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Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Rice: I didn’t spy on Trump’s campaign and my spying on Trump’s campaign wasn’t improper
2) Syria: Alleged chemical attack in Idlib kills dozens
3) South Africa: Unions seek Zuma’s resignation
4) White House: Trump not considering VAT, carbon tax
5) Richmond Fed president Lacker resigns, admitting role in leak to analyst
6) SC: Parents fighting to keep abducted child take case to state Supreme Court
7) Islamic State calls Trump an “idiot” and threatens “bloodbath”
8) NASA’s Cassini spacecraft set to plunge into Saturn
9) Benin: Parliament rejects bill aiming to reduce presidential terms
10) Mercedes, BMW and Hyundai dump O’Reilly Factor amid lawsuits
11) MD: Hogan signs fracking ban into law
12) 500 corporate welfare queens line up at border wall trough
13) FL: Scott continues big-government, pro-state-killing micromanagement of prosecutor’s cases
14) Sanders, Warren, Ellison join forces on new “free” college scam
15) Boeing announces $3 billion deal with Iranian airline
16) Venezuela: Bishops call for civil disobedience against Maduro regime
17) Paul: Rice should testify under oath about Trump unmasking
18) Rijiju to Chinese regime: Knock off the temper tantrum, please
19) Sessions to Baltimore cops: Go back to murdering people while I review your plans to cut that out
20) White House presents new GOP health care plan to moderates, conservatives

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Woodrow Wilson made democracy unsafe for the world
22) Want privacy? Washington isn’t where you’ll find it.
23) When government evil triumphs, freedom falls
24) What professional wrestling can teach us about individual value
25) The inconvenient sayings of Jesus
26) Why I introduced the College for All Act
27) Trust the Beauty, or risk the Beast?
28) If what Susan Rice did wasn’t illegal, it should be
29) The case against national medical malpractice reform
30) The anti-Trump movement: Recover, resist, reform
31) National security is no argument against regulatory reform
32) Long-term damage: Media-made Trump’s rot will outlast him
33) The US tax code: Welfare for accountants
34) Inflationary folly has consequences
35) Bernie Sanders’s misguided attacks on the “liberal elite”
36) One nod and the world gets smaller
37) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #71: Do not vacillate.
38) Antitrust under Trump: Monopolies grow, people lose
39) Why we don’t need macroeconomic data in a free economy
40) It’s time us left-wingers stood up to PC
41) Is Gorsuch a “mainstream” Supreme Court nominee?
42) Not just a recycled rocket
43) Fifty years on: MLK’s giant triplets still plague us, including militarism.
44) Trump’s in trouble: Republicans may face a massive wave during the 2018 midterms
45) The media gives short Schiff to Obamagate
46) Why should someone die waiting for a kidney?
47) Nazi Germany’s (and America’s) drug war
48) The fiction of US isolationism
49) The dignity and value of work in La La Land and Moonlight
50) How to stop Venezuela’s fatal inflation

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 573
52) Tenther Tuesday, episode 14
53) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 69
54) Ethan Nadelmann: Time to end the war on drugs
55) War College, 04/04/17
56) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/04/17
57) Free Talk Live, 04/03/17
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 882
Source: The Tom Woods Show
59) Cato Audio, 04/03/17: US Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

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

1) Rice: I didn’t spy on Trump’s campaign and my spying on Trump’s campaign wasn’t improper
Source: NBC News

“Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday flatly denied that she sought to improperly ‘unmask’ Trump campaign officials whose conversations were caught on surveillance by U.S. intelligence services. ‘The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes,’ Rice said in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. ‘That’s absolutely false.’ Rice added that it’s not unusual to request the identities of people caught on intelligence surveillance. ‘There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a U.S. person was referred to, name not provided, just a U.S. person, and sometimes in that context in order to understand the importance of that report, and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out or request the information as to who that U.S. official was,’ she said, without going into specifics.” (04/04/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/susan-rice-speaks-out-unmasking-accusations-i-leaked-nothing-nobody-n742486

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2) Syria: Alleged chemical attack in Idlib kills dozens
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“At least 58 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in north-western Syria, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government or Russian jets had caused many people to choke. Local opposition activists and news sites posted photos of those they said had died of asphyxiation. The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.” (04/04/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39488539

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3) South Africa: Unions seek Zuma’s resignation
Source: Yahoo! News

“The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) called for the resignation of President Jacob Zuma after a controversial cabinet reshuffle that has deeply divided officialdom in the African country. The call made by COSATU on Tuesday, a member of the alliance led by the African National Congress (ANC) which has been ruling South Africa for 23 years, increased pressure on President Zuma. Zuma has caused a serious rift in the government and his own party after the sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Friday because of opposing several plans of the President and the high cost to the South African treasury.” (04/04/17)

https://in.news.yahoo.com/south-african-unions-demand-president-205107515.html

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4) White House: Trump not considering VAT, carbon tax
Source: US News & World Report

“The White House on Tuesday said it not currently considering a value-added tax and a carbon tax as part of a planned tax code overhaul as it searches for ways to fund a major tax cut. The Washington Post had reported the White House was considering the VAT and carbon tax reforms Tuesday, citing an unidentified administration official and a person briefed on the matter. ‘The president’s team is hearing input from experts on all sides of the tax reform debate as we formulate what will ultimately be the president’s plan to enact the first significant tax reform since 1986. As of now, neither a carbon tax nor a VAT are under consideration,’ said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters.” (04/04/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2017-04-04/white-house-exploring-new-value-added-tax-and-carbon-tax-report

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5) Richmond Fed president Lacker resigns, admitting role in leak to analyst
Source: Los Angeles Times

“The president of the Federal Reserve’s Richmond, Va., regional bank resigned Tuesday after acknowledging he had improperly discussed confidential monetary policy deliberations with a financial analyst and then initially failed to disclose his conversation during an internal leak review. … Lacker announced in January that he would retire on Oct. 1. But he said Tuesday he would step down immediately. The bank, one of 12 regional Fed institutions, said that its board of directors ‘took appropriate actions’ once it ‘learned of the outcomes of the government investigations.'” (04/04/17)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lacker-resignation-20170404-story.html

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6) SC: Parents fighting to keep abducted child take case to state Supreme Court
Source: Fox News

“The adoptive parents of a 3-year-old South Carolina girl are taking their case to the state’s Supreme Court, after a lower court vacated the adoption of the child they’ve cared for since she was weeks old. Tammy and Edward Dalsing, of Rock Hill, S.C., filed papers with the South Carolina Supreme Court on Friday in their fight to retain custody of their adopted daughter, Braelynn Puckett. … The latest legal move comes after an appellate court vacated their adoption and ordered the girl be returned to her biological father, whom she’s never met, according to the Dalsings. … a family court judge ‘hereby forever terminated’ the parental rights of the child’s biological parents, Erica Smith and Andrew Jack Myers, who was incarcerated at the time of the order.” (04/04/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/04/south-carolina-parents-in-fight-to-keep-adopted-child-take-case-to-state-supreme-court.html

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7) Islamic State calls Trump an “idiot” and threatens “bloodbath”
Source: Raw Story

“The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, has criticized President Donald Trump, insulting his intelligence and political leadership in the global jihadist organization’s first official comments on the leader since he took office earlier this year. ISIS sympathizers released an audio recording—over 30-minutes-long—of the group’s official spokesperson Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajir condemning the forces attempting to oust the jihadists from what remains of their territory in Iraq and Syria. Muhajir took particular aim at the U.S., which has led an international anti-ISIS coalition active in Iraq and Syria. Muhajir addressed the U.S. directly, saying, ‘You are bankrupt and the signs of your demise are evident to every eye … There is no more evidence than you being run by an idiot who does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is,’ he said in an audio recording released by chats Tuesday on encrypted messaging application Telegram, according to Reuters. ‘You are drowning and there is no savior,’ a transcription provided on Telegram by an ISIS supporter added.” (04/04/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/isis-calls-trump-an-idiot-and-threatens-bloodbath

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8) NASA’s Cassini spacecraft set to plunge into Saturn
Source: USA Today

“In its 13-year sojourn at Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has methodically studied practically every cloud and bit of orbiting rock the planet has to offer. Now Cassini will finally take a leap into some of the only territory it has yet to explore: the gap between Saturn and its rings. On Tuesday, NASA officials will outline the details of Cassini’s ‘Grand Finale,’ the five-month exploration of the narrow gulf between Saturn’s cloud tops and its glittering rings. Never before has a spacecraft entered that realm. Cassini’s wanderings there will be its final act. On Sept. 15, the spacecraft will plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere and disintegrate.” (04/04/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/04/04/nasa-cassini-spacecraft/100020728

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9) Benin: Parliament rejects bill aiming to reduce presidential terms
Source: Reuters

“Benin’s parliament narrowly rejected a draft bill by President Patrice Talon on Tuesday for a referendum to reform the constitution, including a provision to reduce presidential terms from the current two to one. Talon came to power a year ago, promising to reduce the term limit because he said two terms were a cause of ‘complacency.’ Benin presidents can currently serve two five-year stints, and the bill wanted to shrink that to one six-year mandate. Talon’s efforts to reduce term limits after a year in office contrasts with some other African leaders, including in Rwanda, Congo Republic and Burundi, who have scrapped them to stay in power. His peaceful election last year was seen as reinforcing the democratic credentials of the tiny nation in a West African region where polls are often marred by violence, intimidation and rigging.” (04/04/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-benin-politics-idUSKBN1762S4

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10) Mercedes, BMW and Hyundai dump O’Reilly Factor amid lawsuits
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Fox News’ most popular show is facing an exodus of advertisers because of sexual harassment claims against its host, Bill O’Reilly. Mercedes-Benz, BMW North America and several others have pulled adverts following the ‘disturbing’ allegations. The New York Times reported on Saturday that settlements of $13 million were reached with five women who accused him of inappropriate behaviour. The network now faces lawsuits alleging both racial and sexual discrimination. A Fox News contributor sued on Monday, alleging sexual harassment by its ousted former chairman, Roger Ailes.” (04/04/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39492854

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11) MD: Hogan signs fracking ban into law
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill Tuesday to ban the hydraulic fracturing drilling process known as fracking in Maryland, the first state where a legislature has voted to bar the practice that actually has natural gas reserves. The Republican governor signed the measure into law about a week after the bill was passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature. Fracking for oil and gas isn’t being conducted in Maryland now, but a moratorium was set to end in October, which is when the ban technically takes effect. Supporters of the ban said it was the first in the nation approved by a legislature in a state that has natural gas underground. Neighboring West Virginia and Pennsylvania allow fracking.” (04/04/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Maryland-governor-signs-bill-to-ban-fracking-11049755.php

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12) 500 corporate welfare queens line up at border wall trough
Source: Gloucester Times

“One bidder wants to build President Donald Trump’s 2,000-mile wall with impenetrable concrete made from the soil found on the Mexican border. Another proposes a see-through wall — but only from the American side. Tuesday they joined more than 500 other contractors submitting bids to the Department of Homeland Security for small prototype designs of the wall Trump promises will stop illegal immigration from Mexico. The bids did not answer the biggest question around the project — the cost, estimated by Trump’s team at $12 billion and Homeland Security at $21 billion, though no one knows for certain the eventual price tag.” (04/04/17)

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/national_world_news/contractors-seek-to-build-mexican-border-wall/article_54fe1034-ffc0-57fb-b938-8af9d16b6c97.html

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13) FL: Scott continues big-government, pro-state-killing micromanagement of prosecutor’s cases
Source: New York Daily News

“Florida’s Republican governor on Monday took 21 more first-degree murder cases away from a Democratic prosecutor who has said she will no longer seek the death penalty. Gov. Rick Scott gave the cases being handled by Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala to neighboring judicial circuit State Attorney Brad King. Ayala has come under fire recently after announcing she wouldn’t seek the death penalty against Markeith Loyd or any other defendant. Loyd is charged with killing an Orlando police lieutenant and his pregnant ex-girlfriend earlier this year. Scott took the Loyd case away from Ayala last month and reassigned it to King.” (04/04/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fla-gov-takes-21-murder-cases-defiant-prosecutor-article-1.3018256

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14) Sanders, Warren, Ellison join forces on new “free” college scam
Source: MarketWatch

“Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is back with a proposal to make college free [sic] — this time featuring a few digs at President Donald Trump. Sanders introduced a bill Monday that builds off his previous efforts both in the Senate and on the presidential campaign trail to make public college free [sic]. … The introduction of Monday’s bill and the progressive heavyweights joining Sanders to announce it, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D.-Minn.), indicate that Democrats may be looking to continue the battle at the national level. … Under his bill, the federal government would kick in at least $41 billion a year to states to help eliminate tuition, conditional on them taking steps to control costs, maintain funding for need-based financial aid and other steps. That would account for about 67% of the cost of making college free; state governments would provide the other 33%.” [editor’s note: Is it just me or does $60 billion a year not sound very much at all like “free?” – TLK] (04/04/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bernie-sanders-and-elizabeth-warren-join-forces-to-make-college-free-2017-04-04

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15) Boeing announces $3 billion deal with Iranian airline
Source: Bloomberg

“Boeing Co. said on Tuesday it has signed a new, $3 billion deal with Iran’s Aseman Airlines to supply 30 737 MAX aircraft to the carrier, the first major sale by a U.S. company to the Islamic Republic under new President Donald Trump. The new agreement comes on top of the $16.6 billion sale Boeing previously made in Iran following the landmark nuclear deal struck with Tehran under the Obama administration. Trump long has criticized the atomic deal, though he toured a Boeing plant in February and touted the firm’s work as proof of a coming American manufacturing renaissance.” (04/04/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-04/urgent-boeing-co-says-it-signed-new-3b-deal-with-iranian-airline

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16) Venezuela: Bishops call for civil disobedience against Maduro regime
Source: PanAm Post

“On Friday, March 31, the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV) published a memorandum in which it summons Venezuelan citizens to adopt strategies such as ‘civil disobedience’ or ‘peaceful protests’ in reaction to the ‘self-induced coup d’etat’ in Venezuela. According to the memorandum, ‘We are very close to Easter. For Catholics, the commemoration of the abuses against our Lord Jesus Christ is an urgent cry to build awareness and act in a peaceful but compelling manner in the face of this assault by the powerful.'” (04/03/17)

https://panampost.com/orlando-avendano/2017/04/03/venezuelan-bishops-call-for-civil-disobedience-against-maduro-regime/

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17) Paul: Rice should testify under oath about Trump unmasking
Source: The Hill

“Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Monday said former national security adviser Susan Rice should testify under oath about her reported requests to ‘unmask’ the identities of Americans associated with President Trump in intelligence reports. Paul was referencing a report by Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake on Monday that said Rice asked for the identities of individuals in intelligence reports associated with Trump’s transition team and campaign, making such requests dozens of times. … ‘I think she ought to testify under oath on this. I think she should be asked under oath, did she reveal it to The Washington Post.’ ‘I think they were illegally basically using an espionage tool to eavesdrop or wiretap — if you want to use the word generally — on the Trump campaign,’ Paul said.” (04/03/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/327078-paul-rice-should-testify-under-oath-about-unmasking-of-trump

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18) Rijiju to Chinese regime: Knock off the temper tantrum, please
Source: Firstpost [India]

“Amid a row over the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the government on Tuesday asked China not to interfere in its internal affairs, saying it respects the ‘One China’ policy and expects Beijing to reciprocate. Making a statement on the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said here that the Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit to the border state is completely religious and no political motive should be ascribed to it. … The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Arunachal Pradesh on 6 April during which he will hold religious discourse with devotees in Tawang, Bomdial and other areas. Earlier, the Chinese Foreign Ministry had warned India that the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as part of Tibet, will cause ‘serious damage’ to bilateral ties.” (04/04/17)

http://www.firstpost.com/india/dalai-lamas-arunachal-visit-india-asks-china-not-to-interfere-in-internal-affairs-3366910.html

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19) Sessions to Baltimore cops: Go back to murdering people while I review your plans to cut that out
Source: Time

“Baltimore’s mayor and police chief worked closely with Justice Department investigators to scrutinize the city’s police force and embraced a plan they crafted to overhaul the troubled department. So they were surprised by the Justice Department’s sudden request Monday for more time to see how the proposed changes might conflict with the aggressive crime-fighting approach new Attorney General Jeff Sessions favors. Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis believed the proposed agreement would repair public trust in the police while also quelling violence. They swiftly voiced their opposition to the requested delay, and pledged to press ahead with the business of transforming the police department, with or without a court-enforceable consent decree.” (04/04/17)

http://time.com/4724315/jeff-sessions-justice-department-baltimore-police/

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20) White House presents new GOP health care plan to moderates, conservatives
Source: CBS News

“The White House has come up with a new proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told reporters Monday night. Meadows said Vice President Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney met with the conservative House members Monday. Pence met with moderates earlier in the day. While Meadows said ‘there is no deal, in principle,’ he did refer to the proposal as ‘a solid idea that was offered,’ and said his caucus would evaluate its impact on premium costs. … The White House initiative on Capitol Hill comes just after another vocal opponent of the last Republican bill, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spent the weekend playing golf with President Trump and talking about health care.” (04/04/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-presents-new-gop-health-care-plan-to-moderates-conservatives/

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

21) Woodrow Wilson made democracy unsafe for the world
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“Wilson acted as if the congressional declaration of war against Germany was also a declaration of war against the Constitution. Harvard professor Irving Babbitt commented in 1924: ‘Wilson, in the pursuit of his scheme for world service, was led to make light of the constitutional checks on his authority and to reach out almost automatically for unlimited power.’ Wilson even urged Congress to set up detention camps to quarantine ‘alien enemies.’ Wilson unleashed ruthless censorship of any criticism. Anyone who spoke publicly against military conscription was likely to get slammed with federal espionage or sedition charges. Possessing a pamphlet entitled Long Live the Constitution of the United States earned six months in jail for a Pennsylvania malcontent. Censorship was buttressed by fanatic propaganda campaigns led by the Committee on Public Information, a federal agency whose shameless motto was ‘faith in democracy … faith in fact.'” (04/04/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/04/04/usa-today-woodrow-wilson-made-democracy-unsafe-for-the-world/

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22) Want privacy? Washington isn’t where you’ll find it.
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On April 4, US president Donald Trump signed a bill repealing some of the previous administration’s rules on Internet Service Providers’ handling of user information. Privacy advocates raised Cain over the legislation, but let’s put it in perspective: The rules in question were only created last October and hadn’t even really been implemented. Internet privacy is going back in time a whopping six months, if that. The sky is not falling. That said, if you’re worried about Internet privacy, there are steps you can take to protect yours. You probably won’t, but you can. Why do I say you probably won’t? Because if you’re the average Internet user, you’ve already given away the store when it comes to privacy and I doubt you’re very motivated to change your ways now.” (04/04/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10041

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23) When government evil triumphs, freedom falls
Source: OpEdNews
by John Whitehead

“It is often said that if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. Unfortunately, the American government has been the opposite of good for too long now. In fact, the American government has been very, very, very bad: so bad, in fact, as to be almost indistinguishable at times from the evil it claims to be fighting, whether that evil takes the form of terrorism, torture, drug trafficking, sex trafficking, murder, violence, theft, pornography, scientific experimentations or some other diabolical means of inflicting pain, suffering and servitude on humanity.” (04/04/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/When-Government-Evil-Trium-by-John-Whitehead-Government-Corruption-170404-278.html

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24) What professional wrestling can teach us about individual value
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“WWE does not engage in any Hunger Games activities, at least not to my knowledge, but each athletic entertainer is, quite literally, fighting for more ring time and thus, higher pay. This is because in the WWE universe, a personality’s contracted rate of pay is directly correlated to the success of his or her character. In other words, if your character brings more value to the company, you will most likely earn more than other characters who are not as successful. Just as a capital good’s price point in a free market would be based on its marginal productivity, in wrestling, pay is based on the character’s popularity with the audiences and their ability to sell merchandise, which, at the end of the day is making more money for the company. Thus, the more money you bring in, the more money you make.” (04/04/17)

https://fee.org/articles/what-professional-wrestling-can-teach-us-about-individual-value/

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25) The inconvenient sayings of Jesus
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Some things just need to be pointed out. I’m not sure I’d go quite as far as P. C. Hodgell when she wrote, ‘That which can be destroyed by the truth should be,’ but truth — so long as it’s for the purpose of building and improving — should be told. As the title indicates, I’ll be discussing several of Jesus’s sayings today. And I’m doing this because I think there’s tremendous potential among the world’s 2.4 billion Christians. As I’ve said before, these are people who have committed themselves to a great man and to a generally useful book. There is a tremendous amount of good that could come from them. I write this to remind them that ‘church’ should never be more important to them than Jesus. So, let’s begin.” (04/04/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/inconvenient-sayings-jesus/

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26) Why I introduced the College for All Act
Source: The Nation
by Pramila Jayapal

“Getting a college degree used to be free, or low cost, because as a society, we saw providing higher education to young people as an investment—in them and in the future of our own country. More people with good educations meant more trained workers. More trained workers meant more jobs filled. More jobs meant more money back into our economy. And of course, better jobs ultimately meant people could have a better future, raise a family, and live with economic security. We were investing in a cycle of prosperity. That’s why places like the City University of New York and the University of California’s system used to be free. That’s why we invested in the GI Bill to cover college costs for millions of veterans. That’s why we invested in Pell Grants to help cover more than half the cost of tuition at public colleges, helping our lowest income students and millions more to be first in their families to attend college and have the promise of a brighter future.” (04/04/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/why-i-introduced-the-college-for-all-act

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27) Trust the Beauty, or risk the Beast?
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“Or, can magic be remade? While flipping through the channels I recently came across the 2004 remake of The Flight of the Phoenix. It led to the obvious question: why remake a perfect movie? Sure, the original (1966) was filmed in black and white, but so was Citizen Kane. I frankly think the black and white cinematography contributed to the bleakness of the landscape and the hopelessness of the crash survivors. The remake is contrived and uninspiring, with no redeeming value beyond its color film. Why mess with perfection? I asked myself the same question this week while watching two recent remakes of classic films that coincidentally share a theme: Beauty and the Beast and King Kong.” (04/03/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1685

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28) If what Susan Rice did wasn’t illegal, it should be
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“The fact that most of the debate surrounding the unmasking of Trump personnel revolves around whether it was legal or not highlights just how superficial and ethically deranged our culture has become. If what she did was indeed legal, this is an enormous problem in the first place, one that privacy advocates and opponents of Big Brother surveillance have been warning about constantly since the gulag spying panopticon was put in place following 9/11. For the purposes of this post, let’s assume that what Susan Rice did was legal. If her actions were indeed totally by the books, we need to use this incident as a rallying call to reform the laws immediately. Likewise, Donald Trump should be pushing such reform tirelessly from his bully pulpit, but given his authoritarian nature I doubt he will. Fortunately, Rand Paul is heeding the call.” (04/04/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/04/04/if-what-susan-rice-did-wasnt-illegal-it-should-be/

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29) The case against national medical malpractice reform
Source: Reason
by Jeffrey A Singer

“Nobody wants medical tort reform more than me. As a surgeon in private practice for over 30 years, I feel the sting of exorbitant malpractice insurance premiums. I hear tales in the hospital doctors’ lounge of frivolous lawsuits, of suits brought by ungrateful and misinformed patients, of doctors torn between feelings of compassion and fear when they interact with many of their patients. In most states, the cost of bringing a lawsuit is negligible, while the defense costs, including those to the psyche, are enormous. However, I wince every time I hear politicians and pundits claim that tort reform is an essential ingredient to ‘free-market health care reform’ — that it is a ‘major driver’ of rising health care costs. I know that if they waved a magic wand and completely eliminated the threat of medical malpractice lawsuits tomorrow, nothing much would change in the way in which my colleagues and I practice medicine.” (04/04/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/04/the-case-against-national-medical-malpra

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30) The anti-Trump movement: Recover, resist, reform
Source: The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier

“Every day since Donald Trump’s January 20 inauguration, Hetty Rosenstein gets up at 6 a.m. to write an email to activists throughout New Jersey about upcoming rallies, marches, meetings, and other events to protest Trump’s agenda. The list began with 80 names, but by the end of February, the 62-year-old Rosenstein, state director of the Communications Workers of America union, was sending her daily email blasts to more than 2,700 people. Her missives include information on protests at town meetings sponsored by Republican Congress members, weekly vigils to defend the Affordable Care Act, training sessions of burgeoning activists, rallies for immigrant rights and transgender students, a talk and rally at a Trenton church by activist Reverend William Barber II, reminders of upcoming marches like the International Women’s Day strike (‘Wear red in solidarity’), and an ‘Evict Trump-Kushner’ rally at a Jersey City office building owned by Jared Kushner’s real-estate company.” (04/04/17)

http://prospect.org/article/anti-trump-movement-recover-resist-reform-0

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31) National security is no argument against regulatory reform
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Jim Harper

“On the Lawfare blog, Professor Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt Law School and the Center for American Progress offers an argument about regulatory reform that I’d never seen before. Reforms to the regulatory system that have passed the House and await action in the Senate, he says, ‘have serious consequences for national security and the fight against terrorism.’ It’s a bit of a Hail Mary in defense of the densely burdensome regulatory state we live under today. Alas, Professor Sitaraman’s illustration of the argument undercuts his point badly. Had pending regulatory reforms been the law when today’s financial surveillance regulations were promulgated, we’d likely be more secure and prosperous than we are now.” ()4/04/17)

https://cei.org/blog/national-security-no-argument-against-regulatory-reform

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32) Long-term damage: Media-made Trump’s rot will outlast him
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“Even if they unearth videotape of Trump in bed with Putin — or with Putin’s dog — and remove him from power, the vicious, nasty, little racist cretin Jeff Sessions will still be in office, doing untold damage. He is now leading an aggressive crusade to ‘untie the hands’ of militarized, brutalizing police forces across the country — especially the ones who have been slapped with federal restrictions for their confirmed, egregious, endemic, systematic racism. Sessions wants to set them loose on the uppity darkies who stir up the ancestral ghosts in his slavers’ blood and trouble his dreams with quaking fears and forbidden desires. Trump’s removal — as desirable as it is — will do nothing to rectify the damage he’s already done or stop the further wreckage that his regime will do for the next four years, whether he’s in the White House or not.” (04/04/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/long-term-damage-media-made-trump-s-rot-will-outlast-him-04042017.html

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33) The US tax code: Welfare for accountants
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

“Each year around this time, Americans go through the unpleasant tradition of gathering up their paperwork, transferring numbers from one set of government forms to another, and answering countless obscure questions — all to determine just how much of their hard-earned money is going to be taken by the government this time around. For most of us, it’s an experience that ranks right up there near going to the dentist. (And upon writing it, I fear this comparison might be unfair to the dentists.) Fortunately for us, a whole industry of accountants has sprung up to help us navigate this onerous tax system. Less fortunately for us, these same accountants and companies also lobby to ensure the tax system stays at least as irritating as it is today.” (04/04/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/economics/us-tax-code-welfare-accountants/

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34) Inflationary folly has consequences
Source: Mises Canada
by Emile Woolf

“Responses to previous instalments of my ‘Economic Perspectives’ include queries on why unbridled credit expansion by the main central banks in USA, UK, EU and Japan does not appear to be reflected in a commensurate rise in the general price level, affecting all sectors of the economy. Further, governments’ suppression of interest rates, having discouraged savings, has surely increased a preference for buying goods rather than hoarding cash — in which case, should the prices of goods not have risen in response?” (04/04/17)

https://www.mises.ca/inflationary-folly-has-consequences/

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35) Bernie Sanders’s misguided attacks on the “liberal elite”
Source: The New Republic
by Noah Berlatsky

“‘We need a Democratic Party that is not a party of the liberal elite but of the working class of this country,’ Senator Bernie Sanders declared at a rally in Boston last week. This has become a very common refrain for Sanders specifically and the progressive left generally. … Those damn liberal elites! They sip Starbucks in their Priuses while headed to a Harvard lecture about Hollywood film—or to the Hollywood set of a film about Harvard. These corrupt effete meritocrats are the truly powerful ones in America. May populism rise up and destroy them, so that inequality and smugness alike will vanish from the Earth. But it’s worth asking: If all these full-throated attacks on liberal elitism ended with the ascension of a racist, sexist authoritarian who has a gross history of mistreating working people, then is attacking liberal elitism really the proper strategy for the opposition to Trump? Maybe the left should think about going back to attacking a more tried and true bugaboo: the wealthy.” (04/04/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141828/bernie-sanderss-misguided-attacks-liberal-elite

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36) One nod and the world gets smaller
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“I was thinking this morning about how Trump hadn’t even lasted a week before he had blood on his hands — which, of course, isn’t surprising, more is the pity — and it really occurred to me what an extraordinary amount of power American presidents hold, so it’s no wonder they all become mass murdering lunatics.” (04/04/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/04/04/one-nod-and-the-world-gets-smaller/

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37) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #71: Do not vacillate.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“This aphorism expresses common sense and is a comfortable one for me to live with. I’ve changed my intellectual positions over decades as a result of reading and accepting the superior arguments of others. But the change has been an evolution that resulted from reason rather than an erratic process that received no thought, and the alteration of ideas had a logical, connected flow over decades rather than being a zigzag or a dramatic reversal from day to day.” (04/04/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7880

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38) Antitrust under Trump: Monopolies grow, people lose
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“President Trump has nominated Makan Delrahim to head up the Justice Department’s antitrust division. Most recently, the lawyer lobbied for approval of health insurance giant Anthem’s effort to acquire health insurance giant Cigna. Bad sign. Scarcely seventy days into his presidency, Trump has already revealed most of his campaign promises to be empty. Now it appears he’s going back on his promise to enforce antitrust rules against monopolies. The larger corporations get, the more power they have to squash competition, drive down wages, squeeze suppliers, influence governments and ‘extract rents.’ ‘Pro-business’ types will say all of this is a benefit, but democracies might have other ideas.” (04/03/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170403/antitrust-enforcement-is-another-trump-broken-promise

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39) Why we don’t need macroeconomic data in a free economy
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak

“It is common for commentators and economists in their discussions to continuously refer to something called the ‘economy’ — which sometimes performs well and at other times poorly. This ‘economy’ is presented as a living entity apart from individuals. For example, various experts report that the ‘economy’ grew by such and such percentage, or the widening in the trade deficit threatens the ‘economy.’ What do they mean by the term ‘economy?’ Does such an entity actually exist?” (04/04/17)

https://mises.org/blog/why-we-dont-need-macroeconomic-data-free-economy

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40) It’s time us left-wingers stood up to PC
Source: spiked
by Andrew Doyle

“The sledgehammer tactics of contemporary identity politics have little to do with political correctness as traditionally understood. Tacit social contracts concerning polite forms of discourse in the workplace, schools or public spaces are hardly a controversial notion. We all adhere to such principles in one form or another, albeit with some inevitable sticking points and disagreements along the way. We are facing something far more sinister: a mutated form of political correctness that seeks to police language and thought alike. It’s an authoritarian movement spearheaded by well-intentioned activists who are seemingly blind to their own bigotry. Moreover, they are inadvertently self-satirising.” (04/04/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/its-time-us-left-wingers-stood-up-to-pc/

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41) Is Gorsuch a “mainstream” Supreme Court nominee?
Source: Chicago Tribune
by Stephen B Presser

“The coming battle over the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court is ostensibly about whether the nominee is in the ‘mainstream’ of American constitutional jurisprudence. The American Bar Association, a group that is not known for leaning to the right in recent years, has bestowed its highest rating of ‘well-qualified’ on Gorsuch, and, from some parts of the academy and even the higher reaches of former Democrat administrations, Gorsuch has been lauded as a judge of exceptional even-handedness, intelligence and wit. And yet, it is now clear that the Democrats in the Senate will mount a filibuster against the nomination, the first time this has ever been done for purely partisan reasons.” (04/04/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-gorsuch-supreme-court-constitution-presser-perspec-0405-md-20170404-story.html

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42) Not just a recycled rocket
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Last Thursday, SpaceX successfully re-used a previously flown rocket to launch a payload into orbit. Sure, NASA had re-cycled rocket parts before. That is, the U.S. space agency had recovered spent rockets. But those were rebuilds. SpaceX’s most recent triumph was to launch a ‘stage one’ rocket that had gone into space before — and returned. Last April it delivered a payload to the International Space Station and then safely touched down vertically — just like in 1950s sci-fi! You could see the evidence: the weathered look of the rocket fuselage. This Falcon 9 rocket not only placed its Luxembourg-owned SES-10 into orbit last week, it then returned — again! — to its ocean ‘drone ship’ platform.” (04/04/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/04/not-just-a-recycled-rocket/

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43) Fifty years on: MLK’s giant triplets still plague us, including militarism.
Source: CounterPunch
by Kevin Martin and Re. Dr. Herbert Daughtry

“Fifty years ago this April 4, a year to the day before he was murdered, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called us to overcome the giant triplets plaguing our society — racism, militarism and extreme materialism — in his ‘Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence’ address at Riverside Church in Manhattan. In his speech, King decried our descent into a ‘thing-oriented society.’ One wonders what he would think of our current, thing-oriented president.” (04/04/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/04/fifty-years-on-mlks-giant-triplets-still-plague-us-including-militarism/

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44) Trump’s in trouble: Republicans may face a massive wave during the 2018 midterms
Source: Salon
by Matthew Rozsa

“The Democratic Party has a lot riding on the 2018 midterm elections — and the early polling for President Donald Trump should provide its leaders with hope. In the last four midterm elections that ended with the party that controls the White House losing one or both houses of Congress, the president had an approval rating below 85 percent among members of his own party and approval ratings among independents that were no higher than in the low 40s percentage range, according to The Cook Political Report. It then pointed out that, according to a recent Gallup survey, Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is at 85 percent, but he is has a treacherous 33 percent rating among independents.” (04/03/17)

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/03/trumps-in-trouble-republicans-may-face-a-massive-wave-during-the-2018-midterms/

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45) The media gives short Schiff to Obamagate
Source: The American Spectator
by George Neumayr

“The media’s biased coverage of Obamagate continues to shift. First, reporters feigned outrage that Trump would dare to say that the saintly Barack Obama had spied on him. Never mind that Trump’s assertion sparked off their own reporting — reports clearly based on criminal leaks from Obama aides spying on Trump. But now reporters are pursuing a new line of attack against Trump, which can be translated as: Yes, Obama spied on you — and good for him. … Look how far the progressive champions of ‘civil liberties’ have fallen. These are the same liberals who call Nixon a monster for having justified political espionage on specious national security grounds. Could anyone imagine Slate running a column lauding Richard Nixon for spying on Daniel Ellsberg?” (04/04/17)

https://spectator.org/the-media-gives-short-schiff-to-obamagate/

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46) Why should someone die waiting for a kidney?
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“The war on drugs is insidious. A kidney patient in Maine has been taken off a transplant wait list for using medical marijuana, even though both the medical and recreational use of marijuana is legal in Maine. … Mr. Godfrey has been waiting for a kidney since 2003. Why? Why can’t he just buy one from a willing donor or the family of a deceased individual? Because the federal government won’t let him. Why can’t some philanthropist just buy one from a willing donor or the family of a deceased individual? Again, because the federal government won’t let him.” (04/04/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/04/laurence-m-vance/someone-die-waiting-kidney/

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47) Nazi Germany’s (and America’s) drug war
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In reading an interesting review of a book entitled ‘Hitler’s Little Helper’ in last Sunday’s New York Times, I was struck by the following sentence, ‘Ohler documents the persistent intertwining of anti-Semitic rhetoric with the Nazis’ war on drugs, the laws passed in 1933 that threatened addicts with imprisonment and sterilization, and the encouragement to neighbors and co-workers to denounce habitual users — especially of cocaine and morphine — to the police.’ I suppose I wasn’t too surprised to read that Nazi Germany had drug laws too but, quite honestly, I had never given the matter much thought. After all, when we think about Nazi Germany, ordinarily we think of things like Kristallnacht, the Holocaust, the Gestapo, and World War II. Most people don’t think about other aspects of the Nazi system, such as Social Security, national healthcare, public schooling, the Autobahn system, the military-industrial complex, economic regulations, and — yes — drug laws.” (04/04/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/04/04/nazi-germanys-americas-drug-war/

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48) The fiction of US isolationism
Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew J Bacevich

“[A]s an explanation for the origins of the war of 1939-1945, American ‘isolationism’ is as familiar as the sweet-and-sour pork featured at your local Chinese takeout joint. Its authenticity is equally dubious. Yet Patterson’s assertion has this virtue: It captures in less than a sentence a prime obstacle to instituting a realistic, fact-based approach to foreign policy. In truth, isolationism is to history what fake news is to journalism. The oft-repeated claim that in the 1920s and 1930s the United States raised the drawbridges, stuck its head in the sand, and turned its back on the world is not only misleading, but also unhelpful. Citing a penchant for isolationism as a defect afflicting the American character is like suggesting that members of Congress suffer from a lack of self-esteem. The charge just doesn’t square with the facts, no matter how often repeated.” (04/04/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-fiction-of-u-s-isolationism/

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49) The dignity and value of work in La La Land and Moonlight
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“The award-winning films La La Land and Moonlight did more than share a chaotic stage in the closing moments of the 89th Academy Awards. They also share an intriguing underlying economic theme through rare insight into the substance and dignity of work, albeit in radically different ways.” (04/03/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/04/03/the-dignity-and-value-of-work-in-la-la-land-and-moonlight/

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50) How to stop Venezuela’s fatal inflation
Source: Cato Institute
by Steve H Hanke

“There are only two sure-fire ways to kill Venezuela’s inflation and establish the stable conditions which are necessary to carry out much-needed economics reforms. One way would be to dump the bolivar and officially dollarize the economy, an option I covered in a Forbes piece Thursday, ‘On Venezuela’s Death Spiral.’ A second method would be to adopt a currency board system. In such a system, the bolivar would become a clone of a reliable anchor currency, such as the U.S. dollar.” (04/03/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-stop-venezuelas-fatal-inflation

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51) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 573
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“News out today that Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser was behind the unmasking of Trump associates that were later compiled and disseminated throughout the intelligence community. So, is this a vindication of Trumps claim that he was ‘wiretapped’ by the Obama administration? Well, no.” [various formats] (04/04/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/573-trump-vindicated-or-is-susan-rice-story-fake-news/

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52) Tenther Tuesday, episode 14
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“It’s the 75th day that the Republicans have failed to repeal Obamacare. Outside a small number in the Freedom Caucus, do they really even want to? Mike Maharrey and Michael Boldin talk about this, plus some reports from the nullification movement in the state.” [Flash video] (04/04/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/04/tenther-tuesday-episode-14-do-republicans-even-want-to-repeal-obamacare/

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53) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 69
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 068 [sic] welcomes Thomas Bogle (and his son Cullen) to the podcast to talk about his journey toward voluntaryism, and his involvement with Free Market Educators and Praxis. Topics include teaching, homeschooling/unschooling, entrepreneurship, the Praxis program, internship, and more.” [various formats] (04/04/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/episode-069-thomas-journey-free-market-educators-praxis-1h29m

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54) Ethan Nadelmann: Time to end the war on drugs
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Watch Ethan Nadelmann present his perspectives on why America needs to end the war on drugs. This presentation is part of FFF’s Drug War Video Project, whose aim is to accelerate the end of this immoral and destructive government program.” [Flash video] (04/04/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/ethan-nadelmann-time-end-war-drugs/

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55) War College, 04/04/17
Source: Reuters

“War nerds love tanks. The battlefield behemoths drove onto the scene in the early days of World War I, replaced the cavalry and became synonymous with war. This week on the show, author Steven Zaloga walks us through the ins and outs of armored vehicles. He explains how the French Renault doesn’t get enough credit, how the Sherman came to dominate Europe and how people always forget about the Russians. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about tanks but were afraid to ask on War College this week.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/04/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-warcollege-4apr-idUSKBN1762KL

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56) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/04/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“James, Jim and MWD have a spirited post-normie discussion on gender, and then tell you about the creepy guy who separated sex and gender, then a sane modern scientist’s proof of why there should be either 2 genders or 5 genders or 8 billion genders, but for the most part, 2.” [various formats] (04/04/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14279

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57) Free Talk Live, 04/03/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cop Block Founder Changing Perspective on the Police :: Melanie on Cops :: Hate and Anger :: Gandhi Racist :: Punishing Cops :: Collectivizing Cops :: Trolls and Flat Earthers, Beliefs and Science :: Dead Cops and the Non Aggression Principle :: RICO :: Hollow Earth :: Immigration and Welfare :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/03/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-03

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 882
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Tatiana Moroz, a liberty movement veteran, joins me to discuss a wide variety of topics, including how she uses cryptocurrency to support her work; being an independent musician in the Internet age; creeps in the liberty movement (shocking, right?); Ross Ulbricht and Silk Road, and a lot more.” [various formats] (04/04/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-882-tatiana-moroz-on-cryptocurrency-causes-worth-supporting-being-an-independent-and-pro-liberty-musician-and-creepy-people-in-the-liberty-movement/

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59) Cato Audio, 04/03/17: US Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
Source: Cato Institute

“Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on the government’s abuse of stingrays for surveillance.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/03/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-audio/jason-chaffetz-r-ut-governments-abuse-stingrays-surveillance

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