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Volume XV, Issue #3,683
Thursday, April 6th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Haley, Trump threaten Syria escalation on dubious attribution of chemical attack to Assad regime
2) Proposed law would forbid ICE thugs to impersonate police officers
3) Bannon removed from National Security Council in White House shakeup
4) US Navy grounds entire fleet of T-45 trainer jets amid safety concerns
5) Germany: Regime powers up censorship scheme with threats of massive fines
6) CA: Law enforcement, grower lobbies whine about marijuana regulation relaxation
7) Study: Long-term aspirin use associated with reduced risk of dying from cancer
8) CA: Conservative farmers tackle climate change, in their own way
9) Former Mexican entrepreneur sentenced to life for competing with pharma monopolists
10) NJ: Teen gets into Stanford after writing #BlackLivesMatter 100 times on application
11) Scotland: Trump wins golf course privacy rights case
12) Drug war theater, North Carolina edition: Hospital workers feign illness after getting caught eating pot brownies
13) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to lift NFL’s marijuana ban
14) Facebook wields new weapon in battle against revenge porn
15) KS: School principal quits over student newspaper investigation
16) US court: LGBT employees protected by Civil Rights Act
17) EU pols adopt Brexit resolution, reject pro-Gibraltar hint
18) AZ: New sheriff to shut “Tent City” jail as he undoes El Caudillo de Maricopa’s policies
19) US regime says North Korean missile test ended in fiery crash
20) Pakistan: Seven killed in attack on census team

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Open your eyes: Social democracy is collapsing
22) A fight to restore the Constitution at customs checkpoints
23) Why does the Libertarian Party fail every four years?
24) Doing nothing is better than acting
25) Actually, Neil Gorsuch is a champion of the little guy
26) A dictatorship of the intelligentsia
27) Make Germany miraculous again
28) How a hypnotist sees a verbal slip
29) Living in a fantasy world
30) Modernizing government and easing regulatory compliance with Open Data
31) Boomerang: “Russia-gate” turns into “spy-gate”
32) The deification of Hillary Clinton
33) Rx for Leviathan
34) The Daleiden dilemma
35) Obamagate’s truth is stranger than Orwell’s fiction
36) Trump may start pushing a carbon tax; it’s a trap
37) Odd where you can find wisdom these days
38) $10 trillion: Where are you?
39) Retweeting ISIS is now a criminal offence
40) No factions in foxholes
41) Ferguson finally wins
42) Even some Republicans think border agents shouldn’t be checking your phone without a warrant
43) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #276: Know how to renew your character
44) Trump rolls back worker protections on federal contracts
45) Killing our way to victory
46) Roosevelt’s war against the press
47) Drug war lessons from communists
48) “Nowhere to go but up” survives because the Fed refuses to be honest about its assessment of the output gap
49) Who really killed the truth?
50) The nonproblem of the trade deficit

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 123
52) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 574
53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 23
54) Electric Libertyland, episode 14
55) Intercepted, 04/05/17
56) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/04/17
57) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/05/17
58) Free Talk Live, 04/04/17
59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 883
60) The Bob Zadek Show, 04/02/17

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

1) Haley, Trump threaten Syria escalation on dubious attribution of chemical attack to Assad regime
Source: ABC News

“The United States and Russia were trading conflicting assertions Wednesday about who launched a chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed 72 people, as world leaders grasped for a response to the latest atrocity in Syria’s intractable civil war. As Trump stood by his charge that [Syrian president Bashar al-]Assad’s forces were responsible, Russia disagreed. The staunch Assad ally insisted that the chemicals were dispersed when Syrian warplanes bombed a facility where rebels were building chemical weapons. … At the United Nations, Trump’s envoy threatened unilateral U.S. action if the world body failed to act. ‘When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,’ [Nikki] Haley declared.” (04/05/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/us-russia-trade-claims-chem-weapons-syria-46594463

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2) Proposed law would forbid ICE thugs to impersonate police officers
Source: New York Post

“Federal immigration officers would be barred from wearing the word ‘police’ on their uniforms under new legislation to help undocumented immigrants distinguish between the NYPD and deportation agents. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) said she’ll introduce legislation Thursday to address growing fears immigrant communities have of federal immigration and border patrol agents. … ICE and Customs and Border Patrol agents using ‘police’ on their vests have confused immigrants into letting federal agents into their homes without a warrant, immigration advocates say.” (04/05/17)

http://nypost.com/2017/04/05/law-would-bar-immigration-agents-from-having-police-on-uniforms/

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3) Bannon removed from National Security Council in White House shakeup
Source: Bloomberg

“President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing chief strategist Stephen Bannon from a key committee and restoring the roles of top intelligence and defense officials, according to a person familiar with the decision and a notice published in the Federal Register. The realignment increases the influence of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, whose public stances were sometimes at odds with those of Bannon. In addition to gaining greater control over the NSC, McMaster will have the Homeland Security Council under his authority.” (04/05/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-05/bannon-removed-from-national-security-council-role-in-shakeup

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4) US Navy grounds entire fleet of T-45 trainer jets amid safety concerns
Source: Concord Monitor

“The Navy has grounded its entire fleet of T-45 trainer jets after instructor pilots raised concerns about the ability of aviators to breathe in them while flying, military officials said, expanding the scope of safety concerns about U.S. military aircraft. Senior Navy officials made the decision amid problems with ‘physiological episodes,’ said Cmdr. Jeanette Groeneveld, a Navy spokeswoman. The term defines incidents in which the amount of oxygen a pilot breathes is reduced or contaminated or a cockpit is depressurized, causing lightheadedness and, in the worst cases, blackouts.” (04/05/16)

http://www.concordmonitor.com/Navy-grounds-entire-fleet-of-trainer-jets-over-safety-concerns-9121099

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5) Germany: Regime powers up censorship scheme with threats of massive fines
Source: Yahoo! News

“Germany on Wednesday took the European lead in cracking down against hate speech and fake news, threatening social media giants with fines of up to 50 million euros if they fail to remove offensive posts promptly. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved the tough measure after assessing that companies like Twitter and Facebook were not doing enough to erase content that falls foul of German law.” (04/05/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/germany-fine-online-giants-50-mn-euros-hate-100341796.html

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6) CA: Law enforcement, grower lobbies whine about marijuana regulation relaxation
Source: Albany Times Union

“California law enforcement officials objected Wednesday to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed streamlining of the state’s marijuana regulations, saying his plan could endanger public safety. Brown’s administration released documents late Tuesday outlining proposed changes to square the state’s new recreational pot law with its longstanding law on medical marijuana. But the California Police Chiefs Association representing all of the state’s municipal police forces said the governor’s proposal could turn traditionally small marijuana businesses into much larger ones controlling the entire supply chain from growing operations to retail sales.” (04/05/17)

http://www.timesunion.com/news/crime/article/California-moves-to-unite-conflicting-cannabis-11051020.php

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7) Study: Long-term aspirin use associated with reduced risk of dying from cancer
Source: Florida Times-Union

“Long-term use of aspirin is associated with lower risk of dying from various types of cancers, including colorectal, lung, breast and prostate cancer, according to a study presented at the 2017 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting on Monday. … Reductions in overall mortality risks and mortality risk from cancer were observed at dosages of aspirin ranging from half a standard aspirin tablet per week to seven tablets per week. Benefits on cancer mortality were observed for people who took 0.5 to 1.5 standard tablets per week. People who took two to seven tablets per week had an even greater risk reduction in cancer mortality. However, people who took more than seven tablets appear to have substantially fewer benefits.” (04/05/17)

http://jacksonville.com/health-and-fitness/news/2017-04-05/study-long-term-aspirin-use-associated-reduced-risk-dying-cancer

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8) CA: Conservative farmers tackle climate change, in their own way
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Like all California farmers, Don Cameron is used to long dry spells interrupted by wet years. Drought and flood, he says, have always been a way of life in the Golden State. But in 36 years of farming, Mr. Cameron says he’s never experienced anything like the swings of the past six years. ‘We’ve never seen a drought that long or that intense,’ says Cameron, general manager of Terranova Ranch, a 7,000-acre farm in Helm, Calif. ‘And we’ve never seen a change overnight from absolutely nothing in the reservoirs to now, they’re spilling water.’ In response, Cameron and his crew have been partially submerging their fields in rainwater. It’s a relatively new tactic to capture excess flow during wet years to recharge the diminishing underground aquifer that farmers in the region rely on to irrigate their crop. It’s also used to reduce the risk of flooding downstream.” (04/05/17)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Inhabit/2017/0404/California-s-conservative-farmers-tackle-climate-change-in-their-own-way

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9) Former Mexican entrepreneur sentenced to life for competing with pharma monopolists
Source: Austin American-Statesman

“A once-powerful Mexican drug cartel leader and associate of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has been sentenced to life in a U.S. prison. Alfredo Beltran Leyva, 46, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in February to charges his multibillion-dollar operation smuggled tons of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States. Beltran Leyva led the organization from the 1990s to his indictment in 2014, as it shipped tons of cocaine from South America to the United States, prosecutors said.” (04/05/17)

http://www.statesman.com/news/national-govt–politics/former-mexican-cartel-head-gets-life-for-drug-smuggling/P6xOvGC5CuBtz9LRHPR12H/

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10) NJ: Teen gets into Stanford after writing #BlackLivesMatter 100 times on application
Source: Fox News

“This New Jersey student’s unconventional approach to applying for college paid off for him. On his Stanford University application, Ziad Ahmed was posed the question ‘What matters to you, and why?’ The 18-year-old activist from Princeton, New Jersey, decided to use the opportunity to write “#BlackLivesMatter” 100 times. To his surprise, the answer caught the attention of the California school’s admissions office and Ahmed received his acceptance letter on Friday. ‘I didn’t think I would get admitted to Stanford at all, but it’s quite refreshing to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a liability,’ Ahmed told Mic. He shared his acceptance letter and application on Twitter, where it quickly went viral.” [editor’s note: I suspect they feared some silly lawesuit if they had rejected him – SAT] (04/05/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/05/new-jersey-teen-gets-into-stanford-after-writing-blacklivesmatter-100-times-on-application.html

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11) Scotland: Trump wins golf course privacy rights case
Source: Raw Story

“A grandmother who had sued a luxury Scottish golf resort founded by U.S. President Donald Trump for breaching her privacy by photographing her urinating on the course, lost her case on Wednesday. Rohan Beyts, a long-term opponent of the Trump International Golf Links (TIGL) on the northeastern coast of Scotland, had sought 3,000 pounds ($3,745) in damages at the Edinburgh Sheriff Court over the incident last year which she said had left her shocked and upset. She claimed that by filming her, staff had breached data protection laws. Beyts, 62, who said she had a bladder condition at the time, told the court she had tried to hide from sight after urgently needing to go to the toilet while walking on the course. Four days later she was visited by police who charged her for public urination, media reports said.” [editor’s note: So property rights overcame “privacy?” – SAT] (04/05/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/trump-wins-scottish-golf-course-privacy-rights-case

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12) Drug war theater, North Carolina edition: Hospital workers feign illness after getting caught eating pot brownies
Source: WISH 8 TV News

“Six employees at Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville were treated [sic] in the emergency room after eating cookies and muffins that had been laced with pot. ‘These days and times, nothing hardly surprises me anymore,’ said William Revell, a Statesville resident. Melvin Tomlin believes it’s possible the employees interacted with patients before realizing they were sick [sic]. … Investigators said a worker brought in cookies and muffins that a family member had baked and left them in the kitchen. The worker told police they didn’t know there was THC oil, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, in the cookies.” [editor’s note: Being high on marijuana isn’t being sick any more than being drunk on alcohol or buzzed on caffeine is. This is just melodramatic horseapples – TLK] (04/05/17)

http://wishtv.com/2017/04/05/hospital-workers-accidentally-ate-pot-brownies/

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13) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to lift NFL’s marijuana ban
Source: Smell the Truth

“One of the NFL’s most influential team owners believes it’s time to repeal the league’s harsh policy toward marijuana. In an owners-only meeting in Arizona last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones brought up his concern for the league to ‘drop its prohibition on marijuana use,’ reports Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. The NFL carries some of the most severe punishments in all of professional sports for marijuana use. Many of Jones’ players have had to serve suspensions for a full season, or even banned indefinitely, such as Rolando McClain and Randy Gregory. While losing players to a substance considered legal in several states is issue enough, a group of former players also argue that marijuana could ultimately serve as a life-saving medicine for brain injuries, chronic pain, and psychological disorders. Jones now joins a growing number of NFL personnel lobbying to overturn the league’s pot ban, including the NFL Player’s Association, which proposed changes to the league’s marijuana policy earlier this year.” (04/05/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/04/04/cowboys-owner-jerry-jones-wants-to-lift-nfls-marijuana-ban

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14) Facebook wields new weapon in battle against revenge porn
Source: CNet News

“Revenge porn is the scourge of the social internet — emotionally distressing at best and a downright life-ruiner at worst. Facebook is stepping up its game when it comes to protecting victims of the practice. The social network announced a new tool on Wednesday that will prevent people from resharing nonconsensual intimate images it has pulled down, not only on Facebook, but through Messenger and on Instagram as well. The company will use photo-matching technology to keep tabs on pictures that have been reported and removed under its current rules, which already outlaw revenge porn, and stop people from resharing them. It will also warn them that the photo they’re trying to share or upload violates its policies.” (04/05/17)

https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-wields-new-weapon-in-battle-against-revenge-porn/

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15) KS: School principal quits over student newspaper investigation
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A newly appointed principal in Kansas has resigned after the high school student newspaper cast doubt on her qualifications. The investigation by the Pittsburg High School publication, the Booster Redux, started as an introductory profile of the new head. But after three weeks they found that a college attended by Amy Robertson lacked accreditation. The six-student news team has drawn praise from journalists around the US. Ms Roberston was hired by the Pittsburg Board of Education on 6 March.” (04/05/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39506001

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16) US court: LGBT employees protected by Civil Rights Act
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Teacher Kimberly Hively alleged Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, Ind., denied her a full-time job because she is a lesbian. On Tuesday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said such discrimination violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The 8-3 ruling is the first by a federal appeals court to recognize the law as protecting workplace rights of LGBT employees. As NPR’s Nathan Rott reports for our Newscast desk: ‘The decision comes just weeks after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals [in Atlanta] ruled the opposite way, saying that Title VII [of the act] does not bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.'” (04/05/17)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/05/522670604/lgbt-employees-protected-by-federal-law-appeals-court-rules

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17) EU pols adopt Brexit resolution, reject pro-Gibraltar hint
Source: Reuters

“European Union lawmakers adopted a resolution on Wednesday setting their red lines for the two-year divorce talks with Britain and rejected attempts by British MEPs to recognize Gibraltar’s pro-EU stance in the Brexit referendum. In a display of EU unity, the legislature'[s] text repeated the same priorities set by the EU summits’ chair Donald Tusk in his draft negotiating guidelines released last week. The European Parliament wants talks on Britain’s future relations with the EU to start only after ‘substantial progress’ is made on the bill for Brexit bill, on the Irish border, and on the rights of the 3 million EU citizens in Britain and the one million British residents in EU countries.” (04/05/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-europeanparliament-idUSKBN1771C0

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18) AZ: New sheriff to shut “Tent City” jail as he undoes El Caudillo de Maricopa’s policies
Source: CNN

“Tent City, the infamous outdoor jail in Arizona where inmates wore pink underwear and shuffled around in chain gangs, will close, officials announced Tuesday. Joe Arpaio, the former top cop in Phoenix’s Maricopa County, established the jail in 1993. But he was voted out of office last year. Soon, Tent City will also be gone. … Arpaio, the poster child for hardline immigration policy in the United States, was ordered to be tried on a criminal contempt charge. A federal judge found Arpaio and three members of his office to be in civil contempt because they allegedly violated court orders intended to keep the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office from racially profiling Latinos. His trial is scheduled for this month.” (04/05/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/05/us/arizona-tent-city-close-sheriff-joe-arpaio/

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19) US regime says North Korean missile test ended in fiery crash
Source: New York Daily News

“A North Korean missile test ended in failure Wednesday when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean in a fiery crash, a senior U.S. defense official said. The launch came shortly before U.S. President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping later this week, raising speculation that it might have been timed to get their attention. The extended-range Scud missile suffered an in-flight failure and fell into the sea off North Korea’s east coast, according to U.S. imagery and assessments, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the launch publicly.” (04/05/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/national/north-korean-missile-test-ended-fiery-crash-article-1.3020361

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20) Pakistan: Seven killed in attack on census team
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A suicide bomber attacked Pakistani soldiers escorting census workers on the outskirts of the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing at least five army personnel and two civilians, officials said. The bomber targeted a van carrying 17 soldiers, among the 200,000 deployed nationwide to provide security for Pakistan’s first census in nearly two decades. Nearly 20 people were injured, officials said.” (04/05/17)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-pakistan-taliban-attack-20170404-story.html

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

21) Open your eyes: Social democracy is collapsing
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

“The whole fiasco happening in D.C. seems insoluble, and the inevitable is already taking place today as it did under the presidents who preceded Trump: the realization that the new guy in town is not going to solve the problem. Now arrives the genuine crisis of social democracy. True, it’s been building for decades but with the rise of extremist parties in Europe, and the first signs of entrenched and sometimes violent political confrontations in the United States, the reality is ever more part of our lives. The times cry out for some new chapter in public life, and a complete rethinking of the relationship between the individual and the state and between society and its governing institutions.” (04/05/17)

https://fee.org/articles/open-your-eyes-social-democracy-is-collapsing/

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22) A fight to restore the Constitution at customs checkpoints
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“When a U.S. citizen returns home from abroad, the federal government asserts a hugely intrusive prerogative: the option to search not only their person and luggage, but the entire contents of their mobile phone, tablet, or laptop –– sans a warrant, probable cause, or reasonable suspicion –– as if the Fourth Amendment is null at the border. Two U.S. Senators, Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Ron Wyden, are outraged by those intrusions, and hope to end them with a new bill they’ve put forward. In the House, Blake Farenthold of Texas and Jared Polis of Colorado are their analogs. The strangeness of the status quo is easiest to understand if one first reflects on what the Fourth Amendment demands of cell phone searches conducted anywhere but a point of entry.” (04/05/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/a-fight-to-restore-the-constitution-at-customs/521940/

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23) Why does the Libertarian Party fail every four years?
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“Campaign season or not it’s easy to find headlines virtually everywhere asking why the Libertarian Party fails, doesn’t work, can’t win and falls short every election year. Everyone, friend and foe, has an endless array of answers and an even longer list of fixes. But few get to the true heart of the matter. The fundamental reality is that as a philosophy, as a political ideology, as a personal psychological mindset, libertarianism is an individualist concept while all other forms of social organizing are authoritarian.” (04/05/17)

https://hubpages.com/politics/Why-Does-the-Libertarian-Party-Fail-Every-Four-Years

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24) Doing nothing is better than acting
Source: Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall

“The Bashar Assad regime’s most recent chemical weapons attack in Idlib province killed dozens of people and injured many more. It was a cynical and desperate move by a regime that has lost all legitimacy in the eyes of the world. But the attack was also our first opportunity to see what the Trump administration would do in response to such a situation. The answer, as it turned out, was nothing. As strange as it may sound, that is the right answer in this case.” [editor’s note: I won’t reject the idea that the Assad regime may have used chemical weapons out of hand, but the claim seems suspect for various reasons – TLK] (04/05/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/doing-nothing-better-acting

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25) Actually, Neil Gorsuch is a champion of the little guy
Source: USA Today
by Timothy P Carney

“Andrew Yellowbear is not the type of plaintiff you would probably call a ‘good guy.’ He is in prison for beating his daughter to death. But he certainly qualifies as the sort of ‘little guy’ Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee like to talk about these days. Yellowbear, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, is an ethnic and religious minority, and a prisoner. Even among the inmates at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution, Yellowbear was reviled. He’s the type of guy who doesn’t have many people looking out for him to make sure he gets a fair shake. Except for Neil Gorsuch. The prison in which Yellowbear serves has a sweat lodge. Prison officials barred him from the lodge because Yellowbear required special protection and escorting him to the sweat lodge would be a hassle. Yellowbear sued, but the court ruled against him on summary judgment. Yellowbear appealed, and Gorsuch heard his appeal.” (04/04/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/04/neil-gorsuch-champion-little-guy-law-column/99982694

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26) A dictatorship of the intelligentsia
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“The problem with statists is that they never ask whether or not people should be ruled. All of their time is spent arguing over who should be ruling. Donald Trump’s election has infuriated a lot of statists because they don’t believe it’s the right person to rule us. Now a handful of these statists believe that the only solution is for them to rule us …. A dictatorship of the intelligentsia will solve everything! It’s science! This is why statism will continue to doom us all.” (04/05/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/04/05/a-dictatorship-of-the-intelligentsia/

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27) Make Germany miraculous again
Source: Students For Liberty
by Bill Wirtz

“Nothing is really changing politically in Berlin. To begin with, Germany’s socialists are currently in a coalition with the conservatives, forming an immense majority in parliament. The coalition has slowed down public spending cuts and reforms enacted by the previous government. The German Left is at risk of fading into irrelevance as its choices regarding coalitions are limited: it’s either Merkel once again or going down the road of a three-party coalition. In this post-crisis economy, Berlin shouldn’t be interested in who organizes a government reshuffle in September, but should instead be concerned with how a freer economy can unleash the potential of hard-working Germans.” (04/05/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/04/05/make-germany-miraculous/

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28) How a hypnotist sees a verbal slip
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“A few days ago, Mike Cernovich broke the news that ex-Obama advisor Susan Rice had asked for the identities of Americans caught up in electronic surveillance of foreigners, including some Trump associates. After Mike broke the story, the big news organizations followed. I asked my well-informed Trump-hating friend what he thought of the story. He said he hadn’t heard of it. I was surprised. It was the headline news. While we were on the phone, he checked CNN’s website on his computer and informed me that no such story existed. In his words, it was probably ‘fake news’ that he assumed I saw ‘on Breitbart’ or some other site he considers below his standard of news excellence. So I asked him to navigate over to Business Insider (partly owned by Jeff Bezos) to see if the story was there. And sure enough, it was. Prominently. My friend read the story and agreed it should have been covered on CNN as well.” (04/05/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159226601511/how-a-hypnotist-sees-a-verbal-slip

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29) Living in a fantasy world
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“It’s both astonishing and appalling that those who support mandated paid sick leave ignore the fact that such a mandate will cause workers’ pay to fall (‘Maryland General Assembly approves paid sick leave,’ April 5). The provision of paid leave is costly, and employers will cover these mandated higher costs by reducing the value of workers’ pay (as well as the value of fringe benefits other than paid leave). The final result is that such a mandate forces workers to take a larger portion of their pay in the form of paid sick leave and a smaller portion in the form of take-home pay and of fringe benefits other than leave, such as employer contributions to pension funds.” (04/05/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/04/42565.html

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30) Modernizing government and easing regulatory compliance with Open Data
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ryan Hagemann

“Earlier today, a broad coalition of supporters (including the Niskanen Center) released a letter supporting the Open, Permanent, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act. This bill builds on the reforms enacted by the passage of the DATA Act in 2014. It would make permanent the Obama Administration’s 2009 Open Government Data Directive a permanent fixture, establishing a unified, open data standard for government agency reporting.” [editor’s note: Personally I’d like to see a law banning government agencies from using computers and operating systems that are less than 20 years old. Phones, too — government mobile phones should be like those cinder block sized thing Michael Douglas had in “Wall Street.” I don’t want government to be more efficient, I want to hobble it as much as possible – TLK] (04/05/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/modernizing-government-easing-regulatory-compliance-open-data/

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31) Boomerang: “Russia-gate” turns into “spy-gate”
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“So here is what we now know: The Obama administration was spying on ‘Trump, his team, and his family,’ as the report cited above puts it, for a year before he took office, and feeding the information to the media. This goes far beyond the legendary Watergate scandal, which merely involved a single bungled break-in at Democratic party headquarters: this is Watergate times one-hundred.” (04/05/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/04/04/boomerang-russia-gate-turns-into-spy-gate/

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32) The deification of Hillary Clinton
Source: The New Republic
by Sarah Jones

“Susan Bordo is right about one thing: Sexism is real and Hillary Clinton has been subjected to it. The spectre of Hillary (the-nasty-woman is persistent and familiar) but it’s only one of the many reasons Clinton lost her latest White House bid. The story of her defeat is a complicated one, encompassing rising anti-establishment fervor, campaign error, and yes, prejudice. But you wouldn’t know it from reading Bordo’s new book. In The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, the feminist scholar seeks to absolve Clinton for her loss to Donald Trump. To do so, she presents a raft of justifications: James Comey, Wikileaks, conservatives, Bernie Sanders, and dumb young people. There is scarcely a mention of policy positions Clinton took during her campaign that were less than inspiring, or of moments when the candidate seemed to misread the public mood (such as her repeated claim that ‘America is already great’). Any rational analysis of Clinton’s career and campaigns must include an examination of her mistakes, but Destruction is not rational.” [editor’s note: How delicious to see an avowed “feminist” writer on a “progressive” site excoriating this apparent piece of crap – SAT] (04/05/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141865/deification-hillary-clinton

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33) Rx for Leviathan
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Butler Shaffer

“In case any reader still clings to the platitude that the American political system is based on the proposition that ours is ‘a society of laws, and not of men,’ I urge you to pay close attention to the events of recent years. Political behavior does not exist in abstractions, such as the ‘state,’ or the ‘government,’ or a ‘constitution,’ but is activity engaged in by such men and women who find the machinery of state power a useful device for accomplishing ends that they value. Those who desire to control others through access to the tools of violence that define the state, have rationales to convince their intended victims of the ‘rightness’ of their rule. From explanations such as ‘God’s will’ to the ‘divine right of kings,’ the authority of some to enjoy coercive power over others — along with their subjects’ duty of obedience — is so engrained into the minds of people as to seem as self-evident as the forces of gravity.” (04/05/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/04/butler-shaffer/the-myth-of-the-constitution/

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34) The Daleiden dilemma
Source: The American Conservative
by Les Sillars

“California Attorney General Zavier Becarra last week slapped 15 felony charges on David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt for secretly recording conversations in their undercover video operation against Planned Parenthood. Were the charges politically motivated? Ha! Yes. Yes they were. Have the videos exposed the abortion giant as a baby-part monger staffed by people who cavalierly describe horrific violence against tiny human beings? Have the videos led to investigations and hearings? Have they fueled the push to defund Planned Parenthood federally? Have they shaken the mostly uncritical public support it enjoyed for decades? No question about it. And is this whole affair an attempt by Planned Parenthood and its cronies to trample on Daleiden and Merritt’s First Amendment rights? Let’s think about that one for a second.” (04/05/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-daleiden-dilemma/

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35) Obamagate’s truth is stranger than Orwell’s fiction
Source: The American Spectator
by George Neumayr

“The English author George Orwell wrote that ‘political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.’ But even Orwell couldn’t have imagined the propagandistic whoppers that American journalists would mouth in their frenzied attempt to sanitize Obama’s spying on Trump. Again and again, Obama’s ministry of propaganda, with its branch offices from CNN to the New York Times to the Washington Post, solemnly instruct Americans that ‘unmasking is not spying.’ That is about as convincing as the slogans carved on Orwell’s fictional ministry headquarters in 1984: ‘War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.'” (04/05/17)

https://spectator.org/obamagates-truth-is-stranger-than-orwells-fiction/

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36) Trump may start pushing a carbon tax; it’s a trap
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“On Tuesday afternoon, the Washington Post reported that the White House is considering two new options for reforming the country’s tax code. The first is a Value-Added Tax, or VAT, which increases fees on certain kinds of consumption. The second is a policy with strange pockets of support on both sides of the aisle: a carbon tax, which would charge polluters based on the amount of carbon dioxide they emit into the atmosphere. A White House statement released later on in the day shot down the report. But if the White House’s track record of contradicting itself is any indication, the proposals may still be in the mix. The White House’s rumored embrace of a carbon tax might be the best argument yet against progressives and environmentalists fixating on it as a policy demand.” [editor’s note: Always fascinating when Trump pulls back from a stupid policy and the “progressive” pundits tell us why it was a good policy, but only as they would do it – SAT] (04/05/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20020/the-problem-with-a-trump-carbon-tax

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37) Odd where you can find wisdom these days
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“The political classes are in conniption fits about the evils of ticket touting. We’ve [seen] insistences that the very idea of a secondary market should be illegal. We’ve also the same people shouting that of course tickets must be reasonable in price, it’s wrong that people must pay what appears to be the market value for something they wish to go and do. On this very subject Matthew Syed discusses what happens in the Bundeliga, where ticket prices are deliberately low and yes, there’s a massive ticket touting operation …” (04/05/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/odd-where-you-can-find-wisdom-these-days

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38) $10 trillion: Where are you?
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“$10 Trillion in taxpayer dollars is gone? Disappeared? No one knows where it is? WTF? Are you kidding me? Apparently, during just the last twenty years, our Pentagon military brass have lost track of $10 Trillion dollars, and no one, not even the Department of Defense, knows where it has gone or on what it was spent. Yes, for more than twenty years, since all federal departments were ordered to submit to financial audits, the DOD has never complied, and now $10 trillion is missing.” (04/05/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/04/10tillion-where-are-you.html

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39) Retweeting ISIS is now a criminal offence
Source: spiked
by Candice Holdsworth

“A 57-year-old mother of three has been charged with a criminal offence for retweeting. Mary Kaya, from Batley, west Yorkshire, was found guilty of ‘distributing a terrorist publication’ after she retweeted a noxious audio rant by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Last week she was given a 21-month suspended prison sentence at Leeds Crown Court. … It’s difficult to sympathise with someone who agrees with the sadistic, murderous ideas of Baghdadi. But it is precisely cases like Kaya’s that test our commitment to free speech.” (04/05/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/retweeting-isis-is-now-a-criminal-offence/

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40) No factions in foxholes
Source: The American Prospect
by EJ Graff

“We all know this: Across the blue United States, there’s an unprecedented revolt against Donald Trump. Between three million and five million attended the January 21 Women’s March, whether in Washington, D.C., or around the nation — as far north as Fairbanks, Alaska, as far south as Antarctica. According to Count Love, around 175,000 protesters turned out at hundreds of demonstrations the following week at airports and in public squares to protest the Muslim travel ban, with almost 50,000 more in other scattered protests by March 1. People’s Action estimates that upwards of 150,000 have been showing up at their congressional representatives’ town halls (even if the representatives themselves didn’t show), or at Resist Trump Tuesdays. And I’m writing this in early March; I can only imagine what else will have brought folks out by the time this is in print.” [editor’s note: I used to love her regular perspectives at TAP; glad to see her again – SAT] (04/05/17)

http://prospect.org/article/no-factions-foxholes-0

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41) Ferguson finally wins
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Yesterday, on the 49th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, voters in Ferguson, Missouri, passed a charter amendment requiring police to wear body cameras while on duty. … Police began wearing body cameras after the Michael Brown shooting, and the consent decree the city reached with the Department of Justice set some useful parameters. But the rules in the just-enacted charter amendment go much further to guarantee the public access to the video.” (04/05/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/05/ferguson-finally-wins/

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42) Even some Republicans think border agents shouldn’t be checking your phone without a warrant
Source: Mother Jones
by AJ Vicens

“A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday that would require a warrant based on probable cause before law enforcement can search any digital device belonging to a US citizen. The measure would also prohibit US border officials from denying a US citizen entry to the country if that person refused to hand over passwords, PINs, and other social media account information. Sponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in the Senate, and Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) in the House, the proposed legislation comes after a series of reports over the last couple months noting that the rate of digital device searches is skyrocketing. Wyden is worried the practice is only going to become more pernicious under the Trump administration.” (04/04/17)

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/senator-proposes-bill-block-unwarranted-phone-searches-and-seizures-border

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43) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #276: Know how to renew your character
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Age well by paying attention to and by nourishing the phase of life you are in right now. So many people spend their lives trying to hold the clock in one place or to turn back its hands. They never embrace the benefits of growing older. This is not a difficult aphorism for me because I would not be 20 years old again for anything on earth. I did not enjoy that phase of life — to say the least — because I was too confused and the circumstances were wretched. But the period did give me an appreciation of the stages of life that followed. ” (04/05/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7883

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44) Trump rolls back worker protections on federal contracts
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“No strings attached. Con men love this simple phrasing. They use it all the time. They make an offer too good to be true, then assure their targeted victims that if they accept the offer and turn out not to like it, they can always walk away. No strings. Corporate executives who vie for lucrative federal government contracts love ‘no strings,’ too. In fact, they’ve taken the ‘no strings’ mantra to an entire new level; they’ve weaponized the concept: First they cheat, then they invoke ‘no strings’ as an excuse to keep cheating. President Donald Trump has signed legislation that turns this corporate two-step into the law of the land. Under the bill Trump inked, corporate execs can violate federal worker-protection laws on wages, hours, and safety and still qualify for federal contracts.” [editor’s note: I might not always agree with this writer but I have to commend his due diligence in backing up his case – SAT] (04/04/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170404/trump-rolls-back-worker-protections-on-federal-contracts

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45) Killing our way to victory
Source: CounterPunch
by Edward Hunt

“To wage the global war on terrorism, the leaders of the United States have settled on one basic strategy. Taking advantage of their extraordinary military power, they have tried to kill their way to victory. Many in Washington believe the strategy is correct. They argue the terrorists are inherently evil and must be vanquished from the planet. In the case of the Islamic State, both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump have insisted that the only way to deal with the group is to forcefully eradicate it from the face of the Earth. At the same time, many in Washington acknowledge their strategy will never bring an end to terrorism.” (04/05/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/05/killing-our-way-to-victory/

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46) Roosevelt’s war against the press
Source: Reason
by David Beito

“Donald Trump’s champions and critics agree: He is rewriting the relationship between the press and the presidency. On the pro-Trump side, Newt Gingrich claims that the president’s ‘brilliant’ use of Twitter allows him ‘very quickly over and over to set the agenda at almost no cost,’ while Press Secretary Sean Spicer says it gives him a ‘direct pipeline to the American people.’ Critics highlight how Trump sidelines the press by bullying his critics, rebuffing hard questions, and favoring sympathetic outlets such as Breitbart. They have expressed alarm about Trump’s call to ‘open up’ libel laws as a means to quash ‘horrible and false’ stories. Another president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, revised the media rules in equally profound ways. Like Trump, he feuded with the mainstream media; like Trump, he used a new medium as a direct pipeline to the people. He also used the government’s machinery to suppress unfavorable coverage, a fate we hope to avoid in the age of Trump.” (for publication 05/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/05/roosevelts-war-against-the-pre

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47) Drug war lessons from communists
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Like the Trump administration, the communist regime in China has announced its intention to crack down in the war on drugs. The fact that the crackdown is coming from one of the most brutal totalitarian regimes in the world should serve as a lesson to the American people about the real nature and purpose of drug laws. According to an article posted at talkingdrugs.org, Guo Shengkun, China’s minister of public safety and head of the National Narcotics Control Commission, said that the communist regime is intensifying its drug-war crackdown to reduce drug use by targeting both consumers and suppliers. Sound familiar? That, of course, is precisely what the U.S. government has been doing for decades, without any success in reducing drug usage.” (04/05/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/04/05/drug-war-lessons-communists/

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48) “Nowhere to go but up” survives because the Fed refuses to be honest about its assessment of the output gap
Source: Cobden Centre
by Jeffrey P Snider

“The Federal Reserve under Ben Bernanke committed several unforgivable mistakes during his tumultuous tenure, but cumulatively they could be easily summarized as “they really don’t know what they are doing.” Time and again whoever followed monetary policy and the conventions built upon it were led either off a cliff or somewhere just less dramatic. Federal Reserve actions are at best a reaction to what already occurs, and most often just plain irrelevant. Yet for all the mountains of evidence establishing just that sort of relationship, it remains 1999 for so many, especially those in the media.” (04/05/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/04/nowhere-to-go-but-up-survives-because-the-fed-refuses-to-be-honest-about-its-assessment-of-the-output-gap/

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49) Who really killed the truth?
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Is truth dead? That was the question in bold red script against a stark black backdrop on the cover of last weeks Time Magazine. A reference to an iconic story that graced the rag back when it was still relevant enough to do anything iconic, over half a century ago. The article inside was pretty standard boilerplate for partisan liberal Trump-bashing. The kind of clueless, class-def, hatchet job that’s become so routine over the last couple months that its downright boring. Not that it was altogether untrue. Their basic argument, that the Donald has ushered in a new era of unprecedented dishonesty, carries a grain of truth to it.” (04/04/17)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2017/04/who-really-killed-truth.html

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50) The nonproblem of the trade deficit
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“The Wall Street Journal reports today that the US trade gap shrunk during the first two months of this year. Matt Drudge presented this report as evidence that the United States is ‘great again’ with the headline in the usual Drudge fashion announcing ‘GREAT AGAIN: Trade Gap Shrinks as Exports Rise.’ The problem with this assertion is that the so-called trade gap is not simply a measure of how much US firms export to other countries. It’s a measure of relative consumption and foreign investment in the United States. So, if increasing exports were evidence of the US being ‘great again’ a decline in the trade deficit proves no such thing.” (04/04/17)

https://mises.org/blog/nonproblem-trade-deficit

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51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 123
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Malice v. Tucker, Sam v. Julian, Sane Progressive v. ‘sane’ libertarians, more on my boring podcast listening routine, and the ultimate philosophical basis of libertarianism) :: The privacy sky is not falling :: Why Free Talk Live should dump James Wittekind.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/05/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-123.html

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52) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 574
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“We all heard about the recent chemical attack in Syria and the prevailing narrative coming out of the government and being carried by the media is that Assad ordered the attack in a brazen attempt to end the war. But let me ask you a question. Why would Assad, who has managed to retain power, keep the Americans and Allies at bay and enlist the support of the Iranians and Russians risk everything by using chemical weapons? In December Assad, with the help of the Russians was able to take back the city of Aleppo. He was winning. Why risk a war with America by doing something that would virtually guarantee a defeat Something smells funny, and I’m going to give you my take on it today.” [various formats] (04/05/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/574-a-unique-take-on-the-syrian-chemical-attack/

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53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 23
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #23, I discuss the Syrian gas attack. In the hours following the attack, the US government and media were out in full force to tell us that Assad carried out the attack. I break down the situation in Syria and explain why Assad seems to lack motive for this attack. I also update stories about Lockheed, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.” [various format] (04/05/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-23-syrian-chemical-weapons-attack

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54) Electric Libertyland, episode 14
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s rooty-tooty fresh and fruity episode of Electric Libertyland, host Brian McWilliams talks a little bit about Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch and the Democrat opposition, a massive tax increase on cigs in LA and #LibrariesResist before bringing in a fantastic libertarian writer, comedian and producer for ‘We the Internet TV,’ Lou Perez.” [various formats] (04/05/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/04/05/ell14/

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55) Intercepted, 04/05/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted, an exclusive interview with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who has fought a decadeslong battle against Erik Prince. Host Jeremy Scahill, who wrote the book on Blackwater, analyzes the news that Prince established a back channel for Trump and Vladimir Putin and, as Trump meets with China’s leader at Mar-a-Lago, outlines Prince’s latest venture with Beijing.” [various formats] (04/05/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/05/intercepted-podcast-trumps-secret-little-prince/

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56) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/04/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Understanding the apparent surge in attempts to shut down speakers on college campuses is an important task. Steve Simpson of the Ayn Rand Institute offers his analysis.” [various formats] (04/04/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/understanding-urge-muzzle-campus-speech

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57) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/05/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD, Bradon and Veloschka talk the new article in The New Yorker about the late great David Crowley, and MWD’s interview with Crowley in 2012, back when things were good. Other topics include ‘The smallest minority is the individual,’ how there’s less violence in the world than there used to be, and some great unicorn-chasing MWD quotes from the year 2000 and earlier.” [various formats] (04/05/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14287

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58) Free Talk Live, 04/04/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Islamic Scholar Schools White Supremacist About Christian ISIS? :: Bitcoin Price :: Legalize Weed :: Should James Wittekind in Arizona be Banned from FTL? :: Extreme Vetting to Come to A Border Checkpoint Near You :: Discrimination and the Workplace :: Back to the Dark Ages :: Secret to Emotional Control :: Depression :: Red Snapper Shortage :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/04/17)

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

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59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 883
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Scott Horton and I discuss Trump, the House Freedom Caucus, Russia, and other topics drawn from the headlines.” [various formats] (04/04/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-883-trump-the-house-freedom-caucus-and-where-things-stand/

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60) The Bob Zadek Show, 04/02/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Richard [Epstein] and Bob will discuss the threat of an escalating trade war, and the value of free trade in keeping state and federal policymakers in line when it comes to domestic policies that would harm U.S. competitiveness. ” [various formats] (04/02/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/4/2/trump-vs-free-trade-with-richard-epstein

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