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In the News:

1) Snowden calls on Brits to rise up and demand Cameron’s resignation
2) Venezuela: Regime orders long weekends to stave off power crisis
3) TN: Maryville man could be first Muslim vice presidential candidate
4) Comey: FBI’s iPhone hack “doesn’t work on a 5s”
5) Iceland: Pirate Party surges as governing coalition calls early elections, names new PM
6) Ireland: Fianna Fail party rules out historic coalition
7) WY: Researchers find water tainted by fracking years after EPA stopped investigating
8) Tax Freedom Day 2016 is April 24
9) Colombia: High court paves way for gay marriage rights
10) Kenya: Chase Bank placed under receivership by CBK
11) FL: Scott signs bill ending cohabitation ban
12) Yemen: Saudi coalition used US bombs in obliterating market
13) VA: High court orders release of wrongly convicted man
14) Syria: Islamic State militants kidnap 300 cement workers near capital
15) Hastert accused of sexual abuse by at least four
16) US Senate reaches bipartisan agreement on new script for airport security burlesque
17) IN: Planned Parenthood files suit against abortion law
18) SC: Officials put on security theater production over inmate cell phones
19) Supermassive black holes might actually be super common
20) Bangladesh: Secular activist who criticised Islamism hacked to death

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Statism — the broken window fallacy writ large
22) Government should give us all a break. A bathroom break, that is.
23) Nationalists are not utilitarians
24) War of Pure Defense: A first sketch
25) A better approach to keep kids from joining ISIS: Talk to them
26) WWIII may have already begun in Iraq and Syria
27) Religious freedom*
28) Panama Papers reinforce Watergate lessons
29) Why Panama Papers scandal is about cheating schoolchildren
30) Can Donald close the deal in Cleveland?
31) FCA in Wonderland
32) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 04/07/16
33) A progressive case for Clinton
34) The problem with Hillary Clinton isn’t just her corporate cash. It’s her corporate worldview.
35) The Tom Woods Show, episode 635
36) $15 or compassion for youth and minorities?
37) Pro-war dead-enders and our unending wars
38) Don’t confuse the cost of college with the cost of an education
39) Denying sexual reality in North Carolina
40) Creating new worlds in the favelas
41) Can America end its war in the Greater Middle East?
42) Can Bitcoin be used for good?
43) Do as we say, not as we do
44) Heartland Daily Podcast, 04/06/16
45) The Jason Stapleton Program, 04/06/16: Are you tired of government telling you what to do?
46) Four powers on the chopping block
47) Now it’s war on the wiggas
48) Minimum wage smartness in Switzerland
49) Non-violent BDS should be welcomed, not condemned
50) Free Talk Live, 04/06/16

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

1) Snowden calls on Brits to rise up and demand Cameron’s resignation
Source: Mirror [UK]

“Edward Snowden has called on the British people to rise up and demand that David Cameron resign. The fugitive whistleblower urged voters to attend a protest outside Downing Street to force the Prime Minister from office. In a series of tweets, Mr Snowden, said the next 24 hours ‘could change Britain.'” (04/07/16)

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/edward-snowden-calls-british-people-7712007

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2) Venezuela: Regime orders long weekends to stave off power crisis
Source: Idaho Press-Tribune

“Public employees in Venezuela will take long weekends under the government’s latest bid to ease a nationwide power crisis. President Nicolas Maduro announced late Wednesday that he would sign a decree giving state workers Fridays off for 60 days — and he urged his compatriots to increase other efforts to save power, even recommending that women use their fingers rather than hairdryers to do their hair.” (04/07/16)

http://www.idahopress.com/ap_news/business/venezuela-orders-long-weekends-to-stave-off-power-crisis/article_b88d3da0-dd00-5dcf-91da-478dfba82bb2.html

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3) TN: Maryville man could be first Muslim vice presidential candidate
Source: Blount County Daily Times

“A Maryville man could reportedly become the first Muslim candidate for vice president in U.S. history. Will Coley, whose activism has gained him national attention in libertarian circles, has agreed to be the running mate of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Darryl W. Perry. Perry is one of 15 candidates seeking the Libertarian nomination for U.S. president.” (04/07/16)

http://www.thedailytimes.com/news/maryville-man-could-be-first-muslim-vice-presidential-candidate/article_5b4d00ee-29c6-5945-ac4c-ba9157db9249.html

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4) Comey: FBI’s iPhone hack “doesn’t work on a 5s”
Source: The Verge

“The FBI’s new method for unlocking iPhones won’t work on most models, FBI Director Comey said in a speech last night at Kenyon University. ‘It’s a bit of a technological corner case, because the world has moved on to sixes,’ Comey said, describing the bug in response to a question. ‘This doesn’t work on sixes, doesn’t work on a 5s. So we have a tool that works on a narrow slice of phones.’ He continued, ‘I can never be completely confident, but I’m pretty confident about that.'” [editor’s note: I trust anything Comey says, including this, about as far as I could sling a piano. Maybe the FBI can get into the newer phones; maybe it can’t even get into the older ones. It’s generally wisest to assume that state actors are lying any time they speak – TLK] (04/07/16)

http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/7/11383892/fbi-iphone-hack-5s-limited-version

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5) Iceland: Pirate Party surges as governing coalition calls early elections, names new PM
Source: VICE News

“Iceland’s government named a new prime minister on Wednesday and called for early elections in the fall, a day after its leader Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson became the first global politician brought down by the Panama Papers scandal. A poll showed that if an election were held on Thursday it would be won by the anti-establishment Pirate Party, a stunning victory for a group set up by opponents of copyright enforcement rules. It was unclear whether the naming of Fisheries Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson to head the government or the call for early elections would satisfy the thousands of Icelanders who in street protests this week demanded the government resign immediately for early elections. The opposition has been trying to force a new election with a vote of no confidence in the government.” (04/07/16)

https://news.vice.com/article/pirate-party-surges-ahead-as-iceland-calls-early-elections-and-names-new-pm

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6) Ireland: Fianna Fail party rules out historic coalition
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Hopes of forging a historic coalition between Ireland’s two traditional political foes have been dashed after one party, Fianna Fail, decided it cannot partner Prime Minister Enda Kenny in government. Thursday’s decision at a Dublin meeting of Fianna Fail lawmakers leaves two possible outcomes from Ireland’s inconclusive election.” (04/07/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/ireland-s-fianna-fail-party-rules-out-historic-coalition/article_1e498ffa-5e5f-5a5d-b4ed-6fc9e3fd050b.html

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7) WY: Researchers find water tainted by fracking years after EPA stopped investigating
Source: Raw Story

“Two scientists have highlighted dangerous water contamination from a fracking operation in Wyoming, three years after the US Environmental Protection Agency decided to abandon its investigation into the matter. The report found there were dangerous levels of chemicals in the underground water supply used by the 230 residents of Pavillion, a small town in central Wyoming. Levels of benzine, a flammable liquid used in fuel, were 50 times above the allowable limit, while chemicals were dumped in unlined pits and cement barriers to protect groundwater were inadequate, the research found.” (04/07/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/researchers-find-wyoming-water-tainted-by-fracking-years-after-epa-stopped-investigating

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8) Tax Freedom Day 2016 is April 24
Source: Tax Foundation

“This year, Tax Freedom Day falls on April 24, or 114 days into the year (excluding Leap Day). Americans will pay $3.3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.6 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of almost $5.0 trillion, or 31 percent of the nation’s income. Tax Freedom Day is one day earlier than last year, due to slightly lower federal tax collections as a proportion of the economy.” (04/06/16)

http://taxfoundation.org/article/tax-freedom-day-2016-april-24

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9) Colombia: High court paves way for gay marriage rights
Source: ABC News

“Colombia’s highest court is paving the way for same-sex couples to marry in the conservative Roman Catholic nation. Gay couples in Colombia were already allowed to form civil unions. But Thursday’s Constitutional Court ruling by a 6-3 vote would give gay couples marriage rights as well. Activists with the support of President Juan Manuel Santos had argued that denying same-sex couples the right to wed is discriminatory.” (04/07/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/colombia-high-courts-paves-gay-marriage-rights-38230213

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10) Kenya: Chase Bank placed under receivership by CBK
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A retail bank in Kenya has been placed under receivership after running into financial difficulties. Panic withdrawals on Wednesday, caused by ‘inaccurate’ rumours on social media, led to a run on Chase Bank, said the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). Its branches were shut on Thursday. The bank is the third to be placed under the CBK’s control in the past year. Chase had recently released two conflicting financial statements, a BBC reporter says. A subsequent audit showed it had hidden loans to its directors, adds the BBC’s Ferdinand Omondi in the capital, Nairobi. In a statement, the CBK said it would appoint a team to run the bank.” (04/07/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35989394

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11) FL: Scott signs bill ending cohabitation ban
Source: Sunshine State News

“Unmarried couples can now legally live together in the Sunshine State. The statewide ban on cohabitation is officially over after Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law ending the ban on Wednesday. The legislation was part of a handful of other bills given the green light to become law in Florida this year. The bill,HB 4003/SB 498, sponsored by Reps. Richard Stark, D-Weston, and Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasalinda, D-Tallahassee and Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, repeals a nearly 150-year old law which made it a second-degree misdemeanor for unmarried couples to ‘lewdly and lasciviously cohabitate together.'” (04/07/16)

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/florida-ends-148-year-old-ban-unmarried-cohabitation

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12) Yemen: Saudi coalition used US bombs in obliterating market
Source: ABC News

“A Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen used U.S.-supplied bombs in an airstrike last month on a market that killed at least 119 people, a human rights group said Thursday, further highlighting American involvement in the conflict. The March 15 bombing targeting the northwestern town of Mastaba marked the second-deadliest airstrike of the year-long Saudi-helmed campaign — and the results were horrific.” (04/07/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/report-saudi-coalition-us-bomb-yemen-market-strike-38213615

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13) VA: High court orders release of wrongly convicted man
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A former sailor convicted of rape and murder in Virginia more than three decades ago is innocent and should be released from prison, the state’s highest court said Thursday. The Virginia Supreme Court granted Keith Allen Harward’s petition for a writ of actual innocence after new DNA tests failed to identify Harward’s genetic profile in sperm left at the crime scene. Harward will be released from the Nottoway Correctional Center on Friday, said Olga Akselrod, an attorney with the New York-based Innocence Project, which took on the man’s case. The Supreme Court’s swift action on his case speaks to ‘how incredibly powerful the evidence of his innocence is,’ she said.” (04/07/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Virginia-high-court-orders-release-of-wrongly-7234898.php

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14) Syria: Islamic State militants kidnap 300 cement workers near capital
Source: Washington Post

“In a brazen assault near the Syrian capital, Islamic State militants on Thursday abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, Syrian state TV reported as fighting elsewhere in the country also worsened. … State TV said Thursday’s mass abduction of workers from the al-Badia Cement Company took place in Dumeir, an area where militants launched a surprise attack against government forces earlier this week. State-run news agency SANA quoted a source in the company as saying that there has been no success in efforts to establish contact with any of the workers.” (04/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/un-aid-official-urges-syria-govt-to-live-up-to-promises/2016/04/07/9e26b17a-fcb7-11e5-813a-90ab563f0dde_story.html

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15) Hastert accused of sexual abuse by at least four
Source: Chicago Tribune

“For months, federal authorities have hinted at the motive behind the hush-money payments former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has admitted to making: the sexual abuse of a teenage boy when Hastert was still a suburban high school teacher and wrestling coach. But now, a Tribune investigation has uncovered new details of the case — at least four people have made what law enforcement sources say are credible allegations of sexual abuse against Hastert.” (04/07/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-dennis-hastert-investigation-met-20160406-story.html

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16) US Senate reaches bipartisan agreement on new script for airport security burlesque
Source: Reuters

“Republicans and Democrats in the Senate reached a deal on Thursday to boost travel security at airports in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks, according to a source familiar with the matter. Under the deal, the source said, lawmakers agreed to amend a Federal Aviation Administration bill with provisions that would bolster the vetting of airport employees with access to secure areas and authorize the Transportation Security Administration to donate security equipment to foreign airports with direct flights to the United States.” (04/07/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-airports-idUSKCN0X41Z2

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17) IN: Planned Parenthood files suit against abortion law
Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

“Just days after a tough new abortion law was signed by Gov. Mike Pence, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed suit Thursday alleging the restrictions violate a woman’s right to choose. … The challenge comes after national attention given to the law that bars women from having an abortion for the sole reason that the fetus has been diagnosed or there is a ‘potential diagnosis’ of a disability. Other prohibited reasons include the sex, race and national origin of the fetus. Planned Parenthood is seeking an injunction to stop the law from going into effect on July 1.” (04/07/16)

http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/Lawsuit-filed-against-abortion-bill-12439557

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18) SC: Officials put on security theater production over inmate cell phones
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“South Carolina officials on Wednesday renewed their call for federal help in dealing with the dangers of cellphones behind prison walls, telling Federal Communications Commission officials they need permission to block cell signals altogether to keep both prison employees and the public at large safe. ‘Every day and every night, I hold my breath,’ Gov. Nikki Haley said during a hearing in Columbia with officials from the FCC and cellphone industry, saying she dreads getting a call that a cellphone-orchestrated prison riot has occurred.” [editor’s note: 1) Haley’s probably thought about it for all of five minutes in her life; and 2) Inmates orchestrate a riot without cell phones all the time – TLK (04/07/16)

http://www.startribune.com/fcc-official-participates-in-sc-hearing-on-prison-cellphones/374720041/

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19) Supermassive black holes might actually be super common
Source: Washington Post

“Our universe might be as hole-riddled as Swiss cheese, according to a study published Wednesday in Nature. The discovery of a supermassive black hole in a sparsely populated region of space has scientists wondering if the behemoths might be more common than previously thought. A black hole is an area where the matter is so dense that gravity becomes incredibly strong, keeping even light from escaping its pull. A supermassive black hole is one with a mass of around 10 billion times that of our sun, and they’re usually found at the center of galaxies like our own. This is the first time a supermassive black hole — one 17 billion times as massive as the sun — has been found at the center of a relatively isolated galaxy.” (04/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/04/07/supermassive-black-holes-might-actually-be-super-common/

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20) Bangladesh: Secular activist who criticised Islamism hacked to death
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A Bangladeshi law student who criticised Islamism on his Facebook page has been murdered, police said on Thursday, the latest in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country. Nazimuddin Samad, 28, had been on a hit list of 84 atheist bloggers that a group of radical Islamists drew up and sent to Bangladesh’s interior ministry. … The Dhaka Tribune said the assailants shouted Allahu Akbar (God is greatest) as they attacked Samad on a busy road near Dhaka’s Jagannath University, where he was a law student.” (04/07/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/07/secular-activist-who-criticised-islamism-hacked-to-death-in-bangladesh

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

21) Statism — the broken window fallacy writ large
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“The success to date of Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and the visible support for socialism on display among the U.S. public, especially among young adults, demonstrate once again the enduring vitality of economic nonsense and ideological folly. (Please note, however, that the foregoing statement should in no way be understood as an endorsement of anyone else seeking a major party’s presidential nomination. Every serious contender is a statist of some stripe.) If sincere (as opposed to purely opportunistic) statism is anything, it is Frederic Bastiat’s broken window fallacy writ large.” (04/06/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/04/06/statism-the-broken-window-fallacy-writ-large/

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22) Government should give us all a break. A bathroom break, that is.
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Apparently government solved all of society’s real problems while I wasn’t looking. Woo hoo! Violent crime has been eradicated. The Islamist terror threat is no more. Poverty? Everyone’s a millionaire with a Rolls in the driveway. Heck, the Cubs may even win the pennant this year. At least I have to assume all that’s been taken care of. Otherwise the politicians wouldn’t have time to argue over who gets to use which bathroom. And that’s what they’re doing, soooo …” (04/07/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5447

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23) Nationalists are not utilitarians
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“‘In a new interview with the New York Daily News, Bernie Sanders said something striking — he basically doesn’t think the US should be trading very much at all with countries where wages are much lower than its own.’ … There are lots of problems with Sanders’ views on economic policy, but this is by far the worst. Sanders is not a true socialist, he’s a nationalist who doesn’t seem too concerned about the global distribution of income.” (04/07/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/04/nationalists_ar.html

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24) War of Pure Defense: A first sketch
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Joseph R Stromberg

“Few thinkers have ever set forth (much less developed) the rather straightforward idea of purely defensive war, i.e., war limited to repelling invaders — and otherwise doing nothing at all. The term ‘defensivism’ would suit the case, but since philosopher Eric Mack put it (in my view) to different and rather conventional use almost forty years ago (‘Permissible Defense,’ Reason, July 1977), we shall speak here of Wars of Pure Defense (WPD).” (04/07/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/war-pure-defense-first-sketch/

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25) A better approach to keep kids from joining ISIS: Talk to them
Source: by Murtaza Hussain

“The Obama administration has requested $69 million in funding for countering violent extremism (CVE) programs at the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, according to a 2017 budget submission for one of the offices receiving the funds. And the White House has described CVE efforts as an ‘administration priority’ for its overall 2017 budget. The U.S. government has long been engaged in promoting CVE, from funding ‘moderate Islamic rap’ to creating Twitter accounts and ‘fancy memes’ to battle the influence of radicals online. This is in addition to the millions also being spent around the world by private organizations. But despite the massive outlays of cash, the effectiveness of such programs is difficult to quantify.” (04/07/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/07/a-better-approach-to-countering-violent-extremism/

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26) WWIII may have already begun in Iraq and Syria
Source: Reuters
by Peter Van Buren

“The recent death of a Marine in Iraq exposed the fact the United States set up a firebase there, which in turn exposed the fact the Pentagon misrepresented the number of American personnel in Iraq by as many as 2,000. It appears a second firebase exists, set up on the grounds of one of America’s largest installations in the last Iraq war. Special operations forces range across the landscape. The Pentagon is planning for even more troops. There can be no more wordplay: America now has boots on the ground in Iraq. The regional picture is dismal. In Syria, militias backed by the Central Intelligence Agency are fighting those backed by the Pentagon. British, Jordanian and American special forces are fighting various enemies in Libya, which, as a failed state, is little more than a nascent Iraq likely to metastasize in its neighbors. But Iraq remains the center of what Jordanian King Abdullah now refers to as the Third World War.” (04/07/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/04/07/world-war-three-may-have-already-begun-in-iraq-and-syria

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27) Religious freedom*
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Mississippi recently passed House Bill 1523 [PDF] into law. The bill was described by its proponents as legislation to protect religious freedom by prohibiting the government from discriminating against actions performed due to strong religious convictions. What the proponents of the bill forgot to mention was the giant asterisk that noted the restrictions. House Bill 1523 only protects your religious freedom as long as you believe the right things …. It creates two tiers for religions: those that subscribe to the beliefs specifically noted in the bill and those that do not.” (04/07/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/04/07/religious-freedom/

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28) Panama Papers reinforce Watergate lessons
Source: USA Today
by Alicia Shepard

“Imagine the movie. A reporter gets a query from a mysterious source promising information so damning it could lead to a head of state resigning. The source insists on anonymity. Sounds like what just happened in Iceland this week. The prime minister resigned amid a spate of reports on the so-called Panama Papers, triggered when a German reporter was offered 11.5 million documents pilfered from a Panamanian law firm that specializes in secret offshore services. The events mirror what happened in the iconic journalism film All the President’s Men, which debuted in theaters nationwide 40 years ago Saturday.” (04/07/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/04/07/panama-papers-watergate-lessons-column/82744152

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29) Why Panama Papers scandal is about cheating schoolchildren
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Earlier this week, news reporters and public officials expressed shock at the revelations from an unprecedented leak of files from one of the world’s largest law firms representing offshore investing. As The Guardian explains, the leaked documents, called the Panama Papers, show the myriad ways in which wealthy people (including 12 national leaders and 131 other politicians) exploit offshore havens to avoid paying taxes. When news reports revealed the tax scofflaws included the prime minister of Iceland, citizens in that country were so angered they poured into the streets, banging pots and pans outside parliament, and forced his resignation.” (04/07/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160407/why-the-panama-papers-scandal-is-about-cheating-school-children

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30) Can Donald close the deal in Cleveland?
Source: Town Hall
by Michael Reagan

“Thanks to Ted Cruz’s primary win in Wisconsin, it’s now all but certain the Republican convention is going to be contested. Donald Trump is going to come close to winning the delegates he’d need to win the nomination on the first ballot, but I don’t see him getting the GOP cigar. Someone else will, I’m guessing. And don’t be shocked if his initials are not TC or JK. The big question for right now is how the conventioneers in Cleveland and the Republicans watching on TV will react when their party’s intramural cage match is over. Will those who saw their man knocked out of the ring act like adults or will they get angry, stomp out and not show up to vote for the GOP nominee in November?” (04/07/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelreagan/2016/04/07/can-donald-close-the-deal-in-cleveland-n2144934

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31) FCA in Wonderland
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Ambler

“The Financial Conduct Authority’s latest attempt to justify its own existence should be datelined 1st, not 5th, April. Their 2016/17 Business Plan is primarily addressed to risk. For example, the Chancellor’s decision to allow pensioners to spend their own money carries the risk that they will not do so as the FCA would like them to do. This is clearly intolerable.” (04/07/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/fca-in-wonderland

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32) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 04/07/16
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Bennett Hunter. Herein we discuss how he became a Voluntaryist, Canada devotion to monarchy, Statism is the most dangerous superstition, church dogma, celebrating blasphemy, universal morality, Voluntaryism is a wildfire spreading, learning self-reliance, recognizing reality, truth is not a numbers game, we can limit our deity, legal plunder, you think everybody would be like an angel fallacy, ‘government’ does not create anything, private individuals create everything, Capitalism is win/win, Free Market incentives, the State encourages conformity and dependency, bringing humanity into adulthood, broken window fallacy …” [MP3] (04/07/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/bennett-hunter-libertarian-anarchist-host-and-founder-of-canadian-libertarian/

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33) A progressive case for Clinton
Source: In These Times
by Sady Doyle

“In the In These Times Hillary vs. Bernie roundtable last July, I was aware that I was making nice rather than making my case. My reticence was due to a fear that I voiced at the end of the conversation: that ‘Sanders vs. Clinton will become ugly, and we’re going to get to the finish line unable to get behind the nominee, and then I am going to wake up one day and Ted Cruz will be president.’ Now, the ugliness has arrived. So here comes my full-throated case for Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. First, it is impossible to analyze Clinton (her policies, her career path, her hair) without understanding how gender bias operates. Bias plays a role in all of our reactions, no matter how feminist we are. As progressives, it is our duty to resist these stereotypes, and, if we are journalists, to help our readers understand how gender bias operates at an unconscious level.” [editor’s note: I hesitated even posting this one, since no libertarian with half a clue would buy the arguments; use it for “oppo research” to find ways to refute this to your “prog” friends – SAT] (04/06/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18942/why-progressives-should-support-hillary-clinton

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34) The problem with Hillary Clinton isn’t just her corporate cash. It’s her corporate worldview.
Source: OpEdNews
by Naomi Klein

“The Clinton camp really doesn’t like talking about fossil-fuel money. Last week, when a young Greenpeace campaigner challenged Hillary Clinton about taking money from fossil-fuel companies, the candidate accused the Bernie Sanders campaign of ‘lying’ and declared herself ‘so sick’ of it. As the exchange went viral, a succession of high-powered Clinton supporters pronounced that there was nothing to see here and that everyone should move along. The very suggestion that taking this money could impact Clinton’s actions is ‘baseless and should stop,’ according to California Senator Barbara Boxer. It’s ‘flat-out false,’ ‘inappropriate,’ and doesn’t ‘hold water,’ declared New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman went so far as to issue ‘guidelines for good and bad behavior’ for the Sanders camp. The first guideline? Cut out the ‘innuendo suggesting, without evidence, that Clinton is corrupt.’ That’s a whole lot of firepower to slap down a non-issue. So is it an issue or not?” ()4/07/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Problem-With-Hillary-C-by-Naomi-Klein-Climate-Change_Clinton-Foundation_Corporate-Contributions_Fossil-Fuel-160407-38.html

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35) The Tom Woods Show, episode 635
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Rags-to-riches entrepreneur and #1 New York Times bestselling author T. Harv Eker discusses his path to success, why prosperity isn’t a matter of luck or simply meeting the right people, and why a lack of money or business know-how are lousy excuses for staying in a rut.” [various format] (04/07/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-635-why-some-people-succeed-and-others-fail-with-t-harv-eker/

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36) $15 or compassion for youth and minorities?
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka and Perry Willis

“The mandated minimum wage is a job killer for low-skilled and unskilled workers. Places like Seattle and Los Angeles are already starting to see that hiking the minimum wage kicks these workers in the teeth — and to the curb. Politicians, who ram through higher minimum wages, claim credit for giving workers a nice raise. Meanwhile those who lose hours or their jobs, or are never hired in the first place, become conveniently invisible.” (04/07/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/15-or-compassion-for-youth-and-minorities

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37) Pro-war dead-enders and our unending wars
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Liberal hawks will complain that the Iraq war was run incompetently (and it was), but they don’t give up on the idea of preventive war or the belief that the U.S. is entitled to attack other states more or less at will in the name of ‘leadership.’ Neoconservatives will fault Obama for not doing more in Libya after the regime was overthrown, but it would never occur to them that toppling foreign governments by force is wrong or undesirable. There remains a broad consensus that the U.S. ‘leads’ the world and in order to exercise that ‘leadership’ it is free to destabilize and attack other states as it sees fit.” (04/07/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/pro-war-dead-enders-and-our-unending-wars/

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38) Don’t confuse the cost of college with the cost of an education
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“For years, those who face the costs of educating themselves or their children hear a nearly incessant drum beat of how expensive a college education is, and how much debt they’ll likely be taking on. On the other hand, we’re told repeatedly that a college education is absolutely essential because people with a college degree allegedly make a million dollars per year more than those who do not attend college. Most everyone agrees that tuition and fees are certainly increasing in terms of the price tag. There is far less agreement, however, on why the price of a college education is going up so quickly. The answer lies in a mixture of government policy and the fact that colleges and universities today spend vast amounts of money on amenities and staff that have little to do with classroom instruction.” (04/07/16)

https://mises.org/blog/don%E2%80%99t-confuse-cost-college-cost-education

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39) Denying sexual reality in North Carolina
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Some residents of North Carolina don’t like the idea of sharing restrooms with transgender men and women, and they were pleased to learn that, thanks to a new law, they won’t have to. I have news for them: They already have. They just didn’t know it. And they will again.” (04/07/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/07/denying-sexual-reality-in-north-carolina

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40) Creating new worlds in the favelas
Source: CounterPunch
by Raul Zibechi

“The main difference between la Comunidad Chico Mendes and other favelas is that it was formed by a takeover or invasion, not by the gradual accumulation of families. People here were already organized before they occupied the hillside. They arrived together and began to build the neighborhood, along with houses. They were leftist activists who decided to name the settlement for the most emblematic rubber tapper of the era, assassinated by landowners in 1988.” (04/07/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/07/creating-new-worlds-in-the-favelas/

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41) Can America end its war in the Greater Middle East?
Source: Cato Institute
by Christopher A Preble

“In a sweeping new narrative, historian Andrew Bacevich surveys the history of U.S. involvement in the region and comes to a sobering conclusion: it isn’t working. Actually, it’s much worse than that. U.S. efforts have failed to bring peace and order to the region, and have often had the opposite effect. Meanwhile, they have undermined U.S. security here at home.” (04/07/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/can-american-end-its-war-greater-middle-east

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42) Can Bitcoin be used for good?
Source: The Atlantic
by Chelsea Barabas and Ethan Zuckerman

“Something strange is happening to Bitcoin. Once viewed as a way to do business in the darkest corners of the web, the digital currency has rather suddenly become a favorite talking point among humanitarians and international development enthusiasts. Bitcoin isn’t just for illicit transactions or Internet hobbyists anymore, but for helping the poor, the downtrodden, and the unbanked. Perhaps Bitcoin can save them! Perhaps Bitcoin can save the world!” [editor’s note: Actually, I would say that “illicit transactions” — to the extent that means non-government-regulated transactions — ARE “for good” – TLK]

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/04/bitcoin-hype/477141/

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43) Do as we say, not as we do
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“A lot of people are talking about the Panama Papers. This treasure trove of shell corporations created by utilizing the services of Mossack Fonseca measures in at over 2.5 terabytes in size and it seems to contain dirt on almost every politician. The prime minister of Iceland just resigned due to public outrage stirred by his name appearing in the papers and others are likely to follow. But the real scandal isn’t that these politicians are utilizing tax havens to protect their wealth. The real scandal is that these politicians continue to hunt those who utilize tax havens while making use of such wealth preserving institutions themselves.” (04/06/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/04/06/do-as-we-say-not-as-we-do/

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44) Heartland Daily Podcast, 04/06/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, we listen in as Project Manager for Education Transformation Lennie Jarratt speaks in front of the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. He discusses Common Core and its effect on homeschooling.” [various formats] (04/06/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/04/heartland-daily-podcast-lennie-jarratt-common-core-and-its-effect-on-homeschooling/

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45) The Jason Stapleton Program, 04/06/16: Are you tired of government telling you what to do?
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Today many of the stories coming out, as have been in the past, are about government’s continual involvement in your life; telling you what you ‘can’ and ‘cannot’ do. As if they have some control over how you live your life or anyone elses. And frankly, I’m getting really tired of it!” [various formats] (04/06/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/are-you-tired-of-govt-telling-you-what-to-do/

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46) Four powers on the chopping block
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“A group of Ohio citizens isn’t leaving the maintenance of ethical standards in government to the politicians. Smart. Forming a political committee, ‘Ethics First — You Decide Ohio,’ the group filed an initiative to amend the state constitution unsurprisingly called, ‘Ethics First.’ What does the ballot measure do? ‘Ethics proposal would cut state lawmaker’s pay and power,’ said the segment on Cleveland’s NBC affiliate, WKYC-TV 3.” (04/07/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/04/07/four-powers-on-the-chopping-block/

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47) Now it’s war on the wiggas
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“When Justin ‘Baby, baby, ooooh’ Bieber is the voice of reason, you know something is up. … The whingeing about cultural appropriation — whether it be Beyonce’s bindis or Iggy’s blaccent — has revived the idea that cultures should never mix, that they are assigned on the basis of skin colour. This has been particularly potent on US campuses, where sections of middle-class minority students have embraced this nonsense as a way of shoring up victim points.” (04/07/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/now-its-war-on-the-wiggas/18224

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48) Minimum wage smartness in Switzerland
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Two years ago, Swiss voters had a national referendum that would have set the nation’s minimum wage at $25 an hour, ten dollars more than what is being proposed in the United States. I’ll bet you’ll never guess how the referendum came out. It went down to defeat, big time. 76.3 percent of voters voted no to the referendum. Why did Swiss citizens reject that very generous minimum-wage proposal? Was it because they don’t like money? Was it because they hate the poor? Wasn’t it because they believe in the employer exploitation of the worker? Or was it because they like subsistence wages? Actually, it was none of the above. The Swiss rejected the proposal because they’re smart, at least when it comes to economic principles.” (04/07/16)

http://fff.org/2016/04/07/minimum-wage-smartness-switzerland/

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49) Non-violent BDS should be welcomed, not condemned
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ramzy Baroud

“History has taught us that criminalizing civil society and outlawing ideas, especially those that are guided by moral principles, is never a good idea. Nor is calling for ‘eliminating’ civilian society activists and bombing their universities. The only sensible strategy to combat BDS is one that not a single speaker in the anti-BDS gatherings had raised: ending the very criminal and racist policies that inspired BDS in the first place.” (04/07/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/ramzy-baroud/2016/04/06/non-violent-bds-should-be-welcomed-not-condemned/

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50) Free Talk Live, 04/06/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Darryl W Perry Campaign Makes American Political History by Announcing Muslim Vice Presidential Candidate :: Reading in Jail :: War on Cops? :: Cops Sexually Assault, Anally Violate Couple on Roadside Search :: Passenger’s Rights :: Business Discrimination :: Rhode Island :: Buycott :: More Invasive Searches :: Aggression :: Government and the Walking Dead :: FL Cop Getting High :: Hypocrisy :: Non Aggression Principle :: Animal Rights :: Mouse Traps :: Hunting.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/06/16)

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