Flynn’s lawyer Robert Kelner told the Associated Press the first filing included the speaking fees in bulk.” (04/02/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/02/flynn-initially-failed-to-disclose-russia-linked-payments-on-ethics-form.html

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4) Colombia: More than 200 dead, many missing in mudslides
Source: CNN

“Rescuers in southern Colombia were scrambling Sunday to reach more than 100 people who are missing after devastating mudslides tore through entire communities. Hundreds are reported dead after torrential rains Friday night caused three rivers surrounding Mocoa, in Putumayo province, to overflow — sending a torrent of mud surging through the city. Reports of the exact number of those killed in the rugged, remote area vary. The Colombian military said at least 254 are dead and around 400 more injured. The Red Cross reports 234 deaths and said that 158 people were missing. ” (04/02/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/02/americas/colombia-mudslide/

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5) South Atlantic: Hunt for crew after massive ore carrier goes down
Source: New Daily [Australia]

“A South Korean cargo vessel is missing after making its last contact in the South Atlantic about 2500km from shore and 22 crew members are unaccounted for. South Korea’s foreign ministry and news reports said on Sunday that two Filipino crew members were rescued floating in a life raft on Saturday, but other lifeboats and rafts found in the area were empty, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. … The very large ore carrier (VLOC) Stellar Daisy owned and operated by South Korea’s Polaris Shipping based in Busan was sailing from Brazil to China carrying iron ore when it sent a distress signal to the ship operator on Friday, Yonhap said.” (04/02/17)

http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2017/04/02/662063/

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6) TX: Ex-punk rocker challenges Ted Cruz for Senate
Source: Reuters

“A punk rocker-turned-congressman from Texas announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz on Friday, making him the first prominent Democrat to challenge the former presidential candidate. Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke, a Spanish-speaking, Irish-American representing a predominantly Latino district that includes the border city of El Paso, is considered a long shot in the Republican-dominated state, analysts said.” (03/31/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-politics-idUSKBN1722Q9

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7) Congressmen introduce bills to regulate marijuana on federal level
Source: Smell the Truth

“Bipartisan lawmakers have introduced legislation that would remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances and make the government responsible for regulating the industry. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer on Thursday introduced a ‘Path to Marijuana Reform’ to Congress to remove the federal ban on marijuana and regulate the industry similar to alcohol, reports The Hill. The package of bills would also tax and regulate marijuana similar to alcohol and tobacco, end the threat of federal criminal penalties for pot businesses operating legally, and allow the industry to use federal banks.” (03/31/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/03/31/lawmakers-introduce-bills-to-regulate-marijuana-on-federal-level

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8) New South Africa finance minister Gigaba calls for radical reform
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“South Africa needs to ‘radically transform’ its economy, the country’s new finance minister has said. The treasury has been seen for too long as belonging to ‘big business, powerful interests and international investors,’ Malusi Gigaba said. ‘This is a people’s government,’ he told his first news conference since President Jacob Zuma fired his respected predecessor, Pravin Gordhan. Thursday night’s sacking shook markets and divided the ruling party.” (04/01/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39467267

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9) Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to take flight with Thunderbirds
Source: USA Today

“Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will take flight once again, this time with the world-renowned Thunderbirds at the Melbourne Air & Space Show on Sunday. Orlando Melbourne International Airport spokeswoman Lori Booker confirmed Aldrin’s morning flight with Florida Today. ‘It’s a thrill for all of us to host him in this manner,’ she said. Aldrin was the second man on the moon, piloting the Apollo 11 and following Neil Armstrong onto the lunar surface in 1969.” (04/01/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/04/01/astronaut-buzz-aldrin-take-flight-thunderbirds/99923958

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10) UT: GOP congressman booed at Salt Lake City town hall
Source: Fox News

“A crowd of more than 1,000 people in Utah’s Democratic stronghold booed Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart at a Friday night town hall as the congressman defended GOP positions on health care, public lands and immigration. Audience members yelled, ‘Do your job,’ imploring him to investigate and denounce connections between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia and to hold the new administration accountable. Stewart started the event at a high school in Salt Lake City by acknowledging that many in the crowd likely didn’t vote for him, but he said he thinks it’s still important to hear them — one of the few comments he made that received applause.” [editor’s note: Soon this will no longer count as “news” – SAT] (04/01/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/01/gop-congressman-booed-at-salt-lake-city-town-hall.html

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11) Some call TSA pat-down techniques “legalized groping”
Source: Raw Story

“When Barbara Leary went through the full-body scanner at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport recently, her hip replacements set off the alarm. She was directed to another line, where she underwent a physical search by a Transportation Security Administration agent. ‘She went over every part of my body,’ says Leary, a retired librarian from Westford, Mass. ‘It took more than five minutes. Not fun.’ On March 2, the TSA quietly introduced a new pat-down procedure that consolidates the agency’s five protocols for passenger searches into one standardized method. Now that it’s been in use for several weeks, passengers like Leary are coming forward with accounts of being frisked, and some of them are troubling.” (04/01/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/some-say-tsa-pat-down-techniques-are-legal-groping

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12) Telegram messenger adds AI-powered encrypted voice calls
Source: The Hacker News

“Joining the line with rival chat apps WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, and Signal, the Telegram instant messaging service has finally rolled out a much-awaited feature for the new beta versions of its Android app: Voice Calling. And what’s interesting? Your calls will be secured by Emojis, and quality will be better using Artificial Intelligence.” (03/31/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/03/telegram-encrypted-voice-call.html

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13) Judge to Trump: No protection for speech inciting violence
Source: Washington Post

“A federal judge has rejected President Donald Trump’s free speech defense against a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters at a campaign rally. Trump’s lawyers sought to dismiss the lawsuit by three protesters who say they were roughed up by his supporters at a March 1, 2016 rally in Louisville, Kentucky. They argued that Trump didn’t intend for his supporters to use force.” (04/01/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/judge-to-trump-no-protection-for-speech-inciting-violence/2017/04/01/e9320d68-1737-11e7-bb16-269934184168_story.html

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14) Pakistan: Shrine custodian kills 20 in apparent cult ritual
Source: ABC News

“The custodian of a local shrine and his accomplices murdered 20 devotees after intoxicating them in eastern Punjab province, police said Sunday, in what officials are calling a cult ritual. Senior police officer Mohammad Bilal said that the shrine custodian in a village near the city of Sargodha, some 320 kilometers (200 miles) north of Multan, was arrested Sunday morning along with four others for killing worshippers with batons and knives. Bilal said another four people remain wounded in critical condition.” (04/02/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/shrines-custodian-aides-kill-20-devotees-pakistan-46521419

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15) Verizon to pre-install a spyware app on its Android phones to collect user data
Source: The Hacker News

“If the death of online privacy rules wasn’t enough for Internet Service Providers and advertisers to celebrate, Verizon has planned to pre-install spyware on customers’ Android devices in order to collect their personal data. The telecom giant has partnered with Evie Launcher to bring a new application called ‘AppFlash’ — a universal search bar that will come pre-installed on the home screens of all Verizon Android handsets for quickly finding apps and web content.” (03/30/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/03/verizon-appflash-evie.html

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

16) People are motivated not only by narrow material considerations
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Nicholas Kristof is befuddled that people who benefit from government handouts sometimes support politicians who oppose such handouts (‘In Trump Country, Shock at Trump Budget Cuts, but Still Loyalty,’ April 2). He shouldn’t be. One reason why beneficiaries of government handouts might politically oppose such handouts is that no voter’s individual expression of political opposition is determinative. Because in nearly all cases government will do what it will do regardless of the words or actions of voter Smith, voter Smith can express opposition to some program without increasing the chances that this program will actually be eliminated or even trimmed. Political talk and voting are both cheap. Yet there’s another, very different reason why some people oppose government handouts that ostensibly are aimed at helping these people — namely, some people have preferences and values that genuinely override the material benefits of receiving government handouts.” (04/02/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/04/42551.html

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17) SCOTUS: The nuclear option is not enough
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Chief Justice John Marshall was nominated to his position on January 20, 1801. The Senate stalled, declining to confirm Marshall and pushing president John Adams to substitute someone else. The matter dragged on … for seven whole days before a vote. Marshall took his seat on the court less than two weeks after Adams asked him to serve. Two weeks in 1801, when news traveled at the speed of horse. Fourteen months in 2016-17, when news travels at the speed of light. What’s wrong with this picture?” (04/02/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10034

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18) Trump never was a noninterventionist
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Can Donald Trump’s foreign policy ‘doctrine’ and presidential actions accurately be described as noninterventionist? Strangely, Glenn Greenwald thinks so. In ‘Trump’s War on Terror Has Quickly Become as Barbaric and Savage as He Promised,’ Greenwald writes, ‘Trump explicitly ran as a ‘non-interventionist’ — denouncing, for instance, U.S. regime change wars in Iraq, Libya, and Syria …. I’m a big fan of Greenwald’s work, but I believe he is among the confused here. Whoever thinks Trump ran as a noninterventionist is plain wrong. All one needs to do to see this is to compare Trump’s campaign pronouncements with those of noninterventionist Ron Paul during his two runs for Republican presidential nomination. (Trump warned Republicans not to listen to Paul.)” (03/31/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/sheldon/tgif-trump-never-noninterventionist/

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19) Why the wall won’t work
Source: Reason
by David Bier

“President Trump’s wall would be a mammoth expenditure that would have little impact on illegal immigration. But perhaps that’s not the point. The campaign’s goal was to plant an image in voters’ minds of what making America great again would look like. The president’s goal may now be to create a symbol, an illustration of a nationalism that says to the world that although people of all kinds may want to come here, America was created by and for Americans. For those who are not nationalists, the wall is a problem. The direct harms are easy to document: the spending, the taxes, the eminent domain abuse, and the decrease in immigrants’ freedom of movement. Even if the wall fails to reduce illegal entries significantly overall, one byproduct of making it harder to enter is that people will choose to cross in increasingly dangerous points along the border (the president’s ‘natural barriers’).” (for publication 05/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/31/why-the-wall-wont-work

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20) Kids learn naturally: Why compulsory schooling is unnecessary and even harmful, a case study
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Graham Smith

“Kids learn naturally. Everybody does. Schooling is not necessary for learning. This should really be a ‘duh’ kind of statement, but surprisingly, due to the remarkable amount of statist (government) brainwash the average individual is exposed to from the time they pop out of the womb to adulthood, most individuals come to view compulsory public education as a kind of natural part of life. Sun, moon, trees, school. This is remarkable, not only in view of what actually goes on at these public centers of ‘education,’ but also in view of the fact that compulsory education is a relatively recent phenomenon.” (04/02/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/kids-learn-naturally-compulsory-schooling-unneccessary-even-harmful-case-study

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21) Neil Gorsuch must be a bad man
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“A favorite truism in Washington these days is: ‘Be careful what you wish for; you may get it.’ It tells the cautionary tale of how Republicans who wanted to run Washington got what they wanted and now must govern. I offer my own quote for the swamp: ‘Be careful what you scorn; you may someday become it.’ It has been a favorite pastime of elected Democrats to poke fun at the House Freedom Caucus because the rump is ideologically extreme and frequently self-destructive. Senate Democrats now seem poised to overtake the Freedom Caucus in the race away from moderation and in the ability to shoot one’s party in the foot. To wit, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is primed to block the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch.” (04/02/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/04/02/neil-gorsuch-must-be-a-bad-man-n2307460

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22) Max Stirner: The dissolute life of an egoist
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“German intellectual culture of the early nineteenth century produced an amazing variety of thinkers whose influence would continue to be felt two centuries later. Among the most interesting of these were those influenced in various ways by G.W.F. Hegel, but who utilized Hegel merely as a starting point for the widely diverse direction their individual thought would assume. Karl Marx was one of these thinkers, and perhaps the one with the most far reaching and durable influence. However, another fascinating thinker from this time period was an individual that in many ways could be considered the ultimate counterpart to Marxian communism, and to such a degree that a significant part of Marx’s The German Ideology is devoted to attacking his ideas. The individual in question was a dissolute figure who wrote under the curious pseudonym of Max Stirner.” (03/31/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/03/31/max-stirner-the-dissolute-life-of-an-egoist/

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23) Could the Uber model reduce health care costs?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Charles Hughes

“Patients are often insulated from the cost of health care services and at an informational disadvantage. It is hard for patients to determine the quality of those services, and they do not have much of an incentive to check. This can create a situation where patients spend more for the health care services they consume, in what is called a moral hazard problem. Moral hazard has been studied extensively from the consumer side. How providers respond in these situations is less understood, but also important. It could help explain why prices are growing rapidly in areas as diverse as health care, financial services, or even taxi rides.” (04/02/17)

https://fee.org/articles/could-the-uber-model-reduce-health-care-costs/

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24) On economic patriotism: Capitalist nationalism and the making of American political identity
Source: CounterPunch
by Alan Nasser

“It is frequently said that Americans are the most patriotic population in the world. From childhood we are taught that we are the highest-minded, richest, most free, most democratic country, and therefore most fit to be the global hegemon. School kids don’t get ‘hegemon,’ so they are taught that their country is the world’s sole superpower, and, for the safety of the world, must remain so. Surely something to be proud of. Since the end of the Second World War, a swollen media and entertainment establishment has drummed this message into our heads ceaselessly. The effectiveness of this kind of indoctrination is evident in a uniquely American phenomenon, the display of the flag everywhere — at checkout counters, on cars, on lawns, from home windows. Only in America. Even as Americans disapprove of this or that war, the flag is never taken down. Most of us are inclined to call this an expression of super-patriotism. But nationalism is what is at work in America.” (03/31/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/31/on-economic-patriotism-capitalist-nationalism-and-the-making-of-american-political-identity/

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25) Trump doesn’t have the balls
Source: The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier

“President Donald Trump likes to wear baseball caps adorned with the words ‘Make America Great Again’ across the front. But offered a chance to wear a real major league baseball cap in a real baseball stadium next week, Trump balked. In yet another break from tradition, Trump declined an invitation to throw out the ceremonial first ball at the Washington Nationals’ opening day game next Monday. On Tuesday, Politico reported that Trump was ‘in talks’ with the team to toss the first ball, but hours later the White House claimed that Trump had a ‘scheduling conflict,’ without providing any information about why he’s skipping this ritual. A more likely explanation is that Trump feared that he’d be greeted with a deafening chorus of boos as soon as he stepped into Nationals Park.” (03/31/17)

http://prospect.org/article/trump-doesn%E2%80%99t-have-balls

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26) A strong government equals a weak nation
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Notice that there are no massive demonstrations or protests against the ongoing, never-ending U.S. wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan. This is rather shocking, especially given that most of the protestors against the Vietnam War are still alive today. If it hadn’t been for the Vietnam protestors, U.S. forces would probably still be fighting and dying in Vietnam today in yet another ongoing, forever war. Yet, today most of those 1960s protestors are silent or even supportive of these never-ending wars, as are their children. What gives? Why have all those protestors become like their parents — weak, passive, submissive, and blindly loyal supporters of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA, their never-ending wars, their ever-growing budgets, and their ever-increasing infringements on people’s freedom and privacy? My hunch is that they’re scared. They have now become Social Security recipients. They are on the dole. They have become dependent on the federal government.” (03/31/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/03/31/strong-government-equals-weak-nation/

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27) UBI 2: Technological recessions and Elon Musk
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Elon Musk has recently made the case that eventually a UBI will be necessary, because technological advancements (particularly AI) will alleviate so much of humanity’s need to labor for sustenance that it will become necessary to provide people with sustenance sans labor, since there won’t be anything productive for them to do in order to earn that sustenance. It’s not hard to see Musk’s point — indeed, Gene Roddenberry made basically the same point with the Star Trek series, envisioning a world where mankind’s technological advancements had completely alleviated hunger, needs, and even wants. How realistic this utopian world is has been the subject of much debate, and it’s only briefly worth getting into, but before that, we have to discuss the other idea that, to my knowledge, no one else is bringing up.” (04/01/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/04/01/ubi-2-technological-recessions-elon-musk/

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28) Democrats will lose a war of obstruction with Republicans
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Claire McCaskill, the Democratic senator from Missouri, is wavering on whether to support President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who is up for a vote on April 7. In a closed-door meeting with party donors, she said that there ‘is enough in his record that gives me pause … so I am very comfortable voting against him,’ and acknowledged that many of her supporters wanted to fight his nomination because the Republicans refused to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland. But McCaskill also admitted she’s ‘uncomfortable’ that, by filibustering Gorsuch, she would be ‘part of a strategy that’s going to open up the Supreme Court to a complete change.’ The ‘change’ she refers to is the so-called nuclear option: A change in Senate rules to require only a 51-vote majority, rather than a 60-vote supermajority, for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominees. If the Republican majority deploys that option, Democrats won’t have any tools to resist future Court picks under Trump.” (03/31/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141751/democrats-will-lose-war-obstruction-republicans

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29) The problem with the “Loonies,” part 1
Source: Mises Canada
by Caleb McMillan

“Canadian ‘Greenbackers’ are those people who believe the government should force interest-free loans through the nation’s central bank, the Bank of Canada. Presumably, this would entail something similar to what happened in the Great Depression, where governments essentially forced private banks to end the ‘credit famine.’ ‘Greenbackers’ is an American term so I prefer the term, ‘Loonies’ since that’s the name of the Canadian dollar and because these ideas are sheer lunacy.” (03/31/17)

https://www.mises.ca/problems-with-loonies-part-one/

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30) Bombing on stage: Comedy as political resistance
Source: Cato Unbound
by Jeremy McLellan

“Several years ago, in 303 AD, a pagan comedian named Genesius began his career in Rome under the viciously anti-Christian Emperor Diocletian. Desperate to ingratiate himself with the powers that be, G-Dawg, as his friends called him, wrote a play mocking Christianity and performed it before the Emperor. In the middle of the show, while receiving a mock baptism, Genesius had a vision of the risen Christ, stopped the show, converted to Christianity, and denounced the Emperor. He was immediately tortured and executed. For this act of resistance, Genesius of Rome is venerated as the patron saint of comedy by the notoriously good-humored Catholic Church, not least because, if there’s one thing comedians fear, it’s being murdered for insulting the room. Since then, the relationship between comedy and political power has been fraught with controversy, with no signs of letting up.” (04/01/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/04/01/jeremy-mclellan/bombing-stage-comedy-political-resistance

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31) State Department cuts too small
Source: USA Today
by Diana Furchtgott-Roth

“President Trump has requested $25.6 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, or $312 per American family — a 28% reduction from 2017. The Global Climate Change Initiative and the Green Climate Fund are on the chopping block, with cuts suggested for the United Nations, development organizations and educational exchange programs. The president would shift foreign military assistance grants to loans and end overlapping peacekeeping programs. These cuts are, if anything, too small. President Obama’s last budget spends 110 pages describing State Department expenditures without a cost-benefit analysis. We are left to guess about the benefit of these vast sums.” (03/30/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/30/state-department-cuts-are-too-small-editorials-debates/99835016

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32) Some problems with postmodernism
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Bruno Goncalves Rosi

“Despite its contributions, postmodernism is also the subject of much criticism. One of the most recurrent is its tendency to nihilism, that is, to pleasure for nothing. Postmodern deconstruction may be efficient at demonstrating the randomness of many of our concepts, but it can lead us to a point where we have nothing but deconstruction. We find that the world is made up of dichotomies or binary oppositions that cancel out, without any logic, leaving us with an immense void. Another weakness of postmodernism is its relativism.” (03/31/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/03/31/some-problems-with-postmodernism/

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33) Play ball!
Source: Heartland Institute
by Clifford Thies

“In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color line in major league baseball. But, who and when did the color line come into being? … The first several decades of professional baseball were shall we say, fluid. Teams came and went. Rival leagues were formed. During this time, the National League emerged as dominant, having anchor teams in the most prominent cities and almost all of the better players. Even so, it would be forced into a merger with a rival league which became the American League. It was during these years that the part of baseball associated with the major leagues adopted an unwritten rule banning African Americans. The instigator of this rule was Cap Anson, possibly the best player of his day. In 1883, Anson said his major league team from Chicago would not play an exhibition game against a minor league team from Toledo, if that minor league team fielded its black ballplayer, Moses Fleetwood Walker.” (04/01/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/04/play-ball/

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34) Stupid mandates to the DC degree
Source: Town Hall
by Paul Jacob

“When the progressives who professionalized our political system (how’s that working for you?) started talking about every child going to college, we should have known that another shoe would drop — or get flung in our face. Indeed, that kick in the teeth is to require a college diploma, a piece of paper awarded by the education establishment, as a prerequisite for every job. How dare Bill Gates start and run Microsoft and become a billionaire without a university degree? … This new requirement is so important that a feature story in the Washington Post is teased on the front page and dominates the front of yesterday’s Metro section with the headline: ‘A higher degree of child care.’ A subhead reads, ‘A new D.C. Rule requires college courses for early educators. But will it pay off for the city’s kids?’ Will it? Depends on whether success is to be measured in putative good intentions … or reality.” (04/02/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/pauljacob/2017/04/02/stupid-mandates-to-the-dc-degree-n2307556

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35) Five ways Trump’s anti-sanctuary city orders are unconstitutional
Source: Cato Institute
by Devin Watkins

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that he will begin punishing states and local governments who refuse to help the federal government enforce its immigration laws — known as sanctuary cities — by taking away federal grants. Sessions even mentioned using a ‘claw-back’” to retake money already given to local governments. Two federal judges are already examining if they should be put on hold. The order is plainly unconstitutional. It undermines federalism in several ways.” (03/31/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/5-ways-trumps-anti-sanctuary-city-orders-are-unconstitutional

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36) Trade is Trump’s biggest broken promise
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Say anything (literally anything) to sway working-class voters. Get elected, then loot the country. Hey, it worked for this guy. If there was a primary issue Trump campaigned on, it was trade. Everywhere he went, Trump swore the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was ‘the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere’ and ‘a rape of our country’ — and whatever else he needed to say to sway working-class voters who felt betrayed by our economy and our trade deals. Like other candidates before him, Trump wanted to win votes in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and other states devastated by the loss of manufacturing jobs to ‘trade.'” (03/31/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170331/trumps-biggest-promise-becomes-biggest-broken-promise

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37) Land of nightmares
Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

“Many people find [Field of Dreams] a sweet and emotionally involving film; many viewers describe how they were moved to tears. Magical thinking has a great attraction for us; this is never more true than with regard to our parents. That is where the first injury occurs; most of us never fully recover from it, and we carry the injury with us for the rest of our lives. I confess that I myself thought of ‘Field of Dreams’ with considerable fondness for a long time. It was not until I watched it again recently that I grasped the huge lie at the center of the film. Even then, I had to watch it again to be certain that my new analysis was correct. I felt I was being too tough in my judgment. As I said, magical thinking will get you every time, if you give it half a chance.” (04/01/17)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2017/04/land-of-nightmares.html

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38) More war in space
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Can government preserve itself in space? Can the ‘new frontier’ be more reliably controlled than the frontier of the Old West or the Seven Seas for centuries? Among other things, it is a matter of scope. Which is one reason that liberty, freedom, survived as long as it did in the American West and a few other places (like the Gobi and Sahara and the Outback and Amazonia). (Open space is not an absolute guarantee of freedom, as Siberia and the Northwest Territories demonstrates, but that is another discussion.) The vastness of space even just here in the Solar System is a daunting challenge to government control.” (04/01/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/04/01/more-war-in-space/

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39) Terry McAuliffe’s binders full of women
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley

“The state of Virginia has an interesting piece of legislation in play right now. HB 1852 allows someone with protective orders to carry a concealed handgun after they apply for a permit. Normally you cannot carry a gun until after you have received your permission slip, and that can take up to 45 days. Days you may, or may not have. The emergency permit is good for 45 days, and you can only utilize the ‘by-pass’ if you have applied for a permit. The bill passed the Senate by a 27-13 vote. It had already been approval by the House of Delegates. ‘Governor’ McAuliffe had a chance to help domestic abuse victims with similar legislation last year, but he chose to side with the abusers and vetoed it. His aide says he plans to again prevent victims from being able to obtain life saving tools in an emergency situation this year.” (03/31/17)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4251

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40) Abolishing the CFPB will be good for consumers — and the Constitution
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

“Access to capital is vital for the pursuit of happiness. The American Dream is founded on life goals like home ownership, which most of us could not achieve without access to consumer loans. Yet in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress unleashed a regulatory agency that restricts such consumer choice: the Orwellian-named Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Moreover, the agency was founded on an unconstitutional basis, and the way it has acted is a reminder of just why the Founders insisted on constitutional checks and balances.” (03/31/17)

https://cei.org/content/counterpoint-abolishing-cfpb-will-be-good-consumers-%E2%80%93-and-constitution

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41) Fake news
Source: spiked
by Andrew Calcutt

“Just as reports of fake news have been grossly inflated, so some mainstream media organisations are mounting an exaggerated response in the form of high-visibility fact-checking procedures. Of course, no journalist should ever send a news story over to the subs’ bench without checking it and re-checking it for factual accuracy. But in the current context, in the return to apparently straightforward first principles, there is more going on than meets the eye. Fact-checking, the antidote to the fake news epidemic that never was, is fast becoming a badge of moral worth, and, conversely, a way of badging as unworthy those who do not sign up to ostentatiously transparent procedures. In response to the alleged onslaught of fake news, such transparency is said to be synonymous with the public interest. By the same token, it is spuriously assumed that news organisations that do not make a point of contracting into these pious procedures are in thrall to, or in the pay of, unsavoury interests.” (03/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/beyond-fake-news/

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42) A cyber-Gulf of Tonkin
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“In the summer of 1964, the US media reported that North Vietnamese forces had attacked an American destroyer, the USS Maddox, in international waters …. it wasn’t true. There had been no attack: bad weather and inexperienced sonar technicians had mistaken phantom ‘targets’ for North Vietnamese attackers. The Maddox had suffered no damage. The ‘attack’ never occurred. That didn’t stop Lyndon Baines Johnson from going on national television and citing the ‘attack’ as a pretext for escalating the war …. Thus a nation was led down the path of escalating a disastrous war on the strength of a lie. The Russian ‘hacking’ narrative — which all too many Democrats (and a few Republicans) are calling an ‘act of war’ — is just such a lie.” (03/31/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/03/30/a-cyber-gulf-of-tonkin/

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43) The root cause of health care dysfunction
Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

“In 2014, real health spending per person was $9,532. However, if government policy had not encouraged control of health spending to shift from patients to governments and insurers, spending would have been about $4,316 per person — less than half of what we actually spend. The difference is explained by waste, fraud, and abuse that quickly finds its way into markets controlled by third-party payers, who then impose costs to try to control these problems. If a politician promised to reduce the cost of driving by forcing auto insurers to pay for our cars, gasoline, tires, engine oil, windshield-wiper fluid, and all the other items and services we need to be on the road, we would all understand why our premiums would skyrocket–because those added costs would have to be accounted for.” (03/31/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9034

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44) The right to try to live
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by George Leef

“The highly acclaimed 2013 movie Dallas Buyers Club told the story of Ron Woodroof, who tried desperately to get drugs that might help arrest Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome back in the mid 1980s. While there were some drugs thought to help in treating the disease, none had been approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration. Woodroof and his fellow AIDS sufferers knew that no drug was guaranteed to work, but they wanted to be allowed to try those that might save their lives. The FDA, however, did all it could to block the group from obtaining and distributing the drugs. In the 1980s, FDA officials held the view that they alone were entitled to decide what medications Americans would be allowed to use. How much has that mindset changed over the subsequent decades? Hardly at all, argues Darcy Olsen in her book The Right to Try.” (03/31/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/right-try-live/

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45) Can reusable rockets land enough customers?
Source: Niskanen Center
by Joshua Hampson

“Reusability has long been a goal of U.S. space launch development — specifically to reduce costs. The Space Shuttle was developed in an attempt to lower costs through reusability. The goal of SpaceX is the same: a ‘fundamental’ shift in the cost of access to space that will drive a new era of space use and exploration. The Space Shuttle, by contrast, largely failed to achieve these goals, as prices never came down enough to spark an uptick in demand for more launches. This time, however, it could be different.” (03/31/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/can-reusable-rockets-land-enough-customers-spacex/

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46) The tyranny of occupational licensing
Source: Free Press Publication
by Darryl W Perry

“Until October 2015, anyone convicted of ‘unlicensed storytelling [in Savannah, Georgia] risked fines of up to $1,000, 30 days in jail, or even forced participation in a municipal ‘work gang.” Currently 27 states and the District of Columbia require some form occupational license for hair braiding. Sixteen of these states include hair braiding under the same regulations as hairstylists, hairdressers or cosmetologists requiring between 1,000 to 2,100 hours of training …. By comparison, in Louisiana one needs only 360 hours of training to become a police officer, while Massachusetts requires 900 hours of training to put on a badge, and federal requirements for EMTs require approximately 200 hours of training.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (04/02/17)

http://fpp.cc/the-tyranny-of-occupational-licensing/

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47) Free Talk Live, 04/01/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Not-so-Free Talk Live :: Girl Suspended for Using Stick Like Gun :: Trump Son in Law and China :: Unheard Of 911 Conspiracy :: Politician Clues in Immigrants to Potential Raid :: Trump and Obamacare :: Immigrant Hard Workers :: Cry Baby Sports Fan :: Illegal Americans :: Are we the government? :: Bootlicker :: Healthcare :: NH vs New England :: Lying Republicans Politicians :: Attraction to Power :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Cecil, Rush Hartmann.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/01/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-01

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48) spiked podcast, 03/31/17
Source: spiked

“On the latest episode of Last Orders, our podcast on public-health killjoyism, Chris Snowdon and Tom Slater are joined by Mark Littlewood, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, to discuss the health benefits of alcohol, the sorry state of health journalism and the real reason chocolate bars are shrinking.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/31/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-booze-can-be-good-for-you/

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49) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 181
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Peter T. Leeson joins us this week to discuss rational choice theory as it applies to self-governance. What happens in the absence of government?” [various formats] (03/31/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/can-anarchy-work

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50) Arnaldo Claudio on The Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

“Arnaldo Claudio, a retired senior US Military Police officer, discusses his 2005 investigation of human rights abuses of detainees in Tal Afar, in a camp commanded by then-Colonel H.R. McMaster, whom Claudio threatened to arrest. According to Claudio, detainees were kept in overcrowded conditions, handcuffed, deprived of food and water, and soiled by their own urine and feces. A so-called ‘good behavior program’ was implemented by McMaster, that held detainees indefinitely (beyond a rule requiring release after 2 weeks) unless they provided ‘actionable intelligence.'” [various formats] (03/31/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/33117-arnaldo-claudio-national-security-advisor-gen-h-r-mcmasters-human-rights-violations-iraqis-2005/

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51) Cato Daily Podcast, 03/31/17
Source: Cato Institute

“The mindset of the regulator has overtaken so many professions by imposing licensing, but fighting back requires a strategy to re-engage the judiciary. Clark Neily of the Institute for Justice comments.” [various formats] (03/31/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/combating-hurdles-hoops-occupational-licensing

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52) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 21
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #21, I discuss the increase in civilian deaths in countries around the Middle East. In Iraq, the US seems to have loosened restrictions on airstrikes. In Syria, the US continues to bomb civilians and lie about it. In Yemen, the US looks to be increasing support for Saudi Arabia’s war against civilians of Yemen.” [various formats] (03/31/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-21-civilians-deaths-are-rising

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53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 881
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Ron Paul returns to the show to discuss the foundations of libertarianism — along with Connor Boyack, author of a new children’s book that features a character based on Dr. Paul. We also get a glimpse into the Paul household. Lots of fun!” [various formats] (03/31/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-881-ron-paul-and-connor-boyack-on-how-to-teach-the-nonaggression-principle/

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54) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 571
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Author Danielle Dimartino Booth and her book ‘Fed Up.'” [various formats] (03/31/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/571-author-danielle-dimartino-booth-and-her-book-fed-up/

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

“Today the founder of the CAN-DO Foundation, Amy Povah, joins Felony Friday to share her remarkable story. The CAN-DO Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation that advocates clemency for all non-violent drug offenders. When Amy was 28 years old, she was convicted on a conspiracy charge and received a 24 year sentence. She received such a harsh sentence due to the fact that she refused to cooperate with federal officials who were attempting to infiltrate her then husband’s massive ecstasy distribution ring. Amy never stopped fighting for her freedom after imprisonment. She attracted the attention of several media outlets and started a massive letter writing campaign, which led seventeen members of the House and Senate to write letters in support of Amy’s clemency. Justice prevailed when President Clinton granted Amy’s clemency on July 7th, 2000 and she was set free.” [various formats] (03/31/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/03/31/ff65/

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