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Friday, April 14th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Afghanistan: US forces drop “Mother of all Bombs” on alleged Islamic State tunnel compound
2) Assad: Syria chemical attack “fabricated”
3) Mexico: Authorities arrest gangster suspected of killing rival gangster
4) In first public appearance as CIA director Pompeo reiterates how much he hates 5) 6) Report: Saturn moon “able to support life”
7) Improperly stored raw meat among violations found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
8) Substitute teacher shortage adds to strain on struggling schools
9) Critics call Syrian First Lady Asma Assad’s social media posts “alternate reality”
10) EPA, DoJ lawsuit vs. oil company shines light on Trump executive order
11) Canada: Government introduces legislation to legalize cannabis
12) MI: Detroit emergency room doctor charged with child genital mutilation
13) Idiot pol: “Bullcrap” to say taxpayers pay my salary
14) Syria: US coalition mistakenly kills 18 allied rebels
15) North Korea war theatrics, Japan edition: Abe claims Kim may be able to fire sarin-loaded missile

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Will Grigg: Pro Libertate
17) The missiles of Holy Week and the rule of law
18) Yemen, Syria, the press, and Trump the war president
19) In Syria, the wrong kind of humanitarian intervention
20) Will Grigg was a might voice for justice and liberty
21) Silicon Valley sweatshops
22) Markets, morals, and United Flight 3411
23) The feisty group that exposed Wells Fargo’s wrongdoing
24) “Safe spaces,” Notre Dame edition: Who’s afraid of Mike Pence?
25) How the rich seized control of New York
26) On the incident on United flight 3411
27) Texas doesn’t want Trump’s wall either
28) How compulsory education encourages bullying and suicide
29) Time to rein in the gravy train for airline execs
30) Design, complexity, and freedom
31) Academia our enemy, so we should help it commit suicide
32) Interview: Russian dissident Masha Gessen on why outrage is not optional
33) US and Russian relationship at a low?
34) Trump betrays his base on the Fed
35) An open letter to United Airlines’ CEO
36) Happy birthday Mr. Jefferson!
37) Five bad arguments for public infrastructure spending
38) Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has turned into an apologist for genocide against Muslims
39) Addiction to power
40) Calling Hatch home
41) Will Russiagate become Obamagate?
42) Lessons from the United Airlines debacle
43) Hitler and the NEA
44) Coup and counter coup, part 5: Jacobins and Grey Wolves in Turkey
45) Friedrich Hayek on carbon taxes

The Sound and the Fury:

46) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 3
47) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 580
48) In The Tank, episode 84
49) War College Podcast, 04/13/17
50) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/13/17
51) The LAVA Spurt, episode 36
52) Ending the drug war: Conference at FAMU
53) Liberty Podcast, episode 86
54) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/13/17
55) Free Talk Live, 04/12/17

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

1) Afghanistan: US forces drop “Mother of all Bombs” on alleged Islamic State tunnel compound
Source: USA Today

“The U.S. military on Thursday dropped one of its largest conventional weapons (a massive 21,000-pound bomb nicknamed the ‘Mother of All Bombs’) on an Islamic State tunnel complex in Afghanistan, the first time it has been used in combat. The GBU-43, or massive ordnance air blast weapon, was dropped from a U.S. aircraft in Nangahar province, where U.S.-backed Afghan forces are battling the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. President Trump has pledged to ramp up the pressure on ISIS, though the Pentagon has said it hasn’t changed the basic process for approving airstrikes, which it says is rigorous. Trump has given more leeway to battlefield commanders to make decisions.” (04/13/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/04/13/mother-all-bombs-dropped-isis-tunnel-compound-afghanistan/100420948

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2) Assad: Syria chemical attack “fabricated”
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Syria’s President Bashar-al Assad says reports of a chemical attack by his forces were ‘100% fabrication.’ In an exclusive video interview with AFP news agency, he said ‘there was no order to make any attack.’ More than 80 people were killed in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April, and hundreds suffered symptoms consistent with a nerve agent. Witnesses said they saw warplanes attack the town but Russia says a rebel depot of chemical munitions was hit. Shocking footage showed victims (many of them children) convulsing and foaming at the mouth. Sufferers were taken to hospitals across the border in Turkey.” (04/13/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39588876

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3) Mexico: Authorities arrest gangster suspected of killing rival gangster
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A member of a drug-robbery ring suspected in the 2010 shooting death of a Border Patrol agent in Arizona has been arrested deep in Mexico, leaving just one member of the original ‘rip crew’ still at large in a case that highlighted the failings of a gun-tracking operation that let firearms fall into the hands of criminals in Mexico. The suspect, identified by the Mexican Marines only as ‘Heraclio N.,’ was apprehended Wednesday in an area known as the ‘Golden Triangle,’ the confluence of three states where drug cartels control vast stretches of territory.” (04/13/17)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-mexico-brian-terry-20170413-story.html

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4) In first public appearance as CIA director Pompeo reiterates how much he hates freedom, transparency, accountability, and America
Source: Bloomberg

“CIA Director Mike Pompeo blistered WikiLeaks in a speech Thursday, calling WikiLeaks a ‘hostile intelligence service’ aided by Russia and accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of making ‘common cause with dictators.’ The former Kansas congressman was speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., his first public address since becoming director. He lamented the leak of classified materials, and criticized Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, but levelled his harshest criticism at Assange and his organization.” (04/13/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/cia-director-pompeo-calls-wikileaks-hostile-intelligence-service-n746311

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5) Trump signs bill allowing states to cut off Planned Parenthood’s corporate welfare
Source: Yahoo! Finance

“President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday that would give states the flexibility to withhold federal family planning money from Planned Parenthood. Trump, who has had few opportunities to enact legislation during his first three months in office, signed the measure in private, quietly reversing an Obama administration regulation. The bill overturns a rule that prohibits states from refusing to distribute federal family-planning money to clinics simply because the facilities also perform abortions.” (04/13/17)

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-moves-against-planned-parenthood-155146799.html

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6) Report: Saturn moon “able to support life”
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Saturn’s ice-crusted moon Enceladus may now be the single best place to go to look for life beyond Earth. The assessment comes on the heels of new observations at the 500km-wide world made by the Cassini probe. It has flown through and sampled the waters from a subsurface ocean that is being jetted into space. Cassini’s chemistry analysis strongly suggests the Enceladean seafloor has hot fluid vents — places that on Earth are known to teem with life. To be clear: the existence of such hydrothermal systems is not a guarantee that organisms are present on the little moon; its environment may still be sterile. But the new results make a compelling case to return to this world with more sophisticated instrumentation — technologies that can re-sample the ejected water for clear evidence that biology is also at play.” (04/13/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39592059

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7) Improperly stored raw meat among violations found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
Source: Reuters

“Restaurant inspectors found 13 violations at Mar-a-Lago, the exclusive Florida resort owned by President Donald Trump, the Miami Herald reported. Undercooled meat, potentially dangerous raw fish and two broken coolers were among the problems found at the private club that charges $200,000 in initiation fees and has become known as the Southern White House, the newspaper reported late on Wednesday. Neither Mar-a-Lago nor the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which last inspected the club on Jan. 26, immediately responded to Reuters requests for comment on Thursday. Trump bought Mar-a-Lago in 1985. This weekend he is to make his seventh trip to the Palm Beach property as the 45th president of the United States.” (04/13/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-maralago-idUSKBN17F23A

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8) Substitute teacher shortage adds to strain on struggling schools
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“The Learning Policy Institute, a nonprofit, California-based education think tank, estimates US schools were about 64,000 teachers short during the 2015-16 school year, with shortages most common in special education, math, science, and bilingual education. Sometimes struggling schools resort to hiring less-qualified teachers, or turn to long-term substitutes to fill these gaps, further reducing the pool of teachers available to cover daily absences. In general, the institute found that districts with concentrated poverty and high proportions of students of color are more likely to have trouble filling open positions.” [editor’s note: If that “strain” were to promote true innovation in government schooling, it could be a win/win for all – SAT] (04/13/17)

http://www.csmonitor.com/EqualEd/2017/0413/Substitute-teacher-shortage-adds-to-strain-on-struggling-schools

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9) Critics call Syrian First Lady Asma Assad’s social media posts “alternate reality”
Source: Fox News

“The Instagram account of Bashar Assad’s wife is adorned with tender snapshots: Asma Assad reading to Syrian children; holding an infant inside a maternity hospital in Damascus; embracing the family of a Syrian who was killed in the nation’s civil war — all with the affectionate hashtag #WeLoveYouAsma. It’s a stark contrast to the photos flooding news channels showing Syrian children lying dead in the streets after choking on poison gas that the U.S. and its allies said was unleashed by her dictator husband. ‘She is part of the regime’s normalization campaign,’ said Syrian expert Andrew Tabler, an American scholar who knew and worked with Asma while living in Syria between 2001 and 2008.” [editor’s note: And yet we have some sources still skeptical that Assad was even guilty of this action, so who’s really in the alt-world? – SAT] (04/13/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/13/syrian-first-lady-asma-assads-social-media-posts-reflect-alternate-reality-critics-say.html

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10) EPA, DoJ lawsuit vs. oil company shines light on Trump executive order
Source: Fox News

“Attorneys for an energy company being sued by the federal government say lawyers for the Environmental Protection Agency are defying one of President Trump’s executive orders that, if obeyed, would essentially kill the agency’s lawsuit against the company. The accusation against the EPA, and their Justice Department (DOJ) lawyers, is the latest episode in a five-year-old fight between the federal government and California-based HVI Cat Canyon, a privately-held oil company formerly known as Greka Oil & Gas. In 2011, the federal government and the state of California sued HVI for various environmental offenses, including violating the Clean Water and Pollution Act, by spilling tar-like oil at least 21 times into drainage ditches. The government classified those ditches as ‘navigable waters’ and thus protected under federal regulations. Two years ago the case against HVI got a boost when President Barack Obama signed the ‘Waters of the United States’ rule, which expanded the definition of ‘navigable waters’ to include ‘intermittent streams’ (ones that sometimes had no water in them).” [editor’s note: The hysteria over this by posturing Dems is laughable at best; not admitting the egregious oversteps in that “rule” is just comical – SAT] (04/13/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/13/epa-doj-lawsuit-vs-oil-company-shines-light-on-trump-executive-order.html

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11) Canada: Government introduces legislation to legalize cannabis
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government introduced legislation Thursday to let adults possess 30 grams of marijuana in public — a measure that would make Canada the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition on recreational marijuana. Trudeau has long promised to legalize recreational pot use and sales. U.S voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted last year to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. The South American nation of Uruguay is the only nation to legalize recreational pot. The proposed law allows four plants to be grown at home. Those under 18 found with less than five grams of marijuana would not face criminal charges but those who sell it or give to youth could face up to 14 years in jail.” (04/13/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Canada-introduces-legislation-to-legalize-11071179.php

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12) MI: Detroit emergency room doctor charged with child genital mutilation
Source: WXYZ 7 News

“A Henry Ford Hospital emergency room doctor has been arrested and charged in connection to performing female genital mutilation on young girls. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville Michigan is accused of performing female genital mutilation on underage girls. According to a criminal complaint, Nagarwala performed the procedure on girls ages six to eight years old at a medical clinic in Livonia.” [editor’s note: And yet more than half of American males are similarly mutilated in infancy without criminal charges for their assailants … – TLK] (04/13/17)

http://www.wxyz.com/news/detroit-emergency-room-doctor-charged-with-child-genital-mutilation

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13) Idiot pol: “Bullcrap” to say taxpayers pay my salary
Source: The Hill

“Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) faced off with constituents at a town hall this week, telling the members of the audience that they don’t pay his salary. ‘You say you pay for me to do this? That’s bullcrap,’ Mullin said at the town hall in Jay, Okla., according to a video of the incident. ‘I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got here and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go,’ he added.” [editor’s note: The derp is strong with this one. And speaking of his company, he doesn’t mention its $370k in 2009 bailout welfare – TLK] (04/13/17)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/328615-gop-rep-bullcrap-to-say-taxpayers-pay-my-salary-i-pay-for

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14) Syria: US coalition mistakenly kills 18 allied rebels
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“At least 18 members of the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed in a US-led coalition air strike that mistakenly targeted them in Syria’s Raqqa province. In a statement released on Thursday, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said 18 SDF fighters died in the air raid south of the city of Tabqa on April 11. The attack was believed to be hitting members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).” (04/13/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/coalition-mistakenly-kills-18-allied-syrian-rebels-170413132818435.html

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15) North Korea war theatrics, Japan edition: Abe claims Kim may be able to fire sarin-loaded missile
Source: USA Today

“Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Thursday that North Korea might be capable of firing a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas toward Japan. Abe, who made the statement at a parliamentary panel on national security, said Pyongyang may already be able to shoot missiles with sarin as warheads, the Associated Press reported.” (04/13/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/04/13/japans-abe-warns-north-korea-could-fire-sarin-loaded-missile/100408036/

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

16) Will Grigg: Pro Libertate
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Jared Labell

“On the afternoon of April 12, 2017, we received word that after multiple recent hospitalizations, our friend and colleague, William Norman Grigg, had died. We have lost a champion of liberty, but we are all eternally better off for having known Will. We are fortunate to have been graced by his eloquence, to have enjoyed his good nature, and to have learned from his tremendous intellect. In the few hours since his passing, if the outpouring of love for Will and his work are any indication, his powerful prose against war and law enforcement militarization will resonate within the libertarian community and beyond for decades to come.” (04/13/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/libertarianism/will-grigg-pro-libertate/

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17) The missiles of Holy Week and the rule of law
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“The history of the world is the history of violence. I had planned to write this column about the most critical act of violence in human history and its superhuman aftermath — the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter, which celebrates His resurrection in a few days, is the centerpiece of all Christian belief. Without the risen Christ, we are doomed. Only with Him can we be saved. An old Irish priest told me in my youth that Easter means there is hope for the dead. And if there is hope for the dead, there is hope for the living. But the living must do more than just hope, because governments continue to crush hope with violence, irrespective of moral and legal norms. Last week, as Holy Week was approaching, the United States launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield because President Donald Trump was morally repulsed at the use of poison gas in Syria in the days preceding.” (04/13/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/04/andrew-p-napolitano/missiles-holy-week/

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18) Yemen, Syria, the press, and Trump the war president
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“Trump is simply a goofier version of the status quo president; that is, the war-making bully that the US has given the benefit for the doubt for the last many decades — perhaps centuries. And it is all too easy to dissect his weirder inanities and habits than it is to realize the same wars have been going on forever, and that the same mistakes are repeated on a 3-15 year loop, and that these mistakes are now Trump’s. Deep thought artists such as The New York Times'[s] Thomas L. Friedman think the US should consider backing ISIS in the same way they propped up the Mujahadeen during their war against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. At least that’s what it appears to say. The column is his usual mess, and doesn’t even nod to the fact that one of those Mujahadeen fighters was a man named Osama Bin Laden. But which country is actually next on the US war list?” (04/13/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2017/04/12/yemen-syria-the-press-and-trump-the-war-president/

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19) In Syria, the wrong kind of humanitarian intervention
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Americans are a generous and selfless people, ever eager to improve the lives of foreigners cursed to live in less fortunate places. In fact, we are the nicest folks who would ever invade your country and leave it in ruins. President Donald Trump’s heart was long thought to be two sizes too small. But he was suddenly so moved by the sight of Syrian children caught in a nerve gas attack that his nobler impulses overcame him. These were victims he didn’t care enough about to admit to the United States as refugees. But he cared enough to blow up some stuff at a Syrian air base on their behalf.” (04/13/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/13/in-syria-the-wrong-kind-of-humanitarian

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20) Will Grigg was a might voice for justice and liberty
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Dan Sanchez

“William Norman Grigg died this afternoon. He was a journalist, broadcaster, editor, musician, father, husband, and self-described Christian Individualist. He was also my hero. Will’s main beat was stories about individual victims of the state: particularly Americans who have been unjustly imprisoned or wrongfully assaulted by government officers. His research for each article was exhaustive. From his home in Idaho, he traveled all around the northwest to get the story in person. He would get to know each subject personally, and seek face-to-face interviews with their powerful persecutors. His tireless work has saved several innocent lives from being slowly drained away in prison.” (04/12/17)

https://fee.org/articles/will-grigg-was-a-mighty-voice-for-justice-and-liberty/

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21) Silicon Valley sweatshops
Source: The Nation
by Michelle Chen

“No one knows talent better than Donald Trump. That’s why the president has vowed to end exploitative temporary-visa labor systems and instead promote ‘merit-based’ foreign-labor recruitment, so that good jobs are reserved for skilled, deserving Americans. And he’s not just talking about building walls; he also wants the engineers the United States imports to build our booming tech sectors, through the H-1B foreign-labor visa program. Last week Trump announced small-scale reforms to tighten regulation of H-1B, which he denounced on the campaign trail as a ‘cheap labor program.’ The program has been criticized from both the left and the right for being a corporate giveaway that helps replace US workers in IT and other ‘knowledge industries’ with foreigners, many of them from Asian countries with a surplus of young, hungry techies eager for jobs with top multinationals — and often willing to work for bottom dollar.” (04/13/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/silicon-valley-sweatshops

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22) Markets, morals, and United Flight 3411
Source: EconLog
by Steven Horwitz

“[W]hy do airlines overbook flights and have to bump people? From the airlines’ perspective, they would like every flight to leave the gate completely full. The marginal costs of adding the last few passengers is very low (just a tiny bit of extra fuel and food and drinks), so the net gain from selling those seats is pretty high. Given that some passengers might have refundable tickets and change their plans, and that others will miss flights due to missed connections or any of a bunch of other reasons, it makes sense for airlines to oversell flights and have ‘spare’ passengers to fill in. The cost to doing so is that if too many people do show up, some folks will have to give up their seats.” [editor’s note: Well, there’s also the problem of it being fraud; the proper way to handle the matter is to sell as many seats as there ARE, and no more, then sell “standby tickets” to additional customers, entitling them to the seats if the original purchasers don’t claim them – TLK] (04/13/17)

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

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23) The feisty group that exposed Wells Fargo’s wrongdoing
Source: The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier

“Front-page stories in Tuesday’s New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times revealed that Wells Fargo’s board would be slashing $75 million in compensation from two former top executives whom it blamed for the bank’s scandal over fraudulent accounts. But missing from these three papers’ stories (and from similar stories in other major print and broadcast news outlets) was the feisty group of bank employees that initially exposed the wrongdoing: the Committee for Better Banks. A report issued Monday by a four-person committee of Wells Fargo’s board determined that John G. Stumpf (the former CEO) and Carrie L. Tolstedt (the former head of community banking) — both of whom were ousted last year — were primarily responsible for pressuring low-level employees to create and foist two million unwanted bank and credit card accounts on unsuspecting customers. To penalize the two former executives, it demanded a ‘clawback’ (the forced return of pay and stock grants) that industry watchers say is the largest in banking history and one of the biggest ever in corporate America.” (04/13/17)

http://prospect.org/article/feisty-group-exposed-wells-fargo%E2%80%99s-wrongdoing

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24) “Safe spaces,” Notre Dame edition: Who’s afraid of Mike Pence?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“There are all kinds of good reasons for students to protest over their schools’ speaking invitations to politicians they dislike. There are all kinds of good ways to demonstrate at or around the offending speeches, persuading others and promoting social dialogue. ‘I’m scared, please don’t let the bad man talk’ is neither one of those good reasons nor one of those good ways.” (04/13/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10191

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25) How the rich seized control of New York
Source: The New Republic
by Kim Phillips-Fein

“Early in 1982, President Ronald Reagan arrived in New York City to speak with an audience of business leaders gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. A year into Reagan’s first term, the country had fallen into a deep recession. In his speech to the enthusiastic crowd, though, the president found reason to hope. Wearing a scarf decorated with an ‘I [heart] NY’ logo, a gift from Mayor Koch, Reagan praised the way that New York had pulled together when it faced bankruptcy in the 1970s. ‘When New York was in trouble, groups which had quarreled for years joined together for the greater good of saving the city,’ he insisted. ‘Labor, business, voluntary associations all pitched in.’ What had saved the city was ‘private initiative’ — and this, Reagan was sure, would save the nation as a whole. ‘I think we’ve made our choice and turned a historic corner. We’re not going back to the glory days of big government.’ The notion that fiscal rectitude meant opposing organized labor and cutting back on services would resonate throughout the early 1980s, both in the United States and internationally.” (04/13/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/142015/rich-seized-control-new-york

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26) On the incident on United flight 3411
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock

Poem. (04/13/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/04/13/on-the-incident-on-united-flight-3411/

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27) Texas doesn’t want Trump’s wall either
Source: The New Republic
by Rachel Monroe

“Terry Bishop, a West Texas native with a monogrammed belt buckle and a leather holster for his flip phone, looks out over the 2,000 acres of farmland he owns near the small town of Presidio. His property is a five-minute walk from the Mexican border, and Bishop knows what’s coming. ‘I’ve got no doubt he’s going to build it,’ he says. ‘He promised he would.” By ‘he, Bishop means Trump. And by ‘it,’ he means the wall. If it gets built, it will almost certainly pass through Bishop’s land — as well as property owned by thousands of other Texans. But as with the previous attempt to build a border wall, during the presidency of George W. Bush, those most intimately impacted by the plan are among its sharpest critics.” (04/13/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141711/texas-doesnt-want-trumps-wall-either

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28) How compulsory education encourages bullying and suicide
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Vishal Wilde

“Whether it be in school or adulthood, bullying and suicide remain tragic facts of life. However, one aspect of the discussion around these issues is often glossed over; compulsory education can exacerbate suicide risk and make children more inclined to be both bullies and the victims of bullying. This increased risk of bullying can also amplify the likelihood of children committing suicide. Throughout history, education systems have sought to impose hierarchies, maintain power structures, enforce norms, and reinforce behavioural expectations. The contemporary education system is no different. Bullying and suicide risk in compulsory education can be examined in this context.” (04/13/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/48489

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29) Time to rein in the gravy train for airline execs
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“Those of us on the shady side of sixty can remember when ordinary people could actually enjoy traveling on an airplane. There were meals on all but short-hop flights. Comfortable seats with ample legroom. Plenty of space to stow your bags, since flights seldom took off much more than three-quarters full. On cross-country trips, flight attendants on United used to hand out menus that proudly proclaimed the meal choices that even coach passengers could make. We lucky travelers owed that golden age to regulation. Before 1978, airlines operated like electrical utilities. The government determined fares, routes, and schedules and essentially guaranteed the private airlines a reasonable rate of profit in return. But America’s movers and shakers considered this entire system unreasonable.” [editor’s note: He left out the other part of pre-1978 air travel — the part where it cost several times as much to get from Point A to Point B. But I guess that only bothers the little people who don’t matter, the ones who aren’t traveling on a government or employer dime, right? – TLK] (04/13/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170413/a-flying-public-finally-erupts

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30) Design, complexity, and freedom
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Lauren Hall

“I just got back from a grand rounds presentation with Neel Shah, a medical researcher and OB/GYN whose current research concerns overtreatment. One of the most important things to come out of his talk was the fact that the single biggest risk factor for cesarean section for a pregnant woman is the facility she walks into. It’s not her health status, it’s not her preferences, it’s not her birth plan, it’s not even her doctor. It’s the hospital. And it turns out there are a variety of really important hospital design elements that trigger overtreatment. These include distance between patient rooms, distance between workspaces and patient rooms, limited ability to information share, and so on …. The problem, of course, is that most women don’t know this.” (04/13/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/04/design-complexity-freedom/

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31) Academia our enemy, so we should help it commit suicide
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“If Animal House were to be rebooted today, Bluto (who would probably be updated into a differently–abled trans being of heft) might ask, ‘See if you can guess what am I now?’ before expelling a whole mass of pus-like root vegetable on the WASPrivileged villains and announcing, ‘I’m a university — get it?’ At least popping a zit gets rid of the infection and promotes healing. But today, the higher education racket festers on the rear end of our culture, a painful, useless carbuncle of intellectual fraud, moral bankruptcy, and pernicious liberal fascism that impoverishes the young while it subsidizes a bunch of old pinkos who can’t hack it at Real World U. At least literal boils don’t diss you while demanding you give them free money. We’re expected to shut up and write checks while the universitools ruin our culture. Luckily, due to the happy coincidence of a conservative federal government, technological advances, and the college industrial complex’s inexplicable death wish, we normals now have a chance to lance the boil that is 21st Century academia.” (04/13/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/04/13/academia-is-our-enemy-so-we-should-help-it-commit-suicide-n2312479

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32) Interview: Russian dissident Masha Gessen on why outrage is not optional
Source: In These Times
by Yana Kunichoff

“‘If you have the luxury of being able to go out and protest, and being able to resist, you’re also doing that for somebody who can’t.’ Russian journalist and dissident Masha Gessen began her career in the 1980s, cutting her teeth in the gay and lesbian press in the United States. In Russia, Gessen risked her life to chronicle Vladimir Putin’s autocratic excesses, the country’s dissident movements and violence against the country’s LGBTQ community. She was beaten on the steps of parliament in June 2013 for protesting Russia’s infamous anti-gay law. As a gay parent with three children, Gessen was at risk of losing custody of her family as a result of the legislation. She is now settled in the United States, where she continues to cover the political dysfunction of Russia. She is also one of the most important oppositional voices in Trump’s America. Following the election, she wrote a touchstone piece on how to approach a terrifying political future in The New York Review of Books, titled Autocracy: Rules for Survival. Currently, Gessen is a writer-in-residence at Oberlin College. In These Times caught up with Gessen by phone to talk about democracy, resistance and the role of the independent press.” (04/13/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20032/masha-gessen-outrage-is-not-optional-russia-putin-trump-civil-society

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33) US and Russian relationship at a low?
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“Everyone is saying the relationship between the United States and Russia is really, really bad right now. President Trump says it is bad. Russia agrees. All the pundits agree too. So it must be true, right? In the 2nd dimension (where things are just the way they look) it does seem that the U.S. and Russia are in a bad place with each other. The United States attacked Russia’s little buddy, Assad, for allegedly using chemical weapons. But Russia says Assad didn’t use chemical weapons. Now Russia is mad at the United States. Maybe the situation is exactly what I just described. But just for fun, let’s hop up to the 3rd dimension (of persuasion) and see what the view looks like. Hopping up now. Looking around…” (04/13/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159526704931/us-and-russian-relationship-at-a-low

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34) Trump betrays his base on the Fed
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tho Bishop

“As Ryan McMaken, among others, noted this week President Donald Trump has seemed to pivot his attention away from his economic legislative agenda and more toward foreign policy matters. Given the legislative frustrations over Obamacare repeal, and his Goldman-led Treasury’s insistence on the sort of revenue-neutral tax reform that may have a hard time getting through a Republican Congress, Trump defenders could place most of the blame for this strategic shift to the political realities of Congress. Today, however, Trump has signaled a retreat from his campaign rhetoric on an issue he has complete control over: whether or not to keep Janet Yellen as Fed chair beyond 2018.” ()4/13/17)

https://mises.org/blog/trump-betrays-his-base-fed

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35) An open letter to United Airlines’ CEO
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

“Dear Mr. Munoz: I am encouraged to see that you have belatedly accepted responsibility, on behalf of United Airlines, for the violent treatment of a paying customer that occurred on Sunday, April 9, on flight 3411. And your promise that ‘this will never happen again’ is a step in the right direction. But, to be blunt, it’s an empty promise. What will you do if it does happen again? How will you change United so that it doesn’t happen again?” (04/13/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7920

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36) Happy birthday Mr. Jefferson!
Source: Independent Institute
by William Watkins

“April 13, 2017, marks the 274th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth. Most Americans know him as the drafter of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia. While these are great accomplishments, what we should really remember him for in this age of centralization are The Summary View of the Rights of British America (1774), Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank (1791), and the draft of the Kentucky Resolution of 1798.” (04/13/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/04/12/happy-birthday-mr-jefferson/

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37) Five bad arguments for public infrastructure spending
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“Good infrastructure, especially highways, bridges, and airports, can certainly improve economic mobility and lower costs by reducing travel time between locations. This, however, says nothing about the kinds of institutions most likely to produce good infrastructure or who should fund it. Here’s a handy guide to some of the bad economic reasoning you will likely hear as the debate about infrastructure spending heats up.” (04/13/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/5-bad-arguments-public-infrastructure-spending

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38) Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has turned into an apologist for genocide against Muslims
Source: The Intercept
by Mehdi Hasan

“For the past year, Aung San Suu Kyi has been State Counselor, or de facto head of government, in Myanmar, where members of the Rohingya Muslim minority in the northern Rakhine state have been shot, stabbed, starved, robbed, raped and driven from their homes in the hundreds of thousands. … The standard Western media narrative is to accuse The Lady, as she is known by her admirers, of silence and of a grotesque failure to speak out against these human rights abuses. In an editorial last May, the New York Times denounced Suu Kyi’s ‘cowardly stance on the Rohingya.’ Yet hers is not merely a crime of omission, a refusal to denounce or condemn. Hers are much worse crimes of commission. She took a deliberate decision to try and discredit the Rohingya victims of rape. She went out of her way to accuse human rights groups and foreign journalists of exaggerations and fabrications. She demanded that the U.S. government stop using the name ‘Rohingya’ — thereby perpetuating the pernicious myth that the Muslims of Rakhine are ‘Bengali’ interlopers (rather than a Burmese community with a centuries-long presence inside Myanmar.” (04/13/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/13/burmese-nobel-prize-winner-aung-san-suu-kyi-has-turned-into-an-apologist-for-genocide-against-muslims/

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39) Addiction to power
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“One of the more bizarre aspects of the United States’ attack against Syria is the fact that no one bombed us when we killed 230 civilians, a showcase of moral hypocrisy rooted firmly in the idea that might is right. We know that ‘coalition forces,’ meaning the United States for all intents and purposes, killed 230 civilians in a single airstrike, and we know that the death toll doesn’t stop there: more than a thousand civilians were killed in Iraq and Syria by the United States through the month of March. Here, a lot of significance is placed on the method of death, as though death by suffocation in toxic gas is inherently worse than death by conflagration.” (04/13/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/04/13/addiction-to-power/

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40) Calling Hatch home
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Back in 2012, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch pledged that, if elected, his current six-year term would be his last. On Election Day 2018, Hatch will be 84 years old — and have spent more than half his life in Washington. Still, Utah’s senior senator just announced he intends to run for re-election for an eighth term. Why? Our newly-elected president, Hatch told a Salt Lake City TV station, ‘is all over me to run again.’ And so is the leadership in the Republican Senate — and even in the House. Or so he says. But what about the people of Utah?” (04/13/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/13/calling-hatch-home/

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41) Will Russiagate become Obamagate?
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“Russiagate’s latest celebrity is a former Donald Trump associate named Carter Page. Page, who worked for Merrill Lynch in Moscow and speaks Russian, is a banker and investor who early in 2016 was a part of the amorphous group that was advising Trump on foreign policy. There is no evidence to suggest that he was ever an insider with the Trump campaign — quite the contrary. The Washington Post reports that he made several efforts to meet directly with Donald Trump but that his entreaties were rejected. So why the fuss? Page appears to have been a target of Russian intelligence for a time, even though he had no sensitive information to give anyone and the presumed relationship appears to have ended long before the 2016 campaign. … we might someday know what happened or possibly not. But one other thing that is clear is that the Obama administration did not hesitate to go after someone presumed to be close to GOP candidate Donald Trump based on evidence that may or may not have been compelling.” (04/13/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/will-russiagate-become-obamagate/

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42) Lessons from the United Airlines debacle
Source: spiked
by Rob Lyons

“The video of a passenger being dragged off a United Airlines flight earlier this week has been widely circulated on social media, and the case has been making headline news both in the US and the UK. Apart from being a public-relations disaster for United, what more might we learn?” [editor’s note: The author defends the fraudulent practice of “overbooking” as “(mostly) sensible” – TLK] (04/13/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lessons-from-the-united-airlines-debacle/

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43) Hitler and the NEA
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“One of the funniest aspects of Ewing’s op-ed is the fact that she raises the Hitler card to make her case against the abolition of the NEA. She begins her op-ed by showing that Hitler used government control of the arts to advance his collectivist agenda and to quell dissent produced in art. Why is that humorous? Two reasons: One is that it reminded me of Godwin’s Law, which states: ‘As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involved Hitler approaches 1.’ Two, Ewing’s Hitler comparison involves a total failure of logic. On the one hand, she complains of the Nazi government’s control over the arts but then wants the U.S. government to continue funding the arts. Perhaps she is unfamiliar with the adage, ‘He who pays the piper calls the tune.'” (04/13/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/04/13/hitler-and-the-nea/

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44) Coup and counter coup, part 5: Jacobins and Grey Wolves in Turkey
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Barry Stocker

“The post coup atmosphere created the impression of an invincible block of the AKP and the MHP, backed by some parts of Kemalist (Jacobinism alla turca) opinion, which would provide a massive majority for the Presidential republic desired by Erdogan. The MHP did provide the votes in the National Assembly, for the super majority necessary to trigger a constitutional referendum. This was a complete turn about from the MHP’s previous position. The background to this turn is partly in the state-PKK polarisation, but also in an internal female challenge to the MHP leader Devlet Bahceli from Meral Aksaner. She is very popular with the Grey Wolf community and would have probably won a leadership election if a special party congress had been called.” (04/12/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/04/12/coup-and-counter-coup-v-jacobins-and-grey-wolves-in-turkey/

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45) Friedrich Hayek on carbon taxes
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

“As far as I know, Friedrich Hayek never wrote a word about climate change, but two of his most famous works contain arguments that bear directly on this key issue of environmental policy. Judging from what he wrote about the role of science in public policy and the use of knowledge in society, I think that if he had lived on into the twenty-first century, he might have supported a carbon tax.” (04/12/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/friedrich-hayek-carbon-taxes/

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46) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 3
Source: Libertarianism.org

“The liberal and Marxist theories of history.” [various formats] (04/13/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/liberal-marxist-theories-history

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47) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 580
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I wanted to talk a little today about the battlefield and the difficulty in understanding what’s true and what isn’t. The Syria chemical weapons attack is a perfect example. The Syrians deny doing it, we say they did, the president says there can be no question, and the Russians say it never happened. Who’s lying and who’s telling the truth? We may never know. Today we’ll look at a similar story involving a U.S. attack on a warehouse.” [various formats] (04/13/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/580-the-fog-of-war/

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48) In The Tank, episode 84
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #84 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [Flash audio] (04/13/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/04/in-the-tank-ep84-the-tax-code-punishes-entrepreneurship-united-airlines-and-why-big-gov-fails/

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49) War College Podcast, 04/13/17
Source: Reuters

“My father had a low draft number and always told me he couldn’t see himself trudging through the jungle with a machete. It was the early ‘70s and Vietnam would be over soon, but young Americans were still dying in Southeast Asia. So dad joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Enterprise. Unlike a lot of the other men of his generation and demographic, dad did his duty. While dad sweated on the Pacific Ocean and learned the joys of monsoon season, millions of other American men protested the unjust, expensive and bloody war and helped bring it to an end. The popular conception of that period is one of free love and political turmoil. It was an era when old men started unpopular wars and the righteous stayed behind. But that’s not an accurate picture, according to this week’s War College guest, Bruce Cannon Gibney. He lays out the case against the Boomer’s collective memory in his new book, A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America.” [editor’s note: As one from that demographic, I luxuriated in a high lottery number, saving me from deciding which other nation-state would receive my request for immigration. I might not call my fellow “dodgers” heroes, but they were also not the villains this implies – SAT] [Flash audio or MP3] (04/13/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-warcollege-13apr-idUSKBN17F22U

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50) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/13/17
Source: Cato Institute

“The Department of Homeland Security wants border drones that can recognize faces and track individuals over long distances. Matthew Feeney discusses the implications for liberty and privacy.” [various formats] (04/13/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/homeland-security-wants-drones-recognize-face

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51) The LAVA Spurt, episode 36
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“Trump has proven that he’s no different than Clinton by being just another war hawk. Is anyone surprised? This is the thirty-sixth episode of The LAVA Spurt, Trump Beating the War Drums.” [various formats] (04/13/17)

http://thelavaflow.com/trump-beating-war-drums-tls036/

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52) Ending the drug war: Conference at FAMU
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“In conjunction with the ACLU at Florida A&M University, the ACLU at Barry University, and the ACLU at the University of Central Florida, The Future of Freedom Foundation was pleased to present an evening program on the campus of Florida A&M University College of Law on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, that addressed the war on drugs and its adverse consequences on American society.” [Flash video] (04/13/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/end-drug-war-conference-famu/

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53) Liberty Podcast, episode 86
Source: Liberty Beat Podcast

“David and Daniel talk about economics from a Canadian perspective, and close off with yet another explanation of how ‘intellectual property’ is inherently morally unacceptable and needs to be abolished.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/13/17)

https://www.libertybeat.ca/episode-86-copyleft-economics/

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54) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/13/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou, MWD and Dianna get back to the basics of liberty. Also, The wonderful libertarian writer and podcaster Will Grigg died today. The Feens salute him.” [various formats] (04/13/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14333

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55) Free Talk Live, 04/12/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Airplane actress talks about becoming a meme :: Dress to impress :: Is Trump flip-flopping on Syria? :: Free the Nipple :: Cops gone bad :: Nipples in public :: Private property & smart contracts :: Trump sending ships off the coast of North Korea :: Communism :: WW3 :: United flight :: HOSTS — Darryl, Ian & Jay.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/12/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-12

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