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Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Trump regime threatens new Syria attacks
2) CIA tools exposed by Wikileaks linked to hacking across 16 countries
3) AL: Bentley resigns over sex scandal
4) United Airlines overbooks flight then has cops forcibly remove passenger from plane
5) Pai takes big-government turn, moves to keep ban on in-flight phone calls
6) IL: Judge shot dead, woman wounded outside home
7) Lawsuit seeks Trump visitor logs for White House, Mar-a-Lago
8) Malaysia: Regime seizes 18 rhino horns from Mozambique
9) FL: Idiot sheriff’s ISIS-like video stunt backfires
10) Watchdog calls out HUD for $500 billion plus in accounting “errors”
11) Librarians asked to pull Cosby books after sex assault charges
12) KY: Toyota to spend $1.3 billion overhauling factory; Trump tries to take credit
13) Yellen: Fed aim now is to let “healthy” economy coast along
14) Ed Sheeran settles “Photograph” copyright infringement claim
15) US Navy rolls out new aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford for sea trials
16) NY: Tuition-free college, but students must stay after college
17) Space station crew returns to Earth safely on Soyuz capsule
18) SC: Roof sentenced to life times nine in church shooting
19) Scientists: Great Barrier Reef “cooking and dying” as seas heat up
20) Pakistan: General orders killing of accused Indian spy
21) Somalia: Al Shabab militants ramp up attacks after rejecting amnesty offer
22) Barclays CEO Jes Staley reprimanded and docked pay as watchdogs probe whistleblower case
23) Philippines: Court affirms conviction of US Marine
24) Israel: Regime shutters Egypt border crossing following terror warning against tourists
25) Le Pen: France not responsible for World War Two round up of Jews

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Liberty belongs to everyone, not just America.
27) “The world will be saved by beauty”
28) “Bad hombres” aren’t the only ones Trump’s scary new surveillance tool will catch
29) Art funding and the Constitution
30) Against war: Standards
31) Trusting your government in a time of war
32) Authoritarians to the right of me, authoritarians to the left
33) Unfortunate haircuts and causes to die for
34) Citizen activism and the courts
35) Bring on the trillion dollar coin!
36) The Deep State’s defeat of Donald Trump
37) Assisted suicide: For all or for none at all
38) The Campaign for Tariff Disarmament
39) Judge Richard Posner’s unimpeachable honesty
40) War, willy-nilly
41) Neo-cons didn’t corrupt Trump
42) Against attacking Syria
43) Is selling off federal lands good for the environment?
44) Our new philanthropic overlords
45) Off to a bumbling start at Interior
46) Claremont McKenna students, silencing Heather Mac Donald is the stupidest way to battle The War on Cops
47) A message to the Democratic Party with a small reminder to Rand Paul
48) Deportation as a crime against humanity
49) Opposing everything is the wrong way to stop Trump
50) Authority and accountability
51) Enormous wealth and the quest for eternal life
52) Trump’s base revolts against Syria strike
53) Big Pharma funds “independent” advocacy groups attacking drug price reduction bill
54) Give us another oil boom
55) Rent control makes for good politics and bad economics
56) A note on Syria
57) Do military heroes go to heaven?
58) The Consumer Price Index, a false indicator of our individual costs of living
59) 59 missiles launched at Syria — how did the US get here?
60) On the reversal of fortune, urbanization and Canada

The Sound and the Fury:

61) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 577
62) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/10/17
63) Talk Nation Radio, 04/10/17
64) The Freedom Report, 04/10/17
65) The Bob Zadek Show, 04/09/17
66) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/10/17
67) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 290
68) Free Talk Live, 04/09/17

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1) Trump regime threatens new Syria attacks
Source: Yahoo News!

“The Trump administration has warned Syria that [accusations, supported by evidence or not, of] use of chemical weapons or barrel bombs could bring fresh US military action. ‘If you gas a baby or drop a barrel bomb onto innocent people, you will see a response from this president,’ White House spokesman Sean Spicer said. He also said Syrian president Bashar al Assad must go, adding: ‘You can’t imagine a stable and peaceful Syria with Assad in charge.’ … Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, have said the airstrikes crossed ‘red lines’ — echoing US Mr Trump’s condemnation of the gas attack itself.” (04/10/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/us-threatens-syria-strikes-gas-attacks-barrel-bombs-190900499.html

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2) CIA tools exposed by Wikileaks linked to hacking across 16 countries
Source: ZDNet

“Security researchers have confirmed that the CIA hacking tools exposed by Wikileaks have been used against targets in at least 16 different countries. Last month WikiLeaks published a over 8,000 documents — apparently internal CIA files — detailing the intelligence agency’s hacking programmes. And now security company Symantec said it has tied the documents to the activities of a sophisticated cyberespionage operation it has been tracking for some time, which it dubs ‘Longhorn.’ … Longhorn has been active since at least 2011, using a variety of backdoor Trojans and zero-day vulnerabilities to infiltrate governments and international organisations, as well as targets in the financial, telecoms, energy, aerospace, information technology, education, and natural resources sectors.” (04/10/17)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/cia-tools-exposed-by-wikileaks-linked-to-hacking-across-16-countries/

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3) AL: Bentley resigns over sex scandal
Source: Fox News

“Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday amid allegations he used state money to help cover up an affair with a top aide. Bentley stepped down as part of a plea deal that saw him admit to two misdemeanor charges of using campaign contributions for personal use. The 74-year-old was given a 30-day suspended jail sentence and a year of probation. … Bentley had been under heavy political pressure since last year, when recordings surfaced of him making romantic and sexually charged comments in 2014 to aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason before his divorce.” (04/10/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/10/robert-bentley-alabama-governor-resigns-over-sex-scandal.html

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4) United Airlines overbooks flight then has cops forcibly remove passenger from plane
Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

“A video posted on Facebook late Sunday evening shows a passenger on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville being forcibly removed from the plane before takeoff at O’Hare International Airport. … A United spokesperson confirmed in an email Sunday night that a passenger had been taken off a flight in Chicago. ‘Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked,’ the spokesperson said. ‘After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation. Further details on the removed customer should be directed to authorities.'” [editor’s note: Note the language refusing responsibility. Not “we overbooked the plane,” but the plane “was overbooked.” Not “we apologize for overbooking the plane and having cops drag a paying customer off,” but apologies for “the overbook situation,” as if said situation was an act of God or something. They sold the guy a ride then reneged and had him assaulted for trying to keep the seat he’d bought. Now they’re refusing to take responsibility for their actions – TLK] (04/10/17)

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2017/04/10/video-shows-man-forcibly-removed-united-flight-chicago-louisville/100274374/

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5) Pai takes big-government turn, moves to keep ban on in-flight phone calls
Source: Seattle Times

“Federal regulators aim to maintain the ban on in-flight cellular calls. The Federal Communications Commission is looking to kill an effort it started in 2013 to give airlines the option of installing on-board cellular equipment for calls and other services. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appears to have enough votes to axe that plan, which he considers ‘ill-conceived.’ Pei says keeping the cellular ban ‘will be a victory for Americans across the country who, like me, value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet.'” [editor’s note: That’s something the market can easily sort out with no need for Ajit Pai’s assistance – TLK] (04/10/17)

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/us-regulators-aim-to-keep-the-ban-on-in-flight-phone-calls/

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6) IL: Judge shot dead, woman wounded outside home
Source: Chicago Tribune

“A Cook County judge was killed and a woman was wounded in a shooting outside the judge’s South Side home Monday morning, a police source said. Associate Judge Raymond Myles, 66, and a 52-year-old woman were found outside the home in the 9400 block of South Forest Avenue around 4:50 a.m., police said. Myles suffered several gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. The woman was hit in the leg and was taken to Christ in serious condition.” (04/10/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-man-shot-dead-woman-wounded-in-roseland-neighborhood-20170410-story.html

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7) Lawsuit seeks Trump visitor logs for White House, Mar-a-Lago
Source: Tampa Bay Times

“A coalition of government groups have sued the Trump administration for failing to release visitor logs for the White House, Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower. The FOIA suit is aimed at the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service. It was filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. In 2009, CREW sued the Obama White House and won an agreement that visitor logs would be posted online every month, on a 90 to 120-day delay.” (04/10/17)

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/lawsuit-seeks-trump-visitor-logs-for-white-house-mar-a-lago/2319763

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8) Malaysia: Regime seizes 18 rhino horns from Mozambique
Source: ABC News

“Malaysian authorities said Monday that they have seized 18 rhino horns believed to have been smuggled into the country from Mozambique. Airport customs director Hamzah Sundang said the horns were flown from Mozambique and transited in Doha before arriving at Kuala Lumpur’s airport on Friday. He said the horns, which weighed 51.4 kilograms (113 pounds) and were worth 13.6 million ringgit ($3.1 million), were declared as art objects in a forged air bill with a fake final destination.” (04/10/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/malaysia-seizes-18-rhino-horns-mozambique-46698629

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9) FL: Idiot sheriff’s ISIS-like video stunt backfires
Source: People

“In a dramatic video uploaded to Facebook, Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell sent a stern message to drug dealers in the area: ‘We are coming for you.’ ‘Enjoy trying to sleep tonight, wondering if tonight’s the night our SWAT team blows your front door off the hinges,’ Grinnell says in the video. ‘We are coming for you.’ The sheriff was flanked by four SWAT team members, all wearing masks in the video from the office’s community engagement unit. … ‘Watching this again I half expect the sheriff to say that he has Tony Stark and demands a greater ransom,’ one person tweeted. Another Twitter user wrote: ‘The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is so rough and tough that they are scared to appear on camera without masks, I guess.'” (04/10/17)

http://people.com/crime/florida-sheriff-drug-dealers-dramatic-video/

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10) Watchdog calls out HUD for $500 billion plus in accounting “errors”
Source: Fox News

“Everybody makes mistakes — but this could be an accounting error for the ages. An inspector general audit has identified more than $500 billion in ‘errors corrected’ in the notes and financial statements for the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration. According to the report released in March, HUD reissued financial statements for fiscal 2015 and 2016 ‘due to pervasive material errors that we identified.’ Those errors were contained in a November filing. ‘The total amounts of errors corrected in HUD’s notes and consolidated financial statements were $516.4 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively,’ the IG said.” (04/10/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/10/watchdog-calls-out-hud-for-500b-plus-in-accounting-errors.html

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11) Librarians asked to pull Cosby books after sex assault charges
Source: Raw Story

“Bill Cosby’s Little Bill children’s book series landed on a list of the 10 books Americans most often asked librarians to remove from shelves last year after he faced sex assault charges, according to a ranking released on Monday. The popular series written by Cosby and illustrated by Varnette Honeywood made its debut in ninth place on the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual list of the books that are most often challenged in U.S. libraries. ‘This children’s book series was challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author,’ the U.S.’s oldest library organization said on its website.” (04/10/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/librarians-asked-to-pull-cosby-books-after-sex-assault-charges-study

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12) KY: Toyota to spend $1.3 billion overhauling factory; Trump tries to take credit
Source: Dallas Morning News

“Toyota will spend more than a billion dollars to overhaul its largest production plant in the world, the Japanese automaker announced Monday. The $1.33 billion investment in the auto giant’s Kentucky factory, which employs 8,200 people, will help the plant make Camrys more efficiently and will speed up production timelines in the future through a more nimble, higher tech development process, the company said. … [US president Donald Trump] said in a statement that Toyota’s investment is a sign manufacturers are responding [to his praise/condemnation]. ‘Toyota’s decision to invest $1.3 billion in their Kentucky plant is further evidence that the economic climate has greatly improved under my administration,’ the statement said.” (04/10/17)

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/toyota/2017/04/10/toyota-spend-133-billion-overhauling-kentucky-factory

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13) Yellen: Fed aim now is to let “healthy” economy coast along
Source: Reuters

“The Federal Reserve plans to raise U.S. interest rates gradually so as to sustain healthy growth without letting the economy overheat, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Monday. ‘We want to be ahead of the curve and not behind it,’ Yellen said at an event at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy in Ann Arbor. Now that years of aggressive monetary policy easing has nursed the economy back to its current ‘pretty healthy’ state, the aim now is to allow ‘the economy to kind of coast and remain on an even keel,’ she said. ” (04/10/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-yellen-idUSKBN17C2EO

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14) Ed Sheeran settles “Photograph” copyright infringement claim
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Ed Sheeran has struck a deal to end a $20m (£13.8m) copyright infringement legal claim over his hit song Photograph. Songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued the singer last June, claiming his hit ballad had a similar structure to their song, Amazing. A lawyer for the pair confirmed to the BBC the claim had now been settled. Leonard and Harrington’s track was released by former X Factor winner Matt Cardle in 2012.” (04/10/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-39556351

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15) US Navy rolls out new aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford for sea trials
Source: Straits Times [Singapore]

“The USS Gerald R. Ford, the first of the US Navy’s new class of aircraft carriers, embarked on its maiden sea trial last Saturday (April 8). It departed from the Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia’s Newport News with more than a thousand Navy sailors onboard, US media reported. Costing US$12.9 billion (S$18.2 billion) to build, the state-of-the-art carrier was dogged by delays — due to issues with its advanced systems, including aircraft landing equipment and power generation — and budget overruns.” (04/10/17)

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-navy-rolls-out-new-aircraft-carrier-uss-gerald-r-ford-for-sea-trials

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16) NY: Tuition-free college, but students must stay after college
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“There’s a big string attached to New York’s free middle-class college tuition initiative: Students must stay in the state after graduation or else pay back the benefit. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the requirement was added to protect the state’s investment in a student’s education by ensuring they don’t take advantage of free tuition and then leave New York. The rule wasn’t a part of Cuomo’s free college tuition proposal when he unveiled it in January but was inserted during final negotiations with lawmakers over the state budget, which was approved Sunday. The tuition initiative, which Cuomo said is a national model, covers state college or university tuition for in-state students from families earning $125,000 or less. Students must remain in New York for as many years as they received the benefit. They must repay the money as a loan if they take a job in another state.” (04/10/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/New-York-lawmakers-approve-free-middle-class-11062213.php

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17) Space station crew returns to Earth safely on Soyuz capsule
Source: Space.com

“Three space fliers have safely touched down on Earth after almost six months aboard the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko all arrived at the station together for Expedition 49/50 mission in October 2016, and they reached solid ground this morning (April 10) at 7:20 a.m. EDT (1120 GMT) in Kazakhstan. They spent 173 days in space during their flight.” (04/10/17)

http://www.space.com/36405-space-station-crew-returns-to-earth-expedition-50.html

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18) SC: Roof sentenced to life times nine in church shooting
Source: NBC News

“Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was given nine consecutive life sentences in state prison after he pleaded guilty to state murder charges Monday, leaving him to await execution in a federal prison and sparing his victims and their families the burden of a second trial. Judge J.C. Nicholson imposed the sentences following a hearing in which church members and Roof’s grandfather testified about the personal toll of the case. Standing at the defense table with his attorneys, clad in a gray and white striped jail jumpsuit and handcuffed to a chain at his waist, the self-avowed white supremacist entered his guilty pleas.” (04/10/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dylann-roof-charleston-church-shooter-pleads-guilty-state-charges-n744746

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19) Scientists: Great Barrier Reef “cooking and dying” as seas heat up
Source: CNN

“More than two-thirds of the coral in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is experiencing “shocking” amounts of bleaching, new aerial surveys have revealed. Back-to-back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017 have devastated a 1,500 km (900 miles) stretch of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Australian scientists told CNN Monday. … Coral bleaching is a stress response that happens when an increase in sea temperatures causes the expulsion of algae that grow inside coral, turning the reefs white and eliminating their main energy source.” (04/10/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/10/asia/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching/

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20) Pakistan: General orders killing of accused Indian spy
Source: Reuters

“A Pakistani military court sentenced an Indian accused of espionage to death on Monday, potentially ratcheting up tension between the two nuclear-armed states. Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, in the turbulent province of Baluchistan, which has seen a long-running conflict between Pakistani security forces and a militant separatist movement. The Pakistani military said in a statement he had confessed to being tasked by India’s intelligence service with planning, coordinating and organising espionage and sabotage activities in Baluchistan ‘aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan.’ The sentence was passed by a Field General Court Martial and confirmed by the powerful army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The military did not announce any date for the execution.” (04/10/17)

http://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-india-kulbushan-idINKBN17C15M

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21) Somalia: Al Shabab militants ramp up attacks after rejecting amnesty offer
Source: Newsweek

“Al-Shabab militants killed at least 15 people in a suicide bombing targeting military officials on Sunday, as the Al-Qaeda affiliate rejected the president’s offer of an amnesty. Two further attacks on Monday signaled that the militants are ramping up violence following a declaration of war on Al-Shabab by Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on Thursday. President Farmajo said that militants had a 60-day period to take up a government amnesty offer, but the militant group dismissed the declaration as a statement made ‘just to please the West,’ the BBC reported.” (04/10/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/somalia-al-shabaab-farmaajo-581365

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22) Barclays CEO Jes Staley reprimanded and docked pay as watchdogs probe whistleblower case
Source: CNBC

“Barclays has announced Chief Executive Jes Staley is being investigated by two U.K. regulators regarding his individual conduct after he attempted to identify a whistleblower at the bank in 2016. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Conduct Authority (PRA) have opened an investigation into both Staley and Barclays’s actions when pursuing the author of a letter believed to have originated from a whistleblower. … Staley is due to receive a written warning from the banks’ board and can expect a ‘very significant’ reduction to his variable compensation award. However, Staley is set to be reappointed at the bank’s upcoming annual general meeting next month.” (04/10/17)

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/10/barclays-announce-ceo-jes-staley-is-being-investigated-by-two-uk-regulators.html

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23) Philippines: Court affirms conviction of US Marine
Source: Fox News

“A Philippines appeals court on Monday affirmed a regional trial court’s conviction of a U.S. Marine and his sentence of up to 10 years in jail for killing a transgender Filipino, whose heirs he was also ordered to compensate. The Court of Appeals decision seen Monday did not accept Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton’s claim of self-defense in killing Jennifer Laude inside a motel room in northwestern Olongapo city after they met in a disco bar in October 2014. The killing sparked anger in the Philippines and reignited calls by left-wing groups and nationalists for an end to U.S. military presence in the country.” (04/10/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/10/philippine-court-affirms-conviction-us-marine.html

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24) Israel: Regime shutters Egypt border crossing following terror warning against tourists
Source: New York Daily News

“Israel closed its Taba border crossing to Egypt Monday following a warning by its anti-terrorism office of an ‘imminent’ militant attack there. The closure comes hours before the start of the Passover holiday, when Sinai is a popular destination for many Israelis. Soon after the announcement, sirens wailed in parts of southern Israel alerting residents to a rocket attack. The military said a rocket fired from Sinai exploded in an open field, causing no injuries.” [editor’s note: As often as rockets explode in open fields, causing no injuries, in Israel, providing convenient excuses for something just done or about to be done by the Israeli government, I have to suspect that maybe Israel’s enemies aren’t always the ones firing them – TLK] (04/10/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/israel-shuts-egypt-border-crossing-terror-warning-article-1.3038551

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25) Le Pen: France not responsible for World War Two round up of Jews
Source: Washington Post

“Far-right French presidential contender Marine Le Pen made ‘a serious mistake’ by denying that the French State was responsible for the roundup of Jews in World War II, her main rival said Monday. Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist, was among many presidential candidates criticizing Le Pen’s comments Monday. … Le Pen said Sunday on RTL radio ‘I don’t think France is responsible for the Vel d’Hiv,’ in reference to the stadium where many thousands of Jews were rounded up in July 1942 before being sent to Nazi death camps. Le Pen later said in a written statement she ‘considers that France and the Republic were in London’ during wartime and ‘the Vichy regime wasn’t France.'” (04/10/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/le-pen-says-france-not-responsible-for-wwii-roundup-of-jews/2017/04/10/8779d3e4-1dc7-11e7-bb59-a74ccaf1d02f_story.html

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

26) Liberty belongs to everyone, not just America.
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Kym Robinson

“The United States has often been touted as a brilliant beacon of liberty, a singular champion for justice and free enterprise. It is a myth often believed by most Americans and those that it has seduced abroad. While the United States in all its stages has been both better and worse in many key areas where liberty is concerned, it is neither the sole dominion for freedom nor has it ever stood as its true champion. It is believed that everything America does as a nation is for a greater good and that its actions are always for some positive, in the end. This American version of its own history and its many influences on the world is as sickly sweet as its subsidised corn syrup.” (04/10/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/liberty-belongs-everyone-not-just-america/

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27) “The world will be saved by beauty”
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

The link between freedom, truth, and beauty has been throwing itself at me for the last few months. By ‘beauty’ I don’t necessarily mean arts or aesthetics as per any standard canon. Beauty might also be in the mathematical sense, as when the mind has struggled for ages with a seemingly unsolvable problem, then the solution arrives suddenly and strikingly — and the thinker recognizes it as true because it is ‘beautiful’ or ‘elegant.’ Similarly, it could mean those moments when, after fumbling to learn some out-of-reach skill you suddenly get it, and know you’ve gotten it. Those transformative moments when the world changes and you become a slightly (or markedly) different person. A person with a new perception or a person operating on a higher plane. It could mean a sense of awe that lifts us out of our mundane selves.” (04/10/17)

http://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2017/04/10/the-world-will-be-saved-by-beauty/

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28) “Bad hombres” aren’t the only ones Trump’s scary new surveillance tool will catch
Source: Cato Institute
by Matthew Feeney

“In 2014, the Obama administration awarded Peter Thiel’s Palantir Technologies a $41 million contract to build an intelligence system called Investigative Case Management (ICM), which is scheduled to become fully operational by September this year. As originally conceived, its purpose was to give the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit in the Department of Homeland Security the means to investigate serious cross-border criminal activity ranging from money laundering and commercial fraud to human smuggling. But the Trump administration may well turn it into a general tool to assist ICE deportations, reports The Intercept’s Spencer Woodman. And also go after other Americans in the future.” (04/10/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/bad-hombres-arent-only-ones-trumps-scary-new-surveillance-tool-will-catch

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29) Art funding and the Constitution
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Google ‘Trump unconstitutional’ and you will find 100s of articles bemoaning the unconstitutionality of the president’s immigration policies, among other assertions that various other Trump actions violate the Constitution. Now my friends on the left, herein lies your problem. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t assert, on the one hand, that the federal government must remain limited, and on the other hand, assert that constitutional limits don’t matter when you happen to support a given policy. If it’s OK for the feds to unconstitutionally fund the arts because it’s for the benefit of society, then by-God it’s OK for the feds to unconstitutionally enforce a Muslim travel ban because it’s for the benefit of society. (By the way, my friends on the right, this equation works both ways.)” (04/10/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/04/10/art-funding-and-the-constitution/

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30) Against war: Standards
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Papa Libertarian

“Folks who read or listen to me know that I am deeply against war; indeed, I have been against war since my earliest memories, going back to the Vietnam War. But why? To answer simply: I have standards. War is about ‘breaking things and killing people;’ especially the latter. Now, I am no pacifist; there are times when I think it might be justifiable and proper to kill a person; but I think it morally abhorrent to do so lightly, without consideration of the harm, with hardly any justification but rumors and speculation.” (04/10/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/against-war-standards

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31) Trusting your government in a time of war
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“President Trump’s critics and supporters agree on one thing: Our new president has a history of ‘stretching’ the truth whenever there is some advantage in doing so, and sometimes even when there is not. You might say he is famous for playing loose with the facts. We all expect a high degree of ‘hyperbole’ from President Trump, to put it kindly. He gets away with it because barely-enough Americans believe his intentions are in line with America’s best interests. The odd exception to our universal understanding of President Trump’s mode of operation is his claim that he is totally certain Assad was responsible for the chemical attack on his own people last week. The President’s critics and most of his supporters believe President Trump when he suggests that our military can track any plane in Syria and know what that plane did to whom. Do you believe that?” (04/10/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159418166356/trusting-your-government-in-a-time-of-war

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32) Authoritarians to the right of me, authoritarians to the left
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Robin Koerner

“Trump’s election caused a spike in sales of George Orwell’s famous novel, 1984 — apparently to people who believe that his becoming president may be a harbinger of an Orwellian dystopia across our country. Last year, my first book was published. It concerns why Americans have let the principles of liberty on which our nation is founded recede so far, and how they might assert them again. The introduction references Orwell’s novel extensively, and I am pleased that those scared of the rise of authoritarianism in the USA are picking it up. What exactly is authoritarianism, though? It’s rather hard to defeat an enemy that one cannot define, let alone understand.” (04/10/17)

https://fee.org/articles/authoritarians-to-the-right-of-me-authoritarians-to-the-left/

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33) Unfortunate haircuts and causes to die for
Source: Cato Unbound
by Michael C Munger

“Mark Twain famously said, ‘Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.’ I often wonder what Twain might now have said of the pundits who provide political commentary without blushing, or understanding the need to. No one can predict anything, but each pundit has some explanation for why he or she was right all along. We may never have been in greater need of the subversion that humor can bring.” (04/10/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/04/10/michael-c-munger/unfortunate-haircuts-causes-die

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34) Citizen activism and the courts
Source: The American Prospect
by Jedediah Purdy

“David Cole’s Engines of Liberty is a welcome corrective to a conventional way of narrating constitutional law as being the work of federal courts, especially the Supreme Court, whose justices are nerd-celebrities, internet memes, and partisan heroes or villains. Cole argues that constitutional law comes from sources that are more democratic, and more obscure, than judges. It begins in the work of citizen activists, quixotic lawyers, and legal scholars willing to buck mainstream views and take unfamiliar ideas to their logical conclusions. If progressives hope the courts will stand in the way of Donald Trump’s enormities, Cole’s arguments suggest, they had better mobilize now for the constitutional values they hope to see judges protect in a few years. Cole makes his arguments by telling the background stories behind three important legal developments of the last 15 years: the Supreme Court’s embrace of same-sex marriage in 2015, its announcement of a constitutional right to individual gun possession in 2008, and its pushback against George W. Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ in a series of cases concerning the rights of detainees and other targets of that ‘war.’ In each instance, courts behaved surprisingly.” [editor’s note: So far sounds like an intelligent book – SAT] (04/10/17)

http://prospect.org/article/citizen-activism-and-courts

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35) Bring on the trillion dollar coin!
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Charles Barr

“A few years ago, when Republicans in Congress were refusing to raise the national debt ceiling, an idea was floated for minting a platinum coin with a face value of one trillion dollars. This was and still is technically legal, thanks to a 1996 law authorizing the minting of platinum bullion and proof coins. The law empowers the Secretary of the Treasury to strike platinum coins in any denomination that he or she deems appropriate. The idea was that the trillion dollar coin would be minted and deposited at the Federal Reserve, which would then credit the government’s account with a trillion dollars. The government could then spend this newly created money by ‘writing checks’ on this account without having to increase the national debt ceiling or issue additional interest-paying bonds. The idea died when Republicans caved in and agreed to raise the national debt ceiling.” (04/09/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1687

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36) The Deep State’s defeat of Donald Trump
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“While I assumed that the national-security state would ultimately win its war against President Trump, I never figured that Trump would capitulate so soon and so completely. But capitulate he has, and victory for the national security state, or what the mainstream is now calling the Deep State, is complete.” (04/10/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/04/10/deep-states-defeat-donald-trump/

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37) Assisted suicide: For all or for none at all
Source: spiked
by Kevin Yuill

“There seems to be a kind of selective compassion among prominent assisted-suicide campaigners. Dignity in Dying’s website, indeed the content of its entire campaign, is comprised of tragic stories – indeed, it solicits them. One of its many platitudinous tweets runs ‘When death is inevitable, suffering should not be.’ But why doesn’t Omid, whose suffering is undeniable, warrant more attention? Why are those who suffer, and are terminally ill, considered a higher priority? Omid is a fly in the ointment for mainstream assisted-suicide campaigners. He is not in that category that is apparently more deserving of our sympathies — the dying. Campaigners restrict their support to those whose demise is imminent in a bid to show that assisted suicide is ‘safe.'” [editor’s note: Interesting piece, albeit by a guy who claims to own all of us (that’s what a claim of moral entitlement to forbid suicide amounts to) – TLK] (04/10/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/assisted-suicide-for-all-or-for-none-at-all-conway-omid-high-court/

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38) The Campaign for Tariff Disarmament
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by James Knight

“With all the Brexit talk of trade deals and tariffs, an idea occurred to me. Rather like the CND (the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) I’d like to see the CTD — the Campaign for Tariff Disarmament, where all nations unilaterally [sic] agree to abolish all tariffs globally in a 5 year timeframe (for administrative reasons) whereby tariffs are reduced at 20% a year for the next 5 years, resulting in zero tariffs worldwide, and every nation and its citizens being better off as a result! To see why this would be a good idea, we need to remind ourselves why tariffs are a bad idea.” (04/10/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-campaign-for-tariff-disarmament

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39) Judge Richard Posner’s unimpeachable honesty
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner has changed my mind. Up until now, I was dubious as to the notion of electing Supreme Court justices, and had never really considered electing federal Court of Appeals judges. But after reading his latest, I think that I’m now in favor of both. The case at hand, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, by Posner’s own U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, dealt with the question of whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex, could be stretched to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. A majority of the court held that the answer to that question was yes, an answer that, while not indisputable, isn’t necessarily wrong, either. In essence, the majority said, if you’d hire a man who slept with women, you have to be willing to hire a woman who sleeps with women, or you’re discriminating against the woman on the basis of sex.” (04/10/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/10/judge-richard-posners-unimpeachable-honesty-glenn-reynolds/100261364

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40) War, willy-nilly
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“The Trump administration has no authorization to engage in war on Syria. Congress has not declared war or authorized the use of military force; there is no emergency to justify the president’s acting unilaterally in his role as commander in chief; there is no imminent threat to American lives or American interests — indeed, there is no real American interest at all. President Donald Trump is acting illegally, and Congress has a positive moral obligation to stop him. This is exactly why we have an impeachment process, though for the moment a bipartisan congressional resolution — if Congress had any self-respect, it would be unanimous — ought to be sufficient. All decent people feel for the Syrians. We also feel for the Ukrainians, the North Koreans, the men and women languishing in Chinese laogai, Russian gulags, and Cuban prisons. We do not go to war for the sake of sentiment. We go to war for the sake of pressing national interests that cannot be otherwise secured. There is no casus belli for knocking over the Assad government, odious as it is.” (04/09/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446563/trump-syrian-bombing-illegal-pointless

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41) Neo-cons didn’t corrupt Trump
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“It’s comforting, for what little it is worth, to see Trump supporters criticizing Trump for his actions, and Infowars has finally taken Trump’s dick out of their mouths long enough to criticize the attack against Syria for playing right into Isis’s hands by further destabilizing the region, weakening Assad, and allowing them to take more territory. They rightly point out that it’s absolutely absurd to think that Assad — who publicly surrendered his chemical weapons while the entire world was watching — would have used chemical weapons in a war that he had all but won, considering that he knew the reaction it would have and considering that even Putin, gremlin though he is made out to be, condemns the use of chemical weapons against civilians. However, these people contend that Trump has been ‘corrupted’ by the Neo-Cons in his cabinet. The cabinet that Trump himself appointed. It’s an argument that is truly facepalm worthy.” (04/10/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/04/10/neo-cons-didnt-corrupt-trump/

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42) Against attacking Syria
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Bas van der Vossen

“Fernando supports the US attack on Syria, if tentatively. I’m (even) less sure. Like Fernando, I think that the moral questions involved are complex. Unfortunately, many commentators fall back on slogans. I agree, of course, that Assad is an awful tyrant. The world would be better off without him. No quarrel there. But that’s not enough to justify military strikes. What’s needed, in addition, is for the harm that such a strike imposes to be justifiable in their own right.” (04/10/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/04/against-attacking-syria/

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43) Is selling off federal lands good for the environment?
Source: Students For Liberty
by Aaron White

“Congress recently handed market-based environmentalists the opportunity of a lifetime. Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 5, a resolution addressing changes to rules for the 115th congress. In a single line the House eased the ability for the Federal Government to transfer lands to ‘a State, local government, or tribal entity’ by essentially claiming that federal land has no value. Many environmentalist organizations have been quick to denounce this resolution but it’s actually a rare opportunity for market environmentalists to demonstrate how lands can best be managed: privately.” (04/10/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/04/10/20170315is-selling-off-federal-lands-good-for-the-environment/

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44) Our new philanthropic overlords
Source: In These Times
by Chris Lehmann

“David Callahan uncovers a good deal of eye-opening material in his survey of America’s new donor class, The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age. But after provoking his readers into recognizing an influential new class of self-scripted, affluent social reformers, Callahan delevers only a cursory account of how this mammoth new philanthropy sector might be gently reformed along more democratic lines. As a result, a book that might have been a useful jeremiad about the oligarchic state of the American political economy resolves into a puzzled shrug.” [editor’s note: Denigrating voluntary contributions in favor of coerced tax-based theft; “progressives” can’t get much more obvious about their true agenda – SAT] (04/10/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20026/our-philanthropic-overlords-zuckerberg-gates-charter-schools-democracy

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45) Off to a bumbling start at Interior
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Was it because there were too few senior Trump Administration officials in place to catch and stop it? Or because Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was new on the job, and had so much on his plate, that this decision just slipped right past him? Maybe it was because the new Administration faces so many battles with environmental activists already that it didn’t want another one? Or perhaps Interior was intimidated by environmentalist lawsuits challenging President Trump’s 60-day delay of newly-issued Obama Administration regulations? Whatever the reason, Trump’s Interior Department opened a real can of worms when it let the Obama Administration’s last-minute endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee (RPB) take effect March 21 — exactly 60 days after President Trump issued his regulatory Executive Order.” (04/10/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/04/off-to-a-bumbling-start-at-interior/

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46) Claremont McKenna students, silencing Heather Mac Donald is the stupidest way to battle The War on Cops
Source: Reason
by Robby Soave

“Once again, a group of protesters — many of them students — decided to prevent a contrary speaker from addressing campus. Once again, they largely succeeded, harassing a student-journalist in the process. Once again, the college administration — at Claremont McKenna, this time — condemned their illiberalism but could do nothing, or would do nothing, to stop them. And once again, a speaker whose views are anathema to college students but well-represented among the broader American public left campus essentially unchallenged, because the mob denied curious audience members the opportunity to hear her out. The madness is not confined to Middlebury. This time, the target was Heather Mac Donald, a Manhattan Institute scholar and author of the 2016 book The War on Cops.” (04/10/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/04/10/claremont-mckenna-students-silencing-hea

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47) A message to the Democratic Party with a small reminder to Rand Paul
Source: OpEdNews
by Allen Finkelstein

“(1) [Citizens United] means a citizen has to actually pay a specific candidate to earn First Amendment protection, the very same ‘right’ to protection he does not have at the polls!!! And (2) State governments can find a way to keep specific groups of citizens from voting in large numbers by simply making it harder for specific subsets of voters to vote. If voting were actually protected as free speech, then anything that makes it harder to vote would thus automatically need to be scrutinized and eliminated as a violation of the First Amendment. Get it? Somehow, even ‘liberals’ on the Supreme Court didn’t get it! Somehow, the ACLU didn’t get it! Meanwhile why don’t we ask part-time libertarian Rand Paul if he gets it.” (04/10/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/A-Message-to-the-Democrati-by-allen-finkelstein-Bernie-Sanders_Bernie-Sanders-2016-Presidential-Candidate_Democratic_Party-Machine-Tea-Party-170410-268.html

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48) Deportation as a crime against humanity
Source: CounterPunch
by L Ali Khan

“International law in the form of human rights, international criminal law, the humanitarian law of war, regional compacts including the Charter on the Organization of American States, treaty provisions of state constitutions, and universal norms identified in scholarly treatises, all endorse, directly or indirectly, a simple principle that deportation is a crime against humanity. The Nuremberg tribunals stated in unambiguous terms that enslavement or deportation of a population is a crime against customary international law. … Building on the Nuremberg principles, more recent international treaties and scholarly treatises reaffirm that deportation is a crime against humanity, even if committed in peace times, and even if the deported population is not shipped to slave labor.” (04/10/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/10/deportation-as-a-crime-against-humanity/

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49) Opposing everything is the wrong way to stop Trump
Source: The New Republic
by John B Judis

“On the last day in January, an angry horde, reportedly numbering in the thousands, amassed outside the Brooklyn home of Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader. Liberal and left-wing activists had come to scold their senator–the de facto leader of congressional resistance to Donald Trump–for voting to confirm three of the president’s cabinet nominees, and for offering to work with him on an infrastructure package. Schumer was being put on notice, declared Jonathan Westin, executive director of New York Communities for Change: ‘The Democratic base wants full-on resistance to everything this president does.’ … Ever since Trump’s election, that’s been the consensus view on the left.” (04/10/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141705/opposing-everything-wrong-way-stop-trump

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50) Authority and accountability
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Roll, Founding Fathers, roll over. The situation with Congress is grave. You designed three branches of government, each to check the others’ power. The first branch, and the most essential, is Congress. It not only controls the purse strings, but also the power to declare war. But today’s Congress cannot even muster the courage to regulate the use of military force through legislation such as the War Powers Act or by passing an AUMF — an Authorization for the Use of Military Force.” (04/10/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/10/authority-and-accountability/

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51) Enormous wealth and the quest for eternal life
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“How many registered nurses fantasize about living forever? Probably not many. How many math teachers daydream about immortality? Probably not many there either. Traffic cops? Bartenders? Civil engineers? All likely the same story. Emerging new research on busting the bounds of our biology, warns historian Yuval Harari, could ‘lead to greater income inequality than ever before.’ We have no evidence that any economic grouping in our society sports a significant number of folks who obsess over eternal life. With one exception. The ranks of the awesomely affluent, a new piece of New Yorker reporting details, include a growing cohort of those who believe we can ‘choose to make death optional.’ In Silicon Valley, the epicenter of high-tech wealth, these ‘immortalists’ are putting their money where they want their future to be. They’re bankrolling all sorts of ventures designed to bust the bounds of the historic human lifespan.” (04/10/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170410/enormous-wealth-and-the-quest-for-eternal-life

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52) Trump’s base revolts against Syria strike
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The millions of voters who voted for Trump based, at least in part, on his ‘America First’ foreign policy views had to experience — and embrace — what might be called ‘Trumpism’ before they could be react in bewilderment and disgust as he turned on a dime. Trumpism, in this sense, was a bridge they had to cross before coming to a full understanding of just what ‘America First’ means. Trump’s many denunciations of our regime change policy in Syria, Libya, and throughout the world brought them halfway across that bridge — and his betrayal is bringing many thousands of them all the way over … to us. This is what sectarians of all stripes refuse to understand.” [editor’s note: The only “sectarian” in this equation is Raimondo himself, who continues to insist, in the face of the evidence, that Trump was ever a non-interventionist and/or that non-interventionist votes were a significant component in his victory – TLK] (04/10/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/04/09/trumps-base-revolts-against-syria-strike/

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53) Big Pharma funds “independent” advocacy groups attacking drug price reduction bill
Source: The Intercept
by Lee Fang

“Advertisements from seemingly independent advocacy groups are swamping Beltway newspapers with dire warning that recent proposals to lower drug prices will lead to dangerous consequences. In the last week alone, the ads have appeared in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Roll Call, The Hill, and Politico. The groups placing the ads have no obvious connection to pharmaceutical companies. For instance, the American Conservative Union (ACU), one of the organizations taking out an ad, describes itself as devoted to promoting ‘liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and strong national defense.’ But unbeknownst to readers, the organizations have undisclosed financial ties to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the umbrella lobbying group that represents the biggest names in the drug industry, including Merck, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Purdue Pharma, and Eli Lilly.” (04/10/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/10/drug-price-astroturf/

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54) Give us another oil boom
Source: Cobden Centre
by Sean Corrigan

“If there is one sector of the US economy where an Austrian-style Boom-and-Bust bust has taken place, it is the onshore oil industry — though, by extension, other primary resource industries, such as metals and mining and farming have also suffered in the ongoing aftermath of the general commodity bust. The good news is that the Austrian prescription for how to deal with a such a calamity has also been followed. The weak have ceded control to the strong — whether by bankruptcy, equity dilution, or co-option and takeover. Prices have been allowed to fall; payrolls — alas, for the unfortunate souls involved — have been cut; the more marginal projects have been put in abeyance, while an unrelenting search for greater efficiency has gone so as to reduce the level of the all-important cut-off between profit and loss.” [editor’s note: Hilariously, Corrigan has seemingly somehow convinced himself that the oil industry isn’t among the most state-subsidized industries in human history – TLK] (04/10/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/04/give-us-another-oil-boom/

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55) Rent control makes for good politics and bad economics
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“Few issues reflect this divergence between ‘good’ politics and bad economics more clearly than rent control. One of the most universally accepted propositions among economists is that rent control produces a host of adverse social consequences with its large involuntary redistribution of wealth and suppression of market prices as communicators of information and incentives. Despite that, it has been adopted as policy in many places and times — and now is a good time to revisit these issues, as efforts are currently underway in several states (including California, Oregon, Washington, and Illinois) to repeal existing statewide restrictions on rent control.” (04/10/17)

https://mises.org/blog/rent-control-makes-good-politics-and-bad-economics

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56) A note on Syria
Source: Jacob ex Machina
by Jacob Lyles

“By using military force to aid the Syrian rebels, America prevents a stable equilibrium from being reached. Her intervention prolongs the conflict, and therefore the death and destruction. Short of explicit and thorough genocide, nothing is worse for a population than prolonged war. The primary role of the United States in the Middle East over the last 15 years is that of a chaos monkey. It overthrows stable governments, installs unstable governments, and then abandons those unstable governments when the home audience gets bored. It prolongs conflicts by handicapping likely winning factions and supporting losing factions that have no realistic chance of pacifying the territory.” (04/09/17)

https://jacobexmachina.blogspot.com/2017/04/a-note-on-syria.html

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57) Do military heroes go to heaven?
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Ellen Finnigan

“Over the past decade or so I have witnessed some disturbing trends at church. One would have thought that our Lord Jesus Christ had, himself, worn a government-issued uniform, given how much reverence, gratitude, and appreciation we are led to collectively express for these folks during Mass. At first, it was a weekly prayer ‘for the troops,’ which is fine. There is no human being, alive or dead, who doesn’t need prayers. However, we never prayed for the innocent civilians in the countries Americans had invaded, who were killed, maimed, and tortured in far greater numbers than Americans. We never prayed for the loved ones they left behind, the widows, the orphans. We never prayed for the refugees. We never prayed for our enemies. The secular state holidays have become occasion for military remembrance and honorary tribute.” (04/10/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/04/ellen-finnigan/churches-join-state/

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58) The Consumer Price Index, a false indicator of our individual costs of living
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“[I]t is worth observing that even if average CPI price inflation were to be kept at rate of two percent a year, in less than twenty years, the value of the dollar will have decreased by about 50 percent. That is, the buying power of today’s CPI-measured dollar would only get you an equivalent of 50 cents worth of similar goods in less than two decades. But more fundamentally, any price index, whether the CPI or the PCE, are statistical constructions created by economists and statisticians that have very little to do with the actions and decisions of consumers and producers in the everyday affairs of market demand and supply.” (04/10/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/consumer-price-index-false-indicator-individual-costs-living/

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59) 59 missiles launched at Syria — how did the US get here?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kelly Vee

“On the night of April 6th 2017, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria. This was an attempt at retaliation and deterrence after Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical weapons attack against the Syrian people. Acts of war in the Middle East (and elsewhere) by the United States under the pretense of humanitarianism and spreading democracy are nothing new. The history of U.S. military action in the Middle East is convoluted and complicated, and clearly has nothing to do with humanitarianism or spreading democracy. To understand what happened and why, it is time for a history lesson.” (04/09/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/48454

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60) On the reversal of fortune, urbanization and Canada
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Vincent Geloso

“Economies on the frontier had land to labor ratios that were the exact opposite of those in Europe. The opportunity cost of congregating in one area was high given the abundance of land that could be brought under cultivation. This is why the Americas (North America at least) was the Best Poor Man’s Country. As such, areas with low population density are not necessarily poor (even if urbanization is a pretty strong predictor of wealth). This is where Canada comes in. Today, the country easily fits in the ‘relatively rich’ group. According to the figures 1 and 2 in the work of Acemoglu, Johnson and Robinson, it would have been in the ‘relatively poor’ group well behind countries in Latin America. However, I recently finished compiling the Canadian GDP figures between 1688 and 1790 which I can now compare with those of Arroyo Abad and Van Zanden for Peru and Mexico. With my Canadian data (see the figure below), we can see that Canada was as poor as Latin America around 1680 (the start date of my data).” (04/09/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/04/09/on-the-reversal-of-fortune-urbanization-and-canada/

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61) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 577
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Well, if you’re wondering what 96 million dollars worth of Tomahawk missiles bought us the answer is, ‘not much.’ Reports started coming out on Friday that the Syrians resumed launching airstrikes from the airfield we bombed just hours after we finished. To add insult to injury, Iran and Russia just sent us an ultimatum. In short, they said, if you try that again, we’re going to strike back. This creates problems for Trump. Not only was his strike ineffective but now he risks starting WWIII if he takes action again.” [various format] (04/10/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/577-russia-and-iran-draw-a-red-line/

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62) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/10/17
Source: Cato Institute

“What does Russia get from backing Bashar al Assad in the face of U.S. throwing bombs at Syria? Emma Ashford comments.” [various formats] (04/10/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/russia-trump-bombing-syria

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63) Talk Nation Radio, 04/10/17
Source: OpEdNews

“Dennis Kucinich is an internationally renowned champion of diplomacy and peace. His distinguished career in public service dates back to 1969 and spans councilman, clerk of courts, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio State Senator, 8 term Member of US Congress and 2-time Democratic candidate for President of the United States. We discuss U.S. warmaking in Syria.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/10/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Talk-Nation-Radio-Dennis-by-David-Swanson-Dennis-Kucinich_Dennis-Kucinich-And-Barbara-Lee_Kucinich_Kucinich-Dennis-170410-447.html

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64) The Freedom Report, 04/10/17
Source: The Libertarian Republic

“Donald Trump’s airstrikes on Syria has [sic] caused a rift in the movement with supporters split over the question of whether the president was right to bomb Bashar al-Assad’s airfield. While many sought to praise him over his actions, other prominent supporters turned against him. Austin Petersen breaks down the news.” [various formats] (04/10/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.podbean.com/e/alt-right-breaks-with-trump-over-syrian-airstrikes-audio/

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65) The Bob Zadek Show, 04/09/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Andrei Illarionov also served as an early advisor to President Putin — counseling sound monetary and fiscal policy — but resigned when it became clear how the new government was being run. Now a Senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity and a key contributor to the Human Freedom Index, Andrei recently participated in a Cato symposium on what went wrong. He joins the show to describe the economic and political inner workings of the Putin government and the Russian oligarchy. What does economic freedom have to do with political freedom and foreign policy interventionism? A whole lot, it turns out.” [various formats] (04/09/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/4/9/russia-today-yesterday-tomorrow

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66) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/10/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Phil Pollard and Jeremy Heisenburglar yak about their hatred of holidays, Jeremy complaining about coming home from family parties with more stuff than he arrived with, Phil being a Bitcoin evangelist, small vs. large festivals, trying to avoid credit card debt, and Ann Coulter not caring if Phil gets nuked by North Korea. In the second hour, Phil and Jeremy rip into a Florida Man sheriff for his terrorist-like viral threat to heroin dealers, talk about the insanity of the ‘drug war,’ praise Jeff Bezos and the wonder of Amazon.com, and the Richard waving going on over Syria.” [various formats] (04/10/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14315

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67) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 290
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode of Lions of Liberty, Marc welcomes 2016 Libertarian VP candidate Judd Weiss back to the show to discuss his experiences with the Gary Johnson campaign and the Libertarian Party in the 2016 Election cycle.” [various formats] (04/10/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/04/10/judd-weiss-exposes-gary-johnson-campaign/

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68) Free Talk Live, 04/09/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Trump, Russia, Syria, Iran :: North Korean Defector :: Malfeasance :: Civil War :: More About Kim Jong Un :: Salmon in Washington :: Police and the War on Drugs :: Drug Addicts :: Federal Reserve :: Liberty Dollar :: The Rich :: Price of Legal Weed :: Economics in One Lesson :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/09/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-09

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