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Thursday, April 14th, 2017
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In the News:

1) At a “low point,” US and Russia back opposing visions on Syria’s Assad
2) Venezuela: Maduro pelted by angry crowd at rally
3) NC: Moore procedurally kills idiot pols’ attempt to re-establish marriage apartheid
4) Congress expands Trump wiretap probe amid questions over Rice’s role
5) Lebanon: Aoun adjourns parliament for one month
6) Sweden: Midwife loses fight for exemption from performing abortions
7) Trump’s tax returns will be immediately under audit
8) United passenger launches legal action over assault
9) Kellyanne Conway: “I’m not the darkness”
10) TX: Death row inmate loses appeal seeking new DNA testing
11) Oregon legislators vote to protect marijuana user identity info from feds
12) It’s knot you: Study shows why your shoes come untied
13) Burger King’s new ad forces Google Home to advertise the Whopper
14) CA: Cop caught on video taking down, beating alleged jaywalker
15) UK: Anti-Brexit pols ape US “maybe Putin did it” propaganda
16) Iran: Ahmadinejad registers for presidential polls, defying Khamenei
17) HI: Newlyweds both contract brain-invading parasite during honeymoon
18) UK: Daily Mail folds, settles in Melania Trump’s frivolous lawsuit
19) Trump regime lifting federal hiring freeze
20) KS: Republican Estes wins special election for US House seat

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Blundering into a new Cold War
22) WikiLeaks has the same mission as The Post and the Times
23) The immigration double-cross
24) Con Air — treating commercial airline passengers as criminals
25) Elizabeth Warren’s leftist feminist hypocrisy
26) Property rights abused, misunderstood
27) Rumblings on the left in France
28) United is why people hate capitalism
29) Once again, corporate media unites behind US escalation in the Middle East
30) States introduce dubious anti-pornography legislation to ransom the Internet
31) How the United States can help the Syrian people
32) Our addiction to elections is killing American democracy
33) End airline protectionism: Allow foreign carriers on domestic routes
34) Republicans of all people should shun federal online gambling ban
35) Democrats shouldn’t be trying to banish Tulsi Gabbard
36) Should the feds “unmask” anonymous political speech?
37) How not to fight terrorism
38) Denigrating Trump’s budget & voters
39) United Airlines exactly like an abusive partner
40) How nationalism and socialism arose from the French Revolution
41) Why must the spice flow?
42) IRS budget cuts send a signal
43) Repeal the 8th: Irish libertarians and the abortion debate
44) Protect? Serve? Or serve up?
45) The North Korea reframe
46) The lust for war
47) The steady rise of digital border searches
48) The true cost of Israel
49) Did Assad really use sarin?
50) Escape from New York
51) Why should the NSA spy on foreigners?
52) Behind Trump’s Syria turnabout
53) Auditor’s report sheds light on special taxing districts
54) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #23: Have no blemish.
55) Trade deficit: Ask the wrong questions, get the wrong answers

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/12/17
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 26
58) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 579
59) Intercepted Podcast, 04/12/17
60) The Libertarian Angle, 04/12/17
61) Thanks For Asking! — 04/12/17
62) Electric Libertyland, episode 15
63) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/12/17
64) Free Talk Live, 04/11/17
65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 888

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1) At a “low point,” US and Russia back opposing visions on Syria’s Assad
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“US State Secretary Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said US-Russia relations are at a ‘low point’ after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Tensions between Moscow and Washington have been exacerbated by US President Donald Trump’s order to launch cruise missiles against a Syrian military facility believed to be the launch pad for a chemical weapons attack that killed 87 civilians, including 31 children. … Meanwhile in New York, Russia voted against a US-backed resolution to investigate a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian province of Idlib. Vladimir Safronkov, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, said the resolution did ‘not serve a useful purpose,’ minutes after Lavrov had called for an ‘independent’ probe into the attack.” (04/12/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/at-a-low-point-us-and-russia-back-opposing-visions-on-syrias-assad/a-38407025

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2) Venezuela: Maduro pelted by angry crowd at rally
Source: euronews [European Union]

“A parade in honour of former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez’s Chavista movement, and attended by President Nicolas Maduro, was interrupted by critics who threw objects at the embattled leader in Bolivar state. The rally event, purportedly attended by his supporters, turned into a public display of opposition directly targeting the South American president on Tuesday. As Maduro waved goodbye, standing in an open air caravan, he and his security detail were pelted by onlookers with what Venezuelan media are claiming were eggs. … It comes after days of violent opposition protests in the country’s cities in which two people have been killed sparking international condemnation against Maduro’s authoritarian rule.” (04/12/17)

http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/12/venezuelan-president-maduro-pelted-by-angry-crowd-at-rally

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3) NC: Moore procedurally kills idiot pols’ attempt to re-establish marriage apartheid
Source: Washington Post

“A day after North Carolina lawmakers introduced legislation that would outlaw same-sex marriage and defy a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a top Republican there said Wednesday that the bill is dead on arrival. North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore released a curt statement Wednesday shooting down the bill known as the ‘Uphold Historical Marriage Act.’ … ‘There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U.S. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue, therefore House Bill 780 will be referred to the House Rules Committee and will not be heard,’ Moore, the House speaker, said in a statement.” (04/12/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/04/12/north-carolina-bill-banning-same-sex-marriage-again-wont-be-heard-house-speaker-says/

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4) Congress expands Trump wiretap probe amid questions over Rice’s role
Source: Fox News

“The House and Senate intelligence committees are expanding their investigation into the so-called ‘unmasking’ controversy, Fox News has learned, to examine whether other candidates or lawmakers beyond President Trump’s associates were affected. Until now, the investigation focused on how the identities and communications of Trump transition members were collected by U.S. intelligence agencies and then revealed to, and disseminated among, high-ranking members of the Obama administration. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now plans to audit files from the National Security Agency and White House to determine whether identities and conversations of presidential candidates — or members of Congress — also were swept up during NSA surveillance of foreign leaders. He also plans to review whether Obama’s National Security Council and White House counsel collected and distributed the intelligence for reasons unrelated to foreign intelligence.” (04/12/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/12/congress-expands-unmasking-probe-amid-questions-over-rice-role.html

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5) Lebanon: Aoun adjourns parliament for one month
Source: New York Daily News

“Lebanese President Michel Aoun says he is invoking his constitutional powers to adjourn the parliament for one month. Lebanon’s deputies were set to vote in Parliament on Thursday to postpone national elections and extend their term for a third time since 2013. Aoun, addressing the nation from the Presidential Palace, justified the adjournment to give legislators time to craft a new election law and hold elections as quickly as possible.” (04/12/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/national/lebanon-president-adjourns-parliament-1-month-article-1.3048156

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6) Sweden: Midwife loses fight for exemption from performing abortions
Source: Fox News

“A Swedish midwife on Wednesday lost her years-long legal battle to be exempt from performing abortions — an act she says violates her religious freedom — and is now considering a final push before the European Court of Human Rights. Midwife Ellinor Grimmark objects to abortions because of her Christian beliefs. But the Swedish Labor Court decided that midwives are obligated to make a choice between conscience and career — contradicting international law, which protects conscientious objection, experts say. According to the organization Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers, ‘freedom of conscience’ is a human right stating that no one shall be deprived of their ability to work in their profession because that person — by ethical, moral or religious reasons — cannot perform a task that ‘extinguishes human life’ at its beginning, or final stages.” [editor’s note: Kind of makes baking cakes seem a bit trivial – SAT] (04/12/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/12/swedish-midwife-loses-fight-to-be-exempt-from-performing-abortions.html

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7) Trump’s tax returns will be immediately under audit
Source: USA Today

“For the average taxpayer, the odds of being audited by the Internal Revenue Service are just 0.7%. Unless you’re President Trump, in which case your chance of an audit rises to 100%. It’s not just that his net worth and more than 500 partnerships make him a likely audit target under IRS policies designed to direct its enforcement efforts to the richest taxpayers. Under an obscure Internal Revenue Service rule, the tax returns of the president and vice president are automatically audited, every year, no exceptions. That rule has been in place in one form or another since the Nixon administration, and it details the process for auditing presidential tax returns in minute detail — even down the color of folder they must be kept in. Presidential tax returns have been subjected to that process for more than 40 years, but it’s taken on new significance this year. It’s indisputable that Trump’s tax returns will be the most complicated of any president in history, and he’s the first president since Gerald Ford to refuse to publicly release copies of those returns.” (04/12/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/12/trumps-tax-returns-immediately-under-audit/100272688

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8) United passenger launches legal action over assault
Source: Reuters

“Lawyers for the passenger dragged from a United Airlines plane in Chicago filed an emergency request with an Illinois state court on Wednesday to require the carrier to preserve video recordings and other evidence related to the incident. Citing the risk of ‘serious prejudice’ to their client, Dr. David Dao, the lawyers want United and the City of Chicago, which runs O’Hare International Airport, to preserve surveillance videos, cockpit voice recordings, passenger and crew lists, and other materials related to United Flight 3411. Chicago’s Aviation Department said on Wednesday that two more officers had been placed on leave in connection with the April 9 incident, during which airport security officers dragged Dao from his seat aboard a United jet headed for Louisville, Kentucky. One officer was placed on leave on Tuesday. Paul Callan, a civil and criminal trial lawyer in New York, said the public outcry over Dao’s treatment would likely push the airline to a quick and generous settlement.” [editor’s note: And then he begins the defamation suit for the lies they told about him to make him look disreputable – SAT] (04/12/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ual-passenger-idUSKBN17E1GN

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9) Kellyanne Conway: “I’m not the darkness”
Source: USA Today

“How personally does Kellyanne Conway take media coverage? That’s what media columnist Michael Wolff wondered during a Wednesday event at the Newseum. When Conway asked what he meant, Wolff got to the point. ‘This coverage of you … ‘Democracy dies in darkness,’ Wolff said, making note of the Washington Post’s new tagline: ‘Because I’m gonna tell you, when they say, ‘Democracy dies in darkness,’ you’re the darkness.’ Wolff’s comment drew laughter from the audience, and Conway replied, ‘I’m not the darkness … It’s like I tell small children. Just because someone says something doesn’t make it true.'” (04/12/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/04/12/michael-wolff-tells-kellyanne-conway-youre-the-darkness/100373392

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10) TX: Death row inmate loses appeal seeking new DNA testing
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The top criminal appeals court in Texas on Wednesday refused to allow additional DNA testing of evidence in an inmate’s lengthy death penalty case. Rodney Reed’s attorneys sought the testing on more than 40 items collected in the investigation into the 1996 abduction, rape and strangling of 19-year-old Stacy Stites. Her body was found off the side of a road about 35 miles (56.32 kilometers) southeast of Austin. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said in its decision that the request by Reed’s lawyers was the latest in a series of legal moves ‘to unreasonably delay the execution of his sentence or the administration of justice.’ The court said in its 38-page ruling that the attorneys failed to show the additional testing would change the outcome of Reed’s trial.” (04/12/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Death-row-inmate-Rodney-Reed-loses-DNA-appeal-11068264.php

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11) Oregon legislators vote to protect marijuana user identity info from feds
Source: Smell the Truth

“Oregon lawmakers are moving to shield their legal marijuana users from the federal government. The House of Representatives on Monday voted in favor of a bipartisan bill to ban legal marijuana shops from storing identifying information, such as driver licenses and passports, for longer than 48 hours, reports the Associated Press. The state’s legislators have worked on the bill ever since President Donald Trump’s administration hinted at heightened enforcement of federal laws against marijuana users.” (04/12/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/04/11/oregon-lawmakers-vote-to-protect-marijuana-user-identity-info-from-feds

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12) It’s knot you: Study shows why your shoes come untied
Source: United Press International

“Are loose shoestrings tying you up in knots? Don’t let them. Turns out there’s a scientific reason why shoestrings come untied. A new study by mechanical engineers at the University of California in Berkeley illustrates why. Whipping forces act like an invisible hand, loosening the knot and then tugging on the free ends of your laces until the whole thing unravels.” (04/12/17)

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/04/11/Its-knot-you-Study-shows-why-your-shoes-come-untied/6121491960774/

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13) Burger King’s new ad forces Google Home to advertise the Whopper
Source: The Verge

“Burger King is unveiling a horrible, genius, infuriating, hilarious, and maybe very poorly thought-out ad today that’s designed to intentionally set off Google Homes and Android phones. The 15-second ad features someone in a Burger King uniform leaning into the camera before saying, ‘OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?’ For anyone with a Google Home near their TV, that strangely phrased request will prompt the speaker to begin reading the Wikipedia entry for the Whopper.” (04/12/17)

http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/12/15259400/burger-king-google-home-ad-wikipedia

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14) CA: Cop caught on video taking down, beating alleged jaywalker
Source: CBS News

“A Sacramento police officer has been placed on administrative leave after throwing a pedestrian to the ground and striking him in the face multiple times in an incident captured on video, CBS San Francisco reports. … According to police, the officer attempted to stop the man ‘“who was observed crossing the street unlawfully. … The officer then got out of his patrol car and tried to detain him, but the subject walked away.’ Police say ‘the pedestrian began removing his jacket, challenging the officer to fight. The officer charged at the pedestrian to take him into custody. For an unknown reason, the officer threw the pedestrian to the ground and began striking him in the face with his hand multiple times. Within a few moments, additional officers arrived to assist in handcuffing the suspect.’ According to police, the beating victim was held in the Sacramento Main Jail and released Tuesday morning due to ‘insufficient grounds to file a complaint.'” (04/12/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sacramento-cop-caught-on-video-taking-down-beating-alleged-jaywalker/

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15) UK: Anti-Brexit pols ape US “maybe Putin did it” propaganda
Source: Newsweek

“Foreign hackers may have targeted the British government’s voter registration site before the Brexit referendum last June, a committee of MPs has said. On June 7, 2016, the ‘register to vote’ website was temporarily inaccessible due to technical problems. This was the last day people could register to have a vote in the June 23 referendum and authorities blamed a surge in demand as Brits scrambled to sign up. But on Wednesday, a report from a committee of MPs will say that they cannot rule out that the website went down due to intervention by foreign hackers. … In December, the British Labour MP Ben Bradshaw said that it is ‘highly probable’ Russia sought to influence the result of the Brexit referendum and called on the government to investigate interference from Moscow. Many believe Brexit was the desired outcome of Russian President Vladimir Putin, particularly given the Russian support for anti-EU politicians such as Marine Le Pen.” (04/12/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/brexit-voter-registration-site-hack-russia-germany-macron-france-582697

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16) Iran: Ahmadinejad registers for presidential polls, defying Khamenei
Source: The Hindu [India]

“Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race. Mr. Ahmadinejad’s decision could upend an election many believed would be won by moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who negotiated the nuclear deal with world powers. … Mr. Ahmadinejad’s firebrand style could prove appealing for hard-liners seeking a tough-talking candidate who can stand up to U.S. President Donald Trump. His candidacy also could expose the fissures inside Iranian politics that linger since his contested 2009 reelection, which brought massive unrest.” (04/12/17)

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/ahmadinejad-registers-for-iran-presidential-polls-defying-ayatollah-khamenei/article17951393.ece

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17) HI: Newlyweds both contract brain-invading parasite during honeymoon
Source: Fox 59 News

“A California couple’s honeymoon to Hawaii left them in agony after both newlyweds contracted rat lungworm disease, according to KGMB-TV. Ben Manilla, 64, and Eliza Lape, 57, got married on Maui in January, then spent two weeks in the island’s remote Hana area for their honeymoon. Lape told the station she felt something was wrong before they even left Hawaii, likening the symptoms to ‘somebody taking a hot knife and just stabbing me in different parts of my body.’ … The Hawaii State Department of Health has confirmed six cases of rat lungworm disease on the island of Maui and three cases on the Big Island over the past three months, an official said Monday. No deaths have been reported. Rat lungworm disease, a parasite officially known as Angiostrongylus cantonensis, affects the brain and the spinal cord, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” (04/12/17)

http://fox59.com/2017/04/12/newlyweds-both-contract-brain-invading-parasite-during-honeymoon/

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18) UK: Daily Mail folds, settles in Melania Trump’s frivolous lawsuit
Source: USA Today

“The Daily Mail, a breathless British tabloid, published an apology to first lady Melania Trump on Wednesday and agreed to pay unspecified damages and costs to settle two lawsuits for publishing an article alleging ‘racy’ rumors about her years as a single model in New York. … According to a person familiar with the settlement who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity to disclose the information, the total settlement for the U.S. and U.K. lawsuits was about $2.9 million.” (04/12/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/04/12/melania-trump-wins-damages-daily-mail-publisher/100363396/

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19) Trump regime lifting federal hiring freeze
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The Trump administration is lifting a federal hiring freeze as of Wednesday morning. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the policy change in a briefing to reporters Tuesday. Cautioning ‘this does not mean agencies will be free to hire willy-nilly,’ Mulvaney said the across-the-board hiring freeze the president imposed by executive order three days after taking office in January is being replaced with a ‘smarter plan, a more strategic plan, a more surgical plan.’ Trump’s hiring freeze was never really across the board; it exempted military personnel, who make up more than a third of the federal workforce, and it also exempted hiring for national security and public safety.” [editor’s note: In English, this translates as “Trump was business as usual on this too; now he’s going to stop pretending otherwise” – TLK] (04/12/17)

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/12/523473051/trump-lifting-federal-hiring-freeze

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20) KS: Republican Estes wins special election for US House seat
Source: ABC News

“Republican Ron Estes has won the special election for the U.S. House seat in the 4th congressional district of Kansas, according to The Associated Press. In this conservative, rural district, which President Donald Trump won by nearly 30 percentage points in November, anxious Republicans needed to make a frantic push in the campaign’s final days …. Despite the very conservative district — where a Democrat has not held a House seat since 1994 — and the last-minute GOP star power, Estes won by only a 53-45 percent margin, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.” [editor’s note: I wouldn’t categorize a 53-45 result as “tight” (the original headline characterization) or “only,” but it is an interesting shift. Oddly the story doesn’t even identify Estes’s opponent, James Thompson – TLK] (04/12/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/republican-ron-estes-wins-tight-special-election-us/story?id=46741418

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21) Blundering into a new Cold War
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“We are witnessing history repeated as farce. The Cold War was a means through which the West could assert its strength and its virtue, against the evil Reds in the East. But at least there were competing interests, and competing visions, at stake. That doesn’t hold today. The decrepit Russia poses no real threat, and the stand-off with Putin is driven by something more pathetic: a feeling not of Western strength and virtue, but of Western impotence and uncertainty. The newspaper cartoons and magazine covers depicting strongman Vlad ey[e]ing the globe are but a dark reflection of the West’s inability to understand, far less control, the world it finds itself in. A world which, ironically, its own thoughtless meddling helped to create.” (04/12/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/blundering-into-a-new-cold-war/

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22) WikiLeaks has the same mission as The Post and the Times
Source: Washington Post
by Julian Assange

“The truths we publish are inconvenient for those who seek to avoid one of the magnificent hallmarks of American life — public debate. Governments assert that WikiLeaks'[s] reporting harms security. Some claim that publishing facts about military and national security malfeasance is a greater problem than the malfeasance itself. Yet, as Eisenhower emphasized, ‘Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.’ Quite simply, our motive is identical to that claimed by the New York Times and The Post — to publish newsworthy content.” (04/11/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/julian-assange-wikileaks-has-the-same-mission-as-the-post-and-the-times/2017/04/11/23f03dd8-1d4d-11e7-a0a7-8b2a45e3dc84_story.html

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23) The immigration double-cross
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by John D Pierce, Esq.

“The federal government, the founders said, can exercise only those powers we delegate to it. The rest go to the people and the states. In fact, the main power that governments could have, the ‘police power’ to pass laws relating to health, safety and welfare, was denied the federal government and given the states by the founders. So, does the Constitution specifically give the power over immigration to the federal government? Before you can say of course it does, take a close look at the enumerated powers. It does not. The closest it comes is delegating the power to naturalize citizens. That is, the federal government can decide whether foreigners can become United States citizens. That only makes sense, But the idea that the far-off federal government would enforce borders, much less build walls on the edge of any particular state, was ridiculous in the minds of the founding generation.” (04/12/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/04/12/the-immigration-double-cross/

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24) Con Air — treating commercial airline passengers as criminals
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“Remember 1997′s movie Con Air, about a prisoner-transport flight? A few years later after 9/11 all commercial airlines became prisoner transport flights. I once was offered a free travel voucher for a future flight to give up my confirmed seat. I pocketed the voucher and took my existing ticket to another airline and was in the air within two hours. That said, we have to stop acting as if an airline ticket is any sort of ‘contract.’ It isn’t. There’s no such thing as a contract where one party has rights and the other party has none.” (04/12/17)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2017/04/con-air-treating-commercial-airline-passengers-as-criminals/

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25) Elizabeth Warren’s leftist feminist hypocrisy
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Of all the leftist feminist lawmakers in Congress you might think that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is the most vociferous champion of equality for women, especially equal pay for women who perform the same work as men. Perhaps she is indeed the most vociferous of them all but that only serves to make her the biggest hypocrite as well. ‘I cannot believe I have to give another speech fighting for equal pay for equal work for women,’ Warren tweeted in her Senate account. Apparently the Senator likes to talk the talk but she doesn’t exactly walk the walk. According to a recent report Warren’s female staffers made more than $20,000 less than their male counterparts last year. In fact, the pay gap between male and female staffers in her office doing the same work is about 10 percent wider than the national average.” (04/12/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/04/elizabeth-warrens-leftist-feminist.html

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26) Property rights abused, misunderstood
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Property rights is a pillar of civilization — a pillar that is crumbling from neglect, abuse, and misunderstanding. As long as your use of your property doesn’t damage other people or their property in a tangible way, it’s no one else’s business. This applies to trash, vermin, odors and dust, holes, and nuclear waste. What if your mess won’t stay put on your property? What about someone who drains the aquifer? Arbitration and restitution could ease these sorts of problems, but government courts have been fairly useless for protecting private property rights.” (04/12/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/04/12/voices/property-rights-abused-misunderstood/151846.html

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27) Rumblings on the left in France
Source: The New Republic
by Arthur Goldhammer

“Just as the French presidential race appeared to be settling into a comfortable two-person contest, with polls showing Marine Le Pen in a dead heat with Emmanuel Macron in the first round leading to a comfortable (and comforting) Macron victory in the second, the previously moribund left of the Left discovered that what Marx called ‘the old mole’ (popular discontent well-concealed in its underground lair) still has some life left in it. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who had been languishing at around 12 or 13 percent in first-round estimates, well behind the front-runners at around 24 percent each, suddenly began rising. He is now at 18 or 19, even with or slightly ahead of the right-wing Republican candidate François Fillon and within striking distance of the front-runners, and thus with a slim but real chance of making it into the May 7 runoff. Who is Jean-Luc Mélenchon and what accounts for his sudden surge?” (04/12/17)

http://prospect.org/article/rumbling-left-france

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28) United is why people hate capitalism
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Capitalism is unpopular for four reasons: banks, health-insurance companies, cable providers, and airlines. These all have something in common.” (04/12/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446661/united-flight-3411-why-people-hate-capitalism-theyre-wrong

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29) Once again, corporate media unites behind US escalation in the Middle East
Source: In These Times
by Adam Johnson

“Of the top 100 US newspapers, 47 ran editorials on President Donald Trump’s Syria airstrikes last week: 39 in favor, seven ambiguous and only one opposed to the military attack. In other words, 83 percent of editorials on the Syria attack supported Trump’s bombing, 15 percent took an ambivalent position and 2 percent said the attack shouldn’t have happened. Polls showed the US public being much more split: Gallup (4/7–8/17) and ABC/Washington Post (4/7–9/17) each had 51 percent supporting the airstrikes and 40 percent opposed, while CBS (4/7–9/17) found 57 percent in favor and 36 percent opposed. A list of the editorials with quotes showing support or opposition can be seen here. The list of the top 100 editorial boards in the country was taken from a 2016 Hill piece (10/5/16) on presidential election endorsements. Eight out of the top ten newspapers by circulation backed the airstrikes.” (04/12/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20058/trump-syria-strike-assad-media-newspaper-editorials

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30) States introduce dubious anti-pornography legislation to ransom the Internet
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Dave Maass

“More than a dozen state legislatures are considering a bill called the ‘Human Trafficking Prevention Act,’ which has nothing to do with human trafficking and all to do with one man’s crusade against pornography at the expense of free speech. At its heart, the model bill would require device manufacturers to pre-install ‘obscenity’ filters on devices like cell phones, tablets, and computers. Consumers would be forced to pony up $20 per device in order to surf the Internet without state censorship. The legislation is not only technologically unworkable, it violates the First Amendment and significantly burdens consumers and businesses. Perhaps more shocking is the bill’s provenance. The driving force behind the legislation is a man named Mark Sevier, who has been using the alias ‘Chris Severe’ to contact legislators. According to the Daily Beast, Sevier is a disbarred attorney who has sued major tech companies, blaming them for his pornography addiction, and sued states for the right to marry his laptop.” (04/12/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/04/states-introduce-dubious-legislation-ransom-internet

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31) How the United States can help the Syrian people
Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew La Corte

“Last week, President Donald Trump ordered a targeted military strike in response to Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s brutal chemical attack on his own innocent civilians. In his remarks after the attack, President Trump said, ‘no child of God should ever suffer such horror.’ In light of the attack, there is renewed interest in ways the U.S. can assist Syrian civilians living inside of a war zone, including increasing refugee resettlement, working with other countries to expand resettlement programs, and increasing funding to aid organizations.” (04/12/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/united-states-can-help-syrian-people/

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32) Our addiction to elections is killing American democracy
Source: The Nation
by Daniel M Shea

“One of the last things this country needs is yet another impassioned call for election reform. Another invective against Citizens United or another stern warning about restrictive voter-ID laws would be redundant. And we certainly don’t need to be reminded of the absurdity of the Electoral College or the corruptness of gerrymandering. Another essay of that sort would be akin to a doctor telling her terminally ill patient to watch the cholesterol. No, the time is long past for such calls: Our democracy is in big trouble. For nearly 200 years, we have defined the democratic character of our system through elections. We are an election-crazed nation, but momentous shifts (some building slowly over the last few decades and others emerging quickly) have distorted how elections are conducted and the impact they have on public policy. Elections for federal office, in particular, no longer reflect the common good and too often produce results incompatible with our structure of government. Legal or behavioral changes will not save the patient. It’s time to embrace other avenues of political engagement.” (04/12/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/our-addiction-to-elections-is-killing-our-democracy

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33) End airline protectionism: Allow foreign carriers on domestic routes
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“In the wake of the United Airlines debacle — in which the airline had airport police assault one of its own customers — customers have begun to ask why there doesn’t seem to be more competition for United to contend with. They ask: would United treat its customers so poorly if they had more competition? Maybe not.” (04/12/17)

https://mises.org/blog/end-airline-protectionism-allow-foreign-carriers-domestic-routes

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34) Republicans of all people should shun federal online gambling ban
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Michelle Minton

“America’s governors want Congress to end a longstanding ban on internet gambling — at least, enough of them do to warrant the National Governor’s Association firing off a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. ‘The regulation of gaming has historically been addressed by the states,’ the governors explained. ‘While individual governors have different views about offering gaming — in a variety of forms — within their own states, we agree that decisions at the federal level that affect state regulatory authority should not be made unilaterally without state input.’ The letter was aimed at Session’s and the Department of Justice because it’s his agency that has the power to throw into disarray the states that have passed laws — or those hoping to — regarding Internet gambling. And Sessions has indicated that he’s considering that course of action.” [editor’s note: Not sure why Minton thinks the Republicans — historically a party of big, centralized, puritan government — would be inclined to suddenly change their stripes where gambling is concerned – TLK] (04/12/17)

https://cei.org/content/republicans-all-people-should-shun-federal-online-gambling-ban

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35) Democrats shouldn’t be trying to banish Tulsi Gabbard
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“Donald Trump’s feverish tweeting appears to be contagious. Amid a chorus of praise for the administration’s cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase last week, Neera Tanden, the head of the Center for American Progress, dashed off a tweet calling on voters in Hawaii to oust Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard for expressing skepticism about the Syrian government’s responsibility for the chemical attack that provoked the U.S. military strikes. Former presidential candidate and former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean piled on, and tweeted that Gabbard’s comments were a ‘disgrace’ and that she ‘should not be in the Congress.’ Gabbard had good reason to ask for proof. By his own account, Trump struck rapidly after seeing gruesome televised pictures of dying babies. No time was allowed for an independent investigation of the source of the chemical weapons attack. No presentation was made to the United Nations or the Congress, asking for permission to use force. Trump flipped his own policy on its head overnight, and began lobbing missiles.” (04/12/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170412/democrats-shouldnt-be-trying-to-banish-tulsi-gabbard

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36) Should the feds “unmask” anonymous political speech?
Source: Reason
by A Barton Hinkle

“Last week the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection division demanded that Twitter reveal the identity of the person behind an account that has been criticizing the Trump administration. The agency had no authority to issue such a demand, and quickly retracted it. But you could not have scripted a better incident to confirm the worst fears of Trump administration critics about its neo-fascist tendencies.” (04/12/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/12/should-the-feds-unmask-anonymous-politic

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37) How not to fight terrorism
Source: The New Republic
by Heather Hurlburt

“The Trump administration thinks it knows all it needs to about what motivates extremist violence. Michael Flynn, the president’s former national security adviser, considers it ‘nonsense’ even to try to figure out the root causes of terrorism. John Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, describes America’s opponents as ‘driven irrationally to our destruction’– even though scholars have documented that the Islamic State, Al Qaeda, and other extremist movements work quite rationally toward their goals: controlling territory, establishing ideological dominance, and defeating their political enemies. The administration’s plan to combat terrorism, in fact, flows directly from Steve Bannon and other key advisers, who believe that the United States is locked in an ideological conflict not only with ‘radical Islamic terrorists,’ but possibly with Islam itself.” (04/12/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141709/not-fight-terrorism-trump-exploiting-fear

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38) Denigrating Trump’s budget & voters
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux

“Regardless of a pundit’s particular ‘take,’ agreement seems widespread that voters are irrational if they knowingly support candidates who threaten to reduce their government handouts. Any preferences or values that might run counter to receiving government goodies are treated as evidence that such voters really don’t know what’s in their best interest. This attitude denigrates voters. It treats them as if they should care only about narrow material concerns. Yet many who think voters are stupid for not being upset at the prospect of losing some government funding are surely among the first to condemn the free market for its supposed crass materialism.” (04/11/17)

http://triblive.com/opinion/donaldboudreaux/12150670-74/denigrating-trumps-budget-voters

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39) United Airlines exactly like an abusive partner
Source: Cracked
by Aaron Kheifets

“There has been a lot of outrage aimed at United Airlines since they tried to force a man to “volunteer” to give up his seat, had him pulled off his place by security, beaten unconscious, and then had his limp body dragged off the plane. But few people are talking about the other side of things. Like the fact that United is a wonderful, caring airline that wouldn’t do anything like that unless someone pushed them. I should know — I spent a lot of quality time with United when I refused to pay a baggage fee and they locked me in the basement of their corporate HQ and attached jumper cables to my testicles until I cut them a check for $50. First, let me point out that according to official reports, the man wasn’t beaten — he ‘fell.’ The cellphone footage of the incident clearly shows him falling straight sideways, assisted by security, face-first into an armrest. … In the hospital after my stay at United HQ, I met another patient whose boyfriend was saying the exact same thing. He was explaining to the doctor that she’d fallen down a flight of stairs and hit both eyes on two separate doorknobs and also a majority of her ribs on other doorknobs.” (04/12/17)

http://www.cracked.com/blog/united-airlines-exactly-like-abusive-partner

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40) How nationalism and socialism arose from the French Revolution
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Dan Sanchez

“Liberalism unlocked humanity’s creative potential, yielding the first ever rise of widespread abundance through industrial mass production. Nationalism and socialism unleashed humanity’s capacity for destruction, unleashing the first ever rise of industrial-scale mass murder. The twin banes of nationalism and socialism followed the boon of liberalism remarkably quickly. To understand why, we must consider a fourth big idea that historically links the other three: the idea of the people’s state.” (04/12/17)

https://fee.org/articles/how-nationalism-and-socialism-arose-from-the-french-revolution/

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41) Why must the spice flow?
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Charles Day

“In recent days, the media has been discussing a ‘zombie plague’ in our cities. Users of the synthetic cannabinoid drug known as Spice can become paralytically intoxicated and may be a danger to themselves and others through erratic and sometimes violent behaviour. It has also been said to have the physically and psychologically addictive properties of heroin and crack. It is developing into a crisis for our emergency services. Yet, paradoxically, this new outbreak can be directly linked to further restrictions on the harmful drug. Spice is a drug so unpleasant that there is no real commercial market for it. A market in prisons only arose after mandatory urine testing was introduced for herbal cannabis in 2005.” (04/12/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/why-must-the-spice-flow

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42) IRS budget cuts send a signal
Source: USA Today
by Jim Jordan

“While the IRS is supposed to fulfill an important function in our government, scandal and seemingly inappropriate use of funds show that mission creep has become a real problem. Part of my time in Washington has involved investigating the IRS targeting of conservative groups. For a sustained period, the IRS systematically targeted Americans based on their political beliefs. Congressional efforts to investigate the matter were thwarted. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was brought in to clean up the mess, but under his watch, 422 back-up tapes containing potentially 24,000 emails relevant to the scandal were destroyed. Such actions leave the American people with little trust in the IRS. Not only did the IRS violate the First Amendment with its targeting, the agency may have violated the Fourth with the use of ‘Stingray’ surveillance technology.” (04/12/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/12/irs-budget-cuts-send-signal-opposing-view/100389582

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43) Repeal the 8th: Irish libertarians and the abortion debate
Source: Students For Liberty
by Beatriz Gietner

“The proportion of pro-choicers to pro-lifers in the libertarian movement is unclear, while the reasons driving their convictions are even less transparent. Especially in Ireland, a country where state and church are merged and interdependent, libertarians find themselves thoroughly disagreeing, since when you grow up within a religious environment, your beliefs will echo your upbringing. But despite its polemic character, we all should agree on the most fundamental point: the funding of an abortion should be the responsibility of the person desiring it. None other than the actors themselves should pay for this. The abortion issue is dividing Ireland right now because the country works under a democratic system, in order to make any amendments to the Constitution a public referendum is necessary. Since the one in question is the 8th amendment, there is a campaign named Repeal the 8th, through which pro-choicers advocate for not just the decriminalization of abortions, but also to make them ‘free’ (at the taxpayers’ expense).” (04/12/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/04/12/repeal-the-8th-irish-libertarians-abortion-debate/

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44) Protect? Serve? Or serve up?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“[D]oes anyone else suspect that the CHP has more important things to do than stop someone for talking on a cell phone while driving? Surely there were people speeding excessively, or DUI (it was a Saturday night), or broken down and needing assistance — or even with burned-out license plate lights — there on I-580. This nanny-state law on cell phone use addresses a single form of distracted driving. Eating a Big Mac, doing your hair or makeup, fussing with the kids (or the dog) are all forms of distracted driving, but only using a cell phone is EVIL enough to be a crime which ‘requires’ cops to disrupt the normal flow of traffic and create obstacles. Which makes you ask if the real reason for this offense being an offense is to give police an excuse to stop and ‘inspect’ the vehicle for whatever the popular current crimes are?” (04/12/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/04/12/protect-serve-or-serve-up/

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45) The North Korea reframe
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“Prior U.S. presidents framed the North Korean nuclear program as a problem between the United States and North Korea, with China as an unhelpful third party with its own interests. That framing was weak and useless. North Korea did whatever it wanted to do. President Trump recently changed the frame. Now it’s not so much a problem between the United States and North Korea as it is a branding battle between China and the U.S., with North Korea being the less-important part of the equation. President Trump has said clearly and repeatedly that if China doesn’t fix the problem in its own backyard, the USA will step in to do what China couldn’t get done. See the power in that framing? China doesn’t want a weak ‘brand.’ With the new framing, we already see China talking tougher about North Korea.” (04/12/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159495094661/the-north-korea-reframe

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46) The lust for war
Source: Mises Canada
by Taylor Lewis

“Mr. Trump has gone to war. It seems like only yesterday the braggart billionaire denounced former president George W. Bush for lying about the presence of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ in Iraq in order to goad us into invasion. ‘Obviously the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake,’ Trump said, to whoops and hollers during a primary debate in South Carolina. Well, that was fun while it lasted. Somewhere between taking potshots against saber-rattling on Twitter, Trump turned his back on his non-interventionist self and sent nearly 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles crashing into Shayrat Airfield in Homs, Syria.” (04/11/17)

https://www.mises.ca/the-lust-for-war/

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47) The steady rise of digital border searches
Source: The Atlantic
by Kaveh Waddell

“New statistics released Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection reveal that the rate of digital border searches is on pace to quadruple since 2015. That means more and more travelers entering the U.S. are being asked to turn over their electronic devices to be analyzed. The increase appears to have begun even before President Donald Trump’s promise to scrutinize incoming visitors with ‘extreme vetting’ measures, some of which included stepping up digital surveillance. And if Trump’s cabinet gets its way, the trend may accelerate further.” (04/12/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/04/the-steady-rise-of-digital-border-searches/522723/

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48) The true cost of Israel
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“[H]ow Israel gets money from the United States is actually quite complex and not very transparent to the American public, going well beyond the check for $3.8 billion handed over at the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1. Even that check, uniquely given to aid recipient Israel as one lump sum on the first day of the year, is manipulated to produce extra revenue. It is normally immediately redeposited with the U.S. Treasury, which then, because it operates on a deficit, borrows the money to pay interest on it as the Israelis draw it down. That interest payment costs the American taxpayer an estimated $100 million more per year. Israel has also been adept at using ‘loan guarantees,’ an issue that may have contributed to the downfall of President George H.W. Bush. The reality is that the loans, totaling $42 billion, are never repaid by Israel, meaning that the United States Treasury picks up the tab on principle and interest, a form of additional assistance. The Bush-era loan amounted to $10 billion.” (04/12/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-true-cost-of-israel/

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49) Did Assad really use sarin?
Source: CounterPunch
by Paul Gottinger

“[W]as Assad really responsible for the attack? To ask such a question is to be deemed an ‘Assadist’ by pundits and discourse police across the political spectrum. Neither the lack of an independent investigation, nor the fact that nearly all the information on the alleged attack has come from rebel sources, who stand to benefit from a US response, is deemed sufficient cause for skepticism. In a civilized society an actor is be presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. If guilt is determined, a legally justified course of action is taken. In the US however, if the accused is a US enemy, no evidence is needed, and even deranged conspiracies are given play in mainstream media coverage.” (04/12/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/12/did-assad-really-use-sarin/

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50) Escape from New York
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘New York City is a walled maximum security prison,’ exclaimed posters for Escape from New York (1981, R). ‘Breaking out is impossible.’ Now, as part of new legislation giving ‘free college’ to New Yorkers, politicians take the same high concept from the film and extend it to the entire state.” (04/12/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/12/escape-from-new-york/

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51) Why should the NSA spy on foreigners?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Throughout the controversy over whether the U.S. national-security state wire-tapped President Trump, no one, as far as I know, has challenged the legitimacy of the NSA’s spying on citizens of foreign countries, including Russia. The phenomenon is a classic example of how the conversion of the federal government into a national security state has warped and perverted the principles and values of the American people. Since it is wrong in a moral sense for the U.S. government to be spying on Americans without judicially issued warrants, why isn’t it equally wrong for U.S. officials to be doing the same thing to foreigners?” (04/12/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/04/12/nsa-spy-foreigners/

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52) Behind Trump’s Syria turnabout
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Trump came into office touting his ‘America First agenda,’ disdaining NATO, and asking ‘Why is it a bad thing to get along with Russia?’ He told us he abjured ‘regime change’ and held up Libya as an example of bad policy. Now he’s turned on a dime, bombing Syria, and welcoming tiny (and troubled) Montenegro into NATO. His intelligence agencies are even accusing Russia of having advance knowledge of the alleged chemical attack in Syria (although the White House disputed that after it got out). And all this in the first one hundred days! How did this happen? It’s easy to explain, once you understand that there is no such thing as foreign policy: all policy is domestic.” [editor’s note: Raimondo continues to make stupid excuses for Trump. I’m reminded of a woman at the emergency room explaining how her husband “didn’t mean” to break her nose, and “usually isn’t like this,” and “only occasionally” takes a belt to her – TLK] (04/12/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/04/11/behind-trump-syria-turnabout/

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53) Auditor’s report sheds light on special taxing districts
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Graham Renz

[“Transportation Development Districts] were intended to help fund public improvements through a tax similar to a user fee in order to avoid burdening the general public with the costs of these projects. For example, if a development required a new intersection with a traffic light, a tax could be levied on just that development to help pay for construction of the intersection. But TDDs have now morphed into a mechanism for private developers to tax the public for private gain. … Often, TDDs are established by a single retail developer. This means that a single developer can (1) form a district, (2) impose a tax in that district, and (3) spend tax revenues nearly any way it sees fit. Unsurprisingly, TDD revenues often go right back to the developer in the form of a direct subsidy, and taxpayers are forced to the sidelines with no say in how their money is spent.” (04/11/17)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/transparency/auditor%E2%80%99s-report-sheds-light-special-taxing-districts

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54) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #23: Have no blemish.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Again Gracian returns to the theme of protecting yourself from the malice of ‘bad actors’ in your life. Everyone has flaws — both physical and of character — but the important thing is how you deal with them. When they are physical, such as a lisp or a birthmark, the malicious will fix on them to humiliate you for the sheer joy of inflicting pain. The first step is to accept the flaw yourself so that it is not a source of shame or embarrassment to you; in this manner you disarm the weapon the vicious want to use against you. Only then can you work effectively to turn the neutralized negative into a positive in the manner of Caesar who masked his baldness with the now-icon laurel wreath.” (04/12/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?item.7905.22

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55) Trade deficit: Ask the wrong questions, get the wrong answers
Source: Cato Institute
by Daniel R Pearson

“The trade deficit is driven by U.S. government policies that influence domestic savings and investment, not by the policies of governments overseas. The United States simply doesn’t save as much as it invests. This leaves America with a massive financial/capital account surplus — people in other nations send a lot of money to this country every year to build factories, buy stocks, and fund the federal budget deficit. By definition, the balance of payments must balance, so the United States runs a current account deficit equal to the financial/capital account surplus. The trade deficit is the largest component of the current account, so the trade deficit also is large — $502 billion in 2016. If the United States really was serious about reducing its trade deficit, it would curtail its demand for borrowed money by eliminating the federal budget deficit.” (04/11/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trade-deficit-ask-wrong-questions-get-wrong-answers

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56) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/12/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Putting Social Security revenues into the stock market and giving the feds control over those investments would be a big mistake. So says Michael Tanner.” [various formats] (04/12/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/should-feds-put-social-security-stocks

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57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 26
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF#26, I discuss Trump’s foreign policy. Trump’s Secretary of State thinks the US should be the world’s police force. Trump’s Press Secretary said Trump will attack Assad for using barrel bombs. Trump is taking a very aggressive policy against North Korea.” [various formats] (04/12/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-26-trumps-foreign-policy-is-getting-worse

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58) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 579
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Robert Kaplan, the president of the Dallas Fed Bank, warned this morning that ‘we are highly leveraged.’ and that the countries ability to boost growth through debt are limited. Now that might not make a lot of sense to some of you, but after today’s show, all will be clear.” [various formats] (04/12/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/579-fed-warns-too-much-debt-to-grow/

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59) Intercepted Podcast, 04/12/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week’s episode of Intercepted will piss off Assad supporters and the Democrats and Republicans fawning over Trump’s newest war. Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who recently met with Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, questions the official story on the chemical weapons attack. Murtaza Hussain explains what Assad would stand to gain by using chemical weapons. And we hear from Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian engineer who was kidnapped at JFK airport by U.S. operatives after 9/11 and rendered to Syria where he was tortured and interrogated by Assad’s intelligence agents. Arar explains why he is against Assad and U.S. military intervention in Syria. All that and a bucket of the media stupidity that is always on hand to ogle over the awesome, beautiful missiles.” [various formats] (04/12/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/12/intercepted-podcast-the-emperors-new-cruise-missiles/

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60) The Libertarian Angle, 04/12/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss different methods for advancing towards a free society.” [various formats] (04/12/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-advancing-liberty/

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61) Thanks For Asking! — 04/12/17
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

Weekly AMA (“ask me anything”) thread for The KN@PP Stir Podcast. [text] (04/12/17)

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62) Electric Libertyland, episode 15
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland host Brian McWilliams spends some time discussing one of his favorite television programs, and arguably the most libertarian show on air, Rick and Morty. Brian breaks down the show’s overarching anti-government trends, emphasis on anti-PC culture and individual rights and even it’s attack on digital currency and unsound money. Brian then turns inevitably to the flurry of activity surrounding Syria and North Korea, touching on the alleged self-gassing of Syrians by Assad, Trump’s missile attack (and his warning to Russia in advance), the new normal between America and China and China’s abrupt about-face on North Korea.” [various formats] (04/12/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/04/12/ell15/

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63) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/12/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD, Jim and Veloschka explain why all polititians are literally fascists, how your water may soon be coming in slime bags, and how it isn’t always leftie to be against pollution.” [various formats] (04/12/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14330

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64) Free Talk Live, 04/11/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“NASA :: Easter :: San Bernardino School Shooting :: Liberal Gun Group :: Adam Kokesh Arrested While Protesting Drone Strikes :: Media and Government Corruption :: Rose Colored Glasses for the Past :: Colorado Cannabis Pricing :: Cannabis Regulations :: United Airlines Customer Service Fail :: New United Slogans :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/11/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-11

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65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 888
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“New Jersey State Senator Michael Doherty, who was co-chairman of the Donald Trump for President campaign in New Jersey, has condemned the strike on Syria and wants to know what happened to the ‘forget all these wars, we have to rebuild our own country’ rhetoric from the campaign trail.” [various formats] (04/11/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-888-trump-new-jersey-campaign-chair-says-neocons-got-to-him/

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