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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
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In the News:

1) FBI admits to wiretapping Trump adviser during presidential campaign
2) Trump regime accuses Russians of trying to “cover up” Syria chemical attack; Putin recalls past US WMD lies
3) FL: Prosecutor challenges Scott’s power to take cases away
4) North Korea: State media makes usual threats of nuclear war
5) Democrats turn on Gabbard over Syria stance
6) Uruguay set to become the first country to sell legal marijuana over the counter
7) Michigan student charged in “peanut butter hazing”
8) Sessions to federal prosecutors: Screw fighting real crime, let’s get THEM FURRINERS
9) UT: 19-year-old man denied double-lung transplant after THC found in his system
10) Experts reverse course on routine prostate cancer screenings
11) CA: Traffic stop leads to seizure of 300 pounds of cannabis, $1 million cash
12) Qualcomm fires back at Apple lawsuit, makes claims of its own
13) FDA gang finally partially removes boot from 23andMe’s neck
14) FL: County pols mull special tax for Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago
15) Russia: Regime releases opposition leader Alexei Navalny from jail
16) Microsoft Word zero day vulnerability used to push dangerous Dridex malware on millions
17) Malala Yousafzai made UN Messenger of Peace
18) China tops world executions list as US falls out of top five
19) TX: Federal judge notices that voter turnout suppression law was intended to suppress voter turnout
20) US DoJ plans to disrupt global spam network after Russian hacker’s arrest

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Uber, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up
22) Trump’s security tab: A good case for separation of church and state
23) Parsing the United Airlines bullshit
24) Recording police misconduct is just the beginning
25) Beware the dogs of war: Is the American empire on the verge of collapse?
26) Trump budget cuts don’t go far enough
27) A forbidden thought: We are not inadequate
28) Why Assad used chemical weapons
29) After Trump’s Syria attack, what comes next?
30) Government makes the poor poorer
31) Did Trump attack Syria for personal profit?
32) Stiffening immigration enforcement is not the answer to reducing crime
33) Understanding trade
34) Trump’s cabinet stacked with advisers with military ties
35) The delusions of interventionists
36) Despite subsidies, Joplin rebuilt itself
37) Reclaiming the anti-fascist roots of libertarianism
38) The undermotivated apostate
39) Five surprisingly solvable problems America can’t figure out
40) “Our Common Future” revisited
41) Greenwashing the Obama climate legacy
42) Trump joins the war against Assad
43) Universities invent new devices to stifle speech and protect snowflakes
44) Let’s reject the cultural appropriation police
45) Divided we fall
46) Trump foreign policy
47) We’re fascinated by this definition of success
48) Analysis: Does Syria U-turn show Trump is a man without ideology?
49) What’s being forfeited?
50) Will the Voice of America become the voice of Trump?
51) War is the continuation of Trumpism by other means
52) Debunking the white ethno-state
53) Opinions and a question about airlines, contracts, etc.
54) “It’s complicated”: The great false argument for war
55) Capital flows and Ricardo’s Law

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 124
57) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/11/17
58) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 59
59) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/11/17
60) Free Talk Live, 04/10/17
61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 25
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 887

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

1) FBI admits to wiretapping Trump adviser during presidential campaign
Source: Washington Post

“The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said. The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.” [editor’s note: Naturally the Post is spinning this toward the “Russian meddling” angle and away from the “oh, Trump was right about the wiretapping claim we mocked him over” angle – TLK] (04/11/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-obtained-fisa-warrant-to-monitor-former-trump-adviser-carter-page/2017/04/11/620192ea-1e0e-11e7-ad74-3a742a6e93a7_story.html

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2) Trump regime accuses Russians of trying to “cover up” Syria chemical attack; Putin recalls past US WMD lies
Source: NBC News

“The White House is accusing Russia of trying to ‘cover up’ Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s [alleged] role in a[n alleged] chemical weapons attack that left dozens, including children, dead and [was used as an excuse for] U.S. military strikes. Senior administration officials briefed reporters Tuesday on declassified [alleged] intelligence that [allegedly] knocks down the Russian-pushed narrative that last week’s deadly chemical weapons attack could have been carried out by non-state or terrorist actors. … As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to Moscow for a meeting with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign ministry spoke of ‘a long list of irritants created by Washington.’ Vladimir Putin went further, comparing America’s accusations of a chemical attack in Syria to its justification of the Iraq invasion. ‘We saw this before,’ Russia’s president told reporters. ‘It reminds me the events of 2003.'”

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russia-declares-u-s-relations-worst-period-cold-war-n745026

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3) FL: Prosecutor challenges Scott’s power to take cases away
Source: Gainesville Sun

“A Florida prosecutor fired a double-barreled response to Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to take almost two-dozen criminal cases away from her after she said her office would no longer seek the death penalty. State Attorney Aramis Ayala filed lawsuits Tuesday in federal court and with Florida’s highest court, challenging Scott’s ability to remove her from death-penalty cases in her district, which covers Orlando and its suburbs. … Ayala, Florida’s first African-American state attorney, has come under fire since announcing last month she wouldn’t seek the death penalty, in its current structure, against Markeith Loyd, or any other defendant. Loyd is charged with killing an Orlando police lieutenant earlier this year and his pregnant ex-girlfriend late last year. Ayala said she would consider changing her mind only if the death-penalty system changes so it doesn’t drag out for years and delay a sense of closure for victims’ families.” (04/11/17)

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170411/prosecutor-challenges-florida-governors-right-to-take-cases

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4) North Korea: State media makes usual threats of nuclear war
Source: Reuters

“North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed toward the western Pacific. U.S. President Donald Trump, who has urged China to do more to rein in its impoverished neighbor, said in a Tweet that North Korea was ‘looking for trouble’ and the United States would ‘solve the problem’ with or without China’s help. Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula, with talk of military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last week against Syria and amid concerns the reclusive North may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test. North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the country was prepared to respond to any aggression by the United States.” (04/11/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-idUSKBN17D0A4

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5) Democrats turn on Gabbard over Syria stance
Source: Fox News

“Top Democrats are taking aim at one of their own, assailing Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for appearing to defend Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad against allegations his regime dumped chemical weapons on a rebel-held area. Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden, who was a trusted adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean lit into Gabbard on Twitter for her Syria stance. ‘This is a disgrace. Gabbard should not be in Congress,’ Dean tweeted on Saturday. The former Vermont governor and short-lived presidential candidate was responding to a tweet from Tanden that highlighted Gabbard saying she was ‘skeptical’ that Assad’s regime carried out the chemical attacks. Assad’s guilt has been accepted by most U.S. officials, and President Trump authorized a retaliatory strike on Thursday in response to the horrific assault.” [The Democrat neocon warmongers are showing their true colors, as Gabbard becoems the only sane voice on their “side of the aisle” – SAT] (04/11/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/11/democrats-turn-on-gabbard-amid-syria-stance.html

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6) Uruguay set to become the first country to sell legal marijuana over the counter
Source: Smell the Truth

“After becoming the first country in the world to completely legalize marijuana, Uruguay is now ready to become the first country to sell pot in drug stores. Uruguay’s head of the National Drug Board Juan Roballo announced on Thursday that pharmacies will soon be authorized to sell cannabis, reports Reuters. ‘Cannabis will be dispensed in pharmacies starting in the month of July,’ Roballo told a press conference. The country’s government will regulate the process, which will initially provide pharmacies with 882 pounds, although that amount could increase depending on demand. Pot will be sold in five-gram containers at $1.30 per gram.” (04/11/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/04/10/uruguay-set-to-become-the-first-country-to-sell-legal-marijuana-over-the-counter

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7) Michigan student charged in “peanut butter hazing”
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A US student has been charged with smearing peanut butter in the face of an undergraduate who has a potentially deadly allergy. Dale Merza, 20, is charged with misdemeanour hazing after the alleged attack last October on Andrew Seely, 19, at Central Michigan University. Mr Seely, who was sleeping at the time of the incident, sought medical treatment for serous facial swelling. The accused could get 93 days in jail and a $1,000 (£800) fine if convicted. Mr Merza’s legal representative told the Detroit Free Press his client, who was charged on Friday in Isabella County District Court, was innocent.” [editor’s note: Assault is assault, and it is a weapon if you know it will harm another – SAT] (04/11/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39569664

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8) Sessions to federal prosecutors: Screw fighting real crime, let’s get THEM FURRINERS
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called on federal prosecutors in Georgia and across the nation to take aim at illegal [sic] immigration. In a three-page memo he sent the nation’s U.S. attorneys, Sessions told them to prioritize prosecuting people caught smuggling others into the U.S.; illegally [sic] reentering the country after being deported; committing identify theft and document fraud; and [defending themselves from] immigration enforcement officers.” (04/11/17)

http://www.ajc.com/news/national-govt–politics/federal-prosecutors-get-tough-illegal-immigration/svUWcDxcb9JvjeXfxudSBJ/

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9) UT: 19-year-old man denied double-lung transplant after THC found in his system
Source: Raw Story

“A Utah man was denied his request for a lung transplant after doctors found THC, the chief intoxicant in marijuana, present in his system. Local news station KSL reports that 19-year-old Utah resident Riley Hancey was denied a spot on the University of Utah Hospital’s transplant waiting list after a test revealed that he had recently smoked marijuana. Hancey was hospitalized late last year after he contracted a severe form of pneumonia that required him to get a double-lung transplant in order to live. According to father Mark Hancey his son smoked marijuana with some friends shortly before he was hospitalized. ‘Riley did smoke marijuana on Thanksgiving night with his friends,’ Mark Hancey told KSL, while also noting his son had been ‘drug free’ for a year before he smoked on Thanksgiving. ‘It’s not like he’s a smoker for 30 years and (had) deteriorating lungs because of that.’ … However, the story does have a happy ending, as the Hancey family tells KSL that the University of Pennsylvania agreed to perform a double-transplant. He is currently in recovery after surgery in Philadelphia.” (04/11/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/19-year-old-utah-man-denied-double-lung-transplant-after-thc-found-in-his-system

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10) Experts reverse course on routine prostate cancer screenings
Source: USA Today

“An influential U.S. government advisory panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor. The new draft guidelines released Tuesday echo those of several leading medical groups, but they don’t make the decision any easier for men: With their doctor’s help, they have to decide whether to take an imperfect PSA test that has a small chance of detecting a deadly cancer and a larger chance of triggering unneeded worry and treatment with serious side effects. ‘This isn’t a one-size-fits-all’ recommendation, said the panel’s chair Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a San Francisco internist who already follows the advice and discusses the potential pros and cons with her patients.” (04/11/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/04/11/prostate-cancer-tests-routine-screening/100320620

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11) CA: Traffic stop leads to seizure of 300 pounds of cannabis, $1 million cash
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A traffic stop by law enforcement officers in the East Bay led to the seizure of more than 300 pounds of marijuana and more than $1 million in cash, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. The drug bust began when a California Highway Patrol officer spotted a driver on Saturday operating a van while talking on a cell phone, officials say. The CHP officer attempted to pull the van over on Interstate 580 in Castro Valley to cite the driver for a cell phone violation, officials said. While the van was stopped, a sedan pulled up and cut off the CHP car, enabling the van to flee the scene, officials said. Both cars raced away, but were stopped in Castro Valley, and the two drivers were arrested. Officers soon learned why the suspects tried to get away. The sedan contained eight pounds of marijuana and the van had another 200 pounds of weed packed inside, officials said.” (04/11/17)

www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Traffic-stop-leads-to-seizure-of-300-pounds-of-11064140.php

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12) Qualcomm fires back at Apple lawsuit, makes claims of its own
Source: CNet News

“Qualcomm’s put on the boxing gloves in a patent spat with Apple. The chipmaker on Monday, in a 134-page redacted filing, responded to an Apple lawsuit about patent licensing and made some counterclaims of its own, including breach of contract. It also asked for an unspecified amount in damages. … Qualcomm is the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips, and it created some of the essential standards for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing that technology to hundreds of handset manufacturers and others. Apple designs the processors in its iPhones and iPads, but it buys chips from Qualcomm to connect to 4G LTE and other cellular networks.” (04/10/17)

https://www.cnet.com/news/qualcomm-apple-iphone-chips-patent-lawsuit/

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13) FDA gang finally partially removes boot from 23andMe’s neck
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration is allowing a company to sell genetic tests for disease risk directly to consumers, providing people with information about the likelihood that they could develop various conditions, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The approval last week is a turnaround for the agency, which had imposed a moratorium in 2013 on disease tests sold by the company, 23andMe, based in Mountain View, Calif. The decision is expected to open the floodgates for more direct-to-consumer tests for disease risks, drawing a road map for other companies to do the same thing. The company will now be reporting telltale markers for 10 diseases.” (04/11/17)

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2017/04/11/FDA-approves-23andMe-genetic-test-for-consumers/stories/201704070179

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14) FL: County pols mull special tax for Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago
Source: Fox News

“Commissioners in a Florida county are so tired of spending money on President Donald Trump’s frequent visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort that some are suggesting a special tax be levied against the property if the federal government doesn’t reimburse its costs. Palm Beach County spends more than $60,000 a day when the president visits, mostly for law enforcement overtime …. County Commissioner Dave Kerner has suggested turning Mar-a-Lago into a special taxing district and imposing a levy on the resort to pay the president’s security costs. … Local governments aren’t the only ones complaining. No solution has been found for the 28 business owners at Lantana Airport, a small field for propeller planes about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Mar-a-Lago. The Secret Service shutters it every time Trump visits Mar-a-Lago because agents believe the 350 flights it handles daily pose a security risk.” [editor’s note: The solution is simple: Inform the White House and the Secret Service that no special accommodations will be made for presidential visits. Trump will get the same “police protection” as everyone else no more and no less, and Secret Service agents attempting to shut down the airport will receive free lodging at the county’s correctional accommodation. Problem solved – TLK] (04/11/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/11/florida-county-mulls-special-tax-for-trumps-visits-to-mar-lago.html

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15) Russia: Regime releases opposition leader Alexei Navalny from jail
Source: Deutsche Welle

“Russian authorities on Monday released opposition leader Alexei Navalny after [he finished] serving a 15-day sentence for his involvement in anti-corruption protests that shook the country last month. After members of the press waited for his release at the jail where he was being detained, Navalny’s campaign manager announced that he had been transferred to another detention center and released there, away from media. … Despite a ban on running for the presidency, Navalny’s campaign organizers have sought to reverse the restriction by showing the damage caused by not allowing him to participate is a greater risk than allowing him to do so.” (04/10/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/russia-releases-opposition-leader-alexei-navalny/a-38362347

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16) Microsoft Word zero day vulnerability used to push dangerous Dridex malware on millions
Source: Ars Technica

“Booby-trapped documents exploiting a critical zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Word have been sent to millions of people around the world in a blitz aimed at installing Dridex, currently one of the most dangerous bank fraud threats on the Internet. As Ars reported on Saturday, the vulnerability is notable because it bypasses exploit mitigations built into Windows, doesn’t require targets to enable macros, and works even against Windows 10, which is widely considered Microsoft’s most secure operating system ever. The flaw is known to affect most or all Windows versions of Word, but so far no one has ruled out that exploits might also be possible against Mac versions.” (04/11/17)

https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/04/microsoft-word-0day-used-to-push-dangerous-dridex-malware-on-millions/

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17) Malala Yousafzai made UN Messenger of Peace
Source: Yahoo! News

“Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate, has broken another age barrier and become the youngest UN Messenger of Peace, an honour she shares with Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron. Hailing the Pakistani teenager as ‘the most famous student in the world’ and the symbol of the cause of education for all, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed her on Monday as the Messenger of Peace for girls’ education.” (04/11/17)

https://in.news.yahoo.com/malala-yousafzai-made-un-messenger-peace-041004557.html

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18) China tops world executions list as US falls out of top five
Source: Newsweek

“China carries out the most state executions in the world, putting to death more prisoners than Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, according to a new report by Amnesty International. It found that despite China’s consistently high number of executions, the use of the death penalty fell by 37 percent worldwide, with 1,032 people executed in 23 countries in 2016. The United States did not make the top five for the first time since 2006. But the fall comes after an unprecedented spike in executions during 2015, with 1,634 people put to death, making it the worst year on record since 1989.” (04/11/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/china-kills-most-worldwide-according-new-amnesty-report-582051

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19) TX: Federal judge notices that voter turnout suppression law was intended to suppress voter turnout
Source: Houston Chronicle

“For a second time, a judge ruled Monday that state lawmakers violated federal voting rights protections by intentionally discriminating against minority voters when they approved a strict law requiring an approved photo ID to cast a ballot. In a 10-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos wrote that the state ‘has not met its burden’ to prove that Texas legislators could have enforced the 2011 voter ID law ‘without its discriminatory purpose.'” (04/10/17)

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Judge-voting-rights-law-intentionally-11064304.php

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20) US DoJ plans to disrupt global spam network after Russian hacker’s arrest
Source: CNN

“The US Department of Justice announced an ‘extensive effort to disrupt and dismantle’ a network of thousands of compromised computers under the control of an alleged cybercriminal, a statement released Monday said. The ‘botnet’ was responsible for the sending of hundreds of millions of spam e-mails, intercepting users’ online and financial credentials and ‘installing ransomware and other malicious software,’ according to the statement. … The move to dismantle the Kelihos botnet comes on the heels of the arrest on Friday of Russian hacker Peter Levashov in Spain …. Levashov is one of the web’s most notorious spammers, says spam-tracking non-profit Spamhaus Project and is ‘one of the longest operating criminal spam-lords on the internet.'” [editor’s note: Initial rumors — now looking a lot like attempts to plant “fake news” — suggested that Levashov’s arrest was related to the (so far evidenceless) claims of “Russian hacking” of the 2016 US elections – TLK] (04/11/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/11/tech/doj-kelihos-botnet-levashov/

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

21) Uber, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“There is a growing trend of late, where individuals seeking emergency medical attention have opted to use ridesharing services to transport themselves to the emergency room instead of relying on a traditional government ambulance. While this market alternative has been a huge money saver for those whose ailments have provided the ‘luxury’ of being able to wait a few extra minutes before reaching the hospital — one trip in an ambulance has been known to cost upwards of $1,500 — medical ‘experts’ are now warning that individuals may not be capable of choosing their own means of transportation and should instead stick to what the government has provided.” (04/11/17)

https://fee.org/articles/uber-i-ve-fallen-and-i-can-t-get-up/

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22) Trump’s security tab: A good case for separation of church and state
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Every time a president goes anywhere, a giant, expensive, purpose-built security apparatus goes with him. And when he gets there, entire city governments drop whatever they’re doing to shut down the streets and ensure that the Divine Presence remains undisturbed by the presence and activities of mere mortals. The national media issues breathless breaking news reports, followed by endless updates, whenever some idiot climbs over the White House fence and profanes the sacred grass of the North Lawn with the soles of his unconsecrated shoes. Treating presidents and former presidents as God-Kings at taxpayer expense violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause. It’s ceremonial observance of an official state religion, a religion the Libertarian Party’s Statement of Principles calls ‘The Cult of The Omnipotent State.'” (04/11/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10151

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23) Parsing the United Airlines bullshit
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

“A United spokesman offered this: ‘We had a customer who refused to leave the aircraft … We have a number of customers on board that aircraft, and they want to get to their destination on time and safely, and we want to work to get them there.’ Bullshit. You wanted to get your staff to their destination. If you’d wanted to get your customers to their destination, you had them all boarded and ready to go — all you had to do was let the plane depart. Instead, for your own convenience, you created an incident that delayed everyone by two hours. Don’t try to spin this as your concern for the welfare of your customers, because it was the exact opposite.” (04/11/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7908

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24) Recording police misconduct is just the beginning
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“In a world in which police don’t just bristle at recordings of their activities, but also threaten curious bystanders and delete inconvenient evidence, a new generation of mobile apps is making it easier for people to work together to monitor the cops — and maybe even replace them. … ‘Cell 411 is ideal for use by activists, neighborhood watches, students, friends and other groups of people willing to organize themselves independently in order to manage and respond to emergencies.’ Among those emergencies, creator Virgil Vaduva makes clear, are immigration raids and other encounters with law enforcement. He developed the app after being arrested during a protest and realizing he had no quick and easy way of summoning help. Users of the app can organize into networks to share messages, calls for assistance, video, and GPS coordinates. Cell 411 is available at both the App Store and Google Play. Police have already made it clear they don’t like the app, with a PoliceOne reviewer claiming it ‘could prove deadly for civilians and law enforcement.'” (04/11/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/11/recording-police-misconduct-is-just-the

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25) Beware the dogs of war: Is the American empire on the verge of collapse?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Waging endless wars abroad (in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Syria) isn’t making America — or the rest of the world — any safer, it’s certainly not making America great again, and it’s undeniably digging the U.S. deeper into debt. In fact, it’s a wonder the economy hasn’t collapsed yet. Indeed, even if we were to put an end to all of the government’s military meddling and bring all of the troops home today, it would take decades to pay down the price of these wars and get the government’s creditors off our backs. Even then, government spending would have to be slashed dramatically and taxes raised. You do the math.” (04/11/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/beware-dogs-war-american-empire-verge-collapse/

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26) Trump budget cuts don’t go far enough
Source: USA Today
by Jon Gabriel

“Washington reacted to President Trump’s proposed budget with horror. EPA funding would be cut by 31%. Agriculture and labor were down 21%. He would eliminate all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He wants to increase spending only for Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs. … While the budget debate was burning, Washington blew past the statutory debt limit using some fiscal chicanery known as ‘extraordinary measures.’ We don’t have a debt ceiling — it’s more of a retractable roof. The beltway never wants its funding cut, but the reaction to any reductions is surreal. America’s fiscal crisis isn’t that we might spend too little, but that we have spent far, far too much.” (04/11/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2017/04/11/trump-budget-debt-spending-beltway-jon-gabriel-column/100291888

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27) A forbidden thought: We are not inadequate
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“As I’ve noted before, the dominating systems of the West require us to feel weak, afraid, and insufficient; they couldn’t continue if most of us didn’t feel that way. And so, by plan, by instinct, or simply by inertia, the friends and operators of these systems oppose anything that breaks from that mold. And so, the thought that humans are fundamentally adequate is forbidden. If you’d like to prove that sometime, say a few things like these at a cocktail party: Western civilization has accomplished so many good things that it’s mind-blowing. Most people are basically decent and don’t need to be controlled. I see so much goodness in humanity. Humanity is ascending toward the gods (or heaven, or whatever). Or, if you are so bold: Man is a glorious creature. The responses you get should be educational.” (04/11/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/a-forbidden-thought-we-are-not-inadequate/

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28) Why Assad used chemical weapons
Source: Reuters
by Mohamad Bazzi

“Why would Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has consolidated control over Syria’s largest cities in the past year and put the rebels on the defensive, risk a new international backlash by using chemical weapons? If he’s winning, why would Assad take such a risk? The answer lies in Assad’s refusal to compromise or offer any significant concessions since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011, and later morphed into a civil war. Assad overplayed his hand this time, after being emboldened by recent statements from White House officials that it was time for Western powers to accept the ‘political reality’ of Assad’s continued dominance. Assad likely decided to test those boundaries, not expecting Trump to respond militarily because the U.S. president has made it clear that he sees fighting Islamic State as his highest priority in Syria and Iraq.” [editor’s note: it still remains unproven that he even did this, but this analysis is at least based on some logic – SAT] (04/11/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-chemical-weapons-commentary-idUSKBN17D1PN

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29) After Trump’s Syria attack, what comes next?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by John McCardell

“President Trump said it is in the ‘vital national security interest of the United States’ to attack Syria over the use of poison gas. That is nonsense. Even if what Trump claims about the gas attack is true — and we’ve seen no evidence that it is — there is nothing about an isolated incident of inhuman cruelty thousands of miles from our borders that is in our ‘vital national security interest.’ Even if Assad gassed his own people last week it hardly means he will launch chemical attacks on the United States even if he had the ability, which he does not.” (04/11/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/trumps-syria-attack-comes-next

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30) Government makes the poor poorer
Source: The American Spectator
by Stephen Moore

“For all the obsession in Washington and in college faculty lounges over income inequality, why isn’t there more outrage over government policies that exacerbate the problem? There are hundreds of programs that make the poor poorer and increase poverty in America.” (04/10/17)

https://spectator.org/government-makes-the-poor-poorer/

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31) Did Trump attack Syria for personal profit?
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“At any other time, this (fill in the blank) would be the scandal of the decade. Now, with Donald Trump as president, we call it Monday. Thursday evening, Trump attacked Syria, a sovereign country, with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles. This act of war was done without Congressional authorization, even after Trump’s August, 2013, tweet that ‘Obama needs Congressional approval’ before attacking Syria in nearly identical circumstances. The following morning, headlines like this one appeared in the business press: Raytheon, maker of Tomahawk missiles, leads premarket rally in defense stocks. … Donald Trump apparently owns Raytheon stock. In May, 2016, Trump reported to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) that he owned Raytheon stock.” [editor’s note: One would hope this kind of venality was beneath even him, but who can tell? – SAT] (04/10/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170410/did-trump-attack-syria-for-personal-profit

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32) Stiffening immigration enforcement is not the answer to reducing crime
Source: Cato Institute
by Nazgol Ghandnoos and Alex Nowrasteh

“Mortensen critiques the ‘underlying methodology’ of one of our studies because it examines crime as traditionally defined — drug, property, and violent crimes. He argues that this definition should be expanded to include the measures that the undocumented turn to in order to live and work in the United States, such as obtaining fake driver’s licenses or birth certificates. This tautological argument essentially boils down to ‘their just being here is illegal.’ But the debate about immigrants and public safety is not about fraudulent paperwork or improperly paid payroll taxes. While such actions are illegal, Americans do not cower in fear over finding an improperly filled out I-9 form.” (04/11/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/stiffening-immigration-enforcement-not-answer-reducing-crime

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33) Understanding trade
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“Few areas of life are as poorly understood as trade. This is remarkable because each of us engages in trade every day. We buy our groceries, clothing, electronics, etc. from other people rather than making them ourselves. If we didn’t think trade was worthwhile, we wouldn’t do it. But we do — because we know how poor we would be if each of tried to make all the things we want. At one level, then, trade is understood. Put the word foreign in front of the word trade, however, and it’s a whole new ballgame. Suddenly an obviously great idea strikes many people as a recipe for disaster.” (04/11/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/understanding-trade

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34) Trump’s cabinet stacked with advisers with military ties
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Before he was elected president, Donald Trump told biographer Michael D’Antonio that his attendance at a military boarding school gave him ‘more training militarily than a lot of guys that go into the military.’ As president, he has stacked his top echelon with guys who went into the military — and they are among those who advised the new president before he ordered 59 cruise missiles be launched into a Syrian air base. When Trump compared his years at New York Military Academy to military service, some veterans were quick to point out that Trump received multiple draft deferments during the Vietnam War — as did former Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Dick Cheney. And yet Trump has an ardor for surrounding himself with former military men and appointing a considerable number of veterans to his Cabinet. One-third (eight out of 24) of Trump’s Cabinet-level picks have served in the military.” (04/11/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/04/11/trumps-cabinet-stacked-with-advisers-who-have-military-ties-n2311637

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35) The delusions of interventionists
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“When Obama ultimately decided not to bomb the Syrian government in September 2013, many foreign policy professionals and pundits excoriated him then and later for making a supposedly unforgivable error, and some of them wove elaborate, nonsensical theories to explain how that one decision was responsible for myriad evils in the years that followed. Meanwhile, many of the same people were pleased with or indifferent to other more consequential decisions that Obama made to launch illegal wars or to aid the Saudis in their atrocious campaign in Yemen. Initiating and joining wars are considered the default, ‘normal’ response in Washington, and refusing to start one is treated as the weird, monstrous aberration.” (04/11/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-delusions-of-interventionists-2/

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36) Despite subsidies, Joplin rebuilt itself
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“On May 22, 2011, a tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri killing 166 people and damaging or destroying 7,500 structures. … As part of the reconstruction effort, the city leaders adopted a tax increment financing (TIF) subsidy program and created the Joplin Redevelopment Corporation (JRC) to manage it. What happened next is an excellent lesson in TIF and developer subsidies for all Missourians. The developers, Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, made all the usual claims about the need for government subsidies. In most cases a developer who gets TIF claims credit for every bit of construction that happens afterward. But in Joplin’s case, the developer went under before building anything. The JRC still issued the bonds and continues to collect the TIF taxes that would otherwise go to funding libraries and schools. But it has only bought and sold properties and paid professional fees (and even that earned it a rebuke from the state auditor). According to the JRC’s own reports, it has not built any infrastructure, developed any sites, or rehabbed any buildings. Instead, the real reconstruction of Joplin was done by its private citizens …” (04/11/17)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/subsidies/despite-subsidies-joplin-rebuilt-itself

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37) Reclaiming the anti-fascist roots of libertarianism
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

“Let’s face it — the libertarian movement’s flirtations with paleoconservatives over the years have put us in the situation we are in today. Alt-righters and other self-proclaimed fascists, white nationalists, and racial separatists feel that they can use the libertarian movement as an effective recruiting ground: despite their willingness to crush individual liberties in order to achieve their goals. However, the roots of libertarianism are anti-fascist. We should continue to take a strong anti-fascist stance if we are to be consistent and true to our movement’s lineage.” (04/11/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/48470

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38) The undermotivated apostate
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“People rarely revise their beliefs on issues they care about. Even when confronted with strong counter-evidence, they usually manage to weasel out somehow. When you encounter someone who has revised his beliefs, therefore, it’s tempting to conclude that he’s highly reasonable. Apostates — people who abandoned a whole belief structure — smugly feed this temptation: ‘When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?’ As a serial apostate, I’ve often smugly fed this temptation myself. When I listen to apostates, however, I’m usually struck by the flimsiness of their deconversion stories. Why exactly did they change their minds?” (04/11/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/04/the_undermotiva.html

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39) Five surprisingly solvable problems America can’t figure out
Source: Cracked
by David Christopher Bell

“Hey America, I think you’re swell. Your Constitution is aces, those purple mountains are very majestic, and there are tons of safe places to park your car here. Breaking Bad was a wonderful show. And your people are super fun. What you did with the Boston accent? Fu-cking hilarious. Nobody wants to change you, America. But a lot of us citizens are super concerned about some rather self-destructive things you’ve been doing to yourself lately. We totally get that not every problem has some snap-your-fingers solution, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few fairly easy suggestions you could take to fix your overall quality of life. And frankly, we have no idea why you haven’t done them already: 5) Want To Fix The Rust Belt? Support Renewable Energy And Marijuana …” [editor’s note: The value of his ideas diminishes as he goes along – SAT] (04/11/17)

http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-to-fix-america-that-are-impossible-for-dumb-reasons

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40) “Our Common Future” revisited
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock

“Thirty years ago, in April 1987, a new United Nations report was published. It came from the recently established World Commission on Environment and Development, and its title was Our Common Future. It was 300 pages long; and its preparation, which took two and a half years, had involved 23 commissioners and 70 or so experts and support staff. In addition, they solicited inputs from people and organizations, in many different countries, who had concerns about environmental and development issues …. Today, most people seem unaware of this report. That’s a pity. For this is the document, which set in motion the green political juggernaut that has had such a huge, adverse effect on the lives of all good people in the Western world.” (04/11/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/04/11/our-common-future-revisited/

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41) Greenwashing the Obama climate legacy
Source: Niskanen Center
by David Bookbinder

“The first Obama Administration’s climate policy was largely indistinguishable from George W. Bush’s and it fought having to regulate greenhouse gases almost as hard as its predecessor. Only after the 2012 election did it show any appetite for actual emissions regulation, and by then it was mostly too little, too late. As I previously noted, the low priority Obama gave to climate issues makes his policy legacy fragile. While his second administration took some steps to reduce emissions, only about half of it will matter — and, as discussed below, even that may be outweighed by their mistakes.” (04/11/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/greenwashing-obama-climate-legacy/

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42) Trump joins the war against Assad
Source: Antiwar.com
by David Stockman

“The Donald’s missile ‘attack’ on Syria’s al-Shairat air base is surely the most impetuous, thoughtless, reckless and stupid act from the Oval Office that we can remember — and that covers 50 years at least. And we put ‘attack’ in quotes because it’s now evident that virtually every one of those $1.4 million per copy Tomahawks amounted to a big fat nothing-burger. To wit, 36 of the 59 missile were duds and landed somewhere that was not the al-Shairat air base, including a nearby village where apparently a number of civilians were killed. The 23 that did hit the base actually missed the main runway, which, by the way, was back in operation launching Syrian air force sorties within 24 hours.” (04/11/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/david_stockman/2017/04/10/trump-joins-the-war-against-assad/

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43) Universities invent new devices to stifle speech and protect snowflakes
Source: Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland

“Decades ago, the arrival of spring brought with it the return of silly season on university campuses, with such frolics as goldfish swallowing, telephone-booth stuffing, piano shattering, panty raids, and streaking. In today’s much gloomier climate, silliness has yielded to the serious work of stifling speech and academic freedom in ever-more insidious ways.” (04/11/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/04/universities-invent-new-devices-to-stifle-speech-and-protect-snowflakes/

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44) Let’s reject the cultural appropriation police
Source: spiked
by Izzy Lyons

“ASOS, the popular online fashion outlet, has been forced to pull a piece of jewellery due to accusations of cultural appropriation. The offending item, known as a maang tikka (but referred to by ASOS as a ‘faux-pearl chandelier hair clip’), is a South Asian-inspired headpiece. The problem seems to be that it was modelled by a white woman, a move branded insensitive to the Asian community. Fashion companies are often accused of using ‘stolen’ traditions from other cultures. But ASOS is a multimillion-dollar fashion retailer flogging products for profit — it’s called capitalism, not racism. Criticising ASOS for ‘denigrating’ cultural traditions is just gesture politics at its most infantile.” (04/11/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-reject-the-cultural-appropriation-police/

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45) Divided we fall
Source: The New Republic
by Ganesh Sitaraman

“It only took a week after Donald Trump’s inauguration before Democrats and the media began to warn that our democracy faces a grave and potentially fatal threat. On the second weekend of Trump’s presidency, when customs officials began enforcing his hastily imposed ban on travel from Muslim nations, Senator Cory Booker dashed out to Dulles Airport and told a crowd of protesters that the American rule of law was under assault. ‘I believe it’s a constitutional crisis,’ Booker declared. Two days later, when Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce the ban, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer practically had the question, ‘Are we on the verge of a constitutional crisis?’ on auto-repeat. And when Trump blasted the ‘so-called judge’ who overturned the travel ban, Senator Richard Blumenthal wasted no time in predicting the worst: ‘We’re careening, literally, toward a constitutional crisis.'” (04/10/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141644/divided-fall-trump-symptom-constitutional-crisis-inequality

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46) Trump foreign policy
Source: The Cagle Post
by Jimmy Margulies

Cartoon. (04/10/17)

http://www.cagle.com/jimmy-margulies/2017/04/trump-foreign-policy-4

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47) We’re fascinated by this definition of success
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“As we all know little snippets of information get bandied about in the public conversation and then take on the aura of incontrovertible facts. George Osborne, in a political speech, claims that raising the minimum wage does not cause job losses. That is taken to be true by all too many, when the actual official report accompanying the speech insists that the latest rise will cause 60,000 job losses. ‘See, Osborne said it’ is not what we would take to be a great standard of proof but it’s enough for some people, sadly. What really interests us here though is what people will take as the standard of success.” (04/11/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/were-fascinated-by-this-definition-of-success

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48) Analysis: Does Syria U-turn show Trump is a man without ideology?
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“President Trump’s Syria strike last week represented a remarkably abrupt reversal of position. Mr. Trump has long insisted that it would be a terrible idea for the US to get mixed up in Syria’s problems or try to oust the Assad regime. That doesn’t mean it was a bad move, of course. Presidents are allowed to change their minds. Many Democrats and Republicans alike have applauded Trump’s stated attempt to draw a line at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. But across the political spectrum, the ease and speed with which Trump flipped his stance on the issue has given many lawmakers and political experts pause. It’s a stark reminder that the new administration doesn’t seem to be ideological in a traditional White House sense. And that is worrisome not only to those who opposed his election, but also to conservatives who are now worried that Trump could abruptly change course on key priorities.” [editor’s note: Until they prove me wrong, the CSM is the only news medium whose news-analysis pieces go under “news” – SAT] (04/11/17)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/0410/Does-Syria-U-turn-show-Trump-is-a-man-without-ideology

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49) What’s being forfeited?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“What do you call those who prey upon the innocent, illegally snatching their money? Thieves? Muggers? The Mob? Government.” (04/11/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/11/whats-being-forfeited/

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50) Will the Voice of America become the voice of Trump?
Source: The New Republic
by Chris Iovenko

“Since becoming president, Donald Trump has waged a persistent disinformation campaign on the American people. In his telling, he’s the most popular leader in U.S. history, criminals and terrorists are flooding across our borders, and he ‘inherited a mess’ of an economy that he has already masterfully rescued. The White House, meanwhile, has barred government scientists from sharing their findings with the public and dismissed critical media coverage as ‘fake news.’ Trump has promoted his distorted views on his Twitter feed, and dispatched his advisers to appear on cable news shows. But if he has his way, the president will soon be able to rely on an even larger and more powerful information machine to trumpet his views: the Voice of America.” (04/11/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141707/will-voice-america-become-voice-trump

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51) War is the continuation of Trumpism by other means
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Matthew McCaffrey

“Donald Trump’s airstrikes in Syria are tragic proof that he is just as eager to wage actual warfare as he is to wage economic warfare. Yet there should be nothing surprising about his recent attacks. Military intervention does not represent a reversal of Trump’s deeply-held values (if he has any), nor is it a subversion of good intentions by malevolent forces in US politics. He is simply staying true to his word, for once. Trump was never a peace candidate.” (04/10/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/foreign-policy/war-continuation-trumpism-means/

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52) Debunking the white ethno-state
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Emmi Bevensee

“The classic alt-right, neo-nazi, and national anarchist line is that social trust is higher in countries with higher degrees of ethnic homogeneity. They go on to claim that where there is higher trust, there is less crime and corruption, which leads to a higher standard of living. In order to defend this argument, they often cite studies from their favorite pet nations: Japan and Russia. These are bold faced lies. Japan and Russia have relatively low trust indices compared to many multiethnic countries such as New Zealand. In the case of Russia, levels of social trust are even lower than they are in the United States! Furthermore, there are (what a westerner might consider to be) ethnically homogeneous countries in South America and Africa with low trust indices.” (04/10/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/48301

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53) Opinions and a question about airlines, contracts, etc.
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“Is a contract provision pre-announcing a clearly fraudulent practice binding in any case? I’m interested in reader opinions. Here’s mine: The [United Airlines] Contract of Carriage includes the following definition, which is subsequently used in the above-linked section: ‘Oversold Flight means a flight where there are more Passengers holding valid confirmed Tickets that check-in for the flight within the prescribed check-in time than there are available seats.’ If there are 100 seats on a plane and United sells 101 ‘valid confirmed Tickets,’ they’re defrauding at least one passenger. You bought the ticket. It’s ‘valid.’ It’s ‘confirmed.’ Oh, sorry, that seat you bought? So sorry, we sold it to someone else, too.” (04/11/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/04/opinions-and-questions-about-airlines.html

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54) “It’s complicated”: The great false argument for war
Source: CounterPunch
by Daniel Martin

“It’s an argument I’ve seen time and again, as a justification for American military interventionism. It appears in the news, and it is parroted in conversations. Sometimes it is followed with a proclamation that we have to do ‘something.’ A specific and very timely example comes to mind, from the summer of 2013. A family member, a fervent Obama supporter, was lamenting the fact that the President had a very ‘difficult’ decision about whether to take military action against Assad, subsequent to the sarin gas attack at Ghouta for which he was popularly blamed. I challenged her assertion, saying that it wasn’t difficult at all not to go to war, especially considering that the true culprits of the attack were not really known. But she held her ground, insisting that the Assad-did-it version was ‘fact.'” (04/11/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/11/its-complicated-the-great-false-argument-for-war/

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55) Capital flows and Ricardo’s Law
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Brandly

“As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to renegotiate international trade agreements such as NAFTA and to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. While Trump’s views on international trade are murky, two things seem clear. One: Trump is in favor of trade deals that halt the migration of US factories to other countries and increase investments in the US. He argues that his policies would give domestic and foreign companies an incentive to invest capital in the US rather than overseas. In economic terms, he wants to increase US net capital flows (capital inflows minus capital outflows). Two: Trump views the US trade deficit as a loss to the US economy. He sees the $502.3 billion trade deficit in goods and services in 2016 as spending that could create jobs in this country, spending that is forever lost.” (04/11/17)

https://mises.org/blog/capital-flows-and-ricardos-law

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56) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 124
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (anyone got some sarin rap for this sh*t sandwich?; libertarian agendas; nationalist entryists; leaving on a jet plane) :: Fly the unfriendly skies!” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/11/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-knpp-stir-

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57) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/11/17
Source: Cato Institute

“What underlies Donald Trump’s assault on Syria? Even if it’s not a grand strategy, it might indicate a ready willingness to engage in further ill-advised conflict. John Glaser comments.” [various formats] (04/11/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/trumps-grand-nonstrategy

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58) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 59
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“How would Private Defense Agencies be funded in a free-market society? What’s in the News with stories on police state USA, ICE detentions, and asset forfeiture. And, a Herding Cats segment on two cool events coming up.” [various formats] (04/11/17)

http://thelavaflow.com/private-defense-agencies-tlf059-2/

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59) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/11/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Jim, James and MWD tell you why voting is a bad idea, why airlines are not a free market, why if only all snitches were as unsuccessful as Jim Jesus the world would be a better place, and why anti-war people who voted for Trump thinking he’d be anti-war are wrong, and feel like big dum-dum heads now.” [various formats] (04/11/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14325

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60) Free Talk Live, 04/10/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Man Dragged Off United Flight :: Why Overbooked Flight :: Airline Terms of Service :: Removing Flight Customers the Right Way :: Do we need corporations? :: Stocks, Risk, and Gambling :: Housing Bubble :: Venezuelans Take To Streets in Clashes With Police :: Syria :: Sarah Single-Handedly Stopping Auto Sales :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/10/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-10

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61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 25
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“In FPF #25, I update listeners on stories from Syria since Trump’s attack. I go over who support and who opposes Trump’s attack. I also update listeners on Yemen, Afghanistan, and the Trump Administration.” [various formats] (04/10/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-25-follow-up-on-syria

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 887
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Eric July, the frontman of Backwordz, a rap/metal band, returns to discuss Veracity, the band’s debut album, which debuted on the Billboard charts at #5 for hard rock (not to mention #2 on the Heat Seekers chart and #1 on the Alternative New Artist chart). And guess what: it’s full of libertarian and Austrian messages. You’ll be blown away.” [various formats] (04/10/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-887-eric-july-returns-rothbardian-band-hits-billboard-charts/

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