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Volume XV, Issue #3,684
Friday, April 7th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Tillerson: “Steps are underway” to escalate America’s Syria misadventure
2) Twitter refuses US regime order to reveal user behind anti-Trump account
3) US Senate goes “nuclear” to advance Gorsuch confirmation
4) Nunes steps away from “Russian meddling” kabuki amid ethics theatrics
5) Russia: Regime bans picture of Putin in makeup
6) Kentucky Coal Mining Museum switches to solar power
7) Researchers: LSD could help treat depression and anxiety
8) Report: Mitt Romney exploring Senate bid in Utah
9) French election: Francois Fillon hit with flour
10) West Bank: Israeli killed in car attack near squat
11) ICE thugs abduct 82 over five days in Virginia, DC
12) AL: Ethics commission rules Bentley may have violated law
13) Taser is being renamed and offering US police a free trial of body cameras
14) Philippines: Duterte orders military to occupy South China Sea areas
15) India: Dalai Lama consecrates monastery as Chinese regime bellyaches

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Republicans learn to love single-payer health care
17) We’re asking the wrong questions about Syria
18) The biggest open-border zone in history
19) A hole in the Constitution
20) Stop ignoring the difference between ICE detainers and warrants
21) The green wall against Trump
22) Congress was right to save consumers from privacy rules imposed under Net Neutrality
23) End the filibuster farce
24) The real surveillance problem
25) Mitch McConnell abolished the filibuster? Good!
26) The schools Betsy DeVos wants parents to choose
27) Audit the Pentagon
28) The Syrian gas attack persuasion
29) Water solutions are out there
30) Meet the Nebraskans who could stop Keystone XL (again)
31) Top Democrats are wrong: Trump supporters were more motivated by racism than economic issues
32) Reflections on The Screwtape Letters
33) Brexit is happening — so let’s all cheer up about it
34) Who spied on whom?
35) Erdogan isn’t as strong as he looks — that what makes him dangerous
36) Fed gets small, realignment begins
37) Trump’s border barrier hits a wall
38) Auditing the Fed is now more than important than ever
39) Copyright law sucks — authors can be compensated without it!
40) Maybe arguing about immigration isn’t totally hopeless after all
41) The missing links?
42) Harvard is no friend of free speech
43) The next step in Europe’s negative-interest-rate experiment
44) Sympathy for devil: Liberal love for the Donald when he bangs war drums
45) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #34: Know your strongest point

The Sound and the Fury:

46) The Libertarian Angle, 04/06/17
47) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 04/06/17
48) Rantings & Ravings Rebooted, episode 2
49) Free Talk Live, 04/05/17
50) The Tom Woods Show, episode 884
51) Peter Van Buren on The Scott Horton Show
52) Philosophy of Voluntaryism, episode 2

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

1) Tillerson: “Steps are underway” to escalate America’s Syria misadventure
Source: Fox News

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that ‘steps are underway’ on an international coalition to pressure Bashar Assad from power, as President Trump was being briefed on military options for Syria — though what specific steps the U.S. and its allies might take in response to the latest deadly chemical weapons attack remained unclear. America’s top diplomat addressed the Syria crisis a day after Trump declared in the Rose Garden that the chemical strike would not be tolerated. Tillerson pointedly said Russia should ‘consider carefully’ its support for the Assad regime, while calling for an international effort to defeat ISIS in Syria, stabilize the country and ultimately work with partners through a political process that leads to Assad leaving power.” (04/06/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/06/tillerson-says-coalition-forming-to-target-assad-trump-hearing-military-options.html

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2) Twitter refuses US regime order to reveal user behind anti-Trump account
Source: Reuters

“Twitter Inc on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit to block an order by the U.S. government demanding that it reveal who is behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump’s tough immigration policies. Citing freedom of speech as a basis for not turning over records, Twitter filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco and said that the account, @ALT_uscis, claimed to be run by at least one federal immigration employee. The acronym CIS refers to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the account describes itself as ‘immigration resistance.’ Trump has vowed to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and has promised to deport millions of illegal immigrants. Following Trump’s inauguration in January, anonymous Twitter feeds that borrowed the names and logos of more than a dozen U.S. government agencies appeared to challenge the president’s views on climate change and other issues.” (04/06/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-twitter-lawsuit-idUSKBN1782PH

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3) US Senate goes “nuclear” to advance Gorsuch confirmation
Source: The Hill

“The Senate voted Thursday to move forward with Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination after Republicans took a historic step that lowers the vote threshold for high court nominees to a simple majority. Senators voted 55-45 to end debate on Gorsuch’s nomination, setting up a final confirmation vote for Friday. Thanks to a procedural move that changed Senate rules earlier Thursday, a simple majority was needed to move forward. Democrats had successfully blocked Gorsuch’s nomination from getting 60 votes earlier, prompting Republicans to employ the ‘nuclear option,’ which effectively ends filibusters [sic] for all Supreme Court nominees.” [editor’s note: Not achieving cloture is not a “filibuster.” A filibuster consists of dragging out debate with lengthy speeches, etc. – TLK] (04/06/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/327601-senate-advances-trump-supreme-court-pick-after-triggering-nuclear-option

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4) Nunes steps away from “Russian meddling” kabuki amid ethics theatrics
Source: ABC News

“After a number of ethics complaints, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., announced today that he will step aside from leading the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. ‘Several left-wing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power,’ Nunes said in a statement released this morning. But he said today that Republican Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas, with assistance from GOP Reps. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Tom Rooney of Florida, will ‘temporarily’ lead the committee’s Russia probe while the House Ethics Committee looks into the matter.” (04/06/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-devin-nunes-steps-russia-probe/story?id=46620555

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5) Russia: Regime bans picture of Putin in makeup
Source: Guardian [UK]

“A picture depicting Vladimir Putin in full makeup has been banned in Russia. The picture is cited on the Russian justice ministry’s list of banned ‘extremist’ materials — a list that is 4,074 entries long. No 4,071 states that the poster, depicting Putin with painted eyes and lips, implies ‘the supposed nonstandard sexual orientation of the president of the Russian Federation.’ … Earlier this week, Putin defended China’s censorship of the internet. He said: ‘Callous quasi-freedom on the internet does not exist anywhere any more.'” (04/06/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/06/russia-bans-picture-of-vladimir-putin-in-drag

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6) Kentucky Coal Mining Museum switches to solar power
Source: Fox News

“The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is switching to a new form of energy: solar power. The museum in Benham began installing the solar panels on Tuesday, WYMT reported. Brandon Robinson, the museum’s communications director, said the goal is to save money in the long run. ‘We believe that this project will help save at least $8,000 to $10,000 off the energy costs on this building alone,’ Robinson told WYMT. The museum is owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Robinson said the savings would go back to the school and its students. Robinson admitted the switch from coal to solar energy is ‘a little ironic,’ but insisted the two power sources work ‘hand-in-hand.'” (04/06/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/06/kentucky-coal-mining-museum-switches-to-solar-power.html

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7) Researchers: LSD could help treat depression and anxiety
Source: Raw Story

“Scientists are looking to use LSD to help patients cope during stressful times. A new study from the University of Basel in Switzerland found that the drug reduces activity in the part of your brain that deals with negative emotions, according to ScienceDaily. In the very small study, researchers used functional MRI to measure brain activity in 20 healthy people who took 100 micrograms of LSD. Each person looked at images portraying various emotions like anger, joy and fear. The team found that after taking LSD, people reacted to fear differently, showing less activity in the amygdala. This part of the brain is essential in processing emotions. The team believes that the lower amygdala activity is actually associated with the effects of taking LSD.” [editor’s note”: As Leary, Alpert and Lilly told us … what, 50 years ago? – SAT] (04/06/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/lsd-could-help-treat-depression-and-anxiety-researchers-hope

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8) Report: Mitt Romney exploring Senate bid in Utah
Source: USA Today

“Could Mitt Romney make his political comeback in the Senate? The former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate is reportedly exploring a run in Utah, according to The Atlantic. The bid would be for the seat currently held by Sen. Orrin Hatch. The Republican celebrated his 83rd birthday last month and has spent the past 40 years in the Senate. Hatch made headlines last week when he told National Journal that he would consider retirement if ‘a really outstanding person’ were to run, and said — someone like Romney would be ‘perfect.’ That comment, according to The Atlantic, took Romney by surprise.” (04/06/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/04/06/mitt-romney-exploring-senate-bid-utah/100136578

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9) French election: Francois Fillon hit with flour
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“French presidential candidate Francois Fillon had flour thrown in his face while campaigning in Strasbourg. The man who threw the flour was taken away by security.” (04/06/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39521564

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10) West Bank: Israeli killed in car attack near squat
Source: CBS News

“A Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a group of people in the West Bank on Thursday morning, killing one Israeli and injuring another, the Israeli military said. The incident comes after a wave of Palestinian attacks on civilians and security forces erupted in 2015. At times the attacks were daily but they have subsided in recent months. The military said Thursday’s assault took place near the settlement of Ofra and that the Palestinian was apprehended after the attack.” (04/06/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/israel-palestinian-car-attack-dead-ofra-jewish-settlement-west-bank/

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11) ICE thugs abduct 82 over five days in Virginia, DC
Source: NBC 4 News

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents [abducted] 82 people from 26 nations in an operation focused on Virginia and D.C., the agency said in a release. … ICE said the dozens of people arrested came to the U.S. from a variety of countries, including Algeria, Bolivia, China, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Iran, Jamaica, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Somalia, South Korea, Sudan, Trinidad, Vietnam and Sierra Leone.” (04/06/17)

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/ICE-Arrests-82-People-Over-5-Days-in-DC-and-Virginia-418441223.html

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12) AL: Ethics commission rules Bentley may have violated law
Source: CNN

“A state commission on Wednesday found that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley may have violated state ethics and campaign finance laws. The Alabama Ethics Commission had previously received two complaints alleging that the ‘Luv Guv’ — as he’s been dubbed by local media outlets and bloggers — misused state resources to facilitate his affair. Audio recordings from 2014 purportedly revealed that Bentley engaged in sexually explicit conversations with one of his former aides, Rebekah Mason, leading lawmakers to explore impeachment last year.” (04/06/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/06/us/alabama-governor-ethics-commission-ruling/

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13) Taser is being renamed and offering US police a free trial of body cameras
Source: The Verge

“Taser is making a big bet on body cameras. This morning, the company announced it would be renamed after its line of police-worn body cameras, Axon, and that it would offer any interested law enforcement agency a one-year trial of its equipment. That includes a camera for every officer on the force and use of Evidence.com, the company’s website for tracking body camera videos and other media. The offer is meant to make it easier for police departments to start outfitting their officers with body cameras, which many hope could cut down on police brutality by holding officers accountable while also protecting officers from inaccurate complaints. Of course, for Axon, it’s also just about selling cameras and the tech required to run them.” (04/05/17)

http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/5/15195304/taser-renamed-axon-body-camera-free-trials-offer

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14) Philippines: Duterte orders military to occupy South China Sea areas
Source: Philippine Star [Philippines]

“President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said that he has ordered the military to occupy maritime features in the disputed South China Sea or West Philippine Sea. During a press briefing in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Duterte said that there is a need to maintain jurisdiction over the disputed waters. ‘I have ordered the Armed Forces to occupy all our territories in South China Sea'” Duterte said after delivering a speech before soldiers at Camp Artemio Ricarte. ‘It looks like everybody is making a grab for the islands there, so we better live on those that are still vacant,’ Duterte told reporters.” (04/06/17)

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/04/06/1688271/duterte-orders-military-occupy-south-china-sea-areas

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15) India: Dalai Lama consecrates monastery as Chinese regime bellyaches
Source: Washington Post

“The Dalai Lama consecrated a Buddhist monastery on Thursday in India’s remote northeast, amid Chinese warnings that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit to a disputed border region would damage bilateral relations with India. Nearly 10,000 people, some of them from neighboring Bhutan, greeted the Dalai Lama at the Thubchok Gatsel Ling Monastery in Tawang district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Indian official Jemba Tshering said. The visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which China also claims as its territory, has raised tensions between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbors. China’s Foreign Ministry has said the visit ‘severely harms China’s interests and the China-India relationship,’ while India has cautioned Beijing to stay out of its internal affairs.” (04/06/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/the-dalai-lama-consecrates-monastery-in-indias-northeast/2017/04/06/598984b2-1a9c-11e7-8598-9a99da559f9e_story.html

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

16) Republicans learn to love single-payer health care
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“Who wants a Medicare-for-all system? A plurality of Republicans, apparently. A new Economist/YouGov survey shows 46 percent of the party in favor of ‘expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American.’ Just 38 percent are opposed. This comes on the heels of a January Pew poll where 30 percent of Republicans agreed that the government has a responsibility ‘to make sure all Americans have health coverage.’ That looked like a pretty high number at the time, but these new results make it seem small. If you were alert, you could see this sentiment building for a while. About a year ago, a Gallup poll suggested that 41 percent of the GOP liked the idea of replacing ObamaCare with federally funded universal health care. That number was probably inflated by people willing to endorse anything framed as an alternative to ObamaCare, but you can’t say that about this year’s results.” (04/06/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/04/06/republicans-for-single-payer

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17) We’re asking the wrong questions about Syria
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“As I write this, two key questions remain unanswered, and a third mostly unasked, about a deadly daybreak attack on Khan Sheikhoun, a northwest Syrian city of (pre-war) 50,000. Hundreds were wounded and as many as 100 killed, apparently chemical weaponry (Turkey’s health ministry believes the agent in question was the nerve gas sarin), on the morning of April 4. The two most obvious questions are who did this, and why? … But who and why are the wrong questions. The third question — the right question — is: Why is the US involved in this war?” (04/06/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10074

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18) The biggest open-border zone in history
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“All of us take it for granted, but the domestic open-border system that the Framers bequeathed to us is one remarkable achievement. Thanks to the Constitution, people are free to travel all across the country, crossing a multitude of state borders in the process, without having to encounter state border officials demanding to see identification papers. Moreover, people are free to buy goods and services from people in other states — and sell to them — without fear of tariffs, import restrictions, and other protectionist measures. Since everyone takes this system for granted, hardly anyone worries about migration patterns. Countless numbers of people move from one state to another every day , and no one seems to care. Moreover, no one paces the floor in anxiety over the trade deficits that exist between different states. Life goes on even if lots of people are moving into, say, California, or that people in Virginia are spending more money in Florida than the amount that Floridians are spending in Virginia.” (04/06/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/04/06/biggest-open-border-zone-history/

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19) A hole in the Constitution
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“The American public has permitted the most massive and thorough domestic surveillance apparatus in history to come about right under our collective and formerly freedom-loving nose. Beginning in 1978 and continuing up to the present, Congress has passed statutes that purport to confine domestic spying to foreign people communicating with anyone in America. Yet that confinement is a myth — a myth accepted even by the Congresses that have authorized and reauthorized it. In theory, spying in America is done pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and subsequent statutes that provide for the intervention of judges who issue warrants. In practice, the warrants are general warrants. They are not based on suspicion. They do not identify the person whose communications are to be intercepted. They permit the NSA to search where it wishes — for example, in certain ZIP codes, area codes and service provider customer lists — and retain whatever it finds.” (04/06/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/04/andrew-p-napolitano/the-obama-spyathon/

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20) Stop ignoring the difference between ICE detainers and warrants
Source: Niskanen Center
by Kristie de Pena

“When ICE issues a detainer request asking local law enforcement agencies to hold individuals after they are eligible for release, law enforcement is likely violating the Fourth Amendment, primarily because ICE detainers and warrants have wildly different procedural requirements, and confer fundamentally different rights. Whereas a warrant requires review by a judge, a valid ICE detainer is issued by any ICE officer who determines there is reason to believe an individual is an alien subject to removal. This standard extends significant deference to immigration officials, whereas the Fourth Amendment warrant requirements extend protections to the individual.” (04/05/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/op-ed-stop-ignoring-difference-ice-detainers-warrants/

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21) The green wall against Trump
Source: The American Prospect
by Joan Fitzgerald

“On March 28, President Trump signed an executive order to repeal President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which mandated emission reductions from power companies (an estimated 650 million tons by 2025 alone). But since 29 states plus Washington, D.C., have set requirements to adopt more renewable energy (known as renewable portfolio standards), how much impact will Trump’s order have? Despite Trump’s embrace of coal, there is a fair amount of evidence that too many states are too far along on a renewable energy path for Trump to reverse their momentum. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates that the states that have set goals for adopting renewable energy have collectively met 95 percent of their targets.” (04/06/17)

http://prospect.org/article/green-wall-against-trump

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22) Congress was right to save consumers from privacy rules imposed under Net Neutrality
Source: Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland

“Congress was right to rescind the Title II broadband privacy order passed by the Federal Communications Commission in October. The order took a nonpartisan public policy issue substantively unrelated to net neutrality, consumer privacy, and unnecessarily turning it into a partisan issue. Essentially, the House and Senate’s rescissions of the unimplemented rules restored the privacy status quo. It also creates the opportunity to free consumer privacy interests from the unproductive clutches of the Title II net neutrality or nothing, hyper-politicization of communications issues, going forward.” (04/06/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/04/congress-was-right-to-save-consumers-from-privacy-rules-imposed-under-net-neutrality/

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23) End the filibuster farce
Source: USA Today
by Gregory Koger

“A ‘right’ is meaningless if it can be abolished when someone actually tries to use it. If Republicans are willing to abolish the right to filibuster Supreme Court nominations so they can force President Trump’s nominees through the Senate, Democrats lose nothing by making them follow through on their threat. Indeed, this ‘nuclear option’ improves the debate over nominations by making them more transparent. Filibustering against legislation in the Senate is common practice, but filibusters against Supreme Court nominees are extremely rare. Only one nominee (Abe Fortas in 1968) was actually blocked by a filibuster, and only three nominations since then have faced a cloture vote to end a filibuster: William Rehnquist in 1971 and 1986 and Samuel Alito in 2006.” (04/05/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/05/end-filibuster-farce-editorials-debates/100099836

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24) The real surveillance problem
Source: The American Conservative
by Jake Laperruque

“What is the true surveillance scandal we should be focusing on right now? This week reputable journalist Eli Lake and significantly less reputable alt-right conspiracy pusher Mike Cernovich made waves by each reporting that Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice requested the ‘unmasking’ of intelligence intercepts that would reveal the identity of Trump campaign and transition officials. It quickly became a major headline, with President Trump tweeting that it was the ‘real story.’ But in fact, the real story — and scandal — of intelligence surveillance and incidental collection is not a fairly routine request by the national-security adviser (checked by procedures and rules), but rather the mass incidental collection and use of Americans’ communications without a warrant.” (04/06/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-real-surveillance-problem/

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25) Mitch McConnell abolished the filibuster? Good!
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“The long-awaited abolition of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees is expected to go as follows: On Thursday, Democrats will deny Judge Neil Gorsuch the 60 votes he needs to overcome their filibuster. In response, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will invoke the ‘nuclear option’ to change Senate rules so that bare majorities can overcome Court filibusters, rendering the filibuster purely symbolic. In the prelude and aftermath, you will likely learn (if you haven’t already) that the demise of the filibuster is a dark moment in the history of U.S. politics, the culmination of long-escalating partisan warfare over Court nominees. This is a doubly convenient fiction because it apportions blame equally between parties and suggests judicial-power politics would give way to bipartisan judicial consensus if only similarly reasonable people would prevail. Both implied propositions are wrong, and the premise–that supermajorities should be required to confirm federal judges–is deeply contestable.” (0-4/06/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141881/mitch-mcconnell-abolished-filibuster-good

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26) The schools Betsy DeVos wants parents to choose
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos finally found a public school she could visit where there wouldn’t be protests. It’s on a military base, safely inside the compound of Fort Bragg in North Carolina. As a local news outlet reports, DeVos used her appearance at Kimberly Hampton Primary, a school operated by the Department of Defense and funded by the federal government, to make her usual pitch for ‘school choice,’ in this case, in the form of vouchers parents can use to withdraw their children from public schools and send them to private schools at taxpayer expense. For DeVos to use this visit to a public school as an opportunity to tell parents they would do better for their kids by sending them to privately run schools suggests her leadership will continue to advocate for funding more alternative schools rather than for supporting traditional ones.” [editor’s note: Given how the “traditional ones” continue to destroy young minds and spirits, let’s hear it for the “alternative schools” – SAT] (04/06/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170406/the-schools-betsy-devos-wants-parents-to-choose

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27) Audit the Pentagon
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“One of the benefits of being an extremely powerful lobby in Washington is the ability to live off the taxpayers without ever having to tell the taxpayers what you they with their money. This includes two of the most powerful lobbies in DC: the Fed and the Pentagon. In recent years, thanks to Ron Paul, the ‘Audit the Fed’ movement has gained a high profile in Washington and continues to be an election issue. Far less salient, however, is the issue of Auditing the Pentagon. And, unfortunately, like the Fed, the Pentagon is able to quash efforts to make the massive military establishment more transparent and more accountable in its spending.” (04/06/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/audit-the-pentagon/

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28) The Syrian gas attack persuasion
The Dilbert Blog
by Scott Adams

“According to the mainstream media — that has been wrong about almost everything for a solid 18 months in a row — the Syrian government allegedly bombed its own people with a nerve agent. The reason the Assad government would bomb its own people with a nerve agent right now is obvious. Syrian President Assad (who has been fighting for his life for several years, and is only lately feeling safer) suddenly decided to commit suicide-by-Trump. Because the best way to make that happen is to commit a war crime against your own people in exactly the way that would force President Trump to respond or else suffer humiliation at the hands of the mainstream media. And how about those pictures coming in about the tragedy. Lots of visual imagery. Dead babies. It is almost as if someone designed this ‘tragedy’ to be camera-ready for President Trump’s consumption. It pushed every one of his buttons. Hard. And right when things in Syria were heading in a positive direction.” (04/06/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159264981001/the-syrian-gas-attack-persuasion

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29) Water solutions are out there
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Our primary local water supply, the Ogallala Aquifer, is dwindling. Whether or not you believe this is an imminent threat, there is no doubt it’s not being replenished fast enough to keep up with demand. This can’t continue without causing real trouble at some point. For some people in the area, the future is now. Several factors over many years have led to this situation, and there won’t be a single, immediate solution. Governments over the aquifer ignored the warnings; they encouraged and subsidized irresponsible usage. They encouraged water-intensive businesses to locate in the area. Their hunger for ever-increasing amounts of tax money blinded them to long-term reality. Now, many look to these same governments to provide solutions, including an expensive, temporary patch.” (04/05/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/04/05/voices/water-solutions-are-out-there/151726.html

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30) Meet the Nebraskans who could stop Keystone XL (again)
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“Thanks to a State Department-issued presidential permit, Donald Trump has formally brought the Keystone XL pipeline back from the dead, a move he claims will lead to a ‘new era of American energy policy.’ What Trump may not have factored in is the obstacle posed to that pipeline by the residents of a state that voted overwhelmingly for him in November: Nebraska. As they have been before, Nebraskans are now in a position to disrupt both TransCanada’s and the administration’s plans, using many of the same tactics that defeated the proposed 1,700-mile long pipe the first time around.” (04/06/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20033/meet-the-nebraskans-who-could-stop-keystone-xl-again

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31) Top Democrats are wrong: Trump supporters were more motivated by racism than economic issues
Source: The Intercept
by Mehdi Hasan

“It isn’t only Republicans, it seems, who traffic in alternative facts. Since Donald Trump’s shock election victory, leading Democrats have worked hard to convince themselves, and the rest of us, that his triumph had less to do with racism and much more to do with economic anxiety — despite almost all of the available evidence suggesting otherwise. … Philip Klinkner, a political scientist at Hamilton College and an expert on race relations, has pored over [American National Election Studies] data and tells me that ‘whether it’s good politics to say so or not, the evidence from the 2016 election is very clear that attitudes about blacks, immigrants, and Muslims were a key component of Trump’s appeal.’ For example, he says, ‘in 2016 Trump did worse than Mitt Romney among voters with low and moderate levels of racial resentment, but much better among those with high levels of resentment.'” (04/06/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/06/top-democrats-are-wrong-trump-supporters-were-more-motivated-by-racism-than-economic-issues/

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32) Reflections on The Screwtape Letters
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“The Screwtape Letters were published in 1942 during the Second World War. It is [CS Lewis’s] most well-known work after the Narnia series. This short little book consists of a series of found letters from a senior devil named Screwtape advising his nephew Wormwood on how to corrupt a man’s soul. The book is dedicated to Tolkien. … A letter that will be of interest to libertarians and Objectivists is number 26 which deals with unselfishness. Screwtape starts with a cynical comment that ‘courtship is the time for sowing those seeds which will grow up ten years later into domestic hatred.’ He goes on to note that Hell’s Philological Arm has made great strides in substituting the negative word unselfishness ‘for the Enemy’s positive Charity.'” (04/05/07)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/04/reflections-on-screwtape-letters.html

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33) Brexit is happening — so let’s all cheer up about it
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Daniel Hannan

“In the aftermath of the vote, many of my Remainer friends were genuinely worried about an abrupt economic shock. In a lot of cases, indeed, this was their chief reason for having voted to stay in. And in fairness, it wasn’t just the Remain campaign that prophesied frogs and locusts. Most academic economists, along with the Treasury, the Bank of England, the IMF and the OECD, forecast an immediate downturn as a result of a Leave vote. In the event, all these organisations have since been scrabbling to revise their predictions upwards, and you can see why. Britain grew more strongly in the six months after the vote than in the six months before it …. But the remains of Remain, the irreconcilable Europeans, are behaving like doomsday cultists, constantly deferring the date of the coming apocalypse. Being cultists, they can’t quite hide the fact that they relish the prospect of obliteration — however unappealing that attitude is to everyone else.” (04/06/17)

https://fee.org/articles/brexit-is-happening-so-lets-all-cheer-up-about-it/

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34) Who spied on whom?
Source: CounterPunch
by Jeff Mackler

“‘The evidence is in,’ say gleeful Democratic Party cheerleaders. Donald Trump was elected president because his Russian spy collaborators stole 20,000 secret e-mails from Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer servers, including e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s national campaign chair, John Podesta. … When the DNC computer hacking was first discovered, Democrats found themselves in a dilemma when the FBI demanded access to their systems to ascertain whether Vladimir Putin’s Russian government was directly involved. There is still no proof from anyone that it was. WikiLeaks insists that it got the DNC files from an internal government leaker and not the Russian government.” (04/06/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/06/who-spied-on-whom/

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35) Erdogan isn’t as strong as he looks — that what makes him dangerous
Source: Antiwar.com
by Conn Hallinan

“At first glance, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s drive to create an executive presidency with almost unlimited power through a nationwide referendum looks like a slam-dunk. The man hasn’t lost an election since 1994, and he’s loaded the dice and stacked the deck for the April 15 vote. … So why is Erdogan so nervous? Because he has reason to be. The juggernaut that Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) put together to dismantle Turkey’s current political system and replace it with a highly centralized executive with the power to dismiss parliament, control the judiciary, and rule by decree has developed a bit of a wobble.” (04/06/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/hallinan/2017/04/05/erdogan-isnt-as-strong-as-he-looks-thats-what-makes-him-dangerous/

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36) Fed gets small, realignment begins
Source: Mises Canada
by Doug French

“In economics we learn, more supply with static demand equals lower prices. Not so with the U.S. Treasury market and hungry central banks. ‘The supply of publicly-held Federal debt soared from $2.4 trillion to $14 trillion between 1988 and 2017, but prices did not fall; they marched steadily higher — causing yields to steadily decline toward the zero bound,’ [David] Stockman writes (and emphasizes). Politicians, not strong in economics anyway, figured they could keep doing this forever. Not hardly. ‘So the real meaning of B-Dud’s bomb is that the law of supply and demand will soon be back in operation in the government bond pits. The long central bank financed holiday is over,’ says Stockman. So when B-Dud and Yellen start getting small, traders will be way ahead of them and the idea of a nice, smooth increase in rates managed by the PhD Fed army is fantasy.” (04/05/17)

https://www.mises.ca/fed-gets-small-realignment-begins/

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37) Trump’s border barrier hits a wall
Source: The Atlantic
by Priscilla Alvarez

“Pamela Taylor’s home in Brownsville, Texas, sits in between the Rio Grande and the current border fence. Taylor, 88, voted for Donald Trump. But now, she faces the possibility that the man she voted for could take her land through eminent domain. … During the presidential campaign, Trump hailed eminent domain as ‘necessary’ for the country. The note of praise was not unusual for Trump, who has taken advantage of eminent domain as a businessman, but it sidestepped the Republican Party’s position on the matter.” [editor’s note: This piece misjudges the actual GOP position on eminent domain. They use it as a political football every now and again, but Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline show that they’re just fine with stealing private property and handing it over to THEIR crony welfare queens – TLK] (04/06/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/donald-trump-border-wall-eminent-domain/521958/

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38) Auditing the Fed is now more than important than ever
Source: Cobden Centre
by Jonathan Newman

“Last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved a bill submitted by Thomas Massie (R-KY) to allow Congress to audit the Federal Reserve. The bill was originally introduced by Ron Paul in 2009 and was passed in the House twice (2012 and 2014), but failed to pass in the Senate. The Obama administration, Fed chair Bernanke, and Treasury Secretary Geithner ‘vigorously opposed’ the bill in 2009. Conditions are different today. President Trump tweeted in favor of the move during his campaign and now Republicans have a slight majority in the Senate. Even in a highly polarized political environment today, the current bill has bipartisan support, as did the previous versions, though support is mainly from Republicans.” (04/06/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/04/auditing-the-fed-is-now-more-important-than-ever/

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39) Copyright law sucks — authors can be compensated without it!
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Vishal Wilde

“Intellectual property ‘rights’ trace their origins back to copyright in literature, from which they have since expanded. With this in mind, it is fruitful to examine how authors can be compensated in the absence of copyright. Essentially, proponents of copyright in literature argue that they see no other way of compensating authors for their work. Indeed, many libertarians believe that intellectual property on the whole is harmful but make an exception for literature. If one can undermine the arguments in favour of copyright, then one casts doubt on the necessity of other forms of intellectual property. But before we look at how authors can be compensated without copyright laws, let us remind ourselves of how consumers would benefit in such a world.” (04/05/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/48384

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40) Maybe arguing about immigration isn’t totally hopeless after all
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman

“I’ve written before about why people oppose immigration — whether it’s because they believe that immigrants threaten their incomes, safety, or way of life, or because they just don’t like immigrants and want less of them for more emotional reasons. Simply asking them is unlikely to give us the truth, because people who simply dislike immigrants will tend to give a more reasonable-sounding reason (they may not even be aware that they are doing this). This paper tests this by looking at whether people’s responses change when they have new information that might make them less hostile to immigrants.” (04/05/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/maybe-arguing-about-immigration-isnt-totally-hopeless-after-all

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41) The missing links?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Is giving presidents a hard time for playing too much golf itself a pastime? In Fahrenheit 911, filmmaker Michael Moore portrayed then-President George W. Bush, as more golfer than president — as if W. had secured the nation’s top job as a ruse to convince his wife to let him golf more. Likewise, Republicans attacked President Barack Obama for incessantly hitting the links.” (04/06/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/06/the-missing-links/

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42) Harvard is no friend of free speech
Source: Students For Liberty
by Natalie Le

“Students’ free speech rights are constantly suppressed across American college campuses. Recently, a student sued Los Angeles Pierce College after he was prohibited from passing out pocket constitutions outside the college’s ‘free speech zone,’ which confines speech activities to a small outdoor area. Harvard is no exception; it has speech codes that clearly infringe upon students’ First Amendment rights.” (04/05/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/04/05/harvard-no-friend-free-speech/

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43) The next step in Europe’s negative-interest-rate experiment
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thorsten Polleit

“The European Central Bank (ECB) pushed its deposit rate to minus 0.4 percent in April 2016: Since then, euro area banks must pay 0.4 percent per annum on their excess reserves held at ECB accounts. This, in turn, has far-reaching consequences. To start with, banks seek to evade this ‘penalty rate,’ especially by buying government bonds. That inevitably pushes bond prices up and lowers bond yields. Moreover, the ECB keeps monetizing government debt as well. The result is a tremendous downward pressure on the yield environment.” (04/06/17)

https://mises.org/blog/next-step-europes-negative-interest-rate-experiment

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44) Sympathy for devil: Liberal love for the Donald when he bangs war drums
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“So Donald Trump has finally found a way to make liberals like him: make noises about ‘doing something’ in Syria. (‘Something’ aside from the past few years of US intervention: bombs, drones, troops on the ground, billions in arms and funds to the rebels, etc.) After Trump said atrocity pictures ‘changed his mind’ about Syria and he and his crew started talking tough, leading liberal blogger Digby said: ‘Somebody seems to have temporarily talked some sense into the administration.’ Maybe it was General McMasters. You know, the NatSec honcho (accused of war crimes in Iraq) praised on Wednesday for removing Steve Bannon from the National Security Council. After that, he’s bound to join the new liberal pantheon, along with the CIA, George W. Bush and Louise Mensch. Meanwhile, the same liberals now starting to toot Trump’s war-horn ignored the horrific pictures of slaughtered children in Yemen for the last two years.” (04/06/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/sympathy-for-the-devil-liberal-love-for-the-donald-when-he-bangs-war-drums-06042017.html

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45) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #34: Know your strongest point
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“[T]his is a deceptively simple insight because it has a profound implication. Many people focus on correcting deficits in their abilities and ignore their strengths — the strengths that they should follow and own. There is nothing wrong with bolstering areas in which you are weak; sometimes it is absolutely necessary. But not at the expense of ignoring or depriving your greatest advantages in life.” (04/06/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7890

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46) The Libertarian Angle, 04/06/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss the benefits of free trade.” [various formats] (04/06/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-folly-trade-retaliation/

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47) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 04/06/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“From Buckley v. Valeo (1976) to Citizens United v. FEC (2010), legal disputes over the constitutionality of campaign finance laws have captured the public’s attention for decades. At the heart of the debate is a question of whether money donated to political candidates or spent influencing elections is speech protected by the First Amendment. And, if it is, are there countervailing interests outweighing those core First Amendment concerns? Even within the free speech community, the debate can be contentious. But for our guest [Sam Gedge] on today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, the issue is straightforward: Money spent in support of a political message is speech.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/06/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-campaign-finance-and-free-speech-with-attorney-sam-gedge/

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48) Rantings & Ravings Rebooted, episode 2
Source: The Anarchist Shemale

“Parents whose child was bullied repeatedly in school and finally attacked, with a sucker stick repeatedly jammed in his ear and causing possibly permanent damage, are angry that the children who did it are still in school. This is bad parenting because the child had begged his parents not to take him to school, but they did so, because ‘We have to get him an education.’ One would expect that ‘We have to keep our child safe’ would actually have a higher priority than the education one, but apparently not. Of course, there’s an easy to way to resolve the conflict. ‘We need to get our child an education, and we need to not put our child in dangerous situations.’ The answer is simple: homeschool.” [Flash audio] (04/06/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/04/06/rantings-ravings-rebooted-ep-2-bad-parenting-oklahoma-trigger-warnings/

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49) Free Talk Live, 04/05/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“More on the Christian Version of ISIS, the Lord’s Resistance Army :: Sierra Leone Liberty Group :: Annoying Friends :: Cop Lies to, Intimidates Cameraman Trying to Record Man Paying Fine in Pennies :: Cross-Platform :: Religion of Peace? :: Joseph Kony :: Bitcoin Mining Tech Advancement :: Abolish School Zones :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jay.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/05/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-05

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50) The Tom Woods Show, episode 884
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“It’s been exactly 100 years since the United States officially declared war on Germany and entered World War I. I review the momentous significance of that decision with Hunt Tooley, my favorite historian of the war.” [various formats] (04/05/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-884-the-u-s-enters-world-war-i-wilsons-folly-revisited-a-century-later/

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51) Peter Van Buren on The Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

“Peter Van Buren, a writer and retired US Foreign Service Officer, discusses his fictional account of an alternate WWII where the US invades Japan, in an exploration of how war creates moral injuries that never heal. He also discusses President Trump’s increasing use of drone strikes, why taking out ISIS won’t end Iraq’s problems, and the partisan stupidity that dominates American politics.” [various formats] (04/03/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/4317-peter-van-buren-on-his-novel-hoopers-war-and-the-uss-entanglement-in-current-real-wars/

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52) Philosophy of Voluntaryism, episode 2
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Philosophy of Voluntaryism 002 is a look at the importance of peace, by Danilo Cuellar and Jim Limber Davis.” [Flash audio] (04/05/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/philosophy-voluntaryism-002-importance-peace-53m

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