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Volume XV, Issue #3,681
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Russia: Officials identify St. Petersburg bomber as a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen; death toll rises to 14
2) Report: Top Obama adviser sought names of Trump associates in intel
3) Report: Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel
4) Democrats have the votes to block cloture on Gorsuch nomination and force “nuclear” Senate showdown
5) Tillerson to chair UN meeting on North Korea nukes
6) EpiPen being recalled over potential defect
7) Congressmen headed to Europe to discuss legal pot industry
8) Report: US newspapers cut more than half their jobs since 2001
9) Trump welcomes Egypt’s Sissi to White House in reversal of US policy
10) Fox commentator sues Roger Ailes, network in sex harassment case
11) Trump donates first quarter salary to National Park Service
12) FCC votes to eliminate “overbuild” requirements on Charter merger
13) H1B visas: Latest target in Trump’s war on the American economy
14) Somali pirates seize Indian ship, 11 crew members
15) FL: Police tell woman to “stop calling 911” hours before her death
16) Ecuador on edge as both presidential candidates claim victory
17) Amazon launches Amazon Cash, a way to shop its site without a bank card
18) S&P Global cuts South Africa’s credit rating to junk status
19) Federal judge blocks Indiana abortion ultrasound mandate
20) Over 85% of Smart TVs can be hacked remotely using broadcasting signals

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Who the people?
22) I reject the right of the government to choose my friends and enemies for me
23) Does it matter who pulls the trigger in the drone wars?
24) Public-private partnerships?
25) Education, politics, and peers
26) Here’s how to protect your privacy from your Internet Service Provider
27) Moral philosophy needs a moral license to offend others
28) Want to stop fascism? Start by taming the finance sector
29) Just bring the troops home
30) UBI 3: Fallacious silliness from America’s “brightest”
31) Gorsuch approval would put vulnerable students at risk
32) Mnuchin wants to feed the slimiest creature in the entire swamp
33) Why NPR and PBS should stop taking government money
34) Armed and deadly mouse
35) Michael Moore claims Trump is killing us all
36) The Russiagate scam will blow up in the Democrats’ smug faces
37) Integrating schools by expanding choice
38) Do Muslim immigrants assimilate?
39) US out of Korea
40) Trump’s patriarchal counter-revolution
41) Are we headed for a replay of World War One?
42) Stop treating pregnant women like children
43) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #113: In prosperity prepare for adversity.
44) US healthcare: Most people don’t know what they’re talking about
45) Trump’s wall is already collapsing
46) Trump: The black hole of politics
47) The Democrats’ futile search for evidence
48) Trump’s economic warfare targets innocent bystanders
49) Yellen’s balance sheet baloney
50) Why special interests sacrifice the future for short-term gain

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 22
52) Reason Podcast, 04/03/17
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/03/17
54) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 289
55) Free Talk Live, 04/02/17

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

1) Russia: Officials identify St. Petersburg bomber as a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen; death toll rises to 14
Source: Los Angeles Times

“The intelligence agency in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday identified a suspect behind Monday’s deadly bombing on the St. Petersburg subway as a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen. Russia’s health minister has raised the death toll from the blast to 14. Officials previously said 11 been killed and more than 40 wounded. … In the past two decades, Russian trains and planes have been frequent targets of attack, usually blamed on Islamic militants. Neither authorities in Russia nor in Kyrgyzstan have specified whether the attack was a suicide bombing or whether the bomber got away.” (04/04/17)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-st-petersburg-attack-20170404-story.html

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2) Report: Top Obama adviser sought names of Trump associates in intel
Source: Bloomberg

“White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on ‘unmasking’ the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations …. In February [National Security Council senior director for intelligence Ezra] Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. … Rice did not respond to an email seeking comment on Monday morning.” (04/03/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-03/top-obama-adviser-sought-names-of-trump-associates-in-intel

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3) Report: Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel
Source: Washington Post

“The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials. The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.” (04/03/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/blackwater-founder-held-secret-seychelles-meeting-to-establish-trump-putin-back-channel/2017/04/03/95908a08-1648-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html

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4) Democrats have the votes to block cloture on Gorsuch nomination and force “nuclear” Senate showdown
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Senate Democrats now have enough votes to block the Supreme Court nomination under current Senate rules, which require 60 votes to proceed on a nomination. That sets up a showdown later this week that will likely lead to a reinterpretation of Senate rules, so that the nominations of Supreme Court justices can be advanced with 51-vote majorities, rather than the preliminary 60-vote threshold that has long applied to high court nominations.” [editor’s note: The 60-vote threshold is for “cloture,” that is, ending debate and voting (once that’s done, Gorsuch can be confirmed with only 51 votes). Cloture applies to all Senate bills, not just Supreme Court confirmations. And getting 41 votes to prevent cloture is not the same thing as a filibuster, but mainstream media frequently conflate the two for some reason – TLK] (04/03/17)

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/03/522458682/democrats-have-the-votes-to-filibuster-gorsuch-and-force-nuclear-senate-showdown

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5) Tillerson to chair UN meeting on North Korea nukes
Source: Reuters

“U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea on April 28 to discuss how the body can combat Pyongyang’s banned nuclear and missile programs, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Monday. North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions aimed at impeding the development of its nuclear and missile programs since 2006. The 15-member council has strengthened sanctions following each of North Korea’s five nuclear tests. ‘We do need to talk about it in terms of what are we as a council are going to do to deal with North Korea and how do we push that forward. So we hope that we get as many foreign ministers to come as possible,’ Haley told a news conference to mark Washington’s presidency of the Security Council for April. Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to visit President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this week.” (04/03/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-un-usa-idUSKBN1752LC

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6) EpiPen being recalled over potential defect
Source: USA Today

“If you use the life-saving allergy shot, EpiPen, you might want to check the lot number on the side of the box. Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company that makes Mylan’s EpiPen injector, issued a nationwide, voluntary recall, including the children’s version, EpiPen Jr. ‘The potential defect could make the device difficult to activate in an emergency (failure to activate or increased force needed to activate) and have significant health consequences for a patient experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis),’ company says in a statement. The company recalled the product in several countries last month following two reports of the device failing to activate. It says only one lot was found to be flawed but as precautionary measure a total of 13 lots are now being recalled from the US market.” (04/03/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/04/03/epipen-being-recalled-over-potential-defect/99977396

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7) Congressmen headed to Europe to discuss legal pot industry
Source: Smell the Truth

“The pressure to legalize marijuana worldwide has become so much so that U.S. lawmakers are taking a pot-filled field trip to Europe. A bipartisan Congressional Delegation that includes New York Congressman Brian Higgins and California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher have scheduled a trip to Europe next week to study their various legal cannabis policies and regulatory systems, reports Marijuana Politics. The delegation’s multi-country tour will be highlighted by a stop in Germany, where medical marijuana was legalized earlier this year. The congressmen are scheduled to speak at the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Berlin.” (04/03/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/04/03/u-s-congressmen-headed-to-europe-to-discuss-legal-pot-industry

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8) Report: US newspapers cut more than half their jobs since 2001
Source: Raw Story

“More than half of the jobs at US newspapers have disappeared since 2001, with a large portion of the losses offset by employment gains at internet firms, government figures showed Monday. The data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed US newspaper employment fell from 412,000 in January 2001 to 174,000 in September 2016. In the internet publishing and portal segment the number of jobs grew from 67,000 in 2007 (the earliest for which data was available) to 206,000 last year. The figures confirm the huge upheaval in the news media industry, where a shift to online sources has forced a major retrenchment in print. The same report showed that the number of newspaper industry businesses fell from 9,310 in 2001 to 7,623 last year, a decline of 18 percent.” (04/03/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/us-newspapers-cut-more-than-half-their-jobs-since-2001

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9) Trump welcomes Egypt’s Sissi to White House in reversal of US policy
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump on Monday welcomed the leader of Egypt to the White House for the first time in eight years, pledging close cooperation with Abdel Fatah al-Sissi on counterterrorism operations and praising his leadership of the Middle Eastern nation. … Sissi’s arrival at the White House marked a reversal of U.S. policy after President Barack Obama refused to invite him because of concerns about human rights violations. Trump and his aides did not mention human rights ahead of Sissi’s visit, suggesting that the issue would be raised in private, if at all.” (04/03/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-welcomes-egypts-sissi-to-white-house-in-reversal-of-us-policy/2017/04/03/36b5e312-188b-11e7-bcc2-7d1a0973e7b2_story.html

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10) Fox commentator sues Roger Ailes, network in sex harassment case
Source: United Press International

“A paid commentator at Fox News Channel filed a lawsuit Monday against former chairman Roger Ailes and the cable network, alleging sexual harassment. Nearly nine months after Ailes was ousted from the network, Julie Roginsky, a Fox News contributor, sued Ailes, Fox News and Bill Shine, the network’s co-president. The 17-page suit was filed in New York State Supreme Court. In the suit, Roginsky said Ailes made unwanted sexual advances that led her to believe she would be promoted to host the early evening program The Five. She said she never received the promotion after spurning his advances and refusing to disparage Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News host who reached a $20 million settlement in September over alleged sexual harassment committed by Ailes in September.” (04/03/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/04/03/Fox-commentator-sues-Roger-Ailes-network-in-sex-harassment-case/3971491239922/

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11) Trump donates first quarter salary to National Park Service
Source: Reuters

“President Donald Trump, who made a fortune in real estate before running for political office, has decided to donate his first quarter salary of $78,333 to the National Park Service, the White House announced on Monday.” (04/03/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-parks-idUSKBN17529L

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12) FCC votes to eliminate “overbuild” requirements on Charter merger
Source: Ars Technica

“The Federal Communications Commission has voted to eliminate a merger requirement that would have forced Charter Communications to expand its network into the territory of other high-speed broadband providers. The FCC’s approval of the Charter/Time Warner Cable merger last year required Charter to deploy broadband with download speeds of 60Mbps to at least two million residential and small business locations, of which at least one million would have to be in areas served by at least one other high-speed provider. The FCC’s then-Democratic leadership said that ‘overbuilding’ in areas served by only one ISP would bring lower prices and greater choice to consumers. But the FCC’s new Republican leadership has now eliminated the overbuild portion of the merger condition so that Charter can instead provide two million new connections in areas that don’t already have high-speed service.” (04/03/17)

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/charter-wont-have-to-compete-against-other-isps-thanks-to-fcc-decision/

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13) H1B visas: Latest target in Trump’s war on the American economy
Source: GeekWire

“A new set of guidelines, issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Friday, requires computer programmers to provide additional evidence that they have specialized skills to qualify for an H-1B visa and work in the U.S. Effective immediately, employers who want to sponsor H-1B visas ‘must provide other evidence to establish that the particular position is one in a specialty occupation,’ according to the USCIS memorandum, first spotted by Bloomberg. The guidelines are designed to ensure employers aren’t hiring entry-level engineers from other countries and to encourage them to fill those jobs with American workers.” (04/03/17)

http://www.geekwire.com/2017/new-work-visa-guidelines-make-harder-u-s-tech-companies-hire-engineers/

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14) Somali pirates seize Indian ship, 11 crew members
Source: Yahoo! News

“Somali pirates have seized an Indian cargo ship and 11 crew members, the ship’s owner said Monday, as a recent series of hijackings raises fears of a resurgence in piracy. The ‘Al Kausar’ is the third vessel to be hijacked in less than a month off the coast of Somalia as experts warn that ships have lowered their guard in the five years since the height of the piracy crisis. The Indian cargo ship was carrying items such as wheat and sugar from Dubai via Yemen to Somalia’s Bossaso port when it came under attack, owner Isaak Them told AFP.” (04/03/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/somali-pirates-seize-indian-ship-11-crew-members-130159760.html

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15) FL: Police tell woman to “stop calling 911” hours before her death
Source: USA Today

“Police told a Florida woman to ‘stop calling 911’ hours before she and her son were fatally shot last week, according to police body camera footage obtained by a local TV station. Sanford police were called twice on March 27 to mediate an altercation between Latina Verneta Herring, 35, and her boyfriend Allen Dion Cashe, 31, WESH-TV reported. Police first responded to the duo, who were fighting over keys at a Wawa gas station at 3:20 a.m., and 20 minutes later responded to a call at Herring’s house. Hours after police left the home, Cashe kicked in Herring’s door and fired an AK-47 killing Herring, her 8-year-old son, and injuring her father and 7-year-old son …. In the video, one of the officers said Herring was ‘making false accusations. ‘We’re going to handle it, ma’am, just stop calling 911 and making accusations that you don’t know about,’ an officer said.” (04/03/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/04/03/police-tell-fla-woman-stop-calling-911-hours-before-her-death/99971836/

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16) Ecuador on edge as both presidential candidates claim victory
Source: stuff [New Zealand]

“Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno appeared to have won Ecuador’s presidential election but his opposition rival refused to recognise the results, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against fraud. Sunday’s (Monday NZ Time) second-round runoff in the Andean nation of 16 million was being watched closely as a barometer of whether the left, which had dominated South American politics for the past 15 years, could stop a string of right-wing victories across the region. With almost 99 per cent of polling places counted, Moreno had 51 per cent of the vote while conservative banker Guillermo Lasso stood at just under 49 per cent — a difference of about 230,000 votes.” (04/04/17)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/91152562/ecuador-on-edge-as-both-presidential-candidates-claim-victory-following-tight-vote

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17) Amazon launches Amazon Cash, a way to shop its site without a bank card
Source: TechCrunch

“Amazon this morning announced the launch of Amazon Cash, a new service that allows consumers to add cash to their Amazon.com balance by showing a barcode at a participating retailer, then having the cash applied immediately to their online Amazon account. The service will support adding any amount between $15 and $500 in a single transaction, Amazon says. Amazon Cash will be available at brick-and-mortar retailers across the U.S., including CVS Pharmacy, Speedway, Sheetz, Kum & Go, D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare Supermarkets, and VG’s Grocery. Other stores will be added in the future.” [editor’s note: I could have sworn that Amazon “gift cards” are already available for cash at various retailers. Am I wrong about that? – TLK] (04/03/17)

https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/03/amazon-launches-amazon-cash-a-way-to-shop-its-site-without-a-bank-card/

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18) S&P Global cuts South Africa’s credit rating to junk status
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“South Africa’s credit rating has been cut to junk status by the ratings agency S&P Global. The agency said that political upheaval, including the sacking of finance minister Pravin Gordhan, was endangering the economy. S&P also expressed concern over the nation’s debt situation and in particular the expense of backing state energy firm Eskom. The news put more pressure on the rand, which was down 2% against the dollar.” (04/03/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39476903

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19) Federal judge blocks Indiana abortion ultrasound mandate
Source: ABC News

“A federal judge has blocked an Indiana mandate forcing women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion, ruling that the requirement is likely unconstitutional and creates ‘clearly undue’ burdens on women, particularly low-income women. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt’s ruling, issued Friday, grants a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the ultrasound waiting period. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana had sued the state last July, contending the mandate was unconstitutional and would prevent some women from getting abortions.” (04/03/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/federal-judge-blocks-indiana-abortion-ultrasound-mandate-46541716

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20) Over 85% of Smart TVs can be hacked remotely using broadcasting signals
Source: The Hacker News

“The Internet-connected devices are growing at an exponential rate, and so are threats to them. Due to the insecure implementation, a majority of Internet-connected embedded devices, including Smart TVs, Refrigerators, Microwaves, Security Cameras, and printers, are routinely being hacked and used as weapons in cyber attacks.” (03/31/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/03/hacking-smart-tvs.html

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

21) Who the people?
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Much that is confusing about today’s political divisions has its roots in a simple disagreement, says Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett. It has to do with two different conceptions of what the phrase ‘We the People’ in the Constitution means. And, in fact, the two different conceptions, which have lived side-by-side since the beginning, have produced, in effect, two different versions of the Constitution. Barnett’s new book, Our Republican Constitution: Securing The Liberty And Sovereignty of We The People, draws its title from one of these. According to Barnett, we have a democratic Constitution (in which ‘We the People’ refers to the electorate as a whole) and a republican constitution, in which ‘We the People’ refers to us all, as individuals.” (04/03/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/03/supreme-court-constitution-majority-purpose-glenn-reynolds-column/99956864

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22) I reject the right of the government to choose my friends and enemies for me
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Today as always, the ‘bad guys’ from whom the government purports to protect the people are as a rule not a particularly serious threat to the people’s enjoyment of their life, liberty, and property in their own country. And when the threat is real, it is usually the product of provocation by the presumptive protector who rules the people at home. That people allow this rapacious government to decide one’s friends and enemies abroad (or at home, for that matter) is indeed preposterous.” (04/03/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/04/03/i-reject-the-right-of-the-government-to-choose-my-friends-and-enemies-for-me/

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23) Does it matter who pulls the trigger in the drone wars?
Source: Ron Paul Institute
by Peter van Buren

“We’re allowing a mindset of ‘anything Trump does is wrong’ coupled with lightening-speed historical revisionism for the Obama era to sustain the same mistakes in the war on terror that have fueled Islamic terrorism for the past 15 years. However, there may be a window of opportunity to turn the anti-Trump rhetoric into a review of the failed policies of the last decade and a half. A recent example of ‘anything Trump does is wrong’ has to do with his changing the rules for drone kill decision making. In May 2013 President Obama self-imposed a dual-standard (known as the ‘playbook’) for remote killing. The White House, including Obama himself reviewing a kill list at regular meetings, would decide which individuals outside of the ‘traditional war zones’ of Iraq and Afghanistan would be targeted.” (04/03/17)

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/april/03/does-it-matter-who-pulls-the-trigger-in-the-drone-wars/

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24) Public-private partnerships?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“One of the many ways in which people seek to ‘reduce’ the corrupt power of government is to restrain government agencies by reducing their workload through contracting out, thus reducing government direct employment. It sounds good, but its a nasty business. A basic ‘biblical’ principle of ‘be not unequally yoked’ is generally applied to marriage. But the concept seems equally applicable to business relationships (partnerships, employment, and clients and customers). And especially to political and governmental relations. Although this is a religious concept, does it not apply as well to lovers of liberty? I submit to my readers that indeed it does. Consider, for example, the very popular idea of ‘public-private partnerships’ in which various government entities and agencies enter into agreements, (short or long term) relationships with one or more private business entities (usually but not always corporations or limited-liability companies of some sort).” (04/03/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/04/03/public-private-partnerships/

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25) Education, politics, and peers
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“If educators are as left-wing as they seem, why would education have such contradictory effects on students’ stances? The charitable story is that educators keep their politics out of the classroom. The more plausible story, though, is that educators are unpersuasive. The Jesuits say, ‘Give me the child until he is seven and I’ll give you the man.’ Society gives liberal educators the child until he’s fifteen, eighteen, twenty two, or thirty. But issue-by-issue, teachers are about as likely to repel their students as attract them. Educators could protest, ‘The problem isn’t that we’re unpersuasive, but that students are stubborn,’ but students revise their opinions all the time. The longer they stay in school, the more they revise. They just don’t revise in a reliably liberal direction.” (04/03/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/04/education_polit.html

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26) Here’s how to protect your privacy from your Internet Service Provider
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Amul Kalia

“We pay our monthly Internet bill to be able to access the Internet. We don’t pay it to give our Internet service provider (ISP) a chance to collect and sell our private data to make more money. This was apparently lost on congressional Republicans as they voted to strip their constituents of their privacy. Even though our elected representatives have failed us, there are technical measures we can take to protect our privacy from ISPs. Bear in mind that these measures aren’t a replacement for the privacy rules that were repealed or would protect our privacy completely, but they will certainly help.” [editor’s note: Yes, there are technical measures we can take, and there’s also the market, which is why the rules Congress repealed should never have existed in the first place; government rules are ALWAYS more dangerous than whatever they purport to protect us from – TLK] (04/03/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/04/heres-how-protect-your-privacy-your-internet-service-provider

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27) Moral philosophy needs a moral license to offend others
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“Peter Singer and Jeff McMahon, two of the most prominent moral theorists alive, published a column at the New York Times about the Anna Stubblefield sexual assault case. Among other things, they question whether Stubblefield could really be said to have harmed her victim …. On Facebook and elsewhere, I mostly see philosophers react with outrage. Some say Singer and McMahon are monsters, others say that they suffer from outrageous moral stupidity, and still others say that Singer and McMahon are offensively ignorant. Now, I’m not interested here in debating to what degree Singer and McMahon are right or wrong. Instead, I want to discuss a meta-philosophical issue. Here’s my thesis: Moral and political philosophy require a license to offend. If we want to do good work, we have to give each other permission to argue on behalf of morally bad or evil things, and (as a corollary) we have to avoid getting outraged by one another.” (04/03/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/04/moral-philosophy-needs-moral-license-offend/

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28) Want to stop fascism? Start by taming the finance sector
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“It’s budget season, and (like Washington, D.C’s trademark cherry blossoms) a perennial myth about federal finances has re-emerged on Capitol Hill: That only taxpayers pay for the things the government buys. Asked on Morning Joe about cuts to everything from the Environmental Protection Agency to Meals on Wheels, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney went for the heartstrings: ‘One of the questions we asked was ‘Can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs?’ And the answer was no.'” [editor’s note: OR, start by enforcing fraud laws when the huckster knows full well it is a scam? – SAT] (03/30/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20009/stop-fascism-tame-capitalism-finance-markets-polanyi-trump-pettifor

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29) Just bring the troops home
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“One of the most amazing things about U.S. foreign policy is how so many American remain mired in the interventionist paradigm. Case in point: the Middle East. No matter how much a failure U.S. interventionism has been in that part of the world, people simply cannot bring themselves to break out of the interventionist box. They remain convinced that the United States has no choice but to remain mired in the ongoing failure, death, and destruction in that part of the world. And they keep hoping that maybe — just maybe — it will all work out over the long term. Thus, it is very refreshing to me whenever I find others who recognize that there is really just one right course of action for the United States to take: pull out all troops and bring them home.” (04/03/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/04/03/just-bring-troops-home/

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30) UBI 3: Fallacious silliness from America’s “brightest”
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“Predictably, I was asked via email, in response to my first article about the UBI … whether I was so dedicated to the principle that I would watch someone starve to death. While the question was asked without malice, it still reveals the underlying confusion that goes into the classic knee-jerk response to libertarianism: if I don’t want government to do x, then I must be okay with no one doing x. In the second article, I mentioned that the UBI seems to have its roots in the idea that a person can’t possibly find anything else productive to do when technology sends them into the unemployment line. So here we see two basic ideas that no one would seriously attempt to argue, being used as assumptions to bolster the statist quo. First, that a person can’t do anything except what they already do. Second, that if someone is doing something, then no one else can do it.” (04/03/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/04/03/ubi-3-fallacious-silliness-from-americas-brightest/

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31) Gorsuch approval would put vulnerable students at risk
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Students with disabilities already face a difficult path through our nation’s education system, but President Donald Trump appears determined to add to the disadvantages these students already face. His nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court is yet another sign his administration is less than eager to uphold the rights of these students. Just how rough do disabled students already have it? They score far lower on standardized achievement tests, which have become even more of an emphasis in our accountability-driven education system. They’re more than twice as likely to be suspended from school, and they’re much more apt to be bullied at school. They’re less likely to get help in schools, despite legal requirements for schools to provide a free and appropriate education. And while high school graduation rates have hit a record high of 83 percent nationally, graduation rates for these students continue to be mired below 70 percent in 33 states. In seven of those states, the rate is less than 50 percent.” [editor’s note: This is a legitimate concern; whether it is the express province of federal government is less clear – SAT] (04/03/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170402/a-gorsuch-approval-would-put-vulnerable-students-further-at-risk

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32) Mnuchin wants to feed the slimiest creature in the entire swamp
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“Tax Day is only a few weeks away, which means it’s that time of the year when the country actually stands united in its hatred of governmental theft for a few weeks, before retreating back to their ideological corners to commence political warfare as usual. Loathing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not an exclusive to libertarians and limited government activists. In fact, the IRS is probably the most hated government agency of them all. And given the long list of disreputable options to choose from, garnering that title is extremely impressive. Unfortunately for the prospects of tax relief, President Donald Trump, the newly elected ‘man of the people’ who vowed to drain the proverbial swamp of all corruption upon taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, nominated a Treasury Secretary who wants to make that swamp a little wider.” (04/03/17)

https://fee.org/articles/mnuchin-is-the-slimiest-creature-in-the-entire-swamp/

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33) Why NPR and PBS should stop taking government money
Source: Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus

“Is a small amount government funding worth the political pressure that President Trump can put on public broadcasting? That’s the question our public broadcasting entities should be asking themselves now that the president, as expected, has proposed cutting all federal funding for public broadcasting. NPR commentators should be thinking how nice it would be to feel free to criticize President Trump without fear of repercussions. PBS reporters should be daydreaming about an unfettered ability to report the real news, including calling out all of Trump’s ‘facts.’ Cut the cord, public broadcasting, and be free.” (04/02/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-npr-pbs-should-stop-taking-government-money

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34) Armed and deadly mouse
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“Betty Shelby is a Tulsa, OK, police officer about to be tried on manslaughter charges for shooting a passive, unarmed man named Terence Crutcher. Shelby is a middle-aged white female. Crutcher was a middle-aged black male. Of course every talking head on TV is talking about this case through the lens of race. I don’t think this case about about race. I think this is about size and gender.” [editor’s note: And I think it is about incentives, understanding of responsibility, etc. – TLK] (04/03/17)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2017/04/armed-and-deadly-mouse/

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35) Michael Moore claims Trump is killing us all
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Michael Moore, that ugly scruffy face of our American ultra-left wing loony toons fringe brigade, hates our new President so much, and is so completely deluded, that he’s willing to claim in all seriousness that Donald Trump, in only 70 days as President, has already caused the total ‘extinction of Human life on earth.’ It’s only a matter of time. I’m not making this up. Michael Moore claims that Trump is killing us all.” (04/03/17)

https://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/04/michael-moore-claims-trump-is-killing.html

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36) The Russiagate scam will blow up in the Democrats’ smug faces
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“If you’re stressed out about this whole Russian nonsense, relax — Donald Trump didn’t do anything wrong, and he’s not going be impeached, arrested, or ritually disemboweled. When the truth comes out and it explodes in the Democrats’ soft, girlish hands, we’ll all be laughing and toasting their humiliation with Stoli shots. How do I know this with utter certainty? Because it’s all so glaringly obvious, and it’s the only scenario that fits the facts. As Hugh Hewitt says, this scandal has three silos. The first silo is the question of whether the Russians somehow hacked our election.” The second silo is whether any Trump people ‘colluded’ with the Russians. The third silo, the one patriots care most about since it’s the one that isn’t a ridiculous fantasy, is whether anyone in Obama’s administration used our intelligence apparatus to spy on his and Hillary’s political opponents. The answers are ‘No,’ ‘No’ and ‘Yes.'” (04/03/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/04/03/the-russiagate-scam-will-blow-up-in-the-democrats-smug-faces-n2307707

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37) Integrating schools by expanding choice
Source: Heartland Institute
by David S D’Amato

“In the ’60s and ’70s, following the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, schools steadily desegregated, the plans often compelled and overseen by the courts. But American public schools have seen a recrudescence of racial segregation since the ’80s, even as other social institutions and areas of life have become more integrated. In a report for EdChoice, economist Benjamin Scafidi suggests that this increased race and class segregation may be the result of ‘growing programmatic homogenization’ in American public schools. As public schools across the country grow more alike, students sort by race and class rather than according to interest or school specialization, which has effectively been precluded. A large and growing body of evidence suggests that introducing more choice and autonomy for parents would help to reverse the harmful resegregation trend of the last few decades.” (04/03/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/04/integrating-schools-by-expanding-choice/

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38) Do Muslim immigrants assimilate?
Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeremy L Neufeld

“In Trump’s recent interview with Fox News'[s] Tucker Carlson, the President said that for American Muslims, ‘assimilation has been very, very hard. It’s been a very, very difficult process.’ His comments echoed his earlier statements about Muslim immigrants made to Sean Hannity back in June: ‘Assimilation has been very hard. It’s almost — I won’t say nonexistent, but it gets to be pretty close. And I’m talking about second and third generation. They come — they don’t — for some reason, there’s no real assimilation. As is the case with many other issues, Trump is wrong. After consulting data and experts, this claim was deemed ‘false’ by Politifact. The reality is that Muslim immigrants successfully assimilate into American society.” (04/03/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/muslim-immigrants-assimilate/

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39) US out of Korea
Source: OpEdNews
by David Swanson

“My biggest concern is not the embarrassment of a U.S. public afraid of the tiny impoverished nation of North Korea. If that embarrassed me, how would I survive what U.S. culture makes of ISIS, or — for that matter — the election of Donald Trump? My biggest concern is that U.S. war profiteers may end up using Korea to get us all killed.” (04/03/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/U-S-Out-of-Korea-by-David-Swanson-Korea-170403-367.html

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40) Trump’s patriarchal counter-revolution
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“At first glance, the president and vice president might seem like polar opposites in their relationship to women. Donald Trump is a libertine who has described his sexual promiscuity as his ‘personal Vietnam’ and boasted that the privileges of celebrity allowed him to grab women by their genitals, while Mike Pence is a committed evangelical who, like others of his faith, abides by strict rules of sexual propriety. As a much-discussed Washington Post profile last week noted, ‘In 2002, Mike Pence told The Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either.’ As different as their behavior toward the opposite sex might be, Trump and Pence are two sides of the same coin of patriarchy. Pence wears the traditional mask of chivalry while Trump is undisguised by any pretense of loftier motives. Yet Pence’s own actions, though governed by religious rules, are hardly an improvement for women in terms of consequence. ” (04/03/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141803/trumps-patriarchal-counter-revolution

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41) Are we headed for a replay of World War One?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Well before Trump arose, the geopolitical picture prefigured the conditions that led to the Great War. The Western victory in the cold war, far from occasioning the abandonment of NATO, motivated the Western powers to expand the alliance to include the former Warsaw Pact nations. The Russians reacted as George Kennan, the author of the anti-Soviet ‘containment’ strategy, predicted they would: with open hostility and an effort to create a buffer zone — Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary, Moldova — between the aggressive West and the Russian heartland. The second cold war was upon us. This system of rival alliances limns the rivalries that led to the Great War — and the similarities are geographical as well as abstractly geopolitical.” (04/03/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/04/02/are-we-headed-for-a-replay-of-world-war-i/

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42) Stop treating pregnant women like children
Source: spiked
by Ella Whelan

“Intrusions into women’s lifestyles always get couched in these terms — ‘we’re not saying women are stupid, we just think they need constant advice …’ But what Quince and other campaigners for cigarette pregnancy warnings really think is that if women are not told how to conduct themselves during pregnancy, they will harm their future child. In other words, we can’t really trust women. But the truth is that all smokers, including pregnant women, know the risks of their habit.” (04/03/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/stop-treating-pregnant-women-like-children/

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43) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #113: In prosperity prepare for adversity.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“This is a sobering aphorism because everyone tends to take family and friends for granted during the smooth times … and then you hit one of the rocks in life and land flat on your ass. Gracian’s sentence, ‘Retain a store of friendly and obliged persons; the day may come when their price will go up’ sounds strange to modern ears. He means that the personal price or difficulty of forging friendship is far higher when you are laid low.” (04/03/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7878

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44) US healthcare: Most people don’t know what they’re talking about
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Ben Southwood

“US healthcare is famous for three things: it’s expensive, it’s not universal, and it has poor outcomes. The US spends about $7,000 per person on healthcare every year, or about 18% of GDP; the next highest spender is Switzerland, with about $4,500. Before Obamacare, about 15% of the US population were persistently uninsured (about 8.6% still are). And as this chart neatly shows, their overall outcome on the most important variable — overall life expectancy — is fairly poor. But some of this criticism is wrongheaded and simplistic: when you slice the data up more reasonably, US outcomes look impressive, but being the world’s outrider is much more expensive than following behind. What’s more, most of the solutions people offer just don’t get to the heart of the issue: if you give people freedom they’ll spend a lot on healthcare.” (04/03/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/us-healthcare-most-people-dont-know-what-theyre-talking-about

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45) Trump’s wall is already collapsing
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Donald Trump spent more than a year rousing crowds with a simple promise: ‘I’ll build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.’ As the campaign wore on, it got so he could ask ‘Who’s gonna pay for the wall?’ and the audience would roar, ‘Mexico!’ It was fun while it lasted. But now, in the cold light of day, some facts are coming into focus: It may not exactly be a wall. It won’t be paid for by Mexico. And it may not get built.” (04/03/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/03/trumps-wall-is-already-collapsing

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46) Trump: The black hole of politics
Source: The American Conservative
by Alex Keeney

“Black holes are strange formations in outer space where gravitational forces millions of times greater than the sun’s swallow light and can even bend the flow of space and time. Because of this, observing the facts of what is happening inside of them is nearly impossible with existing technology. Since Donald Trump’s election, we’ve observed a similar phenomenon in politics. The disruptive force of his candidacy has rendered traditional metrics useless while the forces unleashed by his confrontational agenda are warping longstanding party alliances. Meanwhile, the psyche of American politics remains elusive, cloaked in the darkness of a black hole’s gravitational field. But if we study the wrinkled fabric of space-time radiating outward from the White House, we can see some remarkable trends emerging in our two parties.” (04/03/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-the-black-hole-of-politics/

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47) The Democrats’ futile search for evidence
Source: CounterPunch
by Renee Parsons

“It does not take a Trump supporter or a registered Republican to recognize that the Democrats’ hysterical allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign to influence the election has no merit and are nothing but petty, ideological over-reactions to their humiliating losses throughout the country in the 2016 election. And it does not take a trained psychologist to see that the Democrat/MSM campaign to destroy a democratically elected President have perpetuated the anti-Russian effort as a coping mechanism to avoid the painful truth that they have suffered a publicly embarrassing loss of power and status. After 8 years of pretending that Barack Obama was a perpetual political gift they could ride to victory, the reality is too damned excruciating to admit that their own betrayals to peace, health care, the economy and jobs have brought them down.” (04/03/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/03/the-democrats-futile-search-for-evidence/

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48) Trump’s economic warfare targets innocent bystanders
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“An often forgotten truth is that it is not just military warfare that can cause injury to innocent bystanders, the same inescapably happens in economic warfare initiated by governments, as well. But in the latter case the human ‘collateral damage’ is a targeted victim.” (04/03/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/trumps-economic-warfare-targets-innocent-bystanders/

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49) Yellen’s balance sheet baloney
Source: Cobden Centre
by George Selgin

“Before the crisis and LSAPs, the Fed didn’t use rate changes instead of balance sheet changes for monetary control. It relied on balance sheet changes, a.k.a. open-market operations, to achieve whatever fed funds rate target it set. In other words, it had decades, dating back to the 1930s, of experience using balance sheet asset purchases (or sales) as, not only ‘a’ policy tool, but as its principal policy tool! Rate change announcements, on the other hand, though they did indeed serve to ‘communicate the [Fed’s planned] stance’ to the public, were incapable by themselves of implementing that stance.” (04/03/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/04/yellens-balance-sheet-baloney/

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50) Why special interests sacrifice the future for short-term gain
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“The special interests that dominate politics dominates to produce a form of economic warfare. The more some can manipulate the political machinery, the more they can feather their own nests. They even use similar propaganda techniques. In wartime, we are always defined as the good guys, ennobled by our moral cause. ‘They’ are the bad guys, to be demeaned and dehumanized, so few will be bothered by what is done to them. Similarly, in domestic politics, representatives of each group paint themselves as particularly worthy or needy, making their advocacy morally superior, contrasted with their opponents whom they tar as selfish or unprincipled.” (04/03/17)

https://mises.org/blog/why-special-interests-sacrifice-future-short-term-gain

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51) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 22
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #22, I discuss blowback and how Americans need to accept blowback as a consequence of interventionism. I also update current events in foreign policy news.” [various formats] (04/03/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-22-blowback

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52) Reason Podcast, 04/03/17
Source: Reason

“On today’s podcast, Reason editors Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch discuss the news of the week, including Mike Pence’s refusal to dine alone with women; why boozy dinners with male colleagues can, in fact, advance careers (and not in a gross way); how Mad Men ratified our horror at workplace social mores of the ’60s and ’70s; Big Bird, Nicholas Kristof (the pundit who reliably comes up with the dumbest thing to say on pretty much any topic), and our month-long, phony conversation about cutting government spending; Elon Musk’s latest rocket launch; why Trump’s tweet on fighting — and working with — the Freedom Caucus perfectly encapsulates the relationship between libertarians and the GOP over the last 30 years; and Venezuela as a textbook case of socialism leading to violence, starvation, and death. (Ok, but should we try it just one more time?)” [various formats] (04/03/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/04/03/pence-big-bird-freedom-caucus

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/03/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD, Jeremy, Phil and Seamus drop mad science (biology) to explain how the world works for the people in the cheap seats. Also discussed are the problems of finding good Feens, ‘Don’t be a Moody,’ and How April 1st is heretofore and forever ‘Talk Like a Statist Day.'” [various formats] (04/03/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14273

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54) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 289
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode of Lions of Liberty, Marc welcomes in Gret Glyer, the creatory of the revolutionary DonorSee App, which is making it easier than ever to effectively fund charitable projects around the world.” [various formats] (04/03/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/04/03/289/

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55) Free Talk Live, 04/02/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“The Border Wall and Eminent Domain :: Bridge Collapse :: Government Collusion Worldwide? :: Flat Earth :: National Sales Tax :: More Flat Earth Nutters :: Abortion :: Child Abuse and the State :: Science! :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/02/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-02

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